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Pope Francis didn’t call capitalism “unfettered” or “a new tyranny:” it was created by a journalist

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It wasn’t Pope Francis who called capitalism “unfettered” or “a new tyranny.”  It was Reuters journalist Naomi O’Leary.  Miss O’Leary induced this creation into the opening line of her November 26, 2013 story about Evangelii Gaudium.

Read about it and more from the original story from Catholics for America below:

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Pope Francis did not write the word ‘capitalism’ nor did he call capitalism “a new tyranny” in his November 24, 2013 apostolic exhortation titled, Evangelii GaudiumHe actually calls ideologies and the oppression of persons they cause “a new tyranny.”

A PDF word search of Evangelii Gaudium reveals that the word capitalism isn’t even in the document.  American media reports have said, “Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as a new tyranny.”  The Pope references tyranny but, what he calls “a new tyranny” are the resulting oppressions of what he calls “ideologies,” not capitalism.  Therefore, the often repeated media line mentioned above does not exist in fact or by inference in Evangelii Gaudium as reported.  Actually, the line was the creation of Reuters journalist, Naomi O’Leary on November 26, 2013.

Below is the excerpt from Evangelii Gaudium where the Pope uses the term “a new tyranny.”  The words in red help to explain what the Pope means by tyranny (the use of quotations, parenthesis and bolding of words below is ours.):

56. While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the “gap” separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This “imbalance” is the result of “ideologies” which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they” (the ideologies) reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control.  A new tyranny” is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power. To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which have taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule.

Note:  Above, “(the ideologies)” was inserted by the writer of this article to define what is meant by “they.”

After reading the above excerpt with assisting quotations, parenthesis and bolding, it demonstrates that the “gap” separating persons from prosperity is the “imbalance” caused by the “ideologies” that “they” (the ideologies) create; “a new tyranny” (an ideology that even rejects the fair and just regulation of the marketplace so it can continue to oppress persons with its unjust laws and rules.)  So again, what is really meant by “a new tyranny” is ideologies and the oppression of persons they cause…  Read the rest of this article from Catholics for America and share it by Clicking HERE.

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IRS, “Thought Crimes” and Catholic Catechism Section 2499

Lay Catholics logoWhat would the Catholic Church’s judgement be on an agency or government that exercised political control of opinion and repressed things they considered thought crimes?  Based on a reading of CCC 2499 the Church would consider such an agency or government part of, or a totalitarian state.  See Catechism of the Catholic Church in section 2499 below:

CCC 2499 “Moral judgment must condemn the plague of totalitarian states which systematically falsify the truth, exercise political control of opinion through the media, manipulate defendants and witnesses at public trials, and imagine that they secure their tyranny by strangling and repressing everything they consider “thought crimes.”

It has been reported that employees inside the IRS have allegedly intimidated individuals like Catholic professor, Dr. Anne Hendershott (read here) because of what she thinks and repressed the applications of several groups that are considered to be conservative who applied for 501c status with the IRS.

See the video below for the example of a conservative group facing such repression through an IRS official’s letter at minute 3:40 read by Congressman James Lankford of Oklahoma district 5.  Lankford also demonstrates that many officials at the IRS would have been involved in the creation of the letter:

Additionally, CCC section 2499 does go deeper into how totalitarian states use the media and manipulate persons.  Unfortunately, these other warnings also appear to have potential today in the U.S.

Catholicism Teaches it is a Grave Duty and Right to Use Arms for Self-Defense; Catechism 2263-65

Lay Catholics logoThe Catholic Church does not call for disarming the people.  As you will see below the Church calls for legitimate defense.  The duty to legitimately defend implies the capacity to do so.  That is to say that the person responsible for the lives of his family is sufficiently prepared to stop a potential aggressor who is armed by being armed hisself.  Therefore, the banning of firearms makes it impossible to defend and uphold the common good in one’s household and also in the community by a civil authority.  CCC section 2265 shows that the civil authority’s responsibility to repel an aggressor is secondary to the person’s grave duty to repel an aggressor when it states that those in authority “also” have the right to use arms.  This allows one to reason that the responsibility belongs to and starts with the person.  The conclusion is that the banning of firearms is illegitimate and contrary to Catholic teaching because it undermines and disrespects a person’s right to life as shown in CCC 2264.

CCC photoThe following sections are excerpted from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition (CCC 2263-2265.)  These sections are in the context of what is legitimate defense under the Fifth Commandment, “You shall not kill.”:

CCC 2263     The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. “The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one’s own life; and the killing of the aggressor…. the one is intended, the other is not.”

CCC 2264     Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality.  Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life.  Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:

If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful…. Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one’s own life than of another’s.

CCC 2265     Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others.  The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm.  For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Obama vs. Catholicism on Same-Sex Marriage: Catechism 2357-60 and Pius XI’s “On Christian Marriage”

Barack Obama supports so-called, same-sex marriage.  This is in direct opposition to Catholic teaching on the sacrament of marriage.  Catholics must defend marriage and will have a chance on November 6, 2012 at the ballot box in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.  President Obama has put himself on the ballot with this issue as well.
This is the story from the May 10, 2012 White House Blog about President Obama’s support of so-called, same-sex marriage.  It is titled, President Obama supports Same-Sex Marriage (click here for the White House Blog story)  Below is an excerpt from the story:
“Yesterday, during an interview with ABC News, President Obama said, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.””
Here is his exclusive interview to ABC about his support for Same-Sex marriage:
Marriage is a sacrament.  One of the Seven Sacraments.  Marriage must be defended by Catholics.
Below is Catholic teaching on homosexuality and the sacrament of marriage in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):
CCC 2357     “Under no circumstances can they (homosexual acts) be approved.”
CCC 2358     “They (homosexual persons) must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity…”
CCC 2359     “Homosexual persons are called to chastity… they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.”
CCC 2360     “Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman.  In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion.  Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.”
Also, see Pope Pius XI’s Encyclical titled Casti Connubii (On Christian Marriage) Paragraphs 48 & 49, where he warns us about those who try to degrade marriage:
48.    “And since, in order that the deceits of the enemy may be avoided, it is necessary first of all that they be laid bare; since much is to be gained by denouncing these fallacies for the sake of the unwary, even though We prefer not to name these iniquities “as becometh saints,”[44] yet for the welfare of souls We cannot remain altogether silent.”
49.    “To begin at the very source of these evils, THEIR basic principle lies in this, that matrimony is repeatedly declared to be not instituted by the Author of nature nor raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a true sacrament, but invented by man. Some confidently assert that they have found no evidence of the existence of matrimony in nature or in her laws, but regard it merely as the means of producing life and of gratifying in one way or another a vehement impulse; on the other hand, others recognize that certain beginnings or, as it were, seeds of true wedlock are found in the nature of man since, unless men were bound together by some form of permanent tie, the dignity of husband and wife or the natural end of propagating and rearing the offspring would not receive satisfactory provision. At the same time they maintain that in all beyond this germinal idea matrimony, through various concurrent causes, is invented solely by the mind of man, established solely by his will.”

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

President Obama vs. Catholicism on Unemployment (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2436)

There are 23 million Americans (Bureau of Labor Statistics) unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for employment under President Obama.  President Obama has contributed to unemployment by deliberately putting people out of work.  For example he took away 120,000 persons jobs in the auto industry by deliberately closing over 2,200 auto dealerships during bankruptcy.  The auto dealers not only lost their dealerships.  They lost their jobs too.  Many of these persons and dealerships were in states like Ohio.

The Catholic Church’s teaching on unemployment can be found in section 2436 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which is written in the context of the Seventh Commandment, “You shall not steal”:

CCC 2436      “Unemployment almost always wounds its victim’s dignity and threatens the equilibrium of his life. Besides the harm done to him personally, it entails many risks for his family.”

Join your Church in defending the human dignity of the worker and his family from President Obama’s wounding unemployment.  Share this information with friends.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Catholic Voters Will Very Likely Determine the Winner of the Presidential Election

Why will Catholic voters very likely determine the winner of the presidential election in 2012?

In presidential elections the winner of the Catholic vote usually wins the national popular vote, the electoral college and the presidency.

Below are the winners of the Catholic vote from the past sixteen presidential elections with the approximate percentage they received (source: George J. Marlin and Michael Barone, American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years Of Political Impact (2006.)

1. 1948 – Harry Truman won the Catholic vote 65%-35%
2. *1952 – Adlai Stevenson won the Catholic vote 51%-49%
3. 1956 – Dwight D. Eisenhower won the Catholic vote 55%-45%
4. 1960 – John F. Kennedy won the Catholic vote 82%-18%
5. 1964 – Lyndon B. Johnson won the Catholic vote 78%-22%
6. *1968 – Hubert Humphrey won the Catholic vote 55%-37%
7. 1972 – Richard Nixon won the Catholic vote 63%-37%
8. 1976 – Jimmy Carter won the Catholic vote 56%-44%
9. 1980 – Ronald Reagan won the Catholic vote 50%-47%
10. 1984 – Ronald Reagan won the Catholic vote 56%-46%
11. *1988 – Michael Dukakis won the Catholic vote 52%-48%
12. 1992 – Bill Clinton won the Catholic vote 44%-35% (Bush),20% (Perot)
13. 1996 – Bill Clinton won the Catholic vote 53%-37% (Dole), 9% (Perot)
14. *2000 – Al Gore won the Catholic vote 50%-47%
15. 2004 – George W. Bush won the Catholic vote 52%-47%
16. 2008 – Barack Obama won the Catholic vote 54%-45%

* Note: Exceptions were in 1952, 1968, 1988 and 2000.

These statistics show the obvious importance of winning the Catholic vote in 2012. Here are some major issues of our time in the American political sphere; abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, manipulation of the poor, same-sex marriage, violations of conscience, violations of religious liberty, manipulation of the economy, centralized planning, collectivism, socialism, repression of thought and class warfare.

How does President Obama and Catholicism align on the above issues?

• President Obama ACCEPTS them
• Catholicism REJECTS them

The rejection of these issues can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) and Pope Leo XIII’s, Rerum Novarum paragraph 19. The following graphic illustrates where these issues can be found in the Catechism:

The incompatibility of Catholic teaching with Barack Obama’s positions seems so obvious due to so many contradictory positions that it is perplexing that the Catholic vote could reach or exceed 50% for Obama.

So, why do Catholics consider voting for Obama?

1. False “community organizations” have manipulated too many Catholics to not know the difference between “socialism” and “social justice” by teaching them that private property can be involuntarily redistributed by the government/political authority. Catholicism believes in “voluntary” distribution because the involuntary action is totalitarian and atheistic, as taught by the Church’s rejection of centralized planning/socialism.  For a an accurate reading on “social Justice’ click on Social Justice: Not What You Think It Is.

2. Because Catholic Democrat leaders and others have manipulated Catholic Social Teaching’s (CST) terminology to be euphemisms for socialism. Thus, manipulating Catholic voters to accept socialistic views as Catholic views and thus make them comfortable enough to vote contrary to their conscience and the truth.  They also abuse Church teaching on the death penalty.   Ignoring that the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty in CCC 2267.  See Catholic Democrats, The Catholic Case for Obama.

3. Catholics loyal to and inside the Democratic Party have made plans to use terminology associated with CST in order to manipulate the issues of abortion, war, same-sex marriage, immigration reform, etc. These CST terms are; “Human dignity”, “common good”, “social justice” and “just war.” They will also manipulate the following terms common to Catholics; justice, pro-life, preferential option for the poor, care for the environment, etc. The Democrats use of these terms confuses many Catholics, causing them to vote contrary to their conscience.  See Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats by Michael Sean Winters.  See video of interview with Michael Sean Winters about his book at the “Rumi Forum.”  Winters starts talking about his book at minute 5:40:

What can you do?

Tell Catholics about the misuse of the terminology of Catholic Social Teaching (“human dignity,” “common good,” “social justice,” “justice” and “just war”) and how Barack Obama and his allies manipulate it (For example he/they says that ObamaCare and the HHS mandate promote the “common good.”)  This will have the resultant effect of a majority of Catholics voting a true Catholic conscience in 2012.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

President Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” Speech Contradicts Catholic Teaching (Video)

President Obama’s beliefs, now made infamous in his “You Didn’t Build That” speech, contradicted what Catholics believe.  However, “You Didn’t Build That” was not the context of the speech.  The President also claimed “We created a lot of millionaires” and other claims.  What this speech really showed, was his impossible belief that the government through centralized planning, collectivism and thus socialism creates initiative, economic activity and ultimately your success.  He meant that he and the state give you the right to be motivated, to work and achieve things for yourself and your family.  Catholicism rejects these (his) beliefs in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) in sections CCC 1883, 1885, 2425, 2429 and 2431:

CCC 1883     “Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative… a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions..”

CCC 1885    “The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism…

CCC 2425    “The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modern times with “communism” or “socialism.”

CCC 2429    Everyone has the right of economic initiative… and to harvest the just fruits of his labor…”

CCC 2431     “The responsibility of the state.
Economic activity, especially the activity of a market economy, cannot
be conducted in an institutional, juridical, or political vacuum… it presupposes sure guarantees of individual freedom and private property… the principal task of the state is to guarantee this security, so that those who work and produce can enjoy the fruits of their labors…

Go to the minutes 51:40 to 52:55 below on the video to see where Obama said these things and the disdain with which he said them.  Additionally, you will notice his contradictory proposition in minutes 52:55 to 53:00 when after promoting contradictions to Catholicism of centralized planning, collectivism and socialism, he attempts to circle back when he says, “… we succeed because of our individual initiative.”  He can’t have his contradictory propositions:

  • “We created a lot of millionaires.”
  • “If you’ve been successful you didn’t get there on your own.”
  • “Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business… you didn’t build that.  Somebody else built that.  Somebody else made that happen.”
  • “Government research created the internet.”

Click here for “You Didn’t Build That” Speech Video

Please pray that President Obama will be blessed with the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Compare Catholicism’s Stance on Current Political Issues with Your Own

Where do you stand on the following issues that make up the eight points in this article?  Where do you think the Church stands on these issues?

  1. Violations of Conscience and Religious Freedom (Ex:  Forcing us to pay for contraceptives, abortion, etc.)
  2. Centralized Planning and Socialism
  3. Manipulation of the Economy and the Poor (Ex:  Excessive government welfare programs keep the poor dependent on government, out of work and separated from the opportunity for redemption.)
  4. Abortion
  5. Euthanasia
  6. Embryonic Stem Cell Research
  7. Human Cloning
  8. Same-Sex Marriage

Catholicism rejects all of these.   The Catholic Church’s opposition to each of these issues is summarized below for absolute clarity.  These eight are not listed in order of importance.

Excerpts of all issues are taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC and section number):

  1. Violations of Conscience and Religious Freedom
    CCC 1782     Man has the right to act in conscience and in freedom so as personally to make moral decisions. “He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters.”
    CCC 1907     First, the common good presupposes respect for the person
    as such. In the name of the common good, public authorities are bound
    to respect the fundamental and inalienable rights of the human person.
    Society should permit each of its members to fulfill his vocation. In
    particular, the common good resides in the conditions for the exercise of the natural freedoms indispensable for the development of the human vocation, such as “the right to act according to a sound norm of conscience and to safeguard . . . privacy, and rightful freedom also in matters of religion.”
    CCC 2107     “If because of the circumstances
    of a particular people special civil recognition is given to one
    religious community in the constitutional organization of a state, the
    right of all citizens and religious communities to religious freedom
    must be recognized and respected as well.”
    CCC 2108     The right to religious liberty is neither a moral license to adhere to error, nor a supposed right to error,
    but rather a natural right of the human person to civil liberty, i.e., immunity, within just limits, from external constraint in religious matters by political authorities. This natural right ought to be acknowledged in the juridical order of society in such a way that it constitutes a civil right.”
    CCC 2211     The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially:- the freedom to establish a family, have children, and bring them up in keeping with the family’s own moral and religious convictions;- the protection of the stability of the marriage bond and the institution of the family;- the freedom to profess one’s faith, to hand it on, and raise one’s children in it, with the necessary means and institutions;- the right to private property, to free enterprise, to obtain work and housing, and the right to emigrate…”
  2. Centralized Planning and Socialism
    CCC 1883     Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which “a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co-ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.”
    CCC 1885    The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism…
    CCC 2425    The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modern times with “communism” or “socialism.” …Regulating the economy solely by centralized planning perverts the basis of social bonds…
    CCC 2499     Moral judgment must condemn the plague of totalitarian states which systematically falsify the truth, exercise political control of opinion through the media, manipulate defendants and witnesses at public trials, and imagine that they secure their tyranny by strangling and repressing everything they consider “thought crimes.”
  3. Manipulation of the Economy and the Poor                                       CCC 2427     Human work proceeds directly from persons created in the image of God and called to prolong the work of creation by subduing the earth, both with and for one another.  Hence work is a duty: “If any one will not work, let him not eat.” Work honors the Creator’s gifts and the talents received from him. It can also be redemptive. By enduring the hardship of work in union with Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth and the one crucified on Calvary, man collaborates in a certain fashion with the Son of God in his redemptive work. He shows himself to be a disciple of Christ by carrying the cross, daily, in the work he is called to accomplish.  Work can be a means of sanctification and a way of animating earthly realities with the Spirit of Christ.                                                                                                                   CCC 2444     “The Church’s love for the poor . . . is a part of
    her constant tradition.” This love is inspired by the Gospel of the
    Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor. Love for the poor is even one of the motives for the duty of working so as to “be able to give to those in need.”  It extends not only to material poverty but also to the many forms of cultural and religious poverty.
  4. Abortion
    CCC 2270     Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception…
    CCC 2271     Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable…
  5. Euthanasia
    CCC 2277     Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.  Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.
  6. Embryonic Stem Cell Research
    CCC 2273     The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation…
    CCC 2274     Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being.
    CCC 2275     …”It is immoral to produce human embryos intended for exploitation as disposable biological material.”
    “Certain attempts to influence chromosomic or genetic inheritance are not therapeutic but are aimed at producing human beings selected according to sex or other predetermined qualities.  Such manipulations are contrary to the personal dignity of the human being and his integrity and identity” which are unique and unrepeatable.
  7. Human Cloning
    CCC 2273
    CCC 2274
    CCC 2275
  8. Same-Sex Marriage
    CCC 2357     …Under no circumstances can they (homosexual acts) be approved.
    CCC 2358     They (homosexual persons) must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity…
    CCC 2359     Homosexual persons are called to chastity… they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
    CCC 2360     Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion…

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Catholicism Demands Conscience Not EVER Be Violated: Obama’s Orders to Violate Start TODAY

President Obama’s Anti-Catholic HHS mandate goes into effect today, August 1st, 2012.  By letting this date arrive without exempting Catholics and people of conscience, President Obama has effectively said you must follow his teaching and not Catholic teaching.

Do you follow Catholic Teaching or Obama’s Teaching?

Below is what Catholics believe about conscience rights as stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

CCC 1782     “Man has the right to act in conscience and in freedom so as personally to make moral decisions. “He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters.”

It is time to let Catholics who supported Obama in 2008 know what he is doing to the Church.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.
Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Chick-fil-A Shares Marriage and Family Values with Catholicism. Show your Support August 1st and Beyond

Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A was interviewed by Biblical Recorder newspaper in an article published July 2012.  See an excerpt below:
Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position.  “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”  “We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.  “We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

For these good, Christian and truthful comments, Chick-fil-A is being ridiculed by foolish proponents of same-sex marriage and even some foolish mayors who are claiming bigotry.  Some of those who have joined in the ridicule claim to be Catholic.

Well, let’s see who is compatible with Catholicism on this one.  See excerpts below from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 2260 and 2261:

CCC 2260     Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.

CCC 2261     “Sexuality, by means of which man and woman give themselves to one another through the acts which are proper and exclusive to spouses, is not something simply biological, but concerns the innermost being of the human person as such. It is realized in a truly human way only if it is an integral part of the love by which a man and woman commit themselves totally to one another until death.”

Well, the incompatibility lies with the proponents of same-sex marriage.  Unfortunately, they want to fight and ridicule.  Many of them refuse to believe that we as Catholics and Christians accept homosexual persons with respect, compassion and sensitivity.  However, we will not accept a validation of the homosexual act or a contrivance of marriage rights forced on our Church or society.

Support a Chick-fil-A restaurant near you on Wednesday August 1st and beyond.  Pray for Dan Cathy and his employees.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.