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Vatican Official Blathers About Death of Family

Perhaps the most bizarre argument offered by the anti-gay bigots is the claim that allowing gay people to form legally protected families through marriage is a plot to destroy all families. Unsurprisingly, a high-ranking Vatican official repeated this nonsense recently:

Bishop Jean Laffitte, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, spoke to an audience at the Student Union Hall of St. Mary’s University College in Twickenham on “Marriage and the Family in a Culture of Relativism.”

He warned of a massive, international effort to rewrite social norms in the formerly Christian countries of the West that has resulted in the “extremely rapid extension” of laws “that endanger the very survival of the family.”

He affirmed what many in the pro-family movement have long believed, that the push for “gay marriage” is not coming exclusively from homosexual lobbyists, but from a more sinister international cadre of highly placed secularist social engineers seeking a radical alteration of the foundational ideas of Western Civilization.

The “evolution” of these legal and social changes, he said, have become “much more severe and rapid” even in the last three years, “than we could have thought.” Primary among these legal changes, he said, are the creation of legal recognition of unions of the same-sex, that he said are “abusively called marriage.” These have been the result of the growth of “relativism around sexual differentiation” that started only “a few years ago.”

Once again, this empty argument that gay marriage will destroy “family” without doing anything at all to affect any actual families. And why on earth should we pay any attention to what a bunch of priests who are forbidden to form families themselves have to say on this subject?

Comments

  1. Doug Little says

    I would have thought that molestation of a child would have a greater effect on destroying a family than gay marriage would?

    Maybe they need to look inward before running their mouths.

  2. says

    It’s the same old thing– gay marriage is yet another attempt to obscure the important order which God put into place which differentiates male from female (and, importantly, places the former over the latter). If you allow a man to marry a man, that means that marriages don’t have to be a contract between a man, a woman, and their God for them to spend the rest of their lives together, man ruling over woman and God ruling over them both, and that means anything goes! Sexual differentiation means nothing anymore! Chaos and anarchy! Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

  3. imrryr says

    Maybe they should just try covering it all up? You know, like they do after they find out another one of their priests has been caught raping children.

  4. says

    Ben P
    That’s nothing!
    St Godric went from being a pirate to being a Saint!!
    I wrote this about him many a year ago:

    For the tiny fraction of you who don’t know let me remind you that St Godric, who has memorably been described as the Wagner of his generation (though since it was me that said it I don’t suppose that it counts for too much), that St Godric is the most famous non-Royal English Composer of the twelfth century.

    St Godric was an old man when he died in the year 1170: given to predicting the death of Archbishop Thomas Becket he would often break off conversations to pray for the souls of mariners whose far-off ships he could tell faced impending doom. He had a remarkable success rate in both of these activities.

    His music is a lone beacon for the culture of the downtrodden masses of the early Middle English languishing under the harsh foreign-ness of their French masters.

    Saint Godric was (like, Boudicca, Nelson, Newton, Benjamin Britten and myself) of course born in East Anglia. His parents were pathetically poor and he had to work hard to climb the social ladder as far as pirate, but he finally succeeded and seems to have ended up possessed of about three quarters of a boat, though unfortunately it wasn’t all the same boat. During a trip, to that much-looted monastery Lindisfarne (presumably in someone else’s boat) Godric was told the story of the life of St. Cuthbert and was very much taken with it. It seems to have totally altered the story of his own life because he straightway went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, which had recently been over-run by a plague of Crusaders. In the chronicles of the time it is mentioned that “Gudericus pirata” helped Baldwin, king of Jerusalem, to escape Haifa in 1102 in his boat, though it is not stated if it was a complete boat. After a few more pilgrimages Godric at last settled in a hovel near Durham. This some-time pirate had finally made good and become a hermit. Godric then started to have visions. In one of them his dead sister, who had been a sister in a local convent, came to him accompanied by two strange men, who promptly placed themselves either side of an altar they seem to have brought with them and started to sing, at least that’s how he claimed he composed his first song.
     
    Shortly after his death at the quite respectable age of 105 Godric’s music was written down. That the unusual step of recording songs in the despised language of the peasantry was taken was of course less because of his venerability than because of the veneration in which he was held by the monks of Durham. They, good fellows, were well up on history, and had read their Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English Speaking Peoples to a man. They were all very well aquainted with the famous story of Cædmon and it certainly didn’t take a William of Ockham to notice the similarity between Bede’s tale of the cowherd given singing lessons in his sleep by an Angel, and all of Godric’s stuff about meeting dead sisters and their angelic backing groups. The monks could see they would be onto a winner, especially when Becket was done in just as Godric kept claiming he would, and when the King was very sorry, really; that was the clincher.
    So in a mere 20 years or so they rushed out a Life of Godric (which was, incidentally, something of a publishing triumph at the time).

    Happy Godricsmas and…

    Cheerio for now from
    Richard Howland-Bolton.

  5. says

    I would have thought that molestation of a child would have a greater effect on destroying a family than gay marriage would?

    Only if you separate the child from his/her abusive parents — that’s both socialist and anti-family!

    Maybe they should just try covering it all up?

    What do you think all this insane rhetoric is for?

    What’s really disgusting about all this testerical BS is that they’re complaining so bitterly about a “massive, international effort to rewrite social norms,” without even acknowledging that large numbers of people are — rightly or not — trying to do this sort of thing in response to certain injustices we want to correct! If the Church can’t agree to support this or that specific policy, the very least they can do is pay lip service to the idea that, yes, there is an actual injustice that people are right to try to address.

    This Church have gone from speaking out against injustice, to flat-out ignoring it and attacking people for trying to change things. How much longer will we have to wait before people start speaking honestly about what a wretched destructive con-game they’re playing?

  6. says

    Marriage equality does not destroy families. On the contrary, marriage equality allows more people to form families. Marriage equality is entirely pro-family.

    Why is this guy so anti-family?

  7. says

    He’s a typical leader in the Catholic church. As soon as he sees a danger to children, without concern for himself or the reputation of the Church, he runs to tell everybody about it. Good for him.

  8. says

    d.c.wilson “If you bring a pope and an antipope together, do they annihilate each other?”
    No, but put combine five cardinals in differently colored robes together and you get a Catholic Voltron.

  9. ah58 says

    So why don’t they admit that joining the priesthood destroys families? Doesn’t that decrease the number of possible marriages? If one of your arguments is that same sex marriage can’t result in children, isn’t “marrying the church” going to have the same effect?

  10. baal says

    “a more sinister international cadre of highly placed secularist social engineers”

    Cold war part deux? The ‘reds’ are hiding among us! Hide your Children!

    @ Bee and Bronze from Baal
    “all this testerical BS”
    oh goodie highly gendered sexist language! ’cause all males with testicles agree with the Vatican or something?

    You empower the asshats who want to refer to women they don’t like as hysterical harpies (or equivalent sexist language) to say, “well you do it too.” If you’re going to assert gender neutral language should be the norm, then do that. If you’re going to assert that no-one is allowed to use language in a hostile way towards women, it’s a harder sell and requires you to do rear-guard defensiveness to explain why you get get the privilege of sexist language while they don’t.

  11. says

    …cause all males with testicles agree with the Vatican or something?

    No, ’cause Vatican doctrine is tailored to support the notion that having testicles makes you better than those who don’t have them.

  12. corporal klinger says

    They keep on talking that equal marriage rights will corrupt marriage and family and in the end destroy the whole country. Besides that this did not happen in the countries which already have marriage equality, I still have to read HOW and WHY marriage and family will be corrupted and the country destroyed!
    I mean something like :
    Equal rights will corrupt marriage and family and destroy the country BECAUSE
    a.)
    b.)
    c.)
    and so on……….

    or is it really just BECAUSE god said so ??

  13. kermit. says

    baal, sometimes humor is a sharper blade than righteous indignation, and a cutting wit may enlighten better than condemnation, no matter how pure the ideology.

  14. corporal klinger says

    Sorry d.c. wilson.
    thank you for the laugh.

    modusoperandi: still a good one :-)

  15. Michael Heath says

    Bishop Jean Laffitte . . . affirmed what many in the pro-family movement have long believed, that the push for “gay marriage” is not coming exclusively from homosexual lobbyists, but from a more sinister international cadre of highly placed secularist social engineers seeking a radical alteration of the foundational ideas of Western Civilization.
    [emphasis Heath's]

    That’s some weapons grade projection there. Gay rights advocates are promoting liberty, it’s the Christianists who seek to socially engineer society to conform to their religious edicts.

  16. Nick Gotts (formerly KG) says

    a more sinister international cadre of highly placed secularist social engineers seeking a radical alteration of the foundational ideas of Western Civilization.

    Hey! Why was I never invited to join? I coordinated an international project on behaviour change* and everything!
    *pout*

    If you bring a pope and an antipope together, do they annihilate each other? – d.c.wilson

    I believe CERN is currently working on the LPC (Large Papal Collider) which will be used to investigate this question when the opportunity arises.

    *OK, it was only on domestic energy demand, but still…

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