A study in contrasts

I saw this juxtaposition of quotes about the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision at Pundit and Pundette:

Pres. Barack Obama:

On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.

Justice Antonin Scalia:

I promise you this: The only thing that will “confine” the Court’s holding is its sense of what it can get away with.

Fr. Fessio:

“People, myself included, lament the moral decline of America,” reflected Fr. Fessio, “Without this stunning intellectual decline—where one can claim that an unborn baby is not a human person and that man-to-man copulation is equivalent to marital union—we could not have sunk so low. With this decision we are about to sink even lower. God help us.” He said that he thinks it is clear that the rulings are “going to make it far more difficult for those who defend marriage.”

Asked how the rulings will affect the Catholic Church in the United States, Fr. Fessio remarked that they “will call forth saints and scholars who will ‘shine like the stars in the midst of a wicked and perverse generation’. They will also be humiliated and very likely, in time, persecuted. Welcome to the Brave New World.”

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  1. Jean Marie says:

    Sometimes I think Obama will be our Diocletian, but then I comfort myself with the thought that just 10 years after Diocletian came Constantine the Great.

  2. Priam1184 says:

    Father is it wrong to pray for the hastening of the collapse of this society as all of its structures seem to exist for the advancement of evil?

  3. McCall1981 says:

    Great quote from Fr. Fessio.

  4. majuscule says:

    Fr. Fessio the Jesuit!

  5. Supertradmum says:

    God bless Father Fessio. Maybe some Catholics will wake up.

  6. chantgirl says:

    Why would Obama admit to something that’s several steps ahead in the playbook when he knows most Americans aren’t ready for it yet? When birth control was legalized, did Catholics really think that someday they would be forced to pay for someone else’s? When abortion was legalized, did Americans think they would be forced to pay for abortions with their tax dollars, or that our financial aid to poor countries would be tied to population control measures?

  7. yatzer says:

    So, as a result of this general outlook on the future, I am hearing that having children now would not be a good idea because they would either join the dark side or else face persecution. This is not my question, BTW; I’m way beyond that possibility. I just don’t know how to answer it. If this is a rabbit hole, sorry Father, just delete.

  8. JARay says:

    In what was the “Civilised” world civilisation is disappearing. We must look to places like Africa now for the re-birth of civilsation.

  9. StJude says:

    Wow…the Fr. Fessio quote gave me chills.

  10. James Joseph says:

    This is a bit of background on the whole Justice Scalia writing, “Hostes humani generis” about Justice Kennedy implicitly declaring opponents of the homosexual thing to be ‘

    There is a thing in old legal codes a thing call a ‘Writ of Outlawry’. Those people who are deemed ‘Hostes humani generis’ are considered notorious enough to have earned no legal protection whatsoever. Any violence may be done upon them at anytime under any circumstance. The legal system making a promise not prosecute or pursue those who render said violence.

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