A priest friend sent me some notes in response to my posting HERE of the CDF’s 2003 document: Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons.
His points are worth sharing. I’ll edit a bit:
1. Saint Charles Lwanga and his Companions, Martyrs.
The document was published on June 3, 2003, Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and his Companions, Martyrs.
I do not think this was a coincidence!
Saint Charles Lwanga and his Companions were killed by the homosexual King Mwanga of Buganda (yes his country was really called that!). The first martyrs were killed because they tried to protect the young page boys from the king’s unnatural sexual desires. The later martyrs included many of the page boys themselves.
The martyrs included both Catholics and Protestants – but of course Paul VI canonised only the Catholic martyrs. At Namugongo (half way between Kampala and Jinja) there are separate shrines to the Catholic & Protestant martyrs – although they were executed side by side.
Nowadays not all our political rulers may wish to indulge in deviant sexual practises themselves – but they do seem to wish to corrupt young people and to persuade them that there is no such thing as objective moral values.
2. Pope Francis is to visit Uganda in November
The reason for the visit is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs.
This is just after the Synod on the Family.
I do not think this is a coincidence either!
Jesuits are supposed to be pretty smart (although I do realise that this is not always the case) and they are also reputed to be also rather …..er…..well…er….Jesuitical.
Now can you imagine the reaction Pope Francis would get if he turned up in Kampala in November and announced that the Uganda Martyrs had been mistaken – and that same-sex “love” is just as valid as the love between a husband and a wife?
But imagine the reception he will get if he upholds Christian marriage – and marital fidelity.
President Museveni of Uganda helped to lead an anti-AIDS campaign that did not rely on peddling condoms – but promoted abstinence before marriage and fidelity throughout marriage.
And Uganda succeeded in reducing the number of AIDS sufferers. Other counties (which did peddle condoms) did not.
“The use of condoms is not the ultimate solution in the fight against HIV/AIDS”, said President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at an AIDS conference in Thailand. He caused much controversy when he said the best ways to stop the spread of AIDS are abstinence and faithfulness in marriage.”
And especially when…
3. Pope Francis has just approved the canonisation of St Thérèse’s parents
“Louis and Zélie Martin will be the first couple to be canonised together as husband and wife. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, said the canonisation would testify to their “extraordinary witness of conjugal and familial spirituality”. HERE
Louis Martin (1823–1894) and Zélie Guerin (1831–1877) had nine children. The five who survived infancy all entered religious life. The most well-known is St Thérèse, co-patroness of France.”