It’s fairly obvious that the family is under attack. We hear about it all the time in the news, whether it’s the redefinition of marriage in the legalization of same-sex “marriage”, the politically correct language against “discrimination”, the option to “choose” your sex, or of the course the older problem of divorce. Here in Ontario, we are currently facing the major issue of sex-education in the school system. But it’s not just the family that is under attack. Humanity itself is under attack, the humanity that we in the Catholic Church are entrusted with to protect in its dignity and sacredness. In Canada, about a year ago, the Supreme Court struck down the existing law prohibiting euthanasia. Prostitution is no longer completely illegal. And of course, there is always the evil of abortion.
These evils are not restricted to the “secular” world. They are making their way (and have been for some time) into the Church itself. Liberalism is seeping substantially though the dioceses, crying, “Discrimination! We are not men, we are people! Gender-neutral!” This we can see in the new translation of the Gloria in the Mass: “people of good-will.” What happened to “men of good-will?”
Liberalism continues its battle-cry: “We must conform to the times. We are stuck in the Dark Ages with all this mournful chanting and long robes and obscure language. Let’s change and make everyone happy. We’re one happy community of people. It’s okay if you want to be a boy. It’s okay if you want to be a girl. It’s okay if you want to be neither. Everything’s okay so long as we’re open minded and we love each other.”
The problem is everything is not okay. We’re so stuck up on not offending anyone, even if we think they’re wrong, that we allow ourselves to go along with it. God wants us to love each other, right?
Duh yeah. But love does not mean condone evil. One of my favourite people said that we must live the Gospel without compromise. This is exactly true. If we compromise our beliefs, who is keeping the truth and spreading it? We make up the Church in the Mystical Body of Christ. We are the Church, “the Church of the living God, which upholds the truth and keeps it safe” (1 Timothy 3:15). If we are the Church, then we must uphold the truth—the truth of life, humanity in its essence, and the glorious state of man as priest, prophet, and king made in the image of God and heir to the Kingdom.
In this current age, with everything I mentioned above (and more), we are fighting a battle. But this isn’t just about us versus the world. This is about the army of God on Earth—which is us, the Church Militant—together with the host of Heaven led by St. Michael fighting the forces of diabolical evil led by the fallen angel of light Lucifer. It’s so easy to forget that the errors of the world are truly and legitimately fostered by Satan. This—abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, gender-neutrality, trans-genderism, etc.—is all the work of Satan’s hand. He is the one working to destroy humanity by these means, because humanity shares in the divinity of God. Lucifer can never prevail against Heaven or God Himself, so he attacks God’s children. These weapons he uses strike at the very heart of humanity itself, for they strike at the uniqueness of sex, without which we do not have the continuation of the human race.
[And by the way, I use the word “sex” very deliberately, as opposed to “gender”. “Gender” has been completely misused and redefined by society almost as a synonym for sex. Here I am going to steal from the blog Catholic Insight to explain: “‘Gender’ is a linguistic term that has been misused as a replacement of biological sex, and as such is to be avoided” (http://catholicinsight.com/submissions/). In other words, “Gender” is only a term for grammar, such as when we say in Latin that servus is masculine and aqua is feminine.]
All along Satan has known that the way to attack God is through God’s creation, and the way to attack God’s creation is to attack the family. He began (after original sin) by having Cain murder his own brother. Now, it is much more subtle than murder, and a lot more dangerous. Lucifer attacks the family because the family is the fabric by which society is made, and is also the symbol of the Trinity.
The Fabric of Society
The family is the original cell of social life (CCC 2207).
The family is the fabric of society because a family is a society. Society is simply people together in some form of unity (cf. CCC 1880); the family is the smallest yet most fundamental example of society.
In the family, children learn how to behave in a society, which prepares them ultimately for their entrance into the larger social sphere outside of the family: “Family life is an initiation into life in society” (CCC 2207, cf. 2224). Without the natural learning process that is integral in family life, a child will lack the necessary knowledge of communication and interaction. Thus the family prepares for a mature life in society: “Authority, stability and a life of relationships within the family constitute the foundations for freedom, security and fraternity within society” (CCC 2207).
Satan, of course, desires that society destroy itself, and aims for the breakdown of coherent human relationship. In attacking the natural family by means of “redefining” what a family is, he destroys the first school of communication. This is evident in circumstances of divorce. The Catechism says,
The relationships within the family bring an affinity of feelings, affections and interests, arising above all from the members’ respect for one another. The family is a privileged community called to achieve a ‘sharing of thought and common deliberation by the spouses as well as their eager co-operation as parents in the children’s upbringing (2206).
When a family loses communication in misunderstanding and disrespect, relationships cannot be maintained and the family breaks, dissolving the initial place of learning.
There are other situations beside divorce that threaten the natural family, such as gay, lesbian, trans-gender, or whatever else parents. Also, by encouraging children to “choose” their own sexual identity, parents are encourage a collapse of discipline in which the child will come to believe that he can have the final word in everything. If this continues into adulthood, how will the child respond to any form of authority without complaining of some form of discrimination?
To be continued…