Archive for 29/03/2012
Due to the Easter Holidays, the next Just A Catholic Dad is due to be recorded until the 17th April. Please keep sending your feedback in, although I’m going to be offline for most of the time and spending some time with my family. Until then, have a holy Eastertide, and we’ll meet up again in April.
Sean, Nicki and Caitie
Pigeon wrestling, confidence crises, Neil Armstrong, redefining marriage, Sean’s Lenten Prayer Journey and quickie-confession – all in this episode of JACD….
This week’s 60 Second Saint is St Therese of Liseux by Rebecca.
Redefinition Of Marriage:
End Music “Lead Me To The Cross”, by John Miles, available through www.musicalley.com
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This was the letter to the local newspaper which I wrote recently on the subject of redefining marriage in reply to a series of anti-Christian letters in general, but one in particular which was particularly loopy! I will willingly admit that I borrowed heavily on the resources available at Catholics For The Common Good (http://ccgaction.org/swc/realityofmarriage) who were able so eloquently and succinctly to put into words what I was trying to get clear in my head! Anyway, more on the subject on the next episode….
(To put the letter into context, the correspondent began from the supposition that marriage was a public declaration of commitment to each other and that denial of marriage to same-sex couples would be the same as denying marriage to coloured people. He cited as an example that the Christmas tree was a pagan symbol adopted for Christmas, but that just as we do not allow pagans to define what a Christmas tree is, so should Christians not be allowed to define what marriage is (go figure!). He then painted people opposed to the redefinition of marriage as religious bigots or homophobes and guilty of discrimination. He finished with the claim that opposing the redefinition of marriage was gross discrimination and should be consigned to the dustbin of history! It was impossible to reply to all his meandering inaccuracies, so I had to keep the reply very focussed. I did the best I could!).
‘Mr XXX’s assertion that opposition to redefining marriage to include gay relationships is discriminatory would be valid if marriage was just a public declaration of commitment between two people, but it’s not, and he starts from a false assumption leading to false comparisons. Throughout history, the reality is that ‘marriage unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union’. This second definition reflects the reality that it takes one man and one woman to form a complete human unit for the continuation of society. It is written into our very nature as human beings and male and female compliment and facilitate each other in this reality.
Although Christians do indeed have a sacramental view of marriage, the motivation for opposing redefining marriage to accommodate same-sex couples is not intended to deprive them of benefits or diminish them in any way, it is to protect and promote the reality of marriage as the foundation of the family, the first and original cell of society. Our headlong rush into redefining something so fundamental, with so little complexity of thought, with the proponents selling such a diminished view of what marriage is and ignoring the critical element of procreation and children will have far-reaching and possibly disastrous consequences in the future. Alas, this is unlikely to carry much weight in this “You have, we want and if you oppose us you are discriminating homophobes or religious bigots” climate.‘
Hi Guys, Kevin asked if I could put out a list of the 60 second Saints that we’ve featured in the podcast thus far. So here it is – and there’ve been quite a few! This list is current up to and including Just A Catholic Dad 70:
St Serpahia, St Rosalia, St Laurence Justinian, St Wilfrida of Wilton, St Hubert, St Albert The Great, St John of The Cross, St John of Damascus, St Lucy, St George St Josemaria Escriva, St John Fisher, St Monica, St Joseph, St Anselm of Canterbury, St Notker The Stammerer, SS Romanus and Lupicinus, St Maud, St Benedict of Nursia, St Gontran, St Anicetus, St James The Less, St Brendan, St Jean Baptiste de Rossi, St Anthony of Padua, St Cecilia, St Bertha, St Camillus of Lellis, SS Thea and Valentina, St Alphonsus, SS Adrian and Natalie, St Theodore of Canterbury, SS Cosmos and Damien, St Gerard, Abbott, St Cainnech, St Brother Andre, St Joan of Arc, St Willibrord, St Felix of Valois, St Joseph, St Nicholas, St Elizabeth Ann Seaton, St John Neumann, St Benedict, St Veronica Giuliani, St Katherine Drexel, St Michael, St Sebastian, St Padre Pio, St Barbara.
Phew!! So if your favourite saint hasn’t been featured yet, why not record one in an MP3/MP4 file or a use the old fashioned writing method of around 230 words. send it to me and I’ll do the rest!
Just a reminder, unless a sudden window of opportunity arises, there’ll be no JACD recorded this week.
Caitie and Sean reach for the gas masks, Caitie’s singing causes unintentional giggles and Sean tries to fathom talents and vocations. Also, more Holy Homework and your great feedback.
No 60 Second Saint this week –it’ll be back next episode!
The Bishops’ Letter:
Homosexual Activist Disrupts Reading of Bishops’ Letter:
Catholics For The Common Good:
End Music “God Will Work It Out”, by The Holloway Drake Singers, available through www.musicalley.com
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Caitie is T-I-R-E-D, Sean goes into school to read on World Book Day and an update on his Lenten prayer programme. Holy Homework, 60 Second Saint and more on the current gay marriage and abortion issues in the UK and your feedback. Also, more Holy Homework, a 60 Second Saint and your great feedback.
This week’s 60 Second Saint is St Barbara by Barbara.
Links: Don’t Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate by Caryl Hart, Leigh Hodgkinson: ISBN 978-1-40830-498-3
The Catholic Laboratory: www.catholiclab.net
Simcha Fisher ‘Fight Globally, Be At Peace Locally’: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/simcha-fisher/fight-globally-be-at-peace-locally
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Marriage is under direct attack in the United Kingdom from a militant homosexual lobby supported by a weak Government desperate to show its liberal credentials. The reality of marriage – ‘marriage unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union’, is, in essence, to be redefined as merely the public recognition of a committed relationship between loving adults (Source: http://ccgaction.org/swc/realityofmarriage). Despite Government ‘assurances’, recent case law in the UK has subourned religious freedoms and beliefs to the demands of homosexual ‘equality’, and it will be only a matter of time before the Church will face legal action by disaffected homosexual couples for not agreeing to either perform homosexual ‘marriages’ or to host homosexual ‘wedding receptions’ or functions on their premises. The opposition to the redefinition of marriage is not an attempt to discriminate against the homosexual community, nor to restrict their ability to commit to each other publicly should they so wish; that is already available through Civil Partnership; but to call a homosecual civil union a marriage is disingenuous and is incompatible with the universal and ancient understanding of marriage and its intertwining with fertility and bringing forth children into the world. Words may be changed, but realities remain the same. An apple is not an orange, no matter what colour one tries to paint it. This is also about religious liberty and freedom of conscience. At the moment, there is no discrimination against the homosexual community, despite their protestations, in the same way as I am not being discriminated against as a man because I cannot bear children – it is the natural order of things. To attempt to redefine marriage would be to attempt to impose an unreality on people and force them to accept it as a reality – unfortunately, no matter how many times I tell myself that I can bear a child – it still could not happen without unnatural intervention. Please sign the petition.
Please sign at: http://c4m.org.uk/