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Kudos to Archbishop Myers

by Christopher A. Ferrara
October 5, 2012

Finally — finally! — an American prelate has spoken out against the absurd abomination of "gay marriage" on the basis of something weightier than a prudential preference for the "traditional family" as a matter of the "traditional understanding of marriage." Finally, an American bishop has spoken of the law of God.

Marriage, writes Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark in his pastoral letter on the subject, is not only "as old as humankind," but "[f]rom the beginning God created the human race in his own image and likeness; male and female he created them." Marriage, he declares, is the "'primordial sacrament', predating the Fall and surviving original sin." (When was the last time we heard about the Fall and Original Sin from an American bishop?) Marriage, says the pastoral letter, is "not created by law or the state," but rather is "a natural and pre-political institution" that is "part of God's creative plan."

Marriage is rooted in the natural law, the Archbishop continues, quoting the pagan Roman philosopher Cicero, who recognized the natural law as "valid for all nations, and at all times" and further recognized God as its author: "there will be one master and ruler, that is, God, over us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator, its judge, and its enforcing judge." That has to be a post-Vatican II first for the American hierarchy: the invocation of God as Judge of humanity.

"Gay marriage," writes the Archbishop — with considerable courage in the face of the dictatorship of relativism — is simply contrary to the natural law. The natural law — what a joy to read this, at long last, in an American episcopal document — is "a participation in God's wisdom and goodness by man formed in the image of his Creator." Laws purporting to legalize "gay marriage," therefore, are unjust laws because they contravene the natural law, and any such law is therefore "no law at all" (quoting Saint Augustine).

There is even, in this pastoral letter, an explicit declaration against the evils of contraception and divorce, which have undermined the institution of marriage ordained by God and the natural law. The resulting "loss of the sense of fidelity and permanence within marriage and the loss of the centrality of offspring within marriage (through contraception and abortion) in favor of pleasure," the Archbishop observes, "has contributed to the arguments for 'same-sex' marriage."

The Archbishop concludes with a warning on the consequences for the Church if the march of militant homosexualism is not resisted by faithful Catholics: "How long would the state permit churches, schools or parents to teach their children homosexual activity is contrary to the natural law if homosexual marriage were a civil right? Already in Canada and other democratic nations 'hate speech' laws have been used to harass or even arrest clerics who preach the Biblical message about marriage."

Long overdue. But something else is long overdue: the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which would, as Antonio Socci has written, bring about "a radical and extraordinary change in the world, an overthrow of the mentality dominating modernity, probably following dramatic events for humanity." That mentality is what has produced the insane drive for "gay marriage."

Regarding consecration, the Archbishop might begin with the suggestion that America be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart — just as Italy was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI following a publicity campaign for Italy's consecration to Mary, conducted by the headquarters of the Fatima Center in Rome.

The Archbishop's pastoral letter is a good start (even if it could do without the obligatory pious reference to the deistic and anti-Catholic Founders of America). But what is needed in this culture war is the spiritual equivalent of an atomic weapon. That weapon is the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patroness of the Americas.