Protestants Who Sound Like Catholics
But Where Are the Catholics?
by Christopher A. Ferrara
February 11, 2015
To his everlasting credit, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court has refused to knuckle under to a federal district’s court diktat that the State of Alabama’s ban on “gay marriage” is “unconstitutional” under the Federal Constitution and that Alabama probate clerks must begin issuing marriage certificates to “gay couples” who show up at the courthouse to be “married.” The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear Alabama’s appeal.
In an interview with NBC News Justice Moore courageously declared: “The U.S. district courts have no power or authority to redefine marriage…. Once you start redefining marriage, that’s the ultimate power. Would it [the court] overturn the laws of incest? Bigamy? Polygamy? How far do they go? A lot of states in this union have caved to such unlawful authority, and this is not one. This is Alabama. We don’t give up the recognition that law has bounds.”
This is the same Justice Moore deposed from the office of Chief Justice by the disgraceful Alabama Court of the Judiciary in 2003 after he refused to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building. He was, however, reelected Chief Justice in 2012, defeating the Democrat who had replaced him.
Justice Moore said it: the law has bounds. Bounds established by God Himself in the Ten Commandments that Justice Moore refused to purge from the Alabama Judiciary Building. The Sixth of these is: Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery. “Gay marriage” is the worst possible form of adultery. No human authority has the power to declare it lawful, much less a constitutional right, contrary to the divine and natural law that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
Justice Moore is not a Catholic. And neither was Martin Luther King. Yet King — despite his checkered past, for which I offer no defense — gave a forthright and entirely Catholic explanation of the limits of human law in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail:
One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”
Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.
Two Alabamians, speaking in different eras and for entirely different reasons, today sound more Catholic than the generality of Catholic churchmen.
In that regard consider the absolutely repugnant “midterm report” of the Phony Synod of 2014 concerning the subject of “homosexual unions.” After stating that “unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same level as marriage between man and a woman” — thus opening the door to recognition of “same-sex unions” on some level — the report creates this diabolical “opening” to what it calls “homosexual unions”:
Without denying the moral problems associated with homosexual unions, there are instances where mutual assistance to the point of sacrifice is a valuable support in the life of these persons. Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to [...] children who live with same-sex couples and stresses that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority.
Notice how the Phony Synod — in a phony “report” by the Synod that the Synod Fathers never saw before Francis had it published without their approval — suggests there is something “valuable” about “homosexual unions” and that children living with “same-sex couples” is a situation now to be accepted, albeit with “special attention” to the “rights of the little ones.”
No doubt Justice Moore would be as horrified by this vile document as faithful Catholics are — indeed as the Synod majority itself was. Yet there it is.
What can one say when Protestants from Alabama cite the Ten Commandments, St. Augustine and St. Aquinas in opposition to unjust laws, including the legalization of “gay marriage,” while the Phony Synod’s midterm report speaks of the “valuable support” provided by “homosexual unions”? One can say only this: that we are in the midst of the worst crisis the Catholic Church has ever experienced.
With the Phony Synod and its phony midterm report in view, Bishop Athanasius Schneider observed that following the Arian crisis, the crisis of the 10th century (with its corruption of the papal court), and the exile of Avignon (1309-77), when the papacy was virtually a captive of the French Crown, we are now in the midst of “the fourth great crisis, in a tremendous confusion over doctrine and liturgy. We have already been in this for 50 years.”
The three prior crises, noted the bishop, “lasted some 70-80 years and were very bad for the Church.” This one, which may last even longer, can only be the worst of all, which is why Sister Lucia found it so difficult to write down that part of the Third Secret — the explanatory words of the Virgin — we have yet to see.