1. Moscow Conference

    image
  2. Rome 2017

    Rome 2017
  3. Fatima Portugal

    Fatima Portugal 2017
  4. Ask Father

    image

France Prepares to Ban Mom and Dad

by Christopher A. Ferrara
September 28, 2012

The Telegraph of London online edition reported on September 24 that "France is set to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from all official documents under controversial plans to legalise gay marriage."

The change of law is deemed necessary to accommodate the abomination of "gay marriages" in which, of course, there is no mother or father. To appease militant homosexuals, every single legal document and statute in France will be revised to remove the words "mother" and "father" and replace them with "parent" or "parents."

The proposed law mandating this absurdity purports to define marriage as "a union of two people, of different or the same gender." The same law would guarantee "equal adoption rights" to homosexuals.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, one of the more promising new cardinals in the Church today, whose seminary in Lyon trains its priests in the traditional Latin Mass as well as the New Mass, protested rightly that "Gay marriage would herald a complete breakdown in society. This could have innumerable consequences. Afterward they will want to create couples with three or four members. And after that, perhaps one day the taboo of incest will fall."

Not one day, Cardinal Barbarin, but very soon. For there is no evil beyond the pale in a society that has thrown off the influence of the Catholic Church, embraced the modern error of "liberty of opinion," and thereby totally abandoned the divine and natural law as the basis of human law. As Pope Leo XIII warned in his landmark encyclical Libertas (1888), on the errors of modern "liberty":

    Indeed, if the human mind be so presumptuous as to define the nature and extent of God's rights and its own duties, reverence for the divine law will be apparent rather than real, and arbitrary judgment will prevail over the authority and providence of God. Man must, therefore, take his standard of a loyal and religious life from the eternal law; and from all and every one of those laws which God, in His infinite wisdom and power, has been pleased to enact, and to make known to us by such clear and unmistakable signs as to leave no room for doubt.

Benedict XVI has summoned thirty of France's bishops to Rome in order to "urge them to fight against the new law." The Telegraph reports that the Pope admonished the French bishops that "We have there a true challenge to take on. The family that is the foundation of social life is threatened in many places, following a concept of human nature that has proven defective."

True, of course, as far as it goes. But the question is what will be the grounds of the opposition of the French bishops to this utterly evil law? Will we see yet another futile appeal to such secularized rationales as "concept of human nature" and "traditional understanding of marriage," or will we see, finally, an appeal to the absolute standard of the law of God, the only sure foundation of human law and social order, without which entire civilizations inevitably totter to their destruction?

"The world has heard enough of the so-called 'rights of man.' Let it hear something of the rights of God." Thus wrote Pope Leo in Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, promulgated at the very turn of the 20th century, seventeen years before our Lady appeared at Fatima to issue Her prophetic warnings to a world already mired in sin.

Indeed, the Message of Fatima itself is a proclamation of the rights of God over His rebellious creatures. Let us hope the bishops of France and the Catholic hierarchy at large — so much of which seems to have been seduced by the spirit of this "age of Liberty" — will recall before it is too late just whose rights they should be defending against what Pope Benedict has aptly described as the "dictatorship of relativism."