Last Friday, voters in Ireland overwhelmingly approved a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage and the Catholic Church is pretty much beside themselves about it. Keith Fournier, a Catholic deacon who used to be an attorney with the American Center for Law and Justice, gives us the usual “God’s gonna get you for that” argument.
So how could Ireland, by a 2 to 1 vote, exchange this truth for a lie? In 1968, Pope Paul VI warned in his letter On Human Life that separating the unitive and the procreative dimension of the conjugal embrace in marriage would lead to a degraded view of human sexuality. Rather than sexual intercourse in marriage being the gift of self, it becomes the use of another. The manufacturing of life in a test tube or use of the body of a third party as a carrying case in surrogacy replaces the beauty of bearing children.
In the sexual revolution, western culture embraced all of these things, and we are now tasting its bitter fruit. Sin separates us from God and from one another. It also separates us within ourselves — body, soul and spirit. What God meant to be joined together, we have rent asunder.
But there is still more to it. Paul VI warned in 1972 that the “smoke of Satan” had crept within the Church. It has. We face real opposition from a real enemy. At its root, the attack on marriage is diabolical…
When an entire country freely chooses to reject both the laws of nature and of nature’s God, there will be consequences.
Let us pray that those consequences become an occasion for the Emerald Isle to repent and return to what it once knew.
What would you use to smoke Satan? A bong? To paraphrase Prince, this is what it sounds like when bigots cry.