Freedom of Conscience? Not in Australia.
The day before the Immaculate Conception, Australian same-sex marriage was legalized. In doing so, the country has opened the door to persecution of Christians.
Ironically, while the gay lobby perceives itself as inclusive, but Australia’s new law does not allow for freedom of conscience. Attempts to pass such conscience clauses were made but defeated. So parents are forbidden to counter gay propaganda or remove their children from classes, when they are now indoctrinated in schools. LifeSiteNews reported owners cannot hire based on same-sex marriage exclusions, businesses can be forced to participate (such as making cakes, supplying flowers, etc.) and Christians are not to be permitted free speech in disagreeing with “gay marriage”. This is not tolerance, but an attempt at mind control.
Communists and Nazi party members did the identical thing. Relativism dictates erroneously that everyone can form their own decisions, that there is no right, no wrong. Evil regimes attempt to indoctrinate, as the Nazis did the Hitler Youth group. They started boys at the young age of six, know that by doing so, and making the state and not the parent the arbiter of right and wrong, this would help their cause. Nevertheless, in the end the Church triumphed and those governments failed.
Nearly 5 Million Oppose Australian Same-Sex Marriage
Australia started with a non-binding referendum, sent through the mail to all registered voters. Nearly 62 percent of returned forms favored gay “marriage” of the 80% return rate (20% did not participate in the referendum). However, those returned who opposed were still over 4 million, statistically significant.
Catholic priests are among those few granted a reprieve. This may be a mute point, as the Catholic Church would not in any circumstance participate regardless of government policy. But according to Catholic News Agency, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated the law would not force marriage celebrants to perform homosexual weddings, “nor did it threaten the legal status of religious groups who hold that marriage is only between a man and a woman.”
Marriage is One Man, One Woman
Marriage is a Sacrament, comprised of one man, one woman, open to life and procreation. The Catholic Church’s stance is homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to natural law” and that “homosexual persons are called to chastity” (CCC 2357-2359). In fact, all single, unmarried persons are called to a life of sexual abstinence, and while “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided, these persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.”
Mid-November Australian Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, issued a statement. From Catholic News Agency:
Parliamentarians must recognize and respect the concerns of the more than 4.8 million Australians who opposed a change to the definition of marriage by putting in place strong conscience and religious freedom protections. These protections must ensure that Australians can continue to express their views on marriage, that faith-based schools can continue to teach the traditional understandings of marriage and that organizations can continue to operate in a manner that is consistent with those values.
While he affirmed the love that the Catholic Church has for our brothers and sisters as human beings struggling with their sexuality, he equally weighed in on the immutability of Catholic marriage, as a union between one man and one woman, open to life and procreation of children. The bishops will also continue to push for protection of children from Australian same-sex marriage double-speak in schools.
Australia’s same-sex unions will start taking place January, 2018. During December, when we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and also Christmas, let us pray for the defense of marriage and family.