Even ‘The Demons Leave’

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by Raymond de Souza, KHS, KM  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 23, 2021   

Divine revelation on the sin of sodomy

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God "cannot bless sin," declared the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Therefore, the Catholic clergy, if they want to remain Catholic, do not have the authority to bless gay unions — period.

Francis DeBernardo

The Vatican argues that such unions are not part of God's plan and that any sacramental recognition of them could be confused with marriage. In the eyes of many, it appears to have gone in direct opposition to the famous "Who am I to judge"? of Pope Francis years ago. 

The "German Church" (instead of the Church in Germany) is highly displeased. Unfortunately, the land converted by St. Boniface became famous in history for having produced the likes of Luther, Marx and Hitler. Today it is another Marx, but this time he is a cardinal.

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which defends the acceptance of active homosexuals in the Church, predicted the Vatican position would be ignored, including by some Catholic clergy. Already he is proving correct.

"Catholic people recognize the holiness of the love between committed same-sex couples and recognize this love as divinely inspired and divinely supported and thus meets the standard to be blessed," he said. 

But this spin affirms the herald of sodomy in direct opposition to the Church of Jesus Christ, whose teaching explains love properly ordered as a lifelong union between one man and one woman — a reflection of Christ's love for man

Of course, every person must be treated with dignity and respect, but sodomy is and remains "intrinsically disordered." Marriage is part of God's plan and is intended for the sake of creating new life. You could call it "Genesis ideology" instead of gender ideology, if the word "ideology" did not have bad connotations.

Since sodomite unions aren't intended to be part of God's plan, they cannot be blessed by the Church, the Vatican declared. God "does not and cannot bless sin."

Who am I to judge?

On the other hand, Pope Francis has endorsed providing sodomite couples with legal protections in same-sex unions in the civil sphere, but not within the Church. Those comments were made during a 2019 interview with a Mexican broadcaster, Televisa, but were censored by the Vatican until they appeared in a documentary last year.

He was referring to the stance he took when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires. At the time, Argentine lawmakers were considering approving sodomite "marriage," which the Catholic Church naturally opposes. Then-cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio supported providing legal protections for sodomites in "stable unions" through a so-called law of civil cohabitation. Francis told Televisa: "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God."

The problem is that sodomites do not make a family. They may have "unions" or "partnerships," or "two people associations, but never a family.

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In 2003, the same Vatican office issued a similar decree, saying that the Church's respect for sodomites "cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions."

In doing so, the Vatican reasoned then, the blessing would not only condone "deviant behavior," but create an equivalence to marriage, which — again — the Church holds is an indissoluble union between man and woman.

The door has been slammed shut on the gay agenda.

Thus, the Vatican left nothing on the table for further discussion. The door has been slammed shut on the gay agenda, to the misery and anguish of those who, like Fr. James Martin and his ilk, wanted to have the church of God accepting sins against nature. 

Clear Catholic Teaching

The Catholic Catechism, in paragraph 2357, states, "basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, [1 Corinthians 6:15–20] tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered [Genesis 19:1–29; Romans 1:24–27; 1 Timothy 1:10]. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved."

St. Peter Damian and St. Catherine of Siena

The Courage International apostolate exists precisely to help those with deviant orientations to recover their normal sexuality or to remain in a life of chastity, which is the norm for everyone, in order to gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

"Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven," is the prayer that Christians regularly say. The Catholic Catechism, based on Sacred Scripture, clearly states that there are sins that "cry to Heaven for vengeance," and are therefore against the will of God. They include murder, sodomy, oppression of the poor and defrauding a worker of his wages. Each of these is considered especially egregious to God. While there were, until recently, civil legal restrictions on all four, the first two, in particular, have been losing battles in the courts for at least half a century, with sodomy making huge legal advances in both Ireland and the United States.

But just how bad is sodomy, really? If you listen to those sympathetic to people in homosexual relationships, you'd be led to believe it's just a little harmless affection between people who are "in love." So, on the scale of the serious sins, where does sodomy fall?

Saint Peter Damian, a Doctor of the Church, wrote extensively on the issue of homosexuality, especially among the decadent clergy of his time. His most famous writing is his lengthy treatise, Letter 31, The Book of Gomorrah (Liber Gomorrhianus), which contains the most extensive treatment and condemnation by any Church Father of clerical pederasty and homosexual practices. 

Another Doctor of the Church, St. Catherine of Siena, writes of sodomy — which also contaminated part of the clergy in her time — citing God's words to her:

They not only fail from resisting this frailty [of fallen human nature] ... but do even worse as they commit the cursed sin against nature. Like the blind and stupid having dimmed the light of the understanding, they do not recognize the disease and misery in which they find themselves. For this not only causes Me nausea, but displeases even the demons themselves, whom these miserable creatures have chosen as their lords. 

For Me, this sin against nature is so abominable that, for it alone, five cities were submersed, by virtue of the judgment of My divine justice, which could no longer bear them ... It [this sin] is disagreeable to the demon, not because evil displeases them and they find pleasure in good, but because their nature is angelic and thus is repulsed upon seeing such an enormous sin being committed. It is true that it is the demons who hit the sinner with the poisoned arrow of lust, but when a man carries out such a sinful act, the demons leave.

Imagine that: The sin of sodomy is so unnatural that it is even repellent to the very demons who tempt men to engage in it.

People having same-sex attraction — especially because of the propaganda and the recruitment tirelessly done by the sodomite lobby and the complicit silence or even support of the decadent clergy of our time,  horresco referens! — need help from everyone concerned with the salvation of souls. But those who indulge in the sin against nature cannot and will not be supported by any true Catholic among the laity or clergy.

Raymond de Souza, KHS, KM, is a knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, and a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus. A speaker on pro-life and apologetics issues, he is the delegate for international missions of Human Life International. He has visited 38 countries of the six continents as part of conferences held in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese and has speaking ability in Italian and Afrikaans. He is available to address Catholic audiences anywhere in the free world to defend the Gospel of life and the purity of Catholic doctrine, counting on the recommendation of bishops and priests in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. He has been a radio broadcaster in New Zealand and Australia and, today, writes a syndicated column for the weekly national Catholic paper, The Wanderer.
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