A Father’s Cry to the Bishops

I sent this letter to Bishop Richard Smith, the Bishop of Pembroke Ontario and the current president of the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops…

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Your Grace,

I hope this email finds you in good health and I pray that your trip to Rome was a fruitful and blessed one.

A number of weeks ago, I sent you a documentary on DVD called “C-38: The Search for Marriage”. I have since sent Mr. Alphonse Ainsworth the final version which has been shortend. If you have not viewed it yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. It is an excellent, first-rate production which, in my opinion, is exactly what we need to share with Catholics and the public at large. Mr. Ainsworth can discuss its merits with you, as he has seen it and expressed a favourable opinion to me.

Mr. Ainsworth indicated to me that you were looking for my assessment of the current marriage issue in Canada and what strategy I would suggest. Here are my thoughts.

It seems that as every day passes by, our country continues to unravel in a social and moral free fall. Two years ago, serious, profound attacks on the Canadian family seem to occur every month. Today, as I write this message to you, the barrage of filth and depravity is daily, and it shows no signs of abating but only increasing in ferocity and malice.

As you are well aware, if the perversion of marriage is accepted in Canada, it will be perhaps a matter of months – not years – before the Church’s freedom is threatened. I am sure you have long recognized this. It is not implausible that the Church will eventually be driven underground.

Your Grace, I speak to you as one father to another. I am a father of 4 daughters – Clarissa , Emma, Tonya, and Sophia. I can scarcely express the anxiety I feel about their future should we not be able to push back same-sex “marriage”. I cannot bring myself to think what will happen to them should they dare to remain resolute in the Catholic faith instilled in them when they are dragged before perverse courts of a perverse nation. I think we both know the answer to that question.

Without prejudice, your Grace, just wars have been fought for far, far less than the loss of the most noble relationship known to mankind, save the one he has with His Maker. And while I am in no way advocating violence, I want to communicate to you, in the strongest possible way that I can, that it is time for the Catholic Church to rise up and confront this menace head-on with the full and resolute witness that the Gospel demands.

While the pro-marriage forces are lobbying individual MPs, it is possible that despite these efforts, they will fall short. (If we are successful in opening the question again, it will not change what I am advocating, in any case, since the battle is far, far ahead of us yet). To be sure, the Christian people of this country, and indeed all people of good will, are looking for more than just political solutions or political means for preserving marriage.

Rather, they are looking for the foundation, the grit which undergirds and makes possible a political victory. Without this foundation, the house gets swept away. Our opponents understand that where there is no sacrifice and the necessary courage which that sacrifice demands, they know they can keep advancing with relative ease, unencumbered and unopposed.

It’s time to draw a firm line in the sand, Your Grace, to show not only our opponents, but also our own people, that we are resolute, serious, and not afraid to suffer for the sake of marriage and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our people need hope and inspiration more than anything else. A mere political loss means nothing unless our opponents break our spirit and our resolve. But if they do break them, we will indeed have lost our country and our nation’s very soul.

To this end, I have proposed a simple statement to accomplish three immediate goals:

1) To unite leaders of the social conservative movement in making a common profession to consolidate the message and the influence it has on the greater public.

2) To pledge to invest in rebuilding the institution of marriage in Canada.

3) To provide hope and inspiration for our constituencies.

And last and most importantly…

4) To sacrifice virtually anything to save marriage, including civil disobedience if necessary.

While I am obviously quite open to revising the text of the Resolution, I must advise against watering down the sacrificial nature of this communication for reasons I have made apparent above. The teeth need to be sharp. The line needs to be tight and firm. There is no point in sending out a “puff piece” which has no consequences to anyone or anything. Same-sex “marriage” will have disastrous consequences on us. We can either pay now with a little bit of sacrifice or we can pay later at a much higher price. Either way, we are going to pay.

The line must be drawn to protect our children, our freedom, and our faith, your Grace.

This far, we say to our opponents, and no further.

My children and this nation’s children deserve whatever sacrifice is demanded to preserve their matrimonial inheritance.

I hope you will join me in giving it to them.

In Christ the King,

John Pacheco

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DECLARATION OF RESOLVE TO DEFEND MARRIAGE

WE SOLEMNLY PROMISE TO DEFEND AND PROMOTE MARRIAGE AS THE EXCLUSIVE UNION BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.

WE DECLARE OUR FIRM AND UNEQUIVICAL COMMITMENT TO BIND OURSELVES TO THE CAUSE OF OVERTURNING THE CURRENT LEGISLATION IN RESPECT OF SO-CALLED SAME-SEX “MARRIAGE”.

WE PLEDGE TO OUR INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITIES TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE NECESSARY LEADERSHIP AND COURAGE NECESSARY TO OVERCOME THIS DARK PERIOD IN OUR NATION’S HISTORY.

WE PROMISE TO SHAKE OFF OUR LETHARGY, COMPLACENY, AND INACTION TO TEACH THE BEAUTY AND GOODNESS AND NOBILITY OF MARRIAGE, AND TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO INSPIRE OUR CONSTITUENCIES TO BE APOSTLES OF MARRIAGE.WE PLEDGE TO UNITE WITH ONE ANOTHER, PUTTING ASIDE ANY DIFFERENCES WE HAVE HAD IN THE PAST, TO SHARE, COMMUNICATE, AND ASSIST ONE ANOTHER IN DEFENDING THE NOBLE BOND OF MATRIMONY.

WE ASK FOR FORGIVENESS FROM GOD AND FROM ONE ANOTHER FOR OUR SINS AGAINST THE HOLY BOND OF MARRIAGE AND VOW TO MAKE AMENDS.

WE PLEDGE TO SACRIFICE AND SUFFER, IF NECESSARY, ANY HARDSHIP THAT IS DEMANDED OF US IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A FAITHFUL WITNESS TO THIS SUBLIME INSTITUTION.

WE RESOLVE TO STALL, THWART, DELAY, DEFY, AND REJECT ANY LEGISLATION WHICH ENCROACHES ON OUR HUMAN RIGHT TO WITNESS TO MARRIAGE BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL OTHERS.

WE PLEDGE TO PRAY FOR GOD’S MERCY ON OUR COUNTRY.

WE RESOLVE NEVER TO GIVE UP ON MARRIAGE, THE CANADIAN FAMILY, OUR NATION’S CHILDREN, OR OUR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE.

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WE THE UNDERSIGNED DO SOLEMNLY DECLARE BEFORE GOD AND OUR COUNTRY.

Et creavit Deus hominem ad imaginem suam: ad imaginem Dei creavit illum, masculum et feminam creavit eos. Benedixitque illis Deus, et ait: Crescite et multiplicamini, et replete terram – Gen.1:27-28

OCTOBER 13, 2006 A.D.

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