It’s not easy being a Catholic activist today. When you stand up for what Jesus and the Church teach against our opponents and even against misinformed and confused prominent Catholics (like Michael Coren), you risk being labelled as a “bigot” or a “homophobe” or “angry” or in “darkness”. This occurs even when you take great pains to explain the Catholic position over and over again to attempt to convince your opponents that their objections are totally baseless and without merit. But in the end, it really does not make any difference to them. You can bring up all of the facts you want, it’s simply not going to change their opinion. They will simply label you a bigot in order to “win” an argument, even if that label is completely bogus.
It’s part of the sexual narcissism of our age which has gripped and enslaved many people into believing that they are sexually autonomous beings who can define and redefine sex at their leisure. Please note, gentle reader, that this is indeed the very crux of the issue: whether sex is for leisure or whether sex is for sacrifice. Those 11 words basically sum up the entire battle that is being waged right now.
Our homosexualist opponents brook no dissent. Although they claim victimhood today, their Gay kings martyred Christian saints who would not bend the knee to their perverse sexual edicts. It wasn’t about consent then and it’s not about consent today. Curiously, when you point out these rather embarrassing historical facts, you are met with blank stares, closed eyes and covered ears. Such inconvenient facts are processed through a reality that is in opposition to the Truth, but for some curious reason, hatred in Gay Utopia is a one-way street. They control who gets to be victim and who does not. Our high priests of sex wield the nuclear weapon of victimology in the new cold war, and the Rainbow Jackboot wants to ensure that it alone has control over it.
And then when you ask, as in the case of Mr. Coren, for simple clarification or refer him to seek fatherly counsel, you are rebuked as a “sad man” who lives in “darkness”. When you press someone like Michael Coren who makes part of his bread and butter doing the Catholic circuit as a speaker to simply affirm something as fundamental as Humanae Vitae, you get banned from his Facebook page, because, as he says, he “cares too much about Christianity to allow and enable [me] to distort it.” I think the truth is somewhat different. I think the truth is that he cares too much about a family member or a close personal friend over and above the public witness that he’s giving about the Catholic teaching on homosexual relationships. That’s what I think.
Those of us who publicly witness to the Catholic Faith have a solemn duty to guard and preserve its teachings against any sort of corruption or manipulation, even when it concerns our own personal interests and those of our family members. It is irresponsible and wrong to seek to saturate the Catholic faith’s teachings in order to offer a false compassion and acceptance to disordered appetites – whether sexual or otherwise. If a Catholic Public Figure finds himself in a difficult situation concerning his family, and he does not want to cause unnecessary pain, the just and honourable thing to do is to speak to that person privately and perhaps stay quiet on the issue from a public standpoint. He is not forced to speak on this issue. But he certainly has no right to twist Catholic teaching into something it’s not, so he can have an easier time of it with his close relations. That’s not kosher. Many of us who publicly witness to the Faith – yours truly included – have suffered immensely within our own families for that witness. We held the line — not because of ideology or some silly religious stubbornness, but because offering false compassion is no real solution but only a mirage that does nothing to help our loved ones. It offers an inexpensive and happy trip to Hell. And besides, Jesus warned us that these days would come and told us to weigh our choice to follow Him very carefully.
For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. – Matthew 10:35-39
Following Christ is not all roses. Thorns come with it too. Woe to any of us who seek to remove the thorns and present a fake rose instead.