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April 27, 2015  

(1Co 6:9-11) Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: Neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers: Nor the effeminate nor liers with mankind nor thieves nor covetous nor drunkards nor railers nor extortioners shall possess the kingdom of God. And such some of you were. But you are washed: but you are sanctified: but you are justified: in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God.

AUDIO SANCTO: Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner

ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON: On Praying for a Deep Hatred and Fear of Sin and Its Darkness by Msgr. Charles Pope

Jesus light of the world, please help me to fear and detest the darkness. Help me to love the light and be shocked and disoriented by the darkness. May I never be able to navigate its shadows or find the twilight a happy medium. Only the light of you, pure, dear Lord, only light. May all else depress, disorient, and cause me to despise it without compromise. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

CRISIS MAGAZINE: The Case Against Same-Sex “Marriage”

: Court’s same-sex marriage ruling to define our time

On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, perhaps the most important civil rights case in a generation.

The court will consider whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license, or at least to recognize, marriages between couples of the same sex. If the justices answer yes, then the federal government will require all states to accept same-sex marriage, even where it is strongly opposed.

If they answer no, then states where it is now legal but unpopular will be able to re-illegalize such unions, causing immense legal and financial uncertainty for same-sex couples living there. The ruling will, in either case, define our epoch as Plessy v. Ferguson and Roe v. Wade define theirs.

The story begins in 2013 with Ohio couple James Obergefell and John Arthur. They had been together for twenty years, but now Arthur was dying of ALS, and they wished to marry while they had time. Because same-sex marriage is illegal in Ohio, they flew to Maryland. Arthur was so weak that the ceremony was performed on board the airplane while it sat on the Maryland tarmac. When Arthur died three months later, Ohio refused to recognize Obergefell as his legal spouse on the death certificate. He sued, and the case eventually made it to the Supreme Court. It is the leading item in a set of four same-sex marriage petitions to be heard on Tuesday.

EXCERPT CATHOLICPHILLY: Definition of marriage in America at stake in Supreme Court’s rulings

In agreeing in January to take the cases, the Supreme Court said it would consider two constitutional questions:

— Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?

— Does the 14th Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state?

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed a brief arguing that the state laws limiting marriage of heterosexual couples should be upheld. The first reason the USCCB cites is that “as a matter of simple biology, the sexual union of one man and one woman is the only union capable of creating new life,” and that homes with a father and a mother are the optimal environment for children. It said it is “reasonable and just” for states to treat heterosexual marriages as having more value than other kinds of relationships.

“Government support for a marital bond between mothers and fathers serves the interest of reducing, or preventing further increases in, the incidence of single parenthood and the consequent burdens it places upon the custodial parent (usually the mother) and the public,” it said.

The USCCB also argues that laws permitting same-sex marriages redefine the traditional definition of marriage and would “needlessly create church-state conflict for generations to come.”


March For Marriage 2015: Organizers Say 10,000 Turned Out For Anti-Gay-Marriage Demonstration
Key briefs in Supreme Court's same-sex marriage case
NPR PODCAST: Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Sober Living

49. A hermit said, 'When the donkey's eyes are covered it walks round the mill-wheel. If you uncover its eyes, it will not go on walking in the circle. So if the devil succeeds in covering a man's eyes, he leads him into every kind of sin. But if the man's eyes are uncovered, he can more easily escape.

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