Ireland: Approval of Gay Marriage leads to Approval of Abortion

An Irish Times story, in the wake of Ireland’s popular vote approving same-sex marriage, discusses the next proposed change to Irish law and constitution: the legalization of abortion. This change is seen as the next step, after approval of same-sex marriage. But how are these two things related?

The “No” campaign (against gay marriage) by the Bishops and devout Catholics was like a sermon by a priest who is anxious not to offend anyone. He speaks only in a positive and encouraging manner, with no reference to sin or the judgment of God or Hell. He barely mentions God, and his listeners cannot tell from his words that he is a priest or a Catholic.

The “No” campaign said that children deserve both a mother and a father. The “No” campaigned spoke of the proper definition of marriage. The “No” campaign set aside morality and theology. Supporters of traditional marriage and the Irish Bishops themselves did not make a theological or ethical argument. They did not speak about the grave immorality of unnatural sexual acts, nor the grave immorality of voting for same-sex marriage. They did not warn the faithful against these mortal sins. They abandoned the moral high-ground and cast aside their own theology.

Bishop Donal McKeown said: “any argument which rests primarily on theological beliefs actually plays into the hands of those who wish to portray this referendum as being between religious conservatives and an increasingly liberal citizenry.” He argued instead that the referendum “involves a fundamental change in the traditionally accepted understanding of marriage and the family, with father and mother, as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of society.”

Other individual Bishops made similar arguments. Again, they did not mention sin or sexual ethics, nor did they warn the faithful that they would sin gravely by a “Yes” vote. The theme of the pastoral message of the Bishops of Ireland was: “Marriage is important – it has served us well – Reflect before you change.” There was no mention of morality or God. The Bishops did not base their argument on the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel.

The “Yes” campaign (for gay marriage) made an argument based on morality: equality, fairness, justice, and a condemnation of discrimination was their argument. They did not use the word “sin”, but essentially they were saying that a rejection of legalized same-sex marriage is morally wrong. They took the moral high ground away from Jesus Christ, and the Bishops did not even attempt to retake that ground.

The Bishops of Ireland erred gravely by declining to teach the faithful the teaching of Christ on sexual ethics and by not warning them that they would commit an objectively grave sin by voting “Yes”. In fact, the rejection of Church teaching on marriage and on sexual ethics is the grave sin of heresy, the penalty for which is automatic excommunication. And yet the Bishops failed to warn the faithful of this grave sin, and failed to inform the faithful that they are no longer worthy to receive Communion, if they voted “Yes”.

What Next?

Does it seem strange that the next proposal is to legalize abortion? The success of the “Yes” campaign was a successful rejection of traditional Catholic Christian morals. Having cast off the yoke of Jesus Christ and His moral teachings on sex and marriage, they next seek to free themselves from moral teachings on abortion. It is a progression away from Christian moral values, which then substitutes the fraudulent values of sinful secular society: alleged rights and freedoms replacing true love, life, and chastity.

What did you think would happen? One sin leads to another. This rejection of Catholic moral teachings will continue in Ireland and in other regions of the world until these secularized Catholics no longer call themselves Catholic or Christian. They will no longer attend Mass or donate money to the Church. They will reject one moral teaching after another, until nothing of Catholic ethics is left. And then they will progress to reject the teachings of the Church on salvation, which is largely based on sin and repentance, and on matters of faith. Finally, they will decide that Jesus was not the Son of God, but just a man (if they believe that he existed at all).

Any Catholic worldwide who knowingly rejects Catholic teaching on marriage or on sexual ethics commits the sin of formal heresy and is thereby automatically excommunicated. If you think that same-sex marriage is a true type of marriage, then you are not worthy to receive Communion. If you voted in favor of same-sex marriage, you should not receive Communion until you repent and confess. If you reject the teachings of the Catholic Church on sexual ethics, then you should not receive Communion, or attend Mass, or call yourself Catholic.

{8:34} And calling together the crowd with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone chooses to follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
{8:35} For whoever will have chosen to save his life, will lose it. But whoever will have lost his life, for my sake and for the Gospel, shall save it.
{8:36} For how does it benefit a man, if he gains the whole world, and yet causes harm to his soul?
{8:37} Or, what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
{8:38} For whoever has been ashamed of me and of my words, among this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also will be ashamed of him, when he will arrive in the glory of his Father, with the holy Angels.”

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

Please take a look at this list of my books and booklets, and see if any topic interests you, especially The Catechism of Catholic Ethics and Roman Catholic Marital Sexual Ethics

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5 Responses to Ireland: Approval of Gay Marriage leads to Approval of Abortion

  1. rennydiokno2015 says:

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  2. Matt says:

    I agree. But could you imagine how the flock would react if our Catholic Priests, Bishops, Cardinals, and even Pope Francis, publicly preach the hard sayings of Jesus and the realities of Hell. Our clergy have been too nice and it did not work.

  3. robbiegael says:

    There were No campaigners (lay people) such as Human Life International (Ireland) and the Iona Institute who proclaimed the truth.

  4. robbiegael says:

    Press Release from HLI Ireland.
    God’s law
    Patrick McCrystal, director of Human Life International – Ireland, has said the marriage referendum was “about whether or not the Irish people accept God’s law and, irrespective of the outcome, the law of God remains immutable”.
    He said that former president Mary McAleese “has missed the point”.
    “The Catholic curch teaches the sexual conjugal act is the exclusive preserve of man and woman as husband and wife; it is an act designed by God to be exercised by no one else . . . Premarital acts, extramarital acts, heterosexual, homosexual, solitary acts or with others – all seriously jeopardise the eternal welfare God created us for, to enjoy with him in heaven.”
    He said that everyone “is called to chaste self-mastery, according to their state; married or single, heterosexual or homosexual. There is no discrimination in this statement”.
    “We shouldn’t even be having this referendum. If we, as an Irish nation, chose to accept the amendment, we turn away from God and his laws. We seriously dissolve any claim we have to expect God’s blessing and protection as a nation.
    Mr McCrystal said: “How can we, with integrity, write into our Constitution recognition for homosexual pairings, in a document that invokes the authority of the Blessed Trinity and our obligations to Jesus Christ in its preamble

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