The following comes from a Feb. 20 story on the Catholic News Agency.
The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ marriage defense efforts has offered his support to a suggested constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
“An amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the only remedy in law against this judicial activism that may ultimately end with federal judges declaring that the U.S. Constitution requires states, and consequently the federal government, to redefine marriage,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.
The archbishop, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, voiced his support for such an amendment in a Feb. 19 letter to Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.).
Last July, Huelskamp introduced a Marriage Protection Amendment in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Amending the U.S. Constitution is a difficult process; only 27 amendments have been ratified in the nation’s history. To be formally proposed, an amendment must first have the support of either two-thirds of both houses of Congress or a national convention called by Congress at the request of two-thirds of the state legislatures. It must then be ratified by either three-quarters of state legislatures or three-quarters of special state ratifying conventions.
In his letter, Archbishop Cordileone pointed to a variety of federal challenges to “the constitutionality of state marriage laws that honor the reality of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
Just this month, he said, “a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled Virginia’s marriage amendment unconstitutional,” following a similar ruling for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
“Both of these decisions are part of a trend that began last December when a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah declared Utah’s marriage amendment unconstitutional,” the archbishop explained.
Rulings in Kentucky and Ohio also show that states may face increasing pressure for “recognition of out-of-state same-sex ‘marriages,’” he said.
“Given the litigation pending in federal courts around the country,” Archbishop Cordileone warned, “more bad decisions using the U.S. Constitution to strike down state marriage laws may be on the horizon.”
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While I support the constitutional amendment approach, it is short sighted to think that this is the only way to curb judicial activism. Look how the constitutional amendments we have always enjoyed, are now being shredded before our very eyes by those in all the branches of our government (who have sworn to uphold the constitutional) .
I pray for the day when all of our bishops and priest boldly speak out against the contraception mentality which has so crippled our nation and has contributed largely to the destruction of marriage and the family in our country. Look at how divorce, one product of contraception, has empowered our courts over numerous adult’s and children’s lives in our nation. To think that a little pill or a little snip-snip, which we were promised would “free us” has in reality enslaved an entire nation, not to mention the world!
You are right. Obama and his major appointees do not adhere to the US Constitution, and Congress does absolutely nothing about it.
There has been no attempt to impeach him.
King Obama rules by his Executive Orders.
being president of the most powerful nation in the history of humanity is a very difficult job he is my comander in chief and when he tells me march i will march and leave you cry babies behind
thomas nawn, would you have also marched for our President Ronald Reagan? :) I’m just wondering if you have any ability to discriminate or if indeed you are the loyal-to-the-death subject of “the” President of the United States that you claim to be.
That’s just nuts.
You are correct, Tracy. I doubt Cordileone can do this with his “style” – he likes the glamorous acts but not the unseen and he sure is making progress with building his own “Cordileone’s Catholic Church” – of course, with the help of Pope Emeritus Benedict (really retired?), Fessio, Levada, etc. Too bad they do not get the way of PF.
The Marriage Protection Amendment sounds like a good idea! However, what is also greatly needed– is for all the churches to firmly stand behind Christian teaching, and work very hard to totally obliterate the post-1960s filthy “hippie society,” with absolute conviction, and no compromise! PERIOD!! Our Church needs a total change of policy, as to how the Vatican wishes to run Church affairs! Will the Pope agree to firmly set aside the present approach– and to firmly and enthusiastically teach, preach, and carry out all Church affairs– by ONLY CATHOLICISM? And NO BALONEY?? Let’s see it!! Many Catholics of today, have never been taught their Church’s Catechism, and have NO CONCEPT AT ALL, of what Catholicism really is!! Our Church has been nearly annihilated, since Vatican II!! There is no respect nor understanding of Marriage in today’s society, and many young Catholics are totally illiterate, on this subject!! And just look at the horrific problem with the so-called “hook-ups,”as well as abortions and contraception, on Catholic college campuses!! A HORROR, before God!! Is there any respect at all, for the Virtue of Chastity, and 100% virginity, before a couple marries?? Does anyone in today’s sordid, filthy, diabolic world, have any respect for God, for Virtue, and for the necessity of seeking always to live in a state of grace, and to avoid SIN at all costs?? Mortal sin destroys the soul! It is so HORRIBLE!! Where is the solid teaching, preaching, support, and protection, for Catholic Marriage and Family life?? Does anyone even know, anymore, what it means, to be a GOOD, PRACTICING CATHOLIC?? Where are the Church’s priests and nuns, to teach and guide the Catholic Faithful?? Where is someone, for example– like wonderful Fr. Patrick Peyton, with his Rosary Crusade?? “The family that prays together, stays together!” And only the Church can form the people, in Christ! That is the Church’s job!! After a proper Catholic training, and proper Christian training in all the other churches– the people will then be well-prepared, to properly form a Nation, and dedicate it to God!
Repudiate Vatican II and get back to sanity. That’s the only way to fix the madness. Not likely to happen. AND, not until we have a pope who obeys the message of Fatima. Rant and rave all you want; the solution is simple.
The only good thing about Vatican II was the approval of the use of the local language instead of just Latin.
The Ladtin Mass should have been continued, in English, Spanish, French….whatever the language of the country or city or town.
While is could be considered nice…to be able to go anywhere in the world to hear Mass in Latin, most Catholics did not understand Latin, not even the Alter Boys (Servers)
Confession in the cubical was safe and private. In a large room alone with a Priest is not the best way…for comfort, safesty of women or children with the problems with SOME of the priests today. As in the Lord’s Prayer….”Deliver us from evil”.
Yes, Mass should be the same throughout the world – except it should be in the language of the specific Country.
Breaking up the Canon of the Mass to shake hands, holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer and other practices must be stopped.
(People can shake hands prior to or immediately after Mass.)
We should all knee to receive our God in Holy Communion. This shows the respect due Him.
Brian, I am in agreement with you that it would have been preferable if the only thing which changed in the post Vatican II Mass was the language. This would have been much easier and less disruptive to accomplish, as the Latin had already been translated into the local language allowing the people to follow along in their Missals.
I think that most people younger than 45 years or so of age do not realize that the rubrics and practices currently happening in the new Mass were not what was initially instituted either. For many years only the priest read scripture, which included reading the Epistle from one side of the sanctuary and the Gospel from the other. We all still knelt at the altar rail and received our Lord on the tongue, which was administered only by a priest. (I believe this changed in the late 80’s or early 90’s) Woman still wore head coverings, etc.
It seems that each decade since Vatican II ushers in more alterations to the rubrics of the Mass. As far as confessions becoming readily available “face to face”, this was started around 1980. I suppose there are those who might argue that the Holy Spirit is still trying to figure things out :(
Spoken like a true heretic.
The process for a US Constitutional Amendment must be reviewed.
As long as Catholics and others continue to support the Democratic Party of Death (Democratic Party includes abortion, and support for sodomy marriage in its National Platform), and VOTE for any poliitican of any Party who publically supports immoral activity – including their public votes, then there is no hope for a Constitutional Amendment.
The key is in our election process and the education of the voters.
Immoral politicians appoint immoral persons of like mind to positions of power.
The President and Judges who violate the Constitution by imposing their own positions, rather than merely enforcing existing law – should be impeached and removed from office.
All Legislative Powers shall be vested in a Congress of the US – Article I, Section 1.
Judges shall hold their power during “good behavior” – Article III, Section 1.
The USCCB and all Diocese Bishops should start preaching from the pulpits that it is a mortal sin to vote for any politician of any Party that supports abortion, sodomy marriage.
And they must publically correct Catholic politicians who give scandal by voting for abortion and sodomy marriage. Canon 915 & Canon 1399.
We must clean up our own house first. US Bishops must set the example.
Those who are in the public State of Mortal Sin must not be permitted to commit Sacrilege against the Body and Blood of our Lord.
“Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion – General Principles”
AS MIKE SAYS
“Thou hast said it!|
Please, Run for Office? You may be ridiculed by the sinners, however the Voters will Elect You!
Thank you, Mike.
This battle can be won. Praise the Lord for Archbishop Cordileone!
Calling a constitutional convention to amend the Constitution may be the most dangerous path to change in our system. A properly constituted convention can take up any issue it wants. It would not be limited to the one issue that so many want to change. It could in fact, change the whole constitution and thereby change our society. We need to be careful what we wish for. We need to stick to the basics of how our government runs. There are three equal branches: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. The Executive branch, unlike countries with a Parliamentary system serves as both head of government and head of state. The primary function, in addition to foreign relations is to implement the laws passed by Congress. The Legislature is responsible for passing laws. The Judicial is responsible for settling complaints between States and determining the constitutionality of the laws passed by Congress and the rules and procedures promulgated by the Executive. This is Freshman Civics class (if they still teach Civics?). There is great wisdom in the fact that there have been so few amendments after the original ten, the Bill of Rights. The Constitution has served us well over the centuries. We mess with it at our peril. Let’s find other solutions to the problem.
Bob One, from where does the EPA, NSA, IRS, Department of Education, etc. derive their power to enact their countless regulations? The individuals running these departments are not elected, yet they hold unconstitutional authority over us.
Think back to when you were a boy or young man and ponder the freedom you and others had in your lives compared with all of the regulation you or others now encounter on a daily basis. Your text book explanation of the “separation of powers” is an old song the majority who hold power over us have long ago forgotten.
If these agencies are acting with unconstitutional authority, how about citing an example or proving it in a court instead of just asserting something that amounts to a soft treason.
In the world of YFC we must worship government and all its agencies even if they abuse us, take our lands in the of equality and justice, to think other wise is treason…
Get some history and civics under your belt before speaking.
BRAVO! The CA Constitution Already Supports Marriage Sanity – And the Supremes Never Ruled on it – but the Gaystapo in the Judiciary pretend there is No Constitution, unless it plays to their pogrom:
Newly-launched pro-family coalition urges West to follow Russia’s lead on homosexual propaganda
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 21, 2014 (LifeSIteNews.com) – Over 25 pro-family domestic and international pro-family groups announced the launch of the Coalition for Family Values at the National Press Club today.
Including Americans for Truth About Homosexuality and Defend the Family International, the coalition was formed as a response to Western pressure against Russia’s homosexual propaganda law. The organization’s statement – seen in full at the end of this article – says it “is a U.S. based international network of loosely-affiliated independent pro-family organizations” that “serve[s] the global pro-family movement by encouraging and facilitating cooperation and coordination among pro-family strategists and activists.”
The Analysis of the Destruction of a ‘free press’ in Amerika and the Political Manipulation of its shadow masters is Compared to the Attack On the Church (Particularly from within) and masterfully de-constructed by MIchael Voris in this analysis of 2016:
Michael, was it you who was going to be on Voris back a few weeks ago? Can you please provide us with a link if that was you?
I will be a guest on Michael Voris’s Mic’d Up on March 12 at 5:00 PM PST. My subject will be how the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’s Religious Education Congress has contributed to the destruction of the Faith worldwide.
We need volunteers to help in our efforts to expose this attack on the Faith, both financial and personal help is needed.
I can be reached at: email@example.com/714-491-2284, 714-260-3821 (Cell)
The Congress starts on the 13th of March with Youth Day and unfortunately goes on until Sunday the 16th when it ends with something some foolish people may call a Mass.
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika!
Viva Cristo Rey!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
I will be a guest on Michael Voris’s Mic’d Up on March 12 at 5:00 PM PST
I will be exposing the how the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’s REC has been a mainstay in the destruction of the Faith worldwide.
The Congress starts with “Youth Day” on March 13 and ends with what some may still call a Mass on March 16th. We intend to demonstrate and pass out informative tabloids on Saturday March 15 from 9:oo AM until around 6:00 PM. Some of us will continue on Sunday from around noon until 5:00 PM when what some call a Mass will be taking place.
We need support from volunteers for this effort, and we desperately need financial support. Souls interested can contact me, Kenneth Fisher, at: firstname.lastname@example.org/714-491-2284, 714-260-3821 (Cell).
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika!
Viva Cristo Rey!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
Kenneth, how very spiffy for you.
I’ll buy some popcorn…
Anony, apparently what Mr. Fisher is planning on doing has struck a nerve with you. It is quite unusual for intelligent remarks to be spoken by one who has just had his funny bone struck or his big toe stepped on. Your response to Mr. Fisher clearly speaks to this reality. :(
The US-DOJ (Disciples of Judas) Requires Mandatory Pandering – as Silence will be interpreted as Disapproval of the Gaystapo Pogroms Destroying the Constitution and our Bill of Rights:
Losing the Right Not to be Silent (FRC – Family Research Council)
If the FCC isn’t silencing speech, the IRS will! In the run up to the 2014 elections, the President’s party can’t hide from its scandalous record during the 2012 elections, but it can certainly keep the opposition from talking about it.
Under a new proposal, the IRS would subject lobbying groups like FRC Action… restricted in helping churches register their members to vote, but we would be limited in distributing voter guides that show where the candidates stand on the important issues involving you and your family.
Obviously, the goal is to drive these groups out of business by making it too difficult to operate, just like the IRS targeting of conservatives did in 2011-12, arguably impacting the outcome of that election…
As recent history has shown us, this gives the Left the opportunity to harass and intimidate donors to conservative organizations until there is no opposition to their radical policies.
The effect is an information blackout, where candidates won’t be held as accountable for their votes…
The IRS needs to be accountable to “We the People.” You can help by providing public comment to the IRS to let them know that these proposed regulations are restrictive and chilling on grassroots citizen groups and everyone’s freedom of speech.
I hope you are successful with your topic. Based on experience, Roman Catholics practicing tradition can find preaching to the liberals and getting frustrated going nowhere with them. Only through fervent prayers (perhaps for years like St. Monica prayed for St. Augustine) to the Holy Ghost will the scales fall from the liberals eyes. Only the Holy Ghost has the power to change their vision, see clearly, and change their minds to follow the truth. Pray the rosary for restoration of Holy Mother the Church and world peace.
Instead of merely “defending marriage,” I firmly believe Archbishop Corleone should be DEFENDING THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO by shepherding his people right here, rather than flying all over the country constantly.
He’s never home — and so we end us with disasters like the National Shrine of St Francis of Assisi where the Archbishop’s #2 man, Mgr Tarantino, let his best friend take over the shrine and hire some woman who he later sexually abused, thus setting us, the people of San Francisco, up for some huge lawsuit now!!!!
If our Archbishop had tended to his own flock, maybe this disaster would have been avoided.
Anonymous, great comment and this is what I have tried to say over the last year. We had the AB in Oakland, he did very little and the new Bishop is now faced with the almost impossible task of getting things back in order. Time will tell. I can’t help but wonder if the AB believes that he is on some kind of fast track to a ‘Red Hat’. I think that we can all agree that there is too much politics within the Church today the majority of these leaders play games.
Fortunately, our Pope has recently denounced this type of careerism. To say that the Abp. did “very little” while he was here in Oakland is being pretty generous. While he was flying all over the country denouncing the HHS mandate, someone pointed out to him that Catholic Charities East Bay covered its own employee for contraception, a long-recognized fact the Abp. later admitted to in the diocesean newspaper—it’s really difficult to imagine climbing to a greater height of hypocrisy. (This was covered by cal-catholic here: https://cal-catholic.com/wordpress/2012/02/14/oakland-bishop-looks-at-his-own-situation/)
Nothing was ever done to correct this.
So why does the Abp. support this Constitutional Amendment on marriage, which doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of seeing the light of day? Because it will help him get on some cable talk shows. And of course because this also plays well with the vast majority of the sheeple here.
Thank you for not just looking, but seeing the bad situation we are in with this Archbishop in San Francisco. How does someone with such little pastoral ability and skill in general get appointed? Pure politics.
The Proposition 8 Legal Defense Fund is still in the game and has issued an update – although they are sorely pressed by the Judicial Gaystapo – who will trash Anything including the 1st Amendment to Enforce Mandatory Pandering:
“Where does Prop 8 stand now?
In a nutshell, the current status is this:
1.) To this day, Proposition 8 remains in place as Article I, Section 7.5 of the State Constitution, stating: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
2.) But, its enforcement is being blocked lawlessly due to the unethical collusion of state politicians and one corrupt federal judge.
At the outset, when the homosexual activists filed their lawsuit against Prop 8, they deliberately named only the Governor, the State Attorney General, and two hand-picked county clerks as defendants. The reason for that immediately became clear: Each of them promptly refused to defend Prop 8, clearing the way for Prop 8 to be struck down without opposition.
But that strategy was foiled by our appearance as Prop 8’s Official Proponents, stepping in to provide a legal defense for Prop 8…
Larry Brinkin is due for sentencing in a lenient Plea Deal on Wed March 5 in San Francisco, and Brinkin must register as a Sex Offender for Life.
To Add to the Outrage His attorney: “Knox said he did not believe Brinkin’s city pension would be affected by the plea because his conviction doesn’t fall under “moral turpitude.”
I Urge Californians to contact the City / Court and Demand that a finding of Moral Turpitude is called for, even if the Victims are ‘Just’ Toddler age Boys Raped by Homosex Pederasts.
Brinkin is one of the most well connected Pederasts in California, with numerous endorsements from the likes of former Frisco Mayor Gravid Nuisance and State Senator Mark “Kiddie Porn King” Leno, which has been shown by the Heavy Media Censorship of the Sick Story.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution proclaiming Dec. 1-7, 2010, “Larry Brinkin Week” in San Francisco because of his work on LGBT issues.
Prosecutors originally charged him with six felony counts of possessing and distributing child pornography, but dropped all but one felony count of possession as part of the plea bargain.
Reminding everyone here that Brinkin was given the honors and positions before anyone had any inkling of his pornography problem. And I would also point out that I don’t believe Brinkin has never been charged with pederasty. He was in possession of horrible child pornography, however. Stick to the facts, and stop trying to make it seem like person in town knew what he was up to and turned the other way. That would be what Bishops did for decades.
The State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 (S. 2024), introduced last month by Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), affirms a state’s right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and prevents the federal government from undermining a state’s definition of marriage.
Please contact your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation.
The State Marriage Defense Act provides much needed guidance to the federal government regarding how to determine a citizen’s marital status when applying the approximately 1,000 federal laws and benefits that reference marriage. In the wake of the June 2013 Supreme Court ruling striking down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage between a man and woman for federal purposes, chaos has reigned as some federal agencies are now granting approval of same sex marriage in states that do not recognize such marriages. As a result, the federal government has begun granting certain federal marriage benefits to same sex couples, even when the couple resides in a state that does not recognize their marriage.
This bill directs the federal government to determine marital status by looking to the law of a person’s state of residence. This simple rule ensures that the federal government won’t undermine the 33 states which have enacted state policy in defense of natural marriage. Again, I urge you to contact your Senators and request their co-sponsorship of this important bill.
Senator Mark “Kiddie Porn King” Leno strikes again – just in time for Larry Brinkin Week celebrations in Sodom by the Sea:
1,378 new CA bills, including a new attack on Prop. 8
California lawmakers, bent on beating the Feb. 21 deadline to introduce new bills for this year’s legislative session, produced an onslaught of proposals last week, submitting a whopping 1,378 bills during the holiday-shortened work week.
The numbers are even more dizzying when you realize that both chambers combined to submit 1,927 bills since Jan. 1, meaning 72 percent of the proposed laws were pushed through in the final four days of the session. What’s more, the bill count doesn’t include simple, joint or concurrent resolutions…
One bill that is not so subtle—and woefully shameful for its blatant disregard for the will of the voters—is Senate Bill (SB) 1306, authored by Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. The bill seeks to override California’s constitutional amendment declaring marriage as between one man and one woman. The state’s voters, more than seven million people, approved the amendment in 2008 through the highly contested, but successful, Proposition 8.
In addition, Leno’s bill would strip all references to “husband” and “wife” in the state’s Family Code, replacing them with the word “spouse.”
Now, they seek to eliminate all references to gender characteristics that are distinctly unique to males and females.
Several other bills which do not go as far as Leno’s but also promote other LGBT issues are on our radar this session.
Let us suppose that the year is 2050, and the Church of the Divine Orgasm is now the most prevalent religion in the US.
Now, the CDO proclaims that people not having sex whenever they feel a mutual urge is showing defiance to the will of god. Therefore, anyone practicing celibacy is immoral, unethical, and completely destructive to the good order of society.
They pass new laws declaring it illegal for anyone to live a celibate lifestyle—including Roman Catholic clergy. To allow Catholic clergy to take vows of celibacy would be an attack on the institution of human freedom and equality, and would show disrespect for god. Lets us now suppose these laws pass by clear majority votes.
Would you then consider people who ruled those laws unconstitutional “black robed dieties” who are defying the will of the people by overreaching their judicial authority?
Tell me, why does the CDO have the right to tell people how they should order their lives within their own homes? And, if the Church of the Divine Orgasm should not have the power to ban vows of celibacy, why should legislatures today have the power to tell gay people they cannot order their personal lives as they see fit?
What year is this again?
The marriage amendment idea has already been proposed and failed.
The idea that it’s somehow going to be successful now as a reactionary measure to the widespread acceptance of what it seeks to prohibit is highly irrational
The polling data of public support pretty much sums it up:
A 2003 Wirthlin poll found that 57% of Americans supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
A 2012 United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll found that only 24% of Americans agreed that Congress should “pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in every state regardless of state law.”
What an utter waste of time and energy.
“Don’t Let the IRS Silence Conservatives (Patriot Voices)
Patriot Voices is standing tall with our grassroots allies across the country by expressing our opposition to the proposed regulations from the IRS that would curtail the activities of 501c4 organizations such as Patriot Voices and groups like us.
If you’ll recall several months ago, it came to light that the IRS was unfairly targeting conservative groups in an effort to silence our voices. This is a violation of our First Amendment rights, and an example of the extreme lengths the Obama Administration will go to quiet the opposition.
We have until February 27 to comment on these regulations, so please take 3 minutes right now and visit this regulation comment page to express your view. Here is a sample comment you can cut and paste if you’d like:
Please do not approve these proposed regulations that will impact my ability to express my First Amendment rights. The IRS is not a political entity, yet these regulations are politically motivated in an attempt to silence conservative voices. I ask that you do NOT approve these misguided regulations. I also request a public hearing on this proposed regulation.
peter, what are you so afraid of?
Jesus said; “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10: 26-28 :)