Marriage “equality” is the defining civil rights issue of our time, or so we are told. The proponents of same-sex marriage have explicitly compared their struggle to ending segregation and miscegenation laws. That is to say, marriage is a fundamental right which all people should be able to enjoy regardless of their sexual orientation. However, in the rush to overturn an institution which pred... More
Alfred Kinsey, the famous (or infamous) sexologist, estimated that 10% of the American population is homosexual. A 2011 Gallup poll found that Americans believe that as much as 25% of the population is homosexual. According to the findings (emphasis added):
There is little reliable evidence about what percentage of the U.S. population is in reality gay or lesbian, due to few representative survey... More
Last night as my wife and I were getting dinner ready, our oldest daughter, a sophomore in high school, dropped the question: “So, what do you guys think of gay marriage?”
I tried to downplay the shock and delight I felt that she actually initiated such a substantive discussion with us, and decided to see what she was thinking. I deployed the old technique of answering a question wi... More
The Supreme Court of the United States is hearing oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry today in what promises to be a historic case no matter the outcome. Meanwhile, supporters of marriage are marching on D.C. and Catholics across the nation are praying for religious freedom. A few weeks ago, we heard the story of the woman brought before Jesus for the crime of adultery. In it we have a remind... More
New York Magazine ran a feature this past weekend of a liberal family that has embraced traditional roles as a sort of counter-counter-cultural reversal of the feminist program. It is perhaps ironic then that today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the humble carpenter, foster father of our Lord, and chaste guardian of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In him we have the example of true masculinity and what ... More
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll is out showing that support for same-sex marriage has hit new highs. The same survey identifies the reason—62 percent of respondents considered homosexual desires to be “just the way a person it is.” It’s a misunderstanding of that which is driving the rising support for same-sex marriage, and underscores the long road the Catholic Church in the United S... More
“If men were angels,” James Madison once wrote, “no government would be necessary.”
Though published more than two centuries ago, Madison’s words have been proven true time and time again.
Indeed, if we really were a society build on love and charity there would be little need for many government-run programs.
Unfortunately, this is not the world we live in.
To be sure, churches, non pr... More
Ironic that the second inaugural of President Barack Obama falls on the memorial of St. Agnes of Rome.
Legend has it that when she was sent naked to the brothel, her hair miraculously grew long enough to cover her virginal body.Agnes was 12 years old when she was chosen to wed Procop, the son of the powerful prefect Sempronius. She refused, having pledged her life and her virginity to Christ. The ... More
Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin is not afraid to speak out on behalf of truth.
When President Obama expressed his support for same-sex marriage, Bishop Tobin said that it was a “sad day in American history.”
When former Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy made public Bishop Tobin’s private request for him to forego Holy Communion because of his views on abortion, Bishop Tobin relea... More
There’s been a lot of talk about same-sex marriage the past couple of days. And by all indications, it’s not about to slow down anytime soon. Fueled by recent victories in Maine, Maryland and Washington, liberal activists are pressuring lame duck legislatures in Illinois, Rhode Island and several other states to pass legislation that would recognize same-sex marriages.
Though such efforts a... More