Same sex marriage debate inconclusive
BOTH sides of the same sex marriage debate have disagreed with Liberal MP Kevin Andrews’ comment that the recent bill was conclusively defeated.
Queensland Labor Senator Claire Moore totally rejected Mr Andrews’ comments. “If Kevin Andrews was on the losing side he would not have said that,” Senator Moore said.
Senator Moore said she believed that the bill would inevitably be passed in the future.
Organizer of Queensland’s branch of the Australian Family Association Luke McCormack agreed that the bill was not conclusively defeated, admitting that same sex marriage advocates had won the public debate.
Mr McCormack was hopeful, however, that the bill would never be passed in Australia. “Other countries such as Canada will deter Australians from legislating [same sex marriage] when we see how it causes people to lose their parental and religious freedoms,” Mr McCormack said.
Mr McCormack claimed that the homosexual lobby’s agenda was “sinister” in some ways. “The homosexual lobby is quite militant. They don’t just want you to tolerate…their lifestyle, they want you to validate it and have it taught to your children,” Mr McCormack said.
On the other hand, Senator Moore claimed there was no argument against people loving each other. “Deep down everyone wants [this legislation] to happen. It’s just common sense,” Senator Moore said.
Financial Analyst Steve Fernandes, 25, said that if same sex marriage was legislated it would not bother him. “I’d stay indifferent to it,” Mr Fernandes said.
Filmmaker Gary O’Shea, 21, saw serious consequences to redefining marriage and after the legislation of civil unions there was no point in a marriage redefinition besides “emotional consolation” for same sex couples.
Mr O’Shea said he was willing to do whatever he could to defend traditional marriage, “it’s worth dying for,” he said.
Mr McCormack said that a positive to be taken from the bill was that the quality of debate in parliament had improved and that “key issues” were addressed.
by Chris Da Silva
HOLY Spirit Catholic Seminary in Banyo, Brisbane is set to reach full capacity for the first time in over 15 years.
Young Roman Catholic men in the Archdiocese of Brisbane have responded to the shortage of priests across Queensland. Seminary Rector Monsignor Anthony Randazzo has said that the Church was attentive to her need for young people to proclaim the Gospel. “Young people today are generous…they want to respond to a need as much as they can” Mons. Randazzo said.
Many initiatives taken by Archdiocesan Vocations Director Fr Morgan Batt and Vocations Promotions Officer Michael Whitney have encouraged young Catholics to discern their vocation. “We try to get out and be everywhere…and dispel the myth that priesthood is about what you give up…it’s more about what you get” Mr Whitney said. Initiatives included attending school retreats and Catholic youth events, as well as hosting monthly discernment events in Canali House – a live-in program where young men can discern their vocation.
Joshua Whitehead is currently discerning the priesthood as part of the Canali program. He avowed that young men were not left to discern on their own. “Fr Morgan is exactly where he needs to be. He’s proactive” Mr Whitehead said.
First-year seminarian David Hood commented that the priesthood can seem counter-cultural, but was presented to him by Fr Morgan and Mons. Randazzo “in a real way…it can be a great life and a great decision.” According to Mr Hood vocations to the priesthood was also a top priority for Brisbane’s recently appointed Archbishop Mark Coleridge.
Decades ago there were 240 priests in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, but today there are only about 130 despite the large population growth of South-East Queensland. This explained the push for priestly vocations, Mr Hood said.
There were just four men studying for the priesthood four years ago when Mons. Randazzo was appointed Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary. “We have 31 this year,” with a full first-year class of six set to enter next year, Mons. Randazzo said. This increase in priestly vocations was also due to an arrangement with the Nigerian diocese of Umahia. Mr Hood explained that the Nigerians made up just under half of the current seminarians, and once ordained they would spend six years within the Archdiocese of Brisbane before returning home.
Saturday Book Pick: Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution.
Share by CHRISTOPHER WHITE 06/02/2012
Throughout the centuries, mankind has endured various periods of great struggle and human obstinacy. One such case is the Cold War. It is no secret that the bleak economic conditions and widespread political oppression were dangerously bad for those under communist rule. Despite the evidence of this, many academics and societal elites still refuse to acknowledge the failures of the system — even when the historical record serves as evidence against them.
In a similar manner, others have failed — and are failing — to acknowledge the poisonous repercussions of the sexual revolution.
This “will to disbelieve” is the subject of Mary Eberstadt’s timely new book, Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution.
Eberstadt, a research fellow at the Hoover Institute and a prolific author, sees very clearly just what the last half century of supposed sexual liberation has wrought. In an age where women are supposedly freer than ever, they have instead become slaves to the very thing that was supposed to liberate them: artificial contraception.
After reading Adam and Eve After the Pill, one is hard-pressed to consider just what about the sexual revolution, if anything, has actually been positive for women.
Full of the latest findings from various sociologists, Eberstadt allows the facts to speak for themselves. And the facts she presents are not encouraging. Not only has the pill radically altered the way in which women and men relate to each other sexually, it has created a society in which pornography is commonplace, premarital childbirth and cohabitation are considered the norm, and the hook-up culture of college campuses is not simply accepted, but rather expected.
The crescendo of Adam and Eve After the Pill is its concluding chapter, “The Vindication of Humanae Vitae.” Fewer documents produced by the Church have been so despised as Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical condemning the use of artificial contraception.
Despite his countercultural stance toward contraception, Pope Paul was prescient to predict that the pill would open the floodgates to “a general lowering of moral standards throughout society; a rise in infidelity; a lessening of respect for women by men; and the coercive use of reproductive technologies by governments.” Forty-four years later, the consequences of the pill continue to plague us and will do so for years.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is intent on requiring all institutions — including Catholic ones — to provide insurance coverage for contraception, labeling it as a type of “preventive care.”
Pope Paul warned that the embrace of contraception would lead to such actions, and now we serve as witnesses to his foresight.
This will to disbelieve, as Eberstadt so acutely describes for us, is now shaping the hearts of our policymakers and the laws of the land.
Ever since Adam and Eve first ate of the forbidden fruit, we have been faced with the task of recovering a fractured version of human sexuality.
Adam and Eve After the Pill serves to remind us that the tree of knowledge is still yielding a rotten fruit.
Christopher White writes from New York.
Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for June is: “That believers may recognize in the Eucharist the living presence of the Risen One who accompanies them in daily life”.
His missionary intention is: “That Christians in Europe may rediscover their true identity and participate with greater enthusiasm in the proclamation of and participate with more enthusiasm in the Gospel”.
If you see this say an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the Pope’s Intention. God bless!