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The letter of Greg Giehl (SUN 5/9), containing a critique of SUN editorial policy, concludes with, “We the people are starving from lack of truth.” This letter slakes that hunger for truth by offering a critique of the May 9 editorial favoring the legislature’s approval of gay unions and by providing SUN readers with the opportunity to consider truths relative to this issues.
First, may I challenge the editor’s claim in his title that these unions are a “long overdue right” (from whence?). Since the Constitution acknowledges that God the creator endows rights, and since the Bible teaches that God condemns homosexual activity, then how can God grant this activity as a right?
Now, may I cite the law of God who creates male and female and regulations their behavior? God’s laws and truths are eternal, immutable, for all people of all time, supersede even the Constitution, and cannot be countermanded or rationalized by any humans including state legislators and editors. God ruled: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination” (Lev. 18:22), and if men do so, “they shall both be put to death” (Lev.20:13).
St. Paul reaffirms God’s law by chastising the Romans for their “unnatural intercourse” and “shameful things” resulting in a “penalty for their perversity” (Rom. 1:26-28). The Roman Empire was destroyed by this internal depravity, not by any external force. Will the United States suffer the same consequence because of increasing immorality?
The Catholic Catechism (No. 2357-58) cites the declarations of Genesis, Romans, I Corinthians and I Timothy that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to the natural law.” However, homosexuals “must be accepted with compassion and be urged to unite to the Lord’s cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.”
Indeed, Jesus died on the cross to bring love and redemption to all sinners, but not to approve the sins. St. John teaches “the way we come to understand love was that Jesus laid down his life for us,” so, “let us love in deed and truth as He commanded us” (I John 3:16-23).
Thus, all persons must love each other, but perverse relations are not expression of true love. Nor is the failure of “regular” marriages justification for the promotion of “irregular” ones. This is a non sequitur (i.e., does not follow logically). Furthermore, the editorial’s claim of durability of gay unions does not conform to the truth that homosexual unions (“marriages”) only last about a year and lesbian unions a little longer.
How should we react to these new developments relative to gay unions? Saints Peter and John give us an answer. The high ranking Jewish leaders arrested them and ordered them not “to speak the name of Jesus or teach about him.” To this, Peter and John answered with appropriate civil disobedience: “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sign for us to obey you rather than god” (Acts 4:19).