INC minister defies orders, quits during service

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DEFYING ORDERS. An Iglesia ni Cristo minister is shown in a Youtube video defying orders of the church's central office, and quitting in the middle of a worship service. Screen grab from Youtube
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MANILA, Philippines – In another sign of unrest within the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), a YouTube video showed a minister quitting his post in the middle of a church service as he defied the orders of the church’s central office.

The INC minister, identified on Youtube as Louie Cayabyab, refused to read circulars on the expulsion of the mother and brother of INC head Brother Eduardo Manalo.

He also rejected the circular expelling Isaias Samson Jr, a former minister and editor in chief of the INC’s official publication, Pasugo.

“I decided, brethren, that I won’t read those circulars. You might be asking, ‘Why?’ Because in my heart, in my heart of hearts, I can’t take it. It is just so so difficult to betray one’s heart,” the minister said.

“I know the repercussion of this, and I know what will be the consequence. I know that I will be stripped out of my duty. From now on, I will no longer be a minister. Probably I will be expelled from the church, but I will take it, brothers and sisters,” he added, as people in the background cried.

Still, he added, “We admonish you to remain in the church no matter what happens.”

The website www.churchunion.us described Louie Cayabyab as the leader of an INC temple in Maryland. Sher Lock, an anonymous Facebook user who claims insider information on the INC, posted this video on Facebook on Sunday, July 25.

Rappler is still trying to reach INC spokesman Brother Edwil Zabala for comment as of posting time.

This comes as the INC faces its worst crisis. In an unprecedented series of events, former ministers of the INC began to speak up against their church leaders.

‘Don’t cover up wrongdoing’

Samson, for one, dared INC’s spokesmen, Zabala and General Evangelist Bienvenido Santiago, to speak the truth about the alleged corruption in the INC. (READ: Expelled INC minister: Don’t cover up wrongdoing)

Earlier, Manalo’s mother Tenny and brother Angel released a Youtube videoexposing a supposed threat to their lives.

Angel eventually slammed corruption in the INC.

The INC leader’s brother said: “Nasira na ang doktrina ng Iglesia ni Cristo. Kung papaano ninyo hinangaan noon, nakita ninyo, napakarami nang anomalya. Napakarami nang tiwali na ginagawa sa Iglesia. Iyon po ang ayaw namin.”

(The doctrine of the Iglesia ni Cristo is now damaged. In the same way that you looked up to us before, now you can see there are many anomalies. There are many acts of corruption in the Church. That’s what we want to avoid.)

Samson also blasted corruption within the INC.

Despite these, Zabala denied that the crisis is dividing the INC, a church known for its culture of unquestioning obedience.

He said the church remains united behind its leader. – Rappler.com

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Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Minister Louie Cayabyab Personal Message

 

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CFD UGANDA LEADERS HOLD A FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION ON WAY FORWARD

On Sunday 26th July 2015, CFD Uganda leaders held a focus group meeting to discuss way forward for CFD Uganda Chapter. The discussion was a follow up on the 4 formation meetings/Apologetics trainings that have been carried out since the formation of CFD Uganda in June 2015.

During the Focus Group discussion held at St.Andrew Kaggwa Catholic Church and Chaired by Bro. Aloysius Kayiwa, three prominent issues on the Agenda were discussed which included: Opportunities for Registration of CFD Uganda with the Church, meeting with two Priests anticipated(one) to be the  National Spiritual Adviser and review of Articles 3 & 4 of CFD Constitution and By-Laws.

CFD Uganda Leaders: Left to Right-Nicholas Mukasa(Secretary),Winnie Namanya(Animator) and Aloysius Kayiwa(Chairperson)

CFD Uganda Leaders: Left to Right-Nicholas Mukasa(Secretary),Winnie Namanya(Animator) and Aloysius Kayiwa(Chairperson)

CFD leaders during the Focus Group Discussion. On the left is Cleo Pacumbe-the Publicity Secretary/Mobiliser CFD Uganda

CFD leaders during the Focus Group Discussion. On the left is Cleo Pacumbe-the Publicity Secretary/Mobiliser CFD Uganda

On the AOB item, 2 deliberations were made. These include opening a bank account for CFD Uganda to cater for safe keeping of funds and initiation of voluntary savings among members to cater for emergencies. These two would be discussed in detail during the next formation meeting to take place on Sunday 2nd August 2015.

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On a sad note, Sister Mary Teddy Aliguma- a CFD Uganda member lost her daughter Noeline on 23rd July 2015. Noeline, a young Warrior, died on on the morning of Thursday 23rd July 2015 shortly after undergoing a heart operation at Uganda’s Mulago National Referral Hospital. May the Soul of our little sister Rest in Peace!

Little Noeline with Jesus-Divine Mercy Potrait and Crufix awaiting operation-shortly before her death

Little Noeline with Jesus-Divine Mercy Potrait and Crufix awaiting operation-shortly before her death

All in all, we give Glory to Jesus Our Lord for blessing us with good health and many blessings as well as Our Holy Mother Mary for her endless intercession. Pro Deo et Ecclessia! Power to CFD Uganda!

CFD METRO MANILA 6TH FORMATION MEETING: FILLED WITH SO MANY BLESSINGS!!!

CFD Metro Manila 6th Formation Meeting: BIGGER, YOUNGER, STRONGER!!!

CFD Metro Manila 6th Formation Meeting: BIGGER, YOUNGER, STRONGER!!!

The 6th Formation Meeting of CFD Metro Manila was once again held in Siena College yesterday [Sunday July 26, 2015]. As usual Atty. Marwil Llasos led the gathering attended by more than 170 participants. This celebration is simple but very special because of the following reasons:

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1. The celebration of NATIONAL DINUGUAN DAY to commemorate the Foundation Anniversary of our friends and brethren in the Iglesia ni Manalo [INC]. The large bowl of Dinuguan was immediately consumed as well as the two tray [Bilao] of Puto [White rice cakes]. Ha ha ha…

Bro. Oliver Policarpio of Valenzuela City enjoys the Dinuguan with fellow participants.

Bro. Oliver Policarpio of Valenzuela City enjoys the Dinuguan with fellow participants.

2. The great success of the Mock Debate on the DIVINITY OF THE LORD JESUS. Bro. Romeo Acido Mahinay, Bro. Enzo Amarille and Gian Carlo Tox defended the Lord’s Divinity while the veteran debater Bro. Melchor Manalili and Bro. Michael Puno of CFD Bulacan played the opposite side.

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Bro. Romeo Acido Mahinay arguing for the Divinity of Jesus during the Mock Debate

Bro. Romeo Acido Mahinay arguing for the Divinity of Jesus during the Mock Debate

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3. Next the surprised arrival of two CONVERTS TO THE CATHOLIC FAITH. Both of them are very educated and intelligent and spoke well about their conversion and their love of the Church. One is CARL ABLEO which was added and contacted by CFD Manila President Michael Vincent Suico. Carl is a fourth year College student at the prominent University of Sto. Tomas. The other convert is a very stunningly beautiful lady named Ms. Lou Ching or nicknamed Ms. BemBem, a trainor of beauty queens both national and international. She was contacted by our CFD QC President Atty. Marwil. GOOD JOB TO BOTH OUR CFD METRO MANILA PRESIDENTS, Mars and Mico.

Carlo Cortez and Enzo Amarille, one of the Mock Debaters, held the logo of CFD Manila.

Carlo Cortez and Enzo Amarille, one of the Mock Debaters, held the logo of CFD Manila.


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Ms. BemBem is a convert from SDA by her own personal studies. The CFD Boys were so infatuated by her beauty and grace. Ha ha ha… She is also very intelligent and articulate as a beauty queen should be. The boys narrated how she expressed herself in fluent English. Ha ha ha… WE PROMISE TO PRESENT HERE EACH OF THEIR CONVERSION STORY.

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4. Finally, Atty. Marwil read the LETTER OF REV. FR. ABE ARGANIOSA, the CFD National Adviser, formally ANNOUNCING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CFD NAVOTAS [San Roque Chapter] led by Bro. Marlon Serrano who were present with his entire set of newly elected officers. WE SHALL PRESENT THEM HERE THROUGH A SEPARATE POST TO GIVE THEM A MORE WARMING WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION.

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Atty. Marwil acting as CFD Luzon Governor formally accepted the establishment of CFD NAVOTAS [San Roque Parish]. They are showing here the formal acceptance of the Parish Priest Fr. Lauro Frias.

Atty. Marwil acting as CFD Luzon Governor formally accepted the establishment of CFD NAVOTAS [San Roque Parish]. They are showing here the formal acceptance of the Parish Priest Fr. Lauro Frias.

THROUGH THESE BLESSINGS WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD WHO CONTINUOUSLY BLESS OUR CFD METRO MANILA DESPITE THE EFFORTS OF SATAN TO PREVENT ITS GROWTH. INDEED, THE SAYING IS TRUE: IF THE LORD BUILDS THE HOUSE NO ONE CAN DESTROY IT AS LONG AS IT IS FAITHFUL TO THE LORD IT’S FOUNDER.

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WATCH: Iglesia ni Cristo member held under ‘house arrest’: There were grenades, threats

Isaias Samson Jr., who once was editor in chief of Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Pasugo Magazine, says he was held under house arrest

 

MANILA, Philippines – For Isaias Samson Jr, the past week was the most terrifying of his life.

He says he was placed under house arrest last Thursday, July 16, for allegedly exposing the corruption happening within the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation.

“They said I was that Antonio Evangelista person who exposed the corruption in Iglesia,” he says. “But it wasn’t me.”

Watch Rappler’s interview with Samson, and listen to his account. – Rappler.com

 

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Iglesia ni Cristo head expels mother, brother

The Iglesia ni Cristo also denies the claims of Felix Nathaniel ‘Angel’ Manalo and his mother, Tenny, in a Youtube video

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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The head of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) decided to expel his own mother and brother from the powerful church after the two exposed a supposed death threat.

INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo made this decision after his brother, Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo, and his mother, Tenny, said in a Youtube video that their lives “are in danger.”

INC General Evangelist Bienvenido Santiago announced the expulsion of Angel and Tenny in a news conference on Thursday, July 23.

Masakit man sa loob ng Kapatid na Eduardo Manalo ay ipinasya nila na itiwalag yung mga lumilikha ng mga pagkakabaha-bahagi sa Iglesia. Kaya sa mga pagsambang isasagawa ng Iglesia ni Cristo, simula sa araw na ito ay ipaaalam iyon sa lahat ng kapatid,” Santiago said.

(While this is painful for Brother Eduardo Manalo, they decided to expel those creating divisions in the Church. In the worship services of the Iglesia ni Cristo starting today, we will be announcing this to our brethren.)

Santiago also denied the claims of Angel and Tenny in the Youtube video. (READ:From rag-tag sect to influential wheeler-dealer)

Angel is the younger brother of Eduardo, the present executive minister of INC, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014 and will be commemorating their 101st on Monday, July 27.

Their father is Eraño “Erdy” Manalo, who died in August 2009 and was Iglesia’s former executive minister. (READ: Rappler’s 2014 infographic on the INC)

Angel Manalo says in the video, “Nananawagan po kami sa inyo dahil nanganganib po ang aming buhay. Sana’y matulungan niyo po kami.” (We are appealing to you because our lives are in danger. We hope that you can help us.)

He introduces his mother whose face is not seen in the video. Members of the Iglesia whom Rappler spoke with said it was indeed her voice.

Introducing herself as the widow of Ka Erdy Manalo who led the INC for 46 years, Tenny pleads, “Ako’y nananawagan sa aming mga kapatid sa Iglesia na tulungan ninyo kami dahil may panganib sa aming buhay. Saklolohan niyo ang aking mga anak, si Angel at Lottie at ang kanilang mga kasama. Tulungan niyo rin ang mga ministro na dinukot at hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nakikita. Kaawaan natin sila at ang kanilang pamilya.”

(I am appealing to our brethren in the church to help us because there is a threat to our very lives. Please help my children, Angel and Lottie, and their companions. Let us also help the ministers who were taken and until now, have not yet been found. Let us show mercy to them and their families.) – with reports from Chay Hofilena/Rappler.com

 

Retrieve form: http://www.rappler.com/nation/100225-iglesia-cristo-manalo-expel-mother-brother?cp_rap_source=ymlScrolly#cxrecs_s

Supreme Court vs. Magisterium

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Tanong: Bakit magkakamali ang Supreme Court ng Mundo?

Sagot: Dahil, ang gabay ng Supreme Court ng mundo ay isang Tao din, na maaaring magkakamali. Kaya nga, ang Abortion, Contraception, Divorce at Same-Sex Marriage ay maaring makakapasa o makakapanaig sa mga Supreme Court ng mundo.

Ang decisyon ng tao, ay maaring maimpluwensyahan ng demonyo. Dahil, ang tao ay mahihina at ang daling madadaya ng mga maling akala.

At may hula ng Bibliya, na nagsasabi na may mga panahon sa hinaharap na ang demonyo ang parang nagdumina o nakahawak ng buong mundo (Revelation 12:9). At ang hula na ito ng Bibliya, ay talagang nagkakatotoo.

Tanong: Bakit naman sinasabi ng Simbahang Katoliko, na ang Supreme Court ng simbahan, ang Magisterium, ay hindi maaaring magkakamali sa mga OFFICIAL niyang decisyon o mga hatol niya pagdating sa Faith at Morals? Bakit yan ang posisyon ng simbahan na alam naman niya na ang mga bumubuo ng Magisterium ay mga tao din, na maaaring magkakamali?

Sagot: Alam ng Panginoong Jesus, na ang mga isinugo niyang mga apostol, ay maaring magkakamali sa kanilang mga pag-iisip, dahil mga tao din sila. Alam ng Panginoon, na kapag ipa-uubaya lang niya ang pamamahala ng simbahan sa mga makataong pag-iisip ay talagang magkakamali ang mga ito. Kaya nga, ang mga kaparian, mga obispo at kahit na ang mga Santo Papa, ay maaring magkakasala at makakapangaral ng mali sa personal nilang pag-iisip.

Sabi ng Panginoon sa aklat ng San Lukas 10:16, na kung makikinig daw tayo sa kanyang simbahan, ay para na ring nakikinig tayo sa kanya. At sa aklat ni Mateo 18:17, ang tunay na simbahan daw ay ang FINAL ARBITER pagdating sa pag-dedecisyon. At sabi din ni San Pablo sa sulat niya noon sa 1 Timoteo 3:15, ang tunay na simbahan daw ay “Pillar at Foundation of Truth.” Malinaw, ang mga talata ng Bibliya na ito, na ang tunay na simbahan pala ng Panginoon ay “Infallible” o hindi magkakamali sa mga OPISYAL niyang mga ARAL at mga DECISYON.

Hindi magkakamali ang Simbahan (MAGISTERIUM), hindi dahil, sa makataong kapangyarihan niya. Dahil, sa nasabi na natin sa itaas, ay talagang magkakamali ang tao. Hindi magkakamali ang simbahan, ay dahil na mismo sa sinabi ng Panginoon. Sabi ng Panginoon, alam kong magkakamali kayo, kung hayaan ko lang kayo, na ang mga makataong kapangyarihan lang ninyo ang gagabay at magpapalakad sa simbahan ko. Alam kong mahihina kayo, kung hahayaan ko lang kayo, na kayo lang ang magpapalakad sa simbahan ko, na walang gagabay sa inyo na MAKAPANGYARIHAN at HINDI MAGKAKAMALI. Kaya, sabi ko sa aklat ni Juan 14:16-17; 16:13, hihingi ako sa Ama at bibigyan niya kayo ng GABAY na makasama ninyo sa lahat ng panahon, at gagabay sa inyo sa lahat ng mga itinuturo ko sa inyo, para hindi kayo maaring magkakamali (infallible), siya ang ESPIRITU ng KATOTOHANAN.

CONCLUSION:

Magkakamali ang Supreme Court ng Mundo, dahil ang GABAY niya ay Tao din. !!!

Hindi magkakamali ang Supreme Court ng Simbahan (MAGISTERIUM), dahil ang GABAY niya ay HINDI TAO, kundi, ang Espiritu Santo.
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John 20:19-23 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
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NOTE:

“The key to Christian Unity, is to Trust the Holy Spirit to guide and protect the Magisterium of the Church (Supreme Court of the Church). Meaning, failure to a accept it as a rule of faith, shall mean, DISUNITY among Christians.”
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Ano ang ibig sabihin ng salitang Magisterium?

Ang magisterium ay galing sa salitang Latin, na “MAGISTER,” na ang ibig sabihin ay TEACHER O GURO. Ang ibig sabihin ng salitang MAGISTERIUM, ay THE TEACHING CHURCH, O SAMAHAN NG MGA GURO.

Ang unang samahan ng mga guro (magisterium), ay ang mga apostol, na pinadala noon ng Panginoong Jesucristo (John 20:19-23). Si Pedro ang Chief o Head sa kanilang lahat (Mateo 16:19; Juan 21:15-17; Mateo 23:11; Psalms 79:13; Jeremiah 25:34).

Reasons to become a Catholic

Reasons to become a Catholic

23 REASONS TO BECOME A CATHOLIC

1. The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church which has its head office at the Vatican is the only Church that was instituted by Jesus Christ.

2. In the 4th century, the Catholic Church, under the Divine guidance of the Holy Spirit, compiled a number of books, Gospels and letters of the Apostles to make up the Catholic Bible. About 1,000 year later, a number of man-made religions took the Catholic Bible and changed it according to their personal desires, most religions removing a number of Books from both, the Old and the New Testaments. Only the Catholic Church possesses the original texts.

3. To ensure that a single verse of the Word of God is never misinterpreted, Catholics consider the Holy Bible as a whole. Sola Scriptura has no place in the Catholic Church.

4. Today’s liturgy in the Catholic Church remains unchanged, being as it was when Jesus instituted His Church on earth.

5. The Catholic Liturgy is universal. No matter where you go in the world, the Holy Mass, Baptisms, Marriages, Ordinations, etc… are all administered the same way. This ensure stability and continuity.

6. Catholics are governed by the Canon Law of the Catholic Church that sets the expected standards regarding the administration of the Body of Christ on earth.

7. The faithful are guided by the Catechism of the Catholic Church that contains most of its beliefs and teachings, therefore ensuring uniformity in beliefs and teachings throughout the world.

8. Catholics reject all the false teachings associated with the rapture or the return of Jesus to rule on earth in a physical Kingdom for a period of time.

9. Only the Catholic Church enjoys the ongoing Real physical Presence of Jesus in its Churches. Jesus does not physically dwell in the non-Catholic churches.

10. The Catholic Church is known as the Mother Church. Others churches are known as sister churches to each other.

11. Only the Catholic Church enjoys a leader (Pope) who is a direct descendant of Saint Peter who was appointed by Jesus Himself. [Mt. 16:17-20]

12. Only the Catholic Church possesses the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. [Mt. 16:17-20]

13. Only the Catholic Church enjoys a valid priesthood, each priest having been ordained by apostolic succession.

14. The Catholic Church appoints its priests to parishes. The priests are not elected by a Parish Board of Directors that sets up an interview to determine if a priest’s beliefs harmonizes with their own beliefs.

15. The Catholic Church does not abuse the title of Bishop by appointing a Bishop to every Parish. Catholic Bishops are shepherds to a Diocese that usually embrace a large territory in which is located a large number of Parishes.

16. The Catholic Church administers seven Sacraments as instituted by Jesus Himself.

17. The Catholic Church enjoys the Sacrament of Baptism that gives new life to the soul and admits it into the Body of Christ. Without this Sacrament, one cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

18. The Catholic Church enjoys the Sacrament of Confession, the only means instituted by Jesus to obtain the forgiveness of sins.

19. The Catholic Church enjoys the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist that gives life to those who receive it on a regular basis.

20. The doctrines of the Catholic Church are unchangeable. Example: abortion has always been condemned. Church teachings are not based on the subjective beliefs of individual ministers or their Board of Directors.

21. The Sacred Tradition has an important place in the Catholic Church. During the first 400 years, when there was no Holy Bible, the entirety of Jesus’ revelation was passed on to successive generations by apostolic succession (Sacred Tradition). At a later time, Jesus’ revelation was also passed on by the Bible (Sacred Scripture).

22. The Catholic Church protects the Sacrament of Marriage, only providing an annulment to those whose’s marriage has been proven to be invalid.

23. The Catholic Church shares in the communion of the departed Saints through its membership in the Mystical Body of Christ.

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By Isahel Alfonso

Twelve Things to Remember if the SCOTUS Decision Upsets You

Twelve Things to Remember if the SCOTUS Decision Upsets You

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The Marriage of a Man and a Woman in the Roman Catholic Church

 

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The Supreme Court decision allowing gay “marriage” in the United States has upset all right minded Christians, and rightly so.

It is pretty clear that the Supreme Court has rubber stamped a widespread rejection of Christian morality by a large segment of the American people.

Not only has the Supreme Court ratified same sex “marriage” but they have overturned majority opinions of the people, set themselves up as arbiters of human morality, trampled on states’ rights, ignored not only historic Christian teaching, but the understanding of marriage held by all people at all times and in all cultures down through history.

We’re right to be upset. We have the right to protest the decision. Many would say we are obliged to engage in civil disobedience.

OK. But we should also take a deep breath, put things in perspective and keep the faith.

Here are twelve things to remember if you’re not happy with the SCOTUS decision:

1. In our society marriage is in transition – this is not only a question of same sex marriage. For the last fifty years, since the widespread acceptance of artificial contraception, sexuality and therefore marriage has been changing. No fault divorce, co habitation, promiscuity, prostitution, pornography plus increased mobility, feminism, the breakdown of the extended family–all these factors have contributed to the transition. We’re in a storm. Hold on tight. Buckle your seat belts. We’re in for more turbulence, but remember God is still in control. The church is built on a rock. Keep the faith.

2. The decision safeguards religious freedom – I’m inclined to be pessimistic about this and agree with George Weigel and many other commentators who believe that this will be tested before long and religious institutions that disapprove of same sex marriage will be targeted. But let’s hope they’re wrong and there is a strong backlash to strengthen the religious freedom protections. This could happen. Things change for the better as well as for the worse. Pray and hope and thank God that protections of religious freedom are still in place.

3. The battle may be lost, but the war is not over – Supreme Court decisions have been reversed. Constitutional amendments have been made. State legislators can devise new laws to cope with the changing understanding of marriage that grant people freedoms while protecting religious freedom and putting a fence around true marriage. We need to roll up our sleeves and get to work dealing with the situation in positive and creative ways. This includes increased and better catechesis for our families and society and it means a new commitment to our marriages and families.

4. We’re supposed to treat all people with respect and compassion – Not everyone who experiences same sex attraction are radical homosexualists campaigning naked in the streets. People with same sex attraction are not all rabid atheists looking to destroy the church and persecute Christians. We have to put things in perspective and give ourselves a reality check. This doesn’t mean we approve of homosexual actions. It just means we should be thoughtful, aware and intelligent in our responses. We must welcome everyone to the joyful and difficult adventure of following Jesus Christ in the way of charity, chastity and holiness.

5. This is an ecumenical moment – This issue will show us who are true brothers and sisters are in Christ. Conservative evangelicals have stood up for Biblical morality. We can see now that they are our brothers and sisters. The liberal Protestants, on the other hand, have gone the way of the world. This is what usually happens when there is a crisis of persecution or possible persecution: true, Spirit filled disciples of the Lord Jesus suddenly see one another with clarity and charity and they embrace.

6. This will provide a sifting in the Catholic Church – The weeds and the wheat grow together in the Catholic Church. We need to face up to the fact that, according to some polls, a majority of Catholics approve of same sex marriage. These include prominent lay people, priests, deacons and probably some bishops. For a long time we have been papering over the cracks in our church. We’ve kept silent about the things that separate us. We’ve glossed over the differences for the sake of an outward show of unity. As this issue continues to impact the church we will see a sifting. Already I’ve had people leave my parish because I have preached against same sex marriage. Others will go. Many will leave the Catholic Church in disgust. They will have had enough. They may form their own schism or they may join Protestant churches, but the sifting will come and I, for one, think it is a cause for thanksgiving.

7. True Marriage will be strengthened – When something like this happens everything becomes clear for many people. Things were muddy. Things were lukewarm. Things were ambiguous and people were just drifting along. Then when the devil pushes just a bit too far and too fast people wake up. I can see a grass roots movement already emerging in which Christians of all traditions come together to strengthen marriage, strengthen masculinity, strengthen femininity and strengthen marriage. I can see parishes that focus on the family. I can see new communities growing up that focus on the family, and out of this will come a fresh understanding of God’s plan for the human race within the joyful gift of the family.

8. The Sacrament of Marriage Will Shine More Brightly – From this crisis will come a new wave of teaching about the beauty, depth and supernatural sanctity of marriage. This is always what has happened. Read church history. When a truth is challenged by persecution or heresy, by state oppression or moral depravity the truth bounces back ever stronger. When darkness encroaches the light shines ever more brightly. This will happen not because we make it happen, but because that is the very nature of truth and light. Truth and light prevail because they are positive. Darkness and death are negatives. They seem terrible, but they are the absence of life and light and therefore they cannot be sustained.

9. This is a Penitential Moment – The LGBT issue is not an isolated cultural phenomenon. It is part of a larger sexual revolution that has taken place over the last fifty years, and most of us, to a greater or lesser extent have been caught up in this whirlwind. This sexual revolution includes every sin against chastity. All of us should examine our consciences. Have we chosen the easy way of artificial contraception? Have we chosen to be sterilized because we “couldn’t afford more children”? Have we chosen the way of quickie divorce? Re-marriage? Have we turned a blind eye to our kids’ co habitation? Have we attended weddings we knew were illicit just to be nice? Have we used pornography or prostitutes? Have we solved a crisis pregnancy with abortion? Have we watched sex scenes in movies or TV with family members without comment? Most of us have been caught up in the moral maelstrom. It’s time we got our minds and hearts clear and committed ourselves to the fight for chastity.

10. Chastity Will Triumph – Remember the virtue of chastity is not the same thing as celibacy. Celibacy means sacrificing sexual intimacy and marriage for the sake of the kingdom. All are called to chastity. Not all are called to celibacy. Chastity means being faithful in our sexuality to the church’s teaching on marriage. It’s simple: no sex outside marriage. This is not a prohibition to cause us sorrow and pain, but a discipline that leads us to the faithfulness of marriage through which we learn the difficult lessons of love. This is truth. This will triumph as the faithful catch the vision.

11. Remember Humility, Humor and Humanity – Stop and remember to put all things in perspective. The SCOTUS decision is alarming and upsetting. However, do five seriously stupid lawyers really think they can overturn God’s plan for humanity? Get real. When you see it like that it’s a case of the emperor’s new clothes. What they’ve done is dumb. Smile, laugh and rise above it. Even if they tax your business, lock up your priests, scream in your face, burn your churches and send you to jail, laugh and rise above it. Remember Christians sing in prison, joke on the scaffold, are courteous to their torturers, joke with their executioners and wave cheerfully to the crowd as they put their head on the block. Things have been worse. Be of good cheer.

12. Do Not Be Afraid! – I will never forget the first words of Pope St John Paul II as he stepped on to the balcony. “Do not Be Afraid!” This is the constant refrain throughout the gospel. “Do Not Fear!” says the angel to Mary and Joseph. “Do not be Afraid!” says Jesus to the disciples in the boat in the stormy night. “Fear Not!” says the angel of the resurrection. “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind!” says the magnificent St Paul to his young friend Timothy.

 

Retrieve from: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/twelve-things-to-remember-if-the-scotus-decision-upsets-you