NewsMon May 17, 2004 - 12:15 pm EST
Catholic World News Editor Cites Acceptance of Contraception as Leading to Current Gay Unions Situat
BOSTON, May. 17 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Phil Lawler, editor of the Boston based Catholic World News and author of five books and numerous articles, has responded to today’s beginning of legally sanctioned homosexual unions in Massachusetts. In his Phil’s Forum for today, Lawler lays out the case that Christians themselves are to a large degree responsible for this logical outcome of the acceptance of contraception.
Lawler writes, “The degradation of marriage did not begin with a Massachusetts court decision late last year. It began a few decades ago, when ‘ordinary’ married couples… began routinely using contraceptives. At that point, the typical American marriage—which might have looked, from the outside, very much like that beautiful old union—was itself based on acts of sexual perversion.” Sigmund Freud, Lawler explains, said that, “it is a characteristic common to all perversions that in them reproduction is put aside as an aim. This is actually the criterion by which we judge whether a sexual activity is perverse—if it departs from reproduction as its aim and pursues the attainment of gratification independently.” Phil’s Forum notes that up to the early 20th century, “the practice of contraception was almost universally regarded as an aberration”. Mahatma Gandhi, says Lawler, “told his followers: ‘There is hope for a decent life only so long as the sexual act is definitely related to the conception of precious life.’” The Church of England burst the dam in 1930 when it became the first major Christian denomination to accept the use of contraceptives. Lawler reveals that a Washington Post editorial at the time warned the 1930 decision “would sound the death knell of marriage as a holy institution by establishing degrading practices which would encourage indiscriminate immorality.” Since that time, The Catholic World News head observes, “We have seen a meteoric rise in abuse, divorce, depression, and dysfunction. Countless thousands of individual marriages have dissolved; now finally the institution of marriage has begun to totter.” Lawler argues that because of the norm of contracepted sex Massachusetts citizens and others are “having a difficult time coming up with a persuasive argument why same-sex couples should not be entitled to their own preferred form of sterile sexual expression.” His suggestion for the long term solution to reversing gay ‘marriage’ legalization is to “Go through your medicine cabinets, dressers, and bedside-table drawers. Gather all the contraceptives. Throw them in the trash, where they belong. If you’re Catholic, go to Confession. Then, having put our own houses and homes in order, we can begin the long trek toward restoring the true meaning of marriage.” http://www.cwnews.com/