Tomorrow, June 19, is the National Organization for Marriage’s Second Annual March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. Senator Rick Santorum, former governor Mike Huckabee and San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will speak during the day along with a long list of luminaries from around the country. The March is set to step off at 11 a.m. with a ‘Virtual March” available through the National Organization for Marriage’s website. Despite intense intimidation from politicians and the pro-redefinition crowd on the internet, this bold stand and witness of the value of traditional marriage has not been thwarted. Pray for the success of this March.
The strongest attack on the March came from Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi as she tried to force Archbishop Salvatore to withdraw through a public lecture in the form of an open letter. He responded strongly, correcting her poorly constructed letter, and assuring her that true Catholics cannot support homosexual marriage.
A priest friend is always providing fresh perspectives to the dynamics of history as he ponders human relationships. He is always quick to say of the early Christian martyrs that they were turned in by the betrayal of other Christians, friends and family who sided with the public authorities against the young Church. To see how those dynamics of betrayal have infected the NCCB and current struggles, see Ann Henderschott’s article here: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/whats-behind-pelosis-attack-archbishop-cordileone. An encouraging note here is that the staff at the bishop’s conference has largely been turned over and the liberal agenda against Church teaching has lost its foothold in that building.
Speaking of the Bishops, it is good to be reminded that the Annual Fortnight For Freedom begins in a couple of days. It lasts from June 21 until July 4, a time to pray for the political safety and security of the Catholic Church in the United States. During this period “our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church’s teaching.”
For resources for use in parishes and homes during this year’s Fortnight For Freedom, see: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/.
Donate, pray, support, repost, attend, read and speak. Those are ways that you can make a difference. The wave of issues that threatens the Church in the United States at this time seems to be overwhelming. These encouraging events are a chance for the truth to find some traction in the midst of a onslaught of untruths and mischaracterizations. Every person’s response is valuable, in your parish and in your home.