The Face of God

It’s possible we’ve been here before.


This time it’s coming from a higher source:

Cardinal Robert Sarah urged American Catholics to resist “ideological colonialism,” in his address delivered yesterday to the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.

“Nowhere is [religious persecution] clearer than in the threat that societies are visiting on the family through a demonic ‘gender ideology,’ a deadly impulse that is being experienced in a world increasingly cut off from God through ideological colonialism,” Cardinal Sarah said at the annual gathering, which this year also included addresses from Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and from Sister Constance Veit of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The Guinean cardinal serves as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

So, that’s interesting. Elsewhere in his delivery Cardinal Sarah makes himself clear:

The rupture of the foundational relationships of someone’s life – through separation, divorce or distorted impositions of the family, such as cohabitation and same sex unions – is a deep wound that closes the heart to self-giving love unto death, and even leads to cynicism and despair.

These situations cause damage to little children through inflicting upon them a deep existential doubt about love. They are a scandal – a stumbling block – that prevents the most vulnerable from believing in such love, and a crushing burden that can prevent them from opening to the healing power of the Gospel.

Advanced societies, including – I regret – this nation have done and continue to do everything possible to legalize such situations. But this can never be a truthful solution. It is like putting bandages on an infected wound. It will continue to poison the body until antibiotics are taken.

Ouch! Did President Obama ever screw up! He should have discussed matters with the Cardinal before he jumped the gun and insisted that all people be given equality in the face of the law. How derelict of him. I’m beginning to wonder why I ever voted for Barack Obama. Twice.

But then, where was Cardinal Sarah decades ago when I was figuring out how I was going to live my life? I had in mind an existence based on truth, openness, fairness—any number of outworn concepts. I guess that tells me what I may expect when I die. I can expect to burn for all eternity in a lake of fire, my testicles being chewed upon by rabid rats. Or perhaps sitting still for 30 minutes while enduring the wisdom of Cardinal Sarah.


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