We have published comment recently on the wider, deeper implications of homosexual "marriage". The argument was that when a society recognises two things follow: the state intrudes into and regulates more and more of human activity, trying to make it conform to its degenerate, regressive, secular religion; and secondly, the family and its structural relationships face a full frontal assault.
Now, as if to illustrate the point, France has announced that it is moving to "Orwellise" the national language and discourse about families--all as a result of legalising homosexual "marriage". This from The Telegraph:
France set to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from official documents
France is set to ban the words "mother" and "father" from all official documents under controversial plans to legalise gay marriage.
The move, which has outraged Catholics, means only the word "parents" would be used in identical marriage ceremonies for all heterosexual and same-sex couples. The draft law states that "marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender". It says all references to "mothers and fathers" in the civil code – which enshrines French law – will be swapped for simply "parents". The law would also give equal adoption rights to homosexual and heterosexual couples.
Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told France's Catholic newspaper La Croix: "Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring a child up better than a homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child's development?"
Who is to say, indeed? The government will say, that's inevitable. The government is going to step in as uber parent, assuming the role of ultimate father and mother of all children. The Justice Minister adds:
"What is certain is that the interest of the child is a major preoccupation for the government."
The head of the French Catholic Church Cardinal Philippe Barbarin warned followers last week that gay marriage could lead to legalised incest and polygamy in society. He told the Christian's RFC radio station: "Gay marriage would herald a complete breakdown in society."This could have innumerable consequences. Afterward they will want to create couples with three or four members. And after that, perhaps one day the taboo of incest will fall."So there is the nexus of the connection on display. To legalise homosexual "marriage" the family must be redefined. Parenting becomes gender irrelevant. Roles recognised in law for centuries, such as the role of father and mother are to be wiped away and no longer recognised by law. Parenting alone remains, which has no reference to gender. The hubris and pretensions are Napoleonic in their scope and folly.
Since homosexuals cannot reproduce they must seek children for parenting from others. In their quest they will now look to the state to reify their desires. Children will have to be granted them by law, since nature will not. Natural parents will no longer have pre-emptive and higher rights with respect to their children. The state will not arrogate to itself a higher right. The rights of natural fathers and mothers are to be no longer recognised in law--which is fine until someone else--a homosexual--makes a claim for their children. Only the rights of parents remain--and "parent" has nothing to do with who bore the child, or the genetic heritage of the child. Children are to be made conquest trophies on the altar of perverted adult sexual passions.
Leading French Catholics have also published a 'Prayer for France', which says: "Children should not be subjected to adults' desires and conflicts, so they can fully benefit from the love of their mother and father." And Pope Benedict XVI invited 30 French bishops to Italy to urge them to fight against the new law. He told them: "We have there a true challenge to take on. The family that is the foundation of social life is threatened in many places, following a concept of human nature that has proven defective." President Francois Hollande pledged in his manifesto to legalise gay marriage. The draft law will be presented to his cabinet for approval on October 31.This revolutionary madness--long a French tradition of course--will fail. But in the process it will refine and purify the Church. It will eventually lead to the reassertion of the truth about marriage and family. It will reawaken interest in the Gospel and the reign of the Lord. It will also mean much pain and suffering as people learn what it means when God gives a nation or a culture up to its own madness.
When Christians pray, "Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done upon earth as in heaven" this humbling, purifying, winnowing work is what we seek.