Thoughts on today’s SCOTUS decision

The first Scripture passage that comes to mind issues from the lips of our Savior:

“Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words…I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.” (Mt 10:14-15)

Another passage was close behind:

“The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness.  For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them.  Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made.  As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened.  While claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes.  Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts for the mutual degradation of their bodies.  They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another.  Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.  And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God handed them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper.”  (Rom 1:18-28)

The bolded sections characterize well the Supreme Court and all those advocating for the ruling that finally came down.  The ruling does not stand up strictly on legal merits and it certainly flies in the face of what the “Catholics” (Kennedy and Sotomayor) presumably purport to adhere to.  I pray for their conversion of heart although the scandal they have caused may not be undone until the end of time when we will see its complete effects.

(Find the decision and the various opinions here.)

I can’t say I’m very surprised at this, though.  The cultural slide has been a long one, although its steepness is accelerating at an exponential rate.  Any country that can kill its children by the tens of millions should expect no better.  (Roe v. Wade was another legally and morally awful ruling, much like today’s, that we are still paying  for and which tens of millions paid for with their lives.  June 26, 2015 goes down with January 22, 1973 as days of infamy in America.)  And any people who would put into office the most pro-abortion president in our history, and then double down by re-electing him, deserves what it gets.

It is important to remember that “any human law that does no comport with the natural law is not a law at all but an act or tyranny that does not bind in conscience” [D. Brian Scarnecchia, Bioethics, Law, and Human Life Issues (Lanham: The Scarecrow Press, 2010), 41]  Scarnecchia then refers to Aquinas in the Summa Theologica: “laws may be unjust through being opposed to the Divine good: such are the laws of tyrants inducing to idolatry, or to anything else contrary to the Divine law: and laws of this kind must nowise be observed, because, as stated in Acts 5:29, “we ought to obey God rather than man.”

As I watched the coverage, I could not help but see the rainbow colored signs declaring “Love Wins!”  I agree with this statement.  Love won on the cross, Love overcame death, Love wins in the end (I’ve read Revelation).  And Love is the primary author of Scripture and the head of the Church.  Anyone who has a problem with the Faith has a problem with God.  Take it up with Him.  Seek the truth.  Because “our hearts are restless until they rest in [the Lord]” (St. Augustine, Confessions).  “God is Love” (1 Jn 4:8) — the only authentic love.

I end by saying that this is only the beginning.  I have been reiterating for some time now that Catholics and other Christians of good will who are perched comfortably on the fence must decide on which side they wish to fall.  Of great encouragement to me are the Lord’s words in the Beatitudes: “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” (Mt 5:11-12)  Whatever the consequences I hope you will say with me, I will serve the Lord (see Joshua 24:15).


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