November 16, 2006
Something about Mary…
Posted by: Chris
Analysts like my conservative friend Maggie Gallagher are crediting the active involvement of the Catholic Church with playing a key role in passing state ballot measure banning gay couples from marrying — and often other forms of legal recognition as well.
It's easy to assume right-wing Catholic Church leaders are the saner set among the religious right since they tend to leave it to the Falwells and Robertsons of the world to blame hurricanes and terrorist attacks on the queers.
Then we get reminders like this one of how much company the Protestant televangelists have on the deep end. The Vatican's envoy to the U .S. participated in a ceremony this week renewing the consecration of the United States of America "to the protection of its patroness, the Immaculate Conception." Why do such a thing?
During the 1720s, the bubonic plague was rampant in Marseille, France. After an estimated 50,000 of 90,000 people died of the plague in a period of several months, the city’s archbishop consecrated Marseille to the sacred heart of Jesus. The plague reportedly ended without the use of any vaccinations or other medical treatments.
“These consecrations have proven to be strong link with the sacred heart or blessed mother. In such cases, the sacred heart of Jesus and the blessed mother have given a special protection and care to those countries that were consecrated to them,” said Father Andrew Apostoli.
And here's the kicker. What threats does the U.S. need protection from? Terrorists? Yes, of course, but a familar sexual minority also makes the list:
“Outside the nation, there is growing threat of violence, terrorism, war and even the possibility of a nuclear war,” he said. “Recent events of testing of nuclear weapons in North Korea and the threat of nuclear weapons in Iran make the midnight of nuclear war a frightening possibility.”
“Inside the country, we see the rising of secularism, which is suffocating moral and religious values,” Father Apostoli said. He pointed to “the spread of the culture of death, by abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia … the destruction of the Christian value of family … the promotion of gay lifestyle, especially the acceptance of homosexual unions to be recognized as marriage … the spread of pornography, couples living together without the benefit of marriage and increasing divorce.”
Politics, he said, “alone cannot solve these problems” and military action would lead only to mutual destruction. “We are left with one choice,” the priest said. “Our Lady gave that in her very first apparition in Fatima, May 13, 1917. She said, ‘I am the only one who can help you!’ I believe that.”
It was bad enough to learn from Falwell and Robertson that God and his son Jesus are against us, but apparently we've riled Jesus' omm Mary as well. What's a queer gotta do to get on the good side of this family?