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Two Space Aliens and a Sex Study

The title of this post was a spoof on the title of my old blog called Two Catholic Men and a Blog, and was born of my amazement that any educated human being would accept same-sex marriage as something even remotely plausible. Mind you that I’m not talking about theological plausibility, but strictly reasoning based on a secular or atheistic worldview.

Those who agree that marriage should only be defined as one man and one woman are sometimes said to hold to the Biblical definition of marriage, but which came first, the chicken or the egg? Which came first, opposite sex marriage or the Bible? How many citizens of Japan, China, India, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome would say (or would have said) their view on opposite sex marriage is Biblically based or based on Judeo-Christian values?

Defining marriage the same way humans reproduce isn’t just some sort of weird coincidence, but since emotions run very high with this topic, we quickly lose objectivity, so let’s consider a most objective scenario outside of any human society…

Two space aliens (let’s call them Kang and Kodos), have come to Earth to study the sexual behavior of the planet’s most highly evolved species. This is of great interest since this alien species from planet Rigel IV reproduces asexually; they have no detailed knowledge of heterosexual reproduction or any sexual behavior involving more than one member of a species.

Kang and Kodos have also never heard of marriage until they came to Earth, since there is no need for such an institution on their planet. Additionally, our alien friends know nothing of the Bible or God, although the inhabitants of Rigel IV often do wonder about “The First Cause” and what a curious thing an uncaused cause would be.

Don’t worry; these aliens have no intention of harming us, in fact they wish to help us evolve and “progress” as a species. Part of the overall mission is not only to learn about our sexual behavior, but to study how our sexual behavior can help the common good of all humans. In fact, the main question their mission seeks to answer is “What’s the best way to continue the human race?”

And so…our alien advocates objectively observe and report on the following human sexual behaviors with no discussion of right or wrong; good or evil.

  1. Rape
  2. Incest
  3. Bestiality
  4. Prostitution
  5. Masturbation
  6. Sexting
  7. Random sex between consenting homosexuals
  8. Random sex between consenting heterosexuals
  9. Exclusive, but temporary sexual relationships between consenting homosexuals
  10. Exclusive, but temporary sexual relationships between consenting heterosexuals
  11. Exclusive and permanent sexual relationships between consenting homosexuals
  12. Exclusive and permanent sexual relationships between consenting heterosexuals

 

Since thinking means connecting things, Kang & Kodos have made some connections…

Connection #1: Sexual coupling between human males & females tends to create human offspring…although not in all cases.

Connection #2: Sexual coupling in context of behavior #12 above tends to create stable and productive offspring within basic cells of human society called “family-units”…although not in all cases.

Connection #3: Sexual behaviors #1 – #11 tend not to achieve what has been realized in connection #2 and, additionally, tend to cause or accentuate problems for humans such as unwanted offspring, disease, poverty, sexual addictions and other emotional & physical trauma…although not in all cases.

Kang & Kodos have also drawn conclusions from the facts and the connections:

It is in the best interest of human society to encourage and support behavior #12 for their continued existence and progressive evolution. Behavior #12 is unique among all the other sexual behaviors/relationships observed in terms of its procreative, unitive & stabilizing effects on human society.

Until very recently (like about 2 seconds ago), only behavior #12 has been called “marriage” by humans for millennia. Kang & Kodos have learned that although many human relationships, other than marriages, have tremendous personal significance to those involved; the fact that humans do not call them marriages is not evidence of intolerance, but recognition of reality. The reality that best answers the mission question …“What’s the best way to continue the human race?”

Thank you Kang & Kodos! I couldn’t have said it better myself!

 

 

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The Church Of The Sacred  Brothel & Holy Hell

 

In addition to differing with Jorge Bergoglio in thinking that Hell is eternal and men and women really can be condemned forever, St. John Chrysostom’s writings make a stunning, yet apt, comparison between whorehouses and a church that would celebrate sinners and allow unrepentant adulterers to receive the sacraments. Unlike recent papal exhortations that speak in terms of how the Church  “must” incorporate such adulterers into the ongoing daily life of the parish and diocesan communities,  St. John Chrysostom (349 – 407 A.D.), Archbishop of Constantinople,  exhorted the faithful to “drive them from the fold.”   The excerpts below present his powerful words which are true for us today, all these centuries later.

The full text of his homilies on the Gospel of John is here: http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/240163.htm

 

Homilies On The Gospel Of John

Excerpts:  Homily  LXIII [Emphasis Added]

St. John Chrysostom

“Paul,  . . . in his letter to the Hebrews he thus speaks and exhorts them, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” ( Hebrews 12:14).  By holiness, meaning chastity, so that it behooved each to be content with his own wife, and not have to do with any other woman; for it is impossible that one not so contented should be saved; he must assuredly perish though he have ten thousand right actions, since with fornication it is impossible to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Or rather, this is henceforth not fornication but adultery; for as a woman who is bound to a man, if she come together with another man, then has committed adultery, so he that is bound to a woman, if he have another, has committed adultery. Such a one shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven, but shall fall into the pit. Hear what Christ says concerning these, “Their worm shall not die, and the fire shall not be quenched.” ( Mark 9:44).  For he can have no pardon, who after (possessing) a wife, and the comfort of a wife, then acts shamelessly towards another woman; since this is henceforth wantonness.

. . . .

Not so concerning a harlot; but what? If any man put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, he causes her to commit adultery. (Matthew 5:32).  For if the coming together makes one body, he who comes together with a harlot must needs become one body with her.  .  . .1 Cor. 6:15 . . . “.Shall I then make the members of Christ the members of a harlot? “. . . .A dreadful, a dreadful thing is fornication, and an agent for everlasting punishment; and even in this world it brings with it ten thousand woes. . . . Wherefore I exhort you to be freed from this malady, and if you obey not, step not on the sacred sanctuary. Sheep that are covered with the scab, and full of disease, may not herd with those that are in health; we must drive them from the fold until they get rid of the malady. We have been made members of Christ; let us not, I entreat, become members of a harlot. This place is not a brothel but a church; if then you have the members of a harlot, stand not in the church, lest you insult the place. If there were no hell, if there were no punishment, yet, after those contracts, those marriage torches, the lawful bed, the procreation of children, the intercourse, how could you bear to join yourself to another? How is it that you are not ashamed nor blushest? . . .  . .but you bring in another while your wife is yet alive. What lustfulness is this! Learn what has been spoken concerning such men, “Their worm”, It says,” shall not die, and the fire shall not be quenched.” (Mark 9:44).  Shudder at the threat, dread the vengeance. The pleasure here is not so great as the punishment there, but may it not came to pass that any one (here) become liable to that punishment, but that exercising holiness they may see Christ, and obtain the promised good things, which may we all enjoy, through the grace and lovingkindness of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost be glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

In the new Bergoglian churches, to be sung at the Offertory to the tune of If You’re Happy And You Know It, Clap Your Hands; and choreographed with a welcoming, lusty rhythm for the liturgical dancers:

Praise the Lord for adultery, clap your hands.

Praise the Lord for adulterers, clap your hands.

If in Church they belong,  a happy,  holy throng,

Praise the Lord for adultery, clap your hands.

 

 

 

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Why Can’t Parents Marry Their Adult Children?

One of the most important “dogmas” seared into the secularized mind is the Dogma of Consent. For example, whatever two adults want to do with each other is morally acceptable as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others.

Seems fair, right? But the dogma doesn’t hold up, even in the secular mind, when placed under close scrutiny. What if black slaves in America consented after the Civil War? Imagine house slaves working in a beautiful mansion for a very wealthy and kind plantation owner. What if they preferred their life as slaves as opposed to the prospect of being left to fend for themselves? They could have willfully signed a contract with the plantation owner to forfeit their freedom and remain his legal property. Under the “Dogma of Consent”, couldn’t slavery be reinstituted as legal in the U.S.?

Consent is at least one of the premises used by some when trying to justify same sex “marriage” (SSM). Who are you to say who can legally marry and who cannot? If secular marriage is about the gratification of two individuals and granting “rights”, what does the number two really have to do with anything? Additionally, who are we to say anything about marriage at all? Why can’t a parent marry their adult child? Here’s a recent article about a man arrested because his wife also happens to be his 20 year old daughter…but what’s the problem???

Why do we discriminate against people with Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA)? Is it because we find incest repulsive? Then we must be a society of bigots making groundless distinctions based on someone’s sexual preference; maybe they were born that way and can’t help it. Is it because incest tends towards birth defects? We don’t exclude other couples from marriage if they have a high risk for children with birth defects. Shouldn’t there be equal treatment under the law? What if a parent and adult child were perfectly platonic, but wish to benefit from state-offered marriage rights? Can we deny marriage to people that choose to be non-sexual?

Once a society accepts the base premises of SSM, the above paragraph contains the kind of disjointed thinking we will potentially need to face. The degree to which marriage means anything we want it to mean is the degree to which it means nothing. Why government involvement then? If two people wish to be best friends forever do they seek a government issued BFF license? How about business partners? Is there a government business partner license to apply for?

Although there is much confusion today, the official Church teaching is just as clear on incest as it is on other matters of human sexuality and marriage. “Incest designates intimate relations between relatives or in-laws within a degree that prohibits marriage between them…Incest corrupts family relationships and marks a regression toward animality” (CCC #2388). Of course, if humans are only smart animals, we must then ask the question…What is wrong with “animality”? Does this mean we can now open the discussion to bestiality in the context of marriage?

Without diving into the Catechism or a lot of theology, we should take pause and think about what rationally links all the things a lot of people still associate with marriage, including people in non-Judeo Christian cultures? Why only two people? Why opposite gender? Why no incest? Why no animals? Why exclusive? Why permanent? Why sex? Why bother?

Aligning the definition of marriage in accordance with the way humans procreate—and the best way to continue the human race—isn’t just some weird coincidence. People are very bold when making assertions about marriage, but not so skilled at asking and answering “why”.

Now it’s time for one of my favorite quotes…

“It is not a pleasant task to call attention to the obvious. To make others appear to be shortsighted, let alone blind, may easily evoke resentment.” 1

– Fr. Stanley Jaki

 

  1. Stanley L. Jaki, A Mind’s Matter (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2002), p .52.