Why is same sex “marriage” a priority for Enda Kenny?

Reprinted by kind permission of the Editor, Catholic Voice, Ireland.

by Deacon Nick Donnelly

In January 2014, Enda Kenny legalised the national tragedy of abortion in Ireland. This year he seems set on pitching the country headlong into the nonsense of gay marriage announcing the date of his gay marriage referendum in the run up to Christmas. Tánaiste Joan Burton’s enthusiastic endorsement of the referendum gave the misleading impression that it originates in will of the people. She said: “The fact that this referendum is now to take place is a mark of the progress that has taken place in this country in recent years and decades, and indicates the extent to which attitudes to lesbian and gay people have changed.”

But is this really anything to do with the will of the people of Ireland?
How has gay marriage rocketed to the top of Kenny’s agenda?

Have you ever asked yourself the question, how has gay marriage rocketed to the top of so many governments’ busy legislative agendas? Does this juggernaut to legalise gay marriage originate from the citizens of the Republic, or rather from the Irish ruling elite’s collaboration in a pan-European social engineering project agreed by politicians in 2010?

Christopher Booker, a columnist for The Sunday Telegraph, outlined the details of what he believes is a social engineering project to make sense of the spectacle of David Cameron tearing the Conservative party apart through his determination to legalise gay marriage. According to Booker, the advance of same sex marriage across Europe is a carefully worked out scheme hatched out by the Council of Europe and cabinet members of David Cameron’s Conservative and Liberal Coalition government. Four years ago, ministers from the 47 member countries in the Council of Europe agreed a “Recommendation” on “measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity”. In 2011, Cameron’s government committed the UK Foreign Office and its new Gender Equality Office to fully implement the 2010 Council of Europe plan. Later that year, when the UK assumed the six-monthly chairmanship of the Council of Europe it put gay marriage at the top of Europe’s agenda. Cameron’s government even invested £100,000 in creating a dedicated LGBT unit in Strasbourg to plan the implementation of the project. Christopher Booker writes:

‘Britain was so keen to take the lead that, on March 27 last year [2012], the UK’s representation in Strasbourg organised the council’s first “closed conference” (ie, public not admitted), to agree detailed plans for the June 2013 implementation… A speech by the British judge, Sir Nicolas Bratza, then head of the European Court of Human Rights, signalled that the court was ready to declare same-sex marriage a “human right”, as soon as enough countries fell into line.’

Simply put, Enda Kenny and his government can be seen as implementing a British plan to undo the institution of marriage in Ireland.
The Irish Bishops accuse Enda Kenny of attacking Marriage

The day after Enda Kenny’s visit to a gay bar for Fine Gael’s LGBT Christmas party, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference launched a staunch defence of the institution of marriage through their pastoral letter, ‘The Meaning of Marriage’.

The Irish bishops are in no doubt that Kenny’s gay marriage referendum is an unjustifiable attack by the Irish State against marriage as the union of husband and wife for the procreation and nurturing of children. Pulling no punches, the bishops accuse the Irish State of perpetrating a ‘grave injustice’ against the husbands, wives and children of Ireland:

‘It is a grave injustice if the State ignores the uniqueness of the role of husbands and wives, the importance of mothers and fathers in our society. Children, as they grow and mature, deserve from society a clear understanding of the importance of marriage. Without protection and support for the unique place of marriage in society, the State could, in effect, deprive children of the right to a mother and father.’

The bishops quite rightly name this attempt to legalise gay marriage as an attack on the fundamental building block of society – the family and the relationship between parents and children. They see it as nothing more than a betrayal of the State’s primary duty to protect Irish families, unnecessarily sacrificing parents and their children on the altar of the modern idols of political correctness, ‘fairness, equality and civil rights’. Of course individuals’ human rights are important to any civilised society but not at the cost of the rights of the family. The bishops uphold the principle that individuals’ rights must be balanced with the rights of the family and the paramount rights of children. If Kenny succeeds in legalising the fiction of gay marriage he will inflict untold harm on future generations of children, having inflicted mortal harm on future generations of unborn children.

The Irish bishops are also clear that Enda Kenny and his government are launching yet another attack on the Irish Constitution, following his desecration of the Constitution’s defence of the sanctity of unborn life:

‘The Constitution of Ireland regards the family ‘as the necessary basis of social order and as indispensable to the welfare of the Nation and the State’ (Art. 41.1.2°). ‘The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the Family is founded, and to protect it against attack (Art. 41.3.1°). Any attempt to change this protection would be a radical change in the meaning of marriage – the ‘foundation stone’ of society – in the document that expresses the foundational values of the Irish State.’

Pope Francis says gay “marriage” will seriously harm the family

Unsurprisingly the Irish bishops were lambasted and ridiculed by LGBT activists and the Irish media for their defence of marriage and their temerity to spell out the harm caused to society by gay marriage. The critics of the Irish bishops sought to attack them by misleadingly contrasting their defence of marriage with caricatures of Pope Francis’ position on the issue, but this is to grossly misrepresent the Holy Father.

Three years before his election as pope, Cardinal Bergoglio, as the archbishop of Buenos Aires and Primate of Argentina, said that same-sex marriage and adoption of children by gays would ‘seriously harm the family.’ He came to the following conclusion about Argentina’s plan to legalise gay marriage:

‘Let us not be naive: this is not simply a political struggle, but it is an attempt to destroy God’s plan. It is not just a bill but a ‘move’ of the Father of Lies [Satan] who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.’

Since assuming the role of the Successor of St Peter, Francis has not undergone a conversion about the dangers posed by gay marriage. Making the same point as the bishops’ pastoral letter ‘The Meaning of Marriage’, Pope Francis sees the complementarity of man and woman as fundamentally constitutive of marriage, praising the ‘union of man and woman in marriage as a unique, natural, fundamental and beautiful good for persons, communities, and whole societies.’

Pope Francis has also spoken out in defence of the child’s right to a mother and a father, ‘Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity.’

The Holy Father also presided over the Extraordinary Synod on the Family that issued a final report that categorically rejected any attempt to equate homosexual unions with marriage:

‘There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.’(55).

The Synod Fathers also explicitly condemned political pressure exerted on the Church to accept gay marriage:

‘Exerting pressure in this regard on the Pastors of the Church is totally unacceptable: this is equally so for international organizations who link their financial assistance to poorer countries with the introduction of laws which establish “marriage” between persons of the same sex.’ (56)

This raises the question, in the light of Ireland’s economic problems, to what extent is Kenny’s referendum on gay marriage driven by financial pressures from the social engineers of the European Union and the UK?

Where’s the harm?

The threat posed by Kenny’s gay marriage referendum to Irish society cannot be dismissed or minimised. The harm will come from three directions – legal, moral and spiritual.

If Kenny succeeds in legalising gay marriage, Ireland will find itself in the grip of the ‘soft’ totalitarianism of the politically correct who constrain freedom of conscience. You only have to look over the border to see this with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission threatening the prosecution of Ashers Baking Company for refusing to bake a cake including a slogan supporting gay “marriage”.

Since the legalisation of gay “marriage” in the UK, broadcasters have ratcheted up their advocacy and promotion of homosexuality, even through children’s programmes such as Dr Who. A country that legalises gay “marriage” soon loses touch with the perennial truth that homosexual sex are acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that, “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2357).

Finally, the greatest harm to Ireland will come from – in the words of the Synod Fathers – abandoning ‘God’s plan for marriage and family’. The consequences of this for Ireland’s future will be incalculable.

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23 Responses to Why is same sex “marriage” a priority for Enda Kenny?

  1. Robert says:

    It is only a problem if you are blind to the General Apostacy that has taken place. Why should Ireland be exempt from what has been taking place elsewhere? Malta and Divorce for instance! We are being isolated and marginalised if not being directly persecuted for Our Faith. Now look back at the Early Church and the paganism, martydom , beheadings, crucifixions, persecutions and see these mirrored today.
    Look the list of masons published in 1960’s of senior members of the Curia meant that the excommunication (because to be a mason its automatic excommunication) at the highest levels of the Church.
    What are we to do? Well back to defending the Faith of All time that was handed by Our Lord to the Apostles, if necessary face the derision and condemnation of the world BUT place Christ First. The True victory is through the Cross and Passion. We have to fight for Our Faith Rosary and Scapular in Hand with Love of God and Neighbour. Love the poor sinner but abhor the Sin. Christ will Triumphant but woe to the generation that sold their birthright (1960 onwards) to make the Faith modern.
    It is a sad article but only a repeat of what has been happening elsewhere. We have the promise of Christs Triumph BUT we do not know when or where this will end.

  2. reinkat says:

    I am no analytical expert in this area–but I think it is less of an attack on the family than a betrayal. At least in the U.S., I see it as an issue that really doesn’t concern the ruling elite or the government very much. They don’t care. It will be much more devastating culturally than it will be economically–and money and power are all that the government is interested in. Follow the money, as the saying goes, and you will get to the heart of it.
    I think that using an issue as controversial as gay marriage is a clever screen for what politicians are REALLY after. They don’t care who or what they hurt in the process of grasping for wealth. Ordinary people are able to have a strong, instant opinion about this issue without having to study or have an expert background like you would, for example, to speak on economics or the impact of Obamacare. It is part of our innate conscience and human experience to respond to homosexuality and form an opinion or argue about gay marriage. By fomenting controversy and making it such a big issue, we are distracted from what is going on with our country, our economy, our rights, and our freedom, so that a few can rape and pillage and take the future from the rest.
    Conspiracy? I don’t think so, but pure greed and lust for power, absolutely.

  3. Robert says:

    Hell was shown to the seers at Fatima. Hell and Heaven exist. This Faith in unseen and non material is a common belief wherever man has been found. Faith in God existed before Christinaity. Think of Homer and the illiad. Our Faith includes Satan and fallen angels as well as angels an saints. Our battle is against intelligence fallen angelic intelligence. When a Global pattern of gay marriage, divorce, abortion is seen commonly with a general Apostacy my Faith tells me where this is coming from.
    Its not a new phenomenom its precisely the sources identified by the Apostle. Look at the vices avarice (greed) , pride , self love and self interest. Look back at your Faith and what you have been taught.
    Look through and beyond the material and instead concentrate on the spiritual vices, virtues. Fruits of sin and Fruits of God. Then fight he who is legion!!
    The deep lessons of Fatima need to be meditated over and learned. Heaven and Hell and the battle for Souls.

  4. Maggie says:

    Looks like the snakes have returned to Ireland.

  5. Tom Fisher says:

    Looks like the snakes have returned to Ireland.

    Possibly. But the collapse of the Irish Church has been largely the result of self-inflicted wounds.

    No nation on earth held the Catholic Church in higher esteem than the Irish Republic when it was first established. No nation in modern Europe gave the Church a more privileged position than the Irish.

    The Irish Church betrayed the universal Church, and the Irish people, on a scale that is hard to comprehend. (I’ve read the relevant undisputed reports, and they’re heartbreaking). — So now we see Ireland ignoring Catholic teaching. Don’t blame Enda, blame the Irish Church.

  6. Robert says:

    Fatima has parrallels with 2000 years ago. Look and remember the Magi visited Jerusalem. Consider this the Magi revelation wasn’t the Bible it was the heavens. The Temple had the Bible and even told the Magi where the Messiah would be born. In other words the Officials knew the scriptures. However there was the matter of Herod (sartrap) and the Romans and the Temple wouldn’t want to rock the political boat now would it?
    So 1960 and the matter of Russia and Heavens requested Consecration. But there was the matter of the Vatican-Moscow agreement! So the required Consecration was never done, lets call a spade a spade. The Fatima Prophecy says IN THE END the Immaculate Heart will Triumph. The point is in the End of What?
    No instead of national flagellantion and accusations, which cannot change the past, we must instead get about with pereseverance what Heaven asked for. That is few or many.
    England before 16th century was Dowry of Our Lady! Then what happened? Do not take the Faith for granted and especially at this time.
    The Apostacy which is commonly accepted, not a matter of individual opinion, is clearly within Fatimas Prophecy. Heaven will Triumph but it seems that Our Road will now be that of the Way of Sorrows. Why do I say this? because Fatima holds up two World Wars (the second was fortold) and especially the power of the Sun (nuclear). Perhaps its is better that we do not know the details but I for one tremble at the Price which must surely be paid by the Nations (especially the Catholic Nations)

  7. toadspittle says:

    We see Roger has resurrected himself as Robert.
    Why?

  8. kathleen says:

    @ Robert (or ‘Roger’😉 )

    “the End of What?”

    The End of the Great Apostasy.
    The final part of Our Lady’s message of 13th July 1917 was that:
    “wars and persecution of the Church [will follow]. The good will suffer martyrdom; the Holy Father will suffer much; different nations will be annihilated. But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, which will be converted, and some time of peace will be granted to humanity.”

    So in other words, Our Lady was talking about what would happen in the future here on Earth, not in the world to come. What is unknown is how far in the future this “time of peace” will be in coming. Will it take still many decades… or perhaps even centuries? Many fear that far worse happenings and many more sufferings for the Church have still to take place before the “triumph” of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

    One thing is clear – everything Our Lady told the little visionaries about “wars” and the time of “persecution of the Church” has already commenced, and that the “errors of Russia” (which is of course militant atheism that is at the root of ‘communism’) was, and still is, spreading its evil faster than wildfire over the rest of the world.

    Ireland’s current state of apostasy, of so many of its once staunchly faithful sons and daughters of the Church, is a prime example of Our Blessed Lady’s words of warning. We must redouble our efforts – as I know the remaining loyal, traditional Irish Catholics are doing – to fight back against this unprecedented onslaught of Satan and his human minions… though the odds are stacked high against them/us, (re the evidence of the government’s treachery as described in this article above as a prime example.)

    And everywhere else too, we must cling to the Barque of Peter more strongly and faithfully than ever before to help us ride this, the fiercest of ‘storms’ to hit Mother Church.

  9. Roger says:

    Fatima. Prophecy is conditional. That is important to remember. Conditional, think of Jonas. Fatima doesn’t exist outside of La salette and Lourdes. Also the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception Dogma. The sword that passed through Our Lady at the foot of the Cross. St Ferrer and the Fathers of the Church did not suffer from modern materialism that blinds souls to the ominipotence of God. They likened the Church to the Moon (reflecting the Sun of Justice). The waxing and waning over the centuries of the Church. Sun of Justice and Fatima is all to clear when you consider the rain that persisted from 12th-13th October before the clouds cleared.
    I remind that Maxism and Darwinism are one that Marxism is sold as the evolution of Mankind into Socialism.
    The question is Obedience and Disobedience to God. I have yet to see any Prelate pepared to place Heaven before Man

  10. JabbaPapa says:

    I have yet to see any Prelate pepared to place Heaven before Man

    Why’s that ? Are you blind ?

  11. Tom Fisher says:

    I remind that Maxism and Darwinism are one

    What on earth do yo mean by that mysterious assertion?

  12. Roger says:

    Fatima is the work of God (the Church has told Us this). Gods works are timeless.
    “..Although Marx and Engels criticized various aspects of his “clumsy English style of argument,” they retained the highest regard for Darwin’s scientific work for the rest of their lives.In his own masterwork, Marx described On the Origin of Species as an “epoch-making work.”In 1872 Marx sent a copy of Capital to Darwin, inscribing it “on the part of his sincere admirer, Karl Marx…”
    What happened in Russia in 1917 if not a Social Evolution?
    Adolf Hitler’s racial theories were based on social Darwinism. “The stronger has to rule and must not mate with the weaker,” Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf.
    The article is about preclavities at a variance with the Faith.
    I merely pointed out that Fatima is a public fortold miracle expressly recognised by the Church. Have the whole message (messages) of Fatima been made know? We are encouraged to believe that it is in the Past.
    However the Apostacy of Christendom is very much in the present. Man’s choice is social Darwinism as a Utopia (and is this not what same sex marriage is about?) that is a material Paradise? or the Reign of the Immaculate Heart (the Heart pireced at the Passion and the foot of the Cross).
    I remind that the seers at Fatima were shown Hell.

  13. Tom Fisher says:

    Well I certainly agree that the “social Darwinism” is a very bad thing. — I’d like to think that it is largely dead and buried. ‘Darwinism’ — understood as a theory describing certain biological processes — is in itself morally neutral. But both are completely distinct from Marxism.

    I don’t know enough about Fatima to comment! Thanks for explaining what you meant

  14. Roger says:

    The Faith has the Kingdom of Heaven. This is not an evolved Kingdom but created and opened to Man through Christ. That the Word became Flesh (Man) and dwelt amongst Us (this is the Faith).
    But if Mankind is an evolving biological organism then so is His society and lifestyles. Marxism becomes an evolving Political Society for Man.
    Fatima revealed Hell and Hence Heaven. The Immaculate as defined without Original Sin (but where is Original Sin with Darwinism?).
    So with Marxism and Hitler etc. we are following the evolution of a new Society without a Creator. A materialist paradise , this includes same sex marriage.
    So with Fatima we have this a Created Heaven or Man made evolved Utopia without God (Marxist Russia 1917).
    This is why I point to Fatima.;

  15. toadspittle says:

    Rogebert is magnificent!
    CP&S is undoubtedly the best, and funniest, website in the world. I’d no more start the day without it than I would without a cup of coffee and a bit of Marmite toast..
    And Rogebert alone is worth the price of admission.
    Yes, Burrissimo is a scream, in his own wacky, worried, way – but he can’t hold a candle to our beloved Fatimaniac, can he?
    Stop trying to make sense of him, Tom – just sit back and enjoy!

    ” Fatima is the work of God (the Church has told Us this) “ …so it must be true.

  16. Tom Fisher says:

    Stop trying to make sense of him, Tom – just sit back and enjoy!

    Well I have a certain grudging respect for anyone who can unshackle themselves from the tyranny of English grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and soar to such heights of incomprehensibility. All while effortlessly changing from Roger to Robert and back again without missing a beat.

  17. Tom Fisher says:

    Nice to see you Toad, but aren’t you still meant to be wailing and gnashing your teeth in the outer darkness?

  18. The Raven says:

    Toad,

    I’ve just received a phishing email from your account (at least I’m making the assumption that you’re not stranded in a hotel in Turkey) – I suspect that your email has been hacked: it might be worth getting an email out to your contacts to let them know that it’s a hoax!

  19. toadspittle says:

    Many thanks for your concern Raven. I’m working on it. Apparently a bad Nigerian (if such a fabulous creature can be imagined) has “hacked” me, or something.
    Possibly God’s condign revenge.
    Nor would I go to Turkey on a bet. Or any other Muslim country.

  20. The Raven says:

    If you haven’t visited Istanbul, you are missing out!

  21. Gertrude says:

    Funnily enough Toad I had an email from you asking for money to aid your return home! I guessed it was a hack as that email was used on a Priest friend fairly recently, and deleted it.

  22. GC says:

    I think, Toad, the advice is usually to change forthwith your email account password if it has been hacked.

    You’re welcome.

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/03/what-to-do-email-hacked-how-to-prevent

  23. toadspittle says:

    Password changed immediately. Thanks to all for your concern.

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