Mexican Bishops Opposing Pseudo-Sodo-Marriage A lot Better than US Bishops – UPDATED August 29, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, persecution, pr stunts, Revolution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Remember how the US bishops organized nationwide protests against the Obergefell decision, including a vast March on Washington, DC to indicate the Church’s total opposition to this tyrannical decree from nine unelected lawyers in black robes? Yeah, me neither.
But faced with a similar threat, the Mexican episcopate is taking a much more militant stand. While I know there are grave problems in the Mexican episcopate (like the disastrous “gay bishop” Vera), as there are among the bishops of every nation, it seems there still breathes at least a little of the spirit of the Cristero among much of the Mexican Church leadership. Or, at least, there doesn’t seem to be the same degree of capitulation to the civil power as we tend to see in this country:
The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico in a recent interview.
Fr. Hugo Valdemar told Mexico’s Proceso magazine that the president’s attempt to pass a homosexual “marriage” amendment has caused “a cooling of his relationship with the bishops, who are very troubled by his initiative.”
“There hasn’t been a confrontation so strong between the government and the Church since the anticlerical laws of Plutarco Elías Calles were promulgated and since General Lázaro Cárdenas introduced socialist education” in the country, Fr. Valdemar added…….. [For those of you who follow Church-related items south of the border, does this ring true, or is this a bit over the top? I wonder how Dismas or some of our other well-informed and very fluent readers judge the situation in Mexico?]
“In launching his initiative to legalize marriages between people of the same sex, President Peña Nieto betrayed the Church, because he had promised that the agenda of Pope Francis would be his own,” Valdemar said. “So his initiative has been received by us like a terrible stab in the back.” [WELL……many have taken Francis’ very broad and amazingly novel agenda and applied it to their own pet projects. Francis has maintained a certain formal opposition to pseudo-sodo-marriage while doing many things that have encouraged its supporters and undermined his own stated opposition. Nevertheless, the bishops have the right and duty to decide what constitutes the Faith in their own diocese/country, and so long as they are upholding the perennial Doctrine of the Faith, all souls have the duty to obey]
The Catholic bishops have jointly called for Mexicans to join massive protests against the proposed amendment that will take place throughout the country on September 10 and in Mexico City on September 24.
A previous round of protests held June 1 led to a retreat by the president’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) on the issue. The PRI went on to lose a majority of state governments for the first time since the party’s founding in 1929, a massive electoral defeat that party leadership blamed on the president’s homosexual “marriage” initiative.
It does seem there is at least some connection between the sodo-marriage push and the electoral defeats suffered earlier this year, but there were a variety of other factors as well.
I can’t claim to follow the goings on of the Church in Mexico to any real degree, so if there are readers who could shed some light on this I’d love to hear their appraisals. Are the bishops standing fast for the Faith in a way clearly superior to the milquetoast behavior of US bishops, or is this coverage a bit overly fawning?
h/t reader JB
UPDATE: Format fixed. Thanks to reader MFG for the tip. LifeSiteNews runs on blogspot, which seems to have an almost deliberate incompatibility with wordpress. It makes for all kinds of messes. Sorry for the problems.