Exploiting a Massacre
Today, like everyone else, I have been pondering the probable results of the fearful massacre perpetrated at a “gay” nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by a fanatical—possibly deranged—Moslem of Afghan extraction. When I heard about it, my first reaction, like that of most people, was one of sympathy and outrage. My second thought was: the homofascists are going to milk this for all it’s worth. Then tonight, Sky News devoted about 20 minutes to demonstrations in Soho and elsewhere, with two minutes’ silence, rainbow flags entwined with the Union Flag and the Stars and Stripes, expressions of “gay pride” and defiance (of whom I’m not quite sure) cheers, clapping and whooping. Interviewees thought “far more needed to be done” to enlighten people about the “gay lifestyle”.
The militant sodomites don’t miss a trick. Already, they have turned the gunman’s victims into martyrs, in much the same way as militant Moslems exploit the deaths of their suicide bombers. And the media are happy to play along with this. It’s all very depressing, but I draw considerable comfort and encouragement from today’s post by Fr John Hunwicke, which so impressed Fr Zuhlsdorf of wdtprs (What Does The Prayer Really Say) that he lifted it in its entirety. I’m going to do the same:
Those who died in the most truly appalling events at Orlando … may they, through the all-atoning Sacrifice of our most sweet Redeemer and our suffrages, have remission of their sins: we pray this for them as we pray it for all the departed, since as Christians we believe that anyone who claims to be without sin is deceiving himself and the Truth is not in him. This, of course, goes equally for popes and for rent-boys and for you and for me.
Humanly, we may surely hope that many of those killed in a situation which prima facie may have been at least a proximate occasion of mortal sin, may, through their own ignorance, not have had that full knowledge and consent which would render their deeds and intentions as lethal subjectively as they are objectively. It is a sobering thought that it may be easier for us, who are instructed Catholics, to go to Hell than it is for the uninstructed.
And we pray for the wounded; for the families, friends, survivors, witnesses of those who died. Perhaps a particular prayer is appropriate for those who were not aware that their sons or daughters were being drawn into intrinsically disordered actions: parents for whom the horror of so dreadful a bereavement may even be increased by that realisation.
And I think we need to be aware that the Hierarchs of the Spirit of this Age will use this fearful atrocity for their own purposes. Treating the victims of a deranged murderer as martyrs for a noble cause is likely to become a stock element in the perverted parody of the moral high ground which the Powers of Evil seek to inculcate. And it will become part of a campaign which, if it succeeds, will lead to the increasingly violent persecution of anybody who articulates the teaching of Scripture and of the Catholic Church (Catechism paragraphs 2357 and following).
And here are those appropriate paragraphs:
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as 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.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfil God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.