Piers Morgan interviews a pretty remarkable Ryan Anderson about his views on marriage . Ryan displays tenacity, and doesn’t waver under pressure and derision from the interviewer, Suze Orman and the studio audience.
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Posted by 1catholicsalmon on April 20, 2013
The Coalition for Marriage have produced a booklet which indicates that if the “Equal Marriage Bill” is passed schools would have a legal requirement to teach about “same-sex marriage”.
Section 403(1A)(a) of the Education Act 1996 imposes a duty on the Secretary of State to “issue guidance” to ensure that pupils “learn the nature of marriage and its importance for family life and the bringing up of children” as part of sex education.
If the legal definition of marriage changes, the law will require that children learn about gay marriage as part of sex education…
This is obviously far more serious than the right of teachers to object on an individual basis. This would affect all the nation’s children. The C4M booklet gives a number of sample pages from books such as “Daddy’s Roommate”, “Hello Sailor”, “Josh and Jaz have Three Mums” etc. They are aimed at young children. Here is a link to download a copy of the booklet.
With materials that might be put before secondary school pupils, we are in a bind because some of it is too disgusting to detail. It is more important than ever that parents insist on seeing exactly what materials are shown to their children, whether in school – or outside school by agencies that have gained trust (and contact details of young people) by being invited into the school. From a link in Laurence England’s excellent post Schools and Same-Sex Marriage, I have just read a booklet from the Terence Higgins Trust which I wish I had never seen. “Called The Bottom Line. All you’ll ever need to know about your arse and his.” it gives detailed instructions on various forms of anal sex along with the diseases and injuries that commonly result from it – as though these are just hazards we have to accept in life.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on January 27, 2013
These quotes are from Biblia.com (a wonderful resource at to have at the tips of your fingers) from the New Revised Standard Version: – Father Jonathan referred to this quote during his homily this morning. It’s so apt for what you will witness in the video clip below.
16 “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles.
From the outset of the ‘interview’ or rather the ‘attack’, Anthony O, (can’t catch his name) a representative from the SPUC, is besieged with stares of horror and gasps of disbelief. I found their behaviour so interesting, and to be frank I feel pity for them. What they heard Anthony say really shocked them. By their reactions he seemed to be talking about marriage from a bygone era on another galaxy. They are products of the perfect examples of people who exist in the secular culture in which we live.
It seems obvious to me that having Anthony O. on the programme was not because they wanted to hear or somehow understand an inkling of what he was sharing but rather to highlight that there is someone or rather a society of people, who do not support the redefinition of the institution of marriage which has always been accepted as one adhered to by heterosexuals for the purposes of cohabitation and the intrinsic need for a partner and ultimately (God willing) procreation.
I feel an affiliation to most of what Anthony had to say but felt rather let down by some of his retorts. His attempts at refutation and qualification were inadequate towards the end of the interview. Why oh why would anyone agree to discuss a topic such as this on morning t.v?? Bravo Anthony for having a go and I can say for sure that he fared much better than I ever would. An eleven minute slot on morning t.v is definitely not enough time to convey sound Catholic teaching on the dignity and purpose of the Sacrament of marriage. As a result, the presenters and the recruited journalist ended up throwing knives thick and fast giving very little space for Anthony to answer any question fully.
I am shocked that Kally Rose (journalist) went as far as calling Anthony homophobic. What an insult. Anyone who is not in the know about what’s been going on in Britain regarding this debate will most probably also deem Anthony to be a barbarian from another time.
Just to set the record straight on what I know about issues raised:-
- People with same-sex attraction have always been on earth. This is no new phenomenon. Sadly they have endured and continue to endure verbal derision , attacks on their lives and discrimination because of the lifestyle choices they make.
- Even in the most ‘enlightened’ circles, the topic of same-sex attraction manages to ruffle feathers, get people moving and shifting or even departing. No matter how the press want to portray an ‘accepting all inclusive, all-embracing society’, this is still a topic which can cause arguments and embarrassment.
- Devoted, practising Catholic parents would accept their child with same-sex attraction with arms open wide, with absolutely no intention of forcing them to change. It’s impossible to change something inherent. It is their duty as Catholic parents to encourage their child (who may be a practising Catholic/or not as the case may be) to live a chaste life, just as other siblings may be encouraged to do the same as heterosexuals. It would be their duty to do this, but to continue loving their child.
- It’s important to know that there is another choice available out there for gays who don’t want to live a homosexual lifestyle. Believe it or not, there are gays who feel this way! I happen to know of a fair few. I started following a blog written by this guy who has decided to live a life of chastity. Yes he is Catholic, and he calls himself Steve Gershom. Pretty amazing is an understatement! His blog is a must-read.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on January 26, 2013
This is the letter which appeared in today’s Telegraph from a thousand English priests:
After centuries of persecution Catholics have, in recent times, been able to be members of the professions and participate fully in the life of this country.
Legislation for same sex marriage, should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences, severely restricting the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage in their schools, charitable institutions or places of worship.
It is meaningless to argue that Catholics and others may still teach their beliefs about marriage in schools and other arenas if they are also expected to uphold the opposite view at the same time.
The natural complementarity between a man and a woman leads to marriage, seen as a lifelong partnership. This loving union – because of their physical complementarity – is open to bringing forth and nurturing children. This is what marriage is. That is why marriage is only possible between a man and a woman. Marriage, and the home, children and family life it generates, is the foundation and basic building block of our society.
We urge Members of Parliament not to be afraid to reject this legislation now that its consequences are more clear.
I take my hat off to these leaders of the Faith, for having the courage to say what needs to be said in a united way. It gives me courage too. ‘Thank you’ to all of the signatories. We will follow by your example.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on January 12, 2013
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on September 21, 2012
Over the past two-week period we have had the pleasure of attending two engagement parties and both engagements were celebrated by our fabulous neighbours: Basel and Anwar and their family. They have three children and their daughter and one of their sons got engaged a week apart from one another. Their daughter Innes enjoyed festivities under a beautifully decorated marquee, with guests popping in throughout the day in order to congratulate the happy couple, their parents and siblings. These celebrations lasted well into the night and continued over the course of the following week, with visitors arriving from far-flung places across Britain. We were warmly welcomed on our arrival and were invited to help ourselves to the most delicious selection of desserts one can image. Our glasses were kept full to the brim and we were made to feel most welcome and very much part of the festivities. We have become good friends over the past ten years. It was an honour to be part of a joyful occasion. This was the first engagement party we have attend here in the UK and I can’t remember the last one we did attend. I think it goes as far back as 27 years, and that was our party!
The week after one celebration we attended the second engagement party, that of their son, Haidar. This was held at a hall not far from where we live. And what a wonderful celebration that was too. It included a decorated seating area just for the special couple which included items of special significance. The bride-to-be wore a beautiful shimmery long dress with flowers in her hair while the future groom walked around as proud as a peacock, looking just as dapper in his shimmery tie and carefully selected suit. It was just lovely to be part of this joyful occasion.
An engagement is s special preamble to the BIG event of marriage and should rightly be given our full attention and recognition. The couples mentioned above have not lived together and their anticipation of their marriage is palpable. I look forward to attending never to be repeated celebrations of the huge events of marriage in the coming year.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on August 28, 2012
I came across this advice here, and wish I had been given this advice when I was a teenager.My mother is not Catholic and my father was not a practising Catholic.
Follow these rules and make sure your companion keeps them too, then you will be able to look your children in the eye when you have to guide them on their way to marriage and family life. If your companion isn’t willing to keep the rules they are not the person you thought they were, and if they are going to let their passion run wild with you, then maybe they would have done that before – and are not the Catholic you think they are.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on August 12, 2012
I first watched this at Catholiclibertarian.com The volunteers at the Society of Tradition Family and Property are the victims here of public derision, violence and vitriolic hatred. The fierce attacks shocked me to my core. What really affected me deeply is the obvious hatred of Our Lord displayed by these attacks.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on August 9, 2012
A new website supporting natural family planning is breaking new ground and filling a gap in the market I think. I’m in support of this idea as well as NFP, so I’m sharing the news with you.
This is but one of a few eye-catching logos promoting NFP. Take a look at some more at 1Flesh.org
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on July 1, 2012
Your Will Be Done
may your will be done
in my marriage,
in my home,
in my children,
in their children,
in my work,
in my leisure,
in my finances,
in my health,
in my eating and drinking,
in my reading,
in my driving,
in the entertainment I enjoy,
in the routines I observe,
in my listening and speaking,
in my thinking and doing,
in my moods and attitudes,
in my friends,
in my church,
in my community,
in my state,
in my nation,
as it is in heaven,
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on June 24, 2012