Friday, July 10, 2015

Ruminations on Obergefell (fini)

 Post-Obergefell, the Church is presented with an opportunity for homilists to recount Church history to see how to tell the truth in the face of sin and persecution—for example:  St. Irenaeus’ battle against the Gnostics, St.Athanasius’ denunciation of Arianism, St. Augustine’s unravelling of the half-truths of the Manicheans, and St. Cyril of Alexandria’s struggle with Nestorianism. As in the time of the early Church, today Christians may come to realize that perhaps God is once again permitting our enemy to prowl about, seeking the ruin of souls. Why? To draw us together to contemplate the things that are from above. Much of Christian history has been martyrdom, a remedy for division in the Body of Christ. Martyrdom, St. Thomas More teaches, is to be avoided it if at all possible. But we should emulate the Church fathers and hold to the Faith as one. Heresies come and go—and the gender heresy is much less formidable than Arianism, Pelagianism, or Gnosticism were, but Jesus remains with His Church forever.