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Saturday, May 30, 2015

BAPTISM: The Thing that God Does to Gain Men

We confess One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins

by Lawrence Fox 

One morning I watched a non-Catholic pastor attempt to convince members of his congregation to be baptized while at the same time affirming that it was not necessary for salvation. “We are justified by faith and not by works, but baptism was commanded by Our Lord,” said the pastor.

The pastor and his congregation understood baptism to be that thing which men do to gain God and not something that God does to gain men. Jesus said, “When I am lifted up, I will draw all men to myself.” (Jn. 12:32)

The content of their faith, prevented the pastor and his congregation from comprehending and professing, “That the redemption won for all on Calvary is poured forth by Jesus Christ upon the heads of those baptized, ‘In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.’” (Frank Sheed, Theology and Sanity, pg. 314)

The Catholic Church’s profession of faith “one baptism for the forgiveness of sins” literally echoes Paul’s affirmation, “There is one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism…” (Eph.4:4-6) It also repeats verbatim Peter’s declaration to the
crowd on Pentecost, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:42) Paul’s words identified the oneness in the body of Christ was naturally born from one faith and one baptism.
They therefore that received his word, were baptized;
and there were added in that day about three thousand souls.
(Acts 2:41)
Peter’s words were in response to an urgent question from the crowd? “Brethren, what must we do to be saved?” (Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC, 1226) The Catholic Church treasures in her heart (Lk.2:19, 51) and professes in her creeds, liturgy, moral life, and prayer both Paul’s words and the content of Peter’s confession and the act of faith of those who heard Peter, “They were baptized and three thousand souls were added to their numbers that day.” (Acts 2:37-41)

The Catholic Church recognizes in the text “Three Thousand souls were added to their numbers,” that baptism does not establish atomized disciples but brings the initiated into a mystical union with Jesus Christ and His one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church established upon Peter “the Rock.” (Ratzinger pg. 245)

Souls baptized in the name of Jesus – no matter when and where – are added to the apostles’ numbers and continue to be shepherded by them through men ordained to succeed in the ministry of the apostles. Sacred Scripture provides a glimpse of this “sacred union and universal shepherding” with the ministry of Philip the Evangelist.

Philip the Evangelist was ordained by Peter to perform the duties of a deacon in the Church. (Acts 6: 5) Philip went down to a city in Samaria and preached the Good News. Those who believed in his message were baptized. News of Philip’s efforts reached the Church in Jerusalem, which sent Peter and John to Samaria and to lay hands upon those baptized that they too may receive the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8: 9-17) Non-Catholics reason that since those baptized in Samaria did not “receive the Holy Spirit” until the apostles laid hands upon them, that baptism is simply an outward sign; like a wedding ring.

Allowing Sacred Scripture to interpret itself, a Catholic understanding of faith and baptism (CCC 1253) emerges demonstrating:
·     1st that deacons ordained by the apostles received the right to administer the sacrament of baptism.
·     2nd that apostles confirm the baptized with the Holy Spirit with the laying of hand and thereby completing their initiation. (CCC 1304)
·     3rd that the baptized even when scattered about are still pastored by the apostles into a unity of faith.
·     4th the expression “receive the Holy Spirit” also identifies a visible manifestation of gifts (i.e. speaking in tongues and prophecy) 
which compliments the inward gifts of justification and sanctification received in baptism. This 4th point is further demonstrated by an event in Paul’s missionary journeys.

Paul, after meeting up with 12 disciples in Ephesus, asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “We have not heard there was a Holy Spirit.” He adroitly asked them, “What baptism did you receive?” They said, “The baptism of John.”

Paul baptized them in the name of Jesus Christ. He then placed his hands upon them and they spoke in tongues. (Acts 19: 1-7)  Note: An encounter with a congregation of unbaptized Christians would be most problematic to Paul. Paul could have asked the disciples this question, “Were hands placed upon you when you were baptized?” or again “Were you fully initiated into the Mystical Body of Christ by baptism and the laying of hands?”

Paul identifies the receiving of the Holy Spirit with both faith and baptism (they are not separated). His laying of hands joins the baptized with the visible charisms of the Holy Spirit. (CCC 1288) To argue that baptism - an action on the part of the Church and performed in the name of Jesus - is simply a symbolic action while the related action of laying of hands - also performed in the name of Jesus is not symbolic is simply fragmented “either-or” theology.

Paul conveys to the disciples in Ephesus the necessity of being baptized in the name of Jesus prior to receiving the manifested gifts of the Holy Spirit. Paul’s approach toward the disciples in Ephesus faithfully captures the content of Peter’s preaching on Pentecost and the crowd’s immediate understanding and response to Peter’s teaching. Scripture’s emphasis on the necessity to be baptized is repeated within Philip’s ongoing ministry.

Philip the deacon was led by the angel of the Lord to meet up with an Ethiopian Eunuch traveling by chariot from Jerusalem to Ethiopia. Philip explains to the Eunuch that Jesus is the Messiah; fulfilling all the prophecies of the Old Testament. The Eunuch asks Philip, “See here is water, what prevents me from being baptized?” and Philip says, “If you believe with all your heart you may.”

And he answers, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God…” And so they went down into the water and Philip baptized him. (Acts 8: 36-38)

Philip preached the Good News and the Eunuch emphatically asks, “What prevents me from being baptized here and now?” What did Philip say that solicited such an urgent act of faith from the Eunuch? Did Philip simply repeat the content of Peter’s confession to the crowd on Pentecost? Maybe Philip remembered from his catechesis the words of Jesus, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved.” (Mark 16:15-16)

Luke in the Acts of the Apostles does not give us the details but through his narration of the Eunuch’s question to Philip and his narration of the question posed by Peter to his fellow Jews after preaching the Good News to Gentiles, Luke prepares disciples to understand Jesus’ teaching about “water and Spirit” as found in the Gospel of John.

The Holy Spirit led Peter to the home of man named Cornelius, a centurion within the Italian Regiment. Peter, while preaching to Cornelius and his household, recognized they received a manifestation of the Holy Spirit:
they spoke in tongues. Peter responded by questioning those with him, “Can anyone forbid these (non-Jews) from being baptized with water?” Peter commanded them to be baptized. (Acts 10:47-48)

Peter’s question, “Can anyone forbid… baptized with water?” is little different from the Eunuch’s question to Philip, “See here is water, what prevents me from being baptized?” The words “forbid” and “prevent” harken back to a command given by Jesus, “Let the little children come to me and do not ‘hinder’ them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt. 19:13-15) Peter makes clear that the withholding of baptismal waters from these Gentiles would be a form of hindrance to their initiation into the Kingdom of Heaven. The gentiles by analogy are infants when it comes to salvation history. Without the prompting of the Holy Spirit, Peter would not have known that.

Following Luke’s narration of the Eunuch’s and Peter’s line of questioning along with Jesus’ “do not hinder,” the reader of Sacred Scripture now sits next Nicodemus and re-hears Jesus say, “Unless a man is born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Jn. 3:5)  The entire squabble about what is meant by “born again of water and Spirit” is moot.

Another point to ponder along with the context of baptizing Jews and Gentiles is the concept of the “keys” given by Jesus to Peter (Matt 16:19). Peter’s keys open the doors of the
BAPTISM opens the doors of the Kingdom
Kingdom of Heaven to Jews and Gentiles through the sacrament of baptism. Paul confirms this truth in (1Cor. 3:27-28),
“All who have been baptized in Christ’s name have put on the person of Christ; no more Jew or Gentile … you are all one person in Jesus Christ.” (Frank Sheed, Theology and Sanity, pg.316)

Sacred Scripture coalesces the doctrinal themes of forgiveness, regeneration, sanctification, and movements of the Holy Spirit with the sacrament of baptism. The non-Catholic pastor and his congregation rejected this reality. Catholics in response to such confusion can only humbly confess and explain that baptism is one of God’s many Divine Excesses as demonstrated throughout Sacred Scripture. (Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity, pg. 260, 261) 

Baptism is not a thing that men do to gain God but something that God does to gain men. God is willing to allow nature and men to cooperate with the administration of His Divine Excesses. For example, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and the “yes” proclaimed by Mary, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (Jn 1:5) Jesus turns water into wine when the servants simply “do whatever He tells them.” (Jn.2:5)

Bread and fish are multiplied and Jesus feeds thousands after the apostles obey Him by
Miracle of the Loaves & Fishes 
placing five loaves and two fish into baskets. (Mark 6:38) Jesus takes spit and dirt and makes mudand opens the eyes of a blind man. (Jn.9:6) Jesus takes bread and wine (fruit of the earth and the work of human hands) and declares,
“This is my body” and “This is my blood.” (Lk. 22:19) Jesus is pierced with a lance and blood and water (symbolizing Baptism and Eucharist), pours forth and initiates souls into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity, pg. 241)

Those baptized in Jesus’ name are now in Christ; members of His body. That is why Jesus says to Saul, “Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Frank Sheed, Theology and Sanity, pg. 314) Saul (Paul) -- on the road to Damascus -- is blinded by God’s Divine Excess. Saul’s blindness was also washed clean (removed) through the Divine Excess of Baptism.

Paul, blinded by his encounter with Jesus, is instructed to go to a man named Ananias on Straight Street to be healed. Ananias says to Paul, “Why do you delay, rise up and be baptized and wash away your sins, invoking his name.” (Acts 22:16)  Ananias, identifies baptism as washing; literally fulfilling what was spoken typologically by the Old Testament prophets, “Wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin…” (Psalm 50 (51)) The literal connection between baptism and “washing, cleansing, and water” (CCC 1227) is most vividly foreshadowed by God through the prophet Ezekiel, who writes: “I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleansed…I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a new heart of flesh instead. I shall put my spirit in you.” (Ezk. 36:25-27)

Paul & Ananias
Ananias understood that with the waters of baptism, the origin of Paul’s sinful nature (inherited from the old Adam) would be washed clean. In baptism, Paul inherits from Jesus the life-giving Spirit of the new Adam. Paul is “born again” in faith and baptism (water and Spirit). In other words, the likeness of God lost by the original sin of the old Adam is restored when the soul is baptized into the new Adam.

The author of Hebrews makes a similar connection, “Let us draw near with a true heart in the fullness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled … and our bodies washed with clean water.” (Heb.10:22)  These words are not simply metaphors but expressions of God’s grace working through nature within the life of the Catholic Church. As Ratzinger notes “Everything is Grace.” (Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity, pg. 280) The pastor and congregation mentioned above were taught to separate grace from nature in order to preserve the doctrine of “justification by faith alone.” In doing so, all the images of baptism within the Old Testament remain hidden from them.

The Catholic Church brings to light in her baptismal liturgies all the ways God pre-figured baptism in Sacred Scripture. (CCC 1217-1225) While blessing the waters used for baptism, the Church recalls that the Holy Spirit moved over the waters of creation. (Gn. 1:1) She listens to Peter illustrate how Noah’s Ark and those within it were saved as through water, “which symbolizes baptism and which now saves you.” (1 Pt. 3:21) 

The Church learns that the children of Israel were baptized into Moses, while Israel’s foes were drowned in the same water. (1Cor. 10:2) She recognizes that baptism heals by observing Naaman, the Syrian King, dip himself seven times in the River Jordan. (2Kings 5:14) She recognizes her baptismal confession in the Holy Trinity while watching Elijah pour water “three times” over the bull offering which God then consumes. (1King 18:34) The Church enters Lent meditating upon Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan and the Spirit of the Lord resting upon His human nature; sanctifying and illuminating the Mystical Body of Christ (Sheed pg. 247, 316) 

The Church professes God’s precious name (Yahweh) given to Moses on Mount Horeb each time the initiate is baptized in the Name of Jesus (Yahweh Saves) and professing “I believe in one God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity, pg. 331)

In the Catholic Church when baptism takes place, the Presider reminds the congregation that baptism is that thing which God does to gain men. And although administered by the Church, it is Jesus drawing souls to himself in the Sacrament. When a baptism takes place, the content of the Catholic Faith is presented article by article to the recipients along with their responding confession,
“We believe in One God… in one Lord Jesus Christ… in the Holy Spirit and in one Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins.” In other words, the Catholic Church professes in fidelity to Sacred Scripture that the redemption won for all on Calvary, is poured forth by Jesus Christ upon the heads of those baptized, “In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

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Ireland Creates Modern Day Babel: Same Sex "Marriage."

by Susan Fox

By an overwhelming vote of 2 to 1, Ireland legalized same
Irish gentlemen celebrate the opportunity to
"marry" in Ireland.
sex “marriage” on May 22, 2015, falling naively for the lie of “marriage” equality

“How have the mighty fallen,” commented one British pundit, Christopher Woodford, pro-life agnostic. The Vatican called it a “Defeat for Humanity.”

Undeterred, Catholic evangelists stared at the same devastation and concluded Ireland was ripe for the New Evangelization, which focuses on the naïve and un-catechized Catholic sitting in the pew next to you rather than the pagan baby in Timbuctoo.   

“I was deeply saddened by the result,” said the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on Tuesday. “The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelization. I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity.”

Ireland is a nation of non-practicing Catholics.  In 2011, 84.2 percent of the population identified themselves as Roman Catholic. But weekly Mass attendance has dropped steeply from 91 percent in 1972-73 to only 30 percent in 2011.  

By voting overwhelmingly for same-sex "marriage" on Friday, May 22, 2015, Ireland put itself firmly on board for building the modern Tower of Babel. It joined 18 other countries that have legalized same sex unions through legislation or the courts, but shockingly Ireland passed the new form of pseudo “marriage” by popular vote.

Modern man is locked in über hubris, literally redefining the human family in a manner completely unconnected to reality. He has decided that marriage exists only as he wills it, and not in objective reality independent of his will. So if I were treating my desk that way, I could close my and eyes, decide my desk was a soft fluffy pillow and throw myself on it. Ouch!

"At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life," wrote U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1992 in Planned Parenthood vs. Casey.

This definition turns the true nature of marriage on its head.  “Owing to the exceptional complementarity and procreative potential of a husband and wife, the legal form for their relationship is likewise distinctive, and not replicable for other relationships that are neither complementary not potentially reproductive. To use the legal form of marriage for these latter associations is to transfer the goods proper to marriage to those to whom they are not proper. This is an act of injustice – treating something as other than what it is,” said Author Robert R. Reilly in his book, “Making Gay Okay.”

On Saturday, May 23, the day after the historic Irish vote, the Catholic Church quietly celebrated the Sunday Vigil Mass for Pentecost with a reading from Gen 11:1-9, the story of the Tower of Babel.
Same-sex "Marriage" is Modern Day Tower
of Babel
 Here’s one to the Old Tower:

At the time, the whole world spoke the same language and using the same words, understood each other. Fearing they would be scattered all over the earth, the people began to build a city “and a tower with its top in the sky,” so as to make a name for themselves.

The Lord came down to check out the city, and said, “If now, while they are one people, all speaking the same language, they have started to do this, nothing will later stop them from doing whatever they presume to do. Let us then go down there and confuse their language, so that one will not understand what another says.”

So the people of the earth got the very thing they feared – the Lord scattered them all over the earth, and confused their speech – that’s why the city was called Babel.

Talk to a same-sex “marriage” proponent today, and you will feel the same confusion of speech. A Christian speaks objectively about marriage, and the person advocating same sex “marriage” calls him a hateful “homophobe.”  What?

I have had these proponents of same-sex “marriage” carefully find quotes in my copy like, “The Catholic Church believes that homosexual acts are sinful.” And they conclude I have called them a sinner.

The confusion occurs because in their minds, their activity is their identity. “I am gay.” Well I have many activities, but none of them define me. I’m a Catholic. I live in a nation that is not of this earth. My identity is found in my relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Irish people have forgotten that.

They are looking for their identity in sex, the local pub and soccer. Hence they fall for the oldest lie in the book. They are tempted by a false good. They think they are supporting justice -- marriage equality -- and they really are creating a Tower of Injustice, a modern-day Babel. They are destroying the family.  The people building the Tower of Babel feared to be scattered over the earth. Their fear created the very conditions they thought to avoid.  

Marriage comes with the right to have children. How does a same sex couple get children? Not naturally. They use adoption and commercial third party reproduction, including the buying and selling of eggs and sperm, the renting of a surrogate womb, and creating a special class of women called “breeders.”

“The medical process required for egg retrieval is lengthy, and there are serious medical hazards associated with each step in the process,” said Pediatric Nurse Jennifer Lahl in Jephthah’s Daughters: Innocent Casualties in the War for Family “Equality. Women risk their own future fertility, blood clots, and reproductive cancers. Both surrogates and egg donors die. “Multiple embryos are implanted into surrogates in order to increase the chance of live births. Women are treated as commodities, paid vessels, a breeding class,” Lahl concluded. Multiple children do not survive the process. It’s the old game of kill a baby to get a baby.

Children who are conceived by reproductive technologies are more likely to suffer from “premature birth, low birth weight, and fetal anomalies. There is a higher risk of fetal death and stillbirth,” Lahl said.

“Gamete donation creates children who will be intentionally separated from their biological identity, history, and extended family. Genealogical bewilderment is a phenomenon well documented in studies and in the testimonies of those born via donor conception.”

David Alexander writes notes on Jephthah’s Daughters on a web page run by The International Children’s Rights Institute. I discovered them one night linking to my blog. Alexander quotes a poem from Edward Hirsch, whose adopted son, Gabriel, died at age 22 of a drug overdose.

 “…I pulled to the side of the road
When he announced that we bought him
From a special baby store…

…He wheeled his tricycle up and down
In front of the house in a rage
You’re not my parents…” (From Gabriel)

Then there is Manual Half, a European teenager who was conceived by a surrogate mother and raised by a biological father who self-identifies as homosexual. I remember reading the young man’s manifesto in the English Manif, a blog created by Child Rights Advocate  Robert Oscar Lopez’, co-editor of Jephthah’s Daughters.
Manual Half contacted Child Rights Advocate Robert Lopez through Hommen, a French group identifying itself as the "Silent Majority" which opposes same-sex "marriage." Composed of young men over 20 they do not wear shirts as they are mocking the half-naked Femen women who obscenely support same-sex "marriage."
The boy calls himself “Manual Half” because he says he is only half a man, son of a “gay” father, and an “incubator.” Lopez reprised the introduction he wrote for Manual’s Manifesto in his book, but kept the boy’s words unpublished to protect him. Manual will speak again when he grows up.
Manual, however, feels great anger at his father for “buying” him, erasing the role of his mother and exposing him to homosexuality in the home. Just before Mother’s Day in 2014, a veritable firestorm broke out between Pope Francis and Same-Sex “Marriage” Advocate Giuseppina LaDelfa, president of Italy’s “Rainbow Families.”

Pope Francis was so gauche as to defend “the right of children to grow up in a family, with a dad and a mom capable of creating a suitable environment for development and emotional maturation.” The pope reminded us that children, “need to mature in relation to masculinity and to femininity.”

La Delfa shot back, “A child has no right to live in a family with a father and a mother.” In fact, she argued, the father and mother are useless! The suitable place to raise a child is just about anywhere “regardless of who the parents are, of which sex, or of which sexual orientation, no matter whether they number one, two or 18. But one thing matters ... support and attention.”

Manuel Half responded by saying, “There must be some well of humanity hidden inside La Delfa to help her understand why boys
Hommen protects Kids
French anti-gay marriage
want to know their mothers,” Robert Lopez reported in
Jephthah’s Daughters. "Then Manual lit a candle in his window on Mother’s Day and said to his mother – whoever and wherever she was – that he hoped she might pass and see the flame to know he was okay."

Ireland has blithely and ignorantly opened the door to these horrors. Will future generations ever forgive them?

The deliberations of Ireland’s professional body for solicitors, the Law Society of Ireland, gives us a clue to Irish thinking before the “Marriage Equality Referendum” was passed.

Similar to the American Bar Association, the Irish Law Society decided to support same-sex “marriage” based on the false justice of marriage equality. They focused on recent court decisions from the United States.

Specifically, they quoted the California Supreme Court, which in 2008 said there was “no compelling state interest” to justify the retention of the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman. California justices feared that “excluding same-sex couples” from marriage could imply that the government officially views same-sex “committed relationships of lesser stature than the comparable relationships of opposite-sex couples.”
Excited Irish proponents of same-sex "marriage" 
They noted that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court said, “California’s ban on same sex ‘marriage’ serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.”

Oh, but they did study similar decisions from the state of Connecticut, South Africa, and Canada. The logic of these myopic courts caused the Irish Law Society to conclude: “What is the legal justification for denying equality to same-sex couples in relation to the civil institution of marriage? For any lawyer, the argument that ‘civil marriage has just
traditionally been that way’ cannot provide a sound and just legal justification for denying equal rights to Irish citizens.” Was there no one left in Ireland able to explain to the nation’s
lawyers the dangers of legalized same-sex "marriage" for civilization?!? Apparently not.

As Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald said, “This is an opportunity for Ireland to demonstrate that it is truly inclusive, truly mature in its understanding of marriage.”

No, these are not mature voices; they are the voices of Babel. Homosexual acts are not natural acts because people of the same sex are not structurally complementary and cannot create children naturally. Any civil law that violates natural law creates numerous other injustices by definition.

I haven’t even covered the loss of religious freedom that results from legal same sex “marriage.” Ironically, in Canada where same-sex “marriage” has been legal since 2005, a Christian Law School lost its accreditation because it had a chastity covenant with its students, who were asked to abstain from sex outside marriage and from all same-sex relationships. In other words, Trinity Western University cannot offer an accredited law degree because it doesn’t recognize Canada’s law allowing same-sex “marriage.”  The snake bit the lawyers in Canada.

But in homosexual unions, the primary victims are children. Strangers provide the products of reproduction and the children themselves. Surrogate mothers, egg and sperm donors are being used by same sex couples, who believe they have a “right” to a child even though they cannot make one by themselves. Robert Lopez’s book demonstrates irrevocably (we’ll cover this in another post) that adult children of same sex unions passionately and rightfully oppose same sex “marriage” even in cases where they loved their adult caregivers.

Nevertheless, same sex couples are crowding out opposite sex couples from adoption – an expensive process -- because they often have more financial resources than their opposite-sex counterparts. Same Sex couples offer no charity in adoption, nor in their exotic reproduction methods, which Lopez and his co-writers call “trafficking in children.”

Child Advocate Robert Lopez
Lopez calls himself a “bi-sexual man” because he grew up sexually confused in a household headed by two same-sex women.  Now he is living the life of a faithful husband and father. He understands that the problem of the homosexual is that he or she is averse to living with a member of the opposite sex.

“If there is one thing gay men have had in abundance, it’s imagination. It’s time for them to imagine something else, other than the dreadful agenda that’s been put forward by the fight over marriage. Gay men must find a way to live with women if they want to have children. If they can’t live with women, they should get a dog,” Lopez concluded.

He’s smarter than the Law Society of Ireland!

Let us pray to St. Patrick and St. Thomas More for the conversion of the Irish. We owe it to them for their missionary work in past generations.

Moving Pro-Marriage Pro-Child Protest of the French Hommen, whose messages of "Protect the Child" and "Free Speech" are silenced as they are gagged. They call themselves the "Silent Majority."  Hommen Protest-- Protect the Child
Sadly, France passed a "Marriage for All" law in 2013 against the will of the people. 

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