“Matt Barber, associate dean of the Liberty University School of Law, and I attended the “B4U-ACT” pedophile conference Aug. 17. To eliminate the “stigma” against pedophiles, this growing sexual anarchist lobby wants the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to redefine pedophilia as a normal sexual orientation of ‘Minor-Attracted Persons.’” (Judith Reisman from World Daily Net)
Yes, this is true, for those who think “how could this be?”
But why not. After all, we have gotten rid of the “stigma” against unmarried sex. We have gotten rid of the “stigma” against same sex unions. Soon we can get rid of the “stigma” of child-adult relations, and while we are at it, the “stigma” against rape (it seems pretty normal for aggressive men, doesn’t it?) and the “stigma” against bestiality.
Anyone who for a second thinks I am going too far in making these “outlandish” statements should merely reflect that a few years ago, anyone saying that we should get rid of the supposed “stigmas” we have already gotten rid of was just as outlandish. You see, white is white, and black is black, but the magical grey is a wide array.
Yet we all believe in the principle precept of natural law, which is that “good is to be done and evil avoided.” What many do is to try to define everything as good and therefore permissible. “Sure, I believe that we shouldn’t do evil: fortunately, there are very few things that are actually wrong.”
Revelation teaches that the power to decide what is good and what is evil does not belong to man, but to God alone. The man is certainly free, inasmuch as he can understand and accept God’s commands. And he possesses an extremely far-reaching freedom, since he can eat “of every tree of the garden”. But his freedom is not unlimited: it must halt before the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” -from Veritatis Splendor, by Pope John Paul the Great
In the Summa Theologica, I II Question 94 on the Natural Law, Article 6, St. Thomas tells us that
“There belong to the natural law, first, certain most general precepts, that are known to all; and secondly, certain secondary and more detailed precepts, which are, as it were, conclusions following closely from first principles. As to those general principles, the natural law, in the abstract, can nowise be blotted out from men’s hearts. But it is blotted out in the case of a particular action, in so far as reason is hindered from applying the general principle to a particular point of practice, on account of concupiscence or some other passion, as stated above (Question 77, Article 2). But as to the other, i.e. the secondary precepts, the natural law can be blotted out from the human heart, either by evil persuasions, just as in speculative matters errors occur in respect of necessary conclusions; or by vicious customs and corrupt habits, as among some men, theft, and even unnatural vices, as the Apostle states (Romans 1), were not esteemed sinful.”
The key words here, for our purposes, are “on account of concupiscence or some other passion” and “by vicious customs and corrupt habits.” Little has changed in 2000 years for those that have not accepted the truth, or rather, the Truth.
In William Wallace, O.P.’s Elements of Philosophy, under the subject of ethics, he reminds us that “A primary precept of the natural law is: a being must act in accordance with its nature; a reasonable being must act reasonably.”
But our passions must be conformed to our reason, and not vice versa. We live in a world that thinks it seeks freedom, all the while falling into licentiousness instead. True freedom is in virtue, the power to do good. Man has a right to do what it is right (objectively) for him to do. He does not have the right to make up what is right. Our country (I speak to Americans at least) has tried to say otherwise.
Why should we expect any different in a country where the Supreme Court upholds the legality (and, in doing so, the” morality”) of abortion by making statements such as “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” (Planned Parenthood vs Casey)
The true Supreme Court, however, is Jesus Christ, who will judge all according to His, not man’s, standard.