13th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Yr. B
‘Same-sex’ Unions and Children
Last Sunday, this column featured the Bishops’ media release on their Pastoral Letter “Don’t Mess with Marriage”. The pastoral letter is powerful and is in this month’s TOGETHER, currently available.
Last week’s Catholic Weekly (21.06.2015) featured two excellent articles about the topic – by Fr Flader (p.30) and by George Weigel (p.31). Here is part of Fr Flader’s answer to the question: “Do the children of same-sex parents fare better than us?” He writes:
Over the years there have been numerous studies to determine whether there is any difference between children raised by two persons of the same sex and those raised by their natural parents. As you say, some of these claim that the children fared better when raised by same-sex couples.
Common sense and a little experience of life would tell us that such findings cannot possibly be valid. Let me quote from the open letter of Katy Faust to Justice Kennedy of the US Supreme Court in February 2015.
Katy, who was raised by a lesbian couple, wrote: “If it is undisputed social science that children suffer greatly when they are abandoned by their biological parents, when their parents’ divorce, when one parent dies, or when they are donor-conceived, then how can it be possible that they are miraculously turning out ‘even better!’ when raised in same-sex-headed households?
“Every child raised by ‘two mums’ or’ two dads’ came to that household via one of those four traumatic methods. Does being raised under the (gay) rainbow miraculously wipe away all the negative effects and pain surrounding the loss and daily deprivation of one or both parents?”
Fr Flader then briefly mentions the citing of 59 studies by members of the American Psychological Association that said that children of lesbian or gay parents were not disadvantaged in any way. He then refers to the study by Professor Loren Marks of Louisiana state University who analysed those 59 studies and found them seriously flawed and lacking in large, random representative sampling, i.e. they could not validly draw the ‘not disadvantaged in any way’ conclusion.
Flader then refers to Texas University (at Austin) sociologist Mark Regnerus’ study of “almost 3,000 people between the ages of 18 and 39 from both heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
“The study found that the children of gay or lesbian couples fared worse on 77 out of 80 outcome measures compared with those of biologically intact families.
“Among the most important findings were that children of homosexual parents were
- much more likely to have received welfare,
- had lower educational attainment,
- reported less safety and security in their family of origin,
- reported more ongoing negative impact from their family of origin,
- were more likely to suffer from depression,
- had been arrested more often and,
- in the case of women, had more sexual partners, both male and female.
Children of lesbian mothers in particular were
- more likely to be cohabiting,
- almost four times more likely to be on welfare,
- more than three times more likely to be unemployed,
- nearly four times more likely to identify as something other than entirely heterosexual,
- ten times more likely to have been ‘touched sexually by a parent or other adult caregiver’,
- more likely to have attachment problems related to the ability to depend on others,
- used marijuana more frequently,
- smoked more frequently,
- watched television for long periods more frequently and
- pled guilty to a non-minor offence more frequently.
Children of lesbian mothers were 75% more likely to be in a same-sex romantic relationship and children of homosexual fathers three times more likely.
An article reporting these findings on the website of the Family Research Council by Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, concluded: “The myths that children of homosexual parents are ‘no different’ from other children and suffer ‘no harm’ from being raised by homosexual parents have been shattered forever.”
These findings are important and they deserve to be taken into account when considering whether same-sex marriage ought to be legalised.” (End of Fr Flader’s article).
“Children have a right to grow up with their natural mother and father, where possible.” – Australian Catholic Bishops.
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Remember in Prayer
Patrick Whitty, Bernard McKay, Natalie Lawrence, Shirley Ash, Tommy Upton, Kevin Seymour, May Houlihan, Joan Sandral, Kevin Lovell, Imelda Gauci, Pauline Kerr, and all on our In Memoriam Board for this month.
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Rosaries in your neighborhood
Rosaries are on-going – join at anytime
* Nora Kingston, 24 Alfred St., ph. 6033 2026 Wednesdays at 4.30pm
* Chris & Janet McLean, 5a Lindsay St., ph. 0429982366 – Wednesdays 5.00pm
* Karinya Aged Care Chapel, Sundays 11am.
* St Mary’s Church, Saturdays 8.45am – followed by Mass.
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FORTHCOMING MEETINGS / EVENTS
29th June, Monday 9.30am Wrap w Love: in Hall
5th July, Sunday 10am-5pm MONTHLY PARISH ADORATION in Our Lady’s Chapel – All welcome – any time – all day! Time-slips are again available on the seats, and the clipboard is available – Please sign on for ‘time with the Lord’.
31 July-03, August: WOMEN’S CURSILLO WEEKEND – ‘Renewing Disciples’ at Borambola Sports & Rec Centre via Wagga. For details contact Fr Hart 6033 1927.
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N.B. OUR WEBSITE ADDRESS CHANGE
On the renewal of the domain, we have changed to www.stmaryscorowa.com So, we are now a “.com” address when you search…Not lost or forgotten – just moved!
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TODAY’S BULLETIN INSERT:
WRITE! WRITE to local (& other) Parliamentarians. Remember the words of the great English politician Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Choose just one or two points from the insert for your letter. Our current Australian Marriage Law is worth at least several postage stamps and an hour given to writing your opinion. Letters carry great weight.
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THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM
Same-sex attraction and the call for ‘Marriage Equality’ is the focus of The Journey Radio Program this week. We were really privileged to interview Mr James Parker, former director of Communications in the Archdiocese of Perth, about his personal story of adoption, abuse, same-sex attraction, embracing homosexuality and now life as a married Christian man, with a passion for drawing all people in to the fullness of life offered in a walk with Jesus. His story is powerful, and he speaks with authority, sensitivity and love, drawn out of his own life Journey. James is used to receiving criticism for what he has to say but there is no doubt he endeavours to compassionately speak the truth of his own experience into the debate raging around these hot button issues, and in doing so challenges everyone, Christians, nonbelievers and those with same-sex attraction.
Tune into LIFE 101.9 FM or 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sunday at 11am or go to www.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.
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New Mass Rosters and Counting Rosters on Back table
– Please collect your copy.
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Roster for 4th – 5th July
6.30pm O’Halloran Fm
9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm – R Packer A Norman
9.00am – P Lemmon
6.30pm – K O’Halloran J Lowden
9.00am – K Roberts P Lemmon
Altar: – M Macqueen
6.30pm – Sandral Fm
9.00am – C Sutcliffe
6.30pm – S Lassey O Smerdon
9.00am – Z Rippingale V Kreun
Collection: B O’Shea
Counters: R Packer I Brooks
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MASS INTENTIONS 27th June – 5th July
6.30pm Mass (Irene Cavanagh, S. Shelley).
9.00am Mass (for all parishioners)
No Mass today
Tuesday 30th Sts Peter & Paul (transferred from Monday)
9.00am Mass (Annie Aquilina, Day & Sutcliffe families)
Wednesday 1st July
9.00am Mass (Jack Martin, Bern. Robinson)
11.40 Nov. & Mass (Molly, Br Tim Boxall, Doris Willis)
Friday 3rd St Thomas Apostle
10.00am Karinya Anointing Mass (Sick & deceased of Karinya)
8.45am Rosary & Mass (Betty Gentles; Della Kelly)
6.30pm Vigil Mass (Catherine King, Kevin Nagle)
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
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