American Family Advocates Petition
for Catholic Clergy, Laity, and Other Like-Minded Citizens
To Defend and Uphold Moral Truth
We the undersigned Catholic clergy, laity and other like-minded citizens are painfully aware the American family is under a withering attack from the forces of evil trying to eradicate our Judeo-Christian culture. We firmly declare that the moral order of the United States of America must be protected and defended. Therefore, we do solemnly pledge to actively fight, oppose, and preach against these evil forces attacking the American family. More specifically, we do solemnly pledge to advocate for the following moral truths:
The sanctity of marriage is between one man and one woman
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1601: The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.
Human life is to be cherished and protected from conception until natural death
Catechism of the Catholic Church 2270: Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. 2271: Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.
Parents are the absolute authority in the rearing and education of their children
Catechism of the Catholic Church 2223: Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery – the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the “material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.” Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.
Our children must have their morals, innocence, and lives protected from the ineffable evil of the pedophilia and human sex trafficking networks
Catechism of the Catholic Church 2284: Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense. 2285: Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Our children must be protected from the LGBTQ+ agenda of sexualizing, grooming and indoctrinating them into the homosexual and transgender lifestyles
Catechism of the Catholic Church 2333: Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. The harmony of the couple and of society depends in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs, and mutual support between the sexes are lived out. 2334: In creating men ‘male and female,’ God gives man and woman an equal personal dignity. Man is a person, man and woman equally so, since both were created in the image and likeness of the personal God. 2357: Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
The LGBTQ+ pride flag, and all other such symbols of the pride ideology, must be opposed and rejected for the sinful and hateful agenda they represent
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines pride as “an inordinate self-esteem or self-love, which seeks attention and honor and sets oneself in competition with God”. Pride is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and the source of all the others. Dante’s definition of pride is “love of self, perverted to hatred and contempt for one’s neighbor”. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1865: Sin creates a proclivity to sin; it engenders vice by repetition of the same acts. This results in perverse inclinations which cloud conscience and corrupt the concrete judgment of good and evil. Thus, sin tends to reproduce itself and reinforce itself, but it cannot destroy the moral sense at its root. 1866: Vices can be classified according to the virtues they oppose, or also be linked to the capital sins which Christian experience has distinguished, following St. John Cassian and St. Gregory the Great. They are called “capital” because they engender other sins, other vices. They are pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth or acedia.
The false and pernicious transgender ideology, which is subjecting our children and vulnerable adults to life-altering sterilizations, castrations, and mutilations, must be completely eradicated from our culture
Catechism of the Catholic Church 2333: Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. 2334: In creating men “male and female,” God gives man and woman an equal personal dignity. Man is a person, man and woman equally so, since both were created in the image and likeness of the personal God. 2291: The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. 2295: Research or experimentation on the human being cannot legitimate acts that are in themselves contrary to the dignity of persons and to the moral law. The subjects’ potential consent does not justify such acts. Experimentation on human beings is not morally legitimate if it exposes the subject’s life or physical and psychological integrity to disproportionate or avoidable risks. Experimentation on human beings does not conform to the dignity of the person if it takes place without the informed consent of the subject or those who legitimately speak for him. 2297: Except when performed for strictly therapeutic medical reasons, directly intended amputations, mutilations, and sterilizations performed on innocent persons are against the moral law.
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