A Counter-Sign of the Times

A Counter-Sign of the Times

A man signs the petition to His Holiness Pope Francis in Baltimore, April 6, 2015.

It is easy to dismiss the decay of Christian morals as a sign of the times against which not much can be done. For example, many see the fact that the traditional family is no longer considered a means for the security of our future as simply a sign of the times. The same might be said about the denial that a father and a mother constitute the two most natural and normal components of a family.

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It is the dramatic contrast between past and present situations that makes signs of the times so expressive and compelling. They are often presented by media as unstoppable juggernauts. People are told that it is useless to resist them.  It is better to go with the flow of things and stay on the right side of history.

However, history does not always work that way. Signs of the times are often stopped and reversed by equally dramatic and unexpected counter-signs that oppose them.

One current example of a counter-sign of the times is an extraordinary petition to Pope Francis I now being circulated, asking that the family be defended. What makes this effort so amazingly dramatic is the fact that the petition was not prompted by the actions of radical secularists, but by those of actual Catholic churchmen whose ambiguous statements about human sexuality threaten to compromise Christ’s teachings on the family.

An alliance of some thirty pro-family groups worldwide has joined together with what it calls a “Filial Appeal” asking that a clear word be said in defense of the family at the coming October 2015 Synod of Bishops. It should be explained that at the synod held last October, statements by key prelates suggested changes favorable to homosexual unions and acceptance of giving communion to those divorced and civilly remarried. The petition effort is spearheaded by the various Societies for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) existing around the world, as well as other participating pro-family organizations.

It is natural that only Catholics would be encouraged to sign the petition. But what makes this particular effort a dramatic counter-sign of the times is that everyone is invited to sign. Catholics and non-Catholics alike are registering their concerns on the Internet or on paper petition forms—and they are signing up with great enthusiasm. And why not? The Catholic position on the family is one of the few remaining anchors affirming God’s marriage. It is in the interest of all those fighting for the traditional family to make their opinion heard.

Moreover, this is not an effort of old people clinging to dying values. It is a counter-sign of the times that all sorts of people from all social classes, ages and occupations are signing up. After all, the family belongs to everyone. Looking at the list of counter-signers, one sees an exiled African king, princes, political leaders, congressmen or a senator. There are businessmen, professors, doctors, laborers, plumbers, housewives, or students. Cardinals, bishops, priests or deacons, religious sisters and ministers join people from so many continents and countries disputing the false claim that the battle for traditional marriage is over. Key figures include Leo Cardinal Burke, former King Kigeli V of Rwanda, and Senator Rick Santorum. There are already nearly 160,000 signatures on the petition. Its sponsors hope to get well over a million.

There are other counter-signs of the times appearing on the horizon: reactions against free subscriptionabortion, efforts to restore sound education and initiatives promoting Christian business.  All these form part of a great desire for a return to order by many Christians who know that God is always on the right side of history. Our part consists of reading into and acting upon the counter-signs of the times.

To sign the petition, please click here.

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  • Phil

    Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! God is always on the right side of history as you said and we ALL need to be reminded of this consistently, especially now with the tsunami of demonic temporary but overwhelming, suffocating victories of evil. This IS the time for great faith to grow, not in comfort not when everything favors Christians. This time we live in is both a horrible age and a wonderful age, a time for courage and a time for total surrender to Christ. It is also a time for total repulsion to false compassion, false mercy, false love, false inclusion and tolerance, false wisdom, false intelligence, false spirituality and false Christianity, all which come from the deepest darkness of Satan himself.

  • Dick

    The effort to continue the sanctity of marriage as between a man an woman is the primary act of maintaining the family. Homosexuality and abortions are the most serious assaults on humanity and the family. However, many of us are conflicted on the concept of divorce, remarriage and continuing a Eucharistic relationship with God.
    Some marriages are dissolved (divorce) because of serious emotional or physical abuse, abandonment by one spouse etc. It is difficult to “accept” that God would want anyone to either remain in such an abusive relationship, or to have a young person spend 30, 40, or even 50 years without good companionship. Annulments are possible, but are still determined (approved or rejected) by other humans…though they be ordained as priests in our Faith.
    The question then becomes: How does a person reconcile himself/herself with God on a personal level?
    That is, and should cause, a serious, and open debate at the synod in October.
    D. P.

  • Bigg Dee

    Gloria et Patria, . . . . As Catholics we know this. But I have a question and I want someone to answer it: why is the pope being petitioned to do his job? Anyone see a problem here? OK. So two questions.

  • ithakavi

    It truly is a sign of the times that it is thought necessary to petition the Bishop of Rome to defend the sacrament of marriage and to reject heretical teachings on the subject of human sexuality. The shenanigans at the recent Extraordinary Synod (credibly reported to have had the Pope’s blessing) would have been unthinkable a decade ago.

  • Miguel Antonio Espino Perigaul

    I am against the gay k agenda. But I think there are many good ONDUCT divorced, as husbands and fathers. Perhaps deserve new opportunity

  • Ginny

    I agree with Bigg Dee why are we petitioning the Holy Father to do his God given job. We believe the Holy Spirit protects and guides the Catholic Church. I know it is made up humans but we must Trust God completely that He will take care of us. Prayers for the Holy Father are in order as well as prayers for ourselves to take a stand against these abominations to God’s Law.