November 2017 Meeting

Created in the Image and Likeness of God (Gen. 1, 26-27)

Opening Prayer

Lord, teach us to pray:

“Our Father…”

The Reading
(To be read by the Leader)

“God created humanity in His image and likeness, in His divine image He created him; male and female He created them….God looked at everything He had made, and He found it very good, (Gen. 1, 27, 31)”

Brothers, last month we delved into the Canadian Catholic Bishops statement on Bill C-16. This Bill was good in its intent (adding gender identity and gender expression) to the prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian human Rights Act. The Canadian Bishops while supporting Bill C-16s intent to protect Canadians, strongly disagree with some of the premises behind the legislation. The most serious of these is the claim that; “gender is separable from biological sexuality and is to be determined by the individual.” This central understanding of contemporary gender theory is not in accord with natural law or Christian revelation, and has been explicitly rejected by Pope Francis and by Pope Benedict XVI. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2332-33) states: each man and woman should acknowledge and accept his or her biological sexual identity, including physical, moral, and spiritual differences and complementarity, which affects all aspects of the human person in the union of body and soul.”

“God created humanity in His image and likeness, in His divine image He created him; male and female He created them….God looked at everything He had made, and He found it very good, (Gen. 1, 27, 31)”

The Reflection
(To be read by the Leader)

Brothers, my purpose in choosing these rather challenging topics is solely because we hear about them almost every day. I dare say for the most part do not have a clear understanding of this complex societal phenomena. As such, I wish to provide some clear definitions so that when we hear them in the social media we can have a clearer comprehension of the conversation. Brothers, trust me, I am not wishful to educate in the terminology of the LGBTQ community, but if we do not understand the meaning of the words, it is very difficult to have meaningful, rationale faithbased conversations about a social issue that makes the headlines almost daily in one form or another. Hence; I offer the following.
LGBTQ, an acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer.”
Lesbian, a woman who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to other women.
Gay, A person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to members of the same gender.

Transgender, an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex male/female they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual etc.
Queer, A term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations. Often used interchangeably with “LGBTQ.”
Homosexual, Attracted sexually to members of one’s own sex. (Webster’s 1997)
Coming Out, the process in which a person first acknowledges, accepts his or her sexual orientation or gender identity and begins to share that with others.
Androgynous, Identifying and/or presenting as neither distinguishably masculine or feminine
Outing, Exposing someone’s sexual identity to others without their permission. This can have serious repercussions on employment, personal safety, religious and family situations.
Homophobia, Unreasoning fear of or toward homosexuals and homosexuality, (Webster 1999).
Transphobia, The fear of or toward transgender people.

My hope in the coming months is to clarify the language and to be clear with what the Catholic Church teaches about these challenging areas of humanity. The key to this discussion; we need to remember that: “we are created in the image and likeness of God, (Gn. 1, 26-27). All humanity is created in the image and likeness of God. As Catholic Christians we have been blessed with a clearer understanding of what this really means. The dignity and respect that each and every child of God is inherently entitled to be treated with. Brothers, next month we will express with love the compassionate teaching of the Church in these areas.

Created in the Image and Likeness of God (Gen. 1, 26-27)

Meditation Period

(The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)

Fraternal Sharing

(The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)

Closing Prayer

(Recited by all) Let us pray: “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.”