‘The Sanctity of Marriage’ A Sermon by Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty’

A Sermon given during the plagues of war which brought such untold anguish to Hungary during the persecutions of the Catholic Church by Communism in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s

“We scarce know which wound to tend;  or whom first to mourn – the dead or the captive –  here or abroad.  Should we bemoan lack of safety or of barest needs?  Losses material or moral?  Should we look beyond our borders, or scan griefs at home?

In any case, we ourselves can also aggravate our sorrows with sin to the tune of fake slogans, plunging deeper still into the maelstrom.

I think now of marital transgressions.

For one thing, at birth clininics and elsewhere, we find a shocking tolerance of abortions on a scale that amounts to mass murder of unborn babes.

Guilty hands slay healthy offspring;  godless women, spurning motherhood, forcibly stay the hand of God.

The scriptures say God created man in His own image;  male and female created He them.   Nothing in life lacks purpose;  a mother’s body is no exception.  The prime goal of marriage is to hand on the torch of life we received from our ancestors.

Increase and multiply! was God’s first command in the Garden of Eden.

In line with revealed and natural law, the Church’s stand is crystal clear.  Either we accept the responsibility of children as a result of marital intercourse, or heroically abstain for a time, or entirely.  No other moral alternative exists.

Marriage thwarting procreation, becomes lust.  Ill starred the union that breaks God’s law.

The mere thought of quenching the spark of life is sinful;  and, who so aids, abets, or permits abortion, forfeits the Church’s Communion.

For this is the sin of sins against nature, God, child, mother, and nation.”

 From:  The World’s Most Orphaned Nation                                                                                                     Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty

Photo:    Cardinals Residence during one of Cardinal Mindszenty’s last visits with his                            Mother before his arrest.


About Communism by Milovan Djilas under:  ‘Views From the Past’ in the Brockton Enterprise Aug 1, 1974

 “Until Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn appeared upon the intellectual scene, the man who most candidly spoke his mind in a Communist state was Milovan Djilas, a Yugoslav rebel against a world he helped make. “Tyranny over the mind,” he wrote in his book, ‘The New Class’, is the most complete and brutal type of tyranny.  Every other tyranny begins and ends with it.  Thought is the most creative force.  It uncovers the new.”