Scottish MSPs will today discuss a petition calling on the government to make incest legal between consenting adults over the age of 21.
The petition, by Richard Morris, claims that the existing law is “inappropriate, unfair, ineffective and discriminatory” and suggests that public “prejudice and bigotry” about incest was caused by ignorance. He has also apparently likened the issue to historical treatment of homosexuals.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear on the matter of incest and states the following:
‘2388Incest designates intimate relations between relatives or in-laws within a degree that prohibits marriage between them. St. Paul stigmatizes this especially grave offense: "It is actually reported that there is immorality among you . . . for a man is living with his father's wife. . . . In the name of the Lord Jesus . . . you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. . . . " Incest corrupts family relationships and marks a regression toward animality.’
We are left in no doubt by St Paul’s words. Incest is destruction of the flesh and is mortal sin. Indeed all instances of sexual relations outside of marriage are sinful and must be avoided. And look how St Paul uses the name of Jesus to hit home the severity of incest. It is not in St Paul’s name that an individual guilty of incest is to be delivered to the devil, but in the name of Jesus.
It’s interesting that the petitioner Mr Morris cites the treatment of homosexuals to support his case. The Catholic Church’s stance on homosexual acts is clear, and many people in the Church and indeed others who believe such acts to be wrong, have stated their concern that increased liberalism with respect to homosexuality will open wider the floodgates of a deeply disturbing and increasingly sickening new sexual revolution in our society. I believe Mr Morris’s petition is evidence of this.
Our Blessed Mother Mary, when she appeared to the children in Fatima in the early twentieth century, stated that more people go to hell for sins of the flesh than for any other sin. That’s the Mother of God speaking. It’s not the view of some radical religious nut, or priest, or bishop. It’s not even a pope speaking. It’s Mary, the Mother of our God and Queen of Heaven.
So let us pray that Mary’s voice will be heard and that our MSPs decide to reject this petition and retain existing laws on incest in our country.