“Christians suffered the most persecution worldwide because of their faith” – Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See addressing the UN, September 27, 2011
“I expect to die in bed. I expect my successor to die in jail. I expect his successor to die a martyr.” – Cardinal Francis George July 2011
Do these quotes shock you? Did you notice the date on those quotes?
Christ’s Church is under attack around the world and a full frontal assault is taking place in America. Some of you might be aware of this and others might not. It is a situation like the frog in a pot of water that is slowly increasing the heat. Although, now that Obama is finishing up his first term the heat is being turned up at an alarming rate.
Pope Benedict XVI in his address to the Bishops of the USA on January 19, 2012 said: “It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life. Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion. Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.”
“We are in a war” said Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary at a recent NARAL Pro-Choice America fund-raiser. This war is against religious freedoms and most notably the Catholic Church who is staunchly against the use of contraception. This contraception in health care plans provided by employers is just one of many battles being fought against the Catholic Church.
In A statement by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated that “nonprofit employers who, based on religious beliefs, do not currently provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plan, will be provided an additional year, until August 1, 2013, to comply with the new law.” In other words, the Catholic Church has a year to figure out how to go against its teachings and conscience. If they don’t then what? Do Churches close or priests sent to prison for not providing contraception to the people under their employ?
Pope Benedict said to the bishops of the USA “Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society.”
What the Holy Father said is precisely the mission of Catholic Chapter House – to articulate the Catholic Church’s teaching and help in the formation of Catholic laity. It is perhaps the most important time and reason for us Catholics to start learning what our faith teaches and to be able to speak out against the attacks on our Church before it is too late.
For you Canadians who think it is a different story up north, think again. Bill C-250 was passed in the House of Commons in 2003. The bill declares the Bible a form of hate speech. In addition, Catholic schools around the country are under government pressure to allow gay-straight alliance clubs in elementary and high-schools while teaching kindergarten children about the story of “The Two Princes”. … And the list goes on.
If you think this is an exaggeration just take a look at the quotes from this blog post or go online and do a search.
May God Bless you all and give you strength to continue fighting the good fi