In 2010, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago outlined the degree to which he believed religious freedoms (in the United States and other Western societies) were endangered. After the passage of legislation that enabled Civil Unions in Illinois, his eminence stated: "I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square."
As scary as that is, I find this forecast of the future from Standing on My Head to be more frightening: The Coming Persecution.
To disobey the Mandate will seem so obstinate and unreasonable, for the State will not seek to close down any churches. Instead it will support the churches. Clergy training will be paid by the state. The church buildings will be maintained by a church tax which will be called the "tithe". Clergy will remain in their posts. Their dignity will be respected. All they will need to do is sign certain documents which ensure their safety and their freedom of worship in return for acknowledging the authority of the State (in civil matters only of course) These documents will be worded in such a way that a conscience clause will be admitted. The State will control the church "insofar as the law of God allows."I've found several other sites, but they all basically say the same thing. America has been lulled to sleep and is now allowing the government to do whatever it wants, even when church leaders hop up and down screaming about it. They're just being extremist, or too excited, or too paranoid.
We need to wake up. Whatever one thinks about the Catholic Church, it has managed to survive and thrive for 2000 years. They probably have some experience. And when a Cardinal thinks (even before the mandate) that his successor is going to die in prison and his successor's successor will die a martyr on the public square, we need to at least consider the thought he's on to something.
Other church leaders are also crying out, but it seems it is not bringing enough attention in. We want to focus on the fact Rush called some woman a prostitute. We want to focus on the fact we want to have sex without babies so this must be about contraception. Right now on my news reader, Lindsay Lohan is in the third spot. How is it we are so easily distracted?
We must continue to pray for this, and of course continue to support our legislators who are fighting for the Constitution and the defense of religious liberties.
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? (Pro 24:10-12)