“Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore, take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day and to stand in all things perfect” Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesian 6: 11-13
Mr. Voris is exactly right. The American bishops are asking for a fight after having failed to feed, train and arm their military. There is no way a single letter, as well intentioned and necessary as it is, read from the pulpit on a single Sunday, urging us to call our elected representatives, is going to save our freedoms and protect our right to practice the faith that Christ handed to us. It will not help catechize the silly young woman mentioned in the Real Catholic video, nor will it educate the nation as to why the Church teaches abortion, artificial contraception and sterilization are evils.
I hate to say this but in many ways the bishops almost deserve to be ignored. Truth be told, they have lost an immense amount of respect among the devout laity (the non-devout obviously having no respect for them). This is not a loss of respect for the position, but for the men and the way they hold it; weak and timidly. The result is a wasteland of liberalism and heresy that is to be found in so many parishes across our nation. Now, after having the President of the US attempt to force them into committing mortal sin, they want the help of those few who actually believe, practice and uphold the faith to come to the rescue.
Bishops, as Christ has told you, the world will never love you or what the Church teaches. There is no compromise with it (which is what has been going on for decades) because your compromise will never be enough. You will never be left alone. Those who claim to admire the Catholic “social teaching” will still call you bigots for defending marriage, and the faithful morons for actually having the audacity to believe the words of the Apostles and the Church Fathers about Christ’s resurrection. Although a few do, all the bishops, and all Catholics, need to understand that WE ARE AT WAR. I cannot say it more plainly than that. But how can the soldier be expected to take up the sacrifice required when the leadership apologizes for defending their commander in chief against his enemies. (Unless, of course, you are Barack Obama and some perpetually angry Muslims are in a fit over some perceived insult)
I can right now call to mind several liberal/progressive/radical friends who would not bat an eye nor lift a finger if tomorrow Mr. Obama outlawed Catholicism, shut down all parishes, and muffled its priests, bishops and devoted lay people. These are not hardcore Alinskyites. In fact, they have probably never read him (nor read most of the people whose ideas they spout) but your average everyday liberal progressive (mostly) Democrat who works at your local bank, sits next to you in your cubicle or teaches your kids They will howl for a woman’s right to kill her child but couldn’t care less if your Constitutional Rights are abridged because you are a problem. The Church is the only impediment to their plans and the brave new world they wish to engineer. They will not stop until it is destroyed or reduced to the feeble and pathetic state in which we today find so many once proud Protestant communities.
So wake up bishops! It’s time to build up the ramparts and start teaching solidly and uncompromisingly what the Church teaches. A good place to start, in my opinion, is with some public excommunications of scandalous “catholic” politicians s who love to embrace “their faith tradition” to garner votes but then pass laws that run completely counter to what the faith teaches ….but maybe that’s a topic for another post.