Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The war on the freedom to be Christians is global

The majority of American Catholics have now come to the conclusion that religious liberty and freedom of conscience are under attack in their country. The American bishops have come to the same decision. A national initiative of prayer and devotion called, Fortnight for Freedom has been declared from June 21 to July 4, 2012. This is to raise awareness against the Obama administration's proposed Health and Human Services, HHS, mandate which would force all employers to buy insurance for their workers. The coverage includes such services as contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations that are contrary to Catholic teaching.

Christophobia seems to be increasing the world over. In Canada, did you know that citizens already have the mentioned services paid for through our health coverage? It's called the Canada Health Act. Even if your religious beliefs are against paying for abortion with our tax money, the federal government gives Canadians no choice in the matter. All Canadians by law must support the culture of death. Here are some other examples of how Christian freedom is under attack. In Ontario, there has been the recent legislation known as Bill 13 and Bill 33 that will no doubt undermine the authority of parents and Catholic schools when it comes to the Church's teaching about the human person, human sexuality and the family. 

In Quebec, all elementary and high school students are legally forced to take the generic ethics and religious culture course. Should parents want an exemption to teach their children Catholicism or direct their moral education, they are not legally allowed to do so. This is what the Supreme Court of Canada says.  In British Columbia, a judge recently gave legal permission to a woman to take her own life through assisted-suicide. Moreover, she gave our elected MPs in the House of Commons a year to prepare legislation which would give those who want to commit suicide or assisted-suicide the right to kill themselves or have a doctor do it. This sordid and insane mess can too easily become all very legal and very professional. We have it with abortion. I leave the larger human consequences of this moral absurdity to the reader. And, if such a law is approved it will be difficult for doctors or nurses to refuse to do assisted-suicides because the law would make it essentially illegal to say no to killing a person. 

Let's, instead, turn to the sanity of prayer. Let's join our brothers and sisters in America and pray with them for true religious liberty and freedom of conscience. As baptized Christians, we have the responsibility and calling to do so. We are all soldiers for Christ. So, we pray together with all Christians: "O God ... Give us aid against the foe, for worthless is the help of men." (Psalm 60) Here's the prayer that has been written for the Fortnight for Freedom asking God to protect religious freedom in the United States, and surely we can add in Canada and the rest of the world. Let's say it every day or pray the Rosary or whatever you're inspired to do to spiritually fight back.

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
O God our Creator,
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

1 comment:

  1. You are right Lou. Christophobia is on the rise throughout the entire world, especially throughout western civilization. You would think that it has become a right to be Christophobic.

    In fact seventy five percent of all persecution around the globe is of the Christian faith, especially Catholic persecution. One hundred thousand Christians are killed each year around the globe because of their faith. Yet all this is either ignored or underreported by world's media.

    The Catholic Church is the Body of Christ on this earth instituted by Jesus Christ through the Apostle Peter who is the rock that the Church is built on. Every Pope after Peter is the new Peter. Remember that the Bible states not even the gates of hell will prevail against the Church.

    What all this means is we are getting very close to the coming of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ our one true Lord God and Saviour. As scripture tells us look up for your redemption draweth near.

    Until then as Saint Paul tells us in scripture, fight the good fight. And pray, pray, pray especially the rosary every day. May a God of love, mercy and hope bless each of you and your families.

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