Thursday, December 29, 2011

Church vs. State (Read this slowly "Itchy Watch")

Hello everyone and welcome to the Vortex where lies and falsehoods are trapped and
exposed. I’m Michael Voris.
Can anyone be surprised .. really surprised .. that the Catholic Church in America as well as other parts of the western world .. seems destined for a showdown with the
government. World leaders are heading away from God. That much is clear. They have legislated and enacted law upon law which disregards moral truth and elevates that which is evil to legally protected.
In country after country .. the same slate of evil now enjoys the protection of law ..abortion .. contraception .. homosexual unions .. embryonic stem cell research ..euthanasia .. to name just a few.
For much of this .. many people in the Church sat by quietly .. afraid to rock the boat and confront the evil directly. Better to work in private .. avoid confrontation etc was the strategy.
Whether it was motivated by cowardice or cooperation or naivety is a question for
historians and for God. What matter at the present is that is hasn’t worked. And as the full force and consequences of these laws not settle in .. the Church is now clearly in the cross hairs of various governments .. not the least of which is the Obama White House. You see .. it can never be the case that homosexual marriage just sits quietly along side traditional marriage like the radical homosexualists and their political allies have preached for all these years. Live and let live doesn’t work with evil .. because evil and good are opposed to each other .. not uncomfortable companions.
Since homosexuality is now considered legal and protected from being justly
discriminated against .. the next threshold now appears. If it’s legal .. then its must be moral .. goes the reasoning .. reasoning by the way that is deeply flawed .. just ask the victims of the nazi death camps.
If it’s moral and ok .. then its also ok for homosexual couples to marry. If they can marry.. why not adopt. If its ok for all this .. then why isn’t it being told to young children in school and taught as part of the curriculum?
And on and on. At some point .. the Church has finally stepped out of the private
conferences and into the public square and said .. wait a minute .. this evil destroys the whole understanding of marriage .. re-defines it entirely .. destroys the whole natural truth surrounding marriage and by extension family.
These laws therefore cannot stand. And when it says that publically .. watch out for the incoming rounds.
This has already started in a number of states and countries outside the US .. Catholic adoption agencies have been forced to close up shop because they would not agree to adopt out children to homosexual couples. San Francisco .. Boston to name just two with another case pending right now in Illinois.
There will be more. This is just one example of the increasing threat to Catholic truth as step by step governments and leaders who care little for God and his truth push their wicked plans.
So what is a Catholic to do in the face of growing official opposition to the truths of the faith.
In 1890 .. Pope Leo XIII wrote an encyclical called Sapientiae Christianae .. Christian Wisdom .. talking about this very issue. We’ve attached a link to it on this page. Yesterday we shared some of the various quotes from Leo and if you haven’t seen it .. we encourage you view yesterday’s Vortex as well .. but for today .. here are some further quotes dealing with the issue of the state attacking the Church and the duty of Catholics to respond.
“The chief elements of this duty consist in professing openly and unflinchingly the
Catholic doctrine, and in propagating it to the utmost of our power.” #15
“No one, however, must entertain the notion that private individuals are prevented from taking some active part in this duty of teaching, especially those on whom God has bestowed gifts of mind with the strong wish of rendering themselves useful. These, so often as circumstances demand, may take upon themselves, not, indeed, the office of the pastor, but the task of communicating to others what they have themselves received, becoming, as it were, living echoes of their masters in the faith.” #16 Living echoes .. what a beautiful phrase, “ .. it should be borne earnestly in mind that in propagating Christian truth and warding
off errors the zeal of the laity should, as far as possible, be brought actively into play.” As a further encouragement .. Pope Leo declares .. “the Church cannot stand by, indifferent as to the import and significance of laws enacted by the State; not insofar, indeed, as they … trench upon the rights of the Church.” #30
And then is a brilliant stroke he directly addresses the issue of a weak and timid response in the face of evil ..“Some there are, indeed, who maintain that it is not opportune boldly to attack evil - doing in its might and when in the ascendant, lest, as they say, opposition should exasperate minds already hostile. These make it a matter of guesswork as to whether they are for the Church or against her, since on the one hand they give themselves out as professing the Catholic faith, and yet wish that the Church should allow certain opinions, at variance with her teaching, to be spread abroad with impunity. They moan over the loss of faith and the perversion of morals, yet trouble themselves not to bring any remedy;” #33
And there you have it. Please read it for yourselves. Do not lack the courage to fight nor the understanding to know that you should.
And when you encounter those who say .. wait .. don’t rock the boat .. hand them this
encyclical and then go about your work of manfully defending Holy Mother Church and
attacking the gates of Hell.
Tell ‘em to take up their wimpy concerns with Pope Leo.
GOD Love You.
I’m Michael Voris
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