Predictions Already Coming True?
In short, what we can expect of ourselves is that we Catholics must Learn our Faith, we must Live our Faith, and we need to Love our Faith. I’m so excited about this that I would really like to give a talk on this. Perhaps I can podcast something? I am unfamiliar how podcasting works, so if any of you have suggestions, leave a comment. Needless to say, I notice that I am not the only one who has said this, in fact, here is an example:
Not the exact words, but a similar message. I do believe the Holy Spirit is working on this throughout the Church. Watch for similar messages.
Secondly, I mentioned that public ex-communications may happen soon. I picked these two articles up from Father Z’s blog.
It appears that in the Diocese of Green Bay, WI, an atheist group is demanding the IRS review the Church’s Tax-Exempt status. This was reported as of November 10, not even a week after the election.
Also, across the Pond in the UK, it appears that legislation is being proposed to remove the Church’s charitable status if they deny anyone Communion or any Sacraments. I would expect similar legislation to start popping up over here as well.
To those groups that want to use the “Separation of Church and State” clause against the Church, I would like to reiterate what Thomas Jefferson said:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State.
As you can see, no where does he mention that the Church can’t have an opinion regarding the way a government governs. Also, this is not a law, but an opinion of a President, similarly to that of say an opinion of President Obama regarding, say, abortion:
I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. -President Barack Obama 2008
That is an opinion (and talk about an eye opener even back when he said it, is it really no surprise he’s the most pro-abortion President/politician EVER?) yet it is not a law that all babies are a punishment.
The First Amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. I’m really uncertain how the Church proclaiming the Gospel of Christ is a “clear violation of the separation of Church and State” when the First Amendment of the Constitution protects all of that.
This will pop up throughout the country. Pray that our Bishops and priests be strong enough to stand up for Truth and justice.