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heroicvirtue:

“I am a Catholic man and a priest. In that faith have I lived and in that faith do I intend to die, and if you esteem my religion treason, then I am guilty. As for any other treason, I never committed. I stand condemned for nothing but the saying of Mass, hearing confessions, preaching and such like duties and functions of priesthood.”
-St. Edmund Campion, Martyr. (Said at the time of his execution, 1581)

heroicvirtue:

“I am a Catholic man and a priest. In that faith have I lived and in that faith do I intend to die, and if you esteem my religion treason, then I am guilty. As for any other treason, I never committed. I stand condemned for nothing but the saying of Mass, hearing confessions, preaching and such like duties and functions of priesthood.”

-St. Edmund Campion, Martyr. (Said at the time of his execution, 1581)


I consider myself a catholic in practice and the way I live my life but I'm not outraged at the US governments requirement that institutions cover contraceptives, and I'm was happy when Komen restored funding to PP. Do you think that this "outrage" over the "war on religion" is overblown and misguided? Wouldn't you agree that the idea that we religious are the marginalized minority is a huge insult to truly persecuted Christians around the world? - iloveavulcan

That’s a good question!

The response hinges on whether religious freedom is a fundamental human right. If it is, then any violation is serious, though some are more serious than others.

Roll back the clock a bit. If someone had told Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott that their outrage over women being denied the right to vote was unjustified because women in Asia and Africa were being treated far worse, often in conditions approaching slavery, do you think they should have piped down?

A violation of life (as is sometimes the case for persecuted Christians) is as grave as they come, but a violation of conscience in religious matters is also serious, so much so that it’s explicitly protected by our Constitution’s First Amendment.

Hopefully this can actually raise awareness among Americans that Christians around the world suffer such unjust persecution. The Internet is very good at bringing us closer to them — I have friends on Facebook from countries that are extremely difficult for Christians to live in — and somehow we have something more in common now than before.

Anyway, that’s mostly in the realm of personal opinion. Thanks for writing, and God bless you!

- Father Shane

Five myths about anti-Christian persecution

A Typical News Day

Latest numbers: Christians make up 1/3 of the world population, the world’s largest religion.

But also:

  • 42 Christians were just arrested in Saudi Arabia for acting like Christians. Death threats, violence, torture.
  • 57,000 Christians have fled their homes in Myanmar and aren’t getting any assistance.
  • Christians in Sri Lanka are facing increasing crisis from ultra-nationalists who call Christianity a “contamination for the country” and have succeeded in closing many churches.

Typical news day.

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Why is this still happening?

Her name was Mariah Manisha. She was murdered after resisting rape, forced marriage, and forced conversion. She was 18.

Okay, it used to happen in the Roman Empire. But this is 2011.

Be it known to you that we have made a league—all the Jesuits in the world, whose succession and multitude must overreach all the practice of England—cheerfully to carry the cross you shall lay upon us, and never to despair your recovery, while we have a man left to enjoy your Tyburn, or to be racked with your torments, or consumed with your prisons. The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God; it cannot be withstood. So the faith was planted: So it must be restored.

Saint Edmund Campion (1540-1581)

We celebrate his feast day today. This is from “Campion’s Brag,” a written public challenge to Elizabethan Protestant scholars to open debate. Ecumenism was different then.

80% of the acts of religious intolerance in the world today are directed against Christians. The threat doesn’t come just from Islamic extremism, but a bewildering variety of forces: the rise of Hindu radicalism in India; the policies of officially atheistic regimes in China and North Korea; old tribal and ethnic rivalries in parts of Africa, given a new religious veneer; even secular prejudice against religious faith in parts of Europe and North America.

Lamentably, this reality is largely unknown. Two weeks ago, for instance, marked the one-year anniversary of an assault on Our Lady of Salvation in Baghdad, a Chaldean Catholic church where 53 people were killed and hundreds injured in the wake of an assault during Mass by al Qaeda-linked gunmen. (It’s the death toll, not the fact of the attack, that makes Our Lady of Salvation stand out. In the last eight years, 43 of the 60 Christian churches in Baghdad have been bombed at least once.)

In a just world, this anniversary would have been talked about from every pulpit in America. Instead, it passed largely in obscurity.

Of course, Catholics shouldn’t be concerned exclusively with the rights of other Christians. A credible defense of religious freedom has to mean freedom for all. Yet it is Christians today who are paying the most substantial price when religious freedom is denied — and if we won’t come to the defense of fellow Christians in jeopardy, what hope is there for anyone else?

— John L. Allen, Jr.

Egypt: Christian student murdered for refusing to remove crucifix

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.

— Romans 8:18

Living under Persecution

Okay, so it’s not yet that bad in NY.

Look what an anonymous priest in Zimbabwe told the press:

Priests in Zimbabwe “don’t have any freedom to preach the Word as we would want to, even within the Church because you never know what kind of visit you may get after Mass. You know that the secret police are attending and the moment you finish, things happen.”

The priest also revealed that their phones are tapped. “When you talk you can actually hear someone interfering! We know our internet lines are tapped all the time and so sending messages outside is very dangerous.”

Even wearing a Roman collar is extremely dangerous, the cleric told The Tablet.

"The moment the authorities know you are a priest you are labeled an enemy". A few weeks ago two priests were imprisoned and were humiliated by being forced to undress before female police officers, he said. "We live in fear."

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ… or read the article too.

A Christian is martyred every 5 minutes

Yes, your life could be more complicated.

jamestown:

Cristiada Trailer

This is going to be an awesome year for Catholic movies. Of Gods and Men, There Be Dragons… now this.

Dear Doomed Christian,

Rome
Circa 66 AD

Dear Christian Recruit,

Thank you so much for your interest in joining the Church. Your letter was forwarded to me by the former head of the evangelization and recruiting department. Unfortunately, he met a similarly grisly fate as his predecessor. They were both beheaded and stoned (though not in that order ;)

You asked about the benefits of being a Christian; well things have been a bit dodgy for this young Church. I’m sure that in the future things will get a lot better for Christians throughout the world but for now…

Read the rest! Hilarious and thought-provoking.

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