Prepare for Persecution
In the fairly near future, it is likely that Irish Catholics—I mean real ones, not those who voted Yes in the “marriage” referendum—will face a degree of persecution amounting to “white” martyrdom. Nurses and doctors who refuse to co-operate in abortions or euthanasia will lose their livelihoods; caterers and bed and breakfast operators will be compelled to accommodate self-declared sodomites or face heavy fines; anyone who publicly displays less than total approval of perversion will be fined and possibly imprisoned for “hate speech”.
If things develop at the present rate , it is more than possible that “red” martyrdom will follow in the next few decades. Quite some time ago Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said:
I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.
Yes, the situation is hotting up so rapidly that Michael Voris of ChurchMilitant.TV believes that only heroic Catholics will survive:
In short, in the times that are just ahead for Catholics, only the truly dedicated will not become apostates and thereby lose Heaven. This was the opinion of Fr. John Hardon, a very holy priest who died 15 years ago in Detroit—a man who was remarkable owing to his holiness. What he said has come even sharper into focus in light of the wholesale rejection of the Faith by an overwhelming majority of the Irish last week.
If you are not preparing yourself now, and your family now, bracing yourselves spiritually for the darkness into which civilization is descending, you will not survive. You will inherit Satan for your father. People do not suddenly decide to suffer for the Faith. They prepare themselves to suffer great hardships for the Faith, by undergoing little hardships and sacrifices in advance. You could think of it as a kind of dress rehearsal…
…We sometimes have this too-nostalgic thought about the age of martyrs in the early centuries. We see the drawings of heroic Catholics standing straight moments before the lions pounced. What we do not see, what is not memorialized in art, is the vast numbers who committed apostasy before the jaws of those same lions, or those in whom the Faith had turned cold. They were more than content to offer incense to the Roman gods.
Fr Brendan Purcell also believes that persecution is coming, but he’s rather more optimistic than Mr Voris. Personally, I greatly prefer Fr Brendan’s gentler analysis, though perhaps not his rather complicated syntax:
From the end of the 16th century— after a century of executions, last one being St Oliver Plunkett in 1681 in Ireland we had the Penal Laws, some dating from James 1st, others from later in that century—till Catholic Emancipation in 1829, Catholics had to sweat it out in Ireland, which seemed to toughen them up rather than the opposite.
So, while we can expect cases against school teachers who refuse to teach homosexuality as an acceptable alternative, closing down of Catholic adoption agencies (as has happened already in Scotland and England), already the defunding of the Catholic marriage preparation agency has been announced, well, having to pay a big price for being Catholic goes with the territory, and we’re not getting it remotely like Catholics in Nigeria, parts of Cameroon, lots of the Middle East, Pakistan and parts of India, so let’s hope we can measure up to the challenge of being, as St Paul said we should be, like stars shining in the sky!