This past Saturday morning I met with my men’s group in the parish. After reciting the Lauds Liturgy of the Hours we dove into how the Supreme Court’s dictate of the redefinition of marriage will affect the future of the Catholic Church and individuals who adhere to objective and moral truths. We discussed the reality of an increase in active persecution, in personal relationships as well as professionally. We discussed how or whether we can adequately prepare our children and grandchildren to be solid in the truth against the extreme peer pressure that they will be exposed to by friends, social media, education and government. We debated whether it will be possible that Catholics will wake up and oppose the embrace of darkness and evil, or continue to be disengaged in the Faith. Most of the dialog was from a personal or family standpoint, but we eventually got around to the inevitable clash between government and the Church. We all generally agreed that the Church is ill-equipped to defend attacks and will likely be forced into a reduction in its sphere of influence, or that it should preemtively separate from government cooperation entirely.
It is with interest that I found this article from that bastion of impartiality, Time, using the Court’s decision as a springboard to promote elimination of tax exemptions for “religious institutions”. The author does an exemplary job in presenting a one-sided argument in order to make his case, and while generously opining that tax exemptions loopholes as a whole should be eliminated, it is clear that he has a bone to pick with “those pesky people that cling to their conservative religions”. He also lays out his mindset of government’s role when he states:
Defenders of tax exemptions and deductions argues that if we got rid of them charitable giving would drop. It surely would, although how much, we can’t say. But of course government revenue would go up, and that money could be used to, say, house the homeless and feed the hungry. We’d have fewer church soup kitchens — but countries that truly care about poverty don’t rely on churches to run soup kitchens.
Sounds like it came right from a socialist manifesto and it makes one wonder whether the author is a PR front man for Bernie Sanders. Based on articles further down on the site, one can anticipate only more wiping out of the little remaining Christian culture left. To summarize a couple of them:
- Elizabeth Warren justifying interpretation of the Constitution in any manner that fits into a progressive license of relativism (interpreted: let’s find the next moral stronghold to attack)
- Polygamy is different than same-sex marriage (interpreted: the theological dissertation from Justice Kennedy shouldn’t be applied to polygamy – at least not yet)
So we are forewarned on how and where some of the attacks will take focus. Are we as laity ready to take up the fight to defend the Faith? Perhaps the Junto members should consider forming a chapter of Catholics for Freedom of Religion to strengthen the local community.