Thursday, August 02, 2012

"Archbishop Wenski: acquiescence to threats to religious liberty is 'not an option'"

From EWTN (August 1, 2012):
In a homily preached to state Catholic conference directors, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami contrasted the "healthy secularity" of America's founding documents with the "radical" and "reductive secularism" that threatens religious liberty today.

"For much of our nation's history, Catholics were regarded by many of their neighbors with suspicion if not with hostility because of the prevailing prejudice towards the Catholic faith in a predominantly Protestant America," he preached in his July 31 homily. "Yet because of a healthy secularity promoted by our civil order and the Bill of Rights' first freedom, the freedom of religion, Catholics were able to prosper in America: We built parishes, schools, hospitals, orphanages and other charitable institutions; we started businesses; we served honorably in our nations wars and held public office."

"Today, that healthy secularity that provided for the separation of Church and State but not of religion from society, that healthy secularity that guaranteed the freedom of people of faith to serve the common good, is increasingly under siege in America," he continued. "A radical secularism has emerged that seeks to reduce religious belief to just a "subjective opinion" and to privatize faith by denying it any public expression ... These efforts to restrict religious liberty are seemingly founded in a reductive secularism that has more in common with the French Revolution than with America's founding."

Archbishop Wenski added:

To acquiesce is not an option. To adapt to the prevailing mentality, out of human respect or convenience, to fail to warn our brothers and sisters against ways of thinking or acting that are contrary to truth and right conduct, is to fail in the charity that we owe them.

Spirituality in our Catholic tradition is more than just narcissistic navel-gazing or an over-simplified sentimentalism that reduces spirituality to a one-time acceptance of Jesus. It is not a self-absorbed seeking after self-fulfillment found through esoteric teachings or practices. Christianity's invitation is to look outwardly and beyond. The heart of Christian life is "charity" ...

Most of you, I suppose, were involved in one way or another in the various observances of the Fortnight of Freedom called for by the US bishops ... It reminded us, in this election year, that religious freedom is under threat for the first time in American history employers will be forced to provide services they consider morally objectionable.

"We bishops have not told anyone who to vote for nor should we; nor will we," he concluded. "We are, however, seeking to form consciences, and seeking to protect our right to do so ...The stakes are high. Separation of Church and State does not require the exclusion of religion from society. To exclude people of faith from making their contributions and their proposals in the public square would impoverish us all."
[Hat tip to C.G.-Z.]


Sheldon said...

Seems the time is coming when American Catholics true to their religion will have to face the challenges faced a century or more earlier by their fellows in Spain and Mexico and centuries earlier in England and France. The time when arguments avail quickly comes to an end, and then all that is left is the ruthless confrontation of wills. American Catholics had better brace themselves.

I am not Spartacus said...

Over three months ago I wrote a very respectful letter to my Bishop suggesting that non-violent protests may have to happen to make Obama back down and I volunteered (I am retired) to walk the line at any facility he wished to designate as a place to begin the non-violent protests.

Neither he or his secretary responded - as I knew they wouldn't.

C'est la vie.

I hear big talk ALL the time, but when it comes to action?


Oncet, a Catholic man wrote online complaining that his Bishop was going to wreck-o-vate the Cathedral in his Diocese and I sent him my email address and told him I would gladly shackle myself to the stone Altar if he would be willing to contact and then greet the media when it arrived to film the local cops dragging my goofy butt out of the Cathedral and explain to the media what the Catholic Altar signifies and why it would wrong to tear it out and replace it with a wooden table.

Of course, he never responded to my email.

Bitch, bitch, bitch...that is what a Church nearly dissolved by feminism and homosexualism has been reduced to.