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Catholic Cardinal Believes The U.S Is “Well On The Way” To Christian Persecution

11/30/2011 United States (AINA) - One of the highest ranking cardinals in the Vatican has said that the United States is "well on the way" to the persecution of Christians.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Archbishop of St. Louis and now the head of the Vatican's highest court, told Catholic News Agency that he could envision a time when the Catholic Church in the U.S., "even by announcing her own teaching," is accused of "engaging in illegal activity, for instance, in its teaching on human sexuality."

Asked if the cardinal could even see American Catholics being arrested for their faith he replied, "I can see it happening, yes."

In his remarks to several U.S. Bishops meeting with him Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI made similarly emphatic warnings about the U.S. The pope told the bishops that "the seriousness of the challenges which the Church in America, under your leadership, is called to confront in the near future cannot be underestimated."

He added: "The obstacles to Christian faith and practice raised by a secularized culture also affect the lives of believers."

In the interview published today, Cardinal Burke declared that "it is a war" and "critical at this time that Christians stand up for the natural moral law." Should they not, he warned, "secularization will in fact predominate and it will destroy us."

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Catholic League President Bill Donohue told LifeSiteNews that Cardinal Burke's remarks were accurate and not exaggerations. "Secularism has become militant," he said. "Many elites are taking an aggressive secular approach. They have lined up against the Catholic Church and other Christian churches particularly for their stand on moral values."

Donohue pointed to New York where gay 'marriage' was passed without debate or exemptions for clerks who objected to having to grant such licenses. He also noted the closing of Catholic adoption and foster care agencies since they were unable to comply with laws forcing homosexual adoptions.

"The real big one," he added, "is the HHS of the Obama Administration." The forcing of abortifacient and contraceptive coverage in private health care plans under penalty of fines was described by the Catholic League President as the Obama Administration "on a full court press to shove its values down the throats of the Catholic Church."

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  • http://twitter.com/socmed_superman Carla Kendall

    Its not being arrested for faith, its being arrested for protecting Catholic pedophile priests that are raping our children.  DOn't confuse the two, even though you can confuse the Catholic congregation about the two.

  • JB

    Carla

    I believe it is you that is confused.  No one is speaking of Americans currently being arrested for their faith.  That comment was a prediction of what may come if the secularization of our culture continues.  The persecution that is taking place today includes the government efforts, as described above, to force the Catholic Church, other churches, and individual Christians to do things that go against their beliefs or, if not, to remove themselves from the public square.  Pedophile priests have nothing to do with any of this.  Except perhaps that they can be used as a great tool to beat up the Church when it is convenient.  I don't think there is the same fervor to beat up on public schools over their pedophile teachers.

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