Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I wasn't expecting Connecticut

As you've all probably read by now, there was an attempted legislative attack on the Church in Connecticut.

Satan never sleeps. He's been fighting the Church from the begining. He tried to shake the Faith with the persecutions and martyrdom of the Apostles and then the early saints. He belched up the Arians and all the later heresies. Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, the Taliban, the Lord's Resistance Army and the other little antichrists are his work.

I know all this but still this little piece of nastiness surprised me. The bill has been dropped but the war is not over. Not by a long shot. The slow, rough beast is still slouching towards Bethlehem. One day a remnant of Catholics will be forced into new catacombs. But in the end, Our Lord will come and the smaller, purer Church will triumph.

I'm reminded of Hellaire Belloc's famous quote:

... we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond: and on these faces there is no smile.


Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Excellent post. As usual, you've used very few words to say an awful lot.

Owen said...

"new catacombs" - I believe this is true and we are seeing the seeds of it now in spite of euphoric books like, The Tide Is Turning Toward Catholicism.

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Mike said...

It always makes *me* smile when the powerful act persecuted.

You listed lots of bad guys, but conspicuously left out all the murdering popes.

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Do you mind adding my new blog?

patrice said...

This proposal left people in CT apoplectic. It was raised [ostensibly] because two priests in CT stole Lo-o-o-o-ts of money from the parishes. One stole a mere $400,000,[that the accountants have found] but the other from Darien stole 1.4 million dollars and used the money to go on expensive vacations with his boyfiend and to buy clothes at Saks and Bergdorf's (I didn't realize they sold black clerical clothes and vestments.) He also drove a Jaguar and wore very expensive jewelry. He was in Darien,and I know the folks there have bucks, but I didn't know they were asleep!! He's in jail now, which proves that you don't need a civil law to right a criminal wrong.

Anyway, this bill violates the First Amendment, which is obvious, but it also violates the Fourteenth Amendment which prohibits discrimination. I mean, why single out Catholics. . .

I sent this bill to the Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor in our town, and to the Lutheran District President (their equivalent of a bishop). The pastor called the bill "horrific" and sent a pointed letter to his state senator, and told me that he would be willing to write an amicus curie brief if there were a lawsuit.

The bill was pulled so that the attorney general could investigate the constitutionality of the original bill that this proposal would have amended.

Dymphna said...

Jackie, I'm so glad you're back!