Zenit has a report on the recent pastoral letter of Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley, Scotland, concerning the so-called "Equality Act of 2006". The Bishop states that the act "will force Catholic adoption agencies to place children with same-sex couples and thereby go against the teaching and practice of the Catholic Church." Here is the link:
The Church in the UK is now facing a threat similar to the days of the Protestant revolt, with the prospect of state punishment for refusing to uphold Church teaching. Similar problems are faced by faithful Catholics in other European countries, as the European Union seeks to enforce its culture of death hegemony on each member nation. Currently, only Portugal (for now), Poland, Ireland and Malta have any meaningful laws against abortion.
Abraham Lincoln once remarked on the protection afforded the United States by its placement between two vast oceans. A European power, he said, "could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher."
Is this still true in the world of ideas, when the internet and global media make transglobal communication a matter of seconds?
Anyone who has followed the immigration problems in Europe, its demographic disaster due to contraception and abortion, and the demise of the vibrancy of the Church, can see that the U.S. is better off. But for how long? It seems that we have, in my opinion, about a 20 year buffer zone from following the follies of Europe. We have some time, but not all the time in the world, to back away from the precipice.
Take an example, the average number of children born to a French woman is 1.7. In Italy, the seat of the Faith, 1.2. UK? 1.7. Germany, 1.4. The birth rate necessary just to maintain a country's population level, called the Replacement birth rate, is 2.1 per woman. The average birth rate in the U.S., though, is 2.1.
Moreover, the U.S. has not yet made so-called same sex "unions" widely available; we have not yet, Missouri being a woeful exception, provided public funding for human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. More Americans go to Church and believe in God than our European counterparts. But all of these good signs are fading by the year.
The point? We need to assert our faith in the public arena while there is still time. We need to pray, more than ever, for our nation. We need to pass on the faith to our children whole and intact.
Back to Lincoln: "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day."
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
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