Yesterday Msgr Pope posted his reflections on a talk presented by Women of Grace a few days ago, detailing the various stages of religious persecution. I urge its close study, although the "light" video at the end is a waste of time (at best). My friend at Les Femmes discussed some analogies between these stages and some theories put forth in both Rules for Radicals and After the Ball.
Read the comments after Msgr's post. You will notice some "Pollyannas" peppered throughout; they are set aright by other commenters.
One comment wasn't published, although it was submitted this afternoon. Here it is.
Although he submitted it, he knew it wouldn't be published. However, the violation of Canon 915 is the practice of Cardinal Wuerl. Moreover, as we saw in the case of Father Guarnizo last Lent, he and his chancery have in fact joined the secular forces in persecution of good priests such as Father Guarnizo. He and Bishop Knestout did not stop at allowing the venom to be heaped upon Father, they were active and willing accomplices to this persecution. Barbara Johnson wanted Father's vocation quashed. Because Father is not incardinated in this diocese, the chancery couldn't accomplish it but they did bar his priestly ministry within the Archdiocese.
In the face of the persecution that is in progress, our bishops must act as shepherds and not as wolves. In the meantime, we laity must stand against the wolves regardless of their guises.
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