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Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 18, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia warned Tuesday that the United States will face increasing pressure to abandon its traditionally broad protections for religious liberty, though he encouraged Christians never to give up hope in God’s love.

Religious liberty, he said, “means much more than the freedom to believe whatever you like at home, and pray however you like in your church.”

“It means the right to preach, teach and worship in public and in private,” he said March 17. “It means a parent’s right to protect his or her children from harmful teaching. It means the right to engage the public square with moral debate and works of social ministry. It means the freedom to do all of this without negative interference from the government, direct or indirect, except within the limits of ‘just public order’.”

Archbishop Charles Chaput says Mass in Philadelphia's St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Sept. 7, 2014. Credit: Javier de la Flor/CNA.

The archbishop’s remarks came in his speech to Philadelphia’s St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he discussed Dignitatis humanae, the Second Vatican Council’s declaration on religious freedom.

Archbishop Chaput evaluated the religious freedom situation in the U.S. as “good” compared to “almost anywhere else in the world.”

“Religious believers played a very big role in founding and building the country. Until recently, our laws have reflected that.  In many ways they still do.”

He noted that a “large majority” of Americans believe in God and identify as Christian, while religious practice is high.

“But that’s changing.  And the pace will quicken. More young people are disaffiliated from religion now than at any time in our country’s past. More stay away as they age. And many have no sense of the role that religious freedom has played in our nation’s life and culture.”

The archbishop said the current administration may be “the least friendly to religious freedom concerns in history.” This trend will continue in areas like gay rights, contraception and abortion services, and public religious witness, as well as in the application of “so-called ‘anti-discrimination’ laws,” he said.

The tendency will also be evident in anti-bullying policies “that turn public schools into indoctrination centers on matters of human sexuality” that undermine any concept of truth in the concepts of male and female; and it will be manifested in restrictions on public funding, revoked tax exemptions, and expanded government regulations.

However, for Archbishop Chaput the biggest “crippling” problem in U.S. culture is the lack of a commonly shared meaning to words such as justice, rights, freedom, and dignity.

“We speak the same language, but the words don’t mean the same thing. Our public discourse never gets down to what’s true and what isn’t, because it can’t. Our most important debates boil out to who can deploy the best words in the best way to get power.”

He said that liberal democracy lacks the ability to be self-sustaining. “Democracy depends for its meaning on the existence of some higher authority outside itself,” he said.  

Human dignity has only one source and guarantee: humanity’s creation in the image and likeness of God.

“Modern pluralist democracy has plenty of room for every religious faith and no religious faith.  But we’re lying to ourselves if we think we can keep our freedoms without revering the biblical vision – the uniquely Jewish and Christian vision – of who and what man is.”

Archbishop Chaput summarized Christianity’s approach to society. Its rise had posed a threat to pagan societies, since the Christian understanding of sacred and secular authority rejected worship of the Roman Empire’s gods.

At one point the “confessional state” became “the standard Catholic model of government.” Such a state was committed to “advancing the true Catholic religion and suppressing religious error.”

The Second Vatican Council’s teaching on religious liberty aimed to correct this approach by “going back to the sources of Christian thought.”

“The choice to believe any religious faith must be voluntary. Faith must be an act of free will, or it can’t be valid,” he noted.

“Forced belief violates the person, the truth and the wider community of faith, because it’s a lie,” the archbishop continued. Persons have rights “even when they choose falsehood over truth.”

The archbishop warned that religious freedom cannot survive unless people “actually believe and live their faith,” including in their public lives.

“No one can finally take our freedom unless we give it away,” he maintained.

“In practice, no law and no constitution can protect religious freedom unless people actually believe and live their faith – not just at home or in church, but in their public lives. But it’s also true that no one can finally take our freedom unless we give it away.”

Archbishop Chaput stressed the importance of finding hope in the people who comfort the suffering, serve the poor and “seek and teach the truth.”

“In the end, there’s too much evidence that God loves us, with a passion that is totally unreasonable and completely redemptive, to ever stop trusting in God’s purpose for the world, and for our lives.”

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Yup. I knew it was coming. It was a mathematical certainty. Remove the traditional definition of “marriage” and all relationships and arrangements will be considered equal — and legally valid.

If marriage is not defined and and protected in a society as a man and a woman in an exclusive and matrimonial relationship  with the view to procreating children and being a family — then all relationships can be called a family and any combination of persons (or…) can be called a “marriage.”

So, welcome to “Throuples”. Now that America has cast aside real marriage, three people in love are now called a “family” and those in this new “family” are called a “throuple.”  If you think I am making this up just Google the word “throuple.” Or, read this representative article which presents “throuples” not as the wave of the future, but the reality now. Here is an article from a Christian perspective warning us of this new perversion. 

Modern, politically correct people ask, “Who has the right to tell me who I love? Does the government really think it can tell me how many people I can be married to or who I sleep with?” 

We currently have laws that forbid polygamy, but how long do you think they will last now that the word “marriage” has become a fluid, changing and all-encompassing? Polygamy laws will be deemed repressive and discriminatory, violating the civil rights of people in love. Polygamy (bad context) will be changed to something like “polymarriage” or “polyamory” (good sounding).

What’s next?

Fifty years ago no one would have dreamed “marriage” could ever be defined as anything other than one man and one woman. What will we be accepting in another fifty years? Incest – a family affair? Pedophilia? Who is to deny a man the love of his intended fixation? There is already a Man-Boy Love Association.

Mabe bestiality? Do you know there are already over 100,000 who practice bestiality in Germany alone? Bestiality brothels are taking Germany by storm. Some countries are banning bestiality, not because it is wrong but because it is violating the rights of animals. But in the long run there will be push for legal relationships, even marriages with non-human lovers? What are the limits if “everything is OK for consenting…”

Enough of that. 

Our world is going crazy. Get rid of God and Christian morality and everything is OK. As Dostoevsky has one of his character say in Brothers Karamazov, “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.”

If we as Christians do what we must — stand for sanity, truth, natural law and morality — we will be called bigots and haters. We are already deemed as such for speaking out against abortion, homosexuality and “gay marriage.” We will pay the price for our faithfulness to God, the Scriptures and the infallible teaching of the Church.

Hold on to your hats my friends. We in America — we are in for an interesting ride.

Excuse me, I have to go to church now. I am going to pray for my grandchildren.

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Gary Sinise of CSI is now the bullied, not the hero

Word is now circulating around the Catholic world that conservative hero Gary Sinise, along with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, both publicly professed faithful Catholics, cancelled their appearances at a Legatus Summit at the last minute under pressure from the LGBT crowd. …

There exists a highly organized cadre of LGBT activists whose job it is to monitor the American people for any deviance from what is approved thought and speech. But more than monitor, their job is rather like advanced scouts so that other LGBTs may then move in to target and punish. Their influence is pernicious, wicked and frankly un-American.

The body count continues to rise.

It's hard to watch him now and take him seriously

There are all those people who were exposed as donors to the Proposition 8 campaign. Many lost their jobs when LGBTs forced their names into the open. The most famous of these is Brendan Eich, who for a few weeks was CEO of Mozilla Firefox but had to step down under LGBT pressure because he supported the right of Californians to decide the definition of marriage.

Most recently, the fire chief of Atlanta was fired for stating his belief that homosexual behavior is immoral. There are many more who have lost their jobs, and more who self-censor, simply shut up out of fear.

Bullies are shaping the discourse in America. It is not wise to let the bullies be in control You can read the whole Crisis Magazine article HERE.

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Two Supreme Court Justices Should Recuse Themselves from ‘Gay’ Marriage Cases

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Adopt a Christian in Mosul Iraq this Christmas – I Did, You Can Too!

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Before you read the letter and appeal below for the Christians persecuted, crucified, slaughtered, and chased from their homes in Syria and Iraq by ISIS, I want to tell you my own story. A month ago we were in Istanbul and we heard a liturgy going on in the side chapel. We could tell it [...]

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Who Are the Poor I’m Supposed to Care For?

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As we leave our rented apartment in Rome and walk towards St. Peter’s Square I notice a ragged, filthy woman sitting on a piece of cardboard with a baby laying lethargically in her arms. She looks up with mournful eyes and pathetically mumbles something as she reaches out hoping I’ll put coins in her hand. [...]

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Archbishop Sako’s Disappointment with Response to Iraq’s Disaster

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Patriarch Sako: Refugee Situation Escalating, U.S. Military Action Disappointing Says Iraq’s Christians Face Hard Dilemma: Emigrate or Stay By Staff Reporter VATICAN CITY, August 11, 2014 (Zenit.org) – The Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon has highlighted the extent of the refugee situation in northern Iraq, warned of “escalating” humanitarian needs, and said the hardships facing Iraqis [...]

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Adopt a Christian in Mosul – I just did!

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Visit Asia News at http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Adopt-a-Christian-from-Mosul-to-respond-directly-to-Iraq’s-emergency-31845.html AsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis’s urgent appeal “to guarantee all necessary assistance – especially the most urgently needed aid – to the great multitude of people who have been driven [...]

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Hobby Lobby Wins; Religious Freedom Wins!

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Making the Case for Tea Party Catholics – recommended reading

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Lawyers Team Up to Resist the Gay Mafia

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A team of lawyers is being assembled to make sure there are no more cases like that of Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla. He was forced out of his position for contributing – years earlier — $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign in California in which voters themselves decided to define marriage in their [...]

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Prepare for a New America – Using Detroit as a Model

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By Frosty Wooldridge (Frosty Wooldridge (born 1947) is a US journalist, writer, environmentalist, traveler). (I ,Steve Ray who is posting his article, was born in Detroit. My ancestors lived there since the 1700′s.)   For 15 years, from the mid 1970′s to 1990, I worked in Detroit, Michigan I watched it descend into the abyss [...]

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How you can push back against Mozilla/Firefox’s gay marriage thuggery

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National Catholic Register  Sunday, April 06, 2014 5:15 PM, by Jimmy Akin Brendan Eich is the creator of the JavaScript programming language and the co-founder of the Mozilla Corporation, which makes the popular web browser Firefox. Several years ago, he made a donation to support Prop 8, a California ballot measure designed to protect true marriage by definining [...]

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The Salvation Army is Ringing Bells for Abortion This Christmas

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“It’s a sight and sound so commonplace, Advent almost wouldn’t seem the same without it. UPDATE TO THIS STORY “In so many of the stores we visit to do our Christmas shopping, we see the ever-present volunteers ringing bells soliciting donations for one of America’s best known charitable organizations: The Salvation Army. “Many of us [...]

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Save Syria, Church on it’s Knees Petition Drive

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   America is supporting the “rebels” who are not rebels at all but radical Muslim insurrectionists mainly from other countries like Iran. They are routinely kidnapping and slaughtering Christians. Just last week a convert full of nuns were all kidnapped.  As a country to we should be defending the Christians and doing all we can [...]

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Pope Francis On Poverty Warrants Scrutiny: Samuel Gregg

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Pope Francis has released his first apostolic exhortation,Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). An apostolic exhortation …is published to encourage the faithful to live in a particular manner or to do something, e.g., post synodal documents offered to the church in summary of a previous synod and hoping the faithful will do something helpful for the [...]

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