It seems that my take on the world in my post, Fight or Fade, is echoed in this story out of the Vatican:
Vatican Cardinal: "A New World Order is Gaining Ground"
By John-Henry Westen
ROME, November 20, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Speaking at the opening of the 23rd plenary assembly for the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the president of the Council, Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, warned, "The idea of creating a 'new man' completely detached from the Judeo-Christian tradition, a new 'world order,' a new 'global ethic,' is gaining ground."
According to the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, the cardinal denounced the "dictatorship of relativism," rampant in Western societies, in which there is a growing "anti-Christian attitude" that makes "attacks on Christians, and particular on Catholics, pass off as politically correct."
Speaking of Christians today he said, "Our true problem is not being a minority, but rather having voluntarily become marginal, irrelevant, because of our lack of courage, so that we will be left alone, because of our mediocrity." "For Christians," Cardinal Rylko added, "the moment has arrived to free themselves from a false inferiority complex … to be valiant witnesses of Christ."
This is, he said, the "hour of the laity," to take on their "responsibility in the diverse fields of public life, from politics to the promotion of life and family, from work to the economy, from education to the formation of youth."
He warned, however, that such faithfulness would come at a personal cost. "Whoever wants to live and act according to the Gospel of Christ has to pay a price, even in the highly liberal societies of the West," he said.
This is exactly what I was talking about. In his editorial, John-Henry Weston has this to say:
LifeSiteNews is placing a lot of emphasis on the reporting of religious developments because we see a return to traditional religious belief and practise as the only answer to the overwhelming problems that the world faces at this time in history. As well, the decline of such belief and practise seems to be the root cause of most of the current problems, including the huge economic crisis. When will we learn?
We don't need to fear defending our faith; we can take our strength in these words of our Savior:
Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake.
Be glad in that day, and rejoice, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. (Luke6-22-23)
Christians, and especially Catholics, are under attack throughout the world; from death at the hands of Muslim extremists to being urinated on by homosexuals in California. I pray that we don't weaken under the onslaught of evil that is determined to undermine our faith, that we can stand up to the lawmakers and make our voices heard, that we receive strong leadership from the Vatican and our bishops and priests, and that we, at the grassroots level, can help to implement a return to the strong morals and values that are the foundation of the Catholic Church. Dig in. It's going to be a long, hard battle.