Saturday, November 17, 2012

Persecution and Martyrdom

Some words from the Apostolic Nuncio for the United States. To quote:
Persecution is typically associated with the deeds preceding those necessary to make martyrs for the faith. While acts of persecution can mirror those associated with martyrdom, other elements can be directed to sustaining difficulty, annoyance, and harassment that are designed to frustrate the beliefs of the targeted person or persons rather than to eliminate these persons. It would seem, then, that the objective of persecution is to remove from the public square the beliefs themselves and the public manifestations without necessarily eliminating the persons who hold the beliefs. The victimization may not be designed to destroy the believer but only the belief and its open manifestations. From the public viewpoint, the believer remains but the faith eventually disappears. (Read entire post.)

1 comment:

julygirl said...

It is scary when our government forces the RC Church to accept the government's secular version of morality over the Church's Constitutional rights to formulate its own decisions of morality...