How to Confront Anti-Catholicism

By | September 11, 2019

Hey, Shawn. Hi gentlemen, how are you guys?
Good. Hey, you were our first caller at the church hall on our live
launch day, weren’t you? That’s correct. I remember you Shawn, welcome back. My
question is, a few days ago the New York Times, our so-called paper of record, printed
a full-page ad, sponsored by an anti- religious organization, entitled “It’s
Time to Quit the Catholic Church.” Oh yes. This ad was not only slanderous statements and
outright lies about our faith, but a cartoon caricature of a Catholic prelate
that seriously reminded me of the cartoon pictures I remember seeing in
history that took place in Europe prior to the Holocaust, the anti-semitic ones.
Now we know as Christians we are being singled out, because later a different
organization tried running an ad entitled “Why Quit Islam,” and which
the Times refused to print. They would not run it. As Christians, how should we go about
confronting Catholic bashing like this? Yeah. Well, I think you’re doing it right
now, Shawn, by shining a light on it. And I think first and foremost that’s
what we need to do, is expose this stuff. You know, we’ve got to let people see, if
we don’t stand up and speak– because listen, Shawn, as you’re
saying this, we have untold hundreds of thousands of people all over the United
States right now that are listening to us, and they’re saying, “You’ve got to be
kidding me. They’re doing this?” Some people are
learning about this. It’s so egregious, it’s so outrageous, the double standard
and the way Catholicism is just being persecuted. I mean, I’ll throw out another
example: Piers Morgan, who has a late night television sort of news interview
show, I think he’s on CNN, is it? Yeah. I forget which–he’s sort of the the de
facto successor to Larry King. Right. He’s a mixed-up Catholic. Oh yeah, he’s a mess.
But he outright comes out and says, you know, when he interviewed Kirk
Cameron about homosexual marriage, “If you are
not in favor of homosexual marriage, you are a bigot,” and he comes out and says it.
So all Catholics who are who are practicing Catholics in union with the
Church: “You are a bigot.” The Pope: bigot. All the bishops in the United States:
bigots. This is what’s going on, and we’ve got to shine a light on it and
say, “Look people, listen, even if you are a radical left-winger, or whomever
you are, can you see what is happening here? That people are being persecuted
simply for saying what they believe?” This is my religious belief, this is my belief
when it comes to natural law, not even talking about Catholicism, but I believe
homosexual actions are contrary to natural law. You know, we don’t need a
Bible to tell us this. And yet, if you say that, you are a bigot, you are
belittled, and more and more it’s coming from the biggest bully pulpit in
the United States, and that is from the White House and the administration. More
and more are, you know, setting the stage for anyone who disagrees with them to be
subject to the Bill-Maher-kind-of nonsensical attacks. And so we’ve got to
shine a light on it. You know, I am one who believes in boycotts, absolutely I do.
I believe that, you know, when companies come out and and do things
like this, I will boycott; but most importantly, I
think it’s us shedding light on it. It’s shouting it wherever we can, it’s being
bold, it’s standing up and being proud of our Catholicism, proud of what we believe
in, and we’ve got to be willing to take the hit. So we gotta be willing to stand
up and say, you know, “Marriage is between one man, one woman.” This goes back to
Adam and Eve, long before there was the United States of America, we’re talking
about what all of the religions of the world have believed for 5000 years, I
mean we’re not the extremists here. And I think if we
shed light on this, and we preach it, we shout it from the rooftops and
everywhere we go, I think more and more reasonable people are gonna be able to
make the right conclusion. I think the bottom line is, we have been quiet the
last 40-50 years, we have been silent, and now the the sleeping giant, I believe,
Patrick, is beginning to awake. As Canada, so the rest of the world, in some ways.
I’m thinking of evangelical pastor Stephen Boisson, up in Alberta, was
forbidden from expressing his moral opposition to homosexuality by this, you
know, kangaroo court called the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal. Sounds cuddly,
doesn’t it? It does. Now, after seven years he was acquitted, but that’s seven
years of his time, anxiety, bandwidth, money, and so on. So we have to get out of
our slumber, our deep sleepwalk days are over. And if I could add this:
how many times have we heard– and I know we’re getting away from the
the caller’s actual question, but I think all of these things are are related, but–
we’ve all heard the myth that “How is allowing this man to marry this man over
here, what does that have to do with you? how is that affecting you?” You know, and
that’s the way it’s been portrayed forever, “You are a bigot trying to
keep these two men or these two women from marrying when it has nothing to do
with you.” But we’re learning today, aren’t we, exactly what all of us have been
shouting for years now, is that when you change the law on the nature of marriage,
what comes next is then what you can say and what you can’t say about marriage.
What comes next is what’s taught in schools, what’s allowed to be taught in
schools, what you’re allowed to say, and and the state police coming down
on you when you contradict. And what will their cry be? “Well, it’s legal! It’s legal!
So you can’t say that.” As Cardinal O’Connell used to say, “The law is the great
teacher.” Yeah. Shawn in Temecula, good man, good call, thanks for joining us once

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