Where is it all going for the Church in Canada? The Catholic Church is under attack like never before in our country, and I really don't know what to make of it. It's on all fronts - there is a full on offensive against our Church and our values. We cannot sit by idly and let this happen. Either you are fighting for the Church or you are opposed.
Our society has many institutions that have developed over the centuries. There are civil, judicial, and religious institutions. There are also core beliefs that make us who we are. Over the past several years, and especially recently, those institutions have come under attack by various groups.
If you are a faithful Catholic, now is not the time to sit idly by. It's really the time to fight for our Church which was given to us by Jesus Christ. If our enemies are plotting all days on ways of destroying the Church, we must at least not just sit on the sidelines and do nothing.
So, what am I talking about? There are so many lines of attack, it's hard to pick just one. I will try to explain some of them. You can see examples everywhere you look.
Free speech is being stripped away day by day. Social media, the modern-day public square, is openly hostile to Christian beliefs. People are being banned left, right and center on these platforms for expressing Christian beliefs that have been around for centuries. Some may respond to this by saying these are private companies. This is a dubious claim but even if we are to grant this, it goes further. Bill C10 which was recently passed, gives the Federal Government of Canada unprecedented power to regulate the content of social media website. The argument that private companies can allow or disallow anything they want on social media no longer holds any water. Our free speech is also being attacked by the government itself.
More and more opinions and beliefs are being deemed "hate speech" and considered a form of violence. Again, we are not allowed to express our viewpoints. As Christians, this ought to be shocking.
Another recent issue which has gained a lot of traction is residential schools in the country. They are condemned as completely evil institutions with no redeeming qualities. I have not yet researched this topic thoroughly, but from my understanding, claims of genocide are stemming from the discovery of unmarked graves. However, this claim is based on little evidence. There may be children buried there but so many questions have yet to be answered. Were these children murdered, as is implied, or did they simply die of widespread diseases such as TB? Were their graves actually unmarked or were they marked with wooden crosses which have since disintegrated? How did the children in residential schools fare compared to children who did not attend residential schools? Were any children better off for attending?
These questions are not allowed to be asked apparently. No "journalist" in Canada would ever dare even bring them up. I will be looking more into this and telling you what I find out. But even if there was murder or abuse, does that mean we can go so far as to condemn each and every person involved? What institution exists in our country or any other that has a perfect record? Do all public schools have a flawless record devoid of any abuse?
People are reacting violently against all Catholics. Churches are being burned to the ground - even churches used by aboriginals to worship which is rather ironic. Beloved Catholic statues are being desecrated. All for unproven crimes. All believers of our religion are being condemned for the actions of a few. It reminds me of a book published by a non-Catholic titled "Anticatholicism: The last acceptable prejudice". It really is true. All institutions, to varying degrees, have bad people in them. To me it doesn't make any sense to condemn the entire organization wholesale based on that.
We cannot shy away. So many Catholics I know just want to fit in with the rest of society. The rest of society wants to destroy our Church, so why are you trying so hard to fit in with them? Do you think any secular person hesitates for one nanosecond to bash the Church? Of course not. So why aren't we defending the Church all the more?
Maybe people think if they defend the Church, they are somehow defending people who have done wrong. This is absolute nonsense. If there were doctors or nurses who did things which were immoral, would it make sense to bash all healthcare workers and healthcare in general? Would it be sensible to say all people who care for the sick are evil? Anyone would recognize this as absolute absurdity.
I think we have an obligation to defend the Church at all turns. We don't need to help others in finding fault. When the entire world is out there bashing and attempting to destroy the Church in our country, we need faithful believers to act as defense attorneys. It's already one-sided, we don't need to help the prosecution!
I will attempt to publish more articles with information that can be valuable to debunk the evil myths that are being spread. Catholics must stick together because we have so many enemies. Even our own Prime Minister is throwing the Church under the bus, even though his government is just as much or more responsible for residential schools, especially his father Pierre Trudeau.
Stay tuned to this blog for updates.