Be defenders of your faith

One billion Catholics. That is what current estimates say, that there are one billion people in the world who identify themselves as Catholic. Astonishing.

Why is it then that the current assault on Catholics and our values goes largely unchallenged by the largest majority in the world? We are raising our children in a world which devalues our faith and in many cases is trying to legislate us into obscurity.  

This could not be accomplished without the help of Catholics themselves. There are quite a few legislators who tout their Catholicism at election time and then consistently vote for laws that violate the very tenets of our faith. There is the president of Notre Dame who has invited the most pro-abortion president in the history of our country to speak at commencement and receive an honorary degree, giving scandal and compromising their identity as a Catholic institution. There is the case of the oldest Catholic University in the country, Georgetown, agreeing to cover the very name of Jesus on the cross at the request of the president. In my opinion, and I am no theologian, this is worse that conferring a degree as Notre Dame is planning to do. The Holy Name of Jesus covered up as if it were somehow shameful. A name that requires that we bow our heads as we say it, so deep should our reverence be, covered to make a politician happy. It’s unspeakable.

“The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches. Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn’t high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context.” This was the statement made by Julie Green Bataille, associate vice president for communications at Georgetown.

Can you imagine a context where the name of Christ isn’t appropriate? It boggles the mind. That the president, or his communications staff, asked for this is not surprising. They are politicians and the mindset is to please everyone but that this was agreed to and implemented is truly shocking. Even worse is that the covering remained over Christ’s name until the next day.

So did the student body rise up in protest? Did the alumni threaten to withhold further financial support? Did parents flood the office of the president of the university declaring they would remove their children from the school? No. Not a peep. The prestige of having Georgetown University on the diploma is more important than defending the name of Christ. Jesus Christ who suffered unspeakable horror to secure heaven for us is not worth the discomfort of removing your financial support from a highly regarded university.

What are these students being taught? That Catholicism is something that happens in church on Sunday, the rest of the week you exist in a secular society and go with the flow. The children have learned well and we are now a population that is politically correct to the point of idiocy. As parents our first obligation is to teach our children to love and live their faith. Everything else is secondary; math, science, literature and all the other subjects of study pale in importance compared with the study of our faith. We are obligated to raise saints for heaven and while the importance of a good education is obvious it is useless if your children are ignorant of why Christ created them.

We come from a long line of men and women who suffered horrors at the hands of people who would deny Christ. The list of martyrs would fill volumes and we are called to follow in their footsteps. Fortunately we will not be thrown into a pit of lions or burned at the stake; but our comfort level will be tested and we will perhaps suffer greatly. Finding a new college for your child to attend is annoying and expensive. Protesting the various actions that our President and this government have taken on life issues — funding overseas abortion providers, removing restrictions from federally funded medical experiments on human embryos, possibly removing conscience protections for pro-life healthcare workers — will make us unpopular with the press and the general public. Should that stop us? Faith is not a popularity contest and when the Son of God is our example that God matters more than esteem, who are we to challenge?

 It is time to teach our children to stand firm in their beliefs, to stand up for their faith and to wear their faith proudly and loudly. We are the Body of Christ. It’s time to act like it.