Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Church Persecuted

"That in many regions of the world Christians are today 'the most oppressed and tormented minority' is a matter of fact that has entered forcefully and in new terms into the language of the supreme authority of the Catholic Church," writes Sandro Magister, noting that "Benedict XVI used, for the first time, the word 'Christianophobia'" — Bloody Christmas Between the Nile and the Indus.

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Blogger Francis Xavier said...

Why does His Holiness receive Tony Blair with pomp and circumstance and celebrate his birthday with GW Bush, if he doesn't wish to create the perception that they are allies? He must know that they are not particularly popular in the Arab world.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

The sad truth is, Christianity is as persecuted today as it ever has been. From the Middle East, to China, to the soft-persecution found in western Europe and North America, Christians are often despised and made to suffer for their faith. In some places horribly so. But the Gospel will not be quenched, and the Church will not die out. "The blood of Christians is seed," as Tertullian noted during the infancy of the Christian faith. That is as true today as it was then. All the more reason, though, to pray for our brothers and sisters who suffer daily for the faith.

11:45 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Francis Xavier, indeed, one wihses that Pope Ratzinger had played Saint Ambrose to Tony Blair's Theodosius, but one also wonders how much times have changed, for the worse, it goes without saying.

Mark in Spokane, indeed, it's almost embarrassing to post this stuff given the level of safety and comfort we enjoy, but, as Msgr. Sako recently said, martyrdowm is the Iraqi Chruch's gift to the universal Church. God bless them. Absurd that the Christian Zionist supporters of the Bush-Blair crusade to remake the Middle-East in our image, the source of these horrors, do not even recognize these martyrs as Christians.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Francis Xavier said...

So far His Holiness has showered the neoconservative foreign policies the US and UK have with rhetorical slaps on the wrist, while making nice with neoconservative Catholics like Tony Blair and those close to GW Bush's brother. Having his cake, and eating it too.

I have no doubt that behind closed doors he or his entourage have been told by Middle Eastern Catholics that that dog will no longer hunt. It will be interesting to see what happens.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Tiago said...

I fail to understand the level of anger towards the Holy Father for acting as a pastor to the Church. If he had excoriated Blair, would it have changed much of anything? Beside driving him back to the Church of England, I mean. Should Blair's -- or George W.'s -- past sins render them unfit for the Pontiff's attention?

3:43 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Perhaps as Anglo-Americans, we take the failings of our own leaders' sins a bit more seriously.

That said, I think you're right; as much as Messrs. Bush and Blair should disgust any decent person, we must be charitable.

4:07 AM  

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