The Passion of the Church – Voice of the Family

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the Church herself must one day pass through a form of crucifixion, like her Lord, in order to share in His resurrection. This passion of the Church is a necessary precondition of her final and glorious resurrection. She will, at the end, pass through a great religious deception “offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.” This is the persecution of the Antichrist. It was not intended that the Catechism contain any teachings legitimately disputed among faithful Catholic theologians. The fact of this passion of the church and this deception is included because the editors of the Catechism considered it just that — a fact. They considered it an accepted part of the settled teaching of the Church. Many, reflecting upon Our Lord’s words in Luke 21:24, “Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles; till the times of the nations be fulfilled”, have wondered whether, with the recapture of the Old City of Jerusalem by the State of Israel in 1967, the times of the nations might not indeed be fulfilled. The falling away of Catholics since that time has certainly been striking. It is natural therefore to wonder if some terrible persecution might not be just around the corner and, as the fury of modern ideologues against anyone who continues to adhere to reason or nature intensifies, it is easy to imagine that imprisonment and corporeal affliction are not far behind. As Edmund Burke observed of the transition from philosophe to revolutionary in the eighteenth century:

“To those who have observed the spirit of their conduct, it has long been clear that nothing was wanted but the power of carrying the intolerance of the tongue and of the pen into a persecution which would strike at property, liberty, and life.”


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