May 29, 2015 (from ChurchMilitant.com) – Two leading prelates are decrying a global culture that’s hostile to Christians and the family.
Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, in his homily on Pentecost, warned of a “new worldwide neo-Marxist ideology” attacking faithful Christians, and the family especially.
Today, there are families, young people, priests and bishops who, in order to remain faithful to God’s commandments, are often marginalized, ridiculed and persecuted by the dictatorial power of the new worldwide neo-Marxist ideology of gender, and the cult of the earth and the climate. Moreover, there are also families, young people, priests, seminarians and even bishops who are marginalized and ridiculed, sometimes even in the ecclesiastical domain, because of their fidelity to the integrity of the Catholic Faith, and to Divine Worship according to the tradition of the Apostles and of our ancestors.
In our time, the natural family and the Christian family have become the principal object of attack for the destruction of the civilized world by the neo-Marxist gender ideology. Paradoxically, we are living in the age of the family precisely because it is under attack. It is today that the family is called to witness to the Divine beauty of its essence and of its vocation.
The bishop then called for heroic fortitude on the part of Catholics amid the ongoing, worldwide crisis.
O Catholic Families, fathers and mothers of families, young men and young women: Do not be afraid to fight against sin, against the seductive spirit of neo-Paganism. Do not be afraid to fight to defend the commandments of God, to defend the integrity of your Faith and your chastity. Do not be afraid to be heroic.
Bishop Schneider isn’t all “doom and gloom,” though. He has a keen appreciation for the sublime character of living the Faith in these troubling times.
What a beautiful vocation it is to be a true Catholic! What a beautiful vocation to fight for the integrity of the Faith, and the commandments of God! What a beautiful vocation it is to be a Catholic family, a domestic Church! What a beautiful vocation it is to be a chaste young man, or a chaste young woman! What a beautiful vocation it is to be a seminarian and a priest with a pure and ardent heart!
Finally, he concluded with hope and encouragement:
Do not be afraid of the Goliath of our times, that is, the new worldwide anti-Christian ideology. The fire of Divine love and the Holy Ghost’s gift of fortitude will make us able to conquer the Goliath of our times…
Meanwhile, Cardinal Raymond Burke, new patron of the Order of Malta, says Ireland’s recent passage of so-called gay marriage defies God even more than the ancient pagans ever dared. Reflecting on the revolutionary change in once-Catholic Ireland, the cardinal, speaking at Oxford University, lamented, “I mean, this is a defiance of God. It’s just incredible. Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviors; they never dared to say this was marriage.”
He believes family life must be strengthened in these times of crisis. “The culture is thoroughly corrupted, if I may say so,” he added, “and the children are being exposed to this, especially through the internet.”
He reportedly told his audience how he’s persistently urging his nieces and nephews to keep their family’s computers in an open area of the household so that their children won’t “imbibe this poison that’s out there.”