Faithful Citizenship Report

February 2023                   

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it in heaven.                           

­­­­­­­­­­­­Brother Knights, have we been walking the walk, or have we been only talking the talk?  Consider the following reflections.

When he was our Manordale Council Chaplain, Fr. Tom Smith advised us that Christendom as we have known in our country is dead.

President Obama declared that America is no longer a Christian nation.

According to Dr. Larry Arnn the progressive movement now rivals the American Revolution in shaping our country into what it is today.

Former law professor Michael Farris notes that humanistic views have dominated our top law schools for decades leading to­ Court decisions that have dramatically changed our nation.    

Fr. Chad Ripperger advises us that modernism has now entered a Draconian phase to force its will upon us.

And consider these court cases:

  1. Zubik v. Burwell
  2. Catholic Social Services v. Philadelphia
  3. Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania

In each of these cases it was necessary for a Catholic entity to appeal to the highest court in the land – the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), to defend the religious freedom that has always been secured by our Constitution.

In Zubik v. Burwell, Zubik is Bishop Zubik of the Pittsburgh diocese, and Burwell was the HHS Secretary at the time. In Catholic Social Services v. Philadelphia, Philadelphia is the city of Philadelphia, PA.

So, these attacks on our religious freedom have occurred in our own state and even in our backyard.  

This year is an election year for all Commonwealth court­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ levels.  Most importantly, the current progressive majority of the state Supreme Court can be reduced with the election of a pro-religious-freedom justice in 2023 thus making it possible to flip the court to a pro-religious-freedom majority in a few more years.

Are we going to walk the walk or just talk the talk?

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