When religion is no longer seen as a public good —are we ready for the catacombs?

DSC03336 (1)Blogging was light last week because I spent two days listening to a crucial religious freedom case being argued before the Supreme Court of Canada.

It’s got me thinking of how in another decade or less we may see big barriers to traditional Christian believers in medicine (if they refuse to euthanize people or abort the unborn), the law (if they hold unpopular beliefs they might be suspect in upholding the rule of law), in education, and other fields.

Charitable status for charities and religions that hold unpopular views may be revoked or impossible to obtain.  Have you thought about what you would do if that happens?  What if keeping your community together starts to cost a lot more than it’s already costing?

We still have so much to be thankful for in the west for the religious freedom we do have, but if you’re paying attention, you see it under constant attack and consequently waning.  You see religious freedom, conscientious objection, respect for freedom of expression no longer having the cachet they once had.

What will it mean for us in the Ordinariates?  Many of us came into the Catholic  Church as refugees from a totalitarian ideology masking itself as tolerance and diversity that was tolerant of everything except orthodoxy within our former religious communities.  How do we maintain a robust faith when it is costly both financially and in other ways, such as a narrowing of opportunity, or difficulty in getting a good classical Christian education for our children?

Here is a link to one of three stories I filed after the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 hearings involving Trinity Western University (TWU), a private evangelical university, and its proposed law school.

OTTAWA, Ontario – Religious freedom in Canada is facing a “watershed moment” and may be “on an abyss of a revolutionary change,” argued lawyers in a Supreme Court of Canada case involving a Christian university’s proposed law school.

“The impact of the case will be significant for a generation,” said Phil Horgan, president of the Catholic Civil Rights League.

The league was among several interveners before the Supreme Court Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in support of the right of Trinity Western University to maintain its mandatory community covenant banning sexual activity outside of traditional marriage.

The lawyers argued that a ruling against Trinity Western could ultimately impact all faith-based schools, charities and organizations that fail to align with society’s prevailing views on sexuality and morality, encompassing issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion and euthanasia.




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