The Pope has to choose his words carefully, in order not to cause an uproar amongst clergy and laity. But there is no mistaking that he is clearly warning the American bishops whom he is addressing of the battle they are facing in the United States.
“The seriousness of the challenges which the Church in America, under your leadership, is called to confront in the near future cannot be underestimated,” he said. “The obstacles to Christian faith and practice raised by a secularized culture also affect the lives of believers. Immersed in this culture, believers are daily beset by the objections, the troubling questions and the cynicism of a society which seems to have lost its roots, by a world in which the love of God has grown cold in so many hearts.”
Cardinal Raymond Burke, a short while ago, spoke of his concern that Catholics would be persecuted for their faith in the United States. I am sure he is referring to the proposed legislation that will prevent Catholics in certain professions from acting according to their conscience.
These would be primarily health workers, who are now being compelled to assist in abortions and will also be made to assist in euthanasia which is gaining ground across all of North America.
Can there be any doubt in Catholics' minds that they simply cannot vote for President Obama a second time? It baffles me how people cannot see that Obama is undermining the Judaeo-Christian heritage of the American nation with almost every piece of legislation he signs. Forty years ago, the Democratic Party was seen as the party of social justice, as the party that fought for the "little guy", but that is long gone. It is now the party of the liberal left, whose agenda is to de-construct the social structure of Christian society.