The persecution has come, will you now abandon the Gospel?

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by John-Henry Westen,

from Life Site News

Celebrated Princeton Professor Robert P. George has publicly acknowledged the reality of persecution of pro-life and pro-family Christians.

His remarks were delivered at the prestigious National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, which has in past years addressed by President George W. Bush, and Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke.

“The days of socially acceptable Christianity are over, the days of comfortable Catholicism are past,” began Prof. George. “It is no longer easy to be a faithful Christian, a good Catholic, an authentic witness to the truths of the Gospel. A price is demanded and must be paid,” he said.

Dr. George said it is specifically those who stand for sexual morality and the sanctity of life who are targeted, rather than those who merely profess Christianity.

“Of course, one can still safely identify oneself as a ‘Catholic,’ and even be seen going to Mass,” George said. “That is because the guardians of those norms of cultural orthodoxy that we have come to call ‘political correctness’ do not assume that identifying as ‘Catholic’ or going to Mass necessarily means that one actually believes what the Church teaches on issues such as marriage and sexual morality and the sanctity of human life.”

Dr. George, who was appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012, said that it is still possible to be “safe” or a “comfortable Catholic” today “if one in fact does not believe what the Church teaches, or, for now at least, even if one does believe those teachings but is prepared to be completely silent about them.”

The religious freedom leader warned of the severe consequences awaiting those who will not yield to the pressure. “To be a witness to the Gospel today is to make oneself a marked man or woman,” he said.

The Princeton professor concluded: “Yes, for us Catholics and all who seek to be faithful … We are no longer acceptable. We can no longer be comfortable. It is for us a time of trial, a time of testing by adversity. … We will experience fear, just as the apostles did—that is inevitable. … Never be ashamed of the Gospel.”

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