A Nicaraguan bishop has told the Fides news agency that the government of Daniel Ortega has undertaken a “devious persecution” of the Church.Ortega, a leader of the Marxist Sandinistas …
That is so sad. It is always sad to see or hear of the Church being persecuted in various places but Jesus Christ predicted this.
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes. "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be-el'zebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.
(Matthew 10:16-25 RSV-CE)
Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, "You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down." As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?" And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs. "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
(Matthew 24:1-13 RSV-CE)
And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!" And Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down." And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign when these things are all to be accomplished?" And Jesus began to say to them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places, there will be famines; this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs. "But take heed to yourselves; for they will deliver you up to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say; but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. And brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
(Mark 13:1-13 RSV-CE)
Let’s see. The Obama government is forcing Catholic institutions to violate conscience with the HHS mandate or be fined. That includes orders of Catholic sisters who are being required to cover abortifacients and contraceptives for themselves. It has the IRS harass religious-based 501c3 organizations. Its media constantly propagates anti-Catholic and anti-Christian positions. It promotes anti-Christian groups abroad.
And the difference between Ortega and Obama, then, is what?
This article doesn’t paint a very damning picture of persecution. Everything is vague, and no specific instances are provided.
Catholics really need to be careful about shouting persecution too often or for minor issues. We all know about the boy who cried wolf.
I don’t know if this article is a case of that or not. There just isn’t enough there to say.
You’re right. There are few particulars. The article did say this:
"phone conversations are being monitored and that “one cannot talk openly and honestly without being subject to persecution by the authorities.”
While we don’t know that this administration is monitoring phone conversations of churchmen, we do know it is not above monitoring newsmen and their parents. And, of course, in the 501c3 scandal, the IRS was very intrusive about such things as whether the organizations or their members participated in abortion clinic protests, what they prayed about, and so on. And, of course, the government artificially delayed the applications of religious-based organizations and still does. Well, and it disqualifies Catholic charitable organizations from government program participation if it won’t countenance abortion as part of the “services”.
The article said the harrassment in Nicaragua is subtle, at least for now. It’s possibly less subtle here than there.
One doesn’t need to see the whole wolf in order to know there’s a wolf. Simply seeing the head will do. Do you think these sisters are crying wolf? www.sistersoflife.com