I’m inclined to think that, given the remarkable willingness of Catholics in general to go along with whatever secular agenda is currently being preached, actual persecution may not be necessary.
I was somewhat surprised, after the Court in Roe v Wade turned abortion, of all things, into a constitutional right, that many Catholics took a ho-hum attitude to the matter.
But I should not have been surprised. Catholics had pretty much adapted themselves to every succesive aspect of the sexual revolution.
Divorce had once been a political career killer. Ronald Reagan’s divorce nearly derailed his candidacy for governor of California. But everybody including Catholics, adapted themselves to divorce, despite Jesus’ words about the matter. Then came no fault divorce, which made meaningless every couple’s vows of lifetime fidelity. No matter the vows, the law says either party can walk away at any time for any reason.
Then contraception, which had been forbidden by every Protestant demonination since its founding and by the Catholic Church for 2,000 years, suddenly became acceptable to every denomination, while Catholicism held to the doctrine. But many Catholics defected.
Contraception served as the wedge which enabled and furthered every succeeding aspect of the sexual revolution. Cohabitation? No problem. Fornication? No big deal. Homosexual sex, adultery, threesomes, whatever. Nothing is prohibited, anyting goes. Catholics adapted to all this, saying. oh, it’s always been this way, nothing new, we can live with it. Teach kids how to have sex in kindergarten? Well, somebody’s got to do it.
Go to Mass every Sunday? Way too rigid.
Yes, we’ve been pretty adaptable. No need for persecution. Contraception remains as the enabler of sexual license, and abortion remains as its guarantor. And our laxity spills over into every Catholic doctrine handed down from the Apostles.
The secular agenda may not get much pushback from Catholics.