In Vienna, Austria 660 Catholic parishes were reduced to 150 parishes. InPittsburgh, Pennsylvania 42 parishes were closed. And Catholic parishes are being closed worldwide.
The closing of these Catholic churches is “good news” to Satan and for his One World Religion plan, and, “good news” to tyrannical governments that want to control your religion.
Should the State give us their permission to go to church? Tell us who, what, when and how we are to pray? Or, should the people follow the commandments of God and practice religion in God’s Church as He commands?
Here’s what you would experience if you resided in China--and China is only one example of State controlled religion throughout the world.
CHINA’S RELIGIOUS POLICY
Catholicism, in China, like all religions, has only been permitted to operate under the supervision of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. All worship MUST legally be conducted through State-approved churches belonging to the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CPA), which does not accept the primacy of the Roman Pontiff. In addition to overseeing the practice of the Catholic faith, the CPA espouses politically oriented objectives as well.
Clergy who resist these dictates are subject to long imprisonment and torture as in the case of Cardinal Kung, and torture and martyrdom as in the case of Father Beda Chang, S.J.
Yet, what’s taking place today in China is far better than what was required in the past…which was immediate death by strangulation for those that propagated religion.
CHINA’S ONE CHILD POLICY
In most of China couples are limited to one child. Caught having an unauthorized child will subject one to pressure to abort and force sterilization, at best, or at worst, forced abortion at any stage of the pregnancy, and fined.
But here’s what God teaches: “And God blessed Noah and his sons. And He said to them: increase and multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1).
Are we to disobey God and follow the dictates of ungodly government tyrants rather than follow God’s word?
THE MUSLIM WAY
The Muslims, without doubt, truly believe in NO separation of their religion with the State. The State does not dictate to the Muslims. They believe Allah is their God and he is placed before any earthly entity.
This is not to say that the Muslim faith is the faith we Christians accept or can be compatible with. It’s used metaphorically to describe separation of State from religion. As Christians we do not believe that their God, Allah, is our God. We believe that Jesus is our God in the Holy Trinity, and, Muslims do not believe in the Holy Trinity. Therefore, the Muslim God and the Christian God cannot be the same God.
Many other countries place restrictions on freedom of religious expression. They hide behind flimsy devised hate laws to curb religious freedom. Canada and Germany are two such examples. Canada has fined and jailed a clergyman for preaching against homosexuality even though the preacher was quoting Holy Scripture showing homosexuality is forbidden; and Germany will place you in prison and fine you for disputing the holocaust and saying anything, which they consider derogatory, about Muslims and Jews…even if what is said about them is the truth. They enforce these rules under the guise of HATE LAW.
However, has anyone heard of a Jew or a Muslim being prosecuted for the blasphemy they perpetrate against our Lord Jesus even though their Talmud and Quran teach them to HATE Jesus? Worse yet, the Jewish Talmud teaches: “Jesus is in Hell boiling in hot excrement and semen”.
Do we have hate laws in the United States? You bet we do! Have you read the Global Anti-Semitism Awareness/Review Act? This Act makes it an anti-Semitic crime to place the blame on Jewish leaders and their followers for inciting the Roman crucifixion of Christ--even though the unerring Holy Bible clearly tells that it was the Jews that crucified Christ!
Can you guess who sponsored the GA-SA/R A? Well, it was Democratic Congressman, Tom Lantos, a Zionist, and it was signed into law by Zionist stooge, George W. Bush.
To my knowledge the G A-S A/R A has not been exercised, as yet. If it were to be exercised, could you imagine the outcry by the American Christian community? Could that be the reason for not exercising G A-S A/R A? Well, if that’s not the reason, can we expect it to be exercised in the future? If you have any doubt, then ask yourself this question: Why was G A-S A/R A made into law if it’s not intended to be used?
Have other countries legislated Hate Laws? Absolutely! Check out the “Ottawa Protocol on Combating Anti-Semitism” and the “London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism”. Have you noticed how these Hate Laws mention ONLY Anti-Semitism and do not condemn the Anti-Christianity perpetrated by the Jewish Talmud? It doesn’t require much imagination to see who were the concocter’s of this legislation—does it?
Do we want the State telling us to whom, when, and how we should pray as in the footsteps of China?
Why do so many countries believe in Separation of Church and State? The answer is simply—it’s the work of Satan to have man follow man’s law (the State) rather than God’s law (the Church). Here’s what the pre-Vatican ll Catholic Church teaches:
“That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error…Hence the Roman Pontiffs have never ceased, as circumstances required, to refute and condemn the doctrine of the separation of Church and State”. (Pope St. Pius X Vehementer Nos # 3, February 11, 1906)
So, back to the title of this article: “What if the priest showed up with only an empty Chalice?” As a Catholic, what would you do if that Eucharistic cup became empty? Would you implore your priest to do something that most priests fail to do…preach against the evils of tyrannical governments that silence religious freedom and endorse State control--like most Vatican ll and many pre-Vatican ll Churches fail to do—or would you stay silent and pretend all is well and “hope” your government will not be the next to silence your religious freedom?
Is it possible that religious freedom will disappear in the United States? You may say—never will that happen! But consider just these Few questions: Was GA S-A A/RA made law in the United States? Has praying to God in many schools been abolished? Does Obamacare compel Catholic hospitals to provide birth control pills? Does Obamacare fund abortions that execute our unborn--but alive--brothers and sisters?
Here’s what the Great Saint Catherine of Siena had to say: “We’ve had enough of exhortations to be silent! Cry out with a thousand tongues. I see that the world is rotten because of silence.”