This coming election will determine when the persecution of Catholics begins in earnest in America. If President Obama wins re-election, he will have four years to implement his policies of persecution of the Church. If Romney wins, his election will merely delay the inevitable future persecution (if indeed his promises are true).
The persecution of Catholics was a long time in coming. American culture is rapidly becoming more crass, more arrogant, more concerned with itself and its pleasure than with fostering virtue - and has now for generations.
Such a culture must inevitably reform itself, or participate in its own self-destruction.
But before any culture destroys itself, it will come to abhor and seek to destroy the very institutions that keep it intact. Marriage, children, religion – relentlessly, pressures are being brought to bear on these institutions holding society together, in attempts to fundamentally alter them or even destroy them. And the Church, the guardian of these institutions, is the first target of these secularizing forces which seek their destruction.
And this persecution will be intense. As Cardinal George of Chicago famously declared: “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in a public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the Church has done so often in human history.”
But in a way, this is the natural state of the Church. The Church, peculiarly, always fights best when She is fighting off Her back. Broken, defeated, persecuted – it is then that She stands most powerful. The gates of Hell will never prevail against Her.
And they are coming.