Msgr. Pope has a piece today on the "Stages of ". Not that any of this is news to faithful Catholics and other Christians.

It is amazing to me what has happened over the last 50 years -- the direct opposite of cultural enlightenment. Worldwide erosion of true human freedoms replaced with false ones. Increasing, relentless Christian persecution. The lord of this world has made impressive gains.

"Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Mt 5:11-12)

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