CommentaryMon Mar 26, 2012 - 9:43 pm EST
An encouraging letter
I have spoken with many Canadian Catholic donors about their frustrations over the silence and dreadful weakness of most of their bishops on the pro-life and pro-family struggles.
This is a serious situation that is of course not unique to Catholic leaders in Canada. We have frequently heard the same dismay about poor leadership expressed by Christians of other denominations and faithful Jews and in other western nations.
As Rabbi Yehuda Levin proclaimed in a powerful Friday LifeSiteNews story, ultimately the responsibility for the decaying morality of modern society lies with religious leaders, who have not acted with sufficient vigor to counteract such trends.
But I want to share with you today a little bit of sunshine. We must not despair, for there are many who still do stand in this fight and, because of them, the truth ultimately will prevail.
We just received a letter sent to LifeSiteNews from a Canadian Catholic priest. It should be encouraging for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. We regularly receive similar correspondence or comments from numerous other priests and from clergy of other denominations who are devoted LifeSiteNews readers.
The letter is published below with the priest’s name withheld:
“I have been looking for some worthy organizations to support financially, and have no doubt that LifeSiteNews is one of them. I have just sent you my donation of $100 to show my support for your excellent ministry to the Church and to the world.
As a priest, it would be a strong understatement to say that I am disappointed by the actions of my fellow brother in the Priesthood, Fr. Gravel. I wholeheartedly support LifeSiteNews in your fight for the Truth, and offer my donation in reparation for Fr. Gravel’s behaviour toward you.
I promise to keep you in my prayers at the altar, as I ask Our Lord and Our Lady to bless your apostolate and make it bear much fruit.
Unfortunately, many of today’s clergy have still not fully understood the enormous importance of your work, and of speaking the Truth to the world—even when that Truth is not “politically correct” or convenient to say.
I must say that it is faithful organizations and people like those at LifeSiteNews that bring the most joy to my Priesthood and to my priestly ministry.
I fully applaud LifeSiteNews in their unabashed reporting of the Truth, and for their unconditional stance in favour of Life. After all, didn’t Our Lord Himself say, “I am the Life”?
I intend to contribute further to LifeSiteNews, as I am able. For now, I offer my $100 donation as a small token of my immense gratitude and appreciation for all that you at LifeSiteNews do.
Coupled with recent appointments of especially faithful and aware new bishops in Canada and the United States, it appears that the long and arduous task of turning the tide in North America is now finally underway.
The recent development of all the US Catholic bishops together with Evangelical and other religious leaders boldly acting against the tyrannical Obamacare mandate is another sign that the Church is awakening from its long sleep.
Maybe the young priest who sent this letter will one day be elevated into the ranks of that growing new breed of fearless, evangelizing bishops that are creating new hope. We will do whatever we can to help them restore a Culture of Life.
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We hope that more of our regular readers will find in us a “worthy organization to support financially,” as this priest has. If you haven’t already, please donate today!
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