Our generation of English Catholics may face imprisonment for the Faith – Bishop Davies

In an exclusive inteview with The Catholic Herald Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has spoken of the possibility of our generation of English Catholics being brought before the courts and facing imprisonment in defence of the faith. The reason for Bishop Davies considering this possibility are recent court cases brought against Christians because of thier commitment to Christian morality, which is being increasingly judegd illegal by secularist judges enforcing the ideology of ‘equality’. Bishop Davies said:

‘It would have been unthinkable to believe that in Britain, during the gentle reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Christians would be brought before the courts for giving witness to their faith.’

Bishop Davies then refers to Blessed John Henry Newman’s prophetic warning in the 19th century of a coming age of apostasy in the United Kingdom (which may be a reference to his  excellent lectures on the anti-Christ):

‘I remember the words of Blessed John Henry Newman when he foresaw a time coming, a time of infidelity which, he said, would leave such courageous hearts as St Athanasius and St Gregory aghast and dizzy.’

Then Bishop Davies exhorts us to show courage in this time of infidelity and apostasy:

‘But – and I think this is something which we must never, never forget – he also said that, though this trial for the Church would be different from all those preceeding it, it would be overcome. I think that thjat is something that we must clearly see: that if we are called upon in our generation, our time, to give such witness, even being brought before courts, even facing the prospect of imprisonment…that is our opportunity to give witness, as the Gospel reminds us, not just for our contempories but for generations who will follow us.

Protect the Pope comment: One possible scenario of persecution for Catholics in this country, particularly bishops, priests and deacons, is that homosexual activists will bring legal actions against us under the Human Rights Act, and European Human Rights Convention for refusing to provide marriage services.  Faced with this prospect Catholic clergy must resolve not to pay any fines when the courts rule against us. Inevitably, such refusal will result in a custodial sentence. We should heed Bishop Davies words now, because this future is coming closer.

11 comments to Our generation of English Catholics may face imprisonment for the Faith – Bishop Davies

  • Duc de Frebonius

    May the cry of all the great martyrs of these sainted Isles echo once again in Westminister Deo Gratias!!! A day that will bring much joy to our martyred brothers and sisters in Heaven and resolve to those under the tyrant’s yoke.

  • Pravin Thevathasan

    Bishop Mark has given us a truly profound homily. I was not at all surprised to see the media get it so badly wrong.

  • Michael Petek

    You don’t go to prison for non-payment of civil damages. The bailiffs go in. If the matter went to Strasbourg then it would be the United Kingdom that had to pay damages, not the Church. That said: (1) persecution is a crime against humanity in law and gives rise to the possibility of armed resistence; (2) if the government dared to legalise same sex marruage, Christians have to pick up the ball first and declare the Prime Minister to be guilty of high crimes and misdemeanours, and assure Her Majesty that she would have the support of her Christian subjects were she to undertake a coup d’etat.

    • John Dare

      Do you live in the UK Michael? We tend to view ‘armed resistence’ as odd, at least in this country. Some might even say a little American.

      • Michael Petek

        What is at stake is this. If same sex marriage is legalised, then children will be taught it in school. That means the next generation will be ignorant of the fact that marriage is a permanent partnership between a man and a woman, ordered to the procreation of children through some form of sexual cooperation. Therefore they will be incapable of placing an act of matrimonial consent (Code of Canon Law 1096). People will be exchanging vows in church or the registry office in the mistaken belief that they are marrying. In fact, they are setting out on a life of fornication. There will no longer be any morally acceptable way of providing for the procreation and survival of the human race in the UK. That is why it will be imperative that Her Majesty move to dismiss the Government and that her Christian subjects stand with her, even if it means she has to rule without a Parliament.

      • agent.provocateur

        It is truly premature to talk about “armed resistance”, but desperate times require desperate measures…Let’s pray the West will stop promoting the culture of death…The chalice is almost full.

  • Max McKenna

    Many have spoken of the prospect of ‘gay’ activists bringing legal action against the Catholic clergy under equality legislation, for providing marriage services for ‘straight’ couples but not for same sex couples. I cannot envisage it coming to that, because that would only make martyrs of the clergy (and be good for the Church). No. ‘Gay’ activists would be wiser, in my opinion, to leave it to what our children would then, by law, have to be taught in school. The Bishops’ Conference would, I fear, reach a compromise with the Government (like they did over sex education) whereby schools would teach that marriage is a commitment between two people of whatever sex, but Catholic schools would be allowed to add, as a mere footnote, that some believe marriage should be between a man and a woman, and has something to do with procreation. Parish priests should resign from being foundation governors of their schools over that, of course, but their Bishops would insists they carry on. In this way, no martyrs, priests and Bishops at loggerheads (which can only be bad for the Church), and ‘gay’ activists will only have to wait a generation of schoolchildren to have achieved everything they want. If I were a ‘gay’ activist, that is the course I should take.

    • Augustine

      So true.

      Archbishop Downey of Liverpool described the “agreed common RE school syllabus” proposed for state schools in the UK at the end of World War II as “the religion of nobody, taught by anybody and paid for by everybody”.

      How right he was.

      But already in Catholic Primary Schools we have sold the pass because non-Catholic class teachers teach a watered-down RE syllabus that they do not believe in. This is, of course quite unfair both to the teacher and to the children.

      So a non-Catholic teacher may read from a teacher’s guide (for example): “Catholics believe in the Real Presence.”

      And any intelligent child can then ask (or just think) : “But what do you believe, Miss?”

      Obviously, it would be a simple matter for all Head Teachers in Catholic Primary Schools to rearrange the time table so that every RE lesson is taught by a committed Catholic teacher.

      And of course there needs to be a root and branch reform both of the RE syllabus (in both Primary and Secondary Schools) and of the corresponding textbooks and schemes of work.

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