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.