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By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine, Feb. 4, 2021
Eric Sammons is the editor-in-chief of Crisis Magazine. He is the author, most recently, of The Old Evangelization: How to Spread the Faith Like Jesus Did (Catholic Answers, 2017).
It’s a dark time for faithful Catholics in America. The president declares himself a “devout” Catholic, but his policies openly defy the moral teachings of the Church. The vice-president is an ardent anti-Catholic who has shown a taste for authoritarianism. But what’s happening in the nation’s capital is only a disturbing reflection of our broader culture: we are no longer “post-Christian” anymore; our society is now firmly anti-Christian. Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Media, Big Education, and almost every other “Big” is arrayed against us. And it doesn’t look like we’ll get much support from the highest levels of our own Church. In such times as these, how do Catholics respond?
Here’s how we don’t respond: compromise. We can’t compromise on our most fundamental beliefs, such as the sanctity of life and marriage, as well as the God-given and distinct differences between men and women. We also can’t compromise on the absolute essentiality of the Sacraments, not only for salvation, but for living an authentic and fulfilled human life. We can’t compromise on the Lord’s mandate to preach the Gospel to every corner of the globe, from our own neighborhoods to the halls of power in Washington, DC. …