By Guest Contributor, Catholic Stand, September 13, 2023
By: Unknown Centurion
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).
A Lone Ranger
The greatCardinal Georgenot long ago said “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison, and his successor will die a martyr in the public square”. While some have called this statement apocalyptic or prophetic, given the almost unrestricted access of the spirit of the age into the realm of the Body of Christ, its fulfillment rests upon a presumption that his successors would be both faithful and courageous in opposing this gathering spiritual storm.
While it is not impossible that Cardinal George’s successor dies in prison, if he does, it will likely not be due to his outspoken orthodoxy in marshalling a full-throated defense of the Deposit of Faith. If not even the disgraced formerCardinal McCarrickwill die in prison, the prediction of the former Chicago Cardinal seems farfetched, if for no other reason than having greatly overestimated the current and future crop of U.S. Cardinals. For if there is radio silence from almost every chancery in the nation in response to the exponential advance of evil and the visible and invisible enemies within and without the Church, who would wager that one of the chestless cardinals or butter-handed bishops would actually lay down their lives in the public square like so many of their courageous, faithful forefathers had willingly done? …