Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.
The Archdiocese of Montreal is carrying an article on the news that the Supreme Court of Canada will be hearing an appeal of the Loyola Catholic Boys school; that has been refused its religious rights by the Government and Courts of Quebec.
We should be cognizant of the hideous advance of Hitlerism in cultured Germany and take our warnings from history. This year will mark 80 years when a band of criminals ceased power in a cultured country (yes), but a country that had strayed far from Christianity, a country that had been imbibing false philosophy for well over a century, a country that had - a few years earlier - tried under the Second Reich to bell the Church. The Catholic Church by the 30s was far to weak to resist the hysterical advances of Nazi thugs. Hard to believe how the high and mighty can fall: the country that gave us Bach and Beethoven, also gave us the Gas chamber.
Fascism is insidious. It permeates Society under various guises. It stains us. It perverts the meaning of the State. May the Supreme Court do the right thing. Take note: if the Court upholds the fascist rulings in Quebec, the Catholic Church will be entering a dark time in this country; far darker than what we are in presently. Lincoln, whom I quoted as a preface, knew well the dark and cancerous nature of depriving one his liberty. It is inevitable; fascists just seek out new victims to liquidate. It is a well known fact that after the extermination of the Jews, the Hitlerites intended to liquidate the Catholic Church (the "Jew -lovers" as they called them).
Our bishops must speak out boldly; our priests must do so as well. It may - possibly will mean persecution - bishops may well be jailed, fined etc. But we must hold firm to the Gospels and our Blessed Saviour's teaching. We have no right to whittle down one iota.
Please pray for Canada.