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President Donald Trump is sounding much like Cdl. Raymond Burke when calling for martyrs to protect Catholic principles underlying society.
During his speech in Poland Thursday, Trump compared the Catholic values for which Polish patriots in World War II died to the values currently under attack 70 years later in Western civilization.
"Those heroes remind us that the West was saved with the blood of patriots," he said. "Each generation must rise up and play their part in its defense. Today, the ties that unite our civilization are no less vital and demand no less defense. Our freedom, our civilization and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture and memory."
This mirrors sentiments offered in May 2016 by Cdl. Burke, former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. During a talk in Rome titled "Martyrdom for the Faith in Our Times," Cdl. Burke, quoting Servant of God Fr. John Hardon, S.J., warned:
Catholicism is in the throes of the worst crisis in its entire history. Unless true and loyal Catholics have the zeal and the spirit of the early Christians, unless they are willing to do what they did and to pay the price that they paid, the days of America are numbered.
The heart of the battle for Cdl. Burke and Fr. Hardon is in the Church, but as the Church goes, so goes culture and thus society. President Trump notes this during his speech: "Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield; it begins with our minds, our wills and our souls."
Today, Catholic values, which are woven into the very fabric of Western civilization, are coming unraveled. Society is being forced to participate in so-called same-sex marriages, provide contraceptives for employees, fund abortion with tax dollars and allow their daughters to share bathrooms with men.
The Irish statesman Edmund Burke related, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." President Trump, Cdl. Burke and Fr. Hardon would all agree that it's time for good men to stand up for the principles of their faith, the only hope of holding society together.
Watch the panel discuss the need to resist the erosion of Catholic principles in Western civilization in The Download—The West IS Best.