Nice article about proportionate response to the threat of oppressive government. As a Catholic facing our current administration’s hostility to and aggression towards Catholicism, one must be very careful. We must take care to exercise every legal avenue to end our current persecution while it remains relatively mild. It could easily take a violent turn against us, however, and we need to be prepared for that as well. We should have a plan to get out. If we can’t get out, and I doubt I’ll be in a position to do that, we should be ready to defend ourselves. The act of self-defense can give the aggressor pause, and mitigate one’s circumstances.
Using the example of the Cristero War in Mexico, the Cristeros negotiated a peace. They did not end the persecution of Catholics, but they mitigated it, and ended in a less intolerable situation where they would at least live in peace, despite legal fetters placed on the Church. One does not need total victory, although that is preferable. One can settle for being left alone. Right now, we Catholics want to be left alone by the federal government, and not be told how we must practice our faith. The government wants to define our faith for us. Obviously, that’s impossible. Because this is impossible, they may at some point try to eliminate us. We can’t ignore that possibility. Every genocide in history was considered unlikely. Yet it happens. It can happen here in the U.S. Every genocide in history was either denied or excused by the perpetrators. Right now the federal government is denying and excusing its treatment of Catholics. It’s only a small step to shipping us off to prison, and then acts of violence against those who resist that. We need to pray, and be prepared.