I have been thinking about the priest who was assaulted in Italy and the way the Catholic left treats conservatives and traditionally minded Catholic priests and lay people.
Assaults are not only physical and launched by people who are disturbed or overmastered by passions. They are also planned, cold, systematic.
Bullies have plans.
The tactic of the Enemy, and the Enemy’s human agents, is to bully victims into silence.
Aggressive intimidation the not so subtle way that fidelity is assailed, not only by the Enemy, but also by enemies who are used by the Enemy.
Anyone who is being bullied by the left, by the liberal opponents of the Holy Father and his vision, must not be – like victims of rape – forced into silence.
We must hear about and report attempts to repress the rights of faithful Catholics who just want to pray and live out their legitimate aspirations.
When enemies of, for example, the Extraordinary Form or the Church’s teaching on the ordination of men only or on the sinfulness of homosexual acts and on artificial contraception, threaten and bully and assault Holy Church’s faithful and priests and courageous bishops, we must not be silenced.
Silence is defeat.
We have to report bullying so that bishops and others cannot pretend that it isn’t happening.
We must not be bullied into silence about attacks.
And this applies to those who desire the older form of Holy Mass.
We don’t have to be aggressive, but we do need to be assertive.
Stand up. Speak out.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the Power of God,
cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits,
who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.