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    Fr. Barron comments on A Persecuted Church and Its Heroes

Melissa W.
Amen Father! Thank you for distinguishing the true persecuted Christians and remembering their witness and sacrifice. We need to be reminded of these Christians and their heroism more often. I have marveled many a time at the persecuted Christians I've come to learn about through ETWN's show on the Church in China. They too can be added to the list of faithful, suffering witnesses. May we all appreciate and defend our faith with more fervor each and every day and pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who sacrifice so much to follow Him and His Church.
1/11/2012 2:42:00 PM
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Richard Wise
I sat listening to your video on these poor people who suffer and give their for being a Christian with tears in my eyes. Christ did tell us that we would be persecuted for following him, and the nearer his return the more we are persecuted, I find my solace in your teaching father, May God bless you.
1/11/2012 2:47:23 PM
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Thank you for the important reminder about the price many Christians pay and just how easy we have it in the West. My guess is that Sister Beth Johnson would second your motion re: Persons of the Year.
1/11/2012 7:28:36 PM
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There are many Saints Rome will never know about. There are many Saints walking the streets today that will live and die without public recognition. God Bless all the unknown Saints. Also, it has been my experience that I have often found spiritually rich churches in very bad/dangerous neighborhoods here in the US, where the contrast between good and evil is so obvious. This commentary was a good reminder for me... amazing how sometimes we feel at a loss for something to pray for, when there is so much and so many people to pray for, it's endless, enough to occupy ever minute of every day.
Thank you Fr. Barron.
1/11/2012 9:33:26 PM
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Amen, Father!
1/12/2012 3:08:27 AM
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Mike Burnard
You can write an email to Asia Bibi as encouragement. Please do as a sign of solidarity. Visit:
1/12/2012 4:24:06 AM
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Well said, Father!!!
1/12/2012 5:52:25 AM
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1/12/2012 6:01:14 AM
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So grateful to God for the gift of eloquence He gave to you, and that you use so well, Father.
1/12/2012 2:25:20 PM
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Chris Hite
Thank you for helping us remember these martyrs who died for their faith this past year.

As it is written, their reward is in Heaven. As for the "person of the year" from USCCB...I wouldn't worry about her recognition. She received her reward. :)
1/12/2012 9:40:45 PM
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By all means, more attention, yes, for persecuted Christians. But I think this is one of Fr Barron's poorer video segments for drawing in Professor Johnson. What's the connection? Misbehaving bishops who lack reading comprehension do not need indirect apologists.
1/12/2012 11:37:13 PM
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Dan Tracy
Good for calling out NCR's lack of real perspective concerning persecution. A self-centered attached, not a Christ-centered one, results in such a distortion.
1/14/2012 8:19:44 AM
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Carlos Carrasco
Right on, Padre!
1/14/2012 3:01:18 PM
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Thank you once again, Father. But let's not forget the persution of people of many faiths including Islam. Today's news is one more nauseating account of people of faith being murdered WHILE they are worshipping OUR God. Let us pray for them all!
Yours in Christ,
1/15/2012 10:55:06 AM
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Fr. Barron, it took courage on your part, to say what was in your heart. Politics exists in religion. A little too far to the left, could scoot a priest to a parish, rather than on to becoming a bishop, and so on. The secular side within religion, has it's "in crowd", it's popular, people pleasing members. Meanwhile, many saints have been rebuked by The Church, before actually qualifying for sainthood. And the martyrs still move forward, many times unrecognized, in their faith that Forever-In-The-Lord is more important, than popularity at any price. God Speed!
1/15/2012 1:00:29 PM
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1/16/2012 12:03:33 PM
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I must agree with Todd - why is Sr. Johnson singled out here? Trying to minimize her does not dismiss the bishops from their lack of clarity - this video is a swing and a miss for me.
1/20/2012 3:29:39 PM
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Father, maybe you would be willing to do a little video about the actual theological question at issue between Sister Johnson and the Bishops? To me, that would be more enlightening.
1/20/2012 4:51:38 PM
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Most of us sit in our comfortable homes and worship in our churches, safe & sound. We often think that the rest of the world does the same. Thank you for reminding us that there are many persecuted Christians in this modern world. I like what Sebastian said, "There are many Saints walking the streets today that will live and die without public recognition." I will pray for those whose lives are affected by religious intolerence.
1/23/2012 1:20:49 PM
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I am in my 50's and converted to Christianity 4 years ago when in desperation I prayed to God. He found me. I have and continue to experience unfathomed supernatural events. Why is it that if you are already a full fledged member of the church these experiences are accepted, but when your not your labeled and rejected as crazy? I pray for all of the persecuted as well as myself. Rejected by 2 denominations so far. Wary of trying again. I'm in the West.
1/24/2012 12:00:09 PM
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hear, hear!
1/25/2012 9:18:59 PM
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Well said, Father. I get it.
1/26/2012 9:59:42 PM
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Jeff Solinger
I completely agree with your nomination for Persons of the Year. Great video and very eye-opening.
1/28/2012 8:21:36 AM
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I don't mean to critcize the church, but sometimes the church openly participates with persecution. I "look out" for the church and often question, "Why do they participate?"

Here is a recent example regarding reporting volunteerism to the Federal government at my daughter's Catholic School:
Dear _______,
I did go in to the volunteer site to submit my hours. However, I was wondering if my volunteer hours, and any information I enter will be submitted to Americorp, as the site's logging icon suggests?

Are you aware that Americorp volunteerism logging, is an information data gathering vehicle, developed for the purposes of monitoring behaviors and activities of private, non- profit organizations, and reports the information directly to the Federal Government? It is the most comprehensive collection of data available. It is being used by the Federal Government in conjunction with the US Census Bureau and Department of Labor Statistics. The purpose of such data gathering is not used only to assess volunteerism, as as they openly admit in their own reporting. It is used for many different purposes. This data allows the government to also be aware of voting behavior, movement and activity of reporting communities. It also acts as a "thermometer," and can be used to adjust and adapt laws and regulations at a slower regular rate, in order to steer the public to a certain end point. It is a measurement tool, and can be used for a "means to an end" for evil or good. See Americorps own reports online- Americorp gives a list of what the data is being collected and used to interpret.

Personally, I am not comfortable with the Federal Goverments' encroachment into the Catholic Church and our communities. Particularly for the purposes of information gathering, as it is being used to analyze and guide large groups of people. I hope that the Church and Catholic School communities aren't either. Being an educated Administrator, after reading Americorps reports, my alarm bells rang. I hope we will stop and reconsider the use of this volunteerism logging and data gathering vehicle, and not readily jump into "defense mode" with justification and purpose as to why we are supporting it.

A few questions might be good to ask. Is the school receiving federal funding, and if so, has it thoroughly weighed risk vs. benefit, for our school and Catholic Community? What are the ultimate risks/costs for ourselves and society as a whole, in giving the government this much power and control to analyze large groups of people?
2/20/2012 3:54:38 PM
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