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I consider the pope's words to be a vindication of our posture in the last political exercise. As I have said, we were not playing politics, rather we were fighting for the culture of life.

What we witnessed is that there are many Catholics, including priests and nuns, who become the enemy within when they "even give a helping hand to this type of secularism." If you do not gather, you scatter. In the same way, if you do not speak out, then you participate in the wrong that is being perpetrated. Worse of course is if you yourself supported pro-RH candidates, especially for the highest post in the land.

We must speak out, and speak out clearly and forcefully. As CFC-FFL we are called to a prophetic role. A prophet is never popular. He is misunderstood, opposed and persecuted. He speaks often against the establishment that be, including the religious establishment. Being a prophet is fraught with dangers. But if prophets do not speak out, then, God having spoken to them, they bear a greater guilt. In our pro-life work, we must maintain "a strong prophetic dimension without allowing (ourselves) to be silenced."

We are called to shun political correctness. We are called to be courageous. We are being prepared for redemptive suffering. We cannot simply take for granted that the gates of hell will not prevail against God's Church. That is true. But what about those many souls that are lost in the meantime?

With a pro-choice, pro-RH, pro-population control government, secularist opposition will intensify. We must remain steadfast and unyielding. The enemy is powerful, composed of pro-choice politicians, dissident theologians and Catholic educators, and powerful media. We simply trust in a victorious God.

At the root of it all is our work of EVANGELIZATION, given us from the start in 1981 and still our main mission today. With evangelization, we focus on renewing the FAMILY and defending LIFE. We are a missionary community, called by God to bring His good news of salvation in Jesus to the world. Part of that essential good news is the crucial importance of the family and of life.

Pope Benedict in Portugal: Christians, Answer to Secularism is to Re-Evangelize World

By Hilary White

ROME, May 18, 2010 ( - Pope Benedict said in his many addresses and homilies during his recently concluded trip to Portugal that "vast effort at every level" is needed to answer the threats of growing secularism in Europe, of which abortion and homosexual "marriage" are among "today's most insidious and dangerous."

To the assembled bishops in Fatima on Thursday, he forthrightly called for "a new missionary vigor," to counter "politicians, intellectuals, communications professionals who profess and who promote a monocultural ideal, with disdain for the religious and contemplative dimension of life".

"In such circles are found some believers who are ashamed of their beliefs," Benedict added, "and who even give a helping hand to this type of secularism, which builds barriers before Christian inspiration."

What is needed, he said, is "a vigorous Catholic outlook ... in fidelity to the magisterium ... a strong prophetic dimension without allowing yourselves to be silenced."

The theme of the entire three-day visit was the call to all Christians to become personally committed to missionary activity and the re-evangelization of western culture. He called for Christians at every level in the Church and society, to "bear witness to all of the joy that [Christ's] strong yet gentle presence evokes, starting with your contemporaries."

He asked Christians to display courage in the face of secularist opposition and even their own complacency, saying, "Often we are anxiously preoccupied with the social, cultural and political consequences of the faith, taking for granted that faith is present, which unfortunately is less and less realistic. Perhaps we have placed an excessive trust in ecclesial structures and programs, in the distribution of powers and functions; but what will happen if salt loses its flavor?"

In comments on Thursday to social and pastoral care workers in Fatima, Benedict became even more explicit, praising work to preserve "the essential and primary values of life, beginning at conception, and of the family based on the indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman." These pastoral works, he said, "help to respond to some of today's most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good."

Benedict's call to the Christians of Portugal to defend the spiritual and philosophical roots of their culture came at the same time that Portuguese legislators were preparing to legalize same-sex "marriage." This week Portuguese president Anibal Cavaco Silva signed a law making Portugal the sixth country in Europe to allow gay “marriage."

It has been announced that Pope Benedict's call for the re-conversion of Europe and other western, traditionally Christian countries, will become the work of a new Vatican Office, the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. This expression was coined by his predecessor John Paul II and is an activity that has gained strength in the U.S.

In an address to religious education teachers in December 2000, then-Cardinal Ratzinger, said the New Evangelization is "the path toward happiness," and "to evangelize means to show this path-to teach the art of living."

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Phil 1:21)

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