December 5, 2011
Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Archbishop of St. Louis and now the head of the Vatican's highest court, said the United States is "well on the way" to the persecution of Christians, International Christian Concern reports. Burke said he could envision a time when the church in America, would be accused of "engaging in illegal activity" just for preaching biblical doctrine. Pope Benedict XVI also made a similar warning last week: The "seriousness of the challenges which the church in America ... is called to confront in the near future cannot be underestimated. The obstacles to Christian faith and practice raised by a secularized culture also affect the lives of believers." Burke declared it a war, and added that it was "critical at this time that Christians stand up for the natural moral law."