by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D
This article was first published April 24, 2006 at National Catholic Register.com.
The word martyr conjures up images of Christians being thrown to the lions in the Colosseum and Nero burning Christians for torches at his garden parties.
But it is possible for us to give compelling witness to the faith without blood being actually shed.
In this sense, Catholic Charities in Massachusetts was martyred last month, when the bishops decided to stop offering adoption services, rather than deny the faith. While no one was killed, the Church suffered publicly: world-wide negative publicity, mass resignations by the lay board members of Catholic Charities and lost opportunities to serve the children of Massachusetts. (more…)