The Roman Catholic Church feels oppressed. Religious liberty is under siege. At this month’s meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the group’s president, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, declared, “We see in our culture a drive to neuter religion,” which he attributed, ambiguously and ominously, to “well-financed, well-oiled sectors.”

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia gave a speech to college students declaring that the “America emerging in the next several decades is likely to be much less friendly to Christian faith than anything in our country’s past. It’s not a question of when or if it might happen. It’s happening today.”

When the Catholic Church declares that everything’s going to hell, you have to take it seriously. Nevertheless, complaints about oppression of Christians in American society always amaze me.

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