"With God and Jesus Christ excluded from political life,with authority derived not from God but from man,the very basis of that authority has been taken away,because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated.The result is that human society is tottering to its fall, because it has no longer a secure and solid foundation." (Pope Pius XI in Quas Primas, December 11, 1925)
God, please help us all survive weak Sheppard's, pray for an increase in their Courage and Fidelity to the One True Church and to Fear thy wrath, rather than man's wrath:
"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history." (Card. Francis George. [Source here] )
Would that many more Shepherds truly understand Cardinal George's words...