These are difficult days. We cannot ignore this. We cannot gloss over the maturation of toxic ideologies brought about by what Benedict XVI called the “dictatorship of relativism” in the West. And we read everyday about the relentless persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa which, according to Pope Francis, rival those of the earliest days of the Church. It is not simplistic, Henny Penny recklessness to warn about the dangers threatening society. Some of our nation’s most erudite legal scholars did just that in their strikingly somber dissents in last week’s Supreme Court ruling. John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito each penned searing excoriations of the Court’s majority decision on gay “marriage” which, they believe, set us on a very dangerous path, politically and culturally. For their part, the United States bishops, including our own Archbishop Listecki, released a string of forceful statements sounding the alarm on the gravity of the ruling and the implications it has for the family and religious liberty. Sometimes you’ll hear people on our side say, “It’s been bad before, today’s no different.” Yes, it has been bad before. But today is different.