What a rediculous statement.<quoted text>
I don't believe the Pope was saying the end is imminent. This is only the beginning of it all. The Roman persecution lasted 300 yrs. Its obvious this new hip atheist movement will usher it all in. I think it'll take at least a generation before we start facing jail time for preaching about God.
If people are moving away from organized religion then maybe you should find out why? Instead of your defensive approach towards anyone who says anything about your church you should not over react.
In america the law says people can speak out. People can protest something they disagree with or don't like.
Since the beginning of mankind religions of all types have played into the lives of people, and after periods of time those religious beliefs disappeared and other religious beliefs replaced them.
No one is advocating putting anyone in jail or charging anyone for practicing their religion. That is just rediculous and fearful on your behalf for believing so.
When I see the constant arguing, name calling, and insults on this forum between catholics and protestants over silly bible terminologies and doctrines it makes me wonder why would God allow such divisivness to continue, if his world is about harmony and togetherness.