No matter. It's no more than a trifle. Compared to the real martyrdoms of the 20th century in the Nazi extermination camps, Soviet gulags and the mass graves of the Spanish massacres, such petty spites are nothing. But such spites are still spiritually dangerous; as John Paul II said
Other difficulties in living the faith are not due only to external restrictions on freedom or to constraints by men, laws or regimes. They can also derive from customs and ways of thinking contrary to evangelical principles and which have a powerful influence on society. Again it could be the influence of materialism or religious indifference which kill spiritual aspirations, or the false and individualistic notion of freedom which confuses the possibility of choosing whatever gratifies one's passions with concern for fully developing one's human calling, spiritual destiny and the common good. Is it not this kind of freedom which forms the basis of human dignity and encourages Christian faith. Believers who are surrounded by such influences need great courage to remain faithful and to exercise their freedom properly. We must pray for them also. As Jesus said, we must fear those who can destroy the soul.That the FO memo has found the light of day is a positive event; Tertullian may have little Christian blood to show for it, but even the smallest volume of rising sap from the growing seed can raise great stones.