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The struggle for a Catholic America

By Augustinus

Although I do not think America is a democracy (where democracy = rule by the people), I think most American’s believe it is a flawed democracy. Most Americans furthermore very likely believe that democracy is the best possible political system. To the extent to which democracy unleashes the prodigious, manic, ever-changing, restless, searching, questing, striving, dynamic energies of ordinary people then I can endorse democracy. But I think the evidence will show that these energies of the people unleashed by democracy pale by comparison to those unleashed by the classical monarchies (not the absolutist monarchies that came into play after the protestant reformation and the rise of the state). In general, ordinary people fare better under monarchies than under republics or democracies.

The United States’ founding documents, the constitution, declaration of independence, the federalist papers and the bill of rights etc rightfully sought to produce a series of checks against popular mob rule and were influenced primarily by the English legal and  political systems. Thus the founding documents and mores of the USA are steeped in Anglican and Puritan-Calvinist background assumptions. How then can a Catholic endorse this kind of legacy?

The USA and America more broadly was created by far more than the English colonists on the east coast. Spanish colonists and Catholic missionaries explored and colonized vast tracks of lands in the south and southwest of what is now the USA. That Spanish colonial history is filled with thinkers and men of action every bit as wise as the men who are traditionally considered the founding fathers of the USA. For example, the Dominican friar, administrator and colonizer de las Casas (died 1566) created much of the institutional, philosophical and theologic bases for considering natives of the americas as full human beings who should be converted to catholicism and not slaughtered. Fr  Junipeiro Serra  (died 1784) is considered the founding father of California and most of the southwest states. He not only missionized all of these states and their natives, he also set up their institutional structures that set them on a posperous path for the next centuries.

French Catholic missionaries (including many Jesuits) explored and settled Canada and the mississippi river basin right down to New Orleans.  The great Catholic man of action Champlain established many of the cultural and political institutions for this vast region and of course for French Canada. There were many other great Catholic founders, organizers and intellectuals that contributed to the rise of the USA-none of whom are studied in the history books.

If we studied history correctly the USA would be considered a country founded by Catholics and Protestants -not just Protestants.

 

John Vennari, RIP

From Rorate Caeli:

Requiescat In Pace my Brother!

Traditional Catholics, and the world, lost a good man today.  Rorate was fortunate to call John a friend, who many readers knew of through his publication, Catholic Family News.  He will be greatly missed.  Please pray for the repose of his soul.

 

JOSEPH JOHN VENNARI (1958-2017) R.I.P.

 

Dear Friends, Joseph John Vennari died on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:46 a.m. E.S.T. It is not only Passion Tuesday, but the 98th anniversary of the death of Blessed Francisco of Fatima – the first Tuesday (the day dedicated weekly to the Holy Face) in April (the month dedicated to the Holy Face).

John received the traditional Sacraments and blessings of the Church several times during the past weeks and months. On Sunday, April 2, Holy Mass was offered in his hospital room. John was able to receive Holy Viaticum one last time, as well as Extreme Unction and the Apostolic Blessing. John died wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and the cord of St. Philomena, with the St. Benedict Crucifix (with the special ‘Happy Death’ indulgence attached) next to him. He died shortly after the recitation of 15 decades of the Holy Rosary and during the recitation of the ‘Commendatory’ prayers for the dying, and being blessed with Holy Water. He died with his wife Susan and a close family friend at his side. Immediately after his death, another Rosary was prayed for the repose of his soul. Please keep the repose of John’s soul in your Masses, Holy Communions, prayers and sacrifices. Funeral arrangements will be posted shortly. May John’s soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

 

Thank you and God bless you.
The Vennari Family
John was a prime organizer of the annual Catholic Identity Conference, bringing together many traditional Catholics in the U.S. — including diocesan, Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, Society of Saint Pius X and Institute of Christ the King priests — for a three day set of lectures, Masses and meals. Here is a (personal) photo of some of the speakers from 2014, with John front and center:

 

Left to right:  Kenneth Wolfe; Father Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP; Eric Frankovich;
John Vennari; James Vogel; Christopher Ferrara; and Michael Matt.

– See more at: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/04/john-vennari-rip.html#more