The tree upon which hangs the wrong turn taken by the Americans~~from Her beginning~~to Her sad station today~~
As it is Sunday, let us hear from Bishop Sheen~~from long ago~~his words always present tense~~
Fulton Sheen, on the relevance of religion:
“A mental attitude thus grew up in which the great redemptive act of Calvary was presumed to have no significance for the social order. The soul became an unimportant suburb of the city called Business. If politics and economics did not interfere with religion, they argued, why should religion interfere with politics and economics? Religious liberty was thus purchased on the understanding that it would refrain from the secular order. Religion became a circumscribed area of life, insulated from all contact with the secular, and any attempt on the part of religion to inject ethical and moral consideration into business was looked upon as meddling, as if the virtue of justice were something to be preached in a pulpit on Sunday, but not to be practiced in a factory on Monday. The world was willing to admit that religion could tell man about his final end, but it refused to allow religion to tell him the right means to attain that end. … The result of this separation of religion and public affairs was to drive religion into a position of increasing irrelevance to public affairs. “I don’t bother the Church, why should the Church bother me” became the fallacious catchword to justify the divorce of two things which were meant to be as inseparable as head and body. … In like manner, leaving religion out of the social order is not a negation of something indifferent; it is a privation of something necessary. … A religion that does not interfere with the secular order will discover that the secular order will not refrain from interfering with it, just as a mother who will not refrain from correcting her disobedient children will soon have her children correcting her.”~ Fulton J. Sheen, Freedom Under God, The Relevance of Religion (1940/2013) Page 1-4, Page 4.
In 1940, on the eve of the United States’ entry into World War II, the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) published Freedom Under God. A new, annotated version of this neglected classic, complete with a bibliography and index.
~~Bene Nati, Bene Vestiti, Et Mediocriter Docti~~
~~La crema y nata~~
~~Artista de la conquista~~
~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear of any man~~
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