It’s a rotten idea to consider yourself an “American, first and foremost.” Nobody should declare that as the primacy of their essence.
Catholics have no business subordinating the holy identity, their baptismal patrimony, to their status as “Americans.” Americans today clamor for cradle-to-the-grave security whereas Catholics must embrace manger-to-the-cross redemptive suffering. It’s not time to be an American or any other western pagan of the 21st century. Obvious as that should be by this point, it has been true all along in American history . . .
Recently, I heard a sermon in which the priest lamented how pitiful and fearful Catholics have been – fearful of dying but also of not living up to the ideal of “real American.” I agree with his assessment. Catholics have been too hasty to conform (and even capitulate) to the WASPish, deistic, freemasonic American status quo and unwilling to announce the true, Catholic Gospel.
From the start, the clergy paved the way for this too. Nowadays, we’re accustomed to Catholic prelates cozying up to the secular political elites. We also know well their enthusiasm for compromise-ecumenism and vernacular liturgy, but what if I told you these kind of churchmen existed even during our early republic?
Behold the Jesuit Archbishop John Carroll, the very first bishop in the U.S., an ecumenist, buddy of Benjamin Franklin, and proponent of Mass said in the vernacular (as Latin was too much for the natives). I’ll leave the final verdict for the reader to decide, but here’s somebody who may well have been a proto-Bugnini.
Ah, but you thought saying Mass in English was first dreamed up in the 1960’s by innovative clergy following Vatican 2?
No, we’ve wrestled to shoo the camel’s nose of compromise Catholicism from the moment we arrived in America, but nobody noticed or cared because there were a lot of nice schools established under the banner of “Catholic.”
Archbishop Carroll was friends with and often sought the counsel of the famous statesman, Benjamin Franklin, known not only for his inventions and oration, but also for his hedonism and provocation of revolution in Catholic France. Franklin and Jefferson were involved in diplomatic relations with France, which they thought could experience something similar to the American Revolution. They failed to recognize the difference between a succession movement in America and an atheist-communist revolt in France. Say what you will about the violence of the American Revolution, it was nothing compared to guillotines and the Reign of Terror, culminating in the collapse and harlotry of the Church’s eldest daughter. The American clergy like Carroll didn’t seem to take much exception to this posturing. Everybody got along. Nobody challenged anybody else’s convictions or worried too hard about instructing the ignorant. It was nice . . . really nice.
American Catholic “Heroes” ???
Since we set the bar so low for Catholicity in America, right out the gate, our alleged heroes have been a far cry from the Maccabees or the holy crusaders. Every country has it’s good, bad, and ugly, but it’s flabbergasting as to what kind of person passes for a Catholic hero over the last several decades.
To this day, I still hear from conservatives who would identify as “Kennedy Democrats.” In my second podcast on why Catholics should never have been Democrats, I detail many reasons why this is foolish, not the least of which being the legacy of the Kennedy family. This is the same clan of American Catholics who gave one of their children a lobotomy, secured a way for Ted Kennedy to skate on vehicular manslaughter, and didn’t exactly halt their party from erecting the greatest genocide in American history. Yep, I can totally see why you would want to prefix your partisan identification with Kennedy.
How about a quick inventory of some other heroes? Here are the folks Wikipedia lists as today’s notable American Catholics (followed by my synopsis):
1) Amy Coney Barrett: fails to do her job
2) Joe Biden: abortionist; doesn’t believe the Church’s teachings
3) Jeb Bush: part of a secretive crime family
4) Stephen Colbert: leftist; abortionist; unfunny comedian
5) Jimmy Fallon: same as Colbert
6) Nick Fuentes: he’s good; promising young fellow
7) Melinda Gates: partner for an eugenics foundation; phony philanthropist
8) Lady Gaga: pop artist (enough said)
9) Brett Cavanaugh: same as Barrett
10) Jimmy Kimmell: used to make women jump immodestly on trampolines; now pushes the phony social-justice agenda
11) Toni Morrison: leftist; racist; Clinton apologist
12) Gavin Newsome: tyrant
I could go on and on with this. Catholic figures in contemporary America are awful with few exceptions.
Not Many American Canonized Saints
Something else to remember: The United States has yet to produce a single, native-born, male, canonized saint, despite over 200 years of opportunity. As we are reminded in the Gospel, poor commitment to the entirety of the faith yieldeth bad/mediocre fruits.
There are many unsung heroes of Catholicism in America. You can read about them here. Most of them were imported.
Any Semblance of Hope?
Perhaps we might look to an American saint who DID manage to break the mold of crummy American Catholicism. How about St. Katharine Drexel?
St. Katharine Drexel was the saint who turned Judas Iscariot on his head! She was his inverse.
Judas was one of the first disciples to deny Our Lord’s teaching on the Holy Eucharist, proclaimed at Capharnaum (John 6:71). His disbelief was the ruin of his priesthood, which led to his conversion to an idolatry of Mammon; becoming the patron thief of Social Justice Warriors. According to the Venerable Fulton Sheen, he knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. Remember that our greatest enemies today, the material atheists and communists, are culprits of the same evil as Judas.
St. Katharine Drexel did the opposite. She was an heiress, born with all the silver anybody could need, but chose to abide Our Lord’s exhortation to sell it all and follow Him (Mark 10:21). Whereas Judas couldn’t comprehend eating Our Lord’s flesh, St. Katharine started a convent for worshiping the most Holy Eucharist.
More to the point, St. Katharine was a legitimate opponent to REAL racial injustices during the progressive, leftist Jim Crow era in the U.S. Her efforts of including black women in her religious community enraged her critics enough to attack it multiple times, even attempting to destroy it with dynamite. This did not perturb her. Way before the American government ended its forced segregation (Plessy v. Ferguson) by instituting forced integration (Brown v. Board of Education), St. Katharine fostered an environment of voluntary cooperation and charity, proving that various cultures and ethnic groups could comingle happily for the glory of God. No regulations or politics necessary. They didn’t have mayors, directors, presidents, or czars. They had the Most Blessed Sacrament, the evangelical counsels, and the gift of faith.
Quite the contrast to old Judas.
We can achieve this heroic virtue too. The “American Catholic” fear and social duplicity will not be the way though. Caving into the state’s mandates for face panties and abortion-gene-therapy is not the way either.
Pray the Rosary, attend the Latin Mass or at least the best liturgy you can find, read the scriptures, adore the Blessed Sacrament, learn the faith, and DO NOT HIDE IT. Stop worrying about being an American. Americans wear face diapers, eat themselves to obesity, and do whatever they’re told by government. I have an entire episodic program dedicated to avoiding that behavior.
You are not an American Catholic. Let the American Catholics read their heretical rag, America Magazine. You are a future citizen of heaven. Start acting like it.