Volume 1, Part 3

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For good reasons, the U.S. was established as a Republic and not as a Democracy. "Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths... (Federalist Papers)"

The U.S.A., as established, has critics, detractors, and enemies – without and within. Some mean well; some mean harm. The values, freedoms, and protections we inherited from our Founders – especially the value of "Life," the freedom of "Religion," and the right to "Property" - must be defended! We defend first and foremost by bringing our voices to the public square and our votes to the ballot box. As Catholics, we defend best by promoting and modeling Christian Virtue and Morality! "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. (Benjamin Franklin)"

From the Founding of our nation, a line was drawn between Church and State – but not between the State and Religion (Virtue and Morality). The Northwest Ordinance, considered one of Founding Documents of the U.S., written and approved by Congress in 1787, the same year as the Constitution, emphasized the essential need to teach religion and morality in the schools (Article 3).

As morality has declined in our land, so has America! Indeed, as Pope John Paul II observed, we are immersed in a Culture of Death! The call of our Bishops to Faithful Citizenship is a call to save America and to purify the Church in America!

Deacon Joseph B. Gorini, Mechanicsburg PA <///><  [First Published September 12, 2010]

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