Sunday, February 10, 2008

Recalling 12 September 1960

The day on which American Catholics decided they wanted to be Protestants after all.

It was the day on which JFK insisted that the separation of Church and State was not merely a legal principle found in the United States constitution, but that somehow he had so thoroughly internalized it that it had become etched on his soul and that Catholicism would have no political bearing on his life.

John Courtney Murray would provide the theoretical description and pushed for the Protestantization of Catholicism all the way to the Second Vatican Council.

And may God have mercy on our souls.

1 comment:

thekingpin68 said...

but that somehow he had so thoroughly internalized it that it had become etched on his soul and that Catholicism had no political bearing in American life.

And may God have mercy on our souls.

Good comments.

Few desire church and state to exist as one, or two very closely associated entities. Western countries are primarily influenced by secular philosophy and any notable reliance on religious philosophy is most often viewed as a potential endorsement of a religion. As Christians of the moderate right and left that hold to Biblical concepts we can hope for greater religious influence upon the state without having the state endorse a religion/denomination. In Greater Vancouver where I live the secular philosophy within society is being exposed as greatly contributing to the break down of morality and the family unit.

Thanks, Lawrence.