I used to be of the mindset that the United States of America had seen its glory days and is on the downward spiral now. Certainly, this has been true for the latter half of the 20th-century anyway. The America of my father’s youth (1945 – 1965) is gone, never to be seen again. I have always lived in the shadow of those glory days. Born in 1970, I have no memories prior to 1975, and everything I remember of my childhood to this present day has been a litany of one American tragedy after another. When I was a teenager, I could ride my bicycle for miles in the Los Angeles suburbs, without fear of anything serious happening to me. That is no longer the case. Now, even children walking home from school in rural Midwest cities must be on guard against sexual predators. During the course of my life, I’ve watched our nation’s national debt rise from $370 billion to a whopping $22 trillion, with no end in sight! I’ve watched national morality go down the toilet at the same time. Families have been ravaged by divorce, followed by a national redefinition of marriage to mean just about anything. My generation (Gen X), along with the Millennials and now the Zoomers, have all been the targets of unrestrained abortion-on-demand. Sexual predation on all three generations will be remembered as nothing short of historic. The America of the middle 20th-century fell rather quickly following the rise of the Baby Boomers, and that America, the one of their 1950s childhood, is now a page for the history books. I know that not all Boomers are to blame for this. My own parents, both Boomers, were straight-laced and conservative in their personal lives, but it cannot be denied that their generation (as a whole) brought the United States from the Americana of the 1950s to where it is today. I say that with the finger pointing back to my own generation too (Gen X) which hasn’t done much to fix the problem, and in many ways contributed to it.
I suppose if we make the 1950s our standard for what America really is, or what it should be, it would be accurate to say that it’s over. That country is now the walking dead, and we just don’t realize it yet. On the other hand, if we look at the panorama of American history, going back before the Revolution, into British colonial days, we’ll see that America has gone through some pretty rough times, and this current one could just become part of that cycle. Either this could be the beginning of the end, or it could be just another downturn in a long history of peaks and troughs. It’s really up to us, actually, and we have a lot more control over it than we think we do.
In a previous blog I said that some very hard times are coming to America and the world. I still believe that, of course, and I stand by that prediction. This time will be especially hard for Catholics, and probably devastating to Evangelicals. The election of Donald J. Trump in 2016, and his hopeful reelection in 2020, will only postpone these hard times. No president can stop them. That’s because the collapse of American culture is part of the larger collapse of Western (Christian) civilization, and the problem is not a top-down thing. It’s a bottom-up thing. Politics doesn’t solve cultural problems. Politics is, rather, a reflection of them. What we are witnessing are the final death throes of Christendom, accompanied by a complete and total failure of the Masonic New World Order to replace it. What is needed is a fundamental reorientation of American culture, and that can’t happen from the top-down. It’s going to have to happen from the bottom-up, and the good news about that is that the average person reading this blog (most likely you) happens to qualify as the most capable person to accomplish this. That’s because you, like me, are probably at the bottom of the cultural ladder. Most of us are likely middle-class Americans, or on the lower end of that, and that means we’re the ones down here in the proverbial “trenches” of modern American life, and that also means that we’re the ones most capable of effecting cultural change. That change, if we are willing and diligent, can produce a whole new America, possibly within our lifetime, or at least within the lifetime of our children.
It all begins with a reorientation about American history. Like me, you were probably raised on the notion that the American founding fathers just came up with the idea of the American Republic out of the blue. Then, later, you probably found out that the American founders got a lot of their ideas for American government and society from people like John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, and their ideas were spawned by the anti-Catholic Age of Enlightenment, and pushed by the anti-Catholic Freemasons. All of this is true, to an extent, but there’s another part of the story you probably haven’t heard, nor did I until just recently.
What if I told you that while the writings of Hobbes and Locke definitely had a lot of influence on America’s founding fathers, both they and the founders had a little secret. They were ripoff artists. Very few of their ideas were original. What they did was take a lot of old Medieval Catholic ideas, and repackage them, to make them look like something new and revolutionary. Why did they do this? They did this because both British and American colonial culture were steeped in anti-Catholic Protestantism. Remember, prior to the American Revolution, and for some time thereafter, each colony had it’s own declared Protestant religion. While tolerance of other religions eventually became an American virtue, the one thing most American colonists could agree on was that while Catholics could be tolerated in small numbers, a larger number of Catholics would be detrimental to the Protestant colonial culture, and that any idea originating in Catholic thought was probably “bad.” We’re talking about a population that numbered as an “intolerable act” King George’s decree to allow Catholics in conquered Quebec to continue practicing Catholicism. Let’s face it, the average American colonist was an anti-Catholic bigot! However, the intellectual, political and business elite in America (Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, etc.) had a much more favorable (or at least “tolerable”) view of Catholicism. Their willingness to turn to the Catholic French during their Revolution against the British crown demonstrates this. The irony of the American Revolution is that while Protestant colonists listed toleration of Catholics as one of their reasons for rebellion against King George, they themselves were not only forced to tolerate an alliance with Catholic France, but also change their own anti-Catholic celebration of Guy Fawkes Day (November 5) into recognition of the very Catholic celebration of Halloween (October 31), so as not to upset that delicate alliance. Just one generation later, New England Protestants threatened to secede from the United States over President Thomas Jefferson’s annexation of the very Catholic and French territory of the Louisiana Purchase. Alas, the succession never happened, but the fact that it was credibly threatened demonstrates the anti-Catholic sentiments of the average American citizen at the time.
This brings me back to my point that if America’s founding fathers wanted to introduce any ideas that even had a whiff of Catholicism to them, they would have to be repackaged as something else, lest they face the rejection of the general public at the time. The American Revolution was partially inspired by Masonic rebellion against the Protestant crown of King George III, but not entirely. Then the revolutionaries won, but what to do with a victory? It’s almost as if they weren’t expecting to win at all. They gained their independence and quickly discovered they had no idea what to do with it. The Masons were definitely present in Revolutionary America, but they didn’t have as much control of American society as one might think. Americans were staunchly Protestant, without attachment to any particular head of religion. So when the king’s rule fell, his religion did not fall with him. In fact, the American version of the king’s Anglican religion just renamed itself to “The Episcopal Church” and went about it’s merry way, becoming the most influential Church in American politics for nearly a hundred years. The rest of American Protestants (Methodists, Congregationalists, Baptists, etc.) just carried on with business as usual. Masons could easily infiltrate these Protestant churches, but controlling them was a much more difficult task. The ideals of a truly Masonic takeover are more clearly seen in the French Revolution (1789 – 1799) wherein it is more clearly demonstrated that when the Catholic king fell, his religion fell with him. Anyone can read about the anti-Catholic and bloody results of that conflict, as well as its aftermath, including but not limited to Neopagan worship of a statue dedicated to the goddess of reason in the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
We tend to assume that the ingredients to the American Republic are built on Masonic principles. Indeed, they were certainly packaged that way, and the telling of American history tends to lean in that direction. But is it true? Any student of modern politics knows that to get the American people behind some legislation or referendum, packaging is everything. It was no different in the years following the Revolution. But the system of government most familiar to Americans at that time was the Protestant, parliamentary monarchy, crystallized in 1701, which they fought so hard to escape in 1765 – 1783. Colonial Americans didn’t really have a problem with monarchy in general. Their problem was with King George III, specifically because he sided with Parliament against the American colonies on many issues. Legend has it that an American crown was offered to General George Washington after the war, and certainly he could have had it if so inclined, for he commanded the respect and allegiance of the entire continental army. Legend also has it that he refused the very thought of it. Legend goes on to say that the American crown was once again offered to Prince Charles Edward Stuart, a Roman Catholic, who was of the Jacobite line to the British crown but living in exile in Italy. Legend says that the American crown might have been offered to Prince Heinrich of Prussia, a Calvinist, but the idea was dropped before he even heard of it. In the end, the only man who could have really ruled the unruly colonists would have been General George Washington, but he would have no part of it. So there wasn’t much of a choice left. The United States would have to become a Republic, or else it would eventually fracture into 13 smaller nation-states. So the constitutional convention was held at Independence Hall in 1787, and what was produced was what we know today as the American Republic.
The premise put forward in Dr. Timothy Gordon’s book “Catholic Republic” is that the founding fathers, in desperation, turned to the Medieval principles put forth by St. Thomas Aquinas and other Catholic Saints and thinkers. But to make the whole idea of a Catholic republic palatable to the anti-Catholic American people, it had to be repackaged as a Masonic idea. Freemasons loved the idea of a republic, and they were more than eager to go along with it, but their own principles for building such a thing are more clearly seen in the French Revolution, not the American Revolution. The American ideals of a Republic have a more Medieval flavor to them, and therein lies Dr. Gordon’s premise that America’s founding fathers simply ripped off ideas from St. Thomas Aquinas, and other Catholic Saints, and repackaged their ideas in the Masonic chop-shop of post-revolutionary American politics. Thus, what we actually have in the Constitution of the United States is a Catholic Republic, repackaged to look Masonic in every way possible, but it’s all propaganda (political packaging) designed to sell to an anti-Catholic Protestant population in post-Revolutionary America. I’m not going to go into the details of the book here. Rather, I suggest you pick up a copy and read it for yourself. It’s fascinating!
I bring this up for two reasons. One, I want to point out that dark times have come for Catholics in Anglo-America before. Not only did we survive them, but we prevailed. So we will prevail again. Of that I have no doubt. Two, the very foundation of the American Republic was built on Catholic principles, hidden as it were, inside a Masonic repackaging, waiting to be uncovered by some future generation less hostile to Catholicism — namely ours. This is why I think Dr. Gordon’s book is so timely and important. It’s also why I think every Catholic American needs to have a copy. In the years ahead, Catholic parents are going to have to re-teach their children American history with Dr. Gordon’s premise in mind. I’ve already started to with my own children in our homeschooling lessons on American history. This will be vitally important when we emerge from the dark times ahead. The United States will need to be rebuilt from the bottom-up, assuming it survives the coming tumult, and it will need Catholics to make it happen in a Catholic way. Understanding the American Republic as an institution built on Catholic teaching will be essential to make that happen.
In the end, what we’re really witnessing in our time is not the fall of a nation, nor of a civilization, but rather the fall of an ideology which was birthed in the Renaissance with the new humanism of man-centered thinking, anthropocentrism, or what I like to call “humanity vanity.” This was immediately followed with the Protestant Revolution, which resulted in religious conflicts lasting over a century, wherein warring Christians found a false peace in a kind of artificial ecumenism called The Enlightenment (or what I call the “The Darkening”) where Christianity was exchanged for Deism and the unifying influence of the Catholic Church was traded for the Masonic Lodge. This eventually led to the post-Enlightenment ideologies of Liberalism, Modernism and Marxism, which led to where we are today. What’s failing is the idea of anthropocentrism, or “humanity vanity,” which puts man at the center of the universe and makes him out to be a “god,” choosing for himself what is good and evil. It’s the same old lie from the serpent in the Garden of Eden, reintroduced to European society during the Renaissance. The fruit for this lie fell into the fertile soil of post-Medieval Europe and sprouted into a half-millennia long legacy of gradual deconstruction and outright destruction! The last 500 years, when looked at in this template, suddenly make sense. The reason why the United States rose to greatness following our Revolution, while the French did not following theirs, is that Americans (unknowingly) were following a Catholic-Medieval idea of law and government, while post-Enlightenment Europe simply picked at itself for two centuries. In fact, every attempt at reuniting Europe under Masonic ideals had failed miserably, and we have every reason to believe the same will happen again with the European Union. Masonic unity doesn’t work. So why did the American Republic work? The answer is simple. It worked because it wasn’t entirely Masonic. It worked because some Medieval Saints and thinkers had a hidden hand in its founding documents. It can work even better if those hidden Catholic traits are brought up to the surface and better utilized. That will be the job of the next generation if we are successful returning to these principle from the bottom-up in this generation.
So how do we do it? How do we save America both for ourselves and future generations? Rebuilding from the bottom-up means we have to rebuild the culture. The first thing we have to understand is that in order to rebuild the American culture, it must first become more Catholic. In that challenge we have one thing working for us, and one thing working against us.
The one thing we have working for us is demographics. The Catholic Church is now the largest Christian body in the United States, a projection that early Americans, both before and after the Revolution, feared and tried to prevent. It’s now a reality and it’s never going to change. Why? Because Protestantism is declining, as demonstrated by every statistical analysis over the last fifty years. This is true for mainstream Protestantism, which peaked around 1965 before suffering staggering declines, and Evangelical Protestantism, which peaked in 1982 and has been gradually declining ever since…
Simultaneously, the United States has received a large number of immigrants from Catholic nations (Mexico, Central America, Philippines, Vietnam, etc.) which has helped to increase the Catholic population significantly, in addition to natural population increase. Catholics, traditionally, had larger families in previous generations, so we were well on our way to overtaking the Protestant population in time. But the rise in Catholic immigration just got us there faster. We are now the largest Church in the United States, with Baptists trailing a distant second place. This is good, very good, which means we have a population base to work with.
The one thing we have working against us is Catholic leadership, which is sadly our biggest obstacle. For far too long, many Catholics have focused on trying to blend into American culture rather than transform it. This has been manifested in split loyalties between Catholic teaching and American culture. The result has been a type of Catholicism that is turned in on itself, more concerned about expanding through natural procreation rather than assertive evangelization. We should have been doing both, but instead we neglected evangelization not for years, but for decades! The problem was exacerbated following the Second Vatican Council with a spirit of revolution, likely inspired by Freemasons within the Church, leading to what is now a growing sentiment of syncretism among far too many Catholic Americans. This has filtered into the leadership of the Church as well, so that today we have too many weak priests and bishops, unwilling to enforce Catholic teaching within the Church, let alone spread it to those outside the Church. Statistical analysis of the US Catholic Church has indicated that this is starting to take it’s toll, as we’ve seen a gutting of Church memberships over the last quarter-century, only to be followed by a sexual abuse scandal that does not seem to relent. The sad truth we must face is that while America finds itself in its greatest hour of need, the US Catholic hierarchy is both unable and unwilling to assist. So long as the mainstream Catholic Church continues in this mode of self-demolition, we cannot rely on it in this time of great national crisis. The solution will have to come from the bottom-up, from among those few laypeople who are aware, alert and remain faithful.
The big picture is this. America isn’t collapsing, but Protestant America is, and Catholic America is only collapsing insofar as it imitates Protestant America. The statistics tell the story in black and white. While the mainstream Catholic Church, celebrating a Protestantized Novus Ordo Mass, is closing and merging parishes all over the country, societies and institutes (FSSP, ICKSP, etc.) that celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM or Vetus Ordo) are growing parishes at breakneck speed. These parishes consist mainly of young families with many children. A similar trend is unfolding in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, which celebrates the Divine Worship Mass (DWM) of the Anglican Patrimony. These parishes are also experiencing rapid growth. Why? Because in parishes where the TLM and DWM are celebrated, you have pastors and parishioners who actually believe the Catholic faith, the WHOLE Catholic faith, and take it seriously. That’s not to say you can’t find such faithfulness in regular Novus Ordo parishes too. You can. It’s just that mixed within those parishes are Catholics who want to take a more “Protestant” approach to Catholicism. This includes both clergy and laity. We call these people “Cafeteria Catholics” who look at Catholicism like a buffet, to pick and choose which teachings to believe and which to leave behind. The result is a watering-down of the Catholic faith, which ultimately drives people away. That’s why these churches are collapsing, and dioceses are closing parishes all over the country.
If the United States is to be revived as a Catholic nation, then it’s going to have to be through the efforts of faithful laypeople to revive Catholicism in America, and the only place we see that happening is in the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), the Divine Worship Mass (DWM), and those few Novus Ordo liturgies that incorporate pre-conciliar rubrics into the celebration. The latter is so rare, that it’s often called a “unicorn mass” because a Catholic in America could easily live his entire life without ever seeing one. That being said, the bulk of reform and renewal going on in the United States is being carried out by TLM societies and institutes, along with the DVM Ordinariate. Those parishes associated with these two liturgies are where it’s all happening, or where the proverbial “rubber meets the road.” If we hope to be successful at rebuilding a Catholic United States of America in the next generation, after the dark times have passed, we will have to first be successful in this generation of steering as many Catholics as possible toward the TLM and the DWM. This can be done by attending and supporting existing parishes of this type, or starting one of your own. Yes, that is possible. A TLM can be started in your local area by contacting Una Voce, and a DWM can be started in your local area by contacting the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society. Also, we’re going to have to do everything we can to make sure that the only “face” of Catholicism that people publicly see is that of Traditional Latin and Anglican Patrimony. Because you see, just looking at the state of affairs as they are on the ground right now, if America is to be saved at all, it’s only going to happen through Traditional Latin Catholicism, and Anglican Patrimony Catholicism. We can’t rely on Novus Ordo Catholicism to get the job done in it’s current state. It’s had 50 years to work at it, and the results have been abysmal. If we fail to do this now, America will not be able to remain united in the future, and what we can look forward to is division, separation, civil war, and ultimately a Balkanizing of the whole North American continent. If the future of the United States isn’t Catholic, then it has no future at all.