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My name is Shane Schaetzel. I’m an orthodox Catholic layman. When I say layman, that means I’m not ordained. I’m just a regular Catholic. When I say “orthodox,” that means I actually believe what the Catholic Church teaches in the Catechism of Trent, the Baltimore Catechism and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In other words, I believe what the Catholic Church has always taught historically. I’m a member of the US Catholic Church, in full communion with the Pope of Rome, and I’m a card-carrying member of the Knights of Columbus.
Religiously, as you can imagine, I’m pretty traditional in my faith. I usually attend traditional Catholic worship (English Patrimony or Latin Patrimony) as a preference. I am a Catholic apologist. That means I vigorously defend the Catholic Faith against false claims and religious ignorance. I’m also a columnist and author. I’m an Evangelical convert to the Catholic Church through Anglicanism, and I was trained as a catechist through the University of Dayton – a Catholic Marianist Institution. A catechist is one who teaches the Catholic Faith. My articles have been featured on LifeSiteNews, ChurchMilitant, The Remnant Newspaper, Forward in Christ, and Catholic Online.
Politically, I am not a member of any party. I subscribe to Christian integralism (ideally Catholic integralism). That means I believe the United States would be better off as confessional states rather than secular states. In other words, I believe each of the fifty states should have a declared state church or religion, just like England, Denmark, Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Greece, Costa Rica, Malta, Monaco and Liechtenstein. That doesn’t mean everyone in those states has to be a member of that church. What it means is that the state cannot be attacked by anti-religion lawsuits and the government has the right to structure its laws in accordance with basic moral principles outlined by the official state religion. Thou shalt not murder. Thou shalt not steal. etc. In other words, if a state government wants to display the Ten Commandments, or Christian symbols, it can do so without fear of lawsuit. It’s worked well for all the countries listed above. It can work well here too. Consequently, as you can imagine, I’m socially conservative, but I’m open to liberal policies on economics, provided they are designed to protect small family-run businesses. I usually align with the political Right, mainly because I find it morally superior to the political Left, in an ideological sense. My politics are based entirely on my religious believes – 100%. I don’t see religion and politics as one in the same. Rather, I see politics as subordinate to religion. So when people ask if my religion influences my politics, I answer: “No, my religion doesn’t just influence my politics, my religion defines my politics.”
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