Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Heresy of Americanism

Americanism is a heresy prevalent from the nation's inception. From the very beginning, America has been culturally protestant. It was until the waves of immigration from Germany and Ireland when America started having a decent catholic population within its borders. 

Americanism was defined as a heresy by Pope Leo XIII in 1899. It is important to keep in mind while Pope Leo was a fan of America, he began to take issue with something he called “Americanism.” Broadly speaking, Americanism is a belief that Christianity is identical to or should be subjected to the founding principles of America known as classical liberalism. Christianity and classical liberalism are falsely paraded about as identical. 

Proponents of Americanism will attempt to use the Bible to justify the U.S. Constitution and other American institutions. This is common among Conservatives in America to erroneously justify everything they believe using Scripture. One blatant error is the use of Sola Scriptura to laud the modern state of Israel, leading to Zionism. Zionism, is an un-Christian and heretical idea rooted in the Protestant faith, which finds its foundation in the ideas of Dispensationalism promoted by the Scofield "Bible". 

On top of that, it is also the idea that Catholic doctrine and social teaching must take a backseat to American values, as according to Americanism, American identity supersede Catholic values. 

Modernism and Americanism are very similar. America is a nation founded on classical liberalism. Both Modernism and Americanism are a hatred of tradition, which in turn manifests in the belief that the Church must constantly change in order to progress with the times. The ideas of Americanism manifest themselves mainly through the exaltation of American civic nationalism above the Church.

This leads many to think that because America is founded on classical liberalism, that America is the embodiment of the future.They think that the Church needs to change with the times, and that the American Catholic Church has a duty to lead the world more or less. They gain primacy over the Pope because America is a unique nation founded specifically by God to be a new Israel, and it has a specific destiny to fulfill. This specific destiny gives them a sort of de-facto control over the rest of the Church, not limited to and including the Pope. 

In order to understand Americanism, we must first understand Liberalism. Liberalism is a product of the Enlightenment and manifested itself in politics during French Revolution. Liberalism is hatred of tradition, which turns man against the Creator. To strip man of his tradition will lead him to hate God. Liberalism has destroyed Christian monarchies, established secular regimes, and promotes democracy as “the will of the people”  while leaving the masses to be easily manipulated by the most emotionalistic demagogue.

In the economic sphere, Liberalism has established an economic system which has no limits to protect people financially, which is capitalism. Liberalism is the philosophy of usurers, as capitalism is state-sponsored usury. Usury causes man to become enslaved to bankers and makes him more easily manipulated, on top of being a grave sin condemned by the Church and Her Doctors and Popes. This ideology abuses the markets to promote a materialistic worldview, valuing capital above the spiritual state of man.

Liberalism is thus an enemy of Catholicism and of Christian civilization, as it seeks to remove all Christian influences from society in all spheres. Liberalism has had four stages, and in the present we are between stages 3 and 4. The 4 stages are:

1. The Separation of Church and State
2. The Separation of Church and Society
3. The Separation of Church and Family
4. The Separation of Church and Individual

Every time Liberalism has try to attack tradition in a predominant Catholic society, there has been reactions, such as the Cristeros in Mexico during the 1920s and the Spanish Civil War during the 1930s to resist liberalism.

The core religious tenet of Liberalism  is that Christian perfection can be attained without external spiritual guidance, and all that matters is the atomized individual. This hyper-individualism divorces man from real Christian society, and causes him to create his own sense of morality and righteousness separate from tradition and the Church as a whole. Americanism is prevalent in not just Catholicism, but also in all Protestant groups and all religious groups that reside today in the United States.

Many Popes have condemned the liberal basis of which Americanism is founded upon:

That the Church and State ought to be separated is an absolutely false and pernicious error … It limits the action of the State exclusively to the pursuit of public prosperity during this life, though this is only the proximate raison d’etre of political societies.” – Pope St. Pius X in Vehementer.

“It is unlawful to follow one line of conduct in private life and another in public, respecting privately the authority of the Church, but publicly rejecting it; for this would amount to joining together good and evil, and to putting man in conflict with himself; whereas he ought always to be consistent, and never in the least point not in any condition of life to swerve from Christian virtue.” – Leo XIII in Immortale Dei

“Believe me, the evil I denounce is more terrible than the Revolution, more terrible than even the Commune. I have always condemned Liberal Catholicism, and I will condemn it forty times over if it be necessary!” – Pius IX

“The world has heard enough of the so-called ‘rights of man.’ Let it hear something of the rights of God.” – Leo XIII in Tametsi Futura, No. 13

If you want to learn more about the heresy of Americanism, I recommend the book, "The Star Spangled-Heresy: Americanism," by Solange Hertz.

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