This heresy which was condemned by Pope Leo XIII is the
denial of the influence of the Church's social doctrine in the civil domain.
It's ultimate consequence is the denial of the rights of God and the
supernatural order. It is a denial of the supernatural order established
by God. This heresy is called "Americanism" because Pope Leo XIII wrote his
encyclical (Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae) to Cardinal James
Gibbons, condemning the false notion of Catholicism that he was working to
establish in the newly founded continent of America which was founded by
non-Catholics. This meant that Cardinal Gibbons and a number of other prelates
tried to compromise with the false principles as were enshrined in the American
constitution. Americanism it is not a condemnation of America as such but
a condemnation of the false notions as introduced into the faith by means of the
American prelates. It is more than ever important to remove the blind fold in
this regard since many Catholics while claiming to be Catholics are not Catholic
but "Americanists" who deny the influence of Christ and His Church in the social
sphere. For this reason Americanism leads to the Public denial of Christ the
King and ultimately to the destruction of society since there can never be a
true peace without Christ, the Prince of Peace.
"We must repeat with the utmost energy in these times of social and intellectual anarchy when everyone takes upon himself to teach as a teacher and lawmaker - the City cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot be set up unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the new City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against the unremitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants." - Pope St. Pius X, Nostre charge apostolique.
"The Peace of Christ in the reign of Christ"!
The Church and State - A look at contemporary problems - Cardinal Ottaviani
The Catholic Church and the Modern State - Hilaire Belloc
On Americanism - Pope Leo XIII
On the Origin of Civil Power - Pope Leo XIII
On The Christian Constitution of States - Pope Leo XIII
On Christ the King - Pope Pius XI
The Liberal Illusion - Louis Veuillot
The Loss of American Sovereignty - Bishop Williamson (Video).
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