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Max Gumkowski wrote:

Hi, guys —

I'm Max, and I'm from New Jersey. I'm currently a freshman in high school and I have a question about the United States and the American Revolution.

  1. A lot of the founding fathers were influenced by John Locke, Liberalism, and the Enlightenment period, which are all anti-Catholic.
  2. Our capitol was built and made by Freemasons and some of the streets in Washington D.C align together and make an occult symbol.
  3. One of the mottoes of our country is "E pluribus unum" and some believe it is a masonic saying.
  4. The American Revolution wasn't just according to Catholic doctrine.

That said,

  1. Should one be proud to be American?
  2. Should you be proud to be born on the soil of a country that was founded through an unjust war and a government that was created by many freemasons and liberals?
  3. My other question is should we honor American revolutionaries?
  4. Should we honor American revolutionaries who were freemasons like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin?

Thank you,

Max Gumkowski

  { In light of the anti-Catholic history of our country, should we be proud to be an Americans and should we honor revolutionaries? }

Eric replied:

Hi Max,

This is a very astute question; you must be very smart and thoughtful. It is also a good question that would require a comprehensive answer that I'm not ready to give right now.

There was, I believe, an encyclical or other papal document written on this topic; I will see if I can bring it up; that may help.

I think in short the answer is that yes, while America was founded largely on ideals inimical to the Catholic faith (whether the Revolutionary War was a just war is another question; it was not necessarily an unjust war), it is possible to be patriotic, in the sense that we love what is good about our country and love our country as we would love our father or mother, despite their personality flaws.

I will do some research and get back to you. Meanwhile, keep on with the deep and profound thinking you are engaged in!


Eric followed up later:

Hi, Max —

Check out

I haven't read the whole thing (honestly, I'm not sure I've read much of it at all.) but I think it is a good starting point. I've scanned it and while, as far as I can tell, it doesn't directly address your questions, you can read between the lines and pick up things here and there.

I will continue to do some research.

Eric Ewanco

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