Patriotism and the Conversion of America

What is patriotism for a Catholic? Do we have to be patriotic? How do we do so? These questions are answered in the first segment of this episode of Reconquest. For the remaining segments, I give a rapid-fire review of the history of evangelism in the New World. Here are some links to helpful resources on the same subject.

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  • Ono

    From my Uncle, a professor emeritus, who listened to your talk and gave his $.02:

    American history it is largely written by Protestants many of whom harbor in varying degrees an anti-Catholic bias. As for Saint Brendan and other pre-Columbian explorers—and I have heard of several of them—their explorations did not lead to a permanent link with European civilization. Hence they are forgotten. Most famous of these is Leif Erikson whose discoveries have been confirmed even by the most devoted Columbian historians. Here too, their colonization was not permanent; there were no colonies of transplanted Norwegians found when the white man came to North America in great numbers in the 1600s. Also, I never read anything about his religion. I just looked him up and it says Erikson converted c. 999 following his mother. So that’s an omission.

    About Catholic efforts in North America when England, France, and Spain were still vying for it: Here too largely Protestant historians have all but ignored Catholic efforts at converting the Indians and their related discoveries in the Mississippi Basin. It is true, however, that the missionary accomplishments were all but wiped away in the onslaught of an Anglo-Protestant migration over the Alleghenies that eventually took away half of Mexico and added it to the United States. How much of a French presence tints the culture of modern day Saint Louis? (We did learn of Catholic missionary discoveries when I was in grade school using texts that were specially prepared for a Catholic readership. So I did know that father Hennepin discovered the Falls of Saint Anthony.)

    I have to add a modern note to the anti-Catholicism that pervades 20th and 21st century historiography. Time and again I have read in history texts that the Roman Catholic Church in the 1930s was fascist. These historians say this owing to the Church’s support of the fascist dictator Francisco Franco in Spain. He came to power following a bitter civil war. His enemies were communists backed by Stalin. Hitler backed Franco and sent his newest military inventions to him in order to see how well they worked. The extremely Catholic-hating Communists murdered about 6,000 priests 1936-1939. They even murdered a bishop in front of the cathedral while thousands looked on and wept. Do these modern day American historians expect the Church to have supported the communists? And Franco was a fascist in name only. He wasn’t pushing people into ovens. I would argue that these historians know perfectly well what the circumstances were. These historians would clap, not weep, at what happened to the bishop in front of his cathedral.

    Uncle J