Looking Ahead: January 22 and America

January 22 is several things pertinent to these United States of America:

  • January 22 is the Feast of Saint Vincent Pallotti (+January 22, 1850), the “second Apostle of Rome,” who was greatly devoted to the evangelization of America, and whose bust is in our National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., last I know (I saw it there in the early 1990s).
  • January 22, 1899 is the date that Testem Benevolentiae, the almost universally ignored encyclical condemning the heresy of Americanism, was issued by Pope Leo XIII.
  • When it was officially approved in 1916, Father Paul of Graymoor’s devotion, the Chair of Unity Octave, listed January 22 (the fifth day of the octave) as the day that we pray “That American Christians become one in union with the Chair of Peter.”
  • Almost as if in response to the Catholic hierarchy’s near complete ignoring of the above mentioned encyclical, and also to the failure of American Catholics to pray or work for the conversion of their non-Catholic countrymen, January 22, 1973 is the fateful date of that most wicked of Supreme Court decisions, Roe v. Wade.

Will some future January 22 mark an important milestone in the conversion of America to the only faith that saves?

Update (1-13-2020): Interestingly, arguments in the SCOTUS case Espinoza (challenging Blaine Amendments) will be heard of January 22: