"The papacy is very impatient of any restraining
bonds; in fact, it wants none at all. And the one grand discovery Leo
XIII has made, which no pope before him ever made, is that turn which is
taken now all the time by Leo and from him by those who are managing
affairs in this country--the turn that is taken
upon the clause of the Constitution of the United States: "Congress
shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof." Leo has made the discovery that the papacy
can be pushed upon this country in every possible way and by every
possible means and that congress is prohibited from ever legislating in
any way to stop it. That is a discovery that he made that none
before him made and that is how it is that he of late can so fully
endorse the United States Constitution. . .
Thus the papacy in plain
violation of the Constitution will crowd herself upon the government and
then hold up that clause as a barrier against anything that any would do
to stop it. And every one that speaks against this working of the
papacy, behold! He "is violating the Constitution of the United States"
in spirit, because the constitution says that nothing shall ever be done
in respect to any religion or the establishment of it.
When a citizen of the United States would rise up and protest against
the papacy and all this that is against the letter and the spirit of the
constitution, behold! He does not appreciate "the liberty of the
constitution. We are lovers of liberty; we are defenders of the
constitution; we are glad that America has such a symbol of liberty" as
that. Indeed they are.
That is why Pope Leo XIII turns all his soul, full of
ideality, to what is improperly called his American policy. It should be
rightly called his Catholic universal policy.
What, then, is his policy in
the United States? It is universal policy. That which is done in the
United States by the papacy is done with the idea of influencing all the
world and bringing all the world into line with the papal ideas, and to
build all once more upon the basic and fundamental principles thereof."
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