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 Myth of American Church-State Relations

The Catholic Teaching on Doctrinal Intolerance

Duties  of  the  Catholic  State  In  Regard  to  Religion

The relations between the Church and State

The Church and State - A look at contemporary problems - Cardinal Ottaviani

The Catholic Church and the Modern State - Hilaire Belloc

The True Notion of Freedom

On the false teaching of separation between Church and State

On Americanism - Pope Leo XIII

Global Democracy and the Rise of the King of Darkness

On the Origin of Civil Power - Pope Leo XIII

On The Christian Constitution of States - Pope Leo XIII

On the Reign of Christ the King

On Christ the King - Pope Pius XI

The Liberal Illusion - Louis Veuillot

The Loss of American Sovereignty - Bishop Williamson (Video).


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