The heresy of Americanism!
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(08-14-2012, 11:45 PM)Crusading Philologist Wrote: To reorient the discussion a little bit: to what extent does the virtue of piety require one to treat with reverence the constitutional tradition of his nation?

Regardless of how piety may have been used historically--indeed, the word derives from the Latin pietas which meant devotion or loyalty to gods, family, and fatherland--it seems idolatrous in today's English to apply that term to respect for government.

No good Catholic can but acknowledge that respect is due to one's legitimate rulers, one's legitimate laws, and even one's legitimate state (though not necessarily to other people's legitimate rulers, other people's legitimate laws, and other people's legitimate states). To call such respect piety, however, is almost to exalt the state to divine status, which is something of which one needs to be cautious.

Obviously, Americans ought to have a love for the Constitution (with all its flaws)--a love similar in nature (albeit less in degree) to that a child would have for a parent (with all his flaws), but that doesn't mean that we should call the former love "piety." Calling the latter love "filial piety" is really only acceptable because it's part of a fossilized expression, and even it can be misleading at times.
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The heresy of Americanism! - by LoneWolfRadTrad - 07-28-2011, 11:31 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Servire Deo - 07-29-2011, 02:37 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Joshua - 07-29-2011, 03:09 AM
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Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by SCG - 07-29-2011, 12:51 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jovan66102 - 07-29-2011, 08:36 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-06-2012, 06:36 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Walty - 08-06-2012, 11:54 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by rbjmartin - 08-06-2012, 12:54 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Tim - 08-06-2012, 01:12 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Tim - 08-06-2012, 05:01 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Resurrexi - 08-06-2012, 06:22 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Walty - 08-06-2012, 10:59 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by vtcatholic - 08-09-2012, 12:31 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-09-2012, 12:42 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Resurrexi - 08-09-2012, 03:16 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jovan66102 - 08-09-2012, 03:51 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Resurrexi - 08-09-2012, 03:58 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Walty - 08-09-2012, 04:10 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jake-the-rake - 08-09-2012, 05:44 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-09-2012, 06:56 AM
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Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jake-the-rake - 08-09-2012, 09:30 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Tim - 08-09-2012, 10:00 AM
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Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-09-2012, 09:14 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-09-2012, 09:27 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by rbjmartin - 08-13-2012, 11:08 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-13-2012, 01:10 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Tim - 08-13-2012, 01:35 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by rbjmartin - 08-14-2012, 12:30 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jovan66102 - 08-14-2012, 04:42 PM
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