Again with the atavistic pining for a proper papal presence…

A couple days ago I posted a passage from Pope Leo XIII that illuminates how previous popes would have spoken to “the land of the free* and the home of the brave**”.

I now want to present another papal statement, this time from Pius XII, that I think breathes with the same Holy Spirit. In a letter dated 28 August 1947, Pius XII replied to President Truman with the following words, among others:

“[A]ll defenders of the rights of the human person will find wholehearted cooperation from God’s Church, faithful custodian of eternal truth and loving mother of all. From her foundation almost two thousand years ago she has championed the individual against despotic rule, the laboring man against oppression, religion against persecution. Her divinely-given mission often brings her into conflict with the powers of evil whose sole strength is in their physical force and brutalized spirit and her leaders are sent into exile or cast into prison or die under torture. This is history of today but the Church is unafraid. She cannot compromise with an avowed enemy of God. She must continue to teach the first and greatest Commandment incumbent on every man: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, with thy whole soul, with all thy strength.” And the second like unto the first: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” It is her changeless message that man’s first duty is to God, then to his fellowman, that that man serves his country best who serves his God most faithfully, that the country that would shackle the Word of God, given to men through Jesus Christ, helps not at all the lasting peace of the world. In striving with all the resources at her power to bring men and nations to a clear realization of their duty to God, the Church will go on, as she has always done, to offer the most effective contribution to the world’s peace and man’s eternal salvation.”

No need to be coy here: Is not Cuba still “an avowed enemy of God”? And how long has it been since we could say with a straight face that America is not also an avowed enemy of God?

Yet, compromise is the name of the game. The house always wins. America, please proceed. Cuba, carry on.

You have nothing to fear from the Church of What’s Happening Now.

* pronounced “liberal”

** pronounced “brazen” 


About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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3 Responses to Again with the atavistic pining for a proper papal presence…


    A link through me (for classic) to a far more interesting article. I think you’d like to check it out.

  2. Bah. For “traffic”, not “classic”.

  3. Mark says:

    I beg to differ with the tenor of this article’s conclusions. We are enjoined, as the article rightly points out, “to love our neighbor as ourselves.” That ‘neighbor’, as Christ also points out elsewhere in scripture “…love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.” (Luke 6:27).

    I also take issue with the notion that Cuba is “…an avowed enemy of God.” Perhaps the leadership of Cuba is “…an avowed enemy…”; however, would God not want Cuba’s conversion, just I would like the USA’s conversion? As hard as it is to swallow, God loves all of those “avowed enemies” as much as He loves the rest of us. I, for one, believe that God would like to see both of these countries converted. It’s hard to convert someone without engagement.

    If you actually read or listen to Pope Francis’ words, on matters of faith, he compromises on NOTHING.

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