Ten years after the creation of the Knights of Columbus, in 1882 Pope Leo XIII declared the following in an Encyclical. Students of history will note the half-truths plainly stated to misguide the less well read. This amounts to a declaration of war against America. To my knowledge, it has not been rescinded and the war goes on . . .
- The American Republic under Protestant rulers is with the worst enemies of the Church, where security is offered; this Republic having seized upon the lands discovered by Christopher Columbus, a Catholic, and usurped the authority and jurisdiction of the supreme head of the church, the United States is filled with obstinate heretics… The United States has been filled with books containing the most flagrant heresies of which the Protestant version of the Bible is chief. And not content with adopting its false and impious doctrines, proselyting has been resorted to, to turn the Catholics from the one true Church. The whole Roman Catholic hierarchy and priesthood of the world have been deprived of their livings by the Protestant heretics of America … Naturalization oaths have been demanded in order that the subjects of the True Church might be made to subscribe to the United States Constitution, with its impious laws and nefarious teachings to compel them to renounce the true authority of the Catholic pontiff; to dis-acknowledge Him to be the head of both church and state… With deep sorrow we are now constrained to have recourse to the arm of justice, and are obliged to take action against a nation that has rejected the Pope as head of all church and state governments…
- Moreover, we proclaim the people of the United States of America to have forfeited all right to rule said Republic, and also all dominion, dignity and privileges appertaining to it. We likewise declare that all subjects of every rank and condition in the United States and every individual who has taken any oath of loyalty to the United States in any way whatever, may be absolved from said oath, as also from all duty, fidelity, or obedience on or about the 5th of September, 1893, when this Catholic Congress shall convene at Chicago, Illinois, as we shall exonerate them from all engagements, and on or about the feast of Ignatius Loyola in the year of our Lord, 1893, it will be the duty of the faithful to exterminate all heretics found within the jurisdiction of the United States of America. As the circulation of this bull, by sending to all places, would become a matter of difficulty, it is commanded that copies of it be taken and signed by Jesuit notaries, subscribed by a bishop, and sealed with the seal of our court, they will then have the same power and efficacy as these presents here.’
Pope LEO XIII, Encyclical,
St. Peter’s, Rome, 25 Dec 1891
- Under fascism, property owners may keep their property titles and deeds, but the use of their property is, as Leo XIII wrote, “common”. Fascism is a form of socialism that retains the forms and trappings of capitalism but not its substance. Under fascism, property titles and deeds are intact but the institution of private property has disappeared. Government regulations and mandates have replaced it. For this distinction between legal ownership and actual use, the fascists owe a debt to the Roman Church-State . . . Pious XI also told us that the encyclical, Rerum Navarum was instumental in ending laissez-faire capitalism in the 20th century by ushering in the era of “effective interference by government.”
Pope Pious XI, Encyclical Quadragesimo Anno (1931), 47.