Sunday, July 4, 2021

The American Creed

 From Archbishop José H. Gomez at  Angelus:

I am still struck at how the Catholic beginnings of this country are ignored in the telling of American history, even in otherwise excellent books. As I pointed out in my own 2013 book, “Immigration and the Next America,” such histories are not wrong, but they are incomplete. History is what holds us together as one nation. How we remember our past shapes how we understand where we are at in the present, and helps define our meaning and purpose as a people. We are in a period of deep division in our country. Not surprisingly, our anxieties about the present are playing out in fierce debates — in school boards, legislatures, and the media — over the meaning of American history and how to tell our national story.

Recovering the story of America’s “other” founding — which occurred more than a century before the Mayflower, Madison, and Jefferson — can help us see beyond our present polarization. Beginning in the 1500s, missionaries from Spain were proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ to indigenous peoples from present-day Georgia and Florida to Texas and lower California. French missionaries were consecrating the lands from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico to the Virgin Mary. (Read more.)

1 comment:

julygirl said...

The failure of the Catholics who explored this Country to make any outstanding mark in the history books is that they did not create any serious colonization. A few cities around the Country such as, San Antonio Santa Fe and St.Augustine for example, bare the trappings of their early Spanish heritage, and one could say the same thing about the French presence and influence being overlooked. But we all know who wrote the history books from which the every day student in public education derive their history, it was not the Catholics.