Catholics in Public Service: Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832)

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With the Fourth of July, McNamara’s Blog launches a new feature, “Catholics in Public Service.” It seems best to begin with the first major American Catholic to engage in public service, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the sole Catholic signatory of the Declaration of Independence (and the last to die). The following is taken from the 1911 [Read More...]

A Sermon on Catholic Patriotism at St. Francis Xavier Church, Manhattan, May 1894

Monsignor Henry A. Brann (1837-121), who preached the sermon at St. Francis Xavier Church which is listed below.

OBJECT LESSON FOR BIGOTS. CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT IN THE MEMORIAL PARADE. Both Fought Bravely for the Same Flag—One the A.P.A. Would Debar from the Country’s Affairs—Sermons of the Rev. Madison C. Peters as They Sound Compared with the Rev. Father Brann Memorial Sermon in St. Francis Xavier’s. (The New York Times, May 31, 1894) There [Read More...]

Catholics and the American Revolution: An Excerpt from a Catholic School Textbook, 1914

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320. Patriotism Among Catholics. We have seen that the discovery and exploration of America and the subsequent Christianizing and civilizing of the Indians were preeminently Catholic enterprises; also that the colonial times were dark and intolerant for Catholics. The opposition of the colonies to the Quebec Act proved plainly that the old anti-Catholic prejudices were [Read More...]


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