Orestes A. Brownson
The American Republic Volume 85
Orestes Brownson was a Catholic convert and one of a few American Catholic intellectuals to be critical of Protestantism, which he identified with Capitalism.
Although he favored “rule by law”, he was careful to make the distinction between secular law and the Law of God and likewise between the voice of the people and the Voice of God.
He loved America and, like many others, saw her as a “model for the world.” This model however, to be effective, had to first successfully integrate the Catholic faith. This earned him the repute of non-Catholics and even of upwardly mobile Catholics and members of the hierarchy who were protecting their respective flocks while working to make Catholicism more American while seemingly less concerned about making America more Catholic.
His ideas might be more relevant now than when he wrote them!
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