One can be a citizen of the USA (that is, CUSA) and be a Catholic, and most CUSAs are Americans. One cannot be a Catholic and an American. To be an American is to believe in American principles before the teachings of the Church, or in other words to accept the Enlightenment ideals as superior to the teachings of the Faith. ~ David Wemhoff, "Joseph Ratzinger's American Mind"
Although I do not agree with Mr. Wemhoff's contention in the full article that the Conciliar church has not changed doctrine, I heartily agree with this quote. It sums up all that I have figured out in my studies over the last few years. Listening to two of Wemhoff's interviews on how Americanism was purposely inserted directly into the circulatory system of the Church, finally helped me see how John Courtney Murray, an American Jesuit priest and "theologian", was able to get Religious Liberty approved at Vatican II, an idea that had always been condemned by the Church. The interviews are based on Wemhoff's book, John Courtney Murray, Time-Life, and the American Proposition. I haven't read the book, but the Amazon description of it is helpful background for listening to the interviews. Here's a portion of it:
In 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his famous "Four Freedoms" speech. In that speech, FDR set forth a vision for the reengineering of societies around the globe. The means was psychological warfare, involving the manipulation of ideas, words and symbols to divide target societies and convince these societies of the ideology that formed America. The most important society America targeted was the Roman Catholic Church. Media mogul Henry R. Luce, founder and publisher of enormously influential magazines like Time and Life, used the CIA's doctrinal warfare program to turn the Catholic Church into a promoter of American ideas. This struggle reached its culmination at the Second Vatican Council with the promulgation of the document Declaration on Religious Liberty.
The first interview I listened to was this one, "David A. Wemhoff on Henry Luce and the American Century." Chilling.
The second interview that I listened to was this one:
The introduction by host Peter Helland is slow going, but once Wemhoff starts talking, it's good. One of the more startling revelations he makes is that John Courtney Murray actually wrote "The American Proposition" speech for Luce, a fact that lends credence to the assertion by one of the Time reporters who covered Vatican II that John Courtney Murray was part of a conspiracy.
The American Proposition speech set forth the American principles for a good society based on no established religion. I found it interesting that it was delivered in 1953, the same year that Cardinal Ottaviani, head of the Holy Office, delivered his speech on the Duties of the Catholic Confessional State, which directly contradicted the principles of The American Proposition.
Reading Solange Hertz's, The Star-Spangled Heresy: Americanism finally wove the last threads together for me into a recognizable pattern, as she lays out the sordid history of the heresy of Americanism from its beginnings in revolutionary America among the Catholic hierarchy. I thought I knew a good deal about that, but I truly was shocked by the quotes she used from these so-called Catholic churchmen.
It's quite disheartening. However, it is a great advantage to know the problem.
Without a Catholic confessional state, we do not serve Jesus Christ. We must recognize Him as King, and the Church He established must be free to ensure His reign over our affairs and provide a check on the government. If we do not serve Jesus Christ then we serve Mammon. That is why everything revolves around money in America and why it does not matter who gets elected to office. The founding principles of America are in direct contradiction to Catholic doctrine.
In the very heart of the Passion He [Christ] was pleased to show us “democracy” in action, manipulated by the instruments of Satan. Pilate, turning to the people in hopes of saving the Prisoner he knew to be innocent, asks, “What, then, am I to do with Jesus who is called Christ?” And they answered, prompted by their leaders, “Let him be crucified!” (Matt. 27: 22-23) and elected Barabbas. Thus was our Lord’s death demanded and ratified by Jews who had espoused the democratic process, preferring human rule to God’s. Let there be no mistake. The real objective of the liberty, equality and fraternity touted by the forces of humanism is always the death of God. ~ Solange Hertz, The Star-Spangled Heresy: Americanism
I've really benefitted this Lent from doing the Total Consecration to Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort while also reading The Star-Spangled Heresy: Americanism. It's made the contrast between Catholicism and Americanism much clearer to me. True freedom lies in Holy Slavery to Our Lord through His Blessed Mother. It is not in the American idea of freedom, which is of Satan. (The American founders met in a Boston tavern called The Green Dragon, which Daniel Webster called the “Headquarters of the Revolution”. It was the seat of Massachusetts Masonry's Provincial Grand Lodge, according to Mrs. Hertz.)
I will close with a gorgeous recording of Ave Maris Stella. Saying that prayer every day is a requirement of the Consecration. I have found that if I sing it, it will come to me on its own frequently throughout the day.