Catholics Failed in America, Part 1: Maryland
Posted by Laramie Hirsch on Thursday, April 13, 2017
There are many reasons that Catholicism has remained mostly politically insignificant in the United States. If I could boil it down to three reasons, it would be because on the important levels, Catholics have lacked spine, force, and conviction.
Today, we will examine what went wrong with Maryland.
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When the colonies were first coming into existence under the British Crown in the 1600s, it was not just the Judaized Puritans who crossed the Atlantic. There were also a significant number of English Catholics coming to the New World in hopes of escaping persecution from the Anglicans. Unfortunately, when the English Catholics got here, they discovered that the colonies were filled with Puritans who despised Catholicism even more than the Anglicans despised it. The Puritans hated Catholicism so much, that they despised seeing even the traces of Catholicism in their Anglican cousins–which is why the Puritans came here in the first place. They wanted to be isolated from all forms of Catholicism, even Anglicanism. Like the Jews who held a tribal sense of temporal destiny, so too would the Puritans come to the New World in hopes of building their City on a Hill.