Concerning Church and State

A Christian brother directed my attention to a few lines in a book written decades ago by a shining light in evangelical theology. I offer them here for the edification of all.

On January 14, 1960, [Baptist preacher] Reuben E. Alley, the editor of The Religious Herald, wrote, “Unlike Protestants, The Catholic believes the Church has authority over the political state and that this super-national authority resides in a religio-political institution that is ruled over by a man who is infallible. A faithful Catholic in the United States must give first allegiance to a foreign ruler as the supreme head of the Church from which he receives salvation. Since this is so, it is futile to plague a Catholic candidate with questions about what he would do on specific issues if elected to office. Like Protestant candidates, he would act in the light of conscience, which for the faithful Catholic, is determined for him by the Roman hierarchy. It is likewise futile to assume that Catholics in the United States are different. The Pope is the supreme and final authority.”  

John XXIII, said in December 1959, “The rights of the Roman Catholic Church in the teaching of youth come before the rights of the state.”  

Leo XIII in his encyclical said,” They must penetrate, wherever possible, in the administration of civil affairs…All Catholics should do all in their power to cause the Constitution of States and legislation to be modeled on the principles of the true (Catholic) Church.”  

The Fourth Lateran Council of 1215 said, “Secular authorities, whatever office they may hold, shall be admonished and induced and, if necessary compelled by ecclesiastical censure .. to take an oath that they will strive in good faith and to the best of their ability to exterminate in the territories subject to their jurisdiction, all heretics pointed out by the Church. —J. Dwight Pentecost, Romanism in the Light of Scripture, © 1962 Moody Press [Emphasis not in Original]

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