ST. JOHN, IN - Religious leaders normally focus only on Scripture and religious teachings. But, as Fr. Sammie Maletta of St. John, IN told his congregation earlier this month, there's a time when his responsibility includes informing parishioners about political developments that affect their ability to freely exercise religious beliefs.
At the time of the American Revolution, Pastor Peter Muhlenberg removed his clerical robe as he stood at the pulpit to reveal a soldier's uniform underneath. He called on his congregation to join the fight.
According to a biography written by his great nephew in the mid-19th century, on January 21, 1776 in the Lutheran church in Woodstock, Virginia, Reverend Muhlenberg took his sermon text from the third chapter Ecclesiastes, which starts with "To every thing there is a season..."; after reading the eighth verse, "a time of war, and a time of peace," he declared, "And this is the time of war," removing his clerical robe to reveal his Colonel's uniform. Outside the church door the drums began to roll as men turned to kiss their wives and then walked down the aisle to enlist, and within half an hour, 162 men were enrolled. The next day he led out 300 men from the county to form the nucleus of the Eighth Virginia.
On February 5, 2012 Father Sammie Maletta delivered a Homily at St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Indiana. This Homily addressed how President Obama is threatening religious freedom.
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