By Irene F. Starkehaus -
I am an unrepentant apologist. On that trying and often tedious journey, I advocate for two seemingly incongruent philosophies: Americanism and Catholicism...it's no small feat these days on either front. Let me tell you. Forget the tailspin that both social orders are currently experiencing for a minute. Let's just focus on the fundamentals as a way of illustrating the madness of adherence to both contexts for regulation of human behavior.
On the face of it, Americanism and Catholicism are absolutely incompatible because Catholicism is a benevolent dictatorship that requires obedience to the Word of God as translated by papal authority, and Americanism requires a fierce independence and rugged individualism that would no more accept the dictates of one mere mortal as evidence of God's will than it would allow for taxation without representation. Dutiful adherence to both philosophies perhaps may seem borderline schizophrenic to the casual observer, but what can I say? It works for me.