Polemics & Exchanges

On the Founders

In his review of Gordon S. Wood’s Revolutionary Characters (“Founders, Keepers,” January), James O. Tate avers that “we need to recover a vital connection to the spirit of the Founding Fathers . . . ”  He notes that Wood identifies that spirit, but nowhere in the review does he describe it.  That spirit was anti-Catholic—a marriage of rationalism, naturalism, and secularism, the bitter fruits of Protestant and Enlightenment ideas, because of their redefinition of human nature and freedom.

Why should I, a Catholic born in America, want to reconnect with Thomas Jefferson, who, in a letter to John Adams on April 11, 1823, wrote, “And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.  But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding”?

Going back to Washington, Franklin (both Freemasons), and the rest of their ilk will not resuscitate America.  We must divorce ourselves from adoration of those revolutionaries and return to Him Who declared, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”  It is only in this way that we can become...

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