Welcome to American Catholic

We are twelve Christians who love our Catholic faith looking to engage the world through our writings to better express the teachings of Jesus for the betterment of the common good.  American Catholic is the outward expression of this engagement with the world. 


The Second Vatican Council (1) directed the Catholic Church into a positive engagement with the world (2) and we twelve brothers in Christ want to continue this legacy.  We engage by bearing witness to our faith through our postings on this blog, American Catholic, addressing political and cultural issues important to America.  By participating in the public square, we want to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on American politics and culture, in order to form a more perfect union (3) by bringing the message of Christ (4) to the hearts and minds of the American populace.


We hope you join us in this ongoing dialogue on American Catholic by reading our posts, participating in this discussion through your comments, and hopefully having learned more about what it is to be an American living a Christian life as a Catholic.


(1)  Second Vatican Council  

(2)  Gaudium et Spes

(3)   Preamble to the Constitution of the United States

(4)   Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church

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  1. God Bless and God Speed! Get the message out! I’m trying as best as I can, but we need more Catholics devout to the Magisterium to teach out Obama-bot Catholics.

    Glad you are here!

  2. Puff the Magic Dragon,

    Excellent question (or query).

    Richard the Lionheart used that crest (red cross on a white background) as he defended Christendom from the ravages of the Saracen attacks. It had become the symbol of (then) Catholic England because of the heroic exploits of King Richard.

    Thus today in defending the Church that Jesus established on earth, we Catholics in America look to protect our civic and religious rights as Catholics and use this important symbol in Catholicism as representative of our struggle here in America.

    In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph,


  3. Puff,

    Now you got me thinking.

    Yes, absolutely. I might just change it to the Keys of Peter.

    Any and all suggestions will be charitably considered. Especially when it comes to the Cross.

    In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph,


  4. Tito,
    I really like this new blog so far. You know me, I’m always looking for a good intellectual outlet. I hope you and the team keep the posts comin’!

    God bless.

  5. Sarah,

    Thank you so much for those kind comments. You and Peter helped me in my knowledge of Catholicism with your RCP Study Groups. I wasn’t able to contribute much I sure learned a lot. We hope to do the same here for those interested in politics from a Christian perspective.

    In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph,


  6. Greetings from the frontlines in So. Cal.,

    I’m not far from Joe Potillor’s stomping grounds of Cal State Fullerton. My daughter just grad’ed from there.

    I’ll pass the word of the new blog.

    Best of luck… I’ll be visiting frequently.

    WCC +<

  7. Michael,

    We’re still working on the header. I want to implement St. Michael the Archangel, but I’m having difficulty finding a nice pic to complement Sam the eagle.

    In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph,


  8. Tito – Well, as long as you have your central symbol, the eagle, front and center, you should be able to just place some more peripheral Catholic symbols around it as you see fit, as they present themselves.

    Zach – Symbols matter. I’m afraid your banner seems to speak loud and clear about the blog’s priorities and the kind of voice you hope to be. I hope you prove me wrong and that the actual posts reflect your group’s Catholicism more than its (obvious) Americanism.

  9. Personally, I like the cross of St.George as it was originally the flag of Genoa(Italian) and was only adopted by the English for protection of their ships when entering the Mediterranean which the powerful Genoese fleet ruled. Later it was used by English crusaders(Catholic) for three centuries. It was also used for the flags of Milan, Frieburg, Bologna, and Barcelona(all Catholic).

    In America it was recognized as ‘God’s Flag’ and was the only flag that could fly above the national flag. Your representation does not particularly evoke the Anglican use of the flag as it was to have the coat of arms of the diocese in the canton when used by the Church of England. Pray that we do not have to wait long before Anglican truly becomes ‘Catholic’ in the true sense.

    In the meantime I think the historical significance of the flag warrants its usage particularly on an American website. Papal Keys would be nice but there really is more ‘English’ influence on the American experience than that of Rome(unfortunately).

    Ago tibi gratias pro universis beneficiis tuis, etiam ignotis

  10. I want to implement St. Michael the Archangel, but I’m having difficulty finding a nice pic to complement Sam the eagle.

    Do remember that St. Michael is the leader of the heavenly armies, not the U.S. military.

  11. Michael,

    Thank you for your comments.


    I appreciate your insight. The header is just a work in progress still, but the cross will stay, but probably into a different manifestation.

    In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph,


  12. Michael,

    You’re right, symbols can convey information about priorities. This symbol has the flag under the Cross. I think the symbol is aesthetically pleasing although I think you’re right that the Cross could be bigger.

    I have a post on the subject of our priorities on the way. I think it will be posted tomorrow and I look forward to your comments.

    – Zach

  13. Michael,

    We’ll try to be all things to all men. Just for you: Perhaps the eagle is bowing beneath the cross while gently cradling the olive branch of peace and biting Old Glory out of frustration. 😉

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