Fortnight For Freedom Day Twelve: We Have No King But Jesus

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Beginning for two weeks, up to Independence Day, the Bishops are having a Fortnight For Freedom:

On April 12, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S.  Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, “Our First,  Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4.


Bishops in their own dioceses are encouraged to arrange special events to  highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. Catholic  institutions are encouraged to do the same, especially in cooperation  with other Christians, Jews, people of other faiths and all who wish to  defend our most cherished freedom.


The fourteen days from June  21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to  July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for  freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face  of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More,  St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the  Church of Rome.  Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action would emphasize both our  Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country could choose a date in that period for special events that  would constitute a great national campaign of teaching and witness for  religious liberty.


We here at The American Catholic are participating in the Fortnight For Freedom with special blog posts on each day.  This is the twelfth of these blog posts.

Prior to the American Revolution an English aristocrat related an incident in a letter.  He asked a servant who his master was, and the man responded unhesitatingly:  My Lord Jesus Christ!  The aristocrat found this hilarious, but the servant was reflecting a very old Christian view.

Christ Pantocrator is one of the more popular images by which Christians pictured, after the edict of Milan, Christ, the Lord of all.  This representation ties in nicely with the traditional American cry of “We have no King but Jesus!” which became popular during the American Revolution.  At the battle of Lexington the phrase “We recognize no Sovereign but God and no King but Jesus!”, was flung back at Major Pitcairn after he had ordered the militia to disperse.

Christ the King and We have no King but Jesus remind Christians that the nations of the world and the manner in which they are ruled, and mis-ruled, while very important to us during our mortal lives, are of little importance in the next.   They also instruct us that the State can never be an ultimate end in itself, can never override the first allegiance of Christians and that the rulers of the Earth will be judged as we all will be.  Although my Irish Catholic ancestors will shudder, and my Protestant Irish and Scot ancestors may smile, there is much truth in the inscription supposedly written on the sarcophagus, destroyed or lost after the Restoration, of that “bold, bad man”, Oliver Cromwell, “Christ, not Man, is King.”

it is a paradox of our day that many of the same people who sneer at patriotism, embrace a political ideology that exalts the power of the state.  It is this type of ideology that is behind the HHS Mandate that tells employers to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees, no matter the religious scruples of the employer.  This stands the traditional American view of government on its head.  From the beginning of our Republic, Americans have believed that God endows all men with certain inalienable rights.  The State may not infringe on those rights granted by God.  Such infringement is what the fight over the HHS Mandate is all about.

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Thought For the Day


I am truly surprised by this:   The Arizona Democratic Party is planning to hold a vote this week to determine whether

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Joseph of Cupertino

  I like not scruples nor melancholy: let your intention be right and fear not. Saint Joseph of Cupertino     There


  1. WELL SAID, Donald. They changed Oliver Cromwell’s legacy after he died by removing “Christ, not Man, is King” from his sarcophagus and replaced it with atheism. The cross at the Veteran’s Memorial at Mount Soledad is at risk of being removed. The legacy of the fallen dead is being replaced by atheism. Worse still, is the fact that the last will and testament of the dead is being destroyed as a freedom, and violated. The fallen dead cannot rest in peace. They will rise up and demand their civil rights, that their will be respected, and government be placed at the service of its citizens, the government’s employers. “The king’s good servant, but God’s first.”
    Etc, etc: Drinking soda interchangeably with fruit juice is known to cause kidney stones in one so young as six years of age. God bless and keep you.

  2. Cromwell certainly had a medal struck with the inscription “et nunc reges intelligite; erudimini qui judicatis terram” Ps 2:10 [And now, O ye kings, understand: receive instruction, you that judge the earth.]

    The whole psalm is very à propos; a metrical version of it was a great favourite of the Scottish Covenanters.

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