Friday, January 3, 2014

More than 450 years after Catholicism was introduced to New Mexico, the state supreme court upholds same-sex marriage

Most American intellectuals understand American history as the gradual process of secularization. The pilgrim dissenters of the seventeenth century gradually evolved into eighteenth-century Congregationalists, who evolved into nineteenth-century Unitarians, who morphed into twenty-first-century postmodernists who are essentially atheists.

There is much to be said for this point of view. Without a doubt, Protestant America is gradually becoming more and more secular and less and less spiritual in its outlook.  Same-sex marriage advances as a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut, sweeping away traditional Christian doctrine on family and sexual morality and is now legal in 17 states.

But Catholics see American history from a different perspective. Unlike most Americans they do not date the settlement of America with the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1620 and they do not understand American history as the story of western expansion across the North American continent.

Catholics understand that American history is best understood not as a sweep from east to west but

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