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Matthew Olson here seeks to provide Catholic analysis of issues.
Matthew Olson here seeks to provide Catholic analysis of issues.

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"Ohio's Republican gubernatorial candidate and future U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes opposed Catholic priests being able to visit state asylums. In a speech to Civil War veterans in 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant insisted that no federal money 'be appropriated to the support of any sectarian school.' And, the former general-in-chief of the U.S. armies during the Civil War added, 'if we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon's but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition, and ignorance on the other.'"

More on Hayes here: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/imh/article/view/9921/13553

See also: https://catholicanalysis.org/2016/10/02/bad-governments-hate-church/

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"The young mayor will probably attempt to hold a firm grip over her cabinet while still pursuing the Holy Grail of Roman politics: a check signed by the pope. Raggi must be cautious going forward, after all, hers would not be the first mayoral head that Pope Francis has caused to roll."

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"The answer is that the postmodern man ultimately finds satisfaction in the only thing that is left for him: power. Moral superiority is an undeniable source of power over other people, and postmodernism’s moral imperative offers it cheaply to anyone who accepts its premises. The power to shut others up by merely insinuating that they are a bigot is subtle, but its potency is difficult to overstate."

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We must affirm that popular sovereignty is "a clearly heretical principle"; otherwise, we are reduced to a Machiavellian relativism under which might makes right.

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"When I asked the parishes and the schools in Rome to take in immigrants, many said that it had been a failure. It is not true! It was not a failure at all! A high percentage of Rome's parishes, when they didn't have a big house or they had a very little one, they had their parishioners rent an apartment for an immigrant family. In convent schools, whenever there was room, they welcomed an immigrant family... The answer is that we have done more than you know, because we haven't advertised it."

-- His Holiness Pope Francis

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The President of Taiwan has sent a very complimentary letter to the Holy Father, promising to remain a helpful partner to the Church.

Taiwan also recently gave assistance to the Monks of Norcia: https://en.nursia.org/2016/12/10/ego-frater-maria-paulus/

See also: http://english.president.gov.tw/Default.aspx?tabid=491&itemid=38593&rmid=2355

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"The Vatican's recognition of Taiwan has helped the Asian government show other countries that it values religious freedom, different from the reputation of China, and that it has a powerful friend in Europe that China can’t get, analysts say. Taiwan’s other 20 diplomatic allies are small, mostly poor countries in Africa, Latin America and the South Pacific. They look to Taiwan for development aid."

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