America: “Not the Most Desirable” Form of Government. But in Principle Not the Worst.

Pope Leo XIII to the Archbishops and Bishops of the United States, and dated Jan. 6, 1895.

“For the Church amongst you, unopposed by the Constitution and government of your nation, fettered by no hostile legislation, protected against violence by the common laws and the impartiality of the tribunals, is free to live and act without hindrance. Yet, though all this is true, it would be very erroneous to draw the conclusion that in America is to be sought the type of the most desirable status of the Church, or that it would be universally lawful or expedient for State and Church to be, as in America, dissevered and divorced.”

— quoted in “The Church of Christ: A Collection of Essays by Monsignor Joseph C. Fenton” by Joseph Clifford Fenton, Christian Washburn Principles Underlying Traditional Church-State Doctrine

The effect of liberty to individuals is, that people may do what they please: We ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risque congratulations, which may be soon turned into complaints”. —Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790

Note: In Catholic-scriptural teaching there can not be a justifiable “liberty” to sin. Only to prevent even greater disorders can some evils be tolerated within carefully circumscribed limits. But evil can never be accommodated or rationalized as not evil.