The Star-Spangled Heresy: Americanism

The Star-Spangled Heresy: Americanism

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Book Summary:

Americanism is a heresy which five different popes have condemned. But what is it? Perhaps the best characterization of Americanism was given by Leo XIII's biographer Msgr. T'Serclaes: "A spirit of independence which passed too easily from the political to the religious sphere."

"That the Church and State ought to be separated is an absolutely false and pernicious error ... It limits the action of the State exclusively to the pursuit of public prosperity during this life, though this is only the proximate raison d'etre of political societies." - Pope St. Pius X in Vehementer

"It is unlawful to follow one line of conduct in private life and another in public, respecting privately the authority of the Church, but publicly rejecting it; for this would amount to joining together good and evil, and to putting man in conflict with himself; whereas he ought always to be consistent, and never in the least point not in any condition of life to swerve from Christian virtue." - Leo XIII in Immortale Dei

"Believe me, the evil I denounce is more terrible than the Revolution, more terrible even than the Commune. I have always condemned liberal Catholicism, and I will condemn it forty times over if it be necessary!" - Pius IX

Other Books by Solange Hertz
  • On The Contrary
  • Beyond Politics
  • Utopia Nowhere
  • Apostasy in America
  • Women, Words & Wisdom
  • Come Down, Zacchaeus

About the Author:
Solange Hertz

An established writer before the Second Vatican Council, Solange Hertz wrote for most Catholic periodicals and had five books to her credit, one a selection of the Catholic Literary Foundation. When she refused to adjust her theology to the new “Spirit of Vatican II,” her manuscripts almost overnight became unacceptable to her former editors. After a series of articles on feminine spirituality for the old Triumph magazine, she continued speaking for tradition by successfully producing The Thought of Their Heart and Sin Revisited on her own.

In 1973 she began writing the Big Rock Papers, published privately throughout the next decade and the source of the highly acclaimed Star Spangled Heresy: Americanism, published in 1992. Currently her articles can be found in The Remnant, and abroad in Apropos, Christian Order and Action Familiale et Scolaire. Mrs. Hertz is universally regarded as one of traditional Catholicism’s foremost contemporary writers and lecturers.

Solange Hertz died on October 3, 2015 in Ashburn, VA. She was 95 years old. For more information on her life, visit

Tumblar House has used excerpts from several of her books and turned them into articles for everyone to read in the Lounge. For a complete listing, click here.

Memorable Quotes by Solange Hertz

"Woman's vocation is a mystery. Woman is a mystery. She is mysterious not only to men, but especially to herself. Rather than face the mystery within themselves, many women prefer to live out their lives as second-rate, small-size men. It's unnatural, but it's easier." (Searcher of Majesty)

"Before long the Spaniards may be charged with setting back organ transplants 500 years by outlawing the Aztec practice of ripping out hearts from living donors. What an irreparable loss that their expertise, part of the great American heritage, was not transmitted to medical posterity!" (On The Contrary)

"Our initial gluttony is naturally followed by lust unless checked, for undue partaking of food normally leads to undue partaking of persons." (Sin Revisited)

"Before her final glorification, Holy Mother the Church may have much to suffer from her Popes, who like St. Peter, still look for ways out of their difficulties by applying political solutions to spiritual problems." (Beyond Politics)

Some choice excerpts from Women, Words, and Wisdom

About the vocation of the housewife: "...a housewife rooted in God distributes grace with the breakfast cereal, and her 'vow of stability' is the nexus of the home... She puts Aristotle into the language of the nursery and teaches moral theology while she relays current events."

About prayer: "Nothing so enlarges the confines of the home as praying in it."

About pride: "One of the most telling mortifications for proud souls... is being conventional."

About housecleaning: "It's the housewife's special little share in the Redemption to be able to atone for others' sins by washing others' clothes."

About saints: "They're the only people in the world who ever have any real fun."

About the house: "The house is the housewife's basic spiritual handbook."

About reading: "Unfortunately a lot of good reading, like virtue, gets a bad name because for some unaccountable reason it attracts the worst squares."

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The Star-Spangled Heresy: Americanism
5 Stars A heresy that is overlooked
on June 30, 2015
Excellent book. Short and to the point. I was amazed, but not shocked, at how the 1700s and 1800s were and proves that we shouldn't put all the blame on the second Vatican council as the problem was long before it as Pius IX, Pius X, et al were writing and warning against it.
The Star-Spangled Heresy: Americanism
5 Stars Good overview of the heresy of Americanism
on July 13, 2015
Good summation of the fact that the heresy of Americanism is real, not the "non-existant" heresy some claim it is. This book hits all the important details and people involved. I'm looking for a more detailed treatment now that I've read this. Seems like when Vatican II rolled around Americanism merged with Modernism leading to the turmoil in the Church we've had since then.
The Star-Spangled Heresy: Americanism
5 Stars Think America is a Christian nation?? Think again!
on June 20, 2005
This is an excellent book, easy to read, that makes a valid arguement that our system of government is heretical (against the teachings of scripture and Christian tradition) and the men who conceived of it had as their goal the destruction of Christian, western culture. This book was written several years ago, but time has proven Ms. Hertz theory to be a persuasive one. The paganization of America and the collapse of the Roman Catholic Church make sense in the light of her hypothesis. This book is out of print, probably because it attacks the status quo to it's core. Get one while you can.