The Star-Spangled Heresy: Americanism
Publisher: Tumblar House
Publication Date: November 27, 2012
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
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.
This is a fascinating book. It presents a facet of American history that I have never seen examined elsewhere with the exception of Mr. Coulombe's excellently readable U.S. history survey "Puritan's Empire". That book gives an overview of American history through the lens of Catholicism. Mrs. Hertz's "Star-Spangled Heresy: Americanism" is a book chronicling the history of the Catholic Church itself in America. She tells of the influences that shaped it, the prelates who steered it and of their conflicting ideologies and what that has led to. I had never considered the idea that any country's history or form of government would or could affect The Faith. But it does! I have been reading for years that Freemasonry is evil but had never encountered an explanation of why that is so. Now I know and can clearly see the influence of Masonry in the warp and woof of our founding documents and trace exactly how these ideas have perverted the Faith here in America. But there is so much more that Mrs. Hertz discusses and it is very much worth reading. This is an engaging, thoughtful, wide-ranging but always cohesive treatment of Catholicism in America. I heartily recommend it.
American patriotism is commendable, but an Americanism that idolizes America or refers to it as a new Israel is heresy. This book is an excellent analysis of Americanism, what it is and how to respond to it.
An easy and quick primer outlining the founding errors of America. Well worth the time, especially if you are new to the subject. To delve deeper into the subject I recommend "Puritan's Empire" by Charles Coulombe.
I'm very happy with the purchase.
When I ordered this book, I was afraid I was going to very boring, and I was going to put it down and just forget about.
This was not the case, there is so much information in this book, that it really warrants at least a second reading. This book explains the development of the Church in the United States, and documents the people and events who have shaped its development into what the Church in the US is today. There is no surprise in seeing where we ended up after understanding where we came from. This book is a must-read, and belongs on the shelves of every American Catholic, right next to "Puritan's Empire".
Hertz has it exactly right. America is not the New Jerusalem. We should not make a God out of the Constitution. A must read for any libertarian
I am reading Star-Spangled Heresy:Americanism in September 2020. I am almost 70 years old and America is experiencing the worst turmoil I’ve ever seen. The information in this book gives you the big picture of what has brought us here. It seems most commentators lament the past 50 years since the end of Vatican 2. However the seeds of today’s turmoil were planted way back in the Green Dragon Tavern by those rebelling against the authority of their lawful sovereign King George III. So instead of lamenting the Spirit of Vatican 2, the information in this book will convince you to lament the Spirit of 1776.
I found I could not put it down. Informative and enlightening makes the reader rethink all things American.