integralism

Affirming American Democracy

Mark Tooley on February 2, 2021

The Theopolis Institute hosted a conversation about nationalism and integralism. The latter advocates a society in which the Roman Catholic Church is politically paramount.

Austrian Cistercian monk Pater Edmund Waldstein argued for imperial integralism, recalling the Habsburg Empire. First Things Editor Rusty Reno argued for nationalism with a modified integralism. I argued for American democracy in which all persons have legal equality and no ecclesial structure is privileged.

Here’s my response.

  1. Comment by Rebecca on February 5, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    The Hapsburg Empire? The Catholics have been trying to take over America since colonial days. We Protestants in the New World had to fight them off, both the Spanish and the French. Today, the Catholics and Libertarians have teamed up to do revisionist history at the Acton Institute. They are saying Libertarians and Roman Catholics invented Capitalism and the modern world, not the Protestants. Actual history says they are wrong. It seems, nothing has changed since the Reformation. The world is still after the Protestants.

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