Religion's Influence On Religion In America

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Religion in America is as diverse as the people living in this country. Christians, Buddhist, Muslims, Atheists, etc., have shaped this country to what it is, and what it will continue to be. Political choices have been influenced by religion throughout the years in history. One of America’s great religious leaders, John Carroll Archbishop of Baltimore, was he first Catholic Archbishop of the United States. His knowledge not only served in the church, but also with well-known political names in American History. As history has taught, religious freedom was not always the case in early America. Catholics were forbidden public worship in the 1700’s. But American Independence from Great Britain that began in 1776, proved to be a turning point…show more content…
John Carroll faced the challenge to depict what democratic ideas could he incorporate into the Catholic Church. He pondered on the fact that many settlers migrated to the New World fleeing the oppression of an established church in Europe “and resolve not to duplicate that situation in the New World”(2). Settlers of America suspected that the Pope would make it difficult to American Catholics to stay loyal to this country and “to enjoy their full democratic rights”(2). Bishop Carroll concluded that he needed to persuade Americans that that was not the case. He went through great pains to prove that Catholics were in fact subject to Rome and that the Pope would only influence them in spiritual matters. Although Carroll was against ‘ecclesiastical democracy’, Carroll urged that “Bishops may be elected, at this distance from Rome, by a select body of clergy constituting as it were a cathedral chapter. Otherwise we shall never be viewed kindly by our government here, and discontent, even amongst our own clergy, will break out”(2)-Theocracy is a form of government in which a God or deity is recognize as the state’s supreme civil ruler, or in higher sense, a form of government, in which a state is governed by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divine guided or is pursuant to the doctrine of a particular religion or religious group- An event occurred on April 30, 1789, that became of great benefit to Carroll after stressing over the future of American Catholics. In common with their fellow-citizens, the American Catholics hailed joy when George Washington was elected as first president. Bishop Carroll congratulated him on behalf of the Roman Catholics for his victory. It was stated that George Washington, alongside Franklin, also admired and became friends with Carroll. He attended Catholic Mass from time to time, and this was of great demonstration to the other colonist that helped
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