and freedom under government
To the Bishops, Regular Clergy, and Faithful of the Anglican Rite
Roman Catholic Church, and all citizens of the United States of
America, greetings and Apostolic Blessings.
1. The freedom of the people is the sacred responsibility of a civil
government. All governments may claim to be just governments if and
only if they are founded and operate under God. Civil law is always
and everywhere subject to the Laws of Christ. A government that
ceases its dedication and devotion to the freedom of the people
inherently loses its right to govern the people.
2. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, Sections 1031 and
1032, passed by the United States Senate and in danger of being made
law in the United States, poses a clear and present danger to
individual freedom. These provisions would allow for the indefinite
detention of American citizens without due process of law, without
legal representation, and without trial.
3. The provisions of Sections 1031 and 1032 effectively remove or
restrict Constitutional rights guaranteed to American citizens and
the inalienable rights explicitly mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.
4. While the Church does not concern herself with the operational
matters of civil government, the Church nevertheless has a sacred
duty under God to speak out when a government's actions or potential
actions violate natural law and Christian morality. This right is an
intrinsic right of the Church as part of its teaching authority, is
not political, but rather pastoral, and cannot be removed by civil authority.
5. The new sections of proposed American law have the great potential
to move the United States towards a police state and/or socialist or
communist government. That these sections grant authority to the
government and individually to the President of the United States
highly similar to those of police states, tyrannies, and communist
regimes around 	the world is reasonably cause for great
concern. That the authorities of these police states, tyrannies, and
communist regimes are well-known suggests that at least some of those
who proposed or supported the new provisions act in full knowledge of
what they are doing. Therefore, there exists the possibility that
individuals within the United States government are acting openly and
intentionally to restrict the rights and freedoms of American
citizens and to move the United States closer towards being a police
state and/or socialist or communist government.
6. Under no circumstances can the actions of those persons in the
government who are acting in full knowledge and intent as stated
above be justified. Rather, their actions are directly contrary to
7. Again, a government that acts against natural law loses its
authority to govern. The true statesmen and people in such a case,
therefore, are called to act in opposition of unjust law. Citizens
under an unjust government that does not rule under God do not owe
any allegiance to that country, for only nations that govern under
God may justly and rightly claim allegiance of the citizenry.
8. The United States was founded upon Christian principles and has
historically rightly claimed to be a nation under God. Recent changes
and attempted changes in American law remove the people more and more
from the natural rights due to them under God. Furthermore, said
changes remove more and more rights and protections from the people
under the Constitution, a document established as the foundational
law of the United States in order, among other purposes, to protect
the inalienable rights of the people. The true nature of America is
that of the Christian Faith. All that which is being done by the
government in contravention of natural law under Christ is not only
against God, but is against the true nature of America.
9. The faithful must pray and act for the conversion of the hearts of
those in the government who seek to remove natural rights and freedom
of the people, for all people are guaranteed freedom under natural
law, regardless of religion. Government leaders must recognize their
ultimate duty to God. They fail in their duty to God when they act
against natural law. The words of our Lord ring true when we consider
that what those in power does to the least of those under their
authority, they does to our Lord.
Rutherford c.p.p. I
at the Court of Saint Mary of Walsingham
on the Feast
of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr
December A.D. 2011.