Catholocism and Political Struggles

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Catholicism has many positive religious aspects but has had various political struggles.
Catholicism is Christianity practiced in an organized, structured manner, being both religious and political. Members of the Catholic Church have been active in the politics of the United States since the mid-19th century. This religion dates back to 32 with Pope St. Peter to present day with Pope Francis. Throughout the centuries, there have been numerous struggles relating to the Roman Catholic Churches around the world including centre parties and, most commonly, the reforms.
Start of Catholicism in America
Before the 1840’s, Catholics had a very minor role in the history of America. Germany and Ireland were the leading countries contributing to the mass migration of Catholics to enter America. So by 1840 there were nearly 600,000 catholic people in America. 3/4ths of which were Irish natives escaping from poverty during the potato famine. Within 5 years, America was flourishing with numbers reaching 962,000 Catholics.
With this rapid arrival of so many Catholics, a political uproar arose and papal interfering was feared. This caused anti-Catholicism and a short lived “Know Nothings” revelry in the 1850’s.
German Centre Party
France and Germany had two very different outlooks at social and political Catholicism. For example, in December 1906, Merry del Val argued to two French assumptions: “It would seem in affect that French Catholics are not interested in religious liberty, and that they wearily take up a defensive posture only when Rome demands it. It is, on the contrary, the duty of French Catholics to push intransigence to its ultimate limits, to reject utterly the laws that the government formulate...

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...d land. This Reformation impacted many ordinary people. Instead of approaching the Altar and the Papal populace, they were free to worship where ever the heck they wanted to. The first English printing of the Bible was also impacted from the Reformation of the Church. Just because he wanted to marry his mistress, Henry split the Church of England from the Church of Rome.



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