There is now a growing secessionist movement in response to the re-election of Barack Obama. Apparently, 25,000 Texans have signed a petition to ask the White House to consider letting Texas peacefully secede from the United States of America. I guess they hate America now that it doesn’t look to them like America anymore. In gaining 25,000 signatures within 30 days, on the White House website and per the rules on such matters, these people have earned the right to receive an official response from the White House. If the answer is no, it is presumed that there could potentially be an armed rebellion. Since Texas has a boatload of bishops, I’d recommend to them that they do not hesitate to issue a statement advising against this. Bishops can be kind of slow on the draw sometimes, though. My friend George Vogt offers some reasoning from the catechism, for your consideration.
Paragraph 2243 from the catechism:
Armed resistance to oppression by political authority is not legitimate, unless all the following conditions are met: 1) there is certain, grave, and prolonged violation of fundamental rights; 2) all other means of redress have been exhausted; 3) such resistance will not provoke worse disorders; 4) there is well-founded hope of success; and 5) it is impossible reasonably to foresee any better solution.
If the White House were to agree that Texas should be allowed to peacefully secede, I will not be at all surprised. I’ve seen worse things come out of this White House, including the attack on the freedom of the Church through the HHS mandate and support for “gay marriage.” We Catholics have seen worse than even that, in our long history, however. My advice is not to panic but rather to patiently bear our crosses where we stand. Let us die with our boots on, so to speak. Running from the Cross is the way of the coward, not of saints.
For those of you who are not Catholic and who don’t care what the catechism might say, consider this. You’re saying that you have decided that you hate America so much that you no longer want to be a part of it. In this, you are saying that Barack Obama has not only been re-elected but he has succeeded in his effort to divide us and that he now rules America like an emperor. If you don’t see that as turning tail and running from a threat, I recommend you put a bit more thought into it, because it sure looks that way to a lot of us. Barack Obama can only “fundamentally transform America” if we the people let him. Civil disobedience is what we Catholics are being called to do, such as the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., espoused.
We Catholics offer allegiance to the Church no matter what country we may live in. Many of our brothers and sisters abroad do not have the luxury of engaging in “secession” to protect themselves from abuse of their rights by the powers of evil government. If our rights are abused, then like them, we must put our trust in God to deliver us in accordance with His glory, not to our own glory.
Don’t be a coward. Be a saint.
I ask for prayer for our country.