St. Joseph Notepad
Declaration of Dependence - Msgr. Fulton Sheen
By Msgr. Fulton Sheen.
Monsignor Sheen starts by speaking of “The Spirit of Revolution” and its 3 characteristics and they are: irrational, violent, and atheistic. He next talks about war as a punishment. He says, “We will not start with the assumption that we are innocent and therefore assert that all our misfortune is undeserved,” and that thought eventually leads to a brilliant chapter: War As a Judgement of God and the many evils of our country are compared to those of others, foreign or domestic. And what would he say after over 50 million abortions in our country alone which started 32 years after publication of this book? Perhaps the most important chapter is : A Declaration of Dependence in which he states: “The Declaration of Independence is a Declaration of Dependence. We are independent of dictators because we are dependent on God.” Later in the same chapter he adds we are also dependent on the law, and explains what is happening in our society today. He says, “Freedom is a moral power; not a physical power; not the right to do what you please, but the right to do whatever you ought. But ought implies law, and law implies order, and order implies justice and justice implies God. This book will explain the seriousness of the violence now plaguing many U.S. cities (and also world-wide) and what may occur next.
This wonderful book by Fulton Sheen is a logical sequel to Communism and the Conscience of the West.