Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be,
for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic,
just and humane society.
Pope John Paul II
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced.
I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously”
Pope John Paul II , 1976, celebration of the Bicentennial of Declaration of Independence in the USA