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"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." These are the very first words of our nation's "Bill of Rights," and these words were deliberately placed there by our founding fathers to protect future Americans against having to suffer the influence of the Catholic Church in their government. This was a primary concern of our Anglo Saxon Protestant founding fathers who originally came to America to escape the many persecutions of the Catholic Church that was burning alive Protestants and torturing anyone who dared to teach religious doctrines that differed from those of the Catholic Church.
It would be over two centuries before the election of America's first Catholic President, John F. Kennedy. Approximately two decades after JFK 's election, governor Ronald Reagan of California, also raised in an Irish Catholic household, was also elected President. While Reagan was President, another man, also raised an Irish Catholic, held the position of Speaker of the House. Speaker Thomas "Tip" O'Neill was from Massachusetts, the same state as John F. Kennedy.
The fact that these two full-blooded Irish Catholics were now in control of two of the three branches of the U.S. government, did not go entirely unnoticed by the Holy See in Rome. America's newest president Ronald Reagan, was soon summoned to Rome for an audience with the pope. On June 2nd, 1982 President Ronald Reagan and a full delegation of representatives of the federal government met with pope John Paul II to express their solidarity with the the pope on many political and social issues. Pope John Paul II immediately ordered the political arm of his church, the Jesuits (often described as priests in suits) to complete the important task of establishing official recognition of the Roman See and its papacy by the U.S. government.
A formal bill was soon prepared for Congressional approval under the leadership of House Speaker Tip O'Neill, officially recognizing the Catholic Church as a political entity. This bill was signed into law by Ronald Reagan, on January 10th, 1984, officially establishing a new position of "Ambassador of the United States to the Holy See." The position of Ambassador was filled by William Wilson, a graduate of Marquette Jesuit University in Wisconsin. The new law also established an embassy on Aventine Hill (one of Rome's seven hills) to be funded with American tax dollars.
This revolutionary political event was not widely covered in the liberal press and therefore escaped the notice of most Americans, who never even realized that the first Amendment of America's Bill of Rights was so egregiously violated. America's former president John Adams had carefully prefaced his "Bill of Rights" starting with this important phrase stating that "Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion..." to protect all freedom-loving Americans from ever suffering the influence of Catholicism in U.S. government.
With new official political recognition by the most powerful nation on Earth, the pope could now officially meet with the Congress of the United States and with the President to affect changes in the future direction of U.S. government and also enjoy new political standing in the United Nations. On September 24, 2015, a join meeting of Congress, presided over by America's Catholic Vice President, Joe Biden, and America's Catholic Speaker of the House, John Boehner, Pope Francis I of Rome, for the first time in history addressed a joint session of Congress and layed out his bold vision for the United States of America.
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