Our Faith In Pictures: Independence
A blessed Independence Day to you! Each July 4, we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Did you know that the sole Catholic who signed the Declaration, Charles Carroll, was at that time not allowed to vote, to practice his Catholic faith, or to raise his children in the faith? He was perhaps the wealthiest man in the colonies, with one brother who signed the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, and another who was the first American bishop; he was the architect of the U.S. Senate, and most Americans have never heard of him or his family.
Take a few moments today to learn more about our Catholic founder and the principles that guided him to support our fledgling nation even though it did not fully support him.
Articles on Charles Carroll
- A July 4 Remembrance of America's Catholic Founding Father (CruxNow.com article)
- Catholic Founding Fathers - The Carroll Family (CatholicEducation.org article)
- Charles Carroll: Catholic Founder (LonelyPilgrim.com blog post)
While you're at it, check out Carroll and six other Catholic Americans you should know on EpicPew.com!
Finally, listen to Fr. Mike Schmitz on the burden of freedom and how U.S. Catholic should approach the great gift of our independence.