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To Be American and Catholic: Avoiding the Heresy of "Americanism" 11/13/2012
November 13 AOTM will be hosting a panel debate on the "phantom" heresy of Americanism.  Americanism, which some disputed was an actual heresy (hence the term "phantom"), encompasses several beliefs about how the Catholic faith should be combined with secular American culture.  Opponents of Americanism allege this outlook has led to an absorption of the Catholic faith by the secular culture.  One recent critic puts it, "There's not a dime's worth of difference between Catholics and their fellow Americans now in moral outlook or religious practice. We fornicate at the same rate. We divorce at the same rate. We abort our children at the same rate. We are materially rich and so, in true chauvinistic fashion, we claim favored-nation status before the Lord."
 
It is clear that the Catholic faith in America is in decline.  We've found three men (two veterans and one newcomer) who don't at all agree on whether Americanism is to blame.  Michael Matt (Editor, Remnant), David Deavel (Associate Editor, Logos), and Ed Hester (Faculty, Providence Academy) will bring their varying perspectives to the table in an effort to understand how we've degenerated from a nation with a growing Catholic faith to one where diocese struggle to remain viable amidst shrinking mass attendance and mass apostasy.
 
The work of each panel member would be to each, on his own, compose his response to - and suggested remedies for – in consideration of Shaw's assertion:

If the Catholic Church in the United States means to survive, Americanism must finally- nearly a century after Testem Benevolentiae undertook to do the job - be laid to rest. 

 
Argument of the Month South Saint Paul
St. Augustine's Catholic Church
408 3rd Street North, South Saint Paul, MN 55075

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What's on the Menu
Appetizer
Spinach Dip


This dip is a blend of two types of cheese, spinach, roasted garlic and spices. Then we top it off with another layer of cheese and bake it until golden brown.
Dinner
Robust Red Sauce over Angel Hair Pasta
This spicy and very robust tomato sauce is bursting with sausage, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and brought to perfection with a little red wine. Served over a bed of angel hair pasta.
Cheese Covered Garlic Herb Bread and Caesar Salad as a side.
Dessert
Chocolate cake

AOTM General Event Information
5:30pm Social Hour and Appetizers
7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm Main Presentation/Debate
9:30pm Wrap Up

Adult General Admission: $20 (same cost for both tickets at the door) and
Minor General Admission: $15 (Sons under 21).

Come share conversation, refreshments and appetizers with other guys then enjoy a fabulous "Manly Meal”. After that, listen to a great debate on the things that matter most. Men of all creeds and ages are welcome to join in the good humor, food, and fellowship. Priests and seminarians get in free but will not be shown partiality in debate. Fathers are encouraged to bring their minor sons.

Audio Files
Title Speaker(s) Date Type Format Download
To Be American and Catholic: Avoiding the Heresy of "Americanism" Michael Matt, David Deavel 11/13/2012 Talk/Debate MP3 Download
To Be American and Catholic: Avoiding the Heresy of "Americanism" Michael Matt, David Deavel 11/13/2012 Q&A MP3 Download

Event Speakers

Michael Matt


David Deavel


Ed Hester

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