God, Family and Country

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by Paul Brock III  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 19, 2020   

Virtue giving way to vice

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The mantra of God, family and country doesn't ring true like it used to in America.

In the United States, church membership and national pride are at all-time lows. There are 15 million homes without a father — triple the number in 1960.

Whether or not it's God the Father, the earthly father of the family or the fatherland, hatred of the father appears to be the reason underlying these statistics.

In this week's Mic'd Up, Christine Niles talks to Dr. John Zmirak about the lack of patriotism in America, the riots sweeping the country, the election and much more. Zmirak is senior editor of The Stream and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism, among many other books.

With God, family and country on the way out in America, so too are the virtues of religion, piety and patriotism.

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Religion is the virtue by which one renders to God what is due to Him.

Piety is the virtue of rendering to one's family, specifically parents, due honor and reverence.

Patriotism is a subvirtue to piety in which one renders to one's country the honor due to it.

Patriotism comes from the Latin word patria, meaning "father."

Whether or not it's God the Father, the earthly father of the family or the fatherland, hatred of the father is the reason for these statistics.

Currently, just under one in every four American families is headed by a single parent, with 80% of these households being headed by the mother, and the father absent.

On top of this, the National Child Support Program offers financial incentives for fatherlessness.

Saint Thomas Aquinas, who is universally recognized as one of the Church's greatest philosophers and theologians, draws the connection between God, family and country by saying, "Man is a debtor chiefly to his parents and his country, after God. Wherefore just as it belongs to religion to give worship to God, so it belongs to piety, in the second place, to show reverence to one's parents and one's country."

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