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Saturday, July 25, 2009

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Robert Miller

We certainly can say that the Papacy has a long and splendid history of defending the Church against the pretensions of worldly rulers.

We too often forget the question of the legitimacy of worldly rulers. When Our Lord and St. Paul told Christians to be subject to worldly rulers, they identified concrete historical men -- not "the state".

Jesus premised his famous injunction to "Render unto Caesar", with the less well-known question: "Whose image and inscription are these?"

Christians have had a duty of obedience to Caesar and his colleagues and successors for more than a millennium. I would question the proposition that the modern state is Caesar. Somehow, I don't believe that the modern agnostic (and even apostate anti-Christian)state enjoys the mandate of Christ and St. Paul -- pace Archbishop Chaput and Hugo Rahner.

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