See this online ebook:
We Hold These Truths: Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition, by John Courtney Murray, S.J. (Kansas City, MO: Sheed and Ward, 1960). May be read online at Woodstock Theological Library at Georgetown University. [N.B., We have assumed that this work was lawfully made available online by Georgetown University and that links to it may be lawfully made. Kindly advise us if this is incorrect.]
See also these related texts:
- Encyclical “Longinqua” on Catholicism in the United States, by Pope Leo XIII, 06 January 1895. May be read online at the Holy See.
- Encyclical “Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae” concerning New Opinions, Virtue, Nature and Grace, with regard to Americanism, by Pope Leo XIII, January 22, 1899. May be read online at the on this page at the EWTN Libraries. [N.B., A commentary that views Americanism as a variant of false ecumenism or indifferentism is available at: “Evangelization and Americanism” (article) by Bradley Eli, and “Mic’d Up: Americanism” (podcast) at Church Militant.]
- Letter to the Bishops of the United States, by Pope John Paul II, 3 April 1983. May be read online at the Holy See.
- Maritain and America, edited by Christopher Cullen, S.J. and Joseph Allan Clair (American Maritain Association, 2009). The contents of the work are available in pdf format and listed on this Table of Contents page, accessible through the webpage listing American Maritain Association Publications at the Jacques Maritain Center.
- Pastoral letter of the Archbishops and Bishops of the United States Assembled in Conference at the Catholic University of America, September, 1919 (Washington, D.C., The National Catholic Welfare Council, 1920). Available at Open Library and Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy here. [N.B., This is a restatement of doctrine and an exhortation on all aspects of the Catholic life in the United States.]
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