Father Charles B. Hagearty
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The Flag a Sigh of Unity



The flag should be our sign of unity.  Some say sports are what unites us.  Some say our borders unit us.  Some say the English language is what unites us.  Citizenship unites, say others.

There is some or much truth to all these assertions, but what should be the basic unifier is our flag - to which we pledge allegiance because it represents our  one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”


The flag is basically a sign of unity, not division, and therefore not a protest about anything.

Of course, it is a sign of freedom, in the sense of sovereignty as a representative democracy, and no other country that can tell us what we must do.

Especially as Catholics, we should love our country, because unlike other countries, our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution says that our rights come God, and, in effect, grants to us the maximum right to practice our Catholic Faith. 

The Constitution doesn’t just tolerate our Faith.  It protects our right to “confess” it, which means to “profess” it. 


Note that whenever we read in the Bible the word “confess”, it means profess.  Therefore, whether we are private or public citizens, we may not say that we believe this or that “in our hearts”, but then ignore it in our actions.  Doing that is the sin of hypocrisy and cowardliness.


An example of this is the public figure - such as a politician - going to Mass and receiving Communion, yet only being married civilly, or supporting abortion, or some other serious offence against God.

As Catholics, we should love the Flag because it stands for our right to profess our Catholic Faith and it gives us also the right to protest infringements on our rights.


However, the Constitution (Article 1) does not give us the right to say anything we want, at any time, and in any place, or in any way.

Hence, we do not have the right to protest at any time or place and in any way we want.

On private property may, and should be regulated in some way, at the least by common sense. 

Even on public property it should be regulated for the public good.  An example of this is that in a court room we are required to be quiet unless the judge permits us to speak (and just try telling a First Sargent that you have a right to talk in formation).


If the Flag is ever a sign of protest, let it be a protest against dis-unity.



“Since the Supreme Court’s decisions legalizing abortion-on-demand in 1973, more than 56 million children have lost their lives to abortion. Today, roughly 1 million abortions occur in the U.S. every year.

Two-thirds of Americans oppose late-term abortion, including 60 percent of women who generally oppose abortion after 20 weeks, when a child can feel pain and a mother is at increased risk of abortion’s harms.

In one year, Planned Parenthood performed over 327,000 abortions while receiving over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding. As the largest abortion provider in the nation, the group was responsible for almost 1 million abortions in its past three reporting years alone.

The United States sends tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to the United Nations Population Fund every year despite continued assertions that the organization has been involved in China’s family planning program, which uses forced abortions to enforce the country’s policy limiting parents to two children.

Individuals who enroll in federally subsidized health insurance under Obamacare will pay an additional, all-but-invisible premium solely to cover the costs of elective abortion procedures.”