Further, if the ideas were adopted in America after originating in Europe and England, they backwashed from here to the Universal Church at Vatican II, notably in the Council’s promulgation of its Declaration on Religious Liberty, so that it is no longer possible, as it was a century ago when Pope Leo XIII condemned the heresy of Americanism in his Apostolic Letter Testem Benevolentiae , to contrast the Church in this country with the Church as she is in the rest of the world.


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