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Allocutio (July, 2010)
  Br. David Marten, Senatus President

Our Catholic Heritage is well represented in the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. where each state has two statues of important  historic figures in the statuary hall.  There are a total of 4 Catholic priests and 1 nun who are represented by a statue.  Blessed Junipero Serra, O.F.M. represents California.  Fr. Marquette, S.J. - Wisconsin;  Fr. Kino, S.J. – Arizona; Saint Damien of Molokai – Hawaii; and One nun represents the state of Washington – Sr. Joseph who founded many orphanages.  Also of interest are the relief portraits of famous lawgivers and lawmakers in history, located in the House of Representatives Chamber.  For example, there is the portrait of Moses for the Ten Commandments, Hammurabi for his Code of laws, Napoleon for the Napoleonic Code, and Thomas Jefferson, for the Bill of Rights.  But there are many famous Catholics here, also - Pope Gregory IX, Saint Louis, Pope Innocent III, and Simon de Montfort.  All of these Catholics, and many more, were important in the history of the World and the United States.  In recent years, there has been an attempt to deny and denigrate the accomplishments of Catholics, and to expunge their contributions from American History, and from American Government, with the excuse of "Separation of Church and State".   We need to assert the truth - That the ideals of America are in large part, due to the efforts of Catholics, and Americans cannot be separated from our Catholic and Judean-Christian heritage.

           The October 2009 Allocutio, given by Fr. Goode at the San Francisco Senatus of the Legion of Mary

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