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LIBERTAS POPULI

Encyclical regarding rights and freedom under government

To the Bishops, Regular Clergy, and Faithful of the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church, and all citizens of the United States of America, greetings and Apostolic Blessings.

1. The freedom of the people is the sacred responsibility of a civil government. All governments may claim to be just governments if and only if they are founded and operate under God. Civil law is always and everywhere subject to the Laws of Christ. A government that ceases its dedication and devotion to the freedom of the people 	inherently loses its right to govern the people.

2. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, Sections 1031 and 1032, passed by the United States Senate and in danger of being made law in the United States, poses a clear and present danger to individual freedom. These provisions would allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens without due process of law, without legal representation, and without trial.

3. The provisions of Sections 1031 and 1032 effectively remove or restrict Constitutional rights guaranteed to American citizens and the inalienable rights explicitly mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.

4. While the Church does not concern herself with the operational matters of civil government, the Church nevertheless has a sacred duty under God to speak out when a government's actions or potential actions violate natural law and Christian morality. This right is an intrinsic right of the Church as part of its teaching authority, is not political, but rather pastoral, and cannot be removed by civil authority.

5. The new sections of proposed American law have the great potential to move the United States towards a police state and/or socialist or communist government. That these sections grant authority to the government and individually to the President of the United States highly similar to those of police states, tyrannies, and communist regimes around 	the world is reasonably cause for great concern. That the authorities of these police states, tyrannies, and communist regimes are well-known suggests that at least some of those who proposed or supported the new provisions act in full knowledge of what they are doing. Therefore, there exists the possibility that individuals within the United States government are acting openly and intentionally to restrict the rights and freedoms of American citizens and to move the United States closer towards being a police state and/or socialist or communist government.

6. Under no circumstances can the actions of those persons in the government who are acting in full knowledge and intent as stated above be justified. Rather, their actions are directly contrary to natural law.

7. Again, a government that acts against natural law loses its authority to govern. The true statesmen and people in such a case, therefore, are called to act in opposition of unjust law. Citizens under an unjust government that does not rule under God do not owe any allegiance to that country, for only nations that govern under God may justly and rightly claim allegiance of the citizenry.

8. The United States was founded upon Christian principles and has historically rightly claimed to be a nation under God. Recent changes and attempted changes in American law remove the people more and more from the natural rights due to them under God. Furthermore, said changes remove more and more rights and protections from the people under the Constitution, a document established as the foundational law of the United States in order, among other purposes, to protect the inalienable rights of the people. The true nature of America is that of the Christian Faith. All that which is being done by the government in contravention of natural law under Christ is not only against God, but is against the true nature of America.

9. The faithful must pray and act for the conversion of the hearts of those in the government who seek to remove natural rights and freedom of the people, for all people are guaranteed freedom under natural law, regardless of religion. Government leaders must recognize their ultimate duty to God. They fail in their duty to God when they act against natural law. The words of our Lord ring true when we consider that what those in power does to the least of those under their authority, they does to our Lord.

Rutherford c.p.p. I

Given at the Court of Saint Mary of Walsingham
on the Feast of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr
13 December A.D. 2011.

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