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   "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."   These are the first words of our nation's Bill of Rights, and these words were deliberately placed there by our founding fathers to protect future Americans against having to suffer the influence of the Catholic Church in their government.  This was the primary concern of our Anglo Saxon Protestant founding fathers who originally came to America to escape the many persecutions of the Catholic Church in Europe that was burning Protestants at the stake and torturing those who dared to teach religious doctrines that differed from those of the Catholic Church.  It would be over two centuries before the election of John F. Kennedy would allow a Catholic to occupy the office of President of the United States.

   Approximately two decades after the election of JFK, another man, also raised an Irish Catholic, decided that he also would seek the Presidency of the United States.  Former California governor Ronald Reagan was well aware of the political liabilities of being a Catholic running for the Oval Office, and so he decided to join the Episcopal Church, a Protestant denomination following all the customs of Catholics but recognizing only the British Archbishop of Canterbury as their leader, and not the pope of Rome.  Some people wondered whether Mr. Reagan was actually a Protestant, or a Catholic in disguise.  Later, during what became known as the "Reagan years" another man, also raised an Irish Catholic, held the position of Speaker of the House.   His name was Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, and he came from the same state as President John F. Kennedy.

   The fact that these two full-blooded Irish Catholics were now in control of two of the three branches of the U.S. government, did not go entirely unnoticed by the Holy See in Rome.  President Ronald Reagan was summoned to Rome for an audience with the pope.  On June 2nd, 1982, Ronald Reagan along with a full delegation of representatives of the U.S. government, arrived at the Vatican and met with pope John Paul II to express their solidarity with the pope on many political and social issues.  Pope John Paul immmediately activated the political arm of his church, the Jesuits (often described as priests dressed in suits) to complete the task of establishing official political recognition of the Holy See by the U.S. government.

   Political agents of the Catholic Church from Marquette University, a Jesuit university located in Marquete Michigan, were immediately assigned to the task of completing the process.  A formal bill was prepared for Congressional approval under the leadership of House Speaker Tip O'Neill, officially recognizing the Roman Catholic Church and its papacy as a political entity.  The bill was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on January 10th, 1984.  Officially establishing the postion of "Ambassador of the United States to the Holy See," the bill created this new position that was filled by William A. Wilson, a graduate of the Marquette Jesuit University.  This new law also established an embassy on Aventine Hill (one of Rome's seven hills) to be funded with American tax dollars.

   This revolutionary political event was not widely covered in the liberal press and therefore escaped the notice of most Americans, who never even realized that the first Amendment of America's Bill of Rights was so egregiously violated.  America's former president John Adams had carefully prefaced his Bill of Rights starting with this phrase stating that Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion, to protect all freedom-loving Americans from ever being forced to suffer the influence of Catholicism in Washington D.C.

   With new official political recognition by the most powerful nation on Earth, the pope could now officially meet with the Congress of the United States and with the President to affect changes in the future direction of U.S. government and also enjoy new political standing in the United Nations.  The pope finally was able to gain political influence over God's people in America.





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