George Washington died a Catholic

George Washington died a Catholic

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Bluebird

Howard Beach, NY

#1 Feb 17, 2007
George Washington’s Conversion to Catholicism

By Ben Emerson

George Washington, the first president of the United States, served from 1789 to 1797 in that capacity. A popular slogan concerning him was that he was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

On December 13, 1799, Washington (aged 67 years) was exposed to a storm of sleet and developed a cold. He rested in bed at his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

On the morning of the 14th at 3:00, he had a severe attack of membranous croup. At daybreak, Mrs. Washington sent for the only physician, Dr. Craik. Two other physicians also came, but all three together could not save him. Washington died between 10:00 and 11:00 that night.

About four hours before Washington’s death, Father Leonard Neale, a Jesuit priest was called to Mount Vernon from St. Mary’s Mission across the Piscataway River. Washington had been an Episcopalian, but was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church that night. After Washington’s death, a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary and one of St. John were found among the effects on an inventory of articles at his home

George Washington had an interest in Roman Catholicism for many years. His servant Juba stated that the General made the Sign of the Cross before meals. He may have learned this practice from his Catholic lieutenants, John Fitzgerald or Stephen Moylan. At Valley Forge, Washington had forbidden during “Pope’s Day,” the burning in effigy of the Roman Pontiff. As President, Washington slipped into a Catholic Church several times to attend Sunday Mass.

Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) praised George Washington highly in an encyclical Longinque Oceani of January 6, 1893, to the bishops of America:“We highly esteem and love exceedingly the young and vigorous American nation, in which we plainly discern latent forces for the advancement alike of civilization and of Christianity... Without morality the State cannot endure – a truth which that illustrious citizen of yours, whom we have just mentioned [‘the great Washington’] with a keenness of insight worthy of his genius and statesmanship perceived and proclaimed... Thanks are due to the equity of the laws which obtain in America and customs of the well-ordered Republic. For the Church amongst you, unopposed by the Constitution and the government of your nation, fettered by no hostile legislation, protected against violence by the common laws and the impartiality of the tribunals, is free to live and act without hindrance.” Washington was a student of the writings on political philosophy of St. Robert Bellarnine and St. Thomas Aquinas. George Washington, James Madison, and some of the other Founding Fathers incorporated into the Constitution in 1787 some of these two saints’ ideas about how to set up a Republic.

In a like manner, Thomas Jefferson had studied these saints and incorporated some of their concepts into the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

A question, therefore, the reader can pose to friends is as follows: Who was the first man who served as U.S. President, who was at the time of his death a Roman Catholic? Most people will say John F. Kennedy, but the correct answer is George Washington, the Father of our Country.
Derrickson

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Feb 17, 2007
Wonderful news......had no idea that the Father
of our Country died a Roman Catholic. How very
blessed he was to have the grace of conversion
and how very blessed America is/was to have had
George Washington as first Commander in Chief.
How we need him now! Thanks for printing this
article.

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#3 Feb 17, 2007
Derrickson wrote:
Wonderful news......had no idea that the Father
of our Country died a Roman Catholic. How very
blessed he was to have the grace of conversion
and how very blessed America is/was to have had
George Washington as first Commander in Chief.
How we need him now! Thanks for printing this
article.
I was under the impression that G.W. was a big-wig in the Freemasons.
Could it be that the beloved Pope of traditionalists could have made a mistake? Oh no!!! Where is Bluebird!!!!

Peace
Robert
Minnesota Mary

Mankato, MN

#4 Feb 18, 2007
I have hanging above my fireplace a limited edition picture of George Washington kneeling in prayer in the snow beside his horse. The picture is entitled, "Prayer at Valley Forge." It was painted by Arnold Friberg who is a well known artist from Utah. He was an artist for Cecil B. DeMille's movie posters, and he also did wonderful Canadian Mounty pictures.

I am so thrilled to know that George Washington died a Catholic. He was our best president, and if we had heeded his warning to not get involved in entangling alliances in other parts of the world we would be much better off today. MM
Bluebird

Howard Beach, NY

#5 Feb 19, 2007
Minnesota Mary wrote:
I have hanging above my fireplace a limited edition picture of George Washington kneeling in prayer in the snow beside his horse. The picture is entitled, "Prayer at Valley Forge." It was painted by Arnold Friberg who is a well known artist from Utah. He was an artist for Cecil B. DeMille's movie posters, and he also did wonderful Canadian Mounty pictures.
I am so thrilled to know that George Washington died a Catholic. He was our best president, and if we had heeded his warning to not get involved in entangling alliances in other parts of the world we would be much better off today. MM
Mary.

Washington was by far our best presidemt. Aftr his terms it was all downhill.

Since: Dec 06

Brighton, CO

#6 Feb 19, 2007
This is just a hunch Bird but is your source for this information the Feeneyites aka Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
Bluebird

Howard Beach, NY

#7 Feb 19, 2007
No

Since: Dec 06

I love my hometown :)

#8 Feb 19, 2007
Does it really matter what religion George Washington believed in when he died? He was still God's child.(I can almost hear some of you now -- YOU GOTTA BE CATHOLIC, NO OTHER RELIGIONS TOLERATED!!) arrrggghh
Minnesota Mary

Mankato, MN

#9 Feb 19, 2007
Sheryl wrote:
Does it really matter what religion George Washington believed in when he died? He was still God's child.(I can almost hear some of you now -- YOU GOTTA BE CATHOLIC, NO OTHER RELIGIONS TOLERATED!!) arrrggghh
To the general population it probably doesn't matter what Washington believed in when he died, but to Roman Catholics it is comforting to know that the Father of our nation, our best President, embraced the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him. MM

Since: Dec 06

Brighton, CO

#10 Feb 19, 2007
Sheryl,

For what it is worth-I've been Catholic all my life; 46 years and quite frankly I don't much care if Washington was Catholic or Methodist. Certainly I do not think him to be the greatest president ever.
Bluebird

Howard Beach, NY

#11 Feb 19, 2007
Sheryl wrote:
Does it really matter what religion George Washington believed in when he died? He was still God's child.(I can almost hear some of you now -- YOU GOTTA BE CATHOLIC, NO OTHER RELIGIONS TOLERATED!!) arrrggghh
Sheryl;

EENS which means no salvation outside the church is a doctrine that we MUST believe. I have no choice in the matter. My opinion counts for nothing!

Since: Dec 06

I love my hometown :)

#12 Feb 19, 2007
Minnesota Mary wrote:
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To the general population it probably doesn't matter what Washington believed in when he died, but to Roman Catholics it is comforting to know that the Father of our nation, our best President, embraced the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him. MM
Mary, not everyone believes the catholic church is the "one" founded by Jesus Christ.

Since: Dec 06

I love my hometown :)

#13 Feb 19, 2007
rocky mountain wrote:
Sheryl,
For what it is worth-I've been Catholic all my life; 46 years and quite frankly I don't much care if Washington was Catholic or Methodist. Certainly I do not think him to be the greatest president ever.
Rocky Mountain, I highly respect your opinion. You're religious and yet realistic. I don't think Washington was the greatest president either, although from what I've learned of him I do think he was pretty good. My personal opinion is that God is probably VERY ecumenical :)
Bluebird

Howard Beach, NY

#14 Feb 20, 2007
Question;Why did papa Washinton not punish his son for chopping down that cherry tree?

Answer; He saw that little George still had the axe in his hand.
Zoompad

Reading, UK

#15 Feb 20, 2007
Bluebird wrote:
Question;Why did papa Washinton not punish his son for chopping down that cherry tree?
Answer; He saw that little George still had the axe in his hand.
:D Nice one!
Minnesota Mary

Mankato, MN

#16 Feb 20, 2007
Sheryl wrote:
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Mary, not everyone believes the catholic church is the "one" founded by Jesus Christ.
And everyone is entitled to believe what they want. But as John Henry Cardinal Newman said, "To be steeped in history, is to cease to be Protestant." Those who refuse to believe that the Catholic Church was founded by Christ usually avoid reading history. It might make them uncomfortable with their preconceived ideas about the Catholic Church. Then it becomes decision time. MM

Since: Dec 06

I love my hometown :)

#17 Feb 20, 2007
Minnesota Mary wrote:
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And everyone is entitled to believe what they want. But as John Henry Cardinal Newman said, "To be steeped in history, is to cease to be Protestant." Those who refuse to believe that the Catholic Church was founded by Christ usually avoid reading history. It might make them uncomfortable with their preconceived ideas about the Catholic Church. Then it becomes decision time. MM
Oh Mary, I take offense. I suggest you read history before the history of Catholicism. And anyway, what do you have against Protestants? Or are you another Bluebird -- be Catholic or be damned? Sometimes I wonder if you people ever THINK.
Minnesota Mary

Mankato, MN

#18 Feb 20, 2007
Sheryl wrote:
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Oh Mary, I take offense. I suggest you read history before the history of Catholicism. And anyway, what do you have against Protestants? Or are you another Bluebird -- be Catholic or be damned? Sometimes I wonder if you people ever THINK.
Most of my friends are Protestant, and I have a deep respect for them because they live very good Christian lives. I even attend two inter-denominational Bible Studies. I have to ask you--how much history have you read about Christianity? Could you give me your sources for the history of Christianity? If the Catholic Church isn't the church that Christ founded then what church is? Can you trace it back to Christ through the writings of its followers? MM

Since: Dec 06

I love my hometown :)

#19 Feb 20, 2007
Minnesota Mary wrote:
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Most of my friends are Protestant, and I have a deep respect for them because they live very good Christian lives. I even attend two inter-denominational Bible Studies. I have to ask you--how much history have you read about Christianity? Could you give me your sources for the history of Christianity? If the Catholic Church isn't the church that Christ founded then what church is? Can you trace it back to Christ through the writings of its followers? MM
Mary, I'm glad to hear you have non-Catholic friends that you don't necessarily believe are condemned. The reason I asked is that some Catholics are convinced all non-Catholics go to hell, which is ridiculous. As for my study of history/Christianity, I do not limit myself to studying only Catholicism. I study many religions, and in particular Reform Judaism. It is debatable whether or not Jesus established the Catholic church; just because the Catholic church claims Jesus as its founder doesn't necessarily make it so -- there are many other divisions of Christianity that can attest to that. There are many, many books about Christianity -- you must know that; how can I cite all the ones I've studied here? Have you ever studied Greek/Roman/Egyptian mythology? They were once firmly believed religions. Personally, I think there's a good chance there will be "Christian mythology" right along with them in the centuries to come. Bible study is interesting; however, most people go to them with pre-conceived notions. I would prefer to go with an objective mindset and no biases. There is an excellent book called "Sixteen Crucified Saviors"; I can't remember the author but I once got it from a library so it's probably listed on amazon.com . Also, as I'm sure you know, there is a wealth of information about different religions on the internet and I have an insatiable interest in studying them. I very often read posts on this Catholic forum to try to understand why I ever believed in that religion in the first place. Also, even though you and I may differ in our beliefs, I thank you sincerely for praying for my sister. This is such a hard time; I can't believe this is happening to her. She is suffering terribly; however, she's in an excellent hospital (Westchester NY Medical Center) and they actually have managed to get one of her kidneys functioning again.
Bluebird

Howard Beach, NY

#20 Feb 21, 2007
Sheryl.

I am so sorry to hear of the continued suffering of your sister. Both of you continue in my prayers.

Sheryl, this is my faith which I will live on and die on.I don't know where I am going until I go to judgement, but I can hope.

Our Lord walked the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows, on Good Friday as He carried that Cross that our sins had imposed so unjust upon Him. He willingly embraced His Cross so as to pay back in His Sacred Humanity the blood debt that was owed to Him in His Infinity as God, to re-open the Gates of Heaven that had been closed by Adam's sin and to stretch out His arms on the horizontal beam of the Cross so as to embrace all men for all time to lift them up on the vertical beam to the Father in Heaven in Spirit and in Truth. Whether any one human being cooperates with the graces won for his immortal soul on the wood of the Holy Cross is up to the free will of that person. We do know, however, that God wants us to cooperate with the graces, made possible for us by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood, and to be conscious of the fact that our life might very well be demanded of us this very night. Are we ready to make an accounting of our lives as the moment of our Particular Judgments?

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