Make America Catholic

John Ireland (1838-1918), Archbishop of Saint Paul, Minnesota:

Let me state, as I conceive it, the work which, in God’s providence, the Catholics of the United States are called to do within the coming century. It is twofold: to make America Catholic, and to solve for the Church universal the all-absorbing problems with which religion is confronted in the present age … The work defines the measure of the responsibility … The work is to make America Catholic … The Church is triumphing in America, Catholic truth will travel on the wings of American influence, and encircle the universe.

~Quoted in Lévitt, Vaticanism, p. 12