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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Aug 08, 2022

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …

In days bygone, it would have seemed presumptuous to edit the Declaration of Independence, the holy writ of America’s founding. But now an iconoclastic essay in the New York Times attempts to reframe our history, in line with the 1619 Project. They started it. So, with all due respect to Thomas Jefferson and company, let’s revisit the Declaration and offer some editorial suggestions.

The Declaration famously asserts:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. …

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