Kathryn: apropos of your correspondent — balderdash. It’s impossible to compare an act of war against the United States by a declared enemy with the conscience of a Catholic, who understands the difference between rendering unto Caesar and rendering unto a loving God.
When I was growing up in the fifties, my brother and sisters and I were taught, in order:
We were Americans.
We were Catholics.
We were Marine Corps kids (and had to act accordingly among civilians).
We were Irish.
St. Thomas More rightly dissented from Henry VIII’s theological demands, and paid the price of his dissent with his life. What he did not do was produce a weapon and kill Henry, Thomas Cromwell, Richard Rich et al., while shouting the praises of the Pope in Rome or even of God Himself.