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WHAT ARE CATHOLICS TO DO? HERE ARE THE TOP 5 PLACES FOR VOLUNTARY EXILE
Catholic Vote ^ | July 13, 2013 | JOSHUA BOWMAN

Posted on 07/13/2013 3:06:04 PM PDT by NYer

Over the past few years, Catholics have seen a non-stop assault on traditional values. With the reversal of DOMA by the Supreme Court, the aggressively anti-Catholic liberal agenda will only become stronger. As Christians, it is our duty to bear witness and to stand up for our beliefs, but what if things get really bad–like secret catacombs, beheadings, burning at the stake, and thrown to the lions bad? What are the best places to hide away from the increasingly hostile secular culture? As a service to our readers, we present the top five places for faithful Catholics to spend a peaceful self-imposed exile!

5. Andorra

Encamp, Andorra, as seen from the Vall dels Cortals

Encamp, Andorra, as seen from the Vall dels Cortals

Like the Vatican, Andorra is one of few countries on earth to have a cleric as the head of state. In this case, Archbishop Joan Enric Vives i Sicilia currently shares the title of co-prince of Andorra with Francois Hollande (who also holds the title of honorary canon of the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the mother church of all Christendom). The main industries in Andorra are banking (thanks to extremely low tax rates), sheep, and tobacco products. The population is over 90% Catholic and the constitution provides special privileges to Catholics. Nestled in the mountainous Pyrenees, Andorra is an excellent place to get away from it all. The landlocked nation has no railways, ports, or airports whatsoever. The only access is by road or helicopter. As a fun bit of trivia, Andorra remained in a state of war with Imperial Germany from World War I until 1958 due to a small oversight in the Treaty of Versailles and despite the fact that Andorra did not actually take part in the fighting.

4. San Marino

The Guaita Fortress and part of the City of San Marino

The Guaita Fortress and part of the City of San Marino

San Marino has all the beauty and culture of Italy, but without a scoundrel whoremonger for a Prime Minister. San Marino, like Italy, is also 95% Catholic. Although national defense is provided by the Italian military, San Marino maintains its own mostly volunteer military and although the duties are almost entirely ceremonial, it is considered a great privilege to serve. The skyline of San Marino is dominated by three ancient towers which overlook the city from craggy mountain peaks. The most popular sports are metric football and formula one racing and every year on the 3rd of September, the micronation celebrates the Feast of San Marino which marks the independence of the tiny republic from the Roman Empire in the year 301 A.D.

3. Malta

Valletta skyline, Malta

Valletta skyline, Malta

The island nation off the coast of Sicily has a population of over 425,000 of which 98% is Catholic and Roman Catholicism is the state religion. Long the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller, Malta has historically been a stopping point for voyages between Rome and the Holy Land ever since St. Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked there in around the year 60 A.D. To this day, Malta has a diverse but very small population of religious minorities which reflects its status as the strategic crossroads of the Mediterranean. The main language is Maltese, but English is also very widely spoken. Maltese culture places a strong emphasis on marriage and family and there are many traditions associated with motherhood.

2. Wallis and Futuna

Beach on Ile Aloka, Wallis and Futuna

Beach on Ile Aloka, Wallis and Futuna

Wallis and Futuna is a cluster of tiny volcanic islands pretty much as far away from anywhere you can get. Technically still part of France, the islands have been self-governing since 2003. Of the population of roughly 15,000 people, 99% are Catholic. Prior to their conversion, the native Wallisian people are reported to have practiced cannibalism, but nowadays the main ingredients of the local cuisine mainly consist of pork, chicken, fish, coconuts, mangoes, and figs. Like other Polynesian cultures, Kava is a popular beverage. The locals still perform traditional music, dancing, and rituals associated with their ancient pagan beliefs, but Roman Catholicism is the official state religion.

1. St. Pierre and Miquelon

Houses, Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Houses, Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Our top choice is this tiny island community off the coast of Newfoundland. Saint-Pierre and Miquelon has a population of about 6,000 of which over 99% are Catholic. The only territory in the world that is more Catholic is the Vatican, but of course you must be a cleric or a Swiss guard to claim Vatican citizenship. That makes Saint-Pierre and Miquelon the most Catholic country in the world that is open to the laity. The downside: the average winter temperatures are in the teens. The major industries of Saint-Pierre are all centered on fishing which makes sense, because St. Peter is the patron of fishermen. The most popular sport in Saint-Pierre is hockey and every year there is a heritage festival with traditional activities like lumberjack skills and the ancient Celtic sport of stone heaving. Keeping the Friday fast will be a cinch as the local cuisine is pretty much all seafood all the time.


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1 posted on 07/13/2013 3:06:04 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

http://www.LivingInThePhilippines.com


2 posted on 07/13/2013 3:06:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Pope Benedict at St. Paul’s Grotto, Malta
3 posted on 07/13/2013 3:07:10 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer

for later read-


4 posted on 07/13/2013 3:09:51 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: NYer

http://rudolphgrotto.org/
I visited here a couple of weeks back to reminisce about the time my Grandmother took my cousin and me when we were in the late single digits of age. It was cool both times.


5 posted on 07/13/2013 3:13:43 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: NYer
Like other Polynesian cultures, Kava is a popular beverage.

I could go for that. Problem with most of these locations is you'd better be satisfied with the NO, because that's going to be the only choice.

Also, regarding the beautiful and wonderfully-climated Mediterranean locations, I am not hot to be in the crossfire of a north Africa-Middle East-southern European war. But if that comes to pass, things much more valuable to the Church than my own life are going to go up in flames.

6 posted on 07/13/2013 3:18:12 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: NYer

As a Catholic, I am not tasked to hide my faith and run while the world is taken over by heathens. Maybe when I’m an old(er) lady.


7 posted on 07/13/2013 3:21:01 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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To: steve86

You can all go to hell - I will go to Texas. Already in voluntary exile.


8 posted on 07/13/2013 3:21:35 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: NYer

So.. “Run Away” is the awesome righteous response?

Ohhhhkay.


9 posted on 07/13/2013 3:23:55 PM PDT by humblegunner (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: steve86

In case you didn’t know, that’s a quote from our very own Davy Crockett.


10 posted on 07/13/2013 3:24:44 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("The past isn't dead --- it isn't even past." - William Faulkner)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

He’s not homegrown he’s from Tennessee. ;)


11 posted on 07/13/2013 3:35:04 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: JCBreckenridge
Hey! I'm from Tennessee!
12 posted on 07/13/2013 3:40:37 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("The past isn't dead --- it isn't even past." - William Faulkner)
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To: NYer

I don’t recall a call to run away in the Bible anywhere. Aren’t we to sharpen our swords and Fight the Good Fight?


13 posted on 07/13/2013 3:41:35 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

LOL we are both ‘recovering Yankees’.


14 posted on 07/13/2013 3:42:16 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: NYer
The Falklands?

It's where on of the characters in Brave New World agreed to be exiled to, IRRC.

15 posted on 07/13/2013 3:45:57 PM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means." --I. Montoya)
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To: JCBreckenridge
You can all go to hell - I will go to Texas.

A line made famous by none other than David Crockett.

16 posted on 07/13/2013 3:58:11 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: NYer
Malt is certainly a nice place. The people combine the best in Mediterranean and English culture. It is a very pro-family place and religiously tolerant. While ninety five per cent plus of the population are at least nominal Catholics there is an active Evangelical culture in Valetta with Sunday and Wednesday meetings. Aside from being part of the Euro block it is a truly good place with lots of history and beautiful scenery.
17 posted on 07/13/2013 4:03:00 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: NYer

Wallis and Futuma? 15000 people on a rock in the middle of the ocean seems.... Like LOST.


18 posted on 07/13/2013 4:03:58 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: NYer

Malta is very catholic and very enjoyable (though a bit crowded).
If you are a single man and enjoy the company of Catholic, very attractive, charming and pleasant women, you VERY MUCH need to get to Malta.


19 posted on 07/13/2013 4:05:55 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: NYer

I’m surprised that neither Chile nor Philippines get mentioned.


20 posted on 07/13/2013 4:09:20 PM PDT by posterchild
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