If Catholic thinking is what has given rise to democracy, what do we make of the following two democratic articles that the Church's Syllabus of Errors condemned:
63. It is lawful to refuse obedience to legitimate princes, and even to rebel against them. -- Encyclical "Qui pluribus," Nov. 9, 1864; Allocution "Quibusque vestrum," Oct. 4, 1847; "Noscitis et Nobiscum," Dec. 8, 1849; Apostolic Letter "Cum Catholica."
64. The violation of any solemn oath, as well as any wicked and flagitious action repugnant to the eternal law, is not only not blamable but is altogether lawful and worthy of the highest praise when done through love of country. -- Allocution "Quibus quantisque," April 20, 1849.
Article 65 condemns rebellion against the government. Yet all democracies were born in and are replenished by the blood of rebellion agains the "legitimate princes" of the day.
Article 66 condemns the violation of solemn oaths. Many Nazis refused to rebel against Hitler because they went along with this teaching, having sworn a solemn oath to their Fuhrer, they felt religious-bound to undemocratically continue to do his bidding.
-- Sincerely, Albert the Traditional Catholic