More Regard For Primates Than Humans

Well, the Harambe dog and pony show has come and gone. Other stories, including the unchecked use of violence by forces of the naturalist “left” to silence those in the naturalist “right” who attempt to listen to a candidate for public office and the clinching of the Democratic Party presidential nomination by the statist pro-abort and lawbreaker named Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, who was endorsed by the statist pro-abort and lawbreaker named Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro yesterday, Thursday, June 9, 2016, Thursday with in the Octave of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Commemoration of Saints Primus and Felician, now occupy what can be called the “twenty-four/seven” news cycle.

One of the advantages of being unable to respond in as timely a manner as used to be the case until severe fatigue and other health issues manifested themselves in the past eighteen months is that the hysteria of this or that event usually passes pretty quickly. Most people today have a very limited attention-span, spending their lives jumping from “circus to circus” without any knowledge of the simple fact that God does not want us to waste our lives by jumping from hoop to hoop, thus leaving no time for prayer or spiritual reading. Indeed, most of the details of the stories one reads fade from one’s memory pretty quickly. Our lives are not meant to be controlled by the “news cycle” and all of the agitation that it—and the endless commentaries of blabbering naturalists—brings to souls. The Harambe story is worthy of commentary only because it is another manifestation of the rotten fruits of the disproved, discredited ideology of evolutionism.

We saw a male gorilla beat up his mate rather severely at the Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Thursday, February 15, 2006. This was not a “crime,” although one wonders whether the beating, if publicized, would have pitted feminists versus “animal-rights” activists, as it animals do not sin. Animals have no rational intelligence. They do not have rational, immortal souls. They do not “reason.” They act by instinct. Gorillas will use their strength to demonstrate or to establish their dominance over others and/or to kill those who they see as a threat, which is what a gorilla at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraksa, wanted to do to Lucy in September of 2006 when he saw us turn a corner in front of his outdoor exhibit, which was separated from spectators by very thick, shatter-proof glass in an enclosed area. Lucy sat down on a bench immediately in front of the glass. It was about five minutes later that the gorilla, who had been staring us all the while, ran over with great determination and pounded the glass with his fists right in front of Lucy.  Having made his point, Mr. Gorilla went back to where he had been seated. Gorillas are not to be trusted.

It was in the course of watching the video of the Harambe incident that I found a related link on You Tube that was headalined as "Gorilla Breaks Glass at Nebraska Zoo" (See Gorilla Breaks Glass At Nebraska Zoo.) Lucy said "That's him! It's the same gorilla" when she saw the video as I was playing it for the family. It was very interesting to see that the experience we had nearly ten years ago had happened again, although the gorilla who wanted to send a message to Lucy did not break the glass.

Thus it is that the shooting of Harambe, a lowland gorilla who was moved two years ago from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, to the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio, should never have been in the least bit controversial. Alas, we live at a time when most people, including most baptized Catholics, believe that they are descended from apes, leading some of the more particularly insane people on the planet to conclude that animal life is equal—if not superior—to human life, heedless of the fact that the creation of Adam was the crowning of God’s creative work in the First Week as recorded in The Book of Genesis. Human beings alone are made in the image and likeness and the Most Blessed Trinity, and it was to redeem man in his fallen human estate the very Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, became Incarnate in the Virginal and Immaculate Womb of His Most Blessed Mother by the power of the Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost.

The equating of animal life to human life was mentioned by Joseph Deters, the District Attorney of Hamilton County, Ohio, when he announced that no charges would be brought against the mother of the three year-old boy who fell into Harambe’s gorilla exhibit on Sunday, May 28, 2016:

Deters said he has been a bit surprised by the reaction to the gorilla's death. He said the zoo suffered a great loss, "but it's still an animal. It does not equate human life, and they felt that this boy's life was in jeopardy, and they made the painful choice to do what they did."

The killing of a 400-pound gorilla that was dragging the child through a moat May 28 set off a torrent of criticism online, with some vilifying the zoo for shooting the animal and others blaming the mother for not watching her child more closely. 

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the case didn't come close to warranting a charge of child endangerment, and he defended the mother as an attentive parent undeserving of the abuse and threats.

He said the mother had three other children with her, ages 1 to 7, and had turned away "for a few seconds" to attend to one when the boy took off.

"If anyone doesn't believe a 3-year-old can scamper off very quickly, they've never had kids. Because they can. And they do," Deters said. (No Charges For Mother In Gorilla Case.)

Well, there was really no reason for Joseph Deters to be surprised by how many of those who e-mailed him about the killing of Harambe equated his life with that of the little boy who, being a little boy, wandered away from his mother was she was attending briefly to other children. Innocent human beings in their mothers’ wombs are killed every day in hospitals and abortuaries of one sort or another in Hamilton County, Ohio, and all across the United States of America and throughout the world. Innocent human beings are being killed under the pretext of “brain death” by modern ghouls who use such shallow canards as “giving the gift of life” to vivisect one fully living human being to “donate” his body’s organs to another human being.

The world of Modernity in which we live is founded upon the death to souls that has resulted from Martin Luther’s revolution against the Divine Plan that God Himself instituted to effect man’s return to Him through His Catholic Church. It is this death to souls that has resulted in Modernity’s war against bodies with which most people alive today are completely comfortable and take-for-granted as a natural and normal part of life and culture. The very crimes against persons and property that prosecutors such as Joseph Deters must prosecute have been made more numerous and violent today because of the ethos of death let loose by Luther, whose revolution was established on the blood of faithful Catholics throughout Europe, including the 72,000 executed under orders of the lecherous, adulterous drunkard King Henry VIII in England and Ireland. Luther’s own revolution establishment, established in the blood of Catholics, has been ratify in blood by the scions of Judeo-Masonic naturalism ever since the late-Eighteenth Century. 

Yes, this is the world in which we live. A world where innocent preborn babies can be suctioned alive. A world where innocent preborn babies can be poisoned by means of saline solution (or urea or prostaglandin). (The use of saline solution, which is injected through a mother's abdomen and into the amniotic sac, burns a baby alive.)

A world where innocent preborn babies can be killed by means of a dilation and evacuation, which involves the carving up of the baby by a butcher as he is in his mother's birth canal.

A world where innocent preborn babies can be killed by means of a hysterotomy, which is a Caesarean section operation performed for the sole purpose of a butcher reaching into a mother's womb and locating the baby so that he can twist his neck until he is dead.

A world where innocent preborn babies can be killed by means of the intact dilation and extraction method, also known as partial-birth abortion (baby-killers have another term for this form of human butchery: "intrauterine cervical decompression"), wherein a baby is partially delivered and scissors pierced through his skull as the contents of his brain are suctioned out ("evacuated," to use the speech of the murderers).

Mind you, each of these methods of killing a preborn baby is equally morally heinous. None is more morally heinous than any of the others. A suction abortion kills a living human being just as a partial-birth abortion kills a living human being. There is no moral distinction whatsoever between the act of a killing a baby at eight weeks of age in his mother's womb or a baby who has been in mother's womb for nearly nine months. Each of these methods of killing a baby remain completely legal in the United States of America and many other parts of the world. Even partial-birth abortion? Yes, even partial-birth abortion, which can be "performed" quite legally if a physician claims that a mother's life is endangered.

The world in which we live is such that absurdity is present in everyday life that many people support the killing of the preborn while expressing outrage when an animal is killed to protect a child.

Guess what?

Animals kill other animals. It’s part of their nature.

The late Marlin Perkins of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom would have had to instruct his associate Jim Fowler to shoot predatory animals attacking their prey as the Wild Kingdom cameras rolled in order to save the intended prey if this madness had entered the social discourse in the 1960s. It not news that gorillas can be dangerous as world of nature was rent asunder by Original Sin. The lion no longer lies down next to the kid without licking his chops.

Here is a news flash: animals cannot be murdered. They can be killed. Only human beings can be murdered. Additional emotionally-laden phrases ("murderous fascist," "diabolical monster," "terrible menace") are supposed to add pathos to this absurdity of complaining about the shooting of a gorilla who had dragged a little boy through the water in his moat.

There have been other many other such incidents in the last thirty years or so.

Then New York Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield accidentally killed a seagull with a practice throw in the outfield of Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on August 4, 1983, while the incarnation of all evil, the Yankees, were playing the Toronto Blue Jays. Winfield was hauled into a police station in Toronto where he had to post a $500 {Canadian) bond before the charges of "animal cruelty" were dropped the next day. It was nine years later that a professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York spent a jail because she had put pigeon repellant on the window sill of her apartment in a high-rise apartment building in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York, New York. A year after that, in 1993, a farmer in rural New Jersey (yes, there are parts of New Jersey that are rural) faced at $10,000 fine and a year in prison for killing a rat, yes, a rat, on his property! This prompted me to write an article for The Wanderer, "If Babies Were Rats." This current piece could just as easily been entitled, "If Babies Were Gorillas."

A Catholic is supposed to understand things in their proper proportion in the Order of Creation and in the Order of Redemption. Animals are given to man to serve his needs when necessary. While no one can be deliberately cruel (that is, injuring or maiming or beating or torturing or kicking an animal for no purpose other than the thrill of seeing pain imposed on the creature) to an animal as this is a violation of the precepts that flow from the Seventh Commandment and the good care of the things of this earth, cruelty to an animal is not the same thing as cruelty to another human being, who has an immortal soul that is made in the very image and likeness of God Himself. Animals do not have rational, immortal souls. They have irrational, mortal souls. No one can equate any kind of cruelty to an animal with cruelty to an human being, no less to express "outrage" over such cruelty to animals while endorse, if not actively supporting, the butchery of the innocent preborn in their mothers' wombs by means of surgical or chemical abortions.

God has given animals for various reasons. Some are meant to clothe us. Others are meant to feed us (yummy, yummy, yummy). Still others are meant to serve as our pets or to provide us with heavy farm labor and/or transportation. Others are meant to be hunted for sport and for the thinning out of the herd. The rest have been created to show forth the variety of the wonder of the infinite intelligence of God, Who created each species of animals and fishes and insects and birds within the six days of Creation before He rested on the seventh day. Some of these animals have bred with others, producing variation of these species. When one looks at an elephant or a walrus or a zebra or a giraffe or a manatee or any of the other creatures that can be found in a zoo

My late father, Dr. Albert Henry Martin Droleskey, was a veterinarian who had a small animal veterinary practice, the Queens Village Dog and Cat Hospital, Queens Village, New York, from 1946-1972, selling his practice to a Dr. Richard Lange before moving with my late mother to Texas in early-1973 (the building in which the practice was located--and on whose second floor I lived the first four years of my life--was torn down recently; evidently Dr. Lange retired and sold the land to the City of New York, which is building, ugh, an "intermediate school" on the property). I spent many, many days helping my father at his veterinary hospital in the 1960s, watching the tenderness (and this is being written with tears in my eyes) with which he treated the pets that were brought to him for his medical care. He was so beloved by his clients, of whom he had over 8,000, for the way in which he treated them and their pets.

Although my father did not really understand the Faith that he had learned in his childhood and at Brooklyn Preparatory School, he had enough residual Catholicism within him to know the balance between man and animals, understanding that there was no value to animal suffering whatsoever. He would never, for example, have encouraged any of his clients to subject their pets to "chemotherapy." Pets live for only so long, and then they die. Period. My father always had a sense of due proportion when it came to the treatment of animals and their role in our lives and in the world. There is little such sense in a world where the forces of the past half of a millennium have finally converged to produce a naturalistic, pantheistic view of man and the world.

Indeed, as noted above, the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ King wrought by Martin Luther and the Protestant Revolt has resulted in a world of madness. The overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King was used by naturalists (Judeo-Masonry, political ideologues of various stripes, including the various strands of false "opposites" of  the alleged political "left" and "right") to poison the minds of those who rejected the teaching authority of the Catholic Church and whose minds were not enlightened nor their wills strengthened by means of Sanctifying Grace into accepting everything but Catholicism as the foundation of personal and social order. This leads over the course of time to the triumph of every manner of error possible, including the pantheistic deification of man and all other created beings. The madness is such that an alleged "ethicist" at Princeton University by the name of Peter Singer, who believes is it an exercise in "speciesism" to place one species above others. In other words, human life is no more special than that of a baboon's:

In Animal Liberation, Singer argues against what he calls speciesismdiscrimination on the grounds that a being belongs to a certain species. He holds the interests of all beings capable of suffering to be worthy of equal consideration, and that giving lesser consideration to beings based on their having wings or fur is no more justified than discrimination based on skin color. In particular, he argues that while animals show lower intelligence than the average human, many severely retarded humans show equally diminished, if not lower, mental capacity, and intelligence therefore does not provide a basis for providing nonhuman animals any less consideration than such retarded humans. Singer does not specifically contend that we ought not use animals for food insofar as they are raised and killed in a way that actively avoids the inflicting of pain, but as such farms are uncommon, he concludes that the most practical solution is to adopt avegetarian or vegan diet. Singer also condemns vivisection except the benefit (in terms of improved medical treatment, etc.) outweighs the harm done to the animals used.[6] (From Wikipedia.)

In ''Animal Liberation,'' Dr. Singer argues that the use of animals to serve the interests of humans is as barbaric and unethical as human slavery. He also defines the exploitation of animals for the benefit of humans as being ''speciesism,'' the equivalent of racism and sexism. (The New York Times, September 27, 1983.)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (P.E.T.A.) has even given "cautious endorsement" to Peter Singer's demented belief that it is ethically acceptable for human beings to, shall we say, "know" animals. There are lots and lots of nuts out there who take all of this this craziness seriously. They hold conferences attempting to find the "right balance" between man and animal.

This insanity is entirely the result of a world that refuses to be guided by the magisterial authority of the Catholic Church, a world where alleged scientists reject the account of how God created the world that He gave to Moses to record in the Book of Genesis, thus demonstrating once again that the attack against a truly Catholic understanding of Origins and Special Creation is from the devil so as to convince man that he is "god," a delusion that leads to the butchery of innocent preborn human beings in their mothers' wombs by surgical and chemical means as dumb animals given to us to serve our needs and to fill us with the awe of God's own creative powers are placed on a level of equality with human beings.

God said it all to Adam and Eve after having created them:

And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth.

And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.

And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth.

And God said: Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed upon the earth, and all trees that have in themselves seed of their own kind, to be your meat:

And to all beasts of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to all that move upon the earth, and wherein there is life, that they may have to feed upon. And it was so done.

And God saw all the things that he had made, and they were very good. And the evening and morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1: 26-31)

The barbarians of today reject this. Catholics understand, however, that God Himself spoke these words. He has given His permission to us to eat the beats of the earth and the fowl of the air, subduing and ruling over the fishes of the sea, and all living creatures upon the earth. Animals are subordinate to the needs of human beings. This is what one can call real simple.

Alas, a world that has become naturalist and pantheistic and relativistic and positivistic and utilitarian and materialistic and hedonistic becomes so blinded by the falsehoods it embraces that men spend their entire lives trying to answer questions that have been answered by the true God Himself in the Revelation that He has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church for its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication.

Pope Pius XI used his first encyclical letter, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922, to write of the ways in which men were imposing cruelty upon each other in a world where Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ no longer reigned as King and His Most Blessed Mother was no longer honored as its Immaculate Queen:

The belligerents of yesterday have laid down their arms but on the heels of this act we encounter new horrors and new threats of war in the Near East. The conditions in many sections of these devastated regions have been greatly aggravated by famine, epidemics, and the laying waste of the land, all of which have not failed to take their toll of victims without number, especially among the aged, women and innocent children. In what has been so justly called the immense theater of the World War, the old rivalries between nations have not ceased to exert their influence, rivalries at times hidden under the manipulations of politics or concealed beneath the fluctuations of finance, but openly appearing in the press, in reviews and magazines of every type, and even penetrating into institutions devoted to the cultivation of the arts and sciences, spots where otherwise the atmosphere of quiet and peace would reign supreme.

Public life is so enveloped, even at the present hour, by the dense fog of mutual hatreds and grievances that it is almost impossible for the common people so much as freely to breathe therein. If the defeated nations continue to suffer most terribly, no less serious are the evils which afflict their conquerors. Small nations complain that they are being oppressed and exploited by great nations. The great powers, on their side, contend that they are being judged wrongly and circumvented by the smaller. All nations, great and small, suffer acutely from the sad effects of the late War. Neither can those nations which were neutral contend that they have escaped altogether the tremendous sufferings of the War or failed to experience its evil results almost equally with the actual belligerents. These evil results grow in volume from day to day because of the utter impossibility of finding anything like a safe remedy to cure the ills of society, and this in spite of all the efforts of politicians and statesmen whose work has come to naught if it has not unfortunately tended to aggravate the very evils they tried to overcome. Conditions have become increasingly worse because the fears of the people are being constantly played upon by the ever-present menace of new wars, likely to be more frightful and destructive than any which have preceded them. Whence it is that the nations of today live in a state of armed peace which is scarcely better than war itself, a condition which tends to exhaust national finances, to waste the flower of youth, to muddy and poison the very fountainheads of life, physical, intellectual, religious, and moral.

A much more serious and lamentable evil than these threats of external aggression is the internal discord which menaces the welfare not only of nations but of human society itself. In the first place, we must take cognizance of the war between the classes, a chronic and mortal disease of present-day society, which like a cancer is eating away the vital forces of the social fabric, labor, industry, the arts, commerce, agriculture -- everything in fact which contributes to public and private welfare and to national prosperity. This conflict seems to resist every solution and grows worse because those who are never satisfied with the amount of their wealth contend with those who hold on most tenaciously to the riches which they have already acquired, while to both classes there is common the desire to rule the other and to assume control of the other's possessions. From this class war there result frequent interruptions of work, the causes for which most often can be laid to mutual provocations. There result, too, revolutions, riots, and forcible repression of one side or other by the government, all of which cannot but end in general discontent and in grave damage to the common welfare.

To these evils we must add the contests between political parties, many of which struggles do not originate in a real difference of opinion concerning the public good or in a laudable and disinterested search for what would best promote the common welfare, but in the desire for power and for the protection of some private interest which inevitably result in injury to the citizens as a whole. From this course there often arise robberies of what belongs rightly to the people, and even conspiracies against and attacks on the supreme authority of the state, as well as on its representatives. These political struggles also beget threats of popular action and, at times, eventuate in open rebellion and other disorders which are all the more deplorable and harmful since they come from a public to whom it has been given, in our modern democratic states, to participate in very large measure in public life and in the affairs of government. Now, these different forms of government are not of themselves contrary to the principles of the Catholic Faith, which can easily be reconciled with any reasonable and just system of government. Such governments, however, are the most exposed to the danger of being overthrown by one faction or another.

It is most sad to see how this revolutionary spirit has penetrated into that sanctuary of peace and love, the family, the original nucleus of human society. In the family these evil seeds of dissension, which were sown long ago, have recently been spread about more and more by the fact of the absence of fathers and sons from the family fireside during the War and by the greatly increased freedom in matters of morality which followed on it as one of its effects. Frequently we behold sons alienated from their fathers, brothers quarreling with brothers, masters with servants, servants with masters. Too often likewise have we seen both the sanctity of the marriage tie and the duties to God and to mankind, which this tie imposes upon men, forgotten.

Just as the smallest part of the body feels the effect of an illness which is ravaging the whole body or one of its vital organs, so the evils now besetting society and the family afflict even individuals. In particular, We cannot but lament the morbid restlessness which has spread among people of every age and condition in life, the general spirit of insubordination and the refusal to live up to one's obligations which has become so widespread as almost to appear the customary mode of living. We lament, too, the destruction of purity among women and young girls as is evidenced by the increasing immodesty of their dress and conversation and by their participation in shameful dances, which sins are made the more heinous by the vaunting in the faces of people less fortunate than themselves their luxurious mode of life. Finally, We cannot but grieve over the great increase in the number of what might be called social misfits who almost inevitably end by joining the ranks of those malcontents who continually agitate against all order, be it public or private.

It is surprising, then, that we should no longer possess that security of life in which we can place our trust and that there remains only the most terrible uncertainty, and from hour to hour added fears for the future? Instead of regular daily work there is idleness and unemployment. That blessed tranquillity which is the effect of an orderly existence and in which the essence of peace is to be found no longer exists, and, in its place, the restless spirit of revolt reigns. As a consequence industry suffers, commerce is crippled, the cultivation of literature and the arts becomes more and more difficult, and what is worse than all, Christian civilization itself is irreparably damaged thereby. In the face of our much praised progress, we behold with sorrow society lapsing back slowly but surely into a state of barbarism.

We wish to record, in addition to the evils already mentioned, other evils which beset society and which occupy a place of prime importance but whose very existence escapes the ordinary observer, the sensual man -- he who, as the Apostle says, does not perceive "the things that are of the Spirit of God" (I Cor. ii, 14), yet which cannot but be judged the greatest and most destructive scourges of the social order of today. We refer specifically to those evils which transcend the material or natural sphere and lie within the supernatural and religious order properly so-called; in other words, those evils which affect the spiritual life of souls. These evils are all the more to be deplored since they injure souls whose value is infinitely greater than that of any merely material object. . . .

Peace indeed was signed in solemn conclave between the belligerents of the late War. This peace, however, was only written into treaties. It was not received into the hearts of men, who still cherish the desire to fight one another and to continue to menace in a most serious manner the quiet and stability of civil society. Unfortunately the law of violence held sway so long that it has weakened and almost obliterated all traces of those natural feelings of love and mercy which the law of Christian charity has done so much to encourage. Nor has this illusory peace, written only on paper, served as yet to reawaken similar noble sentiments in the souls of men. On the contrary, there has been born a spirit of violence and of hatred which, because it has been indulged in for so long, has become almost second nature in many men. There has followed the blind rule of the inferior parts of the soul over the superior, that rule of the lower elements "fighting against the law of the mind," which St. Paul grieved over. (Rom. vii, 23)

Men today do not act as Christians, as brothers, but as strangers, and even enemies. The sense of man's personal dignity and of the value of human life has been lost in the brutal domination begotten of might and mere superiority in numbers. Many are intent on exploiting their neighbors solely for the purpose of enjoying more fully and on a larger scale the goods of this world. But they err grievously who have turned to the acquisition of material and temporal possessions and are forgetful of eternal and spiritual things, to the possession of which Jesus, Our Redeemer, by means of the Church, His living interpreter, calls mankind.

It is in the very nature of material objects that an inordinate desire for them becomes the root of every evil, of every discord, and in particular, of a lowering of the moral sense. On the one hand, things which are naturally base and vile can never give rise to noble aspirations in the human heart which was created by and for God alone and is restless until it finds repose in Him. On the other hand, material goods (and in this they differ greatly from those of the spirit which the more of them we possess the more remain to be acquired) the more they are divided among men the less each one has and, by consequence, what one man has another cannot possibly possess unless it be forcibly taken away from the first. Such being the case, worldly possessions can never satisfy all in equal manner nor give rise to a spirit of universal contentment, but must become perforce a source of division among men and of vexation of spirit, as even the Wise Man Solomon experienced: "Vanity of vanities, and vexation of spirit." (Ecclesiastes i, 2, 14)

The same effects which result from these evils among individuals may likewise be expected among nations. "From whence are wars and contentions among you?" asks the Apostle St. James. "Are they not hence from your concupiscences, which war in your members?" (James iv, 1, 2)

The inordinate desire for pleasure, concupiscence of the flesh, sows the fatal seeds of division not only among families but likewise among states; the inordinate desire for possessions, concupiscence of the eyes, inevitably turns into class warfare and into social egotism; the inordinate desire to rule or to domineer over others, pride of life, soon becomes mere party or factional rivalries, manifesting itself in constant displays of conflicting ambitions and ending in open rebellion, in the crime of lese majeste, and even in national parricide.

These unsuppressed desires, this inordinate love of the things of the world, are precisely the source of all international misunderstandings and rivalries, despite the fact that oftentimes men dare to maintain that acts prompted by such motives are excusable and even justifiable because, forsooth, they were performed for reasons of state or of the public good, or out of love for country. Patriotism -- the stimulus of so many virtues and of so many noble acts of heroism when kept within the bounds of the law of Christ -- becomes merely an occasion, an added incentive to grave injustice when true love of country is debased to the condition of an extreme nationalism, when we forget that all men are our brothers and members of the same great human family, that other nations have an equal right with us both to life and to prosperity, that it is never lawful nor even wise, to dissociate morality from the affairs of practical life, that, in the last analysis, it is "justice which exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable." (Proverbs xiv, 34)

26. Perhaps the advantages to one's family, city, or nation obtained in some such way as this may well appear to be a wonderful and great victory (this thought has been already expressed by St. Augustine), but in the end it turns out to be a very shallow thing, something rather to inspire us with the most fearful apprehensions of approaching ruin. "It is a happiness which appears beautiful but is brittle as glass. We must ever be on guard lest with horror we see it broken into a thousand pieces at the first touch." (St. Augustine de Civitate Dei, Book iv, Chap. 3)

There is over and above the absence of peace and the evils attendant on this absence, another deeper and more profound cause for present-day conditions. This cause was even beginning to show its head before the War and the terrible calamities consequent on that cataclysm should have proven a remedy for them if mankind had only taken the trouble to understand the real meaning of those terrible events. In the Holy Scriptures we read: "They that have forsaken the Lord, shall be consumed." (Isaias i, 28) No less well known are the words of the Divine Teacher, Jesus Christ, Who said: "Without me you can do nothing" (John xv, 5) and again, "He that gathereth not with me, scattereth." (Luke xi, 23)

These words of the Holy Bible have been fulfilled and are now at this very moment being fulfilled before our very eyes. Because men have forsaken God and Jesus Christ, they have sunk to the depths of evil. They waste their energies and consume their time and efforts in vain sterile attempts to find a remedy for these ills, but without even being successful in saving what little remains from the existing ruin. It was a quite general desire that both our laws and our governments should exist without recognizing God or Jesus Christ, on the theory that all authority comes from men, not from God. Because of such an assumption, these theorists fell very short of being able to bestow upon law not only those sanctions which it must possess but also that secure basis for the supreme criterion of justice which even a pagan philosopher like Cicero saw clearly could not be derived except from the divine law.

Authority itself lost its hold upon mankind, for it had lost that sound and unquestionable justification for its right to command on the one hand and to be obeyed on the other. Society, quite logically and inevitably, was shaken to its very depths and even threatened with destruction, since there was left to it no longer a stable foundation, everything having been reduced to a series of conflicts, to the domination of the majority, or to the supremacy of special interests.

Again, legislation was passed which did not recognize that either God or Jesus Christ had any rights over marriage -- an erroneous view which debased matrimony to the level of a mere civil contract, despite the fact that Jesus Himself had called it a "great sacrament" (Ephesians v, 32) and had made it the holy and sanctifying symbol of that indissoluble union which binds Him to His Church. The high ideals and pure sentiments with which the Church has always surrounded the idea of the family, the germ of all social life, these were lowered, were unappreciated, or became confused in the minds of many. As a consequence, the correct ideals of family government, and with them those of family peace, were destroyed; the stability and unity of the family itself were menaced and undermined, and, worst of all, the very sanctuary of the home was more and more frequently profaned by acts of sinful lust and soul-destroying egotism -- all of which could not but result in poisoning and drying up the very sources of domestic and social life.

Added to all this, God and Jesus Christ, as well as His doctrines, were banished from the school. As a sad but inevitable consequence, the school became not only secular and non-religious but openly atheistical and anti-religious. In such circumstances it was easy to persuade poor ignorant children that neither God nor religion are of any importance as far as their daily lives are concerned. God's name, moreover, was scarcely ever mentioned in such schools unless it were perchance to blaspheme Him or to ridicule His Church. Thus, the school forcibly deprived of the right to teach anything about God or His law could not but fail in its efforts to really educate, that is, to lead children to the practice of virtue, for the school lacked the fundamental principles which underlie the possession of a knowledge of God and the means necessary to strengthen the will in its efforts toward good and in its avoidance of sin. Gone, too, was all possibility of ever laying a solid groundwork for peace, order, and prosperity, either in the family or in social relations. Thus the principles based on the spiritualistic philosophy of Christianity having been obscured or destroyed in the minds of many, a triumphant materialism served to prepare mankind for the propaganda of anarchy and of social hatred which was let loose on such a great scale.

Is it to be wondered at then that, with the widespread refusal to accept the principles of true Christian wisdom, the seeds of discord sown everywhere should find a kindly soil in which to grow and should come to fruit in that most tremendous struggle, the Great War, which unfortunately did not serve to lessen but increased, by its acts of violence and of bloodshed, the international and social animosities which already existed? (Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcano Dei Concilio, December 23, 1922.)

One can see the prophetic wisdom given to the true popes prior to the dawning of the era of apostasy and betrayal represented by the counterfeit church of conciliarism. There is clarity in the passages above. There is surety, certainty in the passages above, each of which resonates with simple Catholic truths, something that one will never find from Jorge Mario Bergoglio, that  who continued his fantastic open warfare against doctrinal truth and those who adhere to it once again yesterday at the Casa Santa Marta in a manner that will require an separate commentary reasonably soon (See  Those who say “this or nothing” are heretics not Catholics.)

Although many people think that they can "improve" society by this or that political "strategy” even though we live in an age of absurdity wherein she equates as absurd a proposition as equating the life of a gorilla with that of a little boy, there is one and only one solution for the problems of the world: Catholicism. Each man and each nation must come under the sweet yoke of Christ the King and His Most Blessed Mother, she who is our Immaculate Queen, in order to see himself and the world around him clearly. 

As we strive to live more penitentially in a world that is upside down, inside out and topsy turvy anti-Incarnational world of Modernity that has spawned so many absurdities, mindful of how our own sins have contributed in no small measure to the problems that beset us, may we, as people of Eucharistic piety and total consecration to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, never cease praying as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permit so that, if God wills it to be so, the glory of Christendom may be restored once again, giving all men the clarity to see themselves and the world around them clearly through the eyes of the true Faith as they exclaim with joy:

Viva Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!  

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.


Saint Margaret of Scotland, pray for us.

Saints Primus and Felician, pray for us.

Saint Barnabas, pray for us.