Queen of the most holy Rosary, help of Christians, refuge of the human race, victorious in all the battles of God, we prostrate ourselves in supplication before thy throne, in the sure hope of obtaining mercy and of receiving grace and timely aid in our present calamities, not through any merits of our own on which we do not rely, but only through the immense goodness of thy mother’s Heart. In Thee and in thy Immaculate Heart, at this grave hour of human history, do we put our trust; to thee we consecrate ourselves, not only with all of Holy Church, which is the mystical body of thy Son Jesus, and which is suffering in so many of her members, being persecuted, but also with the whole world, torn by discords, agitated with the hatred, the victim of its own iniquities. Be thou moved by the sight of such material and moral degradation, such sorrows, such anguish, so many tormented souls in danger of eternal loss! Do thou, O Mother of mercy, obtain for us from God a Christ-like reconciliation of the nations, as well as those graces which can convert the souls of men in an instant, those graces which prepare the way and make certain the long desired coming of peace on earth. O Queen of peace, pray for us, and grant unto the world in the truth, the justice, and the charity of Christ. Above all, give us peace in our hearts, so that the kingdom of God, may spread it the tranquility of order. Accord thy protection to unbelievers and to all those who lie in the shadow of death; cause the Sun of Truth to rise upon them; may they enabled to join with us in repeating before the Saviour of the world: “Glory to God in the highest, and peace to men of good will.” Give peace to the nations that are separated us from error or discord, and in a special manner to those peoples who profess a singular devotion toward thee; bring them back to Christ’s one fold, under the one true Shepherd. Obtain full freedom for the holy Church of God; defend her from her enemies; check the ever-increasing torrent of immorality; arouse in the faithful a practical love of purity, a practical Christian life, and an apostolic zeal, so that the number of those who serve God may increase in merit and in number. Finally, even as the Church and all mankind were once consecrated to the Heart of thy Son Jesus, because He was for all those who put their hope in Him an inexhaustible source of victory and salvation, so in like manner do we consecrate ourselves forever to thee also and to thy Immaculate Heart, Of Mother us and Queen of the world; may thy love and patronage hasten the day when the kingdom of God shall be victorious and all the nations, at peace with God and with one another, shall call thee blessed and intone with thee, from the rising of the sun to its going down, the everlasting “Magnificat” of glory, of love, of gratitude to the Heart of Jesus in which we alone can find truth, life, and peace. (Pope Pius XII, Rescript from the Secretariat of State, November 17, 1942, document exhibited, November 19, 1942, The Raccolta: A Manual of Indulgences, Prayers and Devotions Enriched with Indulgences, approved by Pope Pius XII, May 30, 1951, and published in English by Benziger Brothers, New York, 1957, pp. 345-347.)
The world is more a victim of its own iniquities, more torn with discords and more agitated by hatreds than it was when seventy-five years ago during the height of World War II when Pope Pius XII wrote his prayer of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Men and their nations are adrift as they become more and more divided as a result of the proliferation of errors that receive the sanction the civil law and the applause of “opinion makers” and as men, steeped in a variety of what Mortal Sins in the objective order things, run amok in the belief that living as beasts will not hurt themselves and their nations, no less the entire world.
Before commenting on the sadly predictable events that unfolded five days ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well-armed, well-paid, well-organized professional protestors who describe themselves as “antifa” (anti-fascists) clashed with the useful idiots known as “white nationalists” on Saturday, August 12, 2017, the Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi, I believe that it is important to provide some perspective in the midst of all of the heated rhetoric from the false opposite of the naturalist “left” and those of the naturalist “right.” Not one bit of the Charlottesville tragedy can be understood or explained in merely naturalistic terms.
Needless Civil Strife As A Result of the Overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King
Men have been battling with each other ever since Cain, upset that God had found father with with his brother's sacrifice and not his own, slew his brother Abel and then sought to deny that he knew what had happened to him before he admitted to God what he had done:
 And Adam knew Eve his wife: who conceived and brought forth Cain, saying: I have gotten a man through God.  And again she brought forth his brother Abel. And Abel was a shepherd, and Cain a husbandman.  And it came to pass after many days, that Cain offered, of the fruits of the earth, gifts to the Lord.  Abel also offered of the firstlings of his flock, and of their fat: and the Lord had respect to Abel, and to his offerings.  But to Cain and his offerings he had no respect: and Cain was exceedingly angry, and his countenance fell.
 And the Lord said to him: Why art thou angry? and why is thy countenance fallen?  If thou do well, shalt thou not receive? but if ill, shall not sin forthwith be present at the door? but the lust thereof shall be under thee, and thou shalt have dominion over it.  And Cain said to Abel his brother: Let us go forth abroad. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and slew him.And the Lord said to Cain: Where is thy brother Abel? And he answered, I know not: am I my brother's keeper?  And he said to him: What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth to me from the earth.
 Now, therefore, cursed shalt thou be upon the earth, which hath opened her mouth and received the blood of thy brother at thy hand.  When thou shalt till it, it shall not yield to thee its fruit: a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be upon the earth.  And Cain said to the Lord: My iniquity is greater than that I may deserve pardon.  Behold thou dost cast me out this day from the face of the earth, and I shall be hidden from thy face, and I shall be a vagabond and a fugitive on the earth: every one, therefore, that findeth me, shall kill me.  And the Lord said to him: No, it shall not be so: but whosoever shall kill Cain, shall be punished sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, that whosoever found him should not kill him. (Genesis 4: 1-15.)
Husbands have battled wives, wives have battled husbands, parents and children have battled each other. King David himself was opposed by his own son Absalom. David, of whose own house Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was born of His Most Blessed Mother, wept over his rebellious son's death because he was concerned over the state of the poor's soul when died, knowing that he had rebelled against the Fourth Commandment itself:
 And when he bad passed, and stood still, Chusai appeared: and coming up he said: I bring good tidings, my lord, the king, for the Lord hath judged for thee this day from the hand of all that have risen up against thee.  And the king said to Chusai: Is the young man Absalom safe? And Chusai answering him, said: Let the enemies of my lord, the king, and all that rise against him unto evil, be as the young man is.  The king therefore being much moved, went up to the high chamber over the gate, and wept. And as he went he spoke in this manner: My son Absalom, Absalom my son: would to God that I might die for thee, Absalom my son, my son Absalom. (2 Kings 18: 31-33.)
Conflict between human beings is just part of the consequences of Original Sin and of the Actual Sins of men.
There was conflict aplenty even during the years of Christendom. Intrigue fueled by personal ambitions, rivalries of one sort or another or by motivations of revenge were all too common in royal courts, including the most important royal court on the face of the earth, the papal household. Christian kings and emperors made war upon each other. Infighting among generals and their officers of the same army shaped the outcome of battles. Indeed, as depicted fairly accurately in For Greater Glory there was great mistrust among the leaders of the Cristeros in Mexico.
Additionally, of course, human nature being what it is, sloth, one of the seven deadly or capital sins, manifested itself all too frequently even during the High Middle Ages as those who served at court or in various administrative capacities in the service of the crown and the enforcement of laws preferred to exert the least possible effort just to "get through" a given day.
All of this having been noted, however, it is also true that men in the era of Christendom were not divided on matters of Faith and Morals, on matters of First and Last Things. While they may have had great difficulties on occasion in keeping God's laws and thus of practicing the Holy Faith well, they nevertheless knew what was right and wrong and were united in their beliefs in the tenets of the Catholic Faith.
Pope Pius XII noted this in Summi Pontificatus, October 10, 1939:
It is true that even when Europe had a cohesion of brotherhood through identical ideals gathered from Christian preaching, she was not free from divisions, convulsions and wars which laid her waste; but perhaps they never felt the intense pessimism of today as to the possibility of settling them, for they had then an effective moral sense of the just and of the unjust, of the lawful and of the unlawful, which, by restraining outbreaks of passion, left the way open to an honorable settlement. In Our days, on the contrary, dissensions come not only from the surge of rebellious passion, but also from a deep spiritual crisis which has overthrown the sound principles of private and public morality. (Pope Pius XII, Summi Pontificatus, October 10, 1939.)
It was Martin Luther's rebellion against the Divine Plan that God Himself had instituted to effect man's return to Him through the Catholic Church that divided men over First and Last Things, thus paving the way for the triumph of secular substitutes for religious faith in general just as Luther had substituted his own heretical views of Christianity in the place of the true Faith, which is the only foundation of personal and social order.
Pope Leo XIII explained this very succinctly in Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885:
There was once a time when States were governed by the philosophy of the Gospel. Then it was that the power and divine virtue of Christian wisdom had diffused itself throughout the laws, institutions, and morals of the people, permeating all ranks and relations of civil society. Then, too, the religion instituted by Jesus Christ, established firmly in befitting dignity, flourished everywhere, by the favor of princes and the legitimate protection of magistrates; and Church and State were happily united in concord and friendly interchange of good offices. The State, constituted in this wise, bore fruits important beyond all expectation, whose remembrance is still, and always will be, in renown, witnessed to as they are by countless proofs which can never be blotted out or ever obscured by any craft of any enemies. Christian Europe has subdued barbarous nations, and changed them from a savage to a civilized condition, from superstition to true worship. It victoriously rolled back the tide of Mohammedan conquest; retained the headship of civilization; stood forth in the front rank as the leader and teacher of all, in every branch of national culture; bestowed on the world the gift of true and many-sided liberty; and most wisely founded very numerous institutions for the solace of human suffering. And if we inquire how it was able to bring about so altered a condition of things, the answer is -- beyond all question, in large measure, through religion, under whose auspices so many great undertakings were set on foot, through whose aid they were brought to completion.
A similar state of things would certainly have continued had the agreement of the two powers been lasting. More important results even might have been justly looked for, had obedience waited upon the authority, teaching, and counsels of the Church, and had this submission been specially marked by greater and more unswerving loyalty. For that should be regarded in the light of an ever-changeless law which Ivo of Chartres wrote to Pope Paschal II: "When kingdom and priesthood are at one, in complete accord, the world is well ruled, and the Church flourishes, and brings forth abundant fruit. But when they are at variance, not only smaller interests prosper not, but even things of greatest moment fall into deplorable decay."
But that harmful and deplorable passion for innovation which was aroused in the sixteenth century threw first of all into confusion the Christian religion, and next, by natural sequence, invaded the precincts of philosophy, whence it spread amongst all classes of society. From this source, as from a fountain-head, burst forth all those later tenets of unbridled license which, in the midst of the terrible upheavals of the last century, were wildly conceived and boldly proclaimed as the principles and foundation of that new conception of law which was not merely previously unknown, but was at variance on many points with not only the Christian, but even the natural law.
Amongst these principles the main one lays down that as all men are alike by race and nature, so in like manner all are equal in the control of their life; that each one is so far his own master as to be in no sense under the rule of any other individual; that each is free to think on every subject just as he may choose, and to do whatever he may like to do; that no man has any right to rule over other men. In a society grounded upon such maxims all government is nothing more nor less than the will of the people, and the people, being under the power of itself alone, is alone its own ruler. It does choose, nevertheless, some to whose charge it may commit itself, but in such wise that it makes over to them not the right so much as the business of governing, to be exercised, however, in its name.
The authority of God is passed over in silence, just as if there were no God; or as if He cared nothing for human society; or as if men, whether in their individual capacity or bound together in social relations, owed nothing to God; or as if there could be a government of which the whole origin and power and authority did not reside in God Himself. Thus, as is evident, a State becomes nothing but a multitude which is its own master and ruler. And since the people is declared to contain within itself the spring-head of all rights and of all power, it follows that the State does not consider itself bound by any kind of duty toward God. Moreover. it believes that it is not obliged to make public profession of any religion; or to inquire which of the very many religions is the only one true; or to prefer one religion to all the rest; or to show to any form of religion special favor; but, on the contrary, is bound to grant equal rights to every creed, so that public order may not be disturbed by any particular form of religious belief.
And it is a part of this theory that all questions that concern religion are to be referred to private judgment; that every one is to be free to follow whatever religion he prefers, or none at all if he disapprove of all. From this the following consequences logically flow: that the judgment of each one's conscience is independent of all law; that the most unrestrained opinions may be openly expressed as to the practice or omission of divine worship; and that every one has unbounded license to think whatever he chooses and to publish abroad whatever he thinks.
Now, when the State rests on foundations like those just named -- and for the time being they are greatly in favor -- it readily appears into what and how unrightful a position the Church is driven. For, when the management of public business is in harmony with doctrines of such a kind, the Catholic religion is allowed a standing in civil society equal only, or inferior, to societies alien from it; no regard is paid to the laws of the Church, and she who, by the order and commission of Jesus Christ, has the duty of teaching all nations, finds herself forbidden to take any part in the instruction of the people. With reference to matters that are of twofold jurisdiction, they who administer the civil power lay down the law at their own will, and in matters that appertain to religion defiantly put aside the most sacred decrees of the Church. They claim jurisdiction over the marriages of Catholics, even over the bond as well as the unity and the indissolubility of matrimony. They lay hands on the goods of the clergy, contending that the Church cannot possess property. Lastly, they treat the Church with such arrogance that, rejecting entirely her title to the nature and rights of a perfect society, they hold that she differs in no respect from other societies in the State, and for this reason possesses no right nor any legal power of action, save that which she holds by the concession and favor of the government. If in any State the Church retains her own agreement publicly entered into by the two powers, men forthwith begin to cry out that matters affecting the Church must be separated from those of the State. (Pope Leo XIII, Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885.)
Yes, you see, the evils of our age did not start with the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the case of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton on January 22, 1983.
The evils of our age did not start with the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the case of Griswold v. Connecticut on June 7, 1965.
The evils of our age did not start did not start with the appointment of then California Governor Earl Warren, a thirty-third degree Freemason, as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America by then President Dwight David Eisenhower in 1953.
The evils of our age did not start with the the appointment of Freemasons Hugo Black, Stanley Reed, William Douglas, James F. Byrnes, Robert H. Jackson, Wiley B. Rutledge, Harold Burton, Fred Vinson, Tom Clark, and Sherman Minton by the thirty-third degree Freemasons named Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman between 1937 and 1949. (There were eight--count 'em, eight--Freemasons on the court between 1949 and 1954!)
I will never tire of reminding the limited (and mostly penurious) readership of this website that the evils of our day are the direct result of the planned, intentional overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King begun by the Protestant Revolt in 1517 and institutionalized by the rise of contemporary Judeo-Masonry in 1717 and thereafter.
Error divides. Catholicism unites.
Protestantism has divided into a welter of warring, contradictory sects, numbering well over thirty-three thousand. Its errors have influenced the development and progression of conciliarism, which has seen a situation arise where the divisions between formerly Catholic parishes are so pronounced that many "conservative" and traditionally-minded Catholics attached to the conciliar structures go to great lengths to avoid the "ultra-progressive" revolutionaries who believe in a different faith than they do. Catholicism is supposed to speak with one voice, una voce, as it is the voice of Christ the King, Who has but one voice. It is no accident that our nation and the world is seeing more overt manifestations of evil and error when the lords of conciliarism have made their own "reconciliation" with the principles of Modernity, starting with religious liberty and separation of Church and State.
Yet it is that "conservatives" think that this or that strategy will "take the country back" from the statists who are currently in power, willing to compromise in a pragmatic sense for what they think will be long term results but can never be, at the very best, short term "fixes" that will those on the "left," who constitute a sold two-fifths of this nation when one combines the hard-core ideologues with so-called "moderates" who believe in the right of women to surgically kill their preborn children and who believe that people of the same gender have the right to "marry" under cover of the civil law, will always agitated against until things are "settled" once and for all according to their own unshakable beliefs.
This is wrong.
Pope Pius XI explained this in his first encyclical letter, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922:
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)
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. (Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922.)
Governments founded on the false, naturalistic principle that it is not necessary, either in theory or in practice, to pursue the common temporal good in light of man's Last End (the possession of the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity) must see social order collapse under the weight of countervailing pressures over the course of time.
Mind you, Catholicism is not a panacea for personal and social order. Each us of is wounded by the vestigial after-effects of Original Sin and and our own Actual Sins. The Middle Ages of Christendom was marked with various episodes of wars among Catholic kingdoms and even against popes themselves. The fact that individual Catholics fail to cooperate with the graces won for them on the wood of the Holy Cross by the shedding of every single drop of the Most Precious Blood of Christ the King, Our Divine Redeemer, and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces, is to the discredit of individual Catholics who added to social disorder by means of their sins, not to the discredit of the Faith or any of Its immutable doctrines, including the Social Reign of Christ the King.
While each of us should be concerned about not giving a bad example that others might use very shallowly to discredit the Holy Faith, the weakness of individual Catholics shows only one thing, namely, that they are weak, mortal vessels of clay. Pope Pius XII made this point very clearly in Mystici Corporis, June 29, 1943:
66. And if at times there appears in the Church something that indicates the weakness of our human nature, it should not be attributed to her juridical constitution, but rather to that regrettable inclination to evil found in each individual, which its Divine Founder permits even at times in the most exalted members of His Mystical Body, for the purpose of testing the virtue of the shepherds no less than of the flocks, and that all may increase the merit of their Christian faith. For, as We said above, Christ did not wish to exclude sinners from His Church; hence if some of her members are suffering from spiritual maladies, that is no reason why we should lessen our love for the Church, but rather a reason why we should increase our devotion to her members. Certainly the loving Mother is spotless in the Sacraments, by which she gives birth to and nourishes her children; in the faith which she has always preserved inviolate; in her sacred laws imposed on all; in the evangelical counsels which she recommends; in those heavenly gifts and extraordinary graces through which, with inexhaustible fecundity,  she generates hosts of martyrs, virgins and confessors. But it cannot be laid to her charge if some members fall, weak or wounded. In their name she prays to God daily: "Forgive us our trespasses"; and with the brave heart of a mother she applies herself at once to the work of nursing them back to spiritual health. When therefore we call the Body of Jesus Christ "mystical," the very meaning of the word conveys a solemn warning. It is a warning that echoes in these words of St. Leo: "Recognize, O Christian, your dignity, and being made a sharer of the divine nature go not back to your former worthlessness along the way of unseemly conduct. Keep in mind of what Head and of what Body you are a member."  (Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis, June 29, 1943.)
As the world in which we live, however, is awash with so many interrelated errors, men look to false religions or to this or that Judeo-Masonic ideology or philosophy to “explain” their lot in life and/or how to “improve” the world. Far too many use nationality, race or ethnicity as the sole means of self-identification and thus develop hatreds for those who are either more “privileged” or who are seen as threats to what is believed be a “right” order of things in the world.
It was to condemn Nazi racialism that Pope Pius XI wrote the following in Mit Brennender Sorge, March 17, 1937:
Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community -- however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things -- whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds.
Beware, Venerable Brethren, of that growing abuse, in speech as in writing, of the name of God as though it were a meaningless label, to be affixed to any creation, more or less arbitrary, of human speculation. Use your influence on the Faithful, that they refuse to yield to this aberration. Our God is the Personal God, supernatural, omnipotent, infinitely perfect, one in the Trinity of Persons, tri-personal in the unity of divine essence, the Creator of all existence. Lord, King and ultimate Consummator of the history of the world, who will not, and cannot, tolerate a rival God by His side.
This God, this Sovereign Master, has issued commandments whose value is independent of time and space, country and race. As God's sun shines on every human face so His law knows neither privilege nor exception. Rulers and subjects, crowned and uncrowned, rich and poor are equally subject to His word. From the fullness of the Creators' right there naturally arises the fullness of His right to be obeyed by individuals and communities, whoever they are. This obedience permeates all branches of activity in which moral values claim harmony with the law of God, and pervades all integration of the ever-changing laws of man into the immutable laws of God.
None but superficial minds could stumble into concepts of a national God, of a national religion; or attempt to lock within the frontiers of a single people, within the narrow limits of a single race, God, the Creator of the universe, King and Legislator of all nations before whose immensity they are "as a drop of a bucket" (Isaiah xI, 15). (Pope Pius XI, Mit Brennender Sorge, March 17, 1937.)
This applies equally to those who call themselves “white nationalists,” many of whom support contraception, abortion and even sodomy, and their supposedly “just” opponents, many of whom are steeped in their own form of racialism that is also hideous in the sight of the true God of Divine Revelation, the Most Blessed Trinity.
As Catholics, my friends, we know that God does not judge us on the basis of the race or ethnicity. Our immortal souls are made unto His own very image and likeness in that we have a rational soul with an intellect to know Him and a will to choose with which to love and to serve Him.
Human beings do not love God as "blacks" or as "whites" or as "Latinos or Latinas" or as "Orientals" or as "Native Americans" or as "Italians" or as "Croatians" or as "French" or as "Americans" but as creatures whose immortal souls have been redeemed by the shedding of every single drop of the Most Precious Blood of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Human beings are called upon to love God as He has revealed Himself to them through His true Church, the Catholic Church, and to love their own immortal souls as they have been redeemed at so great a cost. Our principal identity as human beings is as members of the Catholic Church. Everything else about us (race, ethnicity, nationality, gender), although occurring certainly within the Providence of God, is secondary.
As I tried to explain to students during my days as a college professor, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ embraced all of the legitimate joys and sorrows of this passing, mortal vale of tears as He underwent His fearful Passion and Death. We suffer or experience joy as human beings, as redeemed creatures, not as mere animals identifiable by external characteristics. There are no such things as "black" tears or "white" tears or "Indian" tears. There is no such thing as "white" joy or "black" joy" or "Latino" joy. The use of the "race" or "ethnicity" or "gender" card is the refuge of cowardly scoundrels who seek privilege and/or to indemnify slothful or corrupt behavior.
We are to see in each person the very impress of the Divine Redeemer and to treat Him accordingly, rendering unto each person that which is his due. We are to discriminate unjustly (we must discriminate justly in many circumstances of our lives as we choose which merchant to patronize, which person to employ, who to admit to a seat in a college or a professional school, to deny employment or privileges to those steeped in public scandal, etc.) against no one nor must we use the external characteristics of a human being to extend privileges that are undeserving and/or would result in an injustice to someone else.
Human beings are supposed to be bound together by the common bonds of the Catholic Faith, not to break into warring tribes along ethnic or racial or geographic lines, seething with hatred and resentment at those who have "more" (power, money, fame, prestige, accomplishment) than they do. We are to help each other get home to Heaven as members of the Catholic Church who aspire to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our sins, fulfilling these words of Saint Paul in his Epistle to the Ephesians as we seek to build up each other as members of the Mystical Body of Christ on earth:
 From whom the whole body, being compacted and fitly joined together, by what every joint supplieth, according to the operation in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of itself in charity. This then I say and testify in the Lord: That henceforward you walk not as also the Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind,  Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts.  Who despairing, have given themselves up to lasciviousness, unto the working of all uncleanness, unto the working of all uncleanness, unto covetousness.  But you have not so learned Christ;
 If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus:  To put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error.  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind:  And put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth.  Wherefore putting away lying, speak; ye the truth every man with his neighbour; for we are members one of another.
 Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger.  Give not place to the devil.  He that stole, let him now steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffereth need. Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth; but that which is good, to the edification of faith, that it may administer grace to the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
 Let all bitterness, and anger, and indignation, and clamour, and blasphemy, be put away from you, with all malice.  And be ye kind one to another; merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ. (Ephesians 4: 16-32.)
We are to be bound together by the common bonds of the Catholic Faith. We advocate Christ the King, nothing else. Christ the King, nothing else.
No one who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12, 2017, the Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi, understood this, and no one on the naturalist “left” or the “right” who has commented on this tragic turn of events understands it. Moreover—and perhaps even more sadly, many Catholics do not want to understand or accept the fact that Catholicism is the only true tie to unite men and to serve as the foundation of personal sanctity and social order.
Defending History for the Wrong Reasons
The last original article on this site, An Unsurprising Hatred of Catholic Truth, part two, noted how revolutionaries hate true history and must seek to flush it down the Orwellian memory hole while they attack it with vile rhetoric on a relentless basis.
It was to defend the history of the Confederate States of America that white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville five days ago to protest the planned removal of the statue of General Robert E. Lee, who became the commanding officer of the Confederate army during the course of the War between the States although he was, at least at first, opposed to the concept of secession but believed he was duty-bound to support his native Commonwealth of Virginia.
Robert E. Lee was an honorable naturalist who had served admirably in the United States Army, including a term as the superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and rose to the rank of colonel. He abhorred war. Indeed, many members of his own family were opposed to the Confederacy and his own role in it.
One of the supreme ironies of the last Saturday’s tragedy is that it is doubtful that very few of those who were protesting against the statue’s removal or those who came armed with clubs to beat them up with the implicit approval of the Governor of Virginia, Terence McAuliffe, a pro-abortion, pro-perversity Catholic, who had, reports indicate, told the Virginia State Police and the Virginia National Guard to “stand down,” have ever read any books about Robert E. Lee and his place in American history. This, of course, presupposes that those who went to Charlottesville, Virginia, last Saturday have much interest in reading anything substantive.
The Robert E. Lee statue, however, only served as a flashpoint for those intent on agitation and conflict. The conflict itself, which was made almost inevitable because the authorities who granted the white nationalists a permit to gather near the statue made no arrangements to separate them from their opponents, was less about the statue and more about how a pluralistic nation must come apart at the seams when men are agitated by their own false beliefs and thus become the victim of their own iniquities.
In this regard, therefore, permit me to make a few measured comments about the tragic events that resulted in a badly deceived dupe of the devil, James Alex Fields, Jr., who is all of twenty years old, driving his car into a crowd of those protesting against the white nationalists that killed Heather Heyer and injured twenty other people.
First, what happened on Saturday, August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the prime example of the madness into which men must descend as a result of the Protestant Revolution against the Social Reign of Christ the King five hundred years ago.
That is, the anti-Incarnational civil state of Modernity is based on the belief that nothing is absolutely truth, thereby giving “freedom of speech” and “freedom of press” to those who believe in error to express themselves. There is only one place that insane babbling of ignorant and or misinformed men can lead: the abyss, and this is precisely the point that Pope Gregory XVI made one hundred eighty-five years ago yesterday in Mirari Vos, August 15, 1832:
"This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. "But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error," as Augustine was wont to say.When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly "the bottomless pit" is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws -- in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty.
Here We must include that harmful and never sufficiently denounced freedom to publish any writings whatever and disseminate them to the people, which some dare to demand and promote with so great a clamor. We are horrified to see what monstrous doctrines and prodigious errors are disseminated far and wide in countless books, pamphlets, and other writings which, though small in weight, are very great in malice. We are in tears at the abuse which proceeds from them over the face of the earth. Some are so carried away that they contentiously assert that the flock of errors arising from them is sufficiently compensated by the publication of some book which defends religion and truth. Every law condemns deliberately doing evil simply because there is some hope that good may result. Is there any sane man who would say poison ought to be distributed, sold publicly, stored, and even drunk because some antidote is available and those who use it may be snatched from death again and again? (Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos, August 15, 1832.)
Pope Pius IX explained in no uncertain terms that, lacking an ultimate arbiter to determine the true from the false, states that embrace the “insanity” of freedom of speech and freedom of religion wind up with populations do not know what is true and are concerned only about that which is pleasing, starting with material gain:
"For you well know, venerable brethren, that at this time men are found not a few who, applying to civil society the impious and absurd principle of "naturalism," as they call it, dare to teach that "the best constitution of public society and (also) civil progress altogether require that human society be conducted and governed without regard being had to religion any more than if it did not exist; or, at least, without any distinction being made between the true religion and false ones." And, against the doctrine of Scripture, of the Church, and of the Holy Fathers, they do not hesitate to assert that "that is the best condition of civil society, in which no duty is recognized, as attached to the civil power, of restraining by enacted penalties, offenders against the Catholic religion, except so far as public peace may require." From which totally false idea of social government they do not fear to foster that erroneous opinion, most fatal in its effects on the Catholic Church and the salvation of souls, called by Our Predecessor, Gregory XVI, an "insanity," viz., that "liberty of conscience and worship is each man's personal right, which ought to be legally proclaimed and asserted in every rightly constituted society; and that a right resides in the citizens to an absolute liberty, which should be restrained by no authority whether ecclesiastical or civil, whereby they may be able openly and publicly to manifest and declare any of their ideas whatever, either by word of mouth, by the press, or in any other way." But, while they rashly affirm this, they do not think and consider that they are preaching "liberty of perdition;" and that "if human arguments are always allowed free room for discussion, there will never be wanting men who will dare to resist truth, and to trust in the flowing speech of human wisdom; whereas we know, from the very teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, how carefully Christian faith and wisdom should avoid this most injurious babbling."
"And, since where religion has been removed from civil society, and the doctrine and authority of divine revelation repudiated, the genuine notion itself of justice and human right is darkened and lost, and the place of true justice and legitimate right is supplied by material force, thence it appears why it is that some, utterly neglecting and disregarding the surest principles of sound reason, dare to proclaim that "the people's will, manifested by what is called public opinion or in some other way, constitutes a supreme law, free from all divine and human control; and that in the political order accomplished facts, from the very circumstance that they are accomplished, have the force of right." But who, does not see and clearly perceive that human society, when set loose from the bonds of religion and true justice, can have, in truth, no other end than the purpose of obtaining and amassing wealth, and that (society under such circumstances) follows no other law in its actions, except the unchastened desire of ministering to its own pleasure and interests?" (Pope Pius IX, Quanta Cura, December 8, 1864.)
We live at a time and in a world when most people do not know anything about what is true, which is why they are swayed this way and that way by whichever argument they hear last or by whichever voice is the loudest and happens to appeal to their baser instincts.
Pope Leo XIII explained the dangers of unrestrained freedom of speech in two different encyclical letters, Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885, and Libertas Praestantissimum, June 20, 1888:
But, to judge aright, we must acknowledge that, the more a State is driven to tolerate evil, the further is it from perfection; and that the tolerance of evil which is dictated by political prudence should be strictly confined to the limits which its justifying cause, the public welfare, requires. Wherefore, if such tolerance would be injurious to the public welfare, and entail greater evils on the State, it would not be lawful; for in such case the motive of good is wanting. And although in the extraordinary condition of these times the Church usually acquiesces in certain modern liberties, not because she prefers them in themselves, but because she judges it expedient to permit them, she would in happier times exercise her own liberty; and, by persuasion, exhortation, and entreaty would endeavor, as she is bound, to fulfill the duty assigned to her by God of providing for the eternal salvation of mankind. One thing, however, remains always true -- that the liberty which is claimed for all to do all things is not, as We have often said, of itself desirable, inasmuch as it is contrary to reason that error and truth should have equal rights.
And as to tolerance, it is surprising how far removed from the equity and prudence of the Church are those who profess what is called liberalism. For, in allowing that boundless license of which We have spoken, they exceed all limits, and end at last by making no apparent distinction between truth and error, honesty and dishonesty. And because the Church, the pillar and ground of truth, and the unerring teacher of morals, is forced utterly to reprobate and condemn tolerance of such an abandoned and criminal character, they calumniate her as being wanting in patience and gentleness, and thus fail to see that, in so doing, they impute to her as a fault what is in reality a matter for commendation. But, in spite of all this show of tolerance, it very often happens that, while they profess themselves ready to lavish liberty on all in the greatest profusion, they are utterly intolerant toward the Catholic Church, by refusing to allow her the liberty of being herself free. (Pope Leo XIII, Libertas Praestantissimum, June 20, 1888.)
Men today are incapable of even an apparent distinction between truth and error, honesty and dishonesty, which means that they must be consigned to live in a world that is in a state of constant agitation and conflict. What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, five days ago is the result of the existence of false freedoms and the lack of any ultimate arbiter, namely, the authority of the Catholic Church, to intervene directly after discharging her Indirect Power of teaching, preaching and exhortation when the good of souls demand her motherly intervention.
Second—and very much related to the first point, the adherents of the false opposite of the naturalist “left” are interested in “freedom of speech” for only one reason: to end it once and for all. They believe that the civil state has a duty to serve as the arbiter of what is true and good and honest according to their ever-shifting interests. In other words, the “left” is showing itself clearly to be a vessel of intolerance and hatred of any beliefs that are proscribed by their high priests and priestesses of the moment. Anyone who thinks that there is some kind of naturalist solution to this intolerance is not thinking very clearly.
Indeed, nothing is ever "settled" in a pluralistic country filled with a rich diversity of error until it is "settled" according to the dictates of the "left," who seek to denounce anyone who would "unsettle" such things as "legalized" baby-killing and "gay marriage" despite having sought for decades beforehand to "overturn" laws that they did not "like." They, the high priests and priestesses of Modernity, must be obeyed without dissent. And the truth of the matter is, as I have noted on this site frequently, is that the demographics are on their side for future and more permanent victories barring a miraculous conversion of this nation to the Social Reign of Christ the King as a fruit of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary following the consecration of Russia by a true pope to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Behold the errors of Russia that are in our own midst. The only end result of this is totalitarianism, which imposed in culturally in a de facto sense or by the brute power of the civil state in a de jure manner.
Third, President Donald John Trump, who has probably committed political suicide for the last time with his spontaneous remarks in Trump Tower in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York, New York, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was entirely correct when he said that both sides were to blame for the violence five days ago, pointing out the fact that many of the “antifa” protestors came with clubs and knives to attack the white supremacists, who are filled with their own diabolical misconceptions about race and nation.
President Trump was also correct when he asked rhetorically where the demand to tear down statues stops. Why not George Washington, he asked?
Where does it stop?
It does not stop?
This is not going to have a good end as the white nationalists or supremacists, filled with their own erroneous sense of self-righteous importance and filled with evangelical fervor to advance their agenda, fell right into the trap that had been laid for them by their opponents. These white nationalists knew that conflict would occur, and they had no rational basis to believe that the civil authorities in Charlottesville, a city where Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner and virulent anti-Catholic, lived, of course, would “stand down” if “antifa” used violence against them. After all, police were told to “stand down” in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014, the Feast of Saint of the Cross and the Commemoration of Saint Chrysogonus (see Governor Ordered National Guard to Stand Down in Ferguson), and they were told to “stand down” in Baltimore, Maryland, during rioting that took place there in early-2015 (see Baltimore Mayor Gives Protestors 'Who Wish to Destroy Space to do that). There was no rational basis to believe that conflict could be avoided.
Fourth, the whole controversy over the removal of the Confederate battle flag and of the statues of Confederate war heroes is designed to further divide Americans by engendering more hatred and enmity among human beings that has existed before. These controversies are being stoked and funded by groups interested in augmenting their own power and influence so that voters, having grown tired of conflict and bloodshed, relent and simply vote for the stooges who will do their bidding for them.
This having been noted, however, it is important to point out that the hero worship of secular figures in the United States of America is itself a form of idolatry. It is indeed very ironic that a country where numerous statues, monuments and memorials have been built to honor various figures of naturalism was founded by men who were the inheritors of the Protestant Revolution’s rejection of the statutes and images of Our Lady and the other saints. As it is of the nature of man to want to admire something, though, the Protestant and Judeo-Masonic iconoclasts decided to build statues in their own honor.
Mind you, it is, of course, not wrong to build statues in honor of a particular civic or military leades. My point, you see, is to illustrate that the proliferation of such statues, monuments and memorials in the United States of America and around the world has been brought about by men who reject honoring images (statues, paintings, shrines) in honor of the Mother of God and the saints. Naturalists want to call to mind the heroism of naturalists, not the sanctity of those who sought to please the true God of Divine Revelation, the Most Blessed Trinity, as He has revealed Himself to men exclusively through His Catholic Church.
The professional agitators of the false opposite of the naturalist “left” have thus become instruments whereby they can attack the statues built by Protestant and Judeo-Masonic inheritors of iconoclasm to honor their own number. Thus it is that the "left" are the new iconoloclasts. This is nothing other than one group whose members adhere to various errors attacking other groups whose members subscribe to other errors. It is the precise kind of madness that must occur when men and their nations do not submit themselves to the sweet yoke of the Social Reign of Christ the King as It must be exercised by Holy Mother Church in all that pertains to the good of souls.
Although the subject of an entirely different article, the iconoclasm of the political “left” is very similar to that which motivate the counterfeit church of conciliarim’s Jacobin/Bolshevik revolutionaries to wreckovate Catholic church buildings, including demolishing statues of Our Lord, Our Lady, Saint Joseph and other saints. Revolutionaries hate history. They also destroy.
Sixth, a final observation concerns the simple fact that those on the “left” who are bent on tearing down the statues of historical figures they despise even though they may know little or nothing about them believe that it is a matter of “hating women” to oppose the daily slaughter of the innocent preborn by chemical and surgical means.
Although the deaths that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, including those of the police officers whose helicopter crashed during the conflicts on the ground, are indeed tragic and perhaps even preventable if the civil authorities had not let the conflict commence in the hope that the white nationalists would get beaten up, the truth remains that nearly over 3500 innocent babies in their mothers’ wombs were killed by surgical means on the same day. No one grieves for those babies, each of whom is an innocent victim of the anti-Incarnational civil state of Modernity.
Moreover, we have reached such a nadir now that one government has found its own “final solution” to Downs Syndrome: kill off the preborn babies who are diagnosed with it.
Yes, this is actually happening in Iceland, which is most famous for having hosted the Bobby Fischer-Boris Spassky chess match, which began on July 11, 1972, and ended when Spassky resigned on September 1, 1972, the day after the twenty-first and final game:
ICELAND, August 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A new report from CBS News details how 100 percent of babies in Iceland who are diagnosed with Down syndrome prenatally are aborted.
This has "almost completely eliminated Down syndrome births since the test began in the early 2000s," Elaine Quijano of CBS explained. She interviewed an abortion counselor, an Icelandic scientist, and the mothers of children with Down syndrome.
She also interviewed an Icelandic woman who has Down syndrome.
People "just see Downs. They don’t see me," she told Quijano. "It doesn’t feel good. I want people to see that I am just like everybody else."
In 2009, only three babies with Down syndrome were born in Iceland. Only one mom in the entire country has two children with Down syndrome. She lives in Hellissandur, on the northern coast.
"Yes, of course" some women express guilt at aborting their disabled babies, the abortion counselor told Quijano. The pro-abortion counselor showed her a prayer card with the footprints of an aborted baby. Parents can keep these footprints and prayer cards as a memento of their aborted child.
She said she tells women, "This is your life. You have the right to choose how your life will look like."
"We don’t look at abortion as murder," she continued. "We look at it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had huge complications." It is "preventing suffering for the child and also the family."
"The media sell this little three-year-old, nice cute one," the abortion counselor continued. "But you have to look at Down syndrome as a spectrum. You have this little cute one who was Down syndrome … and then we have people who [have] Down syndrome plus lots of other complication[s]."
She said she sees life's moral decisions as "gray" rather than "black and white."
The Icelandic mother of a young child with Down syndrome asked Quijano, "What kind of society do you want to live in?"
One expectant mom told Quijano she decided to forgo the test because "it wouldn’t make a difference, actually." She said she works with autistic children and has a brother-in-law who has Down syndrome. "I think it’s just horrible, the statistics."
The CBS report pointed out that the country's socialized healthcare system requires doctors to tell women about the option of prenatal testing for genetic defects.
There is "some truth" to the notion that informing women of this steers them toward abortion, a technician who does the prenatal tests said. "Obviously, if you didn’t mention it, then you wouldn’t be thinking about it."
"My heart breaks for the innocent babies aborted in Iceland because society has deemed certain people undeserving of life," Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told LifeSiteNews. "My children with genetic disabilities are loved and valued the same as my children without. I pray this report will wake up the people of Iceland to the discriminatory killing occurring amongst them. I pray they wake up before even more human beings fall victim to this disgusting mindset."
Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, the nation's largest women's public policy organization, said this is an example of eugenics.
"Iceland sounds like they are proud of the fact that they've killed nearly all unborn babies that had an in-utero diagnosis of Down syndrome. This is not a medical advancement," said Nance. "This is eugenics and barbarianism at best. These individuals have no less worth than anyone else."
"What is the next headline going to be?" asked Nance. "That a certain country has eradicated all females. Oh wait, China has already been down that road. There is no limit to this train of thought of devaluing human life."
Actress Patricia Heaton blasted the notion that Iceland is eliminating Down syndrome, noting they're just "killing" everyone who has it. (Iceland Aborts One Hundred Percent of Downs Syndorme Babies.)
Those who justify thuggery to shut down people who support a different set of hideous errors than they do will, of course, justify the killing off of preborn babies with Downs Syndrome’s in Iceland as a way of “ending suffering,” a veritable “act of compassion.” As I noted in a recent article, Hitler may have lost the military battles, but his euthanasia laws, enshrined in the Nuremberg Laws of 1935, have won the war of ideas. The socialists of the West, most of whom are imbued with the Bolshevik strand of this virus, are thus replicating the "final solution" of the "national socialists" under Adolf Hitler, who is indeed admired by many "white nationalists" as it is not for nothing that a substantial numbe of their ilk march in goose steps and give the Hitler salute. Talk about irony. (For my discussion of Catholic resistance to Hitler and his Third Reich, please see Meet Some Catholics Truly Worth Admiring, part one and Meet Some Catholics Truly Worth Admiring, part two.)
This is all a chastisement for the multifarious ways in which the Most Holy Trinity has been dishonored and blasphemed in a land of such “civil liberty” that every manner sin and indecent behavior is protected by the civil laws and celebrated in all the quarters of social life.
It might do well to recall that prophecy of the Venerable Marie-Julie Jahenny as to what would befall the “great island nation” after there had been a black president:
“After the important island nation has a black president it will be the last president and the country will disintegrate. After many, many years, it will return, but never ever the same.” (Marie Julie-Jahenny)
We are eyewitnesses to the process of American disintegration, which is all the more reason for us to spend time, if at all possible where you live in this time of apostasy and betrayal, before the Blessed Sacrament and by uniting ourselves more fully to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Which beats for us with such love in the Adorable Sacrament of the Altar, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
As we pray for the recovery of those wounded in Charlottesville five days ago and for the conversion of all who took part in that day’s tragic events, let us surrender ourselves now and always to the Most Holy Trinity and be ever reliant upon the intercessory power of Our Lady, especially through her Most Holy Rosary, to effect the conversion of men and their nations to the Social Kingship of her Divine Son as the fruit of her Fatima Message and the Triumph of her own Immaculate Heart.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
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 Hyacinth, pray for us.