A System of "Lesser" Evils
by Thomas A. Droleskey
Governmental systems not founded on true principles cannot sustain true social order over the course of time. The Incarnation of the Word in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate womb by the power of God the Holy Ghost has occurred. Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has wrought our salvation for us upon the wood of the Holy Cross by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood. The missionary work of the Catholic Church to convert all men and all nations to her maternal bosom for their sanctification and infallible direction began on Pentecost Sunday. A civil state that is indifferent, if not overtly hostile, to these facts cannot help but slip deeper and deeper in an abyss of corruption and decadence. There is no piecemeal, electoral, non-denominational or interdenominational way to stop this decline. States must embrace the Catholic Faith just as much as individual human beings must do so lest both fall under the grip of the devil, who prowls about the world seeking the ruin of souls and thus of the nations in which they live.
Those who do not see these facts clearly are constantly jumping up and down at the "opportunity," as they see it, to stop some "greater" evil with an acknowledged"lesser evil, believing that they can "buy some time" in the process. The utter delusional nature of this belief is lost even though the empirical evidence demonstrating its complete bankruptcy, even in purely practical terms, to say nothing of fostering the Social Reign of Christ the King and of Mary our Immaculate Queen, is so vast as to make it truly hard to believe that people prefer to continue to live their lives in such a delusional state.
Although the facts that will be recounted below have been listed any number of times in articles of mine in The Wanderer and The Remnant and in the printed pages of Christ or Chaos and even in one article in The Latin Mass: A Journal of Catholic Culture as well as on this site itself (as well as on the Daily Catholic site and the Seattle Catholic site, which now longer operates but has all of its published articles--save for mine!--available for viewing), I will do so once again for the sake of explaining that it is no surprise at all that pro-abortion and pro-perversity candidates for public office actually take their positions seriously and that phony pro-life candidates always wind up pursuing policies antithetical to the cause they say they support if they wind up getting elected.
Case 1: The candidate: George Pataki. The year: 1994.
The little known New York State Senator from--and former Mayor of--the City of Peekskill, New York (fans of The Honeymooners will remember that Jackie Gleason's production company was called Peekskill Productions, named for the city in which he had built his "keyhole" mansion, his residence before he moved to Florida in 1965), was touted as the "lesser of two evils" in order to oust the pro-abortion, pro-perversion Catholic Mario Matthew Cuomo from the governorship of the State of New York. Sure, sure, sure. Pataki was also pro-abortion and pro-perversion. What did that matter, right? It was "necessary" to get rid of Cuomo.
I argued against these contentions long after I was blue in the face (I was thinner in those days and I could hold my breath longer), explaining that it is not a victory for justice founded in the truths of the Catholic Faith to support one pro-abortion Catholic over another. One man, an activist who had an office in the chancery building of the Archdiocese of New York, told me that "Pataki just has to say he's pro-choice. He'll be different once he's elected." My response was simple: "So, you want me to vote for a man who is lying. That's nice. When did Our Lord ever say that it was morally licit to lie in order to accomplish some goal? Didn't Our Lord ask what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but suffer the loss of his own soul? There's another possibility here, though. What is Pataki is telling the truth? What if he really does support baby-killing and perversity? What have you gained. Why waste your vote enabling a pro-abortion Republican who will use his office to promote abortion within his own political party, no less as a matter of public policy?"
There was a candidate of the Right to Life Party of the State of New York, Robert Walsh, for whom New Yorkers could have voted. Oh, no, "conservatives" of all stripes wanted to get rid of Cuomo, thereby elevating a liberal pro-abortion, pro-perversity Catholic member of the Republican Party to a position of national prominence. Pataki was a fervent supporter of abortion and perversity during his twelve wretched years in office, governing in a manner that was even more liberal than Cuomo in some instances. His gubernatorial administration was a nightmare of cronyism that would have made Boss William Tweed of Tammany Hall fame blush with shame.
Did I want Mario Cuomo re-elected? Are you out of your minds? I ran for Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York with then County of Nassau District Attorney Denis Dillon, a registered member of the Democrat Party at the time, in 1986 to oppose Cuomo's support of baby-killing. Cuomo was a shoo-in in 1986 and the Republican candidate, County of Westchester Executive Andrew O'Rourke, wanted nothing to do with the Right to Life Party endorsement. O'Rourke was going to lose in a massive landslide, which he did. With some very rare exceptions (the pro-abortion, pro-perversity Rudolph William Giuliani's first race for Mayor of the City of New York against then City Clerk David N. Dinkins in 1989), public opinion surveys, though they are meaningless insofar as what is right and what is wrong is concerned, are pretty accurate. Pollsters have refined the ability to select a small random sample of a particular "universe," which is the "target" population to be polled (voters in a state, a city, a town, a village, the entire country, a region of the country, whites, blacks, Catholics, Jews, Protestants, unbelievers, etc.), and extrapolate from that random sample an accurate projection of public opinion/voter sentiment. The polls showed in 1986 that O'Rourke was a clear loser. The "wasted" vote in 1986 was for Andrew O'Rourke, not for Denis Dillon. Our purpose in running was to give truth a voice in the midst of what I now recognize to be the fraud of electoral politics. Our goal was not to re-elect Mario Cuomo but to stand up in defense of the inviolability of the innocent preborn without any exceptions or qualifications whatsoever
Similarly, no one who supported Bob Walsh back in 1994 wanted to re-elect Mario Cuomo. We simply did not want to reward another Catholic turncoat and thus make it easier for the Republican Party to be the spawning ground of a new wave of pro-abortion, pro-perverion Catholic politicians, which is, of course, what happened. Rudolph Giuliani's election in 1993 as Mayor of the City of New York actually started the trend. The irony here, however, is that the man who ran against Giuliani and then Mayor David N. Dinkins on the Conservative Party line, George Marlin, who ran a spirited campaign against Giuliani's pro-abortion and pro-perversity positions, wound up supporting Pataki in 1994! Pataki rewarded Marlin with a nice comfortable position as the Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, although then New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, a WASP pro-abortion, pro-perversity Republican, who had to agree to the appointment, was a little leery of Marlin's "conservatism."
The "lesser of two evils" dictum in 1994 made it possible for a turncoat Catholic to come to national prominence, which he used to browbeat Patrick Joseph Buchanan when the latter ran for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination. Pataki lined up with Whitman and then California Governor Peter Wilson to threaten to wage a floor battle at the Republican National Convention in San Diego in 1996 to make the party's "pro-life plank" more acceptable to "moderate" (read: pro-death) voters. Ah, yes, the "lesser of two evils" in 1994 certainly served the cause of truth well, did it not?
Case 2: The candidate: Robert Joseph Dole, Jr. The year: 1996.
Although I have indeed come to recognize that electoral politics is a gigantic waste of time, I did spend a great deal of time and energy in late-1995 and the early part of 1996 campaigning for the aforementioned Patrick Joseph Buchanan in his quest for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination. No one is perfect. I probably have more disagreements with Pat, especially on the issue of his support for the "founding fathers" (most of whom hated the Catholic Church and believed that it was possible for man to organize himself both personally and socially without regard to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church and who believed that it was not necessary for men to have belief in, access to and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace in order to be virtuous), now than at the time, although there were areas with which I disagree with him. I supported Pat because I believed that he was the only no-exceptions pro-life candidate who had a reasonable chance of securing the Republican nomination and of giving then President William Jefferson Blyth Clinton a competitive race in the general election wherein Pat could have articulated his points with the eloquence with which God has gifted him. I racked up over 10,000 miles on an old 1985 Honda Civic that I had driven out to Iowa from New York to campaign throughout the Hawkeye State from December 8, 1995, to the February 12, 1996, the date of the Iowa Presidential Caucuses.
The smarmy little Executive Director of the Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed, and Father Frank Pavone, the founder of Priests for Life, worked against Buchanan, supporting the ever-mercurial, ever-hapless, ever-inarticulate support of baby-killing in the "hard" cases and a support of embryonic stem-cell research and Federal funding for domestic and international "family planning" programs, the native of Russell, Kansas (which is also the birthplace of the pro-abortion Senator Arlen Specter, who was supported in a 2004 Republican primary in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by none other than President George Walker Bush against a partly pro-life and partly-pro-death challenger, United States Representative Patrick Toomey), Senate Majority Leader Robert Joseph Dole, Jr. Apart from Dole's stands on the issues, each of which was concocted by political consultants (Dole had long described himself as a "cut the difference down the middle" legislator), anyone who knew anything about American electoral politics knew that Senator Bob Dole was incompetent as a speaker. Incompetent. The man had to use a loose-leaf binder on "Super Tuesday" in March of 1996 to remember the various states whose primaries he had won that day. Dole lost--and lost badly--the 1976 Vice Presidential debate against then Senator Walter Frederick Mondale, of all people. Walter Mondale, mind you. This mattered nothing to Ralph Reed or his mentor, Pat Robertson, or Father Pavone or the bright lights at the not-so-pro-life National Right to Life Committee. Dole was the "electable" candidate.
We all know the results of this electoral strategy, which made no sense from even any secular standpoint whatsoever.
Case 3: The candidate: Arnold Schwarzenegger. The year: 2003.
Yes, I've skipped over 2000. How many more times can I document the fact that George Walker Bush has been and continues to be a pro-life fraud who has done the bidding of Talmudic neoconservatives and Christian Zionist dispensationalists to bring us to the point of where an American president is openly talking about waging "World War III" in the face of a nonexistent threat from yet another made-up boogeyman, Iran? Those who are deluded on this matter will probably go to their graves being deluded.
Largely under the influence of Hiram Johnson, who was Governor of California from 1911 to 1917 and served as one of its two United States Senators from 1917 until his death in 1945, the State of California adopted several of the "direct democracy" initiatives of the Progressive (or Reform) Movement that had been launched in the 1880s to combat the corruption of partisan politics that was (and remains) the logical result of fallen human nature and of a nation where most people do not live for the honor and glory of God as members of the Catholic Church and thus do not put the eternal welfare of their own soul (or those of others) uppermost in their minds. The three principal "direct democracy" are initiatives are the Initiative (a legislative proposal originating from the people by means of a petition drive to place the proposal before the people in a general or special election, thereby bypassing the career politicians serving in a state legislature), the Referendum (a measure that is put to the vote of the people, whether originating from a state legislature or as the result of an Initiative, for their approval), and the Recall (a special election held to ask the voters if a certain office-holder should be "recalled" from office, coupled in most instances with a concurrent ballot measure to select a new office-holder if the recall vote is in the affirmative).
The pro-abortion, pro-perversity Catholic Governor of California in 2003 was a Democrat by the name of Joseph Graham Davis, Jr., a man who went by the name "Gray," believe it or not, instead of the name of the Patron of the Universal Church and foster-father of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Saint Joseph, the just and silent man of the House of David. He was a disaster for the State of California in many respects. I know. I was giving my "Living in the Shadow of the Cross" lecture program in seven different venues in California from January through May of 2001 at the time of the now infamous California electricity crisis. Ah, yes. Rolling brownouts. Street lights that were darkened. Those were the days of Gray, who made quite a point of showing his "independence" from his Faith by means of his support for two of the four evils that cry out to Heaven for vengeance (willful murder and the sin of Sodom).
A recall drive was launched by United States Representative Darrell Issa in 2003, shortly after Davis had been sworn in for his second term as Governor of California. The drive gathered enough signatures by July of 2003 to force a recall election on October 7, 2003. Among the candidates running in the parallel election to determine a successor to Joseph Graham Davis, Jr., if the recall vote was in the affirmative was the pro-abortion, pro-perversion Catholic member of the Republican Party Arnold Schwarzenegger. Loads and loads and loads of allegedly pro-life Catholics did the same thing in California in 2003 that their equally delusional brethren had done in the State of New York in 1994: vote for the "lesser of two evils," Schwarzenegger, in order to replace Davis with someone "better." Not much time needs to be wasted on this idiocy, except to point out that Schwarzenegger has just signed into law a bill that mandates the teaching of perversity in the already corrupt California public school system:
An international organization promoting families says California families have no choice but to abandon the public school system after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a new "anti-discrimination" bill into law, effectively making terms like "mom" and dad" obsolete.
As WND has reported, some family advocates in California already had come to the same conclusion as that reached now by the World Congress of Families.
World Congress of Families Global Coordinator Allan Carlson said the measure, SB 777, is "a blatant attack on the natural family orchestrated by the alternative-lifestyles lobby."
The exodus call had been issued just one day earlier by Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families. "We're calling upon every California parent to pull their child out of California's public school system," he told WND.
"The so-called 'public schools' are no longer a safe emotional environment for children. Under the new law, schoolchildren as young as kindergarten will be sexually indoctrinated and introduced to homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality, over the protests of parents, teachers and even school districts," he said.
The law at issue went through the California legislature as SB 777, and now bans in school texts and activities any discriminatory bias against those who have chosen alternative sexual lifestyles, Meredith Turney, legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute, said.
The World Congress noted the law prohibits "instruction" or "activity" that is perceived to "promote a discriminatory bias" against "gender," including cross-dressing and sex-change operations as well as "so-called sexual orientation."
"It will prohibit anything that suggests that the natural family – a man and a woman, married, with children – is normal or typical," said Carlson. "Thus, under this latest advance toward a Brave New World of polymorphous perversion, California textbooks will no longer be able to use words like 'mother and father' and 'husband and wife,' because they suggest that heterosexuality is the norm – even though that is manifestly the case, even in California."
The organization's statement called it "unbelievable" that teachers and students who oppose same-sex marriage and suggest homosexuality isn't innate, or disapprove of cross-dressing and sex-change operations, could be disciplined as "harassers," and students may use the restrooms designated for the gender with which they identify.
"California parents who don't want to see their children subjected to gender indoctrination will now have no alternative but to withdraw from the public education system – which they will be required to fund, nonetheless," Carlson said.
Carlson co-authored with Paul Mero "The Natural Family: A Manifesto," and the World Congress is in the forefront of the international pro-family movement today. Its most recent congress was in Warsaw in May, and drew delegates from 62 nations.
While SB 777 provides protections for those promoting alternative lifestyle choices, there are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs. Offenders will face the wrath of the state Department of Education, up to and including lawsuits.
"SB 777 will result in reverse discrimination against students with religious and traditional family values. These students have lost their voice as the direct result of Gov. Schwarzenegger's unbelievable decision. The terms 'mom and dad' or 'husband and wife' could promote discrimination against homosexuals if a same-sex couple is not also featured," said Turney.
"Parents want the assurance that when their children go to school they will learn the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic – not social indoctrination regarding alternative sexual lifestyles. Now that SB 777 is law, schools will in fact become indoctrination centers for sexual experimentation," she said.
Karen England, chief of CRI, told WND that the law is not a list of banned words, including "mom" and "dad." But she said the requirement is that the law bans discriminatory bias and the effect will be to ban such terminology.
"Having 'mom' and 'dad' promotes a discriminatory bias. You have to either get rid of 'mom' and 'dad' or include everything when talking about [parental issues]," she said. "They [promoters of sexual alternative lifestyles] do consider that discriminatory."
Her organization immediately filed with the state a plan to take the issue to the state's voters in a referendum as early as 2008. Yesterday, the institute issued a list of advisories because officials have been "overwhelmed" by those who are outraged by the state's actions.
"By filing the SB 777 referendum with the attorney general, CRFI seeks to bring SB 777 before the people of California for vote," the advisory said. "The vast majority of Californians are shocked when they learn of SB 777's purpose. We believe that if it is brought before the people, it will be overturned."
England's organization said SB 777, by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, "is the most blatant and egregious assault on traditional family values that CRI has witnessed in our 20 years of serving families in the capitol … SB 777 actually advances a radical sexual agenda on children as young as five years old."
"The vague language of this bill could be interpreted to mean that instruction that only features a mom and dad or traditional family would be 'promoting a discriminatory bias' against homosexual couples. It would promote 'heterosexism' to only show male and female couples, without equal time for homosexual, transsexual and transgender 'families,'" she said.
She said while supporters of the activist plan argue those conclusions are absurd, the organization actually "is merely publicizing policies that have already been implemented in Los Angeles Unified School District regarding transgender students."
England noted that the district website confirms if a male perceives himself as a female, "he must be granted access to female locker rooms and restrooms. He must be allowed to participate in female sports activities.
"If the student wishes to keep his sexual status from his parents, the teachers and administration must refer to the masculine pronoun (him/he) when talking to his parents and use the feminine pronoun (she/her) at school," the Capitol Resource analysis concluded.
"This shocking policy treats parents as the enemy of the transgender student…" the analysis said.
Thomasson had posted on his website examples of situations he said he expects to see develop:
- "Please turn to Chapter 10, entitled Famous Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. History tells us that great Americans such as Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln were gay and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was lesbian. It's likely that even prominent biblical personas were gay, such as King David of Israel and the Apostle Paul. Until this year, the sexual identities of these and other historical figures have been denied by discriminatory textbooks that reflected adversely on LGBT people by ignoring their existence."
- "Children, our new picture book has arrived. This is a fantastic story called Daddy's Wedding. It teaches us that no relationship is bad. See the two men dressed in tuxedos, like they're at a wedding? Daddy's Wedding tells us that two men can love each other and even get married…"
Ray Moore, a spokesman for Exodus Mandate, which advocates Christians give up on public schools and either school their children at home or send them to Christian schools, agreed with Thomasson, and went further.
"This really is a call to conservative and Christian pro-family groups to give up this absurd idea of public school reform," he told WND. "It can't be done. The longer they talk about saving public schools, the longer they prolong this agony, when they could be setting up new schools."
He said such plans to indoctrinate children in sexual alternatives is not a surprise at all. "The pagans are simply obeying their god," he said.
He also warned that the rest of the nation could feel the impact of the decision, because California is known as a trend-setter in educational practice and policy.
"California always has been on the cutting edge of trends, sometimes good and sometimes bad," Moore said. "What happens in California sometimes can spread nationwide.
"I do know textbook publishers blow with the wind," Thomasson added, "whether they blow from Texas or California, because those are the biggest states. That's how they sell books."
He said textbook editors now have a new agenda to satisfy if they want to sell their products in California. "We could see those [new] books within a year or two."
As WND reported, a board member for the homosexual advocacy group Equality California verbally attacked and threatened CRI for its opposition to the bill earlier.
The board member sent an e-mail and video to CRI threatening the group would be buried if it continued efforts opposing the homosexual advocacy.
"The shocking hate mail we received shows that those behind this legislation do not promote true tolerance," said England. "Only politically correct speech will be tolerated. Those with religious or traditional moral beliefs will not be allowed to express their opinions in public schools."
She also cited an informational document published by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the Transgender Law Center that already has outlined what it believes to be nondiscriminatory treatment in the school system.
"If you want to use a restroom that matches your gender identity … you should be allowed to do so," it advises. "Whenever students are divided up into boys and girls, you should be allowed to join the group or participate in the program that matches your gender identity as much as possible."
Further, the groups advise, "If you change your name to one that better matches your gender identity, a school needs to use that name to refer to you." The advocacy group also warns schools against bringing parents into any such discussion with students.
WND has documented a number of earlier cases in which educators, including leaders in California, have taken it upon themselves to promote a homosexual lifestyle to children under their charge.
WND reported California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, under whose supervision hundreds of thousands of children are being educated, has used his state position and taxpayer-funded stationery to praise a "gay" pride event used in the past to expose children to sexually explicit activities.
That drew vehement objections from several educators, including Priscilla Schreiber, the president of the Grossmont Unified High School District governing board.
"I am outraged that a person in this high-ranking elected position would advocate an event where diversity is not just being celebrated but where pornography and indecent exposure is being perpetrated on the young and innocent children of our communities," she said.
WorldNetDaily: California 'Mom,' 'Dad' ban garners international scorn
As noted two days ago in Parallel Paths of Degeneration, this is all but the logical result of a world where it is taken for granted that the religiously indifferentist civil state is the "best" arrangement to reflect the "diversity" wrought by theological relativism and cultural pluralism. Although a ballot initiative in California might be successful in overturning this law, the fact that things have degenerated to this point is all--and I mean all--the rotten fruit of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolt against the Divine Plan that God Himself had instituted to effect man's return to Him through the Catholic Church that has been institutionalized in cement by Judeo-Masonry and its array of allies in the organized forces of naturalism. How sad it is that the Protestants who are taking the lead in opposing this hideous piece of legislation in California (wonder if George Niederauer and Patrick McGrath and Robert Brom and Tod Brown and Roger Mahony will say anything soon?) do not understand that it is Protestantism that is absolutely and directly responsible for breeding the conditions in the world wherein men and their nations have been deprived of the magisterial authority and the sanctifying offices of the Catholic Church.
The counterfeit church of conciliarism has reaffirmed Protestantism's overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King, serving as contributing agents to social decay despite the efforts of some of their false prelates, including Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, to condemn this decay. The one and only way to restore individual souls and nations is Catholicism, something that Pope Saint Pius X pointed out in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:
No, Venerable Brethren, We must repeat with the utmost energy in these times of social and intellectual anarchy when everyone takes it upon himself to teach as a teacher and lawmaker - the City cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot be setup unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against the unremitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants. omnia instaurare in Christo.
As the Americanist bishops of the United States of America long refused to do any such thing as to build the Catholic City in the decades leading up to the "Second" Vatican Council, Catholics themselves were coopted into viewing the world through the lenses of religious indifferentism and cultural pluralism and egalitarianism and majoritarianism and moral relativism and legal positivism and utilitarianism and materialism and a thousand other " 'isms," everything except Catholicism, prompting them to fall for the "lesser of two evils" line--if they are inclined to oppose various evils rather than to embrace them with gusto and to promote these evils at the ballot box and by how they spend their money and their time in matters pertaining to the popular culture. "Hey, we're Americans, you know. We do things differently here."
This was precisely the fear of Pope Leo XIII, who wrote the following to James Cardinal Gibbons, the longtime Americanist Archbishop of Baltimore, in Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae, January 22, 1899:
But if this is to be so understood that the doctrines which have been adverted to above are not only indicated, but exalted, there can be no manner of doubt that our venerable brethren, the bishops of America, would be the first to repudiate and condemn it as being most injurious to themselves and to their country. For it would give rise to the suspicion that there are among you some who conceive and would have the Church in America to be different from what it is in the rest of the world.
Pope Leo XIII had written in Libertas, June 20, 1888, that Holy Mother Church recognized at that time that her children were living in civil circumstances wherein various concessions had been made to false ideas and false religions. While not expecting the impossible from her children, Pope Leo XIII wanted to make it clear that Catholics must still understand what the truth is and to pray and to work for the day when Catholicism is the foundation of personal and social order, noting that the further acceptance of more and more evils is the only result from the "toleration" of some evils:
The Church most earnestly desires that the Christian teaching, of which We have given an outline, should penetrate every rank of society in reality and in practice; for it would be of the greatest efficacy in healing the evils of our day, which are neither few nor slight, and are the offspring in great part of the false liberty which is so much extolled, and in which the germs of safety and glory were supposed to be contained. The hope has been disappointed by the result. The fruit, instead of being sweet and wholesome, has proved cankered and bitter. If, then, a remedy is desired, let it be sought for in a restoration of sound doctrine, from which alone the preservation of order and, as a consequence, the defense of true liberty can be confidently expected.
Yet, with the discernment of a true mother, the Church weighs the great burden of human weakness, and well knows the course down which the minds and actions of men are in this our age being borne. For this reason, while not conceding any right to anything save what is true and honest, she does not forbid public authority to tolerate what is at variance with truth and justice, for the sake of avoiding some greater evil, or of obtaining or preserving some greater good. God Himself in His providence, though infinitely good and powerful, permits evil to exist in the world, partly that greater good may not be impeded, and partly that greater evil may not ensue. In the government of States it is not forbidden to imitate the Ruler of the world; and, as the authority of man is powerless to prevent every evil, it has (as St. Augustine says) to overlook and leave unpunished many things which are punished, and rightly, by Divine Providence. But if, in such circumstances, for the sake of the common good (and this is the only legitimate reason), human law may or even should tolerate evil, it may not and should not approve or desire evil for its own sake; for evil of itself, being a privation of good, is opposed to the common welfare which every legislator is bound to desire and defend to the best of his ability. In this, human law must endeavor to imitate God, who, as St. Thomas teaches, in allowing evil to exist in the world, "neither wills evil to be done, nor wills it not to be done, but wills only to permit it to be done; and this is good." This saying of the Angelic Doctor contains briefly the whole doctrine of the permission of evil.
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.
The entire American system of government and politics is based upon the false belief that men do not need the magisterial authority and sanctifying offices of the Catholic Church in their own personal lives or in the larger life of their states and the nation itself. Men do not need to reference all things at all times to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church. Men do not need to have belief in, access to and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace to be virtuous, no less to scale the heights of sanctity. Men do not need to adhere to the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church. Men can get along in "brotherhood," putting aside "mere" doctrinal differences to concentrate on the "really" important things of life. They do not need to make every decision in light of their First Cause and their Last End. They do not need to consider their own eternal good. The United States of America, after all, is "special."
How many Catholic martyrs has this "special" country made of the people of Mexico and The Philippines and even Iraq at the present time? How many souls were snatched out of the Catholic Church as a result of the the Protestant "missionary" work in Catholic lands made possible by the United States conquest and/or domination of those lands? Oh, yes, the "special" nation. A nation that is so "special" that it can lay claim to the daily slaughter of over four thousand innocent human beings by means of surgical abortion each and every day. A nation founded on false, evil premises will produce evil. If Christ is the King of our souls by means of Sanctifying Grace, then the devil is the king of our souls. If Christ is not the King of a nation, then the devil is the king of that nation. It is that simple. Simple, folks. Very simple.
Pope Leo XIII explained the analogy between the soul and a nation in A Review of His Pontificate, March 19, 1902:
Just as Christianity cannot penetrate into the soul without making it better, so it cannot enter into public life without establishing order. With the idea of a God Who governs all, Who is infinitely Wise, Good, and Just, the idea of duty seizes upon the consciences of men. It assuages sorrow, it calms hatred, it engenders heroes. If it has transformed pagan society--and that transformation was a veritable resurrection--for barbarism disappeared in proportion as Christianity extended its sway, so, after the terrible shocks which unbelief has given to the world in our days, it will be able to put that world again on the true road, and bring back to order the States and peoples of modern times. But the return of Christianity will not be efficacious and complete if it does not restore the world to a sincere love of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. In the Catholic Church Christianity is Incarnate. It identifies Itself with that perfect, spiritual, and, in its own order, sovereign society, which is the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ and which has for Its visible head the Roman Pontiff, successor of the Prince of the Apostles. It is the continuation of the mission of the Savior, the daughter and the heiress of His Redemption. It has preached the Gospel, and has defended it at the price of Its blood, and strong in the Divine assistance and of that immortality which has been promised it, It makes no terms with error but remains faithful to the commands which it has received, to carry the doctrine of Jesus Christ to the uttermost limits of the world and to the end of time, and to protect it in its inviolable integrity. Legitimate dispenser of the teachings of the Gospel it does not reveal itself only as the consoler and Redeemer of souls, but It is still more the internal source of justice and charity, and the propagator as well as the guardian of true liberty, and of that equality which alone is possible here below. In applying the doctrine of its Divine Founder, It maintains a wise equilibrium and marks the true limits between the rights and privileges of society. The equality which it proclaims does not destroy the distinction between the different social classes. It keeps them intact, as nature itself demands, in order to oppose the anarchy of reason emancipated from Faith, and abandoned to its own devices. The liberty which it gives in no wise conflicts with the rights of truth, because those rights are superior to the demands of liberty. Not does it infringe upon the rights of justice, because those rights are superior to the claims of mere numbers or power. Nor does it assail the rights of God because they are superior to the rights of humanity.
All restraints on human behavior are let loose over the course of time when the Social Reign of Christ the King is not exercised by the Catholic Church. Enabling the "lesser of two evils" over and over again as we participate uncritically in this Judeo-Masonic system of governance has permitted the dose of that supposedly "lesser" evil to become higher and higher over time, so much so that it is, at least in many cases, almost indistinguishable from the "greater" evil.
One of the great evils of our day is the belief that the separation of Church and State is a benefit to mankind. The American founding fathers believed this, providing, of course, for "religious liberty" for everyone to propagate their beliefs, whether true or false, as the civil state itself was indifferent to the true Faith. Joseph Ratzinger, an ardent admirer of the American founding, believes this, endorsing it endlessly. All "lesser" evils in society stem from Modernity and Modernism's rejection of these words written by Pope Saint Pius X in Vehementer Nos, February 11, 1906:
That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error. Based, as it is, on the principle that the State must not recognize any religious cult, it is in the first place guilty of a great injustice to God; for the Creator of man is also the Founder of human societies, and preserves their existence as He preserves our own. We owe Him, therefore, not only a private cult, but a public and social worship to honor Him. Besides, this thesis is an obvious negation of the supernatural order. It limits the action of the State to the pursuit of public prosperity during this life only, which is but the proximate object of political societies; and it occupies itself in no fashion (on the plea that this is foreign to it) with their ultimate object which is man's eternal happiness after this short life shall have run its course. But as the present order of things is temporary and subordinated to the conquest of man's supreme and absolute welfare, it follows that the civil power must not only place no obstacle in the way of this conquest, but must aid us in effecting it. The same thesis also upsets the order providentially established by God in the world, which demands a harmonious agreement between the two societies. Both of them, the civil and the religious society, although each exercises in its own sphere its authority over them. It follows necessarily that there are many things belonging to them in common in which both societies must have relations with one another. Remove the agreement between Church and State, and the result will be that from these common matters will spring the seeds of disputes which will become acute on both sides; it will become more difficult to see where the truth lies, and great confusion is certain to arise. Finally, this thesis inflicts great injury on society itself, for it cannot either prosper or last long when due place is not left for religion, which is the supreme rule and the sovereign mistress in all questions touching the rights and the duties of men. Hence the Roman Pontiffs have never ceased, as circumstances required, to refute and condemn the doctrine of the separation of Church and State. Our illustrious predecessor, Leo XIII, especially, has frequently and magnificently expounded Catholic teaching on the relations which should subsist between the two societies. "Between them," he says, "there must necessarily be a suitable union, which may not improperly be compared with that existing between body and soul.-"Quaedam intercedat necesse est ordinata colligatio (inter illas) quae quidem conjunctioni non immerito comparatur, per quam anima et corpus in homine copulantur." He proceeds: "Human societies cannot, without becoming criminal, act as if God did not exist or refuse to concern themselves with religion, as though it were something foreign to them, or of no purpose to them.... As for the Church, which has God Himself for its author, to exclude her from the active life of the nation, from the laws, the education of the young, the family, is to commit a great and pernicious error. -- "Civitates non possunt, citra scellus, gerere se tamquam si Deus omnino non esset, aut curam religionis velut alienam nihilque profuturam abjicere.... Ecclesiam vero, quam Deus ipse constituit, ab actione vitae excludere, a legibus, ab institutione adolescentium, a societate domestica, magnus et perniciousus est error."
What do we do? We trust in Our Lady, that's what? We fulfill her Fatima Message in our personal lives, praying as many Rosaries as our states-in-life permit. World events are unraveling rather rapidly. Mad scientists in the United Kingdom are proceeding with plans to develop hybrid human beings and animals. Nuclear catastrophe is starting to look real good. We must stay in a state of Sanctifying Grace at all times, get to the Sacred Tribunal of Penance on a weekly basis and offer up our prayers and penances and acts of reparation and mortifications and humiliations to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as the totally consecrated slaves of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. That's not doing nothing. That's doing more than all of those who have spent efforts on "lesser evils" could ever hope to accomplish by means of their prideful schemes that hide this simple truth: all men and all nations are meant to exclaim with true pride and true joy:
Vivat Christus Rex. Viva Cristo Rey!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us now and the hour of our deaths. Amen.
All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Luke 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.
Saint Peter of Alcantara, pray for us.
Saint Hedwig, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Francis Borgia, pray for us.
Saint Edward the Confessor, pray for us.
Saint John Leonard, pray for us.
Saint Dionysisus (Denis), Rusticus and Eleutherius, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Therese Lisieux, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Placidus and Companions, pray for us.
Saint Bruno, pray for us.
Saint Wenceslaus, pray for us.
Saint Jerome, pray for us.
Saint Remigius, pray for us.
Saint Clotilde, pray for us.
Saints Cosmas and Damian, pray for us.
Pope Saint Linus, pray for us.
Saint Peter Nolasco, pray for us.
Saint Raymond Pennafort, pray for us.
Saint Raymond Nonnatus, pray for us.
Saint Thecla, pray for us.
Saint Matthew, pray for us.
Saint Eustachius and Family, pray for us.
Saint Leonard of Port Maurice, pray for us.
Saint Joseph Cupertino, pray for us.
Saint Januarius, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saints Cornelius and Cyprian, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us.
Saint Giles, pray for us.
Saint Stephen of Hungary, pray for us.
Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us.
Saint Nicomedes, pray for us.
Saint Joseph Calasanctius, pray for us.
Pope Saint Zephyrinus, pray for us.
Saint Louis IX, King of France, pray for us.
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, pray for us.
Saint Bartholomew, pray for us.
Saint Philip Benizi, pray for us.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us.
Saint John Eudes, pray for us.
Saint Hyacinth, pray for us, pray for us.
Saint Agapitus, pray for us.
Saint Helena, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Irenaeus, pray for us.
Saints Monica, pray for us.
Saint Jude, pray for us.
Saint John the Beloved, pray for us.
Saint Francis Solano, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Dominic Savio, pray for us.
Saint Scholastica, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us.
Saint Antony of the Desert, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Bonaventure, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.
Saint Peter Damian, pray for us.
Saint Turibius, pray for us.
Saint Francis Solano, pray for us.
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Monica, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
Saint Basil the Great, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint Cecilia, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
Saint Rene Goupil, pray for us.
Saint John Lalonde, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel Lalemont, pray for us.
Saint Noel Chabanel, pray for us.
Saint Charles Garnier, pray for us.
Saint Anthony Daniel, pray for us.
Saint John DeBrebeuf, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Therese Lisieux, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Hyacinth, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Gerard Majella, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Saint Genevieve, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Saint Rita of Cascia, pray for us.
Saint Louis de Montfort, pray for us.
Blessed Humbeline, pray for us.
Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Venerable Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Father Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.
Francisco Marto, pray for us.
Jacinta Marto, pray for us.
Juan Diego, pray for us.
Father Maximilian Kolbe,M.I., pray for us.
Father Frederick Faber, pray for us.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.