Behold The "Rights of Man"
by Thomas A. Droleskey
France, the elder daughter of the Catholic Church, has not recovered from the revolutionary spirit that overtook her in 1789 and was unleashed again and again with great fury in 1830, 1848, and 1871. The anti-Theistic revolution undertook in the name of the "people" and the "rights of man" was a violent outpouring of hatred of God and His Catholic Church. Relics of countless saints, including the patron saint of Paris, Saint Genevieve, and Saint Vincent de Paul were destroyed by the fierce hatred of these revolutionaries with whose "principles" the then Joseph "Cardinal" Ratzinger explained to us in Principles of Catholic Theology the text of Gaudium et Spes, December 7, 1965, was meant to serve as an "official reconciliation." The blood of the innocent was shed freely as the mob reigned supreme, asserting the supposed "rights of man."
Father Denis Fahey, writing in his The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World, explained how the diabolical "Declaration of the Rights of Man," proclaimed in 1789 and expanded in 1793, was the polar opposite of the Divine Plan that God Himself instituted to effect man's return to Him through the Catholic Church:
By the grace of the Headship of the Mystical Body, our Lord Jesus Christ is both Priest and King of redeemed mankind and, as such, exercises a twofold influence upon us. Firstly, as a Priest, He communicates to us the supernatural life of grace by which we, while ever remaining distinct from God, can enter into the vision and love of the Blessed Trinity. We can thus become one with God, not, of course, in the order of substance or being, but in the order of operation, of the immaterial union of vision and love. The Divine Nature is the principle of the Divine Vision and Love, and by grace we are ‘made partakers of the Divine Nature.’ This pure Catholic doctrine is infinitely removed from Masonic pantheism. Secondly, as King, our Lord exercises an exterior influence on us by His government of us. As King, He guides and directs us socially and individually, in order to dispose all things for the reception of the Supernatural Life which He, as Priest, confers.
Society had been organized in the thirteenth century and even down to the sixteenth, under the banner of Christ the King. Thus, in spite of deficiencies and imperfections, man’s divinization, through the Life that comes from the sacred Humanity of Jesus, was socially favoured. Modern society, under the influence of Satan, was to be organized on the opposite principle, namely, that human nature is of itself divine, that man is God, and, therefore, subject to nobody. Accordingly, when the favourable moment had arrived, the Masonic divnization of human nature found its expression in the Declaration of the Rights of Man in 1789. The French Revolution ushered in the struggle for the complete organization of the world around the new divinity–Humanity. In God’s plan, the whole organization of a country is meant to aid the development of a country is meant to aid the development of the true personality of the citizens through the Mystical Body of Christ. Accordingly, the achievement of true liberty for a country means the removal of obstacles to the organized social acceptance of the Divine Plan. Every revolution since 1789 tends, on the contrary, to the rejection of that plan, and therefore to the enthronement of man in the place of God. The freedom at which the spirit of the revolution aims is that absolute independence which refuses submission to any and every order. It is the spirit breathed by the temptation of the serpent: ‘For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened; and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.’ Man decided then that he would himself lay down the order of good and evil in the place of God; then and now it is the same attitude. (Father Denis Fahey, The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World, p. 27.)
The evil fruit of the French Revolution, which was popularized on a widespread basis in this country during the presidency the Freemason named Andrew Jackson, was praised by President Thomas Woodrow Wilson as the foundation of many of the "liberal ideas" that had taken hold in the United States of America:
Wilson replied [in 1915, to a Father Clement Kelley, who was a representative of James Cardinal Gibbons, the Archbishop of Baltimore, for whom Wilson had such contempt that he addressed him as Mister Gibbons]: 'I have no doubt but that the terrible things you mention have happened during the Mexican revolution. But terrible things happened also during the French revolution, perhaps more terrible things than have happened in Mexico. Nevertheless, out of that French revolution came the liberal ideas that have dominated in so many countries, including our own. I hope that out of the bloodletting in Mexico some such good yet may come.'
"Having thus instructed his caller in the benefits which must perforce accrue to mankind out of the systematic robbery, murder, torture and rape of people holding a proscribed religious conviction, the professor of politics [Wilson] suggested that Father Kelley visit Secretary of State Williams Jennings Bryan, who expressed his deepest sympathy. Obviously, the Wilson administration was committed to supporting the revolutionaries (Robert Leckie, Catholic and American, p. 274.)
Although the United States of America certainly has been decimated by those "liberal ideas" praised by the virulent anti-Catholic statist, globalist and egomaniac named Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the country where those "liberal ideas" were incubated, France, has not recovered from the violence that was used to root the Cross of the Divine Redeemer, Christ the King, out of the soil of France. An entire culture of entitlement, bred by the revolution's anti-Theistic spirit and its deification of man, has brought France, among other countries in Europe, periods of great social unrest as those who have grown use to their "goodies" and entitlements, people who do not realize that we are to work hard for the honor and glory of God until the day we die (or until we are physically or mentally incapable of doing so), see any threat to their "goodies" as threats to their very dignity and, in the case of those who are retired, to the lives of "leisure" which they believe that they have "earned."
Take a look, for example, at the civil strife now extant in France as a result of President Nicolas Sarkozy's proposal to raise the minimum retirement age from sixty years of age to sixty-two years of age to receive a partial pension and from sixty-five to seventy-five years of age to receive a full pension:
PARIS — The confrontation over pension reform in France deepened Monday, with strikers strangling fuel supplies at home and waving off airline flights from abroad.
The French civil aviation authority said on Monday it was asking airlines to cut flights into French airports by up to 50 percent on Tuesday because of possible strikes by personnel. Blockades of France’s 200 fuel depots and strikes at most of its 12 refineries have left service stations starved of fuel. Fearful that the pumps would run dry, many motorists scrambled on Monday to fill up while they could, contributing to the pressure on supplies particularly of the diesel fuel powering many French cars.
The crisis has has increased the risks for President Nicolas Sarkozy, testing his ability to define the political agenda and reverse years of declining fortunes before elections in 2012. He faces a high-stakes gamble magnified by the political arena in which it is played out. Unlike an American president fighting an unruly Congress, Mr. Sarkozy knows he can bank on the French Parliament to support his contentious reforms. But, as the unpopularity of the proposed changes has shown, he cannot place equal faith in enhancing his own standing through a parliamentary victory.
“He has a clear majority in the two houses so he has no difficulty in passing the reform,” said Pierre Haski, a co-founder of the news Web site Rue89. “But that does not give him legitimacy with the public.” At worst, Mr. Haski said in a telephone interview, the upshot could be for Mr. Sarkozy to emerge from the crisis as a lame duck president for the next two years.
“It is a question of legality versus legitimacy,” he said.
Those issues will likely come to a head in the next 48 hours. On Tuesday, labor unions have called national stoppages, adding to the disruption that has been building since the first national protest strike against the pension reform on Sept. 7 and intensifying with strikes at oil refineries that entered their second week on Monday.
The government said only two percent of the country’s 13,200 service stations had actually run dry. But other estimates put the number of gas stations running out of some or all types of fuel at 10 to 15 percent.
Aad Van Bohemen, the head of emergency policy division at the International Energy Agency, said France had been forced to reach into its strategic, 30-day emergency supplies of fuel at depots because refineries were strike-bound. “The question is how to get it to the pumps,” he said in a telephone interview. “Some depots are blocked but there’s a lot of panic-buying going among the French people.”
And on Wednesday, the upper Senate will vote on — and probably approve — measures, already approved by the lower house, that will increase the minimum age of retirement by two years to 62, dealing a blow to the cosseted assumptions of French life. The reforms are supposed to help wrest France from the economic doldrums gripping many parts of Europe, and thus enable Mr. Sarkozy present himself as a champion of necessary change.
In a way both the labor unions, themselves far from united, and the authorities are playing for time.
Mr. Sarkozy’s ministers have repeatedly insisted they will not back down and, if necessary, will resort to firm measures to prevent protesters from blocking fuel depots.
With 98 days of oil stocks on hand, he said, “It’s a matter of logistics. It’s not really a matter of shortages.”
But the protesters are also fighting the clock. On Friday, school vacations begin and many analysts believe that will remove one significant source of protest — high-school pupils who took to the streets last Friday and on Monday, confronting riot police or blocking classes.
The outcome could help determine whether Mr. Sarkozy is able to present himself for the next two years as a courageous reformer in the national interest, or an elitist imposing unwanted reforms on the poor.
A widely-quoted survey in Le Parisien newspaper on Monday said 71 per cent of respondents either supported or were sympathetic to the strikers. “The government can win it despite threats of violence in the street, despite shortages, or simply by a vote of Parliament,” said Jérôme Sainte-Mairie, the head of the CSA polling institute. “But these 71 per cent translate into the cost of victory: it will be very high.”
“We are looking at a direct confrontation between public opinion and the president of the republic.”
Neither has Mr. Sarkozy much room for retreat. “He has gambled his prospects of victory on these reforms,” Mr. Haski said.
Such calculations intensified a mood of gathering crisis.
On Monday, half of France’s high speed train services were canceled. Some commuter trains were harder hit, along with the Paris-Brussels high-speed services, canceled because of a separate strike in Belgium. The Paris-London Eurostar was running normally.
At Paris airports, a small number of flights scheduled to leave on Monday were also delayed or canceled after a surprise strike by aircraft refuelers.
A spokeswoman for Air France said at least two long-haul flights from Paris — to Seattle and Mumbai — had had been forced to take off with insufficient fuel, necessitating refueling stops en route. Airlines flying into French airports on Monday were being advised to carry sufficient fuel for their return journeys, according to Eurocontrol, the agency in Brussels charged with coordinating European air traffic management.
On Monday, oil industry workers used blazing tires to prevent access to a refinery east of Paris, resisting management efforts to reopen it.
On highways near Lille in the north and Lyon in the south, truckers and protesters snarled traffic by what are called “snail” operations, slowing their vehicles to walking pace.
In the Paris suburb of Nanterre, riot police fired tear gas at some 300 high-school protesters who had set fire to a car, wrecked bus stops and hurled rocks, witnesses said. The authorities said disturbances had been reported Monday from 261 of the country’s 4,300 high schools — slightly less than in earlier unrest on Friday. (France Asks Airlines to Cut Flights; see also today's article on the subject, In France, Labor Strikes Head for Showdown.)
Some might want to observe that protests such as those taking place in France right now, which are being waged by a small minority of workers and students, are nothing unusual. Well, that is precisely the point. Such protests, replete with destruction of property, are the result, proximately speaking, of the spirit of rebellion and destruction that was unleashed during the French Revolution on July 14, 1789 and thereafter. That high school students, of all people, have joined protests over the raising of an already ridiculously low and entirely unnecessary "minimum retirement age" is indicative of a really deeply embedded culture of entitlement that convinces young people that they do not need to work for "that long."
We need to work hard at something until we die even if it is "only" working hard to save our immortal souls as members of the Catholic Church who are always ready die at any moment by persisting in a state of Sanctifying Grace, something that I mentioned in an article two years ago when the "third rail" of American electoral politics, the long term financial viability of the social security system, was broached during the presidential election two members of the United States Senate, Barack Hussein Obama (D-Illinois, Hawaii, Kenya?) and John Sidney McCain III (R-Arizona):
The Catholic Church teaches us perennially that we are supposed to work hard at something as long as we are physically and/or mentally able to do so. Even people who choose to retire from some kind of strenuous physical labor must continue to labor hard for the salvation of their immortal souls--and for the souls of their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The concept of mandatory retirement age, 70, and then relying upon the civil state for one's financial security was the brainchild of the Freemason named Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor first of Prussia--and then of Germany after its "unification" following the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, from 1862-1890. A gigantic income redistribution program was created to fund Social Security in German in the Nineteenth Century, thus alleviating grown children of the principal responsibility of caring for their elderly parents.
Social Security, which was adopted by the government of the United States of America in 1935 as one of the chief policies of another Freemason, the aforementioned Franklin Delano Roosevelt, violates the natural law principle of subsidiarity that is derived from the Fourth Commandment. The ultimate "social security" program for the elderly is to be found in a large family of grown children who share the financial costs of caring for their elderly parents, and for whatever other relatives who happen to be in need at any given time.
If, say, "Uncle Louie" is a little shiftless and can't hold a job, it is the responsibility of his extended family to care for him, not the civil state. Here is where the lie of Social Security, born of a Freemason in Germany who waged war against the Catholic Church by means of his Kulturkampf and instituted in this country by a Freemason who was aided and abetted by sycophantic Catholic bishops eager to silence Father Charles Coughlin's criticisms of Roosevelt's policies as being violative of subsidiarity, meets the lie of contraception and divorce.
Contraception produced smaller families in due time after the post-World War II "baby boom," thus making it more difficult, especially during an era of excessive confiscatory taxation, for children who want to care for their elderly parents and other relatives to do so. Contraception made it more possible for husbands and wives to be unfaithful to each other, leading to divorce and the abandonment of children to day-care and after-school programs in many instances. Contraception, an expression of selfishness and narcissism and a contempt for the law of God, helped to foster a spirit of materialism and self-indulgence to the exclusion of providing for the needs of others. Thus, selfish people who had become accustomed to sating their every physical desire and material want came to believe that it was the civil state's responsibility to provide for the needs of parents and other relatives, not theirs.
We are now at the start of the third generation of Americans born after the "baby boom" ended in 1964. Only a handful of Americans born after 1964 know anything true about First and Last Things as they have been entrusted exclusively to the infallible teaching authority of the Catholic Church by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Most people born after 1964 have been "catechized" by the various naturalistic ideologies of the "left" in public and in conciliar "educational" institutions. They have had this perverse "catechesis" reaffirmed by the mass media and in almost every other aspect of popular culture. Many Americans, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, are steeped in materialism and hedonism (the seeking of pleasure for its own sake, and this includes not only illicit "pleasures" but the seeking of legitimate pleasures to excess and as one of the chief ends of human existence) and relativism and positivism and all of the other many and inter-related aspects that flow forth from the naturalistic presuppositions of the American founding and hence of daily life in the United States of America.
As bad as things are in the United States of America at this time, and they are very bad, of course, they are far worse in the formerly Catholic countries of Europe, such as France, where the Cross of the Divine Redeemer was deeply rooted in the soil, countries where people trod on foot in pilgrimages to honor the Mother of God to pray their Rosaries and to make reparation for their own sins, which they realized were responsible for worsening the state of the world. Most of Europe has been in the grip of socialism ever since the end of World War II in 1945. A lot of Europe was in its grip even before the onset of World War II in 1939, obviously. Statism is indeed as "natural" to Europeans today as Catholicism once was during the Middle Ages and remained, as Father Fahey noted, until the Protestant Revolution that was launched by the insidious Augustinian monk named Martin Luther on October 31, 1517 (dear Lord, please intervene before October 31, 2017, as the sight of the conciliar "pope," whoever he would happen to be at that time, celebrating Luther's rebellion is something that none of us who love Thee despite our own miserable sins and failings wants to witness).
Ah, the blindness of those who are steeped in the truly diabolical lies contained in the "Declaration of the Rights of Man" and those who have been shaped by the diabolical lies of Martin Luther and his false brand of Christianity that goes by the name of Lutheranism. Those so blinded by the anti-Incarnational Modernity lack the ability to see that the failure to live and to work for the true God of Divine Revelation as He has revealed Himself to us through His true Church leads to the rise of sloth amongst the people and thence the rise of the monster state that is now upon us. It is also the case that those who are steeped in the Protestant/Judeo-Masonic lies of Modernity lack the ability to admit that it is the rejection of the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law as they have been entrusted to the infallible teaching authority of the Catholic Church that has resulted in the contracepting and aborting of the indigenous populations of Europe.
To wit, the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel, a former supporter of "multiculturalism," now decries it even though she, a Lutheran, does not understand that Germany's economy has become dependent upon foreign workers, many of whom from Mohammedan nations, precisely because Germans, including, of course, most Catholics, feel "free" to practice contraception and to go to other nations in Europe with their European Union passports to kill their preborn children surgically if they are unable to do so in Germany itself after the first twelve weeks of pregnancy:
Here is an excerpt from a news story about Chancellor Merkel's rejection of the multiculturalism she was favored so much:
Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared the death of multiculturalism in Germany, saying that it had "failed utterly" , in what has been interpreted as a startling shift from her previous views. The German leader said it had been an illusion to think that Germans and foreign workers could "live happily side by side".
"We kidded ourselves for a while that they wouldn't stay, but that's not the reality," she said at a conference of the youth wing of her Christian Democratic Union party at the weekend, referring to the gastarbeiters, or guest workers, who arrived in Germany to fill a labour shortage during the economic boom of the 1960s.
"Of course the tendency had been to say, 'let's adopt the multicultural concept and live happily side by side, and be happy to be living with each other'. But this concept has failed, and failed utterly," she said, without elaborating on the nature and causes of this failure.
Merkel's verdict marks a shift in her previously liberal line on immigration which had always put her at odds with the more conservative wing of the party.
While she stressed in the same speech that immigrants were welcome in Germany and that Islam was a part of the nation's modern-day culture, her remarks positioned her closer to Horst Seehofer, the Bavarian state premier of the Christian Social Union, who last week called for an end to immigration from Turkey and Arab countries.
They also align her with Thilo Sarrazin, the former Bundesbank member whose book on how the failure of many of Germany's 16 million immigrants to integrate was contributing to Germany's decline led to his dismissal.
Sharing the same podium as Merkel in Potsdam, Seehofer also said "multiculturalism is dead" and that both the rightwing parties were committed to a "dominant German culture". If Germany did not revise its immigration policies, he said, it was in danger of becoming "the world's welfare office". (Angela Merkel declares death of German multiculturalism.)
Well, Chancellor Merkel, the fault rests with the man who founded your false religion, Father Martin Luther, O.S.A. It is he who was the devil's instruments of "liberating" men and their nations from the Catholic Church and the Social Reign of Christ the King:
The rending of the Mystical Body by the so-called Reformation movement has resulted in the pendulum swinging from the extreme error of Judaeo-Protestant Capitalism to the opposite extreme error of the Judaeo-Masonic-Communism of Karl Marx.
The uprise of individualism rapidly led to unbridled self-seeking. Law-makers who were arbiters of morality, as heads of the Churches, did not hesitate to favour their own enterprising spirit. The nobles and rich merchants in England, for example, who got possession of the monastery lands, which had maintained the poor, voted the poor laws in order to make the poor a charge on the nation at large. The enclosure of common lands in England and the development of the industrial system are a proof of what private judgment can do when transplanted into the realm of production and distribution. The Lutheran separation of Church from the Ruler and the Citizen shows the decay in the true idea of membership of our Lord's Mystical Body.
"Assuredly," said Luther, "a prince can be a Christian, but it is not as a Christian that he ought to govern. As a ruler, he is not called a Christian, but a prince. The man is Christian, but his function does not concern his religion." (Father Denis Fahey, The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World.)
Behold the "rights of man" that have flowed forth from Luther's revolt, which made possible, as Pope Leo XIII noted in Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885, the triumph of naturalistic philosophies such as those that precipitated the French Revolution that is still convulsing France and almost every other part of the world with its lies and violence:
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.
The same Pope Leo XIII put matters quite directly and bluntly exactly twenty-five years later in Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900:
The world has heard enough of the so-called "rights of man." Let it hear something of the rights of God. That the time is suitable is proved by the very general revival of religious feeling already referred to, and especially that devotion towards Our Saviour of which there are so many indications, and which, please God, we shall hand on to the New Century as a pledge of happier times to come. But as this consummation cannot be hoped for except by the aid of divine grace, let us strive in prayer, with united heart and voice, to incline Almighty God unto mercy, that He would not suffer those to perish whom He had redeemed by His Blood. May He look down in mercy upon this world, which has indeed sinned much, but which has also suffered much in expiation! And, embracing in His loving-kindness all races and classes of mankind, may He remember His own words: "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to Myself" (John xii., 32). (Pope Leo XIII, Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900.)
Pope Leo XIII also warned us to judge the Masonic tree by its fruit:
Would that all men would judge of the tree by its fruit, and would acknowledge the seed and origin of the evils which press upon us, and of the dangers that are impending! We have to deal with a deceitful and crafty enemy, who, gratifying the ears of people and of princes, has ensnared them by smooth speeches and by adulation. Ingratiating themselves with rulers under a pretense of friendship, the Freemasons have endeavored to make them their allies and powerful helpers for the destruction of the Christian name; and that they might more strongly urge them on, they have, with determined calumny, accused the Church of invidiously contending with rulers in matters that affect their authority and sovereign power. Having, by these artifices, insured their own safety and audacity, they have begun to exercise great weight in the government of States: but nevertheless they are prepared to shake the foundations of empires, to harass the rulers of the State, to accuse, and to cast them out, as often as they appear to govern otherwise than they themselves could have wished. In like manner, they have by flattery deluded the people. Proclaiming with a loud voice liberty and public prosperity, and saying that it was owing to the Church and to sovereigns that the multitude were not drawn out of their unjust servitude and poverty, they have imposed upon the people, and, exciting them by a thirst for novelty, they have urged them to assail both the Church and the civil power. Nevertheless, the expectation of the benefits which was hoped for is greater than the reality; indeed, the common people, more oppressed than they were before, are deprived in their misery of that solace which, if things had been arranged in a Christian manner, they would have had with ease and in abundance. But, whoever strive against the order which Divine Providence has constituted pay usually the penalty of their pride, and meet with affliction and misery where they rashly hoped to find all things prosperous and in conformity with their desires. (Pope Leo XIII, Humanum Genus, April 20, 1884.)
"Modern" man has indeed striven against the order which Divine Providence has constituted. The Modernists of the counterfeit church of conciliarism have made their "reconciliation" with the rebellion against the Divine Plan, scoffing at the mention of the Social Reign of Christ the King as "obsolete" while endorsing falsehoods such as "religious liberty" and "separation of Church and State" that have been rejected by true pope after true pope.
We fly unto the patronage of Our Lady and that of her Most Chaste Spouse, Good Saint Joseph, as we seek to become more faithful, more humble, more meek, more pious, more just, more merciful and more zealous in our defense of the Catholic and Faith as we reject the deceits of Modernity and Modernism. We must remember that every Rosary we pray can help to make reparation for our own sins and those of the whole world.
There is a path out of the lies of the twin lodges of the One World Church and Judeo-Masonry. That path is the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May we surrender ourselves and our prayers and our humiliations and calumnies and sufferings to that Immaculate Heart so that they may be presented by Our Lady to the Throne of the Most Blessed Trinity for His greater honor and glory and for the good of the souls of the Church Militant on earth on that of the souls in the Church Suffering in Purgatory.
The triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will produce the day when true popes and bishops and priests will be as one as they exclaim before the councils of men:
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Peter of Alcantara, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints