Cardinal Sarto Delivers State of the Union Response
by Thomas A. Droleskey
Tuesday nights are when my little family prays our Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help following our family Rosary and our night prayers. Last night, Shrove Tuesday, was no different.
I looked at the computer last night before we began our prayers. The reigning caesar was was just entering the chamber of the United States House of Representatives in the United States Capitol in Washington, District of Columbia. He was still giving his speech about fifty minutes later. He continued giving his speech, I believe, for another twenty-five minutes after that.
You know how a man with headaches and a clamp-like feeling on top of his head deals with such blather?
He does not listen to it. That's what such a man does.
That is what I did last night.
I read the text of the speech. That is enough.
It was a speech in behalf of bigger government and more spending.
It was a speech in behalf of more redistributionism.
It was a speech in behalf of more "renewable energy."
It was a speech in behalf of "gun control."
Gee, what a surprise.
I mean, what does one expect a naturalist of the false opposite of the "left" to give, an address in behalf of "constitutional principles. an apologia in defense of the Social Reign of Christ the King?
As yesterday was one of those days when the after-effects of that concussion were pretty bad (I more than deserve this penance, for which I very grateful at the beginning of Lent today, Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013)--and as yesterday's article took a long day to write (even in the revising and updating of earlier material and the inserting of new links), I have no ability to write a point-by-point refutation. Indeed, I would have had no interest in doing so even if I did not have the current penance to offer up to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
I believe that the best response to President Barack Hussein Obama's Marxist rhetoric last evening was given in a prophetic manner by the Archbishop of Venice, Giuseppe Melchiorre 1896:
In August 1896 in Padua, the second Congress of the Catholic Union for Social Studies took place. We have already seen that this organization had been created seven years before by Professor Giuseppe Toniolo, in the presence of the Bishop of Mantua [Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto]. This time, eight bishops were present and several directors of the Opera del Congressi took part. All the eminent representatives of the Italian Catholic Movement were present (Medolago Pagnuzzi, Alessi and others). Cardinal Sarto's address attracted considerable notice. Faced with "ardent enemies" (unbelief and revolution) "...menacing and trying to destroy the social fabric," the Patriarch of Venice invited the participants to make Jesus Christ the foundation of the their work: "the only peace treaty is the Gospel." He warned them against what is now called the "welfare state," the state which provides everything and provides all socialization: "substituting public almsgiving for private almsgiving involves the complete destruction of Christianity and it is a terrible attack on the principle of ownership. Christianity cannot exist without charity, and the difference between charity and justice is that justice may have recourse to laws and even to force, depending on the circumstances, whereas charity can only be imposed by the tribunal of God and of conscience." If public assistance and the redistribution of wealth are institutionalized, "poverty becomes a function, a way of life, a public trade..." (Yves Chiron, Saint Pius X: Restorer of the Church. Translated by Graham Harrison. Angelus Press, 2002, p. 100)
Sorry, United States Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), you do not even come close to understanding this as you praise Medicare and Medicaid and other statist programs of income redistribution. One cannot oppose naturalism of the false opposite of the "left" with naturalism of the false opposite of the "right" as al forms of naturalism are from the devil. Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
Oh, have you read that before?
Keep remember that, please.
It was as Pope Pius X that the sainted Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto condemned conciliarism's social doctrine's precursor, The Sillon of France, in its own attempt to institutionalize redistributionism in the name of "charity," something that is, of course, near and dear to the heart of the departing conciliar "pontiff," Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI:
Further, whilst Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went
astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might
have appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to
convert them and save them. Whilst He called to Himself in order to
comfort them, those who toiled and suffered, it was not to preach to
them the jealousy of a chimerical equality. Whilst He lifted up
the lowly, it was not to instill in them the sentiment of a dignity
independent from, and rebellious against, the duty of obedience. Whilst
His heart overflowed with gentleness for the souls of good-will, He
could also arm Himself with holy indignation against the profaners of
the House of God, against the wretched men who scandalized the little
ones, against the authorities who crush the people with the weight of
heavy burdens without putting out a hand to lift them. He was as strong
as he was gentle. He reproved, threatened, chastised, knowing, and
teaching us that fear is the beginning of wisdom, and that it is
sometimes proper for a man to cut off an offending limb to save his body.
Finally, He did not announce for future society the reign of an ideal
happiness from which suffering would be banished; but, by His lessons
and by His example, He traced the path of the happiness which is
possible on earth and of the perfect happiness in heaven: the royal way
of the Cross. These are teachings that it would be wrong to
apply only to one's personal life in order to win eternal salvation;
these are eminently social teachings, and they show in Our Lord Jesus
Christ something quite different from an inconsistent and impotent
humanitarianism. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
Once again, ladies and gentlemen, there is only one way to restore sanity to a nation gone insane: Catholicism. Who says so?
Well, let me turn to Pope Saint Pius X once again:
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; for there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
No formula of a naturalist of the "left" or of the "right" can produce true improvement that will redound to men and their nations. It is only by light of the Catholic Faith that men can see clearly enough to pursue temporal matters in light of eternity.
Get out of the diabolical trap of naturalism. Refuse to be agitated by the "talking heads" on radio and television who do not understand anything about First and Last Things and thus whose histrionics are nothing more than the injurious babbling spoken of by Pope Pius IX as they do not understand that the remote cause of all human problems is Original Sin and that their proximate causes are to be found in the Actual Sins of men and thus can be remedied only by the daily conversion of souls as they seek to grow in sanctity by cooperating with the graces sent to them by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the loving hands of His Most Blessed Mother, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.
These "talking heads" make constant advertence to the genius of the "founding fathers," men who
a founding hatred for Christ the King, and their founding principles that have convinced men that they can establish a social order without regard to any religion, no less the true religion, which is the very premise of Judeo-Masonry. How can men who believe in the very principles that are the fruit of the Protestant Revolution against the Social Reign of Christ the King and of Judeo-Masonry that are the foundation of "American exceptionalism" help us to understand issues that must be viewed through the deeper, supernatural eyes of the Holy Faith? They can't.
What should we do?
Spend more time in prayer before Our Lord's Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament, if this is at all possible, especially during this Lent.
Pray more Rosaries.
Make more sacrifices.
Do more fasting.
Pray for more crosses.
Pray for humiliation.
Enthrone your homes to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Read more books about the lives of the saints.
Stop watching television once and for all! The saints did not need to be bombarded with incessant news reports, did they?
Don't be agitated by the lies of naturalists and their enablers.
Know that Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart will triumph.
Conscious of making reparation for our own sins, which, although forgiven and thus no longer exist, are in need of our making satisfaction here in this passing, mortal vale of tears before we die, may our Rosaries each day help lift the scales of naturalism that cloud our vision, thus making us courageous apostles of the Social Reign of Christ the King who recognize and are unafraid to proclaim that Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
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.
See also: A Litany of Saints