"Civil Religion" Comes to an End
Thomas A. Droleskey
The tragic events that occurred ten years ago today that took the lives of 2,977 people and injured more than 6,000 others gave the prevailing lords of the realm an excuse to engage in an endless succession of wars designed to "make America safe" but have wound up killing untold thousands of innocent human beings in Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan and elsewhere. The naturalist of the false opposite of the "right" was our lord caesar between January 20, 2001, and January 20, 2009, George Walker Bush, brought the American economy to a state of ruin that made possible the election of a first-term propaganda machine of the false opposite of the naturalist "left," Barack Hussein Obama, who has proceeded to engage in his own version of endless wars, although for slightly different objectives, and committed this country to the spending of billions of dollars that has brought us from the point of ruin into the economic abyss.
Here is just a brief summary of the economic toll that the "global war on terror" has taken on this nation, not including, of course, the economic toll of the profligate domestic spending of the "compassionate conservative" (compassionate with our own money!), Caesar Georgii Bushus Ignoramus, and the out-and-out Marxist statist, Caesar Barackus Obamus Ignoramus, who wants us to print up more funny money to provide yet another "economic stimulus" that will go into the pockets of his supporters and their organizations and companies:
World War II brought America out of the Depression, the post-9/11 "War
on Terror" threatens to drag the country into one. So goes the
conventional wisdom a decade after the life-changing attacks on the
Twin towers on September 11, 2001.Hide
The nation has paid a dear price in blood and
treasure to hunt down the terrorist organizations that hijacked four
commercial jetliners and toppled the World Trade Center towers in New
In addition to the 2,752 lives lost in the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks, more than 6,000 U.S. military personnel have been killed
in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to estimates, wartime operations
directly resulted in the deaths of 224,000 to 258,000 people, including
125,000 Iraq civilians.
The economic cost to America is harder to quantify, and no less disturbing.
2012, the Congressional Research Service pegged the estimated cost of
war funding at $1.4 trillion. But that figure has been called unduly
"I don't know what the president knows, but I wish it were a trillion," Boston University professor Neta Crawford told Reuters.
Brown University report co-directed by Crawford estimates that $3.7
trillion to $4.4 trillion has been spent on wartime expenses, mostly on
military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Going forward, the report
projected these costs:
Joseph Stiglitz, a Columbia University economist, calculated the costs
between $3 trillion and $5 trillion -- and that was three years ago.
- Anticipated benefits for veterans through 2050: $589 billion to $934 billion.
- Additional Pentagon appropriations: $326 billion to $652 billion.
- Projected war-related spending between 2012 and 2020: $453 billion.
- Homeland Security spending: $401 billion.
- "Social costs" paid by service members and their families: $295 billion to $400 billion.
- Interest payments for debt incurred from borrowing for war spending: $185 billion.
- War-related foreign aid: $74 billion.
Firefighters at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 | Credit: Anthony Correia - ShutterstockHide
almost 50 percent of returning troops eligible to receive some level of
disability payment, and more than 600,000 treated so far in veterans'
medical facilities, we now estimate that future disability payments and
health care costs will total $600 billion to $900 billion," Stiglitz
wrote in a book, "The Three Trillion Dollar War," co-authored with Linda
"The social costs, reflected in veteran suicides (which
have topped 18 per day in recent years) and family breakups, are
incalculable," Stiglitz said.
Stiglitz argues that the post-9/11
military operations have contributed to America's "macro-economic
weaknesses, which exacerbated its deficits and debt burden."
Among the ill-effects cited by the Nobel Prize-winning economist:
The economic and social effects of the tragedies that unfolded ten years ago today, however, really fade into insignificance when one considers the fact that the maudlin display of sentimentality and emotionalism that has occurred in their immediate wake and in the succeeding ten years has permitted even believing Catholics to suspend rationality in order to accept all manner of "interfaith services" in order to "commemorate" the dead and the wounded on the "sacred ground" of the former World Trade Center complex and the Pentagon and the field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed to the ground. Many such "interfaith services" were held in formerly Catholic churches across the nation in the first month after the attacks.
One of those occurred at the now demolished Yankee Stadium on Sunday, September 18, 2001, where only "Bishop" Thomas Daily, the conciliar "bishop" of Brooklyn at the time, and an Armenian bishop and three Protestant clergymen mentioned the Holy Name of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the mockery of the First Commandment that took place there that day: Twenty-three other clergymen did not so. One of them who refused to mention the Holy Name of Jesus or to invoke the Most Blessed Trinity for a blessing was Edward "Cardinal" Egan, then the conciliar "archbishop" of New York.
Yes, Edward "Cardinal" Egan was silent about the Holy Name
at Yankee Stadium on September 23, 2001, emceed by Oprah Winfrey and
James Earl Jones, of all people, twelve days after the tragic events of
September 11, 2001, keeping his peace about Our Blessed Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ in the presence of a Talmudic rabbi, Arthur Schneier, who
blew a ram's horn (the Blowing of the Shofar), and representatives of
Protestantism, Orthodoxy, Mohammedanism, Hinduism and of the Sikhs. Egan
sat as an "equal" with these charlatans. Here is what "Cardinal" Egan
prayed that day:
and eternal father, we are gathered here as your people and your
children. Out of love you brought us into existence, out of love you
fashioned each and every one of us in your own image and likeness. Thus
we come to you with the greatest measure of confidence, we come to you
with the greatest measure of trust. We come as well with heavy hearts
for just 13 days ago our beloved city and our beloved nation were
violated. We lost women and men and children whom we sorely needed, whom
we greatly admired, whom we dearly cherish. In our hospitals hundreds
are in pain, in our homes thousands are in mourning, and in all of us
there abides an urgent need for you and your grace. Heavenly father,
wrap us in your providential care. Take our deceased brothers and
sisters into your divine presence forever, strengthen our injured,
console our families from whom so many have been taken so brutally. And
make us all here in New York, in Washington and across the length and
breadth of this land your noble people, your virtuous people. Yes, Lord,
your holy people. We need courage to deal with our pain, we need
justice to deal with the evil doers who have harmed us so fiercely. We
need faith, wisdom and strength of soul for ourselves, each and every
one, for our president and those who work with him, for our governor and
those who work with him, for our mayor and those who work with him, for
our police officers, heroes all, for our firefighters, heroes all, for
our health care and emergency workers, heroes all. Gracious God, guide
us, hear us. We are yours and yours we have a wish to be. Draw us closer
to you in this hour of tragedy and pain. This we beg as your children
with the utmost of trust, the utmost of confidence, the utmost of love,
now and forever. Amen (applause). (Yankee Stadium Prayer Service.)
This could have been given by the grand master of Masonic lodge or a Talmudic synagogue.
Some said at the time that "Cardinal" Egan couldn't offend non-Christians by mentioning the Holy Name of the Divine Redeemer or by invoking the Most Blessed Trinity. So much for the Apostles themselves, who proclaimed the Holy Name of Jesus despite being warned by the Sanhedrin not to do so:
Seeing the man also who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.  But they commanded them to go aside out of the council; and they conferred among themselves,
 Saying: What shall we do to these men? for indeed a known miracle hath
been done by them, to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: it is manifest,
and we cannot deny it.  But that it may be no farther spread among the people, let us threaten them that they speak no more in this name to any man.  And calling them, they charged them not to speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John answering, said to them: If it be just in the sight of God, to hear you rather than God, judge ye.  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. (Acts 4: 16-20.)
Well, things did not get any better with "Cardinal" Egan in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick on September 11, 2002, in a Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service. Egan referred to "Our Lord" once while explaining that those who died a year before were with in Heaven. This is what I wrote at the time to explain how a Catholic prelate should have spoken in Saint Patrick's Cathedral that day, keeping in mind that I had yet to come to recognize the true state of the Church Militant on earth:
My brothers and sisters in Christ,
We gather this evening to commemorate a
terrible event in the history of the United States of America. Nearly
3,000 people were killed in three different locations across this
country, including right here in New York, by Mohammedan terrorists. [2011 note: Please, no letters about that reference. We will never get to the bottom of the events on September 11, 2001, in this passing, mortal vale of tears any more than we will know definitively what happened to James Riddle Hoffa.]
We gather here this evening to pray for the
happy repose of the souls of those who were killed. The Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass is the unbloody re-presentation or perpetuation of the one
Sacrifice offered by the Son to the Father in Spirit and in Truth on the
wood of the Holy Cross to pay back the blood debt owed because of
Original Sin. The Mass extends the Sacrifice of Calvary in time, making
present the fruits of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ's Redemptive Act
to the Church Militant here on earth and the Church Suffering in
Purgatory. Thus, we pray tonight that the fruits of this Mass will
assist the souls of those who were killed one year ago today.
Why do we have Masses offered for the dead?
Why can't we assume that those killed so suddenly one year ago today are
in Heaven? Well, the answer is very simple. Nothing impure can enter
Heaven. Very few people who are in a state of sanctifying grace at the
time of their deaths have paid back the entirety of the debt they owe
God because of their forgiven mortal sins and their general attachment
to sin. God has given us the grace of Purgatory so that those who died
in a state of final justification can pay back after death that which
they owed at the time of their deaths. We in the Church Militant on
earth can assist the members of the Church Suffering in Purgatory by
remembering them in our prayers and, most especially, by having Masses
said for them. We are gathered here principally to offer the fruits of
this Mass to those souls who died a year ago who are in need of this
Some of you might ask, "Your Eminence, what
if my loved one is in Heaven? Why should I pray for him and have Masses
said for him? After all, he died so tragically?" Well, we have to
understand that a tragic death is not the same thing as a holy death.
While one of the priests near the World Trade Center did give General
Absolution to all of those who were in danger of death as the twin
towers collapsed, we do not know very much about who died at any
particular time. Thus, to be on the safe side, therefore, we continue to
pray. Believe me, as Padre Pio taught, no prayer is ever wasted.
If one of our loved ones is in Heaven, our dear Blessed Mother will
direct the fruit of those prayers to some other deserving soul. So, my
friends, we continue to pray and to have Masses offered for the souls of
all of our relatives and friends, including those who died one year ago
today in the events of September 11.
We also pray, obviously, for the consolation
of those who still grieve over the death of their loved ones. The fruits
of the Mass are meant to fortify them, especially by means of the
worthy reception of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the God-Man,
Jesus Christ, in Holy Communion. One of the things that has been lost in
the past year is the fact that death is going to come to us all,
including ourselves and our relatives, sometimes when we least expect
it. "You do not know when the Master will come. The Master comes like a
thief in the night." We must be prepared at all times to die, which is
why we should be mindful about being in a state of sanctifying grace at
all times. One of the best ways we can prepare to meet the Divine
Redeemer in the face is to spend time with Him in prayer before the
Blessed Sacrament, to develop a deep and tender devotion to His Most
Blessed Mother, especially through her Most Holy Rosary, and to frequent
the Sacrament of Penance in order to root out sin from our lives and to
so increase the beauty of our souls and the fervor with which we
receive Holy Communion.
We are not people are maudlin sentimentality.
We do not exalt the "human spirit," which is certainly capable of
natural acts of goodness and heroism, as the ultimate end of human
existence. We are people of the Catholic Faith, who must view all
things, including terrible tragedies, through the eyes of the Faith. And
our Faith teaches us that Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has
conquered the power of sin and death forever on the wood of the Holy
Cross. It is up to us to cooperate with the graces we receive in the
Sacraments to see the events of the world supernaturally through the
eyes of the soul. For we know that a soul who has died in a state of
sanctifying grace will one day see the glory of the Beatific Vision of
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost in Heaven. As Saint Paul noted, "And if
Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is
also vain. . . . And if Christ be not risen again, your faith is vain,
for you are yet in your sins." (1 Cor. 15:14, 17)
Our Lord's Easter victory over sin and death
puts the events of each one of our lives and the world in their proper
perspective. Meaning not to disparage for one moment the depth of the
pain and the suffering that has visited so many people in the past year,
we have to remember that there is nothing any of us can suffer,
including the sudden and unexpected and unjust loss of a loved one, that
is the equal of what one of our venial sins caused Our Lord to suffer
in His Sacred Humanity on the wood of the Holy Cross. Our pain and our
suffering are meant to unite us to the pain and suffering experienced by
the God-Man as He hung atop the heights of Golgotha to make it possible
for us to realize an unending Easter Sunday of glory in Paradise.
Suffering is redemptive if we offer it up in union with the Cross of
Christ. And those who are totally consecrated to the Mother of God
entrust all of the merit they earn by the patient embrace of their own
daily crosses to her Immaculate Heart, knowing that she will not deny
them anything at the moment of their own deaths if they remain faithful
to the end.
It is also from the Cross of Jesus Christ
that we learn of the divine mandate to forgive those who harm us and our
loved ones. "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
(Luke 23:34) The Pater noster teaches us: "Et dimitte nobis debita
nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris." (And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against
us.) That is, if we want to be forgiven by Our Lord then we must offer
that forgiveness to others, including those who perpetrated the horrible
attacks on this country a year ago today. This does not mean that it is
wrong to seek to bring to justice anyone who aided the now dead
terrorists. Not at all. However, it does mean that we must recognize
that the beneficiaries of Divine Mercy must also be the administrators
of such mercy in their own lives. This is hard. It is not possible to do
on the natural level. It goes against every fiber of fallen human
nature. We can only offer such forgiveness when we cooperate with
supernatural grace to understand our total reliance upon Christ's Mercy.
As the late Father John Hardon once noted, "God permits us to sin so
that we can forgive each other." Indeed.
The events of September 11, 2001, call to
mind the sanctity and inviolability of each innocent human life. Please
understand what it is I must say at this point. Unless I do say it,
however, I will be remiss in my obligation as a Successor of the
Apostles to preach the fullness of the splendor of Truth Incarnate in
Every human life is made in the image and
likeness of the Blessed Trinity. Our Lord could have become man any way
He chose. He is the Logos, the Word, through Whom all things were made.
There is nothing lacking in His omnipotence as God. He chose to enter
human history so as to redeem us on the wood of the Holy Cross by being
conceived as a helpless embryo in His Blessed Mother's virginal and
immaculate womb by the power of the Holy Ghost at the moment of the
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the Lord
of history. He knew that there would come a time in the history of the
created world that innocent human life in the womb would be subject to
barbarous extermination under cover of law, yes, even in these United
States. One of the reasons Our Lord condescended to become the prisoner
of the tabernacle of Our Lady's virginal and immaculate womb was to
place Himself in solidarity with every child in every mother's womb
without exception. Although He cannot suffer again in His Glorified
Body, He did teach us that "Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to
one of these my least brethren, you did it to me." (Mt. 25:40) The least
of His brethren are in the womb today, totally defenseless, totally
dependent upon their mothers and those around them to protect their
absolute inviolability. Thus, to kill a child in the womb is to execute
mystically Jesus Christ. I repeat: every abortion is a mystical
destruction of Jesus Christ in the person of unborn babies. We cannot
say we love Our Lord and support His destruction mystically in the wombs
of mothers under cover of law.
Over one million babies have been put to
death under cover of law since September 11, 2001. Again, meaning to
disparage not one whit from the suffering of those gathered here this
evening, we must also grieve for the deaths of these innocent
children-and for the over 40 million children who have been put to death
in this country under cover of law since the killing of children became
"legal" in California in 1967, in our own State of New York in 1970,
and on demand nationally as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision
in Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973. A nation that puts to death
the innocent unborn under cover of law makes itself more vulnerable to
attacks from those outside of our borders, people who have no more
respect for the inviolability of our lives than we do for the most
defenseless within our own midst. No amount of show of military force
will render such a nation secure as long as it permits the shedding of
innocent blood under cover of law.
Thus, in the presence of so many public
officials, most of whom support this slaughter of the unborn by the use
of various linguistic devices designed to anesthetize the reality of
child-killing, I must remind everyone here that human law must be
conformed to the binding precepts of the Divine positive law and the
natural law. Contingent beings whose bodies are destined for the
corruption of the grave until the Last Day do not determine right and
wrong. We have the obligation to subordinate our lives, both
individually and collectively in society, to God's Sovereignty over us
and our societies. We make our nation more vulnerable to attacks from
without as long as we refuse submission to that sovereignty, taking it
upon ourselves to deny the sanctity and inviolability of innocent human
life in the womb. If we want to make our country more secure, and
therefore a more fitting instrument in the pursuit of justice both here
and abroad, then we must stop all forms of abortion, chemical and
surgical alike. To honor those killed on September 11 of last year, we
must defend innocent life in the womb without exception.
A ceremony is taking place at Ground Zero to
remember the dead. As soothing as that might be, the Mass is the only
place where true and eternal consolation will be found for the dead and
those who mourn them. And it is from the Mass that we will receive the
graces to recognize that every abortuary is a "Ground Zero" of its own,
requiring us to pray for the conversion of those who call down upon
themselves the blood of the innocent and who thereby put the entire
country in greater jeopardy from attacks from without.
May Our Lady, the Mirror of Justice, pray for
us so that we will be fortified in this Mass to remember the dead
always in our prayers, and to understand our obligation to prevent
further blood from being shed in our own land. God is merciful. However,
He is also just.
We cannot guarantee that a fidelity to God's
laws will keep us secure from attacks leveled against us by terrorists
bent on destruction. However, a Catholic does know with certainty that
fidelity to God's laws is the surest way to save his soul, and thus to
plant the seeds for a world where everyone lives in the shadow of the
Holy Cross for the glory of Christ the King and Mary our Queen.
There will be no such talk today in conciliar churches or in the various "interfaith services" that will be held around the nation. No, there will be talk of a "generic" God Who is pleased by any and all "prayers" that are offered to him by anyone in the "human family."
Even the generic references to God that have characterized most of public speech concerning Him in the United States of American since its founding, as offensive as those generic references are to His greater honor, majesty and glory, are fading into the background as the world, devoid of the graces that should be flowing from Masses offered by true priests, has sunk deep into the abyss of pagan naturalism. The nanny-state, pro-abortion, pro-perversity Mayor of the City of New York, New York, Michael Bloomberg, has dispensed with even the generic references to God in what has passed for what has been called "America's civil religion," religious indifferentism, that is but an expression of Judeo-Masonry. No "religious leaders" will be invited to speak at the ceremony at what has been called "Ground Zero" today:
Congressman Randy Forbes, a Republican representative from Virginia and a
co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, sent Mr. Bloomberg a
letter on behalf of the caucus members urging him to include prayer in
At the same time, some evangelical Christian leaders said they were
outraged that an interfaith prayer service planned by the Washington
National Cathedral did not include a Southern Baptist or other
“In miniature, this is what’s happening to the whole country,” said Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College.
“9/11 was this moment that we came together, and it lasted about
three-and-a-half minutes. The country went from a brief moment of
something like unity, to complete Balkanization, and now we’re seeing it
in religion and in politics, like in everything else.”
In a nation of unprecedented religious diversity, the United States once
managed to navigate religion in public life with relatively generic
acknowledgments of the sacred — a tradition often referred to as civil
Ten years ago, the event at Yankee Stadium and a prayer service at
Washington National Cathedral attended by President George W. Bush were
conducted in that tradition, and they were held with no controversy to
speak of. But now, Professor Wolfe said, “the civil religion, those
informal kinds of agreements, can’t work if everyone is going to be
For a decade, New York City has conducted the same ritualized ceremony
on each anniversary of the attacks. The heart of the ritual has been the
reading aloud of the names of the victims. In 2003, the victims’
children read the names; in 2004, it was their parents; and in 2007, the
honor went to first responders.
The names are read in a continuous stream for hours, with four breaks to
allow moments of silence at the times when hijacked planes struck the
two World Trade Center towers, and when each tower fell.
This year, there will be six moments of silence, to acknowledge also the
planes that hit the Pentagon and the ground near Shanksville, Pa., said
Stu Loeser, Mr. Bloomberg’s press secretary.
“The structure for this program was designed 10 years ago, with the
consultation of a lot of families of those who died, and it is primarily
for the families,” Mr. Loeser said.
It is wrong to say the ceremony excludes prayer or clergy members, Mr.
Loeser said. Chaplains for the Fire and Police Departments and the Port
Authority police often attend, and “we think most people use those
moments of silence for reflection and prayer,” he said.
But these explanations have not prevented the controversy from becoming a
galvanizing issue for conservative religious groups and media outlets
and Christian talk radio.
The debate this year was ignited by an article in The Wall Street
Journal quoting Rudy Washington, a deputy mayor under Rudolph W.
Giuliani who helped organize the 2001 event at Yankee Stadium. “I feel
like America has lost its way,” he said. (Omitting Clergy at 9/11 Ceremony Prompts Protest.)
This is actually a good thing as the Holy Name of God will not used generically to continue the perverse "tradition" of "America's civil religion."
There is no such thing as "civil religion." Divine Revelation matters, and It has been entrusted by the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity made Man in the Virginal and Immaculate Womb of His Most Blessed Mother by God the Holy Ghost at the Annunciation to the Catholic Church that He founded upon the rock of Peter, the pope.
Although many Catholics in this country like to think that "American Masonry is different than European Masonry" and that there are very few people, relatively speaking, who are members of Masonic lodges, Pope Leo XIII reminded us in Humanum Genus, April 20, 1884, that the spirit of Masonry manifests itself in a desire to eliminate all "religious divisions" by making public references to God as though He has revealed nothing definitively to us that binds us or is at all clear, which is a description of both Judeo-Masonry and conciliarism:
But the naturalists go much further; for, having, in
the highest things, entered upon a wholly erroneous course, they are
carried headlong to extremes, either by reason of the weakness of human
nature, or because God inflicts upon them the just punishment of their
pride. Hence it happens that they no longer consider as certain
and permanent those things which are fully understood by the natural
light of reason, such as certainly are -- the existence of God, the
immaterial nature of the human soul, and its immortality. The sect of
the Freemasons, by a similar course of error, is exposed to these same
dangers; for, although in a general way they may profess the existence
of God, they themselves are witnesses that they do not all maintain this
truth with the full assent of the mind or with a firm conviction.
Neither do they conceal that this question about God is the greatest
source and cause of discords among them; in fact, it is certain that a
considerable contention about this same subject has existed among them
very lately. But, indeed, the sect allows great liberty to its votaries,
so that to each side is given the right to defend its own opinion,
either that there is a God, or that there is none; and those who
obstinately contend that there is no God are as easily initiated as
those who contend that God exists, though, like the pantheists, they
have false notions concerning Him: all which is nothing else than taking
away the reality, while retaining some absurd representation of the
When this greatest fundamental truth has been
overturned or weakened, it follows that those truths, also, which are
known by the teaching of nature must begin to fall -- namely, that all
things were made by the free will of God the Creator; that the world is
governed by Providence; that souls do not die; that to this life of men
upon the earth there will succeed another and an everlasting life.
When these truths are done away with, which are as
the principles of nature and important for knowledge and for practical
use, it is easy to see what will become of both public and private
morality. We say nothing of those more heavenly virtues, which no one
can exercise or even acquire without a special gift and grace of God; of
which necessarily no trace can be found in those who reject as unknown
the redemption of mankind, the grace of God, the sacraments, and the
happiness to be obtained in heaven. We speak now of the duties which
have their origin in natural probity. That God is the Creator of the
world and its provident Ruler; that the eternal law commands the natural
order to be maintained, and forbids that it be disturbed; that the last
end of men is a destiny far above human things and beyond this
sojourning upon the earth: these are the sources and these the
principles of all justice and morality.
If these be taken away, as the naturalists
and Freemasons desire, there will immediately be no knowledge as to what
constitutes justice and injustice, or upon what principle morality is
founded. And, in truth, the teaching of morality which alone finds favor
with the sect of Freemasons, and in which they contend that youth
should be instructed, is that which they call "civil," and
"independent," and "free," namely, that which does not contain any
religious belief. But, how insufficient such teaching is, how
wanting in soundness, and how easily moved by every impulse of passion,
is sufficiently proved by its sad fruits, which have already begun to
appear. For, wherever, by removing Christian education, this teaching
has begun more completely to rule, there goodness and integrity of
morals have begun quickly to perish, monstrous and shameful opinions
have grown up, and the audacity of evil deeds has risen to a high
degree. All this is commonly complained of and deplored; and not a few
of those who by no means wish to do so are compelled by abundant
evidence to give not infrequently the same testimony.
Moreover, human nature was stained by original
sin, and is therefore more disposed to vice than to virtue. For a
virtuous life it is absolutely necessary to restrain the disorderly
movements of the soul, and to make the passions obedient to reason. In
this conflict human things must very often be despised, and the greatest
labors and hardships must be undergone, in order that reason may always
hold its sway. But the naturalists and Freemasons, having no faith in
those things which we have learned by the revelation of God, deny that
our first parents sinned, and consequently think that free will is not
at all weakened and inclined to evil. On the contrary, exaggerating
rather the power and the excellence of nature, and placing therein alone
the principle and rule of justice, they cannot even imagine that there
is any need at all of a constant struggle and a perfect steadfastness to
overcome the violence and rule of our passions.
Wherefore we see that men are publicly
tempted by the many allurements of pleasure; that there are journals and
pamphlets with neither moderation nor shame; that stage-plays are
remarkable for license; that designs for works of art are shamelessly
sought in the laws of a so-called verism; that the contrivances of a
soft and delicate life are most carefully devised; and that all the
blandishments of pleasure are diligently sought out by which virtue may
be lulled to sleep. Wickedly, also, but at the same time quite
consistently, do those act who do away with the expectation of the joys
of heaven, and bring down all happiness to the level of mortality, and,
as it were, sink it in the earth. Of what We have said the following
fact, astonishing not so much in itself as in its open expression, may
serve as a confirmation. For, since generally no one is accustomed to
obey crafty and clever men so submissively as those whose soul is
weakened and broken down by the domination of the passions, there have
been in the sect of the Freemasons some who have plainly determined and
proposed that, artfully and of set purpose, the multitude should be
satiated with a boundless license of vice, as, when this had been done,
it would easily come under their power and authority for any acts of
What refers to domestic life in the teaching of the
naturalists is almost all contained in the following declarations: that
marriage belongs to the genus of commercial contracts, which can
rightly be revoked by the will of those who made them, and that the
civil rulers of the State have power over the matrimonial bond; that in
the education of youth nothing is to be taught in the matter of religion
as of certain and fixed opinion; and each one must be left at liberty
to follow, when he comes of age, whatever he may prefer. To these things
the Freemasons fully assent; and not only assent, but have long
endeavored to make them into a law and institution. For in many
countries, and those nominally Catholic, it is enacted that no marriages
shall be considered lawful except those contracted by the civil rite;
in other places the law permits divorce; and in others every effort is
used to make it lawful as soon as may be. Thus, the time is quickly
coming when marriages will be turned into another kind of contract --
that is into changeable and uncertain unions which fancy may join
together, and which the same when changed may disunite.
With the greatest unanimity the sect of the
Freemasons also endeavors to take to itself the education of youth. They
think that they can easily mold to their opinions that soft and pliant
age, and bend it whither they will; and that nothing can be more fitted
than this to enable them to bring up the youth of the State after their
own plan. Therefore, in the education and instruction of children they
allow no share, either of teaching or of discipline, to the ministers of
the Church; and in many places they have procured that the education of
youth shall be exclusively in the hands of laymen, and that nothing
which treats of the most important and most holy duties of men to God
shall be introduced into the instructions on morals.
Then come their doctrines of politics, in which the
naturalists lay down that all men have the same right, and are in every
respect of equal and like condition; that each one is naturally free;
that no one has the right to command another; that it is an act of
violence to require men to obey any authority other than that which is
obtained from themselves. According to this, therefore, all things
belong to the free people; power is held by the command or permission of
the people, so that, when the popular will changes, rulers may lawfully
be deposed and the source of all rights and civil duties is either in
the multitude or in the governing authority when this is constituted
according to the latest doctrines. It is held also that the
State should be without God; that in the various forms of religion there
is no reason why one should have precedence of another; and that they
are all to occupy the same place.
That these doctrines are equally acceptable to the
Freemasons, and that they would wish to constitute States according to
this example and model, is too well known to require proof. For some
time past they have openly endeavored to bring this about with all their
strength and resources; and in this they prepare the way for not a few
bolder men who are hurrying on even to worse things, in their endeavor
to obtain equality and community of all goods by the destruction of
every distinction of rank and property.
What, therefore, sect of the Freemasons is, and
what course it pursues, appears sufficiently from the summary We have
briefly given. Their chief dogmas are so greatly and manifestly at
variance with reason that nothing can be more perverse. To wish to
destroy the religion and the Church which God Himself has established,
and whose perpetuity He insures by His protection, and to bring back
after a lapse of eighteen centuries the manners and customs of the
pagans, is signal folly and audacious impiety. Neither is it less
horrible nor more tolerable that they should repudiate the benefits
which Jesus Christ so mercifully obtained, not only for individuals, but
also for the family and for civil society, benefits which, even
according to the judgment and testimony of enemies of Christianity, are
very great. In this insane and wicked endeavor we may almost see the
implacable hatred and spirit of revenge with which Satan himself is
inflamed against Jesus Christ. -- So also the studious endeavor of the
Freemasons to destroy the chief foundations of justice and honesty, and
to co-operate with those who would wish, as if they were mere animals,
to do what they please, tends only to the ignominious and disgraceful
ruin of the human race.
The evil, too, is increased by the dangers which
threaten both domestic and civil society. As We have elsewhere shown, in
marriage, according to the belief of almost every nation, there is
something sacred and religious; and the law of God has determined that
marriages shall not be dissolved. If they are deprived of their sacred
character, and made dissoluble, trouble and confusion in the family will
be the result, the wife being deprived of her dignity and the children
left without protection as to their interests and well being. -- To have in public matters no care for religion, and in the arrangement
and administration of civil affairs to have no more regard for God than
if He did not exist, is a rashness unknown to the very pagans; for in
their heart and soul the notion of a divinity and the need of public
religion were so firmly fixed that they would have thought it easier to
have city without foundation than a city without God. Human society,
indeed for which by nature we are formed, has been constituted by God
the Author of nature; and from Him, as from their principle and source,
flow in all their strength and permanence the countless benefits with
which society abounds. As we are each of us admonished by the very voice
of nature to worship God in piety and holiness, as the Giver unto us of
life and of all that is good therein, so also and for the same reason,
nations and States are bound to worship Him; and therefore it is clear
that those who would absolve society from all religious duty act not
only unjustly but also with ignorance and folly. . . .
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.)
Pope Pius XI, writing in Mit Brennender Sorge, March 17, 1937, condemned the very concept of generic references to God that were being used in Nazi Germany at the time but are also at the very heart and core of the "American civil religion," religious indifferentism:
Beware, Venerable Brethren, of
that growing abuse, in speech as in writing, of the name of God as
though it were a meaningless label, to be affixed to any creation, more
or less arbitrary, of human speculation. Use your influence on the
Faithful, that they refuse to yield to this aberration. Our God
is the Personal God, supernatural, omnipotent, infinitely perfect, one
in the Trinity of Persons, tri-personal in the unity of divine essence,
the Creator of all existence. Lord, King and ultimate Consummator of the
history of the world, who will not, and cannot, tolerate a rival God by
No faith in God can for long survive pure
and unalloyed without the support of faith in Christ. "No one knoweth
who the Son is, but the Father: and who the Father is, but the Son and
to whom the Son will reveal Him" (Luke x. 22). "Now this is eternal
life: That they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom
thou has sent" (John xvii. 3). Nobody, therefore, can say: "I believe in
God, and that is enough religion for me," for the Savior's words brook
no evasion: "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father. He
that confesseth the Son hath the Father also" (1 John ii. 23) (Pope Pius XI, Mit Brennender Sorge, March 17, 1937.)
Even though there were many heroic acts of sacrifice on the part of those who responded to the tragedies in New York and in Virginia and Pennsylvania, and even though we can never minimize the loss of a single innocent human life or the tears that have been shed by their loved ones in the past decade, none of the courage or the loss or the suffering can redeem a single moment's exercise in religious indifferentism that offends God so infinitely as He is an Infinite Being Who is Our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.
Then again, who is there to teach this any longer? The man considered to be the "pope" save for a tiny fraction of Catholics will be embarking on a pilgrimage of ecumania to his native Germany in eleven days (see As The Follies Of Apostasy Resume). Why should Catholics who accept him as their "pope" believe or act differently? Why not just "agree to disagree" over matters of religion and references to God in public life in a pluralistic society. Indeed, the man who is the current conciliar "archbishop" of New York, Timothy the
happy Dolan, has said that one call God by whatever you want:
Thanksgiving is a time of the year when people are open to the Lord, and
we don't think about ourselves. We're grateful to God. We're conscious
that somebody, some call him or her, whatever you want, somebody beyond
us is in charge, and we are immensely grateful. (Is 'Superman' Catholic?)
God must chastise men for sins against the First and Second Commandments that have brought about and been the essence of "interfaith" religious services as every :religion other than Catholicism is from the devil.
God must chastise men for sins against the Third Commandment as His day, Sunday, becomes a day of political talking head shows and football games and displays of sentimentality and national self-congratulations on our "greatness" as a people, who shop on Sundays and engage in unnecessary servile labor.
God must chastise men for sins against the Fourth Commandment as the Natural Law rights of parents to educate their children are usurped by the civil state and as citizens are "commanded" to "obey" unjust laws enacted and enforced by civil leaders who do not seek the common temporal good in light of man's Last End, the possession of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity in Heaven.
God must chastise men for sins against the Fifth Commandment as innocent babies are killed in abortuaries and women's "health care centers" and hospitals, which also dispatch "brain dead" people by various means. He must chastise men for sins against the Fifth Commandment by the prosecution of needless, unjust wars that wind up doing more harm than good, killing thousands upon thousands of innocent human beings.
God must chastise men for sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments as countless sins against Holy Purity are promoted, justified and then protected ultimately under civil law and in the name of "freedom" and as His Sovereignty over the sanctity and fecundity of marriage is denied by means of divorce, contraception and perversity.
God must chastise men for sins against the Seventh Commandment are the civil government robs us of our private property to pay for wars and domestic programs that are violations of the principle of subsidiarity and then wind up taking away more and more legitimate human liberties. He must chastise men for sins against the Seventh and Tenth Commandments as corporate robber barons charge people usurious interest rates to purchase major appliances and houses and as they treat both hourly workers and those with fix salaries as dispensable commodities whose utility to them is but a bad quarterly report away from being shipped to Red China or The Philippines or Sri Lanka or India or Indonesia or some other foreign locale.
God must chastise men for sins against the Eighth Commandment as lies about Him are told by the leaders of the counterfeit church of conciliarism and other false religious sects and secular leaders so as to convince men that Catholicism is not the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
God must chastise men for sins against the Tenth Commandment as men spend their days plotting to gain the land or the money or the talents of those they deem to be "unworthy" of having more that they do.
God must chastise men for their lukewarmness, their failure to pray His Most Blessed Mother's Most Holy Rosary at all, no less with fervor and devotion, their refusal to spend time with Him in His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament in those places where He is actually present in this time of apostasy and betrayal.
God must chastise men for their worldliness and for their vanity.
 And you have forgotten the consolation, which speaketh to you, as unto
children, saying: My son, neglect not the discipline of the Lord;
neither be thou wearied whilst thou art rebuked by him.
 For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  Persevere under discipline. God dealeth with you as with his sons; for what son is there, whom the father doth not correct?  But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are made partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons.  Moreover we have had fathers of our flesh, for instructors, and we
reverenced them: shall we not much more obey the Father of spirits, and
live?  And they indeed for a few days, according to their own pleasure,
instructed us: but he, for our profit, that we might receive his
 Now all chastisement for the present indeed seemeth not to bring with
it joy, but sorrow: but afterwards it will yield, to them that are
exercised by it, the most peaceable fruit of justice.  Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,  And make straight steps with your feet: that no one, halting, may go out of the way; but rather be healed.  Follow peace with all men, and holiness: without which no man shall see God.  Looking diligently, lest any man be wanting to the grace of God; lest
any root of bitterness springing up do hinder, and by it many be
defiled. (Hebrews 12: 5-15.)
In other words, God must chastise men and their nations. He must chastise each one of us.
What happened on September 11, 2001, was indeed a chastisement. God has chosen infidels of one sort or another to punish those with Whom He is displeased, and even though it is true that those who were responsible for the deaths of those 2,977 human beings on that day are responsible to Him for their heinous crimes, it is also that a nation that kills over four thousand innocent babies every day by surgical means alone, to say nothing of the thousands more killed by chemical abortifacients, can continue expect chastisements from enemies found within and without. For, as I noted ten years ago now at a time that I was an indulterer who also went the conciliar "liturgy" during the week, we've done this to ourselves.
Yes, God is chastising us in other ways. The midget naturalists of the "right" and the "left" are a chastisement. The statist policies of the current caesar is a chastisement.. And, of course, the unusual weather events of the last few weeks should serve as a warning to each of us that God is chastising us to correct us so that we can make reparation to Him for our sins through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
While I pray every day for those who died ten years ago today, praying as well for the consolation of their families, especially at this time, we must never lose sight of the simple truth that being dying as a result of a terrible tragedy does not guarantee the salvation of someone's immortal soul. How many of those who were killed that day were even thinking about preparing themselves for death by meditating upon the Four Last Things (Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell) every night after undertaking an examination of conscience during their night prayers? This is not to pass subjective judgment on anyone. Not at all. It is to point out that the pagan naturalism on display today at "ground zero" in the Borough of Manhattan of the City of New York, New York, had a grips on the minds and hearts of at least some of those who died there ten years ago do.
The real tragedy, of course, of September 11, 2011, is that even one immortal soul, made in the image of God and redeemed by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross by His only-begotten Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, was lost ten years ago today by dying a sudden and unprovided for death. Such a soul, if only one--and there were many more others in all likelihood, was but a victim of the Americanist ethos of religious indifferentism--the "civil religion"--that is but such a perfect embodiment of the ethos of Judeo-Masonry.
All the more reason to give out truly blessed Green Scapulars to those whom God's Holy Providence places in our paths every day, praying "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of death"
All the more reason to pray Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary in reparation for our sins and those of the whole world.
All the more reason for us to get serious about the sanctification of our own souls by withdrawing more and more from the world and its false currents, including the sentimentality that has replaced the true Faith in daily life and most particularly on occasions of national tragedies and of their annual commemorations.
May we continue to pray for our beloved country so that she will be converted to the Social Reign of Christ the King as the result of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as her Fatima Message is fulfilled. It will be then that "America's civil religion" will be replaced by the true religion, Catholicism, which is, of course, the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
"Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!"
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, 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