Fascism Here, Fascism Now
Thomas A. Droleskey
It was exactly six months ago today that I wrote the following:
One of the great ironies of the situation we find ourselves in at this moment in salvation history is to be found in the simple fact that the enemies of the Social Reign of Christ the King have coerced us into becoming our own jailers. This is true on several levels (civil, socioeconomic, ecclesiastical). Bear with me as I seek to explain this reality.
Insofar as the civil state is concerned, we have been forced by the coercive power of the civil state into becoming material cooperators in and financiers of all manner of abject evils.
To wit, we are taxed to support immoral and unjust wars that put members of our own armed forces at risk needlessly as various multinational corporations are enriched by the systematic destruction and then rebuilding of sovereign nations. The careful use of slogans and the equally careful control of images broadcast over the television and on the internet desensitize us to the fact that innocent human beings have been wounded and killed to promote the myth of the "American way" of egalitarianism and "democracy" and "pluralism."
To wit, we are taxed to support the indoctrination of children in America's concentration camps--public schools--in direct violation of the basic Natural Law right of parents as the principal educators of their children. This taxpayer-subsidized indoctrination has already prepared large numbers of younger Americans to accept limitations on their legitimate liberties in the name of "helping the government manage crises" and to accept uncritically the lies of moral relativism, evolutionism, environmentalism, feminism, egalitarianism, and a whole host of other naturalist beliefs. A secular "religion" has thus been subsidized by taxpayer dollars that has created enmities between husbands and wives, many of whom battle over the content of their children's education, and between parents and children, who engage in battles engendered by the "teachers" telling children that the "old-fashioned" parents are wrong to insist on moral absolutes. This is all quite insidious. And we are compelled to fund this indoctrination.
It is no wonder that sixty-seven percent of voters between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine voted for the Marxist-trained Barack Hussein Obama on March 4, 2009, a simple fact that those who believe that there is some "political" or "electoral" way out of our imprisonment to the lords of Modernity cannot ignore. Public schools are producing, at least for the most part, ready agents to submit passively to whatever the "government" or other agents of the leftist brand of naturalism tell them to do and to believe. The "votes" to retard this politically are not "there" now, and they won't be there in the future (as I demonstrate empirically in the article).
To wit, we are taxed to support the slaughter of the preborn, both by chemical and surgical means, at all three levels of government (state, local, national). We are compelled to become material cooperators in the mystical dismemberment of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the persons of innocent preborn children in their mothers' wombs under cover of law.
To wit, we are taxed to indemnify the corporate irresponsibility of the multinational entities that have "outsourced" American jobs overseas, trapped many Americans into massive amounts of debt to finance the purchasing of basic necessities (houses, cars, furniture, appliances) from which many will never be freed, and whose executives grow fat off of the usurious interest rates charged by banks to finance their lavish ways.
We are imprisoned into accepting genetically-altered food, which God intended of its very nature to be healthy (there is really no such thing as "health food" as food is supposed to be healthy), and into accepting "pills" made in Red China and sold by multinational pharmaceutical companies as the means to "remedy" all physical and/or emotional ailments, real or imagined, many of which ailments are caused by the food (and food additives) that is itself manufactured in Red China, which is, of course, subsidized in its various policies of repression by the fact that we are more or less coerced into buying almost everything we use from its production lines.
We are imprisoned into funding Planned Parenthood and organizations that exist to promote the "rights" of those steeped in sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments by the purchases we make and by the banks with which we do business. . . .
Although the Catholic Church proposes no binding, definitive "models" of civil governance or economics as these are outside of her competency, she does have the eternal truths contained in the Deposit of Faith by which to bind the consciences of men as they seek to devise forms of civil governance and economic systems that advance the common temporal good in light of man's Last End. It is the abandonment of the Social Reign of Christ the King and of the organizing of man's social and economic life according to his eternal destiny that has made us material cooperators in imprisoning ourselves to the self-interests of the leaders of the two principal organized crime families of naturalism in the United States of America, the Republican Party and the Democrat Party, leaders who are themselves tied to the self-interests of the multi-national corporations and the State of Israel which has many ties, military and economic, to Red China.
Anyone who thinks that there is a "political" way out of this jail is not really thinking too clearly. As noted a short while ago, the "votes" aren't "there" to extricate us from the spread of the errors of Russia that have made us cooperators in the transformation of the United States of America into a fully socialist state, which is, of course, but the logical consequence of the false, naturalistic, anti-Incarnational, religiously indifferentist and semi-Pelagian premises upon which the founding was based. . . .
One of the reasons that our imprisonment to the forces of Modernity is so intractable is that the forces of Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism have made their "reconciliation" with the false premises of the modern civil state.
Catholics yet attached to the counterfeit church of conciliarism find themselves subsidizing the spiritual abortion of souls from the pulpit and in allegedly "Catholic" schools and colleges and universities and seminaries and professional schools.
Catholics attached to the counterfeit church of conciliarism have helped to subsidize the Novus Ordo, which is offensive to God in se and gives rise to abuses that are "unapproved" by the conciliar authorities, thereby accruing a massive international debt that is owed to God for these offenses.
Catholics attached to the counterfeit church of conciliarism have helped to subsidize the corruption of the young by "priests" and have subsidized the protection of these "priests" by chancery offices and the attorneys they have hired, only to be asked to help to subsidize the over $2 billion in payments that have had to be made to the victims of this "episcopal" and "clerical" corruption.
Catholics attached to the counterfeit church of conciliarism have helped to subsidize various "inter-religious" prayer meetings and youth jamborees and have paid for chancery and parish officials to attend conferences to further the doctrinal and liturgical agendas of the conciliar revolution.
Catholics attached to the counterfeit church of conciliarism have helped to subsidize "papal" offenses against God by means of their "Peter's Pence" contributions, including the establishment of an "ecumenical chapel" in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, Italy, where God, who hates false religions, can be offended by various blasphemies. . . .
Catholics yet attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism have donated the monies that the lords of conciliarism have used to spit in the face of the Mother of God and of one true pope after another as they reaffirm adherents of false religions in beliefs that do not "guarantee for them the security of salvation." They have donated the monies that have been used to incorporate pagan rituals into the context of what have been purported to be Catholic "liturgies." They have donated the monies that have been used for "workshops" and "breakout sessions" and "conferences" that have deformed the souls of priests and consecrated religious and members of the laity. They have donated the monies that have been used to purchase textbooks full of heresy and moral relativism. They have donated the monies that have paid the salaries of priests living lives of unrepentant sin, both natural and unnatural, as the conciliar "bishops," having lost, at least in very large measure, a sense of sin, have themselves reaffirmed those living in such states of sin.
The apostasies and blasphemies and sacrileges propagated by the counterfeit church of conciliarism have made it more possible for Catholics to become the willing slaves of the lords of Modernity's multiple naturalist lies and schemes. A respect for errors in the Order of Grace will lead to a respect for errors in the Order of Nature and, of course, vice versa. (Making Us Our Own Jailers)
We should keep these facts in mind when recalling how compliant most Catholics are in the face of the increased size, power and the scope of unjust government intervention in our daily lives. As I have tried to indicate over and over again in article after article on this site, statism must triumph if men and their nations do not submit themselves to the Social Reign of Christ the King as It must be exercised by the Catholic Church. Very few people seem to understand or accept this truth. The fact remains, however, that men must be slaves of the state if they do not yoke themselves to the Cross of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Sovereign King of men and their nations, as that Cross is lifted high by the Catholic Church.
Fascism must arise over the course of time when the Social Reign of Christ the King is overthrown? What is fascism? Well, it can be described, although imperfectly, in a nutshell as a political and economic ideology which centralizes all human activity on the advancement of the interests of the state. There are different variations of fascism, to be sure. Most fascist regimes exalt the state over the individual, who is expect to subordinate his free will to those who hold and exercise governmental power. Although the Italian, German and Japanese brands of fascism mythologized the national destiny and/or superiority of their respective nationalities over other groups (the Italians over the Ethiopians, the Germans over everyone, the Japanese over all Asians), it is not necessary for one who has the fascistic spirit to be possessed of an ideology of racialist superiority. It is enough for one possessed of the fascistic spirit to believe that the state is supreme and that individual citizens must submit themselves to the "received wisdom" of civil officials without complaint and without dissent.
All of the different types of fascism are forms of socialism. It must be remembered that Adolf Hitler's party's name, transliterated into English, was the National Socialist German Workers Party. Hitler's brand of socialism was different than that of Vladimir Lenin's in that it was not of the Marxist variety based in the Hegelian principle of the dialectic, "corrected" by Karl Marx from Hegel's concept of dialectical idealism (that history is a clash of competing ideas that would result one day in the stage of "perfection" known as "Ideal Spirit") to that of dialectical materialism (that history is a clash of competing economic systems that will resulted inevitably in the triumph of "Ideal Communism," made possible by the killing or the conversion of all capitalists worldwide and the just, equitable distribution of their wealth, resulting in the elimination of the need for the civil state as human beings would have no further need to compete with each other for the good of this world). Hitler's brand of fascism was socialism nonetheless, replete with its demonic racialist ideology and the desire to use eugenics as the means to further "perfect" the "master race."
Despite the differences about models of fascism both in theory and in practice, those possessed of the fascistic spirit rule with an iron hand. They are, of course, glorified mobsters of naturalism. Laws and administrative regulations must be used to advance the power of the state. Courts are not impartial arbiters of justice based upon the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law as these have been entrusted to the Catholic Church for their eternal safekeeping and infallible explication; they are instruments of legitimizing the laws and administrative regulations that are used to advance the power of the civil state.
One of the great ironies of World War II, which was fought, American citizens were told, to stop the fascistic regimes of Germany, Italy, and Japan, is that most European states became models of socialism, replete with their own methods of forming "good citizens" by means of the propaganda in public schools and by means of odious laws and regulations that were meant to crush the legitimate rights of individuals and, most especially, of families. Hitler may have lost the military conflict, as I noted in an address that I gave at Hofstra University in April of 1988, but fascism won the battle of ideas, becoming the very model for the European Union that has turned western Europe into a gigantic prison of socialism and social engineering. It is no accident at all that the Hitler-era prohibition against home-schooling remains in effect today in the Federal Republic of Germany (see Giving Unto Caesar What Belongs to God).
Hitler was most open in his reason as to why he believed it was necessary to ban homeschooling:
"The Youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing." (See
WND report from 2007.)
Our contemporary fascists are pretty open about their own goals, although most Catholics, lulled to sleep by conciliarism's "reconciliation" with the false, naturalistic, anti-Incarnational, religiously indifferentist and semi-Pelagian principles of Modernity (see Making Us Our Own Jailers), are not the least bit concerned about the unjust exercise of power on the part of the fascistic statists who govern them. This is why there has been little negative reaction from Catholics in the Province of Quebec, whose massive loss of Faith in the wake of conciliarism was explored in
Poof!, to Quebec Superior Court decision that requires even homeschooling parents to teach their children about the nature of the world's various religions without teaching them that any one of those religions is true and without being able to critique false religions, which are, of course, every religion except Catholicism:
What could possibly be wrong with children gaining a general knowledge of the world's major religions and the differences among them?
Plenty, if the government requires that children be taught that all religions, and all non-religious moral codes, have equal merit.
In a recent troubling judgment (Lavallee vs. Commission scolaire des Chenes), Quebec's Superior Court ruled that parents do not have ultimate authority over the moral or religious education of their children, and that the state can impose a curriculum that conflicts with the moral codes parents strive to instill. The court rejected a claim brought by parents seeking to exempt their children from the "Ethics and Religious Culture" (ERC) course, which in 2008 became mandatory for all students from Grade 1 to Grade 11, including students in private religious schools.
Some have lauded the court ruling as a rejection of the right to raise children in ignorance. But the parents involved are not against educating their children about other faiths and belief systems. Rather, they wish to do it from their own perspectives.
Parents do not wish to have to instruct their children -- stealthily, at home -- that the moral relativism they are being taught at school is wrong. They do not wish to have to undermine their children's confidence in their schoolteachers. Nor do they wish to become hypocrites, adhering to a particular moral code themselves, but pretending--in order to spare their children the conflict of having to choose between home and school -- that it's okay for their children to accept tenets they consider immoral.
This concern resonates with people of all religions and moral codes. While the parents who brought the court action happen to be Catholic, the secular and humanist Mouvement laique quebecois also opposes the ERC course being mandatory for all children. Agnostic and atheist parents don't want their children forcibly exposed to religion at a young age.
If Quebec's goal were merely to save children from religious and cultural ignorance, it would tolerate a diversity of methods for achieving that goal. But no such tolerance has been extended to Loyola High School, a private Catholic school in Montreal. Its curriculum already included information about the world's other major religions, but in keeping with its mission and values, Loyola teaches its students that Roman Catholicism is actually true and ought to be adhered to. Quebec says such instruction is unacceptable because it is not "even-handed."
Since virtually every religion and moral code includes as one of its tenets a belief in its superiority over rival systems (or else why adhere to it?), Quebec's insistence on even-handedness is tantamount to compelling every teacher of religion or morality to deny or contradict some part of his creed. Why should teachers be forced into such hypocrisy in a country whose constitution -- in Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms -- guarantees freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief, opinion and expression?
The province maintains, and the court accepted, that parents' constitutional freedoms remain intact since they are still free to instruct their children in their own moral codes in the privacy of home. But even homeschoolers, who frequently opt out of government schooling precisely because they prefer to instruct their children in their own belief systems, will be required to teach the "even-handed" ERC course or an equivalent course. Imagine parents instructing their children about the importance of adhering to their own religious beliefs in the morning, then telling them that there are a dozen other religions to choose from, all equally valid, in the afternoon. It's ludicrous for the province to argue that such a process respects freedom of belief.
The "government-knows-best" attitude that Quebec is displaying has been in existence as long as compulsory public education itself. Nineteenth century Prussia was the first to impose a mandatory curriculum to teach all children from ages five to 13 discipline, respect for authority and the ability to follow orders. Prussia sought to produce obedient citizens who would understand that the King is always just, and his decisions are always right. As the German philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte explained: "The schools must fashion the person, and fashion him in such a way that he simply cannot will otherwise than what you wish him to will."
Freedom of religion and conscience, parental authority, and family autonomy are bulwarks which protect all citizens from government coercion and intrusion. We dismantle these bulwarks at our peril. (Fascism to the North.)
Although the authors of this article do not understand that the contemporary concepts of "freedom of religion and conscience" are in full violation of the dictates of right reason and the Catholic Faith (Saint Augustine taught us, of course, that "the death of the soul is worse than the freedom of error), they do portray very accurately the effort in the Province of Quebec to make it clear that parents have no right to teach their children anything that is contrary to the "official curriculum" mandated by provincial officials. Can anyone say "states' rights," eh? All right, we can say that with a Canadian accent, can anyone say "provincial" rights, eh? Institutions of civil governance do not have the authority to contradict the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law. Sovereignty belongs to Christ the King, not to state legislatures in the United States of America or to provincial legislatures and assemblies in Canada or anywhere else in the world.
There are two aspects to the case raised by the situation in the Province of Quebec. One deals with the infringement of the Natural Law right of parents to be the principal educators of their children. The other deals with the specific content of the program mandated by provincial officials in Quebec to assure "even-handed" instruction about the world's religions.
As has been noted on this site--and in articles of mine published in The Wanderer in the 1990s and in the printed pages of Christ or Chaos, the whole phenomenon of parents packing up their children and sending them off to a school room every morning is relatively recent in the history of the world. Most of the Catholics of the Middle Ages learned the Faith at home, sometimes from parents who could neither read or write. Children in the Middle Ages were immersed into the Faith from before their birth, listening to the sounds of Gregorian chant while they were in their mothers' wombs, thus being predisposed to the things of the Faith even before their spiritual regeneration in the Baptismal font, which took place within days, if not the very day, of their birth. Children in the Middle Ages learned about First and Last Things at home, which is where they learned become saints as they did their daily chores for the honor and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity, conscious that their homes were meant to replicas of that of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
While it is true that certain children who demonstrated a particular aptitude were sent to a craftsman to learn a trade at a relatively early age and that some boys were selected by their parish priests to study at a local monastery, the lion's share of children in the Catholic Middle Ages, the Age of Christendom, learned what they knew from their parents. And parents recognized that it was their God-given responsibility to pass on the truths of the Holy Faith to their children upon the peril of the loss of their own immortal souls, as well as to develop within their children a deep interior life of prayer. Parents in the Middle Ages understood that they would be judged by God partly on the basis of how ell they had discharged their responsibilities to provide for the spiritual formation of their children.
Local parishes did play a role in sacramental preparation of children. The parish priest frequently gave such instruction himself. He questioned all those who would present themselves for the Sacraments. He knew, however, that his role was subsidiary to that of the parents. There was no educational bureaucracy in a local diocesan chancery office (or in the offices of a nonexistent national "episcopal conference") intent on using force and intimidation to coerce parents to bend to their own iron will to teach things contrary to the truths of the Catholic Faith. Bishops and priests in the Middle Ages understood the hierarchy that existed both in the Order of Creation (Nature) and in the Order of Redemption (Grace)--and how the Church was supposed to foster, not undermine, parental responsibility within the family unit. Bishops and priests helped parents to discharge their duties as the principal educators of their children. They did not undermine or disparage their rights to do so.
Furthermore, it was the case in the Catholic Middle Ages--and for a long time thereafter--that Catholic bishops and priests made sure that Catholic institutions of education were staffed by those who subscribed to everything contained in the Deposit of Faith without any exception or deviation or dissent whatsoever. Although most of those who staffed Catholic elementary and secondary schools as they came into existence in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries in the wake of the effects of the Industrial Revolution (as parents were taken off of the land to work in factories) to provide a haven from the state-mandated curricula of public schools were members of religious orders, those in the laity who taught in Catholic schools or what became known in this country as the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.)--Sunday school or released-time instruction for public school students--were known for their personal probity and their complete acceptance of the Catholic Faith, including how the Faith is to be lived in their own homes, especially as relates to the Virtue of Modesty and to the non-participation in cultural trends that were inimical to the sanctification and salvation of their own souls and those of their children.
As public schools, especially in the United States of America, had the distinctive mission from its inception to undermine the Catholic identity of Catholic immigrants from Ireland in order to Americanize them (see
America's Concentration Camps), the bishops of the United States of America sought to make it possible for most parishes to have their own schools, realizing that there was too much possibility for Catholic children to lose their Faith in the atmosphere of religious indifferentism that existed in the public schools. Indeed, there is really no such thing as a "religiously neutral" public school as irreligion is a belief system, something that Pope Pius XI explained in Divini Illius Magistri, December 31, 1929:
From this it follows that the so-called "neutral" or "lay" school, from which religion is excluded, is contrary to the fundamental principles of education. Such a school moreover cannot exist in practice; it is bound to become irreligious. There is no need to repeat what Our Predecessors have declared on this point, especially Pius IX and Leo XIII, at times when laicism was beginning in a special manner to infest the public school. We renew and confirm their declarations, as well as the Sacred Canons in which the frequenting of non-Catholic schools, whether neutral or mixed, those namely which are open to Catholics and non-Catholics alike, is forbidden for Catholic children, and can be at most tolerated, on the approval of the Ordinary alone, under determined circumstances of place and time, and with special precautions. Neither can Catholics admit that other type of mixed school, (least of all the so-called "ecole unique," obligatory on all), in which the students are provided with separate religious instruction, but receive other lessons in common with non-Catholic pupils from non-Catholic teachers.
For the mere fact that a school gives some religious instruction (often extremely stinted), does not bring it into accord with the rights of the Church and of the Christian family, or make it a fit place for Catholic students. To be this, it is necessary that all the teaching and the whole organization of the school, and its teachers, syllabus and text-books in every branch, be regulated by the Christian spirit, under the direction and maternal supervision of the Church; so that Religion may be in very truth the foundation and crown of the youth's entire training; and this in every grade of school, not only the elementary, but the intermediate and the higher institutions of learning as well. To use the words of Leo XIII:
It is necessary not only that religious instruction be given to the young at certain fixed times, but also that every other subject taught, be permeated with Christian piety. If this is wanting, if this sacred atmosphere does not pervade and warm the hearts of masters and scholars alike, little good can be expected from any kind of learning, and considerable harm will often be the consequence.
And let no one say that in a nation where there are different religious beliefs, it is impossible to provide for public instruction otherwise than by neutral or mixed schools. In such a case it becomes the duty of the State, indeed it is the easier and more reasonable method of procedure, to leave free scope to the initiative of the Church and the family, while giving them such assistance as justice demands. That this can be done to the full satisfaction of families, and to the advantage of education and of public peace and tranquillity, is clear from the actual experience of some countries comprising different religious denominations. There the school legislation respects the rights of the family, and Catholics are free to follow their own system of teaching in schools that are entirely Catholic. Nor is distributive justice lost sight of, as is evidenced by the financial aid granted by the State to the several schools demanded by the families.
In other countries of mixed creeds, things are otherwise, and a heavy burden weighs upon Catholics, who under the guidance of their Bishops and with the indefatigable cooperation of the clergy, secular and regular, support Catholic schools for their children entirely at their own expense; to this they feel obliged in conscience, and with a generosity and constancy worthy of all praise, they are firmly determined to make adequate provision for what they openly profess as their motto: "Catholic education in Catholic schools for all the Catholic youth." If such education is not aided from public funds, as distributive justice requires, certainly it may not be opposed by any civil authority ready to recognize the rights of the family, and the irreducible claims of legitimate liberty.
As noted in
You Could Be Swingin' On A Star a few weeks ago, the Catholic Church teaches us that everything we do must be undertaken with a view to our Last End, which is the possession of the Beatific Vision of God he Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity in Heaven. Even secular subjects, therefore, must be taught in the framework of the Faith as teachers see in their students redeemed creatures who must be inspired to scale the heights of personal excellence to please the God Who created them, the God Who has redeemed them, and the God Who sanctifies them. There is never any situation in our lives where we are meant to be free of the influence of the Catholic Faith, something that the rightly formed parents of the Middle Ages understood very well.
One of the ironies of the development of the Catholic school system as a response to the influences of Protestantism and Freemasonry in American public school is that many parents lost sight of the fact that they are the principal educators of their children. Bishops and priests lost sight of this fact as well. And thus was created a situation whereby the conciliar revolutionaries exploited "obedience" to the "hierarchy" as the Baltimore Catechism was thrown out and the conciliar apostasies were introduced in a blitzkrieg that helped to deform nearly three generations of Catholic children of the truths of the true Faith. Parents who dared to question what was being taught to their children were browbeaten and ridiculed, sometimes being named publicly from the pulpit as "dissenters" and "troublemakers" who were no longer welcomed in their parishes.
It was as a result of the conciliar revolution, both doctrinal and liturgical, in the 1970s that some Catholic parents began to rediscover their Natural Law rights to be the principal educators of the children, coming to understand as well that parents are equipped with the Sanctifying Graces that flow from the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony to discharge with perfection the duties of their states-in-life to educate their children. I came to know some of these pioneering Catholic families in the 1980s, coming to realize just how naturalistic my own home life had been as a child, beginning as well to work with home-schooling families and then, in the 1990s, to defend their rights against the bureaucratic establishment of educational apparatus of the counterfeit church of conciliarism by means of my writing and speaking.
As the late Father John A. Hardon, S.J., a sedeplenist who was hated by ultra progressive conciliar revolutionaries for his attempts to defend the Faith as best as he could in the conciliar structures, noted at a homeschooling conference in the 1990s, it is a Moral Sin, at least in most instances, to send one's child to a school today. That is, one must not entrust the formation of his child haphazardly to others, especially those in the public and conciliar school systems. Care must be taken even in some traditional venues as many lay teachers not well-formed in the Faith and are immersed in the horrors of the culture, especially by means of viewing television programming, motion pictures and listening to the absolutely diabolical phenomenon known as "rock music" that can be defended by no one at any time who is a true friend of the Cross of the Divine Redeemer or of His Most Blessed Mother, who stood so valiantly by the foot of that Cross. Homeschooling is the first line of defense against the horrors of the public and conciliar school system and against lay teachers who are not well formed in the Faith and who have no business attempting to form others as a result.
Although there are some people who tend to universalize from their own particular experiences with homeschooling parents, the empirical results nationwide speak to the fact that homeschoolers consistently score better on standardized tests than most of those in public or conciliar schools. Homeschoolers have won the national spelling bee contest on a number of occasions. I have known homeschooling families where the children have been taught at early ages to speak Latin to each other. And there are, truth be told, some "conservative" Novus Ordo home-schooling parents who put many traditionally-minded Catholic parents to utter and total shame by their insistence on absolute Modesty for their children (no shorts for boys, no pants or shorts for the girls) and by their upholding of the highest standards of academic excellence imaginable (and all of this without the true Sacraments!)
While it is, of course, not possible to provide a "missile shield," if you will, around our children or to protect them from every pernicious cultural influence extant in our nation at this time (e.g., billboards are replete with horrific messages), parents can take reasonable, common-sense measures to protect their children from the culture, certainly attempting to preserve their purity and their innocence from the harm of the explicit forms of classroom instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments that have been institutionalized in all levels of what passes for "education' in public and conciliar schools. Homeschooling parents do not want mixed signals being sent to their children, which is why the Natural Law right of parents to educate their children must be respected, not disparaged, by pastors of souls, especially in this time of apostasy and betrayal.
We are not living in the 1950s anymore. We do not have schools full of completely orthodox religious Sisters teaching our children. It is not infrequently the case today that at least some of the well-meaning and certainly hard-working laity who teach even in traditionally-minded schools are, as noted before, active participants in the rot of popular culture, creating the scenario for conflict between parents who have stricter standards concerning the popular culture than those teachers. Remember, our children, are wont to use any excuse possible to exempt themselves from strict standards of behavior. "But Mr.or Mrs. or Miss So and So has television. Mr. or Mrs. So and So take their children to the amusement parks and water parks and beaches filled with what you call is immodesty. They permit their children to listen to rock music. They go to motion pictures. They go to ball games. Why can't we?" No mixed signals, ladies and gentlemen. None. And this is to say nothing of the harm that can be done to our children by their peers who come from homes where parents permit an indiscriminate participation in all aspects of the popular culture. We must remember that is far easier for bad example to corrupt the good than it is for good example to convert the bad, especially in the tender years of youth as children seek to please their peers rather than to please God as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively through His true Church.
Catholic homeschooling began in the 1970s and 1980s to protect children from the mixed signals about the Faith being given in conciliar schools, and parents must be on guard even in many traditional venues against mixed signals that could undermine their own parental authority and at the same time corrupt the innocence and purity of their children's immortal souls.
Those parents who are aware of these facts and who want to preserve the integrity of the Holy Faith in their children's immortal souls as best as they can in a fallen, fractured world are to be encouraged, not discouraged by disparaging remarks about their ability to teach their children. As noted just before, the empirical evidence attests to the fact that home schooled children are among the best-educated in the whole country. The fascists of the modern civil state are looking to exploit any and all criticism of homeschooling as they assert their own schemes to control the minds of our children. The situation in the Province of Quebec is typical of this warfare against the Natural Law right of parents to educate their children, as even the Supreme Court of the United States of America recognized, at least in a qualified way as it recognized as well the "right" of the states to establish a curriculum of study for children, in the case of Pierce v. Society of Sisters, June 1, 1925:
The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this Union repose excludes any general power of the state to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations. (Pierce v. Society of Sisters)
Homeschooling is seen as a threat to the revolutionary agenda of Modernity by those in the institutions of civil government. It is seen as a threat to the revolutionary agenda of Modernism by most, although not quite all, of the lords of the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
The second aspect of the actions of the Quebec provincial officials pertains to the content of the program that requires an "even-handed" approach to the "world's religions." Father Louis Campbell, the pastor of Saint Jude Shrine in Stafford, Texas, who was ordained for the Order of Saint Augustine nearly fifty years ago, noted the similarity between this demand of Quebec's officials and the approach taken by the counterfeit church of conciliarism to the "world's religions:"
Meanwhile, another cold blast coming from the new Vatican, concerns Benedict XVI and the Society of St. Pius X. According to Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Benedict will tell the Society that “respect for Judaism and other religions is mandatory for readmission into the mainstream Catholic fold” (Rome, JTA, Sept. 14, 2009). I guess we’re all supposed to be “even-handed”.
Respect for Judaism and other religions? How can we have respect for the erroneous and false philosophies which enslave millions, billions of people so that they are unable to hear the message of the Gospel? The errors and falsehoods of these philosophies create enemies of the Holy Catholic Church, of Jesus Christ and His faithful flock.
We can have respect for the Jewish religion as it existed before the time of Jesus. It was the true religion revealed by God, the religion of Abraham, Moses, King David, and the prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah. It was the religion of Mary and Joseph, St. John the Baptist, and the holy people of their time. But the Jewish religion as it exists today is not the same religion. The Jews rejected true religion when they rejected the true Messiah, Jesus Christ. Today it is Talmudic Judaism, which is anti-Christian. They accuse the Catholic Church of being anti-Semitic, but they have been anti-Christ since St. Peter and the first Christians began to preach the Gospel.
Christ spoke to His Jewish adversaries:
“Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, Moses, in whom you hope. For if you believed Moses you would believe me also, for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (Jn.5:45-47).
We can have no respect for those systems which reject the rights of Christ the King and the Holy Church He founded, but we can have respect and compassion for the people who are deceived by them. The Gospel was given to the Church for the specific purpose of converting the nations and making all peoples members of the Church He founded for their salvation. We are commanded by Him to preach the Gospel to every creature. How then can we not preach the Gospel to the Jews, the Muslims and the Hindus? Indeed, in doing so we show our love for them, even though we may be charged with hate crimes such as anti-Semitism.
The Catholic Religion is not a religion of hate. We must hate no one. Did not Our Lord say that we must love even our enemies? We must have love for all people. We must love the Jews! We must love the Muslims! We must love the Hindus, and the Buddhists. We must love other Christians like the Protestants and the Orthodox.
But must we be “even-handed” in the teaching of religion, so as to place manmade religions and philosophies on the same level as the one religion which is of divine origin, the Holy Catholic Religion, the Religion of Christ the King?
Pope Pius XI stated in his encyclical, Quas Primas: “If we ordain that the whole Catholic world shall revere Christ as king, We shall minister to the need of the present day, and at the same time provide an excellent remedy for the plague which now infects society. We refer to the plague of secularism, its errors and impious activities…The empire of Christ was rejected. The right which the Church has from Christ Himself to teach mankind, to make laws, to govern peoples in all that pertains to their eternal salvation, that right was denied. Then gradually the religion of Christ came to be likened to false religions, and placed ignominiously on the same level with them.”
That “plague” must be healed through our fidelity to the faith handed down from the Apostles, the same which they received from Our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep the faith! Teach the children what they must know to save their souls, for as the Apostles said to the Jews when they were forbidden to preach the Gospel: “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). (Father Louis Campbell, Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Saint Jude Shrine, Stafford, Texas; see also my own Negotiating To Become An Apostate.)
Authentic love wills the good of others, the ultimate expression of which is the salvation of their immortal souls as members of the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order. No one who says he respects "false religions" and does anything, whether by omission or commission, to reaffirm others in the beliefs and practices of false religions can say that he "loves" such people as he betrays their eternal good by refusing to seek with urgency their unconditional conversion to the true Faith. And while Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's upcoming visit to the Talmudic synagogue in Rome will be treated in a separate commentary, suffice it to say for now that it is very difficult for Catholics yet attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism to recognize that it is a violation of the First and Second Commandments to esteem false religions and to treat their places of false worship as "sacred" in the eyes of the true God of Divine Revelation.
Indeed, I was informed recently by a prominent Catholic, an alumnus at the University of Notre Dame de Lac in Notre Dame, Indiana, who was active in opposing the appearance of the pro-abortion and statist Barack Hussein Obama on that campus on May 17, 2009, that a friend of his, who is, it appears, prominent in his own right in some pro-life circles, was disinvited to a "mainstream" pro-life conference because he had written an article that concluded with a call for the conversion of the United States of America and everyone it in to the Catholic Faith. We have reached quite a state-of-affairs when a basic truth of the Catholic Faith is rejected as being indicative of "infidelity" to the "magisterium" of the conciliar "pontiffs." Such has been the deformation of souls in the counterfeit church of conciliarism that it is now considered to be "radical" to seek the conversion of one's country to the true Faith. It is no wonder that so many Catholics are themselves rather sanguine in the face of threats to their legitimate Natural Law rights represented by the actions of the provincial official in Quebec.
Not that too many people in the conciliar "mainstream" read this site, here are a few reminders that seeking the conversion of men and their nations to the true Church is of the essence of the true Faith and that the rejection of this truth is one of the principal apostasies of conciliarism and its false church:
Just as Christianity cannot penetrate into the soul without making it better, so it cannot enter into public life without establishing order. With the idea of a God Who governs all, Who is infinitely Wise, Good, and Just, the idea of duty seizes upon the consciences of men. It assuages sorrow, it calms hatred, it engenders heroes. If it has transformed pagan society--and that transformation was a veritable resurrection--for barbarism disappeared in proportion as Christianity extended its sway, so, after the terrible shocks which unbelief has given to the world in our days, it will be able to put that world again on the true road, and bring back to order the States and peoples of modern times. But the return of Christianity will not be efficacious and complete if it does not restore the world to a sincere love of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. In the Catholic Church Christianity is Incarnate. It identifies Itself with that perfect, spiritual, and, in its own order, sovereign society, which is the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ and which has for Its visible head the Roman Pontiff, successor of the Prince of the Apostles. It is the continuation of the mission of the Savior, the daughter and the heiress of His Redemption. It has preached the Gospel, and has defended it at the price of Its blood, and strong in the Divine assistance and of that immortality which has been promised it, It makes no terms with error but remains faithful to the commands which it has received, to carry the doctrine of Jesus Christ to the uttermost limits of the world and to the end of time, and to protect it in its inviolable integrity. Legitimate dispenser of the teachings of the Gospel it does not reveal itself only as the consoler and Redeemer of souls, but It is still more the internal source of justice and charity, and the propagator as well as the guardian of true liberty, and of that equality which alone is possible here below. In applying the doctrine of its Divine Founder, It maintains a wise equilibrium and marks the true limits between the rights and privileges of society. The equality which it proclaims does not destroy the distinction between the different social classes. It keeps them intact, as nature itself demands, in order to oppose the anarchy of reason emancipated from Faith, and abandoned to its own devices. The liberty which it gives in no wise conflicts with the rights of truth, because those rights are superior to the demands of liberty. Not does it infringe upon the rights of justice, because those rights are superior to the claims of mere numbers or power. Nor does it assail the rights of God because they are superior to the rights of humanity. (Pope Leo XIII, A Review of His Pontificate, March 19, 1902.)
But, on the contrary, by ignoring the laws governing human nature and by breaking the bounds within which they operate, the human person is lead, not toward progress, but towards death. This, nevertheless, is what they want to do with human society; they dream of changing its natural and traditional foundations; they dream of a Future City built on different principles, and they dare to proclaim these more fruitful and more beneficial than the principles upon which the present Christian City rests.
No, Venerable Brethren, We must repeat with the utmost energy in these times of social and intellectual anarchy when everyone takes it upon himself to teach as a teacher and lawmaker - the City cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot be setup unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against the unremitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants. Omnia instaurare in Christo.
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. The new Sillonists cannot pretend that they are merely working on “the ground of practical realities” where differences of belief do not matter. Their leader is so conscious of the influence which the convictions of the mind have upon the result of the action, that he invites them, whatever religion they may belong to, “to provide on the ground of practical realities, the proof of the excellence of their personal convictions.” And with good reason: indeed, all practical results reflect the nature of one’s religious convictions, just as the limbs of a man down to his finger-tips, owe their very shape to the principle of life that dwells in his body. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
Because the Church is by divine institution the sole depository and interpreter of the ideals and teachings of Christ, she alone possesses in any complete and true sense the power effectively to combat that materialistic philosophy which has already done and, still threatens, such tremendous harm to the home and to the state. The Church alone can introduce into society and maintain therein the prestige of a true, sound spiritualism, the spiritualism of Christianity which both from the point of view of truth and of its practical value is quite superior to any exclusively philosophical theory. The Church is the teacher and an example of world good-will, for she is able to inculcate and develop in mankind the "true spirit of brotherly love" (St. Augustine, De Moribus Ecclesiae Catholicae, i, 30) and by raising the public estimation of the value and dignity of the individual's soul help thereby to lift us even unto God.
Finally, the Church is able to set both public and private life on the road to righteousness by demanding that everything and all men become obedient to God "Who beholdeth the heart," to His commands, to His laws, to His sanctions. If the teachings of the Church could only penetrate in some such manner as We have described the inner recesses of the consciences of mankind, be they rulers or be they subjects, all eventually would be so apprised of their personal and civic duties and their mutual responsibilities that in a short time "Christ would be all, and in all." (Colossians iii, 11)
Since the Church is the safe and sure guide to conscience, for to her safe-keeping alone there has been confided the doctrines and the promise of the assistance of Christ, she is able not only to bring about at the present hour a peace that is truly the peace of Christ, but can, better than any other agency which We know of, contribute greatly to the securing of the same peace for the future, to the making impossible of war in the future. For the Church teaches (she alone has been given by God the mandate and the right to teach with authority) that not only our acts as individuals but also as groups and as nations must conform to the eternal law of God. In fact, it is much more important that the acts of a nation follow God's law, since on the nation rests a much greater responsibility for the consequences of its acts than on the individual.
When, therefore, governments and nations follow in all their activities, whether they be national or international, the dictates of conscience grounded in the teachings, precepts, and example of Jesus Christ, and which are binding on each and every individual, then only can we have faith in one another's word and trust in the peaceful solution of the difficulties and controversies which may grow out of differences in point of view or from clash of interests. An attempt in this direction has already and is now being made; its results, however, are almost negligible and, especially so, as far as they can be said to affect those major questions which divide seriously and serve to arouse nations one against the other. No merely human institution of today can be as successful in devising a set of international laws which will be in harmony with world conditions as the Middle Ages were in the possession of that true League of Nations, Christianity. It cannot be denied that in the Middle Ages this law was often violated; still it always existed as an ideal, according to which one might judge the acts of nations, and a beacon light calling those who had lost their way back to the safe road.
There exists an institution able to safeguard the sanctity of the law of nations. This institution is a part of every nation; at the same time it is above all nations. She enjoys, too, the highest authority, the fullness of the teaching power of the Apostles. Such an institution is the Church of Christ. She alone is adapted to do this great work, for she is not only divinely commissioned to lead mankind, but moreover, because of her very make-up and the constitution which she possesses, by reason of her age-old traditions and her great prestige, which has not been lessened but has been greatly increased since the close of the War, cannot but succeed in such a venture where others assuredly will fail. (Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922.)
Here's a newsflash out there in "mainstream" land: The Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost, cannot contradict Himself. Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ must reign as King of men and their nations. There is no secular, religiously indifferentist, inter-denominational, non-denominational, philosophical, political, legal, constitutional, naturalistic means to retard the fascism of the statists who govern us at this time. Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order, and anyone who does not accept this true is an apostate of the first order.
Today is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, on which is commemorated the feast Saint Eustacius, also known as Saint Placidus, who, along with his wife and sons, refused to worship the idols, preferring death to the apostasy that is accepted so readily and so easily--and without any qualms of conscience--by so many within the counterfeit church of conciliarism, starting with the example set by the conciliar "pontiffs" themselves. Although a fuller account of the martyrdom of Saint Eustacius (also known as Eustace), drawn from Father A. J. O'Reilly's The Martyrs of the Coliseum, is found in Without Belief, Without Love, here is one passage that summarizes the true spirit of the Faith that was within the hearts of these glorious martyrs, contrasting them quite noticeably with the apostates of the present time:
No nation could be sunk more deeply in idolatry, sensuality and vices than the great Empire whose capital has been considered the Babylon of impiety spoken of in The Apocalypse. "Our wrestling," says St. Paul, "is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places" (Eph. vi. 12). It was not in an amphitheater stained with the blood of wild beasts and gladiators, and filled with an exited and unfeeling crowd, that the voice of pity or reason could be heard; the impatient clamours of the multitude denounced the Christians as the enemies of the gods and men, and the public condemnation of the Christian general had already rung loudly and repeatedly through the benches of the Coliseum. The coming of the Emperor was announced, the buzz of conversation was hushed, and all eyes were turned towards the entrance on the side of the Esquiline, which was specially reserved for the royal cortege. As soon as he entered the amphitheater, all rose; the lictors lowered their fasces, and the senators and vestals bowed profoundly. Shouts of "great," "immortal, "divine," resounded from every seat. The crowd of spectators was nothing more than an assembly of miscreant slaves, who trembled at the beck of their rulers. Although the spectators of the Coliseum frequently hated the Emperor as an oppressor and a tyrant, yet, in the wild frenzy of fear, they cried out with lying tongues that he alone was great and powerful. He carried a sceptre of ivory, surrounded with a golden eagle, and a slave followed, bearing over his head a crown of solid gold and precious stones. As soon as he was seated, the shrill blast of a trumpet called for silence and the commencement of the games. After the process of the unfortunate wretches who were to take part in the cruel sport of that day's programme and the sham fight of the gladiators, it was usual to commence with sports of agility and skill, but on this day the order was changed. The crowd called for the condemnation of the Christians, and the Emperor gave the order that Placidus and his family be exposed to the wild beasts. [Father A. J. O'Reilly, The Martyrs of the Coliseum, p.111.]
It is little different with the fascists of today, is it?
What I wrote last year is worth repeating once again:
We should not fear anything in this world, not from the civil state and not from the counterfeit church of conciliarism. We must be prepared for martyrdom, both figuratively and literally, in order to remain steadfast apostles of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen, trusting that our few acts of reparation, offered in love to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, will help to plant a few seeds for the end of this era of chastisement and the resurrection of the Church Militant on earth, especially as we pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.
There is great peace to be had when one recognizes that the Catholic Church is responsible for nothing of the outrages committed by its counterfeit ape of conciliarism. The jaws of Hell have not prevailed against the Church. We must simply do our part as the consecrated slaves of Our Lord through Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart to practice True Devotion to Mary as we endeavor to fulfill as best we can Our Lady's Fatima Message in our daily lives.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Guadalupe, 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.
Saint Eustacius and Companions, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
Isn't time to pray a Rosary now?