Intent on Controlling Mind and Body
Thomas A. Droleskey
As noted in
Reichstag II, statists love to exploit various tragedies and/or crises for their own nefarious purposes. The shooting death of the notorious late-term baby-killer, George Tiller, in Wichita, Kansas, on May 31, 2009, gave pro-aborts a golden opportunity to once again do violence to language and logic by seeking to lump all opposition to baby-killing with the murder of George Tiller. The tragic shooting death yesterday of a guard by a octogenarian white supremacist at the "Holocaust" Museum in the nation's capital city, Washington, District of Columbia, has already caused the usual suspects to come out of the woodwork to try to lump together anyone even criticizes the false religion of Talmudic Judaism or puts into question the nature and extent of the crimes committed by the murderous, sadistic, devil-worshiping agents of the racialist Third Reich of Adolf Hitler, no less who seeks the conversion of Jews to the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order, with the white supremacist who murdered the guard at the "Holocaust" Museum in cold blood as he, the murderer, sought entry into the building with a rifle.
Although few people read this website, I will try here to demonstrate the demagogic nature of these false linkages.
While it is certainly true that even a faithful Catholic, one who sees the image and likeness of the Most Holy Trinity in the souls of everyone who is put into his daily path by God's Holy Providence, can "snap" and go berserk and do or say something unexpected as the vagaries of fallen human nature are exploited by the devil to incite passions at a given moment, it is also true that those who do not see the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith--and thus who do not see the image and likeness of the Most Holy Trinity in all men regardless of their race or color or national origin--are more likely to try to dispense their own brand of "justice" as they see fit. Men who do not love, know and serve God as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively through His true Church and who are not in states of Sanctifying Grace are prone to make "gods" out of their own naturalistic ideologies and theories and prejudices.
Catholics know that we must see the image and likeness of the Most Holy Trinity in all men, whose immortal souls have been redeemed by the shedding of every single drop of the Divine Redeemer, the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity made man in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of God the Holy Ghost at the Annunciation, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We know that even those who do indeed visit injustices upon Holy Mother Church and upon us individually are loved by God, Who wants us to pray and fast and to make many sacrifices for the conversion of His enemies here on earth as He wants them with Him for all eternity in Heaven. Our Lord taught us in the Sermon on the Mount that we must love our enemies, meaning that must will their good, the ultimate expression of which is the salvation of their immortal souls as members of the Catholic Church. We must look at the world and everyone in it through the eyes of the Faith, not through the lens of naturalism.
Catholics are not pacifists. We will defend ourselves and others and our nations in accord the circumstances that face us and in complete obedience at all times to binding the precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law as they have been entrusted to and explicated by Holy Mother Church. We obey all just laws and will render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. Pope Leo XIII, quoting Saint Augustine, noted this point in Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885:
And yet a hackneyed reproach of old date is leveled against her, that the Church is opposed to the rightful aims of the civil government, and is wholly unable to afford help in spreading that welfare and progress which justly and naturally are sought after by every well-regulated State. From the very beginning Christians were harassed by slanderous accusations of this nature, and on that account were held up to hatred and execration, for being (so they were called) enemies of the Empire. The Christian religion was moreover commonly charged with being the cause of the calamities that so frequently befell the State, whereas, in very truth, just punishment was being awarded to guilty nations by an avenging God. This odious calumny, with most valid reason, nerved the genius and sharpened the pen of St. Augustine, who, notably in his treatise, "The City of God," set forth in so bright a light the worth of Christian wisdom in its relation to the public wealth that he seems not merely to have pleaded the cause of the Christians of his day, but to have refuted for all future times impeachments so grossly contrary to truth. The wicked proneness, however, to levy like charges and accusations has not been lulled to rest. Many, indeed, are they who have tried to work out a plan of civil society based on doctrines other than those approved by the Catholic Church. Nay, in these latter days a novel conception of law has begun here and there to gain increase and influence, the outcome, as it is maintained, of an age arrived at full stature, and the result of progressive liberty. But, though endeavors of various kinds have been ventured on, it is clear that no better mode has been devised for the building up and ruling the State than that which is the necessary growth of the teachings of the Gospel. We deem it, therefore, of the highest moment, and a strict duty of Our apostolic office, to contrast with the lessons taught by Christ the novel theories now advanced touching the State. By this means We cherish hope that the bright shining of the truth may scatter the mists of error and doubt, so that one and all may see clearly the imperious law of life which they are bound to follow and obey.
We will not, however, render unto Caesar was does not belong to him, which is the power to control, if not seek to punish as did the Caesars of Roman antiquity, the thought and the speech of Catholics who refuse to knuckle under to bare-knuckle threats for speaking the truth about baby-killing or perversity or for refusing to be quiet about the fact that many of those who support one abject evil after another are adherents of the blasphemous Talmud (some of whom have been "papally" "knighted" despite their work in behalf of these evils) who are in need of being converted to the true Faith before they die. Rank intimidation and the passage of unjust laws under various Orwellian euphemisms ("hate crimes") will not work to keep a believing Catholic silent about the evils of the day, including the fundamental evil of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolt and the rise of Judeo-Masonry that has made possible the inexorable rise of a statism has permeated every fabric of our law and culture.
Catholics do not incite others to take the law into their own hands. The First Crusade was preached by Pope Urban II. Saint Joan of Arc proved to the future King Charles VII that she had been called by God to take up arms against the English by telling him things about his life that he had revealed to no other person. Even in legitimate uprisings such as that undertaken by the Vendee in France and the Cristeros in Mexico Catholics used forced as a last resort to defend themselves in extraordinary circumstances that were justified under the precepts of the moral law. Noting, of course, that there have been excesses and injustices committed even in just causes, such as the Crusades and during the religious wars wrought by the Protestant Revolt, it is still nevertheless true that a believing Catholic does not seek the use of force as a first resort and only uses it in accord with the principles that I outlined in Reichstag II.
Such is the state of our upside-down, topsy-turvy word of naturalism and positivism and relativism, however, that those who hold the levers of civil power today, enabled by a phalanx of naturalists of the "leftist" variety, naturalists who, of course, agree with "rightists" about the necessity of the religiously indifferentist modern civil state and in the belief that men do not need to believe in the Deposit of Faith that Our Lord has entrusted solely to the Catholic Church or cooperate with Sanctifying Grace in order to build the "better" world, seek to use every "lone wolf" use of violence by someone associated with "rightwing terrorism" to shut up anyone and everyone who dares to remain unbent in his defense of the primacy of the Social Reign of Christ the King over men and their nation.
The statists and their enablers in the lodges of Judeo-Masonry use their mind-controlling propaganda to push and push and push these "lone wolves," each of whom views the worldly solely through the lens of naturalism and seethe with hatred for those who are suppressing the truth as they expand the coercive power of the state rather than to make acts of reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for their own sins and to convert the enemies of Christ the King, to the breaking point time and time again.
The statists expect us schleps in the citizenry to accept whatever naturalistic bilge they serve us as our legitimate liberties are taken away and as one abject evil after another is promoted under cover of the civil law. Whoever utters so much as a "peep" of protest is considered to be an anti-government "fanatic" and a possible future "terrorist." These are tactics of fascists who use the illusion of freedom in a nation founded upon one false naturalistic premise after another to deny their political adversaries the freedom to express any opposition at all to their own "revealed truths" from which no citizen is permitted to dissent without being suspected of having the potential to be another Timothy McVeigh.
The naturalists are already hard at work beating these old fascistic drums, which were beaten over and over again by the likes of Nero and Valerian and Diocletian and Julian the Apostate, among so many, many others prior in the era of the state persecution of Catholics who refused to deny the Faith, in light of the shooting death of George Tiller and the assault that took place at the Holocaust Museum two days ago now. Here is just one example of the propaganda that is being served up in the "mainstream media:"
Back in April, there was a huge fuss over an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security warning that current conditions resemble those in the early 1990s — a time marked by an upsurge of right-wing extremism that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Conservatives were outraged. The chairman of the Republican National Committee denounced the report as an attempt to “segment out conservatives in this country who have a different philosophy or view from this administration” and label them as terrorists.
But with the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion fanatic, closely followed by a shooting by a white supremacist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the analysis looks prescient.
There is, however, one important thing that the D.H.S. report didn’t say: Today, as in the early years of the Clinton administration but to an even greater extent, right-wing extremism is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment.
Now, for the most part, the likes of Fox News and the R.N.C. haven’t directly incited violence, despite Bill O’Reilly’s declarations that “some” called Dr. Tiller “Tiller the Baby Killer,” that he had “blood on his hands,” and that he was a “guy operating a death mill.” But they have gone out of their way to provide a platform for conspiracy theories and apocalyptic rhetoric, just as they did the last time a Democrat held the White House.
And at this point, whatever dividing line there was between mainstream conservatism and the black-helicopter crowd seems to have been virtually erased.
Exhibit A for the mainstreaming of right-wing extremism is Fox News’s new star, Glenn Beck. Here we have a network where, like it or not, millions of Americans get their news — and it gives daily airtime to a commentator who, among other things, warned viewers that the Federal Emergency Management Agency might be building concentration camps as part of the Obama administration’s “totalitarian” agenda (although he eventually conceded that nothing of the kind was happening).
But let’s not neglect the print news media. In the Bush years, The Washington Times became an important media player because it was widely regarded as the Bush administration’s house organ. Earlier this week, the newspaper saw fit to run an opinion piece declaring that President Obama “not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself,” and that in any case he has “aligned himself” with the radical Muslim Brotherhood.
And then there’s Rush Limbaugh. His rants today aren’t very different from his rants in 1993. But he occupies a different position in the scheme of things. Remember, during the Bush years Mr. Limbaugh became very much a political insider. Indeed, according to a recent Gallup survey, 10 percent of Republicans now consider him the “main person who speaks for the Republican Party today,” putting him in a three-way tie with Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich. So when Mr. Limbaugh peddles conspiracy theories — suggesting, for example, that fears over swine flu were being hyped “to get people to respond to government orders” — that’s a case of the conservative media establishment joining hands with the lunatic fringe.
It’s not surprising, then, that politicians are doing the same thing. The R.N.C. says that “the Democratic Party is dedicated to restructuring American society along socialist ideals.” And when Jon Voight, the actor, told the audience at a Republican fund-raiser this week that the president is a “false prophet” and that “we and we alone are the right frame of mind to free this nation from this Obama oppression,” Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, thanked him, saying that he “really enjoyed” the remarks.
Credit where credit is due. Some figures in the conservative media have refused to go along with the big hate — people like Fox’s Shepard Smith and Catherine Herridge, who debunked the attacks on that Homeland Security report two months ago. But this doesn’t change the broad picture, which is that supposedly respectable news organizations and political figures are giving aid and comfort to dangerous extremism.
What will the consequences be? Nobody knows, of course, although the analysts at Homeland Security fretted that things may turn out even worse than in the 1990s — that thanks, in part, to the election of an African-American president, “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years.”
And that’s a threat to take seriously. Yes, the worst terrorist attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic. Politicians and media organizations wind up such people at their, and our, peril. (Paul Krugman, Op-Ed Columnist: The Big Hate.)
There are few things that compare in the world of naturalism to the sanctimonious righteousness of leftists, naturalists who very adept at condemning sanctimonious righteousness when it is employed by their naturalist counterparts in their false opposite of the so-called "right." Although the Fox News Channel, which was cited by Paul Krugman in his effort to paint anyone deemed to be on the "right" with "domestic terrorism," has provided "opposition" of sorts to the Democratic Party, each of its analysts is a naturalist who believes in the same core naturalistic principles as do the very people they are criticizing.
That is, the each of the analysts on the Fox News Channel are in total agreement with the likes of Paul Krugman that it is not necessary for each man and for each nation to be subordinate to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church for Its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication.
Each of the analysts on the Fox News Channel and the likes of Paul Krugman do not believe that it is necessary for men to have belief in, access to and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace in order to be virtuous, believing that men can be "good" on their own power without relying at all upon the graces won for us by the shedding of every single drop of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.
The naturalists of the false opposites of the "left" and the "right" disagree only about the nature of political sovereignty, with most of those in the "left" believing in the primacy of the state and most of those in the "right" believing in the primacy of the "individual." Neither of these sets of false opposites in the world of naturalism believe that Christ the King must be the Sovereign of each man and each nation on the face of this earth.
The false "opposition" between the "left" and the "right in our world possessed and driven by naturalism makes for good theater. It also makes for a good deal of hypocrisy.
To wit, "leftists" who rail at the "right" about "domestic terrorism" tend to forget the fact that some among their own ranks have actually incited violence that have resulted in the deaths of innocent human beings. Does the name Alfred Charles Sharpton, Jr., right a bell? It should:
Among the earliest and clearest voices to condemn Trent Lott's benighted remarks last month were those of conservatives and Republicans, who were repelled by his nostalgia for segregation and quick to call for his ouster. When will liberals and Democrats show the same maturity and forcefully repudiate the noxious racial lout in their own tent, New York demagogue Al Sharpton?
And when will the media, which aggressively mined Lott's racial history and prominently reported the results, show a similar interest in digging into Sharpton's record -- a record far more shameful and egregious than anything Lott has to answer for.
This is a subject of more than idle interest. Al Sharpton says he is running for president. He has no hope of landing the White House, the Democratic nomination, or more than a handful of convention delegates, but that won't stop him from getting plenty of ink and air time. And maybe it shouldn't; presidential campaigns have often been enlivened and even enlightened by candidates who had no more chance of winning the presidency than they did of winning the Preakness.
But it is impossible to imagine, say, David Duke running for president as a Republican and not being shunned by every leading figure in the party. Impossible to imagine his campaign appearances being covered in news accounts that made no mention of his history in the Ku Klux Klan and his links to neo-Nazis. Impossible to imagine that he would be treated as just another candidate, albeit one with a "controversial" past. No one would roll over for Duke. Why are they rolling over for Sharpton?
After all, Sharpton's résumé is at least as vile as Duke's.
1987: Sharpton spreads the incendiary Tawana Brawley hoax, insisting heatedly that a 15-year-old black girl was abducted, raped, and smeared with feces by a group of white men. He singles out Steve Pagones, a young prosecutor. Pagones is wholly innocent -- the crime never occurred -- but Sharpton taunts him: "If we're lying, sue us, so we can . . . prove you did it." Pagones does sue, and eventually wins a $345,000 verdict for defamation. To this day, Sharpton refuses to recant his unspeakable slander or to apologize for his role in the odious affair.
1991: A Hasidic Jewish driver in Brooklyn's Crown Heights section accidentally kills Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black child, and antisemitic riots erupt. Sharpton races to pour gasoline on the fire. At Gavin's funeral he rails against the "diamond merchants" -- code for Jews -- with "the blood of innocent babies" on their hands. He mobilizes hundreds of demonstrators to march through the Jewish neighborhood, chanting, "No justice, no peace." A rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum, is surrounded by a mob shouting "Kill the Jews!" and stabbed to death.
1995: When the United House of Prayer, a large black landlord in Harlem, raises the rent on Freddy's Fashion Mart, Freddy's white Jewish owner is forced to raise the rent on his subtenant, a black-owned music store. A landlord-tenant dispute ensues; Sharpton uses it to incite racial hatred. "We will not stand by," he warns malignantly, "and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business." Sharpton's National Action Network sets up picket lines; customers going into Freddy's are spat on and cursed as "traitors" and "Uncle Toms." Some protesters shout, "Burn down the Jew store!" and simulate striking a match. "We're going to see that this cracker suffers," says Sharpton's colleague Morris Powell. On Dec. 8, one of the protesters bursts into Freddy's, shoots four employees point-blank, then sets the store on fire. Seven employees die in the inferno.
If Sharpton were a white skinhead, he would be a political leper, spurned everywhere but the fringe. But far from being spurned, he is shown much deference. Democrats embrace him. Politicians court him. And journalists report on his comings and goings while politely sidestepping his career as a hatemongering racial hustler.
When Sharpton came to Boston to promote his campaign last week, for example, the news coverage was uniformly upbeat. The Boston Herald noted the "joyous singing and thunderous applause" that greeted the "civil rights leader," whose "energetic visit left many enthusiastic about his presidential bid." The Globe announced the arrival of "the colorful and controversial 48-year-old community activist" with a story listing the places and times of his public appearances. The only allusion to his ugly record was a vague quote from a local minister: "He obviously has a lot of history and controversy to overcome." That was quickly countered by Sharpton's own self-description as a man known "for my fights against racial profiling and discrimination."
Well, that isn't what Steve Pagones or the family of Yankel Rosenbaum or the loved ones of those who were burned alive at Freddy's Fashion Mart know him for. As they can testify, Sharpton is a vicious liar and a dangerous bigot. As a matter of moral hygiene, his party and the press should be able to say so, too. (Al Sharpton: The Democrat's David Duke; see also Michelle Malkin, Where was Bozo the VP today?)
And very few in the "mainstream" media accused Jesse Jackson of having committed a "hate crime" in 1984 when he said that New York Jews were "Hymies" and that the City of New York was "Hymietown." Here's a brief refresher course on this little incident that did nothing to stop Jesse Jackson's career, which reached the zenith of its popularity and influence during his 1988 campaign for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Those who brought up the "Hymietown" remarks were said to be racists who were afraid of a black man becoming President of the United States of America:
Rev. Jesse Jackson referred to Jews as "Hymies" and to New York City as "Hymietown" in January 1984 during a conversation with a black Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. Jackson had assumed the references would not be printed because of his racial bond with Coleman, but several weeks later Coleman permitted the slurs to be included far down in an article by another Post reporter on Jackson's rocky relations with American Jews.
A storm of protest erupted, and Jackson at first denied the remarks, then accused Jews of conspiring to defeat him. The Nation of Islam's radical leader Louis Farrakhan, an aggressive anti-Semite and old Jackson ally, made a difficult situation worse by threatening Coleman in a radio broadcast and issuing a public warning to Jews, made in Jackson's presence: "If you harm this brother [Jackson], it will be the last one you harm."
Finally, Jackson doused the fires in late February with an emotional speech admitting guilt and seeking atonement before national Jewish leaders in a Manchester, New Hampshire synagogue. Yet Jackson refused to denounce Farrakhan, and lingering, deeply rooted suspicions have led to an enduring split between Jackson and many Jews. The frenzy also heightened tensions between Jackson and the mostly white establishment press. (Washingtonpost.com Special Report)
The hypocrisy of those in the "leftist" camp of naturalism doesn't stop here, however. The hypocrisy of the "left" is vast as many of its adherents attempt to tar the entire "pro-life movement," much of which is not "pro-life" as various individuals and groups make "exceptions" to the Fifth Commandment's absolute prohibition against the direct, intentional taking of any innocent human life, by associating it with the killing of George Tiller. This is rank intellectual dishonesty, the sort of which was exhibited in the United States Department of Homeland Security's report on "rightwing terrorism" (All Hail! Caesar Obamus)
If all people who oppose the slaughter of the innocent preborn, whether by chemical or surgical means, are to deemed potential "domestic terrorists" because of what happened to George Tiller, then why would it not be appropriate to lump all of those who protested against American involvement in the Vietnam War with the likes of William Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn and the Weather Underground, which organized riots and executed bombings, include one that targeted the United States Capitol building.on March 1, 1971?
Why shouldn't all "peace advocates" have been blamed for the burning of the Reserve Office Training Corps building on the grounds of Kent State University on May 2, 1970?
What shouldn't all of those who sung "all we asking is give peace a chance" have been blamed for the death of Dr. Robert Fassnacht in a laboratory in Sterling Hall on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison on August 24, 1970?
Why shouldn't all of those seeking nationhood for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rican be lumped together with the forces of the notorious Armed Forces for National Liberation (FALN) that bombed, among other targets on other occasions, the historic Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan, on January 24, 1975, killing four people, a bombing for which no one has ever been prosecuted?
Why shouldn't the civil rights movement that sought to end invidious racial segregation under the cover of the civil law have been lumped together with the Black Panthers, whose members killed nine police officers and wounded fifty-six others in a two year period between 1967 and 1969?
Demagogues such as Paul Krugman might retort that the "difference" is that the causes that prompted the violent acts just cited were "just" and all that opposition to surgical and chemical baby-killing is "unjust." Fortunately for us, however, Paul Krugman and his pals in the "leftist" branch of naturalism are contingent beings who did not create themselves and who are not immortal. They are not the arbiters of moral right and moral wrong any more than are the those of the "right" who deny the Sacred Rights of Christ the King and who promote contraception and unjust and immoral wars in the false name of "patriotism" and "spreading "democracy" as they denounce their critics all too frequently in demagogic terms.
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has given us His Catholic Church to be the sole repository of the Deposit of Faith, which means that she alone is the infallible and authoritative teacher on all contained in Faith and Morals, including the meaning of the precepts of the Natural Law.
Holy Mother Church, faithful to her Divine Founder and Invisible Head Who became Incarnate in His Most Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb and is thus in solidarity with every child in every mother's womb without any exception whatsoever, teaches us that the Fifth Commandment's injunction against the direct, intentional taking of innocent human life is binding and absolute. Pope Pius XI warned those in public life who dare to promote the mystical dismemberment and destruction of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the persons of innocent preborn children in their mothers' wombs in these most powerful words:
Those who hold the reins of government should not forget that it is the duty of public authority by appropriate laws and sanctions to defend the lives of the innocent, and this all the more so since those whose lives are endangered and assailed cannot defend themselves. Among whom we must mention in the first place infants hidden in the mother's womb. And if the public magistrates not only do not defend them, but by their laws and ordinances betray them to death at the hands of doctors or of others, let them remember that God is the Judge and Avenger of innocent blood which cried from earth to Heaven." (Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii, December 31, 1930.)
Pope Leo XIII reminded us in Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890, that it is the duty of Catholics to oppose unjust laws:
Moreover, if we would judge aright, the supernatural love for the Church and the natural love of our own country proceed from the same eternal principle, since God Himself is their Author and originating Cause. Consequently, it follows that between the duties they respectively enjoin, neither can come into collision with the other. We can, certainly, and should love ourselves, bear ourselves kindly toward our fellow men, nourish affection for the State and the governing powers; but at the same time we can and must cherish toward the Church a feeling of filial piety, and love God with the deepest love of which we are capable. The order of precedence of these duties is, however, at times, either under stress of public calamities, or through the perverse will of men, inverted. For, instances occur where the State seems to require from men as subjects one thing, and religion, from men as Christians, quite another; and this in reality without any other ground, than that the rulers of the State either hold the sacred power of the Church of no account, or endeavor to subject it to their own will. Hence arises a conflict, and an occasion, through such conflict, of virtue being put to the proof. The two powers are confronted and urge their behests in a contrary sense; to obey both is wholly impossible. No man can serve two masters, for to please the one amounts to contemning the other.
As to which should be preferred no one ought to balance for an instant. It is a high crime indeed to withdraw allegiance from God in order to please men, an act of consummate wickedness to break the laws of Jesus Christ, in order to yield obedience to earthly rulers, or, under pretext of keeping the civil law, to ignore the rights of the Church; "we ought to obey God rather than men." This answer, which of old Peter and the other Apostles were used to give the civil authorities who enjoined unrighteous things, we must, in like circumstances, give always and without hesitation. No better citizen is there, whether in time of peace or war, than the Christian who is mindful of his duty; but such a one should be ready to suffer all things, even death itself, rather than abandon the cause of God or of the Church.
Hence, they who blame, and call by the name of sedition, this steadfastness of attitude in the choice of duty have not rightly apprehended the force and nature of true law. We are speaking of matters widely known, and which We have before now more than once fully explained. Law is of its very essence a mandate of right reason, proclaimed by a properly constituted authority, for the common good. But true and legitimate authority is void of sanction, unless it proceed from God, the supreme Ruler and Lord of all. The Almighty alone can commit power to a man over his fellow men; nor may that be accounted as right reason which is in disaccord with truth and with divine reason; nor that held to be true good which is repugnant to the supreme and unchangeable good, or that wrests aside and draws away the wills of men from the charity of God.
Hallowed, therefore, in the minds of Christians is the very idea of public authority, in which they recognize some likeness and symbol as it were of the Divine Majesty, even when it is exercised by one unworthy. A just and due reverence to the laws abides in them, not from force and threats, but from a consciousness of duty; "for God hath not given us the spirit of fear."
But, if the laws of the State are manifestly at variance with the divine law, containing enactments hurtful to the Church, or conveying injunctions adverse to the duties imposed by religion, or if they violate in the person of the supreme Pontiff the authority of Jesus Christ, then, truly, to resist becomes a positive duty, to obey, a crime; a crime, moreover, combined with misdemeanor against the State itself, inasmuch as every offense leveled against religion is also a sin against the State. Here anew it becomes evident how unjust is the reproach of sedition; for the obedience due to rulers and legislators is not refused, but there is a deviation from their will in those precepts only which they have no power to enjoin. Commands that are issued adversely to the honor due to God, and hence are beyond the scope of justice, must be looked upon as anything rather than laws. You are fully aware, venerable brothers, that this is the very contention of the Apostle St. Paul, who, in writing to Titus, after reminding Christians that they are "to be subject to princes and powers, and to obey at a word," at once adds: "And to be ready to every good work." Thereby he openly declares that, if laws of men contain injunctions contrary to the eternal law of God, it is right not to obey them. In like manner, the Prince of the Apostles gave this courageous and sublime answer to those who would have deprived him of the liberty of preaching the Gospel: "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."
Wherefore, to love both countries, that of earth below and that of heaven above, yet in such mode that the love of our heavenly surpass the love of our earthly home, and that human laws be never set above the divine law, is the essential duty of Christians, and the fountainhead, so to say, from which all other duties spring. The Redeemer of mankind of Himself has said: "For this was I born, and for this came I into the world, that I should give testimony to the truth." In like manner: "I am come to cast fire upon earth, and what will I but that it be kindled?'' In the knowledge of this truth, which constitutes the highest perfection of the mind; in divine charity which, in like manner, completes the will, all Christian life and liberty abide. This noble patrimony of truth and charity entrusted by Jesus Christ to the Church she defends and maintains ever with untiring endeavor and watchfulness.
But with what bitterness and in how many guises war has been waged against the Church it would be ill-timed now to urge. From the fact that it has been vouchsafed to human reason to snatch from nature, through the investigations of science, many of her treasured secrets and to apply them befittingly to the divers requirements of life, men have become possessed with so arrogant a sense of their own powers as already to consider themselves able to banish from social life the authority and empire of God. Led away by this delusion, they make over to human nature the dominion of which they think God has been despoiled; from nature, they maintain, we must seek the principle and rule of all truth; from nature, they aver, alone spring, and to it should be referred, all the duties that religious feeling prompts. Hence, they deny all revelation from on high, and all fealty due to the Christian teaching of morals as well as all obedience to the Church, and they go so far as to deny her power of making laws and exercising every other kind of right, even disallowing the Church any place among the civil institutions of the commonweal. These men aspire unjustly, and with their might strive, to gain control over public affairs and lay hands on the rudder of the State, in order that the legislation may the more easily be adapted to these principles, and the morals of the people influenced in accordance with them. Whence it comes to pass that in many countries Catholicism is either openly assailed or else secretly interfered with, full impunity being granted to the most pernicious doctrines, while the public profession of Christian truth is shackled oftentimes with manifold constraints.
Under such evil circumstances therefore, each one is bound in conscience to watch over himself, taking all means possible to preserve the faith inviolate in the depths of his soul, avoiding all risks, and arming himself on all occasions, especially against the various specious sophisms rife among non-believers. In order to safeguard this virtue of faith in its integrity, We declare it to be very profitable and consistent with the requirements of the time, that each one, according to the measure of his capacity and intelligence, should make a deep study of Christian doctrine, and imbue his mind with as perfect a knowledge as may be of those matters that are interwoven with religion and lie within the range of reason. And as it is necessary that faith should not only abide untarnished in the soul, but should grow with ever painstaking increase, the suppliant and humble entreaty of the apostles ought constantly to be addressed to God: "Increase our faith.''
But in this same matter, touching Christian faith, there are other duties whose exact and religious observance, necessary at all times in the interests of eternal salvation, become more especially so in these our days. Amid such reckless and widespread folly of opinion, it is, as We have said, the office of the Church to undertake the defense of truth and uproot errors from the mind, and this charge has to be at all times sacredly observed by her, seeing that the honor of God and the salvation of men are confided to her keeping. But, when necessity compels, not those only who are invested with power of rule are bound to safeguard the integrity of faith, but, as St. Thomas maintains: "Each one is under obligation to show forth his faith, either to instruct and encourage others of the faithful, or to repel the attacks of unbelievers.'' To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind. This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies of the faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good. Moreover, want of vigor on the part of Christians is so much the more blameworthy, as not seldom little would be needed on their part to bring to naught false charges and refute erroneous opinions, and by always exerting themselves more strenuously they might reckon upon being successful. After all, no one can be prevented from putting forth that strength of soul which is the characteristic of true Christians, and very frequently by such display of courage our enemies lose heart and their designs are thwarted. Christians are, moreover, born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph: "Have confidence; I have overcome the world." Nor is there any ground for alleging that Jesus Christ, the Guardian and Champion of the Church, needs not any manner the help of men. Power certainly is not wanting to Him, but in His loving kindness He would assign to us a share in obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His grace.
The chief elements of this duty consist in professing openly and unflinchingly the Catholic doctrine, and in propagating it to the utmost of our power. For, as is often said, with the greatest truth, there is nothing so hurtful to Christian wisdom as that it should not be known, since it possesses, when loyally received, inherent power to drive away error. So soon as Catholic truth is apprehended by a simple and unprejudiced soul, reason yields assent
Catholics who stand with Christ the King as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively through His Catholic Church are the best citizens as they endeavor, despite their own sins and failings, for which they are conscious of the need to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, to pursue the common temporal good in light of man's Last End, the possession of the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity in Heaven. And we stand ready to be called all manner of names by demagogues from all quarters of "naturalism," whether of the "left" or of the "right," for standing with Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen as those who deny Our King's Sacred Divinity seek to promote one abject evil after another under cover of the civil law. We also stand ready to endure whatever persecutions those in civil authority today plan to impose as a means of intimidating us from opposing their support of the very evils that offend God, wound the souls of those for whom Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shed His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross, and thus tear apart the very fabric of all social order.
There is quite a bitter irony in all of this.
The overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolt and the rise of Judeo-Masonry has made it possible for the enemies of Our King to gain great influence in society to promote one evil after another. As the minds of men have become clouded by the haze of sin and error that abound under cover of law and in every aspect of our popular culture (see Every Error Imaginable), men no longer see the Divine impress in each other, striking out with rage and violence in the midst of real and perceived injustices. More and more men are prone to hate rather than to forgive, to seek to conspire with great exactitude to do violence to others rather than to pray Rosaries of reparation for their conversion, to seek "final solutions" to this or that social problem rather than to aspire to the heights of personal sanctity in the recognition that the state of the world depends upon the state of souls, starting with our own.
The haze of sin and error that clouds the minds of most men today that has arisen as a result of the tragic events of the Sixteenth Century and thereafter that set man on the deification of himself as Christ the King Himself was overthrown, profaned and despised perdures to this very day with such strength largely because God has visited us with quite a chastisement for our sins and those of the whole world. He has withdrawn His graces from us. Sin abounds the more in the world because there is no grace flowing forth from once Catholic church buildings that offend and profane God by means of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service.
This world of cunning and revenge, of mercilessness is exactly the sort of world that Father Frederick Faber said would come about if ever there was a diminishment of the out flowing of the merits of the Most Precious Blood in the world:
It is plain that some millions of sins in a day are hindered by the Precious Blood; and this is not merely a hindering of so many individual sins, but it is an immense check upon the momentum of sin. It is also a weakening of habits of sin, and a diminution of the consequences of sin. If then, the action of the Precious Blood were withdrawn from the world, sins would not only increase incalculably in number, but the tyranny of sin would be fearfully augmented, and it would spread among a greater number of people. It would wax so bold that no one would be secure from the sins of others. It would be a constant warfare, or an intolerable vigilance, to preserve property and rights. Falsehood would become so universal as to dissolve society; and the homes of domestic life would be turned into wards either of a prison or a madhouse. We cannot be in the company of an atrocious criminal without some feeling of uneasiness and fear. We should not like to be left alone with him, even if his chains were not unfastened. But without the Precious Blood, such men would abound in the world. They might even become the majority. We know of ourselves, from glimpses God has once or twice given us in life, what incredible possibilities of wickedness we have in our souls. Civilization increases these possibilities. Education multiplies and magnifies our powers of sinning. Refinement adds a fresh malignity. Men would thus become more diabolically and unmixedly bad, until at last earth would be a hell on this side of the grave. There would also doubtless be new kinds of sins and worse kinds. Education would provide the novelty, and refinement would carry it into the region of the unnatural. All highly-refined and luxurious developments of heathenism have fearfully illustrated this truth. A wicked barbarian is like a beast. His savage passions are violent but intermitting, and his necessities of sin do not appear to grow. Their circle is limited. But a highly-educated sinner, without the restraints of religion, is like a demon. His sins are less confined to himself. They involve others in their misery. They require others to be offered as it were in sacrifice to them. Moreover, education, considered simply as an intellectual cultivation, propagates sin, and makes it more universal.
The increase of sin, without the prospects which the faith lays open to us, must lead to an increase of despair, and to an increase of it upon a gigantic scale. With despair must come rage, madness, violence, tumult, and bloodshed. Yet from what quarter could we expect relief in this tremendous suffering? We should be imprisoned in our own planet. The blue sky above us would be but a dungeon-roof. The greensward beneath our feet would truly be the slab of our future tomb. Without the Precious Blood there is no intercourse between heaven and earth. Prayer would be useless. Our hapless lot would be irremediable. It has always seemed to me that it will be one of the terrible things in hell, that there are no motives for patience there. We cannot make the best of it. Why should we endure it? Endurance is an effort for a time; but this woe is eternal. Perhaps vicissitudes of agony might be a kind of field for patience. But there are no such vicissitudes. Why should we endure, then? Simply because we must; and yet in eternal things this is not a sort of necessity which supplies a reasonable ground for patience. So in this imaginary world of rampant sin there would be no motives for patience. For death would be our only seeming relief; and that is only seeming, for death is any thin but an eternal sleep. Our impatience would become frenzy; and if our constitutions were strong enough to prevent the frenzy from issuing in downright madness, it would grow into hatred of God, which is perhaps already less uncommon than we suppose.
An earth, from off which all sense of justice had perished, would indeed be the most disconsolate of homes. The antediluvian earth exhibits only a tendency that way; and the same is true of the worst forms of heathenism. The Precious Blood was always there. Unnamed, unknown, and unsuspected, the Blood of Jesus has alleviated every manifestation of evil which there has ever been just as it is alleviating at this hour the punishments of hell. What would be our own individual case on such a blighted earth as this? All our struggles to be better would be simply hopeless. There would be no reason why we should not give ourselves up to that kind of enjoyment which our corruption does substantially find in sin. The gratification of our appetites is something; and that lies on one side, while on the other side there is absolutely nothing. But we should have the worm of conscience already, even though the flames of hell might yet be some years distant. To feel that we are fools, and yet lack the strength to be wiser--is not this precisely the maddening thing in madness? Yet it would be our normal state under the reproaches of conscience, in a world where there was no Precious Blood. Whatever relics of moral good we might retain about us would add most sensibly to our wretchedness. Good people, if there were any, would be, as St. Paul speaks, of all men the most miserable; for they would be drawn away from the enjoyment of this world, or have their enjoyment of it abated by a sense of guilt and shame; and there would be no other world to aim at or to work for. To lessen the intensity of our hell without abridging its eternity would hardly be a cogent motive, when the temptations of sin and the allurements of sense are so vivid and strong.
What sort of love could there be, when we could have no respect? Even if flesh and blood made us love each other, what a separation death would be! We should commit our dead to the ground without a hope. Husband and wife would part with the fearfullest certainties of a reunion more terrible than their separation. Mothers would long to look upon their little ones in the arms of death, because their lot would be less woeful than if they lived to offend God with their developed reason and intelligent will. The sweetest feelings of our nature would become unnatural, and the most honorable ties be dishonored. Our best instincts would lead us into our worst dangers. Our hearts would have to learn to beat another way, in order to avoid the dismal consequences which our affections would bring upon ourselves and others. But it is needless to go further into these harrowing details. The world of the heart, without the Precious Blood, and with an intellectual knowledge of God, and his punishments of sin, is too fearful a picture to be drawn with minute fidelity.
But how would it fare with the poor in such a world? They are God's chosen portion upon the earth. He chose poverty himself, when he came to us. He has left the poor in his place, and they are never to fail from the earth, but to be his representatives there until the doom. But, if it were not for the Precious Blood, would any one love them? Would any one have a devotion to them, and dedicate his life to merciful ingenuities to alleviate their lot? If the stream of almsgiving is so insufficient now, what would it be then? There would be no softening of the heart by grace; there would be no admission of of the obligation to give away in alms a definite portion of our incomes; there would be no desire to expiate sin by munificence to the needy for the love of God. The gospel makes men's hearts large;and yet even under the gospel the fountain of almsgiving flows scantily and uncertainly. There would be no religious orders devoting themselves with skilful concentration to different acts of spiritual and corporal mercy. Vocation is a blossom to be found only in the gardens of the Precious Blood. But all this is only negative, only an absence of God. Matters would go much further in such a world as we are imagining.
Even in countries professing to be Christian, and at least in possession of the knowledge of the gospel, the poor grow to be an intolerable burden to the rich. They have to be supported by compulsory taxes; and they are in other ways a continual subject of irritated and impatient legislation. Nevertheless, it is due to the Precious Blood that the principle of supporting them is acknowledged. From what we read in heathen history--even the history of nations renowned for political wisdom, for philosophical speculation, and for literary and artistic refinement--it would not be extravagant for us to conclude that, if the circumstances of a country were such as to make the numbers of the poor dangerous to the rich, the rich would not scruple to destroy them, while it was yet in their power to do so. Just as men have had in France and England to war down bears and wolves, so would the rich war down the poor, whose clamorous misery and excited despair should threaten them in the enjoyment of their power and their possessions. The numbers of the poor would be thinned by murder, until it should be safe for their masters to reduce them into slavery. The survivors would lead the lives of convicts or of beasts. History, I repeat, shows us that this is by no means an extravagant supposition.
Such would be the condition of the world without the Precious Blood. As generations succeeded each other, original sin would go on developing those inexhaustible malignant powers which come from the almost infinite character of evil. Sin would work earth into hell. Men would become devils, devils to others and to themselves. Every thing which makes life tolerable, which counteracts any evil, which softens any harshness, which sweetens any bitterness, which causes the machinery of society to work smoothly, or which consoles any sadness--is simply due to the Precious Blood of Jesus, in heathen as well as in Christian lands. It changes the whole position of an offending creation to its Creator. It changes, if we may dare in such a matter to speak of chang, the aspect of God's immutable perfections toward his human children. It does not work merely in a spiritual sphere. It is not only prolific in temporal blessings, but it is the veritable cause of all temporal blessings whatsoever. We are all of us every moment sensibly enjoying the benignant influence of the Precious Blood. Yet who thinks of all this? Why is the goodness of God so hidden, so imperceptible, so unsuspected? Perhaps because it is so universal and so excessive, that we should hardly be free agents if it pressed sensibly upon us always. God's goodness is at once the most public of all his attributes, and at the same time the most secret. Has life a sweeter task than to seek it, and to find it out?
Men would be far more happy, if they separated religion less violently from other things. It is both unwise and unloving to put religion into a place by itself, and mark it off with an untrue distinctness from what we call worldly and unspiritual things. Of course there is a distinction, and a most important one, between them; yet it is easy to make this distinction too rigid and to carry it too far. Thus we often attribute to nature what is only due to grace; and we put out of sight the manner and degree in which the blessed majesty of the Incarnation affects all created things. But this mistake is forever robbing us of hundreds of motives for loving Jesus. We know how unspeakably much we owe to him; but we do not see all that it is not much we owe him, but all, simply and absolutely all. We pass through times and places in life, hardly recognizing how the sweetness of Jesus is sweetening the air around us and penetrating natural things with supernatural blessings.
Hence it comes to pass that men make too much of natural goodness. They think too highly of human progress. They exaggerate the moralizing powers of civilization and refinement, which, apart from grace, are simply tyrannies of the few over the many, or of the public over the individual soul. Meanwhile they underrate the corrupting capabilities of sin, and attribute to unassisted nature many excellences which it only catches, as it were by the infection, by the proximity of grace, or by contagion, from the touch of the Church. Even in religious and ecclesiastical matters they incline to measure progress, or test vigor, by other standards rather than that of holiness. These men will consider the foregoing picture of the world without the Precious Blood as overdrawn and too darkly shaded. They do not believe in the intense malignity of man when drifted from God, and still less are they inclined to grant that cultivation and refinement only intensify still further this malignity. They admit the superior excellence of Christian charity; but they also think highly of natural philanthropy. But has this philanthropy ever been found where the indirect influences of the true religion, whether Jewish or Christian, had not penetrated? We may admire the Greeks for their exquisite refinement, and the Romans for the wisdom of their political moderation. Yet look at the position of children, of servants, of slaves, and of the poor, under both these systems, and see if, while extreme refinement only pushed sin to an extremity of foulness, the same exquisite culture did not also lead to a social cruelty and an individual selfishness which mae life unbearable to the masses. Philanthropy is but a theft from the gospel, or rather a shadow, not a substance, and as unhelpful as shadows are want to be. (Father Frederick Faber, The Precious Blood, published originally in England in 1860, republished by TAN Books and Publishers, pp. 53-59.)
Such is our world today, a world where God is indeed chastising us because of our infidelity and our indifference, because of the accommodations to and compromises with the errors of Modernity in the world and Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. We have very few true bishops and priests today, which means that we have much less Sanctifying Grace present in the world, a factor that has indeed helped to spread and institutionalize the haze of sin and error that clouds the minds and darkens the hearts of so many men in the world.
Although there are the isolated instances of the murder of a George Tiller and the actions of a white supremacist who wanted to target a visible sign of his naturalistic hatred for those who deny the Sacred Divinity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and who have been the forefront of promoting one social evil after another that arouse the sanctimonious indignation of those in the "leftist" camp of naturalism, such isolated instances of random violence are but the logical results of the legalized violence against the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law as these have been entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church for their infallible explication, a legalized violence that assaults the proper use of language and turns logic on its head, a legalized violence that makes the killing of innocent baby in his mothers's womb and the promotion of sins against nature as matters of "human rights" from which no one can dissent without being considered a possible source of "right wing" "domestic terrorism."
The Catholic Church alone is the sole means of personal salvation and social order. She teaches men to love their enemies and to pray for their persecutors as she teaches them lessons that the shooter in Washington, D.C., and his naturalist buddies, steeped in one racialist lie after another, never want to accept as it is too hard for them to give us their lies for the truths of the true Faith:
Take care, Venerable Brethren, that above all, faith in God, the first and irreplaceable foundation of all religion, be preserved in Germany pure and unstained. The believer in God is not he who utters the name in his speech, but he for whom this sacred word stands for a true and worthy concept of the Divinity. Whoever identifies, by pantheistic confusion, God and the universe, by either lowering God to the dimensions of the world, or raising the world to the dimensions of God, is not a believer in God. Whoever follows that so-called pre-Christian Germanic conception of substituting a dark and impersonal destiny for the personal God, denies thereby the Wisdom and Providence of God who "Reacheth from end to end mightily, and ordereth all things sweetly" (Wisdom viii. 1). Neither is he a believer in God.
Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community - however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things - whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds.
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 His side. (Pope Pius XI, Mit Brennender Sorge, March 17, 1937.)
Those in the civil state and the pundit class who are intent on controlling our minds and bodies (Caesar Obamus is intent on making us all "physically fit" as he promotes those things that kill our immortal souls) do not want to confuse themselves with the facts. Those in the civil state and the pundit class who are intent on controlling our minds and bodies must use intellectual dishonesty and distortion to caricature anyone and everyone who disagrees with them.
The very people who deny the Sacred Divinity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and the infallibility with which He has endowed Holy Mother Church believe themselves to infallible oracles whose pronouncements are the final "word" on matters of public and private morality, thus engendering anger in the souls of other naturalists who believe in the lies of a sense of "liberty" that is divorced from the true liberty won for man on the wood of the Holy Cross as the Son of God made Man offered Himself up as the one and only Holocaust to His Co-Eternal and Co-Equal Father in Sprit and in Truth in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. This is all a diabolical trap to set men against each other as the lords of the counterfeit church of conciliarism reaffirm Catholics and non-Catholics alike in the lies of the religiously indifferentist civil state of Modernity.
Pope Leo XIII, writing in Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900, explained that world that dethrones Christ the King will be one in which public life is stained with crime:
It must therefore be clearly admitted that, in the life of a Christian, the intellect must be entirely subject to God's authority. And if, in this submission of reason to authority, our self-love, which is so strong, is restrained and made to suffer, this only proves the necessity to a Christian of long-suffering not only in will but also in intellect. We would remind those persons of this truth who desire a kind of Christianity such as they themselves have devised, whose precepts should be very mild, much more indulgent towards human nature, and requiring little if any hardships to be borne. They do not properly under stand the meaning of faith and Christian precepts. They do not see that the Cross meets us everywhere, the model of our life, the eternal standard of all who wish to follow Christ in reality and not merely in name.
God alone is Life. All other beings partake of life, but are not life. Christ, from all eternity and by His very nature, is "the Life," just as He is the Truth, because He is God of God. From Him, as from its most sacred source, all life pervades and ever will pervade creation. Whatever is, is by Him; whatever lives, lives by Him. For by the Word "all things were made; and without Him was made nothing that was made." This is true of the natural life; but, as We have sufficiently indicated above, we have a much higher and better life, won for us by Christ's mercy, that is to say, "the life of grace," whose happy consummation is "the life of glory," to which all our thoughts and actions ought to be directed. The whole object of Christian doctrine and morality is that "we being dead to sin, should live to justice" (I Peter ii., 24)-that is, to virtue and holiness. In this consists the moral life, with the certain hope of a happy eternity. This justice, in order to be advantageous to salvation, is nourished by Christian faith. "The just man liveth by faith" (Galatians iii., II). "Without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews xi., 6). Consequently Jesus Christ, the creator and preserver of faith, also preserves and nourishes our moral life. This He does chiefly by the ministry of His Church. To Her, in His wise and merciful counsel, He has entrusted certain agencies which engender the supernatural life, protect it, and revive it if it should fail. This generative and conservative power of the virtues that make for salvation is therefore lost, whenever morality is dissociated from divine faith. A system of morality based exclusively on human reason robs man of his highest dignity and lowers him from the supernatural to the merely natural life. Not but that man is able by the right use of reason to know and to obey certain principles of the natural law. But though he should know them all and keep them inviolate through life-and even this is impossible without the aid of the grace of our Redeemer-still it is vain for anyone without faith to promise himself eternal salvation. "If anyone abide not in Me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up and cast him into the fire, and he burneth" john xv., 6). "He that believeth not shall be condemned" (Mark xvi., 16). We have but too much evidence of the value and result of a morality divorced from divine faith. How is it that, in spite of all the zeal for the welfare of the masses, nations are in such straits and even distress, and that the evil is daily on the increase? We are told that society is quite able to help itself; that it can flourish without the assistance of Christianity, and attain its end by its own unaided efforts. Public administrators prefer a purely secular system of government. All traces of the religion of our forefathers are daily disappearing from political life and administration. What blindness! Once the idea of the authority of God as the Judge of right and wrong is forgotten, law must necessarily lose its primary authority and justice must perish: and these are the two most powerful and most necessary bonds of society. Similarly, once the hope and expectation of eternal happiness is taken away, temporal goods will be greedily sought after. Every man will strive to secure the largest share for himself. Hence arise envy, jealousy, hatred. The consequences are conspiracy, anarchy, nihilism. There is neither peace abroad nor security at home. Public life is stained with crime.
We must always see beyond the particular events of the day as we keep uppermost in our minds at all times the simple truth that each and every problem in the world is the result of Original Sin and our own Actual Sins. There is no secular, religiously indifferentist, interdenominational, nondenominational, philosophical, ideological, political, electoral, constitutional or legal way to retard a single evil. Men and their nations must be converted, respectively, to the personal and Social Reign of Christ the King as It is exercised by the Catholic Church.
The process of conversion is constant. Although Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order, it is not an absolute guarantor of such order. Each of us has a free will. We can use our free wills in the pursuit of holiness or in the pursuit of sin and vice. Nothing other than the state of the world depends upon the state of our own souls, and don't doubt for a single moment that the devil knows this, which is why he has always sought to make Catholics the object of state-sponsored ridicule and cultural derision.
As we celebrate these days within the Octave of Corpus Christi (not Corpus Domini as is the terminology used in the counterfeit church of conciliarism; see RORATE CĂLI, a website that specializes in ignoring the blasphemies and apostasies of Ratzinger/Benedict, you know, such as calling a mosque a "jewel" on the face of the earth or refusing to call for the conversion of the Jews or the Mohammedans, little things like that) and prepare for the great feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus five days from now, we must intensify our own prayers to Our Lady, whose perfect obedience to the will of the Father at the Annunciation made possible her Divine Son's Incarnation in her own Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of God the Holy Ghost, thus making His Incarnation under the appearances of bread and wine in the Most Blessed Sacrament possible for our spiritual fortification and for our Adoration.
Every Rosary of reparation we pray helps in some small way to plant a few seeds for what the open enemies of Christ the King reject openly with the most vile of hatred and for what the more "moderate" naturalists and the conciliarists themselves scoff at as unnecessary or outdated: the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen.
Our Lady's Immaculate Heart will triumph in the end. May our willingness to suffer calumny and persecution from statists and other naturalists in the world and from the conciliarists in the counterfeit church of conciliarism help us to be more and more conformed to the mercies of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through that same Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Our Lady of Fatima, 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
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, 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 Basil the Great, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints