Silent Torture Under Cover of Law
Thomas A. Droleskey
The blindness of those who are steeped in American nationalism, which is a sin against the First Commandment by means of deifying this nation's alleged attributes and ascribing to its government a mantle of something approaching infallibility concerning the provision of "national security," is truly astounding. Although we do not have television (and would not watch it if we had it), I have followed press reports of the debate that took place in South Carolina on Tuesday, May 16, 2007, between the ten Republicans seeking their political party's 2008 presidential nomination. The pro-abortion, pro-perversity former Mayor the City of New York, Rudolph William Giuliani, who has been enabled at every turn by conciliarists such as the late John "Cardinal" O'Connor and Edward "Cardinal" Egan, gave the following answer when asked if he would consider the use of torture to prevent another "terrorist" attack upon the United States of America:
I don’t want to see another 3,000 people dead in New York or any place else.
What utter blindness. What stupendous blindness. Giuliani supports the daily carnage of the preborn in this country under cover of law. Giuliani supports, therefore, the torture imposed under cover of law on the innocent preborn by means of the suction machine (which is twenty-nine times more powerful than the home vacuum cleaner) and by means of the injection of saline solution into the amniotic sac to burn a living human being alive in his mother's womb and by means of the hysterotomy (which is a procedure whereby a Caesarean section is performed and a "doctor" reaches into the womb to twist a baby's neck until it breaks) and by means of the dilation and evacuation (wherein a baby is carved up in the birth canal) and dilation and extraction (also known as "partial-birth abortion," whereby a baby is partly delivered and its head punctured with scissors as the contents of his brain are sucked out). The man who says that he does not want to see "another 3,000 people dead in New York or in any place else" thus looks the other way as over 4,000 living human beings (if they're not alive, ladies and gentlemen, why do they have to be killed?) are killed after being subjected to unspeakable torture. No one who believes that innocent human beings, whose only "crime" is having been conceived as the natural fruit of human conjugal intimacy, is fit to hold any public office at any level (state, local, provincial, national) in any country at any time.
Mind you, Giuliani is not alone among the Republican Party candidates in supporting the torture and execution of the preborn. Seven of the other nine candidates believe that there are at least some "exceptions" to the binding precepts of the Fifth Commandment prohibiting the direct, intentional attack upon any innocent human being at any point in his life (from the first moment of fertilization to the moment of his last breath). Only two candidates, Representative Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo, are completely pro-life. Alas, both of these two men support the American madness in Iraq, which involves the killing of many thousands of innocent human beings, including the violence that the unjust and immoral American invasion of Iraq has unleashed upon Iraq's Catholics, a dirty little secret that no one in public life, least of all those running for president, is discussing openly.
Even Representative Ron Paul, who does indeed speak out quite courageously against the American invasion and ongoing occupation of Iraq, is not truly pro-life. He considers restoration of legal protection to the preborn a matter of "states' rights," which it is not. No human institution of civil governance has any "right" to permit the destruction of innocent human life under cover of law. And no one who is truly pro-life prescribes abortifacient contraceptives to women who are patients of his medical practice. Catholics must be careful not to abandon any of the preborn in an effort to embrace a libertarian who does not understand that the civil law must be subordinated in all that pertains to the good of souls to the binding precepts of the Divine positive law and the natural law as they have been entrusted by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ exclusively to the Catholic Church for their safekeeping and infallible explication. Ron Paul does not accept this. Perhaps he will do so one day. Until he does, however, his view of the civil law is simply not compatible with the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church, which was summarized by Pope Leo XIII in Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890:
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.
The civil government has a positive responsibility to root out those conditions that breed sin, those conditions that do anything to interfere with man's pursuit of his Last End, those conditions that permit under cover of law grievous sins that wound the souls of men and incline them the more to sin. This was noted by Pope Leo XIII in Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885:
So, too, the liberty of thinking, and of publishing, whatsoever each one likes, without any hindrance, is not in itself an advantage over which society can wisely rejoice. On the contrary, it is the fountain-head and origin of many evils. Liberty is a power perfecting man, and hence should have truth and goodness for its object. But the character of goodness and truth cannot be changed at option. These remain ever one and the same, and are no less unchangeable than nature itself. If the mind assents to false opinions, and the will chooses and follows after what is wrong, neither can attain its native fullness, but both must fall from their native dignity into an abyss of corruption. Whatever, therefore, is opposed to virtue and truth may not rightly be brought temptingly before the eye of man, much less sanctioned by the favor and protection of the law. A well-spent life is the only way to heaven, whither all are bound, and on this account the State is acting against the laws and dictates of nature whenever it permits the license of opinion and of action to lead minds astray from truth and souls away from the practice of virtue. To exclude the Church, founded by God Himself, from the business of life, from the making of laws laws, from the education of youth, from domestic society is a grave and fatal error. A State from which religion is banished can never be well regulated; and already perhaps more than is desirable is known of the nature and tendency of the so-called civil philosophy of life and morals. The Church of Christ is the true and sole teacher of virtue and guardian of morals. She it is who preserves in their purity the principles from which duties flow, and, by setting forth most urgent reasons for virtuous life, bids us not only to turn away from wicked deeds, but even to curb all movements of the mind that are opposed to reason, even though they be not carried out in action.
As Pope Saint Pius X taught in Vehementer Nos, February 11, 1906, the civil state has a positive obligation to aid men in securing their Last End:
That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error. Based, as it is, on the principle that the State must not recognize any religious cult, it is in the first place guilty of a great injustice to God; for the Creator of man is also the Founder of human societies, and preserves their existence as He preserves our own. We owe Him, therefore, not only a private cult, but a public and social worship to honor Him. Besides, this thesis is an obvious negation of the supernatural order. It limits the action of the State to the pursuit of public prosperity during this life only, which is but the proximate object of political societies; and it occupies itself in no fashion (on the plea that this is foreign to it) with their ultimate object which is man's eternal happiness after this short life shall have run its course. But as the present order of things is temporary and subordinated to the conquest of man's supreme and absolute welfare, it follows that the civil power must not only place no obstacle in the way of this conquest, but must aid us in effecting it. The same thesis also upsets the order providentially established by God in the world, which demands a harmonious agreement between the two societies. Both of them, the civil and the religious society, although each exercises in its own sphere its authority over them. It follows necessarily that there are many things belonging to them in common in which both societies must have relations with one another. Remove the agreement between Church and State, and the result will be that from these common matters will spring the seeds of disputes which will become acute on both sides; it will become more difficult to see where the truth lies, and great confusion is certain to arise. Finally, this thesis inflicts great injury on society itself, for it cannot either prosper or last long when due place is not left for religion, which is the supreme rule and the sovereign mistress in all questions touching the rights and the duties of men. Hence the Roman Pontiffs have never ceased, as circumstances required, to refute and condemn the doctrine of the separation of Church and State. Our illustrious predecessor, Leo XIII, especially, has frequently and magnificently expounded Catholic teaching on the relations which should subsist between the two societies. "Between them," he says, "there must necessarily be a suitable union, which may not improperly be compared with that existing between body and soul.-"Quaedam intercedat necesse est ordinata colligatio (inter illas) quae quidem conjunctioni non immerito comparatur, per quam anima et corpus in homine copulantur." He proceeds: "Human societies cannot, without becoming criminal, act as if God did not exist or refuse to concern themselves with religion, as though it were something foreign to them, or of no purpose to them.... As for the Church, which has God Himself for its author, to exclude her from the active life of the nation, from the laws, the education of the young, the family, is to commit a great and pernicious error. -- "Civitates non possunt, citra scellus, gerere se tamquam si Deus omnino non esset, aut curam religionis velut alienam nihilque profuturam abjicere.... Ecclesiam vero, quam Deus ipse constituit, ab actione vitae excludere, a legibus, ab institutione adolescentium, a societate domestica, magnus et perniciousus est error."
No one on the face of this earth is morally free to reject the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church. Pope Pius XI pointed this out in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922:
Many believe in or claim that they believe in and hold fast to Catholic doctrine on such questions as social authority, the right of owning private property, on the relations between capital and labor, on the rights of the laboring man, on the relations between Church and State, religion and country, on the relations between the different social classes, on international relations, on the rights of the Holy See and the prerogatives of the Roman Pontiff and the Episcopate, on the social rights of Jesus Christ, Who is the Creator, Redeemer, and Lord not only of individuals but of nations. In spite of these protestations, they speak, write, and, what is more, act as if it were not necessary any longer to follow, or that they did not remain still in full force, the teachings and solemn pronouncements which may be found in so many documents of the Holy See, and particularly in those written by Leo XIII, Pius X, and Benedict XV.
There is a species of moral, legal, and social modernism which We condemn, no less decidedly than We condemn theological modernism
The abuses sanctioned by the modern civil state are the result of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King championed by Martin Luther and John Calvin and Thomas Cranmer and their fellow Protestant Revolutionaries, paving the way for the champions of Judeo-Masonry and its embrace of "religious liberty" and "religious indifferentism" as the false, perverse foundations of the modern civil state that has enslaved its citizens as it admits of no external check, namely, the Catholic Church, upon its exercise of civil power. Thus has been institutionalized the torture of the preborn in this country and most other parts of the world. God is not indifferent to the slaughter of the preborn. No country which permits this slaughter under cover of law, no less permits, in the name of "civil liberty," you understand, pornography and blasphemy and heresy and immodest and indecency and "entertainment" that entices millions upon millions of its own citizens into lives of unrepentant sin and perverse pleasure-seeking, is going to escape the wrath of God. The United States of America has not even begun to make a small down payment on what it owes God for its promotion of a whole variety of evils within its own borders and around the world. No one should be surprised that infidels might be chosen to be the instrument of God's wrath for almost no country, with the exceptions of Russia and Red China, is more full of infidels and apostates and heretics and blasphemers than the United States of America.
Questions posed to presidential candidates about the use of torture to extract "information" from alleged "terrorist" suspects to prevent an attack upon the territory of the United States of America overlook the simple fact that no nation that imposes torture and execution on the preborn will ever be secure from attacks, whether sponsored by its government's own agents (or the agents of a government that removed its own nationals from the World Trade Center towers in the City of New York on September 11, 2001) or by infidels from abroad (or any combination thereof). Why should agents of this or some foreign government or Mohammedan infidels have any regard for the innocent lives of born citizens when there is a ready, blithe acceptance of the daily slaughter of the preborn, both chemically and surgically, as a seemingly irreversible "fact" of daily life? All talk of providing "national security" for a nation that does violence to the laws of God in own borders and in all other parts of the world is absurd.
The only path to peace within a particular nation and among nations runs through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is why the counterfeit church of conciliarism's crimes against Our Lady's Fatima Message are made the more reprehensible when you consider how many men and their nations have been left to fend for themselves in monstrous seas of error and sin to try to manufacture a man-made path to peace that is illusory and only winds up producing more violence and more wars and more crimes against God and man. Conciliarism, believing in the errors of the Sillon that were condemned by Pope Saint Pius X in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910, believes that there is some inter-denominational or non-denominational way to establish and maintain within and among nations. There is no such thing. Those who believe in this delusion, however, cannot be "inconvenienced" by Our Lady's Fatima Message, which is why great efforts are being made at this very moment to attack the person of an Italian journalist, Antonio Socci, who has presented incontrovertible facts concerning the deconstruction and misrepresentation of the Third Secret of Fatima by conciliarists (see:
http://www.fatima.org/news/newsviews/051607socci.asp). Those intent on fomenting the "salvific" power of the lies of a false religion must obscure and misrepresent the path to peace that God has given us in these our times: the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
While candidates committed to various forms of naturalism, including libertarianism, which admits of no necessity for the civil state to recognize the true Church and to accord her the favor and protection of the laws, debate with each other endlessly about various naturalist plans to provide "security" to a land that tortures the innocent preborn and tortures souls by tolerating and promoting the most vile kinds of evil under cover of law and in every aspect of popular culture, we must simply do our part to make Our Lady known and loved, promoting Total Marian Consecration as we pass out Rosaries and blessed Miraculous Medals and Green Scapulars, praying as many Rosaries as our states-in-life permit. For the answer I would have given if asked about how to secure the nation in the face of some imminent attack would be a simple one: to beg every citizen to pray the Rosary, which empowered the very outnumbered Christian forces in the Battle of Lepanto to defeat the Turks on October 7, 1571, and which empowered Jan Sobieski's equally heavily outnumbered forces to defeat the Turks at the Gates of Vienna on September 12, 1683. The use of military forces to defend the legitimate security interests of nation can never reckon on being truly successful over the long term if the power of the Mother of God through her Most Holy Rosary to vanquish the forces of Hell is ignored. It is as simple as that.
Pope Pius XI pointed out in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio that it is Catholicism alone that can save men and their nations:
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.
It is apparent from these considerations that true peace, the peace of Christ, is impossible unless we are willing and ready to accept the fundamental principles of Christianity, unless we are willing to observe the teachings and obey the law of Christ, both in public and private life. If this were done, then society being placed at last on a sound foundation, the Church would be able, in the exercise of its divinely given ministry and by means of the teaching authority which results therefrom, to protect all the rights of God over men and nations.
It is possible to sum up all We have said in one word, "the Kingdom of Christ." For Jesus Christ reigns over the minds of individuals by His teachings, in their hearts by His love, in each one's life by the living according to His law and the imitating of His example. Jesus reigns over the family when it, modeled after the holy ideals of the sacrament of matrimony instituted by Christ, maintains unspotted its true character of sanctuary. In such a sanctuary of love, parental authority is fashioned after the authority of God, the Father, from Whom, as a matter of fact, it originates and after which even it is named. (Ephesians iii, 15) The obedience of the children imitates that of the Divine Child of Nazareth, and the whole family life is inspired by the sacred ideals of the Holy Family. Finally, Jesus Christ reigns over society when men recognize and reverence the sovereignty of Christ, when they accept the divine origin and control over all social forces, a recognition which is the basis of the right to command for those in authority and of the duty to obey for those who are subjects, a duty which cannot but ennoble all who live up to its demands. Christ reigns where the position in society which He Himself has assigned to His Church is recognized, for He bestowed on the Church the status and the constitution of a society which, by reason of the perfect ends which it is called upon to attain, must be held to be supreme in its own sphere; He also made her the depository and interpreter of His divine teachings, and, by consequence, the teacher and guide of every other society whatsoever, not of course in the sense that she should abstract in the least from their authority, each in its own sphere supreme, but that she should really perfect their authority, just as divine grace perfects human nature, and should give to them the assistance necessary for men to attain their true final end, eternal happiness, and by that very fact make them the more deserving and certain promoters of their happiness here below.
It is, therefore, a fact which cannot be questioned that the true peace of Christ can only exist in the Kingdom of Christ -- "the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ." It is no less unquestionable that, in doing all we can to bring about the re-establishment of Christ's kingdom, we will be working most effectively toward a lasting world peace.
As I noted a few months ago now,
No One Speaks for Christ the King in the naturalist, Judeo-Masonic theater of the absurd that is American electoral politics. We must do so, starting in our own homes with our own children, as the consecrated slaves of Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, entrusting to all to Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Most Sacred Heart through that same Immaculate Heart of Mary. The results of such simple trust may not be made manifest in our own lives. We do know, however, the results of such efforts will be made manifest one day where the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is effected, thereby putting an end to silent torture under cover of law and to the violence against souls that has devastated so many and produced so much conflict within and among nations. We do that there will be the Reign of Mary Immaculate. We must do our part to bring about this Reign of Mary Immaculate Heart, beseech her through her Most Holy Rosary and before her Divine Son's Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Yes, indeed, my friends, there will be the day when all hearts, consecrated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, will exclaim:
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
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Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
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Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Venantius, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saints Monica, pray for us.
Saint Jude, pray for us.
Saint John the Beloved, pray for us.
Saint Francis Solano, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Dominic Savio, pray for us.
Saint Scholastica, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
Saint Antony of the Desert, pray for us.
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Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
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The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.