Surrendering What Saint Patrick Won
Thomas A. Droleskey
According to a correspondent who lives in Ireland, the agents of the One World Order in the European Union are busy at work trying to scare voters in the Republic of Ireland into voting in favor of the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, which represents a strengthening of the Union's grip over the policy-making of its member states and an increase of power granted to the nameless, faceless unelected bureaucrats and apparatchiks who staff the Union's offices in Strasbourg, France, this coming Friday, October 2, 2009, the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels. This, in part, is what the reader wrote:
We now have the EU paying for the insertion of a 16-page in Irish newspapers "to educate" the voters, pretending to be neutral while hinting at the dire consequences of voting the wrong way. This, of course, is an unlawful interference in Ireland's referendum campaign and an unlawful use of European taxpayers' money, but who can halt the juggernaut? This is an indication of future diktats! The influence of the "Father of Lies" is palpable.
The minions of the One World Order will stop at nothing to ensnare the Irish in a new form of slavery that will make them pine for the "good, old" days" of repression at the hands of the English in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. We must intensify our prayers for the Irish at this time, especially means of praying Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary and asking Saint Patrick and all of the great Irish saints to intercede for the land that has been so favored by God and that has been hallowed by the shedding of the blood of so many Irish Catholic martyrs.
Although I have written about this matter four days ago in Voting In Favor of the Druids, I believe that it is useful to do so once again, if ever so briefly, as we intensify our prayers for the people of Ireland that they will be led by their Guardian Angels to refuse to surrender what Saint Patrick won for them: a country that, no matter the inroads that have been made by Modernity and Modernism in the land of saints and scholars, whose legacy is rooted in the true Faith and whose people have suffered much for Its Holy Integrity over the centuries. It would be remarkably ironic for the Irish to surrender to the agents of the anti-Catholic European Union the sovereignty that so many of their countrymen fought to win from the English, who treated the Irish Catholics with such cruelty for nearly four centuries following the Protestant Revolt in England, nearly a century ago.
To be sure, many of the Irish have been influenced and corrupted by American television and motion pictures and music. Conciliarism has played its own corrupting role in Ireland as it has elsewhere in the world. Granted. There is nevertheless the richness of Catholicism that still resonates across the Land of Erin, where Saint Patrick planted the Cross of the Divine Redeemer so firmly that the Emerald Isle overflowed with sanctity with a generation of the beginning of the missionary work. The devil has worked very hard to eclipse Catholicism and its rich legacy as he still hates the influence that is exercised by Saint Patrick and Saint Brigid of Kildare and Saint Mel and Saint Kevin and Saint Brendan the Navigator and Saint Columban and Saint Kieran and Saint Cormac and Saint Colman and Saint Ita and Saint Cuthbert and so many others, including those who gave up their lives in defense of the Faith in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries. The devil wants the Irish to do voluntarily what he has tried to do for centuries: to turn Ireland over once and for all to him and his anti-Theistic and anti-Incarnational minions of Modernity.
The Irish have many strengths. One of them is loyalty (which can also be one of their chief faults if loyalty to a family or friend comes before loyalty to the truth). The Irish were fiercely loyal to the Faith for the better part of fifteen centuries. That some of them are not as loyal now is a testimony to the influence of their apostate "bishops" who look with fondness upon the thoroughly anti-Catholic enterprise that is the European Union and its largely unseen bureaucrats who are nothing other than fascists who resent the fact that the Irish constitution requires the voters there to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon in a referendum.
The bureaucrats of the European Union believe that the people of Europe exist to enable them, the bureaucrats, to use the subsidies provided them by the taxpayers of the twenty-seven member states of the Union to dictate to the people what to believe and how they must conduct themselves in accordance with their grand pronouncements. That the conciliar "bishops" of Ireland cannot see this plainly for themselves speaks volumes about the corrupting influence of conciliarism's "openness to the world" on the sensus Catholicus that is supposed to help us to to recognize our enemies and to resist them openly as we pray fervently for their conversion to the true Faith.
As noted a few days ago, the European Union is a prototype of regional governance to create a network of such regional "unions" to make it nearly impossible for the average human being on this planet to escape the careful eye of "big brother" as citizens around the world are subjected to the dangers posed by genetically altered foods and vaccinations filled with all manner of poisons, including, at least in some instances, sterilizing agents, and as legitimate human liberties are curbed in the name of "diversity" and "tolerance."
Truth be told, of course, it is the leaders of these regional unions (and a "North American Union" is not an impossibility, of course) who seek to impose their dogmas most rigidly as they demonstrate an absolute intolerance of anyone and everyone who dares to oppose their schemes that violate the legitimate sovereignty of nations and that enforce policies contrary to the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law, thereby undermining the good of souls and creating a social chaos that must be "solved" by statists and collectivists.
"Big brother" is already watching us even absent these regional unions of governance that are designed to centralize public policy decision-making in the hands of the unelected bureaucrats and apparatchiks. This is true in the United States of America as our communications are monitored on a fairly regular basis. It is even truer in parts of "free" Europe, including the country that specialized in state-sponsored torture during the Protestant Revolt, England:
So now the country with the most CCTV cameras in the “civilized” world also has the most hooded youths. On a dismal ride back up to London on a CCTV-fitted train through the Oxfordshire countryside the other Sunday afternoon, I was joined, in an otherwise empty carriage, by three persons in large feature-concealing hooded sweatshirts. In an idle moment while the train was stalled outside a tunnel, I found myself reflecting that, even after an hour in their company, I’d have a job picking them out of a police lineup.
“Er, well, he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, officer.”
“Did the shadow on his upper chest indicate any other features, such as the length of his nose, or an unusually hirsute mole?”
“It might have, but I couldn’t tell, as the sweatshirt was black.”
“Hmm. A black sweatshirt. Well, that narrows it down a bit.”
Happily, the lads graciously declined to stab me. Not all hooded youths are criminal, but the larger percentage who aren’t favour the garb in part because it flips the finger at the surveillance state. It is, thus, a CCTV-generated fashion statement, and now so widespread that, in the twilight of his premiership, with his usual control-freak instincts, Tony Blair mused on the possibility of banning hooded sweatshirts in order to prevent “anti-social behaviour” and restore “respect on our streets.”
But “respect” is a two-way street. And on Britain’s two-way streets, where the government cameras whir 24-7, the security state signals its contempt for the citizen. And, needless to say, if the Big Blairite Brother had banned “hoodies,” British youth could easily have adopted the burka as the uniform of alienated youth, and Her Majesty’s government wouldn’t have done a thing about it. Mr. Blair’s one-time deputy, an Old Labour bruiser called John Prescott, was once approached at a motorway caff by a gang of hooded yoofs anxious to beat him up and (in a touch of artistic symmetry) videotape the encounter: in a sense, they were proposing to demonstrate their “respect” for CCTV Britain by shooting their own CCTV footage.
So CCTV isn’t simply a new “technique,” as, say, fingerprinting once was. It makes a larger statement about what’s happened to a land that was once, as Daniel Silva acknowledges, the crucible of liberty. Henry Porter’s new novel The Dying Light is set mainly in an English market town in Shropshire that feels as claustrophobic as Communist East Germany, a land in which rural coppers badger you for such amorphous offences as “failing to account for your intentions in a designated area.” Returning to her native sod from a job in New York, the heroine can’t help noticing that there’s “more surveillance than I thought possible in a free country,” and yet the citizenry are quiescent. The Prime Minister is struck by Oliver Cromwell’s choice of job description, “Great Lord Protector”: “That is exactly what you feel leading the country: an acute desire to protect the people”—for the best of motives.
Earlier this year, Greater Manchester Police introduced “Smart Cars”—little bubble vehicles equipped with rotating cameras on 12-foot poles poking through their roofs. As the BBC reported, “Anyone seen driving while distracted—eating at the wheel, playing with the radio or applying makeup for instance—is filmed by the cameras.” Shortly thereafter, they get a letter and a fine.
Henry Porter’s political thriller nudges that on just a wee bit: unmanned four-camera mini-drones sail the skies, tracking the wayward “citizen” even in the remotest thickets of the country. What next? CCTV in private homes? Ah, but we’re already there. This month the “Secretary of State for Children” (another Orwellian touch) announced that 20,000 “problem families” would be put under 24-hour CCTV supervision in their homes. As the Daily Express reported, “They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.”
Orwell’s government “telescreen” in every home is close to being a reality, although even he might have dismissed as too obviously absurd a nanny state that literally polices your bedtime. (Your family is being watched 24-7 What’s next in surveillance-happy Britain? Cameras in private homes? Actually, yes by Mark Steyn)
This is the sort of "Europe" desired by the the statists and collectivists of the European Union. How can the Irish surrender themselves voluntarily to this slavery, betraying the loyalty that Saint Patrick showed to their ancestors by devoting his missionary work to the Catholicization of their land, making Ireland a model of sanctity and scholarship for the whole Catholic world as early as the second half of the First Millennium? What a triumph it would be for the devil for the Irish to do with their own hands at the voting booths what even the English could not succeed at doing despite centuries of bloodshed and torture and persecution and poverty: turn Ireland once and for all to foreigners whose agenda is to promote one evil after another under cover of the civil law in the name of European "unity" and "progress."
The devil, being the crafty enemy that he is, knows that one of the weaknesses of the Irish is the holding of a grudge. "Never let go of a good grudge," one Irish-American once told me, oblivious to the simple truth that nothing any of suffers at the hands of others is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His Passion and Death and caused Our Lady to suffer as those Seven Swords of Sorrow were thrust through and through her Immaculate Heart. We must forgive all others as we are forgiven by Our Lord Himself in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance. It is never permissible to hold a grudge for any reason at all, never permissible to treat other human beings as "nonpersons" because of some disagreement or disappointment. We must let go of our grudges. Indeed, a soul that is disposed properly to First and Last Things dismisses all notions of grudges as soon as the devil tempts him with them.
Sad to say, however, some of the contemporary Irish today, especially those formed in the ethos of conciliarism, do indeed hold grudges against the bishops, some of them valid and some of them not, who protected and transferred over one hundred fifty priests and presbyters who, by conservative estimates, abused over 450 children in the Dublin area alone. This matter needs to be addressed, if ever so briefly.
Fallen human nature being what it is, however, all too many Catholics are prone to blame the Faith itself for the failure of others, including the shepherds, true or false, to live in accordance with It. The Sisters of Mercy who taught me at Saint Aloysius School in Great Neck, New York, went to great pains to point out that each of us gives bad example during our lives. Some of us might even scandalize others. We might be the witnesses or the victims of the scandalous moral behavior of others. We must recognize that the moral failures of others do not mean that anything is wrong with the Faith. This does not mean that malefactors cannot be brought to justice. It does mean, however, that justice must be pursued without malice and that it is never permissible to "blame" the Holy Faith for the moral failures of individual Catholics.
Holy Mother Church is not responsible for the free will actions of her children. While some of Holy Mother Church's shepherds have indeed given bad example over the centuries and have been worldly and vain and scandalously sinful (it is not for nothing that Saint John Chrysostom said the the floor of Hell is littered with the skulls of dead bishops and priests), it must be remembered that no institution of merely human origin could survive for nearly two millennia despite the bad example of those who have been its members. That Holy Mother Church has been able to survive, although battered and bruised at times, especially today as the Church Militant as undergone her Mystical Passion, Death and Burial, despite the bad example of so many of her children, including some of us (I am raising my own hand at the moment, sad to say), is one of the negative proofs of her Divine foundation and maintenance.
Although the citation for the following exchange cannot be found at this time (it's one of those things that I heard years ago and actually had a reference for at one time), it is useful to note that before making peace with the Church to advance his own political ends domestically in France and his geopolitical plans across Europe, Napoleon Bonaparte is reported to have threatened one captured bishop by saying, "I will destroy the Church! I will destroy the Church!" The bishop is reported to have said, "Excellency, bishops and priests have been trying to do this for nearly 1800 years."
That is, no human force on the face of this earth can destroy Holy Mother Church. She will last until the end of time. We simply cannot and must not use the bad example of others as an excuse to commit spiritual suicide personally or for voters in a once thoroughly Catholic nation to plunge itself more and more into the abyss by aligning themselves with a system of regional governance whose officials really see the European Union as the true secular "church," if you will, outside of which there can be no true order in Europe and against which no one may dissent or even murmur or beep a complaint legitimately.
The nefarious consequences of overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolt and institutionalized by the forces of Judeo-Masonry and enabled all the more by the ethos of conciliarism's "separation of Church and State" and "religious liberty" will not be turned back at the ballot box. There are times, and I believe Friday's referendum in Ireland is one of them, when some of the evils being advanced by the statists can be checked, if only on a stop-gap basis. A "no" vote to a proposition that increases the power of a collectivist, statist form of governance is one means, however temporary, to annoy the statists and to remind them that there are some human beings who put loyalty to Christ the King and to their own country's national sovereignty above their utopian plans.
Friday's Irish referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon is rather uncomplicated. "Yes" for collectivism. "No" for a check, however momentary, upon the collectivists.
It must be remembered, however, that no matter what happens in Ireland this Friday, October 2, 2009, Ireland will remain a member of the European Union. Naturalism will remain alive and well in the hearts of many of the men and women who have forgotten that their very nation was built by Saint Patrick and the saints who followed him on a specific rejection of naturalism and the superstitions of the Druids. Conciliarism will continue to undermine the Faith among Irish Catholics who are as of yet attached to its misrepresentation of the Faith, highlighted most especially in the abominable Novus Ordo service.
Ireland is just as much in need of Our Lady's Fatima Message as any other nation. Indeed, as the Cross of the Divine Redeemer was so firmly planed in the soil of the Emerald Isle by Saint Patrick and as the Faith was nurtured by so many countless numbers of saints, the devil has indeed sought to win Ireland for himself in these latter days.
On the cusp of the month of October, the Month of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary and the Holy Angels, we must pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit to make reparation for our sins, which are so very responsible for the state of the Church Militant on earth and the state of the world-at-large, for our own daily conversion away from sin as we live more penitentially, seeking to plant a few seeds as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart for the conversion of men and their nations, including the United States of America and the country that gave the United States so many immigrants, Ireland, to the Catholic Faith and thus to the restoration of the only means of personal and social order, Catholicism.
May Saint Jerome, that spirited defender of the Faith who treated fools with disdain and used pretty harsh language at time to denounce heretics and their heresies, help us to defend the Faith with zeal as we give all to the Most Holy Trinity through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Patrick, pray for us.
Saint Colman of Armagh, pray for us.
Saint Mel, pray for us.
Saint Brigid of Kildare, pray for us.
Saint Malachy, pray for us.
Saint Columba, pray for us.
Saint Columban, pray for us.
Saint Kevin, pray for us.
Saint Brendan, pray for us.
Saint Kieran, pray for us.
Saint Aidan, pray for us.
Saint Ita, pray for us.
Saint Guasach, pray for us.
Saint MacCarthem, pray for us.
Saint Loman, pray for us.
Saint Cormac, pray for us.
Oliver Plunkett, pray for us.
Saint Tassach, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints