Logic of Overthrowing the Social Reign of Christ the King
Thomas A. Droleskey
There is no
end to the slippery slop that modern man has been on since an Augustinian
monk named Father Martin Luther posted his ninety-five thesis on the
church door in Wittenberg in 1517. One of the first casualties of Luther's
revolt against the divinely instituted Church Our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope, was the Social Reign
of Christ the King. Luther himself believed that there was a separation
between what a prince believed and how he should rule, thus paving the
way for the triumph of the power of the modern state, the issue of Protestantism
and Freemasonry and a plethora of related forces, which sees itself
as the ultimate arbiter of that which is considered to be permissible
and that which must be proscribed as reactionary, bigoted, intolerant
of the Social Reign of Christ the King has been the subject of many
commentaries of mine on this site and in the previously printed journal,
Christ or Chaos (1996-2003). There is no need to belabor here
points made on numerous occasions in the past. However, I do want to
re-state some basic principles before discussing the recent decision
of the Dutch judiciary to permit hospital officials at Groningen University
Hospital in the Netherlands to induce the euthanizing of children under
the age of twelve who are deemed to be suffering from incurable illnesses
(or suffering in some other way, possibly from some long-term handicap).
The Catholic Church
has taught traditionally that she has the divine right to be the ultimate
arbiter on all matters that pertain to the administration of justice
by the civil state. That is, the Catholic Church, either in the person
of the Supreme Pontiff or of a national primate or a local bishop, has
the right to interpose herself if a civil authority, whether individual
or collective, proposes to do something that violates the binding precepts
of the Divine positive law or the natural law--and/or promotes conditions
that are deleterious to the sanctification and salvation of human souls,
thus harming the common civil good of society. The Church has the right
also to punish such civil authorities after the fact if such violations
have taken place (say, for example, by excommunicating a civil leader
or by placing an interdict on his country). Although never perfectly
or consistently exercised, the power of the Church to curb the excesses
of the civil state served as a brake in at least some instances during
the Middle Ages on the despotic designs of various individuals. The
Social Reign of Christ the King, more importantly, inspired such saintly
leaders as Saint Edward the Confessor, Saint Henry, Saint Louis IX,
and Saint Stephen of Hungary, among others, to scale the heights of
personal sanctity so as to be able to be just stewards of Christ's social
kingship, realizing that they would be accountable to Christ the King
at the moment of their Particular Judgments for how they sought to administer
justice in His Holy Name.
The modern state admits
of only those checks on its exercise of power that are imposed upon
it by the demands of the multitudes, in the case of so-called "republics"
such as the United States of America, or the exigencies of ideological
and/or programmatic agendas the state embraces at any given point as
the contemporary equivalent of its state-sponsored religion. For example,
the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was the first nation
in the Twentieth Century to permit the execution of innocent children
under cover of law (thereby "liberating" women from the family
and extricating her from bondage to men and to bourgeois concepts of
romantic love and child-bearing). The decimation of its population as
a result of the Stalinist purges and World II necessitated a retreat
from unrestricted baby for a brief time after World War II, something
that was done for purely utilitarian reasons so that the country could
be re-populated. Once enough babies had been produced, however, the
commissars went back to the original policy. In other words, there are
no binding or fixed limits that guide any modern state. Not even a constitutional
republic has any such limits as such a system is populated by relativists
and/or positivists who have contempt for Christendom and believe in
that they are the arbiters of what is permissible and what is considered,
at least for the moment, to be impermissible.
point of fact, state-sponsored social engineering goes back in recent
centuries to the time of King Henry VIII's England. The poor who had
lived for a nominal annual fee on the monastery and convent lands (as
they produced the food to sustain themselves, giving some to the monastery
or convent) were essentially thrown off of those lands, where their
families had lived for generations, in order to redistribute the Church
properties Henry had stolen to those who supported his break from Rome.
Henry quite cleverly created a class of people who were dependent upon
him for the property upon which they lived and the wealth they were
able to derive therefrom, making them utterly supportive of his decision
to declare himself Supreme Head of the Church in England. Those of the
poorer classes who had been thrown off of the monastery and convent
lands were either thrown into prison (for being poor, mind you) or forced
to migrate to the cities, where many of them lost the true Faith and
sold themselves into various vices just to survive. The effects of this
exercise of state-sponsored engineering are reverberating in the world
today, both politically and economically. Indeed, many of the conditions
bred by the disparity in wealth created by Henry's land grab in the
Sixteenth Century would fester and help to create the world of capitalist
and slave wage that so impressed a German emigre in London by the name
of Karl Marx. Unable to recognize the historical antecedents of the
real injustices he saw during the Victorian Era, Marx set about devising
his own manifestly unjust system, premised on atheism and anti-Theism,
to rectify social injustice once and for all. In a very real way, Henry
of Tudor led the way to Lenin of Russia.
Otto von Bismarck,
Chancellor of Germany in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War and
the emergence of modern Germany, used the brute power of the state to
create whole categories of citizens who were dependent upon its largesse
for various favors. The whole concept of "social security"
for the elderly was introduced by Bismarck, thereby taking the responsibility
for the care of the elderly away from their grown children and shifting
it to the state, thereby affording the grow children an opportunity
to "enjoy" the fruit of their own labors without having to
worry about caring for their parents and depriving themselves of various
goodies. Bismarck encouraged the elderly to go on the government dole
by insisting on a mandatory age for retirement, a subject I discussed
over seven years ago now in an article in the printed pages of Christ
or Chaos. This was a departure from the sensus Catholicus,
which teaches us that we should be using the talents God has given us
until we are no longer physically and/or mentally able to use them.
The creation of an entire category of relatively able-bodied people
who would spend the last years of their lives as wards of the state
introduced a whole set of problems that have metastasized wildly in
the past 130 years. Bismarck wanted to--and did in fact--create a culture
of dependency and entitlement.
should be a proving grounds for social engineering should come as no
surprise. The logical result of Martin Luther's prideful revolt against
the Church the God-Man had founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope,
was a Germany that answered to nothing except its own nationalistic
interests, defined principally in economic and military terms. It was
in the inter-war years in Germany when the Weimar Republic permitted
doctors and scientists to engage in all manner of eugenic experimentations
in an effort to create a "better" world for the German people.
The notorious Margaret Sanger and other American eugenicists had a close
kinship with these German experimenters, most of whom favored mandatory
sterilization of various sorts of people and who held racialist theories
that they tried to envelop into a mantle of scientific and social scientific
respectability. Adolph Hitler's own eugenics program, which came to
full bloom in 1939 and was opposed very vigorously by the Roman Catholic
Bishop of Munster, Clemens von Galens, was merely an state-sponsored
imposition of theories and goals that had occupied the time of many
German scientists and doctors during the "democratic" Weimar
Reich may have lost the military side of World War II. Hitler's utilitarianism,
however, has prevailed. In a very real way, Adolph Hitler and Joseph
Stalin were the big winners of World War II. Social engineering, which
had many devotees in the United States in the latter part of the Nineteenth
and early part of the Twentieth Centuries, including United States Supreme
Court Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and mass murder have
become institutionalized in western "democracies" and, obviously,
in unapologetically totalitarian regimes. The fact that we are discussing
human cloning and/or the killing of frozen embryonic human beings for
their stem cells is just part and parcel of the diabolical logic of
a world where the Social Reign of Christ the King and of Mary our Immaculate
Queen is overthrown and replaced with the Reign of Man.
of the Interior James Watt, for example, was not wrong in the 1980s
when he said that if one wanted to find an example of failed social
engineering that it was not necessary to travel to the Soviet Union.
All one had to do was to travel to one of our own Indian reservations,
rife with alcoholism, drug addiction and various contagious diseases,
the rotten fruit of the Federal government's social-engineering, which
itself was the product of the failure to accept the approach that the
great Father DeSmet and his fellow "black robes" (Jesuit fathers)
used to such great success with the Indians. Mind you, this is just
one example of how a specifically Catholic approach of dealing with
the native peoples of this continent was replaced with one founded in
paternalism and condescension, leaving no place for the Cross of the
Divine Redeemer and the supernatural helps He has given to Holy Mother
Church to be administered for the sanctification and salvation of all
men in all circumstances until the end of time. All efforts at social
engineering have failed in the United States and elsewhere. They will
continue to fail. Indeed, they will continue to foster one monstrous
development after another.
the decision of Dutch judiciary to permit hospital officials at Groningen
University Hospital in the Netherlands to induce the euthanizing of
children under the age of twelve who are deemed to be suffering from
incurable illnesses (or suffering in some other way, possibly from some
long-term handicap). Why is this so shocking? Yes, it is morally heinous.
Shocking? There is an inexorable nexus between the killing of even one
fertilized human being under cover of law in his mother's womb to the
decision of the Dutch judiciary to, in effect, let children be "put
to sleep" like they were sick or unwanted cocker spaniels or French
poodles. Indeed, it was the de facto case in many Dutch hospitals
until 2002 that parents were given up to a year after the birth of their
child to determine if they wanted to "keep" him. The Netherlands
is merely leading the way down the path to more and more openly draconian
measures being accepted passively by citizens who have been brain-numbed
by the rot of an un-Catholic and anti-Catholic world. What is happening
at Groningen University Hospital will be happening elsewhere sooner
than you might think.
overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King had some of its antecedent
roots in certain aspects of the Renaissance, the triumph of the forces
of the Protestant Revolt and of Freemasonry (and its allies) could not
have been as thorough and as widespread if the true Church herself had
not embraced the spirit of the world and silenced herself about the
Social Reign of her Divine Founder and Bridegroom in order to make herself
more accepted by world leaders and by the leaders of other religions.
Sadly, so many of her bishops have done more than this: they have coddled
theological dissent, embraced wholeheartedly the synthetic concoction
of the Novus Ordo Missae (which makes no reference to the spirit
of heresy or the possibility of one losing his soul for all eternity),
and have been deaf, blind and dumb when confronted with their own institutions
are participating merrily in the slaughter of the preborn.
news item contained in a report written by Jill Stanek, "Catholic
Hospitals Commit--and U.S. Bishops Condone--Live Birth Abortion,"
that was posted this very day on www.worldnetdaily.com:
news was a real bummer. A reporter named Tom Szyszkiewicz, who writes
for the Catholic publications, Our Sunday Visitor and the National Catholic
Register, was calling to tell me he had discovered two Catholic hospital
systems were committing the induced-labor abortion procedure – live-birth
abortion – on handicapped babies.
bad news warped to bizarre when Szyszkiewicz said these hospitals were
waiting until babies were 23 to 26 weeks gestation before aborting them
– i.e., until they were of viable age – so they could say these weren't
abortions at all, but simply labor inductions and, thus, sanctioned
by the Catholic Church.
crazy," I thought. Most hospitals I'm aware of that commit LBA
do just the opposite: They make sure to abort babies before
23 weeks – the most recent viability cutoff date according to the American
Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics – to avoid the
ethical and legal dilemmas of deciding whether to resuscitate a baby
they just tried to kill.
Catholic hospitals' abortion strategy seemed even more risky when taking
the Born Alive Infants Protection Act into account. It states that live-born
babies, no matter what their gestational age or circumstances of birth,
are "persons." According to the 14th Amendment, "persons" born in the
United States are automatic citizens who cannot be "deprive[d] ... of
life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor den[ied]
... equal protection of the laws."
means live-aborted babies can't be cast aside to die in hospital soiled
utility rooms, or drowned in buckets of water, or sealed to suffocate
in biohazard bags. They must be medically assessed and cared for just
like wanted babies.
week, I contacted both hospital systems to make sure I wasn't missing
something. I wasn't.
Health System in Chicago, and Providence Health System on the West Coast
and Alaska, both commit live-birth abortion. But
they don't like the word, abortion." They call what they do, "early
induction of labor."
Dictionary defines abortion as, "the termination of a pregnancy after,
accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the
embryo or fetus."
now "termination of pregnancy" is called "early induction of labor."
Euphemisms ... what would abortion proponents do without them?
Catholic hospitals may also be involved. Szyszkiewicz reported in the
March 7, 2004, Our Sunday Visitor that Providence is the 10th largest
U.S. Catholic health system, and "spokespersons for the other nine ...
were either vague about their hospitals' practices or did not return
and Providence say they are acting in accordance with the 2001 U.S.
Bishops' Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
that states, "For proportionate reason, labor may be induced after the
fetus is viable."
James LaGrye from the bishops' doctrinal office said the term "proportionate"
is used "for situations in which some grave risk would be incurred if
an action were not taken to avoid it," wrote Szyszkiewicz, who added,
"LaGrye said the mental health of the mother 'is a reason' to perform
addition to having "mental health" concerns, Fr. Jack O'Callahan, staff
ethicist at Loyola, said they are trying "to ward off the physical complications
of bringing to term a child who is not going to live anyway."
Why in the
world should we be shocked about the killing of "incurably ill"
children under the age of twelve in the Netherlands when our own Church
institutions are killing them and those who might born with handicaps
as they develop in their mothers' wombs? So completely devoid of the
true Faith is the conciliarist ethos that has infected the Church and
caused a self-made devastation of souls that is without parallel in
the history of the Church that is is not at all inaccurate to refer
to the descent into barbarism at Catholic hospitals as just another
example of the Novus Ordo Vaticano, which is itself an embrace
of the Novus Ordo Secolorum celebrated so famously on the back
of our dollar bills. Gone is any sense that each innocent human life
is desired by God to be cherished and nurtured in the womb so as to
be brought to the baptismal font very soon after birth (and immediately
in cases where a child might die within moments or hours or days of
being born) and thus be able to gave upon His very glory in the Beatific
Vision for all eternity. Gone is the sense that parents who lose a child
shortly after birth and baptism gain a powerful intercessor for their
family's needs. Gone is the sense of all Catholic truth, of seeing the
world supernaturally, of standing by the foot of the Cross of the Divine
Redeemer with Our Lady, who is truly the Mother of Sorrows.
have been indeed forces at work in the world that have made possible
the barbaric practices of modernity, it is the embrace of Modernism
within the Catholic Church that has made these forces so triumphant
in the hearts and minds of our own people to such an extent that many
of them do not think twice about baby-killing under cover of law or
about the eugenic baby-killings taking place in our own Catholic hospitals.
That the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, and his bishops can sit back
and let this happen in our own institutions speaks volumes once again
about the paralysis of the sensus Catholicus caused by the
errors of conciliarism, including the tragic mistake known as collegiality.
There is no short-term
solution to our multifaceted and inter-related problems. The instances
of abject barbarism noted above have no chance of being ameliorated
until and unless some Pope actually consecrates Russia to Our Lady's
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. We must pray and fast and make many
sacrifices, especially this Ember Friday and Ember Saturday, to help
make reparation for our own sins and to help move the heart of this
pope or one of his successors to do precisely and only what Our Lady
said on July 13, 1917 had to be done for the sake of the Triumph of
her Immaculate Heart. For it is the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart
that will usher in the Social Reign of Christ the King and thus be a
bulwark against the promotion of sin under cover of law in the civil
Our Lady of
Sorrows, pray for us.
and Francisco, pray for us.