We Still Wait For Christ the King
Thomas A. Droleskey
Although there is a natural tendency for busy people to see the problems immediately in front of them without focusing at all on the root causes of those problems, it is nevertheless important to understand those root causes unless one wants to live like the mythical
Sisyphus as they roll figurative boulders up hills as they get crushed continuously by those boulders.
The refusal to focus on root causes in favor of immediate problems is characteristic of the ideology of pragmatism, which asserts that it is not necessary to understand root causes in order to solve intractable problems. This pragmatism, which is so characteristic of an Americanist mindset that has an impatience for matters of the mind requiring deep thought and reflection and study, is a phenomenon that afflicts many "conservative" and "traditionally-minded" Catholics attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Many of these well-meaning Catholics (and I was one of their number for far, far too long) complain loud and long about the "bad" priest/presbyter or the "bad" "bishop" without realizing the root cause of the problems they see at the local level are the result of the Modernist principles of the "Second" Vatican Council and the apostasies and blasphemies and sacrileges committed by the conciliar "pontiffs." All of the complaining to conciliar authorities in Rome about problems at the local level will be futile as those "problems" are, at least for the most part, admitting some exceptions now and again, nothing other than manifestations of conciliarism itself.
As one who projected my own fondest desires for the restoration of the Church into the Modernist mind and heart of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II for quite a long time, I know what it is to believe in delusions and to defend the indefensible in the hope that the cavalry will ride to the rescue when the "pope" thinks that the time is propitious to send it to get rid of the "bad" "bishops" in order to deal with the "bad" priests/presbyters. A refusal to accept the fact that the "pope" is the problem leads one into accepting all manner of hideous evils (the Assisi event, "papal" liturgies replete with one outrage after another, denials of Catholic doctrine) in the belief that some kind of "strategy" can be found to restore the Faith. Holding out false hope that a "solution" to a problem is near when the truth of the matter is that the devil is accustoming one to accept an increasingly higher level of evils leads to a de facto abandonment of the sensus Catholicus over the course of time.
We have seen this de facto abandonment of the sensus Catholicus accelerate during the false "pontificate" of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, especially after the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum on July 7, 2007. As noted yesterday in Pressing the Mute Button, the honor and glory and majesty of the Most Blessed Trinity must go undefended in order to indemnify a "pope" who is believed to be a "restorer of tradition, a "pope" who knows that his "right flank" will defend him out of fear of losing their modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition as he, the false "pope," enters into a den of devil worship that is a synagogue to reaffirm adherents of the Talmud in their false religion, giving Our Lord Himself just two brief mentions absent any mention at all of the fact that He is the Messias Who has come once in time, Who comes to us every day in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Who will come at the end of time to judge the living and the dead. Thus it is that silence prevails as many "conservative" and "traditionally-minded" Catholics believe that the Catholic Church can be restored as God is offended and as His Deposit of Faith is shredded into meaninglessness by Ratzinger/Benedict's philosophically absurd and dogmatically condemned "hermeneutic of continuity and discontinuity."
The truth is, however, that the Catholic Church can never give us defective liturgies or doctrinal pronouncements that are ambiguous or contain outright contradictions of her Received Teaching:
CANON VII.--If any one saith, that the ceremonies, vestments, and outward signs, which the Catholic Church makes use of in the celebration of masses, are incentives to impiety, rather than offices of piety; let him be anathema. (Session Twenty-Two, Chapter IX, Canon VII, Council of Trent, September 17, 1562, CT022.)
For the teaching authority of the Church, which in the divine wisdom was constituted on earth in order that revealed doctrines might remain intact for ever, and that they might be brought with ease and security to the knowledge of men, and which is daily exercised through the Roman Pontiff and the Bishops who are in communion with him, has also the office of defining, when it sees fit, any truth with solemn rites and decrees, whenever this is necessary either to oppose the errors or the attacks of heretics, or more clearly and in greater detail to stamp the minds of the faithful with the articles of sacred doctrine which have been explained. (Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928.)
Rainbow vestments, anyone? No, those who believe that the Catholic Church will be restored on the foundation and/or silence in the face apostasies and blasphemies and sacrileges will wait in vain for such to occur. We must stay focused on the simple truth that it is impossible for the Catholic Church to give us the apostasies and blasphemies and sacrileges that have been given us by the officials of the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
The more one becomes desensitized to the abject horror of offenses against the honor and glory and majesty of God and His Deposit of Faith, however, is the more than one opens himself up to accept the incremental increase of evil in the midst of the civil realm. Most Catholics in the United States of America, for example, have never been taught that the civil state has an obligation to recognition the true Church, the Catholic Church, and to accord her the favor and protection of the laws. A failure to understand that the false, naturalistic, anti-Incarnational, religiously indifferentist and semi-Pelagian premises of the modern civil state must result in the triumph of statism over the course of time produces a citizenry who are either content with statism or who believe that it is possible to retard the growth of the civil state by merely natural means.
Without a frank acknowledgement of the Sovereignty of Christ the King over men and their nations, however, nations will be governed by men who attempt to pursue the common temporal good without any view to man's Last End, meaning that political power will shift from one set of naturalists to another over the course of time as conditions inevitably worsen as a result of policies founded in the false premises of naturalism and as the promotion of sin under cover of civil law and in all aspects of popular culture produces devastating social and economic consequences that only those who keep focused on root causes of problems are able by the graces sent to them by Our Lord to recognize and acknowledge. Those who do not understand that all of the problems in the world are caused by Original Sin and by the Actual Sins of us all will come to believe that it is possible for men to "reform" the world without referencing the Deposit of Faith that Our Lord entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church for its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication and without having belief in, access to, and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace.
Pope Leo XIII explained this to us throughout his nearly twenty-five year pontificate, including in Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900:
As with individuals, so with nations. These, too, must necessarily tend to ruin if they go astray from "The Way." The Son of God, the Creator and Redeemer of mankind, is King and Lord of the earth, and holds supreme dominion over men, both individually and collectively. "And He gave Him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve Him" (Daniel vii., 14). "I am appointed King by Him . . . I will give Thee the Gentiles for Thy inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession" (Psalm ii., 6, 8). Therefore the law of Christ ought to prevail in human society and be the guide and teacher of public as well as of private life. Since this is so by divine decree, and no man may with impunity contravene it, it is an evil thing for the common weal wherever Christianity does not hold the place that belongs to it. When Jesus Christ is absent, human reason fails, being bereft of its chief protection and light, and the very end is lost sight of, for which, under God's providence, human society has been built up. This end is the obtaining by the members of society of natural good through the aid of civil unity, though always in harmony with the perfect and eternal good which is above nature. But when men's minds are clouded, both rulers and ruled go astray, for they have no safe line to follow nor end to aim at. (Pope Leo XIII, Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900.)
The long term effects of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolt and institutionalized by the forces of Judeo-Masonry have been to distort the true purposes of civil government. Such great leaders of Christendom as Saint Louis IX, King of France, and Saint Canute, whose feast was commemorated yesterday, January 19, 2010, understood that those who ruled had to do so according to the Mind of Christ the King as He has discharged It in the Catholic Church as they, the civil rulers, seek to foster those conditions in civil society wherein citizens can better sanctify and save their immortal souls as members of that same Catholic Church. Order within the souls of men leads to order in society. Conversely, of course, disorder in the souls of men leads to disorder in society, something that even the pagan philosophers of antiquity understood, albeit imperfectly.
The Protestant Revolt and the naturalistic forces of Judeo-Masonry have convinced men that principal purpose of civil governance is to foster the pursuit of material well-being, although naturalists of the "right" and "left" disagree as to how to achieve this material prosperity. Naturalists of the "right" believe that the government should let "market forces" produce the prosperity while those on the "left" believe in the use of the confiscatory taxing power of the civil government to "redistribute" wealth as a means of engaging in massive exercises of social engineering. Both sets of naturalists, however, believe that men can created the better world without any public reference at all to the Catholic Faith and without any reliance whatsoever upon Sanctifying Grace.
Our ancient adversary, the devil, uses the anti-Incarnational, naturalistic, religiously indifferentist, and semi-Pelagian principles of Modernity to convince even many believing Catholics that they must make various concessions to evil in the political realm just as they made in the ecclesiastical realm as they have learned to keep silent about grave offenses given to God by the conciliar "pontiffs." Thus it is that even believing Catholics who oppose baby-killing under cover of the civil law come to accept increasingly higher doses of evil under cover of the civil law as one set of naturalists, the Republicans, make possible the election of a supposedly "worse" set of naturalists, the Democrats, whose overt statism (as opposed to the more subtle statism of the Republicans) produces yet another counter-reaction that convinces Catholics anyone other than the overt statists must be elected, including those who support baby-killing under cover of the civil law as a matter of legal and constitutional and moral principle.
There can be few greater victories for the devil than to convince Catholics, of all people, that they have won a "victory" when a pro-abort from the "fiscal right" defeats a pro-abort of the statist "left"" as professional politicians are convinced that the way to "win" elections and thus to obtain and/or retain political power is to downplay "social issues" while tapping into the anger people feel in times of economic distress and government overspending. Although some short-term gains may be realized, such as a delay in the passage of ObamaCare, the long-term losses associated with such a view of "victory" are incalculable because it convinces people that it is as "necessary" to be silent about moral truth in the political realm as it is to be silent about dogmatic truth in the ecclesiastical realm when it is under attack by a conciliar "pope" and his "bishops."
Compromise begets compromise, and the more one compromises, the more one gets used to being silent in order to "win," forgetting that there is no victory worth winning that causes us to be silent about the fact that no one who supports the direct, intentional killing of a single, solitary human being under cover of the civil law is fit to hold any office of public trust as that person does not understand that civil law must be conformed to the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law, and that a nation that loses sight of this basic fact will never be able to achieve domestic material prosperity or to secure its own borders:
The more closely the temporal power of a nation aligns itself with the spiritual, and the more it fosters and promotes the latter, by so much the more it contributes to the conservation of the commonwealth. For it is the aim of the ecclesiastical authority by the use of spiritual means, to form good Christians in accordance with its own particular end and object; and in doing this it helps at the same time to form good citizens, and prepares them to meet their obligations as members of a civil society. This follows of necessity because in the City of God, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, a good citizen and an upright man are absolutely one and the same thing. How grave therefore is the error of those who separate things so closely united, and who think that they can produce good citizens by ways and methods other than those which make for the formation of good Christians. For, let human prudence say what it likes and reason as it pleases, it is impossible to produce true temporal peace and tranquillity by things repugnant or opposed to the peace and happiness of eternity. (Silvio Cardinal Antoniano, quoted by Pope Pius XI in Divini Illius Magistri, December 31, 1929.)
The failures of the partly pro-life, partly pro-abortion statist named George Walker Bush made possible the election of the totally pro-abortion statist named Barack Hussein Obama, whose own failures and statist overreach has made possible the election of a pro-abortion Republican Protestant, Scott Brown, over a pro-abortion Catholic, Martha Coakley, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts yesterday, January 19, 2010. For those who would say that United States Senator-elect Scott Brown just "had" to support abortion, I will counter by saying that there are those who say that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI just "has" to go to a synagogue and downplay Catholicism in order to "get along" with the Jews. Whether acting in the civil or ecclesiastical realms, no one "has" to do or say anything that is opposed to the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law. One must act at all times in accordance with truth as to convince oneself that it is "necessary" to appeal to popular sentiment in order to "win" is to convince oneself into accepting the supposed "irreversibility" of the protection of theological and/or moral evils as matters of law and/or fact.
The late Senator Edward Moore Kennedy's Senate seat from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is still held by one who supports the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton on January 22, 1973. The words of Pope Pius XI below apply to Senator-elect Scott Brown just as much as they apply to Barack Hussein Obama and Martha Coakley and as they applied to the late Edward Moore Kennedy:
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.)
Have things come to such a pass that we consider one who is merely opposed to a state takeover of a health-care industry that is already in the grip of the utilitarian insurance companies while supporting baby-killing under cover of the civil law as a civil "right" (although conditionally opposing a certain method of baby-killing in the later stages of pregnancy) as a champion of "limited" government. Whatever happened to the following words of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?
For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works. (Matthew 16: 26-27.)
George W. Bush made possible the election of Barack Hussein Obama, who made possible the election of Scott Brown, whose election last night will help to produce scores of "moderate" Republican candidates later this year. May God preserve us from thinking that supporting "abortion rights" is any sign of "moderation" as such "moderation" pleases only the devil, who knows that the naturalists of the "left" and the "right" are, no matter their differences on the nuances of public policy, absolutely united in rejecting the necessity of belief in the Catholic Faith as the foundation of personal and social order. May God preserve us from such "moderation."
Faithful Catholics will never abandon the cause of Christ the King to serve the interests of the secular saviors of naturalism who promises "hope" and "change" without placing their own hope in the true Faith and without seeking to change their own lives in cooperation with the graces won for us by the shedding of every single drop of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces and the very Patroness of the United States of America under the title of her Immaculate Conception.
Our refuge in this time of chastisement, which is so very similar to that which befell France one hundred years after the refusal of King Louis XIV and the French bishops to consecrate the entirety of France to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus according to the express command of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as He made it manifest to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, must be our total consecration to Our Lord through His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. We need our Blessed Mother's help. Only she can help us, and to this end we need to organize more and more public Rosary processions in honor of her Fatima Message and to make reparation for our own sins and those of our nation as we pray for the conversion of the nation and as we take seriously these words of Pope Pius XI, contained in Quas Primas, December 25, 1925:
We firmly hope, however, that the feast of the Kingship of Christ, which in future will be yearly observed, may hasten the return of society to our loving Savior. It would be the duty of Catholics to do all they can to bring about this happy result. Many of these, however, have neither the station in society nor the authority which should belong to those who bear the torch of truth. This state of things may perhaps be attributed to a certain slowness and timidity in good people, who are reluctant to engage in conflict or oppose but a weak resistance; thus the enemies of the Church become bolder in their attacks. But if the faithful were generally to understand that it behooves them ever to fight courageously under the banner of Christ their King, then, fired with apostolic zeal, they would strive to win over to their Lord those hearts that are bitter and estranged from him, and would valiantly defend his rights.
Moreover, the annual and universal celebration of the feast of the Kingship of Christ will draw attention to the evils which anticlericalism has brought upon society in drawing men away from Christ, and will also do much to remedy them. While nations insult the beloved name of our Redeemer by suppressing all mention of it in their conferences and parliaments, we must all the more loudly proclaim his kingly dignity and power, all the more universally affirm his rights.
Yes, we must the more loudly proclaim His Kingly dignity and power, all the more universally affirm His rights.
To this end, my friends, we protect ourselves with the Brown Scapular and the Miraculous Medal from the figures of Antichrist who walk among us and draw large crowds of worshiping supporters. We must pray as many Rosaries each day as possible in our homes that are enthroned to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We may not see the fruits in our own lifetimes. We may even have to suffer greatly. The reward is Heavenly. What have we to fear? What? What?
Rise above the fear. Our Lady is with us. Let us stand by her at the foot of the Cross every day in a true offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered by a true bishop or a true priest who makes no concessions to the apostasies of a false church whose "reconciliation" with the errors of Modernity have helped to bring us to the brink of the coming of the Antichrist.
What are we waiting for? Why do we think that there is anything other than Catholicism that can serve as the foundation of personal and social order? Why don't we work and pray for the conversion of this nation to become the Catholic States of America?
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
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.
Saints Fabian and Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Canute, pray for us.
Saint Marius and Companions, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints