Where Does One Begin?
Thomas A. Droleskey
Unlike last year when scores of articles were written on this site to deal with the insanity of the Judeo-Masonic farce known as presidential elections, events in the counterfeit church of conciliarism this year have precluded much time being spent on the lords of Modernity or on the various crises, most of them of a "manufactured" nature, that burst into the news and then fade away before being forgotten by most who permitted themselves to become agitated to one degree or another by them.
Most people, including most traditionally-minded Catholics, live in the trees of the forest of Modernity, never wanting to admit that each of the social problems we face today are the direct result of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolution and institutionalized and propagated by the rise of the various, interrelated forces of naturalism that can be termed as Judeo-Masonry. Most Catholics permit themselves to believe that the social evils of the day can be "fought" and defeated by interdenominational, nondenominational and naturalistic means, heedless of the fact that the lies of Protestantism and the naturalism of Judeo-Masonry that they use as their weapons of choice are from the devil and only wind up institutionalizing evil all the more.
So few people even want to understand that the Pelagianism of Judeo-Masonry whose ethos infects them is based upon the diabolical assertion that the Incarnation
of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity in Our Lady's Virginal and
Immaculate Womb and His Redemptive Act on the wood of the Holy Cross are
matters of complete indifference to personal and social order, that men
can organize themselves, both individually and collectively in the
institutions of civil governance, without any reference to the Deposit
of Faith that Our Lord entrusted exclusively to His true Church and
without any reliance at all upon Sanctifying Grace to root out personal
sins and to grow in holiness. This Judeo-Masonic spirit is not of God.
It is of the devil himself as the devil seeks to make belief in Our
Lord's Incarnation and Redemptive Act a matter of complete indifference
so that men will come to the false conclusion that they themselves are
more or less self-redemptive, that they can remake the world on their
own without the teaching and sanctifying offices of the Catholic Church.
It is this Judeo-Masonic spirit that has been shared
by each of the forty-three men who have served as president of the
United States of America, yes, including the late John Fitzgerald
Kennedy. Although some presidents have been formally enrolled members in
Masonic lodges, each has believed in the Judeo-Masonic spirit, each has
believed in the lie that the civil state does not need to recognize the
true religion and that Holy Mother Church possesses the right,
exercised judiciously and only as a last resort following the exhausting
of her Indirect Power of teaching and preaching and exhortation, to
interpose herself with its officials at times when the good of souls
demands her motherly intervention. The influence of the Judeo-Masonic
spirit in the United States of America thus has been very insidious,
convincing even most believing Catholics that it is neither prudent or
necessary to even pray for the conversion of our country, which the
Natural Law enjoins us to love with a fervent love of filial piety, to
the true Church, outside of which there is no salvation and without
which there can be no true social order.
The Judeo-Masonic spirit has been insidious in that
most people, including most Catholics, are unaware of its influence upon
them. This has led some Americanist Catholics, including those who are
sedevacantists and those who are in the "resist and recognize" camp, to
state that American Masonry is "different" from European Masonry, which
attacked the Faith with violence. This is true, but not in the sense
that Americanist Catholics would like to believe.
European Masonry had to attack the Faith with
violence in once proudly Catholic Europe as the Cross of the Divine
Redeemer was implanted so firmly there. This is the same reason that
Masonry in Latin America, aided by the funds of Masonic lodges in the
nascent United States of America, had to attack the Faith with such
violence there in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. There was,
however, no need for Masons in the United States of America to attack
the Church head on, although there were indeed times when Masons did so,
to be sure. Members of Masonic lodges in the United States of America
in the late-Eighteenth and then the Nineteenth Centuries knew that many
Catholics would be so grateful merely for the opportunity to practice
their religion openly here without the overt persecution that had taken
place in England and Ireland following the Protestant Revolt in the
Sixteenth Century that they would come to terms with religious
indifferentism and religious liberty and cultural pluralism, the net
effect being the neutralization of their Catholicism in the public
Pope Leo XIII, writing in his Apostolical Letter Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae,
January 22, 1899, to the longtime Americanist Archbishop of Baltimore,
James Cardinal Gibbons, saw this very danger at the end of the
But, beloved son, in this present matter of which we are speaking, there
is even a greater danger and a more manifest opposition to Catholic
doctrine and discipline in that opinion of the lovers of novelty,
according to which they hold such liberty should be allowed in the
Church, that her supervision and watchfulness being in some sense
lessened, allowance be granted the faithful, each one to follow out more
freely the leading of his own mind and the trend of his own proper
activity. They are of opinion that such liberty has its counterpart in
the newly given civil freedom which is now the right and the foundation
of almost every secular state.
In the apostolic letters concerning the
constitution of states, addressed by us to the bishops of the whole
Church, we discussed this point at length; and there set forth the
difference existing between the Church, which is a divine society, and
all other social human organizations which depend simply on free will
and choice of men.
It is well, then, to particularly direct attention
to the opinion which serves as the argument in behalf of this greater
liberty sought for and recommended to Catholics.
It is alleged that now the Vatican decree
concerning the infallible teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff having
been proclaimed that nothing further on that score can give any
solicitude, and accordingly, since that has been safeguarded and put
beyond question a wider and freer field both for thought and action lies
open to each one. But such reasoning is evidently faulty, since, if we
are to come to any conclusion from the infallible teaching authority of
the Church, it should rather be that no one should wish to depart from
it, and moreover that the minds of all being leavened and directed
thereby, greater security from private error would be enjoyed by all.
And further, those who avail themselves of such a way of reasoning seem
to depart seriously from the over-ruling wisdom of the Most High-which
wisdom, since it was pleased to set forth by most solemn decision the
authority and supreme teaching rights of this Apostolic See-willed that
decision precisely in order to safeguard the minds of the Church's
children from the dangers of these present times.
These dangers, viz., the confounding of
license with liberty, the passion for discussing and pouring contempt
upon any possible subject, the assumed right to hold whatever opinions
one pleases upon any subject and to set them forth in print to the
world, have so wrapped minds in darkness that there is now a greater
need of the Church's teaching office than ever before, lest people
become unmindful both of conscience and of duty. (Pope Leo XIII, Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae, January 22, 1899.)
Pope Leo XIII
was clearly and prophetically condemning the conciliarist view of
Church-State relations that was presaged in no small measure by the
Americanist heresy, the desire to accommodate the Faith to the
Judeo-Masonic spirit rather than the desire to convert the nation to the
Pope Leo XIII had written in Humanum Genus,
April 20, 1884, to describe the Judeo-Masonic spirit of indifference to
religious truth as the foundation of social order, an indifference that
you will see first-hand as you review the remarks of each of the
presidents of the United States of America provided below:
For, from what We have above most clearly shown, that which is their
ultimate purpose forces itself into view -- namely, the utter overthrow
of that whole religious and political order of the world which the
Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of
things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws
shall be drawn from mere naturalism.
What We have said, and are about to say, must be
understood of the sect of the Freemasons taken generically, and in so
far as it comprises the associations kindred to it and confederated with
it, but not of the individual members of them. There may be persons
amongst these, and not a few who, although not free from the guilt of
having entangled themselves in such associations, yet are neither
themselves partners in their criminal acts nor aware of the ultimate
object which they are endeavoring to attain. In the same way, some of
the affiliated societies, perhaps, by no means approve of the extreme
conclusions which they would, if consistent, embrace as necessarily
following from their common principles, did not their very foulness
strike them with horror. Some of these, again, are led by circumstances
of times and places either to aim at smaller things than the others
usually attempt or than they themselves would wish to attempt. They
are not, however, for this reason, to be reckoned as alien to the
masonic federation; for the masonic federation is to be judged not so
much by the things which it has done, or brought to completion, as by
the sum of its pronounced opinions. (Pope Leo XIII, Humanum Genus, April 20, 1884.)
Yes, it is the sum of the "pronounced opinions" of Judeo-Masonry that
matters, not any specific program or line of action, although there have
been programs and lines of action (the establish of public schools and
the mandating of curricula of study, legislation liberalizing divorce,
attempts at imposing laws forbidding the wearing of clerical garb in
public and of the operation of parochial schools, the promotion of
contraception and abortion and licentiousness in civil law and public
culture) that members of the lodges have undertaken over the course of
this nation's history that were meant to be detrimental to the Faith.
The Judeo-Masonic spirit convinces even believing Catholics that the
social encyclical letters of our true popes don't apply to the United
States of America, and that simple statements of Catholic truth,
including the one below from Pope Saint Pius X's Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910, have been made "obsolete" over the course of time:
For there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no
true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth,
a historical fact. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
Not any of the over thirty-three thousand different mutations of Protestantism.
Not any kind of naturalism.
It is wearying just to read the e-mail dispatches that I get from various well-meaning Catholics who live in heightened states of anxiety all of the time as they call for a "return" to the "founding principles whose very inherent degeneracy is now flowering into bloom, aided and abetted, of course, by the counterfeit church of conciliarism's "official reconciliation" with the principles of Modernity, represented so well by the words and actions of the conciliar "popes" and as even "cardinals" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism see fit to walk into Masonic lodges and to praise a "spirit" that is from the devil himself (see, for example, Belgian "Cardinal" Daneels embraces the Enemies of Christ, agrees that Temporal Society should not be influenced by Religion.)
The counterfeit church of conciliarism's embrace of the anti-Incarnational, Judeo-Masonic principles of Modernity has simply universalized the ethos of Americanism to which Catholics in the United States of America, no matter where they have fallen over time across the vast expanse of the ecclesiastical divide, have been nurtured (see, for example, Dialectical Americanism) has made possible an expediting of the descent into an abyss of immorality and licentiousness that was unthinkable to most Catholics sixty years ago. It is no accident at all that the "social revolutions" of the 1960s converged with the doctrinal and liturgical revolutions of the "Second" Vatican Council and its aftermath as both are, no matter their apparent differences, tools of the adversary to advance evil and its acceptance by large numbers of people, whether by great strides or small increments.
As has been noted since its release in November of 2011, Conversion in Reverse: How the Ethos of Americanism Converted Catholics and Contributed to the Rise of Conciliarism serves as a detailed examination of all of this, which is why I will be endeavoring in the next six weeks or so to produce a print-on-demand version of the book for the twelve people who might find it of some interest. Then again, twelve might be a bit on the optimistic side (look, relax, I like to poke fun at myself).
It might also be useful, though, to consider the fact that others have made the same analysis, including Bishop Richard Williamson, formerly of the Society of Saint Pius X, who wrote the following in the past decade:
Let us begin by saying that the
key to the kinship between the American spirit and the spirit of Vatican
II is religious liberty, which is the foundation of the United States as
it is the crowning of Vatican II. In order to grasp the fundamental importance
of the part played in the formation of the United States by religious liberty,
let us recall a little history. You will remember that the first Europeans
to land on the territory now called North America were the Spaniards in
the South and the French in the North. But between Spanish Florida to the
South and French Quebec to the North on the Eastern seaboard of the continent,
it was the English heretics who founded the thirteen colonies which at
the time of the American Revolution in 1776 were set up as a new nation.
Now these English heretics, whether they were violent Protestants like
the Puritans of New England in the North, or moderate Protestants like
the Anglicans and Episcopalians of Virginia, either way, did not believe
in religious liberty. In the North, the Puritans chased out or executed
religious dissidents, and in the center, they oppressed the few Catholics
in Maryland as soon as they were numerous enough to do so.
But, when it came to constituting
the old English colonies into United States, a few years after the successful
revolution of 1775 to 1783, political union was put in front of everything
else. As Benjamin Franklin said, "If we do not hang together, we will
hang separately." And so in drawing up the new Constitution, strongly
influenced by Freemasons who were present and powerful, they passed over
religious union, and in order to guarantee that religious divisions would
not upset political union, at the head of the list of fundamental rights
of citizens of the new federation, which was added a few years later, as
the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, there was established the principle
of religious liberty; namely, that the government of this federation would
never be able to impose on the federation as such an official religion.
(Some American patriots state that the particular states or individual
states are not bound by this federal regulation. That was true up to the
Civil War of 1861-1865; it has been false since, because the federal government
acquired, following on that war, a crushing power in relation to the governments
of the particular states.)
Let us see now the fruits borne
by this choice of religious liberty as the foundation stone of the new
nation. And we will see that, speaking concretely, it is difficult to exaggerate
just how far personal life, family life, social life and national life
change when the regime of a national religion is replaced by a regime of
religious liberty; or, to put it more exactly, when religious liberty is
raised up into being the national religion.
The Founding Fathers of the United
States were very well aware of the fact that by the Constitution of 1787
they were doing something entirely new. And they were proud of it. "We
are setting up a New World on a new basis without any need of cardinals
or princes," they told the world, "and we are going to show that
what we are doing is superior." It is new, certainly, and it is so
different from every other previous civilization that one may hesitate
to give to what these innovators did the name of civilization. But is it
superior? Let us see how under the new regime of religious liberty God
is emptied out, religion is gutted, man is deified, truth is discredited,
good is undermined and culture is vulgarized.
Firstly, the substance of God is
emptied out, He becomes a mere mockery of the true Divinity. If the new
nation gives in its Constitution the prime place to national union, then
the interests of God and of the truth take second place. Now, God either
takes the first place or He is nothing at all. According to religious liberty,
people will be free to give Him all the honors they like, but they will
no longer be free to give Him the first place because that would risk upsetting
national unity. Now the true God does not enter into that sort of combination
and hence the true God may bless this or that individual, this or that
family for their objective or subjective merits in the new nation, but
the national and social life, as such, under this Constitution, will be
struck by a divine curse. Indeed, public life in the United States is accursed.
It is an avalanche of lies, a series of false wars followed by false peaces.
Strong words - Card. Pie, I think, spoke just as strongly against the Masonic
republic in France of the last century. So the problem is not the United
States, the problem is Masonry. There is no use closing our eyes to the
damage done by Masonry.
Then as God is no longer God, man
must take His place, and just as politics become the true religion under
a regime of religious liberty, so man becomes god. Now there can be no
sin innate in God, so, man being god, there is no sin innate in man. Hence
original sin is denied, and every man becomes intrinsically good. The average
American is profoundly Rousseauist (Rousseau was not an American but a
Frenchman). The average American is profoundly Rousseauist; that is, he
believes in the noble savage. As democrats, Americans believe in educating
the people, but as Rousseauists, they destroy education because if a savage
is noble, why educate him? Hence, the wretched spectacle of a system of
education swallowing every year more and more fabulous sums of money in
order to advance only in rottenness. Because, for example, in a democracy,
there is no longer any question of admiring what is noble. Nobility of
class is forbidden under the 1787 Constitution, and moral nobility is banned
because it would condemn democratic lowness. Man is king and every ideal
is going to be leveled downwards.
Next, truth is radically discredited
because not only does man, being king and god, become the measure of what
is true and what is good and what is beautiful, but also, national unity
having been preferred to the truth of any particular religion because all
religious division based on considerations of truth could harm national
unity, then truth is degraded like religion. But by its nature, truth is
absolute in its demands or it is nothing. From which it follows that in
the new nation, at least in the religious and spiritual domain, truth will
no longer have any importance; every contradiction will become acceptable;
human reason, the reasoning faculty, will be discredited, and there will
remain nothing in American heads except the single idea that ideas are
worthless; hence the national anti-intellectualism. For the American intelligence
there remains only the domain of matter in which thought can be taken seriously.
But the human intelligence retains its thirst for truth, and hence in the
United States, from the very beginning, the strong thrust towards the material
sciences, the superiority of Americans in technology, materialism, commerce,
comfort, material well-being and also the thrust towards sexualism; because
as Malcolm Muggeridge said, "Sex is the mysticism of materialism." (THE HERESY OF AMERICANISM & VATICAN II.)
Sentimentality must triumph over even a modicum of right reason on the natural level in any nation that is founded on the principles of Modernity, which is why there has been such widespread acceptance of contraception, which is in se an overthrow of the Sovereignty of God over the sanctity and fecundity of marriage and is, at least in most cases, an abortifacient as well, and the surgical execution of innocent preborn babies, at least in some "limited" cases." Remember, only about ten percent of Americans believe that the surgical execution of innocent preborn babies should be outlawed in all circumstances.
Similarly, the triumph of sentimentality leads to the acceptance of all other social evils, including the rapidity by which the absurdity that is "marriage" between persons of the same gender as they commit gross, detestable sins of unspeakable perversity against the binding precepts of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments has gained more and more public support in just the past two or three years, something that I pointed out at the end of last month in Irreversible By Means Merely Human.
Even all of the hand-wringing, rending of garments and gnashing of teeth over the announcement by the Boy Scouts of America to succumb to the agenda of the homosexual collective was itself the product of the sentimentality that must triumph in a land not informed by the Catholic Faith and inhabited by people who do not believe that it is necessary to have belief in, access too and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace to maintain oneself in virtue, no less to climb the heights of personal sanctity in order to be ready for the moment of his Particular Judgment at any time.
Then again, good friends, the Boy Scouts of America was founded on the principles of Judeo-Masonic naturalism and self-reliance, which calls upon the "god" of religious indifference to bring boys of "good will" to together to grow in "character." No matter how well-intention nor how well-received it has been over its time by Catholic archdioceses, dioceses and parishes, the Boy Scouts of America was and remains a prime example of Americanist social ecumenism that was bound to founder the shoals of its own false premises. As I wrote nearly four years ago about the John Birch Society and like organizations, No Christ the King? No Rosary? No Good Cause.
The path of the saints is the only way to build "character" as there is none other than please the true God of Divine Revelation, the Most Blessed Trinity, something that Pope Saint Pius X noted very clearly in his condemnation of The Sillon contained in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:
The same applies to the notion of Fraternity which they found on the love of
common interest or, beyond all philosophies and religions, on the mere notion of
humanity, thus embracing with an equal love and tolerance all human beings and
their miseries, whether these are intellectual, moral, or physical and temporal. But Catholic doctrine tells us that the primary duty of charity does not lie in
the toleration of false ideas, however sincere they may be, nor in the
theoretical or practical indifference towards the errors and vices in which we
see our brethren plunged, but in the zeal for their intellectual and moral
improvement as well as for their material well-being. Catholic doctrine further
tells us that love for our neighbor flows from our love for God, Who is Father
to all, and goal of the whole human family; and in Jesus Christ whose members we
are, to the point that in doing good to others we are doing good to Jesus Christ
Himself. Any other kind of love is sheer illusion, sterile and fleeting.
Indeed, we have the human experience of pagan and secular societies of ages past
to show that concern for common interests or affinities of nature weigh very
little against the passions and wild desires of the heart. No, Venerable
Brethren, there is no genuine fraternity outside Christian charity. Through the
love of God and His Son Jesus Christ Our Saviour, Christian charity embraces all
men, comforts all, and leads all to the same faith and same heavenly happiness.
By separating fraternity from Christian charity thus understood, Democracy, far
from being a progress, would mean a disastrous step backwards for civilization.
If, as We desire with all Our heart, the highest possible peak of well being for
society and its members is to be attained through fraternity or, as it is also
called, universal solidarity, all minds must be united in the knowledge of
Truth, all wills united in morality, and all hearts in the love of God and His
Son Jesus Christ. But this union is attainable only by Catholic charity, and
that is why Catholic charity alone can lead the people in the march of progress
towards the ideal civilization.
Finally, at the root of all their fallacies on social questions, lie the false
hopes of Sillonists on human dignity. According to them, Man will be a man truly
worthy of the name only when he has acquired a strong, enlightened, and
independent consciousness, able to do without a master, obeying only himself,
and able to assume the most demanding responsibilities without faltering. Such
are the big words by which human pride is exalted, like a dream carrying Man
away without light, without guidance, and without help into the realm of
illusion in which he will be destroyed by his errors and passions whilst
awaiting the glorious day of his full consciousness. And that great day, when
will it come? Unless human nature can be changed, which is not within the power
of the Sillonists, will that day ever come? Did the Saints who brought human
dignity to its highest point, possess that kind of dignity? And what of the
lowly of this earth who are unable to raise so high but are content to plow
their furrow modestly at the level where Providence placed them? They who are
diligently discharging their duties with Christian humility, obedience, and
patience, are they not also worthy of being called men? Will not Our Lord take
them one day out of their obscurity and place them in heaven amongst the princes
of His people? (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
Just as a little aside, anyone, such as "Father Joseph Phongsak of the Diocese of Chantabari, Thailand, who insists that Charity has no religion stands condemned by Pope Saint Pius X and by Pope Leo XIII, who wrote the following in Custodi Di Quella Fede, December 8, 1892:
15. Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of
belonging to masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and
avoid them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious
libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who
hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the
craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution.
These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state
16. Every Christian should shun books and journals which distill the poison
of impiety and which stir up the fire of unrestrained desires or sensual
passions. Groups and reading clubs where the masonic spirit stalks its prey
should be likewise shunned.
17. In addition, since we are dealing with a sect which has pervaded
everything, it is not enough to remain on the defensive. We must courageously go
out into the battlefield and confront it. That is what you will do, beloved
children, opposing press to press, school to school, organization to
organization, congress to congress, action to action.
18. Masonry has taken control of the public schools, leaving private schools,
paternal schools, and those directed by zealous ecclesiastics and religious of
both sexes to compete in the education of Christian youth. Christian parents
especially should not entrust the education of their children to uncertain
schools. Masonry has confiscated the inheritance of public charity; fill the
void, then, with the treasure of private relief. It has placed pious works in
the hands of its followers, so you should entrust those that depend on you to
Catholic institutions. It opens and maintains houses of vice, leaving you to do
what is possible to open and maintain shelters for honesty in danger. An
anti-Christian press in religious and secular matters militates at its expense,
so that your effort and money are required by the Catholic press. Masonry
establishes societies of mutual help and credit unions for its partisans; you
should do the same not only for your brothers but for all the indigent. This
will show that true and sincere charity is the daughter of the One who makes the
sun to rise and the rain to fall on the just man and sinner alike. (Pope Leo XIII, Custodi Di Quella Fede, December 8, 1892.)
Although Pope Leo XIII was addressing himself to the influence of Judeo-Masonry in his own native Italy, his words apply universally as they are applicable to the circumstances in which those in the so-called "developed" world find themselves and as they stand was ringing condemnations of the very ethos of conciliarism that is at the root of its very founding and to which Jorge Mario Bergoglio/Francis has been and continues to be an unapologetic evangelist.
We should be not be surprised at the descent of the world into an abyss of madness as our true popes have seen this coming for the past two hundred years as they understood what had been happening in the three hundred years prior to the onset of the American and French Revolutions. Most Catholics, including most Catholics here in the United States of America, have no such understanding of root causes, which is why they get lost in the trees and permit themselves to become so very agitated over various crises and believe that the farce of an electoral system in the "free" United States of America will somehow "turn things around" when the demographics of the nation have changed dramatically in the recent past and will continue to do so far into the future.
Where does one being to deal with this madness?
Well, with basic Catholic truth. That's where.
1. Original Sin and our own Actual Sins are the sources of all social problems bar none.
2. Even the souls of the Baptized suffer from the
vestigial after-effects of Original Sin, the darkened intellect and the
weakened will and a general inclination to sin as a result of the
overthrowing of our higher, rational faculties in favor of our lower,
sensual passions), and Actual sins, which incline the soul all the more
to sin absent a good, integral Confession to a true bishop or a true
priest and earnest efforts to make reparation for those sins to the Most
Holy Trinity through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
3. All of human activity without any exception
whatsoever is to be defined by the Incarnation, Nativity, Hidden Years,
Public Ministry and Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ.
4. Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
founded one Church, the Catholic Church, to be the sole repository of
His Deposit of Faith and the sole dispenser of the Treasury of Graces
that He won for us by the shedding of every single drop of His Most
Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross to redeem us from our sins.
5. The civil state has a positive obligation found
in the binding precepts of the Deposit of Faith to recognize the true
Church and to accord her the favor and the protection of laws, yielding
to her solemn authority (exercise judiciously and only as a last resort
following the discharge of her Indirect Power of teaching and preaching
and exhortation) when the good of souls demands her intervention.
6. The Protestant Revolt was a rebellion against
the Divine Plan that God Himself instituted to effect man's return to
Him through His true Church and to order society according to the truths
contained in the Deposit Faith.
7. The Protestant Revolt popularized
anticlericalism and radical egalitarian individualism, convincing those
who had the misfortune of following its diabolically-inspired leaders
that the Divine Redeemer did not establish a visible, hierarchical
church upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope, and that it is the individual
"believer," not the Catholic Church," that is the "interpreter" of
Sacred Scripture, which is said to be, albeit falsely, the sole source
of Divine Revelation.
8. Rationalists of the so-called "Enlightenment" or
"Age of Reason" rejected the influence of any religion, true or false,
on public life, using the Protestant Revolution's rejection of the
Social Kingship of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for their
own nefarious ends as the lodges of Freemasonry popularized the
falsehood that men of divergent religious beliefs (or no religious
belief at all) could live together in "peace" as they pursued the common
9. The radical anticlericalism and radical
egalitarian individualism of the Protestant Revolt, itself an exercise
in rationalism, and of the open rationalists of the "Enlightenment" and
the lodges convinced men that it was possible for construct a purely
secular or naturalistic civil government that made no reference to the
fact of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Incarnation and His
Redemptive Act on the wood of the Holy Cross.
10. A written constitution, therefore, that admits of
no higher authority than the text of its own words for its
interpretation and enforcement is as defenseless in the hands of
power-hungry presidents and "activist" judges and reckless legislators
as the Bible itself is in the hands of Protestants and the open
rationalists of naturalism. If the authority of the true Church
established by God Himself and which He protects and vivifies is
rejected as the basis of understanding Sacred Scripture, leading to a
variety of mutually contradictory "interpretations" and a never-ending
mutation of sects based upon these "interpretations, why should the
"authority" of the framers of a written constitution, including that of
the United States of America, matter? Are but mere men deserving of more
respect than God Himself? A nation that refuses to recognize the true
Church as having the absolute last say on those things that pertain to
the good of souls is at the mercy of whoever happens to hold the levers
of power in the various branches of government and/or whatever the
sentiments happen to be of a majority of citizens at any point in time.
There can never be a "fixed" standard of constitutional interpretation
when there is no recognition of and submission to the authority fixed by
God Himself in His Catholic Church. Who killed the Constitution? The
men who wrote it, that's who. Very simple for a believing Catholic to
11. Human beings do not have, whether acting
individually or collectively in the institutions of civil governance,
any authority to defy the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law or
the Natural Law as these have been entrusted to the authority of the
Catholic for their infallible explication. Sovereignty (ultimate
governing authority) resides not with the people or with any level of
government (state, local, nation) but with Christ the King. No national
or state legislature has any authority to pass legislation contrary to
God's eternal laws no matter what percentage of the "people" in a nation
or state desire such legislation. We do not believe in states' rights.
We believe in the rights of Christ the King.
12. Limited government is not the product of
"libertarianism" or any other "philosophy" or ideology. Limited
government is the natural consequence of the state that is ordered
properly according to the eternal principles of Catholic Social
Teaching, principles that can be adapted to any legitimate form of
government (presidential-congressional, parliamentary-ministerial,
monarchical, Federal, unitary, confederal, inquisitorial,
adversarial--or any combination thereof). Those who would rule in a
civil state constituted according to the eternal principles of Catholic
Social Teaching would recognize their obligation to rule justly
according to the Mind of the Divine Redeemer, keeping in mind that the
salvation of their own immortal souls depends in large measure on the
just discharge of the civil powers entrusted to them as they seek to
foster those conditions in civil society conducive to the honor and
glory of the Most Blessed Trinity and thus to salvation of the souls of
their fellow citizens. We do not turn to "libertarians," whether they be
Catholic or Jewish agnostics, for "guidance" on the proper role of the
civil state. We turn to the true popes, who have condemned religious
liberty and the separation of Church and State, and we keep in mind the
saintly example of such rulers as Saint Louis IX, King of France (Letter to His Son Philip).
13. Every nation must acknowledge not only Christ the
King as it submits to the exercise of His Social Kingship by the
Catholic Church but it must give public honor to the Mother of God, she
who made possible our salvation by her perfect fiat to the Will of the
Father at the Annunciation and through whose hands flow the Sanctifying
Graces won for us by her Divine Son. Governments must organize
pilgrimages and Rosary processions in honor of the Mother of God.
Monarchs themselves humbled themselves by walking barefoot in such
processions in the Middle Ages. Are we more "enlightened" and
"sophisticated" than they? I hope for our own sakes that we are not!
It's Christ or chaos.
It's Catholicism or the abyss.
Yesterday, July 13, 2013, was the ninety-sixth anniversary of Our Lady's third apparition to Jacinta and Francisco Marto and their cousin Lucia dos Santos in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal. It was supreme act of mercy on the part of Christ the King to permit His Most Blessed Mother to show these three shepherd children Hell itself so that they could learn there are souls there in order for them to take seriously the message He entrusted to His Blessed Mother to save others, including us(!) from going there:
"I want you to come here on the 13th of next month,
[August] to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honour of Our Lady
of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the
war, because only she can help you."
"Continue to come here every month. In October, I
will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will perform a miracle for
all to see and believe."
Lucia made some requests for sick people, to which
Mary replied that she would cure some but not others, and that all must
say the rosary to obtain such graces, before continuing: "Sacrifice
yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially when you make
some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of
sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate
Heart of Mary."
"You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners
go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my
Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved
and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not
cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate
of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know
that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish
the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of
the Church and of the Holy Father.
"To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the
consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of
Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia
will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her
errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the
Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to
suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate
Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me and she
will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world."
Mary specifically told Lucia not to tell anyone
about the secret at this stage, apart from Francisco, before continuing:
"When you pray the Rosary, say after each mystery: 'O my Jesus, forgive
us, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially
those who are most in need.' "
Lucia asked if there was anything more, and after
assuring her that there was nothing more, Mary disappeared off into the
distance. (Our Lady's words at Fatima.)
Our Lady promised on July 13 1917, to return to
request the consecration of Russia by the Holy Father. She came to visit
Sister Lucia in Tuy, Spain, on June 13, 1929, to specify the terms of
"The moment has come in which God asks the
Holy Father, in union with all the Bishops in the world, to make the
consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by
this means. There are so many souls whom the Justice of God condemns for
sins committed against me, that I have come to ask reparation:
sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray." (Our Lady's words at Fatima.)
As I have noted on
this site before, some will protest that the Church never passed on the
June 13, 1929, apparition of Our Lady to Sister Lucia in Tuy, Spain,
believing that the terms of the proper consecration of Russia were
spelled out in the July 13, 1917 apparition, which terms were fulfilled,
they believe, when Pope Pius XII singly consecrated Russia to Our
Lady's Immaculate Heart in 1952. Others, however, believe, as I do, that
Our Lady came in 1929 to make the specific request for the consecration
of Russia to her Immaculate Heart by a pope with all of the world's
bishops. As was pointed out in Our Lady Does Not Act on Her Own nearly six years ago now, the Church never ruled on Our Lady's December 10, 1925,
apparition to Sister Lucia dos Santos wherein she specified the
practice of the Five First Saturdays to be kept in reparation for sins
against her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart:
Have compassion on the heart of your most
holy Mother, covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at
every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation. Look, my
daughter, at my heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men
pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at
least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of
death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the
first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy
Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for
fifteen minutes while meditating on fifteen mysteries of the Rosary,
with the intention of making reparation to me." (Our Lady's words at Fatima.)
The Church has given, at least in a de facto sense, recognition to this private apparition made in 1925, making it plausible, at the very least, that the 1929 apparition of Our Lady to Sister Lucia in the convent at Tuy, Spain, in
which Our Lady called for the collegial consecration of Russia by a
pope with all of the world's bishops to be an elaboration on that same
July 13, 1917, message in the Cova da Iria in which she first called for
the Communions of reparation on the First Saturdays and called for the
consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart by the pope.
even some who accept the legitimacy of the 1929 apparition contend
the time for such a collegial consecration has passed, noting
that World War II could have been prevented by such a collegial
consecration, Sister Lucia continued to insist that the collegial
consecration needed to be done. With all due respect to those who do
accept these conclusions, I would like to submit that the state of the
world-at-large and that of the Church Militant on earth during this
time of apostasy and betrayal is a direct chastisement for the fact that
Popes Pius XI and XII were advised badly to refrain from consecrating
Russia collegially with all of the world's bishops to the Sorrowful and
Immaculate Heart of Mary.
We must, therefore, bear
the cross with joy and gratitude in this time of chastisement,
recognizing that the errors of Modernity in the world and those of
Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism are intertwined with
each other as but similar manifestations of the errors of Russia (see Conversion of Russia Update). We
have much to suffer for our own sins. We must suffer well as we place
not our trust in the princes of naturalism in this world or the princes
of false "reconciliation" and "dialogue" with false religions in the
counterfeit church of conciliarism. We must place our trust in the
Immaculate Heart of Mary as we give this heart, out which the Most
Sacred Heart of Jesus was formed, all of the sufferings of the present
moment so that she can present whatever merit we earn from patiently and
lovingly enduring them to the Throne of the Most Blessed Trinity.
Catholicism is the one and only
foundation of social order. You have heard this before? You will keep
hearing until the day I die or the day that I am unable to continue work
on this site as a result of physical and/or mental infirmity, whichever
shall first occur (and I realize that some of you believe that the
latter condition obtains at the present time). Catholicism is the only
and only foundation of personal and social order. Period. It is
Catholicism alone that men and their nations are reconciled to Christ
the King through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary our Queen.
We must, therefore, enfold ourselves into the love
of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Sacred Heart
of Jesus as we make reparation for our own many sins, which are so
responsible for the worsening of the state of the Church Militant on
earth and of the world-at-large, as we seek to restore all things in
Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen, praying as many Rosaries
each day as our state-in-life permits.
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.
Saint Bonaventure, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints