The devil is a mocker and a scorner. He is also the proto-revolutionary as it was the rebellion he fomented against God in Heaven that caused many angels to follow him in making an irrevocable choice to hate God for all eternity. This first of all revolutions was described as follows by Saint John the Evangelist in The Book of the Apocalypse:
 And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Apocalypse 12: 7-9.)
As has been noted in two recent commentaries dealing, respectively, with a Mohammedan man’s terrorist shooting at a place of moral reprobation in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, June 12, 2016, the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost and the Commemoration of Saint John Gualbert (Sin: The Forgotten Terrorism), and Micah Xavier Johnson’s premeditated attack that killed five City of Dallas, Texas, police officers and wounded seven others on Thursday, July 7, 2016 (see Exploitng Tragedies for Nefarious Ends), the adversary hates the zenith of God’s creative handiwork, man, because man has a rational, immortal soul that is made in the very image and likeness of the Most Blessed Trinity. Knowing that his own revolution against God failed, the old serpent wants to wreak as much damage as possible by inciting men to hate God and thus to hate each other in order to create chaos on earth as the means to taking countless numbers of souls down with him into hell for all eternity.
The adversary’s role as the first revolutionary or radical was noted by one his many minions in the Twentieth Century, Saul Alinsky, in Rules for Radicals:
Opening page - Dedication
“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history... the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”
"An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent... He must create a mechanism that can drain off the underlying guilt for having accepted the previous situation for so long a time. Out of this mechanism, a new community organization arises....
"The job then is getting the people to move, to act, to participate; in short, to develop and harness the necessary power to effectively conflict with the prevailing patterns and change them. When those prominent in the status quo turn and label you an 'agitator' they are completely correct, for that is, in one word, your function—to agitate to the point of conflict." p.117
11. "If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside... every positive has its negative."
12. "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative."
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'...
"...any target can always say, 'Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?' When your 'freeze the target,' you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments.... Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the 'others' come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target...'
"One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other." (Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.)
Alinsky, a willing tool of the devil, thus identified how the adversary seeks to agitate men into hating the “other side.” This is the defining characteristic of all revolutions as each has been based in what can be called the “ideology of hatred,” starting with a fundamental hatred of God and all that He has revealed to us through His true Church.
Martin Luther, for example, came to hate the very means of his salvation, the Catholic Church, after he had fallen prey to the tempter’s deceptions to persist in his wanton sins of lechery, gluttony and drunkenness. One can see clearly that Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s reaffirmation of hardened sinners in their lives of perdition is one of the many reasons that he, an agent of the devil in his own wicked right, praises Martin Luther so much.
The French Revolution, which started on July 14, 1789, was an open and undisguised revolution against God and all preexisting social order, resulting in the triumph of “Man” and his supposed “rights,” something that Father Denis Fahey, C.S. Sp., noted in The Mystical City of God in the Modern World:
By the grace of the Headship of the Mystical Body, our Lord Jesus Christ is both Priest and King of redeemed mankind and, as such, exercises a twofold influence upon us. Firstly, as a Priest, He communicates to us the supernatural life of grace by which we, while ever remaining distinct from God, can enter into the vision and love of the Blessed Trinity. We can thus become one with God, not, of course, in the order of substance or being, but in the order of operation, of the immaterial union of vision and love. The Divine Nature is the principle of the Divine Vision and Love, and by grace we are ‘made partakers of the Divine Nature.’ This pure Catholic doctrine is infinitely removed from Masonic pantheism. Secondly, as King, our Lord exercises an exterior influence on us by His government of us. As King, He guides and directs us socially and individually, in order to dispose all things for the reception of the Supernatural Life which He, as Priest, confers.
Society had been organized in the thirteenth century and even down to the sixteenth, under the banner of Christ the King. Thus, in spite of deficiencies and imperfections, man’s divinization, through the Life that comes from the sacred Humanity of Jesus, was socially favoured. Modern society, under the influence of Satan, was to be organized on the opposite principle, namely, that human nature is of itself divine, that man is God, and, therefore, subject to nobody. Accordingly, when the favourable moment had arrived, the Masonic divnization of human nature found its expression in the Declaration of the Rights of Man in 1789. The French Revolution ushered in the struggle for the complete organization of the world around the new divinity–Humanity. In God’s plan, the whole organization of a country is meant to aid the development of a country is meant to aid the development of the true personality of the citizens through the Mystical Body of Christ. Accordingly, the achievement of true liberty for a country means the removal of obstacles to the organized social acceptance of the Divine Plan. Every revolution since 1789 tends, on the contrary, to the rejection of that plan, and therefore to the enthronement of man in the place of God. The freedom at which the spirit of the revolution aims is that absolute independence which refuses submission to any and every order. It is the spirit breathed by the temptation of the serpent: ‘For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened; and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.’ Man decided then that he would himself lay down the order of good and evil in the place of God; then and now it is the same attitude. (Father Denis Fahey, The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World, p. 27.)
Although Holy Mother Church accommodates herself to the concrete realities in which her children live, she makes no concession to errors that have resulted in the triumph of religious indifferentism and overt hostility to the true Faith.
Yet it is, of course, that the lords of conciliarism made their "official reconciliation" with the principles of the "new era inaugurated in 1789 at the "Second" Vatican Council by means of Gaudium et Spes and Digntatis Humanae, December 7, 1965. None other than that great "restorer of tradition," Joseph Alois Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, told us so in his very misnamed Principles of Catholic Theology:
Let us be content to say here that the text serves as a countersyllabus and, as such, represents on the part of the Church, an attempt at an official reconciliation with the new era inaugurated in 1789. Only from this perspective can we understand, on the one hand, the ghetto-mentality, of which we have spoken above; only from this perspective can we understand, on the other hand, the meaning of the remarkable meeting of the Church and the world. Basically, the word "world" means the spirit of the modern era, in contrast to which the Church's group-consciousness saw itself as a separate subject that now, after a war that had been in turn both hot and cold, was intent on dialogue and cooperation. From this perspective, too, we can understand the different emphases with which the individual parts of the Church entered into the discussion of the text. While German theologians were satisfied that their exegetical and ecumenical concepts had been incorporated, representatives of Latin American countries, in particular, felt that their concerns, too, had been addressed, topics proposed by Anglo-Saxon theologians likewise found strong expression, and representatives of Third World countries saw, in the emphasis on social questions, a consideration of their particular problems. (Joseph Ratzinger, Principles of Catholic Theology, pp. 381-382)
Pope Leo XIII denounced efforts to "reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution" that seeks to "reocncile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state without God":
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 without God. (Pope Leo XIII, Custodi Di Quella Fede, December 8, 1892.)
Ah, the “reconciliation” celebrated by the “restorer of tradition,” Joseph Alois Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who eschewed the supposed more radical elements of the French Revolution as opposed to the American Revolution, which readers of this site undermined the integrity of the Holy Faith in this country by lulling Catholics into silence about their Faith in public in exchange for the ability to live without overt, state-sponsored persecution (noting that great acts of violence were committed by mobs against Catholics in this country in the Nineteenth Century), was nothing other than a reconciliation between Christ and Belial.
Well, the devil loves to mock those whom he deceives to become active and celebratory participants in his own revolutions, including the bloodbath against Christ the King, His Most Blessed Mother, and the entirety of the Catholic Faith that was the French Revolution at its origins, whose dreadful consequences are still being reaped, including the terrorist attack that killed eighty-four people and wounded over two hundred others in Nice, France, during a "Bastille Day" celebration, on Thursday evening, July 14, 2016, the Feast of Saint Bonaventure:
The ISIS terror group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 84 people in the French resort city of Nice as France’s top law enforcement official said investigators believe the attacker had been “radicalized.”
The veracity of the group's claim couldn't immediately be determined. It came as French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Saturday that the attacker, identified as 31-year old Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, “seems to have become radicalized very quickly.”
“These are the first elements that our investigation has come up with through interviews with his acquaintances,” The Washington Post quoted Cazeneuve as saying in Paris.
“We are now facing individuals who are responding positively to the messages issued by the Islamic State without having had any special training and without having access to weapons that allow them to commit mass murder,” Cazeneuve said, according to the Post.
ISIS claimed Bouhlel was a “solider” of the group without referring to him by name. The source of the claim, circulated on social media by an ISIS-affiliated news outlet, was a security member with the group.
French police say Bouhlel crashed a 19-ton truck into a crowd of Bastille Day revelers at a fireworks display Thursday night.
Until now the portrait of Bouhlel that has emerged suggests a troubled, angry man with little interest in the group's ultra-puritanical brand of Islam.
It's also unclear whether or not he was acting alone. The Paris prosecutor's office said Saturday that five people are in custody following the attack.
The identities of most of those brought into custody were not clear. But neighbors in the Nice neighborhood where the Bouhlel used to live told The Associated Press his estranged wife had been taken away by police on Friday.
On Nice's seaside boulevard, the famous Promenade des Anglais, a makeshift memorial of bouquets, candles and messages commemorates the victims of the deadly attack.
France is observing three days of national mourning in homage to the victims -- although that hasn't stopped politicians from sniping at each other over who bore responsibility for the failing to stop the attack.
In an open letter published on the Nice Matin newspaper's website, regional council President Christian Estrosi -- a member of France's opposition Republicans -- described the country's current leadership as "incapable." He said he had requested that the police presence be reinforced in Nice ahead of the display but was told there was no need.
France is heading into elections next year, and the deeply unpopular French President Francois Hollande is facing multiple challengers from within his Socialist Party, from the right-wing Republicans, as well as the far-right National Front. (Nice Attacker Said to Have Radicalized.)
The facts surrounding what motivated Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel are unclear at this time as most of those who knew him said that he was not a practicing Mohammedan and took no particular interest in his false, blasphemous religion. Although the Clousseaus who run the French police say that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouehl (we don’t have television, and thus it is that I have absolutely no idea the dead infidel’s middle name) told a police officer at a checkpoint, who had checked why he was parked on a promenade near the Place des Anglais where a fireworks celebration in honor of the fall of the Bastille was taking place, that he was delivering ice cream to the crowd.
Hauntingly, Bouhlel told police he was delivering ice cream when they questioned why he was parked on the promenade for nearly nine hours before he launched his attack.
But police let him stay parked on the beachfront and failed to check his vehicle - where he had stashed guns and grenades. (Read more: Nice Terrorist Said that He Was Delivering Ice Cream.)
The police officer probably said something along the lines of “Mais, oui, certainement.” Inspector Jacques Clouseau, appelez votre bureau (Inspector Jacques Clousseau, call your office.)
The hubris of the French, so very certain that the tragedies that keep befalling their nation are the direct consequence of the War on Christ the King that was begun on July 14, 1789, and reached its most bloodthirsty levels between the years of 1792 and 1795 during the Reign of Terror overseen by The Directory.
How tragic it is that a revolution which celebrated the “rights of man” was used by an unbaptized infidel who was born in a Mohammedan land, Tunisia (where Saint Vincent de Paul, whose relics, save only for his heart, were destroyed during the French Revolution, was held as a captive by Mohammedans and forced to work as a slave for seven years), became an instrument to shed the blood of innocent human beings. The devil always uses his revolutions to mock and then to destroy, whether physically or spiritually—or both, those who celebrate their false principles. Go ask Maximilian Robespierre or Leon Trotsky, for instance.
Our reigning caesar, Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro, an Islamophile of the highest order, refused, of course, to put even partial blame on the false religion that was adhered by his Nigerian father and Indonesian stepfather, choosing to celebrate the principles of the French Revolution that has been responsible for massive bloodletting all throughout the world in the past two hundred twenty-seven years:
In the wake of the terror attack that left at least 84 dead in Nice, France, during Bastille Day celebrations, President Barack Obama said Friday the fight against terror goes undeterred, but will not be won by a divided front.
"I know I speak for all of us when I say that these individuals and these networks are an affront to all of our humanity," Obama said in remarks from the White House.
A private reception for the Diplomatic Corps in the East Room was delayed in order for the president to address the carnage caused by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel when he barreled a truck down a packed street of revelers, leaving 84 dead and more than 200 wounded.
It was unclear whether Bouhlel, a Tunisian-born married father living in Nice, had any ties to terrorist groups, but French prosecutor Francois Molins said, "I must remind you that this type of action is very much within the framework of the permanent call for murder of terrorist organizations."
"A lot of nations here have been affected by (ISIS)," Obama said to the Diplomatic Corps.
"We will not be deterred," Obama said. "We will keep fighting against terrorists to destroy the organization."
"In contrast to these terrorists, we will win this fight by building — never giving up on diplomacy," Obama said. The president called recent suggestions that Muslims in the U.S. be subjected to tests or deported "repugnant." (Obama After Nice Attack: 'We Will Not Be Deterred'.)
Mister President, you and your unconditional support for the chemical and surgical execution of the innocent preborn in their mothers’ wombs are an affront to the one and only true God of Divine Revelation, Christ the King. And that goes for your vice president and the woman you want to succeed you, too.
Note well, Mister President, the following words, which you should consider carefully:
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 30, 1930.)
As has been noted on this site so very many times before, praise for the “principles” of the French Revolution that continue to let loose such a continuous torrent of innocent blood in France and around the world has emanated from the White House before:
Wilson replied [in 1915, to Father Francis Clement Kelley, who was a representative of James Cardinal Gibbons, the Archbishop of Baltimore, for whom Wilson had such contempt that he addressed him as Mister Gibbons]: 'I have no doubt but that the terrible things you mention have happened during the Mexican revolution. But terrible things happened also during the French revolution, perhaps more terrible things than have happened in Mexico. Nevertheless, out of that French revolution came the liberal ideas that have dominated in so many countries, including our own. I hope that out of the bloodletting in Mexico some such good yet may come.'
"Having thus instructed his caller in the benefits which must perforce accrue to mankind out of the systematic robbery, murder, torture and rape of people holding a proscribed religious conviction, the professor of politics [Wilson] suggested that Father Kelley visit Secretary of State Williams Jennings Bryan, who expressed his deepest sympathy. Obviously, the Wilson administration was committed to supporting the revolutionaries (Robert Leckie American and Catholic, Doubleday, 1970, pp. 274.)
The bloodletting that began in the French Revolution has produced a monstrous state of affairs in France that Pope Pius VI denounced as such in 1792, twenty-two years before his predecessor, Pope Pius VII, denounced religious liberty as enshrined in the French Constitutional Charter of 1814:
The necessary effect of the constitution decreed by the Assembly is to annihilate the Catholic Religion and, with her, the obedience owed to Kings. With this purpose it establishes as a right of man in society this absolute liberty that not only insures the right to be indifferent to religious opinions, but also grants full license to freely think, speak, write and even print whatever one wishes on religious matters – even the most disordered imaginings. It is a monstrous right, which the Assembly claims, however, results from equality and the natural liberties of all men.
But what could be more unwise than to establish among men this equality and this uncontrolled liberty, which stifles all reason, the most precious gift nature gave to man, the one that distinguishes him from animals?
After creating man in a place filled with delectable things, didn’t God threaten him with death should he eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil? And with this first prohibition didn’t He establish limits to his liberty? When, after man disobeyed the command and thereby incurred guilt, didn’t God impose new obligations on him through Moses? And even though he left to man’s free will the choice between good and evil, didn’t God provide him with precepts and commandments that could save him “if he would observe them”? …
Where then, is this liberty of thinking and acting that the Assembly grants to man in society as an indisputable natural right? Is this invented right not contrary to the right of the Supreme Creator to whom we owe our existence and all that we have? Can we ignore the fact that man was not created for himself alone, but to be helpful to his neighbor? …
“Man should use his reason first of all to recognize his Sovereign Maker, honoring Him and admiring Him, and submitting his entire person to Him. For, from his childhood, he should be submissive to those who are superior to him in age; he should be governed and instructed by their lessons, order his life according to their laws of reason, society and religion. This inflated equality and liberty, therefore, are for him, from the moment he is born, no more than imaginary dreams and senseless words.” (Pope Pius VI, Brief Quod aliquantum, March 10, 1791; Religious Liberty, a “Monstrous Right“).
France has not recovered from the revolutionary spirit that overtook her in 1789 and was unleashed again and again with great fury in 1830, 1848, and 1871. The anti-Theistic revolution undertaken in the name of the "people" and the "rights of man" was a violent outpouring of hatred of God and His Catholic Church. Relics of countless saints, including the patron saint of Paris, Saint Genevieve, and Saints Louis IX, Vincent de Paul, Denis and, among so many others, Joan of Arc, were destroyed by the fierce hatred of these revolutionaries for anything to do with the true Faith, a revolutionary zeal against all things authentically Catholic that is shared by none other than the Jacobin named Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
Pope Pius VII, who had been the prisoner of the man who exploited the “principles” of the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte, explained what would happen in France because of the religious liberty granted by the Constitutional Charter that had been approved by King Louis XVIII at the behest of the Congress of Vienna in 1814:
For how can We tolerate with equanimity that the Catholic religion, which France received in the first ages of the Church, which was confirmed in that very kingdom by the blood of so many most valiant martyrs, which by far the greatest part of the French race professes, and indeed bravely and constantly defended even among the most grave adversities and persecutions and dangers of recent years, and which, finally, that very dynasty to which the designated king belongs both professes and has defended with much zeal - that this Catholic, this most holy religion, We say, should not only not be declared to be the only one in the whole of France supported by the bulwark of the laws and by the authority of the Government, but should even, in the very restoration of the monarchy, be entirely passed over? But a much more grave, and indeed very bitter, sorrow increased in Our heart - a sorrow by which We confess that We were crushed, overwhelmed and torn in two - from the twenty-second article of the constitution in which We saw, not only that "liberty of religion and of conscience" (to use the same words found in the article) were permitted by the force of the constitution, but also that assistance and patronage were promised both to this liberty and also to the ministers of these different forms of "religion". There is certainly no need of many words, in addressing you, to make you fully recognize by how lethal a wound the Catholic religion in France is struck by this article. For when the liberty of all "religions" is indiscriminately asserted, by this very fact truth is confounded with error and the holy and immaculate Spouse of Christ, the Church, outside of which there can be no salvation, is set on a par with the sects of heretics and with Judaic perfidy itself.For when favour and patronage is promised even to the sects of heretics and their ministers, not only their persons, but also their very errors, are tolerated and fostered: a system of errors in which is contained that fatal and never sufficiently to be deplored HERESY which, as St. Augustine says (de Haeresibus, no.72), "asserts that all heretics proceed correctly and tell the truth: which is so absurd that it seems incredible to me." (Pope Pius VII, Post Tam Diuturnas, April 29, 1814, POST TAM DIUTURNAS)
Pope Saint Pius X, writing to condemn the complete separation of Church and State in France in 1905, explained the bitter consequences would befall the French people by refusing to submit humbly to the Social Reign of Christ the King as It must be exercised by His true Church:
17. The vague and ambiguous-wording of some of its articles places the end pursued by our enemies in a new light. Their object is, as we have already pointed out, the destruction of the Church and the dechristianization of France, but without people's attending to it or even noticing it. If their enterprise had been really popular, as they pretend it to be, they would not have hesitated to pursue it with visor raised and to take the whole responsibility. But instead of assuming that responsibility, they try to clear themselves of it and deny it, and in order to succeed the better, fling it upon the Church their victim. This is the most striking of all the proofs that their evil work does not respond to the wishes of the country.
18. It is in vain that after driving Us to the cruel necessity of rejecting the laws that have been made -- seeing the evils they have drawn down upon the country, and feeling the universal reprobation which, like a slow tide, is rising round them -- they seek to lead public opinion astray and to make the responsibility for these evils fall upon Us. Their attempt will not succeed.
19. As for Ourselves, We have accomplished Our duty, as every other Roman Pontiff would have done. The high charge with which it has pleased Heaven to invest Us, in spite of Our unworthiness, as also the Christian faith itself, which you profess with Us, dictated to Us Our conduct. We could not have acted otherwise without trampling under foot Our conscience, without being false to the oath which We took on mounting the chair of Peter, and without violating the Catholic hierarchy, the foundation given to the Church by our Savior Jesus Christ.
We await, then, without fear, the verdict of history. History will tell how We, with Our eyes fixed immutably upon the defense of the higher rights of God, have neither wished to humiliate the civil power, nor to combat a form of government, but to safeguard the inviolable work of Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ. It will say that We have defended you, Our beloved sons, with all the strength of Our great love; that what We have demanded and now demand for the Church, of which the French Church is the elder daughter and an integral part, is respect for its hierarchy and inviolability of its property and liberty; that if Our demand had been granted religious peace would not have been troubled in France, and that, the day it is listened to that peace so much desired will be restored in the country.
20. And, lastly, history will say, that if, sure beforehand of your magnanimous generosity. We have not hesitated to tell you that the hour for sacrifice had struck, it is to remind the world, in the name of the Master of all things, that men here below should feed their minds upon thoughts of a higher sort than those of the perishable contingencies of life, and that the supreme and intangible joy of the human soul on earth is that of duty supernaturally carried out, cost what it may and so God honored, served and loved, in spite of all. (Pope Saint Pius X, Une Fois Encore, January 6, 1907.)
The verdict of history is clearly on the side of the great Pope Saint Pius X. Pope Saint Pius X manfully defended the Social Reign of Christ the King that has been abandoned and flushed down the Orwellian memory hole by the conciliar revolutionaries. The conciliar “popes” have celebrated the triumph of the very false principles condemned by our true popes and that have been championed by the lords of Modernity, including those of the ever-so-tolerant France of revolutionary principles who have welcomed Mohammedans into their country with great liberality only to suffer liberally at their hands.
Prophetically, Pope Saint Pius X condemned the efforts on the part of The Sillon to “reconcile” the “spirit of the French Revolution” with the Catholic Faith. Pope Saint Pius X’s prophetic words condemned conciliarism’s adoption of The Sillon’s “spirit of reconciliation” that have seen conciliar “popes” and “cardinals” extol Mohammedanism and is “role” to promote “religion” in civil society:
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; 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. The new Sillonists cannot pretend that they are merely working on “the ground of practical realities” where differences of belief do not matter. Their leader is so conscious of the influence which the convictions of the mind have upon the result of the action, that he invites them, whatever religion they may belong to, “to provide on the ground of practical realities, the proof of the excellence of their personal convictions.” And with good reason: indeed, all practical results reflect the nature of one’s religious convictions, just as the limbs of a man down to his finger-tips, owe their very shape to the principle of life that dwells in his body.
This being said, what must be thought of the promiscuity in which young Catholics will be caught up with heterodox and unbelieving folk in a work of this nature? Is it not a thousand-fold more dangerous for them than a neutral association? What are we to think of this appeal to all the heterodox, and to all the unbelievers, to prove the excellence of their convictions in the social sphere in a sort of apologetic contest? Has not this contest lasted for nineteen centuries in conditions less dangerous for the faith of Catholics? And was it not all to the credit of the Catholic Church? What are we to think of this respect for all errors, and of this strange invitation made by a Catholic to all the dissidents to strengthen their convictions through study so that they may have more and more abundant sources of fresh forces? What are we to think of an association in which all religions and even Free-Thought may express themselves openly and in complete freedom? (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
Conciliarism’s respect for the false principles of “liberty, equality, fraternity” have played a very significant role in de-Catholicizing France. The contraception and abortion of the Holy Faith in this once great Catholic kingdom led French Catholics to practice contraception and to have abortions to such an extent that a need for non-French workers, including were Mohammedans who came from formerly French colonies or territories after having fought for France against various independence movements, arose. The Mohammedans thus were able to vanquish France by means of lax immigration laws and the cowardice of her own agnostic politicians, thus winning by means of public policies and by procreation what they had lost to Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours (Poitiers) on October 10, 732.
Pope Pius X explained in Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907, that Modernism leads ultimately to the triumph of all false religions in the world, thus paving the way for the triumph of the secularism heralded by the lords of Judeo-Masonry in the world and the scions of conciliarism alike:
How far this position is removed from that of Catholic teaching! We have already seen how its fallacies have been condemned by the Vatican Council.Later on, we shall see how these errors, combined with those which we have already mentioned, open wide the way to Atheism. Here it is well to note at once that, given this doctrine of experience united with that of symbolism, every religion, even that of paganism, must be held to be true. What is to prevent such experiences from being found in any religion? In fact, that they are so is maintained by not a few. On what grounds can Modernists deny the truth of an experience affirmed by a follower of Islam? Will they claim a monopoly of true experiences for Catholics alone? Indeed, Modernists do not deny, but actually maintain, some confusedly, others frankly, that all religions are true. That they cannot feel otherwise is obvious. For on what ground, according to their theories, could falsity be predicated of any religion whatsoever? Certainly it would be either on account of the falsity of the religious .sense or on account of the falsity of the formula pronounced by the mind. Now the religious sense, although it maybe more perfect or less perfect, is always one and the same; and the intellectual formula, in order to be true, has but to respond to the religious sense and to the believer, whatever be the intellectual capacity of the latter. In the conflict between different religions, the most that Modernists can maintain is that the Catholic has more truth because it is more vivid, and that it deserves with more reason the name of Christian because it corresponds more fully with the origins of Christianity. No one will find it unreasonable that these consequences flow from the premises. But what is most amazing is that there are Catholics and priests, who, We would fain believe, abhor such enormities, and yet act as if they fully approved of them. For they lavish such praise and bestow such public honor on the teachers of these errors as to convey the belief that their admiration is not meant merely for the persons, who are perhaps not devoid of a certain merit, but rather for the sake of the errors which these persons openly profess and which they do all in their power to propagate. (Pope Saint Pius X, Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907.)
Pope Saint Pius X’s description of Modernism’s respect for false religions has been demonstrated by each of the conciliar “popes” as they have lavished upon heretics and infidels without distinction.
The revolutionary spirit that the devil unleashed by means of the Protestant and the French Revolutions continues to poison the world at this present time, and it is that revolutionary spirit with which the counterfeit church of conciliarism “reconciled” itself to at the “Second” Vatican Council and the decades that have followed it. The Jacobins/Bolsheviks of conciliarism unleashed a monstrous war against Catholic Faith, Worship, and Morals whose contempt for all that was held sacred prior to the death of Pope Pius XII on October 9, 1958, the Feast of Saints Denis, Rusticus, and Eleutherius (yes, the very same Saint Denis who was martyred at the age of one hundred by beheading and then walked with his head in his hands as he preached for over six miles to Paris before he died.
Yet is that the lords of Modernity continue to extol the false principles underlying their revolutions wrought in blood, heedless of the fact that the blood being spilled within our own borders as citizens of nations kill their fellow citizens, including the war that is being waged upon police officers at this time, including the tragic assault that took the lives of three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, yesterday, Sunday, July 17, 2016, the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost and the Commemoration of Saint Alexius, which will be the subject of a brief commentary tomorrow, time and events permitting. Suffice it to say for the moment that the deadly assault was waged by another black racialist, Gavin Long, who had served in the United States Marine Corps, where he had learned to kill as a participant in the wars unleashed in the name of the “American way” by President George Walker Bush on October 7, 2001, and March 20, 2003.
The adversary always mocks those who hold fast to his revolutionary schemes as those schemes backfire into the faces of the supposedly “enlightened” men who fall prey to belief that they can “save” the world by their ideological presuppositions that are founded upon a contempt for Our Lord and His true Church.
The adversary is also mocking the lords of Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, which is shriveling up in many countries in Europe and elsewhere despite all of their efforts to reconcile themselves to the principles of that “new era inaugurated in 1789.” As we know, of course, it is precisely because of that “official reconciliation” heralded by the then Joseph “Cardinal” Ratzinger that the false conciliar sect is dying out, a death that has been aided and abetted by the spiritual barrenness of its false, sacramentally invalid and abominable liturgical rites.
We must never give the adversary or his minions any breathing room in our own lives. They want us to be agitated about the violent events of the world in which we live. Agitation is always of the devil.
Catholics, although concerned about the state of the world, seek to do will of God despite their own sins and failings.
Catholics see the world through the supernatural eyes of the Holy Faith, not through the natural eyes of the false partisan divides of the “right” and the “left” that are nothing other than diabolical tricks designed to convince men that some naturalist solution can be found to retard the spread of evil in the world.
Catholics live in fear of only one thing, and that is to displease God, especially by Mortal Sin, and thence to die in a state of final impenitence that will result in their being condemned to hell for all eternity.
Catholics neither presume their salvation as do Protestants, and their do not despair of it. They simply keep close to the Mother of God, particularly by means of her Most Holy Rosary, and know that they are always in the crossing of her arms and in the folds of mantle. What else more do we need?
It was noted earlier in this commentary that pro-aborts such as Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro will face the Avenger of innocent blood if he does not repent of his support for the evils that he has done and convert to the true Catholic Faith before he dies. As we have the duty imposed upon by the precepts of filial piety that flow from the Fourth Commandment and are part of the Natural Law to pray for our civic officials every day, we cannot fail to pray for the conversion of the president and his wife and daughters. They have souls that have been made in the image and the likeness of the Most Blessed Trinity and redeemed by the shedding of every single drop of the Most Precious Blood of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
No believing Catholic can say that he loves God and not pray for the conversion of those who are, whether or not they realize it, serving the adversary in public life. We must pray—by name—for the conversion of those who are the enemies of Christ the King and thus of the souls He redeemed during His Passion and Death on the wood of the Holy Cross. This does not mean that we do not oppose evils advanced by men such as Obama/Soetoro. Of course not. We can and we must oppose such evils, but we do so while praying simultaneously for the conversion of such people, who may very well wind up being the means by which we can save our souls by commencing an open and undisguised persecution against all who resist them.
The necessity of opposing those who support evil in public life was stressed by Pope Leo XIII in Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890:
Now, if the natural law enjoins us to love devotedly and to defend the country in which we had birth, and in which we were brought up, so that every good citizen hesitates not to face death for his native land, very much more is it the urgent duty of Christians to be ever quickened by like feelings toward the Church. For the Church is the holy City of the living God, born of God Himself, and by Him built up and established. Upon this earth, indeed, she accomplishes her pilgrimage, but by instructing and guiding men she summons them to eternal happiness. We are bound, then, to love dearly the country whence we have received the means of enjoyment this mortal life affords, but we have a much more urgent obligation to love, with ardent love, the Church to which we owe the life of the soul, a life that will endure forever. For fitting it is to prefer the good of the soul to the well-being of the body, inasmuch as duties toward God are of a far more hallowed character than those toward men.
6. Moreover, if we would judge aright, the supernatural love for the Church and the natural love of our own country proceed from the same eternal principle, since God Himself is their Author and originating Cause. Consequently, it follows that between the duties they respectively enjoin, neither can come into collision with the other. We can, certainly, and should love ourselves, bear ourselves kindly toward our fellow men, nourish affection for the State and the governing powers; but at the same time we can and must cherish toward the Church a feeling of filial piety, and love God with the deepest love of which we are capable. The order of precedence of these duties is, however, at times, either under stress of public calamities, or through the perverse will of men, inverted. For, instances occur where the State seems to require from men as subjects one thing, and religion, from men as Christians, quite another; and this in reality without any other ground, than that the rulers of the State either hold the sacred power of the Church of no account, or endeavor to subject it to their own will. Hence arises a conflict, and an occasion, through such conflict, of virtue being put to the proof. The two powers are confronted and urge their behests in a contrary sense; to obey both is wholly impossible. No man can serve two masters, for to please the one amounts to contemning the other.
7. As to which should be preferred no one ought to balance for an instant. It is a high crime indeed to withdraw allegiance from God in order to please men, an act of consummate wickedness to break the laws of Jesus Christ, in order to yield obedience to earthly rulers, or, under pretext of keeping the civil law, to ignore the rights of the Church; "we ought to obey God rather than men." This answer, which of old Peter and the other Apostles were used to give the civil authorities who enjoined unrighteous things, we must, in like circumstances, give always and without hesitation. No better citizen is there, whether in time of peace or war, than the Christian who is mindful of his duty; but such a one should be ready to suffer all things, even death itself, rather than abandon the cause of God or of the Church.
8. Hence, they who blame, and call by the name of sedition, this steadfastness of attitude in the choice of duty have not rightly apprehended the force and nature of true law. We are speaking of matters widely known, and which We have before now more than once fully explained. Law is of its very essence a mandate of right reason, proclaimed by a properly constituted authority, for the common good. But true and legitimate authority is void of sanction, unless it proceed from God, the supreme Ruler and Lord of all. The Almighty alone can commit power to a man over his fellow men; nor may that be accounted as right reason which is in disaccord with truth and with divine reason; nor that held to be true good which is repugnant to the supreme and unchangeable good, or that wrests aside and draws away the wills of men from the charity of God.
9. Hallowed, therefore, in the minds of Christians is the very idea of public authority, in which they recognize some likeness and symbol as it were of the Divine Majesty, even when it is exercised by one unworthy. A just and due reverence to the laws abides in them, not from force and threats, but from a consciousness of duty; "for God hath not given us the spirit of fear."
10. But, if the laws of the State are manifestly at variance with the divine law, containing enactments hurtful to the Church, or conveying injunctions adverse to the duties imposed by religion, or if they violate in the person of the supreme Pontiff the authority of Jesus Christ, then, truly, to resist becomes a positive duty, to obey, a crime; a crime, moreover, combined with misdemeanor against the State itself, inasmuch as every offense leveled against religion is also a sin against the State. Here anew it becomes evident how unjust is the reproach of sedition; for the obedience due to rulers and legislators is not refused, but there is a deviation from their will in those precepts only which they have no power to enjoin. Commands that are issued adversely to the honor due to God, and hence are beyond the scope of justice, must be looked upon as anything rather than laws. You are fully aware, venerable brothers, that this is the very contention of the Apostle St. Paul, who, in writing to Titus, after reminding Christians that they are "to be subject to princes and powers, and to obey at a word," at once adds: "And to be ready to every good work." Thereby he openly declares that, if laws of men contain injunctions contrary to the eternal law of God, it is right not to obey them. In like manner, the Prince of the Apostles gave this courageous and sublime answer to those who would have deprived him of the liberty of preaching the Gospel: "If it be just in the sight of God to hear you rather than God, judge ye, for we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."
11. Wherefore, to love both countries, that of earth below and that of heaven above, yet in such mode that the love of our heavenly surpass the love of our earthly home, and that human laws be never set above the divine law, is the essential duty of Christians, and the fountainhead, so to say, from which all other duties spring. The Redeemer of mankind of Himself has said: "For this was I born, and for this came I into the world, that I should give testimony to the truth." In like manner: "I am come to cast fire upon earth, and what will I but that it be kindled?'' In the knowledge of this truth, which constitutes the highest perfection of the mind; in divine charity which, in like manner, completes the will, all Christian life and liberty abide. This noble patrimony of truth and charity entrusted by Jesus Christ to the Church she defends and maintains ever with untiring endeavor and watchfulness.
12. But with what bitterness and in how many guises war has been waged against the Church it would be ill-timed now to urge. From the fact that it has been vouchsafed to human reason to snatch from nature, through the investigations of science, many of her treasured secrets and to apply them befittingly to the divers requirements of life, men have become possessed with so arrogant a sense of their own powers as already to consider themselves able to banish from social life the authority and empire of God. Led away by this delusion, they make over to human nature the dominion of which they think God has been despoiled; from nature, they maintain, we must seek the principle and rule of all truth; from nature, they aver, alone spring, and to it should be referred, all the duties that religious feeling prompts. Hence, they deny all revelation from on high, and all fealty due to the Christian teaching of morals as well as all obedience to the Church, and they go so far as to deny her power of making laws and exercising every other kind of right, even disallowing the Church any place among the civil institutions of the commonweal. These men aspire unjustly, and with their might strive, to gain control over public affairs and lay hands on the rudder of the State, in order that the legislation may the more easily be adapted to these principles, and the morals of the people influenced in accordance with them. Whence it comes to pass that in many countries Catholicism is either openly assailed or else secretly interfered with, full impunity being granted to the most pernicious doctrines, while the public profession of Christian truth is shackled oftentimes with manifold constraints. (Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890.)
The words in Paragraph Twelve apply just as much to the lords of conciliarism, who possesseth not any authority in the Catholic Church, as they do to the lords of Modernity with whom they have been “officially reconciled” and allied in all things that pertain to the denial of the sacred rights of the Christ the King.
Thus it is we pray for the conversion of public life while we denounce and oppose the evil that they do.
We must, though, also consider the fact that we must be converted on our daily basis away from our own sins and worldliness, from our lack of faith and our putting almost total trust in the “salvific” nature of secular politics. As I long noted, dating back to the earliest days of my full-time teaching career forty years ago this very year at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York, there is no secular salvation, and we can never permit ourselves to become blinded by the illusion of such salvation.
Each of us is going to face Christ the King as our Divine Judge at the moment of our Particular Judgment, which is why the story of the saint whose feast we celebrate today, Saint Camillus de Lellis, should inspire us to quite our sins and our lukewarmness once and for all by making good confessions on a regular basis to a true priest if this is at all possible where one lives:
Camillus was a son of the noble family of the Lelli, and was born at Bacchianico, a town in the Diocese of Chieti, in the Abruzzi, in the year of our Lord 1550. His mother was sixty years of age at the time of his birth. While she was great with child, she dreamed that she brought forth a babe bearing the mark of a Cross upon his breast, and going before a troop of other babes marked likewise. When Camillus was a young man he served as a soldier, and yielded himself for a while to the sins of the world. In the twenty-fifth year of his age light from God broke upon him and in a violent fit of tears he determined to wipe away the evil relics of his past life, and to put on the new man. That very day, being the holiday of the Purification of the most blessed Virgin, he ran to the Friars Minors, who are commonly called Capuchins, and implored them to enrol him among them. They granted his wishes, but God was keeping him for greater things, and on this as well as on another occasion when he made the same attempt he was forced to abandon it by the increasing virulence of a loathsome running sore in the leg, with which he was afflicted. He meekly bowed himself to the will of Providence, and conquering his own wishes twice, stripped himself of the habit of the Order, which he had sought and received.
He went to Rome and was received as an inmate in the Hospital for Incurables. In consequence of his eminent good qualities the administration of the Hospital was committed to his charge, and he discharged this office with the most thorough trustworthiness and with a tenderness like a father's. He counted himself the slave of all the patients, and made it a religious duty to make their beds, clean them, dress their sores, and help by godly prayers and exhortations such as were in their last agony. In doing these things he showed himself a bright example of wonderful patience, indomitable firmness, and heroic charity. He became persuaded that a knowledge of letters would make him much more useful as a comforter to the dying, who were his peculiar care, and therefore, at the age of thirty-two years, he humbly went to school again, among little boys learning the first rudiments. After a time he took Priests' orders, and, in company with some companions who joined him, he laid the first foundations of the Congregation of Regular Clerks for ministering to the sick a scheme against which the enemy of man made an unsuccessful struggle. Camillus heard a voice from heaven issue from an image of Christ Crucified, strengthening him, and saw the nailed hands stretched out from the Cross to protect him He obtained from the Apostolic see an approval of his Institute, the members of which, (besides the three vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience,) take a fourth and very stern one, by which they bind themselves to serve all sick persons, even those stricken with the plague. Holy Philip Neri, who was Confessor to Camillus, testified that he had often seen Angels prompting the members of this Congregation what they should speak when they were assisting the dying, a proof how well-pleasing in the sight of God, and how useful for the salvation of souls, is this Institution.
Then he had thus given himself entirely over by these strict ties to the service of the sick, it was wonderful to see with what earnestness Camillus, broken by no weariness, and scared by no danger to himself, watched over their comfort by day and by night as long as life lasted. Becoming all things to all men, he took with cheerful readiness the most repulsive duties, discharging them with the most humble attention, and oftentimes on his knees, as though he saw Christ Himself in His suffering members. That he might be the readier to serve every one's need, he resigned the general government of his own Institute, and denied himself the indulgence in the heavenly refreshment which abundantly poured upon him, when he fixed his mind solely upon God. His tender, fatherly love toward the wretched had its brightest manifestations when Rome was stricken first by a contagious sickness, and then by famine, and Nola in Campagna suffered from a frightful plague. His love to God and to his neighbour was so glorious that he earned the nickname of Angel, and found Angels helping him in the difficulties of his divers journeyings. He had the gifts of prophecy and healing, and could read the secret thoughts of men's hearts. At his prayer, food was multiplied, and water turned into wine. His want of sleep, fasting, and unceasing work wore him down till he seemed nothing but skin and bones. He suffered from a complication of five different painful and incurable diseases, which he was accustomed to call the Lord's mercies to him, and which he bore bravely. He died at Rome on the day which he had himself foretold, the fourteenth of July, in the year of salvation 1614, and of his own age the 65th. He had received the Sacraments, and fell asleep in the Lord in an attempt to utter the sweet names of Jesus and Mary, while the Priest was reciting the words of the Ritual Gentle and joyous may the Countenance of Christ Jesus appear to thee. He was famous for many miracles, and Benedict XIV. solemnly enrolled him in the Kalendar of the Saints. (Matins, The Divine Office, Feast of Saint Camillus de Lellis. By the way, I pray to Saint Camillus de Lellis every day to help me to be converted away from my sins and failings)
Saint Camillus de Lellis engaged in a life of wanton pleasure in the military. He repented, thereafter giving his entire life to the suffering Christ in the persons of the most desperately ill. Why can’t we make some small sacrifice to try to make reparation to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our many sins?
We can’t we give up the television or the immersion in the countless bread and circuses, including sports, that keep us agitated and away from praying more Rosaries and spending more time in Scripture reading and in reading solid books about the lives of the saints?
The saints who are commemorated today, Saint Symphorsa and her Seven Sons, gave up their lives for the Holy Faith rather than surrender to the world during the persecutions of Emperor Hadrian:
Symphorosa was a woman of Tivoli, the wife of the martyr Getulius, unto whom she bore seven sons, named respectively, Crescentius, Julian, Nemesius, Primitivus, Justin, Stacteus, and Eugene, all of whom were arrested along with their mother, in the reign of the Emperor Hadrian, for professing the Christian faith. Their love was tried by many and divers torments, and their mother who had taught them their religion, was their leader to martyrdom. A stone was tied round her neck and she was thrown into the river. Her body was found and buried by her brother Eugene. The next day, being the 18th of July, the seven brethren were tied each to a stake, and all put to death in divers ways. Crescentius was stabbed in the throat, Julian in the breast, Nemesius in the heart, and Primitivus in the navel. Justin was hacked limb from limb. Stacteus was shot to death with darts. Eugene was cut into two parts across his breast, (from the head downwards.) Thus were these eight sacrifices of sweet savour offered up to God. Their bodies were thrown into a deep pit, on the road between Rome and Tivoli, at the ninth milestone from Rome, but were afterwards brought to Rome and buried in the Church of the Holy Angel-in-the-Fish-market. (Matins, The Divine Office, July 18.)
Each Catholic must be ever ready to suffer these kinds of martydoms, and the way to be prepared to suffer them is by renouncing the world and its false allurements.
We would do well to remember that the adversary will mock us for all eternity in hell for doing his bidding for him if we are not willing to quit and then to do violence to our own will in order to love God more perfectly as He has revealed Himself to us through His true Church.
In all of this, of course, we have Our Lady’s help.
May we rely upon our dear Blessed Mother in these perilous times as we are lost—both in this life and for all eternity—without her maternal intercession and protection.
Our Lady told us that her Immaculate Heart would triumph in the end. We must ever confident that this is so, and thus be content to do our daily duties with peace of mind and with hearts that are consecrated to her Divine Son’s Most Sacred Heart through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady, Mother of God, 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 Camillus de Lellis, pray for us.
Saint Symphorsa, and her Seven Sons, pray for us.