No Solution Other than Christ the King
Thomas A. Droleskey
Professional, career politicians and their sycophants are among the chief scourges of Modernity. Living only to acquire and then to retain political power as their sole raison d'etre, career politicians employ pollsters to conduct research, both in "focus groups" and was as by means of targeted sampling of various "universes" of voters in the general electorate, to take "stands" on various issues, particularly in election years, in order to bolster their own poll numbers and/or to assist members of their own band of criminals, that is, political parties, to retain or attain elected office. Little else matters other than getting elected. This is true for most members of both major political parties in the United States of America, albeit that a handful of exceptions to this accurate generalization might be found now and again.
Pope Pius XI, writing in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, issued on December 23, 1922, took note of the penchant of the false nature of "conflict" between allegedly "different" political parties:
To these evils we must add the contests between political parties, many of which struggles do not originate in a real difference of opinion concerning the public good or in a laudable and disinterested search for what would best promote the common welfare, but in the desire for power and for the protection of some private interest which inevitably result in injury to the citizens as a whole. From this course there often arise robberies of what belongs rightly to the people, and even conspiracies against and attacks on the supreme authority of the state, as well as on its representatives. These political struggles also beget threats of popular action and, at times, eventuate in open rebellion and other disorders which are all the more deplorable and harmful since they come from a public to whom it has been given, in our modern democratic states, to participate in very large measure in public life and in the affairs of government. Now, these different forms of government are not of themselves contrary to the principles of the Catholic Faith, which can easily be reconciled with any reasonable and just system of government. Such governments, however, are the most exposed to the danger of being overthrown by one faction or another.
That is, the only "brake" on the dangers inherent in a situation of apparent set of differences between political parties in some sort of "democratic" regime is Catholicism. The Church can adapt herself to any particular form of government, insisting, however, that every form of government recognize the true Church confessionally as the state religion and that the Church has the right, exercised only after exhausting her Indirect Power of teaching and preaching and exhortation, to interpose herself in civil matters when the good of souls requires her intervention. Any governmental arrangement, including that found under the Constitution of the United States of America, that does not confess Catholicism as the true religion and does not provide a role for the Catholic Church to serve as the ultimate arbiter on civil matters that pertain to the supremacy of the Divine positive law and the natural law and thus touch on the good of the souls for whom Our Lord shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood. Any form of government that excludes the true Church from its organic documents and from any involvement in the administration of the common good is doomed to produce a situation of utter chaos and disarray.
Pope Leo XIII put the matter bluntly in Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885:
To hold, therefore, that there is no difference in matters of religion between forms that are unlike each other, and even contrary to each other, most clearly leads in the end to the rejection of all religion in both theory and practice. And this is the same thing as atheism, however it may differ from it in name. Men who really believe in the existence of God must, in order to be consistent with themselves and to avoid absurd conclusions, understand that differing modes of divine worship involving dissimilarity and conflict even on most important points cannot all be equally probable, equally good, and equally acceptable to God.
So, too, the liberty of thinking, and of publishing, whatsoever each one likes, without any hindrance, is not in itself an advantage over which society can wisely rejoice. On the contrary, it is the fountain-head and origin of many evils. Liberty is a power perfecting man, and hence should have truth and goodness for its object. But the character of goodness and truth cannot be changed at option. These remain ever one and the same, and are no less unchangeable than nature itself. If the mind assents to false opinions, and the will chooses and follows after what is wrong, neither can attain its native fullness, but both must fall from their native dignity into an abyss of corruption. Whatever, therefore, is opposed to virtue and truth may not rightly be brought temptingly before the eye of man, much less sanctioned by the favor and protection of the law. A well-spent life is the only way to heaven, whither all are bound, and on this account the State is acting against the laws and dictates of nature whenever it permits the license of opinion and of action to lead minds astray from truth and souls away from the practice of virtue. To exclude the Church, founded by God Himself, from the business of life, from making laws, from the education of youth, from domestic society is a grave and fatal error. A State from which religion is banished can never be well regulated; and already perhaps more than is desirable is known of the nature and tendency of the so-called civil philosophy of life and morals. The Church of Christ is the true and sole teacher of virtue and guardian of morals. She it is who preserves in their purity the principles from which duties flow, and, by setting forth most urgent reasons for virtuous life, bids us not only to turn away from wicked deeds, but even to curb all movements of the mind that are opposed to reason, even though they be not carried out in action.
As I have noted over and over again in the course of the past fifteen years or so, this is a statement of Catholic truth from which no Catholic may dissent legitimately. A state founded on an acceptance of official religious indifferentism, heralded by apologists of Americanism and by conciliarists as an exercise in "religious liberty, will devolve sooner or later into barbarism, requiring the professional politicians to present themselves as the only guarantors of "ordered liberty" as they actually take away legitimate human liberties in order to aggrandize themselves and the omnipotence of the state. How ironic it is that many so-called traditional Catholics are actually dissenters from the Received Teaching of Our Lord on the absolute necessity of the confessionally Catholic State as the sine qua non for social order, placing them in direct league with the likes of the former Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and the scions of conciliarism as they serve as uncritical apologists for a regime that makes no room whatsoever for Christ the King and for Mary our Immaculate Queen.
Thus it is that the absolutely asinine proposal for a constitutional amendment to ban "marriage" among those steeped in perverted sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandment while permitting the states to recognize "civil unions" among such unrepentant sinners is being recycled for this election year. The amendment was a fatally flawed effort to "rally" the "conservative" political base of the Republican Party in 2004. It remains a fatally flawed effort to "rally" that same political base in 2006. An effort to ban "marriage" among perverts while permitting them (and others) to enter into "civil unions" is founded in such convoluted illogic as to be worthy of Hans Urs von Balthasar himself.
Millions of lemmings, however, will fall for this cheap political trick, which serves the needs of various "think tanks" and "conservative" orgnizations to raise funds to "defend marriage," believing that the amendment will save the day against "activist judges." "Activist judges," however, are merely making use of the lack of an ultimate authority in this country to deconstruct the words of the Constitution with as much ready abandon as Protestants have done (and continue to do) with the words of the Bible. The Constitution of the United States admits of no higher authority above its own words, rendering it as susceptible to deconstruction by legal positivists as the Bible has been rendered by the theological relativism that is Protestantism. Social problems that have their proximate origin in multifaceted consequences of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by Protestantism and Freemasonry are never going to be resolved by cheap political tricks. We need to restore the Social Reign of Christ the King and the confessionally Catholic State in which His Kingship is to be exercised as the fruit of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
With the Vatican stuck in the unreality of conciliarism, championing a "healthy secularity" or a "healthy laicism," the infallible teaching of the Catholic Church on the necessity of the linkage between Church and State has been denied by popes and cardinals and bishops and priests and scores of alleged lay experts in the field of Catholic social teaching, efforts by conciliarists to oppose such evils as abortion and special "rights" for those engaged in unrepentant sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments must make reference to a "civilization of love" or a search for a "meta-anthropology" rather than a call for the restoration of Christendom. Conciliarists thus find themselves in the same trap as practitioners of American politics as they are forever doomed to "search" for "solutions" to social evils that have arisen and spread as a direct result of the rejection of Catholicism by the world and the embrace of Modernism by those who hold ecclesiastical offices. To speak in confessionally Catholic terms is one of the few anathemas that the Modernist Church proclaims in no uncertain terms, once again uniting it with the penchant of career politicians to find secular, non-denominational or inter-denominational "solutions" to problems that can only be ameliorated by the conversion of men and nations to the true Faith.
The following exhortation of Pope Leo XIII, contained in Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890, is thus rejected by Americanists and conciliarists alike:
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. . . .
The chief elements of this duty consist in professing openly and unflinchingly the Catholic doctrine, and in propagating it to the utmost of our power. For, as is often said, with the greatest truth, there is nothing so hurtful to Christian wisdom as that it should not be known, since it possesses, when loyally received, inherent power to drive away error. So soon as Catholic truth is apprehended by a simple and unprejudiced soul, reason yields assent.
Anyone, whether he is a pope or an allegedly traditional Catholic (priest or layman), who rejects the necessity of restoring the confessionally Catholic State stands condemned as a moral, legal, and social Modernist. The words of Pope Pius XI, contained in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, speak of this most directly:
Many believe in or claim that they believe in and hold fast to Catholic doctrine on such questions as social authority, the right of owning private property, on the relations between capital and labor, on the rights of the laboring man, on the relations between Church and State, religion and country, on the relations between the different social classes, on international relations, on the rights of the Holy See and the prerogatives of the Roman Pontiff and the Episcopate, on the social rights of Jesus Christ, Who is the Creator, Redeemer, and Lord not only of individuals but of nations. In spite of these protestations, they speak, write, and, what is more, act as if it were not necessary any longer to follow, or that they did not remain still in full force, the teachings and solemn pronouncements which may be found in so many documents of the Holy See, and particularly in those written by Leo XIII, Pius X, and Benedict XV.
There is a species of moral, legal, and social modernism which We condemn, no less decidedly than We condemn theological modernism.
Writing in Quas Primas, issued on December 11, 1925, Pope Pius XI stressed, as he had in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, the necessity of men and their institutions of civil governance making public reference to the Holy Name of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as the King of all men and all nations:
If We ordain that the whole Catholic world shall revere Christ as King, We shall minister to the need of the present day, and at the same time provide an excellent remedy for the plague which now infects society. We refer to the plague of anti-clericalism, its errors and impious activities. This evil spirit, as you are well aware, Venerable Brethren, has not come into being in one day; it has long lurked beneath the surface. The empire of Christ over all nations was rejected. The right which the Church has from Christ himself, to teach mankind, to make laws, to govern peoples in all that pertains to their eternal salvation, that right was denied. Then gradually the religion of Christ came to be likened to false religions and to be placed ignominiously on the same level with them. It was then put under the power of the state and tolerated more or less at the whim of princes and rulers. Some men went even further, and wished to set up in the place of God's religion a natural religion consisting in some instinctive affection of the heart. There were even some nations who thought they could dispense with God, and that their religion should consist in impiety and the neglect of God. The rebellion of individuals and states against the authority of Christ has produced deplorable consequences. We lamented these in the Encyclical Ubi arcano; we lament them today: the seeds of discord sown far and wide; those bitter enmities and rivalries between nations, which still hinder so much the cause of peace; that insatiable greed which is so often hidden under a pretense of public spirit and patriotism, and gives rise to so many private quarrels; a blind and immoderate selfishness, making men seek nothing but their own comfort and advantage, and measure everything by these; no peace in the home, because men have forgotten or neglect their duty; the unity and stability of the family undermined; society in a word, shaken to its foundations and on the way to ruin. We firmly hope, however, that the feast of the Kingship of Christ, which in future will be yearly observed, may hasten the return of society to our loving Savior. It would be the duty of Catholics to do all they can to bring about this happy result. Many of these, however, have neither the station in society nor the authority which should belong to those who bear the torch of truth. This state of things may perhaps be attributed to a certain slowness and timidity in good people, who are reluctant to engage in conflict or oppose but a weak resistance; thus the enemies of the Church become bolder in their attacks. But if the faithful were generally to understand that it behooves them ever to fight courageously under the banner of Christ their King, then, fired with apostolic zeal, they would strive to win over to their Lord those hearts that are bitter and estranged from him, and would valiantly defend his rights.
Moreover, the annual and universal celebration of the feast of the Kingship of Christ will draw attention to the evils which anticlericalism has brought upon society in drawing men away from Christ, and will also do much to remedy them. While nations insult the beloved name of our Redeemer by suppressing all mention of it in their conferences and parliaments, we must all the more loudly proclaim his kingly dignity and power, all the more universally affirm his rights. . . .
Nations will be reminded by the annual celebration of this feast that not only private individuals but also rulers and princes are bound to give public honor and obedience to Christ. It will call to their minds the thought of the last judgment, wherein Christ, who has been cast out of public life, despised, neglected and ignored, will most severely avenge these insults; for his kingly dignity demands that the State should take account of the commandments of God and of Christian principles, both in making laws and in administering justice, and also in providing for the young a sound moral education.
The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God. If all these truths are presented to the faithful for their consideration, they will prove a powerful incentive to perfection. It is Our fervent desire, Venerable Brethren, that those who are without the fold may seek after and accept the sweet yoke of Christ, and that we, who by the mercy of God are of the household of the faith, may bear that yoke, not as a burden but with joy, with love, with devotion; that having lived our lives in accordance with the laws of God's kingdom, we may receive full measure of good fruit, and counted by Christ good and faithful servants, we may be rendered partakers of eternal bliss and glory with him in his heavenly kingdom.
Hollow political tricks from career politicians and conciliarist rhetoric from the Vatican will never retard any of the evils of Modernity. The evils of Modernity will only been ameliorated when and if some pope consecrates Russia to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart with all of the world's bishops in fulfillment of her Fatima Message. Those whose very power depends upon accepting the premises of Modernity, including the false foundation of the modern State, cannot admit that it is indeed the establishment of the City of Mary Immaculate that is needed. Those who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo produced by Modernity in the world and Modernism in the Church cannot admit that there is no other solution to social evils than the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King as it must be exercised by the Catholic Church that is part and parcel of the City of Mary Immaculate. Those who have made a career of speaking in secular, religiously indifferentist terms can never admit that it is necessary to speak confessionally as Catholics at all times in all venues to all people. Those who reject Christendom can never understand that the cloning of embryonic human beings by a private university, such as Harvard University at present, would be impossible in a Catholic world. Those who do not think as Catholics, you see, can never think of large parts of the world as ever having been Catholic or that it is possible, if even desirable, to make it Catholic again.
We, however, must speak as Catholics who are totally consecrated to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart no matter what this costs us in terms of human respect. We must speak about the Social Reign of her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in all venues at all times even if this makes us highly unpopular with supposedly traditional Catholics who are steeped, perhaps unwittingly, in the heresy of Americanism. We must raise the banner of Christ the King, keeping in mind once again these stirring words of Pope Pius XI in Quas Primas:
But if the faithful were generally to understand that it behooves them ever to fight courageously under the banner of Christ their King, then, fired with apostolic zeal, they would strive to win over to their Lord those hearts that are bitter and estranged from Him, and would valiantly defend His rights.
Professional, career politicians, including many so-called "pro-life" Catholics, do not defend the rights of Christ the King. Conciliarists refuse to do so. How can anyone who calls Himself a traditional Catholic not fight under the banner of Christ the King so as to win all men and all nations, including the United States of America, for the Church He founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope? How can any Catholic be believe a political system that makes no mention of the God-Man and His Social Reign and believes that men can be virtuous on their own powers without a reliance upon Sanctifying Grace is going to combat any evils at any time in any manner whatsoever? Such a system can only add to social evils by deluding men into thinking that Christ does not have to be recognized as King of all men and all nations at all times until He comes in glory to judge the living and the dead on the Last Day.
We must remain steadfast in prayer in these troubling times, keeping close to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary as we make reparation for our own sins and try to plant a few seeds when all men here and everywhere will exclaim with Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Angela Merici, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Catherine of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Therese Lisieux, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Blessed Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Blessed Francisco, pray for us.
Blessed Jacinta, pray for us.
Sister Lucia, pray for us.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.
SEQUENCE: VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS
Veni, sancte Spíritus,
Et emítte cælitus
Lucis tuæ rádium.
Veni pater páuperum,
Veni dator múnerum,
Veni lumen córdium.
Dulcis hospes ánimæ,
In labóre réquies,
In æstu tempéries,
In fletu solátium.
O Lux beatíssima,
Reple cordis íntima
Sine tuo númine,
Nihil est in hómine,
Nihil est innoxium.
Lava quod est sórdidium,
Riga quod est áridum,
Sana quod est sáucium.
Flecte quod est rígidium,
Fove quod est frígidium,
Rege quod est dévium.
Da tuis fidélibus,
In te confidéntibus,
Da virtutútis méritum,
Da salútis éxitum,
Da perénne gáudium.
Come Thou Holy Spirit, come,
And from Thy celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine.
Come, Thou Father of the poor,
Come, Thou source of all our store,
Come, within our bosoms shrine,
Thou of Comforters the best,
Thou the soul's delightful guest,
Sweet refreshment here below.
In our labor rest most sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill.
Where Thou art not, man hath nought,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew,
On our dryness pour Thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.
On Thy faithful who adore,
And confess Thee evermore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts descend.
Give them virtue's sure reward,
Give them Thy salvation, Lord,
Give them joys that never end.