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  Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

October 25, 2015

Dangers in Church and State

Today, the last Sunday of October, has been set aside by Holy Mother Church as the feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This feast was instituted in the year 1926 by Pope Pius XI, inspired by the Holy Ghost, to provide us with a remedy for all the iniquities and miseries of the society we live in today. And there are so many! In England, the chief cause of death is not heart attacks or cancer. It’s abortion, which accounts now for almost 28 percent of deaths per year. And in this country, with its rising secularism, militant atheism, and anti-Catholicism, we can easily see how the woes of Europe are rapidly taking hold even in this once God-fearing nation.

We don’t need to go far to see the essence of the problem. A good example of it occurred when our current Vice President, Joe Biden, nominally Catholic, was asked a question in a democratic primary debate the last time he ran for office. He was asked how his Catholic faith had shaped his views on abortion. Mr. Biden had the following to say:

“With regard to abortion, I accept my Church’s position on abortion as a de fide doctrine. Life begins at conception. I accept that position in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians, and Muslims and Jews… I just refuse to do that. I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people, women that they cannot control their body.”

Compare Biden’s statement with the words of His Holiness Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Casti Connubii of December 31, 1930:

“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 are 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 cries from earth to Heaven.”

In passing, we can’t fail to mention the utter failure of Pope Pius XI’s would-be successor, Francis, and his utter perversion of Pius XI’s words when he addressed Congress. After a couple of fleeting words about “protecting life at all its stages” (which drew huge cheers from the conservative congressmen, desperate to hear any words of truth or encouragement from this man), and without ever mentioning the sin of abortion by name and certainly not in detail, Francis went on to excoriate the United States for not being pro-life, but why? Not because of abortion, certainly. Rather, because capital punishment is still used here. To Francis it is this “crime against humanity” which must be denounced and condemned, the putting to death of a few dozen sick sadistic murderers, while the clinical destruction of literally millions of innocent babies in their mothers’ wombs goes practically unmentioned. Note again the words of Pius XI – that it is the duty of the government “to defend the lives of the innocent”, not those who have been found guilty of the worst possible crimes against the innocent. But Francis’ plan is to usurp the pro-life movement and turn it against itself, to twist it into something that is opposed to its very reason for existence. And Francis received a standing ovation from Congress, not to mention from pro-abortionist Joe Biden who was standing two feet away from him.

The mental disorder known as liberalism twists the brain into thinking that we can be proud Roman Catholics standing up for our faith, at the same time as we work feverishly to destroy it. Such is Joe Biden’s position on abortion. Such is Pope Francis’ position on pro-life activism. They should both remember that God will avenge this innocent blood.

And yet, while certainly the Vice President is responsible for his own distorted way of thinking and his promotion of the crime of abortion, he is himself just another victim of the Church’s lack of moral leadership since Vatican II. As the Church goes, so goes the world. Before Vatican II, the Church gave very clear directives condemning abortion, which included excommunication for all those who participated in any way, including politicians like Biden. But today, we are so far away from this kind of leadership that the modernist bishops have now been given orders from no less than Francis himself, to stop “obsessing over” these relatively minor problems, advice which he himself certainly followed when he stood in front of Joe Biden in Congress and failed to condemn him and the Democractic Party in general, but instead spend half an hour in a tirade against global warming. We mustn’t obsess about the murder of innocent children, but apparently we are supposed to obsess to our heart’s content when it comes to non-proven theories about the weather. Since his return to Rome, Francis has reduced the Church’s authority regarding abortion even further, by allowing simple priests in the confessional to lift the excommunication occurred by those who participate in abortions. It’s all done in the name of tolerance and mercy, the acceptance of other people’s opinions, no matter how evil. Thus Francis and the new Church are quite happy to welcome and break bread with those in public office who vote to extend abortion, homosexual marriage and other moral crimes. The idea of public condemnation, excommunication, is now almost totally taboo. Anathemas themselves are now anathema. We can expect that the current Synod in Rome will have an equally “tolerant and merciful” message for Catholics who practice contraception, or who are divorced and remarried, who live in a permanent state of fornication, even with same-sex partners.

God is Truth. Period. As Catholics we have the duty to accept that truth in all its splendour as revealed by God and taught by the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. And in accepting that truth, we are duty-bound to spread it among those less fortunate than ourselves, those “devout Christians, and Muslims and Jews”, that Vice President Biden refuses to “impose” the truth on. We have no choice. We are soldiers in Christ’s army, and our commander-in-chief has told us what is true and what is false, what is right and what is wrong. He has told us to what to do: “Go ye therefore and teach all nations.” How dare any one of us stand up before Christ the King and say like Satan, “I will not serve”, or in Vice President Biden’s words, “I refuse”. I refuse to impose “my” truth on other people. Sorry Joe, but it’s not “your” truth. It is “the” truth, revealed by God and taught by the Church you supposedly belong to. It is the Truth for which missionaries have been giving their life’s blood since the beginning of the Church.

And where are those missionaries today? Yesterday I received an urgent appeal for prayers from one of our own Catholic missionaries, but from the Missions Office of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta. It was a prayer request on behalf of Dan and Marilyn Wilson, Baptist missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS. Mr. Wilson reports that ISIS has taken over the town where they live. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families even if it means their own deaths. They are very afraid, and have no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called them for some reason to be his voice and hands at this place at this time. Even so, they are begging for prayers for courage to live out their vocation in such dire circumstances; and, like the children, to accept martyrdom if they are called to do so. The brave parents of this town instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom rather than renounce God. Please surround these families in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance.

A later text message came in from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). He reports as follows: "We have lost the city of Qaraqosh. It has fallen to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back the Kurdish forces and is within ten minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN has evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"

Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region.
In the Middle Ages several religious orders were founded with the express purpose of ransoming captive Christians from the Muslims of north Africa and the Middle East. Orders like the Trinitarians and the Mercedarians thrived and attracted countless vocations to a life that promised little but slavery, abuse, torture and death. But it was the charitable work of these organizations that saved innumerable souls from the hands of Islam. It was the Church’s great work of true mercy. Where are those missionaries today? The Pope has forbidden any form of proselytizing, and religious are no longer permitted to seek conversions. Instead they are supposed to busy themselves with social justice projects, community organizing, and global warming awareness seminars. While thousands of children are being murdered, in lands both far and near, from Islam and from abortion, the Pope has no response other than to offer angry diatribes against capitalism, and warn us of the evils of air conditioning.

And in our own country, the Church today has totally failed in its job to protect the innocent. If it did, there would be fewer Joe Bidens polluting the political scene. If the Church spoke with the authority it had before Vatican II, we would not be assaulted daily by new examples of attacks on Truth. There would be no more controversy about banning manger scenes and Christmas carols in the high street or removing the Ten Commandments from our courthouses, and “In God we trust” from our coins, or “one nation under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance. There would be no more vile movies blaspheming Our Lord and the Blessed Mother, or sacrilegious works of “art” in our national museums. Because the Church would be there, ever ready to protect our rights, enforcing boycotts, organizing demonstrations, lobbying Congress, instructing from the pulpit, doing whatever was necessary to protect right from wrong. Instead, we have a Church that doesn’t even seem to care any more; a Church that no longer even has the concept that is “The Church”, and not just some 501(c)(3) corporation with tax-exempt privileges but no responsibility for the faith or moral welfare of her members.

With a Church like this is it any wonder that people like Joe Biden confuse the Light of Truth and Moral Right with the imposition of a burden on others? The simple excommunication of Joe Biden and Catholic politicians like him would have dispelled all confusion on their part, and on the part of those blind and ignorant enough to follow them. But with a man like Francis in charge of the Church, a man whose politics and religious beliefs are to the left even of Joe Biden’s, we shouldn’t expect too much. Personally I do not have the power to excommunicate Joe Biden from the Roman Catholic Church. However, to dispel any possible confusion here today I want to make it quite clear that if any pro-abortion Catholic politician were to show his face at this Mass, they would not be allowed to receive Communion. Priests are instructed not to give Holy Communion to public sinners, and Joe Biden has amply demonstrated by his own words that he is a public sinner. And the same thing goes for any of those other so-called Catholic politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo and so on. And the same goes for Pope Francis too!

For Christ to be King in our society today, we Catholics must grasp the reins and take charge at the grassroots level. Our leaders have failed us, both in the Church and in Government. The United States Constitution gives us the benefit of believing that it is “we the people” who control our country. Whether that is true or not does not prevent us from taking advantage of the idea. We can control the situation if enough of us wake up to the eternal reality that God is Truth and He is not mocked. Sitting on a sofa and tut-tutting at every new scandal and perversion announced to us with righteous indignation by Fox News will not make a difference. We need to act. Catholic Action!

Making Christ the King of our society, of our nation, this is what today’s feastday is all about. The acknowledgment of Christ as King is necessarily a call to action. We must act in our daily lives as though Christ is King, and do whatever we can to make him so. The Kingship of Christ. Not just words. We can no longer break bread with the devil. Satan has been very busy, and we have much work to do.
Act first by prayer. Pray for good government. Pray for a government in both our nation and our Church whose laws may be in conformity with the laws of God – it’s that simple! That’s all we’re asking for. A government and a papacy that we can be proud of, one which can be seen to stand up for the truths and the rights of God, to defend the innocent and reflect the justice, the true mercy and goodness of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Secondly, you must act! Don’t just pray for good government. Vote for the right people. If you have the time, work for political campaigns, for good men that will restore some moral order to the political world. Or if you have the right kind of job, work behind the scenes yourself for that restoration. Resolve once and for all to withdraw support, any kind of support, from any institution, political or religious, that promotes social issues at variance with those of your faith. When you go to the voting booth, never support any candidate who does not himself actively defend us from the crimes of abortion, homosexual marriage, and the new and perverse liberal thinking that is infecting this nation and the world. To vote for that party in an election is to be complicit in its crimes. It is a sin crying from earth to heaven, to use the words of Pius XI. To support with your vote a political party that is hell-bent on killing babies, destroying the notion of marriage and family, and wiping out God from our lives, can be nothing less than a grave and mortal sin.

More importantly still is your withdrawal of all support from religious organizations that support Pope Francis and his liberal agenda. The Church’s role in this world is to be the beacon of truth and morality, the one place where we might automatically assume that Christ is King. Since Vatican II, this role of moral authority has been ignored by most of the faithful, and even deliberately rejected by a majority of her clergy. We cannot support these priests and bishops in any way, not with our donations and Mass stipends, not with any active help or participation in their church activities, not in any way that enables them to continue in their current apostasy.

Don’t be fooled by their appeals for tolerance and mercy. Christ the King is also Christ the Judge. He is a judge who will certainly be merciful to those who repent their sins. But to those who die without repentance he will be the God of Justice, and he will condemn the guilty to a most terrible eternity. Can we be tolerant of sin, and merciful to sinners? Yes, of course, but that doesn’t mean that we can never condemn any evil whatsoever for fear of offending those who embrace it. To do so would lead to the triumph of evil men who would be left unchallenged to practice their perversions, shielded from harm by our misguided notions of tolerance and false meekness.

Catholics today need to know when to be meek, yes, but we also know when we have to stand up as soldiers in the army of Christ the King. We need to obey the commands—the commandments—of our commander-in-chief. We need to defend Faith and Morality. To fight the lies that are constantly being told by those around us, by the popes and politicians, the lawyers, the university professors, the media—all the machines of propaganda that want to make us believe that right is wrong and wrong is right, that “It’s a woman’s right to choose”, that “Being Gay is Okay”.

And as we fight those lies, don’t let them distract you when they create false enemies for us to unite against—global warming, the confederate flag, the right to bear arms, for example. And even worse, when they try to ban the public display of the Name of God and the things of God, and when they condemn the so-called “bigots” who do not and will never accept homosexuality as a natural right. The world will follow these preachers, but they preach a different gospel than Our Lord Christ the King. If they make themselves God’s enemies, they are our enemies.

As soldiers in Christ’s army we will never lack enemies. We must not forget Christ’s message of compassion and forgiveness for sinners. Charity is the highest of the commandments. But when an enemy presents himself, and declares himself the enemy of the Church, the enemy of Christ, then you and I must fight. Because it is a fight to the death, the death of the soul. It is Christ the King whose cause we must champion. It is Christ the King for whom we must be ready if necessary to suffer and even to die.

On this Feast of Christ the King, let us all do what we can to dispel misinformed consciences wherever we may find them. Not to do so is to join them by our silent compliance. It is to join the mob that demanded Christ be crucified. Not to speak out by demanding the release of Jesus, by demanding that the rights of the innocent be protected, is to give the victory to Satan. It is to gain the release of Barabbas instead. We are in dangerous times, and the last thing we need is for Barabbas to be unleashed amongst us. Where will Barabbas lead us? To Calvary perhaps, but not the Calvary of our redemption. To Calvary, the place of the skull, where our Jesus is spat upon and mocked by open blasphemy in the streets, where the effeminate crow their triumph over righteousness, and families are destroyed, where Our Lord is paraded before us clad with the scarlet and purple of the blood of the 55 million dead babies legally butchered since Roe v. Wade. And where the crown of Christ the King has become a crown of thorns.

May Christ be our King, yesterday, today, and forever.

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