Two articles from last week, We Oppose You Because of Your Policies, Mister President, Not Because of Your Skin Color ,and Up In Smoke, neither of which have gained “traction” from the readership of the original Christ or Chaos, discussed the demagoguery used by the reigning caesar, Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro, to advance his policies and positions. There is really not much “original” to add to the previous articles that I wrote and have now cataloged on this site as a means of providing reading “back links” to the original site.
What I do want to reiterate, if ever so briefly, in this commentary is that the lawlessness of Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro and his band of statist social engineers is the end-product of the false, anti-Incarnational, naturalistic, religiously indifferentist and Pelagian principles of the American founding. The lion’s share of Catholics in the United States of America have idolized these false principles, resulting in the conversion of most them over the course of time to viewing Holy Mother Church through the lens of the American founding rather than viewing the latter through supernatural eyes of the Holy Faith. I stand by every word that I wrote in Conversion in Reverse: How the Ethos of Americanism Converted Catholics and Resulted in the Rise of Conciliarism.
This is all pretty simple.
The belief that men can pursue the common temporal good without a due subordination of all that pertains to the good of souls to the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law as they have been entrusted by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to His Catholic Church for eternal safekeeping and infallible explication is false.
The belief that men can maintain themselves in lives of “virtue” over the course of the long term without a belief in, access to and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace is false.
The heresy of Americanism exalts the possession of natural virtues over the supernatural virtues, which is why naturalists who host talk shows are prone to repeat the slogan that “Americans can do anything they put their minds to doing,” which implies that “special graces” are given to Americans merely because they are Americans.
Pope Leo XIII dealt a death-blow to this nonsense, writing in Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae, January 22, 1899, that men need the exterior guide of the Catholic Church to know what God has revealed and need the sanctifying helps of Holy Mother Church in order to persevere in virtue:
Coming now to speak of the conclusions which have been deduced from the above opinions, and for them, we readily believe there was no thought of wrong or guile, yet the things themselves certainly merit some degree of suspicion. First, all external guidance is set aside for those souls who are striving after Christian perfection as being superfluous or indeed, not useful in any sense -the contention being that the Holy Spirit pours richer and more abundant graces than formerly upon the souls of the faithful, so that without human intervention He teaches and guides them by some hidden instinct of His own. Yet it is the sign of no small over-confidence to desire to measure and determine the mode of the Divine communication to mankind, since it wholly depends upon His own good pleasure, and He is a most generous dispenser ‘of his own gifts. “The Spirit breatheth whereso He listeth.” — John iii, 8.
“And to each one of us grace is given according to the measure of the giving of Christ.” — Eph. iv, 7.
And shall any one who recalls the history of the apostles, the faith of the nascent church, the trials and deaths of the martyrs- and, above all, those olden times, so fruitful in saints-dare to measure our age with these, or affirm that they received less of the divine outpouring from the Spirit of Holiness? Not to dwell upon this point, there is no one who calls in question the truth that the Holy Spirit does work by a secret descent into the souls of the just and that He stirs them alike by warnings and impulses, since unless this were the case all outward defense and authority would be unavailing. “For if any persuades himself that he can give assent to saving, that is, to gospel truth when proclaimed, without any illumination of the Holy Spirit, who give’s unto all sweetness both to assent and to hold, such an one is deceived by a heretical spirit.”-From the Second Council of Orange, Canon 7.
Moreover, as experience shows, these monitions and impulses of the Holy Spirit are for the most part felt through the medium of the aid and light of an external teaching authority. To quote St. Augustine. “He (the Holy Spirit) co-operates to the fruit gathered from the good trees, since He externally waters and cultivates them by the outward ministry of men, and yet of Himself bestows the inward increase.”-De Gratia Christi, Chapter xix. This, indeed, belongs to the ordinary law of God’s loving providence that as He has decreed that men for the most part shall be saved by the ministry also of men, so has He wished that those whom He calls to the higher planes of holiness should be led thereto by men; hence St. Chrysostom declares we are taught of God through the instrumentality of men.-Homily I in Inscrib. Altar. Of this a striking example is given us in the very first days of the Church.
For though Saul, intent upon blood and slaughter, had heard the voice of our Lord Himself and had asked, “What dost Thou wish me to do?” yet he was bidden to enter Damascus and search for Ananias. Acts ix: “Enter the city and it shall be there told to thee what thou must do.”
Nor can we leave out of consideration the truth that those who are striving after perfection, since by that fact they walk in no beaten or well-known path, are the most liable to stray, and hence have greater need than others of a teacher and guide. Such guidance has ever obtained in the Church; it has been the universal teaching of those who throughout the ages have been eminent for wisdom and sanctity-and hence to reject it would be to commit one’s self to a belief at once rash and dangerous.
A thorough consideration of this point, in the supposition that no exterior guide is granted such souls, will make us see the difficulty of locating or determining the direction and application of that more abundant influx of the Holy Spirit so greatly extolled by innovators To practice virtue there is absolute need of the assistance of the Holy Spirit, yet we find those who are fond of novelty giving an unwarranted importance to the natural virtues, as though they better responded to the customs and necessities of the times and that having these as his outfit man becomes more ready to act and more strenuous in action. It is not easy to understand how persons possessed of Christian wisdom can either prefer natural to supernatural virtues or attribute to them a greater efficacy and fruitfulness. Can it be that nature conjoined with grace is weaker than when left to herself?
Can it be that those men illustrious for sanctity, whom the Church distinguishes and openly pays homage to, were deficient, came short in the order of nature and its endowments, because they excelled in Christian strength? And although it be allowed at times to wonder at acts worthy of admiration which are the outcome of natural virtue-is there anyone at all endowed simply with an outfit of natural virtue? Is there any one not tried by mental anxiety, and this in no light degree? Yet ever to master such, as also to preserve in its entirety the law of the natural order, requires an assistance from on high These single notable acts to which we have alluded will frequently upon a closer investigation be found to exhibit the appearance rather than the reality of virtue. Grant that it is virtue, unless we would “run in vain” and be unmindful of that eternal bliss which a good God in his mercy has destined for us, of what avail are natural virtues unless seconded by the gift of divine grace? Hence St. Augustine well says: “Wonderful is the strength, and swift the course, but outside the true path.” For as the nature of man, owing to the primal fault, is inclined to evil and dishonor, yet by the help of grace is raised up, is borne along with a new greatness and strength, so, too, virtue, which is not the product of nature alone, but of grace also, is made fruitful unto everlasting life and takes on a more strong and abiding character. (Pope Leo XIII, Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae, January 22, 1899.)
Why is this so difficult for those who persist in the psychic diseases of naturalism, including Americanism, to accept, thereby jettisoning once and for all the madness of “tweets” generated by individuals who believe in an “American way” that was the direct consequence of the Protestant Revolution and the rise of Judeo-Masonry?
(By the way, of course, the passage above from Pope Leo XIII’s Testem Benvolentiae Nostrae deals a death blow to the so-called “Catholic Charismatic Renewal” and all other forms of Pentecostalism that is held in such high esteem by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who will address a “slain the spirit” conference in Rome later this year.)
It is time for Catholics in the United States of America and elsewhere to understand once and for all that political ecumenism is as wrong as theological ecumenism, that no social evil can be retarded by means of political ecumenism.
Pope Saint Pius X made this very clear in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:
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. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
Pope Pius XI emphasized that the only true reform of men and their societies comes from cooperating with Sanctifying Grace:
Every true and lasting reform has ultimately sprung from the sanctity of men who were driven by the love of God and of men. Generous, ready to stand to attention to any call from God, yet confident in themselves because confident in their vocation, they grew to the size of beacons and reformers. . No doubt “the Spirit breatheth where he will” (John iii. 8): “of stones He is able to raise men to prepare the way to his designs” (Matt. iii. 9). He chooses the instruments of His will according to His own plans, not those of men. But the Founder of the Church, who breathed her into existence at Pentecost, cannot disown the foundations as He laid them. Whoever is moved by the spirit of God, spontaneously adopts both outwardly and inwardly, the true attitude toward the Church, this sacred fruit from the tree of the cross, this gift from the Spirit of God, bestowed on Pentecost day to an erratic world. (Pope Pius XI, Mit Brennender Sorge, March 17, 1937.)
Why do not these eternal truths apply here in the United States of America at a time when the chastisement represented by Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro is being visited upon us?
Despite of all his lawless, indeed, his rank criminality, Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro retains the approval of around two-fifths of the American electorate. Support for his statist plans of redistributionism in the name of “income equality” and “social justice” is going to increase, not decrease, over time as the demographics of this nation change.
Yes, make no mistake about the fact that the demographics of the United States of America are changing. More so than supposedly “true” adherents of the “conservative” brand of naturalism, Obama and his band of statists understand the reality of demographics very well. His political strategists knows that demographics of this country have changed dramatically in the past thirty-three years since the election of former California Governor Ronald Wilson Reagan to the Presidency of the United States of America on Tuesday, November 4 1980.
As has been many times on this site, America’s concentration camps and the mass media (news, sports, “entertainment” and other bread and circuses), have aided and abetted in no small part by the false “doctrines” of the conciliar revolutionaries and their sacramentally barren liturgical rites, have done a superb job of programming between two-fifths and one-half of the American population to accept “leftism” of one sort or another as the means to the “better life.” This is just part of the natural process of degeneration that must occur in a nation founded on false, anti-Incarnational, naturalistic religiously indifferentist and semi-Pelagian principles. Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetero is only the end product of this process of degeneration.
Ah, but Obama/Soetero is also the “gift” of the counterfeit church of conciliarism’s “reconciliation” with the “new principles inaugurated in 1789.” He was groomed by true ultra-progressive conciliar revolutionaries in the Archdiocese of Chicago, who shared with him a commitment to “reshape” society by means of the methods and the goals of the atheistic mocker of religion, Saul Alinsky, whose “rules for radicals” perfectly described the tactics that Obama/Soetero has used throughout his life to achieve his goals, tactics that he believes can be used–and even admitted publicly– to accomplish the end “necessary” for the “changing” of the United States of America: election an re-election.
The demographic shift brought about in large measure by contraception and abortion will continue by even more dramatic leaps and bounds once the naturalists of the organized crime family of the naturalist “right” assist Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro and Hillary Rodham Clinton and the other mobsters of the organized crime family of the naturalist “left” in solidifying their electoral power at the presidential–and hence Federal judicial–level–in perpetuity by caving on the issue of illegal immigration in the belief that Spanish-speakers will be grateful to them. This is delusional. (For my own study on the issue of illegal immigration, please see Good Catholic Common Sense Must Prevail, part 1 and Good Catholic Common Sense Must Prevail, part 2.)
It is this demographic shift that is returning some states of the Confederacy back to the Democratic Party after being fairly reliable “red” states in presidential elections from the time of President Richard Milhous Nixon’s landslide re-election on November 7, 1972, to the election of then United States Senator Barck Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro on November 4, 2008. States such as Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida have changed dramatically just in the past decade. Even the State of Texas is changing, making the rabid pro-death State Senator Wendy Davis’s bid to be elected Governor of the State of Texas this year, 2014, to be categorized in the realm of something that is not unthinkable. If defeated this year, Davis, who comes from the same genre of literary autobiographical novelists as Obama/Soeotro himself, may have a much stronger chance of getting elected in 2018.
Just as nothing is stable or secure in the Modernist view of the Catholic Faith, so is the the case that nothing is stable or secure in the anti-Incarnational civil state of Modernity. What is done in one election can be undone in another, and the most important end of career politicians is keep getting elected, which is why they will yield to the demigod of popular opinion rather than realizing that God, as He has revealed Himself to us through His true Church, is a majority of One.
A constitution that admits of no higher authority than the force of its own words, which must be interpreted by mere human beings, is as fungible in the hands of legal positivists as the words of Sacred Scripture are in the hands of Protestants and Modernist Catholics.
Again, why is this so difficult to accept?
Nations that do not place themselves under the sweet yoke of the Social Reign of Christ the King must live under the tyranny of the shifting sands of popular sovereignty and of the caesars who curry favor with “the people.”
As I noted almost a year ago now, the best response to the statism of Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro and the statism of Jorge Mario Bergoglio was delivered by the Archbishop of Venice, Giuseppe Melchiorre, in 1896:
In August 1896 in Padua, the second Congress of the Catholic Union for Social Studies took place. We have already seen that this organization had been created seven years before by Professor Giuseppe Toniolo, in the presence of the Bishop of Mantua [Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto]. This time, eight bishops were present and several directors of the Opera del Congressi took part. All the eminent representatives of the Italian Catholic Movement were present (Medolago Pagnuzzi, Alessi and others). Cardinal Sarto’s address attracted considerable notice. Faced with “ardent enemies” (unbelief and revolution) “…menacing and trying to destroy the social fabric,” the Patriarch of Venice invited the participants to make Jesus Christ the foundation of the their work: “the only peace treaty is the Gospel.” He warned them against what is now called the “welfare state,” the state which provides everything and provides all socialization: “substituting public almsgiving for private almsgiving involves the complete destruction of Christianity and it is a terrible attack on the principle of ownership. Christianity cannot exist without charity, and the difference between charity and justice is that justice may have recourse to laws and even to force, depending on the circumstances, whereas charity can only be imposed by the tribunal of God and of conscience.” If public assistance and the redistribution of wealth are institutionalized, “poverty becomes a function, a way of life, a public trade…” (Yves Chiron, Saint Pius X: Restorer of the Church. Translated by Graham Harrison. Angelus Press, 2002, p. 100)
No formula of a naturalist of the “left” or of the “right” can produce true improvement that will redound to men and their nations. It is only by light of the Catholic Faith that men can see clearly enough to pursue temporal matters in light of eternity.
Get out of the diabolical trap of naturalism. Refuse to be agitated by the “talking heads” on radio and television who do not understand anything about First and Last Things and thus whose histrionics are nothing more than the injurious babbling spoken of by Pope Pius IX as they do not understand that the remote cause of all human problems is Original Sin and that their proximate causes are to be found in the Actual Sins of men and thus can be remedied only by the daily conversion of souls as they seek to grow in sanctity by cooperating with the graces sent to them by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the loving hands of His Most Blessed Mother, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.
These “talking heads” make constant advertence to the genius of the “founding fathers,” men who a founding hatred for Christ the King, and their founding principles that have convinced men that they can establish a social order without regard to any religion, no less the true religion, which is the very premise of Judeo-Masonry. How can men who believe in the very principles that are the fruit of the Protestant Revolution against the Social Reign of Christ the King and of Judeo-Masonry that are the foundation of “American exceptionalism” help us to understand issues that must be viewed through the deeper, supernatural eyes of the Holy Faith? They can’t.
Consider these words of Father Edward Leen and learn from them once and for all, please!
A shudder of apprehension is traversing the world which still retains its loyalty to Jesus expressing Himself through the authority of His Church. That apprehension has not its sole cause the sight of the horrors that the world has witnessed in recent years in both hemispheres. Many Christians are beginning to feel that perhaps all may not be right with themselves. There is solid reason for this fear. The contemplation of the complete and reasoned abandonment of all hitherto accepted human values that has taken place in Russia and is taking place elsewhere, causes a good deal of anxious soul-searching. It is beginning to be dimly perceived that in social life, as it is lived, even in countries that have not as yet definitely broken with Christianity, there lie all the possibilities of what has become actual in Bolshevism. A considerable body of Christians, untrained in the Christian philosophy of life, are allowing themselves to absorb principles which undermine the constructions of Christian thought. They do not realise how much dangerous it is for Christianity to exist in an atmosphere of Naturalism than to be exposed to positive persecution. In the old days of the Roman Empire those who enrolled themselves under the standard of Christ saw, with logical clearness, that they had perforce to cut themselves adrift from the social life of the world in which they lived–from its tastes, practices and amusements. The line of demarcation between pagan and Christian life was sharp, clearly defined and obvious. Modern Christians have not been so favorably situated. As has been stated already, the framework of the Christian social organisation has as yet survived. This organisation is, to outward appearances, so solid and imposing that it is easy to be blind to the truth that the soul had gradually gone out of it. Under the shelter and utilising the resources of the organisation of life created by Christianity, customs, ways of conduct, habits of thought, have crept in, more completely perhaps, at variance with the spirit of Christianity than even the ways and manners of pagan Rome.
This infiltration of post-Christian paganism has been steady but slow, and at each stage is imperceptible. The Christian of to-day thinks that he is living in what is to all intents and purposes a Christian civilisation. Without misgivings he follows the current of social life around him. His amusements, his pleasures, his pursuits, his games, his books, his papers, his social and political ideas are of much the same kind as are those of the people with whom he mingles, and who may not have a vestige of a Christian principle left in their minds. He differs merely from them in that he holds to certain definite religious truths and clings to certain definite religious practices. But apart from this there is not any striking contrast in the outward conduct of life between Christian and non-Christian in what is called the civilised world. Catholics are amused by, and interested in, the very same things that appeal to those who have abandoned all belief in God. The result is a growing divorce between religion and life in the soul of the individual Christian. Little by little his faith ceases to be a determining effect on the bulk of his ideas, judgments and decisions that have relation to what he regards as his purely “secular” life. His physiognomy as a social being no longer bears trace of any formative effect of the beliefs he professes. And his faith rapidly becomes a thing of tradition and routine and not something which is looked to as a source of a life that is real.
The Bolshevist Revolution has had one good effect. It has awakened the averagely good Christian to the danger runs in allowing himself to drift with the current of social life about him. It has revealed to him the precipice towards which he has was heading by shaping his worldly career after principles the context of which the revolution has mercilessly exposed and revealed to be at variance with real Christianity. The sincerely religious–and there are many such still–are beginning to realise that if they are to live as Christians they must react violently against the milieu in which they live. It is beginning to be felt that one cannot be a true Christian and live as the bulk of men in civilised society are living. It is clearly seen that “life” is not to be found along those ways by which the vast majority of men are hurrying to disillusionment and despair. Up to the time of the recent cataclysm the average unreflecting Christian dwelt in the comfortable illusion that he could fall in with the ways of the world about him here, and, by holding on to the practices of religion, arrange matters satisfactorily for the hereafter. That illusion is dispelled. It is coming home to the discerning Christian that their religion is not a mere provision for the future. There is a growing conviction that it is only through Christianity lived integrally that the evils of the present time can be remedied and disaster in the time to come averted. (Father Edward Leen, The Holy Ghost, published in 1953 by Sheed and Ward, pp. 6-9.)
What should we do?
Spend more time in prayer before Our Lord’s Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament, if this is at all possible during this time of apostasy and betrayal.
Pray more Rosaries.
Make more sacrifices.
Do more fasting.
Pray for more crosses.
Pray for humiliation.
Enthrone your homes to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Read more books about the lives of the saints.
Stop watching television once and for all! The saints did not need to be bombarded with incessant news reports, did they?
Don’t be agitated by the lies of naturalists and their enablers.
Know that Our Lady’s Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart will triumph.
Conscious of making reparation for our own sins, which, although forgiven and thus no longer exist, are in need of our making satisfaction here in this passing, mortal vale of tears before we die, may our Rosaries each day help lift the scales of naturalism that cloud our vision, thus making us courageous apostles of the Social Reign of Christ the King who recognize and are unafraid to proclaim that Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Isn’t it time to pray a Rosary now?
Our Lady of the Rosary, 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 John Bosco, pray for us.