Why politics is important to the Church and souls

May 31, 2013
Source: District of the USA

Those who say that the pope now (after the spoliation of the Papal States) will be better off when he takes care exclusively of the things of heaven, are either politicians of bad faith who are attempting to mask the atrocity of the action under pious words...

Pastor's Corner

4th Sunday of April: 4th Sunday after Easter

On the relation of Church and State, some 19th century thinkers expounded clearly the real problem of doing away with God or the Church in political matters. Firstly, Proudhon, a French socialist revolutionary of the 19th century, and declared enemy of the Church, wrote:

Those who say that the pope now (after the spoliation of the Papal States) will be better off when he takes care exclusively of the things of heaven, are either politicians of bad faith who are attempting to mask the atrocity of the action under pious words, or they are stupid Catholics, not apt to understand that in the things of life the temporal and the spiritual are united, as the soul and the body."

Cardinal Pie, the champion of the rights of Christ the King and spiritual master of St. Pius X, as the latter confessed, wrote:

One cannot change the essence of things: Jesus Christ is the corner stone of the entire social building. If He is taken away, everything tumbles, everything is divided, everything perishes."[1]

The problem is not so much coming from the outside, from the devil and his followers—it is really from inside, when Christians do not understand what is at stake and what they are fighting for. A vague let-us-all-get-along-and-everything-will-turn-out-all-right is anything but a recipe for disaster. It is toleration at any cost, but Liberalism is its real name.

Cardinal Billot defined Liberalism as the image of the absolute individual liberty and Modernism as the ulterior development of individualism and subjectivism. In other words, modernism is an evolution of liberalism. With liberalism, we have the liberation of man from the idea of God and, with modernism, the triumph of subjectivism and idealism. Thus, it is another step but always the same concept which denies the dependence on God.

The peril of Liberalism has been denunciated by all the pontiffs of the 19th century up to Pius XII. St. Pius X put souls on guard against the peril of man who wishes to substitute himself to God. Nevertheless, liberal Catholicism, until Vatican II, did everything it could to reconcile the irreconcilable, that is, by reconciling the Catholic Faith with the principles of the French Revolution. To obtain this purpose, Liberalism hides itself and adapts its principles to the circumstances, not by straight rejection of the supernatural, but in dialoguing with the Catholics, so as to reduce it, and include it in nature. They do not deny God and his Church, but they are both placed at the service of man.

It is very striking to see that Archbishop Lefebvre was always concerned with politics: he was the 20th century champion of Christ the King at a time when churchmen had already thrown this doctrine to the wolves. Here is what he had to say on how religion affected politics in his book I Accuse the Council:

The triumph of ecumenical liberalism at the Council was the greatest victory for Communism. Christian civilization forthwith lost its self-confidence and thought it could adopt the principles of its enemies, viz. the rights of man, human dignity and religious liberty. This adoption opened a one-sided dialogue and raised the banner of detente and of pacifism. Consequently, Communism has spread over the world without hindrance… When soldiers have lost the ideal for which they fight their weapons fall from their hands. Since there is no longer a Christian civilization to defend, the field is left open to the Satanic revolution."

Here he was merely echoing the mind of Pope Pius XII. The latter describes the momentous impact which society may have on souls, and therefore concludes that the Church has a say on what the basic principles of a healthy society are.

The competence of the Church is incontestable in this portion of the social order which touches on the moral life to judge whether the bases of a social organization are in conformity with the immutable order of the things which God has manifested by the natural law and Revelation… The good or evil of souls depends and seeps in from the form which is given to society, in conformity or no with the divine laws."[2]

Thus with the advance of gay rights (and now their same-sex marriages around the world, the collaborative coordination of which does not escape a keen eye), with the push for euthanasia and the liberation of all taboos on genetic engineering aping the fiction movie Frankeinstein, the next Catholic generation will find little space left to live, profess and spread its faith in a context which resembles a descent into hell.


Footnotes

1 Cardinal Pie, Oeuvres, T. V. p. 333.

2 Pius XII, radio-message, June 1, 1941.