The Angelus - May/June 2021: Social Doctrine
Why would The Angelus want to cover topics such as economics, politics, problems touching on race, the connection of law & liberty, and the differences and problems of both democracy & socialism? While they are not theological topics in themselves, the Catholic Faith does inform our understanding of these various social issues.
Letter from the Publisher:
If the previous issue of The Angelus gave us an exotic tour of the antipodes, Australia and New Zealand, this time, we are back home again, in the thick of real American life all around us. We wanted to bring under the spotlight the oft-quoted topic of social doctrine.
For the average person, the expression is vague enough to include disciplines like economics and politics, problems touching on religion and race, so-called opposition between law and liberty, let alone the validity of democracy and socialism. These are indeed some of the issues well worth the attention of our readers.
And why should these issues about the conditions of society be such a concern to us? Because, in the words of Pius XII, “Of the form given to society, in harmony or not with the divine laws, there depends and filters the good and evil of souls, that is to say, the fact that men, all called to be vivified by the grace of Christ, breathe, in the contingencies of the earthly course of life, the sane and life-giving air of the truth and the moral virtues or, on the contrary, the morbid and often mortal virus of error and depravity.”
It is a mystery to no one that our Western culture is fast depleting its rich patrimony, so slowly and wisely acquired through ages of faith and courage. Today, the most natural human rights are denied us. Laws protects the rascals and perverse while putting behind bars the honest and godly. We seem to be living “1984” or a preview of the “Lord of the World,” with the addition of a religion gone mad. Put bluntly in the happy wording of Dr. Rao’s hard-hitting article—harder than usual—“Gangster Society, Gangster State, Gangster Church!”
By way of relief in the seemingly dark background of present-day vision of society, we offer you a biography of Louis Veuillot, the 19th-century journalist who was the Nemesis of the Liberals. May Veuillot’s clear vision and love for the Papacy inspire us to preserve the perennial principles of the Church’s social doctrine.
Fr. John Fullerton
Table of Contents:
Theme: Social Doctrine
- Restoring the Broken Ladder of High Designs, by Robert Morrison
- Law and Order, by FSSPX News
- Understanding the Social Doctrine of America’s New Religion, by Robert Morrison
- Culture Shock, An Interview with Fr. Thomas Marie Onoda, SSPX
- Our Apostolic Mandate, by Pope St. Pius X
- The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: The Canon—Part Four, by Fr. Christopher Danel
- Meditations on St. John’s Gospel—Chapter Six, by Pater Inutilis
- Saint Thomas More, by Malcolm Brennan
- Law and Order in the Rule of St. Benedict, by a Benedictine Monk
- De Valera and Catholic Ireland, by Fr. Francis Gallagher
- Gangster Society, Gangster State, Gangster Church, by John Rao, D.Phil. Oxon.
- Who Is My Child?, by the Sisters of the Society St. Pius X. Translated by Maria Trummer.
- Around the Boree Log, by Msgr. Patrick Joseph Hartigan
- Questions and Answers, by Fr. Juan Carlos Iscara, SSPX
- Complex Questions & Simple Answers, by Prof. Felix Otten, O.P. and C.F. Pauwels, O.P.
- Louis Veuillot, by G. T.
The Last Word, by Fr. David Sherry