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The weekly column of His Lordship Bishop Richard Williamson SSPX
ELEISON COMMENTS CLXXVI (Nov. 27, 2010) : SIXPENNY CIVILIZATION.
The life of the French painter, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), has been made into a film, a TV series, an opera and at least two novels. Something in that life must speak to modern man: the stockbroker who is putting bread on the table for a wife and five little children and throws it all away to become a revolutionary artist, spurning all of Western civilization on a distant island in the South Pacific. But does not Gauguin's restless end suggest that he may not have found the solution dreamt of there by so many souls ?
One fictional presentation of Gauguin's life was written 16 years after his death by a well-known British writer of the first half of the 20th century, W. Somerset Maugham, who visited the South Pacific to gather at first hand material for "The Moon and Sixpence". This title for his short novel based on Gauguin sounds strange, but in fact it goes to the heart of the matter. In 1915 had appeared Maugham's masterpiece, "Of Human Bondage", a novel basically autobiographical. A critic had accused the book's hero of being "so busy yearning for the moon that he never saw the sixpence (a small British silver-coloured coin of that time) at his feet". In other words, Maugham was so longing for some unattainable ideal that he was missing out on a lesser but practical happiness available at hand. Maugham retorted, "If you look on the ground for sixpence, you don't look up, and so miss the moon." In other words, there are higher things in life.
The use of this moon-sixpence contrast for his novel's title shows clearly what Maugham thought of Gauguin. The normal happiness of the middle-class stockbroker and family father is the sixpence. Throwing it all away to become an artist is the moon. Now let nobody think Maugham condones throwing away living and family. Maugham presents the artist Strickland, his Gauguin, as being horrifically selfish, hard-hearted and cruel. Yet Maugham also presents him as being a genius who was basically right to pursue his artistic vocation, whatever the cost may have been in sixpenny happiness to the artist himself and to those around him.
In other words, says Maugham, most people's lives in today's Western civilization are sixpenny lives. But life itself is worth much more than sixpence. In the brief span that men are given to live on earth there is something so much more valuable, that in pursuit of it a man is basically right, if need be, to trample any number of sixpenny pieces into the mud.
In real life Gauguin died, at least posthumously, a famous and fulfilled artist, but humanly still restless and rebellious. Maugham reproduces both the genius validated and the humanity frustrated. But has Maugham solved Gauguin's unsolved problem ? How can genius and life be opposed to one another, and both be human ? The problem looks as though it is widespread and deeply rooted. Is there a solution ? See next week's "Eleison Comments".
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Ireland's new poor struggling to survive the job losses of the recession are among hundreds queueing for free food parcels each week.
Little children taken to shelters for hot meals are pretending to school friends they are taken to hotels for lunch everyday.
As the Government publishes a four-year master plan to get the country back on the road to recovery, the stark truth about some of Dublin's most disadvantaged is laid bare at a day centre run by monks.
Campaigner Brother Kevin Crowley revealed people are living in fear of a planned €6bn budget.
"People are in fear of what's going to happen. There's anxiety. The biggest fear is the budget," he said.
"One of the things I'm concerned about is how the poor and working class people come out the worst in all of these situations."
The Capuchin Day Centre was founded by Brother Kevin in the late 1960s. At the time just 50 food parcels a week were handed out to Dublin's homeless, many of whom had drink or drug addictions.
"We have a new kind of person coming now," he continued.
"Over the last year we have people who are finding it difficult to make ends meet, who have problems trying to run their homes and these are the people that we call the new poor.
"A number of people are of course ashamed to come to a place like this for food. It's very difficult to queue in the street for food.
"It's degrading for people.
"Some of the little kids that come in here with their parents have to tell their pals in school they're going to a hotel for their dinner."
Up to 250 breakfasts and 400 hot lunches are dished out to the city's most disadvantaged every day.
About half of those taking shelter in the warmth are Irish. The rest are foreigners who came to Ireland during the boom years to try to make a better life.
The majority are middle aged men, the harsh years of their lives etched on their faces.
A steady stream of people queue outside where 900 shopping bags stuffed with basics like milk, bread and tea are handed out each week - a shocking figure that has doubled over the last year.
Brother Kevin insisted even at the height of the Celtic Tiger Dublin still had its fair share of poor.
"But now, especially with the recession, people are really living in fear and desperation," he continued.
"I have met people who lost their jobs and have to come for a food parcel.
"We don't ask any questions because we think it's difficult for people to come to a place like this.
"I feel people wouldn't be coming here if they weren't in need. We show them respect and dignity.
"Some say it makes a huge difference to their lives."
Running costs for the centre are €1.2m a year, with just €450,000 from the Government. The rest is made up through donations, fundraising and the time given by 100-plus volunteers.
Former heroin addict Noel Fagan said Dublin's homeless would starve without the centre, where men and women can shower and get clean clothes.
Cradling a mug of hot tea, he looks at ease as he smiles and holds out his warm hands.
"It's the warmth of the people in this place," he laughed.
"The staff. They're great. They'd do anything for you. There's one of the staff, he went over to watch a Liverpool match at the weekend and he brought me back a Liverpool jersey."
Now in his 40s and living in a B&B, Mr Fagan revealed he lost his flat, car, job and two kids because of drugs. He has been visiting the centre daily since he became homeless around 12 years ago.
"The food is great and it's for free. That's why there's so many people in here," he said.
"I mean Wednesday is the busiest morning of the week because they get the shopping bag.
"You'd be lost if this place wasn't here. You'd starve. The people on the street would starve."
Thousands more in Ireland have woken to the sham that is parliamentary democracy and party politics. Codreanu, is a folk nationalist whom we can learn alot from. You might be interested in The History of the Legionary Movement - by Horia Sima.
The weekly column of His Lordship Bishop Williamson
ELEISON COMMENTS CLXXV (Nov. 20, 2010) : HOPELESS ESCAPE
Currently showing in London (Tate Modern) is an exhibition of another great master of modern art - or is that a contradiction in terms ? - the French painter Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Men need pictures as they need a vision, of what life is all about. Today, electronics largely supply the pictures, but in Gauguin's time painters still had an enormous impact.
Born in Paris in 1848, Gauguin after various travels and occupations became at the age of 23 a stockbroker, and two years later he married a Danish woman who gave him five children over ten years. At this time painting was for him only a hobby for which he had talent, but after a failed attempt in 1884 to go into business in Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, he abandoned his young family in the following year and returned to Paris to become a full-time artist.
In 1888 he spent nine weeks painting together with Van Gogh in Arles, but it ended stormily. Back in Paris he was not gaining enough money or recognition, so in 1891 he set sail for the tropics, "to escape everything artificial and conventional". The rest of his life, except for one prolonged return to Paris, he spent in Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands, colonies then of French Polynesia in the South Pacific. There he produced most of the paintings on which rests his fame, but still he was fighting against Church and State, and only his death in 1903 prevented him from having to serve a three-month prison sentence.
Like Van Gogh, Gauguin began to paint in the somber and conventional style proper to later 19th century art. However, as with Van Gogh and at about the same time, the colours became much brighter and the style rather less conventional. In fact Gauguin was the founder of the Primitivist movement in art, and soon after his death had a considerable influence on the brilliant but also rebellious Picasso. Primitivism meant going back to primitive sources, because Europe felt as though it was burnt out. Hence the turning to African and Asian models, a notable example being "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" of Picasso. Hence Gauguin's flight to Polynesia in 1891, where he regretted the intrusion of Catholic missionaries, and where he studied and built into his art pagan gods of the local pre-Catholic mythology, including several quasi-devilish figures.
But does the vision of the Tahitian paintings of Gauguin, which are surely his best, represent a viable solution to the problems of the decadent West which he spurned and left behind him ? One may think not. Those now on show in the Tate Modern exhibition are original and colourful, but the Tahitian people he paints, mostly young women, remain somehow torpid and dull. Gauguin's Tahiti may be an escape, but it is not a hope. Gauguin may have been right about the decadent West, but the earthly paradise he fabricated in his Polynesian art left him restless, and he died still rebellious. There remains some problem that he has still not solved.
Interesting is the fictional version of his life by the well-known English 20th century writer, Somerset Maugham. See next week's "Eleison Comments".
An excellent article from Dr. Peter Chojnowski that features in The Distributist Review.
When considering the practical implications of the economic doctrines of Distributism, it is important to remember that the theorists, Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, Arthur Penty, and Fr. Vincent McNabb, had no intention of merely providing a macroeconomic model for a nation. Such a macroeconomic model is useful for the prudential decisions of the statesman. They, more so than we, had hope that such a model would be taken up by the statesmen of their day. It is providential, therefore, that they also mentioned the microeconomic implications of the “Third Way.” It is these microeconomic implications, applied specifically to the current situation of the average traditional Catholic family, which will be the topic of this article.
It is particularly fitting that we focus on the microeconomic aspects of the Third Way and ask ourselves, how can we apply these principles and ideas our own lives, our own family situations, and the situations of our ever growing traditional Catholic communities. The reason it is fitting is because “economics” from the Greek oeconomia, means “household management,” the way in which we give order, sustenance, and stability to our families and our communities. A true economic theory must, therefore, have as its primary aims the establishment of a system which provides for the basic needs of families and which provides men with work which is intrinsically fulfilling, capable of providing sustenance, and in full accord with the ultimate end of human life, the sharing in the Divine Life Itself.
What will enable our families to achieve these ends of work and household? First, we must commit ourselves to the goal advanced by the economic teachings of Pope Leo XIII (Rerum Novarum), Pope Pius XI (Quadragesimo Anno), and the Distributist theorists, the attainment of real property for families. It is only with the attainment of real property (i.e., not mortgaged to the modern day usurer) that we shall establish fixed “realms,” footholds of Christendom capable of sustaining over a indefinite period of time families dedicated to the Social Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Second, we must organize labor. Obviously, to organize labor there must be an sufficiently large “labor pool” to organize. If we are to truly construct the essentials of a microeconomic system, we must fulfill the end of an economic system: the satisfaction of the basic needs of families. This can only be done if there is a diverse enough group of men and women whose occupational talent would allow them to participate in this attempt to provide for the basic and primary needs of a community. In this regard, let us emphasize that our “parallel economy” (i.e., an economy which provides for the same needs as the dominant capitalist economy, but provides for these needs in a different manner), must be focused on attempting to provide what Fr. Vincent McNabb refers to as “primary goods,” (e.g., housing, food, clothing, and I would add medical services) as opposed to “secondary goods.” Secondary goods are those which are meant to satisfy some want or whim of man, but are not essential as are primary goods. By providing for the basic needs, or at least as many as possible, our community would advance towards the self-sufficiency which is the mark of all true societies.
Third, we need to have, on the part of a coherent community organized on the foundation of the true Faith, a commitment to support, in every way possible, the economic organization of the community on the basis of the teachings of the Church. Without this type of intentional commitment, any such project will fail. What is needed is both an occupational commitment on the part of some members of the community or communities and a financial commitment on the part of all of the members of a community. What type of occupational commitment would this entail? It would mean that a workingman or professional would give up his capitalistic consciousness which dictates that he use his skills, talents, and labors to fulfill the wants and whims of himself and his family alone, but rather, use them to both satisfy his families needs and contribute to the satisfaction of the needs of all the families in the community. What type of financial commitment would this entail? Only the resolve, on the part of all the members of the community, to channel their financial resources in such a way that their own family’s needs are satisfied through the efforts of the economic organs or corporate bodies which are made up of the men and woman of one’s own community. The point is not gratuitous financial contributions, but rather, simply fulfilling one’s family’s basic needs within the structures organized by the community itself. For this especially to occur, we must develop a stronger sense of “brotherhood” based upon adherence to the fullness of the true Faith and upon the God-given virtue of fraternal charity. Our commitment, as individuals and as communities, must be to ensure that whole groups of families, the larger the better, survive, prosper, raise and educate their children, and persist in their practice of the true Religion in the face of a completely hostile world and anti-Christian “system.” This would be our opportunity to disinvest in an economic system committed to the destruction of large, truly Catholic families and reinvest in a microeconomic effort that will not only sustain traditional Catholic families as traditional Catholic families, but, inevitably, help sustain the traditional chapels and schools which are now giving life to the souls and minds of so many.
The first step in the organization of such a microeconomic system is the organization of guilds. Guilds were the organs of the Distributist economic system which flourished in the Catholic centuries of the past. By their very nature, guilds demand a labor force divided according to certain specialties. For our purposes, since we are dealing with a relatively small labor pool, we ought to establish guilds each dedicated to the satisfaction of one of the basic needs mentioned earlier (i.e., food, housing, clothing, and medical care). Since these guild will be corporate bodies, uniting all the members of a certain type of trade, these bodies will need to be animated by spiritual souls. The first need for such an organization of workers is the spiritual and moral care of a chaplain. The chaplain’s role would be to properly orient the minds of the “brothers” so that in their dealings with one another and their clients, they will properly implement the teachings of the Church in their own specific field of labor, along with insuring that the men are always understanding their work and their labor as a guild from the perspective of the Faith and of the ultimate goal of human life. Also, in the great spirit of the medieval guilds, a special devotion to a patron saint should bind together the Catholic life of each specific body; St. Raphael for the medical workers and St. Joseph for the construction workers readily come to mind. By giving work a Catholic spirit, and by working with those who have the same faith and struggle to lead the same moral life, there will inevitably be a greater integration of faith and labor which will make for a more integral Catholicism on the part of those who attain membership in the guild.
Along with integrating faith and work, the system of guilds would help gain economic clout for the guild as a body of worker or professionals. Either the guild as a whole, for instance, the construction worker’s guild, would be in a better bargaining position as regards specific contracts because they have an assembled team with a certain reputation in the area, or an individual employee, say a radiologist, as a member of the medical services guild would have backing him a group of professionals from the same general profession. The ultimate objective for these guilds, of course, would be to serve as the primary “organs” supply the basic goods needed for the sustenance of the community. Not only should the work of the guilds be specifically directed to the good of their own specific communities. The members of the communities serviced by the guilds must also take it upon themselves to support their brethren by employing them. The traditional Catholic communities must begin to employ their own people to service the primary needs of their own families. When a traditional Catholic man is looking for a wife, he, if he is sane, “looks” in specific places and among certain families. Why is it not the same when looking for an employee?
By organizing labor in the form of a guild system, financial resources can also be more easily pooled, making the takeover of operational businesses in the area in which most of the community lives more likely. A grocery store, farmers’ cooperative, or a clothing store which has as its aim the service of the community rather than pure profit, should be a goal for the relevant guilds. It is these types of businesses, either guild or family owned, which could make the Church’s demand for a just and affordable price a reality. Establishing affordable prices and providing just wages for the employees could be rendered economically feasible by a steady clientele and a high volume of sales. Business ownership also means some degree of political clout on the local level. Money means power; let us not shirk from this thought, but rather, employ the truth for the financial and social well-being of our communities.
Of course, in our time, one of the fields in which you find many morally objectionable practices and attitudes is the medical field. Surely, with all the medical needs of large families, including deliveries and pre- and post-natal services, one of the goals for a medical service guild should be the establishment of a independent medical clinic or the takeover of an already operational clinic. There might even be a concerted search to find staffing for such a clinic from among traditional Catholic medical professionals looking to move to one of the various communities in the United States and elsewhere. In full accord with the “back to basics” approach of this proposal, the servicing of home-births would surely be beneficial to those large or new families seeking to avoid the astronomical price, sterility, and nonfamilial atmosphere of the modern hospital.
As increasing numbers of young families realize that their children need the benefits of an education at a traditional Catholic school, they will necessarily consider migrating to a traditional Catholic community which is formed around an operational educational institution., normally one which can provide an education for all the years up to and including high school. One of the concerted efforts which must be made is to provide affordable housing for these new and growing families. Affordable housing is only possible when there is affordable land upon which to put a house. It would be most probable then that the communities which could attract such new or large families would be situated in rural or semi-rural areas. In these areas, tracts of land could be bought outright, without needing to ask for the “services” of the local branch of international usury. If real property is the aim, affordable land is a necessity. The next problem to be solved is the building of affordable housing. Here, I believe that the construction guild could make this there central task and “apostolate.” What better way to encourage young and growing families to move to chapels which provide also a school for children, than by making affordable, really affordable housing available to them? What better way to provide for steady and continuous work for the construction guild, than to service the demand which would no doubt exist if a ready supply were known to be available? Our slogan here should be “make work not fake work”! Of course, in these individual communities, there would need to be those who coordinated supply and demand. This could consist in an outreach program attached to the construction guild. The accumulation of capital by the guild itself, could facilitate the initial purchase of the tracts of land upon which the guild would build the houses. Houses not generally meant for singles or for small families, but for large ones. Again, increased volume would make possible affordable prices. The goal, of course, must be to have the maximal number of families possess their own mortgage-free housing.
On of the aims of the proposed guild-system must be the initiation of an apprenticeship system. Apprenticeships have always been the future of any guild. They have also been a source of hope for the young. The essence of the apprentice system is the existence of a master or master-craftsman and a disciple or apprentice. The relationship between master and disciple is fundamental of all true educational systems of any sort. Such a relationship, either established within a particular guild or, even, with a youth’s own father serving in the roll of master-craftsman, would remedy many of the dilemma’s which tax the minds and hearts of our traditional Catholic youth. First, there would be a greater psychological integration. By forming fraternal bonds with the men working in the same profession who, also, share the same faith, the true Faith would become something more than a series of propositions learned in childhood, with little relevance to the world of work, money, and friends. Rather, by feeling himself to be a vital part of a corporate body of men united not only be a common work but by a common faith, he will not be able help understanding the Faith to be something for mature minds. In this case, the Faith will provide him friends, mentors, customers, an occupation, hope for the future, and bread.
Second, the apprenticeship system would provide something desperately needed by our youth: a very quick transition from adolescence to adulthood. The serious work of a serious trade would not only render the youth more responsible for themselves, but it would also allow them to clearly envision the day in which they will be provident enough to form a family of their own. Attached to this idea of reviving the ancient position of the apprentice, is another proposal which has a similar set of goals. It is the master/apprentice relationship applied to professional “white-collar” careers. Most of these would fall outside a guild system which has as its aim the providing of what we have called “primary goods”; if a young person should want to become a professor, lawyer, or accountant for example. For these youth, I would advance the idea of a “big brother” program with an established network of professional contacts. These “big brothers,” who are traditional Catholics who already work in the profession that the youth is trying to enter, would act as advisor, confidant, patron, and contact provider for the youth as he maneuvers his way through the educational and professional maze that is part of the initiation into any profession. We would therefore ensure either that the communities we have been speaking of would have an entire ensemble of professionals dedicated to its service or you would have young traditional Catholics being carefully maneuvered into the “right” positions. We must cultivate our best and our brightest. Remember, the Masons took the idea from us!
One of the most obvious problems encountered by the head of a household in his attempt to gain real property for his family is the fact that wages are not high enough to meet the demands made upon him to provide the primary goods necessary for his family’s survival in our contemporary society. Our style of life cannot be maintained without going into debt to one or another of the financial institutions which, through usury and by exploiting an economic system based upon wants and whims, have gained a hold on the money supply and have somehow received “permission” to create “money,” backed by nothing but the word of the institution itself. How can we avoid having the brethren go into debt? Such must be one of the primary aims of a parallel economy based upon the Distributist principles of Rerum Novarum. In this regard, along with the construction guild keeping prices down because of steady demand and because the objective is family sustenance and not profit, there are two other ways I would suggest for avoidance of indebtedness by our fellow co-religionists. They are a prudent and restricted use of the barter system, and the establishment of nonusurious credit unions. By the “barter system,” I simply mean the exchange of service for service, rather than the exchange of service for dollar. Not only would this exchange of one man’s work for another man’s work further strengthen ties between man and man, family and family, but it would also allow a family to conserve whatever monetary capital it has, while absolutely avoiding the need to go to the givers of credit to pay for a service. Moreover, as far as I know, a service exchanged for service (e.g., plumbing work for chickens and eggs), would not figure as part of one’s yearly income. Another way to legally “disinvest” in the System and reinvest in the homesteads of Christendom.
The other way I would propose for helping the traditional Catholic brethren to avoid the slavery of usury and, yet, to provide a source of finance for some of the projects suggested here, is to establish nonusurious credit unions. How can this be possible since the typical credit union loans out money at a lower, but still at some, rate of interest to its members? Here we must keep in mind the Catholic Church’s traditional condemnation of the taking of interest on all nonprofit yielding loans. Loans for housing construction are, except in cases of speculation, not profit-bearing loans. A loan with interest which serves as the initial investment money for a project which yields a profit, a census as the Medievals would have it, was always perfectly acceptable to the Church . The loaner, in this case the proposed credit union, would simply serve as a partner in what would be a joint venture. By receiving back part of the profit from these joint ventures, the credit union, which would have to be established by the pooling of capital, would be able to loan money to those in the community who are building houses or providing for other basic and primary needs. These loans would be paid back, on schedule, without any usurious charged being attached to the loan.
The above proposals are based on a cold and hard fact. It is that, in the near future, on the geo-political scene and on the macroeconomic level, there is little hope that the ideas put forward by the Distributists in the early part of the twentieth century will be implemented. Since, however, they are part and parcel of a full Catholic vision of the rightly ordered human society and since, according to Rerum Novarum and Quadragesimo Anno, they are part of the full realization of the Social Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we must attempt to implement these ideas on the local level and community level. We need communities for this. We have such communities established and we know of a number of other such communities, in the United States and elsewhere, Tynong, Australia for example, who are in their nascent stage.
If we are to survive and to even prosper as communities of families animated by and adhering to Tradition, if our young are to be encouraged from going over to the other side, in their minds or in their hearts, and if we are to live the principles and doctrines that we adhere to with our minds within a hostile society, we must consider, seriously, the question, how to do it? The basic answer to this question is not to treat brothers like strangers.
My dear friends,
We are launching a Rosary Crusade for the Defense of God's Law on Life and Family especially for the Philippines.
The Philippines is now threatened by a proposed Reproductive Health Bill also known as the RH Bill.
This bill is a full frontal attack on the Catholic Church, its Hierarchy, its morals, its missionaries, its clergy, and its laity.
This House Bill 96 attacks the Catholic Church trying to put to jail every bishop as the "responsible officer of the juridical entity" that refuses to participate in the Reproductive Health Services guaranteed by this law.
This proposed law threatens Catholic foreign missionaries and Non-Government Organization workers with jail sentence / fine and immediate deportation without further process upon the refusal to cooperate in mandatory reproductive health care service
This bill even punishes all who shall speak against the evils of contraceptives. This RH Bill wants to make the Public Health Sector anti-Catholic and hostile to morals and faith.
This bill has provisions that will send to jail or fine all doctors and health care providers who shall refuse to cooperate in "modern Methods of Family Planning" such as IUD, ligation, vasectomy, and promotion and distribution of condoms and pills and so on.
This RH Bill considers having many children a cause of poverty. On the contrary, our beloved nation the Philippines needs more good citizens, holy men and women to work hard resisting corruption, the best doctors and professionals for the country. The true solution is not to reduce the children but to educate our children well.
This bill considers pregnancy a disease and acknowledges that the contraceptives are essential medicines. Life is a gift of God.
This bill, if passed, will be the beginning of the total destruction of the morals and families in the Philippines.
We deplore this threat on our Church in the Philippines. This is why at this moment of danger, we call on all Catholics to pray the holy Rosary for the Philippines. This is why we call, we appeal to all of you to join our Rosary Crusade. Our Lady never fails us when we invoke her aid.
For this crusade, record the number of rosaries you pray daily and submit to us monthly by email, by fax, by phone, or by mail.
This crusade starts on October 31st. By January 16, 2011, feast of Sto. Niño, we want to collect one million rosaries for Our Lady.
Please help us! Please join our Rosary Crusade.
This is Father Thomas Onoda in the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Immigrant crime is on the increase and “No Go Areas” are starting to exist in Ireland. The following news report is from Germany. Immigrant crime needs to be tackled in Ireland and foreigners engaging in criminal activity ought to be repatriated to their country, and serve their prison sentence there. Immigration is out of control in the cities and towns of Ireland.
An excellent booklet on Catholic Social Action. Do bookmark the link as the thread will be updated.
Catholic Action: Uses, Abuses and Excuses
Author: Liam Connolly
Publisher: St. George Educational Trust
ISBN: 0 9525420 5 6
"Fierce war broke out in Heaven, where Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought on their part, but could not win the day, or stand their ground in Heaven any longer; the great dragon, serpent of the primal age, was flung down to Earth; he whom we call the Devil, or Satan, the whole world's seducer, flung down to Earth and his angels with him."
It might seem strange that an article professedly concerned with Catholic Action should begin its enquiry with a verse taken from the Book of the Apocalypse. There appears, at first sight, no obvious connection between the two, and yet, as we shall see, it is, in fact, the most logical place to begin our study.
When the great Archangel Lucifer, that spirit of brilliance and profound beauty, screamed his defiance before the throne of Almighty God, uttering the words Non Serviam it reverberated not merely throughout Heaven, but also down the long centuries that we call the history of mankind. The expression, Non Serviam led not only to Lucifer's deposition from the hierarchy of Heaven and his expulsion therefrom, but also to his transmogrification. From the heights of perfection, these two words of disobedience were to bring forth a new and awful reality; a being of perverse intelligence and spiritual ugliness, the exemplar of evil. Caste down upon the Earth he becomes, thereby, "the Prince of the World" as Jesus Himself tells us several times in the Bible. Now, the arrival of Satan on Earth is something of a mystery, for it is the arrival of evil into a world that still possesses its pristine purity, that is free from the effects of Original Sin. How can we explain this apparent contradiction: that "the Prince of the World," the epitome of evil, is the governor of a perfect world? Perhaps we can come to some understanding of this paradox by seeking an analogical answer.
When a priest is nominated the shepherd of a given diocese, he is immediately thereafter called the bishop of the diocese, yet he only "takes possession" of the diocese - that is to say lay claims to his title - sometime after in a formal ceremony, usually in the diocesan cathedral. In subsequent months and years the bishop comes to know his diocese intimately - its priests, its faithful, its resources, its needs - and proceeds to stamp his personality upon it. It is at this time that the Prince of the Church comes into full and real possession of his diocese, and where this imprint of the episcopal personality is profound, one sees how the bishop and the diocese become, in a certain sense, synonymous. It is for this reason that Mgr. de Castro Meyer and the diocese of Campos will always be linked in the mind of the Church.
In like manner we can view Satan, "Prince of the World," coming "into possession" of his title, the Earth. His official act of entry into his domain takes place in the Garden of Eden in his confrontation with our First Parents, Adam and Eve; his assistance at the eruption of Original Sin into the world is pregnant with consequences of the most divers kind. From this point he seeks ever greater knowledge of his Princedom - its individuals, its peoples, its nations and its cultures - in order to stamp his personality on the world, and which is constrained only by God's command that those loyal to Him should combat the extension of Satan's reign, and make victorious in its place the Kingdom of God, the Mystical Body of Christ. With two kingdoms diametrically opposed, war is the inevitable consequence, so much so that Jesus says: "I come not to bring peace, but a sword."
Of course, contemporary Catholics tend to have an aversion to the idea of war. Raised in an atmosphere of soft theology, they have come to believe, vaguely, that Catholicism is some species of pacifism. They forget the hardness and resolution of the old catechism; they forget the true significance of their Confirmation in the Faith. "What is Confirmation?", asks Canon Cafferata. He replies: "Confirmation is a sacrament by which we receive the Holy Ghost, in order to make us strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ." Our attention ought to be drawn by the word 'soldiers'. The text does not say 'pacifists', 'politicians', 'bureaucrats', but 'soldiers', and a soldier is someone who fights. Catholics are, therefore, by definition - because of their Baptism and Confirmation - necessarily fighters, and this because the Mystical Body of Christ, the Kingdom of God, cannot dominate the Earth as it must, and as it does in Heaven, until the prince of the World and his allies are struck down and destroyed.
That is a truth that no Catholic can reject without, thereby, rejecting the Catholic Faith: Adveniat regnum tuum; Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo, et in terra. Now, when Adam and Eve were persuaded to take a bite from the apple of the Tree of Knowledge two things of world-historical importance took place. Firstly, Satan revealed his predatory nature in what was an effective declaration of war on mankind.; secondly, and as a logical consequence, this declaration of war necessitated that every man borne of woman until the end of time had to choose allegiance to the forces of God or to the forces of Satan. To the conscientious objector, the pacifist, the compromiser, the negotiator, Jesus spoke clearly: "I know thy works; thou are neither cold nor hot. Would that thou hadst been cold or hot! As it is, because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I am about to vomit thee out of My mouth." At this moment the battlelines were drawn, and the battle now rages to its conclusion.
Protestors have thrown eggs and cheese at a car carrying the Health Minister Mary Harney in Co Tipperary.
It is understood the incident happened this afternoon as she was arriving at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Nenagh to open a new unit.
It comes after red paint was thrown at the minister during an event in Dublin two weeks ago.
The E.U. President has declared the Homogenous Nation State to be dead. No surprises there as the EU and the enemies of the Nation have no regard for sovereignty and the idea of a Nation. Our folk Nationalism means we are proud to be European. We are Irish first and patriots in our own country. The Europe of Nations is certainly being a true European. Our support is for the Europe of Nations.
It’s up to the patriotic few to restore the pride in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Be a voice against mass-immigration to Ireland. Say YES to the repatriation of immigrants to their country of origin.Stand Up to the enemies of the Nation.
Before the regular meeting of Cork City Council, the current Lord Mayor Cllr Michael O’Connell read extracts from the archived minutes of Corporation meetings from 1920 – the year when Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney were elected lord mayor of the city.
MacCurtain, who was elected lord mayor in January 1920, was shot dead by members of the Royal Irish Constabulary at his home in Blackpool on March 20, his 36th birthday. His successor, MacSwiney died in Brixton prison in England after 74 days on hunger strike.
"As a successor to MacCurtain and MacSwiney, I am both humbled and honoured to read the historic minutes of corporation meetings from the time, to symbolically launch the week of civic commemoration to mark the 90th anniversary of the deaths of both great patriots," Cllr O’Connell said.
"By the end of 1920, both lord mayors had given their lives to the nation’s struggle for independence.
"The tumultuous events of the year were ultimately to turn international opinion in support for that struggle for independence."
Fionnuala MacCurtain, a grand-daughter of the patriot, said she and her mother, Mai, who was married to the lord mayor’s only son, Tomás, hope the public will come to see the exhibition in Millennium Hall, at City Hall. "It is great to see both men remembered for the contribution they made," she said.
"Because of the manner of his murder, my grandfather’s death often overshadows his life. This exhibition will bring more of his life and work to light."
A public exhibition, the first in the Cork 1920: Enduring The Most programme of civic events, will be formally launched in City Hall this morning. It will run for four days.
Other events during the week include talks by historians, and a Mass celebrated by Bishop John Buckley at 10.30am on Sunday at the North Cathedral, from where MacSwiney and MacCurtain were buried.
- Details of the programme are available at www.corkcity.ie/enduringthemost
“Come ogni anno si è svolta a Catania e provincia dal 24 ottobre al 31 ottobre la "Settimana per la difesa della Vita".
La manifestazione si è conclusa con un corteo-fiaccolata per la via principale di Catania, via Etnea, e con comizio finale del Segretario Nazionale di Forza Nuova on. Roberto Fiore.”
In 1935, Fr Coughlin proclaimed, "I have dedicated my life to fight against the heinous rottenness of modern capitalism because it robs the labourer of this world's goods. But blow for blow I shall strike against Communism, because it robs us of the next world's happiness."
His Lordship Bishop Williamson provides an excellent column yet again.
ELEISON COMMENTS CLXXIII (Nov. 6, 2010) : FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY
Last Monday was a moment to be immensely thankful, and somewhat wary. It was the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Society of St. Pius X, when, on behalf of the Universal Church, Bishop Charriere of Geneva, Lausanne and Fribourg gave his official approval to the Society's Statutes, submitted to him some months beforehand by Archbishop Lefebvre.
To anybody striving to keep and to live by the Catholic Faith amidst today's soft global apostasy, the occasion for thankfulness is clear. Ever since Vatican II, the official Church has been in a state of collapse which is still going on, because the leading churchmen are clinging to the novelties of that Council by which man is to be put in the place of God. So the Catholic people are still being misled, and the pyramidal structure of God's Church is crumbling from top to bottom.
Therefore for a devout but pyramidally-minded churchman to see the need for a minor counter-pyramid to be constructed within the falling ruins of the major pyramid was a first miracle. For him to succeed in erecting that minor pyramid beneath the papal weight of the collapsing major pyramid was a second miracle. And for the Archbishop's successors to have upheld the minor pyramid for nearly 20 years since his death, is a third miracle. Now the SSPX has no monopoly on the defence of the Faith -- God forbid ! -- but it has for many years up to today been the backbone of that defence. We owe boundless thanks to God for his goodness to every one of us that understands what a gift the SSPX has been.
But we must also be wary. Father Barrielle (1897-1983) was the Spiritual Director at the SSPX's first seminary at Econe in Switzerland from its early days, and I can remember how often he quoted words of his beloved master, Father Vallet (1883 -1947), great preacher of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, and moulder of them in that five-day form so profitable to followers of the SSPX all over the world - through their transmission to SSPX seminarians by Fr. Barrielle. Fr. Vallet studied the Exercises and their history deeply, and one thing he observed was that if any Congregation was founded to preach the Exercises and did so successfully, then within a certain space of time the Devil would succeed in diverting, distracting or destroying that Congregation. What space of time, according to Fr. Vallet, as quoted by Fr. Barrielle ? "Forty years" !
Now preaching the Exercises is not the SSPX's only apostolate, so it may hope to be spared that concentrated attention of the Devil ? On the contrary ! If that minor pyramid is still the backbone of the defence of the Faith amidst the ruins of the Church crumbling all around, it can only be the object of his super-concentrated attention ! Let all of us beware, and -- because of that pyramidal structure of the Church -- let us especially include in our gentle prayers the leaders of the SSPX.
A great article on the recent midterm elections in America.
League of Christ the King, SSPX
Catholic Action Resource Center
November 3, 2010
Here's a different perspective on yesterday's elections which you won't get from CNN or FOX News. The Father of Lies, the Devil, won't like this one bit. He wants us to continue the suicidal self-deception that the "new shift in direction" ostensibly represented this Election Day was displeasing to him. It was not.
While many are cheering the results of the final countings, foolishly thinking the "good guys" somehow won a substantial victory, well...I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but ...
THE BAD GUYS WON ANOTHER ELECTION VICTORY - NOT THE GOOD GUYS.
Ah, you say, but look at all the conservative Republicans that were put into office! That's precisely my point. Notwithstanding all the wonderful-sounding campaign rhetoric, how many genuine conservative Republican politicians or candidates can you name who have NOT betrayed America with their status quo politics disguised as something noble and beneficial to the country? Reagan? I'm afraid not. Bush? Not a chance. Not even Pat Buchanan ... he's as much a pawn of the Jews as the rest of them, even if he does take a proper stand on abortion, immigration, the phony war on terror. Still, he's as pro-Israel as the rest of them, having not long ago congratulated the blood-thirsty anti-Christian Zionist regime in Tel Aviv on their 60 year anniversary of terror and murder. Sorry. I can come up with only one name: Ron Paul, but certainly NOT his son Rand who is just another puppet and mouthpiece of the Synagogue.
Yes, my friends, Israel won the day yesterday, as in elections past for at least a century and a half (they loved their man Lincoln as much as they loved all their other pawns - Marx, Wilson, Lenin, Stalin, FDR, Truman, Ike, JFK (yes, he was assassinated by the Israeli Mossad but he nonetheless served them well before he fell into their disfavor), LBJ,
Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, Obama - all of them including the Popes of Vatican II). Zionists won. International Jewry won. The Rothschild/Illuminati/Talmudic and Zionist axis of Evil which rules America and the world, won. The Rabbinic New World Order crowd won.
Catholics, Christians and Americans - LOST.
Yes - AGAIN.
I don't want to paint a bleaker picture than what truth demands. I know we can breathe a little easier now that we have several new Congressman who at least oppose the socialist and totalitarian monstrosity of ObamaCare, who will defend our 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms (which is nothing other than the right to defend
ourselves and our families from all sorts of predators), and who will at least pay lip service to defending the unborn, to securing our borders, to terminating all the billion-dollar bailouts which amounts to socialism for the super-rich, and to the counterproductive stimulus packages which only drive us deeper into unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcy. We are not saying that there will not be SOME improvements. Or at least a slight slowdown (and only a slight slowdown, certainly not any major change, moratorium or reversal) in the recent push towards Totalitarian
Statism which the likes of Clinton, Bush and Obama have been accelerating as obedient "useful idiots" of their/our Jewish overlords. What we are saying, however, is, again, THE ENEMY has won another victory at the voting booth. The cause of conservatism, freedom, Christianity has not - repeat, has NOT! - been well served with the election results. How can I say such a thing? Because just about every single "conservative" who emerged victorious at the polls is 100% in favor of war, war and more war. War with Iraq, war with Afghanistan, war with Pakistan, war in Somolia, the coming war with Iran, wars for Israel. Unjust wars, each and every one. The cause of perpetual wars for Israel, wars that are bleeding us taxpayers and sapping our economy and killing off our finest men and women; wars that are making a bloody wasteland of the Holy Land and systematically obliterating the Christian presence there; wars that are behind the Muslim persecution of Christians throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia; murderous wars that are effectively destroying Christian civilization while erecting upon its bloody ruins a Jewish world order; endless wars that are intrinsically immoral, illegal, unconstitutional, unaffordable, unwinable and which constitute voter-sanctioned/taxpayer-subsidized genocide and mass-murder...these utterly insane, criminal and horrific wars, which make anyone that voted for pro-war candidates at least indirect accomplices and therefore at least partly guilty in the slaughter of innocents in the Middle East and elsewhere ... these wars are now assured to go full-speed ahead thanks to the elections. WAR-MONGERS, NOT PEACE-MAKERS, TRIUMPHED ONCE YESTERDAY'S VOTES WERE TALLIED.
IN CONCLUSION: THIS, MY FRIENDS, WAS ANOTHER GREAT VICTORY, NOT FOR THE CHRISTIAN CAUSE, BUT FOR THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN. "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion," which is no anti-Semitic forgery but the "real deal" as I prove in my forthcoming book "Synagogue Rising" (we need YOUR financial help to get this book published) tells us that no matter how the citizens of any Gentile country may vote, the Talmudic-inspired agenda stays the course. This fact of Jewish dominance in contemporary American life as expressed in our secret societies-manipulated politics becomes more obvious with each passing year.
Call me crazy if it makes you feel better, but truth is truth no matter how bitter it may taste to those who have sheepishly allowed themselves to be programmed - mind, will, conscience and soul - into accepting lies upon lies upon lies, in every department of life - religion and theology no less than politics, economics, education, culture, science, foreign affairs, history, etc.
Good Catholics, Christians and patriots have much work to do to reverse these lies which have precipitated the present-day slide into apostasy, collectivism, endless war, economic collapse and crypto-Judaic Totalitarianism that continues uninterrupted year after year, election after election, administration after administration. And if you think the Tea Party movement is going to save us, as good as some of its ideas are (those taken from Catholic social teaching), you are gravely mistaken. There is only ONE real hope for America, and it is the Social Reign of Jesus Christ our King - the public and universal reign of the Sacred Heart in union with that of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
AND WE CANNOT EFFECTIVELY FIGHT FOR THE KINGSHIP OF CHRIST WITHOUT MAKING THE COMBAT AGAINST THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY, FOR HERE IS OUR GREATEST ENEMY, BY FAR. Modernism, Marxism and Mohammedanism are minor threats to souls and to the Catholic Church and to Christian civilization compared with Judaism, which has been behind every known heresy and organized evil on the planet, from the beginning.
Let us then roll up our sleeves and get to work. Prayer and penance, confession and communion, the Traditional Mass and daily family Rosary - and not to exclude an organized and high-spirited crusade of Catholic Action - are the great and urgent needs of these dark and ever-darkening times. Here is where we must begin the paramount undertaking of saving souls, rebuilding the Church, driving the secret societies from our shores, and restoring Catholic America.