On the Feast Day of Christ the King
Today marks the feast day of Christ the King!
To a world that had long forgotten that Christ is King not only over individuals in their spiritual lives, but of all creation, Pope Pius XI in 1925 instituted, Quas Primas. The encyclical is an explicit rebuke to the concept that the civil authority is somehow outside or immune from His reign.
Every individual, organization, association, group, people, nation, authority, and state is subject to His Divine jurisdiction. Tragically, and to mankind’s detriment, this feast day has been ignored by the wider world, and since the Second Vatican Anti-Council, 1962-65, it has been downplayed by the Conciliar Church. For it is in stark contrast to what Newchurch now stands, for which is a man-centered, created faith which rejects its Savior’s charitable suzerainty.
In commentary on Quas Primas from Dom Prosper Guéranger’s magisterial, The Liturgical Year, a description of the world and its relationship with its King at the time of the encyclical was given:
To-day we sadly behold ‘a world undone,’
largely paganized in principles and outlook,
and, in recent years, in one country even
glorifying in the name ‘pagan.’ At the best,
governments mostly ignore God: and at worst,
openly fight against him, as we of to-day are
witnessing in the Old World and in the New. . . .
Christ is kept out of the State schools and seats
of higher education; and the rising generations
seem to be taught anything and everything save
to know, love and serve him. Art and literature
all too frequently reflect the same tendencies. [The Liturgical Year, Vol. XIV, 475]
To say the least, things have not improved as human society has deteriorated in every sense as mankind, which once knew the Truth, has now chosen with every effrontery to ignore it:
And since the spirit of evil reigns inevitably
whenever the spirit of Christ has ceased to reign,
in public and in private men are flouting the moral
laws of God, and some of the worst abominations
of ancient paganism are becoming matters of
every-day life. . . . There is now an intense,
positive hatred of Jesus Christ in the militant
atheist, which differs in kind from the attitude of
the fiercest Roman or Eastern persecutor: ‘If I had
not come and spoken to them . . . if I had not done
among them the works that no other man hath done,
they would not have sin: but now they have both seen
and hated both me and my Father.’ [Ibid., 475-76]
Those who lament the decline of Western Civilization seek remedies for the present crisis, but most ignore the one and only solution to it:
Even the statesmen’s well-meant efforts to find
a remedy for present ills and above all, to secure
world peace, prove futile because, whereas peace
is from Christ, and possibly only in the Kingdom of
Christ, his name is never mentioned throughout
their deliberations or their documents. [Ibid., 475]
VIVA CRISTO REY!
posted by editors/10-28-’18