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Christ the King June 15, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, persecution, Society, Tradition, Virtue.

Christ the King is a feast at the end of the liturgical year.  But the earthly reign of Christ the King is much, much more than that – it is a core area of belief for the Church.  But, reign how?  Reign what?  In the Church today, this kingship is little  understood, and I’ll admit that my knowledge of this facet of Divinity is weak.  Fortunately, teh Intrawebs be brilliant, and I found a site that goes into some depth on the Universal Rights of Christ the King and the Social Kingship of Christ.  I’m still looking through it, but here’s  a very salient point the just leaps off the front page of the site:

In his encyclical, Quas Primas, Pope Pius XI reaffirmed the unbroken teaching of his predecessors upon the papal throne that states as well as individuals must submit themselves to the rule of Christ the King. In affirming this fundamental truth of our faith, Pope pius was not referring simply to Catholic nations, or even to Christian nations, but to the whole of mankind. He cites from the encyclical, Annum Sacrum of Pope Leo XIII:

The empire of Christ the King includes not only Catholic nations, not only Baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Christ.

The separation of Church and state was condemned unequivocally by the Roman Pontiffs. The Church’s teaching is that the State has an obligation to render public worship to God in accord with the teachings of the True Church, the Catholic Church, and positively to aid the Catholic Church in the carrying out of her functions. The state does not have the right to remain neutral regarding religion, much less to pursue a secular approach in its policies.

Ergo, “religious freedom” is really an error, since we’re not free to error or reject Christ and His Church.  I mean, we are, in terms of our fallen human nature and will, free to reject Christ, but if we desire salvation and to draw nearer and nearer to God’s Holy Will, and wish to be moral and virtuous, the state should be ordered to the support and furtherance of the spread of God’s Kingdom, which on earth is His Church.  We pray for this reality every time we pray the Pater Noster.

I know this is a far cry from what most Americans understand.  We have been brought up, even within the Church, to understand that “religious freedom” is paramount, that people should be free to choose how they worship free from state coercion. And that is true in a sense, but of course now we have the opposite problem, where the state is actively hostile to the Faith and is engaged in a bitter persecution.  Thus, “religious freedom” is not the goal of the Catholic Faith with regard to the secular sphere, and is actually counter to the Faith in the manner in which it is often presented and pursued in the culture and Church.  But that is how this entire HHS mandate imbroglio is being framed.

Anyway, some weekend reading for you.

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