- the separation of Church and State
- the freedom of citizens to disseminate heresy and foment schism
- liberal democracy
I fail to see how any of these principles is compatible with the Social Reign of Christ; in fact, they constitute what one might call the Social Reign of Pontius Pilate, with the State purporting to be neutral at the same time as it promotes grave injustice, permitting all manner of sociopaths and degenerates to prosper. Those who think that secular, liberal democracy can be 'redeemed' in some sense merely by tinkering around the edges (e.g., anti-abortion and anti-'gay marriage' laws or constitutional reform, getting more Catholics into Parliament, lobbying) are seriously deluded; they have succumbed to the great Catholic double-think of our day, in which secularism (once called 'Americanism' but now globalised) is simultaneously denounced and accomodated.
It goes without saying that the other ideologies of the twentieth century (Nazism, Communism, the Social Reign of Barabbas, if you will) are likewise incompatible with Christ's Social Kingship. The alternative to all this madness is nothing new; it was practised and taught for some fifteen hundred years before that ignoble document Dignitatis Humanæ repudiated it. I am speaking, of course, of the Confessional State, in which:
- The State confesses Christ, i.e., Christianity (viz. Catholicism) is the State Religion
- The Church of Christ (viz., the Catholic Church) is the Established Church
- The State authorities co-operate with the national hierarchy, at a minimum by majority membership of the Ordinaries in Parliament's house of review
Now this is not to identify the Social Reign of Christ with the Confessional State, any more than secular humanism can, strictly speaking, be identified with secular, liberal democracy, but it is to recognise that the Confessional State provides the best conditions for the Social Reign of Christ to flourish. Of course, the Confessional State will not be restored overnight, so in the meantime I hope to offer trenchant observations on the ills of a society, indeed a world, sick with relativism, positivism and utilitarianism, and to raise the alarm when malefactors try to smuggle these twisted values aboard the Barque of Peter.
This blog welcomes Catholics, whether Traditional or not, as well as heretics, schismatics, apostates and infidels; in a word, everyone. Just as the U.S. Army defends democracy without practising it, so to do I defend censorship without practising it, except in the case of blasphemy or foul language. Please try to keep your comments on-topic, though if you have another topic that you would like me to blog on, then let me know. And unlike at certain other blogs, which have degenerated into mutual admiration societies, I want vigorous discussion, not obsequious flatterers.