The Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America (CRAA) is a contemplative based initiative dedicated to the reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Social Kingship of Christ through the Catholic Monarchy and in the friendship and sisterly care of Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse de l’Enfant Jésus. The CRAA is inspired directly by the Armée Catholique et Royale, an 18th century counterrevolutionary movement from the Vendée/Bocage region of western France during the French Revolution.
The CRAA is the spiritual counterrevolutionary arm of the The Dove and Rose, which is a sister initiative devoted to Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse de l’Enfant Jésus that seeks to help us grow in sanctifying grace. Together, the CRAA and the Dove and Rose Devotees seek to expand the Kingdom of God on earth (the seed of which is the Catholic Church), where Jesus Christ is worshiped and honored as our mighty King, the most holy and immaculate Virgin Mary is rightfully honored as our glorious Queen, and the Saints are honored as our noble sisters and brothers. Is this not what we were taught to pray by our Master? “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
The “heart” of the CRAA is a desire to work in the friendship and sisterly care of Ste. Jehanne d’Arc and Ste. Thérèse de l’Enfant Jésus for the Social Kingship of Christ and the reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary through a Catholic Monarchy. We see ourselves as fulfilling the noble objective of the Militia of the Immaculata of St. Maximilian Kolbe (though the CRAA itself has no association with the MI), particularly through an emphasis on devotion to the Renaissance of Catholic France, the restoration of the French Catholic Monarchy along with all Catholic Monarchies of Christendom, and even the establishment of a Catholic Monarchy in the United States.
The Kingdom we love, defend, and for which we must be prepared to die
It is this Kingdom that we desire with all of our hearts. It is this Kingdom that is our true home. It is this Kingdom that we seek to defend to our death in the face of a militant anti-God secularism which is seeking to destroy God’s Kingdom on earth through an unholy alliance with both Eastern New Age and an ever dissipating wave of Protestantism now calling itself, after five centuries of rebellion against God’s Church, “spiritual but not religious.” The Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America would defend the glory that is the Catholic Kingdom against all of these sublimely coordinated evils in the same spirit as did the Vendéan Counterrevolutionaries against the diabolical French Republic during the Revolution.
We could likewise use the analogy of Joan of Arc’s efforts in the Hundred Years War. The spirit of the CRAA, and we believe also that of the 18th century Armée Catholique et Royale before us, is that same one from the 15th century whereby Joan of Arc defended the true Kingdom of France in the name of Jesus as true Monarch (with Charles VII being the earthly steward) against the usurping and unjust alliance between England and French Burgundy. Indeed this spirit of defending the glory of the Kingdom goes back to the first Apostles of Christ, and, we could even say, to the beginning of time itself. “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shall lie in wait for her heel.” (Gen 3:15, Douay-Rheims).
This war between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the evil one spans the entire history of the created order. “And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev 12:1, Douay-Rheims). “And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev 12:17, Douay-Rheims). The spirit of the CRAA would be that of the woman, the holy Mother of God, Immaculate in Conception (Luke 1:28, Rev 12:14) with her seed, Jesus Christ, true God and true man, and His followers who are “of her seed” and who “have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” The other spirit, that of the satanic army opposing our most Holy Queen in heaven, runs deeply today in our culture through the philosophies of militant, anti-God secularism, New Age, and “Spiritual but not Religious” rebellion against the authentic moral order. That same vulgar spirit has co-opted not only our culture but the political process as well.
This is not about establishing a “kingdom of this world” (which Jesus specifically stated He had not come to do) but about establishing “God’s Kingdom on earth,” a subtle but crucial point of differentiation and is that for which Jesus did instruct us to pray. This Kingdom will reign eternally after earth disappears; yet, we are called to do our part for that Kingdom while we are here. The work for the Kingdom is the point of our existence. We are not here to amuse ourselves in luxury with the newest technologies and bawdy television shows, blending in with secular society, while simply sharing “our personal views” with others in a superficially relativistic manner. To the contrary, we are called as Catholic witnesses, even martyrs, to fight the forces of darkness. Rise from your slumber Catholic warrior.
To paraphrase GK Chesterton, the CRAA would fight for love of what is behind it rather than out of any hatred for what is before it. As Catholic Crusaders for the glory of the Kingdom and for our Divine King and our most honorable, Immaculate Queen, we know that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual powers of darkness. We are driven by love for our fellow man, for we hope that all men might partake of this Kingdom by the grace of our Savior.
All would be under the co-patronage of the glorious Sts. Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux for the honor of Mary most holy, our beloved Queen and for her Son, Jesus Christ, Who is true God and true man, our Divine King, and the only Savior of the human race.
Our inspiration, the “Armée Catholique et Royale” fighting the French Revolutionary Republic
The Armée Catholique et Royale was a popular uprising by the peasant class to oppose the evils of the Revolution, those evils including the ruthless, bloody suppression of the Catholic Church and even the entirety of Christian tradition with it. The Counterrevolutionaries were known as “Chouans” or, in English, “Royalists” who supported the one thousand year old French Catholic Monarchy embodied at that time in Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the most Christian Monarchs of France (and later in the boy King Louis XVII, the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette who was imprisoned and never ruled). They were from a region heavily influenced a lifetime earlier by the missionary zeal of St. Louis de Montfort and his teachings on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin. There can be little doubt that their strong love for our holy Queen in heaven and for her Son in His Eucharist were what drove their noble Crusade against the insanity of militant, unmerciful secularism.
The Vendéan Chouans wanted their Church, their King and Queen, and the entirety of their Catholic Faith. The merciless and wild-eyed Republican totalitarians wanted to be “free” of the Church and those traditions, and they were bent on forcing the entire population to be “free” as well (whether they wanted to or not!). The guillotine was used obsessively and unmercifully to eliminate these “enemies of Liberty.”
As a result, the Vendéans died heroically fighting the Republic. The Republic eventually massacred over 300,000 Vendéans in a brutal suppression, including women and children (even executing women who held their children in their arms) in what some historians consider to be the first state sponsored genocide in modern history. The Republic committed these crimes in the name of “liberty, equality, and brotherhood.” So it typically goes when mankind looks to build its own kingdom of man in opposition to the Kingdom of God. Those who wish to be “free” from God will kill, without mercy, and in the name of “freedom” and “rights,” those religious souls who oppose them.
Current situation, the American Republic has fallen victim to the spiritual anarchy of the “Revolution” against God
The Republic of the United States is following the same course, though more slowly, as did the blasphemous French Revolution. The latter can actually be seen as a very time-compressed demonstration of where these Democratic Republican forms of government ultimately run, which is toward an endlessly unstable dictatorship by the most powerful group on any given day in a naturally developing pluralistic system. The “will of the people” is a mere abstract principle that is commonly usurped in practicality by powerful minority interests. A hypothetical (though not necessarily hypothetical in America) example would be that a country’s population would favor by majority, say, the elimination or severe restriction of abortion while powerful, pluralistic, elitist minority alliances use the legal system to continue the execution of children as if by guillotine. The “will of the people” is usurped by the “will of the elite.” This is the true nature of Democratic Republics.
However, the “will of the people” itself is an insufficient and most capricious principle to exalt. It is especially blasphemous to elevate in the face of God and His Divine Will. Are we to believe that God is pleased that the “will of the people” (or that of a powerful minority) chooses the killing of children through abortion “rights”? Is God pleased that the “will of the people” chooses to deny God in public places and to force a vulgar, immoral set of values on our children in public schools? Is God pleased that “the will of the people” chooses to legalize intrinsically evil homosexual unions? (These are erroneously called “marriages” as there is no such thing in objective reality as “marriage” between same sex couples.) Does God change His morality based on the “will of the people”? Is God Himself subject to “the will of the people”? How ludicrous! Can the “will of the people” ever be wrong? Of course, it can, and it is when it yields to morality outside of God’s own.
Such is the situation today in the United States of America. The “will of the people” (or of the usurping minority interests as the case may be) is wrong. That people can be guided to a life giving, truly progressive (“progressive” being properly understood) society by its own “will” without regard to God’s will is a grave (and tragic) error in thinking. Just look around. We in the United States have developed, through the “will of the people” (or of the usurping minority interests), and particularly since “the Sixties” revolution, the most vulgar, obscene, “life-taking,” religious-phobic, and brazenly blasphemous culture ever known on earth. Our culture speaks for the value systems of those in it. A culture is a reflection of what “the people” believe. It is obvious that “the people” (or the usurping minority interests) do not believe in God.
The political and social solution, a superior form of government, the Catholic Monarchy
What is needed is a society founded on the authentic and unchanging morality of God. This unchanging morality is known through the Catholic Church, which is the seed of the eternal Kingdom of God on earth and is the Body and Bride of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, who founded her and teaches through her in every age through the Holy Spirit. Such a society did exist in ancient Christendom, ruled by Kings and Popes, and it is a far superior model for the United States today than is its own broken and mostly ignored constitution in its “Democratic Republic” (though in reality a mere pluralistic system of competing, usurping minority ideologies).
God created us with free will and gave us the most magnificent of freedoms to “eat from any of the trees in the garden.” That is astonishing freedom! However, of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” we must not eat lest we die. In other words, when the “will of the people” is to determine capriciously for ourselves what is morally right and what is morally wrong, outside of God’s eternal law, the “will of the people” leads us to death. There we have the contemporary situation in the United States of America, already dying by this spiritual malignancy of moral anarchy.
The Catholic Monarchy is a superior form of government to that of the Republic with the latter’s whimsical “will of the people” and that will’s aimlessly shifting and decaying morality. The Catholic Monarchy most resembles the authentic, aristocratic hierarchy of the Kingdom of Heaven. The King and Queen, by Divine Right, rule as a father and mother, and ensure that society follows the proper norms of Catholic morality, which is the very morality the United States inherited from ancient Christendom (and has now thrown aside). By answering to the Holy Father, Our Pope, in Rome on matters of faith and morals, a King’s potential tendency toward totalitarianism is checked. That is the historical record of ancient Christendom. Popes in that time were counter-balances that checked against Kings who tried to get out of hand. The check and balance between King and Pope is far superior to the checks and balances in the United States Constitution. The checks and balances of the Constitution have not prevented a totalitarianism of moral anarchy in the social order. The Constitution merely checks the branches of government in the enforcement of whatever the whimsical “will of the people” has established as a rule of law. It does not, and is not even designed to, check the “will of the people” itself. Checks between Popes and Kings do exactly that.
The objectives of the CRAA
The Counterrevolutionary and Royal Army of America is set forth here as a potential social and political Counterrevolutionary movement with the objective of changing the course of America back to the goodness of Catholic government and culture which had been developed for well over 1,500 years through the Catholic Empire of ancient Christendom. It is the rejection of this millennium and a half worth of religious and moral development, along with the ill-fated substitution of the Democratic Republic for the Catholic Monarchy that is killing the United States and the West today.
The CRAA would seek:
– To promote the understanding that the American Republic, having run the natural course of Democratic Republicanism and having now fallen victim to the spirit of anti-God revolution which parades as the “will of the people,” is now irreparably lost and must seek a more authentic (and more freeing, with “freedom” properly understood) form of government, specifically that of a Catholic Monarchy.
– The establishment of a Catholic Monarchy in the United States which would be the right hand of the Catholic Church. This Catholic Monarchy would restore an authentic moral order based on the guidance of the Church while still allowing for religious freedom in the land and the high principles sought in our (now usurped) constitution, such as freedom of speech and association. Law and culture, however, would reflect Catholic morality. The country would be run by a Monarch who is checked by a truly sovereign and independent Church, not by a flock of politicians all checking each other (the fox guarding the hen house).
– In the interim, changes to current United States law, including changes to the constitution, which would pave the way for a Catholic Monarch and would, through the Church’s social teachings, begin the establishment of a legitimate hierarchy of values to guide society.
– To support the restoration of Catholic Kingdoms throughout the West, most importantly in France, the “eldest daughter of the Church,” whose main role in history, up to the time of the dreadful Revolution and implementation of the vulgar Republic, had been to defend Christendom and the Church.
The ultimate aim of all this would be the restoration of a united Christendom in the West ruled by legitimate Catholic Kings and which civilization would honor Jesus Christ as our true King, the most holy and glorious Virgin Mary as our rightfully exalted Queen, and the Saints as our noble sisters and brothers.
The Counterrevolution driven by the CRAA and its spiritual organization, The Dove and Rose, would be a form of Crusade against the tyranny of secularism and the “revolution” against God that has been waged by the evil incarnate one since the beginning of time. This revolution rears its diabolical head in every century and has now infested the Republic of the United States of America. The Crusade that is the Counterrevolution is to be seen as an act of love for our fellow man and of self-defense for our culture and way of life.
A restored Catholic civilization is our only hope. Yet, due to the world’s primordial enmity with and hatred for Jesus Christ, His Church, and, therefore, us as well, it is possible that in order to restore it we might have to shed our blood in the ultimate sacrifice as did our Fathers in the faith before us. We are unworthy of such an honor; however, if called, we pray for the grace to be obedient even unto death to Christ and His Church, to the Holy Virgin, Mother of God and our glorious Queen, and to the Saints reigning in heaven with them.
Vive le Roi. Vive la culture Catholique. Vive des Etats-Unis. Vive la France. Monarchie Catholique en avant!
St. Joan of Arc, pray for us! St. Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us! Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us! Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, have mercy on us!
“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Amen, so be it.