Separation of Christian Powers vs. Separation of Church and State

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There is a world of difference (as in the difference between Heaven and Hell) between Separation of Powers in a Christian state and “Separation of Church and State” in a secular Republic.

Separation of Powers in a Christian confessional state is great blessing to the people. Conversely, Separation of Church and State in a Republic is a ridiculous folly.

Read: Intervention against a disastrous Pope: When Emperor Otto the Great saved the Church

Separation of Powers in the Christian state is the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven (what we are instructed to pray for). Separation of Church and State in the Republic is the kingdom of Satan on earth as it is in Hell.

Without the Monarch and with timid, worldy-minded shepherds in the Church, we are truly scattered sheep, vulnerable to the whims of secular atheists and their control of the “republican” state.

St. Joan, bring us a Christian King.

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A Divine Constitutional Monarchy

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When one speaks of Monarchy, the question inevitably comes up, “What type of Monarchy? Absolute? Constitutional?” The question cannot readily be answered until we clarify the definitions.

If we say that an absolute Monarch is one who answers to no one, not even God through the moral authority of the Church given her by her Divine constitution, then we cannot assent to the absolute Monarch. This would be a totalitarian dictatorship akin to the dictatorship of The People we see in the constitutional Republics that glory in “separation of Church and State.” In such Republics, The Will of the People usurps The Will of God, as known through both Natural Law and the Divine constitution of the Church. The People define for themselves what is right and what is wrong, as opposed to God who gave us immense freedoms (“You are free to eat of all the trees in the garden.” ~ Gen 2:16) so long as He alone defines what is right and what is wrong (“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you are not to eat…” ~ Gen 2:17a). The Will of the People is a corrupt will. So is the will of a King or Queen. A King or Queen who ignores the Will of God is practicing “separation of Church and State” as much as any Republic. Thus, we cannot agree to an absolute Monarch by this definition.

So, must we then turn to a “Constitutional Monarchy” whereby the royal family must obey the constitutional decrees formulated by The People? If this type of Monarchy sees the royal family as being ultimately subject to “The People” (supposedly as a means to keep the Monarchy in line), then we have progressed no further than the constitutional Republic. We have a faux Monarchy where the corrupted People are still dictating what is right and what is wrong. This is a Republic with a Monarchist veneer. Here, we have The People on the prowl again, eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, a practice by which God warns, “for, the day you eat of that, you are doomed to die.” ~ Gen 2:17b

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Therefore, neither the absolute nor commonly referred to constitutional Monarchy resolves the issue at hand in governing society – that we must not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

However, the way we might be able to make authentic progress in this matter, and therefore to make authentic progress in society and culture in general, is to subject both the royal family and The People to that tree of the knowledge of good and evil through subjection to the Holy Catholic Church. The Catholic Church alone has the Divine constitution, one given her by Jesus Christ from the moment He formed the apostles, made Peter its head, and gifted her with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. All authority in Heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus Christ (this includes, by the way, non-Christian societies, for Christ is Master of all, not just of Christian societies), and by His ordination, all authority on earth in matters of faith and morals belongs to the Church He founded, and over which He is the Head. The Church is the Bride of Christ and the seed of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Thus, a society that is under a “Divine Constitutional” Monarchy by subjecting itself to the Church is one which is truly “free.” The society ruled by the Catholic Monarchy is “free to eat of all the trees in the garden” quite simply because it does not attempt to “eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” The King and Queen rule by “divine right,” which means not that they rule as if they were divine, but that their right to rule comes from God. The Monarch must serve his or her people; however, the Monarch must answer to God.

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In the end, the a priori argument favors the Catholic Monarchy; though, the a posteriori argument based on a good review of history likely leads us to a very lively discussion. The history of Catholic Monarchies over the centuries is certainly not pristine; yet, neither is that of the constitutional Republics with their “Will of the People” and their “separation of Church and State.”

One thing is certain, however. Any solution that demands we eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil cannot be one by which to live. The Catholic Monarchy, as pale as its history might be at times, at least has the a priori Form proper to a truly free society.

That means it is a model toward which we should reach.

Le privilège du blanc for Princess Charlene of Monaco

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As a follow up to the post and link I shared on The Catholic faith in the life of the Princess of Monaco, I would like to share the following from the same source on why Princess Charlene wore white when meeting with the Pope.

An excerpt:

She is one of seven women in the world that has been given “the privilege of the white” – or the ability to wear white when meeting with the pope.

Called le privilège du blanc in French or il privilegio del biacno in Italian, the special tradition is extended solely to designated Catholic queens and princesses and is usually reserved for important events at the Vatican like private audiences, canonizations, beatifications and special masses.

The original blog article can be found by clicking the picture below:

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The Catholic faith in the life of the Princess of Monaco

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I am attaching the following link to a beautiful story about the conversion and faith of Monaco’s Catholic Princess Charlene.

An excerpt:

“Catholicism is the state religion [in Monaco]. But for me, it represents much more. The values of this religion profoundly touch me and correspond perfectly to my spirit.”

“In January 2013, Prince Albert took me to the Vatican to present me to Pope Benedict XVI, just as Prince Rainier did with Grace Kelly and Pius XII,” she recalled, adding, “that experience was extremely intense and moving for me.”

The full story can be found by clicking the picture below:

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The Republic vs. The Catholic Monarchy: The Will of the People vs. The Will of God

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“In the Legislative Assembly, the more violent revolutionaries had congregated, at first simply by chance, on the higher benches to the left of the president’s chair, from which they became known as “the Left” or “the Mountain.” (The persistence to this day of the former term, along with its opposite, “The Right,” is a forceful reminder of how much the legacy of the French Revolution is still with us.) Perhaps in a feeble attempt to diffuse political labels and hatreds, when the National Convention met, the president’s chair had been set up on the opposite side of the Riding School, so the high benches where the radicals had set were now on his right. But they held resolutely to their benches, and so marked had the political connotation of the term “the Left” already become that it did not matter to anyone that the Left in the National Convention was now physically on the right. The deputies opposite them were the Girondins, who at first had been the radicals, and were quite uncomfortable with their new role as conservatives. Those in between, because their seats were lower down, were known as “the Plain.” As they skulked lower and lower with the passing months in an increasingly desperate effort to keep out of sight and trouble, some wits began calling them ‘the Marsh.’ “

    – (Warren Carroll, The Guillotine and the Cross)

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So shifted The Will of the People during the French Revolution. Rather, one might say, so shifted The Dictatorship of The People through The People’s representatives during the French Revolution. For “The People” were now free of their Monarch and were duly “represented” by supposed leaders proclaiming Liberty, Fraternity, and Equality! Those leaders of The People knew what The People needed and implemented their program through one of the most unmerciful dictatorial regimes in history. Poor Louis XVI could not have even imagined using his Monarchical powers to demonstrate such totalitarian control as did The People after they came to power. No wonder Lenin, more than a century later, so admired the French Revolutionaries. He was, as well, all about The People. You might recall that in both revolutions, the French and the Russian, The People executed their respective Monarchs (more or less with their families) in favor of more “free” Republics.

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What was once considered revolutionary (liberal, in modern jargon) in the French scheme had come to be viewed over time as conservative. The median continued to move leftward. Radical became more leftward radical, while conservative shifted left and became… well… more leftward radical. Eventually, the Girondins, those formerly considered heroically revolutionary, had to run for the hills for now being too conservative as those further to the left assumed more control of the apparatus that would eventually yield The Reign of Terror. This Reign (as distinct from the much kinder Reign of their former Catholic King) came complete with the almost non-stop, up and down rhythm of guillotines for the non-revolutionary People, including, and especially, those loyal to the Catholic Church and the ancien régime. The revolutionaries, having severed themselves from their Catholic King and Queen (Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette), or, more literally, having severed the heads of their Catholic King and Queen, had now set The People free. The Church with her Monarchs would no longer tell The People what is right and what is wrong. The People will be free to determine their own course.

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Their freedom, however, was merely a freedom to drift into darkness in the same manner that a boat tied to an anchor for safe-keeping is “freed” during a storm to drift away, lost on the high seas to perish (in a shipwreck of “democratic” totalitarianism). For this is the historical record of The People every time they try to “free” themselves from God (as represented through His Church), be that in the vulgar and grotesque Sixties Revolution in America, the early 20th century Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the 18th century French Revolution, the 16th century Protestant Revolution, or even all the way back to the Adam and Eve Revolution at the dawn of mankind.

“Freedom,” by turning the authentic order of God on its head such that morality, i.e., determining what is right and what is wrong, is dictated by “the Will of the People” from below rather than by God from above, leads to anarchy and then to slavery. No wonder God told Adam and Eve that they were free to eat of any of the trees in the garden except for the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. For, God, and God alone, establishes the authentic order for what is right and what is wrong. Only by setting ourselves firmly in that Divine Order do we then find our Freedom “to eat of the fruits of all the other trees in the Garden.”

Therein is the issue and the subtle but distinct point of separation between the Catholic Monarchy and the Democratic Republic. Note that I am not saying, between the Catholic Monarchy and Democracy, for there is no reason that the Monarchy cannot hold dear to itself robust democracies at the state and local level. To frame the issue as “Monarchy vs. Democracy” as so many do, is to frame it poorly if not completely incorrectly. Democracy can exist in both models. The issue has to do not with “Monarchy vs. Democracy” but with “the Will of God vs. the Will of the People” as defined by the proper order of things. This is fundamentally important. As we have seen in our historical example, missing the proper order of things can lead one to a life under tyranny, if one is not ultimately relieved from it all by the guillotine in the hands of The People.

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The issue between the Monarchy and the Republic, then, is one of authentic order, not one of democratic freedom. This is the arch-issue that has plagued mankind in its rebellious spirit from the moment we began our walk in the Garden. God establishes what is right and what is wrong (“You may eat of any of the trees in the Garden, except for the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”). Within that scheme, which comes to us from the Will of God above and not from The Will of the People below, we find our true democratic freedoms (“You are free to eat of any of the trees, except…”). The Catholic Monarchy most closely adheres to this authentic order by establishing God’s law (as known infallibly through His Church in matters of faith and morals) from the top down, which allows for the proper development of societal norms and a life-giving culture. Within those boundaries, we are free to exercise our People’s Will joyfully in the rest of the Garden where God blesses us.

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The Republic, on the other hand, with its Will of the People, decides that, like the falling Adam and Eve, it will eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Will of the People will become its own god. Abortion is fine because that is “the Will of the People.” Homosexuality and same sex “marriage” is fine because defining it such is “the Will of the People.” Shutting down religious organizations or otherwise telling them how they must change their beliefs in order to accommodate “The Will of the People” is fine because that is, well, “the Will of the People.” Never mind God.

According to the Will of the People in a Republic, God is whoever we wish him to be, and he supports whatever we choose because that is the “Will of the People.” Thus, in the Republic, God obeys the Will of the People rather than the other way around. That, my friends, is not an authentic order. It is disorder. Is it any wonder that Republics tend to fall into disordered tyranny?

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The Catholic Monarchy, though as subject to illicit and disordered tendencies in the individual Monarchs as in any human being, is, however, fundamentally and objectively better structured to secure the authentic order of freedom, that of God (through His authoritatively teaching Church) deciding what is right and what is wrong, and then leaving us “in the garden” (rather than being escorted out) to enjoy our democratic freedoms (of all the trees, except…) within that framework. We must first establish The Will of God as a higher authority than the Will of the People. There we will find true freedom.

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This is the rub between the Monarchy and the Republic. There is where the Republic generally fails. It fails in fulfilling exactly its purpose for which it supposedly exists, that is, to make us free. Just ask the victims of the hippie generation, of the Bolshevik Revolution, of the French Republic, of the Protestant Revolution, and even of the Adam and Eve Revolution.

You might fairly retort that I should ask the victims of the inquisition about my Catholic Monarchical model; yet, I will answer that “inquisition” is clearly as much a secular tool as a religious one and that our historical examples demonstrate that it is far more dangerous in the hands of seculars than churchmen. The Spanish Inquisition killed a few thousand through its most violent ten years, while the French anti-Gods sent more than 40,000 to the chopping block in Paris alone. We will not even mention Lenin, whose model took the murderous secular inquisition to astonishing new levels.

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I fondly remember my youthful days on the High Plains in the great state of Oklahoma. The dogmas of the Republic I learned made absolute sense at the time. The reason they made sense is “The People” in our area were generally the most solid, trustworthy, God-fearing, salt of the earth folk anywhere in the country. It was easy for me to believe that the Will of the People was effectively the same as the Will of God because most of these farmers, ranchers, small business owners, and teachers were, in fact, holding fast to the authentic order or things.

However, I did not realize at that time how precarious, shifting, and amorphous was the general Will of the People. Initially naive, I ultimately realized that in the great Republic, where the Constitution was supposedly the safe-guard of the People, the Constitution itself was subject to The People, and The People are capable of changing their mood on any given day. I never imagined at that time that a new day would come about where that shifting mood would reveal such an anti-God, secular sentiment as we are witnessing today in America. Yes, that day has changed. It has changed in a big way. The Will of the People is thoroughly corrupted. The People are eating once again from that forbidden tree.

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What was it again that Our Savior told us to pray? “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” In America, we have our own version: “The People’s Kingdom come, The People’s will be done, in heaven as on earth…”

Things are disordered in the Republic. It is time to restructure our government to a Catholic Monarchy such that we agree to leave that one tree alone. Then, and only then, will we be truly free to enjoy the fruits of all the other trees in the Garden.

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Ten reasons why we should establish a Catholic Monarchy for America

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The Catholic Monarchy is our only lasting hope of saving the United States of America.

The proposition above is not something you would ever expect to hear in political discussions or the media. There are two reasons for this. The first is that our forefathers founded America on the principles of representative Democratic Republicanism whereby The Constitution would replace The Church as the balance of power between The People and The State. The second is that the elite financiers and liberal Revolutionaries currently under-mining the United States of America do not want you to contemplate it for fear that you will take hold of it and destroy their empire and all of their Satanic Masonic plans with it. You would be free under the Monarchy, and they simply will not allow that to happen.

The first reason above is why I do not refer to “restoring” America, for “restoring” would imply that it is feasible to go back to a free, constitutionally based representative Democratic Republic. I refer to “saving” America, for this is where we need to focus our energies. One cannot save the country by restoring the very system that led to her demise. Saving her requires a new system, one built on more authentic and durable principles. The most authentic and durable system of government will necessarily be founded on a formal recognition of the Social Kingship of Christ, for there is no other name in the universe by which we are saved, either individually or collectively. The Catholic Monarchy is the optimal form to bring about that recognition, whereby Jesus Christ has the preeminent right to determine the laws and influence the culture of the land. The Monarchy most resembles the governmental form of Heaven itself where Christ is King of Kings.

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Alas, however, the average citizen of the United States does not consider this line of reasoning to be viable. Sadly, nor does the average Catholic in the pew find it so. This is because we have falsely believed that the democratic, constitutional republic, in principle and in fact, would lead us to the highest level of freedom and happiness. We have falsely believed that Monarchies were dictatorships that led to diminished freedoms. We have falsely believed that “separation of Church and State” was the high road to freedom and one even desired for us by God Himself. As the result of these errors, precious few take the Catholic Monarchy seriously as a solution to our modern crisis in America. Rather than “save” America, the vast majority will lurch out of habit toward the idea of “restoring” her to her constitutional republican foundation. This is equivalent to trying to “restore” an alcoholic to moderate drinking habits. Only a new paradigm will restore the alcoholic, not the “restoration” of the old.

The idea of a Catholic Monarchy for the United States might begin to be persuasive once one comes to terms with the near certainty that America has crossed a line in her Democratic Republicanism beyond which there is no return. The viability of a Catholic Monarchy for the United States becomes even more thought provoking and realistically acceptable when one understands the nature of the Revolutionary movement mentioned in the second reason above. The Revolution, meaning THE Revolution by Satan against the most Holy Trinity, began before the dawn of time and has been the earmark of Satanic spiritual and temporal forces bent on destroying human beings since man began to walk the earth (you might recall the story of Adam and Eve, whereby God has told us that this is the case).

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In modern (roughly the past 500 years) history, though, this act of rebellion against God and His visible, institutional Church based in Rome has utilized very predictable spiritual warfare tactics through a handful of Revolutions, each Revolution proclaiming to “free” mankind, meaning, always,  a false “freedom” from obedience owed to God. These Revolutions against God are, in chronological order, the Protestant, “Enlightenment,” American, French, Bolshevik, and, more recently, the “Sixties.” The outcome of the latter in America has been the modern bloodthirsty, Satanic secularism that seeks to destroy our country and our souls without mercy. It is this last agenda that is so dear to the hearts of the elite financiers and revolutionaries.

Therefore, we seem to have crossed the line. The destructive anti-God Revolutionary virus is in full force in America. It is in full force because The People themselves, the very ones whom the Constitution enshrines in power, have spoken “their will.” Their voice demonstrates that the Will of the People is thoroughly corrupted by the Satanic spiritual forces of the Revolution. This leaves us with the predictable outcome, using the consistent progress and ultimate outcomes of the previous Revolutions as our guide, of a dictatorial tyranny in our future. The Will of the People has shown itself as no more than The Dictatorship of The People, in much the same fashion as defined by Lenin in the Bolshevik Revolution and Robespierre in the French (the later “Lennon” in the Sixties revolution was merely the voice proclaiming the death of the soul, “and no religion, too” – the ultimate aim of the Revolution).

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To “save” America, then, since restoring her is not possible with such a corrupted Will of the People, we must appeal to a higher authority than The People. We must, as was so successfully (generally speaking) done for 1,000 years through the early and mid-Middle Ages (Feudal era), appeal to the Church as the ultimate authority for morality, social organization, and cultural identity, as the Church is immune by the power of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit from error in faith and morals. Not even Pope Alexander VI during the Renaissance nor child-abusing Priests of the modern era have been able to diminish the teaching authority of the Church or to force Christ to re-assess His promise to be with His Bride to the end of time. The Will of God through His Church, and not The Will of the People in a democratic representative republic, is the only sure Rock upon which to build a free, edifying, life-giving culture. This is the essence of the Social Kingship of Christ.

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So, with the above in mind, and with love for America as our driving motivation, I present the reasons below that we should consider the Catholic Monarchy as the next, and most optimal, form of government for the United States:

1) The Church, not a constitutional democratic republic, is God’s design for the salvation, happiness, freedom, and unity of the world, both individually and collectively. The Will of God is the first priority and the wellspring of a proper hierarchy of values. Once we establish the Will of God as the societal and cultural norm, THEN, within that framework, the Will of the People can democratically make authentic progress. We know the Will of God through the Catholic Church as decreed by Jesus Christ, Who is the only person ever to walk the face of the earth to rise from the dead to prove His claims. If ever you want to follow someone’s Church, it is the Church of Jesus Christ. Hinduism is rich in color but hideously depressive and satanic in theology and philosophy. Buddha spent his entire life trying to solve a Hindu-istic problem that does not even exist (the pain of reincarnation). Confucius developed a wonderful set of social norms to govern society (the closest in the East to Christian norms), but feared being too close to the afterlife. Mohammed is still dead and in the ground. The Church is the new Jewish Israel, the City of God and the New Jerusalem. If we are going to use any religion as a guidepost for God’s will, it must be the true one based in the risen Jesus Christ through His Church.

2) What people call the “Christian” cultural roots of America is simply a carry-over of Middle Ages Catholic civilization, despite the fact that the Founding Fathers were erroneously “freeing” us from the old Monarchies whereby the Monarch was the right arm of the Church. “Restoring” America to her cultural roots, if you insist on some sort of “restoration,” is really to restore her to her Catholic inheritance. Why not admit that The Constitution and The Will of The People failed to make any progress on the old Monarchical form and simply go back to the old Monarchical form? Time does not dictate progress. Just because we live centuries after the old Monarchies does not mean that we have made progress during that time. The past 500 years of “Revolutions” have been nothing more than a destructive re-action against the progress of the previous Catholic civilization. A speeding car heading for a cliff is “progressing” through time and space toward the cliff. As Chesterton pointed out, Thursday is not superior to Wednesday just because Thursday comes later in the week.

3) The Catholic Monarchy, built on the feudal model whereby Christian Kings and Queens are under the moral authority of the Church and thereby checked in their totalitarian tendencies, and are suzerains over relatively independent territories, will be the safe guard for local democratic self-determination. The King and Queen will maintain the cultural and moral norms governing society and will be the face of the nation in international diplomacy. Democracy, now guided by the Church through laws and cultural norms consistent with Christ’s teachings, would flourish at the state and local level under the protection of the Monarch.

4) The Catholic Monarchy will be the protector and guarantor of religious freedom (“with due limits” as interpreted in accordance with the long line of Popes in the pre-conciliar Church).

5) The Catholic Monarchy will be the protector and guarantor of free speech and assembly (“with due limits” as mentioned above).

6) The Catholic Monarchy will be the protector and guarantor of the right to private ownership of property and against the multi-national corporations and the One World economy.

7) The Catholic Monarchy will be the protector and guarantor of free enterprise that dovetails with the right of private ownership (and therefore does not necessarily guarantee the right of a foreign owned or foreign-minded multi-national to take property from the local population).

8) The Catholic Monarchy will promote, protect, and guarantee a life giving culture with edifying arts, entertainment, and language.

9) The Catholic Monarchy will be the protector and guarantor of the principles of subsidiarity that protect families and local social units from unreasonable encroachment by higher state and federal authorities.

10) A Divine Right Aristocracy of inheritance, whereby birth determines a King or Queen rather than political pandering and the influence of money, will be the protector and guarantor of the Monarchical form. Money cannot influence God in creating a King or Queen.

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Finally, how is it that the Catholic Monarchy will be the protector and guarantor of these rights and principles? It is because we will have an optimal relationship between Church and State as it existed in the days of ancient Christendom. Separation of Church and State in the modern Republic is nothing more than a subjugation of Church to the State (therefore making the Church powerless and irrelevant). An authentic relationship between Church and State exists when the independent institutional Church holds moral authority over a Monarch. Monarchs who desire totalitarian control will face a Church beyond their control. Ask Napoleon, Louis XIV, or any other rebellious-minded King through the history of Christendom how difficult the Church can be on a totalitarian! Even they had to yield to a great degree before the independent Church. The Church is not oppressive on The People. The Church, with The People, is oppressive on totalitarian-minded Monarchs.

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How my devotion to St. Joan of Arc led me to be a Monarchist

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My devotion to St. Joan of Arc expressed itself initially as simply a love for the person of St. Joan. That person of St. Joan is a soul magnified by the Lord our Savior in a related, though inferior, manner to the Blessed Virgin Mary’s, whereby we see the glory of God reflected through the prism of her soul. This reflection of St. Joan combined with that of St. Thérèse represents what I often refer to as “the most beautiful color in the Heavens”:

“St. Joan and St. Thérèse, together they are the most beautiful color in the Heavens!”

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This outpouring of devotion for St. Joan ended up being far more spiritually and mentally transformational than I ever before would have imagined. Whereas in this devotion I initially found myself more imbued with the life of Christ than I had been in my previous cultural paradigm, this soon turned to a broader interest in Joan’s 15th century France and the contemporary cultural circumstances that led to such a heroic life, indeed among the most heroic lives in all of human history. I felt a strong tug on my heart to explore the history surrounding St. Joan.

Like many historical studies, this adventure continually seemed to require a wider and wider view. It was like dropping a rock in a pond and watching the ripples move outward in all directions. The more I learned of Joan, the more I wanted to know about the influences on the periphery. She was engaged and decisive in the Hundred Years War between England and France. What was the Hundred Years War? She was persecuted in her trial of inquisition by a deceptive, ill-willed Bishop and a group of theologians from the University of Paris who supported the erroneous and destructive “collegial” approach to Church governance rather than the traditional “Monarchical” model grounded in Christ’s model of the Church on the Rock of Peter. What was that all about? The timid dauphin, Charles VII, whom Joan was dragging desperately to his own coronation as King of France, was a Valois, a cadet branch of the Capetians. What? It was absolutely essential that Charles be anointed with the sacred oil of Clovis, the first Catholic King of the Franks who was baptized and blessed with this very oil by St. Rémy at Rheims in 496 AD. How does that all tie in?

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The studies that followed opened my eyes to the noble and sacred roles that the Monarchies played in building Christendom. I came to see the role of the temporal Monarchy as critical to the role of the Church in Medieval times, even though the temporal Monarchy fulfilled it’s role as imperfectly and, at times as scandalously, as did the Church in fulfilling her own role.

I came to see that Joan’s vision of Monarchy was one that had its final Form, not in the “kingdoms of man,” but in the “Kingdom of God” where Christ ruled as King of all  Kings. Then, of course, there was that part about her actual visions from Heaven, not just the mental images she had in her head. Those visions of real angels and real saints who now abide in their own glory in Heaven told her that Jesus Christ was the true King of France and that Charles VII, as the temporal king, was Our Lord’s steward on earth.

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I mused over what I was learning. Through public revelation, the Lord had a Vicar on earth in the Pope for His Church. Through private revelation to Joan of Arc, He had a temporal steward for His Kingdom of France. This is where Joan’s heart was. It was in the mystical Kingdom of France that had a temporal order in its earthly king, Charles VII, and a Divine Order through its Heavenly King, Jesus Christ. France, for Joan, was the place on earth where God’s Kingdom was to come “on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Given my love and devotion for St. Joan of Arc, bequeathed to me from Our Lord through the Virgin Mary and in cooperation with Ste. Thérèse de Lisieux, I was empowered with a union of St. Joan’s heart. If France was a mystical kingdom whereby Our Lord is served as King of Kings, then I wanted to serve Him as well alongside Joan of Arc.

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The Monarchist in me was born. It is a Monarchism grounded in the heart of St. Joan of Arc which sees France as the Eldest Daughter of the Church serving Our Lord as King of Kings. How far France is from that model today!

Thus, by consequence, how great is the need in our world today for “devotion to Traditional French Catholicism and the Renaissance of Catholic France!”

Ste. Jehanne et Ste. Thérèse, avec la Vierge Marie, prient pour nous!

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What would a Catholic Monarchy in America look like?

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People often ask, “Just what would a Catholic Monarchy in America look like? Aside from the spiritual and philosophical arguments, what is the practical application?”

In gratitude to the late Abbé Georges de Nantes and his 150 Points of the Phalange, I will present here a beginning outline of the Catholic Monarchy. This outline will continue to evolve, but it is important to establish the foundation, no matter how rudimentary, in order to facilitate the discussion.

Importantly, the Catholic Monarchy will create a “nation free and organized” (points 91-96), one that establishes the optimal environment for the free, non-coerced conversion and salvation of souls, and one that helps souls to seek and grow in sanctifying grace thereby creating a sanctified society.

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The King and Queen are the father and mother of the Kingdom. They serve the country and their subjects with the same care and fidelity parents serve their families. The King and Queen love their country and subjects with the same love as that of parents for their children. In return, the subjects love their King and Queen as children love their parents. The royal family act as a bastion of stability in an ever shifting, amorphous cultural and socioeconomic landscape. The Royals are icons for the nation and the galvanizing manifestation of the Kingdom’s beliefs, traditions, culture, and way of life. The Royals are the guardians of the nation against the revolutionary intrusion of multi-national corporations and one-world financiers by protecting local capital and free, fair enterprise. The Royals bring order in general principles so that the subjects might be free in the particulars of their ordinary lives.

As such, the subjects of the Kingdom are imbued with a sense of honor and dignity. They see it as their duty to ensure that the Monarchs are truly living up to their exalted positions. The subjects of the Kingdom greatly desire that their Monarchs be good Kings and Queens, for it is such that the order of the Kingdom will facilitate peace and justice. A good King and Queen mean a good country; thus, their subjects not only make it their duty to rightly honor the Monarchs but will respectfully reproach them if they fail in their divine right responsibilities.

Below the King and Queen who, being necessarily Catholic in religion, are masters of diplomacy, head of the Armed Forces for the protection of the Kingdom, and the hereditary masters of the Kingdom in all matters legislative and judicial, we have the following:

The Chamber of the Great Orders

  • First Great Order – the Clergy who are responsible for ensuring that the royal family and the laws of the land are aligned with Catholic teaching and that the royal family is both responsible and responsive to the Holy Father, the Pope in Rome in all matters of faith and morals.
  • Second Great Order – the Magistrature which is responsible for administering justice in the name of the King and Queen.
  • Third Great Order – Universities and Education which would be established to ensure an independent educational system, free from the influence of corporations, financiers, and revolutionary elites,  and maintaining the ideals of subsidiarity whereby the family is the core and central unit of society and the social unit responsible for the education of their own children. This Order will promote life-giving culture, arts, and entertainment in addition to protecting the educational system from negative outside influences and the power of money.
  • The Fourth Great Order – Social Charity which, working distinctly from private corporations and centralized government bureaucracies, will establish local and regional charitable organizations that aid in helping the poorest of the poor and those most disadvantaged. The royal family will be the visible head of this noble Order.

The Chamber of the States, similar to the modern House of Representatives, whereby the King’s subjects throughout the land voice their concerns through freely elected representatives.

The Council of the Kingdom, similar to the modern Senate, whereby the royal family appoints the wisest, most distinguished, and most Catholic-minded women and men in the kingdom to serve as a sounding board for royal decisions. The Council of the Kingdom would freely remonstrate with the King and Queen to ensure that the Kingdom remains free and organized through Catholic faith and morals and by the principles of Catholic social teaching.

The state and local principalities, under the protection and care of the Royal Family, exercise a significant level of democratic freedoms. Within the well designed parameters of Catholic morality and social teaching, the states would have governors who are appointed by the Monarch with a state legislature freely and democratically elected by the subjects. At the local principality level, the subjects of the Kingdom would freely and democratically elect their local leaders.

In sum, the Monarchy would bring peace, order, justice, and freedom under the Natural Law and through Catholic social teaching, all in submission to the Social Kingship of Christ and His Church, which is the seed of the Kingdom of God on earth.

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Monarchs, Saints, Worship, and the Divine Order

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What if I were to say, “Joan of Arc saved my life! I was at the gates of Hell when she pulled me to safety!”

If I were at a party with Protestants (I say this with good-natured intent; many of my friends are either mainstream Protestant or Evangelical), the room would clear quickly. If the party were on their property, they likely would call security.

Once I was safely restrained, they would tell me that “only Jesus can save us.”

The thing is – yes, I know that. Every Catholic knows that, even as they cry out to their favorite saints for help.

What gives? Why “worship?” a saint when you are supposed to worship God alone? I would like to ask them the same thing every time they, rightfully, honor a veteran for sacrificing everything, even their lives on too many occasions, for our country. I would like to ask them the same thing every time they honor their neighbor in Church, or honor their pastor.

“But we don’t ‘worship’ them for crying out loud!”

Well, actually you do. Just check with Webster.

If you look up the definition of “worship,” you will see something strange. Not only does worship refer to the adoration of God, but it refers to the high esteem and honor we give to others, anybody. The reason for this confusion is that English has integrated into one word that for which Latin uses two: dulia and latria. Both words in Latin refer to “worship.” Dulia respresents the high esteem and honor we give others, such as veterans, our neighbor in Church, or our Pastor. Latria refers to the adoration reserved for God alone, that of the worship we give to our Creator and to Him alone as the Commandment instructs us. Thomas Aqunias points out that dulia and latria are different in substance, meaning, no matter how much dulia you give someone, it never turns into latria. It makes sense, actually. No matter how much you honor (worship with dulia) your mother and father (another commandment by the way), it never turns into the latria owed to God. How freeing! We do not have to hold back in our love and honor for others for fear of worshiping them in violation of the first commandment (provided we understand and do not lose sight of the distinction)!

The issue at hand, then, for my Protestant brethren, is that I may rightfully call on Joan of Arc with honor and love, just as the Protestant may call on their neighbor or Pastor with honor and love. We call this the belief in the “communion of saints” in our ancient Apostles Creed. The saints are more alive than we are. The notion of a dead saint is an oxymoron of the highest order. I hope that if I get to Heaven by the grace of God, I am not dead. The point of Heaven is to be truly alive in a supernatural way.

If the Protestant were to exclaim to his friend who helped out in a time of crisis, “John, I owe you my life! You saved my life with the help you gave me!” no one would bat an eye. In fact, it would be strange for the person in need completely to ignore the person through whom God worked this miracle. It even would seem hardly pleasing to God to show no gratitude to this person simply because of the bigger truth that it was actually God who did the saving. God uses others so that we might love others. It is no different with the saints.

So, Joan of Arc saved me. She brought me back from the gates of Hell. However, if you insist otherwise, then fine. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ saved me through His infinite merits won on the Cross of Calvary. However, he worked His grace through Joan of Arc who is more alive than we are (because of the grace of Jesus Christ). My gratitude and “dulia” worship of Joan of Arc (the same substance through which we “worship” our veterans, our neighbor in Church, our Pastor, our mother and our father) is most appropriate and flourishes through my “latria” adoration of Jesus Christ.

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This brings me to Royalty.

In the Divine Order where Jesus Christ is King of Kings (and not the President for four years after which He seeks re-election) in the Father’s Kingdom, our earthly Kings and Queens are to represent (however imperfectly) the Father’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in Heaven.” They are the Lord’s stewards and lieutenants (re: Joan of Arc’s message to Charles VII proclaiming Christ as the true King of France with Charles as His Lieutenant) for His dominion through the Social Kingship of Christ. They may not be saints; however, we owe them the dulia they deserve due to their position and responsibility in the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven.

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We need good Monarchs in order to establish the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven. They need good subjects. It is their duty to be good, pious, saintly Monarchs. It is our duty to be good, pious, saintly subjects. Do we all, Monarchs and subjects, fall short in our duty? Rhetorical question.

Through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, and only Jesus Christ, (whew, maybe my restraints can be removed now), we have the great privilege to honor (dulia) the saints through whom God grants us great graces. We have the great privilege to honor (dulia) our Monarchs. Furthermore, as the saints, who love and care for us in the Divine Order, demand that we live upright and just lives in the fear and love of our Savior Jesus Christ, we demand that our Monarchs live and rule as upright and just Monarchs in the fear and love of our Savior Jesus Christ. Conversely, our Monarchs demand that we live as upright and just subjects.

When we follow the Divine Order as such, we are truly bringing our Father’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in Heaven” by rightfully worshiping (dulia) the saints, our veterans, our neighbor in Church, our Pastor, our mother and father…etc. and rightfully worshiping (latria) our Lord Jesus Christ as King of all Kings.

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Can the democratic man be saved?

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Interesting read in this link. Written by an Orthodox priest.

There is much here to ponder. But I can identify with his basic premise. My encounter with God was and is very undemocratic. After July 17, 2006 I began a journey that is profoundly freeing (thus, the name of my first book “Journey to Christendom – The Freedom Dance“) while at the same time decidedly un-democratic.

The more free I became in Christ, the less appealing were the vagaries of democratic “opinion” (side note – Aquinas in the Summa does make a distinction in substance between opinion and faith). I realized that Christ is a Monarch, not a President who panders to my whims for the purpose of seeking re-election.

My encounter with Christ had a tectonic impact that re-shaped me as a Monarchist.

From the article:

“The modern Christian is generally a democratic man. It is a habit of the heart formed by the culture we live in. It forms and shapes us for unbelief and the god of unbelievers. The democratic man cannot believe in God.

This is the Democratic Man.

Can such a man find God, or even be saved?”

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