As traditional Catholics, we believe in Jesus Christ the King as the temporal ruler over this world as well as in heaven. We believe in Christendom where all countries are subjected to God’s rules, in the Church, the state and the family. All authority comes from above, God and is given to the Church and her visible leaders. They rule over kings and queens who govern over states. The elders of families rule over their children.
Christ the King is the God of Love, Truth, Life, Mercy and Justice. He proved His love by laying down his life on the Cross to save us. He never went around murdering or deceiving people. He was poor and humble. His laws are for our good. We can chose Him to be our King to rule over us or we can choose a worldly politician to rule over us.
In opposition to Jesus’ Kingdom, is the political world of the pagan Republics where either the ruler has been elected by popularity, (and work through parliaments) or a dictator who has taken over power by force.
Many people wrongly believe that the downfall of Christendom and all other evil that we find in politics, began with the French Revolution. The fact is that rebellion has been with us ever since satan’s rebellion at the beginning of creation. Then he spread his “rebellious spirit” to Eve and Adam.
But a very important revolution against God also began with the new “Spirit of the Renaissance” when powerful people began looking back to the pagan cultures, religions, philosophers and political systems. The devil incited these people to rebel against the order of Catholicism on which society was directed at that time. It was far from perfect, but at least God was recognized and there was such a thing as right and wrong.
A very important person in the “Renaissance Revolution” was Nicolò Machiavelli. Because of his distortion of truth and evil designs the name for the devil in the Anglo-Saxon world came to be known as “Old Nick“.
There are many bad people who have had great influence in the world. But there are seven UN worthy of mention.
- Machiavelli and his immoral “morality” and glorification of absolutism.
- Kant who taught that all truth is subjective.
- Nietzsche self proclaimed Anti Christ, who’s philosophy was to excite rebellion and coined the saying “God is Dead”.
- Freud, father of the sexual revolution by attributing most human behavior to sexual desire.
- Darwin, who put accident and adaptation, (not God) as the force behind all creation.
- Marx who promised the masses paradise here by liberation from the wealthy and religion by violent revolution.
- Sarte who despaired of any meaning to life, so professed absurdity. Ideas From Article By Peter Kreeft On Machiavelli.
Machiavelli’s hero was Cesare Borgia. He was an illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI who made him “Il Principe”, prince over land taken from the Vatican State. He was ruthless, cruel and deceitful. He did well only because of the power his dad had as Pope.
“Here lies in a little earth
he who everyone feared
he who peace and war
held in his hand.
Oh, you who go in search
of worthy things to praise,
if you would praise the worthiest
then your path stops here
and you do not need to go any farther.”
Machiavelli is the typical Italian Renaissance man. His life, thoughts and behavior were based on classical paganism. He taught that a politician has to do what ever he has to do: killing, lying, cheating and deceiving, in order to get power and territory. He also admired the cruelty of Hannibal.
“A prince must keep clear of crime not only when it is hurtful to his interests but when it is useless. He should try to win the love of his subjects, by simulating virtue if he does not possess it; he ought to encourage trade so that his people, busied in getting rich, may have no time for politics; he ought to show concern for religion, because it is a potent means for keeping his people submissive and obedient.” 1914 Catholic Encyclopedia
Because of his advocacy of removal of Catholic morals from politics, his book was put on the Index in 1559.
“Machiavelli did not disguise his dislike for Christianity which by exalting humility, meekness, and patience had, he said, weakened the social and patriotic instincts of mankind. Hence, he mocked at Savonarola though he was the saviour of democracy, and he had a special dislike for the Holy See as a temporal power, as he saw in it the greatest obstacle to Italian unity; to use his own expression, it was too weak to control the whole peninsula, but too strong to allow of any other state bringing about unity.”
1914 Catholic Encyclopedia
We are free to choose between following this world’s prince or Christ the King. We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know what a great King Jesus is and to whole heartedly follow and obey him.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.