A few days ago, with the civilised world still reeling in the aftermath of the horrific and barbaric Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris, I read this startling post from Canadian ‘knight for truth’, Vox Cantoris. Here is a blogger who never tires of bringing to our notice the numerous betrayals coming from many of those who currently hold the reins of Church governance and public relations. Instead of a solid, authoritative Catholic assertion to the one Truth – that of the Sovereignty of Christ over all the Earth – as the only solution to the morally weak and vulnerable position in which the West has now been reduced since its leaders and governments forfeited their Christian heritage, we are dealt up waffly, secular nonsense that has little to do with Catholic teaching. In response to this feeble article from Vatican Radio, Vox explodes in defensive fury with these hard-hitting words:
“The modernist and heretical and masonic liars free under Jorge Bergoglio to run amok in the Church and to lie to the world have done it again. “It is through education that horrors can be overcome.” No, you filthy liar, it is through Our Lord Jesus Christ.“
It is only when Man recognises Christ as Sovereign Lord and King, and his Divine Law written into the doctrines of His Bride, the Church, as the only right and true path to follow, that the threats, dangers and ills of the morally weak West (and indeed, the rest of the world) will ever find solutions.
Vox then goes on to link to the excellent article by Msgr. Charles Pope (part of the title of this post) in which he draws from “an anthology of the writings of Joseph Sobran (1946-2010), long-time editor at National Review and a keen observer of culture and its intersection with faith”, and follows with some of his own wise observations.
[…] Sobran writes beautifully of the strange resistance that the world has for Christ:
Great as Shakespeare is, I never lose sleep over anything he said … By the same token nobody ever feels guilty about anything Plato or Aristotle said … We aren’t tempted to resist them as we are tempted to resist Christ (Subtracting Christianity pp. 1-2).
I have often pondered the world’s special hatred for and resistance to Christ and His Body, the Church; it is unparalleled. Few of the Protestant denominations experience this hatred. The Buddhists don’t seem to be subject to it, nor do the Muslims even despite all the recent terrorism.
There is almost a knee-jerk, visceral reaction to Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church that is so over the top, so irrational, that one has to marvel at it. The world doth protest too much. Why?
Is it fear? Perhaps. But the Church is not powerful enough to “force our views” on everyone, as some who hate us say we do.
There is no rational explanation for the intense fear and hatred of the world for Christ and Catholicism except to echo the words of Christ Himself:
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without cause’ (Jn 15:18-25).
Yes, they hated Him without cause—at least any rational cause. For indeed, there must be a cause. But it is so irrational and hateful that I surmise it must be that Satan himself is interacting with our flesh. Satan hates Christ in a way that he doesn’t hate Mohammed, or Luther, or Deepak Chopra. Christ is a true threat, so Satan rages. And the world and flesh draw from this rage and fear.
Yes, that is it: “the WORLD and FLESH draw from this rage and fear” [of Satan] and act as his minions when they continue the attack against Christ’s Church. May we finally, Deo volente, wake up to this reality! For Our Lord has told us: “He that is not with me, is against me” – (Matthew 12:30).