Apostolic League of prayer for the return of nations, of countries and of the whole fabric of society to God and to His Christ, through Holy Church

Perhaps this is what we need today.

 

SECRETARY OF STATE
TO HIS HOLINESS.
No. 84112.

THE VATICAN, Nov. 18th, 1917.

To REV. FATHER A. PHILIPPE, C.SS.R.

From your letter of November 9th, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XV, has learned with very great satisfaction of the recent foundation of “A League of prayer, sacrifice, and good works for the return of nations and peoples, and of the whole social order, to God and to His Christ, through Holy Church.”

Inspired by a veritable sacerdotal zeal, by a profound devotion to the Church, and by a desire to co-operate in the extension of the reign of Christ, in souls and in society as a whole, your noble and generous appeal answers now more than ever to the crying necessities of the times.

On the morrow of the trials, sufferings and unspeakable calamities which peoples and nations have borne during the most terrible of wars; following such an epoch of strife and hatred, at the moment when profound social transformations are about to appear; at this very time, when so many errors and destructive principles persist, perverting intelligences and the social order in general, directing their attacks on the supernatural life and on the Church, there is a duty incumbent on each and every one, to help in restoring to nations as well as to individuals that peace and happiness for which everybody longs and which can only be had in the possession of truth.

You have very justly remarked that justice, charity, and peace, which are the objects of human aspiration, cannot be assured to humanity, without the return of individuals, families, nations, and peoples to Christ and to His law, as well as to the Gospel and the Church, wherein alone are found the deposit of His doctrine and of His grace.

Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of all men throughout the ages, must be the sovereign Ruler of individuals, nations, and countries, for all power is given to Him in Heaven and on earth, and the nations have been given to Him as inheritance.

Now the Church has been commissioned by our Lord Himself to carry out His work. Its mission through the ages is to procure the sanctification and salvation of souls, while at the same time it provides for the greatest possible well-being of nations and of peoples, by establishing the reign of truth, justice, charity and peace.

The Holy Father congratulates you on the very praiseworthy and very pious thought which has inspired you to found a League so much needed and so salutary. He desires that all Catholics worthy of the name should join the League. These, by the example of sincere Christian lives, both in public and in private, as well as by their prayers and good works would draw down God’s blessing, hasten the return of society to true principles and bring about the restoration of the order of society in Jesus Christ through His Church.

For these reasons, His Holiness very willingly authorises the association to assume the title: “Apostolic League for the return of nations, of countries and of the whole fabric of society to God and to His Christ, through Holy Church.”
 
To encourage the Clergy and the faithful to join the League and promote its interests the Sovereign Pontiff has deigned to accord to the members the following favours: [cf. Chap. xiii.]

(Signed), P. CARD. GASPARRI.

 

www.catholictradition.org/Christ/christ5-appendices1.htm

 

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  1. Christ, King of Nations: A Catechism of Divine Rights in Society
    By Reverend A. Phillipe

    First published 1926 in French as Le Christ, roi de Nations;
    reprinted by International Society of St. Pius X, Econe, Switzerland, 1986, 1989
    with a preface by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

    Translated into English
    by seminarians from South Africa and New Zealand at the International Seminary

    ISBN 0-646-09810-1, paperback

    $6.25

    Reviewed by Patricius Anthony

    Quas Primas is, arguably, the most important papal encyclical since the French Revolution and quite possibly stretching back since the august reforms of the Council of Trent. Pope Pius XI’s document is just as relevant today as when it was promulgated (1925) since the world, including the Church, has descended into full-blown secularism with no sign of a turnaround. Fr. Fahey was particularly delighted by Quas Primas and often praised it.

    While conservatives of all stripes form societies, create websites, hold conferences, write books, and publish papers which lament the downfall of the culture, nearly all their activities conspicuously exclude the King of the Universe. Similarly, many semi-traditional/Indult/Motu Catholics ignore the solid teachings of the true popes (such as Quas Primas) and, instead, squander their time trying to decipher “secrets,” and seek revelations in “apparitions,” all to the great amusement and, no doubt, ridicule of committed Protestants and Rationalists.

    The importance of Pius XI’s encyclical inspired the French priest, Reverend A. Phillipe, C.SS.R., to write the brief, but weighty catechism entitled, Christ, King of Nations: A Catechism of Divine Rights in Society within a year of Quas Primas’ publication. Father Phillipe’s work remains one of the best treatments of the Kingship of Christ doctrine available today in an area that still needs more study, research and discussion.

    This gem did not get past the astute eyes of Father Phillipe’s countryman, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who wrote a prologue to the 1989 edition. The Archbishop, an obvious proponent of the Kingship of Christ, insightfully remarked: “To abandon this article of our Faith [the Kingship of Christ], not only by liberal Catholics, but also by the hierarchy of the Church, quickly leads to apostasy and the secularization of societies which were once Catholic. Where Our Lord does not reign, Satan takes the Throne.” [my emphasis] It is too bad that the current leadership of the Society that the Archbishop founded no longer subscribes to such Catholic thinking, but instead, seeks to “negotiate” with the Conciliar Church’s principle paedophile-enabler, Benedict-Ratzinger, and the gang of apostates, rapists, perverts, and embezzlers with which he willingly surrounds himself.

    Society, State and God

    Fr. Phillipe forthrightly asserts what the proper relationship between societies, governments, and God should be. Such a notion, which was the Catholic position prior to the Second Vatican Council, is in sharp contrast to what is now taught in academia, broadcasted in the media, and written in books:

    … the first truth upon which depends all other truths, and which impose upon the creature its obligations, is the sovereign dominion of God over every creature, and the absolute dependence of every creature upon Him. A Society, which is not convinced of this truth, fails with regard to its most strict obligations; it will infallibly be lost. It is therefore strictly necessary that every State, every nation, in short, every human society, be absolutely subject to God. In this way this obligation of social order, both by collective conscience and by individual conscience, is affirmed. (4)

    The priest continues:

    . . . everything which contributes to the formation of society must be impregnated with God. . . . In every society we must find a union of wills, adapted means, and an aim to be attained. In each of these three elements, because they are created, society depends upon God. The strictly logical consequence, when a society is constituted, should be to consider its aim in the light of its supreme and last end, which is God Himself. (5)

    Not only does mankind and the institutions he creates depend on God, but the dependency, to have any meaningful social reality, must be codified in governing structures, documents and laws as Father Phillipe writes: “. . . when a State is constituted, it has, as its primary duty, to place at the foundation of its charter or constitution, and of its legislation, an absolute dependency upon God, and its entire conformity to the Eternal Law.”(5) None of the world’s nation states or international bodies abide by such a “dependency clause.” The denial that all human life and civilizations are subject to their Creator says Reverend Phillipe “would be to establish a total disorder, and would end in idolatry”(5), a social condition which now characterizes each and every society.

    Not only are modern states devoid of dependency on God, but their “constitutions” have failed to limit state power or insure civil liberties. While constitutions have only protected individual liberties when they did not threaten the ruling classes, the rights of free speech and those of a free press were given every license to attack Christian doctrine, calumniate religious, and mock and blaspheme Almighty God.

    The revolutionary ideal of the “rights of man” has been transformed by secularists into man’s deification where the creature is placed on a par with the Creator, the concept of which has been affirmed by the post-Conciliar popes especially, JPII. Reverend Phillipe explains:

    By the ‘Declaration of the Rights of Man,’ God and all that which is divine has been eliminated from Constitutions and legislation. It has been replaced by deified man. The consequence of this substitution is the abolition of all divine rights and the profession of human rights alone. It is the victory of secularism, atheism, and all the errors which are the logical result of the ‘rights’ of man. Therefore, it follows that man is sovereignly independent. He must possess all liberties; of conscience, of teaching, of the press, of association, of religion. By a strange contradiction, he claims the capacity to create laws and impose them by force.(62)

    In a provocative and what is probably, in this “democratic age,” considered a subversive passage, Reverend Phillipe calls for the use of “revolutionary means” to re-establish a Christian order:

    . . . [W]e must necessarily abolish the Constitutions and their foundations. With this goal in mind, we must use the liberties given to us to suppress these very liberties in the modern sense of the word, and to accomplish all good possible. The liberty of education must be used to teach freely Jesus Christ. The press must be used to make known the divine truth. Recourse must be had to liberty of association, so that groups can be formed with the goal of procuring the good of souls. We must openly profess the worship of the one True God. Advantage must be taken of these would-be rights to make the public and souls understand that truth and good alone have rights; that error and evil have no rights. (62-63)
    Yet, such a condition, as the popes and Father Phillipe have pointed out is the logical consequence when mankind tries to establish a social order without its Creator. State aggrandizement and the secularization of society are the natural outcomes when man’s dependency on God is not acknowledged.

    In contrast to the rampant secularism of the times, Reverend Phillipe describes a world where the Creator and His duly appointed representatives are intimately involved in its governance. Such an involvement, at least in theory, is not to amass earthly power, but ultimately, to lead souls to heaven: “It is in this way that all shall return to order and peace, since everything shall be henceforth subject to God and Christ through the Church. Nations shall be united by the ties of justice and charity in Christ under the supernatural guidance of the Pope. All the nations will then form a true Apostolic League of Nations. The world will be on the path to salvation.” (63)

    To convert peoples, countries, and states to the Kingship of Christ, Catholics need to become “apostles” to advance its cause through prayer, education and organization. Prior to the Second Vatican Council, the “Apostolic League” was a fraternity whose goals were to promote the Kingship of Christ. The League received papal blessings and Reverend Phillipe highly recommended it. It became a casualty of the rising tide of Modernism that would completely engulf the Church. The re-establishment of the Apostolic League is the type of strategy that Catholics should follow in the battle against secularism.

    The natural consequence of the rejection of Almighty God and the dethronement of His Son leads to confusion and disorientation. The confusion blurs individual and public consciousness to the point that men and societies no longer understand life’s purpose. Without Almighty God as man’s ultimate end, success or failure will be judged in earthly terms leading to despair and fatalism. The pursuit of human happiness, instead of seeking a “supernatural end” will ultimately lead to desperation, a condition which pervades contemporary life.

    Instead of a world that preaches the attainment of secular ends, Reverend Phillipe states in clear and direct language the purpose of life:

    We must not lose sight of the fact that man is on earth to prepare himself for his eternal destiny. Every human and divine institution has, as its final end, the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Therefore, every social institution, every political action and directive, is bound to remember this fundamental truth; that man was not made for this world, but for eternity. (7)

    While this is certainly true for individuals, it also applies to organizations as well as legal and governing entities:

    The constitutions of nations, their legislation, juridical dispositions, administration etc., must regard the final end of all existence as a primary aim. All politics, as everything else, must, because of this final end, be in conformity with the Eternal Law of God, with the Creed and the Ten Commandments. (7)
    Such a clear elucidation of the purpose of human existence will not be preached from any Novus Ordo pulpit, written in any of their vapid books, or taught by its “popes.” The Incarnation, Passion, Death and Resurrection fundamentally altered human life, and man, try as he might to ignore or forget this fact, has no excuse to be ignorant of what his purpose on this planet is for.

    Power

    Reverend Phillipe presents an interesting discussion about the matter of Christ’s Power and its relationship to earthly conditions. Unless one has the temerity to deny the Divine Savior’s very words (“All power is given to me in heaven and on earth”) it is undeniable that Christ is omnipotent. Yet, He rarely asserts this power, but allows His subjects and the societies they create to accept or reject it. If His omnipotence is acknowledged, heavenly graces will flow. For those who refuse, be they individuals or collective entities, eternal disaster awaits. It is true that societies as well as individuals may prosper even though they deny Christ’s power, however, there will eventually be a fall and collapse.

    Not only did Christ declare His omnipotence, but throughout His public ministry, He demonstrated His power over men, the environment, life and death through the workings of miracles. Newchurch does not speak much of Christ’s power, but stresses a docile, all-forgiving Savior which fits into its belief in a non-judgmental Deity which implicitly gives credence to the false notion of universal salvation.

    The recognition of His omnipotence is directly related to His Kingship. Every individual or collective body must choose to either accept or reject His reign. No one, be they rulers, kings, queens or legislators are immune from making this decision. The choice was made explicit to His very own people by Pontius Pilate at history’s seminal moment when Redemption was at hand:

    And it was the Parasceve of the Pasch, about the sixth hour, and he saith to the Jews: Behold your king. But they cried out: Away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith to them; Shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered; We have no king but Caesar.[St. John, ch.19; vs.14-15] While St. Matthew adds: They therefore being gathered together, Pilate said: Whom will you that I release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?” [ch. 27; vs. 17]

    Blinded by pride and hoping to create a nation without the Divine Savior, the Jews spurned Pilate’s offer and chose Barabbas, a decision which led to the horrific destruction of the Temple, but more importantly, it voided their status as the “chosen people.”

    While it took time and the shedding of much blood, the Gentiles, especially the peoples of Europe, gradually accepted and then embraced the idea of Christ the King. The result was the creation of a glorious civilization whose architecture, music, literature and art were directed for the glory of God. As the Jews had done, Western man gradually lost the Faith and created secular societies and empires which explicitly excluded God and His Divine Son. The decline of the West and the conquest of it by immigration, economic malaise, and cultural depravity are the consequences and “payback” for its apostasy.

    Christ’s power is shared with the institution He established for the salvation of man: the Catholic Church. The Church is the guardian and dispenser of the Sacraments which contain the graces necessary for man’s supernatural end as Father Phillipe states: “Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, has received from God, in His humanity, all power in heaven and upon earth. He has authority and sovereignty over every other authority. He is invested with a truly royal power. This power is shared by the Pope and Bishops who rule the Church.” (62)

    The denial of the necessity of the Church and the need of the Sacraments was a fundamental error of the 16th century “reformers” and one which remains a tenet in all heretical sects of the day. While Protestants may argue to the contrary, the rejection of the Church is an implicit denial of Christ’s power which is transmitted through the Sacraments.

    Conclusion

    Quas Primas could not have been issued at a better time coming as it did on the heels of what was then the most devastating conflict in human affairs. An even stiffer price was to be paid for man’s refusal to heed Pius XI’s call to place Christ at the head of each and every land as World War II came in its wake, the reverberations of which are still being felt.

    The forces which instigated the world powers to plunge themselves into two needless cataclysms have shifted their focus to cultural matters and have succeeded in nearly totally extinguishing what is left of Christian morality and virtues. If Western man, however, had not rejected Almighty God and His Church, it is unlikely that the two conflagrations would have come about, nor would each and every society been turned into cultural cesspools.

    Reverend Phillipe’s book develops some of the concepts and principles laid out in Pius XI’s great encyclical. Since their publications, barring the work of Fr. Fahey and some others, there has been little research in this most vital field. Nor is it likely that much study will take place within the Conciliar Church since the Kingship of Christ is the antithesis of what it stands for.

    As Western society continues to disintegrate culturally and now economically, there will be opportunities for Catholics to promote the ideals of Christ the King. One tool that should be in everyone’s arsenal who seek to rightfully place the Divine Redeemer on His throne is Reverend Phillipe’s superb, Christ, King of Nations.

    www.traditio.com/fahey/artphillipe.htm

  2. The Universal Rights of Christ the King

    In his encyclical, Quas Primas, Pope Pius XI reaffirmed the unbroken teaching of his predecessors upon the papal throne that states as well as individuals must submit themselves to the rule of Christ the King. In affirming this fundamental truth of our faith, Pope pius was not referring simply to Catholic nations, or even to Christian nations, but to the whole of mankind. He cites from the encyclical, Annum Sacrum of Pope Leo XIII:

    The empire of Christ the King includes not only Catholic nations, not only Baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Christ.

    The separation of Church and state was condemned unequivocally by the Roman Pontiffs. The Church’s teaching is that the State has an obligation to render public worship to God in accord with the teachings of the True Church, the Catholic Church, and positively to aid the Catholic Church in the carrying out of her functions. The state does not have the right to remain neutral regarding religion, much less to pursue a secular approach in its policies.

    Addendum, December 4, 2006:

    Vatican II did speak of religious freedom in Dignitatis Humanae, in the sense men must be free from civil coercion.

    It did not officially change traditional Catholic doctrine on the moral duty of men and societies toward the true religion and toward the one Church of Christ [the Holy Spirit would not allow such a thing], although many Catholics do not understand this because of the confusing policies [as opposed to teachings] of the modern Vatican. And thus many priests today, from the pulpit expound endlessly on the Church as just one of many correct paths to salvation, and while some still welcome converts, essentially they preach that it is no longer necessary to be a Catholic, period. A local priest in a nearby parish does this all the time. This is heretical and harmful to Catholics, the unity of the Church and especially harmful to non-Catholics. [Only those who are outside of the Church through invincible ignorance or through no fault of their own, and who are in the state of grace at the time of death are exempt.]

    Every week I receive reports from Catholics here and in Canada about this serious error. Even the rite of Baptism is in danger because of this false belief. If the Church is no longer necessary, but only the best choice of one among many valid religions, then the necessity of Baptism becomes a sentimental “sacrament”, a social event, perhaps not officially, but in practice. Non-Catholics are now regular sponsors or godparents in various dioceses, which further reduces the dogma of the faith to a mere preference. Some priests have now given themselves permission, apparently, [perhaps the bishops are in agreement] to either change the Baptismal form or to have the laity participate in the manner of the priest, or both. One recent “baptism” was described to me as “baptizing” in the name of a different Trinity, not the Father, Son and Holy Ghost [or Spirit]. This invalidates the Sacrament. At the same sacrilege the laity poured the water. Laity may Baptize in an emergency, and say the words given by Christ while pouring the water three times. But the ordinary minister of Baptism is the priest and it is he that must pour the water, as it is the one administering the Sacrament that does both, it is not a mixed rite, so to speak. At that parish Christ was definitely not King as His precise words for Baptism were deliberately ignored! And a helpless little baby remains unBaptized!

    No one claiming to be a Christian would, one hopes, dispute the fact that as individuals we must submit ourselves to the rule of Christ the King, but very few Christians, Catholics included, and conservative Catholics among them, understand, let alone uphold, the Social Kingship of Christ.

    Strictly speaking, God alone has rights which belong to Him of His very nature. As human beings we possess only contingent rights, rights which are accorded to us by God. We have a right to do only what is pleasing to God. The fundamental meaning of the word, “liberty,” is the ability to act without constraint.

    Again, citing from Pope Leo XIII:

    The true liberty of human society does not consist in every man doing what he pleases, for this would simply end in turmoil and confusion, and bring on the overthrow of the State: but rather in this, that through the injunctions of the civil law all may easily conform to the prescriptions of the ETERNAL LAW.

    Christ is the Ruler of the kings of the earth and He must Reign!

    Opportet illum regnare!

    —– Excerpts from The Reign of Christ the King by Michael Davies

    www.catholictradition.org/Christ/christ-king.htm#PRAYER

  3. Prayer to Christ the King

    O CHRIST, JESUS, I acknowledge Thee as Universal King.
    For Thee all creatures have been made. Do Thou exercise
    over me all the rights that Thou hast.

    Renew my Baptismal Vows, I renounce Satan,
    with all his works and pomps, and I promise to live as a
    good Catholic: Especially, do I pledge myself, by all
    the means in my power, to bring about the triumph of the
    rights of God and of Thy Church.

    Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer Thee all my poor actions to obtain
    that all hearts may recognize Thy Sacred Royalty, and that thus the
    reign of Thy Peace may be established throughout the entire world.
    Amen.

  4. Cross And Crown by Fr. Robert Mader

    angeluspress.org/Cross-And-Crown

    Three reflections by the famous preaching priest and Catholic newspaper editor, Fr Robert Mader. His delivery of total Faith was so much in the apostolic spirit of primitive Christianity that he was called the ‘Thunder of the Holy Ghost’.

    The three meditations are: Thoughts for Lent, Christ’s Sufferings and Christ the King. An essential for the Season of Lent but greatat anytime.

    Fr. Mader: “Until politics has again found the Cross, all efforts will be in vain. The Crucified One must become King!”

    Part I: Thoughts for Lent

    -Resolutions
    -Spiritual Hunger
    -Crucifixion of Passions
    -Christ’s Sufferings
    -Spiritual Detox
    -Triumph of Suffering
    -Christ the King
    -“Policy of the Gloria”
    -Tabernacle as Paradise
    -“Homesickness”
    -“Queen Mother”

    Part II: Christ’s Suffering

    Part III: Christ the King

    166 pp. Softcover.

    This is an excellent book. I recommend it, not just for Lent, but year round. Part I, although titled Thoughts for Lent, still follows the theme of Christ the King.

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