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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
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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.
O Jesus, Living in Mary
O Jesus, living in Mary,
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JESUS CHRIST MUST REIGN OVER THE HEARTS OF MENAND NATIONS.
BELIEVE IT, LOVE IT, PROCLAIM IT! HE MUST REIGN!
Articles and Excerpted Works, Complete Works
THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS: EXCERPT FROM ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA
Fr. Cajetan Bergamo:
HUMILITY OF HEART
Fr. Peter J. Arnoudt, S. J.:
THE IMITATION OF THE SACRED HEART
Bl. Claude Colombiere:
MYSTERIES IN GOD AND IN CREATION
St. Peter Julian Eymard:
THE PERFECTION OF LOVE
THE SOUL'S AWARENESS OF JESUS CHRIST
THE DEW OF GRACE
INSENSIBILITY OF HEART
THE PURITY OF LOVE
VIRGINITY OF HEART
THE SPIRIT OF JESUS
SIGNS OF THE SPIRIT OF JESUS 1
SIGNS OF THE SPIRIT OF JESUS 2
MORTIFICATION, SIGNS OF THE SPIRIT OF JESUS
THE LIFE OF NATURE AND GRACE
A PRACTICAL RULE OF THE SUPERNATURAL LIFE
Msgr. Luigi Civardi:
CHRIST AND HOW HE CHANGED THE WORLD
THE REIGN OF CHRIST THE KING
Fahey Excerpts from The Kingship of