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Militant Monday | Christmas Preparation

December 19th, 2016 by Vigilo

img_20161204_111009-1024x768In this week’s Militant Monday, during the final week of Advent, we address Christmas Preparation, and preparing the way for the Lord into our soul. Read the rest of this entry »

Militant Monday | Mary, Mother of Jesus

December 5th, 2016 by Vigilo

marymotherofgodIn this week’s Militant Monday, we return to the recordings of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. This is a 25 minute audio clip, which should play automatically from this page. It is centered on Mary, the Mother of Jesus. This topic is especially appropriate this week, as on Thursday, December 8th, we have the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception. Read the rest of this entry »

This week’s Militant Monday continues with the topic of the upcoming United States election. We will explore How to Vote using some of the guiding principles on just government that the Catholic Church teaches.

Last week’s Militant Monday highlighted why NOT Voting is a Sin, and detailed why every Catholic must vote. We now come to some of the guiding principles for a Catholic to use in casting the ballot. We can further our knowledge and understanding by taking time to reference the Papal Encyclicals of the past to learn How to Vote. So what are some of the guiding principles?

Christ is King

Militant Monday | Guiding Principles on How to VoteYesterday, we celebrated the Feast of Christ the King. Pope Pius XI established the feast day at a time when the world was forgetting the Kingship of Christ over governments. This brings us to the principle that guides all other principles of a just government, and one to consider when deciding How to Vote.

Principle: Governments and people as a whole can not do whatever they want. They are subject to a higher law of God, the Law of Christ.

You won’t find this teaching featured on the ‘news’ networks today, but this is where we should start. It is not enough just to fight for what is good. Politicians must recognize Christ’s Kingship over all nations. Likewise, it is wrong to just vote, and whatever is popular becomes law, we must prefer Christ instead of popularity when determining How to Vote.

When Christ’s authority is rejected, government becomes tyranny. There has to be some basis of law, and if that basis is not God’s law, then it simply becomes the tyrannical will of the majority. If the majority is evil, wants evil, votes for evil, then you have an evil tyranny of the majority.

G.K. Chesterson said:

“…it is only by believing in God that we can ever criticize the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God.”

If you believe in God and you believe there is a higher law than the government, then you have a right to criticize the government for not acting in accordance with that higher law, God’s law. But for one who has no belief in God, there is no higher law above government, so they have no basis on which to criticize the government. The government becomes the highest authority. Only when one believes that government has a duty to submit to higher laws, can they criticize. When discussing political issues, this is one of the central problems of the vast majority of people in this country.

Reiterating Catholic teaching, Pope Pius XI wrote encyclicals addressing the foundation of society which was and is being destroyed. He wrote on the Kingship of Christ, on Christian Marriage, education, etc. And he established the Feast of the Holy Family.

The church has explicitly addressed all these things. So it is not permitted for a Catholic to read the encyclicals of the popes and to say, “Well, I don’t agree with that….” or “I think the government should follow other principles in regard to welfare and other government programs.”

Pertaining to economics and social teaching, Just how far should a government go in welfare programs?

Rights of the Family

The popes have continually reiterated that the government has no right to take over the rights of the family. The communists and socialists promote the idea that people are made for the government. The church teaches the opposite, that the government is made for the sake of the people. The rights of education rests with the parents. A family has priority over the government. The government’s only duty, is to step in when necessary for the common good. But otherwise not to interfere and this is what Pope Pius XI talked about on the question in his encyclical on Christian marriage.

Pope Pius XI wrote in Casti Connubii:

“Wherefore, those who have the care of the State and of the public good cannot neglect the needs of married people and their families, without bringing great harm upon the State and on the common welfare. Hence, in making the laws and in disposing of public funds they must do their utmost to relieve the needs of the poor, considering such a task as one of the most important of their administrative duties.”

Pope Leo XIII wrote in Rerum Novarum:

“”The contention, then, that the civil government should at its option intrude into and exercise intimate control over the family and the household is a great and pernicious error. True, if a family finds itself in exceeding distress, utterly deprived of the counsel of friends, and without any prospect of extricating itself, it is right that extreme necessity be met by public aid, since each family is a part of the commonwealth.””

The church teaching is clear. It is a duty of the government to assist those in need who have no other way of obtaining assistance. But to take hold of the rights of the family to intrude into the family and to make decisions for the family, is totally outside of the bounds of the right of government.

This is also in the case of working people. The church has indeed acknowledged the right of working people to organize unions, to ensure their rights. The church also recognizes, that the communists and socialists have founded well organized unions with the sole purpose of creating turmoil, thus promoting the communist and socialist agendas.

Right of Private Property

A foundational error today is the idea that we should take from the rich and give to the poor. This is theft! Some say that just because someone is wealthy, the poor have a right to that person’s wealth. That is utterly false. The church has always upheld the principle of private ownership of property.

That said, there is a duty of charity for those who are blessed with financial wealth, Wealthy persons have an obligation to use their blessings for the good of others. But to say that their belongings should be taken from them and given to those who have less, simply because they have less, that is unjust. And any politician who would promote that, would be acting in a way that is destructive to the principles the Catholic Church teaches

Pope Leo XIII wrote in Rerum Novarum:

“”And in addition to injustice, it is only too evident what an upset and disturbance there would be in all classes, and to how intolerable and hateful a slavery citizens would be subjected. The door would be thrown open to envy, to mutual invective, and to discord; the sources of wealth themselves would run dry, for no one would have any interest in exerting his talents or his industry; and that ideal equality about which they entertain pleasant dreams would be in reality the leveling down of all to a like condition of misery and degradation. Hence, it is clear that the main tenet of socialism, community of goods, must be utterly rejected, since it only injures those whom it would seem meant to benefit, is directly contrary to the natural rights of mankind, and would introduce confusion and disorder into the commonweal. The first and most fundamental principle, therefore, if one would undertake to alleviate the condition of the masses, must be the inviolability of private property.””

It is the wrong idea that, just because people are poor, that we have a right to take from the wealthy and give to them. This is a misconceived idea of equality, which only leads to destroying the initiative of everyone in society.

The poor realize then, that everything will be given to them, without effort. Thus the initiative of the poor to work is destroyed.

The rich realize then, that they no longer have rights over their private property, but that it would be taken from them. Thus their desire to continue working is destroyed.

Pope Leo XIII continued:

“It must be first of all recognized that the condition of things inherent in human affairs must be borne with, for it is impossible to reduce civil society to one dead level. Socialists may in that intent do their utmost, but all striving against nature is in vain. There naturally exist among mankind manifold differences of the most important kind; people differ in capacity, skill, health, strength; and unequal fortune is a necessary result of unequal condition. Such unequality is far from being disadvantageous either to individuals or to the community.”

The socialist idea that everybody should be equal in all respects, is contrary to human nature. They are even more so contrary to guiding principles of the faith. Of course everyone is equal as human beings, but that does not mean that we all have to be equal in wealth or position.
This does not mean that capitalists should be totally free from all government and control. Another error is the anarchistic idea that government should have no say whatsoever in economics. That also is condemned by the church.

Though Pope Pius XI says it is an even worse evil to give government so much control, that they dictate everything. This leads to the last point we should all understand, the crucial Principle of Subsidiarity.

Principle of Subsidiarity

The church teaches that the higher government entity can not, and has no right to take over duties which can be adequately performed by local governments, or by private enterprises.

Pope Pius XI wrote in Quadragesimo Anno:

“It is gravely wrong to take from individuals what they can accomplish by their own initiative and industry and give it to the community, so also it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what lesser and subordinate organizations can do. For every social activity ought of its very nature to furnish help to the members of the body social, and never destroy and absorb them.
The supreme authority of the State ought, therefore, to let subordinate groups handle matters and concerns of lesser importance, which would otherwise dissipate its efforts greatly. Thereby the State will more freely, powerfully, and effectively do all those things that belong to it alone because it alone can do them: directing, watching, urging, restraining, as occasion requires and necessity demands.””

Today, we see the opposite of Church teaching. You see a consolidation of power with so many departments in the federal government. Many career politicians believe that the government is the only one capable of doing everything, and that everything should be handled on a national level. This is false.

The Church teaches that the local governments should handle those things that local governments can handle, and individuals/organizations should be allowed to handle those things that can be handled by them. The Church clearly teaches that it is WRONG to centralize power, and it is utterly destructive in the order that God wills in a society.

In a prophetic decree from The United States Bishops in year 1922:

“1. The growth of bureaucracy in the United States is one of the most significant aftereffects of the war. This growth must be resolutely checked. Federal assistance and federal direction are in some cases beneficial and even necessary; but extreme bureaucracy is foreign to everything American. It is unconstitutional and undemocratic. It means officialism, red tape, and prodigal waste of public money. It spells hordes of so-called experts and self-perpetuating cliques of politicians to regulate every detail of daily life. It would eventually sovietize our form of government.
“2. The forward-looking forces in our national life must resolutely stand against further encroachments on individual and state liberty. The press, the home, the school, and the Church have no greater enemy at the present time than the paternalistic and bureaucratic government which certain self-seeking elements are attempting to foist upon us.” (Administrative Council of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, January 26, 1922)

Militant Monday | Guiding Principles on How to Vote

All that the bishops warned in 1922 has come to pass.

By now, the importance of following these principles in voting is evident. We didn’t even address the obvious non-negotiable church positions on the prohibition of abortion, sanctity of traditional marriage, prohibition of euthanasia, etc. So we must vote, and vote using our Catholic guiding principles to save our souls. Above all, we must add prayer. We should not forget our greater duty of praying very much before our country holds elections.

If we truly believe in the value of prayer, then praying for our country and it’s conversion will be paramount. Even if we can not accomplish all of the good we desire, it is incumbent upon us to prevent worse evils from befalling the country. May this Militant Monday guide you in deciding How to Vote. May we all pray often, even utilizing the prayer of the Rosary, and Vote using these Catholic guiding principles. God Bless.

-Travis

 

Last week’s Militant Monday – Not Voting is a Sin

Militant Monday | NOT Voting is a SIN

October 24th, 2016 by Vigilo

Not Voting is a SinThis week’s Militant Monday is going to focus on the upcoming election in the United States of America. It also applies to every citizen of every nation for every election, if one has the ability to vote. This Monday’s topic, NOT voting is a SIN. Read the rest of this entry »

Militant Monday | The Holy Trinity

October 17th, 2016 by Vigilo

militant monday the holy trinityThis week’s Militant Monday is a 25 minute audio clip, recorded in the 1960’s, by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. It should play automatically from this page. The following is a summary of this Monday’s topic, the Holy Trinity. Read the rest of this entry »

Militant Monday | Humanity of Jesus Christ

October 10th, 2016 by Vigilo

Humanity of Jesus ChristThis week’s Militant Monday is a 25 minute audio clip, recorded in the 1960’s, by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. It should play automatically from this page. The following is a summary of this Monday’s topic, Humanity of Jesus Christ. Read the rest of this entry »