Wednesday, June 24, 2020

On the Rise of Socialism

By A. DiNardo
PATRIARCHAL SEE 24 June 2020 (ORCNS) - A Patriarchal Encyclical of Rutherford I was released today. Entitled Eventus Socialismi, the encyclical dealt with the rise of socialism in the world. It extends a similar statement made in 2008. The complete text is below. 

Eventus Socialismi 


Esteemed Brethren and Dearest Sons in Christ,

The issue of socialism growing in strength within the United States of America largely over the past decade, and indeed the whole world and especially Europe over the past several decades requires the attention of Christ’s Church. It is Our duty to comment on this matter and to advise the faithful under Our Apostolic and pastoral care so that they may understand and behave according to the Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Tradition of the Apostolic Faith. To do otherwise would be a failure in Our duty to Christ and to those in Our charge and care.


Attempts at Division

The fractured appearance of the Apostolic Church makes those who promote socialism believe they are better able to divide and conquer. While Christians separate over many diverse issues, socialists and communists join together to spread their vile poison of words and deeds, which has been shown by Church scholars and Church leaders over and over to be contrary to the Sacred Scripture, and embed their poison so deeply that it is difficult to remove. Yet, the Word of God is clear. The gates of Hell shall not prevail against Christ’s Church. Though the Church of the true and living Faith handed down in unbroken succession from the Apostles has split into separate jurisdictions around the world, and though those provinces of authority often bicker and fight in a manner unbecoming of them, there is still but one Church and one Faith, united under one Baptism. The gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.

The enemies of the Church delight in these split provinces, but they cannot see the truth. They are lured by these divisions, but fail to see that the union of Christ’s Church is deeper than leadership, jurisdiction, or Rite, but is instead a product of the Baptism in Christ and the authority transmitted by the Holy Spirit in succession from the Apostles.


The Necessity of the Clergy and Faithful to Speak out Against Injustice

This fractured state, while We lament it, is taken as the fact of the situation for the time being. Humans, as they are, have failed to shepherd faithfully the Divine Institution which has been entrusted to them, and so we as Christians are in fractured factions. Remember, though, that these independent churches of the Apostolic Faith are all successors to the Apostles, and they are valid in their authority. So too are they valid in their duty to act and to speak when there are issues of great social concern. The issues at hand today in Europe, the United States of America, and the world relate to the rights of unborn children, to economics and justice, to human rights and dignity, and indeed to the very freedom of individuals demanded by our Lord. The Church, regardless of rite or jurisdiction, cannot and must not remain silent on these issues.


When Government Acts Against the Church and Her People

Various entities in government and outside the government have sought to silence the clergy in their outspoken criticism of the government policies; policies that are contrary to morality and Church precepts. The Church, however, must remember its higher calling and remain firm in the realisation of its duty, faithfully carrying out that duty of legitimate opposition to illegitimate policies that marginalise rather than acknowledge the individual dignity; that restrain liberty while at the same time, and in a hypocritical fashion, mocking the authority of rule and the rule of law; that forces the will of a determined minority upon the remainder of the population; and that harms individuals under a misguided or malicious veil of fairness. The Bishops inherit the authority of the Apostles, yet they inherit also the responsibilities pertaining to that office as well. Ordinary clergy share in the responsibility, and the faithful have the responsibility to oppose all that is unjust, so far as in their power lies. Acts against the Church and her leaders and people should not and must not deter those leaders and people from doing their Christian duty.


The Government as a Protector of Religious Freedom
At this point in time, the duty of opposition to any unjust government policy is perhaps at its most crucial need. States, historically founded upon Christian principles by leaders with deep Christian faith, have always safe-guarded religious freedom. Now the socialist and communist factions seek subjugation to the State. In the United States of America, they even seek to use the supposed and purported foundation of religious freedom and the mechanism for guarding it, the First Amendment to their Constitution, to limit religious freedom. In many cases this goes beyond limitation into outright marginalisation of Christians and restrictions on their rights and activities, particularly in favour of other religious groups. The end result of this is not the religious tolerance and equity touted by the socialists as their goal, but rather a Marxist-style of “class warfare” between religious groups. This has recently been expanded to include racial division and conflict. Under the veil of peace comes war. Under the cloak of freedom comes tyranny.

The Church, ever-concerned with the salvation of man, must work for the condition of man on earth to aid in their efforts of attainment of salvation. Often governments historically have traditionally been a whole-hearted and enthusiastic participant in this effort. Socialism has crept in silently over time, and now it is seeking to dominate. Good and faithful Christians must oppose the plans of any person in the government that seeks this socialist or communist domination. Such an outcome would result in the limitation of personal freedom, and hence a subjugation of individual work on salvation of all people to the present and temporal needs of the State and secular society. Secularism, which goes hand-in-hand with socialism and communism, is the enemy of Christianity and the enemy of human dignity, rights, and freedom. The civil governments must be restored to their previous condition of preserving Christian principles, religious and individual freedom, and the dignity of all humans.


Socialism and Communism are Incompatible with Christianity

No Christian may be a socialist. No Christian may be a Communist. This has been consistently supported by the leaders of the true Church around the world.

Socialism and communism are at odds with Christianity. Both prohibit personal liberty, subjugating all people to the present and temporal needs of the State, with a focus purely on the present and the temporal.

Communism further is a Godless society. In socialism and communism, the individual is replaced by the State, and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is replaced with the concept of nationalism, i.e., effective worship of the State. Such notions clearly are incompatible with Christian principles and must be avoided and opposed wherever they are encountered.

At times the faithful have been forced into subjugation at the hands of socialists and communists, and may even be forced or deluded into active participation, becoming pawns and puppets of the socialist regimes. We must always pray for such persons, as they are under the influence, often innocently, of the Devil’s tool of disharmony on the earth, socialism.

This same fate of subjugation may await the faithful within Europe, the United States, and other countries if the socialist factions in government continue in office. Such is the duty of the faithful, for they must aid in preventing their own fate from being that of many Christians in socialist and communist nations around the world.


The Culture of Death
The modern culture of death has been treated by many great leaders of the Church and by many great theologians. A society that does not value human life has subscribed to the culture of death. A society that does not protect unborn children and permits abortion, the outright murder of unborn children, has subscribed to the culture of death. This is incompatible with Christian principles, and no true Christian may subscribe to it. The faithful should pray for guidance and strength in opposing these horrors of the modern world. We cannot comprehend how societies of such historic greatness can permit the legal murder of unborn children.

The dogma and doctrine that must be accepted and followed by Christians is that of Christ’s Church, as handed down in unbroken succession from the Apostles, they themselves deriving their true and just authority from Jesus Christ Himself, receiving the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. All doctrines of man, made by man for various often selfish and nefarious reasons, must be rejected. Often these dogmae and doctrines appear on the surface to be benign and perhaps even helpful. The veneer of kindness often masks a deep and dark purpose underneath. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Such is the duty of Christians to remain vigilant against them.


Societies that Turn Away from our Lord and Saviour

Societies that turn away from our Lord and Saviour are doomed to at least a temporary negative fate, if not outright annihilation. We need only turn to the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany to see the destruction wrought upon the people of a nation due to governments that were without God. They were without the love and charity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and their societies were destroyed.

We do not wish this fate visited upon the nations of the world, especially the Christian nations founded by the grace of God to uphold God and provide dignity and freedom for all. Yet, this is the fate that awaits these nations if socialist factions succeed in their machinations. Using inclusive language and veiling themselves with flags and notions of freedom, they sneak their way in as a thief in the night and slowly take over government and society, creating a culture of fear so that none dare oppose them. What is worse is that the people, fooled by their lies, have helped to put them into power through campaign efforts and elections. Let us not go the foolish ways of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, for We do not wish the people of the Christian world to suffer at the hand of God for their national disobedience.


The Truth of Christian Values

By the grace of God, we the people of God have been given the Church. She is the Bride of Christ, instituted by Him and born out of His death and passion, and glorious resurrection and ascension. She is universal, and she exists to save all mankind. The values of Christ and His Church are paramount among all value systems. Morality is not relative or a matter of personal choice. It is a matter of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, as well as the teaching authority of the universal Church. Socialists seek to replace our value system with one of their own, which values not the dignity and freedom of man, but merely their own interests here and now. They care not for the salvation of man, but only for temporal interests of power. We urge all those in Our care to keep the faith and to keep Christ’s values in their hearts above all other value systems. All other value systems must be measured against that of Christ.


On the Unity of Christians

The Church, being universal and embracing all people of the world, craves unity. This unity is unity of doctrine and faith above all else. Christians, though possessing many diverse forms of worship within the Apostolic Faith and tradition, are still unified by one Baptism and that Apostolic Faith. The Holy Spirit flows through the Church as surely today as it did on the first Pentecost.

Socialists by their very nature seek to break apart Christian unity, tempting us to focus on our differences and ignore our unifying foundation. This foundation is strong; far stronger than they are. They cannot break or destroy it. They can only hope for us to ignore it. By so doing, they hope to weaken us so that we fight ourselves instead of them, leaving them free to pursue their goal of absolute power. We, dearest brethren, must be vigilant and constantly guard against this. We must not allow ourselves to be pitted against each other, but rather must focus on opposing socialism and communism in our society today.


Method of Opposition

Spiritual weapons are the weapons that must be used. The bomber and the assassin are the tools of the anarchist. Anarchism is chaos and hence the opposite of order, and its lack of order fails to guarantee freedom and dignity. It fails to consider anything in the future, but only the present. Anarchism is as offensive to Christianity as socialism and communism are. Therefore, the tools of the anarchist must not be used.

The faithful must pray for the conversion of the socialists and communists, and of all those who know not Christ. For those professed Christians who still persist in following the ills of socialism and communism, we must all pray for their return to the faith and for their abandonment of their philosophies contrary to the Church and to human freedom and dignity.


Victory over Socialism

Socialists in Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States have gained tremendous power in the past decade or more. Now they occupy many seats of power in government. They seem determined to destroy society as she historically is and was meant to be, and instead re-invent her as a socialist regime, focused only on power and ignoring the needs and rights of the people. This must be opposed by the faithful. It is our duty. For the Bishops, it is our Apostolic duty. This is a duty in which we cannot fail. God will help us; this you should all remember. We shall reiterate that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against Christ’s Church and His people.

We must further pray that Bishops, clergy, and people of other provinces respond in a similar manner as We have admonished you, dear brethren, to respond. This is an era of a crossroads. Will the Christian people remain free, or will they become mired in a socialist hell on earth? We must fight for the former and fight against the latter.


Conclusion 

In conclusion, We pray that each of you will reflect duly upon these words, maintain the doctrine of the true faith as handed down from the Apostles, and oppose legitimately to the best of your abilities these threats against freedom that we now face in the world. To my Esteemed Brethren the Bishops and Ordinary Clergy of the Imperial Patriarchate, I charge you to admonish your flocks in these matters, keep the faith, and promulgate it throughout the world. Remember that Ecclesia Patria Nostra, the Church is our country first and foremost. Seeing the light of Christ, it is impossible that the heathen, the fallen, and the enemies of Christ’s Church can stand against it. Never give up the fight for justice on earth, trusting in the justice of eternity, and always keep the faith. The enemies of the church, including the socialists and communists that form the primary topic of this letter, may win spotted victories, and even large victories, but they shall not have the final victory. Remember this always as you live your Christian vocation and await the reward of everlasting life. We pray health and happiness to you all and impart Our Apostolic Blessing on each of you.


Ego Archipater R.

The Political Doctrine of Imperial Catholicism

By Jean DuBois

PATRIARCHAL SEE 24 June 2020 (ORCNS) - The Patriarchal Curia recently released a Patriarchal Constitution of Rutherford I entitled "The Political Doctrine of Imperial Catholicism," which detailed and clarified doctrinal elements of the Catholic faith pertaining to the civil state. A Patriarchal Constitution is the highest form of legal proclamation within the Imperial Patriarchate. The complete text of the constitution is below.

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The church and the state are necessarily intertwined. Although it is true that the civil state has no authority whatsoever over the Holy Church, it is entirely a fallacy to believe that Christian people should not look to their faith when serving in government roles or when voting were indeed when considering the legitimacy of government positions or actions. It is indeed the role and the right of the Church hierarchy to guide, advise, and when necessary, criticise and admonish the civil government. As all things on earth are under God, they rightly fall under the jurisdiction of His Holy Church, and therefore the civil government likewise falls under the jurisdiction of the Church.
The Church Militant, i.e., the Holy Catholic Church here on earth, is concerned with the spiritual well-being of all mankind, the salvation of all mankind, the establishment of the Kingdom of God here on earth, and the condition of humanity. The nature and application of that follows directly from the social doctrine and general doctrine of the faith. Any legitimate government must follow those principles and has among its rightful aims the implementation of the goals of the church aforementioned, as well as the care of those specific people placed in its temporal care. No government that does not yield to the principles of the faith may be considered legitimate. No laws, edicts, directives, regulations, or policies that in any way challenge the authority of the Church or the principles of the doctrine of the faith or the Law of God may be considered legitimate or indeed lawful, and therefore are rightly disobeyed according to the ancient tradition of the Catholic Church. Indeed, any legitimate government is but a temporal wing of the Church. The civil state is a social institution, and therefore falls squarely under the social doctrine and the general doctrine of Christ’s Holy Church. That is the essence of the political doctrine of Imperial Catholicism.

I. Spirituality of Life

Humanity lives in a world that is inherently materialistic. Even those who do not worship material things necessarily make use of material things nonetheless. Material things may be used for good or for bad purposes. It is the underlying intent of use that makes such a determination. Imperial Catholicism considers that a purely material life is intrinsically disordered, selfish, vapid, and temporary, for it is the chasing of momentary pleasure and the avoidance of temporary pain without any deeper meaning. 

Imperial Catholicism says that civil life must be ordered under the acknowledgment that all humans are inherently spiritual. This is a rejection of materialism and utilitarianism, as well as any other philosophy that indicates that decisions may be moral if they are merely guided by pleasure and pain or in any way are not guided by a spiritually-based moral code. That is, humanity and the civil state must be guided by reasoning rooted in the doctrine of the faith, which is the true and authentic source of all morality.

Therefore, Imperial Catholicism also promotes an awareness of one’s own inner spirituality, each person being a creation of God in His image. Each action taken by an individual must, therefore, have some deeper meaning rather than a simple response to physical stimulus. Both individuals and the civil state, therefore, at their best when they seek in all that they do to be their best in the glorification of God, for to do so is to live a life of purpose. By surrendering to the moral code, by giving meaning to each thing that one does for the glory of God, both humanity and the civil state are elevated. The notion of freedom in Imperial Catholicism is one in which endeavours, whether they be artistic, scientific, governmental, or something else, are free and legitimate to be pursued provided they are done soberly within the framework of the moral code. 

II. Sacred and Temporal Tradition

In accordance with the necessity of tradition as an essential pillar of the Catholic Faith, the political thought of Imperial Catholicism necessarily must be rooted strongly in tradition. That tradition must be the tradition of the Holy Church, the various peoples associated with the territory of the specific civil state, and the associated history of both the church and state.

Imperial Catholicism, following from the doctrinal position that the faith exists jointly over all time and space, meaning that we are all part of the same church as those who came before us and those who will come after us, asserts that individuals and humanity as a whole are irrelevant except in the context of history. Life, therefore, must be lived with a sense of tradition and the knowledge of history, applying both diligently to the specific circumstances of modern life.

Imperial Catholicism, then, necessarily rejects progressivism and modernism. Progressivism promotes the idea that everything that is new is inherently better than everything that is old, and the ideas of today are inherently better and superior to the ideas of yesterday. Such a philosophy is arrogant, for it fails to place oneself in the overall historical context. History is a compass, for one must know where one has been in order to know where one is and where one is going.

Additionally, the political doctrine of Imperial Catholicism allows that certain traditions may change over time, but only in specific evolutionary manners that do not in fact remove them from the overall context of the tradition and history from whence they came.

III. Individuality and Society

The faith teaches both the individual and the collective. Imperial Catholicism, then asserts that a civil state is indeed a collective, but the collective society is comprised of individuals, each possessing individual dignity and worth. Imperial Catholicism, therefore, rejects outright all Marxist ideas of communism and socialism as being offensive to the dignity of Christ and all humanity created in the image of God.

Imperial Catholicism also places a limited confidence in democratic forms of government, such as democracies and republics. Such forms of government have a strong potential mob rule, as well as a majority determination of morality, when in reality morality is not subject to popular vote. Democracy has the strong potential to become a tyranny itself under the guise of political freedom. The state deludes its people into believing that the people themselves have sovereignty, when in reality it is the state itself that takes on the mantle of that selfsame type of supreme ruler that democracy claims to abhor. 

Furthermore, democratic states also have the significant potential to act only in the interests of the majority or a minority, which itself becomes effectively a majority for voting purposes, to the detriment of various minorities. Therefore, Imperial Catholicism necessarily asserts that democracies and republics must ensure that the desires, customs, etc. that do no harm that inherent to individuals or minority groups may continue to be expressed and lived even if they contradict the majority wish, custom, or law. This is especially of the utmost importance regarding spiritual custom, for many democracies and republics, even one in particular that claims to have been founded on principles of religious freedom, fail to respect the rights of Catholics to live according to their faith and to express their faith openly publicly. No government that forsakes the Catholic Church and the spiritual liberty of individuals thereof may rightly consider itself legitimate.

The civil state has an inherent duty to protect the rights of individuals, extending those rights as much as possible, and individuals have a duty, stemming from love of neighbour, to be a responsible member of society. Imperial Catholicism further acknowledges that temporal states are temporary creations, and therefore loyalty must be to the Church first. In an authentic sense of patriotism cannot come from flag worship, state worship, or anything that replaces God, but may only legitimately, according to the Catholic doctrine, come from a love of neighbour.

Imperial Catholicism respects the individual dignity and spiritual worth of all individuals. However, it is an affront to God to suggest that all individuals are carbon copies of each other, and therefore the idea of egalitarianism so often touted by democracies, socialist states, and communist states, among others, must necessarily be rejected outright. There are both natural inherent differences in ability, given by God, as well as differences in environment and development of those natural abilities, both of which differentiate one individual from another.

IV. Church and State

It is a key principle of Imperial Catholicism that the Holy Church and her hierarchy are always and everywhere superior in dignity and authority to the civil state. That authority comes from God Himself and may not rightly be challenged or modified by any civil authority. Therefore, again, the loyalty of any citizen must first be to the Church above any civil state.

Furthermore, recalling the temporary nature of civil states, which is well understood through a study of history, Imperial Catholicism promotes the notion summed up in the statement: Ecclesia Patria Nostra, i.e., the Church is Our Country. Everywhere we must remember that our duty is first to God and His Holy Church. This has a further implication as well, specifically that we must not fail to consider our Christian brethren on other sides of civil borders to be anything other than our brothers and sisters in Christ. That must likewise continue even in the case of conflict and warfare, where perhaps it could be said to be of even greater significance and importance. 

V. Summary of Purpose

Ultimately Imperial Catholicism asserts that individuals and society must seek spiritual ends even to the detriment of material or political ends, for material and political purposes only have meaning and legitimacy if they serve a deeper, profound, spiritual purpose. Imperial Catholicism in the modern era continues and builds upon its legacy from the Holy Roman Empire, which was itself the temporal wing of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, as well as its legacy from the Roman Empire, and from other civilisations that have both influenced it and been influenced by it, including the Spanish Empire, the French kingdom, and the Merovingian dynasty. It is the spiritual that must dictate and guide our individual decisions as well as our collective decisions as a society. Freedom and liberty are notions that are meaningless without Christ. Likewise, order of the state and society are meaningless and illegitimate without God, the source of all order and goodness in the universe.