May 3, 2016 The Feast of Saints Phillip and James the Less
If one reads a history of the French Revolution written in the last 150 years he will see many theories as to the cause of the events of 1789-1815. From poor harvests to inept fiscal policy to a weak monarch to a long suppressed ‘general will’ of the French nation to the Marxist fantasy that the bourgeoisie finally after a thousand years somehow discovered by some mysterious mystical force that it was destined to throw off the yoke of feudalism in order to establish the necessary step of capitalism on the road to its own destruction in the paradise of Communism.
There is some truth in all of these, except maybe the last two, but they don’t get to the nub of the matter. They really don’t answer certain questions. First of all the French Revolution was entirely about ideology, not economics, though France’s sorry economy after its disastrous financing of the American Revolutionary War provided an excuse. Someone had decided that all of the sudden there was going to be a radical and complete annihilation and reconstruction of society in France (and in the rest of Europe when they were able), right down to the number of days in a week and the names of the months. Who did this? Why?
We have voluminous testimony from a great number of witnesses, from Popes Clement XIII and Pius VI to the likes of Voltaire (who died, God rest his soul, a decade before the Revolution), that in the decades prior to the French Revolution a vast number of books with anonymous authors flooded Europe and France in particular from secret printing presses that sought to discredit the papacy and the Church and the authority of kings, and to weaken the morals of the peoples of Europe. This is an indisputable and essential fact yet it is never mentioned by modern historians. Maybe some of the books themselves are spoken about as part of a supposed general intellectual ferment, but the secret and suspicious manner of their production and distribution is entirely overlooked. Moreover we have the whole sad and sorry episode of the suppression of the Jesuits whose import has now been entirely forgotten.
All these things were deliberate steps taken by organized groups who had a certain end in mind. Thus I will posit that the previously mentioned theories of the origin of the events of 1789 should be discarded. At best they may explain timing, but other than that they are useless.
What happened in 1789 was simply the result of a conspiracy to seize the institutions of the French state and to use those institutions to spread an insane ideology that had been brewing in dark corners and has now come to dominate the earth: the exaltation of man over God which must of course be a prelude to man’s own (self) destruction. Do you believe this is possible? Well you ought to.
The world is rife with collusion and conspiracies. Conspiracies have always been there. The annals of history are filled with accounts of conspiracies to seize power in various states using various means for various reasons. Why should France in 1789 have been any different? Nor is it in fact any different now in this age where ‘the people’ (whoever they are) supposedly rule everything. What is a political party after all but an organized group who seek to manipulate the results of elections, often through quite deceptive means, in order to put themselves and their cronies in control of the governing institutions of a state?
But maybe you disagree that the aim and ambition of the goals of such a group. Maybe you don’t think that such a thing is even possible. I would beg to disagree. There is evidence, much evidence, that this is exactly what happened. In the coming posts I will attempt to show, by the events themselves, that the specific events that gave the French Revolution such an impact on the world had little to do with France and even less to do with the desires of the unfortunate souls who inhabited France at this time. Only later, God willing, will I go into who might have been responsible and the methods they used. We will start with the Declaration of the Rights of Man.
Please go to Confession and say three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.