May 25, 2016 The Memorial of Pope Saint Gregory VII
It is hard to underestimate the change that occurred in the outlook of the human race at the end of the eighteenth century. Prior to that moment, for all of recorded history, the divine had been at the center of human existence. Even if cultures or peoples of bygone eras had ignorant or mistaken notions of who God is never in their wildest dreams would they have ever even thought of moving the divine out of the center place of their lives much less doing away with any thought of a God. It would not have made any sense to them to do so, for they were not yet stupid enough to forget that man did not create himself. Yet this was what the insane conspiracy that was in the process of seizing control of the French state was about to do.
The Declaration of the rights of man was to be the founding document of the French Republic which itself was to be the founding institution of the new order of things in the world. Its enumerated principles contained contained many high minded ideals about equality before the law and public accountability that had in fact already been a part of the Catholic worldview since antiquity, even if they were no longer being closely adhered to in the palaces of that corrupt age. But these were soon discarded by the revolutionaries and are therefore not relevant. However, the lack of even a cursory mention of God is stunning for the time and should have been a ringing bell in the ears of the French people warning them that trouble was coming. Why? Because the God Whom they had known for a thousand years, the God Who revealed Himself in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ and the foundation of the Catholic Church who had been midwife to their nation is the Truth, and when the Truth is discarded then all that remains are lies and the father thereof.
I have avoided discussing the chronology of events surrounding the French Revolution to this point because I thought it best to first give evidence by the very ideas and acts of the revolutionaries themselves that tells us what their motives were. Was the French Revolution simply a local event? Was it the result simply of a random series of events that caused a crisis in French society and in the French state? Was it simply the result of long impersonal historical processes or some suppressed ‘general will’? Or was it something else?
I will state here my thesis that the French Revolution was not a random event that was simply the result of a lot of impersonal but natural historical forces. It was an organized and deliberate coup d’etat. The French Revolution was nothing but the launching of an all out war by an organized group who had hitherto remained hidden in dark corners on the relationship between God and man that prevailed in the societies north of the Mediterranean Sea since the conversion of Constantine almost fifteen centuries before. The Catholic Church was to be dispossessed of her authority and all traces of the accomplishments of the Church of Rome in human history were to be wiped from the mind of man. The Gospel was to be forgotten, and fallen man was to be deprived of the Sacraments and teaching of the Catholic Church and sent back to his misery like a dog returning to his vomit.
That is my thesis. It was the thought of Ven. Pope Pius VII when he wrote in paragraph 11 of Diu Satis of the great conspiracy. It was the constant warning of his successors. But is it true? The testimonies of the popes should open our eyes that this isn’t just some crackpot theory. The rapid eradication of the Catholic Church in the life of France in the period 1789-99 and the mass murder of priests starting in September, 1792 , which was the first of a long series of these atrocities that were to continue in Europe for 150 years until the Catholic Church lost all influence in the lives of the people who inhabited that continent following the Second World War, should open our eyes to the fact that there was something more going on here than just the inept fiscal policies of the French king or a few bad harvests. The violent destruction of the monarchy itself which was nothing but a visible reminder of the relationship between God and man is itself a clue to wider intentions. And lastly the invasion of Italy under the French Directory, the seizing of the Papal States, and the attempt to destroy the Papacy itself should tell us that the perpetrators of this revolution had concerns that were wholly other than the welfare of the French people.
So my plan for the present moment, God willing, is to go through the ideas brought forth by the revolution and by its activities that reveal an agenda far different than that which we are told of by the standard ‘histories’ of those times. After having laid that foundation I will then use evidence from works published at the close of the 1790s that indicates who these conspirators were and what their goals and means of acting were.
Man is not the center of the universe. The God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ is.
Please go to Confession and say three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam