July 19, 2016
And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled. This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.
And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:1-7).
The birth of Our Lord as narrated by Saint Luke above arrived at a very interesting moment in human history. The incredibly expansionist but extremely chaotic Roman Republic had finally dissolved itself when Octavian emerged as victor over Mark Antony in the bloody civil war that closed a third of a century before the Incarnation. Octavian took the name of Augustus and while he kept the superficial forms of the Republic he established order under his one man rule and that of his successors, and republican government disappeared from the earth.
On the whole the people of the Mediterranean were extremely pleased. Order returned to the world. Trade flourished and stable communication links and political unity were established from Syria to Spain and from the deserts of Egypt to the borders of Scotland for the first and at present last time in human history. The incredibly diverse regions of this wide area were no longer to be used as props and supply bases for the armies of feuding Roman republican politicians and had a chance to get to know each other and begin to build the highways by which the Catholic Church would spread.
It was all truly providential and this order established by one man rule that had supplanted the earlier times of chaos and anarchy was a great boon to civilization. While it would eventually all fall apart as everything made by man must, this idea of a unity of peoples under a common head provided an indispensable foundation in the world for the reception of the Catholic Church.
Even after the collapse of the Empire this form of government would remain throughout the former realm. The idea of all political and spiritual life culminating in one person was reflective of the order of Heaven revealed by Jesus Christ and preached by the Catholic Church. And the notion of God as Father was also supposed to be reflected, though usually quite imperfectly, and in some sad cases not at all, in the behavior of kings as this new thing called Christendom was being built.
Christendom was broken apart by the Great Western Schism and the resulting advance of Protestantism a thousand years later and as unbelief advanced over the succeeding centuries the notion of being ruled by a king began to be challenged. This was all part of the effort to separate man from God. If the order of Heaven was reflected in stable one man rule with all the pomp and ceremony of monarchy then that had to be done away with. And what would replace it?
These innovators looked back to the chaos of the Roman Republic and sought to foist it first on the people of France and then the rest of the world. In the decades prior to the declaration of the French Republic in 1792 the groundwork was laid by people like Jean-Jacques Rousseau crying out that Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains! and Edward Gibbon writing his immense work whose constant underlying theme was that somehow it was the one man rule instituted by Augustus that was the cause of Rome’s decline and fall a half millennium later. This work, coinciding as it did with the Masonic inspired republican revolt against the British crown in North America, helped to further the fantasy that a return to republican or democratic form of government would bring back Plato and Aristotle and Cato and Cicero from the grave and the world could dispense with Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, and return to the supposed glories of pagan Greece and Rome.
Well after two centuries now the planet is dominated by democratic republican forms of government. Where is the golden age that we were promised? Where are our new Platos and Aristotles? Nowhere to be found. It was a fraud from the beginning. Republics are nothing but chaotic and self destructive oligarchies who defraud their peoples into thinking that just because they slide a piece of paper into a ballot box every few years they somehow rule something.
Republics create factionalism within their societies that exacerbates social passions, breaks internal unity, and eventually tears the society apart. And remember that factionalism and rebellion were for all of human history considered the worst things that could be visited on a society, but now they are considered virtues. This form of government only seems long lived when those destructive forces can be channeled outward into expansion as was the case with the Roman Republic or the American Republic, or the European republican empires of the 19th and early twentieth centuries. And this comes at a cost of being in a more or less constant state of warfare for many lifetimes with all the social disasters that come with that.
While this expansion can be prodigious, as was the case with Rome, the United States, and the global European empires who sought to delineate and carve up for themselves every square inch of the globe, it doesn’t last forever. And when it ceases all of those destructive forces which had channeled that expansion fall back inward and the result is catastrophic. Look at the horrible civil wars at the end of the Roman Republic that were finally put an end to by the grace of God preparing the way for the Catholic Church channeled through Octavian, or the horrors that Republican Europe endured during the first half of the twentieth century, or the nightmare that is only now just starting to come to fruition in the United States.
Modern Republicanism was only designed to confuse people and remove the reflection of Heaven on earth that had existed, imperfectly it is true but it was still there, under monarchical form of government. In short it was instituted not to liberate, but to destroy our societies.
Please go to Confession and say three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.