July 11, 2016 The Memorial of Saint Benedict of Nursia
Lets go back a bit to the summer before Louis XVI was murdered. I was reading something in Jacques Crétinaeu-Joly’s marvelous work L’Église Romaine en Face de la Révolution and a light went off in my brain. It is merely a footnote wherein Crétineau-Joly reproduces a decree issued by the consul general of the commune of Nantes on the Atlantic Ocean during the September massacres of 1792. First I’ll give a little a background on the first of what would be many massacres of priests in this miserable epoch we have lived through.
In brief: the nations of Europe were becoming highly concerned about events in France and tried to force the issue and failed. The Prussians sent their army into France and at first made great headway, advancing toward Paris with the intention of ending the coup d’état and restoring Louis XVI to his rightful place as king.
As they advanced great convulsions occurred within the revolutionary regime. The National Assembly dissolved itself and was reborn as the National Convention that I mentioned in the last post. In the interim every opponent of the Masonic coup d’état was branded a traitor to the nation and assaulted. Groups of fanatics led by Marat (a known Freemason) and Robespierre set on a course of public murder starting on September 2, 1792.
Priests who had refused to take the oath prescribed by the Civil Constitution of the Clergy that would have required them to renounce their fealty to the Roman Pontiff were quite literally thrown to the wolves. They were ‘tried’ in their prisons and then thrown outside the gate of the prison to a waiting frenzied crowd egged on by fanatics who were hell bent on making sure that their enemies got the blame for the national disaster they themselves had created. The crowd then hewed them to pieces and the streets ran with the blood of these martyrs. Thus was born the age of tolerance.
It was in this context that the following decree was issued by the consul general of Nantes on September 6, 1792. I will offer my own translation of a couple of excerpted paragraphs here (parentheses mine):
The consul, considering that the danger which threatens the fatherland and the misfortunes to which it is today exposed are in part the effect and the result of the criminal maneuvers of the non swearing priests; that it is obvious that these men have sworn the ruin of their fatherland, and that no consideration will ever rally them to the cause of liberty and equality (again no fraternity)…
From tomorrow the commissioners (les commissaires, if that word reminds you of another title given by another regime in another place 125 years later) of the three administrations will go to the seminary and to the chateau of Nantes, where the non swearing priests or ecclesiastics of this département are detained who are there either by their own good will or who have been driven there by armed force, and notify them of the law of August 26 (where they were required to swear the oath or face punishment), which decrees their deportation and and enjoin them to be prepared to quit the kingdom in the time fixed by the said law.
The commissioners will make these ecclesiastics understand that the administrators are disposed to follow the literal execution of the decree of of August 26 with regard to them; but that the fermentation of spirits is such that it would be on their part a great imprudence to relocate to the interior and that the safest for them is to prefer the way of the sea (i.e. leave France) to take them any place they wish to fix their domicile.
The commissioners will declare to these ecclesiastics that they must decide within twenty four hours, at the end of which they will come to receive their declarations. Time presses and their safety would be compromised by a long delay.
This is a threat. This so called ‘consul general’ is saying to the faithful priests: either get out or we will throw you to the pikes like what happened to your brothers in Paris. But that was not my thought when I read it. My thought was that I had seen this before somewhere. This wasn’t new; in fact it had already happened in another time and a place, but where? Then I remembered.
Lets think back twenty five years earlier April 2, 1767 when all of the sudden out of nowhere armed royal messengers from the king of Spain, Charles III, arrived at every Jesuit house in his vast realm. For reasons never explained to them Jesuits of all ages were driven from their houses with nothing but the clothes on their back and a breviary and marched to the sea. There they were put on ships and after a long ocean journey they were to be unceremoniously dumped on the shore of the Papal States in Italy.
Charles III never made public the reason for this deportation and it was never revealed who planned and organized its method. It was so well organized and so well planned that it must have had some sort of administrator. Who was it? What associations did this person have? This was in fact the focal point of the whole suppression conspiracy. The instantaneous annihilation of the Church’s most potent religious order from the whole of the vast Spanish empire. And now it was being repeated, but being applied to the whole of the French clergy. Who was behind this?
All those Jesuits being marched to the sea were but a precursor and a foreshadowing. Not just of what happened in France in 1792, but of the Soviet march to the gulag and the Nazi trains to the death camps and the sadder sight of might have been mothers being goaded into abortion ‘clinics’. First the Jesuits, then the priests, then the whole Church, then the whole people, then humanity itself. Or maybe this is all just a coincidence?
Please go to Confession and pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.