I mentioned a while back the odd fact that God seems to have uniquely intervened specifically to save the Capetian dynasty by sending St Joan of Arc to kick out the Plantagenets. After musing over this for a while I concluded that that the reason He saved them was in order to accomplish whatever it is they would have accomplished had Louis XIV done as he was told and consecrated France to the Sacred Heart. My hunch is that the diplomatic revolution would have occurred half a century earlier and Louis XV would have married Maria Theresa uniting France and the Empire.
That such unrealized hypotheses ‘exist’ seems strange but it also seems to be true. For the same seems to apply to the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart. Apparently it was prophesied to Sr Lucia that ‘like the king of France’ (i.e. Louis XVI) the Popes would perform this consecration but ‘too late’ and so ‘follow him into misfortune’. One wonders whether that might not be an allusion to ‘the Estates General of the People of God’. Anyway, I digress, another interesting fact about St Joan of Arc is the way in which her mission seems to reinforce the doctrine of the Direct Power of the Roman Pontiff in Temporals. Central to her mission was to secure the Coronation of the Dauphin at Rheims and St Joan refused to call Charles VII ‘King’ until he was so crowned thus reinforcing the point made ex cathedra by Boniface VIII in Unam Sanctam that ‘it belongs to spiritual power to establish the terrestrial power and to pass judgement if it has not been good’.