Princeps legibus subditus non est, Augusta vero licet sit subdita, princeps tamen eadem privilegia illi concedit, quae ipse habet (De Legibus).

(“The ruler is not subject to the laws; although the empress is subject, nevertheless the ruler grants to her the same privileges which he himself possesses.”)

 

The ‘Higher Committee of Human Fraternity’ sounds like something that Robert Hugh Benson might have made up, but apparently it is real.  They have commissioned an ‘Abrahamic Family House’ in Abu Dhabi, to consist of a mosque, a church and a synagogue. It is inspired by the recent Abu Dhabi declaration signed by Pope Bergoglio and the Imam, and it aims to evoke “the values shared between Judaism, Christianity and Islam“.

As well as the mosque, church and synagogue, there will also be “a fourth space, not affiliated with any specific religion”, which will serve for the worship of the antichrist, be an educational centre where all people can come together as a single community devoted to mutual understanding and peace.

Cardinal Allen describes the sinful compromises undertaken by English Catholics fearing the persecution of the Elizabethan government:

“…even many priests, after saying Mass in secret, publicly on the very same day, conducted the heretical services, thus in a most wicked way sharing the chalice of the Lord with the chalice of the devil. They did this because they falsely thought it was sufficient if they held to their faith by inward assent while obeying the government in outward actions.”

– T. F. Knox, Letters and Memorials of Cardinal Allen, 56.

when ‘No idols worshipped at St Peter’s at Sunday Mass’ is a good-news story.  #Underwhelmed

Pope Leo the Great said in a famous sermon preached one Christmas morning:  Agnosce, o Christiane, dignitatem tuam –  O Christian, remember thy dignity!  I should like to say to the bishops of the Church,  Agnosce, o episcope, dignitatem tuam.  How did it come to this, that a manifest enemy of the Church can occupy the throne of Peter and the bishops of the whole world look the other way?  I am not speaking of those who gladly collaborate with the destruction, such as most of those chosen to act out the present pantomime in the eternal City.  I am thinking of those who have the faith, who recite the Creed and mean it, who say their prayers and desire others to enter the Church.  Either they know the truth about what is happening and are afraid to tell it, or they are afraid to know it and so deceive themselves.

Probably the deepest root is the abandonment of the Roman Mass.  Once a bishop has accepted to cut that link with his predecessors, he is no longer as convinced as he needs to be of the truth of what they taught, nor has he a sufficient horror of its negation.  This phenomenon may be explicable in merely natural terms; but I incline to think that it is principally supernatural, and that God in His justice withholds graces for shepherding the flock from those who do not rightly honour the eternal Shepherd.

It is not very likely that any bishop will read these words.  But if any should see them, I say to him this: “Agnosce, o episcope, dignitatem tuam.  O bishop, remember thy dignity.  You are not a delegate of the pope, even if he were an orthodox believer.  You are vicar of Christ in your diocese.  You will not be able, on the day of Judgement, to throw on to another the responsibility for having remained silent while an enemy of Christ did what he could to destroy the faith and the Church.  Lay the axe to the root.  Begin to say or sing every day the true Roman Mass hated by the modernists, in your cathedral or in every parish church which you inspect.  Require every cleric and official under your authority to swear the anti-modernist oath, and dismiss any who refuses, even if it means leaving the churches without pastors: better for the faithful to receive no sacraments than to receive them from the hands of a heretic.  Warn your flock in public that Pope Bergoglio refuses to deny the heresies of which so many people have accused him.  Refuse to concelebrate Mass with him until he does so.  If you are dismissed for your fidelity, refuse at least to yield your cathedral to a heretic, for it is God’s house and not the pope’s.  Order your priests to carry out a public exorcism of the Vatican.  Tell your people to fast and pray until God’s anger – yes, His anger – be assuaged and He send us the holy pope according to His own heart.”

Or so says St Robert Bellarmine:

There are therefore in each realm two kings: one who is visible, a man; another who is invisible, an angel.  And in each church there are two bishops: one who is visible, a man; another who is invisible, an angel.  And in the universal Catholic Church, there are two supreme pontiffs established under Christ: one who is visible, a man; another who is invisible, an angel.  We believe that this angel is St Michael. For as once the synagogue of the Jews venerated him as their patron, so now does the Church of Christians (‘The Ladder of Ascent to God’, 9th step.)

 

Nay, I cannot give you that key. I cannot unlock for you the way that leads to Lantern Wood; nor lead you up to Cair Paravel of the four thrones, and bring you into its court, so grave and gay; nor show you the ship that rides at anchor, soon to depart for the uttermost East. I cannot do these things…

The key I offer is a humble key of knowledge, opening the secret meaning of the books. The seven books evoke the seven spheres: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Jupiter; The Horse and His Boy, Mercury; The Magician’s Nephew, Venus; Prince Caspian, Mars; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the Sun; The Silver Chair, the Moon; The Last Battle, Saturn. Lewis himself said there was a meaning behind the series, and wondered whether anyone would find it. Now they have – some years ago, in fact, but it is perhaps still not well enough known.  Read the book, and discover the proofs.