Catholic Power-Worshipers in Politics
I suspect why Catholic theocrats always want more State power to back their objectives is because they — like the liberals — are essentially power-worshipers.
A small but increasingly vocal cohort of traditionalist Catholics do appear to believe that the state should play a role in enforcing Church teachings—including, it would seem, against non-Catholics. Until now, that’s been something of a fringe position within the conservative movement. But 2019 may be remembered as the year theocracy went mainstream.The New Theocrats Are Neither Conservative Nor Christian, by Stephanie Slade
Well, I could be kinder and, like Josh McDurmon in his book The Bounds of Love, merely trace State-enforced morality to the Romans (who also worshiped power).
From the pragmatic point of view, I will merely point out the failure of the old Church-State alliance (which merely ended up with the Church being eaten up by the State), most clearly spelt out in France, and most recently in the aftermath of Franco’s Spain. The union of the Beast and the False Prophet leads to the Prophet being eaten by the Beast… always.
Now we can turn from the real-world failures to the root issue: idolatry.
Believing Christians are not to put their faith in the government sword. All that the State can do is restrict & suppress evil: it cannot make men good, via endless propaganda or enforced Bible readings or public (read: tax-funded State) schools controlled by The Right Sort (Then: those of the right religion. Now: those of the right ideology).
Roots in Germany
The earliest ancestor to our system of government-mandated schooling comes from 16th-century Germany. Martin Luther was a fierce advocate for state-mandated public schooling, not because he wanted kids to become educated, but because he wanted them to become educated in the ways of Lutheranism. Luther was resourceful and understood the power of the state in his quest to reform Jews, Catholics, and other non-believers. No less significant was fellow reformist John Calvin, who also advocated heavily for forced schooling. Calvin was particularly influential among the later Puritans of New England (Rothbard, 1979).
Considering compulsory schooling has such deep roots in Germany, it should be no surprise that the precursor to our American government school system came directly from the German state of Prussia. In 1807, fresh off a humiliating defeat by the French during the War of the Fourth Coalition, the Germans instituted a series of vast, sweeping societal reforms. Key within this movement was education reform, and one of the most influential educational reformers in Germany at the time was a man named Johann Gottlieb Fichte. Like Luther before him, Fichte saw compulsory schooling as a tool to indoctrinate kids, not educate them.The History and Results of America’s Disastrous Public School System, Part I,
by Mike Margeson and Justin Spears
It is expected that the apostate Catholic Church turn to power-worship, the arm of the flesh, to protect her position. But it is critical that believing Bible Christians turn away from that idolatrous path. As we lead the world, it is incumbent that we lead it to life and joy, not slavery and death!
As the church believes, so the world goes, even the unbelieving world. So when the church and its leaders are committed not to the Biblical faith but to a power religion (even if it is under a thin veneer of Christian theology), we should expect the world and its leaders to be committed to the same power religion, with our without the veneer.Captain Marvel and the Madness of Power Religion, by Bojidar Marinov
As for me, I’m with Rushdoony, North, Marinov, McDurmon, and the rest of the strongly libertarian Christian Reconstructionsts/theonomists. First purge your heart, then rebuild the family and community. Purge the pulpits from the cowards and failures that currently man it, repent of our raw power-worship and delusional patriarchalism.
Live the Law in our own lives; use the synagogue model to expand the Faith in the cities, “where the people are.” Build more businesses and better businesses, where we can serve others profitably, and strengthen our financial independence from The Right Sort.
After our self, family, church, business and local poor (widows, orphans, the imprisoned) are cared for, we can then turn to politics. “Politics fourth!” And we should start small and local — see North’s Dogcatcher strategy — before pressing to localism (and not Empire!)
Thank God that – unlike Europe – Christians in America are turning their back on enslaving their children to the Beast-run public school system.
Catholic Power-Worshipers in Church
From the article The Catholic Church Needs a Radically Traditional Revolution by A.A.J. DeVille
…as a careful observer of this crisis since I first began writing about it in 1992 in my native Canada, I have sensed, for the first time since the news of Theodore McCarrick broke last summer, a definitive, perhaps even revolutionary, shift among Catholics everywhere in their demands for major reform.
Gone today is any hope that the bishops—any of them—will actually do anything serious. They will talk. They will promise to do certain things, perhaps even intelligent things. But what they will not do is the one thing that is most needed: to reform the structures and offices of the Church, including their own, which have perpetuated and worsened the crisis, and which will only prolong it until and unless those offices and structures are radically reformed.
The crisis which we have been hearing about for three decades now is really twofold in nature; there is a crisis of sex abuse, but that is aided and abetted by a crisis of the abuse of power. If the Church has, in the last two decades especially, made progress in dealing with the former, it has nowhere near begun to deal with the latter. Instead of actually examining the structural problems of governance, we have had a concerted campaign—from two otherwise ideologically opposed camps in the Church who agree on little else—to keep the focus off the problem of powerful offices embedded in structures demanding obedience. Thus we hear from one side—that around Pope Francis—that the problem is some vague and ill-defined attitude of “clericalism.” We hear from the other so-called conservative side that the problem is a “lavender mafia” living in a “gay subculture” within the Church—a claim gaining great notoriety currently with the release of Frédéric Martel’s new book.
What neither side is willing to examine is the fact that priests in parishes, bishops in dioceses, and the pope in the universal church all have a monopoly on power, and that this monopoly has allowed them to hide from any serious accountability to the people in the pews. All three, under current structures, have a right to demand obedience from those under them. None of them has to consult, much less listen to, anyone under them.
A priest is under no obligation even to have a parish council, much less consult it on anything or to take its advice. A bishop is under no obligation to hold regular synods with his clergy and laity, much less take their advice. If he does deign to hold a synod—which almost no bishop has done since the 1970s—his is the only authoritative voice. He alone determines when to call it, what it may discuss, and what decisions, if any, he will allow to be published, and perhaps implemented. A fortiori this is all true of the pope at the global level of the Church (even if Pope Francis, to his credit, has tried to nudge the church in a more synodal direction).
The problem with these monopolistic structures is not just that they have aided and abetted the abuse crisis. The further problem is that none of the modern structures are anything other than a historical aberration and a theological abomination. To go back into Catholic history even as recently as the nineteenth century is to see at once how much greater the voice and vote of the people used to be.
Today, by contrast, the exclusion of the laity from all the councils of governance in the Church is total.
The Roman Catholic Church is all about power-worship.
Christians are to worship God, not Power.
Not Political Power.
Not Ecclesiastical Power.
(And not perverse/illicit sexual pleasures, either.
Man, just how filthy is the Catholic Priesthood, anyways?)
Christans are to worship God.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
And we worship Him by obeying Christ and His Law-Word
(as opposed to obeying powerful men).
We imitate Christ by being good servants of other men, and not by imitating Satan and being cruel, self-serving tyrants.
We care for Christ when we care for the weakest and most vulnerable among us.
It’s not about Power.
It’s about Service.