Who is the King? Depending on the Pope of the Day, It could be Christ...or it could be Elvis!

Behold, your King! He is the King of the Universe!

"The idea, therefore, is to save mankind, in the sense of restoring him to the centre: to the centre of society, of thought, of reflection. Restoring mankind to the centre. You do good work. You study, reflect, hold conferences for this reason – so that mankind is not discarded."

'The Pope thanked those present for their work and their initiatives “to restore balance to this imbalanced situation and to recover mankind, restoring him to the centre of reflection and the centre of life. He is the king of the universe!” he exclaimed. “And this is not theology, it is philosophy and human reality."'

Theology, that most certainly is not...a human philosophy, it is...
If We ordain that the whole Catholic world shall revere Christ as King, We shall minister to the need of the present day, and at the same time provide an excellent remedy for the plague which now infects society. We refer to the plague of anti-clericalism, its errors and impious activities. This evil spirit, as you are well aware, Venerable Brethren, has not come into being in one day; it has long lurked beneath the surface. 

The empire of Christ over all nations was rejected. The right which the Church has from Christ himself, to teach mankind, to make laws, to govern peoples in all that pertains to their eternal salvation, that right was denied. Then gradually the religion of Christ came to be likened to false religions and to be placed ignominiously on the same level with them. It was then put under the power of the state and tolerated more or less at the whim of princes and rulers. Some men went even further, and wished to set up in the place of God's religion a natural religion consisting in some instinctive affection of the heart. There were even some nations who thought they could dispense with God, and that their religion should consist in impiety and the neglect of God. 

The rebellion of individuals and states against the authority of Christ has produced deplorable consequences. We lamented these in the Encyclical Ubi arcano; we lament them today: the seeds of discord sown far and wide; those bitter enmities and rivalries between nations, which still hinder so much the cause of peace; that insatiable greed which is so often hidden under a pretense of public spirit and patriotism, and gives rise to so many private quarrels; a blind and immoderate selfishness, making men seek nothing but their own comfort and advantage, and measure everything by these; no peace in the home, because men have forgotten or neglect their duty; the unity and stability of the family undermined; society in a word, shaken to its foundations and on the way to ruin. 

We firmly hope, however, that the feast of the Kingship of Christ, which in future will be yearly observed, may hasten the return of society to our loving Savior. It would be the duty of Catholics to do all they can to bring about this happy result. Many of these, however, have neither the station in society nor the authority which should belong to those who bear the torch of truth. This state of things may perhaps be attributed to a certain slowness and timidity in good people, who are reluctant to engage in conflict or oppose but a weak resistance; thus the enemies of the Church become bolder in their attacks. But if the faithful were generally to understand that it behooves them ever to fight courageously under the banner of Christ their King, then, fired with apostolic zeal, they would strive to win over to their Lord those hearts that are bitter and estranged from him, and would valiantly defend his rights. 

~ Pope Pius XII (Quas Primas, on the Feast of Christ the King)

Theology, that most certainly is...a human philosophy, it is not, but the quote from Pope Francis could go a long way in explaining why it is that this...


... as we are fast realising, is deemed by His Holiness to be something of a 'problem' to be solved. Is it because it does not see mankind as the centre of the universe, but Christ as its and Lord and King, upon whom the whole Universe depends?

Update: Since penning this post, I have seen that another blogger has written something that is eerily similar to this post on his blog.

Certain Catholic minds are thinking alike...spooky!

Comments

Nicolas Bellord said…
I suppose he was trying to make the point that a just economic system should serve all mankind and not just a subset. But here again he comes out with a careless exaggeration.

He will have to hope that Peter Singer does not see this and accuse him of speciesism possibly suggesting that an ape could just as well be Pope.
Lynda said…
Mankind is the centre of CREATION. The creature cannot be "the King of the universe".
Really interesting is where he said this:
…some 70 experts gathered at the Vatican seminar on the theme “The Global Common Good: Towards a more inclusive economy,” reported Vatican Radio.”

Who attended this “seminar”?

“Oxfam International’s Executive Director Winnie Byanyima is attending “Global Common Good” seminar today convened by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in Vatican City. She will be available for comment and interview at the conclusion of the event.
The seminar brings together leading economists, the finance community including central bankers and Nobel Prize winners, the Church, and heads of international and intergovernmental organizations.”

http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressrelease/2014-07-12/vatican-seminar-global-common-good-leaders-debate-how-build-more-i

According to UN-expert Joan Veon do central banks rule the world:
http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/when-central-banks-rule-world-joan-veon/29551
Lynda said…
What do you think of Louie Verrechio's piece?
viterbo said…
The popes of Christmas past repeatedly warned against humanism, against the church of man, against the, "miserable affluent of the great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions, and which, under the pretext of freedom and human dignity, would bring back to the world the reign of legalized cunning and force, and the oppression of the weak, and of all those who toil and suffer. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)"
viterbo said…
@Lynda - his site used to have endorsements by big 'names', even a Cardinal - as soon as the Bergoglio regime came along - Verrecchio's critique of the church of man continued, but their endorsements did not.

"One may wonder how the vast majority of bishops at Vatican II, many of whom certainly had good intentions (e.g., men like Cardinal Ottoviani and Archbishop Lefebvre,) could ever place their vote in favor of such texts?...The answer in large part is that they were true sons of the Church whose esteem for the Petrine Office was such that they never imagined in a million years that any pope would ever allow this pastoral exercise to be leveraged in such way as to overshadow everything that preceded it. Much less did they ever imagine that the pope himself would ever willingly serve as an active agent in the conciliar takeover, dethroning Christ the King and replacing the adoration that is due to Him with a religion consumed with rendering false worship to an idol called “man.”"

Apparently, only one prelate secretly supported Abp Lefevre (can't remember who) and did not come clean until after he was retired. Such are the stout hearted men of the aggiornamento episcopacy.
Unknown said…
Ok everybody---Pope Francis drinking game is back on. I think his recent comments merit 3 shots at least.
Bottoms up!!

Seattle K
John Vasc said…
“And this is not theology..."
Well, the Pope got that bit right at least :-)
Reminds me of his assertion - resting apparently on a misreading of Psalm 9 (Vulgate) - that the angels are 'beneath' man.
I know who I would rather have in charge of me lest I strike my foot against a stone and fall helpless on the ground, given the choice between a marxist who thinks the stone is a just a petty symbol of capitalist greed that needs a conference to 'study and reflect' on it, or the practical assistance of a pure spirit in the service of an omnipotent and merciful God who is the Only True King of the Universe.
But hey that's just me.
Lepanto said…
If there is no outcry from the rest of the hierarchy following this apparently heretical statement, one has to wonder what they think they are there for.
Anonymous said…
Help! Help!

Is this conspiracy? Who gives Roncalli a beret?

http://www.thepopeinred.com/thesis.htm

God help us!

viterbo said…
@Seattle K: I had to give up the bergoglio-shots - one could consume a week's worth of tipples in one interview. It simply wasn't budget-worthy.
viterbo said…
@John Vasc, me too.
Lynda said…
Do you want us to be in a constant state of inebriation?!!
M. Prodigal said…
The corruption has indeed reached to the very summit. I ask the Lord everyday about this. There is condoning of sin--oh yes, quite covertly many times. The pope has time, time and again, for atheists, pagans, heretics, homosexuals, Jews, muslims, but NOT for the most faithful of Catholics who are marginalized and called names by him. What sort of father does such a thing? The pope surrounds himself with heretics and those who would destroy the Church and he is surely giving a helping hand to that. The world loves him and that is not a good sign. The next pope will have an unbelievable mess to clean up from the 'make a mess' pope. And that pope will be hated. May the faithful remnant hang fast to the traditions of the faith which are seldom taught anywhere. Those who know Who is King are truly sheep without an earthly shepherd these days. But while millions of souls live in sin with impunity, the pope will write an encyclical on the ecology. While countless Christians are being martyred by islam, the popes wants to preach in protestant churches. Lord, help us: we perish.
Lynda said…
While countless souls, baptised souls live in a constant, obvious state of mortal sin, while most baptised Catholics contracept, abort, engage in fornication or in unnatural sexual relations, and do not receive the sacrament of Confession. God will not be mocked.
Mike said…
You attribute Quas Primas to Pius XII. It was written by Pius XI.