Let Freedom Ring? Let Jesus Reign!

ChristusRex4Freedom

Flipping around the radio dial a few weeks ago, I made a 90 second pit stop on Mark Levin’s program, about as long as I can stand most conservative talking heads lately.

It’s not that we don’t share similar objectives (e.g., the defense of marriage as one man and one woman, an end to the evil of abortion, a government that doesn’t mandate despicable practices, etc.); it’s just that they’re always hawking a remedy that’s destined to fail.

The clarion call to change the station on Levin came when he referred to those on the right side of the issues as “Constitutionalists like us.”

Speak for yourself, Mark.

Constitutionalists place their faith in the Constitution; and so the remedy they seek when faced with an Administration intent on exceeding the limits of its power is strict adherence to Constitutional precepts.

I’m a Catholic. By contrast, people like me believe in the saving power of Jesus Christ, made available through, with, and in His Holy Catholic Church.  As such, we recognize that the remedy for State imposed immorality lies not in pretending that every religious confession is as valid as the next, but in calling to account those who exercise civil authority for their duty to accept what Pope Pius XI called “the sweet and saving yoke” of Christ the King.

Apparently, not all Catholics agree.

The U.S. bishops’ campaign to defend the Church against the objectively immoral demands being made by the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate has, from the earliest days of this battle, included little more than claims of recourse to “our first, most cherished freedom,” a reference to the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

In other words, the bishops’ response is very long on Americanism, but woefully short on Catholicism.

Don’t get me wrong, being an American is a great privilege, but that’s not going to get us to Heaven; being a faithful Catholic is what will get us to Heaven. As such, I refuse to ignore the uncomfortable truth that the U.S. Constitution, in particular its approach to religious liberty, is fatally flawed.

How is it flawed?

Put on your Catholic glasses for a moment and take a fresh look at this vaunted “first, most cherished freedom” that we hear so much about these days:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

This, of course, is the First Amendment, and while it may seem harmless enough at first blush, it proposes to treat Jesus Christ, who is truth incarnate, and the Catholic Church, through which He speaks even today, as just one constituency among many.

In other words, the First Amendment grants to those who exercise civil authority license to weigh the words of Christ as though they are no more worthy of consideration in the ordering of human affairs than the ravings of Allah or the quips of Confucius.

It is in this environment that objective religious truth, as given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ, through His Holy Catholic Church, is reduced to just another opinion, leaving the ruling party accountable to no higher power than the electorate as it goes about determining what is, and what is not, morally acceptable in matters of governance.

In short, the First Amendment amounts to the formal rejection of Him who said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

This, of course, is a wholly unsustainable proposition, but based on the bulk email that I recently received from my bishop, you’d never know it.

With the August 1st deadline for compliance with the HHS mandate looming, the email announced that the USCCB is re-launching the “Fortnight for Freedom,” calling upon Catholics as a “people who believe in the Constitution” to join the fight.

So, the U.S. Constitution, the same that set the stage for this mess, is now being elevated to an article of faith? This is our fourth quarter strategy?

With all due respect, the bishops appear not to realize that the Church is engaged, not just in a battle over healthcare in the United States at the hands of Barack Obama; but in a war against the forces of evil throughout the world over the Church’s ability to carry out the mission that was given to her by Christ, in the fullness of freedom, which is hers by Divine right, not simply constitutional right.

Preaching as if the Constitution of the United States was inscribed by the finger of God on a tablet of stone is not the answer. Neither are such inane parish activities as “patriotic sing-a-longs for children, Pancakes for Patriotism, or Fish Fries for Freedom.” (Taken from the USCCB’s “14 Ways Your Parish Can Celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom.”)

With this in mind, I am proposing an alternative course of action constructed upon the solid foundation of Catholic Tradition; one that accounts for the glaring reality that the challenges we now face are truly nothing less than an organized attack against the Kingship of Christ.

Please visit ChristusRex4Freedom.org and join me in pledging to recite the Most Holy Rosary daily during the “Fortnight” (June 21st to July 4th) with the specific intention of seeking for the bishops of the entire world, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the grace necessary to proclaim, with neither hesitation nor fear, the Sovereign Rights of Christ the King, making known the duty incumbent upon every individual and State to serve Him, honoring the uniquely absolute freedom of the Holy Roman Catholic Church that He established for our salvation.

 

Louie Verrecchio

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Louie Verrecchio is a Catholic speaker and the author of Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II; an internationally acclaimed adult faith formation tool, endorsed by George Cardinal Pell, that explores the documents of the Second Vatican Council. For more information please visit: www.harvestingthefruit.com. You can follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/louie.verrecchio.

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  • JMC

    I don’t remember anymore where I read it (it was over thirty years ago!), but I did read somewhere that, in one of her apparitions, Our Lady told the seers that the Constitution, AS WRITTEN, was regarded by Heaven as a great good. In other words, I think that, despite the “fatal flaw” to which you refer, Heaven favored the INTENT of the Founding Fathers. The current twisting, perversion, and even outright throwing away of the precepts of the Constitution are, IMHO, a sign of the devil’s final battle. He’s out to destroy the last great bastion that honors our God-given free will, while those like us are trying to restore it by leading it back to the concept of ruling in concert with Christ the King.

  • waynergf

    Although I agree with most of what you write, two counterpoints:
    (1) The “ruling party” is accountable not only to the electorate (via our voting), but also to our judiciary (via our laws).
    (2) Pointing to our Constitution gives the Bishops a much broader base to appeal to in our fight against Obamacare, compared to pointing to the teachings of the Church.

  • Jordan J

    “In other words, the First Amendment grants to those who exercise civil
    authority license to weigh the words of Christ as though they are no
    more worthy of consideration in the ordering of human affairs than the
    ravings of Allah or the quips of Confucius.”

    One minor quibble with this sentence. “Allah” is merely the Arabic word for “God.” Islamists claim that He is our Lord. Obviously, we disagree. Or we would say that they have grossly misunderstood Him and have warped doctrines to show for it.

    But I think we do ourselves, and our Arabic and Arabic-speaking Christian brothers (many of whom are being made martyrs by Islamists!) a disservice when we give the Muslims this word, “Allah,” like you have done here. The Qu’ran is not the “ravings of Allah [God].” It is the ravings of Muhammed.

    Our Lord, being an Aramaic speaker, would have called God something similar to Allah. When He wasn’t referring to God as “Abba”, Jesus might have called the Father “Elah” (:”God’ or “Awesome, Fearful One”) or “Elah Avahati” (“God of my forefathers.”)

    The Muslims do have one thing right. The first part of their main confession is absolutely correct. “There is only one God, and He is God.”

  • Joe

    Sorry, Mr. Verrecchio, but what you propose sounds like a theocracy. If you argue that the Constitution’s “fatal flaw” is that it doesn’t force people into a particular religion, then I guess we have to agree to disagree; I would say that is one of the Constitution’s primary strengths.

  • pnyikos

    All the comments so far are excellent. I would just add that Catholics are a minority, and even when combined with Christians that are faithful to their heritage, the combination may soon become a minority.

    Accordingly, we need to stress the Constitution when possible. But also, we still have some influence and rights just from being a sizable minority with its own needs. It is perfectly legitimate to campaign for what we want, even if other religions don’t want it, as long as it does not conflict with the Constitution.

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