Celebrating the Kingship of Christ

With this Sunday being the traditional day on which the Feast of Christ the King is celebrated, I thought it would be good to dedicate part of a series of pieces I am composing to the liturgical wreck-o-vation which was visited upon this great solemnity after the Second Vatican Council. Professor Peter Kwasniewski has beaten me to the punch, however.

So, let me encourage you to click on over to Rorate Caeli and read his interesting piece, “Should the Feast of Christ the King Be Celebrated in October or November?” From the post:

The very first expression of the Kingship of Christ over man is found in the natural moral law that comes from God Himself; the highest expression of His kingship is the sacred liturgy, where material elements and man’s own heart are offered to God in union with the divine Sacrifice that redeems creation. Today, we are witnessing the auto-demolition of the Church on earth, certainly in the Western nations, as both the faithful and their shepherds run away and hide from the reality of the Kingship of Christ, which places such great demands on our fallen nature and yet promises such immense blessings in time and eternity. The relentless questioning of basic moral doctrine (especially in the area of marriage and family), the continual watering down of theology and asceticism, the devastation of the liturgy itself—all these are so many rejections of the authority of God and of His Christ.

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  1. Vito
    October 22, 2014

    From Rorate post:: Pius XI explains:
    The empire of our Redeemer embraces all men. To use the words of Our immortal predecessor, Pope Leo XIII: “His empire includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ.” Nor is there any difference in this matter between the individual and the family or the State; for all men, whether collectively or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. In him is the salvation of the individual, in him is the salvation of society. … If, therefore, the rulers of nations wish to preserve their authority, to promote and increase the prosperity of their countries, they will not neglect the public duty of reverence and obedience to the rule of Christ. … When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony. (Quas Primas 18-19)

    My question: Other than pious declarations, how specifically can this Kingship be made manifest today? Where? By whom? What would it look like? etc.

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    1. modestinus
      October 23, 2014

      I think this is a question we have to still confront, but certainly we begin by making it a reality in our homes; in our parishes; in our business and other public dealings; and in our relationship to the communities in which we live. What is required is more unity — unity of action — amongst Catholics with a direct focus on what our goals are and what we wish to achieve, even if only modestly. There are still newspapers and other secular outlets; we can still run for local elections; and we can make our voices heard in other forums as well. The problem is that we often do not. We are ashamed to. We don’t want to be “different.” The entire ethos of American Catholicism, especially over the past 50 years, has been the quest to consummate assimilation. That project has failed.

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