Courtesy of Dr. Thomas Droleskey
Part I: The The Social Reign of Christ the King
1. What are the principles that must govern human life, both individually and collectively in civil society?
There are limits that exist in the nature of things beyond which men have no authority or right to transgress, whether acting individually or collectively in the institutions of civil governance.
2. Who has revealed these principles and do they bind all men in all circumstances, including those of civil governance?
There are limits that have been revealed positively by God Himself in his Divine Revelation, that bind all men in all circumstances at all times, binding even the institutions of civil governance.
3. What is the nature of the concept of hierarchy in family and social life?
A divinely-instituted hierarchy exists in man’s most basic natural unit of association: the family. The father is the head of the family and governs his wife and children in accord with the binding precepts of the Divine positive law and the natural law. Children do not have the authority to disobey the legitimate commands of their parents. Parents do not have the authority to issue illegitimate and/or unjust commands.
4. How is this concept of authority demonstrated in the life of the Holy Family?
Our Lord Himself became Incarnate in Our Lady’s virginal and immaculate womb, subjecting Himself to the authority of His creatures, obeying his foster-father, Saint Joseph, as the head of the Holy Family, thus teaching us
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At the bottom of this commentary you’ll find links to some fantastic books explaining the history of the Freemasonic movement and why the Masons and the Church are eternal enemies.
From Father Boyle:
Despite the fact that in the new Code of Canon Law no mention is made of the excommunication formerly applied to Catholic members of Masonic groups, the Church still prohibits membership of this secretive and anti-Catholic organization whose principles are totally incompatible with the revealed Truths of the Catholic Faith. Eight popes have issued a serious condemnation of its tenets and practices beginning with Clement XII in 1738. His constitution was confirmed and renewed by Benedict XIV.
The same path was closely followed by Pius VII, and Leo XII assumed and ratified all the acts of his predecessors on this matter. It was in the same unambiguous sense that Pius VIII, Gregory XVI and Pius IX declared their opposition. The most interesting encyclical letter is that of Leo XIII.
In the 1970’s a spurious distinction not founded on facts was introduced—a not anti-Catholic Masonic lodge—a contradiction in terms no doubt but widely touted among bishops and priests.
In 1980, the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith called this a false perspective and upheld the centuries old condemnation.
The declaration states:
…the Church’s negative position on Masonic associations …remains unchanged since their principles have always been regarded as irreconcilable with the Church’s doctrine. Hence joining them remains prohibited by the Church. Catholics enrolled in Masonic associations
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