As I have noted in several articles in the past few months, there can be no peace among men or nations that is not rooted in the peace that comes from the Divine Redeemer alone, the peace that comes from being in a state of sanctifying grace as a member of the one, true Church founded by the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity made Man upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope. Demonstrators can protest all they want and the American government can drop all of the bombs in its arsenal. Peace is neither the absence of war nor is it the result of military endeavors. Peace comes from Christ alone, and it must be centered in Him through His true Church.
When men do not realize this, however, they spin their wheels in all types of efforts to avoid or to engage in war, viewing the world naturalistically with the eyes of realpolitik. Appeasers believe that peace can be had by simply avoiding the reality of the world as it actually is. Self-styled "realists" believe that the only way to achieve peace is by a show of force and, if all else fails, by the actual use of armed force. This is the essence of the split in the United Nations at present between the United States and its allies and practically every other nation in the world, including France, Russia, and China, each of which possesses a veto on the Security Council.
As I have written about the fact that the real threats to our national security from abroad come from Red China and North Korea, what I want to point out in this particular commentary is the irony of some American conservatives at least partially staking their claim for a justified war with Iraq on the basis of an appeal to "world opinion" as expressed by various United Nations resolutions that have been passed since the end of the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Since when have American conservatives been the friend of the United Nations? Since when? Well, whenever it suits their purposes, that's when, and that itself is but the fruit of a world gone mad, a world where almost no one sees things clearly through the eyes of the true Faith, resulting in the staking out of positions that are more mercurial than mercury itself.
Of all people, the Syrian representative to the United Nations pointed this out in his comments before the United Nations' Security Council on Friday, February 14, 2003. He noted the delicious irony that the United States was calling for the rigorous enforcement of United Nations resolutions pertaining to Iraq while doing nothing to force Israel to live up to the various United Nations resolutions it ignores with the support of the government of the United States of America. Interestingly, both the Fox News Channel and MSNBC cut away when the Syrian representative pointed out this interesting fact. CNN alone carried his remarks in their entirety.
There were many conservative Americans, coming from a variety of different backgrounds, who believed it was a mistake for the United States to become involved with the United Nations, which has become, as many predicted, an international organization dedicated to picking the pockets of American taxpayers to maintain a bloated, overpaid bureaucracy (which had zads of Soviet spies in the days of the Cold War). How ironic it is, therefore, that the United Nations became the means for contemporary conservatives to justify military action against Iraq. Heaven forfend that a policy maker actually might make an appeal based on legitimate national security interests if, that is, such legitimate interests can be proven by more than mere rhetoric and supposition. No, we have to have recourse to the United Nations, which is where the United States find itself in a trap of its own making at present.
Sadly, breaking with the outright rejection of the usefulness of such international bodies held by Pope Pius XI, Pope John XXIII embraced the concept of the United States in Pacem in Terris forty years ago this year. This cut the ground out from many Catholics in this nation who understood that the United Nations had made a network of alliances with organizations such as Planned Parenthood in order to promote contraception around the world. No organization that promotes warfare against the binding precepts of the Divine positive law and the natural law can ever be an instrument of promoting peace. The United Nations is of its very nature a body that is dedicated to the promotion of objective evil under the cover of international law and in the name of humanitarianism. To give this wicked organization any credibility at all is a tragedy beyond words.
No government in the world should pay any attention to the United Nations. No pope should give the United Nations any legitimacy, no less appeal to world leaders to build peace on its terms. A pope has the responsibility to preach quite publicly about the fact that there can be no peace that is not founded on Our Lord through His true Church. However, that hasn't been done since the pontificate of Pope Pius XI, who died in 1939.
Consider, for example, a few important excerpts from Pope Pius XI's first encyclical letter, issued in 1922, On the Peace of Christ in the Kingship of Christ:
"Since the Church is the safe and sure guide to conscience, for to her safe-keeping alone there has been confided the doctrines and the promise of the assistance of Christ, she is able not only to bring about at the present hour a peace that is truly the peace of Christ, but can, better than any other agency which We know of, contribute greatly to the securing of the same peace for the future, to the making impossible of war in the future. For the Church teaches (she alone has been given by God the mandate and the right to teach with authority) that not only our acts as individuals but also as groups and as nations must conform to the eternal law of God. In fact, it is much more important that the acts of a nation follow God's law, since on the nation rests a much greater responsibility for the consequences of its acts than on the individual.
"When, therefore, governments and nations follow in all their activities, whether they be national or international, the dictates of conscience grounded in the teachings, precepts, and example of Jesus Christ, and which are binding on each and every individual, then only can we have faith in one another's word and trust in the peaceful solution of the difficulties and controversies which may grow out of differences in point of view or from clash of interests. An attempt in this direction has already and is now being made; its results, however, are almost negligible and, especially so, as far as they can be said to affect those major questions which divide seriously and serve to arouse nations one against the other. No merely human institution of today can be as successful in devising a set of international laws which will be in harmony with world conditions as the Middle Ages were in the possession of that true League of Nations, Christianity. It cannot be denied that in the Middle Ages this law was often violated; still it always existed as an ideal, according to which one might judge the acts of nations, and a beacon light calling those who had lost their way back to the safe road.
"There exists an institution able to safeguard the sanctity of the law of nations. This institution is a part of every nation; at the same time it is above all nations. She enjoys, too, the highest authority, the fullness of the teaching power of the Apostles. Such an institution is the Church of Christ. She alone is adapted to do this great work, for she is not only divinely commissioned to lead mankind, but moreover, because of her very make-up and the constitution which she possesses, by reason of her age-old traditions and her great prestige, which has not been lessened but has been greatly increased since the close of the War, cannot but succeed in such a venture where others assuredly will fail.
"It is apparent from these considerations that true peace, the peace of Christ, is impossible unless we are willing and ready to accept the fundamental principles of Christianity, unless we are willing to observe the teachings and obey the law of Christ, both in public and private life. If this were done, then society being placed at last on a sound foundation, the Church would be able, in the exercise of its divinely given ministry and by means of the teaching authority which results therefrom, to protect all the rights of God over men and nations.
"It is possible to sum up all We have said in one word, 'the Kingdom of Christ.' For Jesus Christ reigns over the minds of individuals by His teachings, in their hearts by His love, in each one's life by the living according to His law and the imitating of His example. Jesus reigns over the family when it, modeled after the holy ideals of the sacrament of matrimony instituted by Christ, maintains unspotted its true character of sanctuary. In such a sanctuary of love, parental authority is fashioned after the authority of God, the Father, from Whom, as a matter of fact, it originates and after which even it is named. (Ephesians iii, 15) The obedience of the children imitates that of the Divine Child of Nazareth, and the whole family life is inspired by the sacred ideals of the Holy Family. Finally, Jesus Christ reigns over society when men recognize and reverence the sovereignty of Christ, when they accept the divine origin and control over all social forces, a recognition which is the basis of the right to command for those in authority and of the duty to obey for those who are subjects, a duty which cannot but ennoble all who live up to its demands. Christ reigns where the position in society which He Himself has assigned to His Church is recognized, for He bestowed on the Church the status and the constitution of a society which, by reason of the perfect ends which it is called upon to attain, must be held to be supreme in its own sphere; He also made her the depository and interpreter of His divine teachings, and, by consequence, the teacher and guide of every other society whatsoever, not of course in the sense that she should abstract in the least from their authority, each in its own sphere supreme, but that she should really perfect their authority, just as divine grace perfects human nature, and should give to them the assistance necessary for men to attain their true final end, eternal happiness, and by that very fact make them the more deserving and certain promoters of their happiness here below.
"It is, therefore, a fact which cannot be questioned that the true peace of Christ can only exist in the Kingdom of Christ--'the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.' It is no less unquestionable that, in doing all we can to bring about the re-establishment of Christ's kingdom, we will be working most effectively toward a lasting world peace."
These words are truer now than they were when they were issued in December of 1922, a little over eighty years ago. The Church herself has abandoned them, ceding the moral high ground to an international organization that promotes the surgical and chemical abortion of preborn children as a matter of internationally guaranteed human rights. An organization that promotes the very thing that caused the God-Man to suffer unspeakably in His Sacred Humanity on the wood of the Holy Cross - sin - can never be of any assistance in the promotion of authentic peace, which is found only in the splendor of Truth Incarnate Himself.
The fact that the Church herself has ceded the moral high ground to professional sycophants who leech the lifeblood of the preborn is the result of the failure of any pope, dating back to Pope Pius XII in 1942, to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with all of the bishops of the world. Just as France paid a horrible toll in 1789 for the failure of King Louis XIV and the French bishops to consecrate the entirety of the French nation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as requested by Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque in 1689, so, too, is the world paying a horrible price for the failure of any pope to simply consecrate Russia, openly and plainly, to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart. The world will continue to pay a terrible price until some pope does so.
The United Nations can debate all it wants. The United States can drop all of the bombs it wants in preparation for liberating Iraq and introducing "family planning" programs as one of the first gifts of "liberation." There can and will be no peace in the world unless all men and their nations subordinate themselves to the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ through that true United Nations, namely, the Church.
If only the Church herself had not thrown the past down the Orwellian memory hole.
While praying for the safety of our troops as they fulfill their duty with valor, we nevertheless have to implore Our Lady, the Queen of Peace, the peace of Christ, to help us fulfill our duty to be so consecrated to her Immaculate Heart that our detachment from sin and attachment to God's will might help to expedite the day on which the entire world once more will recognize Christ as King and Mary as our loving Queen.
Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D.