The Divine Right of the Monarch
The painting aside (artist unknown) is a beautiful allegory for the Divine Order and the Divine Right of a Most Christian Queen or King. The Blessed Virgin appears with child before the humbled, praying Monarch. The temporal Queen looks to Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth, for guidance and support.
The Divine Right to rule does not mean, as so many assume it does, that a Monarch is free to “act divine.” The Divine Right to rule means quite the opposite. It means that the “right to rule is divinely ordained,” or, to put it another way, the “right to rule comes from God.” Therefore, the Monarch has an enormous responsibility to rule in fairness and justice, with a love for his or her people that resembles the love of a father or mother for their children. The subjects, in turn, look to their King and Queen as “father and mother” of their kingdom. The Monarch knows that he or she will be judged by God regarding their rule.
“The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away.” The Lord may revoke the right to rule for an unworthy Monarch. The will of Our Lord would be made manifest through the Church, notably the Pope, who could rule that an unworthy Monarch has no more right to rule. The people would no longer be bound in loyalty to their Monarch and could seek a more worthy ruler under the guidance of the Pope.
The Catholic Monarch is not free to act as he or she pleases, no. Even an “absolute” Catholic Monarch (one who is under no constitution – whose rule is absolute throughout his or her kingdom) is not free to act as he or she pleases. The Catholic Monarch is always under the “constitution” of the Church, which is the constitution of God.
The Catholic Monarch is a servant to both the Church and his or her people and is a symbol of cultural and spiritual unity for the people.
God created mankind in his Trinitarian image:
And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness… and God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.
~ (Gen 1: 26a-27 Douay-Rheims)
When God established mankind on earth, he gave “us” tremendous freedom, indeed a freedom that is truly dignified given that we are substantively creatures with free-will:
And the Lord God took man, and put him into the paradise of pleasure, to dress it, and to keep it. And he commanded him, saying: Of every tree of paradise thou shalt eat:
~ (Gen 2: 15-16 Douay-Rheims)
However, our Lord was quick to note the limitations of that freedom:
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat. For in what day soever thou shalt eat of it, thou shalt die the death.
~ (Gen 2:17 Douay-Rheims)
These scripture verses are at the core of what we mean when we say that the Catholic Monarchy is the optimal form of government for mankind. For, we are saying that we recognize a Divine Order to creation (as expressed in the rest of the first two chapters of Genesis) and a Divine Hierarchy in that Order that is prerequisite for mankind to find true freedom and happiness. That prerequisite hierarchy is that God, and God alone, determines what is good and what is evil. It is not the “Will of the People” that determines moral right from wrong; it is the Will of God that does so.
Yet, what do we say about our free-will? Are we slaves then? Well, God did say that we could eat “of every tree of paradise” except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Every tree but one! Now, that is truly a significant degree of freedom! There is only one tree that we must not touch and that is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In other words, so long as we do not try to become “gods” and determine for ourselves what is good and evil, we are left truly free.
This is the purpose of the Catholic Monarchy. Its purpose is to establish the moral boundaries in society so that our culture, and the laws that grow out of that culture, are synchronized with the Divine Order and the Divine Hierarchy of that Order. We are astonishingly free under God’s dominion. However, to truly manifest and experience the “fruits” of that freedom, we must keep the elements of the Divine Order in their proper Hierarchy: God determines what is good and what is evil, not “The People.” Once “The People” have that straight, they are free to eat as they so choose among the rest of the trees in the garden.
This authentic freedom is what we are after. Only, how do we know “God’s will” and his “Divine Order”? We know it through the Church established by his Son, who is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity (in whose image we were created), the Son of the Father, and the only Savior of the human race. It is his Church that is the foundation and pillar of all truth (I Tim 3:15).
The Catholic King and/or Queen is bound in all matters of faith and morals in obedience to the Church. Therefore, culture and all laws stemming from that culture must reflect the faith and morals of the Catholic Church. Beyond that, we are free to exercise our “democratic” “will of the people” as we choose. We are free to democratically govern ourselves (especially locally and regionally where democracy is most effective) within the framework of the Church’s moral law and of the Natural Law which the Church guards also, being the Church of Jesus Christ, the Person through whom all things were made (John 1:3).
The above does not preclude individual rights to worship privately as one pleases. It does not imply a “witch hunt” inquisition to determine if any poor soul holds a belief separate from that revealed to be true by God through his Church. It does not prevent the private association of those who desire to practice another religion. It does not imply restricting freedom of speech so long as that speech does not publicly denigrate the Catholic religion. It does imply, though, that the culture and laws of the land will reflect Catholic morality.
Comparing Catholic Monarchy VS. The Republic
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The downfall of the Republic is that it demands quite the opposite. Rather than being democratically free under the law “of the knowledge of good and evil” determined by the Will of God, the Republic insists that it is the “Will of the People” that will determine good from evil. The Republic demands that God be obedient to our will rather than we being obedient to God’s will. The Republic assumes that no one can say what religion is right and therefore assumes that only “The People” can make a moral determination in the public sphere. This leads not to authentic freedom but to the totalitarian trends we see today in a world that has rejected the Church and the God who so established it that we COULD be free! (John 8:32)
The “Will of the People” is corrupt. Whereas a Catholic King and/or Queen is just as subject to corruption as is any human being, they, however, must answer to God through the moral teachings of his Church. The King and Queen answer to The People they serve on one hand, but they answer to God on the other. This “divine right” to rule is the true safeguard of society through the Catholic Monarchy. (By the way, the Republic DEMANDS that its leaders NOT answer to God through its “separation of Church and State”!)
Without the Catholic Monarch, we are led to a society, as historically we have been led from the 16th century to this day, where “The People” determine what is good and what is evil. The dire outcome of that society already was foretold thousands of years ago…
And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death… your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil…
And he (God) cast out Adam; and placed before the paradise of pleasure Cherubims, and a flaming sword, turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
~ (Gen 3:4, 5b, 24 Douay-Rheims)
The Republic perpetuates the lie that leads to disaster through its “Will of the People” that decides what is morally right and what is evil. It is the Catholic Monarchy that we need to begin restoring the proper foundation for a truly, authentically free society.
Catholics, that is, the Divine peoples of God are Counter-revolutionaries, therefore, we are defenders and restorers of the Social Kingship of Christ and the Monarchy
10 Reasons for Catholic Monarchy in America
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