Poland Recognizes the Social Kingship of Christ
by Christopher A. Ferrara
November 21, 2016
In these times of unprecedented confusion in the Church it is too easy to forget that her founder is Christ Himself, the Lord of History, and that no mere man, not even a misguided Pope, can defeat the influence of the supernatural on the course of human events. Whatever evils God permits in this world will ultimately be followed by a greater good.
A sign that the Lord of History is at work even in the midst of the worst crisis in Church history is the collegial act of the bishops of Poland, only days ago, by which they formally recognized the Kingship of Christ over the nation of Poland. As Rorate Caeli reports: “This was done in the official presence of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. Many pilgrims were present in Poland for this event. Today (November 20) the act will be repeated in all the Polish cathedrals and parishes.”
It is surely significant that the same Polish bishops have refused to permit the admission to Holy Communion of those involved in continuing adulterous sexual relations denominated “second marriages,” even though this is clearly what Francis wishes. As one news story reported: “Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, said that giving communion could not be allowed following a period of pastoral discernment – something which Francis has advocated – adding that if remarried divorcees had a valid first marriage they cannot receive the eucharist [sic].”
As the Polish hierarchy has so rightly recognized, it is Christ the King who declared — without “pastoral” exceptions based on “discernment” — that “Every one that putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her that is put away from her husband, commmitteth adultery (Lk 16:18).” Faced with an apparent conflict between the will of Christ the King and the will of his Vicar, who is not immune from error in his prudential judgments, the hierarchy of Poland has followed their King. Nor has Francis dared to compel obedience to his pastoral novelty, for the Holy Ghost would never permit any Pope to compel the universal Church to embrace error.
The nation of Poland, including its political leadership, has demonstrated that the spirit of the age — or “the grain of history,” as Francis has called it — is not irresistible but rather is a merely ephemeral human development of no moment to the Lord of History. Poland shows the way: the nations need only call upon their King once again to reverse the tide that is sweeping our once Christian civilization into an abyss of total depravity.
As Pius XI declared only 37 years before the Second Vatican Council: “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. Our Lord's regal office invests the human authority of princes and rulers with a religious significance; it ennobles the citizen’s duty of obedience. It is for this reason that St. Paul, while bidding wives revere Christ in their husbands, and slaves respect Christ in their masters, warns them to give obedience to them not as men, but as the vicegerents of Christ…”
That lesson has been forgotten by the generality of the post-Vatican II leadership of the Church. But the Polish bishops, and with them the political leaders of Poland, have exhibited a remarkable return to the correct understanding of the relationship between God and the State. Perhaps here we see a foretaste of the great reawakening that will occur when the Message of Fatima is finally heeded, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart renews the face of earth, and the reformist mania that now grips the human element of the Church is but a memory.