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Musings 2008/220

The Church exists,
exactly in the same way
that they are saved by the Truth
that Christ existed
and that He is The Saviour of all.

No-one can be saved except through Christ, even though he/she may not know Christ.
In the same way no-one can be saved except through The Universal Church, even though a person may not belong to Her Membership.
Then the Roman Pontiff goes on to declare that the powers of the state are also subject to the power of The Church or at the very least, subject to Her criticism and sanction!
Here we would find much objection, indeed.
However, I find myself in complete agreement with this man of history - now that I have read and re-read his short, no-nonsense document.
He does not mince words but says what has to be said and that is that

the state is, when it all boils down, subject to The Church.

He is not saying that the state is directly controlled by The Church but - as I see it - as having an answerable responsibility to The Church to govern in accord with God's Commandments.
He is not saying that The Church is to be the government but that the state must not govern in a manner disagreeable to The Church -

and he means disagreeable to the Roman Pontiff.

And again, I find this perfectly sensible. Indeed, I find this like a cleansing influence; an obvious reality; a brilliant but a common-sensical statement.

Either Peter has the power given him by Christ -
'Whatsoever you shall bind on earth, shall be bound also in Heaven' etc.

as Boniface states, or he hasn't.
Obviously, Christ was declaring
Peter His Vicar on earth by these words of consecration and just as obviously was referring to Peter's spiritual prowess on earth as well as in Heaven. Christ did not declare Peter as the ruler of the world.
Nevertheless, Christ declared
Peter as that person who sat on the Chair of Truth, and therefore one must presume that any government would be unwise to ignore his wisdom.
Further, all those Christians who, obedient to Christ, follow
Peter and find themselves in position of temporal power, are obliged to listen to Peter in their daily work for the very sake of their souls - as well as for the sake of the state.
Politicians are not obvious experts in the matter of
the natural law which are based on the Ten Commandments written in the heart of each and every human being - without exception.
Indeed one would have to think that politicians are pretty ignorant of the
natural law, considering the incredible legislations that have been approved in many nations and even worse, of those legislations under proposal!!
Nothing is more clearer then that politicians can not deal rightly with matters of morality - they are too busy trying to
please all of the people all of the time.
While it is difficult to separate matters of, e.g. finance and taxation with the natural law; justice systems with the natural law and so on - because in reality, there exists to some extent the essence of natural law in all political decisions - there has to be a body of influence, that is to say The Universal Church, which interrupts the essence of natural law for politicians.
Until The Church becomes
the light for the world, this body of influence might consist - if The Church is not supported in this role of the majority - of the most elite representatives of the world's great religions who must point to common appreciations of this essence of the natural law for the guidance of politicians.
Wisdom
Recently, from a local leadership space, there was the statement that certain people think they have wisdom, but this was a delusion.
In any case, it seems to me that wisdom is a very, very rare thing.
Most of us merely include in our own words - perhaps with a personal twist - what others have already stated.
True wisdom consists, I think, in bringing to the world a new extrapolation of a wisdom that already exists; an extrapolation that catches the imagination of all who hear or read it.
So we often hear quotes, even from Popes and Saints, of something Augustine, Mother Teresa or Chesterton said which these Popes and Saints use to underline what they themselves are saying for the benefit of mankind.
To get true wisdom then from columns such as these, would seem most improbable.
That is why I was pleased to use the word
Musings as describing these columns, because I merely ponder on creation and The Creator and put down my thoughts - practically all of which, no doubt, has been said elsewhere.
While most of us are pretty short on wisdom and what we say is seldom original, that is no reason to stop writing or preaching or using the communication medias.
It all boils down I suppose to having as many people as possible sending out the Word on Christ for each type might attract a certain audience. The opposition - those sending out the word on the devil - are great in number.
Even in religious matters it seems that we must play the numbers game!                       

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