A highly intelligent young friend of mine, on whom I like to think I've had a little influence, posted on Facebook a status mourning the anniversary of the regicide of Louis XVI which was actually more provocative than mine in that he explicitly distanced himself from today's rather better-publicized twin celebrations of Martin Luther King Day and President Obama's second inauguration, which I have simply tried to ignore. While most of my non-monarchist Facebook Friends seem to ignore my royalist posts most of the time, some of his are apparently more combative and his status unleashed a storm of comments, some of them even defending the French Revolution as a necessary reaction to "oppression" (never specifically demonstrated). I wrote (rather quickly) this impassioned response and hope it will still make sense here out of context. At the close of a day during which I have felt even more estranged from the world than usual, I am grateful for my like-minded friends (with two of whom I attended a traditional Latin mass at Fisher More College this afternoon followed by lunch at which we toasted His Most Christian Majesty's memory) who keep me from feeling completely alone in this mad world enslaved to the banality of liberalism and republicanism. Vive le Roi.
[My friend] is of course absolutely right. I do not admire either Martin Luther King or Obama and am not willing to give them even as much credit as [his mother] does, but I would rather not go into that as it would detract from the
main focus of today which should be the Regicide (the most heinous sin
there is after Deicide--if Dante's Inferno were to be updated to include
more recent historical figures, Brutus, Cassius, & Judas would have
plenty of company in the centre) of King Louis XVI.
am appalled by some of the pro-Revolutionary sentiments above. There
was nothing "oppressive" about the monarchy of Louis XVI (do some of
those commenting even know anything about him?), one of the most
kind-hearted men ever to serve as any country's head of state, certainly
not in comparison with the Reign of Terror that replaced it or even the
modern democratic state which exerts far more control over the average
inhabitant than the ancien regime ever did. If Louis XVI erred it was
to support the American revolutionaries in their rebellion against their
King, which bankrupted the French Treasury and precipitated the
Revolution. But even this serious mistake does not make him an
"oppressor" or a "tyrant" who deserved to be overthrown, let alone
murdered, by any stretch of the imagination.
you know what the French Revolution was? It was unborn babies ripped
from their mothers' wombs and killed with the women raped then killed.
It was peasant men, women, and children tied together on rafts and
drowned in "Republican Marriages." It was the destruction of churches.
It was the murder of priests and the rape of nuns. It was a
once-angelic eight-year-old boy forced to spend the last two years of
his short life in miserable squalor that would have appalled the poorest
peasants because he happened to be the son of the King and Queen. It
was countless people who had committed no crime executed for having the
"wrong" ancestry--a forerunner to the genocides of the 20th century. It
was the establishment of the evil principle that the State may
exterminate those who get in the way of the creation of a New Order. It
was oceans of blood. It was in short the most diabolical explosion of
evil the world had yet seen and cannot be condoned by anyone who is both
decent and well-informed.
is suggested above that the French Revolution constituted unjustifiably
harsh means in pursuit of valid ends. But I fundamentally disagree
even with this temperate analysis, for to purport to replace an ancient
Christian Monarchy, one of the most beautiful and venerable institutions
in all the world, from which all that was noble and admirable in France
flowed, with a Republic would be intrinsically evil even if
accomplished (as if this were possible) by peaceful means. I deny that
"Democracy" is a good in itself, for what is inherently virtuous about
majority rule, especially in a society as depraved as ours? As
traditional Catholic writer Chris Ferrara demonstrates exhaustively in
his magnum opus Liberty: The God That Failed, the enthronement of
"Liberty" as an idol has always and everywhere meant the diminishing of
actual liberty in practice. The replacement of kings with presidents
and other regimes has led to nothing but misery and corruption. The
sooner humanity awakens from its enslavement to the false goddess
"Liberty," the better. But I am not optimistic.