Saint Louis IX and Politics

Today is the feast of King Saint Louis of France. As the formerly Christian West is sliding further into the tyranny of liberalism, it is balm to the soul to consider that the people in Louis’ France were freer than we are today. They were free from big government meddling in their lives and their wallets. And they were free in the most important way, for Saint Louis believed in a Christian order wherein the State was neither inimical nor neutral to the Church, but was the Church’s helper in securing the happiness, temporal and eternal, of her subjects.

Our modern “freedom,” by contrast, is servitude.

Sad to say, Saint Louis’ own grandson, Philip IV (“the Fair” — called so on account of his outward looks, not his inward dispositions!) was greedy to rob the Church of her influence in civil society. It has long struck me as ironic that this same Philip, who was so ill disposed to the traditional role of the Church in statecraft, was also the one who persecuted the Knights Templar, robbing them of their possessions and murdering their leaders. One of his victims was Jacques de Molay, the twenty-third and last Grand Master of the Templars. The reason I find all this ironic, is that the Freemasons, who are much closer to Philip than to de Molay in their ideology, falsely take the murdered Templar as one of their own heroes — among other ways, by naming their young men’s fraternal organization, “DeMolay International.” Philip IV, who murdered Jacques de Molay, also persecuted Pope Boniface VIII, a great pope who defended — as I’ve pointed out elsewhere — the same traditional alliance of throne and altar that Philip’s saintly grandfather believed in. That tradition, known as “the doctrine of the two swords,” was eloquently put forth in Unam Sanctam, a bull written in direct opposition to Philip the Fair.

It was Boniface VIII, by the way, who canonized Saint Louis IX.

Would that Philip IV had followed the parting instructions that our saint gave to Philip III, Louis’ son and heir, and Philip IV’s father:

Dear son, the first thing I admonish thee is that thou set thy heart to love God, for without that nothing else is of any worth. Beware of doing what displeases God, that is to say mortal sin; yea rather oughtest thou to suffer all manner of torments. If God send thee adversity, receive it in patience, and give thanks for it to our Lord, and think that thou hast done Him ill service. If He give thee prosperity, thank Him humbly for the same and be not the worse, either by pride or in any other manner, for that very thing that ought to make thee better; for we must not use God’s gifts against Himself. Have a kind and pitiful heart towards the poor and the unfortunate, and comfort and assist them as much as thou canst. Keep up the good customs of thy kingdom, and put down all bad ones. Love all that is good and hate all that is evil of any sort. Suffer no ill word about God or our Lady or the saints to be spoken in thy presence, that thou dost not straightway punish. In the administering of justice be loyal to thy subjects, without turning aside to the right hand or to the left; but help the right, and take the part of the poor until the whole truth be cleared up. Honour and love all ecclesiastical persons, and take care that they be not deprived of the gifts and alms that thy predecessors may have given them. Dear son, I admonish thee that thou be ever devoted to the Church of Rome, and to the sovereign Bishop our father, that is the Pope, as thou oughtest to do to thy spiritual father. Exert thyself that every vile sin be abolished from thy land; especially to the best of thy power put down all wicked oaths and heresy. Fair son, I give thee all the blessings that a good father can give to a son; may the blessed Trinity and all the saints guard thee and protect thee from all evils; may God give thee grace to do His will always, and may He be honoured by thee, and may thou and I after this mortal life be together in His company and praise Him without end.

  • As a Freemason, I find your remarks very interesting. How do you qualify as an expert on Freemasonry?

    What you really want the United States to be is a Roman Catholic Monarchy. Too bad that is not ever going to happen.

  • Expert, hardly, but I’ve read quite enough about continental Freemasonry, its origins, stated goals, and activities to know that my few remarks were quite correct. Anglo-Saxon Freemasonry (including the American variety, with some exceptions) has a markedly different character. Where there is a long Catholic tradition that lasted up till and beyond the Enlightenment (e.g., the Mediterranean world), Freemasonry has a much more marked anti-Catholic character. If you don’t believe me, go to Italy, France, or Spain and hobnob with some of your brothers in the craft.

    What I’m talking about is this kind of thing: that a Freemason would shout (as one did) “I baptize you in the name of Jacques de Molay,” while aspersing the crowd at a public guillotining with the blood of a beheaded “enemy of the Revolution.” The French Revolution, rotten and anti-Christian to its very core, was a product of Freemasonry. They did in like manner elsewhere, which is why General Franco (of blessed memory) outlawed the craft in Spain, and turned a Masonic Lodge into a museum to show people its dangers.

    It was not a mere accident that a long line of Popes have condemned membership in the lodges. This holds even to this day.

    A Catholic Monarchy in the United States? Doesn’t sound likely. We’ve got no tradition for it. Most serious monarchists are for the restoration of monarchy in those places that had kings. The United States never had one. By the way, if I’m not an expert in Freemasonry, neither are you an expert in what I “really want.” :-)

  • “General Franco (of blessed memory)” Give me a break!! I’m sorry, but I was in Spain when Franco was still around and the Spanish were “stangling” on his regime. And then I was in Spain after he died. Nevertheless, I never cared for the left in Spain or their goals. What is always ironic is the Basques, who might have been good Catholics at one time, but who fought for the wrong side in the Spanish Civil War for various reasons.

    No, I’m not an expert in what you want, although I believe that it is at least a Catholic America. Anyway, you need to talk to some active Freemasons sometime. I’m inactive, but they might tell you their side of the story. You are absolutely wrong about the French Revolution being the product of Freemasonry. It was the product of the tyranny of long line of stinking Kings who oppressed the masses of people (lower classes), and were aided and abetted by the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Good luck to you Brother Andre Marie. Clearly we don’t agree on just about everything, but I say so what. Have yourself a nice weekend.

  • Thanks for the “moderation” AUTOCRATS!

  • Aaron

    Nothing more just could have happened to the nuns and priests during the French Revolution than to have been tortured and have had their heads lopped off. The Catholic Church was the greatest enemy and persecutor of the French people in their history. Their deaths were just retribution for the suffering they caused for generations of French citizens!

  • Paul Bennett

    Raymond and Aaron should peddle their wares elsewhere, like aol and fox news. No one here is interested in warmed-over popular protestant histories. We are here seeking a solution to the New World Order. We have found that the Old World Order, under the guidance of the Church to be the only possible solution.