by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
Today, before the Second Vatican Council, and some years thereafter, the Church celebrated the Feast of Christ the King. The liturgical year ended with the Feast of All the Saints, and after that began the Lent for Christmas. In Paul VI’s deformation of the liturgical calendar, this Feast was moved to the last Sunday of November.
One of the great Encyclicals of the last 200 years, moreover, was to promote devotion and loyalty to Christ as King of the Universe. Pope Pius XI did this in his Quas primas of Dec. 11, 1925, which is devotedly read aloud here:
But since one cannot have Christ the King unless they submit to the rule and law of Christ, which is found in the laws of His Vicar, for He says, “Whatsoever you bound on earth, shall be bound in Heaven”, so when John Paul II, His Vicar, laid down in Canon 332.2 that a Pope resigns only when he renounces the Petrine Munus, so all who claim Christ as King must acknowledge publicly that the Vicar of Jesus Christ is still Pope Benedict XVI, who has never renounced the Petrine Munus.
Without you are cut off from God and have set out on the road of ruin and death, as Pope Pius XI says in the Encyclical above. This was never more evident, manifest and visible as today.