The Revolution


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Below is an excerpt from a 1993 article from the SSPX Saint Ignatius Retreat House in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The article, entitled “The Revolution,” was written by Fr. Jean-Luc Lafitte, former retreat master there, and in it, he tells what “the revolution” is, its causes, etc. A part that's well explained in the article is the history of “the revolution.” I’ve typed out that part here below, along with a clarification from Father Lafitte which is found at the beginning of the article. (Fr. Lafitte’s emphasis is underlined; my emphasis is in bold and underlined)

Fr. Lafitte:



In this Letter 32, I am using the word “Revolution” in its generic sense. Therefore, it applies to any revolution, be it the American revolution (1776), the so-called French revolution (1789), the Russian revolution (1917), the Vatican II revolution (1961-1965).

The point of interest for us is the spirit behind each of these revolutions and this spirit is the same: the liberal and naturalistic humanism of “liberty-equality-fraternity.” The differences between these revolutions are historical and accidental, while the substance is the same for each of them.

[Fr. Lafitte also states the following a bit further in the article]

It is of the utmost importance to note that: The revolution is not a transitory fact, but a permanent state of motion; it is a permanent revolution! ...

Its History:

Let us try to outline the process of the revolution, which is nothing but a process of de-Catholicization.

If the efficient cause of the revolution is the devil himself, we must go back to the revolt of Lucifer and his “I will not serve” to find the root of the revolutionary principles. Then, Adam and Eve, through original sin, will place inside our hearts the wounds of ignorance, weakness, malice, and concupiscence.

After the death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church spreads everywhere to bring the message of the Gospel to the entire world. The highest degree of Catholic civilization will be reached during the middle of the XIII century, the century of the holy preachers Saints Francis, Dominic, Bonaventure, the great philosophers Saints Thomas Aquinas, Albert the Great, and the holy Kings Saint Ferdinand of Spain, Louis of France, Henry of Germany.

At that time, the Catholic Church and the state were perfectly united in Europe, the Law of the Ten Commandments was considered as state law, religious indifferentism and liberty of conscience were condemned by both Church and state. As said Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical, Immortale Dei: “There was once a time when the States were governed by the principles of Gospel teaching.”

Since the XIII century, everything went down, step by step, following the shrinking of Catholic states and minds.

First step of the revolution: the HUMANISTIC revolution, or RENAISSANCE (XIV-XV centuries)

Under the influence of Erasmus (1466-1536), man, instead of God was considered as the most important thing and the center of society; the supernatural life weakened inside souls as the court of the French King Francis 1st looked for worldly pleasure. It was the “Rebirth” (or “Renaissance” in the French) of naturalistic and humanistic principles.

Second step of the revolution: the PROTESTANT revolution (XVI-XVII centuries)

The apostate Catholic priest Martin Luther (1483-1546) removed the influence of the Catholic Church on souls and subsequently destroyed the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, most of the sacraments, grace, the papacy, keeping faith and reason alone.

Descartes (1596-1650) achieved the weakening of souls, introducing subjectivism in philosophy.

Third step of the revolution: the LIBERAL revolution (XVIII century)

After the work of preparation of Freemasonry (founded in 1717) and of the German philosopher Emmanuel Kant (1724-1804), the spirit of “liberty, equality, fraternity” was fully displayed in the US revolution (1776), then in the French revolution (1789). Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the world, was now totally removed from society.

Fourth step of the revolution: the COMMUNIST revolution

After the Communist Manifesto of Karl Marx (1818-1883), written in collaboration with the German philosopher Fridriech Engels (1820-1895), the Communist revolution outlawed God Himself from society. The idea of truth was totally destroyed with the “Thesis (truth), Antithesis (error or anti-truth), Synthesis (new truth)” of Engels. The truth did not exist anymore, but was a notion in constant self-mutation.

Fifth step of the revolution: the SATANIC revolution

This time, the natural law itself was destroyed. Saturated with sensual pleasures “according to nature,” people looked for pleasures “against nature” (homosexuality, rock ‘n’ roll, pornography). During the XIII century, society was “theocentrical,” centered on God; then it became humanistic, or centered on man; now it is centered on the devil!

Sixth step of the revolution: the MODERNIST revolution inside the Catholic Church

This step is the most dangerous of all the steps because the devil is now working inside the Mystical Body of Our Lord, the Immaculate Spouse of Christ. Vatican II Council (1961-1962) introduced the motto of the revolution inside the Church: religious liberty (liberty), collegiality (equality), ecumenism (fraternity). The wall of protection around the Church collapsed, leaving the entire property under the power of the devil.
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It is of the utmost importance to note that: The revolution is not a transitory fact, but a permanent state of motion; it is a permanent revolution! ...

Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:

In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God). By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints.
Ephesians 6:11-19


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... It is of the utmost importance to note that: The revolution is not a transitory fact, but a permanent state of motion; it is a permanent revolution! ...

... Let us try to outline the process of the revolution, which is nothing but a process of de-Catholicization.
Archbishop Lefebvre talks along these same lines in a conference on liberalism in December 1973:

“... Why do I insist on all these things? It is to show you the continuity, the continuity in the diabolical action that is taking place in the world and which is nothing other than the battle between the world and Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is nothing other than this. They want to make Our Lord disappear. They want it to be humanity that reigns, man who reigns, and no longer Our Lord Jesus Christ.

So it has taken very diverse forms throughout history since Our Lord finally vanquished Satan, in principle, by His cross; so the devil concentrates on those whom he can still wrest from Our Lord, from His Mystical Body, from us. He attacks us because he knows that we do not yet belong definitively to Our Lord, so he still has a chance to get us, he still has a chance to turn us away, and so he takes all the possible means imaginable to try to wrest, from Our Lord Jesus Christ, a large part of humanity. And the means that he has taken is precisely by diffusing errors, diffusing errors. They corrupt the mind in order to corrupt the will and corrupt morals.” (Archbishop Lefebvre, Conference, December 1973)
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In his August 27, 2017 sermon (Christ the King, Our Defender) at 29:03, Fr. Hewko says:

"… and this is the Revolution and it’s always changing. It’s always – like a big jellyfish – always taking new shapes and it doesn’t stop. And the new shape now is Motu Proprio Catholicism, Motu Proprio Mass – the Latin Mass and Latin hymns, but Novus Ordo thinking, and that’s where the new-SSPX is now, sad to say."

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A very famous quotation from Mgr Jean-Joseph Gaume.

"If, tearing away the mask from the Revolution, you asked it, "Who are you?," it would say to you: "I am not what they believe I am. Many speak of me, and very few know me. I am not Carbonarism conspiring in secret, nor riots roaring in the streets, nor the change from the monarchy to a republic, nor the substitution of one royal dynasty for another, nor a temporary disturbance in public order. I am not the howls of the Jacobins nor the furies of la Montagne, nor the fighting on the barricades, nor the pillaging, nor the arson, nor the agrarian law, nor the guillotine, nor the drownings. I am not Marat, nor Robespierre, nor Babeuf, nor Mazzini, nor Kossuth. These men are my sons - they are not me. These things are my works - they are not me. These men and these things are transitory things, and I am a permanent state.

"I am the hatred of every religious and social order which Man has not established and in which he is not king and God together; I am the proclamation of the rights of man against the rights of God; I am the philosophy of rebellion, the politics of rebellion, the religion of rebellion; I am armed nihilism; I am the founding of the religious and social state on the will of Man in place of the will of God! In a word, I am anarchy, for I am God dethroned and Man put in his place. This is why I am called Revolution: it means reversal, because I put on high that which should be low according to the eternal laws, and I put low what should be on high."
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