Candace Owens is Right: Christ is King!

Candace Owens is an American commentator, author and mother of three young children.

 On April 22, she converted to Catholicism, describing it as a “decision to go home and praise be to God for His gentle, but relentless guiding of my heart toward Truth.”

She tweeted on social media, “Christ is King”. Because of that tweet, many people have accused her of being antisemitic. However, she told the truth.

“When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace, and harmony.” (Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King), 18‑19).

The Social Reign of Christ the King
Pope Pius XI wrote that it is a “grave error for one to say that Christ has no authority whatever in civil affairs” because “by virtue of the absolute empire over all creatures committed to him by the Father, all things are in his power….

“He is the author of happiness and true prosperity for every man and for every nation. “For a nation is happy when its citizens are happy. What else is a nation but a number of men living in concord?” If, therefore, the rulers of nations wish to preserve their authority, to promote and increase the prosperity of their countries, they will not neglect the public duty of reverence and obedience to the rule of Christ. (Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King), 17‑18).

The truths set forth by Pope Pius XI in Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King) that Christ’s “kingly dignity demands that the State should take account of the Commandments of God and of Christian principles, both in making laws and in administering justice, and also in providing for the young a sound moral education” (Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King), 31-33) are substantially reaffirmed by the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the Catholic Catechism. Jesus Christ does not simply reign over individuals, but also over all creation and, in particular, societies, and the State.

“The duty to offer God true worship concerns humanity both individually and socially.…The social duty of Christians is to respect and awaken in each man the love of the true and the good. It requires them to make known the worship of the one true religion which subsists in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Christians are called to be the light of the world. Thus, the Church shows forth the Kingship of Christ over all creation and in particular over human societies.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2105, emphasis added).

The Reign of Christ the King over all societies means that their laws must conform to the divine law of God. “[T]he highest norm of human life is the divine law—eternal, objective, and universal—whereby God orders, directs, and governs the entire universe and all the ways of the human community by a plan conceived in wisdom and love.” (Vatican II, Declaration on Religious Freedom, 3).

“Since the Kingdom of God is not of this world, the Church or people of God take nothing away from the temporal welfare of any people by establishing this Kingdom. Rather does she foster and take to herself insofar as they are good, the ability, resources, and customs of each people. Taking them to herself she purifies, strengthens, and ennobles them. The Church is mindful that she must harvest with that King to whom the nations were given for an inheritance.” (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church), 13).

Pope Pius X wrote, “That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error. Based, as it is, on the principle that the State must not recognize any religious cult, it is in the first place guilty of a great injustice to God; for the Creator of man is also the Founder of human societies and preserves their existence as he preserves our own. We owe him, therefore, not only a private cult, but a public and social worship to honor him. Besides, this thesis is an obvious negation of the supernatural order. It limits the action of the State to the pursuit of public prosperity during this life only, which is but the proximate object of political societies; and it occupies itself in no fashion (on the plea that this is foreign to it) with their ultimate object which is man’s eternal happiness after this short life shall have run its course.” (Pope Pius X, Vehementer Nos (On the French Law of Separation)).

The Church does not impose its faith and demand that nations convert to Catholicism. It simply teaches the nations that their laws must be just, respect human dignity and the common good, and be in accord with the natural law and the moral laws of God

Moreover, the Church, as Christ’s Kingdom on earth, in establishing his Kingdom, has a natural and unalienable right to full freedom of the exercise of its religion and the right of immunity from the power of the State to violate this right, such as by the imposition of mandates to Catholic organizations to provide contraceptive and abortifacient insurance coverage.

Pope Pius XI wrote, “With God and Jesus Christ excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated. The result is that human society is tottering to its fall, because it has no longer a secure and solid foundation. When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace, and harmony.” (Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King), 18‑19).

Pope Pius XI taught that Jesus Christ reigns over the minds, hearts, and lives of humanity. He reigns over the family, society, and his Church. He wrote,

Jesus Christ reigns over society when men recognize and reverence the sovereignty of Christ, when they accept the divine origin and control over all social forces, a recognition which is the basis of the right to command for those in authority and of the duty to obey for those who are subjects, a duty which cannot but ennoble all who live up to its demands. Christ reigns where the position in society which he himself has assigned to his Church is recognized, for he bestowed on the Church the status and the constitution of a society which, by reason of the perfect ends which it is called upon to attain, must be held to be supreme in its own sphere….(Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio (On the Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ), 48).

Pope Benedict XVI preached, “Historical kingship does not matter to God; but he wants to reign in peoples’ hearts, and from there, over the world: he is King of the whole universe but the critical point, the zone in which his Kingdom is at risk, is our heart, for it is there that God encounters our freedom.” So, let us freely recognize and embrace his Reign in our hearts.

The Pope continued,

We, and we alone, can prevent him from reigning over us and hence hinder his Kingship over the world: over the family, over society, over history. We men and women have the faculty to choose whose side we wish to be on: with Christ and his angels or with the Devil and his followers, to use the same language as the Gospel.

Each individual person has to make the choice, whether to practice justice or wickedness, to embrace love and forgiveness or revenge and homicidal hatred. On this depends [not only] our personal salvation but also the salvation of the world. This is why Jesus wishes to associate us with his Kingship; this is why he invites us to collaborate in the coming of his Kingdom of love, justice, and peace.

It is left to us to respond to him, not with words but with deeds: by choosing the path of effective and generous love for our neighbor we allow him to extend his lordship in time and space. (Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, November 22, 2008).

So, in response to the pleas of Jesus and Pope Benedict XVI, let us not prevent Jesus from reigning over us, but let us recognize his Reign, and recognize it as what he called the “great mercy given by your God for these most perilous times.”

St. John Paul II lamented the lack of this recognition and recognized Christ the King. He said, “One can only regret the deliberate absence of all transcendent moral references. Christ is the sole strength of Europe and the King of All Nations.” (Pope John Paul II, Address to the International Diplomatic Corps of Vatican Rome, January 13, 1990).

There is no hope for peace among nations so long as they reject the Kingship of Christ. The presence, name, prayer, and Commandments of God have been removed from schools and public places under the false doctrine of separation of Church and State.

Laws have been passed contrary to the natural law, such as legalized abortion and legalized same-sex false marriages that are in opposition to his Kingdom. All laws must conform to the natural law. The peace of Christ can be found only in the recognition of his laws, his divine rights, and his Reign on earth.

In his mercy, Jesus gives us an opportunity to recognize his Reign now, before he reclaims it in his justice. We should accept this opportunity and “approach the throne of grace to receive mercy.” (Hebrews 4:16).

Pope Pius XI wrote, “When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace, and harmony.…If princes and magistrates duly elected are filled with the persuasion that they rule, not by their own right, but by the mandate and in the place of the divine King, they will exercise their authority piously and wisely, and they will make laws and administer them, having in view the common good and also the human dignity of their subjects. The result will be a stable peace and tranquility, for there will be no longer any cause of discontent.…Peace and harmony, too, will result; for with the spread and the universal extent of the Kingdom of God men will become more and more conscious of the link that binds them together, and thus many conflicts will be either prevented entirely or at least their bitterness will be diminished.” (Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King), 19).

Dan Lynch is the Director of Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations, Our Lady of America and St. John Paul II. He is an author, public speaker and a former judge and lawyer in Vermont. He has appeared many times on radio and television and has spoken at conferences throughout the world. You may learn more about Dan HERE.
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