When there’s not just a question of a stolen election but even evidence of it, we must remember that God preserves our conscience as Catholics who believe in the social reign of Christ the King. This is a prayer I heard prayed publicly at a parish last month:
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
I believe O Jesus.
That Thou are the Christ.
The Son of the Living God.
I proclaim my love.
For the Vicar of Christ on Earth.
I believe all the sacred truths
Which the Holy Catholic Church
Believes and teaches.
I promise to give good example
By the regular practice
Of my faith.
In honor of His Divine Name
I pledge myself against perjury,
Blasphemy, profanity and obscene speech.
I pledge my loyalty
To the flag of my country.
And to the God given principles
Of freedom, justice and happiness.
For which it stands.
I pledge my support
To all lawful authority
Both civil and religious.
I dedicate myself
To the honor of the Sacred Name of Jesus Christ
And beg that He will keep me faithful
To these pledges
May God bless your resolutions; may His holy angels and saints assist you to keep them.
Laboring during your whole life for the glory and honor of the Holy Name of God,
may you merit to share in the glory of the apostles, martyrs and confessors,
who labored and died for the Name of Jesus Christ.
Amen.—Holy Name Pledge
Notice the words: I pledge my support to all lawful authority, both civil and religious.
Notice again the words: lawful authority.
Now, I am not encouraging civil disobedience, for civil disobedience must have certain requirements to be met as seen in the new Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):
The citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. Refusing obedience to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community. “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” “We must obey God rather than men.” When citizens are under the oppression of a public authority which oversteps its competence, they should still not refuse to give or to do what is objectively demanded of them by the common good; but it is legitimate for them to defend their own rights and those of their fellow citizens against the abuse of this authority within the limits of the natural law and the Law of the Gospel. Armed resistance to oppression by political authority is not legitimate, unless all the following conditions are met:
1) there is certain, grave, and prolonged violation of fundamental rights;
2) all other means of redress have been exhausted;
3) such resistance will not provoke worse disorders;
4) there is well-founded hope of success; and
5) it is impossible reasonably to foresee any better solution.—CCC 2242-2243
So, I am not encouraging civil disobedience since I do not have the episcopal or military authority to enact it. Also, the above five have criteria have probably not been met on all the stolen elections I am pondering. But I am concerned for the consciences of Apostolic Catholics on everything from deadly vaccines to erroneous religious “exhortations” that carry no Magisterial weight. It seems the battleground for these debates in a modernist Catholic culture is ruled not by the Gospel, but rather canon law, and whoever can manipulate (or avoid) the law. It also seems most Catholics appeal to conscience before obedience to God these days. Well, I appeal to both by reminding people that the tradition of the Church is that we must obey not all authority but only “lawful authority.”
Who am I to declare who is lawful and who is not? I am a nobody. However, as I always say, “Your truth is only as good as the evidence you have to support it.” And so, we can look at the evidence of charges of unlawful elections.
Indeed, conservatives’ courage was too-little-too-late on the election challenges for Biden in places like Arizona (where he couldn’t possibly have won) and a stolen election producing an unelected president in a Communist Coup certainly does not constitute what the above prayer requires for the title of “lawful authority.” Similarly, the Bennyplenist thesis that started to come out in 2013 may indeed one day be eclipsed by the bigger Siri thesis of white smoke beginning in 1958 as to why the Church hierarchy is in such a state of infiltration as she is now. Either way, we all know the revelations of Fatima have a lot to do with apostasy from the top-down in the hierarchy and the politics of Russia.1
In all of this, we see that God’s positive will may not always dovetail with His permissive will at the highest levels of Church and State. I suppose stolen elections will always happen but God preserves the consciences of His little ones if we only do the research to see these people do not have “lawful authority.” This is obvious for anyone with eyes to see. As for the big people who should stand up against a coup d’État or a coup de l’Église, we must remember the words of St. Don Bosco: “The power of evil men lives on the cowardice of the good.”
As for us little people who can’t change world events except on our knees, we just keep following Christ and tradition while remembering there is an enormous difference in God’s eyes between us obeying “lawful authority” and “unelected authority” in stolen elections, especially when there is overwhelming evidence that nobody wants to discuss.