A blessed solemnity of Christ the King to all our readers, a feast first instituted by Pope Pius XI, with his encyclical Quas Primas (December 11, 1925), well worth a read through. Prior to the revisions of Vatican II, and still in the usus antinquior, this was celebrated on the last Sunday of October – in opposition, in part, to the Protestant ‘Reformation Sunday’ – but was moved to the last Sunday of the liturgical year, to emphasize the eschatological dimensions of Christ’s Kingship, which is not of this world. Even if, as Pope Pius emphasized, He has Lordship over this world, it is always ordered to and in light of the next, when we truly will begin to live. For the form of this world is already passing away…
If those who live for this world alone are, to paraphrase Saint Paul, most to be pitied, what are we to say of this milquetoast millennial – a certain Wes Siler – who has described in vivid detail the vivisection of having his vas deferens severed in that tragic procedure known as a ‘vasectomy’. His reason? Of course, to ‘fight climate change’. His logic, such as it be, is that nothing he could do to lower his carbon emission would compare to simply not having carbon-producing beings called ‘children’. But Mark Steyn is right: Far more efficient, and apparently altruistic, is to commit suicide, as did the original body-and-creation haters, the Manicheans (3rd century), the Cathars (12th century) and, now, the Climate zealots (21st century and, well, beyond…). Climate change is about a lot more, and a lot more sinister, than the weather. It’s a bellwether for the demise of our civilization, a universal despair seeping into our very bones, even our reproductive organs.
This is also the anniversary of the first printing of Darwin’s Origin of Species, back in 1859. One may ponder the providential syzygy, and why Mr. Siler may be the first in line for this year’s Darwin awards. It is one thing to forego children for the sake of the supernatural kingdom of Christ – for we must have those whose primary task is leading our souls and minds – but for Gaia? The all-too-natural bogeyman of ‘climate change’? It seems the Siler line has hit the end of the line, but so goes, ahem, evolution.
Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!