Month of Christ the King: The Dogma of Christ the King and Catholic Politics (XIII)

The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, greeting Bishop Luis Mariano Montemayor as apostolic nuncio. E. Herrera

Originally published by: LA ESPERANZA October 13, 2021

13. In the political doctrine of the Church there is no place for hierocracy, for priestly government. Analogies or metaphors (the sun and the moon, the soul and the body) are not valid here except as such, metaphors nothing more. Nor are certain interpretations of the doctrine of the two swords valid (such as that the Pope of Christ has both) or the claim that the political community is a body within the Church.

From this it follows that those forms of communitarianism in which the flock is separated so that the priests may rule are unnatural. It is not surprising that communitarianism favors hierocracy, that is why hierocrats seek forms of communitarianism: that is the only way they can govern.

And we know from Saint Paul (I Cor. 5, 10) that if we were forbidden to deal with every sinner we could not live in the world, we would have to leave it (debueratis de hoc mundo exisse). But that is not what the King ordered.

Juan Fernando SegoviaConsejo de Estudios Hispánicos Felipe II

Translation by Alférez Matthew ScullinCírculo Carlista Camino Real de Tejas