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  EthnophyletismФилетизм – from the Greek ἔθνος (ethnos) "nation" + φυλετισμός (phyletismos) "tribalism":
a heresy and the Bane of Orthodoxy; the chief impediment to the Orthodox finding and presenting to the Catholic hierarchy a model of ecclesiastical Primacy at the universal level which is both canonical and viable.
 
     

 

  Pantheon Pediment
 

Le Panthéon a été conçu et construit comme une église, dédiée à Sainte-Geneviève, avant d'être transformé au cours de la franc-maçonnerie Révolution française à un but incomparablement moins digne.
Il fera une belle mosquée pour les Français, sous la suzeraineté musulmane à regarder et à se rappeler comment ils ont perdu leur chemin avec leur Église et de l'identité civilisationnelle chrétienne.

Le Panthéon was conceived and built as a Church, dedicated to Saint Genevieve, before being turned during the Freemasonic French Revolution to an incomparably less worthy purpose.
It will make a nice Mosque for the French under Muslim suzerainty to look at and remember how they lost their way along with their Church and Christian civilizational identity.

 

 

 

     
  XV century icon in Museum of Novgorod depicting the  Battle of Novgorod and Suzdal of 1169  
  Битва Новгородцев с Суздальцами в 1169 – The Battle of Novgorod and Suzdal of 1169  
  Чудо от иконы «Богоматерь Знамение» – The miracle of the icon "The Virgin of the Sign"  
  XV century icon in the Новгородский Государственный Музей-Заповедник – Novgorod State Museum-Reserve  

 

 

 

 

The point cannot be too much insisted upon, nor too often repeated, so strange is it to our modern modes of thought, and so essentially characteristic of the first centuries of the Christian era and the formative period during which Christian civilization took its shape. Men lived as citizens of one State which they took for granted and which they even regarded as eternal. There would be much grumbling against the taxes and here and there revolts against them, but never a suggestion that the taxes should be levied by any other than imperial authority, or imposed in any other than the imperial manner. There was plenty of conflict between armies and individuals as to who should have the advantage of ruling, but never any doubt as to the type of function which the "Emperor" filled, nor as to the type of universally despotic action which he exercised. There were any number of little local liberties and customs which were the pride of the separate places to which they attached, but there was no conception of such local differences being antagonistic to the one life of the one State. That State was, for the men of that time, the World.

The complete unity of this social system was the more striking from the fact that it underlay not only such innumerable local customs and liberties, but an almost equal number of philosophic opinions, of religious practices, and of dialects. There was not even one current official language for the educated thought of the Empire: there were two, Greek and Latin. And in every department of human life there co-existed this very large liberty of individual and local expression, coupled with a complete, and, as it were, necessary unity, binding the whole vast body together. Emperor might succeed Emperor, in a series of civil wars. Several Emperors might be reigning together. The office of Emperor might even be officially and consciously held in commission among four or more men. But the power of the Emperor was always one power, his office one office, and the system of the Empire one system.

It is not the purpose of these few pages to attempt a full answer to the question of how such a civic state of mind came to be, but the reader must have some sketch of its development if he is to grasp its nature.

The old Mediterranean world out of which the Empire grew had consisted (before that Empire was complete—say, from an unknown most distant past to 50 B.C.) in two types of society: there stood in it as rare exceptions States, or nations in our modern sense, governed by a central Government, which controlled a large area, and were peopled by the inhabitants of many towns and villages. Of this sort was ancient Egypt. But there were also, surrounding that inland sea, in such great numbers as to form the predominant type of society, a series of Cities, some of them commercial ports, most of them controlling a small area from which they drew their agricultural subsistence, but all of them remarkable for this, that their citizens drew their civic life from, felt patriotism for, were the soldiers of, and paid their taxes to, not a nation in our sense but a municipality.

These cities and the small surrounding territories which they controlled (which, I repeat, were often no more than local agricultural areas necessary for the sustenance of the town) were essentially the sovereign Powers of the time. Community of language, culture, and religion might, indeed, bind them in associations more or less strict. One could talk of the Phoenician cities, of the Greek cities, and so forth. But the individual City was always the unit. City made war on City. The City decided its own customs, and was the nucleus of religion. The God was the God of the city. A rim of such points encircled the eastern and central Mediterranean wherever it was habitable by man. Even the little oasis of the Cyrenæan land with sand on every side, but habitable, developed its city formations. Even on the western coasts of the inland ocean, which received their culture by sea from the East, such City States, though more rare, dotted the littoral of Algeria, Provence and Spain.

    Hilaire Belloc, Europe and the Faith, Sine auctoritate nulla vita (1920)
   
  In the place of the old Christian enthusiasms of Europe there came, for a time, the enthusiasm for nationality, the religion of patriotism. But self-worship is not enough, and the forces which are making for the destruction of our culture, notably the Jewish Communist propaganda from Moscow, have a likelier future before them than our old-fashioned patriotism.
    Hilaire Belloc, The Great Heresies (1936)

 

 

   
  the Latin Bridge  
  Latinska ćuprija – Латинска ћуприја – the Latin Bridge, in Sarajevo, dating to 1789, though there was a stone bridge here already by 1565, over the River Miljacka – Миљацка. Commentary elsewhere.  

 

  The son of a heroПетар Принцип-Petar Princip – who had fought the oppression of the Muslim Ottoman Turks and who named his son after Archangel Saint Gabriel, the dirty little coward with a napoleon complex, Гаврило Принцип – Gavrilo Princip (25 July [O.S. 13 July] 1894 – 28 April 1918), didn't think it was enough to join with Muslims in the "Black Hand - Црна рука" in support of some idiotic and historically absurd movement of Pan-Southern Slav Nationalism-Југословенство — Уједињење или смрт – Ujedinjenje ili smrt – Unification or Death; unificaition of what and under whom?!?!? — and to murder on 28 June 1914 the heir to the throne of the thousand-year-old Donaumonarchie, Archduke Franz Ferdinand — unwittingly setting in motion the events which lead to the Great Twentieth Century Civil War of European Christendom 1914-1945 — so the little shit also murdered his wife, the Bohemian-Czech, Žofie-Sophie. Franz Ferdinand was a friend of the Slavs and of subsidiarity and of making the Slavic peoples equal partnes in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a Third Crown to join those of Austria and Hungary, so the nationalists and confused irredentists saw him, however paradoxically, as an enemy. During the Communist-cum-bizarre-Nationalist Yugoslav-Southern Slav days/experiment, the Latin Bridge was actually renamed after this absurd peti-personage: the Princip Bridge – Принципов мост!  

 

 

the murderer and his weapon    
    ... in Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna.

 

    uniform in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand died
    ... the bloodied uniform in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand was murdered along with his wife in Sarajevo.

 

 

  the car in which Franz Ferdinand and his wife sophie were assassinated  
  Also in the in Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna., the car in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were murdered.  

 

 

   

 

 
Nota Bene, discussion here regards, variously, the evilness and stupidity of nationalism by Christians and within Christendom.
     
 

Nationalism in connection with the followers of false religions, and their civilizations and societies, involves very different considerations. One thinks especially of Islam. In the realm of Realpolitik, nationalism is very often in the most brutal competition with so-called fundamentalism. Fundamentalism in Islam simply means real Islam, though yes, as a practial matter, now in the post-colonialism, post-communism early decades of our XXI century, many nominal Muslims may not much heed the teachings and priorities of Islam, however much they will revert back to Islam in the end.

In this struggle within the Muslim world between the fundamentalists and the nationalists, it is the nationalists who are, though only in comparative terms, more likely to be the "good guys". The nationalists — Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Syria's Assad (father and son), Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, by way of the most prominent examples — were the protectors of the large Christian minorites, peoples resident for millenia within the nation-states over which they held sway. (In the case of Bashar al-Assad still clinging to power.) It bares repeating. One speaks in comparative terms. Christians did suffer oppression and attacks under the regimes of these three. We are after all speaking of Muslims and their regimes. But the comparative virtue of the Muslim nationalists of course meant that the twin enemies of the American people and of European Christendom generally, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, the latter, and its mass media, completely dominated by the Neo Conservatives and their Shills (the Neo-Cons), stepped into the fray with decades-long, multi-trillion dollar assistance to the enemies of Christianity, the Church and Christendom. (The money belonged to Christian America before it was stolen through taxation extractions and Quantitative Easing - Zero Interest Rates.) On these matters, touching on relations between states of European Christendom, on the one hand, and states of the Muslim world, on the other, Russia's president, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, has much more wisdom, a much better compass, than do the leaders of "the West". Not perfect, Putin is a defender of Christian peoples in the Middle East and once-Christian northern Africa. The political leadership of the United States of American is treating Christians as enemies, it has been for decades. Reflect on Serbia and Kosovo and Iraq and Syria. But guilt is hardly restricted to Slick Willy and the Shrubbery, however damnable their leadership.

Very few of the citizens of the United States of America have sufficient information to allow them to understand this grand seeming paradox. Indeed, most can not even comprehend much smaller and more immediate perverse paradox that, after the small attacks on America perpetrated on September 11th, 2001 by Saudi Arabian fundamentalists, the Neo-Con regime in the United States attacked the chief enemy of the Saudi regime, the Arab nationalist regime of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. We attacked, not those who attacked us, but the enemies of those who attacked us!

Small attacks of 9/11, did we say? No disrespect intended for those personnally impacted. For everyone else it would be more dignified to lose entirely the absurd "day that changed the world"– mantra. To non-moronic Americans, like the present writer, also a veteran officer of the United States Army, it is embarrassing. Reflect on 100,000 dead per day through much of Operation Barbarossa. If 9/11 changed the course of history it is only for the reason that forces of evil within America seized the pretext. What might instead have happened, if America were governed not be so-called Liberal or so-called Conservative enemies of the people, but rather by people who saw the United States of America as constituent component of European Christendom trying, for example, to achieve harmony and symphony with Russia, 9/11 could have been seized upon for a taking stock exercise. Significantly, immigration policy favoring demographic replacement of the Descendants of European Christendom through many millions mass immigration of everyone other than the Descendants of European Christendom could have been revisited and reversed. A spiritual taking stock of still greater importance might have been undertaken. But we digress.

Objectionable nationalism is that which diverts energies away from the mission of the Church and from the work of building and preserving Christendom, the community of Christian nations and civilizational integrity.

Objectionable is also simply that which makes us ridiculous.

 

 

 

 

 

  Controlled Opposition and Competing Evils, and Guess Who is Leading Bode Sides  
     

 

  Ustaše vs. Slobodan Milošević  
     

 

  Deracinated Internationalist vs. Ignorant Nationalists  
  How about a different, Third Way, a way with and of integrity and intelligence?  

 

 

  nationalistic mosaic National History Museum in Tirana  
    To delight and serve the communist-cum-nationalist leader Enver Hoxha (in power from 1944 until his heart attack and burial in 1985 in a pyramid to make Mao take pause) this nationalist mosaic adorns the facade of the National History Museum in Tirana.    

 

 

 

 

"The only thing the Church can never sanction, and in that she is the faithful organ of the truth and the will of God, is divisions and national rivalries as a definitive condition of human society. The true Church will always condemn the doctrine that affirms that there is nothing beyond national interests, this new paganism which makes a nation its supreme deity, this false patriotism which wishes to replace religion. ...

"It is not in the West, it is in Byzantium that the original sin of nationalist particularism and cesaro-papist absolutism have, for the first time, introduced death to the social body of Christ. And the successor of Byzantium now with responsibility is the Russian Empire. And today, Russia is the only country in Christendom where the national State affirms without reserve its exclusive absolutism in making of the Church an attribute of nationality and a passive instrument of the secular government ..."

 
    L’Idée russe – Русская Идея –The Idea of Russia, by Владимир Сергеевич Соловьёв – Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov, Paris, 1888  

 

 

Jean Baptiste Marie Albert Baptiste Dallet
  ... begging the Lord that these men live with Him forever.  

 

 

 

  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops  
 

However good and necessary subsidiarity is in principle — in Church Militant and in Christendom — if leaders abandon orthodoxy, expect nothing good. Here at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops we find Homosexualism's Headquarters, together with the "Catholic" Establishment Media's hush-it-up-and-divert-attention-to-ridiculous-distractions-and-details main media, the Catholic News Service, together with like organizations (EWTN; Catholic News Agency; the National Catholic Register; the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, etc. ad nauseam): the Fifth Column of enemies of the Church within the Church. By the way, have any of you run into Wuerl Girl lately? Well, who knows, maybe he is busy overseeing the installation of a sauna in his mansion.

Nota bene, things ain't better up north in Canada.

 

 

               
  Evangelii Gaudium              
                   
 

Apostolic Exhortation of the Holy Father Francis to the bishops, clergy, consecrated persons and the lay faithful on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today's World.

24 November 2013

         
    II. Pastoral activity and conversion        
      An ecclesial renewal which cannot be deferred        
                   
        32. Since I am called to put into practice what I ask of others, I too must think about a conversion of the papacy. It is my duty, as the Bishop of Rome, to be open to suggestions which can help make the exercise of my ministry more faithful to the meaning which Jesus Christ wished to give it and to the present needs of evangelization. Pope John Paul II asked for help in finding “a way of exercising the primacy which, while in no way renouncing what is essential to its mission, is nonetheless open to a new situation”.[35] We have made little progress in this regard. The papacy and the central structures of the universal Church also need to hear the call to pastoral conversion. The Second Vatican Council stated that, like the ancient patriarchal Churches, episcopal conferences are in a position “to contribute in many and fruitful ways to the concrete realization of the collegial spirit”.[36] Yet this desire has not been fully realized, since a juridical status of episcopal conferences which would see them as subjects of specific attributions, including genuine doctrinal authority, has not yet been sufficiently elaborated.[37] Excessive centralization, rather than proving helpful, complicates the Church’s life and her missionary outreach.  
                   
          [35] Encyclical Letter of Pope John Paul II, Ut Unum Sint (25 May 1995), 95: AAS 87 (1995), 977-978.
[36] Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 23.
[37] John Paul II, Motu Proprio Apostolos Suos (21 May 1998): AAS 90 (1998), 641-658.
 
                   

 

 

 

 

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