THE CATHOLIC CRUSADE


TO BREAK UP THE PRESENT WORLD & MAKE A NEW,
IN THE POWER OF THE OUTLAW OF GALILEE

Love not the World.-- l John II. 15


IF YOU BELIEVE with the Catholic teachers of the Ages of Faith, that Liberty, Equality, Fraternity are not "extras" and "implications," but Essential Articles of the Faith, without which Creed and Worship are turned into deadly poisons;

IF YOU BELIEVE that every man should master be of his own life in freedom, spiritual, economic, political, delighting not only in his leisure, but in his craft, having his lot in such personal and common ownership as shall encourage initiative in fellowship; master of, and not mastered by, machinery; neither exploiter nor exploited; an owner under God, not a wage-slave under Mammon; if you detest the atheism revealed in such sayings as "keeping a servant," and would replace mistress and slavey by the co-operation of comrades; if you demand an education which shall encourage initiative, responsibility, mastery; if you accept natural inequalities not for self aggrandisement, but for service; if you are fighting not merely for elbow room and comforts within the present structure, but to destroy the present structure, because it denies and refuses the principles of human life; if you believe that everyone should be slave of no man, servant of all men, son of God;

IF YOU BELIEVE in Nationality; in a national community of free families; in the right of every nation, small or great, Ireland, Germany, England, Poland, Russia, Belgium, etc., to be a Sinn Fein (ourselves -- Independent) Republic, not trying to live in isolation, nor domineering over other nations, but of its own free choice desiring inter-dependence;

IF YOU BELIEVE in the International; if you are convinced that Nationality is evil when it denies the International, and that the International is evil when it scoffs at Nationality, and is based on a shallow cosmopolitanism; if you accept the Catholic philosophy which, in the great Reforming Councils of the Middle Ages, encouraged the development of nationalities in Community, and if you are proud to be the children of that movement;

IF YOU BELIEVE in the unity of the nation, built up by the variety, distinction, individuality of its citizens; if you believe in the unity of the international, built up by the variety, distinction and individuality of the nations within it; if you believe in a Free League of Democratic Nations, based on Friendship as against a Compulsory League of Capitalist States based on Fear; [13] in a word,

IF YOU BELIEVE in the Blessed Trinity [14] and a Divine Commonwealth steeped in the worship of the Social God, in the Blessed Trinity, One-in-Many, Many-in-One, VARIETY IN UNITY, not as a senseless dogma for Sundays only, [15] but as the basis and meaning of all human life; if you believe in re-creating the world in the similitude of The Social God, in whom we live and move and have our being; if, in the love of This God you hate the present world which denies freedom, stifles initiative, poisons commonwealth, and will destroy it, or be destroyed in the attempt,

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IF YOU BELIEVE that the Catholic Religion is not indifferent to forms of Government, and, while it is consistent with varying types of Government, is compelled to oppose Absolute Monarchy, Group Autocracy, Imperialism, Capitalism,

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DESTRUCTION, NOT RECONSTRUCTION

IF YOU BELIEVE with the Catholic Religion that Avarice, or excessive desire for gain, is a Mortal Sin; that the Present World or System is the expression of this Sin; that it must therefore be destroyed, not reconstructed; if you believe that wagery is a form of slavery, and that all slavery is ultimately incompatible with the Catholic Religion; if you believe the Catholic Doctrine that if any will not . work neither shall he eat, and agree to the Catholic Law which suppressed interest, profiteering, rent, and other devices, in so far as they were devices to eat without working, and to live comfortably on the results of other people's labour; if you will do your best to destroy the Present System involving these evil things, even if it is paying you so much per cent., and are glad that these payments should quickly cease, whether you are ruined or not; if you believe with the great Catholic teachers of the Ages of Faith that Labour and Land are the ultimate source of all wealth; that the earth is the Lord's and the products thereof, and the earth hath He given to the children of men; if you believe that all men should learn and labour truly to get their own living in that new Commonwealth of God's Justice to which He is calling them,

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THE PRESS, PARLIAMENT & THE COURT ;

IF YOU WOULD destroy the "kept" Press and fight for freedom of expression; if you would destroy the Capitalist Parliament and build a People's Republic; if you would abolish classes, artificial distinctions, snobbery; if, while you know the most deadly tyrants are not kings but financiers, speculators, captains of industry, you would also, with St. Thomas of Canterbury, destroy that nest of flunkeys, the Court; if, while you measure swords with the New Plutocracy, you are ashamed of that ancient fraud which calls itself the old Aristocracy; if you are striving for such a transformation as shall make it possible to substitute "O Lord, save the Commonwealth," for "O Lord, save the King,"

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to defeat the Welfare Workers, social reformists and patronizers of the poor, who would bolster up the class system, and attempt to reconstruct it by softening the asperities between class and class.

IF, while you believe in dancing, colour, merry-making, you are not deluded into thinking that these things can be restored, while Justice, Comradeship, and Liberty are refused,

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AUTHORITY IN CHURCH & STATE [16]. RIGHTS & RESPONSES.
NATURAL LEADERSHIP. CREATIVE CONSENT

IF YOU BELIEVE in the priestly Commonwealth; in "sons not servants," in intelligent response not slavish obedience; if you believe in the grace of the leader in Church or State and the recognition of the alert community; if you believe that the Laity are not drones in the Christian hive nor subjects of an Autocracy, but creative and responsive fellow-workers with the leaders; if you believe in creative consent, not in languid acquiescence; if you believe in the Catholic People whose Episcopal leaders were elected through an equal suffrage of men and women in democratic succession from the first revolutionaries of Jesus, in communion, by recognition with other chosen leaders of the world-wide Christian democracy; if you are proud that these leaders, in the great formative periods, were often bricklayers, market porters, carpenters, blacksmiths, ploughmen, masons, tanners, weavers; if you believe in alert response and loyalty to inspired leaders, coupled with the Catholic right of vigilance, criticism, and rejection; if you believe, with the great Catholic teachers of the Ages of Faith that this response to leadership and right of rebellion is not only true in relation to Church officers, but to officers of the State; if you believe that there are no rights without responsibilities, and that the right of election belongs only to those who are willing to work, and in the case of Church officers not to ratepayers or members of a National Church as such, but to those who respond to the requirements of the Catholic conviction;

IF YOU BELIEVE in the Catholic doctrine of the Common Authority, and not in modern Papist, Anglican, or Protestant substitutes for that doctrine,

IF YOU BELIEVE, with the Catholic teachers [17], that all Authority comes from God, expressing Himself more remotely through the Race, more immediately through the Catholic Democracy and its natural leaders, -- from God, through the People, for the Common Good;

IF YOU BELIEVE that they are the rebels who rule unjustly, and that such rebels, be they Kings or Plutocrats, Bishops or Popes, must be overthrown by all law-abiding Christians; if you believe in the Revolt against tyrants in Church and State; if you are prepared to fight not only the Servile State, but the Servile Church,

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SUDDEN REBELLIONS & THE COMMON TRADITION

IF YOU BELIEVE not in snap majorities of the moment, but in the common judgement of the ages; that the swift decision of the present must be formed out of the matured conviction of the ages; that sudden rebellions must be rooted in such common traditions,

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ACTIVE & PASSIVE

IF YOU BELIEVE in the Fierce Love of God behind the blow given and the blow withheld; if you believe in the Mercy of God to the meek and the fury of God to the profitmongers who assist at Mass or in the chapel, for a pretence make the long prayer; if you believe in the non-resistance of Christ in petty personal quarrels, and the resistance of Christ in God's quarrel for Commonwealth; if you believe in Calvary interpreted in the light of the whole gospel and not of your favourite activist or passivist text; if you believe in the suasion of Francis of Assissi, and Sword of Joan of Arc; if you believe that persuasion is the first weapon and violence the last in the Christian armoury; that the Christ who brings not peace but a sword, and who used compulsion in the Temple, would draw men to His Kingdom rather than drive them, for "I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men to me,"

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THE CATHOLIC DOCTRINE OF REVOLUTION

IF, in spite of the cry of the comfortable classes, "Behold the men who have turned the world upside down are come hither also," you believe, with St. Thomas Aquinas [18] and other Catholic teachers, voicing the Common Tradition, that the Commonwealth may confiscate private possessions, and that the workers may seize necessaries and dispossess the plutocrats, when no other means of transforming the Nation are available; if you find yourself as naturally on the side of revolution as others find themselves against it; if you believe in seizing power from below and not in social sops from above; if you believe in doing things swiftly for yourselves instead of waiting for "enabling Bills," a better system, or till the rich fling you a few slices of what you want, or the bishops allow you to do what the Church commands you to do, or till the great Slug-God Evolution evolves something, or Progress pushes you down into Hell, --

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IN WHICH, in the freedom of the Redeemer, the last shall be first and the first last;
IN WHICH, in the Spirit of Saint John the Herald, the valleys shall be raised and the hills levelled;
IN WHICH, by the prayers of Saint James, the workers shall rejoice in that they are exalted, and the plutocrats in that they are brought low;
IN WHICH, in the eager desire of Our Lady, the mighty shall be dragged from their seat, the hungry filled, the rich sent empty away;
IN WHICH, in the prophecy of Saint John the Evangelist, the traffickers in oil and wheat and cattle and the bodies and souls of men shall lament, as the smoke of their burning cities ascends to the heavens;
IN WHICH, in the hope of Saint Cyprian, [19] the essentials of life shall not be held by the few to the exclusion of the many;
IN WHICH, in the teaching of Saint Ambrose, [20] the common property of the people shall be restored and all enslaving ownership disallowed;
IN WHICH, following Saint Gregory, [21] who sent us Our Religion, the land will be for the workers, and none shall be owned by the shirkers.
IF YOU BELIEVE, with the Catholic Clergy who led the 1381 rebellion [22] , that things cannot go well in England till the rich disgorge and there be neither master nor man;
IF YOU BELIEVE, with the Catholics who led the 1450 rebellion [23], that we must withstand the malice of those who are destroyers of the common profit;
IF YOU BELIEVE, with the Catholics who led the 1549 rebellion [24], that the people have no right any longer to bear such cruel injuries, nor the avarice, excess, or pride of the rich for --
WE will rather take arms, and mix heaven and earth together than endure so great cruelty,

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APATHY

IF YOU BELIEVE that the cowardice which holds men from the Cause, the despondency that suggests that "it's human nature," "it always was so," "nothing can be done," is that creeping paralysis of the soul which Holy Church calls The Mortal Sin of Apathy,

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THE FAITHFUL REMNANT. WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMETH SHALL HE FIND THE FAITH UPON THE EARTH?

IF YOU BELIEVE, with many Catholic Schoolmen, that were the Faith to perish in Popes, Bishops, Priests and most of the Laity, both men and women, it might be preserved in the lives of a few illiterates or the hearts of a handful of children,

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THE WORLD HAS DESTROYED ITS THOUSANDS, BUT THE RELIGIOUS WORLD ITS TENS OF THOUSANDS

IF YOU HAVE turned aside with disgust from the wrangles of the religious as to which is the true and only water-tight ark to float you securely to a comfortable heaven; if you believe that the basis of reunion is not outward adjustment but the recovery in all Communions of basic things, for it is only when things are molten that they can be fused; if you refuse any longer to be spoon-fed with the soothing syrup of the pulpits, or to be satisfied by nice hymns sung for you by nice choir boys; if you hate the smugness of dissent, the self-satisfaction of the "real Catholics," the safeties of the Central party and its glorified matins, and have ceased to care whether or no they really are all aiming at the same place, seeing that that place is a glucose heaven that has never attracted you; if you feel that the raucous revolutionaries are nearer to God than the modern religionists who betray their Leader with a kiss;

ACCURSED FROM CHRIST FOR MY BRETHREN & COMPANIONS' SAKE

IF YOU are prepared to fight the soul-savers with their Glory-for-me religion, and to join the soul-losers for Christ's Cause with their Glory-for-all religion; if you believe with Christ that those who fuss about their own souls will lose them, while those who forget them in the battle for His New World, the same shall save them unto life over-mastering; if you believe it is not worth while trying to put oneself to rights for the sake of one's own rotten little isolated soul, but is worth while for the sake of God and Man and the Cause -- for what shall a man give in exchange for his Soul? yet how save the soul apart from comradeship?

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NOT "JESUS ONLY," BUT THE ONLY JESUS

IF YOU REJECT the fallacy that the "Mass alone matters," seeing that many who assist at Mass will most assuredly be damned; if you see that the Sacraments have been turned by the pietists into blasphemous fables and dangerous deceits; if you refuse the "Jesus only" of the devotionalists, demanding the "only Jesus" whom they reject -- the Rebel, born in the shed of a public house, who called his King a silly jackal, who broke the conventions of society, who defied the world, broke the law, was hunted by the police, and was destroyed by the coalition of the worldings and the next worldings,

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THE DIVINE ARMY, ITS DISCIPLINE & DEVOTIONS

IF YOU BELIEVE that the Divine Outlaw founded a Red Army composed chiefly of the rank and file, to turn the world upside down and prepare for the coming in clouds of glory of the International Commonwealth of God; if you believe that everyone should be converted and "join up" to fight the world, the flesh and the devil, and that even little children should not be excluded, but should be enlisted and brought up in the atmosphere of the camp; if you know that an ineffective undisciplined soldier who would reform the world without reforming himself is an unattractive ass and a bad advertisement for the Campaign; if you perceive that were he merely to think of saving his own skin or his own soul, this disciplining might result in filling the temple of his life with seven other devils worse than the first, but that having this hope, the "urge" of the Great Adventure, he must purify himself as He is pure, following his Captain, who endured the gallows, despising the shame; if you believe that when one has played the fool or the traitor one must own up to God and one's fellows in the Army one has "let down"; if you believe one must needs adore God-manifest-in-man, must needs love the Redeemer who has brought us back from the Kingdom of illusion into our own proper Kingdom of the Truth; that one must needs have Communion with Him and with the invigorating leaders who have won their heaven and their right to lead us;

THE SACRAMENT AS FORETASTE OF THE WORLD TO COME [24]

IF YOU BELIEVE in His Real Presence, among all men of goodwill, manifested especially in the Mass, the Social Sacrament of our Redemption -- His Real Presence in the Communism of THE COMMUNION, THE HOLY MEAL, under the form of nourishing bread and merry wine, the symbol of the world's resurrection from its dead self, and the common life of the World to Come, of the common production and distribution of bread and pleasure in the International Commonwealth of God and of His Righteousness; if you believe that, being nourished with the Bread of Life, we may hasten its coming on earth as in heaven; if you believe in His Presence in the Mass, in Processions of the Host, in Benedictions to bless all men and women of good intent who will do His Will, and to curse the pharisees who worship Him and call him "Lord, Lord," and do not the things which He says, who contend for His Presence in the Mass and reject His Presence in the Masses, denying Him in the hungry, the foreigner, the naked, the unwashed, refusing Him comradeship in our jails and workhouses; if you are not content to uphold your Catholic right to address the Saints and to burn candles before their images, but contend for your Catholic duty to follow them into the fight against the "System," remembering that they will help you light such a candle in England as shall never be put out,

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MORALITY WAS MADE FOR MAN, NOT MAN FOR MORALITY

IF, while you reject the Gentle-Jesuism of the pietists, you see in the Agnosticism of the revolutionists irreparable disaster; if you feel that just as Liberty is not a mere "social implication," so Religion is not a private fad or an "extra," like music at a young ladies' academy, for to worship any God but the God of Justice spells ruin, and to worship Justice as an Abstraction spells ruin; if you have suffered many things from the flatness of Ethical Services with their worship of Morality, and are nothing better, but rather worse; if you know that God and Man and the Leaders here and beyond are more than Morality, and that Justice, Fellowship, Freedom, are only the language in which we express These Only Realities and Their Intercommunion,

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TIDINESS, BEAUTY, MATERIALISM

IF YOU CAN FIND no sufficient urge or driving force in the Fabian Desire for Tidiness, Order, Efficiency, or in the artist's desire for abstract beauty, and are aware of the paralysing dreariness of the "materialist misconception of history," [25] if you believe it a disaster that the revolutionaries do not perceive, that all that is eternal in their plans is inspired by God's Eternal Plan for men, and sealed by the blood of the Lamb Slain from the foundation of the world; if you believe that their schemes can only endure if consciously responsive to Him who endures; if you believe it a disaster that their eyes are closed to that other world that mixes with ours, unconscious of the dead who are alive for evermore to guide, encourage and inspire; if you believe that did men know that we are creatures that persist, not insects extinct in a few moments, this assurance would make the revolution not less but more worth while; and that, were the whole world to crumble to dust, the things we have fought for would remain; for they are the ultimate and deathless realities; if you believe that men, in turning aside from the common worship of God, are refusing the nourishment that would invigorate them; that in ignoring prayer, they are rejecting a potent weapon -- that the intense, concentrated, uttered desire of comrades that God's Will should be done and His Commonwealth come on earth as in heaven is incalculable in its practical effects; if you are convinced that though the revolutionaries repudiate God, He does not repudiate them -- that Whom they ignorantly worship, Him we are bound to declare unto them,

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MEMBERSHIP OF THE CRUSADE -- A WARNING

IF YOU UNDERSTAND that membership of the Crusade means the enmity of the world, and especially of the world in its intensest essence, the Clergy; if you understand that you will be thought a crank by the revolutionaries and made an outcast by the pietists; if you realize that the rebels will suspect you and your religion, and if in spite of this, you are prepared to keep your religion well to the fore; if you are aware that whoso hateth not his family, his reputation, his possessions, and his own self also, cannot be a Crusader; if you are prepared to lose your job and your friends; if you are willing to give not only your money or your life, but if necessary, your money and your life,

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We ask of you everything; we offer you nothing -- nothing but adventure, risks, battle, perhaps ruin; With the love and loyalty of comrades and the Peace of God which passeth understanding. [26]

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