Sail On!

Monday, October 12, AD 2015

 

QUARTO ABEUNTE SAECULO
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON
THE COLUMBUS QUADRICENTENNIAL

To Our Venerable Brethren, the Archbishops and
Bishops of Spain, Italy, and the two Americas.

Now that four centuries have sped since a Ligurian first, under God’s guidance, touched shores unknown beyond the Atlantic, the whole world is eager to celebrate the memory of the event, and glorify its author. Nor could a worthier reason be found where through zeal should be kindled. For the exploit is in itself the highest and grandest which any age has ever seen accomplished by man; and he who achieved it, for the greatness of his mind and heart, can be compared to but few in the history of humanity. By his toil another world emerged from the unsearched bosom of the ocean: hundreds of thousands of mortals have, from a state of blindness, been raised to the common level of the human race, reclaimed from savagery to gentleness and humanity; and, greatest of all, by the acquisition of those blessings of which Jesus Christ is the author, they have been recalled from destruction to eternal life. Europe, indeed, overpowered at the time by the novelty and strangeness of the discovery, presently came to recognize what was due to Columbus, when, through the numerous colonies shipped to America, through the constant intercourse and interchange of business and the ocean-trade, an incredible addition was made to our knowledge of nature, and to the commonwealth; whilst at the same time the prestige of the European name was marvellously increased. Therefore, amidst so lavish a display of honour, so unanimous a tribute of congratulations, it is fitting that the Church should not be altogether silent; since she, by custom and precedent, willingly approves and endeavours to forward whatsoever she see, and wherever she see it, that is honourable and praiseworthy. It is true she reserves her special and greatest honours for virtues that most signally proclaim a high morality, for these are directly associated with the salvation of souls; but she does not, therefore, despise or lightly estimate virtues of other kinds. On the contrary, she has ever highly favoured and held in honour those who have deserved well of men in civil society, and have thus attained a lasting name among posterity. For God, indeed, is especially wonderful in his Saints – mirabilis in Sanctis suis; but the impress of His Divine virtue also appears in those who shine with excellent power of mind and spirit, since high intellect and greatness of spirit can be the property of men only through their parent and creator, God.

2. But there is, besides, another reason, a unique one, why We consider that this immortal achievement should be recalled by Us with memorial words. For Columbus is ours; since if a little consideration be given to the particular reason of his design in exploring the mare tenebrosum, and also the manner in which he endeavoured to execute the design, it is indubitable that the Catholic faith was the strongest motive for the inception and prosecution of the design; so that for this reason also the whole human race owes not a little to the Church.

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4 Responses to Sail On!

  • the greatest event since the Resurrection of Christ and the first Pentecost was the discovery of the New World. Yeah, there is circumstantial evidence that others made their way to the Americas before Columbus but their efforts had no long lasting results.

    Queen Isabel the Catholic, Servant of God, uniter of a free and Catholic Spain rid of the Muslim invader, backed Columbus with little more than faith and money.

    Despite the sins of those who came to the Americas, the world is a better place for Columbus’ efforts. Cortez put an end to human sacrifice and cannibalism. We have had no French Revolution. We have had no National Socialism. Except for poor Cuba, we have had no Marxism. We have had no Holodomor. We have had no Irish Potato Famine. We have had no gulags, no death camps with crematories, no genocide, no Final Solution. As for the Indians who were treated poorly, I offer no defense, but they did not treat each other well either. Slavery was an institution imported here by the Eastern Hemisphere and rid by the West.

    This nation, whose founding fathers were a hodgepodge of Deists, Protestants and Masons, did, with Catholic help from Spain and France, Pulaski, Lafayette, Kosziusko and von Steuben, defeated the mightiest Empire in the world, and then fought in two World Wars as an ally to defeat an evil enemy, and then brought down the most evil empire the world had ever seen.

    None of this happens without the vision of Columbus. Those who criticize his governance probably voted for Obumbler.

  • Penguins, since I now live here I am grateful for Columbus’ journey. But to claim all is rosy and no ills came of it is silly at best. Especially the claim of no genocide of final solution. This seems to fly in the face of the history of the new world and especially the US. It is estimated that population of the native people was reduced by over 90% after Columbus landed. Whole villages were depopulated. Most due to disease, but many due to slaughter because we wanted their land. They did not all partake in human sacrifice, in fact few did and Cortez was only able to defeat the Aztecs because the rest of the native tribes hated them.

    The Indians were not poorly treated, my brother treated me poorly when he wouldn’t share the bed, The Indians were murdered, enslaved forced to live on poor land, forced to move again, and again, stolen from and lied to. Not just by the Eastern Hemisphere Empires, but by the American government. Though the evil enemy in WWII was plain, a real study of history would question who was really evil in WWI.

    Yes, I criticize the governance of a man who had slaves carry him from place to place. Please include some honesty in your replies.

  • Tongue firmly is planted in cheek: On June 25, 1876, Custer and half the Seventh Cavalry died for it (see Dee Brown). Plus, America is liable for divine retribution for slavery, Islamophobia (The Shores of Tripoli), conquering the better parts of Mexico (Manifest Destiny), ravaging Eden, exterminating the passenger pigeon, capitalism/robber barons, exploiting labor, seizing the Philippines, Dresden/Hiroshima/Nagasaki, daring to oppose Leninism/Stalinism, mistreating gays, racism, income inequality, the war on women, homophobia, global warming, gun violence, cruelty to animals, etc. Someone let me know if I omitted a liberal swear-word.
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    There are two brands of liberal: the ones that hate America and the ones that really, really hate America and the uses Americans make of their liberty. Above (in my opinion) are some of their reasons.

  • Paul, I am in no mood for another person to go and pick an argument with me. So you don’t like my post. I don’t give a damn. I did not offend Mr. McClarey who runs this blog and whose judgment I respect, nor most of the regular posters here. I’m certain they would have let me know about it in no uncertain terms if I did.

    As for questioning who really was the “bad guy” in World War I, I have had it with people who excuse the Austro-Hungarian Empire (ostensibly because it was ruled by a Catholic) and Germany. The Austrians and Germans were an expansionist bunch. Germans wanted Polish land for almost a thousand years. Bismarck remarked that Poles were dogs who should just die and he enacted the Kulturkampf. Anyone who defends the Germans in WWI is a nonentity to me.

    Respond to who you want, but leave me alone.

Pope Leo XIII on Christopher Columbus

Tuesday, October 12, AD 2010

QUARTO ABEUNTE SAECULO
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON
THE COLUMBUS QUADRICENTENNIAL

To Our Venerable Brethren, the Archbishops and
Bishops of Spain, Italy, and the two Americas.

Now that four centuries have sped since a Ligurian first, under God’s guidance, touched shores unknown beyond the Atlantic, the whole world is eager to celebrate the memory of the event, and glorify its author. Nor could a worthier reason be found where through zeal should be kindled. For the exploit is in itself the highest and grandest which any age has ever seen accomplished by man; and he who achieved it, for the greatness of his mind and heart, can be compared to but few in the history of humanity. By his toil another world emerged from the unsearched bosom of the ocean: hundreds of thousands of mortals have, from a state of blindness, been raised to the common level of the human race, reclaimed from savagery to gentleness and humanity; and, greatest of all, by the acquisition of those blessings of which Jesus Christ is the author, they have been recalled from destruction to eternal life. Europe, indeed, overpowered at the time by the novelty and strangeness of the discovery, presently came to recognize what was due to Columbus, when, through the numerous colonies shipped to America, through the constant intercourse and interchange of business and the ocean-trade, an incredible addition was made to our knowledge of nature, and to the commonwealth; whilst at the same time the prestige of the European name was marvellously increased. Therefore, amidst so lavish a display of honour, so unanimous a tribute of congratulations, it is fitting that the Church should not be altogether silent; since she, by custom and precedent, willingly approves and endeavours to forward whatsoever she see, and wherever she see it, that is honourable and praiseworthy. It is true she reserves her special and greatest honours for virtues that most signally proclaim a high morality, for these are directly associated with the salvation of souls; but she does not, therefore, despise or lightly estimate virtues of other kinds. On the contrary, she has ever highly favoured and held in honour those who have deserved well of men in civil society, and have thus attained a lasting name among posterity. For God, indeed, is especially wonderful in his Saints – mirabilis in Sanctis suis; but the impress of His Divine virtue also appears in those who shine with excellent power of mind and spirit, since high intellect and greatness of spirit can be the property of men only through their parent and creator, God.

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3 Responses to Pope Leo XIII on Christopher Columbus

  • Glad to see someone else getting the true message out about Cristofero Columbo!!!!

  • As usual Don, another excellent article. I couldn’t help but think of the latest History Channel program I saw in which one of the “experts” made reference to Columbus being a “holy roller.” I wasn’t quite sure if this particular expert thought he was being generous since too many Columbus experts think of Columbus as a marauding conqueror. As I noted in my latest article, did any of these people ever wonder how and why so many Caribbean islands got their names (which ofter refer to the Blessed Mother and of her many titles?)

    Keep posting the truth Don, God only knows who might stop by and notice that what they see here doesn’t always jibe with what they are told by the mainstream media and the Big Education gatekeepers.

  • Thank you for your kind words Al and Dave.

    Dave, the Fifteenth Century was a religious time, and Columbus was noted by his contemporaries as being unusually religious. Many moderns have as hard a time comprehending religious zeal and motivation as Columbus and his contemporaries would comprehending people who think that life has no meaning beyond simple existence.