This Sunday we conclude the liturgical year with the Solemnity of Christ the King. This week on the “Sunday Homilies” page at the CUF website we have a beautiful homily for the occasion by Most. Rev. John F. Donoghue, retired Archbishop of Atlanta. To view this homily, click here.
Archbishop Donoghue includes a quote from Pope Pius XI, who initiated this feast day in 1925, which I think is especially applicable to contemporary debates regarding the role of faith in political life. Here’s the quote:
“Nations will be reminded by the annual celebration of this feast [of Christ the King] that not only private individuals but also rulers and princes are bound to give public honor and obedience to Christ. It will call to their minds the thought of the last judgment, wherein Christ, who has been cast out of public life, despised, neglected, and ignored, will most severely avenge these insults; for his kingly dignity demands that the State should take account of the commandments of God and of Christian principles, both in making laws and in administering justice, and also in providing for the young a sound moral education.”