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Monday, January 28, 2013
Blessed Piux IX on Aristocracy

From the allocution of Pius IX to the Roman Patriciate and Nobility on December 29, 1872:
Jesus Christ Himself loved aristocracy; and if I am not mistaken, I expounded upon this idea on another occasion. He too chose to be of noble birth, of the House of David; and His Gospel shows us His family tree down to Joseph and Mary, “de qua natus est Jesus.”

Aristocracy, nobility, therefore, is a gift from God. Preserve it diligently, and use it worthily. You do so already with Christian and charitable works, to which you devote yourselves to the great edification of your fellows and to the great advantage of your souls.
Let us never hate monarchy or nobility for such things are things from God.  Those who are too attached to democracy forget that we profess Christ as our King.  Indeed, the rule of one is always superior to the rule of many - such a position has always been held by the Church and goes back to the time of Aristotle. 


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