Once again, holiness cannot and must not be imposed from the top down. That doesn't work. God doesn't operate like that. Holiness only comes from within. It's given to those who seek it, ask for it, plead for it. Pius was railing against the secular and anticlerical democracies of the late 1800's. That was an entirely different situation than today. In France, Church property was being confiscated. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Churches and convents we appropriated, priests were murdered, and clerical garb was forbidden in public - it still is. Socialist governments in Belgium and other countries passed laws restricting the Church's activities and prohibiting them from operating schools. THIS is what Pius had to deal with. Trotting out this pronouncement now, more than a century later, is disingenuous to say the least. The situation he wrote about no longer applies (for the most part). Things have radically changed. All western societies are too heterogenous for a Catholic or Christian republic to be workable. What good would it do anyway? Paul VI and the council realized this and set about disentangling the Church from secular governments and disestablishing it wherever possible. If the Pope and the Curia acknowledged it was time to change course, then why can't we? Why cherish a pipe-dream about a romanticized past? The Church took a long hard look at things and decided it wanted OUT of secular governance. This was wise and has worked well.
The same things are attacking the Church as back then and it will be getting alot worse in the coming years as long as we Catholics let secularist push us into the shadows in the west. It has happened so many times before and it is coming around again in the west. They already do it in so many countries already. Soon they will be killing and aresting or taking away land from Catholics in the west. Maybe we won't see it in our lives, but it is not going to get better unless we Catholics start waking up to the signs of the times we are approaching. Jesus said you can read the signs of the weather, so how is it you don't read signs of the times you are living in.
A Catholic monarch is the ultimate goal, is it not??? With Jesus at the head as King. Doesn't sound like a pipe dream to me. We Catholics use to teach and pass on our faith, now half of all Catholics don't even make there conformation any more. This can only Change if we get involved and get the word out and stand up for our faith. A good Catholic monarch is the best Government this planet has ever seen. We should not live in a country where you have to hide you faith or be marginalised. This only happens if we let it happen.
God helps those who help themselves and we have been letting him down for to long. We are living in a time where Catholics have to bare witness to the faith. The Church has been making deals with the devil and soon the devil is going to close the door and He really has stated doing that as of late don't you think. I don't think Saint Peter, Paul and early Catholics were marted for practicing there faith for just praying. I think they were out there making some noise in the public square out in the open. Most Catholics are to embarrassed to do this, never mind even to talk about religion.
That's a pretty scary thing to be true. Catholic Monarchs only failed when the people under them and at the head of them Failed to keep God at the top. This is why, what we have is surely going to fail, with out God at the top. We Catholics have aloud this government to take God out of the public square and put Him in everyone's little private box. This is what we have failed at, even our Four Fathers new this American experiment would not work if we aloud this to happen.