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Integralism as Mystical Theology

Certain critics of Catholic integralism have commonly brought forward the charge that integralists have forsaken mysticism for power, adopting a one-sided predilection for coercion, at the expense of the real essence of the Catholic religion, which is self-emptying love. This is a critique that has been leveled by Michael Hanby,[1] David C. Schindler,[2] and others. According …

Reflections on the Moral and Political Work of Charles De Koninck

by Marcel de Corte[1] Translation by Brian Welter[2] I have known Charles De Koninck for a long time through his writings. I had the chance to speak with him more than once two years ago during my three-month stay as visiting professor at Laval University in Quebec City, where he teaches. Inconveniently, he was at …

Table of Contents


  1. Ethics
  2. Domestic Society
  3. The Village and the City
  4. Politics
  5. International Society
  6. Spiritual and Temporal Power
  7. Catholic Action
  8. Particular Historical and Contemporary Cases
  9. Art
  10. Speculative Philosophy


What is the Josias?
The Editors

Integralism in Three Sentences
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

1.  Ethics

1.1. The Final End

The Good, the Highest Good, and the Common Good
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

The Object of the Moral Act
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

The Foundations of Christian Ethics and Social Order
Peter Kwasniewski
Part IPart II

Contrasting Concepts of Freedom
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

Freedom as Choosing the Good, Against the Nihilists
Peter Kwasniewski

1.2. Law and Right

Notes on Right and Law
Petrus Hispanus

1.3. Virtue

Notes on Moral Virtue
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

2.  Domestic Society

2.1. Its Relation to Civil Society

Aristotle’s Account of the Relationship of the Household to the State
Beatrice Freccia
Part IPart II

On the Relation of the Individual Person and the Family to Civil Society (Against Personalism)
Henri Grenier

The End of the Family and the End of Civil Society
Charles De Koninck

2.2. Education

On the Modes of Teaching
Jeffrey Bond
Part IPart IIPart III

2.3. Property

The Lawfulness and Social Character of Private Ownership
Henri Grenier

Thomism and Private Property
W Borman

Aquinas on Buying and Selling
Thomas Storck

The Sin of Usury
Thomas Storck

3. The Village and the City

Nature and Art in the Village
John Francis Nieto

Urbanism and the Common Good
Nathaniel Gotcher

4. Politics

4.1. Ends of Civil Society

The Dignity of Politics and the End of the Polity
Henri Grenier

On Political Atheism
Tommaso Maria Cardinal Zigliara, OP

Political Authority in Homer’s Odyssey
Jeffrey Bond

Four Basic Political Principles in Christian Philosophy
Felix de St. Vincent

4.2. The Sovereign

4.2.1. Nature of Sovereignty

War in the Hobbesian State – Sovereignty’s Justification and Limit
Jeffrey Bond

4.2.2 Legitimacy

A Note on the Legitimacy of Governments
Daniel Lendman

Dubium: When is Any Government “Legitimate”?
Felix de St. Vincent

On the Subject of Civil Authority, and On Resistance to Tyranny
Henri Grenier

The Duties and Rights of Subjects toward the Civil Power
Tommaso Maria Cardinal Zigliara, OP

The Illegitimate State as Chastisement
Gregory de Rivière-Blanche

Taming the Woes of Leviathan: Direct Democracy and the Problem of Authority
Michaël Bauwens

4.3. Citizens and Subjects

Catholics and the Ethics of Voting

4.4. Possible Forms of Government

Republican Liberty and the Common Good in the American Tradition
Felix de St. Vincent

Logos and Leviathan: Leonine Perspectives on Democracy

Hard Liberalism, Soft Liberalism, and the American Founding
Edmund Waldstein, O. Cist

4.5. Jurisprudence

Introduction to Natural Law Jurisprudence
Brian M. McCall
Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IV

4.6. Alternative Theories of Civil Society

Right, Left, Forward, or Back? Or Why I Am Neither Left Nor Right
John Francis Nieto

Liberalism’s Fear
Adrian Vermeule

Theses and Responses on Antiamericanism

Fisher Ames: Forgotten Critic of the American Regime

Have the Principles of the Right been Discredited?
Gabriel Sanchez

“According to Truth”
Adrian Vermeule

Integralism versus the Marxist and Post-Marxist Left
Vincent Clark

5. International Society

World Government is Required by Natural Law
Henri Grenier

The Needy Immigrant, Nationalism, Globalism, and the Universal Destination of Goods
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

Catholicism and the Natural World
Thomas Storck

6.  Spiritual and Temporal Power

6.1. Catholic Integralism in General

Integralism in Three Sentences
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

Integralism and Gelasian Dyarchy
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

Catholic Integralism and the Social Kingship of Christ
Gabriel Sanchez

The City of God: An Introduction
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

On the City of God Against the Pagans
Alan Fimister

Exhortation to the Restoration of Christendom
Dom Gérard, Abbot of Le Barroux

A Reflection on St. Pius X and Contemporary Approaches to Catholic Social Teaching
Gabriel Sanchez

Against Political Iconoclasm
Nathaniel Gotcher

6.2. The Catholic State

The Catholic State: Anachronism, Arch-enemy, or Archetype?
Peter Kwasniewski

The Question of Res publica Christiana in Post-conciliar Catholic Doctrines
John Rao
Part IPart IIPart III

Dyarchy is Dyarchical: A Reply to Meador
Joel Augustine

On the Subordination of the State to the Church
Tommaso Maria Cardinal Zigliara, OP

6.3. Religious Liberty

The Young St. Thomas on Tolerating Heretics

Religious Liberty and Tradition
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.
Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IV

Dubium: Can the State Limit Non-Catholic Religions?
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

A Critique of John Locke’s Letter Concerning Toleration
Derek Remus
Part IPart II ­– Part III

Locke’s Doctrine of Toleration: A Contract with Nothingness
Jeffrey Bond
Part IPart IIPart III

On Liberty of Conscience
Tommaso Maria Cardinal Zigliara, OP

On Liberty of Cult
Tommaso Maria Cardinal Zigliara, OP

On the Utility and Necessity of Prohibiting Harmful Books
St. Alphonsus Liguori

On Liberty of Teaching
Tommaso Maria Cardinal Zigliara, OP

Excommunication and the Efficacy of Ecclesiastical Sanctions
Peter Kwasniewski

On Dignitatis Humanae – A Reply to Thomas Storck
Thomas Pink

Thomas Becket, Integralist
Dan Whitehead

7. Catholic Action

The Primary Political Question: A Response to Milco on Liberalism
Petrus Hispanus

Confusion on Catholic Action: A Reply to Petrus Hispanus
Gabriel Sanchez

Response to Sanchez on Catholic Action
Petrus Hispanus

Catholic Action and Ralliement
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

Celeberrima evenisse
Benedict XV

Four Catholic Political Postures: Lessons from Leo XIII and Ralliement
Felix de St. Vincent

15 Ways to be a More Effective Pro-Life Advocate

Ralliement: Two Distinctions
Adrian Vermeule

8.  Particular Historical and Contemporary Cases

Quare Lacrymae
Pope Pius VI

Charlie Hebdo and the Illiberal Catholic

A Catholic Political Party in Wilhelmine Germany
Golo Mann

Mit brennender Sorge
Pius XI

Dubium: Is Integralism Essentially Bound Up with Racism, Nationalism, and Totalitarianism?
Gabriel Sanchez

The Lake Garda Statement: On the Ecclesial and Civilizational Crisis
The Roman Forum

Considering the Effects of Obergefell vs. Hodges in Light of Catholic Doctrine on Marriage
James N Berquist

St. Bernard and the Theology of Crusade
Benet Oxon

Debemus: In Defense of Fr. Cessario, Bl. Pius IX, and the Catholic Faith
Frater Asinus

Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Critique of Integralism
Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.

9.  Art

The Philosophy of Art
Thomas Storck

Nature and Art in the Village
John Francis Nieto

10.  Speculative Philosophy

On Recovering a Genuine Thomism in Our Times
Peter Kwasniewski

Error as a Parasite
Peter Kwasniewski

Is Man an Individual?
Ian Bothur


Brief Introductions to Texts in The Josias’s Library

St. Thomas Aquinas
“On the Government of Things in General” STh Ia Q.103
Treatise on Law, STh Ia IIae QQ.90-108
Prudence and Government, STh IIa IIae Q.47 AA.10-12
Regnative Prudence and its Species, STh IIa IIae Q.50
On Right and Justice, STh IIa IIae QQ.57-122
Commentary on Aristotle’s Politics
Commentary on Aristotle’s Ethics
On Kingship, to the King of Cyprus
Charity Compared to Political Virtue, Q.D. de Virtutibus Q.2 A.2

Nicomachean Ethics

On the Duty of Praying for the Emperor

St. Ambrose of Milan
On Naboth
The Altar of Victory

St. Augustine of Hippo
The City of God
Letter 93
Letter 185

Pope St. Gelasius I
Famuli Vestrae Pietatis — On Spiritual and Temporal Power

Pope St. Gregory VII
Dictatus Papæ – On the Authority of the Pope
Letter to Bishop Hermann of Metz — On the Two Powers

Pope Innocent III
Letters – on Papal Authority, on Usury, etc.

Pope Boniface VIII
Unam Sanctam – On the Two Swords

Pope John XXII
Condemnation of Marsilius of Padua
Cum inter nonnullos – Condemning Claims that Christ and the Apostles Held no Property

Pope Alexander VI
Inter Cætera — Granting the West Indies to Spain

Pope Leo X
Exsurge Domine – Against the Errors of Martin Luther

Pope St. Pius V
Regnans in Excelsis – Excommunication of Elizabeth I of England

Pope Benedict XIV
Vix Pervenit — On Usury

Pope Pius VI
Inscrutabile — On the Problems of the Time
Quare Lacrymae – On the Martyrdom of King Louis XVI of France

Pope Gregory XVI
Mirari Vos – On Liberalism and Religious Indifferentism

Bl. Pope Pius IX
Maxima Quidem – On the Enemies of the Catholic Cause
Quanta Cura – Condemning Current Errors
Etsi Multa – On the Church in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland
Quod Nunquam  On the Church in Prussia
Qui Pluribus – On Faith and Religion

Pope Leo XIII
Quod Apostolici Muneris – On Socialism
Aeterni Patris – On the Restoration of Catholic Philosophy
Arcanum – On Christian Marriage
Diuturnum – On the Origin of Civil Power
Cum Multa – On Conditions in Spain
Nobilissima Gallorum Gens – On the Religious Question in France
Immortale Dei – On the Christian Constitution of States
Exeunte Iam Anno – On the Right Ordering of Christian Life
Rerum Novarum – On Capital and Labor
Sapientiae Christianae – On Christians as Citizens
Au Milieu des Sollicitudes – On Church and State in France
Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus – On Jesus Christ the Redeemer
Libertas Praestantissimum  On the Nature of Human Liberty
Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae – Virtue, Nature, Grace, and Americanism
Longinqua Oceani — On Catholicism in The United States
Reputantibus saepe—On the Language Question in Bohemia
Custodi Di Quella Fede – Guardians of That Faith

Pope St. Pius X
E Supremi Apostolatus – On the Restoration of All Things in Christ
Notre Charge Apostolique – On the Sillon
Iucunda Sane – On Pope St. Gregory the Great
Vehementer Nos – On the French Law Separating Church and State
Pascendi Dominici Gregis – On the Doctrines of the Modernists
Communium Rerum – On St. Anselm of Aosta
Edite Saepe – On St. Charles Borromeo
Une Fois Encore – On the Separation of Church and State
Il Fermo Proposito – On Catholic Action in Italy
Fin Dalla Prima Nostra – On Popular Catholic Action

Pope Benedict XV
Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum – Appealing for Peace (1 Nov 1914)
Celeberrima evenisse

Pope Pius XI
Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio – On the Peace of Christ in Christ’s Kingdom
Casti Connubii – On Christian Marriage
Quas Primas – On the Feast of Christ the King
Quadragesimo Anno – On the Reconstruction of the Social Order
Nova impendet — On the Economic Crisis
Caritate Christi Compulsi – On the Sacred Heart
Dilectissima Nobis – On the Oppression of the Church of Spain
Mit Brennender Sorge – On the Church and the German Reich
Divini Redemptoris – On Atheistic Communism
Divini Illius Magistri  On Christian Education
Firmissimam Constantiam – On the Religious Situation in Mexico
Mortalium Animos – On True Religion Unity
Divini Illius Magistri – On Christian Education

Pope Pius XII
Summi Pontificatus – On the Unity of Human Society
Sertum Laetitiae – On the Establishment of the U.S. Hierarchy
Anni Sacri – On Combating Atheist Propaganda
Humani Generis – On the False Doctrines of the “New Theology”
Doctor Mellifluus – On St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Ecclesiae Fastos – On St. Boniface
Le Pelerinage de Lourdes – Warning against Materialism
Miranda Prorsus – On the New Media
Ci Riesce – On Religious Tolerance
La solennità della Pentecoste – On the Fiftieth Anniversary of Rerum novarum

Pope St. John XXIII
Ad Petri Cathedram – On Truth, Unity, and Peace
Mater et Magistra – On Christianity and Social Progress
Pacem in Terris – On Establishing Universal Peace

Bl. Pope Paul VI
Ecclesiam Suam – On the Church
Populorum Progressio – On the Development of Peoples
Octogesima Adveniens – On the 80th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum 
Homily on the Ninth Anniversary of his Pontificate

Pope St. John Paul II
Homily for the Inauguration of His Pontificate
Laborem Exercens – Through Work
Sollicitudo Rei Socialis – The Social Concern of the Church
Centesimus Annus – The One Hundredth Year
Evangelium Vitae – The Gospel of Life
Veritatis Splendor – The Moral Life

Pope Benedict XVI
Deus Caritas Est
The Regensburg Lecture
Spe Salvi
Caritas in Veritate
Address to the German Bundestag

Pope Francis 
Address to Popular Movements
Laudato si’— On Care for our Common Home

Modern Papal Pronouncements on Political Matters
A Catena

Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.
On Royal Government

Henri Grenier 
Thomistic PhilosophyVol 3: Moral Philosophy

Charles De Koninck
On the Primacy of the Common Good

Duane Berquist
Lectures on Ethics

Marcus Berquist
Common Good and Private Good

Ronald McArthur
The Rights of Man and the Tyranny of Law

Thomas Pink
What is the Catholic doctrine of religious liberty?
Jacques Maritain and the problem of Church and State
Suarez and Bellarmine on the Church as Coercive Lawgiver

John Francis Nieto
The Axiomatic Character of the Principle that the Common Good is Preferable to the Private Good

Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist.
An Integralist Manifesto
What is Integralism Today?
Integralism and the Logic of the Cross

Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem.
The Primacy of the Common Good as the Root of Personal Dignity in the Doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas
Fidelissimus Discipulus Ejus: Charles De Koninck’s Exposition of Aquinas’ Doctrine on the Common Good

Praise for The Josias

“If you want to know more about Catholic integralism, The Josias is a good place to begin.” — Rod Dreher

“This is like every worst thing in the Universe condensed into the foulest brew.” — Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry 

“Douthat suggests that the future of Catholic political thinking might lie in this direction. If it does, God help us all.” — John Zmirak