Queen Isabella: Model for Western Rejuvenization By Patricius Anthony TRADITIO Traditional Roman Catholic Internet Site E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: http://www.traditio.com Copyright 2007 P. Anthony. Reproduction prohibited without authorization.
On November 26, 1504, one of the most important figures of European history, whom the eminent historian, William Thomas Walsh, described as the "Last Crusader," Queen Isabella of Spain, passed away. Isabella was born some fifty years earlier in a land which was plagued by the presence of the Infidel and other groups long hostile to the Catholic Faith, yet by the end of her earthly existence, she had not only created Catholic Spain, but had launched the beginnings of a Christian empire which, undoubtedly, led to the salvation of numerous souls. Someday, when the crop of neo-Modernists have been dumped from their positions of power, the case for the great queen's sainthood will once again receive the attention that it so richly deserves.
Not only has Newchurch distanced itself from the advancement of her cause on account of pressure from the "Politically Correct" rabble but also the modern world has denigrated her good name, as it has done to nearly every prominent figure of the Catholic past.
Much of the enmity for Queen Isabella stems from her expulsion in 1492 of Jews (the Alhambra Decree) and Mohammedans from Spain. Her action was not done because of "hatred," "anti-Semitism," or a lack of tolerance, but because Isabella took her duty as a Catholic monarch quite seriously. That duty required that she protect her realm from both physical harm and, more importantly, from spiritual ruin. By most accounts, conditions in late 15th century Spain more than justified her heroic action.
Queen Isabella is also reviled because of her patronage of Christopher Columbus and his expeditions to the New World. In the modern mind the Age of Exploration is all too often falsely depicted as one of "conquest," whereby the "pristine" "Native American" cultures were wantonly destroyed by imperialistic, marauding Europeans, who cared for nothing but power and booty. Worse yet, according to this screed, the Spanish imposed Catholicism on the natives, which forcibly converted them from their "natural" pagan ways into subservient Catholics.
To the contrary, each new piece of historical evidence has consistently debunked modern interpretations of the conditions that existed in the New World before the European discoveries. Had it not been for Isabella and her successors' enlightened Catholic rule, millions of souls would have been lost, and the veritable "Hell on earth" that existed in most of pre-Columbian America would have continued.
A British archeological study published in the October 2007 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences contends that the Inca tribe (mostly from Peru) not only engaged in human sacrifice, but "fattened up" the sacrifices, mostly children, in a yearlong ritual before the holocausts. "The children's diet," the research reports, "was initially focused on vegetables such as the potato, but in the last year of their lives it was enriched with corn -- an elite food -- and protein probably from llama meat." Timothy Taylor, co-author of the study adds: "It looks ... as though the children were led up to the summit shrine in the culmination of a yearlong rite, and then left to succumb to exposure."
So much for the idyllic environment of the New World! Yet, such savagery is rarely spoken of in academia or on such media as the cable television's History Channel. Instead, pre-Columbian cultures are exalted while the Europeans who ended such hellish practices are condemned as "conquerors."
For a long time Europeans, like their Roman ancestors, understood who they were and realized that they had a Providential purpose for their existence: to build Catholic civilizations and evangelize the rest of the world. Unfortunately, that ethos has long since vanished. The anniversary of Queen Isabella's passing is an important reminder of the type of governance and determination that it will take to rectify the profound crisis that Western society now faces. Western man can continue on his current destructive path, led by those who seek his ruin, or he can turn about to recreate a civilization like that forged by the great queen of Spain, Isabella.