A #SundayMorning thread:
Today is the final Sunday in the Christian year. Liturgical churches have adopted the custom of calling this day the Feast of Christ the King.
But "Christ the King" is a recent addition to the calendar -- not an ancient tradition -- added in 1925.
It was instituted by Pope Pius XI.
Wait: Pius XI? Wasn't he the pope when the Nazis rose to power?
Yes. Pius XI.
Christ the King was largely a political idea. Worried about the political "isms" of the early 20th cent -- communism, socialism, nationalism -- Pius set out this holy day to counter those ideologies. CTK was "over" all worldly political systems. Jesus has dominion above them all.