Cardinal Sarah & Documentary Speaks Truthfully on French Revolution's Atrocities

Source: District of the USA

A scene from The Hidden Rebellion shows the Faith surviving the Red Terror in France

Every July 14, France celebrates Bastille Day, the day on which, in 1789, the Bastille prison was stormed by a mob in one of the opening acts of violence of the French Revolution.

Only a year later it was adopted as the national holiday, a feast of “national unity” and a symbol of revolutionary achievement, commemorated to this day with speeches, fireworks, and parades.

There is, however, a segment of the population that refuses on principle to celebrate this anniversary, symbolic as it is of a violent ideology that counted rivers of blood a small price to pay for a new social order.

It is for these Frenchmen and Frenchwomen that Daniel Rabourdin speaks in his docudrama The Hidden Rebellion (2016). It is intended for all those who care to examine the true face of revolution.

A Forgotten Piece of Catholic History

The Hidden Rebellion tells the story of the Vendéen uprising (1793 – 1794) and its savage repression, characterized by Rabourdin as a “genocide,” during which 80% of the population of the Vendée was slaughtered as part of a deliberate government plan. 

Originally produced for television and broadcast on EWTN, the film overlaps analysis from historians and academics with scenes of the lives of the Vendéen people, their forest hideouts, their battles with the revolutionary “Blues,” and their ruthless extermination. Animated maps and shots of stain glass windows and other artworks, along with voiceovers of letters penned by both sides, provide a rich historical context.

Far from merely offering a historical reenactment, The Hidden Rebellion aims to show how the ideology and the methods of the French Revolution have affected modernity, and to warn against the dangers of socialism in its every form.

Professor Stephane Courtois, a historian and author of The Black Book of Communism interviewed in the docudrama, tells us that Lenin spent time in the Vendée studying the methods of the French Revolution and consciously imitated the atrocities committed against the Vendéens during the Red Terror.

Another interviewee, Professor Siobhan Nash-Marshall, chairwoman of the philosophy department at Manhattanville College, explains that revolution is based on the principle that man must be stripped of all civilization and brought down to “raw” humanity before he can be refashioned into the ideal man. Those who resist this stripping are “genetically” incapable of being part of the new social order; hence they must be exterminated. “What is baffling,” she tells viewers, “is we still have people today who want to build the ‘new man’. They believe in the gender theory, for example. They use a lot of theories — theories that time after time are proven false. But they are always the latest chatter in the media — and even in the government.”

Rabourdin told the National Catholic Register why he made the film:

I come from almost another universe — where hyper-liberals and socialists and communists have succeed [sic] for almost 200 years from the French Revolution….So of course now I see the same oppressions increasing in America. I feel like I am blowing a whistle.

The docudrama is dedicated to the memory of the 110 children aged 7 and under who were massacred by revolutionary forces in the church of Petit-Luc on February 28, 1794.

Cardinal Sarah on Vendéen Uprising

On August 13, 2017, Cardinal Sarah preached a sermon at the church of Le Puy du Fou in the Vendée that was hailed as “historic” by journalists such as Pierre-Marie Morel who feel that the atrocities in the Vendée have been deliberately downplayed. Daniel Rabourdin refers to this rewriting of history as “memory-cide.”

Cardinal Sarah spoke in glowing words of the courage of the Vendéens, who rose up in defense of their Faith and their priests, knowing that they would most likely die, but victorious nonetheless:

History—true history—knows that in the end, the Vendéen peasants triumphed. Through their sacrifice, they prevented the lies of ideology from gaining mastery.

 Who will rise up today for God? Who dares to confront the modern persecutors of the Church? Who has the courage to rise up with only the rosary and the Sacred Heart for weapons, and confront the modern death columns of our times, relativism, indifferentism, and contempt for God?

Today, the Cardinal said, revolutionaries have turned their attack on the family. “Families have become so many Vendées to be exterminated! Their destruction is methodically planned…”

“It is in the heart of each family, of each Christian, of each man of goodwill, that an interior Vendée must arise! Every Christian is a spiritual Vendéen!” He ended with a call for prayer that a powerful and joyful Vendée of the heart “may arise in the Church and in the world.

Le Puy du Fou, where Cardinal Sarah preached, is the location of a historical theme park about the Vendée founded by Philippe de Villiers, former head of the French right wing party Mouvement pour la France.