Didn't know there was an attempt to destroy the statue of St. Louis in America although I guess it's hardly surprising given his crusading past.
Haven't heard if there were any such attempts against him in his native country nor of any movement to remove the statue of that even more notorious Muslim killer, his great-uncle Richard I, which still stands anachronistically outside the Houses of Parliament in London.
On this day of celebration of my ancestor and patron saint, King Saint Louis of France, my thoughts and prayers are filled with gratitude for the brave Americans who resisted the destruction of the King's statue in St Louis, MO. I owe a debt of gratitude, in particular, to Father Stephen Schumacher, but also to all lay citizens who surrounded him with their support.
The destructive violence unleashed against our legacy and our history are part of the revolutionary and totalitarian process which resulted in the deaths of Louis XVI (the French sovereign who provided extraordinary assistance to the United States) and tens of millions of other people. What this process is intended to achieve is to erase the past so that a "new man" may emerge. Humanity, however, is not merely the sum of its biological components: it is also the recipient of what has been accomplished by previous generations and of our travels on a spiritual journey. We need our saints and heroes so that they may inspire us to lead authentically human existences. It cannot be in vain that the Fourth Commandment in the Decalogue asks us to honor our parents, respect what we have received from our forefathers and love the nations of which we are citizens: these are values without which a society cannot endure.
This is why, in grateful prayer, I wish to include all of those who within families, schools, institutions of higher learning and elsewhere in our society work so hard to transmit the Western culture and civilization which takes their roots in our Greco-Roman and Christian heritage. Only irresponsible barbarians can have as an objective the rejection of this invaluable treasure which is so critical to the betterment of our humanity.
May St Louis, the patron saint of our heads of State, extend his benevolent protection and extend his blessing over a new blossoming of Christian culture in this 21st century!