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WHAT IS DEATH? (John Vennari Remembered)

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      Carthusian • 2 hours ago

      Remnant TV is excellent. This episode was no exception. A friendly suggestion. Have you considered changing your set? I ask because when I’ve sent your videos to friends who

      aren’t traditional Catholics (or even Catholics) they almost always comment on how weird they think the video set is (why is he in a dark basement with fake skulls they ask). I get the catacomb idea and it doesn’t bother me, but for those not of a traditional or Catholic mindset it can be jarring. I fear that your important message is being lost and that the set can be a distraction to the important message you’re trying to spread. Just food for thought. Keep up the great work regardless of what set you use. 🙂

      May John Vennari, through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima, find eternal rest in the most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ!

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            Matt C. Abbott4 hours ago

            Very good reflection!

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                  Pete6 hours ago

                  Nice video on the Four Last Things and a reminder to us all that there is nothing more real in this life, this reality hidden from our senses but given to us through the gift of faith, is all that matters. I will miss John Vennari and what he represented with Catholic Family News. But death comes to us all and is either a reward or a punishment. I pray that John, Gretchen and all of our dearly departed happily reside in heaven or will be shortly loosed from their sins

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                        vbaker • 8 hours ago

                        although i never knew john, it seems safe to say that he set a great example for everyone he met on how to live a truly catholic life. i like to think that, even though he didn’t quite speak aloud the words, “now and at the hour of our death, amen,” he said them mentally before his soul left his body. in any case, the blessed mother knew what he meant to say next and that’s all that matters. …. recently, about a month and a half ago, my best friend passed over into the spiritual world. my wife and i were at his house visiting with him and his wife on the night before he died in his sleep. we had no clue that he was going to die that very night. everyone was surprised by his sudden passing. personally, when that happened, it really made me confront the eventuality of my own death. am i prepared to meet my maker? not really. are any of us? it’s possible that, at least in my case, the death of the people closest to us helps to ease our fear of dying. i look forward to seeing my mom and dad and my best friend again. my hope is that they will be there to ease my transition into the spiritual world when my time comes. …. so take heart in knowing michael, that john vennari will be waiting for you when your time arrives, and that you will have an eternity to reignite your friendship with him. god bless john for a life well lived, and for all of the lives that he touched and were made better by knowing him.

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                              Berry P. • 10 hours ago

                              I could not agree more with your comments about private opinions. I was quite surprised to read a traditional Catholic blogger who recently wrote: “Why, one wonders, are so few in our day willing to risk (more properly, knowingly incur) the wounds that are reserved for those who plainly speak, explain, and defend their well-formed private opinions concerning the Bergoglian occupation?”

                              Catholicism is not a religion in which we publicly defend our “private opinions”. We can see where this mindset ends by looking to Protestantism and its 30,000+ denominations, and to the multitude of sede-vacantist sects, divided from one another, and the dozens of antipopes the various these groups have “elected” during the past 50 years.

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                                    Beverly Estes17 hours ago

                                    Beautiful and true, as you surely know, about John. However, your delivery of what actually happens when we die was truly awesome and on spot! The Holy Ghost and your Guardian Angel with your cooperation of course, did a superb delivery for all of us.

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                                          James Cunningham18 hours ago

                                          Excellent message and tribute to Mr. John Vennari. BTW: months before my father’s death he was given the privilege of seeing and then communicating with his Guardian Angel. My father was also concerned with the lonely exit of death and his Guardian Angel told him he would be going with him and assured him he would not be alone. My father was hospitalized just before he died and the night before he died he told my mother that he was told by his Guardian Angel that he would die in the early morning and he did with a broad smile on his face. Needless to say my father was a devout Catholic.

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                                                Pete James Cunningham6 hours ago

                                                Thank you James. You are truly blessed to have had such an experience in your family. May God Bless you and keep you on the narrow path to salvation. May the Blessed Virgin Mary watch over you as She surely did with your father.

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                                                    John Prewett19 hours ago

                                                    What is “death” ? “Jesus said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep”” Works for me.

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                                                          stlouisixa day ago

                                                          Mr. Matt, to those who knew John Vennari personally like you, what a blessing, for this is a man who was a true friend to all those who held the Catholic faith dearly for eternity’s sake. He showed the way in following “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” I don’t want to think about him being gone. He really isn’t as he will live on in that wonderful testament of his to Christ and His Church that John defended against all who would assault her, the enemies without and the more diabolic enemies within, for the sake of the One True Faith! My family will always remember John in our prayers.

                                                          Prayers for the repose of the soul of your loved one, Mr. Matt, and consolation for her family.

                                                          God bless you, Mr. Matt, and all those like you for doing what John did, caring enough about the Faith to fight the good fight for it for eternity’s sake in this vale of tears in this spiritual war against powers and principalities manifesting itself in the natural plane , and reminding us what it means to be a Catholic in more than name only!

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                                                                phranthiea day ago

                                                                My own hunch concening the afterlife is that we’ll find ourselves in a more real environment than the present one. It will be familiar and comprehensible in that the whole point of our earthly existence will be understood — like coming home rather than arriving in some sort of fairyland. I think it’s important to believe that Heaven for us is a place rather than some state of being amongst disembodied spirits. We believe in the Ascension of the transfigured Christ and in the Assumption of Our Lady — and Christ did say that He was going to prepare a PLACE for us.

                                                                I don’t know where the prayer ‘Eternal rest grant unto hiim/her and . . .’ came from, but I tend to change the word ‘rest’ to ‘joy’ when saying it for, as it is, it suggests lying in some state of suspended animation, which I feel isn’t true — after all, we do pray both TO and FOR the souls of the departed. However, when all’s said and done, we remember that ‘Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, what things God has prepared for those who love Him’ (so please dismiss the foregoing speculation!). And, besides, most of us, I’d guess, would have to get our act together before arriving there by express.

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                                                                      Pete phranthie7 hours ago

                                                                      Another way of looking at ‘rest’ is from Genesis: “…with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life.” So, to me, ‘rest’ implies that we have been liberated from the punishment of this world for the sins of our first parents. Rest or joy, it’s all good.

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                                                                          Barbaraa day ago

                                                                          Thanks for this lovely tribute to John Vennari. He was an inspiration mostly because it was obvious just watching and listening to him how sincere he was, how simple and clear in his Faith. He also told the lamest but best jokes!

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                                                                              CMSGRETa day ago

                                                                              Thank you for this tribute/thoughtful meditation. Eternal rest grant unto John, dear Lord.

                                                                              No matter what you think of the “great religions of the world”, one thing you can be sure of — when we die, we are all Catholic.

                                                                              Since we don’t know anything else for sure, I say it’s best to keep in mind the pie-in-the-face-theology of Alphonse Liguori’s Preparation for Death.

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                                                                                    AClay • a day ago

                                                                                    I wanted to thank you Mr Matt and colleagues/friends/faithful for so many things – for bringing my family to the Traditional Church, for introducing us to the likes of John Vennari RIP and for telling it how it is. I can’t tell you how much I needed this talk right now. You have articulated the worries that have banging around inside my mind but I couldn’t get a handle on.

                                                                                    You are so right about the children. I talk to mine often about the 4 last things (to my limited ability); the importance of being close to Our Lord with the help of Our Lady, the angels and saints; the perils of this world and the very real threat and presence of the devil. But mostly being ready to face Jesus when our time comes. It seems that not many parents find that important. When Our Lord said to the women of Jerusalem ‘don’t weep for me but for your yourselves and your children’ we can see perhaps that those words are particularly appropriate for our time.

                                                                                    This would have made a much better TED talk….

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                                                                                          Martin Sloana day ago

                                                                                          Very moving tribute. Rest in Peace Mr. Vennari and God Bless you Mr. Matt

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                                                                                                Akvla day ago

                                                                                                This video tribute was lovely for many reasons, but none more so than this: the work that John Vennari did had nothing to do with his ‘opinion’ or about Vennari being ‘right’ all the time. Instead, because of our collective uncertainty, he clung to what Holy Mother Church has always taught as the only standard by which we can ascertain the ‘rightness’ or ‘wrongness’ of anything.

                                                                                                This is the lasting legacy of Vennari’s work. It is a beautiful thought and a very fine tribute to a very fine man.

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                                                                                                  POPE SOROS & the Novus Ordo Seclorum

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                                                                                                    New from RTV: When the ‘conspiracy theory’ becomes the reality.

                                                                                                    Pro-abort overpopulation guru, Paul Ehrlich, speaks at the Vatican, after 10,000 petitioned Pope Francis to stop the scandal. One Vatican cardinal and dozens of U.S. Bishops call for ‘Catholic action’ against President Donald Trump. Catholic League’s Bill Donohue finally admits to the Soros-sponsored infiltration of the Catholic Church. God help us, who is Pope Francis and what’s he doing to the Catholic Church? 

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                                                                                                      lyn4722 hours ago

                                                                                                      The Pope is selling out the Catholic Church for “thirty pieces of silver” God won’t be mocked. Jesus, Mary and Joseph Pray for us!

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                                                                                                            Gary Cummings3 hours ago

                                                                                                            Soros is not behind it all, he is in front of it all.

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                                                                                                                  phranthie4 hours ago

                                                                                                                  This is a deeply troubling situation crying out for resolution. Can the Successor of Peter actually be endorsing and promoting the truly evil mindset of these persons? Are the Gates of Hell prevailing against the Church? Is it not yet time for the intervention of Christ in saving His Church, as He promised?

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                                                                                                                      The Interrogator5 hours ago

                                                                                                                      So Michael, what do we do to resist Bergoglio? Do we stand by a continual change for the worst in our Catholic Churches with horrible, more and more non-Catholic homilies? Continuing on and on, degrading ever worse into the pits? I don’t know how to resist, other than talking about it.

                                                                                                                      I will pray for Cardinal Burke to be given the wings of Heaven and the Might of the Angels to turn over the evil Money Changer tables bent on destroying HIS Church. For this is all about a grab world-wide for the ULTIMATE POWER over all people, an unbelievable totalitarian power like we’ve never seen before.

                                                                                                                      I will continue praying for poor POPE BENEDICT XVI. He told SSPX Bishop Lefay that he felt he was in a “cell”. No wonder he has to get “permission from Francis” to leave and go anywhere. I feel so sorry for him, because he can’t even see his brother.

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                                                                                                                            JohnAU The Interrogator2 hours ago

                                                                                                                            Your concerns would be shared by most, if not all, traditionally minded Catholics. What can be done about it? In terms of any direct intervention – probably very little in the short term apart from an active prayer life and recourse to the sacraments.

                                                                                                                            Saint John Paul II was once asked ” Holy Father, why don’t you renew the Church? He replied: I can’t until the Virgin comes again”. Then holding up his Rosary he said: “This is your weapon”. Here we have an insight as to why the status quo remains unchanged, if Pope John Paul II was constrained in 1989, it logically follows so would his successor; Pope Benedict 16 in 2017 for the same reason.The restoration hoped and prayed for by so many good catholic people must await the return of the Holy Virgin – Fatima; the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and Garabandal; the Great Miracle – to be sent by God for the conversion of the World and with it the long awaited Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

                                                                                                                            We need not despair but rather hope in the Lord who in His own good time will intervene to rescue us. Saint Pio’s recommendation: “Pray Hope and don’t Worry”. I commend his instruction to you and all readers of this blog.

                                                                                                                            Pax.

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                                                                                                                                  Marija The Interrogator3 hours ago

                                                                                                                                  I really wonder what Pope Benedict XVI knows; remember, he said:”Pray

                                                                                                                                  for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”

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                                                                                                                                        Remnant Moderator . The Interrogator4 hours ago

                                                                                                                                        Just FYI, Mr. Matt doesn’t moderate the com box, but this is a good question to address to other friends in this thread.

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                                                                                                                                            The Interrogator5 hours ago

                                                                                                                                            That’s why we don’t know anything about Francis’ family background, just like Obama. Their history is all shrouded in secrecy!

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                                                                                                                                                  Patrick O’Brien6 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                  Third Secret of Fatima: The Church will become the agent of international Communism. True? Might as well be.

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                                                                                                                                                        TF Patrick O’Brien2 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                        It seems to me that the Communists that have hidden themselves in the Western democracies and the Church for all these decades had decided that 2017 was the year to finally achieve their goal of a world socialist tyranny (or perhaps their master knew time was about to run out). This is why they have gone completely bonkers since Trump was unexpectedly (for them) elected. Madame Hillary was going to be the one to finish off the U.S.A., which is the last material bulwark against them, despite all its flaws.

                                                                                                                                                        The parallels between 2017 and 1917 in Russia are striking. They are following almost the exact same Hegelian plan. This time, though, they got a Commie on the Chair of Peter. I almost wonder if Trump isn’t the Great Monarch prophesied for so long. I don’t recall the prophecies specifying the monarch would be Catholic — and anyways, Trump is surrounded by Catholics, and could convert — who knows?

                                                                                                                                                        Whatever the case may be, pray that the Communists will be defeated — nay, vanquished. There is a huge battle going on behind the scenes that the Fakestream Media try to distract you from. Everybody that isn’t a Communist is suddenly a Russian? What? You can’t make this stuff up. It belies their desperation.

                                                                                                                                                        Join Fr. Ripperger’s Auxilium Christianorum if you haven’t already.http://www.auxiliumchristia… It’s a simple and powerful way to put the fight to these Principalities and Powers. We’re the Church Militant: get fighting!

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                                                                                                                                                            Red White and Blue Proud6 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                            The Vatican needs an exorcism.

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                                                                                                                                                                Luis Osio7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                Michael Matt, where is my comment? You are shameless!

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                                                                                                                                                                    Luis Osio7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                    Finally! I’ve run the decades asking you NOT to call those devils popes! Freedom of religion is blasphemy, a sin against the Holy Ghost as it equates the church of Satan with the Church of Christ! NO DISTINCTION IS MADE! And that is Vatican II 64 years AGO! POPES???

                                                                                                                                                                    Where do you buy your alarm clocks?

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                                                                                                                                                                          Remnant Moderator . Luis Osio6 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                          So, you didn’t notice that Michael Matt calls Francis “Pope” and “Holy Father” all throughout the video? You missed the point. The easy way out is to become judge and jury to the pope, and tell the world he’s not the pope. The precedent set by Scripture, however, has Christians following Christ all the way to the cross, even after Peter’s apostasy. We’ve had terrible popes in the past, and we have a terrible one right now. Pray for him.

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                                                                                                                                                                              James Cunningham8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                              Clearly, Mr. Matt, you have presented the real facts and clearly they indicate that the Catholic Church is not being led as Christ would have it. Apologizing to sodomites and welcoming fornicators is demonic in nature and disgustingly evil; this is vengeful and hateful and must be rejected as an attack on Jesus Christ Himself. Is Pope Francis an Anti-Christ? It certainly looks like it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    KELLY8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                    At this point, all we can do is pray, pray, pray and pray some more!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallow be Thy name,

                                                                                                                                                                                    Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Give us this day, our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses

                                                                                                                                                                                    as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not

                                                                                                                                                                                    into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,

                                                                                                                                                                                    Jesus.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour

                                                                                                                                                                                    of our death. Amen

                                                                                                                                                                                    Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit;

                                                                                                                                                                                    As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world

                                                                                                                                                                                    without end. Amen

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Iowa10 KELLY3 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                          Great reply!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Marty Dancy KELLY4 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                We also need to take action, too, along with prayer. Taking action against heresy seals the prayers. We need to set up a force telling the world that this Francis pope is an imposter and that Benedict was forced out of his position. It is not normal to have two men sitting with papal outfits on and being on Vatican grounds. One has to be invalid so I think that Francis is invalid or at least heretical. Oh, he says some good things to make people think he is OK but he cancels out the good with saying bad things like cozying up to the homosexual lifestyle and allowing fornicators to blaspheme the Eucharist while they are in mortal sin. That dulls their sense of sin and makes them continue bad communions and a further dulling of the conscience. It also gives bad example to other Catholics making them think they can get away with fudging on the faith.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      cs Marty Dancy2 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                      One of the many, many beautiful aspects of our faith, is Apostolic Succession.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unfortunately, it does not always work out the way the Holy Spirit may want or how we may want. The nature of man and his free will seems to mess things up pretty badly, even regarding those who are selected by cardinals to become pope. Our Church is being tested like never before, or at least in my lifetime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is our opportunity to grow in our faith, to stand with Christ, no matter the cost.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Even if you are correct regarding Benedict and Pope Francis, what good will that do, by letting the world know it? What is done is done. Benedict XVl abdicated, he left us. Pope Francis sits on the Chair of Peter. It is a scourge, a suffering that perhaps our Lord permits for His greater glory. Good will come of this, no matter what.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Remnant Moderator . csan hour ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agreed. And once it is clear that Pope Francis’s errors can and must be resisted, it will be easier for faithful Catholics to pray and wait for God to correct the course of his Church…which He surely will. Remember, we’re only the Church Militant. The rest of the Church is either reigning gloriously with God in heaven, or already on their way–suffering in purgatory. We’re a very small percentage of the Church, in other words, and we have powerful advocates in our Church who are in the position to help the Church Militant more, perhaps, than the Church Militant themselves…if we remember to go to them for help. All is not lost. Mary Magdalene’s faith was not shaken by Peter’s denial of Christ. It was not shaken at the foot of the Cross. Her faith was not drowned by her tears, and it takes her all the way from the Cross to the tomb….where she’s first to look the Risen Christ in the eyes. Man, what a great story! And how cool it is to be Catholic! It’s difficult for the enemy to destroy our faith when we have such massive examples of perseverance going all the way back to the Cross. Francis will not last forever, but Christ always was and always will be.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              goldie KELLY7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Rosary, the Rosary, the Rosary!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Russia Is Christian and Proud of It. No Wonder It’s a Punching Bag For Liberals and Neocons

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not ashamed of his heritage or faith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Russia reveals the moral and spiritual emptiness of the west. And they can’t stand it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Why is unapologetic hatred of Russia accepted all over the western world? Aside from the geopolitical reasons for the media to whip up anti-Russia hysteria (Russia is sitting on loads of fresh water, oil, natural gas, precious minerals, lumber, etc.), is there something deeper at play?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We think so. It’s become more and more clear that Russia is essentially the only remaining country on earth where white

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Christians aren’t ashamed of being white Christians. There’s none of the self-flagellation that you see in the west — the endless cryfests and apologies about “privilege”. Russia is a multi-ethnic, multi-religions country where you don’t have to be sorry for being a white Christian. Hard to imagine, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trump just made this loathing for Russia even worse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Most liberals and neocons are are suicide watch now that two strong white Christian men are the leaders of the two most powerful countries in the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gregory Hood does an excellent job of highlighting the sniveling hypocrisy and self-loathing at play here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                In today’s world, even a mildly conservative “sovereign democracy” is enough to inspire the fanatical rage of the Washington governing class and its pet media. The American media resorted to outright falsity when portraying the conflict in South Ossetia years ago. More recently, when Russia hosted the Winter Olympics, Western newspapers were filled with taunts and stories portraying the country as a kind of Third World disaster out of Borat. Strangely, the mass riots and collapsing infrastructure of World Cup host Brazil went all but unmentioned. When Pussy Riot disrupted a mass with an obscenity filled protest, the American Secretary of State posed with them for a picture, and National Review’s John O’Sullivan called them “virtuous” and “religious.” The liberal American media is far more hostile towards Putin’s Russia than they were to the Soviet Union, and conservatives seem excited to fight a politically correct enemy rather than more hapless brown people.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                With each passing day, patriots with traditional values are realizing that they have far more in common with the like-minded people in the countries they are told to hate by the media than they do with the globalist creeps who rule them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Meanwhile, the liberals and neocons scream for blood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a common discussion topic in the Alt-Right. For example, this podcast explores why it is socially and politically acceptable to hate on Russia more than just about any other country in the world. Give it a listen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saint Padre Pio NEVER said the Novus Ordo Mass

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saint Padre Pio was the first stigmatized Priest in the Church, sent from God to be a sign for our times. Francesco Forgione (born 1887) received the five wounds of Christ only after ordination (1910) when he began offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and became known as Padre Pio. These visible and bleeding wounds of Christ, which he had received on September 20, 1918, had disappeared from Padre Pio by the time that he completed his last Mass on September 22, 1968 – two days after the 50th Anniversary. The wounds were related to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Padre Pio was sent as a visible sign of the Sacrificial nature of the Mass. In 1968, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was undergoing changes in the wake of Vatican II to transform it from the unbloody God-centered re-presentation of the Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary into a man-centered memorial meal. The stigmatized Padre Pio is a sign of contradiction to this Protestantized Modernistic thinking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Like Saint Padre Pio, all priests are ordained, in a special way, to offer Sacrifice to Almighty God, in the Person of Christ (in Persona Christi).   At the Altar of the Cross, the priest stands in Persona Christi, to re-present the Sacrifice of Calvary to the faithful through time and space for all generations from the time of Christ until the end of time. Padre Pio, who was a stamped representative of Our Lord, a living Crucifix, was sent to remind us of the unique character of the priest who is ordained to offer Sacrifice, and not to ‘preside’ at a community meal. There were no banquet tables set up at Calvary on that first Good Friday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone can ‘preside.’ Only a Priest can offer Sacrifice and effect Transubstantiation, thereby changing bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ. The Divine Victim, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is then offered to God the Father by the priest as a propitiatory Sacrifice for our sins at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Saint Padre Pio, a priest forever, offered Sacrifice. He was not a ‘presider.’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                When it was announced that experimental changes to the Traditional Latin Mass, so loved by Saint Padre Pio, would take place in the mid-1960’s, Pio did not hesitate to request permission from Rome to continue offering the Immemorial Tridentine Mass. It is said that permission was granted in consideration of his advanced age, fragile health, and poor eyesight.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                By the time the Novus Ordo Liturgy was promulgated by Paul VI on April 3, 1969, Padre Pio had been dead for six months. The full Novus Ordo ‘Sacramentary,’ with all its revised prayers, would be published in 1970 – over one year after the dead body of Padre Pio was placed in his tomb. Therefore, it can be said with certainty that Saint Padre Pio never said the Novus Ordo Mass. Hence, it is false and misleading for anyone to suggest otherwise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Words written by two Capuchin priests, who actually knew and lived with Padre Pio, have become the genesis of fallacious theories proposing that Padre Pio said the Novus Ordo Mass. One of those priests, Father Pellegrino Funicelli, who was with Padre Pio when he died, wrote in his 1991 book, Padre Pio’s Jack of All Trades (pp. 401-402):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                “In 1966-67 Padre Pio received permission from the Holy See to celebrate Mass in Latin, and seated. However, the Holy See allowed this under two conditions: That he celebrate facing the people, and that he use the new rite of the Eucharistic Prayer.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The statements from this book, which are just now making their rounds on the internet, are deceptive. The Holy See gave permission to Padre Pio to offer the Traditional Latin Mass. This was not merely permission for a “Mass in Latin,” such as, saying the Novus Ordo in Latin. To use the “new rite of the Eucharistic Prayer” cannot mean to replace the Canon of the Traditional Latin Mass. It would be absurd to expect that an elderly, weak, frail, vision-impaired Padre Pio would be able to read the words and learn the rubrics of a new ‘Eucharistic Prayer.’ Besides, the permission from Rome for Pio and other elderly Priests was to use the entire Missal, including the Canon of the Mass – which they had presumably memorized over many decades of recitation. Father Pellegrino continues:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                “… knowing the conditions, he (Padre Pio) begged the Superior to teach him the new form of the doxology. After he had seen how he should raise the paten, with the Host and the chalice, he thanked the Superior and appeared to be satisfied … During the night he called to me and said: ‘Do me a favor. Go get the chalice and the paten in the little church and let me see the new rite once again … I must perform the rite precisely as the Church desires.’”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Given what was said, one would expect to find pictures or videos of Padre Pio holding the Chalice in one hand and the Paten in the other, chanting: ‘Through Him, with Him, in Him,’ etc. Such photos and/or videos do NOT exist. There are NONE. How can this be explained?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                A former aide to Padre Pio, who answered his English-speaking correspondence, Padre Ermelindo di Capua, is quoted online as saying:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                “He (Padre Pio) used to say Mass according to the new order. By 1968 (when Padre Pio died) the new order was not yet complete, but had changed some things from Latin into the Italian language. He attempted to say Mass according to the new disposition of the Church. He tried to learn and adapt himself to the new rules of the Mass. There was still some Latin. It wasn’t  completely changed. The Canon I don’t remember exactly.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Padre Ermelindo’s comments, as quoted, cannot be taken to mean that Padre Pio abandoned the Traditional Latin Mass in favor of the “new order” (Novus Ordo). After his remarks came out in 2013, I corresponded with Father Ermelindo and asked him whether he had any photos or videos of Padre Pio proving conclusively that he said the “new order” of the Mass. He said that he had no such evidence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, how does one resolve this issue?   It is often said: ‘Seeing is believing.’ In this case, ‘seeing’ for myself was veryhelpful in understanding what to make of the words spoken by Padre Pio’s fellow friars. I looked at hundreds of photos and dozens of videos capturing Padre Pio’s various Masses. Most importantly, I closely studied available video of Padre Pio’s Last Mass from September 22, 1968.   If there were any novelties added to Padre Pio’s Mass, they would surely be on display in that final Mass. I found that the words of Padre Pio’s brother Capuchin friars were being incorrectly interpreted in favor of a Novus Ordo apologia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seeing is Believing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seeing is believing. Here is what one can see with their own eyes concerning that Last Mass of Saint Padre Pio:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                As Padre Pio was led from the sacristy, he passed between the Traditional High Altar to his left and the Novus Ordo altar/table to his right on his way to his seat (sedilia), from which he would lead the Confiteor and Gloria, and say the Opening Prayer. He would be helped out of his chair and led to the Novus Ordo altar/table, where he would offer his Last Mass facing the people.   Padre Pio was obviously too weak to have climbed the three steps to the High Altar. In addition, the ‘Liturgical experiment’ of Mass facing the people from a free-standing altar/table was obviously in full swing at San Giovanni Rotondo, as it was in other parts of the world at that time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Padre Pio was accompanied by a deacon and subdeacon indicating that this was a Solemn High Mass. Padre Pio’s Superior ordered him to offer a High Mass on this day and the weakened Pio obeyed. Note that the Novus Ordo Liturgy does not distinguish between a High and Low Mass; nor does it have subdeacons. This was a Traditional Latin Mass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Padre Pio was wearing a white Fiddle-back vestment with a Maniple on his left arm. Such traditional liturgical garb is not worn in a Novus Ordo Liturgy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Throughout the video evidence, Padre Pio only said the prayers of the Traditional Latin Mass, including the Canon, and spoke them in Latin. This is during the time when Priests were ordered to say the Mass in the vernacular. In my library, I have a 1966 “Sacramentary” where all of the prayers are to be said in English. Padre Pio had permission, however, to continue offering the Traditional Latin Mass from a pre-Vatican II Missale Romanum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                At the Suscipe, Sancte Pater, Padre Pio makes the Sign of the Cross with the Paten, and then allows the Host to slip off the Paten onto the Corporal. At the Sanctus, bells can be heard ringing three times at Padre Pio’s Last Mass. Both of these Traditional Latin Mass rubrics were eliminated from the Novus Ordo Liturgy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                In the Canon of the Mass there are numerous evidences that Padre Pio is NOT saying any new ‘Eucharistic Prayer,’ but is continuing to pray the Roman Canon, as he had always done. At the Quam oblationem, Padre Pio can be observed making multiple Signs of the Cross over the offerings. Just prior to the Consecration, Padre Pio made the Sign of the Cross over the Host at the benedixit in the Qui pridie prayer. Padre Pio also made the Sign of the Cross over the Chalice at the benedixit in the Simili modo prayer. Three separate bells were rung at each Consecration. Signs of the Cross were made by Padre Pio at the Unde et memores prayer. Padre Pio would not separate his thumbs and forefingers after the Consecration until after the ablutions. These rubrics, from the Canon of the Traditional Latin Mass, are NOT found anywhere in the Novus Ordo Liturgy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                As for the claim that Padre Pio practiced the “new form of the doxology … raising the paten, with the Host and the chalice,” there is NO evidence of this happening at Padre Pio’s Last Mass or at any other of his Masses. This “new form of the doxology” in the Novus Ordo replaced the “Minor Elevation” of the Traditional Latin Mass. However, in Padre Pio’s Last Mass, at the Minor Elevation, Padre Pio can be seen taking the Consecrated Host in his right hand and making Signs of the Cross over the Chalice and the Altar as is traditionally done at the Per Ip+sum, et cum Ip+so, et in Ip+so prayer. Padre Pio followed the Traditional Latin Mass Roman Canon here, and throughout the Mass, and did not succumb to the innovation of a “new form of the doxology.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Padre Pio said the Per omnia saecula saeculorum before the Pater noster. Also, after fragmenting the Consecrated Host at the Qui tecum, Padre Pio is seen chanting Per omnia saecula saeculorum. Pio clearly said the Pax+Domini sit+simper vobis+cum while making the Sign of the Cross over the Chalice with the Sacred Particle. Both of thesePer omnia saecula saeculorum prayers, as well as the Signs of the Cross with the Fragment, all done in the Traditional Latin Mass, were excised from the Novus Ordo Liturgy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                At the Agnus Dei, Padre Pio struck his chest. He can later be seen making the Sign of the Cross with the Consecrated Host over the Paten before consuming It. These are hallmarks of the Traditional Latin Mass. Padre Pio performs the ablutions of the Chalice and his fingers with wine and water after Communion. In the Novus Ordo Liturgy, only water is used.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                In the permission that Padre Pio received to continue offering the Traditional Latin Mass, it is generally agreed that he was given specific permission to use the Mass of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout the year. In Padre Pio’s Last Mass, the Proper Postcommunio prayer for the Immaculate Conception at the end of the Traditional Latin Mass can clearly be discerned:“Sacramenta quae sumpsimus, Domine Deus noster, illius in nobis culpae vulnera reparent; a qua immaculatem beate Mariae Conceptionem singulariter praeservasti. Per Dominum…”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Having provided evidence that Padre Pio’s Last Mass was indeed the Traditional Latin Mass, there were however, at least two innovations that occurred: Mass on an altar/table facing the people; and the subdeacon read the Epistle in Italian from a pulpit facing the people. In addition, although they may have been edited out of the videos that I viewed, there was no evidence of the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar or the Last Gospel, noting that these were typical omissions during the post-Vatican II time of ‘experimentation.’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Mass was changing throughout the world and before Padre Pio’s own eyes. As a weakened, nearly-blind Religious Order Priest, subject to obedience to his Superior, and not strong enough to offer effective resistance, Padre Pio was led by the will of others and was physically directed throughout his Last Mass. Weakened as his vision was, Padre Pio could see enough to know that it was time for him to leave this world. In fact, that very day of his Last Mass, his tomb was blessed and he would die at 2:30am the following morning, September 23, 1968.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                CONCLUSION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                For nearly all of Padre Pio’s life on earth he offered the Traditional Latin Mass exactly according to the Roman Missal of the Great Pope Saint Pius V, which priests had used for centuries without change, prior to the time of Vatican Council II. When he fell victim to the ‘Liturgical experiments’ prior to the introduction of the Novus Ordo Mass, his stigmata began to, and eventually, disappear – just as the Sacrificial nature of the Mass began to disappear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                As a dying old weakened man with failing eyesight, Padre Pio was like a lamb being led to slaughter at his Last Mass. Padre Pio would be the perfect imitation of Christ, ‘in Persona Christi’ to the extreme, to the very end. As a weakened Padre Pio was led by a group of men to the altar/table to ‘face the people,’ he was exposed to the crowd and put on public display, much like Our Divine Lord Jesus was as He hung dying on the Cross at Calvary. As the Son of God’s side was pierced by a lance and the last drops of His Precious Blood drained from His Body, so too was it claimed that after that Last Mass, Padre Pio’s body was practically devoid of blood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Padre Pio collapsed at the conclusion of his Last Mass and had to be carried off into the sacristy, to his cell, where he was soon to pass from this world with his last words, “Jesu et Maria”(Jesus and Mary) on his lips. As the Traditional Latin Mass faded from this world, replaced almost everywhere by the Novus Ordo Mass, so too did Saint Padre Pio make his painful exit from the sanctuary. The priest acting ‘in Persona Christi’ at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass would be replaced by a ‘presider’ at a ‘community meal.’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                However, just as Jesus rose from the dead, the Traditional Latin Mass, the Mass that would not die, is making a comeback. God would not permit the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, instituted by Him and offered to Him, to disappear from this world. Padre Pio, the Saint of the Traditional Latin Mass, continues to be an inspiration and an intercessor for all priests and seminarians who are called by God to dedicate their lives to the Mass of the Ages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                There always was, and still is, a remnant of the faithful who stayed with the Traditional Latin Mass. Always remember, and let no one ever discourage you: “…At the present time there is a remnant left, selected out of grace” (Romans 11:5). We are that remnant. Saint Padre Pio is our saint.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Homosexuals Want To Enter The Girl’s Bathrooms In Public Schools, Donald Trump Just Made This Illegal

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                By Theodore Shoebat Homosexuals have been wanting to go into female bathrooms in public schools; Obama wanted to allow this, passing a measure protecting this perversity. But now Trump rightfully cancelled this evil measure. As we read in one report: President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students […]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                By Theodore Shoebat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Homosexuals have been wanting to go into female bathrooms in public schools; Obama wanted to allow this, passing a measure protecting this perversity. But now Trump rightfully cancelled this evil measure. As we read in one report:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Obama had instructed public schools last May to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity, threatening to withhold funding for schools that did not comply. Transgender people hailed it as victory for their civil rights.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trump, a Republican who took office last month, rescinded those guidelines, even though they had been put on hold by a federal judge, arguing that states and public schools should have the authority to make their own decisions without federal interference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Justice and Education departments will continue to study the legal issues involved, according to the new, superseding guidance that will be sent to public schools across the country.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reversing the Obama guidelines stands to inflame passions in the latest conflict in America between believers in traditional values and social progressives, and is likely to prompt more of the street protests that followed Trump’s Nov. 8 election.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                A couple hundred people gathered in front of the White House to protest the Republican president’s action, waving rainbow flags and chanting: “No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here.” The rainbow flag is the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                “We all know that Donald Trump is a bully, but his attack on transgender children today is a new low,” said Rachel Tiven, chief executive of Lambda Legal, which advocates for LGBT people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Conservatives such as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who spearheaded the lawsuit challenging the Obama guidance, hailed the Trump administration action.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Our fight over the bathroom directive has always been about former President Obama’s attempt to bypass Congress and rewrite the laws to fit his political agenda for radical social change,” said Paxton, a Republican.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brick2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Common sense prevails, finally a US president sane enough to notice that retardation of the mind does not equates to gender. Congratulation to my American friends.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wilma Mills2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank God !!! Pray they can’t undo this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kamau412 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AWESOME!!!!! This is indeed another giant step in the right direction.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trevor Guesta day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In reading your comment I find confusion of all sort. No wonder it is a disorder.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  David W Guesta day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No no no, Milo! People have left the homosexual deathstyle to live a NORMAL life!! The useful idiots in the LGBT mob spread the propaganda about gay genes, just to lure children into the sodomite deathstyle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Next time you wanna go into the girls’ restroom, head over to one of the many institutions of lower living. Or go to San Francisco, where your fellow Clinton istas use bushes, mailboxes, alleys, hallways, transit stations and public parks instead of restrooms. You folks have turned GG Park into a sodomite dump–watch out for the needles and used condoms left by the Never Trumpers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Liberalism IS a mental disorder.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kevin Nicholson Guesta day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Animals (in nature) ARE homosexual behaviored, but NOT trans gendering.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please cite your evidence….

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kamau41 Guest20 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You are truly one diabolical individual.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        susan2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank God for President Trump’s action today. Thank you President Trump. And to all the brave men and women who’ve stood up against the ruthless onslaught of perversity pushers and pimps. It’s time to push forward.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Joel2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now I know why all the hub bub on twitter with #protecttranskids.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Godless reprobates need to be erased. This is a good first step but there is still legal murdering of children.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is also marriage of sodomites.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perverts trying to normalize pedophiles.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trevor2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So far so good. Guardedly optimistic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dominus2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good for Trump for taking measures against sodomites. I just hope he doesn’t falter in this endevour. This evil needs to be combated all the time and finally uprooted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Craig and Karen Long2 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Father in Heaven, we thank Thee.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          magaforevera day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Haha pos faggot freaks die slow

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cuzicka day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank God for men like Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Fight on !!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Samsquancha day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone else think the transgender symbol looks an awful lot like another symbol that represents evil? Cause it looks like that to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Juana day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s a correct action but only the first step of a very very long way (and we have limited time).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The key for the survival of Christendom is to ABSOLUTELY BAN FEMINISM.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know that LGTB agenda is from satan but feminism is the main evil because it makes an IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO MAN-WOMAN RELATIONSHIP.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our Civilization survived to periods of accepted homosexuality, survived islam (ex. Spain and Portugal), survived nazism and survived communism but NOW is the first time the women are in open rebellion against fathers and husbands authority. This is a direct menace to family and reproduction. If Feminism doesn’t dissapear then Christendom will do. We choose our priorities.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kevin Nicholson Juana day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Or the feminizing of men….

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.” Genesis 3:16

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Juan Kevin Nicholsona day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Feminism have nothing to do with men’s feminization neither with women masculinization but with demonic transformation of women… they can go from Eve to Maria but also from Eve to Lilith and the people who are in control of all this know it perfectly. We cannot blame men and male teenagers for everything.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Western men have an absolutely stupid vision about women, like weak and innocent creatures. It isn’t a surprise that another cultures like Chinese, Jewish, Arab or Russian (that have a so much more balanced and realistic vision of women) see the West as a gynocentric decadent culture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              May the Virgin Mary protect Christendom.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kevin Nicholson Juana day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Western men have an absolutely stupid vision about women, like weak and innocent creatures…Arab…have a so much more balanced and realistic vision of women…” (sharia?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yikes, like Russian and Chinese brides advertised in the USA? Hmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Juan, I don’t perceive the militant USA church following the whore of Babylon. Agree that “feminism” is a false flag to corrupt the traditional family through a misplaced sense of “equality” and confusing gender roles with oppression of women.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Godspeed with Spirit filled women. : )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Readera day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SIECUS has been involved in our instructional communities for years. This is the root of the policies that have been successfully implemented and now must be deconstructed. It is unlikely to happen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Almost twenty years ago, a phone number appeared on a billboard of one of our local schools in the following form, “gay, straight, questioning?, call this number.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The number was not identified nor were the persons who were to answer the phone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It turned out to be the local county health department, and the counslers were a homosexual male in the employ of the health department and an out lesbian.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The male had a picture of his “partner” on his desk in open display of his work associates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was these two that myself and another concerned parent had the experience of being counseled by.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The topic of discussion was children not more than 12 years of age, as this was an elementary school and responsibility to them as parents and teachers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The end result of course was little if any significant change in policy. The school maintained that the concerns of all the school community had to be met in an environment of safety and inclusion ( this mantra has been around longer than most realize) though did agree more information should have been provided, and parents made aware.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The attendant at the desk did not know where the students were being directed and refused further assistance stating it was a school policy. As a parent not having a student there, I was excluded from receiving further information. Resolution, call the number!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That is how the appointment at the health district came about.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DeVos has already stated that GLBT students are to be respected, so we will see how far this goes. However, corruption once having begun its insidious work is tireless and knows no bounds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am certain that many of you have now become aware of the Furry crazies. This is a bizarre world of sexual fetishes and animal costumes. As recent as 2014 Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe could hardly contain herself upon the the description of it.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It does not stop folks with the acronym GLBT and soon is to include every aberrant practice under the sun.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you really think The darling of the alt-right Milo, is an aberration? Again, twenty years ago in a pulp rag common to many local libraries as occurs throughout our communities, an adult man was able to publish an article recommending the desirability of sex with a 5 year old girl if she clearly demonstrated that was what she desired to be engaged in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a much greater evil than first realized.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JAY TEEa day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope Obama gets what he was pushing on us some day-up the ass.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HolyFirea day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The language used with some of Trump’s executive actions is a little misleading (and virtually everyone is using it in media). Trump has merely taken the decision out of the federal governments hands and put it back into the States hands.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is that better than an imposed federal government law allowing boys to use girls bathrooms? Absolutely! We can give President Trump some props for that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Will it rid the US of this evil? Hardly!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It could be nothing more than a token gesture from Trump or it could be a genuine ‘small’ step in the right direction.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Flame bluea day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brilliant! I hope President Trump stops them from entering what should be ‘female safe spaces’ in Walmart, and other stores that were allowing them to enter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Michael Powell8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No, Trump did not make it “illegal”; he said it was not a Federal issue, but a state (little “s”) issue.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WITCHES TO CAST SPELL TO CURSE PRESIDENT TRUMP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Catholics need to start praying in earnest for Trump’s protection. This is not a joke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              by Max Douglas  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 23, 2017    140 Comments

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Catholics must start praying in earnest for Trump’s protection

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – According to reports circulating on social media, a group of witches are planning a mass witchcraft spell to curse President Trump and get him “removed from office.” The curse will also extend “to all those who abet him.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The spell is set to take place February 24 at midnight, and is supposed to continue at “midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office.” A Facebook page has been created for participants to offer input — although Christians are also leaving comments promoting “the power of Jesus” to counteract their efforts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The proclaimed binding of President Trump also includes alterations for those who do not practice the same “magick” as the authors. Some of the objects necessary for the spell include: a tower Tarot card, a feather representing the element of air, and a lighter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              After casting the spell the person is supposed to set fire to an image of Donald Trump and proclaim a phrase as the photo turns to ashes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some reports say those who are not involved in magick or occult practices are turning to the spell because “Hey, desperate times call for magical measures.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just as Catholics pray to saints for virtuous ends, witches and occult practitioners pray to demons for evil ends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just as Catholics pray to saints for virtuous ends, witches and occult practitioners pray to demons for evil ends. Witches have what they call “witch beads,” also called “Pagan Rosaries,” which they use to pray for evil purposes, e.g., the continuation of abortion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In fact, self-proclaimed feminist witches began a 40 Days to Keep Abortion Legal campaign, to counteract the pro-life 40 Days for Life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “This campaign is exactly what it sounds like,” the website reads. “For 40 days, I am inviting Pagans of all paths to engage in whatever spellwork, ritual, or spiritual work they choose, with a focus on keeping abortion and reproductive health care safe and legal for all.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Catholic Church has always condemned the practice of witchcraft and wicca, and acknowledges that they can do spiritual harm to others. The Catechism states:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others — even if this were for the sake of restoring their health — are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Father Gabriel Amorth, the late chief exorcist of Rome — who claimed to have performed more than 70,000 exorcisms — came face to face with the demonic daily, taking spiritual warfare seriously. He recommended the following prayers for protection: Prayer Against Malefice from the Greek Ritual, Anima Christi, Prayer Against Every Evil, Prayer for Inner Healing and Prayer for Deliverance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Catholics are encouraged to begin praying in earnest for President Trump and his supporters, to counteract the curses called forth from the diabolical realms.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Catholics Pray your Rosary daily and multiple times during the day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our Lady Promises protection to all who do this!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Blessed Virgin Stated  “There is No Problem, No Matter How Difficult it is, That

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cannot be resolved through the recitation of the Holy Rosary”!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coptic & Cristero: To Die For Love

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Written by  Michael Matt | Editor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coptic & Cristero: To Die For Love

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              New from RTV…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This month marks the second anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Their crime? Loving Christ enough to die for Him. Would Roman Catholics do the same? What motivates martyrs, if not love? Michael Matt asks the question: Is it because the New Order no longer speaks of Holy MOTHER Church that so few of her sons seem willing to die for her anymore?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What have we lost? What was life in the Church like just 40 years ago? Growing up Catholic…and remembering what we lost. Scapulars. Meat-less Friday. Ember Days. Midnight Masses. Catholic Schools. Unlocked churches. Kids on bikes (sans helmet). Dogs without leashes. Large Catholic families. Remember?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Michael Matt ‘goes off’ on the revolution of Vatican II, pointing out what life was like before Catholics got “sophisticated.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • slyphnoyde13 minutes ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Even as your friendly local apostate, I am old enough to remember as a Protestant teenager first coming into contact with the Catholic church just before the hurricane of V2 struck. I grew up in the 1940s and ’50s in middle America and recall many of the social situations Mr. Matt relates, even if we were not Catholic. (My family were regular church going Protestants with a staunch moral background.) As early as 1972, when I entered the Catholic church as a adult, the hurricane of V2 had already hit, and things were already being blown away, together with the degradation and decency in society at large. Yes, I recall, and I admit that I am distressed at how far things have degraded. I am almost glad that I have had no children to try to weather this moral storm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mona Lisa33 minutes ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My dear Michael, not only my friend but one of my dearest benefactors, Our Lady of La Salette’s prophecy has been fulfilled before our very eyes and our beloved Holy Mother Church is eclipsed by this phony-baloney New Order irreligion. She shall triumph and crush that serpent’s head once and for all. Prayers ascending on high for all…

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              James Cunningham41 minutes ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Michael, the memories you have stirred up inside me are too overwhelming for me to add anything to your post but, tears. The loss was incalculable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          granny983an hour ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes Mr. Matt….I am 80 years old and I agree with you..how I miss everything. I was personally hurt hurt when the church changed things..the only thing that kept me in the church was the Eucharist….When I was about 4 years old I had an infected finger. Mom wanted to bring me to a doctor. I had never been to a doctor before….and I told her Jesus would fix the finger….so I was taken the two blocks to the church…always open….went up to the altar and as I was told, wiggled the finger in front of the tabernacle. When I got home…the finger was healed. What would have happened if the doors were locked.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Isabel2 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Very beautiful reflections. I am old enough to remember the Church of before the deluge and it occurred to me the other day that what young Catholics who flee to the woods to establish little pure Catholic “intentional communities” are looking for is really something as simple and unforced as Catholic life in a parish of 60-70 years ago. It was a whole culture, and all the people who lived and flourished in it were part of this simple community, which needed nothing special except the truths and practices of the Faith and the Church as its foundation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                R.R. Reno, I think it was, wrote a great article in First Things once entitled “Will the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano?” and he pointed out that the Church had been a sort of colony or nest of cultural practices, norms, acts of identity, all, of course, built on the solid moral and doctrinal framework of the Faith, and that Vatican II had destroyed this as surely as the nests of swallows on the walls are destroyed by being hosed off. His question was whether it would ever be possible to rebuild it and have the swallows – us – return. Reno is not a traditionalist, so he wasn’t even arguing on the basis of what “mainline” Catholics might consider an extreme position, but seemed to understand the importance of Catholic culture in the world as a secure home for weary humans. Of course, he had no prescriptions for reviving it, clearly it cost him to admit that the destruction of this world was “possibly” the result of VII, and he didn’t seem very positive that it could come back. But it was interesting that someone with his point of view would recognize this loss.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Evangeline10 • 3 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I did not grow up in a Catholic culture, but the reflection of that Catholic culture so impacted the general culture that I saw it and wanted it. What would today’s church reflect, nothing that would have attracted me. As a young person, unchurched, it was a friend’s Catholic family that inspired me by their faithfulness and the discipline of the faith, the “belonging-ness” of it. They knew who they were, and I wanted that, and I wanted to know who God was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is a terrible thing that nuns are so mocked and criticized. At this point if I had a negative nun story, I’d keep it to myself out of appreciation for the thousands and thousands of good nuns who gave their lives for God.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Timothy Strang4 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I did have my knuckles hit with a ruler that a nun was using for discipline. But, guess what, it did me no lifelong damage. It was a form of discipline that worked. She did it because she loved us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  s;vbkr0boc,klos;4 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The best ever Michael Matt, I am sharing this like mad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gildaswiseman8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A heart felt and shared declaration of Catholic truth and exasperation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of the great joys in my life is the great gift of being able to regularly attend Holy Mass celebrated by priests from the SSPX. In so many respects the Catholic culture is exactly the same as I experienced growing up in the 1950s in the UK. If I visit my own Parish Church, a striking Victorian, Gothic style building, I am sharply reminded how the changes in the Church have decimated the beauty of our Catholic culture. The “altar table” plonked in the middle of the sanctuary leading up to the beautiful, redundant, high altar is so artificial and out of context with the splendid decorative interior of the Church one wonders how the “reformers (revolutionaries) managed to get away with it. The only reason that the rood screen and altar rails are still in place is because it is a listed building. The ecumenical propaganda abounds, as do the advertisements for the official charity of the Bishops of England and Wales, Cafod. In my opinion a typical example of a modernist heterodox supporting and Humanae Vitae disobedient organization. It makes me cross and very sad to see this destruction. The main stream Catholic population are being starved to death with the denial of true spiritual food. I was recently told, that after the publishing of Amoris Laetitia, the Parish Priest wants an open table. Communion for all. And they think we are radical; unbelievable. I pray, Like Michael Matt, that orthodox Catholic culture will return. How? God only knows because the latest decisions coming from Rome regarding the CDF and Pope Francis’ revolution to take the Church to the tomb, can only make things worse. What is that ancient adage? “Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad”, and we know who the “gods” are that are trying to make them mad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Our Lady of Good Success, pray for us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GriffonSpitfire17 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Michael that was a wonderful presentation and it moved me a great deal. No matter what happens, We have No Fear, for Mary is Near.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I conducted my very first Traditional Catholic teaching class (of my own) last weekend (after 31 years of study and preparation since my short-lived days in the seminary) – the audience were members of my extended family, friends and children. The idea to hold a class was inspired by what happened (unexpectedly) at a recent family and friends gathering.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Topic was The Preservation of the World and The Garden of Eden. It went very well and again even the young ones understood everything I said. They wanted more, so with Mary’s help I’m going to give them more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To that end I’m establishing a new Lay Order later this year that they can all belong too – it’s an Order of Our Mother Mary and Christ The King with a Coat of Arms. I never thought anything like this would happen – until now that is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AlbertoG • 19 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Please look at the first link to adjust yourself into post Vaticanum II mode:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.traditioninaction.o…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          is it REAL? Yes – contra factum non argumentum est ! Done in Vatican with no gun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now there is a correction below — ONLY 20 Coptic Christians + one friend — Baptism by blood:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://bombayorthodoxdiocese.o…

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.nikolasaric.de/port…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you for keeping this Libya event alive!!!!! We must remember every year !

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cs20 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Speechless….moved to tears. Thank you Michael.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mike Poulin21 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The men in orange on the beach are the real cardinals, not the fat little communists, clowns. vipers and fags in the Vatican and chanceries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DMill • 21 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The broad, pervasive Church of Surprises element within Catholicism is crumbling while the resolute outpost of Catholic Tradition and the Mass of All Time is not only holding on, but strengthening. Here is found the immutable core of the faith that refuses to forget who and what she is. It is she who holds, protects, and defends the timeless truth of the Church–for she is the enduring Church–and we can do no less than to hold fast to her, just as we can do no less than to hold fast to Christ Himself, regardless of the costs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MadMCa day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Keep up the good work Michael… this is great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A lot of nostalgic happiness here (along with generous dosing of truth)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CraigVa day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Michael, that was your best Remnant Underground video yet. You brought tears to my eyes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good job man.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Andrea CraigV19 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I believe so too. One of the best at any rate. Oh how I long for the Church of my childhood. Oh how I weep as I think about Her.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ecumenism of blood…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                [This council] firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that those not living within the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics cannot become participants in eternal life, but will depart “into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels” [Matt. 25:41], unless before the end of life the same have been added to the flock; and that the unity of the ecclesiastical body is so strong that only to those remaining in it are the sacraments of the Church of benefit for salvation, and do fastings, almsgiving, and other functions of piety and exercises of Christian service produce eternal reward, and that no one, whatever almsgiving he has practiced, even if he has shed blood for the name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has remained in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Council of Florence, Decree Cantate Domino; Denz. 714;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John Christensen StJnChrysostom2 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Way to go….. So you are actually going to say that those men, albeit technically part of a heretical sect are doomed to hellfire? With Jesus Christ oh Lord being the last utterance from their lips?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes the council of Florence said what you wrote, but I’m sure the Church has since clarified this, in that by their show of strength these men came into unity with the Church of Christ right at the end and our Lord was walking along side with each of them to their reward.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You must be a lawyer… And an ambulance chasing, divorce attorney type, if not in reality, than in spirit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All of these men are saints, and deserve an ora pro nobis from each of us… Especially knowing that the great majority of Western (Latin rite) Catholics wouldn’t bat an eyelid to renounce Jesus and proclaim the False prophet Muhammad (piss and shit*t be upon him) to save their own skin… This is the fault of the Catholic leadership

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ahem StJnChrysostom7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            42 And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ~ St Luke 23:42-43

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sacred Heart of Jesus, grant us the courage of the martyrs. Mary, Help of Christians, help us in our last agony. Guardian Angel, help us stay the course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Why Saint Thomas Aquinas Opposed Open Borders

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D., Breitbart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Every nation has the right to distinguish, by country of origin, who can migrate to it and apply appropriate immigration policies, according to the great medieval scholar and saint Thomas Aquinas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In a surprisingly contemporary passage of his Summa Theologica, Aquinas noted that the Jewish people of Old Testament times did not admit visitors from all nations equally, since those peoples closer to them were more quickly integrated into the population than those who were not as close.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some antagonistic peoples were not admitted at all into Israel due to their hostility toward the Jewish people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Law “prescribed in respect of certain nations that had close relations with the Jews,” the scholar noted, such as the Egyptians and the Idumeans, “that they should be admitted to the fellowship of the people after the third generation.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Citizens of other nations “with whom their relations had been hostile,” such as the Ammonites and Moabites, “were never to be admitted to citizenship.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “The Amalekites, who were yet more hostile to them, and had no fellowship of kindred with them, were to be held as foes in perpetuity,” Aquinas observed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For the scholar, it seemed sensible to treat nations differently, depending on the affinity of their cultures with that of Israel as well as their historic relations with the Jewish people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In his remarkably nuanced commentary, Aquinas also distinguished among three types of immigrants in the Israel of the Old Testament.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  First were “the foreigners who passed through their land as travelers,” much like modern day visitors with a travel visa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Second were those who “came to dwell in their land as newcomers,” seemingly corresponding to resident aliens, perhaps with a green card, living in the land but not with the full benefits of citizenship.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A third case involved those foreigners who wished “to be admitted entirely to their fellowship and mode of worship.” Even here, dealing with those who wished to integrate fully into the life and worship of Israel required a certain order, Aquinas observed. “For they were not at once admitted to citizenship: just as it was law with some nations that no one was deemed a citizen except after two or three generations.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “The reason for this was that if foreigners were allowed to meddle with the affairs of a nation as soon as they settled down in its midst,” Aquinas logically reasoned, “many dangers might occur, since the foreigners not yet having the common good firmly at heart might attempt something hurtful to the people.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In other words, Aquinas taught that total integration of immigrants into the life, language, customs and culture (including worship, in this case) was necessary for full citizenship.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It requires time for someone to learn which issues affect the nation and to make them their own, Aquinas argued. Those who know the history of their nation and have lived in it, working for the common good, are best suited to participate in decision-making about its future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It would be dangerous and unjust to place the future of a nation in the hands of recent arrivals who do not fully understand the needs and concerns of their adoptive home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When facing contemporary problems, modern policy makers can often benefit from the wisdom of the great saints and scholars who have dealt with versions of the same issues in ages past.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aquinas’ reflections reveal that similar problems have existed for centuries—indeed, millennia—and that distinguishing prudently between nations and cultures doesn’t automatically imply prejudice or unfair discrimination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sometimes, it’s just the right thing to do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Originally posted at: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/31/saint-thomas-aquinas-opposed-open-borders/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pope Francis To Cleanse Far-right Rot from Catholic Church?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pope Francis To Cleanse Far-right Rot from Catholic Church?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Written by  Michael Matt | Editor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This just in from The Washington Post:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How Pope Francis can cleanse the far-right rot from the Catholic Church:  “Pope Francis needs to take tougher action against the United States’ most influential Catholic in Rome, Cardinal Raymond “Breitbart” Burke. The renegade cleric is not only undermining Francis’s reformist, compassionate papacy, and gospel teaching as it applies to refugees and Muslims, but the rebel prince of the church is also using his position within the walls of the Vatican to legitimize extremist forces that want to bring down Western liberal democracy, Stephen K. Bannon-style. Simply put, the Vatican is facing a political war between the modernizing Pope Francis and a conservative wing that wants to reassert white Christian dominance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cardinal Raymond Burke takes part in an antiabortion march in Rome in 2012. (Riccardo De Luca/Associated Press)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Emma-Kate Symons is a Washington-based journalist and former Paris correspondent. Her work has been published in Foreign Policy, Women in the World in association with the New York Times, Quartz, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal and the Australian Financial Review.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pope Francis needs to take tougher action against the United States’ most influential Catholic in Rome, Cardinal Raymond “Breitbart” Burke. The renegade cleric is not only undermining Francis’s reformist, compassionate papacy, and gospel teaching as it applies to refugees and Muslims, but the rebel prince of the church is also using his position within the walls of the Vatican to legitimize extremist forces that want to bring down Western liberal democracy, Stephen K. Bannon-style. Simply put, the Vatican is facing a political war between the modernizing Pope Francis and a conservative wing that wants to reassert white Christian dominance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Burke was reduced to a ceremonial patron role at the Knights of Malta after a power struggle at the ancient chivalric order, won by the pope last month, following a spat over its humanitarian wing’s alleged distribution of condoms. Losing the leadership battle and prestige at the secretive society headquartered in Rome — Francis is appointing his own special delegate above Burke — was seen as a papal rap on the knuckles for the cardinal leading the charge against Francis’s writings on communion for divorcees.  But the virulently anti-Islam (“capitulating to Islam would be the death of Christianity”), migrant-phobic,  Donald Trump-defending, Vladimir Putin-excusing Burke is unrepentant and even defiant, continuing to preside over a far-right, neo-fascist-normalizing cheer squad out of the Holy See.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This Vatican operation, called Dignitatis Humanae, or the Institute for Human Dignity, whose advisory board includes two of the four cardinals openly challenging Francis on marriage and sexuality, is slavishly promoting Burke’s favorite American white Catholic nationalist, Bannon, with star billing on its home page. The institute’s top office-bearers, Burke and his henchman, the media-savvy Breitbart contributor Benjamin Harnwell, are also encouraging Benito Mussolini fan Matteo Salvini, of Italy’s Northern League, and Muslim-baiting far-right Catholic poster girl Marion Le Pen, the National Front “rising star” niece of party leader Marine Le Pen in France.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As the Italian press first revealed, Burke held a long meeting last week at his Vatican home with Salvini, a fierce critic of the pope who wants to push refugees back into the sea and close all mosques in Italy. It was a flagrant political intervention on the side of the extreme-right racist grouping ahead of the Italian elections. Mysterious posters also appeared around the Vatican decrying a sinister-looking pope’s “decapitation” of the Malta Knights order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The situation facing the Catholic Church raises alarming parallels with the ideological warfare that split the Vatican in the 1930s when ethnic nationalism was sweeping Europe under Mussolini and Hitler and when fascist forces infiltrated the highest echelons of the church. In 1937, Pope Pius XI published an encyclical in German denouncing the Nazi regime and its racism. The diatribe infuriated Hitler, but the focus was more on Nazi persecution of Catholics than laws targeting Jews.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In Italy, the Vatican had long made accommodations with Mussolini for its own geopolitical gains, and Pius XI failed to quell widespread institutional anti-Semitism in the church before it was too late. When Mussolini decreed in 1938 that Italian Jews were to suffer a legal fate similar to those in Germany, Pius XI tried to prepare a fresh encyclical deploring anti-Semitism and racism, as revealed in historian David Kertzer’s book “The Pope and Mussolini,” he was double-crossed by pro-fascist forces in the Vatican working in tandem with Il Duce. Senior figures in the French Catholic Church also collaborated with fascism in France, where the Vichy regime aided the Nazis in deporting about 80,000 Jews to the death camps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The lesson of history has not been lost on Francis. After President Trump’s inauguration, he warned that rising populism could produce a new Hitler. But now, as Europe faces historic elections that could bring extreme-right nationalists back into power across the continent for the first time since World War II, he must act. The bellicose anti-Islam invective being marshaled by figures such as Burke shares much in common with the vicious anti-Semitism many Catholic clerics adhered to in the 1930s, when they saw Jews as a danger to the Christian West whose rights must be restricted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Burke, like Bannon, who says Islam is “the most radical” religion in the world, makes no distinction in his clash-of-civilizations frenzy between the Muslim faith’s diverse currents and interpretations, and violent jihadist movements derived mostly from Saudi-style Salafism. Unsurprisingly, Burke says he is “very satisfied” with Russian autocrat Putin’s “defense of life and family” and believes he may have “converted” since his KGB days. Yet, just as godless Communism posed an existential threat in the past, the Catholic Church has nothing to gain and everything to lose from cozying up to far-right extremists from the United States to Europe. They distort Christianity into an exclusionary ideology in defense of nation and race, and unite a new support base of Muslim-haters with historically anti-Semitic movements such as the National Front that are anything but Christian, and often neo-pagan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The options open to the pope in dealing with Burke are limited. Excommunication isn’t in the cards; Burke is not a heretic denying the Catholic faith. Nor is Burke refusing to submit to the pontiff like French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who was cast out by John Paul II after his ultra-conservative Society of Saint Pius X ordained its own bishops rather than take directions from the Vatican.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  However, Francis, who has full authority over his cardinals, could fully remove Burke from his remaining sinecure with Knights of Malta, call him in for a pastoral correction on the issue of his unacceptable political interventions, investigate Dignitatis Humanae with a view to shutting it down for its subversive politicking, and send the rebel cardinal back home to the United States. As Burke tries to run an insurgency and rebukes the pope for his doctrinal “ambiguities,” with the backing of thousands of priests, Francis could seize the agenda. In time-honored papal tradition, he could write an encyclical on the burning questions of populism and nationalism, with specific reference to migrants, Muslims and Jews, so priests including Burke know they are in breach of church teaching when they try to act as power brokers for the international extreme right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The stakes could hardly be higher, especially as the pope seems on a collision course with a Trump-Bannon White House that has imposed a form of a Muslim ban and disparaged him during the election campaign for daring to suggest that building a wall on the United States’ southern border was un-Christian. If the pope doesn’t put the reactionary elements such as Burke and his cronies back in their place, they could force a real schism during his papacy and leave the church open to justifiable accusations it failed to stand up to enablers of extremism and neo-fascism within its ranks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  REMNANT COMMENT: The author of this Catholic-bashing rant is Emma-Kate Symons — a Washington-based journalist and former Paris correspondent. Her work has been published in Foreign Policy, Women in the World in association with the New York Times, Quartz, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal and the Australian Financial Review. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In other words, she’s a person of some influence. Mark well how she concludes her article: “If the pope doesn’t put the reactionary elements such as Burke and his cronies back in their place, they could force a real schism during his papacy and leave the church open to justifiable accusations that it failed to stand up to enablers of extremism and neo-fascism within its ranks.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Smells a bit like blackmail, doesn’t it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Extremism,” “neo-fascism” and “white dominance” are terms not bandied about by journalists these days unless there is deliberate intent to vilify and intimidate a certain demographic. They immediately conjure up (at least in the minds of the undereducated) flickering black-and-white images of mass murderers on the History Channel — e.g., Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin, Pol Pot.  But surely when a “responsible” journalist employs such terms, it’s not without good cause.  It can only mean that the person (or group) at whom such vitriol is directed must present a real threat to homeland security—someone that governments and police departments alike would be wise to monitor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This inflammatory rhetoric (some might call it hate speech) is, ironically enough, the stock-in-trade of far-Left hate hunters. And, by and large, it works. And it’s guaranteed to work in this case, when Francis comes blundering in with his weekly caricatures of faithful Catholics as “rigorists” and “extremists” in his own Church — thus making the rhetoric seem that much more warranted.   “It must be true if the Pope thinks so too!” 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In other words, Pope Francis is becoming key to the success of a radically anti-Catholic agenda. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The takeaway? Pope Francis is not merely a liberal-leaning pope with whom faithful Catholics are permitted to respectfully disagree. No, not anymore. His is the voice of reason against unreasonable Catholic “extremism” (read: orthodoxy). He’s the liberator who will rescue the modern world from a vengeful return of the Church of the Dark Ages, the Church of the Inquisition, the Church of a Repressive Moral Code that ushered millions into hopelessness and despair, lives cut short by Catholic Guilt.  And if you don’t go along with the Pope’s new and improved Church of Inclusion, Church of Accompaniment — well, obviously, you’re a hater who wants people to die or at least live in misery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you’re opposed to ‘gay marriage,’ for example, you have only a few years to publicly air those views. Francis is shifting the Church so far to the Left that those Catholics who do not go along with him (and, let’s face it, we’re already to the point where Catholics are bound in conscience not to) will be easily vilified as “dangerous extremists”, so filled with hate that even their own Church finds them deplorable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You see how it works? This is no longer about a mere theological or philosophical divide in the Catholic Church, with progressives on one side and conservatives on the other. No, it’s part of a purging, whereby radical Leftists will declare open season on faithful Catholics — loners who have “broken away” from the Pope of Toleration in order to make common cause with the radicalized descendants of Tim McVey and Dave Koresh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One little problem now, of course: ‘Hate groups’ were always and forever supposedly motivated by a paranoid anti-government fear factor — the veritable meat and potatoes of “domestic terrorists”. So with Donald Trump in the White House, the radical Left’s go-to narrative becomes obsolete, and a new challenge presents itself: Link the “vast right-wing Christian conspiracy” to the White House this time around, and then condemn the entire “basket of deplorables” in one fell swoop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It’ll be interesting to see how this works out for them down the road. But, clearly, the Washington Post is trotting it out already with its paranoid call for Pope Francis  to crush some scaaaaaary Cardinal Burke-Steve Bannon cartel.  Depending on how this all plays out, Francis may turn out to be not only the most humble pope in history but also the most dangerous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perhaps this is why the Left is love-bombing him to death.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Michael Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper’s editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV’s The Remnant Forum. He’s been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris–the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France–since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum’s Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Know-Nothing Catholics on Muslim Immigration

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles.” ∼ Executive order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United  States

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It can be expected that Catholic bishops will respond with dismay to President Trump’s order banning immigration from seven Muslim nations. When Trump first proposed banning Muslims from entering the U.S., Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the USCCB issued a statement repudiating “the hatred and suspicion that leads to policies of discrimination.” At about the same time, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said Catholics could “not possibly countenance” restricting entry to the U.S. solely on the basis of religious affiliation. It can also be expected that bishops will employ an argument they have long used against opponents of Muslim immigration—namely, that Catholic immigrants were once treated with similar suspicion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Catholics and non-Catholics alike now laugh at the anti-Catholic prejudice of the Know-Nothings (aka The American Party) and other groups who were opposed to immigration from Catholic countries in Europe. The anti-Catholics based their objection on the belief that Catholics owed allegiance to a foreign power (the Vatican), and thus, Catholics could never be truly loyal to America and its Constitution. More than that, there were dark rumors about a papist plot to take over America, and about an undersea tunnel that connected the Vatican to New York. This view—that Catholics could never assimilate to America’s democratic culture—persisted in some quarters up until the election of John F. Kennedy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The fact that some Americans once mistakenly considered Catholicism a menace is now used as an argument against critics of Muslim immigration. Just as the Know-Nothings of days gone by were wrong about Catholicism, so also will today’s “Know-Nothings” be proven wrong about Islam. Or, so it is claimed. The open-borders advocates within the Church assure us that Islam will turn out to be as Americans as apple pie: give Islam a chance, and you will discover that the local Iman is just Bing Crosby’s Father O’Malley with a beard—a mellow fellow whose biggest concern is to pay off the mortgage on the mosque.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But what if all the things that were once falsely charged against Catholicism are actually true of Islam? The nineteenth century anti-Catholics mistakenly thought that Catholicism was a theocracy, but Islam really is a theocracy. The anti-Catholics wrongly questioned the loyalty of American Catholics, but numerous polls show that a majority of Muslims consider their primary allegiance to be to the ummah (the worldwide community of Muslim believers), and not to whatever nation they happen to reside in. A Pew Research survey of Muslim-Americans under thirty revealed that sixty percent of them felt more loyalty to Islam than to America. The Know-Nothings worried needlessly that Catholics would be subject to foreign influence, but when you consider that 85 percent of fulltime, paid imams in the U.S. are foreign born, then foreign influence on American Muslims does seem a legitimate concern.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What about the anti-Catholic fear that Catholics would be bound by Canon Law not Constitutional Law? There was, of course, little need for worry. The scope of Cannon Law is largely restricted to internal Church affairs, and most Catholics have only the vaguest acquaintance with its requirements. On the other hand, sharia law governs almost every aspect of daily life for Muslims. Moreover, many tenets of sharia law directly contradict the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Sharia law permits cruel and unusual punishments; the open-ended sharia blasphemy laws makes free speech highly problematic; and the apostasy and dhimmitude laws more or less cancel out religious freedom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How seriously is sharia regarded in Muslim lands? In many Muslim nations sharia law (or Islamic law) is the law of the land. For example, it is written into the constitutions of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­and Iraq. The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam which is the Islamic response to the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights was ratified by all 57 member nations of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Article 24 of the Declaration states “All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Sharia.” Article 25 states “The Islamic Sharia is the only source of reference for the explanation or clarification of any of the articles of this Declaration.” All of which sounds a bit like the fine print in a warranty which tells you that your product is completely covered for 10 years except for labor and all the working parts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But how about Muslims in America? You may think that American Muslims pay no attention to the thousand-year-old requirements of sharia law, but polls show otherwise. A nationwide survey conducted by The Polling Company for the Center for Security Policy reveals that 51 percent of Muslims agreed that “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to sharia.” In addition, 51 percent of those polled believed that they should have the choice of American or sharia courts. Only 39 percent agreed that Muslims in the U.S. should be subject to American courts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Take over the country? That’s what some of the anti-Catholic nativists thought that the Catholics were planning to do. There is no evidence, however, that any Catholic groups, whether lay or clerical, ever entertained notions about subjugating America. On the other hand, numerous Islamist leaders have, in no uncertain terms, expressed a desire to conquer America. And the crazy talk is not confined to terrorist chiefs hiding out in the deserts of Libya or Iraq. “Death to America” is now the unofficial motto of one large and well-armed Islamic nation (Iran). Moreover, subjugating nations to Islam is not simply something that Muslims like to talk about. It’s what they have done throughout history. The spread of Islam is the raison d’être of Islam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How should it be spread? Not necessarily with bullets and bombs. Prominent Islamic spiritual leaders such as Yusuf al-Qaradawi have expressed confidence that Islam can conquer Europe through immigration and through higher birth rates. 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed has expressed similar sentiments about the defeat of the U.S. Although not at all adverse to the use of violence, KSM revealed that al-Qaeda’s plan to crush America was more subtle than that. According to James Mitchell, the CIA contractor who interrogated him, KSM told him:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The “practical” way to defeat America was through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims. He said jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States, taking advantage of the welfare system to support themselves while they spread their jihadi message. They will wrap themselves in America’s rights and laws for protection, ratchet up acceptance of Sharia law, and then, only when they were strong enough, rise up and violently impose Sharia from within.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is that possibility, and not a D-Day type invasion that worries serious critics of Islamic immigration, and it is that possibility that the new executive order is meant to forestall. More to the point, the ban on Muslim immigration is not based in bigotry, but on a realistic assessment of Islam. If, as Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other Islamists have said, the plan is to conquer the West through immigration, then putting restrictions on Muslim immigration is the logical thing to do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last February, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy gave a speech which rehashed all the old clichés about “anti-Islamic prejudice.” He reminded his audience about the anti-Catholic bigotry of the past; he cautioned them about a “new nativism”; he advised them that they should view with repugnance the “repeated falsehoods” that Islam is inherently violent or that Muslims seek to replace the Constitution with sharia law; and he told them that Catholics must speak out against “distortions of Muslim theology … because these distortions are just as devastating in the present day as the distortions of Catholic teaching … which were disseminated in American society in the nineteenth century.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Except that the “distortions” of Islam that McElroy talks about are not distortions at all. They are established facts. And the fears that many in the U.S have about Muslim immigration are well-founded fears. Rational discrimination against Muslim immigration in the twenty-first century is not the same as irrational discrimination against Catholic immigration in the nineteenth century. Unless, of course, you are naïve enough to believe that all religions are basically of the same peace-loving sort.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The term “Know-Nothings” originally referred to its members’ habit of responding to every question about its activities with the reply “I know nothing.” The moniker also captured the ignorance of its nativist members. Their opposition to Catholic immigrants was largely based on misinformation. Today, however, the situation is reversed. It’s not the opponents of immigration that are ill-informed, but its proponents. Today’s equivalent of the Know-Nothings are not those who have fears about Muslim immigration. In general, their fears are based on facts about Islamic beliefs and Islamic history—facts which are easily accessible to anyone who bothers to look. The “Know-Nothings” of today are those who think Muslim immigration can only be a good thing—those who are so ignorant of Islam that they proudly proclaim their solidarity with it. The Know-Nothings of today are all those willfully blind groups and individuals who refuse to look at the facts about Islam, and prefer instead to cling to the fantasy Islam of their own imaginations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today’s Know-Nothings are smug in their assurance that they hold the moral high ground. Hence they absolve themselves from examining the evidence on which moral judgments should be based. They are sure that the conventional wisdom of yesterday is adequate to understand today’s radically different situation. In their own way, they are as much of a threat to American society as the terrorists who plan to take advantage of their ignorance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  William Kilpatrick taught for many years at Boston College. He is the author of several books about cultural and religious issues, including Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong; and Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Catholic World Report, National Catholic Register, Aleteia, Saint Austin Review, Investor’s Business Daily, and First Things. His work is supported in part by the Shillman Foundation. For more on his work and writings, visit his website, turningpointproject.com

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