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Christendom and Franciscan Under Fire: The X-Files, or Just Moldy Scuttlebutt?

 

However, as accusations of misconduct in the Clinton White House (in which the Lewinsky scandal was just a cover for Chinagate and a mysterious trail of dead bodies that seemed to follow Bill and Hillary wherever they went) and the growing sense that maybe the government, which was growing increasingly totalitarian in scope, was not on the side of the American people, The X-Files’s motto “The Truth is Out There” always nagged at even the most normal American viewer ensconced in front the glowing television during the “Nifty 90s.”

(As a “crazy but probably true” side note, your author would like to caution that the depiction of demonic activity in many episodes of the show makes the X-Files not so much a near occasion of sin, but a near occasion of demonic oppression, so he is not suggesting that anyone go out and watch the show).

After the horrors of September 11, a day on which three steel structures collapsed into free fall after a fire had raged in them for a matter of hours and a Boeing 757 flew into the side of the Pentagon but miraculously left practically no debris, a conspiracy culture quickly spread across the internet, ushering in a reign of extreme skepticism that has effected practically everyone who has ever opened up an internet browser.

However, this conspiracy culture itself has not lasted for long on the internet.

As the predicted dates of internet doomsday prophecies of nuclear Armageddon, economic collapse, and catastrophic meteor showers have come and gone, a second wave of cynicism and doubt has overcome those who had quickly purchased cases of ammunition and crates of Ramen to outlive the zombie apocalypse but were stuck with concerned neighbors and a hefty monthly credit card payment.

Rounding the second decade of the 21st century, we are thus all stuck with that old X-Files feeling of being caught between fact and fiction, skepticism and belief, but at the same time nagged by the feeling that “the truth is out there.”

The X-Files feeling has recently crept into the current discussion of the crisis of Catholic higher education.

Earlier this year, two of the flagship conservative Catholic colleges in the United States, Christendom College and the Franciscan University of Steubenville, came under attack from a host of bloggers and journalists who happened upon cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse committed against female students at the school by male students.

The attacks were first initiated by disgraced blogger Simcha Fisher who transformed her criticism of Christendom College’s alleged mishandling of sexual assault to an attack on Christendom’s allegedly “rigid” policies.

Fisher’s attack prompted a chastened, hang dog response from Christendom, which, in turn, prompted a demand from Fisher that Christendom College President resign.

However, Fisher’s attack was merely the beginning of an all-out war on conservative Catholic institutions.

This war quickly spread to an attack on the second of the two most prominent Newman Guide Colleges, the Franciscan University of Steubenville, as Jenn Morson, a writer for the (of course!) Washington Post, attacked Franciscan for allegedly mishandling sexual abuse claims.

Upon first glance, these attacks appeared to be from disgruntled Catholic cat lady bloggers who had happened upon genuine instances of abuse, which may have been mishandled, and then used to them to further draw attention to themselves as journalists.

But then something weird happened.

Austin Ruse at Crisis Magazine has added a missing element to the saga of “L’Affair Christendom,” which has morphed into “L’Affair Steubenville” as well. It turns out that at least one of the Catholic journalists promoting the stories of young women who claimed abuse at the hands of young men on the campuses of Christendom College and Franciscan University was, in fact, being funded by a James Bondesque former Nazi collaborator, “hit and run” capitalist, and current promoter of “genocide level” migration into the West.

Who has Christendom and Steubenville in his sights?

 

 

If you guessed billionaire George Soros, then, dear reader, you are correct.

It turns out that the hit piece against Franciscan University was financed by a group called The Media Consortium which in turn was financed by George Soros’s very own Open Society Foundation (an organization dedicated to both financial looting of the West as well as the active promotion of degeneracy).

Ruse, thanks to the gumshoe work of Catholic News Agency’s Mary Reznec, notes that National Catholic Reporter’s CEO Caitlin Hendel is even on the leadership board of the Soros Funded Media Consortium.

But both Ruse and Reznec’s excellent work is not the end of the story, however.

Doesn’t it seem a little strange that an 87-year-old “Hungarian” (Soros constantly changes his identity) supervillain would seek to upset two humble Newman Guide colleges in the United States?

George Soros, the perfect super villain, is just too good to be true and has all the qualities that conservatives hate in a bad guy. But that is precisely the problem: Soros, who looks literally like a walking corpse, appears a little bit too much like a bad guy from the X-Files.

Also, he is really, really old. How much time in his day between naps, giant owl worshipping, and administration of super drugs to keep him going does Soros have to plot the downfall of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, home of Scott Hahn and “the Barons.”

Is it possible that there is someone behind Soros himself for whom the “Hungarian” arch villain serves as the public face?

Let’s take a look.

To find out who Soros is, we simply have to find out who protects our “Hungarian” friend and who finances him.

Soros began his career in the early 1960s working for the New York bank Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, which, itself is part of the network of banks tied to the most famous banking family of the past two hundred years: the Rothschild family. In fact, as the mainstream Washington Times reported in 2011, George Soros’s Quantum Fund was kick started in 1969 by Rothschild banker, George C. Karlweis. The Rothschild’s also have the bankers Richard Katz and Niels S. Taub who sit on the board of Quantum Fund.

Yes, those Rothschilds.

If anything, George Soros is simply a front for the Rothschild family (and who knows who is behind them).

Thus, if our Catholic X-Files “mytharc” holds, then The National Catholic Reporter (and, your author is willing to bet, some of the other left wing Catholic platforms attacking Steubenville and Christendom) is ultimately funded by a nefarious banking family that, for all intents and purposes, are the “Illuminati” of the “Illuminati.”

Or maybe “L’Affaire Christendom et Franciscan” has nothing to do with any of these conspiracies, and it is simply the case that some embittered Catholic bloggers are lashing out at the conservative Catholic institutions that had burned them in the past. Fisher has, for her part, denied Soros funding, and we should give her the benefit of the doubt.

 

 

In the end, we are stuck with several layers of weirdness that the X Files’ own cigarette smoking man would be proud of.

It certainly is possible that the Church has been infiltrated by agents or at least assets of the Deep State who are gas lighting wounded young Catholics into supporting a coup against the two strongest citadels of Catholic higher education in the country.

However, the more likely case is that a group of angry, bitter 30-something Catholics never took the “trad pill”, but stayed waffling in the no-man’s-land of loosey-goosey JPII Catholicism and have followed the white rabbit of modernism down into a dark hole of degeneracy, conservative Novus Ordo piety, and Baskin Robbins ice cream cakes eaten alone while watching Game of Thrones.

The shadowy forces using George Soros’ money and public face as a conduit found these wounded, angry consumers of “Celebration Cookie Cake”, and have been feeding them money and giving them an outlet for their bitterness.

Whatever the case may be, we know that, in the end, “the truth is out there”.

 

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    Jorge Bergoglio means that a growing number of both aging 1960s influenced liberal Catholics and JPII younger Catholics, who tend toward a romanticized fuhrerprinzip certainly in regard to JPII but also to the Petrine office, have made hard moves to join the zeitgeist – which today is decidedly farther left into moral and intellectual perversity than it was when JPII was facing the new millennium. That means that we would be seeing things like the raving of a Mark Shea or Simcha Fisher, and attacks on the presumed most conservative/orthodox Catholic colleges, even if there were no George Soroses funding leftist agitation across the globe.

    But there are many such revoltingly rich people getting tax deductions to donate to all kinds of leftist causes. That does include paying people to blog and write articles to promote things acceptable to the current left and to attack things anathema to the current left. And if they are gunning for Franciscan University of Steubenville, then they intend to make all Newman Guide schools bow to them eventually.

    The three goals they have to ensnare the Catholic Church, the 3 they are striving to bring to fruition: ordain women, accept gay sex at least with some kind of blessing for homosexual couples, embrace inter-denominational unity which includes allowing open communion. Pope Francis’s various teachings are laying the foundations necessary for all three to be accepted by a slightly more liberal College of Cardinals. And Pope Francis’s appointments are moving the Cardinals farther leftward.

    This is the most perilous time for the Church since the height of the Arian crisis, and I have little doubt that this is worse.

    And yes, none of this could have come about without Vatican II.

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    As conspiracy theories go, Mr. Matt, that’s not a bad one. Amid the doom and gloom, your little aside that Vice-President-at-the-time Al Gore invented the internet was smooth. You tossed it in there so lightly – gave me a laugh.

    After all, for pew sitters like me it really doesn’t matter who’s doing what to whom. I’m in my mid-70s and thank a loving God my time is limited. So I may not live to see the end of the show.

    Rock on, Michael.

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    The author, Jesse Russell, will appreciate your comment. 🙂

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    Anyone with even a small amount of contact with Christendom knows that the narrative promoted by Simcha Fisher is a false one. Simcha was just a tool, however: really a pawn in the hand of a small group of mostly apostate alumni/ae who were looking for a “Catholic” internet platform from which to launch their attack. I wonder if Simcha regrets being part of it now. Maybe not.

    The goal of the apostates and their allies is to destroy Christendom by transforming it into a secular feminist haven for immorality. The fact that they may have gone and gotten funding from feminist organizations which are themselves funded by Open Society is really not surprising, and hardly amounts to a dubious conspiracy theory. They’re obviously quite well-funded even though few of them have what most of us would call “jobs,” which was mysterious until now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prominent Archbishop Celebrates High Profile TLM at National Shrine in Washington, DC

 

The Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, archbishop of Portland in Oregon. Rev. Fr. D. B. Thompson of the Diocese of Lake Charles, Louisiana, served as assistant priest, Rev. Fr. Gregory Pendergraft of the F.S.S.P. served as deacon, and Canon Andrew Todd of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest served as the subdeacon. The first master of ceremonies was Rev. Fr. Zachary Akers, F.S.S.P. The second master of ceremonies was Rev. Fr. Gregory Eichman, F.S.S.P. Rev. Fr. Josef M. Bisig, F.S.S.P., and Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, Institute of Christ the King, served as deacons at the throne. Rev. Fr. Ernest Cibello, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hagerstown, Maryland, served as subdeacon of the cross.

The Mass celebrated was the Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Eastertide. The music was provided by the schola cantorum of The Lyceum School, the schola cantorum of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Allentown, New Jersey, the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, and the schola of St. Mary Mother of God Church in Washington, D.C. The propers of the mass were sung in Gregorian chant, and motets by Claudio Monteverdi, Pierre de Manchicourt, Thomas Tallis, Vincenzo Ugolini, and Luca Marenzio were performed.

 

 

In his sermon, Archbishop Sample spoke about Summorum Pontificum and the relationship of the Church today with the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. The archbishop, who said that he decided to learn the traditional Latin Mass on his own after Pope Benedict issued the motu proprio in 2007, thanked the pope emeritus profusely on behalf of all those present for giving the Church so great a gift as to allow the Latin rite to be celebrated once more.

He noted that in this day and age, it is the temptation of many Catholics to assume that the Catholic Church essentially hit a restart button at Vatican II and that it is unnecessary to inform oneself about the Church prior to the council, especially concerning the Sacred Liturgy. Archbishop Sample explained that knowledge of the Traditional Latin Mass is in fact quite necessary even for those who attend the Novus Ordo, as it is when the Extraordinary Form and the Ordinary Form work together for the good of the Church that the Church will thrive. There must, he said, be a “hermeneutic of continuity” between the pre-Vatican II Church and the post Vatican II Church. While stressing that he was not challenging the ideas and reforms of the Second Vatican Council, he acknowledged that the way in which those reforms were carried out has led to many of the problems the Church faces today. He assured the congregation that he fully believed in the validity and legitimacy of the Novus Ordo, but he expressed concern over the many liturgical abuses that the rite has shown itself to be prone to.

 

 

Archbishop Sample also noted the large number of young people present in the congregation. He said that many in the Church today do not understand why so many young people are drawn to the Latin Mass – a rite in which they did not grow up and with which they had no prior contact. That, the archbishop said, is exactly the question that should be asked: why are the young people drawn to the mass? Why is there such a desire among the young people of the Church to return to the Rite which their parents and grandparents attended? The Extraordinary Form of the Mass is a beautiful, solemn, and enriching Mass, he said. It is a Mass that was celebrated by generations and generations of faithful Catholics, a Mass that drew countless new converts to Catholicism, and a Mass “that produced saints.”

The Mass took place at the high altar of the upper church of the National Shrine, which, according to the National Shrine’s website, seats 3,500 people and can accommodate up to 6,000. It was encouraging to see that almost every pew in the Church was full and that so many of the faithful present were young. A significant number of the young people in the congregation, as well as many of the altar servers, were college students and seminarians from the nearby Catholic University of America. Also present were representatives from several chapters of Juventutem America. We should hope and pray that this wonderful experience, for many of them their very first experience of the Latin mass, will inspire these college students and young people to learn more about the Latin Mass and to grow in their faith.

 

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    Catholic Traditionalist’s thanks must go to all who arranged, authorized, and advertised the tenth anniversary commemorative High Mass, for Pope Benedict XVI’s “Summorum Pontificum”—in Washington’s Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, on the campus of the Pontifical Catholic University of America.
    Pope Benedict’s liturgical basis is found in the Council of Trent’s perpetual decree, “Quo Primum” AD-1563. The Council of Trent invented nothing new regarding the Mass Rite—other than officially codifying it’s ritual—to eliminate multiple variations.
    Very special thanks are due for Portland Oregon’s Archbishop Alexander Sample; and also thanks to Monsignor Walter Rossi, Rector of the Washington Basilica.
    Faithful Traditionalists have had to wait fifty years for this hopeful sign of a true revival of the immemorial liturgy of the Roman Latin Rite Mass. The newly invented “Novus Ordo” Rite lacks a necessary Apostolic linage. No one, no one at all, is empowered to invent new rites. No Pope, nor any Council, can invent a man-made Mass Rite out of thin air—insulting tradition.
    Of course, the powerful destructive Modernist “ecumenical” movement, is still very much alive, even evident in Rome itself, and may openly continue in illegal Mass-tampering?

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    Loved that he didn’t even mention the Bergoglio in his homily while making it clear that he’s going in the wrong direction. Seems so many others feel obligated to constantly throw him the proverbial bone.

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    Why is anyone surprised at the number of young people attending? It’s clear, Our Blessed Lord drew them!
    After all, IT IS, The MASS of All Ages!
    It is the ONLY Mass handed down Legitimately, through the ages!
    It is the only Mass that produces Saints! And the only Mass that gives Divine Grace!
    It’s the only Mass spoken of (by Saint Pope Pius V), in Quo Primum – of which no one can change, or prevent any Priest from saying,.. EVER! and the only Mass that that matters!
    It’s the only True Mass that will save your soul!
    May the Heavenly Angels and Saints pray for us during these dark days when our Pope, Bishops, and Priests are leading many souls to Perdition through their novelties of new Masses, new Rossaries, new Sacraments, new Catholic Catechism, new canon laws, new name for the Catholic Church (Conciliar, after Vatican 2, which invented & allowed such travesties!); all to go along with the “New World Order” !

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      AMEN!

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      What a wonderful sight after all the horrific news this past week around the world, inside our Church and in ‘the world.’ Thank you for putting this up. Our first duty as created beings before God, is worship. This is how it’s done!

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      Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to pull it off.

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      “Prominent Archbishop Celebrates High Profile TLM at National Shrine in Washington, DC” Why should this be news, but sadly, it is.

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      The main reason for the Extraordinary Form is for the proper worship of God, Who deserves the best that we poor creatures can give Him. If we stop thinking about factors that don’t really matter and focus instead of getting that right, we’ll do alright. Present the proper reverence for God and Truth, and people of all ages will be drawn to it. We need to stop fussing about age groups in order to justify the right and proper worship of God.

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      Watched it live on EWTN. It was exquisitely beautifully. And beyond classy – it was radiantly Hochkultur like only old-school Catholics know how to do it. In essence – eternal and anti-modern. This is what we fight for – the survival of this profound salvific spiritual beauty against the tide of the grim and gray intellectual slum of the Vatican2 spirit.

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      And today (Sunday, April 29) there will be a Missa Solemnis at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, VA. all are invited

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      This is encouraging!!!!!

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      Most excellent. Reminds me of a celebration of the TLM I had the great fortune of attending at St. Francis de Sales Oratory at Ohio & Gravois in St. Louis — voted the most beautiful Catholic church in North America a year or two ago. The building and the Mass were so complementary of each other it was breathtaking.

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      I think the institute of Christ sovereign priest administers the St. Louis church. I was confirmed into an institute church in Tucson three years ago and miss it terribly. Unfortunately I am in upstate ny right now and living in novus ordo hell.

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      I’m not becausr I’m right on lake Ontario’s southern shore. . I love CT but that’s an expensive state to live in. I plan to return out west eventually. I hope.

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      Can you get to Buffalo? There is a Latin Mass there weekly through Una Voce, and across the border into Ontario there is Latin Mass daily and weekly at St. Aloysius parish in South Thorold – only about a half hour from Buffalo. Google for addresses and directions.

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      Buffalo is a long way from where I am. I am 40 miles north of syracuse and there is an SSPX Church there but I don’t have a car. I am 65 and lost my job and I’ve got some health issues. So unless I can get a job I’m restricted to attending mass where I can walk.

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      The pope can’t understand why the young love the TLM. I have been attending TLM for the past 10 yrs., and we have a ton of young people. We have an average of 10 altar servers on Sunday and 20 on feast days-all male. I am getting ready to attend mass at this time.

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      My TLM church was thriving. We had a nice mix of age groups and even college kids. Anti TLM people like to say we traditional are just a bunch of grey heads but it is actually the novus ordo congregations who are aging and the young people leave and never return.

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      CREDO in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem caeli et terrae, visibilium omnium et invisibilium.

      Et in unum Dominum Iesum Christum, Filium
      Dei unigenitum, et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula. Deum de Deo,
      Lumen de Lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero, genitum non factum,
      consubstantialem Patri; per quem omnia facta sunt.

      Qui propter nos homines et propter
      nostram salutem descendit de caelis. Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto
      ex Maria Virgine, et homo factus est.

      Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio
      Pilato, passus et sepultus est, et resurrexit tertia die, secundum
      Scripturas, et ascendit in caelum, sedet ad dexteram Patris.

      Et iterum venturus est cum gloria, iudicare vivos et mortuos, cuius regni non erit finis.

      Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem, qui ex Patre Filioque procedit.

      Qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur: qui locutus est per prophetas.

      Et unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam.

      Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum, et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen.

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      I have a typographical plea. We’re not ancient Romans, so, let’s go back to the typography of the classical Missal and put ‹j› back for consonantal ‹i›; among other things, it helps priests whose Latin is a bit shaky. I suspect Bugnini of having been one of these, incidentally, but his worst crime in the area was in Greek, when in his brave new Holy Week book (‘Ordo Hebdomadae Sanctae Instauratus’ he ‘corrected’ the Tridentine transliteration of Ἅγιος Ἀθἀνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς, namely ‹Agios Athánatos, eléison imas› (‘Sanctus Immortalis, miserere nobis’, ‘Holy Immortal One [vocative], have mercy on us[ imperative, not subjunctive]’), into †Hágios Athanatos, eléison hymas†, of which the Latin translation would be the preposterous ‘Sanctus Immortalis, miserere vobis’, i. e. ‘Holy Immortal One [vocative], have mercy on you there[ imperative, not subjunctive]’. What made the error possible for the ignorant and presumptuous Bugnini was that ἡμᾶς ‘us’ and ὑμᾶς ‘you[ pl.]’, which in Classical Greek were pronounced respectively hemás and hümás, have from late antiquity on been pronounced alike as imás, Having as a young student of Classics in the late fifties had, at his request, to help my poor old parish priest who, himself a Master in Classics, had baptised me, somehow or other to get through Bugnini’s new Order of Holy Week, I finally noticed this pretentious monstrosity, and over several decades wrote regularly to Rome pointing out the absurdity of Bugnini’s new and improved transliteration of the Greek, but never received an answer, so gave up, but since have found that the worst has been silently corrected. It should not be forgotten that it was with the Freemason Bugnini’s brave new Holy Week, put under the nose of the failing Pius XII to approve, that the whole liturgical wrecking operation began, but unfortunately it was and still usually is forgotten, because what followed was worse than anyone could have imagined. Principiis obsta ! I heard recently that some people somewhere have gone back to the old Tridentine Holy Week, the one without audience participation, and I wish them the best of luck.

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      I used to sing that every high mass in my church choir in Tucson. I never thought a little formerly Anglican girl would be learning to sing the latin mass and Gregorian chant. It is glorious.

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      I really wanted to be there. As I live in California, it just wasn’t feasible. I’m so glad to know that it was well attended!

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      Could you imagine the face of a churchman reading and trying to understand this sentence 80 or 90 years ago? Good grief. “…thanked the pope emeritus profusely on behalf of all those present for giving the Church so great a gift as to allow the Latin rite to be celebrated once more.”

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      As the ex-pope wrote and said at the time, the pre-conciliar rite was never officially abrogated. He must have spoken too softly for most people.

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      Good. In his sermon did Archbishop Sample thank Archbishop Lefebvre, whose stubborn defense of the Old Mass put events in motion which made this Mass in Washington possible? Did he include thanks to the thousands of Catholics who were shamed for attending the Old Mass when it was forbidden?

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      It wasn’t forbidden de jure, but de facto.

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      I ve been called a knuckle dragger for attending the TLM and wearing a veil. It was the TLM church that made me-a life long Protestant-convert to Catholicism

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      Of course it was not forbidden nor could it ever be, as Pope Pius made it clear in Quo Primum, which is found in every altar missal. The Novus Ordo ought to be forbidden in fact, it resembles a protestant service, as intended, for the sake of a false eccumenism as well as the exposure of the Holy Eucharist to sacrilege and other abuses. It was the late Fr. Gomar DePaul who alerted many of us after the Council at which he was a periti. I rejoice that the Tridentine Mass is having a resurgence all over the world.Most especially we must thank the late and saintly archbishop LeFebvre for founding the SSPX for the Holy Priesthood and the continuation of Holy Tradition.

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      This is a moment for all of us to thank God for the continuing vindication of the pioneers traditional Catholics, who never lost hope and without whom the old Mass would have been lost. Patient, prayerful gratitude for what they did does not mean we must stick it to the guys who took longer to see the light or who are only now just beginning to see it. That tower of humility, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, would have been the first to thank God for these signs that all is not lost, even without public vindication for himself. After all, he was a faithful servant of the One they crucified. And I think he’d be so happy that the “outlawed” and “abrogated” Mass for which he sacrificed everything was today celebrated by an Archbishop on one of the most prominent altars in America. We’ve got a long way to go, yes, but let’s not lose sight of the end game. May God bless and keep Archbishop Sample who today incurred the wrath of the worst enemies of Archbishop Lefebvre.

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      I was not able to travel from Idaho to D.C. for this wonderful event but watched the whole Mass on EWTN with my 5 grandchildren. Even my 4 year old paid attention through the full Mass. It was beautiful. I look forward to seeing Archbishop Sample in Salem, OR in June for the 6th annual Sacred Liturgy Conference.

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      TLM Masses in these important cathedrals and basilicas are good PR for Old Mass, as it really helps set the stage, especially when the media covers it.

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      I watched the entire Mass on EWTN. Rather amazing to see. I’m no expert in these matters, but it seemed to be very well done. The music was extremely beautiful. All those who participated in the celebration seemed to know what to do and did it well. EWTN provided running commentary, which some might have found distracting, but I appreciated it. I was also personally interested given that Archbishop Alexander K. Sample is my Archbishop, and I have been watching his gradual growth in celebrating and promoting the Traditional Latin Mass. His homily was very “ecumenical” in not disparaging the Novus Ordo, but he was also clear in praising the usus antiquior for what it truly is, highlighting it necessity, and showed genuine excitement for its resurgence. I do believe, however, that he is naturally a thoughtful and careful man, and will lead more by example than polemics.

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      I was there. It was a blessed event, a glorious liturgy, to the honor of Our Lord and his Church. On a side note, the Archbishop has a very fine singing voice. I was deeply moved by the whole thing, mindful that the storms we’re in now don’t touch the Church in her Divine foundations.

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      I noticed the same thing. I set the TV to record it so I can watch it in full later. Then when I opened Facebook this afternoon the live feed was on my newsfeed. Archbishop Sample was chanting the Preface when I clicked in. It was flawless, as were the Pater Noster, the Postcommunion Prayer, and the Pontifical blessing. All the glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

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      If I can nit-pick, it would have been really nice if all the singers in the schola had worn the same kind of outfit – or were dressed in choir garb. A bit distracting when they were on camera to see different personal styles…again just a nit-pick. The singing itself was wonderful.

  • Hail Victory! (Alfie Evans, RIP)

     

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    Alfie Evans, 48 hours before his passing

     

    AUTHOR’S NOTE:  In the hours since I completed this article, the world has learned the heartbreaking news that little Alfie Evans has died.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. May God also console his parents and, by bringing them into union with Him through the Catholic Church in this life, reunite them with their beloved Alfie in the next.

    Like the whimpering “rabbit” of Eglfing-Haar, Alfie took a few extra days before complying with the wishes of his “caretakers.”  For those of us who are concerned not only about Alfie himself but also about what his case means, news of his passing does not permit us to comply with those wishes ourselves, by “going back to our everyday lives” as the Death Panel of Alder Hey Hospital (by means of the prepared statement read under duress by Tom Evans) commands.  Rather, we must commit ourselves all the more profoundly to the cause of life, which means–as Father Maximilian demonstrated at Auschwitz–to give ourselves ever more entirely to the Mother of the Alpha and Omega of All Life.  Only She has been given by God the promise of victory over Satan.  Only She can crush all heresy in the whole world.  And make no mistake about it; Alfie died of heresy in the end. He died specifically of the heresy which holds that mercy may be untethered from justice; love from truth; and pastoral practice from doctrine.  That heresy is what we who are alive to see him die must commit ourselves to fighting, through the Immaculata, at all costs. HW

     

     

    Because of our history in Germany, we have learned that there are some things you just don’t do with severely handicapped children. A society must be prepared to look after (them). 

    –Professor Nikolaus Haas, testifying in the case of Alfie Evans[1]

     

    According to the Approved Judgment handed down by Justice Anthony Hayden on February 20, 2018, it is in the “best interest”[2] of impaired British toddler Alfie Evans to have his ventilator removed. Contrary to certain expectations, however, following this removal–which took place with the world watching on Monday, April 23–little Alfie did not die on demand. The fact that the child has since been deprived of sufficient oxygen and nutrition, not to mention being refused transport out of the country or release from Alder Hey Hospital at all, handily demonstrates that the verbiage best interest denotes imposed death–nothing else, and nothing less.[3]

    As of this writing, little Alfie is still alive, probably because of his heroic father’s decision to do a complete about-face based upon brutal arm-twisting.[4] Asking assembled protesters to “return to (their) everyday lives,”[5] Tom Evans also issued a plea for privacy which should be respected by each and all. Still, there are a number of compelling reasons why we cannot entirely oblige him, where “standing down” on this situation is concerned.

    After all, as Mr. Evans himself has pointed out,[6] there is more at stake here than only the life of his innocent and vulnerable son–as non-negotiable as Alfie is. There is the precedent that Alfie’s case will set (or arguably, solidify), should he be forced to die. There is the undermining of objective morality inherent in Amoris Laetitia Chapter 8, which will continue marching like Sherman to the sea unless it is confronted and overturned. And there is our civilizational commitment to preventing the atrocities of Nazi Germany from ever being tolerated again.

    Professor Nikolaus Haas is identified in the Approved Judgment as the “Medical Director of the Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Intensive Care at the University Hospital of Ludwig-Maximilians (U)niversity (LMU), Munich” (p. 7). Considerable prestige, in other words, attaches to his opinion that Alfie’s prognosis is very poor. With clinical bluntness, Professor Haas has stated that (pp. 8-9):

    I do agree with the medical teams involved that there are no useful tests that may be performed to improve Alfie’s condition. The genetic testing (i.e., whole genome sequencing) is performed by blood sampling and without any risks for Alfie. These tests may in certain cases be beneficial to delineate a rare new disease as pointed out by the doctors of Bambino Gesù Hospital. To the best of my knowledge these tests have–even if a new disease is found–never been able to cure a patient with a disease pattern like Alfie’s.

    The doctors from Bambino Gesù, like Pope Francis himself, have rested their case not on Alfie’s inviolable right to life, but on the temporal hope that transporting the child to Italy might open up the possibility of a new therapeutic approach and ultimately bring about significant improvement, or even recovery.

    Professor Haas refuses to don these particular rose-colored glasses. While he concurs with Alder Hey about Alfie’s condition, he refuses to countenance the removal of life support or the denial of life-sustaining care due to that condition alone. Alluding to the horrors of the Holocaust, Professor Haas instead demands that Alfie be cared for not because there is a chance he may get better, but precisely because “a society must be prepared to look after these severely handicapped children and not decide that life support has to be withdrawn against the will of the parents” (pp. 16-7), as heinous eugenic experience has already proven.

    Justice Hayden did not, for his part, take kindly to the reminder. “Notwithstanding that Professor Haas has assessed Alfie’s medical circumstances in terms which are identical to those at Alder Hey,” Hayden writes, rarely in higher dudgeon (p. 16):

    (Professor Haas) has different views as to what he terms ‘withdrawal of therapy,’ and which I shall call end of life plans. It is no part of his function, however, to utilize the case as a platform for his own personal beliefs. I found the . . . paragraph (about child euthanasia in Nazi Germany) to be inflammatory and inappropriate, not least because the views expressed bear no relationship to and do not engage with the facts of this case.

    According to the individual who has attempted to seal Alfie’s fate at the judicial level, in other words, it is a matter of mere private opinion whether Aktion T4 is even to be deplored or not. At the same time, we are expected to swallow the implication that Justice Hayden himself, bastion of impregnable objectivity that he is, bring no agenda to the table at all–even though he is just as committed to extinguishing the life of little Alfie Evans as Professor Haas is to sustaining it. “But surely, with all this,” noted the Irish Bishops regarding the euthanasia movement as long ago as 1975, “we are in the world of Nazi Germany, not that of Western liberal democracy. Liberal reformers are outraged at the comparison. But it is difficult to see how it can be avoided.”[7]

    Picture, if you would, a visit to a state hospital in Germany in the autumn of 1939. As reported by an actual observer, in the children’s ward:

    were some twenty-five half-starved children ranging in age from one to five years. The director of the institution, Dr. Pfannmueller, explained the routine. We don’t do it, he said, with poisons or injections. “Our method is much simpler and more natural.” With these words, the fat and smiling doctor lifted an emaciated, whimpering child from his little bed, holding him up like a dead rabbit. He went on to explain that food is not withdrawn at once, but the rations are gradually decreased. “With this child,” he added, “it will take another two or three days.”[8]

    This revolting vignette, so eerily comparable to what Alfie Evans is going through right now, was far from a singular occurrence. “Thousands of children were disposed of,” Fredric Wertham, author of A Sign for Cain, goes on to explain (pp. 159-60):

    A special agency existed for them, consisting of a commission of three experts: one a psychiatrist and director of a state hospital, the other two prominent pediatricians. The children came from psychiatric hospitals, institutions for mental defectives, children’s homes, university pediatric clinics, children’s hospitals, pediatricians, et al.

    And in actual practice, “the indications (for killing) became wider and wider” (Wertham, p. 159), not more carefully scrutinized and circumscribed. The process itself was simplistic as well: questionnaires were submitted to “experts” who would mark people with a plus sign (+) if–in their considered, professional, and unemotional judgment–that patient should still live; or with a minus sign (-) if not. To save time, the “experts” typically submitted these determinations concerning patients they had never even examined (Wertham, pp. 169-70).

    These facts are superabundantly documented to the point of being uncontested, for the Nazis were scrupulous record keepers. There is no excuse, in other words, for Pope Francis–who refers to situations like Alfie’s as “delicate,” “painful,” and “complex,”[9] along with the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales which affirms its collective “conviction that all those who are and have been taking the agonising (sic) decisions regarding the care of Alfie Evans” are acting “with integrity and for Alfie’s good as they see it,”[10]–to remain so culpably obtuse regarding the practical dynamics of the Culture of Death. As Wertham specifies, we can learn from the commission of child euthanasia in mid-twentieth-century Germany that (p. 155):

    there (is) nothing individual about it; it was a systematic, planned, massive killing operation. . . . What a physician does or should do with a special individual patient under special circumstances had absolutely nothing to do with those mass exterminations. The greatest mistake we can make is to assume or believe that there was a morally, medically, or socially legitimate program and that all that was wrong was merely the excesses. There were no excesses.

    But where did it all begin? Surely, this was all Hitler’s fault–and, since Hitler is dead and gone, we no longer have to consider ourselves as being in that kind of danger any more. Right?

    Wrong. Wertham debunks this myth as well, arguing that (pp. 164-5):

    (i)t has been stated that the psychiatrists were merely following a law or were being forced to obey an order.   . . . According to that view, everything was fine until that order was given and became fine again when the order was revoked. The reality was very different. There was no law and no such order. The tragedy is that the psychiatrists did not have to have an order. They acted on their own.

    Is this not what the medical personnel at Alder Hey Hospital, not to mention their collaborators in the judiciary, are doing this during this exact historical moment? The questions currently circulating at the popular level, regarding Alfie’s case–“But why are they doing this? Why don’t they let him go to Italy, or at least let him go home? It wouldn’t cost the British anything, so their stubbornness doesn’t even make financial sense!”–have no other answer than the recognition that this is the way practical eugenics always works.

    From “one note, not on official stationery but on Hitler’s own private paper,” it was a quick descent into killing helpless people with “both curable and incurable conditions, psychopathic personalities, epileptics, encephalitics, neurological cases, mental defectives of both severe and mild degree, arteriosclerotics, deaf-mutes, patients with all kinds of nervous diseases, handicapped patients who had lost a limb in the First World War . . . et al.” (Wertham, p. 159).   Furthermore, the note signed by Hitler only says that doctors are to be named (Wertham, pp. 165-6):

    so that a mercy death may be granted to patients who according to human judgment are incurably ill according to the most critical evaluation of the state of their disease.

    So the watershed turns out to be affording legal and moral approbation for the elimination of the patients who aren’t likely to get any better.

    This is why it is so disconcerting that Pope Francis is being showered with fawning kudos for a recent of Tweet of his which–far from contradicting the Culture of Death–implicitly affirms it. The news outlets congratulating His Holiness on his “support” of Alfie are too numerous to mention, with pro-life and conservative commentators appearing especially anxious to take advantage of a rare opportunity to sound supportive of the left-leaning religious leader themselves, for a change. Even EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo, during his World Over Live broadcast of Thursday, April 26, put the misunderstood message from @Pontifex on screen, accompanied by lively praise. None of this, however, may be even remotely derived from what the Tweet-Even-Justice-Hayden-Could-Love actually says.

    On Monday, April 23, 2018–the day Alfie was finally extubated–the world was looking to the Vatican for guidance and hope. Many people erroneously believed they had found these things in these words of Pope Francis, who gushed via Twitter:

    Moved by the prayers and the broad solidarity in favor of little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal so that the suffering of his parents may be heard and their desire to try new possibilities of treatment is fulfilled.

    Then the pontiff went back to his regularly-scheduled activity for that day, which is how he ended up serving gelato to the homeless while Alfie’s food and air were being “rationed” away.

     

     

    As slick as the “social media” Pope can sometimes sound, however, there is an ineluctable flipside to the papal point of view regarding Alfie which turns out to be more than blood-chilling. Pope Francis, whose most solemn duty it is to proclaim the truth of Christ, clearly failed in the most critical of moments to identify the child as the possessor of the inviolable right to life bestowed upon him by his Creator; a right which no doctor nor government may infringe upon at all. In this Tweet, the Fifth Commandment is nowhere alluded to, and neither is the CDF’s Declaration on Euthanasia with its detailed exposition of how the Catholic Church understands situations like the one currently unfolding in Liverpool. Instead, declaring himself moved by “prayers” (as if those particular exercises are meant to address . . . Jorge Bergoglio himself), and by “solidarity” (as if such temporal considerations couldn’t just as easily break the other way–an unnerving possibility which Professor Haas staunchly pointed out), Pope Francis begs only for Alfie to be given a chance to try additional treatments. And even that watered-down plea is based not on concern for the handicapped youngster himself, but for the “suffering” of Alfie’s parents, whose “desire” is alleged to merit singular indulgence.

    Pope Francis therefore demonstrates fundamental agreement with the note at the root of the T4 Euthanasia Program, because of his logical implication that “treatability” alone makes Alfie worth keeping alive.   By framing the issue in this way, the Holy Father casts the vulnerable little boy as the untermensch of the scenario, valuable to the extent that he happens to matter to the “real people” involved. This is not Catholicism. It is not even the celebrated merely-human “closeness” which the Holy Father is so fond of extending. It is nothing but Nietzschean predation, at just about its most naked.

    There will be those who wish to cite (in refutation of this conclusion) other pronouncements of the Holy Father as well–pronouncements which, in isolation and rank self-contradiction, do make him sound like he embraces the sanctity-of-life position of which the Catholic Church is the irrevocable champion. But the fact that he has said those things doesn’t mean that he didn’t Tweet this. It is wildly unacceptable for the Vicar of Christ on earth to mouth the verbiage of the Culture of Death even once, not to mention his countless slights to the cause of life, and the uncontradicted outrages which have been stated by his surrogates about Alfie to boot.

    Is one Tweet, however, really worth all this hoopla? If its contents represent even a subtle crossing of the Fifth Commandment watershed, it surely is. Concepts count. Read over, for example, the note from Hitler one more time, looking for the term which the Führer diabolically twisted beyond recognition, and which then became the basis for innumerable atrocities to follow. If this one National Socialist instance of semantic abuse had been detected and opposed effectively, who knows what reprehensible sights this Vale of Tears might ultimately have been spared?

    Curiously enough, the word in question–in case it hasn’t jumped off the page at you already–is mercy.

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    [1] Alder Hey NHS Children’s Foundation Trust v. Mr. Thomas Evans et al. (Neutral Citation Number: [2018] EWHC 308 (Fam); Royal Courts of Justice Strand, London, WC2A 2LL; 20 February, 2018), p. 16. This document is linked to by Michael Hichborn in “Judge Cites Pope Francis to Justify Ending Baby’s Life Against Parents’ Wishes” (https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/judge-cites-pope-francis-to-justify-ending-babys-life-against-parents-wishe); February 23, 2018; accessed April 24, 2018.

    [2] “The continued provision of ventilation, in circumstances which I am persuaded is futile, now compromises Alfie’s future dignity and fails to respect his autonomy. I am satisfied that continued ventilatory support is no longer in Alfie’s best interest” (Alder Hey v. Evans, p. 22).

    [3] Ertelt, Steven. “Alfie Evans’ Parents Head to Court to Restore Life Support After He Lives for Hours Without Food, Water, or Oxygen” (http://www.lifenews.com/2018/04/24/alfie-evans-parents-head-to-court-to-restore-life-support-after-he-lives-for-hours-without-food-water-or-oxygen); April 24, 2018; accessed April 26, 2018.

    [4] “Did Alder Hey Force Alfie Evans’ Dad to Read a ‘Hostage’ Letter to Save His Son?” (https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/did-alder-hey-force-alfie-evans-dad-to-read-a-hostage-letter-to-save-his-so); April 26, 2018; accessed April 26, 2018.

    [5] Quoted in Freiburger, Calvin, “Alfie Evans’ Parents to ‘Form a Relationship’ with the Hospital,’ Asking Supporters to Return Home” (https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/alfie-evans-parents-to-form-a-relationship-with-hospital-ask-supporters-to); April 26, 2018; accessed April 26, 2018.

     [6] “Alfie’s father also asked the Pope to consider granting his son asylum and told him: ‘Please help us save our innocent child and give us the grace of asylum to keep our family safe and to stop all of this. If (Y)our (H)oliness helps our child you will be potentially saving the future for our children in the UK, especially the disabled.” Quoted in Apen-Sadler, Diane and Martin Robinson, “Pope Francis ‘Looked Me in the Eye and Told Me I was Doing the Right Thing,’ Says Alfie Evans’ Father after He Returns from Rome and Continues Fight for His Brain-Damaged Son” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5635629/Alfie-Evans-father-said-Pope-Francis-told-doing-right-thing.html#ixzz5DqAX0JYp); April 19, 2018; accessed April 26, 2018. Mr. Evans also expressed the expectation that involving Pope Francis would cause diplomatic troubles for Great Britain, if Alfie wasn’t allowed to depart for Italy. It is unfortunate, if not unexpected, that the same Holy Father who prides himself on “making a mess” in other contexts did not see fit to do anything of the kind when Alfie’s ventilator was removed.

    [7] “Human Life is Sacred,” Pastoral Letter of the Archbishops and Bishops of Ireland to the Clergy, Religious, and Faithful (Dublin: Veritas, 1975; reprinted by the Daughters of St. Paul, 1977), no. 53; p. 32.

    [8] Wertham, Fredric, M.D. A Sign for Cain: An Exploration of Human Violence (New York: Macmillan, 1966), p. 180.

    [9] “Pope Francis Prays for Alfie Evans in Sunday Regina Coeli Address,” by Staff Reporters (http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/04/16/pope-francis-prays-for-alfie-evans-in-sunday-regina-coeli-address/); April 16, 2018; accessed April 26, 2018.

     [10] Quoted by Dorothy Cummings McLean in “UK Bishops Say Hospital Acting with ‘Integrity’ in Alfie Evans Case” (https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/uk-bishops-abandon-alfie-evans-say-courts-and-hospital-act-with-integrity-a); April 18, 2018; accessed April 26, 2018.

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      Alfie has taught us all to pray like there’s no tomorrow during those last few days of his short life. Let’s not lose that impetus. Keep hammering away at our rosaries.

      I don’t expect Tom Evans would read this, but if he did, thank you for sharing Alfie with us. We’ve come to love him so much. It seems as if the whole world is mourning with you and Kate.

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      To the British National Health Service: Doctor Mengele salutes you once again.

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      Actually Pope Francis has cholces, always. He could simply say nothing which would be perfectly acceptable – he is never obliged to speak after meeting with anyone in private. Our dear popes in the past did not make statements on every and all topics that came and went.

      The other choice is to make a firm, clear, Catholic statement about the LIFE of the child – Who gave that life and Who takes it away, the RIGHTS of the parents over the rights of anyone else (barring any abuse of the parents).

      When any politician’s picture could be placed over Francis’ statement and have it sound perfectly correct and reasonable we know we’re in big trouble. Isn’t he supposed to say something DIFFERENT from all those blabbermouths in the world?

      As for the so-controversial references to the Nazis – if it walks like a Nazi, talks like a Nazi, and kills innocent people like a Nazi – it’s a Nazi.

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    Iskander: Dragon of Albania

     

    Editor’s Note: Salvation history, aside from chronicling man’s fall from God’s grace and eventual redemption, is also a magnificent human saga that includes a cast of the most diverse characters of all time. There are so many stories to tell—lists of heroes and villains, saints and sinners, angels and devils—in the epic that is Christianity. One could spend a lifetime reading about them and still have only scratched the surface. This stands to reason, of course, since Christianity built the greatest civilization in the history of the world.

    In fact, in the midst of today’s massive apostasy and Modernism-induced amnesia, perhaps telling the old stories of Christendom is itself the most effective means of evangelizing. After all, we can’t do much to change a modern world that is now hell-bent on killing not only God but also everything that reminds modern men of His existence.

    Perhaps it is time for us to do as the early Christians did—worry less about reforming a world that is beyond reformation (humanly speaking) and more about keeping the Faith and outlasting the zeitgeist. If the world doesn’t end first, God will raise up a second Constantine to rebaptize the new pagan empire that was once old Christendom. But until that happens, we must survive. And we survive the future by keeping the past alive. We know where we must go but in order to not lose our way, we must never forget whence we came or who we once were. Thus, the old stories must be told and retold.

    To that end, we’re dedicating more column space in the Print/E-edition to Catholic heroes, devotions, history and the telling and retelling of the great stories of the past, of saints and Catholic heroes. If we keep their memory alive in ourselves and in our children, the New World Order (or whatever they want to call their global war on God) will be powerless to De-Christianize the world completely because we, by our very existence, will stand in their way. We defeat them not by overpowering them, but by rejecting their Christophobic brainwashing, by telling better stories, by letting our grand and glorious Christian narrative obliterate their slogans and terrors for children.

    If you agree with this and wish to be a part of it, subscribe to The Remnant. It’s not just the Mass, or the problems with Francis, or Vatican II. There’s so much more! There’s a world of knowledge and history and experience and heroes and songs and poems and saga and epic stories that we must make our own if Tradition is to survive through us.  Here’s a sample of what we’re talking about. From the latest Print/E-edition of The Remnant, I’d like to present to you Iskander, Dragon of Albania, Defender of the Old Faith, hero of our Tradition.  MJM

    George Kastrioti Skanderbeg (May 6, 1405 – January 17, 1467), is also known by his Muslim name of Iskander, (Lord Alexander).” He was also known as the Dragon of Albania, and is the national hero of that country. His story is told at length in the new book Defenders of Christendom.

    George was the son of an Albanian lord who had been forced to submit to Murad II, the sultan of the Ottoman Empire. He was still a young boy when he and his three brothers were turned over by his parents to the Muslim empire as part of the practice of devsirme (the practice whereby the Ottoman Empire sent military officers to take Christian boys, ages 8 to 18, from their families in order that they be raised to serve the state. This “tax of sons” or “blood tax” was imposed only on the Christian subjects of the empire, in the villages of the Balkans and Anatolia). While his three older brothers were slowly poisoned when they staunchly refused to convert to Islam, George was allowed to live, as he was only a child.

    Forced to conform to the practices of Islam, George was subjected to merciless training at which he excelled, proving himself to be both a physically powerful warrior and eventually also a brilliant field commander. Rising quickly through the ranks, he was made bey generalissimo, and entrusted to command a large Muslim cavalry unit. The Ottoman sultan himself honored him by bestowing upon him the name of Iskander, “Lord Alexander,” comparing him favorably to the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great.

    The Hungarian commander Hunyadi was on campaign against the Ottoman Empire when he came face to face with Iskander at the city of Nish. Unknown to his commanders, Iskander had never truly accepted Islam, nor forgotten the murder of his heroic brothers. He had also been secretly communicating with Albanian noblemen from his own country, for the Muslims had failed to erase the memory of his homeland.

    Upon learning of the death of his father, Iskander decided that he would join the advancing Catholic army, and fight the Turks to restore Albania. With three hundred Albanians who had been forced to serve the Turks, he defected and fought side by side with Hunyadi. Turning their swords against their Islamic oppressors, they easily defeated the Muslim army.

    At this point in his career, Iskander was an impressive figure, “tall and slender with a prominent chest, wide shoulders, long neck, and high forehead. He had black hair, fiery eyes, and a powerful voice. So warlike was his nature that he truly needed to wage battle from time to time. He killed more than two thousand Turks with his own hands. He was a master of all weapons, swift and ingenious, a general with a quick and certain gaze, audacious and resolute. Naturally possessed of a fiery temper, anger would go to his head quickly and set his eyes ablaze. But he would dominate his anger, biting his lips until they bled. His courage in battle stemmed from this struggle over his evil passions. All in all, his customs were pure, his manner noble and elevated. Mary was his strength and inspiration.”

    Iskander declared war on his former masters, intending to avenge his country for the atrocities it to which it had been subjected under the Ottoman Empire. His banner displayed a two-headed eagle, an image significant to his own family, but also one that had been used by the Roman Empire. It became a well-recognized emblem in the Balkans, symbolizing the refusal of the Albanian people to submit to Islam. Several of the Albanian princes revolted against their overlords and rallied under Iskander’s banner, forming the League of Lezhe, and electing Iskander to lead the Albanian army.

    Iskander was an invincible opponent of Islam, and the reason for his success was no secret: he “loved the sanctuary of Mary with a devoted, enthusiastic love; and Mary in return, not only made him a model of Christian perfection, but also gave him an invincible power, which preserved not only Albania but also Christendom during his reign.”

     

     

    There was at this time a miraculous painting in the town of Scutari, which was the capital of Albania. Our Lady of Scutari (aka Our Lady of Good Counsel) was an image of Our Lady holding her Divine Son which had been painted on a thin sheet of plaster by an unknown hand. This portrait was venerated and beloved by the faithful Albanian people, and as a child, George Castriota visited this shrine. It was Our Lady of Scutari who had consoled and preserved him through all his trials, and now, when he returned to Albania and dedicated his life to her, it was she who made him invincible in battle, the fearsome Dragon of Albania.

    Iskander’s first real test was the battle of Torvioll, which took place in June of 1444. The Ottoman sultan sent an army of 25,000 men into Albania under Ali Pasha, one of his most accomplished commanders.

    Iskander took 15,000 men with him to the plain of Torvioll to meet Ali Pasha, awaiting him for battle at the base of a broad slope. The field was surrounded on both sides with hills and a dense forest, appearing to give the Muslim army a distinct advantage.

    As soon as the armies were fully engaged, 3,000 men Iskander had hidden in the forest suddenly appeared and struck the Ottoman troops in the rear, causing a panic among the Turkish soldiers. The wings of the Albanian army turned at the same time toward the center, attacking on the flanks and doing a great deal of damage. Seeing his army crumble before him, Ali Pasha and his personal guard fled the field. Nearly every Turkish soldier was put to the sword, with only 2,000 taken captive. Of the Albanians, only 120 men were lost.

    All of Christendom was encouraged by the stunning victory, and Iskander was asked to join a papal alliance in a new Crusade against the Turks. Iskander was prevented from joining the Christian army through a deceitful ruse perpetrated against him by the king of Serbia, so Hunyadi ended up fighting the Ottoman forces without his assistance and were sorely defeated.

    In 1449, the Ottoman sultan led an army 200,000 strong into Albania. None of Albania’s strongholds could withstand him, until finally the sultan faced Iskander at Kruje castle. “With matchless strategy Iskander contrived to keep the myriads of his opponents from the walls. With energy almost superhuman, he swept unexpectedly, now here and now there, by night and by day, into the midst of the foe; every swordsman of his band hewed down scores, and his own blade flashed as the lightning and caused Muslim heads to fall like snowflakes where he passed.” When the siege was finally lifted, 20,000 of the enemy lay dead on the field, with the remnant of the Muslim army “pursued with terrific slaughter by the Christians.”

    After the battle, Iskander went at once to kneel before the image of Our Lady of Scutari, thanking and publicly praising her for his success. “He was a hero formed in the same school as all those who derive their strength from their devotion to the Blessed Virgin. Like a new Saint Fernando, King of Castile, Scanderbeg was, under the guidance of Mary, as gentle in peace, as he was terrible in war. The good Christian prince was often seen at her feet to beg the protection of his Lady in his greatest afflictions.”

    Pope Nicholas V called Iskander “the champion and shield of Christendom,” which was true because the Blessed Virgin Mary protected her champion and granted him his victories.

    Neither treachery nor surprise attacks could defeat Iskander, until finally it seemed to Sultan Mehmet that he might never defeat Iskander on the field of battle. Taking a different approach, he feigned affection for the Albanian prince, offering him his friendship if only Iskander would deliver his son to him as a hostage. Iskander snubbed the Ottoman sultan in writing, signing his refusal, “Skanderbeg, Prince of the Epirotes and Albanians and soldier of Jesus Christ.”

    After the death of Hunyadi, in the year 1459, Pope Pius II attempted to gather the Christian princes for a new Crusade under the command of Iskander. His efforts met with utter failure, and his words at the realization echo through the centuries to speak to us now in our own time: “We came full of hope; but we are forced to consider it in vain. We are ashamed that the lukewarmness of Christendom is so great. Some run after their pleasures, others are enchained by avarice. The Turks are ready to face death for their doctrine, but we tolerate neither the least expense nor the most insignificant discomforts for the Cause of the Holy Gospel.” How true still, in 2018…

    There were many more battles that Iskander fought against the Turk, alone and unaided by a thankless Christendom. With the aid of Our Lady of Scutari he remained invincible, fighting to preserve a Christendom that neglected him.

    In 1466 Iskander learned that the Ottoman sultan was advancing toward his homeland once again with an army of 200,000 men. He and his fellow Albanians had borne the brunt of Christendom’s battles, and it had nearly ruined his kingdom. The Dragon of Albania went to Rome seeking assistance from the pope.

    These were his very words: “After twenty-three years of unceasing war, I present myself here together with the warriors that remain. Ours is a state exhausted by so many battles; Albania is a body of which no member remains unwounded; only a few drops of its blood remain to be shed for the Christian world. Alas, come to our aid, otherwise the last champion of Jesus Christ will soon disappear from the other side of the Adriatic!”

    The pope gave what he could, but the assistance was merely financial, and not enough to meet Iskander’s need. It is almost as if the world is not worthy of such men. All the members of Albania had been scourged. It remained now only for the heart to be pierced.

    Iskander went back to the castle of Kruje, which was then surrounded by Mehmet’s army. The siege lasted for months, with great toll on both sides. Iskander, along with his best warriors, remained outside the walls so that they could arrive at any location unexpected to antagonize and harry the Turkish besiegers.

    After several months Mehmet returned to Constantinople, leaving an army of 80,000 to continue the siege. With only 13,000 men remaining, Iskander attacked the Turks so violently that their leader was killed and the rest driven to a panicked retreat.

    “The prince and unvanquished warrior, whose strength of soul gave his compatriots fortitude to throw off their lethargy, courage to rise up against the oppressive infidels, daring to despise death and thus expel them from their country, moved his subjects not only by example but also by his unbreakable faith, his ardent charity, and his unshakable hope…Scanderbeg was God’s sword against the enemies of the holy Catholic Faith, the impregnable defensive wall protecting his realm.”

    Physically exhausted from his labors, and sensing that his death was near, Iskander went one last time to visit Our Lady of Scutari at her shrine, and then retired to the city of Lesh to die. There, on his deathbed, he made his last confession, and received Holy Viaticum.

    Mehmet had his spies in Albania, and was thus fully aware that Iskander was dying. He sent another large army into Albania to attack Lesh, expecting to conquer all of Albania once Iskander had died.

    The sounds of battle, and the cries of despair coming from the startled populace reached Iskander. “Hearing the shouts, the dying man’s eyes opened. Color returned to his cheeks. The perspiration of agony disappeared. Iskander ordered his horse and weapons brought to him. Then, a great battle ensued at the gates of Lesh. The Dragon of Albania had pushed death aside and carried it instead to the enemies of Christendom.”

    The Muslims were routed and completely defeated after a bloody battle. Iskander gave thanks to the Blessed Virgin and returned in triumph to his palace. Once there, he set aside his weapons and went back to his bed where he lied down and soon gave up his soul to God. He had ended his life as a powerful defender of the Catholic faith and of Christendom, and his battle-standard became the flag of his native Albania.

     

     

     

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    roman-catholic-saints.com/skanderbeg.html
    Excerpts from the book: Defenders of Christendom by James Fitzhenry

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      A wonderful article as usual from the Remnant. A subscription to this paper is as good a bargain as you will find given the countless stories and articles that are shared with us. Truly sad that it appears that there are no such warriors for Christ today but I take heart in knowing that Christ always raises up great warriors and saints to defend His and Mary’s Holy names and honor. And as usual our Blessed Mother is always there to ensure a triumph just as she will ensure a triumph of her Immaculate Heart. It is only foolish men who believe they are smarter then or more powerful then Almighty God for he will not and can not ever be defeated. The world is littered with the bones and hell with the souls of those who though they could do so.
      Please keep these wonderful stories coming as they are truly inspiring and uplifting.

      God Bless

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      As an Albanian American i am proud of this and thank you for this article-outside of Albania we don’t hear this story much.before the victory comes the sacrifice.

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      If we don’t learn from the mistakes of our past, we are doomed to repeat them…

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      This is what must be done today in the Church.

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      Great article. We can learn the paths to success by studying the past and drawing parallels and similarities to our present situation, but sometimes the past eerily provides striking allegories. One such case is the movie ‘The Mission’, and its account of the events in mid 18th century Paraguay. The political and religious background to that tragedy are similar to the ongoing destruction of Europe.

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      Would someone please tell Mel Gibson to make this movie?

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      In Croatia we call him Skenderbeg Gorska Ramija – a scourge to the Turks who mercilessly stole children from their parents and destroyed everything they encountered. Never been a cause for his canonisation?

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      Stunning, how much catholic history and heroism, we have been robbed of. Where are our modern day Iskanders? Thank you remnant awesome article.

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      Most Catholics are unaware of Don Juan and the battle of Lepanto where the Christian warriors saved Europe from the scourge of the ottoman Turks. Modern Catholics and Christians think that to be Christian means a constant submission and turning of the cheek to our attackers. To them our only weapon is the singing of John Lennon’s sappy“ all I am saying is give peace a chance” while the Moslems slaughter our fellow Christians in the Mid East .

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      Not just slaughter in the Middle East. Now that we are coming up to the first anniversary of the Manchester bombing in May 2017, look back in anger at the response immediately afterwards. Other reports indicated that many men of the city were not quite so touchie-feelie at having women and children massacred. But any vigorous action would of course be Islamophobic.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/u…

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      18:00 Vigil in front of Manchester Town Hall

      The vigil is attended by thousands of people covering the wide range of ethnicity and religious groups which make up Manchester. Attendees hold banners and placards proclaiming “Love not Hate” and “We stand together”. The Bishop of Manchester speaks for all faiths and poet Tony Walsh performs his poem about the city, This is the Place

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      “And we survive the future by never forgetting the past. We know exactly where we must go but in order to not lose our way we must never lose sight whence we’ve come or who we are. Thus, we must tell the old stories!”

      That is the reason the Left has been telling us first to forget those heroes of the past and then to despise them. And the Left always does that claiming to be rooting out the bad from the past so the future can be better.

     

     

     

     

    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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    Feast of St. Mark, April 25

     

     

    Remnant TV’s CATHOLIC SAINTS AND HOLY DAYS pays homage to the great Evangelist, St. Mark, founder of the Church in Alexandria and author of the one of four Gospels of the New Testament. Did you know that, according to the Coptic tradition, the setting of the very first Pentecost was the home of St. Mark?

     

     

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      Yes, there are many theories on this–ranging from Lazarus, to Mark, John Mark, St. John the Evengelist and even just an anonymous gardener.

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      If I remember, there is an interesting story about how the relics of St. Mark ended up in Venice. Thank you for this small post; it is good to just have something more joyful to think about rather than the present goings-on in the Church.

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      The Alexandria here is in Egypt, not Northern Virginia. I have a Coptic Church down the street from me. I’ll keep those people in my prayers for the Church and for their conversion.
      On another note, St. Mark was a big advocate of the theology of the cross. I don’t know much about it, but I do know that 9 days from now is the feast of the Finding of the True Cross.

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    Teilhard de Chardin and the Catholic ‘Evolution’

     

    No way! I wasn’t about to let that happen. I attacked the weed with a vengeance. As I yanked and pulled and cut the sterile branches out from my struggling rosebush, the metaphor hit me square in the face.

    The plight of the rose and the vigor of the weed are like what’s happening to the Church. A new teaching has taken root. The weed is Teilhardism, and it is killing the rose. It’s sapping its strength and crowding the rose out of its rightful place in the garden. If left alone, it will destroy the rose.

    Don’t expect the master gardeners to get rid of it. They love the Weed. They nurture it, extol its beauty, and feed it. Like the courtiers around the emperor with no clothes, they proclaim its magnificence: See the wonder of the Weed! See how lovely the color! See the freshness of the leaves! Smell its fragrance!

    Don’t listen to them. Don’t go near it.

     

     

    Let’s take a look at this thing.

    We’re not dealing with known heresies, with denials of certain points of doctrine nor even the serpentine modernism that infiltrates the Church and suffocates her members. We are facing nothing less than a bizarre new religion.

    It masquerades as Catholicism, renewed and reclothed for the modern mind—which makes it even more insidious, more difficult to pinpoint and excise. But it’s here, there’s no denying it. The Thing has risen up from the sea of unbelief like the Beast of the Apocalypse ready to devour the Woman.

    As I wrote in Against the Wolves [SUBSCRIBE TO THE REMNANT] the new faith was imagined and fleshed out by one man, Fr. Teilhard de Chardin[1], a world-enamored priest rhapsodizing over his baby—a reimagined Christianity. Unlike heretics, Teilhard doesn’t dispute this or that point of doctrine. Unlike schismatics, he doesn’t deny the authority of the Roman Church. No, he simply sidesteps the whole thing. He reinterprets the Faith, then argues from the reinterpretation.

    As Mohammedism has no history before Mohammed, so the new religion sprang fully formed from the mind of the rambling Jesuit. Just as Mohammed wove threads from the Old Covenant, early Christianity, and the Arab worship of the moon god Al-Ilah into a cloth called Islam, so Teilhard has sewn a garment of Eastern mysticism, speculative science, and spiritual evolution. Thrown over the Body of Christ, it lies like a shroud over the Church.

    Like every heresiarch before him, Teilhard laid out the philosophical roadmap. He ransacked the Sacred Teachings of our Faith, picking out an idea here, a dogma there; and then, like a diabolical sorcerer, he threw them into a cauldron with a pseudo-scientific bouquet of fine herbs and hung the pot over the fire to cook his poison.

    His prose soars, his erudition shines, but it’s not Catholic. He twists what we believe, sprinkling the admixture of disputed science and empty theology with lovely Latin phrases and quotes from the masters of the spiritual life.

    His disciples (who are legion) extol the brilliance of his work. A reconciliation of theology and science, they proclaim it a faith fit for Modern Man. It’s about Love and Progress and ultimate Divinization. There is no sin–error perhaps, but, no worries, it’s all being caught up in the forward rush of History. “Everything in the world follows the road to unification.”[2]

    Teilhard whispers words of encouragement; he offers a new viaticum: “Our spiritual being is continually nourished by the continuous energies of the perceptible universe.”

    Distinctions will fall away. The rocks, the rivers, the distant stars, the shimmering moon—all will be swept up in a great transcendent burst of energy. It will be the Parousia, the Second Coming: the revelation of the Cosmic Christ—the divinization of the Universe.

    “Men of little faith,” Teilhard shouts, “Why then do you fear or repudiate the progress of the world?…To divinize does not mean to destroy but to sur-create.”[3]

    So the World is becoming Christ.

     

     

    I’m serious. That’s the goal. The Omega Point. Not Heaven or Hell. Not Judgment or Mercy. Where is the Holy Trinity in his work? Where are the Blessed Mother and the saints? Where are the angels?

    He even recasts the meaning of the Cross. Sir Julian Huxley, in his introduction to The Human Phenomenon[4], explains it for us: “The redemption of the cross had to be reconciled with the salvation of the world through active co-operation in the building up of the universe.”[5]

    Say what?

    The whole thing is a spawn of Hell, a dark system of belief that uses Catholic words, wears the vestments, and light the candles, but there is no truth in it. It is false.

    Don’t take my word for it. Pick up his books and read them if you can. They make no sense. Reason has been cast to the wind. Huxley goes on: “Teilhard uses convergence to denote the tendency of mankind, during its evolution to superpose centripetal on centrifugal trends so as to prevent centrifugal differentiation from leading to fragmentation:”[6]

    Get it? Everything is converging, everything is unifying. It will all be stuck together by sap. Don’t laugh. That’s what Teilhard calls it. He posits a “positive confluence of Christian life with the natural sap of the universe.”

    All things work together, not for the Glory of God and the salvation of souls, but for the realization of the Cosmic Christ. Jesus of Nazareth? Ah, he was just the “historical Jesus,” not the same thing at all. We await the Pleroma, the fullness of time, when in a great burst of something, the entire universe is transformed and the Cosmic Christ revealed.

    This is worse than nonsense. There is no salvation in it, no God to adore—only divinized Matter. Evolution is “matter becoming cephalized.” How do you like that? Rocks becoming conscious, lying beneath the Noosphere[7]—that imagined membrane on the earth’s surface, a supposed thinking layer superimposed on the lifeless layer of inorganic matter.

    It gets worse. Forget Genesis. Forget Adam and Eve. They did not actually exist. To Teilhard, the universe began from something—a je ne sais quoi, perhaps the God Particle the Cern scientists are trying to isolate. Over eons and eons the universe evolved according to its own inner becoming. Man appeared as an epiphenomenon, conscious, as the whole cosmos someday will be.

    Individual salvation is not mentioned. The Second Coming? What’s that? Teilhard would rather call it by the unfamiliar name, The Parousia. That way he can reinterpret it. We don’t have to worry about sin or repentance, virtue or grace. All we have to do is let ourselves be united with the universe. We must not be divisive or contrary. We must not stop this deifying Movement. All will be One. And peace will reign forever.

    I’m telling you—if you start thinking this creature can be domesticated, tamed to live peacefully with Tradition, you’re mistaken. This isn’t the time for gentle speech. The beast needs to be driven out of the Church before all the lambs are dead.

    It’s not like we weren’t warned. We were taught about the End Times and the Great Apostasy. We were warned of the Antichrist. We were told that hearts would grow cold and people would believe fables.

    The world has always been at odds with Truth, but now, a Trojan Horse has entered the City of God and laid waste the fields and the meadows. The fig tree is sterile, and there is no Glory in the Olive.

    Archbishop Sheen once said that we are living in the days of the Apocalypse.[8] I think we’re there.

    This article appeared in The Remnant some years ago. Subscribe today to stay informed, inspired and involved!

    [1] Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., 1881 – 1955.  A French Jesuit, Teilhard was trained as a paleontologist and geologist. His principal works are Le Phenomene Humain, The Mass on the World, and The Divine Milieu. Forbidden by his superiors to publish during his lifetime, his manuscripts were copied and spread by his devotees. His works were published after his death, and the Holy Office issued a monitum against them.

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    [3] Teilhard de Chardin, The Divine Milieu, Harper and Row, New York, 1960, p. 154.

    [4] The English translation was once called The Phenomenon of Man but man as a generic term for humanity is not allowed in the modern lexicon.

    [5] Ibid. p. 34          

    [6] Ibid.

    [7] Another of Teilhard’s neologisms. 

    [8] Buehner, Jim, Is it Closing Time ST. James Books, Torrance, CA, 1980., p. 186

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      Human beings are like sponges. They absorb what surrounds them in their contemporary culture and mindlessly accept what they read and listen to. Group-think is the default for social animals. Even super-smart Jesuits like Teilhard de Chardin aren’t immune – maybe they’re even more susceptible than most. Teilhard de Chardin simply absorbed the current scientific thinking of his time and tried to rationalize Christianity to conform to it. That’s the essence of modernism. Traditional “formation” – that process where the Church replaces the vagaries of the modern world in one’s mind – isn’t widely applied these days.

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      Let’s not forget the likes of the Franciscan Thomas Merton and the apostate Dominican Matthew Fox. Pope Francis’ eco-encyclical Laudato Si has their stamp.

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      S.J. once the mighty Society of Jesus, now the treacherous Society of Judas.

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      And we shall be as Gods knowing good and evil when we become Technosapiens, eh? Oh boy, Dr. Frankenstein ain’t got nothing on some of these AI Globalist clowns! Danger, Will Robinson! Where’s Christ in all of this wonderful Technocratic One-World Utopia? Trouble ahead, folks. Pray and fast like there’s no tomorrow! Kyrie Eleison Christe Eleison

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      All true, except nobody reads Teilhard anymore, and few did at time. Teilhard is not the disease, he was part of it, a symptom. The disease is new age paganism, for want of a better word. Coincides heavily with pseudo science of all sorts, especially Sci fi with its ludicrous assumption of other populated world’s & eventual space travel beyond solar system, + dead lock belief in constant evolution. A tad Eastern, but fact is does not understand that either. Much bad art, music, poetry, film. Sci fi craze is religion in itself. All very smug, but devotees don’t understand science or facts of cosmos either, it all is just a turn on. They are waiting for a transmission from Mr Spock, and once Soros & co figure this all out, they may contrive to concoct one for them. Then look out for the great and powerful Oz.

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      Teilhard de Chardin is the pioneer of introducing psychobabble into the Church. His writings are incomprehensible, and that’s how he meant them to be.

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      The prayer of de Chardin, what a bunch of total drivel. Flush him down the drain and forget him.

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      I am a longtime used book dealer and I assure you that Teilhard’s books are a drug on the market. His followers have ‘evolved’ into radical nun nature worshipers and their ilk. His complex gibberish has been dumbed down into dance liturgies, idiotic slogans and simplistic gibberish.

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      Fr. Malachi Martin S.J. detailed the foibles of de Chardin and other Jesuit heretics in his – book “Jesuits”. It is a bit of a long and tiring read but he highlights many decades of Jesuit heresy and outright disobedience to Popes – exactly contrary to their founding philosophy. After reading “Jesuits” one will have no problem at all comprehending the strange machinations of PF. The Jesuits have been recreating God iun their own image and likeness for many decades. Tielhard, IMHO, simply tried to synthesize Marxism and Evolution into a new form of Christianity in which the people of God collectively evolve to become Christ at the Omega point. It is simply a complete denial of Christ as fully human and fully divine. Satan has some very clever advocates. I think many Church members are attracted by and intimidated by the ‘intellect’ and fantastic language of de Chardin. Probably they think that since they cannot understand it – it is best to seem intelligent by embracing it. It is truly due to a lack of simple faith.

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      ” After reading “Jesuits” one will have no problem at all comprehending the strange machinations of PF.”

      Excellent observation. I have “The Jesuits” and it struck me that (sadly) much of what MM wrote is echoed in the speeches of PF.

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      Well said. A new religion, just as the learned author of Iota Unum concluded after 600 or so pages. The Trads who shout “The Church is One” are completely in the dark. They will continue to water the Weed.

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      “Pick up his books and read them if you can.”

      I cannot. So thanks for writing this article.

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      Read “The Jesuits” by Malachi Martin. It will save you the trouble of reading TdC.

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      Just another self-appointed “visionary reformer” who thinks his private musings should trump the teachings of Christ and His Church. Now we are laboring under the burden of those taken up with his nonsense, and with every other category of nonsense that is trying break the back of Truth. The end of their control over the Church is coming, but how long must we yet endure them before God restores the Church to wholeness?

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      That bone chilling feeling that rises upon reading this brilliant essay is appropriate. The new infernal religion of Fr. Tielhard de Chardin will likely be the religion of The False Prophet. This accursed heresy is the plague of locusts from The Apocalypse.

      Our Lady The Seat of Wisdom, protect us from heresy.

      Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

      Virgin Most Powerful, purify The Holy Catholic Church.

      St. Michael The Archangel, cast The Dragon out of Heaven (The Catholic Church.)

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      And who is the False Prophet if not Bergoglio?

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      Chilling. The disease is indeed widespread – one can hear this kind of pseudo-rationalisation occur everywhere – ridiculous conclusions from fatuous premises. The muddling and mixing of all ideas. On the BBC every day of the week for example.

      One question – what do you have in mind as the correlation between the Apocalypse and Teilhardism?

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      A timely article. It’s a alarming and perplexing when I see otherwise solid Catholic writers/bloggers extol the writings of de Chardin. His blatant new age and dangerous ideas have spread like a cancer within the Catholic Church and should rightly be avoided.

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      It really is a wonder how so many great highly educated doctorate minds get lost contemplating spiritual truth within the limits of a cosmic secular universe. Once again science places Almighty Creator God in the confines a box where He can be unravelled and dichotomized into construct humanized truths. Little do they know Satan is the great deceiver of even the highest of human intellect. What these emblazened great Tielhard thinkers lack most is the true “Fear of God” and Practice of “Humility”

      Thomas à Kempis On Personal Humility: (“Imitation of Christ”)
      Everyone naturally desires knowledge, (Aristotle, Metaphysics I,1.) but of what use is knowledge itself without the fear of God? A humble countryman who serves God is more pleasing to Him than a conceited intellectual who knows the course of the stars, but neglects his own soul (Ecclus.19:22). A man who truly knows himself realizes his own worthlessness, and takes no pleasure in the praises of men. Did I possess all knowledge in the world, but had no loves how would this help me before God, who will judge me by my deeds?

      Restrain an inordinate desire for knowledge, in which is found much anxiety and deception. Learned men always wish to appear so, and desire recognition of their wisdom. But there are many matters, knowledge of which brings little or no advantage to the soul. Indeed, a man is unwise if he occupies himself with any things save those that further his salvation. A spate of words does nothing to satisfy the soul, but a good life refreshes the mind, and a clean conscience (I Tim 3:9), brings great confidence in God.

      The more complete and excellent your knowledge, the more severe will be God’s judgement on you, unless your life be the more holy. Therefore, do not be conceited of any skill or knowledge you may possess, but respect the knowledge that is entrusted to you. If it seems to you that you know a great deal and have wide experience in many fields, yet remember that there are many matters of which you are ignorant. So do not be conceited,(Rom 11:20) but confess your ignorance. Why do you wish to esteem yourself above others, when there are many who are wiser and more perfect in the Law of God? If you desire to know or learn anything to your advantage, then take delight in being unknown and unregarded.

      A true understanding and humble estimate of oneself is the highest and most valuable of all lessons. To take no account of oneself, but always to think well and highly of others is the highest wisdom and perfection. Should you see another person openly doing evil, or carrying out a wicked purpose, do not on that account consider yourself better than him, for you cannot tell how long you will remain in a state of grace We are all frail; consider none more frail than yourself.

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      Secular types base their arrogance on the notion that “experts” have it all figured out. What’s amazing is how often these “experts” admit how little they know and what little evidence exists for what they think they know:

      -They dont know how the universe began or why it seems fine-tuned for life to exist.

      -They don’t know how life began.

      -They have no good theory for how the moon was formed.

      -No experiment has proven that Earth moves in space.

      -They don’t know what killed the dinosaurs.

      -They don’t know if the Big Bang really happened or whether dark matter really exists.

      -They’ve never found a missing link between ape and man.

      -They don’t know if the first humans lived in Africa.

      -They don’t know how the Great Pyramid was built or what purpose it really served.

      -They don’t know what consciousness is, why it exists, or how to even begin thinking about it.

      Everything we’re taught could be wrong…if not a deliberate deception.

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      Cosmic consciousness, convergence, omega point, unification, evolution. What does all this modernist blather have to do with the eternal salvation of souls for whom Christ died? Or am I too old fashioned and too far out of step with the spirit of the times?

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      Just from my experience…even young people are getting tired of this stuff (psycho-spiritual babble). “What are you actually saying??!!” The pendulum is swinging back toward the need for clarity and straight talk. Did Jesus rise from the dead or didn’t he? People want hard answers.

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      Ah, yes. I am old enough to remember when my mother had a washing machine similar to the one in the photograph. Filled with rubber hoses from the faucets, run with levers, belts, and pulleys, manual drain, wringer, spinner, the whole business. I am also old enough to remember the Traditional Latin Mass, even without having been raised Catholic. Our Protestant worship services in the 1940s and ’50s were generally more dignified, spiritual, and respectful than some of the Novus Ordo Masses I attended in more recent years. (Haven’t been in many years, though.)

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      Wow! What fun, Want one!

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      As the late abp. F. Sheen has been mentioned, it seems he very much appreciated Teilhard. To him “Teilhard will appear like John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, as the spiritual genius of the twentieth century.” (http://www.traditioninactio…

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      You are being a bit unfair to Teillhard. Piltdown man was indeed an egregious forgery, but the perpetrator was almost certainly a shady character named Charles Dawson. As for the Peking man fossils they have a recognized place within paleo-anthropology and are now classified as examples of Homo Erectus.

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      Read Ape Man fact or Fallacy by Malcom Bowden

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      Some time ago I had an exchange with Nick Donnelly on his Twitter feed, concerning so-called theistic evolution, and was then rebuffed when I recommended an author (Wolfgang Smith) who is a staunch opponent of Fr. Teilhard’s teaching. It amazes me that even many otherwise conservative-minded Catholics are so taken with him. For years I naively thought it was only very progressive, ‘spirit of Vatican II’ types who did so; not the case at all.

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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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                                                                                                      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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