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PayPal, Apple, Amazon, and Google Gay: Are we obligated to boycott them all?

But, wait there’s more! Apple is positively blowing up my phone with this stuff today:

 

They really have arrived; gays, that is. Homosexuality has been accepted across the board, and instead of being content with that, they’re still protesting like it’s 1969, still segregating themselves (even when they vacation), getting their own day at Disneyworld, still throwing giant parades for themselves and demanding their own apps, their own bars—even their own designated days to use public lakes and rivers as they’re doing here in Minnesota this weekend, with the full cooperation of the DNR.

If the whole agenda was simply to integrate into normal society, they’re failing at it. “Treat me normally, dammit! Now get off the public property, it’s MY DAY to kayak!”

If they want to be normal members of society, why do they act like the most elitist club in history?

The Remnant is considering alternatives to the increasingly Christophobic giant PayPal, since this month the company changed its social media avatar to a rainbow. It’s clear where this brand’s loyalties lie. However, a larger discussion needs to happen among serious Christians, because PayPal is certainly not alone.

 

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So the bigger question is, how far do you go with this? You can quit PayPal, but by that logic you should probably quit all Apple products, also Microsoft, also most email providers and grocery stores. Yes and most food in the grocery stores, too, because the majority of those brands support things which we, as good Christians, can’t support.

Is that Starbucks you’re drinking? How could you!

Is that an iPhone you’re using to follow along on the 1962 Ordo app at the TLM on Sundays? Shocking!

I hope that’s not a Ford you’re driving. And you call yourself a Christian?

Amazon.com? Really? You’re buying Catholic books from one of the most powerful promoters of gay marriage in the world today?

And when you fired off that angry email to your favorite Catholic blogger because he still uses PayPal, I wonder if you noticed that your own email account is hosted by Gmail? That’s right, Google…as pro-LGBT as it gets.

Not everyone can live off-grid and shop local farmers’ markets (half the hippies there are majoring in women’s studies, anyway). So, I’m not actually sure what to do, but the time may have come for Catholics to “come out from among them,” as St. Paul said, or at least to start the conversation. But what does “coming out from among them” mean in the here and now, especially in our age of technology?  What’s it look like? How do we do it?  And more importantly, are we obligated before God to do it in the first place?

Somehow, we need to distinguish ourselves from the masses with their: #WeAreThe99%, #MeToo, #Triggered, #Pride…but how?

We all say we need to stand out but how many of us are willing to stand alone, with no cell phone, no Internet access, no retail stores to shop in, no online sprees, not even a coffee from the local coffee shop barista?

More realistically, what should this look like? This was the theme of my talk in London at the Family Life International Conference last month. Maybe listening to it will help get this conversation started. We’ve also provided the complete transcript below, for those who would prefer to read it.

I’m not saying I have all the answers, but I certainly have a lot of questions.  And I don’t believe that simply boycotting PayPal and shopping at Walmart (instead of Target) settles the matter.

 

 

SAVE THE FAMILY, SAVE THE WORLD

Michael Matt, London
May 13, 2018

Good afternoon. Thank you very much.

There must be a method in the madness: they’re sticking the Yank up to speak after lunch, so that you all stay awake while I butcher your beautiful language. As Professor Higgins said, “Americans haven’t used the Queen’s English in years.” Well, now it’s gotten so bad that Americans – especially young people – don’t use their lips at all. They use their thumbs to talk, with occasional grunting in between. So I’ll do my best to do honor to your language.

Reverend father, sisters, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters in Christ. Not only thrilled but honored to be here for this most important conference. This mission statement got me – I’m sure you’ve all read it, but I hadn’t read it before I prepared for this talk. I want to read it again. The mission statement for this conference:

“Family Life international is a global partnership of Catholics working to promote and defend the sanctity of Life and the Family. FLI is working on every continent to build strong families and to protect the unborn child, the elderly, and disabled. It is certain that where children are welcomed into the world in intact families, a Culture of Life is born.”

That is a beautiful, powerful mission statement, and I think that we’re going to talk a lot about that today. At least, I am going to try to do so. I am the father of seven children, so the issues of family really really impact me. And I think we spend a lot of time saying, “The pope should do this and that, the cardinals should do this and that, the priests should do this and that.” Well I’m not good at telling popes and cardinals what they should be doing, but I think I can do a good job having a conversation with you – mostly fellow lay Catholics, fathers and mothers, grandparents – about what we can do. And I think we can do a lot more in this fight for Catholic restoration – Catholic counterrevolution, if you will.

This mission statement put me immediately in mind of a little-known but powerful address given by the great Pope Pius XII to the directors of the Associates for Large Families of Rome and Italy, on January 20th, 1958, the last year of his pontificate. So literally, the great Pius XII, in his last weeks and months on this earth, was concerned very very much with the same concern that the organizers of this conference have: for family, and for the preservation and defense of the family, specifically, in this case, in defense of large families. Pius XII then at that time – 1958 – said the following:

“Wherever you find large families in great numbers, they point to the physical and moral health of a Christian people; a living faith in God and trust in His providence; the fruitful and joyful holiness of Catholic marriage. A large, well-ordered family is a kind of visible shrine. With good reason, it has often been pointed out that large families have been in the forefront, as the cradles of saints. We might cite, among others, the family of St. Louis, King of France, made up of ten children, or the family of St. Catherine of Siena who came from a family of twenty-five children, St. Robert Bellarmine who came from a family of twelve, and St. Pius X from a family of ten children.”

So this is Pius XII, in a climate and in an era where God was an author of life, and families were encouraged to have as many children as God sent.

You can consider the words of Pius XII also in the inverse, to get a better idea of where we’ve come to today, since we began to walk away and ignore the papal counsel and advice of Pius XII, all those years ago. Because of this, it can also be considered: wherever large Catholic families are not found, there will be physical and moral problems; wherever large Catholic families are not found, there will be less trust in Divine Providence, less happiness and holiness of marriage. And this, of course, is happening all around us today. A world that is less open to life, as ours is, is now witnessing the destruction of the family, and the resulting chaos in society at large is everywhere evident for all of us to see. They’re redefining the family.

The devil hates the family, which is based on the Holy Family, which is based on the Trinity; he hates it to a degree that they are in all-out war now, with not only the Christian family but the very basic idea of family. They are at war with it because they know, as all of us know, as the family goes, so goes society. A thing cannot long survive if its nucleus is destroyed, and the enemies of Jesus Christ are attempting to destroy our Christian civilization by destroying the nucleus: the Christian family. And this comes – make no mistake about it – from the bowels of Hell. This is truly a demonic affront to almighty God and to the Catholic order.

So that you don’t think that’s just me, ranting and raving and being paranoid: speaking on May 19th, 2017 – very recently – at the 4th Annual Life Forum, shortly before he died, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra – who was a highly respected prince of the Church. He was the founding president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, (so he knew a lot about the family); he was a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in the Vatican; he was a member of the presidential committee of the Pontifical Council for Family, and he was a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

This was not some bomb-throwing nut-job who had some paranoid fantasies; this was a man who knew what he was talking about. And we’ve got sworn testimony to the veracity of the quote that I’m going to read to you now, and I’m sure many of you know exactly which quote that is from Cardinal Caffarra. Because on that occasion, he described how Satan is attempting to destroy the two pillars of creation in our world today, so as to fashion his own – and these are, again, Cardinal Caffarra’s words – Satan is trying to fashion his own anti-creation. And Cardinal Caffarra went on, on that day, to recall that he had received a personal hand-written letter in which the last-surviving seer of Fatima, Sister Lucia said the following:

“A time will come when the decisive battle between the Kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family, and those who will work for the good of the family will experience persecution and tribulation.”

This from a woman who saw the face of the Mother of God, and toward the end of her life was also warning that it’s the family that will be under attack, toward the end. And we can take from these words of Cardinal Caffarra, these words of Sister Lucia, that Our Lady herself, then, would be happy to see everyone here today in this room – the remnant, those few who are left who realize we must do something, if nothing else than simply keep the Faith and sustain and protect the family, because the family has never been under a greater attack than it is in our day, and I don’t need to tell you that. You are as aware of it on this side of the Pond as we are in America.

Gay marriage, for example, let’s be honest: there is no precedent for this – I’m sure there are some able historians in this room, if I am wrong, please correct me afterwards – as far as I can tell, and we’ve studied this, although homosexuality goes back to the beginning of time, no civilization has ever elevated it to the state of marriage. We hold the honors for that, we are the first to do that. So we can say with honesty and with accuracy that it is unprecedented to see this sort of attack on the family, in the times in which we live.

And of course, divorce is rampant, cohabitation now is normal. marriage is becoming rare before a young couple live together. The gender ideology – we won’t go into that, there are children here today – but they are not only attacking marriage, they are attacking the components of marriage: one man, one woman. They are attacking the very idea that a person is a man for life, that God made him a man, that God made a woman a woman and so-forth. That’s how degraded, that’s how vicious this attack is on sexuality and on the family, on marriage.

The glue that’s holding civilization together is being removed at every stage, through these methods, and the results are everywhere to be seen.

In America, you’ve been hearing about violence, school shootings, everyone wants to talk about guns all the time, no one wants to talk about the fundamental reasons these things are happening, and it’s because of the breakup of the family, first and foremost, in my opinion. They’re shooting up the schools, these kids, to the man, who are bringing their guns to school, are from broken homes; they’re fatherless sons, they’re motherless daughters, they come from families where there are two dads and where there are two moms. No one is looking at this evidence, no one cares.

They’re taking babies and giving them to two men – where are the feminists, where are the feminists to say: is not a mother important to the upbringing and raising of a child? What are we doing – we are experimenting with babies (the ones who might happen to make it past the abortionists). We are experimenting on them; “let’s see what happens.” And even when they grow up, and they develop problems that are unbelievable and unprecedented, we still won’t look at the social, moral, spiritual mess we’ve made of the family, as the cause of these problems.

Our children are losing their innocence before they even reach the age of reason, and this cannot go on much longer, because a good God will not allow it to go on much longer. So we need to hang on; but I don’t think we’re talking about hanging on for a hundred years; I think something dramatic is going to happen soon, and we need to make sure that we hang on no matter what, and that’s what we’ll talk about today. Because our survival as a people, as a religion, as a society, as a civilization, depends on the survival of the family. And yet, the society now is at all-out war against the family.

Our adversary is engaged in an effort right now to wipe out the last vestiges of the Christian Catholic moral order worldwide, by destroying the family. They’re trying to destroy us, whether we want to admit it or not, whether we want to be putting our heads in the sand or not. They want this conference and conferences like this to end, they want people like us to shut up, to have no voice. That’s the end game, and they’re coming close; and much of the reason that they’re coming close is because we are afraid. We are afraid to speak up.

And so I want today to talk about the people in our past – our glorious Catholic past – who were not afraid and who changed history by doing two things: keeping the faith and speaking up. Not being afraid to speak in defense of Christ.

Defending Christian marriage, for example, today on social media. You’ve all heard the stories – I’m sure you have more stories over here than I have in the States. But I have a friend, a personal friend, who taught in a public school – I say taught because he was fired a few months ago. What was his crime? His crime was to, on his personal facebook page, restate his support of the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage. And for that, he was fired. Nothing to do with school. He wasn’t using school computers when he made these comments; he was at home, just having a conversation like any one of us might. He was reported by his own students, who saw that he had done this on facebook, and he lost his job. Again, I am sure that you can give me a dozen stories over here of things happening that are very similar. People are, because of that, becoming afraid to speak out. And that’s understandable.

So when we talk about persecution, I think sometimes we talk about the catacombs and the early Christians, and we think it’s such a great, wonderful, beautiful story, and it is. But maybe we can think a little bit about the days, weeks, and months that led up to the dramatic story of Barbara, or Agnes, or Tarcisius, or pick your favorite martyr. The days, and the weeks, and the months that led to that; the ostracization that went on; the incrementalism that went on as they moved from normal life into something else, and eventually lost their lives because of that decision. I think that’s where we are right now – we’re not facing the lions right now, but we’re facing these decisions every day:

Do I write this? Do I tweet this? Do I respond to that text from a friend about life, or about marriage, or about homosexuality? Are they looking at my email, are they watching us?

Well you’d have to be crazy to say that they’re not. Facebook has come out and admitted that they are; they are monitoring us. Youtube, you can see it. Websites such as LifeSiteNews: look at their facebook numbers going down, down, down, down. The Remnant’s facebook numbers going down. What is that? Because the algorithms are being manipulated. This isn’t a conspiracy theory anymore – this is provable fact.

They are moving against the Christian voice online, and you all know this. And Christians are afraid.

An interesting comment surfaced, when I when I announced that I was gonna come and join you today. Maybe whoever wrote this is in this room, I don’t know. But it’s an interesting comment, left on our on our website – remnantnewspaper.com. This person writes: “Michael Matt is exactly the type of anachronism that the Brit conservatives despise with about as much disgust as do the laborites. I won’t be surprised if this talk leads to him being placed on the banned list or the no-fly list.” Now, perhaps he exaggerates; here I am, so it could be an exaggeration. But the thing is maybe he doesn’t exaggerate because yesterday when my son and I were in the airport and we put our little passports down to get our boarding passes, up pops this rather scary little warning that says, “Based on your passport, we do not believe you have the right to travel and stay in the UK. Please click here and supply more information about your trip.”

Now I’ve been flying around for a long time, for a lot of years. I’ve never seen anything like this. Was it just random or was it not connected –I don’t know. But it was a very strange message to pop up, that I don’t have the right to go to the UK.

So things are happening, whether or not they are as ominous and as frightening as they sound – and it kind of unsettled me a little bit when I saw it. The thing is, it’s having its effect already in a sort of an Orwellian sense. We’re all aware of this now; we’re all wondering how far we can go, how much we can travel, how much we can say. And that already is a form of persecution.

And the question is, without being too dramatic, are we ready to fight? Are we what ready to make a stand? Are we ready to be different – really different? To be ostracized? To say things no one else is saying? I face this everyday as a newspaper guy, and one of the few, because I’m not as big as the larger ones. The larger ones have stopped saying anything that matters! They talk about pocketbook issues, and they talk about feeding poor people, and nice things like that. But they don’t say anything that even hints of Catholic counter-revolution anymore, or defending marriage and all of that. That’s all fading away; and there are only a few voices left who are willing to say it.

So I think we need to think about this right now. What is our plan? What’s our strategy? It doesn’t make sense to wait until things get worse. Things are going to get worse. It doesn’t make any sense to pretend that they’re not going to get worse. And I think a meeting like this is ideal for talking strategy; because if we get to the point where we’re asked to sacrifice a lot more – we’re asked to lose prestige, or status, or even our lives at some point.

Over on that side of the Pond, if we think the Traditional Catholics in England, the conservative Catholics in London are going to make a stand, well maybe we’ll be stronger and we can make a half good show of it. And vice versa. We need to have this conversation. Are we going to back each other up? Are we going to stand with Christ no matter what happens? Or are we going to scatter? And I think that’s why it’s so important to tell some of the great stories of Catholics who stuck together, so we have some sort of a model to follow, especially for our children. Because at this point, it’s up to us; and I really believe – listening to Father Clovis this morning – it’s not just the State anymore. The situation in the Church is without precedent, and it’s terrifying.

So it is up to us and I think waiting for the State to come and save us, waiting for the Church in her human element to come and save us is a little bit “pie in the sky” at this point. We need to take control of the situation ourselves. We’re not going to necessarily have recourse to our bishops anymore. We won’t have recourse to the Vatican, as Father Clovis said this morning. When pro-aborts and sustainable developments and population controllers are being invited in and out of the Vatican now, the chances of us being able to make our appeal to Mother Rome are a little bit shaky at this point. So we need to realize it is up to us to keep the Faith.

It’s up to us to make sure the Faith survives through us. And don’t think we’re so special – this has happened time and time again in the history of our Religion, of our beloved Church, where small groups of Catholics have been called upon to keep the Faith. You can tell me more than I know about the Western uprising in your own country, but you know what I mean by these groups of Catholics who stood strong and through whom the Faith was sustained.

So we’re new Christians – current Christians – living in those old catacombs and again, in a sense, preparing to go down into them. And again, there’s precedent for this. St. Paul in Corinthians – I’ll read the quote even though I know you’re familiar with it – in Corinthians, he gives us a model that isn’t fun to think about; but he tells us what we have to do in times like these, when he says:

“Bear not the yoke with unbelievers, for what participation hath justice with injustice; or what fellowship hath light with darkness; and what concord hath Christ with Belial; or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever; and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the Temple of the Living God, as God saith, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God and they shall be My people.’ Wherefore [and this is the relevant part: italicized underlined bold] Wherefore go out from among them and be separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, and I will be a father to you and you shall be my sons and daughters, say the Lord Almighty.”

Now those are just words from a Scripture quote – or they have been until now. I think for many of us, seeing the way that the world is going, those words mean a lot more to us now – or they should. And no one wants to face the ramifications of those words. When do we take that leap of faith? When do we go down into the catacombs? We’d rather stay on top. Thomas More famously said, pointing to himself, “This is not the stuff of which martyrs are made.”

I pray everyone in this room has the same attitude, because I worry about the man who tells me, “Yeah, martyrdom! Piece of cake! I got this! Of course! It’s a no-brainer! I’m gonna be martyred!” I think he’s going to make the worst martyr. He is the one that will be hightailing it for the tall grass when the going gets tough.

The ones that we are looking for, the Thomas Mores? – not me, I don’t think I can do it. That’s a good healthy Catholic attitude. And we know what he does in the end: he loses his head for the faith. Of course it was the stuff of martyrs. But maybe because he put himself down and feared that he would fail, maybe in that is how he strengthened himself to do what he did. And we’re still telling his story today

So coming out from among them is an interesting thing that we have to talk about, because if we’re just going to blame the State, or the bishops, or the popes, or everyone else, I think we’re going to fail. This starts with us now. We have to be big people, we have to be adult Catholics. So long as we believe that we must – again in the inverse of what St. Paul says – as people living in the modern world, participate in the injustice, that we must have fellowship with the darkness or concord with Belial, we will lose, because to come out from among them is fanatical, and nutty, and Amish, and we could never do that. I think we have to reexamine that idea that it’s fanatical and nutty to come out from a world that hates Christ, hates our institutions, hates the family. We may have to take a different look at that.

As a kid, I used to feel sort of sorry for Lot’s wife – I mean, they’re moving away from Sodom, she’s all packed up with her goodies and ready to go, and then she just takes a little quick look back and <bam>, she gets turned into a pillar of salt. I thought boy, that’s pretty harsh; until you read what the experts say. What that look back to Sodom was all about was an inclination – was an attraction – to what was going on in Sodom and Gomorrah. It was a temptation that she fell for and that’s why she was turned into a pillar of salt.

And we have to make sure that we’re not in such close association now, that we’re not beginning to go soft on these things like marriage and so forth, and homosexuality. And we want to reach out, and charity and love, and always be a candle in the darkness for people; but at the same time, we can’t go soft. We can’t use that as an excuse to stop speaking up.

Yes, “the world is really bad; it’s terrible; the culture seems to be possessed by demons,” we say. “But our kids: they still need the smartphones, right?” They still need to have the single largest red-light porn district in the history of the world in their pockets? Really? We believe, as counterrevolutionaries, that it’s necessary for a little twelve-year-old Johnny and ten-year-old Susie to walk around with that thing in their pockets and say, “Johnny, be careful now. Don’t look at the bad pictures”? We’re not serious if we believe that and if we behave that way! Remember the old teachings and the old catechisms: it was a sin to put yourself in the occasion of sin.

And how we’re asking our little sons especially to not pay attention to the little monster in their pockets, for example. We couldn’t possibly have our kids not look up-and-with-it by not letting them have the smartphone and the latest gadget, or the latest video game, or their music, or their movies.

I was listening to these three ladies today, and it was a wonderful wonderful testimony: we can help them out, as parents, if we start backing up a little bit. There wouldn’t be abortion like it is now, there wouldn’t be promiscuity like it is right now, if it had not been for the cultural revolution that preceded the legalization of abortion. The music, remember? Some of you are old enough to remember what was going on back in the 60s – the revolution that was spearheaded by the rock and roll industry. People my parents’ age were outraged and fought it so hard.

I remember one time I was going to the right-to-life March out in the east in the States – I was at a very conservative college that I still support to this day; a great college. We were going out, a bunch of us guys, doing the good thing, going out to fight abortion, make a stand for life at the National Right to Life March. And this guy – he was just a kid, a nice guy, who just didn’t think of it, like many people don’t – is driving the car and he’s got his music going. We’re all listening to this song as we’re going down the freeway to save the babies: The Rolling Stones’ “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.”

And this irony just struck me: these are the good people, these are the good guys, going to the good Catholic college, and they don’t see. How many abortions do you suppose old Mick Jagger, Keith Richards were responsible for with the garbage that they were cranking out for so long? I don’t think this is a church-lady concern. It sounds that way, but I think it’s a very real concern.

So if we think that we have to give our young kids the music and the movies that are predominant in culture today, I think we’re missing the point. If we really want to get truly pro-life, we fight the cultural forces that are as pro-death as they can possibly be.

And again, parents, the same response: you can’t say no to everything, you’ve got to live in the world, yes we do. But not of the world. And we have to look at where we are right now. It’s a very serious moment in history. I’m sure most of you have heard of the great mystic Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, who was approved. She has a very interesting thing – on June 1st, 1821 – a little longer quote, but I want to read it, because I think it’s relevant to what we’re trying to talk about. 1821, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich writes the following, and I think she’s talking about our day. What she saw in the future:

“The Church that I see is completely isolated, and as if completely deserted, it seems that everyone is running away. Everywhere I see great misery, hatred, treason, rancor, confusion, and utter blindness. Oh city, city, what is threatening thee? The storm is coming, do be watchful! Then I saw that everything pertaining to Protestantism was gradually gaining the upper-hand, and the Catholic religion fell into complete decadence. Most priests were lured by the glittering but false knowledge of young schoolteachers, and they all contributed to the work of destruction. In those days, faith will fall very low, and it will be preserved in some places only in a few cottages and in a few families which God has protected.”

Now that’s pretty frightening, on the one hand. It’s also pretty challenging, because what if when Anne Catherine Emmerich looked into the future, she saw parents in this room, on both sides of the Atlantic, who would keep the faith? What if she saw that that’s how it would be preserved? What if we can earn the right to stand with those families that mystics of the past were saying saved the situation, saved the faith, in this terrible time?

Friends, the key to Catholic restoration is to transform our homes into those little churches, once again – sanctuaries, places of refuge, catacombs. Not to hide out – I am the last person to say we need to go underground and to hide. We need to fight. We need to be the lights. But if we don’t go down as early Christians did and learn how to be the lights, learn how to strengthen the faith, give the faith to our children, those lights will be extinguished very quickly, and the roaring storm topside above the catacombs.

So we need the catacombs. The catacombs are now. We need to go down and prepare for the fight of our lives, in defense of Jesus Christ and in defense of the traditions of His Church. Now those catacombs, as you all know, were primarily used for the burial of the dead; they weren’t nice places. I should know – I live in one. There’s dead bodies, and there’s bodies decomposing, and skulls, and all of that in the catacombs. But these were the hidden places of worship for persecuted Christians, and by the fourth century, great numbers of the faithful attended religious services in the catacombs on the feast days of the martyrs.

But the question I have for you, again, as we said before, what was it like, before? Why was it like for those people? They were people just like us – Christians. They realized everything was falling apart in their world, and at some point, on some day in their lives, they said “it’s time for me to join that group down underground.”

And what a fateful moment that had to be for each and every one of them. They all had a story about what it was like to go down and hide down there, sneaking through the streets most likely, to get there; where all the “cool people” are partying, by the way, and life is great, and you look like a kook and a nut and a paranoid church lady for trying to find a catacomb. And yet that’s what they did. And we’re still telling those stories. We’re still telling about how thy did it as they went down, hiding, going underground to be with hunted criminals and to pray and worship in secret.

What am I getting at? They knew they were pulling themselves away. They knew they weren’t going to have the same friends, and the same neighbors, and probably their family members would even pull away from them. Because they knew they were doing something akin to building an ark on a sunny day. They were worried about something.

Many of them weren’t even Christians yet when they went to be with the se Christians to learn the faith – so they were ostracizing themselves. The persecution had already begun for them, just as it’s happening for those of us today who are willing to do the same – willing to give up friends, family, position; social status, maybe; that great job, perhaps, where we’re going to lose our faith if we stay on. Willing to do that. And again, I think it only stands to reason that we have to ask ourselves: are we willing to do that? Do we think we’re at the point where we’re willing to begin to be like them?

I think we know how this nightmare ends. Any student of Christianity should figure out that the rise of the martyrs, once again, is how we get out of this. People who believe enough to die for it. Again, this is not all gloom and doom. According to your great Hilaire Belloc, when persecution comes again, when they begin to martyr the Christians, this means the revolution has failed.

They’ve got nothing else; they couldn’t change our minds, they couldn’t brainwash us, so it’s time to round us up and feed us to the big cats again. And Belloc sees this as a hopeful sign: when they get to that point, we, in a sense, won. We kept the faith. But we have to be willing, of course, to be martyrs. Will there be martyrs in our day? Do we have what it takes? I think that we need to have the conversation so we can all strengthen ourselves. I’m not saying I’m ready to do it, but I think we desperately need to have this conversation about when we start making some of these decisions.

St. Thomas More, again, was an example of someone who wasn’t eager for martyrdom; I’m not eager for martyrdom. But if we are truly followers of Christ, it would be myopic to think that we never have to face this. Please God, may we live at a time where it won’t come to that, but think about the history of our Church: the founder of our Church, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was executed as a common criminal on a cross. He kind of set the precedent. He let us know what was coming. If we truly want to follow him, it’s all the way to the cross.

The first 33 vicars of Christ – the first 33 popes – were martyred. Think of the stories that we all grew up with as kids, about the little children of Rome and in the other places that were under persecution, whose blood watered the faith. I think Our Lord was letting us know –this is how the faith grows, from the blood of martyrs. Not just at the beginning, but all the way through down through history. And from every rank, which I think is interesting.

Thomas More is one of my favorite saints, because even as a child, I could tell this was a great man, with great power, great prestige, plenty of money, favor with the king – he had it all. He had what the whole world today wants: power, notoriety, fame, money, everything. And he gave it all up. And that’s one of those things that makes you think, as a kid, that there is no way someone would have given this all up if he didn’t absolutely, 100% – this great intellect, arguably one of the greatest intellects of his day, the second most powerful man in his realm – he gave it all up and lost his head for a simple belief that Christ died on a cross and rose from the dead.

We can see in all these great saints down through time that they had much to lose, and they did it anyway – St. Perpetua, for example, we just did a story about her in the Remnant. She came from Roman nobility, she could have just continued to be a noble woman in Rome, but she gave it all up in order to follow this fisherman – this Nazarene who had been executed – to practice the true religion in the catacombs.

And she was literally outed and she was killed in the Colosseum, guiding the blade because the executioner was so fearful that this great Roman woman was about to die for Christ. She makes it easy on him, she guides the blade to her throat as he pushes, because she was ready to do everything that it took to let everyone around her know that this was real, and she believed, and she was going to Christ.

And you don’t even hear the name of Perpetua very much without hearing Felicity, another one – a Christian noblewoman, mother of seven sons. She raised her boys so devoutly that every one of her seven sons willingly endured martyrdom for their faith. Most of us, when we think of our little kids or grandkids…maybe I’ll make a martyr, but when they start sticking knives into my little daughters, that’s when the test really comes.

And they obviously were doing this to these early Christians: killing their own kids right in front of their mothers, in front of their fathers. But they believed with a faith that’s superhuman, practically; they believed so much that they allowed that to happen with joy in their hearts, like the mother of the Maccabees. And ever since the Old Testament, God has asked mothers to do this, if you think about it. He asked his own mother to do this. Martyrs established the Church in the very beginning, and martyrs defeated every subsequent attempt to destroy the Church, down through history. It was the martyrs who changed history.

So many great stories over this prayer book rebellion in Devon and Cornwall in 1549 over the Book of Common Prayer, over the English Reformation, I’m not even gonna tell you because obviously you could school me on all of this; but obviously it’s so interesting. The only thing I have to add to it is this wonderful story. I’m a huge fan of the Vendée, a student of the Vendée in France. I took a pilgrimage and went down there to Cornwall and Devon with a bunch of people to make a pilgrimage where all of your countrymen died. There’s nothing there. It’s like the greatest cover-up in this country, it seems. There’s hardly any plaques or monuments to the great heroism of your people who literally died for the old mass, for the Traditional Latin Mass.

Maybe there’s a reason for that, because that spirit – the spirit of the western uprising – can change history, even hundreds of years later, as the Vendée is changing France. That historical point which was covered up in France for a long time has come roaring back, over the past 20 years, and you can see in France a resurgence of Catholicism – traditional Catholicism – and much of it is based on the story of the martyrs of the Vendée. We will talk about that later.

Margaret Clitherow. (I hope I’m not boring you with people that you must know). I hope Margaret Clitherow is still revered today, because my goodness, she’s a wonderful example for our time. She’s a noble wife and mother, whose zeal led her to harbor fugitive priests – she knew exactly what we’re going through – for which she was arrested and imprisoned and finally crushed to death, seven months pregnant with her fourth child. Crushed to death. Open to life even in the midst of persecution. And this lady knew what it meant. It wasn’t an accident that she ended up in prison and pregnant – Children were gifts from God. She wasn’t interested in trying to figure that all out, to micromanage it. God’s the author of life, obviously. Even in persecution, she’s wide open to life.

Today, we have good Catholic married couples, even, who don’t want to get pregnant because they want a second car, or they want a nicer house, because we’re buying into this attitude.

Margaret converted when she was just 18 years old. She refused to attend the new heretical religion – the church services, obviously – something like people who don’t want to go to some of the crazy masses that we see today. She refused to attend that, and she was fined and then imprisoned a bunch of times. And reading her life, you can see that she could have been in this room: she’s just a mom, a beautiful young mother who was just on fire with love for Christ and for the Church.

Her third child, William, was born in prison. There was no stopping this woman. After she was released, she went back to the habit of hiding the priests, and organizing the secret masses, and so forth anyway, and so she was arrested again, because they found a priest hole in her home. She was taking care of the priests, the knights of Our Lady, the alter Christus, making sure that they could continue to bring the sacraments to her children, to her friends, and to her family. She got caught, she gets arrested, she’s thrown back in prison again.

Now, which I didn’t realize until researching for this talk: the reason she was crushed to death was because she refused to plea; and the reason that she refused to plea either guilty or innocent was that she knew that her children would be brought in to testify and would be tortured.

She simply didn’t plea at all – and so they made her undergo this crushing between two slaps of wood (or doors, or whatever it was), because they hoped that she would agree to plea somewhere through that ordeal. She didn’t. Fifteen minutes, she was slowly squeezed to death. And probably her greatest hardship was the fact that she knew that someone else was being squeezed to death: a little baby in her womb.

That was her dedication to the faith that we have that we have the honor to call our own. Margaret Clitherow was 30 years old – just a kid and getting back in the general ballpark of that kind of conviction, of that kind of faith, on the part of all of us, is how the faith will be restored.

We need to find that again. We need to tell our children about Margaret and some of these beautiful, powerful saints. Your country is blessed with so many of them. And down to the modern times we see it happening.

I’ll skip over because we’re short on time, but there’s so many stories of Catholics doing similar things in China, and the Soviet Union, in Nazi-occupied countries, in Mexico.

You know the martyrdom of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez Del Rio; everybody knows about “Joselito”, the little Cristero who died at 15 years old. His mother literally surrendered him to God. She didn’t try to stop him from becoming a martyr. How faithful that family must have been to support this little boy, as they cut the soles of his feet off; as they beat him, as they tortured him, as they finally shot him – but not mortally. They shot him a few times, so he wouldn’t die right away; and as he’s lying on the ground, bleeding out, the last thing he does is carve a cross into the bloody dirt. His last words are “Viva Cristo Rey!”

He had no fear in his heart, because he was raised by a mother and by a family that allowed him, that taught him, that instructed him, that schooled him to expect to have to go all the way to the cross, if necessary for Christ and for the old faith.

This is how revolutions are defeated. This is the way of Catholic restoration. This is the way to restore the faith, the hope and love in families to the point where they will die for it. The revolution is powerless in front of families like this. The revolution cannot touch families like this, because they are animated by the faith, and they have faith in each other.

They will help each other to die, like the famous story of that mother in Rwanda, only 25 years ago, and as her little girls are being tortured and killed – they had the mother there, forcing her to witness this, because they want her to break – she says she has something to say to them. So they allow her to go close, and she looks into the eyes of her bleeding, dying children, and she says, “Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you.” And she goes through the entire Act of Contrition to her little children, as they’re slaughtering these kids. She made no effort to try to save them; she wanted to make sure she saved their souls, that they went immediately to Jesus.

These stories must be retold to our children. We must share them. We must make them ours again. The heroes of our faith. Because how does the faith survive, through families like this? How? And why? It is because the little audience to mothers and fathers who will not shake, who will not defer, who will not surrender – the little audience, from when they’re little kids and when they’re playing, when they’re learning to read, when they’re learning to pray, and they’re looking at their mother and they’re looking at their father. This is the audience. The children.

The children, when they see mothers and fathers willing to sacrifice everything for Christ, will do the same. They will do the same if they see it in their mothers and in their fathers. The children who watched their parents risk their lives to hide priests in your country, to conceal sacramentals in places like Japan, where being caught with a little cross like <this> made out of grass could mean that you were going to be subjected to the most torturous and most brutal execution in history in Japan, for hundreds of years. Children were seeing parents make those crosses anyway, because it mattered more than anything else.

In the Vendée, in France, children saw their fathers going to war, they saw their mothers behind the lines operating makeshift soup kitchens and hospitals. It was a family affair, in the Vendée.

Some of it’s kind of amusing – when the Vendée soldiers, the grand Catholic army, began to lose part of the battle and the men began to retreat, their wives came pouring over the bridge with frying pans in their hands and began to beat their husbands, “Get back out there! What do you think you’re doing?” Literally, the wives pushed the husbands back onto the battlefield to fight. And they won.

These weren’t soldiers, they were people like us – families whom Napoleon Bonaparte called “the little giants.” He said they could have gone all the way to Paris and crushed the revolution, but for one little thing: they all wanted to get back to their families every time they won a battle. They were family men, they weren’t career soldiers; so they’d go back. But there’s the example of a willingness to fight and to die for Christ.

And of course in Mexico, with the Cristeros, just a hundred years ago, it was the same thing: fathers lost their jobs, their ranks, their lives, as mothers made the ammunition, the food, the clothing, and everything else in the back. And today, we have an opportunity to copy that. We have to put our children into the same sort of crusade.

Listening here today to these ladies, I am sure that they see young kids all the time, following mothers and fathers to the abortion clinics to fight the crusade itself. Giving the pro-life crusade to children to get them involved in that fight will help them to keep the old faith, help them to stay on the straight and narrow and stay away from all the influences now that are destroying the faith in the family.

That crusade is why Catholicism survived although powerful governments so often sought to destroy it, to crush it, to wipe it from the visible presence of the earth. But in the privacy of so many Catholic homes, parents taught their children to know and to love Christ and the faith enough to die for it, and I think that time of preparation is now, for us. We need to make sure that our children are ready for this challenge.

The angel of death – the Passover, if you will – is here again today, and now is the time to get ready. It begins in the family, it begins in the home, it begins with prayer, getting ready for this great challenge of our lives, keeping the faith in a world that is determined to destroy the faith.

The greatest Catholic action in the years to come, for families, for all of us, will be to keep the faith, pure and simply – to keep the faith when it will appear that the entire world has not only lost the faith but hates the faith and will do whatever they can to crush it. Keeping the faith in times like that, in times like this, will become the greatest challenge.

We have to ask ourselves if we’re ready to do what our fathers and mothers in the past did: turn our homes into little cottages of faith where the faith will survive, just as the Christians did in Rome, as the Catholics in England did during the Reformation, in France during the Revolution, in Japan, China, Russia, and so forth. In the Middle East today, they’re a step ahead of us; they’re already the Christians, they’re already being killed. It’s already gone bloody in the Middle East. We need to prepare.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider in a recent interview gave us some practical suggestions, and I’ll read a few of those too – now remember he suffered in the clandestine church as well, in the Soviet Union. His family was sent off to the Gulag; he made his First Holy Communion in secret, because he had to. So this bishop understands what it’s like to do what I’m suggesting – we need to begin preparing for what he already did, under the Soviet Union. He gives us a little helpful checklist, and I’ll read just a few of them for you. He says:

“See persecution as a grace from God for becoming purified and strengthened, not simply as something negative.” Isn’t that beautiful? “See persecution as a grace from God,” he says. “Become rooted yourself in the Catholic faith you study of the Catechism. Catechize your children every day, as this is your first duty. Pray with your children daily, such as litanies and the rosary. Turn your home into a domestic church. Withdraw your family from a parish spreading error and attend a faithful parish, even if you have to travel great distances. Withdraw your children from schools, if they are encountering immoral and dangerous sex education. Be prepared for persecution and protecting your children.”

This is a prince of the Church giving us practical suggestions for how we can do this, so when the catacombs become more literal than figurative once again, we will survive on the strength of our families and the faith of our families, the secret because of which Catholics have outlasted every persecution for 2000 years.

Your Dr. Joseph Shaw last year – I interviewed him in Italy, I’m sure you all know who he is – made a really interesting point; he said the reason so many people now are using contraception is that they’re discouraged, they’re brought down by society, by secularism. They have nothing to hand on to their children. In his opinion, that is the main reason contraception appeals – they don’t care, they’ve got nothing to hand on to their children anyway, nothing to give their children.

In his point – and I agree with him – faithful Catholics are having a lot more children. Why? Because they have something, indeed, to pass on to their children; something to hand down. They propagate the species, yes, but also the faith; and there’s a challenge involved with that that makes parents want to have as many children as God will send them. There’s also a safety and a security in keeping the faith, in being willing to do that.

We must be ready to fight for it. It is what God asks of us, it is why we were born when we were: so that we might do our part and our duty as followers of Christ living in an anti-Christ and anti-Christian world. Remember what Christ demanded even of His own mother from the cross. He looks down into her eyes and He asks her to stand with Him. And she does. But she wasn’t a goddess – she should not have been able to survive the grief so boundless of watching her son die on the cross. But Christ glorified her sorrows, because they mirrored His own.

When we unite our sufferings to His, we share in that moment during His last agony; and when we unite our sufferings to His mother, we understand what we must be willing to lose everything for Him, to stand vulnerable and exposed at the foot of the cross, the butts of jokes and derision for His sake. Our willingness as parents to be different from the world around us will save our families, and it will save the souls of our children if we have what it takes to do it.

But we must be ready to stand at the foot of the cross with our families, and that is not going to be easy. It’s not an easy task. And if we’re going to do it successfully, we need to start now; we need to go back to the way things were in family life not that long ago – basic things things that are not that difficult but that we need to rethink. For example, praying. Bishop Schneider’s checklist already covers much of this – how we can become a strong family.

The irony is that it wasn’t that long ago when families were doing it quite well and weren’t having the problems that we have now. It’s the little things, like praying together – and I don’t just mean praying and saying happy thoughts together, but rather having your children see you praying. I’m sure all of you know this, but in case there are some who are new to this idea of rebuilding Catholic family life, consider this: consider lighting a vigil light, for example, in front of a little statue of Our Lady in your own living room.

Turn your living room into a little chapel for a moment every single night, father and mother kneeling on the floor, rosaries in hand, praying the rosary. This leaves an indelible mark on the mind of a child; that even father, even great big powerful dad, is kneeling down in front of Our Lady and praying the rosary is a huge impact. Catholic fathers did this for a thousand years, but we’ve come away from that because we’ve become progressive and all of the other nonsense, and families are moving away from these things.

Families are moving away from eating together, for Heaven’s sake! Make that a ritual. It’s not impossible, and it’s so important, no matter how busy you are. I hope none of you eat McDonald’s over here – in the States, everybody’s eating McDonald’s all the time, then running out and going to soccer, and the idea of the family meal is almost gone. They don’t eat together anymore. Again, sit down together; maybe put some nice music on in the background; take turns asking the children questions, practicing their social skills, practicing getting along with family, while you talk about things that are important. Not heavy, not always religious, just things that are interesting; get back to the ritual of the family meal; get back to the nighttime and not just popping on the TV or a video or a movie; get back to the family playing together.

Get the idea that the family sustains itself. This is possible especially with the internet, where you can learn so much about the great Catholic feasts that you can bring back into your home, such as Christmas and Advent, and how to do those right; but the main thing is getting used to the idea of the family sustaining itself. If you watch movies every now and then, great; don’t have the kids watch their own movie – watch a good old movie with your whole family. Make sure that’s another ritual that includes a little conversation afterwards.

To many of you, this is a statement of the patently obvious and silly, but to many it’s not – the children have their own little music and their own little headsets, and there’s this little anti-social thing that’s going on right in the home, right in this little sanctuary. The children are getting a completely different message – they’re plugged in, and the parents are not aware of it, or they’re fine with it. We need to put an end to that.

There’s no such thing as music for your 12 year old; the family listens o all the same music in the house; the children are not on computers by themselves – that’s deadly. We’re going to lose this war if we don’t start implementing some of these things.

Friends; it would be great if we could all have as many friends as we did back in the 1950s. But this is not he 1950s, so it might be a little more difficult for families. But again, this is not without precedent.  In The Story of a Family, Zelie Martin, St. Teresa’s mother, talks about how she was leary even of cousins associating with her children, because of some of the influences in France at that time.

So you see, the parents of saints were willing to do things that are not going to necessarily make them all that popular; but it’s very necessary, if you’re going to have children that are not going to be brought down by the society and the world in which we live.

We don’t have time to go over all of this, so I’ll cut towards the end. But I hope afterwards, we can all begin having conversations or even conferences about Catholic family life – how to do it, how to restore it, how to keep pop music out of it, how to bring good music into it, old folk music, how to bring that back.

Raise your children on classical and good folk music, so that there isn’t any great temptation – I’ve got five daughters, and I’ve never once said to one of my daughters, “You can’t listen to Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry.” It just doesn’t come up. They would never think of that; not because they’re saints but because it was never in our home, and there was always so much good music, and they were learning how to play violins, and flutes, and pianos, that they look at that sort of music as not for them.

So as a parent, you can avoid some of those trials by planning early on, giving good cultural influences so that the bad ones won’t be as tempting. And again, I don’t think it’s rocket science at all – I think it’s very easy to do – and we need to start talking about how to do it.

I had a whole section here on homeschooling, and I can clearly see what won’t have time for that. Let me just say this for homeschooling: when you have such an attack on the family, there is no better way. Now this is not to say that all Catholic schools are dens of iniquity, but if you really want to fight against the culture, fight against what’s happening in education, and fight against the attack on the family, there is no better way to do it than well-organized, well-run home schools that take advantage of all the assets that are now available to us.

I’m sorry I don’t have time to go into all that; I am a huge, huge supporter of homeschooling for those who can do it and who have the resources to do it right. If you can’t homeschool, you shouldn’t, but if you can, it is a powerful way to keep the family together and to resist the culture of death from day one all the way through high school. I can’t possibly recommend it enough.

I hope my talk wasn’t all gloom and doom – I’m not a gloom and doom type of person; life is wonderful! I’ve got seven kids that are the greatest thing in my life; I’ve got a five-year-old son, he’s the baby, and I have empty-nest syndrome. I’m just terrified he’s gonna be gone, it’s so much fun.

So if you do this right, and if you make your home Catholic, it also has its own built-in rewards of wonderful payoffs, and you all know that who are having children and raising them in this way.

We have an opportunity to give to them this notion of the crusade. We’ve all told them the story of Lepanto, we’ve told them about what it would be like – Don John of Austria fighting against the Turks – we’ve told them the story of the Vendée. So it isn’t doom and gloom and no-no to everything. We tell our children to stand on the decks with Don John of Austria, to be part of a huge movement, to resist what’s happening; because the culture of death has nothing to offer but death.

It’s not difficult to show young people that what the Catholic Church offers in the good traditional way, what Christ offers, what Our Lady offers is wonderful! It’s light, it’s full of fun, it’s full of wonder and mystery; but what the culture of death has to offer is nothing but death.

So we need to present this Catholic counter-revolution in a way that challenges young people, makes them want to be a part of it.

We were talking about the Chartres Pilgrimage – I’m going to go there in a few days. Those of you who have not come you’ve got to try to come to that, where you see ten, fifteen thousand young people, alive and excited and shouting out the words of the Salve Regina, walking for three days under banners of Joan of Arc and all the saints. They’re so excited about this little microcosm of catholic culture, so they’re bringing it back, right near you in France. We can do this; it’s happening.

We just need to rise up and be committed to doing it. Homeschool your kids, if you have the opportunity. There’s no better way to keep them out of the clutches of the enemy. Make pilgrimages; play; pray the rosary every night; stay united to Our lady, make your children and grandchildren fall in love with her again, as they were at Lepanto, on the decks of those ships, where every man knelt, pulled out his rosary, and sang the Sale Regina out of love for her. Look what she did for them – one of the most historic turnarounds in military history, se gave them, because of that love of a child for the mother of God. So we need to have that attitude here, as far as restoring Catholic family life.

I’ll end with a quote from the hopefully someday sainted Pope Paul XII, who writes:

“Far from being a social malady, large families are a guarantee of the moral and physical health of a people. Virtues flourish spontaneously in homes where a baby’s cries always echo from the crib, and vice is put to flight as if it has been chased away by the childhood that is renewed there, like the fresh and invigorating breath of spring. So let the weak and selfish take their example from you; let the nation continue to be loving and grateful to are you for all the sacrifices you have taken upon yourselves to raise and educate its citizens, just as the church is pleased with you for enabling her to offer along with you ever healthier and larger groups of souls to the sanctifying activity of the Divine Spirit,” says Pius XII.

Brothers and sisters in Christ; it is the family that matters; it is the family that is under attack by the forces of Hell in our society; it is the family that must survive, for it is the Christian family that is the hope of the whole world, based on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, modeled on the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and resting in the arms of Holy Mother Church.

If we devote all of our efforts from this moment forward to restoring the family, defending the family, and living the Catholic family life, then in the end when we stand before the judgment seat of Almighty God, we can say we will have done our duty before God, before our fellow men, and the gates of Hell will not have prevailed on our watch. Christ promised us that He will be with us always even unto the consummation of the world; let us promise him today then that even if the world stands against Him from now until eternity, our families will stand with Him until the consummation of the world.

Thank you very much for listening. Long live Christ the King!

 

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    Thank you Sir for this most excellent talk!! Fire came out of your words and you have recruited many for this essential Crusade. Enrique Munita

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    Com-on Michael……., do you remember what Walmart did in Indiana!!! Walmart was one of only a handful of companies that started the destruction of marriage nationwide! Our family is Target and almost Walmart free. What Walmart did against God’s form of marriage and Christians in Indiana was beyond what Target has been doing. It’s like a race to see what corp retailer can out pervert the other! WALMART IS NOT CHRISTIAN FRIENDLY, don’t be fooled!

    I don’t have the answers, all I know it is a pain to shop these days! We have to boycott the best we can because having them fail is the only answer. I want my vendors and retailers to keep their sexual desires to themselves and sell things without lecturing me on what I should / have to believe!!

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      I’m not sure what you’re getting at. Are you under the impression Mr. Matt is endorsing Walmart? Might I suggest you reread the paragraph? He’s saying nothing of the kind.

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      There is nothing wrong with switching from an openly sin endorsing business to a neutral one (for any product) if it is easy enough to do, but if we are being realistic here 90-99% of business out there oppose or soon will oppose the Catholic worldview. Often they couldn’t care less about moral issues and just want to advertise whatever is the popular public opinion.

      Unless someone here is suggesting a mass migration to some unclaimed corner of the world, the more effective approach would be to engage the world with traditional morality rather than shunning it and trying to bury our heads in the sand.

      Both liberals and the Trump presidency have shown that public bombast and a willingness to openly come into conflict with your opponents pays off. In fact this is how I imagine the early Christians spread the faith.

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      Yes, great points! Mr. Matt specifically says in his talk that the people who changed history did two things: they kept the Faith and they weren’t afraid to stand up and speak out.

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      Well Mr. Matt, in light of the SPLC lawsuit, good news may be around the corner!

      “Contained within the Wednesday letter is a warning to companies such as Facebook, Amaaon, Google and Twitter – all of whom rely on the SPLC for guidance on “hate groups”:

      Editors, CEOs, shareholders and consumers alike are on notice: anyone relying upon and repeating its misrepresentations is complicit in the SPLC’s harmful defamation of large numbers of American citizens who, like the undersigned, have been vilified simply for working to protect our country and freedoms.

      https://www.zerohedge.com/n…

      I think it’s tie we all had ourselves a nice big class action lawsuit, and drag Silicon Valley into the proceedings for complicity.

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      To be honest, I am glad I never had children. Apart from the fact that due to my own mental and emotional problems I would probably not have been a fit and adequate parent even in a world like the 1940s and ’50s I grew up in, by the time I came of age in the 1960s things were already getting so bad, to say nothing of the way they are today, that I would not have been up to the task of responsible and competent parenting anyway. I feel for those who have to raise children today in the moral cesspool that western society has become. As I have mentioned before in other threads, there are some people who are actually moving to Russia (yes) because they believe that in some respects it is a more moral place in which to raise their children than North American and western Europe.

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      Now REI has jumped on the gay bandwagon… 😥

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      It’s not that hard to stay away from the big “gay” companies since there are alternative out there. Coffee? Nah. Get a cup at home or the local mom/pop. There are tons of other outlets online other than Amazon…I haven’t shopped there for years. No need for PayPal either. I stay away from the IPhones, don’t want that blasted email and internet following me everywhere. And there is an online list that the sodomites create that rate companies who either support or don’t support them. I use it as a tool to support companies that get dismal ratings:+) FYI: Nissan is at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to cars and supporting the sodomite agenda:+)

      So what I’m saying is that I just try to be proactive in avoiding the big and obvious firms and do a little homework (thanks to the pro-LGBTXYZ sites LOL) before making a big purchase to support outfits that don’t support the destructive agenda of sodomy.

      The food stuff is tough. Whole Foods is the only major player right now with organic food, although others crop up i.e. Fresh Market and local stores. But I’m all for the other commenters here suggestion: let’s get back to the land. Go Amish or at least attempt to create a network of Trads that can supply foods and other things where the principles and donations of the company are Catholic/Christian (Hobby Lobby, Chick Filet etc).

      God bless~

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      I would love to boycott Whole Foods but I’m on an organic only diet due to major health issues *sigh* and don’t live in the country *sighs again*. I try to use local stores too but sometimes their stock is very limited. I can’t wait until all the food stores go back to organic again…then we can officially be rid of Whole Foods:+) God bless~

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      Have you heard of Azure Standard? They’re a Christian organic co-op in Oregon. They deliver all over the northwest, southwest, and midwest. If you go to their website you can see where all the drop off points are. I don’t know where you are located, but hopefully, they have the products that you need. Sometimes you just have to stick with Whole Foods, I get it. I hope you feel better. I only buy organic, too. And yes, like we hope and pray that the Church will go back to being Catholic, I hope the world will go back to being organic… 🙂

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      I’ll check out Azure Standard! Thank you for that:+) Although I live in the Northeast and in Florida for part of the year, it’s always good to know of companies that are Christian. They might expand at some point:+) Am glad I’m not alone in wanting both the Catholic Church and organic food to come back:+) God bless~

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      Good suggestions, and we’re happy to hear you’re finding alternatives where you can! The discussion we’re encouraging is where to draw the line. Your own email address, for example, is at yahoo…which is owned by Verizon–huge proponents of gay marriage (https://www.verizon.com/abo…. Now that Amish-styled co-op you’re talking about—those are great. We already have one, in fact. But not everyone has access to something like that, and unless we drill our own oil, we’re buying gas for our trucks and tractors and tillers and supporting the most pro-homosexual, pro-abortion multinational companies of them all. Do you have a VISA card, or AMEX? How much of your fees goes to support causes antithetical to what you believe in? Do you use Google? Bing, then? They all are the most efficient conduits to pornography and Satanism in the history of the world. Do you use a bank, because all the big ones are in bed with the Devil at this point. Do you drive a car? I’d be happy to discover a car company that isn’t supporting the LGBT agenda. And what about taxes, do you pay those? A percentage of taxpayer dollars are used for abortion. Also, you might want to check out some of the causes your electric company supports. Ours is as green and progressive as it gets. We’re already heating with wood and working on a wind turbine, but that’s not cheap and the government is trying to control those too. So, at the end of the day, going homeless, cold and pretty darn hungry is really the only sure way to stop supporting the Devil in our society. I don’t mean to be flippant, Margaret. I’m just trying to show you the times in which we live and the full extent of the problem we face. From the Book of Revelation: “And that no man should be able to buy or to sell, save he that hath the mark, even the name of the beast or the number of his name.”

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      Yes, it is getting harder and harder to escape things and still live in the world. There is a large shopping mall near me, and I go there several times a week to walk around to exercise my old joints. Usually I first have coffee and a pastry at a coffee bar before starting my walk. Most commonly, I have gone to Nordstrom’s coffee bar, as I prefer their coffee over Starbucks, it’s a little cheaper anyway, they have ample seating, and they have delicious brownies.

      Unfortunately, I have run into a dilemma. Nordstrom openly supports Gay Pride Month, or whatever it is called, with the gay rainbow splashed all over the store. Do I give up my coffee and brownie, one of the few pleasures I have in life, or do I patronize a store whose public expression I disagree with? My alternatives at the mall are Starbucks, and I don’t know about their positions on homosexuality, abortion, and the like (as well as their limited seating), or the Barnes & Noble bookstore’s cafe, when I don’t know their stance either. It becomes a real quandary when perversion and intolerance for moral values are getting more and more in your face.

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      I understand:+( And I don’t use the Yahoo acct you send this too anymore…it’s forwarded to another account I use. I just try to do my best to be informed of the alternatives (if there are any) and go from there. Nissan doesn’t support the LGBT stuff, at least according to their status on the pro-gay website:+) I try to use other search engines and don’t use AMEX. But like I said with the food, if there is no alternative (like the taxes and big oil—although I’m sure there might be a gas company that doesn’t support sodomy—might have to check out that list again:+) Our Christian ancestors paid taxes to Ceasar who wasn’t exactly pro-life:+) Just do what we can to be informed and choose the best alternatives until trads figure out a way to bypass it all. Good discussion point to bring up, though:+) God bless~

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      Margaret, I’m not sure of all the facts but Nissan and Renault were trying to merge earlier in the year. I don’t know where Renault stand on LGBT but I’d be pleasantly suprised if they followed Nissan’s example of not financing them.

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      What is the website that homosexuals have to list those who do and do not support their agenda? I would like to take a look at it to see if there are merchants / vendors / companies that might be less objectionable.

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      I forget which list I looked at years ago. But here is one as of this year. Hess (for gas), Bed, Bath and Beyond, Dick’s Sporting Goods, LL Bean are just some of the ‘grey’ answers i.e. they don’t bother responding and don’t have a good rating when their basic website info is looked at.

      Start on page 93 or so:+)

      https://assets2.hrc.org/fil…

      Nissan it looks like is back in the bad guy column *sigh* but Honda isn’t:+)

      God bless~

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      Thanks for the link. I downloaded the report and will take a look at it as I have time. One issue for me is that I consider there is a difference between a company merely hiring and retaining an employee who is competent, conscientious, and reliable and does not make an issue of his/her stance on certain issues, regardless of other personal characteristics, and a company which openly supports, even flaunts, the practitioners of an immoral agenda.

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      Thank You Mr. Matt for defending our Catholic one true faith.

      Eventually the Dolan & Martin SLOP show will end ………………..like an old tv show flop

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      There is a better option than frequenting hippy farmers’ markets – grow food yourself on your own farm. Back to the land! For the same price as upscale apartments in some crowded liberal hell-hole like Los Angeles, London or New York City, you could have thousands of hectares of good agricultural land to grow your crops and meat.

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      We are fortunate to live in the middle of Amish country in central Pennsylvania. We have many Amish farms where we can buy our produce, even better there is a local farm that offers fresh farm produce in a community food program where you prepay in March , our choice is the $300 plan which gives us a box of in season produce every week in June, July, August, September, and October fresh off their family farm and other coops , they also have a meat plan and a bakery plan. Besides the amish do have a lot of organic shops in the area and health stores. In the winter they do sell a lot of canning items for sale. We also are fortunate to also have furniture shops where the Amish sell American made furniture from their own shops at reasonable prices. It is also a plus to hire local Amish carpenters and builders who work hard and price reasonably. What America needs are more Amish like local communities where we can purchase good merchandise and not be at the mercy of the global fat cats who prey on our families. Buy local Think local. BTW we do live on seven acres and have the land to grow our own food but it is more economical to buy in season products from local farms. My son in law usually provides our meat during deer season and it is not hard to keep a few chickens usually six is enough for a family of six tp provide us with all the eggs we need.

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      In your haste to avoid being in the presence of the depraved culture, you are retreating into smaller and smaller corners. If you cede the entire world to the depraved, they will eventually come knocking on your door anyway.

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      Retreating to smaller and smaller corners? No, just the opposite – retreating from a small but luxurious apartment in an overcrowded city to a much, much larger tract of farmland. Sure the sodomites and feminazis may come knocking – but they have to drive on dirt roads for a few hours first!

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      Not in the UK you can’t. Another problem is, if you could afford the farm, it would likely be a long way from a Latin Mass. I’m trying to grow food in our tiny garden and I’m afraid I’m not good at it. I seem to be flogging myself stupid to grow four lettuce and a dozen tomatoes. (I’ve got lots of nice, fat, juicy slugs though. {Eeeew!})

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      Same as me, Chloe, I seem to kill everything I plant and the slugs are having a great time, usually under the leaves munching quietly away, and destroying the integrity of the plant, just like modernism is doing to the faith.

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      Great talk, Michael. A lot of people are getting the message. Alastair Roberts, a rising star of Evangelical theology, wrote a wonderful reflection on marriage inspired by the recent Royal wedding. It contains much material which Catholic teachers could adapt for marriage preparation classes.

      https://alastairadversaria….

      In this article, Alastair quotes a fascinating passage by the French author Michel Houellebecq, who, of course, wrote the novel “Submission” about the future islamisation of France. It ties in well with part of Michael’s article:

      Michael Matt:

      “Your Dr. Joseph Shaw last year – I interviewed him in Italy, I’m sure you all know who he is – made a really interesting point; he said the reason so many people now are using contraception is that they’re discouraged, they’re brought down by society, by secularism. They have nothing to hand on to their children. In his opinion, that is the main reason contraception appeals – they don’t care, they’ve got nothing to hand on to their children anyway, nothing to give their children.”

      Houellebecq:

      “Children existed [in the past] to inherit a man’s trade, his moral code, and his property. This was taken for granted among the aristocracy, but merchants, craftsmen, and peasants also bought into the idea, so it became the norm at every level of society. That’s all gone now: I work for someone else, I rent my apartment from someone else, there’s nothing for my son to inherit. I have no craft to teach him; I haven’t a clue what he might do when he’s older. By the time he grows up, the rules I lived by will have no value—he will live in another universe. If a man accepts the fact that everything must change, then he accepts that life is reduced to nothing more than the sum of his own experience; the past and future generations mean nothing to him. That’s how we live now. For a man to bring a child into the world now is meaningless.”

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      For all this public glorification of homosexuals, why do they still seem so miserable and prone to emotional hysteria? There’s a few in my apartment building who sometimes come to me and ask for help if they need a lift to the doctors or something, but I can’t call them friends – they’re just too narcissistic, dramatic and angry to feel comfortable with.

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      Very encouraging somewhat frightening in some ways but understandable. Sad to say my six children never attend Mass my grandchildren do not hear the name of Jesus but do know what Halloween is about and celebrate it I could weep every night and often do. Also the persecution in my family has already started as I can no longer mention God without the anger and fights that come our way.Mary be their salvation and mine and my husband Amen. God bless the remnant.

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      If you offer up their persecution of you for their salvation, their own bad behaviour could bring them great graces. Weird how God works isn’t it?

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      Great idea! Thank you for posting it.

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      Powerful, helpful, uplifting talk. Thank you. Would that these sentiments were coming forth daily from the Holy See. Alas, they are not. This talk would not be approved, nor allowed, in the vast majority of parishes in America. Too much hate, too much of a mean spirit, far too judgemental, not inclusive enough, and it made no allowence for differences. GOD BLESS THE REMNANT!

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      Our family business took a public stand against homosexual “marriage” during the recent postal vote here in Australia – and we lost half our work overnight.

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      A medical laboratory

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      We must be ready to bear the consequences…and in the future perhaps they will be severe, even to martyrdom. St. John the Baptist was martyred for not being silent about the truth of marriage. Will we be silent about the truth, the Truth? I gave up my medical career because I could not go along with the unethical and immoral things demanded of me. There is a price. We must be willing to pay it. Teachers who teach immorality and perversion to little children are also complicit and must find another position if they want to remain without sin. Our prelates who are all on board with the Marxists and current social justice issues but are silent on the Truth are complicit with the scandals and direction of our secular, hedonistic society. So few seem to have courage and those that do are excoriated. We can name them among the bishops and cardinals…

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      Today is the Nativity of St. John the Baptist:

      In Tone 1

      O mountains, give forth your sweetness;
      O hills, skip about like lambs;
      for today the Lord’s forerunner, desiring to abide with us, is born of Elizabeth.
      At his birth he loosed his father’s silence.
      Therefore, let us cry out to him:
      O Baptizer of Christ, implore Him to save our souls.

      The God-named Voice and Lamp of the Light, the Forerunner of the Lord,
      was attested to by Christ as the foremost of the prophets.
      Please remember your flock in order to preserve it intact,
      and we also ask that you pray for the world.

      Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Great Vespers at the Litiya

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      A few years ago we had the local medical board threaten us with extinction because our website listed immoral medical procedures with which we won’t co-operate. Apparently listing these legal procedures e.g. abortions/murders, tubal ligations, vasectomies etc. as immoral risked causing distress to patients.

     

     

     

     

    Where Have All the Catholics Gone?

     

    We just followed along, confident that we were being led to Heaven.

    That’s what we talked about then, Heaven and Purgatory, and what we had to do to reach the one and shorten the other. We shuddered to think about Hell, and so we didn’t talk about it much either. We just set about working out our salvation with fear and trembling, like St. Paul told us to do. All for the love of Jesus, the Glory of God, and the Salvation of souls, we used to say.

     

     

    …The Catholic Schools?

    Consider the first obstacle. Too many years of agnostic priests and professors telling us that we don’t really know anything about Heaven has dampened supernatural faith and hope. Nothing seems clear. Questions aren’t answered; doubts are not dispelled. Retreats, religious education lectures, and classroom discussions often go something like this:

    “Is Heaven a place?” a student asks.

    The pedant-in-charge shakes his head, but says nothing. He strokes his chin and lowers his lids, pondering the question. Everyone waits.

    “It is a state of being,” he says at last, carefully, as if he were imparting a deep truth.

    The student persists. “But what does that mean?”

    “We’re not really sure.”

    The student sighs. He turns his head, looks out the window, and never brings it up again.

     

     

    …The Catholic Identity?

    I’ve heard this sort of thing too many times. No sooner spoken, but the words evaporate, portentous as thin smoke. Nothing adheres to the mind; nothing cleaves to the soul.

    Enough of this nonsense. Of course Heaven is a place, and those in authority should say so, loud and clear. What this supernatural place is like is beyond our imagination, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real. It is above nature, incorruptible; its substance endures forever.

    I mean, come on, if Heaven is not a place, then where is Our Lord? What does He see through His beautiful eyes, and what does He touch with his Wounded Hands? And just where is Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, she who was assumed body and soul into Heaven?

    They’re not floating in some ethereal mist. We’re talking physical presence here. Someday, when we behold our King and Queen reigning gloriously in Heaven, it’s real faces we’ll see, real voices we’ll hear.

    The denial of the substantial reality of Heaven shatters one doctrine after another. If Heaven is not a place, what about the Resurrection of the Body? Aren’t we supposed to get our bodies back on Judgment Day? Our own blood and bones? Our own fingers and toes? That’s what the Church teaches. That’s what we believe. But where would these glorified bodies go?

    Ah, so that’s not so certain either, then.

    The Incarnation, the Ascension, and the Second Coming are all called into question. We wind up with some sort of esoteric blather about the Next Life. They tell us we have to have faith that life goes on after death, we’re just not sure how. Perhaps it’s a spiritual immortality, unencumbered by flesh. Who knows?

     

     

    The second obstacle to open discussion about salvation is the problem of sin and its consequences. Christ died for our sins. Everybody repeats the formula, but do the words really sink in? Does anyone realize why?

    To save us from Hell. That’s why. That’s what salvation is. To rescue us from damnation. If we’re not saved, we’re damned. It’s as simple as that.

    I’m afraid people don’t fear Hell anymore. They reject the whole idea. It’s just too preposterous for the modern mind; the image doesn’t hold. Flames and darkness and the stench of sulfur—who believes that?

    But Hell exists. It is real. And it is eternal.

    Imagine the very worst pain, the worst sorrow, the worst regret you’ve ever experienced. Feel again the anguish, the bitterness, the most soul-wrenching loneliness you’ve ever felt. That’s only a glimmer of what Hell is like, and sin consigns one there.

    Yet we can’t talk about sin. We must not be judgmental. Let’s not mention the Commandments. It’s as if sin didn’t exist. You’d think the priests had all become Rogerian psychologists. By practicing unconditional positive regard, negativity dissolves, and a beautiful flower grows from the depths of the perfect human heart, rather like a modern version of Rousseau’s Noble Savage. No taint of original sin for them. It’s all good.

    And what’s the effect of denying evil? Perdition, that’s what.

    Think of all the things people accept now. Things we used to call Mortal Sins—mortal, because they would kill us. The Church used to warn us about them, so we would not be lost, but there’s a lot of silence now.

    The biggest one is artificial contraception. I’ll never forget what happened the Sunday after Humanae Vitae was issued. The encyclical was front page news in the local paper. A lengthy article quoted a whole slew of theologians who stated with seeming authority that the teaching was not infallible. People could make up their own minds about it. They were responsible adults.

    Curious, I thought, as we went to Mass, expecting to hear true Church teaching. But the priest didn’t even mention the encyclical, and not the next week, either, nor the next. Later we learned that even bishops had rejected it, and Rome did nothing. The dissent stood. No one talked about it. Family planning was a private matter, after all. What did celibate priests know about marriage? they asked.

    So people did what seemed right in their own eyes. There were no repercussions. In all these years, I have never heard a priest say from the pulpit that a woman can’t go to Communion if she’s on the pill, or heard a priest talk about the evil of sterilization, the death blow to the body, the infamous mutilation of the flesh.

    They are reluctant to talk about the perversion of homosexuality, even in the face of all the scandals. They don’t talk about adultery or fornication or covetousness or theft. Lying? No, not a word.

    They rarely speak about the beauty of Heaven, the suffering in Purgatory, or the burning pain of Hell. Imagine that. Nobody mentions that we may not all wind up in the same place. There are no warning signs. I guess there’s nothing to worry about.

    Is everyone saved? Is no one lost?

    The pedant speaks again:

    “Jesus is so merciful,” he says with a wave of his hand. “He couldn’t bear to send anyone to Hell.”

    “But don’t you have to do anything to go to Heaven?” an innocent student asks. “Don’t you have to be worthy?”

    The pedant rolls his eyes.

    The boy persists. “You have to be baptized, right? You have to be Catholic.”

    Another student pipes up. “Since the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, don’t the sacraments change us? Make us fit for Heaven?”

    The pedant lifts his chin. His gray eyes are distant, as if he sees beyond the room, beholding something no one else can see. He inhales, deeply, through his nose.

    “One must not be divisive,” he says, then expounds at length upon the new understanding, the probability of universal salvation. There is invincible ignorance, after all, and the whole idea of the unconscious Christian. And then there are those near-death experiences that seem to point to a pleasant afterlife for everyone. There’s no sense talking about it, he concludes.

    But I say we must.

     

    Why won’t the Magisterium clear the fog? Why won’t the priests and bishops just say: Outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation. Scared, are they? Afraid to offend the infidels? Or worse, have they lost the Faith?

    Regardless of that, the doctrine is true.

    Let me tell you what that teaching meant to me a long time ago, when I was just a little girl. It was nothing less than an invitation from Heaven.

    I was not born Catholic, although I didn’t quite understand that. After all, I knew the Nicene Creed by heart and dutifully recited it at Christ Episcopal Church, proudly proclaiming my belief in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I was no Protestant, that was for sure. But it took my fourth grade Catholic friends to set me firmly on the Road to Salvation.

    We used to stand in a circle at recess at Southwestern School, hoping the teacher wouldn’t notice and make us play kickball or Red Rover or some other boring game. We had important things to discuss. There were five of us—Dolores, Mary Kay, Anne, Barbara, and me.

    Sometimes it was really cold. The snow banked over our saddle shoes, and we huddled together, pulling our coats close and shivering like crazy. But I hardly noticed. Those girls told me the most astonishing things. Things I had never heard before. Things about the Other World. I could have listened to them forever. They had funny words like Purgatory and Limbo and indulgences. They actually believed in Hell. The devil was real, they said.

    My friends knew all sorts of things about Heaven. It was amazing. It was like they shared some secret knowledge. There was no doubt in their minds that Heaven was a place, and they talked about it as if they had been there. I clamored to know more.

    They looked at each other, shook their heads, then looked sadly at me.

    “But you can’t go to Heaven,” they said.

    “Why not?”

    “’Cause you’re not Catholic.”

    “What do I have to do to be Catholic?”

    “You have to go to Catechism.”

    Those words struck my heart like an arrow. Even though I was not able to actually “go to Catechism” until I was a sophomore in college, I made up my mind right then. I would be Catholic. A real one, not just one saying the Nicene Creed in the whitewashed Episcopal Church, wondering how I could believe in the One Holy Catholic Church and not be in it.

    Those nine-year-old girls possessed the Truth, and they didn’t hesitate to let me know it. They told me what was necessary for salvation because I was their friend. They didn’t dilute the doctrine. I didn’t need to know about the exceptions. I just needed to be Catholic.

    Please spare me the nuances. They exist, I understand that. There can be people in Heaven that we didn’t think would be there. That’s good. I have no idea how the Lord goes about rescuing people at the last minute who didn’t enter the Church during their life. I don’t pretend to know how grace burns the unbelief from their minds before their souls depart this world, but I don’t have to know those extraordinary things. That’s God’s business.

    All I know is that every human being on this earth needs to be rescued from Hell. Our Lord died to secure a place for us in Heaven. He founded a Church, the One True Church which is necessary for the salvation of souls.

    If that’s not true, then everything we’re doing is a waste of time. Why should we fight so hard? Why should we hold so closely to tradition? Why should we struggle to stand against the flood of immorality and despair that engulfs the world? What does it matter? What’s the point? If there is salvation outside the Catholic Church, then we don’t have to do anything. Just jump right back in the Sea of Unknowing.

    For myself, I’d rather be like my old friends, those valiant girls who first told me what I had to do to save my soul.

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        ????? If you don’t believe it why are you a Priest? You’ve paid the price? For what? Following Christ and obeying him? Grandma or their son may well be in Hell – it might shock them into praying for the dead – something I failed to do for decades. Why? Because Priests couldn’t be bothered telling us the truth. If we ignore that particular dogma, we may as well ignore the lot because ignoring it makes a joke of everything else. It doesn’t mean we can’t also remind people that, as I’ve been told on here a number of times, God is not bound by His own laws, which are for our benefit and spiritual good, so we may still HOPE and pray that everyone visibly outside the Church can still be saved by God, but that we should not ‘assume’ that because that is both spiritually dangerous and presumptious.

        I’m amazed I can still be gobsmacked by what Priests say but confess to getting a bit angry now (righteously, I believe) when I hear all the sob stories. which cover up what it simply a lack of belief/conviction/desire to do what a Priest should be doing – teaching the Faith and ALL its dogmas and doctrines.

        Prayers for you………

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      Don’t be taken in…Fr Harry….Potter….get it now?
      This guy has plainly not read, or chooses to ignore, the disturbing and tough bits of scripture. Jesus the long haired liberal wimp, not!
      Extra ecclesiam nulla salus is tough and shocking.
      Religion with ‘bite’ is like that.
      Some do seem to prefer the thin soup from CathLite.
      That sickly stuff that does little to nourish the soul.

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      I was giving him the benefit of the doubt on the name because, frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me any more if a Priest should choose Harry Potter, Harry Houdini or Dirty Harry. Sad thing is, it wouldn’t surprise me if he really is a Priest, which says it all, really.

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      “it might shock them into praying for the dead”.

      It also might shock people into praying for the living. How many souls might be saved if people prayed for those who are in a sinful state while they are still alive on this earth. We see a ton of people living lives that are objectively sinful but if we think everyone goes to Heaven anyway then we don’t pray for them. What’s the point, right? Well the point is that our prayers may get them back on the narrow path because God might answer our prayers for our sakes if not for theirs. Think St. Monica and St. Augustine – he credits her prayers with God turning his heart around. Perhaps if it was just Augustine God wouldn’t have bothered to send those extra graces his way – free will and all that. But the virtuous life Monica lived and her unceasing prayers for her son obviously touched God’s heart and I suspect it was for her sake that He broke through the young man’s obstinate will. It was pity for the father that caused Jesus to raise his daughter from the dead, compassion for the woman that caused Jesus to drive demons from her daughter, and reward for the centurion’s faith that caused Jesus to heal his servant.

      Like you, Heloisa, I didn’t pray for people, either living or dead, for decades Religious pushed the “God’s not bound by His own laws” mantras as a way to get to the “Everyone’s saved” schtick that effectively ends any reason to pray for anyone’s salvation, along with any reason to lead a moral life. I’m so cynical anymore about why all of this was done.

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      I agree with you completely, Annie. I didn’t pray for the living either for decades. I was just so angry last night – and still am this morning. It’s this kind of thinking that’s got us all in this mess. Whoever the poster is, he’s got Catholicism turned upside down and I’m wanting to reply to every sentence. Along the lines of:

      The truth isn’t nice and upsets people so better to give it a miss and let people stay in some false sort of ‘Catholicism’ in their own minds? We gain nothing from telling the truth? Jesus wasn’t compassionate when he kept repeating the truth? He wasn’t being ‘Catholic’ enough? He might as well have just made friends with those who couldn’t take it and have done with it? Hellfire sermons almost every other week?
      What do they get the other weeks? The Church of Nice? No wonder people can’t cope with it – sounds like a split personality giving sermons – who shall we get this week.

      This Priest is either having a very bad crisis of faith in which case HE need our prayers badly or he’s exactly what he claims not to be, ie ‘another liberal
      mistaken modern priest’.

      Yes, I’m still jumping up and down – think I’ve finally cracked! Aaaaagh! Pseudo-Trad Intellectuals? Jesus was a Pseudo-Trad Intellectual? Sounds like Pope Francis!

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      Sorry you had that experience. I was born in 1950 and the Catholic Church that I grew up in taught the reality of Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell but there was no “brimstone” attached to it. Catholics heard Bible stories at Mass but it was the Baltimore Catechism that generations of Catholics studied and mesmerized. There again, the description and truth of H, P, & H were spelled out but the nuns didn’t go on a rant about it. Lesson 37, Book 3 says it all. The information was presented in an almost clinical way. You read it; you memorized it. I know it like I know the multiplication tables. It’s like having an encyclopedia of dogma stuck in your head for life. Kids like to know what the rules are and God’s rules were spelled out for us in an almost impersonal way. Then came VII and out went the Catechism – interesting, that – and in came “Bible studies” with everyone interpreting what the stories meant – like our more enlightened Protestant brothers, don’tcha know. Now we have the bible stories minus the doctrine to guide us in interpreting them. Instead, our feelings are our guide and that’s gotten us “mercy” minus Truth which is no mercy at all.

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      So, what’s your actual problem with the article, then? You just don’t like one of the Catholic dogmas?

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        “Dogma should not be used as a tool of deconstructing faith,”

        So your take is that if a dogma causes someone to move his or her bum off your pews, it’s best to pass over that particular dogma and what exactly? See if another one fares better?

        I’ve realized why your posts are making me so angry, Father. Whilst I believe there are plenty of Priests out there who genuinely have no concept of True Catholicism because of bad catechesis/formation (which doesn’t excuse them not learning the Truth about Catholicism) you, on the other hand are publicly stating that you know what you should be teaching with regard to this dogma but think it should be kept under wraps to keep bums on seats.

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      Far better the ‘American Catholic’ vomit up the Truth than that Christ should vomit a Priest out of His mouth for being luke-warm.

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      Cool shades, Father!

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      When I was in school before VII, I felt safe and secure in the Faith. I knew it was the bedrock I could depend on.
      I am 69 years old. My first shock was in 1960 when the Third Secret of Fatima was not opened, as the Sisters who taught us it would be. They taught us it would be world changing…
      Downhill from there…
      I still wonder who was the “angel” who told John XXIII to call that abomination? Our Church has never been the same since.

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      I remember that. Not only the Sisters but parents talked about it. Anticipation, excitement! Then came the announcement that the secret would not be told. Something about the time not being right. About only certain people were supposed to see it. Huh? How could that be when Mary herself had said the Secret should be revealed to the world. By 1960. The Church defying Our Lady? She was to be disobeyed? It smacked of the Church protecting itself from what the letter said. You’re right, oldfogey, if was after that that the Second Vatican Council came into being and we live with the wreckage it has wrought. And all of the VII Popes have been in on it. That’s the harsh truth. I find it hard to even type that.

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      Being a ‘nice person’ is what the Catholic faith for the many has been reduced to.
      http://www.catholicherald.c…
      Occasional Mass going, liberal/secular neo-protestant sentimentality rules. It’s all about ‘lurv’ and not having to actually believe in anything, including God, Christ’s dual nature and other old fashioned stuff.
      Spot a gap God centred Islam might readily fill?

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      Francis says Hell doesn’t exist. Cardinal Pell says Adam and Eve weren’t real people. Cardinal Kasper said the Resurrection isn’t a real physical event. Anyone on the outside looking in would be inclined to ask; Do Catholics actually believe anything?

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      Here’s a clue:
      They’re few and far between in the FSSP and the SSPX…

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      The problem is the Church apparently believes in anything. Doctrine is downplayed and has been for a long while. It is outright mocked under Francis. With very few calling foul. The lack of core belief among the hierarchy – as we are witnessing by the tepid response among those few questioning Francis – is shocking but tells a tale.
      Gallup just released a poll on Mass attendance in the US. It has collapsed since 1955 when it was 75% to 45% in 2008 and finally a sharp decline during the last years of Benedict’s Papacy to today under Francis when it is 39%. At the same time, Protestant attendance at Sunday services has remained stable since the mid-2000s. So one can’t put the blame totally on the secularization of America as that would have impacted Protestant churchgoers too. Seminary numbers are falling sharply and have since 2012.
      This article informs and helps explain these stark numbers. If the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church continues to abandon doctrine more people will leave the Church. Francis and the hierarchy seem not to care. For believers struggling with all this the FSSP and other “Latin Mass” groups as well as the Eastern Rites provide an alternative. One in which doctrine is preached and the fullness of the faith is intact.

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      Dear Remnant, this is a soul-touching video after having walking to Chartres twice myself. It is an indescribable experience that truly wakes up our soft souls to WANT to give everything for GOD, and NOT OURSELVES. The world has forgotten, but WE have not. God bless you and save me a spot for Chartres 2019!

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      Great article. Depressing, yet terribly accurate. One of the things I found odd, as a new Catholic convert, was the prevelance of Notre Dame football talk among the Catholic men I met. When there was a decent homily, no one talked about it after-Mass, just football, or weather. And at the church suppers I attended, all the talk was secular. No table talk about Bible reading, nor anything God related, so I thought, Catholics have the Mass, but little else. The Assembly of God, my former denomination, didn’t have the truth of the Mass, but they were interested in Bible learning and about the life of Jesus.
      This article struck close to home. Our Church needs help desperately…

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      Yes, such men are Idolaters. Football is a Cult with each area having its local sub-cult (team) and patron deities (team stars).

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      It’s a caricature that Catholics were not allowed to read the Bible … but, but it was not heavily encouraged. I have older friends in their 80s who experienced the Church before V2 and they tell me that their parishes as a rule did not have Bible study. Or any real outreach by the laity to bring in converts. That was left to the priest. It’s an unfortunate thing but it appears to be a fairly valid picture of the Church in the 50s and 60s. Scott Hahn, who was an evangelical Protestant in the early 90s, focused on bringing young Catholics to “real” Christianity, sadly reports it was easy. Young Catholics had virtually no Biblical knowledge or ability to state and defend Catholic doctrines. This is why, since his conversion, his focus has been on teaching the Bible and the Biblical basis of Catholicism to as many Catholics, including seminarians and priests, as possible.

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      As someone earlier mentioned, Francis seems unconcerned and oblivious to these sentiments. His love doesn’t seem to extend to the rank and file, to the everyday struggling Catholic. He seems strangely intent on other things. Nor does he seem to care about the harm he is inflicting. But it’s far worse, in fact, I sence a deep disrespect, even a loathing, on his part, toward those that yearn for a closeness with Christ in the Mass, for Christ’s Mother, and our religion in general.

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      At the wedding of a niece of mine some years ago, I met an acquaintance of my (older) sister who had been raised Catholic pre-V2. She admitted quite honestly that she really didn’t know much about the Bible. It just wasn’t taught much to Catholic children when she was young (in distinction to the Biblically-oriented Protestant childhood my siblings and I had.)

      My father, a lifelong Protestant, had for a time been engaged to a Catholic woman before the engagement broke and he later met my mother (another lifelong Protestant). For a time he had been taking instructions from a priest, and he once said to me that the priest had told him, You want to know what the Bible says? You come ask me, and I’ll tell you. This was in the 1930s. (In other words, don’t go back to your Protestant ways and try to figure out the Bible for yourself.)

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      Has Hell frozen over? Isn’t this what rad trads have been saying for five years? Better late than never. Welcome, Michael V.
      https://www.churchmilitant….

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      Archbishop Lefebrve’s position is still absolutely correct all these years later. At some point- only God knows when- the Magisterium must address all of Vatican II and the Novus Ordo.

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      Isn’t it interesting to notice how far the SSPX has moved from the ideas of Lefebvre. Where Lefebvre said the Novus Ordo church is irreconcilable with Catholicism, we now have Bishop Fellay seeking a personal prelature with the most radical, Marxist, revolutionary pope the Church has ever seen.

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      Uh, no. The Pope is still the head of the Church, right? When he asks to meet, you meet. Has Bishop Fellay signed the agreement? No. And if and when he signs something, it will be with the backing of the SSPX’s General Council. But I suppose you’ll tell me that it’s under Bishop Fellay’s control.

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      Yes, I have also noticed the same thing.

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      The Enemy now occupies the highest positions in the Church, including right at the top. Since 1965 the faith has not been preached from any pulpits of the Novus Ordo Church. There are still a few – pitifully few – real Catholics left: Most of them associate with Society of St Pius X.

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      SSPX isn’t the only option for traditional Catholics, thankfully. There are other independent priests and organizations that offer traditional Catholic Masses. Without getting mired down in a sede/R-R dialogue, there may be other options for you.

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      I was depressed with what seemed a bleak future for the church. Then I went to a Latin Mass at Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, read about Priests of St. Cantius, and the seminary near Lincoln, Ne. SPPV (?). All embrace the Latin Mass! Seminaries are filling with vocations! Then I read about youth who are exploring the TLM and getting hooked with passion and enthusiasm about it. Latin Mass parishes growing! But the one thing that really gave me new hope for the Church is a youth group called JUVENTUTEM, which embraces the love for the Latin Mass! It is world wide and growing! The Archbishop of Portland, Oregon is another positive joy for the future of the Church! I expect a rebirth and flowering of the Church! We just have to be patient. Architecture will be restored, beautiful sacred art will return, Gregorian chant, and beautiful music. Communion rails will return. Reverence will be the norm again.

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      I love your enthusiasm! I believe the same thing. Those who are very liberal will be given the opportunity to join us, or continue in their stubborn NO ways and, well, we can pray for them, but they will have to make a choice. I am a convert and so excited to be in the RCC. I know the doctrines, the dogmas, the traditions of the Church (thanks to the Baltimore Catechism) and can explain them to anyone. You have to know your faith, sisters and brothers. It is gratifying to tell others of the glory and magnificence of Jesus’ true Church. God expects us to be his hands and feet in the Kingdom. We have to learn our faith, and be able to clearly define it. I have been called medieval in my understanding (mostly because I veil at Mass) but the teachings are the true Church, not a secular one. Let’s shed the culture and enjoy and embrace the one true faith!! Blessings!

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      I have one question. If the SSPX seminaries have a full enrollment, why do we not see more SSPX chapels across the world?

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      There are 590 priests in 175 priories in 62 countries. The missionary plan set up by Abp. Lefebvre means that priests generally live in a community during the week and then travel to their chapels for masses. Perhaps there would be different benefits of having 590 priests stationed at 590 different priories, but Abp. Lefebvre felt strongly that the priests should have a life in common where they could become spiritually strong for their apostolates.

      Also, his missionary idea is based on what he did as a bishop in Africa: establish a priory with many priests that feeds priests to the small chapels. Ideally, the priory should have a school, which will foster more vocations. Over time, the small chapels grow bigger and become their own priories and, eventually, they have their own schools from which come more vocations, which leads to more chapels, priories, schools, vocations.

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      There’s over 600 priests now and 16 more will be ordained by the end of June but yes, the need is great.

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      Multi sunt vocati, pauci vero electi. The Church–the True Church–is already very small. All the rest just occupy traditional Catholic real estate. Starting with the pope, they are all not true Catholics. They are not the Church. What is left of the Church is a remnant. They remained faithful to the traditional Church even after the horror of VII. Thank you, Archbishop Lefebvre and the rest of the few.

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      The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord — so, if we let people know there is a good reason to fear the Lord — that we have to work out our salvation in fear and trembling — that is a good way to bring people back to the true faith.

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      A sobering thought is this,everyone who has ever lived,who is living today,and who will ever live until the end of the world,that the majority of souls are DAMNED! who said that? the Church Fathers said that! basing their belief on scripture and Our Lord’s words. so how in the name of Heaven can ANYONE take their salvation so lightly?

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      When men lose his faith, why should he bother about salvation?
      He is then not even thinking about that, let alone fighting for it.

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      Sometimes at the Novus Ordo parish I do hear “go to confession” but never, ever about what is sin or why to go to confession. I attended a TLM last Sunday and heard about sin and about the devil, the world, and the flesh and what temptation is and where is can come from. Just a totally different outlook at most TLMs. In November we heard about Heaven, Hell, Judgment, and Purgatory at the TLM. Nothing like that at the TLM where just the readings are sort of reread but without much extrapolation.

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      Hi Susan! Thank you for your wonderful “turn on a word”. Adds to the certitude. I’ll be reading it to my children at lunch. “the Changes”. Love it! Where are the catechism changes? Where are the good books? Where are the unedited books? They’re hard to find. And getting harder considering “editions”.

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      Tan and Sophia Institute Press have old, solid books–I’ve often found used “out of print” Catholic books on Amazon.

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      Well said, Susan:

      “Why won’t the Magisterium clear the fog? Why won’t the priests and bishops just say: Outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation. Scared, are they? Afraid to offend the infidels? Or worse, have they lost the Faith?”

      In fact, some of the high and mighty in the Church are saying the exact opposite:

      1) The Papal Preacher telling the Holy Father back in 2002 that all religions are willed by God:

      http://www.traditioninactio…

      2) The Pope’s alleged ghostwriter, Archbishop Vincent Fernandez, who declares flat out that everyone is saved:

      http://the-american-catholi…

      3) The head of the CDF, Archbishop (soon to be Cardinal!!) Luis Ladaria, explains in this 2008 book how God acts in a mysterious way through other religions. As he is a Jesuit, he puts in a few token lines about the possibility of damnation, but he is plainly willing to consider even the salvation of Old Nick and all the fallen angels.

      https://www.amazon.co.uk/Je…

      4) Father Gerry O’Collins also seems keen on Universal Salvation. By an amazing coincidence, his book was also published in 2008. And, by an even more amazing coincidence, he is also a Jesuit. They must be putting something in the coffee at Jesuit social gatherings.

      https://global.oup.com/acad…

      https://muse.jhu.edu/articl…

      5) Best of all, even Martin Luther can smell that Pope Francis is a “raging Universalist” (at the 47 seconds mark). A less than respectful contribution from the Lutheran satirists:

    MAJOR NEW STUDY: Homeschooling Spikes Due to School Violence, Far-Left Bias

     

     

    kids in the aftermath of this year’s deadly school massacres, first in Parkland and then in Santa Fe, Texas.

    “When the Parkland shooting happened, our phone calls and emails exploded,” said coalition president Tim Lambert. “In the last couple of months, our numbers have doubled. We’re dealing with probably between 1,200 and 1,400 calls and emails per month, and prior to that it was 600 to 700.”

    While the debate rages anew over familiar topics following such tragedies — tougher, more restrictive gun control laws and bolstering security at public schools — the revolution in homeschooling has been taking place quietly, behind the scenes and off the radar screens of most political organizations.

    But again, it’s not just the shootings, which admittedly have increased in the past couple of years. Christopher Chin, head of Homeschool Louisiana, told The Times that parents are fed up with “the violence, the bullying, the unsafe environments.”

     

     

    The Left is driving more kids OUT of public schools

    There is also the Left-wing social engineering. The craziness over transgender students and bathrooms/locker rooms, allowing students to “take a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem, the Left-wing curriculum, and refusing to allow students to wear shirts that praise POTUS Trump or feature the American flag are also driving parents into homeschooling.

     

    REMNANT COMMENT: We here at The Remnant are always eager to promote the home-schooling movement, and this report helps illustrate why.

    At the moment and personally speaking, my own family’s home-school is going great guns. We have a daughter still in high school and three in grade school. Our family couldn’t be happier with our decision to homeschool—yes, all the way through high school.

    And as for our older home-schooled children: My third-eldest child is preparing to head off to college in the fall. Her older sister just finished a semester studying in Austria and will graduate with a double major and a minor degree next spring.

    My son will be a junior this fall, working on a Mass Communications degree at Franciscan University. Here’s an example of his work:

     

    Perhaps this video from a couple of years ago will be useful to those considering home-schooling this fall:

     

    Friends, please give serious thought and prayer to home-schooling your children. I realize it’s a challenge, but few challenges have greater payoffs in this world or the next. There is no better way to keep the Catholic family together and committed to the Catholic restoration than the Catholic home school.

     

     

     

     

    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.

    This group explains in detail What Common Core Education is and How Damaging it is!!  To Your Children!  It’s Evil to the core!
    Teaches them Nothing!  No Manners, nothing but common Islamic indoctrination and gender bender evil among some of ts garbage.
    GET YOUR KIDS OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS!  HOME SCHOOL Is the safest way.  Join up with other parents and share…
    Your kids will thank you for doing this!!!!

    Save the Family, Save the World (Michael Matt, London)

     

     

     

     

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    Who Murdered Baby Alfie? (It’s Time to Name Names)

     

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    UPDATE: Alfie Evans, 9 May 2016 – 28 April 2018, RIP

    Put to death at age 1 year, 11 months, 19 days by the National Health (sic) Service of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;

     

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    COMMENT: Speaking of child sacrifice, does this sound familiar?

    “Diodorus also relates that relatives were forbidden to weep and that when Agathocles defeated Carthage, the Carthaginian nobles believed they had displeased the gods by substituting low-born children for their own children. They attempted to make amends by sacrificing 200 children of the best families at once, and in their enthusiasm actually sacrificed 300 children.”

    “… but with full knowledge and understanding they themselves offered up their own children, and those who had no children would buy little ones from poor people and cut their throats as if they were so many lambs or young birds; meanwhile the mother stood by without a tear or moan; but should she utter a single moan or let fall a single tear, she had to forfeit the money, and her child was sacrificed nevertheless; and the whole area before the statue was filled with a loud noise of flutes and drums that the cries of wailing should not reach the ears of the people.

    “Tophet is Moloch, which was made of brass; and they heated him from his lower parts; and his hands being stretched out, and made hot, they put the child between his hands, and it was burnt; when it vehemently cried out; but the priests beat a drum, that the father might not hear the voice of his son, and his heart might not be moved.”

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      I wonder if this would have happened if he was the child of “refugees”?

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      In these discussions concerning Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard, there is one matter that nags at me. What about the case somewhat the contrary? What if it is parents who decline or refuse medical treatment for their children? What about Jehovah’s Witness parents who do not want their child to have a life saving blood transfusion? I recall a case some years ago in Oregon in which a child was born with a medical condition which was treatable by a surgical procedure that was medically well known and had been performed many times on many children born with that condition. Nevertheless, the parents refused treatment on religious grounds and insisted on resort exclusively to prayer. Were they justified on the grounds of freedom of religion and parental rights to refuse medical treatment for their child? The matter went to court, although I no longer recall how it turned out.

      Alfie’s parents had their decision taken out of their hands against their wishes. The Oregon couple may have had their decision taken out of their hands against their wishes. If the Evans should have been able to get further medical treatment for their child, should the Oregon couple have had the right to refuse medical treatment for their child? I don’t have an answer.

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      There are two main aspects: the child’s right to live and the right if parents to consent to medical treatment of their child. In the case of Alfie, the courts overruled BOTH.

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      That is why we aren’t arguing about rights. We’re arguing about what is right, according to God as revealed to His Church.

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      When intervening, especially in the case of a defenseless child, the natural default position (best interests) should be in favour of life and maximum achievable health. If that is the operating ethic, the decisions are less problematic.

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      Yes, but who decides what are the best interests? If there is the complaint in the Evans and Gard cases that the state should not have overridden the wishes of the parents, should the state not have overridden the wishes of the parents in the Oregon case? After all, the parents believed that in fact they were acting in the best interests of their child, believing that prayer was more appropriate than medical intervention. They believed that their course would lead to maximum achievable health. Medical doctors and the courts believed otherwise. Who decides? Why one case and not the other?

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      Yes, the Semitic Fertility Cult (Carthage was Canaanite in origin and therefore linguistically and culturally Semitic) has been reborn in our age, a late stage of rebellion against Christ and the Mother of God and the Church of Christ. Abortion is our form of child sacrifice, and euthanasia is our form of adult sacrifice. And we certainly now have fetishized homosexuality and a large number of homosexual priests/ministers preying on boys and adolescents. Also, we worship material goods, which is the reason we use the name of a Semitic Fertility Cult god (Mammon) to condemn materialism.

      Since the Reformation, since the beginning of the Modern world, we have been demanding to regress into paganism, calling it freedom, liberty, choice. Vatican II opened the doors and windows of the Catholic Church to that degenerative process that can end only in hell on earth.

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      Another example of Moloch inspired Omnipotent British Government. But do not all Western Governments behave in the same likewise manner when it comes to prolonged life support for hospitalized individuals? I witnessed this this attempt with my father involved in a tragic accident requiring life support and a friend of mine who’s father was very ill. Hospitals do pressure families to remove life support on loved ones. Its so terribly sad this happened to precious little child.

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      We are worse than the Carthaginians & other Biblical abominators. At least they thought they were ding the right thing for the deities they knew about. We do such things for low “practical” and selfish reasons, and still consider ourselves “enlightened” and “good”.

      In the 20th century alone, there were over 1 BILLION victims of euthanasia and abortion.

      Lord, have mercy upon us.

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      Vengeance will be meted by our Glorious Lord who sees everything and his justice will be real.

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    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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    Who Will Be the Next Pope?

    Written by  Michael Matt | Editor



    ANAHEIM, California – For one weekend every year, the two great Magic Kingdoms of the world collide in Anaheim, California, when Disneyland’s neighborhood is taken over by the Catholic Church for the Religious Education Congress of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest annual gathering of Catholics in North America.
    For those 72 hours, Anaheim becomes Rome, in that it’s entirely possible that around every street corner, you’re going to bump into an old Catholic friend.
    This Sunday, Crux’s Christopher White and I bumped into one such old friend, and over breakfast we had one of those conversations that people absorbed by Church affairs often do. My friend posed the following question: If there were a St. Gallen group of center-right cardinals today trying to prepare for the next papal conclave, who would their candidate be?
    (The reference is to a group of progressive cardinals who met occasionally between 1995 and 2006 to talk about future popes, and who played a role in the election of Pope Francis. The existence of the group was confirmed in a biography of Cardinal Godfried Daneels of Belgium.)
    White and I kicked the question around, and here’s what we came up with: Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

    Comment: The most distressing thing about John Allen’s prediction is that should it turn out to be prophetic (which I doubt), O’Malley wouldn’t be the worst choice, the pool now swimming with papabile cardinals positively allergic to orthodoxy.

    While a Pope Raymond Burke would require a direct act of God, a Pope Christoph Schönborn, Oscar Rodriguzez Maradiaga or Luis Antonio Tagle would seem almost inevitable, given the anti-Catholic bent of the new & improved Church of Accompaniment.

    Believe it or nor, Cardinal O’Malley would be a step up from the rest, God help us all. 


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    And here we have Cardinal Sean O’Malley at the Sudbury United Methodist Church back in 2014, receiving a special blessing from “Reverend” Anne Robertson (a United Methodist priestess), who described the moment on her blog, annerebertson.org:

    Cardinal O’Malley looked me in the eye and asked me to anoint him.  I did.  The divorced, Scottish Protestant clergywoman anointed the Irish Catholic Cardinal in front of a pew of Catholic clergy and a Catholic Bishop, any one of whom would probably have given their eye teeth to have the honor.  I choked back sobs all the way to the overflow room.
    At the root of the word “significance” is the word “sign,” and that is what occurred in that moment of anointing.  You don’t get to be a Cardinal by being unaware of the significance of your public acts.  In a completely spontaneous moment, Cardinal O’Malley seized the opportunity of signifying the truth of Galatians 3:28, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”  Which is, of course, also the truth of baptism.

    And there you have it, Pope O’Malley would certainly have the ecumenical chops to succeed Pope Francis the Great. (How long, O Lord, how long.)

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    Marcel5 hours ago

    If Francis “is” the false prophet; as some say; who indeed will be the next pope???


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    Robert Dahl6 hours ago

    The question arises: who might be the next “Sitter-in-the-High Chair” in Vatican City? Well, we already have two claimants dressed-in-white on-board—one strangely listed as “resigned”, silenced in a papal apartment with shutters drawn closed (with phones to the outer world apparently disconnected?)—and then we are burdened with, the Francis-One, who seldom actually sits in “The Chair” but walks-&-talks like “The Pontiff”. A vacuum seems to exist; which naturally may tead toward actual schism?
    This fracas recalls the historic Great Western Schism (AD-1378-1415) with its three concurrent claimants to the Chair of Peter (problem finally fixed with the Council of Florence—activated by the Byzantine crisis, with Muslim invasion of Constantinople).
    So who are we to judge? Hello, anyone—without judgment, errors may persist?
    Many, if not most folks, might welcome Franciscan Cardinal O’Malley of Boston as the preferred successor to the present “Sitter-in-Peter’s Chair”—especially since the Cardinal-Archbishop of Boston has received the “special blessing” of the Methodist lady-heretic “Most-Reverend” Annie Robertson—a “blessing” with a supposed Methodist “Holy Oil”, of sorts, unknown in all of Protestant history. Apparently the “Holy Oil” in this instance is miraculously produced by “tongue-spit” (also unknown in any Methodist ritual). So, “reverend” Annie Robertson has gained the desired notoriety, and the Franciscan-humbled Cardinal has again made a fool of himself? Par for the course?
    Monitor, please pass this comment to Editor, The Remnant. God bless all.


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    eduardo6 hours ago

    In these times it is very hard not to hold the sedevacantism…


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    Chris Whittle6 hours ago

    Cardinal O’Malley is not a center-right bishop. He’s a shill for the Democratic Party, gives our RINO, pro-abortion et. al. (and Catholic school product) Lt. Gov. a free pass, and hates traditionalists, vets, patriots, etc. He’s undergoing an unfaithful interior restoration of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (in violation of Federal Law because it’s on the National Register of Historic Places), and has Novus Ordo services in 19 languages other than Latin or English. The Catholic Appeal $$$ (which I don’t give to) now funds illegal immigrants, while parochial school scholarships favor affirmative action over the family’s orthodoxy.


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    Dick Prudlo6 hours ago

    I await Mary’s intervention on this one.


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    Pascalstriangle7 hours ago

    If Francis lasts 10 years, the church will be a much smaller body in the world.


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    Thomas J. Ryan8 hours ago

    Only Ranjith can save us now


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    Cradle Convert13 hours ago

    The next pope will be Peter Turkson.


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    Henry Ptak20 hours ago

    Wouldn’t it be a delightful bit of irony if Benedict outlived Francis?

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      Henry Ptak MKDAWUSS8 hours ago

      They’d probably send him back to his room, but the whole thing would be comically awkward, to say the least. I don’t know – can you re-assign a used “munus” after it’s already been divided? Can a divided “munus” be re-negotiated? How many ways can you split up a used “munus” posthumously?
      One should never leave the Divine Comedian that much room.


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    Tracey Kelly20 hours ago

    How long, O Lord, how long.
    We’re all growing weary aren’t we?
    I want to read about what’s going on in Our Church…and then always regret it.

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    SJ Greena day ago

    ‘the two great Magic Kingdoms of the world collide …’ I had to chuckle at this. Equally fantastical and not in a good way, IMO (Disneyland and the Religious Education Conference).


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      JTSC SJ Green21 hours ago

      🙂 This made me chuckle also! As did this:
      “For those 72 hours, Anaheim becomes Rome, in that it’s entirely possible that around every street corner, you’re going to bump into an old Catholic friend.”
      Or maybe Goofy, who may actually at this point be more Catholic than
      your old Catholic friend!

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    Hawaii Davea day ago

    Speculation on the next pope elicits nothing but ennui, scandalous as this sounds.

    Is it possible in the affairs of men to effect renewed allegiance and filial devotion to the institutional Church, after Her theologians, university presidents, and major religious orders detached themselves from her authority a couple of years after hijacking a Council? After bishops’ conferences did likewise soon after that? After free-thinkers put in their monarch puppet to consolidate 60 years of humanistic adherence?

    No, prideful men have pushed to the brink of revolution, and only man’s method (ie war) or Our Lord’s method (beyond our ken) will be the agent of resolution.


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    Traditionalista day ago

    Cardinal Sarah would be the best choice of who we know of right now. Personally, I’d be surprised to see an American pope.

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      William Murphy Traditionalista day ago

      The traditional argument against electing an American to the Papacy was that it would concentrate spiritual as well as economic and military power in US hands. As I bet no one wants another South American or a Jesuit, an African or Asian candidate looks the least bad gamble.


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    Ginta day ago

    I don’t see a good choice in any of them because, really, do you honestly believe any of them will return the Catholic Church to what it was/should again be?


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    James • a day ago

    How could anybody possibly be upset that a Cardinal received a special blessing from a chicklette Methodist (and therefore heretical in multiple ways) pastor? After all, it is a fact known to the whole world that Bishops, Patriarchs, and even Popes of the first 4 or 5 centuries received special blessings from Marcionites, Gnostics of a dozen different specific types, Arians, Rabbis, and pagans – even female and gay priests of fertility cults. It was one big happy family of tolerance of everyone and everything. They would get together, a big rainbow, and hold hands and sing ‘Kumbajah’ and follow it with “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony.’

    Only an evil person would oppose such a pretty picture.

    Jorge Bergoglio was chosen Pope to bring back that paradise of tolerance.

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      JTSC James21 hours ago

      I have always disliked the group Pink Floyd but I have this lyric of
      theirs playing in my head over and over all the time.
      “Breathe deep the gathering gloom”
      But I’m not sure how much worse that actually is than:
      (Please paint a flower on your face now in preparation)


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        Pascalstriangle JTSC7 hours ago

        I think your quotation comes from the Moody Blues,
        “Breath deep the gathering gloom,
        Watch lights fade from every room……”
        It’s a poem from the Album “Days of Future Passed”

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        malleus_stultorum Pascalstrianglean hour ago

        Recall the last stanza:
        Cold-hearted orb that rules the night
        Removes the colours from our sight
        Red is grey and yellow, white
        But we decide which is right
        And which is an illusion

        We are living in the Age of Illusion


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      Remnant Moderator . Jamesa day ago

      Beautiful! I don’t how we missed this, but we’d like to apologize for our neo-pelagianism, then.


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      MKDAWUSSa day ago

      Isn’t this a bit of a moot point right now, as Pope Francis doesn’t show any imminent signs of entering the afterlife? If Francis is still Pope 10 years from now the entire scene of Papabile candidates will be mostly (of not entirely) different.


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      plc53a day ago

      The heretical left have no need to elect a “centre right” pope. In fact they have no need to elect even a middle of the road kind of pope. The college of cardinals is stacked, and continues to be stacked deeper, with the heretical left. And another heretical left pope will succeed this heretical left pope. May God please see to it that I’m wrong about that.

      Of course someone such as Cardinal Burke hasn’t a snowball’s chance….nor, would I think, does Cardinal Sarah. They are, as Frank puts it, waaaay out on the “periphery”. And they’ll be even further out after the next conclave. The great kiss-up and easily manipulated Tagle would seem a likely choice for a nice little puppet-pope.


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        Barbara plc53a day ago

        Oh, please let it not be Tagle! Even let it be someone we know nothing about so that we could have a few days, maybe a week, before we have to head for the cellar and our stacks of wood, toilet paper and canned goods.

        I remember Chris Ferrera and Michael Matt in Rome after Francis was elected. They were almost speechless because there was so little known about this man. So a cautious peace reigned – then the merde hit the air-blowing implement and their cautiously expectant faces turned to incredulity at the horror of it all.


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      Paul54a day ago

      O’Malley is also infamous for passing Eucharists through the Mexico – USA border fence to a mob of protesters.


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      Mary Daltona day ago

      Cardinal Robert Sarah would be my choice.

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        Roman Lance Mary Dalton17 hours ago

        Yeah, he would be good because even if he turned liberal he would not be so blithely loaded down with opprobrium, like the current Holy Father is by the tough talking “trads” who think it’s cool to refer to the Pope by anything other than his proper title, for fear of being called racists.


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      accelerator Mary Dalton18 hours ago

      Which will happen when the the Modernist Non-existent Hell freezes over. Schonborn is a likely bet, and he would be heralded as conservative even as he normalizes same-sex couplings. He could place James Martin over the CDF, hooray!


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      Tom Byrne Mary Dalton18 hours ago

      We may hope. Remember: We didn’t expect Ratzinger.


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      jobina Tom Byrne3 hours ago

      …or Trump.


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      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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      Seraphia: The Real Veronica (Based on the Visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich)

      Written by  Jean McGill Meyer


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      Introductory Note to the Editor:

      The real life of the woman called St. Veronica is virtually unknown. Some writers just guess about who she really was. But in the four volumes of Anne Catherine Emmerick’s Life of Jesus Christ, she is mentioned many times. Sometimes Anne Catherine calls her Seraphia, her real name, and sometimes Veronica, the woman of the veil. I have gathered from these four books tidbits of information about her life and wrote this little narrative about her. I felt her story of true dedication to Jesus all His life should be known. It was my hope that you would publish this article in The Remnant so others will know who this saintly person really was. She was, according to Anne Catherine Emmerich, the keeper of the Holy Grail until Christ requested it for the Last Supper. That is another story in itself. J. Meyer


      HER NAME WAS SERAPHIA, TAKEN FROM THE SERAPHIM, the angels on fire with love. It suited her well. She was the niece of the old Temple prophet, Simeon. She was cousin of John the Baptist through his father Zachary. Yet she is known to the world only as Veronica, the woman of the veil.


      She was tall and stately, a woman of about fifty, still showing the beauty she was once known for in her youth. She stood, waiting on the steps leading to her house, listening to the cursing, jeering, and yelling of the crowd as the slow pitiful procession approached.

      Frightened, yet deep in sorrow, Seraphia waited, her veil wrapped about her head, holding the hand of her little adopted daughter. Then she saw Him coming, the One she knew was the Messiah, bloodied from the terrible scourging, a crown of sharp thorns upon His head, barely able to walk while carrying the cross of His crucifixion. How had it come to this? Only a few days ago people stood cheering Him on the roadway leading into Jerusalem, as Jesus entered the city on a donkey. They laid their coats and palm branches before Him crying, “Hosanna, Hosanna.”

      She had been there. She had removed the long veil from her head and spread it out before Him as He rode by, giving her a loving, and knowing glance.

      Now everything was turned upside down. The slow procession was just before her. Taking all the courage she could gather, Seraphia forced her way through the jeering crowd and ran in front of Jesus, causing the long line of boisterous soldiers carrying chains and whips, executioners, and Pharisees on horseback to halt. She knelt on one knee, quickly removed her veil, and handed it to Jesus.

      “Master, wipe your face so that you may better see your way.”

      Jesus gratefully took the scarf and wiped the blood, sweat, and spit from His face and eyes.

      Stunned, then enraged, Caiaphas and the other Pharisees, already impatient with the slow pace, screamed, “Get that woman out of here! How dare she interfere and give homage to a criminal!”

      One of the soldiers roughly pulled her away. Clutching her veil to her, she pushed through the crowd and rushed up the steps to her house. She flung the veil onto a table and collapsed onto the floor. A few minutes later a friend burst into the room, saw her and roused her, exclaiming “Seraphia, that was such a brave thing you did.”

      Looking at the veil lying on the table her friend cried, “Look at your veil”. Looking at the veil, Seraphia saw the bloody imprint of the face of Jesus. She was filled with both grief and consolation. On her knees before the image she declared, “Now will I leave all, for the Lord has given me a memento.”

      She held the veil to her heart and followed Mary, the mother of Jesus, Mary Klopas, her niece, Johanna, and the other holy women to the place of the crucifixion. After Joseph of Arimathea and the others had taken Jesus down from the cross, they all formed a small procession to the tomb where Jesus was laid.

      In a few days, word of Seraphia’s miraculous veil spread all over the little community of the faithful. Everyone flocked to her to see and marvel at the wonderful cloth. Soon they were calling her Veronica, from veri icon, the “true image.” This remained her name ever after.

      The news of the image of the veil spread even to the Emperor Tiberius. He was very angry when he heard of the crucifixion of Jesus, the wonder-worker, the healer of many. He had thought that Jesus could have cured him of the terrible disease he had suffered from for so long. Greatly angered at Pilate for having Jesus executed, Tiberius sent him off to the wilds of Gaul in disgrace. Then Tiberius heard of the woman Veronica and her wondrous veil. He immediately sent his consul to Jerusalem to bring her and the veil to Rome. Obediently, she went, accompanied by Nicodemus and a young servant from the Temple.

      Tiberius was propped up with pillows on his couch when Veronica was ushered into his room. He was greatly impressed when Veronica, with regal bearing, walked in carrying her miraculous gift over her arm.

      “So you are the woman of the veil, the one they call Veronica. Show me this veil with the wondrous image of the Man.” She opened up her veil all the way so he could see it. Tiberius stared but said nothing. Finally he said, “Tell me all about this Jesus and how you got this wondrous image.”

      “Jesus is our Messiah. It had been predicted for centuries that he would come to save us. My uncle Simeon, whom I lived with since early youth, was a holy prophet. He spent many hours in the Temple praying that the Messiah would come and that he would live to see the Messiah and hold him in his arms. When he saw the bright star shining in the east he knew that was the sign that the Messiah was born and that He would soon be brought to the Temple. I saw Simeon with much great joy as he held the Holy Babe in his arms. Since that day I have dedicated myself to Him.

      “I watched Him as He grew whenever Mary and Joseph brought Him to the Temple.   When He was twelve and alone in Jerusalem, I sent baskets of food to Him. When He grew to manhood and started His teachings I again sent baskets of food to Him. Later I followed Him and with His mother, Mary, and others helped to see that He and the disciples had food and other comforts. My husband, Sirach, often forbade me to do this, thinking Jesus was just a troublemaker. Still I would try to be with Jesus and the other women to listen to His teachings. Sirach several times actually had me imprisoned for long stretches to keep me from following Jesus. But later our friends Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea convinced Sirach that He was wrong, that they too believed in Jesus.”

      Veronica went on to tell how Jesus had healed many people of blindness, deafness, leprosy. She told how He had fed thousands with just a few fishes and loaves of bread. She then told how the Pharisees came to hate Jesus and wanted Him killed, how they had threatened Pilate with riots and reports to Tiberius if he did not have Jesus crucified. Pilate had Jesus scourged; the soldiers crowned Him with thorns. Jesus then had to carry a heavy cross to the place of execution. It was then, she told Tiberius, that she ran out to let Jesus wipe His face with her veil so that He could see better. Later it was discovered that He had left His image upon the veil.

      She spoke with such eloquence and love that Tiberius felt the warm glow of her words burning inside him. Then he realized he had been cured. Tiberius was so grateful to Veronica that he wanted her to stay in Rome. He would give her a large house, with servants, and she would never want for anything. Veronica refused, saying she had to go back to Jerusalem.


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      “I want to die where my Lord Jesus died.” Feeling she didn’t have much more time, she went back to Jerusalem. Fearing for the veil, she sent it on to Mary, the mother of Jesus for safe keeping.

      Back in Jerusalem, she found the Pharisees were putting many of Christ’s followers into prison. When they heard that Veronica, a follower of Jesus, the woman with the veil, had found great favor with Tiberius, the Emperor, they were enraged. Veronica and some of the other women tried to leave Jerusalem and go to a safer place, but the Temple guards were sent after them. Veronica could not escape. The guards caught her and took her back to Jerusalem to the Pharisees. She was put into prison to die. She was given no food. She who had been so generous with food for others was now to be deprived of this life sustenance. Her last days were undoubtedly spent in much pain and prayer. She must have prayed much until her strength gave out.

      Jesus would never forget this woman who had showed such kindness and devotion to Him all His life. When she closed her eyes in death, Jesus was surely there to take her by the hand and say to her, “Come, dear Seraphia. Well have you lived up to your name, fire of love, burning one. Come, I have prepared a place for you.”

      Suggested Reading:

      Anne Catherine Emmerich, The Life of Jesus Christ and Biblical revelations from the Visions of Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich (Tan Books), vols I-IV

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      Antipope Francis Denies Hell (again), Christ’s Divinity (again) and God’s Love For Humanity (again)… Just in Time for the Triduum!

      Antipope Francis Denies Hell (again), Christ’s Divinity (again) and God’s Love For Humanity (again)… Just in Time for the Triduum!

       

       

      Antipope Bergoglio has denied the existence of hell and preached the lie of soul annihilation before today.  But consider the spite that he has to have for Jesus Christ and His Holy Church to make sure that this latest salvo gets published just as the Triduum begins.  Top headline on Drudge for HOURS.

      Folks, it really is important to understand that when I say how truly malignant and spiteful these people are, and desperately try to inform as many people as I can that these people LITERALLY HATE GOD, and thus are in a state of WAR AGAINST HIM AND HIS HOLY CHURCH, AND THUS EVERY HUMAN BEING BY EXTENSION, I’m not engaging in hyperbole.  I’m dead, dead serious.

       


      The next thing to remember in all of this is that Antipope Bergoglio is not an Antipope because he is an arch-heretic.  Antipope Bergoglio is not now and never has been the Pope because of Pope Benedict XVI’s INVALID RESIGNATION, made in the SUBSTANTIALLY ERRONEOUS belief that Pope Benedict could fundamentally transform the papacy by bifurcating and expanding the Petrine Office into a “synodal, collegial” office, containing both “active” and “contemplative” participants.  Wrong.  And thus per Canon 188, Pope Benedict never ceased being the Pope, BY THE LAW ITSELF, and is the one and only living Pope to this day.

      Antipope Bergoglio’s heresy is a CONFIRMING DATASET, but it is NOT germane to the question of Pope Benedict’s invalid attempted abdication, which predated the Bergoglian Antipapacy by fully two weeks.  ANTIPOPE BERGOGLIO CAN’T BE DEPOSED, BECAUSE HE DOES NOT OCCUPY THE PETRINE SEE.  Only a person who is validly occupying a given office can be deposed from said office.  They only path forward IN TRUTH is that Antipope Bergoglio be PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGED AS AN ANTIPOPE, AND SENT PACKING ACCORDINGLY. If this is done while Pope Benedict XVI is still living, NO CONCLAVE CAN BE CALLED, BECAUSE IF POPE BENEDICT IS ALIVE, AND HAS NOT VALIDLY RESIGNED, THEN THE SEE IS OCCUPIED, AND IT IS THEREFORE ONTOLOGICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ELECT A POPE – ONLY ANOTHER ANTIPOPE.
      Next, given that we know that Antipope Bergoglio is an Antipope and arch-heretic, and also doing pretty much everything one could expect the Anti-John the Baptist, aka False Prophet Forerunner of the Antichrist, to do, what we should do is take his vile heresy and actually use it as a point of departure for examining ourselves.  In particular, we need to all do some serious soul-searching on the question of if WE believe in hell.  Do we secretly harbor in the deep, or even not-so-deep corners of our minds the belief that the worst that can possibly happen to anyone is “lights out”?  Do we not realize that these whispers and assumptions of soul annihilation are the Serpent in the Garden whispering, “No, you shall not die the death….” Do we deny the existence of hell in order to acquire or maintain HUMAN RESPECT? Do we stay silent on hell in order to maintain earthly relationships and avoid all possibility of “uncomfortable conversations”?

      The truth is, ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS IS THINK ABOUT AND PREACH HELL.

      Further, the existence of hell and eternal damnation is a proofset of God’s love and RESPECT for us.  If God didn’t really love us, if He didn’t respect us AS RATIONAL INTELLECTS that are free to choose our actions, then soul annihilation is EXACTLY what He would do.  The fact is that the “god” Antipope Bergoglio is describing is a being DEVOID OF LOVE, who has less than zero respect for humanity.  Antipope Bergoglio is trying to convince the world that satan is God, and that satan in his “mercy” will just snuff you out of existence if “things don’t work out”.  No harm, no foul.
      If God just started snuffing beings out of existence when they made a choice that wasn’t in accord with His will, wouldn’t that cheapen all life and existence to the point of meaninglessness? Wouldn’t all rational beings just be mere object-playthings at that point? Yep.

      Love means putting up with the periodic insufferable behavior of the beloved. Most ESPECIALLY for God.  The corollary to this is the following fact:  No matter what you do, you will always, always, always exist.  God loved you into existence, and loves you because you exist, and will never stop loving you, and will never, ever snuff you out of existence, no matter what.  If you reject Him, that is your free choice, but understand, you will continue to exist FOREVER after you have rejected God.  Every one of us will exist and exist forever – either in Heaven (inside of the Trinity, the Beatific Vision), or completely cut off from Him.  F.O.R.E.V.E.R.  That’s hell.  There is no “snuffed out of existence feeling neither happiness nor pain” option.  So disabuse yourself of that lie right now.
      Finally, remember that Antipope Bergoglio’s denials of hell are also by ONE LOGICAL STEP a denial of the Divinity of Christ.  Our Lord spoke early and often of hell and eternal damnation in the Gospels. If there is no hell, then Christ was either mistaken or a liar.  Either way, according to Antipope Bergoglio, Jesus Christ is NOT God.  And thus, if Jesus is not God, then we are not saved, and The Church is an ontological joke and needs to be removed from the face of the earth. Or, perhaps REPLACED…. After all, it would be a shame to not keep all of that real estate, fundraising capability and political power under one roof.
      As the Passion of Christ’s Holy Church plays out before our very eyes, here is the Responsory after the Ninth Lesson (third Nocturn of Matins) in tonight’s Office of Tenebrae.
      Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
      Lord Jesus Christ, Man of Sorrows, have mercy on us.
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      Latin Lyrics:
      Caligaverunt oculi mei a fletu meo,
      Quia elongatus est a me,
      Qui consolabatur me.
      Videte, omnes populi,
      Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.
      O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam,
      Attendite et videte,
      Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.
      Translation:
      My eyes are blinded from My tears,
      Because far from Me is,
      Anyone who will comfort Me.
      See, all ye people,
      If there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow.
      O, all ye who pass by the road,
      Stop and see,
      If there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow.

       

      TradCatKnight Radio, “Francis Is An Infidel”  

       

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      NO HELL BELOW US? (Staying Catholic Despite Pope Francis)!!

      Down in the catacombs, Michael Matt comments on Pope Francis’s latest heretical bombshell whereby he reportedly told his good friend, atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari, that there is no hell.

      Vatican damage control notwithstanding, millions around the world now believe the Roman Pontiff rejects an infallibly defined dogma of the Catholic Church on the existence of Hell.

      As this was reported on Holy Thursday many are listening for the cock to crow.


      So now what? Using Mary Magdalene as model, Michael lays out a plan for what we might do to keep the old Faith despite Pope Francis and the Modernist revolution in the Catholic Church.


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      Ramoth Galaad34 minutes ago

      Very very good, Michael. Great message today. You yourself are a ‘bulwark’ of the faith. Keep up the good work. “For I was hungry and you gave me to eat, thirsty, and you gave me to drink…” There [surely] is a physical hunger and a physical thirst; and those do need to be satisfied. But there is [just as surely] also a spiritual hunger and a spiritual thirst. And your words here provide the spiritual nourishment that so many of us simple, faithful Catholics need in these treacherous times. Thank you so much for your courage and for your love and for your fidelity to Christ and His Church. You do more good than you know, believe me. Godspeed, son.

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      Sincere Convertan hour ago

      Today I turned on the ny Yankees baseball radio broadcast. The announcer said this broadcast is sponsonsored by the archdiocese of NY.
      HAS THE CURCH BECOME A BUSINESS?


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      Redan hour ago

      Many thanks Michael, everything Our Lady of Good Success prophesied is coming to pass. Thank God we have the likes of you to share our sorrow and express our feelings. Thankfully the worse it gets, the stronger my faith gets. Hopefully the same goes for all who share the faith of our Fathers.


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      Rory Donnellanan hour ago

      Remember that after the Sanhedrin spreads lies and after the long Via Crucis comes the Resurrection! The Catholic Church is the Mystical Body of Christ!

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      phranthie2 hours ago

      A very moving and greatly sustaining (I’d like to say ‘encouraging’, but alas!) response by Michael Matt to the latest pearl of wisdom from the pope.

      It seems Francis uses agents like Scalfari to measure the reaction of the Catholic laity to his novelties, and the fact that this person doesn’t take notes makes it all the more safe for the pope. Even the word ‘disappear’ (woosh!) is a banal euphenism for annihilion, an idea totally at variance with the teaching of the Church.


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      GMN2 hours ago

      Good advice, Michael: Keep close to Mary! Thank u for your work, it is important, more today than ever.

      PS I thought it was the young St Mark who ran away naked, not St John.


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      cs2 hours ago

      May God bless you Michael for giving up your time to do this RemnantTV.

      Oremus.


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      Fatimagirl2 hours ago

      Thank you, Mr. Matt! Your words at the end are exactly true – and exactly what we need to hear and do!! Go to Our Lady — She is suffering through this Passion of the Church with us — and Her Son — and She has promised at Fatima that, in the End, Her Immaculate Heart will triumph!! Our Lord told Sr. Lucia that there would be a Pope who would obey His Mother’s requests at Fatima, both as regards revealing the entire 3rd Secret and consecrating Russia, by name, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – but that “it will be late.” It is well beyond late – the centennial of Fatima has passed – and we are living through the deepening darkness of this prophesied lateness. However, now is the time for us to intensify our Faith in these Two Hearts Who have loved us so much – so that we might be Their supple instruments in rebuilding the Faith when the time comes. I am writing this on Holy Saturday, the day that Sacred Tradition holds that Our Lord appeared to Our Lady – honoring Her relentless Faith and unwavering union with Her Son at the Cross, where a “sword pierced Her Heart,” as He underwent His Passion and Death. Can we even imagine Their Joy at the moment of Their meeting – when They looked at each other and together said, “It is Finished!”? — Because of Their willingness to endure the worst event in history, namely Deicide, salvation has been won and has become a possibility for all those who choose to say YES to the Divine Will! Let us take hope today in the eternal communion of These Two Hearts – Who will never abandon us – having already paid the Price for our salvation. And, let us recommit ourselves to staying faithful and hopeful, trusting These Two Hearts and Their promises to us, regardless of how dark or bitter it gets. Ave Maria! Keep the true Catholic Faith, wear the Brown Scapular with love and devotion, and never cease praying the Rosary, as Our Lady has asked.


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      Sincere Convert2 hours ago

      Will this new papal theology be “irreversible” like all the Vatican ll changes!

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      Emmett McAuliffe3 hours ago

      A tattoo “conveys important information about a priest” but roman collars (and habits) don’t. Thats where were at with the church in 2018.


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      Jerryb533 hours ago

      There is no Hell really Popeski. Souls just disappear if they have sinned. So Hiltler, Moa, Stalin killed millions of people and their souls just dissappear. They are not punished!
      What you have done is opened up the door to kaos. If there is no hell and you are not punished for your sins it’s open season on rape and murder and all immorality.
      You have just said that God doesn’t exist because His Commandments don’t exist. Thou shalt not kill doesn’t exist because if you murder your soul just disappears without any punishment.
      I want to hear the Pope vehemently deny that he said that and come out and say there is a Hell. It’s been 2 days since this story broke and he is silent. That is very damning.

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      Timothy Strang4 hours ago

      tattoos are the least of the problems regarding this Pope’s statements. Tattoos were considered an offence against God in the old testament only because in those days some pagans wore tattoos.


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      Tom Mulcahy4 hours ago

      File the filial correction…PLEASE!!!!

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      Convert4 hours ago

      will the Holy Father continue to ignore the Right to Life cause in both Argentina & Ireland?
      He has abandoned Christians and especially Catholics in China.

      I think he’s getting bad advice from Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa, who said that hell is a man made invention. I thought 1968 was a rough year for the Catholic Church. Don’t be surprised if Francis comes out with more whoppers on Easter Sunday. The world will be listening.


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      Evan Thomas4 hours ago

      We now have more than enough information to draw very clear conclusions about exactly who and what Bergoglio is.

      I am astonished by the silence of the Bishops and Cardinals.

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        cs Evan Thomas2 hours ago

        A formal correction is a very serious and grave matter, and our most holiest of cardinals and bishops understand this.
        I truly do not believe these holy prelates fear for themselves, but for the consequences of such a correction. And yet, the time is coming, when every fiber on their body must be lead by the Holy Ghost in righteous, to formally correct this pope, perhaps without the hard evidence needed through canon law, but with a multitude of scandalous behaviors and statements issued by PF and his petulant silence in refuting such statements.


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      jacobum Evan Thomas3 hours ago

      We shouldn’t be. With few exceptions, the Bishops are/have been/and continue to be a huge part of the problem. The hierarchy is overrun with effeminate minded modernist prelates. They are infused with a liberal V2 mindset. Their actions (or lack thereof) speak silent volumes. They are more of enablers than of shepherds.
      Clearly, St Athanasius was correct when he said..”the floor of hell is paved with the skulls of Bishops”. He knew what he was talking about during the Arian crisis. It’s even worse now.
      Regardless, MM is correct. Great video to remind everyone to not be distracted from the Truth and the One True Faith. Christ won it. Established His Church and sacraments as a means of our, His creatures, salvation. He did so through His blood and the Cross. We should expect no less. There are no do overs. All the mortals can do is kill our bodies….Only we can surrender our souls. Just don’t blink. Mary and her Son never disappoint and they are never late.

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      slyphnoyde Evan Thomas3 hours ago

      Silence of the Bishops and Cardinals? Considering that most — all? — of them have been appointed by JP2, B16, and F, I am not amazed. I suppose that among all those hierarchs appointed by those popes, relatively few are actual traditionalists themselves. Probably the majority of them either do not see anything wrong or else are not such as would speak out publicly. My guess, humanly speaking (God knows best; I don’t), is that the college of cardinals is sufficiently stacked by non-traditionalists that the next pope may not be a whole lot better.


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      Rory Donnellan5 hours ago

      Does this mean that those of us who don’t follow the new global warming dogma aren’t destined for hell? How about those who erect boundary fences or walls? Will they be spared from hell too?

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      Keep Calm; Pray the Rosary5 hours ago

      I’m a cradle Catholic that comes from a large Catholic family…7 kids (8 counting the one that died at birth). My parents instilled Catholic values in each and every one of us. Yet, there are a few of my siblings that have fallen away. One of whom I have had impassioned discussions with regarding her belief that there is no Hell. I was making progress simply using Scripture, Tradition, and good, old-fashioned Catholic common sense…and now this.
      With all due respect to our Holy Father…please go back and re-read the Baltimore Catechism…or just be quiet.

      Dominus Vobiscum

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        Keep Calm; Pray the Rosary Rory Donnellan3 hours ago

        No….didn’t miss it…but DID disregard it. Thanks for asking.

        Tonight I am sponsoring a young man into the Catholic Church…he is still a pimply young teenager with a fallen away Mom…but has discerned through self-study and prayer that the only means to salvation is thru the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church (established by our Lord Jesus Christ might I add). Moreover, he has discerned that the best way in is via the Traditional route in a Traditional Catholic Parish.
        Pray for continued conversions and “pious nonsense.”

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      Convert Keep Calm; Pray the Rosary4 hours ago

      so well put.


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      Rory Donnellan5 hours ago

      Is the Pope a Catholic?

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      CSN Rory Donnellan5 hours ago

      He’s a Modernist.

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      Willow4355 hours ago

      So priests can have tattoos to relate to others who have them. The greatest lesson on not having a tattoo was my son’s training as a new employee at a well known public accounting firm. The young man next to him was told: pull your watch band tighter because no tattoos are allowed to show when you visit our customers. Period. A priest should relate on a deeper level than an accountant!

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        MKDAWUSS Willow4355 hours ago

        Neal Boortz has some sharp takedowns regarding people with tattoos on Twitter (@Talkmaster, BTW).

        I personally find them to be a turn-off in most instances, and they’re just about annoyingly everywhere.

        As for priests and tattoos, at this point I wouldn’t be surprised to see that becoming more of a trend. The senior priest at my parish hardly ever wears the Roman Collar outside of Sunday Mass! You wouldn’t know he is a priest unless you either knew who he is or happened to see him before, during, or after Mass. As far as I know, he has no tattoos, though.

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      Rory Donnellan5 hours ago

      Does Cardinal Burke still need any more convincing of the necessity of issuing his long overdue filial correction of Pope Francis?

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      Bagz More Rory Donnellan5 hours ago

      It will take a miracle.

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      kiwiinamerica5 hours ago

      When the one who sits on the Chair of St. Peter proudly proclaims that there is no hell, Catholics know well what this portends for the times through which we are living. They understand these events because they see them through the lens of Our Lady’s messages. They know that the abomination of desolation has entered the holy sanctuary and that these are times of the utmost gravity.

      At La Salette, Our Lady said that “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.” Those times are now.

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      Peter McCarthy5 hours ago

      Poetic, as usual. God bless you for the encouragement Mike.

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      Michael Dowd5 hours ago

      In our time the “Chief Priest and Pharisees” are condemning Christ again to death by denying and killing his Holy Words. But this time it is the leaders of the Catholic Church, the new Judases.

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      Annie6 hours ago

      On Palm Sunday a neighboring parish had a children’s procession reenacting Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. They chose a girl to be Jesus sitting on the donkey. That’s right, a little girl was Jesus. At the next CCD session, the director had the little girl stand up and take a bow for playing Jesus while everyone clapped. Welcome to the acceptance of transgenderism in the Church – the next step in the modernists’ destruction of our Church (gayism is so yesterday). The truth that God is male, as revealed by the Son, is now replaced by the transgendered truth that Christ’s sex is a social construct and maleness and femaleness are outdated points of reference. If sex isn’t part of one’s identity then there’s no reason why females – excuse me, humans of whatever identity they choose – can’t be priests.

      The revolutionaries always start with the children. The parents think there’s no real harm done – after all, if it makes the children happy – and years later these youngsters grow into adults who carry on the revolution seeded in them as kids. It was the same with the “hootenanny Masses” that were introduced into grade schools so that when the kids got older they would feel comfortable with those Masses as adults. The incident with the donkey had me really depressed – maybe it’s a case of the straw breaking the camel’s back; there’s been so many of those straws – and your video was a God send. You’re right, Mr. Matt, we’re all in the catacombs now and each of us must focus on first getting ourselves across the finish line and then helping whoever we can to do the same.

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        Keep Calm; Pray the Rosary Annie5 hours ago

        “…and years later these youngsters grow into adults who carry on the revolution seeded in them as kids…” Same goes for Communion in the hand, swaying back and forth with hands outstretched, Orans position by the laity during the Lord’s Prayer, the circus atmosphere surrounding the Kiss of Peace, and on and on.
        And NOW, the reinforcement of false beliefs on weak Catholics (from the Vatican), that there is no Hell.

        Scandal.

        Sacred Heart of Jesus…have mercy on us…

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      Bagz More Annie5 hours ago

      What if we got a pope who came out and said he identified as a woman and had a sex change to boot. Thus, supposedly becoming the first ever “female” pope. Science fiction?

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      Maria • 6 hours ago

      Sadly about this… still playing to keep the faith!! Hope can translate this important program in Spanish!! We need to share it more and more .We need to wake !!

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      Mark Koski ofs • 6 hours ago

      Though I have not watched the video yet, I assume that this has to deal with the atheist. At the end of the article I read that the article had been amended to read….

      “* In a statement released on Mar. 29, after Scalfari’s report garnered worldwide attention, the Vatican said:

      “The Holy Father Francis recently received the founder of the newspaper La Repubblica in a private meeting on the occasion of Easter, without however giving him any interviews. What is reported by the author in today’s article [in La Repubblica] is the result of his reconstruction, in which the textual words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.””

      At this point…I believe this can be put with more “Fake News”.

      PAX et Bonum

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        ArthurMcGowan Mark Koski ofs4 hours ago

        You accept the Vatican’s non-denial? Have some more Kool-Aid!

        The accuracy of Scalfari’s typing is not the story.

        The story is that Scalfari repeatedly reports heretical statements from the pope, that the pope repeatedly gives Scalfari interviews, and the pope has never contradicted one of Scalfari’s reports.

        The story, in short, is that Scalfari is reporting precisely what Bergoglio wants him to.

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      Keep Calm; Pray the Rosary Mark Koski ofs5 hours ago

      Damage is done…and this is not the first time.
      The only thing I see as fake is the apology issued by the Vatican.
      It never once refuted what the Pope said…the “apology” said that his words were “reconstructed” What the heck does that mean?
      At this point, I think your post can be filed under “naive”.

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      Remnant Moderator . Mark Koski ofs6 hours ago

      Is anyone else getting sick of this tired claim that everything is fake news? OK, we get it— it’s really popular to do cry “fake news”. All the kids are doing it. But it’s kind of been done to death, and I think the big people in the room know the difference. There is so much more to this story than the mere fact that the pope had the interview with atheist Scalfari again, and reportedly denied the existence of hell AGAIN. Nobody disputes that. Atheist Scalfari is not a gotcha journalist–he’s the pope’s personal friend to whom Francis regularly grants private audiences. Nobody disputes this. Scalfari says the pope spewed heresy to him again. Nobody disputes this. The Pope has reportedly spewed heresy to Scalfari in the past. Nobody disputes this. And now that it’s happened yet again, the Vatican has come out with a statement that in no way denies that the pope denies the existence of hell, but only that Scalfari’s is not a faithful transcription. Nobody disputes this. All of the above is scandalous and nobody disputes it. So what is the fake news part of all this again? Please, enlighten us. Also, since everyone else watches at least part of the video before leaving a comment, might I prevail on you to do the same? It’s just good form. And, besides, it saves me having to spend my time catching you up on what you missed.

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