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Remembering Our Lady on Mother’s Day

 

 

Every year on the second Sunday of May, numerous countries throughout the world celebrate Mother’s Day, a beautiful occasion on which to express love toward our own mothers and gratitude for the gift of motherhood, in general. “Honor thy father, and forget not the groanings of thy mother” (Ecclus. 7:29).

This “honor which children are commanded to pay to their parents,” says the Roman Catechism, “should be the spontaneous offering of sincere and dutiful love. This is nothing more than their due, since for love of us, they shrink from no labor, no exertion, no danger. Their highest pleasure it is to feel that they are loved by their children, the dearest objects of their affection” (Part III: The Decalogue, Fourth Commandment, Manner of Honoring Parents).

There is perhaps no greater pain a mother can suffer than to feel unloved and disregarded by her own children, yet this is precisely the sort of pain expressed by our Blessed Mother to Sister Lucia of Fatima on December 10, 1925: “Look, My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude.” For this reason, the Child Jesus prefaced His Mother’s words by imploring Lucia: “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother…”

This Mother’s Day, which happens to fall on May 13 (anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition at Fatima), let us all remember to “have compassion” on the Immaculate Heart of Mary our Mother, especially by practicing the Five First Saturdays devotion of reparation. In the words of Our Lady, “I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

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Happy Mother’s Day and I hope to hear from you soon!

Matt Gaspers is the editor of Catholic Family News. He succeeded John Vennari (1958-2017), longtime editor of CFN and stalwart defender of the Faith, at Mr. Vennari’s request. His study and writing interests include theology, Church history, Fatima, Islam, and the spiritual life. He and his wife, together with their children, reside in Colorado.

 

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Pioneers of the Underground Church in China

 

 

Second child to humble farmers, in an ever-expanding family, they all lived and ate and slept and prayed in their quaint home: the stout, single-story Ballycraheen House with a traditional thatched roof, sheaves of wheat straw attached to beams by a highly skilled thatcher.

Head of household, William (1843-1930) worked before the sun rose until after the sun set on his dairy farm, as he tended to his small herd of Herefords, a few dozen square-back cows with reddish-brown coats and white faces with long eyelashes. A few dry cows and bulls filled out the herd to graze the 70-acre estate before sold off for butchering. In a pen off to the side, a few feeder hogs slept and sloshed about in a comfy sty, until it was their time.

Heart of the family, Mary Anne (1862-1945) tended to hearth and home and to her growing brood. In addition to Timothy, there was first-born William (1891-1961), and then Jane (1895-1984), Richard (1898-1972), Joseph (1900-73), and Mary (1902-73).

In the fields behind and beyond the whitewashed stone wall that matched the whitewashed stone house, the family tended to the homestead’s garden, where they tilled, seeded, weeded and prayed for abundant autumnal harvests that produced bushels of potatoes, cabbages, turnips and parsnips. The orchard grew wizened fruit trees with juicy red apples and succulent pears to be plucked from branches and stored alongside the root vegetables in the food press, a large cupboard.

On Sundays, Feast Days and special Sacramental occasions, such as weddings and baptisms, the Leonards clambered aboard their pony and trap, with its shielding canopy to protect them against the drizzles and the downpours. Up Peafield Road a ways, the pony veered left onto Monaleen Road and trotted toward Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Perched high atop a hill, the family’s spiritual home was a limestone Gothic revival beauty, with its pitched slate roof, soaring bell tower and dedication inscription over the main door: d.o.m. sub invocatione b mariae magdalenae ad 1873, which translates to: God most excellent and great, under the invocation of Blessed Mary Magdalene, AD 1873.

Not the only Leonard family around, the clan extended beyond their own and included another, whose members also traveled by pony and trap to Mary Magdalene Church from their home, the Peafield House, the road’s namesake, about a third of a mile southwest from the Ballycraheen House, just a whistle away on a windy day.

Head of the Peafield estate was William’s brother John (1843-1918). Irish twins, the two men, along with their brother, Richard, and sister, Alice, had originated in Rose Lawn House, a farm on nearly 100 acres, in Castle Troy, where the family had taken root and flourished by the River Shannon.

Also a dairy farmer, John tended to his few dozen Herefords that grazed on more than 70 acres, with the land’s boundaries hugged by a small armlet of the River Groody, where carefree and fun-loving boys went wading and baiting during the summer, catching eels and tossing the black snakelike creatures back into the slow, silent stream.

John’s family included sons William (1891-1959), Patrick (1893-1925) and Richard (1894-1971), who, of all three boys, was the one to become fast friends with his cousin Timothy, from the Ballycraheen House.

During their primary school years, Richard and Timothy walked up Peafield Road to the Monaleen Road passing green pastures with hidden bouquets of red clover and purple thistle, in their homeland of Killonan, Ballysimon. Along the mile or so, they lugged their school satchels, stuffed with lunches, books, pencils and papers.

The old Monaleen National School, which stood under the jurisdiction of the government, had only two classrooms, one for girls and one for boys, which the two entered and took their seats at a long desk that students shared. To rid the chill and the dampness, someone fed lumps of peat, Irish turf, into an open fireplace, igniting a gentle blaze with an aromatic cloud that descended upon the room.

For lunch, the Leonard boys bit into sandwiches, slices of homemade white bread wrapped around slivers of ham from the slaughtered feeder pigs or chunks of cheese from the dairy Herefords. For dessert, they sunk their teeth into apples or pears picked fresh from the fruit trees or grabbed from the food press. Sometimes, they brought soft drink bottles filled with fresh, cream-crested milk, strained through cheesecloth from the dairy pails.

When the cousins proceeded to secondary school, they continued to travel together. On bicycles, they rode about three miles, as the black-crested lapwing flies, to Limerick, a city with a population that would top 38,518 in the 1911 census.

The two steered past rows of bacon factories and tobacco factories and shoe factories, each with a tall red-brick smoke stack that puffed out billows of steam and fumes. At the banks of the River Shannon, they reached Saint Munchin’s College, with its motto of Veritas in Caritate. Founded in 1796, the sprawling estate, on Corbally Road, in Corbally, boasted an immense sports ground.

After school, they bicycled back home and helped with the chores and with the dozens of cows that had to be milked by hand twice a day.

Before bedtime, Timothy, a scholarly, serious young man, sat down with his books, studying the classics. He also memorized Gaelic, with an ancestral love for the old Irish language. The only illumination: the flickering light from a candle like the ones used at church for Mass, or the dim glow from a paraffin oil lamp, with a wick extinguished by rolling it down so as not to blacken the glass globe from sooty wisps of smoke.

Upon graduation, the cousins each made the same solemn decision.

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Saying good bye to their families, they boarded the train in Limerick and headed for Dublin, the capital of Ireland. There, the two country boys – an odd pair, with Timothy well over 6 feet tall and Richard about 5 feet 4 inches – were temporarily jostled about in the rush and push of the metropolis, with its population of 304,802.

But they soon continued their journey for the last leg of their trip. Destination: Saint Patrick’s College, the national seminary, in Maynooth, County Kildare, to pursue their vocations. Heeding the call of God, the two submerged themselves in the religious life secluded from the world.

However, after only one year at the seminary, bad news arrived at Maynooth for one of the Leonard boys. Word reached Richard that he was needed at the farm. So he packed away his cassock and collar and returned to Peafield House, leaving behind his cousin, a serious and studious ascetic, who continued with his sacred studies, spending most of his time in the library, as books had always interested him much more than sports.

As the years passed, Richard remained on the family farm, and Timothy received the Sacrament of Holy Orders, on April 28, 1918, for the Limerick diocese. But soon thereafter, he joined the newly formed Maynooth Mission to China, now known as the Missionary Society of Saint Columban, a religious order actively seeking volunteers to join their first group of priests headed to the Far East.

In that first group of 11, Father Leonard’s confreres were: Father Joseph Crossan (1891-1974), Father Matthew Dolan (1888-1957), Father Alphonsus Ferguson (1894-1973), Father Arthur McGuinness (1893-1943), Father Michael McHugh (1876-1959), Father John O’Brien (1894-1968), Father Edward J. O’Doherty (1879-1967), Father Thomas Quinlan (1896-1970), Father Richard Ranagan (1889-1937), and Father Cornelius Tierney (1872-1931).

Ireland born and Ireland bred, Father Leonard left his homeland, the Emerald Isle, the Land of Saints and Scholars.

First, he and his fellow missionaries sailed the 150 miles from Dublin to Liverpool, where, on Saint Patrick’s Day 1920, they boarded the Carmania, a ship that steamed head-on to New York City and docked on Good Friday, April 2. Then onto the Columban’s American headquarters, in Omaha, Nebraska, where they underwent further training. After a month or so, they traveled by railroad to San Francisco, boarded a ship to China and docked in Shanghai, the city renowned as the Paris of the East.

For the final 525 miles, the 11 missionaries on the Woong Woo steamboat floated along the Chiang Jiang, the Long River, known around the world as the Yangtze River. On August 21, 1920, the ship pulled ashore, and the men set foot upon their new home: Wuhan’s Hanyang District, in Hupei (old form of Hubei) province.

Once settled, Father Leonard, with a cast-iron constitution, worked tirelessly and became known for his earnestness, self-sacrifice and for being an exceptionally devout man. His confreres described him as the happiest man in China, blessed with the gift of laughter, despite all the dangers.

Stationed in Yo-Ba, Mienyang, he pecked out a typewritten letter to his parents, on November 29, 1921. With levity and perhaps a bit of mental reservation, he attempted to alleviate any worry that his family may have had about him in his new surroundings. He signed off with his preferred Tadhg, the Gaelic equivalent of Timothy.

“My Dear Father and Mother,

“I am just after finishing my retreat at Hanyang and I got safely back to this diocese up here. I think it is more correct to call it a diocese than a parish. I said safely, and lest a little account of my adventures which you will see in the Far East probably later on might frighten you, I shall tell you all.

“I was in a little steamboat on the way to Hanyang when it was suddenly attacked by brigands. I was in the most conspicuous place in the boat; I was given the place of honour as you know I am a respectable looking man. So I was more exposed to the bullets of the brigands than the other passengers, being in the front of the boat I was the first to come into their view. The account I am giving you, which is the correct account will show you that there is very little danger to my life here. Those brigands waited till the boat had come close up to them and then fired several shots into the Chinese passengers with the object of killing or wounding a few to ensure that no one would object to handing out all the money he had. They could be heard distinctly warning one another to beware of the foreigner. All Chinese are afraid of the foreigners; and those fellows feared that if they hit me they would not long enjoy life of the brigand. The boat stopped, and all the passengers had to clear out except myself; all were searched except myself and my boy and deprived of all the money they had; next the boat was searched and those ruffians got away with a few hundred pounds, about £300. They had shot one dead, but there was time to baptize him, and wounded four badly. You will rejoice with me, I feel sure, that I was able to help the wounded; otherwise they would be rather badly off. I had them removed to the Hanyang hospital, where the doctor soon made new men of them. Before I left Hanyang for this place one of them was well enough to be able to get through the catechism in a few days. The sad little incident has done good, and will surely be the means of making a number of conversions, apart altogether from the four wounded.

“My life is safe enough here; I am in God’s hands, and a sparrow does not fall without God knowing it. So you need not be afraid. I am here to do God’s work, and God is the protector of my life. Whom shall I fear, therefore? I know that you will thank God with me for the good He has done through your own son. I have not the time to write you a longer letter at present. I write you this account lest you might be frightened. It is only necessary to say that I know a good deal about China now and I am as little afraid of anything happening to me as I would be in holy Ireland. I am in great form; life here suits me immensely; any hardships there are well compensated for. You see I am at the end of my tether, so to speak, and have not time to begin a new page. Did the Doc. make a nun of Maire yet? You hate being a Sister, Maire, don’t you. That is no sign that you won’t, if God so wills it. Any chance yourself or Janie would help to man Cathercon. Whisht with your Cahircon, I hear mother saying.

“Pray for me all of you, won’t you, and thank God for the great honor He has conferred on me in making me His ambassador here. Not only has He done great things for me, but He has asked me to do great things. Help me that He may be glorified.

“With love to all of you, and all the neighbours and friends,

“Tadhg.”

After only a few short years in China, back to Ireland he went, in 1924, to perform promotional work for the Columban Fathers, always in need of donations and draftees to shore up the depleted reserves for the Church Militant.

At home, he found his family in the beautiful, newly constructed Ballycraheen House: a two-story, four-bedroom stone structure, Georgian style architecture, with a slated hip roof and a symmetrical arrangement of door, windows and even chimneys.

The old thatched house, where all the Leonard children had arrived into the world, had been converted into a cow house, where the Herefords would bring their calves into the world.

His bachelor brother, Richard, had stayed home to take care of the farm, so, too, did his spinster sisters. But the other two brothers, like Timothy, had joined the priesthood. William was on his way to becoming an acclaimed biblical scholar, earning a Doctorate of Sacred Scripture. Joseph would live most of his life as a parish priest in Athlacca, County Limerick.

While at home, on January 23, 1925, he wrote to his brother William, on the teaching staff of Saint Patrick’s Seminary, in Sydney, Australia.

“My Dear Liam,

“Your letter reached me at Ballysimon this morning. I am so sorry to hear that your health is not good. Perhaps you overdid it when there was question of mortifying yourself at meal-time or times which should be meal-times. I shall say Mass for you to-morrow, and as often as I can in the near future, that God may give you your health, and that you may know His blessed will. I’m sure you will continue to act according to His will, like a man.

“A few words about Giolla an amuráin [Gaelic for unfortunate fellow]. I had been labouring under a rather serious handicap in Yo-Ba, but Fr. Galvin wished me to work there, although I felt I would do better elsewhere. I got a little fit of sickness last summer, but I was well again in a month, and am very well since. During the sickness the Doctor recommended that I be taken out of the Yo-Ba swamps, and sent to a district near the hills. I was preparing to move to my new field of labour when 8 of us got orders to go a-begging ‘for a time.’ I got to Ireland two weeks ago with another priest, and 6 others went to U.S.A. I am here in Ballysimon for the past 12 days, and expect to be called on very soon. I have been visiting in Monaleen and Limerick since I came home. I had to see most of the priests and sisters and brothers in Limerick. I sometimes tire of talking and answering questions about China.

“I hope you will try to get many holy people to make intercession for me, that I may be a man and strive to be what a priest ought to be. Now you remember that preacher whose sermons were converting multitudes, but it was the lay-brother sitting on the steps of the pulpit, saying his Hail Marys that was doing all. Even though I thought it very hard to have to leave China, I feel happy. I feel the year here at home – I don’t expect to be more than a year at home – will fit me better for the work in China.

“The work in China, by the way, is not without results. I am glad to be able to tell you that the lawsuits which were making such a mess are quickly being reduced to a minimum.

“All at home well. The new house is almost finished. We are living in it. The only thing is that they are not well off at home. Janie is the one that is suffering; she has reason to be dissatisfied. Joe gone back to Maynooth. Joe will be all right, I feel sure.

“God bless you,

“Your affectionate brother in Xt,

“Tadhg.”

After his stay in Ireland, he headed back to China, in 1926, where the political theater was just beginning its dramatic ascension.

After Imperial China collapsed, in 1911, a declaration of the formal establishment of the Republic of China quickly followed, on January 1, 1912, with the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, old form of Guomindang) rising to power after its formation later in the year by the merging of several Republican groups.

However, the Nationalists became infected with the anti-republic, anti-democratic, pro-revolution, pro-dictatorial Chinese Communists, who opened their first chapter, in 1921, in Shanghai, 106 Rue Wantz (former name of Xingye Road), with backing from the Communist International, headquartered in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Because of their sadistic predilections and proclivity for savagery, the Communists were lanced and drained from the ranks of the Nationalists, in April 1927.

In retaliation for the purge, the Communists attacked the city of Nanchang, the capital of Kiangsi (old form of Jiangxi) province, on August 1, 1927, at 2 in the morning, considered the founding of the People’s Liberation Army. After the Nanchang Uprising, which ignited the Chinese Civil War between the Nationalists and the Communists, thousands of Communist guerrilla forces spread throughout the neighboring mountains and countryside.

In that dangerous climate, the following year, in 1928, Father Leonard set out for his mission house, where he would be pastor, in Nan Feng, 30 miles south of Nancheng. The region around his parish, less than 100 miles south of the city of Nanchang, was infested with Communist guerrillas.

On July 9, 1929, he wrote to his uncle, Canon Joseph McCarthy, in County Limerick. It would be his last known letter.

“My Dear Uncle,

“Your letter dated April 23rd reached me only two weeks ago. I am very grateful for it, as I know how busy you have been with the repairs to your church.

“At the moment I am having a little rest here in Nan Feng. I don’t know to what extent I have earned it, to what extent I have given satisfaction to my Master. At all events, during the year He chose to work much good in souls that had shown no regard for Him. The outlook was as black as one could imagine a year ago. And yet it has been a rather fruitful year. One may call those events that brought baptism to old man Chow and Extreme Unction to Mary Li coincidences, but they were coincidences that God in His mercy arranged. And it was a further proof of God’s infinite mercy that old Anna Cheh, who perverted over twenty years ago, came back to the faith just a week before she died.

“God sent us a goodly number of well-disposed catechumens, some of whom have already received baptism and a few of whom seem to have been physically transformed by becoming children of God. God has worked a bigger miracle in some of them in six months than others have permitted Him to work in them in twenty years.

“One of the greatest consolations I had during the year was when the little flock insisted, if you please, on making a seven-days’ Retreat under my direction. The spirit with which they entered into it! It is simply marvelous what purity of intention and purity of life you find in the midst of so much filth; I think there are few things that express so well God’s goodness to us.

“These are only a few little notes about our year’s work. But there are other little notes I could write to you which would show the power of all the prayers that are said for us day after day. That’s all I have to say about our work except to ask you to keep it before the minds of your devout parishioners. We had no very big results here during the year, but there were ever so many little things – if one can so designate them – for which we can never thank God sufficiently.

“Your affectionate nephew,

“T.P. Leonard.”

On July 15, 1929, a few days after he had signed and sealed his letter, Father Leonard was still in bed, around 3 a.m., when he heard gunfire in the distance. Fully awake, he decided to rise, to begin his day and to celebrate Mass earlier than usual.

Around 5 that morning, dressed in his vestments, he approached the altar inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Catholic Church, a wooden structure in San Gang. At the same time, a mob of Communist guerrilla soldiers surrounded the church, pushed their way inside through both doors and grabbed the priest.

In an effort to break free to prevent any sacrilege to the Blessed Sacrament, Father Leonard convinced them that he needed something from the Tabernacle. As soon as he opened the door, the Communists grabbed the ciborium and scattered the Hosts all over the sanctuary floor.

Furious, Father Leonard scolded the soldiers. In retaliation, one of them punched him in the face. As blood gushed from his mouth, soldiers ripped the vestments off the priest, tied him up, pushed him outside and demanded a ransom of $30,000, which he could not pay. The ragtag group of Communist soldiers dragged away Father Leonard, with a rope around his neck and without his glasses, knocked off during the scuffle.

That day, parishioners lost touch with him, but the next morning they found him at the Communists’ mountain hideaway, about 20 miles away from the church. Permitted to visit him, they found Father Leonard badly wounded, for he had been interrogated and tortured. And although suffering from intense pain, he was consumed with worry about the faithful in his parish, until his visitors convinced him that no one else had suffered from the attack by the Communists.

“Thank God. My mind is now easy,” he told them. “As for myself, it cannot be more than a matter of a few days.”

Those were his last words to his parishioners.

 

 

Frog-marched before a tribunal of the People’s Court, he was tried by three Communist “judges,” in their 20s, who declared the foreign devil guilty of being hostile to the People of China, of being friendly with the Nationalists, of being a foreign spy and of promoting religion.

After the reading of his guilty verdict, the Communists threw Father Leonard to the ground, where they viciously attacked him and brutally hacked him to death, with his head nearly severed from his body, on July 17, 1929.

Word soon reached the Columban Fathers’ mission that their confrere had been murdered by the Communists. Immediately, the priests dispatched a search party to recover the body, which they found, covered with wounds from head to heel.

The protomartyr of the Missionary Society of Saint Columban was returned to the mission, where he lay in repose for three days. On July 23, Father Patrick Dermody (1898-1990, Missionary Society of Saint Columban), Father Patrick Quigley (1904-79, Missionary Society of Saint Columban) and Father Diu, a native Chinese priest, celebrated a solemn Requiem Mass.

After the Mass, Father Leonard’s body, encased in a rough wooden coffin, was carried, in a scorching heat that reached nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, for the three-mile procession to San Gang, where he was laid to rest on a hillside.

“Mortified in life; a witness to Christ in death,” one of the mourners said, as the coffin with the priest was lowered into the grave.

To send word of Father Leonard’s tragic ending, the Fathers in China dispatched a cablegram, on July 24, 1929, to the religious order’s main house in Ireland, and, in turn, the Fathers in Dalgan Park contacted the unsuspecting family in the Ballycraheen House, soon filled with sobs of intense grief and disbelief.

Upon learning of the death of his brother, William, who was in Australia, sent a cablegram back home: “Congratulations, Mam. You have become the mother of a martyr.”

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Mourning extended to the Peafield House, where Richard commemorated his cousin, classmate and lifelong friend by hanging his portrait in a place of honor: the reception room wall, the first thing visitors would see when brought into the house.

A few years after his cousin’s death, Richard married and started a family. His son, John Martin Leonard (born 1934), grew up seeing the portrait of the serious-looking man with dark hair, thick eyebrows, glasses and a Fáinne Óir, a gold ring pinned to his lapel that showed he was a Gaeilgeoir, a fluent speaker of Gaelic.

Around the age of 10, John asked his mother, Mary Bridget Leonard (née O’Neill, 1899-1991), about the man, whom he had seen every day of his life.

That man is Father Timothy Leonard, she explained. Your father’s first cousin, who was born up the road at Ballycraheen. Furthermore, she continued, he was a martyr who had suffered a cruel death at the hands of the Red Communists, in China, in 1929.

Predicting that one day the martyred priest would be raised to the sainthood, John’s mother, a deeply religious woman with a great devotion to the man in the portrait, encouraged her son to pray to him.

And, through the years, John did remember him in his prayers, hoping that he would become a saint. With the prerequisite of a miracle waived for a martyr, beatification would simple, it would seem, because the only requirement would be proof that he died for the faith. But his canonization has not yet come to pass.

Inheriting his parents’ love and honor for Father Leonard, not only has John assumed the role as executor of the priest’s legacy, working for his beatification, but he has traveled to that remote hillside in China, located the original burial place, and erected a Celtic cross with a small altar at the gravesite, which has become a holy place where local Catholics pray.

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ENDNOTE: I would like to thank John Martin Leonard for all his help. Miscellanea and facts for this story were pulled from the following: “Doctor William Leonard: Limerick-born distinguished Churchman, Biblical Scholar and Mystic,” by John Leonard; “Limerick’s first Columban Martyr,” by John M. Leonard; “One lone, unarmed man had the courage to stand up: A campaign is underway to canonize Fr. Timothy Leonard, who was martyred in China,” by Eugene Phelan; “The Red Lacquered Gate: The Stirring Story of the Early Days of the Columban Fathers’ Catholic Mission and the Courage and Faith of Its Founder, Father Edward Galvin,” by William E. Barrett; and “Those Who Journeyed With Us: 1918-2016,” by the Missionary Society of Saint Columban.

Theresa Marie Moreau is the author of “Blood of the Martyrs: Trappist Monks in Communist China,” “Misery & Virtue” and “An Unbelievable Life: 29 Years in Laogai,” which can be found online and at TheresaMarieMoreau.com.

 

 

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    I’ve commented once before that I knew Columban missionaries, born in Ireland, who were expelled from China in the late 40’s, early 50’s. They were courageous men. I met two of them at a retreat house they ran in Derby, NY. They don’t ordain them like that anymore, but I know Chinese Catholics have faith made out of steel. Xi Jinping doesn’t have a chance against them.

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    YES! Here is a holy priest to be emulated! And there is also the marvelous Fr. Willie Doyle, S.J. who was another holy Irish priest that deserves canonization. Sadly, instead, we get the praising of some post VIIs….who are not of the same stripe shall we say.

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    Beautiful story! Being half Irish I could invasion the family table, and joy at the young priests return home. The tears shed later must have been severe and copious, at the news of his death. Interesting that the young priest held up, being a man, a great importance. He knew what it meant to have dignity in the role God gave him in life as a man. Wonder it would be for young men today to esteem such qualities. Let alone a calling for the priesthood. God bless this Holy Preist.

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    A beautiful story. It’s a coincidence that I had recently begun reading “The New Glories of the Catholic Church” which is a similar recounting of the martyrs in Asia during the 1800s.

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    Thank God that, through the death of martyrs, many a Communist would have witnessed self-sacrificial love and been converted. I recall hearing a story of a young Russian Communist soldier who was about to kill a Catholic woman who calmly awaited the death blow, but he couldn’t do it — he felt himself physically held back from delivering the blow — and then he burst into tears and fled the scene. He later escaped from Russia a became a believer in Jesus.

    No one is beyond hope, and no one is “a devil”. All can be saved, for such were some of us. Our job is to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who abuse us. Easier said than done, and yet it is the command of the Lord Jesus. And Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments”.

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    Compare this holy priest to Cardinal Dolan. A life of mortification, penance and love for Our Lord and Our Lady. Dolan, very little penance, no humility and gluttony. He loves notoriety and to be loved by the world. This world is not worthy of men like Fr.Leonard.

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    This is the kind of historical narrative that simply is not supposed to be told in this day and age. And that is the reason it needs to be spread far and wide.

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      Exactly right. It’s too politically incorrect these days.

      As a Ukrainian Greek Catholic, I admire the steadfastness of our underground Chinese Catholic brethren.

      The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church suffered horribly under Soviet Communism, but many martyrs like Blessed Vasyl Velychovsky are brilliant stars in the court of heaven.

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      ‘Tis true! It brought the tears. Knowing how the Irish love their land, it is even more of a heroic virtue in the heart of
      this priest, Father Leonard, so good, to leave for foreign China. He left behind his big loving family to win souls for heaven and ended up being butchered by Communist devils. How they do hate Catholic truth and light! And as Our Lady of Fatima prophesied, their ‘errors’ are spreading throughout the world. Their errors which stem from atheism! They lack the grace of God and it doesn’t look like there is any stopping it … and there won’t be any stopping it without the consecration of Russia, the source of the errors (after hell), to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope and the Bishops. Yes, it needs to be spread around because most of the people are asleep. They don’t think it can happen to them ….

    The Post-Vatican II Church of Materialism

     

     

    The shift began with the Second Vatican Council, which produced “Gaudium et spes,” a pastoral document concerning economics and politics in the modern world, particularly regarding the poor. In the preface, the council, “proclaiming the noble destiny of man and championing the Godlike seed which has been sown in him, offers to mankind the honest assistance of the Church in fostering that brotherhood of all men.”

    Statements from other sections reinforce that emphasis.

    “Never has the human race enjoyed such an abundance of wealth, resources and economic power, and yet a huge proportion of the world’s citizens are still tormented by hunger and poverty, while countless numbers suffer from total illiteracy,” from the introduction.

    “According to the almost unanimous opinion of believers and unbelievers alike, all things on earth should be related to man as their center and crown. For by his innermost nature man is a social being, and unless he relates himself to others he can neither live nor develop his potential,” from Chapter I, “The Dignity Of The Human Person.”

    “Therefore, there must be made available to all men everything necessary for leading a life truly human, such as food, clothing, and shelter; the right to choose a state of life freely and to found a family, the right to education, to employment, to a good reputation, to respect, to appropriate information, to activity in accord with the upright norm of one’s own conscience, to protection of privacy and rightful freedom even in matters religious. Hence, the social order and its development must invariably work to the benefit of the human person,” from Chapter II, “The Community of Mankind.”

    Monsignor Brunero Gherardini, dean emeritus of the Pontifical Lateran University’s theological faculty, sharply criticized “Gaudium et spes” for its fundamentally anthropocentric approach, ambiguity and sloppy theology in his 2012 work, Vatican II: At the Roots of an Equivoque, written in Italian. “The whole document is a sequel of shocking proclamations, whose sheer number makes exemplification a difficult choice,” wrote Gherardini, who worked at the Sacred Congregation of Seminaries during the council.

    Gherardini concluded by warning about an excessively intimate relationship between Catholicism and the world: “The frontiers have come so close and to such an extent, that they have become welded. What the Church says and does, she says and does it for the world; and what the world is doing in its drive toward progress, is to the advantage of the Church.”

    Pope Paul VI amplified “Gaudium et spes’ ” approach in his encyclical “Populorum Progresio,” which announced the formation of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and solidified the Vatican’s commitment to the material development of poorer nations through international cooperation. But the encyclical addressed more than immediate logistics.

    “The ultimate goal is a full-bodied humanism,” it stated. “And does this not mean the fulfillment of the whole man and of every man? … True humanism points the way toward God and acknowledges the task to which we are called, the task which offers us the real meaning of human life. Man is not the ultimate measure of man. Man becomes truly man only by passing beyond himself.”

    Achieving that goal would mean using existing international agencies — or creating new ones with overarching power — to manage the world’s economic and political development.

    “Such international collaboration among the nations of the world certainly calls for institutions that will promote, coordinate and direct it, until a new juridical order is firmly established and fully ratified,” the encyclical said. “We give willing and wholehearted support to those public organizations that have already joined in promoting the development of nations, and We ardently hope that they will enjoy ever growing authority.”

    Pope Benedict XVI took that concept to its logical conclusion in another encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate,” which advocated giving the United Nations power to direct both international and domestic economic policies:

    “In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need … for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth. … To manage the global economy … to bring about integral and timely disarmament, food security and peace; to guarantee the protection of the environment and to regulate migration: for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority…”

    This authority, the encyclical stated, must “observe consistently the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity,” “seek to establish the common good” and “have the authority to ensure compliance with its decisions from all parties, and also with the coordinated measures adopted in various international forums.”

    What is this authority’s ultimate mission? A “directed” global economy designed to “open up the unprecedented possibility of large-scale redistribution of wealth on a world-wide scale,” stated the encyclical — including “a worldwide redistribution of energy resources, so that countries lacking those resources can have access to them.”

    In promoting such an agency, “Caritas in Veritate” subtly redefines the Catholic Church’s primary role from proclaiming the Gospel to ensuring economic benefits for all — or, at least, redefining the Gospel in materialist terms. Benedict’s encyclical cites “Populorum Progresio” often and refers to Paul VI’s ideas in this statement:

    “(T)he whole Church, in all her being and acting … is engaged in promoting integral human development. She has a public role over and above her charitable and educational activities: all the energy she brings to the advancement of humanity and of universal fraternity is manifested when she is able to operate in a climate of freedom.”

    Benedict’s encyclical even presumes that global economic management through a “true world political authority” can achieve at least partial spiritual harmony:

    “When animated by charity, commitment to the common good … has a place within the testimony of divine charity that paves the way for eternity through temporal action. Man’s earthly activity, when inspired and sustained by charity, contributes to the building of the universal city of God, which is the goal of the history of the human family.”

    Thus does “Caritas in Veritate” solidify the materialist transformation of Catholic identity. Independent Catholic journalist Lee Penn described the encyclical’s magnitude:

    “Caritas in Veritate should be seen as what it is: a theological and political earthquake. The Roman Catholic Church, which was once a guardian of tradition worldwide, now wishes to use radical means (a ‘true world political authority’) for its own ends. It is as if Benedict wishes to mount and ride a wild beast, and imagines that he (and those who believe as he does) will be able to direct that fierce beast’s course. Ordinary prudence – even without reference to the dire symbolism of Revelation 17:3-18 – should have warned the Vatican against such folly. Europeans have already tried using radical means to support conservative goals; the results of that 20th century experiment in Italy, Portugal, Germany, Spain, and Vichy France are written in letters of blood and fire.

    “Seeking a world government that is governed and limited by natural law and Christian tradition is akin to seeking dry water or square circles. Lord Acton, a Catholic historian in 19th Century England, made a warning that the Vatican ought to have heeded: ‘Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.’ Humanly speaking, no power could be more absolute than that of ‘world ruler,’ and such is the post which (despite the fig-leaf invocation of ‘subsidiarity’) Benedict proposes to create (all parentheses in original).”

    But how do the ideas expressed in “Gaudium et spes” and the two encyclicals work when practiced?

     

    Latin America, with its long history of Catholicism and mass poverty, would seem to provide the ideal environment. In 2010, 39 percent of the world’s Catholics lived in Latin America. Yet even as a counterweight to Liberation Theology, Catholicism’s economic modernism not only fails to solve intractable social problems but contributes to massive conversions to conservative Protestant denominations, especially Pentecostal ones.

    A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2014 showed that 69 percent of Latin Americans considered themselves Catholic, compared to 92 percent in 1970. Meanwhile, the proportion of Protestants rose from four percent in 1970 to 19 percent in 2014. In 1970, Catholicism claimed at least 90 percent of the population in all but five of the 19 countries surveyed. Yet by 2014, the percentage of Catholics fell by double digits in all but one country, with 11 reporting declines larger than 20 percent.

    Central America reported the most dramatic descents: 41 percent in Guatemala, 43 percent in both Nicaragua and El Salvador, and 47 percent in Honduras — by far the largest in Latin America.

    Catholic author Leon Podles, after reading Jon Wolseth’s Jesus and the Gang: Youth Violence and Christianity in Urban Honduras, offered these reasons for the massive decline:

    “Progressive Catholicism emphasizes community and solidarity with the poor and blames the problems of the poor on structural inequities, especially economic oppression.  Catholic youth groups in the barrio follow this analysis and try to identify with the poor. But they are fearful of identifying with the poor who are gang members. Catholic youth blame gangsterism on social inequities, but do not explain why they themselves have not followed the path of the gangsters.

    “Pentecostals set up a harsh dichotomy between the world ruled by Satan and the church ruled by Christ.  Young men who want to give up the destructive and self-destructive life of the gangs can have a conversion experience and dedicate themselves to a new life, totally rejecting the old one and separating themselves from it. They have to change their lives to convince both the church and their old gangs that they are cristianos. If a man leaves a gang, he is killed by the gang, unless he becomes a cristiano. Gangs usually let Pentecostal former gang members alone if the former members demonstrate that their lives have really changed.

    “Catholics, with their rhetoric of solidarity, do not offer gang members the opportunity for a clean break that Pentecostals offer. Catholics blame society for individual problems; Pentecostals stress individual responsibility.”

    Not only gang members face the demand for personal accountability.

    “As a Baptist who has traveled to Guatemala on four mission trips, I can tell you that one reason evangelical churches are growing there because they take alcoholism seriously (which is a huge problem in Mayan communities),” Ryan Booth wrote to Rod Dreher’s blog at The American Conservative in 2013. “While Baptist attitudes in the U.S. toward alcohol continue to relax, Baptists in Latin America don’t drink at all.”

    A Brazilian named Alat explained the evangelicals’ appeal on Dreher’s blog:

    “They are very, very morally strict, which is why they grow so fast in the poorest areas: they give order to the disordered lives of the very poor, who come from generations of poverty and broken homes and have never known anything better. They take a huge portion of the poor’s meagre income in tithes and ‘gifts’… and even then the poor are better off in these churches, because the order the church gives, much like a military boot camp, helps them to plan for the future, educate themselves, not fall into drugs, not have multiple children out of wedlock, etc.

    “And this is not just inwards. The politicians elected by the Evangelicals are at the forefront of the resistance to homosexual ‘marriage,’ to abortion, and most of the left’s culture war agenda. In my own country, abortion would have been legalized a few years ago if not for the resistance organized by the Evangelical politician-preachers across almost all parties – a fight in which, by the way, the Catholic hierarchy was entirely silent. (emphasis added) If the Church retreats from these issues, the pull of the Evangelical Protestant churches will only INCREASE throughout Latin America (capitals in original).”

    Alat concluded with a statement that represents, if not the epitaph for Latin American Catholicism, an indictment of Catholicism’s economic modernism.

    “To sum up,” Alat wrote, “as we say here, when ‘the Church chose the poor, the poor chose the Protestants.’ ”

     

     

    But don’t worry, the Church is learning from them! (Heinrich Bedford-Strohm and Reinhard Kardinal Marx)

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    EVOLUTION: Is It Catholic? (The Great Debate of 2018)

     

     

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    Has the entire Catholic Church gone Darwin? Everyone else has. Even a brilliant guy like Jordan Peterson! Cardinal Pell thinks Adam and Eve didn’t actually exist. Pope John Paul ‘The Great’ said Evolution is more than a hypothesis. Of course, Pope Francis is an evolutionist. But what about you? Are you ready to throw Genesis under the bus, just to accommodate a theory called ‘Evolution’? Come to St Paul on May 8, 2018 for the AOTM season finale: Chris Ferrara vs. St. Thomas University’s Dr. Peter Distelzweig – “EVOLUTION: At War with Church Teaching, Or Not.”

     

     

    This Tuesday only at the Argument of the Month…

    Are there no Christian men left who are willing to fight for the Word of God?

     

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      Dear Remnant!
      I agree — is there not some way that so many of us might watch this important debate and gain from it — and use it in our work with others?!!! We do so need the clarity and good teaching & reasoning that we can gain from this AOTM debate!!! Why keep it from us? We need good, solid food!!!! PLEASE get the AOTM folks to reconsider their decision in this regard!

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      Mr. Matt,

      Please, cannot the Remnant Newspaper do something to stop AOTM burying the evolution debate “for ever”. It’s the most sought after program for Catholic everywhere, and AOTM have just made a headline news item that it will never be recorded.

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      Believe in evolution and you deny the Immaculate Conception. Even if you believe in original sin, if Adam and Eve were “conceived” in an animal then they were conceived without original sin. So Our Lady is not THE Immaculate Conception. Ergo evolution is heresy.

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      Why oh Why is this so rare program on evolution not being recorded???

     

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      I was going to ask if Remnant could record this discussion at the AOTM.
      We could all pay a fee to watch, just like the Remnant did for the Catholic Conference.
      I would chip in gladly.

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      Father Ripperger has a fine little book out called “The Metaphysics of Evolution.” He demonstrates how this foolish theory violates some First Principles. Not an easy read but Father shows that there are gaps in the logic of evolutionary theory that cannot be overcome.

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      There is an excellent Documentary on Netflix right now “Is Genesis History?” It proves scientifically the Bible is true History.

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      The second law of thermodynamics is one of the most fundamental laws of nature, having profound implications. In essence, it says this: The second law – The level of disorder in the universe is steadily increasing. Systems tend to move from ordered behavior to more random behavior.

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      Of course I believe in some evolution but I do not believe in macro-evolution. If you can explain to me how the mammalian blood-clotting system could evolve in a series of fortuitous steps by ‘lucky accidents’ without the ‘subject’ not bleeding to death… I am willing to listen.

      Darwinian descriptions of how the eye ‘could’ have developed from a ‘sensitive spot’ are unintentionally hilarious exercises in magical thinking.

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      One of the best rational critics of Darwinsm is mathematician David Berlinski. I suggest reading his book, ‘The Devil’s Delusion.’

     

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      Agreed! We had David out to speak at John Rao’s Summer Symposium in Italy some years ago and, to this day, his remains one of the most memorable presentations ever. He positively destroyed Darwin.

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      Actually; you can download The Devil’s Delusion free in several formats Eub, and PDF to name a few. Dr. David Berlinski describes himself as a secular Jew so I would take it at the very least he has some sense of the fear of God. His book is a great testiment against New Age scientific Creationism & Evolution that dominates modern New Age Catholic rationalists; including Pope Bergoglio.

     

     

     

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      I was trained as a biochemist and biophysicist. I cannot comprehend how even the most primitive forms of life that we know, and that are all around us, could have come from just matter alone. The more I read and understand (somewhat) how living forms work, the more it awes me. Let alone the chemistry, mechanics, mental and spiritual attributes of a person.
      It really does not make any sense that all this just happened. The radical evolutionists are simply the deniers of God, The Supreme Maker.
      And Descartes got it completely backward…”I think therefore I am,” is BS. Pure narcissism.
      You are a human with a soul, therefore you can think. Made in His image… and that is why you are a human being.

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      Theistic evolution is not within the “boundaries” of what Catholic Christians can believe.

      Scripture is higher than popes.
      Popes answer to Scripture – not the other way around.

      Genesis clearly cannot be read in an evolutionary way.

      To do so is to read evolution ‘in’ to Scripture.

      This is impermissible.

      Charles Darwin’s grandfather was a man called Erasmus Darwin.
      He lived in Edinburgh, Scotland.

      He wrote a book called Zoonomia – proposing evolution.

      He was a member of the Lodge.

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      The theory of evolution is illogical. It is easily disproven on first principles: there must be a first cause and mover and, also, what is created cannot be greater than the creator. Can a train move itself without a locomotive? Can a rat grow wings become a bat? A child would say no!
      Once people see through the charade of evolution the secular world will collapse.

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      1 Timothy 4;1

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      To believe in evolution is to call Jesus a liar and the apostles dupes. There will be no Catholic church because the Bible will be destroyed for science, and the supernatural will be lost. Who wants to live in the Brave New World of 1984? I don’t!!!

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      Anyone know who is chanting at the beginning and what they are chanting? Marvelous in its power.

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      The scientific method has become a stevedore for the theory of evolution lugging it into law, religion, and philosophy.

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      Do you know why many people believe in dinosaurs, even though the word “dinosaur” was invented in the 1800s? We have train loads and train loads of dinosaur bones. We still dig them up…sometimes on accident. So, where are the train loads of ape-man bones to support Darwinism v1.0 of 1859? The big joke in the 1970s was that all the ape-man bones will fit into a box the size of a coffin. This is why Steven Gould, the Harvard paleontologist “pope of evolution”, launched Darwinism v2.0, a.k.a. Punctuated Equilibrium. Clever, v2.0 does not require ape-man bones. What a waste of scientific money and time. 160 years chasing a unicorn.

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      Evolution, old age Earth and Universe, Heliocentrism, ect… are faked materialistic sciences! The only reason people believe in them is because they are taught by (gnostic or atheist) scholars (or their fellow travellers) that control the purse (and issuing of diplomas)! All our modern sciences are under the control of secret societies who created the Royal Society of London and use all means (such as lies, faked experiments, destroying, hiding or simply ignoring evidences against their faked theories!

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      By definition, evolution states that all living species on earth developed from other more primitive species, and originally from a single cell, solely through natural processes. That means that no supernatural involvement occurred at any time. So, theistic evolution is a contradiction in terms, and we must logically rule it out immediately and forever. Meanwhile, the remaining “pure” evolution theory, to be credible, must clearly describe the processes by which many transitions occurred, such as those listed below. (These descriptions will, for the moment, be accepted even thought they have never been observed.) 1) The transition from non-life to a living organism. 2) Individual cells living autonomously developing into cells that “decide” to live in clusters. 3) Clusters of identical cells cooperatively acting like a single large organism. 4) Small groups of cells within a larger cluster of identical cells developing into a separate organ for the good of the cluster. 5) What kind of organ would that smaller group of cells within the larger cluster develop into? Where would the design for that new organ come from, having never existed before? 6) The transition from a pair of aquatic living organisms, through small accidental mutations over many generations, into an air-breathing organism. 7) Transition from a fully functioning reptile pair, to a self-preserving flying bird. 8) The development of two sexes from a population without two sexes. This list is far from exhaustive, but it’s a start.

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      actually the JPII never said ‘Evolution is more than a hypothesis’. This was a speech written by someone else for him to deliver. He never got around to delivering it.

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      If we define ‘evolution’ as simply change through descent, there’s no argument since this is an observable fact. Everything changes. But if we expand the definition to include life spontaneously appearing, one thing changing into another thing or explaining the origin of life on earth (atheistic materialistic evolution), then this belief no Catholic may hold.

      This second definition, which defies scientific evidence to the contrary, obliterates original sin, is comfortable with non-being magically becoming being, and is perfectly comfortable with a universe without a cause, is a sin for a Catholic to hold as this definition of evolution is clearly at odds with Catholic doctrine, especially on the creation of the universe by God and original sin. This should be an interesting debate.

     

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      Yes, Pete, we can use the term evolution for change through descent as you say, but this is only change within a species or kind, not from one species or kind to another. We have bred dogs over the years to become very tiny ones to very large ones, but they are still dogs. Plant breeders have all kinds of fun too. God allows us to explore and make some changes to our liking within species.

     

     

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      I think one thing I have not heard anyone mention in discussions I have heard in the past is that in evolution it is the survival of the fittest (he who dies with the most reproducing offspring wins).
      That word survival means there was sickness, death, violence (think T. rex) and corruption. So if God created all these evils and especially death, how does that make death the wages of sin? (Romans 6:23, Gen. 2:17), I’d say that really messes with not only original sin but Who God is.

     

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      Well, OK, so what do you say about T. Rex?
      a) He did not actually exist. In fact, God put the so-called fossils into the rocks in order to test our faith. (Back when I was growing up, the nuns tried to tell us that one.)
      b) He really ate vegetables, despite those “toofers” that were suitable for biting off chunks of meat, but utterly unsuitable for chewing plant matter.
      c) He got left out of Noah’s Ark, even though Genesis seems to say that Noah get at least a mating pair of EVERY living thing into the Ark.
      d) ??????
      If we stick to pointing out the real and demonstrable problems with Evolution, we have a good case. Why weaken it, in disputations with non-theists, with arguments that appeal only to (some of) those already on our side and which raise questions that we cannot answer to the satisfaction of anyone except possibly our own selves?

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      So did Mr Rex exist or not? You listed some intriguing possibilities but didn’t indicate which you believe.
      In the Anti-Evolution museum in Branson, Missouri, Adam is depicted riding a dinosaur. Why can’t Catholics be this bold? Sometimes cowardice is wisdom in disguise.
      Finding mistakes in the theory of evolution doesn’t disprove it after all. The bones are still there, mocking us? Or challenging us to come up with a better theory? Our choice. Argumentation can be done in good faith or bad. There is morality in the search for knowledge after all. And trying to derail the search is always wrong.

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      I’m tempted to just say “I don’t know” when I’m asked to explain some things that evolutionists throw in the ring as a defence. But of course they must be challenged in turn because of their indefensible lack of LOGIC in thinking that is the basis for their theory. They “don’t know” either but push a nonsense theory instead of being honest about it.

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      Is all Socialism Marxist? No. Is all Evolution theory Darwinian? No. Look into intelligent design. You Assumed I was supporting a mechanical model of evolution devoid of God’s guidance and loving hand.

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      Although I don’t know whether to believe the theory of evolution, I wonder what its Catholic critics will think of something I’ve learned because I study Thomism. St. Thomas believes that no philosophical argument can prove that the universe began to exist. So he says that creation out of nothing is compatible with the belief that the universe has always existed. God creates by causing everything and each thing to exist while it does exist. Even if the universe has always existed it still needs Him to sustain it. So for anyone or anything besides him to last, it needs Him to sustain it because if He stopped sustaining it, that would annihilate it. For you to survive, He keeps giving you existence in something like the way an electrical outlet keeps electricity flowing through a string of Christmas light, so it’ll stay lit. Just as the lights will go out when you unplug them, the universe will stop existing if He stops giving it existence.

      Say that I’m right and that the theory of evolution is true. Then that theory of evolution is true. Then theory presupposes that God exists because everyone and everything, including each nature process, needs him to preserve it. That’s why I doubt that fossil record gaps undermine the theory of evolution. If there were no God, there would be no one at all and nothing at all. If there were nothing, there would be no fossil record gaps, since a fossil record gap is something.

      To see that the Catholic Encyclopedia supports what I’m telling you, please follow this link.

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      I think there may be no scientific proof that the universe began to exist but there is philosophical proof.

      If you think of infinite regression, for example, you can see that you can’t push the creation of ‘something’ back and back and back forever. There would have to be a start. So before this ‘start’ the thing did not exist. For something to begin to exist it has to have someone to begin it. So there must be someone outside that thing, not in time or space, to be the one who begins it. That’s God and that’s the Creation.

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      So the first generation of humans with souls had monkey parents without souls? Must’ve been awkward..

     

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      St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that although people have immortal souls, animals, plants, and other earthly living creatures have mortal ones. Read Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Humani generis because you’ll know that pope thinks it’s okay for experts to study the evidence that the human body has evolved. A human person is made up of a human body and a human soul and your human soul is what makes you a human person. Since a gorilla, say, has a gorilla soul, he’s not a person.

      Pius XII writes, “. . .the Teaching Authority of the Church does not forbid that,
      in conformity with the present state of human sciences and sacred
      theology, research and discussions, on the part of men experienced in
      both fields, take place with regard to the doctrine of evolution, in as
      far as it inquires into the origin of the human body as coming from
      pre-existent and living matter – for the Catholic faith obliges us to
      hold that souls are immediately created by God. However, this must be
      done in such a way that the reasons for both opinions, that is, those
      favorable and those unfavorable to evolution, be weighed and judged with
      the necessary seriousness, moderation and measure, and provided that
      all are prepared to submit to the judgment of the Church, to whom Christ
      has given the mission of interpreting authentically the Sacred
      Scriptures and of defending the dogmas of faith.[11] Some however,
      rashly transgress this liberty of discussion, when they act as if the
      origin of the human body from pre-existing and living matter were
      already completely certain and proved by the facts which have been
      discovered up to now and by reasoning on those facts, and as if there
      were nothing in the sources of divine revelation which demands the
      greatest moderation and caution in this question.”

      http://w2.vatican.va/conten…

      Maybe I’m wrong and I’m happy to let the Church correct me. But I believe that the creation-or-else-evolution dichotomy is probably false.

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      Mr. McEnaney.

      You say you are happy for the Church to correct you. Here is how She explains why evolution is refuted canonically.

      The Church’s teaches magisterially All things were created in their whole substance together at the beginning (simul) from nothing. Lateran IV Here are the texts.

      Deus…creator omnium visibilium et invisibilium, spiritualium et corporalium: qui sua omnipotenti virtute simul ab initio temporis utramque de nihilo condidit creaturam, spiritualem et corporalem, angelicam videlicet et mundanam: ac deinde humanam, quasi communem ex spiritu et corpore constitutam.

      God…creator of all visible and invisible things, of the spiritual and of the corporal; who by His own omnipotent power at once from the beginning of time created each creature from nothing, spiritual and corporal, namely, angelic and mundane, and finally the human, constituted as it were, alike of the spirit and the body (D.428).

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      Yes, life is full of awkwardnesses – like a peasant boy who becomes a world famous scholar. How does that effect his relationships with the folks back home? It sure doesn’t improve them, does it? Lacking a soul, the monkey people wouldn’t realize what had changed. Having souls, the poor folks back home would as would the poor boy made good.

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    Feast of St. Pope Pius V, May 5

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    Remnant TV’s CATHOLIC SAINTS AND HOLY DAYS pays homage to the great St. Pius V–the pope who called the Holy League to rise up against Islam, commissioned the Catechism of the Council of Trent against the errors of the Protestants and codified the Traditional Latin Mass and the 15-mystery Rosary in anticipation of the Modernists.

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      His glory is found in his standardization of the Mass worldwide. It’s that Mass that the modernists of Vatican II abandoned…and that I attend every Sunday. I will once again, as I always do, visit his glass-enclosed remains at St. Mary Major when in Rome in July. St. Pius V, pray for us and intervene on our behalf so that the heretics of today can be cast out and the true faith reign.

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      So St. Pius V did not convene Trent, but he implemented its decisions and ordered the Roman Catechism in answer to Trent’s call for better education of priests.

  • Synod on Young People: The Scandal (Vatican Manipulates Data Collected from World’s Youth, Ignores Call for TLM)

     

     

    “Progress” along the path to utopia has left a whole generation of young people unsure of which bathroom to use.

    Well played, Enlighted Ones!

    Since this article appeared in The Remnant last month, a recent episode of EWTN’s The World Over has beautifully confirmed all the suspicions presented in this article. It also features a breath-of-fresh-air exception where the millennials are concerned. This articulate young man offers hope for his entire generation. Watch, then read.

    Most people who are awake know this to be the case—most, except for the ageing gentlemen running the Vatican just now. In fact, Team Bergoglio has spent the better part of the past year polling millennials worldwide for their recommendations on where he should take the Church in the years to come. So crucial is the input of the millennials, in fact, that the Holy Father has agreed to let them dictate the direction of the next Synod of Bishops (Rome, October 2018).

    Outside the Vatican, this is a giant, unfunny joke, since the only real contribution most of these kids could offer is ironclad proof that the Church of Vatican II has failed an entire generation, having dumbed them down so completely that they have no idea what the Church teaches, how to pray the Rosary, what the Mass is all about, etc. And if there was any doubt of this before, it has been officially removed, thanks to the Final Document from the Pre-Synodal Meeting, which was presented by the Youth of the World to Pope Francis at the Pre-Synodal Meeting on March 19-24 in Rome.

    Pope Francis & Co. have reviewed the document and are currently preparing to place the entire Church at the mercy of the most ignorant Catholics on earth. In other words, the shepherd is going to follow his lost sheep all over the pasture…just like a madman.

    So if anyone wants to know exactly where the Francis Revolution goes from here, just Google “Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment: Pre-Synodal Meeting Final Document.” Brace yourselves, though—it ain’t pretty.

    The Pre-Synod meeting in Rome involved hundreds of young people as well as thousands from around the world who participated online—all selected by bishops’ conferences and other church groups. They gathered in Rome to, as one reporter put it, give “the older men who run the 1.2-billion-member church a piece of their collective mind.” They presented a list of grievances and demands to the Pope, which included, among other changes, a “more transparent and authentic church, where women play a greater leadership role and where obeying ‘unreachable’ moral standards isn’t the price of admission.”

    Yes, “unreachable moral standards”—otherwise known as the daily duty and faithful practice of the Catholic Faith undertaken by millions and for millennium…before the Second Vatican Council. For progressive modern Catholics who can’t possibly be bothered to do as Mother Church asks for the salvation of their souls, that’s now quite “unreachable”…just fifty years after Vatican II.

    Whereas at the last Synod—the Synod on the Family—gave us papal permission for public adulterers to return to the Sacraments, this next Synod—the Synod on Young People—will tackle the “big problem” of unequal roles of women in the church. READ: If you don’t want to see all the kids leave the Catholic Church, you’d better start ordaining women deacons, cardinals and eventually priests.

    This next stage of the Francis Revolution will also take on what the young people allegedly called “excessive moralism”, which according to this new document is “driving the faithful away” because “out-of-touch church bureaucrats” refuse to “accompany their flock with humility and transparency.”

    Take that, all you Savonarola priests out there in the Novus Ordo!

    Quite the coincidence, by the way, that this is exactly what Pope Francis has been saying for five years. Enough of the rigorism and sitting in the chair of Moses throwing rocks at sinners. We need mercy. For the God of surprises, all we need is love! Well, wouldn’t you know it, that’s exactly what the world’s young people want, too.

    Well played, Francis!

    The young people—which, by the way, included Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and Atheists—also told Pope Francis that “we, the young church, ask that our leaders speak in practical terms about subjects such as homosexuality and gender issues, about which young people are already freely discussing.” No surprise here. The Synod on Young People must —simply MUST! — tackle the Church’s “mean-spirited” prohibition on so-called “gay unions.” After all, it’s for the children!

    Again, all of this is uncannily convenient for the Vatican, which now simply must address what they wanted to address anyway—making the Church more user-friendly for those “faithful Catholics” in sodomitical relationships.

    The document also claims that at least some young people want the “church to change the Church’s teaching or better explain that teaching on contraception, homosexuality, abortion and cohabitation.” And there’s your Pandora’s Box. We’ll have to wait and see how much the Vatican can get away with from that grab bag.

    And why must these moral questions be addressed, since they are already settled in the binding moral law and catechisms of the Catholic Church? Well because, overall— allegedly, according to the young people—the church often comes off as too severe, and its “excessive moralism” sends the faithful looking elsewhere for peace and spiritual fulfillment:

     

    “We need a church that is welcoming and merciful, which appreciates its roots and patrimony and which loves everyone, even those who are not following the perceived standards.”

    The young people presented their list of demands to Francis on Palm Sunday, by the way, and this is all on its way to becoming one of the working documents that will guide discussions during the October Synod of Bishops. Stay tuned.

    This is so perfect, isn’t it? Millennials putting together a coherent position paper that’s perfectly in line with Pope Francis’s revolution to change the Church in a way that it can never be changed back. And of course the Vatican’s hands are tied. They simply “must” cooperate with this since children are the ones demanding it, and to do anything less would be to scandalize them and we all know what our Lord says about those who scandalize children…

    See how it works? Pope Francis is taking a page right out of the books of any number of Masonic revolutionary movements of the 1960s, which first separated young people from their parents, then ginned them up on folk music and dance, and finally “listened” to the wisdom-free voice of youth, knowing exactly where that would lead—i.e., to social and moral revolution.

    The hippie movement comes to mind as does the Sexual Revolution, spearheaded by the rock ‘n’ roll industry. Closer to home, the Sillon movement (condemned by St. Pius X in Notre Charge Apostolique), and its little brothers and sisters called the Neocatechumenal Way and Focolare, which, by the way, still offers self-promotion material that is virtually indistinguishable from the Vatican propaganda for the Synod on Young People.

    At Foralare.org, for example, we read:

     

    Young people were always present and actively involved in the Focolare Movement ever since its beginnings. But their specific place in the Movement began to emerge in 1967 when Chiara Lubich launched her motto: “Youths of the world, unite!” that laid the groundwork for the youth movements of the Focolare: the Gen Movement in 1968 and Youth for a United World in 1985.

    Young people between the ages of 17 and 30, scattered across five continents, of different ethnicities, nationalities and cultures have been responding to her call up to the present day. They belong to various Christian denominations, different religions, or do not profess a religious belief, but they all are united by the desire to build a more united world: to make humankind more and more into a single family, where the personal identity of every individual is honored.

    They strive in many ways to build universal brotherhood

     

    So under the guise of making the Church a safe space for millennials, Pope Francis is engaging in revolution against what is left of the old Catholic order.

    And the silver lining? Well, it’s apparently never dawned on our friends inside the Vatican that all this is a tacit admission of the colossal failure of the Second Vatican Council, which has now left the Catholic Church incapable of even keeping her own young people engaged and frequenting the Sacraments.

    But wasn’t the whole point and purpose of Vatican II to “update” the Church, to make it sufficiently “groovy” to keep the young people engaged? Wasn’t that what all the hip music and hippie liturgy was about—the young people? Wasn’t a generation of World Youth Days guaranteed to keep all the kids Catholic?

    So what happened?

    When even the Vatican admits that millions of young people have simply left the Church since the close of the Second Vatican Council, isn’t it time for the rest of us to admit that Vatican II was colossal failure? If not, why not? And if not, why do we need an entire Synod of Bishops to try to find out why the young people are leaving the Church in droves?

    And what about the priests…the pastors to all these young people? If everything is so hunky-dory in the Church of Vatican II, wouldn’t the hip young priests be able to keep the kids coming to Mass? Wouldn’t they at least have a pretty good idea of what’s missing from the lives of the youth that stray? They baptized these young people. They watched them grow up. They heard their confessions…presumably.

     

    If Vatican II was such a smashing success, shouldn’t the Vatican just be polling pastors to see what adjustments the Church should make in order to be more relevant to young people? No?

    Could that be because the Spirit of Vatican II has driven half the priests out of the Church and left the others struggling with their own sexuality?

    Could it be because the Spirit of Vatican II has blown families apart, destroyed the traditions that held parent and their children together, and driven whole generations of young people out of the Church?

    And, finally, aren’t we forgetting something? This is the modern Vatican we’re talking about here—the overseers and cover-up agents of one of the largest child abuse scandals in history. These guys have suddenly figured out how to reach out to the kids? Are they kidding?

    As my friend the late John Vennari once observed: “I wouldn’t trust Pope Francis to teach my kids their catechism lessons.”

    Indeed!

    No thank you, Holiness. As a practicing Catholic who’s never missed Sunday Mass in his life and who’s obliged to home-school his seven kids because diocesan schools have become dens of theological iniquity, I think I’ll pass on the Vatican’s Synod on Young People.

    In fact, if anyone wants to know my opinion on the Synod on Young People, I’d say that Francis and Company need to stay away from the kids and to stop polluting them with their Modernist rot. They have no solutions. They have no answers. They are the very last people on earth who should deem themselves qualified to address the needs of young people.

    But, what do I know…. I’m just another a self-absorbed promethean neopelagian trying to keep the Faith despite the current occupant of Peter’s chair.

    From the Synod on Young People, libera nos, Domine (that’s Latin, Millennial friends–not Elvish)

     

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      Mr. Matt, I just want you to know….that as unfunny as all of this is. In fact, through the horror of what we are seeing and learning about in the Vatican…..you make me laugh. You make me chuckle in your articles and in the Remnant Underground. I have three millennial children….20, 19 and soon to be 18. They were well formed in the Catholic Faith. I homeschooled them through 8th grade…..but the internet has “dummied” them down. What an Awesome God we have! For I know that somehow, someway He WILL resurrect their sleeping souls to bring Him Glory…..You and I, Mr. Matt will be His witnesses!

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      Great article.

      There is this satanic thing about Bergoglio, though:

      If satan had the whole world following him except just one person, he would not be happy that he had billions. He would be consumed in anger and resentment at the ‘slight’ of one soul resisting him.

      Likewise, the whole world, catholic and the rest, is modernist, hates truth and loves lechery, so one should think Bergoglio would be pleased at how the world chimes with his ideas.

      But no, oh no – no, he is bitter at those few Pelagians who hold out.
      They must be crushed with more synods.
      Synods employing collectivist preparation methods to stifle resistance.

      Bergoglio is hate-filled like his master.

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      One word has summed up the whole Francis Effect for me – cringeworthy.

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      “Francis and Company need to stay away from the kids.” If put in place 6 decades ago, you would have saved the faithful $4,000,000,000,.00 in the USA alone.By the way, did I miss the Capital Campaign To Pay For Pederast & Pedophile Bishops & Priests Engaging In Homosexual Sex With Minors? I sure didn’t miss the unending campaigns for social justice. Guy McClung, Texas TBFC
      Truth Blogger For Christ

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      Speaking of money, I’ve given up contributing to the “second collections” at Mass because I can’t figure out anymore where the money’s going. On Mother’s Day there was a 2nd collection “for Mother’s Day”. Huh? There was no Mother’s Day event held, no money spent on mothers for flowers or anything so where the heck did the money go? Don’t ask, right? Last week they didn’t even give a reason – just said there was going to be a 2nd collection. The reason we had them way back in the 1950’s was for the poor of the parish and coins were put in that one instead of the envelopes that went in the first collection. Now it’s for causes with mystifying titles or for holidays – would someone explain why we need to give money for secular holidays? – or just because they want money for “whatever” and think we’ll be dumb enough to keep handing it over without any accountability. Peter’s Pence was the last straw for me. Second Collections are given now to those who further the legitimate aims of the Catholic Church (like the Dominican Sisters of Mary).

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      Speaking of educating children in the faith, at a First Holy Communion Mass last weekend the priest told the kids formal prayers are mostly a waste of time. Instead they should talk to God and it’s okay to curse at God if they feel like it. Take a moment to ponder that. Cursing at God is okay. All wasn’t lost, though. The priest told them they probably shouldn’t curse at their parents because the parents might get mad at them. This was their First Communion homily.

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      You would have at least thought the parents listening to that priest giving homilized advice to these childrens First Holy Communion about prayer life, would have criticized the priest later. Effectively what the priest was saying that the formal prayers of the Our Father, Holy Mary and the Rosary had no value. Obviously; a New Age Novus Ordo priest with extremely poor seminary formation. So sad. It might be difficult to ascertain where this priest Faith in the Holy Eucharist remains, when reciting formal prayers from the Sacramentary during the Mass. We all need the humility of reciting formal prayers no matter what our age.

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      Run away as fast as you can.

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      As a completely irrelevant aside, as I looked at that “lets all hold hands, smile at one another knowingly, as we march forward together” hokey staged 70’s kodak moment, I thought the only thing that was missing is Mark Zuckerberg’s face superimposed over one of them like I’ve been seeing in those ads which I find amusing. There are a bunch of other faces that would be a hoot in there as well for someone with the skills. Luther? Henry VIII in “honor” of AL? Not to be unserious about the dangers of this bogus synod (again). But some things absolutely beg to be mocked.

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      What was Vatican II, except a Three Year Convention of Modernists, Freemasons & other Assorted Heretics? It was a time to write a Man Centred Liturgy with a Protestant Orientation, Revision of The Forms of The Sacraments, Revision of Religious Life unto the point of Children never encountering them from Grades K through 12, the Malpractice of teaching children to think of Holy Communion as a Meal instead of as a Sacrament, & utter chaos all around, including Collegiality.

      Since Team Bergoglio looks upon Traditional Catholic Practice with Sheer Contempt, changing the data to fit the Modernist Narrative, is not surprising.

      It is any wonder WHY I prefer both the TLM & The Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil The Great(Both Doctors of The Church BTW) & the twice offering of the Divine Liturgy of St. James The Apostle. These Liturgies are offered to The Blessed Trinity, as a Propitiary Sacrifice, re-presenting the Sacrifice on The Cross by Christ, for the Forgiveness of Sin & for Praise & Thanksgiving.

      Many Young People of Roman Rite do go to these Liturgies. The crowd at so called “Folk Masses” with putrid Man Centred Music tends to have Grey Hair. And the crowd at the Modernistic Contemporary Mass is rather small.

      The Young seek to experience Traditional Liturgies. Yet, the “Woodstock Generation”, represented by the Ageing Hipsters of the V2 1960s Generation will have no truck with the New Generation.
      It took Coca Cola about 79 Days to get rid of New Coke. Do these ageing V2 Types understand this?

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      Gosh Mr Matt… That’s pretty mean on the millennials! I personally don’t think the millenials are anywhere near the most dumbed down, stupid bunch of humanity that ever existed. That title goes to that generation now represented by the red and white hats in the Vatican.
      If Young Conner in the video is anything to go by, the Church would be in far better shape if we cleaned out the Vatican and replaced everyone with Conner and his mates!

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      MadMC, they eat Tide Pods… Well, one thing’s for sure–their phones are smart! And the Millennials spend nearly four hours per day on those. So…there’s that? But, yes, they certainly couldn’t do any worse than les enfants terribles currently running the show in Rome. 😉

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      Hilarious. Anytime I hear about the concerns of millennials, I’m going to ask, “Yeah, but how does a Tide pod taste?”

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      Vatican 2 a colossal failure? Maybe the results we see are exactly what those that took over the council intended. It would take 50 years but they knew one day they would have a decatholicized church and mindlessness. Like devout communists (which many of them are) they have been patient knowing victory would not come instantly, but they knew one day their Francis would take the helm and begin dealing the final death blows.

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      The idea of using rhetorical stunts like this is to convince those who are as yet unconvinced. Of course the Modernists had an agenda and were wildly successful in what they wanted to achieve. But we’re not trying to convince them to admit they were wrong. We’re trying to convince those who still believe V2 was good for the Church that it was decidedly not. We’re trying to score points in the court of public opinion, in other words. See the difference?

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      “we, the young church, ask that our leaders speak in practical terms about subjects such as homosexuality and gender issues, about which young people are already freely discussing.”
      – The Young Church of Utopia

      “This vice (sodomy), which surpasses the savagery of all vices, is to be compared to no other. For this vice is the death of bodies, the destruction of souls, pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the intellect, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, introduces the diabolical inciter of lust, throws into confusion, and removes the truth completely from the deceived mind…

      “For it is this which violates sobriety, kills modesty, slays chastity. It butchers virginity with the sword of a most filthy contagion. It befouls everything, it stains everything, it pollutes everything, and for itself it permits nothing pure, nothing foreign to filth, nothing clean.”
      – St. Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church (The Book of Gomorrah)

      St. Joseph the Worker, pray for us!

      St. Peter Damian, pray for us!

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      It’s not a surprise the results may have been manipulated. The purpose of the Synod is to further transform the Catholic Church. Francis and the hierarchy are probably surprised the changes introduced by AL have been mostly accepted with little pushback. While the going is good as they say.
      The purpose of this Synod it seems is to set the stage for the ordination of female deacons (there is already a commission studying it) and the appointment of a female cardinal. The latter will be a first step as I could see Francis or his successor opening up the cardinalate to laypeople. Female priestly ordination is a pontificate or two away but this is the necessary first step. Some “orthodox” apostolates are attempting already to find a theological way in which this would be possible.
      Beyond that a further opening to the LGBT community is likely with gay blessings talked about if not formally endorsed during the Synod.
      This could be transformational in a way that the Church can’t go back from. Francis said something to that effect.
      The guest on Arroyo’s program was articulate and to be admired but, to be honest, most Catholics in their 20s that I know are quite progressive. Just like their parents.
      For the Art Bell types who are into conspiracies, it is plausible that one world Soros type globalists put Francis on the Throne of Peter (much as Obama came out of nowhere to be put into the Oval Office) to completely co-opt the Catholic Church and transform it into the “approved of” world religion. Promoting secularism under the banner of the cross.

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      Not so fast.

      The term “lay cardinal” is not accurate, because prior to Vatican II, many men were in tonsured and minor orders but were not deacons, priests, or bishops. These men were canonically “clerics” and not layman. So there is some confusion on this matter since today we are not familiar with “clerics” that are not deacons, priests, or bishops.
      In years past there were both lay cardinals and true cardinal deacons (men who were deacons and not priests or bishops). Giacomo Antonelli, Pope Pius IX’s Secretary of State, was not truly a “lay cardinal” because he was a deacon at the time of his elevation. The last true lay cardinal that I know of was Teodolfo Cardinal Mertel. He was appointed and elevated as a cardinal on March 15, 1858. He was ordained deacon the very next day on March 16, 1858. So he was only a “lay cardinal” for less than one day. Yet, he was likely a cleric (tonsured) even before this. And so we bump into the problem of defining “lay” in this context.

      The current Code of Canon Law stipulates that all cardinals also be bishops (canon 351§1).

      Pope John Paul II of blessed memory dispensed Cardinal Dulles from being elevated to the episcopate. He is still a priest and not a bishop, i.e a Cardinal priest. Nevertheless, I believe he is allowed to pontificate like a bishop even though he is not a bishop. Moreover, I believe he is a member of the magisterium, even though he is not a bishop.

      http://taylormarshall.com/2…

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      That’s what they said about communion in the hand and vernacular liturgy, etc.

      Calls for people who are Bishops to be made Cardinals in this day and age will mean female Cardinals almost immediately. The way to get around the heresy or ordaining women as priests and still have females run the Church rather directly is with female Cardinals.

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      Those who consider themselves faithful Novus Ordo Catholics will never revolt, no matter how unrecognizable Francis or anyone else may make this new religion look. They’re quite comfortable believing they are doing what they should, stumbling into the nearest church, semi-dozing for 30-45 minutes, reaching into their wallet when asked to and lather rinse repeat next week.
      Francis and his cabal know this, and see no reason not to go as fast and as far as possible with the changes they have in mind. Questioning the pope is heresy, after all.

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      You may be right for the baby boomer generation, but you can exclude most .”Catholics” born after 1970. They may turn up for baptisms and Christmas , but that’s about it. The church is dying.Who is going to be putting money in the plate in twenty years time ? Very few.

      You would think even those modernist destroyers of faith in charge would face this fact and start trying to evangelize the next generation in the one true faith, but really it is too far gone now. We really do need divine intervention.

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      Given Colin McLaughlin testimony to Raymond Arroyo in the EWTN World Over Report is a big eye opener. I think its terrible that the (“Vatican is Manipulating Data Collected from World’s Youth”) for the upcoming Youth Synod. For what its worth it surely looks as though there a Ravenous Wolves in Sheeps clothing who want to change Church moral practices and teachings while putting on this false cloak of misrepresenting the Young in the Church.
      Why is Pope Bergoglio inviting Non-Catholic Young People from various religions as being part of this Young Synod when they don’t have any iota of reason for being there?
      Gotta shake my head a few times.

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      “Why is Pope Bergoglio inviting Non-Catholic Young People from various religions…?” One important thing to realize about the aging Vatican 2 generation of hierarchy — Catholicism basically bores them. If was true from their first day in seminary when they felt no connection with the Church and refused to attend daily mass because “they didn’t get anything out of it.” They get much more of a thrill from going to Sweden to meet with homosexual Lutheran groups, or inviting Aborigine animists to spice things up at a Youth Synod. (Of course I speak in generalities, and hope it’s less true than I think.)

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      Perhaps; but its looking more and more as though there’s an evil intent with a number ranking clergy under Pope Bergoglio’s camp where upon the Youth Synod is just a directed false facade to make World Catholics look on as though this papacy is doing something positive to move the New Age Catholic Church into some evolving spiritual moral direction. The Synod on Family did nothing to improve the moral cornerstone of society in the Christian roots within family.
      I won’t hold my breath expecting a great outcome when the Youth Synod comes to a close. I could be wrong in all this, but we all have to wait and fervantly pray on this

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      Revolution is never satisfied. It must keep moving forward, because stopping means it could be reversed.

      By their fruits you shall know them.

      Vatican II obviously meant change. The changes that have come have been disastrous. Not merely a bit off, but disastrous. But faith in Vatican II is like opioid addiction in that it is a vicious hamster wheel of downward spiral that if allowed to roll to its end will leave only death and destruction.

      Most junkies must crash hard before they are broken and scared enough to seek treatment; they must know deep in their guts that if they do not make total change, nearly 180 degree change in life they will die – and they must repent and want to live.

      Perhaps the same is true of the Vatican II addicts. They have not totally crashed the Church. It is a partial wreck but not a true train wreck with cars smashed and their cargo ruined and the rails ripped from the ground. Perhaps the Vatican II faithful – the ‘conservative’ Novus Ordoists and JPII devotees as well as the overt Leftists – will keep the foot on the gas pedal until the total wreck occurs, until the entire structure is smashed, assuming that eventually they will be saved by the thing that is necessary to the crash. Addicts are that crazy. The heroin addict comes to feel heroin is necessary to life and so cannot allow himself to hear and see that heroin is killing him.

      The entire Modern world is that way in regard to secular democracy, which necessarily must promote cultural and moral Liberalism. France, for example, has been on a spiritual death march since its revolution, which it essentially sacralized. And France will die a suicide before too long if it does not repent and re-embrace the historic Faith, striving to become once again the Eldest Daughter of the Church. England will die a suicide before too long if it does not repent of the Tudor and Puritan Revolutions and strive to become once again the Dowry of Mary.

      The Catholic Church will suffer much more if it does not repent of the bleeding heart liberalism and Modernism responsible for parts of each Vatican II document and, even more so, central to the implementation of Vatican II. The hierarchy, priests, and laypersons clinging to faith in Vatican II and successful in forcing us to go along will crash the train and leave destruction that will make what the Church suffered in, for example, the British Isles from the 16th through the 18th centuries seem like a bumpy ride.

      This synod could be the crossing of the Rubicon into near total auto-demolition.

      And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away.

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      It’s like if you were fighting a war and polling your enemy to see how you can do a better job with the war and taking their advice. I’m one of the so-called millennial generation, and they surely didn’t poll me. Instead, let’s poll people who probably haven’t stepped foot in a church in years (or maybe just on Easter & Christmas), lean left both politically and socially, and probably have very little interest in what the Church has to say anyway. Those who respond do so either through evil intentions or who just want validation of their sinful inclinations, which they probably only care because they feel a tinge of shame since they were raised in the Church, even if just barely.

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      EWTN should hire this young man. He’s a very articulate spokesman for Catholic youth. If the Synod won’t give young people like him a voice, then give him another platform. I’ll be checking out his YouTube channel for sure!

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      Such a nice alternative to that ubiquitous and immensely irritating guy from Florida…

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      Although I may have a suspicious mind, I rather thing that as before the “results” of this so called synod are already prepared. This is a community organizing ploy where it seems that people are being listened to but in reality it is just the few with the agenda who impose a certain agenda. How stupid is this to ask atheists what the Church should do!!! And no surprise that they would want to reverse moral teachings. Only the truths of the Church are the antidote to the evils rampant in the world today. And when the “Church” (many of those in power) fail to faithfully transmit the age old truths and teachings, the whole world suffers as it is now. We await God’s intervention.

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      Well , the closer we get to this modernist gab fest,the more suspicious I am that our Holy Father really has a big surprise for us. After all after AL surely there are just so many rigid church doctrines that should also be up for youthful pastoral discernment. Take your pick. Humane Vitae, homosexual unions,cohabitation, holy communion to one and all ,women priests, or what ever else Kasper and Marx and co may have on their wish list.

      But of course Michael,there can be no discussion of this illogical wish of a disturbingly high number of our youth who wish to return to the TLM, or those who may even just have an uncool attachment to doctrines and dogmas composed by non hipsters centuries ago. He has already told us that we can never go back. Only foward, forward .

      Can’t wait for the post synodal papal exhortation. I wonder if it has already been written?

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      The Chastisement is not far off, I suspect. In this Marian Month let’s keep praying all the rosaries we can! Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison!

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      I can’t recall at this moment the exact Saint who said the Great Chastisment would begin on a Solemnity Feast Day beginning on a Thursday at sundown and end on a Sunday morning at sunrise. That feast day is called Corpus Christi echoing in some resemblance to the Sacred Holy Triduum. Like rain that falls on the good and bad only a remnant will survive in God’s Holy Justice.

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      Those aging Vatican 2 hipsters that populate the upper levels of the hierarchy are way too rigid and fanatical in their thinking. They need to loosen up a bit and let some fresh air in. A little Aggiornamento maybe.

     

     

    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.

     

     

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

     

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

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

     

     

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

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

     

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

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      AMEN!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      This is encouraging!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Et unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hail Victory! (Alfie Evans, RIP)

     

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    Alfie Evans, 48 hours before his passing

     

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

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

     

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Iskander: Dragon of Albania

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

      God Bless

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

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

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      This is what must be done today in the Church.

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

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      Would someone please tell Mel Gibson to make this movie?

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

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

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

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

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/u…

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      18:00 Vigil in front of Manchester Town Hall

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

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

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

     

     

     

     

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

     

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