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

New from RTV: Michael Matt Interviews Father Clovis (London)

 

 

Vatican II & Pope Francis: Fr. Clovis Interviewed by Michael Matt

RTV in LONDON: Michael Matt interviews Father Linus Clovis. The conversation covers the question of refusing Communion to pro-abort politicians, the necessity of the TLM, Pope Francis, and Amoris Laetitia, which Father calls a “Trojan Horse.”

Plus, is Pope Francis an anomaly, or did Vatican II make Francis inevitable?

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lord, have mercy upon us.

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

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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
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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.

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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.

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But then something weird happened.

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

Who has Christendom and Steubenville in his sights?

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s take a look.

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

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

Yes, those Rothschilds.

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rock on, Michael.

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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      AMEN!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      This is encouraging!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Et unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

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

     

     

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

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

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

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