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As I write this little greeting to friends and allies around the world at Christmastime, I must confess to a growing sense of unease at the thought of ghosts of Christmases yet to come. Even the joy of the Holy Feast cannot completely eclipse the hard realities of our weary world at war with everything true, good and beautiful.

This would-be new world order of ours has taken on all the trappings of a global refugee camp where families are broken and separated, children are orphaned and aborted, and the desperate sadness of the homeless is everywhere in evidence. Broken and burning, the world seems to be waiting for a messiah of its own creation to save it from itself, having long since lost interest in the real One.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas at the Front: December 23, 1943 Featured

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During World War II, all practicing Catholic GIs were traditional Catholics. All Masses offered on Christmas 'in the trenches' were Traditional Latin Masses. All chaplains were 'rad trads'. Makes you wonder--doesn't it?--are we sure the Catholic Church has been moving in the right direction these past fifty years?

Editor’s Note: In our continued quest for gold buried away in the archives of The Remnant and The Wanderer, I came across this one. It appeared in The Wanderer when my father was oversees fighting in the European theater of World War II. It’s unsigned, and it touched me somehow…as I hope it will touch you. MJM

Big guns wheel into position. Maps are scanned. Objectives marked. The fortress Europe will be hammered from every side; death and desolation will hit the cities of the continent with planned precision against a timetable of terror, unparalleled in the history of man.

You are spiritually sick, malicious, and tools of the devil.

It’s Christmastime again. That means it’s time for the Pope who says But never judge. Never” to issue his annual judgments on the character defects and spiritual illnesses of members of the Roman Curia who are resisting his “reforms.”

In his annual “Christmas Greetings” (more like “Christmas Condemnations”), Francis reminds the Curia that he has already twice (2014 and 2015) diagnosed their “diseases” of soul and prescribed “catalogue of virtues [emphasis in original] necessary for curial officials and all those who wish their consecration or service to the Church to become more fruitful.” This year, Francis heaps more insults on the mountain of crude opprobrium with which he has attempted to bury any opposition to whatever he would like to do under the rubric of the Protestant slogan semper reformanda (falsely attributed to Saint Augustine, who said nothing of a Church that must constantly reform itself as opposed to maintaining or restoring what has been handed down).

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