Thanks to Fr. Z and his blog, Unite the Clans is now a hashtag, and seems to be catching on!
Posted on 26 August 2019 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
It is time to #UniteTheClans
The editor of The Remnant, my friend Michael Matt, has begun to promote something called
Unite The Clans!
What he is asking for is that Catholics who are on the traditional side of things should set aside small differences and work together – intelligently, strategically – to accomplish goals.
I’ve been talking about this for years.
Libs, the left, progressivists, modernists, whatever, set aside small differences all the time to work together. Of course, that’s easy when you’re main objective is to tear something down, rather than to build or repair.
By contrast, conservatives and traditionalists tend to defend their own little wrinkle of turf to the point that they won’t unite and work with others. They couldn’t organize a bird-cage.
Remember the great Mel Gibson movie about William Wallace? Braveheart? He managed to bring together otherwise squabbling clans which, divided, remained weak in the face of the Sassanach enemy.
(Image cred: A hilarious Remnant fan)
Benjamin Franklin, said, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
Find a stick. It breaks easily as you bend it. Bind it together with a dozen others like it and try again.
Mr. Matt brings up the fact that some on the traditionalist side of things blast away at others, who really are on the same side, for not being sufficiently pure, or trad or militant or in your face, etc. He points out that it is smart, strategic, prudent, in many cases not immediately to shoot every bit of ammo that you have all at once. Pick your targets, your hills, your battles. Figure out what you want to accomplish and then figure out how to attain your goal… rather than die trying. (Read the rest HERE)
When asked for comment on this development, our Editor Michael Matt responded:
What we've got here are two old war horses who've not always seen eye-to-eye on everything over the past 25 years, but who nevertheless know Devils when we see them. Unite the clans with Father Z? You bet! I'm proud to stand together with him against the demons attempting to destroy our beloved Church.
Stay tuned tomorrow for Remnant TV's Special Edition of From the Editor's Desk-- MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Unite the SSPX & FSSP Clans--wherein Michael traces the history of revoltuion/counterrevolution, especially relating to the Society of St. Pius X and the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and asks the question: Can we get out of the way long enough to the let the old Faith unite us in battle against those who would crush us all?
Here's the thing: We don't have to like each other...but can we learn to go to war together?
Interested to know more about the event which invited The Remnant’s Editor halfway around the world?
The symposium was the result of many meetings between a French “legitimist” Catholic and a Japanese priest who is back in his native country heading up the first traditional Catholic mission there since St. Francis Xavier’s in 1549.
It has recently been reported that after current supplies run out, Vatican City State will no longer be selling any single-use plastic items.
This on the heels of the European Union pledging in May to ban all single-use plastic come 2021. Rafael Ignacio Tornini, head of the department handling Vatican City State's gardens and waste collection, now states that single-use plastics will no longer be sold.
In keeping with the Vatican’s Green Pride streak, most famous of which are the solar powered Paul VI audience hall and the jungle-scape lightshow on St. Peter’s, they’ve now entered the race to match the EU’s 70-75 percent recycling standard.
Below is a correspondence from one of our readers that touched our hearts today. We’re reproducing it here as a much-needed little boost:
Came home from work today, prayed the Rosary on my back porch with my youngest daughter and then was watching today’s coverage of stage 11 of the Tour de France on my laptop and what do I see 10 minutes into the coverage, how about a Vendee Flag!!! Of course the commentators totally ignored the Vendee Flag but talked about the Royal Airforce Flag next to it.
Without you guys it would mean NOTHING, but through WISDOM (prayed for EVERY day from the Holy Ghost) I know better and now it means EVERYTHING!
Living in Cincinnati, OH and loving your “Vendee” video from Japan!!!
VIVA CHRISTO REY…truly our KING!!!
Want a quick refresher course on the meaning behind that flag? Watch Michael Matt’s presentation at the traditional Catholic conference in Japan last week:
The Catholic situation in China continues to depress. While the Vatican fusses over pagan tribes in the Amazon who don’t want Catholicism (despite being dubbed—incredibly— “the Heart of the Church” by Pope Francis), faithful Chinese Catholics inch closer than ever to all-out persecution under a patently anti-Christ government and their Vatican-approved, state-appointed, window dressed “church”.
Most recently, Catholic shrines are taking a hit. A churchgoer in China described the new crackdown.
May 12 in Ludezhuang, China, is a special day on which tens of thousands flock to its famous Catholic pilgrimage site. This year the government stacked the entrance with over 300 police officers who practically frisked each pilgrim, then capped it off at 10,000. Thousands more arrived only to be denied entrance. These faithful knelt on the ground outside the shrine and prayed there in quiet witness.
Also in May, pilgrims along the road to the Sheshan Hill pilgrimage in Shanghai were forced by police to fly the national flag and sing the national anthem, in an attempt to assimilate their religious doctrine and erode their religious faith—else they faced the threat of imprisonment. As one local pilgrim put it:
“It is an insult to us to sing the national anthem before Mass, but if we resist, the CCP will arrest us.”
And last August, the Mozi Mountain pilgrimage site in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region also fell under government suppression. Checkpoints were stationed on each of the major roads leading to this site, and all without a specific travel pass issued by the Religious Affairs Bureau were denied access. Moreover, the electronic signal at the shrine itself was scattered, which prevented faithful from posting photos and videos of their pilgrimage.
Persecution is coming, and not just in China. Imagine if such a thing happened in France, home of the massively-successful Chartres Pilgrimage?
Let’s pray for our Chinese Catholic brothers, friends, and pray for our Church which is in the hands of demons.
Lastly, a quick request for prayers for the soul the recently deceased Bishop Stefano Li Side of Tianjin. Asia News reported that Bishop Stefano Li Side, the legitimate ordinary of Tianjin, died last month after a long illness. He was 92 and had been living under house arrest since 1992. Since Bishop Li Side never joined the schismatic CCP, the state-backed religious authorities will not permit his body to be buried in a Catholic cemetery.
Bishop Li Side, RIP
We’d like to thank this good bishop for his faithful service and remember him in our prayers.
For more Remnant China coverage, read THIS article by award-winning Remnant columnist, Theresa Moreau.
Two days ago, a female journalist asked the Pope how he reacted to the recent Open Letter accusing him of heresy.
His Humble Holiness responded: "With humor, my daughter," adding most condescendingly, "I also pray for them because they are wrong and poor people, some are manipulated. And who are those who signed...?"
"Who are those who signed?" They are your children, Holiness, whose souls should be your first responsibility.
I say "should be" because Francis evidently doesn't see it that way. He's above it! He hears credible accusations from competent sources and his heart overflows with sarcastic fellowship.
He laughs at them because it's hilarious, apparently, that a group of academics and clerics have placed their careers on the line because his pontificate has them at the end of their ropes.
The sheep are scandalized to the point of tears, and the shepherd mockingly asks:
(If you look very closely, you'll notice that's not actually Pope Francis. But I see why one might get confused.)
Give us a break, Holiness, please. Your humble pope shtick is getting old and tired, as the mob boss papal politician that you are reveals itself in all of its astronomical arrogance.
The tone Francis has here adopted strikes us less as that of the reasoned reaction of a responsible father and more like that of an impossibly insecure man whose ego simply cannot handle criticism.
Unfortunately, the choice is his, but his sheep are deserting this negligent and prideful shepherd in droves. They evidently smell the wolf under the shepherd's clothing. Or perhaps they've just spied the telltale black sneakers where the shoes of the Fisherman are supposed to be.
Either way, the crowing of the cock is echoing all over as Peter tells the New World Order, "I don't know the Man signers."
Photo: Walter Matt
In the April 30th issue of The Remnant Newspaper, the week after Notre Dame burned and amid rumors of coming glass roofs and “modernists monstrosities”, Michael Matt wrote the following:
And if we’re to make an educated conjecture on what will happen to Notre Dame in Paris, perhaps we should look to Notre Dame de Chartres (also UNESCO World Heritage Site) which for the past ten years has been undergoing one of the greatest state-sponsored restoration projects in Europe. The state will restore Notre Dame in all of her glory, perhaps just in time for the post-Novus Ordo victory party when she will become ours again. In France the churches are all state-owned; so this is hardly mere wishful thinking.”
The Remnant's Catholic Heroes. . .
Remnant Tours honors Fr. Stock in 2019: After the Chartres Pilgrimage this year, Remnant Tours will be visiting the tomb of this heroic priest whose story tells us so much about the indomitable spirit of the Catholic Faith, which in this case was a light even in the darkness of a POW camp during World War II. Please, God, grant Your poor suffering Church more priests of the caliber of the great Father Franz Stock.
June 5th through June 17, 2019: Follow along very day with Remnant Tours on Pilgrimage to Chartres!
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Those who’ve walked the Pilgrimage to Chartres, France, know how difficult it is to take even a few steps more, once they finally arrive in the old City of Chartres. And yet just a short distance from Notre-Dame de Chartres is a place that for Catholics is well worth the effort.
It is the tomb of Fr. Franz Stock, a German priest who died alone in a Parisian hospital in February 1948, not yet forty-four years old, having run his frail body ragged in the service of French and German Catholics—Allied and Axis alike—during World War II.
During Easter week, a bill was passed which beggars belief. Minnesota House Democrats voted in favor of teaching pornography and sexual perversion as part of the Minnesota House Education Omnibus Bill, HF2400, the offending section of which is a two-page mandate requiring “Sexual Health Education” curriculum, also known as Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE).
Simply put, CSE is pornographic. And by "pornographic" I don't mean in the hyperbolic sense of an exaggerated description of something which maybe a few Mormon or Fundamentalist Christian groups might find offensive. No, this is the real thing, i.e., sketched images of men and women engaging in what back in the 1980's was known as "kinky sex"-- what civilized people (if they mentioned it at all) would have called perversion, a word which no longer seems to phase anyone.
But if teaching 4th grade kids the ins and outs of sodomy does not rise to the level of perversion, then quite obviously "perversion" has no meaning.
Monday began for most of us just like it always does. I was late for work, again. Dashed out, forgetting breakfast and to brush my hair, but the kids I teach didn’t seem to notice (or if they did, were cute enough to let it slide). It wasn’t until I was pulling back into my driveway that I got the text.
“I’m devastated! God help us.”