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Roberto de Mattei | Remnant Columnist

A Letter from Rome. . . 

ON EARTHQUAKES and PLAGUES

When the earth quakes, man rediscovers the fragility of earthly things and lifts his eyes from earth to Heaven.

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Roberto de Mattei

WHEN NATURAL CATASTROPHES occur, like an earthquake or an epidemic, there is a tendency to refuse considering its imponderable character, always trying to figure out who is responsible behind the scenes, denying the idea that something could happen that is beyond man’s control. But only God guides and controls history, not man.

A Letter from Rome...

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TODAY EVERY CHRISTIAN finds himself almost constantly in the middle of a war. The war of a Christian is fought above all with spiritual weapons. Spiritual weapons have an immeasurable scope, because there is no natural good that can compare to even the smallest spiritual good. Theologians say that all of the material goods of the world are inferior to the smallest degree of grace. Grace is obtained by those who pray, and prayer is able to uproot mountains, as the Gospel tells us (Mk 11:23).

Among the spiritual weapons that are most dear to Christians is the prayer of the Angelus Domini, or simply “The Angelus,” a prayer that summarizes a theology of history. This prayer recalls the greeting that the Archangel Gabriel directed to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the night that changed the course of human history. Following the Annunciation by the Angel and the response of the Virgin, “Fiat mihi secundum Verbum Tuum,” the Incarnation of the Word took place.

Alphonse Ratisbonne ErscheinungAlphonse Ratisbonne came here as a hardened Jew. The Virgin appeared to him just as you see her. He fell down a Jew and rose a Christian.  

The Blessed Mother and the Church

According to traditional Catholic theology, there is an intimate and profound relationship between the Blessed Mother and the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. By the will of God, the universal mediation of Mary is ordinarily necessary for the salvation and sanctification of men, just as the mediation of the Church is also necessary. And, if the Church has been entrusted with the task of guarding and spreading the truths of the faith in their integrity and purity, the Blessed Mother has been given the mission of fighting and conquering the devil, the supreme inspirer and advocate of all errors and heresies.[1]

A Letter from Rome. . .

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IF THERE IS any true moment of grace and conversion of heart, it is Holy Christmas, the day of the Nativity of the Lord, the day from which the years of the world are counted. The familiar atmosphere of the day of Christmas softens the hardest hearts, but above all it is the beauty of the liturgy that is capable of touching them, as happened to the French writer Paul Claudel (1868-1955) on December 25, 1886.

The Synod on the Amazon had among its main goals the abolition of ecclesiastical celibacy. The road, indeed the highway, is now paved. Pope Francis will define it in his Post-Synodal Exhortation, which is foreseen to be issued before the end of 2019.

In the concluding document of the Synod, the paragraph on married priests is the one that received the greatest number of opposing votes (128 placet vs. 41 non placet). The path that is being indicated is not that of so-called viri probati, married men who are ordained priests without leaving their families, but that of permanent deacons, that is, married men who have received the first grade of Holy Orders, which gives them the possibility of being ordained as priests.

de mattei book launchProf. de Mattei addresses Cardinal Muller (left), Bishop Schneider (right) and the Papal Posse's Fr. Murray (far right)

Editor’s Note: This talk, a powerful call to arms for the ages, was delivered at the launch of a new book-length interview of Bishop Athanasius Schneider in Rome. The book that covers everything from Vatican II, to Archbishop Lefebvre's role in the resistance and even the role of Freemasonry.

In the middle of the Amazon Synod, Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider— the two most outspoken ecclesiastical critics of the Amazon Synod— collaborated in the launching of a book published by Diane Montagna (one of the most traditional Catholic vaticanistas in Rome) in the presence of Cardinals Muller and Arinze, at an event covered by several topnotch Vatican journalists and members of the world press (including The Remnant) and at which the “Papal Posse’s” own Father Gerald Murray served as enthusiastic emcee. (Watch The Remnant's coverage of this event HERE)

People often complain that we need to 'do something' about what’s happening in Rome. Well, here it is! MJM

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- Will the Church, beginning this coming October, lose its Roman face in order to assume an “Amazonic face”? Somebody wants this to happen, but he is not in the Amazon, he is in Rome where Saint Peter was martyred, the Apostle on whom Christ conferred the universal Primacy.

The ninetieth anniversary of the Lateran Accords, signed in Rome on February 11, 1929, between the Holy See and the government of Benito Mussolini, passed almost unnoticed. The Accords, also known as the “Conciliazione” because they re-established collaboration between Church and State in Italy, which had ended after the taking of Rome in 1870, were replaced in 1984 with a “New Concordat” which distorted the significance of the 1929 Accords.

The Lateran Accords of 1929 included a Treaty with 27 articles as well as a Concordat with 45 articles. They reflect the principle already contained in the Statute issued in the Piedmont on March 4, 1848 (called the “Albertine Statute” because it was issued by King Carlo Alberto), which established that the Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman religion was the only religion of the Italian State.

A Letter From Rome . . .

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A LARGE NUMBER of churches have welcomed the traditional Mass in Rome during the fifty years that have passed since the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae of Paul VI (3 April 1969), but the one that is most distinguished for the unbroken continuity with which the ancient Roman Rite has been celebrated there since 1969 is the Church of San Giuseppe a Capo le Case, on the Via Francesco Crispi, near the more famous Via Sistina.

The Blood of Christ, to which we owe our redemption, gives the life of each Christian a sacrifical character, as a participation in the immolation which Christ made of himself on Calvary. It is intimately linked to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the unbloody renewal of the Sacrifice of the Cross. And it is not without significance that the Church of San Giuseppe a Capo, so intimately linked to the relic of the Precious Blood, has the privilege of being the most ancient Church of Rome, where there is a regular celebration of the Holy Mass according to the ancient Roman rite.