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> Susan Potts’ Christmas Story: A Song of Salvation

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> Fr. Celatus’ Last Word: The Twelve Grinches of Christmas

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Illinois Attorney General Madigan Will Not Tolerate Sexual Abusers Illinois Attorney General Madigan Will Not Tolerate Sexual Abusers

This article from the New York Times is about to become a trending topic on Google:

The Catholic Church in Illinois withheld the names of at least 500 priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, the state’s attorney general said Wednesday in a scathing report that accused the church of failing victims by neglecting to investigate their allegations. The preliminary report by Attorney General Lisa Madigan concludes that the Catholic dioceses in Illinois are incapable of investigating themselves and “will not resolve the clergy sexual abuse crisis on their own.”

The Boy Scouts of America is considering filing for bankruptcy protection in order to negotiate with those who have sued in recent years. From FoxBusiness:

The organization is facing a shrinking membership and escalating legal costs related to lawsuits over how it handled allegations of sex abuse.

The Boy Scouts have been at the center of sexual-abuse scandals in the past, and the organization is facing a number of lawsuits that allege inappropriate conduct by employees or volunteers in incidents dating back as far as the 1960s.

Fr. Pagliarani Fr. Pagliarani

Fr. Davide Pagliarani, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, was interviewed recently by Josef Bruckmoser in the Salzburger Nachrichten, a German-language newspaper out of Salzburg, Austria. Excerpts from this extremely candid interview appear below:

Francis has also made concessions. What more are you waiting for?

We are waiting for what every Catholic asks of the Church at baptism: Faith. Divine Revelation has now ended and it is the duty of the Pope to transmit faithfully the Deposit of Faith. The Pope must therefore put an end to the terrible crisis that has shaken the Church for the last 50 years. This crisis was triggered by a new conception of the faith, centred on the subjective experience of each individual: it is thought that each individual is solely responsible for his faith and can freely opt for any religion, without distinction between error and truth. But this contradicts objective divine law. 

To what extent can the Society of Saint Pius X in turn show itself conciliatory towards the Pope? 

The Priestly Society of Saint Pius X is deeply attached to the Successor of Peter, even when it opposes the errors of the Second Vatican Council. However, we are deeply distraught by a fundamental characteristic of the current pontificate: a completely new application of the concept of mercy. It is reduced to a panacea for all sins, without pushing for a true conversion, the transformation of the soul by grace, mortification and prayer. In his post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris lætitia, the Pope gives all Christians, the possibility to decide case by case, according to their personal conscience, the questions of morality in marriage. This totally contradicts the necessary and clear orientation given by God’s law.

We see here an echo of Luther’s spirituality: a Christianity without the need for moral renewal, a subjectivism that no longer recognises any universally valid truth. This has caused deep confusion among the faithful and the clergy. Every man is in search of truth. But for this he needs the direction of the priest, just as a pupil needs the direction of a teacher.   Read the Rest HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: This is welcome news indeed. It's no secret that a number of traditional Catholics (the present writer included) had become somewhat apprehensive in recent years over the possibility that our friends in the Society of St. Pius X might be cajoled by the Vatican into agreeing to a premature “peace accord,” if you will, that might (we feared) inadvertently neutralize the largest fraternity of traditional Catholic priests in the world.

That such a peace accord was even a possibility has as much to do with a Vatican hell-bent on controlling its own opposition as it does with the FACT that the SSPX is not in schism and certainly not ‘outside the Church.’  

For loyal priests the longing for an armistice--to come down out of the hills into the embrace of Mother Rome --is more keenly felt than we laymen can imagine. Since the SSPX priests are not in schism, this temporary irregular canonical standing is devastating-- something their know-it-all critics, ever eager to condemn them as "schismatics, seem unwilling to even consider.

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Since the days of the late, great Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society has been faced with a dilemma: How to faithfully preserve the old Faith handed down to them while remaining in the good graces of a Vatican at war with Holy Tradition. At the very least, we can all admit this is a significant dilemma, and one which was brought on not by a spirit of rebellion in the SSPX, but rather by revolution in the Church herself. 

And as we see it, critics of the SSPX are arguing apples and oranges when they point to the Fraternity of St. Peter, for example, and insist: “They are preserving Tradition and retaining proper canonical standing. So why can't the SSPX?” 

The problem here is that nobody really knows how the FSSP would have fared to this point were it not for the SSPX applying pressure on the Vatican to 'give Tradition a chance'. The motu proprio Ecclesia Dei leaves little doubt that the FSSP was being established as an alternative to the SSPX “schism”. So without the SSPX, as far as the Vatican is concerned, there would be no need for the FSSP. 

So this argument doesn't seem to hold water. And the case against a Vatican/SSPX accord has everything to do with protecting the FSSP against Vatican aggression, as well.  After all, once the SSPX is "regularized" would the Vatican's beneficence continue to shine on the FSSP?  Perhaps we should ask the FFI what they think about that. 

The good news is that regardless of initial intent, the Vatican plan backfired.  Tradition has only been gaining ground since 1988, thanks to the one-two punch provided by the SSPX on the one hand and the so-called Ecclesia Dei communities on the other.

For the life of me, therefore, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to upset the apple cart at this point, especially since it has been advancing Tradition all along despite the best efforts of the Vatican to crush it.

Providence at work? Yes, I think so. 

So, the above interview offers welcome indication that the new Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X will continue in the spirit of the founder to preserve the old Faith by forming and training new priests according to Tradition, while keeping open the lines of communication with the Vatican until God intervenes on behalf of His Church by restoring sanity to the Vatican. 

You don’t agree? Fine. This isn’t a hill any of us needs to die on. But at least consider the facts: Since 1988, the Society of St. Pius X has not succumbed to the temptation many predicted would be their downfall: They never set up the petite eglise; never crowned their own pope; never declared the See of Peter vacant;  and continued to pray for the reigning pontiff (and the local Novus Ordo bishop) at every Mass in every SSPX chapel in the world.

Schismatics do not behave in this way.  

For over a quarter of a century, when the leaders of the SSPX were called to Rome they dutifully complied, thus putting their critics on notice that they would not stop communication with the Vatican, not even with Pope Francis at the helm—the worst pope in history.

Schismatics do not behave in this way.

The SSPX took every opportunity to demonstrate that they are subject to the Roman Pontiff, even if they cannot in conscience obey certain directives which undermine Tradition and the holy Faith. And it was Pope Francis himself, let us not forget, who approved the SSPX Sacraments two years ago--something he  simply could not do were the SSPX truly in schism.

So even Modernist Rome evidently does not consider the SSPX in schism, despite their canonical irregularity.

Simple justice demands we point out that the Fraternity of St. Peter has also failed to fulfill the dire predictions of 1988---that the FSSP priests would become bi-ritual, that they would sell out, that they would embrace Vatican II and the New Mass. Anyone who has any familiarity at all with the militant young priests of the FSSP knows this prediction never came to fruition. 

Bottom line: The Traditionalist revival continues throughout the world, proving that God's ways are mysterious and that He does indeed write straight with crooked lines. 

What are we laymen to do in the meantime? Be part of the unifying solution...not the problem. Resolve not to be polarized by this any longer. Unite and strengthen the Catholic restoration movement by supporting all the enclaves of holy Tradition throughout the world, no matter which order of priests serves them. And if you cannot bring yourself to do that, then at least let's have a moratorium on making condemnations of those good priests with whom we disagree, but only on strategy and not on doctrine. 

We don't have the luxury of time to quibble over this anymore. Pope Francis has changed everything, and it’s time to move on. The Vatican is losing the Faith (as Our Lady herself predicted at La Salette), and for those trying to survive this crisis preserving the old Faith, the old Mass, the old doctrine must trump everything else.

The days of the circular firing squad are over. 

I realize not a few friends and allies will still disagree, arguing that it would be better for the SSPX to "regularize" and thus strengthen Tradition in the mainstream. I do not disagree on principle, but neither can I bring myself to believe for one moment that now is the time to take such a huge risk.  With a Vatican hell-bent on destroying Tradition someone must hold ground which the Modernists cannot control. And at least for the moment, that's the SSPX.

So let's thank God for the 600-plus priests of the Society of St. Pius X who sacrifice everything—even "legitimacy" in the eyes of their many critics—to hold that ground and to devote their lives to the restoration of all things in Christ. 

And in a Church racked by scandal in the priesthood, let's be grateful for the thousands of good and holy priests in the Fraternity of St. Peter, Institute of Christ the King, and diocesan parishes that are planting the seeds of Catholic revival all over the potter’s field where the Novus Ordo went to die.  

In the end, thanks to all of these good and holy priests, Catholic Tradition rises from the ashes…and that’s what matters.

Cardinal Pell Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell, Australian native and Vatican finance chief, left Rome in the summer of 2017 to stand trial in Melbourne. He is the highest Vatican official yet to be tried for sex abuse.

Though Cardinal Pell has consistently professed innocence, he was reportedly found guilty on Wednesday, December 12, of molesting two choirboys in the late 1990s.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New from RTV: St. Lucy, December 13

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St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Patroness of the Blind

St. Lucy was born in the ancient Greek city Syracuse on the island of Sicily around the year 283. Her father was a wealthy nobleman of Roman origin, who died when she was five years old, leaving Lucy and her mother without a protective guardian. At an early age she secretly made a vow of virginity, and she hoped to distribute her dowry to the poor. Her mother however, not knowing of Lucy's secret vow, feared for her future. She arranged Lucy's marriage to a young man from a wealthy pagan family.

Friday, December 14, 2018

December 15th REMNANT PREVIEW

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We're happy to announce that the December 15th issue of The Remnant is in the mail! 

Don't miss these exclusive new articles:

Hilary White
Papal Cattocomunismo (Italian Reds)

Always getting our wee heads into incomprehensible tizzies over trivialities like a few kids getting abused by priests, as if everyone doesn’t know that is something that has gone on for centuries. Regrettable, if they didn’t like it, but not that big a deal. Bigger fish to fry, right? Bigger fruit to peel... Migrants, for instance. ...To Read the Full Article, SUBSCRIBE

Father Robert Brucciani, SSPX
Treasure in Mortal Hands

My dear brethren, we are all called to assist in the longed-for regeneration of the Church. We can do this most effectively by the regeneration of our own souls first. Faith, hope and charity are ready gifts to be granted, but they will only be granted if we value the triple treasure in our hands. May the approaching time of Advent, therefore, be a time of rediscovery of this precious treasure and a time of preparation for the coming of the greatest of all treasures, Our Lord Himself … To Read the transcript, SUBSCRIBE

Plus, a New Remnant Series by Jason Morgan:

With Apologies to C.S. Lewis...How to Survive at Screwtape U

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Also included:

Fr. Munkelt's Open Letter to Rod Dreher...
Dr. Boyd Cathey: Hope in the Ruins of Our Culture...
Fr. Celatus: Feed the Priests, Starve the Bishops...

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Due to the voluntary efforts of friends overseas, select Remnant articles are now available in a variety of languages, most recently including German and Romanian.

An E-correspondence from friends in Romania:

Dear Michael Matt,

Here is the Romanian translation of your talk, given last May at the Family Life International Conference in London:

http://www.culturavietii.ro/2018/12/10/salvati-familia-salvati-lumea-partea-i/

As you can see, the editor has decided to publish your conference in three (3) parts - because this is one of the longest texts he has ever published on his blog. So, this is just the first part. Next days the second and the third will come. I will send you all their links.

Anyway, it is very good that people from Romania are interested in reading texts written by Catholics who loves their sacred Christian (Catholic) Tradition. They are aware of all those difficult battles you fight in USA. Maybe one day they will invite you to deliver here a conference... who knows? Holy Providence's ways are really mysterious...

Yours faithfully.

And from Germany:

Dear Mr. Matt,

There is a list of the German translations attached (See Below). I will also a make a list of Polish translations if there will be any. There are other The Remnant essays in translations and I will give you another list, if they will be published. In some days most of your articles won't be free accessible, but only the website members will have the access. Now they are still free and your readers can see them, if they want. 

Keep on with your good work. God bless you.

REMNANT COMMENT: The worldwide Catholic remnant is growing stronger every day, the silver lining to the Bergoglian regime that should give us all cause to rejoice during this holy season. We wish all of our allies and friends around the world a happy and holy Advent and a Merry Christmas, as we all prepare to face the coming year together, brothers in arms and soldiers of Jesus Christ. Be of good cheer, and keep the old faith. There is indeed a remnant left selected out of grace. Thanks be to God.

 

The Remnant German Translations

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Original title

Date of publication

German title

Date of publication

Link Tradition und Glauben

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Michael Matt, Christopher Ferrara and John Vennari: With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis

September 22, 2016

Michael Matt, Christopher Ferrara und John Vennari: "Mit brennender Sorge: "Wir klagen Papst Franziskus an"

November 11, 2016 – January 7, 2017

In 13 parts

Here

2

Hilary White, A New Schism for A New Church

October 2, 2016

Hilary White: Ein Neues Schisma für eine Neue Kirche

November 26, 2016 -

November 30, 2016

In 3 parts

Here

3

Robert J. Siscoe, Can the Church Judge a Heretical Pope?

December 5, 2016

Robert J. Siscoe, Kann die Kirche einen Häretischen Papst verurteilen?

December 17, 2016

Here

4

Hilary White, Why Revolutionaries Always Crush Contemplative Nuns First

September 7, 2016

Hilary White: Warum die Revolutionäre immer als erstes kontemplative Nonnen zerschlagen

December 21, 2016

Here

5

Hilary White, Sawing off the Branch

December 30, 2016

Hilary White, Den Ast absägen

January 7, 2017

Here

6

Christopher A. Ferrara, Next Stage in the Bergoglian Debacle: Gay Church Comes Out

July 29, 2017

Christopher A. Ferrara, Das nächste Stadium im Bergoglio Debakel: Das Coming Out der Homo Kirche

November 17, 2017 – November 25, 2017

3 Parts

Here

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Hilary White, Springtime’s Over, Ladies: Francis’ Plans for the “New Conservative” Religious Orders

July 23, 2016

Hilary White, Der Frühling ist vorüber, meine Damen

December 12,

2016

3 Parts

Here

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Hilary White, Et Tu, Benedict? (Some Final Thoughts on Joseph Ratzinger)

March 12, 2018

Hilary White, Et Tu, Benedicte? (Einige abschließende Gedanken zu Joseph Ratzinger)

March 24, 2018

Here

9

Hilary White, Pope Francis vs Comtemplative Orders

March 23, 2018

Hilary White, Papst Franziskus versus kontemplative Orden

June 29, 2018 –

July 9, 2018

Here

10

Hilary White, A Sister Speaks: ‘Cor Orans is the Death-Knell of Carmel’

May 27, 2018

Hilary White, „Cor Orans ist die Totenglocke des Karmels‟

July 13, 2018- July 16, 2018

2 parts

Here

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Hilary White, Scandal of the Carmelites in Rom

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Hilary White: Der Skandal der Karmeliten In Rom: Die stillschweigende Zustimmung, die Homohäresie begünstigt. 

July 20, 2018

Here

12

Hilary White, COR ORANS: Another Evil Spirit of Vatican II

June 26, 2018

Hilary White, COR ORANS: Ein weiterer böser Geist des II. Vatikanums

July 23, 3018

Here

13

Hilary White, Things to Do in an Emergency: “What’s Your Trade?”

July 22, 2018

Hilary White, Was man im Notfall tun soll: „Was ist Ihr Brotberuf?“

October 30, 2018 – November 9, 2018

Here

           

If you’re the Pope and you don’t want to be the obvious bad guy in the most massive clerical sex scandal debacle in history, there are certain obvious things you just have to say, such as:

“I’m so sorry.”

“This is a mortal sin that violates the laws of both God and nature, to say nothing of the laws of the Church, and I will have it out!”

“I’m doing my best to eradicate this pox from the Church.”

“Please join me in public reparation for the sins of my priests.”

“Lord Jesus Christ, I beg forgiveness for all that we've done to violate Your most pure and spotless bride."

Here’s the closest Francis has come so far, excerpted from a new book-interview with Claretian Father Fernando Prado, The Strength of Vocation: Consecrated Life Today:

The Church urges that persons with this rooted [homosexual] tendency not be accepted into (priestly) ministry or consecrated life… We have to urge homosexual priests, and men and women religious, to live with celibacy, with integrity, and above all, that they be impeccably responsible, trying to never scandalize either their communities or the faithful holy people of God. It is better that they leave the priesthood or the consecrated life rather than live a double life.”

But, Holiness, who are you to judge? Remember?

Although this is positively Piusthetenthian by Francis Church standards, it still seems like we may have a bit of cherry picking going on here--the question is, cherry picking by whom? Because there's no doubt that Francis' words will not be well-received by the pro-LGBT activists in the Church, such as Jimmy Martin, who are hell-bent on creating the illusion that the Church has changed her teaching against homosexual acts. Clearly, Francis can't have it both ways, as is evidenced by his #1 cheerleader's hissy fit over even just this slight papal walk back of the grand deception:


jimmy martinIsn't that a doodle! Catholic teaching can be pretty gauche, girlfriend!

It is unlikely that we will hear words even like these from Pope Francis again any time soon, keeping in mind that this August 2018 book-interview took place before Francis had engaged in the Vigano smackdown, culminating in the hijacking of the USCCB's meeting in Baltimore when the bishops were ordered to not take action against Cardinal McCarrick. In other words, in the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report the Pope was saying some nice words, but those words ring a little hallow in the wake of Hurricane Vigano, especially given the fact that Francis has been promoting homosexual priests for years, covering for homosexual bishops and cardinals, and tends to surround himself with those who aren't exactly the, well, marrying type.

And, evidently, out "homosexual priests" are a thing now, according to the Pope who famously said of gay priests: Who am I to judge? But what about the other truth of the Church: that they were never allowed to be priests in the first place?  What about the terrifying prospect that, objectively speaking and according to the Catechisms of the Catholic Church, such priests will damn themselves forever unless they reform their lives? Yes, of course they need to go, but what about their souls, Francis? It's not enough to say: “Go do your stuff somewhere else, or at the very least try harder not to partake in this sin that cries to heaven for vengeance while serving as a priest.” 

Huh? This is the Pope talking here, and in the midst of the most horrific clerical sex scandal in history. I'm sorry, but this is insufficient! 

Contrast this with the words of the late Bishop Morlino, who said:

The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest. 

On the bright side: Fr. Jimmy Martin? You heard His Holiness, right? Time for you to catch the peace train right on out of here. Maybe you can build your bridge to hell from somebody else’s “faith community.”


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Putin meets with young people (AFP Photo) Putin meets with young people (AFP Photo)

Russia’s making headlines again for being just too darn family-oriented and Christian-valued for the NWO:

PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights issued a fresh rebuke to the Kremlin on Tuesday, ruling that Russia’s continued ban on LGBT rallies is discriminatory and represents a violation of human rights.

Judges at the court based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg called on Moscow to introduce “systemic measures” to remedy the breaches to the European Convention of Human Rights that the Russian Federation became a signatory to in 1996.

It’s unlikely Russia will implement the court’s recommendation of the need for “a sustained and long-term effort to adopt general measures” to ease the freedom to march and counter LGBT discrimination.

Russia in 2011 adopted a vaguely worded legislation on “gay propaganda” that outlaws LGBT gatherings anywhere near where children might be.

REMNANT COMMENT: Stop the hate, for sure! This is outrageous! I’m shocked. Totally shocked. Probably more shocked than you are, in fact, because I’m super evolved!

(Thanks, Facebook censors, for all you do to keep us safe!)

Now for what we really think: Maybe if the Alphabet Soup Gang would refrain from running around naked in the streets of Moscow, turning Main Street Russia into a S&M freakshow, Mother Russia wouldn't be so worried about little Olga and Dmitry losing their innocence forever on their way to grab a Baykal after school.

Is it really so unreasonable for a parent—any parent—to prefer her little daughter not be forced to witness two men in leather thongs flogging each other on her way to ballet class? I mean, really! Who's being the insensitive boob here -- the parent minding her own business, or the doofus in the leather diaper?  

Just a thought. 

I know, we Godly Americans know FOR SURE that President Putin is just trying to fool us with all this, by playing the part of the prodigal. But what if Putin’s presidential playacting is beginning to take a toll on the former KGB guy?  What if his public bearing witness to the Light—no matter how politically motivated it may be—is actually scoring a few points with the “Man upstairs”. You never know. Right?

A politician  “pretending” to be a Christian at a time when just about every country in the West is preparing to outlaw Christianity has got to stand for something.  And why pretend to be Christian if on some level you’re not convinced that a Christian people is far preferable to an atheist/secularist mob?

God's ways are not ours and, let's face it, even Putin’s charade—if that’s all it is—is more Godly than what ninety percent of politicians running around loose in the world today are doing.

Here’s an old RTV Short that I think drives this point home quite nicely:

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