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Friday, March 29, 2019

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: My (Catholic) Hometown

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"We grew up in the shadows of the steeple." - Bruce Springsteen

In this RTV Short, one of the most popular rock stars in the world says some surprising things about the old Latin Mass, the nuns, Catholic education, and how his early Catholic formation influenced his life.

Please understand, this is not an homage to 'The Boss', one of the music industry's premier champions of liberal causes. This is about the impact of the Revolution of Vatican II, not just on Springsteen but on his entire generation, who watched as the Church in her human element auto-destructed before their eyes.


Plus, for those who say the Catholic Church was "always this way"—always a nest of pedophile priests assisted by child-abusing nuns—well, here's a cultural superstar (as opposed to just another traditional Catholic, looking back through rose-colored glasses) who begs to differ, and he lived through it.

He remembers the nuns, the Latin Mass, the old days and the old ways and, according to him, it was beautiful to grow up in My (Catholic) Hometown.

As the Catholic towns of Springsteen's childhood fade into the noxious mists of a ruthless secularism, let's pray for the lost sheep who grew up in the shadow of the steeples. We'll never know how it might've been different for them had the Mass stayed the same, priests not run off by tens of thousands to get married, and the nuns not taken off their habits and walked away from their little charges.

Think of the horrific impact that must have had on children of that generation whose Catholic world blew up and who were left to face the demons of the Sexual Revolution more or less on their own!

Well played, Vatican II.

May God have mercy on all the lost sheep, us included.

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. 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.