Jason Morgan | Remnant Columnist
Under normal circumstances, physicians diagnose diseases. Dr. Smith examines a patient, looking into his ears and down his throat, pressing his stethoscope against his back. Dr. Smith runs a series of tests until he determines that the patient has, say, pneumonia, or diphtheria, or esophageal cancer. Diseases produce signs which physicians are trained to interpret. A physician is first a namer of disease—only once an ailment has been identified can a cure be devised. Saying what the problem is is in many ways a physician’s most important job.
IT IS 1987 in southern Louisiana. Late December. Christmas Eve, in fact. I am gussied up in what I am told are “slacks,” and I am also wearing a shirt with a strange appendage known as a “collar.” The oeuvre is completed by a burgundy clip-on tie. And the temperature is below sixty degrees, so I will have to wear a jacket when we go out. Because it’s already dark, and my family and I are on our way to Midnight Mass.
The damp Louisiana air is heavy with a wintry aroma of pine needles and distant chimney smoke. The sky is dark but the road to the church is lantern-lit with the headlights of all the cars. It’s like a Mardi Gras of Hondas and Fords, pulling one by one into the church parking lot. We have to park way in the corner, near the magnolia tree. My shoes have hard soles and they make a smart, unfamiliar sound as we walk toward the big front doors, where all the other people are also going in.
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It is early December and I am in a flurry of contact with Michael Yon and Masako Ganaha. We are trying to find a time to meet for an interview.
Michael Yon is easily the world’s most renowned living war correspondent, conflict journalist, and information war specialist writing in English.
Masako Ganaha is a rising star of Japanese journalism. She had been fighting for several years to expose globalist fake news in her home country before branching out to track down related problems abroad.
Many commentators pointed out that military recruitment videos in Russia and China, by contrast, feature strong, militarily competent soldiers, not weak, woke lesbians. The obvious conclusion which many have drawn is that, in the next war, the United States military is going to get its rear end handed to it. No contest. Woke, the scoffers say, is about to lose bigtime to the big boys.
On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the United States Department of Justice Special Counsel’s Office released a statement which begins as follows.
Special Counsel John Durham today announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia charging Igor Danchenko, 43, a Russian citizen residing in Virginia, with five counts of making false statements to the FBI. The charges in the indictment stem from statements made by Danchenko relating to the sources he used in providing information to a U.K. investigative firm that prepared what are identified in the indictment as “Company Reports.” (https://www.justice.gov/sco/pr/russian-national-indicted-making-false-statements-fbi)
The Right Choice at a Hard Time
The Hancock family is moving. Their living room is filled with boxes, their possessions are being crated up to be sent ahead to an as-yet unknown destination. The devoutly Catholic family is leaving their Seattle-area home, that much seems certain. But when they join me for an interview early one October morning, they don’t know where they are going to end up.
Jeff Hancock is losing his job. He has worked as a deputy sheriff for the King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle, Washington, for twenty-four years. His record is exemplary. But he refuses to be injected with a COVID vaccine, and so he will be terminated.
They have ten children, two of whom are studying at university—one at Christendom College, and one at Wyoming Catholic College. The future is, suddenly, up in the air.
In order for the confection of the Holy Eucharist to be valid, there must be proper matter, proper form, and proper intent. (The priest must also be properly ordained.) Many Catholics may be surprised to learn that it is far from guaranteed that all, or even any, of these requirements will be met at a given Novus Ordo Mass.
For example, “proper matter” refers to the bread, wine, and water used to confect the Holy Eucharist. Canon 924 provides that the bread must be made of wheat. Canon 926 provides that the bread must be unleavened. Canon 927 forbids consecrating just one species without the other. Canon 924 also provides that the wine must be natural and unspoiled.
When Pope Francis issued Traditionis Custodes in July of this year, he attempted to do away with the bizarre situation in which Catholics have lived out their Faith since after the Second Vatican Council. For my whole life, we have had a doubled Mass. There have been two parallel visions of the Faith, and it had become increasingly clear that they were not as similar as the Church has been insisting. Francis tried to solve this dilemma by obliterating one of the two parallel lines.
ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, Pope Francis put on a very public performance with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). (https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/10/09/pope-francis-welcomes-nancy-pelosi-in-the-vatican/) Francis not only made time to meet with Pelosi—a courtesy he does not afford to Cardinal Zen. He also sat down with her in the papal office, smiling for the cameras rolling in the background. It was the papal equivalent of a political endorsement. All that was missing was the yard sign.
The two rows of colonnades which frame St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican were designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini to resemble arms outstretched in welcome. (https://vatican.com/St-Peters-Square-Colonnades/) The Catholic Church is universal and open to all who seek salvation. At the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York City is a secular version of this sentiment: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” (https://www.nps.gov/stli/learn/historyculture/colossus.htm) For the Church, however, there are no “masses,” no “teeming” throngs of faceless proletariat. There are individual sinners, and the Church is Christ seeking out the lost sheep, calling everyone home by name. Everyone may knock on the doors of the Church and seek baptism, forgiveness, and the bread of everlasting life.