As I write this little greeting to friends and allies around the world at Christmastime, I must confess to a growing sense of unease at the thought of ghosts of Christmases yet to come. Even the joy of the Holy Feast cannot completely eclipse the hard realities of our weary world at war with everything true, good and beautiful.
This would-be new world order of ours has taken on all the trappings of a global refugee camp where families are broken and separated, children are orphaned and aborted, and the desperate sadness of the homeless is everywhere in evidence. Broken and burning, the world seems to be waiting for a messiah of its own creation to save it from itself, having long since lost interest in the real One.
On Mothers and Kings: A Christmas MessageBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
During World War II, all practicing Catholic GIs were traditional Catholics. All Masses offered on Christmas 'in the trenches' were Traditional Latin Masses. All chaplains were 'rad trads'. Makes you wonder--doesn't it?--are we sure the Catholic Church has been moving in the right direction these past fifty years?
Editor’s Note: In our continued quest for gold buried away in the archives of The Remnant and The Wanderer, I came across this one. It appeared in The Wanderer when my father was oversees fighting in the European theater of World War II. It’s unsigned, and it touched me somehow…as I hope it will touch you. MJM
Big guns wheel into position. Maps are scanned. Objectives marked. The fortress Europe will be hammered from every side; death and desolation will hit the cities of the continent with planned precision against a timetable of terror, unparalleled in the history of man.
Christmas at the Front: December 23, 1943 FeaturedBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
You are spiritually sick, malicious, and tools of the devil.
It’s Christmastime again. That means it’s time for the Pope who says “But never judge. Never” to issue his annual judgments on the character defects and spiritual illnesses of members of the Roman Curia who are resisting his “reforms.”
In his annual “Christmas Greetings” (more like “Christmas Condemnations”), Francis reminds the Curia that he has already twice (2014 and 2015) diagnosed their “diseases” of soul and prescribed “a catalogue of virtues [emphasis in original] necessary for curial officials and all those who wish their consecration or service to the Church to become more fruitful.” This year, Francis heaps more insults on the mountain of crude opprobrium with which he has attempted to bury any opposition to whatever he would like to do under the rubric of the Protestant slogan semper reformanda (falsely attributed to Saint Augustine, who said nothing of a Church that must constantly reform itself as opposed to maintaining or restoring what has been handed down).
A Scary Merry Christmas: Francis Lectures Roman Curia FeaturedBy: Christopher A. Ferrara
I am come in the name of My Father, and you receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive glory one from another: and the glory which is from God alone, you do not seek? (Jn 5:43-44)
Errors Perpetrated Against Holy Scripture
Pointing out the errors perpetrated against Holy Scripture and Tradition by Pope Francis has become tiresome, due to the sheer volume of examples. But one homily, given by the Pope, as reported on June 15, 2013 by News.VA, the "official Vatican network", is so scandalous in its violence against the true teachings of Christ that it bears closer examination—especially now, three years later—as many are beginning to realize the damage this pope is attempting to inflict upon the One True Church. In his homily, Francis said:
Fatima 2017: The Errors of Francis vs. the Terror of DemonsBy: Toni McCarthy
Editor’s Introduction: I’m very pleased to introduce our newest columnist, Miss Anna Priore. Miss Priore received her Bachelors in English Journalism from St. Olaf College in 2015. She is a resident of Rochester, Minnesota, and regularly attends the Latin Mass with her fiancé, Nicholas, whom she met at a summer program at Christendom College. They are receiving the sacrament of Matrimony this coming June. Anna has been writing for about 10 years for several newspapers and Catholic blogs. Topics that interest her include commentaries on politics and culture, exploring and exposing Catholic-in-name-only colleges and their liberal agendas, and promoting respect for the Traditional Latin Mass and the Holy Eucharist. Welcome aboard, Miss Priore! MJM
It’s difficult to describe the enormous amount of pressure young unmarried couples face today to cohabitate and save money by combining their finances and rent. It goes without a doubt that cohabitation is the most efficient and easiest option many couples have: no need to pay rent for two separate places, no more annoying housemates, and they can start preparing for their future married life together. It makes so much sense that it seems ridiculous for devout Catholics to contradict it.
Culture Watch: The Cohabitation Trap FeaturedBy: Anna Priore
The first and perhaps greatest prophecy given after the fall of our first parents is contained in Genesis 3:15, where God speaks to the serpent: "She shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel." This verse of scripture references the Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception and the great power she would exert over the devil, especially in the latter times.
The Heel of Our Lady of Guadalupe upon the Global Serpent FeaturedBy: David Martin
History was made on Saturday, December 10, 2016 when, for the first time ever, a Tridentine Pontifical High Mass was offered at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Raymond Cardinal Burke was the celebrant and, among other beautiful observations, His Eminence spoke of the glories of the Traditional Latin Mass. The Cardinal also expressed his desire to begin offering the old Mass more frequently.
Special Report from Remnant TV: Cardinal Burke SpeaksBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
The universal Church is now entering a gravely critical moment in her history that shows alarming similarities with the great Arian crisis of the fourth century.Editor's Note: Many thanks to our friend and ally in London, Dr. Joseph Shaw, for passing along this important letter of support for the Four Cardinals, signed by a collection of prestigious academics, philosophers, theologians and priests. Dr. Shaw writes: "The initiative of the Four Cardinals in seeking clarification, in light of tradition, of the teaching of the Church on Communion for couples in irregular situations is of epochal significance. In this letter, a score of Catholic academics and pastors lend their support to this initiative, giving their reasons." We ask our readers to please share this letter with friends, family, social media contacts, news agencies, and anyone in a position to help make it as widely known as possible. The situation in Rome is beyond critical. MJM
Statement of Support for the Four Cardinals’ Dubia
Catholic Priests and Academics Issue Major Letter of Support for the Four Cardinals’ Dubia FeaturedBy: Dr. Joseph Shaw
Is Amoris Laetitia and the Orthodox: What's the Connection?
Did you know that Amoris Laetitia is really about rewriting Catholic Trinitarian dogma? Did you know that with it, Pope Francis has freed us, not only from the “canonical regulations of man,” but from our Biblical concept of God as Father? And that we no longer have to concern ourselves with moral restraints or even behavioural preferences imposed by this “heavenly father”? Did you know that the Church no longer teaches that there is any divinely authored moral law at all?
Pulling Back the Veil: Orthodox Patriarch Defends Francis FeaturedWritten by Hilary White
"Hi, I'm Jeff Sachs. I'm with the United Nations, and I'm here to help"
The globalists are so predictable and easily identifiable. Watch their language and follow their tactics. They never change. They sing from the same global warming alarmist hymnal as they import and traffick in their own arrogant brand of leftist ideology and self-imposed globalist solutions. They exploit and terrorize the poor with fear-baiting predictions to induce compliance with the dictates of the New World Order elites.
Africa is in their crosshairs.
Sachs Watch: White Man Lectures Black Man FeaturedWritten by Elizabeth Yore
Editor's Note: This beautiful Advent reflection first appeared in The Remnant back in 1978. It was written by Father Urban Snyder—the great Trappist priest who has been dead and buried for many years. He is one of the early pioneers of traditional Catholicism. A deeply spiritual man and confessor to the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Fr. Snyder was a Remnant columnist all throughout the 1970s and '80s. He was a close personal friend of the founding editor of The Remnant, Walter L. Matt (RIP) and a giant priestly example who never once offered the Novus Ordo Missae. May he rest in peace. MJM
It would seem that few Catholics today realize the true meaning of Advent and Christmas. Surely a major reason is because over the years they have been receiving less and less nourishment from the Liturgy. Long before Vatican II, at least in Anglo-Saxon countries, too many of the clergy did not nourish their own souls from the tests of their daily Mass and Office, and so were unable to explain them to the people. Since Vatican II, the texts themselves have been shamelessly manipulated, mutilated, mistranslated, or made into a jumble. The prophecy of Jeremiah finds fulfillment in our time: