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Sample mass 4From left to right: Fr. Josef Bisig, FSSP; Archbishop Alexander Sample; Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP

WASHINGTON, DC, April 28, 2018 (The Remnant Press) -- A Solemn Pontifical Mass according to the Extraordinary Form was celebrated today at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Pontifical Mass was organized by the Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy in honor of the tenth anniversary of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, issued by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in July, 2007. Although the tenth Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum was in July, 2017, the Pontifical Mass was delayed until the completion of the Trinity Dome over the transept of the basilica.

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On Wednesday, April 25th, 2018, The Institute for Human Ecology and The Catholic University of America hosted a panel discussion with media experts on the pontificate of Pope Francis, on the anniversary of the fifth year of his papacy. Dr. Joseph Capizzi, the executive director of The Institute for Human Ecology, moderated the discussion. The media representatives were John L. Allen Jr., the editor of Crux and a specialist in coverage of the Vatican; Ross Douthat, an Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times; Adelaide Mena, a freelance journalist and consultant based in Washington, DC and currently working for Catholic News Agency (CNA/EWTN); and E.J. Dionne, a columnist for the Washington Post, professor at the University of Georgetown, and author of the book One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.

The panelists discussed from the standpoint of journalism and the media several issues relevant to the Church and the papacy of Pope Francis. The major topics which the panelists tackled were the difficulties facing Catholic journalists writing about their own Church, the so-called “Francis Effect” upon mass attendance, ordinations, conversions and the like, and the hotly-debated issue of divorce and remarriage.

Remnant Newspaper's Catholic Heroes...

skanderbegKidnapped by Muslims and raised to be their champion, this Christian hero became their worst nightmare...

Editor's Note: Salvation history, aside from chronicling man’s fall from God's grace and eventual redemption, is also a magnificent human saga that includes a cast of the most diverse characters of all time. There are so many stories to tell—lists of heroes and villains, saints and sinners, angels and devils—in the epic that is Christianity. One could spend a lifetime reading about them and still have only scratched the surface. This stands to reason, of course, since Christianity built the greatest civilization in the history of the world.  

In fact, in the midst of today's massive apostasy and Modernism-induced amnesia, perhaps telling the old stories of Christendom is itself the most effective means of evangelizing. After all, we can't do much to change a modern world that is now hell-bent on killing not only God but also everything that reminds modern men of His existence.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Iskander: Dragon of Albania Featured

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Remnant TV's CATHOLIC SAINTS AND HOLY DAYS pays homage to the great Evangelist, St. Mark, founder of the Church in Alexandria and author of the one of four Gospels of the New Testament. Did you know that, according to the Coptic tradition, the setting of the very first Pentecost was the home of St. Mark?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Feast of St. Mark, April 25

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Forget Genesis. Forget Adam and Eve. They did not actually exist. To Teilhard, the universe began from something—a je ne sais quoi, perhaps the God Particle the Cern scientists are trying to isolate. Over eons and eons the universe evolved according to its own inner becoming. His was a reimagined Christianity, and we see it all around us today.

I was in the backyard, scissors in hand, checking my flowers. The roses were in bloom, and I wanted to cut some for the crystal bud vase in my kitchen. I walked over to the largest bush. It was so tall it almost reached the breakfast room window. It dwarfed the bushes on each side.

Why is that one so much bigger than the rest? I wondered as I hurried over to it. When I got closer, I was surprised to see how bare the branches were. There were only a few blooms and fewer buds on the bush. But the thing’s huge, I said to myself. Where are the roses?

creepy hug pope"Then the poor child, commanded by Bergoglio to come up and whisper in his ear, was practically dragged up to the papal chair where, now crying, he was induced to hug the Pope like a department store Santa Claus."

Editor’s Note: Another issue of The Remnant brings you yet another diagnosis of what Pope Bergoglio has done this week to undermine the Faith. To readers who may wonder why we ought to continue this exercise we would answer: We have no choice in the matter. The current occupant of the Chair of Peter is mounting a determined assault an every aspect of Catholic teaching and practice he finds disagreeable, including the teaching of his own immediate predecessors on fundamental moral questions. In short, we have a Pope who is literally attacking the Church.

It would be a dereliction of duty not to express our continuing opposition to the radically Modernist program of “a dictator Pope” Catholics the world over now recognize "is engaged in a deliberate effort to change what the Church teaches," a veritable “lost shepherd” who “is misleading his flock.” To ignore Pope Bergoglio when one is in a position to offer any form of effective opposition, even if it be only a salutary warning about his errors, is to ignore the common good of the Church in favor of personal tranquility. This we cannot do.

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Cardinal Joseph Zen (Getty) has accused the Vatican of 'selling out the Church in China'

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected supreme pontiff in March of 2013, the world seemed to expect a softening of Pope Benedict XVI’s crystalline, intellectual style. At first, the new Pope Francis’ many gaffes and faux pas seemed part of this more relaxed approach to the papacy. I and many others pigeonholed Francis as a theological and mental featherweight, an affable simpleton whose papacy would be much more about embracing children and washing the feet of the faithful, and much less about issuing encyclicals and wading into the debate arena with the secularist academics.

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Zeno’s papacy: Francis cuts finer and finer slices of reality away as he daily halves the distance between himself and a formal declaration of heresy.

The ancient Greek mathematical philosopher Zeno of Elea (c. 450 BC) proposed a kind of thought experiment in which, in order to complete a distance of, say, a hundred meters, a runner would have to first divide in half the distance between himself and the finish line. But to get to that fifty meter mark, he would first have to achieve half that distance, which would in turn require that he halve that 25 meters, and to get to that mark would have to halve that distance… Each iteration of the project of getting from here to there requires splitting the difference again and again, meaning it would require an infinite regression of smaller and smaller distances be crossed to get to the finish line.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Zeno's Papacy and the Sherlock Holmes Axiom Featured

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MERCY MISUNDERSTOOD: Modernist Notions of Confession

Did Pope Francis get the Church's teaching on Confession wrong?  'Sunday Sermons from South St. Paul' tackles the question. Plus, did the Risen Christ appear to Mary first? Why did He not admonish the Apostles in the Upper Room for abandoning Him on Calvary? What can we learn about Doubting Thomas, mercy and the establishment of Sacred Tradition?

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Gaudete et Exsultate is exactly what we have come to expect from this drearily predictable pontificate. To quote Carl Olsen in Catholic World Report: “many good qualities and substantive passages… often overshadowed, or even undermined, by straw men, dubious arguments, and cheap shots.”

Bergoglian pronouncements in general are precisely vehicles for the delivery of straw men, dubious arguments and cheap shots, all invariably directed against orthodoxy and orthopraxy. Expressions of piety are wrapped around crass ecclesiastical demagoguery, a velvet glove for the clenched fist of militant humility so typical of the boorish cant of leftist Latin American clerics.