“Let those who are still separated from Us consider attentively the ancient glories of their Church which were at once a reflection and an increment of the glories of the Church of Rome. Let them consider, moreover, and remember that this Apostolic See has been waiting for them so long and so anxiously, not as coming to a strange dwelling place, but as finally returning to their paternal home.” – Pope Pius XI
In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.
In the Liturgical Calendar, last Sunday was the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. In the hearts of those who love the Blessed Virgin Mary – which should be ALL of us – that Sunday, July 16, was the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: “Beatae Mariae Virginis de Monte Carmelo.”
During this 100th Anniversary Year of the appearances of Our Lady of Fatima, recall that on October 13, 1917 the Mother of God appeared at one point during the Great Miracle of the Sun to Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, holding forth a Brown Scapular. Keep in mind that whenever Our Lady of Fatima appeared to the three shepherd children, She always had a star on the hem of Her gown.
As part of Remnant TV's documentary on the 25th Anniversary of the Roman Forum in Gardone Riviera, Italy, Michael Matt interviews Vatican journalist and premier Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, as well as King's College's renowned professor of philosophy, Dr. Thomas Pink.
This is the first installment of a series of interviews that will appear over the course of the next few weeks.
Years ago I was brought in as a priest to a psych ward in a VA hospital to work with a suicidal Vietnam veteran. His family was convinced that the root of his problem was not merely mental but diabolical. After spending some time with the tormented veteran, I agreed that something diabolical was at work. One thing I remember the veteran saying was that he “danced with the devil.” I shudder at the thought!
Pope Francis published a new apostolic letter on July 11th entitled , Greater Love Than This, On the Offering of Life. Currently there is no English translation of the letter. However, many news outlets have reported its contents. These reports state that Pope Francis has just added an unprecedented fourth route to becoming a Saint in the Catholic Church.
Ever since the New Year we’ve been quietly celebrating The Remnant’s 50th anniversary in these columns with a wide variety of vintage Remnant articles that appeared over the years since my late father founded The Remnant in 1967. Over 1,100 issues of The Remnant have gone to press during the turbulent half-century since the close of Vatican II, and I’m proud of the effort our team has made to chronicle the advance of the Modernist Revolution on the one hand, and the ensuing Traditional Catholic Counterrevolution on the other.
A few writers and pundits have begun to notice it, but even their comments cannot encompass or fully express what has happened intellectually to our society, to our present-day politics, and to our culture. At least one third, perhaps many more, of the citizens of our nation apparently live in a parallel universe, with its own set of foundational beliefs, its own standards of truth and narrative of facts. This universe in almost every respect represents the aggressive contrary, the negation, of the inherited, rooted principles on which our historic Western and Christian civilization is based. This “other” reality, this paradigm, did not all of a sudden just spring up or just appear, it has been cultivated and nurtured for centuries. Its creating philosophers understood that their operational premises and desired objectives ran up full force against the ingrained traditions and historic legacy of a culture and civilization that traced its origins not only to the beliefs of the ancient Hebrews, but also to the highest art and philosophy and statecraft of the Greeks and of Rome.
Baby Charlie Gard
When the European Court of Human Rights (George Orwell, call your office) denied the parents of little Charlie Gard the opportunity to take their 10-month-old from Great Britain to the United States in their last-ditch effort to save their child’s life, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia had some interesting things to say. Paglia, of course, is he of ‘homoerotic painted-selfie’ fame, and bears the shiny new Papa Francesco mint mark as the head not only of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, but also of the Pontifical Academy for Life (recently repopulated with activists and scholars who are anything but). Paglia seems kind of busy to take on the leadership of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as well, but who else is the Holy Father going to get, who reflects his views so transparently and carries out his wishes so faithfully?
Note: In this article, Father Gleize addresses the question of Church unity, which he shows to be (first and foremost) a unity of Faith, and only afterwards a unity of government. He concludes that a conception of Church unity which would exclude unity of Faith, or put it in second place, would be a legalistic unity, contrary to the very nature of the Church, and more apparent than real. Father Gleize ranks the ecumenical unity dreamed of by Paul VI and John Paul II, and the unity of “full communion” dangled by Rome before the SSPX as such. He concludes that the Vatican's new Profession of Faith cannot form the basis of unity of Faith in the Church, and that, while the preaching and government of the Hierarchy may be deficient at a given point in time, unity of Faith subsists throughout history because it is based on the unchanging Truth taught by the Magisterium.(This article appeared in LE COURRIER DE ROME, May 2017, and can be found in the original French here: http://laportelatine.org/publications/presse/courrier_de_rome/2017/1705cdr599.pdf The subtitles are by the translator, who asks for prayers for himself and his family).
The Church: 'the Mystical Body of Christ'.
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Sunday Sermons of South St. Paul
Father places the suffering of Christ--God and Man--into perspective. How is it possible for God to suffer?
This sermon on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is as beautiful as it is instructive.
What do Catholics believe? What to you believe about the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
"Appearances often come to us second or third hand, filtered through ever proliferating communications media, so that the so-called real world recedes farther from us every day." - Solange Hertz
Editor's Note: The following first appeared in The Remnant on February 28, 2002. In the fast-paced world of blogging and tweeting and texting, this article is entirely too long, too boring, too hard to read, too demanding, too challenging, and definitely too whatever to be taken seriously. But I'm confident a few holdout dinosaurs still ambling about the real world will appreciate its unconventional and politically incorrect message. It was written by an excellent thinker, a saintly academic, and something of a prophet. She didn't blog, never sent a single tweet, and, while her face was usually in a book, Facebook meant nothing to her. And yet even despite such crippling handicaps, she had something to say. She also had the kind of courage rarely seen here in this brave new world of ours---the courage to be different and to question the modern world's most sacred narratives (what she called “fairytales for adults”) about who we are and what we're doing here on this earth. I’m confident there are still readers out there who’ve been insufficiently brainwashed to read and appreciate the words and wisdom of the late, great Solange Hertz. Especially if you're younger than 35, I dare you to give it a try -- and let the blindfold be damned. MJM
Sooner or later, anyone found actually trying to apply the maxims of the Gospels to daily life can expect to be told to “get real!” as if living a spiritual life involved entering a largely imaginary world that existed mostly in the mind. Parents of home schoolers, for instance, are sometimes asked, or even ask themselves, “What will happen to these children educated outside the mainstream according to Catholic principles, when they leave home and plunge into the real world?