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Imagine you are buried alive. Do I have your attention? Good. Imagine you are six feet under in a coffin and you are running out of air. You don’t know how much longer you can hang on. But then, suddenly, you hear scratching on the outside of your coffin, and then miraculously see a drill hole appear above your head. Then through the drill hole a tube emerges, with an air tube to the surface and you can suddenly breathe again. I am quite certain you would be very grateful to the person who dropped the air tube down to you, granting you a much-needed and welcome reprieve.

That is what the motu proprio “Summorum Pontificum” felt like in 2007. It seemed like a lifeline for Tradition and the traditional Mass. Suddenly we could breathe again and it seemed like Tradition was saved from certain death. We, understandably, felt relieved and grateful.
“We should separate the paranoid hate mongers from the rest of the traditionalists. They are not traditionalists. They are Protestant fundamentalists wearing traditionalist Catholic clothes. I know about Protestant fundamentalism. I was raised and educated among Protestant fundamentalists. Among them were many good and sincere Christian people, but also among them, and driving their religion–was a certain type of religious person whose attitudes mirror exactly the Catholic fundamentalists on the rise today." (“Ten Traits of Catholic Fundamentalism”, by Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos.com)

(Ooo, scary!  Sounds like something right out of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Intelligence Report”. Let’s do backflips now to show our jailors how anti-fundamentalist and reasonable we all are.) 

With life in an increasingly Christophobic world going from bad to apocalyptic, one wonders what motivates a relatively orthodox Catholic priest to wake up one morning and say: Today I think I’ll launch an Internet attack against all the traditional Catholics in the world. 

            Derived from the Greek root demos, meaning “the people,” demotic is a rich word that denotes or connotes all of the following: common, vulgar, popular, colloquial, the language of ordinary people, demagogic.

            Francis is the first designedly demotic Pope in Church history.  Unlike any Pope before him, he basks in the world’s unending praise precisely because he styles himself the people’s Pope.” The world loves “the people’s Pope” for saying what the people want to hear as opposed to what the Church teaches in calling all men to be elevated from their fallen condition through the operation of sanctifying grace and the conformity of nations, laws and institutions to the Law of the Gospel and the Social Kingship of Christ.  The disciples who abandoned Our Lord when He revealed the meaning of the Holy Eucharist declared:  “This saying is hard, and who can hear it?”  But so often when Francis speaks the world delights in replying: “This saying is easy, who can reject it?”
Two Soldiers on “Going My Way” and the Coming Revolution in the Church

Editor’s Note: A certain blowhard critic of The Remnant has been prattling on lately about how we think everything was just great before Vatican II, and that if we could just get back to the old pre-conciliar days it would all be sunshine and lollipops from now on. Puh-leese!

Has this guy never heard of the Enlightenment?  Pascendi? Pope Pius X's condemnation of the errors of the Modernists? Louis Veuillot? Father Denis Fahey?  The only ones who thought everything was fine and dandy before Vatican II were the folks in charge of the Church at the time, starting with Pope John XXIII himself who in his opening speech at the Second Vatican Council blasted the 'prophets of doom' (READ: Traditionalists] who knew very well that all was not well in the Church before Vatican II.

Here's an interesting little letter from a World War II solider (Remnant founder, Walter L. Matt) to his parents back home in 1944, all about the subtle assault on Traditional Catholicism going on decades before Vatican II,  evidenced even in now-classic Hollywood movies. 
Satan is waging his final battle against the Church and what is his plan but to undermine the cross of Christ ! And what is the cross, but the Sacrifice of Calvary planted in our midst - the Mass

The doctrine of Christ is that we die to the world and join with Him on the cross. This teaching is beautifully expressed by St. Paul where he says, "I am nailed to the cross with Christ." (Galatians 2:19) To endure the suffering of the cross is necessary for salvation as taught by the Savior Himself: "Whosoever does not carry his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." (Matthew 14:27)
On the Sorrow of Mary at the Sight of Her Beloved and Suffering Son

La Dolorosa detail by MurilloLet us now consider Mary, the profoundly afflicted Mother of Our Lord. We read in the Revelations of St. Bridget (Book I, chapter 10), that the eyes of the Blessed Virgin were continually filled with tears as the time of the bitter Passion of her divine Son drew near, and that the thought of the approaching death of her beloved Jesus forced a cold sweat from her pores.
Abortionist, Emma “La Bicicletta” Bonino, among Italy’s “greats” ... Pope Francis

In 2010, after I had lived in Italy about two years and had begun to understand the byzantine complexities of this country’s politics, Emma Bonino decided to run for the office of governor of the region of Lazio. Once I found out what kind of person she was, I was seized with the urge to buy a crate of spray paint and go around Rome writing, “10,000 bambini assassinati non abbastanza per Emma ‘la Bicicletta’ Bonino,” on all her posters. “10,000 murdered babies not enough for Emma ‘the bicycle’ Bonino.” I thought of it every time I got off the train at St. Peter’s station in Rome where her face was plastered on nearly every surface. Somehow, I was disuaded from this course of action, and now I wish I had done it. Instead I wrote a few articles about her, and what she stood for, by way of an introduction to English speaking pro-life readers.
Friday, February 26, 2016

The Pope and the Baby Killer Featured

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Italy's Parliament made history on Thursday by passing its controversial gay-rights bill that's been pending in the senate for months. Thereby Italy now joins the other western European countries in officially recognizing gay-unions.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is elated over the victory, despite squawks from certain LGBT activists that the passage didn't include legislation permitting gay-adoption. It appears the gay-adoption clause was deliberately denied for the moment to quell conservative opposition and ensure that the bill got passed. Gay-rights activists no doubt will go to town now to get an amendment passed to permit gay-adoption as well, but the door has been swung open for them. Gay-unions are now recognized in Italy. 

I have had this piece in the back of my mind for some time, and have even run the title and general gist of it past a few people, all of whose eyes sparkled like the transporter beam of the Enterprise-A upon hearing it. I am pleased to publish it here, as my first, of hopefully many columns (depending on the litigation and settlement deal this piece generates) for The Remnant.

Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, I lived in a large, shared house built in the 1920s with a male friend.  I had the master bedroom suite, and thus my own private bathroom, and everything was completely on the up-and-up.  Fear not, gentle readers.  I shall not be scandalizing you with tales of ribaldry – no “accompanying body-to-body” going on, to use one of FrancisChurch’s creepier turns of phrase.  It was an excellent use of the property, and very frugal and affordable.  And, yes, I certainly preferred to live with males, from both the security as well as a domestic tranquility standpoint.  

Pope Francis invokes themes of liberation theology during Mexican visit

This just in from Catholic World Report: "Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico, which began on February 12, has been received with all of the fanfare expected for a papal visit from one of the most Catholic nations in the world. Just as Mexicans warmly welcomed John  Paul II and Benedict XVI, so they are also giving a very enthusiastic  reception to the current pontiff, who is making a point of focusing on  the country’s suffering lower classes. However, in his rhetorical  enthusiasm for the poor and downtrodden, the pope is taking a decidedly  different tone from that of his predecessors, one that appears to show  sympathy for the region’s controversial tradition of liberation  theology, as well as other ideologically-charged political causes....

On the very day he took possession of the Chair of Peter, Pope Benedict XVI declared his intention to subsume his personal ideas and predilections to the office of the Vicar of Christ:

The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law. On the contrary: the Pope's ministry is a guarantee of obedience to Christ and to his Word. He must not proclaim his own ideas, but rather constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God's Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism….