February 11, 2016 will mark the third anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking declaration of his intention to abdicate on February 28, 2013.
What was behind that history-changing decision? We can all guess but nobody on this side of the Tiber really knows. That he was pressured in some way seems obvious. But, why? Two words: Summorum Pontificum.
Benedict & Francis: Two Peas in a Papal Pod? FeaturedBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
Once again, as though we had nothing better to do, the traditional Catholic internet world is aghast! appalled! outraged! at something Pope Francis has said. Must be Tuesday.
At first I thought, are we still doing this? Then I read the excerpt of the homily from his daily Mass at Casa Santa Martha: “Christians who obstinately maintain ‘it’s always been done this way,' this is the path, this is the street—they sin: the sin of divination.”
Ah… I see…
The Blackwhite of Pope Francis FeaturedWritten by Hilary White
I am so very grateful to the many thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who were praying for my dear mother this week after she’d been stricken quite suddenly with a stroke last Tuesday.
I am happy to report that our prayers have been answered, for although she went to her eternal reward yesterday, January 17, 2016, it was only after several days of “recovery,” wherein it had appeared she would regain her physical health but never her cognitive function. It is my belief that the many prayers on her behalf led to a Divine assistance in removing this cross from her, despite the best efforts of medical experts to keep her body alive.
So now she’s gone on ahead, having died as she lived—in the Faith, in the loving embrace of her family and with the assistance of the Sacraments of the Church she loved so much. Before her passing, she was even blessed with the apostolic pardon. Indeed, hers was a happy death. (Thank you, St. Joseph)
Wife of Remnant Founder Dies: Marilyn Matt, RIPBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
You come into the wall, you turn yourself upside down, blindly reach for the wall with your feet, push off, and hope you are headed in the right direction.
Flip Turns. I have dreaded flip turns for as long as I have been swimming, which is going over a dozen years now.
For most of those years, even though I swam 5 times a week at points, I never learned how to do flip turns. You know those cool turns that Olympic swimmers do and we watch on underwater cameras? They look so easy. They’re not.
Flip Turns and the Latin Mass FeaturedBy: Patrick Archbold
In your charity, please remember in your prayers my mother, Marilyn Matt, who was afflicted with a stroke during an operation on her heart valve last night. The early prognosis is not good, but at 86 she is strong and has always been a fighter with an incredibly strong faith.
Longtime subscribers to The Remnant will recall my mother has been faithfully working here at The Remnant since its founding in 1967. She's been in harness all along, hard at it here in the office even just the day before her operation. Over the years she’s asked for nothing in return, preferring to remain in the shadows as the faithful heart of this apostolate.
Mrs. Walter Matt Desperately Needs Prayers FeaturedBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
Rather than responding to arguments and drawing necessary distinctions, Father Cekada resorts to ad hominem attacks and oversimplifications.
Why Traditionalists Are Not Afraid of SedevacantismBy: Brian McCall | Remnant Columnist
Editor's Note: I'm pleased to note that our friends at Adelante la Fe (who operate The Remnant's Spanish-lanugage website) are beginning to make some of their fine articles available in English. The following is an example of their work, posted with the kind permission of its author. MJM
I am still stunned. I had to watch the video on the prayer intentions of Pope Francis several times; I can assure you that the first time I saw it I thought it was fake, but no, ladies and gentlemen: it is absolutely real.
Scandalous Video: Child Jesus and His Church HumiliatedBy: Miguel Ángel Yáñez
For nearly three years, during his daily sermons at Casa Santa Marta, Francis has been providing the congregation, and the world, with his idiosyncratic readings of events in the Gospel. These are usually delivered off-the-cuff because Francis tends to view prepared texts with contempt. As we have seen again and again, Francis evidently believes it is more “pastoral” simply to say whatever he thinks without to regard to the doctrinal implications or the potential for scandal. The results have often been, to put it mildly, stupefying.
The Latest Episode of the Gospel According to Francis: Christ “Begs Forgiveness” for His “Escapade”By: Christopher A. Ferrara
Unfortunately, our present Bishop of Rome used the occasion in order to preach a sermon that for countless faithful Catholics, including the present writer, had the effect of pouring a bucket of ice-cold water all over the happy occasion, leaching out the joy and replacing it with shock, uncertainty and consternation. For Pope Francis here continued his seemingly unending series of 'firsts' - radically novel statements and decisions that none of his predecessors would ever have dreamed of making, and which, indeed, they would never have believed could be made by any Successor of Peter.
Even God Needs Mercy? (A Troubling Homily by Pope Francis) FeaturedBy: Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S.
Father revisits the theme of St. John the Baptist preparing the way for the coming of Christ by calling the world to repentance.
He then speaks of the old vs. new covenants, and asks the question: In light of the Vatican's recent document (The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable) calling for the abandonment of any missionary outreach to our Jewish brothers, does that mean the infallible teaching on salvation through Jesus Christ alone has also been abandoned by the Catholic Church?
New From Remnant TV....By: Michael J. Matt | Editor
Puer natus est nobis et filius datus est nobis...
“For, this day, is born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.”
Luke, Chapter 2: 11-14 will once again be splashed all over Christmas cards this year but I’ll wager that one of the few places the passage will be rendered accurately is right here in The Remnant. Playing fast and loose with biblical passages is nothing new, of course, but this one is the granddaddy of them all. “Peace on earth good will to men”—the mangled, Protestantized version of it positively trips off the tongue, whereas “and on earth peace to men of good will” seems convoluted and wrong to modern lips and ears alike—and in more ways than one.