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War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Piety is impious. Christians are unchristian.  

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…
Friday, January 22, 2016

The Blackwhite of Pope Francis Featured

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Dear Remnant Family:

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)
There is nothing natural about it.

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.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Flip Turns and the Latin Mass Featured

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Dear Remnant Family:

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.
Recently, Father Anthony Cekada released a video entitled “Why Traditionalists Fear Sedevacantism”.  The video is a response to the soon-to-be-released book by John Salza and Robert Siscoe, True or False Pope. Interestingly, rather than demonstrating that Traditionalists fear Sedevacantism, Father Cekada’s remarks suggest that he fears Traditionalists critiques of Sedevacantism.

Rather than responding to arguments and drawing necessary distinctions, Father Cekada resorts to ad hominem attacks and oversimplifications.

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.

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.

In the Traditional Latin Rite the Feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on the Sunday after Epiphany (January 10 this year). In the Novus Ordo calendar it comes two weeks earlier, on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas; and Pope Francis, following up the two recent Synods on the Family, decided to celebrate this Feast publicly in St. Peter's Basilica on December 27. In both old and new rites, the Gospel for this Feast is St. Luke's account of the finding of the Child Jesus in the temple - the Fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.

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.

Last Sunday Sermon of 2015: Vatican Abandons Jewish Brothers

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? 
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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christmas 3Puer 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.

Two years before his death, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed the

.  It was his contribution to the annual Christmas concert for widows of Viennese musicians, and it was destined to become so well loved that it would still be performed in the world’s great concert halls at Christmastime centuries later. At its premiere, Mozart surprised Vienna by taking to the stage unannounced beforehand and playing the viola part himself.

The date was December 22, 1789.
Yes, 1789—the year the French Revolution sent waves of horror across Europe, including in Imperial Vienna. Yet the maestro managed to insulate himself from the din of bloody revolution and compose a piece of music so sublime it would capture the sweet essence of the old world and stand in stark contrast to a new one in violent making.

Then as now the holy Feast made it possible for weary men to make believe the world hadn’t gone mad after all. Like that Quintet of 1789, Christmas still has the power to put revolutions on hold.