Mardi Gras is strongly associated with wild bacchanalia and debauchery, but the original intent of the holiday and how it's kept by the faithful is much different. Fat Tuesday, as it is known in English, is a long-standing tradition of the Catholic Church and it marks the last day of ordinary time before the start of Lent, a time of fasting and repentance. While the parties in Europe, South America, and parts of the United States have gained the most attention in popular culture, they seriously misrepresent and outright eclipse the Catholic intent of the holiday.
In this Sunday Sermon from South Saint Paul, Father speaks of the temptation to see oneself as the sort of gnostic possessor of special knowledge to which the "unwashed masses" are neither entitled nor in any sense worthy to possess. This is something against which traditional Catholics need to guard, as well. Father suggests a simple test whereby we can all make sure our hearts are in the right place and our motives are pure. Take the test today. Have you subscribed to The Remnant YouTube Channel yet? Please so do today.
Sophia Magdalena Scholl, a girl who challenged the Nazi Regime (9 May 1921 – 22 February 1943)
Editor’s Note: It should be noted that Pope Pius XI was the first to “leaflet” Germany with anti-Nazi propaganda in his 1937 encyclical Mit brennender Sorge (ghostwritten by Cardinal Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII) which he ordered to be smuggled into Germany and read by every Catholic priest from the pulpit and on the same Sunday, before most of the world had even heard of the National Socialists. MJM
For those living outside of Germany, it isn’t difficult to believe that the entire country idolized Hitler and hated Jews, Catholics & anyone who disagreed with the “Fuehrer”. But that just wasn’t the case. In fact, the state of Israel has an honor title of sorts; “Righteous Among the Nations (Hebrew: חֲסִידֵי אֻמּוֹת הָעוֹלָם, khasidei umót ha’olám)” for non-Jews, who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis: 601 persons from Germany are named on that list, including the names of 16+ Soldiers, Policemen, and Officials.
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Reporting from Rome, RTV's Michael J. Matt interviews Rome's premier traditional Catholic leader, Roberto de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation. The two men cover the Vatican's sexual abuse summit, homosexuality in the priesthood, Francis's "father and grandfather" (Carinal Martini and Carl Rahner) the revolution of Vatican II and the Catholic counterrevolution.
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Reporting from Rome, Michael Matt ends on a positive note. Francis has gone too far. He has no support outside of his inner circle of fools. The media, the abuse victims, the traditionalists -- they're all united on one thing: Francis can't be trusted; Francis is a huge problem. Michael is convinced that now, more than ever before, traditional Catholics need to advance now that it's clear in Rome that the great façade of Vatican II is collapsing before our eyes.
RTV in Rome. . . CNN's Delia Gallagher asks Cardinal Cupich the million-dollar question just before Cardinal Cupich loses his red hat. Reporting from the Vatican, Michael Matt comments on what's fast becoming a 'Pink Elephant Summit, with everyone ignoring the real problem but going on and on about 'synodality,' 'collegiality', 'pilgrim church', 'accompaniment', 'path forward', 'radical listening'--pretty much anything BUT the pink elephant in the room. And now these guys claim that because they've been listening to abuse victims here in Rome this week, they now know it's time to get serious about the abuse of minors. Are they joking?
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Vatican journalist, Sandro Magister, asks the million-euro question today at a major Summit press conference here in Rome: "What about homosexuality?" The Archbishop of Malta's answer was epic -- so epic, in fact, that Michael asks the natural follow-up: "Well, was John Paul 'the Great' homophobic then, too?" Michael Matt offers a late-night follow-up from Vatican City in which he points out how Vatican ineptitude is such that all sides are growing impatient with Francis, including the angry protestors outside of the press hall today calling the Pope and the Summit out.
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Michael J. Matt tells us what he expects from the Vatican Summit (current mood: disillusioned), just before attending the press briefing on day 1.
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Reporting from the Vatican, Michael Matt explains why Catholics around the world will not leave the Church despite the sexual abuse crisis but, rather, are resolved now more than ever to stay, stand and resist. On the eve of the Vatican Summit on clerical sexual abuse, Traditional Catholics stage a silent demonstration in Rome, followed by the answer to their prayer in the form of an eleventh-hour intervention from Cardinals Burke and Brandmuller. Plus, a major press conference provides opportunity for traditional Catholics to present the Catholic case to the mainstream media.
Flanked by Michael Matt and 100 Catholic activists, Professor Roberto de Mattei leads the Stop the Silence demonstration in Rome today, two days before the Vatican Summit on clerical sexual abuse.
I’m writing tonight in the shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica, having just participated in the Stop the Silence public demonstration organized by our friends and allies of the international coalition called Acies Ordinata here in Rome. This demonstration concluded with a press conference in which Catholic representatives from Poland, Canada, the US, Italy, France, and England addressed mainstream media reporters from the AP, ABCNews, the Tablet, and many others.
View Michael Matt’s statement at today’s press conference: