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In his Letter to Friends and Benefactors from the Feast of St. Joseph in 1978, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre wrote of the “great mystery” of the Church’s crisis, which he called the passion of the Church:

“Providence has allowed this painful crisis in the Church for our sanctification and in order to give more brightness to the pure gold of its doctrine and its means of redemption. This passion of the Church is a great mystery, for it reaches chiefly its hierarchy, its scholars, who seem to no longer know who they are and the reasons of their being appointed.”

Archbishop Lefebvre arguably did more to explain the nature of the Church’s crisis than anyone else since Vatican II, but he nonetheless saw it as a “great mystery.” Moreover, he believed that God permitted the terrible crisis “for our sanctification and in order to give more brightness to the pure gold of its doctrine and its means of redemption.”

If there is a gift that Heaven has given to us through the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, that was not, in any case, the apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum (2007). Actually, such a gift could be a completely different and astounding one. It was the recognition of Saint Hildegard of Bingen a Doctor of the Church, an event that happened on October 7, 2012. But why would such an event be a heavenly gift?

Although many colleges no longer teach Shakespeare’s plays, the fact remains that he was arguably the greatest master of the English language to ever write. If we were to find a new play from him, the world would take notice. If the play happened to be a devout portrayal of the trials and hopes of persecuted Catholics, Catholics would rejoice. It is an even more extraordinary blessing that God allowed him to conceal the devout Catholic allegory within a play that was performed before James I’s court.

If, among the priests who read my appeal, there are some who could make themselves available to guarantee spiritual assistance to the Nuns of Arlington and celebrate the Holy Mass for them according to the venerable Tridentine Rite, I think that by this action – which would honor their Priesthood – they could carry out a work of true Mercy that the Lord will not fail to reward.

Vigano crest 2Declaration of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

Blessed are you when they insult you, persecute you
and, lying, they will say all sorts of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in heaven.
For this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.  -
Mt 5:11-12

Introduction

If there is one thing that causes indignation in the attack of the modernist Hierarchy against the most venerable and sacred institutions of the Catholic Church, it is to see how apparently different situations are managed on the basis of the same script and, significantly, in perfect coherence with a pseudotheological and pseudomoral approach that contradicts the immutable Magisterium of the Catholic Church. The problem with this Hierarchy is that it is at the same time both the official authority and the fifth column of the enemy, so that it acts by the means that ecclesiastical power permits it to use, but for the opposite purpose to that for which the Lord has instituted it. The deep church plays in the Church the subversive role that the deep state plays in civil governments. This situation of institutional dissociation on the one hand makes possible the usurpation of authority by a corrupt and corrupting power, and on the other makes it impossible and useless to turn to that same authority to demand justice; especially when the most aberrant violations are committed with the explicit endorsement of the supreme authority.

New from Remnant TV...

Before getting into the controversy surrounding breaking news about Fathers Jackson (FSSP) and de Maillard (SSPX), Michael Matt looks at the post-Vatican II Church under fire in just about every conceivable way – from 9 priests murdered in Mexico, to cathedrals burned by arsonists in Europe, to iconic churches being repurposed as restaurants, climbing walls, and even Satanic temples all over the world. And what’s Pope Francis doing about cancel culture cancelling the Catholic Church? Why, he’s canceling the Latin Mass, of course.

Plus, the politicization of sex scandals involving Latin Mass priests: Critics accuse traditional Catholics of believing that, since they offer the Latin Mass, traditionalist priests can never fall from grace. Is this true?

The same critics also insist that Traditional Catholics say there was no problem with predator priests before Vatican II. Is this true? How could it be when St. Peter Damian was warning against perverts in the priesthood a thousand years ago?  

Uh-oh! What’s an “investigative journalist” going to do now? Are any of these charges true, or is this just part of their anti-Trad narrative?

Michael takes it head on: What do traditionalists actually believe? What is the truth of the matter? And are Latin Mass priests above the law?

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There is something about the term “mad scientist” which fits.  After all, we don’t speak of “mad accountants” or “mad truckers.”  It is almost as if a type of madness is an occupational hazard of being a scientist.  We see the mad scientist represented as a stock character of fiction in various genres ranging from horror, science fiction, and even the cartoons for children.  Typically, he is a genius, having immense knowledge and understanding of natural phenomena, but little appreciation of what it means to be human.  Sometimes he is a misguided or even comic figure.  At other times he is evil and malicious.

It is undisputed knowledge that Boston was ground zero regarding the exposure of the homosexual abuse of minors in the universal Church.  After the removal of Bernard Cardinal Law as head of the Archdiocese of Boston and his subsequent replacement, Sean O’Malley, various things needed to be done to staunch the bleeding, among them how to finance the settlements of the many victims. 

In his Athanasius and the Church of Our Time, Bishop Rudolf Graber quoted a 1968 article from the Paris journal of the Grand Orient de France, “L’Humanisme,” foretelling the future of the Church:

It is not the scaffold that is awaiting the Pope, it is the rise of local Churches organizing themselves democratically, rejecting the dividing-line between clergy and laymen, creating their own dogma and living in complete autonomy from Rome.” (p. 71)

After our last Remnant Underground, a number of viewers expressed interest in Michael Matt’s take on the Vatican’s World Meeting of Human Fraternity – an embarrassingly underattended major event that took place on June 10.  Apart from featuring prominent gay dancers, this meeting was geared for what they call the ‘children of the hug” who sang Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World.”  (Michael Jackson songs at the VATICAN? Really?!)

“In condemning us you condemn all your own ancestors — all the ancient priests, bishops and kings — all that was once the glory of England, the isle of saints, and the most devoted child of the See of Peter.” — St. Edmund Campion

New from Remnant TV...

In this edition of The Remnant Underground, Michael Matt covers the following topics:

  • George Soros is finally stepping down.
  • Elon Musk says Soros hates Humanity, and now the Left says Musk is an antisemite.
  • Ross McKnight: He’s a traditional Catholic homeschool dad who took a stand for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the woke mob made him pay. (Or did they?)
  • Roberto Bolle, Italy’s most famous gay dancer, performs for the ‘Children of the Hug’ at the Vatican’s World Meeting on Human Fraternity. (Spoiler Alert: Bolle is also one of Klaus Schwab’s ‘Young Globalist Leaders.” Well of course he is!
  • And finally, are traditional Catholics really a bunch of rad trad nasties as the guys with the huge microphones on YouTube say they are?

All that and more, including a Chartres Pilgrimage follow up.