Mass on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, then... closed churches now?
Editor's Note: On this Wednesday in Holy Week, I'd like to dedicate the following article to all the heroic priests in the world today who are defying the fearmongers of secularism by finding a way to keep the sacramental life of the Church active in the lives of faithful Catholics. The present crisis is sustained by fear. Fear is crippling. Fear causes men to become weak and easily controlled. Karl Marx was wrong. Religion is not the "opium of the masses" but rather the thing that makes us who we are and gives life its deepest meaning and most profound purpose. Men like Marx could not compete with religion and so they mocked it and suggested it is only meaningful for the unenlightened and oppressed masses who have nothing else. But they were wrong.
A hundred years later, atheism has shown itself to be the dark place where Hope goes to die. In the face of true religion, even the most ruthless state is powerless to oppress the people. If the good priests stand with their flocks today--if the consolation of the Sacraments is maintained--then the very worst potential of this suffocating global shutdown can be kept at bay. To our bishops, then, let us desperately send this message here in Holy Week:
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In the middle of the #COVID19 pandemic, many Catholic bishops and priests locked the faithful out of their own churches, bowing to the state's decision that the Sacraments are 'non-essential' services.
Some brave priests have refused to abandon their flocks. Here in St. Paul, Minnesota, for example, one priest is making sure his congregation is not deprived of the great consolation of Holy Mother Church during this dark moment in human history.
“YOU HAVE SAID SO”
“Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another,
“Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me.
The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!
It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Is it I, Master?”
He said to him, “You have said so.”
Mt 26, 20-25
On March 25, the 2020 Pontifical Yearbook was published with a real novelty. It may seem like a typographical trifle, in the part dedicated to the reigning pontiff, but this is not the case. Until last year, in fact, Francis’s titles were listed at the top of the page, beginning with “Vicar of Christ”, “Successor of the Prince of the Apostles” etc., and ending with his birth name and a very brief biography.
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Remnant Editor's Introduction: During this seemingly apocalyptic moment, we must be ever mindful of the fact that, despite the great apostasy that's been unfolding in the Church for decades, God Himself has not abandoned us.
Good priests all over the world are answering the call of the disenfranchised faithful, to help them maintain the lumen Christi in the midst of the present darkness that seems to be enveloping the whole world. In this moment of desolation, many of them are beginning to understand the warp and woof of the Modernist revolution that has decimated the Catholic Church, nearly destroyed the venerable Roman Rite and now finally left us all spiritually abandoned outside of locked churches.
Bishop Athanasius Schneider
ROME, March 27, 2020 — As the coronavirus continues to spread, Bishop Athanasius Schneider has urged priests to imitate Jesus the Good Shepherd and, for the sake of souls, even disobey the unjust orders of bishops whom he says are now behaving more like “civil bureaucrats” than “shepherds.”
In a new interview on the Church’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic (see full text below), the auxiliary bishop of Saint Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan, said he believes the majority of Catholic bishops reacted “precipitously and out of panic in prohibiting all public Masses.” The decision to close churches, he said, is “even more incomprehensible.”
Leaving politics and conspiracy out of it for a moment, families need to make sure their little ones are protected from apprehension overload. We will come together as a Christian community and we will get through this. Let’s make sure that our children know that tonight when they go to sleep.
TODAY, THE WORLD is being hit with a tsunami of bad news, non-stop, shaking up every level of our past sense of security, and sending us all in a whirlwind of uncertainty and unparalleled fears. Just last month, the economy had been better than ever, the stock market’s numbers were through the roof, businesses were reporting impressive gains and stability: a comfortable financial oasis for those living in America! But suddenly, blindsiding us all, the paradigm has changed—a microscopic enemy like a virus morphed into astronomical global changes and harm. For many, what took three years or more to attain was gone in three months or three days. Others lived month to month asking, how will I pay all my bills next bill cycle? This month’s primary stressor is: will I live long enough to have to pay next month’s bills?
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And what about the Vatican and its 'Church of Accompaniment'? Looks more like the 'Church of Abandonment.' Will it ever recover? Pope Francis just made a deal with the Chinese Communists. Will he ever be taken seriously again?
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The show’s host, Fr. Robert McTeigue, invited Mr. Matt to the show to answer the question: Is United Nations ideology infiltrating the Vatican?
The invitation came on the heels of a recent Remnant TV video: VATICAN'T: Catholic/UN Population Control.
“I’ve been through MERS, SARS, Ebola, the first Gulf war and the second, and I don’t recall anything like this. There’s unnecessary, exaggerated panic. We have to calm people down…. [E]everybody is whipping everybody else up into panic — the leaders, via the media, and the wider public — who then in turn start to stress out the leaders. We’ve entered some kind of vicious cycle.” - Dr. Jihad Bishara, Israeli virologist
Editor’s Note: I realize many good people are frightened by what’s going on just now. I also realize that families in Europe and China especially have been terribly impacted by the Coronavirus, which has claimed lives—real people’s lives, living in the real world. We pray for them and we resolve not to let them die in vain by failing to take ordinary precautions here in the United States that will prevent what happened to them from happening to us. That said, we must also put the crisis in its proper perspective. This will keep panic at bay, which in turn will dramatically reduce the threat caused by hoarding of everything from medical supplies to toilet paper to food.
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During the Coronavirus pandemic, it may be prudent for some people in 'at risk categories' not to go to Mass for a couple of weeks. There is no Mass obligation for those who are ill or in danger of becoming ill.
But closing churches and stopping all Masses at a time like this is an outrage. So, why are so many 'progressive’ shepherds, who said they were going to make the Church into a “field hospital”, suddenly locking their churches and heading for cover during the flock’s moment of most desperate spiritual need? What happened to the Church of Accompaniment? Church of Abandonment is more like it.