Set in our nation’s hallowed capital, CPAC, or the Conservative Political Action Conference, has been a popular, influential, but unsurprisingly boring gathering of young and energetic American conservatives for over forty years. While the event traditionally has incorporated a wide variety of voices on the right (including a recent surge of libertarianism inspired by Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential run), the energetic gathering has been dominated by mainstream American conservatism or what is more properly and grossly called “neoconservatism.”
However, with the neoconservative movement having been effectively demolished and humiliated by a real estate mogul and former reality TV show host turned indefectible ruler of the free world, in the past two years, CPAC has taken a decidedly rightward and traditional drift.
Would the Bergoglian Juggernaut Undermine the Case for the Infallibility of Canonizations by Raising Paul VI to the altars?
[This article appeared in the February 28 issue of The Remnant Newspaper. To see what else was in that issue, subscribe today!]
Introduction: A Perennially Smoldering Debate Reignited
Pope Bergoglio’s rapid-fire canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII have understandably contributed to growing concerns among the faithful about the reliability of the “saint factory” put into operation during the reign of John Paul II. John Paul canonized more saints, including large batch canonizations, than the previous seventeen Popes combined, going all the way back to 1588, when Sixtus V founded the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. While Benedict XVI made some effort to slow the output of the factory, it has ramped up production again under Bergoglio, who in five years has cranked out 885 saints, including a batch of 800 Italian martyrs, as compared with 483 saints during John Paul’s entire 27-year reign. Five of these Bergoglian additions have been declared saints without even one verified miracle being attributed to them.
Both the Neo-Catholic World and certain Traditionalists are in shock this morning after reading that the German bishops will allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion.
As National Catholic Register reporter, Edward Pentin, writes:
At their spring conference in Ingolstadt, the German bishops’ conference agreed that a Protestant partner of a Catholic can receive the Eucharist after having made a “serious examination” of conscience with a priest or another person with pastoral responsibilities, “affirms the faith of the Catholic Church,” wishes to end “serious spiritual distress,” and has a “longing to satisfy a hunger for the Eucharist.”