A Remnant Book Review. . .
Book by Philip F. Lawler... Reviewed for The Remnant by Vincent Chiarello
(Regnery Gateway, 2018 196 pp.) – The authors of two recently published books critical of the current pontificate take very different initial approaches to their task. George Neumayr, author of The Political Pope (See my review: The Remnant, May 31, 2019) begins his critique of the pope with these words: "From the first moment I saw him, I knew that he was going to be a Modernist wrecking ball."
The other author is not as blunt, at least at the start. He begins thus: "Every day I pray for Pope Francis. And every day (I am exaggerating, but only slightly), the pope issues another reminder that he does not approve of Catholics like me." Philip Lawler, Lost Shepherd.
In his article, "Pope Francis Addresses Criticism of His Pontificate and Discusses ‘Schism’", Edward Pentin informs his readers that: "On the papal plane from Madagascar on Tuesday, Pope Francis said he always welcomes constructive criticism but not ‘pills of arsenic’ which he says can come from ‘rigid’ critics who hide behind orthodoxy and should be treated ‘with meekness.’"
According the Pentin, Francis set up the following almost laughable scenario for reporters on the plane to Madagascar: "Regarding the case of the Pope: I don’t like this aspect of the Pope, I criticize him, I speak about him, I write an article and ask him to respond, this is fair. To criticize without wanting to hear a response and without getting into dialogue is not to have the good of the Church at heart, it is chasing after a fixed idea, to change the Pope or to create a schism. This is clear: a fair criticism is always well received, at least by me." (Emphasis added)
- Will the Church, beginning this coming October, lose its Roman face in order to assume an “Amazonic face”? Somebody wants this to happen, but he is not in the Amazon, he is in Rome where Saint Peter was martyred, the Apostle on whom Christ conferred the universal Primacy.
The ninetieth anniversary of the Lateran Accords, signed in Rome on February 11, 1929, between the Holy See and the government of Benito Mussolini, passed almost unnoticed. The Accords, also known as the “Conciliazione” because they re-established collaboration between Church and State in Italy, which had ended after the taking of Rome in 1870, were replaced in 1984 with a “New Concordat” which distorted the significance of the 1929 Accords.
The Lateran Accords of 1929 included a Treaty with 27 articles as well as a Concordat with 45 articles. They reflect the principle already contained in the Statute issued in the Piedmont on March 4, 1848 (called the “Albertine Statute” because it was issued by King Carlo Alberto), which established that the Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman religion was the only religion of the Italian State.
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As Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller send letters to the College of Cardinals, warning that apostasy threatens to find its way into the tribal socialist Pan-Amazonian Synod in Rome next month, Michael J. Matt explains how October’s Synod of Bishops is on a trajectory set a half-century ago at the Second Vatican Council.
Matteo Salvini was pushed out of power in Italy last week, thanks to a Vatican-backed initiative to undermine the rosary-kissing Catholic populist who frequently called on Our Lady and the patron saints of Europe to protect Italy’s sovereignty, soul and borders.
Corruption in the Church appears bound to the existing social order. Caesaropapism was a threat so long as there were Caesars. Feudal corruptions like simony lasted (with some amendment) as long as feudalism. The divine-right kings had their sycophantic clergy, and it took the Age of Revolution to break that particular grip.
Thus the social order tends to frame the way Catholics see the Church. Granting that any number of influences work on the Church through time, it still helps to understand how things are done. The manners of an age will probably find expression in the Church's life, even if unconsciously.
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Here's a sermon many have waited 30 years to hear. Ironically, it comes from a diocesan priest, fighting Modernism right from within the belly of the beast.
In this Sunday Sermon of South Saint Paul, Father explains his own history growing up Catholic, recalling his childhood in the traditional Church and then recounting how the Revolution tore it all apart.
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Unite the Clans – is it just a call for a great big ecumenical group hug? Or is there more to it?
Michael J. Matt traces the history of the traditional Catholic movement, especially as relating to the Society of St. Pius X and the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and then asks the question: Despite three decades of bitter intermural squabbling, can we get out of the way long enough to the let the old Faith unite us in battle against those who would crush us all?
150 years ago, Michael Matt's great-grandfather, Hugo Klapproth, was battling Freemasons, Modernists and liberals on order from Pope Leo XIII
The Fight for Tradition Started Long Before Vatican II
Clockwise from upper left: Hugo Klapproth, Joseph Matt, Michael Matt, Walter Matt
Father Johannes Janssen, S.J., was born on April 10, 1829. He was a historian and a member of the Prussian House of Deputies. In 1880, he was made domestic prelate to the pope and he died in Frankfurt in 1891.
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Frs. Jimmy Martin, SJ, and Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP
There hasn’t been a lot of good news in my archdiocese lately—not for years, in fact. In the face of the massive legal costs relating to clergy sexual abuse, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection back in 2015.
Last year, our Archdiocese earned the sad distinction of having brokered the largest bankruptcy settlement of its kind between Church leaders and abuse victims, involving some 450 victims and a $210,290,724 settlement.
The Remnant calls for worldwide support of all traditional Catholic priests
Pope Francis/Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
When a group of feminists in Argentina wanted to mark International Women’s Day a couple of years back, they dressed a woman up to look like the Mother of God and had her perform a mock (with fake blood) abortion on herself in front of Our Lady of the Incarnation Cathedral in the city of San Miguel de Tucuman. The photographs of this blasphemy are too vile to display again here.
Though the anemic post-conciliar Church in that once-Catholic country could do nothing to stop this, one Catholic priest, Father Leandro Bonnin, wrote an open letter on Facebook, arguing that this “blasphemy has exceeded all limits. A blasphemy with all the unmistakable signs of the diabolical: with his malice, his perversity, and above all with his hatred of Mary.”
U.S. Attorney General, Bill Barr
In an interview with Jan Crawford of CBS, Attorney General William Barr said something that should strike fear in the hearts of all the conspirators involved in the plot to remove President Trump from office based on fabricated evidence of the fabricated non-crime of “colluding with the Russians” or, failing that, to accuse him of obstructing the phony investigation of the fake crime.
Crawford suggested that Barr was risking his reputation, “a reputation that you worked your whole life on,” by “protecting the President”—meaning, of course, exposing the illegal activities of the plotters. To which suggestion Barr replied:
Yeah, but everyone dies and I’m not… You know, I don’t believe in the Homeric idea that, you know, immortality comes by, you know, having odes sung about you (chuckles) over the centuries, you know.