Since the 1980s The Remnant has been proud to publish the powerful insights and commentary of the incomparable Solange Hertz. A close friend of Remnant founder Walter L. Matt (RIP) for many years, she was with the Remnant almost from the beginning. In her own right, Mrs. Hertz came to be regarded as the matriarch of traditional Catholicism in the English-speaking world (although her writings appeared not infrequently in French, as well).
She was so far ahead of the curve in exposing the fundamental errors afflicting the modern Church and State that newcomers to the traditionalist movement sometimes fail to realize that it was Mrs. Hertz who pioneered the early and in-depth exposés of feminism, democracy gone awry, Americanism, Natural Family Planning, and the myriad attacks on Sacred Scripture by the forces of scientism. (In fact, if you’re interested in the questions of biblical inerrancy, for example, or the Galileo case, evolution and geocentrism, if is largely because Mrs. Hertz was tackling such 900-pound gorillas long before it became fashionable to do so.)
Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to publish the following homage to the great Pope Pius XII. Submitted to us for publication by its author, it was presented as the keynote address at The Angelus Press’s 2012 Conference for Catholic Tradition: The Papacy. When it comes to the defense of the great wartime Pope of Peace, Ven. Pius XII, we believe no effort should be spared nor stone unturned, for in defending Pius we defend the papal embodiment of the Tradition, history and sacred liturgy of the Catholic Church which today are everywhere under scurrilous and incessant attack. We’re thus pleased to offer this study in its entirety. Special thanks to Professor Clarendon. MJM
One of the best ways of understanding what the Papacy is and means is to examine the lives of the successors of St. Peter. One such extraordinary figure from our own time is Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII, who reigned from 1939 to 1958. Even before he was called to be Christ’s Vicar, Pacelli was a figure who impressed one as being everything a future pope should be: ascetic, highly intelligent and cultured, yet approachable by all—and working, always working, never sparing himself, but giving his life for the Church. From staring down seven armed communists in his residence in Munich as Nuncio in 1919 to causing a Nazi ambassador to suffer a complete mental collapse after an audience in 1940, Pius was a man who inspired awe.
Editor's Note: The following article appeared in The Remnant's December 31, 2010 issue. It is part of a decade-long series of Remnant articles which vigorously and unapologetically opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq for violating the Church's teaching on what constitutes just war. For that editorial position, which continued from 2003 onward, we lost thousands of subscribers.
In recent weeks and months it has become very fashionable in neo-Catholic circles to finally begin to speak out against the genocide of Christians in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic extremists that took over after the U.S.-led “coalition of the willing” had finished bombing the living daylights out of Iraq for reasons even Fox News no longer cares to defend. That's all well and good, but I guess I'm curious to know where these neo-Catholic heroes were ten years ago when something might have been done to sandbag the lunatical U.S. foreign policy that would give us the insufferable Barack Obama and lead to the present crisis in Iraq, leaving millions homeless, tens of thousands dead, with our Christian brothers and sisters (those that survived the "shock and awe" of which we Americans were so embarrassingly proud at the time) driven from their homes, banished from their country and separated from their families forever.