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Remnant Editor’s Note: Father Patrick de la Rocque, SSPX, is the Parish Priest of the Society of St. Pius X’s largest church in Paris, the famous Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet. He was also one of the four theologians on the SSPX side during the doctrinal discussions under Pope Benedict. As part of our ongoing discussion of both the pros and the cons of a possible SSPX regularization, Father de la Rocque raises an interesting argument in favor of exercising extreme caution. This article appeared in the March 2017 edition of Le Chardonnet, the parish bulletin of Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet, Paris, and was posted on the SPPX French District website La Porte Latine. We’re grateful to our friend and important European ally for this exclusive Remnant translation, and would once again ask for prayers on his behalf. MJM 

On the 4th February last, the area around the Vatican woke up to find itself covered with posters calling out to the Pope: “Eh, Francis! You have commissioned Congregations, dismissed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, you have ignored Cardinals… But where is your mercy?”

Caring and compassionate Novus Ordo “shepherd”, circa A.D. 2017, "Year of the Great Bergoglian Schism" Caring and compassionate Novus Ordo “shepherd”, circa A.D. 2017, "Year of the Great Bergoglian Schism"
The Remnant’s Chris Ferrara spotted the rise of this character fifteen years ago. We reprint here his classic essay from the Remnant archives on the irremediably corrupt Novus Ordo establishment, including Blase Cupich, in the midst of the worldwide eruption of the “pedophile” (homosexual priest) scandal in 2000-2002.

This piece was written in the aftermath of the “pedophile summit” in Rome, which Chris attended as our correspondent, posing a question to then head of the USCCB, Bishop Wilton Gregory, whose explosive answer was reported by the international press: “[I]t is an ongoing struggle to make sure that the Catholic priesthood is not dominated by homosexual men.”
Next up: Ordaining married men? Next up: Ordaining married men?
Attempting to exude the gravitas of well-intentioned resignation, our pontiff, who just appeared for the second time on the cover of Rolling Stone, is now sighing all over the Internet that the vocations crisis may just force him to ask some viri probati (married viri probati, mind you) to step up to the sacred plate.  After all, seminaries these days are as empty as St. Peter’s Square.  What is a Supreme Pontiff supposed to do?

Never mind that Pope Francis’ own yes-man from Malta has finally stated openly what, until now, has remained menacingly implied pretty much everywhere during these long post-Vatican II decades:  namely, that any young man who feels truly called to become an alter Christus in the unlimited service of God is very welcome not to let the door hit him on his way out.  But for purposes of mainstream consideration, all we are supposed to talk about is the fact that there aren’t enough priests, which leaves a serious-minded and good-hearted shepherd like Pope Francis between a rock and a hard place.  Even the Holy Spirit would have to admit (wouldn’t He?) that desperate times call for desperate measures.
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