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The day before the 2019 Pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres, U.S. coordinator Michael J. Matt explains the significance of the largest international traditional Catholic annual rendezvous in the world today--the Notre Dame de Chretiente Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres. With over 10,000 traditional Catholics coming into Paris from all over the world, Michael comments on what this is, its history and what it portends for the future of the Catholic Church.
The Cathedral of Chartres is the Key to Understanding the Pilgrimage to Chartres
This has been standing here for centuries. The premier work of man perhaps in the whole Western world, and it’s without a signature: Chartres. A celebration to God’s glory and to the dignity of man. All that’s left, most artists seem to feel these days, is man... There aren’t any celebrations. Ours, the scientists keep telling us, is a universe which is disposable. You know, it might be just this one anonymous glory of all things, this rich stone forest, this epic chant, this gaiety, this grand, choiring shout of affirmation, which we choose when all our cities are dust, to stand intact, to mark where we have been, to testify to what we had it in us to accomplish.” - Orson Welles
Umbria, not Montecasino; the true cradle of Western Monasticism
In tourist brochures, Umbria is called the “green heart” of Italy - the only region without a coast, and the exact geographic centre of the country. Though the most tourists usually hear about Umbria is about St. Francis, his was in fact a late revival; the roots of Catholic mystical spirituality go much deeper into Umbrian history.
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The European Union vs. the Kingship of Christ.
From the Editor's Desk, Michael J. Matt takes a closer look at the ramifications of huge advances for the populist movement in the recent European elections. What does this tell us about the EU and the pontificate of Pope Francis?
Italian journalist Antonio Socci says the vote for Matteo Salvini—the populist leader who entrusted Italy the Mother of God recently in Milan—was in fact a vote against Pope Francis and his globalist open-borders friends. Is Socci right?
By the way, why does Francis, who has met with Bono, the abortionist Bonino and Joe Biden, refuse to meet with Salvini?
Photo: Walter Matt
In the April 30th issue of The Remnant Newspaper, the week after Notre Dame burned and amid rumors of coming glass roofs and “modernists monstrosities”, Michael Matt wrote the following:
And if we’re to make an educated conjecture on what will happen to Notre Dame in Paris, perhaps we should look to Notre Dame de Chartres (also UNESCO World Heritage Site) which for the past ten years has been undergoing one of the greatest state-sponsored restoration projects in Europe. The state will restore Notre Dame in all of her glory, perhaps just in time for the post-Novus Ordo victory party when she will become ours again. In France the churches are all state-owned; so this is hardly mere wishful thinking.”
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St. Bede was born in northern England in the year 673. At the age of seven, he was sent, as an oblate, to a nearby monastery. In 686 the plague struck, and only two surviving monks were capable of singing the full offices; one was Bede, about 13 years old at the time. When he was only19, he was ordained a deacon by the bishop of his diocese. He became a priest at the age of 30.
A Letter from Rome...
In May of 2011, the TLM was celebrated on the high altar of St. Peter's Bascilica by Cardinal Brandmüller
In traditionalist circles, the city of Rome is sometimes seen as a center of doctrinal corruption and anti-ethical morality. But Rome, in addition to remaining the perennial center of universal Christianity, is also the place where, in the last fifty years since the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae, an unwavering loyalty to the ancient Roman Rite has been displayed by both the clergy and the laity alike. It is worth remembering this as we mark the anniversary of the liturgical reform, initiated by the Second Vatican Council and implemented by Paul VI, which the Jesuit historian of the Church Giacomo Martina has called “an authentic liturgical revolution, much greater than that of the Council of Trent” (Storia della Chiesa, Morcelliana, Brescia 1995, vol. III, p. 359).
Will Pope Francis endorse Joe Biden’s run for the White House?
Can faithful Catholics influence the next Conclave? From the Editor's Desk, Michael J. Matt responds with a resounding YES!
Michael questions the wisdom of accusing Pope Francis of formal heresy rather than just going after Francis the radical, far-Left politician.
Christianity is a strange religion. So strange, in fact, that it may be best not even to call it a religion at all. There is no end to ‘the varieties of religious experience’, as our pragmatic-Protestant culture delights in pointing out. But the treasure of truth safeguarded by the Catholic Church is, at heart, a singular paradox. Man sins, and God dies so that man might live. Nobody, but nobody, saw that coming.
Nobody sees it coming still. It shocks everyone who learns that God is not some lightning bolt-hurling playboy living on top of a mountain or a thousand-armed arhat with knotty hair. God is love, and love to death.
Vatican II Spring Time New Evangelization Update installment 6,876,543. This one comes from an April 29, 2019 article from “Michigan Live” website entitled, “Michigan residents leaving the Catholic Church as many turn away from religion.” The article states:
Between 2000 and 2018, membership in Michigan’s Catholic parishes dropped from 2.2 million to 1.8 million, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), which collects annual data from U.S. Catholic dioceses.
Even more striking in the CARA data are the declines in Catholic sacraments and education. Infant baptisms, down 49% since 2000. Weddings blessed by the Catholic Church, down 54%. First Communions, down 46%. Enrollment in Catholic grade schools, down 49%. Enrollment in K-12 religious education classes, down 48%...
Introduction: A Matter of Credentials?
Having seen quite enough of Pope’s Francis’ theological wrecking ball in operation, and fearing even worse to come, a number of prominent Catholic academics have issued an Open Letter to the worldwide episcopate accusing Francis of “the canonical delict of heresy” and requesting that the bishops “take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation of a heretical pope.” The authors declare: “We take this measure as a last resort to respond to the accumulating harm caused by Pope Francis’s words and actions over several years, which have given rise to one of the worst crises in the history of the Catholic Church.”