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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION: Francis Blinks

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THE REVOLUTION OF Pope Francis is far more vulnerable than he wants the world to think it is. By his own admission, Francis set out to fundamentally change the Church founded by Christ Himself, whose doctrine is based on Holy Writ and whose praxis is rooted in 2000 years of Catholic Tradition.

Even despite Vatican II, such papal hubris is unprecedented in the history of the Church and is bound to encounter significant opposition.

Today, February 12, 2020, we have been given welcome proof of the extent to which this pontificate has jumped the shark.

After all their threats and boisterous bloviating at the Amazon Synod about the coming ordination of women deacons, the Apostolic Exhortation turned out to be much ado about nothing, with the pope quite rightly admitting that to admit women to Holy Orders “would in fact narrow our vision; it would lead us to clericalize women, diminish the great value of what they have already accomplished, and subtly make their indispensable contribution less effective.”

Exactly right, Francis!

Francis’ Exhortation is called Querida Amazonia, which means “Beloved Amazon”, and although it argues that “inculturation” is “necessary” for the Amazon people—and praises “indigenous expressions of religiosity”—it falls well short of the mark when it comes to the threatened ordination of women and married priests, causing the German bishops to accuse the pope of lacking the courage needed to truly "reform" the Church. 

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Is this only a temporary setback for the Francis agenda? It would seem so.  After all, they’re still recovering from their Pachamama Pagan Pope scandal, which not only blew up the entire Catholic world but also caused the Vatican's Protestant "dialogue partners" to go into full-on scandal mode.

Damage control was in order. But let's not underestimate the power of the Holy Ghost. Let's pray Francis is finally beginning to realize that the Church is not his plaything, and that his duty before God is to preserve and defend what was handed down to him, not "reform" it. 

So for the moment at least, and even through Francis is still hell-bent on turning the Church over the United Nations and the climate change gestapo, let’s thank God that Francis blinked in the face of worldwide opposition to his radical ecclesial agenda.

Let’s also thank God for Cardinal Raymond Burke, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Cardinal Muller and the other brave bishops and priests who sent a clear message to Francis that they would not remain silent in the face of the Amazon Synod’s scandal and promised violation of the Church’s constant, infallible and unchangeable teaching.

And, finally, hats off to the entire traditional Catholic world of “rigorist” “neo-Pharisees” who stood up and resisted Francis to his face. The Apostolic Exhortation offers proof that the Holy Ghost has not left us orphans, that Our Lady’s intercession is powerful indeed, and that traditional Catholic resistance is absolutely vital now as God continues to strengthen the resolve of key members of proper authority in the Church who, even after fifty years of diabolical collegiality, are beginning to break ranks and stand with Christ and Tradition against the Modernist revolution of Vatican II.

Keep praying, friends. This is far from over.

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.