Christopher A. Ferrara
Pope Francis embraces Lutheran "Archbishop" Antje Jackelén in Lund, Sweden
At every stage in the ecclesial crisis that followed the Second Vatican Council, the Mensheviks of the Neo-Catholic Establishment (NCE) have been there to defend the Bolsheviks of the post-conciliar revolution as they foisted one destructive novelty after another upon the Church. The NCE has found a way to defend or excuse the New Mass with all its officially approved abuses (including Communion in the hand and John Paul II’s approval of “altar girls”), the New Ecumenism, the New Dialogue, the New Interreligious Dialogue, the New Bishops’ Conferences, the New Collegiality, the New Seminaries, the New Convents, the New Ecclesial Movements, the New Evangelization, the New Synodal Church, and now, with Amoris Laetitia (AL), even the New Catholic Morality, which declares that God does not expect obedience to the negative precepts of the natural law, including the Sixth Commandment, if one feels unable to attain the “objective ideal” given the “concrete complexity of one’s limits” (cf. Amoris Laetitia, ¶ 303).
In a 450-page book-interview, Pope Bergoglio reduces adultery and fornication to “minor sins,” announces a “battle” against sexual morality via Amoris Laetitia, condones “civil unions” for homosexuals, pronounces all wars unjust, and says the secular state is a healthy thing.
If there was any doubt that Pope Bergoglio’s tumultuous reign is an unparalleled, indeed apocalyptic, threat to the integrity of the Faith, that doubt cannot possibly survive the publication of “Pope Francis: Meetings with Dominique Wolton: Politics and Society,” a 450-page compendium of rambling private conversations between Bergoglio and Wolton, a French sociologist, during an extraordinary series of private audiences at the Vatican.
ProPublica and the Alt-Left’s New Tactic: Tortious Interference with Contractual Relations
Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.
ProPublica’s attempt at tortious interference with contract has failed as to Jihad Watch, which was featured in the Kirchner, et al. faux “investigative journalism” report, consisting of regurgitated SPLC/ADL propaganda and an EXCEL spreadsheet listing 57 groups, including The Remnant, as “hate groups” whose accounts PayPal was apparently expected to terminate based on ProPublica’s flimsy presentation of non-evidence.
While PayPal temporarily suspended Jihad Watch’s account immediately following receipt of the results of ProPublica’s sham “investigation,” it quickly reversed that decision after a storm of protests and account cancellations by Jihad Watch supporters.
Cue laughing trombone.
ProPublica also cut off the comment thread to its report after only 73 comments, nearly all of which condemned ProPublica for its ham-handed effort to punish Unapproved Opinion.
The almost total lack of supportive comments indicates that ProPublica has no real constituency and is merely a creature of Leftist foundation largesse—in this case, the Sandler Foundation, funded by Soros allies Herbert and Marion Sandler, major supporters of the Soros empire of some 527 far-Left front groups. As ProPublica’s website states: “The Sandler Foundation made a major, multi-year commitment to fund ProPublica at launch.”
In short, ProPublica is no “independent investigative newsroom” but just another alt-Left façade, propped up by foundation money without which it could never survive.
The email from an outfit called ProPublica arrived in the Remnant’s inbox at 2:08 PM with a “deadline” of 5 PM. Sent by one Lauren Kirchner, the email reads as follows:
No matter what Donald Trump may be able to achieve as President, despite opposition from literally all the powers of this world, his greatest achievement is already behind him and established as a landmark in Western history: his election to the Presidency of the United States of America.
Joseph Tobin Pumping iron and welcoming “gay couples” to his cathedral
A Bergoglian cardinal for the new Gay Church
As I have noted on these pages more than once, the essential novelty of the Bergoglian pontificate, even in the midst of the turbulent sea of novelty that is the post-conciliar epoch, is its carefully planned and relentlessly executed assault on the Sixth Commandment under the guise of “accompanying and “integrating” public sinners involved in “second marriages” and other “irregular unions” through a vague process of “discernment” of their “concrete situations.” In other words, a form of situation ethics in matters sexual. This development is simply apocalyptic. There is no other word for what we are witnessing.
On June 21, DHS’s acting Director of the Cyber Division of the department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Samuel Liles, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the endless, increasingly farcical “Russia probe.” Let me summarize his testimony for the reader (the Remnant digests this important material so that you don’t have to):
Internet-connected state election systems were “potentially targeted” in 21 states by “Russian-government-linked cyber actors.” This was the equivalent of someone who was “rattling the door knob and was unable to get in,” but in a small number of states “they made it through the door.” There is no evidence that any votes were changed because voting machines are not connected to the Internet.
In short, nothing actually happened, as indicated by the weasel words “potentially targeted.” Nevertheless, Russia’s dastardly “potential targeting” cannot go unpunished! We cannot allow America’s Greatest Enemy Ever to rattle the sacred door knobs of democracy!
But, the reader may ask, how do we really know that the “potential targeting” was conducted by “Russian government-linked cyber actors”? Well, if you knew anything about counter-intelligence work, you would know that the “Russian government-linked cyber actors” left their Russian government-linked digital fingerprints at the scenes of the potential cyber-crimes they could actually have committed if they had wanted to commit them. Their fingerprints are all over the door knobs of our democracy!
But, but, the reader may wonder, why would sophisticated Russian government-linked cyber actors be so inept as to leave their fingerprints at the scene of their “potential targeting”? Why would they not make their potential targeting untraceable to its source by generating fake IP addresses and using other means of concealment, like pimple-faced adolescents hacking government agencies and credit data bases from their parents’ basement?
Well, if you knew anything about counter-intelligence work you would know that sophisticated Russian government-linked cyber actors routinely employ reverse psychology whenever they potentially do something they could actually do if they were inclined to do it. They make it so obvious that Russian government-linked cyber actors were involved that we might think it couldn’t possibly be Russian government-linked cyber actors, who would never be so obvious. Ah ha!
The incurably skeptical reader may cavil at the phrase “Russian government-linked cyber actors.” How is a Russian government-linked cyber actor different from simply a Russian government cyber actor? What constitutes a “link” to the Russian government, and how do we know that the “link” is not just a phony IP address like those pimple-faced kids use?
Well, if you knew anything about counter-intelligence work, etc.
Clearly, the astonishing disclosure that Russian government-linked cyber actors rattled the door knobs of our democracy means that Donald Trump must have colluded with Vladimir Putin to undermine the very foundation of our way of life: the election of Hillary Clinton. No doubt, Robert Mueller and his army of Clinton donors will get to the bottom of this… in a few years.
Meanwhile, should there not be a Congressional investigation of whether Russian government-linked cyber actors potentially affected the outcome of the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District? Karen Handel was supposed to lose, like Trump was supposed to lose. Yet she won, just like Trump did. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Indeed, how can America ever trust the election of any Republican again, given the undeniable role of Russian government-linked cyber actors in potentially favoring Republicans and rattling the door knobs of our democracy in order—potentially—to collude with them in some manner that will surely be determined after numerous thorough investigations?
Only an independent commission or another special counsel can determine whether Republican victories will ever be legitimate again. Until then, RESIST!
Dear President Trump:
You are now in the midst of an absolutely intolerable situation: A Democrat acting Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, has appointed a Democrat special counsel, Robert Mueller, who has hired Democrat lawyers, including a lawyer for the Clinton Foundation, in order to perpetuate an already year-long, fruitless investigation of the Democrat fantasy, invented by Hillary Clinton and John Podesta, that your Presidential campaign somehow “colluded with Russia” to “hack the election.” At the same time, five congressional committees, including cooperative Republicans, and the FBI are continuing the same pointless investigation into a fantasy that would not be a crime even if it were true.
The letter appointing Mueller does not even identify an alleged crime to be investigated, without which the special counsel has no jurisdiction to proceed. Yet Mueller is assembling a small army of $1000-per-hour political operatives with law licenses, all at taxpayer expense, in order to conduct an investigation in search of a crime—the very thing a special counsel is not authorized to do.
The essence of the heresy of Pelagius, a holy monk who went badly wrong, is denial of the dogma of Original Sin and the effects of Adam’s transgression upon the whole human race. Pelagianism holds that man is not in a fallen state and that his free will alone is able to reach perfection in virtue, even if grace may assist in the endeavor. The existence of an original Paradise and state of human perfection in Adam and Eve are also denied, with death and concupiscence viewed as natural to man. Pelagius also anticipated by more than a thousand years the Lutheran master-heresy of justification by fiducial faith in Christ alone, with no interior transformation and elevation to a state of grace.
Dear President Trump:
I have been following Presidential politics for decades, and never, not even during the height of the Watergate affair, have I seen anything like the situation in which you are now embroiled.
In the brief time that has elapsed since your inauguration—just over four months—the media-DNC-Deep State-RINO complex has managed, by means of an entirely fictional “Russian collusion” narrative, to create or contribute to the impression that you are already on the verge of impeachment proceedings based upon absolutely nothing of legal consequence. An astounding array of investigations, most of them launched in the last days of the Obama administration, have searched for “collusion” without even the allegation of an underlying crime. To date, the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and committees of the House and Senate have found no evidence to support the fiction. Yet on and on the multi-pronged investigation goes.