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Monday, April 18, 2016

Should Remnant Apologize for Reporting 'Bernie Goes to Rome' Story Accurately?

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Should Remnant Apologize for Reporting 'Bernie Goes to Rome' Story Accurately?

This today from "Before departing for the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, Pope Francis greeted Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife. The two were staying as guests at Domus Sanctae Marthae because the presidential candidate was speaking at a conference organized by the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences." READ MORE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: When The Remnant covered the run-up to this tête-à-tête between the pope and the most socialist presidential contender in U.S. history, we were accused of taking liberal lies and reporting them as fact. Why? Because we’re just a bunch of “Francis haters", of course.

Remember? Besides, Bernie was making it all up! Francis had nothing to do with it, and in fact would NEVER meet personally, even briefly, with pro-abort Bernie Sanders. The Remnant was scolded and told to apologize for running such a hateful and false story.

So, now what?



The pope, himself, speaking to reporters on his plane later last week, confirmed that his brief meeting with Sanders had indeed taken place, saying “This morning when I was leaving, Senator Sanders was there. He knew I was leaving at that time, and he had the courtesy to greet me.”

A powerful and controversial politician being given a few moments in which to meet the Pope does not happen by accident. It makes no difference how long the meet and greet lasted. The point is the pope's personal secretary arranged it the night before and it took place exactly on schedule the following morning.

And all of this took place only after Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane, had had dinner at the Casa Santa Marta with Sanders' foreign policy adviser, Jeffrey D. Sachs (yes, the  very same 'sustainable development' guru so beloved by Pope Francis) and his wife, Sonia, who were joined by Bishop Sánchez Sorondo and Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras, the pope’s right-hand man and one of the Vatican’s top power players.

So what do the brave defenders of the Pope have to say now? Not one of them feels even the slightest compunction to apologize to The Remnant? After all, they went out of their way to go on social media and try to shoot the messenger, undermine our credibility, judge our motives, even accuse us of hate.

Is this okay?  This is the new godly?

Sister Mary Catherine back in the 3rd grade would have called that calumny. She used to use the analogy of a guy ripping open a feather pillow from high atop a skyscraper, allowing all those feathers to fly out over the city. "
How is it possible," Sister asked, "to ever get those feathers back into their case once you've released them into the wind? It's impossible, just as it's impossible to take calumny back, once you've spoken it [or typed it out on Facebook]."

But when it comes to the public calumny of ‘rad trads’, these good people evidently do not feel bound by the requirements of Christian charity.  They will go silent over the Bergoglio & Bernie meeting, and wait for the next papal scandal to come along before commencing to calumniate The Remnant for reporting on it accurately...rather than covering it up like good little neo-Catholics should.

The emperor is buck naked, of course, but our courageous critics remain bound and determined to gag the 'rad trads' who keep pointing out the obvious, rather than praising the humble prince's lovely raiment like a bunch of darn fools.  

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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.