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‘To Hell with Accompaniment’: A Courageous Catholic Professor on the Francis Effect Featured

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‘To Hell with Accompaniment’: A Courageous Catholic Professor on the Francis Effect
Yesterday, our friends at LifeSiteNews posted the following:

March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — American Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor is famous for answering a pronouncement by leftist author Mary McCarthy that the Eucharist is a “symbol” by exclaiming, albeit in a shaky voice: “Well, if it’s a symbol, to hell with it!”
Relating this encounter in a letter, O’Connor added: “That was all the defense I was capable of but I realize now that this is all I will ever be able to say about it, outside of a story, except that it is the center of existence for me; all the rest of life is expendable."
O’Connor’s matchless apologia comes to mind when reading Douglas Farrow’s analysis on the crisis in the Catholic Church, and not because his essay in March’s First Things is titled: “To hell with accompaniment.” (It’s found under Discernment of Situations in the online.)

It’s because Farrow, a professor of Christian thought at McGill University, is clear that the rapidly rising discord in the Church involves “not merely on pastoral judgment with respect to the sacraments” but the sacraments themselves, and so “must be resolved, however painful the process." READ MORE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: It goes without saying that we at The Remnant recognize and celebrate a significant sea change among millions of faithful Catholics where the error of papalotry and the heresy of conciliarism are concerned. It seems evident to us that part of the Francis Effect is indeed positive, in that so many good Catholics are waking up to the truly diabolical nature of the revolution in the Catholic Church. It would certainly seem that now is the time for faithful Catholics to set partisan politics aside and come to the next startling realization--that what's happening today has been a long time coming and that, really, it has less to do with Pope Francis and much more to do with the Modernist Revolution in the Church in general, which raised its ugly head in the Church at the time of the Second Vatican Council. 

The Francis Effect is just that--an effect, not a cause, and it's high time we all examine the root cause of how it came to be that the faith of the Catholic world has become so lukewarm as to tolerate such abominations coming out of Rome with nary a whimper of protest. How did this happen? The faith has been under universal assault for over a hundred years, and, especially over the past half century, the venerable Roman Rite has been all but destroyed, Catholic theology has been watered down to the point of making it unrecognizable as Catholic, the priesthood has been infiltrated, and the heresy of Ecumenism has left millions of our co-religionists virtually indistinguishable from their Protestant counterparts.

They have uncrowned Christ, raped His bride and placed his people in the bondage of indifferentism. God help us, it's time for all Catholics who still believe to stand up—together, as one—and to take our Church back.


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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.