Among those present at the event was retired apostolic nuncio to the United States and whistleblower Archbishop Carlo Viganò, making his first public appearance since he went into hiding after issuing his scathing testimony in criticism of recent Church leadership in August 2018.
The participants gathered under the name Acies Ordinata, a Catholic title reserved for Our Lady who assembles an army of the faithful to defeat her enemies.
In a Jan. 18 statement, they asked Pope Francis to state if he agrees with the “doctrinal deviations” that they say are supported by many German bishops.
… The participants also appealed to the German episcopacy to be “just as coherent” in following the synodal path “to its logical end-point” which, the statement asserted, is a “new church, with a German-Amazonian face” that is “separate” from the Catholic Church.
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REMNANT COMMENT: Edward Pentin’s presence at the Acies Ordinata offers some idea of the nature and importance of this event. In the age of social media and self-promotion demonstrations, the Acies Ordinata stands out as something different which even attracts the attention of topnotch journalists such as Pentin.
The point and purpose of it is not to impress with large numbers. The idea is to set up a Catholic “strike force”, if you will, that is light, maneuverable and can be set up fairly quickly to make a specific statement anywhere in the world. To accomplish this, invitations are sent to representatives in media and Catholic action to take part in the event or to cover it. Participants stand in silent protest for one hour, praying the rosary. Like St. John at the foot of the Cross, they stand in silent witness to the truth, followed by millions of Catholics around the world.
If you want large demonstrations of traditional Catholic force, consider joining Remnant Tours on the Chartres Pilgrimage where as many as 20,000 take to the streets in prayer and pilgrimage. Or come to this year’s Catholic Identity Conference. But the Acies Ordinata is not like other events and it’s not supposed to be. It’s a lay-run initiative and it’s so successful that in Munich this year, the great Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò came out of hiding to join in demonstration.
BREAKING: Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó joins Professor de Mattei, Michael J. Matt, John-Henry Westen, etc. right now in Munich at the Acies Ordinata. (can you spot him?) pic.twitter.com/CCCVB8PjS0— Michael J. Matt (@Michael_J_Matt) January 18, 2020
May God bless and keep the good men and women who organize this powerful public statement. MJM