The Remnant Will Never Forget
The Remnant devotes this section of our exclusively to testimonies by those who lived through the revolution of the Second Vatican Council.
This page is reserved for those who saw what happened, or heard what happened from those who did, and who truly understand how Catholic families were blown apart. Visitors who have personal reflections, or memories of traditionalists pioneers, or reminicences of the revolution are encouraged to tell their stories and share their pictures here. . . so that we will never forget.
RTV Covers Vatican Sex Abuse Summit in Rome
Remnant TV was in Rome this past week covering the Vatican’s clerical sexual abuse summit on the “protection of minors”. It seemed a dismal assignment, to be sure, but the reason it was necessary for The Remnant to be in the Eternal City was so we could throw in with our traditional Catholic allies in Rome who’d organized an act of formal resistance to the Vatican sham summit.
Going in, we all knew that the ultimate goal of the summit was to establish child abuse—not rampant homosexuality in the priesthood—as the main cause of a crisis in the Catholic Church which now rivals that of the Protestant Revolt. (Remnant TV coverage of this event as well as the Vatican summit itself, can be found on The Remnant’s YouTube channel, and for your convenience is laid out below:View items...
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Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
"The heresy which is now being born will become the most dangerous of all; the exaggeration of the respect due to the Pope and the illegitimate extension of his infallibility."
These words were spoken by Fr. Henri LeFloch, Superior of the French Seminary in Rome in 1926(1). How prophetic they have become for our day. And what a day to endure when an Archbishop (Scicluna of Malta) has the audacity to inform the faithful that they must ask the Church to teach them the will of Christ for their lives, and then defines the "church" as the current Pope and those bishops in communion with him(2). No Bible. No Catechism. No Tradition. Certainly no Traditional Mass. No reverence for the Lord, only a shallow reverence for the world as taught by Jorge Bergoglio and the bishops "in communion" with him.
National Catholic Register reported on the ominous Wednesday address of Justice Alito:
“A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs,” Justice Samuel Alito warned in an address on Wednesday sponsored by Advocati Christi, a New Jersey-based group of Catholic lawyers and judges.
The justice pointed to two intertwined threats to the free exercise rights of Catholics and Church-affiliated institutions: progressive sexual orthodoxies that frame orthodox Catholics as haters, and an updated version of the old anti-Catholic bigotry that spawned resistance to the election of John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic president of the United States. Alito recalled the excitement he felt as a boy, when Kennedy was elected president and Catholics believed that they had finally earned acceptance in mainstream society.
More than half a century later, Catholics and other religious believers now face new forms of bigotry sparked by the advancement of a new agenda of sexual rights. Read More HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: For the past fifty years, The Remnant has been trying to wake Catholics to the horrific coming reality that if the Catholic Church--the only moral authority the world has ever known--surrenders to the zeitgeist of worldly thinking, secularism and liberalism, it would only be a matter of time before full-on persecution of Christians rises in the future.
Well, the future is now here.
Certainly, the assault on the Traditional Latin Mass was the catalyst for the Traditional Catholic counterrevolution, but there was always much more to it than that. The Modernist Revolution in the Church sought to undermine traditional Catholic moral theology as well, while demoting the Catholic Church to merely one among equal world religions. With Catholic moral theology presented as "too rigid" and in need of updating to keep pace with the modern world, the entire moral fabric of society would quickly erode to such an extent that, finally, abominations such as the murder of the unborn and the "marriage" of two men, two women, would become inevitable.
After winning the war on the unborn, the family and even gender itself, the persecution of the few Christian "haters" who might object to the ensuing moral anarchy would become small potatoes indeed--thus Justice Alito's warning.
But let's never forget that the Traditional Catholic counterrevolution sought to preserve much more than the Mass, but also the entire moral order by defending the system of Traditional Catholic belief of our fathers, handed down to them by their fathers--a system always and forever at war with the spirit of the age. It's no accident that Modernist revolutionaries campaigned on the ideas of novelty, updating and aggiornamento--notions fundamentally at odds with Tradition and thus fundamentally at odds with Catholicism.
This is why the defense of the Traditional Latin Mass and the proclamation of the Social Kingship of Christ always went hand in hand. It was all about maintaining the common good that since Calvary was based on Christ's teaching and on the teaching of His Church, wherein the individual as well as the family could realize the end for which they were created by God in the first place. Those who tried to uncrown Him knew full well that His Law and His Church were all that ever stood between civilization and anarchy, as well as lost souls of whole generations.
Did I mention that the "great" Second Vatican Council somehow forgot to mention the Social Kingship of Christ? Indeed, the liturgical revolution in the Church was obviously waged by those who abhorred Christ the King, just as He'd been crucified by those who also rejected His Kingship. His enemies had for centuries been attempting to disrupt the moral order that was based on His Social Reign. And those who finally uncrowned Him in our own time knew this much: Change how His followers pray and you change how His followers believe.
And guess what? It worked!
So, you don't like Latin? You know what? Learn to like it! This isn't about liturgical preferences. This isn't about likes and dislikes. This isn't about what brainwashed modern Catholics think is liturgically rewarding to them personally. This is about truth and salvation. It's about safeguarding and preserving the old Faith. It's about saving the souls--and the lives--of our children.
So, if you really want to do something about the coming persecution of all things Christian that Justice Alito is rightly warning against-- study the Revolution in the Church, especially of the last half century-- and learn to become a Traditional Catholic. In other words, become Catholic again.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio reached a frightening conclusion in a recent interview with Edward Pentin. Father Gerald Murray summarizes:
Ready for some casuistry? Should the Catholic Church allow a man and a woman to receive the sacraments in the following case? A woman living with a married but divorced man tells him that she no longer wants to live in sin; the man threatens to kill himself, and she, following her confessor’s advice, stays with him?
In an interview with Edward Pentin, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio offers this example and says: yes. He refers to his recent book on Chapter 8 of AmorisLaetitia in which he speaks of this case:
“Think of a woman who lives with a married man. She has three little children. She has already been with this man for ten years. Now the children think of her as a mother. He, the partner, is very much anchored to this woman, as a lover, as a woman. If this woman were to say: “I am leaving this mistaken union because I want to correct my life, but if I did this, I would harm the children and the partner,” then she might say: “I would like to, but I cannot.” In precisely these cases, based on one’s intention to change and the impossibility of changing, I can give that person the sacraments, in the expectation that the situation is definitively clarified.”
What’s the harm to the partner in her departure? “But how can she leave the union? He [her civilly married spouse] will kill himself. The children, who will take care of them? They will be without a mother. Therefore, she has to stay there.”
He even states that the woman who desires to end the adulterous relationship would be guilty of killing her partner by leaving: “But if someone says: ‘I want to change, but in this moment I cannot, because if I do it, I will kill people,’ I can say to them, ‘Stop there. When you can, I will give you absolution and Communion.’”
[But this union is a situation of sin, remarked Pentin.
“Yes, however …”
Isn’t it better to try to stop the situation of sin completely?
“How can you stop the whole thing if that will harm people? It is important that this person doesn’t want to be in this union, wants to leave this union, wants to leave, but cannot do it. There are two things to put together: I want to, but I cannot. And I cannot — not for my own sake, but for the sake of other people. I cannot for the sake of other people.
If the two can live together as brother and sister, that’s great. But if they cannot because this would break up the union, which ought to be conserved for the good of these people, then they manage as best they can. Do you see? That’s it.”]
The argument posed here is a quintessential “hard case” being used to establish a premise in favor of treating publicly-known adultery as no longer an obstacle to the lawful reception of Holy Communion. But this premise sanctions emotionally manipulative coercion and victimizes the woman further by treating her desire to live a virtuous life as the cause of harm to another. Read the rest HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: So, if a hitman truly wishes to leave the mafia---wants to stop killing innocent people and everything---but would, of course, become a "mark" himself (as would his wife and children) were he to announce his intentions to go clean, is it okay for him to stay on in the mob, continue to kill people AND receive Holy Communion?
Is Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio prepared to greenlight all wise guys who want to receive the Sacraments? After all, their situation is really, really hard. Or maybe the Vatican is not going to remove all ten of the Commandments, but just the Sixth and the Ninth?
Otherwise, where is this going to stop?
An abortionist may well face heavy consequences (even homelessness) if he were to quit stabbing babies to death Monday through Friday, right? His wife might even leave him…might commit suicide once she realizes her husband wants to go over to the dark side. So can he keep trotting up to the rail every Sunday?
How about the guy tasked with gassing undesirables in concentration camps? He’s a goner for sure if he suddenly becomes a conscientious objector. He's in a pickle, right? He'll die if he stops the killing. So in the meantime, is it okay for him to receive Communion, too?
If not, why not?
Inquiring minds want to know just how far the Vatican plans to go with this ALS (Amoris Laetitia Syndrome).
Remnant Editor’s Note: Father Patrick de la Rocque, SSPX, is the Parish Priest of the Society of St. Pius X’s largest church in Paris, the famous Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet. He was also one of the four theologians on the SSPX side during the doctrinal discussions under Pope Benedict. As part of our ongoing discussion of both the pros and the cons of a possible SSPX regularization, Father de la Rocque raises an interesting argument in favor of exercising extreme caution. This article appeared in the March 2017 edition of Le Chardonnet, the parish bulletin of Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet, Paris, and was posted on the SPPX French District website La Porte Latine. We’re grateful to our friend and important European ally for this exclusive Remnant translation, and would once again ask for prayers on his behalf. MJM
On the 4th February last, the area around the Vatican woke up to find itself covered with posters calling out to the Pope: “Eh, Francis! You have commissioned Congregations, dismissed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, you have ignored Cardinals… But where is your mercy?”
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.
L’Osservatore Romano has published an article criticizing “dissent in the form of public criticism” of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
Father Salvador Pié-Ninot, a theologian from Barcelona, analyzed such criticism in light of Donum Veritatis, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s 1990 instruction on the ecclesial vocation of the theologian.
Describing Amoris Laetitia as a non-definitive exercise of the ordinary Magisterium, Father Pié-Ninot quotes Donum Veritatis in stating that its teachings, even “if they are not guaranteed by the charism of infallibility, are not without divine assistance and call for the adherence of the faithful.”
After reviewing the section of Donum Veritatis devoted to “the problem of dissent” (nos. 32-41), Father Pié-Ninot wrote that “the confrontation between the Magisterium, in this case papal, and a theological interpretation that dissents, is not a simple conflict between two opinions.” READ MORE HERE.
This piece was written in the aftermath of the “pedophile summit” in Rome, which Chris attended as our correspondent, posing a question to then head of the USCCB, Bishop Wilton Gregory, whose explosive answer was reported by the international press: “[I]t is an ongoing struggle to make sure that the Catholic priesthood is not dominated by homosexual men.”
Never mind that Pope Francis’ own yes-man from Malta has finally stated openly what, until now, has remained menacingly implied pretty much everywhere during these long post-Vatican II decades: namely, that any young man who feels truly called to become an alter Christus in the unlimited service of God is very welcome not to let the door hit him on his way out. But for purposes of mainstream consideration, all we are supposed to talk about is the fact that there aren’t enough priests, which leaves a serious-minded and good-hearted shepherd like Pope Francis between a rock and a hard place. Even the Holy Spirit would have to admit (wouldn’t He?) that desperate times call for desperate measures.
Editor's Note:This excellent article is a Remnant translation of "Défense du celibat sacerdotal" by the SSPX French District back in 2013 in its Lettre a nos freres pretres. It can be read in French here. Our translator has not asked for credit but would very much appreciate your prayers for his intentions. MJM
Priestly celibacy, which the Catholic Church has kept for centuries like a sacred jewel, has been, for a number of years, the object of doubts, challenges, and even virulent attacks. The consciences of Catholics are troubled, while aspirants to the priesthood and priests are perplexed. It is therefore necessary to examine this question in the light of the Gospel and of the authentic Tradition of the Church.
Objections against priestly celibacy
This just in from Patheos (of course): "Ten Things to Remember About Married Catholic Priests", by Father Dwight Longenecker:
Celibacy for priests is a discipline not a doctrine – The Pope can’t change doctrine. He can change discipline. A discipline is something like which liturgy you use, rules for fasting and abstinence and celibacy for priests. It is obviously something that can be changed because the Eastern Rite churches have married priests and because people like me (former Anglican priests who are married) can receive a dispensation from the vow of celibacy to be ordained.
Pope Francis has said that he may consider the ordination of some married men. There is lots of room for confusion here. So here are ten things to remember about this matter:
St Peter was married – Jesus healed Peter’s mother in law, (Mt. 8:14-15) so if you have a mother in law you must be married. Some people argue that Peter must have been widowed, but it would seem that his wife was still living and that she travelled with Peter on his missionary journeys. (1 Cor.9:5) READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: This from a Catholic priest, husband and father of four, who spent much of his life as an evangelical Christian, before converting to Anglicanism at Bob Jones University (no less!) and then converting to Catholicism twenty years ago. Ordained a Catholic priest just ten years ago, Father is now the eminently qualified neo-Catholic expert on married Roman Catholic priests. After all, St. Peter probably had a mother-in-law! On the face of it, it's really rather amusing. I mean, of course, Father is down with married priests—he is one! This is like asking a divorced and remarried couple for their unbiased opinion on how Amoris Laetitia's Paragraph 351 can be easily reconciled with Church teaching against unrepentant public adulterers receiving the Sacraments. Sure, it’d be a fun read-- but how seriously would you take it?
In fairness, it should be noted that Fr Longenecker has written widely on this topic and while he clearly accepts the exceptions made by Rome, he also supports the policy of maintaining clerical celibacy as the default setting.
Here’s a prediction: In five years Patheos will be giving us the "Ten Things to Remember About Women Priests", written by Father Rhonda and her assistant pastor Father Trudy here:
These girls will still be hiding their own Easter eggs, of course, but Patheos won't notice that and, let's be honest, this too will be a fun little read.
(As you were, ladies. You'll call us when the shuttle lands.)