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Font of Error Update # 1
It seems that not a week goes by without some twisting of Sacred Scripture by a Pope who, as the past three-and-a-half years have demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt, has the singular distinction among all his predecessors of being nothing short of a font of error. This unparalleled development has prompted the emergence of a group of diocesan priests who have compiled a vast assortment of Francis’s errors under the title Denzinger-Bergoglio, declaring as their motivation “We all have responsibility for the Church of the Lord.”
Condemned by St. Pius X: Pope Francis Hides Judgment of God—Again FeaturedBy: Christopher A. Ferrara
In an hour I will catch a plane for Pittsburgh in order to participate in the Catholic Identity Conference. Alas, I do not have time to write a few words in praise of a very old and dear friend of The Remnant—as well as a pioneer of the Traditional Catholic movement—Father Eugene Dougherty.
Father wrote for The Remnant for many years, and though he has been in ill health and retirement for some time now, he will be so very missed.
A priest of the old school, Father did so much in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and all around the country to 'preserve the old Traditions', which is the name of one of the hymns he wrote years ago.
I'm so happy to announce that God took care of his faithful son, right up until the very end. This morning I received the following note from my friend and Remnant columnist, Father Ladis Cizik:
Father Eugene Dougherty died peacefully in his sleep at 12:39am this morning on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
"Woman behold Your son." "Son behold your Mother."
Requiescat in pace.
I had given him the Traditional Latin Sacrament of Extreme Unction and the Apostolic Pardon. He was wearing his Brown Scapular.
Going into Chapel to offer a Traditional Latin Requiem Mass for him right now.
Please keep this Holy Priest of God in your prayers.
God be praised.
The man who did so much to preserve the Old Latin Mass and all the Traditions of Holy Mother Church—though persecuted and ostracized for his faithful witness—died firmly in the happy embrace of Christ and Holy Mother Church, having received the Sacraments of the dying on his deathbed and at the hand of a friend and a faithful traditionalist priest who was obviously sent by God to help dear Father Dougherty into the next life.
Well done, good and faithful servant.
The last time I saw Father was just before the Catholic Identity Conference a year or so ago. We visited him, unannounced in his nursing home, and while we found him in great spirits, he was obviously not in great health. It was the only time in 30 years I ever saw him not wearing black and his Roman collar, and of course he apologized profusely for it, though obviously he was so very sick that it was more than understandable.
In other words, he was a Catholic priest straight through, all day, every day -- until the very end; an alter Christus all the days of his life. We will miss him very much.
Tu es sacredos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech. Requiescat in pace.
Father Eugene Dougherty, RIPBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
And this is to say nothing of the unsettling fact that she is allowing her out-of-control ambition to write checks her body clearly can't cash. She's killing herself right before our eyes, and all for the megalomaniacal satisfaction of getting back into the White House.
Really, Grandma Clinton, it's time to hang it up.
At this point, with the Democratic Party having but one objective—to sacrifice babies, virginity and the family to their god Baal whose worship is rooted in sensuality, ritualistic prostitution, and human sacrifice (Jeremiah 19:5) — a Democratic corpse could run for President and win, thanks to public school indoctrination camps having turned entire generations of voters into de facto worshippers of Baal.
Anyway, if Hillary succeeds in completely wrecking her body as she's succeeded in completely wrecking her soul--and that success will obviously have everything to do with the millions and millions of blood-money dollars being poured into the coffers of her campaign--this guy by default becomes the first 'Catholic' president since JFK:
What a choice: Cadaver Hillary, or Zombie-Apostate Tim.
Only in 'Murica!
America's First 'Catholic' President since JFKBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
The silence about Hillary Clinton is deafening. One hears nothing but crickets from the U.S. Bishops and Cardinals about the democratic presidential candidate’s radical pro-abortion stance, but for the banished Cardinal Raymond Burke.
Why are they sitting mute on the sidelines? How could they be conflicted between an abortion laden democratic platform and the most prolife republican platform ever? Seems like an obvious choice for Catholics. After all, St. John Paul II described life as “the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights.” What’s going on?
When in doubt, follow the money. This ecclesial trail is flush with cash.
The Money Trail: Why Catholic Bishops Are Silent on Hillary FeaturedWritten by Elizabeth Yore
Phyllis Schlafly, the iconic pro-family activist who rose to fame in the 1970s when she campaigned against the Equal Rights Amendment, has died at age 92, according to the Eagle Forum, the conservative organization she founded.
Schlafly had been an activist since the early Cold War era, but gained national prominence by leading traditional-religious women in the movement against the Equal Rights Amendment. President Reagan praised her campaign against ERA as “brilliant” and called Schalfly “an example to all those who would struggle for an America that is prosperous and free.”
Schlafly rose to national attention in 1964 with her self-published book, "A Choice Not an Echo," that became a manifesto for the far right. The book, which sold three million copies, chronicled the history of the Republican National Convention and is credited for helping conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona earn the 1964 GOP nomination.
She went on to become one of the most influential pro-family activists in the 1980s and 1990s, and her support was courted by all GOP presidential candidates. She authored 27 books and thousands of articles.
Founded in 1972, Eagle Forum focuses on pro-family and socially conservative issues and now has an estimated 80,000 members.
Republican candidate Donald Trump praised the conservative activist in a statement released Monday evening.
"Phyllis Schlafly is a conservative icon who led millions to action, reshaped the conservative movement, and fearlessly battled globalism and the 'kingmakers' on behalf of America's workers and families," the statement read. "I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty."
Schlafly endorsed Trump at a rally in St. Louis in March, and she co-authored a book called "The Conservative Case for Trump" that is being released Tuesday. Trump says he was "honored to spend time with her." READ ARTICLE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Phyllis Schlafly was a Catholic, and a faithful one. She was prophetic in so many ways. "The Equal Rights Amendment," she said, "means abortion funding, means homosexual privileges, means whatever else." She was so right so many years ago!
Right up to the very end, she was utterly unafraid to violate the Stalinesque statutes of political correctness: "News flash: One reason a woman gets married," she observed just last year, March 11, 2015, "is to be supported by her husband while caring for her children at home. So long as her husband earns a good income, she doesn't care about the pay gap between them."
And she was one of the last prominent conservatives who didn't shy away from the truth even after it had been rebranded as "hate speech". On the "transgender agenda", for example, here she is back in August of this year: "Anyone with a child knows that children learn about the world through binary options: up or down, hot or cold, big or little, inside or outside, wet or dry, good or bad, boy or girl, man or woman. But the radical feminists, who staff women's studies departments at most colleges, have propagated the idea that we have to get rid of the 'gender binary' along with the expectation of distinct roles for men and women."
And the point of "gay marriage" was, according to the incomparable Phyllis Schlafly, to "wipe out the Christian religion."
I met Mrs. Schlafly only once, after one of her speeches at Georgetown years ago. I'll never forget it, as she stood alone against a largely hostile audience, a frail-looking little woman. Before the speech was over, the powerful Mrs.Schlafly had silenced her hecklers, charmed her audience, and carried the day... right into a standing ovation. It was positively William Wallace at Stirling! I had tears in my eyes as I joined in an ovation that seemed to last an hour that night.
My father knew and respected her very much. There will never be another like her, she will be missed, and America is a less safe place to be now that the matriarch of conservatism--and a voice of sanity in an insane world--has left us.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.
Grand Matriarch of American Conservatism, Phyllis Schlafly (RIP)By: Michael J. Matt | Editor
More than three years into this bizarre pontificate, one thing has become clear to the informed objective observer: “Father Bergoglio,” as he is wont to call himself when undermining Catholic doctrine by telephone, is abusing the papal office like no other Pope before him in an attempt to pass off his own ideas as binding on the Church.
On and on he goes, telling us whatever he thinks as if he actually expects any believing Catholic to accept his notions as authentic Church teaching, including these:
Alright, That’s About Enough (Francis invents eighth work of mercy)By: Christopher A. Ferrara
This just in from FrontRoyalCatholics.myfreesites.net under the title: Are Catholics Political Pygmies?
Pygmies are members of an African ethnic group whose average height is unusually short; anthropologists define pygmy as a member of any group where adult men are on average less than 150 cm (4 feet 11 inches) tall. The late Virgil Blum, S.J., who founded the now effete Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, coined the term “Catholics are political pygmies.”
The 2016 campaign for President seems to confirm Fr. Blum’s dictum. Anyone who has followed that campaign has certainly noticed the political commentators talking about the necessity of courting the “African-American” vote, the “Hispanic” vote, the “Evangelical” vote. Not mentioned is the “Catholic” vote.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau the percentage of black and Hispanic persons of all ages in the U.S. are:
Black or African American alone, percent of U.S. population, July 1, 2015-13.3%
Two or More Races, percent, percent of U.S. population, July 1, 2015- 2.6%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, July 1, 2015- 17.6%
Note that those percentages include all persons so the number of adults (voting age 18) must be considerably less.
The Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Survey published in May 2015 “America’s Changing Religious Landscape” reported that Evangelical Christians are 25.4% of U.S. adults; Catholics are 20.8% of U.S. adults.
Those demographic facts probably surprise some. With all of the commentators talking about the black and Hispanic vote, one would think that their numbers of voting age were greater. The Gallup polling organization found that “Americans generally overestimate, to a significant degree, the percentage of the U.S. population that is either black or Hispanic.”
What explains the overestimation of minority numbers and the concern of politicians to court the black, Hispanic, and Evangelical vote and the apparent lack of interest in the Catholic vote? What those other groups have in common is solidarity-producing leadership that increases public perception of their importance.
In reality, there is no Catholic vote because there is no solidarity-producing leadership. This lack of leadership could never be more apparent than in 2016. Our religious liberty is controlled by the whim of any 5 members of the Supreme Court and our interest in stopping Planned Parenthood from aborting children and selling their body parts hinge on whether Clinton or Trump appoints the Supreme Court. Yet, as Gallop polling has found, 45% of Catholics favor Clinton and 33% favor Trump. See survey here. Even the left-wing Religious News Service has noticed Catholic voters moving toward Clinton, see it here. It would be nice to think that only rogue or lapsed Catholics would vote for Clinton but what evidence is there that those 45% that Gallup found never go to Church?
Pew Research published in August a study called "Many Americans Hear Politics From the Pulpit." Pew found that black Protestants were particularly likely to hear their clergy speak directly in support of or against a specific presidential candidate in the months leading up to the election.
Among black Protestants who have been in church recently, roughly three-in-ten (29%) have heard clergy speak out in support of a candidate – mostly Hillary Clinton – and an equal share have heard religious leaders speak out against a candidate (primarily Donald Trump). Smaller shares of Catholic, white evangelical Protestant and white mainline Protestant churchgoers – roughly one-in-ten or fewer – say their clergy have publicly supported or opposed particular candidates.
Another Pew Research study published in July, "Evangelicals Rally to Trump, Religious 'nones' Back Clinton" reported that:
Now, fully 78% of white evangelical voters say they would vote for Trump if the election were held today, including about a third who “strongly” back his campaign.
What are Evangelical leaders doing right that our leaders could be doing wrong? In spite of all that is at stake in 2016 regarding religious liberty and human life issues, the Bishops appear to have imposed on diocesan clergy strict orders to avoid creating the appearance of promoting any candidate over any other. The extends even to comparisons of their respective positions on abortion. For example, the National Right To Life Committee has produced an excellent document that is strictly about abortion and does not mix in the so-called "Social Justice Issues" about which faithful Catholics can disagree but which are vigorously promoted by the Bishops Conference, most dioceses, and many parishes. The fear, politically unrealistic as it is in the opinion of many, seems to be that one "peep" out of a priest will cause the offending diocese to lose its Federal tax exemption. The willingness of black clergy to speak freely helps to explain why politicians court the "black vote" and why black solidarity is effective. For that reason, it is up to the laity to develop Catholic solidarity and throw off our political pygmies’ heritage.
REMNANT COMMENT: We very much agree with this, of course. It is our belief, however, that the main reason the Donald Trump campaign is not courting the Catholic vote is because they realize there’s no point. When the majority of Catholics voted for Obama not once but twice—the most pro-death presidential candidate/incumbent in history—well, turn out the lights because there’s nobody home in the Catholic Church anymore.
Watered down by a half-century of Modernism and Protestantized liturgy, America’s Catholics are a feckless bunch. Those of us still here—who didn’t defect out of sheer disgust after Vatican II—are so committed to being politically correct, ecumenical, and “reasonably centrist” that we can be counted on to go tagging after whichever political candidate is most “progressive”, even if she’s the Devil herself. Why? Because we’re progressive! We’ve grown up. The Church of Vatican II taught us to avoid like the plague the superstitions of an old medieval Church so despised by a new modern world. We're AMURICAN Catholics, and while our country is the greatest one in the history of the universe, our Church is just one among many, as are her moral "opinions" on "social issues" such as baby slaughter and dudes marrying each other.
Whatever happens, the new and improved Catholic doesn't stand out. Look at us! We’re wolfing Whoppers on Friday like everybody else.
And our priests? Poor emasculated fellows, can you imagine them summoning the intestinal fortitude to thunder anathemas at anyone for any reason at any time? With a few notable and God-sent exceptions, I can’t. So many of them with their namby-pamby National-Public-Radio voices (and politics), as well as an apparent phobia of saying anything that actually matters to real people living in the real world; so many of them—I’m sorry!—really know how to put the homo in homily.
For most of them there apparently just isn’t enough time for all that God-bothering, baby-defending, alfa male sermonizing when what the “Catholic Christian community” really wants to hear is the stuff about “stewardship” and “encounter” and “mission” and “j-oi” and “accompaniment” and “koinania” and “fellowship”—you know, the totally awesome (albeit totally vapid) Newspeak of NuChurch which can mean, well, pretty much whatever the heck you want it to mean.
Here's the problem with the Catholic vote: Catholics aren't Catholic anymore, and they vote accordingly. The Mass (and thus the Priesthood) has been totally emasculated… and the sheep have scattered and completely lost the sensus catholicus as a result. As Father James McLucas wrote many years ago in the pages of The Latin Mass magazine:
The post-Conciliar priest of the contemporary Church (continuing a trend that began long before Vatican II in the United States) has become a resident CEO and CFO of a parish plant. He oversees countless committees that add layers of bureaucracy and which — paradoxically — place a barrier between the priest and his people.
Prayer for Traditional Vocations
O God, we earnestly ask you to bless the Church with many Traditional Catholic priests, brothers and sisters who will love you with their whole strength and gladly spend their entire lives to serve Your church and to make You known and loved.
Bless our families, bless our children, choose from our homes those needed for Your work.
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us, pray for our Traditional priests, religious and deacons.
Obtain for us many more. Amen.
TOTAL SURRENDER: Modernism's Impact on the Catholic VoteBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
There's no getting around the fact that the perplexing and even scandalous pontificate of Pope Francis has caused the late Pope John Paul II to emerge as the Rock of Gibraltarian Catholic orthodoxy. But does this reflect how things actually were back in the day, or is it more a case of comparative wishful thinking?
My recently departed mother always admonished her children against speaking ill of the dead, and I have no wish to break that rule, especially with respect to dead popes. In point of fact, John Paul did defend the family and speak out for the unborn like no one else did at the time. But let’s not get carried away—he was the Pope, for heaven’s sake. It’s to be expected that the Holy Father would frown on the idea of murdering babies in their mothers' wombs. One can only hope the bar of orthodoxy isn't buried quite that deep.
Recalling Pope John Paul the Great FeaturedBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
This just in from LifeSiteNews —
In recent years, the Catholic Church has been going through one of her most severe crises as a result of the priestly abuse of youth. The primary victims have been adolescent males.1 This worldwide scandal was enabled by the irresponsible and permissive behaviors of members of the hierarchy who made the mistake of “winking” at homosexuality in their priests, according to a Bishop on an EWTN show on the crisis in which I participated.
This scandal was also enabled by no small number of spiritual directors, who were ignorant of psychological science and told the priests suffering same-sex attractions that they were directing that they were “born that way” rather than referring them to competent mental health professionals, which could have prevented many a youth from being abused.
In order to restore the severely damaged trust and faith in the laity, it is incumbent upon the members of the Hierarchy and priests that they never again act as permissive leaders/shepherds when serious threats are posed to the moral, intellectual, psychological, and sexual well-being of youth.
As a psychiatrist, I have worked extensively with Catholic youth severely harmed psychologically by the divorce of their parents,2 frequently enabled by 'easy’ annulments of their parents’ sacramental marriages, in disregard for justice, mercy and psychological science,3 and by the epidemics of narcissism,4 marijuana,5 pornography,6 and sexual hooking up7 (using others as sexual objects), and the enormous peer pressure to be sexually active, and suffering the psychological conflicts in their parents, siblings, and peers.8
However, in my professional opinion, the most dangerous threat to Catholic youth that I have seen over the past 40 years is the Vatican’s new sexual education program, The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People. READ ARTICLE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: The Remnant's reaction to this massive scandal can be read HERE. The Vatican's sex-ed program really is the last straw. They have created a hierarchical menace so predatory that they're coming after our kids now, and calling it a "good and positive" thing.
In other words, George Orwell's nightmare has become our reality, where even the Vatican has compromised itself so thoroughly and for so long with "doublethink” that they have developed the ability to "believe that black is white" and to, as Orwell puts it, "forget that one has ever believed the contrary."
To get to this point, everything in the past (read: Catholic) had to be changed--the Mass, the Rosary, the sanctuary, the priesthood, the songs, the prayers (even the Act of Contrition) -- right down to the place where the pope lives. Why? Because tradition reminds us of who we are and what we need to be, and such reminders have a way of underming revolutions. The success of this revolution "demands a continuous alteration of the past". And that, writes Orwell, is “made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known as Newspeak."
Sound familiar? A New Mass, New Rosary, New Evangelization, New Orientation--it's all there, right in front of our eyes. It's called the Novus Ordo -- the New Order, the ecclesial branch, if you will, of the New World Order.
Buckle up because this isn’t going away, and make no mistake about it: Pope Francis is nothing more than the Revolution of Vatican II's coming out party.
Interreligious Encounter at the Bmich in Colombo, Sri Lanka on January 13, 2015.
Prominent Catholic Psychiatrist: Church in Severe Sex CrisisBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
Donald William Wuerl (born November 12, 1940) is the sixth Archbishop of Washington, serving since 2006. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
In this photo from a couple years back, Cardinal Wuerl welcomes the 14th Dalai Lama. During their moment together, they spoke about the ecumenical spirit while holding hands--and this just after His Holiness had given the Cardinal a khata, Kalachakra for World Peace.
The Cardinal recalled his first meeting of His Holiness in the 1970s and subsequently during the Assisi summit of religious leaders in 1986.