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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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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.
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.
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.
So the Vatican has ramped up its preoccupation with sex. As has been widely reported here and elsewhere, they've now got their very own sex-education program up and running. Published by the Pontifical Council for the Family, “The Meeting Point: The Adventure of Love,” purports to bring young people up to speed on the question of sex and chastity. And who better to do that than those paragons of virtue over at that Vatican.
The Rise of the... Catholic Counterrevolution
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More than three years into the Bergoglian pontificate there is no mistaking its principal line of development, which is Francis’s grand obsession: the admission of unrepentant public adulterers in “second marriages” to Holy Communion, the “Kasper proposal” he has been promoting almost from the moment of his election. To that end, Francis has relentlessly put in place a kind of moral mafia to carry out his design. Let us meet some of its soldiers.
First, meet Archbishop Vincenzo (“the Enforcer”) Paglia, head of the (now) ludicrously misnamed Pontifical Council “for the Family”:
Over a decade ago, with typical hubris, George Soros bragged, that he “is the Pope’s boss, now.” It appears that his boast became a self-fulfilling prophecy in the Francis pontificate.
The two most powerful men in the world joined forces to form a curious and troubling alliance. One of them, often referred to as the most dangerous man in the world, the other, the Vicar of Christ.
The cardinal says clarification of Amoris Laetitia is essential “for the sake of souls” because of the rampant confusion right now.
“I trust that something will have to happen also because some very formal calls for clarification are in process and they simply will demand a response,” Burke told Religion News Service’s David Gibson in an interview published today. “Not in any kind of hostile or aggressive way, but simply for the sake of souls because people are getting confused.”
“I do believe very strongly that we need to have a clearer direction, a clearer enunciation of the faith and its practice,” he added. “That way would also help to settle down this confusion and the division which follows from it.”
With the growing concern over Pope Francis’ remarks and initiatives, some have speculated that the Church could be approaching schism. But Cardinal Burke insists that he will “die a Roman Catholic” and be no part of dividing the Body of Christ.
But when asked directly, Burke is equally firm that whatever happens, he has no intention of leading a breakaway, schismatic movement, an option some on the Catholic right have contemplated.REMNANT COMMENT: We are so very grateful to His Eminence for all he is doing to help stop Pope Francis from further confusing the faithful and scandalizing the Church. As for any potential schism, our concern is that Pope Francis is the one who may end up leaving the Church. He is certainly the one whose bizarre public opinions place him at odds with Tradition and thus on a dangerous trajectory toward schism.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “I will never leave the Catholic Church. No matter what happens I intend to die a Roman Catholic. I will never be part of a schism. READ MORE HERE
Refusing to abandon the Catholic Church of the ages may well put us all at odds with Pope Francis in the near future....and then what? In order to prevent a schism, do we go along with his errors—some of which Cardinal Burke himself is attempting to force the Pope to correct and clarify at this very moment? Or do we stay with the infallible teachings of the Church and thus become "schismatic" in the eyes of the modernist human element of the Church?
But isn’t the point and purpose of the Church’s teaching against the mortal sin of schism to protect and defend the truth of Christ and the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church? If we avoid "schism" by betraying the truth are we not sacrificing the spirit of the law in order to adhere to its letter? How is this not pharisaical?
What is more important for faithful Catholics—the truth, or the prevention of schism at all costs?
Among the many smoking guns uncovered in the Wikileaks data dump, lurks documents that should give Catholics great concern. The latest Wikileaks data dump of internal documents from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation exposes the most shocking of all his political alliances. According to the leaked Open Society Foundation documents, George Soros funds efforts to promote his radical socialist agenda of income inequality by using the bully pulpit of Pope Francis. Soros seeks to “engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues” by lobbying the Vatican.