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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by Michael J. Matt
Back in 1976 when I was ten years old, I was confirmed by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. I remember a kind and saintly man, soft-spoken and truly humble. Even as children, my siblings and I understood that here was a true soldier of Christ who’d taken a courageous and lonely stand in defense of sacred Tradition at a time when there was nothing more “hip” than novelty and innovation. Our father was in his company, and these men were “traddies” long before “traddy” was cool.
"They have changed our churches. They have closed them. And now we're not even allowed to kneel when that awesome Presence comes down into that one Host. I'm tired of your witchcraft. I'm tired. I'm tired. I'm tired of being pushed in corners. I'm tired of your inclusive language that refused to admit the Son of God is a man. I'm tired of your ticks. I'm tired of your deceits...I'm so tired of your liberal Church....This is not an accident. We've swallowed this for thirty years. And I'm tired of it...I'm a Roman Catholic... I believe in God the Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth. I believe there is a Trinity. I believe that He died and He suffered and He rose. I believe in that. But you don't. You spread your errors to children, and our children don't even know the Eucharist anymore, they don't understand that it is the Blessed Sacrament, that it's the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Your catechisms are so watered down. I don't like your Church. You have nothing to offer. You do nothing but destroy. "
She didn't get everything right about Vatican II and the Revolution which it spawned, of course. She certainly didn't realize just how high up the chain of command the enemies of the Church had risen. But Mother Angelica had an instinctive sense that something was terribly wrong, and I believe she will be remembered as one of only a few who possessed the courage to stand against assaults on the Church coming from within the Church, wherever and whenever they were recognized as such.
One can only imagine what Mother Angelica would say of the disastrous reign of Pope Francis. As she notes in the video above, "I shall kneel at the consecration." She'd never even imagined that a pope was coming who would not.
May she rest in peace.
Editor's Note: This is the REVISED AND EXPANDED WEB VERSION of Mr. Ferrara's article by the same name which appears in the current print-edition of The Remnant. We've decided to post it here in its entirety due to the gravity of its subject matter and to the fact that it may well be our most definitive exposé of Pope Francis and his agenda to permanently change the Church. It gives us no joy to publish this devastating critique of the 'Joy of Love'. In fact, we regard it as nothing less than the heartbreaking duty of loyal sons of the Church who can see no alternative but to resist. Please pray for Pope Francis and for our beloved Catholic Church under obvious siege. MJM
No difficulty can arise that justifies the putting aside of the law of God which forbids all acts intrinsically evil. There is no possible circumstance in which husband and wife cannot, strengthened by the grace of God, fulfill faithfully their duties and preserve in wedlock their chastity unspotted. -Pius XI, Casti Connubii
Introduction: Spreading Alarm
As Cardinal Burke has observed in an article appearing in the National Catholic Register, upon careful reading AMORIS LÆTITIA reveals itself to be “a personal, that is, non-magisterial” document, “a personal reflection of the Pope” that “is not confused with the binding faith owed to the exercise of the magisterium.” This is true enough, but perhaps not for the reasons the Cardinal expresses, as I show at the conclusion of this essay.
This today from CatholicCulture.org: "Before departing for the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, Pope Francis greeted Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife. The two were staying as guests at Domus Sanctae Marthae because the presidential candidate was speaking at a conference organized by the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences." READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: When The Remnant covered the run-up to this between the pope and the most socialist presidential contender in U.S. history, we were accused of taking liberal lies and reporting them as fact. Why? Because we’re just a bunch of “Francis haters", of course.
Remember? Besides, Bernie was making it all up! Francis had nothing to do with it, and in fact would NEVER meet personally, even briefly, with pro-abort Bernie Sanders. The Remnant was scolded and told to apologize for running such a hateful and false story.
So, now what?
The pope, himself, speaking to reporters on his plane later last week, confirmed that his brief meeting with Sanders had indeed taken place, saying “This morning when I was leaving, Senator Sanders was there. He knew I was leaving at that time, and he had the courtesy to greet me.”
A powerful and controversial politician being given a few moments in which to meet the Pope does not happen by accident. It makes no difference how long the meet and greet lasted. The point is the pope's personal secretary arranged it the night before and it took place exactly on schedule the following morning.
And all of this took place only after Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane, had had dinner at the Casa Santa Marta with Sanders' foreign policy adviser, Jeffrey D. Sachs (yes, the very same 'sustainable development' guru so beloved by Pope Francis) and his wife, Sonia, who were joined by Bishop Sánchez Sorondo and Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras, the pope’s right-hand man and one of the Vatican’s top power players.
So what do the brave defenders of the Pope have to say now? Not one of them feels even the slightest compunction to apologize to The Remnant? After all, they went out of their way to go on social media and try to shoot the messenger, undermine our credibility, judge our motives, even accuse us of hate.
Is this okay? This is the new godly?
Sister Mary Catherine back in the 3rd grade would have called that calumny. She used to use the analogy of a guy ripping open a feather pillow from high atop a skyscraper, allowing all those feathers to fly out over the city. "How is it possible," Sister asked, "to ever get those feathers back into their case once you've released them into the wind? It's impossible, just as it's impossible to take calumny back, once you've spoken it [or typed it out on Facebook]."
But when it comes to the public calumny of ‘rad trads’, these good people evidently do not feel bound by the requirements of Christian charity. They will go silent over the Bergoglio & Bernie meeting, and wait for the next papal scandal to come along before commencing to calumniate The Remnant for reporting on it accurately...rather than covering it up like good little neo-Catholics should.
The emperor is buck naked, of course, but our courageous critics remain bound and determined to gag the 'rad trads' who keep pointing out the obvious, rather than praising the humble prince's lovely raiment like a bunch of darn fools.
What most people don’t know, though, is that he’s Catholic. And that, according to a recent interview, his Catholic faith helped him through one of the darkest times of his life.
Born in 1978 in Philadelphia, Kobe (he’s known by his first name) was raised in a Roman Catholic family. When he was six, his family moved to Italy, to a small town an hour outside of Rome. Because of this, Kobe speaks fluent Italian to this day.
He was drafted into the NBA right out of high school, the first time a guard had ever been drafted that young, and he quickly became a star. Soon people were speculating about whether he was “the next Michael Jordan.”
In 2001, when he was 23, he married 19 year old Vanessa Laine, who is also Catholic. The wedding was held at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California. Two years later in 2003, their first child was born. READ STORY HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Bryant was accused of rape in 2003--a charge he vehemently denied. He was, however, guilty of adultery, and although he and his wife stayed together for a long time after the scandal and even had another child together, Mrs. Bryant eventually filed for divorced.
Kobe credits his Catholic faith and a priest friend for having helped him put his life back together since then: "The one thing that really helped me during that process—I’m Catholic, I grew up Catholic, my kids are Catholic—was talking to a priest."
In 2013 Bryant and his wife called off their divorce and got back together. In retirement as of this year, one of the greatest basketball players of all time is a happily married practicing Catholic.
A living legend in a world that practices a form of sports idolatry, it's no wonder this kid fell a few times, and fell hard. But isn't it wonderful to see the grace of God at work even in this day and age, and especially in the very rich, glamorous and spiritually dangerous world of the professional athlete. May God continue to go with Kobe Bryant and his family.
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Now that Amoris Laetitia, the long awaited post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation has been released, the real debate is over. Don’t misunderstand me, the document itself, as it is digested over the next weeks, will certainly undergo much-needed debate about particular passages. Obviously, there are several key paragraphs that raise immediate concern and these can and should be debated.
Yet, I think that much of that debate will be hampered because of the working assumption that goes into such debates, a key assumption that papal positivists, many conservative Catholics, and the revolutionaries are counting upon. That assumption upon which the groundwork of the revolution is laid is that the words on the page actually mean things and, conversely, don’t mean other things.
From our friends at LifeSiteNews – Priest: Pope Francis’ pastoral revolution goes against 2,000 years of tradition, by Father Brian Harrison.
"Pope Francis’ long-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia (AL), was finally been released on Friday, April 8, 2016.
"A proper understanding, appreciation and evaluation of this lengthy document will require considerable time, study and prayerful reflection. But it is already quite clear from certain key passages that, with carefully crafted language, plausible arguments and persuasive rhetoric, the Holy Father is quietly introducing revolutionary change into the heart of the Catholic Church’s moral teaching and pastoral/sacramental practice." READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Please recall that although Father Harrison is an old friend, he is not a 'traditionalist' per se, and has never hesitated to disagree with us here at The Remnant, for example, when he believes we've overstated our case in defense of Tradition. It is for this reason that I've always valued his contributions, since he's spent a quarter of a century proving that he's unafraid to make common cause with traditional Catholics so long as he doesn’t adamantly disagree with us. Father, a true truth seeker, is not partisan.
Father Harrison's position on the Apostolic Exhortation, therefore, cannot be dismissed as a mere reiteration of the 'rad trad' company line. Because of that and because this article appears on LifeSiteNews (and not The Remnant or some other traditionalist site) it is an important polemic to send to honest neo-Catholic friends and family who are on the fence on this issue.
The public neo-Catholic polemicists, by the way, really must choose a side on this. At this point, I’m sorry to say, the public defenders of the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation are either too stupid to understand what they're reading, or they're maliciously covering up the myriad misdirects and errors contained in the text. There is no other option. Are you stupid, or ignorant? Inquiring minds want to know.
Fr. Brian Harrison on Pope's Exhortation: 'Revolutionary Change, Contrary to 2000 Years of Tradition'By: Michael J. Matt | Editor
“I can only reiterate the appreciation expressed by my predecessors, in reaffirming the importance which the Catholic Church attaches to the United Nations and the hope which she places in its activities.”
- Pope Francis, Address to the UN, September 25, 2015 -
Editor’s Note: One of the most popular regular features in the print- and e-edition of The Remnant is “The Last Word”, by Father Celatus. Father, who is a pastor working in the U.S. at a diocesan parish, enthusiastically celebrates the TLM as often as possible. Father’s call to his brother priests to stand and resist what is happening in Rome speaks for itself, but I’d remind our readers that this courageous priest is not part of the SSPX or FSSP or any other traditionalist fraternity or society. He is a diocesan priest who is protecting his flock and defending Truth at a critical juncture in history. May Father's brother priests heed his call. To catch Father’s regular column, please subscribe HERE. MJM
Dear Brother Priests:
The traditional Gospel of the Holy Mass on the Second Sunday of Easter is that of the Good Shepherd:
For two years, bishops presented their respective cases for two contradicting views of marriage, re-marriage, and the Church's own sacraments. Pope Francis didn't choose between these two options. He chose them both. The pope did not effect some grand synthesis. He merely gave his imprimatur to the Church's own confused practice on these matters and, more frighteningly, to its self-doubt.
As a result, the Joy of Love reads as an admission that God, as Catholics understand him, really isn't merciful or gracious to poor sinners. So priests should try to do better from now on. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Here's the quotable quote of the week, maybe even the year: "This supposed paean to love is something much sadder. A Church so anxious to include and accept you that it must deny the faith that transforms and renews you. It admits that God's commands are not just beyond our reach, but possibly destructive to follow. Pope Francis is trying to be more merciful than God himself."
Congrats to Mr. Dougherty for having had the intestinal fortitude to say what so many Catholic news commentators know to be the truth but will not admit. It's not popular; it may get you fired or even beat up--but it's the truth and it must be said...regardless of the game of Let's Pretend being played by our friends the neo-Catholics.