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Father Yann Billot Father Yann Billot

Dear Friends:

Among the many highlights of this new Print/E-edition of The Remnant--including Chorbishop Anthony Spinosa's blockbuster CIC2019 address, "Putting On The Armor of God"--we're pleased to present Theresa Moreau's "They Kept the Faith: The Yann Billot Story."

When Pope Francis’s Vatican “regularized” the schismatic ‘Catholic’ Church in China last month, Cardinal Joseph Zen—bishop emeritus of Hong Kong who spent his life resisting the totalitarian Communist regime in China—called the deal a “surrender” and “an incredible betrayal.” Cardinal Zen said of the Vatican’s Chinese initiative: “They’re giving the flock to the wolves.”

As part of The Remnant’s decades-long attempt to stand in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Catholic underground Church in China, we’re pleased to present yet another look back at the heroes who kept the Faith in China—and whose heroic stand Pope Francis has now betrayed. 

Here's what some of them looked like:

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I hope you'll take a look at the rest of our new preview HERE. 

Vincent Chiarello's review of Father John O'Malley's book, by the way, "Trent: What Went on at the Council" is itself worth the price of admission. It's one of the most intriguing behind-the-scenes snapshots, if you will, of the great Council of Trent I've ever read. 

Lots of good stuff, rounded out by a most amusing The Last Word, wherein Father Celatus fantasizes about what he'd do if he were pope for a day.  Here's a pictorial hint:

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God bless, and thanks for your continued support of The Remnant. 

In Christo Rege,
Michael J. Matt
Editor, The Remnant 

Msgr. Nicola Bux Msgr. Nicola Bux

Even before the close of the Synod on Young Interpretive Dancers and the utterly inexplicable Vatican co-opting of the USCCB meeting, Monsignor Bux, a Vatican theologian and a former consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was already calling foul. Ed Pentin, on his own website, highlights a recent interview:

In a forceful interview with Italian Vaticanist Aldo Maria Valli, Msgr. Nicola Bux has warned that the current pontificate is issuing statements that are generating “heresies, schisms, and controversies of various kinds” and that the Holy Father should issue a profession of faith to restore unity in the Church.

In the interview, published Oct. 13 but overlooked due to the Youth Synod taking place in Rome last month, the theologian consultor to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints said “heretical statements” on marriage, the moral life and reception of the sacraments are now “at the center of a vast debate which is becoming more and more passionate by the day.”

“If this [Papal profession of Faith] doesn’t happen,” he warned, “the apostasy will deepen and the de facto schism will widen.”

Msgr. Bux feels the situation has become especially urgent after the Pope changed the Catechism in August to declare the death penalty “inadmissible.” The change contradicts the Tridentine and St. Pius X Catechisms, the theologian asserted, the latter of which taught that the legitimacy of capital punishment was in “full conformity with Divine Revelation.”

He also pointed out that the tendency of this pontificate to be silent in the face of criticism, or refuse to engage the charges of heresy or apostasy, bring to mind St. Pius X’s warning in his 1907 encyclical Pascendi dominici gregis: That never “clearly confessing one’s own heresy” is “typical behaviour of the modernists, because in this way they can hide themselves within the Church.”

 REMNANT COMMENT: Gee, I wonder why this man seems to have such a keen and priestly sensus catholicus. . . . Maybe this has something to do with it...bux 2

Raffaella Stroik, RIP Raffaella Stroik, RIP

Missing since Monday, the body of Raffaella Maria Stroik, a dancer for the St. Louis Ballet and daughter of Catholic architect, Duncan Stroik, was found in Mark Twain Lake this morning. 

Remnant readers may know of Duncan Stroik through his architectural work, notably the chapel at Thomas Aquinas College. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium. 

Circumstances surrounding her death are largely unknown at this time, but please, in your charity, join the Archdiocese of St. Louis in prayer for the repose of Raffaella's soul, and for the comfort of Christ and Our Lady to see the Stroik family through this incomprehensible tragedy. 

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