From the National Catholic Register:
Silence fell on a central piazza in downtown Rome at 2pm yesterday when Catholic men and women of various ages and nationalities stood in lines for an hour, reading devotional texts and praying the Rosary.
Organized by lay faithful belonging to various Catholic associations, passersby looked curiously at the scene while police officers guarded the square.
On the edges of the piazza, helpers handed out leaflets headed with the words: “In Silence to Break Down the Wall of Silence!”
Read the full report HERE.
REMNANT COMMENT: To have one of the most objective (and respected) Catholic journalists in the English-speaking world be willing to give fair and balanced coverage of this admittedly controversial event offers testimony to a job well done by the organizers of this lay Catholic demonstration in Rome. Clearly, this was not a “traditional Catholic” event per se, but rather an eleventh-hour intervention on the part of lay Catholics from many different camps who have only the best interests of Holy Mother Church in mind.
Remnant readers will be interested to note Mr. Pentin’s coverage of our editor’s own participation in this extraordinary event in Rome.
(Photo: Tess Mullins/Remnant Newspaper)
Five days ago, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò contributed the following statement to the National Catholic Register, which had invited him to be part of a symposium in anticipation of next week’s Vatican summit meeting on the clerical sexual abuse crisis.
Some of Archbishop Viganò’s more vocal traditionalist critics enjoy pointing out that, since His Excellency has been part of the post-conciliar Church, he must be considered part of the problem rather than the solution. From the moment we reported on the first Viganò letter, we have pushed back against this myopic point of view.
It is interesting to note now, in this latest Viganò letter, that the good Archbishop highlights the years leading up to and including the Second Vatican Council as when sexual abuse in the clergy became a massive problem. The Archbishop also takes a very pre-conciliar position on the admittance of homosexuals to the priesthood. I'd say if we were to scratch the surface of Archbishop Viganò just a bit, we'd find a traditionalist.
You’ll want to read this!
We’ve reproduced the statement below in its entirety:
Despite Grave Problems, the Lord Will Never Abandon His Church
I thank you for inviting me to take part in this symposium on “Abuse and the Way to Healing” in anticipation of the upcoming bishops’ summit at the Vatican. My contribution will draw on my personal experience of 51 years of priesthood.
It is evident to all that a primary cause of the present terrible crisis of sexual abuse committed by ordained clergy, including bishops, is the lack of proper spiritual formation of candidates to the priesthood. That lack, in turn, is largely explained by the doctrinal and moral corruption of many seminary formators, corruption that increased exponentially beginning in the 1960s.
I entered a pontifical seminary in Rome and began my studies at the Gregorian University when I was 25 years old. It was 1965, just months before the end of Vatican II. I couldn’t help but notice, not only in my own college but also in many others in Rome, that some seminarians were very immature and that these houses of formation were marked by a general and very serious lack of discipline.
A few examples will suffice. Seminarians sometimes spent the night outside my seminary, as the supervision was woefully inadequate. Our spiritual director was in favor of priestly ordination ad tempus — the idea that ordained priesthood could be a merely temporary status.
At the Gregorian, one of the professors of moral theology favored situation ethics. And some classmates confided to me that their spiritual directors had no objection to their presenting themselves for priestly ordination despite their unresolved and continual grave sins against chastity.
Certainly, those who suffer from deep-seated same-sex attraction should never be admitted to seminary. Moreover, before any seminarian is accepted for ordination, he must not only strive for chastity but actually achieve it. He must already be living chaste celibacy peacefully and for a prolonged period of time, for if this is lacking, the seminarian and his formators cannot have the requisite confidence that he is called to the celibate life.
Bishops have the paramount responsibility for the formation of their candidates to the priesthood. Any bishop who has covered up abuse or seduction of minors, vulnerable adults or adults under a priest’s pastoral care, including seminarians, is not fit for that responsibility or for any episcopal ministry and should be removed from his office.
I am praying intensely for the success of the February summit. Although I would rejoice greatly if the summit were successful, the following questions reveal that there is no sign of a genuine willingness to attend to the real causes of the present situation:
In my third testimony, I begged the Holy Father to face up to the commitments he himself made in assuming his office as Successor of Peter. I pointed out that he took upon himself the mission of confirming his brothers and guiding all souls in following Christ along the way of the cross. I urged him then, and I now urge him again, to tell the truth, repent, show his willingness to follow the mandate given to Peter and, once converted, to confirm his brothers (Luke 22:32).
I pray that the bishops gathered in Rome will remember the Holy Spirit, whom they received with the imposition of hands, and carry out their responsibility to represent their particular Churches by firmly asking for, and insisting on, an answer to the above questions during the summit.
Indeed, I pray that they will not return to their countries without proper answers to these questions, for to fail in this regard would mean abandoning their own flocks to the wolves and allowing the entire Church to suffer dreadful consequences.
Despite the problems I have described, I continue to have hope, because the Lord will never abandon his Church.
Archbishop Carlo Viganò is the former apostolic nuncio to the United States.
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The latest in the smear campaign against President Trump has his supporters doing high fives all over the place.
Listen to this!
According to MSN.com, Trump “pounced” Sen. Coons over the abortion issue at a dinner party in the White House last week… pounced:
The night before last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump was hosting religious leaders and lawmakers for dinner at the White House when he spotted Democratic Senator Chris Coons — and pounced.
Trump confronted the Delaware lawmaker — who attended the event as the Prayer Breakfast’s official Democratic co-chair — over the issue of abortion, creating a tense scene in the White House’s Blue Room, according to three sources familiar with the exchange.
Trump leaned in close to Coons, who calls himself “a practicing Christian and a devout Presbyterian,” and laced into the Democratic senator over controversial moves to change statewide policies on abortion that have roiled New York and Virginia politics in recent weeks. “He was in his face about it,” said one person familiar with the exchange. The person described Trump as extremely “worked up.”
“He saw a Democrat in the room, a Democrat who’s known to be a person of faith, and he was like, ‘Why aren't you speaking out about this?’” the source added.
Another source who was in the room confirmed the account, describing the moment as both “awkward” and attention-grabbing. Rarely has Trump been so vocal about abortion when the masses aren’t watching, this person said.
REMNANT COMMENT: Can there be anything more terrifying than the face of evil? And yet, for just a moment, let’s try to imagine the personified evil Donald Trump has encountered every day since taking office, keeping in mind he’s never had the benefit of the Sacraments of the Church, he’s never been to Confession, doesn’t have the advantage of grace to steel him against the Powers of Darkness. And yet he finds himself staring down demons, as the default champion of the "basket of deplorables" with their guns, God and Bibles.
He doesn’t know about the scapular and the rosary and the Mass. It’s just him, with his limited understanding of Good and Evil, Heaven and Hell, God and Man. Just a guy who built a lot of buildings and made a lot of money and now he finds himself facing off against the likes of Soros, Beelzebub and even, God help him, Nancy Pelosi itself!
Sure, Donald Trump used to run in the same circles of people that now want him crucified after he's been duly drawn and quartered. But because he’s standing with us and making statements in defense of the unborn and against the priests and priestesses of satanic child sacrifice, they’ve all turned on him. They never leave him alone, in fact. All night every night, they cackle at him from the shadows and sinkholes of the Swamp, track his every move, wait for him to let his guard down so they can pounce on him, his family, his grandkids, his friends.
Just imagine how his impression of the “live and let live” liberals must have changed by now. Think of the freaks that show up for the anti-Trump rallies, the cursing and foul-mouthed obscenity, the ugly threats, the violence.
My point? Donald Trump has seen the dark side as few people have. Clearly, he is not the same man now as he was in November of 2016. The demonically possessed scream for his blood every moment of every day. The horns show and the cloven hooves are full on display. Because he’s defended the unborn (no matter how imperfectly), the “social justice warriors” and “paragons of tolerance” have shown this man more hate and injustice and intolerance in the past two years than most men see in a lifetime.
I don’t mean to lionize this man. Donald Trump’s weaknesses, flaws and cracks are plain to see. I’m speaking here of the phenomenon, of something we’ve not seen before. Seems to me he really has only two moves: Throw in with the demons (and move away from the light) or run for his life in the direction of the light. And at this point, there's nothing to be gained from his trying to placate the demons, which may be why Trump is sounding more genuinely pro-life and pro-God every day.
When demons want your blood and your soul, why not seek out the company of the unfallen angels? What’s he got to lose!
In other words, it would seem that the Demons of the Swamp, under the watchful eye of Albert Pike, are driving Donald Trump up onto the high ground and into the camps of the righteous. His understanding of theology is superficial at best, obviously, but when he speaks of God these days he knows firsthand how much God is hated by the devils who also hate Trump almost as much.
Honestly, I believe Trump is horrified by the evil of the Swamp creatures, and he's turning to us in all sincerity--almost like a child would—and saying I’m with you. No, seriously, I really am.
In any case, let us presume so, and let’s pray for Donald Trump now more than ever.
Catholic Laity Again Appeal for a Worthy Shepherd in Washington, Seek Better Communication with U.S. Hierarchy and Rome
Please come on February 16 at 2:00 pm to support our appeal to the Nuncio and pray for the appointment of a worthy shepherd for Washington and effective communication between the laity and the hierarchy and the Holy See. We will meet in front of the Papal Nunciature, Massachusetts Avenue and 34th St., NW, Washington, DC. We must be persistent about this, like the widow knocking on the judge's door. If you cannot come, please pray for us and for Pope Francis and all Bishops and clergy.
When: Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 2:00 pm
Where: Papal Nunciature, Massachusetts Avenue and 34th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Who: Catholic Laity for Orthodox Bishops and Reform
Catholic Laity for Orthodox Bishops and Reform (Catholic Laity) will rally at the Papal Nunciature on Saturday, February 16, at 2:00 pm.
Catholic Laity has two purposes: the appointment of a worthy shepherd for Washington and establishing a means of communicating effectively with the U.S. hierarchy and the Holy See about Catholic life in the United States.
To advance communication with the Holy See, which is in the process of selecting a new archbishop for Washington, Catholic Laity has already written four times to the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, in October, November, December, and January, to request a meeting to discuss the appointment of a new archbishop. No reply has been received, although Archbishop Pierre made a point in his address to all U.S. Bishops on November 12 that “there can be no question that the insights of experts, the contributions of time and professional skill of all the faithful, laity together with the clergy..., are critical to carrying out our mission as Shepherds. Assistance is both welcomed and necessary, and surely collaboration with the laity is essential.” At the Rally, we will say “HERE WE ARE. TALK TO US.”
Catholic Laity was founded by Winnie Obike and Donna Bethell, who started two recent online petitions, one to remove Cardinal Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington, https://www.change.org/p/pope-francis-remove-cardinal-wuerlnow/u/23266105, and the other not to appoint Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the reported frontrunner, as Archbishop of Washington until the completion of an investigation into former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, https://www.change.org/p/archbishop-christophe-pierrecardinal-tobin-must-not-be-made-archbishop-of-washington-before-investigation. The first petition has more than 142,200 signatures and is still gaining, as Cardinal Wuerl has resigned but is still running the Archdiocese as Apostolic Administrator, which could continue indefinitely. The second petition has more than 7,300 signatures and is also growing. Its original purpose has been achieved in that Cardinal Tobin has announced that he is not coming to Washington. The petition and Catholic Laity are now focused on the appointment of a worthy shepherd for Washington.
The restoration of the Catholic clergy to holiness will require the prayers, persistence, and example of the laity.
We hope you'll take a look at the new website CardinalBurke.com, and leave a message of support and prayers for His Eminence.
Congratulations, Cardinal Burke. It's good to have a magisterium back!
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Apparently Cardinal Dolan’s bid to curry favor with Andrew Cuomo backfired, and here he is acting all pouty over being mistaken as part of the “Religious right” by the cool crowd in New York. (Challenge Question: Try to find an actual defense of life in this third-grade-level hissy fit.)
From Cardinal Dolan's blog:
Today, with a home field advantage in the New York Times, Governor Cuomo linked me with the “religious right.”
Join Michael J. Matt, Richard Aleman, and Steve Moore on Tuesday, February 2, for AOTM's round table discussion on some of the hottest topics in religion and politics:
> We have a sex abuse scandal in the Church, yet the Vatican does not respond. Why not?
> Is President Trump good or bad for Catholics?
> What should be done with pro-abortion Catholics?
These topics and more at AOTM's February event.
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A number of traditional Catholic media organizations--including The Remnant--have been invited to sign on with the newly-formed Coalition of Saint Athanasius, which has been established to ask Pope Francis to answer one simple question. It's an ultimatum of sorts which, whether Francis answers or not (and we suspect he will not), creates an interesting dilemma for the Vatican...a dilemma which even secular media may find newsworthy.
The Remnant encourages its readership to follow and support this unique initiative, especially as the Vatican gears up for the long-awaited summit meeting on the sex abuse crisis in the Church (February 22, 2019):
A Coalition of Catholic Media Defends LGBT Right to Know: What Does the Catholic Church Officially Teach About Homosexual Acts?
NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 5, 2019) — COSA (Coalition of Saint Athanasius) is an association of Catholic media seeking papal verification that the Vatican still accepts the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s official prohibition of same-sex sexual intercourse.
COSA’s chief concern is that by creating a false impression the Catholic Church has changed its teaching in this regard, some priests, bishops and even cardinals risk grave injustice to the LGBT community, while sowing disunity within the ranks of all practicing Catholics.
COSA does not seek clarification on the need for pastoral solicitude where gay and lesbian persons are concerned since this falls well within the Church’s clear teaching on the obvious requirements of Christian Charity.
What is increasingly unclear is the Vatican’s own position vis-à-vis homosexual acts, and COSA believes the LGBT community has a right to know the truth.
COSA is enlisting the support of concerned persons from all walks of life—be they gay, straight, Catholic, non-Catholic—in urging Pope Francis to clarify the Catholic Church’s official teaching on homosexual acts so that the wounds of division caused by lack of clarity can be healed.
The founders of COSA are practicing Catholics who accept Francis as pope and therefore regard him as the only Vatican authority qualified to address this international concern.
For more, see COSA’s Open Letter to Pope Francis at www.RestoreTheCatholicChurch.com
MEDIA ADVISORY: Representatives of COSA will be in Rome to present this call for papal clarification to the press during the Vatican’s summit meeting on sexual abuse on Feb. 21-24, 2019.
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What Does the Catholic Church Teach About Homosexual Acts? A Coalition of Catholic Media Defends LGBT Right to Know
We faithful Catholics presume the Holy Father accepts and defends the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s moral teachings as binding and true. But the purpose of this Coalition is not to presume but to confirm. Therefore, we beg answer:
> Do you, Pope Francis, believe that homosexual acts are “acts of grave depravity,” as the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches?
> Do you, Pope Francis, believe that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered,” as the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches?
> Do you, Pope Francis, believe that homosexual acts are “contrary to natural law,” as the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches?
> Do you, Pope Francis, believe that homosexual acts can “under no circumstances be approved,” as the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches?
For a more in-depth look at this Coalition of St. Athanasius, click the image below and read the Open Letter to Pope Francis.
In what might just be the most dramatic nine minutes of television you’ll watch in 2019, a prince of the Church manifests the classic symptoms of SRS (Spine Reduction Syndrome) the moment Fox News hosts ask him to provide a Catholic response to abortion becoming the coolest thing in New York since Frank Sinatra.
Cardinal Dolan was brought in not as theologian to explain the hypostatic union or anything particularly challenging. His job was merely to reiterate Catholic teaching on the intrinsic evil of murdering preborn babies, and maybe conjure up a little manly angst along the way.
Pretty simple assignment. But that's when all stupid broke loose.
The Fox and Friends team pitched one slowly-spinning softball after another to him and we watch, astonished, as each one floats slowly over home plate, sits there for a minute, and then finally sinks into yet another strike, with the batter still lookin'.
Check out the Syrup of Ipecac Interview: