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The world is outraged. Media vehicles, secular and Christian, are demanding justice, resignations, and further investigation. Even the glitzy World Family Meeting in Ireland (which began today), and all that hype over the Church’s Coming Out Synod in October, can’t protect Pope Francis from the flying excrement coming off the Pennsylvania fan. And what’s he do?

He throws the ball into our court, like a good, caring father... At least, I think he means us when he says, “People of God.”  

Notably lacking in his windy Letter regarding the massive sex scandal is any kind of pledge to fix the problem or condemn the real causes. He’s the Pope, but apparently this clerical mess is a “communal” one, which will be resolved “communally”.

He also took the time to hurl a papal anathema at... clericalism, of all things... in his open letter to Catholics, which was supposed to be about apologizing for the sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania. But, mostly, I think Pope Francis was telling us that it takes a village:

Check out these fabulous vestments that were designed specifically for the Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland—that is, if all of its clerical coordinators don’t end up behind bars first in the wake of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.

Check out those pastels!

And the, um… oh, isn't that a Star Trek thing in the middle?

Fr. Z has had about enough:

In front of the entire world – including Ireland, if anyone there still pays attention to the Church – let’s put our top shelf prelates in … what the hell color is that anyway?… breath mint green?”

And long-time Vatican reporter, Marco Tossati, thinks he smells a rat:

This is the symbol of the Japanese war god, Hachiman; and you can find it also in Okinawa's bare-handed martial arts.

Some readers have interpreted - and cannot be blamed - the three commas as three 6; the famous "666" of the Apocalypse.

At the presentation the Irish priest who explained said that "It is the whole notion of the journey in the divine, and also in eternal life".

I wonder why a Christian symbol was not good, since - it seems - it would be a Christian event. But maybe it's better not to ask too many questions.”

Take a good look. Even if the caftans and muumuus aren't made of polyester, they certainly should be!family day vestments

And let's not forget that Father Jimmy Martin will also be there with bells on (maybe literally), probably sporting one of these colorful bad boys himself.  The editor at America magazine is reportedly scheduled to speak about how parishes can develope better programs to welcome LGBTQRS Catholics and their parents into the "Catholic Christian community".   Sounds enthralling!

Listen, any parents claiming to be Catholic, that would send their kids to this ecclesial gay pride parade in Ireland really need to take some time off, maybe get a little therapy or something. I'd sooner send my kids on a camping trip with Van Halen. 

Beam me up, Scotty!

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True to form, Elizabeth Yore was nothing short of outstanding on last night's edition of The World Over with Raymond Arroyo. Check it out HERE

We're always proud to feature Elizabeth's regular column in The Remnant, in both our print and online editions, and we'll have more from her on this topic over the next few weeks.

Also, Elizabeth will once again be speaking at our Catholic Identity Conference in Pittsburgh on the first weekend in November.  Online registration is now available.

For folks new to our site or to Elizabeth work, below are some of her most recent Remnant offerings. 

Commenting on the horrific revelations out of Pennsylvania this week, Rorate Caeli's New Catholic provides much-needed context for this massive scandal. Here's the 900-pound gorilla in the parlor:

Father Rosica and Pope Francis Father Rosica and Pope Francis


Last evening a good friend sent me a link to a Zenit article written by Father Tom Rosica, C.S.B., and entitled:  "The Ignatian Qualities of the Petrine Ministry of Pope Francis."

My friend included an accompanying quip:  "Just saw this freaky article on FB. Read the last paragraph."

So read it I did and "freaky" it is:

Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants, because he is “free from disordered attachments.” Our Church has indeed entered a new phase: with the advent of this first Jesuit pope, it is openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture. Pope Francis has brought to the Petrine office a Jesuit intellectualism. By choosing the name Francis, he is also affirming the power of humility and simplicity. Pope Francis, the Argentine Jesuit, is not simply attesting to the complementarity of the Ignatian and Franciscan paths. He is pointing each day to how the mind and heart meet in the love of God and the love of neighbor. And most of all, he reminds us each day how much we need Jesus, and also how much we need one another along the journey. (My emphasis added)

Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants? Jump sharks much, Father Tom?

Nothing particularly surprising here, of course, coming from Father Tom. What happened this morning, on the other hand, is where it really gets fun.

When I went to comment on this eminently "freaky" article, well, what do you suppose I discovered? That's right,  the God of Surprises had struck again!  Most of the good stuff in the offending paragraph of the article in question had mysteriously disappeared. 

Here's how the same paragraph reads today: 

Pope Francis has brought to the Petrine office a Jesuit intellectualism. By choosing the name Francis, he is also affirming the power of humility and simplicity. Pope Francis, the Argentine Jesuit, is not simply attesting to the complementarity of the Ignatian and Franciscan paths. He is pointing each day to how the mind and heart meet in the love of God and the love of neighbor. And most of all, he reminds us each day how much we need Jesus, and also how much we need one another along the journey.

What happened to Father Tom's point about Francis the Tradition Breaker?  Little wonder someone demanded an emergency edit. This is an astonishing admission on Father Tom's part. I guess these guys are getting so giddy over Francis that they can't necessarily be trusted not to get all carried away and start letting cats out of bags all over the place.  Nevertheless, the insufferable Father Rosica is quite right:  "Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants..." Indeed. Spot on, Father Tom!  That cat's not only out of the bag but it's stuffed and hanging up on the mantle.

These men are not very slick. In fact, they're so transparent now that it really must be said of those still defending Pope Francis as a 'humble" man of the people: they're willfully deceiving themselves, apparently incapable of handling the truth, which is that this is a coup d'église of the first water. This is revolution, pure and simple. 

Thanks for being candid, Father Tom! And let's hope those over-zealous Zenit editors will stop messing with your stuff. 


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Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul, MN, responds to the McCarrick scandal (The Catholic Spirit):

Every time Mass is celebrated, the priest prays that Jesus will “look not on our sins but on the faith of [his] Church… .” That’s been an important prayer for me in the time that I have been serving this archdiocese, well aware of our sins but equally aware of the strong and vibrant faith of this local Church.

I’ve been praying that prayer even more earnestly in these past weeks as the Church in the United States has once again come face-to-face with its sins, with reports that former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, one of the most prominent Churchmen in the United States in the last quarter century, has been accused of abusing two minors and sexually harassing or assaulting a number of seminarians and young priests. To make matters worse (if that is even possible), evidence has surfaced that indicates that a bishop, as well as some priests and laity, had brought the allegations about misconduct with seminarians to the attention of Church authorities but to no avail: Archbishop McCarrick was nonetheless “promoted” to become the archbishop in our nation’s capital, and elevated to the College of Cardinals.

While I realize that it is not always easy to evaluate the credibility of those bringing allegations, and that there’s often a tendency to believe those we know over those we don’t, I don’t think that the Church in the United States will rest — and confidence will be restored — until the matter is independently investigated and explained, and assurances are given that there are safeguards in place to make sure that something like this couldn’t happen again.

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The matter has been particularly troubling to me personally due to the fact that I had served in the Archdiocese of Newark as coadjutor archbishop from November 4, 2013, to March 25, 2016, when I was named archbishop here. It was while I was in Newark that I was introduced to then-Cardinal McCarrick.

A number of good Catholics have written to ask for a personal accounting on my part, inquiring whether I was made aware in my time in Newark of the 2005 and 2007 settlements involving Archbishop McCarrick, or if I knew of any allegations against him. I can state unequivocally that I learned of those settlements only in June of this year, as news broke about the unrelated claim that had been filed in the Archdiocese of New York. What I know of the settlements I know from the newspapers. When serving in Newark, I was regularly briefed on current legal matters of all sorts, but not on past legal matters (unless they were still being discussed in the press). By the time I arrived in Newark in November 2013, the 2005 and 2007 settlements were apparently considered ancient history.

It would be untrue to state that I had never heard any allegations about Cardinal McCarrick. Years before I ever lived in Newark, and never imagining that I would be assigned there, I had indeed read — as a somewhat geeky ex-lawyer — an allegation about Cardinal McCarrick in the context of a 2005 lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against Archbishop Myers, Cardinal Eagan, Bishop Hubbard and the Irish Christian Brothers. While the complaint didn’t supply any details, the plaintiff was reported to have said to a journalist that “Archbishop McCarrick would share a bed with seminarians but not engage in any activity with them.” The complaint would later be formally amended to include that allegation. Knowing, however, that this lawsuit was completely dismissed by the state and federal courts, I never gave the particular allegation about Cardinal McCarrick any credence.

I can also state without exception that no one in my years in Newark ever told me that they were improperly touched by Archbishop McCarrick, and no one ever told me that they had to share a bed with him or that they had seen anyone share a bed with him. I heard lots of gut-wrenching stories in my two-and-a-half years there, but none of them involved Archbishop McCarrick. With St. John Paul II’s 1995 visit, he was remembered for “bringing a saint to Newark,” not as an abuser of seminarians, minors or priests.

When I was installed here in St. Paul, he joined me at lunch along with my father, sister, godmother and then 12-year-old nephew. I can assure you that I would never have allowed that to happen if I had any reason to know or even suspect the things that have been reported in the newspapers this past month.

While the letters and emails of recent days are sober reminders that there’s still a long way to go in restoring trust, I nonetheless welcome the efforts to hold me accountable to you, the faithful of this archdiocese. The events of these past weeks have shown that no one can be above the law, regardless of rank or privilege. I was grateful for the opportunity to reinforce that with our seminarians this past weekend, and I look forward to continuing my work with the Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment, and our Archdiocesan Review Board, in creating a culture in which no one need be afraid or reluctant to bring forth an allegation of misconduct.

Our heavenly patron, St. Paul, reminds us that “where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.” May these difficult days be days of great grace for this local Church.

REMNANT COMMENT: While we certainly appreciate His Excellency's candid explanation of what he knew and did not know about this horrific scandal in the Church, we would also humbly beg him to take it one step further by publicly proclaiming his profession of belief in the Church's official teaching against the mortal sin of homosexual acts and the so-called "gay lifestyle," which includes her long-held teaching that homosexual activity between clerics is an ecclesiastical crime. 

Far from being reassured of this by their bishops, many Catholic faithful today are informed that the modern Catholic Church is now an "inclusive community" that "welcomes all" and "judges none."  All very well and good, except for the fact that the Church's constant and unchanging moral teaching on this makes no such allowance. In fact, this binding and constant teaching of the Church was reaffirmed most recently in her most authoritative modern catechism, which holds the exact opposite position from that apparently held by many bishops:

Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex... Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2357)

Under no circumstances…except for those dreamed up by a number of bishops in this country who apparently think that it should be left up to individual parishes to decide if they are LGBTQ-friendly or not.  

Even Pope John Paul "The GREAT's" Vatican clarified the Church's teaching on October 31, 1986, in the “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons”:

Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder. Therefore special concern and pastoral attention should be directed to those who have this condition, lest they be led to believe that the living out of this orientation in homosexual activity is a morally acceptable option. It is not.

Notice the late pope does not say, “Let the practicing homosexuals have a spiritual home among your faithful,” as  Father James Martin and his episcopal fans are at least implying on a regular basis in the media. 

Does Archbishop Hebda believe it is time for the Church to stop humiliating herself by stooping to accommodate a special interest group that obviously doesn't care about her or the moral code by which she governs?  Does he believe that all Catholics must follow the rules of the Church pertaining to the Sixth Commandment...or just the straight Catholics?  Does His Excellency believe that if some homosexual Catholics feel they need not bother following the rules they should be warmly welcomed into our "Catholic Christian" community anyway, even if they are in same-sex unions? 

Pope John Paul certainly didn't accept that. In his 2005 book Memory and Identity, John Paul referred to homosexuality as an “ideology of evil,” insisting of so-called 'gay marriage' that:

“It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and man.”

Was Pope John Paul THE GREAT an intolerant homophobe? Are Father Martin and his pals in the episcopacy really so enlightened over every pope, saint, and moral theologian in history?  

Or is it not so that it is both negligent and uncharitable for some bishops to refuse to inform their faithful that according to the Church's own infallible teaching, everlasting damnation is the price to be paid for this kind of inclusivity and toleration?  And if the episcopal retort is going to be that this acceptance refers only to chaste homosexuals, then we call FOUL even louder since this crosses the line into willful deception.  We're all sinners, of course--- and the Church already accepts repentant homosexuals as they are, just as she accepts repentant practitioners of ANY sins of the flesh.

So why are our bishops playing dumb?  Quite obviously, it is because what they are actually closing an episcopal eye to are the folks who want to keep right on sinning--and sinning proudly. This is what the Church of Accompaniment is all about!  But, practically speaking--in the real world--this kind of "accompaniment" is only green-lighting vice and mortal sin, and as such constitutes a hideous violation of everything these bishops supposedly believe as Catholic priests.

So what's going on here? Who are these bishops that think they can play fast and loose not only with the moral theology of the Catholic Church, but also with the immortal souls of their flock? 

Is it any wonder that priests and laity alike are changing their attitude on the "gay lifestyle" and violations of the Sixth Commandment when so many bishops are working to remove the stigma attached to this sin that Scripture tells us cries to heaven for vengeance? The Catholic Church's new-found "climate of tolerance" is exactly what McCarrick and company are counting on! 

It is truly homophobic for any bishop to lie to the gay community about this, and to risk the immortal souls of the sheep merely so that the shepherd might pride himself on occupying the politically correct high ground. This is gross dereliction of duty, and we hope and pray that all the good U.S. bishops would jump at the opportunity to issue statements reaffirming the Church's clear teaching against all sins of the flesh, homo- and heterosexual. 

Again, God bless Archbishop Hebda for this welcome statement, and may God grant him the courage now to finish the task by publicly reassuring the scandalized faithful that it’s not just abuse of minors or sexual harassment that’s going on here. Our bishops must make it absolutely clear that the Church's moral theology on homosexuality will not and can not be trumped by the dictates of political correctness. And neither can God's law be changed to accommodate the spirit of our “most enlightened” age---which is, of course, an evil spirit that can be driven out only by prayer and fasting. 

Until the Church and her bishops get back to reaffirming traditional Catholic teaching on human sexuality we can forget about seeing an end to the sexual abuse crisis and the massive problem of homosexuality in the clergy. McCarrick will become the norm, not the exception, and confidence in the leadership and moral authority of the Catholic Church will remain in the toilet indefinitely... exactly as the forces of darkness intended all along. 


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Claire Marie Lanthier, a fiery Catholic woman with a huge heart, piercing blue eyes and cloud of blond curls, became a mother 8 days ago at the age of 26. Claire is also an old and dear friend of one of my most trusted team members, who has been with The Remnant for the past ten years.

Claire's son, Aaron, has been in the NICU since August 2nd, fighting a serious infection in his blood. He contracted it from his mother, and it wasn’t noticed until almost too late. He is now being bottle fed and rocked by his young aunts and uncles, his father and his grandparents, and the baby boy is growing stronger each day.

Aaron and Monique 2Claire, however, is fighting for her life with the same infection, a bacteria which devours the skin and organ tissues when not confined to the blood vessels. She went under the knife four times in three days, during which several organs were removed. She is currently in the OR again, as the infection has returned with a vengeance after a brief remission. Her condition is extremely critical, and her prognosis is uncertain at this time.

Those who can, are humbly encouraged to help with the medical bills which this new young couple cannot hope to tackle on their own, but what her husband asks for much more urgently are prayers. God is not cruel, but we can’t always see His plan from our limited perspective. Please, in your charity, storm heaven for Claire and baby Aaron.

claires wedding dayZachary and Clarie on their wedding day, one year ago. Those who wish to, can help them finacially HERE. May God bless your generosity.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Children's Hour?

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Photo: Annie Leibovitz, Vogue Photo: Annie Leibovitz, Vogue

There he is, amidst the provocative poses of supermodels Gisele Bündchen and Gigi Hadid, between the latest fashion trends of Versace and Chanel, nestled among Saint Laurent and Prada.

The Vicar of Vogue.

In the midst of the Vatican’s greatest global child sex abuse scandal, the Vatican communication flunkies coordinate with the Leftists at Vogue Magazine, to hail the conquering hero, Pope Francis, as the champion of children!

The August Vogue issue is perfectly timed to land on the magazine stands right when the American Catholic Church is reeling from the decades long sex abuse revelations of prominent and powerful Cardinal Ted McCarrick. Is the Vatican tone deaf or simply arrogantly dismissive of the pain and shock exploding among the Catholic laity and the victims?

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The personality cult of Francis the Merciful continues to dominate the left in hopes that it will surely override any of the multitude of Vatican scandals involving unrelenting clerical sexual abuse and theological abuses. As the voice of the fashionable left, Vogue ramps up the endless Francis fawning of the media global elites.

Are you sitting down? The title of the gushing hagiographic human interest story is, The Children’s Hour. Vogue editors even contracted with the famous and very pricey photographer of the stars, Annie Leibowitz to snap a few cute candids of the pontiff surrounded by, you guessed it, lots of little children. How cool of the merciful Pontiff to share his papal stage and precious time with the globalist gal pal, Leibowitz for a slick press photo op. The marketing of Francis, Inc. to the global elites demands only the best of photographers. After all, Leibowitz photographs all Bergoglio’s buddies, like George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Leo “Global Warming” DiCaprio.

Nothing like a splashing centerfold article with Francis and the kiddies to distract the public from the Vatican’s exploding cover up clerical sex scandals dominating the headlines. How endearing are these snapshots of little children enveloping the Pontiff in a love scrum. No doubt about it. Francis is the children’s Pope.

The author, Jason Horowitz, wastes no time highlighting the special relationship between Francis and the children:

“{W}hen the kids ask him questions, Francis brightens dramatically. He suddenly radiates ebullience and avuncular warmth. As a journalist who has covered Francis for years, I’ve seen this shift before—when he’s broken from sermons to share homespun wisdom or embraced a Muslim asylum seeker in a refugee camp….I knew I was in the presence of a natural.”

Oh, he’s a natural, all right. Francis masterfully plays to the cameras and the global elite mouthing support for their favorite causes of climate change, mass migration, anti-death penalty, and LGBT advocacy. Horowitz is dazzled by Francis’ “visceral humanity.” Apparently, these naive and unsophisticated elites are swayed by the staged humility of a Fiat car, a simple apartment, washing Muslim feet, all carefully orchestrated and announced for public consumption by the Vatican press office. Francis even jokes with the kids!

The mainstream media laps up the carefully choreographed Vatican productions starring the Humble One, since he deftly promotes their leftist causes. Still awestruck with the papal photo ops, with kissing babies, chatting up with children, and blessing sick infants, as if they have never seen a Pope before. The Francis Papalotry is derived from the knowledge that he is one of them.

There is nothing more dangerous than a demagogue, especially one that exploits children for his own personal power and benefit. Be assured, that this glowing Vogue feature story with very expensive photos of children was masterfully concocted and collaborated with the Vatican press office. Yes, Greg Burke and Spadaro can sip vino with Annie after the shoot, but remain conspicuously silent over the clerical sex abuse scandals involving thousands of children.

The Vogue article ends with a final, warm and fuzzy scene from the Vatican:

“And now, here he (Francis) is at the Vatican, surrounded by kids with red hats on their heads, many carrying balloons.”

Oh, yes, those red hats. When he looks out at the children in red hats, does Francis think of all the cardinals in their red hats who abused children and covered up the clerical sex abuse?

He better.

Because the Children’s Hour has arrived and is long overdue.

And this time it won’t land Francis in the pages of Vogue.

Elizabeth Yore is an international child protection attorney who has investigated clergy sex abuse cases.


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