SSPX PRESS RELEASE:
The General Chapter of the SSPX has elected two additional Assistants General to serve on the Council of the Superior General, Father Davide Pagliarani, in accordance with the common law of the Church.
They are Bishop Bernard Fellay, former Superior General (1994-2018) and Father Franz Schmidberger, former Superior General (1982-1994) and currently Director of the Herz Jesu Seminary in Zaitzkofen (Germany).
Remnant Comment: While this development may well prove to be a good thing, at first glance it is somewhat confusing. From the vantage point of an outside observer, it looks something like a general manager of a baseball team announcing his intention to keep his two previous baseball managers knocking around the front office to "advise" the new guy on how to establish a different style of leadership. Bit awkward for everyone. Keep them around if you want, but why make the big announcement that seems to send mixed signals?
Without wishing to take anything away from the good job done by either of these men in the past, I'm sure the SSPX leadership can appreciate why some traditional Catholics are a bit apprehensive over this announcement, since they were looking forward to the fresh approach of a 'new coaching staff' rather than an apparent reshuffling effort that may mean 'business as usual' when it comes to a whole host of problems blamed, fairly or not, on the previous 'coaching staff.' And this includes ardent supporters of Bishop Fellay, who only want what is best for the Society.
The SSPX General Chapter is still in session, by the way, and therefore this brief observation is meant only in a constructive sense-- as merely the initial reaction of just one member of the Catholic press, while there may still be time to amend or clarify.
Whatever happens, let's redouble our prayers for the SSPX--a crucial player in the Catholic restoration movement--and let us pray for the success of their General Chapter.
LifeSiteNews recently quoted a spokesperson from the diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, who said that choosing to support LGBT is a decision for each parish to make on its own. At least one parish, "historic " St. Paul Catholic Church, is already proudly flaunting the rainbow on their property, with the message of acceptance and love for all.
According to a NewWaysMinistry report, Fr. Chris Clay, a priest at St. Paul, said the banner is “a small way of counteracting any experiences of hostility, rejection, and silent treatment that LGBTQ Catholics may have experienced.”
An ecstatic parishioner named Stan quipped in a TV spot, “Our LGBTQ sisters and brothers should not be afraid to come in here, will not feel judged, will not feel as though they’re trampling on territory that isn’t theirs."
It’s no surprise that old Stan is excited about this, since he’s the overzealous executive director of Fortunate Families, a pro-LGBT “Catholic” organization which regularly posts blasphemous images such as a gay man crowned with thorns and bleeding rainbow colors, or Our Lady wrapped in the rainbow flag. But what does Lexington’s bishop have to say about it?
Well, Bishop John Stowe was one of five bishops to endorse Fr. Jimmy Martin’s pro-LGBT book, “Building a Bridge”--so how do you think he feels about it?
While celebrating anomalies like St. Paul and a few more in the New York Tri-City area, as well as in California, NewWays lamented that many Catholics aren’t on board yet with LGBT inclusion:
Globally, however, Catholic views on LGBT inclusion and Pride remain on a spectrum. While societal acceptance of the LGBTQ community ramps up in many places, church leadership and more conservative Catholics steadfastly hold on to negative teachings on sexuality and gender. This year, the Catholic bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, discouraged parishes and individual Catholics from participating in Pride events. LGBTQ Catholics have become accustomed to not being welcomed in the Church, turned away or ostracized for their sexuality and/or gender identity. But change is needed because having a spiritual home is important to so many people, especially to LGBTQ Catholics.
REMNANT COMMENT: An alcoholic goes to the local Alcoholics Anonymous group and says, “Hello, my name is Steve, and I’m a proud alcoholic with no intention of quitting... ever. But I want you to welcome me every week, anyway, because I’m a great guy! In fact, I want a sign out front that says: All Alcoholics welcome: Don’t Ever Change, we love you as you are!”
Think old Steve would last long in AA?
So, a spiritual home is important to unrepentant serial sodomites? Terrific! But then why did they choose a Church whose infallible, constant and unchanging moral teaching includes the following:
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 evidently dreamed up by Bishop John Stowe and his team down in Lexington, which think parishes can do whatever they want in this regard.
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.
Unless Bishop John Stowe of Lexington says it is, since Bishop John is evidently a magisterium unto himself that can allow parishes to follow their own rules willy-nilly.
But didn’t you get that memo, Bishop John? The Letter doesn’t say, “Let the practicing homosexuals have a spiritual home among your faithful.” So, you don’t feel the need to enforce the Church's infallible teaching? The buck stops with you, then?
Question for Bishop John: If you begin allowing parishes in your diocese to recklessly disregard the infallible teaching of the Church, where exactly does it stop? The Catholic Church also teaches that masturbation is a mortal sin of the flesh. Do you think maybe St. Paul's should put a sign out in the yard there in front of the church saying: “Masturbators Welcome: This is an inclusive community?”
If not, why not?
How about the Bestiality community? Don’t they deserve a spiritual home, Bishop John? Nobody gets hurt. They just wanna marry their German Shepherds. What’s the big deal? Are you ready to welcome them, too? If not, aren't you yourself a bit of an intolerant bigot?
And philanderers? Wife swappers? They get consent for what they do, too. No victims there, right? So shouldn't St. Paul's put a sign in the churchyard for those fellows, too?
PHILANDERERS, FAMILY FRIENDS, and ALLIES ARE ALL WELCOME!
Or! Maybe the Church could stop humiliating herself by stooping to accommodate a crowd that obviously doesn't care about her or the moral code by which she governs.
Maybe if our LGBTQ+ the Alphabet friends truly think that a spiritual home is so important they could consider following the rules like everybody else.
And if they find that’s too difficult—that for them being a part of the Catholic Church means breaking the rules of the Catholic Church--how about they go find a spiritual home more to their liking? The Anglicans and Lutherans, for example—those cats are certainly down with the rainbow and My Little Pony crowd.
Just a thought!
Because this isn’t fair to anyone. Some people have to follow the rules of the Church while others don't? How's that supposed to work? This isn't our fault. We don't make the rules. God does! But, according to Bishop John, whether to follow the rules of the Church or not should be left up to individuals.
If our Alphabet friends are still unclear about the Church's rules on this, perhaps the recently canonized pope--St John Paul II—might be able to help.
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? If so, can't the same be said of the man who canonized him? Surely, Pope (Who Am I To Judge) Francis isn't a homophobe, is he?
I may be going out on a limb here, but something tells me the Catholic Church, with all of her prohibitions against homosexual acts, may not be the best fit for our Alphabet friends--even if Bishop John says otherwise.
Come to think of it, who cares what Bishop John says. This guy is so uncharitable he can't even be bothered to inform his faithful that according to the Church's own infallible teaching, everlasting damnation is the price to be paid for his brand of inclusivity and toleration.
Ah, but you see the good bishop must be thinking of chaste homosexuals. Yes, that must be it!
But if that is so then what's the problem? We're all sinners. The Church already accepts repentant homosexuals as they are, just as she accepts repentant practitioners of ANY sins of the flesh. All our Alphabet friends have to do is make a good confession and BOOM! Problem solved.
Surely the good Bishop of Lexington knows this.
So we’re getting a load of Barbara Streisand here, aren’t we Your Excellency? What you’re actually closing an episcopal eye to are the folks who want to keep right on sinning--and sinning proudly. Aren’t you? And that’s a violation of everything you supposedly believe in as a Catholic priest. So you, too, it would seem, are in the wrong Church. Maybe you, too, should find another "faith community", before you scandalize the hell out of this one.
Honestly, it’s brutally homophobic for a bishop to lie to the gay community about something like this, and to risk their immortal souls merely so that he might be perceived as politically correct. That's a genuine hate crime!
Surely, the Vatican will remove this derelict shepherd immediately, before he endangers the souls of any more of his faithful.
Yes, surely----just as soon as hell freezes over.
From the General Chapter of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter:
Our Lady of Guadalupe International Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, elected today in plenary session Fr. Andrzej Komorowski as Superior General for 6 years.
A Polish priest born in 1975, Fr. Andrzej Komorowski joined St. Peter’s International Seminary in Wigratzbad after studying economics at the University of Poznań (Poland). Ordained a priest in June 2006 by H. E. Jorge Cardinal Medina Estévez, he ministered in various apostolates of the Fraternity in Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands. Elected Assistant of the Superior General at the 2012 General Chapter, he held that position at the Fraternity’s General House in Fribourg (Switzerland) whilst fulfilling the duties of General Bursar and frequently providing ministry to the faithful in French-speaking Switzerland.
While we congratulate our old friend, Fr. John Berg, on a job exceedingly well done, and wish him every blessing, we at The Remnant welcome this news, and would like to congratulate Fr. Komorowski on his appointment. We are praying for the success of his tenure and ask God to bless the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.
From Ecône, July 11, 2018:
On July 11, 2018, Father Davide Pagliarani was elected Superior General, for a mandate of 12 years, by the 4th General Chapter of the Society of Saint Pius X.
The new Superior General is 47 years old and is of Italian nationality. He received the sacrament of Holy Orders from the hands of Bishop Bernard Fellay in 1996. He exercised his apostolate in Rimini (Italy), then in Singapore, before being appointed Superior of the District of Italy. Since 2012, he was Rector of Our Lady Co-Redemptrix Seminary of La Reja (Argentina).
While we congratulate Bishop Bernard Fellay on a job exceedingly well done, and wish him every blessing, we at The Remnant welcome this news, and would like to congratulate Fr. Pagliarani on his appointment. We are praying for the success of his tenure and ask God to bless the Society of Saint Pius X in this pivotal moment in their history. Archbishop Lefebvre, pray for us.
What's up with the Catholic New American Bible? Compare Matthew 28:17 from several Bible versions:
New American Bible
“When they saw him (Jesus), they worshipped, but they doubted.”
“When the saw him they fell down before him, but some hesitated.”
“And seeing him they adored; but some doubted.”
Novum Testamentum Graece et Latine (D. Eberhard Nestle) 1962
“Et videntes eum adoraverunt: quidam autem dubitaverunt.”
RSV Copyright 1946
“And when they saw him they worshipped him; butsomedoubted.”
Greek New Testament (Nestle)
καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν προσεκύνησαν, οἱ δὲ ἐδίστασαν.
The Catholic New American Bible has manifestly mistranslated this important verse:
If THEY DOUBTED ( ALL OF THEM) how could they worship Him?
cc Bishop Matano, Rochester NY
Cardinal Dloan, NY, NY
His Holiness Pope Francis
GuildofBlessedTitus crunched the numbers and discovered the trad movement is gaining at least 42 new priests this summer:
The break down is as follows:
Society of Saint Pius X: 16
Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter: 16
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest: 6
Institute of the Good Shepherd: 4
REMNANT COMMENT: At this moment, when so many of us are disheartened and even fearful for the future of the Church and of our children and even our own final perseverance, it is understandable that we might be tempted to find reason to lash out at this report because not all of these new young priests hail from the society, fraternity or institute ofwhich we personally approve or support.
But I wonder if it might not still be possible for all of us to take a moment to reconsider this and to instead offer a word of thanks to Almighty God that, regardless of the affiliation of these young men, they nevertheless have managed to hear and answer His call to the holy priesthood and to the celebration and promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass.
Let's try to not lose sight of the fact that it is because of the solid prayer life of these new priests as well as their careful attention to their vocations in life--it is because of this that tens of thousands of young people and thousands of families over the next fifty years will have access to the traditional Sacraments of the Church, to orthodox catechetical formation, to weekly confession, to daily Mass--the Mass of the Saints and Martyrs, the 'most beautiful thing this side of heaven'--and to the authentic Catholic parish life.
In cooperation with God's grace, think of what that means to so many thousands of would-be lost souls who will now have access to the spiritual means that help us all to fulfill the reason God gave us life in the first place--to know, love and serve Him in this life so that we can be happy with Him forever in the next. Nothing is of greater import to souls than this. Nothing will do more for the common good of our society than this.
God in His mercy and in His good time will help us all to overcome the divisions that exist between us--divisions that admittedly are not insignificant. But regardless of the post-Vatican II turmoil in the world today and the accompanying doubt and loss of faith, it was nevertheless His voice that each and every one of these young men heard at some point over the past decade--even despite the unrest, the apostasy, the rebellion, the weeping and gnashing of teeth in the Christophobic modern world.
In this year of Our Lord 2018, somehow in God's providence, 42 young men decided to shut out the noise of war, revolution and temptation all around them, in order to make quiet commitment to give the rest of their lives to God's service and to the service of the Church-- which is to say the service of us all. No wives. No children. No glamorous careers. No piles of money. Just service to souls.
If we cannot find it in our hearts to celebrate this happy reality--that somehow these young men made it through the storms of doubt and uncertainty and temptation...that somehow their mothers raised them with enough faith, hope and love to shut it all out and to answer the call to the Holy Priesthood--if we cannot celebrate this, then perhaps we're losing focus on the point and purpose of our movement and indeed the point and purpose of why God put us on this earth in the first place.
May God bless and keep these young men; may He help us all to take comfort from their young example of commitment to His service; may He show us how to understand what He wants of us and even where He wants us to be. And may He never abandon us by leaving us spiritual orphans in a world without Catholic priests, without the alter Christus, the knights of Our Lady, the servants of the altar of sacrifice.
We thank God for these young priests, we congratulate them, and we ask them to pray for us all that our faith will not fail us just as theirs has obviously not failed them. Tu es Sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech.
The Remnant Newspaper and columnist, Theresa Marie Moreau, placed in the highly-coveted News-Feature Category at the Los Angeles Press Club's 60th Annual Journalism Awards. The event was held yesterday, June 24, 2018, in the Crystal Ballroom, at the historic Biltmore Hotel, in downtown Los Angeles, California. (A news-feature story is written with the strict discipline of hard news, yet with a style that often incorporates literary devices and techniques.)
The winner was Moreau’s recent work, “Persecution and Anti-Catholic Propaganda”, published both in the Remnant Newspaper and online in March, 2018, about which a judge gushed:
An article that takes events in chilling detail from a forgotten time, and makes them relevant in today's world. Great historical insight. Well done!
This is not the first time The Remnant has won the award. Miss Moreau’s story, “With God in China,” published in The Remnant, in April 2009, took home the prize in 2010. At that time, judges wrote: “Her gripping account of life for two Catholic priests in China is superb. She calmly explains the constant political upheaval in China, the awful effects of those changes on Winance and Zhou -- and their unflinching faith -- and finally, how they emerged later with new lives. It’s a history lesson, a faith lesson and a stark recitation of a dark time in history.”
In 2011 Moreau again won with: “They Died in China: 33 Martyrs of Yang Kia Ping,” published in The Remnant, in September and October 2010. About this entry, one judge wrote: “I was drawn into this in-depth series of stories from the opening sentence and couldn’t put it down until I had read every word of every story. That, to me, represents quality writing and reporting, which are hallmarks of exceptional writing.”
Again in 2011, we won for "Enemies of the State," for which judges wrote: "Writer knows her audience and provides well-researched details to paint a riveting tale. Magazine-quality story on an interesting topic."
More recently, The Remnant and Miss Moreau won in 2013, for "A Chinese Handmaid of Christ," for which judges wrote: "Theresa Marie Moreau's compelling story of Cathering Wang, who endured many hardships for clinging to her religion under 1950's Communist China, is a sobering reminder of the intolerance of authoritarian regimes."
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Featuring 21 new articles, most of which will never appear online.
- Michael Matt's suggestion for a bit of Catholic action surrounding the Sacred Heart.
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Back in March, parishioners of St. John Cantius in Chicago were shocked when a letter from Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich was read at Mass, informing them that Fr. Phillips had been removed as pastor over accusations of “improper conduct” with adult males.
Cardinal Cupich wrote: “I am aware this is difficult news to receive, but the Archdiocese of Chicago is committed to ensuring those serving our parishioners are fit for ministry. Know that this decision was made after careful consideration.”
The funny thing about this is that St. John’s in Chicago celebrates the Latin Mass, and there Fr. Phillips founded the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, a religious order that offers Mass in the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms, focuses on “restoring the sacred,” and whose modus operandi is to “preserve and foster the devotional, musical, catechetical, and artistic traditions of the Catholic Church.”
…And Cardinal Cupich is about as liberal as it gets.
Regardless of Cupich’s motivations, after several weeks the Congregation of the Resurrection concluded its investigation of the accusations directed against Father Phillips. An announcement was sent out by the parishioners of St. John’s:
The Review Board concluded that Fr. Phillips has not violated any secular criminal, civil or canon law.
Fr. Phillips, having been exonerated thusly, and this in turn confirmed by the votum of The Rt. Rev. Gene Szarek, C.R., Ph.D. Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Resurrection upon receipt of the Review Board Report. We now prayerfully await the response of His Eminence, Blase Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, for the return of our pastor.
COMMENT: Father Phillips is a well-respected Catholic priest who upholds traditional Catholic morality, stands strong in defense of marriage and is wide open to the Traditional Latin Mass. Will he be given a fair hearing and due consideration from the radically liberal Blase Cupich? Only time will tell.
I think we can all get behind this:
BUDAPEST, June 20 (Reuters) - Hungary's parliament on Wednesday approved a package of bills that criminalises some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and human rights groups.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban has led eastern European opposition to EU quotas that aim to distribute asylum seekers around the bloc, criticising the open-door policy that German Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed at the height of the European migrant crisis in 2015.
Orban's right-wing Fidesz party tightened its grip on parliament in April elections after campaigning on an anti-immigration platform. Fidesz also demonised Hungarian-born U.S. billionaire George Soros and the liberal NGOs he backs, naming the new legislation the "STOP Soros" law.
Orban accuses Soros of encouraging mass immigration to undermine Europe, a charge he denies.
"The Hungarian people rightfully expect the government to use all means necessary to combat illegal immigration and the activities that aid it," Interior Minister Sandor Pinter wrote in a justification attached to the draft legislation.
"The STOP Soros package of bills serves that goal, making the organisation of illegal immigration a criminal offence. We want to use the bills to stop Hungary from becoming a country of immigrants," he said.
REMNANT COMMENT: Remember the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, where God promises Abraham he'd spare the city if even ten just men could be found? Well what if something similar is going on in Europe today? All of a sudden the good guys seem to be getting an assist from somewhere, despite billions of euros and the full court press of their global opposition. Maybe these are the “ten just men.”
Maybe this isn’t a slam dunk, after all. I mean, let’s face it--George Soros isn’t exactly Julius Felsenburgh. He comes off like a campy Bond villain---grotesque, yet laughably over-the-top. Not everyone in Europe is as enamored with this character as are liberal Democrats on our side of the pond.
In any case, it’s beginning to look as though the 'world without borders’ cartel may have jumped the shark. If we're picking up this much nationalist chatter on our side of the Atlantic, one can only imagine how much more there is on the ground over there where, suddenly, it's quite the winning hand for European politicians to go up against the mighty EU.
Whatever it is, this is fun to watch. The wheels of the EU Crazy Train appear to be coming loose.
All glory and honor to God