The St. Gallen Group lost a member today. Cardinal Danneels, whom Pope Francis describes as “a zealous pastor who served the church with dedication,” died this morning at age 85.
A statement on the website of the Belgian Church said: “Cardinal Jozef De Kesel, archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and chairman of the Belgian bishops’ conference, has the sad duty to inform you that Cardinal Godfried Danneels, emeritus archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, died this morning, Thursday March 14 2019, in his hometown in Mechelen.”
Although his later years were marred by the abuse crisis—he was recorded telling a man who had been abused by his uncle, Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, that it would be better to remain silent until the bishop had retired—he nevertheless somehow found himself honored to be selected to stand alongside Pope Francis the night he was introduced to the world on the loggia.
May God have mercy on his soul.
When the magisterium of the Church becomes useless and compromised, it is vital for individual members of the hierarchy to find other ways and means to defend the brethren.
Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C. is a Kazakhstani Roman Catholic bishop, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan. He is a member of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross of Coimbra.
He now has a website called Gloria Dei where he posts articles and sermons in order to encourage and connect with faithful Catholics throughout the world.
Please visit his website and send him a message in gratitude for this initatiative on behalf of his flock.
May God bless and keep Bishop Athanasius Schneider.
When can we all agree that the hippie dippie schtick is old, tired, and quite frankly, the stupidest “cause” the Vatican has yet championed? Light shows on St. Peter’s weren’t enough; the Pope’s still at it. Can someone please remind him that he’s head of the Catholic Church, and we’d like some theology up in here? On second thought, maybe not...
Vatican City, Mar 8, 2019 / 10:25 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said Friday that global development goals need to be supported by ethical objectives stemming from personal conversion and recognition of one’s failures.
“The economic and political objectives must be supported by ethical objectives, which presuppose a change of attitude, the Bible would say a change of heart,” the pope said March 8 at the Vatican's Clementine Hall.
“Already St. John Paul II spoke about the need to ‘encourage and sustain an ecological conversion,’” he said, referencing a 2001 catechesis of one of his predecessors. “Religions have a key role to play here.”
Francis emphasized that “for a correct transition to a sustainable future, it is necessary to recognize ‘one’s own mistakes, sins, vices or negligence,’ ‘to repent of heart, to change from within,’ to be reconciled with others, with creation and with the Creator,” as he wrote in his 2015 encyclical on the environment, Laudato si'.
“Indeed, we should all commit ourselves to promoting and implementing the development goals that are supported by our deepest religious and ethical values,” he urged. “Human development is not only an economic question or concerns only experts, but is above all a vocation, a call that requires a free and responsible response.”
The pope addressed Vatican officials, religious representatives, and members of international organizations participating in a March 7-9 conference on “Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Listening to the cry of the earth and the poor.”
…In his speech to conference participants Friday, Pope Francis praised the SDGs and 2030 Agenda as “a great step forward for global dialogue, in the sign of a necessary ‘new universal solidarity.’”
REMNANT COMMENT: This man is becoming insufferable! And the thing is, the world is not nearly as interested in what he has to say as he thinks they are. Take, for example, his stupid movie--Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, which Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com called "a non-denominational sermon" by a "Francis fanboy". It was a box office disaster. It cost more to make than it's earned so far--a whopping $8 million, which is far less than the top 100 movies of 2018 grossed on their opening weekends.
In other words, nobody cares! Pope Francis is a superstar in his own mind, but that's really about it. And now his God complex has got him convinced he has to save the planet.
May God save us all from this increasingly delusional human being.
Fresh off Trump’s raise-the-roof CPAC address, we stumbled upon the following story from his early days in office:
REMNANT COMMENT: Is that a rosary in the hand of the President of the United States?
At a time when raw evil is consuming the world, I have no doubt that Donald Trump's efforts to keep God in the picture is the main reason his enemies hate him so. Of course, he's not Catholic but his innate desire to use his office to remind the world about God certainly is not not Catholic.
We distinguish, of course, between sound theology (which Trump obviously lacks) and the President's basic, almost childlike, attempt to remind a nation hellbent on destruction that God exists and that our nation must acknowledge Him and the power of prayer.
Once this distinction is made, we can take solace in the fact that Trump's Godly presidential reminders are not wasted efforts, nor are they the deceptive words of papal ecumania which, coming from that exalted office, serve not truth but error.
Trump has not the benefit of sound theological training, access to the Sacraments, and the habit of formal prayer. In other words, he's doing the best he can with the little he's been given in a world where even the Catholic Church's moral authority has become something of a joke.
Somehow, this man is acting more like a Catholic than are most Catholic leaders in the Church today:
Who knows where this will end? But without him, what are the chances Americans will hear words about God, the Bible and the power of prayer from the North Lawn ever again?
In fact, given the cast of democratic characters threatening to run in 2020, it’s more likely they’d be sacrificing babies to Moloch on the North Lawn. And obviously it would be supremely unlikely that any one of them would be seeking out the services of a Catholic Priest to conduct an exorcism upon taking office.
Dear Friends and Supporters (Actual and Potential) of Una Voce Cuba,
Una Voce Cuba is starting a campaign to collect regular operating funds and to help individuals have a more fruitful practice of almsgiving during Lent. I ask each of you to read the page to which I HERE link. Afterward if so moved, resolve to participate in the Lenten Alms campaign described therein. Finally, even if you cannot or do not want this to be part of your Lenten devotion, please share the page widely, especially with those (perhaps Cuban Americans) likely to be interested, now and through the entire first week of Lent.
Pray for the Faith in Cuba.
In Iesu, spe unica mundi,
Albert Edward Doskey (Gutiérrez)
Una Voce Cuba: Vice-President
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This just in from George Weigel of FirstThings.com:
Has it occurred to anyone else debating the perverse verdict rendered against Cardinal George Pell, which convicted him of “historic sexual abuse,” that the cardinal did not have to return to his native Australia to face trial? As a member of the College of Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church and a Vatican official, Pell holds a Vatican diplomatic passport and citizenship of Vatican City State. Were he guilty, he could have stayed put in the extraterritorial safety of the Vatican enclave, untouchable by the Australian authorities. But because Cardinal Pell knows he is innocent, he was determined to go home to defend his honor—and, in a broader sense, to defend his decades of work rebuilding the Catholic Church in Australia, the living parts of which owe a great deal to his leadership and courage.
Cardinal Pell and I have been friends for over fifty years, and in the past two and a half decades of that friendship I have been appalled at the calumnies to which he has been subjected, in both the hyper-secularist Australian media and in Church circles determined to hang on to their dreams of post–Vatican II revolution.
READ THE REST HERE.
REMNANT COMMENT: It's no secret that Mr. Weigel and The Remnant have had our differences of opinion. However, mere common sense tells us that all Catholics have a vested interest in decrying the travesty and obvious miscarriage of justice where Cardinal Pell is concerned.
The Mystical Body of Christ again stands accused before Pilate, and the pagan empire that crushed Christendom and holds us all captive, acknowledges no distinction whatsoever between traditional Catholics and the so-called neo-Catholics. As far as they are concerned, all practicing Catholics will eventually need to either deny Christ or be gagged, jailed, or put to death--whatever it takes to silence His voice in the modern world.
The fact that Cardinal George Pell is now locked up in solitary confinement for 23 hours out of the day while Mr. Ted McCarrick runs around Kansas free as a vulture should remove any doubt about this.
The persecution begins anew…and all Christians had better watch their backs.
CatholicWorldReport.com covers the lay manifestation which took place the day before the Vatican Summit on sex abuse. The silent demonstration was a powerful witness against the Vatican’s current program of silence and obfuscation in the face of one of the largest coverup/abuse scandals in the Church’s history.
From Catholic World Report:
Called “In Silence to Break Down the Wall of Silence,” the demonstration was organized to urge the bishops attending the Vatican’s summit on the problem of child abuse in the Church, which opens on Thursday, not to limit the discussion to pedophilia, but to speak up about all the moral issues at stake, and especially about “the scourge of homosexuality.”
As explained by fliers given out while the demonstrators stood silently praying the Rosary and meditating on religious texts, the participants were lay Catholics who had come from various parts of the world to urge “the silent bishops” to “dare to speak the truth to the Holy Father.”
“If the summit limits itself to addressing only the abuse of minors, as its title would seem to indicate, it is bound to be a failure,” said Professor Roberto de Mattei, president of the Lepanto Foundation. “To limit the scandal to pedophilia alone, while ignoring the scourge of homosexuality, would be hypocritical, because homosexuality is not only a vice contrary to human nature, it also represents the basis of a power structure within the Church.”
Read the rest HERE.
De Mattei and Michael Matt pray the rosary with 100 other Catholic laity in the Piazza San Silvestro, Rome.
(Photo: Tess Mullins)
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.