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:
Outspoken Christian and New Orleans Saints tight end, Ben Watson, fired the following from his Twitter account shortly after the "Catholic" Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed the Reproductive Health Act into law:
"It is a sad and evil day when the murder of our most innocent and vulnerable is celebrated with such overwhelming exuberance.
We SHOULD be supporting and encouraging the building of families which are fundamental to any society.
By not doing so, we invite consequences untold."
Benjamin Watson is married to his wife, Kristen Watson and the couple has five kids:Grace Makayla Watson, Naomi Love Watson, Judah Watson, Eden Moriah Watson, Isaiah Watson. They got married in 2005 after meeting at a campus party and ever since, they have continued to build their marriage on the strong virtues of Christianity.
Take that, Colin Kaepernick. And, while you're at it, take this too:
Thank you, Mr. Watson. May God bless you and your beautiful family.
In the late 16th and early 17th century, the Mother of God appeared several times to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres (1563-1635) under the title of Our Lady of Good Success. Mother Mariana was a Spanish Conceptionist sister who had travelled from her country to the New world to help found the Royal Convent in Quito, Ecuador. Favoured with many singular gifts from heaven, Mother Mariana was given to know many future events, especially the grievous situation of the Church in the 20th Century and beyond.
St. Raymond was born in the year 1175, at the Castle of Peña Forte in Catalonia. He was descended from a noble family with ties to the royal house of Aragon. He was educated first in Barcelona, and from 1195 to 1210 he taught canon law. 1210 he moved to Bologna, where he received doctoral degrees in both civil and canon law. He remained in Bologna until 1222, occupying the Chair of canon law at the university. He came to know of the newly founded Dominican Order there. He was attracted to it by the preaching of Blessed Reginald, prior of the Dominicans of Bologna. He received the habit at the age of 47, in the Dominican Convent at Barcelona, when he returned from Italy in 1222.
We knew it would happen sooner or later. This just in from VaticanNews.com:
“With a new Apostolic Letter issued "motu proprio", Pope Francis has suppressed the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which was established thirty years ago by Pope St. John Paul II.
…The Pontifical Commission had also exercised the authority of the Holy See “over various institutes and religious communities which it has erected which have as their ‘proper Rite’ the ‘extraordinary form’ of the Roman Rite and observe the previous traditions of the religious life.” It was also tasked with looking after and promoting “the pastoral care of the faithful attached to the antecedent Latin liturgical tradition, present in various parts of the world.”
In the motu proprio suppressing the Ecclesia Dei Commission, Pope Francis notes that “the Institutes and Religious Communities which habitually celebrate in the extraordinary form have today found their own stability of number and life.”
“With the Apostolic Letter, the Holy Father assigns the duties of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei in their entirety to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “within which a specific Section will be set up in order to continue the work of vigilance, promotion, and protection” of the suppressed Commission.”
This is a press release from Catholic Laity for Orthodox Bishops and Reform (Catholic Laity). It announces a rally at the Papal Nunciature in Washington on Friday, January 18, at 10:00 am.
This is timed so that you can still make the March for Life activities starting at Noon. The goals of Catholic Laity and the reason for the rally are in the announcement. I hope you can join us as we work to get a worthy shepherd for Washington and to communicate with the U.S. Bishops and the Holy See.
But most of all, even if you cannot attend, please pray for our work and our Church. May Mary’s Immaculate Heart triumph and may we each do our part in the battle. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Catholic Laity Appeal for a Worthy Shepherd in Washington
Seek Better Communication with U.S. Hierarchy and Rome
When: Friday, January 18, 2018, at 10:00 am
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 Friday, January 18, at 10:00 am.
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 three times to the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, in October, November, and December, 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-wuerl-now/u/23266105, and the other not to appoint Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the reported front-runner, as Archbishop of Washington until the completion of an investigation into former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, https://www.change.org/p/archbishop-christophe-pierre-cardinal-tobin-must-not-be-made-archbishop-of-washington-before-investigation. The first petition has more than 141,800 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 7,000 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 Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire (whose Bishop Peter Libasci was absolutely “thrilled” with Amoris Laetitia), has declared the St. Benedict Center to be entirely un-Catholic, evidently for taking too strict a view on extra ecclesiam nulla salus--the Catholic Church infallibly-defined dogma of no salvation outside the Church.
From the FAQ on the diocese's website:
“Neither Saint Benedict Center, the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, nor the self-referenced “Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” enjoy any recognition, canonical or otherwise, in the Universal Roman Catholic Church or in the Diocese of Manchester. They are not a Catholic organization (de facto or otherwise,) nor can they, or should they, present themselves in such a way. The Immaculate Heart of Mary School is not a Catholic School, nor can it, or should it, present itself as such, or imply that it offers an education rooted in Catholic Tradition.”
The sanctions imposed on the St. Benedict Center this January include:
- Prohibition from using the name Catholic in any way or manner that implies a relationship of authenticity or legitimacy with the Roman Catholic Church.
- Prohibition from teaching, presenting or interpreting Roman Catholic Church teachings by the St. Benedict Center, the Slaves of the of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and their associates...
- Obligation to amend the articles of agreement of the Saint Benedict Center, Inc., as submitted to the New Hampshire secretary of state on August 24, 2001, to reflect the prohibition from presenting itself as Catholic...
- No priest will validly hear confession and impart absolution at the St. Benedict Center property, with the sole exception of the case of a penitent in imminent danger of physical death...
Pretty rigid stuff! We wonder where the Pope of Mercy would come down on such ecclesial exclusivity. Shouldn't the Church of Accompaniment be, well, accompanying the St. Benedict Center, rather than casting them into outer darkness? Can it possibly be that our brothers and sisters up in New Hampshire are too Catholic to qualify for accompaniment?
So, this more or less sums up the doctrinal sticking point for the Diocese of Manchester:
"No man can find salvation except in the Catholic Church. Outside the Catholic Church one can have everything except salvation. One can have honor, one can have the sacraments, one can sing alleluia, one can answer amen, one can have faith in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and preach it too, but never can one find salvation except in the Catholic Church."
Trouble is, this isn't the Saint Benedict Center. This is St. Augustine of Hippo in his Sermo ad Caesariensis Ecclesia plebem. The St. Benedict Center's 'doctrinal rigidity' reflects the teaching of St. Augustine (and the Church's own dogmatic teaching on salvation) a good bit more accurately than does the Diocese of Manchester.
But, what did St. Augustine know? He was only a Father of the Church who didn't have the benefit of Vatican II to help set him straight.
We've finally arrived at the point of Modernist ludicrous where even Fathers and Doctors of the Church need to be silenced so the post-conciliar Church's love affair with the modern world doesn't go south.
No salvation outside the Church may have been fine for pre-conciliar saints, popes, virgins and martyrs but these days even the Bishop of Rome begs to differ, so enlightened is he. Pope Francis enjoys a nice ecumenical prayer service as much as the next guy. He even co-hosted one in Lund, Sweden, in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Revolt:
So much for the infallibly-defined dogma, extra ecclesiam nulla salus (which, by the way, is still on the books and which all Catholics still must affirm under pain of mortal sin). Go figure!
Looks like we all had better come up with a new name for ourselves, since "Catholic" is evidently reserved for those who aren't really all that Catholic.
I don't agree with everything the so-called Feeneyites say, by the way. Over the years, we've had our differences over Baptism of Desire and Blood to be sure. But at least they're not heretics. Their "crime" is to defend dogmas, not deny them like the good little Catholics in Novus Ordo Land are wont to do. They may sound "extreme" but that's only by the standards set by the Church of Accompaniment, which doesn't really stand for anything at all, and so makes all things Catholic seem pretty extreme by comparison.
A few caveats notwithstanding, St. Pius X would recognize the Father Feeney position as remarkably similar to his own and, for that matter, remarkably dissimilar to that of the Diocese of Manchester.
In any case, don't be too sure that your thin theological disagreement with the St. Benedict Center will spare your family similar persecution. At the end of the day, your brother Catholics are being accused, essentially, of being too Catholic. And that does not bode well for any of us.
Today it’s the St. Benedict Center under the gun; tomorrow it’ll be The Remnant, the FSSP and pretty much anyone else who believes Christ founded only one true Church as the sole means of salvation, which is the Catholic Church.
Pretty soon, as far as the modern Church is concerned, simply holding any conservative opinions at all will make Catholics ineligible to lay claim to the name Catholic. And God help you if you think President Trump should build his wall.
You get the trajectory?
By the way, the same Diocese that's got itself all worked up over the St. Benedict Center claiming to be Catholic evidently has no problem with Father James Martin making the same claim and within the same precincts.
Manchester's Catholic College of St. Anselm recently brought in Father Martin to speak to their superintendents and principals on the subject of -- wait for it -- building a bridge to the LGBT community:
Isn't Jimmy funny!
Evidently, Father Jimmy is A-Okay in Manchester, even though Cardinals Raymond Burke and Robert Sarah (and Archbishop Charles Chaput) have publicly accused this bizarre little man of proactively opposing Catholic teaching on Faith and Morals:
The Bishop of Manchester is not some wild-eyed liberal, either. He's even been supportive of the traditional Mass movement in his diocese. . . which makes this bizarre double standard all the more troubling.
Better keep an eye on what happens to the Saint Benedict Center. Your Traditional Latin Mass center or home-school co-op may be the next group ordered by a Catholic bishop to cease calling itself "Catholic".
The Catholic purge is evidently coming. But, be of good cheer. If they want to start throwing Catholics out of their own churches again, so be it. There's glorious precedent for that, too:
"Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ." - St. Athanasius
I'm very pleased to announce that The Remnant—which has partnered with Notre Dame de Chretiente in organizing the U.S. chapter on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the past 28 years—will be returning to France in June for its 29th Chartres Pilgrimage, with an additional post-Chartres 'pilgrimage on wheels' to the heart of the old Holy Roman Empire--Vienna and Budapest.
Dr. John Rao and I--along with Father Gregory Pendergraft, Christopher Ferrara and "Heart for Europe" author James Bogle--would like to invite you to be with us for this magnificent event, which is centered on the 3-day, 2-night walking pilgrimage along the old medieval route from Paris to Chartres.
This is, in fact, the traditional French starting point of the Camino, or way of St. James, from the Saint-Jacques Tower in the 4th arrondissement in Paris to the tomb of St. James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela in Spain--the greatest walking pilgrimage in the world.
Notre-Dame de Chretiente (NDC)—the organization responsible for what the late, great Michael Davies described as the ‘most important annual event in Christendom’—the Chartres Pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres, France—has informed us that a very tradition-minded bishop will celebrate the Pontifical High Mass in the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres at the next pilgrimage to Chartres, June 10, 2019. We will announce his name, but all in good time.
Last year’s Pilgrimage was a tremendous success:
Seating is limited, of course, and those interested in registering right away can so by sending a down payment of $400 to:
The Remnant Tours
PO Box 1117
Forest Lake, Minnesota 55025
Those wishing to register online, can do so by making a $400 “donation” here, earmarking it for “Registration for the 2018 Remnant Tours’ Pilgrimage to France and Portugal”.
Young men interested in a joining my son Walter Matt's "U.S. Rangers"--the American tent-building contingent-- should also contact our office. There is a $1000 reduction for those who qualify to build the pilgrim tents rather than walk the pilgrimage.
For nearly thirty years, it has been my honor to serve as U.S. Coordinator for our French brothers at Notre-Dame de Chretiente. So anyone who has any questions about this pilgrimage-- its logistics, how to prepare for it, how to join a specific chapter, how to become a "Chartres pilgrim", etc.-- should contact us via email or telephone anytime over the next couple of months.
I hope to see you on the road to Chartres.
Chartres sonne, Chartres t'appelle, gloire honneur au Christ-Roi!
In Christo Rege,
Michael J. Matt
Notre-Dame de Chretiente U.S. Coordinator