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
Fresh in from NationalReview.com: The Southern Poverty Law Center has reached a settlement with liberal Islamic reformer Maajid Nawaz and his organization, the Quilliam Foundation, for wrongly including them on its now-defunct list of “anti-Muslim extremists.”
The SPLC announced Monday that it has agreed to pay Nawaz and Quilliam $3.375 million “To fund their work to fight anti-Muslim bigotry and extremism.” The settlement was the result of a lawsuit Nawaz filed in April over his inclusion on the SPLC’s “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”
The list, which was published in 2016 and was intended to serve as a resource for journalists, was deleted shortly after Nawaz filed the suit. The deletion came roughly two years after Nawaz first demanded a retraction.
REMNANT COMMENT: This is a good start. After all, the SPLC's tactics endanger lives, as Mr. Nawaz pointed out when he announced he was going to sue them two years ago: "When you list heretics among Muslims in this way, they end up dead."
So now, what about everyone else the notorious SPLC has slandered and endangered with their fake news machine down in Montgomery, Alabama?
In December 2017, for example, here in Minnesota, the SPLC went after the mainstream Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) and the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity for conducting a symposium on "Man, Woman and the Order of Creation", which the SPLC described as the work of "several anti-LGBT hate groups along with other discredited far-right extremists."
Since the event was sponsored by the MCC, the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, and the Siena Symposium for Women, Family and Culture, it’s obvious that the SPLC has become emboldened by the success of their fake news hatchet jobs of the past and are now ready to label even mainstream Catholic, diocesan organizations as "haters."
And what's the Catholic response been so far? “Well, at least the SPLC is not coming after me personally. I’ll just keep quiet and everything will be fine.”
This is embarrassingly naïve. As this story demonstrates, there is no appeasing the SPLC. Why? Because the SPLC folks do not believe their own fake news. They make things up and engage in every manner of character assassination against those with whom they have political disagreements. They know very well that these Catholic groups are not hate groups. But they throw it out there anyway, because that's what they do. That’s how they make money.
Create more scary boogeymen every year, and then terrify little old ladies out of their Social Security checks. After all, somebody's got to finance the SPLC super heroes out there saving the planet from Haters.
It's classic fake news, only with a fundraiser twist.
The only way to stop the SPLC is to stand up to them as did the Muslim group, the Quilliam Foundation. Take them to court. Expose them for the public menace they are. Appeasement is a strategy that is wasted on these well-financed bullies.
The SPLC went after Traditional Catholics years ago, and the mainstream Church lifted not one finger in defense. After all, these were “rad trads”….They probably had it coming!
But now mainstream Catholics are being targeted, such as the Minnesota Catholic Conference and even the brother of Catholic Answers president, Christopher Check.
On their website, the SPLC writes:
Father Paul Check was also scheduled to speak at the event. Check previously served as executive director of an “ex-gay” conversion therapy ministry, Courage International. In his role, he spoke out against LGBT inclusive policies and encouraged others to administer reparative therapy, claimed that sexual orientation is a false identity, and that homosexuality was immoral.
You see where this is heading? According the SPLC hate hunters, our scripture is “hate literature", our history is one long saga of hate and, before they're done, the entire Catholic Church will be labeled a “hate group”. Impossible? Not at all. The Nazis did it. The Soviets did it. And when the Democrats win back the White House, the SPLC will help them do it again.
If we Catholics can't "get it together" enough to stand together against this new Gestapo (as the Muslims are doing), they will continue to come after us all until our priests are in jail, homeschoolers are in psych wards, Catholic blogs are shut down, and Catholic bishops are too terrified to object.
Do you think this is someone else's problem? If you're a practicing Catholic, this is your problem. It's not a question of "if" the SPLC decides to come after your church, your group, your co-op, your family next--but rather "when".
The success of these SPLC fundraisers (thinly disguised as "hate investigations") depends on the cowardice of their victims. But when the victims turn around and fight back, the SPLC will lose, just as an abusive man wii lose once his battered wife decides she's had enough. Many people have had enough of the SPLC. In fact, PJ Media is now reporting that 'about 60 organizations' are considering a lawsuit against the SPLC following $3M Nawaz settlement.
It's time for Christians to stand up and fight back...while we still have the right to do so.
Last week President Trump received a scapular and a lesson on Fatima from Edward Baza Calvo, governor of Guam since 2011.
"About 165,000 people have taken a big sigh of relief since ten months ago the leader of North Korea was making pronouncements of the nuclear annihilation of our island," says Gov. Calvo in the short clip below from PacificDailyNews.com. "And now we have, ten months later, a document paving the way--signed by both [Trump and Kim Jong-un]--to peace and denuclearization,"
A year ago, when this crisis was unfolding, the traveling Lady of Fatima had just come from Korea to Guam, and fifteen minutes after Trump signed the agreement with Kim Jong-un, the statue arrived at the house of Governor Calvo. Being Catholic, he said, "I don't believe in coincidences."
In gratitiude to both Our Lady of Fatima and the U.S. President, Gov. Calvo handed Trump a scapular and told him that Catholics, such as Melania, would understand its significance.
COMMENT: Well, now we know he knows the rest of the story. What will happen next? God only knows. But as most of the human element of the Catholic Church have now betrayed their convenant with Almighty God, it remains to be seen who God will choose as recepient of His Grace to continue His work in the world. I have a feeling we might all be surprised at who from the highways will answer the call and come to the Lord's feast.
Please pray for the conversion of President Donald Trump. And let's also pray for the First Lady, that God will open her heart to the truth of the Church into which she was baptized.
May Our Lady of Fatima watch over them both, guide them and eventually open their hearts to the Way, the Truth and the Light. Unlikely? Perhaps, but with God's grace anything is possible.
VaticanNews.com summarized a recent Pope Francis homily as a reflection on the many different ways in which women are exploited in today’s society:
The Pope reminded his listeners that women are what men on their own lack to be the image and likeness of God. He explained how Jesus’ words about women were radical and ground-breaking and “changed history.” This was because up until then, a woman was considered “a second class citizen,” she was “enslaved” and “did not even enjoy complete freedom,” he said.
Jesus changed history
Jesus' doctrine about women changes history. Before Jesus the view about women was one thing but after Jesus they are another. Jesus dignifies women and puts them on the same level as men because he takes that first word of the Creator, both are "the image and likeness of God", both of them; not first the man and then a little lower down the woman, no, both are. And a man without a woman beside him - whether as a mother, as a sister, as a bride, as a working companion, as a friend - that man by himself is not the image of God.
Woman today are objects of desire even in our own societies
This is a sin against God the Creator, rejecting women because without her we men cannot be the image and likeness of God. There is an anger and resentment against women, a nasty anger. Even without saying it... But how many times do young women have to sell themselves as disposable objects in order to get a job? How many times? "Yes, Father, I heard in that country...". Here in Rome. There’s no need to go far away.
Look around us to see that exploitation
All this happens here in Rome, it happens in every city, anonymous women, women - we can describe as "faceless" because shame covers their faces, women who do not know how to laugh and many of them do not know the joy of breastfeeding their baby and the experience of being a mother. But, even in our everyday life, without going to those places, there is this ugly way of thinking, of rejecting women or seeing her as a "second class" person. We need to reflect more deeply about this. And by doing this or saying this, by entering into this way of thinking, we despise the image of God, who made man and woman together with his image and likeness. This Gospel reading helps us to think about the marketing of women, a trade, yes, trafficking, that exploitation which is visible but also that trade which we can’t see but is taking place out of sight. A woman is trampled underfoot precisely because she is a woman.
COMMENT: Question for His Holiness: Does this include exploiting women for your own political agenda? #LadyDeacons
Say what you like about the Russian president and those dastardly "ulterior KGB motives" of his (about which certain bloggers are constantly warning us), at least Vladimir Putin is willing to address the global chaos caused by the anti-family, anti-life, anti-God maniacs who've been running the “free world” for the last fifty years:
RussianFaith.com reports that Putin says Russia must support the family because the country's future depends upon it. Parents with many children, he said at the awards ceremony for the Order of Parental Glory, "Have chosen for themselves a happy, grateful, but very difficult and responsible path that is full of inconvenience and suffering, demanding colossal devotion."
"To give the child the values of goodness, justice, and diligence, words alone are not enough. . . . It is necessary for parents to prove their fidelity day by day with their personal examples — only in this way it is possible to raise a truly complete person, a worthy citizen of Russia."
Every year Putin hands out medals to large families.
If this is just the Machiavellian machinations of the closet KGB, well, forgive me, but perhaps the world needs more Machiavellian machinations of the closet KGB. At least it's not the Luciferian machinations of Planned Parenthood, the UN and George Soros.
If that's our choice, I think I'd take my chances with this guy, who seems like he may actually have a soul.
The e-vites were blasted all over the Inter-verse for Rome's second March of the Sexual Fetishes Gay Pride Parade. "GayPride4U" called it "political pride in the heart of Catholicism", but is Rome Catholic anymore? Even Italy's new families minister is causing a storm by saying that homosexual families do not legally exist, but can the "heart of Catholicism" aka the Vatican get its stuff together enough to lift the daintiest finger in protest of a sin that cries for Heaven's vengeance? Of course not; at least not while bae is gay. According to GloriaTV, there was nothing but the customary silence:
Last Saturday, a Gay Pride March took place in Rome while the local well-nourished prelates, including Pope Francis, went into silence and hiding. The Church’s honour was saved by the Committee San Filippo Neri, a group of young, courageous Catholics, which organized a procession of reparation. The group contacted the Pope’s vicar for Rome, Angelo De Donatis who this month will become a cardinal. Unsurprisingly De Donatis refused to answer.
Some lovely reps of Rome's Gay Pride March...
I just don't get it. Why would Pope Francis go silent in the face of Rome's Gay Pride March? Maybe the "god of surprises" was feeling a bit pretty, witty, and gay last week...
The Globalist agenda is suffering massive losses in Europe, where the case for national sovereignty grows stronger with nearly every major election.
Consider these facts: In September 2017, the Alternative for Germany won 12.6 percent of the vote and entered the Bundestag with 94 seats, upsetting Germany’s post-war political order. In October, anti-immigrant businessman-turned-politician, Andrej Babis, led his ANO Party to victory and became the Czech Republic’s prime minister. Also in October, the Freedom Party of Austria won 26 percent of the popular vote, up from 20.5 percent in the previous election, and joined the governing coalition.
In January 2018, Czech President Milos Zeman’s forceful anti-immigrant stance contributed to his narrow victory over a liberal internationalist challenger. In March, the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement scored significant gains and became Italy’s largest party, while the virulently anti-immigrant League jumped from 4 percent to 18 percent, surpassing Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia to become the dominant force on the right. Support for Italy's Democratic Party fell so substantially that its leader, former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, felt compelled to resign. Even in Scandinavia, long a bulwark of social democracy, the once-dominant center-left parties are in decline, and nationalist parties with nativist tendencies are growing.
On April 8, 2018, Hungary's parliamentary vote resulted in victory for the Right, preserving its two-thirds majority, with Viktor Orbán remaining Prime Minister. Orbán and Fidesz campaigned primarily on the issues of immigration and foreign meddling, and the election was seen as a victory for right-wing populism in Europe. Hungary is the EU’s populist powerhouse, with a 65% vote share for anti-establishment parties.
The Socialists, France’s ruling party, received just 7 percent of the vote in last year’s presidential election. By receiving more than a third of the presidential vote, Marine Le Pen ensured that nobody can call her populist, nationalist party a 'fringe' political movement. In the Netherlands, the Labour Party’s share of the vote fell from 24.8 percent in the 2012 general election to just 5.7 percent in 2017, reducing its parliamentary representation from 38 seats to 9.
Right wing populist leaders have established themselves as a legitimate threat to the NWO
And that isn't an exhaustive list. Populism and nationalism are growing by leaps and bounds, while the stodgy, mainstream center-Left with its EU and its World-Without-Borders crap ceases to attract and, in fact, has already collapsed. It is evident that populism draws strength from public opposition to mass immigration, cultural liberalization, and the perceived surrender of national sovereignty to distant and unresponsive international bodies. Even where populist parties lose at the polls, their ideas are triumphing anyway. This is the momentum that is propelling Europe into the furture.
In an attempt to meet demand and shape the next generation of populist leaders, right-wing academies in Europe are springing up in waves. The latest of these is the 800-year-old monastery of Trisulti, about a two-hour drive southeast of Rome. It is being converted into an academy by Benjamin Harnwell, conservative Catholic ideologue from Leicestershire, who told The Times that he was determined to “defend the Judeo-Christian roots of society”.
Boasting connections at senior levels in the Vatican, Mr. Harnwell is also backed by Steve Bannon, former White House strategist who has recently taken up the causes of European nationalism and populism.
A little more backlash like this and the NWO agenda in Europe will be heading to the dustbin of history. Is this the end of the struggle? Hardly! But it should provide plenty of impetus for the worldwide traditional Catholic movement to get over itself, to stop with the circular firing squad, and to work for the establishment of a serious alliance that, with faith and God’s help, could sound the death knell to the diabolical New World Order.
The NWO is the result of a spiritual war between Christ and Satan, between the world and His Church. Its success depends on the eradication of the Mystical Body of Christ on earth—His One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. The defeat of the NWO cannot be realized without a turning back to Christ.
Many powerful leaders in Europe are sick to death of the NWO, even on a purely human level. This is a most welcome developement! We must support their efforts and help them reorganize the most vital spiritual component that will ultimately lead to victory for us all.
In order to defeat the New World Order, the Social Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ must be loudly and proudly proclaimed to the four corners of the earth once again. Catholic restoration and liturgical overhaul in light of sacred Tradition is central to the establishment of the counterrevolution if indeed there is going to be one.
Our movement is not about mere liturgical preferences. It never was and never should be. It is about the Kingship of Christ, and now, as this perfect storm begins to form in Europe and even here in the States, traditional Catholics worldwide should recognize the need to step up their game and enter the fray in earnest. The moment to strike, obviously, is at hand. Goliath is almost in range.
Viva Cristo Rey!
According to a 33-year-long study conducted by the National Home Education Research Institute in Oregon, the top three reasons that parents choose homeschooling are a desire to provide religious instruction or different values than those offered in public schools; dissatisfaction with the academic curriculum, and worries about the school environment.
As reported by The Washington Times, the recent school shooting at Parkland, Fla., was the last straw for scores of parents. The paper noted that “the phones started ringing at the Texas Home School Coalition, and they haven’t stopped yet.”
The Times added:The Lubbock-based organization has been swamped with inquiries for months from parents seeking safer options for their kids in the aftermath of this year’s deadly school massacres, first in Parkland and then in Santa Fe, Texas.
“When the Parkland shooting happened, our phone calls and emails exploded,” said coalition president Tim Lambert. “In the last couple of months, our numbers have doubled. We’re dealing with probably between 1,200 and 1,400 calls and emails per month, and prior to that it was 600 to 700.”
While the debate rages anew over familiar topics following such tragedies — tougher, more restrictive gun control laws and bolstering security at public schools — the revolution in homeschooling has been taking place quietly, behind the scenes and off the radar screens of most political organizations.
But again, it’s not just the shootings, which admittedly have increased in the past couple of years. Christopher Chin, head of Homeschool Louisiana, told The Times that parents are fed up with “the violence, the bullying, the unsafe environments.”
The Left is driving more kids OUT of public schools
There is also the Left-wing social engineering. The craziness over transgender students and bathrooms/locker rooms, allowing students to “take a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem, the Left-wing curriculum, and refusing to allow students to wear shirts that praise POTUS Trump or feature the American flag are also driving parents into homeschooling.
REMNANT COMMENT: We here at The Remnant are always eager to promote the home-schooling movement, and this report helps illustrate why.
At the moment and personally speaking, my own family’s home-school is going great guns. We have a daughter still in high school and three in grade school. Our family couldn't be happier with our decision to homeschool---yes, all the way through high school.
And as for our older home-schooled children: My third-eldest child is preparing to head off to college in the fall. Her older sister just finished a semester studying in Austria and will graduate with a double major and a minor degree next spring.
My son will be a junior this fall, working on a Mass Communications degree at Franciscan University. Here's an example of his work:
Perhaps this video from a couple of years ago will be useful to those considering home-schooling this fall:
Friends, please give serious thought and prayer to home-schooling your children. I realize it’s a challenge, but few challenges have greater payoffs in this world or the next. There is no better way to keep the Catholic family together and committed to the Catholic restoration than the Catholic home school.
This year's Chartres Pilgrimage boosted a hefty dose of star power:
CatholicHerald.com: “Chartres sonne, Chartres t’appelle! Gloire, honneur au Christ-Roi!” Under a radiant sky a stream of singing pilgrims stretches across the French countryside. It is Pentecost weekend and roughly 12,000 people are walking from Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris to Chartres, the cathedral town about 50 miles south of the capital.
The pilgrimage, which has taken place for the past 36 years, is organised by the traditionalist group Notre-Dame de Chrétienté (Our Lady of Christendom). This year the pilgrims are joined by Vatican liturgy chief Cardinal Robert Sarah.
But there is another star in the crowd: Marion Maréchal, niece of Front National leader Marine Le Pen. She is tackling the pilgrimage with a group of friends. At first, she keeps a low profile: she is just another pilgrim among pilgrims. But her anonymity does not last long. Other participants soon ask if they can be photographed with her. “Thank you for being here,” says one pilgrim after another.
Marion Maréchal (middle) at a break on Pentecost Monday
Maréchal officially retired from politics last year after her aunt was heavily defeated by Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election. But this precocious figure, who became an MP in 2012 at the age of 22, already seems to be planning her return to front-line politics. Last autumn she helped to found L’Incorrect, a conservative magazine run by some of her followers and serving as a vehicle for her ideas. And last month she launched a private school in Lyon, the Institut de Sciences Sociales, Economiques et Politiques (Issep). Raheem Kassam, the former editor-in-chief of Breitbart London and chief adviser to Ukip leader Nigel Farage, is part of the teaching team.
...Her presence on the Chartres pilgrimage was significant. Maréchal is clearly counting on the Catholic Right to help her in her comeback.
REMNANT COMMENT: God's inscrutable ways are not ours, and exactly how and why He sometimes chooses even broken vessels to accomplish His Will is one of the great mysteries of history. But He does.
I don't know where this young lady will end up, but only the fool is not constantly scanning the horizon in France for any sign of the Divine Intervention that is absolutely inevitable where the Eldest Daughter of the Church is concerned.
France is far from a lost cause. And somehow I think it's more than significant that this young lady keeps showing up at the premier traditional Catholic restoration event in the world today.
Remember, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen is no stranger to the Traditional Latin Mass. She attended the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Spirit’s Institution Saint-Pie X in Paris, where she received her First Holy Communion and Confirmation in the old Rite and regularly attended the TLM.
Hope springs eternal, friends. Keep it alive, and be wary of those constantly trying to tear down and dismiss these little signs of God's grace at work, even in the prevailing darkness of modern-day France. Only the Devil has no hope.
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Includes Michael J. Matt's thoughts on the Chartres Pilgrimage 2018, "From Darkness into Light".
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