Reporting from the streets of Budapest, Michael J. Matt visits the 'Museum of Terror' where Catholic cardinals, priests and laymen in Hungary were imprisoned, tortured and killed by Nazis and Communists from 1944 to 1991.
This time we’re really in for it. The Amazon Synod is primed to change the Church in such a way that it can never be changed back.
LifeSite’s Rome correspondent, Diane Montagna, recently conducted an interview with a Peruvian expert in liberation theology, Julio Loredo, who revealed the scheme behind the Amazon Synod; a “scheme” aimed at “revamping” the Church according to the “most radical versions of liberation theology”:
LifeSite: What in your view should those in the media, and Catholic clergy and faithful more broadly, know about the upcoming meeting? Where should we focus our attention?
JULIO LOREDO: "There is an untold story that has not gotten enough attention in the Western media. Cardinal Pedro Barreto, the vice president of REPAM(Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network) said very clearly in recent days that the plan they intend to carry out at the Synod is one they have been working on for almost 50 years. So, there is a whole plan, a whole scheme, behind the Synod, which consists in the introduction of so-called indigenist liberation theology that has been developing over the past 40 or 50 years. Now would be their time to propose it to the entire Church.
"European media are focusing on clerical celibacy and the possible diaconal ‘ordination’ for women, and rightly so. These are both very important aspects of the plan, but there is a whole story behind it. What they want is to change the whole Church according to the most radical versions of liberation theology — the so-called indigenist and ecological theology."
What surprises do think the Pan Amazon Synod holds?
"If you read the preparatory documents for the synod, especially the Instrumentum laboris, you will see that they want to reinterpret the whole Church from an “Amazonian” perspective. They call it the new Church with “an Amazonian face.” They want to re-interpret the whole Church, and this is a point that I think European media are not stressing enough. It is not simply the problem of relaxing clerical celibacy, as important as that is, or the problem of the ordination of women. It is a whole revamping of the Church from an “Amazonian” point of view, which is nothing else than the culmination of liberation theology.
"If they get their way, it would be the most pernicious revolution that has ever happened in the history of the Church — if they get their way."
REMNANT COMMENT: In what sense is this not racist? Fly in the pope to take photos with folks in native Amazonian costume, call in the media, and then tell the world that for the sake of the brown and black people who can't possibly comprehend the teachings and disciplines of the Church, the time has come to change the Church's rules.
This is an outrage on so many levels. And, by the way, can't Francis take a photo or two with Amazonian people dressed like these kids... from the Amazon? Or, is the tradtional, indigenous attire more suited to Francis' agenda where the Amazon Sham is concerned?
The problem in the Amazon as everywhere in the post-conciliar Church is not the teachings of the traditional Church--it's not the celibate priesthood--but rather the total breakdown in discipline and orthodoxy tolerated and even encouraged and promoted at the highest level of the Church of Vatican II.
"Are the dwellers of the Amazon more incapable of celibacy" asks Peter M. J. Stravinskas, "than the barbarians of the early centuries of Christianity? Or the pagan Romans, for that matter?"
No, celibacy is not the cause of the lack of priests anywhere. If married clergy were the panacea, one would be hard-pressed to explain why Eastern Orthodoxy has a similar shortage. Indeed, in Greece the shortage is so extreme that close to a majority of parishes have been given over to lay pastoral responsibility. The difficulty is otherwise. It is a sign that basic Christian formation has not been provided for generations. After all, to be an apostle (“one sent”), one must first be a disciple (that is, a committed follower of the Lord Jesus). When that brick has been laid, one can then begin to build – and only then.
It is well known that in the Amazon (and many other places in Latin America), religious syncretism has been countenanced and a full-throated proclamation of Gospel truths has been almost non-existent. That’s where the bishops need to focus their attention and energies.
Do not be deceived. The Vatican is exploiting the people of the Amazon in an obvious attempt to push an agenda which has been at work in places like the Amazon for decades, quite obviously, thus the problem.
The Vatican created the mess in the Amazon, and now they're going use the people of the Amazon who've been fed stones rather than bread for the past half century, to justify the universal implementation of the same failed policies that devastated the Church in South America to begin with. And to accomplish this perverse agenda, Pope Francis will do whatever it takes—including pose in indigenous feathers even as he treats them like the simpletons he apparently thinks they are.
We're confident the people of the Amazon will see through this ethnic stereotyping and tell the Vatican in no uncertain terms that the proud peoples of this region will not allow themselves to be used as the scapegoats and stooges needed to justify a Vatican Trojan Horse filled with married priests and God knows what else.
For God's sake, Francis, knock it off!
Pioneer traditional Catholic priest, Monsignor Raymond Ruscitto, died on June 17, 2019.
Monsignor Ruscitto was a long-time Remnant subscriber and an occasional contributor to these columns. He suffered a great deal for his commitment to Catholic tradition, the old Latin Mass and his priestly vocation, having ceased offering the Novus Ordo back in 1976 when he was the pastor of Holy Family Church in Kingsburg, California.
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Reporting from Austria, Michael Matt describes how the explosion of traditional Catholicism in Europe signals Modernism's fundamental vulnerability.
Case in Point: Nearly 20,000 came together for a traditional Catholic rendezvous in France over Pentecost weekend that promises two things:
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VATICAN CITY — The head of the Knights of Malta [pictured left with Pope Francis], an international religious order that operates in about 120 countries, has formally forbidden the use of the pre-conciliar Latin language Mass in the order's liturgical celebrations worldwide.
In a June 10 letter written to the order's superiors around the world, obtained by NCR, Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre mandates that all of the community's masses be celebrated according to the ordinary rite, as promulgated in 1969 by Pope Paul VI following the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
"I have thus decided … that henceforth all the liturgical ceremonies within the Order must be performed according to the ordinary rite of the Church (rite of St. Paul VI) and not the extraordinary rite (Tridentine rite)," states Dalla Torre.
REMNANT COMMENT: This is precisely why The Remnant has, over the course of the last thirty years, become increasingly less than impressed with what some, for abundantly obvious reasons, are now calling the Malted Knights.
With several notable exceptions, the Knights of Malta seem to have lost their way a long time ago. If we reflect on the magnificent history of the knights, we can see that they have moved from being noble men-at-arms who defended the Faith to an Old Boys’ Club of wealthy men in armchairs who possess a mere honorary title, not unlike politicians being given honorary doctorates from a university without ever having opened a book to study the subject.
Speaking of the leadership and individual knights—as opposed to the medical personnelle who do a lot of good around the world—it seems evident that serious Catholics still involved with an organization so steeped in mediocrity should give serious consideration to resigning.
The ‘Malted Knights’ are good at raising money. Once a year they wheel sick people around Lourdes. They enjoy dressing up. Other than that, it’s difficult to see what their point is anymore. And now these play actors are not even in possession of enough intestinal fortitude to stand strong for the Holy Mass of Christendom.
Bravo, Knights. Thanks for clarifying exactly why it is that y’all carry dulled and harmless swords, if indeed you still carry them at all.
Ave crux flava!
Bishop Athanasius Schneider and Raymond Cardinal Burke
Explanatory note to the “Declaration of the truths relating to some of the most common errors in the life of the Church of our time”
In our time the Church is experiencing one of the greatest spiritual epidemics, that is, an almost universal doctrinal confusion and disorientation, which is a seriously contagious danger for spiritual health and eternal salvation for many souls. At the same time one has to recognize a widespread lethargy in the exercise of the Magisterium on different levels of the Church’s hierarchy in our days. This is largely caused by the non-compliance with the Apostolic duty - as stated also by the Second Vatican Council - to “vigilantly ward off any errors that threaten the flock” (Lumen gentium, 25).
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The day before the 2019 Pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres, U.S. coordinator Michael J. Matt explains the significance of the largest international traditional Catholic annual rendezvous in the world today--the Notre Dame de Chretiente Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres. With over 10,000 traditional Catholics coming into Paris from all over the world, Michael comments on what this is, its history and what it portends for the future of the Catholic Church.
Seems like the Old Boy doesn’t want the Pilgrimage to Chartres, France, to happen this year. First, the Cathedral of Notre Dame— starting point for the annual Pentecost Pilgrimage—nearly burnt to the ground, sending a rather ominous message to the world that if the Catholic Church is not restored in holy Tradition, she too will burn to the ground.
Undaunted, the organizers of the Chartres Pilgrimage—the most high-profile annual traditional Catholic event in Europe—refused to be deterred. As was reported in this column last issue, with Notre Dame still smoking the French traditionalists managed to secure permission to launch the Pilgrimage to Chartres from Saint-Sulpice, the second largest church in Paris.
As if in reward for their grit and determination, good news came out of Paris just days later: Not only was Notre Dame spared but as Tess Mullins reported last week here at RemnantNewspaper.com, Christendom’s iconic Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris will be faithfully restored:
On May 27, 2019, the French Senate voted to approve plans to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral and added a clause stipulating that it must be restored to how it was before the fire. There has been controversy surrounding the restoration of the centuries old church, which was gutted by a massive fire last month. Some have called for the Notre Dame to be rebuilt exactly as it was, while others have pushed to add more modern elements to the Parisian landmark. The Senate approved the bill Monday which would have the Notre Dame restored before Paris hosts the 2024 summer Olympics, but added that the cathedral must be rebuilt to its “last known visual state.”
Nothing about a glass roof or, my favorite conspiracy theory, a swimming pool on the roof of Notre Dame. And the best part? French President Marcon—who declared the fire a national emergency and then freaked out quite a few Catholics and art history enthusiasts with his overzealous international architects’ competition that seemed open to modern innovations—won’t have power to veto this new legislature even if he wanted to. The rebuild will be completed within the promised five years, and by 2024 Notre Dame will stand exactly as we remember her in 2019. Thank God!
Nevertheless, just when that “fire had been put out”, we received word that Air France had cancelled the flight from New York on which the Remnant chapter had been booked to fly to Paris for the start of the pilgrimage. With less than one week to go, there was a day-long scramble with Delta Airlines here at The Remnant to reroute every single pilgrim from various cities around the country. Nightmare!
I think—I hope—all 80 Remnant pilgrims will now arrive in time for the June 8th start of the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres. (Please God.)
In your charity, please keep us in your prayers and be assured that the now 28-year-old Remnant Chapter of Our Lady of Guadalupe will remember the readers of The Remnant on the 3-day walk to Chartres.
By the way, would you like to become a ‘virtual pilgrim’ to Chartres this year? You can follow along from home with the prayers and meditations by joining the Guardian Angels Chapter. Details can be found at our new website: www.ChartresPilgrimageUSA.com
After the pilgrimage, The Remnant pilgrims will be travelling to the Austrian Marian shrine at Mariazell, where our chaplain will be offering Mass near the miraculous statue of Our Lady for the intentions of the sponsors of this year’s Remnant Tours Youth Fund.
A Word to Our Sponsors
I want to extend my thanks and assurances that your “investment” is paying off in a big way. After nearly 30 years on the road to Chartres, there are too many success stories to tell—vocations to the religious life and priesthood, marriages that resulted from friendships formed between pilgrims (I think we’re up to 20 now), Catholic activists inspired to take up the Catholic cause.
My own assistant, Tess Mullins, who’s become invaluable to our work here at The Remnant, was thrown headlong into the traditional Catholic cause some thirteen years ago when, as a recent convert to Catholicism, she first walked the road to Chartres.
So much good, so many graces, so many young Catholics that might never have found their way into the Catholic counterrevolution had it not been for the Chartres Pilgrimage and had it not been for you—Remnant readers who, 28 years ago, trusted our assurances that this is NOT a European vacation and that what we’re trying to do with the French pilgrimage is, in fact, to launch an American Catholic restoration movement. And it’s working!
I knew first-hand how this powerful event can transform lives since I had experienced for myself how the grace of pilgrimage is made available in such an intimate and powerful way on the road to Chartres. The pilgrimage inspires soldiers of Christ like nothing I’ve seen before or since. And your trust in that vision has paid off, which is why we’ve dedicated almost thirty years to the near-constant promotion of this authentic Traditional Catholic action.
Simply put, nothing impacts young people more immediately and with greater spiritual force than the Pilgrimage to Chartres. And, as I see it, very few things matter more to the future of our world than the successful recruitment of young Catholics into the war for Catholic restoration by swearing allegiance to the Christ the King and promising to keep the old Faith when the evil new world is telling them to abandon it.
What difference do our efforts make if in the end we fail to recruit the next generation in this fight for the preservation of everything that matters.
Please, join us in prayer during the three days of Pentecost pilgrimage. Visit www.ChartresPilgrimageUSA.com and follow along as rookies and veterans post prayer intentions, photos and reactions on the brand-new live blog. Check back with www.ChartresPilgrimageUSA.com on a daily or even hourly basis over Pentecost weekend and during the Octave of Pentecost. Help us build an international network in support of this worldwide traditional Catholic rendezvous in France.
Long live Christ the King!
The Cathedral of Chartres is the Key to Understanding the Pilgrimage to Chartres
This has been standing here for centuries. The premier work of man perhaps in the whole Western world, and it’s without a signature: Chartres. A celebration to God’s glory and to the dignity of man. All that’s left, most artists seem to feel these days, is man... There aren’t any celebrations. Ours, the scientists keep telling us, is a universe which is disposable. You know, it might be just this one anonymous glory of all things, this rich stone forest, this epic chant, this gaiety, this grand, choiring shout of affirmation, which we choose when all our cities are dust, to stand intact, to mark where we have been, to testify to what we had it in us to accomplish.” - Orson Welles