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Looks like next month's Vatican summit meeting with the world bishops’ conference heads—called, ostensibly, to address the massive sex abuse crisis in the Church—will likely have all the effectiveness of a very nice bumper sticker. 

The real problem in the Church today is, of course, homosexuality in the priesthood. But how can the Vatican be expected to address that when there are so many other more pressing problems to tackle? Clericalism, for example. That’s a biggie!  And the abuse of power, immigration, plastic straws in the ocean. There’s a lot on the table.

And the Archbishop Viganò charges of homosexuality and the abuse of priests and seminarians? Again, clericalism! Abuse of power! Plastic straws! 

Besides, isn’t he the “Great Accuser”?

The president of the Lepanto Foundation in Rome, Professor Roberto de Mattei, has issued an appeal (full text included below) to the clergy which calls out their silence and dares them to confront the homosexual nature of the sex abuse crisis in the Church.

In case you missed it—which you probably did, since the Christophobic guardians of our democracy in mainstream media ignored it—below is President and First Lady Trump’s Christmas greeting from the White House. 

Now, let’s think about this for a moment before dismissing it as a lot of political theater.

First off, President Trump is not a Catholic, so there’s no pressing need for us to go over this thing with a fine-tooth theology comb to see how it jives with the Summa.  Donald Trump has never been mistaken for a theologian, and likely never will be. 

This is just a Christmas greeting from a man who’s never even had benefit of the Sacraments, and who at best has been hearing the leaders of the True Religion babble Modernist nonsense for most of his adult life.  The thing is not Fulton Sheen, but it is the President of the United States acknowledging the "birth of Jesus Christ"-- an actual "event," in the words of the First Lady, "that took place over 2000 years ago":

This comes three years after Obama had officially turned Christmas trees into "Holiday Trees" and just days after Trump had again stood on the Ellipse on November 28, 2018 and told the world that Jesus is the Son of God:

For Christians all across our nation, around the world, this is a sacred season that begins 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ was born.  An angel declared to the shepherds tending their flocks, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is a born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” There in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph held in their hands the son of God; the light of the world; and, through Him, the promise of eternal salvation.

The inevitable objection to this touching presidential greeting is as predictable as tomorrow’s sunrise:  Trump doesn’t mean a word he’s saying! Perhaps.  But how does one go about proving this?  At best his critics can say it’s improbable, given his past, but even this requires a judgment against the man with which Sister Mary Carrol back in sixth grade catechism would certainly have taken issue.

So, Trump may not mean a word of this, but, then again, he may. We really can’t be sure. The Lefty lunatics surely think he means it. They’re out there smashing up Starbucks right now, convinced that Trump is a pro-life Christian. And I wonder what’s to be gained from any of us getting all worked up trying to prove them wrong.

Isn’t it more fun to just let the Left huff and puff over Baby Jesus being recognized in the White House as the Son of God? I honestly don’t know what motivates the traditional Catholic Never Trumpers.  Even if Trump “doesn’t mean a word he says” in these addresses, what about the fact that he went ahead and said that he does? Would they prefer to see him say that he doesn't believe Jesus is the Son of God? 

I'll settle for presidential lip service (if that's all it is) which warms Christian hearts and reminds the whole world Whose birthday we celebrate every year on December 25. 

I'll settle for presidential lip service (if that's all it is) which enrages all the right people, too, i.e., the Christophobes, the Soros bearded ladies, the Clinton cuckoo’s nest—the whole gaggle of Leftist weirdos in that Star Wars barroom known as the Democratic Party.

The leader of the most powerful country on earth is acknowledging Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  Doesn’t that count for anything?

It seems to me that it does, or at least it should. Even if Trump is just “playing the God card”, don’t Christians win when it suddenly becomes politically expedient for the POTUS to pay homage to Jesus Christ at Christmastime?

Remind me again: What are we whining about?

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If this is all "just politics" and Trump thinks he needs the Baby Jesus's help to get himself reelected, shouldn't we still be thanking God for it?  

And let's not forget the other pretty vital point here: The President of the United States just reverently spoke the Name of Jesus Christ to a worldwide audience. This is not insignificant, the Name itself having the power to alter the course of human history, move mountains,  force even the demons in hell to genuflect at its every utterance.

“For which cause God also hath exalted him,” Paul tells us in Philippians, “and hath given him a name which is above all names: That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.”

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Go Trump!

More than anything else, this country--this whole world--is in desperate need of a reminder of Who Christ is and why all mankind must call upon His Name now, before we blow ourselves to hell.

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rump is not a Catholic. He does not understand the doctrine on the Kingship of Christ. But in his own way, he's buying time for the Catholic revival to get its act together while helping to wake the sleeping Christians.

Sounds rather like George Soros's wake-up-screaming nightmare in action.

Our ageing and embattled President well could be turning to Christ according to his limited and Protestant understanding of what that means. He’s not a fan of lawlessness; he knows that lawlessness and disorder become inevitable in a society that recognizes no God. America doesn’t work without God, and Trump obviously wants America to work.

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The New World Ordernarians hate him precisely because Trump wants America to work as much as they need America to fail. For one-worlders like Pope Francis or George Soros, Donald Trump--despite his faults and failings--is a walking, talking, tweeting monkey wrench. 

Certainly, he stands with those who very much want the President of the United States to stand with Christ. That's why they hate him over at Christophobic enclaves such as CNN.  It's not the prospect of Trump's colluding with Russians that's got them pulling out their hair plugs and rending their onesie business suits. No, it's his open "collusion" with Christians, with us, with God-fearing Americans. 

Nevertheless, some will listen to Trump's words and be quick to point out that since Trump used to run with liberals and progressives, we're being terribly naive to take seriously his nice words about Jesus Christ.

Fair enough.

On the other hand, consider how President Trump must be reacting to the bizarre antics of his old cronies who've since morphed into Trump-hating, Melania-bashing, hydra-headed demons that will stop at nothing to destroy him and his entire family. Would it really be so unthinkable for their witch hunt to be pushing the man our way? He's got himself pinned down in one helluva storm, and Christian Americans have got an empty port. 

The question should probably be: Why wouldn't Trump come our way!

Bottom line is this: Whatever you think of Donald Trump, at this moment he is hated by anti-Christians for siding with Christians---the basket of deplorables, the pro-lifers, the pro-family folks that elected him and for whom there is no place at the table of the New World Order.

If we don’t see an opportunity here, that’s on us. Every day, Donald Trump is forced to juxtapose the Godless with the Godly, the Christians with the anti-Christians, the faithless with the faithful…. And we’re incredulous when he suddenly decides to side with us over the hounds of hell that are screaming for his blood?

The followers of Jesus Christ are Trump’s best friends in the world right now, and he knows it. When he pays homage to Jesus Christ he's empowering and emboldening Christians--and the enemies of our God and country know it.

If anything, after having looked into the beady little red eyes of his political opponents -- legion in Hollywood, Media and Politics -- it would be surprising indeed if Trump didn’t say something to bring Christ back to the White House and God back to America... and mean every word of it.

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Pray for President Trump. Pray for his conversion. Pray for his protection.  Demons want him to fall for a reason. If he loses in 2020, Hell wins in 2020—and for all of us there’s going to be hell to pay for that.

So whatever we think of Donald Trump the man, it behooves us to pray that Donald Trump the president fares well in the next election. Looking at the demons lining up against him now, not only our freedoms but our lives may depend on it. 

And in any case, regardless of motives (which we can never know), God bless President Trump for saying what must be said. Christian Americans will stand with him so long as he stands with them against those who hate Christ the King, Savior of the World, Who was indeed born in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago and Who still reigns over the world today--whether the anti-Christians want to asknowledge Him or not. 

Merry Christmas, Mr. President. 

 

God help us if this insufferable marketeer—the man who would re-brand the papacy—was the one trying (but failing) to tap the brakes, finally, in the Pope Francis Wild Ride to Stupid Town.

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lamp lighter 3It is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. For now, our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. (Romans 12:11)

PUT ANOTHER WAY, the night is always darkest before the dawn. So, for heaven’s sake, don’t give up now!

The Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans could be retitled the Epistle of St. Paul to the Traditionalists, so relevant is it to our situation. In the previous chapter of Romans, in fact, we find the Pauline inspiration for the very name of this newspaper: Even so then at this present time also, there is a remnant saved according to the election of grace.

My father chose this 51 years ago, not out of arrogance – i.e., we are the remnant – but rather as a pledge of fidelity to the remnant, whose faith and final perseverance our holy scriptures happily foretell.

Omaha attorney Brian Buescher was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, filling the post of Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp, who announced that she is taking senior status effective Dec. 1.

Buescher has since come under hate-fire from the Left for his membership in the charitable organization known as the Knights of Columbus. His main critics are Democratic Senators Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono, and this isn’t the first time one of Trump’s nominees has faced discrimination over religious views (remember Amy Barrett?)

From FoxNews:

In a series of questions sent to Buescher, Hirono asked whether his membership in the Knights of Columbus would prevent him from hearing cases “fairly and impartially” and, if confirmed, whether he would end his membership in the Roman Catholic charitable organization.

“The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions,” Hirono said in the questionnaire. “For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage.”

Harris, in her questions to the nominee, called the Knights of Columbus “an all-male society” and asked the Nebraska lawyer if he was aware that the group was anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage when he joined. The California senator also referenced Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson’s statement that abortion amounted to “the killing of the innocent on a massive scale” and asked Buescher if he agreed with the statement.    (Read Buescher’s responses HERE)

REMNANT COMMENT: Have these people lost their minds completely?  This Senator Hirono character reminds me of something right out of Oceania's Ministry of Truth. Someone disagreeing with her may or may not be permitted to speak in the days to come. And if that someone happens to be a man well, obviously, forget about it:

 

It's hardly surprising that someone as unhinged as this woman appears to be would also have big problems with the Knights of Columbus—Father Michael J. McGivney's 140-year-old Catholic fraternal benefit society with its 15,900 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

The anti-Christians are becoming bold indeed!

I remember when a Catholic had to be a "radical traditionalist" before he could be branded a member of a hate group. These days even membership in the mild-mannered and rather politically correct KofC with their funny hats and dull swords will evidently suffice.  

Never mind that over the past century the Knights of Columbus have forged international charitable partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity, along with their own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects and other local charities all over the country.

Never mind that since the very beginning, the Knights could be reliably counted on to be as flag-waving patriotic as any of their WASP counterparts.

Never mind that in 2017 the Knights of Columbus's charitable donations topped a whopping $185,652,980. 

Never mind that the Knights volunteered more than 75 million hours of community service in the same calendar year.

Never mind all that!  According to Hirono and Harris, haters have to hate, and judges linked to the Knights of Columbus must be judged unfit to judge.

Who knew!

How such bald-faced religious discrimination in America can be legal is anyone’s guess. But there you have it. 

We've gone back to the future, to the Know Nothing movement of the late 19th century, where any affiliation with the Catholic Church is subject to discrimination and even disqualification from public service, which, by the way, is exactly what Pope Pius X predicted in Vehementer Nos would happen once Modernists of every stripe had succeeded in getting the traditional Catholic Church out of the way. Way back in 1906 he warned against those who would bar Catholics from positions of influence in public life in order to keep the law of God out of politics.  

Well, here we are. They’re expelling Christ from public life by seeking to bar faithful Catholics from public office. (Nancy is exempt from all this, obviously, "faithful" being the operative word). 

According to the ladies, Catholics need not apply.
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But where have we seen this kind of totalitarian intolerance before? Oh, that's right -- Nazi Germany, where the goose-steppers set up those fun little camps for “political prisoners” who disagreed with the fellows in charge. The Soviets did the same thing, of course. Atheists are funny like that.

But in Germany, yes, little out-of-the-way places like Dachau became all the rage. Nicknamed the 'largest monastery in the world" (because of the high number of Catholic priests consigned to live and die there), Dachau--the very first concentration camp--was erected just outside of Munich in 1933 as sort of State-sponsored” public housing" for Catholic priests and others in the 'basket of deplorables' of those days.   

And these priests were arrested by folks who, not unlike Harris and Hirono, just didn't like what Catholics had to say.  They were the prototype of what Orwell would christen the Thought Police in his dystopian novel a few years later. 

To avoid the Nazi Thought Police, Pope Pius XI had to have his encyclical Mit brennender Sorge, "With burning concern" On the Church and the German Reich smuggled into Germany to be read by every priest from the pulpit on Palm Sunday of 1937. Why?  Because Catholic popes and priests were refusing to hold their tongues then as Harris and Hirono think the Knights of Columbus need to hold theirs today. It's the same old anti-Catholic story, just different characters. 

According to Guillaume Zeller’s “The Priest Barracks: Dachau, 1938-1945” (Ignatius Press), there were three designated “priests’ barracks” in Dachau: numbers 26, 28 and 30. In all, 2,579 priests, monks and seminarians were imprisoned there between 1938 and 1945. Of this number, 1,034 died there.

Here's some actual footage of those imprisoned Catholic priests in Dachau:

In his July 2017 Catholic Herald article “The Harrowing Untold Story of the Priests in Dachau,” Francis Phillips highlights a few vignettes that inadvertently speak to the power of the Traditional Latin Mass to keep hope alive even in Nazi Hell:

Not to be able to celebrate Mass was a huge deprivation for the imprisoned priests. As one of their number, Fr Bedrich Hoffmann, relates, “What it means for a priest to live without Mass and without Communion can only be understood by another priest.” On admission, they were divested of their cassocks, bibles, missals, holy medals and rosaries, stripped and shaved and given old clothes with a red triangle sewn on them – the sign for “political” detainees.

However, as the result of intense diplomatic pressure from the Vatican, the situation changed at the end of 1940, when a chapel was permitted to be set up in Block 26. The first Mass at Dachau was celebrated on 21 January 1941. The tabernacle had been made secretly in the carpenter’s workshop; the altar and candlesticks had been salvaged from camp materials; and parishioners who had managed to stay in touch with their imprisoned priests, sent vestments, prayer books, Stations of the Cross, holy pictures and two monstrances.

The SS officials who ran the camp naturally placed many restrictions on the liturgical services. Lay prisoners were forbidden to attend – though Communion was secretly distributed to Catholics in other barracks at the risk of severe punishments, and sometimes other prisoners secretly attended Mass or hovered near the chapel window in order hear as much of the liturgy as possible.

One of them, Joseph Rovan, wrote later in his recollections of Dachau: “The priest was saying the same Latin words that all his confreres, at the same hour, were repeating in their morning Masses throughout the world. No longer could I recall the world of the concentration camp. Each one, for a precious moment, was restored to his original, fragile and indestructible dignity…On the way out, in the pale light of the early morning, one felt capable of facing a little better the hunger and the fear.”

Another prison, Marcel Dejean, echoes this: “…We rediscovered the idea of Love in the midst of suffering, hunger, egoism, hatred or indifference and also a palpable sense of calm: the beauty of the altar…in the midst of our filth and poverty, tranquility, recollection and solitude in the midst of constant overcrowding…The SS were no longer anything but a sad nothingness beside the splendid, immortal reality of Christ.”

Here in 2018, we're not quite there yet but, given the way things are going, it may go that way if Trump loses in 2020 and the democrats get their chance to take revenge on all the Christians who voted for him in 2016. In that case, our little Knights of Columbus witch-hunt may be remembered as an early sign of the burgeoning Christophobia that eventually went on a rampage in America. 

And with Pope Francis at the helm, you can forget about another Mit brennender Sorge moment.

Our best political hope may be the man the New World Order loves to hate. So be careful what you pray for, Never Trumpers. 

The Democrats--out there hunting down Knights of Columbus--are obviously getting pretty desperate. Who's next on the Radical Traditionalist Hate Map -- Net Ministries? 

Trump 2020! 

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Looks like Pope Francis’ Mr. Fix-it is going to be Chi-Town’s next hero… Do you believe it? From Patch.com

CHICAGO, IL — The Catholic archbishop of Chicago, who was hand-picked by the pope to help organize an upcoming Vatican summit on clergy sex abuse, will have a leading role in the church's effort to seek reforms, including the response to new allegations from the Illinois attorney general.

Cardinal Blase Cupich expressed regret for "our failures to address the scourge of clerical sexual abuse" in a statement responding to the attorney general's report, which said the church failed to disclose the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children.

REMNANT COMMENT: So, I wonder what Cardinal Cupich is going to do to the bad guys this time. Hand out more awards? 

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This is a decidedly Catholic Institution, and I am decidedly and unapologetically Catholic.  ~Justice Thomas

Back in May, during Christendom College's Class of 2018 graduation exercises, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas delivered a commencement address for the ages.

When I first watched it, I was left speechless, moved to tears, in fact. My wife and I are alumni of Christendom College, and for us this speech may just be our proudest Christendom moment.

But there's more to it than that. For those interested in gaining a better understanding of what we Catholics have lost over the past fifty years, this speech by a Catholic gentleman and scholar of the old school, formed in the last days of the old Church, is just the ticket.

When this video reached 777 (biblical number), I was reminded to encourage our readers to see how even just the Name of Jesus Christ, when spoken with respect by a politician, can inspire the hearts of millions of people.

It's really important for us at Christmas time to think about that, maybe to let our pet-peeve political narratives take a back seat for a moment, and just let the power of the Name of Jesus resonate throughout the world.

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