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mccarrCardinal McCarrick and the Boys: Could he have been any more obvious? 

Author’s Note: Back on June 30, 2002, I wrote the following Remnant article on the now-infamous Dallas meeting of bishops (convened under the pretense of addressing the clergy sex abuse crisis). That utterly impotent meeting would go on to produce the now-laughable “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People”, drafted by — wait for it! — Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

At the Dallas meeting, Uncle Ted was allowed to make a mockery of the entire Conference by prancing around like a lady from "The View", pretending to care about victims of clerical sexual abuse while his brother bishops sat on their hands and said nothing about the biggest abuser of them all.

We know how that story ended.

If you’re the Pope and you don’t want to be the obvious bad guy in the most massive clerical sex scandal debacle in history, there are certain obvious things you just have to say, such as:

“I’m so sorry.”

“This is a mortal sin that violates the laws of both God and nature, to say nothing of the laws of the Church, and I will have it out!”

“I’m doing my best to eradicate this pox from the Church.”

“Please join me in public reparation for the sins of my priests.”

“Lord Jesus Christ, I beg forgiveness for all that we've done to violate Your most pure and spotless bride."

Here’s the closest Francis has come so far, excerpted from a new book-interview with Claretian Father Fernando Prado, The Strength of Vocation: Consecrated Life Today:

The Church urges that persons with this rooted [homosexual] tendency not be accepted into (priestly) ministry or consecrated life… We have to urge homosexual priests, and men and women religious, to live with celibacy, with integrity, and above all, that they be impeccably responsible, trying to never scandalize either their communities or the faithful holy people of God. It is better that they leave the priesthood or the consecrated life rather than live a double life.”

But, Holiness, who are you to judge? Remember?

Although this is positively Piusthetenthian by Francis Church standards, it still seems like we may have a bit of cherry picking going on here--the question is, cherry picking by whom? Because there's no doubt that Francis' words will not be well-received by the pro-LGBT activists in the Church, such as Jimmy Martin, who are hell-bent on creating the illusion that the Church has changed her teaching against homosexual acts. Clearly, Francis can't have it both ways, as is evidenced by his #1 cheerleader's hissy fit over even just this slight papal walk back of the grand deception:

jimmy martinIsn't that a doodle! Catholic teaching can be pretty gauche, girlfriend!

It is unlikely that we will hear words even like these from Pope Francis again any time soon, keeping in mind that this August 2018 book-interview took place before Francis had engaged in the Vigano smackdown, culminating in the hijacking of the USCCB's meeting in Baltimore when the bishops were ordered to not take action against Cardinal McCarrick. In other words, in the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report the Pope was saying some nice words, but those words ring a little hallow in the wake of Hurricane Vigano, especially given the fact that Francis has been promoting homosexual priests for years, covering for homosexual bishops and cardinals, and tends to surround himself with those who aren't exactly the, well, marrying type.

And, evidently, out "homosexual priests" are a thing now, according to the Pope who famously said of gay priests: Who am I to judge? But what about the other truth of the Church: that they were never allowed to be priests in the first place?  What about the terrifying prospect that, objectively speaking and according to the Catechisms of the Catholic Church, such priests will damn themselves forever unless they reform their lives? Yes, of course they need to go, but what about their souls, Francis? It's not enough to say: “Go do your stuff somewhere else, or at the very least try harder not to partake in this sin that cries to heaven for vengeance while serving as a priest.” 

Huh? This is the Pope talking here, and in the midst of the most horrific clerical sex scandal in history. I'm sorry, but this is insufficient! 

Contrast this with the words of the late Bishop Morlino, who said:

The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest. 

On the bright side: Fr. Jimmy Martin? You heard His Holiness, right? Time for you to catch the peace train right on out of here. Maybe you can build your bridge to hell from somebody else’s “faith community.”

Image result for francis and fr james martin

Russia’s making headlines again for being just too darn family-oriented and Christian-valued for the NWO:

PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights issued a fresh rebuke to the Kremlin on Tuesday, ruling that Russia’s continued ban on LGBT rallies is discriminatory and represents a violation of human rights.

Judges at the court based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg called on Moscow to introduce “systemic measures” to remedy the breaches to the European Convention of Human Rights that the Russian Federation became a signatory to in 1996.

It’s unlikely Russia will implement the court’s recommendation of the need for “a sustained and long-term effort to adopt general measures” to ease the freedom to march and counter LGBT discrimination.

Russia in 2011 adopted a vaguely worded legislation on “gay propaganda” that outlaws LGBT gatherings anywhere near where children might be.

REMNANT COMMENT: Stop the hate, for sure! This is outrageous! I’m shocked. Totally shocked. Probably more shocked than you are, in fact, because I’m super evolved!

(Thanks, Facebook censors, for all you do to keep us safe!)

Now for what we really think: Maybe if the Alphabet Soup Gang would refrain from running around naked in the streets of Moscow, turning Main Street Russia into a S&M freakshow, Mother Russia wouldn't be so worried about little Olga and Dmitry losing their innocence forever on their way to grab a Baykal after school.

Is it really so unreasonable for a parent—any parent—to prefer her little daughter not be forced to witness two men in leather thongs flogging each other on her way to ballet class? I mean, really! Who's being the insensitive boob here -- the parent minding her own business, or the doofus in the leather diaper?  

Just a thought. 

I know, we Godly Americans know FOR SURE that President Putin is just trying to fool us with all this, by playing the part of the prodigal. But what if Putin’s presidential playacting is beginning to take a toll on the former KGB guy?  What if his public bearing witness to the Light—no matter how politically motivated it may be—is actually scoring a few points with the “Man upstairs”. You never know. Right?

A politician  “pretending” to be a Christian at a time when just about every country in the West is preparing to outlaw Christianity has got to stand for something.  And why pretend to be Christian if on some level you’re not convinced that a Christian people is far preferable to an atheist/secularist mob?

God's ways are not ours and, let's face it, even Putin’s charade—if that’s all it is—is more Godly than what ninety percent of politicians running around loose in the world today are doing.

Here’s an old RTV Short that I think drives this point home quite nicely:

90386ba21c0c61a3fa8f77a9999b956dCeline Dion invades a nursery to eradicate gender in a commercial for her new unisex children’s clothing line.

Author's Note: I penned the following article fifteen years ago, at a time when I thought the war on our kids couldn’t get much worse. I was wrong. It's not only gotten much worse, but it's morphed into overtly satanic total war-- unrestricted in terms of the psychological weapons used, the age of the combatants involved, and the anti-God objectives pursued. 

Case in point: The sometimes terrifying and always weird singer and cultural icon, Celine Dion, is showing up everywhere in MSM these days, promoting her new line of genderless children’s clothing that brings the war on kids to a whole new level. Those fortunate enough to make it past the abortuary are evidently to be brainwashed from cradle to grave -- quite literally -- by an anti-God, anti-family, anti-gender propaganda campaign worthy of Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of Propaganda from 1933 to 1945).

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Remnant TV's CATHOLIC SAINTS AND HOLY DAYS pays homage to the great saint and Apostle, St. Andrew.

Each year Remnant readers express a little frustration with your editor for not making known sooner some of the old-world Advent and Christmas traditions that were brought over from Europe by my grandfather and that our family still follow religiously every year. So, this year I'll try to be more timely, so that those who wish to introduce some of the more Catholic Christmas customs can do so.

Since 2016, Christian and pro-life families in Taiwan, with the aid of MassResistance, have been organizing massive demonstrations across the country to raise awareness of the cultural consequences of legalizing same sex “marriage”.

"Christian groups decided to put the issue up for a nationwide vote. Even though Christians make up only 5% of the population in Taiwan, they were able to get the signatures necessary to do put forth three ballot questions: (1) marriage is only between one man and one woman (2) have a “different process” other than the legal system for dealing with same-sex unions; and (3) ban the teaching of homosexuality in public schools.

The LGBT movement also put up two ballot questions: (1) Should the civil code guarantee the rights of same-sex couples to get married? (2) Should “gender equality education covering LGBTI rights” be compulsory in the public schools?

Last Saturday, November 24, 2018, the country voted. All three of the Christian groups’ ballot questions passed. The two LGBT movement’s ballot questions failed. The pro-family movement had won. The mainstream media around the world reacted with shock and anger. At this writing the Taiwan election authorities have not released the exact vote totals – except to say that they percentages were quite substantial.

The Parliament is now going to have to deal with conflicting mandates – the Court’s ruling versus the peoples’ vote. It may force the issue back to the Supreme Court."  Read the rest HERE.


REMNANT COMMENT: God's still in His heaven, and it ain't over til the fat lady sings. 


The Archdiocese of Chicago will experience a dramatic loss of priests, and therefore parishes, in the next 13 years. It's estimated that 180 priests will have retired by then, but only 10 will have taken their place. Fr. Thomas Belanger, the pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Chicago, was interviewed on this grim prospect. He expects his own parish will become stronger, because:

“Enlightenment, and also not judging as quickly as we used to, but accepting people where they’re at, but also help them become stronger in their own self-identity and their lives.” 

…Um?  Well, anyway, sit back and have a look at the Springtime of Vatican II, which is just bustin' out all over the Windy City:


Thank you, Father, for illustrating the exact reason we’ve run out of priests to shepherd the “faith communities” of Chicago.

church emptyEnlightenment fills closed churches, not so much with people, but with light!
Isn't that enlightening?

Dear Friends in Christ the King:

Some good news!  As part of our ongoing effort to keep the print edition of The Remnant going to press every two weeks, I’m happy to announce that The Remnant is teaming up with Professor Roberto de Mattei—the highly esteemed historian and President of the Lepanto Foundation in Rome.

You can read Professor de Mattei’s excellent “Church in Crisis: The Final Act of Vatican II” in the new print/e-edition of The Remnant. By the way, the Professor’s work will be available in our print and e-edition only, as an incentive to visitors to our website to also take out a subscription to the newspaper—the financial lifeblood of this apostolate.


Everything truly Catholic but Internet-based will, in the months and years ahead, be subject to more and more governmental regulation. And I have no intention of turning the entire traditional Catholic press over to the Christophobic Gods of Cyberspace.

The Remnant’s print edition must survive!

Editor's Intro: The following Open Letter to Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is not an easy read. Some of the viler details have been deleted; others have been retained so as to leave no doubt in the reader's mind as to the truly demonic nature of the Church of Accompaniment.

The author of this Open Letter, Aquinas Walter Richard Sipe, died in August of this year. He was a former Benedictine priest and an expert on the clergy sexual abuse crisis. His was yet another voice crying in the wilderness. Only now, months after his death in the wake of the McCarrick tsunami, is it becoming horrifically clear just how right he was and how heinous is the crime of those who ignored his dire warnings.

Over the course of several decades, he'd conducted an ethnographic study of the sexual behavior of priests pretending to be celibate.  In 1990, he released a report claiming that more than half of the priests studied were involved in current or past sexual relationships. And this man was in a position to know of what he spoke, having taught at major Catholic seminaries and even served as a consultant and expert witness in numerous criminal cases involving the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests.

When confronted with new evidence of the length and breadth of the sexual abuse crisis, many critics of the traditional Catholic Church blame celibacy and the non-married state of the clergy—as though every priest is just one lonely evening away from deciding to go on a sexual rampage and start raping little kids. (Could there be any greater insult to single people everywhere?)

These same critics will not accept that for a couple of millennium, well-formed and faithful Catholic priests were quite capable of controling their own passions and even taking vows of lifelong chastity. For these shortsighted critics, incredibly, if modern priests were allowed to marry they’d somehow stop raping the little boys overnight, and the beastly preying on young men would cease to be a problem.

Well, these critics may be interested to know that Sipe’s study shows that celibacy is not now the problem nor was it ever. For a thousand years, priests kept their vows and the children of their parishes were not only perfectly safe but beautifully protected by beloved and faithful pastors. There’s something about the modern Church, the modern Mass, the modern seminary which has transformed the modern priesthood into a "gay profession" and that -- not celibacy -- is the problem.  

Sipe discovered that only about half of American priests are practicing celibacy anyway, and that the seminaries themselves are hotbeds of experimentation with homosexuality. He proved this, and he named names. But his findings were dismissed and covered up, even though one of his most serious charges was leveled against one Theodore “Uncle Ted” McCarrick.

In 2008, Sipe even attempted to bring the crisis he’d unearthed to the attention of the Pope. He published an Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI, sounding the alarm that the homosexual crisis in the priesthood in the United States was systemic and out of control.  He cited several examples of heinous culprits hailing from the Archdiocese of Washington, for example, St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and most notably St. Mary's Pontifical Seminary in Baltimore (home to then-Bishop Theodore McCarrick):

“I know the names of at least four priests who have had sexual encounters with Cardinal McCarrick. I have documents and letters that record the firsthand testimony and eyewitness accounts of McCarrick, then archbishop of Newark, New Jersey actually having sex with a priest, and at other times subjecting a priest to unwanted sexual advances."

Again, no action was taken, just as no action would be taken on the Viganò allegations ten years later, nor will any action be taken at February's bishops' meeting with Pope Francis in Rome next year. 

See the pattern? Cover-up after cover-up, followed by shooting messenger after messenger. 

Celibacy is not the problem although, ironically enough, a lack of celibacy certainly is. And it is our contention that this inability of modern priests to live up to their committment to celibacy was brought on by the Revolution of Vatican II, the effeminate New Mass and the emasculated New Priesthood-- the wretched effects and consequences of decades of unchecked doctrinal revolution in the Church.

Active homosexual priests and bishops lost the faith long before they began abusing each other and terrorizing young men. Celibacy, quite obviously, was the last thing on their mind.

Poor Brother Sipe was right, but nobody listened to him.  Even now, Cardinal Blase Cupich--who recently conferred the ‘Spirit of Francis Award’ on Cardinal McCarrick for outstanding service to the Church--was appointed by Francis to help head up the February meeting in Rome to address the sexual abuse crisis prompted by--wait for it--the immoral life of the same predator, Cardinal McCarrick:

Again, you can’t make it up!   The sheep are in the gullets of the wolves, and the shepherds obviously don't give a damn.

All we can do is pray and continue to speak out. God the Supreme Judge of us all will have to take it from here.  Michael J. Matt


A.W.Richard Sipe
2825 Ridgegate Row
La Jolla, CA 92037

July 28, 2016

Bishop McElroy:

I received your note postmarked July 19.


It was clear to me during our last meeting in your office, although cordial, that you had no interest in any further personal contact. It was only after that I sent you a letter copied to my contacts in DC and Rome. 

The new Nuncio, Archbishop Pierre, told my colleague he is interested in the care of and reaction to victims of clergy assault: and I am assured that the Papal Commission for the Prevention of Abuse is also dedicated to this aspect of the crisis.

I will as I was asked, put my observations in the form of a report. Your office made it clear that you have no time in your schedule either now or “in the foreseeable future” to have the meeting that they suggested.

RC sex violation quote

Bishop, I have been at the study and research of the problem of clergy abuse since 1960. In 1986 I wrote to Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, president of the USCCB at the time, with my preliminary conclusions. His response was negligible, although he passed the substance onto the USCCB office who gave my figures to a NEWSWEEK reporter. 

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