As these last few weeks of 2010 hurl themselves against
the gates of the New Year, I feel a bit like George
Bailey counting down the seconds to closing time,
knowing that if he can just keep the doors of the old
Building & Loan open for a few more moments Mr. Potter
will have failed to run him out of business. I don’t
think I’m letting any cats out of the bag when I admit
that The Remnant came closer to losing that battle this
year than ever before.
There are various reasons for this, of course, not the
least of which is still the good ol’ Internet, whose
steely cyber knives are proving deadly efficient in
slicing and dicing newsprint into confetti. That and the
economy managed to sink ships much larger than ours. And
yet, Deo Gratias, we’re still afloat.
Recently, while on an airplane somewhere over the
Atlantic I was struck by the realization that what looms
largest in the path of Catholic restoration is not first
and foremost rampant Christophobia or even
anti-Christian presidents and legislators—faithless
leaders of faithless men. Our fiercest foe is the
damnable apathy that has become the hallmark of the
Catholic people. Not much sleep is being lost in
Catholicland these days over the fall of Christendom,
the denial of the rights of God, the eradication of
Catholic identity, or the international rejection of the
social Kingship of Christ.
Apathetic and jaded, we, like the rest of the
“enlightened” ones, tend to give little thought to the
reasons why God put us on this earth. Reduced to wage
slaves in computerized salt mines, most of us spend
every waking moment laboring just to keep that bit of
turf we’ve managed to mortgage to the hilt here in
Utopia. Enslaved people who fancy themselves free
wouldn’t even try to escape. So it stands to reason
that--enslaved by liberty--apathy has become our lot.
Besides, we’re still eating... a lot! And
football and NASCAR are bigger than any circus ever
conceived of in ancient Rome.
Anyway, it was the middle of the night, seven miles up.
Properly anesthetized by trace amounts of radiation and
dangerous doses of airplane food, we were securely
fastened into our in-flight entertainment consoles.
Surrounded by a virtual galaxy of twinkling stars from
several hundred personal monitors, a comical vision of
myself suddenly came to mind. I was dressed as a flight
attendant and coming down the aisle with a stack of
Remnants under my arm.
There was an announcement on the overhead: “Ladies and
gentlemen, in a few moments Remnant editor Michael Matt
will be coming through the cabin with a complimentary
copy of The Remnant—America’s premier traditional
Catholic newspaper. This is part of Delta Airlines and
our One World sky partners’ Catholic Identity Project.”
The scene is so preposterous it’s positively
Hitchcockian: There I am, navigating the usual tangle of
feet and elbows and service carts, attempting to deliver
my pitch to 350 passengers wearing headsets. Some have
already put on their sleep masks. The rest are staring
blankly at screens, watching movies, playing video
games, or reading books that glow in the dark—thirty
thousand feet above the clouds. (If Orwell only knew the
half of it!)
With a half dozen of those tiny booze bottles rolling
across the tray tables in front of them, a couple of
good-natured fellows in the first class cabin take note
of my approach. One slaps me on the back as I pass: “Go
get ‘em, tiger”.
I’m now moving through a cross section of modern
society—black and white, Christian and Moslem, American
and European—some blind to the truth, others deaf to it,
most indifferent to it, all hypnotized by little lights
moving through hundreds of millions of pixels.
Together we rocket through the night—no hell below us,
above us only sky—and there am I, pushing my boulder up
the hill: “Remnants! Get your Remnants. Read all about
Christ the King and the old Latin Mass.”
All the world’s a plane, and all the men and women on
it really couldn’t care any less.
Well, most couldn’t, and that’s just the point. The hope
of the world is in the remnant of Christianity. I was on
my way to Estonia to give a couple of lectures to
Catholics that certainly do care. My in-flight dream
sequence notwithstanding, there is a remnant left,
selected out of grace and scattered throughout the
world—even in Estonia. Insignificant in number, but on
the side of Michael’s angels, Christ’s apostles, the
Coliseum’s martyrs and the rest of the little giants
that changed history.
In Estonia, incredibly!, I would discover
survivors of the Protestant Revolt, the Enlightenment,
the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, even the infernal
columns of Vatican II. After all that Catholic-bashing
firepower, there are still a couple of thousand
Catholics left in that tiny country. How did they
survive? They don’t think of themselves as heroes— just
the Catholic remnant of a country long ago annexed by
the Soviet Union. In nearly every country in the world,
such sons of David still stand in mighty Goliath’s path,
readying their slings, praying their beads, confident
that in the end the Immaculate Heart of Mary—not the New
World Order—will triumph.
As that infernal Order rises up so too does the remnant.
And unless the world ends first, it appears that even
The Remnant newspaper will survive 2010 when it should
have been driven out of business months ago. Mr. Potter
lost this fight, even if the rematch is scheduled for
2011. And what a rematch it’s shaping up to be.
The Obama Administration has reportedly begun shutting
down websites it doesn’t like. The Police State has come
out in full view, “keeping us safe” in our nation’s
airports. Catholic newspapers such as The Remnant have
been targeted by the same leftist organization that this
month added the Family Research Council—one of the most
powerful pro-family and pro-life organizations in
Washington—to its list of “hate groups”. Yes, the
infamous Southern Poverty Law Center is still at it,
only now they have an official representative “advising”
Mr. Obama’s Department of Homeland Security. No wonder
grandmothers are being assaulted in the airports!
Bullying is what these people do best. It’s all part of
the dehumanization process so chillingly described in
George Orwell’s 1984.
Together with the ADL, the neo-fascist SPLC continues
its relentless campaign to eradicate Christianity from
the face of the earth, while millions of clueless
Christians busy themselves day and night posting photos,
funnies and feedback on Facebook, God help us!
Obviously, this isn’t going away. But neither is the
Catholic resistance, God willing. Here at The Remnant,
we’ve spent the last couple of years developing
countermeasures which include: 1) Reducing The Remnant’s
dependence on the Internet, which sooner or later will
be under total government control. 2) Uniting with
magazine editors, homeschool organizations, webmasters,
publishers and activists to form a Catholic defense
network that will not be bullied into silence. Over the
past year, for example, I’ve had meetings with Catholics
in France, Austria, Italy, Canada, Estonia and several
U.S. States—each offering renewed confidence that the
remnants of Catholic civilization are banding together
and will not be silenced.
So, in fact we do have a plan of counterattack, which,
along with plenty of prayer and hard work, seems to be
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