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Monday, August 19, 2019

LEFEBVRE WAS RIGHT: For God’s Sake, Unite the Clans!

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The Remnant calls for worldwide support of all traditional Catholic priests

pope and lefe 2Pope Francis/Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

When a group of feminists in Argentina wanted to mark International Women’s Day a couple of years back, they dressed a woman up to look like the Mother of God and had her perform a mock (with fake blood) abortion on herself in front of Our Lady of the Incarnation Cathedral in the city of San Miguel de Tucuman. The photographs of this blasphemy are too vile to display again here.

Though the anemic post-conciliar Church in that once-Catholic country could do nothing to stop this, one Catholic priest, Father Leandro Bonnin, wrote an open letter on Facebook, arguing that this “blasphemy has exceeded all limits. A blasphemy with all the unmistakable signs of the diabolical: with his malice, his perversity, and above all with his hatred of Mary.”


Indeed. This was, quite literally, the Devil at work.

burkeA couple of days ago, during a YouTube interview, Raymond Cardinal Burke told Patrick Coffin that the working document for October’s Pan-Amazon synod amounts to “apostasy.”  Coffin asked the Cardinal if the working document was definitive, and Cardinal Burke replied that, “it cannot be. The document is an apostasy. This cannot become the teaching of the Church...”  

Keeping in mind that the Amazon Synod is the pope’s very own pet project, what are we to make of it when two Cardinals have already called it “apostasy” and another, Archbishop Vigano, branded it as part of a Marxist plot to effectively destroy the Church.

The Amazon Synod will be, quite literally, the Devil at work.

Just fifty years after Vatican II, the Catholic Church is ceasing to be Catholic. Need more proof? Earlier this month, the USCCB announced that only a third of Catholics in America still believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

So let's review: The priesthood is called a ‘gay profession’ and not without good reason, the Mass has been thoroughly protestantized, millions of Catholics have lost the faith and many millions more have left the Church.

For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, the new orientation of the Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council has been, quite literally, the Devil at work.

Further examples of Satan's progress are legion, but you get the idea. We are witnessing an auto-destruction of the human element of the Catholic Church in the Modern world that could only have been orchestrated from the bowels of hell itself. 

Imagine my surprise, then, when after we’d posted a video called PRESUMED GUILTY: Open Season on Catholic Priests lamenting the fact that the Society of St. Pius X had been falsely accused of becoming a safe haven for predator priests, a number of allegedly conservative Catholic commentators responded by insisting that, nevertheless, the SSPX is to be avoided like the plague because they are in “schism”.  To which I say: Schism from what, exactly? The Great Apostasy? 

We are living through the most destructive revolution in the history of the Church, and the SSPX is the problem? This is madness!  If there's a better example of the diabolical disorientation against which Sister Lucia of Fatima warned, I’d like to know what it is.

Quite honestly, friends, our patience with this has run out. The Mystical Body of Christ is being scourged and crowned before our eyes, her human element in a state of emergency such as the world has never witnessed in the past -- and yet faithful Catholics are still fretting that Archbishop Lefebvre might have gone too far in resisting the Modernist infiltrators. They say the SSPX is not in full communion with the Vatican of Pope Francis,  to which I say: And? Pope Francis is not in full communion with the vast majority of his own predecessors. What are we to do with that!?

If some among us cannot in good conscience support the SSPX, fine. I get it. This is not a simple question.  But let us at least acknowledge the downright Luciferian circumstances which created this division in the first place. 

Lefebvre's choice was simple:  Novelty, or Tradition. He chose Tradition, and suffered every imaginable insult for his trouble. But ever since then, the Vatican he resisted to the face has been in doctrinal, liturgical and moral chaos. Black is white, white is black, and the shepherds have abandoned the flock.

Lefebvre just might have been onto something. Don't you think? 

I don't know how God is going to fix this mess, but if the current ecclesial crisis doesn't rise to the level of a state of emergency in the Church then 'state of emergency in the Church' is a meaningless possibility for which the Code of Canon Law should never have made allowances in the first place.  

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And where does all this leave us? In a sort of limbo, admittedly, but with enough confusion at the top to justifying our decision to say our prayers, find a good priest and let God sort it all out.

In the meantime, we need to stay together. The traditionalist priestly orders have strategic differences, yes; but they are doing the best they can to save souls and to help us all find our way through this darkest hour in human history. Thank God for every last one of them!

Given the betrayal of Christ by the human element of the Church since Vatican II, it is more than merely probable that History will absolve those Catholics who regarded Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre as the Athanasius of the Church in their time. 

He disrupted the entire Modernist Revolution in the Church, which is why his enemies were legion. They're still out there, in fact, trying to use obedience and the letter of the law to condemn him posthumously for having defended to the death the very dogmas, Traditions and spirit of the law which they themselves were only too eager to abandon.

But, they tell us, Lefebvre was "disobedient"!  Do you smell a rat? Me, too!  

Today among the spiritual sons of Archbishop Lefebvre should be counted all traditionalist priests—inside the SSPX and out—who follow his lead in standing strong for the Latin Mass, the traditional teachings of the Church, the rights of God, the Queenship of Mary and the Kingship of Christ.

There is no time left for politics and games. We all need to stand together. 

Tomorrow we will be posting a powerful sermon from a militant and holy priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter.

Last week we posted a powerful sermon from a traditionalist diocesan priest.

Today we’re posting a brief interview of a militant and holy priest of the Society of St. Pius X.

So, put everything you think you know about the “schism” of the Society of St. Pius X on hold for a moment and imagine yourself living in Japan. The Church in that country is small enough to be considered numerically non-existent, next to the huge Buddhist and Shintoist majority. You hunger for the Traditional Catholic Mass and Sacraments. You long to confess your sins to a Catholic priest. The missionary activity in your world is no more, with even the Pope himself having painted it all as mere proselytism to be disregarded as ‘solemn nonsense.’

Where will you go? What will you do? The few priests left to you in Japan are old and sometimes hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away. You have no options. You are alone.

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And then you meet this man—a priest who like St. Francis Xavier before him, is devoting his life to the lonely task of bringing the Sacraments of the old Faith into the darkness of your pagan country where your tiny community is holding fast to the old Faith of our fathers.

Imagine what it means to our Japanese brothers and sisters today, that God in His mercy has seen to it that they are not abandoned even in that land where Christ was never embraced by even a significant minority.

Those among us who truly and in good conscience believe the SSPX to be in schism, must nevertheless ask themselves this: What would I have this priest do? Abandon his flock to the wolves? There are no other traditional priests in Japan.  Or would I beg him to stay on as a faithful shepherd who is acknowledging the dire necessity of the situation, confident that in God’s good time the canonical irregularity of the SSPX will be resolved, the Revolution will be overthrown, and sanity will be restored to the human element of Christ’s Church? 

If it is anything, Catholicism is eminently reasonable. We don't have all the answers, but we can and must use our God-given reason and Catholic sense to bide time and to stay together until God intervenes. 

We are not pharisees. We know that the point and purpose of the disciplinary laws of the Church is to save the sheep, not leave them abandoned in total darkness just because the shepherd has lost his way.

Please watch this video and see if you can't find it in your heart to join us in resolving to do all in your power to unite the clans in this darkest hour--whether they are SSPX, FSSP, ICK, etc.-- so that together we can make a unified last stand in defense of Tradition, Truth and the Sacred Kingship of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

For God's sake, let us unite the clans! 

May God help us all to do the right thing for His greater glory and for the salvation of souls, including and especially our own.

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.