Jason Morgan | Remnant Correspondent, TOKYO
On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the United States Department of Justice Special Counsel’s Office released a statement which begins as follows.
Special Counsel John Durham today announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia charging Igor Danchenko, 43, a Russian citizen residing in Virginia, with five counts of making false statements to the FBI. The charges in the indictment stem from statements made by Danchenko relating to the sources he used in providing information to a U.K. investigative firm that prepared what are identified in the indictment as “Company Reports.” (https://www.justice.gov/sco/pr/russian-national-indicted-making-false-statements-fbi)
The Right Choice at a Hard Time
The Hancock family is moving. Their living room is filled with boxes, their possessions are being crated up to be sent ahead to an as-yet unknown destination. The devoutly Catholic family is leaving their Seattle-area home, that much seems certain. But when they join me for an interview early one October morning, they don’t know where they are going to end up.
Jeff Hancock is losing his job. He has worked as a deputy sheriff for the King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle, Washington, for twenty-four years. His record is exemplary. But he refuses to be injected with a COVID vaccine, and so he will be terminated.
They have ten children, two of whom are studying at university—one at Christendom College, and one at Wyoming Catholic College. The future is, suddenly, up in the air.
In order for the confection of the Holy Eucharist to be valid, there must be proper matter, proper form, and proper intent. (The priest must also be properly ordained.) Many Catholics may be surprised to learn that it is far from guaranteed that all, or even any, of these requirements will be met at a given Novus Ordo Mass.
For example, “proper matter” refers to the bread, wine, and water used to confect the Holy Eucharist. Canon 924 provides that the bread must be made of wheat. Canon 926 provides that the bread must be unleavened. Canon 927 forbids consecrating just one species without the other. Canon 924 also provides that the wine must be natural and unspoiled.
When Pope Francis issued Traditionis Custodes in July of this year, he attempted to do away with the bizarre situation in which Catholics have lived out their Faith since after the Second Vatican Council. For my whole life, we have had a doubled Mass. There have been two parallel visions of the Faith, and it had become increasingly clear that they were not as similar as the Church has been insisting. Francis tried to solve this dilemma by obliterating one of the two parallel lines.
ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, Pope Francis put on a very public performance with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). (https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/10/09/pope-francis-welcomes-nancy-pelosi-in-the-vatican/) Francis not only made time to meet with Pelosi—a courtesy he does not afford to Cardinal Zen. He also sat down with her in the papal office, smiling for the cameras rolling in the background. It was the papal equivalent of a political endorsement. All that was missing was the yard sign.
The two rows of colonnades which frame St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican were designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini to resemble arms outstretched in welcome. (https://vatican.com/St-Peters-Square-Colonnades/) The Catholic Church is universal and open to all who seek salvation. At the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York City is a secular version of this sentiment: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” (https://www.nps.gov/stli/learn/historyculture/colossus.htm) For the Church, however, there are no “masses,” no “teeming” throngs of faceless proletariat. There are individual sinners, and the Church is Christ seeking out the lost sheep, calling everyone home by name. Everyone may knock on the doors of the Church and seek baptism, forgiveness, and the bread of everlasting life.
The debate over the recently-announced vaccine mandate is awash in illogic.
For example: vaccines are like seatbelts, we’re told. But how many of us have to wear three, four, even five seatbelts at a time? How many of us have to buckle in to additional seatbelts the longer we drive?
Sources exclusive to The Remnant have revealed that Pope Francis traveled to the People’s Republic of China in July, 2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. Francis and a small, socially-distanced entourage (Fr. James Martin, Klaus Schwab, John Cena, Pachamama, and Theodore McCarrick) toured what Francis, on the plane to Beijing, called “the New Jerusalem” as the personal guests of benevolent Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
A band played “The East Is Red” as Francis descended from his plane onto the tarmac in China. Francis made the Sign of the Sickle as he gave thanks for his safe landing.
As the betrayal in Afghanistan unfolded over the past few gut-wrenching weeks, people from all political persuasions began to demand answers. “Someone has to take responsibility for abandoning Americans to be raped, tortured, enslaved, and murdered by the Taliban,” the country cried out. “The people running the State Department, Pentagon, White House (whoever that mystery person happens to be), and Democrat-media-complex must be held to account.”
The fall of Kabul to the Taliban should give all Christians pause. What have we—Christians, Americans—been doing in Afghanistan for twenty years? That’s one question, but it’s but a small part of a much bigger one: What have we—Christians, Americans—been doing everywhere during the Great Potomac Jihad?
“Great Potomac Jihad”?