Roberto de Mattei | Remnant Columnist
ON AUGUST 4, 1903, Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto, the patriarch of Venice, was raised to the papal throne with the name of Pius X. His program of restoration of Christian society, summarized in his motto Instaurare Omnia in Christo, involved a strong defense of orthodoxy in the Church that was threatened by modernism. The battle of St. Pius X against modernism reached its highest expression in the encyclical Pascendi of September 8, 1907, preceded by the Decree of the Holy Office Lamentabili of July 3, 1907, and followed by the Motu Proprio Sacrorum Antistitum of September 1, 1910, which required priests to take the anti-modernist oath.
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THERE IS NO place in the world that expresses the redemptive power of the Cross like the Colosseum, where the Christian martyrs triumphed over the Roman Empire by their deaths. It should not surprise us therefore that anti-Christian hatred, which is renewed throughout the ages, has come today to the point of denying that the blood of the martyrs was ever shed at the Colosseum at all.
Christopher Columbus belongs to the Church, and any affront to him is directed at the Church, which has the duty to defend his memory.
Christopher Columbus statue torn down in Minnesota State Capital, June 10, 2020
“Columbus noster est!” “Christopher Columbus is ours!” These words of Leo XIII, in his encyclical Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, issued July 16, 1892, on the IV Centenary of the discovery of America, are like a distant echo to us, at a time when iconoclastic fury in the United States of America is destroying the figure of the Italian navigator.
A Letter from Rome. . .
ON EARTHQUAKES and PLAGUES
When the earth quakes, man rediscovers the fragility of earthly things and lifts his eyes from earth to Heaven.
Roberto de Mattei
WHEN NATURAL CATASTROPHES occur, like an earthquake or an epidemic, there is a tendency to refuse considering its imponderable character, always trying to figure out who is responsible behind the scenes, denying the idea that something could happen that is beyond man’s control. But only God guides and controls history, not man.
A Letter from Rome...
Angelus by Jean-François Millet (1814-1875)
TODAY EVERY CHRISTIAN finds himself almost constantly in the middle of a war. The war of a Christian is fought above all with spiritual weapons. Spiritual weapons have an immeasurable scope, because there is no natural good that can compare to even the smallest spiritual good. Theologians say that all of the material goods of the world are inferior to the smallest degree of grace. Grace is obtained by those who pray, and prayer is able to uproot mountains, as the Gospel tells us (Mk 11:23).
Among the spiritual weapons that are most dear to Christians is the prayer of the Angelus Domini, or simply “The Angelus,” a prayer that summarizes a theology of history. This prayer recalls the greeting that the Archangel Gabriel directed to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the night that changed the course of human history. Following the Annunciation by the Angel and the response of the Virgin, “Fiat mihi secundum Verbum Tuum,” the Incarnation of the Word took place.
Alphonse Ratisbonne came here as a hardened Jew. The Virgin appeared to him just as you see her. He fell down a Jew and rose a Christian.
The Blessed Mother and the Church
According to traditional Catholic theology, there is an intimate and profound relationship between the Blessed Mother and the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. By the will of God, the universal mediation of Mary is ordinarily necessary for the salvation and sanctification of men, just as the mediation of the Church is also necessary. And, if the Church has been entrusted with the task of guarding and spreading the truths of the faith in their integrity and purity, the Blessed Mother has been given the mission of fighting and conquering the devil, the supreme inspirer and advocate of all errors and heresies.
A Letter from Rome. . .
IF THERE IS any true moment of grace and conversion of heart, it is Holy Christmas, the day of the Nativity of the Lord, the day from which the years of the world are counted. The familiar atmosphere of the day of Christmas softens the hardest hearts, but above all it is the beauty of the liturgy that is capable of touching them, as happened to the French writer Paul Claudel (1868-1955) on December 25, 1886.
The Synod on the Amazon had among its main goals the abolition of ecclesiastical celibacy. The road, indeed the highway, is now paved. Pope Francis will define it in his Post-Synodal Exhortation, which is foreseen to be issued before the end of 2019.
In the concluding document of the Synod, the paragraph on married priests is the one that received the greatest number of opposing votes (128 placet vs. 41 non placet). The path that is being indicated is not that of so-called married men who are ordained priests without leaving their families, but that of permanent deacons, that is, married men who have received the first grade of Holy Orders, which gives them the possibility of being ordained as priests.
Prof. de Mattei addresses Cardinal Muller (left), Bishop Schneider (right) and the Papal Posse's Fr. Murray (far right)
Editor’s Note: This talk, a powerful call to arms for the ages, was delivered at the launch of a new book-length interview of Bishop Athanasius Schneider in Rome. The book that covers everything from Vatican II, to Archbishop Lefebvre's role in the resistance and even the role of Freemasonry.
In the middle of the Amazon Synod, Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider— the two most outspoken ecclesiastical critics of the Amazon Synod— collaborated in the launching of a book published by Diane Montagna (one of the most traditional Catholic vaticanistas in Rome) in the presence of Cardinals Muller and Arinze, at an event covered by several topnotch Vatican journalists and members of the world press (including The Remnant) and at which the “Papal Posse’s” own Father Gerald Murray served as enthusiastic emcee. (Watch The Remnant's coverage of this event HERE)
People often complain that we need to 'do something' about what’s happening in Rome. Well, here it is! MJM
- Will the Church, beginning this coming October, lose its Roman face in order to assume an “Amazonic face”? Somebody wants this to happen, but he is not in the Amazon, he is in Rome where Saint Peter was martyred, the Apostle on whom Christ conferred the universal Primacy.
The ninetieth anniversary of the Lateran Accords, signed in Rome on February 11, 1929, between the Holy See and the government of Benito Mussolini, passed almost unnoticed. The Accords, also known as the “Conciliazione” because they re-established collaboration between Church and State in Italy, which had ended after the taking of Rome in 1870, were replaced in 1984 with a “New Concordat” which distorted the significance of the 1929 Accords.
The Lateran Accords of 1929 included a Treaty with 27 articles as well as a Concordat with 45 articles. They reflect the principle already contained in the Statute issued in the Piedmont on March 4, 1848 (called the “Albertine Statute” because it was issued by King Carlo Alberto), which established that the Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman religion was the only religion of the Italian State.