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In this Sunday Sermon from South Saint Paul, Father speaks of the various epiphanies of Jesus Christ, and he connects those to what is being "manifested" to us today as God prepares to bring the wayward children of the world back to Him. 

Father points out how God is manifesting--or "outing"--the Children of Darkness, insisting that the  Children of Light must use this dark moment to watch and pray and prepare for the Divine Epiphany. 

Don't curse the darkness. Don't live in fear of men, i.e., Democrats, Biden and Soros, oh my!  But do live in fear of God. Do return to the Faith. Do return to your knees. Do return to the good graces of God and get ready for hell on earth. 

Now is not the time to despair or to give up or to stop fighting. COVID is part of the plan to close the churches and take down the Children of Light. We must make sure that doesn't happen, and in this sermon Father gives us spiritual direction on how we can become part of the 1% who will survive the coming chastisement and emerge victorious with the Army of God. 

 #ToHellWithCOVID 

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Addressing the nation for the last time as president, Donald Trump took his leave with the grace and honor befitting a true statesman.

And the question to ask as a nation is: Now, what? The Democrats have the ball, so what are they going to do with it?

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In this special report on the impeachment, Michael J. Matt takes a hard look at the disastrous attack on the U.S. Capitol building—an event which could have been financed by George Soros, so useful was it in the service of his globalist agenda.

In any case, January 6, 2021 will surely live on in infamy if patriotic Americans do not denounce what happened without hesitation. And now they’re going to impeach Donald Trump again.

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A RTV Special Report: Impeaching Trump In this first episode of The Editor's Desk of 2021, Michael dives into what happened on Wednesday January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. -- a day which will live in infamy.

Do you believe the CNN narrative on what really happened? Neither does Michael. But now the Democrats are exploiting this crisis to impeach the most successful president in 50 years.

President Trump releases a statement and video message on Twitter:
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Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!"  -President Donald Trump

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Michael Matt's New Year's greeting. There is hope for 2021, with a little heavenly assistance. But we’re going to need to fight like hell.
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In this episode of The Editor's Desk, Michael Matt takes a hard look at the state of our country, the Church and the coming global conflicts of 2021.

I met him only once, in the Chartres Cathedral back in the late 1990s. Most amusingly at the time, he asked me how the Minnesota North Stars were doing as, aside from being a holy priest, he was also a big hockey fan.

A long time before that, Father's book "Pastor Out in the Cold" had become part of my coming of age as a Traditional Catholic. The autobiographical work details Father’s struggle to defend the Traditional Latin Mass in the turbulent days after the close of the Council—a holy cause for which Father Normandin sacrificed everything, even his pension.

By the early 1970s, he'd became an outcast from his diocese of Montreal, thus the “pastor out in the cold”, which set the precedent for many heroic priests that we recognized, even as children, as the spiritual sons of the great underground priests of the past, such as Saints Edmund Campion and Miquel Pro.

He was one of the first post-conciliar priests to put Christ, His Mass and the holy priesthood ahead of the guitars, felt banners and Modernist madness that plagued that era. Throughout the 1970s, Father Normandin was a travelling priest who brought the old Mass, sacraments and  catechism to traditional Catholic families like mine at a time when there was nothing else.

The SSPX credits Father Normandin with having laid the foundations for most of the Canadian traditional Latin Mass chapels now served by the Society of St. Pius X.

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In justice for all he did for the holy cause of Tradition back before "Tradition was cool", we owe it to Father Normandin to pray for the repose of his soul and to beg God to welcome His good and faithful servant into paradise without delay.

Tu es sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech.

Father Yves Normandin, RIP.

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In this Sunday Sermon from South Saint Paul, Father discusses the war on Christmas and the urgent need for Christians to take a stand...before it's too late. The Christophobes have been trying to steal Christmas since the days of Herod, and now they're ramping it up.

Why are people not allowed to go to Christmas Mass when they can go to Walmart and shop for Christmas presents until their hearts are content?

Why are Catholic Bishops refusing to defend Christmas in the face of a virus which has a 99.5 percent recovery rate?

Who gave governors the power to tell Christians how many people can come to Christmas dinner?

Why are we sitting back and taking this attempt to outlaw Christmas without so much as a whimper of protest?

Father explains the danger to our faith and freedom presented by these globalist grinches who would steal Christmas.

Editor's Note: I am pleased to report some good news here at the end of a year marked by bad.

My decision some months ago to try to help a victim of clerical sexual abuse was not an easy one. I had neither personal experience with the victim nor firsthand knowledge of the facts in the case.  And since The Remnant is not an investigative journal, I had to weigh the potential for a good outcome against the certainty of scandalizing the faithful by publicizing the alleged sins of a priest.

In posting Erica Kauffman's heartbreaking video, The Remnant had no desire to indict or discredit the Society of St. Pius X—an organization which for thirty years we have defended against the accusation of schism.  And I am happy to report that at least one prominent SSPX priest obviously appreciated my motives for posting Miss Kauffman's story, which is evidently why he reached out to her.

In the course of the following reply to Miss Kauffman, Father Niklaus Pfluger, SSPX, provides corroboration of Miss Kauffman’s testimony, and thus also and inadvertently justifies my initial decision to post Miss Kauffman's video.  If what she claims is true (and I have notarized documents indicating it is), then a great injustice has been perpetrated against her and a rogue priest is still on the loose.  

The reality is that while most priests are good men there are not a few that have fallen, not just in the Novus Ordo but also inside the enclaves of Tradition. We have never denied this even if I have long been wary of making common cause with certain overzealous whistleblowers who often seem to delight in exposing the sins of traditional Catholic priests.

Nobody here at The Remnant expects perfection from the SSPX or any other priestly fraternity—traditional or otherwise. We are all human and as St. Thomas More put it, on occasion a “bitch gets over the wall.” The important thing is to own it when it happens and throw the dog back over the wall as quickly as possible.

To do as Father Pfluger has done in this case, and reach out to a victim—even when it would have been so much easier to remain silent and hope said victim goes away—only speaks to the integrity of this good priest, which is why I would add my voice to his in petitioning the current leadership of the Society of St. Pius X to reach out in similar fashion to Miss Kauffman, to investigate the whereabouts of her alleged abuser, and to either publicly clear his name (if there are extenuating circumstances that somehow mitigate his guilt) or take the necessary disciplinary action against him.

To that end, I am happy to offer these columns to the SSPX administrators, should they choose to publicize the measures taken to see justice finally done so that all parties concerned can move on, so that future potential victims can be protected and so that further scandal can be happily avoided.  MJM

The Letter from Fr. Pfluger to Miss Kauffman

Dear Miss Erika Kauffmann:

Thanks a lot for your call getting your phone-number.

Sorry, I wasn’t here in the last days, that’s the reason why I didn’t contact you earlier.

Yes, I read Michael Matt’s article in The Remnant, and then I asked him for your e-mail address.

Up until July 2018, I was Bishop Bernard Fellay’s First Assistant and Vicar General of the Society St. Pius X. Now, I’m living in Switzerland without any responsibility. But in 1997, I had to accompany Bishop Fellay for a very long trip in the US-District, almost four weeks. At that time, I was still rector in the SSPX-Seminary in Germany.

When watching your video, I remembered our visit at the Armada Priory in Michigan, in December 1997, that was Ember Friday, I guess December 19thYou say you met Bishop Fellay in January of 1998, but probably that was in December 1997.

Anyway, I didn’t understand English enough at that time, and the Bishop asked me to assist the second part of his meeting with a lady that now I guess was you. I do not remember the details, but at that time I had the impression Bishop Fellay was convinced of your painful report…

Now, in 2020, I wanted simply to express my profound compassion with you and also my shame. I’m blushed to listen now to your horrible story and “experience” with a priest. And I would beg pardon for such a pain the Society did.

Of course, I’m not anymore in the Society high-direction, and my words are nothing and not important. But I would say how profoundly sorry I am for all that priest of the Society did to you. Your testimony is a cry to the whole Church and the Society. We can’t turn back or re-write the history. But we suffer with you and I hope those responsible in the Society will take your cry for help seriously.

I’m a little bit surprised to hear that Fr. Wegner wasn’t helping you. I knew him as a serious Superior, taking care for all the victims. Unfortunately, he had to leave the US-District, and he is now in Austria. I hope you will find the new Superior to be willing to listen to you.

Like you said in the video, and like your e-mail address expresses – juxta crucem! – the one help and medicine for such pains we can and we will find in the most holy Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May He bless you always, and may Our Lady protect you.

I wish you a grace-filled season of Advent and Peace and Joy in the Eternal Mercy.

Cordially

P. Niklaus Pfluger

christmas picMerry Christmas from the Michael J. Matt Family 

I WOULD LIKE to extend Christmas greetings to friends of The Remnant all over the world. I suppose we are all a bit more apprehensive about the future this year than last, and yet here at The Remnant, we feel closer to the “clans” this Christmas than ever before. 

Whatever the future holds, one thing is certain: The army of God is stronger and more united now than it ever was in my lifetime, as Christ’s awesome presence is made manifest through its absence in the hearts and minds of sad and godless men.