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From the 'Just Can't Make this Stuff Up' file, Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh encouraged the Catholic faithful of Pittsburgh--for the first time ever!--to join him in joining hands with Billy Graham's son, Franklin, for the recent 3-day praise and song festival in Pittsburgh--the Three Rivers Festival of HopeIsn't that special!

The media were all excited...

The Christian rockers, rappers and grungers were all tuned up...

And the good Bishop Zubik himself was there, praying and endorsing the event....

And just a few days later....

Bishop Zubik Warns Faithful Not to Participate with the Society of St. Pius X since the Society is 'Separated from the Catholic Church'

"The Society of St. Pius X is separated from the Catholic Church. The former St. James church building in the West End is not a Roman Catholic church. The Roman Catholic faithful are to know that free and willful participation with this group, including reception of the sacraments, implies an act of separation from the Roman Catholic Church. This is a serious matter that no Catholic should take lightly."


SSPX Priest Celebrates Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica

By the gracious permission of the higher direction of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, the faithful of the church of Saint-Martin-des-Gaules, Noisy-le-Grand (near Paris) -- who were in Rome for a summer vacation pilgrimage led by Father Michel de Sivry, of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) -- were able to attend a Mass at the Altar of Saint Pius X, where the saintly Pope's body reposes. The Mass in the Vatican Basilica was celebrated by Fr. de Sivry on August 9, 2014, during this special centennial year of the dies natalis of Saint Pius X.
Diocese of Pittsburgh Warns Faithful of SSPX 'Schism'

Recently, the Diocese of Pittsburgh was informed that the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has purchased the former St. James church building in the West End of Pittsburgh. So that no confusion exists regarding the canonical status of the Society of St. Pius X and the former St. James church building, the following notification is issued by the Department for Canonical Services of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Editor’s Note: As Pope Pius XII is gradually being exonerated of any wrongdoing or even an alleged “callous disregard” for the plight of the Jews during the Nazi occupation of Europe, he still remains the unlikely hero of extremist proponents of so-called “natural” birth control in what’s left of the Catholic Church since Vatican II. This is so because of a 1951 address to the Italian midwives in which the Holy Father allowed for grave circumstances which might justify rare and limited use of natural means to regulate births over and above periodic abstinence. The exaggeration of Pius’s position ever since, cited in all too many NFP courses, constitutes a gross injustice to the memory of the late, great pontiff.
We are devastated by the news of the sudden passing of our old friend and ally, Anthony S. Fraser, who died yesterday morning, August 28 (Feast of St. Augustine), of apparent heart failure.

Readers of The Remnant will immediately recognize the name Anthony Fraser as the indefatigable editor of Apropos—the UK’s premier traditional Catholic magazine. Of course, Tony is also the son of the late, great Hamish Fraser—an early pioneer of the traditional Catholic movement as well as a close friend and collaborator of the founder of The Remnant, Walter L. Matt (RIP). His Approaches magazine is generally considered Europe’s traditionalist magazine of record during the turbulent years following Vatican II.

Using a clip from the 1950 film, "Cheaper By the Dozen", Michael Matt shows how yesterday's liberals are today's conservatives. Question: Are Catholic couples who leave family size up to God really "bad stewards"?