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In this episode of The Remnant Forum, Michael Matt and Christopher Ferrara break out the Catholic microscope and take a careful look at the controversial few paragraphs and footnotes of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Is Cardinal Raymond Burke a troublemaker? Is Francis merely attempting to be pastoral? Merciful? At the heart of all of this are the words of Jesus Christ which forbid adultery WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. Trouble is, Francis wants exceptions.
Blessing Adultery: Christ the Judgmental vs. Francis the HumbleBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
MJM: I want to address the 900-pound gorilla in the room—the controversy surrounding Pope Francis’s post-Synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (AL). The document, especially Paragraph 305, has been described by various priests and theologians, you know on EWTN and elsewhere, as “dangerous,” “very disturbing,” “very problematic,” “a big mistake,” “a direct contradiction of Pope John Paul's Familiaris Consortio,” and so forth. First of all, Your Eminence, how authoritative is AL, and are we talking merely about scandal here, or do these problematic paragraphs savor of heresy?
The Remnant Interview of Cardinal Raymond Burke FeaturedBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
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From the Remnant Underground, Michael Matt recounts his experience at a recent Novus Ordo 'Gathering Rite'.
What is neo-Catholicism? What is the New Mass? Why are Jimmy Fallon, Bill Murray, Sting and Bianca Jagger readily admitting that which the Neo-Catholics insist on denying: The Catholic Church is in all out revolution that kicked into high gear at the Second Vatican Council.
Plus, more of our interview of Cardinal Raymond Burke.
The Sound of Neo-Catholics: On Gathering Rites and HippiesBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
When Saul Met Paul
Was it Cromwell that said, “It is time to investigate history and learn what is really at stake at this moment in time.” That being said, it is time to investigate relevant secular history and learn what is really at stake at this moment in time.
You have to wonder what impact Saul David Alinsky had on Pope Paul VI, on the Second Vatican Council, and on contemporary modernist Catholicism – especially in the United States of America.
The Fruits of Radical Catholic Modernism?By: John J. Arechiga
On the other hand, dire predictions of calamity and apocalyptic happenings seemed to ring in every New Year I can remember. On New Year’s Eve 1972, for example—the so-called “Jacinta’s year”—we were told to brace for the dreaded Three Days of Darkness. Board up your windows, keep plenty of blessed candles handy, and, whatever you do, don’t look at the demon parade going on outside. I guess we’re still waiting for those Three Days of Darkness… unless, of course, they’re already here. It’s no simple task these days to tell the difference between demons on parade and public high-schoolers on holiday, God help them all.
Happy New Year: An End-of-the-Year Remnant Update FeaturedBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
Suggested New Year's Resolution: Keep the Faith, Despite the Madness
Two years ago, using the term “schism” in reference to the antics of the Vatican would have got you automatically labeled a sedevacantist or schismatic. Now it is used commonly by nearly everyone, including highly placed prelates in Rome. This is not because the Church is falling apart. It is not because Catholics are losing their Faith. It is because they are finding it. Because the realities have at last begun to overcome the false propaganda of the last five decades.
Sawing Off the BranchWritten by Hilary White
Disgraced Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager of the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta
Over the Christmas weekend, as the Catholic world was otherwise occupied, the Francismachine made a move against the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta that seems to have perplexed many observers. The Holy See announced it would launch a “commission” to investigate the firing of one of the Knights’ leaders, sacked recently after it was revealed he had been allowing the distribution of condoms in Myanmar. In various venues, we saw Catholics responding with much confusion to the announcement and it quickly became clear that most Catholics don’t have a good handle on what, exactly, the Knights of Malta are or why Bergoglio may have overstepped his lawful prerogatives.
Papal Chess: King vs. Bishop and Knights…of Malta FeaturedWritten by Hilary White
As I write this little greeting to friends and allies around the world at Christmastime, I must confess to a growing sense of unease at the thought of ghosts of Christmases yet to come. Even the joy of the Holy Feast cannot completely eclipse the hard realities of our weary world at war with everything true, good and beautiful.
This would-be new world order of ours has taken on all the trappings of a global refugee camp where families are broken and separated, children are orphaned and aborted, and the desperate sadness of the homeless is everywhere in evidence. Broken and burning, the world seems to be waiting for a messiah of its own creation to save it from itself, having long since lost interest in the real One.
On Mothers and Kings: A Christmas MessageBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
During World War II, all practicing Catholic GIs were traditional Catholics. All Masses offered on Christmas 'in the trenches' were Traditional Latin Masses. All chaplains were 'rad trads'. Makes you wonder--doesn't it?--are we sure the Catholic Church has been moving in the right direction these past fifty years?
Editor’s Note: In our continued quest for gold buried away in the archives of The Remnant and The Wanderer, I came across this one. It appeared in The Wanderer when my father was oversees fighting in the European theater of World War II. It’s unsigned, and it touched me somehow…as I hope it will touch you. MJM
Big guns wheel into position. Maps are scanned. Objectives marked. The fortress Europe will be hammered from every side; death and desolation will hit the cities of the continent with planned precision against a timetable of terror, unparalleled in the history of man.
Christmas at the Front: December 23, 1943 FeaturedBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
You are spiritually sick, malicious, and tools of the devil.
It’s Christmastime again. That means it’s time for the Pope who says “But never judge. Never” to issue his annual judgments on the character defects and spiritual illnesses of members of the Roman Curia who are resisting his “reforms.”
In his annual “Christmas Greetings” (more like “Christmas Condemnations”), Francis reminds the Curia that he has already twice (2014 and 2015) diagnosed their “diseases” of soul and prescribed “a catalogue of virtues [emphasis in original] necessary for curial officials and all those who wish their consecration or service to the Church to become more fruitful.” This year, Francis heaps more insults on the mountain of crude opprobrium with which he has attempted to bury any opposition to whatever he would like to do under the rubric of the Protestant slogan semper reformanda (falsely attributed to Saint Augustine, who said nothing of a Church that must constantly reform itself as opposed to maintaining or restoring what has been handed down).
A Scary Merry Christmas: Francis Lectures Roman Curia FeaturedBy: Christopher A. Ferrara
I am come in the name of My Father, and you receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive glory one from another: and the glory which is from God alone, you do not seek? (Jn 5:43-44)
Errors Perpetrated Against Holy Scripture
Pointing out the errors perpetrated against Holy Scripture and Tradition by Pope Francis has become tiresome, due to the sheer volume of examples. But one homily, given by the Pope, as reported on June 15, 2013 by News.VA, the "official Vatican network", is so scandalous in its violence against the true teachings of Christ that it bears closer examination—especially now, three years later—as many are beginning to realize the damage this pope is attempting to inflict upon the One True Church. In his homily, Francis said: