Introduction by Michael Matt: I’m happy to introduce my great-grandfather, Hugo Klapproth, and his “new” book, Letters to a Protestant Friend. Full disclosure: The book is new only to English-speaking readers living 130 years after it was published in German here in St. Paul, Minnesota. I hope to have the book available for sale here at The Remnant before Christmas 2022.
Apart from a thoughtful historical piece, this little book also makes a masterful contribution to Catholic apologetics. As a convert from Lutheranism and a professional newspaper editor, Hugo Klapproth’s arguments to his Lutheran friend are some of the most effective I have ever read. Mary “worship,” Faith alone, sola scriptura, the papacy, the “non-biblical” roots of purgatory and the Sacrament of Confession – all the go-to Protestant arguments are refuted with expert biblical exegesis, considerable historical acumen, and the patient approach of one who was once a Protestant.
In his letters, we discover arguments – old and new – that remind us of how and why the Catholic Church, no matter how sinful her members might be, is nevertheless the spotless bride of Jesus Christ. And as such, the Catholic men of yesterday, such as Klapproth, would surely be included in the ranks of the traditionalists today.
Writing 130 years ago, Hugo Klapproth is a traditional Catholic pioneer. The Traditions he defends in his day are the same we defend in ours. The Mass he attends is the same Latin Mass we attend today. The Catholic teachings he champions in 1895 are the same we champion in 2022.
Nothing has changed. God is still in His heaven, and His Church is still the one true Church of Jesus Christ. From his grave, Hugo Klapproth reminds us all that we can never leave the Church. We are called by God to stay and fight, to survive and to hand down the Faith of our fathers to our sons, exactly as our fathers handed it down to us. Our task remains the same.
What follows is an excerpt from the book, Letters to a Protestant Friend, on visiting the graves of the departed. Look for the full book this Fall, available at The Remnant Newspaper. MJM
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QUESTION: With 90-year-old Joseph Cardinal Zen on trial this week for defying the Chinese Communist Government, where's the Vatican? Why is pope Francis not speaking out in Zen's defense?
In this episode of The Remnant Underground, Michael takes a look at this question, as well as the ramifications of two recent developments:
1) Elon Musk takes control of Twitter and the revival of free speech is underway
2) New York Supreme Court rules that the jab does not stop the spread of Covid
Both of these developments come as a threat to the globalists, including Team Francis inside the Vatican, especially where Number 2 is concerned. If Tony Fauci needs to be help responsible for crimes against humanity, certainly so too should Pope Francis.
How with its own self-referentiality the “conciliar church” places itself outside of the path of the Tradition of the Church of Christ
With the prosopopoeia that distinguishes ideological propaganda, the recent Bergoglian panegyric (here) on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Opening of the Ecumenical Council Vatican II did not fail to confirm, beyond the empty rhetoric, the total self-referentiality of the “conciliar church,” that is, of that subversive organization born almost imperceptibly from the Council and which in these sixty years has almost totally eclipsed the Church of Christ by occupying her highest levels and usurping her authority.
“Man’s schemes are inferior to those made by heaven.” ~Chinese Proverb
No one rains on Chairman’s Xi Jinping’s reign. On October 22, 2022, at the CCP 20th Party Congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping was elected to another term, adding another five years to his previously served 10 year presidency. Xi will remain in the politically powerful position as General Secretary of the CCP. His stated goal of Emperor for Life is now firmly established, unimpeded by a certain human rights trial in Hong Kong.
In his October 19, 2022 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Daniel Henninger predicted a red wave victory for the Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections. Indeed, if we simply consider the most pressing election issues Henninger described, we might expect all informed voters to vote for Republicans:
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In this episode of The Remnant Underground, Michael Matt looks at November's midterm elections from the viewpoint of the globalists. The world is watching. The Vatican is watching. The World Economic Forum is watching. Will the midterms matter? How so when for so long the ballot box has been little more than a suggestion box for the slaves?
The World Economic Forum (WEF), advocates of globalization for decades, now say there is a world-wide trust problem. Trust was a major focus for the WEF in 2022, where they attempted to reposition themselves as outsiders.
“To summarize: in a world which is becoming more fragmented and more divided, and where many of the traditional multilateral organizations tend to become dysfunctional or at least mistrustful, a global platform based on informal, trust-based and action-oriented cooperation such as the World Economic Forum and Davos will be ever more needed” (Schwab, 2022).
As Cardinal Gerhard Müller indicated in his recent interview, it has now become obvious to all rational and informed observers that the man known as Pope Francis is attempting to transform the Catholic Church into something that fundamentally opposes what it has always been. It is equally obvious that as part of that process he has increased his attacks on Traditional Catholics, who adhere to what the Catholic Church has always taught and practiced. While it is evident that certain powerful interests fully support Francis’s hostile takeover of a two-thousand-year-old religion with over one billion adherents, we must pause to consider the impact on those who suffer from his actions.
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In this episode of The Remnant Underground, Michael Matt takes a hard look at two issues of international urgency:
1) Pfizer’s shocking admission to a MEP on the floor of the EU parliament.
2) Even Leftist progressives are sounding the alarm that Team Biden is recklessly pushing US into World War III
With respect to Number 1: Whom are we to judge first for this crime against humanity? Pope Francis? Bill Gates?
With respect to Number 2: Do those who support US intervention in Ukraine realize that they’re also supporting World War III? And as if that weren’t enough, do they realize with whom they’re in bed, i.e., Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama, and George Soros?
In their October 6, 2022 interview, Raymond Arroyo and Cardinal Gerhard Müller provided a striking assessment of Francis and the state of the Catholic Church:
Arroyo: “I have to say, I am, I am shaken when I hear you say, and you were just at a consistory, which we'll talk about in a moment, that you believe the synodal process is . . . shaping up into a hostile takeover of the Church, of an attempt to destroy the Church. Is that what you see here?”
Müller: “If they succeed, it will be the end of the Catholic Church. And we must resist it like the old heretics of the Arianism. When Arius thought, according to his ideas, what can God do and what can God not do? And it is irrationalism: human, the intellect to decide what is true and what is wrong.”
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As the situation in the Catholic Church goes from bad to so much worse, Catholics all around the world are engaging in heated debates over how to admonish the pope during this time of unprecedented crisis. In this new interview (which took place on October 1, 2022 during the Catholic Identity Conference), Bishop Schneider lays out his position.