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In this episode of The Underground, Michael Matt takes a look at the new documentary, “The Fall of Minneapolis,” which argues that the death of George Floyd was exploited by the radical Left to eradicate law and order, to defund the police, and to leave America’s streets and courtrooms in chaos. So why did Pope Francis describe those “peaceful protestors” as “good Samaritans”?

Napoleon has been in the news again recently, with the release of Scott's American film about Napoleon, universally criticized for its historical inconsistency and gross errors on all fronts. Let's take this opportunity to ask who Napoleon really is.

What’s past is prologue.  —Shakespeare

In his classic The Spiritual Combat and a Treatise on Peace of Soul, Dom Lorenzo Scupoli wrote of the absolute necessity of striving to discard the “old man” in ourselves if we want to overcome evil:

“The most effective remedy against evil is purity of heart. Everyone engaged in the spiritual combat must be armed with it, discarding the old man and putting on the new. The remedy is applied in this way. In everything that we undertake, pursue, or reject, we divest ourselves of all human considerations, and do only what is conformable to the will of God.”

The fake communist world

In Romania under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu, the concepts of “surrogate” or “substitute” had become commonplace. The lack of basic goods – especially food and clothing – was something ordinary. The long lines in front of the stores were the only constant thing you would see everywhere. Against widespread poverty, the only defense ordinary people had at their disposal was humor. That’s all that remained for them. One of the most well-known jokes from that period goes like this:

As one indication, among many, that Francis has convinced most rational observers of his heterodoxy, it is worth noting that he has developed quite a following with the Babylon Bee, a Christian satirical website, as we can see from recent articles:

December 11, 2023: “The Catholic Church announced this week Pope Francis has excommunicated the Apostle Paul over the latter's outdated views on women, families, and social issues.”

November 12, 2023: “Pope Francis has officially sacked Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas for being ‘way too Catholic.’”

October 3, 2023: “Pope Francis today released a papal decree warning Christians against going through the narrow gate, and instead encouraging everyone to take the broad road.”

These satirical observations demonstrate that the Babylon Bee has a far greater grasp of Catholic teaching — and the extent to which Francis opposes it — than Francis’s professional Catholic defenders. Should we Catholics therefore take all of this to heart and leave the Church so that we can “sleep soundly” like the Protestant man in the Babylon Bee’s December 19, 2023 article mocking Fiducia Supplicans?:

“As controversy continues to swirl following Pope Francis's pronouncement that Catholic priests are free to bless people who are in same-sex relationships, a local protestant man slept soundly due to the knowledge that he doesn't need to pay any attention to what some guy who wears a funny hat in Rome says about anything theologically.” 

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In this Underground, Michael J. Matt takes a look at the extraordinary turn of events whereby Globalism is now taking that it may well become unsustainable in the near future. 

“It is Satan who has been introduced into the bosom of the Church and within a very short time will come to rule a false Church.’’ (St. Padre Pio to Fr. Gabriel Amorth)

We have already written about the diabolical logic (or sophism).[1] We explained how the modernists do not use logic, but sophism (cunning fabrication) and based on false premises, they reach false conclusions in order to deceive people. That is why sophism can rightly be called diabolical logic.

“Be nothing solicitous; but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petition be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

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