When you're the Pope, you have the power to effect great change. Obviously Pope Francis knows this, evidenced by the name-day party he threw for himself, during which he invited the poverty-stricken of Rome to... eat ice cream. And luckily they got a sweet little journalist to moon over the gesture in a post as sticky and drippy as the gelato that today melted on the fingers of Rome's poor:
And with temperatures in Rome finally starting to warm up, Francis decided to cool things down for Monday's feast, asking the papal almoner's office to provide the gelato to the poor and needy served by Catholic charitable organization, Caritas.
However, the pope himself is also known to be a gelato lover, his favorite flavor being dolce de leche, according to the Vatican cookbook. An Argentine classic, dolce de leche is essentially the Latin American version of caramel, but richer.
Thanks to caramel-loving Francis of the Grand Gestures, Rome's struggling classes have been able to do other white-trash things, too. Remember the pizza party, and the circus? Apparently the noble poor of Rome have no problem being blatantly patronized in a city-wide, papal version of "presidents kissing babies".
They went to bed (on park benches and in homeless shelters) this week, still unclear as to whether or not Hell actually exists, but with the comfort of knowing that while nothing in their lives actually changed for the better, the Vatican got to promote its embattled frontman by handing out ice cream treats that someone else paid for.
Symbolism over substance...it works every time. Well played, Mr. Greg Burke!
His Excellency, Bishop Jano Battah of Syria, is against the emigration of his people because, although Europe offers many comforts, "the French Revolution has marginalized God" and modernity does not bring happiness.
COMMENT: One of the reasons why Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election is because many Americans instinctively agree with the sentiments expressed here by Bishop Battah, many of which dovetail with Trump's campaign promises to bring the troops home and stop playing Policeman of the World. Regardless of which mask it hides behind, Neocon nation-building really doesn't sit well with red-blooded, patriotic Americans.
This is why the war hawks must always conjure up a "bad guy" for us to fear and hate before dragging our country into yet another unjust (and unjustifiable) war.
But what never ceases to amaze me here in this global valley of the shadow of death called the modern world, is that we’re still expected to slog through the sophist revisionism of TV's talking heads, pony-tailed college professors, Facebook "historians" and the rest-- all about how terrible the Catholic Church of the past was, what with her “quintessentially Christian” intolerance, trumped-up antisemitism, Crusaders, and all those brutal "wars of religion".
Just look at that Spanish Inquisition, for example. I mean that alone may have wiped out HUNDREDS of innocent people! Oh, the carnage! The inhumanity!
Yes, thank goodness those barbaric Ages of Faith are behind us now, so that we can all merrily tiptoe through the tulips and lollipops (and No-Go Zones) of the New World Order.
I realize most moderns haven't cracked a non-fiction book since high school, but I’m genuinely mystified by how so many can get it so wrong and with such consistency. How, for example, can a moderately literate human being close a blind eye to the string of genocides committed over the past few hundred years by post-Christian nations, while getting all indignant over Christian Crusades that took place some thousand years ago?
How can anyone decry with a straight face comparative nothing-burgers such as the Spanish Inquisition just fifty years after the atheist Joseph Stalin wiped out 50,000,000 people from his own thoroughly Christophobic Empire? Where is the wayward Christian king in history whose alleged crimes are even remotely akin to that?
Millions upon millions of corpses have been piled in open graves all over the world since the Enlightenment’s very first act of genocide—ordered in the name of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, mind you—that claimed the lives of half a million French Catholics slaughtered in the Vendee by their own “enlightened” countrymen. Those pioneer “champions of liberty” hadn’t even finished mopping up the blood from their ‘reign of terror’ (which included regicide) before they'd moved south to wipe out men, women and children by the hundreds of thousands with whom they disagreed. And what was their "crime"? Faithful adherence to the Catholic religion, of course.
The blood started flowing in Paris, and then it moved down into Brittany and western France, and eventually into the killing fields of Europe, overrun by Hitler's Nazis and Stalin's Communists, where the "tree of liberty" still needed to be "refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Finally, even China got into the genocide business at the hands of a supremely anti-Catholic madman called Chairman Mao.
And now all the countries of former Christendom, as well as the New World--once reclaimed from the serpent and dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe by "evil" Catholic explorers--are being overrun by the ancient enemies of Christianity, and there's no secular power on earth that can stand up to them.
The Enlightenment’s non serviam to Christ the King has finally succeeded in plunging the modern world into the chaos of terrorism and unending war, with the anti-Catholic confessional states fixated on developing better war machines and horrifically efficient techniques for exterminating millions with the push of a button. They're promoting formerly-unthinkable (to the kings and queens of Christendom) concepts such as total war, the bombing of cities, and the chemical extermination of children born and unborn.
Tell me, how exactly is this the Age of Enlightenment while glorious Christendom was the Age of Darkness, i.e., the Dark Ages?
And now with everybody’s favorite whipping boy, the Catholic Church—architect of Western Civilization—assuming the fetal position beneath the jackboots of Lady Liberty, the sons of the Enlightenment rule the world. Their bombs and their guns “make the world safe for democracy”. Their weapons of mass destruction threaten countries hemispheres away that are less than eager to adopt Enlightenment values such as abortion on demand, gay 'marriage', ubiquitous porn, crappy fast food and the total annihilation of sovereignty, family and God.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, but the Crusaders sacked Constantinople! Sacked it, I tell you…sacked it!
Well, you know what? I’ll take my chances with those guys any day. But from the tyranny of an enlightened New World Order, spare us O Lord!
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I just find it interesting that even non-Catholics can see exactly what Pope Francis is up to while the neo-Catholic faithful remain in the bliss of self-deception and denial.
Wake up, Neo-Catholics!
In August FirstThings reported on the vocation crisis in Europe. Included was the desperate appeal to Rome of a thriving new order of priests from Belgium. The Fraternity of the Holy Apostles was threatened with dissolution by a newly-appointed Cardinal who took offense at the order’s, well, Catholicism:
In Germany, vocations have become practically nonexistent. In 2016, there was just one new seminarian in Munich, the historic capital city of German Catholicism. In Belgium, the situation is perhaps still worse. In 2016, there was not a single new Francophone seminarian in the country. The heroic André-Joseph Léonard, archbishop of Brussels from 2010 to 2015, had given life to a new association, the Fraternity of the Holy Apostles. In a period of three years, the Fraternity had assembled twenty-one seminarians and six priests. The current archbishop of Brussels, Jozef De Kesel, was appointed a cardinal immediately upon his installation—an honor denied to Léonard. De Kesel quickly dissolved the Fraternity. The official reason was formal and flimsy; the real one was substantial. The Fraternity was not liberal enough; it respected tradition.
Since then, the order appealed to Rome. They were in the process of appealing to the Apostolic Signatura, the highest Vatican court, but the Pope personally intervened in the legal process by decree. Without waiting for ecclesiastical justice to follow its natural course, Pope Francis definitively dissolved the Fraternity for being hated by the anti-Catholic Cardinal of Brussels, Jozef De Kesel.
GloriaTV explains further: But in a time of mass-immigration, De Kesel claimed that the group needed to be dissolved because “too many” of them were French while in the national seminary in Namur out of 80 seminarians only 25 are from Belgium.
On April 12 Marco Tosatti, writing on LaNuovaBQ.it, broke the news that an appeal in front of the Apostolic Signature by laypeople against the killing of the community has been stopped by Pope Francis because the judges were in favour of accepting it.
Catholics gathered to pray for the preservation of the order.
Tosatti calls this an “ugly story” that certainly does not cast a good light on Pope Francis.
The biggest religious group in Brussels is Islam.
Brussels is not an isolated case, of course:
Remember the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate? Rich in vocations both in Europe and in Africa, inspired by St. Maximilian Kolbe and approved by John Paul II. But five years ago it was put under the authority of a Vatican commissioner, and one year ago it was dissolved by Pope Francis.
There is the similar case of the Family of the Incarnate Word. This religious order, begun in Argentina in the 1980s, has more than one thousand members in twenty-six countries on five continents, including in regions where nobody else is willing to go. The Family has roughly 800 seminarians. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, then archbishop of Buenos Aires and president of the Argentine bishops’ conference, did not care for the Family. He made reference to it, while addressing the bishops: “In Latin America we happen to find in small groups, and in some of the new religious orders, an exaggerated drift to doctrinal or disciplinary security.” At one time, he blocked the ordination of the Family’s priests for three years. The founder, again, is more or less segregated from his order.
COMMENT: We're well aware of the fact that there are often “two sides to the story” when it comes to cases such as these. We do not pretend to have "inside dope" on this one, and I would imagine the various factions have differing accounts of what this is all about.
We do, however, see a pattern here. The Pope, who promotes the likes of Father James Martin and even runs cover for predators such as Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, can be relied upon to spring into action against priests with an orthodox or traditionalist bent.
Cardinal Burke and his allies have been waiting since September of 2016 for Pope Francis to answer their urgent request for clarification of Amoris Laetitia. But like the wartime refugees waiting for the plane to Lisbon in the old movie, Casablanca, they wait and wait and wait…
Pope's a busy man, I get it... but evidently not too busy to act with lightning speed on behalf of the Brussels' cardinal who had a Church of Accompaniment crisis on his hands—entirely too many vocations in a Tradition-leaning order of priests.
Then there's the Society of Saint Pius X which feels confident that the “friendship” of the Argentinian pope—whose apparent goal is to rid the entire Church of Faith and Tradition—will somehow shield them from the proactive modus operandi of the Bergoglian steamroller.
Let’s pray that God will somehow provide an invisible cloak or something similar for our friends in the SSPX, should they ever come under the fatherly benevolence of Pope Francis the Great.
The Christian leaders of Syria issued a reality check for the war hawks:
1) This brutal aggression is a clear violation of the international laws and the UN Charter, because it is an unjustified assault on a sovereign country, member of the UN.
2) It causes us great pain that this assault comes from powerful countries to which Syria did not cause any harm in any way.
3) The allegations of the USA and other countries that the Syrian army is using chemical weapons and that Syria is a country that owns and uses this kind of weapon, is a claim that is unjustified and unsupported by sufficient and clear evidence.
4) The timing of this unjustified aggression against Syria, when the independent International Commission for Inquiry was about to start its work in Syria, undermines of the work of this commission.
5) This brutal aggression destroys the chances for a peaceful political solution and leads to escalation and more complications.
6) This unjust aggression encourages the terrorist organizations and gives them momentum to continue in their terrorism.
7) We call upon the Security Council of the United Nations to play its natural role in bringing peace rather than contribute to escalation of wars.
8) We call upon all churches in the countries that participated in the aggression, to fulfill their Christian duties, according to the teachings of the Gospel, and condemn this aggression and to call their governments to commit to the protection of international peace.
9) We salute the courage, heroism and sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army which courageously protects Syria and provide security for its people. We pray for the souls of the martyrs and the recovery of the wounded. We are confident that the army will not bow before the external or internal terrorist aggressions; they will continue to fight courageously against terrorism until every inch of the Syrian land is cleansed from terrorism. We, likewise, commend the brave stand of countries which are friendly to the Syria and its people.
COMMENT: This statement was issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholic, released in Damascus on April 14, 2018. Presumably, these Christians on the ground know a bit more about what actually happened there than does Anderson Cooper.
Even if President al-Assad had "gassed his own people" — which is laughable on its face — this is still not a crime for America to adjudicate, prosecute and penalize. There are state-sponsored atrocities going on all over the world, with death tolls that dwarf the supposed number of victims in this case. And yet we don’t bomb those countries.
Take China, for instance. Why isn't CNN broadcasting heart-breaking images of the dead baby Chinese girls that result from China's mandatory two-child policy, so that we can get behind some missile strikes on that country?
Ah, but that country can fight back. Besides, Israel doesn't have a pressing need for China to be wiped off the face of the earth.
Right, so let’s get back to the show: President al-Assad gassed his own people, and we righteous Americans cannot—WILL not—sit by and let babies die in Syria, dammit! Sure, we wipe out millions of the little people here at home. But that’s different. For one thing, that's legal, whereas chemical weapons are illegal. If you're going to kill babies you gotta make sure it's LEGAL!
If this insanity isn't checked, the embattled President Trump can forget about whatever re-election bid he may have in mind. He has few friends in the Swamp as it is, and even fewer supporters. If he loses his base by becoming a neocon puppet like George Bush, he loses everything.
So, what's really going on here?
Donald Trump is a man accustomed to getting his way. I honestly believe he doesn’t know how to handle the bullies standing in his way right now, i.e., the deep state, CNN, RINOs. With all of his billions, it's likely he's never actually been bullied before and, quite frankly, he’s not very good at it—thus the reactionary tweets.
The Swamp creatures have their own billions, and they seem to be breaking him down. More and more we see the President with his arms crossed awkwardly over his chest, a dead-giveaway sign of defensiveness and isolation. Understandably, Trump is a man on the ropes. But taking refuge in the arms of neo-cons isn't the answer. He won the presidency precisely by opposing them. And if he goes down that road now, he’s a one-termer.
On the other hand, Trump's heart was clearly not in the strikes on Syria. Only days before, he'd announced he would be pulling U.S. troops out of Syria. But that was before al-Assad had—a-hem—gassed his own people. Come to think of it, maybe that's WHY al-Assad “gassed his own people.” RED ALERT: Trump's about to make a serious America First move. Cue video of suffering babies. Get CNN on the line! Get me some photoshopped visuals of al-Assad looking vaguely Hitlerian.
But Trump’s retaliation against Syria seemed so forced. First it was delayed and then conducted in a manner that satisfied really no one. The surgical strikes on alleged "chemical weapons plants" -- so careful to avoid civilian and Russian targets -- were nowhere near enough for the hawks and way too much for the doves. So what was accomplished here? A token bombing to keep us in Syria, please Israel and alienate Russia. Mission accomplished. Dog wagged.
Mr. President, enough already. Stick to your guns—the American-made ones—and bring our troops home!
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This Week's Highlight:
Francis Using Chinese Communists, Not the Other Way Around
by Jason Morgan
Of all Bergoglio’s outrages against the Magisterium, none so neatly illustrates his plan to end Catholicism as his ongoing, slow-motion pas de deux with the Chinese Communist Party.
Please, God... not again!
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This new victory means that the Hungarian Right now has control over the country's Constitution. Take that, Soros!
A fierce opponent of the insufferable globalist, George Soros, Prime Minister Viktor Orban is being maligned as a "racist" by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein and, of course, a "hater" by his political opponents who lost by an embarrassingly large margin.
All of this has left the New York Times in a panic, as evidenced in an April 8 2018 column by Marc Santora:
Mr. Orban’s victory is likely to embolden other leaders who have used a similar playbook, including those in nearby Poland, where the governing party has openly emulated his tactics.
Mr. Orban built his campaign on castigating Western nations as a hostile, multicultural force, where Muslim immigrants ran wild and where traditional family values were under constant assault.
Viktor Orbán has declared victory, after near-complete results showed a crushing win for his rightwing coalition.
The three-time prime minister is expected to win a super-majority, with preliminary results showing that his Fidesz-KDNP alliance on course to win 133 seats, out of 199.
In a brief speech to supporters, Orbán said it was a decisive victory:
We created the opportunity to defend Hungary. A great battle is behind us. We have achieved a decisive victory.
COMMENT: Hungary's Constitution already begins with these words: "We are proud that our king, Saint Stephen, built the Hungarian State on solid ground and made our country a part of Christian Europe more than a thousand years ago."
The preamble to the Constitution declares: "We recognize the role of Christianity in preserving nationhood..."
After yesterday's sweeping victory, Fidesz, Orban's party, now has the power to change the Constitution with an even more pro-Christian, pro-life, pro-family, pro-nation bent.
From the diabolical European Union and the wrath of the United Nations, O Lord deliver Hungary.
So as the "mess" created by Pope Francis reaches critical mass, many are rather eagerly looking ahead to the next conclave to see who might finally succeed the most humble pope in history.
In his March 20, 2018 column at Crux.com, "Could O’Malley be the center-right candidate for the next pope?", acclaimed Vatican expert, John L. Allen, Jr, opined on this:
Looks like Fr. Longenecker is onto something…
Pope Francis Told Me…
…and I read it on the Internet so it must be true!
The latest gossip is that an Argentinian nun says Pope Francis told her that it was okay for women to use various forms of birth control and sterilization.
Surely not, but then again maybe.
Really? But then who can say for sure?
You can’t believe all this stuff, but then again maybe you can.
In his book To Change the Church Ross Douthat observes that this is actually the way Pope Francis works, and the way Jesuits have worked in the past. They chip away and chip away–never quite saying what they mean but never quite denying it either.
You’ll notice this is how James Martin works, for example. He never supports same sex marriage, but then he never condemns it either. If the document doesn’t forbid something they take it as given that it is not only allowed but preferred.
So the pope says something outside the box and everybody gets nervous.
Then the Vatican communications people go into damage control mode and only make things worse.
So let’s assume that the pope really did tell an Argentinian feminist nun that certain forms of birth control are ok.
Then the Communications Office says something bland like, “These words are not necessarily an accurate report of the Holy Father’s exact wording.”
What they don’t do is issue a stout denial like “The Pope never spoke to that woman.” nor do they issue an unambiguous clarification. Neither do they issue a statement from the pope affirming without doubt that he upholds Catholic doctrine and morals.
As a result more confusion, more doubt, more questions about the pope’s ability, his intentions and his game plan.
Well, maybe there is another angle as well. It could be that the pope wishes to foster confusion. In other words, he’s being unclear, ambiguous and open ended on purpose. Over at CRUX John Allen highlights the pope’s Holy Week speeches and homilies and paints the pope as “the great iconoclast” and the idol the pope is pushing over and breaking is what he calls the “idol of truth.” Read the Rest HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Although it’s no secret that we here at The Remnant have come to cyber-blows in the past with Father Longenecker, I maintain that he is an honest man of integrity who is genuinely interested in defending the truth. His conclusion is something we can all rally around—rad trad and non-rad trad alike:
Furthermore, while knowledgeable Catholics can dismiss headlines like, “Pope Says No Hell” you can be sure that our separated brethren read this and write off the Catholic Church as being just like any other liberal Protestant denomination.
They’re not right, but I can understand their reasoning.
All the more reason for Catholics at the local level to up their ante and be more radiantly, positively, joyfully Catholic. Now is the time for some truly dynamic, radical Catholicism to appear.
Indeed! God bless Father Longenecker for this courageous article. May more of his brother priests be encouraged by his priestly example to speak out and lead the scattering flock in the direction of faithful adherence to the traditional Catholic truth...no matter what Modernist balderdash might still be forthcoming from the Eternal City.