Pope Francis Opens Door to Women Deacons? FeaturedBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
REMNANT COMMENT: I write these words in a hotel room in Montparnasse, Paris. Today, as Remnant pilgrims arrived in this troubled city, a protest broke out in the streets a few block from where I am now. Coming back from the TLM, our group was even momentarily delayed by a situation involving police in riot gear firing tear gas at what appeared to be neo-communist protestors who are unhappy about a new labor law.
The moment has passed but the feeling of unrest and heightened alert has not.
Our pilgrims are here on pilgrimage, ready to consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary--the only peace plan that matters. But the unrest and violence that cripples what is left of holy Christendom since they banished Christ the King from these precincts seem to be the last thing on the mind of Pope Francis. To learn of the possibility of yet another planned offensive against holy Tradition coming from Rome leaves one with the impression that indeed Francis is fiddling while the Church burns. Does he have nothing more pressing to do than bow and scrape to the radical liberal Left at a time like this?
But I have made my opinion of the Holy Father's novel approach to the papacy abundantly obvious on this website, so I'll just share with you the contents of an email that just now came in from a good and holy diocesan priest friend regarding the Pope's bombshell on women deacons: "Pope Francis is spoiling for a crisis in the Church and a papacy of unprecedented proportion if he tries to countermand Pope St. John Paul's infallible pronouncement on women and the sacrament of Holy Orders, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. Heaven help us as the Pope stands on the precipice of formal heresy."
Heaven help us indeed! This is a dark hour in the history of our beloved Church--perhaps the darkest since Calvary. The world seems to be putting the Mystical Body of Christ to death before our very eyes. And what is Peter doing?
May God help us all to keep the old Faith despite the regime of Pope Francis. We must pray for the Holy Father, as the Devil is at work in the Holy City.
Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000. Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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