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Friday, July 25, 2014

Men of Iron: Another Portrait of the Preconciliar Catholic Priest

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Men of Iron: Another Portrait of the Preconciliar Catholic Priest

The story of Father Kapaun is Catholic from cradle to unmarked grave. It is a testament to the indomitable Catholic spirit which even here in America has always distinguished itself by its force of goodness, grace and uniqueness.

 

That spirit touches all men, even modern men, even modern presidents. That spirit is also dying here in America. That spirit and all the good for which it was responsible on our nation’s battlefields, classrooms, halls of government, homes and neighborhoods is being crushed, cursed, banned, outlawed and persecuted.

 

What will happen to America when that spirit is no more? Where will she turn when the Father Kapaun’s are all dead and buried? Who will be her heroes then?  Who will comfort her dying soldiers?  Who will bring the light of Christ into the stifling darkness of her Godless cities?  

 

Watching President Obama—a man with whom we Catholics have nothing in common—

, I found myself pitying the man. He’s just another pawn of the ancient Enemy of our Creator. He has never known Christ; he never knew the Catholic Church which priests such as Father Kapaun served; he is the product of a broken family;  he, like millions, is a victim of the Godless new world that has turned its back on Christ; he is so lost now that even he must suspect he’ll never be found. “Father, forgive him for he knows not what he does” is all one can say for our hopeless, hapless President.

 

May God lead us all out of this valley of the shadow of death into which our beloved, if tormented, homeland has descended. God save America. Father Emil Kapaun, Pray for us. MJM

 

 

 

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

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.