Sedevacantist Watch: Siscoe and Salza Debate Cekada and DerksenWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
REMNANT COMMENT: Would that it were so easy to simply dismiss Francis the Great as a false pope.
If you’ll forgive a personal aside. Many of our sedevacantist friends seem to be inordinately motivated by what comes off as an almost insatiable desire to be vindicated. It all seems terribly personal with many of these men, who, by the way, berate us on a daily basis for being cowards, ignoramuses, and charlatans for not seeing things their way.
Given what's happening to the Church we all love, this seems odd to me. I mean, if I were a sedevacantist (and I'm not), I would read The Remnant, with its 24/7 exposé of the Modernist Pope Francis, and I'd say: "Well, hey, at least those poor slobs over at The Remnant are trying to do something to expose the threat to souls as best they know how. Sure, Francis is not the pope, we all know that, but they don't. And at least the benighted Remnant is trying to undermine our common enemy."
Is that what we see? Not on your life! Rather, we get a lot of this: "Look at those malicious sycophants over at The Remnant. They know full well that Francis is not the Pope, but in order to sell more newspapers they keep their people in the dark. They're afraid of us and of the truth. They know we're right, as we always have been—right from the start. But they’re afraid to admit it. Blah, blah, blah."
Forgive me, but such belligerent judgmentalism makes it difficult to take these men too terribly seriously. They will not allow for the prevailing diabolical disorientation to be the root cause of the R&R Remnant gang getting everything so terribly wrong. No! They absolutely KNOW that we are maliciously covering up the truth.
How do they know this, do you suppose. And since when do Catholics publicly ascribe the very worst motives to those with whom they disagree?
Here's what I actually believe with all my heart and with God as my witness: Francis is the Pope. The New Mass is technically valid. Vatican II is a legitimate Council of the Church, which the Church will one day recall. As I see it, Hell wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, an invalid Mass does not provide ample opportunity for sacrilege and callous disregard of Christ in the Eucharist as does a technically valid New Mass with its bulldozed high altar and communion rail, its sacrificial nature erased, its Communion in the hand, its Mass facing the people, its table, etc.
The problem with Vatican II is precisely that it was a validly-convened council whose documents are laced with Luciferian ambiguity. If it were merely a false or invalid Council, it would never have achieved the high degree of damage for which it is responsible all over the world. (Remember, Leo XIII heard Jesus Himself grant the Devil one hundred years to try to destroy—not replace! —His Church.)
And, let's face it, a false pope is not nearly as effective in undermining the faith as is a Modernist pope. Hell doesn’t want to organize a Halloween party inside the Vatican — Hell wants to control the real thing, and stick that in God’s face.
The easy way out of all of this is to solemnly declare from the comfort of our easy chairs that Vatican II was false, the New Mass is invalid, and Pope Francis is not the pope. On all three counts, would that it were so. Alas, it is not, and that IS the unprecedented crisis in the Church today.
We have said it before and we’ll say it again: The Mystical Body of Christ is undergoing its passion. That public passion—not unlike the first one—is cause for great scandal. They have taken His Mystical Body into custody; they’re scourging it, crowning it with thorns, and preparing to crucify it.
But to the extent that we have the courage and the faith and the hope and the grace to stay with Him--we will and we must. We must try not to run away— for all the 'right reasons'. This is our Church, our mother, and we must not content ourselves to abandon her to her enemies. As soldiers of Christ we will fight to try an rescue her wherever and whenever we possibly can but, for the most part, during this age of great apostasy, we can do little more than stay, watch and pray with Him Whom they seek to destroy.
May God grant us the strength and the fortitude to remain at the foot of His Cross.
St. Mary Magdalene, Pray for Us.
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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