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Happy Anniversary, Francis. Can we get our Church back now?

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Happy Anniversary, Francis. Can we get our Church back now?

Ten years ago, I was standing outside of St. Peter's Basilica when the white smoke rose up over the roof of the Sistine. It was dark and rainy by the time we first heard that weird little voice I've since learned to loathe: "Buona Sera".

As I looked up at him on the loggia, a feeling came over me that can only be described as debilitating dread mixed with a faint sense of the demonic. The South American Jesuit then said something about us "blessing him," and the next thing I remember is being pushed and pulled by the massive crowd as everyone pressed to get out of the rain.

It was chaotic. A bunch of us found refuge in a bar just down the street, but a bar on the Borgo was not nearly far enough removed for us or anyone else to escape the evil that was being unleashed on the world that dark night ten years ago.

God help us all, God save the Church, and from Jorge Mario Bergoglio, libera nos, Domine.eclipse cartoon francis

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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.