The Remnant Will Never Forget
The Remnant devotes this section of our exclusively to testimonies by those who lived through the revolution of the Second Vatican Council.
This page is reserved for those who saw what happened, or heard what happened from those who did, and who truly understand how Catholic families were blown apart. Visitors who have personal reflections, or memories of traditionalists pioneers, or reminicences of the revolution are encouraged to tell their stories and share their pictures here. . . so that we will never forget.
RTV Covers Vatican Sex Abuse Summit in Rome
Remnant TV was in Rome this past week covering the Vatican’s clerical sexual abuse summit on the “protection of minors”. It seemed a dismal assignment, to be sure, but the reason it was necessary for The Remnant to be in the Eternal City was so we could throw in with our traditional Catholic allies in Rome who’d organized an act of formal resistance to the Vatican sham summit.
Going in, we all knew that the ultimate goal of the summit was to establish child abuse—not rampant homosexuality in the priesthood—as the main cause of a crisis in the Catholic Church which now rivals that of the Protestant Revolt. (Remnant TV coverage of this event as well as the Vatican summit itself, can be found on The Remnant’s YouTube channel, and for your convenience is laid out below:View items...
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"In reference to Canon 1370, which imposes automatic excommunication for “physical violence” against the Roman Pontiff, Archbishop Fisichella said:
“I would say that we need to understand well ‘physical violence,’ because sometimes words, too, are rocks and stones, and therefore I believe some of these sins, too, are far more widespread than we might think.”
"Archbishop Fisichella’s comments will be interpreted by many as an attempt to silence faithful Catholics who are deeply concerned by the direction currently being taken by those who hold offices at the highest levels of the Church. READ FULL STORY HERE
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An Urgent Appeal to Pope Francis to Either Change Course or Renounce the Petrine Office
December 8, 2015
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Pope Celestine V (r. 1294), recognizing his incapacity for the office to which he had so unexpectedly been elected as the hermit Peter of Morrone, and seeing the grave harm his bad governance had caused, resigned the papacy after a reign of only five months. He was canonized in 1313 by Pope Clement V. Pope Boniface VIII, removing any doubt about the validity of such an extraordinary papal act, confirmed in perpetuity (ad perpetuam rei memoriam) that “the Roman Pontiff may freely resign.”
A growing number of Catholics, including cardinals and bishops, are coming to recognize that your pontificate, also the result of an unexpected election, is likewise causing grave harm to the Church. It has become impossible to deny that you lack either the capacity or the will to do what your predecessor rightly observed a pope must do: “constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.”
We cannot get discouraged. We must not form a circular firing squad. We cannot give in to bitterness and fear and anger. There was none of that at the foot of the first Cross and there must be none of it now at the foot of the new Cross on which the Mystical Body of Christ is being crucified. Read this article, hug your kids, pray your beads, and keep the old Faith. MJM
On Prayer [by St. Alphonsous Liguori]: O most Sorrowful and Immaculate Mother, thou didst weep so bitterly over thy Son Who died for my salvation. Thy Son is now dead on the Cross—that Son so loving, who loved thee so much! Weep, for thou hast reason to weep. Who can ever bring thee any consolation? Only this thought can console thee: that, by His death, Jesus conquered hell, opened heaven, and gained so many souls. From the throne of the Cross, He shall reign in many hearts, which, conquered by His love, will serve Him with love and devotion.
This just in from the Catholic Herald: "The bishops of England and Wales have appealed to Rome to change the Good Friday prayer for Jews as it is said in the Extraordinary Form.
The prayer reads: “Let us also pray for the Jews: that our God and Lord may illuminate their hearts, that they acknowledge Jesus Christ is the Saviour of all men.”
The prayer was revised by Benedict XVI in 2008 after he permitted wider celebration of Mass in the older form with his apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum. Previously the prayer had included references to the “blindness” of Jewish people and their “immersion in darkness”.
But the prayer remains different from the Novus Ordo version introduced after the Second Vatican Council, which reads: “Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant.”
Archbishop Kevin McDonald, chairman of the bishops’ Committee for Catholic-Jewish Relations, said the difference had caused “great confusion and upset in the Jewish community”. READ MORE HERE
International Federation of Una Voce Press Release:
On the Good Friday 'Prayer for the Jews'
For immediate release.
The Prayer for the Jews used in the Extraordinary Form Good Friday Liturgy continues to be a source of comment and misunderstanding, and the FIUV wishes to respond as follows.
Statement by the President of the FIUV, Felipe Alanís Suárez
It was to avoid misunderstandings of the Prayer for the Jews that Pope Benedict XVI composed the 2008 version of the prayer, which is clearly based on what is essential to Christianity: the acceptance of Christ as the saviour of the whole world, and the desire that all persons be saved.
Jews are mentioned because of their special role in the history of salvation, and the special concern we must have for our ‘elder brothers’ (as Pope St John Paul II called them). The prayer looks forward to the incorporation of the Jewish people, of which Our Lord Jesus Christ and His first disciples were all members, in the salvation won for the human race by Christ on the Cross, a reconciliation which, as St Paul teaches, will be fulfilled only towards the end of history.
The FIUV is convinced that any possible continuing misunderstanding regarding the Good Friday Prayer for the Jews can be resolved in the context of the Magisterium of the Church, without veiling the treasures of our Faith.
We, as faithful attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, acknowledge that to ask of our Lord for the grace of sharing with all our brothers the joy of salvation in Jesus Christ, is an act of humility and selfless love, and a spiritual work of mercy.
The FIUV entirely rejects all hatred and hostility towards the Jewish people, and all forms of unjust discrimination.
1. Although the Novus Ordo Good Friday Prayer for the Jews does not explicitly refer to Jews acknowledging Christ as Saviour, other prayers in the revised liturgy do so. The Novus Ordo Vespers of Easter Sunday includes the prayer ‘Let Israel recognize in you the Messiah it has longed for’; the Morning Office of 30th December includes the prayer ‘Christ, Son of David, fulfilment of the prophecies, may the Jewish people accept you as their awaited Deliverer [Latin: Messiah].’
2. In their daily prayers, Jews pray for the conversion of ‘all of the impious of the earth’. Rabbi Jacob Neusner, responding to criticisms of the 2008 Prayer for the Jews, pointed out the parallel with the Prayer for the Jews and remarked ‘The Catholic prayer manifests the same altruistic spirit that characterizes the faith of Judaism.’ (Die Tagespost,23 Feb 2008)
3. Walter, Cardinal Kasper, defended the 2008 prayer, explaining that a hope that Jews accept Christ, which may be fulfilled only by God, rather than by targeted proselytism, and eschatologically (at the end of history), is nothing more than a necessary consequence of the Christian faith.
A sincere dialogue between Jews and Christians, …is possible only, on the one hand, on the basis of a shared faith in one God, creator of heaven and earth, and in the promises made to Abraham and to the Fathers; and on the other, in the awareness and respect of the fundamental difference that consists in faith in Jesus as Christ and Redeemer of all men. (L'Osservatore Romano 10th April 2008)
1. The prayer used today in the Extraordinary Form was composed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, in response to concerns about the wording of the previously used prayer, and runs as follows:
Let us also pray for the Jews: that our God and Lord may illuminate their hearts, that they acknowledge Jesus Christ is the Saviour of all men.
2. It is recited, in Latin, once a year, in the small number of churches worldwide where the Good Friday Liturgy is celebrated in the Extraordinary Form. It forms part of a series of prayers for different categories of persons, both within and without the Church, the latter including heretics and pagans. In each case the celebrant prays for God’s graces for them. This pattern is followed in the reformed, 1970 (‘Novus Ordo’) Missal, although the wording of the prayers is different.
3. The prayer is based on Scripture, notably St Paul. The image of ‘light’ penetrating the hearts of the Jews is drawn from 2 Cor 4:3-6; St Paul speaks of the eventual conversion of the Jews in Romans 11:25-26. Romans 11:29 says of the Jewish Covenant that God ‘never revokes His promises’, which is quoted by Vatican II’s Nostra aetate, and by Pope St John Paul II, as the basis for a special affection and respect which Christians owe the Jewish people.
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 The full text of the article can be seen in English here: http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/193041?eng=y
 The full text can be found in English here: http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/197381?eng=y
 The different versions of the Good Friday Prayer for the Jews can be found on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday_prayer_for_the_Jews
 Romans 11:29: ‘For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance.’ Quoted by Nostra aetate 4, and Pope St Jophn Paul II in his Address to the Jewish Community of Berlin on 17th November 1980.
Una Voce Press Release: Pope Benedict's Prayer for Jews ‘should be updated,’ say England and Wales bishopsWritten by The Remnant Newspaper
In one of Remnant TV’s new “Sunday Sermons from South St. Paul”, that France—the great Catholic jewel of holy Christendom—is no longer the ‘eldest daughter of the Church.’ That daughter, says Father, is dead, and France today is the youngest daughter of Mohammed.
God help us, it would seem that Father is quite right.
"Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions," Francis said, as reported by the National Catholic Reporter’s Vatican correspondent, Joshua McElwee, and similarly by other journalists on the plane. "We Catholics have some -- and not some, many -- who believe in the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil."
"They do evil," said the pope. "I say this because it is my church."
"On the same flight a journalist asked about the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS and if it was time for the Church to change its position.
"The pope acknowledged that condoms are one method of prevention, saying that the Church was faced with a perplexity of whether to follow the fifth commandment (Thou shalt not kill) “or that sexual relations are open to life.”
"He dismissed this however as ‘not the problem’ and said it reminded him of the question asked Jesus, “Tell me, teacher, is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? Is it obligatory to heal?’
"While in Africa the pope used very strong language to promote the climate change agreement at the Paris climate summit that started today..." READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: To our neo-Catholic brothers and sisters: Now does Pope Francis concern you? If not now, then when and what's it going to take?
O, my people,
Can you hear the howling wind
And the bleating of the sheep?
Can you see the darkened sky
And the dimming of the moon?
Can you hear the women weep
And the little children cry
When the fire burns
And the arrows fly
And the walls come crashing down?
Catholic culture is ruined. It has been turned upside down and inside out. Nothing means the same thing anymore; nothing makes sense. There is a battle raging for our minds and the Church Militant is losing. There is no will to fight, no banner to uphold, no trumpets to sound or bugles to play. The Catholic world has caved. Abaddon is raging like a bull through the City.
"In his article, titled “The Romantic, Poor Church,” Katholisch.de editor Björn Odendahl writes:
So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions (of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result not only of missionary power but also a result of the fact that the priesthood is one of the few possibilities for social security on the dark continent."Huizenga said that such an article has no place on a bishops’ conference website." READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT See what Francis hath wrought! There is something particularly loathsome about racism, and when it comes from German Catholic hierarchy it reeks of rotten NAZI ideologues. All indications point to the cooperation and input by Pope Francis in his promotion and statements concerning the Kasperian Ostpolitik incorporated into the contraversial Synod on the Family.
Unless and until Pope Francis corrects the direction of the Rhine, the Church will drown in its wake. I pity those who for whatever reasons are still locked into the belief that Pope Francis is chiefly concerned with pleasing God. On the contrary, he seems to be amused by the contradiction of what Jesus said and did vs. what the humble Pope's 'new Church' wants to say and do.
Soft racism’: German Bishops’ website attributes African Catholics’ strong faith to simplemindednessWritten by James Cunningham
Those social commentators suspect that there is something about zombie lore that speaks to us in the modern era, that somehow amidst our comfort and prosperity, we have never been more fragile. They posit that somehow our golden lives, compared to every generation that came before, are more fragile, that something isn’t right and we know it. That the life we lead, like the zombies, gives the appearance of life, but is truly dead.
I think there might be something to this analysis (although not in the way they likely mean it.) Of all the zombie storytelling that has occurred these past decades, there is one zombie movie that stands out in my mind as social commentary, directly tapping into the vein. That one story that stands out above all the others, which should almost go without saying, is the slacker cinema classic “Shaun of the Dead.”