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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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Down in the catacombs, Michael Matt looks at the startling ramifications of the official Vatican stamp commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Revolt. The stamp includes the same Crucifixion scene that appears on the facade of the Lutheran Cathedral in Lund, Sweden—the work of a Protestant artist that substitutes the image of Our Lady at the foot of the Cross with that of arch-heretic Martin Luther. Why would Francis honor a 350-pound degenerate ex-priest who ran off with a Cistercian nun of 26 years? Luther, the excommunicated heretic St. Thomas More called an "agent of the Antichrist”!
This just in from National Catholic Register: Cardinal Burke Addresses the 'Dubia' One Year After Their Publication
In wishing to honor two recently deceased cardinals, the American cardinal makes a final plea to the Holy Father for clarity, saying the “grave” situation is “continually worsening” and that it is “urgent” the Pope “confirm his brothers in the faith.”
One year to the day since the dubia were made public, Cardinal Raymond Burke has made a final plea to the Holy Father to clarify key aspects of his moral teaching, saying the gravity of the situation is “continually worsening.”
In a Nov. 14 interview with the Register, Cardinal Burke said he was turning again “to the Holy Father and to the whole Church” to emphasize “how urgent it is that, in exercising the ministry he has received from the Lord, the Pope should confirm his brothers in the faith with a clear expression of the teaching regarding both Christian morality and the meaning of the Church’s sacramental practice.”
On Sept. 19 last year, Cardinal Burke, along with Cardinal Walter Brandmüller and recently deceased Cardinals Joachim Meisner and Carlo Caffarra, signed the dubia to the Pope. They made the initiative public on Nov. 14, 2016, when it became clear the Holy Father would not respond.
Aimed at clarifying disputed passages of Chapter 8 of his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, the five-question dubia — an ancient and customary practice aimed at clarifying areas of doctrine — sought to ascertain, among other matters, whether previous Church teaching forbidding civilly “remarried” divorcees engaging in sexual relations to receive the sacraments remained in force.
Since Amoris Laetitia was published in April 2016, some bishops’ conferences, drawing on the exhortation, have said certain civilly-remarried divorcees can now receive the sacraments depending on their personal circumstances, while other bishops, basing their position on the Church’s perennial teaching, say they cannot.
“The concern was and is to determine precisely what the Pope wanted to teach as Successor of Peter,” Cardinal Burke said.
“Far from diminishing the importance of our questions,” the current situation only makes them “still more pressing,” he added.
He also made it clear in this fresh interview that he intends to honor the two deceased cardinals by underlining the position of the dubia signatories and by giving a summary of the situation.
Edward Pentin: Your Eminence, at what stage are we since you, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller and the two recently deceased cardinals, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner, made the dubia public a year ago this week?
Cardinal Burke: One year after the publication of the dubia on Amoris Laetitia, which have not received any response from the Holy Father, we observe an increasing confusion about the ways of interpreting the apostolic exhortation. Hence our concern for the Church’s situation and for her mission in the world becomes ever more urgent. I, of course, remain in regular communication with Cardinal Walter Brandmüller regarding these gravest of matters. Both of us remain in profound union with the two late Cardinals Joachim Meisner and Carlo Caffarra, who have passed away in the course of the last months. Thus I once again present the gravity of the situation, which is continually worsening.
Much has been said about the dangers of the ambiguous nature of Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, stressing that it is open to much interpretation. Why is clarity so important?
Clarity in teaching does not imply any rigidity, which would impede people from walking on the Gospel path, but, on the contrary, clarity provides the light necessary for accompanying families on the way of Christian discipleship. It is obscurity that keeps us from seeing the path and that hinders the evangelizing action of the Church. As Jesus says, “Night comes, when no one can work” (John 9:4).
Could you explain more about the current situation in light of the dubia?
The current situation, far from diminishing the importance of the dubia or questions, makes them still more pressing. It is not at all, as some have suggested, a matter of an “affected ignorance,” which poses doubts only because it is unwilling to accept a given teaching. Rather, the concern was and is to determine precisely what the Pope wanted to teach as Successor of Peter. Thus the questions arise from the recognition of the Petrine office that Pope Francis has received from the Lord for the purpose of confirming his brothers in the faith. The magisterium is God’s gift to the Church to provide clarity on issues that regard the deposit of the faith. By their very nature, affirmations that lack this clarity cannot be qualified expressions of the magisterium.
Why is it so dangerous, in your view, for there to be differing interpretations of Amoris Laetitia, particularly over the pastoral approach of those living in irregular unions, and specifically over civilly-remarried divorcees not living in continence and receiving Holy Communion?
It is evident that some of Amoris Laetitia’s indications regarding essential aspects of the faith and of the practice of the Christian life have received various interpretations that are divergent and at times incompatible with each other. This incontestable fact confirms that these indications are ambivalent, permitting a variety of readings, many of which are in contrast to Catholic doctrine. The questions we cardinals have raised thus regard what exactly the Holy Father has taught and how his teaching harmonizes with the deposit of the faith, given that the magisterium “is not above the word of God, but serves it, teaching only what has been handed on, listening to it devoutly, guarding it scrupulously and explaining it faithfully in accord with a divine commission and with the help of the Holy Spirit; it draws from this one deposit of faith everything which it presents for belief as divinely revealed” (Vatican Council II, dogmatic constitution Dei Verbum, 10).
Hasn’t the Pope made clear where he stands through his letter to Argentine bishops, in which he said there is “no other interpretation” than the guidelines those bishops issued — guidelines that left open the possibility of some sexually active unmarried couples receiving the Holy Eucharist?
Contrary to what some have claimed, we cannot consider the Pope’s letter to the bishops of the region of Buenos Aires, written shortly before receiving the dubia and containing comments on the bishops’ pastoral guidelines, an adequate response to the questions posed. On the one hand, these guidelines can be interpreted in different ways; on the other, it is not clear that this letter is a magisterial text, in which the Pope intended to speak to the universal Church as the Successor of Peter. The fact that the letter first became known because it had been leaked to the press — and was only later made public by the Holy See — raises a reasonable doubt about the Holy Father’s intention to direct it to the universal Church. In addition, it would turn out to be quite astonishing — and contrary to Pope Francis’ explicitly formulated desire to leave the concrete application of Amoris Laetitia to the bishops of each country (Amoris Laetitia, 3) — that now he should impose on the universal Church what are only the concrete directives of a particular region. And shouldn’t the different dispositions promulgated by various bishops in their dioceses from Philadelphia to Malta then all be considered invalid? A teaching that is not sufficiently determined with respect to its authority and its effective content cannot cast into doubt the clarity of the Church’s constant teaching, which, in any case, remains always normative.
Are you also concerned that, by some bishops’ conferences allowing certain remarried divorcees living more uxorio (having sexual relations) to receive Holy Communion without a firm purpose of amendment, they are contradicting previous papal teaching, in particular Pope St. John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio?
Yes, the dubia or questions remain open. Those who assert that the discipline taught by Familiaris Consortio, 84 has changed contradict each other when it comes to explaining the reasons and the consequences. Some go as far as to say that the divorced in a new union, who continue to live more uxorio, do not find themselves in an objective state of mortal sin (citing in support Amoris Laetitia, 303); others deny this interpretation (citing in support Amoris Laetitia, 305), yet completely leave it up to the judgment of conscience to determine the criteria of access to the sacraments. It seems that the goal of the interpreters is to arrive, in whatever way, at a change in discipline, while the reasons they adduce to this end are of no importance, nor do they show any concern about how much they put into danger essential matters of the deposit of faith.
What tangible effect has this mix of interpretations had?
This hermeneutical confusion has already produced a sad result. In fact, the ambiguity regarding a concrete point of the pastoral care of the family has led some to propose a paradigm shift regarding the Church’s entire moral practice, the foundations of which have been authoritatively taught by St. John Paul II in his encyclical Veritatis Splendor.
Indeed, a process has been put into motion that is subversive of essential parts of the Tradition. Concerning Christian morality, some claim that absolute moral norms need to be relativized and that a subjective, self-referential conscience needs to be given a — ultimately equivocal — primacy in matters touching morals. What is at stake, therefore, is in no way secondary to the kerygma or basic Gospel message. We are speaking about whether or not a person’s encounter with Christ can, by the grace of God, give form to the path of the Christian life so that it may be in harmony with the Creator’s wise design. To understand how far-reaching these proposed changes are, it is enough to think of what would happen if this reasoning were to be applied to other cases, such as that of a medical doctor performing abortions, of a politician belonging to a ring of corruption, of a suffering person deciding to make a request for assisted suicide ...
Some have said the most pernicious effect of all of this is that it represents an attack on the sacraments as well as the Church’s moral teaching. How is this so?
Over and above the moral debate, the sense of the ecclesial sacramental practice is increasingly eroding in the Church, especially when it comes to the sacraments of penance and the Eucharist. The decisive criterion for admission to the sacraments has always been the coherence of a person’s way of life with the teachings of Jesus. If instead the decisive criterion were now to become the absence of a person’s subjective culpability — as some interpreters of Amoris Laetitia have suggested — would this not change the very nature of the sacraments? In fact, the sacraments are not private encounters with God, nor are they means of social integration into a community. Rather, they are visible and effective signs of our incorporation into Christ and his Church, in and by which the Church publicly professes and actuates her faith. Thus, by turning a person’s subjective diminished culpability or lack of culpability into the decisive criterion for the admission to the sacraments, one would endanger the very regula fidei, the rule of faith, which the sacraments proclaim and actuate not only by words, but also by visible gestures. How could the Church continue to be the universal sacrament of salvation if the meaning of the sacraments were to be emptied of its content?
Despite you and many others, including more than 250 academics and priests who have signed a filial correction, clearly having very serious misgivings about the effects of these passages inAmoris Laetitia, and because you have so far received no response from the Holy Father, are you here making a final plea to him?
Yes, for these grave reasons, one year after rendering public the dubia, I again turn to the Holy Father and to the whole Church, emphasizing how urgent it is that, in exercising the ministry he has received from the Lord, the Pope should confirm his brothers in the faith with a clear expression of the teaching regarding both Christian morality and the meaning of the Church’s sacramental practice.
The symposium, organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development got underway as tensions escalated between the US and North Korea.
It saw the participation of eleven Nobel peace laureates, top United Nations and NATO officials, leading experts, heads of major foundations and of civil society organizations, as well representatives of bishops conferences, Christian denominations and other faiths. Pope Francis addressed the gathering on Friday. READ FULL REPORT HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Could they think of other ways to completely waste their time and money? Do they seriously think nations such as North Korea are just going to disassemble their nukes? Isn’t this the same tired left wing talking point from the 70’s and 80’s?
What they really mean is that the US should unilaterally disarm. They are dreaming and they know it. No nation in its right mind is going to unilaterally disarm much less all of them.
Francis is exactly wrong. A world without nuclear weapons is NOT possible. For a guy who says turning back the clock in the Church is impossible he sure fails to understand that it is impossible when it comes to technology.
What a complete waste of a conference. How about having a conference on why the Church is bleeding membership and marriage is going in the toilet as well as why young people are checking out?
Since Pope Francis has already taken such competent care of the Catholic Church's spiritual needs, he can spend his time holding audiences with leaders of the “Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat” on such topics as food security, nutrition, climate change, disaster risk reduction and resilient means of subsistence. From the Vatican Press Office’s bulletin of the audience:
Address of the Holy Father
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I offer a warm welcome to you, the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders. Your presence here is a visible sign of the rich variety of cultures and the great natural beauty of the Pacific region.
I share your concern for the peoples of the region, especially those exposed to the extreme environmental and climate events that are becoming more frequent and intense. Of concern too is the grave impact of rising sea levels and the disturbing and continuous deterioration of the barrier reef, a marine ecosystem of immense importance. In this regard, I remember the disquieting question posed almost thirty years ago by the Bishops of the Philippines: “Who turned the wonderworld of the seas into underwater cemeteries bereft of colour and life?” (cf. Laudato Si’, 41). A number of causes have led to this environmental decay and, sadly, many of them are due to short-sighted human activity connected with certain ways of exploiting natural and human resources, the impact of which ultimately reaches the ocean bed itself (cf. ibid.).
When we speak of rising sea levels, which “mainly affect impoverished coastal populations who have nowhere else to go” (ibid., 48), our thoughts turn to the problem of global warming widely discussed in various international forums and meetings. In these very days COP-23, the twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention Framework of the United Nations, is meeting in Bonn, under the presidency of one of the countries you represent, the Fiji Islands. It is my hope that the efforts of COP-23, and those yet to come, will always keep in mind the greater picture of that “earth without borders, with its highly rarified atmosphere”, as it was described by one of the astronauts currently orbiting in the International Space Station, with whom I recently had a fascinating conversation.
Read the complete bulletin HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Everything with the Church is well and good. All humans are virtuous and all souls saved. Time to start spending all my time on ecology! Have to do something to bide my time until I return to Mother Earth, and they can commence proceedings for my canonization.
I find it fascinating to watch the praxis of our politically-correct multiculturalist establishment when it comes to Islam. You would think that those PC elites would be, at the very least, offended by the tenets of the Muslim religion, if not very wary of how orthodox Muslims have conducted themselves across the globe in recent years. Their insistent response to Islamic terror and violence has been, almost uniformly, to declare repeatedly that “Islam is a religion of peace,” and that such manifestations as ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Syria, North Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere are aberrations which don’t represent the true doctrines of that faith.
The Catholic Idendtity Conference has attracted widespread and favorable attention. LifeSitenews, Fr. Z, and Gloria TV, among others, have picked up Edward Pentin's devastatingly-realistic talk—recorded by Remnant TV—and shared it with their followers. A few notables below:
From LifeSiteNews: In an article entitled, "Vatican expert lays out the current ‘crisis’ in the Church," LSN reporter, Lisa Bourne, writes: As a Vatican journalist, Pentin gave a firsthand perspective on the crisis during the Francis pontificate, including the problematic Synods on the Family — which were the basis for Pope Francis’ controversial exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
His observations — the contents of which he said are played down by the mainstream Catholic media — consisted of viewpoints from numerous Vatican officials, clergy and other well-placed sources who were compelled to remain anonymous due to the “great fear” in the midst of the crisis.
… “And this can’t be passed over as if nothing is happening,” Pentin said, “even if you agree with what is happening and what the changes are.” Finish the excellent report HERE
Fr. Z: “Pentin, a sharp and reasonable guy, touches on a lot of sore points.” See the writeup HERE
American Catholic: “Pentin’s presentation of the dismaying facts in his low key style is absolutely devastating.” Catch the rest HERE
GloriaTV linked to it HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: The entire CIC 2017 is available right now, online and on-demand.
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Pope Francis has inadvertently ripped the mask off of the Revolution of Vatican II. The war for the soul of the old Faith is out in the open now.
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Long Live Christ the King!
"This conference was the high point of my maturation as a traditional Catholic. I have never felt so connected to a movement as I now feel after the conclusion of the 2017 CIC. I am looking forward to attending in 2018 and every year thereafter."
- Jeffrey Smith, Attendee
By now the whole Catholic world has heard of the publication of a devastating letter to Pope Francis from Father Thomas G. Weinandy. The former head of the theological secretariat of the U.S. Bishop’s conference, Fr. Weinandy has taught at both Oxford and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. None other than Francis appointed Fr. Weinandy to the International Theological Commission and awarded him the Pro Pontifice et Ecclesiae medal, the ecclesial equivalent of the Congressional Medal of Honor, for his work on behalf of the Pope and the Church. One of the world’s most renowned theologians, Fr. Weinandy is a “man of the Council” and a prominent figure of the post-conciliar mainstream.
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Sunday Sermons of South St. Paul
In this week’s Sunday Sermon of South St. Paul, Father takes the gloves off when it comes to the Pope's universal push to commemorate the Protestant Revolt. How can this be? How can Catholics celebrate history's most devastating attack on the Mystical Body of Christ? How many souls were lost over the past 500 years because they had no access to the Sacraments, especially the Mass and Christ in the Eucharist? This Catholic surrender proves once again that how we pray is how we will believe. Catholics who pray like Protestants will eventually become Protestants. Welcome to the "Catholic Christian Church".
On Sunday a man named David Kelley opened fire in a Baptist church, killing 26 people, including several children, and injuring 24. The death toll may rise. A seven-year-old was shot four times and was still in surgery Sunday evening. It was one of the deadliest church shootings on record. Those who knew him described him as “creepy, crazy, and weird,” with a fiercely anti-Christian bias. Reports from several news agencies now allege that the shooter could have been motivated by militant atheism:
Former classmates of the Texas church shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, said he was an atheist and outcast who thought Christians were stupid, the Daily Mail reported.
…Cord Eubank Brown, another former classmate, took to social media and said, “There were people I knew who stayed away from this guy for many reasons, which all make sense now.” Brown said he recently received a friend request from Kelley on Facebook.
After carrying out one of the worst church shootings in recent history, Kelley was shot by a resident of Sutherland Springs and fled the scene. Multiple residents reportedly pursued Kelley as he fled from the church until he crashed a few miles later. Police discovered multiple weapons and possible explosives inside his SUV, the Daily Mail reported. Read Brietbart’s full report HERE
Friends and family mourned their loved ones at a vigil Sunday night.
REMNANT COMMENT: Atheists who kill Christians are evidently to be given the same religious exemption pass the media routinely pass out to the “Allahu Akbar”-shouting shooters we’ve all gotten painfully used to here in the streets of America. So it stands to reason that this atheist connection to the Texas shooter isn't particularly newsworthy to leftist ideologues such as Wolf Blitzer.
Still, for the sake of argument, let's imagine for a moment that a meeting of Atheist Alliance International had been targeted by a gun-wielding Christian nutter last Sunday. Would mainstream "news" be so forgiving, failing even to mention the connection between the shooter and his Christian religion? Would they bury the flurry of testimonials pinging all over the Internet from friends of the shooter, insisting he'd been screaming anti-atheist epithets online for years?
Let's be serious. CNN & Co would be leading every half-hour's news cycle with the screaming headline: "BREAKING: Christian Fundamentalist Shooter Motivated by Hatred of Atheists". The shooter's religious affiliation in that case would be THE story.
So why the double standard? Why such careful journalistic “integrity” for this reportedly atheist shooter, whose anti-Christian tirades were all over Facebook? Why? Because it doesn't fit the narrative. Christians are the only real haters--not Muslims, not atheists, not even deranged gay guys that walk into the American Family Association and start spraying lead at the defenders of Christian marriage.
The hate-hunting industry is fundamentally Christophobic. And the fact that the MSM are hard-pressed to actually find a single Christian hater who, in the name of Jesus, would mow down innocent people, doesn't seem to particularly bother them. Christians gotta hate! Everybody knows that.
So hate on, atheists. CNN won't out you. They're only interested in a particular kind of "hate", which isn't hate at all. As long as you follow Allah, or believe that two men can get married, or hate God and all the Christians who love Him--well, you are by definition incapable of a hate crime. So rest easy, and hate on!
Bishop Bala was known for his wisdom and gentleness. He also upheld the teachings of the Church concerning same-sex attraction, especially with regard to the priests in his diocese. His body was found by fishermen in the Sanaga River, near Monatele, on June 2. What was at first assumed to be suicide, is gradually coming to light as a brutal murder that reportedly may have been presided over by a coup of homosexual Catholic priests:
Investigators found signs of torture on his body.
Catholic bishops in Cameroon said this bishop, whose body was pulled from a river in early June, did not commit suicide, but was murdered:
“In view of the initial findings, we bishops of Cameroon affirm that Bishop Jean-Marie Benoit Bala did not commit suicide; he was brutally murdered. This is one more murder, and one too many,” the bishops said in a statement after meeting in a general assembly June 13. Read the full report HERE
According to an article at Cruxnow.com, Bishop Bala's murder was allegedly carried out by gay priests in retaliation for his holding the line on the Church's teaching on homosexuality:
In response, the current apostolic administrator of Bala’s diocese, Monsignor Joseph Akonga Essomba, delivered a blunt answer on Thursday during a homily at a memorial Mass: The bishop was killed, he said, because he stood up against homosexuals in the Church and the priesthood.
Pointing to the front rows of the Church where most government ministers and other important personalities sat, and casting a sweeping look at fellow priests and bishops, Essomba charged:
“Shame to all those people in black suits and black spectacles always sitting in the front rows of the Church,” he said.
“Shame to all those priests who have come here, pretending to sympathize. These are the people who killed our bishop, because he said ‘no’ to the homosexuality perpetrated by those priests,” Akonga said.
The Cruxnow.com article is here.
REMNANT COMMENT: Take a look at the future. If Catholics do not stand with the few bishops left in the world who are upholding Catholic teaching, one of two things is going to happen: 1) Said teachings will be watered down to such a drastic extent that they cease to exist or at least cease to matter, or 2) any bishop or priest daring to defend those teachings will end up "swimming with the fishes." Either way, moral chaos and anarchy will follow close on the heels of this apostasy.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bishop Bala. May he rest in peace.
Please stand with the bishops in this country who have the faith and courage of Bishop Bala. A good place to start is to defend Bishop Robert Morlino of the diocese of Madison, WI, who at this moment is under fire by homosexual activists for upholding the Church's very same teaching on public sin, homosexual acts, and the reception of the sacraments.
Please sign the Remnant's petition at Change.org defending this good Bishop.
Bishop Morlino’s critics still have many more signatures calling for his removal as we have calling for his defense. I realize it’s rather annoying to sign these petitions, but this one literally takes ten seconds of your time, and is an effective means of sending a message to the media that faithful Catholics will stand with faithful shepherds.
We have sent The Remnant’s petition to the Associated Press and many other news outlets in order to make this point. But it only works if we have enough signatures to make it newsworthy. At this point, we need 2000 more signatures in order to surpass the homosexual activists’ petition calling for Morlino’s removal.
Please Note: We have paraphrased the language of Bishop Morlino’s critics' petition in our petition, only in the inverse. And since they addressed their petition to Pope Francis, we followed suit by also addressing ours to Pope Francis, though we're convinced the Pope will pay little attention to either one.
Our objective is to send a message to all bishops who hold the Catholic ground: Even if no one else does, traditional Catholics will stand with you!
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