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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...
You know something is really going wrong in the Vatican when The World Over and The Remnant Forum are in lockstep agreement that something must be done. Michael Matt and Christopher Ferrara react to the growing sense of outrage over the disturbing antics and ongoing scandalous behavior of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis: A Wake-up Call for Neo-CatholicsWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
A reporter: Your Holiness, I’m a bit puzzled about who has been saying the things that you say should no longer be said. But leaving that aside, are you not concerned that making the well-known distinction about sin and guilt here might have the effect of watering down the Church’s teaching on the rights of workers? Pope Francis: No, no, no. The Church’s teaching about fair wages remains. The Catechism is still the Catechism! However, while it is certainly true that exploiting workers does not “correspond objectively to the overall demands of the Gospel” (AL 303), “it is reductive simply to consider whether or not an individual’s actions correspond to a general law or rule” (AL 304). We must always look at the person rather than the rule.
Indeed, we may even say that sometimes it is impossible for an unjust employer to avoid doing wrong.
A reporter: I beg your pardon?
Pope Francis: Yes, it’s true. There may be no way for an unjust employer to avoid what is objectively sinful. What Amoris Laetitia says about the divorced and remarried could be true of the employer. He or she “may know full well the rule, yet . . . be in a concrete situation which does not allow him or her to act differently and decide otherwise without further sin (AL 301).” I will go even further, and say that it is possible for an employer to find, with the secure peace of a good conscience, the will of God in his current failure to stop cheating his workers.
A reporter: Holy Father, how can that possibly be?
Pope Francis: Let me explain, with the help of Amoris Laetitia.
The conscience of an employer who pays his workers unfairly and yet struggles sincerely but unsuccessfully to overcome his injustice can certainly “do more than recognize that a given situation does not correspond objectively to the overall demands of the Gospel. It can also recognize with sincerity and honesty what for now is the most generous response which can be given to God, and come to see with a certain moral security that it is what God himself is asking” (AL 303).
A reporter: But would that not be a mistaken conscience?
Pope Francis: Ah, but who are we to judge consciences? As I lamented in Amoris Laetita, we so often “find it hard to make room for the consciences of the faithful” (AL 37)!
Let us make room for consciences, even for the consciences of employers who unfortunately may be causing their workers misery. Just as couples sometimes make marriage choices that do not attain the ideal, these employers “very often respond as best they can to the Gospel amid their limitations, and are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations. We have been called to form consciences, not to replace them” (AL 37). READ HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Francis's shtick has worn thin. Nobody's buying it anymore, except for those who want the free hall pass he's offering. Now for the next stage: To lead people to realize that Pope Francis is the ideal pope for the Church that the Spirit of Vatican II built. He's not an anomaly... he was inevitable.
Devastating Critique of Amoris Laetitia: A Different Kind of Papal Press ConferenceWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
Scripture’s most adamant exhortation in this regard also comes from Galatians: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema.”
As a Catholic who came of age during the turbulent post-concilar era, it was clear to me even as a child that popes can fail and cause great harm to the Church. But I always considered this potential to be a matter of human ignorance or weakness, rather than outright malice.
The Catacombs Pact FeaturedWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
Pope receives applause at the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops in Paul VI hall, Oct. 17
We have a situation here!
In the wake of the Family Synod, and especially in the light of Amoris Laetitia including Pope Francis’ subsequent confirmation of his intention to change Church discipline concerning divorced and remarried Catholics, I feel that the time is ripe for taking the discussion to the next level, in other words, to ask what we actually know about the overall agenda of this papacy.
In Pope Francis’ 17 October 2015 address commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Institution of the Synod of Bishops, he announced his intention to “build a synodal Church” and, to this end, promote “a sound decentralization”.
First, what exactly did he mean by “decentralization?
The Coming Decentralization of the Catholic Church FeaturedWritten by Torben Riis (Remnant Correspondent, Denmark)
The retired professor from Belgium, now 86, speaks of the “crisis” in the Church, saying, “it is futile to close our eyes: the Church is challenged in its very foundations.” READ ARTICLE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Yes, but the Holy Spirit controls everything the Pope does, and so the Pope can't be bad. Every Pope is a saint, in fact…it’s just a question of when to announce it. Obviously, Monsignor Schooyans lacks faith. What he should be doing instead of warning the world that the human element of the Church has fallen into enemy hands, is rejoicing over how beautiful everything is and how great it is to be Catholic. I know that's what all the great defenders of the Catholic Faith did down through the ages, right? I mean, they just sat there and let the enemies of souls and truth run roughshod over the Church because...well, because to do anything to stop them would have been to sin against the virtue of faith. God's got this!
Let’s go over this one more time: The.Church.is.God’s.Church—not ours, and we need to let Him run the show.
The.Holy.Spirit.personally.chose.Bergoglio.to.be.pope. To question him is to question Him, if you know what I mean.
This is what the neo-Catholic experts tell us all the time, and they should know. Heck, most of their leading pundits are converts. (How cool is that, by the way.)
Advisor to John Paul II Warns Vatican Cabal Undermining ChurchWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
Guess who they're laughing at?
Our masters have created two camps in Western Society, that of the politically correct leftists and that of the “Western” “conservatives”. Both camps combat each other, not recognizing that both serve as mercenary troops of the New World Order.
In recent times Europe has been shocked and shaken by a series of terror attacks performed by Islamist terrorists. These events have caused a lot people to state that the Muslim world in general is our enemy and that Muslims are a savage horde, living in an inferior, unenlightened, primitive culture that – in order to pacify the world – has to be transformed in accordance to the achievements and “values” of “the West”. But, there are a few points to be considered to see the whole picture:
Thinking Outside the Box: Islam, Terrorism and the New World Order FeaturedWritten by Prof. Thomas Stark
Barros Protest outside Cathedral March 21, 2015-Osorno,Chile
“It is the Argentine attitude: Suppress and ignore” V.S.Naipaul, The Return of Eva Peron
In the summer of 2011, the Puyehue Volcano near the Chilean city of Osorno, erupted sending a cloud of ash billowing into the Chilean skies and blanketing the farmlands with cinders. Perhaps Mother Nature was prescient, anticipating the upcoming volcanic reaction by Osorno Catholics to the appointment of the much despised and discredited Bishop Juan Barros by Pope Francis in March 2015.
Vatican Watch…So Much for Pope’s Child Protection Commission FeaturedWritten by Elizabeth Yore
So the Neocats are being booed in Guam? God bless our brothers and sisters in Guam, then.
Back in June of 2008, we ran the following report on the insufferabel Neo-Catechumenal Way. Obviously, not much has changed, except the Neocats are stronger than ever under the funhouse Church that Francis is building. Please, God, raise up a saint among us to cast out the heretics, pagans and infidels who have taken control of your Church.
The Remnant, June 15, 2008: “The Catholic lay Neocatechumenal Way has received the Church's final approval of its statutes; the degree of recognition will be presented to the group's founders Friday,” reports Zenit (June 12, 2008). “Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will give Kiko Argüello and Carmen Hernández the decree expressing the Church's approval of the groups organization and charism”:
According to the founders, the Way is a concrete response to numerous pastoral intuitions of Vatican II, such as, the rediscovery of the Easter Vigil, the laity's participation in evangelization. An example of this last principle is the novelty of sending "families on mission," in response to requests from local bishops to provide, together with a priest, an initial evangelization for those areas where the Church has not been established.
In 1990, Pope John Paul II wrote a letter acknowledging the Neo-Catechumenal Way (NCW) to Bishop Paul Josef Cordes, Vice-President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, in which John Paul wrote:
I too, as Bishop of Rome, have been able to verify the copious fruits of personal conversion and fruitful missionary impulse in the many meetings I have had in the Roman parishes with the Neocatechumenal Communities and their Pastors, as well as in my apostolic journeys in many nations..... I acknowledge the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic formation, valid for our society and for our times.
In 2002, the NCW Statutes were given a five-year provisional (“ad experimentum”) approval, pending changes in the manner in which NCW communities celebrated their Eucharists. These Statutes are composed of 35 articles, expressing the nature of “The Way” (as it is called by its members), the “Spiritual Goods” resulting from it, and the manner in which “The Way” operates.
One overriding idea comes across throughout the NCW Schema for Catechists (a training manual for NCW catechists). Namely, from the time of Constantine the Great up to the Second Vatican Council (a span of some 1600 years), the Catholic Church became detached from her spiritual roots, assumed a shallow, superstitious character, and came to rely on ritualism and dogmatism for their own sake. Kiko and Carmen teach their catechists that, instead of catechizing pagans, the post-Constantine Church was, in fact, herself catechized by the superstitious pagans who joined her. This primitivism of Kiko and Carmen views such things as the Traditional Latin Mass, the Sacrament of Penance, doctrines on salvation, etc. as compromised entities, puffed-up with unnecessary ritual, solemnity and dogmatism.
At this point in time, neither the Vatican nor the Holy Father can claim ignorance as to the true nature of the Neo-Catechumenal Way, for their teachings are not as secretive as they once were. The warped view of Church history, doctrine and the Sacraments presented by Kiko and Carmen can in no way be reconciled with sound theology or Catholic teaching. It is no wonder that Kiko and Carmen have such admiration for Martin Luther.
The announcement of the Holy See’s approval of the Statutes of the NCW comes right on the heels of a report that four bishops from Japan traveled to Rome to resolve a "serious problem" with the methods of the Neo-Catechumenal Way and its seminary in a Japanese diocese. An April 30, 2008 report by CathNews included the following quotation from one of these bishops, Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada of Tokyo, President of the Bishops' Conference:
In the small Catholic Church of Japan, the powerful sect-like activity of [Neo-Catechumenal] Way members is divisive and confrontational. It has caused sharp painful division and strife within the Church. We are struggling with all our strength to overcome the problem but feel that if a solution is to be found, the consideration of Your Holiness for the Church in Japan will be of the utmost importance and direly needed.
This is nothing new. In 1996, the Right Reverend Mervyn Alexander, Bishop of Clifton (UK), established a panel of inquiry to explore claims made by parishioners in at least three parishes that their parishes had been harmed by the activities of the Neo-Catechumenal Way. Not only did this panel conclude that the NCW failed to bring “new vitality to animate these parishes,” but it also noted that the presence of the NCW communities “conveys a sign of strong disunity.”
Unfortunately, the main focus of concern regarding the NCW and its official status within the Church has been purely liturgical. A December 1, 2005 letter of Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, to Kiko, Carmen and Fr. Mario Pezzi, cites such NCW practices as the giving of “admonitions” before Scripture readings, the kiss of peace, the manner of receiving Communion, etc. But what of doctrine? What of error? What of heretical teachings?
For the same Pope to free the Traditional Latin Mass from the shackles of the “indult” mentality AND approve the Statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way can only be regarded as a complete contradiction. Tradition and Novelty simply can not be treated as equals. Why is the Vatican pretending that serious criticisms of “The Way” – by those in the know – do not exist? No, we are not out of the woods yet, by any stretch of the imagination.
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Neocatechumenal Leader Met by Angry MobWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
"Dear fathers, I ask you to implement this practice wherever possible, with prudence and with the necessary catechesis, certainly, but also with a pastor's confidence that this is something good for the church, something good for our people.
"Dear fathers, we should listen again to the lament of God proclaimed by the prophet Jeremiah: 'they have turned their back to me.' Let us turn again toward the Lord!"
This week, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. wrote to priests in the Westminster diocese discouraging them from celebrating Mass facing east.
Cardinal Nichols reminded his priests that, “the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, approved by the highest authority in the Church, states in paragraph 299 that ‘The altar should be built apart from the wall, in such a way that it is possible to walk around it easily and that Mass can be celebrated at it facing the people, which is desirable wherever possible.
"The altar should, moreover, be so placed as to be truly the centre toward which the attention of the whole congregation of the faithful naturally turns. The altar is usually fixed and is dedicated.’”
And in perhaps the biggest laugher of the year, the good Cardinal Nichols also indignantly insisted that Mass was not the time for priests to “exercise personal preference or taste..."
Of course not, Eminence! Perish the thought.
In fact, here are a few of your English priests following no doubt some of your strictest liturgical guidelines:
Well, at least they're not facing East.
REMNANT COMMENT: Who's on first is anyone's guess. What does seem clear is that we're now witnessing the fulfillment of prophecy on a regular basis: "The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their Confreres. The Church and altars will be vandalized. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. - THE MESSAGE OF OUR LADY OF AKITA
Gotta love this springtime of Vatican II!
Cardinal Nichols Insults Cardinal Sarah, Discourages Mass Ad OrientemWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
The Black Lives Matter group is now feigning "condemnation" of the Dallas shootings to camouflage their involvement and ensure that they can get away with more of the same. Last week's report clearly shows how McKesson, Loretta Lynch, and others were secretly orchestrating this plan—with funding from billionaire George Soros—to turn the Republican Convention into a war-zone and incite martial law. Hacked messages of #BlackLivesMatter leader reveal Obama admin’s plan for ‘summer of chaos’ and martial law
The question is asked as to why black militants would pull off the shooting spree just before a convention. The answer is that it comes off as a black victory over a white American police force. This is done to embolden black militants in the anticipation of the upcoming Convention.
Already the FBI has issued an alert to Louisiana law enforcement agencies warning of violence against officers and planned riots in the aftermath of a high-profile fatal shooting of a black man by Baton Rouge Police last week. Judicial Watch It appears that the Dallas massacre was carefully timed to get the ball rolling for this "summer of chaos."
George Soros, who funded the Ferguson protests at a cost of $33,000,000.00, is also funding the anti-Trump protest at the Cleveland Convention. Election 2016, Obama's Tool For Implementing Martial Law? - Stumpin' For Trump! Following the cancellation of the March 10 rally in Chicago because of riots, which he also funded, Soros made it public that he would continue to fund mayhem at any future convention where Trump was scheduled to speak. The entire global elite will be keeping a close eye on the Cleveland convention, which promises to be like no other.
While authorities are fearful of a riot situation in Cleveland, civil liberties activists are feigning concern about the convention. "I’m really concerned all hell is going to break loose," said James L. Hardiman, vice president of the Cleveland NAACP, who noted that community members are expressing similar concerns about the convention "every other day." It is no secret that community activists are working underground to help induce the expected riot.
Activists are also feigning concern about the $50-million federal grant given to Cleveland for convention security. "We’re worried about the militarization of the Cleveland Police Department," said Freda Levenson, the legal director of the ACLU’s Ohio chapter. Cleveland has purchased 2,000 sets of police riot gear, plus several sets of ballistic protection gear, steel barriers and improvements to its surveillance systems, and who's to say that the Cleveland PD—reputed for its excessive use of force—won't be assisting the riot?
Martial Law at Republican Convention? Riot Cops “Preparing For A Siege Rather Than Political Event” - Patriot Rising