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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Editor's Note: Each year around Christmastime we post this short, personal Christmas reflection, which offers an alternative custom to the celebration of the great Feast. I wrote it some years ago (before the last two children came along), and every year since I receive email from new visitors to this site gently chastising The Remnant for not posting it earlier in Advent so as to allow time for families to adopt as their own some of the customs herein suggested. Over the years many Catholic families have adopted the old Christ Child tradition, believing it to be a beautiful means of restoring the true meaning of Christmas while strengthening Catholic identity in children. And it can be gradually implemented, of course. Christmas is all about midnight and Christmas Eve and the Christ Child. And a truly happy, holy and merry Christmas remains forever predicated on careful observance of Advent. No Christmas trees, no lights, no good things to eat until December 25, when the time of waiting comes to an end and all of Christendom rejoices over an event so magnificent even a two-year-old will never forget it. Christ is to be born--and the world, the flesh and the Devil will never change that reality, no matter how hard they try. Happy Holidays? Yeah, right! A fruitful Advent and Merry Christmas to all visitors to this site. MJM
"...a Vatican official with strong ties to LGBT activists has hired an openly homosexualist digital marketing company to design and manage the Holy See's new internet news service. The company, Accenture, is famous worldwide for promoting the homosexual political agenda, winning awards for being the top “gay friendly” employer, and producing videos proposing
Accenture maintains an entire webpage of LGBT “pride” materials and a library of twelve LGBT videos on its website promoting homosexual “inclusion” in its company and in society in general. The company’s enthusiasm for pushing homosexuality was great enough to earn it the award for the most “gay friendly” company in all of Britain in 2013, and for being Ireland’s “best LGBT workplace” in 2016.
The company even signed a brief supporting the homosexual plaintiffs in the Obergefell vs. Hodges decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, which forced all fifty states to recognize gay “marriage.” It also contributes money to the “Human Rights Campaign,” an American gay lobbying organization which has in turn given the company a 100 percent pro-homosexual rating... “We’re basically shaping and reshaping the way they are communicating,” Accenture Interactive Italy’s head, Alessandro Diana, told Adweek magazine.
“We are launching the last part of the reform sought by Pope Francis. Each reform does not originate from a mistaken past but from a present that calls for a change: in this case, today’s cultural and digital convergence require the adoption of production processes that are different from traditional ones,” said Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, Prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications.
“The collaboration with Accenture Interactive, thanks to their solid global experience, has allowed us to develop an extensive strategy capable of uniting various working groups, the diversification of formats and the strengthening of brand identity -- all while maximizing the value of our talented in-house professionals working in the Holy See media.”
According to Diana, Accenture was not involved in any process of soliciting the contract. Rather Vatican officials approached Accenture of their own accord..."
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As Facebook blocks ads (for being sexually provocative) that include photos of the Vatican's weird Nativity scene and Modern Nativity Inc., releases its blasphemous "Hipster Nativity" set, Michael Matt down in the catacombs comments on the gale force Modernist winds that have been blowing the Catholic Church off course for half a century or more. However, has Pope Francis gone too far? What are we to make of the latest news regarding Robert Cardinal Sarah? What about the New Mass: Has it contracted a terminal disease? The winds of change are blowing this Christmas—they bring bad news, yes, but also clear signs of hope and a worldwide Catholic awakening. Plus, you won't believe what William F. Buckley thought of the Council and its New Mass. Was he right, forty years ago when he called Pope Paul's New Mass a…..?
SOLD OUT The 2018 Remnant pilgrimage to France and Fatima, after the Chartres walking Pilgrimage, is sold out. Registration for the Chartres Pilgrimage itself is still open to those who can make it to Notre Dame in Paris by 7AM on Saturday, May 19. Wristbands are for sale individually at the event, so plan accordingly.
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The Remnant Returns to Chartres, France
The Remnant is honored to once again organize the U.S. Chapter on the 70-mile, 3-day walking pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres, France.
Our chaplain once again will be Father Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP, and we're pleased to announce the return of our guides and historians, Dr. John Rao and James Bogle.
I will be leading the U.S. chapter once again, and most likely Christopher Ferrara and few other notable traditional Catholic activists will accompany the 50 Americans who will, God willing, join 15,000 traditional Catholics from all over the world in this most important annual event.
Cardinal Robert Sarah to Celebrate TLM at Chartres
Notre-Dame de Chretiente (NDC)—the organization responsible for what the late, great Michael Davies described as the ‘most important annual event in Christendom’—the Chartres Pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres, France—has announced that Robert Cardinal Sarah will offer the Pontifical High Mass in the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres at the next pilgrimage to Chartres, May 21, 2018.
A NDC statement announcing this most welcome development, reads: “We sincerely thank Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, for having accepted to come and join us on pilgrimage. We are happy to organize this event, which will be an important landmark in the history of our pilgrimage.”
The Remnant Tours—which has partnered with Notre Dame de Chretiente in organizing the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the past 27 years—is delighted with this news and shares in NDC’s joy that a high-ranking curial cardinal will show such high-profile support for the Traditional Latin Mass movement, not just in France, but throughout the whole world by taking on such a key role in the next Chartres Pilgrimage.
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Last year’s Pilgrimage was a tremendous success:
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Michael Davies (RIP) desciribed the Chartres Pilgrimage as the "most important annual event happening in the Church today."
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Was it really necessary for the Vatican's Christmas Nativity scene to include a statue of a naked man? Pope Francis's call to correct the Lord's Prayer dominates international headlines and is met with resistance from both Catholic and Protestant groups. Plus, pro-life leaders throughout the world sign a Pledge of Fidelity to resist pastors—including Pope Francis—who deviate from Church teaching on marriage and the family.
Pro-life leaders pledge fidelity to Catholic teaching; won’t follow erring pastors
“If there is any conflict between the words and acts of any member of the hierarchy, even the pope, and the doctrine that the Church has always taught we will remain faithful to the perennial teaching of the Church,” says a “pledge of fidelity” released by thirty-seven pro-life and -family leaders around the world today.
The leaders, whose organizations represent millions of Catholics, published the “pledge of fidelity to the authentic teaching of the Church” at the website fidelitypledge.com.
The pledge expresses the position of pro-life leaders at this time, when their work is being harmed and hampered by statements and actions from certain Church leaders – Pope Francis included — that contradict Catholic teaching. By doing so the signatories seek to fulfil their responsibilities to those whom they have pledged to protect, in particular unborn children and those made especially vulnerable by the breakdown of the family.
The pro-life leaders highlight numerous statements and actions which have had a particularly damaging impact on their work for the protection of unborn children and the family in recent years. Issues included in the list of damaging statements under protest include contraception, homosexuality, divorce, sex-education and more.
The pledge lists in abbreviated form various principles of traditional Catholic teaching on issues on life, marriage and family which the leaders vow never to abandon.
Read the Pledge and see Signatures below:
Pledge of fidelity to the authentic teaching of the Church by pro-life and pro-family leaders
The number of innocent children killed by abortion during the last century is greater than that of all the human beings who have died in all the wars in recorded history. The last fifty years have witnessed a continual escalation in attacks on the structure of the family as designed and willed by God, which provides the best environment for human flourishing, and, especially, for the education and formation of children. Divorce, contraception, acceptance of homosexual acts and unions, and the spread of “gender ideology” have all done immeasurable damage to the family, and its most vulnerable members.
Over the last fifty years the pro-life and pro-family movement has grown in both size and scope in order to confront these grave evils, which threaten both the temporal and eternal good of mankind. Our movement comprises men and women of good will from a wide variety of religious backgrounds. We are brought together in our defence of the family, and of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters, through obedience to the natural law, which is written on all our hearts (cf. Rm 2:15). However, throughout this last half century the pro-life and pro-family movement has relied in a particular way on the immutable teaching of the Catholic Church, which affirms the moral law with the greatest clarity.
It is therefore with great sorrow that during recent years we have witnessed doctrinal and moral clarity, on issues relating to the protection of human life and the family, increasingly being replaced by ambiguity, and even by doctrines directly contrary to the teaching of Christ and the precepts of the natural law.
A Filial Appeal, delivered to Pope Francis in September 2015, was signed by around 900,000 people from all over the world and a “Declaration of fidelity to the unchangeable teaching of the Church on matrimony” was presented in 2016. On 19 September 2016 four cardinals submitted five dubia to Pope Francis, and to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, asking for the clarification of certain points of doctrine in the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. In June 2017, the cardinals made public their request for an audience, which had been presented to the Pope by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on 25 April 2017, but which, like the dubia, had received no response. On 23 September 2017 a Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis was issued by 62 Catholic theologians and academics “on account of the propagation of heresies effected by the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia and by other words, deeds and omissions” of Pope Francis. By 4 November 2017, 250 theologians, priests, professors and scholars of all nationalities had pledged their support to the Correctio. The disorder within the Church is increasing, as witnessed by a letter recently sent to Pope Francis by a prominent theologian, which, the author stated, was prompted by “turmoil within the Church today, a chaos and an uncertainty that I felt Pope Francis had himself caused.” 1
As Catholic pro-life and pro-family leaders, we are obliged to highlight numerous additional statements and actions, which have had a particularly damaging impact on our work for the protection of unborn children and the family in recent years. Representative examples include:
- statements and actions which contradict the Church’s teaching on the intrinsic evil of contraceptive acts 2;
- statements and actions which contradict the Church’s teaching on the nature of marriage and the intrinsic evil of sexual acts outside the union of marriage 3;
- the approval of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which effectively call for member states to achieve universal access to abortion, contraception and sex education by 2030 4;
- the approach adopted towards sex education, particularly in chapter 7 of Amoris Laetitiaand in The Meeting Point programme produced by the Pontifical Council for the Family 5.
As leaders within the pro-life and pro-family movement, or leaders of lay movements concerned with the defence and diffusion of Catholic moral and social teaching, we have witnessed first-hand the harm and confusion caused by such teaching and actions. In order to fulfil our responsibilities to those whom we have pledged to protect, in particular unborn children and those made especially vulnerable by the breakdown of the family, we must provide clarity on our position on these issues. We must also provide leadership to those within our movement who look to us for guidance and advice.
For this reason, we wish to make clear our unchanging adherence to the fundamental moral positions outlined below:
- there exist certain acts which are intrinsically evil and which it is always forbidden to commit 6;
- the direct killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral; consequently, abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide are intrinsically evil acts 7;
- marriage is the exclusive and indissoluble union of one man and one woman; all sexual acts outside of marriage, including in all forms of non-marital union, are intrinsically evil and gravely injurious to individuals and to society 8;
- adultery is a grave sin, and those who live in adultery cannot be admitted to the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, until such time as they repent and amend their lives 9;
- parents are the primary educators of their children, and the provision of sex education must be undertaken by parents or, in certain circumstances, “in educational centres chosen and controlled by them”10;
- the separation of the procreative and unitive ends of the sexual act by contraceptive methods is intrinsically evil and has devastating consequences for the family, for society and for the Church 11;
- methods of artificial reproduction are gravely immoral as they separate procreation from the sexual act and, in the great majority of cases, lead directly to the destruction of human life in its earliest stages 12;
- there are only two sexes, male and female, each of which possesses the complementary characteristics and differences that are proper to them 13;
- homosexual acts are intrinsically evil, and no form of union between persons of the same sex can be approved in any way 14.
As Catholic pro-life and pro-family leaders we must remain faithful to Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has entrusted the deposit of faith to his Church. We “are obliged to yield to God the revealer full submission of intellect and will by faith.”15 We fully assent to all those things “which are contained in the word of God as found in Scripture and Tradition, and which are proposed by the Church as matters to be believed as divinely revealed, whether by her solemn judgment or in her ordinary and universal magisterium.”16
We pledge our full obedience to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the legitimate exercise of its authority. However, nothing will ever persuade us, or compel us, to abandon or contradict any article of the Catholic faith or any truth definitively established. If there is any conflict between the words and acts of any member of the hierarchy, even the pope, and the doctrine that the Church has always taught, we will remain faithful to the perennial teaching of the Church. If we were to depart from the Catholic faith, we would depart from Jesus Christ, to Whom we wish to be united for all eternity.
We, the undersigned, pledge that we will continue to teach and propagate the above moral principles, and every other authentic teaching of the Catholic Church, and will never, for any reason, depart from them.
12th December, 2017
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
- “Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy explains his critical letter to Pope Francis”, Catholic World Report, 1 November 2017, http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/11/01/fr-thomas-g-weinandy-explains-his-critical-letter-to-pope-francis/.
- “On the ‘lesser evil,’ avoiding pregnancy, we are speaking in terms of the conflict between the fifth and sixth commandment. Paul VI, a great man, in a difficult situation in Africa, permitted nuns to use contraceptives in cases of rape. Don’t confuse the evil of avoiding pregnancy by itself, with abortion. Abortion is not a theological problem, it is a human problem, it is a medical problem. You kill one person to save another, in the best case scenario. Or to live comfortably, no? It’s against the Hippocratic oaths doctors must take. It is an evil in and of itself, but it is not a religious evil in the beginning, no, it’s a human evil. Then obviously, as with every human evil, each killing is condemned. On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one, or in the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear.” “Full text of Pope Francis’ in-flight interview from Mexico to Rome”, Catholic News Agency, 18 February 2016, https://www.catholicnewsag ency.com/news/full-text-of-pope-francis-in-flight-interview-from-mexico-to-rome-85821. Fr Federic Lombardi, the Holy See’s spokesman, Fr Lombardi, confirmed the meaning of the pope’s words the following day: “Allora il contraccettivo o il preservativo, in casi di particolare emergenza e gravità, possono anche essere oggetto di un discernimento di coscienza serio. Questo dice il Papa.” “P. Lombardi commenta i temi affrontati dal Papa con i giornalisti”, Radio Vaticana,19 February 2016, https://goo.gl/88XpWd. Translation: “The contraceptive or condom, in particular cases of emergency or gravity, could be the object of discernment in a serious case of conscience. This is what the Pope said.”
- “In the Argentine countryside, in the Northeastern region, there is a superstition: that couples have a child, they live together. In the countryside this happens. Then, when the child must go to school, they have a civil marriage. And then, as grandparents, they have a religious marriage. It is a superstition, because they say that having a religious wedding straight away scares the husband! We must also fight against these superstitions. Yet really, I say that I have seen a great deal of fidelity in these cohabiting couples, a great deal of fidelity; and I am certain that this is a true marriage, they have the grace of matrimony, precisely because of the fidelity that they have. But there are local superstitions.” “Address of His Holiness Pope Francis at the opening of the pastoral congress of the Diocese of Rome”, 16 June 2016, https://goo.gl/cLLo2q. During this congress Pope Francis also claimed that “a great majority” of Catholic marriages are invalid. The transcript was later altered, at the request of the pope, to read “a part”. Fr Lombardi commented: “When it’s a matter of topics of a certain importance, the revised text is always submitted to the pope himself. This is what happened in this case, thus the published text was expressly approved by the pope.” “Updated: Most Marriages Today Are Invalid, Pope Francis Suggests”, National Catholic Register, 17 June 2016.
- “I am gratified that in September 2015 the nations of the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, and that, in December 2015, they approved the Paris Agreement on climate change.” “Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the celebration of the world day of prayer for the care of creation”, 1 September 2016, http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/pont-messages/2016/documents/papa-francesco_20160901_messaggio-giornata-cura-creato.html. Further details about the Holy See’s support for the SDGS, and the manner in which the SDGs call for abortion, contraception and sex education see: “The impact of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on children and the family, and their endorsement by the Holy See”, Voice of the Family, http://voiceofthefamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Impact-of-the-United-Nations-Sustainable-Development-Goals22-2-17.pdf.
- “The Meeting Point: project for affective and sexual formation”, Pontifical Council for the Family, http://www.educazioneaffettiva.org/?lang=en
- Pope John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor, 6 August 1993, No. 52. Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 25 March 1995, No. 67.
- Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, No. 57
- Canons and Decrees of the Twenty Fourth Session of the Council of Trent, Promulgated 11 November 1563; Pope Leo XIII, Arcanum Divinae, 10 February 1880; Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii, 31 December 1930.
- Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, 22 November 1981, No. 84; Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church concerning the Admission to Holy Communion of the Faithful who are Divorced and Remarried, 4 September 1994; Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Declaration concerning the Admission to Holy Communion of the Faithful who are Divorced and Remarried, 24 June 2000.
- Pope Pius XI, Divini Illius Magistri, 31 December 1929; Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio; Pontifical Council for the Family, The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, 8 December 1995.
- Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii; Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae,25 July 1968.
- Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Donum Vitae, 22 February 1987; Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dignitatis Personae, 8 September 2008
- Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas Address to the Roman Curia, 21 December 2012
- Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, 1 October 1986; Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Considerations Regarding Proposals to give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, 3 June 2003.
- First Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith, Ch. 3.1.
- Ibid, Ch. 3.8.
Signatories to the “Pledge of Fidelity” to the authentic teaching of the Church
Bernard Antony, President of Chrétienté-Solidarité (France)
Dame Colleen Bayer, DSG, Founding Director of Family Life International NZ (New Zealand)
Judie Brown, President of American Life League (United States)
Patrick Buckley, Director of European Life Network (Ireland)
Georges Buscemi, President of Campagne Quebec Vie (Canada)
Giorgio Celsi, President of Associazione "Ora et Labora in Difesa della Vita" (Italy)
Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea, MD, Ioan Barbus Foundation (Romania)
Greg Clovis, Director of Family Life International UK (United Kingdom)
Rev. Linus F. Clovis, Spiritual Director of Family Life International St Lucia (St Lucia)
Virginia Coda Nunziante, President of Associazione Famiglia Domani (Italy)
Modesto Fernandez, President of Droit de Naître (France)
Richard P. Fitzgibbons, M.D., Director of the Institute for Marital Healing (United States)
Mathias von Gersdorff, Director of Aktion Kinder in Gefahr (Germany)
Corrado Gnerre, Guida Nazionale, Il Cammino dei Tre Sentieri (Italy)
Doug Grane, Chief Executive of Serviam (United States)
Michael Hichborn, President of the Lepanto Institute (United States)
Jason Jones, Founder of I am Whole Life, Founder of Movie to Movement (United States)
John Lacken, Founder of Legio Sanctae Familiae, Secretary of the Lumen Fidei Institute (Ireland)
François Legrier, President of Mouvement Catholique des Familles (France)
Vittorio Lodolo D'Oria, President of Famiglie Numerose Cattoliche (Italy)
Samuele Maniscalco, Director of Generazione Voglio Vivere (Italy)
Christine de Marcellus Vollmer, President of Asociacion Provida de Venezuela (PROVIVE), President of Alianza Latinoamericana para la Familia (ALAFA), President of Alive to the World, Education in Integrity (Venezuala)
Roberto de Mattei, President of Fondazione Lepanto (Italy)
Jean-Pierre Maugendre, President of Renaissance Catholique (France)
Thomas McKenna, President of Catholic Action for Faith and Family (United States)
Anthony Murphy, Director of Catholic Voice (Ireland)
Marisa Orecchia, President of Federvita Piemonte (Italy)
Philippe Piloquet, President of SOS Tout-petits (France)
Philippe Schepens M.D., Secretary-General of the World Federation of Doctors Who
Respect Human Life (Belgium)
John Smeaton, Chief Executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (United Kingdom)
Molly Smith, President of Bringing America Back to Life, Executive Director of Cleveland Right to Life (United States)
Guillaume de Thieulloy, Director, Le Salon Beige (France)
Yves Tillard, President of Action Familiale et Scolaire (France)
Dr Thomas Ward, President of the National Association of Catholic Families (United Kingdom)
John-Henry Westen, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of LifeSiteNews (Canada)
Mercedes Arzú Wilson, Founder and President of Family of the Americas Foundation (Nicaragua)
Diego Zoia, Director of SOS Ragazzi (Italy)
See the pledge and the signatories here: fidelitypledge.com
We all know that during the second half of the John Paul II pontificate a great number of conservative Catholic laity took seriously the call to the “New Evangelization” and started working for the Church. It’s a common story in dioceses and the various offices of national conferences bishops around the world. A great many of these are what we call “Generation X” people who were raised and lived through the post-conciliar period, watching as their parents’ generation of priests and bishops systematically tore down the edifice of the Church – sometimes literally in bricks and stones, but as often in the form of the terrible destruction of our patrimony of Catholic social and moral culture.
Pope Francis has said that the Lord's Prayer should be changed, arguing that the translation used in many parts of the world, including the Italian and English versions, go against the teachings of the Church and Bible.
In the centuries-old recited prayer, followers of the Christian Faith call on God to "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
Speaking to Italian broadcasters on December 7, Francis argued this was incorrect, saying, "It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation."
To think that the Messiah's instruction to mankind on how to pray—as penned by the evangelists as the infallible Word of God and as followed for 2000 years by all the saints and members of Christ—is now incorrect. By this latest stunt, it is the pope who is leading us into temptation.
Francis purports to criticize the English and Italian translations of the Our Father, when he knows very well that it is the original manuscript he is criticizing. The original text from the Lord's Prayer, as taken from the Latin Vulgate, reads, "et ne inducas nos in temptationem sed libera nos a malo," which translated is, "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." (Matthew 6:13)
Hence this is not a translation issue, but a scriptural issue. The English translations of the Our Father as recited today are correct, because they are taken from the Vulgate, which is the official version of Holy Scripture—the source from which all authentic translations must directly or indirectly be taken.
Even so, Francis thinks that the Our Father should be changed, and during his interview with the TV2000 channel, he even said he has approved a modified version in France.
Christ's instruction should be simple enough to understand. When we say, "lead us not into temptation," we're simply asking God to help us choose right from wrong, good from bad, God from Satan. It is God, our leader, who leads this enterprise, therefore we ask him to "lead us" thus. A seven-year-old CCD student can understand this perfectly, yet the leader of the world's Catholics can't seem to get it!
Thomas A. Kempis would tell him, "Consider thy motives." Francis is apparently upset over the idea of being led away from temptation, since he is led by the temptation of globalism and change. The Bible threatens him to give up his change, so instead of humbly admitting that scripture is correct, he judges that it is incorrect, in the same way he has denied the miracle of the loaves and has judged that evangelization is "solemn nonsense." http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/pope-gives-new-interview
Nay, the mission of the Church is to convert all peoples to the Catholic Faith. God in his mercy wants us all to know that this world is not our common home, but rather a quagmire of temptation, and that our true home is in Heaven with God and the saints who said the unrevised Our Father.
Therefore, as children of God who obey the Father's commands, we take the Father's hand and ask him to lead us not into temptation, but away from all evil, because if we chase after temptation—especially the temptation to change the Bible and the doctrines of the Faith—God will let go of our hand, and in His permissive will, He will allow us not only to fall into temptation, but into the very fires of Hell. And by the way, Papa, condemnation is forever.
Christ warns of the dire consequences of changing but one word of Holy Scripture. He says to St. John in the Apocalypse, "If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues written in this book." (Apoc. 22:18)
Let us therefore reverence the words of Christ in the Gospel, remembering that all scripture is "inspired of God." (2 Timothy 3:16) "Neither let us tempt Christ: as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents." (1 Cor. 10:9)
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Michael J. Matt discusses sexual harassment in politics and entertainment, and asks the question: Where is the media's newfound moral indignation coming from? What did they expect after 50 years of sexual revolution, classroom sex education, free love, and women demanding to be treated just like men? Plus, is there a connection between all of this and the total breakdown of modesty in dress in our culture? Why do the ladies at CNN and Fox dress like ladies of the evening? Were the pre-conciliar popes and even Our Lady of Fatima paranoid puritans when they issued their foreboding warnings against the paganization of dress and culture?