The Remnant Will Never Forget
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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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Last week cruxnow.com reported that on Amoris guidelines, Brazil's conference of bishops is leaving sacraments open for divorced and remarried Catholics.
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - The Brazilian Bishops’ National Conference did not close the door that leads to the sacraments for divorced and remarried couples.
In a pastoral guide to Amoris Laetitia, the bishops said that, even though Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation reaffirms the indissolubility of marriage, it also notes that “conditioning factors and extenuating circumstances” may “attenuate or even annul the moral responsibility and imputability of unlawful acts.”
The 28-page document entitled Welcoming the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia by the Church in Brazil was released late last week. It was elaborated by the conference’s staff after discussions of Francis’s document on the family during the bishops’ 55th Ordinary General Assembly, which took place April 26 to May 5, 2017.
Brazil’s bishops affirm that Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitiaavoids a “normative pronouncement” on cases like those of divorced and remarried people. “The apostolic exhortation does not present a guide for the discernment of the so-called irregular cases,” says paragraph 37. Instead, Amoris “reinforces the need of a pastoral attention that is really particularized.”
The document argues that Amoris is not a rupture with previous Church teaching, but a development. “Nothing more contrary to the content of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia than the idea of a moral relativism or even situational morality. On the contrary, it reaffirms the doctrine about the indissolubility of marriage and the intrinsic malice of adultery,” says paragraph 39.
As it follows, the text calls on pastors to “enter” in concrete cases, “finding the proper way to help the formation of the faithful’s conscience.” Read the rest HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: What more do people need to see? Francis destroyed Catholic marriage and nobody cares. They would rather have Church-approved divorce. And the "faithful" sit there and let their marriages get undermined by the man who claims the keys.
The Daily Caller reports that Facebook and Google were “premier sponsors” for a left-wing protest last Saturday, which targeted a Human Coalition clinic for being “pro-life” and “successful”:
"Two of the most powerful companies in the world are co-sponsoring a protest against a pro-life women’s health care clinic that provides free medical services and counseling to pregnant women — just not abortions.
Facebook and Google are co-sponsoring Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of progressive activists and political leaders that is targeting a pro-life organization, Human Coalition, and the health care clinics they operate under the name Cura, which provide free medical services and counseling for women with unplanned pregnancies. The protest’s organizers claim two primary motivations for going after Human Coalition’s clinics: they’re pro-life, and they’re successful. (RELATED: ‘Betrayal’ — Left-Wingers Furious With Democrats’ Support For Pro-Life Candidates)
Netroots’ official agenda has the protest scheduled for Saturday at noon, immediately following one event featuring Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and shortly before another event featuring former Vice President Al Gore. Google and Facebook are listed as “premier sponsors” of Netroots, alongside far-left organizations like Planned Parenthood.
Saturday’s protest pits activists backed by two of the top four most valuable brands in the world against a small but effective organization that describes itself as both pro-women and pro-child.
Pro-abortion group Reproaction will lead Saturday’s protest against Human Coalition. Reproaction claims Human Coalition’s health center is a “fake clinic” because — unlike, say, Planned Parenthood — they don’t perform abortions. The protest is titled, “Get Fake Clinics Out Of Atlanta!” Read More HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Like I said last week... New Gestapo Rising: Social Media's Christian Purge
Several years ago, when it was becoming increasingly common for adults to allege childhood sexual abuse long past based upon so-called repressed memories, one of the most esteemed pastors of a local diocese was accused of sexual abuse of a child while hearing his confession. The attorney representing the alleged victim did much grandstanding in the media in preparation for the trial, only to have the case thrown out of court when it was determined that the abuse alleged to have occurred decades ago would have been physically impossible, since confessionals physically isolated priest and penitent back then.
Francis Fatigue is setting in even over at Fox News:
Under Pope Francis, the church has abandoned many of its bedrock positions on issues like divorce and homosexuality in favor of a “why not?” attitude. Francis has scolded people for being rich, sided with illegal immigrants, and suggested the church should be a refuge for the poor.
He has sidelined conservative cardinals, installed like-minded allies in key jobs, taken personal control of the Knights of Malta for defying him, and generally sent the signal that behind his amiable smile and humble talk lurks a radically liberal agenda.
The latest example of the pope’s blueprint for the future is contained in an article penned by two of his closest confidantes. They believe that conservative Catholics in the United States have formed a coalition with Evangelical Protestants to push Donald Trump’s agenda, which the authors call a “Manichean vision.” The article, in the Jesuit publication La Civiltà Cattolica, could not have been printed without Francis’s knowledge and approval.
The pope left little doubt about his feelings toward Trump when the president and first lady visited the Vatican earlier this year. In their joint photo, Francis frowns as if he smelled something bad in the room.
READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Houston, we've got a problem! Let's be clear: This has little to do with Donald Trump the man. In fact, for the purposes of today’s Remnant Comment it makes little difference whether you like him, hate him, or are entirely indifferent to the man. For just a moment, let's climb out of the pigeonholes into which our handlers have consigned us and consider the bigger picture of what's really going on here.
Trump was elected by a disenfranchised electorate of more or less pro-family, pro-life, pro-God Americans. Right? Can we all agree on that much? Voting for Donald Trump was an eleventh hour decision made by those of us who've had it up to here with the utopian dreams (and Orwellian nightmares) of a political elite hell-bent on destroying our way of life.
We didn’t mistake the twice-divorced New York billionaire for one of us—as some daily communicant, ready to inspire the masses to rise up against the God-hating tyrants. The man still seems a bit stunned, in fact, by the world-wide and rabid opposition with which he's now confronted and which, let’s face it, he never saw coming. It's not as if he's some Garcia Moreno figure out there shouting allegiance to Christ the King on the White House lawn. And yet still they hate him. Why?
Trump didn't start this fire—a fire which even the Vatican is now trying to extinguish. So, who did?
Answer that correctly and you’ll understand why they hate him.
What's left of a decent, God-fearing America started the fire, and since Trump has more money than God, and managed to find a way to win the Whitehouse sans blessing or permission from the phony-baloney two-party system, he's emerged as the de facto leader of the Basket of Deplorables. And this is why he finds himself in some pretty unlikely crosshairs. Everyone from the European Union, to the United Nations to the Vatican sees Trump as a man who needs to be eliminated.
The conservative Never Trumpers should actually be grateful to Trump for, if nothing else, having ripped the mask off the farcical Republican "conservative" who’s been winning elections for decades just by unscrupulously exploiting pro-life America. That guy is just as much a Never Trumper as the rabid Leftist.
In a general sense, Trump reminds me of Francois Athanase de Charette de la Contrie, the Royalist soldier and politician who rose to prominence in the Vendee during the French Revolution. With his mistresses and lax faith, Charette, like Trump, was no saint. Hiding beneath his bed, in fact, he had to be practically dragged into service by the Vendean peasants—regular, God-fearing folks in desperate need of a professional military man to lead them against the destroyers of their entire way of life who were enforcing “liberty” at the point of a gun.
So Charette—the flawed human being—nevertheless found himself leading the Royal and Catholic Army against the sons of the Enlightenment who’d beheaded Catholic France—kings, queens, priests and nuns. (If any reader still believes in the old fairy tales for adults about that most Christophobic Revolution they may wish to watch this short reenactment of the historical slaughter of the Carmelites, and ask yourself why the "Enlightened champions of liberty" needed to behead Catholics in the name of Liberty, or read the full story HERE)
The longer Charette fought against the very Revolution he'd once defended in the New World as an officer in the Royal Navy, the more he came to recognize the abject evil his Catholic army (the original 'basket of deplorables') was up against.
Once he'd seen through the slogans and phony rhetoric about Liberty, he realized there could be no compromise with the devils behind the mask. And while we have no idea where Trump's battle against the same resident evil will take him, it's interesting that Charette (the sinner) ended up dying a martyr's death rather than continue to bow to the Revolution that had grown to despise him once he'd agreed to fight for the regular, God-fearing folks.
The parallel between the two men is far from perfect, admittedly. Charette was a Catholic, while Trump is far from it. But perhaps it will prompt us to pray for President Trump’s conversion, now that he too is experiencing the wrath of the Chirstophobes firsthand.
But, again, it was the decent, family-loving, gun-toting, Bible-packing “deplorables” of western France (the heartland) who needed Charette—a man who knew the art of war—to lead them against the Anti-Christians of their day. Charette knew who the real enemy of the people was since he'd once been one of them. When he finally turned against them he became the hand of God.
Will Trump unequivocally turn against his old friends in Washington and New York who’ve now come to hate him almost as much as they hate us? It’s a long shot, but we’ll have to wait and see. His only hope of success lies in his commitment to the “peasants” who put him where he is now. Even the Vatican is standing against him. And what I fear is that Pope Francis and his Leftist pals are targeting not Trump (not Charette) but us—the people, the peasants—who are refusing to sign on with the champions of Liberty and a Godless New World Order.
The Hollywood left, demon Democrats, United Nations wackos, sustainable development megalomaniacs---they're all down with Pope Francis now. There's no conspiracy theorizing about it, as this news report from the secularist Fox News makes abundantly clear. The question is, what are we going to do now that it's clear—to our shock and disbelief—that our father in Rome has sided with them? Do we continue to play "let's pretend"? Or do we stand up, prayerfully, and resist him to his face even as Paul resisted Peter to his? It’s a horrific choice, admittedly, but it’s the only one we have.
Francis doesn’t have to endorse Donald Trump. We get that. But for him to turn on the pro-life, pro-family, pro-God “basket of deplorables” who voted him in as a last-ditch defensive measure against the Anti-Christians, is, to say the least, telling indeed.
Our neo-Catholic friends can stay in denial where Francis is concerned if they wish and as they see fit. We understand their fear of reading the terrible handwriting on the wall. We don't like what it says any more than they do, but that doesn't change the meaning of the words. Sooner or later, we're all going to have to make a choice: Do we remain Catholic, even if that means being more Catholic than the Pope, or do we apostatize along with everybody else? There is no other alternative.
May God give us the courage (and the faith) to choose wisely.
So there’s some good news and bad. First the bad: Last month and, without any warning whatsoever, several Catholic groups found their Facebook pages suddenly and inexplicably removed from the social media giant. These included, among others, Father Rocky’s page with 3.5 million Likes, Catholic and Proud with 6 million Likes, Jesus and Mary with 1.7 million Likes and Holy Mary Mother of G 200k Likes.
The good news: Following widespread protest, Facebook restored all or most of the purged pages just a few days later. Our friends at ChurchPOP.com explain how it went down:
USA Today reports that at least 14 priests and other afiliates of the Catholic Church, formerly and currently stationed on the island of Guam, are being accused of sexually molesting nearly 100 children. The accusations span the years of 1955 through 1994:
...Archbishop Anthony Apuron, 13 Guam priests and others, including a Catholic schoolteacher, a Catholic school janitor and a Boy Scout leader, are alleged to be sexual predators. Guam's Archdiocese of Agana is a defendant in 96 lawsuits. The complaints detail alleged attacks from 1955 through 1994 and claim some religious leaders knew of the exploitation and ignored it. One retired priest, who admitted in an affidavit that he sexually abused 20 or more boys, still receives a monthly stipend from the archdiocese. The accusations also ensnare the Boy Scouts of America, where that priest also served as a scoutmaster. The scouting group is named as a co-defendant in 52 lawsuits...
...In June 2016, Pope Francis suspended Apuron, who has since been accused in four lawsuits of sexually abusing four altar boys in the 1970s. The Vatican is now trying him in a secret procedure that could lead to him being dismissed from the clergy, also known as being laicized. Apuron is among the highest-ranking church officials to be tried by the Vatican for sexual wrongdoings.
Apuron has denied the abuse charges via statements on video and through written statements issued by the archdiocese. His attorney has filed motions to dismiss lawsuits against him. Apuron’s Vatican trial is “very, very rare, and the reason it’s rare is because the Vatican or the popes have protected the bishops,” says Dominican priest Tom Doyle, a specialist in canon, or church, law who advocates for abuse victims. “They consider them to be the most important part of the church, so they protect them, no matter what they’ve done." Read the report in its entirety HERE, but be forewarned that it contains graphic details.
REMNANT COMMENT: Okay, so it just keeps coming—the conciliarist sewage. We'll have to wait and see who's guilty and who's not, of course, but either way, Holy Mother Church ends up with another black eye.
Isn't this New Springtime of Vatican II awesome! I mean, really, it’s just working out so well.
I know, we just need to look at that date, our Neo-Catholics friends will rush to point out. Why it says 1955--a whopping ten years before the close of Vatican II. So we surely can't blame this one on the New Orientation of the Church of Vatican II. No, sir! This is just the way it always was, and it has nothing to do with homosexual recruitment in the seminaries (which was all the rage in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s). It has nothing to do with the New Mass--a thoroughly emasculated liturgy that depends on thoroughly emasculated men to really give it its liturgical WOW factor.
And this ongoing destruction of the Catholic priesthood, which this story highlights once again—certainly has nothing to do with the fact that they ripped out the Communion rails, filled the sanctuaries (sorry, gathering space) with poofters, women and kids, and knocked out the old confessionals (so now Father gets to get real cozy with the penitents). Oh, sure, the sacrality of the priesthood was dramatically minimized and the "priesthood of the laity" maximized—but this is much better than it was in those old dark ages when priests ascended steps to the altar and led their flocks in the worship of Almighty God.
YUCK! Where’s the active participation in THAT! That’s no fun at all! What about me?!
Nope! There's no connection between all that and the massive scandals in the priesthood. None whatsoever! And anyway, the Neo-Catholics like the Mass the way they remember it, way back when the Brady Bunch was still on TV. In fact, they like the Mass to look and feel very much like the Brady Bunch--happy, sappy and clappy! They like Father Bob to be approachable (something like Mike Brady, come to think of it). They like to participate---and they like to watch others participate--you know, with guitars and dancing and all that.
The last thing they want is to go back to a sacred and separated priesthood according the Order of Melchizedek, the holy of holies sanctuaries, Latin Masses, priests facing God (rather than the people) as had been done for more than a thousand years. No, not for them. All this new & improved Protestant-styled liturgy is just part of the Church’s grand and glorious evolution to bigger and better things. And as all this rockin' and rollin' evolving goes on, we Catholics need to pray and obey and just ignore the fact that the human element of the Church is falling down all around us, that homosexuals are invading not only the priesthood but now the episcopacy itself, and that kids are being molested by priests and whatever butch nuns are still driving around in those cool litlte Priuses of theirs.
Sure, most Catholics don't even bother going to Mass anymore (do you blame them?) and the Catholic Church has all the moral authority of the Mikey Mouse Club---but we're getting accompanied now, we got mercy---and, besides, the Church was always in crisis. And all we need now is just a little more time to unpack the Theology of the Body Bags and we’ll be good to go.
It's all good. Why? Because the Neo-Catholics say it is! And to suggest otherwise would only mean the Traditionalists were right all along….and we can’t have that! No, everything is awesome!
I know, my bad, I’m sorry-- my tone.... it’s just too darn harsh. And I feel just terrible about that. Really I do!
New From Remnant TV...
Remnant Editor Michael J. Matt takes us on a scooter ride into our Catholic past. This video provides a glimpse into what Catholic life in a Catholic country would have been like, as we visit little mountain villages and churches high up in the Alps of Northern Italy. Come along for the ride, and let’s see what we lost and what must be restored again.
The bottom line is that the invited speakers at this conference include various climate alarmists who zealously preach the pretext of man-made climate change to justify their agenda of population control (including birth control and abortion) which must be carried out by global governance in order to save the planet.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has handed down a landmark judgment under article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights – prohibition of discrimination – in an application involving public appointments brought by the Grand Orient of Italy.
The decision was taken by six votes to one. Under Article 41 of the Convention, the court held, unanimously, that the finding of a violation constituted sufficient just satisfaction for non-pecuniary damage.
They awarded the Grand Orient of Italy 5,000 euros (£3,400) costs and expenses.
...Regarding whether there was an objective and reasonable justification for such a difference, the court reiterated that it had already held that the prohibition on nominating Freemasons to public office, introduced to ‘reassure’ the public at a time when there had been controversy surrounding their role in the life of the country, had pursued the legitimate aims of protecting national security and preventing disorder. The court considered those requirements remained valid… READ MORE HERE
Philadelphia’s Carmelite Monastery of St. Joseph and St. Anne, at 66th Avenue and Old York Road, celebrated the 115th anniversary of its foundation with a Solemn High Mass on the evening of Wednesday, July 26. The Carmel, which was established by nuns from the Boston Carmel and originally located at 18th and Poplar Streets then at 44th and Spruce Streets, has been at its current monastery since 1910, according to the Prioress, who in keeping with the Carmelite charism does not wish to be named. The nuns themselves were an unseen presence at the Mass because of their rules of strict enclosure. They only receive visitors from behind a screen.
The Mass was really a double celebration. The Philadelphia Carmel, which was down to three active members, marked the arrival on July 25 of 10 new members drawn from thriving Carmels in Valparaiso, Nebraska in the Lincoln Diocese, and Elysburg, Pa. in the Diocese of Harrisburg, which was itself established by nuns from Valparaiso
The new arrivals “are all in their 20s and 30s and they are all devout, intelligent and talented, and many were home-schooled,” the Prioress said. “They want an authentic Carmelite vocation. We will have a solemn profession for several of them in January and one is still a novice.
The Mass was celebrated in the monastery’s beautiful chapel which was designed by Maginnis and Walsh, the Boston architects that later designed the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The celebrant was the monastery’s new chaplain, Father Scott W. Allen, F.S.S.P. (Fraternal Society of St. Peter). READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: One wonders just how much additional evidence needs to be exhibited before mainstream Catholics finally begin to accept the fact that the future of the Catholic Church depends on a complete restoration of her traditional belief, liturgy and practice. As the number of practicing Catholics since 1965 (the close of the Second Vatican Council) continues to plummet to record lows, an unprecedented priest shortage forces church closings by the thousands, and religious vocations are fast becoming a thing of the past—it should be pretty clear even to the most intellectually sluggish among us that something has gone terribly wrong, and that that something has everything to do with the Church’s abandonment of Tradition and subsequent preoccupation with novelty. This becomes even more abundantly obvious when considering the statistical evidence of high numbers of vocations to the priestly and religious life still taking place in traditionalist enclaves, monasteries and seminaries. Could the handwriting on the wall be any more obvious?
The ecclesiastical hippies had their day; their rainbow vestments and felt banners have become moth-eaten and dingy. Traditional Catholicism, on the other hand, is a youth movement—it is the future. The Revolution is entering its dotage. Ad maiorem Dei gloriam.