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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Remnant Editor’s Note: Father Patrick de la Rocque, SSPX, is the Parish Priest of the Society of St. Pius X’s largest church in Paris, the famous Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet. He was also one of the four theologians on the SSPX side during the doctrinal discussions under Pope Benedict. As part of our ongoing discussion of both the pros and the cons of a possible SSPX regularization, Father de la Rocque raises an interesting argument in favor of exercising extreme caution. This article appeared in the March 2017 edition of Le Chardonnet, the parish bulletin of Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet, Paris, and was posted on the SPPX French District website La Porte Latine. We’re grateful to our friend and important European ally for this exclusive Remnant translation, and would once again ask for prayers on his behalf. MJM
On the 4th February last, the area around the Vatican woke up to find itself covered with posters calling out to the Pope: “Eh, Francis! You have commissioned Congregations, dismissed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, you have ignored Cardinals… But where is your mercy?”
March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — American Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor is famous for answering a pronouncement by leftist author Mary McCarthy that the Eucharist is a “symbol” by exclaiming, albeit in a shaky voice: “Well, if it’s a symbol, to hell with it!”
Relating this encounter in a letter, O’Connor added: “That was all the defense I was capable of but I realize now that this is all I will ever be able to say about it, outside of a story, except that it is the center of existence for me; all the rest of life is expendable."
O’Connor’s matchless apologia comes to mind when reading Douglas Farrow’s analysis on the crisis in the Catholic Church, and not because his essay in March’s First Things is titled: “To hell with accompaniment.” (It’s found under Discernment of Situations in the online.)
It’s because Farrow, a professor of Christian thought at McGill University, is clear that the rapidly rising discord in the Church involves “not merely on pastoral judgment with respect to the sacraments” but the sacraments themselves, and so “must be resolved, however painful the process." READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: It goes without saying that we at The Remnant recognize and celebrate a significant sea change among millions of faithful Catholics where the error of papalotry and the heresy of conciliarism are concerned. It seems evident to us that part of the Francis Effect is indeed positive, in that so many good Catholics are waking up to the truly diabolical nature of the revolution in the Catholic Church. It would certainly seem that now is the time for faithful Catholics to set partisan politics aside and come to the next startling realization--that what's happening today has been a long time coming and that, really, it has less to do with Pope Francis and much more to do with the Modernist Revolution in the Church in general, which raised its ugly head in the Church at the time of the Second Vatican Council.
The Francis Effect is just that--an effect, not a cause, and it's high time we all examine the root cause of how it came to be that the faith of the Catholic world has become so lukewarm as to tolerate such abominations coming out of Rome with nary a whimper of protest. How did this happen? The faith has been under universal assault for over a hundred years, and, especially over the past half century, the venerable Roman Rite has been all but destroyed, Catholic theology has been watered down to the point of making it unrecognizable as Catholic, the priesthood has been infiltrated, and the heresy of Ecumenism has left millions of our co-religionists virtually indistinguishable from their Protestant counterparts.
They have uncrowned Christ, raped His bride and placed his people in the bondage of indifferentism. God help us, it's time for all Catholics who still believe to stand up—together, as one—and to take our Church back.
L’Osservatore Romano has published an article criticizing “dissent in the form of public criticism” of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
Father Salvador Pié-Ninot, a theologian from Barcelona, analyzed such criticism in light of Donum Veritatis, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s 1990 instruction on the ecclesial vocation of the theologian.
Describing Amoris Laetitia as a non-definitive exercise of the ordinary Magisterium, Father Pié-Ninot quotes Donum Veritatis in stating that its teachings, even “if they are not guaranteed by the charism of infallibility, are not without divine assistance and call for the adherence of the faithful.”
After reviewing the section of Donum Veritatis devoted to “the problem of dissent” (nos. 32-41), Father Pié-Ninot wrote that “the confrontation between the Magisterium, in this case papal, and a theological interpretation that dissents, is not a simple conflict between two opinions.” READ MORE HERE.
This piece was written in the aftermath of the “pedophile summit” in Rome, which Chris attended as our correspondent, posing a question to then head of the USCCB, Bishop Wilton Gregory, whose explosive answer was reported by the international press: “[I]t is an ongoing struggle to make sure that the Catholic priesthood is not dominated by homosexual men.”
Never mind that Pope Francis’ own yes-man from Malta has finally stated openly what, until now, has remained menacingly implied pretty much everywhere during these long post-Vatican II decades: namely, that any young man who feels truly called to become an alter Christus in the unlimited service of God is very welcome not to let the door hit him on his way out. But for purposes of mainstream consideration, all we are supposed to talk about is the fact that there aren’t enough priests, which leaves a serious-minded and good-hearted shepherd like Pope Francis between a rock and a hard place. Even the Holy Spirit would have to admit (wouldn’t He?) that desperate times call for desperate measures.
Editor's Note:This excellent article is a Remnant translation of "Défense du celibat sacerdotal" by the SSPX French District back in 2013 in its Lettre a nos freres pretres. It can be read in French here. Our translator has not asked for credit but would very much appreciate your prayers for his intentions. MJM
Priestly celibacy, which the Catholic Church has kept for centuries like a sacred jewel, has been, for a number of years, the object of doubts, challenges, and even virulent attacks. The consciences of Catholics are troubled, while aspirants to the priesthood and priests are perplexed. It is therefore necessary to examine this question in the light of the Gospel and of the authentic Tradition of the Church.
Objections against priestly celibacy
This just in from Patheos (of course): "Ten Things to Remember About Married Catholic Priests", by Father Dwight Longenecker:
Celibacy for priests is a discipline not a doctrine – The Pope can’t change doctrine. He can change discipline. A discipline is something like which liturgy you use, rules for fasting and abstinence and celibacy for priests. It is obviously something that can be changed because the Eastern Rite churches have married priests and because people like me (former Anglican priests who are married) can receive a dispensation from the vow of celibacy to be ordained.
Pope Francis has said that he may consider the ordination of some married men. There is lots of room for confusion here. So here are ten things to remember about this matter:
St Peter was married – Jesus healed Peter’s mother in law, (Mt. 8:14-15) so if you have a mother in law you must be married. Some people argue that Peter must have been widowed, but it would seem that his wife was still living and that she travelled with Peter on his missionary journeys. (1 Cor.9:5) READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: This from a Catholic priest, husband and father of four, who spent much of his life as an evangelical Christian, before converting to Anglicanism at Bob Jones University (no less!) and then converting to Catholicism twenty years ago. Ordained a Catholic priest just ten years ago, Father is now the eminently qualified neo-Catholic expert on married Roman Catholic priests. After all, St. Peter probably had a mother-in-law! On the face of it, it's really rather amusing. I mean, of course, Father is down with married priests—he is one! This is like asking a divorced and remarried couple for their unbiased opinion on how Amoris Laetitia's Paragraph 351 can be easily reconciled with Church teaching against unrepentant public adulterers receiving the Sacraments. Sure, it’d be a fun read-- but how seriously would you take it?
In fairness, it should be noted that Fr Longenecker has written widely on this topic and while he clearly accepts the exceptions made by Rome, he also supports the policy of maintaining clerical celibacy as the default setting.
Here’s a prediction: In five years Patheos will be giving us the "Ten Things to Remember About Women Priests", written by Father Rhonda and her assistant pastor Father Trudy here:
These girls will still be hiding their own Easter eggs, of course, but Patheos won't notice that and, let's be honest, this too will be a fun little read.
(As you were, ladies. You'll call us when the shuttle lands.)
Plus, a Protestant minister's reaction to Pope Francis on atheists, EWTN, Phil Lawler and Deal Hudson on Pope Francis's revolution.
This just in from LifeSiteNews –
Sister Simone Campbell, a dissident nun most famous for her "Nuns on a Bus" work, spoke at the Vatican on Wednesday at a conference for International Women's Day. Titled "Voices of Faith," the conference has taken place for four consecutive years. This year's program thanked Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, "for opening the doors to the Casina Pio IV." FULL REPORT HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: So, a pro-abort "nun" is an honored guest speaker at the Vatican this week, a pro-genocide whacko last week, I wonder what's up next week. Anton LaVey?
Not that this doesn't make perfect sense. I mean, obviously, the Vatican was as impressed with "Sister" Simone's nutty little cry for help in Washington back in January as we were:
I'm not sure if Sister Simone's "girl power" wonder twin, Sister Joan Chittister, has gotten herself ordained a priest yet or not, but if she's not offering Mass somewhere, maybe she can land a gig at the Vatican next month. This gal pal is always fun at a party!
Pope Bergoglio is a man in a hurry. It is almost as if he working on some sort of deadline to impose his designs upon the Church—a deadline of four years to be exact, as LifeSiteNews reminded us regarding an anonymous comment by one of the cardinals who voted for this disaster of a Pope: “Four years of Bergoglio would be enough to change things.”
The co-conspirators themselves have openly admitted the existence of a plot to elect Bergoglio to “change things” in the Church rapidly and “irreversibly” in ways exceeding even the catastrophic innovations of the past fifty years—or so they thought. Pope Benedict’s secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, spoke of “a dramatic struggle” during the 2005 Conclave “between the “so-called ‘Salt of the Earth Party’ (named after the book interview with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) comprising ‘Cardinals Lopez Trujillo, Ruini, Herranz, Ruoco Varela or Medina’ and their adversaries: ‘the so-called St. Gallen group’ that included Cardinals Danneels, Martini, Silvestrini or Murphy O’Connor’ — a group Cardinal Danneels referred jokingly to as “a kind of mafia-club…” Another member of the “mafia-club” is Walter Kasper, the German arch-heretic who had fallen into obscurity until Bergoglio’s arrival on the scene.