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The Remnent Newspaper traveled to Rome for coverage of the Conclave.

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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.

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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:

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This just in from Julia Hartley-Brewer at the Telegraph: "What the head of an anti-science body like the Catholic Church says about climate change is about as relevant as Kim Kardashian on the eurozone. It’s a funny old world. Environmentalists are dancing with glee after Pope Francis issued a statement calling on every man, woman and child to stand together to tackle the issue of climate change. The Pope, after all, is the highly influential leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics around the world and a man who can bend the ear of any president or prime minister he wants at any time. 

"Getting him on board the green bandwagon is an undoubted coup for the eco-lobby.  His statement came in the form of an encyclical, a papal letter to bishops usually aimed at ending debate on a theological issue, to be formally published today, and it represents the Pope’s views on the God-given responsibility of humans to act as custodians of the earth....

"Now, I’m sure Pope Francis is a perfectly decent and moral man who means well and wants nothing but the best for mankind and our planet. But - and it’s quite a bit “but” - I’m afraid the Catholic Church lost its right to hand out moral lectures to the rest of the world some time ago."  READ ARTICLE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: Remember how Maximilien Robespierre, mastermind of the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, ended up?  He was beheaded by the Paris mob who'd hailed him as their ‘incorruptible’ god just a short while before. They beheaded the Carmelite Nuns of Compiegne in July and, in that very same month, with the echo of those sweet voices singing the Veni Creator Spiritus on their way to the scaffold still fresh in the memory of the mob, they turned on Robespierre himself and lopped off his head too.  

Unless Francis officially denies the divinity of Jesus Christ and calls on the whole world to spit on the crucifix, it's only a matter of time before the rabid enemies of the Cross will call for his head, too.
In his one-man popularity show at the expense of the traditions of the Church, the Pope's ratings at the moment are very high, but only with the far-Left, and this is because they are obviously using him to prepare for the crucifixion of the Mystical Body of Christ. Alas, he's having too much fun to realize how he's being used.

But as this Telegraph article intimates, those popularity numbers won't last as the enemies of the Church are historically never very impressed with the politics of appeasement. The pontificate of Pope Francis will be crushed by the world, the flesh and the devil just as soon as its horrific novelty becomes passé and he ceases to be useful to the enemies of the Church.

God help us, when is this deluded old modernist going to wake up?

In keeping with the evolutionary eschatology of Teilhard de Chardin, Pope Francis attempts to fashion yet another post-conciliar novelty in the Church: a call to “ecological conversion,” which requires a subtle demotion of man to merely a part of the natural world.

The final, official, fully corrected, this-is-really-it version of Laudato Si’ (LS) has just been formally presented to the world by the triumvirate of emcees Francis handpicked for the Big Reveal: Cardinal Turkson, hailed by Vatican Insider for “defend[ing] gays against unfavourable Ugandan law,” the climate change Nazi Hans Joachim Schellnhube, just appointed by Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Atheists—I mean, Sciences—and an Orthodox Archbishop by the name of John Zizioulas, representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, who—don’t you know?—is very big on environmentalism.

“Locke: dry, cold, languid, and wearisome, will live forever” -J. Bentham

Walking the Chartres Pilgrimage always puts me back on the straight and narrow path. It does so by the simple expedient of making me feel as though I am dying; as though I am a condemned prisoner undergoing a peculiar form of execution that will continue—slowly, torturously, and unabated—for almost three entire days.

Of course experience assures me that this particular misery will actually end in happiness, and that all I really need to do for the moment is add my bit to maintaining the joviality crucial to keeping the moveable pilgrim gibbet on the road.

Still, that part of me that really, really hurts—namely, every bone and muscle in my body—brings the reality of pain, death, and the meaning of it all to center stage in a way that nothing else I do during the year—at least up until now—has yet matched. And that honing in on the dreadful effects of Original Sin never fails to confirm commitment to the central Catholic teaching that is only through an ever deeper surrender to the knowledge, love, and service of God that the purpose of our lives, with all their pains and joys, can be clarified.

Today over at, Michael Brendan Dougherty ask probing questions about the bizarre state of affairs inside the Vatican right now--a Vatican, by the way, which more and more seems to be morphing into a clearing house for the radical ideas of far-Left loons.  Dougherty writes:  "What is going on at the Vatican? Low-level plots and high-octane insults are leaking out a steady rate. And for now, Pope Francis seems to be absent. There is the ongoing attempt to smear the pope’s top reformer. Francis has given Cardinal George Pell extraordinary power to reform the Vatican’s finances, particularly its bank, a job that has put a lot of Italian noses out of joint. Earlier this year, anonymous critics began to charge that Pell was racking up outrageous expenses. In an effort to make Pell look like an out-of-touch traditionalist, he was accused of purchasing a "cappa magna," a long and luxurious robe that is strongly associated with the arch-traditionalist Cardinal Burke, whose career was basically ended by Francis last year. It was an obvious, clumsy smear.

"Now Pell is being hit by much graver accusations. Last week, Peter Saunders, a lay member of a Vatican commission that is handling cases of child sexual abuse, went on the Australian version of 60 Minutes and called Pell a sociopath. The accusations, combined with a media campaign in Australia, make it seem as if Pell was intimately involved in protecting an abusive priest. But he was not a bishop in charge of that priest, and his record on the issue is one of the few commendable ones in the church hierarchy. Pell says he is considering legal action against Saunders, creating the ugly spectacle of a battle between two Vatican reformers.

"Has Pope Francis intervened to protect his cardinal? No, not really.

"Recently Vatican officials held a conference on climate change. The invited speakers included economist Jeffrey Sachs and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. The former has been a noted opponent of the church on a number of issues, and even promotes abortion as a "low-risk" intervention to reduce fertility, as part of an effort to reduce the global population. When Catholic and pro-life journalists sent questions to Archbishop Sánchez Sorondo, one of the conference's organizers, he responded with a breathtaking glibness that reads like a mid-2000s contribution to DailyKos.

"When asked simple questions by pro-lifers about the wisdom of the church offering those men a platform, Sorondo said, "The Tea Party and all those whose income derives from oil have criticized us." He castigated the questioner by saying that Sachs and Moon "don’t even mention abortion or population control. They speak of access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights." What does this Vatican official think is meant by "reproductive rights”? But Sorondo’s nasty, conspiratorial response was outdone by Margaret Archer, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Her response to pro-lifers accused the questioner of being a defective Catholic who must only be concerned with human dignity between conception and birth, a clichéd rhetorical attack that should be beneath a woman of her station, let alone a representative of the Vatican. She also accused the critics of being in the pocket of energy industry lobbyists. Does no one else find this unseemly? Her high-handedness and open partisanship were astounding: "I am appointed by the pope and responsible directly to him. I’m afraid that leaves you and your cohort out in the cold."

"In other words, when asked for clarity about the Vatican giving a platform to population-control advocates, the Vatican’s published response was, essentially: 'You lousy corrupt Tea Baggers don’t even know what Catholicism is'."  READ THE REST OF THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: I can't imagine how much more evidence would be required to convince our neo-Catholic friends that something has gone very wrong here. At this point one would have to be obstinately refusing to see the coup d’état that has taken place under Francis. This is our Church.  The Vatican is ours. As faithful Catholics, we have every right to demand an explanation. Has the Pope lost his mind?  Is he ill? Is he senile? Is he being blackmailed?  God help us, what are we waiting for? We demand answers, and if that means we must wrestle them from this bizarre pontiff and his friends, so be it! Let's get started.  But let's stop denying the obvious fact that the Catholic Church is now in the hands of radicals who will do all in their power to destroy her human element if the Catholic people don’t wake up.

A very personal announcement from Michael Matt.

The Sexual Revolution and the Liturgical Revolution of Vatican II: What's the connection?

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Francis Received Lady “Archbishop,” Head of Insane Lutheran “Church” of Sweden, Calling Her “Esteemed Sister”

As Francis continues to do whatever he pleases and to say whatever he feels like saying, even when he is aware that “it may sound… heretical,” the sense that the Church has “lost its compass” and is now “a rudderless ship,” as noted by Cardinal Burke, continues to spread among the faithful and a growing number of priests, bishops and cardinals.

In a recent  meeting with the pastor of our Church, the term "special interest" came up in our discussion about the Traditional Latin Mass. Part of my responsibility as a parish member and lobbyist for the TLM is to oversee the logistics of our recently granted Sunday celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass at the city's oldest and most beautiful Catholic Church. My new pastor, an able and dedicated man, with a true affection for the old liturgy, is also typical in some respects as one who grew up during all the ecumenical trends launched after of Vatican II.  

A point made in the meeting was the need to regularize the "special interest" groups, like the TLM and the Spanish congregation, into the parish fold. For the last twenty-five years my family has attended the Traditional Latin Mass, the Mass of my early youth. Over the years more and more weathered stalwarts among the TLM's devotees began exhibiting traits of Post-Traumatic Stress.
Editor’s Note: Over the years since 1988, The Remnant has featured countless debates on the question of the SSPX “schism” and/or irregular canonical status. We have friends and allies on both sides of that divide, and, let’s face it, the complexities of the question are not easily unraveled even by canon lawyers, which is why there are many canon lawyers on both sides of the aisle. Where we’ve drawn the line in terms of publishing this debate is at those who seem disposed to willfully defend predetermined conclusions while consciously ignoring the facts that don’t fit their nice and neat little narrative. So, for example, those who insist on castigating the SSPX as formally “schismatic” even after heads of the CDF in Rome have clearly stated otherwise are, in our opinion, ideologically driven to grind the axe of their own pet peeve, and thus contribute nothing to the debate. Similarly, those in the SSPX who obstinately adhere to 1988 talking points about the FSSP, for example, poised to begin offering the New Mass and give enthusiastic across-the-board approval to the whole warp and disastrous woof of the Second Vatican Council, while ignoring the mountains of real-world evidence to the contrary are, in our opinion, counterproductive to serious debate as well. Mr. Achbold’s approach, on the other hand, is that of serious Catholics on both sides who are trying to uncover and then defend the truth. He may not  agree with important elements of the SSPX’s argument where jurisdiction is concerned, and yet the following article is an example of the fair, balanced and thus constructive discussion we at The Remnant have sought to promote and encourage for 25 years, even if and when it may depart in one way or another from our own editorial policy and opinion. Our thanks to Mr. Archbold for a fine example of the noble effort to cut through the inflammatory rhetoric on both sides and thus be part of the solution rather than the problem where the complex question of the SSPX is concerned. MJM

If my social media is indicative of trends among friends, two themes pop up in my feed over and over again. The first is videos of rogue police violating the constitutional rights of citizens caught on camera as a consequence of the emergence of the video age.   The other is hyperbolic criticisms of the SSPX, with the word schism thrown around like beers at a frat party.
Today our friend Matt Abbott over a RenewAmerica writes the following in his article entitled "Bruce Jenner and the culture of insanity": "The current main pop-culture headline involves former Olympian Bruce Jenner "transitioning" into a woman. He's on the cover of Vanity Fair as "Caitlyn," and he'll be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards.

"Sadly, a large segment of our culture celebrates that which shouldn't be celebrated. Jenner needs compassion – he obviously has a significant mental affliction – but he certainly doesn't deserve an award for courage. There's nothing courageous about a man living as a woman.

"The following Catholic priests agree."  READ MATT's COLUMN HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: Matt Abbott offers a one-word conclusion to all this with which we heartily agree: "Insanity"! But I would go a step further, as this is the kind of insanity that comes when creatures declare war on their Creator. This is evil, yes, but more importantly it is evil that should be regarded as predicatable as was always inevitable. To be surprised by the cultural phenomenon that is MISTER Jenner reveals a failure to fully comprehend what the revolution against God, the Catholic Church and the Christian family has always been about--the non serviam of hell itself. So MISTER Jenner is not insane in the classical or clinical sense of that word. He is diabolically disoriented, and he suffers the consequences--mental, spiritual, moral and physical--that come with open rebellion against God. He is in the process of committing suicide--first of the soul, then of the mind, then of his gender and ultimately of his life. Yes, MISTER Jenner's final act in this his one-man, media-driven reality TV show will be the taking of his own life. And the media will applaud that, as well.

The media are the Devil's eyes to the hell. Take away MISTER Jenner's TV cameras and he's still Bruce. Take away FOX News and CNN in Baltimore last month and the city would not have been set on fire. The media are providing the bread and circuses of pagan Rome. They give us 24/7 freak show, and we just can't keep our eyes off the bearded lady. Our whole society has become one big car crash complete with multiple vehicles and countless casualties--and we can't remove our eyes from the gore and the death and wrecked lives. It could happen to us at any moment, and that prospect--that danger, that threat, that possilbity--makes it all irresistable to us.

But again this was all inevitable. The forces of hell have been waging war on Christ, the Cross and the Church for a thousand years. They first ripped Christendom in half with the sword of Protestantism; then they took that sword and beheaded Chris the King by separating the crowned heads of Europe from their bodies; with the temporal authority of the Catholic State crushed beneath the cloven foot of the Enlightenment, they set out to breach the walls of the Church herself.  They infiltrated her from within and the attacked from without with such diabolical fury that before they were done the Pope himself had laid down his crown and the venerable Catholic Mass--bulwark of the Faith--had been banished from the Church.

What was left? All out war on the family, the unborn and now even the body God Himself has given to each of us. Total war on everything God has bequeathed to His children--even life itself.

MISTER Jenner is but a demonic manifestation of man's non serviam. There is nothing here that should surprise the Traditional Catholic who knew from the beginning that this war was never about "personal liturgical preferances", but rather the prevention of universal chaos in the world in which we live.

Bottom line: Stop fretting about MISTER Jenner. Turn off the TV. Break out the beads. This is it! The early Christians were not out campaining and doing petitions in protest of Caligula have sexual intercoarse with his horse and appointing the animal to the Senate in old pagan Rome. They had "come out from among them" and were worshipping God in catacombs, praying for deviverance from evil, and preparing for a date with the lions. And so must we. This world is no place for us anymore. And so we watch and wait and pray, while insisting that the old Latin Mass is our only hope and the only hope of the world. God help us, the forces of hell have been unleashed and the only solution now is the spiritual solution--the Rosary and the Mass. Nothing else matters.