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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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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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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.  
Over at SSPX.Org a new letter from Bishop Fellay was posted today.  Here's a snippet: "In itself mercy is a word that is dear to the heart of every Catholic, because it designates the most touching manifestation of God’s love for us...

"Nevertheless true mercy, which implies this initial, extremely touching movement of God toward the sinner and His misery, continues in a moment of the creature’s conversion to God: “God desires not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (cf. Ezek 33:11). Hence the Gospels insist on the duty of conversion, renunciation and penance.  Our Lord went so far as to say: “Unless you do penance, you shall all perish” (cf. Lk 13:5)."

"Opposed to the true notion of mercy is the new "spirit of Vatican II" notion of mercy which lacks a sense of repentance, an error that is being promoted as part of Pope Francis' reform of the Roman Curia: Can you truncate mercy, cut it off from necessary repentance, as Cardinal Maradiaga does, for the stated purpose of giving a new spirit to the conciliar reforms and breaking with the traditional spirit? Certainly not!"  READ MORE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: Question: Are these the words of a man who "sold out" to the Vatican in exchange for some personal gain and a more glorious place in history? The critics of Bishop Fellay seem to be revealing themselves as men on whom nuance and prudence are largely wasted. In constant pursuit of the next wild conspiracy theory, they seem to have difficulty grasping the significance of the crucial role Bishop Fellay is obliged to accept as one of the last remaining traditional Catholic bishops in the world today. His strategy requires diligence against the fever swamps to the right, while for the good of the whole Church (and not just the SSPX) maintaining lines of communication with the tiny remnant of believing hierarchs left in Rome--men who may be of some use in leading many diabolically disoriented shepherds back from the precipice and in the direction of sacred Tradition. Bishop Fellay does not seem to be settling for mere self-preservation either for himself or for the Society of St. Pius X. Rather it seems obvious that he is motivated by a much higher goal, which includes a stubborn refusal to abandon the Church in crisis. How easy it would be for him to spend every waking moment shooting at the sad and dizzy little modernist fish swimming round and round inside the Vatican fishbowl just now. But is that really what the Church needs? I think not. Rather, the Church desperately needs bishops who understand the awesome responsibility that comes with their holy mission to serve the Church with prudence and wisdom in times of great upheaval. There are not many such bishops left in the world today. Pray for this one, and stop playing the part of the useful idiot by attacking him for not being as strident, shrill and counterproductive as the Internet mob demands he should be.

In the third year of his pontificate, criticism is growing of Pope Francis. Members of the Vatican establishment are turning against him and he even shocks his own staff with his free thinking. Where does this enigmatic pope want to steer the Catholic Church?

This article from Der Spiegel is long but contains plenty of intimations that, even as the mob raised Francis up, it may soon let him fall.  And what will happen then?

Here's a snippet from the article:  "They're an experienced team, the three of them. The driver has barely stopped, and already the security guard has grabbed a child from the crowd on the left and is holding it up for the pope. The pontiff bends over, kisses the child -- and then it's over.

"The whole thing takes mere seconds and repeats itself several times during the pope's Wednesday lap of honor before the general audience on St. Peter's Square starts. If there are any larger groups he can see -- Boy Scouts, for example, or wheelchair-users -- then Christ's representative on Earth briefly taps the Popemobile-driver on the shoulder to get him to stop. When observed from up close, Pope Francis comes across as a stately man. The white cassocks strain at his midsection, his pronounced chin is elongated and his eyes look searchingly into those of the people surrounding him. Compared to his predecessor, the almost otherworldly smiling Benedict XVI, the Argentinian comes across as downright earthly. As though there were no distance at all.

"He hugs and he pats. He kisses small children and cardinals. He does it without warning and enthusiastically. It's almost as if he's using bodily contact to console himself for the burden of his position. He is the highest-ranking person of faith and a role model for the 1.3 billion Catholics around the world.

"When Pope Francis, otherwise known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, entered St. Peter's Basilica at 10 a.m. on Pentecost Sunday for the Holy Mass, he had been in office for 797 days. Seven-hundred-ninety-seven days in which he has divided the Catholic rank-and-file into admirers and critics. At time during which more and more people have begun to wonder if he can live up to what he seems to have promised: renewal, reform and a more contemporary Catholic Church.

"Francis has had showers for homeless people erected near St. Peter's Square, but has at the same time also spent millions on international consultants. He brought the Vatican Bank's finances into order, but created confusion in the Curia. He has negotiated between Cuba and the United States, but also scared the Israelis by calling Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas an "angel of peace."

"This pope is much more enigmatic than his predecessor -- and that is becoming a problem. Right up to this day, many people have been trying to determine Francis' true intentions. If you ask cardinals and bishops, or the pope's advisors and colleagues, or veteran Vatican observers about his possible strategy these days -- the Pope's overarching plan -- they seem to agree on one point: The man who sits on the Chair of St. Peter is a notorious troublemaker." READ THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE 

REMNANT COMMENT: Question: Is it better for souls and for the life of the Church if Francis were to abdicate, or would the prospect of three popes in Rome lead to a greater crisis than Francis has caused already?

schneider(Bishop Athanasius Schneider, celebrant of the Traditional Latin Mass on Pentecost Sunday on the Pilgrimage to Chartres, stopped by to visit with the leaders of the foreign chapters, including Michael Matt, James Bogle, John Rao and friends and allies from England, Ireland, Germany and many other countries.)

Many thanks for your patience while much of The Remnant’s staff was in Europe on pilgrimage these past few weeks. Though our Facebook page featured regular video updates on the pilgrimage to France, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, I’m afraid the same can’t be said of our site as it is still somewhat cumbersome to find the necessary time, Wi-Fi, etc., to update our websites from the other side of the pond.

The Pilgrimage to Chartres, France was in many ways one of the best ever. Much larger than in previous years, it could even be said that the Francis Effect seems to be producing larger crowds and more enthusiasm for all things Traditional than ever before, the New Mass and the experiment of the Second Vatican Council having begun to sound the death rattle before the eyes and ears of the whole world. If this wasn’t abundantly obvious before, it was made so by the fall of “Catholic” Ireland last week and the impending fall of Italy and indeed all of the countries of what is left of old Christendom. 
How the bankrupt theory of evolution is overthrowing the Genesis account of the Fall, with the help of neo-Catholic enablers.

According to the neo-Catholic view, rejecting the theory of evolution is “denialism,” whereas rejecting the entire traditional understanding of the Genesis account based on the claims of evolutionists merely raises a “problem” to be “mulled over” by theologians. Behold the neo-Catholic mentality at work.
“When we descend to details, we can prove that no one species has changed…”
-Charles Darwin, 1863
“Through use and abuse of hidden postulates, of bold, often ill-founded extrapolations, a pseudoscience has been created. It is taking root in the very heart of biology and is leading astray many biochemists and biologists…”
-Pierre-Paul Grassé, evolutionary zoologist, 1973