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-- With essays from John Rao, Chris Ferrara, Brian McCall, and eight others, Luther and His Progeny is a major contribution toward understanding the full import of the Protestant revolt.
In October 2016, in Lund, Sweden, Pope Francis met with Lutheran church leaders to inaugurate a year of commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the posting of Martin Luther's 95 Theses in 1517, the first salvo in his rebellion against the Catholic Church. What was the nature of that revolution of half a millennium ago? Upon what new trajectory did it launch human history? What were its hidden consequences? And why does Pope Francis's proposed rapprochement of Catholic and Lutheran churches matter?
In the twelve essays contained in this volume--based upon lectures delivered at the 2016 Roman Forum Summer Symposium on Lake Garda, Italy--the authors assess the impact of Luther's novel theological and philosophical doctrines on faith, political theory, law, ethics, economics, and science--as well as his role in the devastation of Christendom and the creation in its place of the contemporary secular culture of the West. Acknowledging that the Reformation is not "the sole cause of the social problems of modernity"but rather "one major cause in a chain of causes," the authors nevertheless make it abundantly clear that there is "nothing about Luther and his Protestant rebellion that we should celebrate." Luther and His Progeny is the best guide available for Catholics to the meaning of Luther's decisive break.
LUTHER & HIS PROGENY (A New Book from Angelico Press)Written by Michael J. Matt | Editor
Radio Poland is reporting that President Andrzej Duda has said that the issue of marriage is “clearly and expressly regulated in the Constitution”.
Speaking to the TV Republika broadcaster, Duda was asked whether it is likely that “international organisations, various lobby groups, but also some European countries” could force Poland to accept gay marriage.
“I do not think that the political majority today would agree to any amendment to the Constitution in this area, water down this clause and open interpretation that marriage could also include other genders,” Duda said.
“I unequivocally repeat: marriage in accordance with the Polish Constitution is a union between a man and a woman,” Duda added.
Poland’s constitution is one of seven in the EU to ban gay marriage, and the country is one of six in the 28-member bloc not to allow same-sex civil unions.
The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party in Poland came to power in late 2015 on a ticket of promoting traditional Polish values, family and Catholic traditions.
Remnant Comment: The Christophobic fascists running the European Union are, at this point, nearly unstoppable in their agenda to institutionalize by force if necessary every manner of legislation and policy that is contrary to God's law, the Holy Bible and the Christian moral foundations of Catholic Europe. Can these demons be held at bay at the Polish border? Alas, I think not. On the other hand, there is hope if, culturally speaking, New World Order ideology—propagated so enthusiastically by the world-wide sewer system of MTV and Hollywood—can be gradually undermined by this sort of thing, who knows:
If the threat of Sharia law can finally awaken Catholic Europe to the horrific reality of what Christian apostasy actually leads to, then bring it on. The Crescent can never crush the Cross, so long as there's a Cross left to crush. If Christians abandon the Cross, Europe is lost forever and Islam will do what Islam does best—fill the void.
Thank you, Isis—you pajama-wearing maniacs—for helping to accomplish what we few Christians who have kept the Faith have thus far failed to do—wake the Catholic peoples of Europe to the suicidal consequences of their apostasy, and thus to help them realize that their only hope is in re-crowning Christ the King. In any case, nothing is worse than a ruthlessly Christophobic and soul-crushing secularism—even you.
No Gay Marriage for PolandWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
This just in from our friends at Lifesite:
April 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – According to a Maltese news outlet, Pope Francis thanked the Catholic bishops of Malta for their interpretation of Amoris Laetitia, which says active adulterers may receive Holy Communion if they feel "at peace with God." ...
The Malta bishops' guidelines opened the door to Communion for Catholics in adulterous unions, saying it might be "humanly impossible" to follow Church teaching and live chastely while civilly remarried. The guidelines also suggest that a couple in an invalid union might "give rise to greater harm" by not committing adultery.
The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is permanent and lifelong, making "remarriage" an impossibility unless the previous union is declared "null." The Catholic Church also teaches that the Eucharist is the literal body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ, so only Catholics in a "state of grace" may receive it. Catholics are supposed to go to Confession before receiving Holy Communion if they have committed serious (mortal) sin. Those who are divorced and civilly remarried must live as "brother and sister" in order to receive the Sacraments. Read more HERE
Pope Francis thanks Malta bishops for guidelines allowing adulterers to receive CommunionWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
So when do we apologize to pagan Rome for regarding its final days as the most decadent in history, when ours are so much worse?
When do we admit that we’re just as sick and twisted as any Nazi eugenicist, the account of whose perversity once terrorized our society? Now, we are worse than Nazis.
Given what America has become—in which the words “perversion” and “evil” and “innocence” have lost their meaning completely—won’t God soon need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah?
Scientist Gerhard Domagk said, "Whatever contributes to the preservation of life is good; all that destroys life is evil”—unless, that is, we’re talking about Planned Parenthood doctors, folks who laugh as they tear babies apart, sell the little bloody body parts, and then get paid for the “good work they do” by every single one of us.
God forgive us for the demonic lunatics we’ve become.
| Ballad to Our Lady of Tears
| A prayer for the unborn
|by Therese Ickinger
|(Reprinted from The Remnant, 1976)
O Mary, Mother of all men
Remember how one day
You rocked a little Boy to sleep
In a cradle filled with hay.
Remember how you held Him,
The long and weary night,
You fled from Herod’s soldiers
In Egypt’s dismal flight.
How the lonely stars looked down.
How the night was long;
With hoof beats in the distance
But in your heart a song.
You trod the darkness round you
You warmed the sands so cold
You lulled the winds to whispers
And turned the tears to gold.
When God was very little
And Life was very new,
With death a lurking shadow
He chose to cling to you.
He chose not Heaven’s legions,
Nor Michael’s sword of flame,
To shield Him in the darkness;
He chose your tender name.
Your tender arms to hold Him,
Your tender eyes so deep
Your tender voice to comfort
And sing His soul to sleep.
Look down again in pity
O Mother of Our Lord
Upon a world where children still
Must flee from Herod’s sword.
Where Moloch claims his victims still
And still the price is paid
Where lust is crowned and love is drowned
And death a grim charade.
Where little ones are torn apart
Or burned with hateful brine
Where murder in a velvet coat
Is a social valentine.
These little hands, these little feet,
These little eyes and ears,
O Mother, see their misery
Baptize them in your tears.
They have never known the sunshine
Nor felt the cool of rain
Their heritage is horror
Their first caress is pain.
They were the breath of springtime.
The promise April gave,
Til winter’s vultures ravished-
Their cradle is their grave.
And now before the Father
Some ask: whose can these be?
Please wrap your arms around them,
Say: these belong to me.
For love of Him who was little too,
Who traded Heaven to be with you,
Take these children torn apart
To the playground of your heart.
Bruised and swollen, crucified
On the cross of human pride;
May their bodies perfect rise,
Take their souls to paradise.
Let them not for want of grace
Linger in a darkened place.
Ask your Son to give them joy,
He was once a little Boy.
Now and at the hour of death,
May they feel your gentle breath;
Tuck them in a bed of white,
O Mother, sing to them tonight!
How Planned Parenthood Abortionist Deals With Infants Born AliveWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
According to a report in LifeSiteNews –
Cardinal Raymond Burke said Friday the four dubia cardinals will "simply have to correct the situation" in "a respectful way" if Pope Francis doesn't respond to questions seeking moral clarity on Amoris Laetitia.Burke answered questions submitted by the audience after speaking at St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church as part of its distinguished speaker series.
He was asked, "There are a lot of rumors circulating about the dubia that you and three other esteemed cardinals sent to the Holy Father about divorce, remarriage, and Communion…do you know if there will be a response to the dubia from the Holy Father or the CDF?"
"I certainly hope that there will be because these are fundamental questions that are obviously raised by the text of the...post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia," Burke responded. "Until these questions are answered, there continues to spread a very harmful confusion in the Church."
Part of this confusion "regards the truth that there are some acts that are always and everywhere wrong," he said. "The cardinals will continue to insist that there be a response to these honest questions." READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Over the past few months, The Remnant has been condemning Vatican invitations to avowed pro-aborts to speak at various conferences hosted by the Pontifical Academies for Sciences and Social Sciences. According to Lifesitenews, Cardinal Burke was also asked about this scandal and would not, it would seem, disagree:
Let's not give up on Cardinal Burke. Fake news reports about His Eminence abandoning all efforts to convince Pope Francis to clarify and correct the exceedingly problematic paragraphs and footnotes of the post-synodal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia are just that -- fake news.
"It’s simply a scandal," said Burke. "I’m scandalized by it and I don’t see how any good Catholic wouldn’t be scandalized by that. I don’t understand it."
Let us continue to pray for Cardinal Burke and the other cardinals and bishops with whom he stands.
Cardinal Burke Not Standing DownWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
The Saint Benedict Center has announced that the Rev. Father Calvin Goodwin, a cleric of the Fraternity of Saint Peter, is in poor health and may die very soon. Father Goodwin suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke on Wednesday, October 12, and that he has taken a downturn after a period of some stability. Please pray for this wonderful Catholic priest.
The Saint Benedict Center is offering an interesting YouTube video of Father Goodwin discussing his path to the traditional Latin Mass HERE
Please Pray for Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSPWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
National Catholic Register reported on the ominous Wednesday address of Justice Alito:
“A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs,” Justice Samuel Alito warned in an address on Wednesday sponsored by Advocati Christi, a New Jersey-based group of Catholic lawyers and judges.
The justice pointed to two intertwined threats to the free exercise rights of Catholics and Church-affiliated institutions: progressive sexual orthodoxies that frame orthodox Catholics as haters, and an updated version of the old anti-Catholic bigotry that spawned resistance to the election of John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic president of the United States. Alito recalled the excitement he felt as a boy, when Kennedy was elected president and Catholics believed that they had finally earned acceptance in mainstream society.
More than half a century later, Catholics and other religious believers now face new forms of bigotry sparked by the advancement of a new agenda of sexual rights. Read More HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: For the past fifty years, The Remnant has been trying to wake Catholics to the horrific coming reality that if the Catholic Church--the only moral authority the world has ever known--surrenders to the zeitgeist of worldly thinking, secularism and liberalism, it would only be a matter of time before full-on persecution of Christians rises in the future.
Well, the future is now here.
Certainly, the assault on the Traditional Latin Mass was the catalyst for the Traditional Catholic counterrevolution, but there was always much more to it than that. The Modernist Revolution in the Church sought to undermine traditional Catholic moral theology as well, while demoting the Catholic Church to merely one among equal world religions. With Catholic moral theology presented as "too rigid" and in need of updating to keep pace with the modern world, the entire moral fabric of society would quickly erode to such an extent that, finally, abominations such as the murder of the unborn and the "marriage" of two men, two women, would become inevitable.
After winning the war on the unborn, the family and even gender itself, the persecution of the few Christian "haters" who might object to the ensuing moral anarchy would become small potatoes indeed--thus Justice Alito's warning.
But let's never forget that the Traditional Catholic counterrevolution sought to preserve much more than the Mass, but also the entire moral order by defending the system of Traditional Catholic belief of our fathers, handed down to them by their fathers--a system always and forever at war with the spirit of the age. It's no accident that Modernist revolutionaries campaigned on the ideas of novelty, updating and aggiornamento--notions fundamentally at odds with Tradition and thus fundamentally at odds with Catholicism.
This is why the defense of the Traditional Latin Mass and the proclamation of the Social Kingship of Christ always went hand in hand. It was all about maintaining the common good that since Calvary was based on Christ's teaching and on the teaching of His Church, wherein the individual as well as the family could realize the end for which they were created by God in the first place. Those who tried to uncrown Him knew full well that His Law and His Church were all that ever stood between civilization and anarchy, as well as lost souls of whole generations.
Did I mention that the "great" Second Vatican Council somehow forgot to mention the Social Kingship of Christ? Indeed, the liturgical revolution in the Church was obviously waged by those who abhorred Christ the King, just as He'd been crucified by those who also rejected His Kingship. His enemies had for centuries been attempting to disrupt the moral order that was based on His Social Reign. And those who finally uncrowned Him in our own time knew this much: Change how His followers pray and you change how His followers believe.
And guess what? It worked!
So, you don't like Latin? You know what? Learn to like it! This isn't about liturgical preferences. This isn't about likes and dislikes. This isn't about what brainwashed modern Catholics think is liturgically rewarding to them personally. This is about truth and salvation. It's about safeguarding and preserving the old Faith. It's about saving the souls--and the lives--of our children.
So, if you really want to do something about the coming persecution of all things Christian that Justice Alito is rightly warning against-- study the Revolution in the Church, especially of the last half century-- and learn to become a Traditional Catholic. In other words, become Catholic again.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Justice Alito's Warning: Christian Persecution RisingWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio reached a frightening conclusion in a recent interview with Edward Pentin. Father Gerald Murray summarizes:
Ready for some casuistry? Should the Catholic Church allow a man and a woman to receive the sacraments in the following case? A woman living with a married but divorced man tells him that she no longer wants to live in sin; the man threatens to kill himself, and she, following her confessor’s advice, stays with him?
In an interview with Edward Pentin, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio offers this example and says: yes. He refers to his recent book on Chapter 8 of AmorisLaetitia in which he speaks of this case:
“Think of a woman who lives with a married man. She has three little children. She has already been with this man for ten years. Now the children think of her as a mother. He, the partner, is very much anchored to this woman, as a lover, as a woman. If this woman were to say: “I am leaving this mistaken union because I want to correct my life, but if I did this, I would harm the children and the partner,” then she might say: “I would like to, but I cannot.” In precisely these cases, based on one’s intention to change and the impossibility of changing, I can give that person the sacraments, in the expectation that the situation is definitively clarified.”
What’s the harm to the partner in her departure? “But how can she leave the union? He [her civilly married spouse] will kill himself. The children, who will take care of them? They will be without a mother. Therefore, she has to stay there.”
He even states that the woman who desires to end the adulterous relationship would be guilty of killing her partner by leaving: “But if someone says: ‘I want to change, but in this moment I cannot, because if I do it, I will kill people,’ I can say to them, ‘Stop there. When you can, I will give you absolution and Communion.’”
[But this union is a situation of sin, remarked Pentin.
“Yes, however …”
Isn’t it better to try to stop the situation of sin completely?
“How can you stop the whole thing if that will harm people? It is important that this person doesn’t want to be in this union, wants to leave this union, wants to leave, but cannot do it. There are two things to put together: I want to, but I cannot. And I cannot — not for my own sake, but for the sake of other people. I cannot for the sake of other people.
If the two can live together as brother and sister, that’s great. But if they cannot because this would break up the union, which ought to be conserved for the good of these people, then they manage as best they can. Do you see? That’s it.”]
The argument posed here is a quintessential “hard case” being used to establish a premise in favor of treating publicly-known adultery as no longer an obstacle to the lawful reception of Holy Communion. But this premise sanctions emotionally manipulative coercion and victimizes the woman further by treating her desire to live a virtuous life as the cause of harm to another. Read the rest HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: So, if a hitman truly wishes to leave the mafia---wants to stop killing innocent people and everything---but would, of course, become a "mark" himself (as would his wife and children) were he to announce his intentions to go clean, is it okay for him to stay on in the mob, continue to kill people AND receive Holy Communion?
Is Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio prepared to greenlight all wise guys who want to receive the Sacraments? After all, their situation is really, really hard. Or maybe the Vatican is not going to remove all ten of the Commandments, but just the Sixth and the Ninth?
Otherwise, where is this going to stop?
An abortionist may well face heavy consequences (even homelessness) if he were to quit stabbing babies to death Monday through Friday, right? His wife might even leave him…might commit suicide once she realizes her husband wants to go over to the dark side. So can he keep trotting up to the rail every Sunday?
How about the guy tasked with gassing undesirables in concentration camps? He’s a goner for sure if he suddenly becomes a conscientious objector. He's in a pickle, right? He'll die if he stops the killing. So in the meantime, is it okay for him to receive Communion, too?
If not, why not?
Inquiring minds want to know just how far the Vatican plans to go with this ALS (Amoris Laetitia Syndrome).
Hey Frankie Cocco: Do Us Wise Guys Get Communion Too?Written by Michael J. Matt | Editor
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.
‘To Hell with Accompaniment’: A Courageous Catholic Professor on the Francis Effect FeaturedWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
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.
Vatican Newspaper Forbids Dissenting from DissentWritten by Chris Jackson | Remnant Columnist
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.)