Please, bishops: act now; you’re running out of time! | Catholic Culture from the sermons of St. Claude la Colombiere. Speaking about true repentance for sin, St. Claude tells this striking story:We read, in the History of the Councils of Toledo, that a bishop of Braga, named Potamius—venerable for his age, famous in all of Spain for his virtue and above all for the zeal with which he had spoken out several times against the immodest—having himself fallen, by a strange weakness, in a secret act of fornication, was touched so deeply by it that he never could stop himself from venting his grief. But what occasion did he take—God of heaven!—in order to relieve himself? Gentlemen, this was in the council where he himself presided! This council was composed of fifty bishops, of a great number of abbots, of doctors, and of other ecclesiastics. This was in the presence of an assembly so numerous and so illustrious that this great man, this public protector of chastity, prostrated himself on the ground, confessed his incontinence aloud, everyone trembling at this spectacle and unable to understand what such urgent motive could have led him to endure willingly such a horrible embarrassment.
The Lutheran Pope: Ecu-Maniacs in Sweden – On gloria.tv The Remnant Forum’s Michael Matt and Christopher Ferrara break down Pope Francis’s trip to Lund, Sweden, to celebrate Martin Luther’s revolt against Christ’s Church. (You just can’t make this Orwellian stuff up anymore.) Plus with one week to D-Day, the boys have some last-minute advice for the “undecideds”
Enough, Mr. Dreher! (An Open Letter from a Concerned Catholic Priest) –On The Remnant Newspaper Father Munkelt’s and well written, apologetic to the Catholic apostate Rod Dreher in an open letter format , just published here that overlaps into much that we are discussing herein I recommend you read this over for further discussion
January 16 – When the Emperor insisted that the lapsed be readmitted to communion without penance, one man stood in his way.Pope St. Marcellus I This is his story. – On Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites
Apologetics – Men to the defense of Christendom – the revolutions continue into western society through Conciliar Catholic hierarchy – We’ve moved past ecumenism , past reiterating our Lady’s unfilled consecration of Russia and into the devolution and dismantling of the dogma of the Kingship of Christ. We are past false ecumenism and the loss of the true faith of the highest prelates and into syncretism of gnostic , post masonic , progressivism , towards the full redefinition of the Christ and the Body of Christ into an man’s androgynous creation – They are no longer attempting to merge just heaven and hell but man and women within Christ in a one world religion – We will see in our life time the ascendency of the transgendered to an unprecedented level of UN and world leadership , towards worship of “it” as a higher being . It represents the one world religion movement in the highest echelons of the Church that today feels compelled to abolish doctrine , dogma , and tradition . In their new pastoral praxis Catholicism their veiled world-wide return to paganism involves the joining together of opposites . Jesus Christ, the divine-godman becomes also a woman the war of oneism and twosim is upon us – against traditional Catholic belief Christ visits the hell of the damned and joins Dismas the good thief together with Gestas Dumachus the bad thief and continues to “become” in order that we might all continue forever to “become” something else in this panentheism
Our highest level prelates are neither dumb, nor naive but cold, calculating and in an established self-destruction of the old religion a systematic process in order to build this new religion before our very eyes and no less have us serve “it” in the revolution or be executed as traitors to the revolution
So we are surrounded with the necessity of apologetics , awakening men to return to the days of militant Catholicism, real men that are unafraid to express their that are nauseated condition of being surrounded by weak-kneed Priests entrenched in mediocrity Awake to the the necessity of fighting the revolution in every form in which it rears its head – revolution , even in this form where the chastisement has begun
Blow the horn and awake the men , hell is filled with the supposedly good people, it’s time for us to turn to the battlefield that we all must die on to enter heaven
Michael Matt’s surprise announcement! | AKA Catholic
These courageous voices remain isolated even until today. The climate of indifference and cover-up which reigns within the Church has profound moral and doctrinal roots that date back to the Second Vatican Council, when the ecclesiastical hierarchies accepted the process of secularization as an irreversible phenomenon. But when the Church subordinates herself to secularism, the Kingdom of Christ becomes conformed to this world and is reduced to a mere power structure. The militant spirit dissipates, and the Church, instead of converting the world to the law of the Gospel, surrenders the Gospel to the world’s demands.
Today, we are also few in number, without the material forces provided by the political, economic and media powers of the modern world. We are mortally wounded by our sins, isolated and treated like lepers for our fidelity to Tradition. And yet, if we have the courage to resist, not to retreat, and to attack the advancing enemy, like the barking dogs spoken of by the medieval chronicler, the victory will be ours, because our love for the Church and Christian civilization is stronger than death. And as the Canticle of Canticles says: “many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.” (Canticle of Canticles 8: 6-7)
For this reason, we do not want to return to the catacombs. Today, the standard of Constantine, like the standards of the Crusades and of Lepanto, is not the banner of an armed war, but the symbol of an attitude of spirit. It is the disposition of soul of he who is convinced that, as Saint Pius X said: “the civilization of the world is Christian civilization; the more frankly Christian it is, so much is it more true, more lasting, and more productive of precious fruit,”] it is the disposition of soul of he who is convinced that Christian civilization is not a dream of the past, but is the response to the crisis of a decomposing world: it is the reign of Jesus and Mary in souls and in society which Our Lady foretold at Fatima, and for which we continue to fight every day with confidence and courage.
Professor Roberto de Mattei
Married To Truth Catholicism, Protestantism and the Real Meaning of Christmas – On CMTV
Wars of Religion. Because in Ukraine the Most Ecumenical Are the Greek Catholics – Magister On Settimo Cielo L’Espresso
In the meantime, however, Ukraine had long been dismembered among Russia and Austria. And in the territory of Kiev, the Church in communion with Rome had been forcibly erased and its metropolitan exiled to Lviv, in the western region under Austrian dominion. Until in 1946, after the Soviet Union had also annexed this part of Ukraine, “the pseudo synod of Lviv also approved the liquidation of our Church,” with its metropolitan Josef Slipyj already in prison in Siberia.
Set free in 1963, “in a famous session of Vatican Council II Slipyj launched a heartfelt appeal for the recognition of the patriarchal ‘status’ of his Church,
An heretical document is released by the Vatican’s Holy See – – A Joint Statement By Catholics and Lutherans This tragic document further lays the ground work for the prophesized one world religion
Saying “we are very thankful for the spiritual and theological gifts received through the Reformation” http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2017/10/31/0753/01633.html#or in which was commemorated a document every faithful prelate and theologian in the Catholic Church objected to upon its release in 1999 The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, solemnly signed by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999, has also been signed by the World Methodist Council in 2006 and, during this Commemoration Year of the Reformation.
Pope Francis: Martin Luther wanted to ‘renew the Church, not divide her’ – co.uk
Also not being addressed is the fact that there are now over a dozen different types of Lutheranism but the one group to which his “dialogue “ continually refers is only one of them
The heretical Priest that defrocked himself and a former nun and started his own religion , lutheranism, to lure people away from the one true Church by the millions will be honored via a memorial stamp by the Vatican commemorating the apostasy of thousands of Catholic Priests and Catholic murders as a celebratory event Gets a Vatican Stamp Honored In His Name and Image : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
The First Lie: The Foundation of Original Sin – Catholicism.org
This article is about truth. Truth has taken a severe beating over the past five decades. The failure to give truth its rightful recognition has been a costly abomination. Billions of dollars are and continue to be wasted on unjust wars, in which the lives and limbs of innocent victims are shattered. Hiram Johnson, a Republican Senator in 1917, was quoted as saying, “The first casualty when war comes is truth.”
Moral Rigorism and the Jansenist Monster under the Bed ….Papal Accusations Of The Heresy Of Jansenism Levied Against Those That Uphold Infallible Catholicism Breaches Into Its Antithetical Inimical Which Is Indifferentism On One Peter Five
Febronianism – — Apologetics In Reference To Our Current Pope
What we have underway in these days is the self-deprecation of the Papacy by the Pope himself with a politico-ecclesial system – that transcends from the conciliar concept of collegiality into it’s previously prophesized logical absurdity . A full circle into the former Catholic heresy of Febronianism that saw its life in the Church grow up from Gallicanism grow into a full blown heresy and also become revisited the Rhine group of Fathers at the V-II Council
Immorality and The Fall Of Catholic Social Teaching In Its Many Forms Stems From Protestantism And Protestantism Within Catholicism – One Excellent Example Can Be Found In Tattooing Which Is Moreover A Pagan Culture Import
The Morality of Tattooing – Father George Rutler On Crisis Magazine
German bishop: ‘Pastoral caretakers do not have the right to allow or deny access to the Eucharist’ | LifeSite Genn still endorses the idea of giving Holy Communion to some Protestant spouses of Catholics on a regular basis, giving additional interpretations to the heretical Amoris Laetitia
Paganism of the eastern occult religions that have invaded the west and
large parts of neo-Catholicism with buddha inspired meditation and yoga
positions that worship a false god seek oneism in everything – The ultimate
goal of paganism is join opposites together – with it’s pan-ultimate the
transgender creation. Their syncretistic god says I am the light and the
dark – I am the virgin and the whore – and on and on in the Litany to their
god until the last line …I am he yet I am she.
· In order to have the spirit of chivalry, love the sublimity of the fight – On Nobility And Traditional Analogous Elites
Pope Paul VI – Aside From Being Supportive of Socialism and Sympathetic to Communism and his associations with liberal theologians. Paul VI Was Dismissed From Every Position He Held In The Church Prior to Rising To Power Under Pope John XXIII
The Death of Paul VI (August 6, 1978). An anniversary – De Mattei On Rorate
The messages of condolence at the death of Paul VI were countless (among the dissidents) The words of the former Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Italy, “It is the first time in the history of modern Freemasonry, that the Head of the greatest religion in the West dies without being in a state of hostility towards Freemasons. And for the first time in history, Freemasons can render homage at the tomb of a Pope, without ambiguity or contradictions.”
Two strategies enemies within Church will use to abandon Humanae Vitae |
We must be prepared for the Machiavellian and, to speak truthfully, Luciferian strategies of the enemies of human nature, natural law, and holy matrimony. Pope Paul VI will be our ally, if, instead of elevating him to a lofty niche of irrelevance, we allow him to remain near us as the complicated and problematic figure he was, through whom nonetheless
Don’t be fooled – Karl Marx was a hate-filled totalitarian whose ideas
killed millions | News | LifeSite
A resurgence of interest in Marx’s thought has been ongoing since 2008, when
the global economic crisis led many to question the viability of the
capitalist system, always the main object of Marxist criticism. Now the
200th anniversary of the birth of Marx (on May 5th) is being hailed openly
by mainstream thinkers and even Catholic clergy as a cause for respectful
commemoration, if not outright celebration.
What is the new phase ? = It’s clearly a pagan syncretsim movement – based on the templates and tenets of the Vatican II Framework
‘Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants’: Vatican advisor and Papal spokesperson Fr. Rosica | News | LifeSite
Our Church has indeed entered a new phase,” writes Rosica. “With the advent of this first Jesuit pope, it is openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture.”
The Great Theologian And Author Dietrich Von Hildebrand – On the hierarchy coming to power in the Church
“The enemies who were hidden in the Trojan Horse have stepped out of their encampment and the active work of destruction is in high gear… The purpose of this book is… to give a short, clear presentation of the principal errors which are being presented today as a breakthrough of the ‘modern’ man who has ‘come of age,’ whom one can supposedly no longer expect to believe the teaching of the Church in the form it has taken up to now…. Secondly, we shall especially try to unmask those hidden, subtle errors … under beautiful, apparently noble titles, and whose danger is often overlooked even by believing Catholics.”
Pagan Natural Uprightness and the Extravagance of Apostates – Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites
See embedded photo in the link
These are three ultra-modern churches, one Protestant, another Jewish, and the last, Catholic, on an American university campus. None of them bears any trace of their respective traditions or spirit. Placed thus side by side, they seem to be three equally legitimate species of one same genus, the religion genus. A like spirit gives them all a like physiognomy.
One has the impression that they have just one soul, that the force which fastens them to the ground is an immanent, sinister and cold mystery, giving them an aspect of three drops of the same liquid, three boxes filled with the same substance, three factories producing the same product.
It is, in our way of seeing, the very soul of contemporary neopaganism, the archetype of the worst of everything that ancient paganism had, corroding all the cultural manifestations in which it is nestled much more efficaciously than did ancient paganism and reducing everything to desolating uniformity
Our friends at the Society of SSPX Remind Us Why Saying The Pope Is No Longer The Pope (Or The Anti-Christ or whatever) Is Not Tenable And Why Even In The Current Crisis That Is Now Surpassing The Arian Crisis – Sedevaticantism is “never” the answer
The Angelus: The Papacy and Sedevacantism – Angelus Press
Excerpt: Catholic Identity Conference Report – On CFN
Fatima and the Post-Vatican II Church: Where Do We Go from Here?
Just two weeks after returning home from the Angelus Press Conference in Kansas City, I made my way to Weirton, West Virginia, a city of around 20,000 people located in the northern tip of the state, for what proved to be another exceptional “rendezvous with serious Catholics,” as the Catholic Identity Conference (Oct. 27-29, 2017) was so appropriately advertised. The Remnant editor Michael Matt, who helps organize the conference each year and serves as emcee throughout the weekend, graciously invited me to attend and represent Catholic Family News in place of our dearly departed friend, John Vennari (requiescat in pace), to whom Michael paid heartfelt tribute during the conference (many thanks, as well, to Eric Frankovitch, Director of the Catholic Identity Project, for his annual organizing efforts and hospitality).
This annual rendezvous of serious Catholics in a “Holiday Inn catacomb,” as Michael jokingly characterized it, is unique among Traditionalist conferences in that it seeks to gather in one venue as many representatives as possible of the “loose federation of warring tribes” (as John Vennari used to say) which constitutes the worldwide Traditional Catholic movement. This year’s conference certainly accomplished that goal, hosting under one roof an impressive assembly: two bishops, one Roman and one Eastern rite; priests from the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), and Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICRSS), as well as diocesan clergy and several religious sisters; and, of course, a large crowd of lay faithful, including a significant number of young people.
No Rose-Colored Glasses
Hosting such a broad spectrum of speakers and attendees is indeed a bold initiative, one that some mistakenly interpret as “Trad Ecumenism.” Michael Matt, however, clearly articulated that such is not the case during his welcoming address on Friday evening. He strongly emphasized that:
“this Catholic Identity Conference is not about some phony ecumenical effort among Traditionalists, where, at the end of the weekend, we’re all going to have a big group hug and say, ‘Oh, you know, nothing matters. The most important thing is unity,’ and we can just go on from there. That’s not what this is about. That’s not what the Catholic Identity Conference is. Our beloved Church, in her human element, is suffering through the worst crisis in history and, tonight, we are going to begin a three-day process to discuss how we are going to survive this crisis. … The organizers of this conference are aware of the strategic differences that have come between us – all of us – and various groups of priests, in particular, over the past 25 years…and those differences are not insignificant. We are not up here pretending that we can sweep them all under the rug in one fell swoop. But we all face this dilemma, this dilemma of what to do when rightful ecclesial authority becomes disoriented, as ours most certainly has.”
Such was the true nature and intent of the conference, as evidenced by the content of the excellent talks, some of which we shall now survey.
On the Unchanging Truth of the Catholic Faith
Mr. Matt’s welcoming address also served as an introduction for His Excellency Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, who presented the first lecture of the weekend. Bishop Schneider, a humble but firm critic of Amoris Laetitia known for his defense of the four Cardinals’ famous dubia, addressed the conference – “this clandestine Church,” he said with endearment – on what he described as “the crisis of the Faith in the world today.” His talk, entitled “On the Unchanging Truth of the Catholic Faith,” began by focusing on how the current crisis is fundamentally different than previous doctrinal crises in the sense that past errors typically opposed a single truth of the Faith. Arianism, for example, specifically denied the divinity of Christ. In our times, however, there is a universal attack on revealed truth, in general, and even on reason itself.
The remedy for this crisis, he explained, is to remain firmly rooted in the perennial Magisterium of the Church, particularly as enunciated during the roughly 100 years prior to the Second Vatican Council. He went on to quote at length from three magisterial documents of that time period: (1) Vatican I’s Dogmatic Constitution Dei Filius (On the Catholic Faith, 1870), (2) Pope St. Pius X’s inaugural encyclical E Supremi (On the Restoration of All Things in Christ, 1903), and (3) Pope Pius XII’s inaugural encyclical Summi Pontificatus (On the Unity of Human Society, 1939).
Vatican I’s Dei Filius, of course, contains this crucial passage:
“Therefore, let there be growth and abundant progress in understanding, knowledge, and wisdom, in each and all, in individuals and in the whole Church, at all times and in the progress of ages, but only within the proper limits, in the same dogma, the same sense and the same judgment [eodem sensu eademque sententia].”
In other words, truth is immutable; our understanding of it can and should grow, but this growth never involves an “evolution” or “mutation” of dogma into something contrary to that which the Church has already defined. Bishop Schneider emphasized this point by quoting Dei Filius (his rendering):
“For the doctrine of the Faith which God has revealed is put forward, not as some philosophical discovery capable of being perfected by human intelligence, but as a divine deposit committed to the spouse of Christ to be faithfully protected and infallibly promulgated. Hence, that meaning of the sacred dogmas is ever to be maintained which has once been declared by Holy Mother Church, and there must never be any abandonment of this sense under the pretext of a more profound understanding.”
The false notion of truth “evolving” into something different is the essence of Modernism, the “synthesis of all heresies,” which itself evolved from the errors of naturalism and rationalism condemned by Vatican I. Pope St. Pius X spent a majority of his pontificate battling the Modernist heresy, which by his time had seeped into the clerical ranks. The underlying cause of Modernism is a rejection of the supremacy of God and His revealed truth. As St. Pius X declared and Bishop Schneider quoted:
“Such, in truth, is the audacity and the wrath employed everywhere in persecuting religion, in combating the dogmas of the faith, in brazen effort to uproot and destroy all relations between man and God!”
Pius XII, in turn, addressed many of the same themes in Summi Pontificatus, as cited by Bishop Schneider:
“The present age, Venerable Brethren, by adding new errors to the doctrinal aberrations of the past, has pushed these to extremes which lead inevitably to a drift towards chaos. Before all else, it is certain that the radical and ultimate cause of the evils which We deplore in modern society is the denial and rejection of a universal norm of morality as well for individual and social life as for international relations; We mean the disregard, so common nowadays, and the forgetfulness of the natural law itself, which has its foundation in God, Almighty Creator and Father of all, supreme and absolute Lawgiver, all-wise and just Judge of human actions.”
Several times, His Excellency emphasized how timely the magisterial statements he quoted truly are for the present day, as are “some striking affirmations” of Archbishop Fulton Sheen “which confirm perfectly the prophetic voice of the supreme Magisterium.” He was referring to a radio sermon delivered in 1947 by then- Monsignor Sheen entitled “Signs of Our Times.” In that sermon, the future archbishop spoke in detail about the devil, the anti-Christ, and the counter-Church which the devil will establish as “a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the Mystical Body of Christ.” Interestingly, it was during this portion of his lecture that Bishop Schneider referred to Amoris Laetitia, a “wrong interpretation” of which he said “leads to this consequence, ultimately, to say good is evil and evil is good.”
Bishop Schneider concluded his talk by exhorting all present, in the words of St. Pius X (whom he said deserves to be called “the Great”), to remain always vigilant against the wiles of the devil and to speak out against his false prophets “who call evil good and good evil.”
100 Years Since Fatima; 50 Years of The Remnant
In addition to uniting the “warring tribes” of Traditionalists, the Catholic Identity Conference also seeks to foster, as its name implies, a strong Catholic identity. For younger attendees, in particular, this requires a review of our roots, as it is written: “Remember the days of old, think upon every generation: ask thy father, and he will declare to thee: thy elders and they will tell thee” (Deut. 32:7). This was the theme of Michael Matt’s talk, “100 Years Since Fatima; 50 Years of The Remnant,” during which he recounted for us the history of the Traditionalist movement and his family’s involvement therein.
He began by describing some of the fathers of the Traditionalist movement, men like Michael Davies, Hamish Fraser, William Marra, Walter Matt, and Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. “These men,” he stressed, “were not about liturgical preferences. They were not about fighting for the Mass they like. It was about so much more than that.” For these brave men, it was all about holding fast to Tradition, not to their personal opinions. As Michael summed up, “They were in it to win it, and they were in it for the right reasons.”
After detailing a bit about the rift in the Matt family caused by Vatican II – specifically, between his father, Walter Matt, and uncle, Alphonse Matt (Walter’s brother) – Michael mentioned Dietrich von Hildebrand, a staunch opponent of the New Mass and other post-conciliar novelties. He quoted Dr. von Hildebrand’s position as expressed in a 1970 letter to Alphonse Matt, then-editor of The Wanderer:
“You assume that the new ordo missae and especially the rubrics constitute for me merely a personally painful change by replacing something very beautiful and perfect with something less beautiful and less perfect. But unfortunately, it is my conviction that the new ordo missae is the greatest pastoral mistake and that its consequences for the Church may be disastrous.
I agree, however, completely with you that it is a grave problem, whether one should criticize it publicly or only intra muros [“within the walls”]. Concerning this problem every one must follow his conscience. But I frankly cannot understand that you do not only abstain from a public criticism of the new ordo missae but make the ‘Wanderer’ an instrument for propagating and praising the new ordo.”
Thus wrote the man whom Pius XII called “the 20th century doctor of the Church,” much to the chagrin of certain “conservative” (Vatican II-friendly) Catholics.
Turning his attention to some practical takeaways from the history he shared, Michael emphasized the importance of families being animated by a spirit of crusade. In other words, it is not enough for parents to simply take their children to the traditional Latin Mass on Sundays and allow the world to influence them the rest of the week. No, we must constantly fight to protect our kids from the world’s contagion on all fronts and make our homes domestic churches in which Christ the King lives and reigns. This is the only way our children will keep the Faith.
In closing, Michael made an impassioned appeal for all Traditionalists to defend the true Mass while also reaching out with humility and charity to Tradition-minded Novus Ordo Catholics, especially priests. If they are open to Tradition and heading in our direction, we should be welcoming them, not condemning them. I sincerely hope this appeal was taken to heart and will be put into practice.
Fatima and the Theological Virtue of Hope
As 2017 is the centenary of Our Lady’s Fatima apparitions, it was most appropriate for the conference theme to include Fatima and feature talks specific to it. One such lecture, entitled “Fatima and the Theological Virtue of Hope,” was delivered by Canon Aaron B. Huberfeld, ICRSS. He chose to center his remarks around the “first secret” of Fatima, that is, the vision of hell (July 13, 1917) – not a topic we tend to associate with hope for obvious reasons, but the connection became clearer as Canon Huberfeld spoke.
He explained at length:
“Hope, for us Catholics and in our spiritual lives, is to be sharply distinguished from the virtue of faith. We inherit our proper understanding of these virtues, above all, from the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas, who had as his point of departure the study of the soul, as presented to him by the philosopher, Aristotle. And so, we recall that the virtue of faith is to be found, not in the will, but in the intellect. As Bishop Schneider reminded us last night, faith is the assent of the intellect. It is the submission of the intellect to truth revealed by God on the basis of the authority of the One Who is revealing. … Hope, being seated in the will, is rather a virtue that makes us desire God as our highest good and to expect with firm confidence eternal bliss and the means of obtaining it because of God’s goodness and power.”
The true, Catholic understanding of faith and hope is fundamentally opposed to the errors of Protestantism, as Canon Huberfeld expounded:
“With the Protestant revolt, faith will become confused largely with hope because faith will become a purely fiduciary faith, that is, a faith that is a mere trust. It is a trusting that we have been saved…Protestantism, then, begins with this sort of blind confidence, whereas the Catholic understanding of conversion and faith begins actually the other way. The Catholic Faith begins, and Scripture invites us to begin, with fear, the fear of the Lord. That is ‘the beginning of wisdom’ [Ps. 110:10; Prov. 1:7, 9:10; Ecclus. 1:16].”
This initial fear, which is a servile fear of punishment (rooted in self-interest), is meant to mature as we grow in the spiritual life into a filial fear of offending God (rooted in charity). “And why I quoted for you these words of the ‘first secret’ of Fatima,” he explained, “the revelation of the torments of hell, to the children of Fatima – a great reminder for our time – is that our hope is based on this: Hope is – and especially for St. Thomas Aquinas – a mean; it is between the vices of presumption on the one hand and despair on the other.” In short, the virtue of hope, properly understood, is an important aid to keep us out of hell.
Canon Huberfeld spent the final portion of his talk discussing the vital importance of ongoing conversion in light of the three ages (or stages) of the spiritual life: purgative (elimination of mortal sin), illuminative (detachment from all deliberate sin and the things of this world), and unitive (habitual contemplation and great longing for Heaven).
In truth, Canon Huberfeld’s talk was like a course on Thomistic philosophy/theology and a spiritual retreat, somehow fit into one hour. Quite impressive and edifying!
The Vatican During Pope Francis’ Pontificate
Perhaps one of the most anticipated talks of the weekend (certainly in my opinion) was delivered on Sunday morning by British Catholic journalist Edward Pentin, a Vatican insider who is the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. Mr. Pentin travelled all the way from Rome, in fact, to give us a firsthand account of “The Vatican During Pope Francis’ Pontificate,”  a pontificate that has produced “a crisis, by any objective measure, despite the wider Church and the world thinking otherwise.”
Mr. Pentin emphasized that he wanted to give attendees:
“the fullest picture as possible of what’s happening. That means reporting on things that some might find not particularly edifying, but I really just want to expose what’s happening in the hope that it will encourage us to pray for the unity of the Church, especially during this anniversary year of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, because I do believe that only by exposing some of what people I often hear say is a diabolical presence in the Church or ‘naming the demons,’ as it were, can they be properly exorcised.”
Following his introductory remarks, Pentin went on to highlight some of the material found in his 2015 book The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? (available from Ignatius Press) in which he documents copious evidence of manipulation of the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family (which preceded the October 2015 Ordinary Synod on the Family) for the purpose of undermining orthodoxy.
He mentioned, in passing, the scandalous 2014 mid-term relatio (report) “which sought to make homosexual practice vaguely acceptable in the Church…the ignoring of Pope John Paul II and his magisterium, the side-lining of African Synod Fathers due to their conservative voice, the manipulation of various processes that gave prominence to various heterodox voices…the pressure exerted on the General Relator, Cardinal Péter Erdő, [and] the interception of the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which of course was about the Kasper proposal about admitting some remarried divorcees living in adultery to Holy Communion.” Regarding the latter, Pentin reminded us that Pope Francis personally intervened to keep the Kasper proposal alive, despite its failure to garner sufficient support from the Synod Fathers.
All of this background information served to illustrate the true origin of Amoris Laetitia, the 2016 post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, which is at the root of the current crisis, as well as the “modus operandi” of Pope Francis and his collaborators.
He went on to state poignantly, in light of the evidence just discussed:
“If the document is all the work of the Holy Spirit, as its proponents often freely insist, and that you have to be converted to understand it, it’s quite legitimate to ask the question: Why the need for such manipulation, heavy-handedness, and underhanded methods? And I put this question to one of the most vigorous defenders of Amoris Laetitia and he really couldn’t answer it.”
No surprise there!
Regarding the current state of affairs in the Vatican, Pentin discussed two recent interviews given by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), and Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, one of the two remaining dubia Cardinals. Both Cardinals Müller and Brandmüller testify to an unprecedented climate of fear – a “reign of terror,” according to some – suspected surveillance, and even espionage (the threat of being “informed on” or reported) if one is at all critical of Pope Francis or Amoris Laetitia. This is no doubt what prompted Bishop Schneider last December to compare the current climate in the Church with that of the former Soviet Union, in which he was born and raised.
While sincerely trying to give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt, Pentin was not afraid to report with respectful candor on the alarming state of the Church under Francis, whose pontificate exhibits a “total lack of substance,” according to certain Vatican officials, “some very high up.” In many ways, there is a profound disconnect between the Pope incessant message of “mercy” and his own merciless treatment of those who disagree with him (otherwise known as hypocrisy).
Pentin concluded his remarkable talk on a positive note, sharing with those present some encouraging words spoken to him by one of the Vatican officials he quoted earlier: “Apart from the battle, and because of it, one thing remains; that the most important thing to remember is to pray, perhaps offer sacrifices, knowing that God does not abandon His children or His Church.”
Conference CDs, On-Demand Videos Available
While I would love to present detailed summaries of each lecture, time and space constraints compel to conclude this report by exhorting readers to purchase audio recordings of the conference talks in order to more fully benefit from them. All the lectures were, in fact, recorded by Susan Vennari and are available from Oltyn Library Services. Access to on-demand videos is available for purchase at www.remnantnewspaper.com.
I look forward to attending next year’s Catholic Identity Conference! Until then, keep the Faith!
“How can this be how can the Pope consistently say two contradictory things”
It’s simple Neo-Jesuitism of Tielhard Chardin – in the theology of the periti of Vatican II there are multiple truths even contradictory (violating basic Aquinas) true for each person It’s a form of pagan gnosticism. Roman Catholicism teaches that there is absolute Truth established by the one True Church in each and every subject . If there is a subject that is NOT clearly defined as in for example was the Blessed Mother taken up body & soul and assumed while dead or alive The Catholic is free to believe as most Marian maximalists do that she was taken up while alive. Sacred Scripture details how Elija was taken up while alive Chariot and all, Why would the Lord God not do the same for his Mother – Therefore the Church dictates what it leaves to the believer and very little does it leave to the undefined
Here the Pope says great things in defending women
Pope at Mass: exploiting women is a sin against God – Vatican News
Recalling that without women men cannot be the image and likeness of God.
Pro-Life Traditional Catholic to Head Italy’s Ministry of Families – On CMTV
Fontana, who got married in the Tridentine Rite and has a 2-year-old daughter, regularly attends importantpro-life events in Italy, and another priority of his tenure is to decrease the number of abortions in the country. Supporting pro-life organization ProVita
Our Pope refused the annual audience ( over half a century running) with the US Papal Grant fund groupas retribution for them going public with the $25M scandal despite the fact that wealthy and aristocratic American Catholics have given several billion dollars to the Papacy throughout their existence.
This weekend it was then discovered that the anti-Catholic theologian whose books Pope Francis endorsed and Pope Benedict warned about ,in a letter that was doctored by the Vatican and now called “letter-gate” that the Emeritus Pope actually said in his letter are written by a dissident theologian that cannot be endorsed and he will not read them. This Hunermann , the writer, is someone who actually used to stay at the Jesuit Seminary in Argentina when Pope Francis was the Rector – Hunermann’s supervisor who later became a Bishop attempted to suppress him for heresy, at the Argentine University, and was fired by Pope Francis
Also this past weekend there was a kick off presentation of a book Pope Francis wrote , another heretical work , called “God is young” not old’ the publisher is listed as ” the Vatican library” GT reported with photographs of the complete Curial no show. Less than 25 people were in attendance- the kick off and not one Cardinal or Bishop from the Curia ( which is under full scale attack ) attended
This week , in Holy Week no less, we’ll learn as to whether the order to suspend Henry Siresthe notable historian and author from the Order Of Malta for writing the now best seller book among Catholics “The Dictator Pope” was an order that came from Pope Francis
J. Allen from Crux has been investigating a tie between the Vatican Press Office and why Vigano, dismissed as Comms Prefect, will remain in a behind the scenes title and role. Apparently Allen gave a press heads up that he is going to break another one (even though Crux is in many instances itself anti -Catholic) but this one about how Vigano is the conduit between the Lavender Mafia and Msgr Battista Ricci and the Masonic Vatican Bank, with Ricci thrice accused of being both.
The Catholic Church has never experienced a crisis as deep as this in its 2000 year history
Faithful Catholics must remember the Covenant was not revoked even for the murders and mortal sins of King David nor a Pope like Honorius I – It is a davidic covenant – the See of Peter has survived terrible Vatican administrations and Papacies through Salvation history as well as had glorious ones – The promise must not be confused with a false understanding of a separation from fallen human nature to which only the Queen of All Hearts was privy – part and parcel to. The 7th Covenant between God and man, the Eucharistic covenant, will survive this era and future eras in however much smaller a form of Christendom, we are seeing the formation of the surviving remnant emerge to which only traditional families will be able to re-piece together in partnership with the last remaining orthodox Priests and Bishops.
From the letter to the Hebrews 10:19-39 Perseverance in faith. Awaiting God’s judgment
Brothers and sisters, since the blood of Jesus assures our entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living path he has opened up for us through the veil (the “veil” meaning his flesh), and since we have a great priest who is over the house of God, let us draw near in utter sincerity and absolute confidence, our hearts sprinkled clean from the evil which lay on our conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to our profession which gives us hope, for he who made the promise deserves our trust. We must consider how to rouse each other to love and good deeds. We should not absent ourselves from the assembly, as some do, but encourage one another; and this all the more because you see that the Day draws near.
If we sin willfully after receiving the truth, there remains for us no further sacrifice for sin – only a fearful expectation of judgment and a flaming fire to consume the adversaries of God. Anyone who rejects the law of Moses is put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Do you not suppose that a much worse punishment is due the man who disdains the Son of God, thinks the covenant-blood by which he was sanctified to be ordinary, and insults the Spirit of grace? We know who said,
“Vengeance is mine; I will repay,” and “The Lord will judge his people.”
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Recall the days gone by when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering. At times you were publicly exposed to insult and trial; at other times you associated yourselves with those who were being so dealt with. You even joined in the sufferings of those who were in prison and joyfully assented to the confiscation of your goods, knowing that you had better and more permanent possessions. Do not, then, surrender your confidence; it will have great reward. You need patience to do God’s will and receive what he has promised.
For just a brief moment, and he who is to come will come; he will not delay. My just man will live by faith, and if he draws back I take no pleasure in him.
We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and live.
From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop Let us too glory in the cross of the Lord
The passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the hope of glory and a lesson in patience.
What may not the hearts of believers promise themselves as the gift of God’s grace, when for their sake God’s only Son, co-eternal with the Father, was not content only to be born as man from human stock but even died at the hands of the men he had created?
It is a great thing that we are promised by the Lord, but far greater is what has already been done for us, and which we now commemorate. Where were the sinners, what were they, when Christ died for them? When Christ has already given us the gift of his death, who is to doubt that he will give the saints the gift of his own life? Why does our human frailty hesitate to believe that mankind will one day live with God?
Who is Christ if not the Word of God: in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God? This Word of God was made flesh and dwelt among us. He had no power of himself to die for us: he had to take from us our mortal flesh. This was the way in which, though immortal, he was able to die; the way in which he chose to give life to mortal men: he would first share with us, and then enable us to share with him. Of ourselves we had no power to live, nor did he of himself have the power to die.
Accordingly, he effected a wonderful exchange with us, through mutual sharing: we gave him the power to die, he will give us the power to live.
The death of the Lord our God should not be a cause of shame for us; rather, it should be our greatest hope, our greatest glory. In taking upon himself the death that he found in us, he has most faithfully promised to give us life in him, such as we cannot have of ourselves.
He loved us so much that, sinless himself, he suffered for us sinners the punishment we deserved for our sins. How then can he fail to give us the reward we deserve for our righteousness, for he is the source of righteousness? How can he, whose promises are true, fail to reward the saints when he bore the punishment of sinners, though without sin himself?
Brethren, let us then fearlessly acknowledge, and even openly proclaim, that Christ was crucified for us; let us confess it, not in fear but in joy, not in shame but in glory.
The apostle Paul saw Christ, and extolled his claim to glory. He had many great and inspired things to say about Christ, but he did not say that he boasted in Christ’s wonderful works: in creating the world, since he was God with the Father, or in ruling the world, though he was also a man like us. Rather, he said: Let me not boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.