“Lefebvre Moment”: LifeSiteNews like the Remnant wants us to "Stand Together" against Francis's attack on "the Very Foundation of the Church"
Today, LifeSiteNews said Francis's suppression of the Traditional Latin Mass is a New “Lefebvre Moment” for all Traditionalist to "stand together":
In a sense, it is now for many a “Lefebvre moment,” as Peter Kwasniewski just put it, when he wrote: “It will be, in short, a “Lefebvre Moment” for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, the Institute of Christ the King, the Institute of the Good Shepherd, and any other such bodies.
“The only honorable response they can make,” the liturgy expert continued, “is: Non possumus—we cannot, in good conscience, comply with these prescriptions. Throw at us any penalties or punishments you wish; we will ignore them all, because they will have no force. A future pope will vindicate us, as John Paul II and Benedict XVI did with adherents of tradition decades ago.”
All these groups should now come together, help each other out and
build networks in order to provide the Sacraments of Tradition. For,
when we build a loose federation or union – or, as it now happened in
France, an association
of those wish to remain loyal to the missal of St. Pope Pius V – would
not many Catholics feel assured that there is no schismatic spirit, but,
rather, that there is a strong ecclesial community willing to stand
together for Tradition? [https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/this-changes-everything-observations-about-the-current-situation-in-church-and-the-state/]
Last year, The Remnant newspaper also asked all Trads to "stand together."
The response that The Catholic Monitor gave last years is for the most part the same response we give to LifeSiteNews' new call for us to "stand together." Here is a flashback of last year's post which also mentions One Peter Five's former publisher Steve Skojec's name-calling of Traditionalists which appears to be happening behind the scenes to some extent implicitly and explicitly by the new 1P5 publisher Eric Sammons and others:
Could the Remnant editor Michael Matt's "Francis
is definitely pope" bias, that Francis is pope because that's an
infallible dogma of the Francis Creed, finally be starting to crack?
[Click here to read the Francis Creed: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/01/are-1p5-and-where-peter-is-going-to.html?m=1]
I know from someone who knows the inner workings of Matt's editorship of the Remnant because she has written for him that he "has not allowed phrases like 'questionably legal'" before in his newspaper or website that appeared in the article "APOSTASY AND OLD LACE: Do We Have an Uncle Benny Brewster in the Attic?":
- "... Nearly seven years after his resignation from the Papacy, (questionably legal, but certainly effective) the good bishop has found himself to be in fine fiddle, enough to coauthor a new book with Robert Cardinal Sarah on priestly celibacy."
In fact, Matt in his latest YouTube video "DONALD TRUMP: Vatican Public Enemy No. 1" appears to be claiming he and the other "Francis is definitely pope" traditionalists may be willing to call a ceasefire and stop their attacks, misrepresentations and blacklisting of the BiP[Benedict is Pope] movement and the Bishop Rene Gracida movement. He said:
"I may have it wrong. You may have it wrong. But what is important, right now, is that we do not dogmatize opinion on some of this... Don't panic. Stay close. Keep praying. Stay together. We can do that. We can all stand together. Do our part without anathematizing. Let's give it a try."
("DONALD TRUMP: Vatican Public Enemy No. 1": https://youtu.be/WBUHhQrct_M, 24:22-24:31 and 26:51-27:02])
Sadly, I am tempted to think Matt is using the "Good cop/bad cop" routine:
"The 'bad cop' takes an aggressive, negative stance towards the subject, making blatant accusations, derogatory comments, threats, and in general creating antipathy between the subject and themself. This sets the stage for the "good cop" to act sympathetically, appearing supportive and understanding, and in general showing sympathy for the subject. The good cop will also defend the subject from the bad cop. The subject may feel they can cooperate with the good cop either out of trust or out of fear of the bad cop. They may then seek protection by and trust the good cop and provide the information the interrogators are seeking. "
"This technique also has its disadvantages in that it can be easily identified and the 'bad cop' may alienate the subject." [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_cop/bad_cop]
I want to trust that Mr. Matt is being sincere, but as "President Ronald Reagan on several occasions in the context of nuclear disarmament discussions with the Soviet Union" said "trust, but verify."
Unfortunately, too many of Matt's traditionalist collaborators and even he by playing the bad cop too many times have lost our trust with such things as misrepresenting, attacking and blacklisting members of the BiP movement and the Bishop Gracida movement.
Matt's long time collaborator, for example, Chris Ferrara used misrepresentation:
"Furthermore, the only time I have ever spoken face-to-face with Ann Barnhardt, at least that I can remember, was at Lake Garda, and the entire conversation involved my objection to her claim that the “data set” shows Bergoglio is not the Pope. We have no competence to assemble “data sets” and declare that the Chair of Peter is vacant."
He said that the Barnhardt position was "to declare the Chair of Peter is vacant." The BIP position is the exact opposite of "declar[ing] that the Chair of Peter is vacant."
Next, Matt has at no time condemned or at least distanced himself from the despicable and loathsome Alinsky tactics of One Peter Five publisher Steve Skojec. Canon law expert Br. Alexis Bugnolo explains the tactic and gives an example of which there are numerous (which, also, include attacks on Bishop Gracida):
Finally, the editor of the Remnant has not allowed free debate of the issues on his publication or website with real members of the BiP movement and the Bishop Gracida movement. He in his YouTube video mentioned as an example of free debate at the Remnant an article of Robert Siscoe which is a joke. Siscoe is a close collaborator of the disgraceful Skojec who in my opinion, also, misrepresents the issues. (See: Catholic Monitor, "Why are Skojec & Siscoe Afraid of a Conclave Investigation by Cardinals?") [http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2019/03/why-are-siscoe-and-skojec-apparently-so.html?m=1]Couldn't care less. If you want the queen of Catholic online cancer, she's it.And Ferrara is infinitely more qualified on every topic she forgets 1 Tim 2:12 to bloviate about.
— Steve Skojec (@SteveSkojec) February 6, [https://fromrome.info/2020/02/09/alinskis-rules-for-radicals-used-against-the-church/]
If you, Mr. Matt, are sincere and want us to "all stand together" then "stop dogmatiz[ing] opinion" and stop "anathematizing" and stop attacking, misrepresenting and blacklisting the BiP movement and the Bishop Gracida movement.
Here are the Catholic Monitor's demands if you sincerely want me and my readers to "stand together" with you:
Demand number 1:
Condemned or at least distanced yourself in writing from the loathsome Alinsky tactics of One Peter Five publisher Skojec.
Demand number 2:
Have your writer Mr. Ferrara issue a apology and retraction to Miss Barnhardt for mispresenting her position.
Demand number 3:
Allow Bishop Gracida and Latinist Br. Bugnolo to publish articles in the Remnant and then get which ever expert you want and have a honest debate in your newspaper between them and your experts.
Lastly, Mr. Matt, if you really think we who follow Bishop Gracida, Br. Bugnolo as well as Miss Barnhardt are wrong and headed to hell for being in schism from Francis then out of simple charity for our souls you should honestly counter our dissertations and arguments.
If you really believe we are wrong and headed to hell and refuse to seriously give us real arguments then you apparently have lost the supernatural virtue of charity.
If you really believe what you are saying then for charity's sake you should attempt to save us from hell for being in schism from Francis:
But, all we hear are straw man arguments that don't counter our stated dissertations, name calling propaganda, blacklisting, silence or the noise of you running away as fast as you can from serious reasoned back and forth argumentation.
Just to give fair warning:
We are not going away.
We are growing.
Soon we will be to be too big to ignore.
As even Church Militant's Michael Voris reported we are becoming the majority of faithful Catholics in Rome. The same thing is happening in the United States and if you can't stop us now we will probably grow to be the majority of faithful Catholics in America.
Pray an Our Father now for reparation for the sins committed because of Francis's Amoris Laetitia.