Archive for the ‘Michael J. Matt’ Category

The Remnant’s Conspicuous Blind Spot

November 17, 2010

“Sharia law is coming … the Crescent is rising,” says The Remnant’s Michael J. Matt. And how does he know this? Because in Minnesota, “Somali employees began refusing service to Minnesotans attempting to purchase bacon from the frozen food departments of local Target stores” and “[i]n addition, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on more than 5000 cases of Somali cab drivers refusing to pick up fares that failed various Sharia litmus tests.”

Whatever threat these minimum wage-earning Muslim immigrants may constitute I think it safe to call it negligible in comparison to a threat that Mr. Matt and his Remnant Resistance is conspicuously mute on: the coming of the ‘Noahide’ Laws and the rise of the Hexagram.

The Chief Rabbinate of the Israeli state which was able to force the Pope to alter the traditional Catholic liturgy HERE and to recognize Judaism’s oppressive legal system, the so-called ‘Noahide’ Laws HERE, has what one might call real power.

While it might seem like a threat to Michael Matt if a poor immigrant won’t serve him bacon or allow his dog into a taxi, an element that has the power to get the Pope to hack and slash traditional Catholic teaching is the greater threat to Catholics by a cosmic margin. How has Michael Matt and The Remnant Resistance missed this?

Is the Crescent rising? Perhaps it’s rising in a Minnesota Mosque attended by the Target store workers and taxi drivers that Mr. Matt fears, but the Crescent hasn’t risen nearly as high as the Hexagram on the Pope’s mitre.


Muslims haven’t pressured the Church to rewrite its liturgy and teaching materials, to apologize for its past and abandon many of its Saints and their teaching.

Muslims aren’t saturating our airwaves with attacks on our religion, morality, governing principles and culture.

There is no Muslim equivalent to Thomas Friedman selling the ‘Noahide’ Laws in the pages of the New York Times.

There is no Muslim equivalent to AIPAC, WJC, AJC, ADL, JPPPI, UJA, and the hundreds of other such Judaic power organizations and the pressure they bear on world governments, religious institutions, media and academia.

There is no Muslim equivalent to Chabad Lubavitch or Agudath Israel and the power they wield.

There is no Muslim equivalent to the 30′ tall Menorah that appears on the White House lawn each Hanukkah.

There is no Muslim equivalent to Benjamin Netanyahu pulling the strings of our president.

There are no equivalent Muslim subversives to Gregory Baum pushing Christians to scrap the Gospel of our religion and replace it with a crude counterfeit.

Muslims don’t force Western governments to imprison their citizens for doubting atrocities committed against them, much less overblown exaggerations.

Islam doesn’t sanction predatory, usurious financial chicanery.

It’s not Muslims who loosen immigration policy in Western nations while championing ‘Jewish’ state ethnic purity.

I prefer Jesus’ teaching to Michael Matt’s dishonest attempt at profundity:

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men.

Indeed, the salt has lost its savour; the earth is no longer salted. We’re being trodden upon by men but it’s not minimum wage-earning Muslims.

It’s never too late to turn back. If we’ve forgotten what it means to stand for beliefs and principles then perhaps we might benefit from the example of these poor immigrants that Michael Matt so fears.

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The Blindness of "The Remnant" and Friends

February 13, 2008

The Remnant and friends have issued an “International Declaration in Support of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI” which expresses grave concern that:

(www.RemnantNewspaper.com) Today, February 12, 2008, the international Rabbinical Assembly, representing some 1,600 conservative rabbis worldwide, issued a “resolution” declaring that it is “dismayed and deeply disturbed” over Pope Benedict’s reiteration of Catholic doctrine on salvation in the recently revised Good Friday Prayer. This same Assembly voted to formally pressure the Vatican to “clarify the text’s meaning.” However, the text is perfectly clear, and the Pope is not obliged to alter or “clarify” Church teaching in response to “resolutions” adopted by non-Catholic organizations. Besides, the Pope’s magnanimous decision to revise the Prayer in the first place has already addressed any possible concerns the Rabbinical Assembly might profess to have. We are deeply concerned that such public relations tactics could become a precedent for interference in the affairs of the Church by pressure groups that do not share her beliefs.

“The Remnant” and friends express grave concern that a resolution issued by a rabbinic counsel after Benedict rewrote an ancient Catholic liturgical prayer due to pressure from the rabbis and other Judaic pressure groups could create a precedent for interference in the affairs of the Church by outside pressure groups? And this, after “The Remnant” declared the rewriting of the prayer due to pressure from rabbis and Judaic groups a “papal masterstroke”?

It seems to me that these “traditionalists” prefer the new prayer. They’re certainly willing to fight for it, while they quite obviously did not fight for the traditional prayer.

The signers of this double-minded manifesto are:

Michael J. Matt
Editor, The Remnant
U.S.A.

John Blewett, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, The Latin Mass Magazine
U.S.A.

Pieter Vree
Deputy Editor, New Oxford Review
U.S.A.

Rod Pead
Editor, Christian Order
London, England

R. J. Stove
Executive Editor
ORIENS Magazine
Melbourne, Australia

Howard Walsh
President, Keep the Faith, Inc.
U.S.A.

Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S., S.T.D.
Professor Emeritus of Theology
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Fr. John Paul Echert, S.S.L.
Pastor, St. Augustine Church, Holy Trinity Church
U.S.A.

Rev. Fr. Paul J. McDonald
Curé,
Diocese of Saint Catharines
Canada

John Rao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
St. Johns University
Director, Roman Forum

Christopher A. Ferrara, Esq.
President and Chief Counsel
American Catholic Lawyers Association, Inc.

Scott A. Jones
Director
League of St. Michael , Inc.
Our Lady of Victory School

Albert and Bonnie Huntz
President/Secretary
Una Voce-Buffalo

Brian C. Mershon
Journalist, Dallas, Texas

Mark Alessio
Journalist, New York

Brian McCall, Esq.
Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma College of Law

Timothy J. Cullen
Journalist, Argentina

M. Eric Frankovitch, Esq.
USA

Gary Scarrabelotti
Chairman
Oriens Foundation
Canberra, ACT
Australia

Michael R. Hirsh, Esq.
Georgia Litigation Counsel
Catholic Defense Bureau

http://www.remnantnewspaper.com/Archives/archive-2008-0215-declaration-in-support-of-pope.htm

What hope is there for people with such treacherous and/or foolish spokesmen?

The Blindness of "The Remnant" and Friends

February 13, 2008

The Remnant and friends have issued an “International Declaration in Support of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI” which expresses grave concern that:

(www.RemnantNewspaper.com) Today, February 12, 2008, the international Rabbinical Assembly, representing some 1,600 conservative rabbis worldwide, issued a “resolution” declaring that it is “dismayed and deeply disturbed” over Pope Benedict’s reiteration of Catholic doctrine on salvation in the recently revised Good Friday Prayer. This same Assembly voted to formally pressure the Vatican to “clarify the text’s meaning.” However, the text is perfectly clear, and the Pope is not obliged to alter or “clarify” Church teaching in response to “resolutions” adopted by non-Catholic organizations. Besides, the Pope’s magnanimous decision to revise the Prayer in the first place has already addressed any possible concerns the Rabbinical Assembly might profess to have. We are deeply concerned that such public relations tactics could become a precedent for interference in the affairs of the Church by pressure groups that do not share her beliefs.

“The Remnant” and friends express grave concern that a resolution issued by a rabbinic counsel after Benedict rewrote an ancient Catholic liturgical prayer due to pressure from the rabbis and other Judaic pressure groups could create a precedent for interference in the affairs of the Church by outside pressure groups? And this, after “The Remnant” declared the rewriting of the prayer due to pressure from rabbis and Judaic groups a “papal masterstroke”?

It seems to me that these “traditionalists” prefer the new prayer. They’re certainly willing to fight for it, while they quite obviously did not fight for the traditional prayer.

The signers of this double-minded manifesto are:

Michael J. Matt
Editor, The Remnant
U.S.A.

John Blewett, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, The Latin Mass Magazine
U.S.A.

Pieter Vree
Deputy Editor, New Oxford Review
U.S.A.

Rod Pead
Editor, Christian Order
London, England

R. J. Stove
Executive Editor
ORIENS Magazine
Melbourne, Australia

Howard Walsh
President, Keep the Faith, Inc.
U.S.A.

Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S., S.T.D.
Professor Emeritus of Theology
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Fr. John Paul Echert, S.S.L.
Pastor, St. Augustine Church, Holy Trinity Church
U.S.A.

Rev. Fr. Paul J. McDonald
Curé,
Diocese of Saint Catharines
Canada

John Rao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
St. Johns University
Director, Roman Forum

Christopher A. Ferrara, Esq.
President and Chief Counsel
American Catholic Lawyers Association, Inc.

Scott A. Jones
Director
League of St. Michael , Inc.
Our Lady of Victory School

Albert and Bonnie Huntz
President/Secretary
Una Voce-Buffalo

Brian C. Mershon
Journalist, Dallas, Texas

Mark Alessio
Journalist, New York

Brian McCall, Esq.
Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma College of Law

Timothy J. Cullen
Journalist, Argentina

M. Eric Frankovitch, Esq.
USA

Gary Scarrabelotti
Chairman
Oriens Foundation
Canberra, ACT
Australia

Michael R. Hirsh, Esq.
Georgia Litigation Counsel
Catholic Defense Bureau

http://www.remnantnewspaper.com/Archives/archive-2008-0215-declaration-in-support-of-pope.htm

What hope is there for people with such treacherous and/or foolish spokesmen?