Dr. Chojnowski: I hated to be mellow dramatic, but I could not help but put up this promise made to St. Peter that his Faith and the Office which would proclaim that Faith, would be the foundation of the true Church of Jesus Christ and that it would be impossible for "the gates of hell" to prevail against it. I lifted the quote from the Online version of the KING JAMES BIBLE. Even the quintessential Protestant text gets this quotation right.
I have spent a couple of days trying to "wrap my mind around" what Michael Matt says in this video. The fundamental problem I have with the video is when he points his thumb over his shoulder and says, "This is over" and then fans his hands out to the whole of Bernini's colonnade and says, "This whole thing is done." Is he a Lutheran tour guide, perhaps? But no, he is a "traditional Catholic" who is in Rome to be horrified at the "sexual scandals" of the "Catholic clergy." Are we sure that this guy is not from Stockholm? Isn't St. Peter's Basilica the very image of the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church, how can any one point to it and say, "It is done"?
The "happy Lutheran language" does not stop there. Not only is the Church "over," but he also says that the Priesthood is "destroyed," "It is destroyed, it is over." The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is "wrecked" and "destroyed." And he seems happy when saying it. Too much Margarita flavored gelato? Too many bags of sugar in the espresso? My first thought here is that someone should have woken up the Holy Ghost, because this was NOT supposed to happen. Church, Mass, Priesthood, the Faith destroyed. Certainly "destroyed" in the Holy See, apparently, because the Remnant group could not find a random "Latin Mass" to attend in St. Peter's. One thing here, who with any concept of what is happening in the world today would think that, unless you brought your own traditional priest and had him beg the sacristans in St. Peter's vestry, you would walk into that church now and find, by chance, a "Latin Mass"?
The explanations for the never-ending "crisis" --- one thinks, how long can it be normal and everyday and still be a "crisis" -- are a bit disheartening. Mr. Matt's puts emphasis on priests wearing "many vestments" and points out that the clerical sexual scandals --- mostly pederastic scandals really --- is because "they do not know the difference between laity and priests." Hah? So the laity can do that stuff? Mr. Matt's commentary runs together the rather distinct concepts of "church" and "Church." He emphasizes that "they" made it "Protestant." Are the NewChurch worship-assembly buildings "Protestant" or is the Catholic Church been made "Protestant"? The constant focus on accidentals, as if they were essentials, continues when he says the priest, "sits up there like a clown, with women and homosexuals." I suppose he is speaking about the Novus Ordo service but to speak of a priest performing his sacred office as "like a clown" surely should make a Catholic shiver.
The "problem" we find out is that, "the priest's job has been so diminished." "Diminished," "Does not have much to do any more"? A priest now does "crazy" stuff? Is THAT it?
Accidentals are emphasized and essentials, like the heresies of Vatican II are downplayed. Mr. Matt insists that the problem is Vatican II, BUTTTTT not the actual documents of Vatican II -- in other words, NOT Vatican II --- but the "Spirit of Vatican II." Having revealed that one of the most high profile "traditional Catholic laymen" has read "some" of the documents of Vatican II and found that some were "nice" or "ok" but some documents of the Ecumenical Council, promulgated by the Supreme Pontiff were "absurd." Toward the end of the clip, he says, "The Catholic Church is a joke." So calling priests "clowns," dogmatic constitutions "absurd," and the Catholic Church a "joke" is supposed to give "traditional" Catholics great reason for hope.
But Michael Matt "wants to end on a positive note" --- is this his normal procedure, I don't know --- he insists that "traditional Catholics" or "we" --- whether that includes me or any of the readers of this blog is subject to doubt --- "are so close now, don't give up, don't get discouraged." Why? Because "taking to many people" "the pontificate of Francis is over." And we speak about this man who still has "the pontificate" as someone who, "may rattle around here in Rome for a while more, but, he's completely discredited." Finally, "the traditional Catholic THING is the answer" because the "Catholic Church is a joke."
I will switch to red, after my summary of Michael Matt's comments, in an attempt to really reflect on all of what was said here. First of all, you might say, You know what he means! The problem here is that we are too used to such language that we don't even logically and theologically think about it any more. When we actually consider it, we would think that we are dealing with a militant Baptist anti-Catholic preacher. How can this line of action and speech and thought be productive when we are participating in the same kind of destructive action, the same kind of, scorched earth policy that the modernists, homosexuals, and leftists are involved in. Does it really matter if they come running in the left gate of the Sacred City and we come in the right gate of the Sacred City. Our language is just as demeaning and derogatory. Have the "defenders of the Church" become the barbarians --- perhaps they being worse than the left-wing barbarians --- since they know where the sacred places are? If we are attacking priesthood, pope, Mass, Church how are we "traditional" "Catholics."
What can we do to stop participating in the scorched earth galas in Rome that have become to frequent. How should we approach the whole reality? The most apparent and, really, undeniable truths should be stated first, 1) All public heretics, apostates, schismatics, or excommunicates are outside the Catholic Church; so after some 60 years of rampant Modernism there is a Remnant ---- hey! ---- left. They constitute the Catholic Church. Without the True Faith one cannot be in the True Church. So most of those who only appear to be Catholics, but do not have the Catholic Faith, are not ACTUAL Catholics, but rather occupy the pews and chanceries where real Catholics should be; 2) A serious consideration of the fact that according to Church doctrine, a destroyed intention can invalidate the sacraments of the Church, hence, stopping up the channels of grace. What can happen after 3 generations of vitiated intentions. If you check out both Archbishop Lefebvre's book, "A Bishop Speaks" with articles from 1972, he clearly speaks of the day, which he believed was close at hand, in which the sacraments would be invalidated because of vitiated intention, not to mention the dubious new rite of priestly ordination and the almost certainly invalid rite of episcopal ordination, both departing from the bare minimum form demanded by Pope Pius XII. Bastard Mass, Bastard Priests, and Bastard Sacraments --- and a Counterfeit Church. How could we believe that the evil ones who planned all this would achieve anything less?
But of course there are still real sacraments, real priests, real bishops, and real Masses --- and our occupied Catholic basilicas which are never going to be "over".
The intention of Vatican II was to incorporate Modernism in the theology of the Church using surreptitious means such as intentional murky language open to multiple interpretations, the support of the liberal and Communist oriented Pope John XXIII, the silencing of conservative Bishops and Cardinals, the last minute overriding of the rules governing the Council agenda, etc.ReplyDelete
Vatican II has been a catastrophe for the Church. The result is that most Catholics are now effectively Protestants, the Church has become a political organization promoting Socialist causes and the clergy seems to have lost its moral fervor.
Of course, all of this can be fixed by electing a very strong and holy Pope who would abrogate Vatican II in it's entirety, appoint all new Bishops and Cardinals, make the Novus Ordo Mass reverent by incorporating Cardinal Sarah's ideas, rid the Church of most everything that could be done by lay people, and focus on helping Catholics to become holy and get ready for eternal life.
I've felt sorry for Mr. Matt for a very long time. He is a very confused individual, and his sphere of influence only extends over simple, ignorant souls who've completely lost, or never have had, the ability to think critically. You've amply demonstrated that Mr. Matt and all under his influence are in dire need of our prayers.ReplyDelete
How arrogant are you? Mr Matt sees exactly what all traditional, true Catholics see...…… forces of evil openly working against the One, True, Holy, Apostolic Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ.Delete
Our Lady of Fatima - speaking through Sr. Lucy - made it abundantly clear that the "Great Apostasy" would start at the Top of the Church and that millions of souls are hurtling to hell due to the teachings of bad pastors. [ Amoris Laetitia, "there is no helL", God needs man - He couldn't exist without US", "There is a God but there is no Catholic God", "People who cling to the 10 Commandments are weak and cowards." All direct quotes from Francis].
I suggest you grow up and look at what is pouring forth from the Vatican and accord Mr Matt with the respect due to him as a man who loves and lives his faith and inspires others to do the same. I will pray for you.
"...accord Mr Matt with the respect due to him as a man who loves and lives his faith and inspires others to do the same...???" Hmm, let's see. Matt inspires Catholics to believe in a pernicious lie: that a real Vicar of Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, and Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, would openly work against the Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ and lead millions of souls to hell. What kind of religion is Matt professing? It certainly isn't Catholic. Conclusion: Until he tells the truth, that Francis is *not* the Pope, and that heretics are not members of the True Church, Michael Matt deserves to be shunned, ignored, and rejected.Delete
The Vatican II sect is not the Catholic Church after the death of Pope Pius XII and with Roncalli usurping St. Peter's throne the Church was assaulted from with in. The cult created a new religion and Christ's Bride was relegated to the Catacombs. We have been warned about these times by Marian apparitions , true Popes, Saints, Holy Scripture and the Fathers of the Church. Mr. Matt and his cohorts were so attached to the bricks and mortar of the cult. That he failed to see the truth. They have defended the cult and her antipopes all along. It is only now that the sewage is getting close to nose level that they can't seem to stand the stench any longer. Until they reject this counterfeit and her antipopes Mr. Matt and his crew are wallowing in deep error. We can only pray that the Holy Ghost removes the scales from their collective eyes and they return to the truth of Christ's one and only Church.ReplyDelete
"The Vatican II sect is not the Catholic Church after the death of Pope Pius XII and with Roncalli usurping St. Peter's throne the Church was assaulted from with in. The cult created a new religion and Christ's Bride was relegated to the Catacombs. We have been warned about these times by Marian apparitions , true Popes, Saints, Holy Scripture and the Fathers of the Church."
Is there an article that summarizes and validates your point about being warned about these times by "Marian apparitions, true Popes, Saints, Holy Scripture and the Fathers of the Church"?
Lastly, I'd like to learn more about "Roncalli" usurping St Peter's throne. If Roncalli was a usurper, whom did he usurp the throne from and what is the source for this allegation?
There is so much fake news about everything that I'd like to see sources and evidence so I can discern for myself.
I am quite familiar with the apparitions and history of Our Lady of Fatima and DO NOT believe the Vatican's official explanation about the release of the Third Secret.
Thank you and God Bless
See here: https://novusordowatch.org/john-xxiii/
Thank you Dr. Chojnowski for another very well written article. Luckily, I have never been a follower of Michael Matt, although I was brought up in the R&R camp and held on to that belief until I researched for myself. It is like one traditional catholic bishop said, "You can have your pope and beat him too," with R&R.ReplyDelete
Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren.
Pope Innocent III said: "We believe in our heart and profess with our lips one Church, not a church of heretics". Vatican I said: "this see of St. Peter always remains unblemished by any error… this gift of truth and never-failing faith was therefore divinely conferred on Peter and his successors in this see". The true Catholic Church is pure and spotless, the immaculate bride of Christ, which cannot err and cannot give false doctrines to the faithful. But Bergoglio's is a church of heretics, it is blemished by errors, they do not have the truth and their faith has failed. This is the church that the R&R believes in. They believe in it yet they are disobedient to this church on a daily basis. No wonder Michael Matt is confused and has an identity crisis. He'll have another conference and then it goes on and on again. What he needs to do, instead, is ditch the SSPX fairy tales, and go back and read and study his catechism again, and be reminded that the Catholic Church is indefectible, and that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. The Catholic Church might be reduced to a "remnant", but it can never fail; it is not "over" or "done".ReplyDelete
In 1832 Gregory XVI took out the equivalent of a 34 million dollar loan from the Rothschild bankers at 5% interest. The formally mortal sin of usury had been clearly absolved. Pius lX took out a significant loan in the 1850s from the Rothschilds. No wonder that a 100 tears later the Vatican would exonerate the living sanhedrin and become a Judeo-Masonic cesspool flourishing in heresy. A return to the Latin Mass won't be enough to clear up this swamp.ReplyDelete
Found it sickening how Michael Matt came across like a giddy school girl in the video. And he boasts of a "common ground" and "solidarity" with his "bedfellows", the "LGBTQ" and "CNN"? Replayed that part a couple of times to make sure. But that's exactly what he said. Michael Matt is proud to have the LGBTQ and CNN as his brothers in arms. They can have him. What a Tartuffe!ReplyDelete
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If you look carefully at the subsequent comments you'll find that there's a consensus here that Michael Matt is a very confused individual whose R&R absurdity turns the papacy into a complete joke. I'm not arrogant at all - just educated enough not to fall for the specious R&R arguments that Michael Matt endlessly promotes. I called for prayers for him. It's frustrating when people turn their errors into an industry, and in a religious sense it's absolutely frightening that he has some influence. I agree - Matt needs a reeducation; he needs to be able to recognize heresy and apostasy for what it is and why it's incompatible with being a Catholic. Only then will he be able to realize that Francis is not even a pope's bootlace, let alone the Pope.
I agree that these public figures are in urgent need of our prayers before they lead more souls astray and keep thousands in their ignorance.Delete
People like Michael Matt claim they're "Traditional Catholics", who are fighting to "save" the Church. But what are they really doing? They recognize Francis the Blasphemer as the true Vicar of Christ, the womanish "buffoons" as the true Princes of the Church, and other heretics and apostates as true members of the Mystical Body of Christ. In other words, these so-called Traditional Catholics are projecting the image of the Whore of Babylon onto the Spotless Bride of Christ; they're scraping the dirt off one and smearing it on the other. Are they really that stupid, or do they know that these are the very same tactics that the World is using to humiliate the Church?ReplyDelete
It IS possible to find out how the Church has been usurped; I have done much research on my own and this was planned for many years before they were able to pull it off. I am learning more and more every day .ReplyDelete
For those who are confused, start with the condemnations of modernism (Pascendi) by Pope Saint Pius X, check out "The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita" as starting points. Besides these, there is a plethora of available information out there.
Better yet, find a church that follows TRUE Catholicism that remains unaffected by this Modernist Heresy. They are out there. Try traditio.org also for loads of material which might be helpful .
Most of all, even if you do nothing much else, pray the Holy Rosary every single day with the intention of clarity and direction. Our Heavenly Mother will lead you right where you need to be!
Catholics have been denied Sanctifying Grace for a long time and with each passing day it dries up more. Christ instituted the Sacraments to give us this Grace in order to resist temptation to sin.ReplyDelete
Sodomites who have been recruited into the seminary by disordered seminary rectors and vocation directors , cannot have Proper intention for the sacrament of Holy Orders ,therefore they are invalid priests and cannot minister Sacramental Grace thought their celebration of the mass or the sacraments.
Priests who confess the sin of sodomy to fellow sodomite "priests" are excommunicated. Therefore ,they cannot minister Sacramental Grace to anyone.
Like it or not this is the state of the institutional church.
Lack of Grace is evident everywhere. The accepted LGBTQ Ministries confirming the perverse in their proclivities , the more recent perv summit in Rome which did pushed homosexuality in the priesthood off the table , despite the clerical abuse of minors primarily shown to be a homo sex problem. The aberrations in the Mass and the lack of knowledge concerning the Faith by both laity and the priesthood all testify to the loss of Sanctifying Grace.
We are in the desert now sustained with our Holy Mother and her rosary.
“Then the Church shall be scattered, driven into the wilderness, and shall be for a time, as it was in the beginning, invisible hidden in catacombs, in dens, in mountains, in lurking places; for a time it shall be swept, as it were from the face of the earth. Such is the universal testimony of the Fathers of the early Church.” Delete
“The apostasy of the city of Rome from the vicar of Christ and its destruction by Antichrist may be thoughts so new to many Catholics, that I think it well to recite the text of theologians of greatest repute. First Malvenda, who writes expressly on the subject, states as the opinion of Ribera, Gaspar Melus, Biegas, Suarrez, Bellarmine and Bosius that Rome shall apostatize from the faith, drive away the Vicar of Christ and return to its ancient paganism.” 
 Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, The Present Crisis of the Holy See, 1861, London: Burns and Lambert, pp. 79.
 ibid. p. 88.