The Remnant’s Take

May 5, 2008

The conclusion of Michael J. Matt’s Look Back at Pope Benedict’s Missionary Journey to the US

As the magnificent Christus Vincit soared to the heights of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York during the papal procession, I longed with all my heart for the Pope to ascend the altar of God and commence his Mass with “introibo ad altare Dei!” Though I have no doubt this will happen one day, it didn’t happen in America. The Holy Father’s visit made it clear that this is all going to take some time, and that, while the Church is slowly beginning to steer a course back toward Tradition, the ship is still haunted and the captain still hounded by the spirit of Vatican II. There’s much work to be done before we return safe to harbor.

What’s certain, however, is that Benedict sees a restored liturgy as an integral part of the restoration of Catholic identity and influence throughout this prison that is the modern world. Summorum Pontificum can be seen as a papal cry for help in carrying out the monumental task of undoing forty years of liturgical abomination by restoring the Roman Rite to the altars of the Catholic Church. That’s the crusade Benedict has called, and we must answer his call!

On July 7, 2007, our aged pontiff—the virtual prisoner of a relativist regime whose effects on the Church are called the “spirit of Vatican II”—handed his loyal subjects a standard and asked them to march it out into the world for him. Wolves both within and without the Church will try to stop us at every step of the way, but so be it! Let the word go forth that Roman Catholic Traditionalists stand with the Holy Father, and that they are willing to help him drive the wolves all the way to Armageddon in this fight for the soul of Holy Church.

For when all is said and done, Benedict XVI is Christ’s vicar on earth, and on balance his pontificate is not proving to be the world-pleasing spectacle provided by “John Paul the Great.” The wolves know this as well as we do, which is precisely why, as this article goes to press, Time magazine has conspicuously omitted Benedict from its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people—an omission as ludicrous as it is telling.

The coming months may well prove to be very interesting. Pray for the Holy Father!


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