Bp. Schneider’s talk at the presentation of the book: Christus Vincit

God has chosen all of us to live in a time of crisis in the Church unlike any other in history.  What an honor!

Do not be downcast or anxious.  Think of the graces he will offer us if we live our vocations well and remain faithful, hopeful and charitable.   The harder the times, the more abundant the grace, the greater the glory.  And we are for greater glory.

That said, it is an honor to live in these days principally because it’s a time of war.   We are being called to serve in our militant roles more than ever.  Some will be in the front lines and some will be in supporting roles.  All must be ready to go either to the front or behind the lines, depending on the circumstances of their vocations and God’s will.  Even those who are in supporting roles have to bear arms and train, and I implore you to ready yourselves in study, thoughtful reflection and prayer.

Christ always wins in the end.

Last night, Bp. Schneider’s new book was presented formally to an audience of prestigious participants, including several Cardinals.  This was an important event.

Here is the video of Bp. Schneider’s talk.  It is from The Remnant and Michael Matt has an introduction.  Many organizations were involved to make this happen.  I’ve started, however, at the beginning of the bishop’s talk.  You can rewind and watch the rest. At about 3:30 there is a shot which shows the audience, with Cardinals Burke, Müller, and Arinze.

Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age


I am pushing this book hard because it is an important book.

And Robert de Mattei’s talk was quite significant.  I am sure it will be translated soon.

Meanwhile… what do I mean when I talk about time of crisis and war?  This is going on within the Church today!   A friend sent me this, which looks like Fakebook.  It was for what is really Columbus Day, but is now the spectacularly incoherent “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”.  This is from – it must be – some nuns.

See what I mean?

Go with Schneider.


The text of Roberto de Mattei’s important talk.  HERE

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  1. WVC says:

    On the Prayer for Indigenous People, I am truly shocked! They didn’t use the Oxford Comma? SCANDALOUS!

    Honestly, aside from the depravity of all this stuff, the depressing thing is watching all of these old hipsters (and this prayer was definitely written by an old hipster, nun or not) try so hard to act cool and with-it. The most obnoxious thing about the Amazon Synod (other than the obvious) is seeing all these old cardinals giddy like little school girls.

    For real leadership by serious grown-ups – that’s what I long for. I even tear up at the silly scene in Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood when King Richard reveals himself and the men all kneel down. What a beautiful thing real leadership is, and how absent it is from our small, twisted modern world.

  2. Kevin says:

    Wow! Three of the best Princes of the Church! And what are they wearing? Are they permitted to wear those in public? :) I just received Bishop Schneider’s book…as soon as I finish Cardinal Sarah’s book, I will begin Christus Vincit! Thank you Fr. Z and God Bless you!

  3. FN says:

    I just finished reading it. Wonderful book. I particularly liked the parts about angels and Fatima. This should be read by all who care about Truth clearly and beautifully expressed! Bishop Schneider’s charity and uncompromising love of Christ inspire me to live better. Can’t give higher praise than that.

  4. SanSan says:

    I’m currently finishing Cardinal Sarah’s book and Bishop Schneider’s book. Both readings cannot be rushed. So much to meditate on. God bless all those Princes of the Church who were in attendance for the talk. Thank you for sharing Father Z. You run in good company! Love and pray for you all.

    My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You!

  5. FrAnt says:

    In the Indigenous Peoples’ prayer, the word “Earth” is capitalized, and not proceeded by the determiner “the” like what follows, “the waters, etc.. Is this done because the Earth is a person, a deity? Another thing I noticed, at the doxology of the prayer, Jesus is our brother. Is this because Jesus was not God when here on earth, but merely human until he reunited to his divinity after his death on the cross? Asking for a friend.

  6. mysticalrose says:

    I am almost finished the book and it has done me so much spiritual good. We’ve been gaslighted for so long that you start to think that maybe we’re just…wrong. Christus Vincit really confirmed my faith.

  7. Ms. M-S says:

    Okay, pray to Jupiter Pluvius,
    Great Mystery, even Vesuvius.
    Crank religion from trees
    Or wherever you please
    But its provenance still remains dubious.

    If only one knew how to stop
    This triumph of saccharine slop,
    This unholy binge
    Of a lunatic fringe—
    Even Mad Magazine’s closed up shop.

  8. Philmont237 says:

    Geographer here. When the word “earth” is referring to the planet Earth then it is properly capitalized. However, I agreed With you. I don’t think that this is what they are referring to here. I think they’re replacing the word “Earth” with the word “Gaia.” It’s a code often used in animist propaganda.

  9. I just finished Christus Vincit yesterday. It is indeed a very important book. If you haven’t got it…get it. And read it.

  10. AA Cunningham says:

    We acknowledge the diverse and abundant gifts of our country’s Indigenous Peoples.(sic)

    Correction: We acknowledge the diverse and abundant gifts of our country’s American Indians all of whose ancestors migrated to North America from Siberia across the Bering Strait land bridge.

    If those sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph – aka consecrated members of the laity only – are interested, I’d be happy to offer to teach all of them comprehensive remedial courses in actual history and common sense to correct the many falsehoods they’ve been indoctrinated into by revisionist historians and relativists, pro bono. After that we can tackle the Catechism.

  11. RLseven says:

    Some see propaganda in this prayer, but I’m quiet certain that whoever the person or group is that wrote this prayer did so with heartfelt intention. I believe God hears/receives our prayers when they are from the heart. Even if they are flawed (per human judgment). Mocking another person’s prayer… what does this accomplish– in God’s eyes?

  12. Charles E Flynn says:

    From FSSP Ordination in Providence, Rhode Island, October 26:

    On Saturday, October 26th, the Rev. William Rock, a deacon of the FSSP, will be ordained to the Priesthood by His Excellency Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan. The ordination will take place at 10:30 a.m. at St Mary’s Church, home of the Fraternity’s apostolate in Providence, Rhode Island, with first blessings and a reception to follow. The following day, which is the feast of Christ the King, Bishop Schneider will celebrate the 8 a.m. Low Mass, and Mr. Rock will celebrate the 10 a.m. High Mass, with first blessings afterwards. The beautiful and historic church of St Mary, located at 538 Broadway, became an FSSP apostolate last year, with Fr John Berg, the previous superior general, as its first pastor.

  13. Kerry says:

    After the word “Peace”, and before the “Amen”, they omitted, “…inde venturus est judicare vivos et mortuos”.

  14. RichR says:

    Burke, Mueller, Arinze,…..and a certain blogger we know all seated next to each other. Did you actually hear demons groaning from down below?

  15. Johann says:

    Have only begun to delve into this book and I already consider it the best book on the Church crisis released to date. I especially love the copy of the Declaration of Truths that is contained in the back.

  16. WVC says:

    @RLseven – Reducing prayer simply to intent is absurd. Would it be appropriate to use abortion imagery in a prayer asking for God’s help, even if I have the bestest of intents? If I invoke the name of demons when I pray to God, but I have a good intent, does that make it okay? Words are the expression of our thoughts, and if we use bad words we cannot then pretend the thoughts do not suffer.

    There are many, many, many good ways to pray. Invoking pagan and pantheistic imagery and symbols is not one of them, regardless of the intent. To think God judges us on our intent alone, and not the words and physical actions by which we make that intent a reality, is to slip into a form of Manichaeism.

    Furthermore, to use the Oxford Comma in one instance but not in two others – that’s just plain lazy. Whatever happened to proofreading?

  17. Semper Gumby says:

    Thank you for the video of Bp. Schneider’s talk. The last 30 seconds were particularly inspirational.

    RichR: Good one.

    That prayer is problematic. WVC makes a good point that there is no need to use pagan imagery, so does FrAnt about “brother” Jesus. “Sacred Fires” is a bit over the top- in fact the term is rather popular with Hekate worship and witchcraft or folk “magick.” (I think Fr. Z had a post about the Three Days of Darkness with a photo of a liturgical fire bowl). As for “Elders,” at least they didn’t use “The Old Ones” per HP Lovecraft and Cthulhu.

    Christus Vincit.

  18. RLseven says:

    Simmer down, WVC. Your examples are a bit far fetched. This is not a prayer about abortion or Satan. It is about Creation and those who deeply respect nature as part of their spirituality and simply being human beings. This prayer is being nitpicked here– it’s evil because of a capital E? Please.

    The words in that prayer that you consider pagan, are the same words that are in the Creation Story of Gen 1. Pagan, there, too??

    I find the prayer deeply respectful of creation from the perspective of both Indigenous People and Catholics.

  19. Charles E Flynn says:

    From Christus Vincit: Bishop Schneider’s Powerful and Luminous New Book — And Its Presentation in Rome , by Prof. Peter Kwasniewski:

    Bishop Schneider critiques worldliness within the Church: the addiction to bureaucracy, the embarrassing quest for relevance, the craven appetite for applause, iron-fisted methods against legitimate criticism, the anthropocentric drift away from divine revelation, spirit-suffocating liturgical mediocrity and narcissism, the flight from pastoral responsibility for sound doctrine, the embrace of secular humanism, the silent apostasy from two millennia of tradition. At the same time he movingly describes the only solutions that will bring peace and strength to the Body of Christ on earth: resounding and uncompromising orthodoxy, the unchanging morality of the commandments and the beatitudes, a liturgy truly worthy of the divine mysteries it shelters, and loving adoration of the Lord, really present for us in the most holy Sacrament of the altar.

  20. Suburbanbanshee says:

    What I notice is that “Sacred Fires” are okay, but not Easter fire or St. John the Baptist bonfires.

    Sage smoke is okay for prayers, but not incense.

    Inculturation starts by allowing yourself to have a native culture, and a real faith in God, and real teaching from the Church. How else can you understand other people?

  21. Semper Gumby says:

    RLSeven wrote:

    “Simmer down, WVC.”


    “Your examples are a bit far fetched. This is not a prayer about abortion or Satan.”

    WVC was elaborating on the theme to assist your comprehension.

    “It is about Creation and those who deeply respect nature as part of their spirituality and simply being human beings.”

    Careful, you are straying into De-Humanizing territory.

    “This prayer is being nitpicked here– it’s evil because of a capital E? Please.”

    You owe FrAnt an apology.

    “The words in that prayer that you consider pagan, are the same words that are in the Creation Story of Gen 1. Pagan, there, too??”

    Nice try. Take a look at Genesis 1 and that prayer again.

    “I find the prayer deeply respectful of creation from the perspective of both Indigenous People and Catholics.”

    You have constructed a dichotomy between the Church of Jesus Christ and “indigenous people.” It will be to your benefit to prayerfully reflect on your motive.

  22. WVC says:

    To add on to what Semper Gumby said – what is RLSeven saying? That “indigenous people” are not capable of appreciating the traditional prayers of the Church? Isn’t that, you know, kind of belittling?

  23. Semper Gumby says:

    WVC: Good point, that is belittling.

    These days Leftists are determined to exploit the “Indigenous People” to further their agenda.

    From the Register Oct. 17:

    BREVES, Brazil — A retired bishop from Brazil has spoken out against the claim that married priests are necessary in the Amazon region because the indigenous people do not understand celibacy.

    “It’s not the indigenous culture that finds insurmountable difficulties in understanding celibacy. It’s that there was not a real inculturation of the Gospel among them,” said Bishop emeritus José Luis Azcona of Marajó, Brazil.

    From Edward Pentin at the Register on Oct. 7:

    ROME — An Amazon tribal chief told a Rome conference on Saturday that a “dictatorship” of missionary workers teaching liberation theology has sought to prevent development in the region, thus keeping indigenous people in poverty and misery.

    Jonas Marcolino Macuxí, the chief of the Macuxi tribe, asserted such promotion of “primitivism” (an ideology that pre-Christian indigenous traditions and mores were largely noble and good and should be conserved) brought conflict to the region from the 1970s on, undoing all that earlier missionaries and indigenous peoples had achieved in terms of positive cultural assimilation for more than a century.

    He also expressed concern that many of those advising the Pope on the synod have this same ideology and that the indigenous invited to attend it have been “indoctrinated to remain in their primitive state.”

    Pentin: You referred in your talk to cannibalism and infanticide as part of tribal religions. Have they come back?

    Macuxi: Cannibalism has ended, but not the killing of children.

    Pentin: The Brazilian Dominican liberation theologian Frei Betto said recently about the Pan-Amazon Synod that “we have before us an opportunity that will allow us to move forward. We must not propose liberation theology. It scares many people. We need to talk about socioenvironmental issues instead.” Are you concerned about this?

    Macuxi: Many of the great Indian leaders see such theology as a leveling down. These liberation theologians are promoting the idea that the Indians who still live in a primitive way are very happy, living in paradise, etc., and wanting to promote this idea to everybody else.

    But that’s not true. It’s false. We are not living in paradise. It’s a very hard life; people have insects all over their feet, bats in their homes.

    Pentin: So do you believe a free-market economy is the way to overcome this?

    Macuxi: Yes, exactly; we should be allowed to develop our economy, because the region is very rich. All the natural resources are there. But in the Indian reserves, you cannot touch them, and that’s to the detriment of the people who live there. They [those who wish to keep them primitive] have neutralized reason. It’s obvious those things should be explored, but we’re not allowed to do it. We’re not allowed to use our intelligence to utilize the things that are present where we live.

  24. Semper Gumby says:

    A bit late, though here is a link to a brief article on Columbus and the Virgin Mary.

    Columbus was a great admiral and explorer but a flawed administrator who admitted he was a “great sinner.” He was not the barbarian as certain people in academia and Hollywood portray him today. These people also ignore factors such as the rapacious Carib tribe and cannibalism. Columbus was also a Third Order Franciscan friar.

    “The Virgin of the Navigators is an alterpiece painted in 1536 by Alejo Fernandez for the chapel at the House of Trade in Seville.”

    “All of his life he had a special devotion to Mary, as demonstrated by the name of his flagship, Santa Maria, and his strict observance of sailors singing Salve Regina at around 7:00 PM after saying their evening prayers. (The full name of the Santa Maria was Santa Maria de la Imaculada Concepcion; Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception).”


    If I recall, one of Columbus’ sailors first spotted the New World in the evening soon after after Columbus and crew sang Salve Regina. Upon return in 1493 Columbus marched his sailors to Mass and a Te Deum.

    The article has a link to the monks of Fontgombault Abbey chanting Salve Regina.

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