UPDATE – BOOK LENGTH INTERVIEW with Bp. Athanasius Schneider

UPDATE 5 Oct 19:

I am well into this book.   The first section is biographical.   This is an important foundation for understanding how this auxiliary bishop from the former Soviet Union, raised his head up over the crowd during a Synod of Bishops to speak about Communion in the hand.   From that point on, he has been on the radar screen.

An anecdote illustrates.  Schneider relates that, when he was a young man, he and a friend went with their parish priest specifically to meet Pope John Paul II during his visit to Germany in 1980.  To be brief, he wound up running at him down a corridor and calling to him in Russian, to which John Paul reacted.  Read it yourself.  It gives an insight into his character.  Indeed, it is an incident in what looks like a move of the digitus Dei.  I get that.

A couple points stand out for me, personally.  First, Schneider joined the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross.  Early on, in considering my vocation, I also was interested in them to the point that I traveled to Braga, Portugal, to see what they were all about.   Also, he studied Patristics at the Augustinianum in Rome at the same time I was there.  And of course there is the dedication to several critical points of renewal of the Church, including Communion while kneeling and ad orientem worship.

Our paths have crisscrossed.

Schneider’s childhood was spent in serious religious oppression in the former Soviet Union.  His early priesthood found him serving tiny churches in Brazil.  Hence, if he expresses an opinion about the Amazon Synod, he isn’t just talking out of his hat, like some experts from Germany.   He gets what the ideology of atheistic materialism does and what the ideology behind the Instrumentum Laboris could do.  They are both forms of totalitarianism and profoundly anti-Catholic, antithetical to the Christian.

The interview style of the volume is quite humble.  There is nothing aloof in this fellow, which has been my experience of him when meeting.  There is nothing aloof, but neither is there any lack of conviction.  He is wholly dedicated to his mandate and to what he thinks is right for the Church in our times.

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


Originally Published on: Oct 3, 2019

This is going to be amazing.   And it has been released!

Bp. Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary of Astana and hero, has a book length interview out via Angelico Press.

There’s a hardback and a paperback.

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


It carries endorsements from Card. Sarah, Card. Burke, Fr. Murray, Prof. Hahn.


I now have the book!

The table of contents:

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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  1. SophiaGrace says:

    Thank you for this, Father Z

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  3. mysticalrose says:

    Ordered it!

  4. FN says:

    Buying today. The picture of Christ on the cover looks very like the Holy Face of Manoppello.

  5. Fr. Kelly says:

    Ordered it. Am eagerly awaiting its arrival

  6. Kevin says:

    Will order ASAP. Reading Cardinal Sarah’s new one…fantastic! I’m sure this one will be as well. Thanks be to God that there are some Bishops (and Cardinals) that are true shepherds.

  7. DavidGeorge says:

    “The picture of Christ on the cover looks very like the Holy Face of Manoppello.”


  8. Semper Gumby says:

    Thanks for the FYI.

    On a separate but related note a documentary has been made about Card. Muller’s “Manifesto of Faith.”

  9. mo7 says:

    Ordered, set to arrive at my house on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

  10. Andreas says:

    Semper Gumby: Yes, it can be seen online at: https://manifestooffaith.com/.

  11. Johann says:

    Is officially on my Must Have Books to buy, along with The Day is Now Far Spent by Cardinal Robert Sarah.

  12. Semper Gumby says:

    Andreas: Thanks.

  13. Diana says:

    Wow!! Completely random digression, but I just got back from Braga, filming for my series, The Faithful Traveler in Portugal. I LOVE that city!! Had no idea about the Canons. Will have to do some research. But we got to visit and film at Sameiro, Bom Jesus, and Se… so many beautiful sacred sites in Portugal. I’d love to hear your memories of the city! I wonder how it’s changed.

  14. Diana says:

    Oh my goodness!! St Teotonio founded this order! We saw his relics (his skull) at the Mosteiro de Santa Cruz in Coimbra!! Wow. I love Catholic history.

  15. acardnal says:

    QUESTION: If I remember correctly, the Vatican authorities restricted Bp. Schneider’s travel. He was directed to stay in his home diocese. Is this still in effect? Does anyone know?

  16. majuscule says:

    I have ordered the book—it’s due to arrive on Monday. I have also read Dominus Est, his book on Holy Communion.

    I was able to attend a Mass which he offered within driving distance to where I live. Afterwards he stayed in the vestibule to shake hands and allow those who wished (me for one) to kiss his ring. He said a few words to every person.

    He is a devout and humble man. In these uncertain times it’s men like him who keep me from despairing.

  17. I’m looking forward to reading Bishop Schneider’s book. Good things are finally happening. I’m reading Cardinal Sarah’s new book ‘The Day is Now Far Spent’ and finding it amazing. It’s a must-read, I think especially for every priest. I’m surprised everyone isn’t talking about it and quoting from it. The video of Cardinal Muller’s ‘Manifesto of Faith’ is also excellent. A visiting priest spoke out against the Amazon Synod and Pope Francis’ comment about our need to obey the U.N.

    Be cheerful and praise God for the good guys!

  18. majuscule says:

    I am partway through the book. Today I ordered a few copies to give away to friends who should (and will) read it. I am having a copy sent to a good and faithful priest who used to be in our parish who I know will read it if he doesn’t have a copy already.

    I was struck by how he came to have the name Athanasius.

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