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MUNICH, Germany, January 22, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Hello from Germany! This past weekend I joined other prominent traditional Catholic leaders to participate in a prayerful protest outside the the German Bishop's Conference in Munich. This act of charity was aimed at Cardinal Reinhard Marx and the rest of the German bishops to urge them to stop teaching heresy, repent of their ways, and to confirm lay Catholics in the faith. Michael J. Matt, long-time editor of the Remnant and a friend to LifeSiteNews, was there.

I interviewed Matt, whose ancestors are from Germany, about the Geman church but also about what he feels Catholics of that nation should be doing in these times.

The idea of this protest is “counter-cultural,” he said. “We need to pray” and “resist.” We can't just say, “let God take care of it.” Catholics must be militant warriors for Christ.

Matt suggested that Germans consider not paying the church tax in their country even though it may cause suffering for them.

He also made special note of how, as a father of 7 children, it's a “terrifying thought” that the number of priests in the Church are diminishing. He mentioned that his 22-year-old son was in a car accident recently and the family was blessed to see an Institute of Christ the King priest immediately stop what he was doing, go to the hospital, and visit and say mass for his son in his hopital room.

“We need to fight against what's happening…we need to encourage vocations!” What the German bishops are proposing amounts to “taking chances…with the souls of our children,” he said. We have to preserve the “sacramental grace of the church” and fight these “new ideas” which will destroy our faith.

Speaking about Pope Francis, Matt observed that he isn't an anamoly, but rather, it has taken 100 years to get to this point. 

Francis wants “a new church.” The Roman Curia has been “radically changed,” he said. We laity don't want to cause trouble, but we do have “an obligation to stand for Holy Mother Church” so we can “hand on [the faith] to future generations.”

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John-Henry is the co-founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne have eight children and they live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout the world. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum, an annual strategy meeting for life, faith and family leaders worldwide. He is a board member of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family. He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization. He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.