Bishop Schneider Interviewed by Michael Matt

Bishop Schneider Interviewed by Michael Matt

Written by The Remnant Newspaper
11/19/17

Before the recent Catholic Identity Conference, I sat down with Bishop Athanasius Schneider and asked him a few questions about the Traditional Latin Mass, Amoris Laetitia, Cardinal Burke and the Dubia, Communion in the hand, the coming desecration of the Eucharist, resisting Pope Francis, and the increasingly obvious failure that is the Second Vatican Council.

Please keep in mind that it was not my intent to “grill the bishop”. I have known him for some time and have come to respect him more than I can say. It was my intent to assist our readers and friends around the world to get to know this most courageous churchman—a man of faith and deep appreciation for the traditions of Holy Mother Church.

Bishop Schneider understands very well what it means to be part of an “underground Church.” He was born in the Soviet Union to ethnic Germans from Ukraine and, after World War II, young Anton (his name at the time) Schneider’s family was sent by Stalin’s regime to a gulag in the Ural Mountains. There they became closely involved with the underground Church, and when his family was finally released from the concentration camp, they left Central Asia for Estonia.

In 1973, shortly after making his first Holy Communion in secret, His Excellency emigrated with his family to West Germany. In 1982, he joined the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross of Coimbra in Austria, where he took the religious name of Athanasius.

He was ordained a priest in 1990, and on June 2, 2006 Father Athanasius Schneider was appointed a bishop by Pope Benedict and later that same year consecrated Bishop at the Altar of the Chair of Saint Peter in the Vatican.

He is a champion of the Holy Eucharist, having years ago distinguished himself by outspoken resistance to Communion in the Hand. He is also quite candid about the fact that all of his private Masses are the TLM.

He has supported traditional Catholics all over the world, including those associated with the Society of St. Pius X. Together with the bishops of Kazakhstan, he was among the first to issue a statement of resistance to the errors of Amoris Lateitia, and has celebrated high profile Traditional Latin Masses on both sides of the Atlantic— for example, on the Chartres Pilgrimage two years ago, the Blessed Karl Mass in Washington, D.C. just this year, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin last month, and most recently at the Catholic Identity Conference just outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

His Excellency’s keynote address was perhaps the highpoint of the CIC …

God bless Bishop Schneider for his courage, his unflappable faith and his fearless leadership during this dark period of crisis in the Church. Please pray for the health and protection of His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider. MJM

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  1. Bishop Schneider to be honored with ‘tireless defender of the faith’ award by Catholic group

    Lianne Laurence

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, November 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider will be the first and only recipient of a custom award devised by the Winnipeg-based Society of St. Dominic to mark the centenary year of the Marian apparitions at Fatima.

    “As storm clouds continue to form on the horizon for Catholics all over the world while we pass the Fatima centenary, we have created this award to recognize and honor a tireless defender of the faith and devotee of Our Lady’s Immaculate heart,” the Society said in a statement to LifeSiteNews.

    The bishop will receive the Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii (Queen of the Holy Rosary) award in Winnipeg in May.

    Bishop Schneider, 56, has been a major voice among those calling on Pope Francis to dispel the confusion caused by his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which Schneider says contains “ambiguous affirmations” that are “causing a moral and disciplinary anarchy in the life of the Church.”

    “Hearing Bishop Schneider in person will be different than not. Hence, the reason for our award and the event,” the Society stated, referencing St. Paul’s letter to the Romans: “Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ” (10: 17, Douay Rheims edition).

    The award will be presented on the Society’s behalf by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, professor and choirmaster at Wyoming Catholic College. A graduate of Thomas Aquinas, Kwasniewski is a prolific author, liturgical scholar and composer, as well as a blogger with LifeSiteNews.

    The group will announce the ticket price by mid-December and will reveal more details, such as the name of the artist, the nature of the award, and possible additional speakers, as the event draws nearer.

    The Society of St. Dominic is a private association of Catholic laity and not associated with the Order of Preachers.

    Its mission is “to glorify God and sanctify souls through the rediscovery of the contemplative Catholic tradition in the arts, the liturgy and the lives and writings of her Saints,” according to its website.

    The Society chose Bishop Schneider “owing not only to his outstanding defense of the Faith and Our Lady’s role in it, but the providential role that Our Lady has played in his priestly formation,” the statement said.

    Schneider is auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of “Mary Most Holy (Maria Santissima) of Astana.”

    The bishop “also taught patristics at Mary, Mother of the Church Seminary in Karaganda, and, reminiscent of Our Lady in the second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, is a tireless traveler for Catholics scattered far and wide,” the Society said.

    “It was revealed to St. Dominic that Our Lady, through the Rosary and the Scapular, would save the world.”

    Bishop Schneider received his first Holy Communion from Ukrainian Catholic priest and martyr Blessed Oleksa Zaryckyj, who was appointed apostolic administrator of Kazakhstan and Siberia, and died October 30, 1963, in a Soviet labor camp near Karaganda.

    Previous events of the Society of St. Dominic include an address by renowned Oxford theologian and priest Father John Saward on the Latin Mass, and a performance of Tomas Luis de Victoria’s 1605 Requiem.

    The Society “promotes spiritual conferences, public talks and cultural events which emphasize the Spiritual Acts of Mercy; to instruct the ignorant; to pray for the living and the dead.”

    Its members “take seriously the dictum of St. Philip Neri, ‘love to be unknown,’” the Society’s website notes, hence, there is no name affixed to the Society’s statements.

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