Over that half-century, The Remnant’s stable of writers has included pioneer traditionalists such as the late, great Michael Davies (whose "Letter from London" appeared in every issue for 30 years), well-known authors such as Malachi Martin and Solange Hertz, and a veritable who’s who of traditional Catholic guest columnists, ranging from Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre to Dietrich von Hildebrand to Cardinals Ottaviani and Stickler to Dr. Eric de Seventhem (founding president of Una Voce International) and so many others.
The Remnant is proud of its critics too, most notably, perhaps, the infamous Archbishop Annibale Bugnini—architect of the New Mass—who condemned The Remnant by name in his memoirs, The Reform of the Liturgy 1948 – 1975.
A Bit of History
The Remnant was founded by Walter L. Matt, the longtime editor of The Wanderer—one of the oldest Catholic weekly newspapers in the world. Founded 150 years ago, The Wanderer’s first editor was my great-grandfather, Hugo Klapproth. In 1930, the English-language Wanderer was established by my grandfather, who would eventually hand the reins to his son, my father, Walter L. Matt, during the turbulent years of Vatican II.
In 1967 my father left The Wanderer to found The Remnant—a newspaper that was established in specific and stated opposition to the Spirit of Vatican II and the new orientation of the Catholic Church. Two years before the New Mass was established, in fact, The Remnant was already engaged in a pitched battle against the liturgical revolution.
The restoration of Traditional liturgy, doctrine and practice has been the raison d'être of The Remnant ever since. And if you don’t mind my saying so, The Remnant was traditionalist several decades before traditionalist was “cool.”
Walter L. Matt went to his eternal reward in 2002, having officially handed the reins to his youngest son in 1996. To the best of my abilities, I’ve tried to continue the spirit and live up to my family’s legacy in the Catholic press apostolate that goes back 150 years. I’m not interested in doing anything more than standing on the shoulders of my fathers and begging God to help me keep my balance.
Newsprint Here To Stay
The heart and soul of The Remnant is its print edition (which now has an identical E-edition), along with its fiercely loyal subscriber base.
With Washington and Brussels and the United Nations all working to severely monitor and control the Internet (maybe even develop a “kill switch”), believe me—we have no intention of giving up on the old “has been” newsprint model. For however long it remains God’s will to remain operational, The Remnant will keep and maintain its newsprint edition as well as its bi-weekly schedule.
In addition to The Remnant’s print-edition, our identical E-edition is state of the art, offering:
- Six months’ worth of back issues
- Audio of every article that can be slowed down or sped up to taste, and even shared as MP3 files
- Full downloading, allowing subscribers to share entire issues, just one article, graphics, etc.
- Multiple ways of viewing, with zoom capabilities and font enlargement.
- Kindle- and Nook-friendly platforms
Now, The Remnant isn't necessarily for everyone. This newspaper has been serving at the heart and bosom of the traditional Catholic movement for half a century. It caters to the hardcore of the movement, and thus presumes of its readership a working knowledge of what’s come before and what is meant by key and long-established traditionalist positions.
The Remnant is not entry-level. But as the situation in the Church goes from bad to worse, it’s also much easier for people to see that The Remnant is not a renegade, but rather aspires only to keep and maintain the old Faith exactly as it was handed down to us from our fathers.
Its editors and writers are convinced that the time for playing politics to the detriment of overtly Catholic action has long since come and gone. We have entered an apocalyptic period, and we believe the “fort has been betrayed”, as St. John Fisher put it, and that the universal heresy of Modernism has infected and infested the Catholic Church at her highest levels.
After years of careful study, prayer and observation, we have arrived at the tragic but unavoidable conclusion that if the princes of the Church refuse to speak out in defense of Christ’s Bride, then, as Cardinal John Henry Newman put it, it’s up to the laity—always with humility, in prayer and not without a healthy trepidation.
It is our belief that what is happening to the Church today is the most significant “news story” in the history of the world. Christ is being betrayed by His own, and the human element of His Church is in full retreat. Given the dire ramifications of a world without Catholicism, we believe that the Catholic press has no greater obligation than to speak out in strong and immediate defense of Christ and holy Tradition—to shout that defense from the housetops, in fact.
And now to the special offer:
A special promotional, double issue of The Remnant was recently sent out to 25,000 potential subscribers. We’d like to offer that same issue to visitors to this website.
Remember, we post only a small fraction of our print-edition articles here on our site, since subscriptions to The Remnant’s print-edition subsidize RemnantNewspaper.com. Subscribing to the print-edition helps us keep this website going, offering regular contributions by Chris Ferrara, John Rao, Chris Jackson, Hilary White and so many great Catholic writers.
As the situation in the Church and the world grows more desperate, the voice of The Remnant becomes more isolated every day. So many news organizations have become either compromised by the efforts of the Christophobes, or they are afraid to speak out for fear of losing advertisers or influence in establishment circles. We understand this, and harbor no resentment against them. The Remnant has many, many Nicodemus friends and we thank God for them.
But God has given this apostolate the grace and luxury of being a truly independent voice.
We have intentionally stayed away from becoming dependent on advertisers.
We do not have the word “Catholic” in our name, which keeps the Modernists and “progressivists” powerless to sue us into compliance with their agenda.
We are independent and we are family-owned—the combination of which means it will require an act of God to silence the voice of The Remnant.
We’re not going to back down, nor are we going to enter the fever swamps where poor, benighted souls, scandalized by this same revolution, nevertheless think they can make popes and bishops of themselves, and thus come up with a manmade solution to a divine problem.
Our task as we see it is to remain steadfastly Catholic, to never leave the Church no matter how occupied it becomes; but to stay and fight for God and Tradition until He restores His Church, which He will do in His good time.
To the Modernists and Liberals who dominate our beloved Church just now, The Remnant says: “Get used to us, because we’re not going anywhere. With God’s help, we will oppose you from within, all day every day, until you are no more.”
So, thank you for visiting our website. Thank you for allowing me to introduce this apostolate to you. By the way, I’m a happily married cradle Catholic who grew up in a large traditional Catholic family of nine children and who is now homeschooling his own seven children.
I’m neither depressed nor tempted to give in to despair. Why not? Because the Modernist occupation of our Church only confirms us in our faith and confidence that this mighty institution is of God, by God, and for God—and that as such all the powers of Hell can gather en masse in an attempt to destroy it until they’re blue in the face…and they will still fail. Their frantic effort only proves Christ’s point.
In the meantime, we keep the old Faith and fight like hell against Hell itself, never losing hold of our two lifelines—the beads of Our Lady and the old Mass of sacred Tradition.
I hope you'll support the effort by:
1) Sending your $40 subscription order to: The Remnant, PO Box 1117, Forest Lake, MN 55025. Tele: (651) 433-5425
2) Subscribing online right now:
God bless you and welcome aboard.