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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Building A Catholic Alliance: An Urgent Appeal from Michael J. Matt Featured

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Michael J. Matt, Editor of The Remnant Michael J. Matt, Editor of The Remnant

Dear Visitors to The Remnant Website:

I need about three minutes of your time. I have a proposal for you that I know will make sense to you, will substantilaly expand the traditional Catholic counterrevolution, and may just save The Remnant in the process.

First off, a word of thanks. As Christmas approaches I’d like to convey my sincere thanks to all those who visit our website, subscribe to our newspaper, watch our videos and in general do so much to help make this site one of the most popular traditional Catholic sites in the world. I’m humbled by your support, and I am encouraged to make The Remnant even more serviceable to you in the New Year.

 

For example, are you tired of the endless scrolling and zooming while attempting to read Remnant articles on your iPhone? Well, that’s going to become a thing of the past in a couple of weeks. We’re putting the finishing touches on a total rework of the site to make it responsive to cell phone and personal device platforms.

We’re also in the process of bringing Remnant TV’s video platform to a level of functionality where there will be no need for us to continue to rely on YouTube (RTV videos will be posted both on The Remnant's player as well as YouTube, at least until YouTube bans us). This has been a long time in coming, but it should be ready to go in January.

The growth and increased frequency of Remnant TV content I think speaks for itself. But imagine, if you will, the man hours involved in that!  It’s not at all unusual for a 15-minute sermon video, for example, to take 5 hours to make.  

In addition, we’ve brought in full-time moderators to help keep our comment boxes lively but troll-free. This is a round-the-clock task, and often a loveless one.  

We’re dedicated to the cause of Catholic counterrevolution, and thus trying hard to keep up with the demand. But there’s a problem—a rather big problem: We need help keeping it all going.  

The Laborer is Worthy of His Hire

The Remnant remains committed to offering daily updates with plenty of high-quality free content here on our site, and we'd like to continue to do that.

But here's the problem: The Remnant is not just me, or Chris Ferrara. We are blessed with many top-notch columnists, including outstanding professionals such as Hilary White, Dr. Jesse Russell, Timothy Cullen and Chris Jackson---folks who are completely dedicated to this cause (and thus willing to work for a pittance), but who also have mouths to feed and bills to pay.

The Remnant pays its columnists for their work, of course, but nobody is paying The Remnant to finance that content. If you consider how many articles you’ve read here over the past year, you can imagine how much it costs The Remnant to keep the high-quality content coming.

But there's more...much more.

Paper and Postage Costs to Skyrocket in 2018

As you know, the folks who actually pay to subscribe to The Remnant’s print edition are the ones who provide the lion’s share of the funding for this website. Quite frankly, without our print subscribers, there would be no RemnantNewspaper.com and no RTV. I simply cannot ask them to do more than they already are.

I think—I hope—we’ve come up with an idea, therefore, that will be immediately regarded as a win/win for everyone, and it has to do with our new & improved Remnant E-edition--something which is absolutely vital to the survival of this apostolate now that production costs to print  and mail The Remnant have tripled over the past five years, with Uncle Sam promising even more postage hikes early in 2018.

The Remnant's E-edition is our end-around. It's identical to the Print-edition only better since it includes audio articles, full article sharing capabilities, live hyperlinks, and, soon, e-subscribers will be able to view video in the actual online newspaper.  It really is an excellent platform with a variety of interactive reader options. (See the screenshots below for an idea of how easy it is to use.)

So Here's My Proposal

In order to keep this website up and running, I’m asking our web visitors to lend a hand by subscribing to The Remnant’s E-edition

Quite frankly, the considerable added revenue that would provide for The Remnant is desperately needed. And, at the same time, you will gain access to all of The Remnant’s excellent articles, most of which never appear online.

For example, Father Celatus’s hugely popular “The Last Word”—printed on the last page of every issue of The Remnant—was posted on this website only two times throughout all of 2017, which means if you’re not a subscriber, you missed 20 of them.

There are dozens of other Remnant columnists whose work never makes it onto The Remnant website. Why not?  Because if we give it all away, there simply would be no revenue whatsoever to keep The Remnant afloat.

So I think I’ve found a way for us to help each other: We commit to keeping this site free and updated while you commit to subscribing to our E-edition. And that’s it. It’s just that easy.  

If even half of our daily visitors were to do this, The Remnant would be in a position to forge ahead like never before, since the E-edition costs considerably less to produce than the Print-edition.  It's like a small donation with a built in premium.

Will you help us by subscribing to The Remnant E-edition today? 

Already a subscriber? How about giving The Remnant as a Christmas gift? Order before December 24th, and we'll even send a gift card.

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE

Of course, if you’d rather donate to The Remnant Foundation (tax exempt) or subscribe to the Print-Edition, I would not only thank you for doing so but also thank God for it. But this easy third option, which works out to just over two dollars a month, seems to me to be something friends of The Remnant will readily get behind.

I’m optimistic, in fact, that you’ll see this as a small price to pay for all the free content that goes into this site.  Plus, your “donation subscription” comes with three months of FREE back issues, to boot!

Please help us out by subscribing right now. 

If you should happen to have any trouble with the sign-up process, just shoot us an email and our support staff will walk you through the process: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also get a fairly good idea of how the Remnant E-edition works by reviewing the tutorial screen shots featured below.

I’m praying for the success of this initiative, and I hope you’ll agree to become part of the answer to that prayer since, at this point, the situation is rather desperate. The Remnant cannot continue to give away free content without finding a way to finance for it.  And this, I believe, is it!   

The Remnant: Fifty Years and Counting

In this Fiftieth Anniversary year of the founding of The Remnant, I’d like to thank you for your kind consideration of this modest proposal. It’s been a long haul, and we’re all in this together.  But I’m convinced the great Modernist façade is beginning to crumble, and that this is the moment when the army of God needs to rise up and strike back with everything we’ve got. So let’s do it….together!

Some of you have no doubt seen the little video about the early days of The Remnant which we put together for this year’s Catholic Identity Conference. Others may not, however, and so I’ll post it here in the hope that it, too, might serve as an added incentive for you to help The Remnant position itself to fight on for another fifty years.

 

Please, friends, I hope you’ll consider partnering with me in order to help The Remnant soldier on for as long as God sees fit to bless us with the health and will to do it.  

May God bless you with a happy and holy Christmas. Long live Christ the King.

 

Remnant Newspaper’s E-Edition Tutorial

The Remnant’s E-Edition requires the creation of an account at our online subscription desk from which to access and view the paper. After following any of the links above to the subscription desk, choose the “Create New User” option to begin the  process. It requires no personal information beyond a valid email address. 

E edition 1

 

The current issue will greet you upon login. To the left of the divide is in interactive PDF of the issue exactly as it appears in the hard copy version. To the right is a table of contents, which becomes a read-only (text-only) version of any article which is clicked by the viewer (see below). Please note, you can return to the table of contents at any time by selecting “Index” from the black menu bar along the right side of the screen:

e edition new

 
Along the top of the article on the read-only side are a series of functions to enhance our readers’ experience. From left to right, these are: Audio (you can listen to the entire paper this way), Print, Share (via Facebook, Twitter, email, or PDF). The final three buttons enable the reader to toggle between text-only and graphic versions, and resize the text to suit their preference:

E edition audio print share

(Also note the “Translate To” field, which will Translate the entire article to the language of your choice)

The black menu bar is your friend! Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all the different selections, but the most important are “Options” and “Editions”.

Both of these buttons will pop open a very important window containing multiple tabs including: ACCOUNT, HELP, SETTINGS, PURCHASES, etc.

“Editions” will show you thumbnails of eight back issues. Should you require anything older than that, you can search the Archives using dates and key words:

E Edition pop up window

 The “Account” tab will enable you to logout, as well as to make changes to your user information and password:

E edition 2 change password

 

The “Purchases” tab includes your renewal option.

e edition 3 renewal

 

N.B. If you prefer not to use PayPal, go ahead and click the button anyway, to be redirected to the credit/debit card option, as shown below:

E edition cc option

 

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.