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Editor’s Note: This article was first published in The Remnant in 2010. Since Pope Francis has now pulled back the curtain to further expose the radical coup d’état that has been underway in the Church for a long time, however, I feel certain that thinking Catholics are more disposed than ever to acknowledge the “progressive” innovations of the past half century as self-inflicted assaults on the Bride of Christ.  The attack on the Mass has been well documented in these pages, but the “reform” of the Rosary was no less revolutionary in its audacity. Codified by St. Pius V at the Council of Trent, the Rosary’s traditional form, given to us by Our Lady herself through St. Dominic, is what it is for reasons that far outweigh any human aspirations to add elements to it, no matter how pious those elements may be.

No one thought it was an attack when Pope Paul VI set aside the Friday Law of Abstinence. But it was. Why did they do it?

It’s early morning, still dark in Palmer Woods. The street lights are on, shining on the glaze of frost that covers the ground. There’s not a sound in my writing room, but the silence won’t last. Soon the rumble of engines and the thud of wheels on the pavement will break the quiet dawn

The neighbors are going to work. The few children who live in the great old houses will be shuttled off to school. An hour more, and the houses will be empty.
Paris, Chartres, La Salette, Cotignac and the South of France

May 11 – May 23, 2016

(25th Anniversary of the U.S. Chapter of Our Lady of Guadalupe) On Pentecost, join 15,000 Catholics who will be walking from Paris to Chartres on the 3-day, 70-mile medieval-style: Pilgrimage of Notre-Dame de Chretiente!

Join Michael J. Matt and 50 American Catholics on  Pilgrimage in France!  Guides to Include James Bogle and Oxford Historian Dr. John Rao
The Remnant’s Urgent Appeal to Pope Francis to Either Change Course or Renounce the Petrine Office has been translated into 11 languages, including Italian, Spanish, French, Romanian, Russian, German, Croatian, Slovak, Dutch, Portuguese and Korean, with a couple more on the way. Nearly all of these are spontaneous efforts (unsolicited by The Remnant) by faithful Catholics all over the world who have had enough.

The Urgent Appeal has been read by well over 100,000 people (that we know of) and picked up by websites in all four hemispheres. Word of it reached newspapers everywhere after the Associated Press quoted it rather favorably in an article by Nicole Winfield.

February 11, 2016 will mark the third anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking declaration of his intention to abdicate on February 28, 2013.

What was behind that history-changing decision? We can all guess but nobody on this side of the Tiber really knows. That he was pressured in some way seems obvious. But, why? Two words: Summorum Pontificum.

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Piety is impious. Christians are unchristian.  

Once again, as though we had nothing better to do, the traditional Catholic internet world is aghast! appalled! outraged! at something Pope Francis has said. Must be Tuesday.

 At first I thought, are we still doing this? Then I read the excerpt of the homily from his daily Mass at Casa Santa Martha: “Christians who obstinately maintain ‘it’s always been done this way,' this is the path, this is the street—they sin: the sin of divination.”

 Ah… I see…
Friday, January 22, 2016

The Blackwhite of Pope Francis Featured

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Dear Remnant Family:

I am so very grateful to the many thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who were praying for my dear mother this week after she’d been stricken quite suddenly with a stroke last Tuesday.

I am happy to report that our prayers have been answered, for although she went to her eternal reward yesterday, January 17, 2016, it was only after several days of “recovery,” wherein it had appeared she would regain her physical health but never her cognitive function.  It is my belief that the many prayers on her behalf led to a Divine assistance in removing this cross from her, despite the best efforts of medical experts to keep her body alive.

So now she’s gone on ahead, having died as she lived—in the Faith, in the loving embrace of her family and with the assistance of the Sacraments of the Church she loved so much. Before her passing, she was even blessed with the apostolic pardon.  Indeed, hers was a happy death. (Thank you, St. Joseph)
There is nothing natural about it.

You come into the wall, you turn yourself upside down, blindly reach for the wall with your feet, push off, and hope you are headed in the right direction.

Flip Turns. I have dreaded flip turns for as long as I have been swimming, which is going over a dozen years now.

For most of those years, even though I swam 5 times a week at points, I never learned how to do flip turns. You know those cool turns that Olympic swimmers do and we watch on underwater cameras? They look so easy.  They’re not.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Flip Turns and the Latin Mass Featured

Dear Remnant Family:

In your charity, please remember in your prayers my mother, Marilyn Matt, who was afflicted with a stroke during an operation on her heart valve last night. The early prognosis is not good, but at 86 she is strong and has always been a fighter with an incredibly strong faith.

Longtime subscribers to The Remnant will recall my mother has been faithfully working here at The Remnant since its founding in 1967.  She's been in harness all along, hard at it here in the office even just the day before her operation. Over the years she’s asked for nothing in return, preferring to remain in the shadows as the faithful heart of this apostolate.
Recently, Father Anthony Cekada released a video entitled “Why Traditionalists Fear Sedevacantism”.  The video is a response to the soon-to-be-released book by John Salza and Robert Siscoe, True or False Pope. Interestingly, rather than demonstrating that Traditionalists fear Sedevacantism, Father Cekada’s remarks suggest that he fears Traditionalists critiques of Sedevacantism.

Rather than responding to arguments and drawing necessary distinctions, Father Cekada resorts to ad hominem attacks and oversimplifications.

Editor's Note: I'm pleased to note that our friends at Adelante la Fe (who operate The Remnant's Spanish-lanugage website) are beginning to make some of their fine articles available in English. The following is an example of their work, posted with the kind permission of its author. MJM

I am still stunned. I had to watch the video on the prayer intentions of Pope Francis several times; I can assure you that the first time I saw it I thought it was fake, but no, ladies and gentlemen: it is absolutely real.

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