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Pioneer traditional Catholic priest, Monsignor Raymond Ruscitto, died on June 17, 2019.

Monsignor Ruscitto was a long-time Remnant subscriber and an occasional contributor to these columns. He suffered a great deal for his commitment to Catholic tradition, the old Latin Mass and his priestly vocation, having ceased offering the Novus Ordo back in 1976 when he was the pastor of Holy Family Church in Kingsburg, California.

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Reporting from Austria, Michael Matt describes how the explosion of traditional Catholicism in Europe signals Modernism's fundamental vulnerability.

Case in Point: Nearly 20,000 came together for a traditional Catholic rendezvous in France over Pentecost weekend that promises two things:

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Not that we’re surprised, but. . .

VATICAN CITY — The head of the Knights of Malta [pictured left with Pope Francis], an international religious order that operates in about 120 countries, has formally forbidden the use of the pre-conciliar Latin language Mass in the order's liturgical celebrations worldwide.

In a June 10 letter written to the order's superiors around the world, obtained by NCR, Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre mandates that all of the community's masses be celebrated according to the ordinary rite, as promulgated in 1969 by Pope Paul VI following the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

"I have thus decided … that henceforth all the liturgical ceremonies within the Order must be performed according to the ordinary rite of the Church (rite of St. Paul VI) and not the extraordinary rite (Tridentine rite)," states Dalla Torre.

REMNANT COMMENT: This is precisely why The Remnant has, over the course of the last thirty years, become increasingly less than impressed with what some, for abundantly obvious reasons,  are now calling the Malted Knights.

With several notable exceptions, the Knights of Malta seem to have lost their way a long time ago.   If we reflect on the magnificent history of the knights, we can see that they have moved from being noble men-at-arms who defended the Faith to an Old Boys’ Club of wealthy men in armchairs who possess a mere honorary title, not unlike politicians being given honorary doctorates from a university without ever having opened a book to study the subject. 

Speaking of the leadership and individual knights—as opposed to the medical personnelle who do a lot of good around the world—it seems evident that serious Catholics still involved with an organization so steeped in mediocrity should give serious consideration to resigning.

The ‘Malted Knights’ are good at raising money.  Once a year they wheel sick people around Lourdes. They enjoy dressing up.  Other than that, it’s difficult to see what their point is anymore. And now these play actors are not even in possession of enough intestinal fortitude to stand strong for the Holy Mass of Christendom.  

Bravo, Knights. Thanks for clarifying exactly why it is that y’all carry dulled and harmless swords, if indeed you still carry them at all. 

Ave crux flava!

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Explanatory note to the “Declaration of the truths relating to some of the most common errors in the life of the Church of our time”

In our time the Church is experiencing one of the greatest spiritual epidemics, that is, an almost universal doctrinal confusion and disorientation, which is a seriously contagious danger for spiritual health and eternal salvation for many souls. At the same time one has to recognize a widespread lethargy in the exercise of the Magisterium on different levels of the Church’s hierarchy in our days. This is largely caused by the non-compliance with the Apostolic duty - as stated also by the Second Vatican Council - to “vigilantly ward off any errors that threaten the flock” (Lumen gentium, 25).

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The day before the 2019 Pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres, U.S. coordinator Michael J. Matt explains the significance of the largest international traditional Catholic annual rendezvous in the world today--the Notre Dame de Chretiente Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres.  With over 10,000 traditional Catholics coming into Paris from all over the world, Michael comments on what this is, its history and what it portends for the future of the Catholic Church. 

Seems like the Old Boy doesn’t want the Pilgrimage to Chartres, France, to happen this year. First, the Cathedral of Notre Dame— starting point for the annual Pentecost Pilgrimage—nearly burnt to the ground, sending a rather ominous message to the world that if the Catholic Church is not restored in holy Tradition, she too will burn to the ground.

Undaunted, the organizers of the Chartres Pilgrimage—the most high-profile annual traditional Catholic event in Europe—refused to be deterred. As was reported in this column last issue, with Notre Dame still smoking the French traditionalists managed to secure permission to launch the Pilgrimage to Chartres from Saint-Sulpice, the second largest church in Paris.

As if in reward for their grit and determination, good news came out of Paris just days later: Not only was Notre Dame spared but as Tess Mullins reported last week here at RemnantNewspaper.com, Christendom’s iconic Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris will be faithfully restored:

On May 27, 2019, the French Senate voted to approve plans to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral and added a clause stipulating that it must be restored to how it was before the fire. There has been controversy surrounding the restoration of the centuries old church, which was gutted by a massive fire last month. Some have called for the Notre Dame to be rebuilt exactly as it was, while others have pushed to add more modern elements to the Parisian landmark. The Senate approved the bill Monday which would have the Notre Dame restored before Paris hosts the 2024 summer Olympics, but added that the cathedral must be rebuilt to its “last known visual state.”

Nothing about a glass roof or, my favorite conspiracy theory, a swimming pool on the roof of Notre Dame. And the best part? French President Marcon—who declared the fire a national emergency and then freaked out quite a few Catholics and art history enthusiasts with his overzealous international architects’ competition that seemed open to modern innovations—won’t have power to veto this new legislature even if he wanted to. The rebuild will be completed within the promised five years, and by 2024 Notre Dame will stand exactly as we remember her in 2019. Thank God!

Nevertheless, just when that “fire had been put out”, we received word that Air France had cancelled the flight from New York on which the Remnant chapter had been booked to fly to Paris for the start of the pilgrimage. With less than one week to go, there was a day-long scramble with Delta Airlines here at The Remnant to reroute every single pilgrim from various cities around the country.  Nightmare!

I think—I hope—all 80 Remnant pilgrims will now arrive in time for the June 8th start of the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres. (Please God.)

In your charity, please keep us in your prayers and be assured that the now 28-year-old Remnant Chapter of Our Lady of Guadalupe will remember the readers of The Remnant on the 3-day walk to Chartres.

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By the way, would you like to become a ‘virtual pilgrim’ to Chartres this year?  You can follow along from home with the prayers and meditations by joining the Guardian Angels Chapter. Details can be found at our new website: www.ChartresPilgrimageUSA.com

After the pilgrimage, The Remnant pilgrims will be travelling to the Austrian Marian shrine at Mariazell, where our chaplain will be offering Mass near the miraculous statue of Our Lady for the intentions of the sponsors of this year’s Remnant Tours Youth Fund.  

A Word to Our Sponsors

I want to extend my thanks and assurances that your “investment” is paying off in a big way. After nearly 30 years on the road to Chartres, there are too many success stories to tell—vocations to the religious life and priesthood, marriages that resulted from friendships formed between pilgrims (I think we’re up to 20 now), Catholic activists inspired to take up the Catholic cause.

My own assistant, Tess Mullins, who’s become invaluable to our work here at The Remnant, was thrown headlong into the traditional Catholic cause some thirteen years ago when, as a recent convert to Catholicism, she first walked the road to Chartres.

So much good, so many graces, so many young Catholics that might never have found their way into the Catholic counterrevolution had it not been for the Chartres Pilgrimage and had it not been for you—Remnant readers who, 28 years ago, trusted our assurances that this is NOT a European vacation and that what we’re trying to do with the French pilgrimage is, in fact, to launch an American Catholic restoration movement. And it’s working!  

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I knew first-hand how this powerful event can transform lives since I had experienced for myself how the grace of pilgrimage is made available in such an intimate and powerful way on the road to Chartres. The pilgrimage inspires soldiers of Christ like nothing I’ve seen before or since. And your trust in that vision has paid off, which is why we’ve dedicated almost thirty years to the near-constant promotion of this authentic Traditional Catholic action.  

Simply put, nothing impacts young people more immediately and with greater spiritual force than the Pilgrimage to Chartres.  And, as I see it, very few things matter more to the future of our world than the successful recruitment of young Catholics into the war for Catholic restoration by swearing allegiance to the Christ the King and promising to keep the old Faith when the evil new world is telling them to abandon it.

What difference do our efforts make if in the end we fail to recruit the next generation in this fight for the preservation of everything that matters.

Please, join us in prayer during the three days of Pentecost pilgrimage. Visit www.ChartresPilgrimageUSA.com and follow along as rookies and veterans post prayer intentions, photos and reactions on the brand-new live blog.  Check back with  www.ChartresPilgrimageUSA.com on a daily or even hourly basis over Pentecost weekend and during the Octave of Pentecost. Help us build an international network in support of this worldwide traditional Catholic rendezvous in France.

Long live Christ the King!

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The Cathedral of Chartres is the Key to Understanding the Pilgrimage to Chartres

This has been standing here for centuries. The premier work of man perhaps in the whole Western world, and it’s without a signature: Chartres. A celebration to God’s glory and to the dignity of man. All that’s left, most artists seem to feel these days, is man... There aren’t any celebrations. Ours, the scientists keep telling us, is a universe which is disposable. You know, it might be just this one anonymous glory of all things, this rich stone forest, this epic chant, this gaiety, this grand, choiring shout of affirmation, which we choose when all our cities are dust, to stand intact, to mark where we have been, to testify to what we had it in us to accomplish.” - Orson Welles

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Michael J. Matt

Roberto de Mattei

Hilary White 

Chris Jackson

Michael Massey

Robert Lazu

Vincent Chiarello

Greg Maresca

Fr. Celatus

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We strongly encourage our readers to take twenty-four minutes to watch Raymond Arroyo's interview of Raymond Cardinal Burke on The World Over

Whatever you may think, it seems Catholics of good will still have a champion in His Eminence.

Among the tough issues addressed--from the McCarrick question to Trump's Wall--Cardinal Burke is clearly on the side of faithful Catholics who are growing increasingly concerned by the scandal that is the pontificate of Pope Francis:

> The faithful have the right to a response from the Pope

> On Populism: Patriotism is part of the natural moral law

> A wall could be a means to keep good order between two sovereign states

This and so much more. Check it out: 

 

God bless Cardinal Burke! 

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