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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

PIONEER TRADITIONALIST PRIEST DIES: Msgr. Raymond Ruscitto, RIP

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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.

On a short list of supposedly "disobedient" priests—for instance, Oswald Baker in England, Father Harry Marchosky in California, Archbishop Lefebvre in Switzerland—Monsignor Ruscitto was cast into the exterior darkness decades ago, while the Hans Kungs, the Schillebeexks, the Rahners and the Haerings and all the rest of that strange consortium known as "progressives" were monopolizing the lecture platforms and public media of all descriptions.

In life, Monsignor Ruscitto took a lonely stand that offered an inspiring and heroic example of fidelity to the priestly vocation at a time when so many priests were abandoning the fort. His story is told in the Angelus Press' popular book: Priest, Where Is Thy Mass? Mass, Where Is Thy Priest?

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. 

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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.