What is happening in Hong Kong in this troubled first part of the year 2019? It would be easy, perhaps, to put the responsibility on China's shoulders without understanding the profound reasons that lead to this current deadlock.
You know the story: a woman is killed in Taiwan by her Hong Kong boyfriend, who manages to escape to her city where he was arrested for other crimes. This episode had inspired the chief executive of Hong Kong, the Catholic Carrie Lam, to propose an extradition law that allows the delivery of "criminals" not only to Taiwan, but also to Macau and, above all, to mainland China.
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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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!
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.
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!
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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Two days ago, a female journalist asked the Pope how he reacted to the recent Open Letter accusing him of heresy.
His Humble Holiness responded: "With humor, my daughter," adding most condescendingly, "I also pray for them because they are wrong and poor people, some are manipulated. And who are those who signed...?"
"Who are those who signed?" They are your children, Holiness, whose souls should be your first responsibility.
I say "should be" because Francis evidently doesn't see it that way. He's above it! He hears credible accusations from competent sources and his heart overflows with sarcastic fellowship.
He laughs at them because it's hilarious, apparently, that a group of academics and clerics have placed their careers on the line because his pontificate has them at the end of their ropes.
The sheep are scandalized to the point of tears, and the shepherd mockingly asks:
(If you look very closely, you'll notice that's not actually Pope Francis. But I see why one might get confused.)
Give us a break, Holiness, please. Your humble pope shtick is getting old and tired, as the mob boss papal politician that you are reveals itself in all of its astronomical arrogance.
The tone Francis has here adopted strikes us less as that of the reasoned reaction of a responsible father and more like that of an impossibly insecure man whose ego simply cannot handle criticism.
Unfortunately, the choice is his, but his sheep are deserting this negligent and prideful shepherd in droves. They evidently smell the wolf under the shepherd's clothing. Or perhaps they've just spied the telltale black sneakers where the shoes of the Fisherman are supposed to be.
Either way, the crowing of the cock is echoing all over as Peter tells the New World Order, "I don't know the Man signers."
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!
In a dramatic message to the “scientific community” Friday, Cardinal Peter Turkson, the head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said that the world is undergoing a veritable “climate crisis, caused by man’s interference in nature.”
“The climate crisis is reaching unprecedented proportions. Therefore, the urgency could not be greater,” the cardinal said.
Warning that “we have only around a decade to limit this global warming,” Turkson said that the nations of the world must limit temperature increases to 1.5°C, which he called “a critical physical threshold, inasmuch as it would still enable the avoidance of many destructive impacts of climate changes caused by man.”
“In particular, it would probably safeguard our common home from becoming a ‘greenhouse,’” he said.
We “are already witnessing the grave impact of climate changes on people, in terms of extreme meteorological conditions, such as drought, flooding, rising sea level, devastating storms and ferocious fires,” he said, and the climate crisis “is reaching unprecedented proportions.”
The natural world “is coming to pieces,” the cardinal said, "and adults must listen to young people whose future is threatened and who demand change. It's time for an intervention."
REMNANT COMMENT: I couldn’t agree more, Your Eminence. And since I’m younger than you, may I suggest you stop talking and listen to this demand for change:
Catholics of the world have had enough! It is time to stage an intervention to stop infiltrators like you from further selling out the Church to globalist pro-aborts, hellbent on establishing a New World Order to replace the Kingdom of Christ on earth.
Clearly, the Vatican has been taken over by those whose utopian vision might have been lifted directly from the lyrics of Imagine-- John Lennon’s anthem to Marxist and Freemasonic principles.
At this point, Cardinal Turkson has much more in common with socialist, freshman congressman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez than with the vast majority of pro-life, pro-family Catholics throughout the world.
No wonder Breitbart News, which broke this story, warned their readers: "Marxists really have infiltrated the Church hierarchy to the very top. This has nothing whatsoever to do with Catholicism, and everything to do with politics."
Basta, Your Eminence!
This year’s concluding Solemn Pontifical High Mass in the great gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres on Pentecost Monday will be celebrated by none other than Monsignor André Leonard, Archbishop Emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels and former Primate of Belgium.
On April 24, 2013, the topless harpies of Femen targeted the Archbishop for his strong stand against homosexual marriage.
At that time, the Archbishop’s example reminded many of us of Our Lord Himself, as he remained composed and in prayer as these apparent demons leapt out of their seats at an event at the Brussels' Free University campus and assaulted him, squirting an (at the time) unknown substance at him, while screaming “homophobe!”.
Some readers may not immediately recognize the name, but they’ll certainly remember this famous photograph:
The Archbishop has long since established himself as a fearless champion of traditional Catholic morality, having drawn down the wrath of hell when he called on homosexuals to practice abstinence and expressed his support for the Manif Pour Tous protests against gay marriage legislation in France at the time.
For such a courageous (and controversial) figure to celebrate the most high-profile Traditional Latin Mass of the year in the Chartres Cathedral for 10 to 20 thousand traditional Catholics is a testament to His Excellency’s courage and to that of our brothers at Notre-Dame de Chrétienté. It will be nothing less than an honor for us to stand with these Catholic warriors in Chartres, regardless of the inevitable protests.
Follow Along Online
We have set up a new website to help spread the word of the Chartres Pilgrimage.ChartresPilgrimageUSA.com offers the latest news on the Remnant's official US Chapter of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and it also has a blog that allows visitors to follow along in spirit and in prayer during the Pilgrimage itself. We will be posting photos and updates from the Road to Chartres this year, and readers are certainly encouraged to follow along, pray with us, and pray for overall success of this now massive and international demonstration in honor of Christ the King.