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Michael J. Matt | Editor

In what might just be the most dramatic nine minutes of television you’ll watch in 2019, a prince of the Church manifests the classic symptoms of SRS (Spine Reduction Syndrome) the moment Fox News hosts ask him to provide a Catholic response to abortion becoming the coolest thing in New York since Frank Sinatra.

Cardinal Dolan was brought in not as theologian to explain the hypostatic union or anything particularly challenging. His job was merely to reiterate Catholic teaching on the intrinsic evil of murdering preborn babies, and maybe conjure up a little manly angst along the way.

Pretty simple assignment. But that's when all stupid broke loose.

The Fox and Friends team pitched one slowly-spinning softball after another to him and we watch, astonished, as each one floats slowly over home plate, sits there for a minute, and then finally sinks into yet another strike, with the batter still lookin'.

Check out the Syrup of Ipecac Interview:

Outspoken Christian and New Orleans Saints tight end, Ben Watson, fired the following from his Twitter account shortly after the "Catholic" Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed the Reproductive Health Act into law:

"It is a sad and evil day when the murder of our most innocent and vulnerable is celebrated with such overwhelming exuberance.

We SHOULD be supporting and encouraging the building of families which are fundamental to any society.

By not doing so, we invite consequences untold."

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Benjamin Watson is married to his wife, Kristen Watson and the couple has five kids:Grace Makayla Watson, Naomi Love Watson, Judah Watson, Eden Moriah Watson, Isaiah Watson. They got married in 2005 after meeting at a campus party and ever since, they have continued to build their marriage on the strong virtues of Christianity.

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Take that, Colin Kaepernick. And, while you're at it, take this too: 

Thank you, Mr. Watson. May God bless you and your beautiful family. 

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New York reached a new depth of evil on January 22, 2019, when The Reproductive Health Act passed with a 38-28 vote and was signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- a...ahem...Catholic. 

"With the signing of this bill, we are sending a clear message that whatever happens in Washington, women in New York will always have the fundamental right to control their own body," Cuomo said.

Yep, you're so woke, Andy!

On the other hand, what about the little 9-month-old's fundamental right to control her own body? I guess Andy, an obvious misogynist, is only down with feminists old enough to vote. So, it's open season on little women.

New from RTV. . . 

For God's sake--and the sake of our dying nation--please share this powerful sermon with friends and family.

In this "Sunday Sermon from South St. Paul," Father explains the real horrors of abortion. Quoting President Trump's address at this year’s National Right to Life March in Washington, Father observes: "When you look into the eyes of a newborn baby, you can see the beauty and the majesty of God's Creation"-- beauty and majesty which are now under assault in America and indeed all around the world.

So terrible is this assault, in fact, that Father pleads with his congregation to recognize abortion as a sign of demonic possession, and that this war cannot be won without God's intervention, exorcism, and the spiritual weapons of prayer and penance.


fus grottoAt a campus proudly devoted to the Mother of God, it is not unusual to see Franciscan University students praying at the Marian Grotto, even in inclement weather. 

CATHOLIC-BASHING. It’s something we might as well get used to. As secularist society grows increasingly intolerant of all things authentically Catholic, we should certainly anticipate Catholic institutions of higher learning coming under fire, at least those whose administrations are disinclined to invite the likes of Father James Martin to deliver the commencement addresses.

The so-called “Newman Guide schools” are getting hit from all sides.

The administrators at Christendom College, for example, are—according to blogger Simcha Fisher—so fanatical in their enforcement of rules of Christian morality on campus that they need to be held accountable for any crime of sexual assault that happens to take place off campus. (Huh?)

That particular hatchet job was served up by a woman whose husband, by the way, was so eager to attack a little group of traditional Catholics up in New Hampshire last week that he crawled into bed with the Christophobic Southern Poverty Law Center to get the job done. 

We knew it would happen sooner or later. This just in from VaticanNews.com:

“With a new Apostolic Letter issued "motu proprio", Pope Francis has suppressed the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which was established thirty years ago by Pope St. John Paul II.

…The Pontifical Commission had also exercised the authority of the Holy See “over various institutes and religious communities which it has erected which have as their ‘proper Rite’ the ‘extraordinary form’ of the Roman Rite and observe the previous traditions of the religious life.” It was also tasked with looking after and promoting “the pastoral care of the faithful attached to the antecedent Latin liturgical tradition, present in various parts of the world.”

In the motu proprio suppressing the Ecclesia Dei Commission, Pope Francis notes that “the Institutes and Religious Communities which habitually celebrate in the extraordinary form have today found their own stability of number and life.”

“With the Apostolic Letter, the Holy Father assigns the duties of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei in their entirety to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “within which a specific Section will be set up in order to continue the work of vigilance, promotion, and protection” of the suppressed Commission.”


trump pro life addressPresident Trump addressed the 2019 March for Life via live stream

AS THE DEMONS and their Democrat allies beat the war drums against all things true, good and beautiful, let us take a moment to thank God that even today, in 2019—in the wake of so many terrible advances against the Cross, the Family and the Unborn—our children can nevertheless still watch and see the leaders of America stand against most of the rest of the world in defense of what we Christians hold most sacred. 

We’ve come to the point now where our President and Vice-President can be vigorously defended just on the basis of who their enemies are and how much they hate God and the unborn. 


vigano and mccarrickArchbishops Viganò and McCarrick

Yesterday a fourth document was released by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.  The document is a beautiful open letter to Archbishop Ted McCarrick, urging him to repent.

Remnant Editor’s Note: The more the Vatican attempts to discredit Archbishop Viganò and pretend the problem is not homosexuality in the priesthood but rather clericalism, abuse of power, and whatever else the Vatican can think of, the more Archbishop Viganò emerges as a hero of practicing Catholics everywhere and history’s last man on earth who had the courage to stand and resist the Vatican's reign of spiritual and moral terror.  As The Remnant has maintained since this story broke in August 2018, we stand with Archbishop Viganò and insist that the Vatican take his most credible charges seriously without delay. A failure to do so on their part will thoroughly discredit the pontificate of Pope Francis not only in the here and now but in the pages of history itself. And if no action is taken and the coverup continues, we at The Remnant will do all in our power to make sure that happens. V is for Viganò.  MJM

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Dear Archbishop McCarrick,

As has been reported as a news by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the accusations against you for crimes against minors and abuses against seminarians are going to be examined and judged very soon with an administrative procedure. 

The Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire (whose Bishop Peter Libasci was absolutely “thrilled” with Amoris Laetitia), has declared the St. Benedict Center to be entirely un-Catholic, evidently for taking too strict a view on extra ecclesiam nulla salus--the Catholic Church infallibly-defined dogma of no salvation outside the Church. 

From the FAQ on the diocese's website:

“Neither Saint Benedict Center, the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, nor the self-referenced “Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” enjoy any recognition, canonical or otherwise, in the Universal Roman Catholic Church or in the Diocese of Manchester. They are not a Catholic organization (de facto or otherwise,) nor can they, or should they, present themselves in such a way. The Immaculate Heart of Mary School is not a Catholic School, nor can it, or should it, present itself as such, or imply that it offers an education rooted in Catholic Tradition.”

The sanctions imposed on the St. Benedict Center this January include:

- Prohibition from using the name Catholic in any way or manner that implies a relationship of authenticity or legitimacy with the Roman Catholic Church.

- Prohibition from teaching, presenting or interpreting Roman Catholic Church teachings by the St. Benedict Center, the Slaves of the of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and their associates...

- Obligation to amend the articles of agreement of the Saint Benedict Center, Inc., as submitted to the New Hampshire secretary of state on August 24, 2001, to reflect the prohibition from presenting itself as Catholic...

- No priest will validly hear confession and impart absolution at the St. Benedict Center property, with the sole exception of the case of a penitent in imminent danger of physical death...

Pretty rigid stuff!  We wonder where the Pope of Mercy would come down on such ecclesial exclusivity.  Shouldn't the Church of Accompaniment be, well, accompanying the St. Benedict Center, rather than casting them into outer darkness?  Can it possibly be that our brothers and sisters up in New Hampshire are too Catholic to qualify for accompaniment?

So, this more or less sums up the doctrinal sticking point for the Diocese of Manchester: 

"No man can find salvation except in the Catholic Church. Outside the Catholic Church one can have everything except salvation. One can have honor, one can have the sacraments, one can sing alleluia, one can answer amen, one can have faith in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and preach it too, but never can one find salvation except in the Catholic Church."

Trouble is, this isn't the Saint Benedict Center. This is St. Augustine of Hippo in his Sermo ad Caesariensis Ecclesia plebem. The St. Benedict Center's 'doctrinal rigidity' reflects the teaching of St. Augustine (and the Church's own dogmatic teaching on salvation) a good bit more accurately than does the Diocese of Manchester.

But, what did St. Augustine know? He was only a Father of the Church who didn't have the benefit of Vatican II to help set him straight. 

We've finally arrived at the point of Modernist ludicrous where even Fathers and Doctors of the Church need to be silenced so the post-conciliar Church's love affair with the modern world doesn't go south. 

No salvation outside the Church may have been fine for pre-conciliar saints, popes, virgins and martyrs but these days even the Bishop of Rome begs to differ, so enlightened is he. Pope Francis enjoys a nice ecumenical prayer service as much as the next guy. He even co-hosted one in Lund, Sweden, in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Revolt:

So much for the infallibly-defined dogma, extra ecclesiam nulla salus (which, by the way, is still on the books and which all Catholics still must affirm under pain of mortal sin). Go figure! 

Looks like we all had better come up with a new name for ourselves, since "Catholic" is evidently reserved for those who aren't really all that Catholic. 

I don't agree with everything the so-called Feeneyites say, by the way. Over the years, we've had our differences over Baptism of Desire and Blood to be sure. But at least they're not heretics. Their "crime" is to defend dogmas, not deny them like the good little Catholics in Novus Ordo Land are wont to do. They may sound "extreme" but that's only by the standards set by the Church of Accompaniment, which doesn't really stand for anything at all, and so makes all things Catholic seem pretty extreme by comparison.

A few caveats notwithstanding, St. Pius X would recognize the Father Feeney position as remarkably similar to his own and, for that matter, remarkably dissimilar to that of the Diocese of Manchester. 

In any case, don't be too sure that your thin theological disagreement with the St. Benedict Center will spare your family similar persecution. At the end of the day, your brother Catholics are being accused, essentially, of being too Catholic. And that does not bode well for any of us. 

Today it’s the St. Benedict Center under the gun; tomorrow it’ll be The Remnant, the FSSP and pretty much anyone else who believes Christ founded only one true Church as the sole means of salvation, which is the Catholic Church.

Pretty soon, as far as the modern Church is concerned, simply holding any conservative opinions at all will make Catholics ineligible to lay claim to the name Catholic. And God help you if you think President Trump should build his wall.

You get the trajectory? 

By the way, the same Diocese that's got itself all worked up over the St. Benedict Center claiming to be Catholic evidently has no problem with Father James Martin making the same claim and within the same precincts.

Manchester's  Catholic College of St. Anselm recently brought in Father Martin to speak to their superintendents and principals on the subject of -- wait for it -- building a bridge to the LGBT community:

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Isn't Jimmy funny!

Evidently, Father Jimmy is A-Okay in Manchester, even though Cardinals Raymond Burke and Robert Sarah (and Archbishop Charles Chaput) have publicly accused this bizarre little man of proactively opposing Catholic teaching on Faith and Morals:

The Bishop of Manchester is not some wild-eyed liberal, either. He's even been supportive of the traditional Mass movement in his diocese. . .  which makes this bizarre double standard all the more troubling. 

Better keep an eye on what happens to the Saint Benedict Center. Your Traditional Latin Mass center or home-school co-op may be the next group ordered by a Catholic bishop to cease calling itself  "Catholic".  

The Catholic purge is evidently coming. But, be of good cheer. If they want to start throwing Catholics out of their own churches again, so be it. There's glorious precedent for that, too:

"Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ." - St. Athanasius

ATTN: Remnant Tours is Sold Out. We are still taking registrations for the three-day walking pilgrimage only. Registrants must arrange their own transportation to and from France and any accommodations before and/or after the pilgrimage event. For more information about this option, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dear Friends,

I'm very pleased to announce that The Remnant—which has partnered with Notre Dame de Chretiente in organizing the U.S. chapter on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the past 28 years—will be returning to France in June for its 29th Chartres Pilgrimage, with an additional post-Chartres 'pilgrimage on wheels' to the heart of the old Holy Roman Empire--Vienna and Budapest. 

Dr. John Rao and I--along with  Father Gregory Pendergraft, Christopher Ferrara and  "Heart for Europe" author James Bogle--would like to invite you to be with us for this magnificent event, which is centered on the 3-day, 2-night walking pilgrimage along the old medieval route from Paris to Chartres.

This is, in fact, the traditional French starting point of the Camino, or way of St. James, from the Saint-Jacques Tower in the 4th arrondissement in Paris to the tomb of St. James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela in Spain--the greatest walking pilgrimage in the world. 

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Notre-Dame de Chretiente (NDC)—the organization responsible for what the late, great Michael Davies described as the ‘most important annual event in Christendom’—the Chartres Pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres, France—has informed us that a very tradition-minded bishop will celebrate the Pontifical High Mass in the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres at the next pilgrimage to Chartres, June 10, 2019. We will announce his name, but all in good time. 

Last year’s Pilgrimage was a tremendous success:

 

Readers interested in more information should contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (651) 433-5425.

Seating is limited, of course, and those interested in registering right away can so by sending a down payment of $400 to:

The Remnant Tours
PO Box 1117
Forest Lake, Minnesota 55025

Those wishing to register online, can do so by making a $400 “donation” here, earmarking it for “Registration for the 2018 Remnant Tours’ Pilgrimage to France and Portugal”.

Young men interested in a joining my son Walter Matt's "U.S. Rangers"--the American tent-building contingent-- should also contact our office. There is a $1000 reduction for those who qualify to build the pilgrim tents rather than walk  the pilgrimage. 

For nearly thirty years, it has been my honor to serve as U.S. Coordinator for our French brothers at Notre-Dame de Chretiente. So anyone who has any questions about this pilgrimage-- its logistics, how to prepare for it, how to join a specific chapter, how to become a "Chartres pilgrim", etc.-- should contact us via email or telephone anytime over the next couple of months. 

I hope to see you on the road to Chartres. 

Chartres sonne, Chartres t'appelle, gloire honneur au Christ-Roi!

In Christo Rege,

Michael J. Matt
Notre-Dame de Chretiente U.S. Coordinator

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