The Remnant (newspaper)

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The Remnant
TypeBiweekly newspaper
Owner(s)The Remnant, Inc.
Founder(s)Walter Matt
EditorMichael Matt
HeadquartersForest Lake, Minnesota
ISSN0274-9726
Websitewww.remnantnewspaper.com

The Remnant is a Traditionalist Catholic newspaper published twice a month in the United States. Although its editors are not affiliated with any particular institute or traditionalist group, the paper is sympathetic to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the Society of St. Pius X. Founded in 1968, it is the oldest Traditionalist Catholic newspaper in the United States.[1] The Remnant is said to strive to adhere to Catholic teaching in every aspect of its journalism. The name The Remnant is a reference to the remnant of Isaiah and the belief that only a remnant of Catholics holding to the traditional teachings and practice of the Church remain after the sweeping changes brought by the Second Vatican Council. The Remnant has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which the organization disputes.[2]

History[edit]

The Remnant traces its roots back to The Wanderer, the "parent paper" of The Remnant and the oldest Catholic weekly newspaper in the United States. The Remnant was a result of a dispute between Walter Matt, the editor of The Wanderer who served the paper for over thirty years, and his brother Alphonse Matt. Walter Matt opposed the changes within the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council; Alphonse Matt supported them.[3]

Walter Matt left The Wanderer, which remained under Alphonse, to start The Remnant in 1967. The paper has described itself as the flagship of the traditional Catholic movement in the United States.[3]

The Remnant is now edited by Walter Matt's youngest son, Michael J. Matt. Notable traditionalists who have written for the paper include Thomas Woods, Christopher Ferrara, John C. Rao, and Michael Davies. From 2005 to 2013, The Remnant was a very vigorous defender of the pontificate of Benedict XVI as its writers believe he has vindicated them on issues that have divided them from other Traditionalists and from conservative Catholics associated with The Wanderer, EWTN, and Catholic Answers. Under the current pontificate of Pope Francis, the newspaper has heavily criticized his policies.[citation needed]

Additional Projects[edit]

  • After producing daily video updates from Rome, Italy during the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the conclave which ultimately elected Pope Francis, The Remnant began producing video commentary and events coverage under the title of Remnant TV. Remnant TV releases weekly talk show styled YouTube videos in three series: Remnant TV Forum, Remnant Special Report, and The Remnant Underground. Michael Matt is the host and principal commentator; regular guests include contributors to the Remnant, and other Catholic commentators.[4]
  • The Remnant has hosted and organized tours and pilgrimages to the Holy Land and throughout Europe under the name "Remnant Tours". It has also organized the United States Chapter of the three-day Chartres Pilgrimage, a seventy-mile walking pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres during Pentecost weekend.[5]
  • Remnant Press publishes Traditionalist Catholic works, such as Dietrich von Hildebrand.[5]

Positions[edit]

Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong has described The Remnant as "radical Catholic reactionary."[6][7]

The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated The Remnant and the Remnant Press as hate groups under the "Radical Traditionalist Catholic" category, which the SPLC defines as "organizations that embrace anti-Semitism and whose theology is typically rejected by the Vatican and mainstream Catholics in general."[8][9] The Remnant editors reject this label, "The charge of anti-Semitism leveled against The Remnant is sickening and false on its face" [10] also noting their belief that anti-Semitism is a mortal sin,[11] and that the organization is peaceful.[12]

Anti-Hate Statement[edit]

To clarify what the newspaper believes, it has presented its "Anti-Hate Statement" on its website.

The Remnant deplores, denounces and condemns without reservation any and all forms of racism, violence and hatred against anyone for any reason—be it race, gender, ethnicity, religion, skin color, sexual orientation or any other factor seen or unforeseen. We condemn all hatred—past, present and future—on religious, moral and theological grounds. Jesus Christ told His followers to love everyone, to see Christ in everyone, even those with whom they disagree—and this revolutionary idea is at the heart of everything we as Christians try to do here at The Remnant.  Hate has no place here.  It’s what the old priests used to call a “mortal sin”—a grievous offense against God. [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Remnant Newspaper - Our History". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  2. ^ "LOVE, THY ENEMY: SPLC Haters Gonna Hate".
  3. ^ a b "The Remnant Newspaper - Our History". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  4. ^ "The Remnant Newspaper - Remnant Television". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  5. ^ a b "The Remnant: It's Not Just a Newspaper Anymore!" (PDF). remnantnewspaper.com. Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  6. ^ https://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2016/03/remnant-reactionary-michael-matts-reading-logic-disabilities.html
  7. ^ https://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2016/02/critique-of-the-remnant-radical-catholic-reactionary.html
  8. ^ Begley, Sarah (February 15, 2017). "Read the New List of 917 Hate Groups According to the Southern Poverty Law Center". Time. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  9. ^ 2017 list of "radical traditional Catholicism hate groups."
  10. ^ "LOVE, THY ENEMY: SPLC Haters Gonna Hate".
  11. ^ "Southern Poverty Law Center Accuses Traditionalists of Anti-Semitism". www.remnantnewspaper.com. Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  12. ^ "Death to Ratzinger". www.remnantnewspaper.com. Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  13. ^ "The Remnant - About Us".

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