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Pro-lifers to pray outside new California abortion clinic, asking God to shut it down

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EL CAJON, California, December 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Local pro-lifers will storm heaven with prayer next week outside a newly opened California surgical abortion location, asking God to shut it down. 

“We need to pray that this new killing clinic will be shut down,” wrote Allyson Smith in an announcement to local pro-lifers, asking them to come and pray next Tuesday at the new Family Planning Associates abortion clinic located on 1625 East Main Street in El Cajon.

“If we all show up, the surrounding tenants will complain to the landlord - and most importantly we can save a life or two of precious children,” she wrote. 

“Rain or Shine: Please come pray for these women intent on aborting their unborn child,” she added.  

The event is ecumenical. All are welcome to support life through a prayer witness.

The new surgical abortion facility is located in the same area as another abortion clinic that commits only chemical abortions. 

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, Inc. has had a satellite facility conducting RU486 chemical abortions on East Main Street, in El Cajon for years, Allyson Smith told LifeSiteNews. That location has been protested weekly by pro-lifers.

However, now Family Planning Associates (FPA) - a provider of surgical abortions - has moved from the Miramar area of San Diego to a location on the same street and same city block, a mere 200 yards south of the Planned Parenthood in El Cajon.

“Two killing centers on the same street,” exclaimed Smith, a pro-life advocate who resides in the area. “We can’t let this go un-protested.”

Pro-life group Operation Rescue reports it has recorded at least nearly a dozen client deaths at FPA abortion locations.

With a good turnout at the new El Cajon surgical abortion site, local advocates say, the surrounding tenants could complain to the landlord - and most importantly, there could then be the chance to save some unborn lives from being lost there.

El Cajon is located about 15 miles east of downtown San Diego. 

This is not just an East County problem, local pro-lifers are advising. The FPA website indicates that it operates in the Coronado, National City, Chula Vista, Lemon Grove, Bonita, La Mesa, La Presa, Spring Valley, Imperial Beach, El Cajon, Santee, Bostonia, Lakeside areas.

Regardless of where one lives in San Diego, pro-life witness is needed in El Cajon, Smith said.

Surgical abortions will be conducted on Tuesdays at the El Cajon FPA, so local pro-life supporters will begin praying in front of the FPA location this coming Tuesday, December 5. Participants can pray between 8 a.m. and noon, or noon to 4 p.m.

Prayer protesters should park across the street from the El Cajon FPA, which is located at 1625 E. Main St.

They are also encouraged to bring pro-life, pro-family signage; graphic images are not to be included in the protest. 

Pro-lifers interested in attending the event are asked to contact East County Churches for Life at [email protected].

 
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Wall Street Journal columnist blames contraception for enabling sex abuse culture

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December 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The continually unfolding epidemic of sexual harassment and sexual abuse is owed in part to the proliferation of contraception, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan wrote last week.

Noonan explained in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece what popes have predicted and practicing Catholics have witnessed over the last four decades of exploding acceptance of the birth control pill – that when sexual intercourse is separated from its life-giving aspect, men will objectify women, making abuse inevitable.

“Once you separate sex from its seriousness, once you separate it from its life-changing, life-giving potential,” Noonan said, “men will come to see it as just another want, a desire like any other.”

“Once they think that, then they’ll see sexual violations as less serious, less charged, less full of weight,” she wrote. “They’ll be more able to rationalize. It’s only petty theft, a pack of chewing gum on the counter, and I took it.”

In her Thanksgiving op-ed, Noonan explored the sex abuse crisis that’s been rocking Hollywood, Washington, D.C., and places beyond for months.

In it, she said she was thankful that investigative reporting trends have resulted in more background in the varying accusations being unearthed, allowing for deeper insight than a simple “he said/she said” assessment.

Noonan also posited that some good journalistic work is being done in both uncovering instances of sexual abuse and examining response to them. She also examined how responses can vary depending on who is accused.

Sexual harassment is nothing new, Noonan noted, citing quarter-century-old scenarios, and a recent Quinnipiac poll said nearly two-thirds of U.S. women have experienced it.

More recent testimonies suggest it is perhaps “weirder, stranger, more brutish” than before, she said, but ultimately it’s merely how things play out that has changed.

She also pointed out that sexual harassment is the product of human sin.

“Sexual harassment is not over because sin is not over,” she wrote, adding, “The devil has been busy!” a journalist friend said this week as another story broke.”

Noonan referenced a recent conversation she had illustrating the damage wrought by the contraceptive divorce of sex from its purpose as God intends.

“An aging Catholic priest suggested to a friend that all this was inevitable,” wrote Noonan. “Contraception degenerates men,” he said, as does abortion.”

The Catholic Church teaches that the purpose of the marital act is procreative and unitive. When those two aspects are intentionally separated, as with artificial contraception, the openness to life is blocked and God is removed from the embrace, demeaning both husband and wife.

Blessed Pope Paul VI predicted in Humanae Vitae that acceptance of contraception would "lead to conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality."

Paul VI also wrote in Humanae Vitae:

“Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.”

Pope Pius XI also forecast in 1930 in his encyclical Casti Connubii that moral decay would result from separating sex from God’s plan:

“ … The Catholic Church, to whom God has entrusted the defense of the integrity and purity of morals, standing erect in the midst of the moral ruin which surrounds her, in order that she may preserve the chastity of the nuptial union from being defiled by this foul stain, raises her voice in token of her divine ambassadorship and through Our mouth proclaims anew: any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.”

Pro-life and family advocates and others have chronicled for years specifics of how the late popes’ predictions have come to pass, citing domestic violence, human trafficking, pornography, sexual harassment, assault, abuse, divorce, government coercion of population control, and the overall demeaning of women.

Paul VI’s 1968 Humanae Vitae was promulgated just as the birth control pill was coming into prominence in the U.S. in the 1960s.

As contraception spread, so did fornication, adultery and divorce, a Church Militant report said.

Another byproduct of the moral decline brought on by contraception — abortion — was ramping up during the advent of contraception, with more than a dozen U.S. states legalizing abortion between 1967 and 1972. Since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, some 60 million lives have been ended in the womb via abortion.

Former Planned Parenthood president Alan Guttmacher summed it up aptly a 1968 symposium.

"We find that when an abortion is easily obtainable, contraception is neither actively nor diligently used,” Guttmacher said. “Abortion on demand relieves the husband of all possible responsibility; he simply becomes a coital animal."

Noonan added to her analogy of men viewing sexual harassment as petty theft of gum. “In time this will seem true not only to men, but to women.”

That further degradation of women was another reason she said she was thankful for the collective “no” signified by all of the allegations coming to light.

“This is important,” Noonan said. “It is serious.”

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Full text: President Trump’s extraordinary Christmas speech

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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- President Trump gave the following address at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, November 30, 2017. LifeSiteNews is pleased to bring you his address in full. 

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Today's the day that I've been looking very much forward to all year long. It's one that we have heard and we speak about and we dream about and now as the President of the United States, it's my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world a very Merry Christmas. 

I want to thank everyone who has come together here right in front of the White House, that beautiful, beautiful White House, and everyone watching from home to see the lighting of this incredible national Christmas tree.

For nearly a century, through good times and bad, every president has taken part in this wonderful tradition, first started by President Coolidge. But I was informed tonight that the weather we have is the best it's been in 25 years. In fact, I said, ‘Is it always like this?’ And the secretary said, ‘Hasn't been like this for a long time.’ So, we are very lucky.

Finally, in 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation making Christmas a Federal holiday. And I sort of feel we are doing that again. That’s what's happening. 

From the earliest days of our nations, Americans have known Christmas as a time for prayer and worship, for gratitude and good will, for peace and renewal. 

Melania and I are full of joy at the start of this very blessed season. We're thrilled to think of the people across the nation and all across the continent whose spirits are lifted by the miracle of Christmas. 

For Christians, this is a Holy season – the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas story begins 2000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all, the gift of God's love for all of humanity. 

Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history. There’s hardly an aspect of our lives today that his life has not touched: art, music, culture, law, and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person everywhere in the world. 

Each and every year at Christmas time we recognize that the real spirit of Christmas is not what we have, it's about who we are – each one of us is a child of God.

That is the true source of joy this time of the year. 

That is what makes every Christmas ‘merry.’ 

And that is what we remember at today's beautiful ceremony, that we are called to serve one another, to love one another, and to pursue peace in our hearts and all throughout the world. 

And so tonight, I thank the millions of Americans who light our lives and brighten our wonderful communities. I thank those who are serving the needy during the season and throughout the year. I thank our military men and women who are stationed around the world keeping us safe. 

I thank our law enforcement officers who protect our streets and secure our homeland. I thank America's teachers, pastors, and all those religious, and those people that have taught us so much, for their leadership in our communities and our society. 

And, especially tonight, I thank America's families. At Christmas, we are reminded more than ever that the family is the bedrock of American life. 

And so, this Christmas we ask for God’s blessings for our family, for our nation. And we pray that our country will be a place where every child knows a home filled with love, a community rich with hope, and a nation blest with faith. 

On behalf of Melania, myself, Barron, all of my children, all of my grandchildren — they're here with us tonight — I want to thank you. 

God bless you and God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much. 

Merry Christmas everybody. Merry Christmas. Happy new year. Thank you.

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Catholics to pray rosary across U.S. to protect nation from ‘Islamic jihad’ and ‘abortion’

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SANTA PAULA, California, December 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — There will be a mass rosary service throughout the United States on December 12, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, inspired “100 percent” by the Rosary on the Borders in Poland.

The “Rosary on the Coasts and Borders” is the initiative of a group of Church Militant fans who proposed — and then began planning — the event in its website comments box.  

“I am in constant admiration of Poland,” Patricia Lemmon, who is one of the organizers, told LifeSiteNews. “Over and over again, (the Poles) show their allegiance to reality. Their pro-life laws and initiatives encouraging families to have children, supporting families when a Down syndrome child is expected, welcoming Christian refugees but barring (jihadist) incomers, these are a beacon of intelligence coupled with goodness in the midst of so much truly dark news out of dying secular western Europe.”

Lemmon also praised the rosary events in Italy and Ireland.

The intention of the prayers will be “to ask Our Lady to save the USA from Islamic jihad, from the denial of the Christian faith, and for an end of abortion.”

The USA Rosary on the Coasts and Borders will not literally surround the nation’s massive territory. Instead, Lemmon said, it will put up “a prayer shield by representation.”

“Here in the States we do things state by state, and we believe in representation,” she told LifeSiteNews. “So (we need as representatives) one person or group from each of the 50 States, plus D.C., plus Puerto Rico, plus Guam or other territory. By December 12, that will be all 53 of us, representing the whole USA to Our Lady of Guadalupe.”

In this way, the organizers hope to match a state or protectorate to each of the Hail Marys in a five-decade rosary.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was chosen for a few reasons. First, the only Marian apparition in the New World pronounced authentic by the Catholic Church was witnessed in Villa de Guadalupe in 1531. Next, Pius XII named Our Lady of Guadalupe the Patroness of the Americas in 1946. Finally, an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was taken by Don Juan of Austria’s Christian army into the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. The Battle of Lepanto represented a major defeat to the Ottoman Empire.

“The New World’s Lady sailed to confront jihad in the Old World,” Lemmon said. “Is this not mind-blowing? That battle, against all odds, saved Europe from imminent invasion. … As Don Juan fought under that banner, the pope prayed the rosary.”

The anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto on October 7 is also the Feast of the Holy Rosary and the date chosen by the organizers of the Polish Rosary to the Borders.

“So the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, victor of Lepanto, seems the ordained date for America to link with Poland … ” said Lemmon. “Thus we will jointly block jihad and embrace faith and life.”

The Rosary On the Coasts and Borders currently has representatives in 30 states and Puerto Rico. The organizers are still looking for representatives in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Guam, or some other protectorate.

Canadians, too, are invited to join in. Lemmon addressed them through LifeSiteNews, saying, “Turn to your south on December 12 and join us in throwing up to heaven a bubble of protection across these vast lands. … And when you do your own Canadian rosary, we will turn to our north … and join you in storming heaven for Canada!”

Lemmon described the lay-led event as “a Wild West Rosary.”

“We didn't wait for the U.S. bishops to do anything,” she told LifeSiteNews. “As a group, they don't seem cut from the same cloth as the great Polish bishops who are so busy (being bishops), protecting and leading their flock among real dangers (although the U.S. does have a few sterling bishops). We here in the States can springboard off of the American do-it-yourself spirit.”  

Those interested in joining can register on the Disqus link here.

 
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Christmas celebrates ‘the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’: President Trump

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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Christmas is not about “what we have” but rather “who we are,” and that is children of God, President Trump said at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Thursday.

"For Christians, this is a Holy season – the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas story begins 2000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all, the gift of God's love for all of humanity, " he said. 

"Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history. There’s hardly an aspect of our lives today that his life has not touched: art, music, culture, law, and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person everywhere in the world," he continued. 

"Each and every year at Christmas time we recognize that the real spirit of Christmas is not what we have, it's about who we are – each one of us is a child of God," he added.

Trump said that each and every person being a child of God is the "true source of joy this time of the year."

"That is what makes every Christmas ‘merry,’" he said. 

He said that the tree-lighting ceremony is a reminder that "we are called to serve one another, to love one another, and to pursue peace in our hearts and all throughout the world. "

The President thanked the country's "teachers, pastors, and all those religious and those people that have taught us so much, for their leadership in our communities and our society.”

“And especially tonight I thank America’s families,” he continued. “At Christmas, we are reminded more than ever that the family is the bedrock of American life.”

“And so this Christmas, we ask for God’s blessings for our family, for our nation, and we pray that our country will be a place where every child knows a home filled with love, a community rich with hope, and a nation blessed with faith,” said Trump.

The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is a tradition that began in 1923 during Calvin Coolidge’s presidency.

Trump tweeted portions of his speech earlier today. 

He wished those gathered for the tree lighting “Merry Christmas” from him and his entire family. He said it was a “tremendous honor” to do so.

"God bless you and God bless the United States of America...Merry Christmas everybody. Merry Christmas. Happy new year," he said at the end of his speech. 

Trump hasn’t used politically correct euphemisms for the holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. He repeatedly promised on the campaign trail and after his election that “we’re gonna start saying Merry Christmas again.”

This year’s Christmas decorations at the Trump White House include a beautiful traditional nativity set with a baby Jesus, halls full of Christmas trees, and classic decorations. The decorations are a tribute to the “time-honored traditions” of White House Christmases past, according to the Office of the First Lady.

The Trumps’ first-ever presidential Christmas card says “Merry Christmas.” None of the Obamas’ Christmas cards ever did.

 
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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, December 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A former Planned Parenthood worker is suing the abortion business because she says she was denied medical leave for cervical cancer.

Angela Brown, who worked for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky, claims the abortion advocate “intentionally and willfully discriminated against” her after she was diagnosed in 2016. She filed a legal complaint on Monday.

Brown began working for the abortion provider in September 2013. Three years into her job, Brown was diagnosed with cervical cancer and began treatment.  

At that point, she says the abortion organization made her employment more difficult. She contends that she was discriminated against because of her disability.

“There’s an assumption that when you treat women with those issues, you’d be sympathetic to those issues,” Heather Falks, an attorney representing Brown, told The Indianapolis Star.

Among other complaints, Brown says Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky rejected her requests for medical leave for necessary biopsies. She claims she was repeatedly not allowed to use Family and Medical Leave Act time off for cancer care appointments.

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 requires large employers to provide unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons, without employee fear of losing his or her job.

The day before one biopsy operation, Brown called in sick because of “pain and bleeding associated with her disability,” her complaint states. Her employer texted her back, demanding, “You will not take off without a valid reason.”

Then Brown was fired without cause, she claims.

“This is retaliation for an employee who was seeking leave,” Falks concluded.

Falks said the whole episode was “upsetting” to Brown. Her federal lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Indiana, seeks lost wages, punitive damages, and either her job back monetary compensation.

Planned Parenthood refused to comment, saying the matter was “pending litigation” and “personnel issues.”  

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky is the advocacy branch of the twin-state Planned Parenthood.

 
 
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Trudeau criticized for pushing gay agenda on kids in ‘LGBTQ2’ apology

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OTTAWA, December 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Two Conservative MPs criticized Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for going too far Tuesday in his long-anticipated apology for the government’s alleged past mistreatment of LGBTQ2 persons.

Harold Albrecht and Ted Falk were among a handful of Conservative MPs present in the House of Commons who did not join the standing ovations for the prime minister during and after his 20-minute apology.

Albrecht told the Canadian Press on Wednesday that he didn’t rise because he disagreed with Trudeau’s evident support of prepubescent children identifying as homosexual or transgender.

“It went beyond an apology,” the Ontario MP said.

“When you start talking about six-year-olds, in that context, I’m not there.”

Trudeau addressed children toward the conclusion of his emotional address, and with his son Xavier and daughter Ella-Grace sitting in the public gallery.

“To the kids who are listening at home and who fear rejection because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity and expression, and to those who are nervous and scared, but also excited at what their future might hold — we are all worthy of love, and deserving of respect,” Trudeau said.

“And whether you discover your truth at six or 16 or 60, who you are is valid.”

Added Trudeau: “To members of the LGBTQ2 communities, young and old, here in Canada and around the world, you are loved and we support you.”

Manitoba MP Falk also criticized Trudeau for going too far.

“I firmly believe in the apology and I stand behind the apology,” he told the Canadian Press.

“I think some of the statements went further than that.”

LifeSiteNews was not able to reach Albrecht or Falk for further comment before deadline.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, however, found no fault with Trudeau’s apology, supporting it in the House on Tuesday.

He also urged Canada to promote rights of LGBTQ2 persons in countries where they face torture and death for their homosexuality.

Scheer told the Canadian Press on Wednesday that he spoke on behalf of the Tory caucus, and didn’t want to politicize the issue.

“I touched upon the injustice that was done to members of the LGBTQ2 community and acknowledged that this was a dark chapter in Canada's history,” said Scheer, a Catholic father of five with a pro-life voting record, including a vote against the Liberal transgender “rights” Bill C-16.

Toronto Globe and Mail reporter John Ibbitson called Scheer’s response to the apology “remarkable.”

The Tory leader’s support signals a “consensus among the major national parties on the need to protect the rights of sexual minorities,” opined Ibbitson.

There were 20 Conservatives missing from the House for Trudeau’s apology, he noted.

“Some of the absentees were on government business, such as Lisa Raitt, Erin O'Toole and Garnett Genuis, none of whom could be classed as social conservatives,” Ibbitson wrote.

Social conservatism “is largely relegated to fringe websites and truculent comment threads,” he wrote.

“On the big issues, consensus rules, as Mr. Scheer demonstrated on Tuesday.”

But Campaign Life Coalition vice president Jeff Gunnarson disagreed.

“No one supports unjust discrimination towards LGBTQ individuals. But the Liberals are actively pushing a homosexual and transgender ideology in schools, communities, and the workplace,” he told LifeSiteNews.

“It’s ironic, because Pierre Elliott Trudeau said, ‘The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation,’ now here’s Justin using state power to push a sexual ideology, and one directly contrary to the moral codes of Christians, Muslims and Orthodox Jews,” said Gunnarson.

“I suspect a lot of people, including MPs, don’t agree with his full court press on the LGBTQ agenda, but they just don’t want to say so.”

Tory MPs Albrecht and Falk should be commended for “calling Trudeau out on this,” added Gunnarson.

“I hope other MPs have the courage to do the same, as well as all Canadians, and particularly parents, who oppose the LGBTQ agenda.”

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HAMILTON, Ohio, December 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Students for Life against Miami University at Hamilton for targeting pro-life speech with warning signs to keep students away.

Many local Students for Life of America (SFLA) chapters erect “Cemetery of the Innocents” displays, often with crosses or tombstones to demonstrate the number of babies killed by abortion. The complaint, filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, claims that school officials would not allow the peaceful display without putting up warning signs around campus.  

A SFLA press release explained, “School officials wanted to characterize the students’ free speech display as a triggering event that should be negatively portrayed to the student body with signs.”

“The unnecessary obstacles students experienced at Miami University of Ohio Hamilton sadly is all too common on campuses across the country,” SFLA president Kristan Hawkins noted. “Students peacefully trying to hold an exhibit that inspires conversation about their love and concern for preborn infants and their mothers should be protected.”

The Miami University’s main campus in Oxford was the sight of vandalism against pro-life speech last month. Pro-life students’ display entitled “When Do Human Rights Begin?” was destroyed along with their Cemetery of the Innocents display.

“At one time, students from across the country and around the world came together on college campuses to debate the issues of the day and learn from each other,” Hawkins pointed out. “But recently, administrators treat students like fragile children who don’t have the capacity for respectful and honest interaction. Not only is this unconstitutional, it sells this generation short as they should be taught how to engage in the free marketplace of ideas, and school officials should be building a culture capable of peaceful communication.”

“No university official has the authority to censor student speech simply because of how someone might respond to it,” Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel Travis Barham explained. “Like all government officials, public university administrators have an obligation to respect students’ free speech rights. The First Amendment ... prohibits imposing ‘trigger warnings’ that restrict what some students can say to spare the feelings of others.”

SFLA has documented dozens of acts of violence against their pro-life displays. An interactive map of pro-abortion attacks may be seen here. Hawkins says the map shows “the kind of opposition our students face daily as they speak up for the humanity of a preborn baby and the life-affirming options that women have.”

At Northern Kentucky University, abortion supporters tore up a “Cemetery of the Innocents” display both this year and in previous years. The violent reaction has been going on since 2006, but school officials have not come up with a working policy to stop the anti-free speech violence.

At St. Louis University, a Catholic school, students tore up the crosses of a Cemetery of the Innocents twice — ironically using violence to attack a display lamenting victims of violence. The Catholic school has photos of the vandalization but has made little progress in doing anything about it.

At Baldwin Wallace University, SFLA members wrote positive, pro-life messages on the ground in chalk. The messages affirmed the love for both woman and child, and offered messages of hope for people dealing with the effects of an abortion.  But pro-abortion students destroyed the messages and bragged about it on social media. Then they promoted their activity to raise funds for the abortion industry.

Examples of violent intolerance against pro-life speech could be multiplied. University administrators have destroyed displays at Kutztown University, and vandals have thrown paint on pro-life messages at Portland State University.

SFLA members, however, are undaunted. “We promise you that even when abortion activists destroy our peaceful message, we will be back, more determined to let women know that we are here to help them and their children, born and preborn,” Hawkins vowed.

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French officials honor pro-abortion feminist for ‘tireless commitment to secularism’

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December 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Inna Shevchenko, leader of the international feminist group Femen and organizer of topless demonstrations in Catholic churches and against Christian religious, has been given France’s 2017 International Secularism Award.

The award was presented by the “Comité Laïcité République,” a French secularist organization with close links to Freemasonry. While the group itself has no organic link with France’s public administration, the prize was handed out in the Grand Salon of the town hall of Paris, in the presence of the mayor of the capital of France, Anne Hidalgo, as well as several former ministers, senators, members of the National Assembly and other top politicians.

These included former Prime Minister Manuel Valls and former socialist minister Jean-Pierre Chevènement, both Freemasons. Chevènement is the special representative of the French government in Russia – and he was, incidentally, decorated by Vladimir Putin in Moscow at the beginning of this month with the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation, a spinoff of the former Soviet Order of Friendship of Peoples.

In the formal, gilded and overly ornate setting of the 19th century building,  Shevchenko was formally rewarded for her activism for “women’s rights” and her “tireless commitment to secularism.” Hidalgo especially extolled her work for “women’s emancipation.”

“Our city, with its 50,000 municipal workers and 2.3 million inhabitants is under the obligation to set an example,” she said, adding that the “commune” of Paris itself is working to eliminate any kind of non-respect for secularism in its own organization, in particular through special training modules that workers must follow.

Hidalgo also called for “inclusive growth,” “peace,” and “fraternity” within world cities such as Paris to put an end to “inequalities and opposition that breed incomprehension in society.”

As far as peace and harmony go, Shevchenko is an unlikely symbol. The most spectacular action in her activist career came in 2012 in her home country, Ukraine. Bare-breasted as is Femen’s custom, she was involved in chain-sawing a monumental memorial crucifix to the memory of the victims of communism.

With a criminal case having been opened against her and her accomplices, Shevchenko came to France and obtained political asylum in 2013, despite or perhaps because of the fact she created a Femen training camp, where she was joined by international and French activists. Their slogan? “Go, undress and win.”

Since her arrival in France, actions by Femen include a topless attack in November 2012 during a traditionalist demonstration against same-sex “marriage.” Along with other activists, they dressed as nuns. Topless as usual, she sprayed unidentified liquids on the crowd from cans bearing the inscriptions “F… Church,” “In gay we trust,” or ‘Holy sperm.” In February 2013, just after Pope Benedict’s resignation, a group of topless Femen burst into the Notre Dame cathedral of Paris, screaming and pounding on the new cathedral bells on exhibit in the nave. While this action was almost unanimously condemned as a “useless provocation,” a subsequent lawsuit against the women by a Christian defense group, AGRIF (Alliance générale contre le racisme et pour le respect de l’identité français et chrétienne), was lost at first instance and is still pending at the Paris appeals court. The Femen’s lawyer in the case, Patrick Klugman, was among the official hosts of the award ceremony for Shevchenko in the Paris Town Hall a few weeks ago on November 14.

In another blasphemous event in December 2013, one Femen mimed an abortion with a cow’s liver representing the Infant Jesus in front of the altar of the Madeleine church of Paris. A slogan painted on her bare torso proclaimed “Christmas is canceled.”

In choosing to award its international prize to Shevchenko, the Comité Laïcité République unequivocally did so in support of these actions and the secularist philosophy behind them. It was made clear that Shevchenko, and not the Femen group, was being honored. However, in her acceptance speech, Shevchenko made reference to the group and called her “sister” Femen to join her on stage before dedicating her prize to them. They were received with loud applause and a standing ovation together with the laureate.

Shevchenko explained that she was more accustomed to “torture,” “terrorist attacks” and “life in exile” than “such honors.” Speaking about the Femen  movement, she defined it as “a group of women who try to change the world without asking for permission …  in the longest revolution that ever was: “women’s revolution” against “religious oppression.”

“All over the world, they try to penetrate our bodies with their patriarchal norms. Every day, words said in the Vatican, in Mecca, in Jerusalem underline the inferiority of women,” she said, calling for a “universal feminist struggle.”

“The liberation of women’s speech that we have been fascinatedly observing these last weeks is only possible in a secularist society where religious institutions have no political power and where religious leaders have no immunity. (…)  I call on everyone to come together and to challenge religious patriarchal ideas, not faith or spirituality but dogmas, rules and traditions created to impose and maintain freedom-destroying male authority,” she proclaimed toward the end of her speech.

An interesting remark, insofar as the Masonic and humanist tradition that lies at the roots of the French Revolution and Republic are all for “spirituality” without the Holy Trinity and reject dogmas as the main hindrance to freedom and liberty.

She was in fact echoing the gist of Patrick Kessel’s speech for the occasion, in which the president of the “Comité Laïcité République” piled shame on those who oppose gay “marriage,” abortion, and other manifestations of the culture of death. Kessel explicitly called for cross-party union between the left and the right to legalize euthanasia, as they have already, in perfect Masonic “fraternity,” united to impose legal abortion and same-sex “marriage.” Kessel was formerly the Grand Master of the largest Masonic Lodge in France, the left-leaning Grand Orient. He now holds official posts in the High Council for Integration (of immigrant minorities) and in the Observatory of secularism created by President Chirac in 2007 and given a more effective role by socialist president François Hollande in 2013.

The prize awarded to Shevchenko was explicitly linked during the ceremony to the famous painting of Delacroix, Liberty Guiding the People, in which a bare-breasted Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic, leads a revolt against the constitutional monarchy in 1830.

Shevchenko also served as inspiration to Olivier Ciappa, the designer of France’s basic postage stamps that bear a drawing of “Marianne – or so he said – and she was quick to pick up the story by tweeting on July 15, 2013: “FEMEN is on French stamp. Now all homophobes, extremists, fascists will have to lick my --- when they want to send a letter. @Femen_France”

Bernard Antony, president of the AGRIF, reacted to the award in a statement in which he remarked that the event had “usefully and significantly proved the Masonic manipulation to which these pitiable poor fantasized girls” have fallen victim. He called Shevchenko the “Pasionaria of the extremist secularist anti-Christian hate group of the Femen,” a “champion of violence in exhibitionist breast-baring.” Speculating that Shevchenko had not undressed for the event because of some kind of “bourgeois timidity,” he deplored that Hidalgo should not have had the “delicacy to be the first to unhook” her “archaic bra” with “militant simplicity.”

On a graver note, he added: “Had there been by chance, in the Grand Salon, a woman who was not under the domination of the Grand Orient, she could have drawn ‘sister’ Shevchenko’s attention to the fact that as far as ‘religious extremism’ goes, apart from that of jihadist Islam, it manifests itself most plainly in the gnostic Masonic religion under the cover of secularist domination,” Antony concluded.

 
 
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Matt Lauer: the latest liberal hypocrite exposed as sexual predator

Joseph Pennefather

NEW YORK, December 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Matt Lauer, longtime co-host of NBC’s "Today" show, was fired Wednesday due to allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, said in a statement released Wednesday morning. “As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Per The New York Times, the NBC announcement of Lauer’s firing comes less than 36 hours after an unnamed woman and her legal team met with network executives. According to the Times, Lauer came into contact with the woman, who was affiliated with NBC, while he was covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. As of Thursday morning, two more women have stepped forward, at least one of them also a former employee of the network, and accused Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior.

“Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized,” Lauer wrote in a statement, “but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.” He continued by saying: “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.” Lauer is married with three children.

The claims against Lauer range from lewd comments and text messages to locking his door via button connected to his desk and removing his pants in front of unsuspecting female co-workers. Lauer was applauded by many for his grilling of Bill O’Reilly after similar allegations came out about the then-Fox News host. 

Now that interview, two months old, is blindingly hypocritical, as Lauer presses O’Reilly saying, “Think about those women, they came forward and filed complaints about the biggest star at the network they worked at.” That line of questioning did not age well for Lauer. It is clear now more than ever that the same liberal hypocrisy that surrounded Harvey Weinstein in the Hollywood bubble exists in the leftist media bubble as well.

Katherine Blakeman of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation had the following to say to LifeSiteNews on the issue: "Matt Lauer, and the many other men who have allegedly sexually harassed or abused vulnerable women, sat at the highest levels of social influence in our society. They are both products of and producers of our hyper-sexualized culture.”

"In addition to rampant pornography consumption by men,” said Blakeman, “we have television shows that glamorize rape, sexual violence, prostitution, and even incest, such as HBO's "Game of Thrones" and "The Deuce," as well as Netflix's forthcoming show "Baby," which will normalize the sex trafficking of teenagers as "prostitution." The problem resides in the sexualization of our culture, according to Blakeman, and “mainstream entertainment companies like HBO and Netflix must enter a new era of responsibility to stop producing shows with gratuitous imagery of exploiting women."

The reality is Lauer, who has been on "Today" since 1994, is yet another entertainer who felt he deserved to receive the same level of sexual attention as he does public from the pulpit he occupies. Many of the claims made against him bear a striking resemblance to those levied against now infamous comedian Louis C.K., who had, on multiple occasions, exposed himself and even masturbated in front of disgusted female up-and-coming comics who felt they had to keep quiet or risk their career reporting on a giant in the industry. It is apparent that Lauer leveraged his position of affluence the same way C.K. and so many others in the entertainment complex have.  

Lauer’s sexual misconduct is the latest in a growing number of similar predatory cases involving prominent figures within the media and entertainment industry, including Weinstein, CBS host Charlie Rose, journalist Mark Halperin, actor Kevin Spacey, O’Reilly, and Louis C.K.  

As Blakeman astutely pointed out, “until we address the cultural influences that normalize male sexual entitlement, we cannot begin to holistically stem this tide of abuses."  Sadly that tide does not seem to show any signs of slowing down.

 
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President Obama’s net neutrality is a globalist tool for control. It must be repealed


John Sobieski

December 1, 2017 (American Thinker) —The FCC is expected to vote and approve on December 14 Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to end the so-called “net neutrality” rules imposed by President Obama’s FCC in 2015. This has provoked howls from liberals and tech giants that this is a blow for Internet freedom and another boon for big business. It is exactly the opposite. It is in fact a boon for economic and political freedom as are all the other Obama-era regulations rescinded by the Trump administration that have promoted economic growth and lessened our dependency on big government. As the Washington Examiner notes:

Sometimes you have to wonder how sincere people are when they gnash their teeth and pull out their hair over President Trump blocking or reversing an Obama-era regulation.

The latest cries of distress about anarchy and market apocalypse can be heard about an announcement by the Federal Communications Commission that it will roll back “net neutrality.”

Net neutrality’s dubious value is made obvious by the misleading way Democrats and many news outlets reported the decision. “F.C.C. plans net neutrality repeal in a victory for telecoms,” wrote the New York Times. Missing from the headline or lede was that the decision was a loss for Netflix, Amazon, Google, and other corporate giants that provide content.

Liberals oppose the free flow of information they can’t control and in the name of providing equal access to all they sought to regulate the access of everybody. They., in effect, sought to put toll booths and speed bumps on the information superhighway. As the Daily Signal reported:

On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai revealed his most important change yet: eliminating the spectacularly nonsensical “net neutrality” rules imposed by President Barack Obama’s FCC in 2015.

The 2015 rules deemed internet service providers such as Verizon and Comcast to be “common carriers” under the 80-year-old Communications Act.

This allowed the FCC to subject those companies to meticulous FCC control over how they provide service --specifically, net neutrality rules requiring providers to treat all internet transmissions equally, even if the sender or consumer would prefer customized service.

Not surprisingly, investment in broadband networks subsequently declined, and innovation -- such as certain free data service plans -- was threatened.

But Wednesday, the FCC chairman revealed plans to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order and return to what he described as “the light-touch regulatory framework that served our nation so well.”

President Obama feared the free flow of information as a threat to his power grabs and attempt to fundamentally transform the United States. Just as cable news eliminated the old guard network’s role as gatekeepers of what we saw and heard, the Internet freed information consumers to seek the truth and speak their minds in an unfettered environment.

RELATED: US Bishops join Obama, Ford Foundation, Soros to champion Net Neutrality

Under net neutrality, the FCC took for itself the power to regulate how Internet providers manage their networks and how they serve their customers. The FCC would decide how and what information could flow through the Internet, all in the name of providing access to the alleged victims of corporate greed.

The Internet, perhaps as much as the first printing press, has freed the minds of men from the tyranny of those gatekeepers who know that if you can control what people say and know, you can control the people themselves. And that is what President Obama feared. In a May 2010 commencement speech to graduates at Hampton University in Virginia, President Obama complained that too much information is actually a threat to democracy.

Obama’s fear of Internet freedom and the free flow of information was noted by Investor’s Business Daily when it editorialized in 2014::

We would suggest that it is because Obama has long opposed the free flow of information as a hindrance to his ambitious big-government agenda, an animus that started with diatribes against cable outlets such as Fox News and conservative talk radio.

In a 2010 speech to graduates at Hampton University in Virginia, Obama complained that too much information is a threat to democracy.

“With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a means of emancipation,” he opined.

“All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”

We said at the time that we disagreed with his views. Dissent, we argued, doesn’t threaten our republic. But free speech restrains the tyrants and socialists who would steal our freedoms. The Internet is the direct descendant of the pamphleteers who energized the American Revolution. This time it’s not the British coming as tyrants, but Obama and the FCC.

In George Orwell’s classic 1984, the control of information and its flow was critical to “Big Brother” maintaining is control over the people and in manipulating their passions. Authoritarian governments and dictators worldwide know that lesson well. Now the Obama administration wants globalists to be the “Big Brother” of the Internet.

The ability to see how others live and the ability to exchange ideas is a catalyst to dissent and unrest. It is the preserver of freedom. The ability to choke off that flow is a necessity for authoritarian governments. That is why the Obama administration so hated outlets like Fox News and talk radio. The Internet and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have helped fuel democratic movements from our own Tea Party to the Iranian dissidents.

RELATED: Dear Foolish and Gullible Americans, Net Neutrality is Not Your Friend

It used to be three networks controlled the information we saw and heard. Thanks to the Internet, talk radio, and cable news, we have access to formerly unheard and suppressed voices. News and commentary no longer has to get past the gatekeepers at CBS, ABC, NBC, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

The Founding Fathers wisely provided for freedom of speech and of the press as a means of guaranteeing our freedom and our democracy. The Internet is the new free press and an outlet for or free speech.

As Investor’s Business Daily editorialized in January 2011, an unfettered Internet is exactly what the Founders had in mind and what tyrants fear most:

Al Gore didn't invent the Internet, but if Thomas Jefferson could have he would have. The Internet, with its Facebooks and Twitters, is the perfect venue for and example of the free speech the Founding Fathers enshrined in the Constitution's First Amendment….

The issue is not access, but control. In February 2008, FCC Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd, an admirer of what Venezuela's Hugo Chavez did to silence his country's media, wrote about net neutrality in an article, "Net Neutrality Is A Civil Rights Issue," published by CommonDreams.org.

"Unfortunately, the powerful cable and telecom industry doesn't value the Internet for its public interest benefits," Lloyd wrote. "Instead, these companies too often believe that to safeguard their profits, they must control what content you see and how you get it." Lloyd feels government should be the voice controlling what you see and hear.

Like the “control voice” on the old Outer Limits series, Obama and the liberals wanted to control everything you say and hear. Senator Ted Cruz, who opposed giving away U.S. control of the Internet to the United Nations or any foreign regulatory body, in 2014 rightly compared net neutrality to ObamaCare:

Cruz, who is mulling a run for president in 2016, compared the entire concept of "net neutrality" -- which posits that internet companies should not be allowed to speed or slow down their services for certain users -- to Obama's much-maligned healthcare reform.'"Net Neutrality' is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government," Cruz wrote on Twitter. Cruz's spokeswoman, Amanda Carpenter, added that net neutrality would place the government "in charge of determining pricing, terms of service, and what products can be delivered. Sound like Obamacare much?"

Net neutrality was not designed to liberate but to suppress. It is the Fairness Doctrine of the Internet that like Obama’s war on Fox News and conservative talk radio is designed to marginalize and silence those who disagree with those in power.

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Daniel John Sobieski is a free lance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business DailyHuman Events, Reason Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.        

This article was originally published on American Thinker and is re-published with permission of the author.

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The armor of God: our only protection against the coming Great Apostasy

Michael D. O’Brien Michael D. O’Brien

Editor’s Note: The following is the fifth and final part of an in-depth essay by author and painter Michael D. O’Brien on the coming Great Apostasy. The first part is here, the second part here, the third part here, and the fourth part here. The entire essay can be viewed here.

December 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Ephesians that if we hope to prevail through these dark times, resisting personal temptations to sin and error, the heresies and apostasy, and the alternatives of rage or despair, we must put on “the armor of God” that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil:

For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the Heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; above all taking the shield of faith, with which we can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (Eph 6: 10-20)

This exhortation, delivered at the very beginning of the Church, is no less crucial in our own times. Indeed we need it more than ever, for the infidelity of the future is now all around us and among us.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth (cf. Lk 21:12; Jn 15:19-20) will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his messiah come in the flesh. (cf. 2 Thess 2: 4-12; 1 Thess 5: 2-3; 2 Jn 7; 1 Jn 2:18, 22).

The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatalogical judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name millenarianism (cf. Enchiridion Symbolorum, 3839), especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism (Divini Redemptorus; Gaudium et Spes, 20-21).

The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. (cf. Rev 19: 1-9). The Kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.1

Our grief over the current condition of the Church, both universal and particular, is immense. And while this grief over the loss of so many souls and the corruption of the sacred is natural enough, we must never allow ourselves to be dismayed. Our chief temptations during this time of confusion may be to bitterness, isolation, and a subtle back-door devil of rebellion—even to the choice for schism, which would bring about a host of alternative evils. Instead, the Lord asks us to stand firm as a bulwark, as a sign of contradiction against the floods of deception and malice, regardless of the consequences, regardless of the prospects for “success” or “failure.” He always desires us to go deeper and farther, for at the heart of everything is union with Him. But this union grows only by faith and by suffering. Experiencing rejection, false judgments by others, the inability or unwillingness of shepherds to be true spiritual fathers, and a multitude of other disorders in the Body of Christ . . . all of these are a test for us (sometimes a severe test).

We must keep in mind that throughout its long history the Church has often been in crisis. She is ever populated by, and at times run by, less than edifying people. Yet the ship always steadies and moves forward. God is always at work, seeking to bring good from our seemingly endless follies. So, too, He will raise up new pastors and new saints for our times, and this will probably be in the midst of great tribulations. Our task is to keep turning our thoughts and the movements of our hearts toward the true horizon—to keep our eyes focused on the Church as the Bride of Christ being prepared to meet the Bridegroom.

He is coming. He is near. Human “solutions” such as apostasy or schism only add to the Bride’s wounds and impede her preparation. We must love the Church with a great love, never losing sight of the Lord’s promise that the “gates of hell” will not prevail against her. This implies that hell will surely try to do its worst, tempting us all, sifting us like wheat. Let us be part of the Church’s defense and not a part of the problem.

We will receive consolation and courage by offering everything we suffer as a sacrifice united to the Cross for the purification and strengthening of the Church. We men, and especially we pragmatist North Americans, must recognize in ourselves the mistaken belief that we can “fix” anything with enough knowledge, skill, tools, influence, rhetoric, strategies, etc. We must understand that in the case of the Church we cannot overcome this present darkness with our limited human strengths. We can only restore our own selves through cooperation with the grace of Christ—through our personal repentance, prayer, sacraments, sacrifice, endurance and perseverance, patience, mercy, truth, and the faith that is refined in the darkest of fires. It is from Jesus Christ himself that we will learn when to be silent before our accusers and when to speak up, and how, at all times, to stand firm and strengthen the things that remain.

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Readings:

“The judgment announced by the Lord Jesus refers above all to the destruction of Jerusalem in the year 70. Yet the threat of judgment also concerns us, the Church in Europe, and the West in general. With this Gospel, the Lord is also crying out to our ears the words that in the book of Revelation he addresses to the Church of Ephesus: ‘If you do not repent I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place’ (Rev 2: 5). Light can also be taken away from us, and we do well to let this warning ring out with its full gravity in our hearts, while we cry aloud to the Lord: ‘Help us to repent! Give all of us the grace of true renewal! Do not allow your light in our midst to be extinguished! Strengthen our faith, our hope and our love, so that we can bear good fruit!’.”

(Homily of Pope Benedict XVI, 2 October, 2005, at the opening of the synod in Rome)

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“The greater the darkness, the more complete our trust should be.” (St. Faustina Kowalska, diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, n. 357)

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“Write this: Before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort:

“All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day.” (words of Christ to St. Faustina Kowalska, diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, n. 83)

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“Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise will understand.” (Daniel 12: 10)

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“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me,” says the Lord of hosts. “Strike the shepherd that the sheep may be scattered. . . In the whole land, says the Lord, two thirds will be cut off and perish, and one third shall be left alive. I will bring this third through the fire, and refine them as silver is refined, and I will test them as gold is tested. They shall call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ” (Zechariah 13: 7-9)

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“For behold, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that is coming shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, leaving them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.” (Malachi 4: 1-2)

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“So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 15)

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“Behold, I am coming soon.” (Revelation 22: 6, 20)

 

Notes:

1. CCC, n. 675-677; see also n. 678-680.

 
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