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Judge dismisses injunction to extend Ontario PC race, new leader to be announced Saturday

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TORONTO, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The Progressive Conservative Party will announce its new leader Saturday as planned after a judge refused to grant an injunction extending the race another week because thousands of voters have not yet received the PIN# needed to cast their electronic vote.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Todd Archibald released a written decision about 7:45 p.m. Friday dismissing the application.

Lawyer Jeffrey Radnoff, argued for the extension this morning on behalf of six party members who filed sworn affidavits stating they hadn’t yet received the code they needed for online personal verification, the CBC reported. The personal verification was required to be completed in order to then receive a second PIN that was needed to vote for the preferred candidates.

And there are “thousands” more waiting to receive a party letter with the “unique verification PIN,” Radnoff wrote in a court document, the CBC reported.

Radnoff told CBC News he was not acting for any of the leadership contenders. That was echoed by lawyer and former MP John Nunziata, who told CBC Thursday he asked Radnoff to take the case after he was contacted by multiple people in the party.

However, Christopher Arsenault, whose name is on the application, reportedly donated $1200 to Doug Ford’s campaign, Crawley tweeted.

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Radnoff also argued that if the deadline were not extended, the new leader could be considered “illegitimate” and the party embroiled in further court action before the June 7 general election, CBC’s Mike Crawley tweeted from the courtroom.

PC Party lawyer Gina Brannan argued the voting process should be contested through the party’s internal processes, not in court. “There’s some sort of mischief afoot,” she said. 

Brannan also contended the party would suffer “irreparable harm” by a delay with the provincial election just three months away, reported Crawley.

Lawyer Daniel Santoro, representing Tanya Granic Allen’s campaign, told the court that “115 party members contacted her campaign yesterday (and more today) saying they were not being allowed to vote,” Crawley tweeted.

The noon deadline for voting came and went with the lawyers still in court.

Ontario PC party officials subsequently reported only 64,053 members had voted by that deadline, Crawley reported.

Chair of the leadership organizing committee, Hartley Lefton, testified that 71,402 out of the party's 190,000 members were verified to vote by the Thursday deadline, Global News reported. 

That leaves about 40 percent of the PC Party’s members disenfranchised, Crawley pointed out.

The last-ditch court effort came amidst repeated calls this week by three of the four leadership candidates — Doug Ford, Granic Allen and Caroline Mulroney — to extend the race, with Christine Elliott the sole exception.

Ford was particularly scathing that a “select group” had received the initial personal verification code by email, rather than by mail, which was how all other party members were supposed to have received it. He accused party brass in a March 8 email of “corruption” and creating a “two-tier” system.

CBC’s Crawley had reported March 7 party officials confirmed that verification codes were emailed, rather than mailed, “to a select group: MPPs, candidates, riding association presidents and members of the leadership organization committee.”

Meanwhile, the CBC reported Friday that all four campaigns rejected a suggestion this week by the leadership committee to email the personal verification codes to members.

“BREAKING: I’ve confirmed from two sources that the Ontario PC Party proposed sending verification codes by email to all members who hadn’t received theirs, and all 4 campaigns declined. Party now asking campaigns to ‘cease misrepresenting the facts’,” Crawley tweeted.

Geoff Ritchie, the party’s chief election officer, sent the campaigns an email Friday saying he presented them with “options” last week, which included emailing verification codes, reported Crawley.

Granic Allen, endorsed by Campaign Life Coalition, asserted in a Thursday email the leadership committee had made “several disastrous errors” that are “endangering the fragile state of the already-battered state of our post-Patrick Brown party.”

That included experimenting with an “untested online system” and “botching the mailing of [verification] letters to eligible PC voters.”

 The leadership committee also opted to end the race by the earlier date of March 10, rather than a March 24, which was considered, leading to a “scenario of missteps, mishaps, and mistakes,” Granic Allen wrote.

Granic Allen immediately tweeted out her disappointment on the judge's decision.

Only my team intervened on the injunction motion. Disappointed Party Exec didn't do the right thing to let 1000s vote. #PCPOldr #onpoli

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The 11th-hour attempt to extend the race caps off six weeks of political turmoil for the PC Party precipitated by the resignation of Patrick Brown on January 25 amid allegations of sexual misconduct which he strenuously denied.

Since then, Ontario’s integrity commissioner announced he is investigating Brown’s financial dealings, based on a complaint by MPP Randy Hillier.

In a strange twist, Brown entered the race himself but withdrew after 10 days, citing the need to focus on clearing his name.

Pundits say Brown’s supporters are critical to deciding the race’s outcome.

The new leader will be announced at Saturday’s convention in Markham.

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Cardinal Zen torches the Vatican and his critics over China deal

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By Doug Mainwaring

WASHINGTON D.C., March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Zen was on fire Thursday night as he spoke with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN’s The World Over.

“We now know that one of President Xi’s goals is to inculcate communist thought and blend it with theology,” said Arroyo. “Are you concerned that the Vatican is playing into his hands? His stated goal is to blend the communist agenda with existing religions. Is that what’s happening here?”

“It’s obvious,” answered Zen. “They are delivering the whole administration of the Church into the hands of the so-called ‘Patriotic Association,’ which is just a puppet in the hands of the government. And so it’s a complete surrender. It’s incredible.”

The Pope is being advised to renounce his authority

“Now you have blamed the Pope’s advisers for this deal,” noted Arroyo. “You have said it’s ‘suicide;’ you say it’s a shameless act of surrender.”

“I am not a cartoonist,” said Zen, while actually painting a vivid picture for the audience, adding that if he were, “I would make a cartoon showing the Pope kneeling, and offering the keys of the kingdom of heaven, saying, ‘Now, please, recognize me as Pope.’”

Cardinal Zen was describing the absurdity of the Vatican’s pending capitulation to China’s communist regime, pointing out that they already fear him. In essence, Rome already holds most of the high cards, yet they seem to want to forfeit the game in order to gain diplomatic stature.   

“This is ridiculous,” he said. “They are afraid of the Pope. But now the advisers to the Pope are giving him advice to renounce his authority.”

Chuckling at Bishop Sorondo  

Last month, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences said, “Right now, those who are best at implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese.”  

Arroyo asked Cardinal Zen, “What did you think when you heard that?”

“Please, leave him in peace,” chortled Zen. “We don’t have to waste time talking about that.”

 

“So you don’t think China is living out the social teaching of the church, I take it?” countered Arroyo, also trying to overcome the urge to burst into laughter.

Zen responded, saying Sorondo’s statement “made everybody laugh. It’s a good laugh. Yeah”  

Zen dismisses Fr. Kelly’s nasty criticism

 

Fr. Michael Kelly, the Jesuit priest who serves as executive director of the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), had written a commentary about Cardinal Zen that Arroyo described as a “nasty piece.”

“Cardinal Zen not only needs to read a bit more history,” said the Jesuit. “He also needs to turn the emotional volume down. It’s some claim to be speaking for half the Catholics in China when he has no evidence to support the assertion about people living in a country he hasn’t visited for over 20 years. Moralize all you like, but Cardinal Zen offers no path forward.”

“I would leave it to the people to judge who is more emotional,” said Zen, turning the tables. “I find his article very much emotional.”

Cardinal Zen went on to point out that he and Kelly were supposed to meet “We had an appointment. I invited him to lunch, but he didn’t show up.”

He also refuted Fr. Kelly’s claim of being ignorant about what is currently going in China, saying that from his “direct, immediate experience” living and teaching in mainland China for seven years, “I know the Church is completely enslaved to the government.”

They are going to 'annihilate the Underground Church'

“I don’t think anybody has a clear picture of what is going to happen,” said Zen, “because now we are alarmed by those two cases of the legitimate bishops asked to” yield their places to bishops who were previously excommunicated. But they don’t talk about the other five cases.”

Cardinal Zen was alluding to the fact that while international media have focused on the Vatican’s negotiations with China’s communist regime over two high-profile cases, there are five other excommunicated bishops that the Chinese government plans to reinsert into church leadership.

Among the five, said Zen, there are two of whom “everybody knows have wives and children.”

Zen went further, saying a bigger question should be asked: “What will happen to the 30 bishops in the underground? They will be brought into ‘the cage.’ That’s terrible!” exclaimed the Cardinal.  

“They are going to annihilate the underground Church,” he added.

“And not only that,” he said, “even in the ‘official’ church there are so many good bishops, they are there, suffering, even fighting, and the government is forced to tolerate them. But now with this new arrangement, they lose every hope in the future.”

Ominous warning: ‘Back to the catacombs’

“I think we must have a spirit of perseverance and be ready for martyrdom … in order for the Catholic faith to spread in China,” warned the Cardinal at the conclusion of the interview.

“People are saying that ‘Cardinal Zen is pushing everybody to be martyrs,’” said Zen.   “Now, I never pray for martyrdom,” but if God wants this for us, “it is a grace, and he will give us the strength.”

“We have to pray, because what is coming is a tragedy,” he said, “and will weaken the faith, and we are going back to the times of the catacombs.”

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Religious liberty bill, unthinkable during Obama presidency, reborn in the age of Trump

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Republican senators have breathed new life into a religious liberty protection bill, the passage of which was deemed hopeless while Barack Obama occupied the oval office.

The newest version of the bill, however, also contains language that labels support for same-sex “marriage,” as long as recognized by federal law, a “religious liberty” issue like belief in man-woman marriage.

On Thursday, Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, reintroduced The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). It is a bill designed to prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals or institutions based on their beliefs about marriage.

“What an individual or organization believes about the traditional definition of marriage is not – and should never be – a part of the government’s decision-making process when distributing licenses, accreditations, or grants,” said Sen. Lee.

“And the First Amendment Defense Act simply ensures that this will always be true in America – that federal bureaucrats will never have the authority to require those who believe in the traditional definition of marriage to choose between their living in accordance with those beliefs and maintaining their occupation or their tax status,” he said.

FADA prohibits the federal government from taking adverse action against individuals or institutions based on their definition of marriage or beliefs about premarital sex. It creates a cause of action in federal court for individuals or institutions that have been discriminated against by the government. Plaintiffs can seek injunctive relief, declaratory relief, and compensatory damages.

Included in the latest version of FADA are protections for beliefs about “marriages” between “two individuals as recognized under Federal law,” meaning one could claim support for same-sex “marriage” as a conscience issue.

Despite this apparent olive branch to their cause, the LGBT movement remains firmly against FADA, with the homosexual lobby group the Human Rights Campaign saying “it will roll back critical protections for LGBTQ people and their families.”

FADA was introduced in both the House and Senate in 2015, but never saw the light of day since legislators were assured that then-President Obama would never sign it into law.

While on the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump promised he would sign the measure if it were sent to his desk, saying that it would “protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths.”

“Without FADA, federal bureaucrats are free to punish individuals or institutions that have a different definition of marriage than they do,” explains a summary of the bill provided by Senator Lee’s office. “For example, during oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, President Obama's Solicitor General admitted that, if the Court found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, the IRS might subsequently deny tax-exempt status to any religious school that wanted to continue operating in accordance with their belief in the traditional definition of marriage.”  

FADA supporters say just as Congress protected Americans from being punished for refusing to participate in abortions after Roe v. Wade, their bill prevents people from being punished for their beliefs about marriage.

There are currently 21 co-sponsors on the Senate bill, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Gay male prostitute outs dozens of active homosexual priests to Vatican in 1200-page dossier

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ITALY, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A scandal now sending shockwaves through the Catholic Church erupted last week when a gay male prostitute produced a massive dossier outing scores of priests who allegedly lead a double life of both ordained minister and homosexual sex-fiend. The dossier included seminarians as well. 

The author of the dossier, gay “escort” Francesco Mangiacapra, said he wrote the report because he could no longer stand the “hypocrisy” of the many priests he serviced.

The 1,200-page dossier, replete with explicit WhatsApp messages, erotic photos, and lurid descriptions of priests involved in gay sexual activity and drug use, was forwarded to the Vatican by the Archbishop of Naples.  

“I want to explain right away that mine is not a gesture that goes against the Catholic Church, indeed, it is paradoxically in its favor,” said Mangiacapra in an interview with Catania Today.

“The goal isn't to hurt the people I've mentioned [in the dossier], but to help them understand that their double life . . . isn't useful to them or to the people who rely on them for guidance,” said Mangiacapra.  

“Their behavior is, in many cases, a result of the impunity that the high hierarchy of the Church has made habitual,” continued the escort, “that unjust tolerance that feeds the idea that it is possible to separate that which is lived from that which is professed, as typical of those who have a schizophrenic, double morality.” 

Scandal originated with homosexual priest dubbed 'Don Euro'

One of Mangiacapra’s clients, Father Luca Morini, had originally presented himself as a wealthy judge. When the young male escort later discovered the “judge” was in fact a priest, he wondered how a simple parish priest could afford his sexual services, lavish meals and expensive gifts. He immediately suspected that the priest’s sexual escapades were funded by money illicitly obtained by dipping into his parish’s collection plate.  

Mangiacapra reported Morini to the diocese of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli. The diocese, however, failed to take action until it discovered that a television news show, Le Iene, was preparing an investigative report on the priest’s hidden lavish gay lifestyle.

The diocese quickly tucked Fr. Morini away in a €200,000.00 house it had purchased for him, with monthly utility bills and maid covered by the diocese. “These were allegedly obtained from the bishop of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli, Giovanni Santucci, through blackmail,” according to a Church Militant report, “as Morini had ‘threatened to expose to the public eye unpleasant facts about many diocesan priests.’ 

Parishioners have since dubbed their luxury loving priest, Fr. Morini, “Don Euro.” 

“Bishop Santucci also gave Don Euro €4,500,00 from his own personal bank account, as well as €1,000.00 from diocesan funds,” continues the report. “The bishop is also currently under investigation.”

“The episode aired by Le Iene shows footage of Fr. Morini snorting cocaine and parading in the company of several male escorts, as well as interviews with many of the parishioners, who testify that the priest was constantly pestering them for money, even during confessions,” according to Church Militant.

Scandal widens

“The experience with the double-life priest was not isolated, and Mangiacapra soon learned that most of his clients who were friends of the priest were also members of the clergy, and that he’d somehow found himself quite unexpectedly the favorite boy toy in a gay-priest sex ring,” according to The Daily Beast. “He did what any self-serving male prostitute might do and started researching a book about it called Il Numero Uno. Confessioni di un Marchettaro (The Number One. Confessions of a Prostitute).”

The report continues:

But the church, it seemed, didn’t pay much attention to the book, which was published last March, so Mangiacapra brought it to the attention of various high-ranking cardinals by compiling his raw research into a 1,200-page dossier focused on nearly 40 priests across Italy that he took to the archdiocese of Naples, led by Cardinal Cresenzio Sepe, who decided to act and sent the dossier straight to the Vatican. Sepe told Corriere della Sera that Naples “didn’t enter into it” and that none of the gay priests were Neapolitan. “Our diocese was used like a post office,” he said. “We just delivered the message to Rome.” 

And, shockingly:

The Italian equivalent of Drudge Report, Dagospia, was allegedly able to see some of the dossier from which it published various excerpts, including screenshots of messages. Several show what appear to be “dick pics” of priests with messages about where and how they wanted to have sex with each other and the escorts. In one, an apparent priest invites the escort along to an ordination, after which they would have sex nearby. The message ends with “see you later, I’ll tell you when the mass is.” 

The gay prostitute’s dossier is just the latest in a string of sex scandals rocking the Italian Church and the Vatican.

Monsignor Pietro Amenta of the Italian Archdiocese of Matera pled guilty to possessing child pornography last month. The charge was brought against him after he allegedly sexually assaulted and threatened an 18-year-old Romanian male, which led police to raid the monsignor’s home and find pornographic images of children.

Amenta resigned from his position on the Roman Rota – the Vatican’s highest court – and received a suspended sentence of 14 months in prison.  The suspended sentence, which he received as part of a deal with prosecutors, means he will not actually be imprisoned.

The homosexual subculture throughout Vatican offices goes back decades but seems to have experienced a major resurgence during the Francis papacy.  

Another Vatican monsignor, the secretary to close papal collaborator Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, was arrested last year after allegedly being caught hosting a cocaine-fueled homosexual orgy in a building right next to St. Peter’s Basilica.

The priest, Monsignor Luigi Capozzi, was able to easily transport cocaine without his car being searched because he used a BMW with Holy See license plates.

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Mom of First Nations kids protests school board posters scapegoating whites

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LYTTON, British Columbia, Canada, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A mother has taken to social media to protest the anti-white angle of a school board’s racism awareness campaign.

Kansas Field Allen asked her son to bring home photographs of the anti-racism posters that had appeared at his school, Kumsheen Secondary School in Lytton, British Columbia. Some of the posters showcase grim-faced school administrators from School District 74 and their beliefs about racism. Others ask “Got privilege?” or state, “I cannot be blind to the invisible system of privilege I am part of,” and “If you don’t have to think about it, it’s a privilege.”

Allen posted photos of the posters to Facebook and indicated that she was going to make a complaint. Her protest soon caught the attention of national media, including the CBC.

Allen, who is married to a First Nations man, has three children, all of whom carry First Nations status cards.

First Nations people, once called “Indians” or “American Indians,” are entitled to certain benefits and rights under Canadian law.

Her primary objection to the campaign, Allen told LifeSiteNews, is that it doesn’t take into consideration mixed race families like her own.

“They singled out one race to boost another,” she said.

Teresa Downs, the superintendent for School District 74, told the CBC that the posters had been inspired by a similar campaign in Saskatoon. She herself is a model for one of the posters, alongside the caption “I have unfairly benefited from the colour of my skin. White privilege is not acceptable.”

Allen finds this unconvincing.

“There are many factors in [Downs’] life that could have led to [where she is],” she said.

She agreed that it was “very possible” that children would get the impression that Downs became superintendent because she was white.

“Adults are assuming that,” Allen said. “When asked about her ‘benefits,’ [Downs’] first comment was that she was [able] to buy a flesh-coloured band-aid to match her skin tone. Really? That’s her first thought?”

The Allen family have themselves experienced racism. White people have questioned Allen’s decision to marry a First Nations man, and First Nations people have asked her husband why he married her. The couple will celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary this year.

“Racism is out there for sure,” Allen told LifeSiteNews. “My middle daughter went through that as a young girl because she is a bit lighter skinned. She was harassed on the school bus and told to ‘go home to your white mama.’ She took it in stride, and when we spoke about it, she was okay. I think she was about ten at the time.”

Allen, who has taught her children that they are both white and First Nations, whatever their status cards say, would like Teresa Downs to remove the “white privilege” posters from schools, apologize, and talk to students about their concerns. One student, she said, said that he felt ashamed to be white when he saw the posters.

“That’s so sad,” Allen said, “and no student should feel shame in school.”

Her own son, who is currently in Grade 9, found it hard to talk to her about the campaign.

“When I asked him what he thought the poster said, he replied, ‘it’s like directing hate at the white man, Mama,’” she recalled. “And he had a hard time saying the words. He bent his head down.”

“Everything I’ve taught at our home was questioned [by the posters],” she observed. “Thank goodness I have smart children. But my children are all older: what about the younger kids?”

The anti-racism poster campaign of School District 74 covers every school in British Columbia’s Gold Trail district, encompassing not only Allen’s son’s high school, but her grandchildren’s elementary school.

The concept of “white privilege” doesn’t make sense to Allen. In fact, as a white wife and mother, she is at a slight disadvantage in her community.

“I can’t get a decent dental plan because I am deemed a single person with no dependents,” she said. “My hubby and children have dental from First Nations Medical … but First Nations doesn’t recognize me because I am not First Nations.”

Kansas Allen says that she is getting a lot of support for her online protest against School District 74’s posters about “white privilege,” including a remark from a band chief that the posters are wrong on many levels. But even more importantly, she has support at home.

“My husband and I were talking [about this] last night, and I asked him if he ever saw me as a ‘white girl’ he was dating before we married. He said, ‘never.’ I was just ‘Kans’.”

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Irish gov’t honors International Women’s Day by releasing pro-abortion referendum wording

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DUBLIN, Ireland, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — On International Women’s Day, the Irish government released the wording of the referendum question on abortion it will ask voters in May.

The yes-or-no answer to the statement “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies” will determine the fate of the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution. The Eighth Amendment guarantees the right to life of the unborn child in Ireland. A “yes” vote will abolish this right.

Irish pro-life feminists held a protest outside the Irish government on the day Health Minister Simon Harris brought the proposal to the Dáil (Irish parliament). They remarked on the fact that it was also International Women’s Day.

“[Harris] needs to realise that abortion is anti-woman and anti-child, and that he is not helping women by pushing abortion,” said Mairéad Hughes, one of the protest organizers. “[He’s] failing to assure women that his government will provide the compassion, help and support women need to raise their children.”

She said that the protestors’ message to the minister was, “We deserve your support, not your abortion bill.”

Hughes also had a message for the women of Ireland.

“We…wish to urge Irish women to reject the agenda of an abortion industry that is seeking to profit from vulnerable Irish women and girls,” she said. “Where Irish people see a woman in crisis, the abortion industry sees a potential customer.”

“They are like vultures preying on the difficulties of women in order to make a profit,” Hughes continued.

She warned that British abortionists are “licking their lips at the prospect of a yes vote” because seven out 10 Irish doctors say they won’t participate in abortion.

“The YES campaign talks about compassion, but for the abortion industry that funds the YES campaign, this is about gaining access to a new market,” Hughes said.

Dr. Ruth Cullen of the Pro-Life Campaign criticized the Irish government for “highjacking” International Women’s Day to promote abortion.

“Today should be a day about looking for ways to work together to find positive alternatives to abortion,” she said. “It should be a day that we also celebrate the bond of mother and baby and challenge those in power to provide the necessary supports so that no woman ever feels she has no choice but to go down the road of abortion. Today should also be a day where we talk about the horror of gendercide and the millions of missing girls who were aborted for no other reason than because of their gender.”

“Instead International Women’s Day 2018 is being used as part of the government’s choreography to introduce abortion on demand into Ireland,” she continued. “The way the day is being exploited is a total betrayal of women and their unborn babies.”

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University removes poster of Planned Parenthood’s racist founder after students complain

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COLUMBIA, Missouri, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The University of Missouri removed a portrait of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, an avowed racist, from its library after pro-life students protested.

Mizzou Students for Life (MSFL) formally requested Ellis Library remove Sanger’s portrait – which was next to civil rights champion Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s – because of her well-documented racism and desire to reduce the black population.

In this letter, MSFL said it was passing around a petition, alerting the national media, and contacting King’s pro-life activist niece, Dr. Alveda King.

Originally, library officials said they were going to remove the poster at their “next review.” But they ended up taking the picture down immediately.

“We applaud the library for removing the poster and no longer celebrating Margaret Sanger and her eugenicist views,” MSFL President Kristen Wood said. “The university should never be celebrating and promoting someone who publicly opposed people in poverty and racial minorities...having children, and someone who supported putting people on birth control to prevent them from having children.”

The MSFL petition cited a few of Sanger’s blatantly racist statements, arguing those necessitated taking the portrait down. The students used it as an opportunity to educate their peers about Planned Parenthood and Sanger’s shady pasts.

“If the picture comes down then it opens a conversation about her racist, eugenic views,” said Ceci Haberdash of MSFL. “People deserve to know the truth.”

Taking a similar stand in 2015 were a group of black pastors who wrote Smithsonian Museum officials, demanding they take down a bust of Sanger in their “Struggle for Justice” exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.

Sanger: It’s ‘merciful’ to kill infants from large families

 

Through contraception, Sanger sought to weed out “defectives” in a vision to “create a race of thoroughbreds.” The Planned Parenthood founder believed that large families should kill their infants.

“The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,” she wrote.

A member of the American Eugenics Society, Sanger championed forced sterilization and proposed a law requiring state approval for any pregnancies: “No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit for parenthood.”

Sanger taught that contraception must not “indiscriminately” distributed, but directed toward certain groups she saw as inferior. She wanted the government to put birth control in the drinking water of urban areas with large minority groups.

In 1921, she said that birth control “means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks — those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”

In a eugenics campaign called “The Negro Project,” Sanger enlisted black ministers to help her convince minority women to stop reproducing. She once even spoke to the women of the Ku Klux Klan.

Sanger filled her organization with others of like mind, including Nazi sympathizers.

In addition to African-Americans, Sanger targeted those with disabilities and those in prison. Even among healthy citizens, she opposed what she called the “overbreeding among the working class.”

Planned Parenthood student group admits Sanger was racist

One Planned Parenthood group admits its own “racist roots.”  

Last week, the University of Florida’s pro-Planned Parenthood group led a panel discussion on that very subject. Along with the Black Student Union, the university’s Planned Parenthood Generation Action group hosted “a panel discussion on the racist roots of Planned Parenthood.”

Students for Life America President Kristan Hawkins said Planned Parenthood continues Sanger’s bigoted legacy.

“The racist practices of Planned Parenthood continue to this day,” she commented.  “Planned Parenthood continues to target black and Hispanic babies for abortion by the placement of their abortion vendor locations in minority neighborhoods.”

The abortion behemoth recently built 25 “mega-centers” largely in minority areas. Of the “mega-centers,” 88 percent target women of color.

Despite claiming that “Black Lives Matter,” Planned Parenthood has joined with the ACLU to fight in federal appeals court for the right to commit abortions based on the baby’s race, sex, or possible disability.

Planned Parenthood receives nearly half a billion dollars from the U.S. government annually.

MSFL thanked the Ellis library for taking Sanger’s portrait down. The students also warned library managers that if they put the Sanger portrait back, they will resume their protests.

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Catholic school board under fire for stopping donations to pro-abortion charities

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BURLINGTON, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic school board in Ontario is under fire for passing a motion that bans school-generated funds from going to pro-abortion charities.

Students have launched a petition against Halton Catholic District School Board’s motion, claiming it prevents them from donating to charities such as Me to We, Sick Kids, Canadian Cancer Society that have “done wonders” in the community. It’s been signed by 19,500 to date (5,500 in Canada).

And a handful of parents have alleged in letters to the board that the motion should be repealed because trustees are obliged to consult school councils when it comes to fundraising.

“It is time to consult the community with which you serve,” parent Pamela Walls wrote in an open letter to trustees. “This vote did not reflect my voice. In spite of good intentions, I believe your motion to limit charitable donations was short sighted and done in haste.”

The sanctity of life motion ensures the Catholic board will not donate “to any charities or non-profits that publicly support, either directly or indirectly, abortion, contraception, sterilization, euthanasia, or embryonic stem cell research.”

PLEDGE: I support trustees taking a stand for life in Catholic schools. Sign the petition here.

The motion passed January 16, provoking objections from the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) and some parents. The board reconsidered the motion at its February 20 meeting and after an initial defeat, it passed again by a vote of five to three.

Board chair Diane Rabenda defended the policy in the midst of the ongoing controversy, but also signaled the board is open to change.

“That was the resolution of the majority of the trustees and so we’re implementing that resolution,”  she told Matt Galloway on CBC’s Metro Morning Monday. 

“Now, can it change? Of course, it can change.… at the moment, we have to support it because it's a resolution of the board.”

The board has asked students to speak to the matter at the March 20 board meeting, Rabenda said.

“At this particular point in time, we are welcoming, well, basically conversations, and also delegations from the board,” she said. “We are hoping that many of our students will come forward and talk to us.”

Galloway quoted a letter OECTA representative Keith Boyd sent the board that accuses trustees of being “unnecessarily divisive” and taking “a narrow view of Catholic values” by passing the motion. 

The CBC interviewer asked Rabenda to comment. She responded: “I think they’ve followed the tenets of the faith to the letter. Today it’s a very different society than what it was many years ago, of course, but nevertheless the faith remains the same,” Rabenda said.

“It has caused division, there is absolutely no question about that,” she said. “And certainly with our student trustees, they asked for more time, and unfortunately that was not given.”

Ben Sabourin, student council president at Christ the King Catholic School, told Galloway he was “shocked” by the motion. 

The “same board” that has been “calling upon us since senior kindergarten to act for those in need” is “now telling us that we cannot support various charities that could include SickKids Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society,” Sabourin said.

But according to lawyer Geoff Cauchi, the students “need to be taught about formal cooperation with evil, material cooperation with evil, and the sin of scandalizing others. It’s obvious that they don’t understand those concepts.” 

“They’re not entitled to scandalize others, Catholics who are trying to support life,” said Cauchi, who is an elector in the Halton Catholic board.

“There are many, many, many other charities in the world that do equally good work in the same fields that they could make a good gift to,” he told LifeSiteNews. “They could always be found. There’s no need to give to pro-abortion or pro-contraceptive organizations.”

The students “should also understand that the trustees owe fiduciary duties to the Catholic electors on issues of Catholicity,” he said. “They don’t owe their duty to dissenting students or dissenting teachers.”

The Halton Catholic school district raises about $12 million annually in school-generated funds. These have gone in the past to 100 charities and non-profits, according to a list provided to the board at the February 20 meeting.

The board’s director of education Paula Dawson sent a communique to parents March 5 explaining the “intent of the motion” and that the board was in the process of “determining which charitable organizations may continue to receive donations.”

However, a cursory look reveals at least three charities disqualified under the motion: Canadian Cancer Society engages in embryonic stem cell research, Doctors Without Borders provides and lobbies for abortion, and Plan International Canada lobbies for sexual and reproductive health and rights for girls, language that critics say means contraception and abortion. 

Cauchi faulted OECTA for inflaming divisions within the board, and Rabenda for undermining the motion by allowing students to come speak to it.

“Most organizations have a policy that once a resolution has passed, all directors — in this case, all Trustees — must support the resolution, and if they can’t, they should resign,” he said.

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Cardinal Kasper: Pope’s silence on contraception in Amoris may mean approval

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Update March 15, 2018:  This report has been updated with a quote from Amoris laetitia about the teaching of Humanae Vitae. 

ROME, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Walter Kasper, who spearheaded Communion for the “remarried,” is now arguing that Pope Francis’ refusal to affirm Humanae Vitae’s central teaching in Amoris laetitia may signal his tacit approval of contraception. 

In a move predicted by critics of Amoris laetitia, the German theologian suggested that because the Pope’s sprawling 2016 apostolic exhortation on the “joy of love” does not explicitly mention the Church’s proscription of contraception, it may, in fact, be allowed.

Italian journalist and veteran Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister writes that Kasper adroitly inserts this argument into his new book on Amoris laetitia, which has been recently published in German and Italian.  Magister’s March 9 blog post was translated by Matthew Sherry.

Kasper claims in The Message of Amoris Laetitia: A Brotherly Discussion that with the document’s publication Pope Francis initiated a “paradigm shift.” 

“A paradigm shift – Kasper writes – that does not limit itself to allowing communion for the divorced and remarried, but ‘concerns moral theology in general and thus has effects on many analogous situations,’ including none other than recourse to artificial methods of birth control,” writes Magister.

Admittedly, Kasper “does not find in Amoris Laetitia the passage – in effect nonexistent – that would explicitly legitimize the use of contraceptives,” he notes.

Pope Francis refers to Humanae vitae — Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical re-affirming Catholic teaching that deliberately rendering the conjugal act infertile through artificial means is intrinsically wrong — in Amoris Laetitia

While the Pope does not directly quote the central teaching of the document, he nevertheless states: "From the outset, love refuses every impulse to close in on itself; it is open to a fruitfulness that draws it beyond itself. Hence no genital act of husband and wife can refuse this meaning, even when for various reasons it may not always in fact beget a new life."

Humanae vitae teaches that "each and every marriage act must remain open to the transmission of human life." 

"[A]ny action which either before, at the moment of, or after sexual intercourse, is specifically intended to prevent procreation—whether as an end or as a means," must be "absolutely excluded," it adds. The Catechism of the Catholic Church adds that contraception use is "intrinsically evil."

But Kasper asserts the pontiff only “encourages the use of the method of observing the cycles of natural fertility,” and “does not say anything about other methods of family planning and avoids all casuistic definitions.”

From this, Kasper deduces that “in Amoris Laetitia even that which is not said may say something,” meaning, according to Magister, that it may “give the go-ahead to contraceptives, entrusting the use of them to the ‘deliberate decision of conscience’ of the individual.’”

READ: Does Pope Francis actually oppose Church teaching on contraception? This summary raises the question

The German cardinal is so well known for his persistent lobbying to allow divorced and “remarried” Catholics to receive Holy Communion contrary to Church teaching that his position has been dubbed “the Kasper proposal.”

Various bishops and cardinals have interpreted Amoris Laetitia as embracing Kasper’s proposal and have issued guidelines allowing “remarried” Catholics to receive Communion. Yet, other bishops, remaining faithful to Catholic teaching, have issued opposite guidelines. The result has been dissension and widespread confusion on the question.

Kasper’s current undermining of Catholic teaching on contraception is unsurprising, given the cardinal’s theological bent. Critics foresaw Amoris laetitia could lead to Kasper’s contraception proposal. 

Indeed, a month after the document’s publication, Matthew McCusker described the very tack Kasper is now taking.

“On the few occasions when the encyclical Humanae Vitae is mentioned [in Amoris Laetitia] it is in the context of ‘responsible parenthood’ and the exercise of conscience by spouses in this area,” McCusker, deputy international director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, told the Rome Life Forum in May 2016.

“Such statements, which in another context might not be troubling, do give cause for concern given the false approaches to moral theology adopted in the document and the failure to clearly restate what the Church actually teaches about contraception,” he said.

Kasper’s weighing in on the matter is all the more troubling because Pope Francis has set up a commission to study Humanae vitae in the light of Amoris laetitia, as Vatican sources confirmed last June.

Its coordinator, Monsignor Gilfredo Marengo, professor at John Paul II Pontifical Institute, “admits that Amoris laetitia authorizes what Humanæ Vitæ prohibits,” wrote Roberto De Mattei in an analysis.

Vatican-based theologian Father George Woodall has also explicitly warned that if the commission uses the moral principles and language Amoris Laetitia, it would recommend that Humanae vitae “should be rejected or, more likely, should not be interpreted legalistically.”

Woodall predicted that such a turn of events “would cause massive doctrinal and pastoral damage” to the Church.

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Kim Davis speaks: ‘I have never second guessed what I was doing and why I was doing it’

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MOREHEAD, Kentucky, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Kim Davis, the county clerk who in 2015 was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex “marriage” licenses, says anyone can be called and used by God.

Davis said this in a new memoir, Under God’s Authority: The Kim Davis Story. She hopes it will offer encouragement to others facing challenges living their Christian faith.

She recently spoke with LifeSiteNews about the ordeal that sent her to jail for refusing to act against her beliefs.

The Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk maintains that she holds no ill will toward those who disagree with her pro-marriage convictions and says she only stands before “one judge” – God.

‘My story is one of redemption and transformation’

Davis’ story is a harbinger of white (bloodless) martyrdom for Christians in the age of marriage redefinition.

It also brings to light the question: Who’s to say whom God will call and whom he can redeem?

“My story is one of redemption and transformation,” Davis told LifeSiteNews.

Ridiculed for refusing to affirm gay “marriage” because she proclaimed her Christian faith while having multiple marriages in her past, Davis said she’s learned that one’s past can make one “a unique vessel” for God to use.

It was part of her conversion process to learn that God is not limited by human failings, and that it’s up to God whether he can use her for His plan.

Belief in God entails challenge, she told LifeSiteNews, but trusting Him is well worth the cost.

“Christians need to know that it’s not if they’re called – it’s when they’re called,” said Davis. “And if you answer Him, God will be faithful.”

“People with challenges to their faith need to understand that that’s how their faith grows,” she added.

Jail

Davis said God knew exactly what she needed while incarcerated.

She did a lot of praying, singing, and walking. She took part in a Bible study, and she cried.

“I knew I would walk away better spiritually than when I started,” said Davis.

And she found particular inspiration in Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham City Jail.

Media attacks came from people who ‘never bothered to know me, to ask me’

A lot of people asked Davis throughout the religious freedom controversy if she was going to write a book, she recalled.

The mainstream media showed just a portion of what was occurring, she said, and while she’d been private about the situation, she later began to feel the need to share her story.

“The media had portrayed me as such a devil, a bigot, a demon,” Davis told LifeSiteNews. “But they never bothered to know me, to ask me.”

So she co-wrote Under God’s Authority with Liberty Counsel Director of Creative Services John Aman and the group’s founder and Chairman Mat Staver.

Liberty Counsel represented Davis in the litigation related to her declining to provide marriage licenses. The legal group is selling the book on its website.

Davis chronicled her experience via tape recorder to prepare for the book, she said, and everything in it is her account.

Telling the story can still bring her to tears, but there is also some laughter. Through it all, Davis said she grew spiritually.

“I have never second guessed what I was doing and why I was doing it,” she said. “God placed me here and for me to walk away would have been an act of sheer disobedience.”

The title Under God’s Authority references an exchange Davis had in her office with a same-sex couple attempting to force her to issue them a marriage license. This was shortly after the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling imposed same-sex “marriage” across the U.S.

Davis had opted to stop issuing marriage licenses bearing her name altogether, rather than take part in supplying them for homosexual partners.

A few same-sex couples were in the Rowan County Clerk’s office seeking a marriage license shortly after Obergefell came down. When advised the office wasn’t issuing them, one of the men asked Davis “under whose authority” her office was declining to issue the licenses.

Davis responded, “under God’s authority,” to which the man replied, “I don’t believe in your God.”

The man’s male partner filmed the exchange, which quickly went viral on the Internet.

Davis was not the only Kentucky county clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses, and the counties adjacent to hers were supplying them. Same-sex couples could have easily obtained “marriage” licenses elsewhere, but they sued Davis anyway.

Davis, her office, and her family became the object of extreme vitriol, including death threats. Things got ugly quickly and stayed that way for a long time, she said.

‘Those who scream for inclusion and tolerance the loudest are the least tolerant’

“The thing I learned is that those who scream for inclusion and tolerance the loudest are the least tolerant,” she said. “It became personal for each and every person that disagreed with me.”

Davis reiterates what she has said from the beginning about her stance.

“For me this was never about being against somebody,” she told LifeSiteNews. “This was about standing up for the word of God.”

Issuing the licenses in her name would be akin to accepting and participating in sin, Davis said, “and I couldn’t do that.”

“I have no animosity toward anybody,” she emphasized. “There’s no hate in my body at all.”

Another aspect lost in the media storm was the fact that Davis never responded in-kind to those who attacked or ridiculed her in person, or with nasty emails and phone calls – not even the party who sent her excrement in the mail.

“The only negative word I said throughout all of this was the word ‘no,’” she said.

Pope Francis controversy

The media uproar intensified even more after Davis and her husband met with Pope Francis during his September 2015 trip to the U.S. The meeting came at the invitation of the U.S. Apostolic Nunciature.

The Pope thanked Davis for her courage in the meeting and asked her to pray for him.

Francis told Davis to “stay strong,” and gave the Davises two rosaries that he’d personally blessed.

The Holy See Press Office and other papal spokesmen subsequently tried to play down the meeting with Pope Francis and say it should not be taken as a form for support for her position on gay “marriage.” LGBT advocates attempted to discredit the meeting as well.

“They didn’t want anyone to be on my side,” she said. “They wanted me to stand completely alone.”

“I’m confident the pope meant what he said,” Davis told LifeSiteNews, “and there’s no doubt what he said.”

Man who tried to force Davis to give him a gay ‘marriage’ license trying to unseat her

David Ermold, who tried unsuccessfully to get a same-sex marriage license from Davis, is now challenging her for her County Clerk seat. He is the man who questioned under whose authority Davis had ceased issuing licenses.

Currently four candidates are on the ballot for the May 22 primary. The winner will face Davis in the November general election.

Kentucky law was changed in 2016 to remove county clerks’ names, personal identification, and authorization from state marriage licenses. This was the religious accommodation Davis had sought all along.

‘I stand before one judge’

Suffering the ridicule for her stance, Davis is mindful of one thing.

“I stand before one judge,” she said.

“God is our portion,” Davis added. “For me He is everything. Whatever we have to endure on earth pales in comparison to what He did for us.”

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Former Pope Francis supporter pens new book calling pontiff a ‘lost shepherd’

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March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A respected Catholic commentator and former Pope-Francis supporter has penned a book outlining how the pontiff has become a “lost shepherd” who is “leading the Church away from the ancient sources of the faith.” 

Catholic World News Editor and founder Phillip Lawler’s book Lost Shepherd was released two weeks prior to the 5th anniversary (March 13) of Pope Francis’ election to the chair of Peter. 

“Faithful Catholics are beginning to realize it’s not their imagination. Pope Francis has led them on a journey from joy to unease to alarm and even a sense of betrayal. They can no longer pretend that he represents merely a change of emphasis in papal teaching,” states a short description of a book from its publisher Regnery Publishing. 

Lawler, also news director of CatholicCulture.org, outlines how he was at first enthusiastic, along with many others, about the Francis pontificate in its early days. 

In one passage he writes, “For months, in my work reporting on the daily news from the Vatican, I did my best to provide reassurance – for my readers and sometimes for myself – that despite his sometimes alarming remarks, Francis was not a radical, was not leading the Church away from the ancient sources of the faith. But gradually, reluctantly, painfully, I came to the conclusion that he was.”   

It was about a year ago that Lawler said he had reached his breakpoint. It happened after Francis turned that day’s Gospel (Mark 10: 1-12) “into one more opportunity to promote his own view of divorce and remarriage.”   

Francis had condemned hypocrisy and the “logic of casuistry” in his homily, saying Jesus rejected the approach of legal scholars. 

But the Pope neglected to acknowledge that in his rebuke of the Pharisees, Christ said that in marriage, the man and woman become one flesh, joined by God, and also that when an individual divorces another and remarries, they commit adultery, wrote Lawler.  

Francis had “turned the Gospel completely upside down,” he added.  

And Lawler “could no longer pretend that Francis was merely offering a novel interpretation of Catholic doctrine.”

“No, it was more than that,” Lawler said. “He was engaged in a deliberate effort to change what the Church teaches.”  

Lawler contends in his book that Francis has devoted himself to opening Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics, aggressively promoted his friends while “marginalizing, humiliating and even insulting” his enemies, and failed to reform the Vatican’s “dysfunctional” bureaucracy or resolve the Church’s ongoing sex-abuse scandals.

He states as well that Francis is the most divisive Pope in modern times.

“The Roman pontiff should be a focus of unity in the Church,” Lawler says in the book. “Francis, regrettably, has become a source of division.”

“There are two reasons for this unhappy development,” adds Lawler, “the Pope’s autocratic style of governance and the radical nature of the program he is relentlessly advancing.”

Lost Shepherd corroborates reports coming from Rome about the Pope's dictatorial style of leadership. 

Not a lone voice of criticism

Lawler’s book joins the ranks of those that shed light on a new crisis threatening the Church with the election of Pope Francis in 2013. These include Catholic author George Neumayr’s The Political Pope: How Pope Francis is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives and The Dictator Pope from Marcantonio Colonna – the latter penned under a pseudonym, taken the author says due to Pope Francis’ “tendency towards vindictiveness.”

Lawler will likely take heat for his book due to apologists for the Pope's agenda who have a history of fiercely assailing the Pope’s critics, often from their high-level positions.

Lawler suggests that faithful Catholics are beginning to realize they aren’t imagining the troubling aspects of the Francis papacy. A recent Pew Research Survey showed a growing discontent with the Pope among some Catholics, presumably the same or similar factions as those often termed by Pope Francis as “rigid,” rosary counters, “doctors of the law” and countless other invectives.

Lawler counts himself among those Catholics of whom “Francis does not approve” – faithful Catholics who “cling to and sometimes suffer for the truths that the Church has always taught.”

The Catholic author gives his analysis of Francis’s pontificate in the book with a voice that effectively conveys he’s been keeping close track all along, and he offers his conclusions in even-tempered fashion.  

The pontificate is recounted to date in the book beginning first with the startling circumstances around Jorge Bergoglio’s “Surprise Election” and much of the world’s being subsequently swept away by “The Francis Effect.” 

He recounts Francis’ “failure to advance the cause for reform,” including Francis himself having “overlooked the failure of some of his own favorite bishops to confront abusive clerics.” He examines the Pope’s handling of his “allies and enemies,” and his insulting of traditional Catholics. He also examines the manipulation of the two Synods on the Family, the dubia, the Pope’s various comments and actions apparently green-lighting Communion for individuals in non-marital unions, and the ambiguity in Amoris Laetitia. He generously notes what he finds positive in the exhortation. 

Throughout his book Lawler draws attention to the unchanging nature of Church teaching and tradition currently at stake, explaining it well in the process.

For those just now awakening to the realization that all is not well in Rome Lawler’s book is a comprehensive primer, and even if one has been paying attention it constitutes a reliable handbook.

Crisis

Today, Lawler writes, “the universal Church is rushing toward a crisis.” 

“Pope Francis has not taught heresy,” he states, “but the confusion he has stirred up has destabilized the universal Church.” 

But he says that recognizing the problem, ending the “fruitless search for ways to reconcile the irreconcilable,” can actually provide some relief. 

And Lawler says that a proper understanding of the limits of papal authority would help resolve the crisis, adding that the Pope is not a lone ruler of the Church, rather a leader of the College of Bishops.

It is the bishops, Lawler says, “as primary teachers of the faith,” who “cannot neglect their duty to intervene.”

The laity must pray, Lawler writes, for Pope Francis and for his successor, and faithful Catholics must encourage their bishops in doing their duty.

“If we cannot count on clear directions from Rome, where can we turn?” he asks.

“First,” writes Lawler, “Catholics can rely on the constant teaching of the Church, the doctrines that are now too often called into question. If the Pope is confusing, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is not.”

He adds, “Second, we can and should ask our own diocesan bishops to step up and shoulder their responsibilities. Bishops, too, have spent years referring tough questions to Rome. Now, of necessity, they must provide their own clear, decisive affirmations of Catholic doctrine.” 

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Republican senator: pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire this summer

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV, who has drawn the ire of pro-lifers and pro-abortion advocates for seemingly flip-flopping on life issues, predicts anti-life-and-family Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire this summer.

Heller made this prediction at a private event last week from which Politico obtained audio.

“Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer,” he said. “I’m hoping [that] will get our base a little motivated because right now they’re not very motivated. But I think a new Supreme Court justice will get them motivated.”

Heller suggested pro-life Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, might be a replacement for Kennedy.

In April 2017, Heller promised to “protect Planned Parenthood,” saying he has “no problem” funding it. He then backtracked this statement.

Then in September 2017, Heller was one of four senators who introduced an Obamacare replacement bill that would have defunded the abortion company.

Planned Parenthood is targeting Heller – labeled by Politico “the most vulnerable Republican senator in the country” – as he runs for re-election. The abortion company is pouring $20 million into the 2018 midterm elections in a campaign they are calling “March. Vote. Win.”

Kennedy, a Catholic, has delivered rulings defending abortion.

In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld legalized abortion, he infamously joined the majority opinion that contended: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”

Kennedy is also known for his sympathy to the homosexual cause. It was Kennedy who authored the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 case that imposed same-sex “marriage” across the U.S.

He has delivered three major rulings on the gay issue, all released on June 26 of different years: Lawrence v. Texas, United States v. Windsor, and Obergefell.

In Obergefell, Kennedy wrote, “Marriage responds to the universal fear that a lonely person might call out only to find no one there.”

Ever since President Trump took office, there have been persistent rumors about Kennedy retiring.

Kennedy was appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

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ROME, March 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The Pope has no power to change or relax the Church’s ban on artificial contraception, just as he can never allow women to be ordained, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said on Wednesday.

The former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine for the Faith was speaking at a book launch at the Lateran University in Rome. The launch was hosted by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute and was attended by key Vatican figures.

His remarks on the infallibility of Humanae Vitae’s teaching were supported by comments made at the same event by Professor Livio Melina, who served as president of the John Paul II Institute in Rome from 2006-2016.

Prof. Melina said that while the Church’s ban on contraception has never been dogmatically defined ex cathedra, nonetheless the teaching “belongs to the universal ordinary magisterium,” and as such is infallible.

He also called media attempts to recast Karol Wojtyła (St. John Paul II) as a “rigid” traditionalist, in contrast to a “more open” Paul VI, “fake news.”

A never-before-published letter

The new book by Fr. Paweł Stanisław Gałuszka, entitled “Karol Wojtyła and Humanae vitae,” examines the contribution that Karol Wojtyła and the Polish bishops made to the editing and reception of Humanae Vitae when Wojtyła was Archbishop of Krakow. The book contains several never-before-published documents, including a letter that Wojtyła sent to Pope Paul VI in 1969, after numerous episcopates had spoken out critically of Humanae Vitae.

In the letter to Pope Montini, Wojtyła suggests that the Holy See “contemplate a series of provisions aimed at helping priests and laity” to resolve difficulties arising from “harmful” interpretations of the papal document.

To this end, Wojtyła includes with the letter several detailed proposals for an “instruction addressed to priests engaged in the ministry — above all confessors, catechists and to preachers.”

The Spin

In the lead up to Wednesday’s book launch, news reports circulated in Rome about the contents of the letter.

Avvenire’s editor-in-chief, Luciano Moia — a clear dissenter from Humanae vitae — said the “tone” of Wojtyła’s proposed guidelines represented a “substantial stiffening” [irrigidimento] with regard to what Paul VI wrote in Humanae vitae. He added that the guidelines were “explicitly” at odds with the thoughts expressed by “half the world’s bishops” at the time, which were characterized by “respect, welcoming and understanding.”

Moia said the “most surprising aspect of the letter” was that Wojtyła asked Paul VI to proclaim the “infallible and irreformable” character of the encyclical, even though Moia ignores the fact that the word “irreformabile” never appears in the letter.

“Is it possible that Wojtyła was unaware that Paul VI required Msgr. Ferdinando Lambruschini … to explain at the press conference presenting the encyclical that the text should not be considered either as infallible or irreformable?” Moia asked.

Moia has openly supported a relaxing of the Church’s ban on artificial contraception. Readers may also recall that Avvenire  — the official newspaper of the Italian bishops — prominently featured and praised Fr. Maurizio Chiodi’s controversial public lecture in which he said that responsible parenthood can obligate married couples to use artificial contraception. 

Fake News

During the question and answer session at the book launch, the panel was asked about the claims made in the Avvenire article. One gentleman asked: “If it’s true that Karol Wojtyla asked Pope Paul VI to declare Humanae vitae infallible, and Pope Paul VI did not grant his request, why didn’t he do it himself during his own 27-year pontificate?”

Prof. Melina welcomed the opportunity to clarify the matter, saying:

I think that all of this is what, today, is fashionably called “Fake News.” You just have to carefully and critically read the letter that the Archbishop of Krakow wrote to Paul VI in 1969 to realize that, in fact, he didn’t make this request. 

The Archbishop of Krakow sharply distinguishes two things: he distinguishes a dogmatic definition ex cathedra which is not given in Humanae vitae, and the presence of a teaching that is affirmed in Humanae vitae with the authority of the ordinary universal magisterium.

And since the Archbishop of Krakow thinks, on the basis of what Humanae vitae itself states, that the moral teaching of the Church is not an arbitrary decision, that the Magisterium is not an exercise of power but is a service to the truth, the Archbishop of Krakow is convinced that the teaching of Humanae vitae expresses a truth about the good, which the Church does not have the right, does not have the presumption to define or to change, but of which she is simply the depository and witness. 

In this sense, the letter of 1969 simply invites Pope Paul VI to reconfirm what the encyclical Humanae vitae says, that is, that the teaching belongs to the universal ordinary magisterium, which according to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council in Lumen Gentium, 25, is infallible. Therefore, not the definition ex cathedra of a new dogmatic truth according to the teaching of Vatican I, but rather the acknowledgment of the truth as ordinary universal magisterium of what is written in Humane vitae itself. 

Furthermore, St. John Paul II, on various occasions, particularly in his address in June 1987, acknowledged that, after Humanae Vitae, the interventions of the bishops, the interventions at the Synod in 1980 and Familiaris Consortio, as well as the interventions of his own magisterium, had rendered that doctrine no longer — these are the precise words — an “object of possible theological discussion,” which is the formula according to which once can say that it belongs to the ordinary universal magisterium. Of course, this is not a definition ex cathedra but it is, we might say, an assessment that theologians can responsibly make regarding the theological note of this teaching. 

Cardinal Müller endorsed Prof. Melina’s comments, saying “it is absolutely unnecessary to make an ex cathedra definition” about Humanae vitae’s ban on contraception.

“Materially it is infallible, because it belongs to Christian anthropology and revealed anthropology and natural anthropology,” Müller said. “God is the Creator and the parents are the servants of divine providence, which includes the existence of men,” he added. 

“We have the same issue in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, regarding the impossibility of the Church to administer the sacrament of ordination to a woman,” the former CDF prefect continued. “It’s clear… the Pope doesn’t have the power to change this doctrine.”

No one can change it

Also featured on the panel was Professor Stanisław Grygiel, a Polish layman who holds the Karol Wojtyła chair in philosophical anthropology at the JP II Institute in Rome. Prof. Grygiel was a close personal friend of Pope John Paul II and responded by recounting two events from his life and friendship with Wojtyła.

He said:  

In the 1980s, on an evening when I was speaking to St. John Paul II, he showed me a letter written and addressed to him by a very well known moral theologian in Europe. In this letter, the theologian asked the Pope to change the moral teaching regarding sexual life in marriage, Humane vitae, because “we are losing the faithful.” It’s too difficult so we need to change  — not because its false, no — because it’s too difficult. The Pope gave me this letter, and asked me what I thought. I read it immediately and a little imprudently a word popped out of my mouth. I said: “This letter is stupid.” And the Pope looked at me and said: “Yes, it’s true. But who will tell him.” 

Prof. Grygiel recounted another event involving Pope St. John Paul II:

There was a priest who was telling him that people are leaving because it’s too difficult; they need condoms; they need the pill. What do we do? After a little pause of silence, the Pope said: “Dear Fr. [X], tell me, did I and Paul VI invent the doctrine contained in Humanae Vitae? I cannot change it. No one can change it. No one. Not even the Church, my dear priest. Think about this.”

“The priest didn’t respond. He bowed his head and the conversation ended. I think these two events give us something to think about,” Grygiel said.

Wednesday’s book launch was received by a packed hall. Among the attendees were key Vatican figures such as German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, the Theologian of the Pontifical Household, Polish Dominican Wojciech Giertych, and former vice-president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Bishop Jean Laffitte.

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Former Irish president bashes Catholic Church as ‘last bastion of misogyny’

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ROME, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Former Irish president Mary McAleese celebrated International Women’s Day this year by slamming the Catholic Church from across the street of Vatican City -- where she’d been banned from speaking -- as “one of the last great bastions of misogyny.”

Not to mention “an empire of misogyny,” and “a primary global carrier of the virus of misogyny.”

Notorious for her longtime advocacy of women “priests,” homosexuality and abortion, McAleese was a headliner at the fourth annual gathering of Voices of Faith, a collective of Catholic feminists lobbying for more say for women in the Church.

Or, as they put it on their website, to “push for bold and necessary change within the Holy See.”

This year, the event, called Why Women Matter, had to move from its traditional location in the Vatican to the Jesuit Center in Rome after Cardinal Kevin Farrell denied McAleese permission to speak in the Vatican.

Farrell, head of the dicastery for laity, family and life, did so on the basis that holding an event in the Vatican presumes papal support, reported the liberal-leaning Catholic weekly The Tablet.

McAleese, who once studied canon law in Rome, railed against the Church in a pre-conference press conference, describing the Catholic prohibition on ordaining women as “codology” not theology, and the Church as a “last bastion of misogyny,” reported the Tablet.

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McAleese, whose son is openly homosexual, also maintains the Church’s characterization of same-sex orientation as “disordered” can lead to harmful internal conflicts in homosexual Catholics, it reported.

She also blasted the Church as “an empire of misogyny,” the BBC reported, and said a Catholic hierarchy that is “homophobic and anti-abortion is not the Church of the future.”

McAleese’s conference address Thursday carried on in the same vein.

“Women are walking away from the Catholic Church in droves,” she declared, as quoted in the Tablet. She warned Pope Francis this exodus would continue unless he came up with a “credible strategy” to give women equal roles in the Church.

“Failure to include women as equals has deprived the Church of fresh and innovative discernment; it has consigned it to recycled thinking among a hermetically sealed cosy male clerical elite flattered and rarely challenged,” said McAleese.

The Catholic Church “has long since been a primary global carrier of the virus of misogyny. It has never sought a cure though a cure is freely available. Its name is equality,” she said.

“John Paul II has written of the ‘mystery of women’. Talk to us as equals and we will not be a mystery,” she said, as quoted in the Irish Times.

But according to Dr. Carrie Gress, author of the recently released The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis, McAleese has it all wrong.

“There is a lot of irony here, as well as a deep misunderstanding of history,” Gress told LifeSiteNews in an email.

“It is through the Church, particularly the influence of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that women in western civilization have had their dignity upheld as equal to men. This didn’t come from Judaism or Islam,” she said.

“We can see from the saints, for example, the friendship between Pope Saint John Paul II and St. Teresa of Kolkuta, that the holier people become, the more their gifts and dignity are upheld,” noted Gress, who has doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and is a faculty member at Pontifex University.

“So when there is misogyny, it is because those in the Church are not being faithful to their true calling,” she told LifeSiteNews.

Moreover, what McAleese “sees as misogyny in this instance is a distortion of women’s anthropology. Equality for women should never be measured by how much women are like men. We have different gifts, talents, and purposes in society and the Church,” observed Gress.

“Sadly, statistically women are not thriving under the model presented by Ms McAleese and feminist elites. Every metric suggests widespread unhappiness among women, such as obesity, suicide, substance abuse, and depression rates,” she said.

“Women are longing for deeper meaning and the Church is the only place offering something different. It continues to uphold the dignity of women as it has since Christ touched the hearts of St. Mary Magdalene or the Woman at the Well.”

The Voice of the Faith conference was attended by a “several hundred strong gathering of ambassadors, academics, female executives and a handful of clerics” but no official representative from the Vatican, according to the Tablet.  

The organizers want Pope Francis “to set up a women’s commission which is set out in a paper of proposals they have submitted to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s Secretary of State,” it reported.

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March 9, 2018 (Crisis Magazine) — Before his death in 2012, Cardinal Carlo Martini eerily called himself an “ante-pope,” a “precursor and preparer for the Holy Father.”

Martini was the leading antagonist to Popes John Paul II and Benedict—a Jesuit famous for groaning that the Church was “200 years behind.” In Night Conversations with Cardinal Martini, he cringed at the “major damage” caused by Humanae Vitae. The Church spoke “too much” about the sixth commandment and sin. He said legal abortion was, ultimately, “positive.”

For Martini saw himself as a dreamer who kept us “open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit.” Hadn’t the prophet Joel said that your sons and daughters would prophesy and your old men would dream dreams? The old cardinal dreamed of young “prophets” who’d criticize the Church and a “strong middle generation” who’d effect “changes.”

Martini said that in “preparation” for the 2005 papal election, he and others discussed the “new answers” that the next pope would “have to give” on sexuality and Communion for adulterers. For Martini was the leader of the St. Gallen “mafia,” the anti-Ratzinger group that wanted a “much more modern” Church under Cardinal Bergoglio.

According to Austen Ivereigh’s The Great Reformer, Cardinal Bergoglio quoted Martini frequently and was introduced by him to the Gallen group after the two Jesuits reconnected in 2001. Cardinal Bergoglio placed second in the 2005 conclave, amidst a “dramatic struggle.” The group reportedly ceased meeting the following year, and Martini—long sick with Parkinson’s—died in 2012.

But in a fiery last interview published immediately after his death, the ante-pope burned with disdain.

The Church was “tired,” its rites were “pompous,” and he who had dreamed of a “young church” now stared at countless ashes. How he wanted the embers beneath the ashes to burn! Where were the men who burned for the spreading of the “spirit”? Where were the men who would preach “discernment” and carry the Eucharist to those in “complex family situations”?

“Are we afraid? Fear instead of courage?” he cried.

As Ivereigh notes, Cardinal Bergoglio could soon be heard quoting the jeremiad, telling the embers to burn beneath the ashes of a Church that kept Jesus “tied up in the sacristry.”

Months later, the “Martini Pope”—as Sandro Magister puts it—now reigned. Pope Francis soon praised Martini as “prophetic”—a “father for the whole church”—and hailed his agenda of “focusing” on synods. In 1999, Martini “had a dream” of hurtling the Church into “permanent” synodality—that is, permanent revolution. The decentralized, “synodal” Church would foment changes on marriage, sexuality, penitential practice, priestly celibacy, women in the Church, ecumenism.

So at the rigged Synod on the Family, one Gallen alumnus, Cardinal Kasper, pushed for Communion for adulterers and another—who had told a king to legalize abortion and a sexual abuse victim to seek forgiveness—waxed poetic about “the womb of mercy.” A leading Martini disciple, Archbishop Bruno Forte, drafted the interim report on the “positive” aspects of sins against purity—and later laughed that Pope Francis had promised to “draw out the conclusions” for Kasper’s proposal because speaking “plainly” would’ve made a “terrible mess.”

Cardinal Baldisseri—who, according to The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?, was overheard explaining how he’d manipulate that synod—calls this year’s synod on young people a “continuation of the subject of the family.” He says the youths bemoaning Church “prohibitions” via web surveys and Facebook will marvelously prophesy what Christ wants to “cut out.”

“As in the days of Samuel and Jeremiah, young people know how to discern the signs of our times, indicated by the Spirit,” the synod’s preparatory document intones. That text, as Matthew McCusker shows, is pervaded with Modernism, which heretically claims that doctrines come from “experience” and thus must “evolve.”

Modernists—as Pope St. Pius X warned—hold that “truth is no more immutable than man himself, since it evolved with him, in him, and through him.”

At a pre-synodal planning seminar with Baldisseri, one young prophet invoked her sage “experience” to lament how “closed” the Church is to those with “radical” views on issues like transgenderism. In other remarks published by the Vatican, she extolled a fourteen-year-old who “need[ed] to create her own religion to find one that is welcoming.”

Another young prophet announced: “The pope asked us to ‘make chaos,’ that’s precisely what we’re doing.”

Indeed, Pope Francis had urged the young—specifically “agnostics,” those “estranged” from the Church, and “atheists”—to “criticize” the Church in fulfillment of Joel 3:1-2. “‘The old will dream dreams, and the young will prophesy,’ namely, with prophecies they will take concrete things forward,” he explained.

He was quoting Martini once again, for the ante-pope had dreamed all this, too. Grandiosely invoking Joel in Night Conversations, Martini presaged that the “things we are waiting for” would gust in “via the uninhibited qualities of young people.” The Church “can’t teach young people anything.” It “can only help them to listen to their inner master.” Being taught by the young is a new “pastoral principle.”

They were Martini’s “glowing coals”—“working to save the world” with their leftist politics, forging new “beginnings” with their “less inhibited approach to sexuality.” Were they “still interested in criticizing us, the Church”?

For their sake, Martini had dreamed of a pope who’d admit Humanae Vitae’s “mistakes”—a pope who wouldn’t need to retract the encyclical because he’d just “write a new one.”

In 2014 Pope Francis was asked if the Church could “take up again” the topic of contraception, for “Cardinal Martini believed it was now time.” He replied that “it all depends on how … Humanae Vitae is interpreted”—and now one of his top theologians, a Pontifical Academy for Life member, says some circumstances “require contraception” under Amoris Laetitia. 

Other members of the deconstructed pro-life academy defend aborting children and say we’ve evolved past that wispy term “intrinsically evil” because Pope Francis says “time is greater than space.” The new dean of the similarly subverted John Paul II Institute—who wrote books with Martini and organized a radical “shadow synod”—sits on the commission set to “re-interpret” Humanae Vitae on the sly.

“If it gets too peaceful in the Church,” the ante-pope taught, just recall Christ’s “desire to throw a flaming torch of inspiration onto the earth.”

So once the ante-pope’s torch has burned into Humanae Vitae, burned into the very notion of intrinsic evil, the permanent revolution will blaze forward. It will show us why Martini called Luther a “great reformer” and said “you cannot make God Catholic”; why next year’s Amazon synod will crusade for married priests and women deacons; why the Germans are letting some Protestants receive the Eucharist and a respected Vaticanist says an “ecumenical mass” is being readied; why Pope St. Pius X cried of the Modernists: “What is there left in the Church which is not to be reformed according to their principles?”

Then, like some strong and ominous wind, it will sweep aside the ashes to unveil the ante-pope’s “utopia,” where everyone ends up “transparent and accepted by everyone else.” Then the prophets will cry, with the dreamer, that “the times are long gone when the Church could talk you into having a guilty conscience.” Then the sons and daughters will prophesy that—according to the logic condemned by Ven. Fulton Sheen—there is no Hell, no sin, no judge, and no judgment and so evil is good and good is evil.

Then it shall be as the old ante-pope had dreamed.

That is why we must pray and make reparation and speak out, now.

This article was originally published on Crisis Magazine and is re-published with permission.

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