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U.S. bishop speaks out on crisis: ‘even Pope Francis’ reputation has been sullied’

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TULSA, Oklahoma, September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — If there is corruption surrounding the pope — as is suggested by recent allegations from the former papal nuncio to the United States — then the papacy becomes the cause of “mistrust, division and scandal,” the retired bishop of Tulsa said.

Such a representation of the Chair of Peter goes against Christ’s intent, said Bishop Emeritus Edward Slattery, because the Lord intended for the office of His Vicar on earth to be the Catholic Church’s discernible source and foundation of unity.

“Allegations of the most vile corruption snake around the reputation of America's senior bishops and cardinals,” the bishop said in an August 30 statement on the Church’s sex abuse crisis, “and with Archbishop Viganò's allegations last weekend, even Pope Francis' reputation has been sullied.”

The sexual abuse allegations against disgraced Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and ongoing reports of Church hierarchy covering for McCarrick have tarnished the pope’s reputation, Bishop Slattery said. He called for Francis to immediately conduct a thorough and complete investigation into the allegations implicating his office in the cover-up.

“The time has come for His Holiness, Pope Francis, to initiate an immediate, full and exhaustive inquiry into the allegations surrounding his office and his relations with the highest ranking members of the American hierarchy,” said Bishop Slattery.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s explosive testimony released August 25 implicated Francis and several other senior prelates in covering for McCarrick’s alleged decades of sexual abuse of seminarians and priests. McCarrick is also accused of abusing at least two minors.

It also says that Francis knew of canonical sanctions imposed on McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI years ago but chose to rescind them.

Francis defenders and some media have assailed or cast doubt on Viganò since his testimony’s release, but the former papal nuncio has stood persistently by his testament.

A 12-year-old Vatican letter to a New York priest reported on by Catholic News Service last Friday confirmed the Holy See knew of the allegations against McCarrick in 2000.

Lay Catholics have called increasingly for Francis to answer the allegations that he knew about and lifted the sanctions reportedly imposed on McCarrick by Benedict.

Pope Francis said the day after the release of Viganò’s testimony that he is “not going to say a word about this."

Numerous bishops, lay people and other noted Catholics have expressed support for Viganò and called for an investigation into the charges in his testimony.

Bishop Slattery said in his statement he wanted to add his name publicly to the call for an investigation so that “the Church may fearlessly identify the corruption within, and by prayer and penance root it out.”

“There is no other way,” the bishop said.  

Slattery said the Catholic bishops of the United States had failed the faithful by placing “trust in policies and protocols,” but more specifically, in not including “the possibility that the bishops themselves could be the perpetrators” in their 2002 Dallas Charter.

The U.S. Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, established by the USCCB after the abuse scandal for broke in 2002, does not address abuse by clergy of individuals who have reached the age of majority, or sexual activity carried out by priests, non-consensual or not, with another man, nor does it address holding bishops accountable for abuse or covering it up.

Canonically, only the pope can sanction a bishop.

The McCarrick allegations have brought to light apparent rampant abuse of seminarians and young priests and accompanying systematic cover-up in the Church, as well as shining additional light on the role pederasty has played in the Church’s sex abuse crisis.

In his statement on the abuse crisis, Bishop Slattery also said the U.S. bishops had ultimately failed to call the faithful to draw closer to Christ.

“We failed precisely because we put our trust in policies rather than in calling the faithful - laity, clergy and hierarchy - to a more profound relationship with Christ,” he said. “It is deep conversion alone to Jesus that affords broken men and women the possibility of living chaste lives in a nurturing community where there is respect and dignity for all.”

USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said in an August 27 statement the questions raised in Viganò’s testimony “deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence.”

DiNardo had requested a papal audience earlier last month before the publication of the Vigano testimony to ask for an investigation into the McCarrick charges.  

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Washington Cardinal Wuerl going to Rome to discuss resignation with Pope

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WASHINGTON, September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In a letter released today to priests of the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl has informed them that he intends, “in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago, November 12, 2015.”

"It was clear that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect” of moving forward, the letter said.

The embattled Cardinal of Washington has been under the spotlight since the revelations of sexual abuse of his predecessor Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Cardinal Wuerl’s denial of any knowledge of the allegations against McCarrick has been blasted even by other bishops as not credible. These criticisms were heightened last month when Wuerl featured prominently in the Pennsylvania grand jury report as playing a role in covering up for predator priests while serving as bishop of Pittsburgh.

There have been numerous calls for his resignation. 

The explosive testimony of Archbishop Viganò, the former papal representative to the United States, called out Wuerl for lying about the McCarrick affair. Viganò claimed that Pope Francis covered up for McCarrick, giving him honors and responsibilities, despite having detailed knowledge of his abuse of seminarians and priests. 

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English seminarian helps save baby at 40 Days for Life vigil, then gets to meet her

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BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom, September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An English Catholic seminarian helped to save a baby at a 40 Days for Life vigil and then got to meet her.

Deacon David Donaghue, in his final year of studies, told LifeSiteNews via email that seminarians from Oscott College regularly take part in 40 Days for Life outside the Marie Stopes Clinic in Birmingham.

“We offer leaflets to men and women who enter the clinic,” he explained. “We fully respect those who decline, but many women and men do wish to talk.”

At last October’s 40 Days for Life, Donaghue approached a man outside Marie Stopes and began a conversation.

“His wife was inside the clinic organising an abortion,” the seminarian recalled. “It turned out that they were poor and with other children in the house, they [felt they] had no choice. I was able to affirm him in his fatherhood and offer help. This is where others come in.”

Donaghue stated that it was thanks to the “commitment and generosity” of donors to an English pregnancy support group that the couple got the help they needed.

“Because of the commitment and generosity of donors to the Good Counsel Network, they were able to offer financial and emotional support,” he said. “We are not just pro-birth, but pro-life.”

Donaghue said the “real work” was done by the local 40 Days for Life campaign coordinator, “who is an amazing person.”

“She rallied round the family and got donations of household items for them,” he explained. “Eventually they kept their baby and are very happy they did.”

But the relationship did not end there.

“The campaign coordinator is still in touch with them and is currently helping them to get the children school uniforms,” Donaghue said. “The family are doing well.”

“I had the privilege of visiting them recently and meeting the baby who was saved from abortion and they were pleased to see me,” he continued. “I hope to stay in touch, and I pray that she will be all that God wants her to be.”

“Her life is precious.”

‘My own vocation story is one of the prodigal son’

Donaghue told LifeSiteNews that he was inspired by the “great culture of life” he found at Oscott College in the “sound moral theology” taught there, guest speakers, and the seminarians and priests on staff who take part in 40 Days for Life.

The seminarian likened the story of how he came to attend Oscott College to that of the “prodigal son”:

“My own vocation story is one of the prodigal son, having lived a hedonistic life in my youth and early twenties,” Donaghue testified.  

“I had my heart set on being a musician as I played in several bands. When one of my military friends was killed in Iraq, I searched for my rosary beads which I had not used since my childhood, but thanks be to God my grandmother had taught me the Holy Rosary and I was able to recite it straight off. From that day things began to change.”

Donaghue began to work in a psychiatric hospital, and the suffering he saw around him provoked questions for which he desired answers.

“I picked up the children’s bible as this was all I could manage, having been so spiritually drained by the culture that surrounds us,” he said.  

“I began to rediscover Christ and his simple power,” Donaghue continued. “This began a long journey back and forth, but thank God for the mercy of God in the sacrament of confession. I discovered great chastity speakers such as Jason Evert and this was monumental for me...I had never heard the message – a message that truly set me free.”

The seminarian says that God has placed in his heart a desire to protect the dignity of human life and to proclaim the “beauty of the Church’s teaching on authentic love.”

He was fulsome in his praise for Oscott College, which he said supports this vocation with “sound doctrinal teaching and a solid pastoral programme.”  

However, he’s had extra help from another source: Mary, the Mother of God.

“Since consecrating myself to her, I have more zeal for life, to speak the truth in love regardless of the cost,” said Donaghue.

As a conclusion to his statement to LifeSiteNews, Donaghue has a request for readers:  

“Please pray for me, that I may be a holy and courageous priest.”

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Court rebukes Planned Parenthood, says Missouri can regulate abortion centers

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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Missouri officials can enforce rules mandating basic health and safety standards for abortion facilities, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

A three-judge panel reversed a lower court’s injunction against the laws, the Kansas City Star reported, which requires abortionists to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals for potential medical complications, and that abortion facilities adhere to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.

Attorneys for Planned Parenthood argued that the requirements would place harmful burdens on women seeking abortions, but the state argued that it never got the chance to make its case that the requirements were better for women’s health. The judges agreed, ordering the lower court to reconsider the case and, “at the very least, weigh the state’s asserted benefits against the burdens associated with the requirement.”

“We’re very happy that the court of appeals reversed the lower court decision and we think when the district court looks at it again, they will uphold the law because it protects the health and safety of women who are seeking abortions in Missouri without imposing an undue burden on them,” state pro-life lobbyist Samuel Lee said.

The abortion industry argued that the requirements were “virtually identical” to those already invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. But the law’s defenders argued that a Missouri provision allowing state health officials to waive the ambulatory requirements on a case-by-case basis made a key difference.

There is “not sufficient information at this point” to evaluate the use of those waivers, the Eighth Circuit panel said, so it agreed that determining the merits of an injunction would be premature.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains general counsel Emily Wales said her clients are currently deciding whether to seek a review by the full Eighth Circuit, the Associated Press reported.

The abortion organization fears that the rules will force its Columbia facility to stop committing abortions and interfere with efforts to start abortions in Kansas City, Joplin, and Springfield. All of this would leave one St. Louis location as the state’s only abortion performer.

A spokeswoman for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said that the office would “continue to vigorously defend Missouri's commonsense regulations that protect women's health and safety,” while the state Department of Health and Senior Services announced plans to “immediately begin enforcing the hospital privileges and physical plant requirements for abortion facilities."

"As the Director of DHSS, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist for 30 years, and a defendant in the case, my commitment and that of the department is to act in good faith to follow the law and protect the health and safety of all women in Missouri, including those seeking abortions,” commented DHSS director Randall Williams.

In Hellerstedt, the justices accepted the abortion industry’s narrative that admitting privileges were medically unnecessary and constituted a burden on women seeking abortions, despite dozens of nonpartisan medical associations affirming at the time that admitting privileges were a legitimate medical standard.

Despite the abortion lobby seizing upon the 2016 case as a key feminist battle, pro-lifers argued that its plaintiffs were Exhibit A for the necessity of abortion regulations. A 2017 Texas state health report lists numerous health and safety offenses at Whole Woman’s Health locations from 2011 to 2017, including rusty equipment, failing to properly disinfect and sterilize instruments, improper storage of hazardous chemicals, unsanitary surfaces, failing to follow up with patients, and more.

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Pope Francis to meet with U.S. cardinals Thursday to discuss McCarrick debacle

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VATICAN CITY, Italy, September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis will meet with USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and other U.S. prelates to discuss the ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick aspect of the Church’s sex abuse crisis Thursday, the Vatican has announced.

DiNardo made the request for a papal audience in August. 

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the head of Pope Francis’ papal Commission for the Protection of Minors, and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), will join the Pope and DiNardo Thursday at noon, according to a Tuesday bulletin from the Holy See Press Office.

The U.S. Bishops’ Secretary General Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield will be present for the meeting as well.

The press release came in response to inquiries from journalists after rumors of a meeting had been reported earlier Tuesday.

DiNardo asked for a papal audience in August amid significant controversy following both the August 14 release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing seven decades of clerical sex abuse and associated cover-up in six dioceses there and revelations in June of credible allegations McCarrick abused a minor years ago. 

“The first goal is a full investigation of questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick,” DiNardo said of the USCCB's planned response to the sex abuse crisis on August 16. “These answers are necessary to prevent a recurrence, and so help to protect minors, seminarians, and others who are vulnerable in the future. We will therefore invite the Vatican to conduct an Apostolic Visitation to address these questions, in concert with a group of predominantly lay people identified for their expertise by members of the National Review Board and empowered to act.”

A bombshell testimony from former papal nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano released August 25 alleges Pope Francis and other senior Churchmen knew of McCarrick’s sexual abuse and let it pass. After that testimony was released, DiNardo said on August 27, “I am eager for an audience with the Holy Father to earn his support for our plan of action,” said DiNardo. “That plan includes more detailed proposals to: seek out these answers, make reporting of abuse and misconduct by bishops easier, and improve procedures for resolving complaints against bishops.”

The sexual abuse allegations against McCarrick, who enjoyed prominence in the Church into his retirement, led to subsequent charges of rampant abuse against him and opened the door to abuse charges against other prelates – jolting the Church for much of the summer.

Shock and frustration have grown among Catholics, along with calls for an investigation of who among the Church’s leaders knew about McCarrick’s abuse of seminarians and other young men, and also who covered for now-Archbishop McCarrick, enabling his rise to cardinal. McCarrick’s abuse was apparently an “open secret” among the hierarchy and much of the media.

According to Vigano, Pope Francis even repealed sanctions placed upon McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI and made McCarrick a trusted advisor. According to Vigano, the now-disgraced McCarrick had a hand in the elevation of numerous current cardinals, including Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey and Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago.

In addition to an investigation, some have called for Pope Francis to resign in the wake of the Vigano charges.

The papal household received the request for a papal audience from DiNardo on August 20, according to a member of the USCCB Executive Committee, an EWTN radio producer tweeted late last week, though no response had been released until the Vatican bulletin Tuesday.

In the meantime, however, Francis has met with Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who is implicated in the Pennsylvania grand jury report. According to the grand jury report, Wuerl covered up sexual abuse as bishop of Pittsburgh and shuffled predatory priests between parishes, endangering the safety of children.

Francis met with Wuerl August 30, CNN reports, where the two reportedly discussed Wuerl’s personal situation. In addition to the Pennsylvania report, Wuerl is believed along with other Church prelates to have known about McCarrick, his predecessor in Washington D.C.

Wuerl has denied knowing specifics about the accusations against McCarrick and defends his overall record of handling abuse allegations in Pittsburgh. He faces continued calls to resign, but maintains he will not step down.

O’Malley, appointed in 2014 and reconfirmed earlier this year by Francis as head of his advisory body for safeguarding minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse, has apologized for his office’s handling of a 2015 letter exposing McCarrick’s abuse. O’Malley says he did not personally see the letter until the media reported on it in July.

After his office received the damning letter, O’Malley fundraised and travelled with McCarrick.

Both O’Malley and Wuerl cancelled their respective appearances at the Vatican-presented World Meeting of Families in Dublin last month.

LifeSiteNews is following this breaking story and will post updates as they become available.

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Google tried to elect Hillary Clinton via Hispanic voter turnout, emails reveal

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September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the world’s most influential companies attempted to sway the 2016 presidential election to Hillary Clinton, according to an email chain newly obtained by Breitbart and Fox News.

Google Multicultural Marketing department chief Eliana Murillo wrote a November 9, 2016 email chain titled “Election results and the Latino vote,” Breitbart reported. It details the internet giant’s assistance of get-out-the-vote efforts for Latino voters such as information and rides to the polls.

“We had our partners help spread the word about our features on social media, including YouTubers and influencers like Dulce Candy, Jorge Narvaez, Jessie (&) Joy, Barbara Bermudo, and Pamela Silva of Univision, Jackie Cruz aka La Flaca from Orange is the New Black, and more,” she wrote. “We promoted our partner the Latino Community Foundation’s non-partisan #YoVoyaVotaryTu (I’m going to vote, are you?) campaign and leveraged our social media influencer friends’ reach to hit over 11M impressions with that hashtag.”

Murillo initially claims the initiative was “non-partisan,” but eventually admits that certain efforts, such as partnering with the left-wing group Voto Latino, amounted to a “silent donation,” and outright admits that Google expected their efforts to result in a victory for Democrat nominee Clinton. She shared an Atlantic article from just before the election predicting that Latinos would “save America” by defeating Donald Trump, a tweet that said “Trump is dead” according to early voting in Nevada, and a New Yorker article on Latino voters “Show(ing) Trump What It Means to Be American.”

“Ultimately, after all was said and done, the Latino community did come out to vote, and completely surprised us,” Murillo admitted. “We never anticipated that 29 percent of Latinos would vote for Trump. No one did. We saw headlines like this about early voter turnout and thought that this was finally the year that the ‘sleeping giant’ had awoken.”

She went on to declare that “we really thought we had shown up to demonstrate our political power against a candidate who had vehemently offended our community by calling us rapists and drug dealers.” (Early in the campaign, the president infamously accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug dealers to illegally cross the southern border, but never suggested that Mexicans or Latinos are disproportionately likely to rape or sell drugs.)

The email is full of similar references indicating partisan intent, such as “the voters we wanted to reach,” “we know we gave this our best and are now figuring out what comes next,” “This is devastating for our Democratic Latino community,” and “it hurts more than I could have ever imagined.”

“I’m not sharing my personal opinions very broadly, but wanted to share openly here in the circle of trust,” Murillo added.

Lisa Gevelber, Google’s vice president of global marketing, also forwarded the email to other company executives, crediting those who “worked so hard to ensure all the Get out the Vote were done in Spanish” and whose efforts “made a giant difference.”

In response, a Google spokesperson told Breitbart that Murillo’s email was strictly an expression of “the employee’s personal political views” that didn’t reflect “any official stance from the company.” It insisted that Google’s election-related activities were and continue to be “entirely non-partisan.”

At least one Google insider disagreed, however. Mackenzie Thomas, a Google Search product marketing official, also appears in the email chain, writing that she was forwarding it “not because of the original sender but rather how explicitly it references that her work was 100 percent partisan.”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson highlighted the story Monday night, specifically drawing parallels to the frenzy against “election meddling” in left-wing circles – the policing of which is the stated justification for Google and other tech companies’ crackdowns on free speech over the last two years.

“Democrats and their allies in the press fret that Russian agents may be interfering with our democracy. The root of these fears: a handful of Russian ads on Facebook that almost no one saw, and a small number of efforts to hack Democratic Party email accounts,” Carlson said. “Now, let’s assume that all these worried people are sincere — that they really and deeply care about the integrity of our democracy. Then why have they said almost nothing about the tech monopolies that dominate our exchange of information in this country?”

Google’s “only defense was that the activities described were either non-partisan, or weren’t taken officially by the company,” he said, but “they were both. Plenty of people in Google knew what was going on, and we’ve seen no evidence that anyone at the company disapproved or tried to rein it in.”

Google, which owns YouTube, is one of several online giants accused of suppressing conservative voices.

Last month, a PJ Media analysis found that Google searches for news on the term “trump” overwhelmingly prioritize results from left-wing websites, with only five items from Fox News and the Wall Street Journal breaking the top 100. YouTube has attempted to restrict multiple conservative groups, such as Dennis Prager’s Prager University, under false pretenses, while a recently-revealed internal memo from the far-left Media Matters details the group’s efforts to silence and demontetize any voice it accuses of peddling “fake news.”

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Pope Francis: Satan tries to ‘uncover’ bishops’ sin to ‘scandalize the people’

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ROME, September 11, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – As controversy continues to swirl around  Pope Francis’ silence in the face of serious and far-reaching sexual abuse cover-up allegations, the pontiff said that Satan "tries to uncover" bishops' sins in order to “scandalize” the faithful.

“In these times, it seems like the 'Great Accuser' has been unchained and is attacking bishops,” said Pope Francis in a homily today as reported by Vatican News. “True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people,” he added.

Reaction came quickly to the Pope’s words, with many saying that it sounded like the Pope was suggesting that uncovering the sins of a bishop, such as abuse, was somehow the work of the devil. 

“Satan ‘tries to uncover the sins’ of McCarrick, etc. ‘so they are visible in order to scandalize the people,’ says Francis. Bear in mind, this is the exact same reasoning Cardinal Law used to justify protecting pedophile priests” said the Catholic Herald’s U.S. editor, Michael Davis.

“Wow! This is really weird from” the Pope said another Twitter user.  “Is he actually saying that if people criticise bishops and reveal their sins it is the work of the devil? Implication: we all need to shut up. Is that it? 

Catholic author and commentator Patrick Coffin tweeted, “‘The Great Accuser tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people.’ -- words actually spoken by @Pontifex this morning. Logical conclusion: the sins should stay hidden so the devil can't cause scandal. Speechless.”

The Pope’s homily was delivered at a Mass in the chapel of his Vatican residence, Santa Marta, attended by about 140 bishops present in Rome for meetings at the Vatican.  

Pope Francis in his homily may have been referring to the abuse scandal which has exploded against members of the hierarchy in the U.S. as well as in the Vatican as one report after another of sexual abuse and cover-up has rocked the Church.  

First, there were the stories about decades of sexual abuse of adolescent boys and seminarians by disgraced former Cardinal McCarrick.  Then Pennsylvania’s attorney general released a sweeping, 900-page grand jury investigation of 300 clergy accused of sexual abuse. The majority of those cases involved pederasty – the sexual abuse of adolescent males by adult males, most of whom who were priests.  

Then former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, released his explosive testimony implicating Pope Francis and several senior prelates in covering up McCarrick’s alleged sexual abuse of seminarians and priests.

In addition to McCarrick, Cardinals Wuerl, Cupich and Tobin have all been tainted by the Viganò testimony, as have Cardinals Sodano, Bertone and Parolin. 

The Pope, too, is implicated in the cover-up of McCarrick’s sexual abuse and for having made him a “trusted advisor” after he had been sidelined by his predecessor, Benedict XVI, according to Viganò.

Anger has reached a boiling point among U.S. Catholics, evidenced in letters addressed to the Pope and U.S. Prelates and signed by tens of thousands of concerned women and men.  

Nearly ten thousand men have asked Pope Francis and the bishops to “purge the corruption” which is disfiguring the Church.  

And the highly influential association of Catholic business leaders, Legatus, has put its annual Vatican tithe of nearly a million dollars “in escrow,” citing the current crisis in the Church.  Legatus was founded in 1987 and has 3,000 current members. 

Pope Francis has yet to address Viganò's allegations. Last week he preached that “silence, prayer” are the best response to "wild dogs" who "don’t have good will.”

Yesterday, Francis’ special advisory group known as the Council of Cardinals expressed its loyalty to the Holy Father in the wake of the allegations, stating it “expressed its full solidarity with Pope Francis with regard to the events of recent weeks, aware that in the current debate the Holy See is about to make the eventual and necessary clarifications.”

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Kentucky attorney general seeks permission to investigate state dioceses for sex abuse

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FRANKFORT, Kentucky, September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Kentucky may be the next state to investigate the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abusers in the priesthood, if the legislature agrees to a request by the state attorney general’s office.

The office is seeking legislative approval to convene a grand jury to investigate Catholic dioceses in the state, the Louisville Courier Journal reports.

“We are working to secure justice for individual survivors who have reached out to the Attorney General’s office,” said Deputy Attorney General J. Michael Brown, who added that his office has been in contact with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

“We have always cooperated with the authorities in our response to sexual abuse and will continue to do so,” the Archdiocese of Louisville told the paper in a statement.

Like probes recently launched in Illinois, Missouri Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York, Brown’s move follows a Pennsylvania grand jury report last month that identified 301 priests accused of hundreds of cases of sexual abuse, with six different dioceses hiding their crimes for several decades.

The “sophisticated” cover-up “stretched, in some cases, all the way to the Vatican,” Shapiro said, with Church leaders keeping “secret archives” of abuse “just feet from the bishops’ desk.” Numerous abusive clergy were not only protected but promoted, the report found.

Louisville’s Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville was the site of a recent protest in which approximately two dozen abuse victims as well as advocates, social workers, and parishioners blamed both the Archdiocese and the broader church for not doing enough to address the crisis.

Specifically, the group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) wants the Archdiocese to stop speaking in euphemisms like “inappropriate behavior,” fire anyone who knew about any cover-ups, stop any financial support to convicted priests, reveal the names and assignments of any credibly-accused priest, update its sex-abuse training, stop requiring confidentiality agreements for victims, and more.

In the early 2000s, the Archdiocese paid $25.7 million to 240 alleged victims of priests and other church personnel. Last month, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz wrote an open letter apologizing to victims “for the times when the Church—by inaction, denial, or apathy—added to your pain and caused you to feel revictimized.”

Kurtz responded that several of the group’s demands have already been implemented, while others are worth considering in the future. He promised that next month the Archdiocese will release a report on its abuse handling.

Several Catholics have argued that too many in the Church and media are downplaying the role homosexuality in the priesthood has played in the crisis. Bishop John Stowe of the Diocese of Lexington spoke last year at a conference for the pro-LGBT New Ways Ministry, where he claimed “Christian morality is more concerned with the well-being and dignity of the person than with rules, norms or commandments,” and has suggested that Church teaching on homosexuality could “evolve.”

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‘Humans of New York’ profiles selfless dad who refused abortion for special needs son

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CAIRO, Egypt, September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the latest stories from the popular Humans of New York blog highlights a Cairo father’s absolute devotion to his son, and concern of what may become of the boy after he’s gone.

Humans of New York is a series of portraits of random people taken by photographer Brandon Stanton. They are accompanied by quotes from the subjects offering a window into their personal lives. The project began in New York City, but last month Stanton took a trip to Cairo to collect Egyptian perspectives and experiences.

A Monday entry depicted a father and his fifth son, Ibrahim, who has an unspecified special-needs condition. “I love him a little more because he needs it a little more,” he explained. Doctors recommended an abortion, which he “wouldn’t hear.”

“He was only three pounds when he was born. He needed half a liter of milk per day. I’d skip my own breakfast just to buy it for him,” the father recalls. “I took him to nurseries when he was very young because I wanted him to be comfortable with other children. I found a charity that offered speech classes, and I took him five days a week.”

The man is happy to give Ibrahim, who is his “whole world,” “anything that I have,” but fears for a future when he’s no longer there to do so.

“I’m getting old. I had a major heart episode two weeks ago. I collapsed in the street and all I could think about was him,” Ibrahim’s father reveals. “My wife can't support him alone, and I’m afraid other people won’t be as nice to him. If someone makes him angry, he’s very difficult to control. But I have patience. I’ll hold him. I’ll pat him on the shoulder. I’ll do whatever he needs. I just hope he'll always have someone to do the same.”

The story elicited more than 1,800 responses, with many people offering words of support and sharing similar fears and experiences of their own.

“As the mother of a special needs child I felt this deep in my soul,” one woman commented. “I can never die [because] I can’t leave my son alone. I fear all the same things. Who will care for him and understand him like I do. It’s such an immense fear I live with daily.”

One man suggested that Ibrahim’s four brothers will or should take on the responsibility. “I understand as a brother and someone who will have that responsibility one day,” he said.

“I have three sons and my middle child has autism. One day my older son who is only 6 says to me ‘momma, please don’t worry about Rey bear when you get really old and die I’ll make sure to take care of him, just make sure you’re old okay?’” another woman shared. The moment “made me realize maybe I’m doing something right after all.”

Another commenter responded to the doctor’s suggestion that Ibrahim be aborted.

The assumptions that “a life with a disability is not worth living” or “the lives of persons with congenital conditions is worth less than our comfort,” he said, are fruits of a “culture that does not truly believe that each person is intrinsically valuable, for themselves.”

“We don't want to see the elderly, the sick, those with visible deformities or mental handicaps, because the narrative we live in is that our worth is dependent on our usefulness, our productivity and our attractiveness,” the reader suggested. “We look down on those that aren't or [can’t] be those things and we don't want to be around people who aren't useful to us or our image.”

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September 11, 2018 (Operation Rescue) – An Ohio abortion facility that has been responsible for numerous life-threatening botched abortion emergencies, including the 2014 death of Lakisha Wilson, has hospitalized another patient.

Pro-life activist Fred Sokol, who routinely offers help to abortion-bound women on the sidewalks outside the troubled Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, witnessed and photographed the medical emergency as it took place on September 5, 2018.

Operation Rescue has confirmed that a fire unit and ambulance responded to a 911 call placed at approximately 3:30 p.m. A woman was removed from Preterm on a gurney completely covered with a sheet, even though the heat index was around 100 degrees.

A clinic employee dressed in surgical scrubs accompanied the patient in the ambulance as she was transported to the hospital.

While the Ohio Department of Health has worked to close down or fine other dangerous abortion facilities, Preterm has appeared to have gotten a free pass.

Pro-life groups from Ohio and around the nation unsuccessfully called for the State to shut down Preterm after the death of Lakisha Wilson in 2014, who hemorrhaged and stopped breathing during an abortion in her 20th week of pregnancy. The Department of Health's own records, leaked to Operation Rescue, showed it ignored discrepancies in Wilson's abortion timeline – including how long she gone without breathing before a 911 call was finally placed.

Those records also showed that a faulty elevator delayed paramedics from reaching the dying woman on the facility's third floor, where all abortion procedure rooms are located. Because Preterm's frequently malfunctioning elevator is too small to accommodate a flat gurney, Wilson could not be intubated until she had been completely extracted from the building. These delays likely contributed to Wilson's death.

In another incident, because the elevator was not working, a nearly 300-pound woman who was hemorrhaging in the immediate wake of an abortion had to be hand-carried from the third floor down a stairwell where she was finally placed on a gurney then wheeled out to an ambulance.

Details of ten other botched abortions at Preterm can be found in a special report published by Operation Rescue in 2015. Since then, a half dozen other medical emergencies have been documented at that facility.

"The frequency of life-threatening medical emergencies that have been documented at Preterm, along with an inadequate elevator system that has often delayed emergency medical care for injured women should pose a serious enough danger to the public to justify the closing of this facility," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "How high does the body count need to get before the Ohio Department of Health acts to protect women?"

Preterm's political affiliations, including the powerful University Hospital Case Medical Center and the San Francisco-based Ryan Residency Abortion Training Program, which is funded by a foundation operated by the Warren Buffett family, appear to have insulated Preterm from any negative regulatory consequences.

"Should this abortion facility with its long list of serious abortion injuries and a patient death really be training other abortionists to follow their shoddy example?" asked Newman.

Despite their ongoing pattern of patient hospitalizations, Preterm has brazenly engaged in the aggressive promotion of its dangerous abortion business to the public. Earlier this year, Preterm raised controversy by buying a series of 16 billboards located throughout the Cleveland area with slogans such as "Abortion is a blessing" and "Abortion is a family value." Preterm targets primarily poor urban women of color for abortions.

"I doubt if learning their daughter was dead from a botched Preterm abortion was much of a blessing to the Wilson family, or if 'family values' really includes a stack of dead babies," said Newman. "No matter how much this politically protected abortion business tries to shift the narrative or indoctrinate the public, the truth remains that evidence shows it is too dangerous to operate. This latest medical emergency is just another tragic case in point."

Published with permission from Operation Rescue.

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September 11, 2018 (Population Research Institute) – Nearly 125 lawmakers in India's Parliament have signed a petition to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, calling for a nationwide two-child policy. Members of Parliament (MPs) who signed the petition have called for a law prohibiting Indian couples from having more than two children with stiff penalties for couples who exceed the proposed two-child limit.

On August 9th, four MPs from the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh met with President Kovind to personally deliver the petition letter and to make known their concerns about population growth. Also attending the meeting with President Kovind was Anil Chaudhary of the Population Solutions Foundation (Jansankhya Samadhan Foundation), a radical population control advocacy organization in India that, since 2015, has actively lobbied for a nationwide "maximum two-child policy for all" law.

"We have submitted a document signed by almost 125 MPs to the President and we have demanded a law on this so that we can control the increasing population," MP Ganesh Singh, one of the four MPs who met with President Kovind to deliver the petition letter, was quoted by TimeNewsNow.com.

Following the submission of the petition letter, Chaudhary called on lawmakers to introduce stiff penalties to enforce the proposed two-child policy, should the proposal be adopted. "[W]hoever flouts that law ... [whoever] proceeds ... [to have a] third child, they should not get any government [benefits] and their voting rights should be withheld," Chaudhary was quoted by TimesNewsNow.com, "And even [for] the couple [that] proceeds with the fourth child, they should be jailed."

All four lawmakers that met with President Kovind were members of the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the political party of current India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to TimesNowNews.com, all MPs that signed the petition were members of parties that are part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the ruling right-wing political coalition in the Modi government.

In India, the office of president does not have much power in practice. However, the president serves as the ceremonial head of state and as a check on the balance of power and the MPs' meeting with the president is certain to lend high-profile credibility and publicity to the lawmakers' push for a two-child policy law.

While the Chinese Government has moved to a two-child policy out of fears of a falling birth rate, in India fears of overpopulation are pushing the country in the opposite direction.

"India should not repeat China's mistakes," says Population Research Institute President Steven Mosher. "People are the ultimate resource – the one resource you cannot do without – as China is belatedly discovering after having eliminated 400 million from their own now aging and dying population."

Last month, BJP lawmakers in both houses of Parliament made demands for a nationwide population control law, claiming that population growth threatens to outpace gains made in area of development. The requests were made during the 'Zero Hour,' a period of the legislative session where lawmakers can, with the permission of the Speaker, raise issues of urgent public importance. Uday Pratap Singh, a BJP MP in the Lok Sabha (India's lower house), specifically called on the government to introduce a two-child policy, citing China's one-child policy as an example of policies that other countries have implemented to control population growth.

Last September, the BJP led Assam state government adopted a two-child policy which prohibits anyone with more than two children from holding a government job or from running for election for local government office (civic bodies in India known as Panchayats). While several states had initiated two-child policies for government employees during the 1990's and the early 2000's, Assam became the first state in 10 years to adopt such a policy. Many states, including Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, and Chhattisgarh have since repealed their two-child policies.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of India received at least three separate Public Interest Litigation (PIL) pleas, asking the Court to compel the Government to implement a nationwide two-child policy. One of the petitions, filed by Delhi BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, based its case off the 2002 report of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) which recommended that an amendment be added to the Constitution of India to "secure control of the population by means of education and implementation of small family norms." The NCRWC was authorized by the NDA-controlled Parliament back in 2000 to offer lawmakers with recommendations for amendments to be added to the Constitution. The government's refusal to adopt the NCRWC's recommendation for a population control amendment has long been a point of frustration for some NDA partisans.

Another case filed by Anuj Saxena and others petitioned the Supreme Court to direct the Indian Government to "formulate, enact and/or enforce Strict Population control Measures" and to "formulate policies with a vision to encourage and / or reward the family who is adhering to [the] two child policy, and Punish appropriately, [those] who are in nom (sic) compliance of the same." The Saxena case claimed that India's "unprecedented and lethal population explosion" threatens the environment and contributes to unemployment, poverty, and overcrowding.

The Supreme Court has refused to hear both the Saxena and Upadhyay cases for procedural reasons. In the Saxena case, the Court dismissed the plea, stipulating that the issue was a "policy matter" that is "for Parliament to decide ... not the court."

Population control policies in India have long served as a flashpoint between Hindu-nationalists that have advocated for them and Indian Muslims and the poor who have viewed such policies with suspicion. Population control initiatives are widely viewed in India as indirect attempts to lower the population of Indian Muslims and of poor and rural Indians as both groups tend to have larger families on average. Meanwhile, most Hindus families already average at two children or less.

According to the results of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4), the total fertility rate (TFR) among Indian Muslims for 2015-2016 was 2.62 children per woman of reproductive age while the TFR among Hindus was 2.13. This was a significant drop from the fertility rates observed for both demographic groups only 10 years prior when the NFHS-3 (2005-2006) found a TFR of 3.40 among Indian Muslims and 2.59 among Hindus.

With the fertility of Indian Hindus at or close to replacement fertility, some right-wing Hindu-nationalist politicians have clamored for Hindu couples to boost their fertility in order to increase the number of Hindu followers compared to other religious groups in the country. In 2015, Sakshi Maharaj, a BJP MP particularly well-known for making controversial remarks – including once advocating for the death penalty for people who engage in missionary activity or cow slaughter – urged that "every Hindu woman must produce at least four children to protect the Hindu religion."

Population control policies in India are often rooted in anti-Muslim animosity as displayed by certain Hindu-nationalist partisans. Earlier this year, Union Minister of State and BJP MP Giriraj Singh commented that "The growing population of the country, especially Muslims, is a threat to the social fabric, social harmony, and development of the country." Recently, BJP MP Vijay Pal Singh Tomar said on the floor of Parliament, according to First Post, that population growth in India needed to be curbed, part and parcel because children were being born in the name of "Allah" and "Bhagwan" (a controversial anti-Hindu mystic preacher).

Moreover, population control policies have a long history in India. In the late 1950's India became the first country in the modern era to implement policies directly targeted at reducing the country's population growth rate. In the late 1970's, approximately 8 million Indian citizens (mostly men) were forcibly sterilized in a single year by the Government under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during the Emergency, a period in India's history when the government suspended civil liberties and imprisoned political rivals under a declaration of a state of emergency.

In India, population control policies have long enjoyed public support from a significant subset of the citizenry. While Malthusian ideology by and large is no longer prevalent throughout most of the world, in India, Malthusianism continues to enjoy wide acceptance. The belief that the country is overpopulated and in need of population control is not uncommon in India.

Despite Malthusian alarmism espoused by certain BJP politicians and voters, however, the rate of population growth in India has slowed considerably in recent decades. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Population Division projects that India's population will peak at 1.68 billion in 2060 and will begin to contract thereafter.[1]

For more than half a century, the fertility rate in India has plummeted. According UNDESA estimates, India's TFR in the early 1960's stood at 5.89 births per 1,000 women of reproductive age.[2] UNDESA projects that the total fertility rate for India will fall to 2.28 this year.[3] Similarly, official Government of India statistics estimated an all-India TFR of only 2.3 in 2013.[4]

In urban areas, and in several states, the fertility rate has fallen below the replacement level. According to official vital statistics from the Government of India's Sample Registration System, the total fertility rate in urban areas fell to 1.8 children per woman of reproductive age in 2013.[5] The fertility rate for India overall sits only slightly higher than the replacement rate. UNDESA estimates that the fertility rate necessary to meet the replacement level in India will be 2.26 for the 2015-2020 quinquennial period.[6]

Since 1950, India's population has more than tripled with a total population projected to reach 1.35 billion persons in 2018.[7] Yet, over that same time period, the birth rate has fallen by an estimated 58 percent and India's TFR has declined markedly.[8]

India's population growth does not appear to have had a negative effect on the country's development. From 1991 to 2015, India added some 420 million people to its population, roughly the equivalent of the 2015 populations of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom combined. Yet despite this large increase, the percentage of the population living with hunger in India has declined significantly. According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the prevalence of undernourishment in India fell by nearly 40 percent between 1991 and 2015.[9] Food in India has also become more affordable. According to the FAO's food price index, India's index fell by nearly 5 percent between 2000 and 2014.[10]

Access to safe drinking water has also improved in India. According to World Health Organization (WHO) data, the percentage of the population with access to safely managed drinking water has increased by 69 percent since the year 2000 in rural areas of the country.[11]

Moreover, India's population growth does not appear to have hampered economic growth. India's unemployment rate has hovered around the natural unemployment rate for decades.[12] And according to the World Bank's World Development Indicators database, India's GNI per capita and GDP per capita has more than tripled since 1990.[13]

Published with permission from the Population Research Institute.


[1] United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2017). World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Id.

[4] Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner. Compendium of India's Fertility and Mortality Indicators, 1971-2013, Table 3. Sample Registration System. http://www.censusindia.gov.in/2011-Common/Sample_Registration_System.html (last updated: Jul. 4, 2018).

[5] Ibid.

[6] UNDESA (2017), supra note 1.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Id.

[9] Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Statistics Division (2018). FAOSTAT: Suite of Food Security Indicators (last updated: May 2, 2018).

[10] FAO (2015). Food Security Indicators (3rd release: Oct. 12, 2015).

[11] World Health Organization (WHO). Basic and safely managed drinking water services: data by country. Global Health Observatory (last updated: Nov. 30, 2017).

[12] World Bank. Unemployment, total (% of total labor force) (modeled ILO estimate); Unemployment, total (% of total labor force) (national estimate). World Development Indicators (last updated: Aug. 28, 2018).

[13] World Bank. GNI per capita (constant 2010 US$); GDP per capita (constant 2010 US$). World Development Indicators (last updated: Aug. 28, 2018).

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VATICAN CITY, September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – As the clerical sexual abuse scandal rages on, implicating even Pope Francis, the group of 9 cardinals which the pontiff has delegated to work with him on reform has expressed its “full solidarity” with the Pope. 

According to yesterday’s Vatican press release, Francis’ special advisory group known as the Council of Cardinals expressed their loyalty to the Holy Father in the wake of allegations made by a former papal nuncio to the United States that he favored a disgraced American cardinal despite knowing of his sexual misconduct. Some of the cardinals who make up the council were named in Archbishop Carlo Viganò's report, including Cardinals Pietro Parolin, Sean O’Malley, and Rodriguez Maradiaga. 

According to the declaration, the Council of Cardinals “expressed its full solidarity with Pope Francis with regard to the events of recent weeks, aware that in the current debate the Holy See is about to make the eventual and necessary clarifications.”

Last month Archbishop Viganò accused Pope Francis in a detailed 11 page document of covering-up for now ex-Cardinal McCarrick despite being made aware of his sexual abuse of seminarians and priests. The Archbishop called on the Pope to resign. A day after news of the letter broke, Pope Francis told reporters that he was “not going to say a word” about the allegations. One bishop called the Pope’s response a “non-denial.”

Now, numerous priests, bishops, a cardinal, tens of thousands of lay Catholic men and women, as well as respected international mainstream news outlets (here, here and here) are calling for Viganò’s claims to be thoroughly investigated. 

LifeSiteNews reported on August 27 how a source in the Vatican Curia said that the news of Archbishop Viganò “hit the Curia like an atomic bomb.”

The Council of Cardinals, jocularly referred to as the C9 by Vatican News, was established by Pope Francis a month after his election to advise him in the governance of the Catholic Church and in the reformation of the Curia.

This is not the first time the Council of Cardinals has pledged support for the Pope.

The Council unexpectedly pledged allegiance to the Pope in February, 2017 in the wake of two public expressions of dissatisfaction or concern with Pope Francis that had hit the streets of Rome that same month. 

“In relation to recent events, the Council of Cardinals pledges its full support for the Pope’s work, assuring him at the same time of its adhesion and loyalty to the figure of the Pope and to his Magisterium,” said the note.

The Council of Cardinals has a three day meeting this week, from Monday to Wednesday.

According to the UK’s Catholic Herald, only six of the nine prelates comprising the Council of Cardinals are at this meeting: Cardinals Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state; Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Sean P. O’Malley of Boston; Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India; Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany; and Giuseppe Bertello.  

The missing counselors are Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya; Cardinal Francisco Errazuriz Ossa, the Archbishop Emeritus of Santiago whose mishandling of abuse allegations is now under scrutiny; and Cardinal George Pell, who is on trial in his native Australia for the alleged sexual abuse of male minors.

Editor's note: Pete Baklinski contributed to this report. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C., September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A group of faithful Catholics holding large signs protested outside the USCCB National Headquarters yesterday in Washington, DC. Their message: “Abusive and homosexual clergy (and those who have been complicit by their silence) are leading many souls to perdition. The status quo has got to go!”

The group of Catholic laity came from Hampton Roads, VA, over three hours south of the Nation’s Capital. 

They held signs some of them reading: “The Wolf in Sheep’s clothing needs to go!”; Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò Our Hero!! Thank you!”; Why are our Shepherds helping  Fr. J. Martin build a bridge to Hell?!”

The protest took place while Church leaders gathered for an ‘agenda planning meeting’ for the USCCB’s Fall General Assembly, scheduled to take place November 13-14 in Baltimore, MD.

LifeSiteNews interviewed one of the organizers, Mrs. Frances Bouton, on the significance of this protest.

LSN: Mrs Bouton, why has this protest been organized? Who started it?

Bouton: The protest was organized by a small group of faithful Catholics from Hampton Roads, VA, and we are here to show the Bishops that the laity are not going away, this time.  Archbishop Viganó has exposed the abuse and corruption in the Church from the top to the bottom, and we are here to say, “ENOUGH!”  

LSN: What is the message you’re hoping to convey?

Bouton: Abusive and homosexual clergy (and those who have been complicit by their silence) are leading many souls to perdition. The status quo has got to go!

LSN: Do you believe your voices will be heard by the members of the USCCB?

Bouton: We hope that our voices will be heard loud and clear, and we hope that many more faithful Catholics will get out and protest, also.  Write letters, make phone calls, protest--let the Church know how angry and betrayed you are!  Don’t stop until these unholy men step down or are thrown out.

LSN: Just a little over a week ago, protester shouted “shame on you” at Cardinal Wuerl, during his first public appearance. What message do you have for him or for Pope Francis (in light of the Archbishop Viganò’s Testimony)? How should the Church answer this scandal?

Bouton: The Church should answer this scandal by sending packing every single homosexual and predator priest from every diocese and every Vatican office.  Everyone knows who they are, and they need to go-- immediately!  Those remaining good and faithful bishops, cardinals and clergy (along with the laity), need to take charge and make this happen.  Unfortunately, it starts with the top, with Pope Francis. (If the Viganó Testimony proves true), he needs to resign while he can still preserve his dignity.  With this testimony, we believe he has been reckless--dishonoring the chair of St. Peter.

LSN: Is there anything else you and your fellow protesters wish to convey?

Bouton: We want to say a very public “thank you” to Archbishop Viganò for his courage and love of the Church-- for speaking the truth at this time. We also want to thank all the good bishops, cardinals and priests who have also spoken out and who are demanding a purification of the Church.  Together, with the faithful, let us reclaim the Holy Catholic Church for Jesus and Our Blessed Mother!

LifeSiteNews confirms that future protests are being scheduled, by this and other similar grassroots lay groups. 

As news grows of State Attorneys General announcing investigations, calls for the resignation of Cardinals named in the Viganò Testimony—including Cardinal Wuerl of Washington, DC and Cardinal Cupich of Chicago—mount. 

Cardinal Wuerl announced last Thursday plans for a six-week “Season of Healing”—a program that will lead up to the USCCB General Assembly. So far, the Cardinal has denied any report that he plans to resign.

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CHINA, September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – When the Chinese Communist Party implemented a “comprehensive two-child policy” in early 2016, outside observers assumed that it would be voluntary. And why should they not? To all appearances, this was a dramatic relaxation – a doubling, no less – of the restrictive one-child policy.

But appearances can be deceiving, especially where China is concerned. Instead of enjoying a new dawn of reproductive freedom, Chinese couples are actually being herded into something resembling reproductive servitude.

I say this because what the Party has actually decided to do, according to internal Party documents, is “comprehensively implement a policy of each couple giving birth to two children.” (全面实施一对夫妇可生育两个孩子政策)

In other words, after decades of ordering couples to have no more than one child, the Party has now done a complete about-face, and is instructing them that they should have no fewer than two.

The above quote comes from a directive issued by the Party authorities in Yichang, a central Chinese city of some four million people. Such provincial and local Party directives, it should be noted, always hew closely to the official Party line.

In fact, it is safe to assume that the Yichang directive, minor edits aside, simply parrots the Central Committee directive – still secret – that first laid out the new policy.  

So what does the Yichang directive “On Implementing the New Comprehensive Two-Child Policy,” which is addressed to all Communist Party members and government organizations in the municipality, actually say?

It begins by affirming that the Comprehensive Two-Child Policy “is an important initiative undertaken by the Party Central Committee … that affects the reproduction of the Chinese race from one generation to the next as well as the health and happiness of future generations.”

The reference to the Central Committee – the most powerful political body in the country – makes it clear that what follows is an order, not a suggestion. Like the imperial edicts once issued by China’s emperors, it is simply to be obeyed, not questioned.

The Yichang authorities, having established that the future of the Chinese race is at stake, go on to lament the current birth dearth:

Our city’s birthrate is beyond low, with women not even averaging one child each. If this situation continues, it will pose dangerous risks and do enormous harm to our city’s economic development, as well as threaten the family happiness of the masses.

Since couples in Yichang are voluntarily averaging less than one child, they obviously don’t feel that being the parents of an only child in any way threatens their “family happiness.”

Local and national Party officials, however, feel differently. Like their national counterparts, they obviously view the unwillingness of those under their control to reproduce as a direct threat to their power, as the next sentence of the directive makes clear:

The direct consequence [of this low birthrate] is the risk of more one-child families, the aging of the population, shortages in the work force, and lagging behind in urbanization. This will in turn affect labor productivity and the overall economic competitiveness of our city.

To implement the Comprehensive Two-Child Policy, the directive announces a whole raft of pro-natal initiatives:  

  • Public hospitals will deliver a second child for free and maternity leave will be lengthened.  
  • The medical exams required before couples can marry, and the eugenics exams required before they can conceive children, will both be free.
  • Obstetrical and pediatric health services will be increased, and childcare and education facilities will be expanded.
  • Infertility services for those unable to conceive and bear children, and for women near the end of their reproductive lives, will be expanded.

None of these initiatives are, as it turns out, unique to Yichang. Similar initiatives have been announced by literally dozens of provincial and municipal jurisdictions throughout China, obviously in response to the same central government guidelines that Yichang is following.

Most observers think that such perks will scarcely be enough to convince all, or even most, of this generation of young Chinese singletons to marry and have children.

The Yichang authorities seem to agree, because they put the burden of enforcing the policy directly on their fellow Party members.

Using language reminiscent of China’s Maoist past – but still used in internal Party documents today – the Yichang Party Committee issues an order: All Communist Party members under its jurisdiction are to “take the lead in responding to the Party Central Committee’s call” to have a second child.

“Older comrades,” that is to say, those who are beyond their childbearing years, are instructed to “educate and supervise their children” in the new policy. In other words, parents are to ensure that their own grown child (most will have only one) goes on to give them – and the country – two grandchildren.

“Younger comrades,” by which is meant those still able to have children, are given an even more difficult assignment. They are told that they must help implement the “comprehensive two-child policy” by leading by example. The Chinese phrase used in the text literally means “doing it starts with me.”  

In other words, younger Party members are being ordered to bear two children.

Party members must also “mobilize the masses,” they are then told:

Every comrade must become a propagandist.  Publicize the benefits of having two children, and the risks associated with having only one.  Strongly encourage the masses, especially women of childbearing age, to adopt the policy as their own. Guide the masses to be responsible and follow the [new] birth plan by having a second child. All manner of measures must be used to mobilize the masses, and to actively implement the Comprehensive Two-Child Policy.

By now, each and every one of China’s 90 million Communist Party members knows what their comrades of Yichang know: namely, that there is a new political campaign underway to raise the birth rate.  

Each and every Party member has seen a local Party directive similar to Yichang’s, and has been told to mobilize the masses to have two children. They have been told to lead by example, and to pressure their own children to comply.

We in the West, long accustomed to China brutally restricting births under the one-child policy, have to understand that there is a new reality in China. An aging population, a shrinking workforce, and diminishing economic prospects have led Beijing to strikingly reverse course.

The Chinese Party-State has stopped forcing young women to have abortions.  Under its new Comprehensive Two Child Policy, it is now mandating that they give birth.

Steven W. Mosher is the President of the Population Research Institute and the author of Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order.

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September 11, 2018 (WND) – Not only is Google working with the totalitarian Chinese government to get back into the search business in a country where no dissent is tolerated, the U.S.-based monopoly also is recommending that consumers use a security key developed by a Chinese company that is part of an "IT-Military Alliance" between the Chinese army and intelligence establishment!

So, while Google refuses to send executives to testify to the U.S. Congress about political bias, thumbs its nose at President Trump's public concerns about the spread of "fake news," denies any accountability regarding its search engine algorithms in the U.S. and continues its invasive privacy attacks on American consumers, the company is doing everything in its power to appease arguably the most oppressive major power on earth.

"Don't be evil"? Don't make me laugh.

Here are the facts:

"Our goal is to make sure that any user facing an increased risk of online attacks enrolls in the Advanced Protection Program," says Dario Salice, advanced protection product manager at Google. What is the "Advanced Protection Program"? It uses a pair of security keys manufactured in China by Feitian, a company that is part of an "IT-Military Alliance" with the People's Liberation Army. According to Freedom House, China is the "world's worst abuser of internet freedom."

In fact, Feitian's technology has been certified as "military-use information security products." On the company's website Feitian boasts it "will inevitably provide earnest service to the giant military market under the grand strategy of 'civil-military integration,' and thus do our bit to help the construction of the nation's informatized defensive infrastructure."

Perhaps recommending military-approved Feitian hardware is the price Google must pay to play in the burgeoning Chinese marketplace firmly under the thumb of the fascist state where "private" corporations are tolerated as long as they do the government's bidding.

Should any of this really surprise us?

From its genesis in the U.S., Google has demonstrated its willingness to work closely with – even for – the U.S. intelligence state to find ways to track individuals and groups online in the U.S.

As revealed in a 2017 report: "The intelligence community hoped that the nation's leading computer scientists could take non-classified information and user data, combine it with what would become known as the internet, and begin to create for-profit, commercial enterprises to suit the needs of both the intelligence community and the public. They hoped to direct the supercomputing revolution from the start in order to make sense of what millions of human beings did inside this digital information network. That collaboration has made a comprehensive public-private mass surveillance state possible today."

That's right. This is how Google was formed – with research grants from the DEEP SURVEILLANCE STATE of the NSA and CIA.

Do I need to remind you how that shadowy world of American intelligence agencies has been at odds with the results of popular elections in the U.S.? Do I need to remind you how the U.S. intelligence apparatus has gone rogue on the Constitution and how it forms the very foundation of what we have come to call "The Deep State"?

Let me state this plainly: If we're to destroy the Deep State, it's going to require dismantling Google. Nothing short of that will do. It needs to be broken up. It's a monopoly that doesn't respect the rule of law and the will of the people for privacy and fair play. It isn't accountable to the people. Google believes the people are accountable to it.

I have told you about the many ways Google is currently at war with the precepts of a free society. I have written hundreds of thousands of words about how Google is destroying the institutions of the free press, free speech and freedom of religion. Now you are beginning to hear the rest of the story of why Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Amazon represent, collectively and individually, the gravest of threats to the American way of life, liberty and prosperity.

This is why WND and the independent, alternative media are in the Speech Code Cartel's crosshairs – targeted for annihilation. Who else besides us and President Donald Trump could ever blow the whistle on an imminent threat of this magnitude and scope?

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How the media helped orchestrate the rise of homosexuality in culture

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September 11, 2018 (American Thinker) – India has just legalized gay sex. This is roughly one-sixth of the world's population. A few years ago, this would have been unthinkable. What happened? An admission about homosexual influences, by a famous documentary, does much to explain society today.

We must first go back to the 1960s, to an amazing documentary by CBS, hosted by Mike Wallace, called "The Homosexuals."

In the documentary, Mike Wallace noted that, as late as 1967:

Most Americans are repelled by the mere notion of homosexuality. A CBS news survey shows that two out of three Americans look upon homosexuals with disgust, discomfort or fear… The majority of Americans favor legal punishment, even for homosexual acts performed in private between consenting adults. "The Homosexuals," (6:39), CBS, 1967, with Mike Wallace.

Not too long ago, people received severe sentences for homosexual behavior.

This man is twenty-seven, college educated... He has been in jail three times for committing homosexual acts. If he is arrested once more, he faces the possibility of life in prison. "The Homosexuals," (6:03) CBS, 1967, with Mike Wallace.

Yet, within a generation, homosexuality became accepted, and today it is celebrated, almost as desirable and heroic. This would have been unthinkable, even in the 1960s. 

I have also noticed older people, whom I have known for decades, change their attitudes. In the 1960s, they would have been one of those Americans who saw homosexuality as disgusting. Now, they are "tolerant." The brainwashing seems to have worked retroactively.

Do not get me wrong! I am not advocating the recriminalization of consensual homosexual acts. Some of the laws back then were unnecessarily strict. But neither do I celebrate homosexuality as a good thing, something to be sought. I would have preferred the limited accommodation of decriminalization, and nothing more.

The usual explanation given is that the Stonewall Riots of 1969 were the game changer. When police raided a homosexual bar, the patrons fought back. Homosexual rights were brought into the public eye. The problem is that the Stonewall Riots were not the cause.

One could track further back to the Mattachine Society founded in 1950, or the drawings by Tom of Finland, the latter of which would become the inspiration for the Village People.

Simply put, without Tom of Finland, there would have been no Village People. – The Guardian

An amazing admission in the 1967 CBS documentary confirms what many have said under their breaths, and what other have suspected.

Homosexuals are discriminated against in almost all fields of employment, in all parts of the country. But in the world of the creative arts, they received equal treatment; indeed, some would say better treatment. There is even talk of a homosexual mafia in the arts, dominating various fields. Theater, music, dance, fashion.

In painting, there is the commonly expressed notion that the homosexuals influence has been corrupting:

In the fashion industry, many observers see an effort to blend the sexes, to defeminize woman, to replace curve and counter with sexless, geometric sterility… "The Homosexuals," (31:05) CBS, 1967, with Mike Wallace.

If someone said that out loud today, they would be charged with hate speech and have their lives destroyed.

But the problem is not even limited to homosexuality.

If one were to watch fashion shows, with a discerning eye, one would wonder why so much of women's fashion has women dressed like boys. The women look almost androgynous.

This in not even a recent development

1920s women's clothing was also extremely androgynous, especially considering the flouncy skirts and cruelly exaggerated waistlines that had gone before it during the Victorian period. – A History Of Androgyny In Fashion

Writers have noted how the ideal runway model seems perilously close to looking pre-pubescent.

Acne Confirms: Fashion's Ideal Woman Is a 12-Year-Old Boy – Yahoo Lifestyle

Now, obviously, it is not the models who push this. It is the fashion designers. The very ones that Mike Wallace said might belong to a "homosexual mafia."

Neither am I a fulminating fundamentalist who thinks women should not wear pants. I think jeans look good on a woman, when they accent her curves and contours. I do not expect all women to look like the quasi-androgynous Twiggy of the 1960s or Kate Moss. And why would androgyny be pushed as the ideal, anyway?

Since the rise of Hollywood, and mass media, we have allowed our culture to be directed, and led, by a minority. Though it be politically incorrect to admit, it seems that a disproportional amount of these people are what many, in the 1960s, would have called sexually deviant.

With the advent of movies, they could influence the population, but only to a point. If they became too radical, the public would not pay for the tickets. With radio in the 1930s and 40s, there was no visual input. Androgyny does not translate well over AM.

With the introduction of visual TV in the 1950s and 60s, these creative professionals set the tone. Most of the public had no choice about what was broadcast. And since TV was ostensibly free at that time, there was no disincentive not to watch. An advertiser might balk if things went too far, but it was a process of erosion.

So within a short period from 1967 to 1976, the media could move the public to accept homosexual rights. Rod Stewart released "The Killing of Georgie," a song about the murder of a New York homosexual, and it got major airplay, something which would have been unthinkable nine years earlier.

There can be no doubt that Hollywood and New York were the most influential centers of art in the Western world, though that may be changing. Leveraging this influence, the embedded "homosexual mafia" changed the United States, which then started the ball rolling to change the world. Hence… India, which has just legalized gay sex.

A small "homosexual mafia" has foisted itself on the planet, and quite successfully.

The key was their control of the media.

The present cultural war is over that control. The internet truly democratized the media, which is no longer centralized. Hence, Facebook and Twitter are now shadow banning.

What would have been unthinkable 50 years ago – and might have landed one in jail – is today lauded and heralded. And much of this is due to the influences of a small, unrepresentative community. What is amazing is how easily people have allowed themselves to be led, rather than think for themselves. This mafia should never have had this much influence.

Now that the internet has broken the monopoly of those creatives, they seek new ways to reign in the true liberty that would counteract them.

Donald Trump has angered feminists all over again, after a new report suggests that he has told the female staff of his administration that they need to always "dress like women" when at work. – The Telegraph

Trump is not destroying democracy, he is contesting with the minority who would.

Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who wishes he had availed himself more fully of the opportunity to learn Spanish better in high school, lo those many decades ago. He runs a website about the Arab community in South America at http://latinarabia.com.

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September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – When Judge Brett Kavanaugh, at his confirmation hearing, was asked by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) whether he believed Roe v. Wade was the “settled law of the land,” he answered in the affirmative – as we expected him to. Kavanagh agreed that Roe v. Wade set a precedent that was reaffirmed by Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Kavanaugh referred to this dynamic of a second court case settling an existing precedent as “precedent upon precedent.” Pro-lifers might be worried this means that Kavanaugh believes abortion is an unchangeable policy that is set in stone. But that’s not the case.

What Kavanaugh is confirming is that yes, these things are currently precedent. That’s it. He’s not making a moral argument for abortion. He is not even saying he agrees with it. And he carefully refrained from stating whether he believes Roe was correctly decided.

He is simply making a factual statement. If one reads between the lines of what he is not saying, it could be concluded that just because a precedent has been established, it does not mean that it cannot be dismantled. Precedents don’t last forever. Precedents can be wrong. And there is no precedent more widely criticized by appellate judges than Roe. A repetition of an error does not make it any less of an error.

Study Constitutional history, and you can conclude that the days of Roe v. Wade are numbered. The reason for this is that the foundation of the Constitution itself, and the direction of its history, is the recognition of the equal dignity of those who, at various times, were deprived of their rights and suffered violence that was given legal cover under a different name. This legal cover was often mistakenly recognized by the Supreme Court for a while, but then such decisions were overturned.

Dred Scott v. Sandford (1856) is the most commonly cited instance. The slaveholder's right to property eclipsed and subsumed the slave's right to freedom. But the Constitution was eventually amended to correct the error. Another example of “settled” law that was later overturned is segregation. Plessy v. Ferguson was a racist landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court issued in 1896. It upheld that racial segregation laws for public facilities were constitutional so long as they were separate but equal in quality. Segregation in the United States was an established precedent long before Roe and lasted longer than the current 46 years of legalized abortion. Plessy was considered settled law – until Brown came along 58 years later.

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was the U.S Supreme Court case which overruled Plessy. The Court acknowledged that existing state laws establishing segregated schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. In other words, just because Roe v. Wade and Casey are “settled” laws or have set a precedent, that does not mean another court case cannot come along to overturn them – especially if those original cases are not based in the Constitution, history, or traditions of the country.

Many reversals of Supreme Court cases came about when new evidence was brought forward that made it clear that someone's rights, not previously recognized, were being violated. With the way abortion history has unfolded, embryological science has taught us more about the child in the womb than we learned in all human history prior to Roe. Moreover, the harm abortion brings women has come more and more to light. Courts have already recognized both of these trends. That, combined with new legal challenges, can bring Roe down in the same way its erroneous ancestral decisions were reversed.

Kavanaugh and his predecessors know this. It was certainly promising when Kavanaugh conceded that the courts can be wrong when he was questioned by U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE). Kavanaugh himself referenced Brown as an instance of righting a judicial wrong. That’s not to say that stare decisis, or precedents, is bad practice. In fact, Sasse explained in a Fox interview that we want precedents. We need them on the one hand, because judges shouldn’t make up the rules of the game as they go along and on the other hand, circuit courts need to know how to mete out justice consistently. But that does not mean that precedents can’t be wrong or that they can’t be corrected.

The 80-something arrests of protestors disrupting the democratic process of the Senate hearings last week indicate that the Left is hysterical with worry. They know they cannot stop this confirmation, and they know they are losing support among the American people. They also know that Judge Kavanaugh looks not to his own views, but to the Constitution as it is written. He does not pull imaginary ideas from it – and that is what abortion is. Judging from past Constitutional history, Roe will go the way of other discarded lies.

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September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Emeritus Benedict’s personal secretary and the head of the papal household has commented on the abuse crisis that is rocking the Catholic Church, stating that if the Church does not achieve renewal in its wake, civilization is “at stake.”

“If the Church this time does not achieve a renewing of herself with God's help, the whole project of our civilization is again at stake. For many, it already seems as if the Church of Jesus Christ could never recover from the catastrophe of her sin which right now seems nearly to swallow her,” Archbishop Georg Gänswein said at a gathering in Rome today for a book presentation of The Benedict Option by American author Rod Dreher.

Gänswein spoke about the “satanic” abuse crisis in the Church. At one point, he referred to Cardinal Willem Eijk's statement last May in which he referred to the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s prophecy of a “final trial” for the Church before the second coming of Christ. Importantly, in that same statement, Eijk had publicly called upon Pope Francis to make clarifications with regard to the intercommunion debate in Germany.

Kath.net, the Austrian Catholic news website, published the full speech of Gänswein which he delivered today at the Italian Parliament in Rome.

Last month Archbishop Viganò accused Pope Francis in a detailed 11 page document of covering-up for now ex-Cardinal McCarrick despite being made aware of his sexual abuse of seminarians and priests. The Archbishop called on the Pope to resign. A day after news of the letter broke, Pope Francis told reporters that he was “not going to say a word” about the allegations. One bishop called the Pope’s response a “non-denial.”

Now, numerous priests, bishops, a cardinal, tens of thousands of lay Catholic men and women, as well as respected international mainstream news outlets (herehere and here) are calling for Viganò’s claims to be thoroughly investigated. 

Archbishop Gänswein made it clear that the Church finds herself in an intensely turbulent situation. 

In this, he said, “I am obviously not alone.” 

He continued: “In May, also the archbishop of Utrecht in the Netherlands, Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, admitted that the current crisis reminds him of 'the final trial in the Church,' as the Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 675 describes it with the following words.” These words of the Catechism then refer to the trial which will “shake the faith of many but which the Church has to endure before the return of Christ.” Gänswein further explained that “in the same Catechism, it further says: 'The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the ‘mystery of iniquity.’"

Even though Archbishop Gänswein would of course make no mention whatsoever of criticism of Pope Franics, it is very significant that he would even reference the text written by Cardinal Eijk.  Cardinal Eijk's text is the most earnest and the most prominent call coming from a cardinal and addressed to the Pope, asking him to resolve the doctrinal confusion in the Church, highlighting that this confusion caused by the Pope has an apocalyptic character. 

The German prelate also made reference to Pope Benedict's own 2010 remarks on the airplane flight to Fatima in which he spoke about the meaning of the Third Secret of Fatima and mentioning that attacks on the Church would come from "within." 

The Lord told us that the Church would constantly be suffering, in different ways, until the end of the world. […]  As for the new things which we can find in this message today, there is also the fact that attacks on the Pope and the Church come not only from without, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin existing within the Church. This too is something that we have always known, but today we are seeing it in a really terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church.

Gänswein also noted that “the Church who had been rooted among the people [Volkskirche] into which we have been born – and which never existed as such in America as it existed in Europe – has long died in this process of the darkening.” He then asks: “Does this sound too dramatic for you?”

Throughout his speech, Gänswein made repeated references to the public statements of Pope Benedict, for example when speaking about the papal trip to the U.S. in 2008. The archbishop said that Benedict in a speech delivered in the U.S. at the time “tried to shake up” the U.S. bishops. He commented: “It seems to have been in vain, as we see today.”

“The lamentation of the Holy Father (Benedict) was not capable of stopping the evil, nor the lip services of a large part of the [U.S.] hierarchy,” he said.

Gänswein also referred back to Pope Benedict's 2012 warning that the spiritual crisis which takes place in the West is the gravest crisis since the decline of the Roman Empire at the end of the fifth century. “The light of the Christian civilization is being extinguished everywhere in the West,” were the words of Pope Benedict.

While speaking of the grave abuse crisis which is now raging in the U.S. and other parts of the world, Gänswein made a comparison with the terrorist event of 11 September 2001 in the U.S. – without wishing, thereby, to diminish the suffering of the victims on that day – saying that the “Catholic Church, filled with disdain, looks upon her own September 11, also when this catastrophe, unfortunately, does not refer to only one single date, but to many days and years, and upon innumerable victims.” He later comes back to this topic, speaking about the “satanic '9/11' of the Universal Catholic Church.”  

The Archbishop ended his talk with some hopeful remarks. “Even the satanic '9/11' of the Universal Catholic Church can neither weaken nor destroy the truth about the origin of her foundation by the Risen Lord and Conqueror.” “That is why I honestly have to admit that I perceive this time of a great crisis – which is not anymore hidden to anyone – also as a time of grace” because “the truth will make us free, as Our Lord has assured us.” 

Editor's note: Pete Baklinski contributed to this report.

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September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – It is hard to believe that it was already seventeen years ago that our world changed forever, when airplanes turned into flying bombs by fundamentalist fanatics cleaved history in two with their fiery explosions of mass murder. When the morning of September 12, 2001 dawned with smoke still rising from the rubble of the Twin Towers, we had arrived in what would soon be called “the post-9/11 world.” Altogether, 2,977 people perished in the events of the day of fire that ended an age.

Looking back at that day, with all the fear and fury that followed, most remember an utterly rare sense of total unity. The heroes were clear: The first responders, firefighters, and cops; the men who had charged the hijackers on Flight 93; the countless acts of selflessness and sacrifice that played out in the stairwells of collapsing skyscrapers. The villains were clear, too: They were the men who had used jetliners filled with innocent people to incinerate and crush buildings filled with other innocent people, and the terrorists who had laid the plots and paid the bills.

Like many others, I have been back to the site of the Twin Towers since then. There are now nearly 3,000 names inscribed in bronze surrounding the footprints of where the Tower once stood—and eleven pre-born children are also recognized as the victims who were taken from us. Following the names of eleven expectant mothers is the phrase “and her unborn child.” Joe Daniels, the 9/11 Memorial president, explained why: “it’s a special part of the memorial. It reinforces that message about the whole project that the folks were just like us, that they were about to start these lives…It reminds us that they were who we are.”

One 9/11 widower, Louis Massari, discovered that his twenty-five-year-old wife Patricia was pregnant on the morning of September 11 that they were expecting a child. They wept tears of joy, he remembered, before she left for work at the World Trade Center. “Two things were taken from me on that day,” Massari told Newsday in 2002. “I was looking forward to being a father.” Patricia never returned. Brian Howley, another 9/11 widower, has said that his pre-born child will be mentioned along with his wife Jennifer during the annual reading of the names of the victims of the September 11 attacks.

These are the names of the mothers who are listed with their pre-born children at the 9/11 Memorial. Today, let us remember the lives that were ended and the futures that were destroyed—both born and pre-born:

Monica Rodriguez Smith, 35, of Seaford

Died in 1993 World Trade Center bombing

Deanna Lynn Galante, 32, of Staten Island

Died on 9/11 in the north tower, worked at Cantor Fitzgerald

Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, 38, of San Rafael, California

Died on 9/11 aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania, passenger

Jennifer L. Howley, 34, of New Hyde Park

Died on 9/11 in the south tower, worked at Aon Corp.

Helen Crossin Kittle, 34, of Lachmont

Died on 9/11 in the north tower, worked at Cantor Fitzgerald

Vanessa Lang Langer, 29, of Yonkers

Died on 9/11 in the south tower, worked at Regus Plc

Patricia Ann Cimaroli Massari, 25, of Glendale, Queens

Died on 9/11 in the north tower, worked at Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc.

Renée A. May, 39, of Baltimore, Md.

Died on 9/11 aboard American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon, flight crew

Sylvia San Pio Resta, 26, of Bayside, Queens

Died on 9/11 in the north tower, worked at Carr Futures, Inc.

Rahma Salie, 28, of Boston

Died on 9/11 aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into Tower One of the World Trade Center, passenger

Dianne T. Signer, 32, of Middle Village, Queens

Died on 9/11 in the north tower, worked at Fred Alger Management, Inc

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These new recordings of sacred music will transport you to the courts of the King

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September 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – My weekly art columns have thus far focused exclusively on visual art, in particular, great paintings. But I would also like to introduce readers to great music that uplifts and consoles the spirit. And of all the wonderful music composed in the West, the heritage of sacred music is the very greatest, yet nowadays the least appreciated by most Christians, who too often listen exclusively to the popular styles of recent decades. In doing so, they deprive themselves of exposure to truly celestial beauty.

Recently, an all-male vocal ensemble from Great Britain, The Gesualdo Six, released its first CD, English Motets (also downloadable via iTunes).

Although I have a large collection of “classical” music CDs, ranging from medieval chant to the modern masterpieces of Arvo Pärt, and everything in between (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic), rarely have I come across a selection of pieces as exquisitely beautiful and superbly performed as these are. The program consists of English composers ranging from John Dunstable (1390–1453) to Thomas Tomkins (1572–1656), with the two most famous, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505–1585) and William Byrd (c. 1540–1623), represented by several works each. There is a blend of Latin and English, with texts drawn from Scripture and the liturgy.

All of the pieces, composed in that distinctive English choral style of unexpected dissonances, richness of harmonic texture, sweeping phrases, and ingenuity of rhetoric, are instantly impressive and lingeringly memorable. The music is grand but not grandiose, passionately calm, intensely meditative, and full of spiritual yearning. An atmosphere of underlying calm in these pieces witnesses to the primacy of the Logos, the intelligible Word, to which this music pays homage. 

Above all, it is theocentric, like the liturgy out of which it emerged and for which it exists. The words are themselves prayers or the narrative of prayers, and the music induces in the listener an openness to the transcendent, eternal, and infinite that is only one step away from actual prayer to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When I listen to this CD, I am transported to the courts of the King.

I could not say which tracks are my favorite, for I love them all; but for sheer sonic beauty, the two settings by John Sheppard of the Trinitarian prayer “Libera nos, salva nos” would be difficult to surpass. Fortunately, the Gesualdo Six has made the second of these settings available in a video performance at YouTube, so those who would like to sample the CD should make a point of listening to this:

The CD also includes the ever-popular “If ye love me” by Thomas Tallis, but sung at a lower pitch by basses and tenors:

As a Catholic writer who has specialized in studying and critiquing the utter devastation wrought in the temple of God by the postconciliar liturgical revolution, I find especially haunting the words of the two-part motet “Ne irascaris Domine” by William Byrd, taken from Isaiah 64:9–10:

Ne irascaris Domine satis,
et ne ultra memineris iniquitatis nostrae.
Ecce respice populus tuus omnes nos.
Civitas sancti tui facta est deserta.
Sion deserta facta est,
Jerusalem desolata est.

Be not very angry, O Lord,
and remember no longer our iniquity.
Behold, see we are all thy people.
The city of thy sanctuary is become a desert,
Sion is made a desert,
Jerusalem is desolate.

Yet the loveliness of the music, and the pleading with which Byrd cries out to the Lord—the sincere cry of a lifelong recusant Catholic who suffered fines and anxieties for his loyalty to the Roman Catholic Church during the Elizabethan persecution—envelops me, reminds me of everlasting truths, turns my mind to the One who can save us from our iniquities and the desolation wrought upon us, and kindles renewed energy in my soul to fight for sacred music and the sacred liturgy. 

For there is even now a flowering desert and a city rebuilding in the Catholic traditional movement. Where time and space collapse as they do in the Sacrifice of the Mass, there we can discover anew William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, John Sheppard, and other outstanding composers on this disc as living composers, their music fresh, their witness unfading.

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