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Petition asks Pope Francis to abandon changes to English ‘Our Father’

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PETITION: Holy Father, Please don’t change the Our Father! Sign the petition here.

July 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In conjunction with LifeSiteNews, the Ruth Institute is promoting an online petition asking Pope Francis not to change the English words of the Our Father.

The Pontiff has approved changing the Italian translation. There are reports that with little input from Bible scholars — he plans to make the same changes in the English version — from “Lead us not into temptation” to “Do not abandon us to temptation.”

The petition (posted on Life Petitions) reads in part:

We’ve learned the words of our prayers from our mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, our priests, nuns and brothers. Please don’t break this precious connection with these cherished people, with our tradition and our past. Please don’t replace these beloved words.

The petition notes that “Jesus gave us these words,” as recorded by Matthew and Luke in Greek, and in Latin by St. Jerome and faithfully translated into English by “our distant ancestors.”

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. said that while the Institute usually deals with political and social issues, “This petition is important because faith is the foundation of our lives. It permeates everything, including the Ruth Institute’s work for the family.”

Dr. Morse continued, “This petition is respectful of Pope Francis and his office. We wish to convey to him that the faithful of the English-speaking world are attached to the words of the Lord’s Prayer. The proposed change will create unnecessary confusion and division in an already confused and divided church.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family in the public arena and build a Civilization of Love.

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Abp. Viganò to receive award for exposing Church abuse cover-ups

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MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, July 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò will be bestowed with the “Msgr. Alphonse S. Popek Award” by Catholics United for the Faith in recognition of his leadership and fidelity for exposing cover-ups by the highest levels of the Catholic Church of sexual misdeeds by clergy.

Given annually by the Milwaukee chapter of Catholics United for the Faith (CUF), the award is given in memory of Msgr. Popek, who was known for his priestly zeal. CUF paid tribute to Viganò, saying in a release that he is “truly a man of courage working for the Church” who is distinguished by his “willingness to suffer the consequences of doing what is right for the Church.”

At Archbishop Viganò’s request, John-Henry Westen, co-founder and editor of LifeSiteNews, will accept the award on his behalf in Milwaukee at a dinner to be organized by CUF in October. Westen’s presentation is titled “Archbishop Viganò: A Man of Courage Working for the Good of the Church.”

In August 2018, Viganò, a former apostolic nuncio to the U.S., released on LifeSiteNews and other other media outlets an 11-page testimony in which he recounted that he personally told Pope Francis in 2013 about the sanctions imposed on then-cardinal Theodore McCarrick by erstwhile Pope Benedict XVI, due to allegations against McCarrick of sexual abuse. Archbishop Viganò alleged that Pope Francis did “not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on [McCarrick],” but instead made McCarrick “his trusted counselor.” It was McCarrick who advised Pope Francis on appointing several bishops in the United States, including pro-LGBT cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Newark.

Having concluded that his “conscience dictates” to tell the truth about the alleged cover-up by the highest echelons of the Church of sexual abuse committed by McCarrick against minors and seminarians, Viganò asserted that “the corruption has reached the very top of the Church’s hierarchy.” He called on Pope Francis and others involved in the cover-up of McCarrick’s abuse to resign. Viganò implicated Cardinals Angelo Sodano, Tarcisio Bertone, Donald Wuerl, and Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Wuerl became McCarrick’s successor as archbishop of Washington, D.C. in 2006. Viganò said in his missive that Wuerl was well aware of accusations against McCarrick. “I myself brought up the subject with Cardinal Wuerl on several occasions, and I certainly didn’t need to go into detail because it was immediately clear to me that he was fully aware of it,” he wrote. He went on to say that Wuerl’s “recent statements that he knew nothing about it … are absolutely laughable. He lies shamelessly.” Viganò accused Wuerl of ignoring Pope Benedict’s order about McCarrick, allowing the disgraced prelate to reside at a Washington D.C. seminary and thus put seminarians at risk.

More recently, Viganò told the Washington Post that Pope Francis deliberately covered up the case of Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, a fellow Argentine who had been accused of sexual assaults on seminarians. In light of the pope’s praise for Wuerl’s “nobility,” Viganò asked the Post, “What credibility has the Pope left after this statement?”

Viganò’s present whereabouts are unknown. He is believed to be in hiding, having told an Italian journalist in August 2018 that he was leaving Italy behind. According to EWTN journalist Edward Pentin, Viganò feared for his life.

Previous recipients of the award from CUF include Cardinal Raymond Burke; Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.; Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz; and Fr. Paul Marx, OSB.

CUF was founded in 1968 by Lyman Stebbens, a convert to the Catholic faith, to defend the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

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Government threatens Christian doctor’s job for discussing faith with patients

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MARGATE, Kent, England, July 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― A Christian doctor is under investigation and may lose his job because he incorporates prayer into his practise and discusses religious beliefs with some of his patients.

Dr. Richard Scott, 58, is a general practitioner at the Bethsaida Medical Centre in Margate, Kent. According to the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, he is being investigated by England’s National Health Service (NHS) because of allegations that he made a patient uncomfortable by praying. Meanwhile, the General Medical Council (GMC) is also involved in an investigation into the Christian doctor, which means he is in danger of losing his license.

A complaint was lodged with the GMC in May by the National Secular Society (NSS) on the “highly vulnerable” patient’s behalf. According to the secularist organization, they were informed of the alleged incident by someone who claimed to be an “acquaintance” of the patient. Steven Evans, the chief executive of the NSS, told the Sunday Times he did not know the patient’s identity.

Scott told the Sunday Times he was shocked that instead of having “a chat or gentle discussion” with him first, the GMC had started a “fitness to practise inquiry.” The G.P. also said he always asks patients’ permission to talk about faith and only after the standard medical discussion.

The doctor has incorporated spirituality in his medical practice for over 20 years, but the controversy around his open Christanity dates back to 2012. Then it was alleged, by a “psychologically troubled” 24-year-old man, that in 2010, Scott had told him that he could be cured only if he turned “to Jesus.”

According to the Daily Telegraph, a lawyer for the GMC, Andrew Hurst, said Scott told the man that “he did have a cure, which would cure him for good. His one and only hope of recovery was through Jesus.”

“If he did not turn to Jesus and hand him his suffering he would suffer for the rest of his life,” Hurst continued.

The patient also alleged that the doctor mentioned the devil, “belittled” his non-Christian religion, and said he would be damned to hell — i.e., “unless he turned to Jesus he would eternally suffer.”

Scott denied the allegations, which the patient refused to make in person. The doctor said he had merely given the patient the opportunity to chat about the role religious faith could play in helping with his problems.

The Christian doctor has always been vocal about the role faith can play in medical care and has presented his ideas on the subject in print and on BBC Radio. In the 2012 hearing, transcripts of the radio shows were prepared and provided by the National Secular Society, adding weight to Scott’s suggestion that the CMA has an anti-Christian bias.

This year, Scott told the Sunday Times he believes that the NSS is out to get him. 

“The NSS is obviously gunning for me — and would like me to lose my job because they don’t like me,” he said. 

“Well, to be honest I don't like them but I am not gunning for them to lose their jobs. They think I am irresponsible and dangerous and I would say the same about them."

The Telegraph mentioned that Scott cited the World Health Organization, which cites spiritual well-being as part of health, and “scientific evidence that faith benefits health.”

In 2013, Scott wrote an article for The Pulse, an online news magazine for doctors, in which he described his working day. It began with a chat and prayers with a prayer buddy and included encouraging a recovering drug addict “to live the life he signed up for when he was baptised in our church.” He gave £10 to a mentally ill man whose electricity has been cut off and obtains permission from a heartbroken patient to pray for her.

However, Scott also wrote ambiguously of agreeing with his wife, who is also his medical partner, to help a drug addict who is 19 weeks pregnant and doesn’t have enough money for an abortion. It is unclear what form this help would take.

LifeSiteNews attempted to contact Dr. Scott by phone but was informed by his medical center that he is on leave until July 15.

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French politician excluded from party for opposing law allowing lesbians to artificially procreate

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By Jeanne Smits

July 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Agnès Thill, an elected representative of the people at the French National Assembly, was excluded from the presidential “République En Marche” (LREM) party on June 26 for having opposed access to artificial procreation for single women and lesbian couples. She intends to appeal that decision in the civil courts and has accused President Emmanuel Macron’s “En Marche” movement of totalitarianism.

“The frequency and pernicious nature of Agnes Thill’s words generate and nourish an aggressiveness that are harmful to the serenity of the debate,” the party said in an official statement.

She has also been expelled from the parliamentary group “En Marche,” which obtained a large majority in the 2017 legislative elections and is in a numerical position as a party to vote any law or disposition it sees fit.

She has asked the party to reimburse the 10.800 euro contribution she made on her official parliamentary funds covering the 27 months until the next elections.

Thill frankly opposes all forms of medically assisted procreation that “create” children without a father. She has been particularly vocal on the subject over the last year, since President Macron promised to make good on his campaign commitment more widely to open access to “PMA,” as it is called in France for short.

French laws and regulations severely limit access to artificial reproduction techniques to married or stable man-woman couples who have been together for at least two years and can provide medical evidence of a fertility problem or who are at risk of transmitting a grave genetic disease or anomaly. The government's draft bill, that should reach the National Assembly for debate by the end of July, intends to scrap these conditions.

Provided a woman is of fertile age and has a green light after a compulsory psychological assessment, she will have access to elective in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination, paid for by the social security system, according to the draft law’s present wording.

Thill has repeatedly condemned the form taken by LREM’s announcements and draft bill, complaining that the party never committed to legalize the creation of children without fathers, nor the financing of the procedure with taxpayers’ money.

In November 2018, she published a tweet deploring the presence of a “powerful LGBT lobby at the National Assembly.” She later apologized for those words “that may have offended some of her colleagues and others.”

She also stated that Muslims in France would choose Coranic schools for their children, as well as increasingly communitarian lifestyle for themselves if the government and Parliament were to go ahead with their plan, because of Islamic opposition to the scrapping of the traditional concepts of fatherhood and motherhood.

In a statement explaining why Thill was no longer accepted as a member of the party, LREM provided a list of her declarations, interviews, tweets and press statements contrary to the “general politics of the government” and public stances on the part of several ministers.

Her criticism of access to artificial procreation for homosexual couples was first on the list, but also that of motherhood, which has been explicitly rejected in view of the coming revised bioethics bill that will include “PMA” for all.

Her expulsion from the “En Marche” party was also warranted, said the official statement, because on several occasions she has said “homosexual and heterosexual couples find themselves in different situations and are therefore not to be submitted to equal treatment.”

She is also being criticized for having spoken against an LREM junior minister, self- proclaimed homosexual Gabriel Attal, who has made public his desire to obtain a child through surrogacy. A French activist homosexual association, “Stop Homophobie,” already asked for Thill’s expulsion. Surrogate motherhood is currently illegal on French soil.

The LREM communiqué finally quoted an interview given by Thill to the monthly L’Incorrect in which she called secularism and sexual orientation forms of “communitarianism that lead to the death of the common good.”

Thill reacted angrily to her expulsion, recalling that the French Council of State has itself in recent times excluded lesbian couples from access to artificial reproduction because “couples formed by a man and a woman are in a different situation, regarding procreation, than same-sex couples,” and that she has been excluded for having tweeted those exact words.

Why did Thill not leave the party of her own initiative, she was asked during a radio show on RMC last Thursday. “It would have given them too great a satisfaction,” she replied.

Explaining that she had been subject to an “incredibly violent harassment” during the last year on the part of her own party colleagues, she added that her exclusion has allowed to verify that France “we are no longer in a democracy.”

Commenting on “En Marche’s” position of power at the National Assembly, Thill added, “We have no opposition, so we have a single party, and everything is up to us, for good or for bad … We have just certified the end of pluralism. So what’s left? The worst. Honestly, this country is in a serious condition.”

“To be excluded from a sectarian party is a great honor,” Thill also remarked, adding in another interview that she has been sanctioned for a “thought crime.”

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Three Irish newspapers apologize for false reports about seminarians accused of sexual shenanigans

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DUBLIN, Ireland, July 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Three Irish newspapers facing libel charges apologized for publishing a story that smeared Catholic seminarians for being part of a fabricated sex scandal at the Irish College in Rome.

Acknowledging that there was no truth in the widely distributed story, The Echo, The Irish Examiner, and The Irish Times issued formal apologies, declaring the article “false and should not have been published.”

The three newspaper published stories in May 2018, alleging that seminarians had been suspended or expelled from the Irish College in Rome after supposedly being found in bed with another seminarian. Facing a libel suit filed by former seminarian Conor Gannon against eight publications, the newspapers now say “there was no truth in and no basis for” the claims against him.

Extensive monetary damages, which will be determined by Ireland’s High Court, are expected to be paid to Gannon by the newspapers. According to The Irish Catholic, the Irish Times had refused to remove the false report until recently. However, other media removed the story once it was revealed to be false.

The Irish Catholic was the first newspaper to uncover the truth, determining that claims of a sexual nature against two seminarians were false, as well as claims that they had been dismissed by the Irish College.

According to The Irish Catholic, a source said one of the exonerated men is delighted to see his name cleared, saying matters could have been easily resolved by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin and the Irish College in Rome.

“All he wanted was a simple correction of the record, that he left the Irish College in Rome of his own accord and was not kicked out or found to have been involved in some sexual activity with another seminarian,” the source told The Irish Catholic. “But the rector, Msgr. Ciaran O’Carroll, refused.”

Moreover, the source said the seminarian believes that Archbishop Martin did nothing to clear the names of the accused despite their pleading. The source said the seminarian had been “hung out to dry” and Archbishop Martin “did a Pontius Pilate.”

Contrary to the lurid reports elsewhere, The Irish Catholic reported in May 2018 that the two men were reprimanded for excessive alcohol consumption and chose to leave the seminary on their own accord.

In 2016, following reports that some seminarians at Maynooth’s St. Patrick College were using the gay dating app Grindr, Archbishop Martin, who has authority over the seminary, said, "One (allegation) is that there is a homosexual, a gay culture; that students have been using an app called Grindr, which is a gay dating app.”

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Dehydration and starvation of France’s Vincent Lambert begins

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By Jeanne Smits

July 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The dehydration and starvation of Vincent Lambert has started again. Less than four days after the French Court of Cassation ruled against the Parisian Court of Appeal’s decision that saved Lambert’s life on May 20, Dr. Vincent Sanchez seized the earliest opportunity to deeply sedate Lambert and pull his feeding tube on Tuesday, July 2.

France’s Terri Schiavo, a tetraplegic and brain-damaged 42-year-old, will die within about a week, according to Bernard Devalois, a doctor who specializes in palliative care who told the French press agency AFP that in such cases patients intravenously receive midazolam, a powerful sedative. Mainstream media are repeating that “Vincent will not suffer” while his organs shut down due to lack of fluids.

“In Mr. Lambert's case, there is no sensation of thirst: in order to be thirsty, you need to be conscious,” said Devalois.

The media are also repeating that Lambert is in a “vegetative state” and that he is going to be “allowed to die,” in the same way that they are insisting that he has been “unplugged,” as if a life-support machine has been turned off.

Specialized doctors who work personally with brain-damaged patients in the same condition as Lambert have throughout the whole affair explained that he has a form of consciousness that, as his mother confirms, when well disposed he reacts to her demands, follows visitors with his eyes and is capable of swallowing custards and fruit purée in small quantities when she gives them to him with a spoon. He is emphatically not in an end-of-life situation.

Like Eric Kariger, the first doctor who put Lambert on an end-of-life path in 2013, Sanchez is a geriatrician who has no experience or specialized knowledge of brain damaged and severely handicapped people.

Viviane Lambert, the mother of Vincent who together with husband Pierre and two of their children has been fighting for his life in the courts for the last six years, received notice of the end-of-life process by email from Sanchez on Tuesday morning.

She was just back from Geneva, where she had given witness the previous day at the United Nations to the fact that her son is alive and needs to be protected from being assassinated.

Viviane Lambert was able to speak twice on Monday at the Palais des Nations, the UN’s headquarters in Switzerland, where the Human Rights Committee is holding its 126th session. Having traveled to Geneva together with lawyers Jérôme Triomphe and Jean Paillot, as well as Gregor Puppink of the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ), she addressed the diplomatic delegates to the UN commission and also gave a press conference. At that point, she was not aware that Sanchez intended to make a new attempt to kill her son the next day.

Addressing the delegates, she said:

“Today I am sending you a cry for help.

“Without your intervention, my son, Vincent Lambert, will be euthanized by a doctor because of his cerebral disability.

“He is in a state of minimal consciousness: he is not a vegetable! He sleeps at night, wakes up during the day, and looks at me when I talk to him. He only needs to receive his food through a tube. And it is that tube that his doctor wants to deprive him of, in order to make him die, even though a team of legal experts has stated that he is not being subjected to any kind of therapeutic aggressiveness.

“On May 19, on the day before his scheduled death, he cried when he saw us. We are still deeply shaken.

“That is why we have referred this matter to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, because the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities prohibits the deprivation of food and drink on the grounds of disability. Doing that would be discrimination.

“On two occasions, this Committee has asked France not to kill Vincent. But the French government refuses, blatantly violating its international obligations.

“I beg you to intervene with France to remind it of its obligation to respect the provisional measures prescribed by the Committee, and not to kill my son.

“Apart from my son, it is the lives of the 1,700 other people who share his condition that are at risk.

“Please, help us.”

To the press, she said that her son was at risk of being “assassinated.”

The Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is clearly sensitive to her emotional pleas. Having been informed of Sanchez’ decision to go ahead immediately with the end-of-life protocol, it made an emergency request to France on Tuesday, demanding the country respect its decision requiring “provisional measures” not to implement an irreversible act that would deprive Lambert of his life, so that the committee can examine whether this disabled person's rights are being violated.

Later during the day, Triomphe and Paillot published the following statement:

“On July 2, we informed the CRPD of Dr. Sanchez’s new announcement indicating that he is stopping feeding and hydrating Vincent Lambert as of today.

“The CRPD's Requests and Investigations Department has urgently reiterated to the French State its request to maintain Mr. Vincent Lambert’s food and hydration as a precautionary measure.

“It is recalled that provisional measures are mandatory in order to guarantee the effectiveness of the appeal to the CRPD, which requires that Vincent Lambert's life not be harmed.

“The mandatory nature of the CRPD's provisional measures was reiterated by the (French) Defender of Rights in person on May 17, 2019. 

“We have just informed Dr. Sanchez.

“We will continue to act through all legal channels to enforce these interim measures.

“There will be no further comments as things stand.”

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Counsel for parents, brother and sister of Vincent Lambert.

It is clear that they have not yet given up hope.

As for Vincent Lambert, he has up to now shown exceptional resiliency in remaining alive despite his difficult situation. He survived 31 days without food and little water in 2013 until a court ordered that he be fed and looked after.

According to Emmanuel Hirsch, professor of medical ethics at Paris-Saclay University, “Vincent Lambert, in his resolve to live in the confinement of a hospital room, is giving witness of his will not to give up, of not renouncing his existence.”

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Sen. Rand Paul: GOP leadership won’t vote on defunding Planned Parenthood because ‘we might win’

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life Senator Rand Paul shocked listeners when he revealed that GOP Congressional leadership chose not to include a measure to defund Planned Parenthood in a spending bill because “we might win.” 

Speaking to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in the nation’s capital, the Kentucky Republican explained that despite strides in the public’s attitudes against abortion, Republican lawmakers aren’t following the public’s lead.  

“We still lose in the legislation,” observed Paul. “We lose because the people who come to you and give you lip service and say, ‘Oh I’m pro-life, I’m pro-life,’ and then they don’t seem to vote that way.” 

Paul shared an example:  

Last year, I tried to attach to a spending bill a prohibition to have any money spent by Planned Parenthood.  

You know what happened? [GOP leadership] sat me down and one of the senior Republican senators said, “We cannot have the vote today.”

I said, “Why?”

He said, “We might win.” 

Paul’s disclosure elicited gasps from the crowd of mostly Evangelical Christians.  

He said that he then turned to the senior senator and asked, “What does this mean? Does this mean that passing your spending bill, getting the Democrats to vote for your spending bill, is more important than life?”

“Then he just smiled,” said Paul.

“You have Republicans that are more concerned with spending money than protecting the unborn,” he concluded. 

Paul, a licensed opthamologist, prefaced his remarks by explaining that during his medical training he refused to participate in abortions, adding, “I would never commit an abortion.” 

The Bluegrass State senator assured the crowd that despite Congress’s failure to defund Planned Parenthood, “We are winning hearts and minds.” 

“Less and less physicians want to be associated with the grisly practice,” said Paul.   

“The repulsive idea of seeing Planned Parenthood selling body parts on video struck home for people,” he added. “We are winning sometimes the persuasive argument that this is an awful, degrading, and disgusting thing for anybody to be involved with.” 

President Donald Trump kicked off the conference the previous day with a pro-life meessage: “We’re building a society that values the limitless potential of every person. And we’re strengthening the bonds that tie us together in the wondrous tapestry of creation.”

The president called the crowd’s attention to pro-life activist Katie Shaw, who has Down syndrome.  

“Our nation is uplifted by incredible Americans like Katie who fight for the dignity of all humanity,” he said.    

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Georgia, July 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Around 1,000 people have offered to adopt Baby India, the abandoned newborn whose rescue was captured on a police body camera earlier this summer.

Interest in India, whose story quickly went viral, has been so widespread that the homepage of Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services has an announcement on it that the baby girl “is in a safe and loving home with a supportive, approved family.”

She’s “laughing” and “smiling,” according to Tom Rawlins, the Director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Rawlins told CNN that India is “thriving,” “gaining weight,” and “smiling a lot.” She apparently loves being held and being sung to.

“For her to be in such a great condition is just a miracle,” Sheriff Ron Freeman told Good Morning America.

“We have been inundated with love from around the world and we are in absolute awe!” the Forsyth County Sheriff’s office posted on Facebook. They posted a map showing the places around the world from where people have contacted offering to help Baby India. The offers of help have come from as far as Italy, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Germany, as well as 45 states and the District of Columbia.

The 911 call from the night India was discovered has been released. 

“It’s in a bag! It’s in a bag! Hurry!” the female caller said as her family discovered the noise they heard was definitely a baby and not an animal, as they originally thought it may be. “The baby’s in a bag!”

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is using the attention it has gained from the Baby India situation to encourage people to consider adopting older children who are in foster care.

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Next generation of parents losing enthusiasm for LGBT indoctrination: Survey

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“Do you want your future children taught ‘LGBT’ history lessons?”

That’s essentially the question (along with others) presented to young Americans 18 to 34 in a recent Harris poll. Their responses have  “LGBT” activists in a tizzy — and many conservatives predicting a hopeful new era in social engineering reality.

Support for normalizing homosexuality and gender confusion is dropping like a stone among young adults. The majority still expresses support for generalized “equal rights,” but apparently some have learned what devils are in these details.

GLAAD, the group supporting the “American Acceptance Index” research, is mystified.

They wonder, doesn’t this first generation raised under “gay” indoctrination get it? Haven’t these people been subjected to numerous anti-bullying lessons in school, obediently learning that homosexuality is inborn (despite evidence to the contrary)?

Didn’t they see their school’s “gay-straight alliance” (or “genders and sexualities alliance”) in full activist mode, with perennial permission to post rainbow flyers throughout the halls and broadcast chirpy “pride” announcements on the P.A. system?

Don’t they remember the “safe space” pink triangles on teachers’ and counselors’ doors where a “gay”-inclined or gender-bending student could meet in private with an affirming adult willing to withhold this life-changing information from parents?

Weren’t they around for the “Day of Silence” in schools each April, where sexual rebels and their allies could spend a day pretending they have no influence or voice in America? And that their dysfunction and distress is the fault of Christians and their businesses, like bakeries; florists; and Chick-Fil-A, vandalized by tolerant homosexuals during the recent New York City “pride” parade?

Maybe that’s the problem. Young Americans have seen all this and are not impressed.

I speak on the “LGBT” agenda in classes of public school seniors several times a year, and here’s what I think is going on.

1. Kids have learned about bullies and see “LGBTQ” tyranny for what it is: hypocrisy. These folks talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. Their identities must be affirmed, but there’s no sympathy for girls who don’t want strange males in their bathrooms or boys who are taunted by mean “gay” guys. Young people are tired of being called bigots if they want privacy or want to be treated with respect for their own preferences and moral objections.

2. Today’s youths hate phonies. And let’s face it: those involved in homosexual behavior and those pretending to be the opposite sex are huge pretenders.

An example is “LGBT history” propaganda. Many of today’s 21-year-olds were subjected to this mythology in high school, with speculation that Abraham Lincoln, the Apostle Paul, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others were closeted “gays.” And that we should consider pederast Harvey Milk and Bruce Jenner heroes and worthy role models. They are not buying it and don’t want their children subjected to this nonsense.

3. Mean behavior is getting a pushback. I’ve heard from many parents over the years who relate their kids’ mistreatment by empowered groups of homosexual students and teachers in their schools. Even the slightest disagreement with their agenda often results in mocking, scoffing, rumor-spreading, and harassment. The more influence in schools the “LGBTQ” crowd gets, the fewer boundaries of decency and civility they honor. And in college,  this vicious treatment goes on steroids. Many are fed up with being treated like second-class citizens or watching others treated in this way.

4. The ugliness is front and center. Let’s face it: effeminate teen boys and butch teen girls are not appealing to the mainstream student. They are, again, inauthentic and a physically compromised version of the best that young person could be. Something has altered such a person’s perceptions and mannerisms, and it usually doesn’t come off attractively. And it’s so sad, because these kids could have a whole different adolescent experience, but instead of getting truth-based counseling, they are being deceived by manipulative adults.

The gender-confused person is even more of a caricature. Most heterosexual kids want to avoid the female-to-male gender rebel and all “drag queens.” They find this disordered behavior repulsive.

And they have a right to do so. It’s a natural, protective reaction and an outgrowth of common sense. We are created by God to be our real selves, not our “real” delusions.

5. The gender pretense movement is a bridge too far. Just as parents coast to coast are rising up against “Drag 101” and the pedophilic “story hours” in tax-funded libraries, teens and young adults are not impressed with what they see exhibited in the gender agenda. The addition of “transgender” lunacy and the demand for instant affirmation is opening lots of eyes to this entire movement with its excesses and disrespectfulness.

If the people running the Human Rights Campaign were smart, they would drop the gender rebellion issue from their “rights” coalition. So would GLSEN. But don’t look for that to happen, because these days, that’s where much of the big funding is.

Advocates blame a toxic culture for the drop in support and claim there’s a rise in violence against homosexuals and “transgenders.” Most cultural hostility today is fomented and sustained by the left, however. And most of these crimes turn out to be personal disputes, or not physical conflict, but verbal insults, or “gay-on-gay” attacks, so not really fulfilling the definition of a hate crime.

Unless verified by a police report, the alleged incidents are sometimes hoaxes. Jussie Smollett comes to mind.

These “rights” have no depth. It’s a house of cards and has been all along. That is why it will crash, now or later.

And maybe the first generation to be fully awash in homosexual indoctrination is ready to step out of the mud and take a bath in truth.

Hopefully the trend toward reality continues until we stop normalizing this deviance throughout America and start conveying the most positive message we could give: “No way.”

And then, follow up by showing these lost people how God can change anyone who wants His help.

Linda Harvey is president of Mission America.

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Did Christian ‘just war’ principles guide Trump in calling off Iranian military installation attack?

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July 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump provided an insight into his thought processes when he reversed an order to attack an Iranian military installation in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. reconnaissance drone. Apparently, we were “locked and loaded,” our planes in the air, or about to be, when he asked for an assessment of the damage expected from the attack.

Being advised that as many as 150 deaths were likely, he rescinded the strike order. Those deaths, he felt, would not have been “proportionate” to the loss we suffered, and so not justified by what Iran had done.

Trump isn’t Catholic. In fact, his religious identity is rather unclear. But his use of the term, “proportionate” suggests that his thinking is at least somewhat informed by Catholic social teaching.

Perhaps among those advising him there’s someone who has a Catholic perspective. My hunch is that it may be Vice President Mike Pence, who while an Evangelical now, was raised in the Catholic Church.

Trump took criticism for this reversal, which was seen by some as a sign of indecisiveness on his part. Others applauded his restraint, observing that it strengthened his hand, clearing the way for us to strike even harder, should the Iranians commit another provocative act.

I take the latter view, though I suspect there was more to this last-minute change of direction. It’s possible that Trump was attempting to exploit division within the Iranian leadership, or maybe he had received some back-channel indications of a receptiveness to further negotiations.

Diplomacy is always complex and multi-layered.

Nevertheless, what we heard from the President was an echo of Catholic Just War Theory.

The Church teaches that for a war to be just it must meet certain qualifications. For instance, it must be declared by a competent authority (individual citizens or lower-level officials cannot make war on other nations or groups). Also, there must be a reasonable chance of winning (calling people to risk their lives in a cause that is likely impossible is not just).

There are other criteria as well. But perhaps the most important is that action taken must be proportionate to the action provoking it. And that is the point which the President seems to have grasped (or at least emphasized).

He saw that the destruction of human life would be greatly disproportionate to the destruction of a drone — sophisticated and expensive as that piece of equipment was. And in that, he acted from a position of Christian principle.

These are precisely the kinds of concerns on which the Church is obliged to speak — and our elected leaders are bound to consider. In fact, I see in this incident an example of the proper relationship between moral teaching and civic responsibility.

Too often, priests, bishops, and theologians are tempted to make high-sounding pronouncements on specific questions of government policy. And just as often our officials ignore them — which seems to set public authority against Church authority.

But as sincere and fervent as these pastoral entreaties might be, the fact is churchmen have neither the competence nor the responsibility to make such judgments. Our role is to be moral teachers.

We should avoid the temptation to lecture public officials on how they ought to be meeting our expectations. Rather, we must constantly bring those who possess the relevant authority back to the eternal truths of right and wrong on which difficult decisions must be based in order to be morally valid.

That’s the church-state balance on which our country was originally founded.

We celebrate the Fourth of July this week. In our ideologically distorted age, don’t let anyone try to convince you of the trendy notion that America rests on secular, “Enlightenment” principles. Instead, be clear on the fact that the very idea of America is profoundly moral and profoundly religious.

As John Adams put it, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Deep in his heart, President Trump seems to understand this. God bless him for it.

And God bless America.

A priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, Rev. Michael P. Orsi currently serves as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Naples, Florida. He is host of “Action for Life TV,” a weekly cable television series devoted to pro-life issues, and his writings appear in numerous publications and online journals.

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‘Menstrual equality’: Pro-LGBT college students demand tampons for men’s bathrooms

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July 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The year of our Lord 2019 has thus far been one in which Democratic presidential candidates promise abortions for transgender people without uteruses, socialism is back in vogue, and a full faction of the Democratic Party is peeling away from the American body politic and racing full-tilt leftward, where Drag Queen Storytime, free stuff, and gender confusion are all the rage. 

But things can always get more insidiously ridiculous. Ridiculous, because no sane person at any other stage in Western civilization would have accepted this nonsense. Insidious, because the LGBT movement wants you jailed if you actually laugh. It is 2019 now, and even most so-called conservative political parties across the Western world are letting a handful of eunuchs and cross-dressers call the shots.

To give you yet another example of the absurdities that will continue to be forced on us so long as we collectively play along, woke activists at several American universities are demanding that menstrual products be placed in the men’s bathroom as well as the female bathroom, because they not only believe men can menstruate, but they will not be happy until the rest of us join them in their fantasy. And of course, as institutions of higher learning tasked with preparing the next generation to face the real world, some universities have already buckled. 

University students, of course, can be consistently counted on to embrace brand-new stupidities with a fervor that would be genuinely amusing if it was not for the fact that these snowflake fascists may soon be in Congress. At Cornell University a few years ago, 78.6 percent of the 3,034 students who voted demanded that the university provide “all bathrooms on campus of both genders—yes, men’s too—with free menstrual products throughout the year.” The university administration, rather than taking the time to explain that the students were perhaps taking the “men” in menstruation a bit too literally, obediently agreed to give it a shot.

Syracuse University is in a similar boat, with the student government approving funding to get tampons and the like into men’s bathrooms, with volunteers restocking the supply each week. As a nod to fiscal responsibility, one hopes that they just stocked the men’s bathroom once and declined to replace the unused products four times a month. After all, it is the virtue-signalling that counts here, and surely mentioning casually during your queer studies seminar that you recently stocked the men’s bathroom with tampons gets you a lot of points in one shot. 

It is amusing, in a sad, end-of-civilization sort of way, how seriously these folks take themselves. The campus spokeswoman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for example, declared that school’s free-tampons-in-the-men’s-bathroom program a success because “no problems or concerns have been reported” with the tampon dispensaries installed in 2017. She did not seem to realize that if nobody is using the dispensaries, nobody can complain about them. But no mind—she proudly noted that this “is one way the university is working to make campus more welcoming to students across the spectrum of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.”

Not all universities have succeeded in achieving this new level of rainbow wokeness. At the University of Arkansas, the student government passed the “Menstrual Equity for All Act,” which isn’t a joke. This faux legislation announced that the student government, in case anyone cared, “believes in equality for all individuals regardless of their sex or gender identity.” That mean that the injustice of tampon dispensaries in the women’s bathroom could no longer be borne because it “limits the ability of members of the transgender community to safely and easily access [tampons] on demand.” As such, they declared sanctimoniously, the derelict university “has a duty to create equal access to education, and therefore must prioritize the near-universal accessibility to Menstrual Hygiene Management at no cost to students forthwith.”

While one news outlet stated that the university was going to get with the new program, campus spokesman Steve Voorhies told The College Fix that this would not be happening: “There are no plans to put tampon dispensaries in the men’s room on campus. I understand it’s a funny idea, or maybe something to get people riled up, but there’s no truth to it.” I expect we will soon hear about his lynching or firing or a collective student temper tantrum at his characterization of the deadly serious problem of a lack of tampons in male bathrooms, even if it is a problem nobody has ever complained about.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say this again: Most ordinary people still know that this is delusional. However, the LGBT movement has tremendous power, and they have handily conquered the media, the entertainment industry, and the full spectrum of left-wing political parties. If the conservatives are cowed by the men in dresses and the drag queens who want to play with children at the library as well, then the transgender activists will win this fight by default. It is time for men to take a stand, and preferably men who know what it means to be a man for a change.

Jonathon’s new podcast, The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. In his latest episode, he interviews John Zmirak, who gives a rundown of what he calls the official war between conservatives. You can subscribe here and listen to the episode below: 

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Catholics must have ‘respectful resistance,’ speak up about crisis in Church: famed historian

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July 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) - In this Episode 16 of the John-Henry Westen show I am very pleased to bring you the second part in a two-part interview with Professor Roberto de Mattei on the crisis in the Church.

Described as the greatest historian on the Catholic Church alive today, Professor de Mattei was awarded the Order of Knighthood of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI. He currently serves as the President of the Lepanto Foundation in Rome.

I interviewed Professor de Mattei during my recent trip to Rome, where I had the honor of speaking at the 2019 Rome Life Forum, participating in the Rome March for Life, and emceeing the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family’s conference on brain death.

“A respectful resistance,” Professor de Mattei said, is what Catholics need to have at this time in Church history. Now “is a time for speaking” and Catholics must have a “militant spirit” and fight with prayer and example. They can’t retreat into “catacombism.”

Professor de Mattei also spoke to me about the silent protest he organized in the center of Rome in February of this year where 100 Catholics called attention to the crisis of pedophilia and homosexuality in the Church. This “symbolic act,” he said, “had a very strong impact.” In fact, he added, the history of the Church is filled with symbolic acts, like Luther’s theses in Wittenberg but also the martyrdom of the saints, who gave a “symbolic witness” to the truth. 

Professor de Mattei, who considers himself a disciple of Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, said there is a struggle today between two armies — one army is headed by the Blessed Virgin, the other by the devil. “Mary always wins,” he said. 

When I asked him how to make sense of the crisis in the Church and Pope Francis, he told me “papolatry” is an error just as much as the idea that Francis is the anti-Christ. “Imagine that tomorrow there’s no pope Francis…the problems [in the Church] will still be there.” This “is a crisis with roots in Vatican II and even before in the modernism of the 20th century.”

“Our ideal,” he said to me, “has to be the restoration of the Christian order in its total integrity without exception and compromise.” We have to be “confident” about the future and trust in God, who can change the situation very rapidly. “The situation is so terrible that the moment of restoration…cannot be so far.”

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