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Late-term abortionist offers parents the chance to cuddle with dead babies before disposal

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BETHESDA, Maryland, August 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A late-term abortionist is offering women an opportunity to hold their babies “after delivery” or take a picture home as a “remembrance” after ending their unborn child’s life. 

These are just a few options suggested in a brochure now being provided by notorious late-term abortionist Dr. LeRoy Carhart, found on his website by Dr. Pat Castle of the pro-life group LIFE Runners.  

The brochure, which seeks to alleviate consciences and allay the fears of women considering having a second- or third-trimester abortion, declares that the clinic has been  “Caring for women with Kindness, Courtesy, Justice, Love & Respect for over 45 years.”  

“Many patients request a remembrance of their baby to take home with them,” according to the flyer.  

“Once the process of healing has begun, you may want to consider a token of the precious time with you and your baby had together,” it continues, before offering several post-abortion services available via the Carhart staff:  

  •  Viewing your baby after the delivery

  •  Holding your baby after the delivery

  •  Photographs of your baby

  •  Cremation services referral

  •  Funeral arrangements referral

  •  Footprints

  •  Spiritual and ceremonial accommodations

  •  Remembrance certificate

That Carhart acknowledges via this pamphlet that a “baby” is involved in abortion is consisent with his attitude in a recent interview he gave to the BBC.

“I think that it is a baby, and I use (the word) with patients,” Carhart said.

“And you don’t have a problem … with … killing a baby?” the stunned BBC reporter asked.

“I have no problem if it’s in the mother’s uterus,” he replied.

Given that choosing either cremation or funeral arrangements would be a significant acknowledgement of the humanity of an aborted child, LifeSiteNews reached out to Dr. Carhart’s office to find out what percentage of women who undergo late-term abortions select one of those options, but had received no response by the time of publication.

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Satanic Temple head: ‘More than 50% of our membership is LGBTQ’

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August 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — “It would be a conservative estimate to say that more than 50 percent of our membership is LGBTQ,” the head of the Satanic Temple said in a recent interview.

Lucien Greaves, who runs the U.S. Satanic Temple, told U.K.-based Attitude magazine, “From the start, when one of our early actions was the Pink Mass, a lot of LGBTQ people were looking for another community that didn’t see them as defined by their sexual orientation.”

It appears Greaves was referring to a ritual he performed at the grave of the mother of the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, a fringe, vehemently anti-Catholic group condemned by pro-family activists for, among other things, reducing people to the sum of their sexual attractions (just as the LGBT lobby does). The “black mass,” meanwhile, is a blasphemous mockery of the Catholic Mass that includes the desecration of a consecreated host, which the Catholic Church teaches is the literal body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ.

“Within the Satanic Temple, we’re all pretty much one and the same,” Greaves continued. “We’re all Satanists and it’s not like we have ‘tolerance’ for trans people or gay people or sex workers, we just don’t f------ care, and a lot of people in those communities appreciate that.”

The Satanic Temple has made a name for itself campaigning against pro-life laws in the name of “religious freedom” and supporting the LGBT lobby.

“Our chapters are always involved with Pride parades in the United States, they’re always doing something for the LGBTQ community and they’re always open about inclusion,” said Greaves.

Other recent activities by the Satanic Temple include erecting a statue next to a Nativity scene in Illinois and bringing a giant statue of Baphomet — a half-man, half-goat creature representing the devil — to the Arkansas state capitol.

The late Vatican chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth wrote in his book An Exorcist Explains the Demonic that satanic influence can “lead to confusion about one’s gender,” “particularly in the young.”

“The most frequent weak points in man are, from time to time, always the same: pride, money, and lust,” he wrote.

Satanists don’t promote ‘a belief in a personal Satan’?

A Pink News article on Greaves’s comments to Attitude reported, “A commitment to Satan is not required to join the Temple, although a commitment to trolling anti-LGBT evangelicals is desirable. The group’s website clarifies that members do not actually ‘believe in the existence of Satan or the supernatural.’”

“It explains: ‘As such, we do not promote a belief in a personal Satan. To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions. Satanists should actively work to hone critical thinking and exercise reasonable agnosticism in all things.’”

READ: Former Satanist: ‘I performed satanic rituals inside abortion clinics’

That sentiment is similar to what the Satanic Temple in Canada’s national coordinator said before hosting the country’s first satanic “black mass.”

They are “atheistic Satanists” who don’t believe in “supernaturalism” but “look to science as our arbiter, Nicholas Marc of the Satanic Temple in Canada said.

Fr. Amorth also addressed this in his book, writing: 

Generally one distinguishes [between] a personal Satanism (or occultism) and an impersonal or rationalist Satanism. The first recognizes the personal nature of Satan, and the followers entreat, adore, and honor him as a god. The second, the impersonal or rationalist, does not believe in Satan’s personal nature, that is, in the metaphysical sense; rather, they see him as a cosmic energy that is present in each man and in the world and that, when called upon, will emerge in all of his power to carry out the most absurd and atrocious perversions, always connecting them to esoteric rites.

What is their objective? Satanists wish to develop this depraved form of devotion through a diffusion of the theory and practice of three basic principles: you can do all that you wish, no one has the right to command you, and you are the god of yourself. ...

In appearance these principles are seductive, especially for younger people, because they delude them into thinking that life is a beautiful holiday in an imaginary land of playthings, where everything is permitted and where your ‘I’ does not recognize any limits regarding pleasure and enjoyment.

Colorado-based exorcist Father Chad Ripperger questioned in a previous LifeSiteNews interview the premise of atheistic satanism.

“My question is, if it’s just a myth, why are you reenacting all this? Why are you doing it?” he said of the Canadian black mass.

And because Satan exists, “in that sense it doesn’t matter if they actually believe if he’s real or not; if they do the particular ritual which will actually invoke him, he will possibly, God permitting, show up, or it will have an effect on the spiritual level independent” of what the Satanists believe, he said.

Witchcraft has been on the rise in recent years, with feminists turning to it as a form of anti-Trump protest. A movement encouraging people to “hex” the president has emerged. 

“The number of witches and Americans practicing Wicca religious rituals increased dramatically since the 1990s, with several recent studies indicating there may be at least 1.5 million witches across the country,” Newsweek reported in November 2018. “A Trinity College study conducted in 1990 estimated only about 8,000 Wiccans in the U.S., but the increase has been led by a rejection of mainstream Christianity among young Americans as well as a rise in occultism. With 1.5 million potential practicing witches across the U.S., witchcraft has more followers than the 1.4 million mainline members of the Presbyterian church.”

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Man who says he’s ‘female’ could run away from competition at US women’s college race

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CHEYNEY, Washington, August 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― A male college athlete who says he’s female will run in a women’s cross-country race this weekend and based on his times while competing against men is likely to win, possibly in record-setting fashion. 

University of Montana senior “June” Eastwood, formerly known as Jonathan, will participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I “Clash of the Inland Northwest” women’s 4,000-meter race. 

Although Eastwood won only two of 56 races in three years on the Montana men’s track and cross country teams, his times are much faster than the women he’ll be running against on Saturday. His best 5,000-meter time in track and field is 14 minutes, 38.80 seconds, which is 32 seconds faster than the NCAA women’s track record of 15:01.70 set by former University of Colorado runner Jenny Simpson in 2009.

Runners online journal “Let’s Run” observed Tuesday that Eastwood’s personal best on the track in the 1,500 meters is 3:50.19. The NCAA women’s record for the 1,500, set by Simpson in 2009, is 3:59.90. 

Eastwood’s personal best for that distance is just a shade slower than the world record of 3:50.07 for the women’s 1,500 set by Ethiopia's Genzebe Dedada in 2015.

Eastwood ran on boys’ and men’s track and cross-country teams until June 2018, when he began to take both estrogen and testosterone-suppressing hormones. According to NCAA policy, males who wish to compete in women’s sports as “transgender women” must suppress their testosterone levels for a full year before competing. 

But there is not much they can do to counter the natural physical advantages bestowed upon adult men from having passed through male adolescence. During male adolescence, testosterone creates muscle bulk: adult male legs are about 80 percent muscle, whereas female legs are only 60 percent muscle. On average, adult men have larger lungs and hearts than women, too, and their hips are narrower, another advantage in running.     

Fair Play for Women, a group that fights to protect the rights of females in the UK, puts this in simple terms:

“Males have a well-known physical performance advantage over females. Put simply, male bodies are bigger, faster and stronger on average than female bodies,” the group explained on its website

“Female sport gives women the opportunity to showcase the very best of what the female body can do. In mixed competition, women would simply never win and our best sportswomen would be unheard of.”

A representative for Fair Play for Women tweeted her dismay that Eastwood’s personal best for the 800 meters is faster than that of a two-time British Olympic women’s champion, Dame Kelly Holmes. 

“Meanwhile in the U.S., middle-distance runner Jonathan Eastwood will be running as 'June' in the women's races. Jonathan can run 800m faster than @damekellyholmes at her peak,” she wrote.  

“Looks like we have another 'exceptional woman' about to hit the track. Sorry women, time to move over.” 

A moderator for the Let’s Run conversation page responded to a remark about Eastwood by saying the NCCA’s policy on “transgendered participation” is inadequate.  

“The reality is the NCAA's rules on transgender participation are sorely lacking,” he wrote.  

“In June the NCAA confirmed in writing to us the following, ‘The NCAA does not have a maximum testosterone level for its current policy. The current policy is being reviewed by our membership.’”

The moderator also underscored that NCAA officials do not independently verify that the male athlete has been suppressing his natural levels of testosterone.  

“There also is no independent verification of T suppression. So as long as one had a note from a medical professional saying they had undergone one year of testosterone suppression - even if they were in fact flushing the pills down the toilet - that person would be eligible to compete,” he wrote.  

“But one could take one birth control pill every six months and technically be meeting the rules. It's a travesty.”

Eastwood is a “women’s, gender and sexuality studies” major.

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Instagram blocks pro-life ad about mom who chose life despite brain tumor

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August 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The Facebook-owned Instagram has censored an ad highlighting a woman who chose life for her child despite being urged to abort to save her own life, according to the pro-life group Save the Storks. 

In a recent Instagram post, the group tells the story of Marissa, a woman who was diagnosed with the return of an aggressive brain tumor while seventeen weeks pregnant. Doctors urged her to abort her child, but she refused, giving birth to baby Victoria Lee via C-section and beginning chemotherapy days later.

“We were so moved by Marissa’s courage,” Save the Storks media director Victoria Robinson wrote. “Whether Marissa is healed this side of Heaven or not, her miracle has already happened[.] ... For the rest of us, our miracle is witnessing someone choosing life over the life of their own in a world where it has little to no value anymore.”

Save the Storks wanted to boost the story as an ad, the group continues in a press release, but Instagram blocked it on the grounds that it was “shocking, sensational, or excessively violent content” that “creates an unexpected experience for users, and goes against our core value of fostering a positive global community.” 

In response, Save the Storks appealed Instagram’s actions almost a week ago but says it has not yet received an answer. The pro-life group calls Instagram’s decision an example of “overt political bias” against the “conservative stance on life.”

The incident is only the latest case of Facebook censoring pro-life content. Other individuals and organizations to see ads rejected or posts suppressed include LifeSiteNews, the Susan B. Anthony List, the American Pregnancy Association, Choice For Two, Elizabeth “Activist Mommy” Johnston, and recent pro-life films about Kermit Gosnell and Roe v. Wade. Facebook also opted to block foreign pro-life ads in Ireland’s 2018 abortion referendum, despite Irish law not requiring such a ban, nor did Irish officials request one.

While most of these controversies have concerned Facebook’s dominant social network of the same name, the company drew controversy in May for a ban on so much as linking a handful of right-wing media personalities the company deemed “dangerous” on Instagram as well as Facebook.

Multiple analyses have found that Facebook’s algorithm changes instituted at the beginning of 2018 disproportionately impacted conservative politicians and websites. Earlier this year, an insider revealed that Facebook “deboosts” traffic to several mainstream conservative sites.

Save the Storks works to promote respect for human life and support for crisis pregnancies through a variety of means, most notably their Stork Buses that travel the country as mobile pregnancy support centers, complete with ultrasound equipment. The group credits the buses with saving more than 5,000 lives since 2012.

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Canadian Conservative leader: I will ‘oppose measures’ to reopen abortion debate

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OTTAWA, August 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s Conservative leader Andrew Scheer stated repeatedly in a press conference today that if he wins the upcoming October election, he will “oppose” any “measures or attempts” to reopen the abortion debate and other “divisive social issues” such as homosexual “marriage.”

“Canadians can have confidence that these issues will not be reopened under a future Conservative government,” Scheer told reporters.

And while MPs can “express themselves on matters of conscience,” Scheer said, he would “ensure” a Conservative government would not reopen “divisive social issues.”

Jeff Gunnarson, president of Campaign Life Coalition, Canada’s national pro-life political lobbying group, responded to Scheer’s press conference with dismay.

The Conservative leader’s position is a “slap in the face” to pro-life Canadians and put the Catholic leader in spiritual peril, Gunnarson told LifeSiteNews. 

“Three hundred children are killed by abortion every day in Canada – this matters to a lot of MPs, and to many Canadians,” he told LifeSiteNews.

“So if Scheer will shut down any attempt to debate this issue, he’s not governing for all Canadians. Instead, he’s bowing down to the very loud minority of abortion activists who are afraid of a debate, and who will do anything to uphold abortion on demand in Canada.”

Scheer faced the media Thursday after not holding any public events for a week, during which time he’s been under attack and beset by questions about his views on abortion as well as homosexual “marriage.”

Last week, Liberal Minister for Public Safety Ralph Goodale tweeted a 14-year-old video in which Scheer spoke against homosexual “marriage” in the House of Commons.

Scheer said in 2005 that homosexual couples could not be married because they could not "commit to the natural procreation of children.”

He’s also been dogged by controversy over abortion after his Quebec lieutenant Alain Rayes told Conservative candidates in the province that as backbench MPs, they could not introduce private members’ bills or motions to restrict abortion, Global News reported Wednesday.

A reporter asked Scheer Thursday to “clarify today whether backbench MPs will be able to introduce motions or bills on issues touching on abortion or same-sex marriage and if you would allow a free vote both for your caucus and cabinet on such matters.” 

“Well, I’ve always been very clear, nothing has changed for our party on this issue,” Scheer said today. 

“We operate under the same policies as the previous Conservative government under Stephen Harper, which is individual MPs have the right to express themselves on matters of conscience, but that a Conservative government will not reopen these divisive social issues,” he said.

“Our party constitution grants, recognizes the rights of individual MPs, but it also recognizes that a Conservative government will not reopen these types of issues, and I will ensure that that happens,” he said.

“Canadians can have confidence...that a Conservative government will not reopen these debates, we will oppose measures that reopen these types of questions,” he reiterated.

“I will oppose measures or attempts to open this debate,” Scheer said.

A Catholic father of five, Scheer also told reporters Thursday he will uphold homosexual “marriage.”

“My personal views are that LGBT Canadians have the same inherent self-worth and dignity as every other Canadian and I will always uphold the law and always ensure that they have equal access to the institution of marriage as it exists under the law," he said, as reported by Canadian Press.

Scheer said the Liberals are attempting to frame the debate.

“It’s really just the Liberals who are pushing this trying to distract from their record of failure and corruption and scandal, trying to dredge up issues from long ago that are, in an attempt to divide Canadians,” he said.

Gunnarson criticized Scheer for saying he would essentially muzzle MPs if elected.

“So much for allowing MPs to ‘express’ themselves when they can’t act on their convictions,” he said.

“This is a soft version of Trudeau’s anti-pro-life edict from 2014. What he’s saying is, you can ‘express’ yourselves on matters of conscience, but if you do, I’ll silence you, because we’re a team, and the party is more important than your personal beliefs and the beliefs of the Canadians who elected you,” added Gunnarson.

Campaign Life “has engaged thousands of its supporters to consider nominating, volunteering and electing pro-life candidates," he said, adding: "While we prefer electing pro-life candidates regardless of what legislation may or may not happen, it is a slap in the face to tell all these people of goodwill that their candidate isn't allowed to bring forward pro-life legislation,” he said.

“It brings scandal to the Catholic Church, demoralizes Andrew Scheer’s base and jeopardizes his eternal soul,” he said. “May God have mercy on him. We continue to pray for him.”

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Chanel hires first ‘transgender’ model for makeup campaign

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August 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Fashion company Chanel is the latest women’s brand to enlist a biological man to sell its products, with the hiring of 25-year-old “transgender” model Teddy Quinlivan.

Quinlivan, who had been passing as a female model until “coming out” in September 2017, announced on Instagram that he will be the star of Chanel’s next makeup advertising campaign, and the company’s first openly “transgendered” model.

“My whole life has been a fight,” he wrote. “From being bullied at school consistently, kids threatening to kill me and going into graphic detail how they were going to do it, my own father beating me and calling me a f****, to receiving industry blowback after speaking publicly about being sexually assaulted on the job... This was a victory that made all of that s*** worth it.”

“I had walked 2 shows for Chanel while I was living in stealth (stealth meaning I hadn’t made my trans identity public yet) and when I came out I knew I’d stop working with some brands, I thought I’d never work with the iconic house of Chanel ever again,” Quinlivan added. “But here I am in Chanel Beauty Advertising.”

Last year, the model told Elle that he began taking hormones at age 17, and that his own modeling bookers “had no clue” about his true sex until he told them. (Notably, he also makes no mention of his father beating him, and describes his father as someone who merely “didn’t get it at first” but “made the effort.”)

While Quinlivan frames acceptance of his “transition” around personal well-being, a variety of scientific literature indicates that reinforcing gender confusion often fails to prevent significant emotional harm up to and including attempted suicide (with or without surgery), because fixating on “gender affirmation” tends to distract from exploring other issues that may be at the root of a patient’s mental or emotional unrest.

Furthermore, Quinlivan’s feminine appearance and ability to pass as an actual woman obscure a more complex physical reality. 

Vaginoplasty “will last around six hours, and I will be in recovery for at least three months. Until the day I die, my body will regard the vagina as a wound; as a result, it will require regular, painful attention to maintain,” transgender essayist Andrea Long Chu admitted last year in the New York Times.

Chanel’s hiring of Quinlivan follows Victoria’s Secret hiring 22-year-old Valentina Sampaio as their first lingerie “Angel” who’s actually a man.

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Archbishop granted Catholic funeral to gay right-to-die activist before he killed himself

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SEATTLE, Washington, August 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― The retiring Archbishop of Seattle gave permission for a funeral in a Catholic Church for an elderly, ailing, right-to-die activist who planned the day and hour of his suicide. His death was the cumulation of a day-long celebration that included a “marriage” to his homosexual partner, a party for family and friends, and mainstream media presence. 

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain was brought into the highly publicized death of Robert Fuller after Fuller approached his parish pastor with plans for his funeral. 

Fuller, who was 75 at the time of his death, went to Mass at Seattle’s St. Therese Catholic Church and had been a member of its gospel choir. After being diagnosed with throat cancer, Fuller decided to end his life on May 10, 2019. He also decided he would like to have his funeral on May 17. 

According to a statement from the Archdiocese of Seattle, St. Therese’s pastor, Fr. Maurice Mamba, did not “initially” know of Fuller’s suicide plan.

“While it is clear that some of Mr. Fuller’s friends at the parish knew of his intentions, the pastor at St. Therese initially did not,” the statement reads.  

“Mr. Fuller eventually approached the pastor to ask to plan his own funeral. The pastor discussed the gift of life and tried to convince him to change his mind. He made it clear that neither he nor the parish could support his plan to take his own life. Once it was clear that Mr. Fuller was not going to change his mind, the pastor reached out to his leadership to discuss the situation.”

Despite knowing Fuller was intent on ending his life, Archbishop Sartain gave permission for the funeral. 

“Archbishop Sartain agreed that it is the church’s responsibility to pastorally care for those who mourn,” said the Archdiocesan statement.

“With this in mind, he gave permission for the funeral with certain conditions to ensure there was no endorsement or other perceived support for the way in which Mr. Fuller ended his life,” it continued.  

“The purpose of the funeral was to pray for his soul and bring comfort and consolation to those who mourned.” 

Fuller’s suicide took place as scheduled on Friday, May 10. It was covered by both local and national media.

The Catholic Church teaches that suicide is against the fifth commandment which prohibits murder. The 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia states: "That suicide is unlawful is the teaching of Holy Scripture and of the Church, which condemns the act as a most atrocious crime and, in hatred of the sin and to arouse the horror of its children, denies the suicide Christian burial.” 

In recent decades, the Church has not forbidden a funeral to those who murder themselves, understanding that in many cases the suicidal person was not of sound mind when he committed the deed. However, with the legalization of euthanasia, bishops have been confronted with Catholics who are determined both to end their lives deliberately and to have a Catholic funeral. 

Canon lawyer Dr. Edward Peters told LifeSiteNews that whereas the 1983 code of canon law is “flexible” when it comes to suicide of the mentally ill, it is not when suicide is done according to “state approved procedures.” 

“The 1917 Code of Canon Law expressly forbade Church funeral rites to those who deliberately killed themselves,” he said. 

“The 1983 Code, in contrast, does not prohibit funeral rites to suicides per se, but rather, to those who are considered ‘manifest sinners.’ While suicide is objectively gravely sinful, it is not always clear that those killing themselves do so with adequate awareness of the sinful character of their deed. There is room for some flexibility in interpretation of the law here,” he continued. 

“Those who kill themselves in accord with state approved procedures, however, procedures that include ruling out hasty decisions for death made out of depression and so on, leave ministers little basis for concluding other than that they killed themselves with adequate knowledge of and awareness concerning what they were doing.”

Peters concluded that canon law requires withholding ecclesiastical funerals from Catholics who kill themselves in accord with civil suicide statutes.

News that Archbishop Sartain had personally approved Robert Fuller’s funeral knowing that he was determined to kill himself followed an uproar after a photograph of Fuller being blessed by a priest five days earlier was published by Associated Press. Both the Archdiocese of Seattle and one of Fuller’s friends at St Therese have denied that Fr. Quentin Dupont, S.J. knew at the time that Fuller had planned to end his life. LifeSiteNews’ source also stated that Dupont did not know Fuller at all. He knew only that Fuller was “dying.”  

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Pro-LGBT archbishop of DC has long record of supporting liberal causes

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August 30, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Wilton Gregory is this week’s Bishop of the Week for Faithful Shepherds, a website launched by LifeSiteNews in 2018 that encourages bishops to remain faithful to Christ by enabling laity to email, send personalized postcards, or call their bishops to urge them to uphold the Church’s perennial teachings.

Archbishop Gregory was recently installed as the archbishop of one of the most politically important sees in the U.S. — the Archdiocese of Washington. Prior to his high-profile appointment, Gregory was archbishop of Atlanta from 2005 to 2019' bishop of Belleville, Illinois, from 1994 to 2004; and an auxiliary bishop of Chicago from 1983 to 1994. He previously served as head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Learn more about Archbishop Gregory’s past and sign up for the FaithfulShepherds.com newsletter by clicking here.

Gregory’s appointment came after a period of great scandal in the archdiocese. Gregory’s predecessor, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, resigned as archbishop after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report revealed Wuerl to have been involved in a major sexual abuse cover-up while bishop of Pittsburgh. Wuerl denied knowledge of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s abuse of seminarians, only later to admit that he had been aware of McCarrick’s vile actions. Wuerl was present at Gregory’s instillation Mass as archbishop.

Many Catholics hoped the next leader of the Washington archdiocese would bring stability and orthodoxy. However, Archbishop Gregory’s liberal orientation and ties to Cardinal Wuerl indicate that faithful Catholics there got a social justice bishop more along the lines of Pope Francis. 

In 2017, Archbishop Gregory delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the dissident Association of U.S. Catholic Priests. The group, which has over 1,300 members, most of them older than 50 years of age, is one of the most liberal and heterodox Catholic organizations in America. It has published essays calling for priest-less parishes, female deacons, married clergy, and pro-homosexual initiatives. Liberal prelates like Cardinal Blase Cupich, San Diego bishop Robert McElroy, and pro-LGBT bishop John Stowe have all attended the group’s meetings.

Archbishop Gregory is very supportive of “LGBT” issues. While bishop of Atlanta, Gregory did nothing to stop a pro-LGBT parish from promoting, participating in, and hosting a booth at, the Atlanta Pride Parade. Gregory also personally invited pro-gay priest Fr. James Martin to give a speech at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, titled “Showing Welcome and Respect to LGBT Catholics,” in 2018. 

The radical pro-LGBT group Fortunate and Faithful Families placed an advertisement in the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s newspaper to thank Gregory for his “encouragement” of the group’s mission. Fortunate and Faithful Families describes itself as a group of “Catholic families affirming their LGBTQ members.” Gregory said Mass and gave a homily at the group’s annual retreats in 2014 and 2015. The retreats were held at the chancery of the Atlanta archdiocese.

On August 13, 2019, Gregory told a self-identified “transgender” person at a Theology on Tap event in Washington that “you belong to the heart of this Church” and “fit in the family” of the Church. Catholics “have to find a way to talk to one another” and have to “listen to one another,” he said.

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During an April 2016 interview, Gregory seemed to support allowing Catholics living in a state of adultery to receive Holy Communion. He stated that he was “enthused” to see that Amoris Laetitia “acknowledged the tremendous importance” of “the diversity of family situations.” In 2017, Archbishop Gregory was a featured speaker at a pro–Amoris Laetitia gathering at Boston College. The event, titled “Understanding Amoris Laetitia,” was organized by Cardinal Cupich. Gregory stated that Amoris Laetitia “challenges the church and its pastors to move beyond thinking everything is black and white, so that we sometimes close off the way of grace and growth.”

In addition to these troubling statements, it is unclear whether Archbishop Gregory sees abortion as a truly unique evil. While he has condemned abortion-providers like Planned Parenthood in the past, while president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Gregory appointed a pro-abortion attorney to the USCCB’s National Review Board. The attorney, Pamela Hayes, has made donations to the pro-abortion lobby EMILY’s List, as well as to pro-abortion politicians John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.

In 2017, Archbishop Gregory gave a homily at the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Pro-Life Mass that equated abortion with other social justice issues. Gregory stated that the Roe v. Wade decision spawned the reintroduction of the death penalty and “the hostile treatment of our immigrant neighbors.” He then called on all Catholics to be equally “pro-life” in these matters.

Considering Archbishop Gregory’s increasingly prominent role in the Church, it would come as no surprise to see him continue to move up the Church’s hierarchy. When our bishops continue to stray from the Deposit of Faith, it is necessary for the laity to hold them accountable. If you would like to do your part to help hold our bishops accountable or view more of Archbishop Gregory’s past actions, please visit Faithful Shepherds.

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Pence to Christian lawyers: ‘Spend more time on your knees than on the Internet’

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ARLINGTON, Virginia, August 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – “Spend more time on your knees than on the Internet,” Vice President Mike Pence told attorneys for the Christian and pro-life Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) earlier this month.

Pence was having a “fireside chat” with ADF President Michael Farris on August 6.

“Mr. Vice President, you receive frequent critiques from some in the media, some pundits, and some people who just don’t like what you’re doing politically,” said Farris. “But our team is also under a regular attack from our critics. You handle this all with so much grace and character. It’s inspiring to me and to our whole team. What advice can you give to us about how to handle these kinds of attacks when we’re faced with them?”

Pence responded, “Well, first, I’m very humbled by your comment, Mike. I appreciate it very much. And I would just say maybe a couple of things.  Number one is: Spend more time on your knees than on the Internet.”

The vice president’s suggestion was met with applause. 

As Christians, “we’re charged to pray for our loved ones but also pray for our enemies,” he continued. “And I — you have lots of opportunities in politics to do that. But I would say that forgiveness is a great gift. And I — my wife and I literally try and work through forgiving people who might speak willfully against us or might mischaracterize who we are or what our family is all about.”

Pence said he’s “incredibly proud” of his wife Karen, who has been criticized for teaching at a Christian school that follows Christian teaching on marriage. 

“I remember I saw one commentator on television that said, ‘Well, the Vice President should have assumed this was going to become controversial when his wife started teaching art at a Christian school,’” he said to the audience’s laughter. “We honestly didn’t see that one coming.”

Pence continued: 

And our kids went to this school. They — when I was in Congress, our kids all went to this Christian school. They went to public high school. They — my son is a Marine Corps pilot and married. My daughter is an author. And my other daughter is going to finish law school next year. So they’re doing great. We’re proud of all of them.

But I think a lot of it is just extending grace. And finally, I just say, just focusing on the cause. You know, there — I really do think it’s important that we stay focused on things that are more important than ourselves, that are more important than any intermittent controversy that might arise.

And for me, that’s about being a part of an administration and standing next to a President that’s rebuilding our military; who’s revived our economy; who’s appointing a historic number of conservatives to our federal courts; who’s standing, as I said, for our first freedom, for religious liberty, for the right to life. And that’s — I get up every day and I just — I feel incredibly blessed to be a small part of an administration that is making America great again. So, focus on the positive.

‘Greatest honor of my life’ to be part of pro-life Trump administration

Pence criticized speech codes on college campuses as “antithetical to the process of learning,” but said he’s inspired by President Donald Trump’s support of free speech and the “courageous stand” young people have taken for the First Amendment.

He and Farris also discussed the Trump administration’s strong defense of preborn babies.

“It is the greatest honor of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life,” said Pence, noting Trump has expanded the Mexico City Policy (now called Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance) and signed a bill overturning an Obama-era rule forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood through Title X.

“I’ve long believed that a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable — the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn,” said Pence. “And I promise you, this President, his Vice President, and this administration will always stand for life.”

He called the day he “accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior in 1978” the “greatest day of my life.”

“[God’s] grace has sustained me and my wife, my family, and does every day...The lessons I’ve learned in public life are — in terms of sustaining that — is to make time. Make time for renewing your mind. Karen and I try and spend a little bit of time in prayer and reading the Bible every day. And that’s a very renewing and important time for us.”

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Trump administration exempts Bibles from Chinese tariffs

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August 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – As the United States implements a 10 percent tariff on Chinese imports, the Trump administration announced this month that Bibles will not be among the affected items.

Earlier this month, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) amended a list of products that were to be subject to the tariff starting September 1, to remove certain items “based on health, safety, national security and other factors.” The USTR also delayed implementation of the tariff on certain remaining items until December 15.

Bibles and religious literature are among the items now exempt, Christianity Today reports, following concerns that the move would amount to a “Bible tax.” More than 75 percent of Bibles are printed in China, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SPC’s) Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), because of the nation’s experience printing so much text on such thin paper.

“To import Bibles from a country other than China would require time, extensive quality tests, and higher prices incompatible with the high and consistent demand for Bibles in the United States,” the ERLC explained. “Because such a large percentage of Bibles are printed in China, the proposed tariff would have devastated the importation of Bibles into the United States and other parts of the world where American ministries distribute God’s Word.”

“For the past several months, there has been great concern among the Christian publishing community that our important work would be threatened by proposed tariff schedules,” said Ben Mandrell, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. “Today's announcement by [USTR] has given us hope that the administration has heard our concern.”

More generally, Trump’s trade actions against China have divided many on the political Right. Fox News commentator Neil Cavuto argues that China will simply pass the costs onto American consumers. “Governments don't pay these things; you do, one way or another,” he said.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said this week it will not retaliate against the US tariffs for the time being, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He says the nation “is willing to resolve its trade dispute with the United States through calm negotiations and resolutely opposes the escalation of the conflict.” 

Regardless of the outcome for Christians around the world, Christians living under the Chinese regime face a far harsher situation.

“There remains, however, the arguably far more grievous issue of life for Chinese Christians and workers in general,” Elizabeth Johnson noted on Activist Mommy. “Let’s pray that the Chinese people will have easier access to the word of God, which they ironically produce in such large quantities and yet don’t always have easy access to themselves as one of the most persecuted groups of Christians in the world.”

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High-ranking Jesuit said Satan’s not real. Church’s Rite of Exorcism shows otherwise

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August 29, 2019 (Community in Mission) — Once again it is necessary to reiterate the true, Catholic, and biblical teaching on Satan and demons. Contrary to what Superior General of the Society of Jesus Fr. Arturo Sosa stated in a recent interview, the Church does not teach that Satan is merely a symbol or an idea. He is not the "personification of evil"; he is a person, an individual creature, a fallen angelic being (as are all demons). Scripture uses personal pronouns in referring to Satan and demons (e.g., he, him, they). The Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms that Satan is an existing creature, a fallen angel who is envious of us and is a murderer from the beginning:

  • Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. Scripture and the Church's Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called "Satan" or the "devil." The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing (CCC # 391).
  • Scripture witnesses to the disastrous influence of the one Jesus calls "a murderer from the beginning," who would even try to divert Jesus from the mission received from his Father. "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil." In its consequences the gravest of these works was the mendacious seduction that led man to disobey God (CCC # 394).

This is Church teaching. Let no one be misled by Fr. Sosa's erroneous statements or by the implications that follow from his unfortunate, repeated remarks. Let no one be so unwise as to dismiss the truth that we have an enemy who is very much alive who commands legions of fallen angels. We must accept this as a definitive teaching of the faith and be sober about it.

Any exorcist or anyone who has ever assisted in an exorcism can well affirm Satan's reality and his deep hatred for humanity and all that pertains to God.

As a more extended lesson, I'd like to point out some things I have written before about certain teachings and cautions that come from the Rite of Exorcism.

The Rite of Exorcism presupposes the Catholic teaching that Satan and all demons are persons. They are addressed as persons and commanded to reveal their names, ranks, and other pertinent information. These angelic persons respond, often reluctantly and with fury at first, but later, as their power is broken, with cries and whimpers. The exorcist is clearly addressing an angelic person, a fallen angel who then reacts and responds.

As he is dealing with a being who is both a creature of God and a fallen angelic person, the exorcist must find a balance. Sadly, he must usually inflict pain upon demons in order to drive them out. This is done through the prayers of the Rite of Exorcism and through other things recommended by the rite such as the use of holy water, the use of relics, the touch of a stole, and the use of the Holy Cross.

The exorcist must be careful not to hate demons or harbor unjust anger toward them. If he were to do so, they would have him; he would be drawn into their territory. If they can get him to hate and have vengeful anger, he will be theirs, little better than they save for the possibility that he can still repent.

Hence, the exorcist and any who would pray for deliverance from demons for themselves or others, do well to stay inside the norms of the Church and Scripture. These norms warn and set limits for those who would confront demons, lest they stray by pride or anger.

What are some of these norms? Here are just a few, but they are properly cautionary to be sure:

  • A lay person should never undertake to drive out demons except by the following simple formula: "I command you, all evil spirits, to leave me at once in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord." At no time should a lay person ever engage a demon in conversation, ask questions, or in any way seek information.
  • Priests who only engage in minor exorcisms are similarly limited. While they are permitted to use more elaborate imprecatory prayers (found in the Manuals of Minor Exorcisms), priests are not to go beyond the commands therein. They are not to ask questions or to demand names or signs from demons.
  • Only appointed exorcists, delegated by the bishop, may or should ask things such as these: names and numbers of demons, their time of entry, why they possessed the individual, their rank, and so forth. The rite makes clear that only necessary questions should be asked. Other extraneous information is both unnecessary and potentially harmful.
  • Within the formal Rite of Exorcism, an exorcist does well to stick to the formulas, expressions, and norms of the rite. Banter, insulting language, and toe-to-toe debate are to be avoided. Good exorcists indicate that returning to the prayers of the rite is essential when demons seek to engage in debate, ridicule, and/or diversionary talk. Obmutesce pater mendacii (Be silent, father of lies) is a quick command from the rite to order the demons to be silent, and it is a good way to refuse to enter into pointless conversation.

Scripture also attests to the need to refrain from reviling demons:

For even Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a reviling judgment, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" (Jude 1:9)

Further, hate and ridicule of any person (angelic or human) whom God has created is an ungodly attitude. Scripture says,

For you O Lord love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for you would not fashion what you hate (Wisdom 11:24).

Therefore, anyone who confronts demons or suffers their oppression is warned that hatred, unjust anger, reviling, and ridiculing, is no way to fight them, for if we do so we become like them.

That said, exorcists and priests must often use strong language approved by the minor and major prayers of exorcism, most of which are drawn from Scripture or Sacred Tradition.

Consider, for example, the following rebuke of Satan from Scripture:

How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the ground, who did weaken the nations! For you have said in your heart, "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the farthest sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the depths of the lake of fire (Is 14:12–15).

These verses speak truth. They do not revile; they state what happened and point to Lucifer's prideful fall.

The Rite of Exorcism has collected many descriptions from Scripture and Tradition. They are not intended to ridicule or revile but rather to remind Satan of who and what he has chosen to become. They remind him of his pride, his destruction by God's justice, his ultimate fate, and the many ways he seeks to harm us. Consider, then, some of the "titles" and descriptions of Satan drawn from both the old and new rites of exorcism:

  • Enemy of the faith
  • Foe of the human race
  • Carrier of death
  • Robber of life
  • Shirker of justice
  • Root of evil
  • Fomenter of vice
  • Seducer of men
  • Traitor of the nations
  • Instigator of envy
  • Font of avarice
  • Source of discord
  • Exciter of sorrows
  • Transgressor
  • Seducer full of deceit and lies
  • Enemy of virtue
  • Persecutor of the innocent
  • Horrible dragon
  • Prince of accursed murder
  • Author of incest
  • Leader of sacrilege
  • Teacher of all negative action
  • Teacher of heretics
  • Inventor of every obscenity
  • Hateful one
  • Scourge
  • Unclean spirit
  • Infernal adversary
  • Evil dragon
  • Inventor and teacher of every lie
  • Enemy of man's salvation
  • Prince of this world
  • Deceiver of the human race
  • Ancient foe of mankind
  • Father of lies
  • Evil dragon
  • Cunning serpent

(I have compiled a pdf containing a list of these in both Latin and English here: Titles of Satan from the Rite of Exorcism.)

Thus, whether driving out Satan in a major exorcism or seeking to expel his oppression in a minor exorcism, all are cautioned not to stray from the understandings and descriptions of Satan that the Church provides in Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Again, the reason for this is that Satan seeks to draw us into his world of hatred and revilement. Do not go there in your thoughts and surely not in your heart.

It may be hard to accept, but God does not hate Satan. God does not hate even the worst of sinners. Justice requires God to recognize the final disposition of a person (angelic or human). Some are justly permitted to live apart from God's kingdom in a hellacious parallel universe; that is their permanent choice. But God does not hate fallen angels or fallen humans. God is love, and love does not hate — and neither should we.

We ought to be sober about what sin has done to demons, fallen angels who were once glorious. Now, through the disfigurement of sin, they are in darkness and are horribly contrary to the glory for which they were made. They are to be pitied and kept at a distance. They will not change because angels choose once and for all. Their lies are to be resisted. Though they can still appear as lightsome, it is only for a time, and then their terrifying state of horror and darkness roars forth.

Remember, too, what the Catechism says about Satan's power and why he permits some limited influence by demons:

The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite. He is only a creature, powerful from the fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature. He cannot prevent the building up of God's reign. Although Satan may act in the world out of hatred for God and his kingdom in Christ Jesus, and although his action may cause grave injuries — of a spiritual nature and, indirectly, even of a physical nature — to each man and to society, the action is permitted by divine providence which with strength and gentleness guides human and cosmic history. It is a great mystery that providence should permit diabolical activity, but "we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him" (CCC #395).

Do not be deceived. Satan is real and we must resist him, strong in our faith. However, do not be so terrified that you forget that God, His angels, and the grace He bestows on us are more powerful and that God limits what demons can do. Trust God; call to Him; frequently recite the 91st Psalm. Be sober and watchful and stay distant from the once-glorious fallen angels we rightly call demons.

Published with permission from Community in Mission.

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August 29, 2019 (Personhood Alliance) — Over 100,000 Americans have already cancelled their Netflix subscriptions over the streaming giant's threatened boycott of Georgia's economy after the passage of the heartbeat law. But new connections between Hollywood and government, and the Obamas in particular, are revealing a much bigger and much darker agenda at play.

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A shock to the system

Netflix lost 16 billion dollars in market value the day after the streaming giant's Q2 financial report showed that it lost subscribers for the first time in 8 years. The company had projected to gain around 300,000 new U.S. subscribers, but actually lost around 130,000. Since the release of its quarterly report on July 17th, the company's stock has continued to decline.

Visibly shocked analysts attempted to explain this dramatic downturn by blaming Netflix's recent $2 increase to its basic membership plan, the general saturation of the streaming market in the United States, or the loss of a couple of popular old TV shows.

And yet, for Christian conservatives, Netflix's poor report was not unexpected or surprising. After all, over 100,000 people pledged to cancel their Netflix subscriptions by signing the Personhood Alliance/Citizen Go and LifeSiteNews petitions after Ted Sarandos, Netflix's Chief Content Officer, threatened to boycott Georgia's film industry over the passage of the heartbeat bill.

The media backlash

When announced, the petitions against Netflix attracted the attention of many major media outlets such as Newsweek and Fox who covered the story as an ongoing chapter in the American culture wars. Back in the early spring of 2019, as the Georgia heartbeat bill was getting ready to pass the legislature, a group of Hollywood actors, headed by the infamously pro-abortion actress Alyssa Milano, signed a letter vowing never to work in Georgia again if the legislature passed the heartbeat bill. Undaunted by the threats, the legislature passed the law. However, it wasn't until Governor Kemp signed the bill into law that Netflix became the first major studio to attack the legislation, quickly followed by the gender-confused folks at Disney and their fellow Leftists at Time Warner.

The fact that the big money waited to threaten Georgia until after the bill became law is not surprising, however, because Hollywood makes a handsome profit from filming in a state that offers a 20% tax credit for major productions. The tax credit, like all reductions in taxes, benefited not only the people of Georgia who found jobs in the film industry, but also the liberal Hollywood companies themselves, which have been fleeing the anti-business dystopia of California.

The sound of silence

Coming off of several successful threatened boycotts of pro-family states by corporate America, the Hollywood elites were feeling pretty good about their immoral virtue-signaling on abortion and their threats against Georgia's economy — that is, until Netflix's quarterly report came out. As soon as it became clear that the pro-lifers' campaigns to boycott Netflix had been successful, the media coverage of the boycotts went completely silent.

The boldness of the Hollywood elites in openly threatening a very large section of their client base (around 50% of the American people consider themselves pro-life), while shutting themselves out of a tax haven, is yet another indication that the cultural chasm which separates religious Americans from their secularized neighbors is increasingly unbridgeable for either side. More importantly, it is also an indication that the radical Left is no longer happy with the steady progress it has made since the 1960s to establish an atheistic cultural dominance. Now, the Left wants to completely silence dissenting Christians who dare to implement the biblical worldview through public policy.

Straight from the Marxist playbook

The idea of cultural supremacy, or hegemony, was one of the central principles of Italian Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci. He viewed the cultural hegemony of the ruling class at the turn of the 20th century as the main obstacle to bringing about his desired worldwide communist revolution. Of course, at that time, cultural hegemony was solidly at the capitalist end of the spectrum and was supported by religious and folk traditions. Gramsci argued that, in order to create the necessary conditions for a communist state, communist values would have to become culturally hegemonic. In other words, before the revolution could succeed, the people would have to view communist ideals as being commonsense ideas. Marxists called this "politics without politics," and it was one of the key principles of American Leftist community organizer Saul Alinsky, a man whom Barack Obama credited in his autobiography as shaping some of his thinking.

This conscious drive to achieve cultural hegemony explains why Hollywood is so blatantly iconoclastic. In other words, they set out to intentionally attack settled beliefs and destroy religious symbols and traditions. What the Soviet communists attempted to achieve with tanks and a nuclear arsenal, Hollywood has largely succeeded in achieving through a constant debasing of Western culture and religiosity. The institution of the family — defined as a married virtuous couple open to caring for the previous and the next generations, and of religion being the guide to such a virtuous life — has been under attack from Hollywood elites who are following Gramsci's guidebook to create a Marxist State.

The play-by-play: Netflix and the Obamas

But going back to Netflix and the attempted pro-abortion Boycott against Georgia that backfired so spectacularly.

Why would Netflix in particular lead the way in so brazenly insulting conservative American's distaste for the liberal "sacrament" of abortion? Why would they jeopardize their wildly successful march towards cultural hegemony with such a move? To find this out, we can go back to Barack Obama's campaign promise to "fundamentally transform America."

Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama weaponized the government against conservative opponents, bearing the full force of the Federal and FISA courts, the IRSDOJ, FBIATFHHS, and other State-funded bureaucratic acronyms supposed to be at the service of the American people. While in government, Barack Obama used all the means at his disposal to do what he said he would do, as the iconoclast that he is. But a major speed bump in the Left's long game came with the election of Donald J. Trump.

Trump's election was an event the cultural and political Left did not expect at all. Trump, a man who had never served in the armed forces, who had married three times, and had a track record of being anything but a moral leader, successfully tapped into the last vestiges of a virtuous America through his strong patriotic stance and his openness to Christian conservatives' policy priorities. Suddenly, the radical Left was out of political power, or at least out of elected offices, as the bureaucracy remains solidly in the hands of the Left. The most obvious place to migrate was, of course, from the political sphere to the cultural.

After failing to use the government to spy on Donald Trump and elect his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, as his own successor, Obama chose to cozy up to Netflix, signing an undisclosed deal that is rumored to be in the 100-million-dollar range. Although the Obamas have no experience in film production, they quickly incorporated a production company called Higher Ground, which, in addition to the Netflix rainmaker deal, has also signed an exclusive deal for the creation of podcasts with Spotify. All of this is in addition to the 65 million dollars they received for a book deal with Penguin. Needless to say, for a man who wanted to "spread the wealth around," he is doing very well for himself in his retirement from public service.

But to be fair, besides his role as president of the United States, Barack Obama has always been a realist when it comes to self-interest. After all, Alinsky taught that self-interest, and not idealism, was the principle around which an organization should be built. In an interview with the leftist New Republic, Obama explained that "the key to creating successful organizations was making sure people's self-interest was met, and not just basing it on pie-in-the-sky idealism."

Nowhere is this Machiavellian self-interest more evident than in Obama's long and lucrative relationship with Netflix.

Ted Sarandos, arguably the second highest ranking executive at Netflix, and his wife Nicole Avant had been some of the most important bundlers for Barack Obama, personally raising $700,000 in 2012. In 2008, Nicole would raise over $500,000 on her own and be rewarded with the position of United States ambassador to Bahamas. In March of 2018, in a never-ending revolving door between the Obamas and Netflix, Susan Rice, of Benghazi fame, was appointed to the board of directors of Netflix and only two months later, the Obamas were offered their massive production deal.

Putting all of this information in context, it's clear why Netflix — out of all the Leftist Hollywood elites — would be the first to bully and threaten the people of Georgia. It is also clear, though, that Netflix miscalculated the impact of carrying its executives' political proclivities so brazenly into the services it offered, for, unlike Obamacare health plans, people cannot be forced by the IRS to pay for Netflix.

Are you out yet? The top 10 reasons you should be.

Petitions work, and economic boycotts work. If you haven't yet canceled your subscription to Netflix, you need to seriously consider it right now. Here are 10 reasons why you should stop giving Netflix any more of your money, in case you're still not convinced:

  1. Netflix was first out of the gate to bully and threaten the Georgia economy over the heartbeat law.
  2. Netflix executives Ted Sarandos and Reed Hastings have subscriber-paid salaries of $30 and $36 million. Both Sarandos and Hastings personally support radical Leftist politicians and PACs.
  3. Netflix founder Reed Hastings attempted to ostracize a supporter of President Trump by describing support for the president as "catastrophically bad judgment" and "not what anyone wants in a fellow board member."
  4. Netflix streamed a show by "comedian" Michelle Wolf titled "Salute to Abortions," which concluded with a blasphemous closing song, "God bless abortion."
  5. While, apparently for Netflix, supporting Trump is conduct unworthy of a board member, hiring Susan Rice, who lied to the American people about the murder of an American ambassador, is fine.
  6. Netflix's $100 million deal with Barack and Michelle Obama's "production" company ensures that Obama has editorial access to one of the largest entertainment platforms in the world.
  7. Netflix allowed child pornography when it defended the Argentinean film "Desire."
  8. Netflix produced the animated series Big Mouth, specifically aimed at teenagers, that celebrates pedophilia, abortion, masturbation, and which the creators themselves describe as "a perverted Wonder Years."
  9. Netflix has also jumped on the drag-kid bandwagon to exploit children and groom them for pedophiles with the series Dancing Queen.
  10. The Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why continues to air even after a study from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found a 29% increase in suicide rates among the demographic that views the show, immediately after the release of the show.

Here's the exit

Over 100,000 Americans who care about their children, their families, their Christian faith and values, and their country have already cancelled their Netflix subscriptions.

Click here to go to Netflix's cancellation page right now. Make sure to tell them you are a pro-life American who will never again give them a dime of your money, and then please tell others to do the same.

Gualberto Garcia Jones, Esq., is the president of the Personhood Alliance and a licensed attorney in the commonwealth of Virginia. He is a human rights advisor to the Holy See Mission to the Organization of American States and works in Washington DC to stop the expansion of abortion in Latin America.

Published with permission from the Personhood Alliance.

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Why the ‘Word of God’ for Catholics is not only the Bible, but more importantly, Jesus Himself

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August 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In some parishes that celebrate Mass in the modern papal rite of Paul VI—sometimes called the Ordinary Form or the Novus Ordo—the part called “the Liturgy of the Word,” consisting of two readings, a psalm, an alleluia, a Gospel, a homily that expounds the readings, the Creed, and the Prayer of the Faithful—covers a considerably longer span of time than the part called “the Liturgy of the Eucharist,” particularly when the shortest Eucharistic Prayer, the second, is chosen.

In general, we can say that this is an unfortunate state of affairs. From an experiential point of view, it might seem as if a message were being transmitted, subliminally or perhaps even explicitly, that Mass is primarily for the sake of hearing Scripture read and explained, and that the Holy Eucharist is an added attraction, a sort of italics or exclamation point added to the main business.

When and to the extent that this happens, we are seeing nothing less than a total reversal of the proper order and proportion of the two basic parts of the Mass. It would not be far from the truth to call it a Protestantization. For Protestants, the “Word of God” is a text written in a book that they pore over in their “devotions,” bring to church, listen to the reading of, hear preaching about, and carry home again, as if this book were the locus of God’s covenant. But that’s not what Jesus actually told us: “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Lk 22:20). The new covenant is something that has its existence in the form of a sacrificial banquet. It is when we partake of His flesh and blood that we most perfectly meet Christ Himself, in the manner He left for us.

The Word of God is not, first and foremost, a book—not even the Gospels. This Word is Jesus Christ Himself: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth” (Jn 1:1, 14). The Liturgy of the (written) Word is for the sake of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, in which the Incarnate Word, “for us men and for our salvation,” yields Himself to us, making us partakers of His divinity. The purpose of proclaiming Scripture at Mass is to prepare the worshipers for communion with the Word, the source of the written word, the one to whom the words of Scripture give witness. 

The liturgy—be it Holy Mass or the Divine Office or some other sacramental rite—is not a Bible-study group, an opportunity for pulling out the Good Book and giving it some well-deserved attention. The Scripture is proclaimed in order to preach “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2). This is why in all properly constructed Catholic sanctuaries the eye is drawn to a prominent crucifix, and if the liturgy itself is well-ordered, we will all face in the same direction towards the altar, the crucifix, the apse, and the East, all of which symbolize Christ, who is the altar, the victim, the heavenly king, the Orient, who was, who is, and who is to come.

The goal of reading and preaching Scripture is the receiving of the Word—not the word written on paper, not even the interior word written on the heart, but the crucified and risen Lord who is “the power and the wisdom of God” (cf. 1 Cor 1:24). Louis Evely says it well:

The word of God not only reveals, it also acts. It illuminates and transforms. It is sacramentally efficacious. Every week we solemnly assemble to participate in the efficacy of a single word of God. The true word of the Mass is not the reading of the epistle and the gospel. These are a preparation for, an orientation towards the central mystery. The true word of the Mass is spoken at the moment of consecration.

“Jesus Christ and Him crucified”: when the one all-sufficient sacrifice of Calvary is made present in our midst by the consecration of the bread and wine upon the altar, then the Word of God, conceived of the Virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit, is “proclaimed” in His fullest reality: the Word made flesh, the bread of angels, crucified for our sins, risen for our salvation.

If the scriptural part of the Mass does not seem to be in full continuity with the Eucharistic part; if the readings and homily are not implicitly or explicitly ordered to the transcendent mystery of faith about to be renewed upon the altar and shared by the faithful in their mystical communion with the Lord, then one can be sure that, at some level, the nature of the liturgy and its parts has not been understood, or, worse still, has been purposefully distorted because of an erroneous theology.

In the true vision of things, the Liturgy of the Word—or as it was once called and should still be called, the “Mass of the Catechumens,” of those who are to be instructed in the way of Christian life—is an antechamber, a promise, a preparation, a tilling of the ground, a call to wake up and be attentive to the voice of Jesus Christ, so that we may be ready to receive Him in His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. “Behold the Lamb of God”: behold the one whom Scripture proclaims in the prophets and the psalms, the Epistles and the Gospels. That is why the second part of the liturgy was traditionally called the “Mass of the Faithful”: those who already believe in the words of truth, who are baptized into Christ, are ready now to receive the mysterium fidei, the mystery of faith: Christ Himself, in person, in the flesh, in glory.

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