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Gay Democrat mega-donor paid $200K hush money to abused 15-year-old boy

The boy told the detective that his own lawyer worked on the $200,000 payment and then helped the boy hide in order to avoid testifying.
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 8:37 pm EST
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PORTLAND, Oregon, November 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A high-profile Democratic Party donor who is also a homosexual and who was recently arrested for sodomy-related felonies paid $200,000 to a 15-year-old boy to make sex abuse charges go away, court documents reveal.

Terry Bean, now 71, was arrested and charged in 2014 with sex crimes in the alleged abuse of the unnamed minor. At that time, police charged Bean and his then-25-year-old ex-boyfriend, Kiah Lawson, with two felony charges of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sex abuse.

The charges against Bean, Human Rights Campaign co-founder, were resurrected, and a warrant for his arrest was issued after Portland Police detective Jeff Myers uncovered “an elaborate scheme to keep investigators from finding the boy” who had been sexually abused by Bean, according to a report by Portland’s KOIN. 

The boy told the detective that his own lawyer worked on the $200,000 payment and then helped the boy hide in order to avoid testifying.

“She told me not to talk to certain people, she told me to go on the run at a certain point,” the detective quoted the boy as saying in the KOIN report. “So, if I did testify I was told I wasn’t supposed to get my money. So that’s why I did not testify. And that’s why my attorney told me to go on the run.”

“The boy’s lawyer also gave him a ‘burner’ phone and cash, and worked to hide him in a cabin in the mountains outside of Portland.” 

In June, deputy Lane County district attorney Erik Hasselman told a judge that he had evidence of wrongdoing by Bean and his attorney, Derek Ashton; the teen’s lawyer; and another attorney for a prosecutor’s witness.​

Although the D.A. told the judge that the statute of limitations had likely run out, which would prevent the county from charging Bean and Ashton with criminally convincing the teenaged boy to take the $200,000 in lieu of testifying, prosecutors evidently think they still have a case against Bean.

In 2012, President Barack Obama publicly thanked Bean for his work as a major contributor, fundraiser, and event organizer for the Democratic Party.

In 2008 and 2012, Bean bundled over $500,000 for Obama's two presidential campaigns.

Bean is also a co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a Washington, D.C.–based gay rights organization that has helped speed along legislation, court rulings, and regulations that have fundamentally shifted the country off its Judeo-Christian foundation, ushering in a society where LGBT “rights” increasingly trump religous freedom and trample the consciences of Christians seeking to live according to their faith.

After his 2014 arrest, HRC deleted Terry Bean from its list of Board of Directors members. Bean had worked closely with the organization since its founding and in 2002 was instrumental in HRC acquiring the building that serves as its headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C.

Bean was also at one time characterized as a “gay porn kingpin,” having once controlled America’s largest producer of hardcore gay pornography. LifeSiteNews reported in 2012:

Bean, a longtime advocate for gay rights, became sole trustee of the Charles M. Holmes Foundation after its namesake and Bean’s friend, Chuck Holmes, died of AIDS in 2000. Until 2004 the foundation owned hardcore male gay pornography producers Falcon Studios, Jock Studios and Mustang Studios. The post reports the studios churn out $10 million worth of pornographic material each year, a source of profit Bean distanced himself from in 2008, saying he “never had anything to do with running the company.”

Before Holmes died, Bean was CEO of Conwest Resources, the holding company that owned Falcon before it was sold in 2004; the foundation continues to receive some proceeds from the studio.

Both Bean and his attorney are now free after posting bail.

  child abuse, courts, homosexuality, human rights campaign hrc, portland, sodomy, terry bean


LGBT ‘Pride’ Masses taking over multiple Catholic dioceses in England

Imagery associated with the officially supported Masses includes the Sacred Heart done in rainbow colors.
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 8:17 pm EST
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ENGLAND, November 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic diocese of Salford in north-west England has become the latest of multiple Catholic dioceses around the United Kingdom to begin hosting “LGBT+ Masses.” In Salford, as in the other dioceses, the LGBT+ Masses enjoy the support of their respective local bishops.

Advertisements for the Masses have become widely available in churches and on various official parish and diocesan websites. Many of these advertisements are emblazoned with the rainbow flag or popular Catholic images such as crosses or the Sacred Heart filled with the rainbow colours. Several of the groups involved in organizing these Masses take part in their local homosexual “pride” events.


In none of the advertisements or official publications about these Masses is the Catholic Church’s authoritative, constant teaching that homosexual sexual acts are inherently sinful made clear.

Playing a key role in the promotion and support of many of these Masses is the group “Quest.” Quest states on its website that it desires to see the “acceptance of homosexual relationships by the Catholic Church” and that its purpose is to help homosexuals reconcile their Catholic faith with the "full expression of their homosexual natures.” At their annual conference in 2018, Quest organizers showed a specially pre-recorded video presentation by the pro-homosexual celebrity priest Fr. James Martin.

This increase in LGBT+ Masses around the country has been welcomed by LGBT+ Catholics Westminster. This group has enjoyed the long-term support of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who is both their local ordinary and the senior Catholic cleric in England. In March of this year, the group were given privileged seats at a papal audience in St Peter’s Square, Rome, after which they were invited to meet and take photographs with Pope Francis. They were introduced to Pope Francis by Martin Pendergrast, an ex-priest who has been in a civil union with Julian Filochowski, the former head of Cafod, since 2006.


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The diocese of Salford is the latest diocese in England to initiate an LGBT+ Mass — hosting its first such Mass on October 12 at Holy Name Church in Manchester. The Quest website claims that they played a crucial role in organising the recent Mass in Salford. They say:

The origins of this development go back to a meeting between the then Chair of Quest, Ruby Almeida, Gez Hodgson, Fr Paul Daly and Bishop John Arnold in September 2017 when the possibility of closer links with the LGBT+ Catholic community and the Salford Diocese were discussed. Bishop John was very supportive of the idea and so it has proved in subsequent contacts with his representatives.

On Sunday, October 6, Bishop Arnold publicised the Mass on the BBC Radio 4 Sunday morning programme Sounds.

In an email sent to the clergy of his diocese, Bishop Arnold reported his satisfaction with the event.

Thanks, I think, to good planning and organisation, the LGBT Mass went very well, and better than expected. The atmosphere was very good and the comments of people as they left were unanimously encouraging. There were something like 300 people there, a congregation which included family and friends and others who simply came along because they thought it was an important occasion. We must see now what the organisers might want to plan for the future. While it is good to recognise the needs of the group, it is also important not to organise things in such a way as to isolate them from parish life. There were just two voices of dissent present at the Mass and their discourtesy rather bankrupted the value of any statement that they might have wanted to make. My thanks to the Jesuit community who hosted the event at the Holy Name and to all who contributed to the occasion.


In the diocese of Clifton, an “LGBT+ Mass” began in March this year at the parish of St Nicholas of Tolentino in Bristol. The parish website makes clear that the Mass is happening at the request of Bishop Declan Lang, the local ordinary.


“Bishop Declan wishes to express pastoral care and concern for our Catholic LGBT+ community and so has asked St Nicholas of Tolentino Church to celebrate a series of Masses for this community and their friends and family and all who wish to take part.”

The same website also displays an image of a sculpture of Our Lord’s Sacred Heart, crowned with a cross, and painted in the colours of the rainbow flag. The parish promotes its Mass with a poster that includes an image of a cross filled with rainbow colours.


The Masses are also being advertised on the official diocesan website.


Quest explain on their website that the Masses in the diocese began after they met with Bishop Lang last year:

Quest member John Flannery and Chair Ruby Almeida met with Bishop Declan Lang in November 2018. Bishop Lang approved the idea of holding a Mass for LGBT+, families and friends. Now, after less than three months, a series of Masses are to be held at St. Nicholas of Tolentino in Easton, Bristol.


The diocese of Nottingham organises an annual LGBT+ Mass and promoted an LGBT Mass on the feast of All Souls’ Day on November 2, 2019. The poster advertising the events states:

LGBT MASS: Fr Simon Robson OP will celebrate Mass for LGBT Catholics, their families and friends on Saturday, 2nd November at Sacred Heart Church, 25 Mere Road, Leicester, LE5 3HS, at 2pm. This is All Souls’ Day. We will remember all those who have been tortured, died and killed because of their gender identity/sexuality. All are welcome!

The website for the Nottingham diocese hosts a page with an explicit endorsement for the “LGBT+ Ministry” from Bishop Patrick McKinney. His message reads:


Bishop Patrick wishes everybody a warm welcome in the diocese; that includes, in an explicit way, members of the LGBT+ community. To demonstrate and share the Good News of God’s love for all, the bishop has set up a pastoral ministry directed particularly at LGBT+ people, their families and friends. LGBT+ Catholics share their lives as disciples of the Lord Jesus with all other groups and communities in our diocese; we enrich each other and grow together as the Body of Christ.


Last year, Bishop Peter Doyle of the diocese of Northampton attended a Quest conference. While there, he took part in a panel discussion about a specially recorded video presentation that pro-homosexual celebrity priest Fr. James Martin made for the event. A report from the Quest website says:

Bishop Peter spoke very warmly on behalf of the bishops, whilst acknowledging that there was a diversity of perspectives among his colleagues on LGBT+ issues. The fact that he is the first bishop to attend a conference for many years is significant.

In 2015, Bishop Doyle took part in a Vatican Radio interview where he suggested that Catholic teaching, via future synods, might eventually develop to accept “same-sex relationships.” When asked why more hadn’t been said about LGBT issues at the October 2015 Synod on the Family, he said:

I think it’s a combination of it being too difficult and also the basic, I suppose, theological anthropology — what I mean by that is that our understanding, from the Scripture, of man and woman... there is no room at the moment for a same-sex relationship. And so, I think they’ve sort of said — well, they haven’t actually said this, but in my heart, I wonder whether they’re saying — ‘We don’t know what to do.’ Now, that’s not going to be very helpful for these good people, but maybe something will come out unexpectedly, but at the moment, it seems to be being parked to one side.

When asked whether there needed to be a greater theological exploration of these issues, he said:

Well I think that has got to happen, hasn’t it? I think we can’t leave people dangling in the air and in limbo. The Lord loves us all, so somehow we have to find a way of embracing everybody. But it’s a real challenge at the moment and I just don’t think we’ve really begun to deal with it in any serious manner. That would almost need a Synod on its own I think.

Bishop Doyle is chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Committee for Marriage and Family Life and a member of the Department of Education and Formation.


The diocese of Middlesbrough hosts a monthly LGBT+ Mass since December 2017. It does so at the famous York Bar Convent, the oldest Catholic convent in England, dating back to 1686.

The diocese of Middlesbrough promotes the website Middlesbrough Diocese LGBT+ Ministry on its own official diocesan page. The same webpage also promotes a Facebook group dedicated to the “ministry.” In June of this year, this Facebook page posted an album of photos showing the group’s participation in the “Pride” event in York. This event was led by schoolchildren from the local area.


The Middlesbrough Diocese LGBT+ Ministry website makes clear that those involved feel they have the support of their local ordinary, Bishop Terry Drainey, for their activities. They state on their home page:

Our Father in God, Bishop Terry, is clear there is a warm welcome here for everyone and that this includes, in an explicit way, members of the LGBT+ community, and their friends and family.


The support for Quest from bishops and Catholic dioceses throughout England is perhaps unsurprising, given that in 2017, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the most senior Catholic cleric in England, wrote to priests recommending making use of Quest to minister to “those who live with a same-sex attraction and are often very anxious about their journey to God and their relationship with the Church.”

Quest had previously been banned from the Westminster archdiocese by Cardinal Nichols’s predecessor, Cardinal Hume, because of its overt promotion of homosexual behavior contrary to Catholic teaching.

In January this year, Cardinal Nichols celebrated Mass for the LGBT+ Catholics Westminster group. He previously celebrated Mass for the group in 2015.

In 2012, the LGBT Mass in Westminster was moved from Our Lady of the Assumption, on Warwick Street, to the Jesuit-run Church of the Immaculate Conception on Farm Street. At the time of the move, Cardinal Nichols issued a statement following concerns that the Masses were being used to promote the homosexual lifestyle. In that statement, he said that “consideration is being given to the circumstances in which these Masses are celebrated to ensure that their purpose is respected and that they are not occasions for confusion or opposition concerning the positive teaching of the Church on the meaning of human sexuality or the moral imperatives that flow from that teaching, which we uphold and towards which we all strive.”

In July of this year, the group again participated in the London “Pride” march and on their Facebook page dubbed the Mass that followed “our post-Pride Mass.”

The group has previously enjoyed the explicit support of Cardinal Nichols for walking in the march.

The home page of their website includes a picture that also appears to be from a “Pride” event. The logo displayed on their website depicts a cross against the background of a rainbow flag.

Correction 11-06-2019: A previous version of this article misnamed the bishop of Middlesbrough. We regret the error.

  catholic, homosexuality, james martin, quest, united kingdom, vincent nichols, westminster diocese


Daleiden: Planned Parenthood was willing to sell me aborted baby livers for $750

The Center for Medical Progress investigator created a proposal to show the level of criminal activity in the organ harvesting industry.
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 7:28 pm EST
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SAN FRANCISCO, November 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — David Daleiden testified on his fourth and final day on the witness stand that the Texas Texas Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast abortion clinic planned to “move forward” on a deal he pitched to them as an undercover investigator to buy aborted baby livers from them for $750 each.

On Day 13 of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America vs. Center for Medical Progress federal civil trial, Daleiden confirmed that before CMP released its undercover videos in July 2015 that he went to 10 law enforcement agencies, both state and federal, with evidence of violent crimes — including babies killed by vivisection — committed by the organ harvesting industry.

The young mastermind behind the sting operation that exposed Planned Parenthood trafficking in aborted baby parts further testified that his fictitious fetal tissue procurement company, BioMax, designed a brochure that included a “specifically criminal transaction over fetal body parts,” which was “a per-volume kickback based on the number of body parts sold.” 

Daleiden did so in order “to test the plaintiffs' reaction and engagement with a business proposal of that nature,” he said.

Only Dr. Mary Gatter, a longtime abortionist at Planned Parenthood Pasadena who was shown in the CMP videos haggling over the price of aborted baby body parts and quipping that she wanted a Lamborghini, “wanted to make sure that she would still get her per-specimen fee based on that language,” he testified.

“But that was the only question we got about it.” 

Planned Parenthood Federation of America and 10 affiliates are accusing Daleiden, CMP investigative reporters Sandra Merritt and Adrian Lopez, and founding board members Albin Rhomberg, and Troy Newman of Operation Rescue of 15 crimes, including Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization violations and illegal taping. The abortion giant is seeking damages in potentially millions of dollars. 

The defense is arguing that California law allows covert taping of confidential information when gathering evidence of violent crimes against the person and that the law does not regard conversations that can be overheard as confidential. Further, the federal law against recording confidential conversations only applies if the recordings are done for the purpose of committing a further crime or tort.

Moreover, they argue that the citizen journalists were exercising their First Amendment rights, and are not legally liable for any alleged damages, or for the public outrage resulting from the publication of the videos. 

Indeed, the CMP investigation could be the catalyst that will overturn Roe v. Wade, says well-known pro-life activist Joe Scheidler in an analysis of the trial posted by the Thomas More Society, one of the five pro-life legal groups representing Daleiden and the other defendants. 

“I admire David so much and what he’s doing. We should have done much earlier,” said Scheidler, who is known the “godfather of the pro-life movement” and was himself charged with RICO in a court case that lasted 28 years, went to the Supreme Court three times, and prompted Tom Brejcha to found Thomas More Society.

Daleiden’s investigation is changing public perception of abortion by making it “much more real to the common man,” and showing “the country that we are actually, we’re monsters,” Scheidler said. 

“When you start using parts of babies and beating hearts and brains and sending livers and kidneys and things around the country… the country hears about that and they know that something’s very, very bad.”

Planned Parenthood lawyer Rhonda Trotter spent most of Thursday trying to undermine the 2000 20/20 exposé of a Kansas Planned Parenthood abortionist, who boasted to the ABC undercover investigator that he was projecting potential profits of $50,000 a week selling aborted baby body parts, and which Daleiden said was one of the sources informing his belief that he needed to investigate the black market in fetal organs.

Trotter pointed out that the whistleblower in the 20/20 exposé, Dean Alberty, signed an affidavit for his 2000 testimony to Congress stating he had no personal knowledge of an abortion clinic profiting from the sale of fetal organs, or the medical knowledge to know if abortion procedures were changed to harvest intact fetal organs.

On cross-examination by his lawyer, Charles LiMandri, Daleiden testified that Alberty had “been induced” to sign the affidavit but “never recanted” his “sworn testimony to Congress; that he had seen 24-week-old twins drowned in the Planned Parenthood in Kansas and that sometimes he cut open the chests of fetuses and saw that their hearts were still beating when he was harvesting from them.” 

Moreover, the 20/20 exposé features James Bardsley talking about donating special syringes for the abortion procedures so they could get better fetal tissue, and Bardsley “helped train Linda Tracy, the founder of Advanced Bioscience Resources that works with plaintiffs Planned Parenthood of Pacific Southwest,” Daleiden said. 

Daleiden testified that CMP did not splice any videos to make it appear abortionists and fetal organ harvesting personnel saying things they didn’t, and always released the entire taped conversations to forestall accusations that it was misrepresenting what was said.

That didn’t stop Planned Parenthood from labeling the CMP videos immediately after their release as false and misleadingly edited.

“Are you proud of the work you did for CMP with this undercover investigation?” LiMandri asked Daleiden.

“Yes, I am,” Daleiden answered. “Because we documented and exposed these plaintiffs’ trafficking in fetal body parts.”

Earlier in the trial, the jury saw a video deposition of Deb VanDerhei, the national director of the Consortium of Planned Parenthood Abortion Providers who in a CMP video named Northern California, Mar Monte and Los Angeles Planned Parenthood abortion clinics as selling fetal organs for profit.

VanDerhei insisted with “100 percent accuracy” her conversation with then-undercover Daleiden at a Planned Parenthood conference could not be overheard by other conference attendees.

But in the video of the conversation, a woman at an adjoining booth, Lisa David, signals to Daleiden in conjunction with what VanDerhei is saying. Further, Daleiden testified on cross-examination by Catherine Short of the Life Legal Defense Foundation that as soon as VanDerhei walked away, David told Daleiden the topic of their conversation was fascinating and asked more questions about it.  

Jurors also watched a video deposition of Phil Cronin, a former public prosecutor who was BioMax’s agent for service of process. Cronin testified that he saw absolutely nothing wrong with CMP investigators going undercover.

For full transcript of October 31 proceedings, go here.

  alliance defending freedom, baby body parts sales, center for medical progress cmp, david daleiden, joe scheidler, mary gatter, planned parenthood, rico, sandra merritt, thomas more society


Delta Air Lines will now show unedited gay sex scenes in movies on its flights

The airline bowed to LGBTQ supporters after they complained about lude content being removed from films.
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 6:36 pm EST
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ATLANTA, November 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Delta Air Lines acquiesced to demands from pro-homosexual advocates that it stop censoring explicit homosexual sex scenes from in-flight movies. 

In a statement, Delta claimed that it had not requested that “homosexual content” be removed from movies shown on its flights.

“We value our in-flight entertainment options as a means to reflect the diversity of the world,” a company statement said. “We are reviewing the processes of our third-party editing vendors to ensure that they are aligned with our values of diversity and inclusion.”

According to Fox News, a spokesman said Delta is “immediately putting a new process in place for managing content available through Delta’s entertainment.”

“Studios often provide videos in two forms: a theatrical, original version and an edited version. We selected the edited version and now realize content well within our guidelines was unnecessarily excluded from both films,” the statement continued. “We are working to make sure this doesn’t happen again."

“Booksmart” director Olivia Wilde denounced the Atlanta-based carrier for scenes in her movie that depicted masturbation and lesbian sexual acts. Wilde also claimed that the version of her film shown during Delta flights also deleted the words “vagina” and “lesbian.”

“What message is this sending to viewers and especially to women?” Wilde tweeted. “That their bodies are obscene? That their sexuality is shameful?”

Wilde noted that airlines contract with third party companies to tailor movies according to what is deemed appropriate. 

For example, airlines showed a version of Rainman, which starred Dustin Hoffman, who played an autistic savant who fears flying. Wilde did not mention Delta by name in the tweet.

“I urge every airline, especially those who pride themselves on inclusivity,” Wilde wrote, “to stop working with this third party company, and trust the parental advisory warning to allow viewers to opt out if they choose.” 

“The studio has agreed to provide a special Delta edit that retains the LGBTQ+ love scenes in both ‘Booksmart’ and ‘Rocketman’ that will be on our flights as soon as possible," the Delta spokesman added.

Booksmart has been described as a coming of age film. It depicts lesbian sexuality and nudity in a story about two high school girls.

Delta Airlines was also criticized for filtering out male homosexual acts when it showed Rocketman, which depicts the life of popular homosexual entertainer Elton John and his homosexual liaisons, alcoholism, bulimia, mental illness, and drug use. 

On Twitter, digital content editor Shana Krochmal of Entertainment Weekly criticized Delta for deleting scenes of male-on-male perversion. While flying on Delta, she found that the inflight version of Rocketman had been “stripped of almost every gay reference or scene that Elton John fought to keep in the film’s mainstream release, including a simple chaste kiss.”

Delta Airlines had previously received the highest rating of LGBTQ compliance from the pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign and its Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

Pro-family advocates have pointed out that watching a film on an airplane is not a private matter because screens can be viewed by people in the vicinity, including children.

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  booksmart, delta airlines, elton john, homosexual acts, homosexuality, in-flight movies, lesbians, lgbtq, masturbation, olivia wilde, rocketman, vagina


117,000 sign petition supporting girl forced to compete with boys who say they’re ‘female’ athletes

A Connecticut high school senior's complaint will be investigated by the U.S. Department of Education.
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 6:10 pm EST
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PETITION: Keep Girls' Sports For Biological Girls ONLY - #IStandWithSelina. Sign the petition here.

November 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A LifeSiteNews petition has gone viral in support of a female athlete who must run races against boys who identify as “girls” because of state requirements in Connecticut.

Since its launch two weeks ago, more than 117,000 signatures have been added to the petition in support of a complaint filed by Selina Soule with the U.S. Department of Education. Selina is a high school senior from Glastonbury, Connecticut, who lodged a complaint with the federal government along with two other female athletes, who remain unnamed because of their fear of retaliation. The complaint alleges that the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) discriminated against biological girls and violated their title IX rights.

The Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education will investigate the girls’ claim that CIAC requires female athletes to compete against biological males in school athletics. While Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 was intended to ensure that girls and boys would have the same access to school sports, it did not contemplate the onset of transgender ideology and that biological boys would want to compete against biological girls. The language in Title IX does not mention “gender identity,” in which discrimination could be alleged.

In 20 states, including Connecticut, girls are compelled to face off with biological boys who claim to be “girls.” Soule told Fox News earlier this year that her situation is "very frustrating because I know I have put in — some of my friends and fellow competitors have put in — so much time and effort to take down our times and make ourselves better. But we are not physically able to be competitive against someone who is biologically a male."

“Girls should never be simply spectators in their own sport; they deserve to compete on a level playing field,” Soule told the MiddletownPress, adding that she is “grateful” that the federal government is going ahead with the probe. Soule said she hopes that “fairness” returns to athletic competition.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit law firm that fights for the rights of people of faith, stated on its website that female athletes are being forced to compete against biological males. 

“Activists are pushing schools and athletic associations to adopt harmful policies that allow male athletes who identify as girls to compete in high school women’s sports. This isn’t ‘progress.’ And it’s not fair.” ADF went on to state that these policies are depriving girls of college scholarships and athletic opportunities.

Transgenderism has hit college sports, too. In October, the Big Sky Conference named “June” Eastwood as its Female Athlete of the Week after having finished second among 200 cross country runners at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. Eastwood was formerly known as Jonathan, a biological male. The conference did not acknowledge that Eastwood claims to be a woman. 

Please CLICK HERE to read and SIGN the petition to keep girls' sports for biological girls only.

  alliance defending freedom, biological male, connecticut interscholastic athletic conference, department of education, lifesite petition, selina soule, title ix, transgender athletes


Chinese Catholics occupy church, pray to prevent its demolition

Several of the faithful involved in the protest believe the government has been emboldened in its persecution of religious groups by the Sino-Vatican agreement.
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 3:02 pm EST
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BEIJING, China, November 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics in China have reportedly occupied a church in the province of Habei where they are praying and fasting in a bid to prevent government officials from tearing the church down. 

The website AsiaNews claimed in an Oct. 31 report that several of the faithful involved in the protest believe the government has been emboldened in its persecution of religious groups by the Sino-Vatican agreement and that the government authorities claim “the Vatican supports us”.  

The church they are defending is officially registered with the government and AsiaNews claim that the decision to destroy it is likely to be because it does not have the required permits. Priests, who reportedly attempted to dialogue with the authorities, have joined the faithful in their resistance. The report also claims that the faithful in the diocese of Handang believe that 40 more churches are due to be destroyed by the government.

The full details of the 2018 agreement between the Vatican and the Chinese Communist Party have still not been released, but earlier this year the Holy See released “pastoral guidelines” which permitted Catholics to register with the Chinese government.

Earlier this year LifeSiteNews reported that the agreement was being used to further punish those Catholics who refused to join the government-approved “Catholic Patriotic Association”. 

And recent reports from the online magazine Bitter Winter claim that Protestant churches have also come under attack, with churches displaying the 10 Commandments being ordered to replace them with quotes from President Xi Jinping. 

This is not the first time in the last year that Catholics in China have risked their own personal safety in order to defend their churches against demolition by government authorities. In April of this year reports claimed that 200 faithful organised a sit-in in the Marian shrine and underground Catholic church of Mujiaping. Faced with reportedly “at least 600 government officials” the group declared their willingness to lay down their lives in defence of the church.

Also in April this year Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, and chief negotiator in developing the deal with China continued to urge patience. When faced with the criticism that  the deal had made things worse for Christians and other persecuted religious groups he said that “things in history change very slowly. This is the wisdom of the Holy See. She is not looking for immediate results, she’s looking for a result that is in the hands of God, which is also in our hands as much as we can help God in his plan.”

In September 2018 Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong called for Cardinal Parolin to resign over the deal, describing it as “an incredible betrayal”.

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WATCH: Catholic priest burns ‘satanic’ Pachamama effigy in reparation for idolatry at Vatican

'We, as a protest and as a sign of reparation, burn this satanic idol of the Pachamama.'
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 2:42 pm EST
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PETITION: Call on Vatican to keep out all "pagan" symbols from St. Peter's and Vatican Property! Sign the petition here.

November 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Mexico City burned effigies of the pagan “Pachamama” statues while leading the faithful in prayer to atone for the sin of worshiping the statues at the Vatican during the recently concluded Amazon Synod.

Video of the event captured Fr. Hugo Valdemar standing outside a Church dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe where flames leaped out of a four-legged metal fireplace that was on top of a table covered with a white tablecloth. The colorized Pachamama effigies were then placed on the table next to the fire.

Fr. Valdemar stood next to an altar boy who was holding an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and explained what was about to take place, as captured by the November 3 video. The priest was also flanked by an icon of St. Michael the Archangel. 

Fr. Hugo Valdemar burning Pachamama effigy in Mexico City, Nov. 3, 2019.

“The most blessed Virgin [Mary] of Guadalupe, as we know, is a young woman who is pregnant. She has Jesus in her womb whom is to give birth to the new continent (the new world). She says that she comes to grant her love to all the inhabitants of this entire continent (not just Mexico). She is pregnant and carries Jesus who will bring us the Gospel and drive away the darkness of idolatry and the devil,” he said.

Fr. Hugo then picked up one of the Pachamama effigies and, holding it next to the image of Our Lady, explained the difference between the two.

“A friend exorcist says that this idol (Pachamama) is actually the figure of the antichrist. It is a blasphemy and parody of Mary. Pachamama is pregnant but carries the antichrist to give birth to him in the Masonic church, to destroy the sacraments, which is to return to idolatry and superstition. So, this antichrist who is to give birth to a church with an ‘Amazonian face’ is an abomination, it is a contradiction to Church doctrine, which is the dynamic into which these idolaters want to enter into now,” he said.

“So, in sign of repugnance to the offenses that they made to the most Blessed Virgin Mary in Rome, in her church of Traspontina, we, as a protest and as a sign of reparation, burn this satanic idol of the Pachamama,” he added.

The priest then dropped the Pachamama into the fire where it was consumed by the flames. Two more effigies were later burned.

Effigy of Pachamama going up in flame in Mexico City, Nov. 3, 2019.

The priest then led the people in prayers, asking God for pardon for the offenses committed.

Catholics around the world were outraged last month to see a pagan ceremony take place in the Vatican Gardens where people bowed down to the ground and worshiped Pachamama idols as Pope Francis and other top-ranking prelates looked on. The October 4 ritual, captured on video, shows Pope Francis blessing the pagan statue before receiving it as a gift.

Effigy of Pachamama burning in Mexico City, Nov. 3, 2019.

Three cardinals along with four bishops have condemned the pagan rituals at Vatican, calling it “idolatry” and contrary to the first commandment about not having “strange gods.”

On October 21, several replicas of the statues were seized from Santa Maria in Traspontina Church near St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and thrown into the Tiber river.

Alexander Tschugguel, 26, of Vienna, Austria, revealed November 4 that he was the young man who seized the statues and threw them in the river.

“I saw in those statues and in those idols...a break of the First Commandment,” he said, adding that he was motivated by the desire to “bring pagan things out of a Catholic Church.”

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‘Is he dead yet?’ Former nurse reveals newborns killed because mom wanted to ‘get it over with’

There are abundant firsthand accounts of nurses who say they personally witnessed infants deliberately left to die by hospital staff.
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 2:03 pm EST
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November 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Despite the mainstream media’s insistence that infanticide is a myth, there are abundant firsthand accounts of nurses who say they personally witnessed infants deliberately left to die by hospital staff for no other reason than the fact that their mothers didn’t want them.

Jill Stanek, a former nurse and prominent pro-life blogger who is now with the Susan B. Anthony List, appeared on last week’s episode of The Van Maren Show to discuss the problem of infanticide, from her personal experiences in Illinois to the experiences of other nurses and the broader political battle. During the interview, she relayed several particularly horrifying stories.

Stanek relayed some of the experiences of Alison Baker, another nurse who has testified before Congress about infanticide. “She said she herself inherited a patient one time who had just delivered a baby alive,” Stanek said. “And the baby was in the soiled utility room because she didn't want anything to do with him. And so Allison still had to care for two patients. And she would go into the mom's room and the mom would say to her, ‘Is he dead yet?’”

Another unnamed nurse told Stanek she was haunted by the case of a baby born at 23 weeks, who was considered “right on that line” of viability according to the medical knowledge of 1999. “The mom wasn't gonna be able to complete her pregnancy to term,” so her doctor had given her a choice of whether she wanted to “try to hold on and we'll give you medications to try and strengthen the baby's lungs, give the baby a fighting chance, or do you just want to abort, just want to get it over with.”

The mother decided, “I just wanted to abort,” despite the fact that the infant was “showing signs of perking up without any help,” and that if she had been wanted, “four specialists from the neonatal unit would have been sent over just specifically to care for this baby.” Instead, “the only people present at her delivery was my nurse friend and an OB/GYN resident,” and the child “was just kept in the department and wrapped for the two and a half hours that she lived.”

Tessa Longbons, a Charlotte Lozier research associate, told Congress in September that CDC data found 143 infant deaths from 2003 to 2014 that had been coded as induced abortion or spontaneous miscarriage, which “may be a considerable undercount” as just seven states (Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Texas) have provided data on at least 160 babies to survive abortions.

Republicans have proposed legislation to require abortionists to transfer infants who survive abortions to hospitals, where they would be given the same degree of care as any wanted newborn, as well as to require states to report instances of a child being delivered alive after an attempted abortion.

Democrats have repeatedly blocked the first of those measures; readers can click here to read, sign, and share LifeSiteNews’ petition urging the U.S. House to vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

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EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Schneider calls Amazon Synod a ‘tool’ to create ‘new kind of religion’

In this wide-ranging video interview, Bishop Athanasius Schneider discusses the Amazon Synod, the liturgy, and keeping the faith.
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 1:50 pm EST
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November 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, has granted LifeSiteNews a lengthy video interview about the Amazon Synod and the state of the Catholic Church.

Bishop Schneider is one of the most outspoken defenders of Catholic orthodoxy in the world. It was Bishop Schneider who, along with Cardinal Raymond Burke and other prelates, issued in June 2019 the “Declaration of Truths” to correct the rampant “doctrinal confusion” in the Church. Bishop Schneider has been at the forefront of defending the Catholic faith amidst the accelerating crisis in the Church during which bishops, cardinals, and even the Pope have either openly flouted or at least muddied Catholic teaching on a host of moral issues.

In his interview with LifeSiteNews, recorded on October 24 – the feast day of St. Raphael the Archangel – Bishop Schneider explained how the Amazon Synod was being used as a “tool” to change the Church and create “a new kind of religion, even.” 

He reacted to Bishop Erwin Kräutler’s claim that indigenous peoples of the Amazon “don’t understand celibacy” – “without [a] doubt, this is racism,” said Bishop Schneider – and commented on attempts to undermine the practice of priestly celibacy and introduce female “deacons.” 

In this wide-ranging interview, Bishop Schneider also spoke about the liturgy, the significance of the cassock, and life as a Catholic child in the Soviet Union.

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Parents outraged as public schools sneak sexually explicit books into kids’ libraries

Parents discovered that an alarming number of the school libraries' new additions focus on "sexual diversity" and contain sexually explicit language.
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 9:14 pm EST
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November 4, 2019 (Daily Signal) — Parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, are outraged after discovering that thousands of books were placed in classrooms across the school district this year as part of a new "Diverse Classroom Library Initiative."

While most of these books focus on introducing kids to different cultures and ethnicities, parents began to discover that an alarming number of the books focused on "sexual diversity" and contain sexually explicit language, including "frequent descriptions of underage drinking, fondling, masturbation, orgasms, oral sex, sexual intercourse, sexual abuse, statutory rape, incest, and rape."

Even books at the kindergarten level promote LGBT ideology through books such as "My Princess Boy," designed to introduce 5- and 6-year-olds to the harmful idea that they can change their gender. Another book, "Heather Has Two Mommies," denies the need for fathers and ignores the loss a child might feel over having no relationship with his or her father.

Other titles include, but are certainly not limited to: "Prince and Knight" (second grade), "Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out," "Some Girls Bind," "Weird Girl and What's His Name" (positively featuring statutory rape between a young boy and his boss, and a relationship between a girl and her teacher), and "Being Jazz: My Life as a Transgender Teen."

The content in many of these books is graphic, and the language so obscene that when parents read passages aloud at a recent school board meeting, board member Joy Maloney, who supported the books, protested that the meeting wasn't an "appropriate setting" to hear such language.

Parents and even the board chairman were quick to point out the irony in this sentiment.

Not only is the content of these books grossly inappropriate, but equally bad is the secretive and unaccountable manner in which the "diverse books initiative" was implemented — as well as the clear intent to cut parents out of their own children's formation when it comes to topics of sexuality.

Having studied a lot of literature in college, I can sympathize with many of the arguments in favor of these books. Great literature deals with hard topics, characters who are different from us, and characters in whom we see a reflection of ourselves because of our shared virtues, flaws, and humanity.

At the same time, as a new parent, I'm coming to understand the delicacy of raising children and how to introduce them to new concepts and experiences.

To insinuate that complete strangers — be they administrators, librarians, "experts," or "specialists" — know better than parents when it comes to instructing the moral imagination of our own children is completely unjustified, especially when we know there is a larger agenda at play.

Which brings us to how this mess in Loudoun County Public Schools came about.

When parents received an email at the beginning of the school year from the school district announcing its new diversity statement and the accompanying Diverse Classroom Library Initiative, their initial thought was, "Great, we love diversity."

But upon digging into the massive book list, several parents were alarmed by some book descriptions.

Unfortunately, this program is unlike the typical "LGBT book displays" that other parents encounter at their local libraries, in which the agenda is clearly marked and accessible to parents for review.

Instead, large collections of these books were placed by administrators into schools county-wide to supplement teachers' classroom libraries. Not only do parents have no idea what their children happen to pick up and read during a school day, but kids aren't even allowed to bring books out of the classroom.

And even though the books aren't part of the curriculum, a board member at the latest October meeting pointed out that nothing prevents a teacher from selecting one of the books to include in their lesson plans, even though it's not part of district-mandated curricula.

Other important facts came to light at this meeting. According to testimony by Ashley Ellis, the assistant superintendent for instruction, Loudoun County Public Schools staff has not even read the diversity books. The books were instead selected by various "specialists" and "library experts," including Mackin, a third-party book selection agency.

Ellis defended the books as having won various awards, especially by the American Library Association.

Recognition by the American Library Association is little comfort, however, because it's one of the worst perpetrators of pushing raunchy, ideological books on children in the name of diversity, inclusion, and "authenticity."

Its promotion of "tips and tricks" to secretly move your library toward hosting Drag Queen Story Hour — such as "sneakily [fitting] stuff into current programs" and "creatively [encouraging] inclusive collection development," doesn't help much, either.

Even the school board claims it was only notified in September, along with parents — though some board members support the program. And while school administrators apologized to the public for their lack of transparency, the growing ideological push behind these books is going to make it hard to regain Loudoun County parents' trust.

Inquiry surrounding the school district's policies is ongoing, and there are several fundamental flaws with the diversity program itself, not just its execution.

The entire policy is backward, as Chairman of the Board Jeff Morse noted at the October board meeting.

"Our policy is reactive," he stated. "We're waiting until the kid sees stuff to come out and say, well, the parent can object to that. By that point, it's out there. It's already in schools and on the book shelves. They should be completely read before they're put in the hands of a fourth-grader."

Parents do want to be able to discuss these topics with our children, but the nature of the classroom libraries ensured that parents and the community were kept in the dark about what their kids were taking in for as long as possible.

The burden is first placed on children to bring up these sensitive topics with their parents if they had seen or read something they were confused or even embarrassed by.

Then, the burden is placed on parents to read the books, file a complaint at the school level — when the policy was implemented district-wide — and then go through an appeal process if the school principal decides to keep the book.

While parents all ideally work toward having open, trusting relationships with our kids so that they can come to us with their problems, the reality is that Loudoun County Public Schools is introducing a serious barrier to parents' ability to guide the moral education of their children.

This runs contrary to the county's own Family Life Education curriculum guidelines (sex ed), which "stress the need for individuals to make decisions appropriate to values established within their families," and "encourage child-parent discussion."

And while parents have an opt-out option for Family Life Education, there is no way for them to opt their children out from accessing books that range from dangerous gender ideology to soft-core porn.

Citizens need to make their voices heard. We need to rid ourselves of the commonly recited mantra that "politics is downstream of culture."

Politics helps shape culture, and the school board will determine which belief system will shape our children's moral imaginations, their vision of family, and even how they view their own bodies.

Published with permission from The Daily Signal.


Atheists sound the alarm: Decline of Christianity is seriously hurting society

Perhaps Christianity was more necessary than they thought.
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 1:23 pm EST
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November 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Only a few years ago, the aggressive “New Atheist” movement was on the march, with rhetorical brawlers like Christopher Hitchens and renowned biologists like Richard Dawkins leading the charge against religion and the last vestiges of Christian faith in the West. Religion, Hitchens famously stated, “poisons everything,” and could only be considered, at best, humanity’s “first and worst” attempt to solve existential questions. If these cobwebbed superstitions could be blasted away by the refreshing winds of reason and the Enlightenment, a fundamentally better society would rise from the ashes—or so the thinking went.

But as Christianity fades further and further into our civilization’s rear-view mirror, many intelligent atheists are beginning to realize that the Enlightenment may have only achieved success because it wielded influence on a Christian culture. In a truly secular society, in which men and women live their lives beneath empty heavens and expect to be recycled rather than resurrected, there is no solid moral foundation for good and evil. Anti-theists like Christopher Hitchens mocked and reviled the idea that mankind needed God to know right from wrong, but scarcely two generations into our Great Secularization and we no longer even know male from female.

It would be interesting to know how the late Hitchens would have responded to the insanities that have proliferated since his passing, and whether he would have come to realize, as some of his similarly godless friends have, that one does not need to find Christianity believable to realize that it is necessary. Douglas Murray, who has taken to occasionally calling himself a “Christian atheist,” has publicly argued with Hitchens’ fellow “Horseman of the Apocalypse” Sam Harris over whether a society based on Enlightenment values is even possible without Christianity. Harris holds out hope that such a society is possible. Murray is sympathetic, but skeptical. 

Increasingly, Murray admitted, he believes the atheist project to be a hopeless one. When he joined me on my show recently to discuss his latest book The Madness of Crowds, he reiterated that he believes that in the absence of the secularist’s ability to hammer out ethics on fundamental issues such as the sanctity of life, we may be forced to recognize that returning to faith is the best option available to us. There is a very real possibility, he noted, that our modern concept of human rights, based as it is on a Judeo-Christian foundation, may very well outlive Christianity by only a few short years. Cut off from the source, our conception of human rights may shrivel and die very quickly, leaving us fumbling about in a thick and impenetrable darkness.

Without the Christian underpinnings of our society, it will be up to us to decide what is right and wrong, and as our current culture wars clearly illustrate, our civilization will tear itself apart before it regains consensus. Many optimistic atheists recently believed that once God was dethroned and banished, we could finally live as adults and get on with the utopian project of creating a society based on faith in ourselves. These skeptics were unfortunately skeptical about everything except the goodness of humanity, despite the fact that they had no metaphysical or even Darwinian basis for this easily disprovable assumption. Jordan Peterson’s phenomenal popularity is partially based on his recognition that people are not generally good, and that the past century proves this with the blood of millions. 

It is the abject failure of this thesis that is leading some prominent atheists to begrudgingly admit that perhaps Christianity was more necessary than they thought. As recently as 2015, Richard Dawkins (author of The God Delusion) was arguing that children needed to be protected from the religious views of their parents, and made a series of alarming comments regarding the rights of parents to educate their children in the tenets of their religious faith. By 2018, however, Dawkins was warning that the “benign Christian religion” might be replaced by something decidedly less benign, and that perhaps we should take a step back to discuss what might happen if the evangelical secularists are successful in destroying or banishing Christianity. Other atheists and agnostics, from Bill Maher to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, have echoed Dawkins’ sentiments. This is a radical shift in only a handful of years—and the fact that atheists are sounding the alarm should be a warning to Christians about the consequences of our ongoing secularization.

Dawkins has now come out and repudiated his previous belief that Christianity should be banished from society even more firmly. In fact, he told The Times, ending religion—once his fervent goal—would be a terrible idea, because it would “give people a license to do really bad things.” Despite the fact that Dawkins has long argued that the very idea of the God of the Bible being necessary as a basis for morality is both ridiculous and offensive, he appears to be backtracking. “People may feel free to do bad things because they feel God is no longer watching them,” he said, citing the example of security cameras as a deterrent to shoplifting. One wonders if he has heard Douglas Murray remind people that the Soviets murdered their millions in the firm belief that there was no Judge waiting for them when the killing was over.

Dawkins discusses these ideas further in his latest book, Outgrowing God. “Whether irrational or not, it does, unfortunately, seem plausible that, if somebody sincerely believes God is watching his every move, he might be more likely to be good,” he confessed begrudgingly. “I must say that I hate that idea. I want to believe that humans are better than that. I’d like to believe I’m honest whether anyone is watching or not.” While this realization is not a good enough reason for him to believe in God, Dawkins says, he now realizes that the affirmation of God’s existence does benefit society. For example, Dawkins admitted, “It might bring the crime right down.”

Dawkins’ conversion to the belief that Christianity is good—and perhaps even necessary—for Western civilization to function in harmony is nothing short of mind boggling. Dawkins has been one of secularism’s most intolerant fundamentalists, a man who believed that parents should be denied the right to pass on their faith and that the government should actively side with the godless over the faithful. In a few short years, he is changing his tune. Human beings, he seems to have recognized, cannot be counted on to be automatically good and to operate in the spirit of harmony and solidarity that he and his fellow New Atheists treasure. And absent the inherent goodness of humanity, how can we count on people not to tear apart a civilization built by men and women of faith?

The answer is a simple one: We need God. 

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 Jill Stanek, a former nurse who in 1999 discovered that babies born alive after failed abortions were purposefully neglected and left to die.

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Man who threw Pachamama idol into Tiber speaks out

Alexander Tschugguel, 26, of Vienna said he simply wanted to 'bring pagan things out of a Catholic Church.'
Mon Nov 4, 2019 - 8:24 am EST
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November 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The man who tossed the infamous Pachamama statue into the Tiber River has revealed his identity today in a video explaining why he removed the "pagan idol” from Santa Maria in Transpontina church near the Vatican last month.

Alexander Tschugguel, 26, of Vienna, Austria, spoke to LifeSite co-founder John-Henry Westen, telling him, “for me, it was really bad, because I saw in those statues and in those idols...a break of the First Commandment.” He says he was motivated simply by the desire to “bring pagan things out of a Catholic Church.”

A convert from Lutheranism who embraced the faith 10 years ago, Tschugguel, who was in Rome covering the Amazonian Synod, told LifeSite that he consulted with a priest and prayed many rosaries with his wife before going through with it. “The spiritual preparation was everything,” he said.

When he arrived at the church, he discovered it was still closed. He decided to pray the rosary and the door was soon unlocked, entering the second it was opened. He stated that he was not worried about the consequences or if things didn’t go as planned. 

“If we always think about what happens afterward, and if we always think that way, we will never get anything done.” If there is something bad happening in a Catholic Church “we have to act,” he said. “Whatever can happen, it can never be that bad.” The “worst thing” that could happen is to not get into heaven.

Watch his video statement about why he removed the statue below:

Tschugguel, who is active on twitter, has since established the St. Boniface Institute, an organization for Catholic laymen who want the Church to live out its traditional teachings. “Our idea is not to be quiet any more,” he said. St. Boniface is an 8th-century monk perhaps best known for chopping down an oak tree esteemed by German pagans.

Tschugguel says he removed the statue not out of a desire to offend anyone but because he wants the Amazonian people themselves “to have the truth of Christ” and not some “mock Christian religion.” He denied he was trying to draw attention to himself in any way but admitted “it’s fantastic to see” the many supportive voices that have come out since his video was published, especially clergy. At present, more than 20,000 signatures have been added to a LifeSite petiton supporting the removal of pagan symbols from Vatican property.

Tschugguel told LifeSite it is the duty of all Catholics to respect the pope and that in no way does he hate Pope Francis, as some have alleged. “It is our duty to pray for the pope and to support him and respect his authority,” he said. “If we would hate the pope, why would I pray for him?”

“Please, Holy Father,” he continued, “understand this, as Catholics, we just don’t want pagan things in the Catholic Church. We want our churches to be clean and pure about the faith and we want the Church to follow Jesus Christ and that’s it.”

Tschugguel said he rejects the idea that what he did was theft because the objects were “pagan idols” that didn’t belong in a Catholic Church. “I will face any legal challenges in the same way, calm...I am not frightened. I’m not really afraid.” He also said he has other videos and photos proving he is the one who did this, and not someone else.

Tschugguel's analysis of the Synod is that it left him feeling “very disappointed." It was “a big mixture of wrong justice...liberation theology," he said. The Synod "goes hand in hand with the globalist agenda, too."

The young man acknowledged LifeSiteNews and other media supporters today, tweeting: “Thank You for all Your prayers and support. @LifeSite @jhwesten @TaylorRMarshall @Church_Militant @KatholikenNet.” 

When asked what sort of advice he had for young Catholics, Tschugguel said they should attend the local traditional Church, pray “tons” of rosaries, and then study the faith so they can defend it in public. He also reccommended they go to their families, friends, nearby pro-life groups, and make their voices heard. If something “is not Catholic, speak up!...We are part of the battle between the Kingdom of God and the reign of the devil.”

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Watch Mother Miriam's Live show from 11.4.2019. Today, Mother speaks about our responsibility as Catholics to know and live our faith. She also speaks about Pope Francis, the Church, and raising children in the faith.

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Man who threw Pachamama idol into Tiber speaks out

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Alexander Tschugguel, 26, of Vienna, Austria, spoke to LifeSite co-founder John-Henry Westen, telling him, “for me, it was really bad, because I saw in those statues and in those idols...a break of the First Commandment.” He says he was motivated simply by the desire to “bring pagan things out of a Catholic Church.”