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Trump affirms religious liberty in State of the Union: ‘We don’t punish prayer…tear down crosses’

'In America, we celebrate faith. We cherish religion. We lift our voices in prayer, and we raise our sights to the glory of God.'
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 10:35 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump pledged his administration will continue to defend religious liberty Tuesday night, as part of “reasserting the culture of American freedom” in his annual State of the Union address.

“With every action my administration is restoring the rule of law and reasserting the culture of American freedom,” the president said, noting that he and the Republican Senate “have confirmed a record number of 187 new federal judges to uphold our Constitution as written,” with “many” additional jurists “in the pipeline.”

“My administration is also defending religious liberty, and that includes the constitutional right to pray in public schools,” Trump continued. “In America, we don’t punish prayer. We don’t tear down crosses. We don’t ban symbols of faith. We don’t muzzle preachers and pastors. “In America, we celebrate faith. We cherish religion. We lift our voices in prayer, and we raise our sights to the glory of God.”

To conservatives, judicial nominees have been a highlight of Trump’s presidency, with most of his picks greatly pleasing pro-life and pro-family advocates. Religious liberty has also been a priority of this administration, from lifting the Obama administration’s contraception mandate to establishing a White House office tasked with fielding the concerns of religious Americans and monitoring threats as they arise.

Last month, the administration released a guidance affirming students have the right to pray in public schools.

Earlier in his address, Trump called on Congress to ban late-term abortions, declaring “we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God.”


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Trump calls on Congress to ban late term abortion: ‘Every child is a miracle of life’

'Whether we are Republican, Democrat or independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God.'
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 10:05 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump reiterated his call for a ban on late-term abortion during his annual State of the Union address Tuesday evening, while drawing the country’s attention to a living, smiling example of the children who could have been be legally killed had their mothers made a different “choice.”

“As we pray for all who are sick, we know that America is constantly achieving new medical breakthroughs. In 2017, doctors at St. Luke’s hospital in Kansas City delivered one of the earliest premature babies ever to survive,” the president said, referencing two of his special guests in attendance.

“Born at just 21 weeks and six days and weighing less than a pound, Ellie Schneider was a born fighter. Through the skill of her doctors and the prayers of her parents, little Ellie kept on winning the battle of life. Today Ellie is a strong, healthy two-year-old girl, sitting with her amazing mother Robin in the gallery. Ellie and Robin, we are glad to have you with us tonight.”

“Ellie reminds us that every child is a miracle of life, and thanks to modern medical wonders, 50 percent of very premature babies delivered at the hospital where Ellie was born now survive,” Trump continued. “Our goal should be to ensure that every baby has the best chance to thrive and grow just like Ellie. That is why I’m asking Congress to provide an additional $50 million to fund neonatal research for America’s youngest patients.”

“That is why I’m also calling upon members of Congress here tonight to pass legislation finally banning the late-term abortion of babies,” Trump declared. “Whether we are Republican, Democrat or independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God.”

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions starting at 20 weeks, would require Republicans retaking the US House of Representatives in November, and Republicans to either win a 60-vote Senate majority or modify the current filibuster rules.

Trump’s remarks were the latest demonstration of his support for the pro-life cause, and a reminder of how far the former celebrity businessman has come since his conversion from conventional New York liberal to Republican political candidate.

As president, Trump has reinstated and expanded the ban on foreign aid to abortion-involved groups (including International Planned Parenthood Federation), banned groups that commit or refer abortions from Title X family planning funds, overturned Obama-era regulations that barred states from defunding Planned Parenthood, and issued rules protecting Americans from being forced to subsidize abortion in government-mandated health insurance plans. 

The president has also forcefully denounced abortion, calling attention to Democrats’ opposition to anti-infanticide legislation and calling on Congress to send him a ban on late-term abortion to sign. Most of his judicial nominees have pleased pro-lifers, as well.

In addition, the administration has consistently worked to defend life and oppose abortion at the United Nations, from resisting pro-abortion agenda items and resolution language to affirming that abortion isn’t a human right and promoting abstinence education.

Last month, Trump became the first sitting president to address the March for Life in person, telling hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers he was “proud to stand with you” to “protect the right of every child, born and unborn, to fulfill their God-given potential.”

“All of us here today understand an eternal truth: every child is a precious and sacred gift from God,” Trump said. “Together we must cherish and defend the sanctity and dignity of human life. When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the boundless love a child brings to a family,” he said. 

“Together we are the voice for the voiceless,” he went on. “Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions we’ve seen in decades” on the issue, citing Congressional Democrats’ support for late-term abortion and opposition to mandating medical care for newborns that survive abortions.

“To all the women here today, your devotion uplifts our entire nation and we thank you for that,” the president said. "To all of the moms here today, we celebrate you and we declare that mothers are heroes. Every person is worth protecting and we know that every human soul is divine and every human life born and unborn is made in the holy image of almighty God."


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Chinese communists begin crackdown on Christian funerals

The new regulations have the goal of getting rid 'of bad funeral customs' while establishing 'a scientific, civilized and economical way of funerals.'
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 9:49 pm EST
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February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — In certain parts of China, communist authorities have banned funerals for Christians.

A priest based in Zhejiang province, who is a member of the version of the Catholic Church approved by the Chinese government, said: “The church on the ground is now oppressed no differently from the one underground.”

According to UCA News, the leading independent Catholic news outlet in Asia, the communist government is starting to enforce “a set of regulations” covering the way funerals are to be arranged. These regulations ban priests from attending funeral prayers outside a place dedicated to religious services.

As the local government in Zhejiang province argues, the new regulations have the goal of getting rid “of bad funeral customs” while establishing “a scientific, civilized and economical way of funerals.”

Clergy are now no longer allowed to participate in funerals that take place at the homes of the faithful. Also, “no more than 10 family members of the deceased are allowed to read Scripture or sing hymns in a low voice.”

Zhejiang province is an eastern coastal province in China. Shanghai, the famous Asian city with a population of more than 24 million, is located northeast of Zhejiang.

A source had told UCA News, the regulations strictly ban “religious activities outside religious places, so the priest will not be able to hold funeral prayers outside the church.” Another Catholic confirmed that currently, “priests are not attending religious funeral ceremonies.”

Further, UCA News was told by Father Guo of Henan parish, which belongs to the state-approved “church” in China, “that government officials have asked them to strictly follow” the news regulations. There would be penalties in case of violation, according to Guo, who added, “The punishment could even be closing the church and canceling” the certificate needed by the priest to exercise his ministry.

While communists are still able to have funerals, the same is no longer true for Catholics. “Why are we Catholics not allowed to hold a ceremony? This is exactly persecution,” Guo stated.

The Chinese priest announced that he would simply go underground should the government prohibit him from doing his work as a priest.

Not all priests have yet received the instructions and regulations from the government. Fr. Lee, who also belongs to the version of the Church approved by the government in China, said, “I still hold sacraments at the homes of dead parishioners. The day before yesterday, I sent a greeting to a church member from home to the cemetery. No one blocked it.”

Lee stressed that baptisms and funerals are important not only as Catholic rites, but also to foster community life. “As a priest, we need to accompany church members to make them feel like everyone is a family. Particularly, baptisms and funerals are very important for families.”

Bitter Winter, a magazine on religious liberty and human rights in China, reported that similar policies have recently been adopted in other parts of the country. The article states, “A village official from the central province of Henan who requested anonymity told Bitter Winter that the local government convened a meeting,” informing clergy, ministers, and their assistants that “all religious funerals are restricted.”

The regulations published in Henan province, north of Hubei province, where the coronavirus broke out in Wuhan, declare that clergy should be stopped in time “from using religion to intervene in citizens’ weddings and funerals or other activities in their lives.”

A member of a Christian community in Wuhan, who died last October, had her family organize a Christian funeral. Bitter Winter continues, “While the family and friends were saying goodbye to the deceased, the police stormed in and arrested her daughter, who was praying for her mother at the time. As it turned out, somebody had reported the family to the authorities. The daughter was only released after the deceased was buried without Christian rituals two days later.”

The Catholic Church in China is still being severely persecuted by the government. Just last month, a Catholic bishop in China was evicted from his residence because he did not intend to join the state-approved church.

An uptick in the persecutions was noticed after the Vatican signed in September 2018 a secret deal with China, which Vatican-observers speculated gave communist authorities power to select bishops.

As LifeSiteNews reported:

Overseen by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican-China agreement gives President Xi Jinping’s government a say in the appointment of bishops, among other concessions, and paves the way for unification of the state-sanctioned Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA), which the communist government created in the 1950s, and the secret underground Church, whose members remained united to the Holy See despite the risk of being killed, imprisoned, and otherwise persecuted for their faith.

Robert Royal, president of the Faith & Reason Institute, argued, also in early January, that the Vatican, “by its accord with an evil government, has essentially told Chinese Catholics that they are wrong to remain independent of a regime they see quite clearly is murderous and hell-bent on forcing the Church to be re-defined along lines that will make it harmless to government interests.”

The editor in chief of The Catholic Thing concluded his piece by saying, “We’ve heard from Parolin that we must be patient and keep up hope, but the facts on the ground are beyond dispute: the Church has been had. The belief that ‘dialogue’ — which like ‘diplomacy’ has become something of an idol in certain internationalist circles — is possible with certain forms of evil will someday be seen, as is clear already to many of us, as a foolish experiment that many Chinese — and not only Chinese Catholics — will pay for with their liberties and lives.”


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Starbucks promotes transgenderism with ad glamorizing girl using male name

In the ad, a short-haired young woman tells a server at a coffee shop that her name is James.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 9:40 pm EST
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LONDON, February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― Starbucks has thrown its support behind the transgender cause in the U.K. with a prize-winning advertisement and fundraising cookies.

Starbucks U.K. has released an advertisement showing a short-haired young woman telling a server at a coffee shop that her name is James after various vignettes in which she is addressed as “Jemma.” The sales pitch ends with Jemma striding past the Starbucks window with her coffee and the captions “Every name’s a story” and “#whatsyourname.” The latter is a reference to Starbucks’s Twitter campaign in support of transgender philosophy.

Commenting on its ad, the coffee giant said, “At Starbucks, writing your name on a cup and calling it out is a symbol of our warm welcome. It’s a small gesture, but it's symbolic of what we believe in: recognition and acceptance, whoever you are, or want to be. We welcome everyone.”  

The advertisement won the “Diversity in Advertising Award” sponsored by Britain’s most popular television station, Channel 4.

Starbucks is also selling cookies shaped like a mermaid’s tail to raise £100,000 for a U.K. transgender advocacy group called “Mermaids.” Founded in Leeds in 1995, Mermaids controversially advocates for minor children to be given easier access to puberty-blockers, cross-sex hormones, and such body-altering surgeries as mastectomies and castration. In the U.K., irreversible gender-related surgery is available only to those who are aged 18 and over.  

CitizenGO campaign director for the U.K. and Ireland Caroline Farrow told LifeSiteNews that Starbucks’s endorsement of Mermaids was “disappointing.”

“It is extremely disappointing to see Starbucks endorse a lobby group which advocates for the medicalisation of healthy children,” Farrow said via social media.

“No responsible corporation ought to be endorsing what amounts to a wholesale experimentation on children and providing funds for  this organisation to promote their harmful totalitarian and intolerant ideology within schools and other public institutions,” she continued. 

Farrow believes that the coffee chain has misunderstood the interests of its U.K. market. 

“Starbucks need to realise that ‘woke culture’ is falling very much out of favour with the British public and the timing of their promotion coincides with both a number of legal challenges involving their ideology and also comes on the same day as the NHS has announced a comprehensive review  into the use of puberty blockers and hormones for children,” she said.

Last month, Keira Bell, 23, a “detransitioning” former patient of the NHS’s “gender identity development service,” joined psychiatric nurse Sue Evans and a gender-confused girl’s mother, known only as Mrs. A, in demanding a judicial review of the NHS’s policies regarding the dosing of minors with puberty-blockers and cross-sex hormones.

On January 30, the NHS said an independent group of experts and members of the public would examine the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation’s policies related to hormone treatments for children.

Farrow stated that the British public is already impatient with Starbucks’s corporate policies in Britain, and this will add to public dismay.

“Starbucks has drawn much criticism in the UK for their policy of tax avoidance and the public will be dismayed to see this latest display of corporate irresponsibility,” she said.

The mother of five also believes that the fundraising biscuit fails to reflect the reality of what Starbucks is now supporting.

“Rather than a fishtail, a far more accurate representation of Mermaids ideology would be a gingerbread cookie featuring a number of scars and wounds," Farrow said.

The founder of Mermaids, Susie Green, took her 15-year-old son to Thailand for radical genital surgery, which involved the creation of an artificial vagina. On his sixteenth birthday, Jack “Jackie” Green became Britain’s youngest so-called “male-to-female” transsexual. At the time, Thailand was still performing such surgeries on boys as young as 11, but that nation has since passed a law forbidding castration of boys until they are 18.

On its web page for the parents of gender-confused children, Mermaids suggests that lack of support for their desire to transition may cause them to self-harm. “Unfortunately, many of the teens we have interacted with over the last 25 years have struggled with depression, isolation and even self-harm and suicidal feelings. Giving them the support they need is vital if they’re to achieve their potential,” the page reads.

“It’s important to note that, while most kids and young people we support identify as transgender, an increasing number of them are identifying as non-binary, which means they don’t identify exclusively as male or female,” it continues.

“Our approach is to help families face the challenges ahead, confident that they are understood, and never alone.”

But Mermaids neglects to mention studies that show that 80% of children who are unhappy with their sex are reconciled to it after puberty. According to Transgender Trend, a Dutch study published as late as 2013 confirmed “that gender dysphoria does not persist in most children past puberty.”

“In this Dutch study they identified 127 children who were referred to the Gender Identity clinic in Amsterdam when they were under the age of 12,” the children’s advocates wrote. 

“They then looked to see if these children were still gender dysphoric by the time they reached adolescence at age 15. 47 (37%) of these children had persisted. However 80 (64%) of children had either desisted (52) or were no longer traceable (28).  Since there is only one Gender Identity clinic for children in Holland it can be assumed that the latter no longer required support and so had also desisted.”

Starbucks also matches employee donations to abortion business Planned Parenthood and advocates for same-sex “marriage” and the LGBT cause in the United States.

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‘Independent review’ of cross-sex hormones for kids ordered in UK after lawsuit

Britain’s policies for giving gender-bending hormones to kids may get a makeover.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 9:33 pm EST
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LONDON, February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Britain’s policies for giving gender-bending hormones to kids may get a makeover.

The National Health Service (NHS) has announced that an “independent review” of its “gender identity development services for children” will take place in 2020.

Dr. Hilary Cass will head a group examining the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation’s policies related to hormone treatments for children. These include both “puberty suppressants” and “cross-sex hormones.” According to the NHS, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will also take part by doing “a thorough review of the latest clinical evidence to help inform the working group’s review.”

Cass told the U.K.’s Guardian that the group she is chairing will have both medical and non-medical experts. It will have up to 20 members, including members of the public.

The NHS’s decision to review its gender treatment policies for children comes after a well publicized legal challenge from an ex-patient of the Gender Identity Development Service (“GIDS”), a former employee of the Service, and a concerned parent. 

Last month, Keira Bell, 23, joined former Tavistock psychiatric nurse Sue Evans and a gender-confused girl’s mother, known only as Mrs. A, in bringing the action against the Tavistock and Portman NHS. This foundation runs the United Kingdom’s only specialist program for children with gender dysphoria.

Bell and her fellow plaintiffs Susan Evans and Mrs. A have raised almost £63,000 (82,000 USD) to fund a legal inquiry into the Tavistock Centre. Bell outlined her reasons for joining the suit on their webpage, hosted by fundraising site CrowdJustice.com

“I have become a claimant in this case because I do not believe that children and young people can consent to the use of powerful and experimental hormone drugs like I did,” Bell said.

“I believe that the current affirmative system put in place by the Tavistock is inadequate as it does not allow for exploration of these gender dysphoric feelings, nor does it seek to find the underlying causes of this condition,” she continued. 

“Hormone-changing drugs and surgery does not work for everyone and it certainly should not be offered to someone under the age of 18 when they are emotionally and mentally vulnerable.”

Bell added that treatment for gender dysphoria “urgently” needs to change so it doesn’t put youngsters like herself “on a torturous and unnecessary path that is permanent and life-changing.”


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Prof’s research destroys Democrat’s claim that ‘achievement gap’ is caused by lack of opportunity

The ‘achievement gap’ between rich and poor, black and white, disappears when students have both strong and faithful families behind them.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 8:19 pm EST
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February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The significant discrepancies in educational performance between “African American and Latinos on the one hand and white students on the other” is not caused by “race,” argues William Jeynes at Public Discourse. More than anything, he claims it is due to an intact family, as well as having a strong faith.  

Jeynes, who teaches at California State University, Long Beach, says this is also true of the discrepancies, generally referred to as “achievement gap,” between students from lower levels of socioeconomic status and those of higher levels.

As Jeynes explains in his article, one school of thought emphasizes the “opportunity gaps” of students currently disadvantaged, including gaps “of a racial minority, discrimination, poor nutrition, inadequate health care, not having access to high-quality public education, coming from a family in which the parents are poorly educated or do not speak English as their first language, and lack of internet and computer access.”

Without denying that there is some truth to opportunity gaps playing a role in students’ educational performance, Jeynes points out that there are more causes than those considered opportunity gaps. This second school of thought emphasizes, among other things, the decisions parents make for and with their children.

“How involved will parents decide to become?” Jeynes asked. “How much will the household decide to emphasize faith in God, and the sense of purpose in life, and working hard to realize that purpose and please God, which normally follows?”

After conducting the first meta-analysis of 30 different studies examining attempts to reduce the achievement gap, the professor of education came to the conclusion: “Parental family structure and parental involvement were major explanatory factors and solutions with respect to the achievement gap.”

In other words, if a student comes from a family where the student’s father and mother are living together, raising their children, questions of race and socioeconomic status are a lot less relevant. As Jeynes put it with some humor, “There is an old adage among many family scientists that when a Caucasian comes from a single parent or a blended family structure, he or she loses the advantage of being white.”

What about faith, though? Jeynes, who studied the achievement gap for many years, found that “regularly attending church, or another house of worship, and defining oneself as being a very religious person yielded the most significant reductions in the achievement gap.” He draws this back to the fact that being a person of faith often means being aware of having a purpose in life, as well as pursuing a more disciplined lifestyle.

“Perhaps most significantly, the meta-analysis revealed that, if an African American or Latino student was a person of faith and came from a two-biological-parent family, the achievement gap totally disappeared, even when adjusting for socioeconomic status,” Jeynes continued.

Contrary to Jeynes’ research, many Democrat presidential candidates seem to subscribe to the school of thought arguing opportunity gaps are playing the main role in creating an achievement gap.

Joe Biden, who according to the RealClearPolitics average currently leads in the national polls, claims on his website that “too many parents don’t have access to the resources and support they need to support and ensure their children are developing healthily. As a result, there’s an achievement gap in this country before our children even enter kindergarten.”

Similarly, Bernie Sanders, who is second in the polls, wants to invest heavily in early childhood education, claiming, “This will give all children the opportunity to develop, learn, and reach their highest potential.” Sanders is quoted on his campaign website as saying, “In a society with our resources, it is unconscionable that we do not properly invest in our children from the very first stages of their lives.”

Elizabeth Warren, the only other contender polling in double digits, mentions the creation of opportunities for students (and teachers) very frequently in her plan for public education. Here, too, having strong families with strong faith is not taken into consideration.

Jeynes proposes a different way forward. In his piece for Public Discourse, he suggested, “With all the hundreds of billions of dollars that have been poured into reducing the achievement gap with only marginal success, recognizing — and working to improve — family and faith factors would likely be much more effective in reducing racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps.”

How does this translate into practical policy? The professor calls the Department of Education, currently headed by Betsy DeVos, to adopt policies that are more faith-friendly, for instance, the promotion of school choice programs that include private schools.

As an additional first step, he proposes the clarification and expansion of guidelines on religious liberty currently in place for public schools.

Jeynes laments the tendency “among many academics to once again try an old initiative that has not worked especially well and to pretend that it is a new effort, simply by calling it by another name.”

A more comprehensive approach is needed. The focus on closing “opportunity gaps,” Jeynes explained, had been in place for 55 years – with little to show for it.


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Muslim dad: I’d rather go to jail than allow my son to attend LGBT school lessons

The child's father rejects the 'No Outsiders' program and says he will not have his child exposed to 'confusion.'
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 7:38 pm EST
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BIRMINGHAM, England, February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A Muslim father in the United Kingdom says he is prepared to go to jail rather than be forced to keep his son in a controversial pro-LGBT sex education program.

Jabar Hussain, 51, is the first parent to face prosecution after keeping his son, Amin, out of school for months rather than allowing him to attend lessons that promoting homosexual and transgender ideology through the “No Outsiders” program.

The “No Outsiders” program received significant media coverage last year when Muslim parents in Birmingham protested against its use to teach their children. The program promotes LGBT lifestyles as normal, with the introduction to the book explaining that “to be a person who is gay or lesbian or transgender or bisexual is normal, acceptable and OK." Its author, Andrew Moffatt, led the annual homosexual “Pride” march in Birmingham last year.

At the height of the protests, hundreds of parents gathered outside the school, chanting and holding placards. Six hundred Muslim pupils between four and 11 years old were withdrawn from classes.

Some demonstrators reportedly even said they would rather leave the UK than allow their children to continue attending the school.

During one of those protests outside the school last year, Hussain told BirminghamLive, "We are not against anyone expressing their sexuality or being homosexual if that's what they want. We have no issue if Mr Moffat wants to put on a dress, or dance around like a ballet dancer, or put on a skirt, we have no issue. We have an issue with teaching that nonsense to our kids."

Hussain has stopped his son from attending the Parkfield Primary School in Birmingham since September 2019 but has kept him on the school register in hopes that he will eventually be able to return and complete his education there. 

Hussain risks being fined for keeping his child out of school for an extended period and having a parenting order imposed. If he fails to pay the fine, he may be sentenced to a prison term of up to three months. 

But Hussain told The Times, "If I have to go to court, I have to go to court. I would go to jail for this.”

Hussain is challenging the prosecution by Birmingham City Council, saying the lessons constitute a "safeguarding risk.” He has instructed lawyers to seek a judicial review if the council persists with the prosecution.

His lawyer, Paul Conrathe of Sinclairs Law, said, "This prosecution criminalizes him for not submitting to teaching in breach of his rights."

After last year’s protest, an adapted version of the “No Outsiders” program was introduced, entitled “No Outsiders for a Faith Community.” Moffat says the LGBT content has been retained and the lessons have not been “watered down.”

In a recent interview with i News, Moffatt said last year’s protests, rather than stopping the implementation of No Outsiders, had in fact given the program a  “national profile.” Moffatt claimed that the media attention resulted in other schools choosing to use it. 

Hussain has said he is worried that the lessons will teach things that go against his religion, including "that some children are born in the wrong body.”

“This can cause confusion,” he said. “If my son gets confused about this and about his own body, he might think he is a girl. The school thinks this is OK and has to be accepted, even though transgender can mean medical treatment and surgery which could damage my son mentally and physically for life."


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US priest bars pro-abortion state politicians from receiving Holy Communion

A Rhode Island representative called for Father Richard Bucci to resign, but he says he's standing his ground.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 7:00 pm EST
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February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic priest in Rhode Island has decreed that every state legislator who voted last year for an extreme state abortion law may not receive Holy Communion.

Father Richard Bucci, a 72-year-old parish priest at Sacred Heart Church in West Warwick, made the announcement last week in the form of a flier that he gave to parishioners and also mailed them to the homes of several lawmakers.

“In accord with the teaching of the Catholic Church for 2,000 years, the following members of the legislature may NOT receive Holy Communion, as are all the officers of the state of Rhode Island, as well as Rhode Island’s members of Congress,” the flier reads.

Fr. Bucci has been criticized in the media by several politicians in response to his flier. 

One of those politicians, Rep. Carol McEntee, has called on Fr. Bucci to resign immediately.

Fr. Bucci told LifeSite that he has no intention of taking McEntee’s advice. “I’m not resigning and I’m not retiring either,” he said. “I don’t think that someone who is pushing the slaughter of the unborn should tell a priest what to do.”

McEntee also called on Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, “to withdraw and disown this notice and issue a full apology to all individuals who are listed in this notice.”

Bishop Tobin has not commented directly on the story, but diocesan spokeswoman Carolyn Cronin wrote in response to media inquiries last week that it was the “pastor’s duty” to apply the “norms for preparation and reception” of the sacraments.

“For every sacrament, the Church provides detailed norms for preparation and reception,” she wrote. “It is the pastor’s duty to apply them within his parish, in accord with Church law. This includes the proper reception of Holy Communion as outlined by the Code of Canon Law. Because the Church entrusts to each pastor the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and governing his parish, the daily pastoral and administrative decisions are made at the local parish level.”

The fliers also stated that pro-abortion lawmakers will not be allowed “to act as witnesses to marriage, godparents, or lectors at weddings, funerals or any other church function.”

Fr. Bucci told LifeSite that he was partly prompted to issue the flier by an incident at a recent funeral when he had to prevent McEntee from making a eulogy. Fr. Bucci does not permit eulogies during funeral services on any occasion and told LifeSite that it was only afterward that he realized who McEntee was. His other motivation, he said, was to mark the recent anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, which imposed abortion on demand across the country.

Fr. Bucci told LifeSite that he hopes that more Catholic clergy will take similar actions in order to defend the Holy Eucharist and the Church’s clear teaching on the duty of politicians not to vote for intrinsically unjust laws. “I’m saddened that there are not more bishops and priests doing this, because it is commanded in canon law,” he said

Fr. Bucci said that with the exception of one or two nasty calls he has received lots of support since the story became public.


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Pro-abortion groups exploiting loopholes in Trump policy complain when Republicans notice

Newsletters going out are accusing Republicans of placing a 'bullseye' on international abortion-promoting organizations.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 6:35 pm EST
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NEW YORK, February 4, 2020 (C-Fam) — Abortion groups are scrambling to keep U.S. government funding after Senate and House Republicans caught them exploiting loopholes in the U.S. pro-life foreign policy that forbids them to receive taxpayer monies to promote and perform abortions abroad.

After President Trump put the policy in place upon taking office in 2017, Population Services International (PSI) hosted a conference call to explain how it would use the loopholes in the Mexico City Policy, now called the Protecting Life in Global Health Policy. The group would go on to receive over $180 million in 2018, even though they were not eligible.

When 59 Senate and House Republicans sent a letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo last week exposing the abuse of taxpayer funds, PSI took down evidence of the conference call, which had been posted on its website since 2017. It is still available in archival web records.

On the call, PSI’s Chief Operating Officer Dr. Christine Sow told members of the PSI network that they would have to restructure the organization to get around the Mexico City Policy. She made an example of Nigeria.

“To continue to do work in Nigeria we need a PSI branch office that can work in tandem with the local office to actually deliver the services,” she said. She explained that since local PSI affiliate, Society for Family Health, would be considered a foreign NGO, they would run afoul of the Mexico City Policy, and therefore they would have to get U.S. funds to the local organization through a local branch of the parent U.S.-based organization.

“We are trying to restructure in a way that we can sign those (USAID agreements), with a clear conscience... But at the same time we are still able to do the safe abortion work through other mechanisms,” she explained.

Sow also said that for the most part the Mexico City Policy did not have an enforcement mechanism aside from sporadic audits and therefore if individuals and their organization advocated for abortion it would not have any consequences.

“There is no way for them to follow-up with compliance or ding us for it,” she said.

This week, Population Action International (PAI), a lobbying group that promotes the interests of the global abortion industry, accused the pro-life Congressmen of a “malevolent intention,” in a newsletter. But they conceded that closing the loopholes “would essentially dismantle the legacy of more than five decades of U.S. leadership on family planning and reproductive health around the world.”

According to PAI, the pro-life Congressmen’s letter put a “bullseye” on “the largest and most competent service providers and recipients of USAID family planning and reproductive health program funding — because all unabashedly engage in the provision of legal, safe abortion services in developing countries with their private, non-USG funds.”

The six organizations listed in the Congressional letter to Pompeo are Population Services International, Pathfinder International, PATH, Population Council, Engender Health, and Woman Care International. In 2018 these organizations alone received $284.4 million, among other things to manufacture and distribute abortion devices as well as promote and perform abortions overseas.

U.S.-based family planning groups have been able to work around pro-life restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance because they only prohibit foreign organizations that promote and perform abortions from receiving U.S. funds. It still allows domestic organizations that promote and perform abortions abroad to receive U.S. funds.

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UN insists on abortion, contraception worldwide, even for women who don’t want them

No right to abortion exists in international human rights or humanitarian law, but a new U.N. report seems to call for abortion everywhere — even where it is illegal.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 6:19 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2020 (C-Fam) — Last November at a summit in Nairobi, the UN Population Fund announced that it would take $264 billion to reduce global maternal deaths and protect women and girls from violence. The agency just released a publication outlining the details of how the billions would be spent — and the fine print includes abortion.

One of the enduring legacies of ICPD in 1994 is the compromise that was struck among nations: that the legal status of abortion was for national governments to determine, and that where legal, it should be “safe.” In the past quarter century, the same feminist organizations that sought to establish an international human right to abortion at the conference have continued to lobby for the same goal, calling it the “unfinished agenda of ICPD.”

Nevertheless, no right to abortion exists in international human rights or humanitarian law, and UNFPA, which receives its directives from agreements reached by governments at the UN, has no mandate to promote abortion. Its three central goals, set out in 2018, are to eliminate preventable maternal deaths, eliminate the “unmet need” for family planning, and end gender-based violence, including child marriage and female genital mutilation.

The price tag for achieving these three goals, set at $264 billion, was publicized at the Nairobi Summit, but the specific details were set out in January in a new publication. In collaboration with researchers from several universities and other organizations, UNFPA broke down the specific interventions in each category, with cost estimates for each of the three targets.

The elimination of preventable maternal deaths in 120 priority countries, estimated as costing $115.5 billion over the next ten years, requires ensuring that “29 interventions are universally available,” one of which is “safe abortion services.”

Unlike many UNFPA publications, which include a disclaimer specifying that references to abortion apply under circumstances in which it is legal, this estimate includes no such language.

The maternal health estimates also rely on another assumption: “This study assumes that ending unmet need for family planning will also be achieved by 2030,” and if not, “the costs of ending preventable maternal deaths by 2030 could be substantially higher.”

The UNFPA report raised the question: what does eliminating “unmet need” mean in practice? According to the report, “there are 232 million women in developing countries who want to prevent their pregnancies but are not using modern contraceptives.” But researchers estimate that only about 5% of “unmet need” can be attributed to lack of access to family planning. The projected cost of $68.5 billion over the next ten years includes not just delivering commodities but also a variety of other efforts to address “concerns about side effects and demand creation.”

Given that the leading reasons women opt out of using contraceptives include health concerns and religious objections, despite being described as having a “need” for them, it remains to be seen whether UNFPA’s insistence on increased voluntary contraceptive use includes the ability to take no for an answer.

UNFPA’s estimates rely heavily on increasing contraceptive use, both to eliminate “unmet need” and to keep maternal health costs down by reducing the number of pregnancies that could result in maternal deaths due to insufficient health care, nutrition, and infrastructure, including transportation, electricity, and clean water. UNFPA’s costing analysis does not anticipate the need to generate demand for these things.

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LGBT activists force France venue to cancel public debate on artificial procreation for lesbians

The incident is one of a rapidly growing list of censured meetings in an atmosphere of increasing hostility towards those who resist 'single thought'
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 6:07 pm EST
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VERSAILLES, France, February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A public debate featuring opponents to the legalization of access to artificial procreation for single women and lesbian couples was canceled in Versailles, France, this Tuesday because of threats of disruption by “LGBT groups.” 

The incident is one of a rapidly growing list of censured meetings in an atmosphere of increasing hostility towards those who resist “single thought”, which accuses dissident voices of “hate speech” of various kinds.

The planned round table was to take place in the historic cinema of the center of Versailles, 20 km from Paris. The “Cyrano” opened in 1928 and over the years welcomed many live performances ranging from French singers Charles Aznavour and Georges Brassens to the Beatles and Trini Lopez in the 1960s. It was restructured into smaller movie halls but still welcomes live debates and conferences.

The family-owned venue was bought in 2017 by UGC (Union générale cinématographique, one of the main cinema chains in France). It was successfully pressured to cancel the round table against planned changes to France’s bioethics law.

The debate had been organized by a cultural association created in Versailles by young professionals in the wake of the “Manif pour tous” against same-sex “marriage” in 2013, under the name “Les Eveilleurs d’Espérance:” “The Awakeners of Hope.” Over the years the “Eveilleurs” have invited political, media and academic personalities in an aim to champion personal commitment, respect for life, the defense of traditional marriage and family, as well as filial attachment to the fatherland and the rebuilding of culture through the moral and spiritual roots of France’s history.

Four speakers were to take part in Tuesday’s event. Ludovine de La Rochère, president of the “Manif pour tous,” is active in the opposition movement to the liberalization of medically assisted procreation, “Marchons enfants.”

Agnès Thill, a former member of Emmanuel Macron’s presidential party, was excluded from “LREM” (La République en Marche) last July for having voiced her opposition to “medically assisted procreation”, or “PMA” as it is called in France, “without a father.”

The third speaker, Thérèse Hargot, is a sexologist and a more controversial figure. While opposed to artificial contraception and procreation, she recently co-authored a book with Bishop Emmanuel Gobilliard, auxiliary bishop of Lyon in which she speaks sympathetically of masturbation – including for women religious.

Lastly, Jean-Marie Le Méné, president of the pro-life Fondation Jérôme-Lejeune which funds research on Downs syndrome and assists families confronted with this genetic disorder, was to speak about the eugenic aspects of France’s future revised bioethics law which aims to make the possibility of embryo research the norm, and not the exception.

None of these speakers has the reputation of being “extremist” or radical, and the issues that were to be raised are precisely those under discussion in the French Parliament.

But the title of the round table was enough to anger “LGBT groups:” “PMA, GPA (artificial procreation, surrogacy), hunted down embryos: the victims of the bioethics law.”

The Eveilleurs called the decision to evince their meeting “brutal” and were disappointed that the managing team of the Cyrano cinema was not prepared to take into account the “reliability” of their “security team.” Instead, the Cyrano told the organizers it feared “public disturbances because of planned action in the part of LGBT groups.”

In other words, the cinema’s management caved to threats from those who intended to disturb the public order rather than take steps to guarantee the peaceful functioning of a legitimate public contribution to a national debate.

“Behind the particularly surprising motivation for such a choice, we do not exclude the existence of an ideological desire to silence those who want to enlighten consciences about the very serious abuses contained in the draft bioethics law,” wrote the Eveilleurs in a public statement.

It is the second time in less than eight days that the Cyrano cinema has canceled a conference within its walls: last week a round table on the realities and dangers of Islam organized by “Liberté politique” was annulled under pressure of the UGC group. 

Three weeks earlier, in Rennes, Brittany in the West of France, a conference on the “Meaning of life” by Alliance Vita, which is also active in the fight against the new bioethics law, was disrupted by LGBT and feminist movements that later claimed responsibility for the attack.

On January 13, the conference was being prepared by eight members of Alliance Vita in the auditorium of the “Maison des Associations” (the House of Associations) in Rennes when a hundred or so activists, some of them hooded, invaded the area, preventing guests from entering the conference room.

“There wasn’t much we could do. People were hit and two of us also got tear-gassed. All the documents we had prepared for the training session were thrown away or destroyed. In the end, we were forced to cancel the evening,” said one of the members of Alliance Vita.

He told French center-right weekly Valeurs actuelles that a police patrol was summoned. It stayed until the violent LGBT demonstrators had left but there were no arrests, despite the fact that three members of Alliance Vita filed personal complaints, one of whom was given three days of “temporary incapacity for work.”

The LGBT and feminist groups have since pressured the socialist municipality of Rennes not to allow Alliance Vita to organize other conferences in the town, accusing the group of “right-wing extremism” and “homophobic, sexist and transphobic speech,” as well as being responsible because of its “ideas” for the “humiliations, denial of rights, discriminations and physical and verbal aggressions” they say happen “every day.”

To date, there has been no police action regarding these violent activists, in contrast with what happened in La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendée, last June, when Catholic students toppled over public signs and took and later burnt an LGBT flag on display in the middle of the town’s main square. Those young people were sanctioned by the Catholic university ICES, where most of them were studying – including the dismissal of one student –, and were later declared guilty of several offenses by a local tribunal. Their appeal is pending.

In another incident, the wife of former socialist Prime minister Lionel Jospin, philosopher Sylviane Agacinski, was prevented from giving a conference at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne last October about “the human being in an age where it can be technically reproduced.” Surprisingly, this progressive and feminist thinker is opposed to the liberalization of assisted procreation and frontally condemns surrogate motherhood.

Three weeks before the planned date, on October 24, a number of local feminist and LGBT groups complained to the University staff in violent terms and it was decided to scrap the conference for fear of not being able to “ensure the security of persons and goods.”


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Protestants to receive Communion at first Catholic Mass in Geneva Cathedral since Reformation

'This is nothing special in Geneva,' as Intercommunion 'is already done locally in many parishes during ecumenical celebrations.'
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 5:58 pm EST
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GENEVA, February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The first Catholic Mass in Geneva’s cathedral since the Reformation takes place at the end of this month and Protestants have been invited to attend and receive Holy Communion.

Moreover, although Catholic Church canon law does not permit intercommunion, it is reportedly a common practice in Geneva, according to Swiss Protestant news agency Protestinfo.

Fr. Pascal Desthieux, Catholic episcopal vicar for the canton of Geneva, will say Mass in Saint-Pierre Reformed Protestant Cathedral at 6:30 p.m. on February 29, at the invitation of the Protestant cathedral’s parish council.

Mass was abolished in the nearly 900-year-old church in August 1535 after iconoclasts desecrated and razed the interior, slashing images and breaking statues deemed to violate the new Reformed cult they had accepted, Protestinfo reported.

The cathedral subsequently became notable as the home church of Reformer John Calvin, and his triangular chair is still kept next to the pulpit.

The decision to invite Fr. Desthieux to say Mass in Saint-Pierre began as informal talks followed by an ecumenical service in the cathedral, which then “matured” into a discussion and a council vote, said parish council president Daniel Pilly.

“There was no opposition, which is significant. The idea appealed because it corresponds to our desire to make the cathedral a meeting place for all Geneva Christians. A space that transcends confessional boundaries,” he told Protestinfo.

Protestants have been invited to attend the Mass and to receive Communion, but “this is nothing special in Geneva,” Pilly said.

“This is already done locally in many parishes during ecumenical celebrations where Protestants and Catholics invite each other to the Lord's Supper and to Communion,” he said.

Catholics have previously been invited to ecumenical services at Saint-Pierre, and the parish council also allowed Lutherans to celebrate Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday when their church was closed for renovations. For several years, Anglicans sang carols at the cathedral at Christmas, Protestinfo reported.

Emmanuel Fuchs, president of the Protestant Church in Geneva and a pastor in Saint-Pierre, told Protestinfo that the invitation is “a signal that the climate in Geneva is extremely favorable and fruitful with the Roman Catholic Church. We have made notable progress in terms of ecumenism, especially with the Joint Declaration, signed in 2017, which recognizes our respective ministries.”

Added Fuchs: “As Pope Francis said, ecumenism is achieved by walking. We are trying to walk together in the hope that when we have made enough progress, the obstacles that seem to us today insurmountable will no longer be.”

However, the Catholic Church cannot sanction intercommunion between Catholics and Protestants, as prominent clerics such Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Raymond Burke, and Archbishop Athanasius Schneider have frequently reiterated.

Cardinal Sarah has described Communion by those who do not profess Catholic faith as “sacrilegious” and an “outrage” against the sacrament.

“Intercommunion is not permitted between Catholics and non-Catholics. You must confess the Catholic Faith. A non-Catholic cannot receive Communion. That is very, very clear. It’s not a matter of following your conscience,” the cardinal said in 2015.

Despite this, the Catholic bishops of Germany are renewing their push for “intercommunion,” and Pope Francis has sent mixed signals on the matter.

A September 2019 German ecumenical paper argues that theological debates in the last decades clarified differences stemming from the Reformation and there is now “agreement” regarding the “theological meaning of the Eucharist/Last Supper,” and that, “on that foundation, the diversity of liturgical traditions is being valued,” Maike Hickson reported in LifeSiteNews last week.

Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told Vatican News he disagreed with the document’s underlying assumption: “namely: that the Catholic Eucharistic celebration and the Protestant Last Supper are identical,” Hickson reported.

Meanwhile, the Holy Father told Reverend Michael Jonas, Lutheran pastor of the Evangelical Church in Rome, that “Catholics and Protestants are very close to one another in what they do in their public worship [Gottesdienst],” according to comments Jonas made to LifeSiteNews.

In May 2018, Pope Francis blocked the German bishops’ proposal to allow a Protestant spouse married to a Catholic to receive Holy Communion, but then said in an in-flight press conference shortly afterward that it is up to individual bishops, and not bishops’ conferences, to decide the matter.

In 2015, he made comments to a Protestant wife of a Catholic, which appeared to “suggest,” in the words of National Catholic Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin, “that a Lutheran wife of a Catholic husband could receive Holy Communion based on the fact that she is baptized and in accordance with her conscience.”


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Abortion pill reversal bill introduced in Michigan

The legislation requires women pursuing a chemical abortion to receive information about the technique.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 5:29 pm EST
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LANSING, Michigan, February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – New legislation has been introduced in Michigan to require that women seeking chemical abortions be informed of their options for reversing the decision should they have second thoughts.

House Bill 5374 requires women seeking a chemical to be given information on the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) technique. The abortion pill mifepristone (better known as RU-486) works by blocking the natural hormone progesterone that developing babies require to survive. APR consists of administering extra progesterone to counteract mifepristone’s effects, ideally within 24 hours of taking the abortion pill. 

“It’s called the Abortion Pill Reversal bill, and it basically allows a woman to be informed that if she should change her mind during a chemical abortion, that she be provided information that a treatment is available,” Republican state Rep. Beth Griffin, who introduced the bill, told WSJM. “It doesn’t interfere with a woman’s right to choose an abortion. It does respect a woman’s right to change her mind and save her baby.”

“Offering information to women about their options should be something abortion businesses have no issue with, as they claim to support all women’s choices,” Right to Life of Michigan president Barbara Listing said in support of the measure. “The abortion pill reversal protocol is another choice for women who experience regret after taking the first abortion pill.”

Detractors argue that APR is harmful and unproven, but as pro-life OB/GYN Dr. William Lile has explained, the technique is based on principles that are well understood from progesterone’s common, FDA-approved use in a variety of other pregnancy-related situations. APR’s pioneers credit it with helping more than 400 women save their babies since 2007.

HB 5374 is currently pending before the Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors. A hearing has not yet been scheduled.


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Sanders plans ‘dozens’ of executive orders, including restored abortion funding

If the left-wing Democrat were elected president, he plans liberal use of his power to advance his radical ideas.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 5:06 pm EST
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February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Socialist presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to make extensive use of executive action to implement his agenda if he wins, according to a campaign document recently obtained by The Washington Post.

The document, prepared by campaign manager Faiz Shakir, senior adviser Warren Gunnels, and policy director Josh Orton, lists a number of proposed executive orders for Sanders to review, the Post reported. “We cannot accept delays from Congress on some of the most pressing issues,” it declares, “especially those like immigration where Trump has governed with racism and for his own corrupt benefit.”

Among the suggestions were that a President Sanders could order the U.S. Department of Justice to legalize marijuana, ban the exportation of crude oil on the basis of climate change being a national emergency, and reversing various aspects of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. 

While some of the proposals would fall within scope of the president’s executive authority, others – namely changing federal marijuana policy and banning exports – would likely be struck down for encroaching on the legislative branch and existing federal law.

The Post also reported that the document references “reversing federal rules blocking U.S. funding to organizations that provide abortion counseling” – likely a reference to the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule, which cuts almost $60 million from Planned Parenthood’s annual federal funding by requiring “clear financial and physical separation between Title X-funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning” and banning “referral for abortion as a method of family planning.” 

Sanders campaign spokesman Mike Casca did not dispute the authenticity of the document but would elaborate on its contents. The Post’s copy of the document indicated that Sanders himself had not yet embraced or rejected any of the specific proposals, but they are consistent with Sanders’ past comments about using executive orders to address immigration, marijuana, and pensions, as well as his threat to make the Justice Department “go after those states” that restrict abortion “in every way that I legally can.”

RealClearPolitics’ national polling average of the Democrat primary currently has Sanders in second place with 23.7 percent, just behind former Vice President Joe Biden’s 27 percent.


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Left rejoices over Rush Limbaugh’s lung cancer announcement

While conservatives expressed their support, ex-CNN personality Reza Aslan and others celebrated the news.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 2:49 pm EST
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February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The American conservative landscape was rocked Monday by talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh’s announcement that he has advanced lung cancer, provoking an outpouring of support from friends and supporters, glee from left-wing detractors, and well-wishes from many in between.

“I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you,” Limbaugh said on his February 3 broadcast. “I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, diagnosis confirmed by two medical institutions back on January 20th. I first realized something was wrong on my birthday weekend, January 12th.”

He said he considered keeping the struggle private out of a desire to not “burden anybody with it,” but ultimately concluded that sharing the news would be better than it leaking out.

“My intention is to come here every day I can and to do this program as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day, because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally, personally,” Limbaugh continued. “I’ve had so much support from family and friends during this that it’s just been tremendous. I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about. But I do, and I have been working that relationship (chuckles) tremendously, which I do regularly anyway, but I’ve been focused on it intensely for the past couple of weeks.”

He noted that he had been experiencing shortness of breath but was suffering almost no symptoms at the time of his Monday comments, and would be taking the next few days off to “figure out the treatment course of action and have further testing done.”

“You’ve been one of the greatest sources of confidence that I’ve had in my life,” Limbaugh told his audience. “So, I hope I will be talking about this as little as necessary in the coming days. But we’ve got a great bunch of doctors, a great team assembled. We’re at full-speed ahead on this, and it’s just now a matter of implementing what we are gonna be told later this week.”

Limbaugh, who has been on the air since 1984, has been credited with ushering in the rise of conservative talk radio and alternative media more broadly. The shocking news inspired an outpouring of support from friends and fans in politics and media, including the President of the United States:

“Social conservatives should pray for Rush at this time,” LifeSiteNews co-founder and managing director Steve Jalsevac said Tuesday. “Although there are things in his past life, such as his multiple marriages, that we could never condone, he has tended to be publicly supportive of the pro-life movement on his highly influential daily talk show.” 

“He defended the Covington students from the false media charges about their behavior at last year's March for Life, has condemned America' abortion culture for causing insensitivity to killing, criticized the mainstream media for not covering the Gosnell trial and even criticized Pope Francis for seeming to put his climate change concerns ahead of dealing with the Church sex abuse scandals,” Jalsevac explained. “His record on the homosexual/transgender issues is unfortunately, like that of President Trump, a mixed and likely poorly informed one. All in all, should he not survive his current cancer battle, his death would be a significant loss for all American conservatives.” 

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, one of the Democrats vying for the party’s presidential nomination, extended her sympathies to Limbaugh and his family from the other side of the political aisle:

Gabbard’s unconditional tweet seems to have been an exception among the political Left, however, with various figures (including controversial ex-CNN personality Reza Aslan) taking the opportunity to either celebrate Limbaugh’s diagnosis, express general contempt for him, or suggesting that there’s some sort of poetic irony to his misfortune:

Rush’s brother David Limbaugh, who is an attorney and prolific Christian author in addition to a political pundit in his own right, expressed gratitude to the “millions of prayer warriors” who have expressed their thoughts and prayers for his family.


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Leadership candidates for Canada’s conservative party vow to march in pride parade

Canadian Conservative Party leadership race sees candidates bow to LGBT lobby
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 2:44 pm EST
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February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Prominent candidates for the leadership of the Conservative party of Canada have pledged to march in the world’s largest pride parade happening in Toronto in June if they win the nomination. 

Peter MacKay, a former Conservative Member of Parliament who is considered to be a top contender for party leadership, and who supports abortion and homosexual “marriage”, said last week on Twitter: “Pride parades are important. We live in a world where sexual orientation and gender identity are still used by tyrants and bigots to belittle and oppress. In Canada, we are lucky to have a society that has grown more tolerant, more accepting, and more understanding, but there is still more work to be done.”

MacKay says he will march in the June 28, Toronto pride event either as the leader of the Conservative party, or as a private citizen. The Toronto pride parade is one of the largest of its kind in the world and, in the past, has seen prominent Canadian politicians, such a Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, participate. 

Two other Conservative Members of Parliament who said they will enter the Conservative Party leadership race, Marilyn Gladu, from the riding of Sarnia—Lambton, and Erin O’Toole, from Durham, have also said they will march in the Toronto pride event. 

Gladu says she will attend the June 28 event. O’Toole, who recently was critical of MacKay, saying he would turn the Conservative Party into a “Liberal-party lite”, said via Twitter that he will only march in the parade if police are allowed to march in uniform. Last year, Toronto police were only allowed to march in the parade if they were out of uniform. 

Gladu supports abortion and is fully on board with LGBT advocacy, saying during an airing of CTV’s Question Period that she “would stand up for the rights of all Canadians.”

“The LGBT community has made clear that they want leaders and the prime minister to march and indicate that they support their rights, and I’m going to support the rights of every Canadian,” she said. 

Gladu also said she would support private members' bills that would “restrict abortion.” 

All of this comes after the current leader of the Conservative Party Andrew Scheer announced in the fall that he will be stepping aside. During the 2019 Canadian Federal Election, he came in a close second place to pro-abortion Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Scheer was criticized for his lack of commitment to social conservatism from both the left and right conservative party supporters. Liberal conservatives such as MacKay said Scheer’s past social conservative actions “hung around [his] neck like a stinking albatross.”

In his post-election analysis, Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) Director of Political Operations Jack Fonseca was blunt about Scheer: “Andrew Scheer and his advisors ran a blunderous campaign on many fronts. He alienated and de-motivated a significant portion of the “small-c” conservative base by copying Liberal policy positions, and giving the impression that the only constituency he was concerned about satisfying was the CBC.”  

This contrasts with pro-life Quebecer and former Stephen-Harper-staffer Richard Décarie, who recently made waves for saying abortion is not health care and that being gay is a “choice.” He announced his intention to run for the party leadership but is facing backlash from for his socially conservative views. 

Décarie’s campaign for the leadership is being headed by Brad Trost, who himself came in a close fourth place in the 2017 Conservative leadership race.

So far, MacKay is the only candidate who has the full approval of the Conservative Leadership Candidate Nomination Committee. Both O’Toole and Gladu have submitted applications, but they are still in the review process. 

Applicants must submit a $25,000 fee as well as collect 1000 signatures from members in the party from a minimum of seven provinces in 30 ridings. The deadline to enter the race is set for February 27. 

CLC supports Décarie for his pro-life stance. They also have given newly elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, Derek Sloan, a “green light” in their 2019 election guide.

The CLC re-tweeted this message below from Sloan saying: “Should the CPC have an ideological litmus test to screen candidates whose views they do not share?" NO! Social conservative candidates should not be weeded out by an ideological test.”

In its re-tweet, the CLC’s Twitter message was: “We agree with @DerekSloanCPC. @CPC_HQ must leave the sleazy business of discriminating against people of faith to the Trudeau Liberals. That's what Team Trudeau is good at. It's not a trait that the #CPC should be looking to emulate in any way, shape or form. #cdnpoli.”

CLC also tweeted: “We thank MP @DerekSloanCPC for saying that Richard Decarie, a prominent social conservative and prospective leadership candidate whom we support, should be allowed to run for CPC leader. We couldn't agree more. @EvanLSolomon @CPC_HQ #cdnpoli #cpcldr.” 

Contact information: 

Conservative Party of Canada 
1720-130 Albert St. Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4
1-866-808-8407
https://www.conservative.ca/contact/


  canada, conservative party of canada, erin otoole, leadership race, marilyn gladu, peter mackay, pride parades, richard decarie, toronto pride parade

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Pope’s revised ‘Our Father’ soon to go into effect, Italian bishop says

The Missal containing the new version of the Our Father will be published in Eastertide and introduced into the liturgy at the beginning of Advent.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 1:50 pm EST
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ROME, February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — In line with Pope Francis’ controversial criticism of the sixth petition of the Lord’s Prayer, the Italian Bishops’ Conference has announced it will introduce a revised translation in the coming months. 

The Missal containing the new version of the Our Father will be published in Eastertide and introduced into the liturgy at the beginning of Advent, Archbishop Bruno Forte told Italian media during an international theological forum held at Lateran University in Rome on January 27. 

At present all vernacular translations (with the exception of the French, which has already been changed) of the “Our Father” correspond to the Latin of the Vulgate, which reads: et ne nos inducas in tentationem … lead us not into temptation, and is rendered in Italian, non ci indurre in tentazione

Pope Francis, in an interview on Italian television in 2017, described this translation universally adopted from immemorial antiquity as “not good.”

With the Pope’s support (and some would argue pressure) the Italian Bishops’ Conference has therefore decided to change the text to, non abbandonarci alla tentazione, i.e. do not abandon us to temptation.

Scholars of ancient Greek and leaders of Protestant denominations have greeted the proposed changes with amused skepticism, overwhelmingly insisting that the traditional versions are authentic, idiomatic, and literal renderings of the Greek. The Chair of Classics at the University of Cambridge, one of the most prestigious academic positions in England, famously said: “‘Not a good translation’ indeed! Doesn’t say what I want it to, more like.”

The Evangelical church in Germany has also defended the traditional translation as “linguistically correct and good German as well,” adding that they intend to “stick with it.”

In his 2017 television interview, Pope Francis said that the reason he doesn’t like the traditional translation is because “it’s not [God] who throws me into temptation, in order to then see how I’ve fallen. No, a father doesn’t do this … The one who leads us into temptation is Satan. That’s Satan’s task,” he said.

But Swiss linguist and biblical scholar, Fr. Reto Nay, told LifeSite in a 2018 interview that he doesn’t consider there to be any difficulty reconciling the concept of God “leading us into temptation” with the rest of Scripture.

Contrary to La Repubblica’s recent characterization of the revision as “more correct,” the Swiss polyglot said he as “no idea” where the “and do not abandon us to temptation” comes from linguistically or spiritually. 

In fact, he said, “it seems to insinuate that God actually could ‘abandon’ us in temptation which comes close to blasphemy because it puts the blame on God when we abandon him.”

How ought one properly to understand “and lead us not into temptation”? 

Fr. Nay explained

The seeming difficulty of the sentence is the understanding of “temptation” as if the Father would lead us into a temptation which He himself has created for us. However, the text does not say that God is the originator of the temptation; the devil is or men. Look at Acts 20:19 where Saint Paul speaks about “the temptations that came to me through the plots of the Jews.” In this sense, Christ is led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit “to be tempted by the devil” (Mt 4:1). Such temptations are not surprising as “all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim 3:12). Persecution is a kind of temptation. Therefore, the Our Father asks God that the temptations of the End times may be mitigated and this way we may be “delivered from evil” in the final apocalyptic battle that awaits all saints. Remember that Mt 24:22 says that “if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” This shortcut is a way through which the Father will lead us past the temptations of the end.

Asked how this petition relates to temptations in our daily lives, the biblical scholar said

The End times are the time of the Church. For those who live in the Church and according to the Church, the End times are their “daily lives.” The saint experiences in his life all the dramatic signs of the End times, the wicked doesn’t because he lives far away from Christ. Again: “All who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim 3:12). These persecutions/temptations are part and a sign of the End times. 

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


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‘Terrifying’: US watchdog denounces Trudeau govt’s push to control Canada’s free press

'Watching an ally, a neighbor and a friend talk about regulating the free press shows where the far left wants to take, not just Canada, but any nation they control.'
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 1:17 pm EST
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CALGARY, February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The Liberal government’s recommended “media registry” for news outlets in Canada is “Orwellian”, according to the leading voice representing constitutional freedoms, in direct reference to George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Lisa D.S. Bildy, a lawyer for the Canada-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, told LifeSiteNews that “any time a government gets involved in the regulation of the press, even if it's billed as protecting citizens from harm, there should be cause for concern.”

“A free and independent press is a cornerstone of democracy and liberty,” she added.

The Media Research Center (MRC), a media watchdog in the United States, told LifeSiteNews that the report behind the Trudeau government’s call for requiring news websites and social media to obtain a government license to operate in Canada was “terrifying.”

“Canada was one of the Allies that defeated fascism. Canadian soldiers fought for freedom and now the Canadian government seems eager to take that away,” said Media Research Center (MRC) Culture Vice President Dan Gainor. 

“Watching an ally, a neighbor and a friend talk about regulating the free press shows where the far left wants to take, not just Canada, but any nation they control,” he added.

The Media Research Center’s (MRC) mission is to expose and neutralize propaganda from the liberal news media. Gainor added he finds the thought of free and independent Canadian media maybe one day having to potentially relocate to the U.S., as Radio Free Europe did to people behind the Iron Curtain, a terrible thought. 

“There's a terrifying lesson in this for Americans,” added Gainor. 

Bildy told LifeSiteNews that “while the report suggests that, for now, only news content (i.e. information about current events) should be included in the expanded scope of the legislation, the Commission said it should ‘continue to have the flexibility to define what constitutes news content over time, as lines blur between what is thought of as news and information.’ In other words, this is a stepping-stone to the licensing and thereby control, of virtually all internet content. It’s Orwellian, quite frankly.” 

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms was founded in 2010 as the “voice for freedom in Canada’s courtrooms”, and are active in defending life and family issues in Canada. 

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer told Trudeau in the Canadian House of Commons during Question Period on Monday that Canadians are “suspicious” of the licensing proposal. 

“It’s no wonder that Canadian’s are suspicious about this, this is the same Prime Minister who has admiration for China’s basic dictatorship, the same Prime Minister who he praised on Fidel Castro, a man who is responsible for the death of millions,” he said.  

Trudeau responded saying: “I want to be unequivocal; we will not impose licensing requirements on news organizations, nor will we regulate news content.” He later added, “We are currently studying the recommendations of this report.” 

Scheer was not convinced, responding: “Well, Mr. Speaker it’s understandable why they would want to control the news because the news is getting increasingly bleak for this government’s economic performances.” 

Scheer announced in the fall that he will be stepping aside as party leader. 

Rebel News Editor Ezra Levant also voiced his opposition to the idea of a media registry, saying in a Tweet sent out Monday: “There are only two kinds of journalists in Canada now: those who are paid by Trudeau and those who are banned by Trudeau.” 

Levant was recently questioned by Canadian government agents for writing a book critical of Trudeau during the 2019 Canadian Federal election. His tweet referenced a recent $600 million media bailout package from the Trudeau government to mainstream Canadian media outlets. The bailout package was heavily criticized for being biased towards established media only. 

Canadian free-speech journalist Andrew Lawton, who hosts “The Andrew Lawton Show” for the online news website True North, had this to say on Twitter: “When the Liberals banned me from covering their campaign it was apparent they have no respect for press freedom. Licensing would let them get away with only letting government-approved journalists do their jobs.” 

The report the Liberal government is drawing from for its proposal is titled “Canada's communications future: Time to act.” It has a host of recommendations such as: “We recommend the Broadcasting Act be amended to ensure the CRTC can by regulation, condition of license or condition of registration impose codes of conduct.” 

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is the authority in charge of regulating as well as supervising all Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications.

Heritage Minister of Canada Steven Guilbeault sparked a firestorm of controversy surrounding the report in an interview he gave on Sunday on CTV News, where he suggested that all media in Canada would indeed require licenses. 

Despite Guilbeault backtracking from his words slightly on Monday, Lawton did not buy it, tweeting: “Don't give Minister Guilbeault credit for walking back his comments about licensing media. All he said today is that he won't require licenses from ‘news organizations.’ He didn't rule out imposing a licensing regime for other media platforms.” 

A part of the report called for increasing funding by a total of $1.2 billion to the state-owned and leftist Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), going as far to say the CBC has a “critical role to play” in shutting down supposed fake news websites. 

The pro-abortion Trudeau government has tried to censor independent media in Canada before. In late 2019 they went against social media companies to combat “misinformation”.  

During the 2019 Canadian Federal Election campaign season, both Rebel News and True North reporters were denied media accreditation to cover an October 7 leaders debate. The reasoning given was because The Leaders’ Debates Commission felt that the news sites were engaged in a type of “advocacy” and were not real media outlets. 

Rebel News and True North fought that decision and won the right to cover the event. A Federal Court Justice agreed that the decision to deny them media passes was unfair, saying: “I find that the decisions are lacking in discernible rationality and logic, and thus are neither justified nor intelligible.” That decision cost the Canadian Federal government, and Canadian taxpayers, a total of $131,281 in legal fees. 

Bildy commented to LifeSiteNews that while the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms does not have an official position on the media licensing proposal at this time, they will be monitoring the situation closely.

“Part of our mandate is protecting the fundamental freedoms of Canadians, which are guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when the state oversteps. This includes freedom of expression and freedom of the press, so we are certainly concerned about what the Liberal government will do with these recommendations,” said Bildy. 

When asked about the potential implications a media registry could be, Bildy said that it could lead to the “shut down” of opposing viewpoints.

“Already in society, we are seeing an increasing tendency to want to enforce ‘consensus’ and shut down opposing viewpoints. It’s very easy for a government to exercise that sort of control under the guise of wanting to protect us all from ‘harmful content,’” she said.  

“It is this lack of trust in mainstream media that leads Canadians to search out other sources of information. Those in the legacy media should appreciate their own complicity in driving Canadians to other sources, by allowing faith in their objectivity to be eroded.”

Contact information:

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault - Minister of Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy Street, 12th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5
Telephone: 819-997-7788
Email: [email protected]

MP Michelle Rempel Garner
Conservative shadow minister for industry and economic development
Suite 115, 70 Country Hills Landing NW 
Calgary, AB T3K 2L2 
Telephone: 403-216-7777 
Email: [email protected]

Justin Trudeau - Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Fax: 613-941-6900
[email protected] 
https://pm.gc.ca/en/connect/contact


  canadian radio-television and telecommunications commission, free speech, freedom of the press, justice centre for constitutional freedoms, justin trudeau, media registry, media research center, steven guilbeault

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Catholic mom of 3 kids killed in car crash: I forgive the drunk driver, my kids are in heaven

'We tried to teach them to pray the rosary, to read their Bible, to live their faith, to be good people in life, and to show God’s face through them,' said Leila Geagea.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 12:33 pm EST
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SYDNEY, Australia, February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The Catholic mother of three children tragically killed when an alleged drunk driver crashed into them as they were walking this past weekend in Sydney, Australia, has said that she forgives the driver and asked only for prayer when interviewed by Australian media.

Three of Leila Geagea’s six children – Anthony, 13, Angelina ,12, and Sienna, 9 – died when they were struck by a car in the Oatlands suburb on Saturday night. Their 11-year-old cousin, Veronique Sakr, was also killed in the crash. Three other children were taken to hospital, with one boy in critical condition.

A 29-year-old man was allegedly behind the wheel of a 4WD utility vehicle that crashed into the children. He had allegedly driven through a red light, was driving in excess of the speed limit, and recorded three times the legal blood alcohol limit at the time of the crash. 7NEWS Australia reports that he has been charged with 20 offenses including four counts of manslaughter, dangerous driving occasioning death and grievous bodily harm, negligent driving, and drunk driving.

NSW assistant police commissioner Michael Corboy said that it was “one of the most tragic” incidents he has seen in his time as a police officer.

In a moving video, Leila spoke to 7NEWS Australia at the site where her children died, with her rosary beads in her hands. She told her interviewers that she believed her children were holy and that they are now in heaven. 

Leila told the reporters: “I know the guy...was drunk-driving on these streets. Right now I can’t hate him. I don’t want to see him. I don’t hate him. I think in my heart I forgive him, but I want the court to be fair.”

She said: “I am sad, I am heartbroken, but I am at peace because I know my kids are in a better place. My kids are angels…These are soldiers of God, there is an afterlife.”

Leila told the media that educating her children in the Catholic faith was her first priority as a parent. She said: “We tried to focus on the spiritual side more than anything. We tried to teach them to pray the rosary, to read their Bible, to live their faith, to be good people in life, and to show God’s face through them.”

Leila continued: 

“My kids have had strong faith. The day of the incident my son was at the church, he was praying his rosary – so I know he’s in a safe place. My daughter was praying with my son in the car. Angelina, a couple of times she slept and the rosary was in her hand. My son used to ask St. Anthony whenever he [lost] something and St. Anthony would also deliver. I could tell you some awesome stories about my kids and it doesn’t stop. Angelina had a dream about St. Charbel and he told her that he loves her and my family is blessed. But I didn’t think they’re gonna take them away from me too soon.”

Leila compared her grief at losing her children to that of walking with Jesus on the stations of the cross. 

“You all know about Christianity, and you all know about how Jesus died on the cross. And you all know about how on Good Friday it’s the stations of the cross,” she said. “And right now walking down this scene, I feel that I’m walking the stations of the cross. And to be fully honest with you it feels very unreal, I feel that they are still with me, I’m still waiting for them to come home.”

Leila’s husband, Danny Abdallah, also expressed his belief that his children “had gone to a better place.”

Asked by one reporter if there was anything she wanted from the wider community aside from prayer, Leila responded: “I feel like I need, as much they can, [them] to pray for us. And I think it’s not only for my kids. Everyone is praying for their own soul, because we are all going to die one day.”


  australia, catholic, danny abdallah, leila geagea, prayer

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Trudeau govt backpedals on licensing of news websites after outcry

The Trudeau Liberals would have forced news websites to obtain a government license to operate in Canada.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 12:12 pm EST
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OTTAWA, February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s heritage minister backpedaled yesterday on comments published Sunday by CTV News that the Trudeau Liberals are considering forcing news websites and social media to obtain a government license to operate in Canada.

Steven Guilbeault made his initial remarks during an interview with CTV’s Evan Solomon on the report released last Wednesday that recommends massively expanding the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to regulate not only radio and television broadcasters but news websites as well.

Drafted by former telecommunications executive Janet Yale, the report is titled “Canada’s Communications Future: Time to Act,” and its 97 recommendations include having the CRTC or “another regulatory body” licence all companies that create “audio, audiovisual, and alphanumeric news content” — something with which Guilbeault appeared to agree.

“We would ask that they have a licence, yes,” the Liberal minister told Solomon.

“If you’re a distributor of content in Canada and obviously if you’re a very small media organization the requirement probably wouldn’t be the same if you’re Facebook, or Google. There would have to be some proportionality embedded into this,” Guilbeault said.

But following widespread backlash, Guilbeault walked back his comments Monday in a news conference broadcast on CPAC, in which he stated the Liberal government has “no intention to impose licensing requirements on news organizations,” nor will it “regulate news content.”

“Our focus will be and always has been that Canadians have diversity to high-quality news sources,” he told reporters, adding that “we will speak again when we have legislation to present.”

Guilbeault said his original comments referred to media outlets that produce cultural content and the issue of discoverability — “which doesn’t apply to news media outlets,” and that confusion could also arise because the report talks about media, but isn’t necessarily referring to news agencies, according to iPolitics.

But the Liberal minister’s volte-face led to some Twitter observers to speculate on whether or not Justin Trudeau’s government can be trusted.

Meanwhile, Globe and Mail columnist Andrew Coyne denounced the report last week as a “regulatory power grab without precedent, in Canada or the democratic world”, and tweeted Sunday: 

Released after one-and-a-half-year long review, the Yale report recommends that the government expand the CRTC to regulate “media curators” such as Netflix and CTV that “acquire and produce their own content”, as well as media aggregators, which are cable companies and sites like Yahoo News; and sharing platforms like Facebook and YouTube, according to iPolitics.

It also recommends the CRTC decide “what news aggregators are trustworthy, and require links to those sites, with rules to ensure the links are prominently displayed,” iPolitcs noted. 

Recommendation 56 states that “the existing licensing regime in the Broadcasting Act be accompanied by a registration regime. This would require a person carrying on a media content undertaking by means of the Internet to register unless otherwise exempt.”

The report further recommends forcing streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime to pay tax and create and stream a set quota of Canadian content, the Post Millennial reported. 

On Sunday’s broadcast, Solomon quizzed Guilbeault about just how the Liberals intended to enforce the proposed licensing requirement with international online news sites. 

Would Canadians be blocked from accessing the “controversial” Breitbart site, not to mention the New York Times, Mother Jones, the Daily Mail, he asked.

Guilbeault said he didn’t think foreign sites would be blocked if they did not comply with the CRTC.

“Frankly, I’m not sure I see what the big deal is,” he added, pointing out that international corporations in other sectors such as finance, energy, and construction, must comply with Canadian regulations.

When Solomon pointed out the digital world was “different than shipping logs and you know that,” Guilbeault conceded that “it’s true that not so many countries have done so, that is correct, but we, Canada would be the first country in the world to do that.” 

He said that the Liberals were only studying the Yale report, and that legislation would be tabled before the year’s end.

Michael Geist, the Canada Research Chairman in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa told CTV the report is “candidly extreme” and has no “physical boundaries.” 

He speculated that legislation based on its recommendations may not survive a Charter challenge.

"It’s not the sort of thing we’d expect to see in Canada, to be honest," Geist said.

MP Michelle Rempel Garner, Conservative shadow minister for minister for industry and economic development, likewise blasted the report and questioned whether a law enforcing its proposals would be constitutional.

She tweeted Monday that Guilbeault’s “bizarre press conference” only added to the confusion and that the Tories would stand up for free speech.

“This morning the Liberals give a bizarre press conference, adding more confusion as to what media they’re going to require licenses for in what circumstances. I responded very clearly - Canadians can think for themselves and will fight government erosion of freedom of speech,” she said. 

Contact information:

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault - Minister of Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy Street, 12th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5
Telephone: 819-997-7788
Email: [email protected]

MP Michelle Rempel Garner
Conservative shadow minister for industry and economic development
Suite 115, 70 Country Hills Landing NW 
Calgary, AB T3K 2L2 
Telephone: 403-216-7777 
Email: [email protected]

Justin Trudeau - Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Fax: 613-941-6900
[email protected] 
https://pm.gc.ca/en/connect/contact


  canada, canadian radio-television and telecommunications commission, censorship, free speech, freedom of the press, justin trudeau, liberal government, steven guilbeault

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Iowa’s Democratic caucus in chaos, ridiculed as results delayed indefinitely

'The Democrats can’t even get a three-car funeral organized,' lamented MSNBC's Chris Matthews.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 8:41 am EST
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IOWA, February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The nation went to bed Monday night not knowing who came out on top in Iowa’s Democratic caucuses, the all-important first presidential primary in the Democratic Party’s quest to find a viable candidate to face off against President Donald J. Trump in November.

After several hours on the air, beleaguered, bleary-eyed pundits on MSNBC and Fox News headed back to their Des Moines hotel rooms after treading water on national TV.

The news networks aired speeches by the frontrunners – former Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Indiana Mayor Buttigieg; Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar; Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders; and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren – broadcast from their Iowa campaign encampments, but none was a triumphant victory or tearful concession speech. All were simply rushed campaign speeches offered before dashing off to the airport to fly to New Hampshire, the next primary state. 

Buttigieg then declared victory despite the lack of any official results.

“Tonight, an improbable hope became an undeniable reality,” he said. Buttigieg is openly homosexual and “married” to another man.

The disastrous incompetence of Iowa’s Democratic caucus machine quickly became the subject of ridicule.  

Donald Trump, Jr. posted a clip of liberal MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews expressing his disgust over the fiasco, counting it as a win not for any of the Democratic presidential contenders but for President Trump.

“The guy in the White House is chuckling all night,” said Matthews. “The Democrats can’t even get a three-car funeral organized.”  

“I would say to the people of Iowa: Will the last person leaving Des Moines please turn out the lights,” continued the clearly unhappy Matthews.  

“This has not been a success,” he added.  

“When you’ve lost Chris Mathews... yikes,” tweeted the president’s son, who often serves as a surrogate for his father. “If the Democrats can’t run their own caucuses how can they run a country? They can’t and you know it.”

“‘It’s a total meltdown’: Confusion seizes Iowa as officials struggle to report results” blared a headline at Politico.  

“The Iowa caucus results appear to be indefinitely delayed, leaving the Democratic candidates in a lurch,” declared the subheading.

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The Drudge Report, which in the last year has turned from its conservative, Republican roots and has taken an increasingly anti-Trump stance, likewise showed no mercy in its stack of headlines. 

NBC said that the Iowa presidential caucuses “were thrown into chaos late Monday after the state Democratic Party said it found ‘inconsistencies,’ delaying results and causing widespread confusion across the state.”  

A newly developed smartphone app created for caucus organizers to calculate and report results is being blamed for the Monday night train wreck. 

“The app is the issue, and the hotline is smoked,” Joe Galasso, a caucus volunteer in Dallas County told NBC, and the backup phone line was “a disaster” according to another source. 

“The app is f-----g up,” a senior aide to one of the campaigns told NBC. “Can't trust the numbers coming in.”

Amid the delayed reporting, some precincts were said to have broken ties with coin tosses, with at least one deciding a three-way tie by picking candidate names out of a hat. 

In Des Moines Precinct 80, Sanders and Buttigieg ended up tied at four delegates each following a coin toss.

As caucus room doors closed at 7:00 p.m., the results of the all-important Des Moines Register’s final poll – which had previously been suppressed for fear that the poll was tainted – were released, showing that Sanders in the lead at 22% going into Monday night, with Warren not far behind at 18%, Buttigieg at 16%, and Biden at 13%.   

Democrat-registered women showed up in droves according to preliminary entrance polls, vastly outnumbering men by more than 25%. Representation in Monday’s caucuses of young voters under age 30 surged 33% over 2016 levels, while many Democrats ages 45-64 stayed home, simultaneously dropping from 36% in caucus goers in 2016 to just 28%.  

Despite the increased presence of young people, overall participation was ostensibly the same as 2016. 


  2020 democrat prrimary, amy klobuchar, bernie sanders, elizabeth warrren, homosexuality, iowa caucus, joe biden, pete buttigieg

Opinion

Priest: Kansas Supreme Court’s pro-abortion ruling is a mind-numbing contradiction

The very assertion of the right to life implies the right to take life?
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 9:29 pm EST
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By Fr. Frank Pavone

February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — St. John Paul II wrote that when a state legalizes abortion, “[a]t that point, everything is negotiable, everything is open to bargaining[.] ... The State is no longer the ‘common home’ where all can live together on the basis of principles of fundamental equality, but is transformed into a tyrant State[.] … [W]hat we have here is only the tragic caricature of legality[.] … [T]he disintegration of the State itself has already begun[.] … This is the death of true freedom”  (Evangelium Vitae 20).

These words from the Pope of Life, written in 1995, directly relate to a battle brewing in the Kansas Legislature today.

I stood by then-governor Sam Brownback in 2015 when he became the first governor to sign a law protecting children from dismemberment abortions. Abortion advocates challenged it in court. Then, in April 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court decided that the state constitution guarantees women the fundamental right to have an abortion.

The opinion stated:

The court concluded Section 1 of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights, which states that “all men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’”protects a woman’s right to decide whether to continue a pregnancy.

It’s hard to imagine a more fundamental and mind-numbing contradiction than what we see in that opinion. The very assertion of the right to life implies the right to take life?

As St. John Paul predicted, Kansas — at least according to its Supreme Court — has now embraced a “tragic caricature of legality.” Sure, a court can say abortion is a right, but it has no authority to make it a right.

The danger of this reading of the constitution is that it could be used to negate every law that now protects the unborn. That would be a tragedy, because as of now, Kansas is one of the safest places for the unborn to complete their incredible journey, with laws protecting pain-capable babies from abortion and prohibiting partial-birth abortion; informed consent laws that call for a mother to be told the medical risks of abortion and medically accurate facts about her baby; a 24-hour waiting period before abortion; an ultrasound law and a law to protect babies from sex-selection abortion; a law requiring both parents to consent to a minor daughter’s abortion; a ban on telemed abortions, in which an abortionist never physically examines the mother; bans on Title X funding to abortion providers and taxpayer funding for abortion unless a mother’s life is endangered; and a fetal homicide law that defines the unborn at any gestational age as a “person” and a “human being” (except when the child is aborted).

All these laws could be wiped off the books if the Supreme Court ruling recognizing a fundamental right to abortion in the state constitution is allowed to stand.

Thankfully, those who understand the nature of this battle are fighting back.

On Jan. 29, the Republican-controlled Kansas Senate voted 28-12 in favor of advancing a constitutional amendment that would reverse the high court’s ruling by giving state lawmakers the power to regulate abortion.

As some news outlets noted in their reporting on the hours-long session that preceded the Senate vote, this amendment was advanced on the state’s 159th birthday.

Before their state turns 160, Kansas residents could play a role in deciding what kind of state it will be going forward: one that protects the most vulnerable or, in the words of John Paul II, a tyrant state.

The next step for the amendment is a vote in the House, where it requires a two-thirds majority, or 84 votes. As it happens, there are 84 Republicans in the House. Observers note that not all of them can be counted on to vote correctly, but some Democrats might cross the aisle and vote for life.

If 84 members of the House vote in the affirmative, voters in Kansas will be asked to decide on the amendment during the primary elections in August.

Thankfully, the governor has no say in whether or not the amendment is added to the constitution. But Gov. Laura Kelly did have plenty to say about the possibility.

In an interview with the Associated Press, she said the state would be sent back to the “Dark Ages.”

The proposed amendment, she said, attacks “fundamental American freedoms that should never be subject to a vote. They are foundational to who we are as a state and as a nation. I fear for a future in which the Legislature chooses to stand between a woman and her doctor. This would throw the state back into the Dark Ages.”

Would that Gov. Kelly and John Paul II could sit down for a conversation!


  abortion, constitutional amendment, courts, fr. frank pavone, kansas, laura kelly

Opinion

Racism and racy dancing: What NFL got wrong with Super Bowl halftime show

The NFL clearly has multiple personality disorder.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 9:20 pm EST
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By Ryan Bomberger

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February 4, 2020 (Radiance Foundation) — The NFL clearly has multiple personality disorder. It just released its new Inspire Change “social justice” initiative, but those few million dollars would be better spent on Inspiring Common Sense.

While Olay featured fully clothed female astronauts who were reaching for the stars, the NFL paid Shakira and J-Lo to gyrate and simulate a striptease on the Halftime stage floor in a few strips of sparkly fabric. 

While military men and women in uniform were praised and celebrated in the opening Super Bowl ceremony (I tried not to lose it when those four 100-year-old WWII vets were highlighted, especially the Tuskegee Airman — Charles McGee — who carried the commemorative coin to the ref), the NFL reinforced a false #BlackLivesMatter narrative with the distorted ad about the tragic death of musician Corey Jones at the hands of a cop. 

While the NFL put on display talented (and worshipped) individuals who could only become super because they weren’t aborted, they denied the airing of an abortion-survivors’ ad that showed how “choice” is never a super option.

Instead they flaunted fake feminism, homosexuality and racial division during the 4-hour event. Granted, there were many amazing ads that had my packed home laughing and cheering. But instead of simply being able to enjoy the game, I had to be the responsible one (with so many young eyes watching) since corporate America takes no responsibility. Actually, I take that back. Corporate America has taken on the responsibility to spread their own warped social gospel.  

The NFL wants to look like a champion for justice. But there can never be justice without truth.

The tragic killing of musician Corey Jones (who simply needed help for his SUV that broke down on the side of the road) deserved justice. It doesn’t deserve a Super Bowl ad that, although laudable in some aspects, ultimately exploits his death in order to push the prevailing racialized mainstream media narrative. The 1-minute NFL ad that aired during the Super Bowl fails to provide some crucial clarifying context. So, I will.

The “Inspire Change” ad features an image of a placard demanding, rightfully: “Justice for Corey Jones. We Want Answers!!!” But the NFL never mentions justice was served and answers were provided (although no legal remedy ever makes up for the loss of an innocent human life). Nowhere is the viewer told that Nouman Raja, the plain clothes police officer who killed Corey Jones, was sentenced to 25 years in prison (by an all-white jury, no less). It doesn’t mention what the father of Corey Jones said about Raja’s conviction: “This was about the truth. And the truth caught up with him.”

The NFL ad reinforces, indirectly, the racial accusations of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, yet the imprisoned officer was of Pakistani descent. The Inspire Change initiative doesn’t feature any ad of any white individual being unjustly killed by police, despite the fact that twice as many whites are killed by police as African-Americans. And since the ad invokes the important relationship between police and community, why doesn’t the NFL also air an ad about the 38 officers killed in the line of duty in 2019?

Is the NFL truly trying to inspire change or inspire division? Corey Jones’ horrific death deserves better than a distorted “social justice” ad from a multi-billion-dollar organization that has a history of selectively addressing injustice.

But today’s “social justice” isn’t interested in context and clarity but confusion.

And what was more confusing than the insanely mixed message of an NFL that poured money into an anti-sex-trafficking ad campaign in Miami while hosting a halftime show that resembled a strip club?

Super Bowl LIV’s halftime show sadly proved this (judging by all of the praise from mainstream media and from unexpected places/people online): cultural identification is apparently more important than character formation. But Latino culture was not celebrated during the Pepsi Halftime Show; it was exploited. Sorry, J-Lo. Flashing and grabbing your crotch isn’t empowerment, no matter the “culture”. 

As a father of two girls and two boys, I want them to understand that their God-given equality, dignity and worth should be used to evoke love not elicit lust. (I understand this is my Christian worldview, and I can’t expect the world to share it; but fellow Christians should.) I love my two daughters too much to let them ever be objectified or think that being paid millions makes self-objectification ever okay. They’re equal without projecting their sexuality.

Our culture simultaneously denounces sex trafficking (which is rampant in Miami), while celebrating a pornographic show to the world. Florida has been ranked #3 in the nation for human trafficking, which led the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee to launch the “Stop Sex Trafficking” ad campaign throughout the city. An undisclosed amount of funding came from the NFL. But don’t worry, that message was clearly offset by the throngs of nearly naked women and mostly-to-fully-clothed men in the middle of the Super Bowl. It’s just (patriarchal) entertainment, right? 

Funny how in this #MeToo era, entertainers seem to vie to be as naked and as sexual as possible — not on a director’s couch, but in front of over a hundred million sets of eyes. J-Lo, Shakira, Pepsi and the NFL let down a generation of girls and boys who deserve so much better than the fake feminism on full display Sunday night. 

Published with permission from the Radiance Foundation.


  football, jennifer lopez, pole-dancing, pornography, racism, sex-trafficking, shakira, sports, super bowl liv

Opinion

Trump impeachment deserves better than Chief Justice John Roberts

Chief Justice John Roberts doesn't seem to have the judicial acumen of a traffic court judge.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 8:19 pm EST
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Ed Timperlake
By Ed Timperlake

February 4, 2020 (American Thinker) — Chief Justice John Roberts doesn't seem to have the judicial acumen of a traffic court judge. During the course of the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, Americans have now seen the chief justice have three historical strikes. Consequently, the Senate should immediately vote to have case dismissed, against President Trump. Our fairly elected president should be immediately acquitted of these most politically driven bogus charges in American constitutional history.

Strike one by John Roberts is simple, based on the conduct of his presiding over the trial. It is obvious that he has been over-the-top prejudiced against President Trump by not holding House Democrat managers accountable for their gross breach of decorum.

Early in the proceedings, Chief Justice Roberts invoked a precedent from 1905, using the word "pettifoggery," to establish decorum during the impeachment trial the Constitution makes him preside over.

Definition of pettifogger

1: a lawyer whose methods are petty, underhanded, or disreputable : SHYSTER

2: one given to quibbling over trifles

"I think it is appropriate for me to admonish both the House managers and the president's counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world's greatest deliberative body," Roberts said. "One reason it has earned that title is because its members avoid speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse."

Yet the chief justice of the United States allowed Chairman Nadler to call the president of the United States a dictator without a moment's hesitation or admonishment on decorum and civil discourse. That smacks of Justice Roberts being an inconstant intellectual coward against the Democrats.

"This is a determination by President Trump that he wants to be all-powerful, he does not have to respect the Congress, he does not have to respect the representatives of the people, only his will goes," said Nadler. "He is a dictator." 

If Representative Nadler (D-N.Y.) had said that personal insult during a House debate his words would have been "taken down."

Rule XVII, clause 4, of the standing rules of the House of Representatives describes a parliamentary mechanism whereby a Member may call another Member to order for the use of disorderly language. Disorderly, or unparliamentary, remarks are a violation of House rules of decorum. This mechanism, which is referred to as "words taken down," may be invoked during debate on the House floor, in the Committee of the Whole, or in the standing and select committees of the House. 

In addition, Members whose words are determined to be unparliamentary may not be recognized to speak for the rest of the day (even on yielded time) unless the Member is allowed to proceed in order by unanimous consent or a motion.

Strike two for Chief Justice Roberts is that he has shown so far that there is no judicial admonishment or accountability for committing perjury. We have a saying in the Marines about lying: the Democrat House managers put their back against the wall and lied like a rug. Why have a witness if the person is allowed to lie without penalty?

If the chief justice had instructed the House managers to stop committing perjury, then perhaps their posturing in calling witnesses to get at the truth may have been more credible. If there is no penalty for perjury, then why have any witnesses? So far, this entire impeachment is just more D.C. political blustering and fake news reporting theater of the absurd that Americans hate at so many levels.

Strike three, and you are called out, Mr. Chief Justice. Senator Rand Paul asked a question that was not allowed that goes to the heart of my traffic court analogy in President Trump facing his accusers.

Senator Rand Paul: My question today is about whether or not individuals who were holdovers from the Obama National Security Council and Democrat partisans conspired with Schiff staffers to plot impeaching the president before there were formal House impeachment proceedings.

As I previously pointed out:

If the person reporting the transgression is not present, then the judge will issue a verdict of not guilty. The judge, in doing so, is actually reaching back to the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment (facing one's accusers), which, with the genius of the Founding Fathers, is actually built out from English Common Law and even Roman law. The Sixth Amendment is one of the foundational stones upon which our entire edifice of a fair system of justice is built.

If the past is prologue for this entire sham process, and a witness can lie with impunity, and the president's accusers can use "disorderly language" to attack him with no consequences, and President Trump cannot face his accusers, then shame on everyone involved, and this has gone much too far. End it.

Published with permission from the American Thinker.


  2020 presidential election, donald trump, impeachment, john roberts, supreme court

Opinion

If Trump is not re-elected, the whole USA will become California

Folks, it is pretty crazy out there in the Golden State.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 8:14 pm EST
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Lloyd Marcus
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February 4, 2020 (American Thinker) — I recently returned home to West Virginia from filming my Trump Train 2020 song music video in California. It was exciting and fun — a sound stage; green screen; lights; cameras; and the director yelling, "Action!"

With the mixed bag of enthusiastic locals we used as extras, the atmosphere in the studio felt like a Trump rally. They love Trump and eagerly want to do their part to help him "Keep America Great." The Trump Train 2020 song official music video will be released early February. 

Folks, it is pretty crazy out there in California. We were not in San Francisco, where they give tourists maps to avoid piles of human excrement. We rode past a private home with a rainbow sign stating that all gender identities were welcomed. The restrooms at the San Diego airport car rental center had signs assuring gender-confused men that they are welcome into women's restrooms.

The average gasoline price was around $4.60 per gallon. We pay around $2.40 in West Virginia.

While in California, Robert Kirk, the director of the music video, gave me a sneak peek at his comedy short film, Nightmare in Paradise. Robert's hilarious movie is about a transgender who shows up for a job interview. The interviewer must handle the transgender with kid gloves and extreme caution to avoid breaking laws. Robert is a former prosecutor. The scary thing about his brilliant script is that it is based on existing California laws. Here is a link to watch Robert Kirk's Nightmare in Paradise.

While turning down a pro-life Super Bowl ad featuring abortion survivors, Fox proudly announced its plan to feature the first drag queen Super Bowl ad. Drag queens are a minuscule percentage of the population. Pro-lifers are a huge segment of the population. Why are so many major corporations giving mainstream America their middle finger while bending over backwards to please an extreme tiny minority of counter-culturists?

Even Democrat presidential candidates say, "Screw you, mainstream America; we're pandering to transgenders."

Joe Biden tweeted, "transphobia is the paramount civil rights issue of the current era." As a proud American who happens to be black, it offends the heck out of me that a behavior is absurdly deemed the same as the racial discrimination fought by my late dad and his fellow black civil rights pioneers.

If elected, Elizabeth Warren pledges to reverse Trump's ban on transgenders in the military. Warren also vows that transgenders with be well represented in her administration.

Bernie Sanders tweeted, "Transgender rights are human rights. We are going to fight to end all forms of discrimination and violence against our trans family." Sanders hung a transgender pride flag outside his office. Leading in the Democrat presidential polls, Sanders promises protections for illegals and transgenders, ensuring that they be addressed by their preferred pronouns.

Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who really gets off on kissing his male sex partner on national TV, promises nearly two dozen new initiatives to further the LGBT agenda. Keep in mind that only 3% of the population identify as LGBT.

Transgenders are destroying women's sports, winning every competition hands-down. Hillary Clinton had to backpedal from her statement that cisgenders (real women) have a right to be concerned. Hillary's cowardly retraction of her commonsense statement tells us she will surrender to the transgender agenda if she is ever elected president. 

Democrat presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg epitomizes my statement that Democrats crave power to control every aspect of our lives because they are our intellectual and moral superiors. In typical Democrat, we're-smarter-than-everyday-Americans fashion, then–N.Y. mayor Bloomberg tried to ban large sugary beverages. Bloomberg also promises to federally fund transgender genital-mutilating surgery.

Democrats have forced us to sponsor the murder of 60 million babies against the moral convictions of a majority of Americans. Bloomberg will force us to fund transgender ideology, which is documented to be a mental illness and child abuse. 

Bloomberg raves about California, promising to spread its intellectually superior policies across America.

California is a state that seeks to remove all parental rights and ban homeschooling, forcing parents to surrender their children for LGBT, socialist/progressive, and anti-American indoctrination. This is a state that coddles illegal aliens, showering them will freebies unavailable to legal residents, while legal residents struggle to survive. This is a state that has ushered in the resurgence of medieval diseases because vagrants are allowed to set up tent cities and defecate on the streets. Criminals who steal under a thousand dollars' worth of products are not charged.

If Bloomberg or any of his fellow wacko Democrats is elected president, America will immediately fall backward, resuming the economic, cultural, and world leadership decline of the Obama years. An endless list of new perversions will be forced upon us. All who oppose will be shamed, destroyed, and thrown into jail.

Trump must be re-elected in 2020.

Meanwhile, laugh a bit. Please enjoy Robert Kirk's Nightmare in Paradise.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
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Published with permission from the American Thinker.


  2020 presidential election, california, donald trump, hollywood

Opinion

Watch the electrifying speech that cemented Brexit and enraged the EU

Brexit is a great event regardless of how it happens, but in this case, it was cool beyond description.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 8:05 pm EST
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By Monica Showalter

February 4, 2020 (American Thinker) — Brexit went through last week, and Britain is finally independent, free from the clutches of the European Union. It's a great event regardless of how it happens, but in this case, it was cool beyond description. 

It all ended with a pretty amazing flourish, one that told us a lot about both the European Commission and newly sovereign Britain itself. Chief Brexiteer Nigel Farage made his last speech before the European Commission, which was a great scolding and call to shut down the whole operation altogether, which was subversive enough. But he drove it even farther. 

Here was the great final moment:

Farage and his buddies ended the whole thing by explicitly waving the British flag of sovereignty right in the faces of all the angry little European Commission eurocrats, even as they sputtered and cut off his mic.

Metaphor, anyone? It was the mother of all metaphors, a Britain that asserted its sovereignty in waving its symbolic flag as its soulless eurocrat masters got angry and tried to stop it, not on political grounds, not because they were afraid the other member-states might follow, but on petty rules grounds, little administrative state foot-stamping, insisting on cookie-cutter order and obedience, no exceptions, in the face of a newly freed state that just asserted that it can do what it wants.

The ending was absolutely perfect. The mean librarian–looking woman of no memorable name repeatedly, humorlessly, ordering Farage and his allies to take his waved Union Jack flags down. No flags here! It came off as saying "no sovereignty, you're all the EU's slaves now." And she had no idea how bad she looked doing it, something that is sure to give other restless states of the E.U. some pause. As she cut off his mic, Farage continued demonstrating his country's newfound sovereignty by laughing at her and refusing. Sovereigns, after all, have flags. Vassal states do not.

It's not the first time Farage has shown such sense of purpose. His preceding speech had it — here's the whole thing here:

And remember his fierce speech to this same bunch of Eurocrats, telling them they laughed at him once but for that now got Brexit. That, too, was electrifying.

Farage not only has a stellar sense of the theatrical; he seems to understand the importance of creating memorable moments and understands how to do them. In a way the self-unaware eurocrats would never understand, he understands the meaning in his movement. That's why his Brexit was so powerful — and is sure to redound to future acts of rebellion against this nasty, petty little eurocracy Britain broke away from.

Published with permission from the American Thinker.


  brexit, european union, nigel farage, united kingdom

Opinion

LGBT movement show hypocrisy in hateful response to pro-marriage youth activist’s death

After showing such solicitude for young gay people, it is to be expected that members of the LGBT lobby would have been extremely moved by the death of Wilson Gavin. But no.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 7:35 pm EST
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February 4, 2020 (Family Life International) — It was a great shock to learn of the death of young Queensland activist, Wilson Gavin, which happened under tragic circumstances. Wilson had been involved in a protest against the taxpayer-funded “drag-queen story time” at a Brisbane library and was at the centre of the ensuing social-media pile-on. His subsequent death was deemed by police “not to be suspicious” which usually indicates a case of suicide.

Those who knew Wilson well were very surprised to hear suggestions that he had taken his own life. Wilson was a traditional Catholic, who, from reports we have received, attended the Latin Mass several times a week. Also, that he lived chastely with his same-sex attraction, as required by the Church. Wilson apparently was well educated on his Catholic Faith.

Additionally, although only twenty-one, he was a seasoned political activist who knew what to expect from the LGBTIQ+ lobby, having campaigned prominently during Australia’s same-sex marriage debate. That debate had sparked an extremely hostile and often depraved targeting of conservatives by gay-lobbyists, including but not limited to via social media, but Wilson had taken that in his stride. Close friends have even said that he “thrived” on this type of confrontation.

It isn’t only Wilson’s friends who have questioned the circumstances surrounding his death. Here’s what the US-based Strategic Culture Foundation had to say about the media’s handling of the tragic events:

In place of hard-hitting questions, the [Guardian] article provided the number for a suicide hotline as if the case was already closed. While a nice gesture that is not the sort of information the public needs from the media. Journalists need to be asking how a young man met his early demise at a train station in the wee hours of the morning following a protest that triggered a lot of controversy on social media. The public deserves to know more about the circumstances of the alleged suicide considering the context of events prior to that tragic moment. Why is the possibility of foul play not mentioned – not even within the context to deny it, as if this were some sort of impossibility – as a matter of protocol in such a case?

Assume, though, that this poor young man did in fact take his own life in a moment of desperation and depression. Such an outcome wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility, given the nature of the vicious online bullying. This terrible toll is frequently paid by those living with same-sex attraction who garner the attention of their ideological opposition, that is if the gay lobby is to be believed. Were there not repeated calls during the marriage campaign for extreme care to be taken with our comments, lest a young person who was same-sex attracted be pushed to the point of suicide?

After showing such solicitude for young gay people, it is to be expected that members of the LGBTIQ+ lobby would have been extremely moved by the death of Wilson Gavin. But sadly, generally this was not the case.

Said one commentator on Twitter:

Don’t get me wrong. I feel for the family and friends of this young man. He was obviously very troubled. But you can’t expect to do what he and his fellow UQ Young Liberals did and not expect people to call it [sic] out bigotry and homophobia? We all just sit by and condone that?

Another one tweeted:

“One less self hating dangerous person we have to deal with,” followed by:

... and to the people who don’t find this sad, you have absolutely no idea how many LGBTI people are still in the closet and living with shame and still coming to terms. Not to mention the reality of clinical depression which some people suffer.

A third example:

That ‘young conservative’ must have had serious issues for some time ... Twitter didn’t cause him to take his own life. Indeed, he was a nasty piece of s--- to harass people that didn’t affect him.

This seems like very hypocritical behaviour from those who claimed that “love won” when same-sex marriage became a legal reality in Australia. That is, until we remember that these are the same people who:

  • stormed onto the stage during a traditional marriage conference and disrupted events,
  • painted a giant, obscene mural of Tony Abbott and Cardinal Pell on the side of a pub,
  • regularly harassed ‘No’ campaigners, tearing away their signs,
  • vandalised churches during the campaign with slogans such as “Crucify ‘No’ Voters,” “Bash Bigots,” and “Christians are Nazis,”
  • hounded Israel Folau out of his job for quoting Scripture verses which included eternal consequences for homosexuals, and
  • to this day consistently vilify traditional marriage proponents, such as Lyle Shelton, on social media in an extremely disgusting manner.

This brings us to the crux of the problem: Israel Folau lost his lucrative football contract for one simple post on social media which apparently potentially caused offence to practising homosexuals. Wilson Gavin lost his life but there were no repercussions for any member of the LGBTIQ+ lobby, even with countless examples of crude and vicious comments made on social media and vilifying comments included in mainstream media reports.

Even the so-called conservative LNP party did not want to risk the ire of the drag-queen-loving public when the controversy began. It was quick to remind the public that Gavin’s Young LNP group had previously been dis-endorsed by the parent group, although tributes flowed once news of the young man’s death became public.

Additionally, Christian conservatives such as Bernard Gaynor and Archbishop Julian Porteous are regularly hauled before anti-discrimination tribunals for simply stating their opinion on traditional marriage, firmly but politely. But when LGBTIQ+ activists publicly shame and harangue a young man, basically harassing him to death, there are no consequences at all. No tribunals, no hearings, not even basic human sympathy — unless it is qualified with a thinly-veiled attitude of “I told you so.”

Love wins? Not for Wilson Gavin!

Published with permission from Family Life International.


  australia, catholic, drag queen story hour, homosexuality, lgbt tyranny, queensland, suicide, wilson gavin

Opinion

A pro-abortion society intensifies the suffering of mothers who miscarry

Callous attitudes about miscarriage are almost inevitable in a society that has so little respect for unborn life generally.
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 7:19 pm EST
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February 4, 2020 (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) — In December, there was widespread media coverage of a new study suggesting that one in six women who lose a baby in early pregnancy experience long-term symptoms of post-traumatic stress. It was being discussed in workplaces, trended on Twitter, and sparked much needed conversations about how we as a society take care of women who experience the devastation of losing a baby.

The findings are certainly striking. In the study of 650 women, by Imperial College London and KU Leuven in Belgium, 29% showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress one month after pregnancy loss, declining only to 18% after nine months. One month following their loss, 24% had symptoms of anxiety and 11% of depression. Given just how common miscarriage is (up to one in two women experience pregnancy loss) this represents a huge mental health toll.

Being a part of the pro-life movement means I probably think about motherhood, pregnancy and life in the womb more than most. But it wasn't until two close friends suffered three miscarriages between them in a short space of time that I got some idea of the true impact. I must have known intellectually how common it was, but I never thought about it happening to my friends — especially healthy women in their twenties who did everything "right". Likewise, while I knew that losing a baby was a sad thing to happen, that these were babies I would have loved, visited, bought presents for, and the mothers are friends still living with the losses made it something much more real and devastating.

In the wake of the study, many women have been bravely sharing their experiences, and I would find some of them hard to believe if they didn't chime so well with what I have heard from my friends.

One of the hardest things to hear is the indifference and coldness many women receive from medical professionals. Women recount not being given any kind of aftercare or counselling, and hearing their baby described as a "product" or "contents".

In response to the new study, my friend Emma described her experience in a recent Facebook post:

I have nothing but respect for the men and women who looked after me during my ectopic pregnancy, subsequent emergency surgery, and then miscarriage. I know our nurses and doctors are insanely busy and overloaded and it's difficult to establish an emotional connection to every patient you see — let alone find sympathy for something you see literally every day and know is a) common and b) inevitable. BUT... These things stick with you. I remember every casual phrase that hurt me — someone did actually try to use the "bundle of cells" line on me — and every action that seemed to imply me and my baby were not a priority. I remember screaming at someone that my baby was dying as blood soaked my leggings, desperate to understand what was happening and how it COULD be happening to me... She handed me a pad and told me to go and sort it out in the loo.

Knowing that my friends have suffered in this way makes me glad that the impact of miscarriage is receiving more widespread coverage, giving women the courage to speak out on public platforms, and hopefully leading to better care.

However, it does seem that some of these attitudes are almost inevitable in a society that has so little respect for unborn life generally. For all the medics who are accused of being cold for dehumanising a much-wanted baby, there are others slammed for using emotive or unscientific language by referring to a baby as a baby when it isn't wanted.

It can seem disrespectful, even heartless, to refer to abortion and miscarriage in the same breath. Indeed, one of the more pernicious tactics of abortion advocates recently is to conflate the two, especially with the push to normalise abortion pills. However, there are some valid points that can, and should, be made.

Just days before the miscarriage study was released, the press was filled with another study — one claiming that the majority of women don't regret their abortions. There are methodological holes to pick in this research, but even at face value, it is hard to reconcile the two studies. Yes, miscarriage is ethically and emotionally very different from elective abortion, but we have to at least ask the question of why one form of pregnancy loss is causing high levels of PTSD, while another apparently has no ill effects at all.

This question is even more pertinent when we consider the physical processes of miscarriage and abortion. Distasteful though it is when abortion advocates try to justify abortion by likening it to miscarriage, it is true that the physical result of taking mifepristone and misoprostol to induce abortion is the same — bleeding, cramping and passing the baby. Some of the most harrowing parts of the accounts from the women who have suffered miscarriage are of passing the baby, often alone at home or in the bathroom.

To take one example, told to the BBC:

Toni and husband Matt, from Leicester, had been told their baby had no heartbeat at 12 weeks, before she miscarried naturally at home in the bathroom.

But she didn't expect to bleed heavily for eight days and then have to go through painful contractions.

"I thought I was going mad," she says.

"I had no information about what would happen to me or what I could expect to see."

In the end, something "recognisable and the size of a palm" fell between her legs in the middle of the night.

When she called the hospital the following day, they told her to "bring the pregnancy tissue in and we'll get rid of it".

"It wasn't 'tissue' to me, it was our baby," Toni says.

Yet this incredibly traumatic experience is actually advocated by the abortion lobby when they argue for women being given abortion pills to take at home! In this case, the talk is all about going through the abortion in the comfort of one's own home. The contrast in rhetoric couldn't be starker — comfort is the last thing you'd think of when hearing the reports of women unwillingly going through the same psychological process. If abortion advocates are going to argue that a medical abortion is essentially the same as a miscarriage, then they at least have to admit that it is a physically traumatic process to go through.

Some of the emotional fallout is also likely to be the same. Again, we don't want to compare women who choose abortion to those who naturally lose a baby, but there are enough women who are coerced into abortion or who are told that it's the only option for a much-wanted baby with disabilities for similar feelings of grief or loss of control to play a part. That's without even taking into account the compounded trauma caused by the guilt of choosing to take a child's life.

I hope that this study and the general weakening of the taboo of talking about miscarriage will mean that women are better cared for during and after these traumatic experiences. But I fear that society will find it difficult to recognise women's grief and the value of their lost babies while at the same time promoting abortion as a simple, safe procedure to remove an unwanted bundle of cells.

Published with permission from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.


  abortion, miscarriage, modern medicine

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Five Cardinals and two prominent bishops speak about the end times

'The Church is shrouded in the darkness of modernism, but the victory belongs to Our Lord and His Bride. We desire to keep vigil with her and with Jesus, in this new Gethsemane of the end times.'
Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 10:53 am EST
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By John-Henry Westen

​​​​​February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The situation in the Church today is so severe that five Cardinals and two of the most prominent bishops in the world have spoken about these as the end times.

It is likely one of the most underreported stories of 2019 (and I bet even most of you missed it since it was so close to Christmas) but Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former papal representative to the USA who blew the whistle on Pope Francis’ knowledge of the abuses of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, gave an enormously important summary of the Francis papacy that must be heard.

I was blessed to spend some time speaking with Archbishop Viganò while I was in Munich, Germany last month for the Acies Ordinata. He remains in good health and in good spirits. He knows full well that the battle is the Lord’s and he said how much he appreciates all the prayers said for him by countless Catholics who pray for him every day.

Just before Christmas, Archbishop Viganò released another testimony. Never before have I seen from Archbishop Viganò this type of forthrightness. In his statement, he said the following:

The tragic story of this failed pontificate advances with a pressing succession of twists and turns. Not a day passes: from the most exalted throne, the Supreme Pontiff proceeds to dismantle the See of Peter, using and abusing its supreme authority, not to confess but to deny; not to confirm but to mislead; not to unite but to divide; not to build but to demolish.

Material heresies, formal heresies, idolatry, superficiality of every kind: the Supreme Pontiff Bergoglio never ceases stubbornly to humiliate the highest authority of the Church. His action seeks to violate the Sacred Deposit of Faith and to disfigure the Catholic Face of the Bride of Christ by word and action, through duplicity and lies, through those theatrical gestures-of-his that flaunt spontaneity but are meticulously conceived and planned, and through which he exalts himself in a continuous narcissistic self-celebration, while the figure of the Roman Pontiff is humiliated and the Sweet Christ on earth is obscured.

“For more than six years now we have been poisoned by a false magisterium,” he added.

But Archbishop Viganò points out that modernism has been affecting the church since at least the Second Vatican Council:

Over these last decades, the Mystical Body has been slowly drained of its lifeblood through unstoppable bleeding: the Sacred Deposit of Faith has gradually been squandered, dogmas denatured, worship secularized and gradually profaned, morality sabotaged, the priesthood vilified, the Eucharistic Sacrifice protestantized and transformed into a convivial Banquet…

Now the Church is lifeless, covered with metastases and devastated. The people of God are groping, illiterate and robbed of their Faith, in the darkness of chaos and division. In these last decades, the enemies of God have progressively made scorched earth of two thousand years of Tradition. With unprecedented acceleration, thanks to the subversive drive of this pontificate, supported by the powerful Jesuit apparatus, a deadly coup de grace [death blow] is being delivered to the Church.

With Pope Bergoglio — as with all modernists — it is impossible to seek clarity, since the distinctive mark of the modernist heresy is dissimulation. Masters of error and experts in the art of deception, “they strive to make what is ambiguous universally accepted, presenting it from its harmless side which will serve as a passport to introduce the toxic side that was initially kept hidden.” (Fr. Matteo Liberatore SJ). And so the lie, obstinately and obsessively repeated, ends up becoming “true” and accepted by the majority.

The result of this abuse is what we now have before our eyes: a Catholic Church that is no longer Catholic; a container emptied of its authentic content and filled with borrowed goods. 

The advent of the Antichrist is inevitable; it is part of the epilogue of the History of Salvation.  But we know that it is the prerequisite for the universal triumph of Christ and his glorious Bride.

Those of us who have not let ourselves be deceived by these enemies of the Church enfeoffed in the ecclesial Body, must unite and together face off against the Evil One, who is long defeated yet still able to harm and cause the eternal perdition of multitudes of souls, but whose head the Blessed Virgin, our Leader, will definitively crush.

He concluded his reflection, which you can read in full by clicking here, by saying that we are living in the “Gethsemane of the end times.”

But it is not only Archbishop Viganò who sees these times as apocalyptic.

Another bishop whose voice God has raised in these perilous times to international recognition is Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

In a recent interview with the Remnant’s Michael Matt, aired in November, His Excellency makes the same comparison to the current time of calamity in the Church to Christ’s passion. His Excellency spoke in away that reminds one of what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, most especially when it notes that the Church will “enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection.”

The Catechism also states that the kingdom will be fulfilled “not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God's victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. God's triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.”

In terms of Cardinals in the Church who are speaking out on this subject, we turn first to His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Burke. In July 2017 at the Church Teaches Forum in Kentucky, Burke said that the “confusion, division, and error” within the Church are coming from shepherds themselves, even at the highest levels.

His Eminence said that this indicates that we “may be” in the end times. “We are living in most troubled times in the world and also in the Church,” he said. "In such a pervasively disordered cultural condition, there is legitimate fear of a global confrontation which can only mean destruction and death for many. Clearly, the present situation of the world cannot continue without leading to total annihilation."

Cardinal Burke repeated those remarks in December 2017 in an interview with Paolo Gambi published at the Catholic Herald in the United Kingdom. 

“In the present moment there is confusion and error about the most fundamental teachings of the Church, for example with regard to marriage and the family,” His Excellency said. He then described the debate in the Church over communion and divorce and remarriage. “There is today confusion as to whether there are acts which are intrinsically evil and this, of course, is the foundation of the moral law. When this foundation begins to be questioned within the Church, then the whole order of human life and the order of the Church itself are endangered.”

“So there is a feeling that in today’s world that is based on secularism with a completely anthropocentric approach...the Church itself seems to be confused. In that sense one may have the feeling that the Church gives the appearance of being unwilling to obey the mandates of Our Lord. Then perhaps we have arrived at the End Times.”

The feeling that we are in the end times was expressed also by the late, great Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, one of the signatories of the dubia.

Speaking at the Rome Life Forum in May 2017, Cardinal Caffarra recalled the letter Sr. Lucia of Fatima sent him speaking about “the final battle between Our Lord and the kingdom of Satan being over marriage and the family.”

He said that it was his conviction that what Sister Lucy had written him about “is being fulfilled in these days of ours.” Watch his remarks by clicking here.

A third Cardinal has also spoken of these times with apocalyptic references.

In the lead up to the Amazon Synod, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller said, “the frightening question arises whether the protagonists of this synod are not more concerned with the attempt secretly to replace religion as man's answer to the call of its Creator by a pantheistic natural religion of man – namely, by a new variant of Modernism from the beginning of the 20th century.”

“It is difficult not to think of the eschatological texts of the New Testament!” he exclaimed.

As the Pachamama scandal broke out during the Synod, Cardinal Brandmüller made direct reference to the apocalyptic warnings of Christ, calling the Pachamama idols in the Vatican “the abomination of desolation set up in the holy place.”

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller had made the reference while praising the actions of the two young men who threw the Pachamama idols into the Tiber River. “These two courageous 'Maccabees' who have removed the 'abomination of desolation in the holy place' are the prophets of today,” he said.

Use of apocalyptic language is not only coming from the dubia cardinals. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who was unceremoniously removed by Pope Francis was the head of the powerful Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, issued his Manifesto of Faith in February of last year.

In that heroic document, His Excellency said that, “To keep silent about these and the other truths of the Faith and to teach people accordingly is the greatest deception against which the Catechism vigorously warns. It represents the last trial of the Church and leads man to a religious delusion, ‘the price of their apostasy’ (CCC 675) it is the fraud of Antichrist. ‘He will deceive those who are lost by all means of injustice, for they have closed themselves to the love of the truth by which they should be saved.’ (2 Thess: 2-10)”

For our fifth Cardinal, we have Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk of the Netherlands.

Writing in the National Catholic Register in May 2018, Cardinal Eijk said: “Observing that the bishops and, above all, the Successor of Peter fail to maintain and transmit faithfully and in unity the deposit of faith contained in Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, I cannot help but think of Article 675 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

“The Church’s ultimate trial Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.”

In a follow-up interview with LifeSite’s Paris correspondent Jeanne Smits, Cardinal Eijk explained his reference this way:

I quoted number 675 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Because there are cardinals who plead for the blessing of homosexual relationships, I referred to this paragraph of the Catechism as a warning. It states that shortly before the Apocalypse, voices will rise within the Church itself, and even among the highest authorities of the Church who will express divergent opinions in relation to Catholic doctrine. I did this as a warning: let us be careful not to find ourselves in this situation.”  

As you can see, there are at least 5 cardinals and two prominent bishops who have raised the spectre of the end times. But as we’ve said here before, that is not something to be down about.

Let me return to the inspiring words of Archbishop Viganò who, after stating bluntly the catastrophic situation facing the Church today, concluded with encouragement.

Now it is our turn. Without equivocation, without letting ourselves be driven out of this Church whose legitimate children we are and in which we have the sacred right to feel at home, without the hateful horde of Christ’s enemies making us feel marginalized, schismatic and excommunicated.

Now it is our turn! The triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — Coredemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces — passes through her “little ones,” who are certainly frail and sinners but are absolutely opposed to the members enlisted in the Enemy’s army. “Little ones” consecrated without any limit whatsoever to the Immaculate, in order to be her heel, the most humiliated and despised part, the most hated by hell, but which together with Her will crush the head of the infernal Monster.

The Church is shrouded in the darkness of modernism, but the victory belongs to Our Lord and His Bride. We desire to continue to profess the perennial faith of the Church in the face of the roaring evil that besieges her. We desire to keep vigil with her and with Jesus, in this new Gethsemane of the end times; to pray and do penance in reparation for the many offenses caused to them.

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If the Catholic faith is to grow, these conditions must be met in the Mass

Tue Feb 4, 2020 - 10:22 am EST
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February 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Holy Mass is the sacrifice of Christ made present in our midst. He who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from Heaven and became man, enters once again into our lives as “the Lamb that was slain,” who is “worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing” (Rev. 5:12). In Holy Communion, He shares with us that power, divinity, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing.

This is why St. Augustine says that before receiving, we must adore: we would sin if we did not adore (Enarr. in Ps. 98:9, CCSL 39:1385). To adore is to acknowledge God’s reality, His authority, His kingship, His fatherhood, His absolute sovereignty over us. It is to say to Him: “You are first and last, the beginning and the end. I am yours, I belong to you, I submit myself to you, I desire to do your will. Make use of me as you wish.”

Traditional Catholic practices help to foster this fundamental attitude before God, while certain modern practices dampen or destroy it. If we put a tomato plant outdoors in the winter, it will quickly die. If we put it in a well regulated greenhouse, it will flourish and bear delicious fruit. Human beings are obviously more complicated than tomato plants, but we are living things, too, rational animals, that deserve and benefit from the right growing conditions.

Examples of the right conditions include sacred music that lifts our spirits to divine things rather than stirring up our emotions and scattering them back towards the world; encountering the “sonic iconostasis” built up from the ancient Latin language, Gregorian chant, and silence; the offering of the Holy Sacrifice by a priest facing eastward, ad orientem, rather than versus populum or toward the people; watching a devout priest adore God in the consecrated host and chalice, before which he genuflects, and to which he gazes in a drawn out elevation; kneeling for Holy Communion, and receiving on the tongue.

These and similar practices are crucial, since they train us in all the virtues associated with the virtue of religion, especially the virtue of adoration.

The Roman Canon — that mighty prayer at the heart of the Mass, which defines it as the Roman Rite, the most ancient of all Christian liturgies in the world — singles out two conditions for the fruitful reception of Holy Communion: faith and devotion. “Meménto, Dómine, famulórum famularúmque tuarum N. et N.: et ómnium circumstántium, quorum tibi fides cógnita est et nota devótio, pro quibus tibi offérimus: vel qui tibi ófferunt hoc sacrifícium laudis…” “Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants, N. and N., and of all here present, whose faith and devotion are known to Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise…”

One of the worst things about the liturgical reform is how it stripped the Mass of an abundance of little signs of faith, devotion, and adoration: all sorts of gestures, ceremonies, and prayers, vestments and ornaments, that acted as “prompts” reminding us and encouraging us to make an appropriate spiritual response to the great mysterium fidei, the mystery of faith unfolding before us in “the sacrifice of praise.”

If the Mass were supposed to be a schoolroom lesson and/or an SDS (Sacramental Delivery System), then of course it should be as simple and short and to the point as possible, streamlined for optimal data transfer and receipt of goods, a sort of “Amazon Prime” of the spiritual life.

But this premise is totally false. The Mass is our earthly participation in the eternal liturgy of Heaven, where the angels and saints in communion with the Eternal High Priest are praising the Almighty in song and adoring Him face to face. When this heavenly worship pierces through the veil that separates us from eternity, the result is the sacred liturgy. If a certain form of Mass does not bear within itself the spirit of this ultimate reality and show it forth, visibly and audibly, so as to draw us ever more deeply into it, this form has failed utterly as liturgy.

How do we know what form is the right one to use, to trust, to rely upon? The measure must be Catholic tradition — endorsed by Church authority, yes, but neither manufactured by it nor subject to its whims. It is not something that can be voted on by bishops, created by committee, or reconfigured by enthusiasts. Tradition, by definition, is a reality that goes before us, remains above us, and endures beyond us.


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