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‘Dangerous’: Ontario doctor sounds alarm over Canada’s coronavirus vaccine deal with China

Dr. Kulvinder Gill of Concerned Ontario Doctors called the govt's partnership with the Communist Party 'the most counterproductive and dangerous thing it could do.'
Thu May 21, 2020 - 7:44 pm EST
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Dr. Kulvinder Gill is the president and co-founder of Concerned Ontario Doctors, a grassroots, non-profit organization advocating for healthcare issues affecting frontline doctors. 
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May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – An Ontario doctor is warning that the Canadian government’s new deal with China to produce a coronavirus vaccine is a “dangerous endeavour” and that Canada should instead fund vaccine trials with allied nations. 

“The role of our governments is to build trust through transparency and accountability,” said Dr. Kulvinder Gill, the president and co-founder of Concerned Ontario Doctors, a grassroots, non-profit organization advocating for healthcare issues affecting frontline doctors, in a ThinkPol report published May 19. 

“The role of our governments is to build trust through transparency and accountability,” said Gill, a frontline physician in the Toronto area. “If the Trudeau government wants Canadians to trust and buy into a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, partnering with the Chinese Communist Party’s military is (…) the most counterproductive and dangerous thing it could do.”

Last week, Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) announced a collaboration with the Chinese firm CanSino Biologics Inc. (CanSinoBIO) to test its trial coronavirus vaccine, known as Ad5-nCoV, in Canada.

LifeSiteNews reported last week that the vaccine candidate Ad5-nCoV uses the HEK293 cell line, which is made from fetal cells harvested from an aborted baby decades ago, and is the property of the NRC. 

Pro-abortion Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday that Health Canada approved the coronavirus vaccine Ad5-nCoV to be used in human clinical trials. 

The trial vaccine Ad5-nCoV was co-developed by the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, Academy of Military Medical Sciences, and CanSinoBIO. It has already been used in initial human trials since mid-March in China.

In the ThinkPol report, Gill said Canada should not be working with the Chinese Communist Party’s military and “abandon this illogical and dangerous endeavour, and instead fund vaccine trials with our allied nations who understand the critical importance of trust, ethics, safety, transparency, and collaboration.”

Gill said on her Twitter account that Canadians should “fight against” what she calls a “hijacking” of medicine and science by politicians. She also noted on Twitter that she is “pro-vaccine,” saying it is “illogical” Canada is the only nation to sign an agreement with China to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

In the ThinkPol report, Gill noted that as coronaviruses are part of a large family of RNA viruses, which includes the common cold, the fact is no such vaccines exist for use in humans. 

“We must not lose sight of the fact that coronaviruses are a large family of RNA viruses, which include the common cold. No approved human coronavirus vaccines exist,” said Gill in the ThinkPol report.

The ThinkPol report also noted that Gill says both SARS and MERS went away on their own without the need for a vaccine, adding that one's immune systems seem to be a person’s best defense. 

“There are no confirmed cases of reinfection or reactivation, strong T-cell responses bode well for long-term immunity, and there is residual immunity to common cold coronaviruses that offers some cross-protection against COVID-19,” Gill said in the ThinkPol report. 

“The normal vaccine development cycle is 10 to 15 years,” said Gill. “The shortest vaccine development cycle on record is for the mumps vaccine at four years. This human clinical trial with China’s Communist Party’s vaccine is proceeding at an alarmingly dangerous rate without adherence to research ethics and transparency.”

In the ThinkPol report, Gill noted that another reason to be cautious about working with China is the warning from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance consisting of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

Gill said a recent Five Eyes alliance report “raised significant concerns regarding China’s handling of the novel coronavirus calling it an ‘assault on international transparency.’” 

Ted Kuntz, president of Vaccine Choice Canada (VCC), a not-for-profit society founded by families who have suffered from vaccine reactions or injuries, told LifeSiteNews that he is concerned about the safety of the coronavirus trial vaccine.

“Will those volunteering as human test subjects be fully informed that this vaccine has not undergone standard safety testing?” Kuntz said.

“Will healthy human test subject be told that the risk of harm to them significantly outweighs any potential benefit? Are human subjects being made fully aware that many of the adverse effects of vaccination, especially on the neurological and immunological systems, may not be evident for years if not decades?”

Kuntz also told LifeSiteNews that he hopes “saner heads will prevail” when it comes to risks associated with a coronavirus vaccine.

“Is Health Canada and the vaccine industry willing to put the entire vaccine program at risk to potentially alleviate the risk of mortality in 0.1 percent of the population?” 

The clinical trials for Ad5-nCoV will be taking place at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University in Halifax. A total of 600 people will be needed for the trial, according to a CBC report, that will be done in phases. 

Dr. Scott Halperin, director of the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University, told CTV that because of the scale of the coronavirus, his team will not wait for full results from one stage to the next, but rather conduct the tests "in a more accelerated fashion, without sacrificing any safety.” 

In April, Trudeau said he needed time to “reflect” about the possibility of making a coronavirus vaccine mandatory in Canada if and when it becomes available.

Yesterday, the Premier of Alberta said on a Facebook live event (26-minute mark) that he has no intention of making a coronavirus vaccine mandatory in Alberta, despite the fact an Alberta law exists to allow for this. 

Canada’s collaboration with China to test Ad5-nCoV comes despite growing evidence and calls from many that China is ground zero for the coronavirus. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is China’s only level four biosafety lab, and there has been speculation that the coronavirus somehow escaped from its doors.

In April, it was reported that Trudeau gave close to $1 million of taxpayer money to help fund “research” for new COVID-19 “screening and diagnosis” tools at the Chinese lab where the virus is suspected to have originated.

In the past, Trudeau has openly spoken about his admiration for China. He famously praised China’s “basic dictatorship” in speaking at a Liberal Party fundraising event in 2013 after a reporter asked him which country besides Canada he most admires.


  ad5-ncov, canada, china, communist party, concerned ontario doctors, coronavirus vaccine, five eyes, health canada, justin trudeau, kulvinder gill, national research council, thinkpol, vaccine choice canada

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Pope calling proposed development of Marian doctrine ‘nonsense’ doesn’t change truth: theologian

'I would say Pope Francis maybe said that because of more a personal taste. But the doctrine of the faith … is what God has revealed, what the Church has received.'
Thu May 21, 2020 - 6:18 pm EST
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May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis describing requests to declare Our Lady Co-redemptrix as “nonsense” is a reflection of his “personal taste” and not a statement on the validity of the doctrine, a Franciscan theologian told the Rome Life Forum yesterday.

Fr. Serafino Lanzetta delved into the six-month-old controversy during an question-and-answer session on the first day of the seventh annual forum, which was moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic, and is on the theme “Coronavirus in the Light of Fatima: a tragedy and a source of hope.”

The question referred to the pope’s December 12, 2019, homily in which he said Mary “never wanted to take anything from her Son. She never presented herself as Co-redemptrix,” and added, “When they come to us with stories saying we have to declare this, or make this or that other dogma, let us not get lost in nonsense.”

“We cannot dismiss the word ‘Co-redemptrix’ … only because Pope Francis said we don’t need it,” said Lanzetta, a Marian Franciscan from the diocese of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. 

Lanzetta contends that the doctrine that Mary made a unique contribution to our salvation as Co-redemptrix is part of the ordinary magisterium of the Church, and has been reiterated by many popes for the last 100 years.

“A single pope can never say something contrasting such a long reiteration, magisterial reiteration. I would say Pope Francis maybe said that because of more a personal taste,” he said. 

“But the doctrine of the faith … is not the object of personal taste, it is what God has revealed, what the Church has received.”

Lanzetta was also asked what most hinders the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Our Lady promised her Immaculate Heart would triumph “regardless of human events,” so this “triumph is connected directly with God’s will” and will take place even despite today’s minimal response to her message at Fatima, he replied.

But certain events, such as the “loss of faith,” will take place before this triumph, he said.

These events were to some extent foretold by Our Lady when she appeared to the three children at Fatima, said Lanzetta, adding that there is “something missing, something lacking” between the second and third parts of the secret she gave to them.

The second part of the secret ends with the words: “In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will be kept.” The third part of the secret describes the “desolate scenario” of a city on a hill, half in ruins and strewn with corpses, through which walks a man in white. 

“This is the situation within the Church. We are affected unfortunately by a tremendous loss of faith,” said Lanzetta.

Sr. Lucia also mentioned in her diary that there will be chastisements before the triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart, he added. 

Pandemics, pestilence, illness, social problems are “always permitted by God’s providence in order to purify us from all our sins, to teach us how to be obedient to His will.” 

Cardinal Raymond Burke, also part of the Q&A, agreed that the coronavirus pandemic is a chastisement and “the fruit of the disorder we have introduced into this world by sin.” 

If people restore the respect for human life, the respect for marriage, and for true religion, “things will get better,” he said.  

“If we don’t repent, I don’t see how God can stay His hand from us who would be so rebellious against Him, and against His great love for us,” added Burke.

“All it requires from us is the opening to His merciful grace, and He will not fail to provide us with graces in abundance to transform ourselves and to transform the world.”

The coronavirus crisis has also made clear the urgent need “to define clearly the relationship between the Church and the state,” said Burke, noting he has heard personally and on social media from Catholics denied access to the sacraments.

“The Church needs to see her sacred duty to provide the sacraments to the faithful at all times.”

He did not have the answer to the question why popes so far have not consecrated Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart as she requested, Burke said.

“The point is that Our Lady’s request stands, and it is more timely than ever because the great evil of atheistic materialism, of communism, which began in Russia, spreads now in a very dramatic way, especially through the influence of the government of China,” observed the cardinal.

“So we must pray for our Holy Father that he will fulfill the request of Our Lady.”

All the bishops in the world in their dioceses must unite with the Holy Father in making the consecration, he said.

Asked what is the first step families can take to reform their lives according to Our Lady of Fatima’s call, Fr. Lanzetta said they should pray the rosary together.

“The more we pray the rosary, the more we appreciate how beautiful it is to be in communion with Our Lady, because we pray these Hail Marys in a way to echo the words of the angel to bring this great news of the Incarnation of God,” he said.

The rosary “is also very, very important to keep the true faith.”

St. Louis de Montfort said that “heretics normally don’t pray the Hail Mary,” and in refusing to do so, “in fact they refuse to acknowledge, to profess the very first mystery of our faith, the Incarnation of the Word.”

A daily rosary is “also a bit penitential because we have to be faithful to this commitment every day” and “be strong enough to keep going on despite possible distractions,” Lanzetta said. 

Families should also read True Devotion to Our Lady by St. Louis de Montfort. It includes a consecration to Mary, which “is the best way to live out those vows that we took in the moment of our baptism.”

To watch the video of the Q&A, go here.


  catholic, co-redemptrix, consecration of russia, coronavirus, franciscan, lucia dos santos, our lady of fatima, pope francis, raymond burke, rome life forum 2020, serafino lanzetta, st. louis de montfort

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Judge rules Conservative party leadership race erred in banning pro-life candidate

Jim Karahalios has a 14-day window to meet conditions set out by the judge for his re-entry.
Thu May 21, 2020 - 6:06 pm EST
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ONTARIO, May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – An Ontario judge has ruled that banned Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership candidate Jim Karahalios can be allowed to re-enter the leadership race, so long as he meets conditions set out by the judge within a two-week window.  

On May 20, Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ruled Karahalios is again allowed to be a verified candidate, but he must pay $100,000 within 14 days to be back on the ballot. 

Perell’s ruling stated that neither the CPC’s Dispute Resolution Appeals Committee (DRAC) nor the party’s Chief Returning Officer (CRO) had the authority to disqualify Karahalios. This ability, Perell says, falls to the CPC’s Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC). 

“The authority to disqualify is reserved to the eighteen members of the (leadership organizing committee) which has never formally or properly considered the matter of Mr. Karahalios’ status as a candidate,” said Perell in his ruling

“Mr. Karahalios[’] status is properly left to the LEOC to adjudicate. That was the contractual arrangement of the candidates with the Conservative Party. LEOC is in the position to determine if the conduct of the Mr. Karahalios was such that he should be disqualified as a candidate.” 

Perell’s full summary judgment is as follows:

a.  I declare that the DRAC Decision of March 18, 2020 to disqualify Mr. Karahalios’ as a candidate for the Conservative Party leadership was invalid, and I set aside the DRAC Decision.

b. I declare that if Mr. Karahalios complies with the Ruling of the CRO dated March 17, 2020 within fourteen days of the release of these Reasons for Decision, he is a Verified Leadership Candidate in good standing.

c. I Order that within twenty days of the release of these Reasons for Decision, the Conservative Fund pay what are known as “Directed Contributions” in accordance with Rule 4.4.6 of the Leadership Rules and s. 365 of the Canada Elections Act.

d. I Order that the above Declarations and the Orders are without prejudice to the rights of the LEOC to determine the rules and procedures for the conduct of the leadership selection process, including the right of LEOC to amend the Rules or issue further rules or procedures as it deems necessary to conduct an open, fair, and equitable election Process while respecting the Constitution as passed by the Conservative Party Membership at the start of the leadership process.

Karahalios was banned by the DRAC in March from running for the leadership of the party, even though he had submitted the required signatures and funds to be eligible to do so. 

Karahalios launched a lawsuit against the CPC in early April for what he called an “unlawful” disqualification during the campaign, with the goal being reinstatement in the leadership race.

In his lawsuit, Karahalios said he felt the party disqualified him in bad faith, “once it became apparent, he would meet the ballot criteria,” which he did before the March 25 deadline.

Karahalios’s lawyers said the party disqualified him “as a result of a complaint filed by the Erin O’Toole campaign requesting his disqualification.”

Karahalios sent an email to his followers in early March with the title, “Say NO to Shariah Law. Stop Erin O’Toole.” O’Toole complained publicly that Karahalios was a “racist” for this email.

In a statement sent to his followers on May 20, Karahalios said the judge ruled that his campaign contributions should be returned to his campaign account, “as the Leadership Rules have always required but which the Party had resisted.”

He also said that the court ruled that they do not have the “jurisdiction to judge the appropriateness of the CRO Derek Vanstone's prior sanctions – sanctions which he has not levied on any other candidate in this race for their campaign communications.”

Court documents show that on March 17, the CPC’s CRO Derek Vanstone slapped a $50,000 penalty against Karahalios for his O’Toole comments. 

Vanstone also set out conditions, which along with the penalty, including an increase in his deposit to run to $150,000, instead of the $100,000 required for all other candidates. Karahalios appealed Vanstone’s ruling which subsequently saw him disqualified by the DRAC.

“The CRO investigated Mr. O’Toole’s complaint, and he consulted with some members of the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC). The CRO made a ruling on March 17, 2020. The CRO imposed a reporting obligation and a financial penalty on Mr. Karahalios. Mr. Karahalios appealed the CRO’s Ruling to the Dispute Resolution Appeal Committee (DRAC), and it disqualified Mr. Karahalios altogether from the Leadership Contest,” says the ruling. 

Perell ruled that in his opinion, “there was no procedural unfairness and there was no bad faith. There was nothing untoward or unlawful about the CRO’s Ruling, which was to impose a penalty but not to disqualify Mr. Karahalios.” 

“I appreciate that neither party wanted the CRO’s Ruling reinstated, but that was because Mr. Karahalios wanted to avoid any sanction at all, which is a result that he is not entitled to, and the Conservative Party wanted to preserve the DRAC decision, which is a result that it is not entitled to. The appropriate result, which is consistent with contract law doctrine, is that the remedy for a breach of contract is to put the wronged party in the position that he or she would have been had the contract been performed. In the immediate case, the appropriate result is to restore the CRO Ruling,” said Perell in his ruling. 

“As a result, the challenge before me is that in order to get on the ballot, I have to raise an additional $100,000 without the use of the Party lists as the CRO required. The Court has given me 14 days to raise this amount in order to be placed on the ballot,” said Karahalios in his May 20 statement.

Karahalios says that he is looking at the court’s ruling to best determine how he can re-enter the race.

“While I disagree with the CRO's heavy handed ruling, I have no further means by which to appeal it because of the Court's limited jurisdiction,” said Karahalios in his statement.

“I am currently reviewing the Court's ruling to assess how I can best re-enter the race in a competitive manner that respects the Court's ruling, the Rules of the race as clarified by the Court, and the will of Conservative Party members.”

The two official pro-life candidates in the running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada are Dr. Leslyn Lewis, and MP Derek Sloan. MP Erin O’Toole and former MP Peter MacKay are the other two official candidates. 

The Conservative Party leadership race was suspended in late March due to the coronavirus. The LEOC has set an August 21 date to end the race. Party members will be voting via mail-in ballots, which will be sent out to members in July. 


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Chinese biotech firm boasts about ‘screening out’ Down syndrome children as huge moneymaker

The company brags that it has the technology in place to 'avoid the birth of them' and happily acknowledges the procedure is a 'cash cow.'
Thu May 21, 2020 - 5:24 pm EST
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SHENZHEN, China, May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A spokeswoman for a Chinese biotech company boasted that helping expectant parents around the world to “screen out” Down syndrome babies before they can be born is a “cash cow” for the firm.    

A video clip from an Al Jazeera report, which one pro-life commentator has called “profoundly shocking,”shows a BGI Genomics representative proudly declaring, “We use our technology (to) avoid the birth of birth defect, like Down syndrome birth.”

“A Down syndrome child, we can screen them out,” she added. “We can avoid the birth of them.” 

The unnamed spokeswoman explained that BGI has analyzed millions of blood samples from pregnant women “to test if the baby has Down syndrome or other chromosome disease.” 

“This part is BGI’s, what we call ‘cash cow,’ making money to support the growth” of the other divisions of the company, including “nutrition, health, medical, insurance, everything,” she said, smiling broadly. 

Testing for Down syndrome reportedly generates more than half of BGI’s revenues.   

When one of her listeners suggested that her comment about “screening out” Down syndrome babies “seems really scary,” she remained silent and offered no response.    

Profiting from discrimination and killing

“It’s difficult to know which is worse: the recognition that the little person being killed is a child or the clinical acceptance that the child can be ‘screened out,’” wrote Irish pro-life activist Niamh Uí Bhriain. 

“The purpose of matching these aggressive screening programs with easily available abortion is obvious: to do exactly what was said in the video, and screen out people who have Down syndrome and other disabilities,” she continued. 

“In other words, to kill them all before birth,” she added.  

Others, especially parents of Down syndrome children, were equally aghast.  

“She says ‘defect,’ I say ‘difference.’ That’s all it comes down to. And she had no answer to his questions about ethical implications,” remarked Vanessa Lindsey on Facebook.  “Maybe they should turn their attention to the seek and destroy of COVID-19, instead of perfectly wonderful human beings!”

“She obviously needs to be educated,” said Danielle Landers. “I’m a proud mother of a (Down syndrome) child and I wouldn’t change anything. She has labeled it as a disease. It is not a disease. It’s an extra chromosome.”

“How much money do they get to tell them to get rid of these beautiful babies that bring so much happiness to this world?” wondered Kate Brown.  

“ Well, we knew this inside, people try to cover it in CHOICE. But really, no. It’s profiting from discrimination,” said Colette Lloyd on Twitter. “I actually feel sick.”

“The expression on her face at the end ... She doesn’t seem to understand how someone can put ethics above money,” said Adrienne Nicholas in response. 

UK’s Right to Life pointed out that this isn’t the first time the BGI group and its co-founding chairman, Wang Jian, have courted controversy:

In 2018, the businessman caught the media’s attention for saying in an interview it would be a “disgrace” for any of BGI Group’s 7,000 employees to have a child with a birth ‘defect.’

Wang said, “It would mean that we are fooling society and just eyeing others’ pockets.” He added that there are no known serious congenital diseases among the 1,400 infants that have been born to the company’s employees.

“In this shiny, fake and heartless future there’s no room, it seems, for the people who teach us the most important thing of all; how to love,” concluded Bhriain.


  bgi genomics, bioethics, biotech, chinaaid, down syndrome abortion, niamh uí bhriain, wang jian

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In-person religious gatherings begin to resume amid legal fights, public pressure

Judges have determined that governors' orders in some states unfairly target religious groups.
Thu May 21, 2020 - 5:04 pm EST
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May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Americans in some parts of the country are regaining their freedom to gather in person for worshipping with fellow believers, as legal challenges to state lockdown orders make their way through the courts and the public’s impatience with restrictions on normal life tests their limit.

North Carolina Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper had suspended various in-person gatherings of more than 10 people, as part of his stay-at-home order to curb the spread of COVID-19, and specifically cited churches as places where “the virus can spread so much more easily,” because “people gather together and are around each other for a long time.”

Federal Judge James C. Denver III blocked the order, the News & Observer reported, noting that the 10-person limit seemed to be selectively applied.

“The record, at this admittedly early stage of the case, reveals that the governor appears to trust citizens to perform non-religious activities indoors (such as shopping or working or selling merchandise) but does not trust them to do the same when they worship together indoors,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

“The court trusts worshippers and their leaders to look after one another and society while exercising their free exercise rights just as they and their fellow citizens (whether religious or not) do when engaged in non-religious activities,” the ruling continued.

Denver’s ruling is not the last word on the state’s lockdown order; a hearing on its legal merits is set for May 29. In the meantime, however, Cooper will not be appealing, meaning that North Carolina worshippers will be free to gather for at least the next week.

Meanwhile, Delaware Democrat Gov. John Carney announced that in-person services can resume in the state, NBC Philadelphia reported, albeit with significant limitations.

Churches and other places of worship may hold one in-person service per week, for just a single hour, limited to 30 percent of the building’s maximum occupancy. Social distancing between members of different households is mandatory, choirs are still forbidden, and attendees must somehow stagger their arrival time.

Masks are also mandatory and “exchange of materials of any kind” – such as hymn books, Holy Communion – “is strongly discouraged,” and donations should be collected with a stationary box rather than passing around a basket.

In Oregon, Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew B. Shirtcliff sided with churches in ruling that Democrat Gov. Kate Brown’s lockdown orders were invalid for exceeding a 28-day limit enacted by the state legislature. However, Brown appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court, which allowed the lockdown to temporarily continue, Oregon Live reported. A date has not yet been set for the court to consider the matter on the merits.

"The governor’s orders are not required for public safety when plaintiffs can continue to utilize social distancing and safety protocols at larger gatherings involving spiritual worship,'' Shirtcliff had determined. “Plaintiffs have shown that they will be harmed by deprivation of the constitutional right to freely exercise their religion. Other plaintiffs have also shown great economic harm to their businesses and their ability to seek livelihood.”

State Supreme Court Presiding Justice Thomas A. Balmer’s ruling announcing the hold on Shirtcliff’s ruling did not delve into the reasoning behind the court’s decision.

Before the Supreme Court reversed it, Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier had called Shirtcliff’s decision a “powerful reminder that Governor Brown, whatever her intentions, is not a ruler who can ignore Oregon’s Constitution and laws.”

As of May 21, the United States is estimated to have seen more than 1.6 million COVID-19 cases, with more than 95,000 deaths and 373,000 recoveries. An estimated 40 percent of those deaths have come from nursing homes (with the percentages for specific states often much higher), and mounting evidence suggests far more of the public has contracted and recovered from the virus than the official count indicates. 

At the same time, state bans on “non-essential” activity across the country have caused massive job losses, with more than 33 million Americans filing for unemployment and studies predicting that tens of thousands of small businesses that have closed down will never reopen.

The suppression of religious exercise has been one of the focal points for resistance to the COVID-19 lockdowns across the country, along with prohibitions on peaceful protesting outdoors, even when the protestors abide by “social distancing.”

Readers can click here for LifeSiteNews’ live updates on the coronavirus and its impact all over the world. 


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LGBT activist targets Catholic teaching as ‘conversion therapy’ that must be banned

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has yet to issue a statement on the bill.
Thu May 21, 2020 - 4:35 pm EST
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TORONTO, May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s largest pro-life group is warning the country’s Catholic bishops and school trustees that the Trudeau government’s ban on so-called “conversion therapy” for minors will criminalize counselling based on Catholic teaching, and could make it a crime to teach Catholic sexual morality in Catholic schools.

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are instrinsically disordered and the homosexual inclination itself objectively disordered, and that gender ideology opposes God’s plan for human sexuality and His creation of man as male and female.

In a recently released video, Campaign Life Coalition also renewed its plea to the bishops to voice their opposition to Bill C-8, which Justice Minister David Lametti tabled in the House of Commons in March.

“Silence is not an option. The Church hierarchy needs to speak out,” said Campaign Life president Jeff Gunnarson.

“The bishops’ silence is to the detriment of all Christians and all people of faith, not just Catholics, because other faith-traditions will be adversely impacted by the totalitarian law,” added Gunnarson.

Bill C-8 adds five new offences to the Criminal Code. It will make it a crime punishable by up to five years in prison to: 1) cause a minor to undergo conversion therapy, 2) remove a minor from Canada to undergo conversion therapy, 3) cause a person to undergo conversion therapy against their will.

It will make it a crime punishable by up to two years in prison to: 4) profit from conversion therapy, and 5) advertise conversion therapy.

Bill C-8 defines “conversion therapy” as “a practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender, or to repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour.”

It adds: “For greater certainty, this definition does not include a practice, treatment or service that relates (a) to a person’s gender transition; or (b) to a person’s exploration of their identity or to its development.”

Even though the Trudeau Liberals have reduced the age of consent for anal sex to 16 years of age, they define a “minor” in Bill C-8 as under 18 years of age.

In the video co-produced by Campaign Life and LifeSiteNews, Campaign Life staffer Clinton Somerton explained that Bill C-8 will affect “our Catholic, faith-based separate schools.”

That’s because of the pervasive influence of Edmonton-based LGBTQ activist Dr. Kristopher Wells, who has been lobbying all levels of government to ban “conversion therapy,” he said.  

“To know the exact intent of this federal legislation by Justin Trudeau and the Liberal-appointed Senate, and where its author intends its tentacles to reach in the future, we need only read the words of Kristopher Wells,” Somerton said.

Wells is well-known for his homosexual activism. As director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta, he created the Alberta NDP government website on Gay-Straight Alliances intended for K-12 students.

The site notoriously included links to sexually graphic material, such as sex toy advertisements, videos of men engaging in homosexual sadomasochistic practices, and advice to “pay for porn.”

Wells has also shared sexually explicit material on social media, promoted a cartoon comparing Christians to Nazis, defended public sex acts, publicly mocked private correspondences from parents, and promoted various materials that graphically encourage sexual experimentation among minors.

Currently the Canada Research Chair for the Public Understanding of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth at Edmonton’s MacEwan University, Wells most recently was involved in Calgary city council’s plans to implement what critics say is an exceptionally dangerous ban, as Jonathan Van Maren reported this week.

And in his published manifesto pushing municipal “conversion therapy” bans, Wells makes it clear he intends to criminalize Catholic teaching as a form of “conversion therapy,” Somerton pointed out.

Wells writes: 

Modern forms of conversion therapy are still happening in Canada, particularly in some catholic [sic] and faith-based schools, which often occur under the guise of “pastoral approaches to care.” Many of these approaches refuse to allow or place restrictions on gay-straight alliances (GSAs), refer to LGBTQ2 students as “persons with same-sex attractions,” suggest that transgender and non-binary youth are being influenced by a so-called “gender ideology,” and enact policies that call LGBTQ2 youth to live chaste lives.

What is common with all of these practices is how they fundamentally disavow LGBTQ2 identity and reassert the belief that LGBTQ2 people are broken, disordered, or damaged. … These actions operate on the same premise as conversion therapy, which denies a healthy and happy LGBTQ2 identity and strives to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression as though it is something immoral, sinful, or contagious that needs to be managed or contained. ...

These modern conversion therapy practices have the desired effect of rendering LGBTQ2 students silent, invisible, and vulnerable within their school environments (emphasis added).

“Wells and his transhumanist allies thoroughly understand and can see right through the feeble language of the so-called ‘Catholic Lens’ approach to dealing with the LGBT ideological onslaught of recent years,” Somerton observed.

According to Wells’ vision, the Courage Apostolate, a 12-step Catholic ministry that helps same-sex attracted Catholics live chaste lives according to Church teaching, would be outlawed as “conversion therapy.” 

Under C-8, taking a minor to a Courage meeting would be considered a crime punishable by up to five years in jail, and advertising Courage a crime punishable by up to two years in jail. 

LifeSiteNews contacted the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to ask if the bishops would be issuing a statement on Bill C-8, but did not hear back by deadline.

Campaign Life has sent all Canada’s bishops a link to the video, and is urging Catholics to contact their bishop to ask him to categorically oppose Bill C-8.

For contact information on the Catholic bishops, visit the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops here.

Campaign Life has also launched a petition against the legislation, which can be found here.


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Apple updates iPhone to work with COVID-19 ‘contact tracing’ apps

The new update does not begin initiating contact tracing on iPhones, but rather enables future contact-tracing apps to work when downloaded
Thu May 21, 2020 - 3:00 pm EST
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PETITION: No to mandatory contact tracing and government surveillance for the coronavirus! Sign the petition here.

May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Apple has laid the groundwork to support COVID-19 tracking applications on iPhones in the name of containing the coronavirus, despite concerns about user privacy and individual rights.

On Wednesday, Apple and Google both released the first public version of their “Exposure Notification” API (application programming interface), TechCrunch reports. APIs facilitate communication between the programs and data sets on a device.

The APIs do not themselves begin initiating contact tracing on somebody’s phone, but rather enable future contact-tracing apps to work when downloaded. Exposure Notification employs a “decentralized identifier system that uses randomly generated temporary keys created on a user’s device (but not tied to their specific identity or info),” according to TechCrunch. “Apple and Google’s API allows public health agencies to define what constitutes potential exposure in terms of exposed time and distance, and they can tweak transmission risk and other factors according to their own standards.”

Exposure Notification is officially being added to iPhones with Thursday’s rollout of the iOS 13.5 software update:

Apple stated in a recent press release that it was working with Google on developing “contact tracing” capabilities on devices.

Across the world, governments and health authorities are working together to find solutions to the COVID‑19 pandemic, to protect people and get society back up and running. Software developers are contributing by crafting technical tools to help combat the virus and save lives. In this spirit of collaboration, Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design.

As part of this partnership Google and Apple are releasing draft documentation for an Exposure Notification system in service of privacy-preserving contact tracing.

Apple insists that “Each user will have to make an explicit choice to turn on the technology,” which “can also be turned off by the user at any time,” and that it “does not collect location data from your device, and does not share the identities of other users to each other, Google or Apple.” 

It also stresses that data will only be given to “public health authorities” if their apps “meet specific criteria around privacy, security, and data control.” But concerns remain as to just how secure users’ personal information will be in practice, and what exactly will constitute users’ “consent.”

There are some, however, who demand an even more heavy-handed approach to high-tech COVID-19 tracking. Politico reports that some advocates of locking down society say nothing less than full contact tracing, which entails not only identifying but tracking the movements of people with COVID-19, will suffice.

Unless societies accept “privacy trade-offs,” COVID-19 tracking systems will be “unlikely to help people navigate their world, to leave their house and feel safe,” argues University of Washington Law School professor Ryan Calo.

However, others argue there are already examples of how to make people feel safe and be safe without such measures. Florida, for instance, focused on protecting the elderly early, did not lock down as strictly as other states, and is seeing hospitalizations after upon reopening. 

“In New Jersey, 51 senior care residents out of every 100,000 people died,” Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz writes. “In New York, nearly 27 per 100,000 have died.  Even in smaller and younger Colorado, more than 10 nursing home residents have died per capita. In Florida? Just 3.5 per 100,000.”

As previously covered by LifeSiteNews, questions also remain as to just how secure Apple and Google’s vision really is.

The pan-European technology group DP3T warns that while the incoming apps promise safeguards for the anonymity of the data they track, hackers or law enforcement agencies would still be able to break them, potentially opening the door to “long-term persistent surveillance of individuals by third parties.”

“We need a roadmap of where this is going, who might have access, and without that roadmap and accountability around it, it is very hard to say the system is secure against mission creep,” warns Michael Veale of University College London.

Readers can click here for LifeSiteNews’ live updates on the coronavirus and its impact all over the world. 


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Minnesota bishops defy gov’s lockdown order, announce they’ll restart public Masses

'The order allows malls, shops, and other retailers to open their doors at fifty percent capacity, allows businesses—from pet-grooming services to medical cannabis operations—to resume in-person operations...but explicitly leaves in place bans on in-person worship services for more than ten people.'
Thu May 21, 2020 - 1:32 pm EST
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May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic bishops of Minnesota along with state’s Lutheran leaders have informed their governor that they will defy his continued lockdown order for houses of worship and will begin public religious services in time for Pentecost.

The bold move was announced in separate letters sent simultaneously to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison from Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; from the presidents of the two Lutheran Church Minnesota districts; and from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the attorney group working on behalf of the reopening churches. 

The religious leaders chose to act in defiance of the governor after he revealed his plan last week to reopen commerce in the state while keeping in place the limit for church services to ten people or less. Weeks of dialogue with the governor aimed at achieving equal treatment for houses of worship had reportedly gone nowhere.    

“The order allows malls, shops, and other retailers to open their doors at fifty percent capacity, allows businesses—from pet-grooming services to medical cannabis operations—to resume in-person operations, and even announces a phased plan for reopening bars and restaurants, but explicitly leaves in place bans on in-person worship services for more than ten people. Even Minnesota casinos are reopening starting May 26,” said the Becket attorneys in a press release.

“If malls, casinos, liquor stores, bars, and restaurants are reopening, why can’t Minnesota churches?” asked Eric Rassbach, vice president and senior counsel at Becket. “Our Constitution stands for ‘equal justice under law’ and imposing a special disability on churches is anything but. Governor Walz and Attorney General Ellison should ensure equal treatment for churches and houses of worship—especially because they are crucial to helping our nation overcome this crisis.”

“Darkness and despair have taken hold of so many of our fellow Americans in the face of the economic and social hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Archbishop Hebda. “Faith has always been a source of comfort and strength and now more than ever it is of the utmost importance that we are able to meet the spiritual needs of our community.”

“Throughout this crisis, we have been committed to modeling Christ’s love by protecting people from the spread of illness. That’s why it is so disheartening that the Governor has subordinated our spiritual well-being to the economic well-being of the State,” said Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford, president of the Minnesota South District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. “Now that the State has deemed the risk of spreading coronavirus low enough to reopen non-essential business, we respectfully believe that it is our right and duty to safely resume public ministry to the faithful even without the support of the Governor.”

While retail stores and other places of commerce are now allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity in Minnesota, as a sign of “good faith” the state’s Catholic and Lutheran leaders say they will resume in-person worship services at 33 percent capacity of their respective facilities.

Catholic bishops: Gov. Walz does not appreciate the role of church and faith

A 1,500-word letter addressed to the faithful and signed by the bishops of the state’s seven dioceses announced, “[W]e have chosen to move forward in the absence of any specific timeline laid out by Governor Walz and his Administration. We cannot allow an indefinite suspension of the public celebration of the Mass.”

Given our willingness to coordinate with the Governor, we are especially disappointed that his most recent order (20-56) does not address both the vital importance that faith plays in the lives of Americans, especially in this time of pandemic, and the fundamental religious freedom possessed by houses of worship that allows our country to thrive. The Governor’s remarks today further underscored a failure to appreciate the role of our Church and other faith groups in serving the community. The human cost to this pandemic has been extraordinary, not just in terms of lives lost to the virus but the rapidly growing problems of job loss, depression, crime and violence, and substance abuse. 

The bishops of Minnesota are united in our conviction that we can safely resume public Masses in accordance with both our religious duties and with accepted public health and safety standards. We can worship in a way that reflects both the love of God and the love of our neighbors (cf. Mark 12:30-31). Therefore, we are giving our parishes permission for the resumption of the public celebration of Mass on Tuesday, May 26, which will give us time to be ready for the celebration of Pentecost on May 31. Parishes will be required to follow the strict protocols we have published for sanitation and social distancing and will have to limit attendance to one-third of the seating capacity of the church. No one will be obliged to attend, as the bishops of Minnesota will continue to dispense from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

The letter is signed by:

  • Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • Most Rev. Michael J. Hoeppner Bishop of the Diocese of Crookston
  • Most Rev. Donald J. Kettler Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud
  • Most Rev. John M. LeVoir, Bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm
  • Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester
  • Most Rev. Andrew H. Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • Very Rev. James Bissonette, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Duluth

The Minnesota bishops’ move to restart public Masses stands in contrast to other Catholic leaders, including Chicago Blase Cupich who, despite the governor of Illinois’ relaxing of stay-at-home orders, has made it difficult for parishes to restart public Masses.     

Earlier this week, the St. Charles Borromeo Society delivered a formal rejection of Cardinal Cupich’s reopening plan for Illinois churches, saying, “It is an unacceptable response to the needs of the Chicago area faithful.”

“We rejoice to see that Archbishop Hebda and the other Minnesota bishops have shown true [p]astoral care for their flock in challenging their Governor’s policy,” said Lisa Bergman, co-founder of the group, in a statement to the press.  

“It renews our confidence to see good shepherds like Archbishop Hebda insisting upon the right to feed their flock during this difficult time. We hope that other bishops will soon follow his lead,” she added.


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Shepherds who deny God sends chastisement are ‘immersed in atheism’: Catholic historian

Professor Roberto de Mattei said that top leaders in the Church today who deny the idea of divine punishment is a sure sign that the punishment is already happening.
Thu May 21, 2020 - 12:50 pm EST
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May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Renowned Catholic historian Roberto de Mattei stated that Catholic shepherds who deny the idea of God inflicting scourges on mankind because of sin are “immersed in atheism.”

“But when it is the very men of the Church who deny the idea of divine punishment, this means that the punishment is already underway and is irremediable,” professor de Mattei said today at his talk at the virtual Rome Life Forum. His talk was titled “The Judgment of God in History” (read full talk below).

“In the days of the coronavirus outbreak, Archbishop Mario Delpini of Milan even went so far as to say that ‘it is a pagan idea to think that God sends scourges,’” continued the scholar. 

“In reality, thinking that God does not send scourges makes someone not a pagan but an atheist. The fact that this is exactly what many bishops throughout the world think means that the Catholic episcopate throughout the world is immersed in atheism. And this is a sign of a divine chastisement that is already under way,” he added.

In this talk, De Mattei argued that God sends mankind chastisements in the form of “war, plague, and famine” because of sin and to call mankind back to God. He described the infinite justice of God, and what this means, not only for individuals, but for nations. Every person faces his particular judgement at the moment of death, but there will also be a second judgement at the end of time. This will be the universal judgement at which every human action, idea, and society that has ever been “will be perfectly and clearly judged.” 

De Mattei explained that in order for perfect justice to be accomplished, reward and punishment must be assigned, for “justice means giving to each his own.” Human beings, who are eternal, will be rewarded and punished throughout eternity. However, nations are rewarded or punished throughout the course of history because they do not have eternal life.  

“All the misfortunes that strike the nations over the course of their history have a significance,” Mattei said.

“Their causes sometimes elude us, but it is certain that the origin of every evil permitted by God lies in the sin of man.” 

The historian pointed out that both Scripture and tradition agree that the punishment of God upon the nations in history are war, plague, and famine. Using St. Bernardine as his source, Mattei also described the signs by which we can know that the judgements of God are near. One sign is the inability of those who deserve the punishment to be aware they are approaching.

The professor makes the case that chastisement is not only an act of God’s justice for sin, but also an act of mercy directed toward calling people back to right relationship with God. 

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The Judgment of God in History

By Roberto de Mattei

Rome Life Forum 

May 21, 2020

Terra infecta est ab habitatoribus suits, propter hoc maledictio vastabit terram – Isaiah 24: 6

In the era of the coronavirus, everyone is talking about all sorts of things, but there are certain topics that remain forbidden, above all in the Catholic world. The primary forbidden topic is that of judgment and divine retribution in history. The fact of this censure is a good reason for us to consider the argument.

The Kingdom of God and his Justice

We begin not in the Old Testament, where there are numerous references to divine chastisements, but with the very words of Our Lord himself who says to us: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his justice, and all the rest will be given to you besides” (Mt 6:31-33).

These words of the Gospel are a program of life for each of us and they remind us of one of the beatitudes: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied” (Mt 5:6).

The sense of justice is one of the first moral senses of our reason: philosophers define it as the inclination of the will to give to each one his due. The yearning for justice is in the heart of every person. We do not seek only what is true, good, and beautiful, but also what is just. Everyone loves justice and detests injustice. And because the world is full of injustices, and human justice as it is administered by legal courts is always imperfect, we aspire to a perfect justice – a justice that does not exist on earth and may be found only in God.

The most celebrated trial in history, the trial of Our Lord Jesus Christ, sanctioned the most egregious injustice of all time. But God is infinitely just, because he infallibly gives each person his own justice. The beauty of the universe consists in its order, and that order is the kingdom of justice, because order means putting each thing in its place and justice means giving to each his own: unicuique suum, as is established by Roman law.

The infinite justice of God

The infinite justice of God has its supreme manifestation in two different judgments that await man at the end of his life: the particular judgment, to which every soul is subject at the moment of death, and the universal judgment, to which all men will be subject in body and soul, after the end of the world.

This is the faith of the Church: every human being will appear before God at the end of his life to receive either reward or punishment from the Lord and Supreme Judge. For this reason, Sirach says: Memor est judicii mei, sic enim erit et tuum – Remember my judgment if you also want to learn to judge well (Eccl 38).

Father Garrigou-Lagrange explains that in the particular judgment the soul understands spiritually that it is being judged by God, and in that divine light his conscience pronounces the same divine judgment. “This happens in the first instant in which the soul is separated from the body, for which reason it is true to say that if a person is dead, then that person is also judged. The sentence is definitive and the execution of the sentence is immediate. (1)

The judgment of God is different from that of men. There is the famous case of Raymond Diacres, the esteemed professor of the Sorbonne, who died in 1082. A multitude of people attended his funeral at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, including his student Saint Bruno of Cologne. During the ceremony, a disturbing thing happened which was examined in all of its particulars by the Bollandist scholars.

The body of Diacres was laid out in the middle of the central nave of the church, covered only by a simple veil, as was the customary practice at that time. The funeral rites began and proceeded to the point where the priest said the words of the rite:

“Answer me: how many iniquities and sins do you have...?” Just then a sepulchral voice spoke from under the funeral veil: “By the just judgment of God I have been accused!”

The funeral cloth was immediately taken off the body, but the dead man lay there cold and motionless. The funeral rite, which had been unexpectedly interrupted, was immediately recommenced amid the uproar of the entire congregation. The question was repeated, and the dead man cried out with a voice even louder than before: “By the just judgment of God I have been judged!”

The terror of those in attendance reached its peak. Some doctors approached the body and confirmed that he was really dead. Amid the general fright and bewilderment, the ecclesiastical authorities decided to postpone the funeral until the following day.

The next day the funeral ceremony was repeated, but this time when they reached the same question in the rite: “Answer me: how many iniquities and sins do you have...? The body sat up under the funeral veil and cried aloud: “By the just judgment of God I have been condemned to hell for ever!” (2)

Faced with this terrible testimony, the funeral was stopped. It was decided that the body should not be buried in the common cemetery. On the coffin of the damned man the words were written that he will speak at the moment of the resurrection: Justo Dei judicio accusatus sum; Justo Dei judicio judicatus sum: Justo Dei judicio condemnatus sum.  The accusation, the condemnation, the sentence – this is what will await the reprobate on the day of the Universal Judgment.

For this reason, Saint Augustine says in The City of God: “all those who necessarily will die ought not to worry so much about how they will die as about the place where they will be forced to go after death.” (3) And this place, we should add, is either heaven or hell.

The Message of Fatima opens with the terrifying vision of hell and reminds us that our life on earth is very serious, because it places before us a dramatic choice: heaven or hell, eternal happiness or eternal damnation. According to how we choose, we will be judged at the moment of our death, and the sentence, once it is pronounced, will be unappealable.

The Universal Judgment

But there is a second judgment that awaits us after death: the universal judgment.

The existence of a universal judgment that will follow the particular judgment is an article of faith. Saint Augustine synthesizes the teaching of the Church in these words: “No one can place in doubt or deny that Jesus Christ, as the Scriptures proclaim, will pronounce the final judgment.” (4) It will be the Last Judgment, which no one can escape.

In the hour of the Universal Judgment, Jesus Christ, the Man-God, will appear in the heavens, preceded by the Cross and surrounded by hosts of Angels and Saints (Mt 24: 30-31), seated on a throne of majesty (Mt 25: 30). The role of Judge has been given to him by his Father, as Jesus himself reveals to us in the Gospel: “By myself I can do nothing; I judge according to what I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of Him who sent me (Jn 5:30).

But why is a universal judgment necessary, since God judges every soul immediately after death and the universal judgment will simply confirm the sentence already given in the particular judgment? Isn’t one judgment enough?

Saint Thomas responds: “Every man is a person in himself and is at the same time a part of the entire human race; therefore he ought to have a double judgment: one that is particular, after his death, when he will receive according to what he did in life, although not entirely, because he will receive not as regards the body but as regards the soul; but there must also be another judgment in accord with the fact that we are part of the human race: the universal judgment of the entire human race through the separation of the good from the wicked.” (5)

The Angelic Doctor explains, in another passage, that although the temporal life of man ends with death, it is prolonged in a certain way in the future, because he continues to live in the memory of men, beginning with his children. Furthermore, the life of man continues in the effects of his works. For example, Saint Thomas says: “As a result of the imposture of Arius and other impostors, unbelief will teem until the end of the world; and likewise up to this same point faith will expand thanks to the preaching of the Apostles.” (6)

The judgment of God thus does not conclude with death but extends to the end of time, because the good influence of the saints and the evil influence of the reprobate extends until the end of time. Saint Benedict, Saint Francis, and Saint Dominic will merit to be repaid for all the good that their work continued to do until the end of the world, while Luther, Voltaire, and Marx will be punished for all the evil that their works have brought about until the end of the world. For this reason, there must be a final judgment, in which everything concerning each man in any way whatsoever will be perfectly and clearly judged. While in the particular judgment each person will judged above all as regards the rightness of intention with which he has worked, in the universal judgment his works will be judged objectively, above all for the effects that they have had on society.

After the immediate judgment before God at the moment of death, it is necessary that there be a public judgment not only before God but also before all men, all the angels, all the saints, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, because, as the Gospel says: “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed; nothing secret that will not be known” (Lk 12: 2). It is right that those who have gained Heaven thanks to sufferings and persecutions will be glorified, while the many wicked and perverse people who have led a happy life in the eyes of men will be publicly dishonored. Father Schmaus says that the final judgment will reveal the truth or falsehood of the cultural, scientific, and artistic works of men: the truth or falsehood of the philosophical guidelines, political institutions, and the religious and moral forces that have moved history; the significance of the various sects and heresies, of wars and revolutions. (7) The bodies of Arius, Luther, Robespierre and Marx are already dust, but on the day of judgment their books, statues and names will have to be publicly execrated.

We add that each man is born and lives within a nation, and his action contributes to transform the nations and peoples in which he lives for good or evil, and these peoples and nations will be judged in their culture, institutions, and laws. For this reason the Gospel says that when the Son of Man comes in his glory “all the nations will be assembled before him. And He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left” (Mt 25: 31-46).

Thus the judgment will not be pronounced only over individual men and individual angels. Nations are also called to fulfill the designs of Divine Providence and therefore must conform themselves to the divine will that rules and governs the universe. At the universal judgment it will be revealed if and how much each people has fulfilled the task assigned to them by God. (8)

Monsignor Antonio Piolanti writes: “Reasons of wisdom keep secrets over the course of time, but, in the end, time will have to pour out its treasure before the eyes of the universal assembly. All the masks will fall and the happy Phariseeisms will bear the mark of an indelible infamy.” (9)

The judgment will extend to all of human history, which will be publicly unveiled to the greater glory of God. It will be the triumph of Divine Providence that over the course of history guides the destinies of men and nations in an invisible and impenetrable way.

In the presence of this unappealable sentence, everyone gathered in the valley of Jehosaphat will proclaim the great word: Iustus es Domine, et rectum iudicium tuum – You are just, O Lord, and your judgment is full of equity (Ps 118: 137).

The particular judgment and the universal judgment are the two supreme moments in which the judgment of God is manifested over men and nations. This divine judgment is followed by a reward or a punishment. For individual people, the reward or punishment may apply either during their earthly life or in eternity, but for nations, which do not have an eternal life, the reward or punishment can be applied only within the course of history. And because the universal judgment brings history to a close, in that moment Jesus Christ will not condemn the various nations to eternal punishment, but rather he will open the eyes of all humanity that has been gathered together to see how each nation has been rewarded or punished throughout the course of history according to its virtues or its sins.

It is important to understand that, both for individual men as well as for nations, the universal judgment is the culminating moment of divine judgment, but God does not limit himself to judging only in that hour: we may say that he judges from the moment of the creation of the universe. At the beginning of the history of the universe, there is a judgment – the judgment made by God against Lucifer and the rebellious angels – just as at the beginning of creation of man there is a judgment made against Adam and Eve. From that time on until the end of time, the judgment of God does not cease to apply to his creatures, because Divine Providence sustains the entire created universe in being and directs it toward its end. All the movements of the physical world, the moral world, and the supernatural world are willed by God, excluding sin, which is caused by the free creature alone.

Jesus says that all the hairs of our head have been counted (Lk 12:8). Even more so is it true that every one of our actions, even the smallest, is judged by God. But God is not only infinitely just, he is also infinitely merciful, (10) and there is no divine judgment that is not devoid of mercy, just as there is no expression of divine mercy that is not without the most profound justice. Perhaps the most beautiful example of this embrace of justice and mercy is given to us in the great gift of the Sacrament of Penance. In this sacrament, in which the sinner is judged and absolved, the priest, who acts in persona Christi, exercises the judicial power of the Church but also exercises the maternal mercy of God, absolving us of our sins. The justice of God intervenes to reestablish order by means of the penance that the fault merits, and Divine Mercy manifests itself by means of the forgiveness of our sins by which God frees from eternal punishments.

The chastisement of the nations

What applies to men also applies to nations. God is not absent from history; he is also always present in it with his immensity, and there is not a point or moment of created time in which he does not manifest his divine justice and mercy over all peoples. All the misfortunes that strike the nations over the course of their history have a significance. Their causes sometimes elude us, but it is certain that the origin of every evil permitted by God lies in the sin of man. Saint Prosper of Aquitaine, a student of Saint Augustine, says that “often the causes of the divine operation remain hidden and only the effects are seen.” (11) One thing is certain: whatever the secondary causes may be, God is always the first cause: everything depends on Him. At this point we should ask ourselves in what way God judges and punishes the behavior of various peoples and nations in history. The response of Sacred Scripture, of theologians, and saints is univocal. Tria sunt flagella quibus dominus castigat: war, plague, and famine. With these three scourges, Saint Bernardine of Siena explains, (12) God punishes the three principal vices of men – pride, luxury, and avarice: pride, when the soul rebels against God (Rev 12:7-9), luxury when the body rebels against the soul (Gen 6:5-7), avarice when created things rebel against man (Ps 96:3). War is the punishment for the pride of the peoples, epidemics are the punishment for their luxury, and famine is the punishment for their avarice.

The signs by which we can know that the judgments of God are near

In his Sermons, Saint Bernardine analyzes Psalm 118, which says: Tempus faciendi dissipaverunt legem tuam: “It is time for the Lord to act, for they have dispelled your Law” (Ps 118: 26). In this expression of the Psalmist, Saint Bernardine distinguishes three moments. Tempus – the time that the mercy of God gives to people to change their ways. In this space of time God offers sinners the possibility of suspending the sentence, revoking the penalty, remitting the offense, receiving grace. God waits because he desires the conversion of sinners. The time of waiting may be long, but it has a limit. If during this time there is no repentance, punishment is logical and necessary.

In the second moment, God prepares punishment for impenitent sinners: a time that is expressed by the words faciendi Domine, which summarise, according to Saint Bernardine, “the bitter revenge and the harsh punishment of God,” if the people do not wish to change their ways. (13) The punishment however is an act of the Father’s mercy. He does not wish the eternal death of sinners but their life, and through the scourges he inflicts on them he still tries to obtain their conversion. It is the time in which the axe is placed at the root of the tree: securis ad radicem arboris posita est (Mt 3:10).

The third moment is when the offense is complete: dissipaverunt legem tuam. It is the hour of taking up the sickle and reaping the harvest, as the angel says in the Book of Revelation: “Use your sickle and reap the harvest, for the time to reap has come, because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe” (Rev 14:15). What are the signs that indicate the harvest is ripe? Saint Bernardine lists seven:

  1. The existence of many horrendous sins, like in Sodom and Gomorrah
  2. The fact that the sin is committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent
  3. That these sins are committed by entire people as a whole
  4. That this happens in a public and shameless manner
  5. That it happens with all the affection of the heart of sinners
  6. That the sins are committed with attention and diligence
  7. That all of this is done in a continuous and persevering way. (14)

This is the hour in which God punishes the sins of pride, luxury, and avarice with the scourges of plague, war, and famine.

Tempus faciendi Domine, dissipaverunt legem tuam

It is time to act, O Lord, for they have violated your law. Another great saint with a prophetic voice that echoes Saint Bernardine, Saint Louis Maris Grignon de Montfort, exclaims in his Fiery Prayer For The Apostles of the Latter Times:

It is time to act, O Lord, they have rejected your law.  It is indeed time to fulfill your promise.  Your divine commandments are broken, your Gospel is thrown aside, torrents of iniquity flood the whole earth carrying away even your servants.  The whole land is desolate, ungodliness reigns supreme, your sanctuary is desecrated and the abomination of desolation has even contaminated the holy place.  God of Justice, God of Vengeance, will you let everything, then, go the same way?  Will everything come to the same end as Sodom and Gomorrah?  Will you never break your silence?  Will you tolerate all this for ever?”

Saint Louis Marie wrote these words at the beginning of the 18th century. Two centuries later, the Blessed Mother appeared at Fatima to announce that if the world continued to offend God it would be punished through war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father and that “various nations will be annihilated.”

But today, one hundred years after the apparitions at Fatima, three hundred years after the death of Saint Louis Marie, has the world ceased offending God? Is the divine law perhaps less transgressed, the Gospel less abandoned, the sanctuary less profaned? Do we not see sins that cry out for vengeance before the face of God such as abortion and sodomy justified, exalted, and protected by the laws of nations?

Have we not seen the Pachamama idol welcomed and venerated even within the holy precincts of the Vatican? Should all of this not be judged by God by now? And should not whoever loves God also love and desire the hour of his justice, so as to respect, as on the day of the final judgment: Iustus es Domine, et rectum iudicium tuum: You are just, O Lord, and your judgment is full of equity (Ps 118: 137)?

Why the peoples do not realize the punishments that are looming over them

Among Catholics, whenever an affliction happens to a certain people or nation, there are those who say that they do not know if this is a punishment or a trial. But in contrast to trials that befall individual men, evils that afflict nations are always punishments. It may happen that a virtuous man must suffer much in order to be proven in his patience, as happened to Job. The sufferings that individual men encounter in their lives are not always a punishment; more often they are a trial that prepares them to gain eternal happiness. But in the case of nations, the sufferings due to war, epidemics or earthquakes are always punishments, are always a punishment, because nations do not have an eternal existence. To say that a scourge could be “a trial” for a nation does not make any sense. It could be a trial for the individual men of a particular nation, but not for the nation as a whole, because nations receive their punishment in time, not in eternity.

The punishments of a nation increase in proportion to the sins of a nation. And in proportion to the increase of their sins, the wicked also increase their rejection of the idea of punishment, as Voltaire did in his blasphemous Poem on The Disaster in Lisbon, written after the terrible earthquake that destroyed the capital of Portugal in 1755. The Church has always responded to the blasphemies of the atheists by recalling that everything that happens depends on God and has a meaning.  But when it is the very men of the Church who deny the idea of divine punishment, this means that the punishment is already underway and is irremediable. In the days of the coronavirus outbreak, Archbishop Mario Delpini of Milan even went so far as to say that “it is a pagan idea to think that God sends scourges.” In reality, thinking that God does not send scourges makes someone not a pagan but an atheist. The fact that this is exactly what many bishops throughout the world think means that the Catholic episcopate throughout the world is immersed in atheism. And this is a sign of a divine chastisement that is already underway.

Saint Bernardine explains that the more the punishment of God draws near, the less the people who deserve it are aware of it. (15) The reason for this blindness of the mind is pride, initium omnis peccati (Eccl 10:15). Pride darkens the intellect, prevents it from seeing how near the destruction is, and God desires by this blindness to humiliate the proud.

With the help of Saint Bernardine we can also interpret a line from the Book of Psalms that was incorporated by Leo XIII in his Exorcism Against the Rebel Angels: “Veniat illi laqueus quem ignorat, et captio quam abscondit, apprehendat eum et laqueum cadat in ipsum” (Ps 34: 8). The free translation of this passage could be: “Let the snare come, the trap he is not thinking of. Let the maneuver he is hiding seize him and let him fall into his own snare of death.”

Saint Bernardine says that this passage of the Psalms can be interpreted under three aspects.

First, from God’s viewpoint: Veniat illi laqueus quem ignorat. The first cause of this ignorance comes from God, who in order to conceal his plans uses epidemics and famines:  “laqueus est pestis vel fames et consimilia,” (16) says Saint Bernardine: “the snare is plague or famines and similar things.” First of all, God takes away the people’s guides, not only their political and spiritual guides, but also the angels who preside over nations. God then takes away the lumen veritatis, which is a grace like every good that comes from God. Finally, God permits the sinful people to fall into the hands of their own vices, of demons who replace the angels, and of the wicked, who lead them towards the abyss.

Et captio quam abscondit, apprehendat eum. Once every guide has been taken away from them and also the light of truth, the impenitent people not only do not change when God announces the chastisement but they actually increase their sins. And this multiplication of sins increases the blindness of the peoples.

Et laqueum cadat in ipsum. The sinful people are unaware of the hour of punishment, which comes upon them suddenly and unexpectedly. The maneuvers with which they attempted to destroy the good turn against them. They are not only punished but humiliated. Thus the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled: “Upon you shall come a disaster, nor shall you know where it comes from; upon you shall fall a calamity you cannot ward off; upon you shall suddenly come a catastrophe you cannot imagine” (Isaiah 47:11).

The fear of God and human terror

When then the chastisement begins, the demon, seeing his plans being upset, spreads the sense of terror among the peoples, the antechamber of despair. The wicked deny the existence of the catastrophe; the good understand that it has arrived, but instead of seizing the opportunity of their rebirth, they are tempted to see in it only the hour of their own ruin. This happens when they refuse to see behind the events the wise hand of God in order to chase after the maneuvers of men. An author dear to the heart of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, the archdeacon Henri-Marie Boudon writes: “Dieu ne frappe que pour être regardé; et l’on n’arrête les yeux que sur les créatures” (17) – “God strikes so as to be contemplated, but instead of turning our gaze to him, we turn it to creatures.”

This does not mean that the maneuvers of the revolutionary forces should not be observed, analyzed and combated, but never forgetting that the Revolution is always defeated in history by the self-destructive nature it intrinsically possesses in itself, while the Counter-Revolution always wins because of the fruitfulness of the good which it likewise possesses within itself.

Atheism is the expulsion of God from every aspect of human activity. The great victory of the enemies of God does not lie in suppressing our lives or restricting our physical liberties, but rather in removing the idea of God from our minds and hearts. All human reasoning and philosophical, historical, and political speculation in which God does not hold the first place is false and illusory.

Bossuet says that: “Toutes nos pensées qui n'ont pas Dieu pour objet sont du domaine de la mort” (18) – All of our thoughts that do not have God for their object belong to the domain of death.” This is true, and we can also say that all of our thoughts that do have God for their object belong to the domain of life, because Jesus Christ, the Judge and Savior of the human race, is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn 14:6). To speak of the judgment of God in history and over history is therefore not to speak of death but life, and whoever speaks of divine judgment is not a “prophet of doom” but rather a herald of hope.

Those who today with ever greater force reject the idea of divine punishment are the men of the Church. They reject punishment because they reject the judgment of God, which they replace with the judgment of the world. But the fear of God is born from humility, while the fear of the world is born from pride.

To fear God is the highest wisdom: Timor Domini initium Sapientiae says the Book of Ecclesiastes, which concludes with these words: Deum timeet mandata ejus serva: hoc est enim omnis homo (Eccl 12, 13): “Fear God and observe his commandments, because this is everything for man.” Whoever does not fear God replaces the divine commandments with the commandments of the world, for fear of being isolated, censured and persecuted by the world. The fear of the world, which is a consequence of sin, drives men to run away from battle, while the fear of God incites men to fight.

A great French author, Ernest Hello, says: “Fearing the name of God does not mean not being afraid of anything.” (19) And Hello also reminds us of a word of Sacred Scripture whose depth will never succeed in fully understanding: laetetur cor meum ut timeat nomen tuum (Ps 85:11) –  “my heart rejoices that it may fear your name.”

Joy exists only where there is the presence of God, and God cannot be present if the fear of the Lord is not present. The Holy Spirit says that there is nothing greater than the fear of the Lord: Nihil melius est quam timor Domini (Eccl 23:27); the Holy Spirit calls the fear of the Lord the fountain of life: Timor Domini fons vitae (Prov 14: 27); as well as jubliation and joy: Timor Domini gloria, gloriatio et laetitia et corona exultationis! (Sir 1: 11).

It is this fear of God that leads us to recognize the divine hand in the tragic events of our time and to enter into the battle with tranquil courage.

The horseman, death, and the devil

The Horseman, Death, and The Devil is a copperplate engraving made by Albrecht Dürer in 1513. The work shows a horseman with a helmet on his head, armed with a sword and lance, riding on a majestic steed, defying death, who shows him an hourglass containing the timespan of life that is fleeting, and the devil, who is depicted as a horned animal holding a halberd.

Almost seventy years ago, in an article published in the journal Catolicismo in February 1951, Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira used this image to illustrate the clash between the Revolution that cannot go back and the Church that, despite everything, has not managed to triumph. He wrote:

War, death and sin are preparing once again to destroy the world, this time in greater proportions than ever. In 1513 the incomparable talent of Dürer represented them in the form of a knight that is leaving for war, fully dressed in his armour, and accompanied by death and sin, the latter portrayed by a unicorn. Europe, which was even then immersed in the disturbances that preceded the Pseudo-Reform, was heading for the tragic age of the religious, political and social wars that Protestantism triggered off.

The next war, without being explicitly and directly a war of religion, will so affect the sacred interests of the Church that a true Catholic cannot fail to see in it mainly the religious aspect. And the devastation that will be unleashed will certainly be incomparably more destructive than those of the past centuries.

Who will win? The Church?

The clouds we have before us are not rosy. But they animate us with an unconquerable certainty and that is that not only the Church — which is obvious, given the divine promise — will not disappear, but in our days it will obtain an even greater triumph than that of Lepanto.

How? When? The future belongs to God. Many reasons for sadness and anxiety appear before us, even when we look at some of our brothers in faith. In the heat of the struggle it is possible and even probable that there will be terrible defections. But it is absolutely certain that the Holy Spirit continues to inspire in the Church admirable and indomitable spiritual energies of faith, purity, obedience and dedication, which at the opportune moment will once more cover the Christian name with glory.

Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira concluded his article with the hope that the 20th century would be “not only the century of the great battle, but above all the century of the immense triumph.” We ourselves echo this hope, that extends into the 21st century, our century, the era of the coronavirus and of new tragedies, but also the time of a renewed faith in the promise of Fatima, a faith that we wish to express with the words that Pope Pius XII addressed to Catholic Action in 1948:

“You know, beloved sons, the mysterious horsemen of which the Book of Revelation speaks. The second, third, and fourth horsemen are war, hunger, and death. Who is the first horseman on the white steed? “Its rider had a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode forth victorious” (Rev 6:2). He is Jesus Christ. The visionary-evangelist did not see only the ruin caused by sin, war, hunger, and death; he also saw first and foremost the victory of Christ. And indeed the path of the Church down the centuries is but a via crucis, but it is also in every age a triumphal march. The Church of Christ, the men of faith of Christian love, are always those who bring light, redemption and peace to humanity that is without hope. Iesus Christus heri et hodie, ipse et in saecula (Heb 13:8). Christ is your guide, from victory into victory. Follow him.” (20)

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1 Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, La vita eterna e la profondità dell’anima, Italian translation, Fede e Cultura, Verona 2018, p. 94.

2 Vita del gran patriarca s. Bruno Cartusiano. Dal Surio, & altri ..., Alessandro Zannetti, Roma 1622, vol.  2, p. 125

3 St. Augustine, De Civitate Dei, I, 10, 11.

4 St. Augustine, De Civitate Dei, 20, 30.

5 Saint Thomas Aquinas, In IV Sent. 47, 1, 1, ad 1.

6 Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, III, q. 59, art. 5

7 Michael Schmaus, Le ultime realtà, Italian translation, Edizioni Paoline, Rome, 1960 p. 247.

8 Ibid., p. 248.

9 Antonio Piolanti, Giudizio divino, in Enciclopedia Cattolica, vol. VI (951), col. 731 (731-732).

10 Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Dieu, son existence et son nature, Beauchesne, Paris 1950, vol. I, pp. 440-443.

11 Prosper of Aquitaine, De vocatione omnium gentium (La vocazione dei popoli, Città Nuova, Rome 1998, p. 74)

12 Saint Bernardine, Opera omnia, Sermo 46, Feria quinta post dominicam de Passione, in Opera omnia, Ad Claras Aquas, Florence 1950, vol. II, pp. 84-8, 

13 Ibid., Sermo XIX, Feria secunda post II dominicam in quadragesima, vol. III, p. 333.

14 Ibid., pp. 337-338.

15 Ibid., pp. 340-350.

16 Ibid., p. 341.

17 Henri-Marie Boudon, La dévotion aux saints Anges, Clovis, Cobdé-sur-Noireau 1985, p. 265.

18 Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Oraison funèbre de Henriette-Anne d'Angleterre (1670), in Œuvres complètes, Outhenin-Chalandre fils, Paris 1836, t. II, p. 576

19 Ernst Hello, L’homme, Librairie Académique Perrin, Paris 1911, p. 102.

20 Pio XII, Discourse of 12 September 1948 to the Youth of Catholic Action, Discorsi e Radiomessaggi, X (1948-1949), p. 212).

Translated by Giuseppe Pellegrino


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Feds demand Planned Parenthood return $80 million in ill-gotten COVID-19 aid

Affiliates could face more 'severe penalties' than just repayment, such as criminal or civil punishment.
Thu May 21, 2020 - 10:12 am EST
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PETITION: Demand Planned Parenthood return $80M improperly taken from coronavirus emergency fund! Sign the petition here.

May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PFFA) affiliates obtained $80 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans meant to assist businesses impacted by coronavirus response policies, and now the federal government wants the money back.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has begun notifying those 37 affiliates that organizations with more than 500 employees, such as PPFA, were not eligible for those loans, and therefore must return the money, Fox News reports.

Additionally, affiliates could face more “severe penalties” than just repayment, such as criminal or civil punishment, if they are found to have knowingly made false statements on their loan applications, the SBA warned.

While action is reportedly being taken to correct the situation now, the revelation has spurred questions as to how Planned Parenthood was able to obtain the money in the first place.

“There is no ambiguity in the legislation that passed or public record around its passage that organizations such as Planned Parenthood, whose parent organization has close to half a billion dollars in assets, is not eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). “Those funds must be returned immediately. Furthermore, the SBA should open an investigation into how these loans were made in clear violation of the applicable affiliation rules and if Planned Parenthood, the banks, or staff at the SBA knowingly violated the law all appropriate legal options should be pursued.”

“Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, tried to defraud taxpayers during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) declared. “The Paycheck Protection Program is supposed to be a lifeline for small businesses, not a slush fund for Big Abortion. The administration needs to reclaim that money and fire the bureaucrats who signed off on this scam.”

On Wednesday, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) introduced the Limiting Infant Fatality and Empowering Nonprofit Organization Workforces (LIFE NOW) Act, which would eliminate the 500-employee limit on noprofits’ eligibility for PPP, while at the same time disqualifying nonprofits involved in abortion from the program.

“The Paycheck Protection Program was created to keep American small businesses afloat and keep their workers on payroll amid the coronavirus pandemic, not to provide government funding for abortions,” Loeffler said. “Abortion providers shouldn't get a dime of this taxpayer lifeline. It is critical that Congress pass my LIFE NOW Act to lift restrictions preventing larger pro-family nonprofit organizations from receiving PPP relief and to ensure taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortion providers.”

Planned Parenthood killed 345,672 preborn children last year while receiving more than $616 million from the federal government, $430 million in private revenue, and $591 million in charitable contributions. The abortion giant is currently preparing a $5 million campaign to bombard election battleground states with advertising against state efforts to suspend elective abortions as part of COVID-19 emergency measures.


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Whose side was Norma McCorvey on? What we do know is Roe v Wade has led to millions of abortions

The supposed 'deathbed confession' by 'Jane Roe' that she was paid to be pro-life is disputed by many who knew her.
Thu May 21, 2020 - 6:42 pm EST
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May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The internet is ablaze with reports that Norma McCorvey, who claimed to convert to Christianity and worked for years as a pro-life activist, was actually a paid puppet of the right, putting on an act all these years. So states a forthcoming FX documentary to be aired on Hulu. Yes, we are told that “Jane Roe’s Deathbed Confession: Anti-Abortion Conversion ‘All an Act’ Paid for by the Christian Right.”

Pro-lifers who knew her for years, to the point of becoming her family and close friends, categorically reject these claims. (See here and here and here and here.) How do we sort this out?

Let’s start with what we do know.

First, regarding the Roe v. Wade case, which began in 1971, McCorvey was used by the pro-abortion side for their purposes. 

Jacqulyne Anton, writing in History in the Making, Volume 11, described McCorvey as “a poor, working-class woman from Louisiana, burdened with the psychological pain of an unplanned pregnancy, (who) unwittingly became the catalyst in the fight for the legalization of abortion.”

After suffering years of physical and emotional abuse, including numerous sexual assaults, and while frequenting gay bars and struggling with substance abuse, she slept with a friend and became pregnant for a third time. 

“Nervous and afraid, Norma claimed that she was raped and that that was how she became pregnant.”

She was just 21 at the time.

However, Anton explained, “Norma was not looking to become the protagonist in the legal case that would become a landmark in legalizing abortion for women across the United States. Rather, she was simply looking for the right to safely and legally end her own unwanted pregnancy.”

So this young woman, the victim of all kinds of abuse, became the anonymous poster girl for the pro-abortion cause, the “Roe” of Roe v. Wade. And note carefully the claim that she was raped was an outright lie. (For the record, she did not have an abortion but rather gave up her child for adoption.)

Second, in 1995, while employed by an abortion clinic and involved in a committed lesbian relationship, she professed to have a conversion experience and made an open, uncoerced profession of faith in Jesus and was baptized.

Multiple witnesses attest to this, and at no point in time was she ever offered money to convert or be baptized. There is not one ounce of proof to support this wild allegation. To watch the story for yourself, which involved pro-life activist Flip Benham, go here. This was documented in her book Won by Love.

Once she was fired from her job in an abortion clinic, she and her partner were loved and embraced by the local pro-life community, which helped them in many ways.

But that is called Christian love. Just think of the scorn we would have received for not helping a woman like this, left out in the cold by the pro-abortion side.

Third, the producer of the new documentary is Nick Sweeney. His website features some of his other projects, including My Transgender Summer Camp; Girls to Men; My Transgender Kid; The Sex Robots Are Coming; and Secrets of the Living Dolls.

While this does not speak to the quality or veracity of his work, it does point to his social views, which are clearly far left.

Fourth, Sweeney has interviews with McCorvey, filmed in her nursing home before she died in 2017, where she claimed that her conversion and pro-life work were all an act and that she was paid by the right for her activism.

Unfortunately, she is not here to tell us which version of her life story we should believe, and there are other examples of her reversing part of her story in the past (specifically, her claim of being raped in 1971, a claim she reiterated in 1983 but then denied in 1987, well before her conversion; see here).

Should we believe what she consistently said, without contradiction, for over 20 years? Or should we believe a “death-bed confession” made in a nursing home?

Ultimately, only God knows the truth, but David Benham, Flip’s son, who knew McCorvey as a close friend of the family for years and who witnessed her baptism, spoke with her not long before her passing. There was not the slightest indication that she had changed her views.

I encourage you to take the time to listen to my interview with David and you can hear the passion in his voice, coupled with the indignation he and his family now feel, as if their dear friend has been used and abused once again.

As for the idea that she might have come to believe that her previous 20+ years had been a sham, it is possible that this is no different than a husband who leaves his wife of 30 years, telling her, “I never loved you.”

What he really means is, “I’m attracted to someone else now.” His memory of the past is distorted.

Again, only God knows the truth about Norma McCorvey, but what we do know is that: 1) the very foundations of Roe v. Wade included a lie (although the rape issue was not directly germane to the decision). 2) Norma McCorvey was used by the pro-abortion movement for their purposes. 3) She professed to have a radical conversion and seemed the better for it for more than two decades. 4) The documentary was produced by a filmmaker with a clear social agenda. 5) The documentary is only being released three years after her death.

In the end, even if she was acting all this time, which I seriously doubt, as a result of Roe v. Wade, more than 65 million babies have been slaughtered and abortion remains evil and wrong.

Nothing will ever change that.


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70 scientists, doctors tell Trump how to regain control over corona crisis hijacked by radicals

The US scientists, medical professionals, and economists warned the president that the crisis was being used by some as a 'political opportunity'
Thu May 21, 2020 - 3:04 pm EST
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PETITION: Tell politicians not to discriminate against churches when reopening society! Sign the petition here.

May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Last week, a letter containing a dozen science-based, common-sense suggestions for handling the China Virus was personally handed to President Trump. It was signed by 70 US scientists, medical professionals, economists, and other technical experts representing all parts of the political spectrum.

They set their political differences aside because of their shared belief that, as they explained, “genuine science should be the basis of our technical public policies and subsequent actions.  Unfortunately, far too often real science has been replaced by political science.” 

In the case of the China virus, they noted, “some of the complaints relating to COVID-19 appear to be from those who see this pandemic as a political opportunity.”

Who among us has not noticed the ridiculous political posturing that some governors and mayors have been engaging in, which has nothing to do with public health and everything to do with political gamesmanship in advance of the upcoming elections? 

These outside experts, on the other hand, promised a “non-political perspective and recommendations on the way forward with COVID-19” based on their “diverse backgrounds and expertise representing a cross-section of specialties and skills in a number of fields, ranging from health care to the physical sciences to economics. … We are all in the same fight, so we need to work together.”

Here are their chief suggestions, followed by my comments:

  1. Immediately add a professional statistician to the COVID-19 team, continue flattening the curve, and require more accurate reporting of COVID-19 complications and deaths. 

The initial models being used to project China Virus deaths were poorly designed and produced wildly inflated predictions of infections and deaths.  Perverse financial incentives to report even suicides and traffic fatalities as China Virus deaths made the problem worse.  Having an expert statistician, combined with clear reporting guidelines, would help bring the numbers back to reality.  

  1. Federal government should put businesses into four categories (A thru D) based on the frequency and duration of close personal contact. 

Right now some governors seem to be making entirely arbitrary decisions based more on politics than science.  Those on the Left seldom darken the doors of churches and gun stores, so it closes them down.  On the other hand, because their followers tend to frequent cannabis shops and liquor stores, it allows these to stay open.  

Having federal standards would help to remove politics from these decisions, and inject much-needed rationality.  An “A” business might be golf courses, while “D” businesses might be restaurants.

  1. While private-public partnerships aggressively work to increase COVID-19 testing capability, educate citizens on how they can optimize their immune system.

Aside from living a healthy lifestyle, there is ample evidence that Vitamins C and D, in combination with Zinc, boosts your immune system and increases your body’s ability to fight off COVID-19 disease.  Rather than locking Americans down, health officials should be encouraging them to ramp up their innate immune system by taking supplements.

  1. The FDA should immediately approve doctor-supervised HCQ+Z-Pak+Zn plus Remdesivir protocols. 

Hydroxychloroquine should never have been politicized in the first place but, as soon as President Trump mentioned—accurately—that it was proving to be an effective tool in combating China Virus, his political enemies began to attack it.  

Even Dr. Fauci denounced evidence of its efficacy as anecdotal, despite the existence of nearly two dozen studies showing “the use of HCQ-AZ [Z-Pak] combination … appears to be a safe and efficient treatment for COVID-19.”

The FDA should get out of the way, and allow physicians to prescribe the drug cocktail to any China Virus patient under their care.  Sensible doctors are doing this already.

  1. The FDA should recommend steam inhalation as an initial treatment.

Given that the China Virus is a respiratory ailment, and that viruses can be deactivated by heat (165 degrees), careful steam inhalation may prove to be a simple, low-side initial treatment.  The FDA should quickly investigate this and, if it works, endorse it.

  1. Congress should refrain from additional COVID-19 outlays, as an economically problematic amount has already been authorized. 

An obscene amount of money has already been thrown at the China Virus epidemic, much of which was wasted. We built hospitals that were never used, and sent hospital ships to New York and California that saw mere handfuls of patients.  Other sums went to Progressive “wish list” items that had nothing whatsoever to do with the epidemic.  

Nancy Pelosi’s ridiculous 3 trillion dollar “fast track to socialism” bill is just more of the same. Any new expenditures should be specifically tied to dealing with the China Virus.  Our national debt is already close to unsustainable.  We should not be adding to it.

  1. Continue to exhaustively investigate the origin of COVID-19. 

Evidence is growing that the coronavirus not only leaked from the Wuhan biolab, but was created there.  An investigation is necessary not only to assign responsibility for the outbreak, but also to prevent a future outbreak from one of China’s labs.  Most importantly, it should include an assessment of the damage caused by the China Virus to the U.S. and the global economy, so that it can be used as a basis for seeking reparations from the CCP and its leaders for damages.  

If the CCP and its leaders are responsible, as the evidence indicates, then we should hold them responsible for their actions, and use all of the avenues at our disposal to recover, one way or another, damages.  

  1. Thoroughly analyze the objectivity, competence and timeliness of all major UN agencies

Obviously the UN agency most in need of a dedicated investigation concerning the China Virus outbreak is the WHO, but it is by no means the only one.  The CCP has corrupted a number of UN and international agencies whose competence and objectivity can no longer be relied upon.  They should be defunded until they are reformed.  Should reform prove impossible they should be replaced. 

Dr. John Droz, the physicist who put together the memo, summarized the joint effort by saying, “We support the President and wanted to give him several constructive suggestions going forward — and these are evidently somewhat different from what he is hearing from the Coronavirus Team.”

Steven W. Mosher @StevenWMosher is the President of the Population Research Institute and the author of Bully of Asia:  Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order.  He is a signatory to the letter to President Trump.


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The pontificate of Pope Francis – why should we expect a divine intervention today?

'In these times of Coronavirus it has become for me clear that we are living in the end times,' John-Henry Westen said.
Thu May 21, 2020 - 1:30 pm EST
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By John-Henry Westen

Editor’s note: The following remarks were given for the 2020 Rome Life Forum. To register for the conference, which is being held online, and to receive access to all event speeches, please visit www.RomeLifeForum.com. Click here to watch more video from John-Henry’s Q&A session. Tomorrow, May 22, the Rome Life Forum concludes with talks from Bishop Athanasius Schneider and Fr. Linus Clovis. Click here for more details.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In these times of Coronavirus it has become for me clear that we are living in the end times, at least as that pertains to the chastisement predicted by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. Today the greatest deprivation of all time has taken place. For the first time in history the greater part of Catholic humanity has been deprived of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

We will never be able to comprehend the gravity of this fully. But in order to appreciate it somewhat, hear the words of St. Alphonsus Ligouri in his Discourses on the Mass and Office. He wrote: “A single Mass gives more honor to God than can ever be given to Him by all the prayers and austerities of the saints, all the labors and fatigues of the Apostles, all the torments of the martyrs, and all the adoration's of the Seraphim, and of the Mother of God.”

For the last few months, this, the greatest of treasures on earth, the very pearl of great price, has been taken from us. It is a loss beyond comprehension. And as this deprivation continues it brings to mind the apocalyptic warnings of Christ Himself which we read in the gospel of Matthew. “When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that reads let him understand.  Then they that are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains.”

The verse from Daniel which Our Lord references is this Daniel 12:11 “And from the time when the continual sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination unto desolation shall be set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred ninety days.”

In a conversation with some of my closest friends I mentioned that the removal of the Mass from nearly all the faithful throughout the earth seems like a fulfillment of that prophecy, and I’m praying that it will not last as long as predicted – 1290 days or about three and a half years. It was pointed out to me, however, that of course the Holy Sacrifice has not in fact ceased since priests continue to offer the Mass privately. Nonetheless, it seemed to me that even in the worst of times to come, should all Masses be banned under pain of death, there will always be faithful priests who secretly offer the Holy Sacrifice happy to risk their lives for doing so.

This notion was bolstered by the interpretation of St. Robert Bellarmine in his famous workOn The Roman Pontiff, who interprets this passage from the Book of Daniel as saying that “all public ceremonies and sacrifices of religion will cease.”

Whereas I do believe the times are apocalyptic it is certainly not the end of the world for Our Lady of Fatima told us we are first to experience the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the prophesied period of peace that will be given to the world.

Recall the words of Our Lady of Fatima:

When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.

It is in this sense, I believe many prelates view these times as the end times.

It was Cardinal Carlo Caffara who, here at Rome Life Forum in 2017, said the decisive battle between Our Lord and the Reign of Satan which was foretold by Our Lady of Fatima to be over ‘marriage and the family’ is on now and has been raging since the Church has been thrown into confusion on the subject of marriage and family with Amoris Laetitia and the two synods which preceded it.

When he was at our Rome Life Forum in 2019, I spoke with Dutch Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk about his article in which he wrote: “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.” That section of the Catechism – which he quoted says this:

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.

Cardinal Eijk told me that he had noticed with interest that he was not the only Cardinal who referenced this part of the Catechism in describing our times.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith issued his Manifesto of Faith in February of last year. In that heroic document, His Eminence 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’ quoting no. 675 of the Catechism, it is the fraud of Antichrist, he said. Cardinal Müller added, ‘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.”

In the lead up to the Amazon Synod, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller who spoke at this Rome Life Forum last year 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  Brandmuller who spoke at this Forum in 2019, 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 Brandmüller made the reference while praising the actions of Alexander Tshugguel and the other young man 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.

His Eminence Cardinal Burke, whom we heard from yesterday, and has graced the Rome Life Forum with his presentations and presence every year since our inception in 2014, said in a 2017 interview with Catholic Herald and I quote: “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.” He then described the debate in the Church over communion and divorce and remarriage saying “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.”

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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.

When the apostles asked Our Lord about the end times and he replied to them as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 24. The first sign Christ gives of the time of times were firstly that the Gospel would be preached over the whole world. And interestingly it was in a homily on February 21, 2001 that Pope St. John Paul II, recognized that the Church “has spread to every corner of the globe.” Speaking to gathering of Cardinals from all over the world the Pope marvelled that there were so many countries and languages represented. “Is this not a sign,” he said, “of the Church’s ability, now that she has spread to every corner of the globe, to understand peoples with different traditions and languages, in order to bring to all the message of Christ?”

Another sign Our Lord speaks of in Matthew 24:24 is confusion, if possible, even of the elect – that is of the faithful, of believers. Never before in Church history, as our eminent Church historian Professor Roberto de Mattei whom we heard from earlier today attests, has there been such confusion among the faithful. Even during the Arian heresy when it seemed all the world was Arian, as many historians have said at least that was only one heresy. Today heresies are legion and the faithful themselves are confused and divided as never before.

In these times, the confusion is most grave as it is comes from the Pope himself who is supposed to be the chief guardian of the truths of the faith. Pope Francis has caused dreadful confusion with public statements to the press distorting Church teaching about contraception, cohabitation, homosexuality and transgenderism. The pope’s personal promotion of LGBT activist-clergy such as Fr. James Martin and Cardinal Godfried Danneels have caused scandal. 

But beyond even that are the semi-formal changes that go against the teaching of the Church such as communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. 

  1. The Acta Apostolicae Sedis – a guidebook for the world’s bishops – refers to the heretical notion that communion for remarried divorcees not living in continence is possible as ‘authentic magisterium’; 
  2. The change to the Catechism on the death penalty directly contravening the teaching always held by the Church and spelled out explicitly Pope Innocent III.
  3. The Pope’s allowance for individual bishops to permit Holy Communion for Protestant spouses of Catholic couples.
  4. And finally and most troubling for many listening today is the altering of the Church’s priorities on abortion in Pope Francis’ exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate where he teaches the opposite of what Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI taught regarding the pre-eminence of abortion as an issue of moral concern

In his 2018 exhortation, Pope Francis wrote speaking of immigration and abortion: “Some Catholics consider it a secondary issue compared to the ‘grave’ bioethical questions.” The Pope added: “That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian.” He criticized those who "relativize" these issues, "as if there are other more important matters, or the only thing that counts is one particular ethical issue or cause that they themselves defend."

More recently we’ve been plagued with confusion over female ordination and optional celibacy for clergy. It is beyond imagination.

Recognition of the Coronavirus pandemic as a chastisement is only logical from a Catholic perspective. All throughout the Scriptures, the New Testament included, what are today called ‘natural disasters’ are related to God’s displeasure. At Christ’s death there was a horrific earthquake. As we read in Matthew 27:51, “And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split.”

Jesus Himself warns of Divine punishments. He tells his apostles, as recorded in Luke Chapter 10, to wipe off the dust from their sandals as a testimony to those cities which have rejected His teachings, warning, “I say to you, it shall be more tolerable at that day for Sodom than for that city.” Again, when Jesus heals the invalid man at the Bethesda pool, as recorded in John 5, he tells him, “Behold you are made well: sin no more, so that nothing worse happens to you.”

It is very clear in Scripture that God hates idolatry. When the Israelites turned to idolatry as Moses was away on the mountain with God, God was ready to destroy them all but Moses pleaded for the people of Israel and appeased God’s wrath. You can read about that in Exodus 32.

Cardinal Burke drew attention to idolatry in his comments about the Coronavirus as a chastisement.

Speaking of Coronavirus he said, “[A] person of faith cannot consider the present calamity in which we find ourselves without considering also how distant our popular culture is from God. It is not only indifferent to His presence in our midst but openly rebellious toward Him and the good order with which He has created us and sustains us in being.”

He added, “We witness, too, even within the Church, a paganism which worships nature and the earth,” he continued. “There are those within the Church who refer to the earth as our mother, as if we came from the earth, and the earth is our salvation. But we come from the hand of God, Creator of Heaven and Earth.”

It is worth noting that just before this virus broke out, the Pope allowed for idolatry in the Vatican Gardens. The Pachamama idolatry that took place there also included prostration before a statue of the Pachamama. The statue was later processed into St. Peter’s Basilica where the Pope and several Cardinals said prayers before it. This act was condemned by many Cardinals, bishops, priests, and laity all over the world.

A letter put out over 100 priests and scholars including the signature of two bishops described the events as follows:

  • On October 4, Pope Francis attended an act of idolatrous worship of the pagan goddess Pachamama. (1)
  • He allowed this worship to take place in the Vatican Gardens, thus desecrating the vicinity of the graves of the martyrs and of the church of the Apostle Peter.
  • He participated in this act of idolatrous worship by blessing a wooden image of Pachamama. (2)
  • On October 7, the idol of Pachamama was placed in front of the main altar at St. Peter’s and then carried in procession to the Synod Hall. Pope Francis said prayers in a ceremony involving this image and then joined in this procession. (3)
  • When wooden images of this pagan deity were removed from the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, where they had been sacrilegiously placed, and thrown into the Tiber by Catholics outraged by this profanation of the church, Pope Francis, on October 25, apologized for their removal and another wooden image of Pachamama was returned to the church. (4) Thus, a new profanation was initiated.
  • On October 27, in the closing Mass for the synod, he accepted a bowl used in the idolatrous worship of Pachamama and placed it on the altar. (5)

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, whom we will have the pleasure of hearing tomorrow at this conference, called the coronavirus pandemic “a divine intervention to chastise and purify the sinful world and also the Church.” Bishop Schneider singled out the Pope’s allowance of the Pachamama idolatry and communion in the hand as drawing down God’s justice.

He quoted from the book of Revelation in his remarks.

I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching...that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.

“I am convinced,” Bishop Schneider commented on that scripture passage, “that Christ would repeat the same words to Pope Francis and to the other bishops who allowed the idolatrous veneration of the Pachamama and who implicitly approved sexual relationships outside a valid marriage, by allowing the so-called ‘divorced and remarried’ who are sexually active to receive Holy Communion.”

So this coronavirus crisis is a chastisement, it is a wake-up call allowed by God for us to come back to His truth. If God truly didn’t care He would as it says in the Scriptures abandon us to our own lusts, not give us a wake-up call. This time of total separation from the Mass for the greater part of humanity, this isolation, this global fear and awakening to the reality of the frailty of human life is a wake-up call the likes of which the world has never experienced before.

Let us take heed and turn ourselves to God. Let us hear the words of Scripture – in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – That’s us – we are called by His name. We are called to humble ourselves, to pray, seek His face, turn from our wicked ways and He promises to hear us from heaven to forgive our sin and heal our land!  But are we recognizing the chastisement for what it is and repenting? The answer for the most part today is NO.

In fact, we’re doing exactly the opposite – We’re saying no, it’s not God’s wrath, it’s natures wrath!

Pope Francis has said numerous times that we have the coronavirus thanks to nature being angry with us for not protecting the environment.  It is the result, he said the Pope, of ‘nature’ throwing a fit because we have failed to address pollution.

The Mass promulgated in response to the Coronavirus has excised references which would recognize the Coronavirus as a chastisement. The Congregation of Divine Worship, invoking the authority delegated to it by Pope Francis, issued a text for a special votive mass for pandemics that departs from ancient liturgical tradition by omitting any reference to divine wrath and chastisement for sins.

The new “Mass in Time of Pandemic,” was issued in response to popular request during the current Coronavirus crisis. But unlike the Traditional Latin Mass, which includes a “Votive Mass for the Deliverance from Death in Time of Pestilence,” the new “Mass in Time of Pandemic” fails to ask for pardon for sins and removes references to the scourge of God’s wrath.

The entrance hymn of the Traditional Latin Mass (last issued in 1962), implores God to “be mindful . . . of Thy covenant and to say to the destroying Angel: Now hold thy hand, and let not the land be made desolate, and destroy not every living soul.”

However, the new version gives a brief entrance antiphon that merely states, “Truly the Lord has borne our infirmities, and has carried our sorrows.”

The special collect or opening prayer of the traditional version states, “O God, who does not want the death of the sinner but that he should repent: welcome with pardon Thy people’s return to Thee: and so long as they are faithful in Thy service, do Thou in Thy clemency withdraw the scourge of Thy wrath. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…”

The new version’s collect instead asks for help, but without reference to sin or punishment.

But what will a loving God do when His children refuse to listen to His warnings? Will he just give up? No. He will turn up the heat, so that we will sit up and listen. Just like He did in my life to get me to pay attention to Him, to acknowledge that without Him I could do nothing to defeat the evil in my life. If a global pandemic filled with fear and removal of sacraments is not enough what will come next to awaken us? I don’t know.

But even before Coronavirus we’ve been experiencing another severe punishment that has been afflicting the world for many decades now but more acutely in recent years.

In his book The Priest, His Dignity and Obligations, St. John Eudes writes:

The most evident mark of God’s anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clergy who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than charity and affection of devoted shepherds ...

When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people, and is visiting His most dreadful anger upon them. 

While I can’t predict what will come to wake us up beyond Coronavirus, I do know what will come when we finally do turn around and repent.

As we read again in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

In truth, we – we Catholics - are all guilty of idolatry in some ways – how many times have we given in to lust, to gluttony, to pride, to anger, to laziness, to jealousy, to greed?

And it is our very sins and especially those of abortion, lust, and sodomy which have drawn down upon us the chastisement of God. So when we – we Christians – who are called by His name repent, God will forgive us and heal our land.

But even more than that. When we fulfill Our Lady’s requests for Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays and the Holy Father responds to the explicit request of Our Lady of Fatima as Cardinal Burke spoke of yesterday to consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, we will see the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. That is – a glorious never-before seen peace on earth. A time of great rejoicing and faithfulness is coming and in fact is around the corner.

There is immense hope in this truth, in this promise. And I don’t think we have too long to wait.

The only solution to the mess the world and the church find themselves in today is Divine intervention. 

Pope Benedict XVI hoped that such an intervention would happen shortly. “May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfillment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity,” he said in a homily on May 13, 2010. “We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete,” he said.

The October 13, 1917 Fatima miracle of the dance of the sun was witnessed by 70,000 people with coverage in all the secular papers at the time. It was the most spectacular public miracle of all time. What was it that heaven was trying to communicate with this stupendous event?

Our Lady showed the three shepherd children hell. “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go,” she told them. “To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”

What did Our Lady ask for to bring about the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart? First prayer, most particularly the Holy Rosary and the devotion of the Brown Scapular. Second She called for us to make reparation for the sins and outrages perpetrated against God's Grace and blasphemies against the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Thirdly She asked for consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, both on a personal basis and, publicly, that of Russia by the Pope and all the world's bishops.

Our Lady warned that if Russia was not consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart, Russia would spread its errors throughout the world. We have seen atheistic communism spread throughout the world. But most don’t realize that abortion began in Russia and this global atrocity has cost more lives than all wars combined. And as Prof de Mattei has said the most faithful representation on earth today of atheistic communism is not Russia, but China, from which we have the Coronavirus.

Our Lady warned specifically that if Russia was not consecrated there would be "wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated." 

She predicted the Second World War, and it happened. She predicted “fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much. Woe to women lacking in modesty.” And it happened like never before in the history of the world. She predicted wars, and there have been more wars in the last thirty years than ever before. We have not yet seen whole nations annihilated.

Many have said Her wish for consecration of Russia was accomplished in 1984 when Pope St. John Paul II entrusted the world to Our Lady. Let’s skip the debate over it and do it again, but this time mentioning Russia specifically, as was requested by Our Lady, as Cardinal Burke has said.

“In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph,” she promised. “The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, which will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.” We await that peace eagerly both in the world and in the Church.

But Our Lord warned Sr. Lucia in a vision in 1931, expressing dismay that the Pope would not carry out the consecration of Russia as requested.

Like the King of France, they will repent of it, and they will do it, but it will be late. Russia will already have spread its errors in the world.” He added, “Make it known to My ministers, seeing that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My demand, they will also have to follow him into misfortune.

That warning has a severe implication for our days. The mention of the King of France by Our Lord refers to the request he made of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. On June 17, 1689 He asked her to have the King of France consecrate France to the Sacred Heart. For 100 years the Kings of France failed to make the consecration. 

On June 17, 1789, 100 years to the day of the request, the King of France was stripped of his legislative authority and four years later executed.

When are the 100 years up for the request of Our Lady of Fatima to consecrate Russia? In 1917 Our Lady said She would return to ask for the consecration, and then appeared only many years later to the only remaining Fatima visionary then-Sister Lucia who was living in a convent. The Queen of heaven made Her request for consecration of Russia on June 13, 1929.

Let us play our part in hastening the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. Let us pray the Rosary, wear the Scapular, make the First Saturdays devotion and request the not yet done explicit consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart. Pray that it may come before June 13, 2029.

And in conclusion I would like to quote a too-little-known statement by His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Viagano which he delivered just prior to Christmas. It was one of the most rousing calls to arms I have ever heard.

After stating bluntly the catastrophic situation facing the Church today, he 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.

Amen.


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UN skewered for tweet telling people to ditch words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’

The global community united in side-splitting gales of laughter
Thu May 21, 2020 - 10:52 am EST
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May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – “As I got older,” Ed West writes in his recent book Small Men on the Wrong Side of History: The Decline, Fall and Unlikely Return of Conservatism, “I came to accept all my political stances are effectively based on irrational feelings of annoyance about smugness and sanctimony.” 

West’s sentiment is widespread to the point that it may be one of the factors driving today’s populism—and the United Nations’ hilarious attempt to lecture all of us on how to speak earlier this week is a nearly perfect example of the sort of priggishness he’s referring to.

“What you say matters,” tweeted the person running the UN’s Twitter account, surely aware that he was about to be ratioed by a tsunami. “Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you’re unsure about someone’s gender or are referring to a group,” the tweet continued. 

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This was followed by a handy graphic illustrating the sort of words we should avoid under the neon highlighted warning: “If you don’t know someone’s gender or when talking about a group use gender-neutral language.” For example, “mankind” should be “humankind,” “landlord” should be “owner,” “boyfriend/girlfriend” should be “partner,” “manpower” should be “workforce,” and so on.

In one way, the tweet was a wild success: Not since Justin Trudeau informed a young female voter that she should use the term “peoplekind,” a word he’d just made up, has the global community been united in such side-splitting gales of laughter. The over 34 thousand comments beneath the tweet (which was liked 12 thousand times) were a veritable…well, United Nations of chortling and mocking and scathing retorts. Gad Saad, for example, responded that “It's so nice to see your organization take a break from their endless Jew-hatred to focus on a really important problem. Thank you. - Prof. Dr. Gad Saad (He/Him).”

Catholic blogger Rorate Caeli provided some helpful scenarios explaining why the UN’s advice was so stupid:

This can't have been written by a native English speaker.
Landlord, for instance, is self-explanatory.
"Jim is my landlord."
"Jim is my owner."   -What?
"Jim is the owner of my house."  -What?
"Jim is the owner of the house in which I live."  -Oh, he's your landlord!

And:

"That's Mary, my partner."
 -Oh, this is great! Your business is growing!
"No, I mean, she's my *partner*."
- Oh, my, sorry, very surprised to see you've moved in with someone, being an old-fashioned man and all.
"No, I mean, we've been dating."
-Oh, she's your GIRLFRIEND!

Rapper Zuby noted that, “I remember when I used to respect this organisation. We all make mistakes.” Radio talk show host’s Neal Boortz’s take was on policy: “Thanks again for once more reminding me what a worthless organization the UN is and why it is so urgent that American taxpayer dollars not be wasted on this group.”

Many of the other responses were rather more to the point, and utilized the sorts of words that had not made it onto the UN’s helpful speech guide, but would presumably be frowned upon nonetheless.

It is always amusing to me that those who produce these sorts of things are caught so off-guard by the response. Presumably they believe that the backlash is the result of Twitter’s hordes of transphobe trolls, and self-righteously comfort themselves with the belief that such hateful joking is irrefutable evidence that organizations such as theirs are necessary. After all, if they did not exist, who would tell the masses that their husbands and their wives should appropriately be referred to as their spouses? Or that their girlfriends and their boyfriends should be called their partners? And that their landlords are their owners?

One thing is certain: this is a good indication that Justin Trudeau’s relentless bid for a Canadian seat on the UN Security Council may just pay off. After all, he’s been cutting edge on this sort of thing for years, and he already knows all the lingo—and then some. 

Jonathon’s new podcast, The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. In his latest episode, he interviews Scott Klusendorf about the fundamental flaw Klusendorf sees in the idea of locking down the country under the guise of preventing people from getting coronavirus.  

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Why good art and reverent practice are not the key to restoring Catholic liturgy

What we need to get back to is that traditional worship, not a modern mishmash that is missing most of those attributes.
Thu May 21, 2020 - 10:39 am EST
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May 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A friend expressed his concerns about my strong advocacy of the traditional Latin Mass and my ongoing critique of the liturgical reform. He asked me why it was not sufficient to enrich the reformed Mass with elements of Catholic tradition bit by bit, as occasion allows. He also asked what is the basis of my skepticism of Church authority and whether I am not at risk of rejecting it in a Protestant fashion.

Dear N.,

Thank you for your letter, and especially for your friendly words and concerns.

I am on record saying that it’s a good thing, as far as it goes, when Catholics can be exposed to elements of tradition—be it chant, beautiful hymnody or polyphony, male altar servers properly vested, Mass ad orientem, communion on the tongue kneeling, etc.—wherever and whenever they attend church. These things are part of our patrimony and form us in the true Faith.

At the same time, the relatively isolated and dissociated condition of these elements in postconciliar Catholicism makes them rather like flotsam and jetsam left from the titanic wreck of the 1960s. They are found all together—at home, in their original configuration, harmony, and unanimity—in the traditional liturgical rites of the Church, Eastern and Western. That is what I argue in my lecture “Beyond ‘Smells and Bells’: Why We Need the Objective Content of the Usus Antiquior,” which identifies inductively the universal attributes of traditional Eucharistic rites that predate the Novus Ordo. What we need to get back to is that traditional worship, not a modern mishmash that is missing most of those attributes.

Not all can return immediately to the point before the serious deviations began—shortly after World War II, as the Liturgical Movement turned radical and lost its bearings—but the younger generations are quite open to the work of restoration, being free of the baggage carried by older folks who had to make do with what was given to them (or not given to them). The most effective evangelization in our times will be one that accentuates the wonder, beauty, and “strangeness” of the divine, rather than its domesticated familiarity and rational accessibility. 

It’s hard for me to see how, within the Novus Ordo world, there could ever be the effective determination, organization, clarity of vision, and episcopal support to bring about what the Adoremus folks (proponents of the “reverent Ordinary Form”) envision. Outside of rare outposts, the project is more of a sinking ship than a vessel yet untested. If I had to place bets, they’d all be on the traditional Mass—not just because I love it, but because I think it has staying power. If it weathered an attempt to suppress it utterly by the most powerful institution in the world claiming to act in the name of God and demanding blind obedience, it can obviously weather anything else that modernity or postmodernity has thrown or could throw at it.

May I differ respectfully with you about nomenclature? You objected to my use of the phrases “Novus Ordo” and “new Mass.” Yet Pope Paul VI in 1965 (and it was not the only time) gave a papal audience in which he described the 1965 interim missal with the word “new” eleven times: “new, startling, changed”; “new order” (=Novus Ordo); “new scheme of things”; “new liturgical books”; “new form” (twice); “new liturgy” (twice); “new habit”; “liturgical innovation.” Here we have a pope identifying the interim missal of 1965 as a novel thing, when it was vastly less of a novelty than the missal of 1969/1970. In 1969, Paul VI used a whole barrage of similar words to characterize the Novus Ordo, and in 1976 he went ahead and used the phrase “Novus Ordo Missae.” This whole way of speaking derives from Pope Paul VI himself, and I see no reason not to follow his accurate descriptions. To the objection that “it is already fifty years old,” I would merely point out that fifty years is a miniscule 3.125% of the 1,600-year history of the Roman rite. While the handiwork of Paul VI may be old in terms of the life of a single man, it is shiny new in comparison with the millennium-and-a-half arc of the Western liturgy’s continuous development.

You and I are both musicians strongly shaped by the pursuit of the beautiful. We have composed a lot of music for the reformed liturgy. I’ve composed as much in English as I have in Latin, and my English music will almost never be used at a TLM. The fact is, the art of music was my “hiding place” where, for a long time, I found refuge from the pain of the knowledge I had acquired by studying the history and theology of liturgy. There came a point when I had to admit that fine art, however captivating, was simply not enough to address the root problem; it was like wrapping a bandage around a severed limb, expecting it to regenerate. The bandage may staunch the blood, but it will not restore integrity to the damaged body, nor functionality where the limb is missing.

This by no means detracts from the inherent value of well-made art, or its power to move, to edify, to elevate; and to that extent, I admire what good Catholic composers, architects, and other artists are doing to improve the “tone” of the Novus Ordo. But when I look at the larger picture, I see this kind of endeavor as a rickety bridge that leads from a flawed reform back to a full inheritance.

Even though I consider the reformed rites to be defective and harmful, I also acknowledge that they have been and can be occasions of grace for individuals. As St. Augustine and St. Thomas clearly teach us, following Scripture, the Lord always brings good from evil. So in my view of things, it is possible both to disagree with the reform and to accept that it has been a vehicle of grace for some—although it has been an occasion of sin for many others, beginning with its architects, who sinned gravely against the virtue of piety for tradition.

You then raise the million-dollar question: What are we to make of Church authority in all this? Has it been asleep at the wheel? Has it been undermining the very Church it is supposed to support and serve? Are we ever justified in setting ourselves against what ecclesiastical authorities have determined to be best for us in the realm of the liturgy—or does that make us renegades driven by private judgment?

One of the hardest things for me in my life as a Catholic has been coming to grips with the problem of major failures on the part of Catholic bishops. Minor failings have we all, and no one can escape them; but we are looking at a double systemic abuse: abuse of the liturgical inheritance and abuse of the most innocent and vulnerable of the Lord’s people. These are, regrettably, related to one another, as I discuss in this article. Take someone like Rembert Weakland, who was both a major figure in the liturgical reform and, as we later discovered, an active homosexual; and he is far from alone.

I think it is part of a difficult renunciation to be able to say—without denying that bishops and popes truly possess their offices, and without contumaciously or pertinaciously disobeying them in those matters over which they have legitimate authority—that serious errors and crimes have been committed, from which we must recover, and that we have a duty to resist those who espouse them (e.g., bishops who forbid Catholics from receiving Our Lord on the tongue). The Lord has raised up many laity to lead this effort, and there are good priests and bishops in the same movement of true reform, which means, as Martin Mosebach says, a return to form, that is, an intensification of discipline, not its relaxation.

In a way one could not have predicted solely on the basis of a neo-scholastic conception of how church authority works, it seems not only possible but undeniably true that major deviations have occurred through the abusive exercise of that authority. It has proved necessary and salutary for members of Christ’s flock not only to refuse to follow certain directives, but also to actively oppose them. Even Summorum Pontificum, the pacific tone of which might make one think Benedict XVI was merely clearing up some unfortunate misunderstanding, is the result of decades of struggle in which laity and lower clergy were pitted against a hierarchy determined to crush them (and that is no exaggeration, as Leo Darroch’s book shows in horrific detail).

It was during the Protestant Revolt that reformers first took it upon themselves to construct liturgies according to their own doctrines and perceptions of what their contemporaries “needed” (as Michael Davies brilliantly demonstrates in Cranmer’s Godly Order). The Consilium in the 1960s acted in quite the same manner, producing rites in a way no Catholic rite had ever been produced in the history of the Church—more like test tube babies than children conceived in natural wedlock. In a bitter irony, the ones who acted like Protestants were the liturgical reformers working for the Vatican, not the Catholics who held fast to the stable tradition that perfectly expresses the dogmatic teaching of the Bible and the ecumenical Councils.

I am not convinced that, in being asked to accept such rites as authoritative and Catholic, one is not being asked to act against a well-informed conscience. It seems to me something like intellectual suicide to accept that what Bugnini & Co., Ltd., have given us is in harmony with the foregoing tradition. We are dealing here with a mysterium iniquitatis that beggars belief, but is nevertheless compassed within the kenosis and victory of Christ as we move towards the end times.

May the Lord lead us forward along the path of a tradition received in humility, cultivated in love, and enriched with the fruits of centuries of fidelity and Catholic culture.

Cordially yours in Christ,

Dr. Kwasniewski


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