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Trudeau announces new ‘voluntary’ COVID-19 contact tracing app

'...but the app will be most effective when as many people as possible have it,' the prime minister insisted.
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 9:31 pm EST
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OTTAWA, Ontario, June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced yesterday that a voluntary “Made in Canada” free national coronavirus contact-tracing smartphone application will be available to Ontario residents starting July 2, and will follow in other provinces later in the month.

In speaking to reporters yesterday, Trudeau said the app was developed in a collaboration among the Ontario government, BlackBerry, and Shopify, as well as the federal agency the Canadian Digital Service.

“As some people head back to work, testing and contact tracing is crucial,” said Trudeau at his daily press conference.

“I want to stress that this app will be completely voluntary, it will be up to individual Canadians to decide whether to download the app or not, but the app will be most effective when as many people as possible have it.”

Trudeau said yesterday his contact tracing app is designed to be used nationwide, and there are more than 30 million smartphones in the country that can use the app, which “functions entirely on an anonymized basis.”

The app will work by notifying its users if they have been in close contact with a person with the coronavirus. Trudeau said no personal information will be “shared.”

If a user of the app tests positive for the coronavirus, he will be contacted by a local health care worker, who will give the infected individual a random code.  With the code, an infected user can then upload his test results in an “anonymous” way to a national database.

If a person who has the app was near a confirmed positive coronavirus individual who uploaded his test results to the database, they will receive an alert urging them to get tested.

The app’s interface will be managed by each partaking province; however, the Canadian Digital Service will still be in full control of the “secure” national database, which holds all randomized codes.

Trudeau said the app will be first tested in Ontario, which is why this province will get it before any others the day after Canada Day.

In speaking about his province being the first to use Trudeau’s new contact tracing app, Premier Doug Ford of Ontario said yesterday that Ontarians face an “invisible” enemy that must be traced and tracked.

“From the start of this pandemic we have used every tool available to us to fight off this deadly threat,” said Ford when announcing the app yesterday. “We face an invisible enemy, but if we test, we can find it. If we trace, we can track it. And if we have those two things, we can contain it.”

Ford encouraged everyone to download the app as soon as it is available.

Alberta was the first Canadian province to launch a voluntary coronavirus contact tracing application in May, the ABTraceTogether app.

The Alberta Health Services ABTraceTogether app was created from open-source software called BlueTrace, which comes from Singapore.

Jay Cameron, a lawyer for the Alberta-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), told LifeSiteNews in May that the legal group is keeping a close eye on government-issued contact tracing apps.

“We are watching carefully and remain concerned about the slippery slope and government comfort with accessing and utilizing personal data,” said Cameron.

Cameron also told LifeSiteNews in May that observing people via a smartphone app constitutes a search.

“Monitoring someone’s whereabouts using their cell phones is, of course, a search,” said Cameron.

Canada’s privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien, gave the federal government a framework to use regarding contact tracing apps.

A June 18 CTV news report says Therrien’s office told the news agency that it had “recently contacted Health Canada” regarding the app.

“We have requested and are awaiting necessary information and, until such time as we receive that information, we have not provided our recommendations to the government,” said Therrien’s statement sent to CTV.

“We are working diligently and responsibly to develop that advice.”

Canada’s deputy prime minister, Chrystia Freeland, noted that each province or territory as well as its local health authorities must decide whether to use the national contact tracing app. 

“I think we all appreciate that having a national app in a country where Canadians do travel could be really, really helpful,” said Freeland, adding that she “hopes” there will be a point where “all the provinces and territories are working with us on this.”

Canada’s national contact tracing application was promised by Trudeau months ago. Premier Doug Ford of Ontario had been urging for a national application for some time as well.


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Derek Sloan pledges to defund ‘foreign abortions,’ WHO as prime minister

The Conservative Party leadership candidate also singled out the Clinton Foundation.
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 9:17 pm EST
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June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership hopeful and member of Parliament (M.P.) Derek Sloan said in an email June 16 that if he were to become prime minister, he would defund foreign abortions, Planned Parenthood, and “Pride” parades.

Sloan announced his defunding plan in an email titled “Defund the Police, part 2: What I would like to defund.”

In the email, he said police are “essential to upholding law and order” and that the entire “defund the police movement” got him thinking about what he will defund if he becomes prime minister.

“I will defund the World Health Organization. Canada has just learned a powerful lesson about the influence of the Chinese Communist Party and its influence on the WHO,” wrote Sloan in the email.

“The WHO assisted in the Beijing regime’s lying about COVID-19 until it was too late and the damage was done…….. The WHO is not worthy of our attention or our financial support.”

Sloan went on to talk about defunding foreign abortions and again said abortion is not health care.

“I will defund foreign abortions. Canada’s federal government today, in the name of ‘reproductive health’, funds abortion in foreign lands,” wrote Sloan.

“Abortion is not healthcare. Promoting abortion in other countries is just a new cultural colonialism. Even Stephen Harper seemed to realize this.”

Last week, Sloan said boldly on social media that abortion is “not health care” in response to news that the Canadian government will use taxpayer money to fund abortions abroad.

In his email, Sloan mentioned that he would “defund Planned Parenthood” and called out Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau for his support of it.

“Justin Trudeau has been an enthusiastic supporter of Planned Parenthood International and its promotion of abortion all over the world,” wrote Sloan.

“Planned Parenthood continues in the spirit of its founder, Margaret Sanger, a eugenicist and racist who said, ‘The most merciful thing a large family can do to one of its infant members, is to kill it.’ She also longed for ‘more children from the fit, less from the unfit.’ What a loathsome philosophy!”

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Sloan also said he would defund the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), which is an organization that is known to promote abortion resources to organizations.

“I first ran into LEAF when, as a lawyer, I worked with an intervenor on behalf of Trinity Western University (TWU) in their legal battle to open a law school. West Coast LEAF intervened against TWU at all levels of court, right up to the Supreme Court decision in 2017 which denied TWU the right to open a law school,” said Sloan.

“This was because of their ‘community covenant’, a document that upheld, among other things, the traditional view of marriage. A private school, which does not receive government funding, was prevented from expanding based in part on interventions by an organization that does receive government funding.”

Lastly, Sloan mentioned that if elected prime minister he will defund “Pride parades” and the Clinton Foundation.

“People who support the pride parades should pay for them. Forcing every Canadian taxpayer to foot the bill for a display that many find morally objectionable is unjust,” wrote Sloan.

“I will defund the Clinton Foundation. In 2017, Team Trudeau handed over $20 million to the Clinton Foundation. Donations made to the Clinton Foundation when Hillary Clinton was the U.S. Secretary of State had already proven to be part of a corrupt ‘cash for access’ scam. These charges dogged Clinton during her bid for the Presidency in 2016. I would not give any more money to them.”

Sloan noted in his email that “there are problems of racism within our police forces. We all see that,” but defunding the police and rule of law “will do nothing but make these problems worse.”

Sloan joined his fellow CPC leadership candidates M.P. Erin O’Toole, Dr. Leslyn Lewis, and former M.P. Peter MacKay in both the French and English CPC leadership debates earlier this week. MacKay and O’Toole are pro-abortion.

Sloan and Lewis identify themselves as pro-family and pro-life and reaffirmed their support for life in the debates.

As part of his platform, Sloan published a 12-point pro-life plan. He recently spoke about his proposals with Campaign Life Coalition as part of the 2020 Virtual March for Life.

Sloan’s plan includes a ban on sex-selective abortion, a ban on partial-birth abortion, freedom of conscience for health care workers, and a review of the current euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation.


  abortion, clinton foundation, conservative party of canada, derek sloan, homosexuality, pride parades

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Heartbeat bill banning abortion after six weeks passes in Tennessee

The strong pro-life legislation also bans abortions based on sex, race or Down syndrome and requires the mother to be told the baby's gestational age.
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 7:54 pm EST
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Tennessee legislators in the House and Senate approved in the early hours of the morning a so-called heartbeat bill essentially outlawing abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, when an unborn baby’s heart first starts to beat.

Abortions sought simply because of the sex or race of the unborn child are equally prohibited by the bill. Additionally, any “prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating Down syndrome or the potential for Down syndrome in the unborn child” is no longer a sufficient reason for an abortion.

In an effort to help mothers realize that the unborn child is a human being, thus helping to lower the number of abortions, doctors are required by the bill to determine the gestational age of the unborn child and tell the mother about it.

Mothers have a right to both “an obstetric ultrasound and display the images so that the pregnant woman may view them,” and to hear “the fetal heartbeat of the unborn child, if any.”

Prior to any abortion procedure, the pregnant woman needs to confirm in writing that she was presented with that information, or declined to be presented with it.

The Tennessee affiliate of the pro-abortion American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) immediately vowed to challenge the heartbeat bill in court.

“Lack of access to abortion care particularly harms those struggling financially and those who already face significant barriers to health care, including people of color, people with limited incomes, rural people, and young people,” said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee. “Politicians should not be deciding what is best for women and certainly not making reproductive health care decisions for them.”

Expecting a legal challenge, however, legislators had implemented a safety feature that would, according to The Tennessean, “automatically enact abortion bans at eight, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 weeks of gestation,” should a court “strike down the six-week ban, in conjunction with the detection of a fetal heartbeat.”

“While there is an exception to the restrictions if a woman’s life is in danger, there will be no exceptions for rape or incest,” explained The Tennessean.

Gov. Bill Lee, a pro-life Republican, said on Twitter, “One of the most important things we can do to be pro-family is to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in our state, and there is none more vulnerable than the unborn.”

“We have passed the strongest pro-life law in our state’s history,” Lee added, calling out several lawmakers who helped move the bill through the House and the Senate.

What to Expect, a website based on the popular books about pregnancy and child rearing, explained the growth of the heart very early during the unborn baby’s development.

Even though at 4 weeks pregnant that sweet, sweet heartbeat hasn’t yet arrived, a distinct blood vessel has formed inside your embryo, which will soon develop into your baby’s heart and circulatory (blood) system.

In the early stages, the heart resembles a tube that twists and divides, eventually forming the heart and valves (which open and close to release blood from the heart to the body). In fact, by week 5, the heart tube begins to beat spontaneously, though you can’t hear it. During those first few weeks, precursor blood vessels also begin to form in the embryo.

By 6 weeks, your baby’s heart – now beating 110 times a minute – has four hollow chambers, each with an entrance and an exit to allow blood to flow in and out of each chamber. In just two more weeks, that number will rise to 150-170 beats a minute. That’s about twice as fast as yours!

With all this growth, you’ll probably be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time around week 9 or week 10 of pregnancy, though it can vary a bit. It will be about 170 beats per minutes by this time, a rate that will slow from here on out. Your doctor or midwife will place a handheld ultrasound device called a Doppler on your belly to amplify the sound.

Heartbeat bills, while passed by several states, including Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, and Ohio, have repeatedly been blocked by federal courts. In turn, pro-life leaders have already vowed to take the cases to the Supreme Court.

Given the hostility to conservative issues even among Republican-nominated Supreme Court Justices, the result of any legal challenge remains questionable.

Previously, the state of Tennessee had proposed banning virtually all abortions by defining “viability” to mean “that a male human sperm has penetrated the zona pellucida of the female ovum, which includes, but is not limited to, serial human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) determinations or the detection of a heartbeat in an unborn child.”

Unbelievably, National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) general counsel James Bopp stabbed pro-lifers in the back by testifying against the bill, arguing that judges “have an obligation to follow precedent. And there’s simply no question that pre-viability prohibitions are unconstitutional … We have precedent we cannot avoid with a clever legal argument.”

He characterized the bill’s viability provision as “irrational” language that “makes us look foolish. And I do not want to look foolish.”

Without specifically naming Bopp, Family Action Council of Tennessee president David Fowler wrote it is “foolish” to make “prideful assertions about what the rule-of-law-composition of the Court will be at the time any law enacted now finally reaches that Court.”

Fowler also noted that “judicial vote prognostications” throughout the history of the abortion debate have often been wrong.


  abortion, aclu, bill lee, down syndrome, family action council of tennessee, heartbeat bill, james bopp, national right to life committee, tennessee senate

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MIT Catholic chaplain booted after questioning popular narrative of George Floyd’s death

Fr. Daniel Patrick Moloney said that people have 'framed this as an act of racism,' adding that ‘we don’t know’ if the killing was actually motivated by racism.
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 6:46 pm EST
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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic priest was forced to leave his position as chaplain at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after sending an email to campus Catholics questioning whether the death of George Floyd was the result of racism.  

Fr. Daniel Patrick Moloney, a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston, had been the Catholic chaplain at MIT since 2015.  

“In the wake of George Floyd’s death, most people in the country have framed this as an act of racism. I don’t think we know that. Many people have claimed that racism is a major problem in police forces. I don’t think we know that,” wrote Fr. Moloney, according to a report by The Boston Globe. 

In the same June 7 email, Fr. Moloney also questioned Floyd’s character, saying that while Floyd shouldn’t have been killed by the police officer, “he had not lived a virtuous life.” 

After members of MIT’s Catholic community, troubled by Fr. Moloney’s remarks, reached out to campus and Archdiocesan authorities, the Archdiocese of Boston moved swiftly, asking Fr. Moloney to resign on June 9.    

“The personal opinions echoed in his comments regarding the murder of George Floyd do not reflect the positions of the Archdiocese and are not consistent with the positions detailed in the recently issued statement of Cardinal Seán O’Malley,” asserted a statement issued by the Archdiocese.  

The Archdiocese condemned Fr. Moloney’s intellectual curiosity and honesty, writing: “While Fr. Moloney’s comments should not reflect on the entirety of his priestly ministry, they nonetheless were wrong and by his resignation he accepts the hurt they have caused.”     

“The message from Father Moloney was deeply disturbing,” wrote Suzy M. Nelson, a vice president and dean for student life in a statement.  

“Those who wrote me and other senior leaders were outraged, and many felt alienated and abandoned by their faith,” continued Nelson. “By devaluing and disparaging George Floyd’s character, Father Moloney’s message failed to acknowledge the dignity of each human being and the devastating impact of systemic racism -- especially within the criminal justice system -- on African Americans, people of African descent, and communities of color.”

“Moreover, his message dismissed the need for urgent action and change in America,” added Nelson.     

Nelson said that MIT would “engage the Archdiocese in nominating a Catholic chaplain whose views and ministry are consistent with the Institute’s values of inclusion, respect, and dignity for all community members as well as the values proclaimed by the Church’s leadership.” 

Professor Anthony Esolen defended Fr. Moloney, asking, “Exactly WHAT did he say that was not TRUE?”

“We do not know that Floyd’s killer was motivated by racism. How the hell can we know that?” wondered Esolen in an online comment. “And it does not appear that Floyd lived a virtuous life. What exactly was not TRUE?”  

“Why was this email message so controversial?” asked Phil Lawler, founder of Catholic World News and news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. “Because Father Moloney questioned the popular narrative.”

“The chaplain didn’t say that Floyd’s death was not prompted by racism. He simply remarked that the evidence is not conclusive,” wrote Lawler. “For that he was banished from the campus. For that he was given a public reprimand by his own archdiocese, which announced to the world that his statements ‘were wrong.’”

“Now imagine that a Catholic chaplain on some other campus had issued a statement questioning the Real Presence or the Virgin Birth. Or — this will be a good deal easier — imagine a chaplain who welcomed the legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Would he be forced to resign? Would the archdiocese issue an immediate public correction?” wondered Lawler. 

Others called the Archdiocese's response an act of “calumny and slander” that requires a “sincere public apology.” 

Some followed the Archbishop’s dismissal of Fr. Moloney to its logical conclusion:

“Just like good men will leave (or never join) the police force if they feel the higher-ups won’t back them, so too good men will flee from a priestly vocation when they see how priests are treated for simply expressing a legitimate opinion,” tweeted Catholic author Eric Sammons, citing Fr. Moloney’s dismissal as MIT’s chaplain. 

“Can you imagine recommending a young man become a priest and turn his life over to these wicked, cowardly, apostate bishops?” tweeted Catholic writer and commentator John Zmirak in response.  

‘Justice-only politics’ and ‘cancel culture’ 

“I regret what happened, I regret it was misunderstood, I regret that became difficult for me to be a voice for Christ on campus,” Moloney told The Boston Globe. “The whole thing went down in a way that I wish were otherwise. ... I didn’t want to hurt anybody.”

In a lengthy blog entry, also posted on June 7, Fr. Moloney wrote that the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost produced “a miraculous level of unity, in which everyone lived in harmony, ‘with one heart and one mind (lit. ‘soul’).’ This sort of unity is available to us, if through the Holy Spirit we set aside the sin that divides us.”  

Fr. Moloney continued, identifying the dangers entailed in what he calls “justice-only politics” and “cancel” culture:  

In my book Mercy, I talk about how a great part of the difference between Christian thinking and secular thinking about politics comes down to mercy, to how we respond to injustices. The mistake of what I call “justice-only politics” is to have well-developed ideas about how things ought to be (aka justice), but no concept of mercy, no real thought about what to do when circumstances and/or people get in the way of their idea of justice.

I think the national reaction to the killing of George Floyd reveals something like this. Some people think that the right thing to do is to enact reforms of the police; others think that the right thing to do is to kill the police and bomb the precinct. Some people think that nonviolent protests are an appropriate response; others think that injustice justifies robbing the local Target. Some people are satisfied when the bad cops are arrested, prosecuted, and convicted; others want to overthrow the government. Some are just so upset that they don’t know what to do. All agree that something deeply wrong happened to George Floyd, but our consensus stops there, at the level of justice.

Mercy is the virtue that comes into play when things go wrong. Once we decide that something is unjust, we still have to decide what is the right thing to do. Do we “cancel” the unjust persons, breaking solidarity with them and removing them from society? Do we send them to the guillotine? Or do we try to make things better? In an interesting Trinitarian statement, Jesus commands his disciples to “be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). So justice-only politics, or any politics without solidarity for the offender and the sinner, is not a Christian option. 

He concluded: 

There are no spiritual shortcuts. To conquer racism requires a conversion to holiness, and a willingness to spread grace and charity to hardened hearts. Only through baptism into Christ’s Ascension can any fallen human being participate in the inner charity of the Trinity. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to transform our lives.

According to his biography which is still available at the MIT website, Fr. Moloney has a doctorate in Philosophy from Notre Dame, a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Yale University, and a Bachelor’s of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, graduating magna cum laude.  

Fr. Moloney has been a lecturer on religion, politics, and American constitutional law in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where he was affiliated with the university's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, and was a Senior Policy Analyst at the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, where he studied policy issues affecting family, religion, marriage and culture civil society in America.

He is the author of the book Mercy: What Every Catholic Should Know (Ignatius Press, 2020).


  african americans, anthony esolen, archdiocese of boston, cancel culture, catholic, daniel patrick moloney, eric sammons, george floyd, john zmirak, massachusetts institute of technology, mit, phil lawler, sean o'malley

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Polish President: LGBT ideology is ‘more destructive’ than communism

Andrzej Duda compared the indoctrination that took place during communism with how children are now indoctrinated by homosexuality and gender ideology.
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 5:37 pm EST
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WARSAW, Poland, June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Polish President Andrzej Duda has called homosexuality and transgenderism an ideology that is “is even more destructive to the human being” than communism. Poland had been a communist dictatorship after World War II until 1989.

During a campaign speech, Duda compared the indoctrination that took place during communism with the indoctrination of homosexuality and gender ideology.

“That was Bolshevism. It was the ideologizing of children. Today, there are also attempts to push an ideology on us and our children, but different. It’s totally new, but it is also neo-Bolshevism,” he explained.

Following numerous negative articles by international media outlets, Duda sent out several tweets in English to Reuters, The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Guardian, and the Financial Times, clarifying his position.

“Yet again, as part of dirty political fight, my words are put out of context. I truly believe in diversity and equality,” Duda said. “At the same time, beliefs of any minority cannot be imposed on a majority under the false pretense of tolerance. In our times, truth has become a scared little creature that hides from much stronger correctness.”

“I believe in the world where truths, such as MeToo, can have a safe platform. Where we can speak our mind, where words are not twisted. I believe in tolerance to any views, so please stop distributing fake news,” he added.

As part of his campaign to be elected president for a second term, Duda has pledged to protect children from the agenda of homosexuality and gender ideology.

His campaign platform includes a “Family Card” listing his many pro-family policies. It includes a section titled “Protection of children from LGBT ideology.”

That section promises “an end to ideological LGBT propaganda in public institutions” and “the right of parents to decide in what spirit to shape their children.” It includes a belief that “parents above all are responsible for the sexual education of their children” and expresses support for “the parents’ decisive influence on the form and substance of optional classes in schools.”

The “Family Card” also offers “help for families who want to homeschool.”

In other sections, the “Family Card” pledges financial support for families, help for senior citizens, and help for single parents.

According to the president, the family is crucial to Poland, and the traditional definition of marriage will prevail.

“The family deserves special support from the state,” he pointed out. “The family protects and builds society.”

“Our identity has helped us to weather the toughest times in childhood,” Duda added. “The Polish family has preserved our values. The family is a special value, which demands special protection from the state … Marriage is a relationship between women and men, and so it will remain.”

Duda, a practicing Catholic, began his presidency in 2015 by making a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Częstochowa, who is venerated as Queen and Protectress of Poland.

For the feast of Corpus Christi in 2015, he was seen rescuing a consecrated host that had dropped to the ground during an outdoor Mass.

Catholics believe that after the words of consecration are prayed during Mass, the bread is changed substantially into the whole Christ – body, blood, soul, and divinity. This conviction explains the utmost care given by the Church to the Eucharist.

Duda is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House next Wednesday, just a few days before the presidential election in Poland.


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Gender clinic rushed UK kids onto ‘transition’ pathway after one or two visits, review finds

'Very many vulnerable children have been very poorly treated and will be left with, potentially, a lifetime of damage here'
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 2:38 pm EST
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UNITED KINGDOM, June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Staff at a UK state-funded “gender transition clinic” for children raised concerns during a review that children were quickly being set on a gender transitioning pathway only after one or two visits. Staff also raised concerns about being discouraged from reporting about children they suspected of being sexually abused. 

“Let's pray that I am wrong because if I am not wrong, very many vulnerable children have been very poorly treated and will be left with, potentially, a lifetime of damage here," said one staff member in transcripts of staff interviews that were part of a review into the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS). The transcripts were leaked to the BBC’s Newsnight team who reported on the matter June 19.

The BBC reports that staff interviews from a 2019 review into GIDS, which operates from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, revealed a “damning” assessment of the service by a number of staff working at the clinic.

“[T]he review heard from several staff that one member of the GIDS leadership, Sarah Davidson, would sometimes refer children for treatment after only one or two appointments,” the BBC report states.

"Absolutely it should never happen because this is a pathway that will lead to huge, huge changes for this young person, potentially, infertility," one GIDS clinician is reported to have said.

The BBC article notes that “[s]uch a quick referral, staff claim, could risk putting young people on potentially life-changing medicines who may have been struggling with issues such as their mental health and sexuality.”

Staff allege that they were discouraged from reporting concerns to safeguarding personnel, including in cases where they “feared a child had suffered sexual abuse or trauma.”

"There was a very clear message from senior management about being really cautious about how we talk to the safeguarding team at the Tavi[stock], and specifically [the Trust's safeguarding lead],” one staff member who left GIDS last year, told the BBC.

"I would say that perhaps that's why more than 40 clinicians decided to leave the service within three years," they added. 

According to the BBC report, transcripts from the review show staff saying “some parents appeared to prefer their children to be transgender and straight, rather than gay.”

One clinic staff member reported a child as having said “My mum wants the hormone more than I do.” Staff are reported to have said that one child who initially claimed to be a lesbian, suddenly changed their mind and began identifying as “trans” after experiencing “homophobic bullying.”

Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, told LIfeSiteNews that these findings “are just the latest in a long list of disturbing revelations about how the Tavistock clinic and GIDS have functioned.” 

“The unquestioning allegiance to the most extreme forms of transgender ideology, pushed by campaigners like Mermaids, silences all questioning voices and leads to irreparable harm to children,” Williams said.

“Academics like James Caspian have been unable to research the issue of gender de-transition, which will be increasingly common when children, rushed through transgender medical pathways, discover that the ‘treatments’ aren’t helping.”

But Williams said that she believes that we are “beginning to see the tide turn as more prominent voices begin to publicly question radical trans-affirming ideas, particularly in the treatment of children.” 

“May we continue to advocate for these vulnerable children and stop this long-term harm, before it’s too late,” she said.

Earlier this year Sue Evans, a former Tavistock psychiatric nurse began legal action against the Tavistock and Portman NHS [National Health Service] Trust, after witnessing a colleague refer a child for hormone “therapy” after just 4 consultations.

Evans was joined in her suit by the mother of a 15-year-old gender-confused girl, and by Keira Bell, a young woman who has given up her attempts to “become” a man.

Bell said she became a claimant in the case because she didn’t believe “that children and young people can consent to the use of powerful and experimental hormone drugs” as she had done.

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


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WATCH: Black woman tells BLM in CHAZ territory that Planned Parenthood is #1 black killer

'Why don’t I see my brothers and my sisters outside Planned Parenthood?...Number one killer of the black population is Planned Parenthood'
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 12:47 pm EST
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SEATTLE, WA, June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― Video footage has emerged of a courageous black woman inside CHAZ territory, the six square blocks in Seattle taken over by rioters, telling Black Lives Matter demonstrators that abortion giant Planned Parenthood is the “number one killer of the black population.”

“Why don’t I see my brothers and my sisters outside Planned Parenthood?” Edmee Chavannes shouts to a crowd assembled in the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) or Capital Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) in Seattle.  

“We need you all there. Number one killer of the black population is Planned Parenthood,” she continued.

“I don’t see Black Lives Matter in front of a Planned Parenthood.”

Chavannes herself was arrested outside a Planned Parenthood business with Bevelyn Beatty in New York on May 30 after being accused of violating “social distancing” regulations. The co-founders of the pro-life At the Well Ministries, Chavannes and Beatty had been persuading women not to have abortions.    

Chavannes’  pro-life message didn’t sit well with some the Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Seattle. After one younger female demonstrator tried to drown out the black pastor by shouting “Police brutality, that’s why we’re here” through a megaphone, another female demonstrator called Chavannes a “coon.” 

A racial slur with roots in the 19th century, the word “coon” is now used by some African Americans to denote black people they perceive as defending white racism. 

“Haven’t you heard that word?” sneered the young demonstrator. 

In her exhortations, Chavannes stressed the hypocrisy of the Black Lives Matter movement. She pointed out that even if the demonstrators succeeded in abolishing police, the black community “would still kill [their] babies.” She also suggested that the disproportionate rate of abortion in the black community and of black-on-black violence had a common source. 

“You get rid of the police, and we’ll still kill one another,” she said. 

“Why? Because we, as a black community don’t have the fathers that we need. We don’t have the fear of the Lord.”

When confronted by a black man, she agreed that black people had been oppressed in the past, but that since then they had “lost [their] way.” 

“Black women used to respect black men,” she explained. “Black women have lost their way.”

Black men also have lost their way, she added, saying that although they used to fight for their families, they now “just impregnate women and take them to the Planned Parenthood clinic.”

Mixed-race Ryan Bomberger of the pro-life Radiance Foundation told LifeSiteNews via email that Chavannes is right about the hypocrisy of the Black Lives Matter movement and that the organization is “racist.”  

“The Black Lives Matter movement’s leaders announced solidarity with the abortion industry back in 2015; they actively partner with and defend the leading killer of black lives—Planned Parenthood,” Bomberger said.  

“A black immigrant female preacher calls out the hypocrisy on abortion, the epidemic of fatherlessness, and the need for God and she gets called a ‘coon’ by a BLM activist!” he continued. 

“That truly sums up the blatant ignorance of a confused and racist movement. Clearly, only some #blacklivesmatter.”

Part of Radiance Foundation’s mission is to bring public attention to the disproportionately high abortion rate among African-Americans. Black women in the USA are five times more likely than white women to have abortions.  According to the Foundation’s “Too Many Aborted” campaign, “over 330,000 deaths of unarmed black lives in the womb happen every year.” In New York City, they say, more black babies are killed than born: 1,180 abortions for every 1,000 live births.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a racist eugenicist who hoped to diminish the numbers of African Americans through a targeted birth control program called “The Negro Project.” She began this program with the Birth Control Federation of America in 1939, and later sought the help of a few black leaders, including pastors, sympathetic to the idea of weeding out the “unfit” in their community. 

Sanger wrote that getting ministers onside was important because “we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Not all 20th-century civil rights leaders were willing to go along with Sanger’s plans, however. Voting-rights activist Fanny Lou Hamer, famous for her declaration that she was “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” believed that abortion was a “genocide among black people.” 

In their manifesto, the leaders of Black Lives Matter state that they seek to “disrupt” the “Western-prescribed family”, that they have freed themselves from “heteronormative thinking,” and that they demand “reproductive justice.” 


  black genocide, black lives matter, edmee chavannes, planned parenthood, seattle

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President of German Catholic Women’s Association moonlights as abortion ‘champion’ fanatic

Maria Flachsbarth represents 180,000 Catholic women while promoting the pro-abortion and pro-contraception movement 'SheDecides'
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 11:52 am EST
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BERLIN, Germany, June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The president of the Catholic Women’s Association in Germany moonlights as a “champion” for a multi-million dollar radical abortion activist group that was founded four years ago in reaction to US President Donald Trump cutting off funding for international abortion groups. 

Maria Flachsbarth, a member of parliament for the Christian Democratic Union since 2002, is an outspoken advocate for “SheDecides,” a pro-abortion and pro-contraception organization. 

The manifesto of the group states that every woman can decide “whether, when, and with whom” to “have sex” and to “have children.”

“She has the right. To information, to health care, to choose. She is free. To feel pleasure. To use contraception. To access abortion safely. To decide.”

“SheDecides has managed to create the positive momentum for sexual and reproductive rights, which we so desperately need in these very challenging times,” Flachsbarth said, according to the SheDecides website.

As president of the German Catholic Women’s Association, Flachsbarth represents about 180,000 members all across the country. The organization was founded in the early 20th century with the aim of “deepening the Catholic ideal of womanhood in family, work, and public life.” 

Flachsbarth admitted to using her political influence at any given opportunity “to speak about these issues and put the topic on the agenda.”

“I am very glad that becoming part of the SheDecides Movement provides me – and the Ministry – with new opportunities to speak out even more loudly for the rights of girls and women,” Flachsbarth said.

She expressed her conviction “that the limited access to sexual and reproductive health services and the curtailing of reproductive rights are among the biggest challenges girls and women face today.”

“I strongly believe that only by ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services we can reach true empowerment of women and girls,” she added.

Her right to decide is a basic human right and therefore, there really can be no question [emphasis in original],” Flachsbarth claimed. “And if we truly want to empower women and girls and enable them to fully take part in social and economic life, we need to start to ensure that they can decide.”

Hubert Hüppe, a pro-life member of the Christian Democratic Union, called out Flachsbarth for her involvement with SheDecides, asking, “Who would think that the president of the Catholic Women’s Association, in a sense the highest-ranking Catholic woman in Germany, is the German face of an organization that has the legalization of abortion until birth at the top of its agenda?”

In his conversation with Catholic weekly newspaper Die Tagespost, Hüppe demanded from the bishops to send “a clear message here” with regard to dealing with Flachsbarth, “otherwise they will lose their credibility.” 

In a statement released on her website earlier today, Flachsbarth doubled down on her role as a “champion” for SheDecides.

“In fact, I strongly support the right of every woman to decide for herself if, when, with whom, and to how many children she wants to give birth,” she said. 

In the same statement, she also defended contraception as a means to prevent abortions.

Flachsbarth’s positions on abortion and contraception are directly opposed to Catholic teaching on these matters. 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church unequivocally condemns abortion, going back to the teaching of the apostles in the time of the early Church. “You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish,” the Didache, a Christian treatise from the first century, emphasized.

“Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law,” according to the Catechism.

Apart from abortion, the Catechism of the Catholic Church also teaches that contraception is “intrinsically evil,” arguing that “the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality.”

Flachsbarth, however, does not appear to be bothered by Church teaching. “For me, looking away is not an option,” she said. “Therefore, as a Catholic Christian, I am committed to the rights of women and thus also to responsible parenthood.”

SheDecides was started in 2017 “as a movement to support the rights of girls and women to decide freely and for themselves about their sexual lives, including whether, when, with whom and how many children they have.”

According to its own website, the movement came about “as an urgent response to US President Donald Trump’s reinstatement and dramatic expansion of the Global Gag Rule – also known as the Mexico City Policy – in January 2017.”

The Mexico City Policy prevents the federal government of the United States from giving money to any non-governmental organization outside of the country if these groups are also advocating for and providing abortions.

SheDecides quickly rose to become one of the most well-funded and politically well-connected pro-abortion and pro-contraception organizations worldwide.

Since its founding not even four years ago, the group has received more than $450 million in funding from numerous sources.

Among that enormous sum are over $150 million from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), over $5 million from the World Health Organization (WHO), which was recently defunded by President Donald Trump, and over $1 million from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The International Planned Parenthood Federation, together with its member organizations, contributed more than $65 million. Another large abortion provider operating across the globe, Marie Stopes International, gave over $35 million.

Individual country governments contributed almost another $35 million.


  abortion, donald trump, german bishops, germany, maria flachsbarth, mexico city policy, shedecides

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Father’s day video contest honors men across US who exemplify St. Joseph’s virtues

'We’re honoring men across America who exemplify the characteristics of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ'
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 11:03 am EST
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June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-life and pro-family group launched a video contest earlier this month to recognize and award men across the country who exemplify the character of Joseph of Nazareth – the man God called to guide and protect the Christ-child and mentor him into manhood.

“We’re calling it the ‘Joseph’s Heart’ project,” said Terry Beatley, president of Hosea Initiative, an educational organization focused on changing hearts and minds about abortion.

“We’re honoring men across America who exemplify the characteristics of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ. What does a ‘Joseph’s Heart’ man look like? He's a man who honors and is faithful to the Word of God. He's a hard-working and courageous man. He's a man who will protect women and children and all the people who have been entrusted to his care,” she said.  

The purpose of the contest, which launched June 1, was to shine a spotlight on noble men who exemplify true fatherhood. Video creators were asked to make a one-minute video of someone they considered to be a “super-hero” dad, grandpa, spouse, pastor, or male community leader who reflects in some way the virtues of St. Joseph. 

Hosea Initiative received videos from coast to coast showcasing men of all ages and walks of life who exemplify the heart of Jesus’s earthly father. Four finalists have already been selected by a panel of judges. The videos now advance to the second part of the competition where anyone can view the videos and cast a vote for their favorite one to help determine the winner.  

The finalists are now available for viewing and voting on the Hosea Initiative Facebook Page, Hosea’s YouTube Channel, and Our Action Place [phone app] and can be voted on at all three social media platforms. Hosea Initiative is encouraging viewers to cast their vote for their favorite video by liking, commenting, and sharing. 

The top four videos include: 

  1. a virtuous father of ten children who took a strong stand on life
  2. a hard-working octogenarian who lovingly protected his family
  3. a man who was prayerfully searching for his future wife and welcomed fatherhood and family with open arms, and 
  4. a foster father of four and middle school teacher who spiritually adopted a teen who lost his own father

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners: 

  • Grand Prize of $1000 is courtesy of Mike Lindell of My Pillow
  • 2nd prize of $750 comes from the Delmarva Education Association Corporation
  • 3rd prize of $500 is a gift from Proverbs Media Group, LLC, and the
  • 4th place of $150 is from Hosea Initiative.

Choosing the winner now rests with the audience. 

Each “like” on a video earns that video creator 1 point; each “share” earns the nominee 2 points. Comments will earn the video maker 2 additional points per comment and will be read by the judges.  

Hosea Initiative is encouraging everyone to watch the videos and “honor the great men who give of themselves to their family and community.”

“This is just one more way to reclaim a culture of for life,” the organizers state.


  culture of life, hosea initiative, st. joseph, terry beatley

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Facebook censors Trump campaign ad decrying Antifa and far-left violence

Facebook took the lead of Media Matters, an anti-conservative 'fact-checking' site, in removing the president's message based on an image Facebook has allowed elsewhere.
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 10:57 am EST
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UNITED STATES, June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Facebook has censored a post by the Trump campaign that criticized Antifa and its involvement in violent riots around the U.S., with the social media giant claiming that the post violated their policy against organized hate.

The post by the Trump campaign accused “mobs of far-left groups” of destroying American cities and causing mayhem and included an image widely used to represent the group, but which liberal “fact-checkers” identified as a Nazi symbol.

“Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups are running through our streets and causing absolute mayhem. They are DESTROYING our cities and rioting – it’s absolute madness,” the post stated.

“It’s important that EVERY American comes together at a time like this to send a united message that we will not stand for their radical actions any longer. We’re calling on YOU to make a public statement and add your name to stand with President Trump against ANTIFA.”

The image used in the post is regularly used by groups linking themselves to Antifa, but Media Matters, a liberal “fact-checking” organization “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media,” attacked Facebook for initially allowing the ad to run while including an “infamous Nazi symbol.”

The Trump campaign responded, pointing out that the ad is “widely used by Antifa.”

“We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate,” a Facebook spokesman told the New York Daily News.

“Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol,” the spokesman added.

Earlier this month, Facebook promised to “protect political speech, even when we strongly disagree with it” after presidential candidate Joe Biden called for the social media giant to essentially censor Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

“The inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it was included in an ad about Antifa,” Trump campaign director of communications Tim Murtaugh told Breitbart News.

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“We would note that Facebook still has an inverted red triangle emoji in use, which looks exactly the same, so it’s curious that they would target only this ad. The image is also not included in the Anti-Defamation League’s database of symbols of hate. But it is ironic that it took a Trump ad to force the media to implicitly concede that Antifa is a hate group,” he continued.

Trump announced last month that he will declare Antifa a terrorist organization, with the group believed to have played a key role in the wave of violent riots following the death of George Floyd.


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US senator pushes bill allowing people to sue social media for censorship

Sen. Josh Hawley’s bill would allow users to sue for $5,000 plus legal fees if they believe that an online 'platform' is not 'operating in good faith.'
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 10:49 am EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A U.S. senator introduced a bill yesterday that would allow people to sue online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook for acting in“bad faith” by selectively censoring political speech or hiding competitors’ content.

The “Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act” was introduced by Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri.

According to the wording of the bill, it would amend Section 230 of The Communications Act of 1934 “to provide accountability for bad actors who abuse the Good Samaritan protections provided under that Act, and for other purposes.”

Hawley’s bill would allow users to sue for $5,000 plus legal fees if they believe that an online “platform” is not “operating in good faith.” It is sponsored by Republican Sens. Mike Braun, Marco Rubio, and Tom Cotton.

In a statement yesterday, Hawley said, “For too long, Big Tech companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook have used their power to silence political speech from conservatives without any recourse for users.”

“Section 230 has been stretched and rewritten by courts to give these companies outlandish power over speech without accountability. Congress should act to ensure bad actors are not given a free pass to censor and silence their opponents.”

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives protections to platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook from being sued for user-posted content. This is because current law classifies them as “platforms” rather than “publishers.”

Traditional news outlets, along with other publishers, have no such protection and face lawsuits for publishing libelous claims.

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation vice president Daniel Castro said in a statement yesterday that Hawley’s bill would “undercut” the ability of social media platforms to effectively moderate themselves.

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“This legislation would expose popular social media services to a wave of new lawsuits that would undercut their ability and willingness to effectively moderate their platforms,” said Castro.

“While this legislation is unlikely to gain broad support, it represents yet another attempt to intimidate companies from enforcing fair and reasonable online content moderation practices by threatening to poke holes in the intermediary liability protections that have formed the legal foundation of the internet economy.”

The bill is the latest in attempts by lawmakers and President Donald Trump to go after online platforms’ protections from their legal liability regarding user-posted content.

Trump signed an executive order (E.O.) in May titled “Preventing Online Censorship,” which was aimed to help stop discrimination against conservatives on social media. Trump’s E.O. tasks the Federal Trade Commission to go after any type of “deceptive” acts of communication.

The E.O. mentions that these social media sites “wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see.”

Hawley’s bill would only apply to online platforms or mobile apps which have more than $1.5 billion in global income, along with over 30 million users in a month domestically, or 300 million worldwide.

One of the bill's sponsors, Senator Rubio, said in a statement that it is time to take a “fresh look” at Section 230.

“Recent actions by Big Tech call into question the legal immunities that social media companies enjoy under Section 230 and whether these firms live up to their obligations,” said Rubio. “It is time to take a fresh look at the statute and clarify the vague standard of ‘good faith’ for which technology companies receive legal protections. That is exactly what this bill does. While Section 230 serves an important purpose, it should not protect unrelated activities such as censorship and political activism.”

Hawley recently took aim at Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, which concluded that “sex discrimination” in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act should be inferred to mean “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in addition to its original natural meaning.

He gave an impassioned speech before the U.S. Senate Tuesday, decrying “the end of the conservative legal movement” and called out the Republican Party for its treatment of religious conservatives.


  big tech, censorship, communications decency act, free speech, josh hawley, marco rubio, section 230

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Trump admin calls out UN secretary general for promoting abortion during COVID

'The United States stands ready to help those in need, but will not compromise our values, laws, and policies in the face of a crisis.'
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 10:18 am EST
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By Stefano Gennarini J.D.

NEW YORK, June 19, 2020 (C-Fam) — The U.S. government criticized the Secretary General of the UN for promoting abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic. This occurred during an annual UN summit that oversees the UN’s work on humanitarian emergencies.

The U.S. government called the Secretary General’s promotion of abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic an “inexcusable use of a crisis to advance a policy agenda that does not enjoy Member State consensus, that is controversial, and which runs counter to U.S. policies.”

The U.S. statement to the UN Economic and Social Council is the latest salvo in an ongoing exchange between the U.S. government and the UN system about abortion since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, John Barsa, began the exchange with a strongly-worded letter to the UN Secretary General criticizing the UN Secretary General’s appeal for $7 billion in aid for the COVID-19 pandemic, known as “the UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan,” for including abortion as an “essential service.”

The U.S. government then blocked a resolution that would have included “sexual and reproductive health” as a “basic humanitarian need” in the work of UN agencies in emergency situations, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the ongoing shutdown of UN headquarters during the pandemic, UN resolutions can only be adopted by unanimous consensus. The U.S. government said they could not accept ambiguous language about “sexual and reproductive health.” The term has long been used by UN agencies to promote abortion.

Rather than propose a resolution without abortion related terms, the Moroccan Ambassador and Chairman of the ECOSOC humanitarian segment, Omar Hilale, opted to scrap the resolution altogether. Instead, he asked countries to join a diplomatic statement that he prepared. The United States was among the 128 delegations who supported Hilale’s statement, titled “Call to Action in support of humanitarian response in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Unlike a resolution, Hilale’s “Call to Action” is legally insignificant in the UN system. But it does endorse the UN Secretary General’s pro-abortion Global Humanitarian Response Plan to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Hilale’s “Call to Action” urges UN member states to “consider funding with urgency the Global Humanitarian Response Plan to meet its requirements.”

The U.S. statement at the ECOSOC humanitarian segment explained, “while we support efforts to support and fund a unified international response, we remain concerned with elements of the Secretary-General’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan.”

Specifically, on abortion, the U.S. statement explained, “there is no international right to abortion, nor is there any duty on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion.”

“The United States stands ready to help those in need, but will not compromise our values, laws, and policies in the face of a crisis,” it reads.

The U.S. statement explains, “each Member State can contribute to the crisis response in a manner it sees fit pursuant to its own national laws, means, and preferences.”

“We are ready to work with the facilitators, future ECOSOC leadership, and other Member States to ensure that divisive language does not continue to undermine the overarching goal of providing life-saving humanitarian assistance,” the U.S. statement emphasizes.

The UN General Assembly is now negotiating a comprehensive resolution on the COVID-19 pandemic that will be binding on the UN system. The first draft of the resolution gave a full-throated endorsement of the UN Secretary General’s $7 billion appeal.

Published with permission from C-Fam.


  abortion, antonio guterres, c-fam, coronavirus, john barsa, united nations

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Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 9:44 am EST
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WHO urges telemedicine and do-it-yourself abortions during COVID pandemic

Abortion advocates are expressing hope that temporary pro-abortion measures will be continued in the post-COVID world.
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 9:38 am EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2020 (C-Fam) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its guidance on essential medical services during the COVID-19 pandemic, explicitly including abortion to the full extent allowed by law. It also encouraged the expansion of remote or telemedicine distribution of abortion drugs and attention to drug inventory to “meet the anticipated increase in need” for abortions during the crisis.

This interim guidance, released June 1, updates and expands on the prior version from March 25. While the earlier document labeled “services related to reproductive health, including care during pregnancy and childbirth” as a “high priority” category, it did not explicitly mention abortion.

The new guidance, which is more than four times longer, places maternal and newborn health in a completely separate section from the one on “sexual and reproductive health services,” which includes abortion, contraception, and hormonal therapy for “gender-affirming care.”

While the WHO guidance includes the caveat that abortions should be made available “to the full extent of the law,” it also urges countries to “consider reducing barriers that could delay care.” This would appear to conflict with U.S. law that forbids grant recipients to lobby in favor of abortion.

The guidance also encourages a shift from surgical procedures to “noninvasive medical methods” using telemedicine and “self-management approaches” where possible, reducing facility visits.

Some countries, including England and France, have already followed this advice, while other European countries and several U.S. states have classified abortion among other nonessential medical procedures that were put on hiatus during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The WHO also offers recommendations regarding the “transition toward restoration of activities” as national lockdowns ease. They urge countries to “regularly assess inventory data” relating to abortion supplies to avoid stockouts when normal services resume and “consider expanding telemedicine mechanisms for medication delivery in contexts where it is proven effective.”

Abortion advocates are expressing hope that temporary measures, like those enacted in France and England, will be continued in the post-COVID world, and serve as an example to other countries. Leah Hoctor, the European director of the Center for Reproductive Rights, told the New York Times that she welcomed the opportunity to normalize self-administered abortions at home: “The fact that these laws and policies were changed quickly in order to respond to the pandemic demonstrates that it is possible to modernize European countries’ abortion laws.”

Yet other countries are continuing to hold the line. Malta, one of the few European nations with strong pro-life protections in law, was praised by the WHO regional director for its public health response to COVID-19, and called “a country to follow.”

Abortion advocates in Malta complained that despite this commendation, the country “fails to follow WHO guidelines on SRHR [sexual and reproductive health and rights],” specifically, abortion. Despite pressure from international organizations, including the European Parliament, and a civil society campaign led by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Maltese government has not used the pandemic to justify changes to its laws on abortion.

Nevertheless, the high profile of the WHO further emboldens those seeking to create an international right to abortion. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics summarized its response to the new WHO guidance in several repeated Tweets: “#SRHR services including #abortion are ESSENTIAL.”

Published with permission from C-Fam.


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Pro-abortion org’s founder grateful for 911 attacks for ‘saving’ abortion pill

The September 11 attacks eclipsed a woman's death from the newly rolled out abortion pill, leading Beverly Winikoff to express relief over the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 9:13 am EST
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June 19, 2020 (Live Action News) — Beverly Winikoff, founder of Gynuity Health Projects — the sponsor of controversial abortion pill clinical trials on girls as young as 10 — has credited the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on America with ‘saving’ the abortion pill.

On September 1, 2001, a woman in Canada died from taking the abortion pill, and the news of her death was made public on September 10, the day before 9/11. Her death was overshadowed by the horrific events of that day, and Winikoff was glad for that. In a May 2020 interview with Columbia University journalists, Winikoff said, in part:

I remember the first day we heard about a death [from the abortion pill]... It was September 10, 2001... And that’s [the tragic attack of 9/11] what saved mifepristone.

And that was like, existential, like, ‘Oh my God. What is going on?’ And ‘is this going to be a problem?’ ... Planned Parenthood was very worried and was thinking of taking [the abortion pill] out of its clinics. And this was after it was registered.

The woman had died from a serious infection caused by the abortion pill: Clostridium sordellii. Her death should have placed the abortion drug and those dispensing it under severe scrutiny. As Winikoff said, Planned Parenthood considered ceasing distribution of the pill. Yet it barely made headlines because of 9/11, leading Winikoff to express relief over the worst terrorist attack in United States history, which killed thousands.


Beverly Winikoff, founder of Gynuity Health, conducting abortion pill trials (Image Columbia.edu)

Today, under the leadership of Winikoff, a Gynuity-sponsored TelAbortion trial mails the dangerous abortion pill to girls as young as 10. Outside the U.S., Gynuity has set up experimental abortion pill trials for late-term abortions, recruiting women and minors in West Africa. Gynuity has also announced its intentions to experiment on women in Latin America, and is currently sponsoring an experimental study in Mexico which will also seek participants as young as 10. Gynuity receives funding from investors who also fund the company that makes the abortion pill. This glaring conflict of interest should taint the results of Gynuity’s studies, and its founder’s obvious lack of concern for human life should concern everyone who cares about women.

Winikoff’s shocking comments simply serve as further proof that the abortion industry puts money over the lives of women — and human life in general. Here are some more examples:

LOUISIANA ADMITTING PRIVILEGES

The U.S. Supreme Court case June Medical Services v. Russo (formerly June Medical Services v. Gee) deals with a 2014 Louisiana law known as Act 620, or “The Unsafe Abortion Act,” meant to protect women by ensuring that any woman injured during an abortion can receive proper continuity of care at a hospital within 30 miles by requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges. All surgeons in the state’s outpatient surgical centers are required to have such admitting privileges, yet the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights, the Hope Medical Group for Women, and two abortionists sued the state over the law — and won. Now it has reached the Supreme Court, and the decision could change the abortion landscape.

Secular Pro-Life explained that many abortion businesses use “(literal) fly-by-night abortionists, who come into town for abortions, fly back to their homes out of state, and leave the local ER to deal with any complications that arise.” One woman who sought an abortion in Louisiana from Dr. David Lee Golden discussed how she was abandoned by staff and had to take herself to the ER. According to the Amici Curiae brief in the current Supreme Court case:

[Golden] callously abandoned a woman named Audrey D. when she experienced excruciating pain following a surgical abortion. “He told her he had to go somewhere” but “did not return,” so he had “the nurses give[ ] her some Tylenol” and instruct her to “go home and lie down.” ... Dr. Golden suspected that “the fetal skull remained in the uterus,” yet he “released her without performing an additional pelvic examination,” ... or telling her that “he suspected the abortion to be incomplete.”

HEMORRHAGING WOMAN KICKED TO THE CURB

In a prime example of the abortion industry’s complete lack of care for its patients, Preterm abortion facility in Ohio kicked out a 25-year-old abortion patient at closing time even though she was hemorrhaging. In a 911 call obtained by pro-life watchdog group Operation Rescue, the woman said, “I’m outside Preterm and I’m bleeding heavy. Like they just — they just left me bleeding like this.” This act of abandonment is a violation of patient care standards, as patients must be stable when released. An ambulance arrived and took the woman to Metro Hospital for treatment.

FILTHY FACILITIES

Stories from inside U.S. abortion facilities are frequently horrific. Patients and former abortion workers alike have told tales of filthy clinics. Across the country — New YorkKentuckyDelawareMissouriLouisiana — abortion facilities have failed inspections and have been caught using rusty equipment. The list goes on and on. Even abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood is not immune to health and safety violations.

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s facility in Philadelphia was full of jars of baby parts and cat feces on the floors. Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder against three infants — among the many — he had killed after birth by snipping their spinal cords, and involuntary manslaughter of a pregnant patient who died in his “House of Horrors” as well as multiple felonies and misdemeanors.

NO BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ABORTIONISTS

Abortion businesses in Louisiana have admitted they don’t run background checks on abortionists. Leroy Brinkley, the president of two of Louisiana’s three existing abortion facilities — Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge and Women’s Health Care Clinic in New Orleans — testified, “If they have a license and the state gave the license, it’s not for me to determine if they are capable.”

The director at June Medical — at the center of the current Supreme Court case — said he doesn’t perform background checks or even look into a doctor’s previous training. This lack of concern for patients’ wellbeing allowed Louisiana abortion facilities to hire an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) and a radiologist to commit abortions on patients.

ABORTION QUOTAS

The notion that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare” has long been abandoned by the abortion industry. After all, it is profitable. Planned Parenthood has abortion quotas and awards its facilities for exceeding those quotas — which means abortion “clinics” are actually businesses selling abortion.

ALTERING ABORTION PROCEDURES TO SELL BODY PARTS

Dr. Deborah Nucatola, former Medical Director for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was caught on undercover video admitting to illegally altering abortion procedures so she could secure intact baby body parts to sell for profit. She noted that many abortionists use ultrasound guidance — not to ensure that they don’t cause injury to the woman, but to ensure that they get the desired organs for researchers.

“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” she said.

Rather than ensuring the abortion is committed with the woman’s safety in mind — because the baby will die either way — these abortionists are altering how they commit the abortions in order to make money. Would they go so far out of their way to get perfect organs to donate to researchers without any financial benefit to themselves? Likely not.

BABIES STACKED UP

Abortionists have a general disregard for human life in general. They suction and dismember the bodies of innocent humans in the womb. Some of them even leave the bodies stacked up or hidden in their cars or their garages, or toss them into dumpsters.

Gynuity’s Beverly Winikoff, in her insensitivity about the loss of life on 9/11, proves that abortion isn’t about “safe, legal and rare” and it never has been. It was and is about allowing the abortion industry to profit from killing humans without the fear of prosecution.

Author’s Note: Special thanks to Live Action News author Carole Novielli for her research and assistance with this article.

Published with permission from Live Action News.


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Infamous abortionist mangles 2nd-trimester babies, sends 2 women to hospital with horrific injuries

A whistleblower described what happened to the babies and their mothers. The recollections are not for the faint of heart.
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 8:51 am EST
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BETHESDA, Maryland, June 19, 2020 (Operation Rescue) — Two women within nine days suffered life-threatening injuries that required emergency surgery and hospitalization after both received abortions at 25 weeks of pregnancy at a notorious late-term abortion facility in Bethesda, Maryland.

Owned and operated by nationally-known late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, the Bethesda facility is one of a handful of clinics that openly conduct abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Formerly known as Abortion Clinics.org, it was recently renamed CARE, an irony-filled acronym for Clinics for Abortion and Reproductive Excellence.

A source familiar with the incidents came forward to blow the whistle on Carhart after witnessing the horrific injuries inflicted on the women and their unborn babies as the result of abortions conducted on May 12 and 21, 2020. The identity of the whistleblower will remain anonymous.

Operation Rescue obtained Incident Reports from the Montgomery County Maryland Fire and Rescue Service for both emergencies that verified ambulances were in fact summoned to provide emergency care at Carhart’s clinic. Both women were transported to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland. Carhart holds no hospital privileges there or anywhere else in the U.S.

Both women had traveled to the Bethesda abortion facility from out of state, most likely due to the fact their pregnancies were entering the third trimester and their babies were considered viable. Most states limit third-trimester abortions. Eight states, including Maryland, have no gestational limits on abortions.

“We have filed several complaints against Carhart in the past for injuring or killing women during abortions, but every complaint has been dismissed without action. It has become obvious political corruption is at work in Maryland and that Carhart is politically protected,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “That is why we have decided to turn to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to see if the Federal side will take a greater interest in protecting women and their babies than the State of Maryland has.” [See list of Maryland complaints.]

A letter has been sent to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, seeking an investigation into 22 known serious injuries and one patient death at Carhart’s two abortion facilities in Maryland and Bellevue, Nebraska, since 2012. Jennifer Morbelli, 29, died on February 7, 2013, after a mishandled 33-week Carhart abortion. The Maryland Board of Physicians failed to take disciplinary action in Morbelli’s case as well as the other seven complaints filed against him.

Carhart was also involved in the abortion-related death of Christin Gilbert, 19, who died from complications to a 29-week botched abortion on January 13, 2005, while he was conducting late-term abortions in Wichita, Kansas — another tragedy that went without justice.

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Operation Rescue spoke directly to the whistleblower about the most two most recent incidents in May. The descriptions of the horrific injuries are not for the faint of heart.

May 12, 2020

According to the Incident Report, on May 12, 2020, at 3:50 p.m. a 911 call requested an ambulance at 10401 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, the location of Carhart’s abortion facility. An ambulance that was equipped to provide advanced life support (ALS) was dispatched along with a second unit in support.

The patient was examined, given care, and transported to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Once at the emergency room, the woman was evaluated and found to be in critical condition as the result of a serious complications to a Dilation & Evacuation dismemberment abortion at 25 weeks gestation. 

She was bleeding heavily from a ruptured uterus and other internal injuries, in shock, and on the verge of unconsciousness, according to the whistleblower. She was also feverish — hot to the touch — and showing signs of sepsis.

Within minutes, the patient was rushed into the operating room for emergency surgery. Once her belly was opened, it was determined that her internal injuries were so severe that a call was made for a general surgeon. 

The whistleblower described it as “the most horrific thing I have ever seen.”

There was an enormous amount of blood due to a “huge” tear in the uterus and “mangled” tissue that was once a bowel. The woman required a transfusion of multiple units of blood.

Parts of the baby had been left inside, some of which had been shoved through the uterine tear and high into the abdominal cavity, including a severed leg that was intact from the hip down.

Because the surgeon was unable to completely repair the massive damage, the woman’s bowel was resected and she was given a colostomy that included an external bag. After the surgeon did as much for the patient as was possible at that time, the woman was sent to the Intensive Care Unit where she remained intubated for two days before being transferred to a standard room. She remained in the hospital and was discharged on the morning of May 21 — nine days after her near-fatal injuries.

According to the whistleblower, those involved in treating the woman were so upset by what they saw that the surgeon witnessed the need to send out an e-mail to the hospital staff acknowledging their trauma while caring for this woman.

May 21, 2020

According to the second Incident Report, an ambulance was once again called to Carhart’s CARE abortion facility in Bethesda on May 21, 2020, at 1:05 p.m. for a woman suffering a botched abortion procedure.

An ambulance equipped for basic life support (BLS) arrived, examined and provided treatment, then transported her to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

The whistleblower indicated that Carhart had called ahead to notify the emergency room that he was sending another patient over with a perforated uterus.

This emergency was very similar to the previous one from May 12, but according to the whistleblower, it was actually much worse. The woman arrived in “very critical” condition due to injuries received during a Dilation and Evacuation abortion done at 25 weeks of pregnancy.

Again, a surgeon was called and this time the hemorrhaging was so severe that a hysterectomy was required, ending the woman’s ability to ever bear another child.

The woman required four units of blood “just to keep her alive.”

The perforation at the back of the uterus was described as the size of a hand spread out, or about 8-9 inches.

Unlike the last patient, the bowel for this woman was intact, but suction marks on the outside of the bowel were observed.

The body of a 25-week baby had been shoved through the huge rip in the womb and into the abdominal cavity. The baby was intact except for a missing arm and part of the spinal column. Its head was still attached, but only by a strip of flesh.

The whistleblower indicated that it was quite upsetting to see a nearly complete fetus pushed inside the abdominal cavity, and wondered about the force it took to shove the baby’s body that far into the mother’s abdomen.

The abortionist

Carhart has had several people rotating in and out of his Bethesda facility conducting abortions, sometimes for training purposes. Due to advancing age and health issues, it has been thought that Carhart had cut back on the number of abortions that he was personally doing.

When asked specifically who actually conducted the abortions, the whistleblower remarked that not only was no abortionist on record, but it was almost like no one really wanted to say what office the women had been brought in from. However, the whistleblower did verify that Carhart was the one who personally called the hospital to alert staff to the arrive of the woman on May 21. The Montgomery County Incident Reports verify that the women were transported from the location of Carhart’s Bethesda abortion facility.

Seeking accountability

“The gruesome nature of these abortion injuries and the emotional impact they had on hospital staff is enough for us to demand that Carhart be held responsible for the human misery he has inflicted on those who have suffered from what can only be described as incompetence,” said Newman. “We await word from the HHS on our letter of complaint, and are considering the next steps, because this kind of thing cannot be covered up or tolerated anymore.”

Note: The names of the whistleblower and all involved parties have been withheld. Operation Rescue has encouraged the whistleblower to file state complaints regarding these abortion-related injuries. Further legal action is being considered.

Published with permission from Operation Rescue.


  abortion, leroy carhart, maryland

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Pope Benedict leaves Vatican to travel to Germany to visit ailing brother

The spontaneous trip is reported to have taken Vatican observers by surprise.
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 9:25 pm EST
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June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Yesterday, news broke that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI unexpectedly left the Vatican in order to fly to Regensburg and to be with his ailing 96-year-old brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger. There is already talk about his possible protracted stay in Germany. Michael Fuchs, the vicar general of the Diocese of Regensburg, let it be known that “it would be an honor, should he stay permanently.” Observers are asking questions about these developments.

Speaking with the German Catholic weekly Die Tagespost, Clemens Neck, the press speaker of the Diocese of Regensburg, quoted Vicar General Michael Fuchs with the words that it would be an “honor” should Pope Benedict remain permanently in Regensburg. Neck then added that a retired pope belongs to the Vatican. The length of his stay, continued the press speaker, is exclusively depending upon the physical condition of the retired pope.

As the local newspaper Passauer Neue Presse reported yesterday, Neck said the reason for this sudden visit in Germany was Georg Ratzinger’s bad health: “Georg is obviously very ill,” he stated. According to his own caretaker, Sister Laurente, Georg Ratzinger is said to have constantly checked the clock and was eagerly waiting for his brother’s visit yesterday. Since then, they have celebrated two Holy Masses, one today on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Benedict had arrived at Munich airport yesterday around 11 A.M.

According to the German tabloid Die Bild, the plans for this sudden trip to Germany seem to have developed on Wednesday, after Pope Benedict had received a call from Regensburg, telling him about the worsening health of his brother, who had recently become confined to his bed. He then consulted with Pope Francis. Many observers in the Vatican say they were surprised by this trip. One source in Rome told LifeSite that the new biography by Peter Seewald on the life of Pope Benedict that was just published might well need a chapter added.

Rome correspondent Professor Armin Schwibach of Kath.net gave LifeSite the following comment:

First: the resignation — a unique event in the Church’s history. Now: the trip of a retired Pope to his homeland, for personal reasons, which have to be respected. It is rare that the world has seen such love between brothers. And it is only about that. Both are two decisive events in the Church’s history, after which nothing will remain the same as before. As we all were able to experience after February 11, 2013. Such singular events happen. And it is difficult how to handle them. In itself, it is about an earthquake, a metaphysical Churchquake — which should be seen and used as such.  Oremus pro Pontifice emerito. This sign is stronger than the lightning that struck St. Peter's on that fatal evening.

According to the Tagespost, no public appearances of Pope Benedict are planned. The Diocese of Regensburg is asking people to respect the privacy of the retired pope and his brother. The official statement says that “it is perhaps the last time the two brothers see each other.”

As of now, Pope Benedict has visited his brother each day twice, while also recovering himself from the strenuous trip at the priestly seminary of the diocese in Regensburg, where he lives during his stay. Archbishop Georg Gänswein, his private secretary, has come with him to Germany, as did a religious sister, his physician, and a male nurse.

The two Ratzinger brothers have been close all their lives and stayed in close contact by way of phone calls and yearly visits on the part of Georg Ratzinger. They were ordained to the priesthood on the same day in 1951. Their parents are buried in Regensburg, where Msgr. Georg Ratzinger headed the Regensburger Domspatzen choir for decades. According to the Bild report, Benedict regretted that he was not able to see his sister Maria before she died in 1991, and he wanted to be present for his brother in his final days. As sources from his surroundings say, the retired pope wishes to remain in Regensburg until his brother’s death.

LifeSiteNews has reached out to the Diocese of Regensburg for comment and will update this report should more developments occur. As we are going to press, the Diocese of Regensburg once more insists that no photos or public appearances are welcomed.


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Catholic bishops, priests call on Americans to overcome ‘sin of racism’

'The church has not affirmed loud enough that black lives matter,' declared Msgr. Raymond East at a rally in Washington, D.C. 'That’s why we are here.'
Fri Jun 19, 2020 - 8:16 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — After two weeks of horrific violence and destruction inflicted on urban communities following the death of George Floyd beneath the knee of a rogue policeman, the crystal clarity of Catholicism has shone as a bright beacon amid darkness and haze. 

“For Americans of goodwill, the chaos and criminality transpiring in the name of George Floyd are absolutely baffling,” wrote Catholic Bill McGurn in his Main Street column at the Wall Street Journal

“If justice for George Floyd is the goal, many cannot fathom how it makes any sense to trash already-vulnerable neighborhoods, kill other African-American men in the process, and destroy black-owned stores that, as former President Barack Obama just pointed out, may never come back,” wrote McGurn. “But it makes perfect sense if the goal is to indict America as fatally compromised by racism since birth. And if the mayhem provokes authorities such as Mr. Trump into further inflaming the situation, so much the better.”

“Those promoting — and manipulating — the violence aren’t interested in debate or facts, least of all those that might contradict their narrative about a war on unarmed black men by white police,” noted McGurn. “They are using the mayhem to shut down honest debate and bully anyone who dares offer the slightest criticism into confessing he speaks from a position of moral inferiority.”

The disturbing images of violence against policemen and civilians attempting to protect themselves and their property purposefully obscure the original intent of that first protest in Minneapolis. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) political movement has overlaid its Marxist demands on top of those initial worthy pleas for an end to the very real vestiges of racism in the U.S., while Antifa has simply sought to inject maximum anarchy. 

While Antifa exists solely to create mayhem, BLM seeks to undermine biological families and human sexuality.

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Black Lives Matter sticker spotted in Washington, DC’s Union Station, combining the bright colors of the gay movement’s rainbow flag and the pastels stripes of the Transgender flag. Photo credit: Doug Mainwaring / LifeSiteNews

Among the group’s stated beliefs: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement,” and “We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.”

What’s a Catholic — or any Christian — to do in response to the tangled web of messages and demands?   

“My advice to my students is the same as my advice to myself — and to everyone: Seek the truth,” wrote Professor Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and a leading Catholic voice, in a Facebook posting. “Speak the truth as best you understand it. Do not permit yourself to be bullied into silence. Do not allow yourself to be shamed into saying things you don't believe or expressing yourself inauthentically — by, for example, embracing movements or endorsing slogans about which you have reservations. Do not let fear of the mob or lust for acceptance or applause — or the desire to get ahead — dictate what you say and don’t say.”

Monsignor Charles Pope led a procession through the streets of Washington, D.C. as a means to gather for prayer those Catholics “who don’t want to have any politicization ... just pray and make reparation.” 

“We’re a big Church, and we straddle political boundaries,” declared Msgr. Pope in an EWTN interview following the procession. “We wanted to come out in a very nonpartisan, nonpolitical way and just say, ‘We care for our brother’ and ‘We care for the fact that there is racism in this country.’”

“It’s gone on for a long time and it’s something we have to think about and repent of in our own life,” said Msgr. Pope.

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“We also have to accept the fact that sometimes we’re victims of it, sometimes we’re perpetrators. We all need to pray and make reparation because it’s a community problem,” he added

“As a nation, we abolished slavery legally, but we have not dealt with its enduring legacy,” said Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap. in a video message. “If we reject slavery, then we must reject and denounce the dehumanizing attitudes that foster discrimination, inequality, and violence.”

“Racism can be explicit, but it can also be unrecognized, unacknowledged,” explained O’Malley, “yet all of its manifestations are deadly and corrosive to civil society.”

Racism “is overcome by God, by His mercy. It is not our achievement,” said Phoenix bishop Thomas J. Olmsted in a homily last week, according to CNA. “We have a key part to play, in cooperation with His grace, but only God can change minds and hearts. That’s why the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist play such vital roles in overcoming the sin of racism.”

“While racism is a sinful act that prejudice, injustice, and lack of respect for human dignity brings about, racism also hides itself behind indifference,” added Olmsted.

Last Monday, Catholics in Washington, D.C., including about two dozen priests, gathered on the north side of Lafayette Park, opposite the White House, to rededicate themselves “to the defense of all life and recommit to an anti-racism agenda.”   

LifeSiteNews spoke with several members of the clergy who participated in the event, and all were quick to differentiate between the violence displayed in nightly news reports and on social media and the righteous pleas to end racism.

Msgr. Raymond East, the black American pastor of Washington, D.C.’s St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, preached a heartfelt message, declaring, “The church has not affirmed loud enough that black lives matter.  That’s why we are here.”

“Imagine if 64 million Catholics said, ‘Black lives matter,’” said East.  “That would be a sea change in America. We’re not there yet. We’ve got work to do.”


  black lives matter, catholic, charles pope, george floyd, racism, sean o'malley