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Texas hospital must continue life support for 17-month-old Tinslee Lewis, court rules

Cook Children's Medical Center was pushing to end the child's life against her parents' wishes. A judge has granted her a reprieve.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 9:06 pm EST
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July 28, 2020 (Live Action News) — Trinity Lewis, the mother of 17-month-old Tinslee Lewis, has secured a win in the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas. The court ruled 2-1 that the little girl, born prematurely and with a rare heart defect, will not be removed from life support against her family’s wishes. According to Court House News, this ruling will allow Lewis to challenge the state’s 10-Day Rule.

The court issued a temporary injunction that prevents Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth from withdrawing life support until after the full trial is held. That court decision will either uphold the state’s 10-Day Rule or strike it down as unconstitutional. The court wrote in the majority opinion that the 10-Day Rule is “likely unconstitutional” in that it doesn’t allow adequate due process protections and violates the civil rights of patients.

“Texas Right to Life praises God that the court granted more time for Baby Tinslee and for every other patient victimized by the 10-Day Rule,” Texas Right to Life said in a statement. “Over the last several months, Texas Right to Life has seen more and more hospitals trying to force the 10-Day Rule on innocent Texans. The 10-Day Rule has robbed countless patients of their Right to Life and right to due process. We pray the court will strike down the deadly 10-Day Rule in the full trial.”

Trinity Lewis first sued the hospital in November 2019 when it enacted the 10-Day Rule under the Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA), which allows hospital ethics committees to decide to remove a patient’s life-sustaining care even against their family’s wishes. Lewis’s attorney, Joseph Nixon, told the court of appeals in February that the hospital is obligated under the state’s STAR Kids program to provide care for children with special health needs.

In its ruling, the court stated:

[Cook] confuses a patient’s initial consent to health care treatment with the continuation of that treatment in the life-sustaining treatment context. If T.L. dies after [Cook], through her attending physician, discontinues her life-sustaining treatment — and if no action or inaction of [Cook], its staff, or any other person ‘hastens her death’ in violation of TADA — presumably, she will die of the natural disease process. But because the life-sustaining treatment has already begun with the mother’s consent and has continued for some time, there is no dispute that life-sustaining treatment is what is keeping her alive currently in accordance with mother’s wishes.

[Cook’s] and the attending physician’s belief that T.L.’s life now is being harmed more than it is being helped by such treatment does not change that fact.

The court win comes after news that a new doctor, Dr. Glenn E. Green, has stepped forward to provide care for Tinslee, saying that he believes her condition has the potential to improve.

Published with permission from Live Action News.


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Google, Facebook, Twitter shut down ‘frontline’ US doctors who promote ‘cure for COVID’

Social media giants banned a viral video of doctors who call the mainstream media's hopeless coverage of COVID-19 a ‘massive disinformation campaign.’
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 8:44 pm EST
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July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A video viewed millions of times, which showed doctors championing hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment for the coronavirus and blasting the “spider web of fear” the virus has caused Americans, was swiftly removed from YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook for violating the sites’ respective COVID-19 “misinformation” policies.

The banned video, originally posted by Breitbart News, was removed despite going viral. It shows a press conference held this Monday in front of the U.S. Supreme Court by the group America’s Frontline Doctors in Washington, D.C. 

The group is in D.C. for its “White Coat Summit” event, which was organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.). It kicked off yesterday with a full-day agenda and finished up today.

The doctors’ group website (which as of press time appears to be taken offline, but parts of it can still be viewed on the internet archive site Wayback), claims that “American life has fallen casualty to a massive disinformation campaign. We can speculate on how this has happened, and why it has continued, but the purpose of the inaugural White Coat Summit is to empower Americans to stop living in fear.” 

“If Americans continue to let so-called experts and media personalities make their decisions, the great American experiment of a Constitutional Republic with Representative Democracy, will cease.”

Breitbart reported Monday that a Facebook company spokesman, Andy Stone, told the publication, “We’ve removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.”

The report goes on to mention that Stone did not tell Breitbart which part of the video Facebook argued was “false information” or where the decision to remove the videos came from. 

The event was live-streamed by Breitbart and appears to be available in an embedded form linked to Breitbart’s report on its censorship.  The transcript of the press conference is available online as well, which matches the press conference nearly word for word.

New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose took to Twitter on Monday to bring attention to the video.

“The #2 most-engaged post on Facebook today is a Breitbart video of a group of doctors claiming that hydroxychloroquine is ‘a cure for Covid’ and ‘you don't need a mask.’ 14 million views in 6 hours. (For scale, Plandemic got ~8 million in a few days.),” wrote Roose on Twitter on Monday.

This garnered a response from the same Facebook official who replied to Breitbart, Andy Stone, who replied in the Twitter thread, saying, “Yes, we removed it for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.”

On Facebook, the Breitbart News live stream of the doctors’ press conference had over 17 million views “within 8 hours and had 185,000 concurrent viewers at the time it was streamed,” according to the news site.

A YouTube clip of the event had 80,000 views before it was removed for “violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines,” according to Breitbart News.

Breitbart News’s live stream of the event had around 1 million views on Twitter’s live-streaming platform Periscope before it was taken offline, according to the news site.

READ: Trump: ‘I don’t know why’ Facebook, Twitter shut down ‘frontline’ doctors promoting COVID cure

America’s Frontline Doctors was founded by Dr. Simone Gold, who according to her website is a “board-certified emergency physician Stanford educated attorney.”

The full line-up of speakers for the “White Coat Summit” included Dr. Gold and Dr. Dan Erickson, who made headlines in April for questioning the coronavirus lockdown measures and its impact on the economy and people’s mental health.

The doctors’ Monday press conference began with Gold, who said they had decided to hold the summit because “the American people have not heard from all the expertise that’s out there all across our country. We do have some experts speaking, but there’s lots and lots of experts across the country.”

“Americans are riveted and captured by fear at the moment. We are not held down by the virus as much as we’re being held down by the spider web of fear. That spider web is all around us and it’s constricting us and it’s draining the lifeblood of the American people, American society, and American economy,” added Gold.

Gold said that there “are many thousands of physicians who have been silenced for telling the American people the good news about the situation, that we can manage the virus carefully and intelligently, but we cannot live with this spider web of fear that’s constricting our country.”

A part of Monday’s “White Coat Summit” can be viewed at a link from Breitbart’s website. Today, Breitbart News reported that Twitter had limited its account over the sharing of the doctors’ video.

“Shortly after removing the footage of the livestream, Twitter limited the Breitbart News official account, which means the account cannot be used to send tweets. A Twitter spokesperson told Breitbart News: ‘Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,’” reads the Breitbart News report about the censorship.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), which is used mainly to treat malaria, has been the source of much debate and speculation when it comes to treating the coronavirus. It was heavily talked about during the press conference.

Dr. James Todaro claimed that there is an “orchestrated attack that’s going on against hydroxychloroquine. If it seems like there is an orchestrated attack that’s going on against hydroxychloroquine it’s because there is.”

“When have you ever heard of a medication generating this degree of controversy? A 65-year-old medication that has been on the World Health Organization’s safe, essential list of medications for years. It’s over the counter in many countries. And what we’re seeing is a lot of misinformation.”

According to the America’s Frontline Doctors website as seen on Wayback, Dr. Torado “wrote the first widely read paper on chloroquine in treatment of COVID-19 in An Effective Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19),” and his “discovery of the fraudulent data investigation led to what is now referred to as #LancetGate — the stunning once-in-a-generation retraction of the now infamous The Lancet study that had led to the European Union and the WHO halting studies of HCQ.”

In March, the U.S. FDA approved the drug to be used for experimental coronavirus treatments.

Early on in the coronavirus crisis, some studies showed that HCQ could be an effective treatment against COVID-19. However, a study published by the medical journal The Lancet said researchers had found “no benefit” to using the drug, adding that it “decreased in-hospital survival and an increased frequency of ventricular arrhythmias.” 

This study prompted many world governments to decide to ban or restrict HCQ for treating COVID-19 patients.

The Lancet was forced to retract its study, however, after revelations from the newspaper The Guardian raised significant doubts about the credibility of the source material. 

During Monday’s doctors’ press conference, Dr. Stella Immanuel, who says she is a primary care physician in Houston, Texas, claimed that hydroxychloroquine helped her treat her COVID-19 patients.

“I’m here because I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID[.] ... I put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they’re all well,” claimed Immanuel.

“And today I’m here to say it, that America, there is a cure for COVID. All this foolishness does not need to happen. There is a cure for COVID. There is a cure for COVID is called hydroxychloroquine. It’s called zinc. It’s called Zithromax.”

Dr. Gold followed Immanuel by claiming that studies that were done “15 years ago” showed that “chloroquine … we use hydroxychloroquine, it’s the same … little safer … works. They proved this 15 years ago when we got this novel coronavirus, which is not that novel, it’s 78 percent similar to the prior coronavirus, which is not that novel. It’s 78 percent similar to the prior version. The COV-1, not surprisingly. It works.”

The Daily Beast reported that Immanuel was born in Cameroon and is a registered physician in Texas and works in a medical clinic “out of a strip mall next to her church, Firepower Ministries.” Her Firepower Ministries website was offline as of press time.

Despite Immanuel’s claims of the effectiveness of HCQ combined with zinc and Zithromax, some have called her credibility into question, with one report from the Daily Beast saying Immanuel “has a history of making bizarre claims about medical topics and other issues. She has often claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches.”

The same Daily Beast reports notes sermons Immanuel has posted online, saying, “Immanuel claims real-life ailments such as fibroid tumors and cysts stem from the demonic sperm after demon dream sex, an activity she claims affects ‘many women.’”

U.S. president Donald Trump shared clips of the doctors’ group video with his followers, but the links were later removed by Twitter from his account.

Donald Trump, Jr. also shared clips of the doctors’ group video on Twitter. Today, he had his account suspended for 12 hours.

“@Twitter & @jack have suspended @DonaldJTrumpJr for posting a viral video of medical doctors talking about Hydroxychloroquine. Big Tech is the biggest threat to free expression in America today & they're continuing to engage in open election interference - full stop,” said Andrew Surabian, Trump Jr.’s spokesperson, on Twitter today.  

His profile, @DonaldJTrumpJr, is still visible.

Media Research Center president and founder Brent Bozell took to Twitter today to share his dismay at the news of Trump Jr.’s account being temporarily locked.

“The Big Tech Gestapo are at it again! Facebook, Google, and YouTube went insane yesterday and again shut down free speech, removing a viral @BreitbartNews video of a @TPPatriots event. Big Tech can’t be allowed to choose whose voice is heard,” said Bozell on Twitter.

Today, Breitbart live-streamed a second press conference of the doctors’ group to conclude their “White Coat Summit,” which Breitbart reported was to “to address the censorship of [the doctors’ group] press conference.”


  2020 presidential election, america’s frontline doctors, big tech, breitbart news, censorship, coronavirus, facebook, google, hydroxychloroquine, stella immanuel, youtube

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Bishop Schneider lists problems in Vatican II documents that lead to ‘relativism’

‘For me the deepest problem of Vatican II is the relativization of Jesus Christ and the Gospel.’
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 8:14 pm EST
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ASTANA, Kazakhstan, July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― The auxiliary bishop of Astana has called for the correction of texts promulgated by the Second Vatican Council that have led to “relativism.” 

“I think that one day the Church should formally correct (expressions in) Lumen Gentium 16, in Nostra Aetate and also (one) in the Ecumenical Decree on Non-Christians that (says)  the Holy Ghost is using them as instruments,” Bishop Athanasius Schneider told Dr. Taylor Marshall in an online interview posted Sunday.

Schneider, 59, also discussed problematic phrases in Dignitatus Humanae and in Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s document on the liturgy. 

Marshall introduced the theme of the Second Vatican Council by saying both priests and laity are becoming aware that the current crisis in the Church relates to “problem passages” in the Council’s documents. Marshall listed such issues as syncretism, false ecumenism, and adulatory descriptions of Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. 

Schneider said the majority of the texts of the Second Vatican Council are good, and those that are ambiguous can be interpreted within the tradition of the Church “in a benevolent way.” However, the bishop also pinpointed a few expressions in the documents that have had “very bad consequences.” 

“The greatest problem with these (problematic) texts can be reduced to one topic: relativism,” Schneider said. 

The bishop said that these few “expressions” relativize the Lord Jesus Christ, the Gospel, the incarnation, the work of redemption, and the Catholic Church. 

“All these expressions that you mentioned ultimately have their roots in relativism,” he told Marshall. 

The Problem in Lumen Gentium 16  

Schneider pointed first to a phrase in Lumen Gentium that incorrectly erases an important distinction between Christian and Muslim worship of God. In the sentence, “In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind”, the bishop took strong issue with the phrase “with us,” “nobiscum” in Latin. 

“This is wrong,” Schneider said firmly. 

He explained that Lumen Gentium 16 errs in suggesting that Christians and Muslims participate together in the same act of adoration. It errs because Muslims worship on a natural level, at the same level of anyone who adores God with the “natural light of reason,” whereas Christians adore God on a supernatural level as His adopted children “in the truth of Christ and in the Holy Spirit.” 

“This is a substantial difference,” Schneider observed. He explained that the use of the phrase “with us” represents a relativization of the act of adoration of God and also of Christians’ “sonship.” 

The Problem in Dignitatis Humanae

The bishop then cited a problem in a statement about religious freedom in Vatican II’s Dignitatis Humanae. Schneider praised the document for observing that nobody can be forced to believe, but then he critiqued its statement that human beings should not be constrained from worshipping according to their conscience. 

Schneider said that this was equating the right to worship idols to a right stemming from human nature, i.e. believing or not believing.   

“When something is a right of human nature, it is positively willed by God,” he explained. 

“If you say it is a right of your nature, you are saying that it is positively willed by God that no one should be hindered to practice and to spread, let us say, idolatry.”  

Schneider observed that many people are “convinced in their conscience” that they must practise idolatry and that this is opposed to divine revelation. He noted also that the problematic phrase is “substantially the same as the phrase of the Abu Dhabi document which says that the plurality or diversity of religions (...) is the wise will of God.” 

“We have to be sincere and intellectually honest: this is not acceptable” the bishop said.

“And these two phrases, in Lumen Gentium and in Dignitatis Humanae, too, are the root from which stemmed and developed all the relativism which we experienced in the last five decades in the life of the Church.”

Schneider recalled the controversial World Day of Prayer convoked by St. John Paul II in Assisi in 1986 and the veneration of the “Pachamama idol” in St. Peter’s Basilica during last October’s Synod on the Amazon. He pointed out that the logic of not hindering the conscientious worship of idols applies to the worship of Pachamama ― even within Vatican City itself. 

“If it is the positive will of God that a group of Amazonian Indians ― pagans, I mean ― who venerate Pachamama not be hindered in spreading their cult, then the pope (must say) ‘I cannot hinder them because it is a right of human nature, and when it is a right of human nature, it is the positive will of God. And when God positively wills that the Amazonian Indians venerate their idol Pachamama, I cannot prohibit them because this is their right that God gave them. I can admit them even to St. Peter’s’,” Schneider explained. 

Schneider criticized texts suggesting that Buddhists and Hindus can attain illumination on their own, without “the grace of Christ,” as a heresy. 

“It’s Pelagianism and relativism (saying) that Christ is not the only source,” he said. 

“So you see these texts cannot be accepted as they are.” 

Regarding Sacrosanctum Concilium, Schneider praised it for its defense of traditional liturgy, to which the Novus Ordo and the “ad populum” celebration of Mass are a “plain contraction,” he said. He believes that it, too, has problematic sections, saying it weakened the theology of specific sacraments by asking that their rites be reviewed. However, the bishop also believes that the current “Ordinary Form” of the Mass should be reformed according to the principles laid out by Sacrosanctum Concilium.


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LifeSite joins media leaders to demand Google answer for censoring conservatives

A new open letter challenges the CEO of Google’s parent company over the removal of conservative websites from online search results before he appears tomorrow at an antitrust hearing at the U.S. House.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 8:11 pm EST
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UNITED STATES, July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — LifeSiteNews has joined with conservative media outlets around the United States in an open letter challenging the CEO of Google’s parent company over the removal of conservative websites from online search results before he appears tomorrow at an antitrust hearing at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will testify tomorrow before the House Judiciary Committee and the Antitrust Subcommittee along with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The focus of the hearing will be the dominance of big tech companies over the internet.

LifeSiteNews co-founder John-Henry Westen has added his signature to an open letter daring Pichai to deny under oath that Google censors conservatives (full text of letter below).

“This past Wednesday, July 21, several conservative media platforms, including four of Media Research Center’s (MRC) major sites, were removed from Google’s search results. Google’s official response was that this was the result of a technical glitch.  We don’t believe you,” the letter begins.

“We believe Google is lying yet again. It's the same old game. Censor conservatives, wait for someone else to call you out on it, then blame the algorithms or another technical problem for the censorship. Somehow you never manage to discover your own glitch.”

The letter was launched by the Media Research Center (MRC) with its president, Brent Bozell, as the lead signatory. The numerous signatories also include Terry Schilling of the American Principles Project and LifeSiteNews contributor Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation.

“Who at Google was responsible for this latest instance of deliberate censorship against conservatives? Why did they do it? What are you doing about your employees who did this and who are trying to undermine our democratic process? What information are you going to provide to both Congress and those impacted to show what actually happened?” the letter demands.

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Google, along with other major internet tech companies has long been accused of bias against conservatives.

Numerous leaked private conversations have shown not only that the dominant ideologies at Google are dramatically out of step with the general public, but that the company is willing to enforce those ideologies.

In May, U.S. president Donald J. Trump accused major internet companies, including Google, of being controlled by radical leftists.

“The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google. The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay tuned, and send names & events,” Trump tweeted on May 16 prior to signing an executive order on laws impacting social media companies later that month.

Last week, a survey published by Pew Research found that nearly 75 percent of respondents think internet companies have excessive influence in politics, with 47 percent saying that government regulation is needed.

“Your claims that Google is neutral, while your company continues to censor conservatives deliberately and deceptively, are simply not credible,” the signatories conclude in their letter to Pichai.

“On Wednesday, July 29 you are appearing before the The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust. Google deliberately censors conservatives. We dare you to deny that under oath.”

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Full text of open letter to Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai from conservative media leaders:

July 27, 2020

Mr. Sundar Pichai

Chief Executive Officer at Alphabet

1600 Amphitheater Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 USA

Dear Mr. Pichai,

This past Wednesday, July 21, several conservative media platforms, including four of Media Research Center’s (MRC) major sites, were removed from Google’s search results. Google’s official response was that this was the result of a technical glitch.

We don’t believe you.

We believe Google is lying yet again. It's the same old game. Censor conservatives, wait for someone else to call you out on it, then blame the algorithms or another technical problem for the censorship. Somehow you never manage to discover your own glitch. It’s always your victims who do. Your approach to this scandal is one of an utter lack of transparency and has become second nature to you and your organization. It’s not merely shameful, it's a clear and present danger to our civil society. You need to answer for this.

Who at Google was responsible for this latest instance of deliberate censorship against conservatives? Why did they do it? What are you doing about your employees who did this and who are trying to undermine our democratic process?

What information are you going to provide to both Congress and those impacted to show what actually happened?

How many more times will Google censor conservatives, and then lie about it before Congress has to take action against your company? The time has passed for lame excuses. If you won’t be honest and fix the problem, then Congress must act decisively to counter the threat to freedom of speech from you and other Big Tech companies. It’s time for the federal government to consider antitrust solutions for companies like Google and the rest of the

Big Tech industry that have grown too powerful and too irresponsible.

Your claims that Google is neutral, while your company continues to censor conservatives deliberately and deceptively, are simply not credible.

On Wednesday, July 29 you are appearing before the The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust. Google deliberately censors conservatives. We dare you to deny that under oath.


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Renowned US pro-life priest obeys Vatican request to step away from official role in Trump campaign

Fr. Frank Pavone said, however, that he is still an ‘advocate for the President’ in an unofficial capacity.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 7:52 pm EST
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TITUSVILLE, Florida, July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — National Director of Priests for Life Fr. Frank Pavone quietly stepped down a month ago from his official roles with two coalitions organized as part of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign at the request of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy.

However, even though he is no longer on the advisory board of Catholics for Trump or co-chair of Pro-Life Voices for Trump, Pavone is still wholly, but unofficially, involved in the Trump campaign as a member of both coalitions, and informally advises them, he told LifeSiteNews.

“I’m not an official board member. I do not have a title. I’m a citizen and I’m a priest who’s doing what I believe what every Christian needs to do,” he told LifeSiteNews.

“Technically, I’m following the letter of the law,” he added. “Morally, there’s only one thing I can do, which is to advocate for the President.”

Pavone also took to Twitter on Monday to blast unspecified media for “fake news” two days after Catholic News Agency reported that he had resigned from his advisory roles with the coalitions:

Pavone told LifeSiteNews that his official roles in the Trump campaign came up during his discussions with the Congregation for the Clergy about his request to be transferred from the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, to another diocese where the bishop is more sympathetic to his work.

That transfer was completed in November, but his new bishop has yet to publicly announce that Pavone, a self-described “hot potato,” is under his authority.

The priest’s contentious relationship with Amarillo Bishop Patrick Zurek is well known.

In 2005, Pavone moved from New York to be incardinated in the Amarillo diocese, where he planned to start a community of pro-life priests, plans that did not come to fruition, CNA reported.

In 2008, Zurek became bishop of Amarillo, and in 2011 he ordered Pavone to return to the diocese and suspended him. Pavone appealed to the Vatican, which in 2012 declared that he was not suspended.

Discord between the two men erupted anew in November 2016 when Pavone controversially live-streamed two Facebook videos in which he placed the body of an aborted baby on what appeared to be an altar while urging people to vote for Trump. 

Zurek condemned Pavone’s action as “against the dignity of human life” and “a desecration of the altar,” and announced he was opening an investigation.

The conclusions of the investigation have not been made public and Pavone told CNA he has been “cleared of the past complaints/investigations/disciplinary actions by the bishop of Amarillo. That chapter is closed.”

Although Pavone is under the authority of a new bishop, he remains incardinated in Amarillo, and “is a priest in good standing,” he told LifeSiteNews.

He said he was not surprised that the Vatican told him to step down from his formal roles in the Trump campaign.

“I knew full well the canon law of the Church,” he told LifeSiteNews. “I was taking advantage of the fact that there is an exemption clause.”

Pavone was referring to Canon 287(2), which states that priests “are not to play an active role in political parties … unless, in the judgment of the competent ecclesiastical authority, this is required for the defense of the rights of the Church or to promote the common good.”

Given that any effort to prevent the Democrats from winning the November election is clearly a case of promoting the common good, Pavone “specifically” asked for an “exemption under that clause,” he said, but the Congregation did not grant it.

Dr. Joseph Shaw, philosophy professor at Oxford University and frequent blogger at LifeSiteNews, said the Catholic Church’s thinking is that the “temporal sphere belongs to the laity.”

This “does not mean that we should ignore Christian principles, but simply that applying them in the temporal sphere is a lay role. Bishops and priests who do undertake this are not exercising a clerical role when they do so,” he told LifeSiteNews in an email.

One of the dangers of allowing priests and bishops to take up political roles in modern times is that “because lay Catholic leadership has been so weakened by the loss of Catholic states and other lay institutions we could end up looking at the clergy as the leaders of the Church. They are not: their authority is only in the spiritual realm,” said Shaw.

“Matters of politics, economics, health, education, and military matters all come under moral principles about which the Church has the authority to teach, but these principles don’t get us very far. To achieve the goods proper to those disciplines requires the exercise of prudence about temporal goods which is a lay vocation, even if sometimes exercised by clerics,” he added.

“In this context it would have been strange for Fr. Pavone to have been allowed to keep his place on these committees, and it is worth noting that it is clerics sympathetic with the political left who have more often been subject to censure on this matter,” Shaw said.

For his part, Pavone says he is focused on preventing Democrat Joe Biden from becoming president, which he regards as a moral obligation.

“From when I wake up and when I go to bed in the next 99 days is going to be about this election,” he told LifeSiteNews. “I’m going to be advocating for the President and the Republican ticket.”

He is unapologetic about his wholehearted endorsement of Trump in spite of the President’s complicated personal life and support for the LGBTQ agenda, arguing that Trump has “protected our freedom not to be associated with the LGBTQXYZ nonsense.”

“There is no such thing where any of your options is a perfect candidate,” he said. 

“But it would be a moral blindness of the highest degree to somehow think that there’s any other choice than to vote for President Trump.”

He noted that the Vatican requested he step down from his official roles a month ago and he complied instantly. 

Pavone said he “has a theory” about why this has come to the media’s attention now, but he did not elaborate.


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Arsonist uses gasoline to torch massive pro-life billboard

Police search for vandal who torched pro-life billboard outside a Canadian Catholic church.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 7:10 pm EST
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LAMBTON, Ontario, July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-life billboard with a picture of a preborn baby was recently vandalized after being displayed at a Catholic church in Lambton, Ontario. A security camera showed a darkly dressed figure douse the larger-than-life billboard with gasoline and then burn it.

Lambton Right to Life, a local pro-life organization, created the billboard, which compared Canada to North Korea and China in having no legal protection for preborn babies. 

“No protection for preborn children,” the sign read. The other side of the sign promoted abstinence as a “Wise Choice” to prevent STIs, abortions, and regrets. The sign, mounted on a large wagon, had been circulating in Lambton for a couple of years.  

On July 24, the billboard was taken to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish in Grand Bend, Ontario, and placed in the parish parking lot. The next morning, it was found destroyed by fire. The police were contacted and began a search for the vandal. Video footage from a nearby business showed a darkly dressed individual pouring gasoline on the sign before lighting it.

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Lorraine Minten, vice president of Lambton Right to Life, told LifeSiteNews that she was “quite upset, but not totally surprised that this has happened.”

“We realize,” she said, “Grand Bend is a hotspot for tourists for most of the summer. No doubt there are people from all over Ontario there.”

She said the billboard was targeted as it “speaks the truth about both abortion and abstinence, as well as the truth about our Canadian political situation and (the) lack of any laws to protect the most vulnerable.”

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Back of pro-life billboard in Canada before it was torched.

Minten explained that the sign being on Catholic Church property may have “made it more of a target, especially given current events all over the United States, Canada, and even Europe.” Vandalizing and burning Catholic churches and statues has recently become rampant.

In the past month, churches and statues were vandalized and burned across the United States, with one man being charged with attempted murder. In the early afternoon of May 22, vandals used power saws to decapitate stations of the cross statues in Canada. In western France, arson is suspected as the cause of the fire that broke out in a historic cathedral on July 18.

Minten explained that Lambton Right to Life plans to create another pro-life billboard and a GoFundMe page as “it definitely is an effective way to speak of the importance of these issues and (to) impact the general public.”

“Now more than ever,” she continued, “we need to be courageous in standing up and proclaiming the truth of the culture of life, no matter what.”

“God expects nothing less of the faithful,” Minten said. “We need to pray for courage, prudence and speak the truth in charity.”


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FDA appeals ruling forcing gov’t to let abortionists send out pills via webcam

The Food & Drug Administration is challenging the argument that abortion drugs are safe without counseling and necessary during the pandemic.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 5:42 pm EST
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July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) filed an appeal Monday of a federal court ruling blocking its regulation that women consult with a physician in-person to obtain abortion pills while under COVID-19 lockdowns.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang agreed to the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU’s) request to block the rule on behalf of several groups, including the pro-abortion American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG).

Chuang agreed that requiring mifepristone, the first half of the chemical abortion cocktail RU-486, to be administered in-person posed a “substantial obstacle” during a pandemic, and ruled that, “particularly in light of the limited timeframe during which a medication abortion or any abortion must occur, such infringement on the right to an abortion would constitute irreparable harm.”

The FDA appealed the decision Monday, Bloomberg Law reported, arguing that the groups that brought the suit lacked standing in the first place – noting the irony of the abortion industry claiming a “close relationship” with their customers when the “entire point” of telemed abortions “is to reduce plaintiffs’ relationship with their patients.”

“The purpose of the in-person dispensing requirement,” the FDA argued, “is not to monitor patients for complications, but rather to ensure that: (1) at the time of dispensing, the patient has the opportunity to receive counseling about the risk of serious complications associated with Mifeprex and what to do should they arise; and (2) there is no delay in the patient receiving their Mifeprex prescription, which could increase the risks of serious bleeding or infection.”

“The FDA was eloquent in breaking down the abortion industry arguments in favor of putting women at risk by getting rid of an in-person visit,” Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins responded. “Using a pandemic as justification for expanding a business that endanger lives is the worst kind of predatory profiteering, but it’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from abortion sales teams.”

Pro-lifers contend that these “safe, home abortions” run the risk of placing additional, unnecessary strain on the healthcare system. “Elective abortion, both surgical and drug induced, also generates more patients to be seen in already overburdened emergency rooms,” the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) argued

“Most abortion providers instruct women to go to an emergency room if they have any concerning symptoms after the abortion,” AAPLOG says. “Approximately five percent of women who undergo medication abortions will require evaluation in an emergency room, most commonly for hemorrhage. Surgical abortions can also result in hemorrhage. Emergency room personnel – who are already struggling to meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic – will be further strained to provide care to these women.”

Meanwhile, a coalition of pro-life groups, including Live Action, Samaritan's Purse, Susan B. Anthony List, Heritage Action, The American College of Pediatricians, AAPLOG, and more have sent an open letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn to ban the abortion pill outright.

“This lethal drug that the FDA permits for killing innocent preborn children during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy is also highly dangerous for women,” the letter argued. “According to the FDA’s adverse event reporting system, the abortion pill has resulted in over 4,000 reported adverse events since 2000, including 24 maternal deaths. Adverse events are notoriously underreported to the FDA, and as of 2016, the FDA only requires abortion pill manufacturers to report maternal deaths.”

“Manufacturers gather this information from the prescribers, such as Planned Parenthood facilities,” the letter continued. “Yet, women who experience side effects like heavy bleeding, abdominal pain, or severe infections are likely to seek care at emergency rooms, not the abortion facilities where they received the pills. Since emergency rooms are not required to report abortion pill adverse events to the FDA, the true number of adverse events is impossible to assess.”


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Suicide deaths higher than COVID-19 deaths amid lockdown, CDC chief warns

'We're seeing far greater suicides' and 'deaths from drug overdose' than deaths from COVID, and prolonged school closures may be more dangerous than coronavirus.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 3:32 pm EST
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July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Deaths from suicides and drug overdoses currently exceed deaths due to the COVID-19 virus, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Robert Redfield warned during a medical presentation earlier this month.

“I think that the cost to our nation in continuing to keep these schools closed is substantial, and I’m hopeful that resources that are necessary can be made available,” Redfield said during a July 14 webinar hosted by the Buck Institute. “But there has been another cost that we’ve seen, particularly in high schools.”

“We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID,” he lamented. “We’re seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID.”

Redfield went on to stress that this is why health must be viewed in light of the “overall social being of individuals,” which in this instance, he argued required working to “get these schools open in a way that people are comfortable and they’re safe.”

While the CDC chief did not explicitly link those deaths to state lockdowns and school closures, many have argued that the mental and emotional health risks of prolonged isolation would be as dangerous or more dangerous than the coronavirus itself in many cases, particularly among the young, for whom COVID-19 is less dangerous than for the elderly or immunocompromised.

In May, a group of more than 500 doctors wrote President Donald Trump to raise awareness of the “short, medium, and long-term harm to people’s health with a continued shutdown … The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse.”

The Trump administration has forcefully advocated that public schools reopen this fall. Yet despite the above concerns, and despite evidence that children and teachers would be at little-to-no risk, recent polls indicate that majorities remain wary of reopening.

The president’s supporters are also divided on the question, albeit for different reasons. While most conservatives and Republicans support reopening the economy and lifting lockdowns, many are also content to leave public schools dormant out of a desire not to send children back to classrooms where they will be fed radical sex-education lessons and biased, Black Lives Matter-fueled lessons on race and American history.


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BBC airs teen lesbian kiss in show for kids as young as 6

The British public footed the bill for show.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 2:56 pm EST
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UNITED KINGDOM, July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The BBC, the publicly funded British TV and radio institution, has aired a kiss between two teenage girls in a program aimed at young children.

“The Next Step,” a Canadian-produced teen drama series following the stories of aspiring young dancers, featured a kiss between teen actresses Dani Verayo and Molly Sanders in a show aired last week.

The show was broadcast via the CBBC brand, which the BBC says is for children ages six to 15 years old.

Mainstream media reports have praised the scene as a “hopeful sign of breaking down even more barriers in television.”

A BBC spokesperson told The Metro that “CBBC is proud to reflect all areas of children’s lives, including age appropriate representation of same sex relationships, across our factual and fictional output.”

U.K. newspaper The Mirror said that “BBC producers have been working to serve the LGBTQ+ community and provide representation in their shows.” 

In 2018, the BBC said that it wanted LGBT characters to be seen twice as much on TV as they are in real life within the next two years.

The teenage lesbian kiss scene was also praised by Stonewall, a U.K. LGBT activist group roughly equivalent to the Human Rights Campaign in the United States. Stonewall encourages British primary schools to embed gay, lesbian, and transgender themes and examples into every subject area and every grade level.

Eloise Stonborough, Head of Policy and Research at Stonewall, described the scene as “an exciting moment for LGBT representation” and said that such “[r]epresentation can help young LGBT people understand themselves by relating to lesbian, gay, bi and trans characters, and improves understanding of what it means to be lesbian, gay, bi or trans, which helps everyone to be more accepting.”

The BBC is funded by the British public, with everyone under the age of 75 who either watches live television or views or downloads BBC programs online required to purchase a “TV license” for £157.50 per year, with fines of up to £1,000 for those who fail to pay the license fee. The fee is set by the U.K. government, and those who watch TV without a license can face imprisonment if they refuse to pay their fines.

In recent years there have been increasing calls from the British public to defund the BBC, with many arguing that the government-imposed license system which financially props up the organization is outdated. In recent years the BBC has also faced increasing criticism for what many perceive to be a liberal bias in its reporting, and for the size of the salaries of its top earners.


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Women regularly simulate Catholic Mass in Swiss diocese

The liturgy follows the structure of a real Mass, minus the words of consecration.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 2:21 pm EST
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BASEL, Switzerland, July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Women in the Swiss Diocese of Basel are putting on vestments, standing at the altar, and essentially simulating a Catholic Mass, without the local bishop stepping in.

A video published by La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana shows a woman performing what in a real Mass would be the offertory, moving on to the preface, and then proceeding with a longer prayer, where in an actual Mass the Eucharistic prayer, including the words of consecration, would be said.

The event took place in a chapel in beautiful Rigi-Kaltbad, overlooking Lake Lucerne. While the woman omitted the words of consecration, the other parts of the liturgy – which has no precedents before the Second Vatican Council – seemed to follow the structure of a real Mass.

The pro-homosexual Diocese of Basel, headed by Bishop Felix Gmür, is arguably the most liberal in the German-speaking parts of Europe, certainly eclipsing other places led, for instance, by Cardinal Reinhard Marx or Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.

A look at the parish newsletter, which was published during the COVID-19 pandemic and has since been replaced by the offline parish bulletin, never shows a “Holy Mass” being listed. All liturgical events are simply called “worship services” (Gottesdienst). Gottesdienst can be used to describe any liturgy, for instance, Mass or Vespers. In this case, however, it seems to be deliberately vague in order to not distinguish between “liturgies of the word” and “Holy Mass.”

Sometimes, women lead them, whereas other times, men are in charge. Anita Wagner, a woman, was responsible for two events, on Pentecost and Trinity Sunday.

There were two other services each Sunday led by laymen. The only Holy Mass each Sunday was celebrated by Father Emilio Näf, who is shown on the website wearing ordinary clothes rather than the Roman collar of a priest.

However, even when Fr. Näf was actually celebrating Mass, the newsletter merely noted, “Worship service with Emilio Näf,” not indicating he was a priest.

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, theologian and LifeSiteNews columnist, explained that “the faithful rightly expect, and the Church rightly demands, that the public worship offered in a Catholic church should correspond to what is given in the liturgical books, and should not cause confusion or scandal.”

He referred to Redemptionis Sacramentum, a Vatican instruction approved by Pope John Paul II in 2004, which points out that anyone making up liturgies “injures the substantial unity of the Roman Rite, which ought to be vigorously preserved, and becomes responsible for actions that are in no way consistent with the hunger and thirst for the living God that is experienced by the people today.”

Arbitrary actions, the document states, “are not conducive to true renewal, but are detrimental to the right of Christ’s faithful to a liturgical celebration that is an expression of the Church’s life in accordance with her tradition and discipline.”

Kwasniewski said, “There is no provision for doing a ‘dry Mass’ in the manner described. In fact, the last so-called ‘Missa sicca’ or Mass without a consecration but with all the other parts was the medieval Palm Sunday liturgy, which was modified in 1954 under Pius XII, who effectively abolished it.”

“Nevertheless, this Missa sicca would only have been done by a priest; it was, and remains, inconceivable that a woman would simulate or seem to simulate a Mass,” he added. “Catholics in Basel would not be allowed to attend such a service, and the personnel who are pushing it ought to be disciplined by the local authorities or at least by the Vatican.”

In German-speaking countries, so-called “liturgies of the word” – lay-led worship services with distribution of Holy Communion, but without the words of consecration – are an official and common part of parish life.

The “liturgies of the word” go back to the Second Vatican Council. In the document on the liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, the council fathers wrote, “Bible services should be encouraged, especially on the vigils of the more solemn feasts, on some weekdays in Advent and Lent, and on Sundays and feast days. They are particularly to be commended in places where no priest is available; when this is so, a deacon or some other person authorized by the bishop should preside over the celebration.”

In some churches, including the one in Rigi-Kaltbad, this has turned into its own organized “worship” service every Sunday.

The 1964 instruction Inter Oecumenici, the official Vatican interpretation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, explicitly states, “The plan of such a celebration shall be almost the same as that of the liturgy of the word at Mass. Normally the epistle and gospel from the Mass of the day shall be read in the vernacular, with chants, especially from the psalms, before and between the readings. If the one presiding is a deacon, he shall give a homily; a nondeacon shall read a homily chosen by the bishop or the pastor. The whole celebration is to end with the universal prayer or prayer of the faithful and the Lord’s Prayer.”

The German-speaking bishops have approved liturgical books to perform “liturgies of the word,” including the distribution of Holy Communion from the tabernacle.


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‘Medical scandal’: JK Rowling again criticizes transgender contagion in new tweetstorm

"The bleak truth is that if and when the scandal does erupt, nobody currently cheering this movement on will be able to credibly claim ‘we couldn’t have known,'" Rowling wrote.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 11:25 am EST
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EDINBURGH, United Kingdom, July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― J.K. Rowling has once again turned to Twitter to warn about the dangers of pushing transgenderism on children, writing, “it feels as though we’re on the brink of a medical scandal.”

On Saturday the liberal Harry Potter author, who has successfully shaken off attempts at “cancellation” for her pro-child, pro-woman stance, returned to Twitter to bring attention to scholarly articles questioning the wisdom of allowing children to proceed immediately to so-called gender transition. 

“‘NHS identity clinics have been functioning as if acting outside the ordinary requirement of good medical and psychiatric practice,’” she tweeted, quoting a former associate director of the Tavistock Clinic in London, Marcus Evans. 

“Some may dismiss this paper by experienced psychoanalyst @marcusevanspsych, but they do so at their own peril.”

Rowling linked to Evans’ paper, “Freedom to think: the need for thorough assessment and treatment of gender dysphoric children.” In the paper, the psychoanalyst cautions against the “affirmative approach” in treating children with gender confusion. 

The author then linked to a second scholarly article, this one by a number of psychiatrists and medical doctors and titled “Sex, gender and gender identity: a re-evaluation of the evidence.” This article likens the swift encouragement for children to “transition” to the opposite sex to so-called conversion therapy for homosexuality.

Both papers were published by “Cambridge Core,” an online journal sponsored by England’s highly respected Cambridge University Press. 

“It feels as though we’re on the brink of a medical scandal,” Rowing tweeted and quoted the second paper, posting: “‘Psychiatry sits on this knife-edge: running the risk of being accused of transphobia or, alternatively, remaining silent throughout this uncontrolled experiment.’”  

Rowling revealed that since she’s taken a stand on “gender identity theory,” she’s received thousands of emails on the topic, many from medical and education professionals and social workers. 

“They are all concerned about the effects on vulnerable young people,” she tweeted. 

Rowling then linked to an article by former Tavistock employees very worried about the experimental transgender treatments carried out on children. In the article, the former Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) clinicians disclose that they had sent their testimony to the U.K.’s left-wing Guardian newspaper in 2017 and been completely ignored. In their letter the authors reveal the inner thoughts of a child “gender” (their scare quotes) specialist when meeting with parents and their child who wants to “transition”: 

What I am really thinking is that mostly you are caught in a terrible moment of social contagion. You and your children are swirling in a toxic storm of psychological and emotional distress meeting homophobia, sexism, misogyny against the backdrop of the most appalling ‘bad science’. There is no such thing as a male or female brain and you cannot be ‘born into the wrong body’. The sloppiness of the language of both the internet and the politicians does you no favours with their conflation of sex and gender. This chimes so well in the era of post Truth anti expert hatred.

Rowling revealed that the authors of the letter represented “just two of a growing number of whistleblowers.” 

“The bleak truth is that if and when the scandal does erupt, nobody currently cheering this movement on will be able to credibly claim ‘we couldn’t have known,’” she wrote. 

Mermaids, a U.K, charity that advocates for sex hormones and surgery for children in Britain, soon responded to Rowling’s Twitter remarks to invite the world-famous author to “talk about this extremely sensitive issue away from social media.” The founder of Mermaids, Susie Green, took her 12-year-old son to the United States for puberty blockers and female hormones against the recommendations of the U.K.’s National Health Service. When the boy was 15, Green took him to Thailand for genital surgery on his 16th birthday.

This is only the most recent skirmish in J.K. Rowling’s social media battle on behalf of vulnerable people, predominantly women and girls, against the politically correct forces of transgender ideology. In December 2019, the author took up the cudgels on behalf of Maya Forstater, a tax expert who lost her job because she declared on Twitter that men cannot become women. To the dismay of transgender activists, Rowling tweeted: 

“Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill

Despite frenzied demands that she do so, Rowling refused to apologize for supporting Forstater. In June 2020 she entered the social media fray once again when she mocked an online magazine for using the phrase “people who menstruate.” 

“I'm sure there used to be a word for those people,” Rowling wrote in what became a viral tweet. “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

The self-declared pro-LGBT author underscored that biological sex is a reality. 

 “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” she tweeted.

“If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

The left-wing author asserted that she respects “every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic to them” but also that her own life had “been shaped by being female.”

“I do not believe it is hateful to say so,” Rowling stated.

After a backlash, which included denunciations of the author’s opinions by actors made rich and famous from the film versions of her children’s books, Rowling wrote a full-length essay explaining why she so strongly opposes transgender ideology: her charitable work for women in prison and women and children in domestic abuse shelters; her charitable work for MS patients, whose treatment is determined by sexual difference; her interest in safeguarding children; her concern for freedom of speech; the “huge explosion” in young women wishing to become men; and her own experience of domestic abuse and sexual assault. 


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Legal challenge will jeopardize Mexican state’s prohibition of some abortions

The pro-abortion justice who brought the case argues that criminalizing abortion is an act of discrimination against women.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 11:11 am EST
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July 28, 2020 (Live Action News) — Mexico’s Supreme Court will publicly deliberate over a legal challenge to Veracruz’s criminal code that deems abortion illegal and, instead, protects the right to life. If the Court declares the statute unconstitutional, it would open the door to legalized abortion in Veracruz and in other states across Mexico.

On July 29, 2020, five justices will consider the challenge, which was brought to the Supreme Court by way of a procedure called “amparo.” This allows both individuals and government institutions to challenge laws in federal court. Currently, abortion is generally illegal in Veracruz. However, the state does not impose a penalty when an abortion is procured within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and only when the abortion is because the unborn baby has a malformation, the mother was raped, or when the health of the mother is at risk.

According to Mexican attorney Pilar Vazquez Calva, it was pro-abortion members of the Veracruz legislature that brought this challenge to the local federal district court. Vazquez Calva said three Supreme Court justices must vote to uphold the statute in order for abortion to remain illegal in Veracruz. If three judges declare the statute unconstitutional, the court would order the legislature of Veracruz to amend its criminal code and fully legalize abortion.

The pro-abortion Justice Juan Luis González Alcántara Carrancá is the one presenting this case. He argues that criminalizing abortion is an act of discrimination against women in two ways. First, he claims that women are treated as if they don’t have the ability to make decisions about their own bodies, and second, he claims that the statute only affects women and is an obstacle to their physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.

Justice González Alcántara Carrancá also argues that Veracruz’s decision not to impose penalties for abortions under its limited circumstances is equivalent to an act of violence. This argument opens the door not only to legalizing abortion but also allows for late-term abortions.

Of course, none of these reasons are valid. Abortion itself is an act of violence that kills an innocent human being. There is a second body involved, not just the woman’s.

Allowing women to kill their preborn children is a discriminatory act against those children and against their fathers, who may not want their children to be aborted. Additionally, many women have been harmed physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Abortion often has life-long repercussions including increased risks of depression, drug use, suicidal thoughts, lack of fertility, and problems bonding with future children.

If the law is ruled unconstitutional, it will establish a precedent that jeopardizes the constitutionality of the other 20 Mexican state constitutions that protect life from conception until natural death. This risks allowing legalized abortion to spread across the nation.

Live Action News editor’s note: Special thanks to Pilar Vazquez Calva for her assistance with this article.

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After LGBT mob attacks, world-leading bank to close Christian counseling orgs’ accounts

The two Christian organizations help people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity issues. They face an overwhelming block from multiple avenues on their ability to do business.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 10:41 am EST
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NORTHERN IRELAND, July 27, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Two Christian organizations that help people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity issues have been notified by their bank that their accounts will be closed. 

The move by Barclays Bank follows a social media attack demanding that the bank end its professional relationship with Core Issues Trust (CIT) and The International Federation for Therapeutic and Counselling Choice (IFTCC), incorrectly accusing both groups of promoting “conversion therapy.”   

Earlier this month, Facebook and Instagram likewise caved to pressure from activists to cancel CIT, limiting its outreach to and accessibility for people seeking help. Mailchimp and PayPal have also reportedly cut off CIT accounts, crippling the organization’s ability to communicate with supporters or receive donations.

The tweet that launched the attack appeared on July 3:

EXCLUSIVE: Pride In London headline sponsor, Barclays, are currently enabling UK Gay Conversion Therapy organisation; Core Trust, with a bank account for donations here: https://core-issues.org/giving-to-core-issues-trust

This vile org is still a tax deductible charity in the UK. The government must act. 

Barclays and the social media giants have knuckled under to gay activists as if they occupied higher moral ground than CIT or IFTCC, identifying their content as “hate speech,” yet CIT’s Facebook page has been barraged with pornographic images — some suggesting pederasty — from activists posting to CIT’s account.   

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A phone text received by Mike Davidson, who leads both groups, told him, “Kill yourself. You old boomer c---. You’re the biggest piece of s--- and I hope you drop dead.  I hope you and your family are raped and killed. Do it. Kill yourself. Just do it.”

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CIT’s and IFTCC’s great offense to the worlds of banking and social media? CIT supports men and women with homosexual issues “who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression,” offering “one-to-one support for individuals voluntarily seeking to leave homosexual behaviours and feelings.”

The IFTCC exists to help anyone “experiencing unwanted relational and sexual behaviours, attractions and patterns” and declares, “[P]eople have the right to choose how they live their life.”

Davidson shared with LifeSiteNews example after example of Facebook deleting CIT postings, citing “hate speech” or content that “goes against our community standards.” Here are just a few:

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“A coordinated campaign has resulted in our ministry coming under immense pressure and key service providers cancelling their services,” CIT head Davidson told Christian Concern.

“The term ‘conversion therapy’ is being used as a catch-all phrase designed to discredit any help that people may provide to those with mixed sexual attractions who prefer their heterosexual side. This could include a listening ear, formal counselling or spiritual support,” explained Davidson. 

“This amounts to mob rule. If a social media mob can cause a bank to close the account of a Christian ministry, then there is nowhere for Biblically faithful Christian ministries to go,” said Davidson. “The UK is now becoming an intensely intolerant country. Key service providers have cancelled their services to a Christian charity because of a social media mob.”

“If it is CIT first, it will be churches next,” noted Andrea Williams, chief executive  of Christian Legal Centre, which is aiding both organizations.

“If banks and other service providers start to placate social media campaigns by unilaterally terminating their accounts then the UK will be a very difficult place for Biblically faithful Christian ministries,” added Williams.

In twin letters addressed to CIT and IFTCC dated July 13 — just 10 days after the social media attack began — Barclays Bank offered no explanation for its decision to terminate the accounts, saying only that “we are closing yours in accordance with our Terms & Conditions.”

“You will need to make other banking arrangements with an alternative bank or financial institution,” continued the Barclays letters, “and we will not offer any future banking services.” 

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Dividson told LifeSiteNews that CIT has submitted a report to the U.K. Parliament’s Petitions Committee, which is currently asking for submissions evidencing online abuse, which CIT has been receiving since June 28. 

“We have also submitted the relevant Serious Incident Reports to the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland,” continued Davidson. “We are concerned that the UK Government is about to make legislation ruling against counselling choice for the X-LGBT minority in the UK, without ever having consulted or invited representation form this group. We have therefore requested a meeting with the Secretary of State for Women and Equality, Liz Truss in the hope of explaining our right to access professional and pastoral help.” 

“On the Matter of Barclays Bank, the issue has now been referred to lawyers,” said the CIT CEO. “We are concerned that Barclays ranks in the top 30 of Stonewall’s best employers list, and that once again evidence of an inordinately close relationship between Stonewall and influential groups in the UK privileges an ideology inspired by the left that has no regard for faith or truth.” 

“We are seeing in the UK the fruit of the Cultural Marxist extremism which has been invited into the public square,” he added. “May God have mercy on us all.”


  barclays bank, christianity, conversion therapy, core issues trust, freedom of association, homosexuality, international federation for therapeutic and counselling choice iftcc, northern ireland, transgenderism, united kingdom

News

Catholic shrine vandalized twice, parish vows to rebuild ‘a thousand times’

The parish asked for prayers for 'the person or persons who have been destroying our shrine,' who 'are certainly poor in faith[.]'
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 10:37 am EST
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ROCKFORD, Illinois, July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A roadside shrine in the Catholic parish of Saint Bernadette in Rockford, Illinois has been vandalized and destroyed twice within three weeks — but the community is determined to rebuild it “a thousand times,” if necessary.

The little shrine with the message “Jesus loves you” houses a crucifix and is located close to a bus stop in front of the church.

On July 5 or 6, the first act of vandalism took place, as reported by The Observer, the newspaper of the local diocese. “Parish staff member Kevin Rilott had recently restained the wood of the shrine, which has been in place on the parish campus for about five years. He says he could tell from marks on the wood that the corpus statue was destroyed by a hammer.”

Rilott speculated that the shrine was vandalized “in imitation of the destruction perpetrated the past several weeks against statues, including religious statues, around the country.”

On July 24, “someone took a sledgehammer to our rebuilt shrine and destroyed it again,” the parish announced via Flocknote, a popular tool parishes use to communicate with the faithful. “We will rebuild it again.”

Instead of destroying the crucifix, the pole on which the shrine rested was broken in half.

“This shrine is an image of the love of God in giving His life on the Cross for each one of us — it is a sign of faith, hope, and love for our community,” wrote the parish. “So how could it possibly be good news that it was destroyed again?”

“Because the people of St. Bernadette Church are a people of love and life,” the message pointed out. “Whoever is destroying this shrine has some kind of false idea of who Jesus is. We like our shrine at St. Bernadette but the soul of the person or persons doing this is infinitely more important than our roadside shrine.”

“God has placed the person or persons destroying this shrine in our lives for a few reasons,” the parish is convinced. “So we can forgive them as Jesus has forgiven us. So we can love them as Jesus loves us. So we can pray for their change of heart as Mary and the Saints pray for us.”

The parish encouraged its faithful to pray and make sacrifices “to seek the graces and blessing of God for those in need — and the person or persons who have been destroying our shrine are certainly poor in faith and it is our responsibility and blessing love and pray for those who are poor and in need.”

A short video showing the destroyed shrine was posted on YouTube by Kevin Rilott, explaining that the parish had experienced vandalism in the past. “Last summer, we had some banners out front on church property [that] simply said ‘Jesus loves you’ and ‘God loves you.’ Those were vandalized. Someone ran over them with a car.”

Additionally, the parish “had a pro-life display at this church with crosses to represent the lives of the beautiful unborn children who died by abortion. Somebody vandalized that.”

“We will rebuild the shrine,” Rilott vowed in the video. “It will be back up very soon, and if they destroy it a thousand times, we will rebuild it a thousand times.”

Responding to increasing numbers of acts of vandalism, a White House official stated that the “criminals” who have carried out the violent attacks will be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law.”

The unnamed official told The Daily Caller that President Trump has joined “the Catholic community in solidarity” during the wave of attacks on Catholic religious symbols.

“Rest assured, President Trump will always demand law and order in American communities, and ensure the criminals causing these sacrilegious acts will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he explained.

A new interactive map is keeping track of attacks “on Catholic statues, parishes and persons in North America in 2020.” Launched by Complicit Clergy, an organization of laypeople attempting to hold Catholic clergy accountable for sexual perversion and corruption, the new project already lists more than 50 incidents in the United States and Canada.

In perhaps the most disturbing attack, a 24-year-old set fire to Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala, Florida. He drove his car into the church and proceeded to light two gallons of gasoline on fire. Parishioners were inside the church preparing for Mass but were able to flee without injury.

“In an interview with sheriff’s Detective John Lightle, suspect Steven Anthony Shields said he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is not taking his medication,” reported a local newspaper.

“Shields said that what he did was ‘awesome,’ and he smiled and laughed while he was questioned at the Sheriff’s Office,” the newspaper added. “Referring to himself as the ‘king’ and saying he was on a ‘mission,’ Shields told the detective he has problems with the Catholic Church and made reference to several Bible passages, including the Book of Revelation.”

After his arrest, he told police he “knew what he was doing. Shields added even though he knew it was wrong, he planned to do it anyway. He purchased the gasoline (to set the church on fire) Saturday morning.”

Meanwhile, Catholics responded to the attacks with love and generosity. In Boston, Massachusetts, dozens of Catholics, including many members of religious orders, attended a prayer vigil in front of a statue of Our Lady that was set on fire.

Fr. John Currie, the pastor of the local parish, said during the event, “We’re prayerfully saying to this person or persons: We love you. We forgive you. And we are here to serve and help you in any way you may need. This is why we’re here primarily.”


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News

Pro baseball player refuses to take a knee to acknowledge BLM, kneels only to ‘God’

‘I’m just a Christian. I believe I can’t kneel before anything but God, Jesus Christ.’
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A Major League Baseball (MLB) player has cited his Christian faith as the reason he stood alone among a sea of kneeling players during a moment of silence designed to show support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement to kick off baseball season last week.

Sam Coonrod, pitcher for the MLB San Francisco Giants, said he meant “no ill will” for refusing to take a knee in the league-approved BLM-inspired moment of silence but said that as a Christian, he believes he should kneel only to God.

“I don’t think I’m better than anybody. I’m just a Christian. I believe I can’t kneel before anything but God, Jesus Christ. I chose not to kneel. I feel if I did kneel I’d be a hypocrite. I don’t want to be a hypocrite,” Coonrod was quoted as saying to reporters in a San Francisco Chronicle report

MLB kicked off its season last week, although in a shortened form due to a delay in its start because of the coronavirus crisis.

Before the Giants/Los Angeles Dodgers game Thursday, a league-approved voice narration featuring actor Morgan Freeman was played on loudspeakers.

Twenty-seven-year-old Coonrod was the only player not to kneel during the ceremony, which saw players hold a black ribbon in support of BLM. Coonrod was shown holding the ribbon despite not kneeling.

MLB posted on its Twitter account a video showing players listening to Freeman’s narration. The link included some of the text Freeman can be heard saying. 

“Today, and every day, we come together as brothers, as equals, all with the same goal: to level the playing field. To change the injustices. Equality is not just a word. It’s our right! Today we stand as men from 25 nations on 6 continents. Today, we are one,” says Freeman in the MLB video.

In speaking with reporters after Thursday’s game, Coonrod said that as a Christian, he simply could not “get on board” with a “couple of things” he had read about the BLM movement.

“I can’t get on board on a couple of things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean toward Marxism and said some negative things about the nuclear family,” Coonrod was quoted as saying in the Chronicle report.

Despite claiming to be for inequality, the leftist BLM movement has a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, and anti-family agenda. In its online manifesto titled “What We Believe,” BLM speaks against the nuclear family, which is what Coonrod noted as one of his concerns about the movement.

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“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable,” says the BLM manifesto

In recent years, professional sports in the U.S. and indeed worldwide have increasingly become politicized, with many athletes in the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and MLB refusing to stand during the U.S. national anthem.

Freeman’s voice narration was also played before the start of a game between the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees in Washington, D.C. last Thursday. All players were seen kneeling.

It was at this game that the White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci gave the opening pitch. Fauci was later chided for being photographed for not wearing a mask at the game. He was seen sitting with his wife and a “close friend” and later said that at that moment, he had his mask off to take a drink of water.

Although Freeman’s narration does not mention BLM directly, at the Nationals/Yankees game in D.C., the letters “BLM” can be seen written on the playing field at the back of the mound.

Also, during the warm-up in the same game, some players wore t-shirts with the wording “Black Lives Matter.”

While everyone except Coonrod knelt for the BLM ceremony at Thursday’s Giants/Dodgers game, few players knelt for the playing of the U.S. national anthem.

Coonrod was criticized by some sportswriters for not taking a knee, with one writer, Monte Poole, saying that although he agrees that Coonrod had the right to do what he did, his appeal to his Christianity was questionable. 

“When did real Christianity opt out of humanity? Give a pass to injustice and inequality? Decide that it’s disrespectful to offer support, if not shelter, to those in need? Does Coonrod not realize that pastors of all faiths are joining crowds around the world fighting for these very ideals?” asked Poole.

Despite criticism from the press, Giants manager Gabe Kapler, who supports BLM, said last week that he supports Coonrod in expressing his beliefs.

“I support him expressing himself and sharing his beliefs. I support all of our players sharing their thoughts,” Kapler was quoted as saying in a Chronicle report last Friday.

A recent survey by YouGov and the Cato Institute concluded that many conservatives, along with those in the center and even moderate liberals, are afraid to speak their minds.

BLM has in recent weeks gained steam to a high level of both corporate and mainstream media acceptance. Many prominent U.S. tech companies such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft, along with countless others, have directly endorsed BLM, or have issued statements about “systemic racism” in the U.S.


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California churches refuse to shut down in face of local leaders threatening to cut power

Public worship will continue, the pastors said, because 'God has not granted civic rules authority over the doctrine, practice, or polity of the church.'
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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SUN VALLEY, California, July 27, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The elders of Grace Community Church have no intention of submitting to California’s demands that they shut down worship services, even if authorities shut off their power in retaliation.

The Bible commands Christian churches to remain open regardless of the dictates of secular leaders, church leadership argued in an open letter posted to Grace’s website: “Scripture does mandate careful, conscientious obedience to all governing authority, including kings, governors, employers, and their agents” as long as “government authorities do not attempt to assert ecclesiastical authority or issue orders that forbid our obedience to God’s law.” 

But “God has not granted civic rulers authority over the doctrine, practice, or polity of the church,” declared Pastor John MacArthur and the rest of the church elders. And “when any government official issues orders regulating worship (such as bans on singing, caps on attendance, or prohibitions against gatherings and services), he steps outside the legitimate bounds of his God-ordained authority as a civic official and arrogates to himself authority that God expressly grants only to the Lord Jesus Christ as sovereign over His Kingdom. 

“Therefore, in response to the recent state order requiring churches in California to limit or suspend all meetings indefinitely, we, the pastors and elders of Grace Community Church, respectfully inform our civic leaders that they have exceeded their legitimate jurisdiction, and faithfulness to Christ prohibits us from observing the restrictions they want to impose on our corporate worship services,” the letter declared.

“When officials restrict church attendance to a certain number, they attempt to impose a restriction that in principle makes it impossible for the saints to gather as the church,” the statement continued. “When officials prohibit singing in worship services, they attempt to impose a restriction that in principle makes it impossible for the people of God to obey the commands of Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. When officials mandate distancing, they attempt to impose a restriction that in principle makes it impossible to experience the close communion between believers that is commanded in Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, and 1 Thessalonians 5:26. In all those spheres, we must submit to our Lord.”

The declaration comes in response to California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom banning indoor religious services in 29 counties representing 80 percent of the state’s population, in the name of containing the spread of COVID-19. Other churches to defy the order include Cornerstone Church of Fresno, Destiny Christian Church of Rocklin, and Harvest Rock Church of Pasadena. Some churches have switched to outdoor services.

Over the weekend Phil Johnson, executive director of MacArthur’s Grace to You ministry, said that local officials have threatened to cut off power to churches that remain open in violation of Newsom’s order. Earlier this year, Los Angeles Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened to do just that to any “irresponsible and selfish” private entity that defied shutdown orders.

California churches are still forced to choose between exercising their faith and obeying the law in large part because last month a 5-4 Supreme Court majority, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the state’s requirement that “Places of worship must ... limit attendance to 25 percent of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.”

“California’s 25 percent occupancy cap on religious worship services indisputably discriminates against religion, and such discrimination violates the First Amendment,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh argued in a dissenting opinion to the case, noting that “factories, offices, supermarkets, restaurants, retail stores, pharmacies, shopping malls, pet grooming shops, bookstores, florists, hair salons, and cannabis dispensaries” were not subject to the same cap.


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The ongoing leftist revolution is trying to destroy what’s left of Christian civilization

This new revolution unites all liberal causes into one and makes them almost interchangeable.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 5:24 pm EST
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July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The seditious uprisings in response to George Floyd’s death have shaken the nation. New York Times op-ed writer Amna Akbar calls them “far different from anything that has come before.” As proof of this new wave, she points to the size of the protests and their duration. Clearly, the media’s favorable spin on the riots is unprecedented. 

All the pieces have come together to foment this dramatic upheaval. The left has managed to unite diverse causes like Black Lives Matter, the defund the police movement, the cancel rent effort, and the Green New Deal. The panic around the coronavirus crisis is a perfect backdrop of instability to institute drastic change. 

The left has also created a mood of agitation that tries to project the idea that it is on the cusp of creating a radical new society that will finally overthrow the power structures that cause oppression. 

A horrific remaking that offers nothing new

Despite all these factors coming together, the left offers nothing new. The goal is always the same—to overthrow what remains of Christian civilization in society. The characters have changed. The new proletariat is no longer oppressed workers but the oppressed identities that have worked their way into a “cancel culture.” 

The process of this struggle is far more advanced than in prior phases. The target is not only political power but also the destruction of every social and moral institution that undergirds order. If the 1960s were alarming, the present crisis threatens to be catastrophic. This is not reform; it is a revolution. 

Worse yet, this is a dangerous time in which the left hopes to make a transition. The left wants to remake the world again. It wants to turn the world upside down and inside out. During these times of revolutionary change, the left seeks to destabilize everything. 

The revolution is one

Those who desire a return to order should consider three characteristics of the left’s revolution in transition. 

The first is that this revolution needs to present itself as a single revolution uniting a variety of causes. In its rush to bring about change, the left no longer hides behind single issues that appeal to different sectors. This new revolution unites all liberal causes into one and makes them almost interchangeable.  

Thus, Black Lives Matter embraces the LGBTQ+ agenda whose militants endorse the Green New Deal. Every social movement comes together to demand the defunding of the police. The left sympathizes and never condemns Antifa’s violent tactics as it terrorizes and “Portlandizes” America. All groups join feminists and rally in support of abortion. 

These movements are cross-pollinating each other and expanding their grassroots bases. Racial, climate, and economic “justice” groups are finding common cause. 

“Leftist movements today see our crises as intersectional,” writes Akbar. “Police violence, global warming and unaffordable housing are not disconnected, discrete problems; instead, they emerge from colonialism and capitalism.”

Those who defend order must recognize the oneness of the revolution and expose the left for what it is—a single movement that desires the overthrow of what remains of Christian civilization. Knowing that the Revolution is one makes it easier to oppose. 

This fight is no longer about the individual issues of civil rights, the environment, or racism. This revolution wants to remake society, all of it. The left admits this goal, and its confession signals the end of single-issue politics for both left and right. It is now worldview vs. worldview.

Making radical goals clear   

The second characteristic of this new revolution is that the left is making its radical goals very clear. Activists are not interested in hiding their real agenda to avoid reactions. They had no shame in proposing a CHAZ/CHOP community as an idealization of their utopian dreams. They make no apologies for turning Portland into a battlefield for violent revolution.  

The BLM/Antifa activists are not interested in reform. Theirs is a revolution that challenges all premises. It presupposes a total change of all society in the hellish image of a world without God and order.  

The defund the police movement, for example, makes it very clear that it desires the abolition of police. Any defunding is merely a rapid intermediary phase to the final goal. Indeed, city councils like that of Minneapolis are already taking steps to dismantle the police and introduce a radical new program of community organizing. Will their novelty be akin to the old soviets? Activists seek to deprive the State of its coercive power, which protects society against disorder and anarchy. However, a State without police powers cannot endure. 

Black Lives Matter openly proclaims goals on its website goals that include the promotion of LGBTQ “equality,” socialist measures, and non-Western family structures. The cancel rent effort does not desire the temporary relief of poor tenants but the abolition of private property and the establishment of free housing as a human right. This is urban reform—an evergreen communist demand. All these programs are radically contrary to the social structures underlining a Christian civilization. 

Those defending order need to expose the revolutionaries’ radical goals. Most Americans do not want these goals since they are so contrary to America and its heritage.      

The left is radicalizing

A third characteristic of this revolution in times of transition is that the left is radicalizing. To maintain the dynamism of its forward motion, it must constantly be moving ever more leftward. It must exhibit ever more vitriol toward anything resembling Christian civilization. Even the most insignificant things—bathrooms, football, and pronouns—must be weaponized and used against the liberal establishment. Its attacks take on an almost ritualistic tone, full of symbolism and theatrics. 

The left is radicalizing and demands that its supporters fall in step behind the new revolution. For this reason, many moderate leftists are being purged from the ranks. Liberal educators without sufficient zeal for the cause can find themselves “canceled” by the culture. The New York Times centrist editor Bari Weiss resigned because she found herself the target of zealot staffers who wanted her out. Jeff Bezos, who supports every liberal cause, found protesters outside his housing complex with guillotine (literally) to protest his excessive wealth. 

Indeed, radical leftists are attacking the liberal establishment and calling for its downfall. The under-zealous liberals respond with the most unbelievable concessions in the hopes of saving their situation. The revolution devours its own. However, the white-hot rage against all things Christian presents a real threat to society as it tears down every statue, law enforcement institution, and historical narrative that stands in its way.  

The revolution in times of transition represents dangers, opportunities, and weaknesses. It is dangerous because of its explosive nature that threatens to destabilize society. As the revolution opens up its flanks wide to reveal its true yet horrific face that it usually masks, opportunities are created for those who know how to denounce it. Such exposure can thus spark significant and victorious reactions. Another risk the revolution runs when radicalizing comes from its speed: Doing too much, too fast. It leaves behind enormous swaths of the public.

The radical attack on all things Christian can also serve to trigger lukewarm Christians to reassess their life priorities. With the help of God’s grace, they can return to the Father’s house, join the counter-revolution, organize actions of surprising efficacy, and participate in the triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.  

John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book Return to Order, as well as the author of hundreds of published articles. He lives in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, where he is the vice president of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.


  abortion, black lives matter, coronavirus, george floyd

Blogs

The long list of President Trump’s pro-life accomplishments

Fr. Frank Pavone discusses the major pro-life accomplishments of the Trump administration
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 2:52 pm EST
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July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — There are some pro-lifers in America who are steadfastly opposed to President Trump. They suggest that his words and raunchy behavior in the past are too disgusting to get over. They believe that even as president, his trash-talking to his opponents is unpresidential. Some suggest that his immigration policies show him to be racist. 

Today on my podcast, I talked about these and plenty of other topics surrounding President Trump with Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.

Fr. Pavone has come under criticism lately because of his outspoken support for President Trump. He told me today that his message of preaching the Gospel has always been the same and that Trump has simply been doing things that coincide with the Church’s moral teachings.

He also pointed out to me that the Democratic Party is againt the freedom of the Church and her right to religious liberty. It is also uncompromisingly in favor of abortion without restriction. How can the Church be neutral in the face of such opposition to her mission? he asked. “If we didn’t see a party identifying itself with evil, then maybe we could be more neutral.”

Fr. Pavone has published a long list of Trump’s pro-life accomplishments on his website. Read them by clicking here.

I agree with Fr. Pavone. I also think he’s right to highlight the president’s accomplishments for the pro-life cause. The list of things President Trump has done for the unborn is so long that I can’t cover all of it without simply reading a list of one thing after another.

Some of the major milestones President Trump has delivered for pro-lifers are enormous. He is, for example, the first sitting president in the history of the United States to personally attend the March for Life. His speech, which can be viewed here, highlighted just some of the many measures he’s taken to defend the life of unborn children.

President Trump wasn’t exaggerating about his accomplishments in his remarks at the March. He was actually just giving a small glimpse of what he’s done. 

For instance, he didn’t only come to the March for Life in 2020. He has addressed the March every single year of his presidency in one way or another. Right off the bat in 2017, he attacked the mainstream media for not covering the March for Life. When NBC asked him about the Women’s March, he responded by calling the network out for ignoring the much larger March for Life. 

Trump also sent Vice President Mike Pence and adviser Kellyanne Conway to speak to the March in 2017. No previous president had ever sent such senior representatives to speak at the March. Because of President Trump’s actions, the major television networks covered the March for Life 37 times more in 2017 than in 2016.

In 2018, Trump was the first president ever to make a live satellite video address to the March for Life. In 2019, there was another video address from the president to the March.

In his 2020 live appearance at the March, President Trump concluded his speech by invoking God and clearly identifying himself with the pro-life cause. He also expressed great pride in and gratitude for pro-life activists in America. 

Here is a list the Susan B. Anthony List has compiled of Trump’s pro-life accomplishments. Fr. Pavone and I spoke about several of these in our chat today, so be sure to watch it.

  • President Trump has as he said appointed pro-life judges — likely over 200 of them at this point.
  • President Trump permitted states to Defund Planned Parenthood of Title X Funds
  • President Trump stopped tax dollars funding abortion overseas
  • President Trump defunded the Pro-Abortion UNFPA which has been complicit in China’s oppressive population control activities including coerced birth control and abortion.
  • President Trump required health insurance companies to disclose if plans cover abortion
  • President Trump ended the Obama-enforced contraceptive mandate, which had forced corporations with religious objections from covering abortifacients in their health plans
  • President Trump has made strong pro-life appointments starting with Vice President Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Dr. Ben Carson, and pro-life Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who was appointed to a religious persecution watchdog post called “Ambassador for Religious Freedom.”
  • President Trump has allowed states to defund Planned Parenthood of Medicaid funds
  • President Trump cut Planned Parenthood’s tax funding by up to $60 Million
  • President Trump allowed Texas to a fund a health program that does not send funds to abortion businesses
  • President Trump took action against California for violating conscience protections
  • President Trump clarified that Abortion is not a civil right

And if you think that’s a long list, check out the LifeSite list co-founder Steve Jalsevac compiled in late 2017. It’s amazing.

If that isn’t enough, read these words of Cecile Richards, the former head of Planned Parenthood, the foremost abortion-promoting organization in America and around the world. She said in 2017 that the Trump administration had at that time already done more to set her organization back than any other in the last half-century. She said that during an interview with People Magazine. “This White House has been worse for women than any administration in my lifetime.”

It has to be admitted that Donald Trump was, during his life before becoming president, a very foul-mouthed man whose actions seemed to go along with his words. Of course, he’s apologized for much of what he’s said, but let me tell you — especially for converts and reverts to the faith like me — to judge someone on their past as if people can’t change is truly unjust.

My past is full of sin, and as I’ve said before and will say again, I was deservedly going to hell before my coming back to Christ. Fr. Pavone has likewise said it’s better to think about what President Trump has done and what his judicial nominees are going to do for us in 20 and 30 years instead of focusing on things the president did 20 or 30 years in the past. This election is about the rule of law and the future of America versus mob rule and chaos, he added.

I do for a second want to address some of the criticisms of President Trump during his time in office. He does indeed use pejorative language and ad hominem attacks, and it can sometimes be said that he seems rather “unpresidential.”

But my question is, in this day and age, can he be anything else? The culture of America and indeed most of the world today is so toxic, so laden with all things uncivilized, that it seems almost impossible to survive and thrive without resorting to “unpresidential” tactics. 

To me, he is the first conservative to respond to the left with the same ugly language they use to disparage him and all of their opponents. As a former liberal himself, he knows the lingo and gives back what he gets with a flair and gusto that are at least amusing. While it may be impolite and definitely improper in civilized society, we are no longer civilized!

He also does not take insults and attacks lying down; he punches back with a quick wit that has baffled his opponents. 

You could say he’s not fit for office, but the presidency has been so demoralized with the likes of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama that such a statement has little relevance to America and the Western world anymore. Indeed, most world leaders today support the killing of innocent children in their mothers’ wombs. How is it possible to even speak about someone being “unpresidential” when these morally bankrupt people support such a terrible crime?

Finally, with regard to those who would accuse the president of racism due to his immigration policies, I find that accusation unfair. The president has said clearly and demonstrated that he is in favor of legal immigration. What he doesn’t like is the queue-jumping that occurs with illegal immigration, which harms legal immigration. Why should those who go through the difficult work of applying for legal immigration have a harder time than those who shirk the process?

Yes, Trump built a wall, and he insists on a vetting process for those wishing to immigrate to the U.S. However, a reality check is needed. He has welcomed and encouraged legal immigrants, and his policies for immigrating to the USA are a lot less stringent than those for immigrants to Mexico. Moreover, one of Trump’s biggest critics on building the wall — Pope Francis — should remember that the pope’s own Vatican City State is surrounded by a wall much higher than the one the president built along the southern border.

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Even if you can’t be a monk, you can still benefit from monastic life. Here’s how

Those who are married or who don't enter religious life can still become Benedictine oblates and reap spiritual riches.
Tue Jul 28, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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July 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A couple of weeks ago, I spoke of how repeated visits to Benedictine monasteries convinced me, finally, to join the Benedictine order as an “oblate” of the community of Norcia. Over the years, many people — some out of simple curiosity, others from an openness to discerning the same call — have asked me what exactly it means to be an oblate.

To put it simply, an oblate is someone who “offers” himself (oblatio = an offering) more fully to God in the context of a particular monastic community and under the guidance of the Rule of St. Benedict, duly adapted to the life of a layman. Historically, some oblates have lived in or near the monastery in question, but that is not absolutely necessary. What matters most is that they strive to share in the spiritual goods and discipline of the monks (or nuns! — I shall write with men in mind, but all of this applies to monasteries of Benedictine nuns) by embracing something of their way of life, praying for them, and benefiting from their prayers. Where the Lord has provided the means, an oblate will often also support the community in its material needs.

Oblates have a long history in Benedictine monasticism, much longer than the “tertiaries” or “Third Orders” that are more familiar from the later Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites, and other medieval or post-medieval orders. The concept is, however, similar: as a Dominican tertiary lives out his baptismal vocation within the context of Dominican spirituality and guided by Dominicans past and present, so a Benedictine oblate lives out his baptismal vocation in a Benedictine spirit, with occasional retreats at his “home monastery” and, often enough, with advice from a monastic spiritual guide or spiritual director.

Since God draws souls with great freedom and delicacy, and for all sorts of reasons, I hesitate to speak of a telltale sign of when one should consider becoming an oblate. But this much seems obvious: if you relish the writings of monastic authors (e.g., among older authors, St. Gregory the Great, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Guigo the Carthusian, St. Hildegard of Bingen, or St. Anselm of Canterbury; among more recent, Abbot Prosper Guéranger, Dom Hubert van Zeller, Bd. Columba Marmion); if you love praying the Psalms in the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours; if the visit you made to a monastery was a highlight in your life and something you look forward to doing again — these would be reliable indications that a closer association is worth looking into and praying about.

Becoming an oblate was just the right step for me, to formalize what I was already trying to do in my spiritual life as a traditional Catholic. Here is the essence of it, as understood by nearly all who write about oblate life.

1. It is a “vocation within a vocation.” Whatever one’s calling or state in life is — whether one is a married person, a single person, a widow or widower, a priest or deacon — as an oblate, one strives to live it better with the help of monastic spiritual practices and the support of the prayers of one’s extended monastic family. One prays in turn for the monks, who, being on the front lines of spiritual combat, need the support of our prayers.

2. Each day, one prays some portion of the Divine Office. This could be Lauds or Prime, Vespers or Compline — whatever and however much fits into one’s schedule. A layman is not “bound” to it in the same way as a monk is; he offers it as a free-will offering. (A priest, who is already bound to recite the office, still gains from being an oblate, however, since he is now united in a special bond of prayer with the monks who are his spiritual family.) An oblate today may use either the Monastic Office, the old Roman Breviary, or the Liturgy of the Hours. Prime and Compline take about 10 minutes each if one recites them. Lauds or Vespers would be more like 20 minutes for recitation. Some oblates pray these hours aloud with other members of their families.

3. Each day, one reads a small portion of the Rule — available in editions that (like this portable one) conveniently divide the text into one or a few paragraphs per day — and one does some lectio divina or prayerful reading of Scripture. Again, this can be just a few minutes, or it can be longer, depending on one’s schedule.

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The point of the daily routine is to ground a person in these rich, objective, traditional practices that have a stabilizing and sanctifying effect, as testified by the thousands of canonized and beatified Benedictine monks and nuns. The Order of St. Benedict has, in fact, more saints than any other order — and it is not simply because they have been around the longest!

The above is only a sketch. Most monasteries have something like “Oblate Statutes” that spell out what is required and expected of an oblate. Typically, a monastery asks that those who wish to be oblates should first visit the monastery and spend some days there.

The next question that arises is, how important is it to be connected to a community that is nearby (or at least easily accessible by car)? Or to put it negatively, how great a disadvantage is it to be far away from one’s home monastery? This question inevitably arises because, especially in the period since the Second Vatican Council, religious life in general — and Benedictine monasticism in particular — has suffered grievous blows: there are just not that many vibrant Rule-abiding monasteries left, particularly if one is looking for traditional Catholic liturgy. The monasteries that would be worth considering might well be hours away by car or airplane, as in the case of my home community, which is in Umbria, Italy.

One can, nevertheless, be a Benedictine oblate of any monastery, even if it is across the world. There are obvious benefits to being able to visit a monastery at least once a year, and this is why some American traditionalists have chosen to be affiliated with Clear Creek. For me, Oklahoma was about as hard to get to as Norcia, and I’d rather be eating wild boar, truffles, and gelato in the off hours. Joking aside, I have longstanding friendships in Norcia from the years I lived in Europe that made it the right choice for me.

Plus, there is the subtle but important question of the “spirit” of a given community. Unlike the Dominicans or Franciscans, who broadly speaking are one family, each Benedictine monastery is an “autonomous” community, like a family in its own right, and as families differ a lot, so do monasteries. Some seem to be more heavily invested in divine worship, while others make more of a place for the intellectual and cultural pursuits of the monks; some offer spiritual direction, while others are “hands off” when it comes to oblates. Also, the manner in which hospitality is exercised can vary quite a bit.

In the end, the only way to know is to visit a monastery and see firsthand how it goes, how it works out. Visit more than one if you can. There’s no rush; let God speak to you in His good time. If you are meant to become an oblate, He will tug at your heart about it.

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