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Homosexual abuse scandal and cover-up during Benedict’s pontificate shakes Vatican 

A case now before the criminal courts of Germany involving a former high-ranking Vatican Monsignor reveals the alleged mishandling of credible allegations of sexual abuse within the Vatican’s own walls. 
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 9:54 pm EST
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Monsignor Christoph Kühn (from left to right), former head of the German-speaking Department of Section I of the State Secretariat of the Holy See; Archbishop Erwin Josef Ender, Apostolic Nuncio in Germany; Pope Benedict XVI; Federal President Horst Köhler during World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, August 19, 2005. Wolfgang Radtke/KNA
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By John-Henry Westen

September 5, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In 2002, the Catholic Church was rocked by the widespread public revelation of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clergy. While sexual abuse in all professions was nothing new, among clergy it brought a particular repugnance. But more than that, the new revelations highlighted the role of the bishops themselves in the crisis, as it made clear that they had allowed known sexually abusive priests to go without punishment and be transferred to other parishes or dioceses where they would sometimes even abuse again.

Sixth months after the revelations first surfaced in the Boston Globe, the US Bishops issued their “Dallas Charter.” While stipulating a zero-tolerance policy for sexually abusive priests, it came under criticism for failing to address the bishops’ own role in the scandal. The charter, which excluded responsibilities of bishops, was led by the then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Archbishop Wilton Gregory, then-President of the USCCB.

Pope John Paul II met with the U.S. Cardinals to address the issue in the wake of the scandal breaking in 2002 and then in 2004 with US Bishops. Pope Benedict XVI too had many meetings addressing the abuse scandal.

Nevertheless, the Vatican itself came under scrutiny for its handling of abuse early on as well. The reputation of Pope St. John Paul II’s pontificate was marred significantly as the revelations of sexual abuse by Legion of Christ founder Fr. Marcial Maciel came to light. A source close to Pope John Paul II told LifeSite that John Paul II could not bring himself to believe the accusations since Maciel masqueraded as a conservative, and in John Paul’s native Poland the Communists often accused faithful priests of sexual abuse so as to damage their reputations.

A group of eight former Legionary seminarians first went to the Vatican to lodge abuse complaints in 1998, but it took until 2006 for Maciel to be removed from all public ministry, and only after the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Just prior to that, in late 2005 Benedict took decisive action to reaffirm a ban on homosexual men from seminary responding to the finding that the vast majority of abuse perpetrated by priests was homosexual in nature.

Nevertheless, it seems there was another homosexual abuse scandal playing out quietly inside the Vatican at the same time as Maciel. While Pope Benedict himself along with the rest of the Church was expressing public grief, meeting with abuse victims and promising reforms, those in high Vatican positions were using the same old playbook in mishandling credible allegations of sexual abuse within the Vatican’s own walls.

There is a case now before the criminal courts of Germany in which two priests allege gruesome sexual abuse at the hands of a then-senior official in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, Monsignor Christoph Kühn.

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Monsignor Christoph Kühn with future German Chancellor Angela Merkel during World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, August 19, 2005. SOURCE: KNA

Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus and a second man – a former priest - both allege that Kühn violently compelled them into sexual masochistic acts.

Kolfhaus first lodged a complaint against Kühn at the Vatican in 2006. He testifies that his abuse took place inside the offices of the Secretariat of State, as well as inside the Casa Santa Marta, a residence for Vatican prelates.

But it appears no formal investigation was launched until 2019, in spite of the fact that the Report of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Delegate for the Pontifical Representations, was presented to the Superiors of the Secretariat of State on July 3, 2006.

The other priest has since become laicized and is now a practicing homosexual and LGBT activist. He has given his testimony for the Kolfhaus complaint that is currently underway in Germany. In the court files is also to be found a WhatsApp message (seen by LifeSite) from Kühn to him (from April 2017), in which the Monsignor offers some future financial support should the laicized priest help him to clear his name with regard to the allegations against him.

On Monday, September 7, Kolfhaus will have his first hearing at the Diocese of Eichstatt, Kühn’s home diocese.

Kühn was the head of the German Section of the Secretariat of State in the Vatican from 2001 till 2008. This position put him in charge of vetting priests and bishops from Germany for elevations, and as such he was privy to all the personnel records of these prelates. Being in such a high position and involved in the German church, Kühn was often in close contact with Pope Benedict XVI both after his 2005 election and prior to that in his role as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

As head of the German Section until 2008, Kühn organized Benedict’s trips to Germany, traveled with him on the papal plane, and was often photographed side by side with him at official receptions such as that with German President Horst Kohler in 2005 during his visit to Cologne, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, as well as the future Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Monsignor Christoph Kühn travels with Pope Benedict XVI on papal plane in this undated photo.

Kühn’s reputation was conservative. As Kolfhaus explains in a denunciation to the Vatican as well as to the Diocese of Eichstätt in which he outlines the abuse, “Msgr. Kühn took interest in me personally, given the difficult work that he was about to undertake, namely radically changing the ‘political line’ of the Bishops’ Conference in Germany on the participation of the German bishops in the national system regarding abortion legislation. (The German dioceses – contrary to various directives given by the Holy See – participated in the state-run system, giving on request a certificate to women that was required in order to have a legal abortion. This conflict greatly polarized the Catholic Church in Germany.)”

Kolfhaus says he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Kühn from the end of 2003 until 2004 and has been reporting the abuse to different superiors in the Vatican and elsewhere since 2006. Through his lawyer, Dr. Alexander Stevens, Kolfhaus told LifeSite that he did not begin the legal process or go to the press with the abuse he suffered. Only after details of the abuse were reported by the German newspaper Die Bild in 2019, and police questioned Kolfhaus, did he act.

“When journalists or civil authorities come to me I have to answer truthfully, to lie here would be nothing other than covering up for the perpetrator,” Kolfhaus told LifeSite.

Viganò intervention

On January 22, 2020, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò provided testimony for the Church investigation into the case because from May 1998 till July 2009 he was the Delegate for the Pontifical Representations at the Secretariat of State, a position which was responsible for the personnel of the Roman Curia subordinate to the Substitute of the Secretary of State.

In Viganò’s testimony — which LifeSite confirmed with the Archbishop that he did indeed issue it — he states that he is “aware of precise information regarding the harassment and all kinds of abuses committed by Msgr. Christoph Kühn against Msgr. Florian Kolfhaus.”

Archbishop Viganò also notes that Kolfhaus informed various individuals of the abuse including a superior at the Secretariat of State and also a Bishop in charge of preparation of candidates for diplomatic service for the Vatican.

Archbishop Viganò also reports that now-Cardinal Pietro Parolin was informed as well. Parolin at the time was Undersecretary of the Section for the Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.

LifeSite reached out to Cardinal Parolin for comment via the Secretariat of State and, on August 24, received the following response from the Vatican Press Office: “As you are aware, the accusations pertaining to Mons. Kühn are being examined by canonical and civil authorities. Under these circumstances we are confident that you understand that at this time a comment is not appropriate.” The reply issued by the Vatican press office added, “In the meanwhile, we trust that you will make every effort to report the facts, and avoid speculation, on the case.”

According to Viganò’s knowledge, no official investigation was undertaken by July 2009 (when he ceased his duty as Delegate for the Pontifical Representations) to examine Kolfhaus’ reports of the abuse he suffered. Evidence which would have called for official investigation included: the report sent to the Secretariat of State by Archbishop Justo Mullor, President of the Pontifical Academy; a report of the Psychologist who returned a negative judgment on Kühn, dated June 14, 2006; and Viganò’s Note for the Substitute on July 3, 2006. Archbishop Viganò relates:

His Excellency Msgr. Mullor considered it his duty to inform his superiors at the Secretariat of State in writing about the confidences he had been told by Fr. Kolfhaus. Given the seriousness of the case, the President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy considered it opportune to submit the documents containing the confidences of Fr. Kolfhaus to the judgment of Fr. Bartholomew Kiely, S.J., Professor of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, reticito nomine [removing names]. On the basis of this document, Fr. Kiely formulated a negative prognosis about the personality of Msgr. Kühn. (These documents too may be found in the Archives of the Secretariat of State).

Viganò’s testimony also calls into question the 2001 decision to have Kühn at the Vatican in the first place. He recounts that sexually scandalous behavior by Kühn was known to the Vatican as early as 1997 when Kühn was a priest in the Nunciature in Zimbabwe. Viganò relates:

Msgr. Christoph Kühn began his service on July 1, 1997, in the Apostolic Nunciature in Zimbabwe. During this, his first assignment, the Nuncio, His Excellency Msgr. Peter Prabhu, had to report some of the behavior of his collaborator [Kühn] that could have indicated his possible homosexual tendency. The Nuncio reported in February 1998 that on returning from a pastoral visit of several days, he was told that Fr. Kühn was very sick and that he [Kühn] wanted to see him [Prabhu] immediately. The Nuncio went to his room and knocked on the door. Kühn told him [Prabhu] to come in and revealed himself lying in his bed wearing only very skimpy panties. The Nuncio told him to get dressed and went away. Afterward, Kühn went from his bedroom to his office dressed in the same way, despite the admonition he had received, and then went down to the common area of the Nunciature in that same undressed state.

On another occasion during an encounter that lasted two hours in an Italian club, with the lights out as slides were projected, Fr. Kühn took a young blond boy about 9 or 10 years old and made him sit on top of him with his arms around the young boy.

In 2008, Kühn was moved by the Substitute then-Archbishop Fernando Filoni to Vienna to work in the nunciature (Vatican embassy).

Two sources close to Pope Benedict spoke anonymously to LifeSite about this matter, suggesting that Kühn was moved to Vienna because his scandalous sexual behavior (some believed to be consensual) became too well known. One said that the Pope moved Kühn knowing of the problems and even asked Cardinal Joachim Meisner, Archbishop of Cologne, to take Kühn into his diocese but Meisner refused. Another source stated:  "When it became known that he [Kühn] had harassed various young men (among them also Kolfhaus), he was removed by Benedict XVI from the Vatican and sent to Vienna.” This source insisted, defending the Pope, that Benedict did personally intervene and that he punished Kühn two times by sending him into less important positions, first to Vienna (2008) and then to Eichstätt (2012), this time removing him from the diplomatic service.

Pope Benedict was the Roman Pontiff of the Catholic Church from 2005 until 2013.

Another source from Benedict’s circle however suggests that Benedict did not know of the matter and it was handled either by the then Secretary of State himself (now-Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone) or the then-Substitute (now-Cardinal Fernando Filoni).

LifeSite reached out to Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, via his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein, asking for comment, but did not receive a reply.

In the court files, currently with the State Attorney, a man who was employed in a high-ranking position by the diocese of Eichstätt sums up what he was told by higher-ups in the diocese concerning Kühn. He was warned to be “cautious” around Kühn “because of his somewhat difficult past.” When he asked for further information, both the finance director of the diocese and the Vicar General informed him that Kühn was known to have had some “unresolved encounters” during his station in Africa that were related to the “homosexuality of the prelate Kühn.” During his time in Vienna, they added, “it went so wild he was forbidden entrance into a hotel.”

According to this source, the Vicar General told him that the official reason for Kühn’s dismissal from Vienna was the “story with the hotel” as well as “additional non-consensual sexual contacts during his diplomatic stations.”

In the midst of this scandal in April 2011, Pope Benedict awarded Kühn a special designation as “Prelate of Honour of His Holiness,” a papal designation that often comes after a number of years of service in the diplomatic corps of the Vatican.

At the end of August 2012, Kühn was removed from the diplomatic service of the Vatican and was moved to his home diocese of Eichstätt in Germany where he was personally appointed Canon of the Cathedral by Bishop Gregor Hanke.  That position, however, gained Kühn a much larger salary and notable position.

In April of 2019, accusations against Kühn were brought to the public by the German newspaper Die Bild. Only after this did Bishop Hanke of the Diocese of Eichstätt, who according to the Viganò testimony, had been informed of Kühn’s assaults previously, suspend Kühn from his duties. Kühn was also told only to celebrate private Masses; however,  LifeSite found that in June of 2020, he celebrated a public Mass in the Diocese of Regensburg. Responding to a media request by LifeSite about this, the Diocese of Eichstätt merely pointed out that Kühn celebrated the Mass in a different diocese. The Diocese of Regensburg declined to comment.

LifeSite reached out to Monsignor Kühn with questions. In response, Kühn’s lawyer threatened a lawsuit should LifeSite report on the case. The response denied all charges and not only forbade reporting on the case but also further research into it.

Kühn publicly addressed the accusations for the first time in July 2020 after Italian Vaticanist Marco Tosatti published a translation of portions of a July 16, 2020, Die Bild article on the case on his blog. Kühn vehemently denied all charges. Moreover, Kühn claims that Kolfhaus’ lawyer Alexander Stevens is “a well known LGBTQ activist and supporter of the relative lifestyle and debauchery.”

Stevens told LifeSite Kühn’s accusation against him is false. “The prelate obviously doesn't hesitate to even discredit the victim's lawyer,” he wrote via email. “Here, in my opinion, Kuehn's strategy is once again exposed: to neutralize the enemy by deliberate untruths.”

Canon law (1395) insists that “a cleric who persists with scandal in another external sin against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue is to be punished by a suspension. If he persists in the delict after a warning, other penalties can gradually be added, including dismissal from the clerical state.” Canon law experts have told LifeSite that much of the problem leading to the Church sex abuse scandals has been the ignorance of and refusal to apply canon law.

Dr. Maike Hickson contributed to this report


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Advocate for legalized teen prostitution takes influential UN post

'The idea of purchasing intimacy and paying for the services can be affirming for many people,' insisted Tlaleng Mofokeng, formerly an abortionist and now a U.N. special rapporteur.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 9:37 pm EST
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By Lisa Correnti

NEW YORK, September 4, 2020 (C-Fam) — The United Nations has appointed as its top expert on health and human rights a former abortionist who advocates for teen prostitution.

Last April, the author of “Dr. T: A Guide to Sexual Health and Pleasure” and host of a South African television show “Sex Talk with Dr. T,” drew a strong rebuke from human trafficking survivors and groups that advocate for them when she penned an article in Teen Vogue encouraging young girls to consider “sex work.”

“I believe sex work and sex worker rights are women’s rights, health rights, labor rights, and the litmus test for intersectional feminism” wrote Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng in her 2019 article Why Sex Work is Real Work. “The idea of purchasing intimacy and paying for the services can be affirming for many people who need human connection, friendship, and emotional support. Some people may have fantasies and kink preferences that they are able to fulfill with the services of a sex worker.”

Dr. Mofokeng’s op-ed outraged abolitionists working to end sexual violence perpetrated against vulnerable women and girls. At the time, Mofokeng was only a sexual health and rights advocate. One year later, the South African physician has been elevated to the top position of UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, where she will take her prostitution decriminalization campaign global.

Anti-trafficking groups have reacted strongly.

“The idea that legalizing or decriminalizing commercial sex would reduce its harms is a persistent myth,” said Deidre Pujols, Founder of Open Gate International and Co-founder of Strike Out Slavery. “Many claim if the sex trade were legal, regulated, and treated like any other profession, it would be safer. But research suggests otherwise. Countries that have legalized or decriminalized commercial sex often experience a surge in human trafficking, pimping, and other related crimes.”

“Sex buyers do not view the women they purchase as individuals worthy of respect, but instead as subhuman objects to use,” Haley McNamara told the Friday Fax. McNamara, Vice President for the UK-based International Centre on Sexual Exploitation (ICOSE) cited a U.S.-focused study that found 75% of women in prostitution reported they were raped by sex buyers.

The UN has drawn opposition from the anti-trafficking community before. In the past decade, UN agencies like UN Women, UNAIDs and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights have all taken neutral positions on the decriminalization of prostitution.

“The law that Dr. Mofokeng advocates for fully decriminalizes all aspects of the sex-trade, including brothel-keepers and pimps (aka traffickers), said Helen Taylor, Director of Intervention for Exodus Cry. “The United Nations ought to be the last place to advocate for human-traffickers and the buyers who fuel demand to be legalized.”

Taylor urged the UN and Dr. Mofokeng to take a “survivor-centered approach and align with the Equality model of partial decriminalization only” which aids exploited women and girls and criminalizes the buyer.

“The brutality of prostitution is inherent and systemic, wrote Jewell Baraka in response to Mofokeng’s appointment. Baraka, a survivor of sexual exploitation with Exodus Cry implored Dr. Mofokeng to reconsider her views on prostitution. “Violence of sex buyers is not eradicated by a choice and those that do choose it completely of their own volition are rare. Most survivors do not tell a story of choice, but of force, fraud, and coercion that landed them in prostitution and kept them from leaving.”

Appointed by the Human Rights Council in Geneva, special rapporteurs are independent from UN Member States and yield considerable influence on how human rights obligations are interpreted within the UN bureaucracy. Mofokeng’s reports advancing sexual rights, including the legalizing of prostitution, will likely be cited as authoritative interpretations of human rights law by UN agencies and like-minded Member States.

Published with permission from C-Fam.


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UN secretary general tells feminists he won’t let Trump undermine abortion ‘rights’

'It is clear that we are witnessing a very strong attack on all the progresses made ... in relation to sexual and reproductive health,' Guterres said with the U.S. president in mind.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 9:17 pm EST
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By Stefano Gennarini J.D.

NEW YORK, September 4, 2020 (C-Fam) — UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he wants to “make sure that governments do not take advantage of COVID-19 to undermine sexual and reproductive rights and to put into question the services that are provided.”

Guterres said this during a virtual townhall meeting with feminists on Monday. He was responding to a question on abortion and the Trump administration’s pro-life diplomacy.

Guterres assured feminists he will “fight” governments who “put into question services that are provided” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is clear that we are witnessing a very strong attack on all the progresses made after Beijing and in relation to sexual and reproductive health,” he said, referring to a 1995 UN conference that cemented abortion in UN policy.

“I’ve been putting this in all my interventions, and I’ve been putting this in all my policy briefs and in the country teams’ works,” he emphasized.

The feminist woman who asked the question asked specifically about abortion and the efforts of the Trump administration to keep abortion out of the UN COVID-19 response.

“As you know many of the attacks that women and girls, and gender non-conforming people, are facing are being amplified by this pandemic. And some governments, as you just heard, Poland and the U.S., are using this as an opportunity to further restrict access to abortion, to comprehensive sexuality education, and gender affirming treatment,” the woman, identified as
Sharron, said in the wind-up to her question.

“And we all know that the impact of these kinds of actions falls hardest on LBTI women, on black afro-descendant indigenous women, and other racial minorities, women with disabilities and others who face social marginalization,” she emphasized.

“What are you doing to coordinate systemic responses to some of these issues. And how can the UN and your office in particular protect access not just to services, but protection of these critical rights?” she asked.

Guterres emphasized his reports and actions to promote sexual and reproductive health, and abortion specifically, as essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. It should be pointed out that no UN document gives the Secretary General or any other UN body the right to promote abortion for any reason.

Reports of UN efforts to use the COVID-19 pandemic to promote abortion both in general and by putting pressure of specific countries prompted Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development John Barsa to write a letter to the UN Secretary General urging him to stop promoting abortion. Guterres reportedly responded saying that the UN system does not interfere in abortion politics.

In August, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Andrew Bremberg, wrote to a group of UN human rights experts to complain that they tried to interfere in U.S. abortion politics during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his responses, Guterres underlined how the COVID-19 pandemic should be used as an opportunity to promote LGBTI rights and abortion.

“We need to do all the measures to respond to COVID and to respond to the economic and social impacts of COVID as an opportunity to fight discrimination and to pushback against this terrible pushback that we are witnessing in which discrimination is indeed increasing and in which basic rights, namely sexual and reproductive rights, are being put into question,” he said.

Echoing feminist talking points the he has used before, he explained, “the central question is a redistribution of power.”

Published with permission from C-Fam.


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7 steps you can take to defend your privacy from Big Tech spies

Ordinary people from across the world are trying to find new ways to ensure their privacy. Here are some tips from an expert.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 9:05 pm EST
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PETITION: Break up Big Tech tyrants and defend free speech! Sign the petition here.

September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — As Big Tech continues to censor, manipulate, and spy on its users, ordinary people from across the world are trying to find new ways to ensure that their privacy and freedom aren’t violated.

Dr. Robert Epstein is a Harvard-trained researcher who has testified to Congress about the invasive techniques companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube rely on.

He told LifeSite’s John-Henry Westen this week that if people want to fight back, there are a handful of things they can do. 

Below is a compilation of what Dr. Epstein believes are the best ways individuals can fight back against Big Tech.

1. Stop using Google

“If people want to see how I use the internet and how I protect myself and my family, they can go to www.MyPrivacyTips.com. About half of that article that I wrote is about getting away from Google. You have to get away from Google. That’s the first thing.”

Epstein says Google is “the most aggressive spying tool ever invented — funded from the outset by the NSA and the CIA to identify people who are a threat to national security.”

Google, Fitbit, Nest, and all other similar products are collecting data about us non-stop, Epstein says. 

“Personal devices are listening to you. So your mobile phones are listening to you. Your Alexa device, which is an Amazon product, is listening to you, never stops listening or recording. The Google assistant, which is on Android devices, is always listening. And of course, Google Home, the Google home device, which is like Alexa, is always listening. And Google has been trying very hard to convince people to put the home device into every single room in the home. That’s why it’s called Google Home, because they want to own your home.”

2. Use alternative search engines

Start using non-Google search engines. 

“There are other search engines. They’re not always as good, but StartPage.com actually draws from Google[.] … [It] gives you pretty good search results.”

SwissCows.com is pretty darn good. So there are some alternatives.”

“When you start to type a search term into Google search box, you’re being manipulated from the very first character that you type[.] ... [T]hey’re not trying to help you with your search. They’re trying to manipulate your search.”

3. Stop using Gmail

“Jettison Gmail. ... [Y]ou must not use Gmail,” Epstein continued. 

“All the emails, including the private ones where you say things you wouldn't want anybody to read, the ones that you sort of mark confidential...all that is nevertheless public to Google.”

“All … confidential email ... is being recorded and analyzed by Google. In fact, that kind of information is considered … extreme high value content at Google.”

“If you’re a grown-up and you’ve been using the internet for maybe close to 20 years, Google alone has the equivalent of about three million pages of information about you.”

4. Sign up for ProtonMail

“You have to move on to a type of e-mail service that preserves privacy. … The one I use and recommend at the moment is called ProtonMail,” Epstein said. 

“It’s based in Switzerland. It’s subject to very strict Swiss privacy laws. The basic service is free. … [I]f you’re using it heavily, you have to pay a few dollars each month. ... [I]t’s absolutely worth it. Absolutely worth it.”

Epstein continued, “If you’re writing ProtonMail to ProtonMail, you’re completely protected. The information is encrypted end to end, which means even the people of ProtonMail can’t read it. And that’s how it should be. That’s how communications should be.”

“If you switch to ProtonMail, you will still have no privacy when corresponding with someone using Gmail or hidden Google servers. I tell people whose emails are shared with Google that if they want to communicate with me, they will need to use a a more secure email service, and they usually switch.”

5. “Dump Chrome”

“You’ve got to dump Chrome, Google’s browser,” Epstein says.

The reason Google created Chrome is “because the search engine wasn’t enough. The search engine only gave them information if you were searching for something and then went to a website … so they had to develop Chrome … because some people just go directly to websites without going through Google. So Chrome gives them everything.”

“Chrome lets them monitor every single thing you’re doing online. Period,” Epstein stated. “Whether you’re going through Google or not or using any Google products.”

“By the way...you agree to all this surveillance, because under their terms of service, which we all agree to, according to the terms of service, whenever we use a Google product, even if we don’t know we’re using a Google product ... the service says ‘we can track you.’”

“If you value your privacy, never use Chrome, even in the bogus ‘Incognito’ mode, which still tracks you,” Epstein wrote on his website MyPrivacyTips.com.

6. Rely on FireFox and other browsers

“Use FireFox — which is maintained by a nonprofit organization — or use the new Brave browser, which is what I now use.”

“Google can still get information about you when you’re using Firefox or Safari, but nowhere near as much as they get when you’re using Chrome. The Brave browser, which blocks all ads, is faster than Chrome and was developed by the software engineer who built Firefox.”

7. Toss out your Android phones

“You’ve gotta dump Android, which is Google’s operating system.”

“Android is an operating system which Google, well, borrowed and then basically enhanced so that they can monitor to you even when you’re offline. In other words, if you’re off line on your mobile device and it’s an Android device, it’s still tracking every single thing you do.”

“It’s tracking every piece of music you listen to on your device and maybe every movie that you watch and every memo that you take. And so on your shopping lists at the moment, you go back online, all the new information is immediately uploaded to Google. So Android is an extremely aggressive surveillance tool.”

“There are few Android phones which strip away Google’s surveillance tools[.] ... [G]enerally speaking ... you have to avoid Android.” 

Dr. Epstein, who was featured in the documentary The Creepy Line, said he doesn’t believe that regulation will fix everything but that it can help with some things. 

“At the higher level ... we eventually need some authorities to do some pretty dramatic things. I would say it’s unlikely those things are going to be done. Senator Cruz himself said to me, he said, the problem is the Democrats are better off benefiting from these companies and also getting huge donations from these companies and getting lots of votes.”

“[Senator Cruz] also said that Republicans don’t like to regulate ... so we’re pretty much stuck. But we all have to keep fighting. We’ve got to fight at a high level. We’ve got to get monitoring systems set up ... that [don’t] threaten anyone’s politics[.] … [M]onitoring systems have to become permanent around the world.”

Epstein encouraged LifeSite readers to visit www.StopBigTechNow.com to learn more. Click below to listen to his interview on The John-Henry Westen Show.


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Nova Scotia judge rules man can be lethally injected despite wife’s protests

In a decision condemned as 'farcical,' the judge scheduled a hearing on the matter for September 24 but also allowed for the husband to be killed before then.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 8:40 pm EST
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BRIDGEPORT, Nova Scotia, September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A Nova Scotia judge cleared the way Friday for an 83-year-old man to go ahead with his plan to be lethally injected despite his wife’s objections that he is not eligible for euthanasia under Canada’s current law.

Previously, a lower court had denied the woman a temporary injunction to stop her husband’s euthanasia. Now, CBC reported, in a written decision released September 4, Nova Scotia appeal court justice Elizabeth Van den Eynden ruled against staying that lower-court ruling.

Referred to as “Katherine” in the press to protect the couple’s privacy, the 82-year-old wife is arguing that her husband of 48 years, who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is not dying. 

She also attests that he is not capable of consenting to euthanasia because he suffers from anxiety, has delusional beliefs about his health, and thinks he has medical conditions he does not have.

The man was rejected for euthanasia in April but was re-assessed in July by three pro-euthanasia medical practitioners and approved, Hugh Scher, the head of Katherine’s legal team, told LifeSiteNews in an earlier interview.

He was scheduled to be lethally injected on August 3, but Katherine threatened legal action against those arranging his “medical assistance in dying” and contacted the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition for help. Executive director Alex Schadenberg agreed to finance the court battle.

A retired university professor who does not share Katherine’s Christian faith, the husband thereupon left their home and is not speaking to his wife.

Scher argued in a hearing last week that an interim injunction must be maintained because the formal appeal hearing on September 24 will be moot if the man is euthanized before then.

Van den Eynden agreed in her decision that the man could go ahead and be euthanized before the appeal and concurred with the lower court that he would on balance suffer more if his wife’s request for an injunction were granted than if it were not, CBC reported.

She contended that the case had no exceptional circumstances warranting a stay.

“The Supreme Court of Canada decided that medical assistance in dying is a constitutionally-protected right. Parliament debated and passed the MAiD scheme into Canadian law. It seems Mrs. Y wants to relitigate issues that have been considered and decided by both the SCC and Parliament,” Van den Eynden wrote.

The ruling means that “a man can be put to death despite the fact that a hearing on the merits of the appeal is only days away on September 24,” Scher said in an emailed statement to CBC.

“The notion that a court should be precluded from resolving such a fundamental conflict about capacity and that the legal requirements of the criminal code are met is a glaring violation of the rule of law in Canada that puts vulnerable people at risk of death,” he added.

Scher pointed out that there were multiple conflicting opinions as to whether Katherine’s husband fit the criteria for euthanasia.

That an individual can be turned down by ten doctors but find two who approve his euthanasia “renders the safeguards and protections of the criminal law completely meaningless,” Scher said. 

“Katherine calls on Parliament, the Nova Scotia Legislature and the courts to fix an arbitrary and broken legal process that permits the intentional killing by euthanasia of those who lack capacity and who don’t meet the most basic requirements of the law.”

EPC’s Schadenberg decried Friday’s decision as “farcical.”

“To schedule a hearing on the merits of the injunction for September 24 and then lift the temporary injunction on September 4, allowing him to die by lethal injection, makes a mockery of justice,” he said in a statement posted Friday on EPC’s website.

“If the case continues, and if it is decided that the husband lacked effective capacity to decide or did not qualify under the law, but at the same time he had already died by euthanasia is farcical,” added Schadenberg. “Katherine’s lawyers may ask for a formal review of the decision, but her husband might be dead before the review can be considered,” he said.

“This is a clear example of justice being denied.”

Under Canada’s Bill C-14, individuals age 18 and over who are capable of consent and make a voluntary request are eligible for lethal injection if two doctors diagnose them as having a “grievous and irremediable medical condition.”

Bill C-14 defines a “grievous and irremediable medical condition” as a serious and incurable illness or disability that results in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability and causes intolerable physical or psychological suffering. Natural death must be “reasonably foreseeable.”

Scher filed for a permanent injunction on July 31 to stop the man’s August 3 lethal injected, as well as a temporary injunction to stop his euthanasia going ahead while the case was in the courts.

The temporary injunction was briefly granted, but after an August 7 hearing, Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice Peter Rosinski released a decision a week later denying it.

Scher filed an appeal and motion to stay Rosinski’s ruling pending appeal.

Van den Eynden heard both matters on August 26. She set the appeal date for September 24 but did not release her ruling on the stay until Friday.

There are two other lawyers assisting Scher on the case and EPC, including constitutional law specialist John Campion, and the legal fees are expected to be at least $50,000, Schadenberg told LifeSiteNews in an earlier interview.

To donate for this case, go to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition website here.


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Canadian doctor: Smear against Hydroxychloroquine drug in stopping COVID ‘needs to stop’

Ontario-based doctor Kulvinder Gill said bans on the drug have caused an ‘unprecedented violation of the doctor-patient relationship.’
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 8:17 pm EST
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PETITION: Tell the FDA to reverse its opposition to Hydroxychloroquine and help save lives! Sign the petition here.

September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A Canadian doctor said the “smears against Hydroxychloroquine” as an effective treatment for COVID-19 “need to stop,” and she raised concerns that a physician could get into trouble for even talking about the drug. 

In a Sky News Australia interview during an August 29 episode of “Outsiders,” Dr. Kulvinder Gill alleged that in most of North America, along with a large portion of European nations and Australia and New Zealand, a doctor prescribing Hydroxychloroquine could invite an investigation from their local doctors’ college. 

“In some jurisdictions, they’re even starting to investigate doctors who are merely talking about it,” Gill said. “They’re being censored as being spreading dangerous information when they’re simply talking about evidence-based medication.” 

Gill, who practices medicine in Brampton, Ontario, is the president and co-founder of Concerned Ontario Doctors, a grassroots, non-profit organization advocating for healthcare issues affecting frontline doctors.

In May, Gill said a now dead Canadian government deal with China to produce a coronavirus vaccine is a “dangerous endeavour” and that Canada should instead fund vaccine trials with allied nations.

She has been a very vocal advocate for Hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment in fighting COVID-19. She has come under fire in Canada and abroad for her pro Hydroxychloroquine stance.  

During the interview, Gill also talked about how the physician-patient relationship worldwide has seen a dangerous level of government intrusion due to the “extremely politicized” discussion around the prescription of Hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus. 

“It’s absolutely appalling that we are seeing this unprecedented violation of the doctor-patient relationship where we have many of the developed countries around the world that are actually prohibiting doctors and sanctioning them if it is prescribed to their patients,” Gill said. 

“And such a violation I have to stress has never occurred before for any medication ever. So this discussion has become extremely politicized. We really need to get back to talking about the science and the logic and the facts.” 

Gill said that in “2020 we see a very dangerous and unprecedented violation of that very doctor-patient relationship.”  

She noted that in the first stage of infection, the virus replicates and that is when flu-like symptoms are prevalent. 

Gill said this is the stage when Hydroxychloroquine in combination with Zinc and Amithromycin is important, especially for older patients with comorbidities. 

“There's one fundamental aspect which is critically missing in this discussion and people don’t seem to realize that there are two stages for COVID-19 disease that are very distinct and different,” Gill said. 

“When not treated, high-risk patients may progress to the second stage,” added Gill, noting that this stage is when patients could experience pneumonia or an attack on organs such as the heart.

Gill stressed that Hydroxychloroquine is a “safe and generic” medication, noting its approval 65 years ago, and added that it is sold over the counter in many nations and is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an essential medicine. 

She also noted that when used in the right dosage, “there has been no reported cardiac or toxicity in all of the clinical trials and studies done in COVID-19 patients to date.” 

“I think it's so fundamental for the public to understand that Hydroxychloroquine has its on-label uses for such things as Malaria prophylaxis or for the treatment of certain autoimmune conditions,” Gill said.

“However, doctors have always, always had the ability to prescribe existing approved medications for non-indicated conditions. This is known as off label use of that medication.” 

Last week, Australian Labor MP Chris Bowen brought forward a motion in parliament that directly accused Gill and other doctors of spreading “misinformation” regarding the effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine. 

In her Sky News interview, Gill was asked about the attack by one of the show's hosts.  

“It’s a first-time experience; I’m actually quite shocked,” Gill said. 

On social media, Gill blasted the fact that, according to her, certain medical terms seem to be forbidden.  

“Published scientific evidence is now “#wrongthink” when it goes against the political narrative. The Truth, Humanity, T-cell Immunity and Hydroxychloroquine are now #ForbiddenWords and punishable in Trudeau’s Canada,” Gill wrote in an August 12 tweet. 

Gill also came under fire for saying on social media that a COVID-19 vaccine is not necessary and that extended lockdowns do not accomplish anything. 

“If you have not yet figured out that we don't need a vaccine, you are not paying attention. #FactsNotFear,” Gill tweeted August 4.

In another tweet on the same day, Gill blasted the lockdown measures.

“There is absolutely no medical or scientific reason for this prolonged, harmful and illogical lockdown. #FactsNotFear,” Gill wrote. 

Gill’s Twitter messages drew the ire of André Picard, who works as the health columnist at The Globe and Mail. Picard said it was “shocking” to see a doctor say such things.

Gill tweeted back to Picard, saying, “It is quite shocking that a journalist with absolutely no medical training is attacking a MD for stating scientific facts. Not surprising given @picardonhealth is a Pierre Trudeau Foundation Mentor & on its Trudeau ‘#COVID19 Impact Committee’ to drive the political WHO narrative.” 

Due to the attacks against her medical opinions, Gill announced on Twitter that she was seeking legal counsel to help fend off the attacks.


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Canadian high school calls police over student who refused to wear COVID mask

The student was asked by school administrators where his mask was, to which he replied, 'I don't have one. I don’t want one.'
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 7:47 pm EST
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PETITION: No to radical mandatory mask mandates! Sign the petition here.

STETTLER, Alberta, September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian school called the police on a Grade 12 student who refused to wear a mask. The incident resulted in the student vacating the school on his own accord without a police escort.

The incident occurred at Wm E Hay Stettler Secondary Campus, located in the Central Alberta town of Stettler this Wednesday. It was made public knowledge after Sabrina Wedlund, the student’s mother, who has five kids and runs a dairy farm with her husband, published a Facebook post of the incident.

“I am so proud of you Jordan Wedlund. He walked into the Stettler High School this morning refusing to wear a mask and said he was here to get a education and was going to his class. Masks don’t do anything. The staff argued with him for a few minutes and then decided to phone the RCMP to escort him out of the school,” wrote Wedlund in a September 2 Facebook post.

LifeSiteNews reached out to Wedlund to ask her about her views of the incident and was the first media outlet to speak directly to her about the confrontation.

She told LifeSiteNews that after her 17-year-old son refused to wear a mask, police were called to the school but that he left the building without a police escort.

According to Wedlund, on September 2, which was her son’s first day of classes, he walked up to the door and was asked by school administrators where his mask was, to which he replied, “I don’t have one. I don’t want one.”

Wedlund told LifeSiteNews that her son was offered a mask, but he refused, saying, “I’m here to get an education, I’m going to my class.” It was at this point, Wedlund said, that her son walked straight toward his class.

At this point, Wedlund told LifeSiteNews that her son “got about a few feet into the door” before the principal and other staff members told him he had to put a mask on per the rules. He refused and was told to go to the principal’s office.

“He can be a little cheeky sometimes, but he basically said [to the principal] you’ve got 15 minutes to state your case or I get up and I go out of here and go to class,” Wedlund told LifeSiteNews, after which she said the principal reminded her son about the mask rules.

Wedlund said her son told the principal, “You know what? I’m not scared of COVID. I’m healthy. I’m fine. If you are scared of it, you wear a mask. You protect yourself if that is what you feel is right, but I have my right not to wear one.”

According to Wedlund, her son got up and walked out the door and went to find his classroom. At this point, he realized that the school administration “may have said something about calling the RCMP.”

Wedlund said her husband was in the parking lot and could hear what was going on, as her son had put his phone on speaker. She said a member of the local RCMP showed up at the school.

Wedlund said her son asked the school for a “letter of rejection” before he would leave the school.

According to Wedlund, a staff member asked her son if he needed “a member of the RCMP to follow you out,” to which she said her son replied, “No I don’t. I will leave on my own, but I want my letter.”

Wedlund’s son was eventually given the letter.

“The RCMP member followed him to the front door to make sure he was out the door,” Wedlund told LIfeSiteNews.

LifeSiteNews confirmed with the local Stettler RCMP detachment that the police did receive a call from the school but that the officer on site had no dealings with the student.

“One of our officers went over, had no dealings with the student at all, didn’t come in contact with the student, didn’t speak to their parents, nothing,” said Sgt. Tim Gaultois, detachment commander with the Stettler RCMP, to LifeSiteNews.

Gaultois told LifeSiteNews that the RCMP officer did speak with the school principal and was simply responding to a call from the school. He also stressed that as per normal every year, the RCMP will have a presence at the school with a liaison.

LifeSiteNews contacted the school’s principal and the school board, Clearview Public Schools, to confirm details about the incident.

Associate superintendent, business and finance, for the school division Peter Neale replied confirming to LifeSiteNews that the incident with Wedlund’s son did occur. Neale said the RCMP did not “have involvement” with her son.

“Where a student refuses to wear a mask and where age-appropriate, the legal guardian will be asked to pick up the student from the school.  Where a student or staff member requires accommodation to the need to wear a mask due to physical, medical, or mental health considerations, these accommodations are provided. This process was followed involving a Grade 12 student on Wednesday, September 2,” Neale told LifeSiteNews.

“In the event that any person refuses to leave school property by request of the school principal in accordance with Education Act s.197(f) and Education Act s.256, the student (if age-appropriate) and the legal guardian would be informed that RCMP may be requested for supports. The RCMP did not have involvement with the Grade 12 student on Wednesday.”

The Alberta government has mandated that masks be worn for students in Grades 4 to 12 as part of their return to school safety measures. Many Alberta school boards have mandated masks for all grades, however. Each student on his first day of classes will receive two masks each.

Clearview Public Schools’ re-entry guidelines for the 2020–21 school year mandates masks per Alberta government regulations only but says students are not required to wear a mask while “seated in the classroom during instruction if following the physical distancing guidance for schools.”

“Masks are required in the classroom when close contact between students, or students and staff, is occurring. Masks should be used for the duration of this activity. Exemptions will be made for students and staff who are unable to wear a mask due to medical or other needs,” read Clearview’s mask guidelines.

Wedlund said she got a phone call from her local Alberta member of the Legislature (MLA), Nate Horner, from the United Conservative Party, and that she had a good conversation with him about the incident.

Wedlund stressed to LifeSiteNews that she and her son do not have issues with the teachers of the school.

“My husband said to our kids a couple of days ago that this is not a fight against your teachers. This isn’t you building a battle. ... We’re not here to fight you; we want you to be on our side,” said Wedlund.

Steve Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews co-founder and managing director, said in a recent blog that the increase in mandatory masking is driven not by science, but by fear and is a change from what “health experts” were saying earlier on.


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Canadian dad fighting daughter’s ‘transition’ faces contempt-of-court charges for revealing names

The dad had given interviews where he named the doctor and others involved in the matter of his daughter’s ‘transitioning.’
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 7:42 pm EST
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A British Columbia father, who went to court to stop his then-14-year-old daughter from receiving male hormones in her attempt to “identify” as male, now faces charges of criminal contempt of court for allegedly violating a publication ban forbidding him from identifying the parties in the case.

British Columbia’s attorney general filed an application in family court July 30 claiming the father gave three interviews in June in breach of the ban, and asking the court to declare this is criminal contempt of court. 

Carey Linde, the father’s lawyer, says that as far as he knows this has never been done.

“This is not a pure criminal proceeding. It’s not a case of whether he pleads innocent or guilty. It’s in a family matter,” he told LifeSiteNews. “That’s what’s so peculiar about it.”

Linde and the father, who is referred to in court documents as CD, plan to challenge the publication ban on the grounds that it violates CD’s Charter right to freedom of speech.

If their Charter challenge to the publication ban fails, CD will argue that he engaged in “civil disobedience” for “a higher cause,” Linde said.

That higher cause is to warn parents of the terrible harm posed to their children by transgender activists, the B.C.’s Infants Act — which allows minor children to consent to medical treatment despite their parents’ objections — and the province’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) pro-transgender sex-ed curriculum — all issues that CD contends parents won’t hear about in mainstream media.

The father is thus prepared to tell the court he is “compelled by conscience to express those interests and to face whatever consequences the courts may decide,” Linde said.

However, Linde’s first line of defence during the father’s initial court appearance on Wednesday was to ask for a day to argue that B.C. Supreme Court Justice Michael Tammen should recuse himself for “perceived” bias.

The judge agreed to hear the matter on November 30.

Tammen heard a case in March in which the daughter’s lawyers accused the father, Vancouver-based Christian broadcaster Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson and transgender activist Jenn Smith of violating the publication ban.

Lawyers for the attorney general were present for the proceedings, and Tammen suggested then that the Crown consider bringing criminal contempt of court charges against Thompson and the father.

Thompson has not been charged and has since removed her February interview with CD. However, it is still accessible on sites within Canada and has been widely disseminated outside the country on such sites as Mass Resistance, as well as proliferating on social media. Other media interviews with the father are also easily accessible online.

Thompson told LifeSiteNews shortly after the March proceedings that the daughter’s lawyers — who include “queer” activist Barbara Findlay — admitted they were not acting under the direction of their client, who is now 15 years old and presumably does not want to pursue charges against her father.

“The tragedy is that statistically the odds are that this child will desist” — that is, return after puberty to identifying as her birth sex, Linde told LifeSiteNews.

“But the lawyers on the other side have so much invested in this child. It’s their trophy case. They’re going to ruin this kid's emotionality by leaning over backwards and saying, ‘No, no, no, don’t desist.’”

The tragic case has moved away from the fate of the daughter, who began receiving testosterone shots in March 2019 and has chosen to have minimal contact with her father.

It is now about the unrelenting efforts of the lawyers — and now B.C.’s NDP government — to stop CD from speaking publicly about his nightmarish experience.

Despite this, the father’s unsuccessful court battle to protect his “very vulnerable” daughter gained international attention since it began in early 2019.

CD and his wife share joint custody of the teenager, and he argued that his daughter, who has suffered ongoing emotional distress and depression since her parents separated in 2013, lacked the maturity to understand the radical and long-term consequences of testosterone, and had fallen under the sway of transgender activists.

When the girl was 13, school authorities referred her and her mother to a Vancouver-based transgender activist psychologist, who encouraged the girl to identify as a boy and to medically mutilate herself to appear more like a boy. 

In August 2018, the girl and her mother met with a paediatric endocrinologist at the BC Children’s Hospital who recommended in the first meeting that she start testosterone shots. 

When the mother told CD this was going to happen, he objected, but the endocrinologist told him a letter in December 2018 his consent was not needed.

In February 2019, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Gregory Bowden ruled that CD’s efforts to stop his daughter’s “transition” constituted “family violence” and he ordered the father to refer to his daughter by her preferred male pronouns and male name and not to discourage her “transition.” 

In April 2019, Judge Francesca Marzari, who has ties to West Coast LEAF, issued a protection order at the behest of the daughter’s lawyers forbidding CD from speaking to the media and from referring to his daughter as a girl or using female pronouns when referring to her, under penalty of immediate arrest and jail. 

In January 2020, however, the B.C. appeal court ruled that the father had not committed family violence and mitigated the previous rulings by supplanting them with conduct orders, which do not carry the penalty of immediate arrest and imprisonment for alleged breaches.

The conduct orders directed the father to refer to his daughter by her preferred male name and with male pronouns, and not to speak to any media and expired on April 15, 2020.

The appeal court ruled that the publication ban remain in effect “indefinitely.”


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German diocese has women preaching at Mass as part of ‘week of action’

The Catholic Church generally forbids anyone but an ordained man (a priest or a deacon) to preach homilies.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 7:38 pm EST
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PETITION: Join faithful German Catholics in resisting bishops’ plan to ‘Protestantize’ Church! Sign the petition here.

OSNABRÜCK, Germany, September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — In an apparent violation of Church law, Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of the German diocese of Osnabrück is allowing women to preach during Holy Mass, as part of the upcoming “week of action” entitled “Women proclaim the Word.”

Inga Schmitt works for the diocese in the area of communication of the faith. In an interview published by the diocesan website, she explained that the goal was to have “baptized and confirmed persons actively contribute their life and faith experience to the service of proclamation.”

Bishop Bode, who is also vice president of the German Bishops’ Conference, “wrote to the pastors of the congregations and asked them to make it possible for women to come before the congregation during the week of action in the worship service of their church, and from there proclaim the Word of God and interpret it from their perspective.”

“We are not interested in rebelling against fixed things like the order of the worship service,” Schmitt emphasized. “Rather, we see it as a clear option for the consecrated person to take responsibility for the organization of the worship service and the Word of God. If a priest makes it possible for a woman to preach during his worship service, the priest still has the main responsibility for the service.”

“The mission of preaching is also to make the Word of God fruitful for today’s world, and this can take many different forms,” she added. “We are many and there are many different life experiences. A priest or deacon can do this in his own way with his contribution, and from his life experience. But sometimes it takes other contributions from other life experiences and perspectives to make the Word of God fruitful for other people.”

According to Schmitt, “the consecrated person continues to take responsibility for the Word of God in his or her worship service, only by making it possible to bring other points of view into the worship service in addition to his or her own.”

The Code of Canon Law unequivocally states (can. 767), “Among the forms of preaching, the homily, which is part of the liturgy itself and is reserved to a priest or deacon, is preeminent; in the homily the mysteries of faith and the norms of Christian life are to be explained from the sacred text during the course of the liturgical year.”

At the same time (can. 766), lay people “can be permitted to preach in a church or oratory, if necessity requires it in certain circumstances or it seems advantageous in particular cases, according to the prescripts of the conference of bishops and without prejudice” to the fact that a homily is reserved to priests and deacons.

The 2004 Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and approved by Pope John Paul II, goes into more detail.

“The homily, which is given in the course of the celebration of Holy Mass and is a part of the Liturgy itself, ‘should ordinarily be given by the Priest celebrant himself. He may entrust it to a concelebrating Priest or occasionally, according to circumstances, to a Deacon, but never to a layperson. In particular cases and for a just cause, the homily may even be given by a Bishop or a Priest who is present at the celebration but cannot concelebrate,” the instruction states.

“It should be borne in mind that any previous norm that may have admitted non-ordained faithful to give the homily during the eucharistic celebration is to be considered abrogated by the norm of canon 767 §1. This practice is reprobated, so that it cannot be permitted to attain the force of custom.”

Additionally, the ban on laypeople preaching during Mass “applies also to seminarians, students of theological disciplines, and those who have assumed the function of those known as ‘pastoral assistants’; nor is there to be any exception for any other kind of layperson, or group, or community, or association.”

While Schmitt generally spoke only of “worship service” in her interview, the German term (“Gottesdienst”) can refer both to Holy Mass and any other liturgy, including lay-led Communion services.

A look at parish bulletins reveals that women are actually preaching during Mass.

The official list shows Claudia Hindriks scheduled to preach at 5 P.M. on September 12. The local bulletin shows a Mass to take place at this time.

Similarly, the official list shows Brigitte Hesse scheduled for 10:30 P.M. on September 13, which a look at the bulletin confirms to be a Mass.

At the very beginning of the interview, Schmitt admitted, and explained correctly, that only ordained men can preach during Holy Mass.

“In the Catholic Church, certain tasks are officially reserved for certain people,” she pointed out. “This concerns in particular the preaching service during Mass. According to Church law, only consecrated persons, i.e. priests and deacons, are allowed to preach during the worship service, all others are not.”

Nonetheless, the diocese of Osnabrück proceeded with launching the week of action, allowing women to preach from September 13 until September 20.

Bishop Marian Eleganti, who serves as auxiliary bishop in the Swiss diocese of Chur, recently explained the charism proper to the priest.

“Even if the priest can be surpassed individually by other non-ordained faithful in many things (intelligence, eloquence, leadership qualities, personal charisma, etc.), what remains unaffected is that he and only he can be the sacramental realization of Christ, the Head and Shepherd,” Eleganti pointed out.

“This can be seen above all in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, but not only. From this follows the unity of his ministries, namely to govern, to teach, and to sanctify. Everything that undermines or fragments this unity and leaves only a sacramental torso of the priesthood must be avoided.


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San Francisco archbishop asks mayor to remove ‘excessive limits’ restricting public worship outdoors

‘Particularly for us as Catholics, attending the Mass and receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in person is the source and the summit of our faith,’ Archbishop Cordileone said.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 7:11 pm EST
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PETITION: Support pastors fighting against oppressive state mandates! Sign the petition here.

SAN FRANCISCO, September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone is calling on political and health authorities to ease the continued severe restrictions on public worship in San Francisco.

Under San Francisco coronavirus restrictions, only outdoor religious services are currently permitted, with a maximum of 12 people attending.

Cordiolene has now launched a petition calling on Mayor London Breed; Dr. Grant Colfax, director of public health; and Dr. Tomás Aragón, a San Francisco health officer, to ease the restrictions.

“I am grateful that the mayor and other government leaders in San Francisco acknowledge the importance of mental and spiritual health to the overall well-being of our people, in addition to physical and economic health. I am therefore calling on the mayor and her public health officials to, at a minimum, remove the excessive limits on outdoor public worship,” the petition read.

“Particularly for us as Catholics, attending the Mass and receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in person is the source and the summit of our faith, and we have shown we can celebrate the Mass safely,” Cordileone continued.

The petition referenced a recent article authored by three infectious disease experts that claims “for the last 14 or more weeks -- over one million public Masses have been celebrated following guidelines” and “for Catholic churches following these guidelines, no outbreaks of COVID-19 have been linked to church attendance.”

The letter to San Francisco’s leaders says the current restrictions mean that “faith is being treated as less important than a trip to the hardware store, or a nice dinner out on the patio.” 

“This denial of access to safe outdoor public worship is a serious deprivation of our rights as Americans under the First Amendment and our spiritual needs as people of faith,” the petition continued.

“One million public Masses without any COVID outbreaks demonstrates that it is just as safe in San Francisco as in other parts of the state, such as San Mateo County, to permit large gatherings for outdoor public worship with reasonable safety precautions.”

In an open letter published in May, Catholic clergy led by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former papal nuncio, and Cardinals Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, Joseph Zen, and Janis Pujats reminded politicians around the world that “the state has no right to interfere, for any reason whatsoever, in the sovereignty of the church.”

“This autonomy and freedom are an innate right that Our Lord Jesus Christ has given her for the pursuit of her proper ends. For this reason, as pastors we firmly assert the right to decide autonomously on the celebration of Mass and the Sacraments, just as we claim absolute autonomy in matters falling within our immediate jurisdiction, such as liturgical norms and ways of administering Communion and the Sacraments,” the signatories stated.


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Canada’s top doctor’s COVID advice: Wear mask during sex, skip kissing

Social media exploded with ridicule over Dr. Theresa Tam's bedroom counsel.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 7:05 pm EST
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PETITION: No to radical mandatory mask mandates! Sign the petition here.

WARNING: This article contains sexually explicit content.

OTTAWA, Ontario, September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s chief public health officer sparked on online fury of ridicule and backlash for saying people should “consider” using a mask while having sex “with a new partner” to stop coronavirus and that the “lowest risk” option is for one to masturbate.

“The lowest risk sexual activity during COVID-19 involves yourself alone. If you choose to engage in an in-person sexual encounter with someone outside of your household or close contacts bubble, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk,” said Canada’s top doctor Dr. Theresa Tam, in a statement on “sexual health during COVID-19” this past Wednesday.

In her statement, Tam said that to “reduce” the transmission of coronavirus, one should use a “mask that covers the nose and mouth” during sex and “skip” kisses and avoid “face-to-face contact or closeness.”

Tam also promoted contraceptives as well, saying, “As usual, engaging in safer sex practices, including using condoms, knowing your own STI status and the status of your partner.”

Josie Luetke, the youth coordinator of Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), told LifeSiteNews that Tam’s comments should come as no surprise, considering society’s liberal and “impersonal” view of sex.

“While it may be humorous or disappointing, it should not be a surprise that Canada's ‘top doctor’ is proposing a highly mechanistic, impersonal view of sex — our society’s been on this track for a while,” Luetke told LifeSiteNews.

“More of a threat than COVID-19, though, is the physical, emotional, and spiritual toll of casual sex, which Dr. Theresa Tam seems intent on facilitating.”

Jack Fonseca, CLC’s director of political operations, told LifeSiteNews that Tam’s remarks debase the sexual act to something “animalistic” and that the only thing she should be promoting is abstinence.

“Avoid kissing and wear a mask? It sounds like she’s describing a rape, not an expression of love between two people. Dr. Tam is doing a disservice to humanity, stripping down what is supposed to be the most beautiful expression of love to an animalistic act devoid of affection,” Fonseca told LifeSiteNews.

“The only sane advice that public health officials like Dr. Tam should be giving is to practice abstinence if you are not married and to avoid sex with strangers.”

In July, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BC-CDC) published a variety of explicit suggestions for one to increase the “safety” of sexual intimacy during the coronavirus crisis. The list included recommending “barriers, like walls (e.g., glory holes), that allow for sexual contact but prevent close face-to-face contact.”

Tam’s comments also drew the ire of many on social media, who spared no time in blasting Tam for her strange suggestions of mask-wearing during sex and for her promotion of masturbation.

Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati, who is representing Vaccine Choice Canada as legal counsel in a lawsuit against the Canadian government (including Tam) for their “draconian and unjustifiable” response to COVID-19, was blunt in his backlash against Tam.

“What!? Wear a mask while having sex? What planet is Dr. Tam orbiting. Only the last of the self-taught lovers would give that advice. I would like to know the exact scientific and medical basis for this advice. Definitely a constitutional violation,” said Galati on Twitter

In a follow-up tweet laced with a comedic element an hour later, Galati went after Tam again.

“Dear Dr. Tam: Serious question: when one breaks wind, if carrier of virus, does he/she expel airborne virus? If so, should we all be wearing diapers?” tweeted Galati.

Independent Ontario MPP Randy Hillier also took to social media to show his disgust at Tam’s advice.

“Lockdowns didn’t work- But wearing masks while having intimate relations will stop COVID, along with no kissing and practising solo sex. Good grief people, why is the obvious so obscured to so many?” commented Hillier on Twitter.

Tam has found herself at the center of other controversies. Conservative M.P. Derek Sloan said in the spring that she should be fired for her lack of a proper response to the coronavirus and for her ties to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Tam went on to say that the “current evidence” shows that “there is a very low likelihood of contracting the novel coronavirus through semen or vaginal fluids.”

She added that “sexual activity with new partners does increase your risk of getting or passing COVID-19 through close contact, like kissing.”

The Catholic Church promotes the moral virtue of chastity, which includes complete continence (abstinence) for the unmarried. The Catechism of Catholic Church (2352) teaches that masturbation “is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action.”

The Catechism also teaches (2353) that fornication, the “carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman,” is “gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the generation and education of children.”

When it comes to the use of contraceptives such as condoms, the birth control pill, intrauterine devices, foams, diaphragms, and others, the Catechism says (2370) they are “intrinsically evil” and cannot be considered acceptable.


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$4 million dollar ad blitz hits Biden, Dems for supporting trans hormones for minors

A former transgender speaks in the ads.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 6:06 pm EST
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PETITION: Tell Trump Christians can’t accept SCOTUS ruling imposing LGBT ideology! Sign the petition here.

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 4 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The conservative American Principles Project (APP) is launching a $4 million digital ad campaign to call voters’ attention to the “radicalism” of the Democrat presidential ticket and swing-state Democrat congressional candidates on transgender issues.

“Biden and his fellow Democrats have pledged to use the power of the federal government to destroy women’s sports and push young children into highly experimental and dangerous sex-change procedures,” said APP executive director Terry Schilling. “These are positions which the vast majority of American voters disagree with. And yet Democrats are rarely called out on it, getting a free pass from the media and even Republicans.”

“We are committed to changing that,” he declared.

Two of the ads feature the testimony of Kevin Whitt, a former “homosexual, transsexual, drag queen[,] and prostitute” who left it all behind when “I found Jesus and I got set free.”

“Treatment to change the gender of a minor so that you cannot go through puberty causes damage,” Whitt says. “Sex change surgeries at 15 years old. This is legal child abuse.” The ad then calls out former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan for supporting such practices anyway.

Biden has endorsed, and Peters cosponsored, the so-called “Equality Act,” which would force a wide variety of public and private entities to recognize and accommodate individuals’ claims to be the opposite of their actual sex. On his campaign website, Biden also specifically promises to “ensure that LGBTQ+ individuals have full access to all appropriate health care treatments and resources,” which “includes covering care related to transitioning—including gender confirmation [sic] surgery.”

Another ad urges Michiganders to vote against the two politicians for the effect the Equality Act would have on girls’ athletics by forcing girls to compete against gender-confused boys who retain the natural biological advantages of their true sex.

“All female athletes want is a fair shot at competition, at a scholarship, at a title, at victory,” the narrator says. “But what if that shot was taken away by a competitor who claims to be a girl but was born a boy […] they call it equality. Really? That’s not fair. Not fair at all.”

APP notes that one July poll found that almost 80 percent of Michigan voters oppose letting gender-confused boys compete against girls and allowing chemical or surgical “transition” treatments for minors, indicating that the issue has significant potential to sway votes even in blue states.

“In the coming weeks, we will be making sure voters in Michigan and nationwide know the extreme agenda Joe Biden and Democrats want to impose on the country,” Schilling said. “And we are confident voters will reject that agenda in November.”


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Bishops missing in action as Christian pastors defy California gov’s orders to hold worship services

‘Don't the bishops realize what a scandal it is that those who do not believe in the real presence of Jesus in the sacrament are more zealous to participate in worship than are the Roman Catholic bishops?’
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 5:32 pm EST
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PETITION: Support pastors fighting against oppressive state mandates! Sign the petition here.

September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – As hundreds of Protestant pastors in California continue to offer worship services to the faithful, defying Governor Gavin Newsom’s order, Catholic bishops continue to largely remain missing in action, what one Catholic professor referred to as a “scandal.” 

Protestant pastors have strongly opposed the restrictions. One has filed a lawsuit challenging the order; another has said he will defy the order by opening his church, even if it results in his arrest.

“God has not called us to be cowards,” explained Pastor Che Anh of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, California to LifeSiteNews. The pastors see the need to mount a vigorous defense of the religious freedom they are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. 

Meanwhile, Roman Catholic bishops in California have said nothing publicly that challenges Governor Newsom’s Covid-19 restrictions. They have quietly accepted the state’s Covid-19 restrictions on worship, choosing cooperation over protest. 

The bishops have advised parishes under their charge to hold outdoor services, which are permitted by the state government under certain conditions.  Unfortunately, this advice is often not acted upon by individual parishes for a variety of reasons, including a lack of outdoor space. As a consequence, thousands of practicing Catholics throughout California are now denied participating in the Mass and partaking of the Blessed Sacrament.

Dr. Janet Smith, a retired professor who taught at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, told LifeSiteNews that it is a “scandal” that Christians who do not believe in Christ’s real presence in the Eucharists are more zealous for their faith than Christians who do. 

When asked why Protestant pastors in California had loudly protested the state’s Covid-19 restrictions while the leadership of the Catholic Church in the state had silently accepted them, Smith replied: 

“It could be that [the Protestant pastors] simply have more common sense and courage.  If it is because they have more faith, how demoralizing is that?  Wouldn't it be a great instance of Christian fraternity if the bishops linked arms with Protestant preachers (and those of other religions) to insist that religious liberty be honored?”

“Don't the bishops realize what a scandal it is that those who do not believe in the real presence of Jesus in the sacrament are more zealous to participate in worship than are the Roman Catholic bishops?  I wouldn't be surprised if some Catholics begin going to Protestant services precisely to experience Christian community. Will they return?” she added.

LifeSite contacted Bishop Edward Clark, Bishop Alejandro Aclan, and Bishop Robert Barron, each of whom runs a separate pastoral region in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, to ask them for comment. 

In response, LifeSite received a statement from the Archdiocese, which read, in part: “God calls us to protect all human life. While it has been difficult to suspend Masses indoors, we continue to celebrate the Eucharist and the Sacraments at outdoor Masses to limit the spread of Covid.”

The statement did not address the challenges parishes face in holding outdoor services, nor did it question the constitutional validity of Governor Newsom’s restrictions on churches.

Jesse Romero, a popular host on the Virgin Most Powerful Radio network, told LifeSiteNews that the bishops’ inaction may be connected to money. 

"Remember what St. Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 6:10 -- ‘For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith,’” said Romero.  “If you want to know why the Roman Catholic bishops of California are so passive, those words explain why. Follow the money.”

“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) receives roughly half of its $200 million operating budget from the U.S. government and through the approval of the Democratic Party.  And who is the president of the USCCB right now?  Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles.  And which political party runs California?  The Democratic Party.  The bishops aren't going to bite the hand that feeds them," he said. 

LifeSite contacted the Archdiocese of San Francisco to see if Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was willing to address these important issues.  In response, Mike Brown, the Archdiocese’s Director of Communications, told LifeSiteNews the Archbishop was not available for an interview.  He referred LifeSiteNews to the Archdiocese’s web site.

Cordiolene recently launched a petition calling on Mayor London Breed, Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax, and San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón, to ease restrictions that limit outdoor religious services to 12 people. 

“I am grateful that the Mayor and other government leaders in San Francisco acknowledge the importance of mental and spiritual health to the overall well-being of our people, in addition to physical and economic health. I am therefore calling on the Mayor and her public health officials to, at a minimum, remove the excessive limits on outdoor public worship,” the petition reads.


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People across the globe protest COVID-19 lockdowns

From London to Berlin to Ottawa, people have had enough.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 4:58 pm EST
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PETITION: No to mandatory vaccination for the coronavirus! Sign the petition here.

September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In recent weeks, people across the globe have protested against the draconian restrictions imposed by governments in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

These protests have largely been characterized as gatherings of “COVID-deniers” by many liberal media outlets, although it seems the majority of the events have been focused simply on opposing mandatory vaccines, harsh lockdowns, and masking rules.

On August 29, more than 10,000 people gathered in London, England, for a rally. Weather forecaster Piers Corbyn, the brother of former leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn, was among the speakers.

In Berlin, Germany, local authorities had tried to ban a large protest, but were corrected by the courts.

According to police, roughly 38,000 people protested the mask mandates, and the potential for making a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory.

Among the speakers at various individual events in the German capital was Robert F. Kennedy Jr., founder of Children’s Health Defense, an organization dedicated to exposing the dangers associated with many vaccines.

“We want health officials who don’t have financial entanglements with the pharmaceutical industry, who are working for us, and not big pharma,” the nephew of President John F. Kennedy said.

About 1,200 people in the Canadian capital of Ottawa disregarded “public health guidance to wear masks in public areas, avoid large gatherings and practise physical distancing,” gathering “on Parliament Hill Saturday to protest pandemic safety measures they say infringe on their personal rights,” the CBC reported.

READ: Pregnant Australian woman arrested at home for promoting anti-lockdown protest on Facebook

The CBC report quoted Kelly Anne Wolfe, executive director of The Line Canada and involved with organizing the protest, as saying, “If you want to wear a mask or a tutu, we have nothing to say about that. That is your right. You do not have a right to put one on my face or the face of my children. It's as simple as that.”

A smaller crowd of a few hundred people came together in Zurich, Switzerland. The peaceful protest was dissolved by police.

In Dublin, Ireland, hundreds, if not thousands, of people had gathered on August 22, also protesting lockdowns, masks, and vaccines. Dr. Dolores Cahill, an immunologist, was met with frequent applause during her half-hour speech.

In mid-August, the Spanish capital of Madrid was the sight of another large protest.

“Crowds gathered at Plaza Colon holding placards, reading, ‘The real virus is communism,’ and ‘CDS (Democratic and Social Centre party) cures COVID-19’ and chanting,” reported the Daily Express.

Here, too, forced face coverings and vaccines were the main issues.

In May, people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a small country in Southeast Europe, protested “against bad governance, nationalism and corruption as senior government officials face graft accusations related to the procurement of defective ventilators for COVID-19 patients.”

Meanwhile, in the United States, LifeSite’s video reporter Jim Hale was on site to cover the “March Against Mandates” in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday.

Kathleen Medaries, Director of Communications and Strategy at Virginia Freedom Keepers, which organized the event, said that Virginia Health Commissioner Norman Oliver has the power to force Virginians to take a COVID-19 vaccine: “under [an] emergency powers law, he is given the right to mandate that every adult and child receive a COVID shot if he deems it appropriate,” she said. 

“We have a situation where this unelected official has unilateral authority to make a medical choice for all Virginians, and Virginians are gathered together to say: That’s a problem, we don’t approve.”

Medaries also pointed out the irony that the Virginia government, which in the context of abortion affirmed women who claimed, “my body, my choice” (even though the unborn child is not part of a woman’s body) now says, “it’s your body, and it’s my choice.”


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California passes bill letting judges exempt statutory rape offenders from sex registry

Conservatives and even Democrats fear that the controversial legislation will empower pedophiles.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 4:44 pm EST
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UPDATE, September 11, 2020: This report has been updated to add commentary from the Thomas More Society.

SACRAMENTO, California, September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Controversy has erupted in California over the state legislature’s weekend approval of legislation that critics say will contribute to the “normalization of pedophilia” by empowering judges to forgo adding those who engage in homosexual sex with minors within a specific age window to the state sex offender registry.

Under current California law, it is illegal to perform sex acts with a minor, but oral and anal intercourse requires that the older partner register as a sex offender, whereas in the case of vaginal intercourse judges have the discretion to choose whether to require registration. 

Senate Bill 145, introduced by Democrat state Sen. Scott Wiener, extends that judicial discretion to all three acts, so long as the victim is at least 14 and the offender “is not more than 10 years older than the minor.” 

Lawmakers gave their final approval to SB145 on Monday, KUSI reported. The legislation’s supporters claim the legislation merely eliminates “discrimination” in existing law, and prevents young people close in age from being treated the same as pedophiles. Opponents, however, argue the bill will empower pedophiles should it become law.

“This proposed law would allow a 24 year old to sodomize a 15 year old child without having to register as a sex offender. No reasonable person should think that’s acceptable,” said Paul Jonna, special counsel to the Thomas More Society. “If progressive legislators want to improve these laws, they should enhance the penalties across the board rather than loosen them. The legislature’s job is to pass laws that protect the citizens of California – not harm them, as this law undoubtedly will.”

Conservatives aren’t the only ones who have found fault with the legislation. 

“I agree this situation should never be subject to the sex offender registry,” said Democrat state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. “But this bill would also allow a 24-year-old to prey on a 14-year-old and not be deemed a sex offender. As a Mom, I just can’t see that as ever being consensual.”

Further, California attorney and Dordulian Law Group owner Samuel Dordulian noted that eliminating “discrimination” in the current law could have been easily accomplished by applying mandatory registration to vaginal intercourse instead of removing it from the other two acts.

“Survivors whose attackers manage to receive light sentences not befitting their crimes would be forced to accept that those convicted attackers could also evade the former mandatory punishment rightfully designating them as sex offenders depending on a judge’s decision,” Dordulian wrote. “Communities would be forced to accept that sex offenders could now potentially live anonymously among law-abiding citizens. Law enforcement officials would be forced to accept that their ability to properly monitor sex offenders could potentially be compromised. All of these scenarios are unacceptable and highly concerning.”

Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom has yet to reveal whether he will sign SB145 into law.


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WATCH: Australian police break down door, arrest man for promoting anti-lockdown protest

James Bartolo was arrested and charged with 'incitement' for promoting the protest.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 3:33 pm EST
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PETITION: No to radical mandatory mask mandates! Sign the petition here.

MELBOURNE, Australia, September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Police in Victoria, Australia, smashed the door down of a man’s home and arrested him for allegedly promoting anti-lockdown events online.

James Bartolo, formerly a soldier in the Australian Army, filmed police arriving at his home in Melbourne, breaking down his door with a battering ram and arresting him on the morning of Sept. 3.

Like Zoe Buhler, the pregnant mother arrested at home by Victoria Police officers earlier this week, Bartolo was arrested for ‘incitement’ after publicizing an anti-lockdown protest this coming weekend.

A police statement said the arrest occurred “following an ongoing investigation into the organization and encouragement of protest activity in the CBD this Saturday”.

A police spokeswoman said that police seized several devices including a mobile phone and laptops, as well as five samurai swords, from Bartolo’s home.

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“A 27-year-old male who was arrested at the address has been charged with incitement, possession of prohibited weapons and two counts of resisting police,” the spokeswoman said.

Bartolo, who runs the Conscious Truth Network website and YouTube channel, has been regularly posting to Facebook criticisms of Victoria’s draconian lockdown regime.

Bartolo is due to appear at a Magistrates Court on 5 May 2021 and, like Buhler, is facing a $20,000 fine.

Since his release from police custody, the activist has posted online saying that the anti-lockdown protest scheduled for tomorrow in Melbourne is a “no go” and that he is telling people not to attend because he is “concerned about the safety of the brave men and women who plan to go.” 

Bartolo said his bail orders required him not to speak publicly about anything related to the coronavirus or protests. 

“The police are not forcing me to say anything. Although my bail orders say that I cannot speak about anything related to coronavirus or protests,” he wrote in a Facebook post earlier today.

While Victoria Police have been gaining worldwide attention for their heavy-handed treatment of those not complying with lockdown restrictions, a Royal Commission investigation into the Management of Public Informants has identified 124 criminal convictions in Victoria as “tainted" due to the police using evidence given to them by barrister Nicola Gobbo about her own clients. Victoria Police have this week issued an apology and admitted that they were “profoundly wrong” to allow Gobbo to inform on her own clients.


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Pro-life priests denounce ‘Catholics for Biden’ as scam: ‘No Catholic can vote for Biden’

'The whole idea of Catholics for Biden is a scam'
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 3:03 pm EST
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PETITION: Urge Catholic bishops to refuse Holy Communion to pro-abortion Biden! Sign the petition here.

September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A group calling itself “Catholics for Biden” — created to generate grassroots Catholic support for the pro-abortion Democrat Presidential candidate — launched Thursday night with a virtual national Zoom meeting, attracting 1,100 participants.  

Catholics who tuned into the online meeting were repeatedly steered away from being “single issue” voters as a means to help them overcome qualms of conscience regarding the former VP and his running mate, Kamala Harris, who have pledged unwavering support for maintaining a legal right to abortion across the United States.  

The 58 minute-long meeting, attended by LifeSiteNews,  began with short keynote speeches by dissident Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and known for her support for legal abortion, and U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) who has been barred by Bishop Thomas Paprocki from receiving communion.  

Sister Simone “Nuns on a Bus” Campbell claimed that the outlawing of abortion by reversing Roe v Wade “has never been our faith” and dismissed conservative Catholics as “Silly.” 

“White Catholics have gotten it wrong” in past elections, said Campbell. 

She touted her organization’s new theme, “Helping Catholics see that they are multi-issue voters,” and its new website, PopeFrancisVoter.org, which aims to drive the Catholic electorate to be “in harmony with what Pope Francis teaches.”  

The evening’s most extreme assertions came from Dr. Stephen Schneck, retired Director of the Institute for Policy and Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America and a former Obama White House appointee.  

“In his four harrowing years in office, President Trump has proven himself to be the least pro-life president in history,” declared Schneck.  

“He’s proven that he’s only capable of dividing us,” asserted Schneck. “President Trump fosters hate and intolerance.”  

During a five-person panel discussion, moderator Felice Gorordo noted that a high percentage of panelists, including himself, had been heavily influenced by Jesuit education and formation.  Panelist Peter Kellner mentioned he had recently become a member of the board of directors of Jesuit-run America Media, publisher of America Magazine where pro-LGBT Fr. James Martin, SJ, is an editor-at-large.    

Top U.S. pro-life priests had plenty to say about the “Catholics for Biden” effort.

Catholics for Biden: Another wolf in sheep’s clothing

“The whole idea of Catholics for Biden is a scam,” said Fr. Michael Orsi, a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, who currently serves as parochial vicar for St. Agnes Parish in Naples, Florida, and a former chaplain of Ave Maria School of Law in Naples. 

The group seeks “to gloss over his hostility to the Catholic teaching condemning abortion,” Orsi told LifeSiteNews. “It grasps onto the Seamless Garment canard and encourages voters to weigh all of the perceived ‘good things’ that the Democrats promote for social justice. The fact is that all these entitlements presume an equality in the issues.  Unless a person has the right  to life all else is meaningless.”  

“What these ‘Catholics for Biden’ forget is that the argument that ‘I am personally against but respect the rights of others to procure an abortion’ is inherently evil,” said Orsi, “since it is causing deaths and leading others to sin.” 

“Voting for Biden will broadly expand abortion, even to the time of birth if he were to be elected,” continued Orsi.  “This in itself may cause a voter to at least be responsible for material cooperation in sin.”  

“This group is another wolf in sheep’s clothing,” he concluded. 

Disobedient Catholics seeking companionship

“Just as Satan prowls the earth, looking for more souls to ruin; so often we see disobedient Catholics seeking companionship and support in their scandalous ways,” said Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, an activist pro-life Catholic priest, a regular on EWTN, and a member of Red Rose Rescues, when asked about Catholics for Biden.

Fr. Imbarrato said that Biden’s actions result in “multiple grave scandals against our Catholic faith,” adding, “Let’s look at how many ways Biden violates his Catholic faith”: 

  • Supports abortion;
  • Supports contraception; 
  • Supports immoral experimentation; 
  • Supports sexual disorders and perversions by promoting the LBGTQ agenda, and has presided over a same-sex “marriage”;
  • Supports an environmental policy that includes population control measures 
  • Opposes freedom of conscience and religion, as evidenced in his pledge to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide abortifacients to employees; 
  • Fails to defend our Catholic faith, remaining quiet while left-wing organizations have attacked Catholic Churches and property.

Catholics for Biden: Ignoring President Trump’s pro-life successes 

“People who talk about ‘single-issue Catholic voting’ are setting up a straw man,” asserted Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life. “We all know there are many issues. But if a candidate came along and said, “I support terrorism,” voters would not ask, ‘OK, but what’s your healthcare plan?’  Certain issues disqualify candidates.”

“But Biden’s ‘Catholic’ problem does not just involve abortion,” Pavone told LifeSiteNews, noting that the Democrat candidate said he would reinstate the HHS mandate as it was before Hobby Lobby. 

“So are ‘Catholics for Biden’ not to care that their clergy, their Church, and its ministries will again be battling in court so that they don’t have to choose between following their faith and following the law?” asked Pavone.  “In that case one would have to wonder if ‘Catholics for Biden are also ‘Catholics for Catholics.’”

“Are Catholics for Biden too busy talking about how ‘Catholic’ he is rather than paying attention to the successes we’re having under President Trump?” wondered Pavone.  

“Biden has an astonishing lack of accomplishments over his 47-year career in Washington politics,” said Pavone.  “Do ‘Catholics for Biden’ really believe year 48 would be any different?”

Catechism requires Catholics not to vote for Biden, a man in “persistent mortal sin”

“We urge those Catholic officials who choose to depart from Church teaching on the inviolability of human life in their public life to consider the consequences for their own spiritual well being, as well as the scandal they risk by leading others into serious sin,” said Fr. Imbarrato, quoting the teaching of the US Bishops in Living The Gospel of Life (USCCB 1998) #31. “We call on them to reflect on the grave contradiction of assuming public roles and presenting themselves as credible Catholics when their actions on fundamental issues of human life are not in agreement with Church teaching.” 

“I challenge anyone, based on the Church's teaching on scandal, to explain to the Catholic faithful how Joe Biden is not in persistent mortal sin from scandal (CCC 2284-2286) and how a Catholic, using their vote, does not commit the grave sin of scandal (CCC 2287) if they vote for Biden.

At the Republican National Convention, Sister Dede famously spoke about the importance of being not just “pro-life” but being “pro-eternal life.” 

“Do we care about Joe Biden’s soul and do we care about our own souls?” asked Fr. Imbarrato.  “If so, no Catholic can vote for Joe Biden.” 


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‘Bring Our Lady into the streets of America’: Coast to coast rosary will be Oct. 11

'Spiritual Battle has intensified with the forces of evil becoming even more extreme in their advocacy of unrestricted abortion and a radical rebellion against God’s creation of man, woman and the sanctity of marriage and the family, accompanied by open hostility against all who do not share their unholy beliefs...'
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 1:19 pm EST
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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Once again, Catholic are urged to take their rosaries outside and join together in prayer for the good of the U.S. and the world.

Rosary Coast to Coast 2020 will take place on October 11, 2020, and organizers are encouraging participants to sign up and join rallies in public places all over the United States and in participating countries.

The organizers have offered evidence that this year, more than ever, America needs our prayers. 

“The US in 2020 is a country on the edge: a global pandemic; violent protests, vandalism and looting; destruction of Church, state and private property; rejection of the heritage of our nation; heresy against the Catholic Church; withdrawal of support for law enforcement; as well as calls for socialism, communism and anarchy,” a statement by the Holy League reads. 

“Spiritual Battle has intensified with the forces of evil becoming even more extreme in their advocacy of unrestricted abortion and a radical rebellion against God’s creation of man, woman and the sanctity of marriage and the family, accompanied by open hostility against all who do not share their unholy beliefs,” it continues.

“Rage and division are increasing as we approach a pivotal national election in November.” 

The Holy League turns to St. Gregory the Great as a model, noting that when a plague began to rage through Rome in 590 AD, St. Gregory led a massive procession, including a banner of Our Lady, through the city begging for God’s aid. According to legend, St. Gregory saw an angel on what is now the Castel Sant’Angelo wipe his bloody sword and sheathe it, indicating that the plague would come to an end. 

“A statue of St. Michael the Archangel sheathing his sword was put on the top of Castel Sant’ Angelo, which remains a constant reminder of the mercy of God and how He responded to the prayers and supplications of his people,” the statement notes. 

In that spirit, the Holy League is inviting Catholics to do as Pope Gregory did and once again “bring Our Lady into the streets of America.” 

Nationwide mass rosary gatherings have been organized across the United States since fans of the Church Militant network held their own “Rosary at the Coasts and Borders” in December 2017, inspired by Poland’s “Rosary at the Borders” held that October. The Polish event attracted over one million participants, some joining in from other countries around the world. 

Inspired by Poland’s success, Catholics held national rosaries around Ireland, Australia, and Great Britain

Rosary Coast to Coast was founded in 2018 and successfully organized nationwide rosaries across the U.S. both that year and in 2019. The Americans were joined by allies across the world, forming what Father Richard Heilman dubbed the new “Holy League of Nations.”


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Report shows Trump’s Justice Department will launch antitrust case against Google

According to the new report, Justice Department officials have told lawyers working on the antitrust inquiry into Google 'to wrap up their work by the end of September.'
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 11:51 am EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The New York Times has claimed that U.S. attorney general William Barr and the Department of Justice plan to bring antitrust charges against Google in the coming weeks.

According to the new report, Justice Department officials have told lawyers working on the antitrust inquiry into Google “to wrap up their work by the end of September.”

The Times claims that “[m]ost of the 40-odd lawyers who had been working on the investigation opposed the deadline” and that a number of them have recently left the case.

The report also claims that Barr has shown a “deep interest” in the Google case and that he has been working on plans related to it during trips and vacations.

Google’s censorship of conservatives has come under increasing scrutiny in recent months, with evidence suggesting that numerous conservative news outlets have been particularly targeted by the internet giant since their core search in May.

During the recent big-tech antitrust hearing at the U.S. House of Representatives in July, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) accused Google of election interference through the blacklisting of conservative news websites from its online search results after Google CEO Sundar Pichai admitted that the creation of lists of blocked sites “can involve a manual portion.”

Immediately prior to the hearing, independent journalist Mike Cernvoich released what is apparently a leaked internal Republican memo penned by Jordan, which Cernovich says “sells out Conservatives to Big Tech.”

The 39-page memo indicated that Republicans in Congress will not take any significant action against the internet giants.

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“Even if this hearing suggests that Google, Amazon, Apple, or Facebook have acted unlawfully, that would not necessarily mean underlying antitrust law needs an overhaul,” the memo reads.

A Republican spokesperson responded to the memo, which was also covered in Politico, saying that it was simply a “guidance memo” intended as an “information and learning tool” and that it doesn’t represent the official GOP position.

President Donald Trump has said he will issue executive orders to “bring fairness to Big Tech” if Congress fails to act.

“If Congress doesn’t bring fairness to Big Tech, which they should have done years ago, I will do it myself with Executive Orders. In Washington, it has been ALL TALK and NO ACTION for years, and the people of our Country are sick and tired of it!” Trump tweeted as July’s antitrust hearing at the U.S. House of Representatives began.


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Facebook to block ‘political ads’ one week before election day

The presidential campaign of President Donald Trump immediately criticized Facebook’s new policy.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 11:37 am EST
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September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Exactly two months before election day, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday he was going to block “new political and issue ads in the last week of the campaign.”

The presidential campaign of President Donald Trump immediately criticized Facebook’s new policy. “In the last seven days of the most important election in our history, President Trump will be banned from defending himself on the largest platform in America,” Samantha Zager, one of the campaign’s press secretaries, stated.

“When millions of voters will be making their decisions, the President will be silenced by the Silicon Valley Mafia, who will at the same time allow corporate media to run their biased ads to swing voters in key states,” she added.

In a press release, Facebook also said it would “remove posts that claim that people will get COVID-19 if they take part in voting, and we’ll attach a link to authoritative information about the coronavirus to posts that might use COVID-19 to discourage voting.”

The social media giant added it would “attach an informational label to content that seeks to delegitimize the outcome of the election or discuss the legitimacy of voting methods, for example, by claiming that lawful methods of voting will lead to fraud.”

This measure could be directed at President Trump, who has warned via Twitter that because of mail-in ballots, “2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations [sic] history — unless this stupidity is ended.”

Prior to that, Trump’s opponent, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, had accused the president of “going to try to steal this election,” without providing evidence to substantiate his claim. “It’s my greatest concern, my single greatest concern,” Biden said.

During an interview with CBS This Morning, Zuckerberg explained that “if people post content that broadly is trying to delegitimize the outcome of the election, either by saying things like, ‘Voting by mail will definitely lead to fraud’ or you know, other things that basically undermine these democratic principles of methods of voting that we know are safe, then we're just gonna add some context to those posts.”

“Oh, this will definitely apply to the president — once this policy goes into place… and it will apply to everyone equally,” the 36-year-old Facebook founder emphasized.

“I have had certain discussions with him in the past,” Zuckerberg revealed, “where I’ve told him that I thought some of the rhetoric was problematic… if I did talk to him, you know, be clear about how — just the importance of making sure that people have confidence in the election.”

Facebook is also going to add a label to posts by a candidate or campaign should he or it try “to declare victory before the final results are in.” Facebook users, in this case, would be directed “to the official results from Reuters and the National Election Pool.”

Zuckerberg, in a separate clip of the interview, expressed his uneasiness with “being the ultimate deciders of what is right and wrong, and true and false, in the world,” but he is willing to “rely on other authorities,” for instance “local elections officials.”

He also said he was worried about there being “a greater chance of civil unrest and violence after the election,” given that “it may take additional time for the votes to get counted this year, especially with mail-in voting.”

Zuckerberg pointed out that “there’s nothing illegitimate about taking a few extra days, or even weeks, in order to make sure that all the votes get counted. In fact, it would be illegitimate if we didn't make sure that all of the valid votes were counted.”

Facebook, in another press release, announced that its Messenger would be furnished with a “forwarding limit … so messages can only be forwarded to five people or groups at a time.”

“Limiting forwarding is an effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content that has the potential to cause real world harm,” argued Jay Sullivan, Facebook’s director of product management, Messenger privacy and safety.

Both Facebook and other tech giants like Twitter have been accused of censorship in the past, due to their attempts at labeling posts deemed “misinformation,” or even banning users.

Already in January 2019, long before numerous new measures had been applied to social media platforms in the context of the coronavirus crisis, L. Brent Bozell III commented, “Facebook is now openly antagonistic toward the right.”

“Posts aren’t just blocked by humans who decide what they do or don’t like; they are blocked by computer programs designed by humans to ensure liberal sensibilities are not offended,” the founder and president of the Media Research Center (MRC) wrote. “The New York Times says the company is monitoring ‘billions of posts per day in over 100 languages.’ That makes what Facebook is doing almost impossible to track, until it’s too late.”

Last month, Bozell and other members of the MRC-led Free Speech Alliance stated, “Facebook has listened to the conservative movement’s complaints and in response has invited us to pound sand. It’s insulting but unsurprising. Unfortunately, this is how Facebook routinely responds to criticism.”

“No conservative leader or organization should accept this as a legitimate response to the undeniable issues we have raised,” the statement continued. “This is purely another superficial attempt by Facebook to placate conservatives with empty promises.”

Among dozens of pro-life and conservative organizations, LifeSiteNews is a member of the Free Speech Alliance as well.

Meanwhile, Parler, the new conservative-friendly alternative to mainstream media platforms, is gaining steam with its stated devotion to true freedom of speech. Readers can find LifeSite on Parler. 


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‘Unplanned’ producers to release documentary on pro-life women of Trump admin

In the documentary, Trump senior advisor Katrina Pierson shares that her mother became pregnant with her at 15: 'I'm pro-life because I have one.'
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 11:00 am EST
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September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Two producers of Unplanned, the 2019 hit movie about Abby Johnson’s conversion from Planned Parenthood director to pro-life activist, released today a trailer for a new documentary about high-ranking women in the Trump administration.

The documentary, which will be released on digital platforms on October 1, is called The Trump I Know and features exclusive interviews inside the White House and the private homes of some of the most powerful women in the Trump administration, including Lara Trump, Mercedes Schlapp, Katrina Pierson, Kayleigh McEneny, and Kellyanne Conway.

In an exclusive clip from the documentary obtained by LifeSiteNews, Trump re-election senior advisor Katrina Pierson shares why she’s pro-life.

“My mother was 15 years old, and my mother was pregnant by a slightly older black man. It was my white grandfather who told his only daughter that abortion wasn’t an option. So, he did what they did back then: they [sent] their unwed pregnant daughters away.”

“So my mother was sent to live with my maternal grandmother in Kansas, where I was born,” Pierson explained. “You know, when I hear the argument today about, well, it’s gonna be so hard on the child, you’re too young to have a kid...we’re all here on our own journey. People assume that I’m pro-life because of some spiritual conviction. And that’s just not the case. I’m pro-life because I have one.”

The trailer comes on the heels of the RNC, which featured female pro-life luminaries such as Johnson, McEneny, and Conway. McEneny, who has an infant daughter, spoke of the president supporting her and her family and said he called her after her breast cancer prevention surgery.

“As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump,” McEneny shared at the RNC. “Days later, as I recovered, my phone rang. It was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world caring about me.”

“Though I didn’t personally know the president at the time, I know him well now and I can tell you that this president loves the American people, stands by Americans with preexisting conditions, and supports working moms.” 

The Trump I Know also introduces viewers to the First Family, particularly women in the First Family.

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The documentary came about thanks to producer Joe Knopp traveling to the White House last year to meet Vice President Pence as part of the promotion for Unplanned. It was then that he struck up an unexpected friendship with Lara Trump, who is married to the president’s son, Eric. This year Knopp approached Lara about his idea for a documentary that explored the women in the Trump family, administration, business, and campaign.

According to the documentary’s creators, “Some are the children of immigrants, some from very humble beginnings, but all are strong, intelligent and talented patriots. They were chosen by the President because he saw something in them that many didn’t even see in themselves. Through their stories and through their eyes, get a glimpse of the Trump they know.”

“When I realized I knew more about the Royal family than the First Family, I had this idea to explore a documentary from the women of the White House,” said Knopp. “No matter what side of the political fence you are on, Americans will want to see and hear from the strong, intelligent women who make up 60 percent of the White House. So much information flies around, but how do you really know a person? These women have a point of view of President Donald Trump and share very candidly in a way that is authentic and vulnerable.”


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Criminal investigation opened into woman’s death after abortion at Alabama facility

A coalition of pro-life groups is pushing authorities to uncover the truth of what happened to Jane Doe, who died in the hospital after visiting the West Alabama Women's Center in Tuscaloosa.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 9:31 am EST
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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama, September 4, 2020 (Operation Rescue) — It has been confirmed that the death of a woman who visited the West Alabama Women’s Center abortion facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on May 7, 2020, is under criminal investigation.

A coalition of pro-life groups, including CEC for Life, Life Legal Defense, Operation Rescue, and other Alabama organizations sought the autopsy report for a woman who reportedly died at Druid City Hospital, soon after leaving the Tuscaloosa abortion facility.

The request was submitted on August 5, 2020, by Dr. Patricia Gensemer for “autopsy reports for any females over 14 years of age and under 40 years of age with a date of death for May 7, 2020 in Tuscaloosa County. Your office confirmed on August 5 that files matching this request are finally available.”

Public Records Request for Autopsy – 8-5-2020 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

Dr. Gensemer received a written response dated August 27, 2020, from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, which stated in part, “District Attorney Hays Webb has notified the Alabama Department of Forensic Science that this case remains under criminal investigation. . . Consequently, the final reports in this case are not currently public record.”

ADFS Response to Autopsy Report Request 8-27-2020 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

On the day of the woman’s death, pro-life activists outside the West Alabama Women’s Center observed her leaving the abortion facility. She appeared sick and pale, and had to be physically supported as she struggled to walk from the clinic to an awaiting private vehicle, which then reportedly transported her to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Word of the ongoing criminal investigation surprised the pro-life groups watching this case because AL.com reported on August 13, 2020, that an investigation had already been conducted and that the Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Department “found no basis for criminal charges.”

“While we are anxious to see the autopsy report, the fact that the case is still under criminal investigation is welcome news,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Someone died, and it is important that her death be fully investigated.”

Fr. Terry Gensemer, Director of CEC For Life, responded, “We are glad to discover that at least one state agency seems to be looking into this woman’s death. Perhaps the Department of Public Health can take a cue from the District Attorney and finally look into whether or not this abortion clinic followed proper protocol in the incident, as well as explain to citizens why a new owner is being allowed a pass on applying for a new license, which their own regulations clearly require.”

“Why are multiple local and State law enforcement and regulatory agencies failing to inform the public about Jane Doe’s death? Surely, they are not covering up the truth, are they?” asked Ellen Hermann, RN, Director of Pro-Life Tuscaloosa.

The West Alabama Women’s Center made headlines in May 2020, when the Yellowhammer Fund purchased it from long-time owner Gloria Gray. The abortion business continued operating on the facility license issued to Gray and has not been inspected since the Yellowhammer Fund took over operations, reportedly on May 7 — the same day the woman who had visited the clinic died. 

The pro-life coalition has additional questions about whether Alabama law was followed in allowing the West Alabama Women’s Center to continue operating under the old facility license, or if a new license application should have been submitted.

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Star Trek series adds ‘non-binary,’ transgender characters

The sci-fi franchise has tackled issues around sexual diversity before, but not like this.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The latest iteration of the legendary Star Trek franchise has announced it will be adding both a transgender and a “non-binary” character in the upcoming season. 

CBS All Access revealed the new characters in a tweet:

The introduction of the sexually lost-in-space roles was engineered at the urging of GLAAD, the New York– and Los Angeles–based LGBT media monitoring group. 

Over the last 30 years, GLAAD has successfully pushed for ever-increasing positive gay, lesbian, and transgender representation in the television and motion picture industries.  The organization recently conquered the formerly family-friendly Hallmark Channel, which is now “‘open’ to doing any type of movie — including with gay leads.”

Entertainment Weekly reports:

In the upcoming third season of the CBS All Access show, fans will meet the Star Trekuniverse’s first non-binary character: Adira, played by newcomer Blu del Barrio. The character is described as “highly intelligent with a confidence and self-assurance well beyond their years.” They will find a new home on the U.S.S. Discovery and “form an unexpected bond with Lt. Commander Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz).”

The transgender character is Gray, played by Ian Alexander (The OA). Gray is described as “empathetic, warm, and eager to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Trill host, but he will have to adapt when his life takes an unexpected turn.”

LGBT indoctrination is the goal

The actress who plays the “non-binary” character clearly feels as though she’s on an urgent mission to indoctrinate the public in her new role.

“Our education system in the U.S. is severely lacking LGBTQ+ subject matters in the curriculum, as well as resources for LGBTQ+ youth,” del Barrio said in a GLAAD interview. 

“This is not something we can put on a to-do list. It requires immediate action,” del Barrio insisted. “I honestly believe if schools were legally required to include LGBTQ+ curriculum, we would see a huge change in how our country treats trans people.”

Prepare for the show “to boldly go” even more to the left

“The characters alone would be an obnoxious liberal move, but the addition of GLAAD’s involvement makes it worse,” wrote Newsbusters’ Lindsay Kornick. 

“For years, GLAAD has worked as the judge and jury of all things LGBT and beyond,” Kornick continued. “Obnoxious leftist entertainment pieces are rewarded while anything less than 20% in TV representation is considered a loss. And the group has only gotten worse in demanding extensive representation for less than 4% of the country’s population. Of course, left-leaning Hollywood has no choice but to agree.”

“Prepare for the show ‘to boldly go’ even more to the left,” warned Kornick.

Star Trek: Discovery has had “Beam me up, Scotty” firsts. In 2017, the series featured the first openly gay couple in a same-sex “marriage” in the franchise’s history: Lieutenant Stamets, played by Anthony Rapp, and Dr. Hugh Culbert, played by Wilson Cruz. 

The sci-fi franchise has tackled issues around sexual diversity before, most pointedly in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode called “The Outcast” (1992). The “outcast” of the title is the member of an androgynous species who confesses both to a female identity and to sexual feelings for First Officer William Riker. When the affair is discovered, Soren is put on trial and made to undergo conversion therapy. As the therapy returned Soren to her society’s sexless androgyny, gay activists were mixed in their responses to the show.

Following the well publicized homosexuality of actor George Takei, the original Mr. Sulu in the parent Star Trek series, Sulu was depicted in the film Star Trek Beyond (2016) as having a legal male partner.

“Star Trek has always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented communities because it believes in showing people that a future without division on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation is entirely within our reach,” said Michelle Paradise, co-showrunner and executive producer. “We take pride in working closely with Blu del Barrio, Ian Alexander and Nick Adams at GLAAD to create the extraordinary characters of Adira and Gray, and bring their stories to life with empathy, understanding, empowerment and joy.”

Star Trek: Discovery’s third season debuts on October 15 only on CBS All-Access.


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Pregnant Australian woman arrested for opposing lockdown now afraid to stand up for human rights

Voices from all around Australia have decried and condemned the arrest.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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BALLARAT, Australia, September 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A pregnant woman in Australia who was arrested in her own home for the “crime” of promoting an anti-lockdown event has said she was “standing up for human rights” but that she is now too afraid to publicly protest the lockdowns.

Zoe Buhler, whose arrest in front of her two children has been watched by millions online, was interviewed by Australian media following her release from police custody.

Asked if she would still go on protest if she could, Buhler replied, “No, I’m too scared now and it's fear-mongering, that's how I feel.”

Buhler’s arrest has gained worldwide attention, attracting criticism from across Australia and around the world.

Sky News host Alan Jones has said Buhler is “a victim of the inexcusable and unlimited powers given to the Victorian police.”

“You can only push people so far,” Jones said.

“The verbal and intimidatory behaviour towards a pregnant mother is a form of violence the like of which no Australian will tolerate,” Jones continued while calling for Victoria’s state premier, Daniel Andrews, to resign from his post.

Jones’s fellow Sky News host Rowan Dean said the incident represented a “national day of shame.”

“Victoria, you stand condemned in the eyes of the world,” Dean said.

“I don't care what your emergency laws are, I don't care what your lockdown special police think that they are doing, to arrest a pregnant woman for merely putting online her opinion and her desire to protest against the lockdown,” he continued.

“We supposedly live in a free society — I’m horrified by this.”

When asked by a journalist about the treatment of Buhler, compared with the thousands of Black Lives Matter protestors who gathered in Melbourne in June, Andrews said that it was a matter for Victoria Police.

Miranda Devine, an Australian journalist for the New York Post said the incident showed that “Australia has become a police state.”

Herald Sun journalist Rita Panahi used Twitter to ask how “a civilised country [could] fall so far so quickly that Victorian authorities can justify terrorising a pregnant woman in her own home over a Facebook post[.]”

In a related post, Panahi pointed out that Victorian police declined to fine the thousands of people who took part in Black Lives Matter protests in Melbourne in June, which were contrary to the lockdown regulations.

“Victoria police declined to fine activists taking part in BLM march & pushed for private security guards to oversee hotel quarantine program...when it mattered most they were MIA,” she wrote.

James Morrow, opinion editor at Sydney-based newspaper The Daily Telegraph, also expressed his shock: “What the hell? Whatever you think of lockdown protests this is not on.”

Australia politician Craig Kelly, M.P., a Liberal Federal member for Hughes in Sydney's South, has posted numerous times on his Facebook page condemning Buhler’s arrest and the lockdown regime that allowed it to occur.

“THIS IS NOT AUSTRALIA,” Kelly wrote.

“I cannot believe this. I weep for what is happening in my country. This is what you’d see expect in Nazi Germany, or scene that Orwell would write in this novel 1984,” he continued.

“Every politician that voted for laws that allows a pregnant mother to be hand-cuffed for a Facebook post (that criticises government policy) stands condemned for eternity. This madness must end. Covid is not the Spanish Flu — it’s about 1/100th of the danger.”

Kelly posted later in the day saying Buhler’s family had contacted him and informed him that “some of the most brilliant legal minds in Victoria” had offered to represent her ‘pro bono.’ Buhler’s case is due to be heard at Ballarat Magistrates Court January 25, 2021. Local media report that she is facing a $20,000 fine.

Bernie Finn M.P., member for the Western Metropolitan Region in the Parliament of Victoria, has described Buhler’s arrest as “intolerable and a total abuse of police power.”

Finn has called on the Victorian police minister to conduct an inquiry why the arrest occurred, saying in parliament that the incident is “beyond all comprehension.”

Dr. Rocco Loiacono, senior lecturer at the Curtin Law School in Western Australia, told LifeSiteNews that Victoria’s 2008 Public Health and Wellbeing Act, which has allowed Premier Daniel Andrews to assume extensive arbitrary powers during the coronavirus crisis, was “entirely unopposed” by the nominally “conservative” Australian Liberal Party.

“This appalling piece of legislation received bipartisan support when it was passed in 2008, and now look at the effect of it,” he said.

Loiacono explained that the 2008 act allows the Chief Health Officer to authorize the police to exercise emergency powers or public health risk powers for the purpose of eliminating or reducing a serious risk to public health.

The Victorian lockdown regime, among a host of other draconian measures, now allows police to enter private homes without a warrant.

Last month, Victoria police chief commissioner Shane Patton was unapologetic as he explained that police had in some instances been smashing car windows due to people inside the cars not cooperating with police or following the newly imposed health guidelines.

Australian social and political commentator Bernard Gaynor told LifeSiteNews that Buhler’s arrest “should send shivers down the spine of every Australian.”

“We have now reached the point where police in Victoria kneel for ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests while arresting pregnant mothers for ‘Thought Crimes,’” Gaynor said.

“It is proof that law enforcement has been weaponized for political purposes and to silence all dissent. Daniel Andrews’ government is now verging on dictatorship, using fear and paranoia resulting from the coronavirus,” he continued.

“The truth is that more Australians under the age of 50 have died from shark attacks this year than from COVID-19. Yet this has not stopped the government from locking fit, healthy and young people up in their own homes.”

Catholic journalist Natasha Marsh told LifeSiteNews that “the image of the arrest of Zoe Buhler, standing diminutively in pyjamas, is simply the latest horror image for Melburnians.”

“But every day, I see a mini horror,” she said.

“Walking down what used to be one of Melbourne’s most beautiful shopping strips, it is now an empty series of ‘For Lease’ signs, punctuated here and there by a takeaway coffee shop. Zoe Buhler is high drama, but what about the mini-drama of the shop that sold exotic buttons, or the cheerful Italians who used to sell leather shoes? No viral video to celebrate them. They have been snuffed out — chewed up in the glacier of the COVID ‘crisis’ — and all in the name of 'our safety.'”

Marsh drew a connection between the imprisonment of Cardinal George Pell for over a year by the Victorian justice system, before his unanimous acquittal by the Australian High Court, and the current statewide confinement now experienced by all Victorian residents.

“Two years ago, Victorian Police were allowed to hound, tether and badger Cardinal Pell until his eventual false imprisonment, while the wider community said nothing. Evil left unchecked will fester, and so it seems a kind of poetic justice that the same State that put an innocent man in prison is now sharing his fate — we are all in solitary confinement, 23 hours of the day, with no access to Mass.”

This article has been updated.


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Alberta protesters vindicated as judge strikes down $1,200 COVID tickets

The two $1,200 tickets were issued for nebulous offenses against Alberta's 'Public Health Act,' used to justify a huge increase in government power.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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EDMONTON, Alberta, September 3, 2020 (Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms) — The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is pleased to announce that two more $1,200 tickets issued under the Public Health Act to individuals exercising their Charter rights to peacefully protest have been withdrawn by Crown prosecutors.

On the afternoon of May 2, 2020, Patrick Lefebvre and approximately six others were at the Alberta Legislature grounds in Edmonton, peacefully protesting the Alberta Government COVID lockdown measures. Mr. Lefebvre was approached by two Alberta Sheriffs on bicycles. One Sheriff told Mr. Lefebvre, "You're not going to be able to have your rally here." The Sheriffs then forcibly grabbed Mr. Lefebvre by the arms and physically compelled him to walk off the Legislature grounds to a Sheriff vehicle.

Mr. Lefebvre was detained by the Sheriffs for approximately 30 minutes. He was issued a ticket in the amount of $1,200 for allegedly contravening an order of a medical officer of health, although the ticket did not state what order Mr. Lefebvre allegedly contravened. The Sheriffs did not explain to Mr. Lefebvre what was unlawful about his conduct, or specify why he was forcibly removed from the Legislature grounds and detained.

On the afternoon of May 10, 2020, Patrick Tipper and approximately 50 other individuals, independently attended the Legislature grounds to peacefully rally against the Canadian Government gun ban and the Alberta Government COVID lockdown.

During the rally, two teams of three Sheriffs each moved among the attendees, targeting individuals for detentions and removal from the grounds. One team of Sheriffs approached Mr. Tipper and demanded that he accompany them off the Legislature grounds. He was detained and ticketed.

Mr. Tipper’s ticket was also in the amount of $1,200 and issued for allegedly contravening an order of a medical officer of health. Like Mr. Lefebvre, Mr. Tipper was not told what was unlawful about his conduct or why he had been removed from the Legislature grounds. 

Crown prosecutors have now withdrawn the tickets issued to Mr. Lefebvre and Mr. Tipper. This follows the withdrawal by the Crown of a similar ticket issued to Cory Teichroew, also represented by the Justice Centre.

Mr. Lefebvre and Mr. Tipper have each submitted a complaint to the Alberta Sheriffs regarding the conduct of the Sheriffs that apprehended and ticketed them.

“Many citizens are alarmed at the government response to COVID-19 and the resulting erosion of democracy and violation of constitutional rights. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects individuals’ freedom to peacefully assemble and express their opinions, especially at important symbolic locations such as the Legislature grounds. This protection is even more vital during declared emergencies, to ensure citizen voices are heard and civil liberties preserved”, states Justice Centre lawyer James Kitchen.

“The removal from the Legislature grounds and ticketing of Mr. Lefebvre and Mr. Tipper undermined the rule of law and was an abuse of power by the Sheriffs. The Justice Centre is pleased to see another tacit acknowledgment from the Crown that these tickets were issued in breach of constitutional rights,” adds Kitchen.

Published with permission from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.


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Tennessee man charged with homicide for allegedly kicking pregnant woman, killing baby

The state is one of 38 across the country that consider an unborn baby as a second victim in violent acts against pregnant women.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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WHITEHAVEN, Tennessee, September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A 29-year-old man has been charged with reckless homicide and domestic abuse for allegedly kicking a pregnant woman in the belly and causing the death of her preborn baby, according to law enforcement in Shelby County, Tennessee.

Cedric Mingo is accused of having punched in the face a woman who was seven months’ pregnant in March 2018, Fox 13 in Memphis reported. The woman fell to the ground, at which point Mingo then allegedly kicked her in the stomach. 

The woman, whose relation to Mingo is unknown at this time, lost her baby the following month. Mingo was initially indicted for domestic assault, but the charge was elevated to reckless homicide after medical evidence indicated that his attacks caused the baby’s demise.

“The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Neil Hillis of the District Attorney’s Vertical Team 2 which handles cases in General Sessions Division 9 and in Criminal Court Division 2,” according to a press release from the Shelby County District Attorney’s office.

Tennessee is one of 38 states that recognize the preborn as second victims in violence against pregnant women, and one of 29 states that extend that recognition to any stage of development. 

The state’s elected branches of government recently moved to protect preborn babies with beating hearts from abortionists as well, but the law is currently tied up in the courts.


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Organ-harvesting means the cause for life is threatened like never before

The culture of death has weaponized language, using terms like 'fetus' and 'brain death' to turn the most vulnerable into commodities and cut out their living organs.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 6:00 am EST
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September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — “Come on down!” was Bob Barker’s invitation to contestants on The Price is Right, the most popular game show ever to air on network TV, with an astounding 48 seasons. In many ways, the liberal left today resembles a giant rigged game show, with politicians and the mainstream media giving their cronies the “right price.” The Democrats’ 2020 National Convention was a giant pre-taped game show with no substance, no policy, no plans — just platitudes and gaslighting. When Joe Biden said on day one, “We are in a battle for the soul of this nation,” he was right. We are in a battle — with a party that supports killing unborn babies and selling their body parts, encourages mob action, vilifies and demands to defund the police, and labels many citizens “deplorables.”

The Democrat game show is decades long. In the 1970s, politicians and the mainstream media already played to Planned Parenthood and the liberal left. Trying to get a fair shake for the babies was harder than selling ice at the North Pole. The press promoted lying statistics and horror stories about coat-hanger abortions despite the fact that most “back alley” abortionists were doctors. Dr. Milan Vuitch, whose case led to legalizing abortion in Washington, D.C., simply moved his shingle from his basement to a D.C. office front in 1971. The press portrayed him as a savior of women. No one ever reported his quip to rescuers in 1977 (I was one of them, chained to a table in his chop shop) that he’d “abort black babies for free.” Not true, of course. He expected cash up front. No checks, no credit cards. We saved a black baby girl that day who was born on the fifth anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

While the press treated butchers like Vuitch with kid gloves, pro-lifers got the cold shoulder and invisible ink. In addition to a fawning media, the left also had rich liberal friends like Norman Lear and his People for the American Way. Lear offered cash incentives to Hollywood writers to promote abortion. So you had Maude (Lear’s spinoff series from the popular All in the Family) describing her positive pregnancy test with a big laugh line when she said, “The rabbit died.” There was more concern for the dead rabbit than Maude’s dead baby. The media glamorized abortion and dehumanized the little ones in the womb as “just fetuses,” from a Latin term meaning “young one.” Most people didn’t recognize they were being gamed by an industry hot for the Sexual Revolution. Abortion solved the “unwanted baby” complication. Today, aborted babies enrich the abortionists further by selling baby body parts to the highest bidder.

Let’s shift gears to the latest version of the game. We’ve gone from “When does life begin?” to “When does life end?” For years, pro-abortionists claimed that no one knows when life begins; now the gamesters have no problem deciding when life ends. Only the unsophisticated and ignorant disagree. Ask the average person, “How do you know if someone is dead?,” and he will probably say, “When a person stops breathing; his heart stops beating; and he turns cold, blue, and stiff.” Until recent years, that definition was the norm. Then came technology allowing vital organs to be “harvested.” One problem: Vital organs decompose within minutes of true death, making them useless for transplantation. So new criteria were needed to declare a person “dead” when he still had a beating heart, circulation, and respiration feeding oxygen to his cells. Voilà: “brain death.”

What exactly will you see if you go into the room of a “brain-dead” person? Someone hooked up to a monitor that measures heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration. He’s on a ventilator to aid breathing. The ventilator is a tool to help the living, not the dead. Yes, it will keep the patient alive because without oxygen, you die. But if the body is already dead, there will be no respiration, a process that “takes oxygen out of the inhaled air in exchange for carbon dioxide exhaled out of the body.” You can hook a ventilator up to a cadaver and force air into the lungs, but it won’t exhale.

Next, if you sit down next to the patient and take his hand, it’s warm and flexible. You can feel the pulse as the blood circulates through the body. An IV keeps the body hydrated. There may be a nasogastric feeding tube to provide nutrition. The patient is probably catheterized, and urine is collecting in a bag. Bowel movements continue, so the patient wears a diaper. Does that sound like the description of a dead body? The patient is unconscious and may be severely brain-damaged, but he’s alive.” If you take him off the ventilator and he stops breathing, of course he will die unless he can breathe on his own — but given enough time and treatment, he may recover. Actor Christopher Reeve could never breathe on his own after his accident and was on a ventilator from 1995 until his death in 2004. His portable ventilator let him continue working and directing films. It was merely a medical tool.

As Catholics, we know that the soul animates the body. A dead body can’t be confused with a living body and looks nothing like the “brain-dead” patient I just described. If the heart is beating and the patient is breathing, even with assistance, the soul is present. The correct ethical position is “When in doubt, don’t.” In other words, give life the benefit of the doubt. There is a reason that, when organs are harvested, the beating heart is taken last. The heart is needed to circulate the blood to the kidneys, liver, intestines, etc. to keep these organs oxygenated and healthy until they are excised. Taking the heart finally kills the patient.

In 2015, the Nevada Supreme Court overturned a lower court that ruled that St. Mary Regional Medical Center in Reno could remove life support from Aden Hailu. In April, Aden, a college student, went into a coma following laparoscopic surgery to remove her appendix. She was declared “brain-dead” by doctors at St. Mary’s despite having brain activity. After the lower court ruled for the hospital, the family appealed. The State Supreme Court heard evidence from other doctors including Dr. Brian Callister, who, according to the transcript, “explained that typically, someone kept alive by a ventilator shows other signs of deterioration, such as organ failures or necrosis of the hands and feet, that Hailu does not exhibit.” Aden wasn’t dead, but alive with ventilator support.

The Nevada Supreme Court highlighted the inconsistent guidelines for determining “brain death.” There is no uniform definition and much disagreement in the medical community. Most legislation on “brain death” includes a land mine phrase reading “in accordance with accepted medical standards” or words to that effect. But what exactly are “accepted medical standards”? The judges in Nevada clearly recognized that there is no consensus about “brain death,” and they rightly overturned the lower court decision. The challenge for Aden’s family was to find a doctor and hospital that would accept and treat her appropriately. St. Mary’s neglect (they refused a tracheostomy, a feeding tube, and thyroid hormone, which are mandatory for a brain-damaged individual) undoubtedly made her situation more precarious at the time, and she died about a year after the initial surgery.

In another case, 13-year-old Jahi McMath was declared dead by a California coroner on January 3, 2014 after a botched tonsillectomy and diagnosis of brain death. A neurologist with triple board certifications “in Pediatrics, Neurology (with special competence in Child Neurology), and Electroencephalography... [and] a sub-specialty in brain death ... [who] has published and lectured extensively on the topic, both nationally and internationally” took issue with the coroner’s decision and testified on Jahi’s behalf. She was not, in fact, brain dead. The parents removed Jahi from California to a facility that cared for her until her true death in 2018, four years later. Many months after being declared “dead” in California, Jahi began her menstrual cycle. As the doctor affirmed in the complaint, “There is no precedent in the medical literature of a brain dead body developing the onset of menarche and thelarche.”

Many patients declared “brain-dead” continue to live, and a number fully recover. Some “wake up” on the verge of being dissected like 19-year-old Carina Melchior of Denmark. In 2011, she suffered a catastrophic auto accident that left her brain injured. The doctors rushed to judgment of brain death after only three days, and her parents signed organ donation papers. Fortunately, Carina “woke up” in time to prevent her medical murder.

“Brain death” is a fraud. A ventilator cannot keep a dead or dying body from deteriorating. A ventilator is to the lungs what a pacemaker is to the heart — a medical aid. Both can preserve the life of the living person. If the person is truly dying, they will ultimately be useless.

Today, the culture of life and the culture of death are in continuous hand-to-hand combat. The two presidential conventions made that clear. The Democrats championed their commitment to killing, while speaker after speaker at the Republican convention testified that Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in history.

Dr. William Brennan in his book, Dehumanizing the Vulnerable, portrays how language is used against disfavored groups. He calls it the “semantics of oppression” and writes, “The extreme lies and deceptions emanating from this deadly serious game of verbal engineering and manipulation take on enhanced credibility when its most influential players are highly regarded individuals[.] … Contrary to popular belief, although despicable language is often primarily associated with crazed individuals or mobs in the streets, it is far more likely to emanate from highly educated respectable circles.”

That’s the Game of Life and Death in a nutshell. We saw the gamesters big time at the Democrats’ video convention. We watched them carry water for the death industry that funds them so heavily. There are, indeed, big rewards for game-players who shill for the abortion and organ transplant industries. They hide behind the language of compassion, but a compassion that involves deliberately killing one person for the supposed benefit of another. It’s a lie and a deadly game indeed, as Sr. Deidre Byrne pointed out when she addressed the Republican convention. The retired military surgeon turned nun who works extensively with the poor said, “I’m not just pro-life; I’m pro–eternal life.” Eternal life represents the “end game,” and the moment of death marks the final move. Smart “players” focus on that and pray for the grace of final perseverance. Vote for life in November.


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Parents have every right to be alarmed about govt-funded sex games for kids

The U.K. government is funding a 'sex ed toolkit' for schools that features a game where students roll dice and describe graphic sex acts.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 7:55 pm EST
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September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — For too long, well meaning parents have given public educators and activists the benefit of the doubt when it comes to sex education. Most people simply do not believe that public education would be engaged in the deliberate and systematic corruption of children or that activists are using public education to ensure that the upcoming generations embrace the entirety of sexual liberty and the LGBT agenda or that the eradication of chastity could be the entire point of all of this. But as story after story over the past several decades reveals, that is precisely what is unfolding across the West.

Consider, by way of example, this recent reportage from the Daily Mail. As it turns out, the U.K. government is funding a sex ed toolkit produced by the LGBT charity Proud Trust, based out of the LGBT+ Centre for Manchester. This organization seeks to promote and provide sex ed resources, and this particular toolkit was partially funded by the Tampon Tax Fund via the Office for Civil Society. From the Mail:

A new government-funded sex-ed toolkit is encouraging schools to get children as young as 13 to discuss explicit sexual acts based on the roll of a dice [sic] — but this has led to concerns that girls may be sexualised at a young age. The resource includes a game where children roll a dice [sic] featuring body parts such as ‘penis’ and ‘hand and fingers’ twice and are then encouraged to discuss the potential sexual acts carried out between them, The Times reports.

The toolkit, produced by the LGBT+ charity the Proud Trust, itself tells teachers to hold their nerve because some of the combinations ‘might seem impossible’ for children to talk about. Tanya Carter, a spokeswoman for Safe Schools Alliance, told The Times: ‘This ‘resource’ clearly breaches safeguarding. The tampon tax should be used to educate girls on their rights — not prematurely sexualise them.’

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Some responded to this news with outrage, including Tory peer Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, who has written to education secretary Gavin Williamson on this sort of education in the past. More from the Mail:

The Proud Trust was awarded £99,960 in 2017 for their Sexualty [sic] aGender project and this latest ‘v2’ toolkit has been developed using some of these funds. The MP for Thurrock, Jackie Doyle-Price said that she fully supports the introduction of RSE into schools and ‘firmly’ believes that it would empower girls to take greater control over their bodies. However, on the subject of the Proud Trust toolkit she said: ‘It is with horror that I see materials being produced which do the exact opposite. Schools should be teaching about mutual respect and consent and safe sex.’

The Proud Trust claims that this explicit toolkit — which includes a die for kids to roll with options such as “mouth,” “penis,” and “hands and fingers” to prompt discussion on various sex acts, is “a fun, interactive, engaging, and inclusive sexual health toolkit, for use in secondary schools, colleges and other youth settings.” I’m not sure which of those words is most worrisome in context, but parents uncomfortable talking about coital matters with their children should be aware of what the alternative is — and who is filling the vacuum. Primarily, it is porn and orgs like Proud Trust — and there isn’t much difference.

Even questioning this sort of indoctrination is now considered anti-LGBT, but the truth is that unnecessarily introducing a wide range of sex acts to children is nothing short of grooming, and people and organizations who seek to do so should be kept away from children and treated with the utmost suspicion. Why, you might ask, do children need to know about all of these specific sex acts and essentially taught how to perform them? Why should groups and people who believe that sexual promiscuity and experimentation are positive things be permitted access by the government, often against the will of the parents? If those questions make you feel uncomfortable, it’s because they should.

These so-called educators claim they merely wish to teach “sexual responsibility” and “safety.” Most assume they mean that children and teens will be warned about sexually transmitted diseases and told about “protection” (another farce). What they actually mean is that children will be taught sex acts, encouraged to perform them, and assured that there is no such thing as bad sex — only bad religion.

Jonathon’s new podcast, The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. In his latest episode, Jonathon interviews Christian conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey, who argues that social media is making too many teenager narcissistic and self-centered. Parents need to do a better job limiting their children's use of technology, she says: “We are incomplete people in need of our faith, in need of something bigger than us, and in need of purpose.” You can subscribe here and listen to the episode below:


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Rand Paul: Schools safe to reopen, dangerous to keep closed

The Kentucky senator points out that the risk factor is very low for young people.
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 3:02 pm EST
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September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – As schools begin reopening across the United States, debate rages on over the potential risk COVID-19 poses to students, parents, and teachers. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, an ophthalmologist who personally contracted the coronavirus in March, argues this risk is overwhelmingly small.

“I’d open every school, and I would wait and see if anybody gets sick,” Paul said in an interview last month. “If you have a bunch of people get sick, you’ll test in that school. And guess what? You might have to close that school.”

Paul recognizes that COVID-19 is dangerous to some parts of the population, specifically the elderly, but maintains that “it’s not very dangerous for young people … if you’re 25 years old and have a kid that’s 2 and 3, going to church is probably absolutely no risk to you at all.”

“We’ve never thought that everybody in society should wear a mask for people who are on chemotherapy,” he added. “That’s essentially what we’re arguing for now, is that everybody should wear a mask for those who are at risk instead of warning those at risk not to ... go to baseball games, not to go to a big church service.”

During cross examination of White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci in May, Paul also expressed concern for the danger that “if we keep kids out of school for another year, what's going to happen is the poor and underprivileged kids who don't have a parent that's able to teach them at home are not going to learn for a full year.”

In August, the above considerations led Paul to introduce the Support Children Having Open Opportunities for Learning (SCHOOL) Act, which would allow federal education funds to follow a child to the public school, private school, or homeschool program of their parents’ choice.

“As the impact of the ongoing pandemic and the government response efforts continue to place parents in situations requiring greater flexibility in balancing working and providing for their families’ critical needs, especially when educating their children at home, my SCHOOL Act grants them that flexibility by empowering them to use their own tax dollars to find the option that best fits their family’s needs and allowing them to reclaim a bit of stability in uncertain times,” the senator declared at the time.

Keeping schools closed is not among the coronavirus prevention or containment measures advocated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

In July, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said the “cost to our nation in continuing to keep these schools closed is substantial,” especially the mental and emotional toll of prolonged social isolation. “We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID,” he said. “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.”

The Trump administration has forcefully advocated that public schools reopen this fall, citing evidence that reopening would pose little to no risk to children or teachers.

Similar conclusions have been drawn across the world.

“The risks to children from COVID are very low and the risks of school closures we know are very serious,” said Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the United Kingdom, citing a study of 20,000 students and teachers across 100 UK schools. He says 35 other studies from various other nations reached similar conclusions.

In June, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) declared that it “strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school,” and that – unlike influenza – the “preponderance of evidence indicates that children and adolescents can become infected and are less likely to be symptomatic and less likely to have severe disease resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection.”


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Archbishop Viganò: We will remain in the Church, fight the modernists who undermine the faith

'It is not the traditional faithful – that is, true Catholics, in the words of Saint Pius X – that must abandon the Church in which they have the full right to remain and from which it would be unfortunate to separate; but rather the Modernists who usurp the Catholic name, precisely because it is only the bureaucratic element that permits them not to be considered on a par with any heretical sect.'
Fri Sep 4, 2020 - 11:56 am EST
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September 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, responding to a set of questions published by LifeSite’s journalist Stephen Kokx, sets the record straight with regard to the ongoing battle for the faith in the Church. That is to say: he makes it clear that one has to remain in the Catholic Church and that, instead, those who undermine the faith as it has been handed down to us from the apostles have to leave. He calls upon faithful Catholics to fight and to live a life of sanctifying grace.

This new statement is important, inasmuch as in recent days, both Father Thomas Weinandy, as well as Father Raymond de Souza, spread the suspicion that the Italian prelate might be “schismatic,” thus intending to leave the Catholic Church. This suspicion had arisen because of Viganò's critique of the Second Vatican Council and its detrimental effects on the life of the faith in the Church. For example, de Souza's article is entitled: “Is Archbishop Viganò’s Rejection of the Second Vatican Council Promoting Schism?” And Weinandy stated: “My concern is that, in his radical reading of the Council, the archbishop is spawning his own schism.”

In an August 22 article published by the traditional Catholic newspaper Catholic Family News, Kokx had asked Viganò a set of questions with regard to what faithful laity can do in the midst of this Church crisis that is going back to the Council. 

Kokx suggested Viganò needs to give more advice to laity and priests on what to do next: “He’s certainly diagnosed the problem, but what are his solutions, if any? What, in other words, is it that he believes Catholics in the 21st century should do in response to the crisis?”

Archbishop Viganò's response as published on September 1 by Catholic Family News (see full text below) is clear: it is not the faithful Catholics who oppose the changing of the faith, but those who perpetrate these changes that ought to be questioned. He writes that we need to discuss “the position of those who, declaring themselves Catholic, embrace the heterodox doctrines that have spread over these decades, with the awareness that these represent a rupture with the preceding Magisterium. In this case it is licit to doubt their real adherence to the Catholic Church, in which however they hold official roles that confer authority on them.”

If people who hold heterodox views are in positions of authority in the Church, he continues, “It is an illicitly exercised authority, if its purpose is to force the faithful to accept the revolution imposed since the Council.”

Thus, Viganò continues, “it is not the traditional faithful – that is, true Catholics, in the words of Saint Pius X – that must abandon the Church in which they have the full right to remain and from which it would be unfortunate to separate; but rather the Modernists who usurp the Catholic name, precisely because it is only the bureaucratic element that permits them not to be considered on a par with any heretical sect.”

In addition and on a practical level, the Italian prelate gives us advice on how to live and grow in the faith, working on our sanctification and remaining in the state of “sanctifying grace.” But at the same time, we are to assist and “comfort” good priests and bishops, seeking out reverent Masses. 

“Faithful laity have the right and the duty to find priests, communities, and institutes that are faithful to the perennial Magisterium,” Viganò explains. “And may they know how to accompany the laudable celebration of the liturgy in the Ancient Rite with adherence to sound doctrine and morals, without any subsidence on the front of the Council.”

Finally, Archbishop Viganò also praises the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), which has defended the traditional faith for decades now. They “deserve recognition” for their work of preserving the Catholic faith, he says, and adds that he considers Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the founder of this Society, to be a “confessor of the Faith.”

Here we might remember that just recently, a cardinal stated that Lefebvre will one day be declared a “Doctor of the Church” and that he was “prophetic.”

Let us close with Viganò's last words of his response to Kokx’s questions:

“The cure for rebellion is obedience. The cure for heresy is faithfulness to the teaching of Tradition. The cure for schism is filial devotion for the Sacred Pastors. The cure for apostasy is love for God and His Most Holy Mother. The cure for vice is the humble practice of virtue. The cure for the corruption of morals is to live constantly in the presence of God. But obedience cannot be perverted into stolid servility; respect for authority cannot be perverted into the obeisance of the court. And let’s not forget that if it is the duty of the laity to obey their Pastors, it is even a more grave duty of the Pastors to obey God, usque ad effusionem sanguinis.”

Below is the full statement by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, reprinted with permission:

Disclaimer: The following positions adopted and advice offered by Archbishop Viganò do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews and are presented only for your information.

Dear Mr. Kokx,

I read with lively interest your article “Questions for Viganò: His Excellency is Right about Vatican II, But What Does He Think Catholic Should Do Now?” which was published by Catholic Family News on August 22 (here). I am happy to respond to your questions, which address matters that are very important for the faithful.

You ask: “What would ‘separating’ from the Conciliar Church look like in Archbishop Viganò’s opinion?” I respond to you with another question: “What does it mean to separate from the Catholic Church according to the supporters of the Council?” While it is clear that no admixture is possible with those who propose adulterated doctrines of the conciliar ideological manifesto, it should be noted that the simple fact of being baptized and of being living members of the Church of Christ does not imply adherence to the conciliar team; this is true above all for the simple faithful and also for secular and regular clerics who, for various reasons, sincerely consider themselves Catholics and recognize the Hierarchy.

Instead, what needs to be clarified is the position of those who, declaring themselves Catholic, embrace the heterodox doctrines that have spread over these decades, with the awareness that these represent a rupture with the preceding Magisterium. In this case it is licit to doubt their real adherence to the Catholic Church, in which however they hold official roles that confer authority on them. It is an illicitly exercised authority, if its purpose is to force the faithful to accept the revolution imposed since the Council.

Once this point has been clarified, it is evident that it is not the traditional faithful – that is, true Catholics, in the words of Saint Pius X – that must abandon the Church in which they have the full right to remain and from which it would be unfortunate to separate; but rather the Modernists who usurp the Catholic name, precisely because it is only the bureaucratic element that permits them not to be considered on a par with any heretical sect. This claim of theirs serves in fact to prevent them from ending up among the hundreds of heretical movements that over the course of the centuries have believed to be able to reform the Church at their own pleasure, placing their pride ahead of humbly guarding the teaching of Our Lord. But just as it is not possible to claim citizenship in a homeland in which one does not know its language, law, faith and tradition; so it is impossible that those who do not share the faith, morals, liturgy, and discipline of the Catholic Church can arrogate to themselves the right to remain within her and even to ascend the levels of the hierarchy.

Therefore let us not give in to the temptation to abandon – albeit with justified indignation – the Catholic Church, on the pretext that it has been invaded by heretics and fornicators: it is they who must be expelled from the sacred enclosure, in a work of purification and penance that must begin with each one of us.

It is also evident that there are widespread cases in which the faithful encounter serious problems in frequenting their parish church, just as there are ever fewer churches where the Holy Mass is celebrated in the Catholic Rite. The horrors that have been rampant for decades in many our parishes and shrines make it impossible even to assist at a “Eucharist” without being disturbed and putting one’s faith at risk, just as it is very difficult to ensure a Catholic education, Sacraments being worthily celebrated, and solid spiritual guidance for oneself and one’s children. In these cases faithful laity have the right and the duty to find priests, communities, and institutes that are faithful to the perennial Magisterium. And may they know how to accompany the laudable celebration of the liturgy in the Ancient Rite with adherence to sound doctrine and morals, without any subsidence on the front of the Council.

The situation is certainly more complex for clerics, who depend hierarchically on their bishop or religious superior, but who at the same time have the right to remain Catholic and be able to celebrate according to the Catholic Rite. On the one hand laity have more freedom of movement in choosing the community to which they turn for Mass, the Sacraments, and religious instruction, but less autonomy because of the fact that they still have to depend on a priest; on the other hand, clerics have less freedom of movement, since they are incardinated in a diocese or order and are subject to ecclesiastical authority, but they have more autonomy because of the fact that they can legitimately decide to celebrate the Mass and administer the Sacraments in the Tridentine Rite and to preach in conformity with sound doctrine. The Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum reaffirmed that faithful and priests have the inalienable right – which cannot be denied – to avail themselves of the liturgy that more perfectly expresses their Catholic Faith. But this right must be used today not only and not so much to preserve the extraordinary form of the rite, but to testify to adherence to the depositum fidei that finds perfect correspondence only in the Ancient Rite.

I daily receive heartfelt letters from priests and religious who are marginalized or transferred or ostracized because of their fidelity to the Church: the temptation to find an ubi consistam [a place to stand] far from the clamor of the Innovators is strong, but we ought to take an example from the persecutions that many saints have undergone, including Saint Athanasius, who offers us a model of how to behave in the face of widespread heresy and persecuting fury. As my venerable brother Bishop Athanasius Schneider has many times recalled, the Arianism that afflicted the Church at the time of the Holy Doctor of Alexandria in Egypt was so widespread among the bishops that it leaves one almost to believe that Catholic orthodoxy had completely disappeared. But it was thanks to the fidelity and heroic testimony of the few bishops who remained faithful that the Church knew how to get back up again. Without this testimony, Arianism would not have been defeated; without our testimony today, Modernism and the globalist apostasy of this pontificate will not be defeated.

It is therefore not a question of working from within the Church or outside it: the winemakers are called to work in the Lord’s Vineyard, and it is there that they must remain even at the cost of their lives; the pastors are called to pastor the Lord’s Flock, to keep the ravenous wolves at bay and to drive away the mercenaries who are not concerned with the salvation of the sheep and lambs.

This hidden and often silent work has been carried out by the Society of Saint Pius X, which deserves recognition for not having allowed the flame of Tradition to be extinguished at a moment in which celebrating the ancient Mass was considered subversive and a reason for excommunication. Its priests have been a healthy thorn in the side for a hierarchy that has seen in them an unacceptable point of comparison for the faithful, a constant reproach for the betrayal committed against the people of God, an inadmissible alternative to the new conciliar path. And if their fidelity made disobedience to the pope inevitable with the episcopal consecrations, thanks to them the Society was able to protect herself from the furious attack of the Innovators and by its very existence it allowed the possibility of the liberalization of the Ancient Rite, which until then was prohibited. Its presence also allowed the contradictions and errors of the conciliar sect to emerge, always winking at heretics and idolaters but implacably rigid and intolerant towards Catholic Truth.

I consider Archbishop Lefebvre an exemplary confessor of the Faith, and I think that by now it is obvious that his denunciation of the Council and the modernist apostasy is more relevant than ever. It should not be forgotten that the persecution to which Archbishop Lefebvre was subjected by the Holy See and the world episcopate served above all as a deterrent for Catholics who were refractory toward the conciliar revolution.

I also agree with the observation of His Excellency Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais about the co-presence of two entities in Rome: the Church of Christ has been occupied and eclipsed by the modernist conciliar structure, which has established itself in the same hierarchy and uses the authority of its ministers to prevail over the Spouse of Christ and our Mother.

The Church of Christ – which not only subsists in the Catholic Church, but is exclusively the Catholic Church – is only obscured and eclipsed by a strange extravagant Church established in Rome, according to the vision of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. It coexists, like wheat with the tare, in the Roman Curia, in dioceses, in parishes. We cannot judge our pastors for their intentions, nor suppose that all of them are corrupt in faith and morals; on the contrary, we can hope that many of them, hitherto intimidated and silent, will understand, as confusion and apostasy continue to spread, the deception to which they have been subjected and will finally shake off their slumber. There are many laity who are raising their voice; others will necessarily follow, together with good priests, certainly present in every diocese. This awakening of the Church militant – I would dare to call it almost a resurrection – is necessary, urgent and inevitable: no son tolerates his mother being outraged by the servants, or his father being tyrannized by the administrators of his goods. The Lord offers us, in these painful situations, the possibility of being His allies in fighting this holy battle under His banner: the King Who is victorious over error and death permits us to share the honor of triumphal victory and the eternal reward that derives from it, after having endured and suffered with Him.

But in order to deserve the immortal glory of Heaven we are called to rediscover – in an emasculated age devoid of values such as honor, faithfulness to one’s word, and heroism – a fundamental aspect of the faith of every baptized person: the Christian life is a militia, and with the Sacrament of Confirmation we are called to be soldiers of Christ, under whose insignia we must fight. Of course, in most cases it is essentially a spiritual battle, but over the course of history we have seen how often, faced with the violation of the sovereign rights of God and the liberty of the Church, it was also necessary to take up arms: we are taught this by the strenuous resistance to repel the Islamic invasions in Lepanto and on the outskirts of Vienna, the persecution of the Cristeros in Mexico, of the Catholics in Spain, and even today by the cruel war against Christians throughout the world. Never as today can we understand the theological hatred coming from the enemies of God, inspired by Satan. The attack on everything that recalls the Cross of Christ – on Virtue, on the Good and the Beautiful, on purity – must spur us to get up, in a leap of pride, in order to claim our right not only not to be persecuted by our external enemies but also and above all to have strong and courageous pastors, holy and God-fearing, who will do exactly what their predecessors have done for centuries: preach the Gospel of Christ, convert individuals and nations, and expand the Kingdom of the living and true God throughout the world.

We are all called to make an act of Fortitude – a forgotten cardinal virtue, which not by chance in Greek recalls virile strength, ἀνδρεία – in knowing how to resist the Modernists: a resistance that is rooted in Charity and Truth, which are attributes of God.

If you only celebrate the Tridentine Mass and preach sound doctrine without ever mentioning the Council, what can they ever do to you? Throw you out of your churches, perhaps, and then what? No one can ever prevent you from renewing the Holy Sacrifice, even if it is on a makeshift altar in a cellar or an attic, as the refractory priests did during the French Revolution, or as happens still today in China. And if they try to distance you, resist: canon law serves to guarantee the government of the Church in the pursuit of its primary purposes, not to demolish it. Let’s stop fearing that the fault of the schism lies with those who denounce it, and not, instead, with those who carry it out: the ones who are schismatics and heretics are those who wound and crucify the Mystical Body of Christ, not those who defend it by denouncing the executioners!

The laity can expect their ministers to behave as such, preferring those who prove that they are not contaminated by present errors. If a Mass becomes an occasion of torture for the faithful, if they are forced to assist at sacrileges or to support heresies and ramblings unworthy of the House of the Lord, it is a thousand times preferable to go to a church where the priest celebrates the Holy Sacrifice worthily, in the rite given to us by Tradition, with preaching in conformity with sound doctrine. When parish priests and bishops realize that the Christian people demand the Bread of Faith, and not the stones and scorpions of the neo-church, they will lay aside their fears and comply with the legitimate requests of the faithful. The others, true mercenaries, will show themselves for what they are and will be able to gather around them only those who share their errors and perversions. They will be extinguished by themselves: the Lord dries up the swamp and makes the land on which brambles grow arid; he extinguishes vocations in corrupt seminaries and in convents rebellious to the Rule.

The lay faithful today have a sacred task: to comfort good priests and good bishops, gathering like sheep around their shepherds. Give them hospitality, help them, console them in their trials. Create community in which murmuring and division do not predominate, but rather fraternal charity in the bond of Faith. And since in the order established by God – κόσμος – subjects owe obedience to authority and cannot do otherwise than resist it when it abuses its power, no fault will be attributed to them for the infidelity of their leaders, on whom rests the very serious responsibility for the way in which they exercise the vicarious power which has been given to them. We must not rebel, but oppose; we must not be pleased with the errors of our pastors, but pray for them and admonish them respectfully; we must not question their authority but the way in which they use it.

I am certain, with a certainty that comes to me from Faith, that the Lord will not fail to reward our fidelity, after having punished us for the faults of the men of the Church, granting us holy priests, holy bishops, holy cardinals, and above all a holy Pope. But these saints will arise from our families, from our communities, from our churches: families, communities, and churches in which the grace of God must be cultivated with constant prayer, with the frequenting of Holy Mass and the Sacraments, with the offering of sacrifices and penances that the Communion of Saints permits us to offer to the Divine Majesty in order to expiate our sins and those of our brethren, including those who exercise authority. The laity have a fundamental role in this, guarding the Faith within their families, in such a way that our young people who are educated in love and in the fear of God may one day be responsible fathers and mothers, but also worthy ministers of the Lord, His heralds in the male and female religious orders, and His apostles in civil society.

The cure for rebellion is obedience. The cure for heresy is faithfulness to the teaching of Tradition. The cure for schism is filial devotion for the Sacred Pastors. The cure for apostasy is love for God and His Most Holy Mother. The cure for vice is the humble practice of virtue. The cure for the corruption of morals is to live constantly in the presence of God. But obedience cannot be perverted into stolid servility; respect for authority cannot be perverted into the obeisance of the court. And let’s not forget that if it is the duty of the laity to obey their Pastors, it is even a more grave duty of the Pastors to obey God, usque ad effusionem sanguinis.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop
September 1, 2020

Translated by Giuseppe Pellegrino


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