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Senator calls on Justice Department to investigate Netflix for ‘child porn’ film ‘Cuties’

The First Amendment, Sen. Ted Cruz wrote to Attorney General Bill Barr, 'does not allow individuals or for-profit corporations to produce or distribute child pornography.'
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 9:48 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A number of politicians, most of them Republicans, have come out in recent days condemning the new Netflix movie Cuties, which has been widely characterized as “child pornography.”

Senator Ted Cruz from Texas wrote in a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr, “I urge the Department of Justice to investigate the production and distribution of this film to determine whether Netflix, its executives, or the individuals involved in the filming and production of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”

“Although the First Amendment provides vigorous protection for artistic expression, it does not allow individuals or for-profit corporations to produce or distribute child pornography,” Cruz explained.

In an interview on Sunday, Cruz said, “Well, this movie Cuties, it sexualizes 11-year-old girls, has them dancing like strippers, has them in very suggestive sexual roles, and it’s frankly disgusting. Kids ought to be preserved, and we should protect them.”

“I guarantee you every pedophile in America is going to watch this movie,” Cruz continued, “and that Netflix is sitting back fat and happy making money on it — that’s not right.”

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) summarized in a letter to the streaming service, “Now Netflix is airing a film called Cuties depicting children being coached to engage in simulated sexual acts, for cameras both onscreen and off. Your decision to do so raises major questions of child safety and exploitation, including the possibility of copycat behavior and exploitation of child actors.”

Hawley asked the company to answer several questions, including about the fact that Netflix rated the movie “TV-MA” for “language” but not for “its graphic sexual content.” The rating “TV-MA” indicates that “these programs are intended to be viewed by mature, adult audiences and may be unsuitable for children under 17.”

The senator also asked about Netflix taking steps to work with experts on sexual exploitation, as well as law enforcement authorities regarding possible copycat behavior. Hawley inquired whether the company had made sure that “the physical, mental, and emotional health of child actors made to perform simulated sex acts and filmed in sexual or sexually suggestive ways” was protected.

Other questions focused on the marketing of the movie, which seemed to emphasize its sexual content.

Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, wrote a separate letter to Netflix. “While I have concerns with the movie’s young actresses’ influence on other young girls, my larger concern is with the possibility that the inappropriate scenes might encourage the sexual exploitation of young girls by adults,” Lee pointed out.

“I understand this film contains a broader storyline; however, the film’s sexualization of young girls — if not itself the sexual exploitation of the child actors — will certainly contribute to child sexual exploitation by others. At a minimum, it is certainly inappropriate and morally wrong to sexualize minors, regardless of whether the depiction is fictional.”

Lee called on Netflix “to cease distributing this movie” and threatened legal action. “My staff is reviewing the film and the pertinent law to determine whether to refer presentation of this film to the United States Attorney General for investigation.”

Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas, in a statement provided to The Daily Caller, said, “There’s no excuse for the sexualization of children, and Netflix’s decision to promote the film ‘Cuties’ is disgusting at best and a serious crime at worst.”

Like Cruz, Cotton urged “the Department of Justice to take action against Netflix for their role in pushing explicit depictions of children into American homes.”

The only prominent Democrat to speak out against the movie is Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. In many ways an outsider in her own party, Gabbard tried to win the Democrat nomination for president in 2019 and 2020.

“[Netflix’s] child porn ‘Cuties’ will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade,” Gabbard wrote on Twitter. “1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children. It happened to my friend’s 13 year old daughter. Netflix, you are now complicit.”

Gabbard also encouraged parents to monitor what their children consume online, especially on social media. Like others, the congresswoman from Hawaii has canceled her Netflix subscription.

Plugged In, a publication of pro-family organization Focus on the Family, reviewed Cuties and pointed out the ubiquitous sexual content.

“It’s clear that the Cuties have learned their sexualized moves from watching older girls and women dance both in real life and, mostly, on social media,” Plugged In wrote. “The Cuties show Amy a video of teenage girls dancing in crop tops and short shorts, where one girl’s bare breast is momentarily exposed. That girl goes to their high school, which obviously means she’s being depicted as a teen.”

“The more that Amy posts sexualized pictures on social media, the more she receives likes and affirmation and wants to post more. This goes to an extreme level when Amy uses the phone to take a picture of her genitals and posts them on social media. We don’t see the picture, but we do see her pull down her pants and underwear to take the pic. Amy does this in a moment of desperation to try to gain more attention and more likes for her group.”


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English Catholics urge bishops to reverse support for compulsory pro-abortion, pro-LGBT sex ed

The curriculum, among other things and with the bishops' stamp of approval, 'refers to same sex relationships as being able to constitute a 'powerful' and an 'exalted form of love.''
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 9:36 pm EST
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LONDON, United Kingdom, September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A coalition formed in defense of parental rights has written to England’s senior bishop urging him to reverse the Bishops' Conference’s policy of supporting the government's pro-LGBT, pro-contraception, and pro-abortion “Relationships and Sex Education” legislation, made compulsory in all schools across England.

Leaders of three distinct national organizations — The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), The Latin Mass Society (LMS), and Catholic Man UK (CMUK) — joined as a newly formed “Coalition in Defence of Primary Educators” to deliver the letter in person to Archbishops’ House at Westminster Cathedral this past Saturday, the residence of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Catholic archbishop of Westminster. A full copy of the letter can be found at the coalition’s website.

James Leatherland of CMUK; Dr. Joseph Shaw, chairman of the LMS; and John Smeaton, CEO of SPUC (and father of the author of this article) — all of whom head Catholic families — knelt and prayed the rosary in the piazza of Westminster Cathedral prior to making the delivery. At least one senior English Catholic cleric is known to have been in the piazza while they prayed, who told them he was en route to a meeting with Cardinal Nichols.

“We write to you, as Catholic fathers, with the responsibility for the moral education and spiritual formation of our children, regarding the British government’s legislation imposing pro-LGBT Relationships and Sex Education on school-children in England,” the letter begins.

It is shocking and deeply troubling to us that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW), of which you are President, have consistently and publicly supported legislative changes and RSE policy which now denies parents the right to remove their children from Relationships and Sex Education, and that, on your behalf, the Catholic Education Service (CES) has wrongly stated that the Government is committed to protecting the parents’ right to withdraw their children from the new subjects. In fact, parents have the right, only, to ‘request’ withdrawal from the (undefined) ‘sex education’ parts of RSE, with the final decision to be made by the head teacher.

The signatories outline in their letter to Cardinal Nichols that the regulations for the legislation say that “[c]hildren should be provided with ‘the facts about the full range of contraceptive choices and options’ and signposted as to where and how to obtain abortion and contraception services without parental knowledge or consent.”

Citing the government’s statutory guidance for schools, the signatories further point out that “LGBT content is expected, ‘at a timely point’, to be ‘fully integrated’ into the children’s programme of study, which should present homosexual relationships and family structures in a positive manner” and that real marriage, between a man and a woman, is “simply presented as one possible relationship option.”

The Children and Social Work Act (2017) has made “Relationships Education” compulsory in primary schools in England and “Relationships and Sex Education” compulsory in secondary schools in England, including in Catholic schools. Schools are being encouraged to introduce these subjects in September 2020.

But due to the extensive disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis, schools have now been given the permission to delay the full implementation of the new legislation until the summer term 2021.

Under the new legislation, the relationships education will be compulsory in all primary schools, but parents will be able to withdraw their children in primary school from sex education classes.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) will be compulsory in all secondary schools. Parents will not be able to withdraw their children from RSE at secondary school, but will only be able to request that their children be withdrawn from the sex education parts of RSE, with the final decision being given to the headteacher. From age 15, the child has the right to override any parental request that he be withdrawn from sex education.

Prominent LGBT activist Peter Tatchell has said that requiring parents to pick their children up from school would be an effective way to stop them from exercising their right to withdraw children from sex education lessons and that this has already been done in at least one part of the U.K.

“This programme and its guidelines are clearly incompatible with Catholic teaching. The bishops of England and Wales have not been proactive in responding to this incompatibility,” Shaw said in an interview at the event.

Leatherhead explained that after writing to his local bishop, Bishop David Oakley of the Diocese of Northampton, he received a reply from Bishop Oakley in support of the new legislation.

“He’s sent a response which basically says that Church schools have been teaching sex education the whole time and that they believe that what they are doing is in accordance with Church teaching and that the current legislation doesn’t impinge on the rights of parents of those children.”

But the letter to Cardinal Nichols also details how the Bishops’ Conference itself, particularly through the work of the Catholic Education Service (CES), has itself published pro-LGBT education guides.

“Learning to Love (2017), for example, an RSE guide for Catholic educators, published by the CES on behalf of the CBCEW, offers what it calls its own ‘fresh description’ of the Church’s teaching, referring to same sex relationships as being able to constitute a ‘powerful’ and an ‘exalted form of love’ on a par with that between husband and wife in marriage,” the signatories note.

“The social, spiritual and psychological impact of natural fathers abandoning their families is overwhelming society and human individuals today,” Smeaton said in an interview after the event. “And the social, psychological and spiritual impact of our spiritual fathers abandoning our children to the corrupt ideological agenda of the British government with its pro-LGBT Relationships and Sex education is even more overwhelming.”

Moreover, the letter mentions, in brief, the extensive record of Cardinal Nichols, other bishops, and the CES of facilitating access to abortion and contraception, as well as the promotion of LGBT issues at Catholic schools.

“[U]nder your [Cardinal Nichols’s] chairmanship, the CES developed a policy that resulted in providing children in Catholic schools, including adolescents under the age of consent, with access to abortion and contraception services, without parental knowledge or consent via the Government agency Connexions,” the signatories write.

“More recently in 2019, in the archdiocese of Liverpool, No Outsiders, an RSE programme written by homosexual activist Andrew Moffat MBE, has been described as ‘fine to use in school’.”

The signatories explain in their letter that they are praying for the bishops and ask them for their prayers also.

“Before delivering this letter to you today, we knelt and prayed the Rosary for you on the Piazza in front of Westminster Cathedral. We, and the members of the groups which we lead, most of them parents like ourselves, are praying and offering sacrifices for you and for your brother bishops in England and Wales, and we respectfully ask you to pray for us,” they explain.

“As parents, we share with you, our bishops, the certainty that, on Judgement Day, we will be accountable to God for the eternal souls of the children in our care, and not to the Government for the implementation of their ideological and corrupt agenda,” they continue.

“Above all our prayer is that the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, endowed with the authority of Christ to teach the Catholic faith, will change direction and lead parents in Britain, both Catholic and non-Catholic, in resisting legislation which threatens the immortal souls of our nation’s children.”


  catholic, homosexuality, john smeaton, joseph shaw, latin mass society, sex education, society for the protection of unborn children spuc, united kingdom, vincent nichols

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Australian state reverses COVID ban on Last Rites, senior politician apologizes for regulation

Daniel Andrews has now said it is 'completely permissible' for the Last Rites to be administered in person.
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 9:28 pm EST
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MELBOURNE, Australia, September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Victoria’s senior politician has apologized and reversed government regulations banning administration of the Last Rites to those nearing death.

State premier Daniel Andrews, who is spearheading Victoria’s draconian lockdown regime, said during a press conference last week that there has been “a little bit of confusion” about the administration of sacraments for those nearing death and that the government’s website would soon be updated.

When Andrews made the remarks last week, the Victorian government website clearly stated that under the “Stage 4 restrictions” in place in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, “faith leaders cannot visit someone in their home (or in a hospital or care facility) for last rites or to perform other religious ceremonies in person” and that  “[l]ast rites and religious ceremonies can be provided using video or livestreaming.”

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Andrews has now said it is “completely permissible” for the Last Rites to be administered in person.

“In the broadest of terms, last rites and similar sacraments are, in fact, allowed and we obviously apologize if there’s been any confusion about that matter,” Andrews said.

Monsignor Charles Portelli told journalist Tess Livingstone of The Australian newspaper that he and others priests have been administering the Last Rites despite the regulations.

Portelli said that providing the sacraments to the dying is one of a priest’s most serious obligations and cannot be done via “livestream.”

“It is given one of the highest priorities in church law and can only be done in person, not virtually,’’ he said.

Portelli also stressed that those close to death have “a most profound need for human contact.”

“They can feel very ­lonely,” he said. “This is the least we can do. The people support their priests in so many ways. We must be there when they need us most.’’

Portelli said hospital staff in Melbourne have helped priests with protective clothing, with some priests administering the Last Rites while wearing personal protective clothing.

Melbourne archbishop Peter Comensoli told The Australian that he had been unaware of the ban on the Last Rites but had subsequently sought “urgent clarification’’ from the government. While announcing the reversal of the policy, Andrews said that he had been in contact with Comensoli. Andrews said he wanted to tell people of all faiths that he understands that “2020 has been a very difficult year” and thanked faith leaders for their engagement with the government.

Monsignor Portelli also emphasized the devastating impact of the lockdown restrictions on the Church and society at large.

“The normal activities which promote social cohesion have all been suspended,” he said. “Sporting activities, the business of education, the simple pleasures of meeting friends and acquaintances, the celebration of important family milestones; these can only exist within the parameters of a screen or mobile phone.”

Noting that even during world wars, churches were not closed indefinitely, Portelli explained that Victoria residents have no idea if or when things will return to normal.

“There is a possibility that five people may be able to gather outside near a place of worship at the end of September. However ‘religious ceremonies’ are forbidden,” he said.

“This number increases to ten people at the end of October. This depends on there being a very limited number of new infections over the preceding weeks. By the end of November the number of attendees may increase to a limited number. This remains undefined in the regulations. Curiously, and inexplicably, baptisms are specifically prohibited. It seems likely that Christmas Mass will be a very quiet affair.”


  australia, catholic, coronavirus, daniel andrews, last rites, lockdown, police state, victoria

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Twitter censors Trump tweet about mail-in voting in South Carolina

The Big Tech behemoth judged that Trump's tweet 'violated the Twitter Rules about civic and election integrity.'
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 9:17 pm EST
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TUSCALOOSA, September 15, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Twitter has restricted yet another tweet by the president of the United States, this time one in which Donald Trump advises North Carolina voters to vote in person if their polling place does not list a previously mailed in ballot as having been counted.

“To make sure your Ballot COUNTS, sign & send it in EARLY,” Trump wrote on Saturday. “When Polls open, go to your Polling Place to see if it was COUNTED. IF NOT, VOTE! Your signed Ballot will not count because your vote has been posted. Don’t let them illegally take your vote away from you!”

The week before, the North Carolina State Board of Elections issued a statement noting that it is illegal to vote more than once in the same election. “The State Board office strongly discourages people from showing up at the polls on Election Day to check whether their absentee ballot was counted,” board executive director Karen Brinson Bell added, citing the possibility of longer lines spreading COVID-19.

Soon after Trump’s tweet, Twitter placed a warning over the tweet claiming that it “violated the Twitter Rules about civic and election integrity. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.” The tweet can still be viewed but cannot be liked, retweeted, or commented on.

North Carolina attorney general Josh Stein also responded by urging residents to disregard Trump’s advice and check the status of their mailed in ballots online instead.

Regardless of Trump’s claims and North Carolina law, ample evidence suggests that the underlying concerns about election integrity are very real, from former New York City elections commissioner Alan Schulkin (a Democrat) admitting in 2016 that vote fraud is widespread to a New Jersey judge vacating the results of a city council election over charges of election fraud last month.

Last week, the New York Post published an interview with a former Democrat “fixer” who has helped manipulate mail-in ballots on a “grand scale” for “decades” in New Jersey. “An election that is swayed by 500 votes, 1,000 votes ... could be enough to flip states,” he said. “This is a real thing. And there is going to be a f------ war coming November 3rd over this stuff.”


  big tech, donald trump, mail-in ballots, north carolina, twitter, vote fraud, voter fraud

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UK crime minister asks citizens to report gatherings of 7 or more people

Newly created ‘COVID Secure Marshalls’ are to help enforce the rules.
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 8:17 pm EST
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LONDON, England, September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Amid government-imposed coronavirus restrictions allowing only groups of six or fewer people to meet, British Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service Kit Malthouse is encouraging citizens to report their neighbors to public authorities if seven or more people are gathered..

“It is open to neighbors to do exactly that through the non-emergency number,” Malthouse told the BBC when asked whether a person should report a gathering in a neighbor’s backyard. “And if they are concerned and they do see that kind of thing, then absolutely they should think about it.”

Starting today, new rules restrict indoor and outdoor gatherings in large parts of the United Kingdom, including England and Scotland.

The BBC reported that in Bristol one mother was approached by police because “her toddler’s picnic – a group of seven – was now illegal. ‘It’s very difficult to understand though, if I’m allowed to be in a pub with a group of people a metre apart, but I can’t be with my kids’ friends,’ she replied to the officer.”

Different rules in various parts of the UK also are causing confusion. One woman “said she thought her gathering of more than six was allowed because the children all attended school together. Groups like this would be allowed in nearby Wales and in Scotland, where children do not count towards the total.”

“We could just go over the bridge and be with a much larger group of people,” the woman argued. “It does feel a bit unfair.”

If a group needs to be broken up by police, each member of the group could be fined £100 if the incident is the first offense. After that, the fine is set to double each time, up to £3,200 for the sixth offense.

In order to ensure “stronger enforcement of the rules which are already in place,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last week that his government would use “COVID Secure Marshalls.”

“We will boost the enforcement capacity of local authorities by introducing COVID Secure Marshalls to help ensure social distancing in town and city centres, and by setting up a register of Environmental Health Officers that local authorities can draw upon for support,” Johnson said at a press conference.

Johnson did not explain at the time what powers “COVID Secure Marshalls” would have, nor how they would be recruited.

The Daily Mail reported one day later that the marshals “will have no formal powers to make an arrest and must be paid for by local authorities.” While they can break up gatherings of seven or more people and alert police, they are not authorized to impose fines.

The newspaper quoted Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, who pointed out that regular police officers were “absolutely baffled” by the announcement.

“Any help is good help, but what I’d like to understand is what actually is their role, what are we asking them to do?” Marsh asked. “Because if they don’t actually have any powers, you know what Joe Public will do very quickly. When the stick needs to be wielded, then you need to have the ability to wield it.”

“Marshals have already been deployed by Leeds City Council and Cornwall Council,” according to the Daily Mail. Other places are expected to recruit marshals in the near future, using local government funds for training and pay.

The British government has recorded almost 42,000 deaths since the outbreak of COVID-19. However, the number of deaths might not accurately reflect the number of deaths actually caused by the coronavirus, because all people “who had had a positive test result for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test” are counted.


  bbc, boris johnson, coronavirus restrictions, covid secure marshalls, covid-19, crime, policing and fire service, england, freedom, kit malthouse, scotland, united kingdom

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‘A modern-day St. John the Baptist’: Rosary rally supporting Fr. James Altman draws hundreds

'He’s really changed my life...We need more priests who are true shepherds.'
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 5:48 pm EST
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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Hundreds of people descended on a rural Wisconsin city on Sunday in a show of support for Father James Altman, whose viral video message, “You can’t be a Catholic and a Democrat,” has now been viewed more than 660,000 times.  

Fr. Altman’s bishop, the Most Rev. William P. Callahan, recently threatened the outspoken priest with “canonical penalties” for his video, even as public support for the priest has surged among rank-and-file Catholics around the country.  

Supporters reportedly came from as far away as Puerto Rico to pray the rosary for Fr. Altman, who has been called “brave and courageous,” a “true shepherd,” and a “modern-day John the Baptist.” Many supporters praised Altman for empowering laity and priests alike to be bold and speak the truth.  

Nearly all the prayer rally participants interviewed by LifeSiteNews shared a common sentiment: “We need more priests like Fr. Altman who are true shepherds.”  

“When you look at how many people showed up today, that came from many states away, that just speaks volumes about how hungry people are for truth,” said one woman. “What a great gift Fr. Altman has for being able to proclaim that truth in an eloquent way that not only empowers the public.” He is “empowering our priests as well.”

“Fr. Altman speaks the truth loud and clear and bold,” observed another. “We need more priests like him.” 

“Fr. Altman is a rare breed. He’s a modern-day St. John the Baptist,” declared another. “He’s really changed my life and so many others he’s had that impact on. We need more priests who are true shepherds.”

“He takes his role as shepherd extremely seriously and we need that, especially in today’s world,” the Fr. Altman supporter continued. “There’s so much chaos, and I love how he calls out the ‘brood of vipers’ within the Church, within our government.”    

“He is motivating us Catholics to do more than just watch him on video and feel good,” she added, saying that she thinks people will now get out to defend the faith. “I think he is being used by God as a catalyst for change within the parishioners in Catholic churches, not only here in Wisconsin, but all around the world.”

One young woman told LifeSiteNews that she believes a lot of priests remain silent because of fear of repercussions from the hierarchy.  

“Fr. Altman is so brave and courageous that he’s willing to risk all of that for us so that souls might be saved and that people might be spared from the eternal fires of hell,” she noted. 

“Fr. Altman is an incredibly humble man,” said a woman who works at Fr. Altman’s parish, St. James the Less in La Crosse, as she waved her hand, pointing to the large surrounding crowd. “I think this whole thing really mystifies him.”

She said she was shocked to see people from all around the country come to support her parish priest. That support is needed, though, because Fr. Altman “preaches the truth [which is] sometimes hard for people to hear; it can be hard to swallow, and so there are some people who are resistant to the truth.”

A man who said he’s not Catholic but showed up to support Fr. Altman nonetheless commented, “We’ve been watching his homilies since May.” 

“We love these fellow patriots, we love them, we care about them,” he continued.  

He said he has been disappointed with some members of the “Protestant clergy not speaking up.” 

“We’ve got Fr. Altman over here, our friend, speaking up boldly, so we’re 100% behind him,” he concluded. 

Father Richard Heilman, a popular speaker and writer who led the “Peaceful Prayer Rosary Rally,” said, “I know a lot of people wrote letters of appreciation to Fr. Altman’s bishop, and I bet he saw thousands – if not tens of thousands – of letters, because we all do appreciate Fr. James Altman.” 

“Bottom line: He loves, loves, loves his flock, and so like a good shepherd, if he sees the wolves invading, he sounds the warning alarm,” said Heilman. 

“Finally!” proclaimed Heilman. “Finally someone with such fiery passion is speaking directly to what’s going on in the Church and in the world, and we’re so eternally grateful to him for that.”


  2020 presidential election, 2020 u.s. election, abortion, catholic, diocese of la crosse, james altman, wisconsin

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Google deletes interview with Trump COVID advisor for contradicting pro-China WHO

Dr. Scott Atlas had called the extension of the lockdowns 'completely and utterly incorrect'
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 4:47 pm EST
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September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Google-owned video giant YouTube has deleted a June interview with Dr. Scott Atlas, who has since taken on a role advising the Trump administration on its response to COVID-19, because his views conflict with the judgment of the embattled, World Health Organization (WHO).

Atlas is a medical doctor, internationally recognized medical scholar, and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. On June 23, prior to his becoming an advisor to the president, Atlas participated in an interview with Peter Robinson on the wisdom of public lockdowns and other strategies governments have adopted to fight COVID-19. (The video and transcript are still available on Hoover’s website).

“I think we can all understand why the initial lockdown was done,” but “extension of the lockdown is completely and utterly incorrect,” Atlas argued, citing costs such as Americans delaying or canceling other critical medical care such as chemotherapy. All told, Atlas contends that while COVID-19 was responsible for “800,000 lost years of life” as of this past summer, the lockdown “is responsible for at least 700,000 lost years of life every month, or about 1.5 million so far.”

Over the weekend, Forbes health policy analyst Avik Roy reported that YouTube deleted the video. According to a screenshot of the notice, YouTube claimed that the video “spreads medical misinformation that contradicts the World Health Organization (WHO) or local health authorities’ medical information about COVID-19, including on methods to prevent, treat, or diagnose COVID-19 and means of transmission of COVID-19.” It did not identify specific examples of “misinformation.”

Choosing the WHO as the arbiter of what constitutes the “right” information about COVID-19 has been the biggest point of contention regarding internet giants’ self-appointed role as “misinformation” watchdogs, however, given the international body’s statements legitimizing the false claims coming out of the Chinese government that initially downplayed the gravity of the outbreak and covered up the Communist regime’s mishandling of it.

“The motivation for this policy is obvious,” Jewish News Syndicate editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin writes at The Federalist. “The left-wing billionaires that own Google and the other major tech companies, as well as their overwhelming left-wing staffs, view any commentary from those questioning the lockdowns as a threat to the prevailing narrative about President Trump’s alleged incompetence in dealing with the pandemic. Questions about the lockdowns or any advocacy for limiting the economic and social misery these policies have created are viewed as somehow helping Trump’s re-election.”

Back in July, Pew Research reported that 72 percent of the public believes social media companies have “too much power and influence” in politics today.


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‘Pro-life’ Republican Kasich endorses Biden, says abortion issue ‘dwarfed’ by other issues

The former Ohio Governor was asked about taxpayers funding late-term abortion under a Biden-Kamala administration.
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 3:33 pm EST
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WESTERVILLE, Ohio, September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Former Governor John Kasich of Ohio, a self-proclaimed “pro-life” Republican who recently endorsed pro-abortion Joe Biden for President, said that issues like Biden’s rigorous support for abortion are “dwarfed” by Biden’s alleged ability to “pull us together.”

During an interview with The View last Friday, co-host Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Senator John McCain, asked about Biden’s position on abortion, which arguably has been radicalized even further by his choice of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.

“You’re pro-life, I know that, and you were pro-life when you were in politics, as am I,” began McCain, who is about to give birth after experiencing a miscarriage last year. “It’s a big, big part of who I am and my platform. And I don’t think taxpayers should be funding abortions for women who are as pregnant as I am right now. So how would you push back against a voter like me who’s concerned about things like this in a possible Biden-Kamala administration?”

Kasich did not directly answer the question, simply commenting, “I agree with your position on the life issue, Meghan, but look … First of all I disagree with Joe Biden in a number of areas.”

Instead of mentioning the killing of an unborn child inside the mother’s womb, Kasich gave “capital gains taxes” as an example of disagreements between him and Biden.

“But the issues here are dwarfed, in my opinion, by the fact that he’s a person that can pull us together,” he explained. “Do I think that if he wins, that all of a sudden all these things are going to happen that are negative?”

“No, I don’t believe that at all,” he said, “because that’s not his character, that’s not who he is. And as you know, …. your father and Joe were great friends. Why? Not because they agreed on everything, but they could find common ground.”

“So, do I think we’re going to end up in some cataclysmic place if he wins? I don’t. But I do believe four more years of this division is wrecking the very soul of our country. And we continue down this path – I don’t know how we come back.”

Kasich then went on to talk about the importance of prayer.

“Look at what I wrote on USA Today about the power of faith,” he said. “Franklin Roosevelt, Lincoln himself, called on the power of God to help the American people to overcome crises. That is part of how we’re going to overcome this division, with the inspiration from our creator animating individuals to wake up to what’s happening in this country.”

The most recent statistics on abortion provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that over 623,000 children were killed in 2016 alone. For Kasich, however, the nebulous term “division” among people in the United States is of greater importance than the hundreds of thousands of lives ended every year through abortion.

Social conservatives and pro-lifers have been critical of Kasich’s “pro-life” stance for years.

When running for president in 2015 and 2016, he criticized pro-life politicians who prioritize the right-to-life issue, saying Republicans should not be “put in a box” on abortion. “I think [abortion] is an important issue, but I think there are many other issues that are really critical,” Kasich said. “I think we focus too much on just one issue.”

As governor of Ohio, Kasich had twice vetoed a so-called heartbeat bill that would have prevented babies from being killed by abortion as soon as a beating heart can be detected.

“As governor, I have worked hard to strengthen Ohio’s protections for the sanctity of human life, and I have a deep respect for my fellow members of the pro-life community and their ongoing efforts in defense of unborn life,” Kasich claimed in 2018. “However, the central provision of Sub. H.B. 258, that an abortion cannot be performed if a heartbeat has been detected in the unborn child, is contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States’ current rulings on abortion.”

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Trump hits Biden for supporting ‘after-term abortion, which is basically baby execution’

The President called attention at a Latinos for Trump roundtable to his challenger's extreme position on abortion.
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 2:37 pm EST
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LAS VEGAS, September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump took forceful aim at Democrat opponent Joe Biden’s position on abortion over the weekend, accusing the former vice president of supporting “baby execution.”

The president was speaking at a Latinos for Trump roundtable in Nevada, The Independent reported, during which he declared that Biden supports “after-term abortion, which is basically baby execution."

The Independent claims Trump’s characterization was “incorrect” because Biden’s “voting record has been historically conservative with regard to abortion.” In fact, while Biden was more moderate years ago, he is currently running as an abortion absolutist with a plan to enshrine virtually-unlimited abortion into federal law at taxpayer expense. Last year, he abandoned the last vestiges of his former moderation by disavowing the Hyde Amendment, which bars direct federal funding for most abortions.

Further, Biden has not dissented from his party’s opposition to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would guarantee basic medical care for infants delivered alive after failed abortions, and even selected Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who voted against the bill, as his running mate.

By contrast, Trump has worked to oppose federal funding of abortion and the abortion industry, including restoring and expanding the Mexico City Policy (which bars foreign aid to abortion groups), disqualifying organizations involved in abortion from family planning funds, and endorsing legislation to fully defund Planned Parenthood.

“While Joe Biden failed Hispanic-Americans, I’ve delivered for Hispanic-Americans more than any other president,” Trump declared at the roundtable, the New York Post added. “I’m fighting for you every single day, and you understand that better than anybody.”


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Tax-funded NPR reports on California church closures, omits governor’s double standard

Hair salons, barbershops, and retail establishments have more freedom in California than churches — a fact National Public Radio declined to cover.
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 11:34 am EST
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September 14, 2020 (NewsBusters) — On Saturday morning NPR’s Weekend Edition aired a somber story about how the Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento is celebrating Mass in a concrete alley, with the priest celebrating from a fire escape.

But there was something missing — anyone who objected to these restrictions. Instead, reporter Pauline Bartolone made an argument for extending the new outdoor-worship regime: 

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PAULINE BARTOLONE: Susan Abraham is dean of the Pacific School of Religion in the Bay Area. She's Catholic herself and says the pandemic is a good time to rethink all sorts of spiritual practices.

SUSAN ABRAHAM: I'm not a fan of fetishizing any particular holy shrine or space as the only kind of - or the purest kind of holiness. I'm willing to say, as a Catholic with an expansive and capacious imagination, that there is more to holiness than what human beings may want to grasp at.

BARTOLONE: During the Mass behind Sacramento's cathedral, some parishioners kneeled on the cement as they worshipped. Maria Balakshin said, in some ways, it's even more spiritual to attend Mass outdoors.

MARIA BALAKSHIN: To me personally, it is more intimate. I feel like the people who are here are really true Christians that want to practice their faith.

There was something else missing from the NPR story. 

On August 31, Gov. Gavin Newsom allowed indoor operations for Sacramento County businesses (but not churches):

  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • All retail (25% maximum capacity)
  • Shopping centers (Malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) maximum 25% capacity

Why are churches less important than businesses? It’s not like you’re more likely to be infected inside during a religious service than shopping for shoes. No one at NPR was asking.

NPR also ignored a large evangelical Christian protest of the religion restrictions last Sunday at the state capital building in Sacramento. Christian activist Sean Feucht keeps demonstrating how the media has a double standard favoring the left on the coronavirus.

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Lawsuit spurs university to pay $50K for forbidding ‘inherently religious’ Alveda King to speak

Georgia Tech agreed to revise its policies to treat all student organizations fairly, regardless of viewpoint.
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 11:24 am EST
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ATLANTA, Georgia, September 14, 2020 (Alliance Defending Freedom) — Georgia Tech has agreed to change the unconstitutional policies that allowed its student government to deny funding for a speaking event featuring Alveda King, the niece of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., because she is “inherently religious.” As part of a settlement ending a federal lawsuit Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed on behalf of the campus chapter of Students for Life, the university agreed to revise its policies to treat all student organizations fairly, regardless of viewpoint, and to pay $50,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees.

“Public universities are supposed to welcome diverse viewpoints and can’t treat some student groups worse than others simply because they disagree with what the students have to say,” said ADF Legal Counsel Caleb Dalton. “Georgia Tech’s previous policy allowed discrimination against Ms. King because she was accused of leading an ‘inherently religious’ life. Under such a standard, MLK himself would not be welcome on campus. Thankfully, by changing these policies, the university is respecting our clients’ First Amendment freedoms and better living up to its duty to offer a marketplace of ideas, where diverse viewpoints should be encouraged, not shut down.”

Students at Georgia Tech, including members of Students for Life, pay mandatory student activity fees which the Student Government Association uses to fund all other organizations’ events on campus. However, when the pro-life club sought funding for their speaking event featuring King, SGA members interrogated the club on the content and viewpoints that King would present at the event. The student government denied the funding request stating that, because King has been involved in religious ministries, her life was “inherently religious,” and they could not separate that from the event about civil rights and abortion.

“Today’s university students will be tomorrow’s voters and civic leaders,” said ADF Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer, director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom. “That’s why it’s so important that public colleges and universities exemplify the First Amendment values they are supposed to be teaching to students. Thankfully, Georgia Tech has shown its renewed commitment to these principles by taking quick corrective action to revise their policies so that all student organizations are treated fairly, regardless of political or religious views. We hope that other universities around the country will ensure their policies meet constitutional muster without the need for a lawsuit.”

“Courageous student leaders across the nation face real opposition from their schools because they choose to stand up for the defenseless and peacefully educate their fellow students about protecting the preborn,” said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins. “The Constitution is clear that public universities can’t discriminate against students for their political or religious beliefs, and we are hopeful that Georgia Tech’s decisive policy changes will set an example for universities around the country to uphold all students’ constitutional rights.”

In light of the settlement agreement reached in Students for Life at Georgia Tech v. Regents of the University System of Georgia, ADF attorneys voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit Thursday.

Students for Life of America is a national pro-life organization dedicated to training and equipping students to lead local pro-life student groups at high schools and universities. It has more than 1,250 groups in all 50 states.

  • Pronunciation guide: Langhofer (LANG’-hoff-ur)

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Newsom signs California bill to soften penalties for sex offenders against minors

Senate Bill 145 extends judicial discretion to persons who engage in homosexual acts with minors.
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 10:40 am EST
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SACRAMENTO, California, September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law controversial legislation that would empower judges to forgo adding those who engage in homosexual sex with certain minors to the state sex offender registry, demanding that lawmakers strengthen existing laws instead of weakening them.

State law forbids performing sex acts with a minor, but oral and anal intercourse requires that the older partner register as a sex offender, wheras 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 the legislation last week. Newsom signed it into law late Friday without comment, the Associated Press reported.

Celebrating the move, Wiener claimed that the state has taken “yet another step toward an equitable society” by “treating LGBTQ young people the exact same way that straight young people have been treated since 1944.”

But opponents such as the American College of Pediatricians argue that the bill will empower pedophiles should it become law.

“The existing laws in question were placed into the California Statutes to prevent the abuse of minors, whose intellectual immaturity makes them vulnerable,” the group said. “These proposed modifications put more children at increased risk of abuse. It strains the bounds of common sense that any legislator (some of whom must be parents) would allow such proposals to pass out of Committee much less to pass them into law.”

Republican San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was among those who condemned Newsom for signing the measure:

Newsom’s decision to soften penalties against sex offenders came as the governor continues to penalize religious assembly in the name of containing COVID-19.


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Trump admin supports Catholic archdiocese’s right to fire homosexual teacher

The Department of Justice has once again demonstrated its support for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’s right to fire a teacher living in a homosexual relationship and thus contradicting Catholic teaching.
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 10:14 am EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C, September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The Trump administration has once again demonstrated its support for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’s right to fire a teacher living in a homosexual relationship and thus contradicting Catholic teaching.

The teacher, Joshua Payne-Elliott, had worked for 13 years at Cathedral High School. The school’s president informed him in mid-2019 that the archdiocese was ordering that he be fired because of his 2017 “marriage” to a male teacher at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. Payne-Elliott subsequently sued the archdiocese, led by Archbishop Charles C. Thompson.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), in the amicus brief filed Tuesday, argued that it had a “substantial interest” in defending the right to religious liberty of the archdiocese.

“Religious liberty is a foundational principle of enduring importance in America, enshrined in the United States Constitution and in other sources of federal law,” the 44-page document emphasized. “The United States is strongly invested in ensuring that its citizens’ religious freedoms are not impinged and, to that end, regularly files statements of interest and amicus briefs addressing this issue in courts at every level, from trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States.”

The DOJ, headed by Attorney General Bill Barr, explained in a press release “that three separate aspects of the First Amendment prevent a former Catholic high school teacher from suing the Archdiocese over his termination: the church-autonomy doctrine, the Archdiocese’s right to expressive association, and the ministerial exception.”

Assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband said, “Our ancestors arrived on our shores to establish a country where the people would be secure to practice their faiths and to gather freely with their religious communities. To that end, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of religious institutions and people to decide what their beliefs are, to associate with others who share their beliefs, and to determine who will teach the faithful in their religious schools.”

“Let there be no doubt,” he added, “the Department of Justice will continue to defend the First Amendment rights to believe, worship and associate in a manner that respects the dignity and choice of all individuals.”

Joshua Minkler, the United States attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, commented, “There is no more fundamental constitutional principle on the proper relationship between church and state than that the government must leave religious decisions to religious organizations.”

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, homosexual relations are “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to the natural law” and cannot be approved under any circumstances. Individuals afflicted with same-sex attraction must be “accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.” Like everyone else, they are “called to chastity.”

The DOJ emphasized that the courts “cannot second-guess how religious institutions interpret and apply their own religious laws. U.S. Supreme Court precedent has long held that the ‘First Amendment requires civil courts to refrain from interfering in matters of church discipline, faith, practice and religious law.’”

In July of this year, the Supreme Court had upheld religious schools’ right to hire and fire teachers based on teachers’ adherence to the school’s religious doctrine.

“The religious education and formation of students is the very reason for the existence of most private religious schools, and therefore the selection and supervision of the teachers upon whom the schools rely to do this work lie at the core of their mission,” the Supreme Court argued.

“Judicial review of the way in which religious schools discharge those responsibilities would undermine the independence of religious institutions in a way that the First Amendment does not tolerate.”

On the other hand, the Supreme Court also ruled this summer that longstanding anti-discrimination law should be reinterpreted to cover homosexuality and gender confusion. The majority opinion was written by Trump appointee Justice Neil Gorsuch.

About a year ago, the Trump administration had already come out in support of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The DOJ had filed a Statement of Interest explaining that the Supreme Court recognizes religious organizations’ “independence from secular control or manipulation, in short, power to decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of church government as well as those of faith and doctrine,” which in this case bars government from “second-guessing the Archdiocese’s interpretation and application of Catholic law.”

While Cathedral High School had complied with the archdiocese’s demand to fire the homosexual teacher, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, where his male partner was teaching, refused.

The Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education temporarily suspended the archdiocese’s revocation of Brebeuf’s Catholic identity pending a review of the case, which, according to the archdiocese, is standard practice. Currently, the school describes itself as a “Catholic Jesuit school with daily Mass.”


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Archbishop Viganò hints he believes God will deliver the election to President Trump

In this wide-ranging interview, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano addresses the connections between the 'deep state' and the 'deep Church' and points out that the rebellion in society since the sexual revolution is linked to the rebellion in the Church, which stemmed from those who hijacked Vatican II.
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 8:50 am EST
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September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In a new interview, former apostolic nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò hints that he believes God will see to it that President Donald Trump will be victorious in the November elections. I believe that this faith in God, which clearly must be matched by a consistency of Christian life and witness, will also confirm in the 2020 US presidential election that the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things as Psalm 117 reminds us,” he writes.  

In the wide-ranging interview, Archbishop Viganò also points out the tie between the deep state and the “deep Church” as well as how the crisis in society is tied to the crisis in the Church. He explains that the rebellion in society since the sexual revolution is tied directly to the rebellion in the Church which stemmed from those who hijacked the Second Vatican Council. 

The archbishop points to the agreement between Catholic university presidents led by Jesuit Father Vincent O’Keefe and Father Theodore M. Hesburgh which declared independence and abandoned all authority from the Magisterium of the Church (an agreement also signed by disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick).  

It is not surprising, then, that the formation of hundreds of thousands of young Catholics – some of whom later became political leaders – has led to this betrayal of the Gospel whose disastrous consequences we see today. 

The archbishop uses several quotes from proponents of the second Vatican Council to show the connection between the Council and the societal revolution of the 1960s. “What I wish to emphasize is the close connection between the rebellion of the ultra-progressive clergy – with the Jesuits in the lead – and the education of generations of Catholics, who were formed according to the modernist ideology, flowing into the Council, which served as a premise not only for ’68 revolution in the political sphere, but also for the doctrinal and moral revolution in the ecclesial sphere,” he writesWithout Vatican II, we would not have had the student revolution that radically changed life in the Western world, the vision of the family, the role of women, and the very concept of authority.  

In short: the responsibility for the betrayal by these self-styled Catholic politicians rests entirely on the unfaithful clergy, secular and regular, enslaved to modernist ideology, and on the hierarchy, which neither knew how to, nor wanted to intervene with the necessary firmness to prevent this incalculable damage to the entire body of society,” writes Viganò. In this sense, the deep state and deep church have clearly acted in concert, with the aim of scientifically destabilizing both the civil and ecclesiastical order. 

In addressing Joe Biden’s claim to be Catholic and those prelates such as Father James Martin who support Biden, Viganò replies: “What is clear is that Catholics cannot vote for, much less the hierarchy approve, a Catholic politician who does not put the integrity of the Church’s doctrine into practice. The self-styled Catholic Joe Biden, who supports partial-birth abortion, i.e. infanticide, and who even before Obama supported gender ideology and celebrated the marriage of two men, is not Catholic. Period. 

 

INTERVIEW BY MARCO TOSATTI
WITH ARCHBISHOP CARLO MARIA VIGANÒ

12 September 2020
Feast of the Holy Name of Mary

“The Lord’s right hand is lifted high,
the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things.”

Psalm 117

Marco Tosatti: Your Excellency, you served as Apostolic Nuncio in the United States from 2011-2016, and so you know this country very well. The Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, claims to be Catholic, but he is in favor of abortion until the ninth month and “same-sex marriage.” Is it possible to be Catholic and, on an official level, that is, through political and publicly manifest choices, to oppose the teaching of the Church – not on secondary elements, but on vital issues?

His Excellency, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: The question you pose, dear Tosatti, requires a well-articulated response, but first and foremost it requires serious reflection and a clear recognition of who is responsible for creating the conditions that have led to the current situation.

It was September 22, 2015, the day of Pope Francis’s arrival in Washington, D.C., on the occasion of his apostolic journey to the United States. During the dinner at the Nunciature, which was attended by several members of the papal entourage, I told Pope Francis: «I believe that in the history of the United States there has never been an Administration with so many Catholics at the top: Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. All three of them ostentatiously profess to be Catholic, pro-abortion and in favor of homosexual marriage and gender ideology, in defiance of Church teaching. How do you explain this contradiction?» And I added: «A Jesuit, Father Robert Frederick Drinan, S.J., from Boston College, held the post of Democratic US Representative for the State of Massachusetts in Washington for ten years, from 1971 to 1981. Father Drinan was one of the most strenuous advocates and promoters of abortion!» Pope Francis did not react in the slightest, just as he did not react on June 23, 2013 when, answering one of his specific questions, I revealed to him who Cardinal McCarrick really was.

In 1967, two years after the close of the Second Vatican Council, another Jesuit, Father Vincent O’Keefe, S.J. (whom Bergoglio, as Provincial of the Society of Jesus, must have known, as O’Keefe was Vicar General under Father Pedro Arrupe) as President of Fordham University, together with then-Rector of the University of Notre Dame, Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, organized a meeting of all the presidents of the North American Catholic Universities in the United States, at Land O’ Lakes in Wisconsin. During the meeting, they signed a document known as the Land O’ Lakes Statement, which declared the independence of their Catholic universities and colleges from all authority and all bonds of fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church. This document – which I vigorously denounced in my report to Bergoglio and the competent Roman Dicasteries – had devastating consequences for the Church and civil society in the United States.

It is not surprising, then, that the formation of hundreds of thousands of young Catholics – some of whom later became political leaders – has led to this betrayal of the Gospel whose disastrous consequences we see today. It is also not surprising that Theodore McCarrick, then-president of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, was among the signatories of that rebellious document.

M.T.: Your analysis doesn’t stop, then, at an observation of the current phenomenon, but goes back to its remote causes, behind which there is a mind that has a long-term plan.

C.M.V.: What I wish to emphasize is the close connection between the rebellion of the ultra-progressive clergy – with the Jesuits in the lead – and the education of generations of Catholics, who were formed according to the modernist ideology, flowing into the Council, which served as a premise not only for ’68 revolution in the political sphere, but also for the doctrinal and moral revolution in the ecclesial sphere. Without Vatican II, we would not have had the student revolution that radically changed life in the Western world, the vision of the family, the role of women, and the very concept of authority.

In short: the responsibility for the betrayal by these self-styled Catholic politicians rests entirely on the unfaithful clergy, secular and regular, enslaved to modernist ideology, and on the hierarchy, which neither knew how to, nor wanted to intervene with the necessary firmness to prevent this incalculable damage to the entire body of society. In this sense, the deep state and deep church have clearly acted in concert, with the aim of scientifically destabilizing both the civil and ecclesiastical order. Today we have the opportunity to understand the current situation, and it is once again the task of the Authorities to do everything possible to stop this race to the abyss: the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have the duty to call to obedience both the rebel clerics, and the laity whom they continue to deceive and even publicly support.

M.T.: Do you believe that an authoritative intervention by the Bishops is necessary to call people back to adherence to non-negotiable principles?

C.M.V.: When the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued very clear instructions on the exclusion from Holy Communion of Catholic politicians who do not follow the Church’s teaching, it was McCarrick himself, together with Archbishop Wilton Gregory, then-president of the USCCB, who worked to prevent their implementation in the United States. Moral corruption and doctrinal deviation are intrinsically linked and, to effectively heal these wounds in the body of the Church, it is imperative to act on both fronts. If this dutiful intervention does not take place, the Bishops and the leaders of the Church will answer to God for betraying their duty as pastors.

M.T.: Why do you see a relationship between the Second Vatican Council and the 1968 student protests?

C.M.V.: It is undeniable, even if only from a historical and sociological point of view, that there is a very close relationship between the conciliar revolution and 1968. The very protagonists of Vatican II admit it. Joseph Ratzinger stands out among them, writing:

«Adherence to a utopian anarchistic Marxism [...] was supported on the front lines by university chaplains and student associations who saw in it the dawn of the realization of Christian hopes. The guiding light is to be found in the events of May 1968 in France. Dominicans and Jesuits were at the barricades. The intercommunion carried out at an ecumenical Mass at the barricades was considered a kind of landmark in salvation history, a kind of revelation that inaugurated a new era of Christianity.»[1]

One of the periti [experts] on the Council, Fr. René Laurentin, wrote:

«The demands of the May ‘68 movement largely coincided with the Council’s grand ideas, particularly in the Council’s Constitution on the Church and the world. To a certain extent, Vatican II was already a protest against the Curia by a group of bishops who were trying to create an institutionally prefabricated Council.»[2]

And the Argentine theologian, Fr. Álvaro Calderón, affirmed:

«If there is anything that immediately stands out to those who study the Second Vatican Council, it is the change, in a liberal sense, of the concept of authority. The Pope stripped himself of his supreme authority in favour of the bishops (collegiality); the bishops stripped themselves of their authority in favour of theologians; theologians gave up their science in favour of listening to the faithful. And the voice of the faithful is nothing more than the fruit of propaganda.»[3]

This vision is also widely and proudly affirmed on the progressive front[4], which saw the same demands of the conciliar revolution realized in 1968. Bishop Jacques Noyer, Emeritus of Amiens, recalls:

«I am convinced that the spirit that inspired the preparation, celebration and implementation of the Second Vatican Council is a great opportunity for the Church and the world. It is the Gospel offered to the men of today. Deep down, May ‘68 was a spiritual movement, even a mystical one, consistent with the dream of the Council.»[5]

Without a “green light” from the Church, the world would never have accepted or taken up the student movement’s demands for rebellion. Beyond the Acts of the Council, it was precisely the spirit of Vatican II that marked the end of a hierarchically constituted society, and of the traditional values common to the Western world: until then, concepts such as authority, honor, respect for the elderly, a spirit of mortification and service, a sense of duty, the defense of the family and one’s Fatherland, were shared and, albeit in a weakened form compared to the past, still practiced.

Seeing the Catholic Church, a beacon of truth and civilization for nations, throw open its doors to the world and unhesitatingly discard her glorious heritage, going so far as to revolutionize the Liturgy and water down Morality, was an unequivocal signal to the masses, a sort of approval of the agenda that, at the time, didn’t yet dare to reveal itself completely, even though all of its distinctive signs could be grasped. It destroyed the Church and society, compromised civil and religious authority, discredited marriage and the family, ridiculed patriotism and a sense of duty or labeled them as fascism. All amid the silence of a complicit hierarchy! Those like me, who entered the seminary in the immediate post-conciliar period, can testify that even the Roman Pontifical Seminaries were immediately conquered by this tremor of protest, emancipation and dissolution of all rules and discipline.

There can be no doubt about this. If this were not the case, the substantial funding that globalist organizations, such as Soros’s Open Society, have allocated to the activities of the Society of Jesus, and presumably to other Catholic organizations, would be inexplicable.[6] All the premises that were laid down in a nutshell with Vatican II and the student revolution are now consistently proposed by Vatican leaders on the ecclesial front, and by government leaders on the globalist political front. Therefore, it should come as no surprise if the priorities of Bergoglio’s political program coincide with Joe Biden’s priorities. Migration, environmentalism, Malthusian ecologism, gender ideology, the dissolution of the family and globalism are common to the deep state and deep church agenda. Bergoglio’s formal opposition to abortion and the LGBT indoctrination of children is disavowed in practice, both by the Bishops’ support for those who promote it politically, and for those who theorize about the use of birth control and the recognition of the rights of sodomites. The case of Father James Martin, S.J. is emblematic, because it confirms an idem sentire [being of the same mind] between the exponents of globalism and the progressive Catholic intelligentsia. The mark that unites these movements is lying and deception, division and destruction, hatred for Tradition and Christian civilization. And ultimately, the theological aversion to Christ, typical of Lucifer and his followers.

M.T.: Your Excellency, don’t you think that this correspondence between the deep state and deep church is also confirmed in relations with China?

C.M.V.: The Chinese communist dictatorship is courted by both the deep state and the deep church: Joe Biden is as subservient to the economic and political interests of Beijing as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. It doesn’t matter if human rights are systematically violated in China, if Catholics faithful to the Catholic Church are persecuted, or if a hateful dictatorship massacres millions of innocent people by planning mass abortion: the interests of the globalist agenda prevail even over the evidence of the horrors carried out by the Chinese dictatorship.

I would add: the active support carried out by the Jesuits, since the time when McCarrick went to China to prepare the famous agreement that would later be ratified by the Vatican under the Bergoglio pontificate, is significant. The agreement aroused considerable perplexity even in the secular press. The Times recently published an article, titled: «The Pope is Beijing’s unlikely admirer», in which Dominic Lawson denounced that «more and more nations have expressed their concern about the growing evidence of concentration camps and even genocide in the Chinese province of Xinjiang», and pointed out that «there has been silence from the one entity that has the whole of suffering humanity at the core of its mission. I refer to the Holy See». And he adds: «The failure to condemn the genocide is unforgivable.»[7] Furthermore, during the Angelus last July 5, Francis’s omission of the reference to the events in Hong Kong so as not to annoy Xi Jinping, after having circulated the text to the press[8], caused a stir...

This subservience of the globalist movement and the Holy See to China is alarming, and is confirmed also by the meetings Father Spadaro, S.J. and other Jesuits had with representatives of the Communist Party during the lockdown, regarding the circulation of the Chinese edition of La Civiltà Cattolica.

M.T.: Beyond the current situation, in which the Catholic candidates for the Democratic Party clearly do not hold to the Magisterium of the Church, what should a true Catholic politician be like? 

C.M.V.: To be Catholic, one must not only be baptized, but must live in a manner consistent with the Faith he has received at the sacred Fount. Faith goes hand in hand with good works, as Sacred Scripture teaches us: without putting into practice our having become children of God through incorporation into the Mystical Body, our words are empty and our witness is incoherent, and indeed scandalous for the faithful and those who do not believe. Father James Martin, S.J. is therefore wrong to limit himself to the purely bureaucratic aspect; his words are refuted by those of the Savior: «You are my friends if you do what I command you» (Jn 15:14). Friendship with God – which consists in the soul being in the state of Grace – depends on our obedience to Our Lord’s orders. Not suggestions or advice: orders! Again, He says: «Not everyone who says to me: ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven» (Mt 7:21).

I would add that hell is not reserved for non-Catholics: among the eternal flames there are many baptized souls, even religious, priests and bishops, who have deserved damnation because of their rebellion against the will of the Lord. Self-styled adult Catholics and their preceptors ought to think carefully, before they hear the words of Christ resound: «I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers» (Mt 7:23).

A Catholic who supports abortion or gender ideology denies not only the Magisterium, but also the natural law, which constitutes the moral basis common to all peoples, of all times and places. The seriousness of an inconsistency between belonging to the Church and being faithful to her teaching reflects the artificial dichotomy between doctrine and pastoral care, which has crept in since Vatican II, and reached its clearest formulation in Amoris laetitia. Yet on closer inspection, the so-called “laicità dello Stato” [secular nature of the State] also poses serious problems, since it recognizes the right of civil society to deny the divine Kingship of Christ and to reject His Law, while at the same time asking the laity to give a testimony of Faith in which the primacy of Catholic Truth is lowered to the same level as error.

What is clear is that Catholics cannot vote for, much less the hierarchy approve, a “Catholic” politician who does not put the integrity of the Church’s doctrine into practice. The self-styled Catholic Joe Biden, who supports partial-birth abortion, i.e. infanticide, and who even before Obama supported gender ideology and celebrated the “marriage” of two men, is not Catholic. Period.

M.T.: Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate. Harris defended Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest abortion company, in California when it was accused of trading in aborted baby parts. What is the significance of this choice?

The culture of death that underlies today’s prevailing anti-Christian ideology is consistent with itself: the murder of innocent creatures is one of the indispensable elements of those who want to erase not only Christianity, but humanity and creation, which manifests the work of the divine Creator.

As I have said many times, this process of dissolution is carried out on two levels: an ideological one, by those who deliberately want evil and want to implement their own hellish plan in forced stages; and an economic one, by those who support the ideology, not necessarily out of conviction, but for profit. Thus, the human sacrifices that have continued to be celebrated in abortion clinics, even during the Covid-19 emergency, have generated profits for Planned Parenthood and the entire chain of death that traffics in the organs of aborted babies. Let us not forget that the abortion lobby – like the LGBT movement – has is one of the main financiers of left-wing election campaigns around the world. If companies ideologically oriented toward the culture of death lavishly fund certain political parties, it’s not surprising that candidates from those parties support their sponsors with laws that favor them.

M.T.: An American bishop, Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, said that for the first time in a while, the Democrats don’t have a Catholic on the ticket. Father James Martin, S.J. replied that Biden was baptized Catholic and therefore is one. What does this back and forth allow us to understand about the state of the Church in America?

C.M.V.: I have already noted above that “Catholic candidates” are political candidates who not only call themselves Catholic, but who live in a manner consistent with the Faith and Morals taught by the Church. If being Catholic had no concrete impact, it wouldn’t make any sense to vote for a candidate who doesn’t in fact differ from the others. Father Martin, S.J.’s response is sophism, because he pretends not to see the divide between appearing and being Catholic, between exploiting the “designation” for an electoral advantage and being a true witness to the Gospel in private, civil and political life, and in institutions. What about Father James Martin, S.J.? He was baptized, confirmed, ordained a priest, and even made solemn vows of chastity and obedience; he is S.J..... he is LGBT. Someone else, one of the Twelve, betrayed Him. Let Father Martin, who is always impeccable in his clerical dress, look into the mirror of his soul, and see whom he resembles!

M.T.: Your Excellency, why is the Church so interested in the dominant ideology, which is also clearly anti-Christian?

C.M.V.: This is a problem we have been carrying around for seventy years. Since that time, Catholic clergy, and in particular the hierarchy, have suffered from a sense of inferiority that places them below their interlocutors in the world. They feel ontologically inferior. They consider Christ’s teaching to be inadequate and clumsily try to adapt it to the secular mentality. They are afraid of appearing outdated, not in step with the times, even centuries late, as another illustrious Jesuit (r.i.p.) has said…

This terrible inferiority complex is the direct consequence of a dramatic loss of faith. Christ’s saving message is irreconcilable with the seductions of the world; it is unworthy and illegitimate to adulterate the Magisterium in order to please the world, abusing a sacred authority which is aimed instead at preaching to «all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you» (Mt 28:19-20).

As long as Church leaders persist in not being the first to behave consistently with their own role and with Christ’s teaching, it will be impossible to demand equal consistency from the laity, who look to them as an example. This is confirmed by the fact that there are self-styled “Catholic” politicians who today enjoy the support of self-styled “Catholic” clerics and bishops. It is also confirmed by the fact that those who defend life and the natural law, although they aren’t Catholic, are accused of populism, compared to the dictators of the last century[9], and told they are not Christian[10] or, as in the recent case of Father James Altman, accused by his bishop of being “divisive and causing scandal[11].

M.T.: What is the role of Planned Parenthood in American politics? Is it an instrument of freedom and the affirmation of rights, as the “progressives” say, or...

C.M.V.: In the globalist society, Planned Parenthood mirrors and plays the opposite role of that played by charitable institutions and foundations that protect life in Christian nations. In Christian societies, children were welcomed with love, and even in situations of poverty and difficulty they were cared for, raised and educated to become good Christians and honest citizens, by putting the word of the Gospel into practice. In anti-Christian societies, Planned Parenthood is tasked with killing these innocents, putting into practice the culture of death inspired by the one who was a “murderer from the beginning” (Jn 8:44). Let us not forget that Planned Parenthood, together with the other multinational abortion companies, serve the Malthusian delirium of the globalist high command, which is planning a drastic decimation of the world population.

M.T.: George Soros and others are trying to pressure Mark Zuckerberg into limiting the pro-life presence and activity on Facebook. The choice of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and these maneuvers to limit those who defend life what kind of global scenario do they lead to?

C.M.V.: The Gospel spread throughout the world thanks to the preaching of the Apostles and the witness of the Martyrs and Confessors of the Faith. Likewise, the anti-gospel of the Synagogue of Satan is spreading because of the preaching of the children of darkness, the testimony of public figures, celebrities and entertainers, and self-styled philanthropists. In the end, what’s left is always a division into two camps: on one side, the good, and on the other, the wicked, in the biblical war between good and evil. And if at one time our saints destroyed idols and pagan temples, leaving no room for devil worshippers, today it is inevitable that followers of groupthink will unite to desecrate and destroy churches, tear down crosses and statues of saints, and erase all memory of faith in Christ. In days gone by, forbidden books were censored in order to protect the simple ones, whose souls would be poisoned by them; today, what is good is censored, because evil does not tolerate it.

The global scenario that emerges is manifest before our eyes: until we understand that there can be no dialogue with evildoers (Mt 7:22), that there is no compatibility between the light of Christ and the darkness of Satan, we will not be able to win the battle, because we will not even have recognized that we are at war against the powers of hell. And in a war, there are necessarily two opposing sides: those who refuse to serve under the banner of Christ inevitably end up helping the servants of the Evil One. This awareness is clear to our enemies, but it does not seem to be so clear to those who do not see the Christian life as a “battle.”

Allow me to recall the words of President Trump at the end of the recent Republican National Convention: «Our opponents say that redemption for you can only come from giving power to them.» This “redemption” consists in denying God’s sovereign rights over individuals, societies, nations, and replacing the gentle yoke of Christ with the odious tyranny of Satan. And it is, to all intents and purposes, a reversal of the Redemption – the redemption of the slave – which the Savior accomplished on the wood of the Cross. So let us not be fooled by the mellifluous words of those who usurp the biblical metaphor of the children of light and the children of darkness to establish the kingdom of Lucifer: the darkness and chaos we see in American cities are the fruit of the same ideology that approves of postnatal abortion and homosexual marriage, just as the backers of the BLM and Antifa movements are precisely the Democrats and the “philanthropic” foundations that furiously oppose Trump’s re-election.[12]

Biden’s mention, indeed, his ignominious usurpation of John Paul II’s famous exhortation «Do not be afraid!» sounds like the Serpent’s cunning trick to take of the fruit of the tree, rather than the courageous invitation that the Polish Pope launched to a world far from Christ. And it is strange that the indignation of Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who was so ready to censure the presidential couple’s visit to the Shrine of St. John Paul II, today doesn’t also blast his opponent, Joe Biden, a perverted Catholic, who is using the image of the same Pope, and of Bergoglio, to advance his electoral campaign.

Today, John Paul II’s strong and authoritative words would make the Democrats and perhaps the Bishops themselves tremble:

«Do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power. Help the Pope and all those who wish to serve Christ and with Christ’s power to serve the human person and the whole of mankind. Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the boundaries of States, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development. Do not be afraid. Christ knows ‘what is in man’. He alone knows it.»[13]

Today Christ’s saving power is replaced by «the voice of creation which admonishes us to return to our rightful place in the created natural order». The redeeming Passion of Our Lord is replaced by the “groan of creation”, and the scourges of divine Justice by the “wrath of Mother Earth”, of the Pachamama...

President Trump stated: «Our opponents say that redemption for you can only come from giving power to them. But in this country, we don’t turn to career politicians for salvation. In America, we don’t turn to government to restore our souls. We put our faith in almighty God.» I believe that this faith in God, which clearly must be matched by a consistency of Christian life and witness, will also confirm in the 2020 US presidential election that “the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things” as Psalm 117 reminds us.

Official translation from the original Italian by Diane Montagna.


[1] Joseph Ratzinger, Les principes de la théologie catholique, Téqui, Paris 1985, p. 433

[2] René Laurentin, Crisi della Chiesa e secondo Sinodo episcopale, Morcelliana, Brescia 1969, p. 16

[3] Álvaro Calderón, La lámpara bajo el celemín. Cuestión disputada sobre la autoridad doctrinal del magisterio eclesiástico desde el Concilio Vaticano II, Ed. Rio Reconquista, Argentina 2009

[4] Cfr. https://www.atfp.it/rivista-tfp/264-ottobre-2018/1494-il-maggio-68-e-il-concilio-vaticano-ii | See also: https://www.agensir.it/italia/2018/04/26/il-sessantotto-agostino-giovagnoli-storico-profondo-legame-con-il-concilio-che-ne-ha-anticipato-alcuni-tratti/

https://notedipastoralegiovanile.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13936:il-68-e-la-sua-ricaduta-sul-fronte-ecclesiale&catid=353&Itemid=1074 | See also the interesting chronology published by Archivio 900: http://www.archivio900.it/it/documenti/doc.aspx?id=177

[5] https://www.atfp.it/rivista-tfp/264-ottobre-2018/1494-il-maggio-68-e-il-concilio-vaticano-ii

[8] https://www.lanuovabq.it/it/hong-kong-la-santa-sede-si-inchina-al-regime-cinese

[9]https://www.adnkronos.com/fatti/cronaca/2020/09/08/papa-populismo-europa-ricorda-terribili-degenerazioni-passate_QIC4RJ8Dyn07BJD6d82JBI.html?refresh_ce

[11] https://quincy-network.s3.ca-central-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/Statement-Father-James-Altman-090920.pdf

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/watch-priest-warns-us-voters-you-cannot-be-catholic-and-be-a-democrat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3C5yXw9u98

 

[12] The antifa.com domain redirects to Joe Biden’s campaign site: joebiden.com

[13] https://www.vaticannews.va/it/papa/news/2019-10/22-ottobre-1978-giovanni-paolo-ii-non-abbiate-paura.html; http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/homilies/1978/documents/hf_jp-ii_hom_19781022_inizio-pontificato.html

 


  2020 presidential election, 2020 u.s. election, abortion, carlo maria viganò, catholic, joe biden, sexual revolution, theodore mccarrick, vatican ii

Opinion

US priest: Why it’s time for Catholics to talk religion and politics

'The fate of our nation — of our entire way of life — will turn on developments of the next few weeks. It all has to do with politics, that is to say with government and our relationship to it'
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 1:15 pm EST
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September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the most frequently heard clichés is: Don’t talk religion and politics. And with nerves so raw over pandemic restrictions, increasing civil unrest, and an upcoming election, that old saying would seem to embody a certain wisdom.

Everybody’s walking on eggs these days. You can say something which you think is perfectly innocent but that touches on a point you didn’t know was hyper-sensitive. Suddenly someone’s feeling affronted. Who wants to risk making people mad?

But is avoiding discussion really an option right now?

The fate of our nation — of our entire way of life — will turn on developments of the next few weeks. It all has to do with politics, that is to say with government and our relationship to it.

We need a resolution of the coronavirus lockdowns that crippled what had been the most robust economy in our history. We need peace and order restored in the streets of our cities. And we need to know who will serve the next presidential term and, accordingly, what will be the focus of government action during that administration.

These concerns have special added significance for people of faith. Our ability to worship has been severely curtailed. Churches, church-affiliated organizations, and individual believers have come under attack. And we have reason to fear imposition of significant limits to religious freedom.

The central issue of this moment is Socialism, which at various times in our history has emerged as a potent movement, and at present is being aggressively promoted.

The lockdown orders by which state and local officials have closed our churches are expressions of centralized power, which is the key feature of the Socialist vision.

Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other radical groups proudly trumpet both their Socialist credentials and their hostility to Christianity.

The Democratic Party has veered farthest to the left of any time in its existence, desperately trying to ignore the radical violence, and expunging any support for traditional religious and moral values from their platform.

Politics and religion are inseparable. Any statement made about the Church — from one viewpoint or another — suggests some particular understanding of the First-Amendment. To express a preference for either candidate automatically raises assumptions about the role of faith in one’s life.

Certainly, all of this complicates our efforts at evangelization. It’s hard enough for Catholics to reach out to brothers and sisters in spiritual need. That’s a job we’ve traditionally left to priests and nuns.

But more than ever, we’re called upon to speak the truth, not only about the Kingdom of God, but about the threat which Socialism poses to faithful people and the nonreligious alike.

That truth is this: Wherever Socialism has been tried, invariably it has turned into Communism. And because Communism is atheistic, the end result has always been tyranny, suffering, and death.

Some 100 million people have been killed in the course of Communism’s march through Russia, Eastern Europe, China, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other parts of the world. Why such a toll in blood? Because Communism recognizes no higher moral principle than raw power.

Without God to limit human action, any action considered necessary to achieving ideological goals is acceptable. Human beings become nothing more than expendable pieces to be used in pursuing the utopian society which Communism promises to create.

There have always been efforts to reconcile Communism and Christianity. Last year, the Jesuit magazine, America, published an essay, The Catholic Case for Communism, by Dean Dettloff of the Institute for Christian Studies, which tried to show parallels between Communism and Catholic social teaching.

“For communists,” Dettloff wrote, “global inequality and the abuse of workers at highly profitable corporations are not the result only of unkind employers or unfair labor regulations. They are symptoms of a specific way of organizing wealth, one that did not exist at the creation of the world and one that represents part of a ‘culture of death,’ to borrow a familiar phrase ….

“…although the Catholic Church officially teaches that private property is a natural right, this teaching also comes with the proviso that private property is always subordinate to the common good.”

But from the beginning, the Catholic Church has condemned Communism. As author-historian Paul Kengor has noted:

“In 1846, Pope Pius IX released Qui pluribus, affirming that communism is ‘absolutely contrary to the natural law itself’ and if adopted would ‘utterly destroy the rights, property, and possessions of all men, and even society itself.’ In 1849, one year after the [Communist] Manifesto was published, Pius IX issued the encyclical, Nostis Et Nobiscum, which referred to both socialism and communism as ‘wicked theories,’ ‘perverted theories,’ and ‘pernicious fictions.’

The Church has maintained its resistance to Communism consistently through a long series of pronouncements. An unpublished document of the Second Vatican Council, On the Care of Souls With Regard to Christians Infected With Communism, observed that some people educated in Catholic doctrine support the Communist cause not necessarily out of ideological commitment, but for pragmatic reasons:

“…they regard it as an effective way to bring about the perfect establishment of social justice, and, in fact, for obtaining a better salary or wage for less work, for receiving an equal part of the division and distribution of wealth and material goods, and for living a more comfortable and easier life.”

The document warned, however, that even “those who favor communism only for economic convenience are mistaken.”

Kengor points out that the authors of this document foresaw a need for special action to counter the influence of Communist thought “in universities and in other institutions of higher education of the sciences and arts ….”

They recommended that “particular groups or associations be instituted for professors or students to ensure that they may not only give a public and clear testimony regarding the Christian faith by their truly Christian beliefs and manner of life, but also so they might expressly and efficaciously act to frustrate, or at least restrain, the nefarious work that is carried out hotly and bitterly in the aforementioned schools by so-called communist cells.”

The hoards of young people creating havoc in our streets just now show how we’ve failed in that area.

Communism cannot live side-by-side with religion, because it cannot abide any rules and principles other than those set by Communist leaders. It must dominate all of society and all of society’s institutions.

And so, difficult as it may be, committed Christians must take a stand against this mounting threat to our Faith and our freedom. How to proceed?

1. Know the facts. Know what the Bible says. Know what the Catechism says. Know what the candidates stand for.

2. Speak with other people. Despite the limitations imposed on us by social distancing and other coronavirus restrictions, we need to share our knowledge with people who are less informed. Use the phone. Use Skype, Zoom, Facebook, all the means which technology has placed at our disposal.

3. In humble and considerate ways, invite people into conversation. Engage respectfully in healthy debate with friends and relatives who hold other points of view. Introducing new ideas, opening people’s minds to different perspectives, educating them — these are good things. These are things on which the future of our nation depends.

It’s time to talk politics and religion. Let’s get to it.

A priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, Rev. Michael P. Orsi currently serves as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Naples, Florida. He is host of “Action for Life TV,” a weekly cable television series devoted to pro-life issues, and his writings appear in numerous publications and online journals. His TV show episodes can be viewed online here.


  2020 election, michael orsi

Opinion

Are bishops who punish priests for speaking against Democratic party betraying the faith?

LaCrosse priest Father James Altman faces Church penalties for saying ‘You can't be a Catholic and a Democrat’
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 11:22 am EST
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September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The City of God has a problem, a big problem. Many of those charged with protecting and defending her have gone over to the enemy. Some are active members of the treasonous conspiracy; others commit treason by their silence. They are the “nice guys” who want to be liked and admired. They don’t want anyone rocking the boat by insisting on unpleasant truths. So they say and do nothing while the active conspirators within and the enemies without take jackhammers and wrecking balls to the foundations of the holy city. 

Several years ago, Deacon James Toner discussed The Nice Guy Syndrome in an article in The Wanderer linking it to Hannah Arendt's description of the "banality of evil:”

Nice guys…can do, great evil because of apathy, because of unwillingness to seek the truth and then to do it. Truth obliges. Knowing the truth requires us to act in that truth – to “do” the truth. (James 1:22, CCC 898) If being a “nice guy” means that we must be wishy-washy or apathetic about knowing and serving truth, then we must be as disagreeable, as dyspeptic, as possible….

This brings us to the current situation of Fr. James Altman of La Crosse, WI and his bishop, William Patrick Callahan. In a recent homily, Fr. Altman pointed out that Catholics cannot be Democrats because of party positions advancing intrinsic evils. Support for abortion and homosexuality are litmus tests for Democrats written specifically into their platform. Catholics can't support that! But Bishop Callahan publicly called out Fr. Altman for his divisive "tone," saying he inflicted a "wound" on the Church. He no doubt could have described his spiritual son as “disagreeable and dyspeptic.” The bishop threatens canonical penalties if Fr. Altman fails to "hear and respond to my fraternal correction." Correction for what, exactly? Not the message, apparently, but a "tone" he doesn’t like. Bishop Callahan is certainly entitled to his opinion, but that's all it is, an opinion, but one accompanied by threats of aggressive action. As he considers his next move, the bishop already forbade Fr. Altman from live streaming Masses. 

The bishop called Fr. Altman’s homily "a scandal." Was it? A bishop's primary duties are to "teach, govern, and sanctify." Priests share in that duty as the bishop's representatives. Fr. Altman teaches the truth with clarity. His words stir the hearts of orthodox Catholics starved by the gruel served up daily by Catholic "nice guys" preaching pabulum from the pulpit. Fr. Altman upholds the Church's doctrinal teaching. He speaks with boldness walking in the footsteps of saints and prophets who defended the faith throughout history. Contrast his voice with that of Fr. James Martin, S.J. who embraces and promotes homosexual depravity. Instead of being silenced and reprimanded, however, as a scandal wounding the Church, Martin is the darling of liberal bishops and even the Vatican apparatchik where he serves in the office of communications. That is, indeed, a treasonous scandal! 

The word treason derives from the Latin “traditionem” meaning to hand over, deliver, or surrender and from the Old French verb “trair” meaning to betray. Under old English law, high treason occurred when a subject betrayed his sovereign (in our case Christ Himself) or the state (the City of God). Petit treason involved a subject’s offense against a fellow subject. Today, “nice guys” commit both of these treasons. They violate the two great commandments to love God and neighbor. They undermine the faith and weaken the City of God making it more difficult to bring the entire world to the service of Christ the King. And they fail to warn those in danger of hell to mend their ways.
Consider the silence of so many bishops to teach the faith clearly and boldly. This problem plagued the Church from its very beginning and often arose from human respect. Peter himself fell victim when he stopped eating with the Gentile converts in order to placate the Jewish converts. St. Paul called him out and, when the first council met in Jerusalem, the Church limited the obligation of Gentiles to follow Mosaic Law. But it took a very un-silent St. Paul to chastise the pope. How many clergy fall into the same trap as the English bishops who chose silence to please a king and avoid martyrdom? Clergy today choose silence with much less cause, since they will hardly be executed for making Catholic liberals angry. The bishop may lose some big contributors, of course, which often seems to be the major consideration. Is that the case with Bishop Callahan? One blogger thinks so. Dad29.blogspot.com posted this on September 11th:

One does not have to be Einstein to figure out why a Catholic Bishop is publicly flogging a Catholic priest for saying exactly what the Church clearly teaches, but riddle me this, Batman: to what political party does the La Crosse Congressional rep belong?

Right-o. Ron Kind is a Democrat, and a Party-Line Democrat. He speechifies "moderate" and votes exactly the way Nancy tells him to. Pro-abortion every [...] time. And the La Crosse Diocese's borders are similar to the borders of Democrat Kind's district.

+Callahan has a problem, you see. More than half of the voters in the Bishop's Diocese vote Democrat--meaning more than half of the dues-paying parish members out there are voting Democrat. 

Hint: "Dues-paying" means something here.
Yup. Follow the money. It's really very easy.

Congressman Ron Kind has a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. He supports embryonic stem cell research and same-sex “marriage” among other intrinsic evils. In 2018 he won with about 60% of the vote in an area that is approximately 25% Catholic. How many La Crosse Catholics cast their vote for this death-dealing liberal with nary a whimper of warning from their shepherds? 

It's always risky to assume motives, but the fact is that the Diocese of La Crosse, like most dioceses in the country, is in trouble financially, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus. Suspended Masses haven’t helped contributions which are way down. Retaining "dues-paying" Catholics in the pews is likely a major priority. Keep pew-sitters pacified and paying by avoiding the hard truth, the divisive "sword of the spirit" that separates truth from error and, in the process, enrages people.

Fr. Altman definitely enrages the liberal left. Once his sermons went viral, the backlash was inevitable. It put Fr. Altman in the crosshairs of Fr. James Martin who encouraged his thousands of followers to contact the bishop. Bishops don't like controversy and they don't like to be embarrassed. Some often imitate the unfaithful popes who exiled St. Athanasius and St. John Chrysostom for defending the faith. 

Choosing to be charming and silent “nice guys” may be the most insidious temptation of our day for the shepherds. Human respect can lead to a treasonous betrayal of Christ. Jesus told Pilate He came into the world to “testify to the truth.” That testimony got him crucified. How many bishops are willing to walk in the footsteps of St. John Fisher, the only English bishop who refused to be a “nice guy” and bend the knee to King Henry VIII. He was beheaded on Tower Hill two days before the feast of St. John the Baptist who also lost his head for speaking out against an evil king.

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, addressing the fourth annual Rome Life Forum in 2017, stressed that Catholics, are obliged to testify to the truth:

Testimony means to say, to speak, to announce openly and publicly. Someone who does not testify in this way is like a soldier who flees at the decisive moment in a battle. We are no longer witnesses, but deserters, if we do not speak openly and publicly.

Exactly! And that’s what Fr. James Altman does – courageously and faithfully. Deacon Toner hit the target when he said if being “nice guys” means being wishy-washy about the truth we must be as disagreeable and dyspeptic as possible.” Was he advising unkindness? Of course not! He was using hyperbole to condemn the temptation to value human opinions above the will of God. Fr. James Altman is willing to risk the hatred of the world and censure from his bishop in order to save souls. He would rather trip up Catholics on the primrose path that leads to hell than let them continue unwarned only to fall into the abyss! God bless him!

Deacon Toner ended his article on the Catholic “nice guys” by referring to a man often called the apostle of common sense, G. K. Chesterton:

[Chesterton] had it exactly right in his observation that Christians are not hated enough by the world. Too often, we are ‘nice guys.’ “Nice guy” is a title, none of us should seek, especially if it means advancing the culture of the lie instead of the culture of truth and life. We are called to be soldiers in the Church Militant and should ponder carefully the words of Cardinal Robert Sarah at the 12 Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in 2016. “Discern carefully – in your lives, your homes, your workplaces – how, in your nation, God is being eroded, eclipsed, liquidated….You have a mission of bringing Divine Revelation to bear in the lives of your fellow citizens…. Do not be afraid to proclaim the truth with love…. In the words of Saint Catherine of Siena: ‘Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.’…and above all pray.”

The silence of the “nice guys” contributes to “eroding, eclipsing, and liquidating” the faith.  It is the lukewarmness Revelation 3:16 warns against: “Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will vomit thee out of my mouth.” Fr. James Altman is a man of prayer, a zealous teacher, who refuses to run from the field of battle and allow the truths of God to be eroded, eclipsed, or liquidated unlike many of our cowardly bishops. Prudent Catholics who love Jesus Christ, Truth Himself, would do well to imitate him.

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Mary Ann Kreitzer writes from the Shenandoah Valley and blogs at Les Femmes – The Truth
 


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Abp. Viganò: ‘Without Vatican II, we would not have had the student revolution that radically changed’ the West

Archbishop Viganò explained how 'unfaithful clergy, secular and regular, enslaved to modernist ideology' made it possible for us to have the situation we do today, with U.S. politicians calling themselves Catholic yet at the same time publicly defying the Church's teaching.
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 8:07 pm EST
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September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In a new interview with the Italian journalist Marco Tosatti, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has pointed to a connection between the weakening of the Church's own identity and moral and doctrinal stances in the wake of the Second Vatican Council and the outbreak of the sexual and cultural revolution that took place only three years after Council. “Without Vatican II, we would not have had the student revolution that radically changed life in the Western world, the vision of the family, the role of women, and the very concept of authority,” he writes.

Speaking with Tosatti mainly about the political situation in the U.S. in light of the upcoming presidential election (read the full interview here), Archbishop Viganò first explains that it is the fault of the Church’s leadership – the “unfaithful clergy, secular and regular, enslaved to modernist ideology, and on the hierarchy” – when there are now in the U.S. politicians who call themselves Catholic, yet at the same time publicly defy the Church's teaching, for example on the killing of the unborn.

Here, the Italian prelate mentions the Land O’Lakes statement of 1967 – two years after the Council (1962-1965), “which declared the independence of their Catholic universities and colleges from all authority and all bonds of fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church.” This statement “had devastating consequences for the Church and civil society in the United States,” states Viganò.

But then the archbishop goes on to speak about the deeper background that led to the possibility that such a defying document by Catholic universities would even be issued. That is to say, the Catholic Church first weakened, at the Second Vatican Council, her own moral and doctrinal strength.

This weakening of the Catholic Church allowed modernist teachers at Catholic universities to further spread their ideas among many generations so that today’s Catholic politicians hold such heterodox views as supporting the killing of the unborn. And this weakening could also lead to such a scandalous event where now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, together with Archbishop Wilton Gregory, was able to hide instructions from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the “exclusion from Holy Communion of Catholic politicians who do not follow the Church’s teaching.”

Viganò explains: “What I wish to emphasize is the close connection between the rebellion of the ultra-progressive clergy – with the Jesuits in the lead – and the education of generations of Catholics, who were formed according to the modernist ideology, flowing into the Council.” This Council, he goes on to say, “served as a premise not only for ’68 revolution in the political sphere, but also for the doctrinal and moral revolution in the ecclesial sphere.” 

States the archbishop: “Without Vatican II, we would not have had the student revolution that radically changed life in the Western world, the vision of the family, the role of women, and the very concept of authority.”

And as these explanations show, “moral corruption and doctrinal deviation are intrinsically linked and, to effectively heal these wounds in the body of the Church, it is imperative to act on both fronts. If this dutiful intervention does not take place, the Bishops and the leaders of the Church will answer to God for betraying their duty as pastors.”

In order to prove his point that there exists a close relationship between the Second Vatican Council and the subsequent cultural revolution that took place in 1968 throughout the West, Archbishop Viganò presents a set of quotes from contemporary supporters of the Council who made that connection themselves. Here we quote the Italian prelate in a longer passage:

It is undeniable, even if only from a historical and sociological point of view, that there is a very close relationship between the conciliar revolution and 1968. The very protagonists of Vatican II admit it. Joseph Ratzinger stands out among them, writing:

«Adherence to a utopian anarchistic Marxism [...] was supported on the front lines by university chaplains and student associations who saw in it the dawn of the realization of Christian hopes. The guiding light is to be found in the events of May 1968 in France. Dominicans and Jesuits were at the barricades. The intercommunion carried out at an ecumenical Mass at the barricades was considered a kind of landmark in salvation history, a kind of revelation that inaugurated a new era of Christianity.»

One of the periti [experts] on the Council, Fr. René Laurentin, wrote: 

«The demands of the May ‘68 movement largely coincided with the Council’s grand ideas, particularly in the Council’s Constitution on the Church and the world. To a certain extent, Vatican II was already a protest against the Curia by a group of bishops who were trying to create an institutionally prefabricated Council.»

And the Argentine theologian, Fr. Álvaro Calderón, affirmed: 

«If there is anything that immediately stands out to those who study the Second Vatican Council, it is the change, in a liberal sense, of the concept of authority. The Pope stripped himself of his supreme authority in favour of the bishops (collegiality); the bishops stripped themselves of their authority in favour of theologians; theologians gave up their science in favour of listening to the faithful. And the voice of the faithful is nothing more than the fruit of propaganda.»

This vision is also widely and proudly affirmed on the progressive front, which saw the same demands of the conciliar revolution realized in 1968. Bishop Jacques Noyer, Emeritus of Amiens, recalls:

«I am convinced that the spirit that inspired the preparation, celebration and implementation of the Second Vatican Council is a great opportunity for the Church and the world. It is the Gospel offered to the men of today. Deep down, May ‘68 was a spiritual movement, even a mystical one, consistent with the dream of the Council.»

These quotes are very helpful with regard to bolstering Viganò's argument, an argument that my husband Dr. Robert Hickson has also made for years now. 

“Without a ‘green light’ from the Church,” says the archbishop, “the world would never have accepted or taken up the student movement’s demands for rebellion.”

And what was it in the Council that prepared the way for rebellion in the larger society? The Council shied away from authority and tradition. Says the prelate:

Beyond the Acts of the Council, it was precisely the spirit of Vatican II that marked the end of a hierarchically constituted society, and of the traditional values common to the Western world: until then, concepts such as authority, honor, respect for the elderly, a spirit of mortification and service, a sense of duty, the defense of the family and one’s Fatherland, were shared and, albeit in a weakened form compared to the past, still practiced.

In order to explain this phenomenon more deeply, we could recall the above-quoted passage of Fr. Calvaròn: “The Pope stripped himself of his supreme authority in favour of the bishops (collegiality); the bishops stripped themselves of their authority in favour of theologians; theologians gave up their science in favour of listening to the faithful. And the voice of the faithful is nothing more than the fruit of propaganda.”

Here, Archbishop Viganò also once more gives a glimpse of his own memory of that time:

Seeing the Catholic Church, a beacon of truth and civilization for nations, throw open its doors to the world and unhesitatingly discard her glorious heritage, going so far as to revolutionize the Liturgy and water down Morality, was an unequivocal signal to the masses, a sort of approval of the agenda that, at the time, didn’t yet dare to reveal itself completely, even though all of its distinctive signs could be grasped. It destroyed the Church and society, compromised civil and religious authority, discredited marriage and the family, ridiculed patriotism and a sense of duty or labeled them as fascism. All amid the silence of a complicit hierarchy! Those like me, who entered the seminary in the immediate post-conciliar period, can testify that even the Roman Pontifical Seminaries were immediately conquered by this tremor of protest, emancipation and dissolution of all rules and discipline.

But Archbishop Viganò goes even further and draws a line between the occurrences of the 1960s and today, between the Jesuits involved in the Council's revolution and their current links with such prominent globalists as George Soros. Here, he points to the “the substantial funding that globalist organizations, such as Soros’s Open Society, have allocated to the activities of the Society of Jesus, and presumably to other Catholic organizations, would be inexplicable. All the premises that were laid down in a nutshell with Vatican II and the student revolution are now consistently proposed by Vatican leaders on the ecclesial front, and by government leaders on the globalist political front.”

And here, it also makes sense that Pope Francis’s own views and agendas somehow go together with “Joe Biden’s priorities.” 

It is to be hoped that historians will be able to further shed light on these very important links that seem to have brought us into the desperate situation where even the Catholic Church's leaders seem to be enemies of the Church's very doctrine and morals.


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‘I Love JK Rowling’ billboard covered-up after Trans activists express outrage

'Inside that statement, apparently, is a call for violence, child abuse, and reference to trans people as violent predators. Incidentally, Rowling has said none of that and is actually a long-time supporter of the LGBT agenda.'
Mon Sep 14, 2020 - 12:00 pm EST
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September 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – If you want to know just how far the tentacles of the totalitarian trans movement can reach, consider what happened in Vancouver, Canada over the weekend.

Chris Elston, a fan of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, commissioned a billboard from Pattison Outdoor along with Amy Hamm with the simple slogan “I *heart* J.K. Rowling” in response to a poster with the same words being removed by Network Rail in Scotland. Elston and Hamm had a three-month contract for the billboard.

Elston told Global News that Rowling has been targeted unfairly for her views on transgenderism recently (something I and others have covered extensively for LifeSiteNews.com). “A woman that has done nothing but express concern for an erosion of women’s rights and medicalization of children who are being taught gender ideology [is being targeted],” he told Global. “She has gone into great detail about all the safeguarding issues that are being taken away from women and children.” 

Within less than two days of the billboard going up at the intersection of East Hastings and Glen Drive, it was promptly vandalized with paint—and then taken down entirely in the face of instant backlash from the LGBT community. Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung of the Vancouver Non-Partisan Association claimed that the slogan was actually hate speech.

“By saying, ‘I love J.K. Rowling,’ who has clearly been associated with denouncing the trans community, the intent was really clear here to be an anti-message against inclusivity and against the trans community,” Kirby-Yung noted somewhat incoherently. “As a city councillor, when I see that I just feel we have such a responsibility to call that out and stand up against that kind of divisive behavior. It’s very difficult to take that back once those wounds have been inflicted.”

In her statement to CTV News, Kirby-Yung was blunter: “I think it's intentionally intended to incite hate without officially contravening . . . guidelines of hate speech. But the clear intent is to stoke division and be exclusive of people in our city.”

To be clear: This city councillor is, in fact, claiming that a billboard reading “I love J.K. Rowling” is capable of “inflicting wounds.” So much for the resilience of the trans community.

Global News even tracked down another Vancouver resident to concur with Kirby-Yung. “Having a bold sign like that in a busy street…it really sends a message, where as a queer individual it is a bit hurtful to see something that could be unwelcoming.”

Trans activist Sophia Banks went even further. “Let me explain something as a trans woman about this billboard in Vancouver,” he stated on Twitter. “This message is calling me (a trans woman) a dangerous predator who should be denied access to women’s spaces. It encourages male violence against us. It encourages child abuse.”

You may need a reminder at this point that the billboard in question says “I love J.K. Rowling.” Inside that statement, apparently, is a call for violence, child abuse, and reference to trans people as violent predators. Incidentally, Rowling has said none of that and is actually a long-time supporter of the LGBT agenda.

Vancouver photographer Antonia Allan created a petition to have the billboard removed, and told the CBC that she was “horrified” by the billboard, which “has the insidiousness of looking truly innocent but when it comes down to it, the support for J.K. Rowling is support for anti-trans feminism.”

Trans activist Morgane Oger, a former candidate for the B.C. New Democratic Party, concurred: “People have been using innocuous-looking signs of messaging in order to intimidate or in order to provoke people into reacting for too long and this is another one of these signs. The purpose of this sign was to harass the community, targeting them because of who they are and trying to get them to react through a message only they recognize.”

So there you have it. J.K. Rowling, a pro-abortion, pro-LGBT rights progressive whose works can be found in nearly every Vancouver bookstore is now such a leprous pariah that a billboard simply declaring affection for her is now quite literally a declaration of war on transgender people and can be labeled hate speech and an incitement to violence. Pattison Outdoor took the billboard down without explanation.

What does all of this mean for freedom of speech? I think we know. If supporting an author who has as much contempt for the views of traditional Christians as any LGBT activist is now beyond the pale, we can be assured that these same activists would be more than happy to shut down churches, burn books, and restrict any and all dissenting opinions in the name of protecting people from violence at the very earliest opportunity. And considering how fast this billboard came down, those opportunities may come earlier than we think. 

As Chris Elston said about his short-lived billboard: “We live in a society today where you cannot even ask the question.”

Jonathon’s new podcast, The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. In his latest episode, he interviews Alessandra Bocchi, an Italian journalist well-known for her freelance reporting all over the world. She believes the mainstream media is driven by ideology rather than a desire for truth. It’s “hard to find a nuanced and informed view” on current events, she says. Journalism today is “all about personalities and memes rather than substance.” It’s more concerned with “catering to [the progressive elite] as opposed to reporting the truth…they’ve lost their integrity and credibility in many respects.”

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