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Pence defends Barrett, corners Harris on court-packing in VP debate

Neither candidate elaborated on his or her vision for American abortion policy.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 10:36 pm EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Vice President Mike Pence and Democrat vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris squared off on abortion and the Supreme Court during Wednesday night’s 2020 vice presidential debate, culimating in Pence confronting Harris on her and running mate Joe Biden’s refusal to answer whether they would engage in court-packing should they win.

“President Trump and I could not be more enthusiastic” about Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Pence said, calling President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a “brilliant woman.” 

“We hope she gets a fair hearing, and particularly hope we don't see the attacks on her Christian faith that we saw before,” Pence added, referencing how Senate Democrats attacked Barrett in 2017 for the way, as Sen. Dianne Feinstein put it, “the dogma lives loudly within you.”

Though he demurred on the subject of how Barrett might rule on Roe v. Wade, Pence added that he “couldn’t be more proud” to serve a pro-life administration, and slammed the Biden-Harris ticket’s support for effectively unlimited abortion at taxpayer expense.

Without addressing the specific comments Pence cited, Harris responded that “Joe Biden and I are both people of faith, and it’s insulting to suggest we would knock anyone for their faith.” She went so far as to claim that the ardently pro-abortion, pro-LGBT Biden would be the “second practicing Catholic” president in American history.

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Harris also called for waiting until after the election to decide whether Trump or Biden gets to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, but instead of elaborating on abortion she pivoted to the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court might overturn the so-called Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

The most intense portion of the exchange, however, came when Pence brought up the threat of Democrats adding more seats to the nine-person court should they win, better known as court-packing. Biden refused to answer the question in his debate with Trump last week.

“I think the American people really deserve an answer, Senator Harris: are you and Joe Biden going to pack the court if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed?” Pence asked.

Harris repeatedly changed the subject, leading Pence to conclude before the segment ended: “If you haven’t figured it out yet, the answer is they are going to pack the court.”


  2020 presidential election, amy coney barrett, court-packing, donald trump, joe biden, judicial nominees, kamala harris, mike pence, supreme court, vice presidential debate

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COVID restrictions help pro-life ‘Life Chain’ event become smashing success

Life Chain organizers say a ‘silver lining’ of COVID restrictions was an expansion into new communities and new people stepping up to meet new challenges.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 8:05 pm EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – COVID-19 restrictions gave organizers of Sunday’s Canadian-wide outdoor pro-life event Life Chain dual “silver linings” by allowing them to expand into new communities as well as seeing new people stepping up to help run the event.

“We weren't short on silver linings. Due to the challenges that COVID-19 presented, including the social gathering limits, Life Chain ended up expanding into new communities and a number of new organizers stepped up too,” Josie Luetke, Life Chain Canada committee member and Youth Coordinator for Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), told LifeSiteNews.

Life Chain took place nationwide on October 4 and thousands of Canadians took to the streets in cities and towns while following local COVID-19 guidelines to defend the sacredness of human life in protest against abortion, which claims the lives of approximately 100,000 Canadian babies every year.

Because of COVID-19 gathering limits for the 2020 event, organizers had to work with local provincial COVID-19 regulations. 

Luetke noted that Life Chain was able to expand into many new communities in Ontario, such as Sutton, Beamsville, Vineland, and Welland. In addition to the new Ontario locations, Luetke told LifeSiteNews that new Life Chains were formed in Whitehorse, Yukon; Maple Ridge, British Columbia; Grande Prairie, Alberta; and Brampton and Mississauga, Ontario.

Luetke told LifeSiteNews that she could not say with certainty whether the new locations were created due to COVID-19 restrictions, but added that the commitment to the Life Chain with the restrictions in place was great to see.

"The fact that Life Chain went ahead despite all the obstacles and last-minute changes is a great reflection of the tenacity of pro-life grassroots. Our commitment to ending abortion is unwavering,”  Luetke said to LifeSiteNews. 

Luetke told LifeSiteNews that there were notably few counter-protesters at the 2020 Life Chains. 

"While most Life Chains saw a lower turnout, which was expected, the response to the event, especially from participants themselves, has been very positive,” Luetke told LifeSiteNews.

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Luetke also told LifeSiteNews that participants “were simply grateful to be able to take part in pro-life activism at all.” 

First-time Life Chain participant Jacob Kociuba told LifeSiteNews that the event in Westlock, Alberta, gave him hope for the future by witnessing so many others who share the pro-life beliefs.

“When I arrived I was greeted by around 40 lovely people, most of whom were under the age of 25, which I was not only surprised to see but gave me an assuring sense of hope that many young people share the same beliefs as I do, that human life is sacred from conception to natural death,” Kociuba told LifeSiteNews.

“I thank God that nothing bad happened and it was a very peaceful demonstration. Some people were not happy with us being there, which I knew was going to be the case, but the people who were supportive greatly outnumbered the ones who were not.”

Life Chain 2020 followed strict COVID-19 protocols and event organizers were adamant to ensure that all participants abided by their local health and safety measures.  

Life Chain took place in every province in Canada except Prince Edward Island and the territories of Northwest Territories and Nunavut. 

Due to restrictions in place because of COVID-19, event organizers asked each Life Chain group to follow their local guidelines as they pertain to outdoor crowd limits. They encouraged each group to create “mini” Life Chains separated by a few blocks. 

Life Chain organizers were also adamant in reminding everyone that even “during a pandemic” people have the right to protest. 

Attendees at previous Life Chain events have received opposition for their pro-life witness. 

In 2018, a man was caught on video roundhouse-kicking a young female CLC staff member at a Life Chain event in Toronto. The identity of the attacker was later verified and he was charged with assault.  

Life Chain events in Canada have been held every year since 1990, with the event first taking place in the United States in 1987, as “a peaceful and prayerful demonstration in support of the inherent dignity of every human being, from the moment of conception until natural death.”

For more information on Life Chain Canada, visit https://www.campaignlifecoalition.com/life-chain.

Life Chain events in the United States also took place on October 4, but another event is also scheduled for November 1.

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  campaign life coalition youth, covid-19, josie luetke, life chain, life chain canada

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President of Brazil pushes for worldwide ‘fight against Christophobia’ at UN

'I call upon the entire international community to protect religious freedom and fight against Christophobia,' President Jair Bolsonaro said.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 8:03 pm EST
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NEW YORK, October 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro called for nations worldwide to combat hostility toward Christians in a speech he gave at the United Nations on September 22.

“I call upon the entire international community to protect religious freedom and fight against Christophobia,” President Bolsonaro said.

Frances Marcel of Breitbart said Bolsonaro’s remark “likely was a reference to the escalating rates of anti-Christian violence and Christian persecution in majority-Muslim nations.”

Union of Catholic Asian News reports that “the pandemic has become a pretext to step up persecution against the Christians” for authoritarian governments. According to Paul Robinson, CEO of Release International, in China, Christians are arrested for holding online prayers, while in Eritrea, Christians fleeing persecution “are barred from accessing shelter camps and other UN support systems.”

Bolsonaro did not expand upon this statement in his recent U.N. speech, which he otherwise largely devoted to the discussion of COVID-19, economic issues, and environmental issues.

He closed his speech by saying, “Brazil is a Christian and conservative country, and has family as its foundation.”

Brazilian writer and cultural conservative Julio Severo noted that the official U.N. report covered much of what Bolsonaro discussed in his speech but did not mention his remark about “Christophobia” or his comment that Brazil is a “Christian and conservative country.”

“The United Nations mentioned nothing not to offend Saudi Arabia, Iran, China and other nations that persecute Christians,” remarked Severo.

Bolsonaro’s vocal support of Christians and conservatism recall his history of Christian and pro-family actions, such as his proclamation consecrating Brazil to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, his promotion of abstinence education, and his opposition to LGBT gender ideology. According to Severo, “[t]he fight against homosexual indoctrination of schoolchildren made Bolsonaro famous among conservatives — even though today his fight is not strong as it was in the past.”

To the conservatives’ dismay, only a few days after Bolsonaro’s U.N. speech, he chose to nominate Kassio Nunes Marques for the Brazilian Supreme Court. According to Severo, Marques is “praised by all the left in Brazil.”

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Brazilian lawyer Janaína Paschoal, known for requesting the impeachment of socialist former president Dilma Rousseff, “was perplexed that in a thesis about health, Marques adressed abortion as a women’s health issue, not as murder, not as a life or death issue,” Severo said.

Severo continued, “Perhaps the most important legacy of a president is his appointment for the Supreme Court. What a kind of legacy does Bolsonaro intend to leave for the future of Brazil in the Supreme Court?”

Bolsonaro had said in 2019, “The state is secular, but we are Christians. Or to plagiarize my dear [minister] Damares [Alves]: We are terribly Christian. And that spirit must be present in all the branches of government. Therefore, my commitment: I can appoint two ministers to the Supreme Federal Court. One of them will be terribly evangelical.”

While some evangelicals have expressed dismay at Bolsonaro’s nomination of Marques, Brazil’s president has reassured them that his next nomination will align with the “evangelical” identity he promised them in 2019.

Bolsonaro said on Monday, “We are going to have a very evangelical minister in the supreme court. More than somebody very evangelical, if God is willing, we will have a minister.”


  brazil, christianity, freedom of religion, islam, jair bolsonaro, jihad, persecution of christians, united nations

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Trump declassifies ‘Russia Hoax’ and Hillary Clinton email scandal documents

'No redactions!' the president insisted on Twitter.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 7:56 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The director of National Intelligence (DNI) has reportedly declassified documents showing that former CIA director John Brennan had informed then-president Barack Obama of “Hillary Clinton’s purported ‘plan’ to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia” as “‘a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server’ ahead of the 2016 presidential election,” according to Fox News. 

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe sent the declassified documents to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Tuesday.

“I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax,” declared President Trump in a Tweet late Tuesday.

“Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!” he added.

The president revealed his frustration with the glacial pace of the Department of Justice, a sentiment shared by many of his grassroots supporters.

“All Russia Hoax Scandal information was Declassified by me long ago,” continued President Trump. “Unfortunately for our Country, people have acted very slowly, especially since it is perhaps the biggest political crime in the history of our Country.”

“Act!!!” he urged.

“Where are all of the arrests? Can you imagine if the roles were reversed?” asked the President in a subsequent tweet this morning. 

“Long term sentences would have started two years ago. Shameful!” said the president as he retweeted: “This is a huge story. They knew Crooked Hillary cooked up the Russia hoax the whole time!”

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“DNI declassifies Brennan notes, CIA memo on Hillary Clinton 'stirring up' scandal between Trump, Russia.”

“We now know that Hillary Clinton hatched a plan to divert attention away from her use of a private email server by falsely tying then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia,” explained Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director, in a press release.  

“We also know that former CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Obama on that plot. It is imperative that the American people now learn what then–Vice President Joe Biden knew about this conspiracy and when he knew it,” continued Murtaugh. 

“What did Biden know about Clinton’s plan to use the Russia Hoax to try to smear her political opponent? Did Biden condone the plan? Did he express any misgivings about it or remain silent?” asked Murtuagh. 

“Biden must give a full accounting of his knowledge and his conversations about Clinton’s scheme, which was known to the highest reaches of his administration,” he concluded.

The alleged damning documents include handwritten notations by then–CIA director Brennan, whose shorthand abbreviations seem to associate former FBI director James Comey, former national security adviser Susan Rice, and Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough with Hillary Clinton’s plan to concoct and spread rumors tying then-candidate Donald Trump to Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election in order to distract the public from her burgeoning email scandal.  

Fox News reported:

Ratcliffe informed the committee last week that the Obama administration obtained Russian intelligence in July 2016 with allegations against Clinton, but cautioned that the intelligence community “does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the text to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.”

According to Ratcliffe’s letter, the intelligence included the “alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016, of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.” ...

Another source familiar with the documents told Fox News that "this information has been sought by hundreds of congressional requests for legitimate oversight purposes and was withheld for political spite—and the belief that they’d never get caught."

The source added that the Brennan notes are significant because it is “their own words, written and memorialized in real time.”


  2020 election, donald trump, hillary clinton, john ratcliffe

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‘Obedience training’: Leading Fox News host Tucker Carlson condemns mask mandates

'They are framing obedience to these things as a matter of morality, and the media is totally fine with that.'
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 7:52 pm EST
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NEW YORK, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Fox News host Tucker Carlson issued a scathing attack October 6 on the irrational manner in which state governors and other authorities mandate face masks. Warning that avoiding wearing a mask has become akin to being immoral, he declared, “This isn’t science. This is medieval superstition.”

Commenting on President Trump’s message of hope prior to leaving the Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday, Carlson noted that encouraging hope is precisely what the mainstream media wish to avoid. “But for the people whose power derives from our fear, it was a threat. They need you to be afraid, perpetually; otherwise, you won’t obey them.”

Carlson continued by mocking widespread liberal attacks on the president in light of his message of encouragement to the nation: “this is what peak hysteria must look like.”

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Noting leftists’ horror when they saw Trump remove his face mask in the White House, Carlson said refraining from wearing a face mask has effectively become a heinous act or moral crime. “Taking your mask off effectively is questioning corona theology, and anyone who does that has committed an act of spiritual obscenity.”

Carlson carefully pointed out the hypocrisy of journalists and politicians. Some have called for masks to be worn and criticized Trump for not wearing one, but they have been seen without masks themselves. Carlson reminded his viewers that Chris Cuomo of CNN, who criticized Trump for removing his mask at the White House, was filmed cycling outside his house without a mask, while allegedly infected with COVID-19. “So it turns out Chris Cuomo doesn’t think he should have to wear a mask outside.”

In referencing a similar example of Rep. Nancy Pelosi violating her own public demands for mask-wearing, Carlson noted that “all of us are prisoners of their vanity.”

“So these people are hypocrites, obviously. But it’s worse than that. They are self-righteous.”

Commentating on the laws requiring masks to be worn outside in many areas, Carlson warned that such rules are dangerous and unscientific. “Rules like that are not about public health. Rules like that are a form of obedience training. They’re trying to see what they can make you do.”

He decried a California propaganda video advocating masks in public, asking: “Has there ever been shallower virtue-signaling? Underneath all of this is cruelty, by the way, and judgment of you.”

Carlson observed that unscientific policies are about control instead of public health: “The Democrats who hold every statewide office in California understand that for totalitarians to operate a society, they need people to cooperate.”

He warned of the sinister nature of such policies, which rely on blind obedience and create a toxic culture: “So the more people turn on each other and snitch and micromanage one another’s lives, the easier their job of control will be. People without loyalty to each other are easy to command.”

In reference to mask mania and various jurisdictions’ “irrational” mask-wearing policies, Carlson said: “They are framing obedience to these things as a matter of morality, and the media is totally fine with that. They don’t even care when the people who make the rules ignore them. Only the rest of us are evil when we disobey.”

Noting the worrying trend to form ad hominem attacks against Trump in the wake of his COVID-19 infection, Carlson stated that liberals are using the illness as a means of political argument. “For hundreds of years, this was the standard in Europe. Health equaled virtue. Illness equaled sin. All of a sudden, we are returning to that standard. He is sick; therefore, he is bad.”


  big brother, coronavirus, fox news, masks, police state, tucker carlson

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Cdl. Dolan defends Amy Coney Barrett: She ‘takes her Catholic faith seriously’

The archbishop of New York chided liberals for suggesting that Barrett should be disqualified from the Supreme Court for being Catholic.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 7:14 pm EST
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NEW YORK, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York defended Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as a woman of faith on a September 29 segment of his Conversations with Cardinal Dolan program.

Referring to the 2017 hearings for her confirmation as a federal appeals judge, Dolan said: “There were some nasty comments: ‘We hear you take your faith seriously. We hear you really believe.’”

“When you look at some of that grilling in the past, it was like they were testing her on her faith. Well, that’s just out of bounds, folks.”

One of the most direct recent criticisms of Barrett’s Catholicism has come from a N.Y. Times opinion piece titled “Amy Coney Barrett and the New, Old Anti-Catholicism,” published the same day as Barrett’s nomination. The article made the claim that “pious Catholics are a problem for liberalism,” pointing out that John Locke “notably excluded Catholics from the religions meriting toleration because he suspected they could not be trusted to leave their faith in the appropriate sphere.”

Dolan himself has recently garnered criticism from liberal Catholics for his praise of President Trump and his offering of prayer at this year’s National Republican Convention. Dolan maintained that his offering of prayer is not an endorsement of a party or candidate and that he would have “happily accepted” an invitation to offer prayer at the Democratic National Convention, as he did in 2012.

In his radio segment, Dolan compared Barrett’s faith with the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s. “What I admired in the accolades to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there were a lot of articles about her deep Jewish faith and how she was not afraid to say that the values of her Jewish faith animated how she lived, and how she judged.”

However, according to Ginsburg’s biographer, Ginsburg’s connection to her Jewish faith was tenuous at best.

Jane Sherron De Hart, professor emerita of history at the University of California and biographer of Ginsburg, described a moment that “forever marked her relationship with religious Judaism.” Following the death of her mother, Ginsburg, who was 17 at the time, was not allowed as a woman to say the traditional Jewish mourner’s prayer.

“She was extremely indignant about it,” De Hart said. “She felt it was an affront to her mother, and there was nothing she could do about it. That was the end of her affiliation with the religious dimension of Judaism.”

This becomes more apparent when one considers that in contradiction to Jewish law, Ginsburg was consistently pro-abortion during her term as a Supreme Court justice. For example, Ginsburg joined in the court’s 2000 Stenberg v. Carhart decision, which struck down Nebraska’s law prohibiting partial-birth abortion.

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Barrett, by contrast, not only is actively involved in her religious community, but lives a life shaped by her faith.

“If Amy Coney Barrett’s religious beliefs were to be raised during her confirmation hearings, it would presumably be because her Catholic faith appears to be of unusual intensity and character,” reported NPR.

NPR cited advice Barrett addressed to her graduate students at Notre Dame Law School: that they should view their future legal profession “as but a means to an end ... and that end is building the Kingdom of God."

Barrett also took fire from then-senator Al Franken during her 2017 court of appeals confirmation hearing for teaching constitutional law at the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a training program for Christian lawyers. A Christian worldview appears to be an integral part of the program’s formation, as shown by its website. It states that faculty engage in discussion with interns “while promoting a robust view of universal moral truths” and that “the curriculum also incorporates daily worship and a devotional series.”

Barrett is perhaps most known — and most disparaged — for her involvement in the religious group People of Praise, which functions as a guiding influence in the lives of those who choose to take its covenant pledge. While it hasn’t been confirmed whether Barrett took the pledge, according to the Denver Post, “descriptions of its hierarchy show that members almost invariably join the covenant after three to six years of religious study or they leave, so it would be very unusual for Barrett to continue to be involved for so many years without having done so.”

For various reasons, commentators have argued that the prominent role that faith takes in Barrett’s life shouldn’t be considered an issue to begin with. While Jesuit author and journalist Thomas Reese considers religion “totally irrelevant” to evaluating what kind of judge she will be, Attorney General William Barr makes another point altogether.

“In American public discourse, perhaps no concept is more misunderstood than the notion of separation of church and state,” he said at this September’s National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. “Militant secularists have long seized on that slogan as a facile justification for attempting to drive religion from the public square,” Barr said, “and to exclude religious people from bringing a religious perspective to bear on conversations about the common good.”

Janet Denison, a Christian blogger, views Barrett’s faith as a direct influence on her character, particularly now, when Barrett is taking so much heat: “It occurred to me that, in an ocean of vitriol, she is quietly confident. Surrounded by words of slander, she allows her life to be her defense. She doesn’t just believe her opinions, she lives them.”


  amy coney barrett, catholic, freedom of religion, supreme court, timothy dolan

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Appeal court rules Minnesota schools must let boys claiming to be female into girls’ locker rooms

The court ruled that ‘requiring a transgender student to use a different locker-room facility because of his sexual orientation is discrimination.’
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 7:04 pm EST
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The Minnesota appeals court ruled last week that schools must allow students who identify as the opposite sex to use locker rooms that match their so-called “gender identity.”

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, denounced the decision as a “travesty of justice” that will “‘normalize sex and gender deviance among children.”

The appeal court found that the Anoka-Hennepin School District violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act when it required a female student who identified as a male to use a segregated locker room in her second year as a member of the Coon Rapids High School boys’ swim team.

The parents of the student, identified in court documents as N.H., sued the school district last year, and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights intervened in the case.

Judge Peter Reyes, appointed by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014, wrote the majority September 28 decision, with Judge Denise Reilly, another 2014 Dayton appointee, concurring.

“N.H. identifies as male, has socially transitioned to male, and lives as male,” noted Reyes, adding that others identified and treated N.H. “as a male.” 

The student was “similarly situated” to her peers because she “sought to use a locker room that corresponded with his (sic) gender identity.”

“Applying the plain language of the statute, we conclude that requiring a transgender student to use a different locker-room facility because of his (sic) sexual orientation is discrimination under Minn. Stat. § 363A.13, subd. 1,” wrote Reyes.

Moreover, “as N.H. argues, the overwhelming majority of federal courts that have recently examined transgender education-discrimination claims under Title IX have concluded that preventing a transgender student from using a school restroom or locker room consistent with the student’s gender identity violates Title IX,” he added.

Indeed, the Minnesota ruling comes a month after the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the Gavin Grimm case that the now-graduated Virginia high school female student had a right to use male bathrooms under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, and Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972.

In N.H.’s case, according to the court’s summary, she was allowed to use the boys’ locker room during her freshman year on the swim team. Near the end of the season, however, the school district notified her that she would have to use the girls’ locker room, but “retracted its decision later that same day.”

The summary stated that N.H. was hospitalized four days later “because of mental health concerns.”

The school then remodeled the boys’ locker room to create an “enhanced privacy” section with a separate entrance, and in March 2017, the district recommended in a letter to her mother that N.H., now a sophomore, use this facility.

When N.H. continued to use the boys’ locker room, the school district told her mother she would be disciplined. N.H. then transferred to another school.

Judge Matthew Johnson, appointed in 2008 by former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, dissented, and based his opinion in part on the fact that N.H. remains anatomically female.

“This court has held that men and women are not similarly situated for purposes of an equal-protection claim if governmental action legitimately depends on differences in their respective anatomies,” Johnson wrote.

“N.H.’s complaint claim does not state a claim on which relief can be granted because N.H. was not similarly situated in all relevant respects to the cisgender boys in (her) gym class,” he added.

Spokesman for Anoka-Hennepin Schools Jim Skelly said the district is reviewing the decision and will consider its next steps, which include an appeal, a possible settlement or going to trial, the Associated Press reported.

“The district’s top priority is maintaining a learning environment that is safe, secure, and free from discrimination, and its decision will be guided by those values,” Skelly said in a statement.

Both N.H., who replaced her mother as respondent in the suit when she turned 18, and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights lauded the decision.

“I never want any student to experience the discrimination and cruelty I experienced from the adults at my school,” stated N.H. in a statement published by the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Today’s decision makes it very clear that segregating trans students doesn’t just dehumanize us, it violates our legal rights,” she said.

“This decision means that schools are now safer and more welcoming for transgender and gender nonconforming students across Minnesota,” said Department of Human Rights Deputy Commissioner Irina Vaynerman in a statement.

However, AFTAH’s LaBarbera has a different view.

“Obviously, this appeals court decision is a travesty of justice that institutionalizes discrimination against biological girls and women, whose privacy and civil rights are violated through school policies that cater to radical transgender ideology,” he told LifeSiteNews in an email.

“Ultimately, this goes to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I hope that LGBTQueer gender ideology won’t win there, although it already has under the Bostock ruling,” added LaBarbera, also the founder of a new organization, Center for Morality.

“But on a deeper level, the danger of anti-scientific court decisions like this is that they ‘normalize’ sex and gender deviance among children,” he said. 

“If the highest levels of our legal system reinforce the idea that mere feelings triumph over DNA, biological reality and God’s natural created order, then it will only encourage countless more children to embrace transgender confusion as an identity — which is destructive not only to their developing bodies but their precious souls as well.”

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  americans for truth about homosexuality, anoka-hennepin school district, denise reilly, gender identity, mark dayton, minnesota appeals court, minnesota department of human rights, minnesota human rights act, peter labarbera, peter reyes, title ix, transgender locker rooms

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Numerous Catholic groups organize public rosary rallies to pray for healing, peace in America

Multiple groups are calling for public rosary processions to pray for the reunification of the United States around its founding principles before the November presidential election.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 6:36 pm EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics around the world celebrate October as the month of the Holy Rosary and, in the United States, frequently ask Our Lady of the Rosary’s intercession during contentious election seasons. This year, multiple groups are calling for public rosary processions to pray for the reunification of the United States around its founding principles before the November presidential election.

Many bishops are encouraging or even leading the events, including Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of Steubenville, and Bishop Ronald Gainer of Harrisburg.

For the leaders of Unite Our Nation, the vision of public rosary processions across the country praying for “peace, unity, and healing” began on the feast of the Assumption in Madison, Wisconsin, with a Eucharistic procession through downtown led by Bishop Donald Hying of Madison and Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee. 

Unite Our Nation is not political but “was formed to help bring peace and prayer to local communities, and healing to our nation. We are passionately patriotic, with a deeply-rooted love for America.” Unite Our Nation prayer processions are now being organized across the country. 

“We are all human and within that humanity we ask for Our Lady of Fatima’s intercession to her son for the protection of our families, our leaders and our nation,” says Maria Frausto Chavez, who is helping organize a Unite Our Nation procession In San Diego in conjunction with the annual America Needs Fatima national Public Square Rosary Rally. 

America Needs Fatima, a campaign of the American Society for Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP), regularly sees more than 21,000 groups sign on to host Public Square Rosary Rallies on the Saturday closest to October 13 - the feast of the last apparition of Fatima and the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, which is October 10 this year. The purpose of the rallies is to “is to win the heart and soul of America for Mary by spreading Our Lady's Fatima message and promoting devotion to Her Immaculate Heart.” So far this year, more than 19,000 groups have signed on. 

Rosary Coast to Coast was inspired by Poland’s 2017 Rosary to the Borders, during which tens of thousands of Poles prayed the rosary together at the borders of their country on October 7, the feast of the Holy Rosary and the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto. Other nations joined the event, including the United States. 

Rosary Coast to Coast encourages a 54-day Novena for Our Nation from August 15 to October 7, praying “for the protection and provision for the USA and the world,” especially to combat “the disregard for the rights of the unborn, elderly and weak in our society and the attacks on marriage and family values.” 

The novena concludes with the Rosary Coast to Coast on October 11, with hundreds of rosary rallies in unison across the country, at 4 p.m. Eastern time. The National Rosary Rally event, in Washington, D.C., will begin with a Eucharistic procession to the United States Capitol and praying the rosary for respect for life at all stages of development, the sanctity of marriage and families, upholding constitutionally protected religious freedom, and the return of our nation to God and holiness. Speakers at the rally include Bishop Joseph L. Coffey, auxiliary bishop to the Archdiocese for Military Services, and Sr. Deirdre Byrne. 

Cardinal Raymond Burke supports the movement. “I wholeheartedly endorse the Novena for Our Nation and the Rosary Rally. … I urge as many as are able to participate in these great spiritual works for the sake of our entire nation.”

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9,000 medical professionals criticize lockdowns, argue for ‘focused protection’ and return to normal life

Keeping kids out of school is a 'grave injustice.'
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 5:54 pm EST
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Massachusetts, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews More than 9,000 medical professionals concerned about the physical and mental health consequences of current COVID-19 policies have signed a declaration that recommends fighting the virus using aapproach called Focused Protection:” 

Called the Great Barrington Declarationthe signers argue: 

The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risof death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection. 

The declaration stresses that lockdown policies are producing “lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health.” The declaration goes on to say that it is “a grave injustice” to keep kids out of school, because for them, “COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.” 

For those who are vulnerable, many of the procedures already in place should be maintained, such as testing nursing home staff and visitors for the virus, having supplies delivered to the homebound, and having those at risk meet with family members outdoors. 

For those who are not vulnerable, life should go back to normal while maintaining basic hygiene, such as staying home when sick and frequent hand washing. 

According to The Federalist, the three co-authors of the declaration, “Drs. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University, Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University, and Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University...have each recently provided counsel to the White House in navigating the subsequent phases of the pandemic.” 

Over 87,000 members of the general public have signed the declaration as well. 

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Planned Parenthood president: Protecting abortion is the fight of this ‘generation’

Planned Parenthood has arguably killed one-third of Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 5:29 pm EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews.com) – It could easily be argued that one-third of Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z in the U.S. have been killed by abortion since the Supreme Court imposed abortion on demand across America in 1973. But Planned Parenthood’s president is worried that losing the so-called right to abortion is this generation’s fight.  

“Every generation has their fights and this is ours,” Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood president and CEO, told Fast Company, an American business print and online magazine in an interview this week 

Johnson is concerned Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court will tip the balance of the court towards a pro-life majority. After the Senate confirmed Justice Kavanaugh,” Johnson said, “state politicians worked quickly to introduce more than 300 abortion restrictions and passed 25 abortion bans in a single year, many of which are working their way through the court systems right now. 

Johnson suggested moving forward with a Supreme Court nomination and appointment is insensitive in light of the suffering Americans are enduring because of the coronavirus. “Senate Republican leadership is ramming through a confirmation process while continuing to ignore the harms wrought by the pandemic and our nation’s collective pain—it’s unacceptable, and the majority of Americans agree.” 

Yet, the pandemic did not seem to hurt Planned Parenthood’s bottom line. Abortion centers were deemed essential in many states while many family businesses were shut down – some permanently. Johnson admitted Planned Parenthood visits last spring were significant, “At the height of the pandemic, between April and June, Planned Parenthood health centers conducted nearly 800,000 visits—including telehealth visits—to get people what they need.” 

Pandemic concerns were not the only things discussed in the interview. Johnson was asked about Planned Parenthood’s undeniable racist orgins and the disproportionate amount of blacks affected by abortion. She chalked it up to systemic racism. 

“As an organization, we are over 100 years old. There’s no institution in this country that’s not implicated by growing up in a world of white supremacy and misogyny. So, we have to find a systemic solution to a systemic problem. 

Planned Parenthood aborts more than 300,000 children each year. 

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Associated Press urges reporters to stop calling riots ‘riots’

Journalists are urged to use the term 'unrest' instead
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 5:18 pm EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The Associated Press (AP) has issued a new set of guidelines discouraging journalists from referring to riots as “riots,” urging them to use the term “unrest” instead.

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“A riot is a wild or violent disturbance of the peace involving a group of people,” the new addition to the AP Stylebook says. “The term riot suggests uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium. Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s.”

Instead, the AP wants journalists to use the term “unrest” because it is a “vaguer, milder and less emotional term for a condition of angry discontent and protest verging on revolt.”

The new advice follows months of the mainstream media working to downplay violence that has accompanied Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests across the United States, from arson to looting to assault and more:

Slanting the news is nothing new for the standard-setting AP, which in 2017 approved a slate of terminology favorable to transgender activists, such as using “they/them/their” for “stories about people who identify as neither male nor female or ask not to be referred to as he/she/him/her,” changing “gender transition” to “gender confirmation,” and declaring that “gender refers to a person’s social identity, while sex refers to biological characteristics.”


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Trump: Biden y Dems apoyan la ‘ejecución’ de recién nacidos

'¡SALGA Y VOTE!' Trump tuiteó.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 5:13 pm EST
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7 de octubre de 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – La política de aborto de los demócratas es tan extrema que apoyan la "ejecución" de recién nacidos, escribió hoy el presidente Donald Trump en Twitter.

En un ayuntamiento de la NBC en Miami esta semana, un interrogador preguntó qué haría Joe Biden para proteger los llamados "derechos reproductivos" de las mujeres si la jueza Amy Coney Barrett es confirmada en la Corte Suprema. Biden respondió que si Coney Barrett fuera confirmada y revocara Roe v.Wade (la decisión de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos de 1973 que imponía el aborto a pedido en todo el país), “lo único responsable sería aprobar una legislación que convirtiera a Roe en la ley del país. Eso es lo que yo haría."

Trump siguió su tweet señalando el respaldo de Biden en 2017 al gobernador de Virginia, Ralph Northam.

“Biden y los demócratas acaban de aclarar el hecho de que están totalmente a favor del (extremo) ABORTO TARDÍO, hasta el momento del nacimiento y más allá, lo que sería la ejecución. Biden incluso apoyó al gobernador de Virginia, quien declaró esto claramente para que todos lo escucharan. SALGA Y VOTE !!!”

Los comentarios de Northam de enero de 2019 sobre el aborto tardío parecían implicar la posibilidad de infanticidio. Trump ha recordado periódicamente a los votantes la postura radical a favor del aborto que es característica de los políticos del Partido Demócrata. En un discurso de campaña de agosto de 2019, dijo que ``prácticamente todos los demócratas de alto nivel ahora también apoyan el aborto tardío, arrancando a los bebés directamente de la habitación de la madre, hasta el momento del Nacimiento.” Luego recordó los comentarios de Northam antes de decir que le había pedido al Congreso "prohibir los abortos extremos tardíos porque los republicanos creen que cada niño es un regalo sagrado de Dios."

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‘Evil’: Bp. Strickland opposes Biden’s pledge to maintain abortion on demand

Joe Biden said he would ‘pass legislation making Roe the law of the land.’
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 4:03 pm EST
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TYLER, Texas, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― Following Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s pledge to create a pro-abortion law, a Catholic bishop described abortion as “the murder of the child” in the mother’s womb, and “death by dismemberment.”

Yesterday, Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, took to Twitter to oppose the Democratic presidential candidate’s promise to make Roe v. Wade “the law of the land.” Roe v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court ruling essentially legalizing abortion across the country under the guise of a woman’s right to privacy.

“We must speak against the fallacy that abortion is about a woman’s health care,” Strickland commented, retweeting an article by the Catholic News Agency about Biden’s “abortion law pledge.”

“Interrupting the natural process of pregnancy is actually a threat to a woman’s health,” the bishop continued. “And to speak of the murder of the child in her womb, death by dismemberment is evil!” 

At an outdoor town hall meeting airing on NBC on Monday, Joe Biden was asked how he would “protect” so-called “reproductive health rights,” should pro-life Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a Catholic mother of seven, be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.

Biden, who was baptized and professes to be a practicing Catholic, said that the “responsible” thing to do would be to pass new pro-abortion legislation. 

“Number one, we don’t know exactly what [Amy Coney Barrett] will do, although the expectation is that she may very well move to overrule Roe, and what the only thing ― the only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land,” said Biden. “That’s what I would do.” 

Over 100 people reacted to Bishop Strickland’s tweet by press time. Some of the more coherent Twitter users took issue with his use of the word “murder”. Others objected to the idea that abortion can endanger a woman’s health. 

However, according to Britain’s pro-abortion National Health Service (NHS), “medical” abortion (i.e. with pills) carries risks ranging from “needing another procedure to remove parts of the pregnancy [sic] that have stayed in the womb” to “serious complications such as heavy bleeding, damage to the womb, or sepsis: this happens to about 1 out of 1,000 women.” Also according to the NHS, “surgical” abortion carries the same risks. 

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The NHS claims that abortion will not interfere with the ability to become pregnant again, but also admits that it can cause “womb infections” which could spread to the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Pelvic inflammatory disease can indeed increase a woman’s chances of being sterile, the government agency allowed.

The NHS does not mention the risk of maternal death from the procedure, which is also nevertheless a tragic reality.

According to the online “What to Expect” pregnancy manual, the health benefits of carrying a child to term can include less painful menstrual periods, protection from breast cancer and other cancers, protection from multiple sclerosis, protection from heart disease and “a boost in mood.” 

Bishop Strickland has been a consistent voice for life, winning headlines by speaking on behalf of the unborn. In April and August of this year, he condemned the use of vaccines developed with the cells of aborted unborn children. In January this year, he supported Bishop Rick Stika after the latter stated that he would excommunicate the radically pro-abortion Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who was baptized and raised as a Catholic, were Cuomo in his jurisdiction.

During the Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in November 2019, Strickland opposed San Diego bishop Roger McElroy’s declaration that abortion is not the “pre-eminent” social justice issue of our times.  

On February 23, 2018, Strickland wrote a statement on the right to life and published it on the Diocese of Tyler’s website. 

“The protection of human life, from the moment of conception to natural death, is an issue of primary importance in the United States, and the State of Texas,” he wrote. 

“Every adult Catholic should vigorously defend life, both in the public square and in the voting booth. All persons who are committed to the protection of life should unify around the teaching of the Catholic Church, beautifully taught by Saint John Paul II in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae,” he continued and quoted a passage:

Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law.

Strickland was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 to be the bishop of Tyler. 


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Why Facebook did not immediately block death wishes on Trump after he was stricken by COVID

Facebook’s Community Standards policy allows for more attacks against ‘public figures’ compared to ‘private’ individuals 
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 2:53 pm EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Trump supporters wondering why death wishes on the US president were not immediately blocked by Facebook after news broke last week that he had been stricken with COVID-19 can thank the tech giant’s Community Standards guidelines.

These are written in such a way that “protections” from defamatory posts for “public figures” are not as robust as those for “private individuals. This leaves open the possibility its users are freer to express possible hateful posts, and possibly wishes of death, upon a “public figure” compared to a “private” person, so long as the “public” person is not “directly tagged in the post or comment.”

“We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience,” reads section nine of Facebook’s Community Standards guidelines titled “Bullying and Harassment.” 

“For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment. For private individuals, our protection goes further: we remove content that's meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone's sexual activity.”

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Facebook’s section nine states that one must not “Target anyone maliciously by” willingly creating “Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by: Calling for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability.”

Section nine also states that one must not target “anyone” in the willing sending of messages “when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread” which could include “Targeted cursing, Calls for death, serious disease, disability, epidemic disease, or physical harm.” 

Because of the way Facebook's rules are worded, however, attacks directed at a public official, such as U.S. President Donald Trump, may only be considered an offense by Facebook if it deems them to be a direct attack whereby a public figures page is manually tagged in a post or comment. 

Section nine states that a “private individual, or public figure who is a minor” must not be targeted “with” any calls for “death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability.” 

However, when it comes to a public figure, such as a politician, the wording in section nine is less strict, stating one must not “purposefully” expose a “public figure” in a call for “death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability.” 

When it comes to the sharing of posts, section nine states that “Context and intent matter” and that they do “allow people to share and re-share posts if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment.”

Facebook’s guidelines also say that in “certain instances” it requires their users to self-report possible harassment or abuse, “because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed.”

Section nine states that a private adult, minor, or “involuntary minor public figures” must “self report” posts that they deem to be offensive but does not state a public official must do so. 

In section 12 of Facebook’s Community Standards guidelines titled “Hate Speech,” Facebook says that in some cases the sharing of other persons' “hate speech” could be allowed for “raising awareness.” 

“Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others. In some cases, words or terms that might otherwise violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way,” reads a portion of section 12. 

Despite Facebook’s muddled wording over hateful posts directed at public figures, Twitter announced last Friday that tweets wishing “death” on “anyone” would not be allowed on its platform but did say such a tweet would not mean an automatic suspension. 

“tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed. this does not automatically mean suspension,” said Twitter in an announcement last Friday.

Twitter made this announcement shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump made public late last week that both he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, tested positive for Covid-19. Trump has since recovered from the virus after a brief hospital stay. 

Facebook spokesperson Liz Bourgeois did announce that it would be removing “death threats” or content “targeted directly at the president that wishes him death,” from their platform, despite the vague wording in their Community Standards guidelines. 

"To be clear, Facebook is removing death threats or content targeted directly at the president that wishes him death, including comments on his posts or his page - in addition to content tagging him," wrote Bourgeois on Twitter Friday

Last week, Facebook announced it will ban ads on its website along with Instagram relating to the U.S. 2020 elections which claim that voter fraud is prevalent, or that suggest results would be invalid, despite the fact the social media giant has been pushing for online voter registration.


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Faithful Catholics as well as dissidents react to Pope Francis’ new ‘brotherhood’ encyclical ‘Fratelli tutti’

Reactions to Fratelli tutti are mixed, with enthusiasm from the Freemasons and opponents of the death penalty, sharp remarks from the pontiff’s usual critics, and more cautious assessments from others.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 2:20 pm EST
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ROME, Italy, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― As Catholics slowly come to grips with Pope Francis’ latest book-length encyclical, pundits have begun to publish their opinions. Reactions to Fratelli tutti are mixed, with enthusiasm from the Freemasons and opponents of the death penalty, sharp remarks from the pontiff’s usual critics, and more cautious assessments from others.   

Praise 

The Masonic Lodge of Spain praised the encyclical on Twitter, stating:  “#FratelliTutti is the latest encyclical of @Pontifex in which he embraces the Universal Brotherhood, the great principle of modern [freemasonry] ‘Recognizing the dignity of each human person, we can revive together a worldwide desire for brotherhood’ https://cutt.ly/Yf56vbE” 

Fr. James Martin, SJ, underscored in America magazine his belief that  “Francis has shown that Church doctrine can be changed.” 

“Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti,” does something that some Catholics believed could not be done: It ratifies a change in church teaching. In this case, on the death penalty,” he wrote

Martin said that the Church had previously permitted the death penalty, but the Pope Francis had presented a “theological thread” showing that has “always” been opposition to it. “It is a clear example of the development of doctrine over the centuries,” he stated.

Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., a more prominent abolitionist, was quoted by Fr. Martin in America magazine.

“I rejoice in Pope Francis’s ringing proclamation of the inviolable dignity of all human life, even the life of murderers, and I am heartened by the church’s unequivocal opposition to governments’ use of the death penalty in all instances,” she said. 

“In killing chambers, I’ve seen close-up the torture and suffering of human beings, rendered defenseless and killed by the state, their lives stripped of all dignity,” she continued. 

“I rejoice that now this clarity of church teaching will help end this unspeakable suffering and spark the Gospel of Jesus to be lived in its fullness: restoration of human life, not humiliation, torture and execution.”

Michael Sean Winters, writing for the dissident National Catholic Reporter, found Pope Francis’ structure “jarring” and stated that “it does not sound like the kind of magisterial text to which we are accustomed.” He chose for illustration a passage whose style he found “more homiletic than magisterial.” However, Winters praised Francis’ insights which “demonstrate the keen eye of a pastor who has been immersed in the work of helping the people of God navigate the complexities of their times.” 

The columnist was particularly pleased by the pontiff’s critique of market economics, writing, “Pope Francis' critique of market economics in this chapter really shuts the door on the attempt of neoconservatives like George Weigel and the late Michael Novak to open Catholic social teaching to a greater valuation of free market ideas.”  

Winters was similarly enthusiastic about Pope Francis’ call for “gratuitousness” in accepting migrants and for “respect for others”, saying that the first should challenge conservative Catholics who support President Trump and the second Catholic bishops “in their religious liberty campaigns” and “in their treatment of gay and lesbian employees”.

Criticism

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò stated on journalist Aldo Maria Valli’s blog that the “spiritual dimension was totally absent” from Fratelli tutti. He believes that a “cursory reading” would lead someone to believe it was written by “a Freemason, not by the Vicar of Christ.” The former papal nuncio alleged that Fratelli tutti was inspired by a “vague deism” and that it contained a “serious distortion”’ of the concept of fraternity, which “for Catholics is only possible in Christ if one has God as his Father through baptism.” 

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The archbishop accused Pope Francis of replacing the Catholic concept of “freedom of religion” with “religious liberty” and of “bartering” for “divine right” of the Catholic Church to preach the truth with his recognition of a right for the error of “false religions” to spread, even in Christian countries. 

On the subject of the encyclical’s agreement with the principles of freemasonry, Vigano was particularly scathing. 

“This encyclical is the ideological manifesto of Bergoglio,” he wrote, “his profession of masonic faith, and his candidacy for the presidency of the Universal Religion, handmaid of the New World Order. So much ...  subordination to mainstream thought may bring him the applause of the enemies of God, but it confirms the inexorable abandonment of the evangelizing mission of the Church.

John-Henry Westen, Editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews, pointed out how the Pope ignored the plight of the unborn in his new encyclical, stating that “pro-life Catholics are confronted with a political emphasis that ignores abortion.”

“In line with U.S. bishops who have eschewed the fight for the right to life of unborn children, Pope Francis has explicitly excluded abortion from the political concerns laid out in his latest encyclical.”

“In paragraph 188 of Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis says politicians’ “biggest concern should not be about a drop in the polls, but about finding effective solutions to the phenomenon of social and economic exclusion, with its baneful consequences: human trafficking, the marketing of human organs and tissues, the sexual exploitation of boys and girls, slave labour, including prostitution, the drug and weapons trade, terrorism and international organized crime,” he wrote.

“The fact that abortion is left out of this laundry list is scandalous. Especially since he follows up this list by saying, “Such is the magnitude of these situations, and their toll in innocent lives, that we must avoid every temptation to fall into a declarationist nominalism that would assuage our consciences,” he added. 

Professor Roberto de Mattei stated for RadioRomaLibera.org that the encyclical was political, “like all Pope Francis’ pontificate.” He also observed that Pope Francis values “fraternity” over Christ himself: 

“The absolute truth  [inTutti fratelli] is not Jesus Christ, in whose name and in whose baptism Christians are brothers,” De Mattei wrote. 

“Fraternity is a value superior to Christ himself because it has the ability, according to Pope Francis, to reconcile Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists themselves, who also have their faith and convictions.” 

De Mattei accused the pontiff of substituting the principles of the French Revolution (liberty, equality, and fraternity)  for the Catholic faith and of wanting to create a utopia. Francis’ “keywords” “fraternity” and “social friendship” constitute a new kind of Christian love that replaces the vertical love of God with the horizontal love of neighbor as its measure, the professor believes.   

De Mattei noted that Pope Francis did not talk about the evils of communism, or China’s role in the Covid-19 pandemic, or of sins beyond not welcoming migrants. Like Archbishop Viganò, the professor observed that there is no supernatural dimension to the document.

Steve Skojec, the editor-in-chief of the OnePeterFive online magazine, called Fratelli tutti a “party-sized portion of word salad” and voiced his surprise that Pope Francis had used “the masonic motto of the anti-Catholic French Revolution”― liberty, equality, and fraternity―in his encyclical. Skojec resisted the idea that Pope Francis has actually changed Church teaching on the death penalty, “his most favoritest ever heresy”, saying that the “teaching on the moral liceity of the death penalty — not just as a means of rendering an aggressor harmless, but as an act of retributive justice — is an infallible expression of the ordinary and universal magisterium. As such, it is impossible for there to be a universal ban on its use.”

Cautious assessment

Dr. Samuel Gregg wrote in online magazine Catholic World Report  that Francis’ representation of St. Francis is “wanting” and that his treatment of economic questions is “insufficient”. For example, Francis declares that people no longer trust in the market; Gregg pointed out that, in fact, they do. He believes that Pope Francis needs to talk to conservatives, not just the left, on how to help the poor. However, Gregg praised the document’s “emphasis on the destructive role played by moral relativism in contemporary societies (206)” and “the perennial importance of forgiveness in a world in which conflict is part of the human condition (236-249).”  

“Genuine insights which spring directly from the Gospels and often profound meditations on the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures go hand-in-hand with dubious historical claims, generalized assertions about highly prudential matters which are unsupported by evidence, and a fair amount of what I can only describe as utopianism,” he wrote. 

Robert Royal, a frequent guest on EWTN’s “The World Over” talk show, writes in The Catholic Thing that Fratelli tutti was “all but unreadable.”  

“Only those of us who love the Church and are loyal to the pope will get through it, from duty, not intellectual or spiritual interest,” he wrote. “And that’s a serious shortcoming for a text addressed not only to Catholics but all people of good will.” 

Royal said that if Francis were one of his students and had submitted Fratelli tutti as an essay, Royal would praise his passion and ambition but tell him that his “large assertions” need to be better explained. He would like to see acknowledgement of the fears of citizens in host countries of international institutions and “the international ethos they are spreading”, as well as an understanding of what “walls” are built for. The encyclical left Royal unconvinced that the death penalty is indeed “inadmissable” and, given the 60 million annual executions of unborn babies, he wonders why abortion only gets a short mention. 

Royal noted that Francis has limited himself by addressing “all people of good will” and continuing the interfaith Abu Dhabi document. “Thus, Francis can speak about but not fully draw on the only person that Christians believe can change hearts and breathe the fire of love into our efforts: Jesus Christ.” 


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Tonight: EWTN premieres film exposing gender ideology

‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing II — The Gender Agenda’ will be on EWTN at 10 pm ET tonight.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 2:16 pm EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A new film premiering tonight on EWTN takes viewers on a journey into the “who, what, when, how and why” of today’s dystopian era of gender confusion. Titled “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing II — The Gender Agenda,” it tells the stories of the “wolves in sheep’s clothing” who have shaped our world troubled by the agendas of homosexuality and gender ideology.

The film’s goal is to open viewers’ eyes to the people and events that have radically redefined and corrupted the nature of the human person, of marriages, families and cultures.

“A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing II” tells the hidden stories of the destructive Marxist progenitors of today’s “critical theory,” who lie behind the modern worldwide sexual revolution. Profiled are Simone de Beauvoir (who initiated Second Wave Feminism), Jean Paul Sartre (the father of existentialism), Alfred Kinsey (whose fake science changed the way the world looks at sex today), and Kate Millett (the co-founder of the National Organization of Women).

The film features a number of experts, including Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation, whose book When Harry Became Sally deals with the question of transgenderism.

“A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing II” breaks the silence on the true sources of today’s breakdown of faith and family. This is a film that will open your eyes to the real spiritual and scientific answers to today’s major societal problems. “It points directly to the proper path to what is good and beautiful for our souls, minds, bodies and lives and as a people will make us truly great again,” a press release emphasized.

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At 10 pm Eastern Time tonight, the film is set to premiere on EWTN. It can also be watched online.

At 8 pm Eastern Time, EWTN’s Fr. Mitch Pacwa hosts the film’s two producers, Richard and Stephen Payne, for an hour-long discussion.


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California asks residents to keep mask on ‘in between bites’ of food

The order appears to contradict the CDC's guidance to 'minimize the number of times you take your mask off.'
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 2:08 pm EST
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SACRAMENTO, California, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The office of California’s Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom raised eyebrows over the weekend with a statement urging people dining in restaurants to remove and replace their masks between individual bites of food.

“Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don't forget to keep your mask on in between bites,” reads the tweet, which accompanies a graphic bearing the contradictory advice to “minimize the number of times you take your mask off”:

The tweet was met with a deluge of mockery, including people noting that the advice would, aside from the inconvenience, dramatically increase how much the wearer touches the mask, which contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) own guidance to touch one’s mask as little as possible while wearing it (the California government’s own COVID-19 page also states: “do not touch the mask when wearing it”):

Beyond the logic of this specific guidance, the evidence on the effectiveness of general masking remains far from conclusive.

Last month, the CDC acknowledged that masks cannot be counted on to keep out the coronavirus when spending 15 minutes or longer within six feet of someone. A May 2020 study, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and published by the CDC’s peer-reviewed journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, “did not find evidence that surgical-type face masks are effective in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza transmission, either when worn by infected persons (source control) or by persons in the general community to reduce their susceptibility” (influenza particles are sized between 80 and 120 nanometers in diameter; COVID-19 particles are sized between 60 and 140).

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Further, much of the skepticism over masks is due to the CDC and other public health authorities sending out conflicting signals on the subject. 

In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, the CDC and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams counseled against masking, which the public later learned was because they wanted to conserve the supply for health workers. Controversial White House pandemic adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has similarly contradicted himself, from declaring “absolutely no reason whatsoever to wear a mask” in February to urging not only masks but face shields by July. 


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Cardinal grants Catholic state-funeral to Canadian politician with key role in legalizing abortion

Commented one pro-life leader: 'The whole thing is a scandal on the part of the bishops of Canada, and it’s a scandal on the part of Cardinal Collins'
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 1:43 pm EST
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TORONTO, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins granted a Catholic state funeral, amidst fanfare and accolades, to John Turner, who as Liberal justice minister oversaw the passage of the 1969 bill that legalized abortion in Canada and opened the floodgates to the slaughter of some 100,000 preborn children annually. 

Turner’s funeral took place on Tuesday at St. Michael’s Cathedral, where Collins, who attended the event, serves as Archbishop. Turner died at home September 19 at age 91.

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation live-streamed the event, which included four eulogies before the Mass, the first delivered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arguably Canada’s most pro-abortion prime minister.

“John shared a vision with my father, and that is what led him to completely transform the Criminal Code,” said Trudeau. This may have been an oblique reference to the infamous Omnibus Bill that Turner tabled as justice minister in 1969 under Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. 

Originally drafted by Trudeau in 1967 when he was justice minister, the bill passed on May 14, 1969. It kept abortion in the Criminal Code, but permitted it under certain circumstances, notably when two doctors agreed the pregnancy threatened the life or health of the mother. The bill also decriminalized homosexuality and contraception. The Supreme Court struck the law down as unconstitutional in 1988, and Parliament has since passed no legislation on abortion, which is currently allowed during all nine months of pregnancy in Canada. 

‘Whole thing is a scandal’

That Cardinal Collins allowed Turner’s state funeral to take place at the Cathedral is a “scandal” but not unexpected, said Jim Hughes, retired president of Campaign Life Coalition, Canada’s national pro-life political lobbying group.

“We could say we’re not surprised. Nothing surprises us in regard to this,” given the history of the bishops and the Liberal Party, he said.

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That history known to pro-life advocates has been documented in Paul Litt’s 2012 biography of Turner “Elusive Destiny: The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner.”

In 1969 Turner met with the executive of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to obtain advice on the Omnibus Bill, and he told the bishops that the law was the best his Liberal Party could do, Litt wrote.

According to Litt, then-CCCB president Bishop Alexander Carter responded, “Gentlemen, I think John has convinced us. Let’s have a drink.” 

Turner also consulted St. Michael’s University College theological faculty members, including Rev. Robert W. Crooker, who advised that while a Catholic should oppose the abortion bill, Turner also had responsibilities to his government, relates a review of Litt’s book by Interim editor Paul Tuns.

Turner received a similar opinion from an unnamed “Dominican theologian from Universities Laval” in Montreal, who also said that Catholic legislators must not impose their morals on others. 

But while Litt cast Turner as struggling with his conscience, Tuns suggested that the justice minister might well have “cherry-picked” theologians to get the answer he wanted.

What Turner believed, or thought, or was given to believe, “the bottom line is, there is right, and there is wrong,” pointed out Hughes.

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“And what John Turner did was wrong. Whether he was led to believe it was right or not, it was the wrong thing,” he added.

“And the fact that some people say you can separate your personal side from your public side is a total crock.”

Canadian Catholics are left with the legacy that some of their bishops and academics are implicated to an extent in the legalization of the killing of unborn children in Canada, which may have a bearing on the decisions bishops make today, Hughes pointed out.

And the laity will be further confused by Collins allowing Turner a “state funeral at St. Michael’s Cathedral, the bedrock of the faith in Toronto,” because they “trust the Church,” he said.

“The whole thing is a scandal on the part of the bishops of Canada,” he told LifeSiteNews.

 “And it’s a scandal on the part of Cardinal Collins.”

While his Catholic advisors and the acquiescence of the bishops likely played a role in Turner’s course of action, so did his political aspirations, suggested Gwen Landolt of REAL Women of Canada.

“It was a bad, bad era in the sixties, and the Church was as faulty as anyone for not standing up,”  she told LifeSiteNews.

At the same time, Turner was “a very, very ambitious man … I think his ambition overcame his conscience, to put it mildly.”

The state funeral could have been held at Turner’s parish, Landolt noted. 

It was “understandable” that Collins allowed it at the Cathedral, “but I don’t know whether it really should be acceptable.”

What Turner did as minister of justice “led to the death of thousands and millions of babies.”

Turner praised at funeral for work on 1969 pro-abortion bill

During the funeral service, Trudeau praised Turner for “getting young people to invest in our democracy” and devoting a “great deal of his time to protecting the environment.”

If Trudeau did not explicitly mention the Omnibus Bill, the second eulogist, Richard Alway, did so in such a way that it appeared he regarded it as an accomplishment.

“And it was to John Turner, with his pragmatic, conciliatory style, and capacity for fostering relationships, that Pierre Trudeau as prime minister turned to deal with premiers in the run-up to the Victoria Charter on the Constitution, to shepherd the Omnibus Justice Bill through Parliament, and to sell official bilingualism to the Western premiers,” said Alway.

“He was, by any measure, a serious Christian and Catholic, ecumenical in outlook, who considered the priesthood well into his 20s,” added Alway, former president of the University of St. Michael’s College, and current president of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

“His own effort to reconcile a strong religious faith with public service in a secular and pluralistic society was a constant theme throughout his political career and family.”

Msgr. Samuel Bianco, also a friend of Turner’s, celebrated the Mass, and in his homily compared the former Liberal politician to the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.

“John Turner heard the call of Jesus and his grace, and he knew he had freedom and gifts, and he put them together to try to do the best he could to build a better community for Canada and the future,” said Bianco, now retired.

“Jesus did the same thing.”

Bianco quoted the book of Hebrews: “If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts; harken to His voice.” 

Turner “heard that call of Jesus. Jesus himself heard it,” said Bianco.

“If you and I harken to the voice, the call of grace and of freedom, of worship and of service, we will build a community. We will build a better community. And we praise and thank God that John Turner used all his gifts to so do. May we do the same.”

The reception of Holy Communion was not televised; the cameras focused on the Cathedral’s interior, stained glass windows and exterior while two choir boys sang. Well-known Canadian tenor John McDermott also sang three hymns, accompanied by a guitarist during the two-hour event.

Born in the U.K., Turner served as Canada’s 17th  prime minister in 1984 for 11 weeks after winning the Liberal Party leadership when Trudeau retired as party leader. He is survived by his wife, Geills, their four children, and eight grandchildren. 

Due to coronavirus protocols, attendance at the funeral was limited to guests selected by the family. The approximately 160 masked and socially distant attendees included Toronto Mayor John Tory, writer Conrad Black, former Liberal minister Ralph Goodale, former governor general Daniel Johnston and other dignitaries.

State funerals are rare in Canada, according to the CBC, with only 31 held since Confederation in 1867, “including 12 for prime ministers, seven for governors general and eight for cabinet ministers.” 

To respectfully express your views, contact:

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LifeSite’s Anthony Murdoch contributed to this report.


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A UK clinic encouraged her to chop off her breasts and take testosterone. Now she’s suing

Keira Bell, who was encouraged to undergo “gender-reassignment,” will have her case heard on October 7 or 8.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 1:27 pm EST
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LONDON, England, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Keira Bell, a 23-year-old U.K. woman who was encouraged to undergo “gender-reassignment” at the Tavistock Clinic in London, England, will have her case heard on October 7 or 8.

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning show, she criticized the so-called treatment she received at the Tavistock Clinic.

“There was no exploration of the feelings that I had, no psychiatric assessment … there was no in-depth discussion,” she said. “It should have been explored into why I had those feelings and not just accepted for what they were.”

Bell began struggling with whether she was a boy or a girl when she was 14 years old. She began to explore the world of transsexualism on the internet, which led her to the Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock Clinic. They then “affirmed” her as a male. After a few sessions, she began taking puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.

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It was only after a double mastectomy at the age of 20 that she began to see that she had bought into the lie that she was “trapped in the wrong body” and that the people she spoke with at the Tavistock Clinic had helped her to believe that lie. Although she discontinued use of hormones almost two years ago, she retains a deep voice and facial hair.

Bell was pushing for a judicial review of the Memorandum on Conversion Therapy, which was instituted to prevent so-called “conversion therapy.” The document equates gender identity with sexual identity, and so prevents clinicians from affirming their patients’ biological sex.

She suspended this case when the National Health Service (NHS) announced an independent review of treatments offered at Tavistock. She remains a claimant in the upcoming case urging the courts “to establish that children cannot give their informed consent to radical experimental medical treatment.”

Daminee Budhi, the legal policy officer of the pro-transgenderism organization Mermaids, expressed fear that if Bell’s case succeeds, the precedent will have been set to make it more difficult for girls under 18 to access contraception and abortion.

“I see a very real risk that this case challenges the rights of all those under 18 who rely on Gillick competence in order to make their own informed decisions about their bodies,” he wrote at PinkNews, the LGBT advocacy news outlet. “That includes women under 18 who require access to the pill and even abortions without parental consent.”

For more information about the “Legal Case to Protect Children from Experimental Medical Treatment,” and the opportunity to make a financial pledge in its support, click HERE.

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Second county in North Carolina becomes ‘Safe County’ for unborn children

The Personhood Alliance is working on making the country safer for unborn babies, one city and county at a time.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 12:48 pm EST
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MOCKSVILLE, North Carolina, October 7, 2020 (Personhood Alliance) – On Monday, October 5, 2020, the Davie County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to become the second Safe County for pre-born children in the nation, as part of the Personhood Alliance’s Safe Cities and Counties initiative. Major growth in this initiative is expected, not only in North Carolina, but across the country, as pro-life Christians decide not to wait for judges and politicians to fix our moral crises.

After unanimously passing the Safe County Resolution, Davie County joins neighboring Yadkin County, NC, in moving into the next phase of the Personhood Alliance’s Safe Cities and Counties initiative (formerly known as Sanctuaries for Life). So far, this project has planted Safe Cities in eight towns in Mississippi, two counties in North Carolina, and several locations in seven additional states, which are currently pursuing Safe City resolutions.

Pastor Keith Pavalansky, president of Personhood NC, who is leading the Safe County efforts in North Carolina, recalls the long road to the Davie County resolution:

The Davie County track to become a Safe County was strange, like all of 2020. Personhood NC began a two-pronged approach in January, gathering pastors to explain the effort and directly engaging the county commissioners at the same time. We delivered a resolution to the board of commissioners the first week of February, but the COVID-19 panic shut down the monthly commissioners’ meeting in March, and our resolution languished until this past Monday night. In the end, the board voted to become the second county in U.S. history to become a Safe County! This is truly an historic time.

The Safe City resolution marks the end of Phase 1 of the Personhood Alliance’s three-phased Safe Cities and Counties initiative and the entrance into the educational and community-building work of Phase 2.

The three phases of the Safe City strategy

The Safe Cities and Counties initiative was designed to replicate the approach of early Christians in shifting the culture and shaping the law.

In Phase 1, churches, leaders, and community members come together to encourage the county board or city council to pass a bold, but legally benign, resolution to establish the moral and legal foundation for becoming a safe city or county. For example, the resolution just passed in Davie County firmly and boldly declares the personhood of all human beings and local leaders’ duty to protect them equally under the law.

The city or county acts upon the resolution in Phase 2, when church leaders, council members and commissioners, and community and ministry leaders work together to build networks and support systems to serve local needs. During this phase, the Personhood Alliance helps to educate the Church, community members, and local authorities on personhood principles and how to apply them to all sanctity of life issues that affect the community, including abortion, fostering and adoption, human trafficking, the exploitation of children, unethical biotechnologies, disability discrimination, the crises in nursing homes, and many other threats specific to that local jurisdiction.

At the heart of Phase 2 is the desire and necessity for the Church to reclaim charity from the government. It is a time for Christians to make individual commitments to serve the needs of their own communities and share Jesus with those who are lost and broken. Ultimately, the goal is to make abortion and other direct attacks on human life and dignity both illegal and unthinkable. Only the Gospel can change hearts and minds on a relational level.

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In Phase 3, the community takes peaceful, non-violent measures to exercise their constitutional authority and ignore the unjust ruling of Roe v. Wade and all its precedents. It is in Phase 3 that local authorities pass legally binding ordinances and interpose on behalf of the pre-born and all other victims of the culture of death.

The wisdom of the phased Safe City strategy

Pastor Pavlansky discusses the importance of the phased approach in protecting and preparing the community:

The wisdom of the Safe City strategy is that it eliminates early objections and legal concerns, as the first step is to simply pass a common sense, moral resolution. Passing a resolution will not incur any legal costs, unless the opponents suddenly think they can throw out the 1st Amendment. The opposition can scream all they want about the resolution — a powerful public statement — but they cannot sue … We now have a tool to pile up pro-life wins at relatively low costs. It just takes energy and the will to get it done in conservative areas.

Pastor Pavlasky notes there are sometimes objections from pro-life activists:

There are some criticisms to “only passing resolutions” from our own pro-life communities who want to immediately jump into legal jeopardy. I have noted to them that this is only our first step and that our resolutions carry as much legal weight as the Declaration of Independence did 244 years ago. Plus, the three-phased approach builds local awareness and understanding and prepares churches and civil leaders for the fight ahead.

The Personhood Alliance’s Safe Cities and Counties initiative is different than other sanctuary city models that pass legally binding ordinances to criminalize abortion as the first, and often only, step.

The efforts in Texas led by Sanctuaries for the Unborn and East Texas Right to Life, who recently announced the 15th city in Texas to become a “Sanctuary City for Unborn Children,” is an example. Similar sanctuary city efforts have occurred in Utah and New Mexico.

The Personhood Alliance’s phased strategy protects communities from legal challenges that burden and often stymie defiance-first or defiance-only approaches, like the ACLU’s lawsuit against the sanctuary cities in Texas. The three-step Safe Cities and Counties strategy does not defy federal or state law in the beginning, which can bring unnecessary and potentially damaging attention upon the community and its leaders before adequate support systems are in place.

The Safe City strategy also does not wait for Roe to be overturned, nor does it include exceptions, compromises, or other measures of delayed or inconsistent enforcement. Though the eventual outcome of a Safe City or County Resolution is equal protection through defiance of unjust laws, the path to get there focuses on the Church’s responsibility to end the legal killing of pre-born children and to defend against all other direct assaults on human life and dignity, at all stages.

Personhood Alliance president Les Riley explains:

The most effective pro-life ministry is local and relational. We’re seeing several sanctuary efforts being pursued by different groups now, but too often, they’re plagued with the same compromises and exceptions that have hurt the core mission of the pro-life movement for the last 50 years. These efforts intend to defy Roe — a goal we share. But at the same time, they wait for the unjust decision to be overturned.
We must engage in these local efforts to take back our towns and counties, and eventually our states, by applying consistent moral principles and rejecting judicial tyranny. And we must involve Christians in protecting children and families in their own backyards, while also making sure principled local leaders have a strong community support system for the battle ahead.
Major growth is expected

Pastor Pavlansky expects many more counties and towns in North Carolina and across the country to join the Safe Cities and Counties initiative:

The Personhood Alliance has all the support and data needed for any pastor or group to locally upend the injustice associated with Roe vs. Wade. The three-phased process is simple, and it results in extreme excitement and enthusiasm inside the churches and communities that participate. Both Yadkin and Davie counties have now begun creating a culture of life that will continue to spread across our state.

For more information on the Safe Cities and Counties initiative, which is led by Personhood Alliance state affiliate organizations, visit the Safe Cities page. To find a Personhood Alliance affiliate in your state or to start one, view the affiliate map.

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Priest’s viral video against Catholics voting Democrat viewed over 1 million times

The video, title 'You cannot be Catholic & a Democrat. Period,' caused an undying sensation online.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 11:32 am EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Fr. James Altman’s video, “You cannot be Catholic & a Democrat. Period,” has now been watched over one million times.

In his viral video, Fr. Altman warned Catholics who vote Democrat to “repent of your support of that party and its platform or face the fires of hell.” 

The video is a powerful rebuke to the Democratic Party, highlighting the hypocrisy of the Catholic hierarchy, clergy, and laity who support its “platform.”

LifeSiteNews reached out to the courageous priest for comment and received the following:

Thank you, and thanks to John-Henry Westen, for the privilege of appearing on LifeSiteNews.  By what miracle, only God knows.  All glory be to God.  The same goes for this video.

I remember recording it, but never thought it would bring much attention, at most, a mere fraction of those who had started to watch the regular daily meditations.

Certainly I did not expect the vileness of the response from the bullies and fascists on the left.  Not that I did not already know how vile they can be - they do, after all, promote the butchering of Holy Innocents in the womb and boldly sold butchered body parts for greater profit.  Yet they did surprise me with their vile attack on someone simply speaking a proposition contrary to their narrative.  They picked on the wrong guy this time because I will not be bullied by vile people outside the church nor - more importantly - vile people inside the church.

It is ironic that some of those bullies actually are inside the church and dare to say that I shall not say something they deem too political.  Yet they are among the most vocal in support of the Democrats and their Marxist agenda.  The last ten Vicars of Christ on earth have expressly condemned even moderate socialism.  There is no excuse for their contrary public position.  Jesus the Lord had words for the likes of those, such as "hypocrites" and "brood of vipers."

Thanks be to God and thanks to LifeSite and a few others for being "Rocks of Gibraltar" in having my back and supporting me publicly.  Along with Bishop Strickland and some others in the Laity, you affirm the other few out there who truly are faithful and hold fast to the Sacred Tradition.  You let them know they are not alone.  We are in this together, and our voices shall be heard.  We are entitled to demand Truth and call out those who speak lies, period.  We are entitled to demand orthodoxy from the clergy and call out those who are not, period.

Enough is enough. Let us all continue to vote with our feet and vote with our pocketbooks, and support only those who yearn to preach the unchanged and unchangeable Truth - to serve and not be served.

God bless you, LifeSiteNews, and all the few who are faithful.  Let us keep the Faith and run the race to the end.

Fr. James Altman

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Lawyers insist abortion for disabilities ‘absolutely incompatible’ with Polish constitution

Lawyers explained how 'the admissibility of depriving of life an unborn child who is highly likely to suffer from diseases is inconsistent' with Polish supreme law.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 11:21 am EST
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WARSAW, Poland, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ―Pro-lifers believe that Poland’s constitutional court is poised to find eugenic abortion incompatible with the Polish constitution.

On October 22 this year, the Constitutional Tribunal will consider whether or not the provision of the Polish abortion law allowing the destruction of unborn babies because they are disabled or ill is unconstitutional.

Krystian Kratiuk of Polonia Christiana, a Polish Catholic magazine, told LifeSiteNews today that the outcome is not yet certain but that there is a strong legal case for the judges to ban the practice.

“It is really hard to predict what they will do, but according to lawyers, the letter of the law is that eugenic abortion is absolutely incompatible with the Polish constitution,” Kratiuk said via email.

In an amicus brief sent to LifeSiteNews by Poland’s Ordo Iuris International Law Center, lawyers explained how “the admissibility of depriving of life an unborn child who is highly likely to suffer from diseases is inconsistent with Article 2, Article 30, Article 38 in conjunction with Article 31, paragraph 3 of the Polish Constitution and numerous acts of international law.”

Article 2 of the Polish Constitution states that the “Republic of Poland shall be a democratic state ruled by law and implementing the principles of social justice.” Article 30 states that the “inherent and inalienable dignity of the person shall constitute a source of freedoms and rights of persons and citizens. It shall be inviolable. The respect and protection thereof shall be the obligation of public authorities.”

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Article 38 maintains that the “Republic of Poland shall ensure the legal protection of the life of every human being.” Article 31, paragraph 3, holds that any “limitation upon the exercise of constitutional freedoms and rights may be imposed only by statute, and only when necessary in a democratic state for the protection of its security or public order, or to protect the natural environment, health or public morals, or the freedoms and rights of other persons. Such limitations shall not violate the essence of freedoms and rights.

LifeSiteNews is sponsoring a petition to the Polish Constitutional Tribunal to “affirm life” by protecting the constitutional rights of the unborn.

Journalist Grzegorz Górny told LifeSiteNews today via email that there is “a big chance, a very big chance” that the court will rule in favour of the rights of the disabled unborn. The reason is political: the vast majority of judges are appointees of the ruling, populist Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice, i.e. PiS) party.

“At this moment of the 15 members of the Constitutional Tribunal, as many as 14 members were nominated by PiS,” Górny stated.

A popular movement to ban the abortion of unborn children with illnesses and disabilities previously cumulated in a 2018 citizens’ bill or “project” called “Stop Abortion” that was signed by more than 830,00 Polish citizens and supported by the Catholic Church in Poland. Citizens’ projects can become law in Poland if passed by parliament and signed by the president. Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has stated his willingness to sign the project, which followed a failed attempt to ban all abortion in the country. Nevertheless, the passage of the bill into law has been stalled on more than one occasion.

There is more than one way to save babies, however. According to Karolina Pawłowska of Ordo Iuris, a group of members of the Polish Sejm (parliament) moved on November 19, 2019 that the Constitutional Tribunal should declare eugenic abortion unconstitutional.

“Formally it is not connected [to the citizens’ project] at all,” Pawłowska told LifeSiteNews today, “but the fact is that representatives of civil society have acted in a very systematic way to express that abortion is a violation of human rights.”

“Polish members of parliament have issued an application to our tribunal because they are aware that civil society is always raising this issue.”

Krystian Kratiuk suggested to LifeSiteNews that the delay in asking the Constitutional Tribunal to step in may have been tactical.

“The Tribunal is said to have waited so long for the judges to change to more conservatives ones,” he said.

But the journalist also suggested that the suddenly swift movement on the issue may have something to do with a bill very unpopular with some PiS members — one that seeks to broaden the rights of animals.

“The Law and Justice government is now voting on an extremely left-wing bill on banning fur animals, ritual slaughter, keeping a dog on a chain in the countryside, and on ‘animal rights’ in general,” Kratiuk said.

“There is a huge scandal because the vast majority of farmers voted for PiS,” he continued.

“They feel cheated, and many people from the village will lose their jobs. And therefore in order to [appease] the conservative audience somehow, the Law and Justice party may have therefore started the process in the tribunal.”

“It is difficult to think that it is an accident.”


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What Christians from from Communist countries say about the US today

In this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Rod Dreher outlines the similarities the United States shares with Nazi Germany and Bolshevik Russia, calling the US a “pre-totalitarian state.” Dreher also warns Christians, “there is persecution coming.”
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 9:42 am EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The year 2020 has brought an unprecedented attack on freedoms all across the world. 

In this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Rod Dreher outlines the similarities the United States shares with Nazi Germany and Bolshevik Russia, calling the US a “pre-totalitarian state.” Dreher also warns Christians, “there is persecution coming.”

Listen to the full episode to discover the similarities between the US today and Nazi Germany: 

A few years ago, Rod Dreher wrote The Benedict Option, a book outlining the need for Christians to withdraw from society in order to preserve their Christian beliefs and values. Now, Dreher has published a new book, Live not by Lies, outlining the urgent situation Christians face in society today. 

“There is persecution coming,” Dreher tells Van Maren, “Christians need to right now prepare for it.” 

Dreher warns the situation is becoming more urgent for Christians, already it is difficult to be a physician or lawyer as these professions demand a compromise of Christian morals. It will soon be that Christians can’t attend certain schools, hold certain jobs, or perhaps even shop at the grocery store. 

He tells people to “pay attention to what is happening in your church, your work place, your local schools, it is becoming distinctly more hostile to any kind of social conservatism and religious conservatism.”

We are already in a state of ‘soft totalitarianism’ in America. In fact, we have many of the conditions that led the Germans to accept Nazism and the Russians to accept Bolshevikism. 

A large factor that made Germans ripe to accept Nazism was loneliness, “mass loneliness and alienation” made them “sitting ducks for people who came in with sweeping new ideologies that could replace the thing that they thought they were missing” 

Loneliness has been on the rise in America and has been magnified by the prolonged coronavirus shutdowns. The shutdowns have showed our low trust in society and others, another magnifier of loneliness that makes people ripe to accept totalitarianism. 

Another factor present in Nazi Germany, Bolshevik Russia, and here in the United States is a mania for ideology over the truth. We see this especially on the left with the LGBT agenda, the denial of the life of a child in the womb, and many other ideologies that deny the truth. 

You “see people even being willing to falsify history for the sake of coming up with narratives to suit their ideological preferences,” Dreher tells Van Maren.

Dreher also warns against the surveillance state. Technology can surveil us in a way that is pretty much ‘invisible’ to Americans. We are currently voluntarily giving our information to Google and other companies for convenience and they’re using this data to manipulate our behaviors.  

The next step is the implementation of a social credit system like the one seen in communist China, or a coronavirus tracking system that quickly evolves into a social credit system. 

In addition, new school curriculum is being proposed that includes scandalous sex-ed, new Black Lives Matter propaganda, and pushes leftist ideologies. Curriculum changes in Virginia, are “ going to turn these schools into indoctrination factories,” Dreher warns.

Dreher and Van Maren also discuss how situations across America are happening that would make people who lived under communist rule cringe. 

A big problem is that we’ve lost the ability to discuss and debate different ideologies because we don’t speak the same language. The way ‘gender’ is defined by the left is completely different from the way it is defined by the right. The terms love, hate, violence, oppression, all mean different things depending on ones social views. 

This divergence of language is slowly forcing people to accept socially liberal ideology and makes it impossible for liberals and conservatives to understand each other. Without the ability to discuss and debate, society will continue to rapidly move away from socially conservative ideals. 

You don’t want to miss this packed episode of The Van Maren Show. 


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Actively gay ‘practicing Catholic’ nominated to California Supreme Court

Lobby group ‘Equality California’ called the appointment a ‘monumental step forward for the LGBTQ+’ movement.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 9:23 am EST
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SACRAMENTO, California, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday nominated the openly homosexual Martin Jenkins, a self-professed “practicing Catholic,” to California’s Supreme Court. 

A Democrat, Jenkins had previously served as the Judicial Appointments Secretary to the governor since 2019. The press release by the governor’s office explicitly pointed out that Jenkins would be the “first openly gay” man to serve on the state’s highest court.  

Jenkins was praised strongly by supporters of homosexuality and gender ideology, who welcomed the news as a key step in advancing their agenda. 

State Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblyman Todd Gloria of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus issued a statement of support, saying, “The LGBTQ community is dramatically under-represented in the judiciary, and particularly so at the appellate level … This appointment is a major step toward a judiciary that represents the entire community.” 

Their thoughts were echoed by Rick Zbur, executive director for the homosexual lobby group Equality California. He stated that “Governor Newsom’s appointment of California’s first openly gay supreme court justice is a monumental step forward for the LGBTQ+ community and for our entire state.” Jenkins “embodies the values of our great state,” he added. 

Jenkins said he views his new position as an opportunity to “shine a light on the possibilities for people who look like me or have the same orientation as I do.” 

An active homosexual, Jenkins maintains that he is a life-long “practicing Catholic.” A native of San Francisco, he attended the Jesuit-run Santa Clara university. In an interview with pro-LGBTQ magazine The Advocate, he said, “I’ve been a practicing Catholic all my life, and I truly believe in the God of love and that God loves me as I am now.” 

The state of California is widely recognized as one of the most liberal states in the U.S., particularly with regard to issues like homosexuality and transgenderism. It made history as the first state to legalize same-sex domestic partnerships in 1999, and has permitted same-sex couples to adopt children since 2003. Same-sex “marriage” was also legalized in 2008, until a public vote banned it five months later. The ban was overturned in June of 2013.  

The U.S. Supreme Court forced same-sex “marriage” on all 50 states in June 2015. 


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Pope Francis used misleading account of Saint Francis in ‘Fratelli Tutti’: experts

Pope Francis had portrayed Saint Francis of Assisi as a precursor to modern interreligious dialogue.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 8:28 am EST
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VATICAN CITY, October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The portrait of Saint Francis of Assisi as a precursor to modern interreligious dialogue painted by Pope Francis in his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti does not do justice to the original, experts say. 

In the preamble to Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis says about St. Francis’ mission to Sultan Malik-el-Kamil in Damietta, Egypt: 

Francis’ fidelity to his Lord was commensurate with his love for his brothers and sisters. Unconcerned for the hardships and dangers involved, Francis went to meet the Sultan with the same attitude that he instilled in his disciples: if they found themselves “among the Saracens and other nonbelievers”, without renouncing their own identity they were not to “engage in arguments or disputes, but to be subject to every human creature for God’s sake”. In the context of the times, this was an extraordinary recommendation. We are impressed that some eight hundred years ago Saint Francis urged that all forms of hostility or conflict be avoided and that a humble and fraternal “subjection” be shown to those who did not share his faith. 

However, this retelling of the story of St. Francis and the Sultan has been contradicted by journalists and scholars who argue that it jars with historical accounts.

Dr. Samuel Gregg, the Research Director of the Action Institute, pointed out in Catholic World Report that Saint Francis was not the “meek and mild” personage Francis seems to suggest.  

“When the Sultan asked Francis and his companion the purpose of his visit, the saint ‘got immediately to the point. He was the ambassador of the Lord Jesus Christ and had come for the salvation of the sultan’s soul. Francis expressed his willingness to explain and defend Christianity’,” Gregg related, quoting from scholar Augustine Thompson O.P.’s Francis of Assisi: A New Biography (2012).

“What followed was an exchange of statements by Francis and the Sultan’s religious advisors (who told the Sultan to execute Francis for “preaching against Muhammad and Islam”) in which the two parties outlined the respective truth claims of Christianity and Islam. Francis then engaged in a ‘long conversation’ with the Sultan in which he ‘continued to express his Christian faith in the Crucified Lord and his promise of salvation,’” Gregg continued.  

“At no point did the saint, Thompson stresses, speak ill of the Prophet Muhammad. But Francis wasn’t there for an exchange of diplomatic pleasantries. He wanted to convert the Sultan to Christianity through word and action.”

Gregg said he was raising these facts because, unlike the portrayal of the encounter found in Fratelli tutti, the “saint was concerned with addressing the question of religious truth.” Thus, the encyclical was “wanting” in its portrayal. 

Professor Roberto de Mattei was less forgiving of Pope Francis’ misrepresentation of Saint Francis. 

“Pope Francis presents [the visit to the Sultan] as a search for dialogue, when all the sources of the time say that St. Francis wanted to convert the Sultan and supported the crusaders who were fighting in the Holy Land,” he said in a recorded statement for RadioRomaLibera.org

“But the encounter between St. Francis and the Sultan failed, and Pope Bergoglio seems to want to demonstrate that he is more capable than St. Francis at carrying out the project, starting with the Abu Dhabi document.”  

The 2019 Abu Dhabi Declaration argued that God willed the “pluralism and diversity of religions” in the same way he willed a diversity of sex and skin color. The document was signed by Pope Francis and the Muslim Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb.

However, it is unlikely that Pope Francis himself was the first to present St. Francis as a precursor to modern interreligious dialogue. 

According to Church Militant, a revisionist account of the saint’s missionary efforts among the Muslims during the Fifth Crusade was published by the Franciscans themselves in 2019. St. Francis and the Sultan, 1219–2019: A Commemorative Booklet, produced by the Franciscan Friars Minor (O.F.M.), “downgrades the primary sources that record St. Francis’ meeting with the Sultan as ‘heavily hagiographical or stereotypically hostile towards Islam, frustrating our attempts to gather a clear picture of what might actually have happened in this momentous encounter,’” Church Militant reported.

The image of Francis as someone who entered interreligious dialogue with Islam and went home edified was promoted by the leader of the Friars Minor, Brother Michael A. Perry. 

Perhaps it was [Saint] Francis, not al-Kamil, that needed to be ‘converted’ after all,” wrote Alison Kenny of Canada’s Salt and Light Media shortly after the booklet’s publication. 

There are several medieval sources for stories about St. Francis, one written by his near-contemporary St. Bonaventure in 1260, 34 years after the saint’s death. According to St. Bonaventure’s Life of St. Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order longed to be martyred and had this in view during his various missions to convert Muslims to Christianity. 

According to St. Bonaventure’s story of St. Francis and the Sultan, the saint and his companion were beaten up by the Sultan’s soldiers before they were dragged before him. When the Sultan asked Francis who had sent him and why, the saint said God had sent him to preach the Gospel. 

The Sultan was impressed enough to ask Francis to stay with him, but Francis replied that he would stay only if the Sultan and his people converted “unto Christ.” He also suggested that he and the Sultan’s current religious advisors suffer a trial by fire together. This did not happen, for, as the Sultan pointed out, his chaplains were not willing to do this. 

Francis then offered to go it alone but the Sultan, apparently fearing a rebellion if he accepted Christ, tried to pacify Francis with “many costly gifts.” When Francis rejected them, the Sultan was even more impressed. Sadly, according to St. Bonaventure’s story, Francis was not impressed with the Sultan, seeing no “root of true piety” within him, gave up his mission and went home.


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Opinion

Citizens across USA hold 3,000 ‘Rosary Rallies’ to combat violent riots

Return to Order, the organization spearheading the initiative, was surprised at how quickly the rallies caught on.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 10:44 am EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Against the violent protests that threatened to destroy police stations across the country this summer, nearly 3,000 rosary rallies have been held at many of those same locations since August. A special project of Tradition, Family, and Property’s Return to Order campaign, these rosary rallies aim to support U.S. law enforcement with prayer. According to the Return to Order’s John Horvat II, “we are asking our friends and activist [sic] to hold Rosary Rallies of support in front of police stations everywhere.”

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Late last month, many of those rallies occurred in tandem at 12 noon all over the country. Horvat told LifeSiteNews that September 26 was chosen “because it’s closest to St. Michael’s feast day,” which falls on September 29. St. Michael is the patron of law enforcement.

Each Rosary Rally is spearheaded by a rally captain, who volunteers to lead the prayers of the rosary. Return to Order provides a free banner saying: “St. Michael, protect our police, so that they can protect us!”  

Horvat noted that Return to Order was surprised at how quickly the rallies caught on. Rallies have been held in locations across the United States, with numbers ranging from a dozen to fifty people. Some rallies attract priests and religious who speak and give their blessing. Others include just the prayers of the rosary or the Chaplet of St. Michael.

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The inspiration behind these rallies originated because “we saw they [the police] were getting down, they’re under a lot of stress, they’re under a lot of pressure ... and wherever we have held these rallies the police have always been extremely appreciative,” Horvat told LifeSiteNews.

LifeSiteNews was present at the Rosary Rally held at the Fredericksburg Police Station on September 26 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Eleven adults and two children prayed the Glorious Mysteries in front of the station.

Admiral Michael Kasey of the Rappahannock Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, the Rosary Rally captain for Fredericksburg, told LifeSiteNews, “I believe participating in a public Rosary is important to any member of the Knights of Columbus to show our Patriotism. It is important to any Catholic to help build our treasure in Heaven.”

Return to Order extended the rosary campaign with a goal of holding 10,000 Rosary Rallies around the country by October 31. For more information about the rallies, please call (844) 830-3570. To register to lead a rosary rally, please visit https://www.returntoorder.org/policerally.


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VP Pence during debate: ‘I’m pro-life. I don’t apologize for it.’ The LifeSite panel discussion.

Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 11:35 pm EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A group of LifeSiteNews writers and editors watched the Vice Presidential debate and had an internal panel discussion which I thought I’d share with you.

The best quotes of the night by far came near the conclusion of the debate when VP Mike Pence spoke on the right to life. “I couldn’t be more proud to serve as Vice President for a President who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life,” he said. 

“I’m pro-life. I don’t apologize for it. This is another one of those cases where there is such a dramatic contrast. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth... They want to increase funding to Planned Parenthood of America… We will continue to stand strong for the right to life.”

Here is a slightly edited exchange between LifeSite managers, editors and writers during the debate. If you watched the debate, you will be able to follow the fun… 

  • Here we go.  

  • The coronavirus is not under control!  Biased inaccurate assertion

  • 210K dead since corona? since that time how many aborted babies?? 

  • The common cold is not under control either.

  • Pence has class... Addressing the camera and the people … sincere man

  • "fighting for the dignity of all people" ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

  • he's coming across as a GREAT man, truly a statesman

  • Pence is sooooo classy!!!

  • love how they make an idol of science but deny humanity of the unborn and say gender isn't real

  • blaming the whole crash of the economy on Trump not the China virus!!!!

  • harris out of her league… this is t-ball for pence

  • Where are the questions about the intelligence community deciding to persecute the president?

  • wow - pence is crushing this

  • Kamala seems to be faltering to me

  • still pushing the russia lie?

  • hey she's using talking points from Fratelli Tutti

  • devastating here with Kayla

  • Surprised he didn't go for the Russia hoax. Maybe too complex for 2 minutes

  • come on Mike! … answer the abortion question!

  • "practicing Catholic" – she smirks as she says it

  • she couldn't help but laugh when she said he was a practicing Catholic!

  • she pivots to Obamacare, won't focus on abortion

  • She loves science so much and still hold that the baby is the woman's body. Absurd

  • ​tout Trumps' pro-life creds

  • They don't want to touch the abortion issue because they know the believers are already decided...

  • he should now go back and tout the President's pro-life creds

  • for sure

  • ​yeehaw

  • ​BOOOOM

  • wow

  • oh YEAH

  • hope pence reminds her she called biden racist… during the dem debate

  • pence has the wisdom, and political tact, trump lacks 

  • There’s a fly on Pence’s head

  • It's a democrat drone 😉

  • ​​Kamala should say “there’s a fly on your head”

  • ​it would lighten her image… she'd win if she said that

  • this is hilarious

  • ​let's pray that that fly leaves

  • ​see prayer works

  • She thinks she is on the Senate Judiciary Committee berating poor witnesses. But the witness is the American people. Her ego got the better of her.

  • He is MR SMOOTH… this is truly remarkable

  • ​jump up and down ladies and gents - he won this debate hands down, no contest

  • Pence 2024

  • HE DID IT, HE IS THE PICTURE OF POISE

  • ​PENCE <3 

  • I enjoyed this debate very much… Pence is my new hero


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Blogs

Why ‘conversion therapy bans’ are really about banning Christian preaching, teaching, pastoral support

‘I’ve suspected for some time that these so-called “conversion therapy bans” are simply a Trojan horse that can effectively be used to render preaching, teaching, pastoral support, and Christian counseling on any LGBT-related issue illegal’
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 4:56 pm EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Proponents of the so-called “conversion therapy bans” cropping up in many Western countries have a very simple and very compelling public rationalization for these laws. These laws, they claim, are necessary to prevent young people from being forced into dangerous and discredited therapies that attempt to alter who they are. The phrase “conversion therapy,” which has generally been used to refer to abusive practices such as electroshock therapy and conjures up ugly images almost immediately, has been used very intentionally. What humane person, after all, could oppose banning that? Even the United Nations has called on member nations to get on board.

Of course, these so-called “conversion therapy bans” are actually designed to do far more than ban practices that already attract universal condemnation. The bylaw recently passed in Calgary, for example, could jail parents and criminalize Christian speech, as even having pastoral conversations about unwanted same-sex attraction or genuine gender confusion could be covered. Based on definitions of “hate” and “cruelty” used by most LGBT activists, it is safe to assume that this is their intention. The “conversion therapy ban” currently being proposed by Trudeau’s Liberals could theoretically send parents to jail for opposing sex changes for their children. 

The same laws are cropping up in the United Kingdom—and members of post-Christian churches are coming forward as key advocates. Back in July, a letter signed by the Moderator of the Baptist Union Rev. David Mayne, the Bishop of Liverpool Rev. Paul Bayes, and other religious leaders called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to propose legislation that covered “the full range of religious practices” and stated explicitly that conversations between congregants and religious leaders on sinful sexual practices were putting lives at risk. Religious communities, they stated, needed to be forced into change: 

Whilst we recognise and applaud your overall aim to “end conversion therapy” we would caution you that this will not be possible until our religions have done more theological thinking on these matters – which we and others are committed to helping them do. 

In fact, the signatories actually stated that even conversations that were wanted and initiated by those struggling with unwanted attraction should be banned, and orthodox clergy prosecuted:

We urge you to make it clear that the UK will not tolerate those who practice conversion therapy in any form, whether consensual or not, and that those who practice it will be prosecuted.  This will have the impact of causing religious leaders to think twice, as they will be loath to risk having a criminal record that would stop them from following their vocation.

In short, the signatories of the letter echoed 2017 calls by the Church of England to ban “conversion therapy”—but took it even further by calling on legislation that would essentially outlaw calls for sexual chastity as Christians have understood it for 2,000 years. 

Now, former evangelical and current progressive quisling Steve Chalke has joined the attack on orthodox Christian communities, stating in a press release put out by the UK charity Oasis Trust that even traditionally Christian expressions of support for those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction and the offer of prayers was “psychologically abusive,” and stated that Christian teaching on sexuality that taught people “that their desires are ‘sinful’” is dangerous because it “only contributes to the already high levels of mental health issue reported among people from the LGBT+ community.”

I’ve suspected for some time that these so-called “conversion therapy bans” are simply a Trojan horse that can effectively be used to render preaching, teaching, pastoral support, and Christian counseling on any LGBT-related issue illegal. If a person who identifies as LGBT hears a sermon, or asks advice and is told not to act on desires, or even asks if he or she should seek to live chastely—any response that adheres to the orthodox Christian position on sexuality could result in prosecution. You’ll notice that advocates of these laws consistently and specifically cite suicide as a result of people being told their desire are sinful. This is intentional: It allows them to say that Christian speech is quite literally life-threatening. The fact that this is nonsense isn’t relevant.

I’ve often been told that my concerns are hyperbolic. But here, for your consideration, are advocates for conversion therapy bans openly advocating for the prosecution of Christians—and some leaders even suggesting that religious people must be forced into literally changing their theology by government crackdown and criminal records. That is what these people are saying. We know why they want these bans. They are telling us what they are for. They are not to protect LGBT people. They are to target us.

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 Marjorie Dannenfelser from the Susan B. Anthony List who tells Van Maren that this election is crucial for the pro-life movement. Dannenfelser warns listeners that if the Democrats win, it will have a generational impact, as the left will fight to take away the core principles of our nation's founding.

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Abp. Viganò sobre el nuevo documento Fratelli Tutti del Papa: la hermandad contra Dios es “blasfema”

El arzobispo Viganò critica las declaraciones 'equívocas' de Fratelli Tutti que 'carecen de claridad' y rechaza una vez más el concepto novedoso de libertad religiosa introducido por el Concilio Vaticano II y que el Papa Francisco una vez más respalda ahora.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 4:30 pm EST
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7 de octubre de 2020 (LifeSiteNews) - En comentarios a LifeSite (ver declaración completa a continuación), el arzobispo Carlo Maria Viganò critica enérgicamente las diferentes declaraciones de la nueva encíclica papal sobre la fraternidad humana, Fratelli Tutti, que parecen promover el indiferentismo religioso (la idea de que otras religiones agradan a Dios tanto como la fe Católica).

LifeSite se acercó al prelado italiano y le pidió que comentara algunas citas específicas del nuevo documento papal que parecen indicar una actitud de indiferentismo religioso y una falta de celo por convertir a otros al catolicismo. LifeSite presentó ayer estas citas en un informe inicial.

Al comentar algunas de las nuevas declaraciones papales, el prelado rechaza la afirmación del Papa Francisco de que "nosotros, los creyentes de las diferentes religiones, sabemos que nuestro testimonio de Dios beneficia a nuestras sociedades." Aquí, el Papa Francisco sugiere que una religión que no sigue a Jesucristo podría ser buena para la sociedad, excluyendo así las afirmaciones de Jesucristo como Rey de la sociedad, como el Papa Pío XI las había explicado en su encíclica Quas Primas de 1925. Tal hermandad, que por lo tanto se opone finalmente a Dios, ya que no reconoce la realeza de Cristo en la tierra, finalmente solo puede ser desagradable para Dios, según Viganò, sí, incluso "blasfema."

El prelado italiano presentó recientemente un análisis más amplio sobre cómo Cristo Rey no solo ha sido eliminado de la sociedad, sino también de la Iglesia Católica, a raíz del Concilio Vaticano II.

Además, el arzobispo Viganò critica las declaraciones "equívocas" de Fratelli Tutti (aquí hay un resumen de ese documento) que "carecen de claridad," y una vez más rechaza el nuevo concepto de libertad religiosa introducido por el Concilio Vaticano II y que el Papa Francisco una vez más ahora avala. Esta enseñanza sobre la libertad religiosa ha sido criticada recientemente tanto por el arzobispo Viganò como por el obispo Athanasius Schneider. No puede haber derecho a hacer lo que está mal, insistieron.

El prelado italiano lo deja claro: “Este concepto de libertad religiosa, que sustituye a la libertad de la única religión, la 'libertad de la religión Católica para ejercer su misión' y la 'libertad de los fieles para adherirse a la Iglesia Católica sin impedimentos del Estado' con licencia para adherirse a cualquier credo, independientemente de su credibilidad y credenda (lo que tenemos que creer) - es herético e irreconciliable con la doctrina inmutable de la Iglesia.” Continúa diciendo que el ser humano “no tiene derecho a equivocarse: la libertad de coerción explicada magistralmente por León XIII en la Encíclica Libertas praestantissimum no elimina la obligación moral de adherirse libremente solo al bien, ya que de la libertad de este acto depende su moralidad, es decir, la capacidad de uno para merecer una recompensa o un castigo."

Sobre la idea del Papa Francisco de que diferentes personas "beben de diferentes fuentes," mientras que los Católicos bebemos de la fuente de Jesucristo, el Arzobispo Viganò dice que "la única fuente de la que se puede beber es Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, a través de la Iglesia que Él ha establecido para la salvación de las almas." Rechazando este sentido de igualdad de las fuentes de las que bebe la gente, recuerda que otras fuentes en realidad no son buenas para la vida eterna del alma: “Aquellos que tratan de saciar su sed de otras fuentes no la sacian y es casi seguro que se envenenan a sí mismos."

Además, cuando se habla de la afirmación del Papa Francisco de que Dios ama a todos independientemente de su religión y que al final puede haber incluso "sorpresas," el arzobispo Viganò se indigna y señala que, por supuesto, el amor de Dios por nosotros es proporcional a cómo se corresponden nuestras vidas a sus mandamientos e instrucciones. Mientras Dios nos creó a todos y desea nuestra salvación, nuestras propias obras y nuestra fe serán finalmente decisivas: “En el orden sobrenatural,” escribe el prelado, “el amor de Dios por una persona es proporcional a su estado de Gracia, es decir que en la medida en que esta alma corresponda al don de Dios por la fe y las obras, mereciendo la recompensa eterna.”

Por eso, ante declaraciones papales tan ambiguas y engañosas, el arzobispo comenta: “Entre los que tendrán 'varias sorpresas,' en realidad habrá quienes crean que pueden adulterar la Fe y el Orden Moral con los desvaríos de los modernistas y la adhesión a las ideologías perversas del siglo, y se verá que lo que la Iglesia siempre ha predicado, y que la anti-iglesia niega obstinadamente, corresponde exactamente a lo que Nuestro Señor enseñó a los Apóstoles.”

Nosotros, como Católicos, debemos defender la singularidad de la fe, para incluir los dones sanadores y llenos de gracia de los Siete Sacramentos como medio de salvación. No debemos diluirlo ignorando el reinado social de Cristo, su reclamo sobre nuestra vida temporal aquí en la tierra, y planteando una hermandad que no se basa en la fe en Jesucristo.

Las siguientes son las respuestas del arzobispo Viganò a cada una de las citas encíclicas que le presentó LifeSite:

274. De nuestra experiencia de fe y de la sabiduría acumulada durante siglos, pero también de las lecciones aprendidas de nuestras muchas debilidades y fracasos, nosotros, los creyentes de las diferentes religiones, sabemos que nuestro testimonio de Dios beneficia a nuestras sociedades.

La proposición “nosotros, los creyentes de las diferentes religiones, sabemos que nuestro testimonio de Dios beneficia a nuestras sociedades” es deliberadamente equívoca: “hacer presente a Dios” no significa nada en sentido estricto (Dios está presente en sí mismo). En un sentido amplio, si se pretende “hacer presente a Dios mediante la presencia de una o más religiones” en contraposición a la “desviación de los valores religiosos” a que se refiere el punto 275, como parece sugerir el texto, la proposición es errónea y herética, porque pone al mismo nivel la Revelación divina del Dios vivo y verdadero con las “prostituciones,” como la Sagrada Escritura llama a las falsas religiones. Argumentar que la presencia de falsas religiones “beneficia a nuestras sociedades” es igualmente herético, porque no solo ofende a la Majestad de Dios, sino que también legitima la acción de los disidentes, atribuyendo mérito más que responsabilidad por la condenación de almas y por las guerras de religión librada contra la Iglesia de Cristo por herejes, musulmanes e idólatras. Este pasaje también es ofensivo porque implica clandestinamente que este "bien para nuestras sociedades" ha sido adquirido genéricamente "también aprendiendo de muchas de nuestras debilidades y fracasos,” mientras que en realidad las "debilidades y fracasos" son atribuibles a sectas y sólo indirectamente y “per accidens” a los hombres de Iglesia.

Finalmente, quisiera señalar que el indiferentismo religioso, promovido implícitamente en el texto Fratelli Tutti, que define como "un bien para nuestras sociedades" la presencia de cualquier religión - en lugar de "la libertad y exaltación de la Santa Madre Iglesia" - niega de hecho los derechos soberanos de Jesucristo, Rey y Señor de los individuos, de las sociedades y de las naciones.

Pío XI, en su inmortal encíclica Quas Primas, proclama: “¡Qué maravilla, entonces, que aquel a quien San Juan llama el 'príncipe de los reyes de la tierra' aparezca en la visión del futuro del Apóstol como aquel que 'tiene en su prenda y en su muslo escrito 'Rey de reyes y Señor de señores!'. Es Cristo a quien el Padre 'ha designado heredero de todas las cosas'; 'porque es necesario que él reine hasta que en el fin del mundo haya puesto a todos sus enemigos debajo de los pies de Dios y del Padre.' ”Y puesto que los enemigos de Dios no pueden ser nuestros amigos, la hermandad de los pueblos contra Dios no sólo es ontológicamente imposible, sino teológicamente blasfemo.

277. La Iglesia valora la forma en que Dios obra en otras religiones y “nada rechaza lo verdadero y santo en estas religiones. Ella tiene un gran respeto por su forma de vida y conducta, sus preceptos y doctrinas que ... a menudo reflejan un rayo de esa verdad que ilumina a todos los hombres y mujeres.” (Decl. Nostra aetate, 2)

La referencia al documento conciliar Nostra aetate es la confirmación del vínculo ideológico del pensamiento herético bergogliano con las premisas establecidas anteriormente por el Vaticano II. En las religiones falsas no hay nada verdadero y santo "ex se," ya que cualquier elemento de la verdad que puedan preservar es en cualquier caso usurpado y utilizado para ocultar el error y hacerlo más dañino. No se puede respetar a las religiones falsas, cuyos preceptos y doctrinas deben ser excluidos y rechazados en su totalidad. Entonces, si entre estos elementos de verdad y santidad Bergoglio quiere incluir por ejemplo el concepto de un solo Dios que debe acercar a los Católicos a quienes profesan una religión monoteísta, conviene aclarar que existe una diferencia sustancial e ineludible entre el verdadero Dios Uno y Triuno y el dios misericordioso del Islam.

277. Otros beben de otras fuentes. Para nosotros, la fuente de la dignidad humana y la fraternidad está en el Evangelio de Jesucristo.

La única fuente de la que se puede beber es Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, a través de la única Iglesia que Él ha establecido para la salvación de las almas. Aquellos que tratan de saciar su sed de otras fuentes no sacian su sed y es casi seguro que se envenenan. También es discutible que el concepto heterodoxo de dignidad y hermandad humana del que habla Fratelli Tutti pueda encontrarse en el Evangelio, lo que contradice claramente esta visión horizontal, indistinguible e indiferentista teorizada por Bergoglio. Finalmente, la especificación “para nosotros” es engañosa, porque relativiza la objetividad del mensaje evangélico a una forma personal de ver o experimentar las cosas y, en consecuencia, lo priva de su autoridad, que surge del origen divino y sobrenatural de la Sagrada Escritura.

279. […] Un derecho humano fundamental no debe olvidarse en el camino hacia la fraternidad y la paz. Es la libertad religiosa para los creyentes de todas las religiones.

La libertad religiosa para los creyentes de todas las religiones no es un derecho humano, sino un abuso desprovisto de fundamento teológico e, incluso antes de eso, no es ni filosófico ni lógico. Este concepto de libertad religiosa - que reemplaza la libertad de una sola religión, la "libertad de la religión Católica para ejercer su misión" y la "libertad de los fieles para adherirse a la Iglesia Católica sin impedimento del Estado" con la licencia para Adherirse a cualquier credo, independientemente de su credibilidad y credenda (lo que tenemos que creer) - es herético e irreconciliable con la doctrina inmutable de la Iglesia. El ser humano no tiene derecho al error: la libertad de coerción explicada magistralmente por León XIII en la Encíclica Libertas praestantissimum no elimina la obligación moral de adherirse libremente solo al bien, ya que de la libertad de este acto depende su moralidad, es decir, la capacidad de uno para merecer una recompensa o un castigo. El Estado puede tolerar el error en determinadas situaciones, pero nunca puede legítimamente situar el error al mismo nivel que la verdad, ni considerar a todas las religiones equivalentes o irrelevantes: el Magisterio condena el indiferentismo religioso, al igual que el relativismo religioso. La Iglesia tiene la misión de convertir las almas a la verdadera Fe, arrebatándolas de las tinieblas del error y del vicio. Teorizar un supuesto derecho al error y su difusión es también una ofensa a Dios y una traición a la autoridad vicaria de los Sagrados Pastores, que deben ejercer para el propósito para el cual fue establecido, y no para difundir el error y desacreditar a la Iglesia de Cristo. Es increíble que el Vicario de Cristo (se me olvidó: ¡Bergoglio ha renunciado a este título!) Pueda reconocer algún derecho a las religiones falsas, ya que la Iglesia es la Esposa del Cordero, y sería blasfemo pensar que Nuestro Señor podría tener más novias.

281. […] “Dios no ve con sus ojos, Dios ve con su corazón. Y el amor de Dios es el mismo para todos, independientemente de la religión. Incluso si son ateos, su amor es el mismo. Cuando llegue el último día y haya suficiente luz para ver las cosas como realmente son, nos vamos a encontrar bastante sorprendidos.” (De la película Papa Francisco: Un hombre de su palabra, de Wim Wenders (2018))

El uso de expresiones llamativas que carecen de claridad de significado es una de las formas que utilizan los innovadores para insinuar errores sin formularlos con claridad. La proposición "Dios no mira con los ojos, Dios mira con el corazón" puede ser, en el mejor de los casos, una expresión conmovedora, pero desprovista de valor doctrinal. Al contrario, nos lleva a creer que en Dios el conocimiento y el amor están disociados, que el amor de Dios es ciego y que, en consecuencia, la orientación de nuestras propias acciones no tiene valor a sus ojos.

La proposición "El amor de Dios es el mismo para todas las personas, de cualquier religión" es gravemente equívoca y engañosa, más insidiosa que una herejía descarada. Nos lleva a creer que la respuesta libre del hombre y la adhesión al amor de Dios es irrelevante para su destino eterno.

En el orden natural, Dios crea a cada persona con un acto de amor gratuito: el amor de Dios se extiende a todas sus criaturas. Pero toda persona humana es creada con miras a la adopción filial y la gloria eterna. Dios concede a cada uno las gracias sobrenaturales necesarias para que cada uno pueda conocerlo, amarlo, servirlo, obedecer su ley inscrita en el corazón y así llegar a abrazar la fe.

En el orden sobrenatural, el amor de Dios por una persona es proporcional a su estado de Gracia, es decir, en la medida en que esta alma corresponde al Don de Dios por la Fe y las obras, mereciendo la recompensa eterna. En los planes de la Providencia, el amor al pecador -incluidos el hereje, el pagano y el ateo- puede consistir en otorgar mayores gracias que toquen su corazón y lo conduzcan al arrepentimiento y la adhesión a la verdadera Fe.

 “Cuando llegue el último día y haya suficiente luz en la tierra para poder ver las cosas como son, tendremos varias sorpresas:” esta proposición sugiere que lo que la Iglesia enseña puede de alguna manera ser refutado en el día del Juicio Final. Entre los que tendrán “varias sorpresas,” habrá quienes crean que pueden adulterar la Fe y el Orden Moral con los desvaríos de los modernistas y la adhesión a las ideologías perversas del siglo, y se verá que lo que la Iglesia siempre ha predicado, y lo que la anti-iglesia niega obstinadamente, corresponde exactamente a lo que Nuestro Señor enseñó a los Apóstoles.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Arzobispo


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Pope Francis’ encyclical is a shot at President Trump right before the election

In reading Fratelli Tutti, one finds a steady drumbeat of socialist talking points which seem more like catchphrases from the Democrat playbook than statements worthy of the Vicar of Christ.
Wed Oct 7, 2020 - 12:09 pm EST
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October 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Even before Donald Trump became President, Pope Francis showed his willingness to engage in political interference in the US electoral process by commenting during the Presidential primaries that Trump was “not a Christian” because he was for building the border wall. Unbelievably, during that same in-flight press conference in 2016, the Pope was asked to comment on same-sex legislation going on in Italy, to which he replied, “The Pope doesn’t get mixed up in Italian politics the pope is for everybody and he can’t insert himself in the specific internal politics of a country. 

This of course makes no sense. Good Catholics can come to different conclusions on immigration and the need to have adequate border security – including a wall – very much like the huge wall that surrounds the Pope’s own nation-state Vatican City. Good Catholics cannot however accept homosexual civil unions – as Church teaching has clearly stated, in reference to homosexual acts, “under no circumstances can they be approved.” 

So, the Pope could very well, and should, come down on the murderous policies of the Democrat Party that stand proudly behind the murder of one million innocent American children each year via abortion, but has no business in taking on issues where Catholics are free to differ and sovereign states are free to decide within the realm of natural law. 

The antagonism toward Trump from the Pope has continued ever since. The Pope has compared Trump to Herod, the border wall to the Berlin wall, and even publicly questioned Trump’s pro-life values. 

The release of the Pope’s latest encyclical timed perfectly to affect the US Presidential election, is no exception 

Read with a political lens, it is painfully obvious that the Pope is pushing for Trump’s defeat, even going so far as to downplay the importance of abortion to Catholics in a manner threatening the Catholic faith itself. 

I found it very interesting that the main paragraph that could be read as bashing President Trump, not by name --  but there is no way to miss the reference --  is the paragraph with the same number as Trump’s presidency. Trump is the 45th President of the USA and Fratelli Tutti paragraph 45 read this way: 

Things that until a few years ago could not be said by anyone without risking the loss of universal respect can now be said with impunity, and in the crudest of terms, even by some political figures. Nor should we forget that there are huge economic interests operating in the digital world, capable of exercising forms of control as subtle as they are invasive, creating mechanisms for the manipulation of consciences and of the democratic process. The way many platforms work often ends up favouring encounter between persons who think alike, shielding them from debate. These closed circuits facilitate the spread of fake news and false information, fomenting prejudice and hate. 

 

And reading the encyclical one finds a steady drumbeat of socialist talking points coming from the Pope which seem more like catchphrases from the Democrat playbook than statements worthy of the Vicar of Christ.   

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There are many other anti-Trump statements in the encyclical which is why all the leftists are gleefully using clips all over twitter in a vain attempt to cajole pro-life Catholics into voting for pro-abortion socialist Joe Biden. 

Francis hits out at “myopic, extremist, resentful and aggressive nationalism” which he sees in some countries where “a concept of popular and national unity influenced by various ideologies is creating new forms of selfishness and a loss of the social sense under the guise of defending national interests.” He criticizes “populist political regimes, as well as certain liberal economic approaches, maintain that an influx of migrants is to be prevented at all costs. 

But any truly pro-life Catholic who reads the nearly 200-page encyclical will be convinced of the need to pray for the conversion of the Pope, rather than convinced to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris – the most pro-abortion US ticket in American history.

Pro-life didn’t even make the cut in the paragraph where the Pope laid out what he says should be the “biggest concerns” for politicians! “Human trafficking, the marketing of human organs and tissues, the sexual exploitation of boys and girls, slave labour, including prostitution, the drug and weapons trade, terrorism and international organized crime,” were on that list.  

When the Pope talks about “the principal threats to peace and security” abortion doesn’t make the cut either. The list there is “terrorism, asymmetrical conflicts, cybersecurity, environmental problems, poverty.” 

Anyone who has worked for the right to life of the unborn would think first and foremost of abortion when Pope Francis speaks of “extreme situations that may come to be seen as solutions in especially dramatic circumstances, without realizing that they are false answers that do not resolve the problems they are meant to solve and ultimately do no more than introduce new elements of destruction in the fabric of national and global society.” But no. Pope Francis says they are… “war and the death penalty.” 

I kid you not. Please do your own research and look it up.


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What Christians from Communist countries say about the US today

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In this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Rod Dreher outlines the similarities the United States shares with Nazi Germany and Bolshevik Russia, calling the US a “pre-totalitarian state.” Dreher also warns Christians, “there is persecution coming.”

 

A few years ago, Rod Dreher wrote The Benedict Option, a book outlining the need for Christians to withdraw from society in order to preserve their Christian beliefs and values. Now, Dreher has published a new book, Live not by Lies, outlining the urgent situation Christians face in society today.