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WATCH: Young man tears down large Christian cross outside UK church in broad daylight

A video that has gone viral shows the man brazenly tearing down the cross as traffic passes by.
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 6:34 pm EST
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LONDON, October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A video of a young man caught brazenly tearing down a large cross in front of a London church in broad daylight has gone viral, adding to the evidence that Christianity and Church property are increasingly under assault around the globe. The Oct. 18 video has already garnered over 3 million views on Twitter alone.   

The video shows the man standing on the roof above the entrance of Chadwell Heath Baptist Church, struggling to dislodge the large cross as cars speed past on the busy urban street. 

After the video was posted on Twitter, the local police department was quick to explain:  “We are aware of a video circulating on social media of a male causing damage to a religious premises on high Road, Chadwell Heath.  A male has been arrested and the matter is being investigated.”  

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The 19-year-old man was charged with “religiously aggravated criminal damage.” 

The church’s minister, Rev. James Thomas, ascertained that the young man was “not at all mentally very well.”  

“We are a Christian country and our culture is under assault,” tweeted Nigel Farage, a former member of the European Parliament who led the UK Brexit movement.  

“Our archbishops are complaining about Brexit yet say nothing about the desecration of a London church,” added Farage 

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The young man’s action echoes other recent destructive acts against Christian churches and symbols of faith around the world, including the eerily similar recent toppling of a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe outside the entrance of a Catholic church in the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York.  

 


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New Yorker journalist who smeared Kavanaugh suspended for exposing himself during company Zoom call

‘I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,’ Jeffrey Toobin, also a legal analyst for CNN, said in an apology.
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 6:19 pm EST
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NEW YORK, October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Jeffrey Toobin, a prominent journalist for The New Yorker and CNN’s chief legal analyst, has been suspended from the magazine after exposing and indecently touching himself on a video call. 

According to ViceToobin had been on a Zoom video call with other key members of The New Yorker performing a simulation of the election when he inadvertently exposed himself masturbating to his colleagues.  

Two people who were on the call with Toobin described what happened to ViceAfter a break in the video conference, during which he appeared to be on a different call, “Toobin lowered the camera,” which resulted in exposing himself to all his colleagues on the call.  

He later left the call and redialed back in shortly after. In a statement, Toobin said, “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera  I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.” 

He continued, “I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.” 

Toobin had previously trashed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his nomination process after unsubstantiated allegations of sexual abuse were made against Kavanaugh. In response to doubt being cast upon Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, Toobin said, “This is sickening to watch. I’m sorry. I just find this excruciating.” 

He also claimed that the allegations of sexual abuse were legitimate, saying, “The idea that it’s all made up seems sort of preposterous at this point.” 

A decade ago, Toobin was accused of offering a woman with whom he’d had an extramarital affair money to abort their child.  

As a result of his recent indecent exposure, Toobin has been suspended from The New Yorker and been granted time off from CNN while he “deals with a personal issue.” 

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  2020 presidential election, brett kavanaugh, christine blasey ford, cnn, jeffrey toobin, legal analyst, masturbation, the new yorker, u.s. supreme court

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WATCH: Benham bros share inside story of HGTV show cancellation, urge Christians to keep fighting

Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 3:57 pm EST
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NORTH CAROLINA, October 20 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSiteNews reported on the Benham brothers in 2014 when they burst into the national spotlight. It was then that their real estate reality show on HGTVFlip It Forward, was abruptly cancelledThe reason? The brothers’ pro-life, pro-family activism.  

But they didn’t let that stop them. The Benham brothers recently sat down for an interview with LifeSiteNews to share their story and discuss the current cultural and spiritual battle facing our nation in 2020.  

It’s clear that God used their situation in 2014 to grow their influence and encourage other Christians to not back down in the face of adversity. As real estate owners and entrepreneurs, David and Jason Benham have continued to use their personal and professional platforms to influence the culture and encourage Christians and pro-lifers to stand up – no matter the cost.  

This message could not be more relevant for Christians and life and family activists in 2020. At a time when church doors have been shuttered and Church leaders have caved to the requests of government officials, now more than ever Christians need to rise up in the face of adversity. 

When Flip It Forward was canceled in 2014, the media played a significant role in shaping the narrative. Mainstream media interviewed David and Jason until they were unable to paint the brothers in a negative light. But LifeSiteNews reported on their story as it unfolded, and our readers even signed a petition in support of them.  

In our interview with David and Jason, they discuss how LifeSiteNews’s reporting and support from readers like you gave them strength and hope to keep pressing on.  

As the cultural and spiritual battle haramped up in 2020, the media have continued to be at the forefront. LifeSiteNews has not ceased to report on issues related to life, faith, family, and freedom. In fact, we have received numerous messages from our readers sharing that LifeSiteNews has become an unwavering source of truth and hope for them throughout 2020 – just like our platform was a source of support and hope for the Benham Brothers in 2014.  

When asked what message the Benham brothers have for our readers during the challenges of 2020, David responded, We don’t fight for victory, we fight from it. It’s no mistake, it’s no accident that God put us here. All of your readers, your viewers together in this moment for such a time as this...all we have to do is shine a light in the darkness. And then when truth is being trampled in the street you shine a light on that too.  

It’s clear that there is a spiritual battle raging on around us, and truth is certainly being trampled in the streets. As censorship of conservatives, and conservative news organizations in particular, ramps up as we approach the election, we are confident that God is still greater. LifeSiteNews has been shining a light in the darkness for over 20 years, waking people up to the reality of the grave state our culture is in – and informing and equipping readers to stand up for what is right, no matter the cost.  

LifeSiteNews has an army of sustainers who make our reporting a reality  standing side-by-side with our editorial team on the Frontlines of the battlefield. It takes a sustained effort; it must be done all year long – 24 hours a day365 days a year. Readers who support our mission on a monthly basis understand that.  

ILifeSiteNews has helped you during this year of isolation, confusion, and misinformation, we encourage you to consider stepping onto the battlefield with us and become a monthly Sustainer so that we can withstand censorship and report the truth no matter what.  

Being on the Frontlines has never been more vital. Do you believe in this work enough to join this team and sustain our mission? 


  2020 election, abortion, benham brothers, coronavirus, frontlines 2020, frontlines2020, hgtv

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Rioters torch, destroy centuries-old churches in Chile

'These attacks are demonic.'
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 2:24 pm EST
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SANTIAGO, Chile, October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Two Catholic churches were destroyed in Chile’s capital city Sunday in the wake of riots marking the one-year anniversary of anti-government protests that called for a new constitution.  

“Television images from Santiago on Sunday showed masked protesters filming with their smartphones and cheering as the spire of the burning La Asunción church crashed to the ground,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “Demonstrators also set fire to San Francisco Borja church, which dates from the mid-19th century.” 

The Church of St. Francis Borgia is regularly used for law enforcement ceremonies. The Church of the Assumption, over a century-and-a-half old, saw its dome collapse into flames to the shouts of, “Let it fall, let it fall. 

The Archbishop of Santiago, Celestino Aos, made a public statement condemning the violence: 

A year ago we suffered an outbreak of violence that caused us so much personal pain, and so much material destruction that we thought would have been a bitter and strong lesson. We have had a hard time rebuilding the facilities, and it has demanded constant sacrifices and discomfort from the most impoverished; it made their lives more painful. 

According to the Wall Street Journalthe government also condemned the attacks that included businesses as well. “This is an expression of brutality,” said Interior Minister Victor Perez, who added, “Today we must lament the violent acts, but we will confront them.” 

Sunday’s protests began relatively peacefully in which “about 25,000 people, some holding large banners calling for a new constitution, congregated Sunday in Plaza Italia. The square is where last year’s protests took place, and “threw one of Latin America’s most stable and prosperous nations into disarray, leading to more than 30 deaths and billions of dollars in damage as hotels and supermarkets were trashed nationwide. 

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Civil unrest began to increase when high-school students upset over a small subway-fare increase rushed subway stations and took to the streets. That quickly morphed into far larger protests in which hundreds of thousands of Chileans conveyed their discontent over poor health care, small pensions and economic inequality despite years of robust growth and declines poverty.” 

At stake is a referendum to replace the country’s constitution that was written in 1980 during the presidency of military dictator General Augusto Pinochet, who was condemned for human rights abuses. 

U.S.-based Latina pro-life activist Astrid Bennett Gutierrez wrote on InstagramThe looters wrote death to the Nazarene and there were reports of rioters chanting Long Live Che Guevara! 

“These rioters are the same rioters that flood the streets demanding abortion because abortion is a sacrifice to Satan himself. We must pray, we must offer sacrifices in reparation and we must fast,” she continued. “The spiritual battle has reached a fever pitch here in the U.S. and in so many other countries even traditionally Catholic ones, but remember that God is sovereign.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friends it’s with great sorrow that I share the images of two churches burned and looted in the capital of Chile yesterday. The looters wrote “death to the Nazarene” and there were reports of rioters chanting “Long Live Che Guevara!” Understand that what is driving these misguided souls, is what drove their hero Karl Marx. It’s Satan. Marx wrote satanic poetry just before writing his major work The Communist Manifesto. These rioters are the same rioters that flood the streets demanding abortion because abortion is a sacrifice to Satan himself. We must pray, we must offer sacrifices in reparation and we must fast. Our Lord told us that certain demons can only depart with prayer and fasting. The spiritual battle has reached a fever pitch here in the U.S. and in so many other countries even traditionally Catholic ones, but remember that God is sovereign. The final battle has already been won by Christ. But he asks us to be faithful, to do what is in our hands and to do it with great faith and generosity. Jesus, King of Mercy, have mercy on us! En español: Amigos, con gran pesar les comparto estas terribles imágenes de dos iglesias quemadas y saqueadas ayer en la capital de Chile. Los saqueadores escribieron "muerte al nazareno" y hubo informes de alborotadores que gritaban "¡Viva el Che Guevara!" Comprendamos que es lo que impulsa a estas almas descarriadas. Es lo que inspiró a su héroe Karl Marx, el mismísimo Satanás. Marx escribió poesía satánica justo antes de escribir su obra principal El Manifiesto Comunista. Estos alborotadores son los mismos alborotadores que inundan las calles exigiendo el derecho al aborto porque el aborto es un sacrificio al mismo Satanás. Debemos orar, debemos ofrecer sacrificios en reparación y debemos ayunar. Nuestro Señor nos dijo que ciertos demonios solo pueden salir con oración y ayuno. La batalla espiritual feroz se ha desatado aquí en los Estados Unidos y en muchos otros países, incluso en los tradicionalmente católicos, pero recordemos que Dios es soberano. Cristo ya ha ganado la batalla final. Pero nos pide que seamos fieles, que hagamos lo que está en nuestras manos, con gran fe y generosidad. Jesús, Rey de Misericordia, ten

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  anti-catholicism, attacks on churches, catholic, chile, vandalism

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‘This is a monumental case’: Dept. of Justice files anti-trust lawsuit against Google

The lawsuit, filed only this morning, states that 'Google has willfully maintained and abused its monopoly power in general search services through anticompetitive and exclusionary distribution agreements.'
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 2:08 pm EST
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WASHINGTON D.C, October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Google, alleging that the company has been illegally abusing its position of power online in order to create a monopoly on searching and advertising.  

The lawsuit, filed only this morning, states that “Google has willfully maintained and abused its monopoly power in general search services through anticompetitive and exclusionary distribution agreements.”  

Consequently, the lawsuit seeks to “restrain Google LLC (Google) from unlawfully maintaining monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising in the United States through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices, and to remedy the effects of this conduct.” 

It additionally discloses that Google’s online dominance has resulted in “a market value of $1 trillion and annual revenue exceeding $160 billion” and that it has used “anticompetitive tactics” to extend “the cornerstones of its empire.” 

The case is a result of over a year long investigation, and is an attempt to challenge Google’s online supremacy which has been affected by abusing its position in violation in Section 2 of the Sherman Act. The DOJ has been joined by 11 state attorneys general as plaintiffs in the case. 

The DOJ raises numerous complaints against Google, mentioning that the tech giant has “exclusionary agreements, including tying arrangements” in order to “lock up distribution channels and block rivals.” The department also claims that Google spends billions each year ensuring that it remains the default internet browser and search engine. Companies it pays for this include “Apple, LG, Motorola, and Samsung…AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon…Mozilla, Opera, and UCWeb.” 

As a result of this, the case states that Google “effectively owns or controls search distribution channels accounting for roughly 80 percent of the general search queries in the United States…for nearly 90 percent of all general-search-engine queries in the United States, and almost 95 percent of queries on mobile devices.” 

Furthermore, “Google monetizes this search monopoly, the revenues of which it “‘shares’ with distributors in return for commitments to favor Google’s search engine.” The DOJ makes the argument that “[t]hese enormous payments create a strong disincentive for distributors to switch” and also “raise barriers to entry for rivals.” 

Google’s competitors are moreover denied “vital distribution, scale, and product recognition—ensuring they have no real chance to challenge Google.” According to the DOJ’s claims, Google employs “distribution agreements to lock up scale [of data] for itself and deny it to others” which thus “unlawfully maintains its monopolies.” 

The tech company’s practices are termed “anticompetitive” according to the ruling of 2001 antitrust case, United States v. Microsoft, which found that “anticompetitive agreements by a high-tech monopolist shutting off effective distribution channels for rivals, such as by requiring preset default status (as Google does) and making software undeletable (as Google also does), were exclusionary and unlawful under Section 2 of the Sherman Act.”  

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The DOJ’s papers report how Google employees received specific instruction after United States v. Microsoft to avoid words which could land them in trouble in any future antitrust case. They were warned that “Words matter. Especially in antitrust law” and thus told to “avoid observing that Google has market power in any market.” 

In a statement this morning, Attorney General William Barr said: “This is a monumental case for the Department of Justice and, more importantly, for the American consumer.” Continuing, Barr stated that the DOJ had “convincing evidence that Google no longer competes only on the merits but instead uses its monopoly power – and billions in monopoly profits – to lock up key pathways to search on mobile phones, browsers, and next generation devices, depriving rivals of distribution and scale.” 

On top of the harm which Google’s actions cause to “users, advertisers, and small businesses,” Barr also noted that the DOJ also had wider concerns about “online platforms” regarding “online child exploitation, public safety, and censorship.” These, however, would not be covered in the lawsuit filed today as they are being dealt with separately 

Google has faced growing criticism in the wake of its censorship of conservative websites and its manipulation of search results. It has been exposed in its attempts to alter the outcome of the upcoming presidential election, by seeking to suppress information.  

Project Veritas, which has provided much evidence of Big Tech censorship, released a video yesterday in which a Google employee described the company’s leftist leanings as akin to “playing selective God.” 


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First blind SCOTUS clerk: Barrett’s ‘brilliance is matched only by her compassion’

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett had helped Laura Wolk succeed at law school, despite her disability.
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 9:13 am EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Laura Wolk, the nation’s first blind law clerk at the Supreme Court, praised SCOTUS nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett for her personal investment as a professor at the University of Notre Dame, making sure Wolk was able to succeed. Barrett’s “brilliance is matched only by her compassion, and her integrity is unassailable,” Wolk said during the confirmation hearings.

Before becoming a law clerk, Wolk studied law at Notre Dame, where she had requested from the university assistance technology to keep up with sighted students and to help her navigate law school.

Because of “bureaucratic glitches” preventing her from getting the requested technology, Wolk quickly started falling behind. A few weeks into law school, Wolk decided to approach her professor, Amy Coney Barrett. She exuded warmth, so Wolk felt hopeful about coming to her with her concerns.

In an essay titled What I Learned from Amy Coney Barett, Wolk recalled, “Although I had known her for only two weeks, I felt confident that this poised, articulate woman would not dismiss my concerns and would counsel me on how to get the university to procure the needed assistive technology as quickly as possible.”

According to Wolk’s testimony last Thursday, Barrett listened to her intently and then made it her personal responsibility to get to the bottom of the problem. Wolk had kept low expectations and was only anticipating getting directed to further channels or resources that would delay her with more bureaucracy. But Barrett surprised her.

“Judge Barrett did something altogether different,” Wolk explained. “She silently listened with deep attention as I explained my situation, giving me the freedom to let my guard down and come apart.”

“I poured out all my concerns, not just about technology and my worries about failing classes, but all the burdens I currently carried as a disabled woman navigating a brand-new environment,” she continued.

“When I finished, Judge Barrett leaned forward and looked at my intently. ‘Laura,’ she said with the same measured conviction that we have seen displayed throughout her entire nomination process, ‘this is no longer your problem. It’s my problem.”

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“I can’t capture adequately the relief that washed over me at her words,” Wolk said. “Anyone who has interacted with her knows that she is a woman of her word. She means what she says and she says what she means. When she promised to advocate for me, she commanded my trust.”

To this day, Wolk does not know exactly what Barrett did to solve her problem — which further attests to Barrett’s humility, Wolk believes. The technology was made available to her shortly afterwards. As a result, Wolk credits Barrett for being partly responsible for her success and for being the first blind law clerk at the Supreme Court, working for Justice Clarence Thomas.

“It is now my immense privilege to appear before you in support of Judge Barrett's nomination to that same great institution,” Wolk explained.

“Should you confirm Amy Barret, the country will receive something far greater than simply an unparalleled legal mind. It will gain the service of one of the kindest individuals I have ever known. Her brilliance is matched only by her compassion, and her integrity is unassailable.”

According to Wolk, her story is “hardly unique. Those who have had the benefit of knowing Amy Coney Barrett understand that she possesses a boundless font of energy and a radical sense of love that she is ever ready to pour out upon those lucky enough to call her teacher, boss, family, and friend.”

“Judge Barrett will serve this country with distinction,” Wolk is convinced, “not only because of her intellectual prowess, but also because of her ability to treat everyone as an equal deserving of complete respect.”

“As a beneficiary of both of these qualities I urge you to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States,” she concluded.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination on Thursday at 1 pm ET. The full Senate will then debate the nomination, expecting to hold a final vote next Monday.


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Bishop Schneider praises Voice of the Family’s new, free, online Catholic catechism course

The bishop praised the traditional method of learning by memorization, a technique employed in the online course, and he urged families to revive this method of learning, which is so beneficial for committing the Faith to heart.
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 8:44 am EST
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October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, has praised the new Our Lady of the Rosary catechism course and encouraged families on the path to holiness.

In a video with Father Anthony Pillari, who leads Voice of the Family’s new catechism course, Bishop Schneider greeted young families, whom he called the “true hope for the Church.” 

Bishop Schneider urged families to develop a love for learning the catechism together, as “this is the most appropriate place which God has established, since the family … is a small church, a domestic church.” 

He recalled that it was a great grace for himself that he was born into a deeply Catholic family, since it is within the family that the Faith is best able to be taught and handed on. 

The bishop praised the traditional method of learning by memorization, a technique employed in the online course, and he urged families to revive this method of learning, which is so beneficial for committing the Faith to heart. 

“God gave to the children this capacity, this ability to memorize quicker and easier, and so this remains in the memory; what you have learnt in your childhood remains very deep,” he said.

Bishop Schneider mentioned that it was the fundamental truths which he had learned in childhood catechism lessons, such as the Ten Commandments, which guided him through seminary studies and even through the current crisis of the Church

The bishop continued by highlighting the value of traditional catechisms as a means of preserving the fullness of the Faith: “I call them, the good catechisms of old; they are really reflecting, even breathing, the Spirit, the Catholic faith of all ages, of all times.” 

Bishop Schneider also urged the importance of child-like faith, which is fostered in the catechism: “Our Lord Jesus Christ, said in the Gospel ‘if you will not become a child and if you will not receive the kingdom of God as a child, you will not enter in the kingdom of heaven’. Evermore I consider these words of Our Lord, so important, so crucial.”

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The bishop had advice for parents who are worried about their inadequacies in teaching their children the Faith. He counselled that “It is never too late to learn…please, even if you did not receive yourself an adequate Catholic catechism instruction, please read yourself before you teach your children, take time and read these passages, meditate and then transmit these to your children.”

Bishop Schneider drew the link between the message of Our Lady of Fatima and the current times: “The message of Fatima stresses the most fundamental truths of our faith, first beginning with the apparition of the angel…starting with the Eucharist and then the angel taught the children this prayer of the Holy Trinity…Then Our Lady gave us the synthesis of all the Gospel with the rosary.”

He also recommended consecrating one’s family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and being faithful to the daily rosary, for “Our Lady will reward this fidelity of course with many graces.”

When asked to give advice for families attempting to live a holy life, Bishop Schneider replied: “the basic daily duties when you are fulfilling them faithfully, trying to do these ever more with love, for God and for your children… this is holiness.”

He further taught that families must “put Christ really in the centre of your family life” and to accept crosses as gifts from God.

The bishop prompted parents to teach their children to “embrace sacrifice” out of “love of Jesus” and to have “fidelity to prayer.” He also emphasised the importance of keeping Sunday as the Lord’s day and a family day, “because the culture of the time is so destroying the Sunday.”

He concluded: “Believe deeply in the power of prayer and trust, and when you have built up your family on the Lord, when you have put Him in the centre of your life and of your family and of your house, He will never abandon you. You will always have His assistance. And…consecrate your family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”


  anthony pillari, athanasius schneider, catholic, catholic catechism, voice of the family

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Scalia’s friendship with pro-abortion Ginsburg is as curious as G.K. Chesterton’s friendship with atheist Shaw

What Scalia and G.K Chesterton had in common is that both were faithful Catholics who took seriously the Lord’s command to love.
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 2:51 pm EST
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October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Friendship between two people always contains an element of mystery. What brings friends together? What keeps them together, especially those long-term friendships that stand the test of time and survive disagreements and misunderstandings? 

It's a question I've often puzzled over, especially when I think of the deep friendship between G.K. Chesterton, the Apostle of Common Sense, and George Bernard Shaw, the playwright. Their philosophies of life were diametrically opposed. Chesterton was a truth-seeker whose search led him into the Catholic Church; Shaw was a committed secularist who called himself an atheist, although scholars say his religious views were more complicated.  And yet these polar opposites experienced a long, enduring friendship without ever coming to agreement about foundational principles. Chesterton criticized Shaw for his vile ideas on eugenics. Shaw found Chesterton's faith incomprehensible. Nevertheless, they remained friends throughout their lives, and in fact, in his autobiography, written shortly before his death, Chesterton paid tribute to Shaw: 

“I have argued with him on almost every subject in the world, and we have always been on opposite sides, without affectation or animosity. . . . It is necessary to disagree with him as much as I do, in order to admire him as I do; and I am proud of him as a foe even more than as a friend.”

As for Shaw, he truly was a friend to the Chestertons. When they were financially strapped, he often suggested a public debate which drew large crowds since Shaw was one of the most popular figures of his day. They could count on selling plenty of tickets for the event. After Chesterton's death, Shaw assisted his widow, Frances, financially. 

The antagonists often took good natured jabs at each other as this exchange illustrates:

Chesterton: "One look at you Mr. Shaw, and I know there is a famine in the land.”

Shaw:  “One look at you Mr. Chesterton, and I know who caused it.”

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I reflected on these two strange bedfellows after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Why? Because of the long-term friendship between Antonin Scalia and Ruth Ginsburg, another pair of strange bedfellows and polar opposites. What brought this devout Catholic, a daily communicant, and this secular Jew, a devout champion of abortion, together? Obviously their love for the law was a common denominator, but they came at it from widely divergent perspectives.

Ginsburg devoted herself with gusto to the murder of babies in the womb as a legal right.  Although she didn't like Roe and would have preferred the "right" to abortion to be based on equality vs. privacy, she embraced unrestricted abortion as absolutely necessary for the advancement of women. Scalia, in contrast, embraced Catholic orthodoxy and the dignity and sanctity of life from the first moment of conception until natural death. He eloquently defended babies in the womb waiting to be born. 

And yet, despite their monumental differences, the Ginsburg and Scalia families often socialized together, and "Nino" and "RBG" shared many interests that they enjoyed in tandem: love of opera, hunting, and even souvenir shopping. Following Scalia's death, Irin Carmon, co-author of Notorious RBG, wrote in the Washington Post:

One former clerk told us Scalia was Ginsburg’s favored souvenir shopping buddy when they traveled together. On a trip to India, they famously rode an elephant, with Scalia sitting up front. What about feminism? “It had to do with the distribution of weight,” Ginsburg deadpanned slyly. They shared New Year’s Eves with their families and friends: “Scalia kills it and Marty [Ginsburg, Ruth’s husband] cooks it,” recalled one guest, former Bush solicitor general Theodore Olson. “I never heard them talk about anything political or ideological, because there would be no point,” Ginsburg’s grandson, Paul Spera, told us. In 2010, when Chief Justice Roberts announced Marty’s death from the bench, Scalia wiped tears from his eyes.

Like Shaw and Chesterton, Ginsburg and Scalia never held back the barbs of criticism over differences in their legal opinions. And yet those differences didn't seem to affect their friendship. Scalia's son Eugene wrote this after Ginsburg's death:

What we can learn from the justices, though — beyond how to be a friend — is how to welcome debate and differences. The two justices had central roles in addressing some of the most divisive issues of the day, including cases on abortion, same-sex marriage and who would be president. Not for a moment did one think the other should be condemned or ostracized. More than that, they believed that what they were doing — arriving at their own opinions thoughtfully and advancing them vigorously — was essential to the national good. With less debate, their friendship would have been diminished, and so, they believed, would our democracy.

I admit that I still find their close friendship not only baffling, but repugnant. As a mother and grandmother, I can't imagine hobnobbing with someone who spent her career cooperating with an evil so grotesque and on such a monumental scale that it dwarfs every other holocaust in history. 

And yet....and yet...we are called by Jesus to love our enemies, to do good to those that hate us. And true friendship seems to me to be among the highest goods. Fr. Gerard Saguto recently reminded me of that obligation with an article on the FSSP website titled All the Way to the End where he wrote this about the Ginsburg/Scalia friendship: 

Justice Ginsburg was given at least one grace in full view...her close friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a devout and principled Catholic whose voting record on the key issues reflected the God He loved and the Faith he internalized. The two could not have been more opposite in terms of world view; undoubtedly they locked horns often...but their passion for law and other mutual interests outside the Court served to unite them. She admitted that he was formidable in his challenges to her; his masterfully written dissents and arguments would merit thoughtful consideration, and she valued that. This intrigues the media, and should actually intrigue us, because there is something quite noble about it: in these days of such polarization that people who disagree cannot sit around a table, let alone be friends, here are two who could, and did. Given the man Justice Scalia was, we can likely surmise the type of friend he was as well. Only God knows how many Rosaries he prayed and how many Masses he offered for his dear friend Ruth, that she come to know and love the divine Judge who was the inspiration and model of his own career as a judge, and who ought to become the one for hers.

The Scalia and Ginsburg friendship reflects a similar paradox as the friendship between Chesterton and Shaw. Ironically, the 21st century odd couple even bears a physical resemblance to their predecessors with the abundant girth of Scalia and the diminutive size of Ginsburg. Their wit and humor also echo the wit and humor of the Chesterton/Shaw exchanges.  

Another paradoxical friend of Chesterton's was sexual libertine and eugenics advocate H.G. Wells, author of The Time Machine and other works. In a letter to Chesterton, Wells once wrote, "If after all my Atheology turns out wrong and your Theology right I feel I shall always be able to pass into Heaven (if I want to) as a friend of G.K.C.'s. Bless you." 

Perhaps the same could be said of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her friendship with Antonin Scalia. I have no doubt that Fr. Saguto is correct in his assessment that Scalia prayed for RBG. Real friends, after all, show the greatest love by laying down their lives for the other in sacrifice.

As we approach the month of All Saints and the Poor Souls, may we increase our prayers for those teetering on the brink of the abyss and those we fear are lost. What better way to be a friend to Christ than to offer our lives for poor sinners! As Our Lady said to the children at Fatima, "Pray, pray very much and make sacrifices for sinners. Many souls go to hell because they have no-one to pray and make sacrifices for them." Let us not hear on Judgment Day that the prayers we failed to say and the sacrifices we failed to perform could have saved a poor sinner from hell.

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


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Christians cannot support Joe Biden’s remarks in favor of ‘transgender’ mutilation

Biden wants to reinstate Obama-era executive orders mainstreaming surgeries to make people look like members of the opposite sex. This cannot stand.
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 9:47 am EST
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October 20, 2020 (FRC Action) — While Joe Biden attempts to answer as few questions as possible before the election (he said voters "don't deserve" to know his position on court packing, he has ignored mounting evidence (which social media has censored) pointing to corrupt behavior during his time as vice president, and he announced a four-day hiatus from campaigning while urging supporters to "campaign like we're trailing"), the questions he does answer may be the most concerning.

During an ABC townhall on Thursday, Joe Biden was asked how he would handle policies that protect women and acknowledge the scientific reality of sexual identity.

Joe Biden's knee-jerk response was, "I will flat-out just change the law." After remembering the Constitution's separation of powers, he corrected himself, "I will eliminate those executive orders." Joe Biden was likely implying either that he would reinstate President Obama's executive orders related to gender identity or support the passage of the Equality Act, which would allow men who claimed to be women into shelters, bathrooms, and sports reserved for women, as well as require the U.S. military to pay for transgender surgeries.

In his answer, Joe Biden implied support for the notion that eight-year-old children can determine their own gender. It's difficult to tell exactly what he is saying because there are no complete sentences, but I encourage you to watch the video for yourself. It's clear from the clip that Joe Biden is trying to communicate, in Trumpian fashion, a positive attitude towards the subject in question.

Biden's answer is particularly likely to hurt him among evangelicals, who still believe "God made them male and female" (Mark 10:6). The Biden campaign has invested in reaching out to evangelical voters, in an effort to weaken Donald Trump's support among a group that overwhelming voted for him in 2016.

Andrew Walker, a Professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wondered whether "Evangelicals for Biden" would speak out condemning his comments.

Denny Burk, Pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville and Professor at Boyce College, responded on twitter: "No, no, no. If you have a child with gender conflicted feelings, you aren't helping them by encouraging them to embrace body-denying propaganda. Their body isn't lying to them about maleness/femaleness. Don't lie and tell them that it is."

On this issue, the biblical position aligns with science. In a new publication, "Do Not Sterilize Children: Why Physiological Gender Transition Procedures for Minors Should Be Prohibited," FRC's Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg shows how gender transition procedures actually harm children suffering from "gender incongruity" or "gender dysphoria." He writes, "Studies have shown that, when left to themselves, most children with such conditions outgrow them and do not identify as 'transgender' adults."

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Sprigg writes that drugs to block normal puberty, cross-sex hormones, and gender reassignment surgery each have the potential to cause serious harm, "up to and including permanent sterilization. Despite claims to the contrary, these procedures are often not reversible, and they are not evidence-based, because research has not shown that these procedures are effective in accomplishing their purpose, which is to improve the patient's mental health."

Endorsing gender transition procedures for minors could lead to the mutilation of countless healthy bodies for a theory not supported by scientific evidence, which flies in the face of Christian teaching and God's design for men and women. Of all the issues Joe Biden has refused to clarify, this one may be the most essential for Christians seeking to cast an ethical ballot.

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Texas Supreme Court rebukes hospital that tried to kill 20-month-old baby on life support

The SCOTX delivered more time to Baby Tinslee Lewis, an ill 20-month-old in a Fort Worth hospital.
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 9:38 am EST
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October 20, 2020 (Texas Right to Life) — The Supreme Court of Texas (SCOTX) delivered more time to Baby Tinslee Lewis, an ill 20-month-old in a Fort Worth hospital. Through a long legal battle, Cook Children’s Medical Center has sought to impose death on this baby since last November. Thus far, the courts have ruled in favor of Trinity, Tinslee’s mother, who is fighting for the life of her precious daughter.

Cook Children’s asked SCOTX for permission to withdraw the toddler’s life-sustaining treatment while the 10-Day Rule is argued in court. SCOTX declined the petition, and Tinslee will continue to receive treatment. Judges matter…they matter to Trinity and to Baby Tinslee, and judges indeed impact the daily lives of people.

A single judge in Texas could have put a death sentence on Tinslee — without due process.

Under the 10-Day Rule of the Texas Advance Directives Act (Section 166.046 of the Health and Safety Code), patients rendered futile face death by hospital committee—no trial, no second opinion, no due process. The death of the patient is hastened because the committee feels that his or her quality of life is too low

Baby Tinslee is almost two years old and struggles with a congenital heart condition. In November 2019, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth moved to withdraw her treatment, including a ventilator, without which the young child would die. Baby Tinslee’s mother would not acquiesce to the hospital, so Cook invoked the statutory 10-day process to euthanize the child.

The first judge protected Baby Tinslee, but Cook has not relented, even though she is conscious and interactive when not sedated. Those moving to “end her [alleged] suffering” say she would not live long even with medical interventions. If that were so, why rush to kill her? If she or any other patient with a disability is actively dying, why hurry to withdraw treatment?

Advocates for disability rights have been asking these questions for decades.

In late July, the Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas held the Texas futility law likely unconstitutional, thereby further protecting Tinslee. Cook Children’s Medical Center still persisted, hoping for a reversal by SCOTX of the appellate court’s ruling before a trial on the constitutionality of the 10-Day Rule.  

Disability advocacy organizations Not Dead Yet, National ADAPT, ADAPT of Texas, Protect TX Fragile Kids, and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network joined an amicus brief to SCOTX for Baby Tinslee. The brief was filed on October 8 by Texas health care and civil rights attorney Michelle Hayes, a practicing Catholic from Notre Dame Law School (the same school from which Amy Coney Barrett earned her law degree). Other signers of the brief are:

  • The Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization (HALO),
  • The Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network,
  • Deacon Keith Fournier (also a Catholic attorney),
  • The True Texas Project,
  • Right to Life of East Texas,
  • The Common Good Foundation, and
  • Grassroots America We the People

Two Texas Catholic bishops who have consistently rebuked the 10-Day Rule also signed the brief: Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, and Most Reverend René H. Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi. Bishop Gracida cited then-Pope John Paull II: “Every medical action must always have its object — intended by the moral agent — the promotion of life and never the pursuit of death.” Address to the Italian Catholic Doctors Association (28 December 1978): Insegnamenti di Giovanni Paolo II, 1 (1978), 438.

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Predictably, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB), the lobbying and administrative arm for the Texas episcopacy, albeit with no canonical authority, sided with the hospital to euthanize Tinslee. The very church that prides herself on caring for the destitute and displaced has tightened ties to the pro-death medical lobby, smothering the disabled in that suffocating yoke. However, the TCCB can no longer present a unified position in support of the 10-Day Rule with Bishops Strickland and Gracida publicly opposing the law and working to protect Baby Tinslee’s Right to Life.

Catholic healthcare institutions constitute a concrete sign of the way in which the ecclesiastical community take care of the sick following the example of the Good Samaritan. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Letter “Samaritus bonus” on the care of persons in the critical and terminal phases of life (22 September 2020), n. 9. 

Baby Tinslee’s case now returns to the district court, which will consider these questions: 

  • Are the rights of Baby Tinslee being violated? 
  • Should a hospital have unilateral authority to withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment from a patient against the will of the patient/surrogate? 
  • Do patients have any due process rights in these situations? 
  • Is the 10-Day Rule of the Texas Advance Directives Act unconstitutional?

The date of the trial has not been set by the 48th District Court over which Judge Sandee Marion presides. Cook Children’s must continue treating Baby Tinslee throughout the waiting period and the trial.

Tinslee’s case spotlights judicial philosophy; in other words, the judge could rule according to a strict interpretation of the Constitution and due process rights, or she may grant rights to a hospital to decide who lives and dies. There are many possible outcomes, but whatever decision is issued, this judicial decision will impact EVERY hospitalized patient in Texas.

A single judge could decide if Baby Tinslee lives or dies.

Judges matter.

Published with permission from Texas Right to Life.


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Trump will win debate, election if he defines Biden as China puppet

Topics such as coronavirus, race and climate change are distractions from the key issue, which is the Democrat challenger's support for the communist government.
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 7:44 pm EST
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October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Moderator Kristen Welker has announced this week’s presidential debate will yet again focus on coronavirus, race, and climate change, among other topics. 

But why? Does anyone care about these issues other than beltway liberals and coastal elites? 

The real reason Welker has chosen to rehash these topics (they were talked about ad nauseam at the first debate and at the Town Hall events last week) is because they distract from the issues President Trump is strongest on — social media censorship, trade, culture, and foreign policy. 

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien released a statement calling out Welker’s bias. He observed that typically the final debate focuses on international affairs and that it’s obvious the debate commission wants to keep Democrat challenger Joe Biden’s pro-China record hidden from voters.  

Even 97-year-old Bob Dole tweeted about how the commission is running interference for Biden. 

It should be clear by now that Sleepy Joe has the collective support of the mainstream media, Big Tech, the Deep State, and the Vatican. Not one major news network covered the damning New York Post stories about his family’s connections to Ukraine and ChinaSenator Josh Hawley was right in saying Twitter is guilty of “election interference.” 

After days of saying nothing about the Post reports, the media finally broke its silence this week. And just how have they reported on it? By blaming Russia, of course.

“We know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin,” Congressman Adam Schiff said on CNN. 

Give me a break! The lies upon lies upon lies — not only lies of commission but also lies of omission — told by these people are truly staggering. Shame on all of them for covering for Biden’s senility and corruption. They truly hate you and me. That much is clear. 

President Trump has been smart to hammer home the Biden e-mails on the campaign trail. “He is a criminal. He got caught. Read his laptop,” Trump said to reporter Jeff Mason Monday. “And you know who's a criminal? You're a criminal for not reporting it.”  

Preach, King!

Thursday’s debate is Trump's last chance to convince voters he deserves to be re-elected.  

First and foremost, he needs to expose Big Tech’s bias and ask Biden straight up about his connections to the Chinese communist party and his son’s dealing with them. Don’t bring up Hunter’s drug problems but simply lay out Biden's family ties to China so everyone knows he’s their preferred candidate.  

Trump can amplify that message by echoing some of the talking points laid out by White House trade adviser Peter Novarro on the Daily Caller’s podcast the other dayHe needs to remind Americans that Biden supported NAFTA and voted for China’s entry into the World Trade Organization. And hneeds to drive home the fact that the former VP is in no way a blue-collar, labor-union, regular guy from Scranton. He’s a made man in the service of international elites. 

Lastly, Trump has to – has to! – demand Biden denounce Antifa and give a clear answer on court packing. He should also let Biden talk and not interrupt him half as much as he did at the first debate. Biden’s a gaffe machine who can’t help but put his foot in his mouth. Give him enough rope and he’ll hang himself, as the expression goes. 

If Trump can do all thathe’ll have scored a decisive victory and the polls heading into the last week of the campaign should tighten considerably. 

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Muslim decapitates French professor for showing obscene cartoon of Mohammed

The horrific decapitation of Samuel Paty set off a wave of indignation, especially because teachers in France are considered symbolic of the beloved secular state.
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 7:14 pm EST
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October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A 47-year-old history professor at a junior high school in an ethnic suburb near Paris was decapitated in the street by a Muslim youth at 5 P.M. on Friday afternoon for having shown his class a caricature of the “Prophet” Mohammed. Samuel Paty, father of one, was horribly assaulted by the 18-year-old Abdoullakh Anzorov, a Chechen refugee born in Moscow, who used a butcher’s knife to behead the teacher in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. The assassin remained near the body and is believed to have uploaded a photo of the victim’s head to his Twitter account together with a caption threatening French president Emmanuel Macron, “leader of the infidels.”

Passersby called the police, who rapidly arrived on the scene and gave chase to Anzorov, cornering him in the neighboring town of Eragny, where the suspect threatened them with an Airsoft gun with plastic pellets. When he started shooting and running towards them despite having been repeatedly ordered to let go of his weapon and get down, the police shot ten times, killing him on the spot. He was also carrying a dagger.

The horrific decapitation of Samuel Paty set off a wave of indignation, especially because the victim was a history professor in the public school system that is considered to be a symbol of the French Republic. Since the late 19th century, teachers, known back then as the “black hussars of the Republic,” in opposition to the Catholic clergy, have been tasked with transmitting the secularist values of a regime that was born of its fight against Catholic dogma, beliefs, and religion.

As coincidence would have it, the crime occurred on the anniversary of the beheading of Queen Marie-Antoinette of France, who was guillotined on October 16, 1793, after a summary trial that took place the day before.

Friday’s crime was immediately qualified as “Islamist terrorism” and condemned as such by the French authorities, in particular by President Macron, who rushed to the scene to make a public statement. He declared:

One of our fellow citizens has been murdered because he was teaching: teaching his students the freedom of expression, to believe or not to believe. Our compatriot was the victim of a characterized Islamist terrorist attack. ... I want to say tonight to all the teachers of France that we are with them, that the entire nation will be there, at their side, today and also tomorrow, to protect them, to defend them, to allow them to do their job, which is the most beautiful job there is: to make free citizens.

This is no coincidence. If this evening, this terrorist killed a teacher, it is because he wanted to kill the Republic in its values, the Enlightenment, the possibility of turning our children, wherever they come from, whether they believe or do not believe, whatever their religion, into free citizens. This fight is ours, and it is existential. ...

I want to make it very clear tonight: they shall not pass. Our police force, our gendarmes, all of our internal security forces, our intelligence forces, but beyond that, all those who hold up the Republic and at their side magistrates, elected officials, teachers, all men and all women, we will stand together. They shall not pass. Obscurantism and the violence that accompanies it shall not win. They will not divide us. This is what they seek and we must stand together.

To French ears, the words “they shall not pass” resonate with the words that marked the opposition of the revolutionary Spanish Republicans during the Civil War in 1936–1939 to the nationalist forces led by Francisco Franco. During that war, about 45,000 priests and religious, including 13 bishops, were massacred by the “Red” forces. Some 2,000 of them have been beatified as martyrs.

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Macron’s speech made it clear that he considers the crime particularly heinous because of its symbolic attack against religious freedom, which is increasingly construed by the French authorities as being epitomized in the “right to blaspheme.”

The Islamic attack on a middle school teacher is one more shocking occurrence of the power of radicalized Muslims, who are more and more numerous on French soil. Since the 1970s, politically uncontrolled Islamic immigration has been backed by the authorities in power, both left- and right-wing, and accompanied by hate crime legislation that penalizes “discrimination” and “racism” linked to a person’s religion. Until recently, cases of teachers  criticizing Islam or presenting its history in a “negative” manner in the classroom have been officially condemned, and a number of teachers have been fired for that reason.

Waves of “refugees” have entered France, in a trend that took a sharp upward turn in 2015 with the arrival of thousands of African and Oriental refugees, mostly young men.

Abdoullakh Anzarov entered France earlier with his family some ten years ago. His father was asking for asylum because he claimed to be in danger in his own country — Chechnya, which is part of Russia — for having given shelter to several Chechen guerrillas in 2004. Poland had already rejected the family’s request. The father’s demand was in turn rejected by the French authorities. Their decision was overturned in 2011 by the special court for asylum right, and the French administration was ordered to allow the family to stay as refugees. A search of Abdoullakh’s body revealed a ten-year residence permit delivered to him upon his majority last March. The youth was “known to the police” for several misdeeds including damage to public property and group violence while still a minor. He had never been convicted.

Alongside the grave political problem underscored by Anzarov’s legal presence in France, which gave him the opportunity to commit a barbaric assault on a public school teacher, this case also reveals the secularist sectarianism that is deeply engrained in the “republican” mindset. Macron made that clear earlier this month, when he announced that in the fight against “separatism” — read: Islamic radicalism — he intends to ban homeschooling in 2021 because schools are “the republican melting pot.” He added: “It’s what makes it possible for us to protect our children in a complete way from any religious sign, from religion.”

What happened in the Bois d’Aulnay middle school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine at the beginning of the month, which would lead to the death of Samuel Paty, makes clear what this means and requires some thought.

As he had already done in previous years, but probably in a more aggressive fashion this time, Paty wanted to show his 8th-grade 13 year-old students the meaning of “freedom of expression” by showing them a caricature of the “Prophet Mohammed,” as republished recently by Charlie Hebdo, the satirical Trotskyist and often obscene magazine that lost eight of its journalists and cartoonists in January 2015 in a bloody Islamic terrorist attack that killed 11.

According to accounts by students in his class, Paty asked who was Muslim and invited those who said they were to leave the room, as he was going to show a drawing that would hurt their feelings. Some refused to leave but were indeed shocked to be shown an intensely vulgar 2012 caricature from Charlie portraying Mohammed, naked, squatting on all fours and seen from behind with his genitals showing, with a star on his anus and the words: “A star is born.”

This was not rational, or even rationalistic, criticism of a religion, but an attack, coupled with explicit images completely out of place in a class of young teenagers by any standards.

Several Muslim parents complained to the principal of the school, asking for the professor to be fired, but Paty received full support from his hierarchy. In his statement, Macron went out of his way to thank and congratulate the school’s head for having unwaveringly backed her teacher, thus making it clear that the right to blaspheme is, in his eyes, a vital element of “republican values.”

A few days later, the father of a 13-year-old girl who was in Paty’s class (or in another class in the same school; this point is not clear) posted a video on social media asking for support from the Muslim community to oust the teacher, who for his part told his colleagues he was worried about the situation.

His assassin, who came from another town, appears to have received information from families within the school about the teacher’s habits; he is said to have asked pupils to identify the man on Friday afternoon before committing his crime.

Charlie Hebdo repeatedly attacks religion. Its stock-in-trade is mainly the desecration and obscene portrayal of Catholic priests and popes, and the persons most sacred to all Catholics: Jesus Christ and his Most Blessed Mother. The paper has portrayed popes as pedophiles, the Eucharist as a condom, the Conclave as a dissolute orgy.

As things are developing now, the assassination of Samuel Paty threatens to lead to a public narrative that might require teachers to uphold the right to “caricature” religion in their classes. This Saturday, education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer congratulated the principal who supported Paty’s choice to show the drawing: “A professor has every right to show these caricatures, all the more when this is accompanied by pedagogical work. ... Parents must always show solidarity with the Republic. Parents must participate and teachers must be respected by parents and the whole of society.”

Right now, the AGRIF (Alliance against racism and for the respect of French and Christian identity) has a lawsuit pending before the courts for a disgusting drawing of Our Lord on the Cross with obscene and pornographic details added to His suffering Face. Catholics must realize that what Mr. Blanquer said will apply to them as well if, in the future, a teacher shows a class of 13-year-olds an obscene caricature of Christ or the Virgin Mary.


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Here’s proof Trump is trying to lead America back to God

John-Henry Westen shares the many examples of how President Trump is fulfilling the prophecy made about him in the 1980s (about him being used powerfully by God) and leading America back to God. Listen in for the full details.
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 5:51 pm EST
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October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Did you catch President Trump the other day acknowledging Jesus Christ by name? Did you see him pointing up to heaven and saying we need help from God, not only science, in dealing with coronavirus?

Most of the media totally ignored it. But LifeSite covered it. It was only one of the examples where you can see that President Trump is fulfilling that prophecy made in the 1980s about him being used powerfully by God. He is truly leading America back to God and in this show I’ll show you many examples of how he’s been doing that. Stay tuned. 

Just this Sunday at Mass, we heard the reading from Isaiah about how God chose King Cyrus to free the chosen people from Babylon. Even though Cyrus was not a believer, he was chosen by God to carry out His will. The Lord took the King by the hand, we heard. How very similar that is to the prophecy of the Catholic holy man Tom Zimmer we heard about from the 1980s. He was told that God had His hand on Donald Trump and would use Trump as His instrument. 

And we have seen truly miraculous things happen with Trump, a man who literally no one could have believed would do anything remotely close to leading America back to God. And yet look at what he’s done. 

Just last week, Trump pointed to heaven acknowledging God as the “boss” from where comes our help. He acknowledged Christ by name and His greatness and boy what an effect it had. 

Just before that, he lambasted those who were bashing the Catholic faith of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett saying that he would stand with her and defend her faith.

Earlier this month he spoke of protecting the Catholic Church specifically, praising the Catholic faith. 

But remember how recently he was kneeling in front of the altar at the National Shrine of Pope St. John Paul II in Washington.

And back in September, LifeSite’s Wasington, D.C. correspondent Doug Mainwairing reported: “Trump’s official announcement accepting the Republican Party’s nomination to run for re-election was immediately followed by a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria – Hail Mary – sung in Latin, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mother. 

While churches were being attacked and burned during the riots he stood in front of the closest church to the White House holding up the Holy Bible.

But it was actually right out of the gate we could see a massive sea change with President Trump. In stark contrast to President Obama who intentionally omitted references to God contained in the United States’ founding documents and official declarations in his speeches, both at home and abroad, Trump mentioned God several times in his inaugural address and surrounded himself with faithful Catholics and other Christians. 

That contrast was most striking in President Trump’s first Thanksgiving proclamation. In 2009 President Obama made history in his first year in the White House as the first president to omit directly thanking God in his Thanksgiving Proclamation, a trend he largely continued in during his remaining years in office. But President Trump mentioned God eight times in his first Thanksgiving address.

I’m going to tell you my favorite example of Trump bringing America back to God in just a little bit, but remember when in February 2017 the First Lady Melania Trump prayed the Lord’s Prayer at a Trump rally and the president complimented her for it. It was incredible. 

Just before that, President Trump spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. He said the world has a duty to stop the genocide of Christians in the Middle East, that we “must never, ever” stop asking God for wisdom.  

Remember the President’s first Christmas address? He spoke of “the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” in an address watched by millions and millions around the world and that was unashamed of America’s Christian heritage. 

In May of 2018, Mike Pence revealed that President Trump regularly asks to open White House meetings in prayer.  

But President Trump’s leading America back to God is not only about what some may dismiss as pious platitudes. He has taken action with real results for Christians. 

There are so many items I could list here but we only have time for a few. Check out this list from the Family Research Council. Here are only a few highlights:

  • Already by July 13, 2017  — Under President Donald Trump, more Christian refugees were admitted to the United States in the first six months of 2017 than Muslim refugees, a departure from the Obama-era. 

  • January 16, 2018  —  President Trump proclaims January 16 “Religious Freedom Day” - "No American – whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner – should be forced to choose between the tenants of faith or adherence to the law." 

  • May 3, 2018  —  Trump signs executive order creating faith-based office in White House 

  • Oct 12, 2018  — U.S. Christian pastor freed from Turkey after Trump admin deal 

  • On December 26, 2018, the Department of Justice filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court  defending a publicly-displayed cross-shaped veteran's memorial. 

  • Trump got rid of the contraceptive mandate which harmed faith based organization such as the Little Sisters of the Poor. 

  • In May of last year,  Trump signed an executive order  allowing churches to speak from the pulpit on political issues and not risk their tax-exempt status, while also protecting religious freedom in speech for individuals. 

  • The Health and Human Services (HHS) department under Trump has investigated conscience complaints related to abortion. On August 28, the HHS Office of Civil Rights issued a notice of violation to the University of Vermont Medical Center for  forcing a nurse to participate in an abortion despite a conscience objection 

  • On September 23, President Trump hosted a meeting during the U.N. General Assembly and gave a  speech solely on the topic of religious freedom. During the speech, he announced a U.S. policy initiative to protect places of worship, pledging an additional $25 million in funding to protect religious sites and relics. President Trump also announced the U.S. would form a coalition within the business community to protect religious freedom. This is the first time a U.S. president has hosted a meeting focused solely on religious freedom at the U.N., according to the Family Research Council. 

  • And remember when he declared churches “essential services” because anti-religion mayors and governors were allowing liquor stores and abortion mills to open but not churches? It wasn’t just talk.

  • On April 14, DOJ filed a statement of interest protecting the religious liberty of church-goers in Greenville, Mississippi. During the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Greenville banned all religious services, even those that were able to abide by social distancing standards with drive-in church services. 

  • On April 17, the Department of Homeland Security included “clergy for essential support” in its  list of personnel and entities deemed “essential”  for purposes of responding to the coronavirus. This designation allows clergy and pastors more freedom to continue to operate and serve those around them in need at this time. 

We’ve got to end here so this won’t get too long, but I want to conclude with my all-time favorite memory of President Trump promoting faith in God.

It was during his trip to Poland where in response to his faith-filled speech the Poles could not help but chant “Donald Trump, Donald Trump.” And what was his own chant?  

“America says with you… we want God!”

 

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Antifa rioters rip apart fake heart, kneel on burning American flag to protest Trump

This a picture of the spirit of Antifa. This is straight from the pit.
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 1:02 pm EST
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For months we have been saying that the spirit behind the violent protests and riots is not from above but from below. It is the spirit of chaos. Of lawlessness. Of destruction. Of murder. It is the spirit that motivates a grown man to kneel down on a burning American flag, hold an imitation heart over his face (most likely a water balloon or similar), and then rip it apart as the contents drip down into his mouth and onto his face. 

This a picture of the spirit of Antifa. This is straight from the pit.

As for the “heart” - it was intended to signify the heart of President Trump. 

Watch the video for yourself (viewer discretion advised) and tell me if this is anything but satanic. It was filmed at a protest in Boston this past weekend, and it doesn’t get much uglier than this.

Yet there’s more.

The crazed protester (really, worshiper), with blood splattered on his face and clothes, then shouts out repeatedly, “I’m on fire!” before rolling to his back.

Then, with his right hand clutched, he begins to yell (along with others), “Kali ma! Kali ma!” (They also repeatedly chant “praise to the chaos god” interspersed with shouts of “[Expletive] Trump!”)

This perverse video has even come to the attention of the people of India, with a headline in OpIndia reading: “Watch: Antifa anti-Trump protesters spread Hinduphobia, eat US President’s heart in symbolic ritual while chanting ‘Kali Maa’.”

Indeed, “The whole incident appears to be a remarkable demonstration of Hinduphobia and the individuals here do not come across as people with control of their mental faculties. They are clearly using Goddess Kali to justify their own antisocial behaviour. In the process, they are insulting the faith and religious sentiments of Hindus with impunity.”

And where, pray tell, did these demonized protesters get the idea of ripping out someone’s heart while shouting, “Kali Ma”?

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The answer is obvious. It is from the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Specifically, it is from the horribly famous scene where the priest “Mola Ram performs the ancient ritual of removing the still beating heart of a [living human!] sacrifice” before lowering that human sacrifice into the fire. 

If you watch the video from that scene (viewer discretion is again advised), you will see something that really parallels the Antifa ritual.

This includes ripping out of the heart of the victim (this was done symbolically at the Antifa rally before the “heart” was ripped apart). 

This includes the clutched right hand (of the priest in the movie and of the crazed Antifa protester). 

This includes crying out, “Kali ma!” (meaning, mother Kali, the name given to the goddess Kali by millions of Hindu worshipers).

And this includes a frenzied crowd of fellow worshipers dancing and chanting along.

In the movie, it is clear that the people are under a spell. In the video, it is also clear that the people are under a spell.

All of this should be branded and exposed as demonic, plain and simple. It is way beyond politics. It is unrelated to righteous protests. It is a crazed bloodlust in the name of a Hindu deity. It glorifies ripping out and eating the heart of the president of the United States.

To repeat: this is from below, not from above.

Even if some of the participants were simply trying to get attention and put on a show, it takes a special kind of sick to do something like that. And every person of conscience should call out this evil for what it is.

As for the president, I understand that he provokes lots of hatred.

I stand against his referring to CNN as “dumb [expletives]” for the network’s constant reporting on COVID-19. (The crowd at his rally in Arizona certainly enjoyed the moment.)

I stand against him responding positively to the “Lock her up!” chant directed at Michigan governor Whitmer at a Michigan rally over the weekend. (Yes, that’s the same governor who was the target of a kidnapping and assassination plot just days ago.)

I stand against his ruthless trashing of members even of his own team, most recently calling Dr. Anthony Fauci “an idiot” who “gets more airtime than anybody since Bob Hope.”

None of this good. None of this is necessary. And none of this is helpful. To the contrary, it is ugly and it is unjustifiable. Not only so, but it stirs up even more animosity and, with so many Americans stretched to their emotional limits, some of this rhetoric is downright dangerous. 

If I could, I would plead with the president to watch his words, remembering that life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

But Trump’s unfortunate rhetoric is still a far cry from the satanic madness that works through Antifa. And it reminds us that, while Donald Trump certainly does not personify the forces of light, Antifa members certainly personify the forces of darkness.

Let us expose them and resist them, in Jesus’ name.


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Liturgy expert: Worldwide spread of Novus Ordo has diminished belief in Real Presence

'I'm afraid it's impossible to deny the connection.'
Tue Oct 20, 2020 - 9:15 am EST
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October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Sparked by the reading of LifeSite author Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s most recent book, Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass (Brooklyn: Angelico Press, 2020), German musicologist and journalist Dr. Barbara Stühlmeyer conducted the following interview, asking the author about his first encounter with the traditional Latin Mass (TLM), whether there’s a connection between the liturgical reform and loss of faith in the Real Presence, the importance of Latin-rite priests everywhere learning the usus antiquior, the difference between the old Divine Office and the new Liturgy of the Hours, the place of the saints and angels in Catholic life, and advice for those who cannot find a TLM near them. A German translation of this interview will appear in the German newspaper Die Tagespost.

Dr. Stühlmeyer: When did you take part in the celebration of a TLM for the first time?

PAK: When I was in high school, maybe 17 years old, I was told that such a thing as a “Latin Mass” existed. Of course I had no idea whatsoever what this would have meant, as I’d only ever seen the English Novus Ordo, and my Catholic education had been sorely lacking in history or theology. Thanks to a “tip” from a teacher, I found out there was a Latin Mass and made an attempt to figure out where I could find it. That led me one Sunday to a hotel conference room somewhere in New Jersey near where I lived, so I went to it. I remember nothing except confusion, lots of people kneeling in a businesslike space with a low ceiling, and not hearing anything. It was not an edifying experience.

The first “real” experience, I would say, came a couple of years later in college, where one of the two chaplains secretly celebrated low Masses in a beautiful Spanish-style chapel at an altar surmounted by a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe. That’s where I first fell in love, though as yet I had little clue how this love would dominate my life.

Would you say there is a connection between the postconciliar liturgy and the dwindling belief in transubstantiation?

Yes, I’m afraid it’s impossible to deny the connection. The classical Roman rite as it developed over so many centuries acquired numerous and very expressive gestures of adoration and care toward the Holy Sacrament, precisely because it is not a mere “thing,” but under the signs of bread and wine a divine Person is really present. How we treat Him is how we show our faith in Him and our love for Him. The liturgical reform cruelly diminished these gestures and introduced other practices, now habitual to the point of being immovable, that suggest we are dealing with common food and drink that, in the context of Mass, are given a new symbolic meaning (the technical term for this heresy is “transsignification”). The reformed rite is redolent of a Lutheran or Calvinist conception of the Eucharist. That is the “faith,” if one can call it that, of the vast majority of Catholics in the Western world.

When they learn the true teaching of the Church, they start to see the jarring cognitive dissonance between what we believe (or say we believe) and how we act in the Novus Ordo. And when they see how the traditional Mass works, they realize that it itself is a grand tabernacle for the holy Mystery of Faith, a dominating reminder, a protective enclosure, a gold shining house of God that beckons us while saying “fall on your knees and adore.”

Would you encourage that prospective priests study both rites?

Absolutely. If the usus antiquior is the Roman Rite — as it unquestionably is, both historically and (thanks to Summorum Pontificum) legally — then any priest ordained in the Latin Church to offer the Roman Rite should be able to do so in full, not in a partial and, as it were, handicapped manner. It would be like running with one leg, or boxing with one arm. (I’m thinking that this metaphor doesn’t work so well, because there would be no similar defect in a priest’s only celebrating the old form, which is all that existed for most of the Church’s history and is sufficient unto itself.)

Beyond that, every priest I know who offers the usus antiquior has found it to be a tremendous enrichment to his life of prayer, his sense of priestly identity, and his pastoral ministry. It brings forth new possibilities of evangelization, even if that is not its primary purpose.

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How would you describe the difference between the performative power between the reformed liturgy of hours and the traditional form?

The traditional Divine Office is a weighty thing. It has a breadth, depth, and thickness that come from the repetition of the entire Psalter in a week; the varying structure of the major and minor hours (seven in the day and one for the night); the dense interlacing of the Office with the Mass; and the intellectual clarity and rigor of the Latin prayers and hymns. In short, it is serious, and it demands to be taken seriously. In this way it really forms or informs the interior life of the priest and the religious who uses it.

The modern Liturgy of Hours has been satirized as “the liturgy of the minutes” because of its brevity. It displays a typically modern architecture, lacking in ornament and subtlety, and always repeating the same structure (first the hymn, then the psalms, etc.), which is tedious. In fact, it is hard to take seriously, and that is partly why it seems harder for modern clergy to commit to praying this lightweight Liturgy than it was for the priests of old to pray a far more demanding breviary. I’m not even touching here on what happened to communities of monks and nuns who abandoned chanting their daily prayer with the incomparable Gregorian melodies. That was the kiss of death. They have shriveled up like a dry, weary land without water.

Is there a connection between the current state of liturgy and the rather poor awareness of the saints and the angels today?

When people start attending the classical Roman rite, one of the things that surprises and intrigues them the most is how hagiocentric it is: the sanctoral cycle is far more prominent. There are over 300 more saints in the traditional general calendar than in the Novus Ordo, many of them commemorations on top of feasts. The saint of the day determines the whole “tenor” of the Mass, from the Introit through the Epistle and Gospel all the way to the Postcommunion. One has a strong sense of the presence of the saints as intercessors and exemplars, who show us Christ in their own persons and who point the way beyond themselves to Him. So far from being a distraction, this hagiocentricity amplifies the fullness of Christ by displaying His perfections, refracted through the prism of a variegated sanctity. Exalting the saints, especially the Mother of God, makes Christ stand out all the more as the Lord of all, not a chummy brother. The same could be said of the angels, who enjoy many more feast days in the old calendar and who appear much more frequently in the texts of the Mass itself.

We need to return to a liturgy that reflects, as in an unblemished mirror, the biblical cosmos, filled with angels and demons, saints in glory and sinners in need of conversion and deification. This is what all the traditional liturgical rites of East and West present to us. We still live in the same cosmos, but we have tried to forget about it, we’ve tried to fashion a work of our own hands to affirm us in our supposed modern distinctiveness. It was a vain endeavor, doomed to fail. A better way is already at hand, flourishing wherever the traditional Roman liturgy has resumed its rightful place.

What would you recommend someone who is drawn to the TLM but has no possibilities to join one where they live?

I consider it a heavy cross to bear, when a Catholic, who is heir to two thousand years of organically developed tradition, has no option to pray the way the vast majority of saints have prayed, and to benefit from the special qualities of this age-old liturgy. But we can come into contact with the traditional liturgy in other ways — for example, by praying part of the Roman Breviary or the Monastic Diurnal, by meditating with a daily Missal (or even praying a sort of “dry Mass,” such as I describe here), and by making trips once in a while to a monastery or parish where the TLM is offered, as a sort of “retreat” from the busy world of the Novus Ordo. Naturally, in the age of the coronavirus, many are watching the TLM on their screens, and while this is far from ideal, it can nourish the longing for meditative and contemplative prayer.


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