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Pope Francis appoints 13 new cardinals, some of whom are pro-LGBT, back communion for adulterers

A handful of the future cardinal electors are known to hold heterodox positions on Church teaching
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 9:39 pm EST
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October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has named 13 clergymen to be appointed to the college of cardinals, nine of whom are eligible to vote in upcoming papal conclaves. This brings the number of cardinal electors appointed by Francis to 57 percent of total electors, increasing the likelihood that the next elected pope will share Francis’ vision for the Church.

Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, writing for Religion News Service, noted that when the appointees “officially become cardinals, there will be 128 cardinal electors, eight more than the canonical limit.”

US archbishop who is pro-LGBT

Among the named cardinal electors are archbishops known for heterodox stances: Wilton D. Gregory of Washington, D.C.; the Maltese Mario Grech of the Vatican-based Secretary of the Synod of Bishops; Italian Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints; and Celestino Aós Braco of Santiago, Chile.

The most well-known among them, Archbishop Gregory, has been a source of controversy for his heterodox views, political statements, and involvement in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) handling of the sex abuse crisis.

For a snapshot of his views, consider that in 2017 Gregory delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of one of the most liberal and heterodox Catholic organizations in America, the dissident Association of U.S. Catholic Priests. The group has published essays calling for priest-less parishes, female deacons, married clergy, and pro-homosexual initiatives.

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In the same year, Archbishop Gregory spoke at an event organized by far-left Cardinal Blase Cupich where he praised Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia as a document that “challenges the church and its pastors to move beyond thinking everything is black and white, so that we sometimes close off the way of grace and growth.”

Gregory also has a history of supporting the LGBT movement within the Catholic Church. He personally invited pro-homosexual priest Fr. James Martin to give a speech at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 2018.

Earlier this year, Bishop Gregory castigated the John Paul II National Shrine for allowing President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to visit, saying he found it “reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated.”

Following his criticism, over 42,500 people signed a petition created by LifeSiteNews asking Bishop Gregory to apologize to President Trump and the Knights of Columbus, who maintain the John Paul II National Shrine. Former U.S. Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò in June denounced Bishop Gregory as a “false shepherd.”

“Unfortunately, the Catholic Church is led by many false pastors,” said Viganò. “Do not follow them, as they lead you to perdition.”

It should be noted that Gregory was president of the USCCB during the 2002 sex abuse crisis, and allowed then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to help draft USCCB sexual abuse policy at the time. Along with McCarrick, he also “helped exempt bishops from the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”

Malta archbishop who supports Communion for adulterers

Just as strong an advocate of heterodox views as Gregory is Archbishop Mario Grech. He hinted that doctrine evolves when he said to the Synod of Bishops on the Family in October 2014 that “the doctrine of the faith is capable of progressively acquiring a greater depth” in reference to divorce and so-called second unions as well as homosexuality. He lamented in his address that such people “feel wounded” by the language of the Church that currently calls adultery and homosexual acts sinful.

Grech co-authored with Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta the notorious Maltese bishops’ pastoral guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, which gave access to Holy Communion to divorced and civilly “remarried” Catholics, living in sin, who “with an informed and enlightened conscience ... acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God.” These guidelines were republished by the official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

In 2017, Grech “attacked a group of Maltese faithful Catholics” after it defended “real marriage against ‘unnatural’ homosexual ‘marriage’” in a full-page ad in a widely read paper. The bishop called the ad “propaganda.” He has also accused opponents of these guidelines of having “attitudes” that “annihilate all hope in people,” calling them “prophets of doom.”

When Catholics begged for the sacraments during the COVID-19 lockdown, Grech said it is “curious that many people have complained about not being able to receive communion and celebrate funerals in church, but not as many have worried about how to reconcile with God and neighbor, how to listen to and celebrate the Word of God and how to live out a life of service.”

Bishop who invites adulterous couples to be godparents

Archbishop Marcello Semeraro, who was selected by Pope Francis in 2013 as part of an eight-member group to “advise him on the government of the universal church” is another appointee who rode the wave of Amoris Laetitia.

Semeraro went out of his way to invite adulterous couples to be godparents and to even teach religion in a document he issued that aimed to implement Amoris Laetitia. According to Italy’s Religious Information Service (SIR), the document, called “Rejoice with me,” states that “after a careful evaluation by the pastor,” those who are divorced and “remarried” may be deemed “ideal for the teaching of the Catholic religion” or “educators of the faith together with other catechists of Christian initiation.”

This allowance stands in marked contrast to the Church’s Code of Canon Law, which states that “teachers are to be outstanding in correct doctrine and integrity of life.” (can. 804).

Bishop who refused Communion to kneeling Catholic

Bishop Celestino Aós of Chile denied Communion, in defiance of "Redemptionis Sacramentum,” to faithful who knelt to receive the sacrament during a Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in 2019.

Aós has previously investigated accusations of abuse made against five priests in 2012, as “promoter of justice for the ecclesiastical tribunal of Valparaiso.” According to Crux magazine, he dismissed the cases because “there wasn’t enough evidence to merit opening a canonical process.”

Since then, one of the priests has died, and the others have been suspended from the priesthood or are again undergoing investigation.

One of the alleged victims, Mauricio Pulgar, called the appointment of Aós as apostolic administrator of Santiago in 2019 “a really bad signal for victims of clerical abuse, and also for all the lay movements trying to clean up the Church.”

“The pope made a terrible mistake, is mocking Chile, or received terribly bad advice,” Pulgar told Crux at the time.

The following is the full list of cardinals-elect who will be eligible to vote in the next conclave:

  • Archbishop Mario Grech, 63, Maltese, Vatican-based Secretary of the Synod of Bishops
  • Archbishop Marcello Semeraro,73, Italian, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints
  • Antoine Kambanda, Rwandan, 61, Archbishop of Kigali
  • Wilton D. Gregory, American, 72, Archbishop of Washington D.C.
  • Jose F. Advincula, 68, Filipino, Archbishop of Capiz.
  • Celestino Aos Braco, 75, Spanish, archbishop of Santiago, Chile
  • Archbishop Cornelius Sim, 69, Brunei, apostolic vicar of Brunei
  • Augusto Paolo Lojudice, 56, Italian, archbishop of Siena, Italy
  • Father Mauro Gambetti, 54, Italian, custodian of the Franciscan convent of St. Francis in Assisi

Those who will be ineligible to vote in the next conclave are:

  • Raniero Cantalamessa, OFMCap
  • Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi (“was the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva until 13 February 2016”)
  • Rev. Enrico Feroci (former director of the Rome Catholic charity, Caritas)
  • Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel (Bishop Emeritus of San Cristóbal de Las Casas)

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Mother of aborted child with Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler speaks out against ‘coerced abortions’

Julia Holcomb recently described her horrific ordeal on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 8:28 pm EST
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October 26, 2020 (Live Action News) — Julia Holcomb was a 16-year-old when she moved in with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler — eight years her senior — in the 1970s, and he became her legal guardian. Months after she became pregnant, she was forced into an abortion she didn’t want — an abortion Tyler himself later came to regret.

Holcomb recently appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News to discuss her experience with abortion, the struggle to recover from it, and what she thinks of the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

“I was thrilled that she was there as a candidate for the Supreme Court,” Holcomb said of Barrett’s hearings. “I thought that she was a great potential justice and I’m happy that she was nominated. I think that the left likes to portray abortion as pro-woman, and my story is a very personal example of how abortion damages women and how coercive it is.”

Tyler had told her that he wanted to have children with her, and according to Jezebel, threw her birth control pills off the balcony of their hotel one night. As a young girl, she thought that must mean he really loved her. But when Tyler learned about the pregnancy, he forbade Holcomb from seeing a doctor because she was still a teenager and he believed the doctor would ask questions about who the father was. But Tyler told her not to worry and promised to marry her and take care of her and the baby.

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“Along the way, Steven had a change of heart and he made the decision that he wanted me to have an abortion,” explained Holcomb. “He came to me, he told me that his lawyers had set up a doctor. This was very early after Roe v. Wade had been decided so there hadn’t been many abortions and I was pretty far along.”

She explained that because she wasn’t allowed to go to a doctor, she didn’t know exactly how far along she was, but she estimated it was about five months. She had dropped out of high school, couldn’t drive, didn’t have a car or money, and was “completely dependent upon Steven in every way.” He told her if she didn’t abort she would be kicked to the curb. So she gave in.

“I went through a horrific late-term saline abortion that was just traumatizing. It took years to recover from that experience,” she said. “You know, sometimes, we can think that coerced abortions only happen somewhere like China, where women are forced to undergo abortions against their will. But the truth is that coerced abortions happen everywhere abortion is legal and a woman can become pregnant. And the first thing she has to do is defend her baby’s right to be born.”

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Tyler has also spoken about the trauma he experienced from Holcomb’s abortion and how he immediately regretted it. In an autobiography, he said, “It was a big crisis. It’s a major thing when you’re growing something with a woman, but they convinced us that it would never work out and would ruin our lives. . . . You go to the doctor and they put the needle in her belly and they squeeze the stuff in and you watch. And it comes out dead. I was pretty devastated. In my mind, I’m going, Jesus, what have I done?”

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He told Holcomb that he was “racked with guilt” and that he “dreaded what God would do to him because of [the] abortion.”

Their relationship quickly deteriorated and he began an affair. Holcomb was devastated by the abortion and became suicidal. She returned home to her family with a “broken and wounded spirit.”

“I had terrible nightmares,” she said, “I would wake up in the night reliving that horrible abortion.”

Holcomb later converted to Catholicism, attended a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat for women who have undergone abortions, and received the sacrament of reconciliation. She now speaks at pro-life events, has been married for 30 years, and has seven children.

“I know that I can’t go back and save my baby,” she once said. “But I can choose life now. I can be a mother who guards and protects her children now. I would encourage you, any woman out there who’s had an abortion and regrets it, do everything you can to end abortion. I feel that giving life to my children is the greatest gift that God has ever given to me.”

A larger percentage of women who have undergone abortions report feeling pressured into it. The Elliot Institute’s “Forced Abortion Report” cited a study saying 64% of aborting women were coerced into their abortions, usually by the baby’s father. In addition, a study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, found 73.8% of women who have undergone abortions report feeling pressured to abort.

Note from Live Action News: This article has been updated to include research on the percentage of women pressured into abortion as well as a photo of two children killed by saline abortions. 

Published with permission from Live Action News.


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Thousands of young Christians pour into DC for ‘Let Us Worship!’

They came to pray for a pro-life Supreme Court judge and a pro-life President.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 8:20 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Tens of thousands of mostly young Christians gathered at the National Mall on Sunday to proclaim “Let Us Worship,” amid the draconian restrictions still being enforced in many jurisdictions across the land against church assemblies.   

They came from all across the country to pray for the nation at a critical moment in history, when a pro-life judge’s place on the U.S. Supreme Court was about to be confirmed, and as the presidency of the most pro-life chief executive in the history of the United States, Donald J. Trump, hangs in the balance as voters go to the polls. 

Sean Feucht, a missionary, artist, speaker, author, activist, and founder of “Let Us Worship,” had already led other large worship rallies across America in recent months, but yesterday’s event in Washington, D.C. was the biggest, bringing an estimated 30,000 believers together to join their voices in prayer.

“We lit up the sky tonight in D.C. for King of Kings and the Lord of all Lords!” proclaimed Feucht after the rally lasted well into the night. 

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“I’m forever changed. I hope you are too,” he added. 

“Super excited to be a part of something like this with my kids at our nation’s capital,” tweeted one attendee from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, who posted a video of the vibrant worship.  

“What an awesome experience,” he declared. 

Senator Josh Hawley: ‘An historic moment in the life of our nation’

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“It strikes me that 2020 has been a year of a lot of news, hasn’t it? But we’ve got the best news of all, because Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!” declared U.S. Sen.r Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, holding his Bible high.   

“He came to give us a future and a hope, and now our nation needs to hear about that hope,” said Hawley. “Now more than ever, America needs to hear our voice. It needs to hear the hope that we have in Jesus.”   

When Hawley mentioned the upcoming Senate confirmation vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court, the crowd erupted in cheers.  

Barrett “is not ashamed to say –– with the cameras on and with the media pounding her, taking the hits –– she is not ashamed to say that every single life has dignity, that every single has worth, that every single life is worth saving,” said Hawley. 

“She’s not afraid to say that abortion is wrong and thet every child has the right to life.” said Hawley. “That is why tomorrow night it’s going to be my privilege to cast my vote for Amy Coney Barrett.” 

“This is an historic moment in the life of our nation,” he declared, as he asked the crowd to pray for her and all political leaders. “Lord, would you pour out your Spirit on this country afresh.” 

Life and freedom of religion at stake

Most who came to D.C. to participate in Let Us Worship seemed to share Hawley’s view that this is a critical moment in the nation’s history, with the lives of the unborn and religious liberty clearly at stake on Election Day. 

“I’m here to worship God, to pray for this country and our President,” Isabelle, a young Catholic from Alexandria, Virginia told LifeSiteNews. “We need Donald J. Trump to win four more years.”

“We are going to worship no matter what. They can’t stop us,” said a woman from Baltimore who explained that she came to D.C. because she and other members of her church want freedom to worship. “We are created to do that, and not to do it behind closed doors or with a mask, but openly.”

“I’ve been watching the things that Sean (Feucht) has been doing across the country and he has been so inspiring, so encouraging,” said Corey Shoff of Charlotte, North Carolina.

“We can see the enemy is trying to scare,” using tactics of fear, noted Shoff. “But we know that the Lord is moving, He has a plan, He has a destiny for America. We just want to be a part of history.”

Kelly Sieben said he traveled from Seattle, Washington to “make a statement: We are free to worship, we’re here to represent Christ, and we have those rights and freedoms in this country.” 

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“We believe that the Bride of Christ needs to get out and worship,” Andrew Segura of Fresno, California told LifeSiteNews. 

“The key to our warfare is still worship,” said Segura, and no matter what goes on in Washington, “Jesus is moving His people to the front line, and if we can just hold that with Jesus at the front line, we’re going to see a revival in America.”

“This is a critical moment” in our nation’s history, said Jeffrey Mccall of Georgia, who formerly lived as a transgender female and is now leader of the ex-LGBT Freedom March. “Evil and good are clashing publicly.”

“People that are leaving the LGBTQ lifestyles are having radical encounters with Jesus,” said Mccall. “We know that a huge part of this end time revival is the Lord is waking people up.”  

“It’s time to get out of the four walls of our churches,” said Luis Ruiz, a survivor of Orlando’s 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre where 49 gay men were killed. “We want to come out and worship and come together as the Body of Christ.”

“There’s an LGBT revival,” said Ruiz. “People are coming to Jesus –– transgender, lesbians, bisexuals, homosexuals –– they are no longer identifying as LGBTQ, and they want to identify as children of God.” 

“Even though all this craziness is happening, I see unity happening,” added Angel Colon, also a Pulse nightclub survivor. “Unity in the Body of Christ is what has to happen for the Lord to move.”

“I see one Body worshipping God,” said Colon, “and it’s beautiful.” 

Kevin Whitt, until six years ago, had lived his entire adult life as a transesxual woman but has now reclaimed his identity as a man, redeemed by Jesus Christ.

As a result of the Let Us Worship gathering, Whitt said at the top of his list is for abortion to be abolished, “and that pediatric gender transition, which is so normalized now ... will be criminalized.” 

“This is a bold move to come … and declare Jesus,” said Edward Byrd, who with his beautiful singing voice led an amazing worship session in the U.S. Capitol rotunda last year, where ex-LGBTQ men and women repented for the sins of homosexuality and transgenderism on behalf of the whole nation.  

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“Anytime you declare Jesus, there will be breakthroughs,” said Byrd. “I think that faithfulness of our group –– the ex-LGBTQ community –– coming out and talking about their testimony is causing breakthrough and a shift in the land.”

After the event, as the invigorated attendees flocked to the DC Metro to return home, the worship continued with the hymn, “Our God is an Awesome God” gloriously resounding through the Smithsonian Metro station.   


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Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to United States Supreme Court

The U.S. Senate voted 52 to 48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a pro-life mom of 7, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 8:09 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States Senate voted 52 to 48 Monday night to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, marking a rightward shift in the federal judiciary’s balance of power.

President Donald Trump selected Barrett, his third appointee to the nation’s highest court, to replace left-wing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg following her death last month. Senate Republicans faced intense pressure from the Right to fill the vacancy prior to the November presidential election, amid intense opposition from the Left, which demanded the seat be left empty so whoever wins the election could fill it.

A Catholic mother of seven widely regarded as a pro-life originalist, Barrett was a member of Notre Dame’s Faculty for Life group, is reported to have signed another letter published by Becket Law criticizing the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, and signed a 2006 ad declaring “we...oppose abortion on demand and support the right to life from fertilization to natural death.” She has also written multiple articles critical of the stare decisis doctrine, which grants weight to past rulings’ status as precedent, regardless of whether they were rightly decided.

The final vote was 52 to 48 and as expected fell largely along party lines. Of particular interest were Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. Both are pro-abortion, but Murkowski voted to confirm Barrett, while Collins, who famously voted to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh two years ago, voted against her. In procedural votes on Friday and Sunday, Murkowski had voted against moving the confirmation process forward.

Vice President Mike Pence was ultimately not needed to cast a tie-breaking vote.

“The conservative women I have been visiting all across the country in our ‘Women for Amy’ Bus Tour cheer loudly for this historic milestone for women,” commented Concerned Women for America’s Penny Nance, calling Barrett “an inspiration to millions.”

“A conservative, constitutionalist, pro-life woman at the Supreme Court is why we voted for Donald Trump. We congratulate Justice Barrett, and we are praying for her and her family. The task ahead will be a difficult one, but we have full confidence in her abilities as a jurist.”

Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson commented:

“I'm going to remember this day when Amy Coney Barrett, an accomplished woman in her own right, achieved the pinnacle of her profession while raising a family, embracing her role as a wife, and demonstrating that it's all possible without abortion. Her confirmation hearings were a testament alone to her astute legal mind, her compassion for others, and ability to fulfill her role as the next Supreme Court Justice. President Trump chose well and Amy Coney Barrett will hopefully remain on the Court for many decades, protecting the Constitution as it was written and protecting innocent life in all its beautiful stages. When she is sworn into the Court tonight, an unforgettable photo of her will be in our history books: one that depicts Amy Coney Barrett surrounded by her biggest supporters, her husband and children, pledging to interpret the law as it is written. She has done all of this by embracing her very femininity, not rejecting it.”

“Justice Barrett’s confirmation marks a turning point in the fight to protect unborn children and mothers,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. “The American people can now see a glimmer of light at the end of a dark tunnel, when the Supreme Court may finally return to the people the ability to enact laws that reflect their values and save lives.”

Although it remains to be seen how some of the current Republican-appointed justices would rule on major issues such as Roe v. Wade, the replacement of Ginsburg with Barrett is widely recognized as a significant rightward shift for the Supreme Court, which conservatives hope will mitigate the damage to their causes should Trump lose to former Vice President Joe Biden last month.

At the same time, many on the Left have called for Biden to cancel out Barrett if he wins by “packing” the Supreme Court, or adding judges beyond its current nine members to create a new, left-wing majority. Biden has repeatedly refused to explicitly say whether he would answer such calls, but has said he wants to institute a “bipartisan commission of scholars” to brainstorm and propose unspecified “reforms” to the federal judiciary.

It has been reported that pro-life originalist Justice Clarence Thomas will administer the oath of office to Barrett later this evening at a White House ceremony.

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After lawsuit, county forbidden to force minister to officiate at same-sex ‘weddings’

The Ohio county agreed not to use its pro-homosexuality law to force ministers to compose homilies, vows, and prayers for same-sex 'weddings.'
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 8:07 pm EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio, October 26, 2020 (Alliance Defending Freedom) — Faced with a federal lawsuit, Cuyahoga County has agreed to a proposed court judgment filed Friday that allows a Cleveland-area minister and wedding business owner to operate consistent with her belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

In July, ADF attorneys filed suit on behalf of Kristi Stokes and her business, Covenant Weddings, to challenge a law that the county now agrees cannot be used to force her to use her ministry and business to officiate and compose homilies, vows, and prayers for same-sex weddings even as she continues to officiate and promote weddings between one man and one woman.

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As part of the agreed-upon proposed judgment, the county will not enforce its law — which threatens fines of $1,000–$5,000 per violation, depending on their frequency — against Stokes or other ministers because Stokes’ business is not a place of public accommodation and because she and other ministers should not be forced to act contrary to her religious beliefs.

“No one should be forced to officiate ceremonies that conflict with their religious beliefs,” said ADF Legal Counsel Johannes Widmalm-Delphonse. “Cuyahoga County’s law made Kristi face an impossible choice: disobey the law, defy her own faith, or ditch her business. She no longer faces that choice. No matter one’s views on marriage, we all lose when the government can force citizens to participate in religious ceremonies they oppose, speak messages they disagree with, and stay silent about beliefs they hold dear. We commend Cuyahoga County for understanding and respecting this essential American freedom and acting quickly to ensure that Kristi and countless others need not fear punishment for merely living and speaking consistent with their conscience.”

ADF attorneys and attorneys for the county jointly filed their notice and proposed judgment in the case, Covenant Weddings v. Cuyahoga County, with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

The judgment, which the court must approve, states that the county agrees not to compel Stokes and her business “to offer officiating and writing services against their sincerely held religious beliefs for the following reasons: 1. Neither Kristi Stokes nor Covenant Weddings currently qualify as a ‘place of public accommodation,’ as defined by [county law], because they do not have a physical storefront from which they provide goods or services in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. 2. Even if [their] services could be considered a place of public accommodation, the Accommodations Clause does not mandate or force Kristi Stokes, or any other minister, to officiate or solemnize weddings against their sincerely held religious beliefs. 3. Even if [their] services could be considered a place of public accommodation, the ‘Accommodations Clause’ does not mandate or force Kristi Stokes or Covenant Weddings to author specific prayers, homilies, vows, or other writings that are inconsistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Last year, in other ADF cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in favor of filmmakers and artists who brought similar challenges against laws like Cuyahoga County’s.

Published with permission from the Alliance Defending Freedom.


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Canadian pro-life heroine appeals to Supreme Court in fight to save babies from abortion

Mary Wagner has launched a Charter challenge to the Canadian law denying the humanity of the unborn child.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 6:53 pm EST
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OTTAWA, Ontario, October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Eight years after Mary Wagner was arrested in Toronto while trying to save mothers and children from the violence of abortion, her Charter challenge to the Canadian law denying the humanity of the unborn child has reached the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Her lawyer, Dr. Charles Lugosi, is now seeking leave to appeal Wagner’s challenge of Section 223 of the Criminal Code to the country’s top court. 

The importance of the constitutional challenge can’t be overstated, he told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview.  

“This is a significant case because it involves a national issue and that is abortion. And that’s why it merits leave to appeal (to the Supreme Court),” said Lugosi, who earned a doctorate in juridical science from the University of Pennsylvania.  

Section 223, which dates in part to 1892, states, “A child becomes a human being within the meaning of the Act when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother” (emphasis added). 

“If we are correct that Section 223 of the Criminal Code is unconstitutional because it exceeds the power of Parliament to decide who is and who is not a human being, then what happens to the question of abortion?” Lugosi pointed out.  

If the Supreme Court strikes down Section 223, “abortion then reverts to homicide under definition in the Criminal Code of Canada. … And because it’s planned, because it’s intentional, abortion then becomes the first-degree murder of an innocent human being,” he said.  

“So that’s how the law would unravel. And that’s why there’s been such fierce opposition.” 

Wagner also underscored the significance of the case. 

“The courts have heard few voices pleading for our littlest brothers and sisters in the decades since abortion was decriminalized,” she told LifeSiteNews in an email. 

“For this reason alone, this case is important. We (not ‘I’, since this case is not my own personal fight but ours), have an obligation to defend those who cannot speak for themselves in whatever ways we can,” Wagner said. 

“Even if the courts refuse to rule in favor of the truth, thanks to all who support this case spiritually or materially, the truth has been spoken — and will be spoken to the highest court of this land — on behalf of God’s littlest ones,” she added.  

“Above all, please pray for the success of this case in defense of the unborn and for the healing of suffering post-abortive mothers and all women considering abortion.” 

14-year-old moms in abortion center the day Wagner intervened 

Wagner’s court challenge dates back to her arrest while peaceful intervening at the Women’s Care Clinic in August 15, 2012 — a day when at least two 14-year-old girls were scheduled to have their unborn children killed. 

It’s not known if the minors were in the waiting room when Wagner, then 40, arrived with red roses and offers of assistance, or if they came before, or after, Toronto police officers dragged her away. 

But during Wagner’s December 2013 trial, abortionist Saira Markovic testified that the teenage mothers were among her intended customers that day. 

A lapsed Muslim whose website advertises that she aborts unborn children up to 20 weeks’ gestation, and offers “services without parental consent” at the abortion facility run by her Catholic husband, Michael, Markovic described Wagner’s action as akin to a home invasion. 

“My house is my clinic, this is my life,” the angry abortionist told the court.  

“Why is someone invading my house, my property?” 

Lugosi provided the court a comprehensive legal answer: His client’s defense for her action fell under Section 37 of the Criminal Code then in force, which stated, “Everyone is justified in using force to defend himself or anyone under his protection from assault …” 

He argued that “anyone” includes the unborn child, and further argued that Section 223, which obstructs this defense, is unconstitutional. 

By denying that the unborn child is a human being, Section 223 violates the Charter’s Section 7 guarantee of an individual’s right to “life, liberty and security of person,” and Section 15’s guarantee that: “Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law … ” 

But when Wagner’s trial and attendant Charter challenge finally ended, Justice Fergus O’Donnell of the Ontario Court of Justice rejected all arguments, and on June 12, 2014, he convicted Wagner and sentenced her to time served.  

Wagner, who has spent nearly six years altogether behind bars for her pro-life advocacy, was then released after almost 22 months in jail.  

Road to Supreme Court long and costly 

O’Donnell later amended his ruling and conceded Wagner’s right to a Charter challenge, thus clearing a road to the top court that has been long, costly, and marked by defeats. 

In December 2016, Lugosi argued his appeal of O’Donnell’s decision in a three-day hearing in front the Ontario Superior Court Justice Tamara Dunnet. Scarcely three weeks later, Dunnet released a decision dismissing the appeal on all counts. 

In February 2017, Lugosi filed a request for leave to appeal with the Ontario Court of Appeal. In June 2017, he filed an amended notice and in February 2020 his factum.  

On September 14, 2020, a panel of three Ontario justices denied him leave to appeal. 

But what appeared to be a final blow to the case has, in fact, opened the door to the Supreme Court of Canada. 

That’s because Section 40(1) of the Supreme Court Act grants Canada’s top court the discretion to reassess any final or other judgment of the intermediate appellate courts on an issue of national importance. 

“We are actually delighted that the Ontario Court of Appeal refused leave to hear this difficult question, because it speeds up the process for us to make our application to the Supreme Court,” Lugosi told LifeSiteNews. 

He has until November 13 to file the application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, and if the application is denied, “then that is the end of the road for this attempt to challenge the law.” 

However, Lugosi believes that “ideally” the Supreme Court will hear the case. 

“It seems to me that if the test in law is an issue of national importance, and I believe it’s clearly an issue of national importance, then one would be left wondering for a long time, well, if this isn’t a question of national importance, what is?” he said. 

Moreover, he echoed Wagner’s conviction that it is essential to try. 

“We can do the right thing in good conscience and hoping the truth will prevail. And it’s our duty to be witnesses to the truth,” said Lugosi. 

“And if our witness is rejected, well, it’s not our fault, but we have had the courage to speak the truth to those in authority, and the responsibility for the decision rests upon those in authority.” 

Crown prosecutors ‘mis-framed’ the legal question 

The Supreme Court has never been presented with the legal issues raised in Wagner’s Charter challenge to Section 223, Lugosi contends, adding that there has been a “deliberate mis-framing” by the Crown prosecutors that Wagner’s case is “really all about ‘personhood.’” 

But the distinction between “human being” and “person” is a “matter of common sense, dictionary definition, and jurisprudence,” he pointed out. 

“Personhood” is a “legal fiction” and a status “bestowed upon a human being to give certain rights,” similar to the distinction between a citizen and a non-citizen, explained Lugosi. 

“In other words, the classification of ‘personhood’ or ‘citizenship’ should not make any difference, because we are all human beings, and all of us deserve equal protection. So that’s the key argument in a nutshell.” 

Section 223 was not “originally contemplated as a provision designed to permit abortion,” but is part of the Criminal Code’s section on homicide (defined in Section 222 as causing “the death of a human being … directly or indirectly … by any means”) and intended to clarify definitions for the purposes of criminal law, Lugosi observed. 

But with abortion no longer sanctioned by law, “what Section 223 does, by legal definition, is permit the legal killing of all unborn children,” he said. 

The “fundamental problem with this” is that Parliament does not have the authority to define who is and who is not a human being, particularly when “from the point of view of science and medicine and morality … a biological human being … is known in truth to be a human being,” Lugosi said. 

“You cannot live in a legal system where the goal is truth and justice, and end up with basing a legal decision based upon fiction and fantasy, just to achieve, let’s say, political appeasement of people who have different values and different motivations,” he added. 

Moreover, Section 223 reveals “a hypocrisy or inconsistency in the law” with regard to the “equality” Section 15 of the Charter. 

“This is a unique and novel question, because how can it be equality under the law if someone below a certain age may be legally murdered by legal definition, and someone who’s over a certain age, if they’re murdered, it does constitute legal murder?” Lugosi pointed out.  

Need for donations urgent 

John Bulsza, the veteran London-based pro-life activist who has been doing yeoman’s service raising funds during the marathon journey to the Supreme Court, echoed Wagner in describing the crucial importance of the Charter challenge. 

“This case is our case. It will mean the end of abortion in Canada,” he told LifeSiteNews. 

“Thus, no more protests at abortion clinics and hospitals; no more 40 Days for Life and Life Chains, et cetera. It would mean society being retooled, including financially, to support all mothers and their pre-born children.” 

He, Wagner, and Lugosi are therefore appealing to all “Canadians of good will” to support the case both materially and spiritually.  

The need is urgent, Bulsza said. 

“The legal defence fund is behind due to lack of donations, in paying Dr. Charles Lugosi’s law firm for his defence work for Mary’s case over the past several years at the Court of Appeal level, and now beginning at the Supreme Court of Canada level,” he told LifeSiteNews. 

“Time is of the essence. There are about four weeks left to prepare the leave application for the Supreme Court. These costs could be high, especially if the leave to appeal is granted,” added Bulsza. 

“It has been the goal all along, if necessary, to reach the Supreme Court of Canada. Now, that the goal has become a reality for Mary and the rest of us! We, as our case – you, me, Mary, Dr. Lugosi, are asking for your financial support. Prayers are especially in order too!” 

For more detailed information about Mary’s case, donation options, please contact John Bulsza (co-trustee of the Mary Wagner Legal Defence Fund), 519-657-9009 or [email protected], or write John Bulsza at P.O. Box 52071 RPO Commissioners Rd, London, ON, N6C 0A1. 

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Exclusive: Defender of Polish churches describes blasphemous pro-abortion attacks

A young man who recruited his friends to protect the churches of his city from pro-abortion activists says Polish Catholics are not ready to let their country go the way of the West.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 6:35 pm EST
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KRAKOW, Poland, October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A young man who recruited his friends to protect the churches of his city from pro-abortion activists says Polish Catholics are not ready to let their country go the way of the West.

Kraków resident Kay Łancucki (pron: wan-TSOOT-ski), a married father of one, told LifeSiteNews that the citizens’ defense of churches there was “spontaneous” and “decentralized.”

“It was a spontaneous decentralized initiative, and as it should be in a majority Catholic country,” he stated.

“People are ready to take a stand.”

Łancucki believes that there is a general sense of duty among Polish Catholic youths and that the “call to duty” was sounded when the country’s left wing reacted violently to Thursday’s historic declaration that eugenic abortion violates the Polish Constitution.

“We do not want to repeat the mistakes of the West,” Łancucki declared.  “Polish conservatives will nip the issue in the bud.”

The Kraków defense was a case in point. Łancucki stated that the group of volunteers was formed within less than twelve hours.

“Several organizations came up with the same idea,” he said.

“As many others were, I was texted by a friend, and I called a few more. Before long, we had a large crowd ready to act.”

The Kraków group included people from the Academic Corporation Acropolis Cracoviensis, All-Polish Youth (Młodzież Wszechpolska), the Konfederacja Party (a confederation of the Ruch Narodowy [“National Movement”], Korona, and KORWiN parties), lay brotherhoods, and ordinary regular church attenders, Łancucki said.

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Their fears for their churches were not unfounded.

“With my own eyes, I saw acts of vandalism and blasphemy,” Łancucki stated.

“People tried to create blasphemous installations consisting of rosaries, their slogans, and hangers. I saw people sticking blasphemous posters with a pregnant woman nailed to the cross, and I saw people trying to spray-paint gates and doors. I know from sources in other cities that some churches had their stained-glass destroyed with rocks, dirty underwear thrown [through church doors], and Masses disrupted.”

Poland’s Catholic Church leadership has called for a reasoned discussion between Poles who support the right to life of unborn children with illnesses, disabilities, and genetic disorders and those who do not. Łancucki does not believe this is always possible.   

“It seems that the Church is trying to reason with the mob and moderate the temperament of the crowds,” he told LifeSiteNews.

As yet [bishops have] not called for public defense of Church properties. Instead the Church has asked us to take a step back a try to engage in dialogue,” he continued.

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“I believe it is possible to engage in a meaningful conversation with an individual, but never with a mob.”

And what a mob it was. Łancucki said there were there two groups of protesters on Sunday, the larger being thousands of Poles, misinformed as to what the constitutional ruling will actually outlaw, showing their anger again and hatred for the Church, and the smaller group composed of far-left activists.

According to the young Catholic, the first group rightly sees the Catholic Church as the source of moral order in Poland, whereas the second “consists of radical leftists, anarchists, and communists who know well what is their end goal — the same cliches that they want anywhere else in the world at this moment: to put an end to religion, to demolish the patriarchy, to fight with capitalism, and to sexually liberate all.”

There were many women among the pro-abortion demonstrators, Łancucki said, and the majority of them seemed between 16 and 35 years old. Their disgust for children with Down syndrome was audible.

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“They were equating saving the life of an unborn with fascism, Nazism, totalitarianism, and hatred of women,” he said.

“Their language was far from civil:  for hours they repeatedly shouted, ‘You raise your Down’ (referring to kids with Down syndrome); ‘F--- off’; ‘F--- the Church’; ‘Our body, our choice’; and the like. When we tried to talk with smaller groups, we often spotted individuals under the influence of drugs and alcohol.”

What has happened to Catholic Poland?

Visitors to Poland are used to thinking of the nation of a bastion of Catholicism, a place where saint John Paul II is still, somehow, the pope. However, Łancucki believes that the left’s “long march through the institutions” has come to fruition even there. 

“The left has completed its march through institutions, the very same march Rudi Dutschke prescribed as a necessary condition for the revolution,” he told LifeSiteNews.

“One can say that it is a total failure on the part of the Church and Polish education system,” he continued.  

“Conservatives neglected the education in Poland while at the very same time the international left has funded countless initiatives since the 1990s to reform and inform the educators. Far too long were we at ease, thinking that the living memory of JPII is all that Poland needed to remain Catholic and conservative.”

But the conservative movements ceded entertainment and pop culture to the left, with fatal results.

“There are hardly any popular TV shows or books even subtly promoting Christian and conservative values," Łancucki said.  

“Modern Christian music is unattractive, and Christian movie productions are often inaccessible to the modern mind, not to mention the art. Polish youths are the very same youths of France, Ireland, and the U.S.: not at all immune to the global trends and secularization. We need to be brave and restore everything in Christ.”

The Church has not risen to the challenge, he believes. Although orthodox “in many regards,” it has not found the new language necessary to connect with the new generation of Poles. Guitar Masses, an over-reliance on the memory of John Paul II, and “infantalized catechesis” has led to indifference and apostasy.

“Over the years, our youths started following and listening to the very same celebrities that corrupt the brains of many in the West,” the young father said.

“Poles are watching the same movies and subscribing to the very same Netflix.”

Meanwhile, the “revolution” now taking place in Poland is the same that became palpable in Western Europe of the 1960s.

“Little by little, we saw a formation of numerous Saul Alinsky–style community organizing associations and groups funded by the international left and the likes of George Soros,"  Łancucki said.

“One notable source of such financial disruption is the [Soros-funded] Stefan Batory Foundation that funnelled tens of millions of zlotys [into Poland] over the course of many years.”

Ultimately, Łancucki is “proud” that he and other Cracovians managed to stop several acts of vandalism and “shown the anarchists that they are not welcome in the house of God unless they came to worship.”

“Further, we have managed to clean every single church, and we took down every single hanger, poster, and pro-abortion sign in the town,” he added.

“I am especially proud of what we have done with the candles scattered around town by the protesters. We disposed of those marked with [obscene] signs and stickers and turned the rest into makeshift prayer altars for the intention of the unborn.”

He added that despite the lack of hierarchical Church support, religious brothers and priests helped to remove the offensive anti-Catholic displays.

This morning, veteran Polish journalist Grzegorz Górny told LifeSiteNews that Catholic Poles are feeling very alone against the pro-abortion attacks.

“There were no voices of support from around the world for the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, the ruling right wing and Polish Catholics,” Górny stated by email.

Reflecting on earlier coverage, he said, “Nobody said it was a historic event. Nobody said that the Polish pro-life decision goes against all global trends.”

To congratulate the Polish pro-life movement for their historic victory in defense of human life, and to offer material, emotional, and/or spiritual support, please contact:

Adw. Jerzy Kwaśniewski, President
The Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture
Zielna 39
00-108 Warszawa
Poland

Tel: +48 22 404 38 50
Fax +48 22 127 91 25

[email protected]

&

Fundacja Pro-Prawo do Życia

ul. J. I. Kraszewskiego 27/22
05-800 Pruszków

Tel: +48 608 594 158

[email protected]


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Vatican press office orders silence about Pope’s same-sex union comments

Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 6:27 pm EST
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VATICAN CITY, October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In the wake of the confusion surrounding Pope Francis’s recent comments on same-sex unions, the Vatican Communications department has ordered its journalists not to mention anything about the documentary. 

Il Fatto Quotidiano reported on Thursday, that they had received an email from the editorial directors of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication, signed by Massimiliano Menichetti, the head of Radio Vaticana - Vatican News. 

The email reads: “Good day everyone, in reference to the uproar stirred up by the film ‘Francesco’ by the Russian director Evgeny Afineevsky, for now we are not coming out with ANY news, either on the radio or on the web. Nothing also about the film or the award given today in the Vatican. There is an active discussion about how to address the current media crisis. A statement from the Press Office is not excluded. Please report to me if you can, both in the middle of the day and at the end of the day, any reactions from listeners and followers. It is not necessary to send me the actual comments, it’s enough to send me two lines summarizing it. Thank you, Massimiliano Menichetti.”  

The email would perhaps serve to explain the Vatican media blackout which has been in place since the news broke on Wednesday about the Pope’s comments in the documentary, FrancescoAmerica magazine noted that the Vatican Press Office has remained quiet “only because it knows that this is what the pope wants.” 

Despite this directive to the Vatican press, the Pope showed his approval by giving an audience to the film’s director Evgeny Afineevsky, in the Paul VI Hall before the normal Wednesday general audience.  

Francesco was then shown at the Rome Film Fest, an event directed by Antonio Monda, the brother of L’Osservatore Romano editor, Andrea Monda. The film even received the “Kinéo Movie for Humanity Award,” which is awarded to those who “promote social and humanitarian themes.” The ceremony was held in the Vatican gardens. 

However, questions have arisen surrounding the actual context of the Pope’s statements in the documentary and how Afineevsky, himself a homosexual, came across such footage.  

In 2017 Afineevsky had asked then-head of Vatican Communications, Monsignor Dario Vigano, if he could make a documentary about the Pope. When Vigano resigned after tampering with a letter from Pope Benedict XVI concerning Pope Francis, his replacement Paulo Ruffini allowed Afineevsky to continue with his project and have access to the Vatican television archives. 

America magazine reported that Afineevsky wished to conduct a personal video interview with the Pope, but was denied. Nevertheless, with his access to the archives, Afineevsky discovered unedited footage of a 2019 interview the Pope gave to Valentina Alexraki for Mexico television, Televisa.  

That interview had been conducted using Vatican cameras and the resulting footage remained the property of the Vatican, who edited the content before releasing it back to Televisa.  

America stated that “the Vatican did not edit or remove any part of what Francis said in the interview without his prior agreement.” 

However, Afineevsky was able to use the unedited version of the Televisa interview, and seemingly selectively compiled the answers to different questions, to use in his film. Whilst Afineevsky originally claimed that the Pope’s comments on same-sex unions were from an interview he conducted, it later emerged that he had in fact used the footage from the Televisa interview.  

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In light of the news of the Pope’s support for same-sex unions, Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of Jesuit magazine La Civiltà Cattolicareferred back to the Televisa interview: “Thus there is nothing new. We are talking about an interview that was already given some time ago that was already passed on by the reception of the press.” 

These words of the Pope from the documentary are not found in the official transcript of the Televisa interview: “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it. What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.” 

Whilst the Vatican Press department had edited the remarks about same-sex unions out of the Televisa interview, as was custom in accord with the Pope’s wishes, America sourced the unedited version.  

Regarding the phrase of civil unions, the relevant passage is drawn from an answer to whether he had become more liberal on the subject of same-sex unions. Pope Francis said, “The grace of the Holy Spirit certainly exists. I have always defended the doctrine. And it is curious that in the law on homosexual marriage…. It is an incongruity to speak of homosexual marriage. But what we have to have is a law of civil union (ley de convivencia civil), so they have the right to be legally covered.” This answer was not contained in the edited version of the interview. 

Confusion about the comments in Francesco remains, yet neither the Vatican Press Office nor the Pope have responded to requests or demonstrations asking for clarity.  

However, it seems that the Pope had already seen the film with Afineevsky in August, with the director showing the Pope his work on his iPad. After having seen the film, Pope Francis still gave his approval to Afineevsky in the private meeting on October 21. 

Commenting on the event, Damian Thompson, Associate Editor of The Spectatorclaimed that the Pope had outwitted the Vatican Press office: “It was the Pope who backed gay civil unions, outmanoeuvring his own press office (who had tried to kill the story) and humiliating orthodox papalators. There is no longer a single Catholic narrative on this topic – exactly what he intended.” 


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Watch the US Senate’s final vote on confirming Barrett to the Supreme Court HERE

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Senate will vote on confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court tonight beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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UK police violently break up huge London anti-lockdown protest

‘We believe that the coronavirus regulations that are in place are not proportionate and appropriate, and are causing more harm than good,’ Save Our Rights UK stated.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 6:09 pm EST
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LONDON, October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Anti-lockdown protestors calling for freedom and an end to tyranny were violently dispersed by police on Saturday. 

The protest was organized by Save Our Rights UK, and organizers estimated that between 50,000 and 100,000 people attended.  

Under the banner “Stop the New Normal,” the march made its way from Hyde Park to Buckingham Palace and then to Trafalgar Square. The protestors also stopped at Scotland Yard, the headquarters of London Metropolitan Police, in order to say “what we think of the policing and what we think of how the laws have been presented.” 

The marchers chanted slogans, shouting “we are the 99 percent,” making reference to the percentage of those who survive having COVID-19. Others joined in singing “I would rather be a human than a slave.” Once in Trafalgar Square, speakers gave talks to the crowd while police watched. 

However, the Metropolitan Police soon moved in to disband the protest. Commander Adelekan, leading the police force at the scenestated that he “became increasingly concerned that those in the crowd were not maintaining social distancing or adhering to the terms of their own risk assessment.” 

Adelekan continued: “(Organizers) did not take reasonable steps to keep protesters safe which then voided their risk assessment. At this point, officers then took action to disperse crowds in the interests of public safety. I am grateful that the vast majority of people listened to officers and quickly left the area.” 

Graphic videos have appeared online, recording the steps that police took, with footage showing police shoving and forcefully throwing people to the ground. One video shows the police en masse chasing a protestor and pinning him to the ground. 

Save Our Rights posted on Facebook that a group of around 2,000 had become detached from the main protest and were “kettled and subject to police brutality down at Westminster bridge.” The organization added that the police “didn’t dare do this when we were all together even when we were right outside Scotland Yard.” 

Adelekan briefly noted the occurrence differently: “Frustratingly, a small minority became obstructive, deliberately ignoring officers’ instructions and blocking Westminster Bridge.” However, the Guardian newspaper reported that it was the police who actually blocked the bridge. Eighteen people were arrested as a result, with the police charging them for violating coronavirus restrictions, “assaulting an emergency service worker, violent disorder and for being wanted.” 

The police violence comes on the heels of footage from an anti-lockdown protest last month, when riot police stormed the peaceful crowd, beating the protestors with batons and leaving many bloodied. 

A Black Lives Matter protest was also organized on October 24 to protest police brutality in Nigeria. In contrast, footage of the event showed the police were present, but did not attempt to disperse the crowds, despite them being in violation of the “social distancing” protocol.  

Louise Creffield, the founder of Save Our Rights U.K, said of the protest on Saturday, “We believe that the coronavirus regulations that are in place are not proportionate and appropriate, and are causing more harm than good. We are very concerned with protecting people’s human rights: right to privacy, family life, bodily autonomy, medical freedoms, and so on.” 

The anti-lockdown protest is merely the latest of many that have been taking place in the capital city and across the country. It comes in the wake of new restrictions announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, dividing the country into one of three levels of lockdowns.  

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More than half the population is now under some level of lockdown and in some places the army has been deployed to ensure that lockdown rules are obeyed.  


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Venezuela’s far-left leader uses Pope Francis’ backing of gay civil unions to push for same-sex ‘marriage’

Maduro citing the Pope's comments asked his country’s National Assembly to discuss same-sex 'marriage' during its next term
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 5:00 pm EST
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VENEZUELA,  October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Citing Pope Francis’ recent comments in favor of homosexual civil unions, Venezuela’s far-left president Nicolas Maduro asked his country’s National Assembly to discuss same-sex “marriage” during its next term.

“I have friends and acquaintances who were very happy with what the Pope said yesterday…I will leave that task, the task of LGBT marriage, to the next National Assembly,” Reuters reports Maduro saying.

Maduro delivered his comments to the leaders of his Socialist Party at an event on October 22, the day after the release of the documentary, Francesco, in which the Pope made his remarks on civil unions for homosexuals that contradict previous Church teaching.

Pope Francis’ comments in the documentary included a statement on the need to enact civil union laws for the protection of same-sex couples. “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that,” the Pope said.

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The Venezuelan National Assembly would have to change the country’s civil code to legalize same-sex “marriage.” Article 44 of Venezuela’s civil code says that “matrimony can only be contracted between a single man and a single woman.”

An election for a new National Assembly is scheduled for December 6. The election has been denounced by critics as a fraudulent attempt by the illegitimate Maduro regime to consolidate its power. The legitimacy of the elections has been contested due to irregularities in its planning process and concern that the vote will be rigged. Rather than being appointed by the National Assembly as envisioned in the country’s constitution, the National Electoral Council was appointed by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, which is loyal to Maduro.

The opposition parties that make up the Democratic Unity Roundtable have agreed to boycott the election, and have received international support from the Lima Group, the International Contact Group, the European Union, and the United States. While the Venezuelan bishops’ conference has criticized the Maduro regime for its actions, it also criticized the opposition’s boycott.

Maduro has been on record supporting same-sex “marriage” since 2017. Planned parliamentary discussions of the were postponed once his legitimacy as president was contested after the country’s 2018 presidential election.

Maduro is not the only politician to have used Pope Francis’ remarks to advance the legal recognition of same-sex relationships. In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman, Harry Roque, indicated that the Pope’s words will be used to silence conservatives opposed to legalizing same-sex civil unions. “With no less than the Pope supporting it, I think even the most conservative of all Catholics in Congress should no longer have a basis for objecting,” he said.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin was nuncio to Venezuela during the dictatorship of Chavez until being recalled to Rome by Pope Francis. He was credited with re-establishing diplomatic relations with the Latin American Marxist regime.

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The long list of anti-life, anti-family abuses by Abp. Wilton Gregory, named a cardinal by Pope Francis

Wilton Gregory has a long history of heterodoxy, undermining pro-life efforts, and promoting homosexuality and homosexual activists.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 4:42 pm EST
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October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – On SundayPope Francis announced he is elevating Washington, D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, to the rank of cardinal.  

The announcement came just ten days ahead of the U.S. presidential election and the day before the U.S. Senate vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney BarrettPope Francis, who cited election proximity when denying a meeting to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in September, also took veiled shots at Trump in a new documentary in which he was featured. That documentary, Francescowas released on October 22.  

Gregory, arguably one of Trump’s most vocal critics in the American Catholic hierarchy, made headlines when he harshly condemned the president’s June visit to D.C.’s Saint John Paul II National ShrineThe visit had been long-plannedGregory had been invited, although his statement condemning Trump and the shrine did not mention that. 

“I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree,” said Gregory in a statement released the very hour of Trump’s visit.   

Gregory will be the first black U.S. cardinal, but one of the most deeply anti-family, anti-life cardinals in historyListed below are Gregory’s worst assaults on marriage, the sanctity of life, and the Church over his long, scandalous career as prelate 

Clerical sexual abuse

  • Gregory still unabashedly refers to the abuser-protecting Cardinal Joseph Bernardin as his “mentor” and “father.” 
    • Gregory was first ordained bishop in 1983 by then-archbishop Bernardin of Chicago and served as his auxiliary for years. 
    • Bernardin, himself accused of abuse, covered up numerous homosexual abusers and rapists while head of the Chicago archdiocese, as revealed in 2014. 
  • At his 2019 installation Mass, Gregory described disgraced Cardinal Donald Wuerl as his “cherished friend” and “a true Christian gentleman.” 
  • Gregory authorized, and allowed then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to help craft, the original 2002 Dallas Charter. The charter featured an ambiguous “zero tolerance” policy on sex abuse and rejected sanctions for bishops – and it was revealed in 2018 that McCarrick himself was a serial sex abuser. 
  • Gregory was held in contempt of court in 2004 for refusing to release records of an accused priest. 
  • While archbishop of Atlanta, he withheld names of credibly-accused Georgia priests for years. 
  • Gregory lobbied successfully against Georgia’s failed “Hidden Predator Act” of 2018, which would have extended the statute of limitations in order to prosecute sexual abuse crimes. 

Abortion

  • Gregory championed “pro-life” group that avowed abortion exceptions for rape and incest. He drove Catholics away from the state’s Right to Life chapter, splintering Georgia’s pro-life movement and facilitating abortions of the most vulnerable babies. 
  • Gregory referred to birth as the “first moment of a person’s human dignity” in June 2020. 
  • Under Gregory’s leadership, the Georgia Catholic Bishops Conference denounced efforts to enshrine unborn personhood into Georgia’s state constitution. Gregory had done so earlier, as well. 
  • As head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and in tandem with Cardinal McCarrick, Gregory withheld and mischaracterized a 2003 Vatican memo mandating that pro-abortion politicians not receive Communion. 
  • In 2002, he appointed partial-birth abortion supporter Leon Panetta to the USCCB National Review Board, calling him a “faithful Catholic.”
  • Gregory presided over funeral Mass in September 2019 for reporter Cokie Roberts, an ardent partial-birth abortion supporter, at D.C.’s cathedral. He allowed Nancy Pelosi to deliver the eulogy. 
    • Roberts explicitly advocated for partial-birth abortion and mocked its critics. 
    • In his homily, Gregory called Roberts a “wise woman of faith,” an “extraordinary, professional servant of the truth” who “believed in the word of God.” 

Homosexuality and transgenderism

  • In 2013, Gregory reinstated a homosexual Atlanta priest he had previously removed because a sexual relationship. 
  • Also in Atlanta, Gregory hosted the retreats of a dissident pro-LGBT Catholic group at his chancery and celebrated mass for them in 2014 and 2015. 
  • Denounced Georgia’s 2018 HB 757, which would have protected pastors from facing criminal penalties for not performing homosexual or transgender weddings. 
  • Invited pro-homsosexualist Father James Martin to speak in his archdiocese multiple times in 2018. 
  • Gregory appointed a homosexuality-affirming priest as spiritual advisor for Atlanta abuse victims in 2018, which was seen as a slap in the face to sex abuse survivors who suffered at the hands of predatory homosexual priests.
  • Has allowed the pro-LGBT ministry of a D.C. priest, including his dissident retreat with a group blacklisted by the Vatican. 
  • Tacitly affirmed the transgenderism of a “transgender Catholic” at a public event in 2019. 

Marriage and female ‘ordination’

  • Signaled openness to giving adulterers Holy Communion with his support of Amoris Laetitia, saying that the encyclical “challenges the church and its pastors to move beyond thinking everything is black and white.”  
    • He was “enthused” with the Pope’s apparent support for “the tremendous importance” of “the diversity of family situations.”  
  • Participated in far-left Cardinal Blase Cupich’s Amoris Laetitia symposium and seminars at Boston College in 2017 and 2018. 
    • Events featured supportive voices for female ordination, homosexuality, and gender ideology, among other things. 
  • Gregory was the keynote speaker of the 2017 annual conference of the Association of United State Catholic priests, which advocates for female ordination and “priest-less parishes.” 

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Judge rules Colorado discriminated against Christian churches with mask mandate

Congregants will now be allowed to remove their face masks as required for religious practice, such as singing
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 2:43 pm EST
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October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A federal court has put a hold on two of Colorado’s controversial restrictions on in-person religious services, noting that the government was holding religious functions to a different standard than those applied to secular ones.

While the ruling by US District Judge Daniel Domenico dismissed several legal challenges against COVID-19 rules brought by Denver Bible Church in Wheat Ridge and Community Baptist Church in Brighton, Domenico did side with the churches on mandatory masking and on capacity limits on in-person gatherings that don’t also apply to secular gatherings, the Denver Post reports.

“The Constitution does not allow the State to tell a congregation how large it can be when comparable secular gatherings are not so limited, or to tell a congregation that its reason for wishing to remove facial coverings is less important than a restaurant’s or spa’s,” Domenico wrote.

Under the ruling, churches will still be required to practice social distancing and follow sanitizing rules, and will still be forbidden from shaking hands. But congregants will be allowed to remove their face masks as required for religious practice, such as singing.

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Colorado health officials have said they plan to appeal the ruling, which they claim got the science wrong and erroneously attributed “bigotry targeted at religion” to the state’s motives. But in the meantime, Colorado Christians are grateful for their regained freedoms.

“We were so thankful that a federal court would recognize our God-given right to worship him, our creator, without the government interfering,” said Pastor Bob Enyart of Denver Bible Church, ABC 7 reports.

“This ruling is going to allow these churches to exercise their religious beliefs and carry on the religious worship without having to have a capacity limit or mask mandate in the course of doing so,” added Brad Bergford, an attorney representing the churches.


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UK passes COVID law: fines up to £10,000 for not self-isolating

In an incredible result, the bill was approved with 333 votes in favor and only 1 vote against
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 2:31 pm EST
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LONDON, U.K, October 26­, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) –MPs in the U.K Houses of Parliament have approved a bill allowing police to issue heavy fines and to use force on those whom they believe are not self-isolating due to COVID-19.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, issued the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020, which came into force on September 28 in the U.K. 

After growing anger amongst Parliament, Hancock promised MPs that they would be given permission to vote on the emergency powers which the government was using to tackle COVID-19. With the renewal of the Coronavirus Act at the end of September, October 22 marked the first time that MPs could have a say on the strict rules regarding self-isolation due to the virus.

In an incredible result, the bill was approved with 333 votes in favor and only 1 vote against coming from Sir Charles Walker, MP for Broxbourne. The vast majority of votes in favor of the bill came from the governing Conservative party, including from well-known Catholic MPs Jacob Ress-Mogg and Iain Duncan Smith. Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not vote. The entire Labour party (the U.K.’s major opposition party) abstained. 

The self-isolation bill states that if someone has either tested positive for COVID-19, or come into close contact with someone else who has tested positive, or has a child who falls into either category, then they must self-isolate for up to 14 days.

Next the bill outlines how it will be enforced. If an “authorised person…has reasonable grounds to believe” that an individual is not self-isolating, he may “direct” or “remove” the person back to their place for self-isolation. The “authorised person…may use reasonable force, if necessary, in exercise of the power” in order to encourage or ensure compliance with the law.

The bill declares that an authorised person can be interpreted as widely as “a constable, a police community support officer, a person designated by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this regulation” or even “an officer designated by the relevant local authority for the purposes of this regulation.”

This particular clause was the source of concern for some in the House of Lords, with one member registering his distress: “Is that any officer of a local authority? Could it be a director of finance, a refuse collector or a traffic warden?” He continued: “the powers that the Government have given to a local authority…are far too wide…emergency regulation has to stop.”

In order “to maintain public health” and “public order”, these authorised persons can also issue heavy fines. The first fine for failing to self-isolate is set at £1,000; by the time of the fourth and for any future fines, the amount is £10,000.

The passing of the bill comes on the heels of the news of the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) bill, which is likely to be approved soon. The CHIS bill would permit a large number of public authorities to commit crimes, if it was deemed necessary in the interests of preventing crime and disorder, or in the interests of national security and economic well-being. 

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Human rights groups have warned that the new CHIS bill does not expressly forbid murder, rape or torture, and could see the U.K. government ignore the Human Rights Act.

One of the many governmental departments to whom this provision is extended to, is the Department for Health and Social Care, for which Hancock is the government minister responsible.


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Priest: Silent bishops will have blood of aborted babies on their hands if Biden wins presidency

Fr. James Altman noted the 'abject failure' of bishops to tell Catholics the truth that they 'can’t be Catholic and vote for a Democrat that supports the murder of babies'
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 1:07 pm EST
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LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN, October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Embattled pro-life Catholic priest Fr. James Altman has tripled down on his defense of unborn children, despite liberal clergy, and even his own bishop, attacking him for stating that no Catholic can vote Democrat due to the party’s championing of abortion on demand.

During an interview with LifeSiteNews correspondent Danielle Zuccaro at the priest’s home parish St. James the Less last week, Altman emphatically stated that US bishops who refuse to warn Catholics about voting for Joe Biden would have “blood on their hands” if Biden wins the presidency on November 3rd.

“There’s been way too much consistency on the abject failure of shepherds of the church to tell the people the truth: you can’t be Catholic and vote for a Democrat that supports the murder of babies!”

“If Biden wins, I blame the majority of Catholic bishops who have not spoken up as they have a duty to speak up. It is their fault and the blood of every baby thereafter is on their hands,” he continued.

Altman has been the focus of much debate within the Catholic Church in recent weeks. He’s been praised by pro-life and conservative bishops like Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, but has drawn the ire of LGBT-affirming priests like Fr. James Martin. LifeSite launched a petition in support of Altman that has received nearly 75,000 signatures. Last month, LifeSite hand-delivered that petition to him.

Altman further stated that a Catholic who votes for pro-abortion candidates is in “material cooperation” with evil. Rejecting the so-called “seamless garment of life” ethic that attempts to put abortion on par with other social justice issues, Altman explained that, “10,000 babies are going to be murdered this Saturday. Don’t talk to me about immigration!”

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Altman concluded the interview by stating, “if you think there’s any issue more important than the babies, well, good luck with that one on Judgment Day…if you think there’s something more important than that big plastic garbage bag full of [aborted] babies, you are inhuman. You are diabolical. You are evil beyond measurement.”


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WATCH: 2020 election video urges patriots to vote to ‘Keep America Free’

The video draws on Reagan’s 1961 speech to the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce: 'But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same.'
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UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” It is these words of President Ronald Reagan that open a new video, urging Americans to take note of the revolution taking place in society and to earnestly defend freedom.

The video draws on Reagan’s 1961 speech to the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce: “But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same.”

You can view the video here.

Reagan continues: “And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.”

The video presents the shocking footage of the civil unrest which has swept through America and the world at large, beginning with the attack on the police forces, the liberal notion of “reimagining policing” and the call to defund the police. The so-called Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots resulted in over 700 police officers injured by June alone, and has resulted in calls for the police force to be abolished in Minneapolis, opening the door to communist rule.

The footage also shows the grave danger of the BLM rioters, who are seeking to erase history, by tearing down statues of those who do not fit their revolutionary agenda, and even targeting religious statues. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is seen condoning the rioters with the words, “people will do what they do.”

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It is not just these issues which the video covers, for it also warns about the liberal agenda to undermine 2nd Amendment Rights, as well as the massive online censorship which is levelled against conservativespro-life and religious groups. 

All these elements are combined in what the video terms the “total control agenda” which is furthered by the “cancel culture.” 

It further highlights the tax-funded abortion industry, corruption occurring in political corridors, and the ever increasing control exercised over the lives of individuals through the emergence of socialism. 

U.S. Attorney General Barr is shown warning that: “The left wants power, because that is essentially their state of grace and their secular religion. They want to run people’s lives so they can design utopia for all of us.”

However, the video calls also for hope and points viewers back to the understanding that “there is a Creator there to give the inalienable rights” and focuses on the “divine truth, that changed the world for ever…that we are all endowed with the same divine rights given us by our Creator in heaven.”

President Trump’s words ring out towards the close: “And that which God has given us, we will allow no one ever to take away.”

The video concludes by appealing to Americans to recover the patriotic spirit of the Declaration of Independence and “Keep America Free.”

Unfortunately, LifeSiteNews has thus far been unable to locate a source for the video in order to embed it into this article. But with all that is at stake in the upcoming election this powerful video deserves to be viewed and shared widely. You can view the video here.


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Pro-aborts attack Polish churches in revenge for historic pro-life Supreme Court ruling

Warsaw, Krakow, and Poznań were among the cities in which Catholic churches were targeted for attack yesterday.  For example, pro-abortion protesters invaded Poznań Cathedral during Mass, chained themselves to the altar rails and occupied the historic building for a few hours.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 11:09 am EST
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POLAND, October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― Bands of pro-abortion activists attacked Catholic churches in Polish cities yesterday, amidst days of protest following a historic pro-life legal ruling that eugenic abortion violates the Polish Constitution.

“Crowds of people took to the streets screaming ‘Get the f*** out’,” journalist Krystian Kratiuk told LifeSiteNews over email, and explained that this is the “official slogan” of the four-day-old pro-abortion protest. 

“On Sunday they organized an action of attacking churches, entering them, interrupting Masses and shouting ‘get the f*** out’ in front of [them],” Kratiuk added.  

“Left-wing MPs do the same and the mainstream journalists loudly support the crime, as interrupting Mass is in Poland.” 

Warsaw, Krakow, and Poznań were among the cities in which Catholic churches were targeted for attack yesterday.  For example, pro-abortion protesters invaded Poznań Cathedral during Mass, chained themselves to the altar rails and occupied the historic building for a few hours. Their signs expressed such sentiments as “Catholics also need abortion” and “Shame.”  

On Saturday they had demonstrated outside Poznań’s Bishop’s Palace and some forced their way inside.

“Mostly the protests look like this: they enter the church with their signs and stand before the altar with them,” Poznań native Bartosz Skrzypczak, 20, told LifeSiteNews over social media.

“But some of them are much more aggressive, as those in Poznań.”

Faithful Catholics across the country took upon themselves the task of protecting their churches from the pro-abortion demonstrators. One Pole, Piotr, 32, told LifeSiteNews that he helped patrol the streets of Krakow from 9 PM until midnight last night.  

“It was a bottom-up movement,” he explained, “inspired by some people connected to [political party] Konfederacja, with a special involvement of people in the National Movement.”

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“They decided to go into the streets to try to protect churches from being profaned or destroyed by the leftists. More people got involved, such as me ― I am not connected to any organization.”

The Krakow defenders met outside the offices of the Archdiocese of Krakow, where they divided into patrols to cover the city. Piotr helped patrol the area north of Krakow’s “Rynek” or central market square.  

 “We were patrolling the streets going from one church to another to make sure there were no flyers around, no posters anywhere, and if we had the chance, we removed [graffiti] written on the walls,” he said. 

“Fortunately, there was no violence involved.” 

Piotr’s patrol cleared away coat hangers, the perennial symbol of the pro-abortion movement, and put any candles left behind in front of memorials for the unborn. 

There had been a pro-abortion demonstration outside the archdiocesan offices, featuring posters, candles and coat hangers. When Piotr’s patrol returned at around 11 PM, the crowd had mostly dissolved, leaving only a few people to prevent the faithful Catholics from cleaning up the mess left behind. 

“Some of them looked like thugs, so we didn’t want to be confronted by them,” Piotr said, noting also that there was a police presence to prevent violence. He confirmed that pro-abortion protestors screamed profanities but only when in large groups. He also witnessed people on both sides of the issue arguing “in a civilized manner.” 

The famous pro-life activist Dr. Bawer Aondo-Akaa, PhD, who is half Nigerian, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was present at last night’s protest and counter-protest outside the archdiocesan offices. 

Piotr suggested that the attacks on Catholic churches and against a pro-life legal victory are unheard of in Poland.

“Such a decision by the supreme court would have not [sparked] such violence even five years ago,” he said. 

“Ever since the corona crisis started, ever since the pressure on society has been so great, people have really been on edge. I think this was a spark that made people already stressed out really aggressive and even more stressed.”

At the same time, Piotr identified the far-left so-called “Committee for the Defence of Democracy” (KOD) and its pro-abortion wing Strajk kobiet(“women’s strike”) as the principal instigators of the attacks on churches. 

“Their main leader is Marta Lempart,” he said. “She used to work for KOD, and it is suspected that KOD was financed by George Soros in the past.”  

Poland alone against pro-abortion attacks

Journalist Grzegorz Górny told LifesiteNews by email that Polish Catholics are saddened that the most dramatic response to Poland’s historic victory for the unborn was the wave of church attacks. He suggested that they feel betrayed by the Vatican and Catholics around the world. 

“Polish Catholics feel lonely after the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal,” he wrote. 

“We are witnessing a great attack against Poland: in the European Parliament, in the Western media, among the EU political elite. Polish leftists have been organizing street demonstrations for four days, they are aggressive, throw stones at the police, destroy the offices of PiS MPs, paint offensive slogans on churches (and even on the Ronald Reagan monument in Warsaw), and disrupt Holy Masses,” he continued.  

“There were no voices of support from around the world for the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, the ruling right wing and Polish Catholics. Nobody said it was a historic event. Nobody said that the Polish pro-life decision goes against all global trends.” 

“Francis didn't say a word during the Angelus. [The Vatican newspaper] ‘Osservatore Romano’ and [Italian Catholic journal] ‘Avvenire’ published only short information [pieces] without a word of comment. Even in Catholic media in the world there are no positive comments. There is silence or short information without comment. We have the impression that nobody in the Catholic world cares about it.”

Last Thursday, following many years of lobbying by Poland’s pro-life movement through the nation’s parliamentary system, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled that aborting unborn children because they had Down syndrome, other genetic conditions or illnesses was unconstitutional.

To congratulate the Polish pro-life movement for their historic victory in defense of human live, and to offer emotional and spiritual support, please contact: 

 

Adw. Jerzy Kwaśniewski, President 

The Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture

Zielna 39

00-108 Warszawa

Poland

Tel: +48 22 404 38 50

Fax +48 22 127 91 25

[email protected]

 

&

  

Fundacja Pro-Prawo do Życia

ul. J. I. Kraszewskiego 27/22 05-800 Pruszków 

Poland

Tel: +48 608 594 158

[email protected]


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Pope Francis’s call for civil union laws requires faithful resistance

The break from Church teaching has caused confusion and Catholics have a right to reject errors.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 9:08 pm EST
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October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) -- Catholics have long extended the benefit of the doubt to Pope Francis when he frequently veers off the path of orthodoxy. With his latest statement regarding same-sex civil unions, there are no benefits in entertaining doubts. Many Catholics sense something is terribly wrong. 

“What we have to create is a civil union law,” says the pope in the documentary, “Francesco,” just released at a premiere in Rome. “That way, they are legally covered.” 

Francis’s declaration that homosexual couples need the legal protection of civil unions to protect their “right to a family” leaves no doubt that he is breaking from the Roman Catholic Church’s official teaching. A legal union centered on an intrinsically evil sexual act validates that gravely sinful act. The acceptance of such unions and their constitutive acts brings down the whole edifice of Catholic moral and social teaching. It is self-evident. It does not take a doctorate in theology to understand. Liberal media worldwide are gleefully proclaiming this rupture with the faith, making it public and notorious. 

The disastrous effects of the 'Francesco' statement

As usual, the Holy See is not denying or “clarifying” the statement in any substantial way. Some seek to restore the benefit of the doubt. The faithful are reminded that his off the cuff statements are only “personal opinion” and do not reflect official Church teaching or magisterium. Others point out that often there are errors of contexts and translation that could give this statement other meanings. However, others note that support for civil unions is not new for the pope. He has expressed this position in the past. What makes this statement different is its timing, clearer formulation and universal diffusion. 

The statement and the fact that Pope Francis is unlikely to retract it and affirm his unqualified adhesion to official Church teaching on the matter makes these sugarcoating interpretations pointless.

The statement spread uncertainty at a time when clarity is most needed. This new episode does what prior statements did: It confuses the faithful.  

Two things are certain. There can be no doubt the statement will leave the most faithful pew-sitting Catholics scrambling in the dark to defend themselves as best they can in their discussion of Pope Francis’s position with others. There can also be no doubt that the most heretical Catholic liberals will applaud this scandalous statement to support their leftist agendas. Pro-LGBTQ+ activist Jesuit Father James Martin, for example, called it “a big step forward.” 

Meanwhile, God is offended, the crisis inside the Church accelerates, and countless souls are lost for all eternity.

Not an isolated incident

The debate over the latest statement cannot be seen as an isolated fact. It should be inserted into an unbroken series of statements that embrace many aspects of Catholic morals and teaching. These are not random affirmations. They form a coherent whole. 

What has surfaced over the years of Pope Francis’s pontificate is a body of consistent statements challenging Church teachings.  How can such “personal opinions” be reconciled with the holding of the papal office? Experts will study the canonical and theological implications of this delicate question, but what is clear to the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics is that a paradigm shift inside the Church has occurred in Pope Francis’s pontificate. It is reflected throughout his official policy and governance. These attitudes have tragic consequences for the faithful in their daily lives and sanctification.  

In matters of faith and morals, the pope cannot entertain “personal” heterodox opinions. It endangers souls. No pope, bishop or priest can do this. No pastor can express approval for an intrinsically evil sexual relationship that will drag its participants to Hell unless they repent. No pastor can pursue a “personal” parallel magisterium in the form of “unofficial” acts, interviews, gestures and conversations that endorse doctrine and morals contrary to the Catholic faith.

A paradigm shift

This rupture with traditional Catholic magisterium is well documented in the 2018 book, Pope Francis’s “Paradigm Shift”: Continuity or Rupture in the Mission of the Church? An Assessment of His Pontificate’s First Five Years. Author José António Ureta — a senior French TFP member — takes a critical look at the overwhelming evidence of cases where the pope has challenged and denied traditional Church teaching, including that which condemns same-sex civil unions. 

This paradigm shift manifests itself in acts, statements and attitudes, in which he calls for a radical ecological and mystical agenda, unbridled immigration and opening up to Islam. He has promoted religious indifferentism, moral and sexual relativism and neo-Marxist popular movements. A more recent scandal of this break was the deplorable worship of the Andean idol goddess, Pachamama, at the Amazon Synod in Rome in October 2019.

The break is clear. There can be no doubt. The “Francesco” statement on civil unions is one more in a long list of grave denials. The painful conclusion is that Francis’s personal opinions do not reflect Church teaching.

To resist the Pope’s errors is a right and duty

What is unclear to hundreds of millions of the faithful is what should aghast Catholics do in the face of this crisis that is uniquely monumental in Church history. 

In his book, Mr. Ureta shows that the Church teaches that the pope is infallible only under certain circumstances. Outside of them, he can err. However, when the pope errs, Catholics must not err with him. Once it is seen that Francis contradicts the traditional teachings of the Church Magisterium, the faithful have the right and duty to resist his errors. This legitimate yet most respectful resistance to error in Church shepherds and even the Supreme Pontiff is defended by St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Robert Bellarmine, Suarez, Vitoria and other theological giants. 

Nor is such resistance uncommon in the history of the Church.  Public resistance is a duty when attitudes endanger the faith. The author cites the model of resistance employed by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira in 1974 in the face of the Vatican’s policy of détente toward communist governments. His reverent yet firm attitude was expressed in moving words: “In this filial act, we say to the Pastor of Pastors: Our soul is yours, our life is yours. Order us to do whatever you wish. Only do not order us to do nothing in the face of the assailing red wolf. To this, our conscience is opposed.”

Faithful resistance amid the blows

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Thus, in response to the pope’s “Francesco” statement on civil unions, Catholics must reject and resist it. They should employ every means possible to oppose this grievous error.

This includes resisting all shepherds who follow Pope Francis in this error, especially those like Father Martin, who promote it. Mr. Ureta likens the situation of faithful Catholics to that of a wife and children of a psychologically abusive husband and father. Without abandoning the family home, mother and children may legitimately isolate themselves from the father and avoid regular contact to defend themselves against his evil ways. In this manner, the indissoluble marriage bond is not broken, and the father is encouraged to repent. 

Instead of revolting and leaving the Church, Catholics with this calm attitude of firm but reverent resistance can help save the Church. In the words of TFP founder Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira: “God calls us to be the sheep who resist the urge to bolt and flee when the shepherd abuses them repeatedly with his staff. Instead, we are called to stay and fight even when suffering this abuse. God wants this so that when He decides in His Mercy to send good shepherds again to His flock, there will be a flock for them to govern.

Thus, Catholics should defend themselves and serenely resist the actions of pastors at all levels who endanger the faith. They can react with clarity and charity, distancing themselves from the actions of these errant pastors. They can help dispel the doubts in the souls of fellow Catholics, explaining to them how to remain faithful to Christ every time Pope Francis makes unorthodox declarations. 

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


  catholic, civil unions, francesco, homosexuality, lgbtq, magisterium, pope francis, same-sex civil unions

Opinion

Why this Hispanic American will be voting for Trump

I want to explain to you as simply as I can why Donald Trump is the only logical vote for me, a Hispanic American.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 11:02 am EST
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October 26, 2020 (LifeSifeNews) — I want to explain to you as simply as I can why Donald Trump is the only logical vote for me, a Hispanic American.

My family came to America when I was eleven years old. Like every immigrant family before us, we came seeking the opportunity that only America can offer to those who are willing to work hard in the pursuit of their dreams.

My mom and stepdad came to the United States to become microbiologists. To make ends meet we grew vegetables and sold them on the weekends at the famers' market. We also delivered phone books in the Wisconsin winter. My sister and I even tried to help assembling pens and recycling bottles and cans. We shopped at Goodwill and spent a lot of time hanging around our parents' labs as they worked late into the night to finish their experiments.

The first thing we learned as immigrants is that getting ahead takes a lot of hard work. We were blessed to experience firsthand that in America, if you work hard and don't make excuses, you will get ahead. It is not in our DNA to expect that the government should provide us jobs, health care, housing, or anything else that we can provide for ourselves. Put simply, we have found out from the experience of our hardworking parents and families that individual hard work and personal responsibility are the key to success, not the leftist politics of class envy and redistribution of wealth.

This is the first reason why I am voting for Trump: Trump represents the idea that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in America. That opportunity is why most Hispanic Americans came to the United States, and that is what we want to see passed down to our children.

Although we certainly worked very hard, we also had a lot of help and encouragement. Our schools would always waive our activity fees for extracurricular activities. My soccer club allowed my stepdad to be an assistant coach in order to waive my fees. The old farmer who allowed us to cultivate his unused fields decided not to charge us anything in order to help us out. Kind neighbors invited us to eat fancy ice cream that we could never afford. 

This is the second reason I am voting for Donald Trump: Hispanic Americans love America and we are not attracted to those who want to see us as victims of a supposedly unjust system. Americans are good and generous people who love to voluntarily help people in their community. My family had no right to so much kindness, and for that, my family and I will always be grateful and reject the anti-American rhetoric of the left. Hispanic immigrants are proud to be fully American, just as we are proud of our Hispanic heritage. We are proud of America's success because it is our own success, too! The sense of belonging to a country that rewards honest hard work is what makes us patriotic. As American patriots, we reject the leftist narrative of self-loathing. The notion that America is institutionally racist, sexist, xenophobic, and exploitative is just plain ridiculous to Hispanic Americans who know that nobody loves an underdog and is willing to lend a helping hand more than an American.

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The third reason I am voting for Donald Trump is that I don't believe that America is a racist country, and I don't believe that Donald Trump is a racist. Colorblindness is built into Hispanic American culture, and trying to appeal to us based on our race not only doesn't work, but is seen as racist in and of itself.

Hispanic Americans are not a racial group. This is deeply misunderstood by most American political campaigns on the left and also on the right. Identity politics based on race are not successful with Hispanic Americans because we just don't identify ourselves by our race. I credit this to the wonderful Catholic missionary spirit of my Spanish forebears who evangelized all races of people as brothers and sisters in Christ. This resulted not only in a lot of racial mixing, but also in the forming of our collective identity around values other than our race. A Peruvian who might be racially indigenous (like my wife) will usually have much more in common with a white Spaniard like me than I do with a white Italian or Frenchman. So when the left tries to portray itself as the only party for black and brown people, most Hispanic Americans don't care and don't buy it because we don't identify ourselves by our race. All Lives Matter, period.

While Hispanic Americans don't share a race, we do share many values. At the top of our list are family values. We abhor the killing of children through abortion; we believe that marriage is the foundation of a family and is possible only between one man and one woman; and we are horrified by the normalization of transgenderism, especially when it comes to exposing our children to it in schools. 

The fourth reason I am voting for Donald Trump is that the Democratic Party has adopted abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and transgenderism as its religion. If you profess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and not the federal government, you have no place in the modern Democratic Party. As the chairman of the Democratic National Committee said in 2017, if you’re pro-life, you're not welcome in the party. 

While Republicans, including Donald Trump, are not unified in rejecting same-sex “marriage” and gender ideology, it is clear that the alternative is a Democratic Party that wants to impose these radical ideologies on everyone, especially children in public schools. Worst of all, Joe Biden has stated repeatedly that he supports taxpayer-funded abortion.

Hispanic Americans are willing to forgive Donald Trump’s sometimes insensitive words because we understand that he is a proud New York businessman who doesn’t apologize for his success. He is also proud to be an American, and he refuses to give in to racist identity politics. And while it would be a lie to say he is the perfect model of a Christian family man, the fact is that during his first term as president, he has had the courage to fight the destruction of our family values by defending the right to life, the traditional family, and our religious freedom against the constant attacks of the left. 

The choice could not be clearer. Trump will be better for business and the economy. Trump is a proud American and will not apologize for putting American interests first against the enemies of the United States, both foreign and domestic. Trump will not bend the knee to the racist bullies of BLM and the anarchists of Antifa. And most importantly of all, Trump will continue to stand with Christians on life and religious freedom. Can you say the same for Joe Biden?


  2020 election, abortion, donald trump, hispanics, homosexuality, identity politics

Opinion

Bishop Schneider: Deception via hairsplitting – civil ‘union’ vs ‘cohabitation’

Every normal-thinking person understands the expression that the Pope uses here as a form of a cohabitation legally recognized by the state, as a stable cohabitation ('Convivencia') of a homosexual couple, and thus as a legal recognition of the homosexual lifestyle.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 10:31 am EST
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October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In the documentary film “Francesco” that premiered on October 21st 2020 as part of the Rome Film Festival Pope Francis used the expression “convivencia civil” instead of “union civil”, asking thereby, nevertheless, that a civil law of cohabitation be created for homosexual persons, so that they are legally covered. Both expressions “convivencia civil” and “union civil” have, however, substantially the same meaning, as it is manifest also for instance in the Argentinian legislation. On December 17, 2002 a law called “Law of Homosexual Cohabitation”, in the original Spanish langue called “Ley de Convivencia Homosexual” No. 3376 was approved in the Province of Río Negro in Argentina. Article 1 provides that “Same-sex couples may make a sworn statement certifying their cohabitation (convivencia) before the competent authority”.

The juridical terms are different in some countries, but they all mean substantially the same thing, namely a cohabitation of a homosexual couple, as well as of a heterosexual couple, which means a stable extramarital cohabitation registered by the state. These juridical terms are for instance: “same-sex unions”, “union civil”, “convivencia homosexual”, “convivencia civil”, “registered partnership”, “Eingetragene Partnerschaften” and others.

The support of legal forms of a stable cohabitation of two homosexual persons, asserting at the same time, that homosexual acts remain immoral, and that the two homosexual persons registered in that legal form will live in sexual abstinence, represents a factual contradiction. In spite of a theoretical assertion of the immorality of homosexual acts, such a support makes de facto part of the general ideological and juridical propaganda to legalize and recognize the alleged goodness of the homosexual lifestyle and of homosexual acts. Furthermore, it is completely naive and out of touch with reality to assume that civil forms of a stable cohabitation of two homosexual persons will help them to live sexual abstinence. To assume that would presuppose that there should be an article in the legal statute of the homosexual cohabitation, which would stipulate more or less this: “The two partners of the civil cohabitation must live in sexual abstinence”. However, that would be ridiculed as a joke. No person with common sense would believe that two homosexual persons who register their stable cohabitation are living in sexual abstinence, just as nobody would believe that a heterosexual couple who registered their stable cohabitation are living in sexual abstinence.

Every normal-thinking person understands the expression that the Pope uses here as a form of a cohabitation legally recognized by the state, as a stable cohabitation (“Convivencia”) of a homosexual couple, and thus as a legal recognition of the homosexual lifestyle.

The wordplay with “civil cohabitation”, in Spanish “convivencia civil” and “civil unions” in Spanish “union civil” is in our case a sophism, a hairsplitting and a trick. It is reminiscent of the fairy tale of the emperor's new clothes. This wordplay is ultimately intellectually dishonest and does not convince anybody.

Any kind of a legally registered form of a stable cohabitation of two homosexual persons, no matter what you call it, is inherently immoral because it is a public scandal, a propaganda for the homosexual lifestyle, a constant and immediate danger of mortal sin for the two involved persons. A support of such a legal form is morally irresponsible, confusing, causing scandal, and producing a fatal effect. The claim to guarantee for a homosexual couple some civil rights as for instance inheritance, visiting in hospital and similar cases, is evidently a pretext. In fact, civil laws in democratic countries provide sufficiently for each citizen the regularization of such issues as inheritance, legal care etc., without needing to create a juridical form of a stable cohabitation of two homosexual persons. If homosexual persons honestly wish to live in sexual continence and practice the virtue of chastity, they will never demand a legal form of a stable cohabitation, since they know that such a mutual closeness will put them in immediate danger of mortal sin and even of habitual mortal sins of fornication. If homosexual persons honestly wish to live in sexual continence they will not engage in any form of civil cohabitation, in order to avoid even implicitly any support of the spread of the ideology of justification and legitimization of the homosexual lifestyle. Homosexual persons who honestly wish to live in sexual continence will also know that their civilly registered cohabitation will cause scandal.

In a time of worldwide, aggressive and demagogic propaganda for legitimizing homosexual behaviour and homosexual acts as morally good, affirmations by churchmen in favor of any kind of legally recognized forms of homosexual cohabitations, independently of the terms (unions, coexistence, cohabitation, partnership etc.) will de facto solidify this propaganda. The voice of the Church should do exactly the contrary and resist courageously by words and gestures full of clarity, calm and dignity this ideological propaganda that enslaves human dignity in a lifestyle which contradicts the will of God the Creator and the Redeemer of the dignity of human nature.

Intellectual honesty and sincere love for the truth are required and are worthy for all representatives of the Church to remain credible witnesses of the Divine law written in human nature and human reason and explicitly revealed in God’s Word in the Holy Scripture and unchangingly taught by the Church throughout two thousand years.

October 25th, 2020
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  athanasius schneider, catholic, civil unions, francesco film, homosexuality, pope francis

Blogs

Kanye West: Abortion has killed more black lives in 2020 than total US COVID death count

'We are in genocide'
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 1:34 pm EST
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October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – So, Kanye West — 2020 presidential candidate, rap artist, and (recently) self-described Christian — headed over to Texas for a conversation with Joe Rogan, and it was quite the ride. West talked about how he plans to create stadium churches; his brawls with the music industry executives; his (very American) path from hip hop to church and sort of back again; and his apparently very real political aspirations.

Despite accusations from the Left that Kanye West is running for president as the 2020 election cycle’s Jill Stein with an eye to screwing things up for Joe Biden, West dropped $3 million on his campaign last month alone. West assured Rogan that he is running to win—although he was pretty vague on the particulars. “It was something that God put in my heart back in 2015,” West told a surprisingly straight-faced and very secular Rogan. “A few days before the MTV Awards it hit me in the shower. When I first thought of it, I just started laughing to myself and all this joy came over my body, through my soul. I felt that energy. I felt that spirit.”

When Rogan suggested that he might want to take a shot at a governorship first like Ronald Reagan, West shrugged it off, clearly having none of it. “If it’s in God’s plan that part of my path is to be the governor then that’s fine, but my calling is to be the leader of the free world,” he replied resolutely. Trump’s team might be hoping that West voters act as a spoiler for Biden, but West clearly has his own plans.

West also referenced the comments he made about his daughter North at a rally in South Carolina back in July, where he cried onstage and admitted that he and his wife Kim Kardashian had considered aborting her. He had cried, he told Rogan, because he was “gut wrenched.” He noted that at the time they found out they were expecting North, he felt he was “too busy” to become a dad. (In July, he described the incident in raw terms, stating that he had suggested the abortion, but Kim refused: “I almost killed my daughter…My girlfriend called me screaming, crying. I’m a rapper. And she said I’m pregnant. She was crying.”)

“People saw this clip of me crying and some people didn’t know what I was crying about,” he told Rogan. “But I was crying about that there was a possible chance…that we—Kim and I—didn’t make the family that we have today. That’s my most family-friendly way to word that. The idea of [abortion] just tears me up inside, that I was part of a culture that promotes this kind of thing.”

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One of the major statistics on the subject of life is that the greatest advocates for the A-word [abortion] are men from ages 31-37. That's how old I was. I felt like I was too busy. My dad felt like he was too busy for me. We have a culture of that ... In our culture, we're doped up, and psyched out, and made to kill our children. We have to decouple the conversation of Planned Parenthood and women's choice. I'm Christian, so I'm pro-life. When I go into office, I'm not changing laws because I realize we live in an imperfect world and an imperfect society. What I will be presenting is a Plan A. We've already started working on a Plan A to change the connotation of orphanages, to change the connotation of foster care.

There were 210,000 deaths due to COVID in America. Everywhere you go, you see someone with a mask on. With A, the A word, A culture -- I'll say it one time, with abortion culture -- there are 1,000 Black children aborted a day. Daily. We are in genocide. More Black children since February than people have died of COVID. And everyone wears a mask. So it's a matter of where are we turning a blind eye to?

In Kanye West stream-of-consciousness style, he moved right onto a different topic, and so unfortunately, we didn’t get to hear Joe Rogan’s thoughts on Planned Parenthood’s eugenic origins and abortion as a main destroyer of black lives—Rogan himself is pro-abortion, although he generally opposes late-term abortions. But once again, West indicated that he has been thinking deeply about abortion—not just because of his personal experience, but because he has realized that Planned Parenthood poses the greatest threat to his community.

I’ll admit that, as I noted before, I’m very concerned about celebrity figures like Kanye West becoming icons for Christian causes. While West’s rambling interview does showcase the ADHD of a wildly successful creative mind, it also highlights something that strongly resembles a growing Messianic complex. Charismatic men with celebrity and wealth adopting Messianic complexes have cropped up before in American history, and it never ends well. But perhaps this isn’t that, and what we have is a musician using his celebrity to expose Planned Parenthood, talk openly about abortion, and urge his millions of fans to think harder and more clearly about the issue. I certainly hope so.

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 pro-life activist Eric Scheidler who discusses the impact of the pro-life grassroots movements and how his father’s (Joe Scheidler) pro-life activism helped shaped his own passion for life. 

You can subscribe here and listen to the episode below: 


  abortion, genocide, kayne west, planned parenthood

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Report: Catholic group responsible for breaking up families and marriages is linked to Pope Benedict XVI

Integrated Community (Integrierte Gemeinde) is accused of 'spiritual abuse.'
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 12:15 pm EST
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October 26, 2020 (LifeSitenews) – “Spiritual abuse” is one of the epithets given to the group by the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising. And although he was warned by several people, Benedict says he never knew about this, but now has regrets.

A new article published in Germany raises questions as to whether Pope Benedict XVI acted irresponsibly as the archbishop of Munich-Freising and later as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and then-Pope with regard to a Catholic community whom he himself had given its canonical status. In 1978, he had authorized the canonical status of the Integrated Community (Integrierte Gemeinde) in Munich. The group is now accused by a diocesan commission of intruding into the personal lives of its members. For example, the leadership of the group “decided whether and when a couple would or should have children.” This rule sometimes led to the fact that a couple waited too long and remained childless. Other couples were told to divorce. According to sources, Joseph Ratzinger was at least twice warned, in 2000 and in 2001, even before he became Pope in 2005.

After his years in the Archdiocese of Munich (1977-1982), Ratzinger maintained close relationships with this group long after he had been called to Rome to head the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in 1982, and even as a Pope he still gave them privileges, for example by allowing the establishment of the Chair for the Theology of the People of God at the Pontifical Lateran University. That chair was established during his pontificate, in 2008, and it was a continuation of the Academy of the Theology of the People of God that had been founded in 2003 by Ratzinger himself. The new chair in Rome was then headed by one of Ratzinger's own students, Professor Ludwig Weimer, who wrote his post-graduate thesis under him. Both Weimer and his successor, Professor Achim Buckenmaier, are members of the Integrated Community.

As Herder Korrespondenz points out, Weimer is also a founding member of the Circle of Students of Joseph Ratzinger that was founded in 1978. When Ratzinger became Pope in 2005, the Integrated Community published a book with many pictures, showing how closely they have been linked with the now-retired Pope, and over many decades. Ratzinger met them first in 1976, and he must have been attracted both by their ecumenical spirit, by their desire to study more to the Jewish religion, as well as by their approval of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

The detailed background information on the Integrated Community comes to us from two journalists, Dr. Benjamin Leven and Lucas Wiegelmann, who wrote this report for the November issue of the Catholic journal Herder Korrespondenz.

Already in October 2019, the Integrated Community – or the Catholic Integrated Community, as it is now called – was the subject of media reports, because it became known that the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising was investigating this community. At the time, the Community refused to collaborate with the investigation and rejected the claims.

The reason for this investigation was that the Community had not followed canonical rules, such as informing the diocese of the newly elected head of the group. This needs to be done every six years.

Leven and Wiegelmann quote an intermittent report of this diocesan investigation, dated October 1, 2019. “Relationships and marriages were initiated or separated, according whether or not they were helpful for the life of the community,” this report stated. It further described how couples were told by the leadership of the community whether or not they should have children, and when. Sometimes this led to childlessness, due to the delay of attempting to start a family.

One former member of the Integrated Community told Herder Korrespondenz: “I was told to take the pill.” Even though this woman was struggling with that situation, she could not even go to Confession, since “Confession, which would have made many things easier, did not exist in that community.”

The Integrated Community, which came out of a youth movement under Father Aloys Goergen in the post-war period, but was fully taken over by Traudl Wallbrecher in 1968, attracted several German-speaking theologians for its attempt to build new communities similar to those of the Early Church. Families moved together into communities and a tone of equality was set. However, at the same time, the natural family was demeaned which was the cause of much distress for the children and spouses. Sometimes, the children were raised by others, and not by their own parents.

LifeSite was able to confirm these main characteristics of the group with several well-informed sources in Germany, Rome, and elsewhere.

As the intermittent diocesan report wrote, there were even doubtful financial transactions, where members were encouraged to pass on their own personal wealth to the community, making themselves even sometimes destitute. Members did not dare to criticize the practices of the group because they feared exclusion from it. The report concludes: “All this is not subject to criminal liability, but it has largely the character of spiritual abuse.”

When Joseph Ratzinger became the archbishop of Munich in 1977, there existed in the diocese already reports about the destructive sides of the Integrated Community. For example, as Herder Korrespondenz reports, there exists a note by Vicar General Gerhard Gruber, dated April 3, 1973. In it, he mentioned the “limitation of the freedom of its members, separation of families, professional and financial dependency, and the un-Christian treatment of those who left the group.”

Being then the Prefect of the Congregation for the Faith, Ratzinger was later contacted, in 2001, by a former member of the Community, who stated that there existed a “strong cult of the female leader [Wallbrecher],”  as well as a “demonization of critics.” Additionally, Ratzinger was then informed that the group encouraged mutual denunciations among the members, and that there was to be found “the disdain for and splitting up of the natural family structures,” together with an “instrumentalization of the children against their parents.”

More than former members of the group informed Cardinal Ratzinger, too; in 2000, a representative of a German diocese went personally to Rome to inform the then-Prefect of the CDF about the Integrated Community, according to Herder Korrespondenz. Many of the above-mentioned characteristics of the group were presented to Ratzinger. As the journal states, “Ratzinger is said not to have been very surprised. The prefect said that these accusations were known to him, but that reports from former members always have a limited credibility.” The Cardinal then is reported to have added that the group has “a good theological approach” and that one should not “ghettoize them, but, rather, accompany them closely.”

Some people who were familiar with Ratzinger's role in this story told LifeSite that they were concerned about it.

Leven and Wiegelmann ask why it is so that, in spite of these numerous complaints about the Integrated Community – and this over the course of several decades – there was never a proper investigation undertaken, especially in Munich. (The group had different locations, also in the Archdiocese Paderborn, and even in other countries. But the Munich location was crucial.) One source is being quoted as saying that in light of the lack of responsiveness on the part of Munich, “one always had to assume that it had a powerful protector.” As the authors add, representatives of this group at times would even claim in conversations with diocesan authorities in Munich that they had special permissions from Rome, that is to say, from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

As Pope, Ratzinger published a booklet, in 2005, with some texts relating to discussions and encounters with the Integrated Community, and with a preface by Traudl Wallbrecher (who died in 2016). Among other things, then-Cardinal Ratzinger ordained some of the priests of the group in 1993, and in 1996 he presided over the wedding of Wallbrecher's own son, whose children he was later to baptize. His conversations with journalist Peter Seewald that led to the book Salt of the Earth had been conducted in the Integrated Community's own Villa Cavalletti near Rome in 1996.

Herder Korrespondenz was able to contact Pope Benedict himself, and he said that, as archbishop of Munich, “I saw it as my official task and duty to accompany the IG [Integrierte Gemeinde] with respect to its orthodoxy,” adding that “it is difficult to assess whether these theological guidelines were consistently implemented, in the concrete, daily lives of the IG.”

Benedict explained that in the attempt “to live the things of the daily life integrally out of the Faith,” it also “came to terrible disfigurements of the Faith,” and that this fact “was first not known to me.”

“My information in this field remained meager. I deeply regret that thereby the impression could arise that the archbishop had approved of all the activities of the Community,” he went on to say. The retired pontiff repeated that “my episcopal acts solely aimed at demanding from the IG the full Faith of the Church as concrete goal, and to further it. Obviously, I was not informed about some of the inner life of the IG, or I was even deceived, which I regret.” However, he rejected as “false and freely invented” the claim that he as the Prefect of the CDF had given the group any special permissions.

More revelations are coming to light, not only by way of an official diocesan investigation, but also by way of many testimonies of former members of the Integrated Community and their children.

Herder Korrespondenz questions why there was not earlier undertaken an investigation of this group that had such favors from one of the leading churchmen of the last decades.

LifeSite reached out to one of the authors of the Herder Korrespondenz article, Dr. Benjamin Leven, asking him about the role of Pope Benedict in this matter and his response now. Leven responded:

“According to our research, a high-ranking representative of a German diocese travelled to Rome in 2000 specifically to inform Ratzinger as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about accusations against the Integrated Community. Among other things, this involved reports from ex-members that ordinary confession had been abolished and replaced by public penitential discussions in the context of community meetings. This is a very serious accusation from the perspective of canon law. We have confronted Benedict XVI with our research and he has not denied that this conversation took place. So the Pope emeritus had known about the accusations for a long time, but obviously did not want to believe them. He is said to have said during the conversation that the reports of dropouts always have a limited credibility.”

At the same time, Leven continues, there are “said to have been ‘very controversial discussions’ between the Munich Ordinariate and the Integrated Community, but these apparently remained without consequences.”

Reiterating that there were people who believed that the IG was protected by Ratzinger, Leven explains that “in the Archdiocese of Munich, we were told, the impression at the time was that Ratzinger was the 'protector' of the community.”

Further insisting on the responsibility of the retired Pope, the German journalist states that, while “today, the Pope emeritus sends clear signals of distancing himself, speaking of 'terrible distortions of the faith,'” he still “does not admit to a mistake in dealing with the group, but says that his information remained 'meager' and that he was obviously 'deceived.'”

“We do not know exactly what evidence was presented to him in 2000 – but no one goes unprepared for a conversation with the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” he adds.

Dr. Leven is of the opinion that the reports Ratzinger received from former members of the group had called for a formal investigation. He says: “At least the reports of former members should have given reason for an examination of the accusations. But this is taking place only now, twenty years later. However, the conclusion of the visitation to the archdiocese of Munich and Freising has been delayed. Former members hope not least for a statement from Cardinal Marx on the matter.”


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No matter who wins the November election, there will be a revolution in the USA

Based on our current trajectory, it seems inevitable: there’s going to be a cultural revolution one way or another.
Mon Oct 26, 2020 - 9:08 am EST
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October 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Based on our current trajectory, it seems inevitable: there’s going to be a cultural revolution one way or another. We will either continue with our precarious shift to the left, thereby going over the edge, so to speak. Or we will recover our moral bearings and save our country from collapse. We will be woke or we will be awakened. But either way, there will be a revolution. The center can no longer hold.

In his article in the September edition of Commentary Magazine titled “Yes, This Is a Revolution,” Abe Greenwald wrote, “The battle for the survival of the United States of America is upon us.”

Indeed, he noted, “If it wasn’t clear in late May and early June, it should be well understood by now that we are in the throes of a genuine revolution of the most extravagant sort. Like messianic revolutionaries of the past, the revolutionary mob of the 21st century is out to ‘remake the world.’ ... This is, then, most fundamentally a revolution against the United States of America and all it stands for.”

Unfortunately, he added, “And yet, we seem to be treating the great unraveling as something less than a revolution.”

To do so would be to make a fatal mistake.

Twenty years ago, when the first edition of my book Revolution first came out, I tried to convince the readers that we were at a cultural crossroads, that we were living in revolutionary times. A major shift was coming, I argued, one that would be either heaven-sent or hell-bent. There was a void and discontent that needed to be filled. Which ideology would win the day?

Now, as the second, updated and revised edition of Revolution has just been released, I hardly need to convince my readers that we are living in revolutionary times. Even though Greenwald noted that many see this “unraveling as something less than a revolution,” many others recognize what is at stake.

Using my Revolution book as I case in point, I can illustrate how much clearer things have become. (The first edition was released September 2000, the second October 2020.)

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Each chapter begins with striking opening quotes which then set the tone for the rest of the chapter. When rewriting the second chapter of the book, I replaced every single opening quote from the first edition with a set of entirely new quotes. The chapter now starts with this:

“This isn’t a protest — it’s a revolution!” — shouted through a megaphone during a Black Lives Matter protest in Elgin, Illinois, June 5, 2020.

“This revolution won’t be televised — it’s going to be streamed!” — shouted by a protester during a Black Lives Matter rally on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, June 2020.

“This movement is about revolution, not reform.” — Alexandra Hart, a student at Tulane University, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2020.

We are in volatile times, analogous to 1861 or 1968, and anything that can happen often has. —Victor Davis Hanson, The Case for Trump, written in August 2019.

Such quotes could have been easily multiplied. We are living in revolutionary times.

One culturally astute Christian editor emailed me privately, stating that we are on the verge of “plunging the nation into a totalitarian future run by rage-fueled Marxist revolutionaries openly at war with God.”

Do you think he was exaggerating?

Writing from the perspective of a liberal American Jew, and with specific reference to the rising time of antisemitism in America, Bari Weiss said this in Tablet Magazine.

Over the past few decades and with increasing velocity over the last several years, a determined young cohort has captured nearly all of the institutions that produce American cultural and intellectual life. Rather than the institutions shaping them, they have reshaped the institutions. You don’t need the majority inside an institution to espouse these views. You only need them to remain silent, cowed by a fearless and zealous minority who can smear them as racists if they dare disagree.

She added, “I share with the majority of American Jews’ disgust toward Trump and Trumpism, which has normalized bigotry and cruelty in ways that have crippled American society. That truth doesn’t detract from another: There is another danger, this one from the left. And unlike Trump, this one has attained cultural dominance, capturing America's elites and our most powerful institutions. In the event of a Biden victory, it is hard to imagine it meeting resistance. So let me make my purpose perfectly clear: I am here to ring the alarm. I’m here to say: Do not be shocked anymore. Stop saying, can you believe. It’s time to accept reality, if we want to have any hope of fixing it.”

All this is much larger than Trump vs. Biden, and my focus in this article is not on the elections, as important as they may be. And, without a doubt, as much as I oppose many of the policies of the Democrats, I am not looking to Trump and the Republicans to lead the positive, moral and cultural revolution of which I speak.

Instead, it must be spiritually based, meaning that it must be based in a return to God and the Scriptures, a return to prayer and purity. And it must be a multi-faceted awakening, beginning with an awakening of our conscience and of our spiritual and moral bankruptcy.

It must also be a grassroots awakening, driven from and by the populace to the government rather than from the top down.

And it must truly be revolutionary, just as the Civil Rights movement was revolutionary in so many good ways. And just as the Counterculture Revolution was negative in so many ways.

Nothing less than radical, dramatic change will turn the tide.

The words I wrote to followers of Jesus in 2000 are all the more relevant today: “Fellow-soldiers, holy servants of the risen Lord, blood-bought disciples of the Master, heed the call. It’s now or never, time to put up or shut up. Either we take a stand once and for all or forever we hang our heads in shame. History is awaiting our move. So . . . on with it! Let’s start a revolution.”

In the new edition of Revolution, I simply changed the last sentence. It now reads, “Let’s give ourselves wholeheartedly to a Jesus revolution.”

Do we really have a choice?


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To vote for the democrats is to vote ‘for the devil’s plan’

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