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Cardinal opposes Church’s ban on blessing same-sex unions: ‘I was not happy about the declaration’

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn argues that blessing a same-sex couple is the same as giving a blessing to someone who asks for one on the street.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 9:11 pm EST
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VIENNA, Austria, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In a recent interview with Kathpress and the Austria archdiocesan media outlet Der Sonntag, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn lashed out at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s (CDF) March 15 ruling that homosexual couples could not be blessed by the Church, complaining that the judgment “hurts many people to the core.”

The Vatican decree bans the blessing of same-sex unions on the basis that the Church “does not and cannot bless sin,” rendering such actions “illicit.” 

After the CDF’s responsum, a slew of pro-LGBT clergy have expressed dismay and outrage at the ruling, with some 350 priests in Austria organizing to “continue to bless same-sex couples,” in defiance of the Vatican. In Germany, approximately 200 theologians and 2,000 priests signed a letter promising to bless homosexual couples: “We will continue to accompany people who enter into a binding partnership and bless their relationship in the future. We do not refuse a blessing ceremony.”

Several reports from Vatican insiders suggest that officials within the Vatican, and possibly Pope Francis himself, are angry and distancing themselves from the recent official document that prohibited blessings for same-sex couples.

Schönborn, a Dominican and theologian as well as the second-highest ranking cardinal in the Church, is seemingly the first cardinal to openly and directly oppose the recent ruling after revealing that he is at odds with the CDF on blessing same-sex couples, even disappointed by the declaration. 

The head of the church in Austria placed the question of blessing homosexual relationships “in the same category as the question of whether this (blessing) is possible for remarried or unmarried partnerships.” His judgment on the matter was that, “(if) the request for a blessing is sincere,” and desired by a couple from God to aid “a life path,” homosexual or otherwise, “then such a blessing will not be refused.”

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Many homosexuals, he said, are looking to the Church “as their mother,” explaining that, for this reason, “this declaration has hit many so particularly painfully, because they have the feeling that they are being rejected by the Church.” 

The Church, Schönborn said, “must teach, but she is first a mother. And many same-sex sentient and living people are particularly sensitive to this very question: ‘Is the Church mother to us?’” He asserted that a “mother will not refuse the blessing.”

“A blessing is not a reward for good behavior, but a plea for help from above,” Schönborn continued. He used the example of being asked for blessings by passers-by on the street, from whom he does not “first ask exactly about their living conditions and situation,” yet will still “gladly give them this blessing,” as if to draw an analogy between this example and blessing same-sex relationships.

In a weak nod toward the Church’s ancient teaching on the “intrinsic disorder” of homosexual acts, the Austrian prelate said, as an ordained minister, he would inform a couple in a homosexual partnership: “You have not realized the whole ideal.” He did not say he would direct them to the truth about homosexual relations, rather instructing that such a couple ought to live “based on human virtues, without which there is no successful partnership. And that deserves a blessing.”

“Whether the right form of expression for this is an ecclesiastical blessing ceremony -- that is something to think about carefully,” he added.

According to the cardinal, the CDF was attempting to bring the focus to the “high esteem in which sacramental marriage is held … which has become almost a rarity in today's world,” and quell the notion that a same-sex union could ever be equal to marriage. He suggested that “this ‘yes’ to the family need not be said in a ‘no’ to all other forms (of sexual union).”


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Secret Service may have tried to hide Hunter Biden’s illegal gun purchase: report

The president's son appears to have lied on a background check for a gun purchase, which is considered a felony offense, and the owner of a shop where he bought the revolver refused to turn over his records because he suspected a cover-up.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 8:10 pm EST
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March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) -- Secret Service agents were inappropriately involved in an incident with a gun illegally obtained by Hunter Biden, Politico reported Thursday.

On October 23, 2018, Hallie Biden, former sister-in-law and now wife of Hunter Biden, took a revolver owned by her brother-in-law and placed it in a trash can outside of Janssen’s Market, a grocery store in Wilmington, Delaware, Politico reported.

She went back to recover the gun that day, after Hunter told her to do so, but it was missing when she returned. Hallie notified the store manager, Paula Janssen, who then informed Delaware State Police. 

“We complied with the police and gave them whatever security footage we could,” Janssen told Politico. According to the police report, which was reviewed by Politico, police were particularly concerned about the lost gun due to the proximity of the grocery store to a local high school. 

When an officer who interviewed Hunter Biden asked him whether he had been abusing drugs or drinking, he responded, “Listen, it isn't like that. I think she believes I was gonna kill myself,” the police report said. 

Neither Hallie Biden nor Hunter Biden’s personal lawyer, George Mesires, responded to comments for the Politico article. Delaware State Police likewise declined to comment, saying information about the incident would require a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA). 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation also arrived on the scene, according to people familiar with the situation. The FBI was investigating Hunter Biden as part of an ongoing probe into his taxes at the time.

The same day, Secret Service agents approached the owner of the gun store where Hunter bought the revolver and asked Ron Palmieri to turn over paperwork Hunter filled out to purchase the gun, two sources said. The sources include one with firsthand knowledge of the event and another who was briefed by a Secret Service agent, according to Politico. 

Palmieri did not hand over the records, suspecting that the agents wanted to hide Biden’s ownership of the firearm, the report indicated. Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms later inspected the firearms transaction record for the gun purchase.

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Politico claimed to have obtained copies of Hunter Biden’s firearms transaction record, on which he may have committed a felony. Part of the form was published by Jack Posobiec of One America News on Thursday.

As part of his background check, Hunter Biden answered “no” to a question asking, “(a)re you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”

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Hunter Biden is a longtime crack cocaine addict who was discharged from the Navy Reserve for drug use in 2014 and was found in possession of a crack pipe by police officers three years later. Lying on firearm transaction forms is a felony offense. 

The news of Hunter Biden’s potentially felonious gun crime comes just days after his father called for "common sense” background check laws in the wake of the Boulder, Colorado shooting earlier this week. 

Law enforcement officials also told Politico that involvement of Secret Service agents in Hunter Biden’s gun incident would have been inappropriate, as police and the FBI were on the case, and because Joe Biden was no longer officially under Secret Service protection. The Secret Service has denied having any record that its agents were involved in the issue. 

A law enforcement source cited by Politico’s report nevertheless attested that Secret Service officers based in Wilmington and Philadelphia continued to coordinate security arrangements for former vice president Biden after he left office. The source noted an instance when the Secret Service office of Wilmington helped police with security for an event with Biden in 2019.

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Politico’s report corroborates texts from a laptop that likely belonged to Hunter Biden and were provided to LifeSiteNews by Jack Maxey, former co-host of Steve Bannon’s War Room. Maxey detailed Hunter Biden’s extensive, possibly illegal connections, including with Chinese Communist chairman Xi Jinping, on the John-Henry Westen Show last week. 

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“She stole the gun out of my truck lock box and threw in (sic) a garbage can full to the top at Jansens,” an undated text written by Hunter Biden read. “Then when the police the FBI the secret service came on the scene she said she took it from me because she was scared I would harm myself due to my drug and alcohol problem,” it continued. 

The gun episode would not have been the first time that Secret Service was involved in Hunter Biden’s questionable activities, the laptop files reveal.

In an email sent May 26, 2014 to a business associate at Burisma, the corrupt Ukrainian energy company that hired Hunter Biden as a board member earlier that year, Biden noted that he brought Secret Service agents to Paris, before leaving them behind to travel alone to Kazakhstan.  

“Dear Hunter, please note that Nikolay instructed to order big 14 seats (sic) private charter in any case, bearing in mind the possibility of you taking the SC with you,” a subsequent email from the associate, Vadim Pozharskyi, read.

Verified correspondence shows that Joe Biden met with Pozharskyi in Washington, D.C. the following year. A photo that emerged in 2019 depicted another meeting with Joe Biden, his son, and a Kazakh oligarch.

Other incidents from among Hunter Biden’s more than 400 trips with Secret Service include his accompaniment of his father on a state visit to China in 2013. Less than two weeks after that trip, Hunter Biden and several major state-backed Chinese firms formed a multibillion-dollar private equity group that was later used to buy up sensitive, military-linked companies in the United States


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Conservatives disappointed with Noem’s refusal to sign bill protecting fairness in women’s sports

The South Dakota governor told Fox News' Tucker Carlson that the National Collegiate Athletic Association would crush the bill in its current form.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 7:08 pm EST
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PIERRE, South Dakota, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) —  South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has disappointed American conservatives by refusing to sign a bill reserving girls’ and women’s sports to girls and women. 

“You have a democratic process that arose from your own citizens,” Fox News’ Tucker Carlson told the Noem on Monday night. 
“They want this bill, and you’ve stopped it.”

Joy Pullman of The Federalist accused Noem of “rolling over to leftists in the culture war,” cowardice and deception.

“South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has rightly made a national name for herself courageously standing, almost alone, for science, sanity, and constitutional rights during the COVID panic,” Pullman wrote. 

“Yet it appears she’s hoping to use the goodwill she earned through this courage to hide her cowardly and deceptive choices about transgender politics.”

The Family Research Council declared that Noem’s credibility is now irreparably damaged. 

“Until this week, a lot of people believed Governor Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) was built in Trump's same mold: fearless in the face of controversy,” it wrote.  

“So imagine everyone's disappointment when the woman who promised to sign an enormously popular bill buckled at the first sign of opposition,” it continued.  

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“Maybe, as some have said, Governor Noem fell prey to bad advice. Or maybe she believed that all of the goodwill she'd built up during South Dakota's COVID revolt would protect her. Whatever her reasons, the damage to her credibility by not defending girls' sports has been done. And no amount of media tours or Title IX pep rallies will fix it.”

On March 8, the South Dakota Senate passed the Women’s Fairness in Sports bill. House Bill 1217, sponsored by Rep. Rhonda Milstead and Senator Maggie Sutton, would have ensured that biological males did not compete against biological females in girls’ and women’s school and collegiate sports in South Dakota. Gov. Noem tweeted her response to the 20-15 victory that same day, saying she was “excited” that she would be signing it into law. 

“In South Dakota, we're celebrating #InternationalWomensDay by defending women's sports! I'm excited to sign this bill very soon," Noem wrote. 

However, Noem didn’t sign the bill after all. Instead, she returned it to the South Dakota Legislature with “Style and Form suggestions” that robbed the bill of protections for female collegiate athletes. 

“Unfortunately, as I have studied this legislation and conferred with legal experts over the past several days, I have become concerned that this bill’s vague and overly broad language could have significant unintended consequences," the governor wrote in a March 19 press release

Most seriously, Noem expressed her concerns that her state’s female college athletes would not be allowed to compete on the national level if South Dakota’s standards for women’s collegiate sports differed from the national norm.

“South Dakota has shown that our student-athletes can compete with anyone in the country, but competing on the national stage means compliance with the national governing bodies that oversee collegiate athletics," she stated.  

“While I certainly do not always agree with the actions these sanctioning bodies take, I understand that collegiate athletics requires such a system – a 50-state patchwork is not workable.”

The governor’s proposed changes removed the bill’s protection of the rights of South Dakota’s female college athletes not to have to compete with biological males.

On Monday, Carlson grilled the governor on her refusal to sign the bill, and she cast the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as the enemy of women’s sports in South Dakota.

“If we put the collegiate athletics on there, then we will get punitively challenged by the NCAA and then we’ll have to continue to fight them in a court district that is not friendly to winning,” Noem said, and underscored that legal experts told her that she could not win this fight in court. 

But Pullman accused Noem of misleading Carlson’s viewers about the crushing opposition she would get from the NCAA. 

“It is deliberately misleading to assert the NCAA would retaliate for this bill’s passage when states including Idaho and Mississippi have passed similar laws and their college women still play NCAA sports," Pullman wrote.  

“As (The Federalist’s Margot) Cleveland explained, Noem is attempting to make the public believe that the NCAA requires participating sports teams to allow transgender athletes, when this is false.”

“Nothing in NCAA policy is an obstacle to this bill, despite Noem’s attempts to portray otherwise. If the NCAA threatened her with legal action, she should show the receipts, and NCAA should be pressed to account for why they threatened South Dakota but not Idaho or Mississippi with legal action — not mean press releases, legal action.”

Now not only Noem but her advisers are under scrutiny by conservatives. Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist alerted readers that at least one of Noem’s legal advisers has a conflict of interest when it comes to collegiate sports.

“Noem’s ‘top adviser’ is ‘controversial behind-the-scenes power broker’ Matt McCaulley,” Hemingway tweeted. “Clients include Sanford Health, which owns Sanford Sports Complex, a Sious Falls (S.D.) arena that hopes to lure NCAA tourneys.

Lawmakers worried about conflict of interest,” she continued.

“Noem's chief of staff, Tony Venhuizen, is on the board of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, another group opposed to protecting women's sports.”

Meanwhile, Noem announced the creation of the “’Defend Title IX Now’ Coalition,” saying it should help protect other states from punishment from the NCAA.

“Today, we’re announcing a coalition of athletes, leaders, and anyone who cares about defending fairness in women’s sports,” the governor said in a March 22 press release

“Once we have enough states on board – a coalition large enough where the NCAA could not possibly punish us all – then we will be able to guarantee fairness at the collegiate level.”


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LGBT and religious Americans battle for soul of conservative movement at CPAC 2021

The conference revealed that the political right is not united on LGBT issues.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 5:20 pm EST
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ORLANDO, Florida, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – For thousands of Americans, CPAC 2021 was an occasion to express their support for former President Donald Trump.

Outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel, patriots from all walks of life held a massive rally as Trump delivered his keynote address.

Others inside the convention center expressed their support for Trump as well, including Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz.

For religious Americans, CPAC 2021 was a clarifying moment in the battle for social and LGBT issues.

Log Cabin Republicans and others proudly declared their support for the gay agenda. But that doesn't mean Christians were absent from CPAC this year.

Actors Kevin and Sam Sorbo, who have done immense work for the pro-life and pro-family cause, as well as MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, offered their words of wisdom for Christians going forward. And former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life warrior Abby Johnson called out CPAC organizers for not having a stronger pro-family, anti-LGBT speaking lineup.

Terry Schilling of the American Principles Project, however, did host a panel discussion on the event’s main stage about making sure young men and women do not compete in the same sports with one another.

Despite that, many religious Americans still believe that the LGBT lobby is increasing its influence in the conservative movement. A drag queen who calls himself “Lady Maga” told LifeSite that he feels the conservative movement is trending in his direction.

However the establishment on the political right decides to come down on the LGBT issue, Christians must remind themselves that their primary goal in public life is to boldly preach the truths of the Gospel, even if that means being alienated and persecuted by those who call themselves conservatives. In other words, they must seek to please God first and man second.


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Majority of Republicans support same-sex ‘marriage’ for the first time: survey

A poll found 51 percent of the GOP backs 'marriage' between homosexuals, up 4 percent from 2019.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 5:06 pm EST
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March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A slight majority of Republicans now support legal recognition of same-sex “marriage” (SSM) according to a poll released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).

The Hill reported that PRRI found the number of Republicans who back same-sex “marriage” rose to 51 percent last year, up from 47 percent in 2019. Democrats and Independents support it by larger margins, as they have for years.

The report also claimed that 62 percent of Republicans support “LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination protections in housing, careers and public accommodations,” which The Hill used to imply that the so-called “Equality Act” currently before the U.S. Senate is mainstream legislation. However, the wording of PRRI’s questions does not reveal or ask about the full scope of what the bill would actually do.

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Conservatives argue its true purpose is not to protect homosexual or gender-confused Americans from actual harm but to force religious adoption agencies to place children in same-sex homes; force other Americans such as photographers, florists, and bakers to participate in same-sex “weddings”; force employers and businesses to accommodate cross-dressing and sex-change treatments regardless of their own values or policies; and to force women and girls to share sleeping quarters, showers, changing areas, and bathrooms with gender-confused males.

Even so, the survey’s results (if accurate) reflect a consistent long-term trend. Over the past decade, the Republican Party’s national leadership effectively gave up making the case for preserving natural marriage, particularly after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered all 50 states to recognize same-sex “marriages” in the Obergefell ruling.

While he governed as a pro-lifer, championed the political Right in numerous culture-war battles, and opposed the LGBT lobby’s forays into gender fluidity, former President Donald Trump was the first president to support same-sex “marriage” since before taking office, further normalizing the position within the conservative movement.

Full social conservatives remain a large, integral part of the conservative coalition, but pro-SSM sentiment holds sway among several of its factions, including members of the Republican establishment who prioritize economics over cultural matters, libertarians who seek a large-scale reduction in government functions, and some self-styled populists who see “compromise” on the issue as key to bringing in new voters.


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Fundraiser for Canadian pastor who was jailed for weeks blows past its goal after his release

Pastor James Coates was jailed for keeping his church open and holding services amid lockdowns.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 4:06 pm EST
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EDMONTON, Alberta, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A GoFundMe campaign for Pastor James Coates, who was famously jailed for several weeks after holding church services amid lockdowns, has now raised over $45,000 — way more than the $5,000 initially envisioned — from more than 400 individual donors since Coates was released from jail earlier this week.

“Pastor James Coates has been a rare and refreshing voice of courage in these unprecedented times. He has stood on the word of God faithfully, courageously and uncompromisingly as a man of God when all around him men falter and fail,” wrote the creator of the GoFundMe for Coates, John Klassen.

“I have no idea the extent of legal fees he has incurred but I’m raising money to benefit Pastor James and Gracelife Church of Edmonton, to do good as Galatians 6:10 exhorts us to, and any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause.”

Klassen started the fundraiser in mid-February, but says he is not affiliated with Coates or Grace Life. He said the campaign is not limited to Coates’ legal fees, but also for Grace Life’s benefit, and the pastor’s family.

“Never when I started this campaign, had I imagined what would become of pastor James or of this page. It is now my prayer that the overwhelming show of support will indeed be that encouragement for pastor James Coates, his wife and family and his church as what they are going through is unbelievable,” wrote Klassen.

“Therefore, I wish to inform that this crowd funding is not necessarily just for legal support but for those who wish to show support for pastor James Coates, his family and his church. If you wish to support the ministry, and work of Pastor Coates and Grace Life Church, you can do so here. But please, consider also supporting pastor Coates and his family by peacefully making your voices heard wherever and however you can and by praying for them and by imploring your pastors/ministers to stand in support of Pastor Coates and his family and his church and make their voices heard. God bless!”

Klassen said that any funds left from the fundraiser will go to Grace Life and Coates’ ministry.

Coates, of Grace Life Church (Grace Life) in Spruce Grove, Alberta, was in jail since February 16 for defying local COVID orders in Alberta, after refusing to agree to bail conditions which block his release unless he agrees to not hold church services amid severe lockdowns.

Coates walked out of the Edmonton Remand Centre as a free man on March 22, after a $1,500 fine was paid “as time served.” 

Rebel News posted an emotional video of Coates walking out of the Edmonton jail. In the video, Coates can be seen tearfully embracing his family members in a long, loving embrace.

Last week, Coates’ wife Erin spoke out passionately about her husband’s ordeal in an appearance with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, saying it “really should be shocking to people” that a Christian pastor is behind bars.

Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) lawyer Jay Cameron, who represents Coates, told LifeSiteNews that the “Constitution is not suspended simply because of COVID, it remains in full force and effect, and the government of Alberta has yet to justify its lockdown measures, all of which are subject to a constitutional challenge.”

“Pastor Coates has exercised his constitutional right to assemble and to worship, we’re disappointed that the judge made comments to the effect that these rights are not of fundamental importance under the current circumstances,” said Cameron.

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It was only last week that the JCCF announced that Coates would soon be released from prison. His legal team also announced at the time that Crown prosecutors agreed to drop most of the charges leveled against him. 

JCCF president and lawyer John Carpay said that Coates’ second charge of violating a public health order will go to trial as planned. This trial is scheduled for May 3 to 5.

“Pastor Coates and Grace Life Church are both on trial, but the bigger phenomenon is that the government’s health orders will be on trial,” Carpay explained.

Recently, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s provincial government allowed retail businesses an increase in occupancy limits, but offered no such increase to churches, which remain capped at 15 percent. 

A recently published LifeSiteNews report details how according to a source with inside knowledge of Kenney’s UCP, the provincial leader has placed a gag order on his caucus members, preventing them from voicing their opposition to COVID lockdowns. 


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Jack Phillips back in court over refusal to bake transgender cake

The Christian baker refused to accept an order for a 'gender transition' cake and the 'transitioning' man filed a complaint that the Colorado Civil Rights Division accepted.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 3:39 pm EST
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March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Christian baker Jack Phillips is in court yet again over his refusal to create cakes that affirm LGBT ideology, this time for a “gender transition” cake.

Autumn Scardina filed a complaint against Phillips for declining to bake a cake that would be pink on the inside and blue on the outside to celebrate his “transition” from male to female. Two days later, Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) director Aubrey Elenis wrote a letter concluding there was probable cause to conclude Phillips had unlawfully denied Scardina “equal enjoyment of a place of public accommodation.” 

In response, the religious liberty nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a federal lawsuit against outgoing Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper and the state civil rights commission, accusing them of ignoring the U.S. Supreme Court’s previous ruling in Phillips’ favor over same-sex “marriage” cakes and continuing to discriminate against Phillips’ faith.

In March 2019, the state Attorney General’s office announced that it and Phillips’ attorneys have “mutually agreed to end their ongoing state and federal court litigation,” including the CCRD action against Phillips, though the agreement did not preclude Scardina from filing a civil suit of his own in state court, which he did.

That trial began virtually this week, USA Today reported. Scardina claimed that she ordered the cake after Phillips’ first victory to test his statement that he was “happy to sell a cake to anyone, whatever his or her sexual identity,” but simply refused to create works that “would communicate a message that contradicts my deepest religious convictions.”

Scardina said she was “calling (his) bluff,” despite the fact that celebrating gender transition is also a message that conflicted with Phillips’ convictions.

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"The message would be that he agrees that a gender transition is something to be celebrated," responded Phillips’s attorney, Sean Gates, who pointed out that Phillips is also on record declining requests for cakes with various other messages unrelated to LGBT issues, such as celebrating Halloween.

“Eight years is a long time to live under the weight of constant litigation that threatens the business you built and the people you love,” ADF’s Sarah Kramer said of the latest case. “During his first case, Jack lost a big part of his business and more than half of his employees. Over the years, he and his family have also endured hate mail, nasty phone calls, and even death threats.”

“This most recent lawsuit is a blatant attempt to punish Jack, banish him from the marketplace, and intimidate him out of business just for living according to his beliefs,” Kramer continued.

Over the years, pro-LGBT activists have grown increasingly aggressive in efforts to force private citizens to affirm and participate in pro-LGBT messages. The U.S. Senate is currently considering the so-called “Equality Act,” which would mandate LGBT accommodation from businesses to schools to athletics to adoption.


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Canadian Jesuits ‘deeply saddened’ at bishops’ ban on charity work with anti-Catholic groups

In a peculiar re-ordering of priorities, the Jesuits called for an assessment based not on ‘the Church’s teachings on sexual matters,’ but rather ‘commitment to the core richness of the Church’s social teachings.’
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 3:32 pm EST
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MONTREAL, Quebec, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — After the Canadian bishops’ conference ended a number of partnerships established by its charity arm due to moral concerns, the Canadian Jesuits said they are “deeply saddened” by the move, accusing it of being a violation of witnessing the “Good News.”

February 25 saw a joint statement issued by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), which is the “official development organization” of the Church in Canada.

After questioning a number of partner organizations of the CCODP about their stance on Catholic moral and social teaching, and whether their actions might “mislead others with respect to the same,” the subsequent report found that 24 organizations demonstrated “a lack of clarification to resolve serious questions regarding support for positions or actions in conflict with the Church’s social and moral teachings.”

All 205 partners were examined, resulting in a shorter list of 63 for further examination.

While they were not named in the statement — for reasons of maintaining their “reputations” and also their “safety” — 24 partnerships were discontinued, and an additional 19 were not renewed, either because they had already ended or were about to end.

Following the review, the CCODP “only has projects with those international partners which CCODP and the CCCB agreed could continue,” and it promised new criteria for selecting partners, all of which would be “clearly informed” of the CCODP’s Catholic ethos.

In the last few days, though, the Jesuit province of Canada has expressed disappointment at the decision to end partnerships.

Noting how they had been “privileged to collaborate with the CCODP in furthering the social mission of the Church,” the Jesuits revealed they were “deeply saddened to learn that so many CCODP partners are losing this vital support from CCODP.”

“We regret that the process to arrive to [sic] this decision was not marked by the transparency and collaboration that the Church knows are key virtues to witnessing to the Good News and to becoming a synodal Church,” continued the statement, signed by Father Erik Oland, the provincial superior for Canada.

While the Canadian bishops had deselected certain organizations, based on concerns about Catholic teaching and how those groups could “mislead others,” the Jesuits appeared to prioritize the organizations themselves, rather than the Church. The decision had “harmed the reputation of some people and organizations,” they declared, which could lead to “widespread and long-term consequences” for the groups.

This in turn would be a “profound loss of the prophetic witness of the Church,” predicted the Jesuits.

In a peculiar re-ordering of priorities, the statement called for an assessment based not on “the Church’s teachings on sexual matters,” but rather “commitment to the core richness of the Church’s social teachings.”

A review which questioned “lay people and the Religious of Canada,” who knew the organizations’ “contexts,” could have led to “more accurate information on the partners,” the Jesuits argued.

The letter closed by expressing the Jesuits’ desire to “work with groups like CCODP in order to be transformed for the Kingdom of God.”

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LifeSiteNews reached out to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as the Jesuits of Canada, for comment on the matter, but did not hear back.

An intervention from the Society of Jesus regarding the CCODP’s partners is not without precedent.

Two years ago, the Canadian Jesuits spoke out in defense of a member of the order in Honduras, after the Canadian bishops discovered that his radio and foundation were promoting pro-abortion views. Father Ismael Moreno, the director of Fundacion ERIC and Radio Progreso in Honduras, was found to have articles on the radio’s website which he admitted were “contrary to official Church Doctrine.”

The Jesuits in Canada were swift to defend Moreno, appealing to the example of Pope Francis, himself a Jesuit, who had “helped the Church articulate a way beyond the impasse of a too narrow understanding of the defence of life.”

Both Fundacion ERIC and Radio Progreso were previous recipients of funds from the CCODP.

LifeSiteNews has been reporting extensively for years on CCODP’s funding of pro-abortion, pro-contraception, and pro-LGBT groups in the developing world. LifeSiteNews broke the news in 2009 that the Catholic aid association was funding pro-abortion groups in Mexico, which prompted the bishops to investigate, and ultimately to establish a standing committee on D&P.


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As cases go down, Oregon health officials push for ‘permanent’ mask mandate

Oregon’s mask mandate already forces outdoor sports teams to wear masks by law where six-feet distancing cannot be guaranteed.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 3:07 pm EST
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SALEM, Oregon, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — While some state have begun relaxing COVID-related restrictions, state health officials in Oregon have decided that now is the time to impose a “permanent” mask mandate until it is deemed “no longer necessary.”

A mask mandate has already been in place in Oregon since November 16, requiring all citizens to don a face covering when outside their home if they “may come within six (6) feet of distance with someone from outside their household.” Additionally, the mask requirement extends to ordering at a drive-through or any other place where one receives a delivery inside their vehicle.

Even after being vaccinated against COVID-19, the mandate still applies. It is a considered a Class C misdemeanour to violate it.

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has now revealed plans to make the state-wide mask mandate a “permanent rule” in workplaces after the current regulations expire on May 4, extending the rule “until revised or repealed.” The OSHA clarified that the rule is to be adopted until it is deemed masking is “no longer necessary to address that pandemic.”

“Because it is not possible to assign a specific time for that decision, Oregon OSHA will consult with the Oregon OSHA Partnership Committee, the Oregon Health Authority, and other stakeholders as circumstances change to determine when all or part of the rule can be appropriately repealed,” the proposal reads. As yet, no specific criteria have been offered which set out the conditions of such a revision or repeal of the rule.

As the state proposes strengthening mask rules, cases of positive tests for COVID in Oregon are falling. In fact, case numbers are now approximately half of what they were in November, when the mandate first came into being, dropping from 603 average positive tests that week to registering 281 positive cases in the week until March 23.

According to a report in The Federalist, Oregon’s mask mandate is becoming “progressively burdensome” on the population, forcing outdoor sports teams to wear masks by law “where the arbitrary measure of six-feet distancing cannot be guaranteed.”

The same report details a number of high school cross-country teams being required to wear masks while running, a practice which numerous coaches have decried as “dangerous.” Oregon’s rules stipulate that “masks be worn during all practices and competitions for high school sports. It’s a rule many coaches and runners are unhappy with, saying it’s difficult to competitively run 5,000 meters while masked.”

One such coach, Steve Richards, told the Register-Guard newspaper, “It’s hard as a coach to send your kids out there. There’s been a lot of theorizing about the health risks between wearing a mask and not wearing one, and I can’t speak to those. I just know the looks on their faces. They’re running their guts out.”

“It’s tragic to watch,” he said.

In stark contrast with Oregon officials, the governors of Texas and Mississippi both announced in early March that mask mandates, as well as many other lockdown restrictions, would be lifted, and the economies fully reopened.

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In a press statement, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) referred to the need “to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent.” He noted the need to continue common sense practice around hygiene, encouraging Texans not to abandon the simple measures that keep them healthy. Ultimately, Abbott proclaimed that “state mandates are no longer needed” and his executive order will ensure “all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”

In like manner, Gov. Tate Reeves (R) of Mississippi has lifted all lockdown restrictions and masking mandates, saying that his “office is getting out of the business of telling people what they can and cannot do.”

Meanwhile, in the U.K., the Head of Immunisation at Public Health England, Mary Ramsay, has announced that COVID-related restrictions may be a long-term fixture in Britain, proposing a need to wear face masks and physically distance “for a few years.”

Ramsay suggested that the general public has “got used to” what she called “those lower-level restrictions,” in reference to masking and physical distancing. “So I think certainly for a few years, at least until other parts of the world are as well vaccinated as we are, and the numbers have come down everywhere, that is when we may be able to go very gradually back to a more normal situation,” she said.


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Hospital separates newborn from parents when they all test positive for COVID-19

The parents have been separated from their child for the full first ten days of her life.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 2:14 pm EST
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MONTREAL, Canada, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A newborn baby was taken away from her parents against their wishes, and put in isolation for ten days, in what the hospital claims is an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Previously, both the parents and the child had tested positive for COVID-19.

Little Olivia Santos Sforza, the daughter of Brazilian Geovana Silva Rodrigues dos Santos and Italian Sebastiano Sforza, was born on March 15 at the Pierre Boucher hospital in Longueuil, Quebec. Sebastiano told LifeSiteNews that although his wife’s pregnancy was normal, Olivia was born prematurely, at 36 weeks.

Mother and baby were immediately separated and never reunited because, upon being admitted to the hospital, Geovana was forced to take COVID-19 test, which came back positive.

“The baby, five hours after birth, was transferred to the CUSM [McGill University Health Centre] in Montreal, this facility supposedly better equipped for performing the tests necessary for the baby’s condition,” Sebastiano told LifeSiteNews by email. “Geovana, having received a positive result from the Covid test, had to stay at home for ten days from March 15.”

“I also took a test that came back positive, and so I was also confined to the house. Thus, unfortunately, our baby has had no contact with her parents, above all her mother, since she was born.”

As Olivia, too, had tested positive for the virus, she is in isolation. Her parents have begged the McGill University Health Centre to allow Geovana to stay isolated with her baby in the hospital, but CUSM’s response was that this was impossible, as there was no isolated room with toilet facilities. Sebastiano found this difficult to believe, given Canada’s status as a first world, fully-developed nation.

“What we object to is that after a year of managing the Covid situation, there are no isolated rooms available for a mother and her child to be together at this crucial stage so important for the well-being of a new-born, especially when premature,” the father said. “You never separate a baby from her mother at birth. It’s incomprehensible to us that you can’t find an isolated room with a toilet in modern health facilities in a country like Canada.”

As the ten-day isolation period will end tomorrow, Sebastian is now concentrating on a lawsuit against the hospital for robbing him and his wife of their daughter’s precious first days and for putting the baby’s health in danger by robbing her of qualities the couple believes are essential for her life, but are “totally ignored” by the hospital: encounter, spirituality, physical contact, and mother’s milk, among other things.

“Legally, and as a parental responsibility, we were placed in a situation of helplessness, discrimination and disrespect,” the father told LifeSiteNews.

Meanwhile, Sebastian and Geovana are forced to consent to various aspects of Olivia’s treatment from afar and via WhatsApp. The father feels frustrated that he has to make decisions without being on the spot, and he feels that the medical staff is not adequately answering his questions. Part of the problem, Sebatian thinks, is that he and his wife do not share the “dominant narrative” around COVID-19.

“We cannot tolerate that we and any other family in our situation should be treated in this way,” he stated.

Sebastiano added that Olivia will have to stay another week or more at the hospital, but at least her parents will be able to see her tomorrow. The father, who is a spiritual teacher and meditation instructor strongly influenced by Buddhism, regrets that this will be in an atmosphere of terror.

“We will have to see [Olivia] at the hospital, obviously with all the necessary security measures and in an atmosphere of people terrified by an unknown evil, but at least we will finally be with her,” Sebastiano said.

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Georges Buscemi of Campagne Vie-Quebec told LifeSiteNews that he believes the government’s exploitation of the COVID-19 epidemic is hurting ordinary people

“I’m having difficulty verbalizing my disgust and outrage at hearing stories like these,” Buscemi told LifeSiteNews by email. “I firmly believe that this coronavirus issue has been overblown to a ridiculous level, for reasons that remain obscure, but which probably involve monetary gain by the pharmaceutical industry and the institution of a new form of social and political control under the pretext of health.”

“What angers me the most is to see that the phony claim of an especially deadly plague is done on the backs of regular people trying to live their lives. To drum up fear, the state instrumentalizes the health system and treats young parents and even their babies as mere puppets in its sordid, fear-mongering play. I am deeply ashamed of our government and health system right now.”

A spokeswoman for the hospital told LifeSiteNews via email that hospital visits with “Covid-19 symptoms” put patients at risk

“As you know, the hospital is limited in what it can disclose because of patient confidentiality,” said CUSM’s public relations officer Stefanie Tsirgiotis. “Its number one priority is always the safety of its patients and staff and visiting the hospital with Covid-19 symptoms puts them at risk.”

Tsirgiotis added that anyone who is admitted to the Montreal Children’s Hospital needs “the specialty care and resources of a tertiary-care hospital.”

“Any baby or child who is well enough to be discharged, will be discharged (even if the child or the child’s family is Covid-positive),” she stated.

Sebastiano Sforza has stated earlier that he and his wife are asymptomatic. Now he is impatient with the hospital’s excuses. The hospital has had a lot of time to prepare for such eventualities as mothers of new-borns testing positive for COVID-19, he told LifeSiteNews. “It is the same mechanical response that is still unacceptable to me in general but especially after a year of the pandemic.”

“The risk of contagion is not a justification for separating people. Where there is a desire to respect fundamental conditions for children and their parents, solutions can always be found,” he added. “But it is impossible to find solutions where the will and respect are lacking and there is discrimination instead.”

Sebastiano contrasted the hospital’s cautious attitude regarding hospital visitors with the cheek-by-jowl conditions on Montreal’s subway system.

“I would like to know if the nurses come to work on the metro [subway] and if they infected us, seeing that at both the first and the second hospitals they remembered the [hygienic] measures only after the results of the test, and not before,” he said.

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Canon lawyer: Belgian bishop who rejects Church teaching on homosexuality should resign

‘For the good of his soul and of the souls of his flock, I pray he recants. If he refuses and also refuses to resign, he should be removed by Pope Francis as a stumbling block, a true scandal to the faithful.’
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 1:57 pm EST
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NEW YORK, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Well-known canon lawyer Fr. Gerald Murray has called on Bishop Johan Bonny to resign, after the bishop of Antwerp, Belgium, said he was “ashamed” of the Church for the Vatican’s reiteration of the ban on blessings for same-sex couples.

In the wake of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) responding in the negative to a question about whether blessings could be given to same-sex couples, a number of cardinals, bishops, and hundreds of priests have responded angrily, expressing their “disappointment” at the document.

Notable among the clerics who felt aggrieved at the reiteration of Church teaching was Bishop Johan Bonny. He wrote to express his anger in an op-ed for Flemish daily Het Laatste Nieuws: “I feel vicarious shame for my Church … And I especially feel intellectual and moral incomprehension. I want to apologize to all those for whom this ‘responsum’ is hurtful and incomprehensible: believing gay couples who are active in the Catholic Church, parents and grandparents of gay couples and their children, pastoral staff and counselors of gay couples. Their pain over the Church is mine today.”

The 65-year-old prelate took issue with the concept of sin, saying it was “one of the most difficult theological and moral categories to define, and thus one of the last to be tacked onto individuals and their ways of living together.”

The Vatican’s logic he described as being below “high school” level, adding that he knew “gay couples, in civil marriages with children, who form a warm and stable family, and who also actively participate in parish life,” questioning how in such a case, the Vatican could not see a resemblance to “heterosexual marriage.”

Yet while Bonny has served almost as an unofficial spokesman for dissenting clergy, Fr. Gerald Murray, a contributor to EWTN and Fox News, among others, has written in defense of the CDF’s ruling, and called for Bonny to either recant his words, or to resign.

In a recent article for The Catholic Thing, Murray wrote, “Bishop Bonny faces a decision if he is to remain true to God and the words he solemnly swore on the Bible: recant his rejection of the Church’s teaching and faithfully proclaim that teaching within his diocese. If he cannot do that, he should immediately resign.”

Murray made no apologies for his strong statement, pointing to the bishop’s “plain rejection of the Church’s teaching on the gravely sinful nature of homosexual acts and the impossibility of so-called same-sex marriage” which he described as “stunning.”

Bonny had mocked the CDF as “illogical and intellectually juvenile,” continued Murray, noting how the bishop had described same-sex relationships as resembling and even containing “actual similarities” to marriage.

“He is grateful to the homosexual couples he knows who, while scandalizing the faithful by their public proclamation of their sinful lifestyle, are active in their parishes or are even full-time Church employees,” wrote Murray.

“Is this how a Catholic bishop is supposed to teach, govern and sanctify the faithful?”

Murray referred to the 2004 Vatican document, the Directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, selecting a number of passages to highlight the magnitude of Bonny’s error:

Conforming himself to Christ, the Bishop offers an outstanding service to unity and to ecclesial communion: his conduct demonstrates that no one in the Church may legitimately command others if he does not first offer himself as an example of obedience to the Word of God and to the authority of the Church.

In exercising his pastoral ministry, the Bishop should act in the knowledge that he is the “visible principle and foundation” of unity in his diocese, but always with a view also to the unity of the whole Catholic Church. He should promote unity in faith, in love and in discipline, so that the diocese is aware that it forms a vital part of the whole People of God.

The Bishop should not fail to make known to his people the teachings and guidelines that he receives from the Holy See.

Such actions were not occurring on the part of Bonny, declared Murray. The canon lawyer went even further, pointing out that Bonny’s anger at the CDF is no novel occurrence, but another instance of his longstanding issue with the Church’s doctrine.

“Bishop Bonny did not decide to reject Church teaching on the day that the Holy See issued the Responsum. His comments reveal a longtime practical acceptance of homosexual activity as a moral good that should be respected and approved of by the faithful.”

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Bonny is well known for his liberal viewpoints, and made headlines in 2016 when he called for homosexual couples, divorced and remarried Catholics, as well as cohabiting couples, to be given an ecclesial blessing as part of a “diversity of rituals” that would recognize the “exclusiveness and stability” of their unions.

Prior to that, the bishop of Antwerp represented the Belgian bishops at the 2015 Synod on the Family, in which he pushed for the undermining of Church teaching on marriage, and called on the Church to recognize the “positive or constructive elements” found outside of sacramental marriage.

In the run-up to the 2014 Synod on the Family, Bonny advocated numerous positions contrary to Catholic teaching, calling for the divorced and “remarried” to receive Holy Communion, encouraging cohabitation, and rejecting the possibility of moral absolutes. The letter prompted a comprehensive response from Voice of the Family. The pro-family organization wrote that Bonny promoted “a practical denial of the reality of good and evil, truth and untruth and an abandonment of the natural law and of the Church which is its protector.”

In light of this history and Bonny’s most recent comments, Fr. Murray called on the bishop to remember the Oath of Fidelity which he took at his installation: “I shall hold fast to the deposit of faith in its entirety; I shall faithfully hand it on and explain it, and I shall avoid any teachings contrary to it … So help me God.”

“For the good of his soul and of the souls of his flock, I pray he recants,” wrote Murray. “If he refuses and also refuses to resign, he should be removed by Pope Francis as a stumbling block, a true scandal to the faithful.”


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Canada’s health minister evades question about COVID ‘vaccine passports’

Patty Hajdu personally attacked MP Derek Sloan for simply asking about vaccine passports.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 1:18 pm EST
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OTTAWA, Ontario, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s Health Minister gave a non-answer to a question asked by independent Ontario MP Derek Sloan regarding “vaccine passports.” Sloan said Patty Hajdu’s comments were “more than condescending,” as well as “concerning.”

In the House of Commons Monday, Sloan asked Hajdu a direct question about whether she was against the idea of “vaccine passports.”

“Many are concerned about the leaking of personal medical information, religious freedom, and personal consent. Canada cannot become a two-tier country. Will the minister oppose vaccination passports on behalf of all freedom-loving Canadians?” Sloan asked.

Hajdu attacked Sloan, saying that “unlike the member opposite, we believe in a response that’s guided by science, evidence and public health expertise, in fact, that’s the only way to get through this pandemic.”

“It’s important, Mr. Speaker, that we don’t sow fear and distrust among the public health officials that are doing so much work to get us through this all safely. Mr. Speaker, I call on the member opposite to support a public health response that’s based on science and evidence.”

LifeSiteNews spoke with Sloan, who said Hajdu’s reply to his question was full of unnecessary “jabs.”

“Usually, it’s a 90 percent non-answer with … a 10 percent stab at talking. And this time it was just one hundred percent non-answer. So, I don’t know if she realizes that [vaccine passports] are inevitable or if she doesn’t want to focus on this. I don’t know how useful it is because, yes, the responses are typically insulting and invasive anyway, but this was extra, this was above and beyond, for the liberals, even for her,” said Sloan.

“It’s usually condescending, but not explicitly insulting, and this was more than condescending. This was multiple references to, you know, I don’t follow science … and I don’t know what it indicates.”

Sloan is opposed to the idea of “vaccine passports,” telling LifeSiteNews they are a “bad idea” and that he asked the hard question hoping for a more mature answer.

“I mean, I definitely think that [vaccine passports are] a bad idea. There’s no logical basis for it. We don’t even know how long immunity lasts. We don’t know if people are still spreading COVID when they have the vaccine. But even if, you don’t know right now,” said Sloan.

“This was the most snarky response I’ve had, and I have asked multiple questions, and they’ve all been controversial. For some reason, she was worse now. So, I have a feeling it might be subject matter related. I don’t know what it means, but it can’t mean anything good,” said Sloan.

Sloan was booted from the Conservative Pary of Canada (CPC) in January by his own caucus members after a vote. Since leaving the CPC, Sloan has become more outspoken against COVID lockdowns as well as talk of mandatory vaccines.

Sloan repeatedly stated his pro-life and pro-family views, which he did when running as a candidate in the 2020 CPC leadership race.

The CPC elected pro-abortion O’Toole as the new leader of the party in August last year. Sloan came in fourth place behind Leslyn Lewis and Peter MacKay. 

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Sloan told LifeSiteNews that taking a vaccine is one’s own choice, and that creating a “two-tiered” society of those with shots and those without should never become a reality in Canada.

“There’s a lot of people who can’t or won’t take the vaccine for various reasons, and we should not live in a two-tiered society where it favors some but not others. I mean, at the end of the day, people that want to feel this level of safety and protection for taking the vaccine, then take it, but for those that don’t, they should be able to live their life as well,” said Sloan.

“For different people, there are different parameters. That’s a personal decision and frankly, hopefully, we’ll soon have treatments for COVID that are not vaccine-related, promising things out there. So presumably we’ll be in a position where this thing is treatable.”

Sloan has been no stranger to asking what he calls “controversial” questions in the House of Commons. He has asked questions concerning vaccines, the detainment of travelers at airports, and alternative COVID treatments such as Ivermectin.

So far, the Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not stated one way or another whether or not it will use so-called COVID “vaccine passports” in Canada.

In early March, Hajdu said the government is “certainly working on the idea of vaccine passports” with its fellow G7 partners.

“I was on a call with my G7 health minister counterparts just a couple of weeks ago and that is a very live issue,” Hajdu explained on CTV’s Question Period. “We’ll be coming back to Canadians as we understand more about the intentions of our counterparts internationally, and as we understand more about how that will unfold around the world.”

Hajdu’s remarks came only shortly after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s in late February when he said there are “pros and cons” to COVID-19 “immunity passports.”

To date, Health Canada has approved for use four COVID-19 injections in adults, all with connections to abortion.

In Canada, vaccines are not mandatory at the federal level, as each province is responsible for their healthcare delivery. At the provincial level, some provinces — such as Ontario and New Brunswick — have made certain vaccines mandatory via legislation, with a few exceptions, for children to attend public schools. 

Ted Kuntz, president of Vaccine Choice Canada (VCC), a not-for-profit society founded by families who have suffered from vaccine reactions or injuries, told LifeSiteNews there is no “Medical Justification” for “immunity passports” in Canada.


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Maskless priest has homeschooling mom of 11 arrested for not masking in church

‘There was no apology’ from the bishop, said Jane Bernardel. The most the bishop offered was that he would not object if charges were dropped.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 12:01 pm EST
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KANSAS CITY, Kansas, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — It was Halloween when Jane Bernardel, a homeschooling mom of 11, was hauled away by police for praying in an empty church without a mask.

It’s a Bernardel family tradition to attend Vespers and recitations of the litany of the saints on Halloween, the eve of the great feast of All Saints, to sanctify a day they see as having been secularized. On Halloween 2020, Bernardel and some of her children prayed at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

“We went in and got in our pew and it was empty, no one was there. It was really dark,” Bernardel told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive video interview.

The family prayed the rosary and Divine Mercy chaplet for about 30 minutes. Then, Bernardel saw Father Gary Ziuraitis, CSsR, staring at her from the sacristy.

“There was just something about it that was odd,” she recalled. “Then he went to the other side of the altar and came out to tell me to mask.”

Ziuraitis, however, wasn’t wearing a mask himself, Bernardel noted.

“I did not want to mask,” she said, “and my children definitely were not going to mask. None of us were ill, we were all well, we were all very far from anybody in the church, so it seemed more authoritarian [of the priest] … it didn’t make sense to me.”

Bernardel told Ziuraitis that they weren’t going to wear masks.

That’s when he called the police.

Last thing on earth I ever, ever expected to see’

Bernardel, who now faces charges for trespassing, has been homeschooling her children long before the coronavirus lockdowns made “virtual school” and regular homeschooling mainstream.

“I homeschooled way before COVID,” she told LifeSite. “I have a 31-year-old son … so we have homeschooled some 20 years.”

“We did it because of where the culture was going,” she explained. “We are out to daily Mass. It was something we started doing for one of my children who is handicapped, but it ended up being something that was deep in us that we needed to do.”

Six of the Bernardel children are adopted and one is severely handicapped.

Bernardel’s daughter, Isabella, arrived at the church just as her mother was being hauled out, handcuffed, by the authorities. She described the moment she saw her mother being arrested: “The first thing, I really just froze.”

“I just remember thinking it was the last thing on earth I ever, ever expected to see, in any situation.”

Police didn’t want Bernardel to genuflect as they arrested her

Bernardel confirmed that Father Ziuraitis was not wearing a mask himself, even after he had asked Bernardel to don one to stay in the church. She told LifeSiteNews, “I just knew I wasn’t going to do it.”

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At that point, she could have left, but decided to stay to pray and “face the music,” Hale said.

“I did … I just knew I was going to stay then. I didn’t find out until later how important that was.”

Explaining the importance behind her decision to continue praying and not leave, Bernardel noted that “since that time, many people have come to me saying how they have been persecuted, too.”

“One woman was ostracized from the pulpit during the homily because she didn’t wear a mask. She was in her eighties and she was the only one not wearing a mask and was told to leave. She was very humble woman and left, and was not welcome in the church, and she would bring the Blessed Virgin Mary back with her and pray on the steps outside the church.

Another family in Kansas reached out to Bernardel with their ordeal. Every time they go to Mass or pray in their local church, “they have to be roped off, they’re in a pew by themselves because they refuse to mask. They have to rope this special area off just for them, and their boys had to stop serving.”

In addition to the priest treating her harshly, the police, too, were unrelenting, Bernardel said. “They were definitely thinking I was a really bad person. It started, really, when I just tried to genuflect. They didn’t want me to genuflect so … to other people it looked like I had been combative.”

She added that, once outside, the police “didn’t like that I was asking the children to come.” She said the police were asking her family to go away, making it seem that she was a danger to be around, but “I wanted them [the police] to know who I was and what they’re doing.”

Prosecutor offers deal: Plead guilty, pay $300, attend re-education classes

After her arrest, the diocese’s communications office attempted to pass the buck, stating, “The Diocese has no objection to charges being dismissed against the disruptive attendee but that decision would need to be made by the arresting officer.”

The Kansas City police countered, “The decision to drop the charge of trespassing would be between the Church and Municipal Court.”

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In the exclusive LifeSiteNews video, Bernardel described receiving “copies of letters stating things about the night or about us that [were] incorrect.” Following repeated falsehoods being leveled against her and her family, Bernardel took to writing a letter to the bishop to try to resolve the situation peaceably.

She, her husband, and two men who had volunteered to join them met with the bishop.

“That was hard to do but we felt it necessary,” she reflected.

At the meeting, it became clear that Bishop James Johnston of the Diocese of Kansas City, was “being safe and keeping everybody safe and keeping his churches open,” and was unwilling to intervene to assist Bernardel in her case. “[The bishop] kept reiterating that ‘I wasn’t there,’ that’s what he would say, ‘I wasn’t there, I can’t make a call, I can’t say anything.’”

“So there was no apology” from the bishop, she added. The most that Johnston offered was that he would not object if charges were dropped.

“Since my first interview in November I am charged with trespassing,” Bernardel explained, adding that during her first meeting with the prosecutor, she was offered a “bargain” that would entail pleading guilty in exchange for a $300 fine and to enroll in diversion classes.

A diversion program is a rehabilitation program in the criminal justice system designed to help offenders overcome the behaviors that led to their original arrest. Bernardel would be required to attend anger management classes to satisfy the plea bargain.

When asked if she would take the offer, Bernardel responded resolutely: “No, and I wasn’t [guilty] and both lawyers know I’m not.”

Which is more important: Masking or Catholic sacramentals like Holy Water?

Bernardel said the experience has awakened her to the reality of the persecution of the faithful flock, and it has encouraged her to prepare to defend the Faith: “We need to be ready at all times to face the music and be ready to stand up for our faith. I think the uncanny thing was it came from the inside, it’s the Church, it feels like the Church is persecuting you.”

Clarifying her intentions behind refusing to mask inside the church, Bernardel explained that she and her family were not “trying to pick a fight with the Redemptorist church.” Rather, they are of a strong conviction that it would be wrong to wear a mask inside the church.

“I think that it was just an innate thing that I offended God [by wearing a mask], it felt offensive. Even the bishop mentioned in the meeting that he’s not cracking down ‘on every church in the diocese,’ he won’t release the mandate. He understands that everybody has a right to exercise their conscience,” she said.

“I didn’t know how fervently I felt about it [masking in church] except I was avoiding it. It really was a conscientious, innate thing in me that came forward.”

With a mask on, “I can’t even worship Him face to face; that’s sad,” Bernardel added. “To me, it’s just been twisted, and we are just trying to worship and give Him all the respect that is due Him and the love that is due Him.”

Bernardel went on to lament the impositions in place besides masking across churches in America, where the use of Holy Water “is still not available in most churches.”

“But the sacramentals are necessary, very, very necessary. I think that’s one of the issues: What’s more necessary? Well, they have chosen that masking is more necessary than using sacramentals. I don’t believe that, and we have a right not to believe that.”

“We can’t do what we do without our faith.”

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Miami Abp. who forced churches to close last year pushes for their use as COVID vaccination sites

Archbishop Thomas Wenski kept churches closed during Easter despite Governor Ron DeSantis allowing them to open. Now Wenski is promoting the experimental COVID vaccines and saying churches can be used as COVID vaccination sites
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 11:18 am EST
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March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Thomas Wenski has doubled down on his approval of the use of Catholic churches as vaccination sites, in a letter to priests of the Archdiocese of Miami.

“So to the question, can the parish be used as a site for all the currently available vaccinations, the answer is YES,” the archbishop wrote. “To the question, should I advise my parishioners to receive any of the three vaccinations available, the answer is also a definite YES,” wrote Archbishop Wenski, as the Archdiocese of Miami reported.

San Lazaro Parish in Hialeah became the first church in the archdiocese of Miami to serve as a COVID-19 vaccination site in January, and was joined by Saint John Bosco Church in Miami’s Little Havana.

Many churches across the world, including Catholic churches, are increasingly being used as sites for abortion-tainted COVID-19 vaccine injections. Cardinal John Dew, the liberal Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand, recently shared on social media that he had offered “churches and church facilities for vaccination centres” during a meeting with other New Zealand religious ministers to discuss “COVID-19 vaccinations, welfare and housing.”

Archbishop Wenski was the first U.S. bishop to publicly receive a COVID-19 vaccine. At the time, he explained to the Florida Catholic, “Hopefully my stepping up will encourage other people to get the vaccine as it becomes available to them.”

Wenski has considered the threat of the COVID-19 virus to be such that he disregarded Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s provision declaring religious services to be “essential services” during a stay-at-home order last year. Despite the ability to allow his priests to continue to provide the sacraments, Wenski had prohibited all Masses and even drive-through Confessions last year before Easter. He said at the time, “It is not prudent for parishes to plan any activity that would encourage people to leave their homes.”

Wenski aimed to clear up what he calls “confusion” over the issue of COVID-19 vaccinations by directing his priests to a talk by Fr. Alfred Cioffi, an Associate Professor of Biology and Bioethics, on COVID-19 virus and vaccines. 

Fr. Cioffi pointed out during the discussion with Florida Catholic editors that the COVID-19 virus has a “very high survival rate,” saying, “The rate is 95 to 97 percent survival. It doesn’t mean that if I get COVID which is the actual disease, that I’m gonna die automatically. Not at all.”

Some have pointed out that even this mortality rate is likely overblown, with one reason being that “if someone dies with Covid-19,” that is being counted as a Covid-19 death, as Dr. Deborah Birx explained last year during the early days of the crisis.

Fr. Cioffi goes on to say that protecting others is one reason there is a “responsibility” to take the COVID-19 vaccine. “In the measure I become vaccinated, then I stop the virus in its tracks from infecting other people,” said Cioffi, although he did not mention the CDF’s statement that “vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”

Florida Catholic editor Ana Rodriguez-Soto asked Fr. Cioffi, “How do I know the vaccine is not gonna be harmful? Are we guinea pigs?”

Fr. Cioffi replied, “No, no, no, it has been tested. Keep in mind it has FDA approval. Fast track means they try to eliminate as much bureaucracy as possible. Health was not compromised.”

Fr. Cioffi does not mention here that what is sometimes called “phase four” of clinical trials has been skipped in the process of approval for the COVID-19 vaccines, as chief FDA vaccine regulator Dr. Peter Marks has admitted. 

Dr. Marks explained during an FDA podcast that “In this case, it’s what happens after the vaccine is approved.” It involves looking at even larger numbers of people to make sure that we really understand how the vaccine works in either specific populations or that we understand any specific side effects that we think might be associated with the vaccine,” said Marks.

Dr. Marks was vaccine chief for Operation Warp Speed when it began, but then reverted back to his role as chief vaccine regulator at the FDA, despite the fact that then-FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn claimed in August that they had "drawn a very bright line at FDA between us and Operation Warp Speed because we’re the independent regulator.

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A considerable number of doctors and individuals worldwide have expressed alarm about the reported and inherent dangers of mRNA COVID-vaccines in particular.

For example, governments and medical organizations have warned of the mRNA vaccines’ potentially harmful impact on unborn children and breastfeeding newborn children, as well as on fertility. World Health Organization officials have advised that pregnant women refrain from receiving the Moderna mRNA vaccine, and the U.K. government has cautioned that pregnant and breastfeeding women should not receive the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.

Even more troubling have been the reports of deaths and injuries following mRNA vaccination, such as those found in a re-analysis of published data from the Israeli Health Ministry by Dr. Hervé Seligmann and engineer Haim Yativ, which revealed that Pfizer’s mRNA experimental vaccine killed “about 40 times more (elderly) people than the disease itself would have killed” during a recent five-week vaccination period.

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Pope appoints open homosexual to Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

The Pope had talked to Juan Carlos Cruz already in 2018, allegedly saying, ‘God made you gay.’
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 10:52 am EST
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VATICAN CITY, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis appointed Juan Carlos Cruz, an openly homosexual man, to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors on Wednesday. Cruz is himself a victim of clerical sexual abuse.

According to the 2004 John Jay Report on the nature and scope of clerical sexual abuse of minors, “The results of our study indicated that of all victims whose gender was reported, … 81% were male and 19% were female.” In other words, it seems that sexual abuse committed by members of the priesthood is overwhelmingly homosexual in nature.

However, Margaret Smith, a John Jay College of Criminal Justice researcher, cautioned, “At this point, we do not find a connection between homosexual identity and an increased likelihood of sexual abuse.” Karen Terry, another researcher, argued, “Someone can commit sexual acts that might be of a homosexual nature but not have a homosexual identity.”

Previously, in 2018, Cruz had already met with Pope Francis at the Vatican for a private meeting where he alleged that the Pope affirmed him in his homosexuality, telling him that “God made you gay.”

Cruz said at the time Francis told him “that you are gay does not matter. God made you like that and he loves you like that and I do not care. The Pope loves you as you are, you have to be happy with who you are.”

When approached for clarification on whether or not Francis made the comments as alleged by Cruz, the Vatican press office’s Cristina Ravenda told LifeSiteNews at the time, “The Vatican does not comment on private conversations of the Pope.” No clarification has been offered since.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that persons with homosexual inclinations “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity,” adding that “[e]very sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

With that in mind, the Catechism describes homosexual activity as a “grave depravity,” based on Sacred Scripture, and that such acts are “intrinsically disordered.” As a result, “homosexual persons are called to chastity.”

Despite the clear, traditional teaching of the Church on the matter of same-sex relations, Cruz hit out last week at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which had just released a ruling banning the blessing of same-sex relationships.

Cruz, an outspoken advocate for a change to the Church’s perennial (and biblical) doctrine on homosexuality, said that those behind the CDF document “are completely in a world of their own, away from people and trying to defend the indefensible.”

He suggested, “If the church and the CDF do not advance with the world … Catholics will continue to flee,” adding that the Pope stands at odds with the leadership in the CDF.

Cruz will now serve on the Pontifical Committee for the Protection of Minors for three years.

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Over the course of his pontificate, Francis has repeatedly signaled support for the homosexual lobby in the Vatican, elevating their chief spokesmen, like Fr. James Martin, to high-ranking positions in the Roman Curia and the Church hierarchy.

Just five months ago, in October, the Pope caused shockwaves around the world after it was revealed that he supported the creation of civil union laws for homosexual couples to have their relationships recognized in law. The move was widely seen as his clearest statement of public support for the practice, which is morally prohibited by official Catholic Church teaching.


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Pope Francis rejects Marian title of Co-Redemptrix, says it’s an exaggeration

Saints like Jerome, Augustine, Bonaventure, and Thomas Aquinas, as well as numerous Popes, have referred to Our Lady as Co-Redemptrix.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 10:15 am EST
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VATICAN CITY, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has launched yet another attack on Our Lady, as he used his weekly general audience to undermine Catholic teaching on her Divine Motherhood, as well as the understanding of her role as Co-Redemptrix, suggesting that such a title was the fruit of exaggerations.

On Wednesday morning, as the Pope addressed the handful of clergy seated around him, as well as those watching via video link, delivered an address containing a mixture of both Catholic and non-Catholic teaching.

Francis moved swiftly to denounce the teaching of Mary as Co-Redemptrix, by correctly pointing out that Christ is the mediator between God and man, but rejecting the possibility of a co-redeemer: “Christ is the mediator. Christ is the bridge that we cross in order to turn to the Father. He is the only redeemer; there are no co-redeemers with Christ, He is the only one. He is the mediator par excellence.”

The Church’s understanding of Marian co-redemption has been consistent since the days of the early Fathers — right up until recent times, when it became a controversial topic following the Second Vatican Council, due concerns from left-leaning clergy about its effect upon ecumenism.

“Mary points out the mediator,” Francis continued, “Mary is completely directed towards Him, she is more His disciple than His mother, we could say.”

This point could be read to contradict Church teaching, which has traditionally held that all the titles and honors proper to Mary, stem from her role as Mother of God, as taught in the Council of Ephesus in 431.

Seeming to comment off-script, the Pope specified his attack, saying that Christ did not intend for Mary to be Co-Redemptrix. “The mother who covers everyone under her mantle as a mother, Jesus entrusted us to her as a mother, not as a goddess, not as a co-redemptrix, as a mother.”

The Pope went so far as to suggest that such a title, by which numerous saints and popes have addressed Mary, was born out of loving exaggeration, but was not factually true. “It’s true, Christian piety likes to give beautiful titles to her, but above all she is a mother, what a wonderful title that is. But remember, all the wonderful titles that the Church gives to Mary, they don’t take anything away from the unique mediating role of Jesus. Sometimes when we love someone it makes us exaggerate.”

With Francis casually dismissing devotion to Mary as Co-Redemptrix as an exaggeration, he seemed to reject the perennial teaching of the Church on this topic — albeit not a dogma declared ex cathedra. Indeed, U.K. Catholic commentator Deacon Nick Donnelly noted that Pope Francis was “waging a campaign against Catholic Marian doctrine.”

In comments to LifeSiteNews, Deacon Donnelly pointed to a deliberate ignoring of Scripture on the part of the Pope: “By restricting the titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary to only ‘Mother’ and ‘disciple,’ Pope Francis ignores the Protoevangelium’s and Simeon’s prophecy that she would play an essential role in the redemption of mankind. The title Co-Redemptrix safeguards divine revelation about the role of Mary.”

What is co-redemption?

The word Co-Redemptrix itself is composed of the two Latin words cum and redimere. Cum translates to “with” in English, denoting one person acting alongside another, but never means “equal” or “interchangeable” in the manner of “co-pilot,” for instance. Redimere is the verb meaning “to buy back, set free by payment.” When combined with the female ending of the verb, one gets the meaning “she who buys back with.”

Drawing heavily from Scripture, figures such as Saints Irenaeus, Ephraim, Jerome, and Augustine laid the foundations for the understanding of the term in the first centuries of the Church, before later theologians such as Saints Bernard, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, Louis de Montfort and Alphonsus Liguori fully expounded the mysteries contained in the title.

In addition to numerous other non-canonized scholars, the Holy Office has also weighed in on the issue, writing in 1908 in response to a query about the feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary that “the devotion of the Sorrowful Mother may increase and the piety of the faithful and their gratitude toward the merciful Co-Redemptrix of the human race may intensify.”

Five years later, the Holy Office granted a partial indulgence to a prayer addressing Mary as “Co-Redemptrix of the human race.”

Pope Pius XI also used the term Co-Redemptrix as part of his public addresses, in 1933, 1934 and 1935, building on the previous papal support for the teaching as expressed by Popes Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius X, and Benedict XV.

Pope John Paul II also used the term at least seven times during his pontificate, both in his writings and addresses, as well as teaching the meaning of the title in his encyclical Redemptoris Mater and in his General Audience’s between 1995 and 1997.

So in-depth and constant is the teaching of the Church on this topic, that in 2017 the International Marian Association released a statement as part of a longer appeal to Pope Francis, saying: “Not only is the Co-redemptrix term theologically acceptable in articulating the intimacy and complementarity between the divine Redeemer and his immaculate human mother, but the title is actually necessary to properly denote and signify in a single term the providentially designed unity between Jesus and Mary, God-man and human woman, New Adam and New Eve, Redeemer and Co-redemptrix, in the historic work of Redemption.”

However, the latest general audience is by no means the first time the current Pope has attacked Marian co-redemption. On December 12, 2019, Francis proclaimed that moves to officially declare Mary Co-Redemptrix, were “foolishness.”

In response, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò sternly rebuked Francis, saying that “Pope Bergoglio once again gave vent to his evident Marian intolerance, recalling that of the Serpent in the account of the Fall, in that Proto-Gospel which prophesizes the radical enmity placed by God between the Woman and the Serpent, and the declared hostility of the latter, who until the consummation of time will seek to undermine the Woman’s heel and to triumph over her and her posterity.”


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A brief summary of essential information about the COVID-19 vaccines

This information is to better inform your conscience when deciding to consent or decline the novel mRNA Covid-19 vaccines
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 4:05 pm EST
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LifeSiteNews note: This article was originally published Februry 1, 2021. Reprinted with permission.

March 25, 2021 (RenewAmerica) — We are continually bombarded with information about the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccines. Many are making the decision to consent or refuse these with little information. To make an informed decision about receiving a vaccine requires: 1) full and complete information regarding safety and side effects, 2) explanations of efficacy and effectiveness, 3) ingredients including any adjuvants, preservatives, and genetic material, and 4) vaccine companies’ lack of liability for damages. The use of human fetal cell lines should be made known to all recipients and those who administer the vaccines. This includes development, production or any testing of the vaccines, no matter how remote the cooperation.

COVID-19 pandemic virus

The cause of the present pandemic is a virus, first labeled as the Wuhan virus or the China virus. The official name of the virus is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, abbreviated (SARS-CoV-2). The name of the disease it causes is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, 'CO' stands for 'corona,' 'VI' for 'virus,' and 'D' for disease. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses.

www.cdc.gov › coronavirus › 2019-ncov › faq (Accessed 1-23-21)

A pandemic is a contagious illness that spreads widely. In this pandemic, people in 188 countries have the virus. A virus is a microorganism that cannot reproduce outside of a cell. It can be seen only through a microscope that magnifies by 500,000 times. A virus can cause disease in human persons by spreading from one human being to another human being.

SARS-CoV-2 is a respiratory virus that can have no symptoms, or a range of symptoms from minimal to severe. These may include runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or eye irritation. More severe respiratory illness can include shortness of breath. Also, losses of smell and taste have been reported.

When a virus enters the body, at first, it is not associated with any symptoms. This is known as the incubation period. For COVID-19, the median duration of this incubation period is about 7 days but can be as short as 5 days and usually not longer than 12 days. Near the end of the incubation period and just before symptoms make their appearance, the patient might be contagious. If so, the virus could spread from one person to another even before any symptoms. The patient continues to be contagious throughout the course of the illness.

COVID-19 may spread through the air as droplets and aerosols that come out of the nose and mouth. This is the rationale to wear a mask, keep distance between persons, and wash hands. Droplets are larger particles that may be visible and tend to fall to the ground or are deposited on another’s nose, mouth, and/or eyes or onto objects that the person touches, thereby inoculating themselves if they touch their nose, eyes or mouth. Aerosols are smaller particles that can float in the air and are not usually visible but may be inhaled. The warm exhaled breath that is seen in cold temperatures is an example of an aerosol.

To cause disease, the virus must get out of the infected person, then spread into the other person. The COVID-19 virus can enter only through the nose, mouth, or eyes. Remember, to cause disease, the virus must get from one person with the virus to another, then enter via the nose, mouth, or eyes of the next person. Keeping the environment clean and washing hands is important in stopping this kind of spread. Do not suck your fingers; do not pick your nose; wash your hands before you eat, and before and after touching your nose and mouth or eyes if you must touch them. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into one’s sleeve and then discard tissue and wash hands.

The virus itself does not cause the symptoms. It is the response of the body trying to get rid of the invading virus that results in the symptoms. A runny nose can be thought of as washing away the virus; a cough can be thought of as expelling it away. Fever is a body response that can be measured easily and accurately without bias from the patient or examiner.

COVID-19 is associated with an inflammatory reaction of increased congestion and swelling of the affected tissues with damage to the lining of blood vessels and tendency for blood clots to occur. A lesser amount of an inflammatory response may protect against the virus. However, sometimes the inflammatory response is exaggerated and overwhelming. This has been observed to be especially significant in the lungs of patients with COVID-19. In addition, blood clots may form and cause blockages that can be life threatening if in the lungs, heart, or brain.

This exaggerated and overwhelming response has been labeled a hyper-inflammatory response. The lungs swell; air passages get obstructed. Thus, the ventilator cannot effectively expand the lungs as a ventilator does for other patients. Ventilators have been used successfully in many patients with COVID-19, but for others, the ventilator has not been as helpful as desired, possibly because the exaggerated inflammatory response does not allow expansion of the lungs.

Most patients with COVID-19 recover without treatment. Others may have a more prolonged course of chronic illness. Some require more intensive treatments, especially if there would be the new onset of shortness of breath and difficult breathing. In these patients, early treatment is important and vitamins and medications may need to be given intravenously.

Although persons with other medical conditions, such as, diabetes, obesity, hypertension and/or heart disease, are at higher risk of death, with timely treatment survival is possible, even among older aged persons. This is a serious disease that is associated with mortality that increases with age and co-morbidities (other disease conditions).

The novel COVID mRNA vaccines

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are not FDA approved but have been released under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). These are novel vaccines that use messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), which is a molecular portion of the virus’ total genetic information. The clinical trials had followed recipients for 2 months after 2 doses. Long-term side effects are unknown. Neither mRNA nor the lipid nanoparticles have been tested in humans.

https://www.pfizer.com/news/hot-topics/the_facts_about_pfizer_and_biontech_s_covid_19_vaccine (Accessed 1/31/21)

Vaccines commonly use a weakened or killed virus or part of the virus toxin to inject. This triggers the person’s immune system to make antibodies that would recognize and neutralize an infecting virus. A mRNA vaccine works differently because laboratory-made genetic material coding for a part of the virus (spike protein) is injected. It first relies on the recipient’s cells to read this genetic code and make more of the foreign protein molecule for the spike protein. Then it relies on the immune system to make antibodies to this part of the virus. These antibodies are presumed to inactivate the foreign virus and not attack the person’s own cells.

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DNA and RNA

DNA and RNA are molecules of genetic information that make a person biochemically unique. DNA is composed of double-stranded nucleic acids; RNA is composed of only one strand of nucleic acids. The genetic information in the RNA is read by structures in the cell called ribosomes, resulting in the production of proteins needed by the cell.

A virus has genetic information as DNA or RNA but needs host cells to “read” this information to replicate (i.e., make more of itself). Sars-CoV-2 virus has mRNA that codes for its spike protein. It enables the virus to enter the human cells. The mRNA vaccines work by getting the person’s own cells to read this foreign mRNA and then to have the person’s cells make more copies of the foreign spike protein. This will allegedly trigger an immune response in the person to make antibodies and T cells (killer white blood cells) that will target spike proteins and thus prevent viral entry into the human cells.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use genetically engineered foreign mRNA sequences that code for the viral spike protein. They rely on ribosomes, which (as noted) are structures in the cell that read the mRNA code and make protein molecules. In the case of these mRNA COVID vaccines, the ribosomes make the foreign spike protein which would not naturally occur.

There are ribosomes in several places inside the cell. Ribosomes are both inside and outside the cell nucleus, and produced in the mitochondria (the energy producing structures of the cell).

Many do not understand that it is incorrect to say that the human genome is made up only of DNA in the cell nucleus. The human genome includes both the DNA in the nucleus and the DNA in the mitochondria outside the nucleus. DNA are the blueprints for making protein molecules. mRNA is akin to work orders for the ribosomes. Ribosomes are akin to machines that fabricate the final protein products.

It is in mitochondrial produced ribosomes in the cytoplasm where the vaccine-delivered foreign messenger-RNA makes the foreign spike protein. According to Biochemist/Biologist Dianne Irving, Ph.D. foreign m-RNA could also be read by ribosomes located outside and inside the cell nucleus and the foreign protein could also thus enter the cell nucleus.

Dr. Irving explains that while it may be correct to say that the foreign mRNA does not change the DNA structure inside the nucleus, or the DNA structure of the mitochondrial DNA, it does change the functioning of the mitochondrial-bound ribosomes and thus the functioning of the mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA is part of the human genome. Therefore, foreign messenger-RNA causes a change in function of mitochondrial-bound ribosomes, and thus in mitochondrial DNA function. This change in function of the mitochondrial DNA is to produce a foreign protein that it would never make naturally. This change in function of the mitochondrial ribosomes can affect all cells in the body including those that can be passed down through the egg (oocyte) and sperm to next generations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_genome (Accessed 1-28-21) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21134/ (Accessed 1-28-21)

Risks and benefits

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 and Moderna vaccines are made from messenger RNA, tiny lipid nanoparticles, and polyethylene glycol (PEG). PEG is a stabilizing component of the vaccine. Anaphylaxis is rare but some people are allergic to PEG and could have a life-threatening reaction needing immediate life-support treatment. Patients who are allergic to PEG should not get the vaccine. Since a life-threatening reaction, even though rare, may occur without warning, receiving the vaccine in a health care facility with life-support available is desirable, as is being observed for 15-30 minutes after the injection.

In 2016 scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill advised the potential importance of screening patients for PEG antibodies before receiving therapeutics with PEG, “The widespread prevalence of pre-existing anti-PEG Ab [antibodies], coupled with high Ab [antibody] levels in a subset of the population, underscores the potential importance of screening patients for anti-PEG Ab [antibody] levels prior to administration of therapeutics containing PEG.” https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.analchem.6b03437 (Accessed 1-23-21)

Vaccination reactions can occur without prior history. The US CDC reported that of the six persons with “severe allergic reaction” out of >250,000 vaccinations, only one had a “history of vaccination reactions.” The American College of Allergy states, “The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine should be administered in a health care setting where anaphylaxis can be treated." https://college.acaai.org/acaai-guidance-on-risk-of-allergic-reactions-to-pfizer-biontech-COVID-19-vaccine/ (Accessed 1-20-21)

Norway reported 23 deaths after vaccinations; thirteen have been investigated; these were old and frail persons. Subsequently, Norway recommends, “If you are very frail, you should probably not be vaccinated.”

https://norwaytoday.info/news/norwegian-medicines-agency-links-13-deaths-to-vaccine-side-effects-those-who-died-were-frail-and-old/ (Accessed 1-20-21)

The public may think that the vaccine will prevent spread of the virus, but public health experts have repeatedly said that is unknown. Therefore, the public is still expected to use masks, social distance, and limit contacts. Pfizer did tests on monkeys and found that vaccinated animals still got Covid although the duration of infection was shorter.

The clinical vaccine trials did not test for Sars-CoV-2 in all participants so it cannot answer the question of whether the vaccine actually reduces infection or transmission of the virus. The trials only tested for presence of the virus if the test subject became symptomatic. 170 of the total 41,135 (0.41%) subjects given two doses of the vaccine or placebo became symptomatic. Of these 170 subjects, 162 were in the unvaccinated group and 8 were in the vaccinated group. From these small numbers of symptomatic test subjects the 90-95% efficacy claims were calculated. https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-conclude-phase-3-study-covid-19-vaccine (Accessed 1-31-21)

The small number of test subjects in both groups who became symptomatic and then tested positive for COVID (170/41,135 x 100 = 0.4%) could also reflect decreased exposure, transmission, and/or virulence of the virus.

The CDC posts deaths and infection fatality ratios by age but has not released calculations for age-specific “survival rates” or “mortality rates.”

America’s Frontline Doctors White Paper On Experimental Vaccines For COVID-19, using CDC data on infection fatality ratios, total cases and total deaths, calculated and estimated risks of Covid deaths according to age. They state, “When talking about the risk/benefit ratio of any treatment we must consider the Infection Fatality Ratio or IFR. The IFR for COVID-19 varies dramatically by age, from a low of 0.003% for Americans under age 19 to as high as 5.4% for those 70 years of age and above.19 That is an 1800x risk difference based upon age! It is quite clear that young people are at a statistically insignificant risk of death from COVID-19. Nearly 80% of all coronavirus-related deaths in the US through November 28, 2020 have occurred in adults 65 years of age and older and only 6% of the deaths had COVID-19 as the only cause mentioned. On average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.20”

The CDC Infection Fatality Ratios by age according to CDC’s best estimate considering disease severity, virus transmissibility, and transmission are:

0-19 years: 0.00003; 20-49 years: 0.0002; 50-69 years: 0.005; 70+ years: 0.054.

The Frontline doctors calculated survival rates from this data to be:

<20 years: 99.9%; 20-49 years: 99.8%; 50-69 years: 99.5%; 70+ years: 95%.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/COVID_weekly/index.htm#Comorbidities

As of Jan 23, 2021, CDC reported most of the deaths from Covid were in inpatient facilities 229,265 out of 359,265 x 100=64%. 79,134 or 22% of the 359,265 Covid deaths were in nursing homes or long term care facilities.

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm#PlaceDeath (Accessed 1-13-2021)

“CDC data also show that Americans, regardless of age group, are far more likely to die of something other than COVID-19. Even among those in the most heavily impacted age group (85 and older), only 10.8 percent of all deaths since February 2020 were due to COVID-19.”

https://www.heritage.org/data-visualizations/public-health/COVID-19-deaths-by-age/

FDA admits long list of possible negative side-effects. The list has 22 separate entries of “possible adverse event outcomes.” First on the list is “Guillain-Barré syndrome”, described as “a rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves.” The syndrome has “no known cure” and it’s mortality rate is “4% to 7%.” “Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis,” a “rare inflammatory condition that affects the brain and spinal cord,” is second on the FDA’s list. Third is “Transverse myelitis,” a neurological disorder that inflames the spinal cord, causing “pain, muscle weakness, paralysis, sensory problems, or bladder and bowel dysfunction.” Also listed as a possible outcome of a potential vaccine is “Anaphylaxis,” the severe allergic reaction which can lead to anaphylactic shock. A “stroke,” and “convulsions/seizures” are further possible side-effects, along with “Acute myocardial infarction” or heart attacks, inflammation of the muscles around the heart, and even death.

The FDA also suggested that Kawasaki disease as being a possibility after the vaccine. The disease “mainly affects children under the age of 5,” and is “always treated in hospital.”

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Efficacy and effectiveness

The public might assume that the words “efficacy” and “effectiveness” mean the same thing. In medical/scientific talk, they are different. “Efficacy” refers to the results observed in ideal or controlled conditions, like a vaccine clinical trial. “Effectiveness” is the result seen in the real world after widespread use. Hence the quote 95% “efficacy” in the controlled vaccine experimental trials may not be achieved in the real world after widespread vaccination. Recall that the clinical trials were testing for the virus only if the subjects became “symptomatic.” Asymptomatic persons in the trial were not tested so the overall effectiveness of the vaccine to prevent infection cannot be known.

https://pediaa.com/difference-between-efficacy-and-effectiveness/ (Accessed 1-20-21) https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201118005595/en/ (Accessed 1-20-21)

https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-conclude-phase-3-study-COVID-19-vaccine (Accessed 1-20-21)

Vaccine injury and side effects reporting

“Furthermore, mandating vaccines is a blatant violation of medical informed consent—a basic tenet of ethical medical practice. With numerous vaccines currently mandated for work, school, college, and daycare—and soon a coronavirus vaccine likely added to the list when marketed—the potential for harm increases.” “If an adult or child is killed or injured by a vaccine, federal law—the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986—prohibits the person from suing the drug company that made the vaccine.” https://clmagazine.org/topic/medicine-science/should-we-be-concerned-about-ethical-vaccines/

The FDA in October listed possible side effects that are to be monitored in conjunction with administering a COVID-19 vaccine. There is to be both passive and active surveillance of side effects related to the vaccine. Under the former system, the FDA is to partner with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to manage the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), whereby individuals report adverse side effects to their health care provider.”

“With the active surveillance, the FDA plans to use the “Biologics Effectiveness and Safety (BEST) System,” with numerous partners. MarketScan, the largest number of the partner companies, has over 250 million patients.

Along with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the FDA states that its data can cover “approximately 55 million elderly US beneficiaries >65yrs of age.” It is through using the CMS data that the FDA plans to monitor side-effects from COVID vaccines, based on rapid-cycle analyses.”

Pregnanacy and mRNA COVID vaccines

There is usually caution about giving medications to pregnant women. In spite of the many unknown and unstudied effects of these new vaccines, the CDC guidelines allow pregnant women who are part of a group (e.g. essential workers) to choose to receive them. Given that the risk of serious sequelae of COVID-19 disease is very low in young people, why would anyone who is pregnant or sexually active decide to receive the vaccine?

Aborted babies

Use of aborted babies’ DNA? Pfizer and Moderna used cell cultures made from at least one aborted baby to test the vaccines, albeit not manufacture them. Although there are no cells from aborted babies in these mRNA vaccines, the remains of the murdered child were still illicitly used in testing to develop these vaccines. It must be mentioned that at least 7 other companies use aborted fetal cell line cultures in the manufacture and/or testing of Covid vaccines. https://soundchoice.org/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine-chart/

You may—You should—You Must

At this time that vaccines are being made available to certain groups, thus a person “may” receive the vaccine. There are three verbs that usually follow. Now it is “you may,” “you should” often follows. Will there be a “you must”?

Conclusions and summary

  • The new mRNA COVID vaccines are experimental. Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is not the same as FDA approval. There are many unknowns long-term and already more side effects short term, including life-threatening anaphylaxis, than for other vaccines. COVID-19 survival rates in the young are high and even in those >70+ years or older are 95%.

  • To make an informed decision about receiving a vaccine requires full and complete information regarding safety, side effects, ingredients including preservatives, use of fetal cell lines, and vaccine companies’ lack of liability for damages. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are not FDA approved but have been released under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). These are novel vaccines that can affect all cells in the body

  • FDA lists 22 separate entries of possible adverse event outcomes, including “Guillain-Barré syndrome”, (no known cure and it’s mortality rate is 4% to 7%), Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (condition that affects the brain and spinal cord), Transverse myelitis (inflames the spinal cord, causing pain, muscle weakness, paralysis, sensory problems, or bladder and bowel dysfunction, Anaphylaxis, (severe allergic reaction which can lead to anaphylactic shock), stroke, convulsions/seizures” are further possible side-effects, along with Acute myocardial infarction, heart attacks.

  • Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and 7 other companies used cell cultures made from at least one aborted, killed baby to test the vaccines, albeit not manufacture them.

  • Despite unknown and unstudied effects of these new vaccines, the CDC guidelines allow pregnant women to choose to receive them. Given that the risk of serious sequelae of COVID-19 disease is very low in young people, why would anyone who is pregnant or sexually active decide to receive the vaccine?

  • If an adult or child is killed or injured by a vaccine, federal law—the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986—prohibits the person from suing the drug company that made the vaccine.

  • Is there a need for this vaccine? The calculated survival rates are: <20 years: 99.9%; 20-49 years: 99.8%; 50-69 years: 99.5%; 70+ years: 95%.

  • CDC data also show that Americans, regardless of age group, are far more likely to die of something other than COVID-19. Even among those in the most heavily impacted age group (85 and older), only 10.8 percent of all deaths since February 2020 were due to COVID-19.

  • These new mRNA COVID vaccines are experimental. Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is not the same as FDA approval. There are many unknowns long-term and already more side effects short term, including life-threatening anaphylaxis.

  • Now, you may, or should get the vaccine. Will it be mandated?

  • This information is to better inform your conscience when deciding to consent or decline the novel mRNA Covid-19 vaccines.

  • I decline to get the vaccine.

Reprinted with permission from RenewAmerica.

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Opinion

How stupid do they think we are? PolitiFact checks video saying Biden’s ‘not a human being’

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s supposed efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 2:03 pm EST
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March 25, 2021 (NewsBusters) — Just how stupid does PolitiFact think Americans are? Why do they “fact check” ridiculous videos few would believe about Joe Biden? Get this: 

Video “proves 100% that President Joe Biden is not a ‘human’ being.”

No, this video doesn’t prove Biden isn’t human

What's next? "Joe Biden is not made of Spam"? PolitiFact offers these bullet points if you’re short on time: 

IF YOUR TIME IS SHORT
-- President Joe Biden is a human. 
-- He wears a rosary to remember his late son, Beau Biden. A snake did not emerge from his jacket during a debate with then-President Donald Trump.

The offending video is on a "BamilyMagNation" Facebook page with 3,278 followers. (By comparison, PolitiFact's Facebook page has 836,336 followers.) Ciara O'Rourke described the offensive video, footage of a September 29, 2020 Trump-Biden debate narrated by a guy with a Jamaican patois, with profanity blended in. Check it out, it becomes a bit hilarious to think the liberals fear someone's buying this bunk: 

"THIS PROVES 100% THAT PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IS NOT A ‘HUMAN’ BEING," a description of the video says. 

Someone narrating the clip claims that something "that looks like live little serpents" emerges from Biden’s suit jacket.

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"That s--- is alive," the narrator says. "It kind of looks like he’s shaking his head a little bit."

The camera then pans to Biden and the narrator says: "That’s not a human being, people." 

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed.

It's extremely believable that Biden is wearing a rosary of sorts on his wrist to honor his late son. It fits his whole "devout Catholic" tap dance routine. 

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Opinion

Biden and his people blew it big-time in China talks

Predictably, the Alaska talks ruffled American feathers while failing to 'reset' relations, as the Biden administration had hoped.  Rather, they set the tone for a troubled future — one that is growing in hostility between the two superpowers.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 1:02 pm EST
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March 23, 2021 (American Thinker)  — The communist Chinese smell a weakened United States.  That was patently obvious at last week's U.S.-China meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.  The chances of a war with China appear to increase thanks to the pretext of the exchange of harsh words and allegations of racism, an effort to fan Chinese nationalism.

As many in the West cringed while watching the video of President Joe Biden stumbling up the stairs to Air Force 1, the Chinese were in Anchorage saying there was a "strong smell of gunpowder" in the air, one of the words Beijing uses when it is contemplating war.  The symbolism is stark and telling.

The Chinese "gunpowder" statement was intended to be divisive, a reminder of past white exploitation of China in the 19th-century Opium War, whipping up Chinese nationalist sentiment and making her neighbors anxious.  The communist dictators are clearly feeling their oats and testing the Biden administration.

At the Alaska conference, Yang Jiechi, China's chief diplomat, used prepared comments to scold the U.S. by blasting it for racist policies and even mentioned Black Lives Matter, an unexpected frontal assault on the American delegation.  Obviously, Beijing is watching the U.S. administration's response to an array of domestic troubles that began last summer with the George Floyd race riots, and it smells blood in the water.

The Chinese delegation's race allegation was intended to portray Beijing as the protector of all Asians as opposed to America's failure to protect minorities.  Also, its media mouthpiece, the Global Times, ran a long article the same day (March 18) entitled "Elite US Groups Accomplices of Crimes Against Asian Americans."  That piece was palpably race-baiting and effective. 

The Times' article reminded the Chinese reader of the lethal shootings of Asian-Americans last week at three massage and spa parlors in Atlanta and then called out an alleged "surge in anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes directed at Asian Americans."  Those incidents, wrote the Times, are evidence of a widening social division, which it labeled "deepening Sinophobia."  One can almost feel Chinese nationalism rising as they read about the racist Americans.

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Team Biden failed to deflect the race-related criticism at the Alaska bilateral conference.  Rather, secretary of state Antony Blinken laid out the predictable challenges to Chinese behavior in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Taiwan, but his finger-wagging paled rhetorically in comparison to Beijing's long list of accusations against American aggressive international actions and the domestic race problems mentioned above.  Besides, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian fanned nationalism at home when he feigned offense in responding to Secretary Blinken's human rights accusations as evidence of American "condescension."

Predictably, the Alaska talks ruffled American feathers while failing to "reset" relations, as the Biden administration had hoped.  Rather, they set the tone for a troubled future — one that is growing in hostility between the two superpowers.  What's especially clear is that statements by both sides were really targeted at domestic audiences such as the Biden administration's message that it wasn't weak on China, a sign to the home front as well as to allies and partners.  However, it's pretty obvious that the Chinese rejected that view and in fact are pushing back and hard, fanning nationalism at home at our expense.

On the same day as the Chinese were offering up a rebuke of the U.S. in Alaska, deputy defense secretary Kathleen Hicks spoke at the National Defense University saying that Beijing represents "a threat to regional peace and stability, and to the rules based international order on which our security and prosperity, and those of our allies, depend."

Ms. Hicks, who spoke virtually from the Pentagon, said Beijing "has demonstrated increased military confidence and a willingness to take risks, and it has adopted a more coercive and aggressive approach to the Indo-Pacific region."  She continued by citing examples in which "Beijing escalated tensions between itself and a number of its neighbors," such as Australia and Vietnam.  She concluded, "I believe that the [communist Chinese are] the pacing challenge for the United States military."

What's clear is that U.S.-China relations under Mr. Biden have a rocky future, mostly because the powers in Beijing assessed the new American administration and found it weak.  Evidently, President Xi Jinping sized up Mr. Biden before the Alaska meeting and concluded he's no Donald Trump.  Rather, the 78-year-old American president is a weak adversary, given the stairs incident, his never-ending stream of verbal gaffes, and his long absences from the public eye.  Further, the pre-planned use of the race card is especially helpful to Mr. Xi because it evokes Chinese nationalist memories of Imperial Japan's Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, the 1930s Japanese effort to fan Asian racial strife against Western whites — another strategic step to psychologically prepare the Chinese people for likely future confrontations with America.

Further, as Beijing stoked nationalism with its racial allegations, here in Washington, Ms. Hicks soberly reminded us that that Beijing is "a threat to regional peace and stability."  Her boss, defense secretary Lloyd Austin said while in India last Friday that the U.S. and her allies "have a lot to look forward to as together we address global security challenges and engage in a long-term strategic competition with China."  Clearly, that "competition" is accelerating and getting rather ugly and threatening.

The combined perception of a weakened U.S. leader, our weakened domestic situation, and our lack of significant forward stationed manpower and firepower may indicate to President Xi that he can further consolidate power and muscle his way against our Indo-Pacific allies.  If true, then I anticipate that the chances of an assault against Taiwan, a tougher stand in the South China Sea, and perhaps a quick annexation of Hong Kong are all a little more likely today than this time last week.  You see, the communist Chinese tested the U.S. administration in Alaska and found it lacking in the willpower to push back against strong Chinese rhetoric, a test was the pretext for the next step, the use of real "gunpowder" in places we are unprepared to go.

Mr. Maginnis is a retired U.S. Army officer and the author of Alliance of Evil: Russia, China, the United States and a New Cold War.  His new book, Give Me Liberty, Not Marxism, comes out this spring and chronicles the Marxist threat and how China seeks to radically transform America.

Published with permission from the American Thinker.


  biden regime, china, communism, global times

Opinion

The risks parents aren’t being told about the COVID tests children are taking in schools

Sadly, such is the myopia over COVID-19, there seems to be little concern or sympathy for the plight of our children or the concerns of parents.
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 12:24 pm EST
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KEY POINTS

  • Please watch, enjoy and share our new 1950s-style video highlighting the very real dangers of nasal swabs to our children

  • Mass testing is causing more problems than it’s solving with schools reopening only to close again and many children and their close contacts having to self-isolate, potentially unnecessarily

  • We share the MRI scans from an American woman whose brain lining was punctured by a swab

  • We expose possible dangers from the use of a known carcinogen used to sterilise swabs prior to use

  • Repeated hand washing is causing distressing and painful damage to children’s skin

  • The harms from long periods of mask wearing by children in school are becoming ever more apparent

March 25, 2021 (Alliance for Natural Health) — To supposedly support the return of British kids to school, over 7 million lateral flow tests have so far been undertaken, from nursery to higher education settings. That figure is set to rise dramatically as secondary school pupils are offered the voluntary, but strongly encouraged opportunity to test twice weekly. Such high levels of testing come at a huge financial, educational and social cost, where only the first of these has been approximated so far.

Multiple media reports abound of schools that have reopened then just as quickly closed along with reports of thousands of children once again at home having to self-isolate because a pupil has received a positive test, which may or may not be an accurate indicator of infection.

All of this when Gavin Williamson, the UK’s education secretary, admitted last year there’s little evidence of significant viral transmission in schools. One wonders if the siloes of education and health within the UK government actually communicate? 

"...one of the largest studies on the coronavirus in schools in the world", would make it "clear there is little evidence that the virus is transmitted at school."

- Gavin Williamson, UK education secretary, BBC News, 10 August 2020

Poker – fact-checked!

We have previously warned of the potential harms of untrained children poking swabs up their noses. Despite the claims of fact checkers to the contrary, this is a very real and possible scenario as can be seen from the MRI scans on a 40-year-old woman who suffered just such an injury.

Figure 1. Imaging prior to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak

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A brain computed tomographic image from 2017 in the coronal and sagittal planes demonstrating encephalocele situated over the fovea ethmoidalis prior to nasopharyngeal testing for COVID-19. The arrowhead demonstrates skull base defect. B and C, High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (T2 sequence) in the sagittal plane during hospital admission in July 2020 after development of iatrogenic CSF leak. The yellow arrowheads indicate the encephalocele. SOURCE: Sullivan CB, Schwalje AT, Jensen M, et al. Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak After Nasal Swab Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;146(12):1179–1181.

 

Carcinogen in nasal swabs

Concerns are now being expressed over the use of a known carcinogen, ethylene oxide (EtO), to sterilise the swabs used for COVID tests. Ethylene oxide is a commonly used sterilisation agent used in the production of medical devices such as swabs. Exposure to sterilised swabs during the manufacturing process is carefully monitored due to the known hazards from exposure to EtO.

Research by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2016, revealed EtO is carcinogenic to humans when it is inhaled. While people are rarely or only occasionally exposed to nasal swabs – what about their unforeseen chronic (repeated) use in children? 

As with so many chemicals, it’s the dose and level of exposure that makes the poison. And children, particularly young children, are significantly more sensitive to chemical exposures than adults potentially loading the gun for ill health in later life.

Washing away natural protections

Of all the non-pharmaceutical interventions designed to reduce transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, handwashing is considered to be one of the easiest to implement. Simple and safe for all to carry out, with little harm. That is until you introduce harsh chemical sanitisers designed to kill all known bugs. The toll it can take on a child’s delicate skin, especially those who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, can be immense leading to painful, cracked and bleeding skin, that’s extremely distressing. Some parents have resorted to removing their children from school to deal with the problem.

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Mask up

Most secondary schools are rigorously applying and policing government recommendations to wear masks when in school. Those who dare to reject the notion often face ridicule from their peers and are placed under extreme pressure by school staff to conform. We’re hearing more and more stories of young people struggling in class due to the harms of wearing masks for long periods. 

Campaign group, Us for Them, has received many reports of children experiencing breathing difficulties, headaches and dizziness along with light headedness, fatigue and facial rashes (distressing enough for an adult, but even more so for a teenager). Such reports have been echoed in Parliament by MP Robert Halfon, chair of the Education Committee.

In an attempt to quantify the harms of mask wearing by children, researchers in Germany created a survey to collect feedback from parents, doctors and teachers. Over 20,000 people responded to report harms such as irritability (60%), headache (53%), difficulty concentrating (50%), unhappiness (49%), drowsiness/fatigue (37%) and difficulty learning (38%). It’s of no surprise to find an editorial note has since been added to the study published in Research Square trying to minimise its finding!

Epilogue 

Sadly, such is the myopia over COVID-19, there seems to be little concern or sympathy for the plight of our children or the concerns of parents. Or the harms of scientifically unsupported diktats that are being swept aside by the U.K. and other governments as they continue to marginalise freedom, human rights and the natural course of the relationship between humans and pathogens that have existed for millennia.

With each passing day it seems that any retrospective view of governments’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-21 will show that the ends, in whatever form that eventually takes, never justified the means and its associated harms.

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Abp. Viganò on truth over fear: COVID-19, the vaccine, and the Great Reset

This crisis serves to create the conditions necessary to make the Great Reset inevitable, that is, the transition from the world based on Greco-Roman civilization and Christianity to a world without a soul, without roots, without ideals. In practice, it is the passage from the Kingdom of Christ to the Kingdom of the Antichrist
Thu Mar 25, 2021 - 8:59 am EST
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This Letter reflects in large measure the intervention I will be giving to attendees of the upcoming summit “Truth Over Fear: Covid-19, the Vaccine, and the Great Reset,” on April 30-May 1, 2021, organized by Patrick Coffin. This vital event features over 20 of the world's top doctors, researchers, and attorneys, and will deliver a scientific and common sense approach to the pseudo-pandemic. All people have a right to informed consent. 

March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — What we have learned so far about the pseudo-pandemic gives us the picture of a disturbing reality and of an even more disturbing criminal conspiracy hatched by misguided minds. This reality, however, is not taken into consideration by those who, hypnotized by media indoctrination, persist in considering a serious seasonal influenza as a pandemic scourge, known treatments as ineffective, and the so-called vaccines that are admittedly useless and harmful as nothing short of miraculous. 

The reputation of pharmaceutical companies

We know that the pharmaceutical giants – AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson – not only have not followed the ordinary protocols for drug testing, but they have a track record of a long history of condemnations for having previously caused grave damage to the population, distributing vaccines that have been revealed to cause disabling diseases.

Conflicts of interest

We know what macroscopic conflicts of interest exist between the pharmaceutical companies and the bodies responsible for their control: in many cases, employees of these companies have passed through the entities which must approve and authorize the use of drugs, and it is difficult to imagine that they – who often continue to have professional ties to Big Pharma – would have the freedom to make a fair and prudent assessment. Indeed, we have just seen recently with the case of AstraZeneca in Europe that the obvious harmfulness of the so-called vaccine – which has led some Nations to suspend its distribution – is not considered a sufficient reason by the EMA (European Medicines Agency) to prohibit its adoption. The recent findings about serious side effects have been designed to exclude the majority of cases and above all to deliberately ignore the causal relationship between inoculation with the vaccine and its short- or long-term side effects. 

Immunity for side effects

We know that, in defiance of any legal principle and the protection of the population, the pharmaceutical companies have demanded total immunity for damages that may arise to patients, who are asked to sign a release form along with their informed consent. Thus, along with the scandalous profits from the sale of the vaccines, the pharmaceutical multinationals guarantee their own impunity for a criminal operation, conducted with the complicity of international institutions and governments. 

Secrecy about the contractual clauses

We know that the contractual terms of the agreements made by nations and by the European Union with these pharmaceutical companies are inaccessible and secret: not even the parliamentarians and political representatives are allowed to see the clauses that they had to approve inside a sealed box. And we know that the same pharmaceutical companies not only are not taking any responsibility for the side effects, but they also declare that they do not even guarantee their effectiveness to provide immunity from the virus. 

The Chinese origin of the virus

We know that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was in all probability produced in a laboratory, with the complicity of the Chinese dictatorship. Since China is one of the main financiers of the WHO after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it has been able to prevent any investigation on the origin of the virus or the early stages of its spread. 

Complicity of health personnel

We know that every nation, with very few exceptions, immediately adopted the most absurd health protocols coming from the WHO, beginning with the unfortunate decision not to treat the sick at the onset of the first symptoms, and to subject them to deep ventilation once the flu syndrome degenerated into acute bilateral pneumonia. And this happened with the execrable complicity of health-care personnel – from doctors to hospital staff – provoking thousands of deaths not from COVID, as we are told by the mainstream media, but from incorrect treatment.

Delegitimization and boycott of available treatments

We also know about the furious campaign against the effectiveness of already-existing treatments, from the use of hyperimmune plasma to the use of drugs that many doctors, despite violating the health norms that have been imposed during these months, have deemed it their duty to administer to their patients, with success. And it is not difficult to understand that the low cost of treatments, the fact that many of them are not subject to patents, and above all their immediate effectiveness in treatment represent for pharmaceutical companies and their accomplices a more than sufficient reason to oppose and discredit them, even to the point of banning their use. 

A project planned for years

We know that in order to conduct this criminal operation – since we must speak of a crime against God and against humanity, not of a merely unfortunate fate – it was necessary to have years of planning, conducted systematically, in order to weaken national pandemic plans, drastically reduce the number of beds in hospitals and intensive care units, create a mass of blind, deaf, and dumb employees, no longer doctors, who placed their own safety in the workplace ahead of their duty to cure the sick. The Hippocratic oath was violated in the name of profit for the pharmaceutical companies and the pursuit of a social engineering project. 

Involvement of the health system

We know that in order to obtain the complicity of doctors and scientists, not only has recourse been made to the system of corruption and conflicts of interests that has existed for decades, but also to the distribution of prizes and cash bonuses. To give an example, in Italy a specialist doctor receives 60 euro per hour to administer vaccines in the vaccine centers; general practitioners are given incentives for every patient they have vaccinated; a bed in intensive care is paid about 3000 euros per day by the national health service. It is evident that neither general practitioners, nor hospital personnel, nor regional health agencies have any interest in depriving themselves of huge revenues, after public health has been demolished for the last decade in the name of cuts to waste imposed by the European Union. To give an idea, Italy has received 72 invitations from Brussels to close all the small hospitals that today, under the pretext of the pandemic, have been reopened and financed with funds that the EU allocates on loan with constraints and conditionalities that in other moments would have been judged unacceptable. Yet these hospitals worked well, making it possible to offer widespread service to citizens, and they were able to avoid the spread of disease.

The fundamental role of the media

We know that nations have granted funding to the media, as a contribution to information on COVID. In Italy the Giuseppe Conte Government allocated large amounts so that the national information system would give one aligned version of the pandemic, and it censored any voice of dissent. The dissemination of data on the infections and deaths has been grossly manipulated, suggesting that every person with a positive test result should be considered sick, even though the asymptomatic are not contagious – by the very admission of the WHO and the analogous bodies in the United States, Canada, Australia, etc. And alongside these government fundings, in many cases the conflict of interest with the pharmaceutical companies has also been able to interfere with the choices of broadcasters and newspapers, on the one hand because BigPharma represents one of the principal buyers of advertising space, and on the other hand because it is present on the board of directors of information companies. It is difficult to believe that the editor of a newspaper, even if persuaded that the pandemic is a fraud, would dare to go against the CEO or deprive the newspaper of the advertising profits from Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson.

Social media responsibility

We know that in addition to the complicity of the media, the infernal machine of social media, from Facebook to Twitter, from Google to YouTube, has mobilized a brazen and scandalous censorship operation, to the point of erasing the profiles of eminent scientists and established journalists, for the sole reason that they did not obey the diktats of the COVID narrative. Even in this case, it is not surprising to discover the economic and kinship relations existing between these colossal multinationals, which over time have become the owners of information and the arbiters of who has the right to free speech and who does not.

Cui prodest? – Who benefits?

We also know who the primary beneficiaries of the pandemic are, in economic terms: the usurers of the banks, who have the power to keep ideologically aligned companies afloat, and at the same time to make small businesses fail if they are an annoying obstacle to the establishment of the New World Order. These small companies, spread above all across the Old Continent and especially in Italy, constitute the social fabric and economic identity of many nations. Their widespread diffusion disturbs the multinationals of large distribution, from Amazon to JustEat, which during the period of lockdown have increased their profits in a scandalous way, to the detriment of normal commercial activities, because that book that we used to buy at the corner bookstore must now be ordered online, along with lunch, printer toner, and dishwasher detergent. This “new economy” imposed itself with arrogance in just a few weeks last year, thanks to the simultaneous closing of stores and the stay-at-home orders that were imposed on citizens. 

Education

We know that the need to indoctrinate the young generations could not exclude scholastic and university instruction from this plan, which today is given via “distance learning” with very grave psychological consequences for children and young people. This operation today lays the foundations for ensuring that one day the teaching offered via the internet can be unified, deciding which teachers are allowed to give lessons and what they should say, and I will not be surprised if soon this aligned form of education soon includes an increasingly small number of teachers: one single history professor for all students of a nation, with a program that is narrowly defined and controlled. This is not a far-off reality, when every student is obliged to connect online and can no longer use a teacher at his own school, who has been forced into retirement or removed from teaching because he does not comply with the orders of power. Nor can we be surprised if the new teachers are holograms that elaborate algorithms, or disturbing artificial intelligences that indoctrinate millions of young people into gender theory, LGBT doctrine, and all of the moral aberrations that we have anticipated in recent years. 

The promoters of the pandemic

We know who are the theorists of the pandemic as the instrumentum regni, from

Bill Gates to George Soros, in a network of complicity of interests so vast and organized that any measure of opposition is practically impossible. Along with them, we find the most disturbing repertoire of so-called philanthropic organizations and lobbies of power, like the World Economic Forum with Klaus Schwab, the WHO and all of its national branches, the Trilateral Commission, the Bildeberg group, the Council for Inclusive Capitalism headed by Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild under the spiritual direction of Bergoglio and, more generally, the phalanx of multinationals, banks, and groups of power that belong to this dome of conspirators. Do not be surprised if, in perfect coherence with their plans, the sects and world Satanist movements also mobilize, beginning with the Church of Satan that exalts abortion as a propitiatory ritual for the end of the pandemic, exactly as BigPharma requires pseudo-vaccines produced with aborted fetuses. 

Subjugation of the Catholic Hierarchy

Finally, we know – and this is certainly the most shocking aspect – that part of the Catholic hierarchy is also present in this plan, which in Jorge Mario Bergoglio finds an obedient preacher of the pandemic narrative and the primary sponsor of the vaccines, who has not hesitated to define them as “a moral duty,” despite the very serious ethical and religious concerns which they raise. Bergoglio even went to the point of having himself interviewed by the Vaticanist Domenico Agasso, in a conversation contained in a book called Dio e il mondo che verrà, to recommend to the masses the administration of the gene serum and to furnish an authoritative and unfortunate endorsement of the ideology of globalism. And since March 2020, the Holy See has shown itself to be perfectly aligned with the globalist plan by ordering the closure of churches and the suspension of the celebration and administration of the Sacraments. If this had not really happened, and instead a strong condemnation of this antihuman and antichristic project had occurred, the highest levels of the Church would have had a difficult time accepting subjecting the multitudes to absurd limitations on their natural freedoms, in the name of not only an ideological enslavement but obviously also economic and social. 

Let’s not forget that, as a counterpart to the loss of the faithful in the churches and the resulting drastic reduction in the offerings for the bishops’ conferences, there must necessarily be an alternative form of financing that it will not take us long to discover. I think that neither communist China, nor de Rothschild, nor Bill and Melinda Gates (who, as I learned from an authoritative source, have opened an account at IOR, the Vatican Bank), nor the network of self-styled democratic parties – the international Left – obedient to globalist ideology, are foreign to this operation. On the other hand, the Great Reset envisages the establishment of a Universal Religion that is ecumenical, ecological and Malthusian, which sees in Bergoglio its natural leader, as was recently recognized by Masonry. The adoration of the pachamama in the Vatican, the Abu Dhabi agreement, the Encyclical Fratelli tutti and the upcoming sabbath of Astana all point in this direction, completing the inexorable dissolutive process of the Church that began with the Second Vatican Council.

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If something does not work, it can be used for something else

It must be recognized that the apparent illogicality of what we see happening – the boycotting of preventative treatments, erroneous therapies, ineffective vaccines, lockdowns with no usefulness, the use of masks that are absolutely useless – makes perfect sense as soon as we understand that the declared purpose – defeating the alleged pandemic – is a lie, and that the real purpose is the planning of an economic, social, and religious crisis using an artfully provoked pseudo-pandemic as a tool. Only in this way can we understand that the simultaneity and univocity of the provisions adopted by various nations, the aligned narration of the media, and the behavior of political leaders. There is a single script under a single direction, which makes use of the collaboration and complicity of politicians and rulers, doctors and scientists, bishops and priests, journalists and intellectuals, actors and influencers, multinationals and bankers, public employees and speculators. Profits and gains are instrumental to this, because they purchase and assure the loyalty of subordinates, but this war – may we never forget this! – is an ideological and religious war.

Two opposite worlds

This crisis serves to create the conditions necessary to make the Great Reset inevitable, that is, the transition from the world based on Greco-Roman civilization and Christianity to a world without a soul, without roots, without ideals. In practice, it is the passage from the Kingdom of Christ to the Kingdom of the Antichrist, from a virtuous society that punishes evildoers to the impious and wicked society that punishes the good. That detestable idea of “equality” that was earlier instilled in us by freethinkers has now been used to equate good and evil, right and wrong, beautiful and ugly, under the pretext of recognizing freedom of expression; today it serves to promote evil, injustice, and what is wrong, and even make them obligatory, in order to delegitimize and prohibit goodness, justice, and beauty. Consistent with this vision, ecumenism too – which was initially introduced into the sacred enclosure by the Council under the pretext of bringing back heretics and schismatics – today shows its antichristic charge, incorporating all the false religions into a pantheon but proscribing the Apostolic Roman Catholic Religion, because it is the only true one and as such is irreconcilable with doctrinal error and moral deviation. We therefore ought to understand that, if we do not passively witness the changes underway and we do not allow the globalist ideology to be imposed on us in all of its most abject forms, we will soon be considered criminals, hostes publici because we are faithful to a jealous God who does not tolerate mixing with idols and prostitution. The deception of liberty, equality, and fraternity propagated by Masonry consists precisely in usurping the primacy of God to give it to Satan, with the apparent pretext – which is in any case erroneous and immoral – of placing God and Satan on the same level in such a way as to allow an alleged freedom of choice that morally does not exist. But the final purpose, the true and un-confessable one, is fundamentally theological, because the author of the rebellion is always the same, the eternally Defeated One. 

Nemo propheta in patria

Of course, what we see happening today before our eyes could have been understood and predicted for years, if we had only paid attention to what the theorizers of the Great Reset declared with impunity. In reality those who denounced this plan, which is currently underway, were called conspiracy theorists, ridiculed, or passed off as crazy, ostracized by mainstream information and criminalized, driven out of university professorships and the scientific community. Today we understand how far-sighted were the alarms that were raised, and how powerful is the organizational mechanism that has been put in place by our adversaries. In the name of freedom, we have become accustomed to seeing ourselves deprived of the right to speak and to think, and the effort to pathologize dissent in order to legitimize detention camps and to constrain movement based on the health passport is already taking place. 

Cognitive dissonance

Faced with reality, however, it is difficult to understand the reason for which the entire world population has allowed itself to be convinced of the existence of a pandemic virus that has yet to be isolated and that it has supinely accepted limitations to personal freedom that at other times would have led to revolution and barricades in the streets. Even more incomprehensible is not so much the absence of a true and proper social and political reaction, but the inability to see reality in all of its crude evidence. But this is due, as we know, to the scientific action of manipulation of the masses that inevitably led to the phenomenon that social psychology calls “cognitive dissonance,” that is, the tension or discomfort we feel in the face of two opposing and incompatible ideas. The psychologist and sociologist Leon Festinger has demonstrated that this discomfort leads us to elaborate these convictions in three ways, in order to reduce the psychological incongruence that dissonance determines: changing one’s attitude, changing the context, or changing one’s behavior. Ordinary people, unable to comprehend or even recognize any rationality in what the media obsessively says about COVID, accept the absurdity of an influenzal virus presented as being more devastating than ebola, because they do not want to accept that their political leaders are lying shamelessly, with the goal of obtaining the social, economic, moral and religious destruction of a world that someone has decided to cancel. They do not know how to accept that the lie can be passed off as truth, that doctors are not curing and indeed are killing their patients, that civil authorities are not intervening to stop crimes and blatant violations, that politicians are all obeying a faceless lobby, that Bergoglio wants to demolish the Church of Christ to replace it with an infernal Masonic parody. Thus, out of this desire to not accept the deception and thus to not want to take a position against it and against those who promote it, they take refuge in the convenient mainstream narrative, suspending judgment and letting others tell them what to think, even if it is irrational and contradictory. Billions of people have voluntarily made themselves slaves, sacrificial victims to the globalist Moloch, allowing themselves to be persuaded of the inevitability of such a surreal and absurd situation. Or better still: the absurdity of what we see and what is told us seems to give greater strength to the reasons of those who, after two hundred years of revolution in the name of a supposed liberty, accept tyranny as a normal fact and go up to the gallows with the resignation of those who are convinced, after all, that they are guilty in some way.

No less dismay is aroused by the behavior of those who, in contempt of any scientific evidence, think they can resolve this crisis by deploring the inefficiency in the distribution of vaccines, or remedy the damages of the lockdown by guaranteeing subsidies to companies and workers. In short, they would like to choose whether to be executed by hanging or the guillotine, without making any objections to the legitimacy of the sentence. And they immediately get upset as soon as anyone formulates objections, accusing them of conspiracy theories or denial, proclaiming that they are in favor of vaccines and giving attestations of loyalty to the dominant ideology. And they do not realize that precisely in allocating subsidies to companies damaged by the lockdown they legitimize the universal income theorized by the Great Reset and that is also strongly desired by the Vatican; they do not realize that there cannot be a vaccine for a mutant virus, and that the antigen that would guarantee immunity from a seasonal flu cannot exist as long as the virus has not been isolated rather than merely sequenced. They remind us of those who, in the Catholic sphere, deplore Bergoglio’s doctrinal and moral drifts, without understanding that they are in perfect coherence with the ideological foundations of the Council. Here too, as we see, rationality is canceled out in order to make room for “cognitive dissonance” and accept the absurd.

Man is not a robot

There is, however, an element that the conspirators have not taken into account: human weakness on the one hand, and the power of God on the other. Human weakness will make some of the accomplices in this conspiracy not be completely obedient to the orders they have been given, or they will think that they can gain personal advantage from the pseudo-pandemic by exposing cheating and corruption; some will think first of their own interest, others will impose the obligation of the vaccine on anyone, but they will have some scruples when it comes to vaccinating their own child or their elderly parent; some will fear that pandemic farce may somehow involve them in the scandal, and they will begin to confess and to talk; others will be used and then brutally cast aside, and this will arouse in them the desire for revenge and will lead them to reveal the background of the plan. A little bit at a time, this clay-footed colossus will collapse, inexorably, on its own lies and its own crimes. 

A salutary warning

On the other hand, there is the power of God. Some of us, at the beginning, believed that the pandemic was real, and, with a supernatural spirit, thought that it was in some way a divine punishment for the grave sins of individuals and nations: they called for acts of reparation and prayers to ask God for the end of the plague. In the face of the evidence that there is no pandemic and that the deaths were deliberately caused to exaggerate the effects on the population, we must consider COVID as a scourge, not in itself, but for all that it has revealed: the plan of Satan for the establishment of the New World Order, which is meant to lead to the reign of the Antichrist. The Lord shows us, with the severity of a father, that He still wants to admonish His children and misled humanity about the consequences of sin. He shows us what world awaits us if we will not know how to convert, abandoning the way of perdition and returning to Him, to obedience to His holy Law, and to the life of grace. 

The response of Catholics

But in order for the nations to return to God, their members must already belong to Him. In order for Christ to be King of the nations, He must first reign in our souls, our families, and our communities, and He must reign above all in the Holy Church, over His Ministers, over the Pope and over the bishops. As long as the living and true God is outraged by being placed alongside idols and demons, we cannot hope that Divine Mercy will put an end to this scourge and defeat the enemy.

May this period of preparation for Holy Easter be a time of holy purpose for all of us: in penance, fasting, and sacrifice we must come to the foot of the Cross and contemplate in the Passion of Our Savior his act of victory over the Evil One. By having the Redeemer crucified on the wood of the Cross, Satan marked his own defeat, which still must be made definitive at the end of time but is most certain and inexorable. 

Let us return to God! Let us return to the Faith, pure and entire, without compromises with the mentality of the world. Let us return to Christian morality, to holiness of life, and to purity of customs. The number of the righteous will restrain the right hand of the Almighty and permit the Church to face the Calvary of her final persecution with the same dignity with which Her Head preceded her, because the Cross is the royal road that leads to the glory of the Resurrection. The broad and comfortable way is the one we see today, and unfortunately we know very well where it leads. May the powerful protection of the Most Holy Virgin, Our Lady and Queen, assist us in these epochal moments: may she be our general in this spiritual combat, along with Saint Michael the Archangel and the entire celestial court. 

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop 

March 25, 2021

In Annuntiatione Beatae Mariae Virginis


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Third cardinal publicly opposes Vatican letter banning private Masses at St. Peter’s basilica

Cardinal Brandmüller wonders whether the Secretariat of State’s note might not be a sort of “trial balloon” for further novelties and changes.
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March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, the retired president of the Papal Committee for Historical Sciences and one of the four dubia cardinals, has now joined Cardinals Raymond Burke and Gerhard Müller in criticizing the curious Vatican document issued by the Secretariat of State that essentially banned individual Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

In an essay published in the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, the German cardinal responded to a note dated March 12 and issued by the Secretariat of State. The note essentially banned all individual Masses at St. Peter’s basilica. This new order has it that from March 22 on, and for an indefinite period, all priests and faithful who come to daily Mass in the Basilica will be required to join “concelebrated” Masses at fixed times between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. in only two locations.

While priests still can celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass, the times to do so have been strongly limited, and they can only do so in the Clementine Chapel in the grotto underneath the basilica. (See here different photos and a video of the spiritually troubling situation in St. Peter’s. However, news have come to us today that one cardinal, in seeming defiance of the order, celebrated Mass at the tomb of Pope John Paul II today). As the National Catholic Register’s Rome correspondent Edward Pentin and other sources were able to report, Pope Francis himself was behind this formally unusual step to restrict the celebration of Holy Mass at St. Peter's.

Brandmüller, in his commentary, is discussing whether this arbitrary decree actually is not a sort of “trial balloon” for further novelties and changes, and whether this is not a sign of a problematic exercise of authority in the Vatican.

He writes: “The suggestion has already been made that this was a ‘ballon d’essay’ [trial balloon] intended to explore the reactions to be expected to intended innovations. If this were true, however, the very serious question would have to be asked whether this could be the way in which the power of the keys should be exercised in the Church of Jesus Christ.”

Here, he points to the head of the Catholic Church, the Pope.

Cardinal Brandmüller reminds us that the exercise of authority in the Church is not unlimited and that it is, instead, bound by the natural law and the Christian moral law. He says that it needs to be “emphatically recalled that the ‘plenitudo potestatis’ — that is, the spiritual plenitude of powers — proper to the Roman Primacy finds its limits both in natural law and in Christian moral law.” Accordingly, this authority is “‘plenaria’ insofar as it does not depend on any higher — earthly — power, but it is by no means limitless. Thus, if in our case an order is intended that violates positive as well as natural law, the consequences of disregarding law and justice would have to be pointed out emphatically.”

That is to say, Cardinal Brandmüller tells the Catholic world that strong resistance against the abuse of power by the Pope is needed here.

The German cardinal describes the formal irregularities of this order from the Secretariat of State — it is lacking a protocol number and a signature, and the Secretariat of State is not responsible for St. Peter’s Basilica — and states that “the [March 12] letter from the Secretariat of State is therefore not binding for reasons of form and content.”

The German prelate also points out that the responsible authority for matters pertaining to the basilica lie in the hands of the cathedral chapter under the leadership of Cardinal-Archpriest Mauro Gambetti, but that this authority has been bypassed. “This is a case of usurpation of authority or violation of rights by whomsoever,” Brandmüller writes, explaining that “orders concerning Holy Mass in St. Peter’s … are discussed and decided by the chapter.”

Continues the cardinal: “The fact that this obviously did not happen in the present case means that the aforementioned letter is null and void.”

He goes on to stress that this letter also “disregards Canon 902 of the Codex Iuris Canonici, which states: ‘… individuals [that is, priests] are free to celebrate the Eucharist individually’ if there is no concelebration in the same church at the same time.”

Cardinal Brandmüller also explicitly refers back to Cardinal Raymond Burke’s own critique of this March 12 note, adding that his fellow cardinal had discussed all the juridical questions of this case. Burke, in his March 13 statement, said that the Secretariat of State is “not competent for the liturgical discipline of the Church and, in particular, for the liturgical discipline at the Basilica of Saint Peter,” and insisted that the Secretariat of State’s note should be “rescinded.”

Subsequently, LifeSite launched a petition with a call to rescind this unjust order. The petition has so far gained more than 15,000 signatures.

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, recently stated in an interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo that “nobody is obliged to obey” this note, since the Secretariat of State has neither the “disciplinary competence” nor the “theological competence” to make decisions in liturgical questions at St. Peter’s.

He had also pointed out that “nobody can be forced to concelebrate, because the normal form of the Holy Mass is one priest is celebrating, representing Christ,” and that “the concelebration only of priests together is not a normal form.”

The German cardinal also insisted that this new decree is not pastoral, inasmuch as it essentially bans all other languages but Italian in the Novus Ordo, thereby making it harder for the faithful to follow those few Masses that still take place in the restricted way.

Cardinal Brandmüller, in his own commentary, seems to agree with Müller here, since he himself also points out, for the sake of pastoral care and piety, that “the basilica above the tomb of Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, and the tombs of many saints, are unique in the world, the center of the universal Church and, from the earliest times, a pilgrimage destination for the faithful from all over the world.”

“To deprive the many pilgrims, especially the priests, who come to Rome in large numbers from distant parts of the world, of the opportunity to celebrate Holy Mass in the Father’s house, as it were, would be absolutely unjustifiable,” Brandmüller concludes.


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