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Sony Pictures to release film blaspheming Virgin Mary on Good Friday

The timing appears to be an intentional attempt to mock Christ and His mother on one of the most solemn days of the year for Christians.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 8:23 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In what seems to be a deliberate move, Sony Pictures is releasing a new film on Good Friday that severely blasphemes Mary, the Mother of God, by portraying her as akin to a devil.

Based on James Herbert’s horror novel “Shrine,” the movie “The Unholy” depicts a young girl who “after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick.” 

Due to the film’s demonic nature, LifeSiteNews refuses to show the trailer or link to the film’s description. 

However, the trailer depicts what is purported to be Mary as a demonic figure with blood, black tears, and empty eyes in her statues. 
The girl who supposedly sees Mary is also depicted with black eyes, another characteristic of demonic portrayal. 

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Attendees at her supposed visions are shown praying in a manner mocking the traditional Catholic devotions to Mary, and crucifixes and rosaries are filmed burning. 

“The Unholy” has been delayed in its release due to COVID-19 related restrictions, and Sony Pictures has now decided to release the film on April 2, Good Friday, one of the most solemn days in the Christian liturgical year. 

Sony itself noted the date of release, commenting that “On the holiest weekend of the year comes The Unholy.”

It would appear that the release date is designed to be as offensive as possible, for on the day that Christians commemorate Christ’s passion and death and His mother’s cooperation in that suffering, Sony is releasing a film that blasphemes both Christ and His mother. 

Sony has teamed up with producer Sam Raimi, who is known for his horror works, having created the Evil Dead horror series, and is also a prominent figure in the film world, having directed the Spiderman trilogy from the early 2000s.

In reparation for this blasphemous film, made even worse by the deliberately offensive timing, LifeSiteNews has launched a petition urging people to offer prayers and make reparation. 

As we approach the Sacred Triduum and the Holy Day of Easter, therefore, we ask you to pledge to pray in reparation for the insults and blasphemies “The Unholy” makes toward the Lord Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary in particular, and also religious sentiment in general.

The great Marian saint and doctor of the Church, St. Alphonsus de Ligouri, proposes this prayer to Mary on the occasion of her sorrow at the death and burial of Jesus: 

My afflicted Mother, I will not leave thee alone to weep; no, I will accompany thee with my tears. This grace I now ask of thee: obtain that I may always bear in mind and always have a tender devotion towards the Passion of Jesus and thy sorrows, that the remainder of my days may thus be spent in weeping over thus sufferings, my own sweet Mother, and those of my Redeemer. 

These sorrows, I trust, will give me the confidence and strength which I shall require at the hour of death, that I may not despair at the sight of the many sins by which I have offended my Lord.

They must obtain me pardon, perseverance, and heaven, where I hope to rejoice with thee, and to sing the infinite mercies of my God for all eternity.

Thus do I hope; thus may it be, Amen.

One suggested prayer against the Devil is the much loved prayer to St. Michael:

Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


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Choice42 founder: Don’t be afraid to tell pregnant women abortion is murder

Women just 'really need to be confronted with the truth about what they' are doing, Klassen said.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 8:20 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Laura Klassen is like a lot of young pro-life activists. She’s unafraid to use tough, sometimes explicit language when interacting with women considering ending the life of the unborn child in their womb.

Klassen is perhaps best known as the pink wig-wearing, pro-life activist in Choice42.com's web videos. Several of them went viral a couple years ago thanks to her amazing acting skills. 

Klassen told fellow Canadian pro-lifer Jonathan Van Maren on his podcast today that when she first began pro-life work, she was instructed to not use terms like “murder” when speaking with women. Over time, though, she discovered that she had to use terms like that in order to be effective.

“When you understand that we're slaughtering babies, this isn't just like a lovey-dovey let's have a support group and feel good about things … children are being killed brutally … and so that's kind of where my mind is at. And so, yeah, I’m being a lot more blunt, truthful.”

Klassen says she debated what the best strategy was but that over time she had to speak honestly about abortion. In fact, Klassen says that her bold message resonates well with the the vast majority of women she speaks to.

They just “really need to be confronted with the truth about what they were going to do that day,” she told Van Maren. “That's the message that I want to get across to women. Like, do you realize what you're about to do? Like, this is extremely serious. You're actually considering murdering your own child.”

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Episcopal bishop resigns after facing continued attacks for opposing same-sex ‘marriage’

The Albany, New York prelate refused 'to compromise the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints.'
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 7:20 pm EST
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ALBANY, New York, March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – After facing condemnation from an official church tribunal for ordering clergy not to perform homosexual “marriages,” Bishop William Love of Albany resigned from his see after a long-running conflict with the Episcopal Church.

After the November 2018 implementation of “trial rites” in The Episcopal Church (TEC), which prevented bishops from prohibiting same-sex “marriages” in their diocese, Bishop Love issued an eight-page letter to his faithful, explaining that the new law would not be implemented in his diocese, since it would force him “to compromise the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints.”

Same-sex “marriage” was “in direct conflict and contradiction to God’s intent for the sacrament of marriage as revealed through Holy Scripture,” he continued, noting that such relations were “a distortion of His design in creation and as such … to be avoided.”

The cleric faced opposition from his brother clergy, resulting in restrictions being imposed upon him just a few months later, in January 2019. Charges were then levied against him, and he subsequently faced a canonical tribunal in June 2020. 

Love did not deny the charges but argued that he had not violated canon law, since the new resolution held no canonical status, and thus he had acted only in accord with the canonically approved Book of Common Prayer, and the catechism.  

Bishop Love was found guilty of “failing to abide by the Discipline and Worship of The Episcopal Church,” a decision that he warned would “severely impact” his ministry as bishop. 

Just weeks later, he reached an accord with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, meaning that Love would resign his bishopric from February 1, 2021, after a month of sabbatical leave before that date. Curry noted his own “sadness for the pain that has been experienced across the theological spectrum and also his continuing support for the Church’s intention that all persons have access to marriage rites authorized by the Church.”

However, it seems that Love’s firm belief that same-sex “marriages” were a “distortion” of God’s creation remained an untenable one to hold, even when not bishop of a diocese. 

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As such, he is set to leave TEC and hopes to join the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

In a statement released March 30, Bishop Curry revealed that Bishop Love “asked to be ‘released and removed from the ordained Ministry’ of The Episcopal Church.” 

After this request, Curry had met with his “Council of Advice,” who gave a “majority” consent to the move.

Curry did not further address the circumstances surrounding Love’s resignation or his reasons for leaving TEC, but merely continued by declaring that “I believe that as a church we are called, as Jesus once said, to be ‘a house of prayer for all people,’ where, as my slave ancestors used to sing, ‘there is plenty good room for all of God’s children.'”

The presiding bishop’s text alluded to the undercurrents of liberal theology in TEC, which prompted Love to leave, hinting at same-sex “marriages” being a way to implement “the beloved community,” and “to pray not only with our lips but with our lives.”

LifeSiteNews contacted TEC for a comment but did not receive any reply at the time of publishing.

Meanwhile, Love released his own statement, noting that his conservative views were no longer acceptable among fellow  Episcopalians, and thus defending his move to the ACNA.

“As a cradle Episcopalian (with nearly 30 years of ordained ministry as a deacon, priest and bishop), that was not an easy decision, but given all that has transpired these past couple of years and the constraints placed upon me as a theologically conservative and orthodox bishop within TEC, I believe it is the right decision,” he said.

The move came after “much time in thought and prayer,” revealed Love, wherein he had sought “God’s guidance in how I might best remain faithful to His Holy Word and serve Him and His Church.”

His final service in the Diocese of Albany took place on February 27, and though Love is set to officially leave TEC on April 2, Good Friday, he gave no details about his future position with the ACNA. 

Nor will Bishop Love be alone in moving. Reports have noted that a number of Episcopalian clergy are leaving the Diocese of Albany for the ACNA. In a statement released by the ACNA, it was revealed that “a number of clergy from the Episcopal Diocese of Albany” had approached the Anglican Diocese of the Living Word, with a view to joining. 

The clergy are currently being “licensed to minister” within the diocese, which currently has 39 congregations and a total of 96 clergy.


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Biden marks ‘transgender day of visibility’ by displaying trans flag at White House

The regime called it a day to 'honor and celebrate' the 'trailblazing work' of those who push the normalization of gender dysphoria.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 6:22 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A White House official announced Wednesday that, in honor of “transgender day of visibility,” President Joe Biden would raise a “transgender flag” at the White House, making Biden the first U.S. president ever to recognize the “celebration.”

The announcement came from White House Director of Political Strategy & Outreach Emily Ruiz, who wrote on Twitter that the president said, “Today, we honor and celebrate the achievements and resiliency of transgender individuals and communities” in part by raising the “transgender” flag.

Biden released a separate statement, marking the 12th instance of the occasion, Breitbart reported. “Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary people in the United States and around the world,” he said.

Continuing, the president asked that “all Americans” might “join in the fight for full equality for all transgender people,” and lauded so-called transgender people for their “trailblazing work” in pushing people who suffer with gender dysphoria to live “authentically,” (in other words, in accordance with their delusion and not their nature).

“This hard-fought progress is also shaping an increasingly accepting world in which peers at school, teammates and coaches on the playing field, colleagues at work, and allies in every corner of society are standing in support and solidarity with the transgender community,” the president added. He warned of the “crisis of violence against transgender women, especially transgender women of color,” or rather against men who believe themselves to be women.

Biden used the opportunity to push the so-called Equality Act, a legislative move that would not only write transgenderism into federal civil rights law but compel medical professionals to commit abortions and transgender surgeries, and expand taxpayer-funded abortion on demand. To this end, Biden stressed that “we must pass the Equality Act,” providing what he called “long-overdue Federal civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

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The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the bill in February, and it now awaits a judgment from the Senate.

Biden has previously thrown support behind the trans lobby, stating that the peculiar rights of “transgender” activists are human rights. “Let’s be clear,” he said, “transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time. There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights.”

Late in the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden consolidated his position on the “transgender” issue, making the startling claim that children as young as 8 years old ought to be encouraged in deciding to transition from male to female, or vice versa.

“The idea that an 8-year-old child or a 10-year-old child decides, ‘you know, I decided I want to be transgender, that's what I think I'd like to be, it would make my life a lot easier’ – There should be zero discrimination,” he stated.

At the same time, Biden promised to overturn all Trump-era executive orders related to transgenderism. “I will flat out just change the law,” Biden said at the time, promising to “eliminate those executive orders” as his “number one” priority.

Keeping true to his word, a January 20 executive order from Biden (on his first day in office) aligned federal administrative policy with the Supreme Court’s infamous Bostock ruling last year, which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to accept gender-confused males. The order extends into the classroom, granting biological males access to girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams, overturning the Trump administration’s protection of girls’ sports.


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Bishop Strickland: Gender theory is a sign that ‘error’ is overtaking society

Bishop Strickland condemns the LGBT agenda, explaining how it is 'in conflict' with the natural law.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 6:17 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) ‒ In this week's episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, His Excellency condemns “the progression of error” and chaos spreading throughout many parts of society, brought about espeically by gender theory and the denial of human dignity. He also says that even when the majority votes in favor of error in a democracy, the truth cannot change.

Bishop Strickland re-affirms the Church’s doctrine that there are only two genders – male and female – and that society refusing to acknowledge this signifies a dismissal of God as Creator, and replaces Him with human being. “Laws should never be in conflict with the basic natural laws that God has used to guide creation,” His Excellency notes. The Equality Act and gender theory are destructive for society, he adds.

Strickland additionally shared with co-host Terry Barber his reflections on what the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen stated decades ago. “A lot of times the majority today is wrong … we can vote in things that are simply not the truth and therefore it's not going to be sustaining and it's not going to help people flourish if it's contrary to objective truth.”

His Excellency points out that chaos has ensued in our culture today, and that we’ve substituted “the one true God...with ourselves.” Only with a return to “believing in life eternal,” he said, “[will we] transform life in this world."

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Ontario Education Minister calls on Trudeau gov’t for plan to vaccinate students

Lecce did not explicitly state that receiving a COVID-19 vaccine would be mandatory for children to return to school.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 6:04 pm EST
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ONTARIO, Canada, March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Ontario’s Education Minister is calling on Canada’s Federal Government to “start a plan” as “quickly as possible” to have “children and students” vaccinated for the next school year.

“As Canada continues its vaccination efforts for adults, it is critical that we look ahead and apply lessons learned on the importance of forward planning for the procurement and distribution of vaccines for our students and children,” wrote Education Minister Stephen Lecce in a March 26 letter (read full letter here) addressed to three federal ministers, Ahmed Hussen, Patty Hajdu, and Anita Anand.

While Lecce did not explicitly state that receiving a COVID-19 vaccine would be mandatory for children to return to school, he did say that vaccinating “children and students as quickly as possible will help ensure that the next school year is as safe as possible and that our child care sector will be able to remain open.”

“Vaccination of children and students will be a critical part of ending the pandemic and keeping our children safe,” he wrote.

Lecce said this even while admitting the science that shows that COVID-19 poses hardly any risk for younger populations who have almost a 100 percent recovery rate if they contract the virus. The virus mainly affects seniors with co-morbidities.

“Children and young adults often experience milder symptoms of COVID-19 when compared to older adults, but they are not immune,” Lecce said. “They can also spread the disease to those who are vulnerable and at risk: in child care and education settings, in their own households and in the community more broadly.”

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Studies have found, however, that children are not the drivers of the pandemic.

A February 2021 research article by researchers in Israel published by Plos Computational Biology found that children and young people are less likely to catch and spread the virus to others when compared to adults.

A December 2020 study from Iceland of 40,000 persons, first published in National Geographic, found that children were half as likely as adults to be infected with COVID-19 and half as likely as adults to transmit the virus to others.

An August 2020 Swedish research paper published in Pediatrics found evidence that children were “not the source of infection and that children most frequently acquire COVID-19 from adults, rather than transmitting it to them.” The article concluded that “children are not significant drivers of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Lecce, in his letter, called on the federal government to “take immediate steps in preparation for the availability of vaccines for children and youth.”

“First, we would call on Minister Anand to ensure that Canada immediately procures a robust supply of vaccine from a diversified range of potential suppliers for children under 16,” he said.

“Second, we ask Health Canada to stand ready to rigorously and rapidly review and, if safe, approve vaccines as companies complete their clinical trials and submit their vaccines for approval,” he added.

According to Harvard Medical School, Pfizer and Moderna are already testing their vaccines on children. Johnson & Johnson plans to do the same. “Currently, the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for use in children 16 years and older, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for people 18 years and older,” stated Harvard Health Publishing.

The above vaccines are currently approved for use in Canada along with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Canada suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine this week for people under the age of 55 after a link was discovered between the vaccine and a blood clotting disorder that resulted in a number of deaths internationally.

Parents who are worried about their children being forced to receive the experimental COVID vaccines in order to attend school may not see their fears realized. According to data compiled by Bloomberg, Canada currently stands at 20 in global rankings of doses per 100 people with currently enough doses to vaccinate only about 7 percent of the population. Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford last week criticized the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, saying that Prime Minister Trudeau has “dropped the ball.”

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Shroud of Turin will be exposed for live veneration on Holy Saturday

'In these troubled times we need to nurture and communicate our hope. And for us believers the most effective way to increase the hope of the whole world is through common prayer, by kneeling before the Lord,' Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, Archbishop of Turin, said.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 5:52 pm EST
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March 31 2021 (LifeSiteNews) -- The Shroud of Turin will be exposed for live veneration on Holy Saturday, April 3, the Turin archdiocese announced.

The special event will include livestreamed Mass with the Shroud in the Turin Cathedral at 4:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m. EST), followed by veneration at 5 p.m. Viewers can take part in the event via broadcasts by EWTN and on social media

“In these troubled times we need to nurture and communicate our hope. And for us believers the most effective way to increase the hope of the whole world is through common prayer, by kneeling before the Lord,” Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, Archbishop of Turin, said.

“For this reason we celebrate, also on Holy Saturday, the day of silence before the tomb of the Lord but also of the expectation of His Resurrection, a special liturgy in front of the Shroud that reminds us of this event, the living center of our faith and our hope,” he added.

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The Shroud of Turin is widely recognized within the Church as the actual linen cloth in which Jesus Christ was buried after the Crucifixion. Experts have attested that the Shroud depicts “absolutely realistic” blood stains from wounds that match those of the crucified Christ and have debunked claims that the cloth originated in medieval times.

Public exposition of the delicate relic is increasingly rare, having occurred only four times since 2000. The upcoming exposition will be the second time in the last two years that the archdiocese will have displayed the Shroud for live veneration on Holy Saturday. 

“The prayer in front of the Shroud in this 2021 is not a simple repetition of the one celebrated in 2020,” however, the archbishop said. He noted that the “we are more aware of the difficulties we face and the commitments we can make” than at the outset of the COVID-19 crisis.

“The Shroud image, which Turin has kept for almost five centuries, testifies to pain and death but also -- and with what greater force! -- resurrection and eternal life,” Nosiglia continued. “Before the Shroud we can truly exclaim once again, with our hearts turned to the Lord: ‘your love is forever.’”


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Priest who exposed ‘homoheresy’ speaks out on need to curb ‘homosexual clans’ in Church

‘Experts in the field know well that an essential ‘prerequisite’ to becoming a bishop is … belonging to the ‘clan,’ having homosexual tendencies or, at least, guaranteeing that one will not impair the rights of the Church homosexuals.’
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 4:28 pm EST
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KRAKOW, Poland, March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Polish priest and professor has suggested that a Synod of Bishops be called together to address the increasing number of homosexual prelates in the Church’s most prominent roles.

“The Church now needs to not pass over in silence the issue of homosexuality of many of her members (including highest-ranking), but rather a Synod devoted to the problem of homosexuality of her leaders," writes Fr. Dariusz Oko in his most recent book.

“Things have gone so far that this truth cannot be kept a secret.”

Oko, the author of With the Pope against Homoheresy, has produced a sequel entitled Lavender Mafia: With the Popes and Bishops against the Homoclique in the Church.” The book, as yet unavailable in English, is a bestseller in Poland, where 32,000 copies have already been printed. The author kindly made the first chapter of his book available to LifeSiteNews in essay form.

Much of what Oko has written in “On the Need to Curb Homosexual Clans in the Church” will be distressingly familiar to readers. As he points out, both Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Maradiaga, among others, have admitted that there is a homosexual lobby in the Church. Unfortunately, says Oko, its members currently occupy the most important positions in the Church.

“Experts in the field know well that an essential ‘prerequisite’ to becoming a bishop is … belonging to the ‘clan,’ having homosexual tendencies or, at least, guaranteeing that one will not impair the rights of the Church homosexuals,” Oko writes. “These are unwritten yet necessary conditions that a candidate must fulfill …”

Oko, who spent 10 years outside Poland as a priest and is personally familiar with 70 countries, says that he has amassed ample evidence that the problem exists throughout the Church, thanks to a wide acquaintance with Catholics around the world, in different but relevant fields (like law enforcement), who tell him what they know of clerical homosexual misconduct.

Homosexual cliques are formed at the seminary level and either develop, or strengthen established “clans”, in the diocese and, especially, in the Vatican. Oko notes that men with deep-seated same-sex attraction are not supposed to be ordained at all, but that the seminary has been a tempting refuge for them, as well as a path to the establishment. Sadly, this involves the pretense that they have selflessly sacrificed marriage and fatherhood, beginning their clerical journey with a falsehood.

Unfortunately, even if they have a sincere desire to remain chaste, remaining so is difficult for these seminarians when they live with other men with same-sex attractions. Also, seminarians whom homosexual superiors perceive to be like them are promoted and protected. In this situation, it is unlikely that the same-sex attracted seminarians are going to develop spiritually, Oko believes.

The problem continues after ordination. Oko believes that fully 40% of American priests and 50% of American bishops have homosexual inclinations, leading to the priesthood being known in the U.S. as “a gay profession.” However, the priest believes that the prestigious Vatican diplomatic service has the worst reputation for men living a double-life: “It is due to the fact that staying in apostolic nunciatures in various countries makes hiding one’s unrestrained homosexual life quite easy,” he writes.

Oko also says that “honest bishops” are able to recognize “this kind of Vatican diplomat” and understand that they must protect boys and seminarians from him. However, the priest-professor believes that even the appointment of new bishops has begun to “lie in the hands of people who act against the basic teaching of the Church, her anthropological and moral norms.” This leads to corruption from the top down.

“When such people are put in key posts in the Church then the homomafia can, [as it were], renew and multiply more comfortably,” Oko writes.

“What is more, its members may treat the post of a bishop and other significant positions as a trophy which they deserve most of all,” he continues.

“Thus, the most significant posts in the Church belong to the people who are least fit for them. The higher the post, the worse the situation may be — in many high-profile positions such clergymen may even be a majority. Then terrible hypocrisy begins to rule on top of the Church and she starts to decay from the very core.”

The author believes that this is why nobody should expect action to be taken if homosexual abuse is reported to a nuncio or the Vatican, unless a journalist or civil prosecutor takes an interest. The evidence will be “lost” or destroyed and the overused rule of the “pontifical secret” will be used “to cover up serious offenses.”

A pastoral catastrophe

Oko does not mince words. He refers to the “homomafia” as a “parasite on the Church” which fattens itself at her expense. However, the priest also shows concern for the spiritual downward spiral of homosexual priests, as well as the “pastoral catastrophe” they are for their flock:

We must realize what it implies for themselves and the Church, what processes take place in them and in her. This is a crucial issue which has not, till now, been thought over by theologians or ministers. For those clergymen such a lifestyle implies a gradual process of spiritual self-destruction, increasing moral downfall — living in sin becomes a norm for them while ordinary decency is, at most, naivety and stupidity. Anyone, including a priest, can rationalize any evil they do, making up a theory that will justify their sin. However, in this way he reduces his chances of conversion even more, as he negates the very need for it. Despite their theories, such clergymen still realize how much their behavior is in contrast with the teaching of the Church and with what they preach (or should preach). They are aware that even a partial disclosure of this discrepancy may entail the loss of their position and various benefits. That is why they try to hide the truth about themselves under the guise of pious speeches and gestures (however artificial and dead they may be). They come down with a disease typical of clergy — hypocrisy; they live more and more like regular pharisees. Thus, they easily become “blind leaders of the blind” (Mt 15:14). They know well how much they may be reproached and accused, so they rarely present the requirements of the Gospel and teaching of the Church in a clear manner. Thus, they become a pastoral catastrophe: there is a spiral of downfall in which fallen priests and fallen laity pull each other down. This is a moral and doctrinal degradation, as especially now it seems that many heresies result from the clergy and laity being blinded and enslaved by appetites, sexual ones in particular.

The author is also not afraid to name names, and those of some notorious figures crop up often in the essay. Ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick; Archbishop Rembert Weakland; the late Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Edinburgh; and the late Cardinal Hans Groër of Vienna represent “the peak of the hierarchy” for Oko. He mentions also such influential figures as the Legion of Christ’s Marcial Maciel Degollado, Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta of Argentina; Archbishop Juliusz Paetz of Poland; Archbishop Robert Bezák of Slovakia; and Bishop Juan Barros Madrid of Chile.

Oko reminds his readers of the scandal caused by Poland’s Fr. Krzysztof Charamsa, who apparently was “on the verge” of being named a bishop when he outed himself to the media.

“What is publicly known is only the top of the iceberg,” the author writes, implicating homosexual bishops in the cover-up of the sexual abuse of children and teens.

“Almost all major scandals of the Church in recent decades, and those which are most discrediting, have been stirred up by clergymen who succumbed to their homosexual inclinations,” Oko states. “It is they who are most responsible for the impunity of many clergymen who are ephebophiles and pedophiles.”

Oko alleges that clerical abusers of boys were shielded by the homosexual mafia in the Church because they were members of the clan.

“Their homosexual colleagues and superiors found the lot of ‘the friends from the club’ far more important than that of the abused boys,” he writes.

“And yet we talk of people whose offenses have been disclosed by the victims, the media or the administration of justice whereas criminology suggests that only a minority of such cases is revealed, while real numbers are even greater,” he continues. “It is such people who contribute to a situation where many Church areas instead of salvation bring to mind hell.”

The cover-up would not have happened if the “clans” had not “overrun the structure of the Church,” Oko writes, and he deplores the “complete impunity” of the criminals and their enablers. Victims who confront the Church and the honest priests who fight for them “almost always end up powerless and defeated,” he says.

Meanwhile, Oko also believes that thousands of good seminarians have been slandered by the mafia so that they are never ordained, and that good priests and monks have been “humiliated, intimidated, and blackmailed” into silence. This has been a “great wrongdoing” to them and a “great loss to the Church.”

Role in the cover-up extended to Vatican meeting

Oko believes that the influence of the “gay lobby” in the higher echelons of the Church is so strong that it even covered up the role homosexuality plays in clerical sexual misconduct during an emergency Vatican meeting on the subject:

A graphic example of the power of homosexual clans in the Church was the Vatican Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church in 2019. Even though ca. 80 per cent of ephebophilic and pedophilic crimes committed by clergymen are carried out by clergymen with homosexual tendencies (that is why they concern male adolescents and boys), it was prohibited to emphasize this obvious link, this overrepresentation of homosexual clergymen and laymen [among] ephebophiles and pedophiles.

This is insolent, it is as if one organized a conference devoted to adult rape and forbade to say that the vast majority of offenders here are men, not women (so as not to stigmatize men). It is against reason and elementary sense of justice. It is yet another fiasco of the Church in front of the whole world, yet another “feat” of [the] homolobby, and at the same time a proof that what they have in mind is protecting themselves and not minors.

Oko recommends calling together a Synod to deal with the problem of clerical homosexual leaders in the Church. He believes that if nothing is done, they will make a serious attempt to change Church doctrine on homosexuality, as is already apparent in Germany. If the Church gives way on this, he warns, she “will destroy her authority herself, as many will begin to ask why [they should] listen to the Church at all, if she is going to yield to the world anyway, sooner or later succumbing to the atheistic sexual revolution.” He believes that some of the Catholics who will go along with this will do so not because they are homosexuals themselves but because they have yielded to propaganda.

“Learning about homosexuality under the tutelage of homosexual people is like learning about communism under the watchful eye of communists,” he writes.

“We, the citizens of Eastern Europe, know well what this means and observe with terror how Western media’s humbug becomes even more vicious — being more sophisticated — than that of the communist media,” he continues. “But the naive Western clergymen often do not realize the grievous consequences of their decisions. Perhaps they do not understand yet that to give in to sexual revolution is like giving in to the communist one.”

Oko envisions that the “Synod on the homosexuality of clergy” would create a safeguarding policy for such adults “vulnerable” to rapacious clergy as laymen, seminarians, and other clergy. It would also ensure that homosexual bishops should not be given positions of high authority, including oversight of a diocese. He believes that there should be a “fast track” to report prelates who abuse men subordinate to them, and that these adult victims should receive care from the Church. He believes that a bishop caught harassing “a cleric, priest or Swiss Guard ought to be removed from his post straight away” — just like the company manager who harasses a female employee.

Any regulations to stop such homosexual abuse and the homomafia must have teeth, however. Oko points out that the Church’s prohibition on men with deep-seated homosexual attractions entering seminaries has not stopped such men from being ordained and advancing through the ranks. He derives hope from those dioceses which have held the line, and writes that “this will be possible in the whole Church probably only when this control takes institutional form, a regular Office of the Holy See that will include zealous and righteous clergymen who [are] not members of the Lavender mafia.”

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But right now, Oko believes that the clergy is divided into two categories: “The first, dominant class includes homosexual priests and bishops together with their acolytes (subordinate to them out of naivety, ignorance, fear or cynicism),” he writes.

“The second class comprises ‘workers’ that [are] non-homosexual priests,” he continues. “The members of the first class fill almost all crucial posts while the latter are intended to serve them and work in the most difficult and risky manner.”

He believes that the second group will decrease, for it is unlikely that anyone would like to enter the seminary or the religious life to live “in this servile way,” or that his parents would agree to it.

The state of the hierarchy today

Oko likens the situation in the Church to a serious disease, but says that it cannot be cured at once, and that right now some compromises must be made. He puts top priority on reserving the leadership of the Church to those men who are elevated for their true worth and sincere faith, not because they belong to the club. Again, Oko does not pull any punches when he declares that the existence of the homomafia

… explains why people from the top of [the] Church hierarchy sometimes appear to be on such low intellectual, moral, spiritual and ministerial level. What is more, they occasionally turn out to be criminals that ought to have spent many years in jail. This is also a reason why now and then they seem so weak, so unconvincing — they are of so little faith and conviction and as such hardly faithful. The fire of evangelical zeal rarely springs from the slough of double life. Such miracles scarcely happen. This often explains why such clergymen are so afraid of taking a clear stand and opposing those who attack Christianity. They have gone so far not because of their alleged merits but because of their faults and sins for which the lobby promoted them. As a result of their inclinations and faults they have many bad deeds on their conscience. This may deepen their fear that if they vigorously defended the Church and entered a major conflict with her enemies, certain disgracing facts would come to light. That is why they often choose to keep silent and be bland. Thus they seem more like frightened upstarts and opportunists than valiant Apostles of Jesus Christ who could risk a lot for Him. This is [a] great misfortune and loss for the whole community of believers who are being led by weak, inept and mendacious “apostles” and leaders. The Church which is so attacked from the outside and so rotten from the inside may all the more fall prey to her enemies.

Writing in a more hopeful vein, Oko then reminds readers that the “Lord Jesus did not create the Church as a gay club.” He counts upon the support of the Mother of God, the “countless saints,” and good clergymen. He compares the presence of the clerical mafia in the Church to organized crime, saying that just as the value of millions of Sicilians and their culture are not “nullified” by the Cosa Nostra and other organizations, so the value of the Church is not wiped out “by the power of the homosexual mafia.”

He also takes hope from the renewal of the priesthood in the USA, where corrupt seminaries were closed and a new generation of men inspired by St. John Paul II entered the good seminaries that remained. Oko observes that society has changed so much that fewer men with homosexual inclinations want clerical careers: they no longer want to hide, and they have many new opportunities in life. Finally, Oko says that now that the lavender mafia is no longer a secret, the problem can be dealt with.

The priest-professor offers some suggestions for beginning to solve the problem. He advocates extreme caution and not relying on ecclesiastical authorities to do anything about complaints of homosexual activity. He also dissuades readers from trying to convert the obdurate clerics but also from being intimidated by them. He suggests, instead, that faithful Catholics obtain and safeguard recordings and documents proving the clerics’ “criminal behavior authoritatively”

“Committed lay Catholics may use these materials skilfully as they wait for an opportunity that yields the best fruit,” Oko suggests. “Their actions may be particularly needed when a homosexual lobby endeavors to change [the] Church’s teaching on homosexuality, to turn homosexual heresy into a dogma, and dogmas into heresies.”

“These actions may also be especially useful when a member of this ‘club’ becomes aggressive, insolent and ruthless, menacing others, or when he is just about to shuffle up the ladder. Then one can describe in detail the history of his life and motives behind his actions.”

Oko reminds readers that even if she is ill, the Church is our mother, and we should fight for her. He ends his introductory essay by telling readers that anyone who does not oppose or “unmask” clerics who are involved in homosexuality is part of the problem.

“Opposing the homosexual mafia in the Church bravely and consistently derives not only from the care for people who are hurt, tormented and humiliated by the lobby of homosexual clergymen,” he writes. “Neither does it only derive from the concern about the Church as the community of Jesus’s disciples which is meant as a place of the truth, love and justice.”

“It also derives from the duty of one’s conscience to admonish those who sin gravely and hurt heartlessly. Anyone who knows about certain clergymen entangled in homosexuality, or about homosexual cliques’ activity in the Church, and is capable of opposing them and yet does not unmask them, might incur moral fault and contribute to the devastation of the Church by people who destroy her in a most horrifying manner.”


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Pro-life women bullied, silenced at United Nations’ commission on women

While the theme for this year’s event was women’s ‘full and effective participation and decision-making in public life,’ pro-life women who attended the meetings experienced exclusion and censorship for bringing their perspective to the table.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 3:44 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-life women attending online meetings this month at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women not only experienced bullying and censorship for their pro-life views, but one of them was even banned from the entire event after drawing attention to how sex-selective abortions especially discriminate against girls.

The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) took place this month mostly virtually due to the coronavirus crisis. While the theme for this year’s event was women’s “full and effective participation and decision-making in public life,” pro-life women who attended the meetings experienced exclusion and censorship for bringing their perspective to the table.

Mattea Merta, Global Policy & Advocacy Advisor and UN Representative with the Canadian non-government organization Campaign Life Coalition has consultative status at the UN. She told LifeSiteNews how voicing her perspective at CSW65 resulted in her being banned from the event’s online portal for participants. She also related how other pro-life women were unexpectedly kicked out of various meetings after voicing a pro-life or a pro-family perspective on a matter under discussion.

Merta related how in one meeting, on the topic of discrimination that women face, she brought up how sex-selective abortion is violence and discrimination against girls.

“My comment pertained directly to the mission of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) — to eliminate discrimination and violence against women,” she said.

“After making this singular comment simply agreeing with what was happening in the chat, I received a Direct Message on the Pathable platform from another attendee in the meeting and was told that the meeting was no place to discuss abortion. I was then removed from the Forum.”

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Merta said that she was accused of “violating online safety guidelines” by “sustained disruption of discussion,” a charge that she denies. LifeSiteNews has reviewed transcripts of some of the meetings where there is no evidence of pro-life delegates engaging in sustained disruption of discussion.

LifeSiteNews, however, did find examples of other delegates bullying the pro-life delegates.

In one exchange at a CSW65 meeting, Merta stated that the “moment a woman conceives she is a mother. To refute this is to diminish the beauty of what it is to be a woman, to have the unique ability to carry and create a human life within her body.”

One delegate replied: “This is so reactionary. If you ladies feel fulfilled with motherhood, nice for you, nothing against. But don’t pretend you are feminists.”

Merta then responded: “Ma’am, that was quite rude to say feminism cannot include different perspectives and approaches to achieving women’s rights. Tolerance is very important in these discussions.”

The offended delegate then replied: “You are not a feminist and neither are the so-called pro-choice. You are enemies of the women’s liberation and I will never be tolerant with you.”

Merta told LifeSiteNews that she is not surprised by the bullying and censorship that she and other pro-life voices at the CSW65 event experienced.

“Many accredited pro-family, pro-life NGOs in our pro-family UN Coalition are often faced with censorship at the UN. We are often not able to host events, panelists will ignore our delegation’s questions and we are sometimes not even allowed entrance into certain events hosted by groups with opposing views,” she said. “So, censorship has just become a part of the job.”

Merta said, however, that she was surprised to have been entirely banned from the UN’s virtual platform for the event after making her sex-selection abortion comment at one meeting.

“I questioned over and over again how one comment could be determined as ‘sustained disruption.’ The primary reason I believe I was removed was because one of the panelists at this particular CEDAW event was the former head of NARAL,” she said.

Merta related how she reached out to event organizers for answers about why she was banned from the event, but to no avail.

“I am not sorry for what I said, as it was truth, and the actions taken against me, and others in my delegation, were simply unjust,” she told LifeSiteNews.

Merta said that the UN needs to realize that there are many women in the world who have not bought into the ideology that abortion is synonymous with women’s empowerment.

“Some of UN Women’s ideals I do agree with, but others I stand in complete opposition to as they hurt women and girls and negatively affect the social fabrics of nations,” she said.

“I do not agree with their anti-life or anti-fundamental family ideals. But, that is why I am there, to bring a different perspective, to show that there is indeed a different lens in which to see the world around us, as so many at the UN have become accustomed to just hearing their allies’ stances.”

“True diversity challenges and cultivates, so if UN Women and the Commission on Women want to truly achieve the best for women and girls, they need to help foster different voices, not shut them down,” she added.

Matthew Wojciechowski, Vice President at Campaign Life Coalition, told LifeSiteNews that the UN’s relentless push for abortion is out of touch with many nations around the world.

“For many years now, the United Nations has been hijacked by abortion activists who shamelessly push for abortion on demand throughout the world. It has gotten to the point where one can’t even question their abortion ideology,” he said.

“Thankfully, these abortion ideologues live in their own bubbles and are in no way a representation of the majority. Their quest to enshrine a universal right to abortion ends in failure time and time again. Their radical ideas are completely out of touch with many nations around the world who want nothing to do with them,” he added.


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Cardinal Zen expresses dismay at individual Mass ban in St. Peter’s Basilica

‘Pain and indignation invade my heart at hearing certain incredible news,’ Zen wrote. ‘They’ve prohibited private masses in St. Peter’s!?’
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 3:07 pm EST
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HONG KONG, March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen has added his voice to those demanding a return of so-called “private” masses to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, after such Masses were essentially banned by the Secretariat of State earlier this month.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, formerly the Archbishop of Hong Kong and still a champion of the beleaguered Church in China, has written an open letter to the former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Robert Sarah, to express his pain at the recent abolition.

Zen published the Italian original of his letter on his own website, and Catholic News Agency provided an English translation.

“Pain and indignation invade my heart at hearing certain incredible news,” Zen wrote. “They’ve prohibited private masses in St. Peter’s!?”

Cardinal Zen said that if it were not for the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 measures, he would “take the first flight to Rome and kneel before the door of Santa Marta,” the hotel in which Pope Francis resides, “until the Holy Father retracts the edict.”

The cardinal — the leading critic of the Vatican’s secret deal with the ruling Chinese Communist Party regarding Catholic worship in China, described what a comfort saying Mass at one of the side altars at St. Peter’s had been for him.

“It was the thing that most strengthened my faith every time I came to Rome,” he wrote.

“At seven o’clock precisely, I would go into the sacristy (where I would almost always encounter that holy man, the Archbishop and then Cardinal Paolo Sardi), a young priest would come forward and help me vest, and then they would lead me to an altar (whether in the Basilica or in the [crypt] did not make a difference to me; we were St. Peter’s Basilica!).”

Zen wrote that he thought he never celebrated Mass with more fervor and emotion that at these Masses, and was sometimes in tears as he prayed “for our living martyrs in China, now abandoned and driven into the bosom of the schismatic [Chinese Patriotic] church by the ‘Holy See.’”

The cardinal, who is a sharp critic of Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and his China policies, attacked the Secretariate of State for its role in the edict against individual Masses at St. Peter’s. At times, his tone was bitter.

“It is time to reduce the power of the Secretariat of State,” Zen wrote.

“Away with the sacrilegious hands from the communal home of all the faithful worldwide,” he continued. “Let them content themselves with diplomatic games played with the father of lies. Go ahead and make the Secretariat of State a ‘den of thieves’, but leave in peace the devoted people of God!”

Zen then ended his letter with a quotation from John 13:30, which was part of the Gospel reading for the day: “It was night.” It follows the Evangelist’s description of Judas Iscariot’s departure from the Last Supper.

A former Canadian ambassador to China and practising Catholic, David Mulroney, told LifeSiteNews that he was not surprised that both Cardinal Zen and Cardinal Sarah had spoken out against the ban on individual Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica.

“It is not surprising that, in the midst of a Pontificate notable for its confusion, and in which the universal call of the Church is enfeebled, its two most saintly figures are raising their voices in concern that a reassuring sign of universality has suddenly disappeared,” Mulroney said via social media.

Earlier this month, a notice dated March 12 appeared on the door of the sacristy in St. Peter’s Basilica, saying that from March 22 all Masses in St. Peter’s said in the ordinary form would be concelebrated. The notice specifically states that “individual Masses” — that is, Masses said by a single priest, were “suppressed.” Mass in the Extraordinary Form, which cannot be concelebrated, would be offered in the Clementine Chapel in the Vatican grottos (crypt), but limited to only four Masses a day.

Laymen and clerics alike were astonished by the development and the Secretariat of State’s role in it. Cardinal Raymond Burke responded on March 13, saying that the new rules should be withdrawn.

“For the sake of the Catholic faith and for the good order of the Sacred Liturgy, the highest and most perfect expression of the Church’s life in Christ, the document in question should be rescinded immediately, that is, before its supposed effective date of March 22nd next,” Burke wrote.

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Cardinals Gerhard Müller and Walter Brandmüller also objected to the abolition of individual Mass. Both cardinals pointed out that the Secretariat of State had no authority to make such a decision.

“It seems to be a mystery why the Secretariat of State, the Vatican’s diplomatic service, should be involved in this, and no less strange that it should apparently contradict the right of priests to celebrate individually enshrined in canon law (can. 902), and the presumption, also in canon law, that priests in good standing be allowed by the rector of any church to celebrate Mass if an altar is free (can. 903),” wrote liturgical expert and LSN columnist Dr. Joseph Shaw on March 17.

“The fact that priests from all over the world, and those living and working in Rome, have been able up to now to celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s in the early morning, and that visitors can see them stream out of the great sacristy to a myriad of little altars around the upper basilica, and to a whole lot more in the crypt, has been a real joy: an illustration of the Church’s unity in diversity, and of the ceaseless prayer offered to God by His Spouse, the Church.”

On March 29, Cardinal Robert Sarah, until recently the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, wrote a long letter explaining the canonical and theological problems that arose from forbidding priests to celebrate individual Masses.

He concluded with an appeal to Pope Francis, saying: “For all the reasons set out here and for yet others, together with a boundless number of baptized persons (many of whom do not want to or cannot express their thoughts) I humbly beg the Holy Father to order the withdrawal of the recent norms issued by the secretariat of state, which are as lacking in justice as in love, do not correspond to the truth or the law, do not facilitate but rather endanger the decorum of the celebration, devout participation in the Mass, and the freedom of the children of God.”


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Belgian judge rules the country’s COVID restrictions are illegal

The government will have to repeal the current restrictions within 30 days. New restrictions could be passed — legally — by the Belgian parliament.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 2:01 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — An interim relief judge caused a bombshell in Belgium this Wednesday with a ruling that declared all present COVID restrictions in the country illegal, ordering the Belgian government to retract them within thirty days.

Should the government not comply by that period, it will have to pay a daily penalty of €5,000 euro (nearly $6,000), limited at €200,000. While such a sum would probably not deter the government, the ruling is in itself a scathing disavowal of COVID regulations that are totally beyond the control of the Belgian parliament. In substance, it makes clear that present restrictions have been imposed with total disdain for the rights of the people and their political representation.

While it is highly improbable that restrictions will actually be lifted because of an obscure summary tribunal in charge of emergency rulings when obvious illegality is afoot, the decision is an obvious headache for the Belgian government. Interior minister Annelies Verlinden cautiously told the press that she was still “examining” the text.

The ruling will probably be appealed by the Belgian administration, but it will remain enforceable even in that event.

A second difficulty will be faced by the executive regarding the implementation of fines and other penalties for disregard of the COVID-rules: How can a citizen be sanctioned for refusing to execute some regulations without legal grounds?

The Brussels tribunal was seized three weeks ago by the French and Flemish-speaking sections of the League of Human Rights (Ligue des droits humains, Liga voor Mensenrechten), in order to obtain a ruling that would confirm that elected political representatives should have been consulted before putting stringent limits to personal freedoms and liberties, as has been the case for over a year in Belgium.

The Belgian executive invoked three laws as grounds for measures such as lockdowns, store closures, curfews, severe limits on meetings between members of different households, banning of public worship, and so on. The main law presented as legitimizing the restrictions dates back to 2007: It was passed at the time in the name of civil protection in emergencies, following a gas disaster in Ghislenghien, in order to allow forced evacuation of dangerous zones and faster intervention of security forces and firefighters.

The Brussels tribunal found that such a law does not have much to do with the present situation in Belgium. Both lawyers of the Human Rights leagues, Audrey Lackner and Audrey Despontin, argued that the very first coronavirus measures imposed one year ago could conceivably be considered as so urgent that the 2007 law could be used to justify them. But they underscored that it is impossible to speak of a similar “emergency” with regard to a health crisis that has been ongoing for more than twelve months. Using a law made types of crises that are quite different, they said, was “merely an excuse” to avoid parliamentary debate.

Commenting on the victory, Olivia Venet of the Ligue des droits humains stated:

What we have been asking for since the beginning is a parliamentary debate, a public debate, so that the decisions that are taken in the context of the pandemic are taken in a transparent manner with the confidence of the citizens.

One of the questions that arises now is the validity of the criminal sanctions attached to these measures and the possibility of prosecuting violators of the measures. The legal basis having been declared illegal, it seems complicated to me to continue to prosecute criminally.

It’s not that the measures have ceased to exist today. It’s not that they shouldn’t be respected. Of course, it makes sense to respect them. But one of the things we’ve been arguing for since the beginning is that these measures should not have criminal sanctions attached to them. Citizens are smart enough, responsible enough and supportive enough to enforce these rules without criminal sanctions. Nobody wants to catch the coronavirus, nobody wants the pandemic to spread and nobody wants the hospitals to be saturated.

Her Flemish counterpart, Kati Verstrepen, made clear that the consequences of the ruling are “not so dramatic” for the government: “It has been given 30 days to find acceptable legal grounds” for the restrictions: “It’s not as if from one day to the next not a single rule will stand.”

However, it will not be easy for the government to find a way to justify all COVID restrictions in such a short time. As it happens, the Belgian parliament is to examine a new “pandemic law” these coming weeks, in order to create a permanent legal frame for future health crises. But the final draft of the law is not even ready, and it is not at all certain that the future law will apply to the present situation.

At present, Belgium is registering a steady average of some 30 deaths attributed to COVID per day, way down from the November high of about 200 daily deaths, but “cases” are going up, and fearmongering with them.

Restrictions were stepped up last week because of pressure on hospitals. “Non-essential” stores may only serve customers with an appointment and large stores may only accept 50 customers at a time; non-medical “contact” professions such as hairdressers have been obliged to close. Meeting people outside the household must still happen outside, but their number has been pulled back from ten to four. A curfew is still in place between midnight and 5 a.m., and travel to and from the country has been severely restricted.

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Opposition party leader Peter de Roover of NVA (Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie), a center-right group that is gaining traction in Flanders, commented:

This is the ‘accident waiting to happen’ that the government closed its eyes on … Prime Minister De Croo stated on January 31 in De Zevende Dag that he did not want to add any extra uncertainty, especially a legal uncertainty. How bitter those words sound today. This government has played with fire in implementing its corona measures although they had been warned, pretty much week after week, in parliament, the institution that this government thinks should not really play a major role. By providing a 30-day period, it’s the judge who is saving the government from total chaos, but the political damage is huge.


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24 world leaders announce international pandemic treaty to implement Great Reset agenda

Signatories include the head of the World Health Organization, as well as the leaders of France, Germany, the U.K., and other countries.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 1:25 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) –– A host of global leaders issued a call for a global pandemic treaty, purportedly in order to prevent future pandemics, distribute vaccinations, and implement a unilateral approach to global governance.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as 20 other world leaders, joined forces in penning a joint letter with the apparent intent of winning popular support for the globalist plan.

Writing in U.K. paper The Telegraph, as well as other publications such as Le Monde in France, the leaders declared their intent to “build a more robust international health architecture that will protect future generations.”

Calling COVID-19 the “biggest challenge to the global community since the 1940s,” the 24 leaders predicted that there “will be other pandemics and other major health emergencies.”

“No single government or multilateral agency can address this threat alone,” they declared. “The question is not if, but when. Together, we must be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly co-ordinated fashion. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a stark and painful reminder that nobody is safe until everyone is safe.”

This final phrase could indicate the influence which World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and committed globalist Klaus Schwab enjoys over the 24 leaders. Just weeks ago, Schwab declared, “As long as not everybody is vaccinated, nobody will be safe,” a statement which in itself poses an interesting question about the trust which such leaders are placing in their much praised, but dangerous, experimental injections.

The leaders re-affirmed their joint aim of global vaccination, describing it as “global public good.”

In order to achieve that “public good,” and to ensure swift roll-out of vaccines across the globe, the 24 globalists initiated their new international treaty: “[W]e believe that nations should work together towards a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response. Such a renewed collective commitment would be a milestone in stepping up pandemic preparedness at the highest political level.”

This treaty would be based on the principles of the WHO, drawing from the WHO’s constitution, as well as calling on “other relevant organisations key to this endeavour.” The WHO’s director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was one of the signatories of the statement.

“The main goal of this treaty would be to foster an all of government and all of society approach, strengthening national, regional and global capacities and resilience to future pandemics,” the leaders declared.

“This includes greatly enhancing international co-operation to improve, for example, alert systems, data-sharing, research and local, regional and global production and distribution of medical and public health counter-measures such as vaccines, medicines, diagnostics and personal protective equipment.”

Nor would it be centered purely on globalist vaccination agendas. Due to the leaders’ “One Health” approach, it would build on the principle of a connection between “the health of humans, animals and our planet.”

In language reminiscent of the Great Reset agenda, promoted by the WEF and Klaus Schwab, the leaders mentioned that the new treaty would lead to a lack of national interests, and increased international concerns: “[S]uch a treaty should lead to more mutual accountability and shared responsibility, transparency and co-operation within the international system and with its rules and norms.”

No section of society would be exempt from becoming involved in the new treaty, whatever it may turn out to look like, with the world leaders pointing out that “we will work with heads of state and governments globally, and all stakeholders including civil society and the private sector.”

Declaring that the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, had “exploited our weaknesses and divisions,” the leaders pronounced it to be their “responsibility” to “ensure that the world learns the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic,” and to “seize this opportunity and come together as a global community for peaceful co-operation that extends beyond this crisis.”

The proposal is due to be further discussed among national leaders at the June G7 summit in Cornwall in the U.K., where Boris Johnson will join his counterparts from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.S., and the E.U. Meanwhile, the 24 signatories warned that their new plan “will take time and require a sustained political, financial and societal commitment over many years.”

Speaking to BBC Radio, the WHO’s special COVID envoy Dr. David Nabarro, echoed the language employed by the 24 leaders, noting that it would be 2022 before the globalist agenda of world vaccination was complete, and thus hinted at “all sorts of problems with variants,” before that goal was complete.

“All that leaders are saying is ‘this problem is so huge we’ve got to work together to deal with it’,” Nabarro added.

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The planned treaty appears to align very closely with the Great Reset goals of Klaus Schwab. The World Economic Forum’s promotion of the Reset even employs matching terminology, describing “leaders” who “find themselves at a historic crossroads.”

The societal disruption caused by the Wuhan virus presents “a unique window of opportunity to shape the recovery” for Schwab, who added that “this initiative will offer insights to help inform all those determining the future state of global relations, the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models and the management of a global commons.”

Indeed, the link between the new international treaty and the Great Reset caused veteran presenter Richie Allen to write, “This is terrifying. For many years, I have been featuring writers, researchers and academics who warned us that this would happen. This is the end game.”

Such a treaty was simply about “concentrating power in the hands of a tiny elite,” explained Allen. “It’s what globalists have been working towards for decades.”

The full list of signatories is found below:

J. V. Bainimarama, prime minister of Fiji; António Luís Santos da Costa, prime minister of Portugal; Klaus Iohannis, president of Romania; Boris Johnson, prime minister of the United Kingdom; Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda; Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya; Emmanuel Macron, president of France; Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany; Charles Michel, president of the European Council; Kyriakos Mitsotakis, prime minister of Greece; Moon Jae-in, president of the Republic of Korea; Sebastián Piñera, president of Chile; Carlos Alvarado Quesada, president of Costa Rica; Edi Rama, prime minister of Albania; Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa; Keith Rowley, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago; Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands; Kais Saied, president of Tunisia; Macky Sall, president of Senegal; Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain; Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway; Aleksandar Vučić, president of Serbia; Joko Widodo, president of Indonesia; Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation.

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Abortion center that killed woman used rusty surgical instruments on patients

During an inspection in September, 2020, inspectors discovered brown rust on multiple metal dilators, which were used to open the cervix during surgical abortions.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 1:14 pm EST
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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama, March 31, 2021 (Operation Rescue)  – A troubled Alabama abortion facility where a woman received a fatal abortion last year was cited for serious personnel and infection control violations during a four-visit inspection that took place four months after a patient died last year.

April Lowery, 29, died as the result of an attempted abortion she received at Abortion center that killed woman had rusty surgical instrumentsthe West Alabama Women’s Center (WAWC) in Tuscaloosa on May 7, 2020.  During that abortion, she suffered a perforated uterus that caused internal injuries and hemorrhaging, according to her autopsy report.

The inspection recently came to the attention of Pro-Life Tuscaloosa, which provided the report to a coalition of national groups, including Operation Rescue, CEC for Life, and Life Legal Defense Foundation, which has been working to bring accountability to those who were involved in Lowery’s avoidable death.

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) conducted four on-site survey visits to the WAWC between September 1-30, 2020, with a final follow-up phone interview on October 13, 2020, the same day the report was dated.

Certified in 40 seconds

When inspectors first arrived at the abortion facility on September 1, 2020, they were informed by Clinic Administrator Amanda Reyes that there was no one on staff who could conduct abortions.  The Medical Director at that time was Leah Torres, who was acting on a temporary medical license while her permanent license application was being processed. But on August 20, 2020, she was ordered to cease and desist the practice of medicine after it was determined she had repeatedly lied on her Alabama medical license application.  At the time of this inspection, she was serving as the “Clinical Services Administrator.”

The WAWC was able to hire a new Interim Medical Director on September 14, 2020.  Abortions were resumed on September 16 and appointments were scheduled for two days per week. 

In Alabama, Medical Directors are responsible for certifying that licensed physicians that conduct abortions at their facilities are competent to do so.  This is done by observing each licensee as he or she conducts abortions.

The new Medical Director wasted no time in certifying two abortionists.

However, the Medical Director later admitted that he/she was serving only on an interim basis and had never actually visited the WAWC facility.  Instead, Physician A was “certified” during a 40 second Zoom call and Physician B during a Zoom call that lasted 7 minutes and 17 seconds.

The Interim Medical Director confirmed that the new abortionists were “certified” while dispensing abortion pills, not during surgical abortions, which they would also be required to do.  A correction plan submitted by Reyes noted that all abortionists certified via Zoom calls would be re-certified by a Medical Director in person.

“How can someone’s competency be evaluated in just 40 seconds?  This whole certification process was a sham from the beginning to end,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.  “It is shocking that Reyes and Torres would pull a stunt like this after a woman died just four months earlier from a completely botched abortion at their facility by an abortionist whose competency was in question.  It shows no consideration for human life – of the baby or the mother.”

Former WAWC abortionist Louis T. Payne, 81, who was believed responsible for April Lowery’s negligent abortion, “retired” from WAWC on July 24, 2020, then surrendered his medical license in October, rather than face pending disciplinary action.

Brown rust on surgical instruments

During the initial inspection visit on September 1, 2020, inspectors discovered brown rust on multiple metal dilators, which were used to open the cervix during surgical abortions.  Those dilators were thrown away.

An inspector returned to WAWC on September 29 to observe surgical abortions.  Afterwards, that inspector was taken to the sterilization room to observe “tissue processing” and instrument cleaning.

It then became apparent that no one in the facility understood how to properly sanitize medical instruments or operate the autoclave, a device that completes the sterilization process.

Packets of instruments lacked any date and contained no indicator strips that are supposed to be used in each packet to ensure proper sterilization. One employee made the excuse that he/she sometimes would be rushed and forget to put them in.  This turned out to be a lie.

When checking charts, sterilization indicator strips were seen taped inside the patient chart covers. When asked about them, the employee confessed, “To be honest, I just run some strips through the autoclave to put in the chart, because the ones in the pack will get blood on them and you can’t put those in the chart.” That employee then searched the drawers of allegedly sterilized equipment packets saying, “I’m sure there are some packets with strips in here somewhere.” However, none were found.

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What was found was more rusty dilators and other contaminated instruments.

Reyes’ correction plan included retraining staff in sterilization protocols developed by the National Abortion Federation, a consortium of abortion facilities across the nation. 

“There is little confidence in WAWC using NAF protocols since NAF-certified abortion facilities have traditionally been among the worst facilities in the nation when it comes to cleanliness, infection control, and competency of staffs,” said Newman. “I know this from personal experience because I purchased a former NAF-certified abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas, in 2006, and it was filthy beyond description. So, just because a facility says it is following NAF protocols, that’s no guarantee that medical standards are really being met.”

WAWC has only conducted abortions on a sporadic basis since the time this inspection report was completed in October. However, on March 24, 2021, Leah Torres was finally issued a full Alabama medical license, which has allowed her to resume abortions there.

“Given Torres’ issues with dishonesty and the clinic’s track record of serious deficiencies, it is only a matter of time before another woman is hurt or killed,” said Newman. “This abortion facility must be closed by the Alabama Department of Public Health before tragedy strike again.”

Read the WAWC Inspection report dated October 13, 2020.

View a timeline of WAWC events and troubles (includes previously unpublished information).

Timeline of Events at West Alabama Women’s Center – As of 3-31-2021 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

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‘I want to be a part of what they’re part of’: A college student returns to the faith

This Holy Week, we bring you the beautiful testimony of reversion of a young college student who, at the Easter Vigil, will receive the sacrament of Confirmation after years away from the faith.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 12:34 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The road of faith and conversion to a life of holiness is one of the most miraculous and beautiful sights to behold. In our world plagued by darkness, the light of Easter — especially this year — resonates in a whole new way.

This Holy Week, we bring you the beautiful testimony of reversion of a young college student who, at the Easter Vigil, will receive the sacrament of Confirmation after years away from the faith.

Diana Ascencio-Avila, a student at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, began her journey back to the Church at a time when many actually leave it: as she started college.

The summer before she began, she attended a free event for Catholic college students called a College Night, hosted by a Catholic non-profit in Virginia, the Associates of St. John Bosco. At this event, Diana witnessed first-hand the joy of a life with Christ and a relationship with His Church. As she met other students who were serious about their faith, she wanted what they had. Thus, the journey of faith began — and once she entered down this road, her family followed.

She soon became a part of an RCIA class where she learned the faith for two years and brought all her knowledge home, evangelizing her family. The transformation led to her own desire to get confirmed. This Easter weekend Diana will be confirmed at the Easter Vigil Mass. Her younger sister will be confirmed on Easter Sunday.

As we contemplate the Easter mysteries this Holy Week, may we be reminded that the light of faith is enough to wake our weary world from its sinful slumber.


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BREAKING: Facebook notifies Trump’s children that posting ‘in his voice’ will result in censorship

'What an absolute slap in the face to 75 million Americans,' Eric Trump said in response to the warning from a Facebook staff member.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 12:14 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Ahead of Tuesday evening’s interview between Lara Trump and former President of the U.S. Donald Trump, Facebook notified the Trump family of an ongoing blanket ban on any content “in the voice of President Trump,” and that they would take action against any attempt to post his comments on their social media profiles on Facebook or Instagram.

Eric Trump, the second son of President Trump and husband of broadcaster Lara Trump, posted on his Twitter account a message from a Facebook employee, reminding him that any comments made by the former president to his wife would not be permitted to be shared on either of the social media platforms.

The employee, identified in the exchange only as “Katelyn,” confirmed that any attempt to upload comments made “will be removed if posted, resulting in additional limitations on accounts that posted it.”

Katelyn confirmed that the ban extends to “all campaign accounts and Pages, including Team Trump, other campaign messaging vehicles on our platforms, and former surrogates.”

Eric Trump lashed out at the Big Tech company for dismissing the millions of Americans who voted for Trump and might like to follow him outside of the White House. “What an absolute slap in the face to 75 million Americans,” he said.

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Lara Trump received a similar notice from Katelyn, informing her that content had been removed from her Facebook page “that featured Trump speaking.” Trump was advised that “[in] line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts.” 

Lara Trump criticized the move to not only ban the former president from having his own account, but also those who might speak on his behalf saying, “just like that, we are one step closer to Orwell’s 1984. Wow.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Facebook and Instagram banned Donald Trump in early January “indefinitely,” following allegations that the former president was seeking to “undermine” the transition of power to now-President Joe Biden. The announcement came on January 7, the day following the now infamous January 6 events at the Capitol, often described by left-wing press as a riotous insurrection. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg cited Trump’s alleged use of the platform “to condone rather than condemn the actions” of those at the Capitol as his reason for de-platforming Trump.

Shortly afterwards, Twitter followed suit, permanently banning Trump’s account on the same grounds alleged by Zuckerberg the day before.


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COVID case counts, deaths drop in Texas, Mississippi after mask mandates repealed

Biden, meanwhile, pleads with governors to reinstate mandates, as states with strict mask enforcement see cases and deaths surge.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 12:00 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Director Rochelle Walensky of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appeared to be fighting back tears during a Monday news conference as she warned Americans about her “recurring feeling of impending doom,” as seven-day COVID case counts rose across 30 states. At the same time, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) was celebrating his state’s drop in COVID counts since opening businesses up and ditching mask mandates three weeks ago.

“Today the 7-day Covid positivity rate dropped to a new recorded low: 4.95%. Hospitalizations dropped to a 6 month low. This week we have 1 million 1st vaccines available,” the governor tweeted on Sunday. “Everyone now qualifies for a shot. They are highly recommended to prevent getting Covid but always voluntary.”

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) also repealed his state’s mask mandate on March 2, and the state’s COVID indicators have all fallen there, as well.

Health officials and lockdown champions across the country blasted the governors when they issued an executive order rescinding the state’s mask mandate and allowing businesses of all types to “open 100 percent” as of March 10.

“The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything is fine, take off your masks, forget it. It still matters,” said President Biden in the wake of the southern state mask repeals.

Nevertheless, Texas saw its percentage of positive COVID test results drop day on day for 10 consecutive days, from March 18 to March 28. The seven-day COVID state profile from HealthData.gov reported Texas as having a 29% drop in cases in the past week, a 14% drop in hospitalizations for COVID and 19% fewer deaths from the virus.

The state of Mississippi saw similarly positive data in the past week on record: cases are down 22% in the past week, hospitalizations for COVID fell 19%, and deaths have dropped by 15%.

Other states which recently repealed mask mandates — including Wyoming, Georgia, and Idaho — saw COVID case and death counts hold steady or fall in recent days.

By contrast, states where stringent COVID restrictions and state-enforced mask policies are still in place — such as Michigan, New York, and New Jersey — have continued to see COVID case counts and deaths rise.

Michigan added 5,177 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths Tuesday, as Michigan leads all states in new cases per population over the last seven days.

Pennsylvania, which has a “universal face covering” dictate, has registered a 27% increase in cases, as have other states with mask mandates, including Connecticut, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.

According to the CDC, Michigan had 361.5 new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, ranking second behind only New York City at 366.5 cases per 100,000 people, according to Detroit News.

Virginia has enforced mask mandates outside. Cases there climbed nearly 19% over the past two weeks, and hospitalizations for COVID infection are rising, as well, reversing a two-month decline.

Infection numbers continued to climb in other states with stringent mask mandates, including Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Washington, and West Virginia.

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There seems to be little connection to mask-wearing in other states that have dropped mandates, such as Missouri and Montana, yet have seen COVID case counts increase as well.

Notwithstanding the lack of connection between case counts and mask-wearing, Biden, who continues to wear two face masks despite being fully vaccinated, switched from insulting governors who have relaxed mask measures as having “Neanderthal thinking” to pleading with them: “Please, this is not politics. Re-instate the mandate if you let it down,” he said on Tuesday.

“Let me get this straight — POTUS Biden wants Mississippi to reverse course and reinstate a mask mandate because cases are going up in New York and New Jersey,” Mississippi Governor Reeves commented on Twitter. “No thank you, Mr. President.”


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Priest calls cops on pregnant mom for not wearing mask at Mass

‘What kind of mindset have you inculcated into the priests of your diocese?’ Fr. James Altman asked the bishop of Dallas in response.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 11:33 am EST
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DALLAS, Texas, March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — After the local parish priest called the cops, a pregnant mother was threatened with a trespassing charge for attending Mass without wearing a mask.

In a recent interview, Deirdre Hairston told Catholic commentator Dr. Taylor Marshall that she had been at Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic church in Dallas with her husband and one-year-old baby when she was approached by the pastor, Fr. Milton Ryan. She said Ryan told her that if she didn’t put on a mask, he would call the police and have her arrested.

The pastor made good with his threat. After returning from Holy Communion with her baby in her arms, Hairston saw three police officers at the back of the church, where she and her husband had been socially distanced from the rest of the congregation. Having not yet consumed the Host, Hairston knelt down upon returning to her seat, only to be told at once to get up.

Hairston’s husband recorded a woman police officer saying to the young mother, “Ma’am, I’m going to put you in handcuffs if you don’t stand up.”

Hairston asked what crime she had committed, and the officer stated that that the “church” did not want her there and that she was trespassing. The young mother insisted that she was not breaking any law, and the police repeatedly told her that the church was a business. Although Texas no longer has a mask mandate, some businesses are still asking people to don masks before coming inside.

Fearing for the safety of her infant child, Hairston left the church with the officers. She said that after she did so, an usher ran into the parking lot to take photographs of her car license plate, shouting, “Write her up! Write her up!”

“It almost reminded me of, not to flatter myself, but it was like, ‘Crucify her! Crucify her!’” Hairston told Marshall.

Hairston and her husband continued to film and to remonstrate with the police, saying that wearing a mask is not a requirement. The officer said, however, that the church required one. When Hairston explained that “that one man is not the church,” the officer replied that the priest was a “representative of the business.”

“This is not a business,” Hairston insisted. “This is a church!”

“Somebody owns it,” the officer replied.

Hairston reflected later that the bishop of Dallas, who was not present, does have jurisdiction over the church building.

Hairston’s husband told the police that Fr. Ryan had been verbally abusive to his pregnant wife. To the argument that the church is a business, the young man explained that it is a 501(c)(3), that is, a charitable organization.

Hairston was not fined but given a ticket that said she could never again go back to her church without being arrested. She remarked to Marshall that although she’s a Catholic in the state of grace, she has been de facto barred from the sacraments, which is against canon law.

“Our own government is more lenient [about masks] at this point than our church,” Hairston told Taylor Marshall, “and that’s a problem.”

“You’re more likely to be treated with Christian charity and grace at a Taco Bell than you are at church, unfortunately.”

The young mother also said that Catholics need to “wake up” about the situation in their churches.

She said, “People need to wake up to realize that this is … the state of our church right here, right now, and we need to stand up. The church belongs to us; we are the laity. That priest — the church does not belong to him. We can’t allow these things to happen.”

Hairston wonders if parish mask mandates are really about health, or if they are about control.

The Diocese of Dallas issued a statement on March 29, two days after Marshall interviewed Hairston, and just over two weeks after the incident took place. The statement said that the young woman “was not arrested or ticketed” but “issued a trespass warning.”

“The pastor of the parish has required masks at Mass out of concern for the health and welfare of his entire congregation,” it reads.

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“Canon law grants pastors jurisdiction over their parishes, and while the bishop has not mandated masks for every parish, he has left these specific details to the pastors of the Diocese, adding that he expects the faithful to wear masks out of charity and concern for others,” it continues. “We recognize that not everyone can wear masks, but that those who can, should.”

The Diocese added it was “looking into the details” of the incident.

A priest responds

In his Palm Sunday homily, Fr. James Altman blasted priests and bishops who indulge in the “godless madness” and “godless fear” of the coronavirus at the expense of the faithful.

“A priest in Dallas, Texas, called the police to arrest a woman for trespassing in that parish because she, who was carrying a child in her womb, and holding her one-year-old baby in her arms, was sitting way in [the] back, not near anyone but her family, but was so lightheaded due to being with child that she could not wear a mask,” he said.

“That priest, that imposter of a priest, called the police,” he continued. “Bishop of that parish, what kind of priest are you allowing to operate in your diocese, or — worse — what kind of mindset have you inculcated into the priests of your diocese?”

Altman said that if priests can’t get over their “abundance of cowardice masquerading as ‘caution’” to fulfill their vocation, then they are overdue for the “millstone” treatment.

“Amen, amen, I say to you that if such shepherds as that represented the truth of the Catholic Church, I’d be out the door,” Altman said.

“I’d be the first one out that door and I would never look back. But you and I, we know better,” he continued. “They do not represent the Catholic Church, only the depths of hell to which some of them have fallen.”

Altman acknowledged that his words might seem “strong,” but that it was Palm Sunday, and they had all just heard the Passion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Earlier in his homily, he assured his congregation that if hell “has many levels,” like those described in Dante’s Inferno, “the lowest, hottest levels are the final burning place for those shepherds who were complicit in the godless [COVID-19] restrictions.”

“Like … some of those Texas shepherds who refused the government exemptions,” he added.

LifeSiteNews has contacted both the Diocese of Dallas and Fr. Milton Ryan, but has not received a response.


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Canadian pastor gives emotional speech in first Sunday back at his church since being jailed

‘I’m immensely grateful, I am immensely thankful to the Lord, to you, I love you and I’ve missed you dearly and I’m excited to be back.’
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 11:05 am EST
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EDMONTON, Alberta, March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – With a heavy police presence outside his church last Sunday, Canadian Pastor James Coates was welcomed with applause and cheers before giving an emotional address to his congregation — his first since being released from prison.

“Many of you already [know this], but I am a fallen and imperfect man. But I have a mighty savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. And he is the king of kings and Lord of Lords. It’s such a blessing to be here with you today,” said Coates, pastor of Grace Life Church in Spruce Grove, Alberta. “I’m so thankful for all of the love and support that you’ve shown to me, to my family. I’m so thankful for just our leadership, for the courage they’ve shown.”

Coates thanked the other pastors of GraceLife, his family and sons, as well as everyone else who “stood” with him and spoke out against his jailing.

“[I’m] just immensely humbled by the men in this country that have stood with us, stood with me, supported me, preached sermons that were supportive and expressed love and affection, so thankful for you, the congregation, who have written to me. Your letters were incredibly encouraging to me and strengthened me and served me so immensely well,” said Coates.

He said he was “incredibly overwhelmed” to be back, adding he still doesn’t “understand the fullness of what’s happened.”

“I’m still trying to wrap my mind around everything … I’m trying to bear back up under the responsibilities of pastoral ministry and all that that demands of me. And so, you can just know that I’m overwhelmed. But I’m immensely grateful, I am immensely thankful to the Lord, to you, I love you and I’ve missed you dearly and I’m excited to be back. I’m excited to hug you and embrace you and express my love and affection to you in a personal way.”

Coates was jailed from February 16 until March 22 for defying COVID-related orders in Alberta. He refused to agree to bail conditions which blocked his release unless he agreed to not hold church services amid severe lockdowns.

Last Sunday, Coates said his act to refuse the bail conditions was done out of “obedience” to God.

“This all to the Lord, it’s amazing to me, how one act of obedience in a little wee RCMP office in little wee Spruce Grove could have the impact that it did. I couldn’t sign that condition. And the rest is history,” said Coates.

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.”

JCCF president John Carpay told LifeSiteNews last week that it was through back-and-forth negotiations with the Crown prosecutor that an agreement was made to get Coates out of jail, without him having to promise to abide by “unscientific and unconstitutional health orders” which “violate” his freedom of conscience and religion.

A GoFundMe campaign for Coates has now raised over $45,000 — way more than the $5,000 initially envisioned — from more than 400 individual donors.

Heavy police presence on site for Coates’ first time back at his church

No doubt in anticipation of Coates’ return, local Spruce Grove area RCMP and Alberta Health Services (AHS) inspectors were on site at Grace Life Church on Sunday.

According to Rebel News reporter Sheila Gunn Reid, two officers tried to enter the church but were stopped by church elders.

“Pastor Coates in on the pulpit fresh off 35 days in jail. RCMP and AHS just tried to enter[.] GraceLife Church elders would not let them come into the church. Exciting Palm Sunday so far,” Reid tweeted.

Section 176(2) of the “Criminal Code of Canada” bans interruptimg or disturbing a religious worship service.

“As services began, two local RCMP officers and an Alberta Health Services inspector demanded entry to the church, something church elders argued would violate section 176(2) of the Criminal Code, which prohibits interrupting a religious services,” wrote Gunn Reid. “A tense exchange between the two sides lasted approximately 20 minutes before police and inspectors left to monitor the service from off-site, after being denied access to the church.”

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A partial transcript of a video taken by Reid during the altercation shows one church elder stating, “So I guess, though, by you guys going inside you would be saying that you’re … guilty of interrupting a worship service.” An officer replied, “No, I’m not saying that.”

A church elder then went on to say, “That’s why we can’t let you in, then, because the code 176 makes it illegal for you to interrupt a worship service, and our worship service has begun, and we’re stating that to you very clearly, that your presence in this building will be interrupting our worship service.”

One officer asked, “How so?” The Elder replied, “Because your presence intimidates our people.”

“That's your perception,” countered the police officer.

Not everyone was thrilled Coates was back at the pulpit Sunday.

The former socialist Premier of Alberta, Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley, called for Grace Life Church to be “shut down.”

“Enough is enough. GraceLife must be shut down,” Notley tweeted.

Current Alberta COVID rules state that churches and other places of worship can operate at no more than 15 percent of the capacity allowed by the building fire code. Masks are mandatory, as are the sanitation of hands and keeping away from other people.

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. 


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Johns Hopkins doctor defies Fauci, says ‘herd immunity is likely close at hand’

Dr. Marty Makary has criticized Fauci’s broad influence in forwarding a 'vaccination-only path' to herd immunity, saying it is not 'healthy for a small group of people to be making all the public health recommendations. It's good to have multiple voices.'
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 10:37 am EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor has strongly criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, for denying that the U.S. is approaching herd immunity from the coronavirus.

In an article published in the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Marty Makary called into question Fauci’s claim that “70% to 85% of the population” must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before herd immunity will be reached, positing that Fauci “inexplicably ignores natural immunity.”

Makary explained that data collected by the California Department of Public Health shows that “while only 8.7% of the state’s population has ever tested positive for COVID-19, at least 38.5% of the population has antibodies against the novel coronavirus.” Additionally, the report noted that “45% of people in Los Angeles had COVID-19 antibodies.” Makary pointed to this as evidence of closing in on herd immunity, claiming that these statistics explain why Los Angeles has seen a 95% drop in cases of the virus “and the positivity rate among those tested is now 1.7%.”

Speaking with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, Makary criticized Fauci’s broad influence in forwarding a “vaccination-only path” to herd immunity, saying it is not “healthy for a small group of people to be making all the public health recommendations. It's good to have multiple voices.” 

Makary highlighted the mechanism by which natural immunity might be achieved: “After you get the infection, your body develops antibodies. These are the same antibodies the vaccine is trying to trigger and create. When you have circulating antibodies, that means you have protection from the infection.”

“Reinfections are very rare. That means, [natural] immunity is real,” he said.

According to Makary, “[Fauci’s] job is to prepare us for a pandemic and tell us how to manage it. He mostly missed the pandemic for the two months prior, never prepared us, was wrong on masks,” Makary added.

Makary argued that if half the population has  natural immunity then there cannot be “a need for 75% to 80% of the population [to] get vaccinated to get to herd immunity.” He added that “[we] are there in nursing homes right now. Cases are down 98%.”

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With the vaccine rollout in California still reaching fewer than 30 percent of the population, and with Fauci’s insistence on counting only those vaccinated to be immune, ignoring natural immunity, Makary noted that false conditions are thus created which provoke “a greater urgency for everyone to get vaccinated,” amounting to a “false justification for continued excessive restrictions on freedom.”

In an earlier op-ed, Makary suggested that, “based on laboratory data, mathematical data, published literature and conversations with experts,” he expects that COVID-19 “will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.”

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Only one third of US Catholics plans to attend Mass for Easter: poll

Many churches in the country, whether Catholic or Protestant, have some COVID-related restrictions still in place.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 10:17 am EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A recent poll revealed the severe effect COVID-19 restrictions have had upon churchgoers in the U.S. Catholics are shown to be most cautious, with only 5% of Catholic churches open without any restrictions, as they were before the arrival of the virus. Meanwhile, Evangelical protestants are the most eager to return to normal, and look set to fill their churches the most at Easter time.

The poll, entitled “Life in U.S. Religious Congregations Slowly Edges Back Toward Normal,” was conducted by Pew Research Center, surveying over 12,000 adults in the U.S. from March 1 through 7.

Compared to the previous July 2020 poll, there was an increase of people who had recently attended a religious ceremony in person.

A total of 76% of people now declared themselves to feel “very/somewhat confident” about attending church without contracting the virus, compared to 64% last July.

There was also a rise in the numbers of those thinking that churches should be open, with only 15% now thinking that churches should be closed, in contrast to a large minority of 28% last July.

In conjunction with an increase in physical attendance, Pew also noted how live streaming or recording of services had paradoxically increased across the board since last summer, although the numbers of people watching such services had slightly dropped from 72% to 65%.

Yet while figures documented somewhat of a general reconciliation in churchgoers’ minds, between their perceived safety and attendance at church, there still remains a significant decrease in the amount of people planning to attend church over Easter.

Just under two in five Christians (39%) declared that they would attend church in person for Easter: a sizeable decrease to the 62% that would attend normally. The denomination with the highest predicted Easter congregation are Evangelical protestants, while only 36% of Catholics planned to fulfil their Easter obligations.

In fact, the cautious trend amongst Catholics continued when dealing with the various restrictions currently in force in churches. While only 12% of the overall survey group said that their churches were operating as they were before COVID, Catholic churches without restrictions were the least common at 5%, compared to 11% of Christian churches.

Evangelical churches appeared the most relaxed in this area, with nearly one in five (19%) of their churches reportedly open as they were before the onset of COVID-19.

However, when examining churches which were open with some restrictions in place, Catholic churches were in the lead with 79% of churches in this country, compared to 62% of Protestant churches generally, and a slightly higher figure of 67% of Evangelical churches.

Regarding the COVID-related measures in place, Pew wrote that half of the whole survey reported either physical distancing or mask mandates, with four in ten mentioning capacity limits, and 25% of the survey group having limits on congregational singing.

Fewer U.S. religious attenders now say their congregation is closed, but most say COVID-19-related modifications remain in place

Worship-infringing limitations like these were most predominantly seen in Catholic churches. The survey found that “seven-in-ten Catholics say their parishes are requiring social distancing and/or mask wearing, and six-in-ten say there are limits on the number of people who can attend Mass at any one time.”

Catholic congregations were significantly more in favor of all such restrictions, apart from complete closure, than any other group, with 67% of Catholics desiring ceremonies with COVID restrictions.

A number of churches remain closed still, with 18% of Protestant churches and 17% of Christian churches overall remaining closed. Only 8% of Catholic churches were closed. These figures are in stark contrast to those seen last July, however, when a significant minority of churches were closed: 23% of Catholic, 24% Evangelical and 31% of Protestant churches. In fact, a total of 31% of churches in the whole survey were closed in July 2020, compared to 17% now.

But while these churches remain closed, there was a marked increase in numbers of people wanting the church open, without any restrictions, in comparison to last July’s report. A total of just over one in four people now held this opinion, compared to just about one in ten in July.

Despite the interruptions to regular church attendance, and the very different approach to it currently with numerous restrictions, the poll did find that people’s faith had increased as a result of COVID-19. A grand total of 23% of the survey group who were “highly religious to begin with” declared that their faith had become stronger, with 31% of Christians and 24% of Catholics polled reporting such an increase. Few confessed to a weakening of faith, an average of 4%, while the majority commented that they had found no difference in their faith over the last year.

With such results from the survey, revealing significant numbers of churches only open with restrictions, as well as a sizeable minority of churches which are completely closed, the effect of COVID-19 related restrictions looks set to continue for some considerable time to come.

Pew predicted that “this promises to be the second consecutive highly atypical Easter season for Christians.”


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Top cardinals say Pope won’t correct wayward head of German bishops: report

Bishop Georg Bätzing has repeatedly dissented from Church teaching, showing his openness to changes that would contradict what has been taught since biblical times.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 9:25 am EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) —The National Catholic Register (NCR) reported that Pope Francis has denied the request of two top cardinals to have the Vatican correct flagrantly heterodox statements by Bishop Georg Bätzing calling for changes to Church moral and disciplinary teaching.

In the “largely overlooked interview” with the German publication Herder Korrespondenz published over the New Year and entitled “I Want Change,” Bishop Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, “directly challenged” several core Church teachings “regarding women’s ordination to the priesthood, the blessing of same-sex unions, priestly celibacy and Holy Communion for Protestants.”

A source told NCR that “Santa Marta said ‘No’” to the request that Bätzing come to Rome to be corrected, expressed by Jesuit Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Swiss president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Santa Marta refers to the Pope’s residence.

At the time of the article’s publication, NCR had not received a response either from the cardinals or from the Holy See Press Office in order to confirm the source’s allegations.

In his interview, Bätzing’s call for the Church to depart from several of its perennial teachings echoed those of the German Bishops’ Conference, expressed particularly in its “Synodal Path,” which — at least to a large extent — proposes heterodox solutions on matters pertaining to sexual morality, priestly celibacy, and the role of women in the Church.

Among the radical changes Bätzing hopes for are the blessing of same-sex “unions.”

NCR explained, “Regarding the blessing of same-sex unions, Bishop Bätzing said there was a need for solutions, that he believed it necessary to find liturgical answers ‘without Rome’s approval,’ and that he believed ‘we should change the Catechism in this sense’ after ‘intense discussion.’”

Bätzing, who reportedly said he favors “a greater involvement of women” in the Mass, such as preaching homilies, also said that “arguments” against the ordination of women “are becoming less and less convincing,” and that “there are well-developed arguments in theology in favor of opening up the sacramental ministry to women as well.”

Bätzing not only sees the “diaconate of women” “as a space for action,” but goes so far as to say that the priesthood of women is “on the table” — while admitting “unanimous” declarations to the contrary by recent Popes.

Regarding priestly celibacy, Bätzing “said he believed the discussion had matured and it was no longer a matter of discernment,” NCR related.

Bätzing also praised a document in favor of “reciprocal Eucharistic hospitality,” that is, calling for Catholics and Protestants to “reciprocally open access to communion.”

Before Bätzing was elected chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference in March 2020, this very document, entitled “Together at the Lord’s Table,” issued by the Ecumenical Study Group of Protestant and Catholic Theologians (known by its German abbreviation ÖAK), was adopted under Bätzing’s co-chairmanship, along with that of retired Lutheran bishop Martin Hein.

Bätzing has advocated this “Eucharistic fellowship” not only through this ecumenical forum, but directly to his own priests. On March 1, Bätzing wrote a letter to the clergy of his diocese, saying that “they could give Holy Communion to non-Catholic individuals if they requested it after examining their consciences,” shared NCR.

In Bätzing’s “I Want Change” interview, he argued that the ÖAK document “was not about a ‘common celebration’ of the Eucharist of intercommunion but rather whether Catholics and Protestants who attend each other’s celebration of Communion ‘have good reasons for doing so.’”

Cardinal Koch’s concerns

Cardinal Koch told NCR on March 8 that his views aligned with those expressed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which issued a “critique” to Bishop Bätzing last September, under the leadership of Cardinal Ladaria, stating that doctrinal differences between Catholics and Protestants are “still so weighty” that “mutual participation in the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist” was not possible.

NCR reported that Koch has been “uncharacteristically direct in resisting the recent developments in Germany,” and that Koch “emphasized” that he openly declared his opposition to “Together at the Lord’s Table” in interviews and a “detailed open letter to the director of the Protestant side” of ÖAK.

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Last year, Cardinal Koch objected to Protestant-Catholic “intercommunion” based on what he called the false “assumption” that “the Catholic Eucharistic celebration and the Protestant Last Supper are identical.”

Bishop Bätzing said in the “I Want Change” interview that the bishops’ conference would respond to the CDF critique and “confront the counter-arguments,” “adding that the letter took him by surprise, and failed to “appreciate the ecumenical effort” behind the group,” NCR noted.

Pope Francis’ response

There have been conflicting reports of Pope Francis’ response to the direction the German bishops are taking.

In a Sept. 22 interview with the magazine Herder Korrespondenz, Cardinal Koch said he “believed that the pope backed a recent intervention by the Vatican’s doctrinal office in a debate over intercommunion between Catholics and Protestants in Germany,” NCR reported.

Koch is said to have “clarified” that Pope Francis expressed concern “not only” about the question of intercommunion, “but about the situation of the Church in Germany in general.”

However, “Bishop Bätzing insisted that Francis ‘appreciates’ the ‘Synodal Way’ after a private audience with the pope in June,” NCR said.

“I feel strengthened by the intensive exchange with the Holy Father to continue on the path we have taken. The pope appreciates this project, which he associates closely with the concept of ‘synodality’ which he coined,” said Bätzing.

The seemingly conflicting indications by Pope Francis regarding intercommunion are reminiscent of similarly conflicting reports in 2018 concerning Pope Francis’ response to a German proposal for a “limited” form of intercommunion. At the time, German bishops denied reports that Pope Francis had rejected their plan to give Holy Communion to Protestant spouses of Catholics.

Edward Pentin, Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register, said his sources claimed that while Pope Francis had given approval to the CDF letter rejecting the German guidelines, he wanted that decision to be kept secret “for reasons unknown.”

A few months later, in June 2018, the German Bishops Conference published a pastoral handout which gives a nod to Protestant spouses of Catholics, in certain cases, to receive Holy Communion. Pope Francis had signed a note that gave “recommendations” to the German bishops, which the Permanent Council of the Bishops’ Conference said would allow some Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion when they have a “serious spiritual desire.”

Regarding the most recent developments among the German bishops, one Vatican source told NCR, “If the German bishops are going to go through with the Synodal Path, there will be schism,” adding that it would be “not a good tactic” for the Vatican to wait until the German bishops proceed to “the end” to say “stop.”


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Germany hits pause again on AstraZeneca after 31 reports of rare blood clots, 9 deaths

German health officials today suspended use of AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine for people under 60 as a 'precautionary measure,' stating that people needed to 'treat it carefully and wait for the talks taking place at the federal level.'
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 4:55 am EST
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March 31, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) – Authorities in Munich and Berlin today suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine for those under 60 after Germany’s vaccine regulator reported 31 cases of a rare brain blood clot, nine of which resulted in deaths, ABC News reported.

All but two of the cases involved women 20 to 63 years old, according to the Paul Ehrlich Institute.

The decision was made as a precaution ahead of a meeting scheduled for later today with representatives from all of Germany’s 16 states, said Berlin’s top health official, Dilek Kalayci, who also said further recommendations are expected to be made by national medical regulators.

Kalayci said the suspension of AstraZeneca vaccines for younger people was a precautionary measure and that people needed to “treat it carefully and wait for the talks taking place at the federal level.”

Earlier Tuesday, two state-owned hospitals in Berlin announced they had stopped giving AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine to female staff 55 years old and under, and heads of five university hospitals in western Germany called for a temporary halt to the vaccine for all younger women, citing the blood clot risk.

According to ABC News, German news agency dpa International quoted a spokesman for Munich who said the suspension of AstraZeneca vaccinations for people younger than 60 would last “until [the] issue of possible vaccine complications for this group of persons has been resolved.”

This is not the first time Germany has suspended AstraZeneca’s vaccine. Several European governments, including Germany and France, initially limited the shot to people under the age of 65 due to neurological problems reported in a U.K. trial participant.

As reported today, health officials in Canada suspended the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine in people aged 55 and under following concerns the vaccine might be linked to rare blood clots.

Health Canada updated its recommendations amid new data from Europe suggesting the risk of blood clots is now potentially one in 100,000 — much higher than the one-in-1 million risk stated before. The advisory committee recommended the shot be suspended for younger groups pending the outcome of a detailed risk-benefit analysis the agency demanded from AstraZeneca.

Earlier this month, more than 20 countries, including Germany, suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of rare blood clots in the brain, some resulting in death, in healthy people who received the vaccine.

Germany’s federal health minister, Jens Spahn, said seven cases of cerebral vein thrombosis had been reported and that Germany’s vaccine authority, the Paul Ehrlich Institute, considered “further investigation necessary after new reports of cerebral brain thrombosis in connection with vaccination in Germany and Europe.”

Institute officials said the European Medicine Agency (EMA) should decide “whether and how the new findings will affect the approval of the vaccine.”

After a review by medical experts, the EMA concluded the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine “may be associated with very rare cases of blood clots,” but the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risks and countries should continue to use it. Most European Union (EU) countries, including Germany, resumed use of the vaccine.

That same week, two independent research teams in Norway and Germany announced they had identified antibodies associated with the immune response that caused the type of blood clots experienced by some people who received AstraZeneca’s vaccine. As a result, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland did not lift their restrictions on the vaccine’s use.

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Finland and Sweden have since restricted the AstraZeneca vaccine to people 65 and older, while France resumed vaccination in people over 55. All three countries maintain the suspension for all other age groups, while Norway has delayed a decision on whether to resume using AstraZeneca’s vaccine for another three weeks.

Although AstraZeneca’s vaccine has been authorized for use in the EU, it has not yet received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the U.S. The company plans to apply for EUA in the upcoming weeks. If approved, AstraZeneca would become the fourth available vaccine in the U.S., joining ModernaPfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

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Omens of a terminal crisis: The intentional ambiguities of Francis and ‘Vatican III’

Without a direct divine intervention, the Catholic Church will disappear in the next decade, transformed into a religious multinational, disfigured in its original character and transformed into a furious persecutor of the few Catholics who remain faithful to the depositum fidei.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 6:06 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (Caminante-Wanderer) – We have known for decades that the Church is in crisis. However, in recent years and, above all, in the past few months, in my opinion we are witnessing the manifestation of omens that indicate the imminence of the final outcome. The crisis is terminal, that is, irreversible. There is no way to turn back. Without a direct divine intervention, the Catholic Church will disappear in the next decade, transformed into a religious multinational, disfigured in its original character and transformed into a furious persecutor of the few Catholics who remain faithful to the depositum fidei.

When Pope Francis revealed Laetitia’s love affairs to us a few years ago [editor’s note: a sarcastic reference to Amoris Laetitia], we began to see that the question was no longer reduced to Latin or the use of guitars in the liturgy. Doctrine was being undermined.

In recent days we have witnessed the comic developments caused by the declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which denies the possibility of giving blessings to homosexual couples, a matter that for a normal Catholic who has learned the catechism is an obvious truth. Well, what should have been an almost superfluous and obvious answer has provoked a great debate. To give only two examples, a group of Austrian priests have made it clear that they will not obey, and many German priests have said the same thing, while an important Belgian bishop, Johan Bonny, has said that he is ashamed of the Church because of this sort of document, and he has apologized to all homosexual couples as well as to their parents and grandparents.

So far, the Holy See has not reacted to these signs of rebellion against the doctrine of the Catholic faith, while Bishop Eduardo Taussig [of San Rafael, Argentina] and many other bishops continue to sanction priests and the faithful for giving and receiving Communion on the tongue.  I do not know if we are aware of the situation of apostasy in which we find ourselves, or if it seems to us like everything is normal.

I will not repeat here the history of the document of the CDF and the subsequent advances and retreats that have been sufficiently documented elsewhere, but it is worthwhile to do some analysis. 

The episode paints a complete picture of Bergoglio. His principle is: never sign anything that is against doctrine, but approve and encourage changes by means of gestures and printing operations. It is the old Jesuit and Peronist tactic. A friend has conveniently recalled the story The Great Tamerlane of Persia [editor’s note: in which the protagonist disguised himself as a merchant at night and visited the slums, while during the day he raged against the people in his palace]. Some Italian media have wondered if all this is a sign of Bergoglio’s psychological imbalance. In my opinion, it was a perfectly planned maneuver.

It is clear and uncontestable that the response of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was published with the express authorization of the Pontiff. The document itself says: “The Sovereign Pontiff Francis, at the Audience granted to the undersigned Secretary of this Congregation, was informed and gave his assent to the publication of the above-mentioned Responsum ad dubium, with the annexed Explanatory Note.” The typically Jesuitical explanations of Pino Piva [editor’s note: Father Pino Piva, S.J., “an expert in pastoral accompaniment paths with homosexual persons”] have no foundation.

A few days after the publication of the document and the subsequent fuss, the journalistic association formed by the couple Gerard O’Donnell and Elisabetta Piqué, with related articles in the international media (American Magazine and La Nación) has informed us that according to confidential sources within Santa Marta, Pope Francis was very disturbed by the note from the CDF, as was supposedly demonstrated by the words he spoke in his Angelus address on March 21. The articles appeared immediately after the end of the prayer, which indicates that they had been prepared well in advance. Many have wondered who the “authoritative source” could be. I have no doubt that it is Bergoglio himself. He is a personal friend of the O’Donnell – Piqué couple, and he has already used them on other occasions, including when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, for his printing operations.

Bergoglio, for whatever reason, wants to change the practice of the Church with regard to persons with homosexual tendencies, not only by allowing their conduct but also by blessing them. He cannot or does not want to sign an official doctrinal change, which would be catastrophic for the already-fragile unity of the Church and would make him go down in history as a certified apostate. What he is doing, therefore, is attaining his objective with allusions and ambiguous speeches, so that everyone understands what he wants anyways through the international press that is aligned with him […]. Everything has been attentively planned by Francis.

As if the ambiguity of the words at the Angelus were not enough, on Tuesday, March 23, in a speech given on the anniversary of none other than Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Francis gave even clearer indications, even if this time the ambiguity passed by almost unnoticed. He said: “I invite moral theologians, missionaries and confessors to enter into a living relationship with the people of God, and to look at existence from their angle, to understand the real difficulties they encounter and to help heal wounds […]. Moral theology cannot reflect only on the formulation of principles, of rules, but needs to be proactive about the reality that exceeds any idea (cf. EG 231). This is a priority (cf. EG 34-39), since the mere knowledge of theoretical principles, as Saint Alphonsus himself reminds us, is not enough to accompany and sustain consciences in the discernment of the good that is to be done.”

Bergoglio, paraphrasing Perón, says: “Don’t look at what I sign, but at what I say.” After these words, with what authority can one reproach, for example, the Salesian priest who a few weeks ago publicly blessed a homosexual couple in Ushuaia, Argentina? He was simply a good pastor who knew how to look at reality and, distancing himself from theoretical principles, accompanied consciences and healed the wounded.

These events recall and confirm the intuition that Ludovicus had in the first months of the Bergoglian pontificate, coining the expression “institutional cannibalism.” Elisabetta Piqué wrote at La Nación: “Although today’s letter, like last Sunday’s Angelus, did not have any reference to the responsum of the CDF, a document that had the assent of the Holy Father, the message made clear the contrasting vision of Pope Francis and of the Church in terms of content and language.” I wonder how there can be a contrast between the vision of the Pope and of the Church. The message of the journalist – and this is the message Bergoglio wants to convey – is that the Pope is the good one and the Church is the bad one, which impedes the development of the good intentions and actions of the pope.

Finally, as was warned a few days ago, Francis is not, as many of us believed, the incarnation of Vatican II. That unfortunate assembly did not throw the stone so far. Francis is Vatican III.

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Former US National Security and CDC officials suggested a ‘Manhattan Project’ for pandemics in 2018

‘We also need a way of incentivizing American people and industry to participate in this…just like the Manhattan Project, or other things that have been done, that advanced more than just healthcare’
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 1:50 pm EST
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The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews. This is published only for your consideration, especially given numerous LifeSite reports on the now known massive disinformation related to many aspects of the virus, the very effective, safe, and inexpensive treatments that were prevented from being used, and the "Warp Speed" developed vaccines for a relatively mild, flu-like virus (99% recovery rate before treatments), which are promoted as being far more effective and safer than they really are.

March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) –Those who think it would be impossible for the COVID-19 pandemic to be falsified by governments and others should compare the difficulty of falsifying a pandemic to the secret “Manhattan Project.” Manhattan Project was the codename for the development of the atomic bomb by the U.S., the U.K., and Canada during World War II. The Manhattan Project was so secretive that Vice President Harry Truman did not even know about it until he became president, it included secret cities, it reportedly included 600,000 people, and it was kept secret for approximately 4 years. 

Keep this in mind, then: 600,000 people or so from multiple countries were involved with a major scientific project that was kept secret for at least 4 years. Also keep in mind that to complete the Manhattan Project, only a few people out of the 600,000 really knew that the purpose was to develop an atomic bomb; most of the 600,000 people involved were merely following orders and were not aware of the purpose of the project.

Now, consider what a false pandemic would be: if a real pandemic is basically an infectious disease which continually infects a large number of people throughout the world, then a type of false pandemic would be the continual provision or propagation of false numbers of cases and/or deaths involving, in this instance, a virus. Over-simplifying may be helpful here: a false pandemic is basically a continual provision of false numbers and false public health information.

Now compare a false pandemic to the Manhattan Project; which of the two would seem to be more difficult? A government or other powerful entity using computer data systems to publish false large numbers of death counts, which are often only a small percentage higher than previous years and are almost impossible to disprove, or building secret cities and an explosive device which could destroy the cities and then maintaining the secret for several years among 600,000 or so people? When comparing the two, one may conclude that a falsified pandemic would not be as difficult as initially thought.

COVID-19 vaccines as the new Manhattan Project

The Manhattan Project is mentioned in part because early in the COVID-19 pandemic the U.S. federal government operation to develop a coronavirus vaccine was originally referred to as a new “Manhattan Project” and “Manhattan Project 2” by a team which included current CDC, NIH, and HHS officials, like Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Alex Azar, the Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2018-2020. (It is a tangent but noteworthy that in 2005 Mr. Azar was involved with devising pandemic vaccine plans for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.) 

Also, former U.S. federal government officials, including a former Director of the U.S. CDC, were publicly suggesting a “Manhattan Project” for vaccines and other medical countermeasures during the “Clade X” simulated pandemic exercise in 2018. The proposal included using an entity funded by the U.S. federal government intelligence community known as “In-Q-Tel” In-Q-Tel will be elaborated on in a moment. (The relevant sections of the Clade X pandemic simulation exercise are available to view on YouTube: 1:12:00-1:13:00 and 1:16:38).

Is it possible to fake a coronavirus pandemic?

Previous articles discussed the 2018 “Clade X” and the 2019 “Event 201” simulated pandemic exercises enacted by former and current U.S. and China government officials in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security. The articles looked into the possibility that the COVID-19 pandemic is partially or mostly falsified. It was suggested that one closely study the 2018 and 2019 simulated pandemic events and arrive at one’s own conclusions. This article elaborates on the 2018 fictional pandemic and looks further into the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic being partially or mostly falsified. Although this article will not discuss it, a 2017 pandemic planning symposium hosted and participated in by prominent Democrats may also be worth thorough studying.

It is important to make some distinctions; there is the question of whether it is possible for a group of people from different countries to plan and then enact a falsified coronavirus pandemic. Then there is the question of whether persons may do such a thing. There is the question of what motives certain people would have to actually do such a thing. And then there is the question of whether it can be determined that they did indeed do such a thing.

On the question of whether it would be possible to plan and then enact a fake coronavirus pandemic, one might determine after viewing the 2018 and 2019 simulated pandemic events that while it may be difficult, it would still be possible. Again, a real pandemic is basically an infectious disease which continually infects a large number of people throughout the world. A false pandemic, then, is basically a continual provision or propagation of false numbers of infections and/or deaths. 

The provision of false numbers and public health propaganda would seemingly be the most difficult part of falsifying a pandemic. But like the Manhattan Project, while many people may be involved in such a falsification, only a few people really need to know exactly what is going on.

Now, if adults experience 2 to 4 common colds every year, and if up to 30% of those are caused by coronaviruses, then in the U.S. every year there may be 250 million or more coronavirus cases. That is a huge number. If coronaviruses cause the common cold and every year infect hundreds of millions of people, then it may not be difficult, or even necessary, to falsify the number of cases of a falsified coronavirus pandemic. 

For the sake of discussion, hypothetically say that SARS-CoV-2, the virus which reportedly causes COVID-19, is a real coronavirus which has actually been circulating for many years and most of the time only causes the common cold. If it was like other coronaviruses, then there would be millions of SARS-CoV-2 common-cold cases every year. Thus, falsifying coronavirus cases or “positive tests” of such a common-cold causing virus may not be difficult if the COVID-19 pandemic is falsified.

Falsifying coronavirus deaths may be slightly, but not entirely, more difficult than falsifying coronavirus cases. Several persons have already mentioned that the CDC is likely over-stating “COVID-19 deaths” by basically counting anyone who dies after a positive coronavirus test, or even presumed case, as a COVID-19 death or death “involving” COVID-19. It would be easy to falsely label real deaths as being caused by, or involving, COVID-19 due to the huge numbers of existing coronavirus infections. 

But it seems as though to falsify a pandemic, there would have to be some counting and publishing of numbers of deaths which in reality never occurred. This could be done by the double-counting or triple counting of real deaths by public health officials, or even computer data systems without public health officials’ knowledge.

Or, a centralized technology/data entity with the ability to remain secret could add false deaths to data counts without being discovered due to the near impossibility to disprove large numbers in thousands of locations throughout the world.

Thus, if false numbers of deaths and cases (or “positive tests”) could be controlled by one centralized entity or a few entities coordinating with each other, then enacting a falsified pandemic would seemingly not be very difficult at all. The deaths and cases would be reported to the media, and the media, which makes more money from the hysteria, would gladly report ever-increasing numbers of cases and deaths. Then all that would be needed to be done would be to pay a few government officials or health care professionals to speak publicly and spread government propaganda. That is essentially a falsified pandemic: continually publishing false numbers and public health officials publishing or communicating false science.

One might consider whether the U.S. federal government has done similar things previously. There are probably multiple examples, but one is the FBI’s falsified investigation of former President Trump. The falsified investigation lasted for multiple years and consisted of the continual provision of false information to the media, which then continually published the false information. The FBI’s falsified investigation likely greatly harmed America. 

In the recent past, then, it seems that the U.S. federal government intelligence community, which includes the FBI, has shown itself to collaborate with the media in major falsified operations for multiple years. 

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The U.S. Federal Government Intelligence Community’s ties to federal and local COVID-19 data

A necessary condition of a false coronavirus pandemic would be false data. Through the simulated pandemic events planned and enacted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security, one may discover multiple connections to potential control of public health data, and the participants in the events suggest several times the need for a “centralized data” entity during a pandemic. 

A previous article discussed Johns Hopkins University’s involvement in U.S. federal government data. But there are more potential ways in which public health data could be controlled by a single entity or relatively few government entities.

For example, in the 2018 simulated pandemic event “Clade X”, one of the participants was Jeffrey H. Smith, a former National Security attorney and counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It is a tangent but definitely noteworthy that shortly before participating in the 2018 event, Mr. Smith praised Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert Mueller III in the falsified FBI investigation of President Trump. Mr. Smith then berated President Trump for his (what we now know to be accurate) public criticism of the vast corruption in the FBI. (Another former U.S. federal government national security employee, John Bellinger III, who labeled President Trump as a risk to national security in 2016, also participated in Clade X.)

But during the 2018 simulated pandemic event enacted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security, Jeffrey H. Smith suggests the following regarding pandemic preparedness and, apparently, vaccines:

We also need a way of incentivizing American people and industry to participate in this [pandemic preparedness with vaccines and medical countermeasures]…Something very innovative, I’m a fan of In-Q-Tel. Something that is a way of incentivizing industry, the markets, Wall Street, to make this worthwhile, to build up America’s industrial capacity, just like the Manhattan Project, or other things that have been done, that advanced more than just healthcare.  (See video from 1:12:27 - 1:12:58; emphasis added)

Soon thereafter, Dr. Julie Gerberding, the former Director of the U.S. CDC from 2002 to 2009 and President of Merck Vaccines, concurs, saying that “she certainly can’t argue with a Manhattan Project for medical countermeasures” (1:16:39), which would include vaccines.

But In-Q-Tel is emphasized here because of its close connection with the U.S. federal government. In-Q-Tel is a venture capital firm which is funded by the CIA and invests in start-up companies to keep “the CIA and the broader US intelligence community equipped with the latest in information technology by investing in innovative high-tech companies”. In-Q-Tel notes that its purpose is to “enhance and advance national security for the U.S. and its allies”. 

Jeffrey H. Smith is currently on the Board of Trustees of In-Q-Tel. Another participant in the 2018 “Clade X” event, Dr. Tara O’Toole, is a Senior Fellow at In-Q-Tel and was a former Department of Homeland Security employee for President Obama. At one time Dr. O’Toole was involved with “Alliance for Biosecurity” a “collaboration” which was “working to develop vaccines, medicines and other medical countermeasures for the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile.”

One of In-Q-Tel’s investments in 2013, though, was in Socrata, a data company which the CDC and the National Center for Health Statistics uses to publish COVID-19 death counts and other public health data. Socrata works with city governments, including New York City government. It did so at the time of the initial investment and it continues to do so. 

This is not to imply that Socrata is involved with wrongdoing; it is mentioned here because of the connection to the U.S. federal government’s intelligence community. A data company, which apparently is involved with the CDC’s and at least some city government’s provision of COVID-19 deaths, cases, and other public health data, is indirectly funded by the U.S. federal government’s CIA.

It is also mentioned because it shows that one entity  a private company or the U.S. federal government intelligence and “national security” entities  may be able to control national and local COVID-19 data without the knowledge of, say, local or state government officials. This would, again hypothetically, make falsifying a pandemic much easier  a few persons controlling large amounts of data and continually falsifying the main numbers (COVID-19 deaths and cases) without many people knowing. Thus, the basic conditions of a falsified pandemic would be met.

Pharmaceutical companies normally try to develop vaccines. Former national security personnel and high-ranking U.S. government public health officials suggesting a huge project like a “Manhattan Project” to prepare for pandemics seems to imply a new, major, worldwide, and potentially secret, strategy. A falsified pandemic resulting in the spending of trillions of dollars and the spread of socialist-draconian ideals would indeed fit the definition of a new Manhattan Project which “advanced more than just healthcare.”  

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Opinion

Wristbands and dining cards: New Army policies exclude, isolate unvaccinated

The US Army can’t legally mandate COVID vaccines, but restrictive policies like those at Fort Drum and Fort Bragg make it increasingly difficult for service members to refuse.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 5:18 am EST
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March 31, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) – “Liberty is always dangerous but it is the safest thing we have.” — Henry Emerson Fosdick

A March 17 memorandum from the commander at the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum reservation in New York lists privileges withheld from service members who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine — an experimental Emergency Use Authorization product not proven to prevent infection or transmission of the COVID virus.

The memo, “Prohibited Activities for Personnel Within the Authority of the Commander, 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum,” states:

  • Fully vaccinated service members do not have “restriction of movement” or quarantine after travel and return to post. Unvaccinated must quarantine for 10 days and can test out after seven days of quarantine. “Family members must be able to quarantine with the service member (i.e. spouse cannot go to work, children cannot go to school).”

  • Vaccinated service members only require an O-3 (captain or company commander) to approve their leave, while unvaccinated must request leave from a higher-ranking O-5 (lieutenant colonel or battalion commander) with an additional procedural step of submitting an Exception to Policy (ETP). These ETPs will be tracked at the division level for additional scrutiny, and likely will be denied.

  • Vaccinated service members may meet with or host any non-local visitor from outside the five states contiguous to New York (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont). Unvaccinated service members must obtain approval from an O-5 in their chain of command, and then enter a 10-day quarantine to meet with or reside with any non-local visitor.

  • Vaccinated service members have no limits on gatherings at a private residence. Unvaccinated have a limit of 12 guests at indoor gatherings, and 15 guests at outdoor gatherings. ETPs may be granted for larger on-post public social gatherings by an O-5 commander, but if all personnel attending the gathering are vaccinated no ETP is required.

  • Vaccinated service members can conduct outdoor physical training unmasked. Unvaccinated must wear masks during physical training. Vaccinated personnel may be authorized to conduct unmasked physical training at indoor facilities, “without unvaccinated personnel present.”

  • Face masks may be removed if all people in a room are vaccinated.

Perhaps the most shocking item in the new policy is this: Fort Drum authorized a COVID wristband for vaccinated service members.

What’s happening at Fort Drum is bad enough, but maybe not as bad as the civil rights violation occurring against the unvaccinated at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division has made a vaccination card mandatory to enter a dining facility.

Because a majority of lower enlisted soldiers don’t have access to kitchens in the barracks, they are dependent on the dining facilities for most, if not all of their meals while on duty or in training rotations which don’t provide access to public restaurants.

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This mandate will disproportionately affect lower-income personnel who may have to trade accepting an experimental vaccine in order to have food.

These policies at Fort Drum and Fort Bragg are reminiscent of the fear and prejudice that led to policies of exclusion, removal and detention of loyal Japanese Americans to internment camps — or concentration camps, in corrected historical terminology, as the targeted people of Japanese descent were not enemies of the state.

The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians concluded that U.S. government policies toward Japanese Americans were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership” — not military necessity. That conclusion led to the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

Likewise, the Army’s COVID policies are based on prejudice against the unvaccinated (personnel who do not put the vaccinated at risk) and hysteria concerning a virus with a 99.9% survival rate for most military service members.

Has the U.S. Army forgotten its historical role in facilitating most of the internment camps that caused loss of income, lack of access to healthcare, psychological trauma and public hostility for thousands of Japanese Americans?

As COVID policies force quarantines upon healthy people and their entire families, have leaders deserted the Ex parte Endo U.S. Supreme Court decision of 1944 that declared loyal citizens of the U.S. cannot be detained without cause?

The policies at Fort Drum and Fort Bragg set the stage for a sequel to the shameful chapter in U.S. Army history detailed in the Commission on Wartime Relocation report, “Personal Justice Denied.”

It is urgent that service members file complaints to the inspector general to halt this momentum towards medical fascism.

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Blogs

CNN: ‘There is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth’

‘Biological sex’ is a ‘disputed term,’ according to CNN.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 3:49 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — CNN published the following sentences as fact, citing no sources, in an article about South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s executive orders related to women’s sports:

Though the two executive orders signed by Noem do not explicitly mention transgender athletes, they ​reference the supposed harms of the participation of “males” in women’s athletics — an echo of the transphobic claim, cited in other similar legislative initiatives, that transgender women are not women. The orders also reference “biological sex,” a disputed term that refers to the sex as listed on students’ original birth certificates.

​It’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.

By the left’s own definition, a “transgender woman” is a woman, but that “woman” is a human being born with a penis, with male chromosomes. How is it “transphobic” to say that males, born with penises, are not women? It’s just a fact. A man can wear dresses, take female hormones, and undergo surgery to attempt to make his body more feminine-appearing. But he will never have two X chromosomes, he will never menstruate, he will never be able to be pregnant or give birth (because he doesn’t have a uterus). 

Is “biological sex” really a disputed term?

And, CNN, there is actually a consensus on how sex is “assigned” at birth. It’s not actually “assigned,” though, it’s observed. The process is quite simple: If the baby has a vagina, the baby is a girl. If the baby has a penis, the baby is a boy. Except in very rare cases of something like hermaphroditism, it is abundantly clear if a newborn is male or female. “Gender identity” comes later, after indoctrination by left-wing media.

Furthermore, an unborn child’s sex is determined from the moment of conception. Many parents find out the child’s sex before birth (and thus before a sex can be listed on a birth certificate), via ultrasound or even blood tests that allow parents to learn if their child is a boy or a girl as early as eight weeks into pregnancy.

That these unscientific claims were all presented as fact by a major U.S. news network shows just how low the media have sunk in their quest to re-engineer society.


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Blogs

First Saturday: 15-minute meditation on the mysteries of the rosary

Mary's love for God was greater than that of all the world together; her humility a shining beacon reaching the throne of the Almighty.
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 3:36 pm EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In this special episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, I propose to give you 15 minutes of mediation on the 15 mysteries of the Holy Rosary, because that is what Our Lady demanded of us as she first put forward to us in 1925 on the practice of the First Saturdays.

The First Saturday devotion is indispensible in this time, which Our Lady warned us would come. It is the key to achieving the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. With all my heart I encourage you to make this devotion.

Here is what is involved: 

On each first Saturday of the month (for at least five consecutive months), offer each of the following practices with the intention of reparation for blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart: 

  • Confession (within 8 days before or after the First Saturday).
  • Holy Communion.
  • A five decade Holy Rosary.
  • Meditating for 15 minutes on the Mysteries of the Rosary.

That last item, the fifteen minutes of just mediation on the mysteries of the rosary, is apart from saying the rosary itself. Some may find that a challenge, and I couldn't find that easily online so I wanted to offer you my fifteen minute mediation. Please share this with your friends and family, and I pray that it will be a help to some of you, especially so you can practice that devotion on the first Saturday of every month.

Remember that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin in the womb of Her mother, St. Anne. From the first moment of Her life, She was devoted to God. Her intellect was not darkened from the effects of original sin, so she loved and adored the Creator from Her first moments. She grew up praying for the coming of the promised Messiah. Her love for God was greater than that of all the world together, her humility a shining beacon reaching the throne of the Almighty. When the Angel Gabriel came to visit Her, he knelt down, addressing Her with the Angelic salutation – “Hail Full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee.”

She was startled by the Angel’s greeting, but, when reassured that it was a Divine request, since her promise of virginity would be intact, She responded with Her fiat. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to Thy word.” And the Holy Spirit descended upon Her and She conceived in Her womb Jesus, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. It was the Incarnation. God became man. She was the living tabernacle of the Most High – the new Ark of the Covenant. 

But rather than pay attention to Herself, Our Lady, still a young girl of no more than 16, set out to visit her elderly cousin Elizabeth, who was thought to be barren. St. Gabriel, during the Annunciation, informed Mary that Elizabeth was pregnant and in her third month. So, Mary, bearing the Christ Child in Her womb, travelled to the hill country of Judea to visit Elizabeth. 

When she heard Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and, despite being Mary’s superior by age, she recognized in her young cousin, the Theotokos – the God-bearer – and said, “Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?” 

Elizabeth testified to Mary that the child in Her womb leapt at the sound of Mary’s greeting. The as-yet-unborn St. John the Baptist recognized the presence of the unborn Christ, present in the living tabernacle – his Aunt, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary responded with her Magnificat saying, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour for he has regarded the humility of his handmaid. For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed, for the mighty one has done great things to me.” 

Mary remained there to help her cousin until the birth of the Baptist, after which she went home. There, Joseph was confronted with the knowledge of Mary’s pregnancy. He suffered, thinking at first to call off their marriage but, after being reassured by the angel of the Lord, took Her as His wife knowing that the Child to be born of her was of the Holy Spirit and that she was to remain a virgin forever. He became the foster father of Our Lord and the head of the Holy Family.  

Soon they were required by the emperor’s decree to go to the city of Bethlehem for the census. They made the journey despite Our Lady’s advanced pregnancy. When they arrived, they could find no place at the inn for the birth of the Messiah. They were grateful even to be allowed to make use of the stable wherein the King of Kings would be born. Joseph cleaned that stable to prepare for His coming. Meanwhile, shepherds in fields nearby were told by Angels of the birth of the Saviour and went to find Him. They had been given the sign that He was to be found lying in a manger – a feeding trough. They adored Him, faces to the ground, in an act of adoration. They recognized in the tiny Baby, God Almighty, the Messiah, the Holy One of Israel. 

When he was only eight days old, Jesus was taken by Mary and Joseph to the temple to be circumcised. There, Simeon, who was ancient, would recognize the Child as the promised Messiah. He uttered the promise of the Lord that he would not die before seeing the Messiah. He acknowledged that that promise had come to pass and that the Lord could now dismiss His servant in peace since his eyes had beheld the His salvation. Simeon would also prophecy that the child would be for the rise and fall of many in Israel and that a sword would pierce the heart of Mary, His Mother. Anna the prophetess also recognized Christ and spread news of His being the Messiah. 

From there, the Holy Family returned to Nazareth. What glory and joy must have filled those days for Joseph and Mary as they held in their arms the baby King of the Universe. And even Gentiles, the Wise men from the east, came to visit with gifts. But their joy was to be mingled with pain. The Angel warned St. Joseph to flee with the Mother and Child to Egypt because King Herod’s attempt to kill him. And so the Holy Family lived in exile in Egypt knowing of the massacre of the Holy Innocents. But they would travel every year to the temple in Jerusalem. 

When Jesus was twelve, his parents took him again to the temple, but having reached the age where he would be able to travel with the men rather than with the women, as did young children, Jesus was left behind accidentally. The sorrow of Joseph and Mary in searching for Him for days was alleviated at their finding Him in the temple where He was asking the learned men of the temple questions which astounded them and taught them. 

After this, Jesus went home with them to Nazareth and was a good, holy, and obedient child. O, the joy of that household. A joy, though tinged with suffering, because St. Joseph would die – a happy and holy death to be sure – but definitely for Jesus and Mary tinged with suffering. 

At thirty years old, Jesus began his public ministry by first going to be baptized by his cousin John. From there, he fasted in the desert and then selected his apostles and began preaching, teaching, and performing miracles, slowly revealing Himself to Israel. After three years, he had the Last Supper with His Apostles, establishing the Blessed Sacrament and, directly after that, entering into the Garden of Gethsemane where he commenced His agony. 

He begged his apostles to pray with Him, but they fell asleep. Let us at least now keep Him company as He sweats blood in the Garden alone before one of His own beloved apostles comes to betray him with a kiss. Judas then comes with temple guards and Jesus asks them whom they are seeking. They reply, “Jesus of Nazareth.” He responds, “I AM He,” and they all fall down. Jesus performs this miracle even in the midst of His capture, demonstrating His power so that we might know that He surrendered Himself of His own free will. 

When Peter draws his sword and strikes at the servant Malchus of the high priest, cutting off his ear, Jesus heals his ear and is taken away by the guards as all his apostles run away. One of them is in such fright that he runs away leaving his clothing behind as a guard grabbed his outer garment. 

Jesus is brought, bound, before the governor Pilate, who questions him but finds no fault in him whatsoever. But the Jews demand his death. Pilate thinks to have him scourged so as to set him free without having to kill him. And He is scourged brutally. “By his stripes we are healed,” as Isaiah prophesied. After this savage scourging, He is mocked and crowned with thorns by the soldiers who spit in his face and beat Him on His thorn-crowned head with a reed, driving the thorns into His skull. 

The Man of Sorrows is brought back to Pontius Pilate and Pilate resolves to release him, but the Jews threaten to denounce the Governor to Caesar. Pilate then washes his hands of the matter before them all and hands Jesus over to be crucified. 

Jesus takes up his cross Himself despite His mortal injuries, but is nonetheless beaten as he makes His way to the top of Calvary, shouldering the heavy burden of our sins. His meeting with His Holy Mother on the way of the cross reminds us that She will be there for us as we carry our crosses too. 

So that He would not die on the way, the soldiers ask Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross for Christ. May we, like Simon, grow to love to take up our crosses and follow Him.  In the midst of His unspeakable suffering, Christ comforts the women who are bewailing him, telling them not to cry for Him but to cry for themselves and for their children. 

Arriving at the top of Calvary, called “Golgotha,” Jesus is nailed to the cross. Heavy nails are driven into His hands and feet. The cross is mounted, where He is to hang for three hours as He suffocates for love of us and to open the gates of heaven that had been closed to us sinners. 

He shows us the example of forgiveness as He begs The Father for the salvation of his very tormentors. He offers one of the thieves, named Dismas, who were crucified beside him salvation. As Dismas begs Him, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom,” our Lord replies, “This day you will be with Me in paradise.” 

And before giving up His spirit to the Father, Jesus gives us one last great gift, giving us His Mother to be ours. “Son, behold your Mother. Mother behold your son.” With St. John, let us from this hour take Mary into the home of our hearts. 

Then Jesus dies. “Father into Thy hands I commend My spirit.” 

There is an immense earthquake. The veil of the temple is torn in two. Bodies rise from the graves and pandemonium strikes. Later, Jesus’s body is taken down from the cross and laid in a tomb. It is sealed tight, and the Jews demand a retinue of soldiers guard it, assuming His followers may steal away His body. 

As Easter Sunday dawns, the Christ rises from the dead. The angels roll back the stone protecting the tomb and the soldiers lie there like dead men. He appears to his Mother; to Mary Magdalen; but the apostles do not believe it even when they see the empty tomb. 

But Jesus finally appears to them, chiding them for their unbelief. Since Thomas was not there on that first appearance in the upper room, and remained incredulous, Jesus appears again telling Thomas to put his fingers into his wounds. Thomas falls to his knees exclaiming, “My Lord and my God,” just as we do when we see Our Lord elevated in the Holy Eucharist. 

He gives them the power of forgiving sins in confession. He eats with them to prove his reality. He appears even to five hundred at one time. He consoles and strengthens and teaches them to get them ready to continue His Church. 

Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus tells the apostles to meet Him on the mount of Olives where He gives them the great commission telling them to “go into all the world and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” And while He is still speaking, He ascends into heaven and they look up until a cloud obscures Him from sight. He now sits at the right hand of God, from whence he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

Meanwhile, the apostles remain afraid. They gather with Our Lady in the upper room, where they had the Last Supper to pray. They pray fervently for nine days with Our Lady. It is the first novena. And then comes the Holy Spirit. He descends with a great noise and tongues of fire come down on each of them. They are filled with the Holy Spirit. Fear is cast out and they begin to proclaim the wonderous works of God. They go out to the assembled people who had heard the great noise. 

Peter proclaims the truth of Christ crucified and His resurrection. His proclamation is supported by the miracle of his speaking so that all the men from different lands could understand him in their own languages simultaneously. And that day three thousand are baptized. This launch of the Church continues but even here in this glorious time there is the sting of hardship and even martyrdom as the Church faces persecution, with first the martyrdom of Stephen and more and more to come.  

Years later, the Mother of God is to go to Her eternal rest, to Her True Home, to the everlasting loving embrace of Her Son. She is assumed into heaven by angels. And while the home of St. John is without her physical presence, and I’m sure his heart broke, the truth is that she was then able to be for all of us the advocate with Her Son. “Show thyself a Mother, may the Word Divine, born for us Thy Infant hear our prayers through Thine.” 

And finally, we see in Her assumption and coronation our own final destiny. Our bodies too, on the last day, will rise from the dead and join our souls in everlasting glory should we stay true to the love of Jesus. The King of Kings crowns His Holy Mother the Queen of Heaven and earth, of men and of angels, of patriarchs and prophets, of apostles and martyrs. “I am all Thine my dear Mistress with all that I have, I take Thee for my all, please give me Thy Heart, O Mary.” 

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German bishop involved in Amazon Synod will not suspend priests who bless homosexual couples

Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck said suspending priests who 'bless' homosexual couples in defiance of clear Church teaching and a recent Vatican directive is 'out of the question.'
Wed Mar 31, 2021 - 11:31 am EST
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March 31, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – German Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck, who played an important role in preparing for the controversial 2019 Amazon Synod in Rome, has stated that he will not suspend priests in his diocese who continue to bless homosexual couples, in defiance of the new Vatican document against such “blessings.”

As the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost first reported, on March 28 Overbeck, the head of the Diocese of Essen, gave an interview to the public broadcast channel ZDF. He was asked about the new Vatican document, which was issued on March 15 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

The CDF stated that it is “not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage (i.e., outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex.”

In direct defiance of this statement, Bishop Overbeck told the German audience that he would not suspend his priests who continue to bless homosexual couples. When asked whether he would suspend such priests in light of this CDF document, he responded: “This [suspension of such priests] is out of the question for me.” He added that he knows that there are priests and other pastoral workers in his diocese who administer such blessings for homosexual couples, saying that “they give a blessing when requested,” but not in the form of a marriage blessing.

Showing that he agrees with these priests, Overbeck explained that “we show that we are with you [these homosexual couples] and that we experience this [relationship] as blessed by God.”

When asked by the ZDF journalist as to where Pope Francis stands in this question and how one has to understand him here – since he gave his approval to this March 15 CDF document, but at the same time is known to support civil unions for homosexual couples – Bishop Overbeck pointed to the Pope's document Amoris Laetitia and the “complexity” of our world. According to this German bishop, the Pope laid out in this document a new insistence upon the individual consciences of Catholics and that he wishes to be a “voice for all people.” Overbeck quoted here the formula that both realities can exist at the same time – in German “sowohl als auch” – and he had insisted earlier in the interview that the Catholic Church is a “universal Church with different cultures.”

That is to say, he implied that somehow it would be possible that in Germany, homosexual couples could receive an ecclesial blessing, while in other parts of the world, it could still be illicit.

This is also the theme of a commentary from 2020 by Catholic author John Gravino, who had pointed out that the Pope's post-synodal exhortation of the 2019 Amazon Synod, Querida Amazonia, actually had deferred to the local church authorities and synod participants of the Amazon region “who know better than myself or the Roman Curia the problems and issues of the Amazon region, since they live there, they experience its suffering and they love it passionately.” (QA 3)

Comments Gravino: “The idea that local people are best suited to solving their own problems is a major theme of the exhortation.” He goes on to quote the papal document which says about the indigenous and poor people of the Amazon region: “Their words, their hopes and their fears should be the most authoritative voice at any table of dialogue on the Amazon region.” (QA 26)

According to Gravino, this is what this papal exhortation is really about: about giving the local voices an authoritative standing in church debates.

“Thus, a principal motive, and, perhaps, the real purpose, of the pope’s exhortation—and of the Amazon synod—was to develop the pope’s ideas about the importance of local decision-making in the life of the Church,” he writes. “There is a special term for that in Francis-speak. It’s called synodality.”

The German Synodal Path and its open support of the blessing of homosexual couples has, at it seems, been the cause of the CDF's statement against this idea. As Rome Correspondent Edward Pentin recently reported, two curial cardinals – Kurt Koch and Luis Ladaria –asked Pope Francis to meet with the head of the German bishops in order to correct the bishops on their synodal path flouting such ideas as female “ordination” and approval of homosexual relationships, but that request was rejected by the Pope.

In the context of this papal reluctance to correct the German bishops, it might be worth knowing that the progressive Catholic German journal Herder Korrespondenz just pointed out in its April edition that there is a growing wish for “synodal processes” in the world. Dr. Stefan Orth writes that Italian and Irish bishops are now seeking to start synodal paths in their own countries, as well as Poland and the Latin-American episcopal council CELAM. Orth adds that Pope Francis explicitly requested the Italian “synodal journey.”

Pointing to the upcoming Synod of Bishops on Synodality that is to take place in Rome in the fall of 2022, Orth reminds his readers that “by that time, according to plans, the Synodal Path in Germany will then already have been concluded,” thereby implying that the German Synodal Path might be able to teach a lesson to the Universal Church.

In this context, it is highly improbable that Pope Francis will now take disciplinary action against one his own bishops – Overbeck – who defies in public a Vatican ban on the blessing of homosexual couples.

Bishop Overbeck is responsible for the German relief agency Adveniat, which was heavily involved in the preparations for the Amazon Synod in Rome, and Overbeck also took part in an important privately held meeting near Rome with Cardinals Lorenzo Baldisseri and Walter Kasper. That meeting openly proposed to allow female deacons. At a September 15, 2019 press conference Overbeck explicitly stated that “we are co-responsible” for the preparations of the Amazon Synod.

Perhaps all of these facts make it now more understandable to us why Overbeck, still before the Amazon Synod took place in October of 2019, stated that after that synod, “nothing will be the same” in the Catholic Church.


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Meet the 3-year-old who got discriminatory abortions banned in Mississippi

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Hudson Hartman and his mom Mika captured the hearts of Mississippi Senators and representatives while testifying in support of a bill to ban abortions based on race, sex, disability, or genetic make-up. Hudson is a three-year-old vivacious boy with Down syndrome.