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Cardinal Cupich cancels Univ. of Chicago Mass, tells students not to go to local parish

The dissident Archbishop of Chicago was acting on his own and not per order of the university or the city.
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 7:50 pm EST
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CHICAGO, Illinois, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Archdiocese of Chicago, led by Cardinal Blase Cupich, shut down Masses for University of Chicago students earlier this month and asked students not to attend Mass at a local parish either.

“University of Chicago students couldn’t attend Mass this weekend because church officials insisted it’s unsafe to worship when 0.6 percent of young people threatened more by flu contracts COVID-19,” wrote University of Chicago student Evita Duffy in a Chicago Thinker article republished at The Federalist on April 20. “This was not the result of a directive from the secular UChicago administration. The decision came directly from the archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich, who ordered the campus church to cancel Mass for students due to the campus COVID ‘outbreak.’”

The Chicago Department of Public Health had issued a directive to extend current precautions at the university because 0.6% of the student population were considered positive for the Wuhan coronavirus. With a total of around 15,000 students, this means that about 90 students were infected.  

Not only was Holy Mass canceled for the Catholic students at the Catholic Center Calvert House, but in an email distributed to the students from Associate Director of Campus Ministry Matthew Moran, the students were directed to not attend Holy Mass at the nearby St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

“Noncompliance would be risky for the health of the parish community and could be scandalous for those aware of the restrictions,”Moran wrote.

“Some students at Calvert House were definitely of the opinion that the way to show obedience to the Bishop was to stay at home and not go to Mass,” Duffy told LifeSiteNews in a phone interview. “Others, like myself, thought, ‘this is bizarre that the bishop is telling young people not to go to Mass’ … we did not obey that order and went to Mass elsewhere.”

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While students were told to skip Mass, Chicago was in a Phase IV of “Reopening Gradually.” This means that all places of worship were open at 50 percent capacity with no more than 50 people. Furthermore , as far as Duffy understood it, Cupich wasn’t asked to shut down Holy Mass at the University – he did so of his own volition.  

“Cupich is collapsing church attendance by voluntarily imposing excessive COVID rules and regulations,” Duffy said.  

Duffy isn’t the only Catholic frustrated with the cardinal. Last May, a group called the St. Charles Borromeo Society blasted Cupich for his restrictive reopening plan

Pro-LGBT Cupich, one of the most heterodox bishops in the United States, has said there is a “moral obligation” to take the experimental, abortion-tainted coronavirus shots. He also supports giving Communion to pro-abortion politicians in defiance of Church law; is affiliated with the far-left, dissident Association of US Catholic Priests (AUSCP), which calls for the priestly “ordination” of women; defended the “Pachamama” idol worship during the October 2019 Amazon Synod in Rome; and has persecuted faithful priests, including Father Paul Kalchick, who was forced into hiding after burning the homosexual rainbow flag.

“Cupich seems more interested in woke virtue signaling, closing churches, and covering for child rapists than he is in spreading the gospel and administering the Eucharist in a crime-ridden, murderous city that desperately needs the church,” wrote Duffy, who also detailed Cupich’s “long history” of covering up sex abuse allegations.

“To the young Catholics at UChicago and to the rest of the Chicago Archdiocese, Cupich is sending a message: political posturing is more important than Holy Mass and the sacraments. According to his edicts, church is decidedly non-essential.”

“While students are far from home, missing their families, and experiencing unprecedented isolation and loneliness during a pandemic that is less deadly for them than the seasonal flu, Cupich turns his back and locks the church doors,” she concluded.

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  archdiocese of chicago, blase cupich, catholic, covid-19, lockdowns, mass, university of chicago

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Bishop Schneider sends message of encouragement to Irish Catholics locked out of churches

A "Rosary Rally' campaign outside parish churches is underway 'every Sunday until Mass returns.'
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 6:52 pm EST
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April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In a show of support and encouragement to Catholics in Ireland still banned from attending Mass and sacramental Confession, Bishop Athanasius Schneider sent a rallying call to the faithful to pick up their rosaries and pray for the return of their God-given liberties.

The “Rosary Rally,” a campaign for Catholics to pray the rosary “every Sunday until Mass returns,” is being held outside parish churches on Sundays across the Republic of Ireland. The rally has been organized by the Catholic laity of Ireland in response to the government’s continued persecution of religious observance in the country, including the closure of churches to public worship and banning Confession to a priest, even while outdoors.

An amendment to Ireland’s Health Act, passed into law in October 2020, rendered gatherings for “religious or other reasons” illegal, threatening priests with hefty €2,500 fines (around $3,000 USD) and up to six months in prison for attempting to offer public Mass.

Adding insult to injury, new legislation now forbids meeting a priest for Confession, even if outdoors in the fresh air. Meeting a priest for a casual chat outdoors is allowed, however. Infractions against this new law are punishable by up to six months in jail or a fine of €127 (about $152 USD).

While meeting a priest in the setting of the confessional is now illegal, rules for meeting in public for other reasons were relaxed Monday. Groups of up to 15 people are now allowed to convene for sports training and “cultural non-contact outdoor activities” such as dancing, according to a report by the Independent.ie.

“Outdoor dance for groups of up to 15 will be permitted and the same for all non-contact outdoor activities will be allowed,” Culture Minister Catherine Martin confirmed in a speech to the Oireachtas Arts Committee on April 20.

In light of the direct attack by the Irish government on religious freedom, Bishop Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, called the laws against Catholic worship a “draconic and systematic suppression of the Holy Mass.” Schneider noted that such a unique imposition on worship makes evident that coronavirus laws are about more than “mere health safety.”

Catholic Arena reported that numerous groups of the faithful gathered on Sunday outside their locked churches to pray for the end to restrictions on participation in the sacraments. People can be seen peacefully praying the rosary together while physically distanced, in line with COVID-related laws.

Schneider sent his “blessing” and “encouragement to all who participate in the Rosary campaign for a return to the Mass,” noting the “heroic example of the loyalty to the Catholic Mass” passed on by faithful Irishmen during the penal times.

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“The example of love, reverence and devotion of Catholics towards Holy Mass during persecution times is a powerful lesson which may shake up our souls and kindles them with a new fire of Eucharistic love and reverence,” he encouraged.

“One of the most moving and glorious historical examples is Ireland’s loyalty to the Mass in the time of persecution and the so-called ‘Hidden Saints of the Mass,’” Schneider shared, quoting from Father Augustine, O.M.Cap.’s Ireland’s Loyalty to the Mass.

Continuing, Schneider related an excerpt from Fr. Augustine’s book in which the scene of a Hill Mass is described, where large numbers of peasants could be seen kneeling in the mud outside a dilapidated building, itself packed with worshippers, as a clandestine Mass was being celebrated inside.

Such scenes were the cause of great scandal to persecutors at the time, who “saw now that the harassed Catholics flocked to the mud cabins as they had flocked to the churches, and bent as low before the rough altar as they had done before the work of art,” Augustine wrote.

“It was not, therefore, anything merely human,” Schneider said, quoting Augustine, “but something really divine that caught their eyes and gripped their souls. It was the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic Sacrifice that drew the Irish people, and caused them to pour out all the wealth of their hearts in the miserable hovels which He deigned to visit even for a fleeting hour or less.”

LifeSiteNews reached out to Catholic Arena, which criticized the Irish government for its specific attack on religious worship and the absurdity of having some dioceses in the Republic of Ireland with public Masses permitted in places, due to political overlap with the U.K.

“Irish people have faced the longest lockdown on religious worship in the past year of any country in the world,” a spokesperson told LifeSiteNews. “This has occurred despite not a single transmission being linked to a Catholic church.”

“It is especially cruel now that worship has resumed North of the border (the six counties of Northern Ireland, belonging to the U.K), some dioceses have Mass legal in one part but illegal in another.”

They explained that the “Rosary Rallies are lay led and have grown organically, they tap into the Irish psyche at a deep level as the Rosary sustained the faith in Ireland through centuries where Mass was suppressed,” echoing Schneider’s words.

“Those Catholics praying the Rosary are grateful for any and all international support, particularly from a bishop as esteemed as Bishop Schneider, who wrote the book Dominus Est as a testament to those who maintain a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament even when it is denied to them.”

Deacon Nick Donnelly, popular Catholic commentator and author of new book A Catholic Survival Guide for Times of Emergency told LifeSiteNews of his hope that, akin to Schneider, “other bishops, especially those of Ireland’s close neighbour, the United Kingdom, will also speak out against the criminalisation of the Mass and other sacraments.”

“Bishop Schneider’s letter reminds me of Pope Pius XI’s encyclicals, written during the early 20th century, to encourage the faithful in different countries suffering persecution,” Donnelly commented.

“I pray the Pope (Francis) will be able to break through his self-alignment to secular restrictions of the Church to follow Pope Pius XI’s example and publicly defend the Irish faithful.”


  athanasius schneider, catholic, confessions, covid-19, health act, ireland, lockdowns, rosary rally

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Alabama becomes fifth state to ban gender-confused boys in girls’ sports

Legislation to ban athletic competitions between different biological genders was signed by Gov. Kay Ivey.
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 5:58 pm EST
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MONTGOMERY, Alabama, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – On Friday, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed HB 391 prohibiting competitions between athletes “of a different biological gender” in public school sports. 

The bill mandates that “no public K-12 school may participate in, sponsor, or provide coaching staff for interscholastic athletic events at which athletes are allowed to participate in competition against athletes who are of a different biological gender, unless the event specifically includes both biological genders.”

“Because of the physical differences between biological males and biological females, having separate athletic teams based on the athletes’ biological sex reduces the chance of injury to biological female athletes and promotes sex equality,” HB 391 states.

“It provides opportunities for biological female athletes to compete against their peers rather than against biological male athletes, and allows biological female athletes to compete on a fair playing field for scholarships and other athletic accomplishments,” the bill adds. 

The Alabama House voted 74-19 in favor of HB 391, which was sponsored by Republican Rep. Scott Stadthagen. The state senate approved the bill 25-5. “I want to thank Governor Ivey for her leadership and for protecting the rights of Alabama’s female athletes,” Rep. Stadthagen said. “Standing up for what is right is not always easy, but it is always the right thing to do.” 

Alabama joins Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Idaho in banning boys in girls’ athletics this year.

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Research has shown that males “transitioning” to a femininized appearance significantly outperform females in physical competitions even after two years of cross-sex hormones. Gender-confused male athletes have grievously injured female opponents, deprived them of competition opportunities, and repeatedly taken girls’ championship titles thanks to inborn, sex-based advantages

Most Americans, including around three-quarters of Republicans, support legislation to uphold biological standards in sports, according to recent polling

Alabama also is poised to approve a bill that would ban transgender procedures for minors. SB 10, titled the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, passed 23-4 in the Alabama senate last month, and house lawmakers already have authorized a companion bill. 

SB 10 would make providing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, or “sex change” surgery to minors in the state a felony, with penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $15,000 in fines. Arkansas passed a similar bill three weeks ago after it was vetoed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Puberty blockers, the first step in the transgender “transition” process, inhibit fertility, stop bone growth, and disrupt brain development, experts say. Although adolescents almost always grow out of gender dysphoria by adulthood, up to 100 percent of gender-confused kids given puberty blockers progress to cross-sex hormones, permanently compromising their fertility. 

The Food and Drug Administration has not approved either puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones for individuals suffering from gender confusion, and no large clinical studies ever have been conducted on gender-confused minors subjected to the practices. Cross-sex hormones are commonly followed by mutilating, often tragically regretted surgical amputations of sexual organs. 

“The active promotion of transgenderism has resulted in massive uncontrolled and unconsented experimentation upon children and adolescents,” Dr. Michelle Cretella, the head of the American College of Pediatricians, has said. “This is child abuse.” 


  alabama house of representatives, alabama senate, biological male, biological women, gender confused, kay ivey, public school sports, transgender sports

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Bruce Jenner running to be California’s first ‘transgender’ Republican governor

The 'socially liberal, fiscally conservative' former Olympic champion in men's decathlon has received support from some former Trump staffers.
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 4:58 pm EST
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April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner has announced his intentions to run for governor of California as a Republican and is bringing several Trump alumni into a campaign that is quickly taking shape as a test of how fully the GOP is prepared to embrace transgender ideology.

Jenner, a Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete and pop culture figure who declared himself a “transgender woman” in 2015, has announced he has filed the paperwork to run in a recall election against embattled Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom. The recall was officially confirmed Monday by California Secretary of State Shirley Weber when she announced the state had received enough valid signatures to trigger a special election later this year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“California has been my home for nearly 50 years,” Jenner declared. “I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality. But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people.”

Jenner, who has long identified as a Republican and was a supporter of former President Donald Trump until his administration disqualified individuals suffering with gender dysphoria from military service, is “very socially liberal” and “running as someone that's socially liberal and fiscally conservative,” a campaign adviser told Axios.

Politico reported that a “network” of former Trump staffers and consultants are assisting Jenner’s campaign, including former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, former Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio, and former senior communications adviser Steven Cheung.

The crossover is not surprising in light of Trump’s own mixed record on LGBT issues, but still highlights a divide within the GOP and the conservative movement, particularly between those who argue Jenner’s gender confusion is moot in a state a traditional Republican could not win anyway, and those who argue the presumed futility of California’s deep-blue status is all the more reason not to risk diluting conservative principles by endorsing him:

Other Republicans running against Newsom so far include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, and former Congressman Doug Ose. Trump’s intelligence chief and Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who is gay, has also been floated as a potential GOP candidate.


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Canadian lawyer: Alberta gov’t is showing it’s terrified of jailed pastor’s trial

John Carpay criticized Jason Kenney's government for asking for an adjournment to produce evidence supporting COVID-19 lockdowns at upcoming trial
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 4:58 pm EST
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ALBERTA, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A lawyer for one of Canada’s leading constitutional groups has blasted his province’s government for failing to “man up” to provide evidence supporting COVID-19 lockdowns at the upcoming trial of Christian Pastor James Coates, who spent 35 days in jail for defying lockdown orders.

“Essentially, Jason Kenney’s government is using the court process as a means of cancel culture which pre-empts any legal action to question economy-destroying and society-crippling health orders as the product of ‘unhinged conspiracy theorists’ (Jason Kenney’s own words),” wrote John Carpay, lawyer and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), in an opinion piece published last week.

“Rather than manning up and assembling the medical and scientific evidence to try to justify violating the Charter rights and freedoms of Albertans, the Alberta Government instead asked for an adjournment….While governments are now being compelled to produce the science in court, it is a disgrace that they have not already been providing the science to the public.”

“Raw state power has neither time nor patience for any dissent. But when it comes to producing evidence in court, Jason Kenney is terrified of science and truth.”

Last week the JCCF, who represents Coates of Grace Life Church, said in a statement that Coates’ May 3 trial date will proceed. The court however granted “the Government’s request that Pastor Coates not be permitted to challenge the constitutional validity of Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s orders at the trial.”

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“After 13 months of violating Charter freedoms, the Alberta Government refuses to present evidence in support of lockdowns in Court, and unfortunately the courts have permitted the government to delay facing accountability in regard to Charter violations,” said Carpay about this.

“Justice delayed is justice denied. It is clear that the government’s approach to any challenge to its lockdown policies is to withhold the evidence and delay as long as it can.”

In his recent opinion piece, Carpay took aim at Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his government for appearing to take the easy road by asking for an adjournment.

“When asking for an adjournment, the Alberta Government was not able to say who its expert witnesses would be. Nor did government lawyers explain why they could not produce such expert evidence, other than that they are ‘very busy.’ And this while the Alberta Government is in possession of a 2,300-page expert report submitted by Justice Centre lawyers, outlining specifically how and why science does not support lockdowns,” wrote Carpay.

“If Alberta’s lockdowns are indeed “scientific” and “evidence-based,” then the government would already have its medical evidence assembled and lined up, ready to present to court at any time. It should not take longer than a few weeks to prepare for court and present the scientific evidence to support lockdowns if persuasive evidence actually exists.”

Carpay stated that it is “a disgrace” that governments “have not already been providing the science to the public,” regarding COVID lockdowns.

“Instead, in the past 13 months, governments across Canada have relied on speculation, unproven theories, and news conferences with clever soundbites to create and perpetuate fear. Governments should respect the Charter and comply with it, even when not being sued in court,” wrote Carpay.

“While a temporary two-week lockdown may have been justified in March of 2020, even without extensive medical or scientific support at that time, there is no excuse for continuing to destroy lives and livelihoods indefinitely. Think about this the next time you hear Jason Kenney or Dr. Hinshaw utter the words ‘science’ or ‘evidence-based public policy’ at a news conference.”

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

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

The JCCF has legally challenged the constitutionality of the Health Orders of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, in Court. They have argued that they are a violation of Charter rights and freedoms.

According to the JCCF, the “constitutionality and legality of Dr. Hinshaw’s orders will be heard by the Court at an unknown later date.”

On April 7, Grace Life was barricaded by police for defying coronavirus health rules. The church had until that point stayed open despite a local health order mandating its closure. Coates and other church elders had refused to comply with coronavirus regulations. Members of Grace Life have now gone underground after their building was raided and fenced off by police for breaking coronavirus health rules.

Independent MP Derek Sloan announced a petition to demand the church be allowed to open, which as of today has nearly 11,000 signatures.


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Why are we vaccinating people on the brink of death?

Given the high frequency of adverse reactions from Covid vaccines, why are we vaccinating people on hospice who are near the end of their life?
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 3:40 pm EST
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April 26, 2021 (Dark Side of Vaccines) – In mid-January 2021, Bloomberg published an article titled Norway Warns of Vaccination Risks for Sick Patients Over 80. According to the article, Norway warned that Covid vaccines may be too risky for the very old and terminally ill. Norwegian officials said 23 people had died in their country a short time after receiving the first dose of the Covid vaccine. Of those deaths, 13 have been autopsied, with the results suggesting that common side effects may have contributed to severe reactions in frail, elderly people, said the Norwegian Medicines Agency.

“For those with the most severe frailty, even relatively mild vaccine side effects can have serious consequences… For those who have a very short remaining life span anyway, the benefit of the vaccine may be marginal or irrelevant.” – Norwegian Institute of Public Health

In clinical studies of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine, adverse reactions in participants included: pain at the injection site (84%); fatigue (63%); headache (55%); muscle pain (38%); chills (32%); joint pain (24%); fever (14%); and injection site swelling (11%).[1]

Clinical studies of Moderna’s Covid vaccine revealed an even higher frequency of adverse reactions in participants including: pain at the injection site (92%); fatigue (70%); headache (65%); muscle pain (62%); joint pain (46%); chills (45%); nausea/vomiting (23%); fever (16%); and swelling at the injection site (15%).[2]

Given the high frequency of adverse reactions from Covid vaccines, why are we vaccinating people on hospice who are near the end of their life? Hospice and comfort care are for people who are in the final stages of an incurable illness. The aim is to ensure they are comfortable. When someone enters hospice care they generally have fewer than six months to live and have decided to stop treatments to prolong their life.

“We have now repeated our existing advice not to give the vaccine to terminally ill patients” – Norwegian Medicines Agency[3]

For some reason, this advice does not seem to be standard of care in the United States of America. According to reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) many people on hospice have been given a Covid vaccine, only to die very soon thereafter. What follows is a compilation of VAERS reports in which terminally ill patients received a Covid vaccine, and then died within seven days of vaccination.

Deaths same day as vaccination

VAERS ID: 1077079

Age: 77

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 3/5/21

Location: California

Date died: 3/5/21

Write-up: Patient was under hospice care. She received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on March 5 and was alert and oriented with no signs or symptoms of sickness prior to immunization. About one hour after vaccine administration, patient was reported deceased on March 5, 2021.

VAERS ID: 956225

Age: 82

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/16/21

Location: California

Date died: 1/16/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on January 16, 2021. He was monitored for thirty minutes after injection and was stable with no reaction. Approximately one hour post-injection, patient was unresponsive and passed away on January 16, 2021.

VAERS ID: 960552

Age: 78

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 1/18/21

Location: Unknown

Date died: 1/18/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice, and was rapidly deteriorating, and had not eaten or consumed liquids for a few days. She received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on January 18, and about thirty minutes later passed away on January 18, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1003106

Age: 92

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 2/4/21

Location: California

Date died: 2/4/21

Write-up: Resident was on hospice and received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine at 9:12 a.m. on February 4, 2021. Within twenty minutes of receiving the vaccine she was unresponsive, pupils were fixed at 9:45 a.m., no vital signs noted. Hospice came out and reported her time of death at 10:21 a.m. on February 4, 2021.

VAERS ID: 921880

Age: 96

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/2/21

Location: Virginia

Date died: 1/2/21

Write-up: The resident had been on hospice care for a little while. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on January 2, 2021. The resident was found deceased a little less than 12 hours following Covid vaccination. No one noticed any side effects from vaccine after it was given.

VAERS ID: 940855

Age: 79

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 1/12/21

Location: Arkansas

Date died: 1/12/21

Write-up: Resident on hospice care due to end of life. She received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on January 12, 2021. She expired at approximately 7:30 p.m. on January 12, 2021.

VAERS ID: 959729

Age: 82

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 12/30/21

Location: Maryland

Date died: 12/30/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on December 30, 2021. Per nursing staff, patient died within 24 hours of receiving the vaccine.

VAERS ID: 971736

Age: 88

Hospice: Eligible

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/21/21

Location: Iowa

Date died: 1/21/21

Write-up: Resident was previously on hospice before admitting to our facility and planned to be readmitted to hospice upon discharge. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on January 21. Resident vomited thirty minutes after vaccine administration. Approximately 9 hours later had stroke-like symptoms and passed away on January 21, 2021.

VAERS ID: 993998

Age: 92

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 1/13/21

Location: California

Date died: 1/13/21

Write-up: Admitted to hospice prior to vaccination. Prior to receiving the vaccine, the patient was reported as being “fine”. She received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine at 11:00 a.m. on January 13. The patient coughed maybe 5 or 6 times and then dropped her head. Resuscitation was not performed as patient had a do not resuscitate order. The patient passed away at 1:05 p.m. on January 13, 2021.

VAERS ID: 915920

Age: 96

Hospice: Eligible

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 12/28/20

Location: Ohio

Date died: 12/28/20

Write-up: Resident was referred to hospice. She received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine in the morning and expired that afternoon on December 28, 2020.

VAERS ID: 956966

Age: 86

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 12/25/20

Location: Unknown

Date died: 12/25/20

Write-up: ALS patient on hospice with ongoing history of aspiration. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on December 25, 2020. Patient developed increase in secretions, hypoxemia, and temperature. He passed away on December 25, 2020.

VAERS ID: 914961

Age: 88

Hospice: Unknown

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 12/30/20

Location: Kentucky

Date died: 12/30/20

Write-up: Per nursing home staff, they did not expect patient to make it many more days. She was unresponsive in room when shot was given. She passed away within an hour to hour and half of receiving Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on December 30, 2020.

Deaths one day after vaccination

VAERS ID: 943442

Age: 68

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 12/30/20

Location: Georgia

Date died: 12/31/20

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on December 30, 2020. Staff reported that he expired under suspicious circumstances after receiving the vaccine. He was not expected to pass this soon, but died on December 31, 2020.

VAERS ID: 977426

Age: 70

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/20/21

Location: Georgia

Date died: 1/21/21

Write-up: Patient was under hospice care. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine at 4:00 p.m. on January 20, 2021. He then went home with his daughter whom he lives with. He ate dinner with her and read until 8:00 p.m. when he went to his room. She found him in his room at 9:00 p.m. unresponsive with seizures. Hospice was alerted and recommended oral valium. He continued to be unresponsive and expired the following day at 7:30 p.m. on January 21, 2021.

VAERS ID: 941607

Age: 83

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 1/12/21

Location: Indiana

Date died: 1/13/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. She received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on January 12, 2021. The next morning, she woke up as normal and during her morning shower had a bowel movement, went limp and was non-responsive. She passed away at 7:45 a.m. on January 13, 2021.

VAERS ID: 996105

Age: 95

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 1/23/21

Location: California

Date died: 1/24/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. She was at her baseline before receiving Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on January 23, 2021. She passed away at noon on January 24, 2021. 

VAERS ID: 1052738

Age: 95

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 2/5/21

Location: Virginia

Date died: 2/6/21

Write-up: He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on February 5, 2021. The next day he was shaking and his mouth was open shaking, and he had a fever of 105. He was given Tylenol suppositories and he passed away 2 hours later on February 6, 2021. According to his wife, they should not have given him the vaccine since he is on hospice; it was not the right decision. “I am worried about the elderly and those very sick.”

VAERS ID: 1074599

Age: 57

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 2/2/21

Location: Minnesota

Date died: 2/3/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on February 2, 2021. He passed away the next day on February 3, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1104430

Age: 98

Hospice: 11/12/20

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 3/12/21

Location: Maine

Date died: 3/13/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice since approximately November 12, 2020. He received Janssen’s Covid vaccine on March 12, 2021. He passed away on March 13, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1112123

Age: 77

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 3/11/21

Location: Utah

Date died: 3/12/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on March 11, 2021. He showed more decline after receiving vaccination and passed away at 9:41 a.m. on March 12, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1139186

Age: 83

Hospice: Likely

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 3/22/21

Location: Arizona

Date died: 3/23/21

Write-up: Patient received Janssen’s Covid vaccine on March 22, 2021. Hospice nurse called and reported that patient passed away on March 23, 2021.

Deaths two days after vaccination

VAERS ID: 1038442

Age: 56

Hospice: 12/28/20

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/4/21

Location: Illinois

Date died: 1/6/21

Write-up: Patient was placed on hospice on December 28, 2020. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on January 4, 2021. He passed away on January 6, 2021.

VAERS ID: 929359

Age: 76

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/6/21

Location: Florida

Date died: 1/8/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice care. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on January 6, 2021. Diminished oxygen sats 68%. Oxygen applied, but O2 sats remained low for next 36 hours. Patient expired at 6:22 a.m. on January 8, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1057363

Age: 89

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 2/13/21

Location: Unknown

Date died: 2/15/21

Write-up: Patient had severe dementia and was in hospice care. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on February 13, 2021. He passed away on February 15, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1004206

Age: 91

Hospice: Likely

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 1/21/21

Location: Minnesota

Date died: 1/23/21

Write-up: Patient received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on January 21, 2021. She passed away on January 23, 2021. At the time of death, she was very fragile and was in hospice care.

Deaths three days after vaccination

VAERS ID: 1031629

Age: 85

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 2/8/21

Location: Iowa

Date died: 2/11/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice care. She received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on February 8, 2021. Patient became nauseated about ten minutes after vaccine administered, this subsided but returned several hours after the vaccine was given. She continued with intractable nausea and vomiting for about 24 hours. She continued to decline and refused to eat or drink. Her emesis was coffee ground color. After this her condition continued to decline until her death on February 11, 2021.

VAERS ID: 929997

Age: 86

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/4/21

Location: Wisconsin

Date died: 1/7/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice for about the last month, but was up and around and able to eat, take pills and talk. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on January 4, 2021. The day after he had his injection he was very lethargic, could only mumble and could not swallow. He was not able to take meds or eat, and was too lethargic to get up in chair. He passed away on January 7, 2021.

VAERS ID: 920326

Age: 89

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 12/29/20

Location: Indiana

Date died: 1/1/21

Write-up: Resident was on hospice services. She received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on December 29, 2020. Resident had redness and warmth with edema to right side of neck and under chin. She expired on January 1, 2021.

VAERS ID: 959272

Age: 85

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/12/21

Location: Kansas

Date died: 1/15/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on January 12, 2021. He passed away on January 15, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1075657

Age: 94

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 3/1/21

Location: Wisconsin

Date died: 3/4/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. She received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on March 1, 2021. She passed away on March 4, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1112117

Age: 88

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 3/9/21

Location: Utah

Date died: 3/12/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on March 9, 2021. Nurse practitioner visited with patient on March 10, notable decline/flank pain, fever 101 F. Patient passed away on March 12, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1075725

Age: 99

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 3/1/21

Location: Wisconsin

Date died: 3/4/21

Write-up: Resident was on hospice. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on March 1, 2021. He started to have chest pain the next day, and on March 3 he was lethargic and wasn’t eating or drinking. He passed away on March 4, 2021.

Deaths four days after vaccination

VAERS ID: 941561

Age: 91

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/7/21

Location: Minnesota

Date died: 1/11/21

Write-up: Resident was on hospice. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on January 7, 2021. Staff walked into resident’s room around 10:00 a.m. and noted resident’s left side of face was flaccid and was noted to have an unequal hand grasp with left hand worse. He was able to talk but was mumbled and hard to understand. Resident had a stroke at 10:06 a.m. on January 8. He lost all ability to use his left side and passed away on January 11, 2021.

VAERS ID: 918418

Age: 65

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 12/30/20

Location: Florida

Date died: 1/3/21

Write-up: Resident was on hospice. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on December 30, 2020. Two days later, he became short of breath, congested and hypoxic requiring oxygen, respiratory treatments and suctioning. He stabilized after treatment. He was then found without a pulse and respirations and passed away on January 3, 2021.

VAERS ID: 985715

Age: 80

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 12/29/20

Location: Florida

Date died: 1/2/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on December 29, 2020. He presented at the emergency room the following day stating that he wasn’t feeling well. He passed away on January 2, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1066852

Age: 76

Hospice: January 2021

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 2/24/21

Location: Kentucky

Date died: 2/28/21

Write-up: Entered hospice care in January 2021. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on February 24, 2021. He passed away on February 28, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1088180

Age: 93

Hospice: 8/11/20

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 3/5/21

Location: Arkansas

Date died: 3/9/21

Write-up: Patient was admitted to hospice on August 11, 2020. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on March 5, 2021. He passed away on March 9, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1122468

Age: 85

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 2/1/21

Location: Unknown

Date died: 2/5/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice care. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on February 1, 2021. He passed away on February 5, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1132062

Age: 56

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 3/18/21

Location: Michigan

Date died: 3/22/21

Write-up: Patient had been admitted to hospice prior to her first dose of the vaccine. She received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on March 18, 2021. She passed away on March 22, 2021.

VAERS ID: 979926

Age: 81

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 12/30/20

Location: California

Date died: 1/3/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. She received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on December 30, 2020. She began experiencing shortness of breath three days following vaccination and passed away on January 3, 2021.

Deaths five days after vaccination

VAERS ID: 938974

Age: 88

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/6/21

Location: Ohio

Date died: 1/11/21

Write-up: Resident was on hospice. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on January 6, 2021. Three days later, he had decreased appetite with vomiting and loose bowel movements. Five days following vaccination, he had blood in stool and passed away on January 11, 2021.

VAERS ID: 964636

Age: 81

Hospice: 11/18/20

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 12/17/20

Location: Unknown

Date died: 12/22/20

Write-up: Patient was on hospice since November 18, 2020. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on December 17, 2020. He passed away five days later on December 22, 2020.

 

VAERS ID: 959147

Age: 84

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 12/28/20

Location: Ohio

Date died: 1/2/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. She received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on December 28, 2020. She passed away on January 2, 2021.

VAERS ID: 972782

Age: 81

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 1/18/21

Location: California

Date died: 1/23/21

Write-up: Resident was on hospice. She received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on January 18, 2021. She passed away on January 23, 2021. 

VAERS ID: 982218

Age: 63

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/8/21

Location: Missouri

Date died: 1/13/21

Write-up: Resident was on hospice. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on January 8, 2021. He passed away on January 13, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1036748

Age: 83

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/13/21

Location: Illinois

Date died: 1/18/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on January 13, 2021. The following day, he was sent to the emergency room due to drop in blood pressure with loss of consciousness during dialysis. Dialysis stopped resulting in death on January 18, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1148157

Age: 90

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 2/5/21

Location: Illinois

Date died: 2/10/21

Write-up: Resident was on hospice care. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on February 5, 2021. He passed away on February 10, 2021.

VAERS ID: 914621

Age: 89

Hospice: Previously admitted

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 12/22/20

Location: Iowa

Date died: 12/27/20

Write-up: Resident had previously been in and out of hospice care. She received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on December 22, 2020. The only documented side effect was mild fatigue after receiving vaccination. She passed away on December 27, 2020.

 

VAERS ID: 910363

Age: 84

Hospice: Eligible

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 12/23/20

Location: California

Date died: 12/28/20

Write-up: Patient was hospice eligible. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on December 23, 2020. He had mild hypotension, decreased oral intake, and somnolence starting three days after vaccination. He passed away on December 28, 2020.

Deaths six days after vaccination

VAERS ID: 949630

Age: 98

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 1/2/21

Location: Hawaii

Date died: 1/8/21

Write-up: This patient had been under hospice care for over 2 years. She received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on January 2 as part of the facility vaccination campaign. The next day she was noted with blood pressure 64/52. On January 4, patient was found with respiratory rate of 30. Tachypnea persisted. She had poor oral intake after that point, had persistent tachypnea and worsening hypoxemia. She required increasing amounts of oxygen, became hypotensive, and passed away on January 8, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1055149

Age: 95

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 2/16/21

Location: Michigan

Date died: 2/22/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice at an affiliated nursing home. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on February 16, 2021. The following afternoon, he started to experience severe shortness of breath and audible wheezing. He was given morphine and Ativan. The respiratory distress was eased, however he never returned to baseline and died February 22, 2021.

VAERS ID: 958228

Age: 83

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/12/21

Location: Illinois

Date died: 1/18/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on January 12, 2021. Patient started refusing oral intake on January 16 and on January 17 showed hypernatremia. He was found deceased on January 18, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1106733

Age: 94

Hospice: 2/27/21

Sex: Female

Vaccinated: 3/8/21

Location: Hawaii

Date died: 3/14/21

Write-up: Resident was on hospice care since February 27, 2021. She received her second dose of Moderna’s Covid vaccine on March 8, 2021. She passed away on March 14, 2021.

VAERS ID: 1130109

Age: 75

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 1/20/21

Location: Unknown

Date died: 1/26/21

Write-up: Patient was on hospice. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on January 20, 2021. He passed away on January 26, 2021.

VAERS ID: 921481

Age: 88

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 12/29/20

Location: Ohio

Date died: 1/4/21

Write-up: Resident was a hospice recipient. He received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on December 29, 2020. Three days later, he became lethargic, sluggish and developed a rash on forearms. He passed away on January 4, 2021.

 

VAERS ID: 1041333

Age: 78

Hospice: Yes

Sex: Male

Vaccinated: 2/5/21

Location: Minnesota

Date died: 2/11/21

Write-up: Resident was already end of life and hospice care at the time of vaccination. He received Moderna’s Covid vaccine on February 5, 2021. He passed away on February 11, 2021.

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Archbishop continues to restrict church capacity as New Mexico governor allows full church opening

Santa Fe’s archbishop refuses to open churches fully despite New Mexico’s recent lifting of capacity restrictions in houses of worship
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 3:25 pm EST
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SANTA FE, New Mexico, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop John C. Wester of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is ordering Catholic churches to continue to restrict capacity according to county-level recommendations, even after New Mexico’s governor allowed churches to fully open.

“The Archbishop requests that the Reverend Pastors continue to follow the color coding system as to capacity for indoor Masses and do not allow 100% attendance at this time,” stated a news release announcing the continued restrictions.

“It is of paramount importance to remember that the Church values everyone's safety and well-being. Life is sacred and we are taking every precaution to protect our people from the coronavirus,” the release continued.

New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a modified public health order on Friday allowing places of worship to open at 100 percent capacity, even as more restricted capacity limits continue to be enforced in places like restaurants and theaters.

The more lenient order is a “response to recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that say capacity limits on churches can't be more restrictive than on other entities such as factories and schools,” a spokeswoman for Governor Grisham told the Santa Fe New Mexican in an email.

In late November of 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that New York Governor Cuomo’s restrictions on religious services “cannot be viewed as neutral because they single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment.”

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Earlier this month, California lifted restrictions on indoor worship services after several Supreme Court decisions in favor of plaintiffs who view religious service attendance restrictions as a violation of the constitutional freedom to worship.

Grisham’s new public health order gives special freedom to places of worship, which along with essential businesses, are the only places free from capacity restrictions in New Mexico.

Essential businesses such as health care facilities, grocery stores, and childcare clinics, while allowed to operate at full capacity, “must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions,” according to the order.

Although Grisham’s newest public health order allows the full opening of houses of worship, it maintains “strong” recommendations to limit their capacity according to county-by-county color coded restrictions. Wester is opting to abide by these recommendations, which “strongly encourage” the limitation of service attendance to 75, 50, 33, or 25 percent of full church capacity, depending on the county’s designated risk level.

The New Mexico Department of Health dashboard reveals that a large swath of New Mexico is still designated as “high risk.” Six of these “Yellow Level” counties, in which churches are recommended to operate at 33 percent of original capacity, are found in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The archdiocese also contains a county (Colfax) with a “very high risk” “Red Level” designation, in which churches will only operate at 25 percent of full capacity, in compliance with recommendations.

Archbishop Wester has a history of curbing religious practice in the name of public health. He was rebuked last year for suspending indoor public Mass and regular confession as he kept Santa Fe’s cathedral gift shop open. He has also drawn harsh criticism during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak for mandating that Holy Communion be received in the hand, and for threatening priests whose homilies run longer than five minutes with suspension.

Wester is also known for affirming so-called “transgender” identities and for endorsing Father James Martin’s pro-LGBT book “Building a Bridge.”

The Society of Saint Pius X continues to hold Roman Catholic Masses without restriction within the geographical area of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe at Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church.


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Latest Red Rose Rescue: Catholic priest, pro-lifers arrested for refusing to leave NY abortion center

The Red Rose Rescuers 'responded to dire circumstances of imminent peril in a spirit of intervention on behalf of innocent babies and beleaguered mothers'
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 2:57 pm EST
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MANHASSET, New York, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic priest and three pro-lifers were arrested on Saturday for entering and refusing to leave the “All Women’s Care” abortion facility, where they passed out roses and implored the mothers inside not to abort their children.

Laura Gies, John Hinshaw, Matthew Connolly, and Father Fidelis Moscinski, CFR were charged with second-degree “Obstructing Governmental Administration” for this Red Rose Rescue. 

This was the 21st Red Rose Rescue to take place in the United States since September 2017 and the second since the national Red Rose Rescue conference last December. 

The Red Rose Rescues are something of a revival of successful tactics used during the early days of the pro-life movement, before the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) imposed harsh penalties on pro-lifers who save babies by physically blocking “access” to abortion facilities. They are also inspired by Canadian activist Mary Wagner, who has repeatedly entered Toronto abortion centers and offered red roses to mothers waiting to have their children aborted. Wagner has spent six years in jail for her actions.

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U.S. Red Rose Rescues almost always result in arrests and pro-lifers being charged. Charges have been dropped a number of times, notably in federal court; others have ended in trespassing convictions. The state of Michigan has treated rescuers the most harshly, jailing pro-lifers and even charging four with felony obstruction of officers. Michigan’s attorney general is a lesbian in a same-sex “marriage.”

Rescuers have ranged in age from 21 to 65. None have been charged under FACE.

At approximately 8:00 a.m. on March 24, Gies, Hinshaw, Connolly, and Moscinski entered All Women’s Care, which is located at 444 Community Drive in Manhasset. Once inside, they quietly approached mothers seated in the waiting room and offered them red roses as a symbol of life. Attached to each rose was a card which stated on one side, “You were made to love and to be loved... your goodness is greater than the difficulties of your situation. Circumstances in life change. A new life, however tiny, brings the promise of unrepeatable joy.” The other side listed phone numbers of local pregnancy help centers.

“The rescuers, like any others who recognize an urgent situation, responded to dire circumstances of imminent peril in a spirit of intervention on behalf of innocent babies and beleaguered mothers,” the group said in a press release, noting that Proverbs 24:11 states: “Rescue those who are being led away to death.”

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The pro-lifers’ activities disrupted abortion center business for around two hours. When police officers arrived on the scene, pro-lifers attempted to continue conversation with women or sat on the floor praying quietly or singing hymns until they were placed under arrest. 

“The Red Rose Rescue is an act of charity for women who feel for whatever reason they must have their innocent unborn children killed. Those who took part were willing to embrace risks for these women and their babies,” said spokeswoman Lisa Hart. “We will go into the very places where the unborn are put to death and extend help to the moms. Should this help be refused—we will not leave the abortion centers but remain in solidarity with the helpless victims oppressed by the injustice of abortion. Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta said that her work was ‘to go into the dark holes of the poor.’ The Red Rose Rescue is an action of going into the dark holes of the poor—namely abortion clinics where the innocent are rejected—and in these dark holes we seek to bring hope, true peace, and the presence of God.” 

When the pro-lifers were taken to the local police station, they evangelized the police officers while being processed. The group reported that many of the officers stated that they did not know that there was an abortion facility in their neighborhood.

Fr. Fidelis, Gies, Hinshaw, and Connelly are due in 1st District Court for the County of Nassau on July 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

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BREAKING: Oklahoma governor signs laws to ban virtually all abortions

Two of the three pro-life laws could lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, if they make it to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 2:51 pm EST
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OKLAHOMA CITY, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law Monday three new measures “protecting the lives of the unborn” from effectively all abortions, though at least two of the laws are likely to be put on hold by the courts before taking effect.

KOKH reports that the first law makes it a homicide to abort any baby with a detectable heartbeat. The second law makes it “unprofessional conduct” to abort a baby for any reason other than to save a mother’s life, regardless of whether a heartbeat can be detected. The third law forbids anyone other than board-certified OB/GYNs from performing abortions. All three are slated to take effect November 1.

Direct abortion bans such as the first two laws, which take effect well before the Supreme Court’s “fetal viability” threshold, are generally not expected to ban abortion in the near term, because they are consistently enjoined by lawsuits from the abortion industry. 

Instead, states typically enact them in hopes of provoking a legal battle that would hopefully reach the nation’s highest court and instigate a review of Roe v. Wade, thereby potentially overturning decades of pro-abortion legal precedent and freeing the states to set their own abortion laws. Such a case would present the biggest test yet of former President Donald Trump’s three appointees to the Supreme Court, and whether they will help comprise the majority needed to finally overturn Roe.

The third law, meanwhile, is meant to prevent situations such as that of the infamous Philadelphia abortionist and convicted killer Kermit Gosnell, who delegated parts of the abortion process such as administering anesthesia to non-physician employees, one of whom was only 15 years old. It may face lawsuits as well, but stands a better chance of taking effect as the Supreme Court has upheld a wide range of abortion regulations enacted in the name of a mother’s safety. 

In recent years there has been a push by the abortion lobby for non-doctors to be allowed to commit abortions.

Oklahoma joins Georgia, Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota in enacting laws to limit abortions as early as a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

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Canadian Federal court judge: Quarantine hotels a ‘serious issue’ that will be put on trial

A full hearing on the constitutionality of quarantine hotels and quarantine facilities is slated to be held from June 1-3
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 2:01 pm EST
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TORONTO, Ontario, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A Canadian federal court judge has said “there can be little doubt” that Canadians rights’ to liberty and security of person are challenged by COVID-19 rules which mandate a quarantine hotel stay for those entering Canada by air.

“At this stage of the case, I am not prepared to reject out of hand the Applicants’ argument that their liberty has been constrained in a manner that is not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice. [...] Indeed, there can be little doubt that a government rule that requires individuals to go to, and to remain at, a particular location on pain of fine or jail will engage section 7 liberty interests,” wrote federal court Judge William F. Pentney in an April 23 ruling.

Judge Pentney’s ruling came about because of legal action being taken against the Canadian federal government’s COVID-19 quarantine hotels by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), on behalf of 11 applicants.

In a news release today, the JCCF said that the court found that both Charter Section 7- the right to life liberty and security of person, and Section 9 - the right not to be arbitrarily detained are “engaged by the federal quarantine policies and were serious issues to be tried at a further trial.”  

The JCCF had been in court over the past few weeks to seek an injunction to “put an immediate stop to Trudeau’s quarantine hotels and facilities until a full hearing can be heard on the matter.”

While the JCCF said the court did not grant the interim injunction, it was pleased that the judge “accepted without reserve” that an independent judiciary is important in protecting Canadians rights in times of emergencies.   

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“I accept without reserve the Applicants’ reminder that in a time of emergency, the role of an independent judiciary in safeguarding the rights and freedoms guaranteed to Canadians by the Charter takes on additional importance. History demonstrates why the bulwark of the robust protection of Charter rights by an independent judiciary is so important in times of crisis,” wrote Pentney.

JCCF lawyer Jay Cameron told LifeSiteNews that at the June hearing, the “government will be forced to account for the incarceration of Canadians without due process.”

“The forced isolation of Canadians in federal facilities even though they are asymptomatic and have already tested negative for Covid, is an unwarranted, arbitrary and unjustified detention that is a shameful blight on the nation,” said Cameron.

“The Federal Court’s finding that sections 7 and 9 of the Charter are engaged signifies that we are dealing with an issue of fundamental justice. At the hearing in early June the government will be forced to account for the incarceration of Canadians without due process.”

A full hearing on the “constitutionality of quarantine hotels and quarantine facilities” is slated to be held from June 1-3, 2021 says the JCCF.

The JCCF filed legal action back in February in response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Order-in-Council which mandated that Canadians returning by air had to be confined to quarantine hotels for three days upon return, despite a negative COVID-19 test.

In early January, the Canadian federal government enacted new rules which required all air travelers coming into Canada to present a negative PCR or LAMP COVID-19 test to their airline before being allowed to board their flight. 

In late January, the Canadian federal government introduced further restrictions for incoming air travelers. The government announced that “all air travellers … with very limited exceptions” would have to submit to a mandatory hotel quarantine for at least three nights while waiting for test results from a mandatory COVID-19 test given upon arrival.

Before arrival in Canada, passengers must reserve online and pay for a spot at a government-approved hotel. If a negative test result comes in during the three-day forced stay, a person is then allowed to quarantine at home for 14 days. 

Only four airports in Canada—Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal—currently service international flights.

The government has said that all passengers have to pay for their stay, which amounts to roughly $2,000.


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Indian actor turned ‘health ambassador’ dies of heart attack 2 days after COVID vaccine

Vivekh had been designated health ambassador for the Tamil Nadu to help convince people in the region to take coronavirus vaccines and abide by government health guidelines.
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 1:55 pm EST
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INDIA, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Vivekh, an Indian actor and health ambassador for the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, died two days after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine dose earlier this month.

The well-known actor and comedian was admitted to a local hospital on April 16 for cardiac arrest after being vaccinated with Covaxin, an Indian coronavirus vaccine, the day prior. The 59-year-old was brought to the hospital unconscious and underwent a coronary angiogram and angioplasty before his death the following morning, GreatGameIndia reported.

The hospital said that Vivekh suffered acute coronary syndrome with cardiogenic shock and 100% blockage of a blood vessel.

The actor had taken his first dose of Covaxin on Thursday at a televised event with the health secretary of Tamil Nadu to encourage vaccination. Covaxin is still being tested in clinical trials and may result in “serious and unexpected side effects,” according to the fact sheet for the jab.

Vivekh had been designated health ambassador for the Tamil Nadu to help convince people in the region to take coronavirus vaccines and abide by government health guidelines.

Vivekh’s death is latest cardiac-related fatality after COVID-19 vaccination reported in India in recent weeks. Last month, an analysis of 79 Indians who died after a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine found that around half suffered strokes or heart attacks.

“Of those who have died more than 50% had heart attacks and brain strokes,” Dr. N. K. Arora, a member of the National Task Force on COVID-19, said. “Out of those who were hospitalized and who recovered about 20%, too, had heart attack and brain stroke.”

Similar incidents of post-vaccination deaths have been reported in the U.S., like that of a healthy, Florida obstetrician who died of a rare blood disorder three weeks after his second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Federal Drug Administration has since linked multiple coronavirus jabs to serious blood clotting issues

The global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has been plagued by reports of thousands of suspicious fatalities. No COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use in the United States has been proven to stop viral transmission, and virtually all healthy people who contract the virus survive, especially with certain treatment regimens.

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Pfizer’s COVID vaccine may trigger herpes virus that causes shingles, study says

Researchers who studied six patients who developed herpes zoster infection within three to 14 days of receiving Pfizer’s vaccine said the risk increases among people with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases.
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 1:20 pm EST
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April 26, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) – A recent study published in the journal Rheumatology found six women out of 491 patients who developed a skin rash known as herpes zoster (HZ) infection — or shingles — within three to 14 days of receiving either the first or second dose of the Pfizer’s COVID vaccine.

Researchers from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and Carmel Medical Center in Haifa also found the risk of developing HZ infection following a COVID vaccine increases among people with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases, Jerusalem Post reported.

Out of 491 patients, six people — or 1.2% — experienced the infection, researchers said. Five of them developed the shingles infection after the first dose and one after the second.

Shingles occurs when the varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox, is reactivated after lying dormant in the cranial and spinal nerves in the body. It then travels along affected nerves to the area of the skin served by those nerves, where it causes a distinctive, stripe-like rash on one side of the face or body.

Shingles is a painful and itchy condition consisting of blisters that scab over in seven to 10 days and take two to four weeks to fully resolve. The most common complication is postherpetic neuralgia — severe and debilitating nerve pain that can take months or years to clear up, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Lead researcher Dr. Victoria Furer said five of the six patients who developed HZ were young, had mild cases of autoimmune disease and were taking little if any medications for it — which means they should not have been at increased risk for developing the infection. HZ tends to develop more in people over the age of 50.

“That is why we reported on it,” Furer said.

Furer said that since her peer-reviewed article was published April 12, she has received emails from patients around the world who developed HZ after the vaccine. “It seems that the reason is that there is some association,” she told The Jerusalem Post.

“We cannot say the vaccine is the cause at this point,” Furer said. “We can say it might be a trigger in some patients.” She said further research, including a larger epidemiological study, would be needed to prove cause and effect.

U.S. experts dismissed vaccine-shingles link in February

In early February, Google Trends showed the search term “covid shingles” hit peak popularity as a Reddit message board went viral with young users sharing stories of developing shingles after receiving a COVID vaccine.

A 27-year-old developed shingles two-and-a-half weeks after receiving the first COVID vaccine. “Anybody else have a similar experience?” the person asked in the post. “My doctor said there are anecdotes out there similar to mine.”

Another user responded that it was probably not a coincidence and entirely possible to awaken a shingles case after a vaccine. But infectious disease specialists disagreed.

“There is no scientific evidence of this [association],” said Dr. Aaron Glatt, chief of infectious diseases at Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, New York, and a spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

Dr. William Schaffner, professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and spokesperson for IDSA, agreed there was no evidence of a link between shingles and the COVID vaccine.

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“Other than the people who had serious prior allergic reactions, to date no other incidents of other medical events that exceed the normal background rate of those events in the community have been found,” said Schaffner, citing CDC data.

Both doctors said they weren’t surprised by the appearance of shingles cases, but explained that it was due to shingles occurring in one in three adults — mostly older.

“Almost 1 out of 3 people in the U.S. will develop shingles in their lifetime,” Glatt said. “With millions of older Americans getting their COVID vaccine, the risk of getting shingles increases with age.”

“Things happen, particularly with older adults,” Schaffner said. “We have to identify medical events that might be causal from coincidence. So far we don’t have any other events other than allergic reactions [linked to the vaccine].”

But according to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), 293 cases of HZ infection been reported in people who received COVID vaccines, with almost 30% of cases occurring in people 17 to 44 years old – a demographic that is not the at-risk age group for shingles. Only 11% of cases occurred in people over 65.

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The VAERS data  is consistent with the findings of the study in Rheumatology, which showed that five of the six patients who developed HZ were young.

According to experts and the lead author of the study, the solution is not to forgo the COVID vaccine, but to get the shingles vaccine, a live attenuated vaccine associated with a risk of side effects, including Guillain-Barré syndromeshinglesacute disseminated encephalomyelitistransverse myelitismeningitisfacial paralysisvision problems and other injuries.

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CDC panel votes to resume use of J&J COVID vaccine without restrictions

The committee said the link between blood clots and J&J’s COVID vaccine was 'plausible,' but concluded the vaccine’s benefits still outweigh the risks and recommended the vaccine for persons 18 years of age and older in the U.S. under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.
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April 26, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) – An independent advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted Friday 10 – 4 to recommend the continued use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine after the single-dose shot was paused over blood clotting concerns. The panel did not recommend adding any extra warning about the risk of rare blood clotting disorders.

The recommendation by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has to be approved by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before becoming official government policy.

The ACIP said the link between blood clots and J&J’s COVID vaccine was “plausible,” but concluded the vaccine’s benefits still outweigh the risks and recommended the vaccine for persons 18 years of age and older in the U.S. under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

“This is a serious adverse event,” said Dr. Grace Lee, a pediatrician at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California. “We need to continue to ensure that awareness is raised. But I also think that we have to come out with a clear recommendation,” she said.

Dr. Pablo Sanchez, a pediatrician at The Ohio State University’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and one of the four “no” votes, said he supported returning the vaccine to the market, but felt it was important to add a warning. “We have to have stronger language to ensure people are (fully informed),” he said.

According to The Wall Street Journal, J&J was willing to add language to the vaccine’s label warning about the blood clot risk at the FDA’s request, J&J Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joanne Waldstreicher told members of the vaccine committee.

Waldstreicher said resumption of vaccinations with J&J’s shot would likely prevent many more deaths and hospitalizations from COVID than the number of rare blood clot cases that may occur in people receiving the vaccine.

“We believe the J&J COVID vaccine is central to the effort to end the pandemic,” Waldstreicher said.

According to The Washington Post, the CDC’s advisory panel found 15 women who were diagnosed with rare blood clots, including three deaths, seven who remain hospitalized and five recovering at home, according to a slide presentation shared during today’s meeting.

Only two of the women were older than 50, with the risk highest in women ages 30-39, according to theACIP. The findings appear to confirm the suspicion that younger women are more vulnerable to developing blood clots.

Officials from the CDC who presented the data Friday said it was too early to conclude that the incidents affected only women and said a few cases in men were being reviewed.

According to a CDC analysis, resuming the use of J&J’s vaccine in the U.S. would prevent 1,435 deaths from COVID and 2,236 admissions to hospital intensive care units, while causing approximately 24 cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, a CDC staffer said.

Policy options considered at the meeting included:

  • Recommending against use for all persons.
  • Reaffirming recommendations for all age and sex with the FDA to include warning statement with EUA.
  • Recommend vaccination for adults age 50 and up.
  • Reaffirm recommendations for use — women aged 50 and younger should be aware of the increased risk of blood clots, and may choose another COVID vaccine.

Federal agencies paused J&J’s vaccine, marketed under the company’s Janssen subsidiary, earlier this month while they investigated the vaccine’s possible link to potentially dangerous blood clots. In an April 13 joint statement from the CDC and FDA, the agencies said they were investigating six cases of blood clots in the U.S. All six occurred in women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred six to 13 days after vaccination.

On April 14, the ACIP held an emergency meeting to vote on whether to lift the pause on J&J’s vaccine or change recommendations for its use. As The Defender reported, the ACIP postponed the vote, extending the pause pending further analysis of data relating to blood clots. The ACIP said it would reconvene for a vote in one week to 10 days.

That same day, J&J revealed two more cases of blood clots — one in a 25-year-old man who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage during a clinical trial and another case of deep-vein-thrombosis in a 59-year-old woman.

The Hill reported Friday the CDC is reviewing the death of an Oregon woman who died after receiving J&J’s vaccine. The woman, in her late 50s, was vaccinated before the state issued a pause. Two weeks after receiving the vaccine, she developed a rare but serious blood clot associated with very low platelets. The Oregon Health Authority said it was notified about the death on April 20, two days after the CDC was notified.

U.S. health authorities also are investigating the report of a Texas woman who was hospitalized after receiving J&J’s vaccine. The Department of State Health Services told The Hill in a statement that the CDC notified state officials on Wednesday afternoon of a possible case in Texas reported through the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System.

The Defender reported this week that a Nevada teen, Emma Burkey, underwent three brain surgeries to repair blood clots she developed about a week after receiving J&J’s COVID vaccine. Burkey was one of the initial six cases under review by the CDC.

EU regulator finds possible link between J&J and blood clots

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Tuesday it found a “possible link” between J&J’s COVID vaccine and very rare blood clots, but also concluded the vaccine’s benefits outweigh the risks. However EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) said a warning about a rare, serious blood-clot condition should be added to the product label.

In reaching its conclusion, the committee said it took into consideration all currently available evidence including eight reports from the U.S. of serious cases. All cases occurred in people under 60, and all occurred within three weeks after vaccination. The majority were women.

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J&J had delayed the vaccine’s rollout in the EU after concerns about blood clots led U.S. regulators to pause J&J vaccinations. The company said Tuesday it will resume shipment of the vaccine in the EU, Norway and Iceland.

According to Reuters, Germany’s health ministry will soon start distributing the one-shot vaccine to federal states after the EMA said the benefits outweigh the risk of blood clots. Germany restricted use of AstraZeneca to people over age 60 after the EMA linked AstraZeneca, a vaccine using similar adenovirus technology, to blood clots.

Biden administration distances itself from J&J vaccine

The Biden administration stood by J&J as the company struggled to deliver promised doses of its COVID vaccine — but privately, frustrated senior health officials wrote off the shot, according to seven people with knowledge of the matter, Politico reported.

The company received $628 million in government funding to research and develop it’s COVID vaccine, but has faced an unrelenting series of setbacks, including a mix-up by manufacturer Emergent BioSolutions that ruined 15 million doses, a series of safety and hygiene lapses at the same manufacturing plant and concerns that the vaccine may be linked to recent reports of rare, severe blood clots among recipients.

As The Defender reported, Emergent BioSolutions faced increased scrutiny Thursday when the FDA released a 13-page report identifying a series of problems with the plant. According to the report, “There is no assurance that other batches have not been subject to cross-contamination.”

The report also said the plant was “not maintained in a clean and sanitary condition,” was poorly designed and dirty, unsealed bags of medical waste were observed, the facility could not be adequately cleaned and employees were not properly trained.

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Actor, Gosnell director: Time to ditch ‘dead’ Hollywood, build our own entertainment system

‘I do not think Hollywood is redeemable,’ said Nick Searcy.
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 11:48 am EST
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April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Actor and director Nick Searcy blasted Hollywood in a recent interview with LifeSite’s Rebekah Roberts, calling for conservatives to “build our own entertainment system.”

“I do not think Hollywood is redeemable,” Searcy told LifeSite. “I think that they have destroyed their own industry. And I don't think a large percentage, if not a majority of the American people are never going to trust them again. So, I think that we have to build our own system.”

Searcy, a veteran of the movie industry, is known for directing Gosnell, a film about Philadelphia abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell, who is estimated to have killed hundreds of babies born alive during abortions before his arrest in 2013.

“The entertainment industry in Hollywood has been, you know, marching towards the left for fifty or sixty years. They’ve been in it for the long haul,” Searcy said. “And we as conservatives have to start realizing that storytelling and narrative and entertainment is what is affecting our children, is what is inculcating them into a system of belief that we don’t ascribe to,” he added.

“I'm working with a company called Creative Media right now that is trying to build its own platform that will compete with Netflix and YouTube and those things,” Searcy continued. “And I know there are a lot of people doing that right now, but that’s what has to happen. We have to build our own entertainment system because Hollywood’s dead and it’s not coming back.”

Searcy discussed his latest film, America, America, God Shed His Grace on Thee, which explores the Christian roots of the United States and the importance of religion to the nation’s founding. The family-oriented movie features Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), Alveda King, and other prominent Christian, conservative voices.

America, America contains “a lot of history” that children “are not getting in schools anymore because they’re deliberately not teaching it to them,” Searcy told LifeSite. “We have to divorce ourselves from these government schools,” the Gosnell director added, saying that the more people who homeschool their children “the better off we’re going to be.”

Searcy also previewed an upcoming project, The Trouble with Free Speech. “It’s basically a movie about the crackdown on freedom of speech that the left has been doing, especially in the last year or so with closing the churches” and Big Tech’s crackdown on conservative users.

“We’re talking to people who have been affected by that and asking them the question, what is the trouble with free speech? And of course, the trouble with free speech is always you’re going to have to put up with speech that you don’t like,” Searcy said.

“And if you don’t do that, then you don't have free speech. And if you don't have free speech… you don’t have a free society,” he said.


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‘Police state’: Ontario politician blasts Ford gov’t over ‘unconscionable’ lockdown measures

The Ford government has 'shown disregard for the rule of law,' stated MPP Roman Baber.
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 11:19 am EST
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TORONTO, Ontario, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Speaking from the provincial legislature of Ontario, a Canadian politician directly accused the province’s Premier for trying to create a “police state” after the Premier announced earlier this month new COVID-19 lockdown rules which would have allowed cops to stop and question people about why they had left home.   

“Shame on them speaker. They have shown utter incompetence, they’ve shown disregard for the rule of law. They (the Ford government) do not represent Ontario, they do not represent their voters, they do not represent their party.  They lost legitimacy to govern. You’ve lost the mandate to govern, and you should govern yourselves accordingly,” said Independent Ontario MPP Roman Baber last week in an address from Queen’s Park to Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

“And then last Friday, predicated on political advice, [Ford essentially declared] martial law – the unthinkable, the unconscionable, the unlawful, the undemocratic, an attempt to create a police state in Ontario thwarted by the police itself.”

Baber said that the Ford “government has lost legitimacy to govern,” due to what he listed as a myriad of COVID-19 lockdown-related unintended consequences.

“I submit that the government has lost legitimacy to govern,” said Baber.

“Let’s review: A quarter million surgeries postponed, one million cancer screenings that did not take place, a mandatory directive yesterday to cancel all non-emergency surgeries including cancelled surgeries, children out of school for the third time, a mental health catastrophe with youth suicide attempts skyrocketing.”

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Baber was booted from the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (PC) party by Ford for opposing COVID lockdowns. He is now suing the government for restrictions around outdoor prayer and gatherings.

Ford introduced on April 16 extended “stay at home orders” that placed a 10-person limit on church service attendance size, closed playgrounds, implemented provincial border checks, and gave police the power to stop anyone outside his or her home without cause.

After public backlash, the Ford government walked back some of its coronavirus rules less than a day later. Playgrounds were allowed to stay open, and police must now have “reason to suspect that you are participating in an organized public event or social gathering” in order to question people. 

The backtracking of some of the rules came about after dozens of local police forces in Ontario, in multiple statements, said they would not conduct random stops and searches of people just because they had left their homes.

Last week, Ford said he was “sorry” for going “too far” with the original measures introduced on April 16.  

Despite Ford saying he was “sorry” before the extended police power rules were rescinded, video posted online, which has since gone viral, shows a boy being pushed to the ground off his scooter while speaking to a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The OPP is facing an investigation as a result of the incident, which took place on April 18 in Gravenhurst, Ontario.

Baber is not the only sitting Ontario MPP who has blasted the Ford government over COVID-19 lockdowns.

Recently, outspoken Independent Ontario MPP Randy Hillier said in a powerful video message that people’s “compliance and obedience” perpetuates Wuhan coronavirus lockdowns and it will only end when people “stand up” and take back their freedoms.  

Along with politicians in Ontario, leaders of churches have also come out against the Ford government and its COVID-19 measures which restrict church attendance size to only 10 people.

Pastor Henry Hildebrandt, of the Church of God in Alymer, Ontario, in a video message posted earlier this month urged Ford to commit “political suicide” and remove all restrictions in place, which are some of the strictest in North America. 

There have been some Ontario doctors who have spoken out against the negative consequences of government-imposed COVID-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. 

In late December, Dr. Gil Nimni, a York, Ontario, emergency room (ER) doctor said that lockdowns which send people into “financial ruin” are not the answer to the COVID-19 crisis. Ontario physician Dr. Kulvinder Gill has been vocal on social media in speaking out against COVID-19 lockdowns and shots. She was recently warned by her local physicians’ college that her viewpoints are “irresponsible behaviour” spreading “misleading information” about the virus.

non-partisan group called “End the Lockdowns National Caucus” says they are “unified in pursuit of the truth, and resolved to ensure there is open, honest, and public debate regarding the COVID-19 government response.” Among the group are Hillier, People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, and now independent MP Derek Sloan, who was booted from the federal Conservative Party recently by its leader Erin O’Toole.


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European Commission President says Americans with vaccine passports can visit once ‘situation is improving’

'One thing is clear: All 27 [E.U.] member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved' by the European Medicines Agency, said Ursula von der Leyen.
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 11:13 am EST
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BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission (EC), has announced that travellers coming from the United States will need proof of vaccination in order to visit Europe, as von der Leyen continues her push for vaccine passports, despite a recent ruling from the Council of Europe that they are a violation of human rights.

In a Sunday interview with the New York Times, von der Leyen revealed that she envisaged vaccine passports being the key which would unlock travel to Europe for Americans.

“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved [EMA] vaccines,” she said. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union.”

America and Europe are both availing of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson injections. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been temporarily suspended in the U.S. after it caused fatal blood clots, but a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) panel recently recommended the vaccine be reinstated.

“Because one thing is clear: All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by E.M.A,” she added.

Von der Leyen, president of the EC since December 2019, hailed the swift rollout of the experimental injections in the United States, pointing to this as the underlying cause for her mention of easing the current restrictions on travel.

In her comments to the Times, von der Leyen noted stated that the U.S. was “on track” with regards the aim of injecting 70% of adults by mid-June.

With a customary caveat, she added that even with the use of vaccine passports to limit travel, inter-continental travel would depend “on the epidemiological situation, but the situation is improving in the United States, as it is, hopefully, also improving in the European Union.”

According to the Times, von der Leyen will now be seeking to change European policy on travel by advocating and implementing vaccine passports. However, more intricate details about the scheme, including how it be enforced, or any alternatives to the passports, were not given.

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The interview is no surprise, however, as von der Leyen has been openly promoting the globalist-style policy of vaccine passports for some time. So advanced have been her plans, that in early March, she announced via Twitter the plans to introduce legislation which would bring about a “Digital Green Pass” for residents within the European Union (EU) to allow ease of travel. The passports would come into effect from June 15.

Greece had recently introduced its own COVID-19 vaccination certificates, in the hope that the move would facilitate tourism, a sector on which the country’s economy relies heavily. Minister of Digital Governance Kyriakos Pierrakakis said that the vaccine passports will work as a sort of “fast lane inside the airports … to have the opportunity to go to a different lane from those who haven’t been vaccinated,” but that without the E.U. adopting the infrastructure more broadly, the system will be “absurd.”

At the end of January, the U.K. (which is no longer part of the E.U.) announced that it is forging ahead with its own vaccine passport plan, funding the trial of eight passport schemes at a cost of £450,000 in government grants for the project.

Now, in her recent interview to the Times, von der Leyen has encouraged member states to the E.U. to formulate and implement their own policies regarding the use of vaccine passports. The bloc is currently restricting so-called non-essential travel from a number of countries, the U.S. included.

Despite von der Leyen’s continued promotion of the use of vaccine passports, the Council of Europe, which oversees the European Court of Human Rights, ruled recently that forced vaccinations and vaccine passports were a violation of human rights.

The ruling, which came in February, stated that protections must be given to those who do not have the vaccine, so that they do not incur any penalty for not having the injection, to “ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated, due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated.”

Vaccine passports should not be used for any other purpose apart from recording “vaccine efficacy, potential side-effects and adverse events.”

“Vaccination certificates should not be used as a ‘vaccination passport’ (at borders, in aviation, or for access to services). Such use would be unscientific in the absence of data on the effectiveness of the vaccines in reducing transmission, the length of any acquired immunity, as well as the percentage of ‘failure’ to produce immunity due to new variants, viral load and delayed second doses. Such use would also pose privacy concerns, and, taking into account the limited availability of vaccines, may perpetuate and reinforce exclusionary and discriminatory practices.”

Notwithstanding this, von der Leyen’s interview will no doubt encourage countries in Europe in implementing such restrictions upon visitors from the U.S., as politicians both in the U.K. and Europe continue to ignore the import of this Council of Europe’s ruling. Airlines, too, could go along with the vaccine passports, as a means to ensure the restarting of the industry.

In response to von der Leyen’s interview, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released a statement welcoming her words, calling them “a step in the right direction.”

The IATA called for vaccine passports to enable “unconditional travel for those vaccinated,” but also added that “the freedom to travel should not exclude those who are unable to be vaccinated.” The organization asked for negative COVID-19 tests to be used as an alternative to vaccines in facilitating travel, writing: “Vaccines are not the only way to safely re-open borders. Government risk-models should also include COVID-19 testing.”


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Classical education is the future of Christian schooling

Teachers and students at three Ohio-based classical education academies believe traditional ways of learning combined with the liberal arts is the way forward for Catholic education.
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 10:57 am EST
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CLEVELAND, OHIO, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – It’s no secret that there's been an identity crisis in Catholic education these past 50 years. More parishes closing, fewer vocations, and smaller families have left many wondering: what went wrong?

At the Bringing America Back to Life conference in Cleveland, Ohio – which was held in March – faculty, students, and alumni from several classical education academies told LifeSite that they think they’ve found the solution.

Rocco Galizio is the headmaster of the Akron-based Chesterton Academy. He said that the way forward is focusing on the true, the good, and the beautiful.

“The ultimate goal of the academy is to make a well-formed human being who can go out into the world and actually interact with it and do good. We want them to be able to engage with their peers, engage with anyone they come across. And part of that is just knowing who you are and knowing where you've come from.”

Vincent Ortiz, one of the students at Chesteron Academy, echoed his headmaster's remarks, praising the school's unique teaching methods.

“For the first 15 years of my life, I always had the same old lectures. You hear all these speeches, then you take tests … I noticed I didn't really remember most of my classes and that I sort of forgot everything. But at Chesterton, they use something called the Socratic method, which is when the teacher constantly asks you questions. In order for you to answer any of them, you have to make sure that you're paying attention the entire time.”

Other classical institutions were at the convention as well, including The Lyceum, an Ohio-based co-educational day school that offers the Traditional Latin Mass. LifeSite spoke with Luke Macik, the headmaster of The Lyceum, about its curriculum and what parents can expect for their children.

We're educating the students in the great works of Western or Catholic civilization. So they're reading things from the ancient Greeks and Romans all the way up through medieval times and even a little bit into modern times … so our students are getting an education similar to that of the founding fathers of our country and certainly of the fathers of the Church.”

“They also sing beautiful music,” he continued. They sing “wonderful polyphony and Gregorian chant and even chant of the Eastern Catholic churches. All students at The Lyceum sing in choir. They also perform dramatic productions of Shakespeare and of ancient Greek plays tragedies. So they're getting a very well-rounded education and it's all grounded, of course, in the Catholic faith.”

Lyceum senior Ted Macik also appreciates the Lyceum’s coursework. “It really helps you grow as a person and not only just in learning practical things that help in everyday life, but actually developing yourself as a man and your intellect,” he said. “If you really want to grow as a man and be the best you can be and be what God created you to be, that's where it's at.”

Mary Langley graduated from The Lyceum and went on to study at St. Thomas Aquinas College, only to return in order to teach ancient languages. “I think the students love it,” she told LifeSite.

Brigid Coyne, an alumnus of the nearby Padre Pio Academy, also had nothing but praise for the education she herself received.

“That love of truth and my faith that I gained at Padre Pio that made me want to continue that and continue looking at the liberal arts and truly Catholic colleges. And I think that's probably one of the biggest gifts that Padre Pio gave.”

Coyne said contemporary Catholic education has gone wrong in two ways.

“I think it's a combination of modern parents and modern schools. I think parents kind of want theology to be taught in the schools and kind of to be hands off. And it's just something they do together on Sunday. And that it’s not a big part of life. I think most modern Catholic schools want to be well liked and want to be considered academically serious. And so theology is relegated to one class, hopefully every year, and it's not brought into all the other classes.”

According to Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed., the president of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, there's reason to hope that there will be more classical academies popping up all over America.

“The big wave, the big trajectory,” he said, “is Diocesan parochial Catholic schools and high schools wanting to renew.”

While some Catholic parents may still be on the fence about sending their child to a classical academy, Lyceum teacher Mary Langley's words should serve as the strongest endorsement around.

“You will not regret it once you actually just try your best to give it a chance because it seems pretty foreign to you. It kind of seems old fashioned, maybe, but it's something that when I went to college and I look back at it and everyone says, ‘oh, that was so impractical and how are you going to get a job’ and all that kind of stuff? It's something that I'll never regret. And I, I am so happy I did it. And I would never I would not change that for the world.”


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Dems try to block sale of Florida radio station that would begin serving Hispanics conservative content

‘To win in 2022 this [sale] must stop,’ a Former Democrat Congresswoman tweeted
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 10:39 am EST
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FLORIDA, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Democrats are pressuring the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject the sale of a progressive Spanish-language Miami radio station to a buyer who would begin serving the Hispanic community with more conservative content.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are urging the FFC “to further scrutinize and reject the sale of the well-known Miami radio station Caracol 1260 AM to America CV, which owns the América TeVé network,” Newsweek reported.

The move “comes on the heels of a Newsweek report that detailed how America CV immediately fired the station's top-rated host, Raul Martinez, a Democrat and former mayor of Hialeah,” Newsweek continued. “The swift termination was viewed as a political decision, and led Florida Democrats to sound the alarm of a conservative media takeover on the Spanish-language airwaves.”

Former Democrat Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell tweeted in reference to the purchase that “To win in 2022 this must stop!”

FL Rep. Darren Soto tweeted: “Enough is enough. We can no longer allow conservative media to lead Spanish-language misinformation campaigns on Florida's Latino communities. It's time for the FCC to intervene. This dangerous rhetoric can't go unchecked.”

Soto linked to the Newsweek article, which in turn quoted Soto, who said, "The FCC should scrutinize this sale," he said. "The immediate silencing of progressive voices on South Florida radio is contrary to the public good and importance of varying viewpoints.”

“This could further make South Florida vulnerable to the sophisticated Spanish-language misinformation campaigns perpetrated during the 2020 election. The 'Big Lie' about the 2020 elections, which was amplified on similar stations, has damaged this country severely already,” Soto continued.

The “Big Lie” is a term used by Joe Biden, often parroted by Democrats, to describe what they view as “false” claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. The term was originally coined by Adolf Hitler in his book Mein Kampf.

Many residents of Miami-Dade County are no strangers to government suppression of dissenting voices. A large swath of greater Miami’s population immigrated from Cuba, where openly criticizing the government can get you thrown in prison, and the media is completely government-owned.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr called the attempt to pressure the FCC a violation of freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.

“The FCC has no business doing the Democrats’ bidding or using our regulatory process to censor political opinions that Democrats do not like,” Carr responded in a statement.

“What’s worse, the Democrats appear to be treating the FCC as merely an arm of the DNC -- expressly pressuring the agency to take an action that they believe will increase their electoral odds in Florida in 2022,” he continued. “This is a deeply troubling transgression of free speech and the FCC’s status as an independent agency.”

Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County, which is the most heavily populated county in Florida, are reported to have been “instrumental” in Trump’s Florida victory in the 2020 election, “alarming Democrats who worry one of the country's largest states is slipping away from them,” Fox News reported.


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COVID nurse explains becoming a whistleblower: ‘I recorded them murdering patients’

'The very first day [at Elmhurst] I was shocked. It was something I’ve never seen before. Patients were alone in the rooms on ventilators [with] no family allowed in [to advocate for them]. People were just dying from gross negligence, medical malpractice, [and] mismanagement.'
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 9:28 am EST
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TULSA, Oklahoma, April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Erin Maria Olzewski, the whistleblower nurse who made headlines last year documenting “fraud, negligence, and greed” that “led to unnecessary deaths” during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sat down with LifeSiteNews during the Health & Freedom Conference to share her experience and reflections.

Olzewski (pronounced OL-CHEZ-SKEE), whose findings were first brought to light in a viral June video titled “Perspectives on the Pandemic: The (Undercover) Epicenter Nurse,” received a strong appreciative reception from the sold-out, 4,000-person event held at Rhema Bible College.

A native of Wisconsin, yet a current resident of the Tampa, Florida area, Olzewski, explained how she volunteered to temporarily work as a travel nurse in New York City telling LifeSite’s Rebekah Roberts, “we weren’t seeing a large influx of [COVID-19] patients” in Florida.

Also being an Army combat veteran who served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004, Olzewski mentioned how she decided to enter another type of “frontlines war zone,” by serving those in greater need at the “epicenter” of the pandemic.

Upon arrival she was surprised to find that she “sat around for three days with nothing to do” and learned that other nurses had been “sitting around for 21 days or an entire month getting paid $10,000 a week,” without any assignment. “If they needed nurses so badly, why are you bringing me here if there’s nurses sitting around?” she asked, describing this as her first “red flag” that the reality of the situation in New York was not what was being reported in the news media.

And, “lucky me,” she said with a smile and a touch of sarcasm, “I did get assigned to Elmhurst Hospital [in Queens] which ended up being ‘the epicenter of the epicenter’” for reported COVID-19 fatalities.

“The very first day [at Elmhurst] I was shocked. It was something I’ve never seen before,” she said. “Patients were alone in the rooms on ventilators [with] no family allowed in [to advocate for them]. People were just dying from gross negligence, medical malpractice, [and] mismanagement.”

“For me, that was really difficult to swallow. Everything made sense to me at that moment of why there were so many deaths in New York,” she said.

Following a good cry back in her hotel room, she eventually contacted an attorney in New York, secured a “pair of spyglasses” and began to document what she saw in the hospital.

“I recorded them murdering patients. I recorded just the complete and absolute disregard for human life,” she said.

According to the video, Olzewski revealed how patients who repeatedly tested negative for COVID-19 were being described as “COVID confirmed” in their charts, which triggered a higher compensation from government payouts.

She contrasted the treatments that they had provided in Florida to what was happening in New York. “[In Florida] we treated our patients with hydroxychloroquine, zinc … sent them home and they were fine.” In New York, “they were banning alternative treatments like hydroxychloroquine. The only thing they could do was to put people on ventilators.”

At the time, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided what some called “perverse incentives” instituted by government COVID-19 relief funding, which awarded significantly more compensation to hospitals should patients be classified as COVID-19 positive ($13,000) or if they are put on a ventilator ($39,000).

Olzewski indicated these incentives dramatically impacted what was happening at Elmhurst. “You know, $13,000 to admit [COVID-19 classified] patients, and they were just admitting everybody.”

She further alleged that with the $39,000 incentive, the hospital would then put admitted patients “on a ventilator that they knew would kill them.” In addition, “in some cases” there was an incentive of “$10,000 [for] every death.” With families kicked out and not being able to monitor, it was “the perfect storm, and people took advantage of it.”

Reflecting on lockdowns last year, and presently in some places, she said they have always been “completely uncalled for. People stayed home and got even more sick, so that caused even more deaths.”

As most states sought to justify their lockdowns on statistics coming out of New York, Olzewski criticized the injustice of “taking away peoples’ freedoms based on New York numbers … which now we know we’re lies.” Much of these high fatality rates, she said, came from “[Gov. Andrew] Cuomo putting these [COVID-19] patients into nursing homes” spreading the infection through members of the most vulnerable population.

New York state nursing home deaths for the period topped 15,000, and following Cuomo’s cover-up of these figures, there have been many calls for his resignation even from members of his own Democratic party.

“But the lockdowns are causing a lot more harm” than the virus, Olzewski said. These include  “emotional issues, depression, suicide, just the mal-health of everybody who is living in fear itself. It’s just no way to live. It’s un-American to take away freedoms based on a false narrative.”

With regards to advice, she emphasized the need to focus on one’s health using natural methods. “No one is focusing on preventative health and what you can do. Quercetin is a natural alternative to hydroxychloroquine, you can get over-the-counter, take it with zinc, vitamin C, get outside, [and get] good exercise. Get healthy, [and] drink water,” she said.

“Be brave. Be bold. And step outside of your comfort zone. If you see something say something and think about future generations to come. If you don’t fight right now, then who’s going to do it? Who is going to fight? For me, [the incentive] is my kids… It’s our future generations. And the time is now to step up and to change the world. We can’t let them steal [our freedom] from us,” Olzewski concluded.

More information on her revelations can be found in Olzewski’s book, Undercover Epicenter Nurse: How Fraud, Negligence, and Greed Led to Unnecessary Deaths at Elmhurst Hospital, by visiting Global Frontline Nurses, or Erin’s specific page here.


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When a bishop discourages baptism….

So whose advice should you follow? Whose orders should you obey? Jesus Christ, or Premier Ford? Jesus Christ, or Bishop Fabbro?
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 2:00 pm EST
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April 26, 2021 (CatholicCulture) – “Baptisms should be discouraged … ” says Bishop Ronald Fabbro of London, Ontario. He’s responding to the latest draconian lockdown orders, of course; he doesn’t intend that baptisms should be permanently discouraged.

At least I don’t think he intends to discourage baptisms for any considerable length of time. But tell me: What other result could this order possibly produce? If you think that it’s acceptable to discourage baptisms for now, how can you expect a sense of urgency when, eventually, politicians give the all-clear signal, and you decide to encourage baptisms again?

Or let me ask the question a different way. If a bishop of the Catholic Church begins the sentence that way — “Baptisms should be discouraged … ” — what would be an appropriate way to end the sentence?

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” says the Lord. In my translation, that verse does not end with an escape clause: “ … unless it’s inconvenient this week.”

So whose advice should you follow? Whose orders should you obey? Jesus Christ, or Premier Ford? Jesus Christ, or Bishop Fabbro?

“Confessions should be discouraged … ” as well, Bishop Fabbro adds. So there’s another sacrament put on hold. And Mass should not be celebrated for a congregation, although the Eucharistic liturgy may be livestreamed (with a lector and an “instrumentalist” and a cantor, but nobody in the pews).

I don’t want to exaggerate. The bishop does allow for the possibility of a sacramental confession “if the pastor determines a serious need.” Now tell me, how does the pastor determine whether a “serious need” for confession exists, unless he interviews the penitent beforehand for a sneak preview of his sins?

Parish offices are closed in the London diocese, effective today, by the bishop’s order. But wait: “Halls may be opened only for essential social and mental health services (e.g., addiction services, blood-donor clinics, child care.)” Ah, so those services are essential, but the sacraments of the Church are not?

“Restrictions imposed by the government are to be followed,” Bishop Fabbro intones. If that principle had guided the Catholic Church since Pentecost … there wouldn’t be a Catholic Church.

These instructions from Bishop Fabbro contrast quite starkly with a line from my forthcoming bookContagious Faith: “When should the Catholic Church bow to orders from the state? I offer a simple answer to that question: Never.”

Reprinted with permission from CatholicCulture.org

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Vaccine passports vs. freedom itself

Vaccine passports promise to dwarf what we have witnessed across the last year due to the unintended consequences and collateral damage related to our ill-informed responses to SARS-CoV-2!
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 11:30 am EST
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April 26, 2021 (American Institute of Economic Research) – To reject the creeping totalitarianism and dictatorship is the lifeblood of all freedom-loving individuals across the world. Those under despotic control yearn for freedom. We need only to look at the failing state of Hong Kong, where once freedom reigned and commerce enjoyed an unprecedented expansion of wealth and enviable quality of life, and now finds its democratic pursuits thwarted while it cowers under the dictates of Chinese Communism

CS Lewis said, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.” 

And it is with that in mind that we find ourselves both stunned and aghast concerning the fact that our Governments are even considering the issuance of what have become known as Covid-19 ‘vaccine passports.’ The very idea is anathema to our democratic principles and rights that are enshrined in the US Constitution as well as the Canadian Charter of Rights. The vaccine passports are being considered and/or introduced by various government bodies which will constrain the rights of citizens under the questionable guise of safety!

The Covid-19 pandemic era we face today has brought out the manifest nature of a government of bureaucrats and technocrats, who invoke safety and security of the public in a sly and unobtrusive manner to promote their agenda of surveillance and control. We have been struggling with unsound, unscientific, illogical, irrational, and specious societal lockdowns, shelter-in-place edicts, masking and mask mandates, and school closures

Businesses have been shuttered for good, homes lost, and many children and adults have engaged in heavy drug use to cope, self-harm, and even committed suicide. Deaths of despair are on the rise, while economic and related health injuries (many life-threatening and most life-altering), the crushing costs of the lockdowns have been extensive and some argue that the impacts will not be felt for months or years, but for the rest of the 21st century. Even at this point, were the lockdowns stopped instantaneously, we have locked in decades of suffering. 

Covid-19 vaccine passports, the latest insult in the unending stream of scientifically inapt actions as outlined above, is already driving extensive anguish and debate. These digital passports linked to one’s entire life experience with geolocated data and one’s personal medical information represents the latest intrusion and attack on our freedoms that have been put before the easily distracted populace. These passports are simply unjustifiable on any grounds, not the least of which is the fact that SARS CoV-2 is no more deadly on a population level than influenza. Ostensibly, the passports are designed to allow individuals to partake in everyday commerce and “life” with freedom. 

The same freedoms that each and every individual is entitled to under the Constitution and other bills of rights and freedoms in democratic societies by definition. And yet we now require a passport to exercise our ‘unalienable’ right? Absurd. While vaccine records were and still are a requirement for international travels where infectious diseases are common, this is as a safeguard for the traveler. But for citizens of the USA, and elsewhere, the requirement of a digital SARS CoV-2 injection passport has taken on a darker and sinister meaning. These passports are now being touted as a requirement for living a life within the country, our own country. This is simply a shattering idea. Public discourse is already available suggesting that one’s life could be essentially ‘shut down’ if one does not acquiesce to getting vaccinated in order to obtain a vaccine passport. Will these passports now constitute, as they have in the past under the governance of totalitarian regimes, the very currency for free existence? 

What are we about to do? There is even talk of immunity passports also known as ‘antibody passports’ with the concept of antibodies as a “declaration of immunity” or “golden passport” so as to return to routine work and travel. Yet, it is well known that insofar as immunity passports are concerned, antibody levels in people who’ve either had Covid-19, or have been vaccinated, wane after weeks to months. 

Hence even someone who should be completely eligible not only for a vaccine passport but in fact an ‘immunity’ passport would easily fail the tests required to obtain such a passport. We and others argue that such will drive the development of a heretofore unheard of (in the USA and Canada) caste system of the haves (have vaccine passports) and the have nots (don’t have vaccine passports). Liew stated “the introduction of immunity passports is beset with challenges, not least of which is the potential erosion of civil liberties, as travelers are stratified into the ‘immunoprivileged’ and the ‘immunodeprived.’ 

Experts have argued that the introduction of vaccine and/or immunization (antibody) passports must entail extensive debate that considers all of the moral, ethical and constitutional issues, including “a comprehensive assessment of benefits and harms, and what would least restrict individual liberties without significantly heightening the threat of Covid-19”. 

The ACLU has weighed in, sounding warnings that there are many harms that can arise with the introduction of vaccine passports, particularly the digitization of relevant information associated with the granting of those passports. The ACLU stated, “Given the enormous difficulty of creating a digital passport system, and the compromises and failures that are likely to happen along the way, we are wary about the side effects and long-term consequences it could have.” 

Perhaps Kofler has outlined the key troubling issues that include the unreliable nature of serological testing, the extent of erosion of privacy with monitoring, marginalized groups facing much more uneven scrutiny, unfair access, and the inevitable, societal stratification. 

The U.S. Government has stated that it will not invoke such a requirement as a Federal Standard, but it is clear that the government is not beyond giving tacit approval relating to the practical uses of such passports by businesses and all forms of commerce including travel. The government appears to be encouraging the private sector to force the requirement of vaccine passports as a mandate before an individual is able to utilize these corporate entity services. Even Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former head of the FDA (2017-2019) advocated for such passports by intimating that “digital proof would allow Americans to visit family in the hospital, not keep folks out of restaurants.” We consider Dr. Gottlieb’s recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal as being an egregiously harmful commentary that will lead to the coercion of the public into seeking and receiving questionably effective and still experimental vaccines, in order to obtain vaccine passports. This is nothing short of reckless. In this regard, Gottlieb has suggested that “passports would empower consumers by giving them more control over their own health information.” Does he not understand that we already have control over our own healthcare information and do not require oversight by ‘Big Brother?’ Indeed, we believe that even George Orwell would be dumbfounded by such an opinion. 

There are many unanswered questions, many troubling ethical and privacy concerns, especially since this type of digitized governmental oversight regarding our health has no precedent (and by the way, it won’t stop there; think about China’s social credit system!). A vaccine passport is unnecessary and unacceptably invasive and represents grave overreach in our opinion. We have already been subjected to vaccines that are causing adverse events and in some instances, deaths, as per the CDC’s own VAERS reporting system. These adverse events and deaths must be thoroughly investigated, and very rapidly, so that the public can get clarity on the risks (the validity of these reports) as the risk information has been held back from the public. 

Even if the vaccines eventually show themselves to be completely harmless, safe and effective, which we all pray for, it is wholly unethical to require proof of vaccination in the first place as a general principle, and even more so concerning the fact that as of this writing, all vaccinations for SARS-CoV-2 are still considered experimental!

What is even more jarring to our sense of liberty is the additional imposition of censorship of thoughts expressed on paper or social media, particularly of course thoughts that challenge the current narratives. It seems that corporate giants with multibillions of dollars in revenue gained from sharing individual user’s personal data are hard at work to bring the entire society under their umbrella, now including personal health data! Even though a private enterprise is in point of fact free to limit the use of its facilities to anyone, we hold that state governments can still, and are obliged to enact laws to prevent such private enterprise overreaches that are tantamount to mass discrimination, thus also making the vaccine passports discriminatory by their very nature. And as one would imagine, objections to so-called vaccine passports are also mounting in the United Kingdom, where freedom loving individuals are expressing their outrage via podcasts.

The airlines, such as United Airlines, are enthusiastically leaning towards the requirement of a vaccine passport prior to gaining entry to a flight. The cruise line industry , including governments such as Australia, Denmark and other European nations, are actively seeking such mandates as a means to ensure safety with such demands. But in reality this is pure theatre and safety is definitely unimportant insofar as their judgements are concerned. 

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The folly of these requirements becomes very striking when one considers that we do not require vaccination passports for smallpox, influenzas, tuberculosis (TB; an emerging crisis regarding the development of multidrug resistant TB). Microsoft, meanwhile has developed an Excelsior Pass in New York that would ostensibly be used on a voluntary basis but has run into trouble with regard to reliability and implementation. Its use portends an extreme degree of surveillance of an individual’s freedom by a private enterprise and simultaneously allows the government to accumulate data for its own ‘potentially’ questionable goals. 

One wonders whether restaurants will monitor for such a passport from their patrons, a retail store for that matter, or a sporting facility. If such private mandates are allowed, there will of necessity exist two tiers of citizenry, those with and those without such passports. The latter will come under harder scrutiny for all transactional pursuits in their lives and might even be considered as “dissidents,” a societal classification that is generally applied to people who oppose a totalitarian regime. Imagine that! Someone can be accused of being a dissident, or even perhaps an insurrectionist if the person does not have a vaccine passport! The class warfare will then also include those vaccinated versus those unvaccinated added to the repertoire of rich and poor, white and black, privileged versus non-privileged, and other divisive nonsense employed to destroy a society and pit brother against brother, friend against friend, neighbor against neighbor.

The educational industry and other corporations are gearing up legal defenses against any resistance to the launch of vaccine passports. The challenge might come from the courts, as long as the judges have free will and use the Constitution as the founding document of liberty and freedom in the United States for informing and substantiating their decisions.

We suggest that developing countries will suffer the most, economically, from such mandates as lower income countries that do not have the vaccine in supply will be targeted by the developed nations and prohibited from visiting the wealthy countries that have the vaccines. The testing for immune status, pre- and post-travel will create another onerous demand on the traveling public and will have a devastating impact on the travel industry with an equally devastating effect on businesses that thrive as a result of a robust travel industry.

On one hand it seems that many world governments and global corporations are in favour of vaccine passports and yet, the World Health Organization does not support the Vaccine Passports for…now. “We as WHO are saying at this stage we would not like to see the vaccination passport as a requirement for entry or exit because we are not certain at this stage that the vaccine prevents transmission…” It is only a matter of time before international pressures from totalitarian governments before the WHO likely changes this opinion unfortunately.

There are several scientific reasons for arguing against the use of vaccine passports that go beyond the impact such actions will have on our human rights. We bring to the fore some thoughts regarding the vaccines. The vaccines as designed so far do not protect an individual by the provision of “sterilizing immunity.” By sterilizing immunity we mean that there is no further prospect of either getting infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus after a vaccination nor of passing along the virus to others. It has been suggested that the vaccines will limit the possibility of a (re)infection that might lead to hospitalization and even death. But for those who insist on ‘following the science,’ none of the vaccines have been shown in any way to reduce either hospitalization of death. 

On a related front though we point out that in some cases proof of vaccination is the norm. This could apply to individuals who must prove that they’ve been vaccinated against polio before going to a country where polio viral endemicity is for the safety of the individual and for the host country. The individual is deemed to be able to enter the country safely. This is decidedly not the case in the midst of a pandemic where the entire world has a circulating virus! 

In this regard, how does a vaccine passport help if the vaccine is impotent in protecting an individual from an infection and its furtherance through transmission, particularly when there is an ever-increasing font of mutant forms of, in our case, SARS-CoV-2 meaning that some vaccines are already being shown to be ineffective against certain variants/mutations? Such concepts are not reckless, but merely bring to fore the need to understand basic concepts of viral transmission in concert with important and in fact sacrosanct human liberties and freedoms. These outcomes have simply not been evaluated! 

In addition to the limitations discussed above, there are other sequelae as a consequence of the vaccination that we have alluded to in the past that need consideration. Using this information then to mandate a policy by the airline industry and other private commercial entities is duplicitous at best and discriminatory at worst. Such augury laced with the term “for the public good,” needs a reconciliation of sorts. The future envisioned seems to be more destined to benefit private corporations and their leaders as well as the government, and less to protect the individual. The term “public good” that is currently being bandied about is really tantamount to mere virtue signaling from across various disciplines and in our opinion has little to do with the public good. 

Several States in the United States have shown a resolve against the premise of the vaccine passports. These include TexasTennesseeFlorida, Mississippi at present. But surely more will follow their lead as more information and resistance from the populace comes to bear. The public must be resolute and stand up and say NO. Under no conditions shall we accept this level of government or corporate control of our lives, particularly in light of the harms and lack of benefit! 

We raise this issue out of concern for the very basic freedoms we hold so dearly and the potential destruction that waits should this go forward. We urge strong urgent debate on this, but populations must act now as we debate, by standing up against any more draconian intrusions by their governments. The devastating pandemic response by governments and their often illogical, unscientific, unsound, and often absurd expert medical advisors (Task Forces) and television medical experts have left lives and societies in ruin. Children have suffered losses that some argue will never be recovered in their lifetimes. Vaccine passports promise to dwarf what we have witnessed across the last year due to the unintended consequences and collateral damage related to our ill-informed responses to SARS-CoV-2!

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute of Economic Research

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After mystical experience, priest announces Communion only on the tongue and kneeling

Fr. Fredy Leonardo Herrera Fuentes in Bogotá, Colombia, told parishioners that 'from this moment in our parish, it’s only going to be possible to receive Holy Communion on the tongue and kneeling down.'
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 3:12 pm EST
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April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In February, a priest was caught on video having a mystical experience during Mass after which he went straight to the pulpit to announce that from that moment on, Holy Communion at that parish would only be given on the tongue and kneeling. The video, which has gone viral with nearly two million views, captured the priest bowing down (practically doubling over), shaking, and crying. He was bowed down for about 20 seconds, which is of course a long time during Mass while everyone is waiting. 

In this episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, I show you that clip and exactly what he said, but also I get clarification on what such a declaration is all about from well-known theologian and liturgical expert Dr. Peter Kwasniewski. This way, we can unpack this properly.

On February 7, 2021, at the conclusion of the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass, Fr. Fredy Leonardo Herrera Fuentes, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Bogotá, Colombia, told parishioners that “from this moment in our parish, it’s only going to be possible to receive Holy Communion on the tongue and kneeling down.” 

A priest who goes by the name Miles Mariae, “the soldier of Mary,” has produced an English voiceover version of the video and given me permission to use it. So here is the link to the video with thanks to Father Miles Mariae.

Dr. Kwasniewski told me that there is a problem with a priest at a Novus Ordo parish refusing Holy Communion to those who wish to receive on the hand in a diocese where that is permitted. “Almost any canon lawyer (and certainly any bishop) would say no, he cannot refuse, because the Church’s discipline (however flawed it may be) expressly allows for this.” 

I asked Dr. Kwasniewski what would happen in the case where a priest is so convinced of the wrongness of Holy Communion in the hand that he feels in conscience he cannot give Communion in the hand even when the faithful demand it. 

Dr. Kwasniewski said, “It is always UNDERSTOOD that if one’s conscience says that a proposed course of action is sinful or risks committing sin or being a near occasion of sin, one must refrain from it.” 

He added, however, that the priest making such a decision would likely get suspended by his bishop. Dr. Kwasniewski knows several priests who have been suspended over this.

I, too, know of priests who are tortured in conscience about having to administer Holy Communion in so unworthy a manner. In fact, my own father, Henry Westen, was an ordained deacon in the Maronite rite late in his life. He would never administer Holy Communion in the hand, and so at the parish where he served, the priests would announce that those wishing to receive on the hand should not be on the side where Deacon Westen was distributing Holy Communion. 

For me, the matter is quite clear. Some of you may recall that in one of my previous shows I covered this issue with a video called “5 reasons why Catholics should only receive Holy Communion on the tongue.” I encourage you to watch that if you’re interested.

This matter of the proper way to receive Our Lord is so important that Voice of the Family did a whole conference on the subject in July 2020. As part of that conference, Catholic veteran pro-life activists from across the world joined together in unison to declare that they would only receive Holy Communion on the tongue while kneeling out of reverence to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

The joint  declaration featured  well-known Catholic pro-life leaders such as Dr. Gianna Molla, daughter of St. Gianna Beretta Molla; LifeSite’s Steve Jalsevac; pro-life warrior  Abby Johnson; C-Fam president Austin Ruse; Pachamama “destroyer” Alexander Tschugguel; Michael Matt from The Remnant newspaper; and Virginia Coda Nunziante,  head of the March for Life in Italy, and more. 

With so much irreverence for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament today, I would beg you to consider making the sacrifice of receiving Jesus worthily, kneeling and on the tongue.

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Leftists turn on Bill Maher over jokes about Bruce ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner’s bid for California governor

Maher experienced the wrath of woke leftists for his 'transition' jokes.
Mon Apr 26, 2021 - 2:51 pm EST
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April 26, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – These days, the revolution is moving so fast even the old school liberals can’t keep up. It’s interesting to see pundits who championed the moral upheaval of the past several decades with gusto and enjoyed mocking the views of the religious discover that the revolution they helped midwife is actually a religiously zealous one, and that the heretic-hunters of our new orthodoxies are lacking the forgiveness that characterizes Christianity.

Late night, host Bill Maher is getting trashed again for “transphobia” for telling jokes about Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner with his usual crudeness. The former Olympian and trans activist is running for governor of California, and Maher couldn’t resist taking a few shots, noting that Jenner is “trans, rested, and ready” and stating snidely that “I know you think of her as a reality-show star, but come on, people change.” He then joked about Jenner’s surgical castration.

Maher is the sort of atheist who delights in blaspheming, and his noxious anti-Christian sentiments are frequently on display. But mocking Christians to a late-night audience is like preaching to the choir — telling jokes about “transition,” the extreme LGBT baptismal rite of passage that must be treated with the utmost respect, is downright dangerous. His jokes about Jenner were promptly headline news not only in the United States but worldwide, with his “cruelty” and “transphobia” condemned in chorus.

Joy Behar, The View’s reliable leftist, also stumbled onto the tolerance buzz saw on the subject of Jenner’s gubernatorial run. Several times during the April 23 show she referred to Bruce as a “he,” which, to be fair, was what he called himself for the majority of his life. After a commercial break, she promptly apologized. “So first of all let me apologize for my pronoun mixup. I think I just didn’t get enough sleep last night,” Behar clarified. “I had no intention of mixing them up, and I tried to correct it immediately, but whatever, it just came out. So I’m sorry if anyone was upset by that.”

Predictably, people were. Despite Behar’s attempts to correct herself as well as her apology, the Twitterati thundered with moral indignation. “Misgendering” Jenner, she was reminded, was a sin, a concept that no longer applies to the sorts of things we used to call sin but very much applies to not using the appropriate pronouns.

Maher, at least, knows this is all ridiculous, and has thus far refused to stop saying whatever he wants. He does, I suspect, find it somewhat uncomfortable that those on his side of the aisle are the ones attempting to cancel him while conservatives defend him, but strange times make for strange bedfellows. Behar knew immediately she had to apologize but failed to be appropriately groveling and made the mistake of sounding mildly irritated. Self-flagellation is essential to prove the rainbow high priests that sufficient guilt is felt.

But consider for just a moment: A pundit accidentally — accidentally — refers to a biological man who decided, well past middle-age, to identify as a woman as “he” because for nearly his entire public life, that is who he was. These throw-away comments take place on a daytime show for women, and are made by someone who has been a fervent supporter of the LGBT movement for years. And yet, this slip-up is actually headline news in prominent publications across the United States.

I wonder if folks like Maher and Behar ever look at what America has become and somewhere, deep down in their being, wonder if they made a mistake.


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‘Super’ Godmother: advice on picking godparents and their role from a godmother of 12

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In today’s episode of The Ladies of LifeSite, Danielle Zuccaro LifeSite’s Sustain Life Coordinator, joins the Ladies to discuss godparents. Danielle is a godmother to 5 kiddos and has sponsored 7 young adults in their entrance to the Catholic Church.

Danielle, Clare, and Lisa discuss their experiences as godmothers and Lisa and Maddie discuss the process and prayer involved in picking godparents.

If you’re a godparent or are trying to pick godparents for your little one, this is a great episode for you!

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