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What Fauci’s emails tell us about his deadly incompetence and mishandling of COVID

Revelations include flip-flops on masking, fixation with a failed coronavirus drug, and disastrous virus mortality errors.
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 8:57 pm EST
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June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The errors and hypocrisy of America’s most famous bureaucrat were on full display last week with the release of thousands of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails.

The messages, published by The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, and health advocacy group ICAN, exposed Fauci’s previously unknown concerns about the origin of COVID-19 and his close cooperation with Bill Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, among other revelations. 

The communications of the top presidential COVID-19 adviser and director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) also detailed his flip-flops on masks, fixation with a faulty COVID drug, and fatal misinterpretation of virus mortality data.

Below are a few highlights from what we’ve learned about Dr. Fauci’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis based on his own messages. 

‘The mistake that drove all the others’

Emails from early 2020 that were dumped last week shed light on Fauci’s false comparisons between COVID-19 and the flu – errors that ultimately led to global lockdowns, mask mandates, and social distancing.

In an email dated March 2, 2020, the NIAID chief responded to a reporter with The Wall Street Journal stating that COVID-19 has a roughly 2 percent mortality rate. “For seasonal influenza it is approximately 0.1 percent,” Fauci said. He estimated mortality rate of the virus similarly in other emails, like one to the top medical correspondent of CBS News.

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“On March 2, Fauci estimates a 2% mortality rate from the virus. He’s off by a factor of 10, give or take,” former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson commented on Twitter. “This was the mistake that drove all the others.”

Dr. Ronald Brown of the University of Waterloo discussed Fauci’s misreading of COVID-19 data in a paper published last year in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 

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Two weeks after his March 2 email, Fauci reiterated to the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee that mortality for the flu was around 0.1 percent. The updated mortality rate of COVID-19, however, was around 1 percent, he claimed. As Dr. Brown remarked, “The conclusion was reported to the House Committee that the coronavirus was 10 times more lethal than seasonal influenza.” 

Brown explained that Fauci’s comparison between influenza and COVID-19 mixed up two different metrics: case fatality rate and infection fatality rate. “Confusion between CFRs and IFRs may seem trivial, and it is easy to overlook at first, but this confusion may have ultimately led to an unintentional miscalculation in coronavirus mortality estimation,” Brown said. 

“A comparison of coronavirus and seasonal influenza CFRs may have been intended during Congressional testimony, but due to misclassifying an IFR as a CFR, the comparison turned out to be between an adjusted coronavirus CFR of 1% and an influenza IFR of 0.1%,” he said. 

Fauci’s mistake thereby “helped launch a campaign of social distancing, organizational and business lockdowns, and shelter-in-place orders” based in large part on an error.  

COVID-19 restrictions, of course, have devastated the global economy and precipitated untold needless deaths, despite the actual infection fatality rate of COVID-19 hovering around .2 percent to .3 percent, according to research highlighted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“After Dr. Fauci’s testimony, the ‘10 times more lethal’ line was echoed throughout the media,” Len Cabrera noted in the Rational Ground. “The problem is that the statement was false and Dr. Fauci (and his staff) should have caught it immediately.”

Dr. Fauci: anti-masker 

Fauci’s emails also detailed his stunning reversals on mask use and his initial rejection of widespread masking, given what he recognized to be the ineffectiveness of most face masks.

“Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection,” Fauci wrote February 5 to Sylvia Burwell, presumably the Obama-era health secretary and former Gates Foundation executive.

“The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material,” he told Burwell. “I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a vey low risk location.” 

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Responses to a journalist approved by Fauci later that month likewise noted that “(t)he vast majority of people outside of China do not need to wear a mask. A mask is more appropriate for someone who is infected than for people trying to protect against infection.” As Fauci affirmed in a message on February 4, “Most transmissions occur from someone who is symptomatic.” 

Fellow NIAID officials appeared to back up their boss’s mask hesitancy, one circulating a “review on masks” dismissing the effectiveness of the measure. “Bottom line: generally there were not differences in ILI/URI/or flu rates when masks were used,” the official summarized.

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Dr. Fauci continued recommending against mandatory mask policies in his communications throughout the spring, telling a South Carolina professor in April, “I would keep the policy ‘voluntary’ but I would ‘encourage’ employees to wear (masks).” 

The NIAID director, of course, later became a leading proponent of universal masking, eventually claiming that face masks should be worn after COVID-19 vaccines and that masking could continue even after coronavirus subsides. 

“I think he’s been all over the place on masks,” Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, epidemiologist and professor of medicine at Stanford University, said on The Ingraham Angle last week. 

“I think his credibility is entirely shot.” 

“Yes, you should change your mind when the science changes,” he continued. “But what is that science that changed that convinced him that masks are the most effective way?” 

‘Very surprised’ by DeSantis

While dissuading against mask use and pushing back against the fallacy of asymptomatic spread, Dr. Fauci privately blasted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for not “completely” shutting down entire sectors of the Florida economy early on in the COVID-19 crisis. 

“I have pushed hard on PPEs and as you may know the POTUS has involved the Department of Defense to provide 5 million N-95 respirators,” he wrote in March 2020 to a Florida doctor who complained to Fauci about the DeSantis administration.

“Regarding the bars and beaches, I have been screaming on TV 2 to 5 times per night to tell the younger generation to start taking this seriously,” he said. “I am very surprised that Gov. Desantis has not completely closed the bars, even if they serve food.” 

“I will bring this up at the Task Force meeting tomorrow,” he said. 

COVID-19 therapeutics

Further emails released last week highlighted Dr. Fauci’s aggressive promotion of Gilead’s antiviral medication remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19. Fauci peddled the now-discredited treatment almost exclusively, regardless of tips from numerous experts about other regimens, his emails revealed. 

Even fellow leftist bureaucrats raised concerns about Fauci’s support for the Gilead drug. “I am a bit perplexed by your seeming strong endorsement of remdesivir,” Ezekiel Emanuel, pro-abortion Obama administration official wrote April 30, after Fauci touted remdesivir in a White House briefing.

“Was it just a bit forced?” Emanuel asked. “My reading was the data were weak and in normal times for normal disease it is not enough to to approve. And very unlikely to really impact COVID-19 disease pattern.”

Fauci responded defensively, writing that he “did not ‘strongly’ endorse it.” “I specifically said that it was not a knockout drug and was only a baby step in the direction of developing more and better drugs,” he said. “I do not think I forced anything.” 

He had, in fact, given the drug a ringing endorsement the previous day, saying that data showed “that remdesivir has a clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery.” 

Fauci made the announcement after the publication of two studies, both of which were flawed, and one of which found that remdesivir did not reduce COVID-19 death rates, NBC News reported at the time. 

“What it has proven is that a drug can block this virus,” Fauci nevertheless insisted. The WHO ultimately officially recommended against remdesivir in the fall, citing “no evidence that remdesivir improves survival and other outcomes.” 

Other messages show that Fauci was advised by multiple scientists to investigate different treatments in the meantime, though he often seemed to dismiss them. In April, Fauci was informed about an apparently promising “a potent anti-aggregant therapy” by Dr. Paolo Lussa, senior investigator for the Viral Pathogenesis Section at the NIAID. 

“I talked with Dr. Viecca this morning who shared additional information about his protocol,” Lussa wrote, adding that “they treated a first group of five critical patients with potent anti-aggregant therapy (tirofiban/Aggrastat) and apparently in all of them the pO2 started to rise within less than 2 hours, they got off the ventilators and went on to full recovery.” 

Fauci simply responded, “Thanks, Paolo.”

Scientists also alerted Fauci to possible benefits of hydroxychloroquine, like physicist Erik Nielsen, who pushed the NIAID chief to take ciclesonide into account as well. “Some patients on ventilators who were approaching death have fully recovered after treatment with ciclesonide,” Nielsen told Fauci. The email was “(t)oo long for me to read,” Fauci said.


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Public health’s racist experimentation and eugenics programs have fueled deep mistrust of vaccines – from blacks and whites

Mass marketing can’t erase the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, mass sterilization camps, or botched vaccine and birth control trials on the poor
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 8:14 pm EST
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June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Public health agencies are engaging in hand-wringing about “vaccine hesitancy” – the growing phenomenon of people questioning the safety and necessity of experimental vaccines against COVID-19. They blame “anti-vaxxers” for fueling the “misinformation” behind reluctance to take shots and say it is preventing herd immunity. But a look at the history of how public health agencies in America and abroad have treated their “herds” in the past may be enough to explain why so many are questioning mass-marketed injections.

Last week, FOX News’s Tucker Carlson pointed to a rash of statements by Democrats and left-leaning analysts blaming “white Republican men” for COVID vaccine refusal.

“‘Why don’t they want it — these white men who by and large were Trumpers?’ asked CNN anchor Chris Cuomo,” Carlson quipped.

Blacks declining vaccines

In reality, the White House and CNN got their figures wrong, or as Carlson surmised, they were “lying again.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data tracking vaccine status by race and ethnicity to June 6 shows that black rates of coronavirus vaccination are trailing significantly behind that of Whites in America: 42% of Asian Americans and 32% of white Americans had received “at least one dose” of a COVID vaccine compared to just 27% of Hispanics and 23% of black Americans.

So, while whites make up a greater number of the nearly 64% total of adults that have received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine in the U.S., on a per capita basis the biggest refusers may or may not be Republican, but they are not white. They are black and Hispanic.

Even as Americans are awash in vaccines and injections are being mass-marketed and incentivized with everything from lottery tickets to free beer and Krispy Kreme donuts, about 24% of the adult population does not intend to get a shot and, according to a recent Gallup Poll, are not likely to change their minds any time soon.

It doesn’t help that evidence is stacking up against Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief White House coronavirus adviser, for his role in funding the “gain of function” research at the lab that created the very virus that he has now been put in charge of eradicating.

Not-so-distant past: Tuskegee experiments, mentally disabled kids intentionally infected with hepatitis, nearly 70,000 sterilized against their will

Public health has responded by creating campaigns that have “prioritized” blacks and other minorities, the elderly, and the disabled. These people are most at risk of COVID-19, health agencies say. But these are the same groups that public health has “helped” in the past with targeted eugenics campaigns and racist experimentation of new drugs.

For nearly 20 years, mentally disabled children at the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York, were intentionally infected with viral hepatitis – fed chocolate milk mixed with the feces of infected patients –for the purpose of vaccine research.

Here are just a handful of public health atrocities from the recent past:

  • Nearly 800 Guatemalans (including orphaned children, prisoners, and insane asylum patients) were deliberately infected with syphilis and other infectious sexually transmitted agents as part of study sponsored by the Public Health Service, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Health Sanitary Bureau (now the World Health Organization's Pan American Health Organization) and the Guatemalan government. The experiments went on between 1946 and 1948 and were allegedly facilitated by Johns Hopkins University, drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb, and the Rockefeller Foundation. The director of the study, John Charles Cutler, also directed the infamous and more enduring Tuskegee syphilis experiments.
  • The Tuskegee syphilis experiments were conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Cutler, with the blessings of the public health industry and tax funding, recruited 399 poor black men with syphilis infections and offered them sham “treatments” which his research team knew wouldn’t work, so they could chart the progress of untreated disease. The researchers went to elaborate and deceptive lengths to keep the men from being treated with penicillin which had been a recognized, effective treatment since 1947, to keep them – and observe without them knowing they were untreated – in a state of lethal disease. The experiments only ended when a whistleblower inside the public health system told the New York Times and the studies became public. By that time, just 74 men who thought they were being helped by public health were still alive. Of the original 399, 128 men had died of syphilis or its complications, 40 of their wives had been infected, and 19 of their children had been born with congenital syphilis – all for the sake of “public health.”
  • In 2015, CDC senior scientist William Thomson called Brian Hooker, a scientist and the parent of an autistic son, and admitted that he and four other scientists at the CDC who had published a major study finding no connection between MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccination and autism had in fact destroyed evidence that showed a statistically significant link between the vaccine and autism in black boys.
  • Eugenicist Margaret Sanger, who founded the abortion franchise Planned Parenthood, was clearly referring to people of color and the disabled when she argued for the “gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extinction, of defective stocks” and “human weeds.” She got drug maker G.D. Searle the funds to test its first birth control pills on unwitting women in Puerto Rico and Haiti who didn’t know they were part of clinical trials in the 1950s. Three of the women died. Their deaths were never investigated. The 17% of the women who experienced side-effects including blood clots and strokes were dismissed as “psychosomatic” by the researchers; FDA officials back in the U.S. approved the drugs based on the research.
  • For nearly 20 years, mentally disabled children at the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York, were intentionally infected with viral hepatitis – fed chocolate milk mixed with the feces of infected patients –for the purpose of vaccine research. Between 1963 and 1966 Saul Krugman of New York University told parents of prospective enrollees at the school (which Senator Robert F. Kennedy had called a “snake pit” after visiting it unannounced) that they could get into the school in exchange for “vaccinations” which were in fact hideous vaccine experiments.
  • Nearly 70,000 blacks and whites in mostly poor communities were sterilized against their will through an entrenched and widespread public health eugenic sterilization campaign that spanned decades in the United States. Blacks were sterilized at about three times the rate of whites and one study found that one in four American Indian women were sterilized against their will in the 1970s.
  • India has long been a target of population controllers at groups including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). These population controllers have worked with local governments to drastically cut births throughout the country by mass sterilization drives that routinely cause women to die or be injured. The women are frequently not told what they are undergoing.
  • Hundreds of children in India today continue to be paralyzed by vaccine-induced polio because health officials and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation use dangerous oral polio vaccines – abandoned by the West long ago – for the sake of “convenience,” according to doctors there.
  • In 2013, a government investigation concluded that a Bill and Melinda Gates-funded organization had conducted a large-scale clinical trial conducted on behalf of pharmaceutical human papilloma virus (HPV) Gardasil vaccine makers on poor girls and boys in India in violation of ethical and legal regulations which amounted to “child abuse.” Seven girls had died. More than 2,700 children were put in the trials without written parental consent, the government committee reported. In January 2015, the Daily Mail interviewed boys and girls in India who said they had no idea they were testing a drug and who suffered weight loss, fatigue, dizziness, and menstrual problems.

‘Public health has never been a friend of the black American’

It’s against this backdrop of public health’s dark history that many blacks are pushing back against COVID vaccination – injection of an experimental drug that was fast-tracked and granted Emergency Use Authorization only because clinical trials are incomplete.

“We have trust issues, a lot of us because of some history of things that have been done in the past. So, a lot of us are skeptical. We want to wait and see,” Emma Agnew, the president of the Craighead County NAACP in Jonesboro, Arkansas told a local news station last week.

Kevin Jenkins, CEO of the Urban Global Health Alliance, co-produced a 2021 documentary called Medical Racism with the Children’s Health Defense, founded by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., which explores racist views endemic to current “public health” practices.

“The global tyrants of Big Pharma and Big Tech have been clever in the last couple of years in hijacking the language of social justice,” Jenkins told LifeSiteNews. Worse than that, he added, is that they are co-opting black American leaders in public health, civil society, and churches, to promote their products and campaigns as a social justice or “equity” issue – trying to convince blacks that white Americans are privileged to get the vaccine and black Americans are being left behind.

“They’re using the exact same science that Margaret Sanger used in 1929,” Jenkins said, when Sanger convinced a host of black American leaders that when she was interested in serving them when in fact she was serving Nazi racist and eugenic ideology.

“Until you understand that,” said Jenkins, “until you understand history, until you understand the exploitation, you will never understand that public health has never been a friend of the black American. And public health has never been a friend of the poor American.”


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Biden, Pope Francis may meet in Rome ahead of US bishops’ debate on Communion for pro-abortion politicians

The get-together and details about the discussion have yet to be confirmed by the Vatican.
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 8:12 pm EST
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June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) –President Joe Biden will make his first international trip to Europe for a number of political liaisons starting June 10, according to the White House, and Vatican sources hinted that he may stop in Rome to meet with Pope Francis on June 15.

The meeting would come just one day before American bishops are set to debate the censure of openly pro-abortion politicians like Biden who claim to be Catholic, including the possibility of being denied Holy Communion.

Biden will travel to Europe to attend a host of summits with world leaders throughout June, beginning with the G7 summit on Britain’s picturesque Cornish coast alongside six of the wealthiest nation’s leaders to discuss climate change and coronavirus-related issues. Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a call to his fellow G7 members ahead of the summit to “vaccinate the entire world against coronavirus by the end of 2022,” according to a June 6 press release.

After the summit closes June 13, Biden will make his way to Brussels on June 14 to attend the NATO summit before heading to Geneva on June 16 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, CNA reported. Before meeting Putin, it is expected that Biden will stop in Rome to be hosted by Pope Francis on June 15. A meeting is not confirmed at this time or have any details been released about what might be discussed.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet from June 16 to 18 in their biannual General Assembly, held virtually for only the second time in its history.

Part of the discussion at the assembly will focus on the approval of a document on “Eucharistic coherence,” Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, who also serves as the president of the USCCB, confirmed in a May 22 letter.

The letter outlines the scope of the proposed teaching document as “how best to help people to understand the beauty and mystery of the Eucharist as the center of their Christian lives,” Gomez wrote.

More specifically, the document proposes to address the worthiness of receiving Holy Communion for Catholics in public office. Such politicians, if they openly dissent from Catholic teaching in a grave matter like abortion would face strict ecclesiastical penalties, including exclusion from the reception of Holy Communion, in line with the Catholic Code of Canon Law. 

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The approval of the document during the assembly would prompt the USCCB’s doctrine committee to develop a formal text. “From there, the Conference’s usual process of consultation, modification, and amendment will take place as the document is presented for consideration at a future Plenary Assembly,” Gomez’s May 22 letter laid out. 

Canon 915 states that Catholics who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.” According to a 2004 memo issued to the U.S. bishops by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who is now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a Catholic politician who is “consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws” manifests “formal cooperation” with grave sin and must be “denied” the Eucharist.

Gomez explained in his letter that “In light of recent surveys, it is clear that there is a lack of understanding among many Catholics about the nature and meaning of the Eucharist. This teaching document will address the fundamental doctrines concerning the Eucharist that the Church, as a whole, needs to retrieve and revive.”

A section addressing Eucharistic reception, titled “Eucharistic consistency,” will purportedly tackle “the nature of eucharistic communion and the problem of serious sin.” The May 22 letter to the bishops noted that “a person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself (1 Cor 11:28-29).”

Opposing any debate on the exclusion of Catholics like Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving the Eucharist are Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., and 65 other prelates within the American hierarchy who have attempted to stall proceedings, going so far as to sign a letter urging their brother bishops to disregard any notion of publicly correcting anti-life, anti-family Catholic politicians.

Gomez, however, has insisted that the proposal receives a full discussion, as originally planned.

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27 health experts implore FDA ‘slow down and get the science right’ before approving vaccines

A citizen petition calls on the FDA to withhold full approval of vaccines for COVID-19 until efficacy and safety measures are met.
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 7:21 pm EST
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June 8, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) – A group of 27 clinicians, researchers and advocates last week filed an urgent Citizen Petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency not to prematurely grant full approval to any COVID vaccine.

“Premature FDA approval of any COVID-19 vaccine could negatively impact the health and safety of U.S. residents, with global ramifications considering the international importance of FDA decisions,” the group said.

The FDA citizen petition process, described in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR Part 10), allows individuals and community organizations to request the agency make changes to health policy. At any time, any “interested person” can request the FDA “issue, amend or revoke a regulation or order,” or “take or refrain from taking any other form of administrative action.”

In their petition, the group outlined many unanswered questions surrounding the efficacy and safety of COVID vaccines, and detailed how data must be collected before the FDA considers granting any vaccine full approval.

“We are concerned that the premature licensure of a COVID-19 vaccine can seriously undermine public confidence in regulatory authorities, particularly if long-term safety issues were to emerge following licensure,” petitioners wrote.

In an op-ed published today in The BMJ, four of the petition’s signatories, writing on behalf of the group, said:

“The message of our petition is ‘slow down and get the science right — there is no legitimate reason to hurry to grant a license to a coronavirus vaccine.’ We believe the existing evidence base — both pre- and post-authorization — is simply not mature enough at this point to adequately judge whether clinical benefits outweigh the risks in all populations.”

The petition states a COVID vaccine should be fully approved only when substantial evidence demonstrates the benefits of a specific product outweigh the harms for the indicated, recipient population. The petitioners “respectfully” requested the FDA act on the petition by June 11. They plan to seek judicial relief if the petition is denied.

The FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to three COVID vaccines — PfizerModerna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) — allowing rapid and widespread vaccine rollout across the U.S. However, the EUAs were granted without a built-in expiration date, which means they can lawfully be distributed even after a “public health emergency” no longer exists.

The 20-page citizen petition and supporting documents are filed under Docket ID FDA-2021-P-0521 on regulations.gov. Anyone can comment on the petition, or read others’ comments, including the FDA’s official reply once it arrives.

Petitioners ask the FDA to implement eight efficacy and safety measures before granting a COVID vaccine full FDA approval:

  1. Complete at least two years of follow-up of participants originally enrolled in pivotal clinical trials, even if the trials were unblinded and now lack a placebo control. All vaccine manufacturer phase 3 trials were already designed with this planned duration.

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  2. Prior to including in the list of populations for which a vaccine is approved, ensure there is substantial evidence that clinical effectiveness outweighs harms in special populations including: infants, children and adolescents; those with past SARS-CoV-2 infection; immunocompromised; pregnant women; nursing women; frail older adults; and individuals with cancer, autoimmune disorders and hematological conditions.

  3. Require thorough safety assessment of spike proteins being produced by body tissues following vaccine administration, and spike proteins’ full biodistribution, pharmacokinetics and tissue specific toxicity.

  4. Complete vaccine biodistribution studies from administration site and safety implications of mRNA translation in distant tissues.

  5. Require data of all severe adverse reactions reported following COVID vaccination, such as deaths, reported in VAERS and other pharmacovigilance systems.

  6. Assess safety in individuals receiving more than two doses.

  7. Include gene delivery and therapy experts in the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), in recognition of the fact that the novel COVID vaccines work on the premise of gene delivery, in contrast to conventional vaccines.

  8. Enforce stringent conflict-of-interest requirements to ensure individuals involved in data analysis and BLA-related decision-making processes have no conflict of interests with vaccine manufacturers.

The petitioners provided a rationale for each requested action and a list of what they said were invalid reasons for rushing full approval of COVID vaccines. They explained that approving COVID vaccines for the purpose of ensuring they are accessible after the public health emergency has ended, or in an effort to ensure adequate access to vaccines across the population, are two objectives that can be accomplished with current EUAs.

The group also said giving full approval to a COVID vaccine in an effort to pave the way for vaccine mandates or to bolster public confidence were outside the scope of the FDA’s purview.

“Premature FDA approval of any COVID-19 vaccine could negatively impact the health and safety of U.S. residents, with global ramifications considering the international importance of FDA decisions,” the group said.

The petition author and co-authors include:

  • Linda Wastila, BSPharm, MSPH, PhD and professor at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

  • Peter Doshi, PhD, associate professor at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

  • Patrick Whelan, MD, PhD associate clinical professor of pediatrics David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

  • Hamid A. Merchant, BPharm, MPharm, PhD, RPh, CQP, PGCertHE, FHEA, SRPharmS and subject leader department of pharmacy at University of Huddersfield

  • Donald W. Light, PhD and professor of comparative health policy and psychiatry at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Florence T. Bourgeois MD and associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

  • Robert M. Kaplan, PhD and distinguished research professor UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

  • Peter A. McCullough, MD and professor at Texas A & M College of Medicine

  • Anthony J Brookes, PhD and professor of genetics University of Leicester

  • David Healy, MD, FRCPsych and professor of psychiatry McMaster University Ontario, Canada

  • Byram Bridle, viral immunologist and associate professor at University of Guelph, Ontario

  • Kim Witczak, founder and CEO of Woodymatters and global drug safety advocate

  • Christine Stabell Benn, MD, PhD and professor of global health at University of Southern Denmark

  • Matthew Herder, JSM, LLM, Director, Health Law Institute at Dalhousie University Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Tom Jefferson, MD, MRCGP FFPHM, British epidemiologist who works with the Cochrane Collaboration, advisor to the Italian National Agency for Regional Health Services and is senior associate tutor at University of Oxford

  • Peter Collignon, infectious disease physician, microbiologist at Canberra Hospital and professor at the Australian National University Medical School

  • Peter C. Gøtzsche, Professor, DrMedSci, MD, MSc Director Institute for Scientific Freedom Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Peter Aaby, MSc, DMSc, Head of Bandim Health Project, Guinea-Bissau University of Southern Denmark

  • Ulrich Keil, MD, MPH, PhD, FRCP professor emeritus University of Münster, Germany

  • Juan Erviti, PharmD, PhD Unit of Innovation and Organization Navarre Health Service, Spain

  • Iona Heath, CBE FRCGP and past president of the Royal College of General Practitioners London, UK

  • Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD associate professor of Medicine David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

  • Barbara Mintzes, BA, MSc, PhD, associate professor, School of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney, Australia

  • Huseyin Naci, MHS, PhD associate professor of Health Policy London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Angela Spelsberg, MD, Comprehensive Cancer Center Aachen, Germany

  • Erick Turner, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University

  • Allyson M Pollock, MBChB, FRCPH, FRCP,  FRCGP, clinical professor of Public Health Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University and director of the Newcastle University Centre for Excellence in Regulatory Science.

Earlier this month, Children’s Health Defense Chairman (CHD) Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Meryl Nass, on behalf of CHD, filed a Citizen Petition with the FDA requesting the agency not only refrain from licensing COVID vaccines, but also immediately revoke the vaccines’ EUAs.

CHD submitted 72 references supporting the request for revocation and restraint. To read the full CHD petition text, download it from the FDA website or read the full petition here — then submit your comments using this form.

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University of Notre Dame embraces ‘pride month,’ touts Biden’s pro-LGBT statement 

'You shame the name of Our Lady' was one of the criticisms of the 'Catholic' school posted on Twitter.
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 6:50 pm EST
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SOUTH BEND, Indiana, June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic University of Notre Dame has officially dubbed June to be “Pride Month,” essentially joining with every other "woke" corporation and institution in the United States and the very pro-LGBT Biden administration. 

A statement issued by the university’s office of “Diversity and Inclusion” proclaims that “Pride Month is observed each June in the United States in commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising,” and that it is also “a time to recognize the contributions of LGBTQ+ Americans and raise awareness about efforts for equal justice and equal opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community.” 

The university issued the statement despite the fact that it stands in direct opposition to the Church’s very clear teaching on homosexuality and the imutable truth about the complementarity of man and woman. 

Quoting Joe Biden’s Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month 2021, the Notre Dame Pride statement continues:

The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June 1969 sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our Nation’s promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all. Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought — and continue to fight — for full equality. Pride is both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity. This Pride Month, we recognize the valuable contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals across America, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice.

The university then encouraged its students to explore what it means to be an ally in the effort to achieve LGBT equality by tapping into the resources of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the LGBT Lobbying powerhouse in Washington, D.C. 

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“You shame the name of Our Lady,” declared Austin Ruse, Catholic author and head of C-Fam in a tweet.   

“Hey Notre Dame - as a Catholic institution, the only thing June should be for you is for the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” scolded a Twitter user named Amanda.

“It’s so shameful to see what ND has become,” tweeted another. 

The university has long been on a trajectory leading away from authentic Catholic teaching and toward the normalization of homosexuality, transgenderism, and abortion. 

Last year, Notre Dame announced the hiring of Pete Buttigieg – a pro-abortion homosexual who is "married" to another man – as a 2020-2021 faculty fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS). Buttigieg is the former South Bend mayor who ran as a Democratic presidential candidate. 

While vying for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination, Buttigieg inferred that God made him gay, supported gay rights over religious liberty, and very publicly encouraged a 9-year-old boy to "come out" as gay. 

Yet Buttigieg’s antipathy toward bedrock Catholic teachings did not prevent him from being hired by the Catholic university. Notre Dame said it was “thrilled” to have him. 

“Though he possesses an impressive background and experience, I do believe Buttigieg’s  hiring continues a pattern I have seen at Notre Dame over the last decade or so and that is the slow erosion of maintaining a strong Catholic identity and supporting Catholic values,” Mark Nishan, class of 1976, told LifeSiteNews at the time.  

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“I understand the desire of the university to welcome diversity and different thinkers to challenge thought and creativity,” said Nishan, “but it is disappointing that they embrace those who openly oppose Catholic teachings and values to teach within it.” 

“So much that parades in political life today is threadbare theater. Notre Dame is at its best when it reaches back to ancient precepts and applies them with clarity to new situations,” observed 1974 Notre Dame graduate Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute.   


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6 pro-lifers arrested inside Ohio abortion centers as they begged moms to choose life

Father Fidelis Moschinki, CFR, was among the activists arrested.
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 6:19 pm EST
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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Six pro-life activists, including a Catholic priest, were arrested on criminal trespassing charges at two abortion facilities on Friday and Saturday as they approached women inside and counseled them against aborting their children.

Father Fidelis Moschinki, CFR, Laura F. Giles, Audrey S. Whipple, and Stephanie Berry were arrested at Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Ohio on Friday morning. Whipple is 18 years old.

Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and organizer of Red Rose Rescue missions, and 27-year-old Lauren Handy were arrested at a Planned Parenthood in Bedford Heights, Ohio on Saturday. After pro-life volunteers briefly spoke with two couples there, Miller said they “never got out of their vehicles” and exited the parking lot.

“That is a very good sign,” she told LifeSiteNews. “That gives us hope.”

When couples leave an abortion facility and have more time to think about their decision, “there’s a reprieve for the baby,” Miller said.

Miller, who is the author Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, also organized the rescue at the Cuyahoga Women’s Center on Friday morning. Another rescue had been planned at a Shaker Heights abortion facility for Friday afternoon, but the abortuary was unexpectedly closed when the rescuers arrived.

Miller told LifeSiteNews there were about 10 other pro-life activists outside the abortion facility in Cuyahoga Falls who did not enter the building and were not arrested.

Meanwhile, the closure of the Shaker Heights facility “was kind of a mystery,” Miller said, “because there is no question that that clinic was taking appointments from 1:00 o’clock to 3:00 o’clock: chemical abortions.”

Miller said the closure was unannounced and to her knowledge nobody was notified of cancelled or rescheduled abortions.

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.

Before their arrests, Red Rose Rescuers offered moms red roses and cards with the phone numbers of local pregnancy centers and the message: “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.”

Miller, who was held at the Cuyahoga County Jail on Saturday for five hours before being released, said, “We try always to be very quiet and very peaceful and exceptionally passive in terms of the arrest situations. We never give any resistance.”

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Miller said the Red Rose Rescuers’ practice of entering abortion facilities is a way of “moving the sidewalk counseling into the actual abortion facility.”

“Our goal is to talk to moms one on one and give them a hope that they otherwise wouldn’t have,“ she said. “They’ve already gone past the sidewalk counselors on the sidewalk and so this is our last effort to reach them before they walk down a hallway to abort their baby.”

Miller noted the Planned Parenthood in Bedford Heights is configured in such a way as to prevent sidewalk counselors from speaking with women before they enter the facility.

“They have a separate entrance specifically dedicated to the woman scheduled for abortion,” and it’s around the back of the building, in their parking lot,” she said. “The only way we were able to reach those moms was by going on the parking lot to talk to them.”

Miller said the mission of the Red Rose Rescues has two levels.

The first is the “11th hour effort to persuade these moms not to go through with the abortion, and to offer them help in the last few minutes before they walk down that hallway to abort their babies.” The second level of the mission is “to stay there for the baby.”

“They deserve a defense,” Miller said. “They deserve someone to stand up and witness for them. So that’s why we don’t leave them. We remain in solidarity with the victims of abortion. And that’s why we don’t leave. And that’s where the possibility of arrest is going to come in, because when the police order us to leave we very politely refuse and tell them why.”

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the four arrested in Cuyahoga Falls have pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing. Their trial dates are set for July and they have all been released on $2,500 personal recognizance bonds.

Miller and Handy have been given a pretrial date of June 22.

Since 2017, there have been close to 20 Red Rose Rescues in the United States. Legally, they have resulted in charges being 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 a felony for obstruction of officers. Michigan’s attorney general is a lesbian in a same-sex “marriage.”

Rescuers have ranged in age from 18 to 65.

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The USCCB should stand firm on denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians

Bishop Strickland highlights that the main problem behind politicians and others who counter Church teaching receiving Communion 'simply comes down to ... do we believe in the Real Presence?'
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 5:30 pm EST
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June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In this week’s episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, Bishop Joseph Strickland comments on the U.S. bishops’ upcoming June meeting, where they are set to discuss the issue of pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians receiving Holy Communion. Strickland also condemns contraception and talks about the importance of married couples being open to life and children.

Bishop Strickland highlights that the main problem behind politicians who contradict Church teaching but receive Communion anyway “comes down to … do we believe in the Real Presence?” Strickland says that the denial by Catholics of basic teachings of the faith, such as abortion or regarding homosexuality and transgenderism, stems from the denial that Christ is present at every Mass.

His Excellency notes that the U.S. bishops’ discussion on this topic really “doesn’t need to happen” because canon law is clear that politicians and others who openly promote anti-Catholic ideas must be refused Holy Communion. 

Strickland describes how today’s society opposes many truths, including the truth that “marriage is between a man and a woman for life, open to children.”

Lastly, he condemns contraception as immoral, and calls on married couples, especially recently married ones, to follow the teachings of the Church and always choose life and truth.

To watch all previous episodes of The Bishop Strickland Show, click here to visit LifeSite’s Catholic Rumble page.


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‘Political persecution’: New York’s attorney general announces ‘criminal’ probe into Trump

Attorney General Letitia James announced that her office's investigation has moved beyond a civil case, but she has provided no details on any alleged wrongdoing.
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 5:10 pm EST
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June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – New York Attorney General Letitia James’s long-running investigation into former President Donald Trump is now “criminal” in nature, the Democrat’s office recently announced, without identifying an alleged crime on Trump’s part.

"We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature. We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA," James spokesman Fabien Levy announced in a statement to CNN. "We have no additional comment." The civil investigation has been ongoing since 2019.

CNN added that James’ office has ostensibly been investigating whether Trump’s business organization “improperly inflated assets on financial statements to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits,” with several of the former business mogul’s financial dealings under scrutiny as well. 

But allies of the former president say that the investigation, which has been ongoing since 2019, is little more than a fishing expedition meant to harass Trump.

“I think it’s a political persecution, and I know that because she literally campaigned on it,” presidential son Donald Trump Jr. told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson. “She was going to investigate the crimes. The problem is, it wasn’t as though she was a part of this office. She had no idea. But in New York, it’s OK to try to persecute your political enemies, to try to target them, to try to hurt them, and they’ve been doing that for over five years.”

“She said that if elected, she would use her office to look into ‘every aspect’ of my real estate dealings,” former President Trump himself elaborated in a statement. “She swore that she would ‘definitely sue’ me. She boasted on video that she would be, and I quote, ‘a real pain in the ass’ (...) The Attorney General made each of these statements, not after having had an opportunity to actually look at the facts, but BEFORE she was even elected, BEFORE she had seen even a shred of evidence. 

“This is something that happens in failed third world countries, not the United States,” Trump declared. “If you can run for a prosecutor’s office pledging to take out your enemies, and be elected to that job by partisan voters who wish to enact political retribution, then we are no longer a free constitutional democracy.”

Trump’s tax returns were a recurring highlight of left-wing talking points during his presidency, with Democrats routinely insinuating that he was trying to hide some unspecified scandal. But when The New York Times published leaked details from those tax returns in September 2020, they revealed little more than, as Center for a Free Economy president Ryan Ellis put it, “a very aggressive taxpayer working with a very talented team of tax professionals pushing every legal tax avoidance strategy they can muster.”

For her part, while her office eventually turned its sights on New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo for covering up the true number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, politics seems to have been a higher priority for James. Last year, she led a multi-state effort to force states to exempt the abortion industry from the restrictions on in-person services that most legitimate medical fields accepted in the early days of the COVID outbreak.


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Manitoba introduces digital COVID-19 immunization card program

A government source had warned LifeSiteNews readers in May about such a program being imminent.
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 4:24 pm EST
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Premier of the Canadian province of Manitoba today officially launched an immunization card program for those who have “received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine,” allowing the vaccinated freedom over those who choose not to get the experimental shots. The announcement comes a month after a source within the Manitoba government warned LifeSiteNews about it.

Those who sign up for Manitoba’s “immunization card” will have to self-isolate for a two-week period neither after returning to the province nor if they are said to have been a close contact to a person with a confirmed case of coronavirus.

“Manitobans have told us that getting back to the things they love and miss is one of the biggest incentives to getting vaccinated. As a government, we are doing everything we can to bolster vaccine availability and accessibility, and equipping Manitobans with the information and support they need to make the right decision to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community,” said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister about the new immunization card in a press release sent out today.

Those with the cards will also be allowed to visit family in hospitals or other health care facilities. The card will be available to people who currently have a Manitoba health card, which is the only provincial health care insurance program available.

People who want the card must visit a specific government website, and “once someone has successfully completed the online request, they will automatically receive access to a digital card” in the form of a QR code.

A physical card can be requested, and those who want either a digital or paper card must wait at least two weeks after having their second shot.

Pallister made the announcement about the immunization card a day after the province’s top doctor, Dr. Brent Roussin, said his government will be releasing a form of “digital vaccine card” proof for those in his province, although he has yet to determine what exactly it will be used for.

Roussin said the “vaccine card” will allow Manitobans to “prove their vaccine status.”

“There is a sort of a vaccine, digital vaccine card or identifier that’s in the works, so Manitobans are going to have the availability to prove their vaccine status,” Roussin told reporters yesterday. “How that’s utilized within Manitoba that’s something yet to be determined.”

Insider warned a month ago that immunization card program was imminent

A month ago, LifeSiteNews exclusively reported that the Manitoba government was looking into creating a type of COVID-19 vaccine record card enabled by QR code, after a source who works with the government provided details of such plans.

Roussin’s remarks on Tuesday and those of Pallister today confirm what the source — who works within Manitoba Shared Health’s IT department — told LifeSiteNews on the condition of anonymity in May.

Last weekend, the source explained he was certain the government of Manitoba was “planning to go live with the Vax Card service within the next 1-2 weeks.”

“Hopefully this service is extremely short lived, although it should never have been developed in the first place, but given how the past year has gone, I doubt it,” said the source.

Source suspects real purpose of “immunization card” is for travel

Today, the source said that he believes the main reason for such a card is for travel purposes.

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“Regarding [Roussin’s remarks on Tuesday] of how it will be used in Manitoba, initially when I heard about this service my boss had mentioned it would be used for travelling,” the source said. “I have no concrete information to say if that’s true or not, or even if there are any plans already in place for how this will be used contrary to what Brent Roussin has stated but given how these ‘experts’ and ‘officials’ have been proven to be habitual liars and power-hungry fear mongers over the past year, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were actually already plans in place.”

Health Canada has authorized four COVID-19 injections for adults, all with connections to abortion. All of them have been associated with severe side effects such as blood clots, rashes, miscarriages, and even heart attacks in young healthy men.

Currently, no Canadian province has implemented any type of “vaccine passport.” However, most allow people to access their vaccine status online.

In May, as well, the province of Quebec began to send as “electronic proof” a vaccination confirmation in the form of a QR code to those who had received a COVID-19 jab.

At the federal level, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said his government is “right now” working on “certificates of vaccination” for travel with its allies, saying they are to be “expected.”

Recently, the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office claimed that a “broad consensus” has been reached among the nation’s premiers working to create “a proof of vaccine credential” system for travel.

Thus far, conservative premiers in Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan have not yet publicly spoken out in favor of or in full opposition to so-called “vaccine passports.”


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These bishops stand in the way of prohibiting Communion for Biden, pro-abortion politicians

They don’t want the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to discuss prohibiting pro-abortion self-identified Catholics in public life from receiving Holy Communion.
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 3:01 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinals Blase Cupich, Wilton Gregory, Sean O’Malley and Joseph Tobin are among the 68 bishops who don’t want the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to discuss prohibiting pro-abortion self-identified Catholics in public life from receiving Holy Communion.

“Eucharistic coherence,” as the bishops call it, is theological shorthand for what is lost when famous people who identify as Catholics but persist in open scandal, for example, by promoting abortion, receive Holy Communion. This unhappy feature of American Catholic life became even more troubling when Joe Biden became President and immediately began working to facilitate abortion and to promote transgenderism.

Today, Catholic news website The Pillar published the list of the bishops who signed a May 13 letter asking USCCB president Archbishop Jose Gomez to drop the issue from the annual meeting, which will be taking place online this June (FULL LIST BELOW). The Pillar obtained a copy of the letter.

The letter reveals that these 68 American cardinals and bishops want to delay any discussion of “Eucharistic worthiness.”

“(W)e respectfully urge that all Conference wide discussion and committee work on the topic of Eucharistic worthiness and other issues raised by the Holy See be postponed until the full body of bishops is able to meet in person,” they wrote. “The serious nature of these issues — especially the imperative to forge substantial unity — makes it impossible to address them productively in the fractured and isolated setting of a distance meeting.”

Shockingly, the letter suggests that both a “high standard of consensus” among the American bishops and of “maintaining unity with the Holy See and the Universal Church” is “far from being achieved at this present moment.”

The Pillar stated that Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., and Blase Cupich of Chicago are “reportedly among the letter’s principal authors.” All their auxiliary bishops — seven for Chicago and two in Washington, D.C. — have also signed the letter. A representative sample of ordinaries who signed include Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski of St. Louis, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, and Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York was originally a signatory of the letter, but a spokesman for the Archdiocese told The Pillar that the cardinal had eventually asked that his signature be withdrawn.

Cardinal Cupich’s opposition to denying Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians is well-known. He recently sent a letter to Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver critiquing an article the latter wrote about Eucharistic coherence. Cupich also criticized the USCCB president’s statement, issued immediately after Biden was inaugurated as the President of the United States. That statement pointed out that Biden “has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender.”

According to The Pillar, the letter pertains to a vote that the members of the USCCB are expected to take during their June meeting about drafting an official document about “Eucharistic coherence.” It is not related to approving a document already written, or drafting one during the meeting.

The online magazine, led by former Catholic News Agency veterans Ed Condon and J.D. Flynn, noted that some are saying that this is an attempt by the signatories to ensure a “full and open” discussion, whereas others think these bishops are stalling for time.

“If the bishops do not vote this month that a document should be drafted, any eventual document is unlikely to be released before late 2022 or early 2023, and only then if a motion to draft a text comes up at a future meeting — most likely in November — for a vote,” The Pillar reported.

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Meanwhile, subsequent correspondence from Archbishop Gomez suggests that he has not dropped preparations for a vote on a document about “Eucharistic coherence.” He reported that a doctrine committee had met to develop “a brief outline” to propose to the USCCB members in June. The USCCB president emphasized that they would not be voting on the document but on whether or not drafting of such a document could begin.

“If approved, the Doctrine Committee will develop a text,” Gomez wrote in his May 22 letter to all the bishops. “From there, the Conference’s usual process of consultation, modification, and amendment will take place as the document is presented for consideration at a future Plenary Assembly.”

The archbishop included in his letter the “action item” to be voted on by the members of the USCCB at their meeting: “Does the body of bishops approve the request of the Committee on Doctrine to proceed with the drafting of a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church?”

The full list of signatories is as follows:

Cardinals

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York (reported withdrawn)

Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., of Boston

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, CSsR, of Newark

Ordinaries

Archbishop Andrew Bellisario, CM, of Anchorage-Juneau

Archbishop Paul Etienne of Seattle

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. of San Antonio

Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski of St. Louis

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati

Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe

Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton

Bishop Mark Bartchak of Altoona-Johnstown

Bishop Steven Biegler of Cheyenne

Bishop John Michael Botean of St. George in Canton for the Romanians

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport

Bishop Randolph Calvo of Reno

Bishop Brendan Cahill of Victoria

Bishop Robert Coerver of Lubbock

Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn

Bishop Timothy Doherty of Lafayette, IN

Bishop Ronald Hicks of Joliet

Bishop William Joensen of Des Moines

Bishop Donald Kettler of St. Cloud

Bishop Joseph Kopacz of Jackson

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego

Bishop Michael McGovern of Belleville

Bishop Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City

Bishop William Medley of Ownesboro

Bishop Michael Mulvey of Corpus Christi

Bishop David O’Connell, CM of Trenton

Bishop Richard Pates, Apostolic Administrator of Crookston

Bishop Lawrence Persico of Erie

Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso

Bishop Michael Sis of San Angelo

Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., of Lexington

Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock

Bishop David Toups of Beaumont

Bishop Geroge Thomas of Las Vegas

Bishop Louis Tylka, Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria

Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima

Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin

Bishop Michael Warfel of Great Falls-Billings

Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson

Bishop Thomas Zinkula of Davenport

Bishop Patrick Zurek of Amarillo

Auxiliary bishops

Bishop Mark Bartosic, Auxiliary of Chicago

Bishop Ramon Bejarano, Auxiliary of San Diego

Bishop Kevin Birmingham, Auxiliary of Chicago

Bishop Michael Boulette, Auxiliary of San Antonio

Bishop Roy Campbell Jr., Auxiliary of Washington

Bishop Robert Casey, Auxiliary of Chicago

Bishop Manuel Cruz, Auxiliary of Newark

Bishop John Dolan, Auxiliary of San Diego

Bishop Mario Dorsonville-Rodriguez, Auxiliary of Washington

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, MSpS, Auxiliary of Seattle

Bishop Jeffrey Grob, Auxiliary of Chicago

Bishop Gary Janak, Auxiliary of San Antonio

Bishop J. Gregory Kelly, Auxiliary of Dallas

Bishop Elias Lorenzo, OSB, Auxiliary of Newark

Bishop Robert Lombardo, CFR, Auxiliary of Chicago

Bishop John Manz, Auxiliary of Chicago

Bishop Joseph Perry, Auxiliary of Chicago

Bishop Mark Rivituso, Auxiliary of St. Louis

Bishop Michael Saportio, Auxiliary of Newark

Bishop Gregory Studerus, Auxiliary of Newark

Bishop Andrew Wypych, Auxiliary of Chicago


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Manitoba chief microbiologist: 56% of positive COVID ‘cases’ are not infectious

Dr. Jared Bullard, who is the head of Cadham Provincial Laboratory in Winnipeg, admitted that PCR test results do not verify infectiousness for COVID-19, and were never intended to be used to diagnose respiratory illnesses.
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 1:37 pm EST
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WINNIPEG, June 8, 2021 (JCCF) – The Justice Centre represents churches and individuals who are challenging government lockdown restrictions in the Court of Queen’s Bench as unjustified violations of the Charter freedoms to associate, worship, and assemble peacefully. The hearing commenced on May 3, 2021 and is continuing this week.

The onus is on the Manitoba Government to justify its restrictions on Charter rights and freedoms as being reasonable, necessary and beneficial.

One of the crucial issues in this trial is the operation and reliability of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test that is used by governments across Canada, including the Manitoba Government, to diagnose COVID and measure its spread.

The Westphalian Times explains PCR tests as follows:

The current COVID testing is based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) – “a fast and inexpensive technique used to ‘amplify’ – copy – small segments of DNA.” Many internationally recognized experts on virology and PCR testing are questioning if the tests have been made overly sensitive and many positives are the result of long dead and no longer contagious virus or even contamination in labs. PCR testing was invented to find genetic viral material in a sample and has not traditionally been used as the sole method for identifying people suffering from a viral or bacterial disease. 

COVID testing is typically performed using a nasopharyngeal swab, a 6-inch long swab inserted deep into the nostril. The swab is rotated for a while and then it is sent to a lab where a PCR test will dramatically amplify the amount of genetic material captured and then compare it to the DNA or RNA of a particular segment of the COVID virus (reference RNA). 

To get enough genetic material to test, the PCR process increases the genetic material present by copying it and then copying it again, over and over. Each of these increasing steps is called a “cycle” and the genetic material in the solution is reacted against the reference DNA to determine a positive.  If the sample contains a large amount of COVID virus it will react positive after only a few cycles, while a sample with small amounts of genetic material will require more cycles to amplify enough genetic material to get a positive result.

Since the PCR test amplifies traces of COVID-19 through cycles, a lower number of cycles needed to get a positive suggests the presence of a higher viral load for the person being tested and therefore a higher contagion potential.

The number of cycling required to identify viral material in a given sample is called the cycle threshold (Ct).

The Justice Centre’s expert medical witnesses, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, world-famous epidemiologist and Professor of Medicine from Stanford University, and Dr. Thomas Warren, infectious disease specialist and medical microbiologist, both provided evidence that the PCR test is unreliable in determining whether a person is infectious with the actual COVID-19 disease.

Chief Microbiologist and Laboratory Specialist Dr. Jared Bullard is a witness for the Manitoba government in this hearing. Questioned under oath by Justice Centre lawyers on Monday May 10, Dr. Bullard acknowledged that the PCR test has significant limitations. The head of Cadham Provincial Laboratory in Winnipeg, Dr. Bullard admitted that PCR test results do not verify infectiousness, and were never intended to be used to diagnose respiratory illnesses.

Dr. Bullard testified that PCR tests can be positive for up to 100 days after an exposure to the virus, and that PCR tests do nothing more than confirm the presence of fragments of viral RNA of the target SARS CO-V2 virus in someone’s nose. He testified that, while a person with COVID-19 is infectious for a one-to-two week period, non-viable (harmless) viral SARS CO-V2 fragments remain in the nose, and can be detected by a PCR test for up to 100 days after exposure.

Dr. Bullard testified that the most accurate way to determine whether someone is actually infectious with COVID is to attempt to grow a cell culture in the lab from a patient sample. If a cell culture will not grow the virus in the lab, a patient is likely not infectious. A study from Dr. Bullard and his colleagues found that only 44% of positive PCR test results would actually grow in the lab.

Dr. Bullard’s findings call into question the practice used in Manitoba (and elsewhere in Canada) of the results of classifying positive PCR tests as “cases,” which implies infectivity. Equating positive PCR tests to infectious cases, as so many provinces have done over the course of the past 13 months, is incorrect and inaccurate, according to this Manitoba Government witness.

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Dr. Bullard acknowledged that he has been closely studying the correlation between Cycle threshold (Ct) value and infectiousness since at least May 7, 2020. Dr. Bullard acknowledged that Manitoba has known for some time that a given PCR test’s Ct value is inversely correlated with infectiousness. This means that testing for COVID at higher threshold levels can result in false positives as explained in this article. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) notes that careful interpretation of weak positive results is needed.

Weak results are those run at higher thresholds (more cycles). For example, someone with a positive PCR test that is run at 18 cycles is more likely to be sick and infectious than someone who has a test run at a Ct value of 40.

Dr. Bullard confirmed this was one of the first studies of its kind linking Ct value to infectiousness, and his study confirmed the findings of other studies in France and elsewhere.

Dr. Bullard also testified that Ct value (how many amplification cycles were used in a given PCR test to reach a positive test result) is significant as a proxy or indicator for infectiousness.

However, despite Dr. Bullard’s findings and recommendations in his two peer-reviewed studies, Manitoba still does not consider Ct values as a proxy for infectiousness in its public health response to COVID-19. Both Dr. Bullard and Manitoba Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brent Roussin confirmed under cross-examination that Ct values are not provided to public health officials by laboratories. Dr. Roussin admitted that he could mandate that the Ct value be provided to him, but that he has not done so.

Some jurisdictions, for example Florida, do consider Ct value in their public health response to COVID.

Finally, it should be noted that some Canadian news agencies have quoted Dr. Bullard as testifying that a positive PCR tests indicates infectivity 99.9% of the time. This is incorrect. Rather, Dr. Bullard testified that a PCR test will detect any viral RNA that is present in a sample 99.9% of the time. However, Dr. Bullard testified that determining whether or not a sample is actually infectious (containing a viable virus, capable of replicating) needs to be confirmed by lab culture. As noted, only 44% of the “positive” samples using a Ct of 18 returned a viable lab culture. Samples tested at a Ct of over 25, according to Dr. Bullard’s report, produced no viable lab cultures.

Manitoba has confirmed that it utilizes Ct’s of up to 40, and even 45 in some cases. This indicates “cases” resulting from such tests (above a Ct of 25) are almost certainly not actually infectious.

The hearing into Manitoba’s response to COVID and its violation of Charter rights and freedoms continues this week.

Published with permission from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.


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CORRECTED – ‘Medical Apartheid’: Forced vaccination compared to civil rights abuse in powerful testimony

‘Government-sanctioned discrimination based on skin color is no different than government-sanctioned discrimination based on vaccine status.’
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 8:38 am EST
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CORRECTION, June 9, 2021: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Dr. Erika Smith as Dean of Academic Services at Brandeis University. LifeSite apologizes for the error.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) –A powerful testimony during the hearing for an Ohio bill that would permit residents to decline to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus compared the current push for mass vaccination to pre-Civil Rights era denial of human rights for the black population. 

Dr. Erika Smith, who holds Ph.D. in English Literature from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), said that “those who love freedom must act before it’s too late.”

House Bill 248 states that Ohioans may decline to receive the jab as long as they submit a written statement or verbally declare that they decline to be vaccinated. 

The bill further clarifies that “When declining the vaccination, the individual … shall not be required to do anything beyond submitting the written statement or making the verbal declaration described in this section.”

“Current disparate treatment runs rife across this nation, spreading like wildfire, demanding in exchange for job security and participation in society the injection of medical treatments that are devoid of both FDA approval and legal recourse when damaging side effects occur, is draconian at best and criminal at worst,” Smith said.

Known as the Vaccine Choice & Anti-Discrimination Act, HB 248 was introduced April 6 2021 by State Rep. Jennifer Gross (R-West Chester). 

“This is a matter of freedom,” Gross said in a press release.

“Without the exemption provisions this bill provides, the notion of a vaccine passport could easily lead to a class system in Ohio where segregation and discrimination will proliferate.”

Smith said she worries that vaccine mandates would result in a “two-tier society,” one in which citizens are required to provide proof of vaccination in order to simply participate in normal activities. 

This, she warned, would create an apartheid state, with citizens divided by vaccination status.

“The idea of mandatory vaccinations for people to keep their jobs smacks of the same abuse that legislators have historically used against whatever people group they perceive to be inferior,” she said. “Forced vaccinations, medical passports, tracking and tracing, are all forms of medical apartheid.”

During her testimony supporting HB 248, Smith shared that her paternal grandmother was born on a plantation in Alabama. Her parents fought for justice during the Civil Rights movement so that Smith would be free, with equal privileges under the law. 

But mandatory jabs and a “show-your papers” culture requiring proof of vaccination would change that.

“Any student of history clearly sees the distinct parallels between segregation due to race and segregation due to vaccine status,” Smith said.

“Today, citizens are fighting against the tyranny of government officials and the bullying from people in their daily lives who expect them to relinquish their God-given freedoms, upheld in the Constitution, to the state, and to obey mandates, mere words of men, which are not laws.”

State Rep. Tom Young (R-Dayton) responded favorably to Smith’s testimony. “You are spot-on about what this bill is,” he said. “It’s a freedom bill.”

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While voicing strong support for HB 248, Dr. Smith nonetheless expressed disappointment that such a bill is necessary. 

“I think it’s sad that we’re even in this situation where we have to write a bill in order for people to be free,” she remarked. “We are in the most powerful nation on this planet. It was created by people in 1776 who fought against tyranny in government, and now we’re revisiting the same types of things because people are too scared to stand up and say that they want to be free.”

During the question-and-answer session, Gross asked Smith whether she thought people might elect to leave Ohio if vaccine mandates and passports were implemented, noting that certain states, such as Florida, have moved in the opposite direction.

“I right now can’t leave to go to Florida,” Smith said, “but if things change in Ohio I would be willing to leave. I want to be someplace where I can be free. It’s as simple as that.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order in April explicitly banning vaccine passports, stating that “requiring so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports for taking part in everyday life … would create two classes of citizens based on vaccination.”

Meanwhile, in California, a Democrat congressman recently announced that proof of vaccination would be mandatory for attendance at his first in-person event since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) made the statement in an email invitation, in which he said that “in-person attendance will be limited to 100 guests. Seating will be socially-distanced and masks are required. Proof of vaccination will be required at the event before entrance for in-person attendance.” 


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Opinion

NYT’s Mara Gay: Seeing American flags on D-Day anniversary was ‘disturbing’

Gay’s looney comments were spurred on by the panel talking about- what else? The need for a January 6 commission on the Capitol Hill riot.
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 3:10 pm EST
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June 8, 2021 (NewsBusters) – It’s not very often you hear this kind of blanket honesty from a journalist about how even the simple image of an American flag triggers them. 

On Morning Joe Tuesday, frequent guest Mara Gay from The ew York Times admitted she was shocked at seeing dozens of “disturbing” American flags over the D-Day anniversary weekend. But what was really disturbing was Gay likening our country's flag to racist, white nationalism.

Gay’s looney comments were spurred on by the panel talking about- what else? The need for a January 6 commission on the Capitol Hill riot.

Co-host Joe Scarborough was complaining about Republicans loyal to Trump or who he calls the “insurrectionist party.” The panel touted a Max Boot column in The Washington Post titled “Too Many People Are Still Underestimating the Trump Threat.” Co-host Willie Geist read from the column warning the former president was a “dictator” who was a serious threat to democracy because he could pull “vast numbers of people into their personal delusions, to turn their paranoid fantasies and megalomaniacal dreams into a harsh reality for many.”

Bringing in New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay, co-host Mika Brzezinski asked if an investigation going back “years” into the events that “led to January 6” was necessary to figure out why so many Americans were misled by Trump, who she claimed was a “threat to our democracy.”

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Gay agreed, fretting that Democrats weren’t being aggressive enough: “You know, it's really concerning to me that the Democrats haven't just gone ahead at this point and said, we're doing this on our own in terms of getting a commission together.”

She then went on a deranged rant attacking Trump supporters in their “pickup trucks” as racists who only wanted white people in America. She admitted she was “disturbed” by seeing “dozens of American flags” because they are also apparently a symbol of white supremacy:

You know, the reality is here that we have a large percentage of the American population -- I don't know how big it is, but we have tens of millions of Trump voters who continue to believe that their rights as citizens are under threat by simple virtue of having to share the democracy with others. I think as long as they see Americanness as the same as one with whiteness, this is going to continue. We have to figure out how to get every American a place at the table in this democracy, but how to separate Americanness, America, from whiteness. Until we can confront that and talk about that, this is really going to continue. 

I was on Long Island this weekend, visiting a really dear friend. And I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with you know, expletives against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which you know is also just disturbing, because essentially the message was clear, this is my country. This is not your country. I own this. And so until we're ready to have that conversation, this is going to continue. 

Despite being a major media talking point for five months now, the Times’ journalist was blind to her own industry’s obsession, condemning her fellow journalists for not being concerned enough about right-wing violence:

What really is concerning to me as well is, it's not just Democrats in Congress. I think there's a large percentage of Americans, even some of my colleagues in journalism, who are invested in some way in pretending that this isn't the threat that it is. That is the real concern. Because, you know, the Trump voters who are not going to get onboard with democracy, they're a minority. You can marginalize them, long-term. But if we don't take the threat seriously, then I think we're all in really bad shape.

To make this commentary even more ridiculous, over the weekend, MSNBC host Brian Williams actually promoted a pro-Antifa ad from the Lincoln project, which compared Antifa terrorists to U.S. soldiers who stormed Normandy to liberate France from the Nazis. So, according to MSNBC, violent left-wing anarchist terrorists are patriots, but Trump supporters with American flags are a “disturbing” threat to our democracy. Only on MSNBC!

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Opinion

Our government is evolving into something horrifying

Our political process has evolved to a point where the concerns and well-being of individual people no longer count or are literally a distraction.  Gaining more power, privileges, and riches has become the Establishment's overriding objective. 
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 1:21 pm EST
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Editor’s Note: Canadian readers should note that their situation is no better and in some ways, as LifeSite has been reporting, even worse. A general state of lawlessness by governments at all levels throughout most of the nation, and abandonment of democratic process, calls for strong resistance by the citizenry in order to protect freedoms won at a high price in the past.

June 8, 2021 (American Thinker) – Today's Democratic Party, aligned with certain associated power elites, is actively fighting a second American Revolution dedicated to overturning our original one, with the objective of imposing a Marxism-style political order upon our country.  Actively employing a totalitarian political model and methods similar to those utilized by the Chinese Communist Party, a cadre of elites in this country, including many in the business, media, academic, and celebrity worlds as well as many politicians across party lines, are working together in a highly orchestrated movement to achieve the goal of overthrowing our democratic form of government.

Overall, the key objectives of the current Democratic Party and the Biden administration, with the assistance of these elitist groups, is to undermine the foundations of our country as founded.  They are actively working to replace our political system with one that imposes upon the American people a government empowered to be involved in our lives to a degree that will eventually include dictating our personal thoughts and daily activities.  These groups work vigorously on an ongoing basis and in a coordinated fashion, attacking and devaluing our history, our democratic practices, and our traditions to place us behind a new American version of an Iron Curtain.

Objective political truth is becoming a rare commodity as the members of this increasingly powerful and disconnected elite, also known as the Establishment, attempt to increase their power by deception and distortion as well as by routinely circumventing the rule of law.  Our political process has evolved to a point where the concerns and well-being of individual people no longer count or are literally a distraction.  Gaining more power, privileges, and riches has become the Establishment's overriding objective. 

The Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention formulated a system of government based on the principles of checks and balances.  They were wary of the potential for a growth of the concentration and permanence of power in the hands of an elite.  They fully understood the destructive nature of a tyranny and how it could develop or be avoided.   

Revolutions occur at many different types of inflection points in the histories of various countries.  Intolerable oppression experienced by a nation's people, failed leadership, the extreme lack of economic opportunity available for the masses, and extremely unpopular wars are important causes from the past.  It can be emphatically stated that none of these conditions existed in the United States as we began 2020.

The truth was that at that time, the outlook for America's political and economic prospects were running extraordinarily high, driven primarily by the success of President Trump's America First policies.  It was an election year; Trump was ascendant; China was on the ropes, losing both the tariffs and trade wars — and then America and the world suddenly caught a virus.

A highly ruthless and committed movement driven by deception and an organized plan was set in motion to win the November 3, 2020 election by any means necessary, including possibly releasing or at a minimum deliberately spreading the COVID-19 virus around the world, starting either in late 2019 or early 2020.  After its introduction, a comprehensive campaign was waged to weaponize and promote the public's fear of COVID-19.  As the pandemic raged, the parties opposing President Trump ratcheted up the stakes by demonstrating their willingness to sacrifice people's lives and inflicting all kinds of collateral damage on fundamental American institutions and our economy for the primary purpose of political gain.

An American government seemingly in partnership with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was born, inflicting without any compunction the destruction of the lives, health, welfare, and livelihoods of a great number of fellow Americans.  The Democrats and their allies waged an operation turning the COVID health crisis on its head by deliberately acting to make conditions worse in order to gain political advantage.  The direct result was to cause numerous unnecessary deaths and much suffering. 

Several moves were made to place our citizens in harm's way of the COVID virus and its side effects with little regard for the loss of innocent people's lives in nursing homes.  On the streets of our major cities, crime soared while police forces were defunded.  We all witnessed on a daily basis Antifa and BLM deployed and acting with impunity to actively intimidate any potential opposition with the use of violence.  Open borders policies in addition to support for sanctuary cities caused additional lawlessness.

Cancel culture tactics were used to destroy any person who spoke out or acted in any fashion to criticize the left's response to the crisis.  On the health front, a major fight to discredit and deny the use of potential therapeutics to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in our doctors' offices and hospitals caused unnecessary deaths, suffering, and longer-term side-effects of the virus.

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As 2020 unfolded, this movement worked to legitimize the need for mail-in voting by advocating measures to lock down America and continue to keep our country virtually closed as we reached November.  Their overall aim was to stuff the ballot boxes with enough mail-in ballots for the purpose of changing the electoral count on and around Election Day to ensure a Biden win.

As the illegitimate winner of the 2020 election, Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20.  In January, a totalitarian-style regime with many of its political appointees with past or ongoing connections to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), complete with a figurehead — Joe Biden — was installed in office.  He is also compromised with his history of family associations with the CCP.  The new regime moved quickly ahead at an accelerated pace, utilizing multiple executive orders and sending a series of radical proposals for approval by a Democrat-controlled Congress.  Their objectives are to subvert the American way of life, impose upon America a Marxist agenda, and move our country rapidly from COVID to communism.

Quite alarming is the emerging unholy alliance of various monopolies in Big Government, Big Business, and the media, wielding increased power and seeking to impose all-embracing cradle-to-grave control over American citizens.  They seemingly lack any degree of interest in our welfare; our quality of life; or as they continue to demonstrate with their ongoing response to COVID-19, whether we live, suffer, or die.

The demand for increased obedience to the new emerging Marxist-style political order is on the horizon as this movement presses ahead focused on implementing their extreme left-wing agenda while these elites grow increasingly unaccountable for their evil actions.  We are witnessing a rapid metamorphosis away from what was traditionally a civil society based on our Constitution and the rule of law and primacy of the individual in American life to something quite different.  The government is indeed metastasizing right before our eyes.

Published with permission from the American Thinker.

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Opinion

Agent provocateurs for the unborn

In the coming months, many Catholics and non-Catholics alike will be refusing vaccines on prophetic moral grounds. Is there a better way of expressing horrified disapproval of the immorality of human vivisection and using aborted remains for medical research and development?
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 10:33 am EST
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June 8, 2021 (CatholicCulture.org) – “This is my Body” are the hallowed words of Jesus at the Last Supper when He instituted the Blessed Eucharist—the New and Everlasting Covenant—and instructed His Apostles to “Do this in memory of me.” But the sacred declaration has an alternative meaning, as the late, great Notre Dame Law professor Dr. Charles Rice often observed.

The abortion lobby uses “This is MY body” to promote the right to terminate a pregnancy. The following composite scenario, using the sanitized language of NARAL, may help us understand the economic motivations.

  • Assisted by boyfriend and parents, a young woman carrying fetal material makes an appointment with Planned Parenthood to terminate her pregnancy. Planned Parenthood provides healthy tissue to researchers for a fee. So the kindly representative asks the girl to come back in two weeks when the tissue has developed to its optimal stage for such research.

  • The Planned Parenthood medical facilities are bright and antiseptic, and the doctor is well trained in his craft by a top-notch medical school. This procedure demands real medical competence. Fortunately for this collection process, most ob/gyn doctors routinely terminate fetuses as part of their technical training. The pharmaceutical research agency needs a success story for its stock IPO, and the upstart clinic needs fresh tissue sufficiently advanced in gestation. So the provider must remove the tissue with the utmost precision and professional diligence.

  • The providers must maintain the circulation of the fluids to sustain the fetal material before the organ harvest, so perhaps a C-section would be best. The procedure is a success. The doctors, nurses, attendants, and administrative staff carefully silence the noises emitted by the fetus. The specimens are perfectly healthy: useful for grafting onto small animals.

  • The delivery to the research clinic is as efficient as modern transportation allows, from the latest in cold storage technology to specialized Fed Ex handling. Invoices exchanged and bills paid. Business managers, accountants, and employees down to the maintenance crew receive their paychecks on time. Businesses deposit their quarterly IRS tax payments. Stockholders are pleased, and brokers receive pleasant commissions on the trades.

  • The medical community celebrates as the pharmaceutical research facility successfully develops medical treatments for dread diseases. The research enhances prospects for new therapies for degenerative diseases that affect the elderly. Those microscopic cells from the fetal tissue, taken from living and often breathing organisms, divide and multiply millions—maybe billions—of times. The cell lines all find a home in millions of people—injected into our arms or ingested by our bodies—keeping us healthy and extending our lives for a few years. Indeed an alarming number of the drugs developed by the pharmaceutical industry are at least tested on (if not grown on) fetal cell lines.

This is my body? No. This is our body!

All of this horror is possible, with our participation, because we carefully avoid a few truthful words and unpleasant realities: unborn baby, human being, lungs, heart, brain, kidneys, blood, abortion, infanticide, murder, human trafficking, dissection, human vivisection, and torture—and even a baby’s whimper. We sanitize these words with—well, you just heard how we can carefully avoid the unpleasantness. Even Catholic moral analysis falls short. The determination of “remote material cooperation” apparently absolves us of the chain of crimes, as many of us take the medications without protest.

The American bishops and the Vatican encourage us to take the COVID vaccines in charity and for the common good, as long as we somehow register our disapproval of the unholy means of production. In response, many Catholics have accepted an injection of vaccines that carry embryonic stem cell lines. But others continue to resist. Along with the immorality of embryonic stem cell research, there are serious questions of possible long-term side effects such as sterility, suppressed immunity to other viruses, and heart damage.

How can Catholics express their disapproval?

Many years ago, a priest from the Northeastern USA received a significant monetary gift from a pro-abortion US Senator who self-identified as a Catholic. The priest could have accepted the donation for his school without sin, even if political interests motivated the politician. To the chagrin of the diocesan chancery, however, the priest returned the funds with interest. According to a mutual acquaintance, when he reminded the Senator of the incident years later, it inflamed the politician’s anger at the priest.

In the coming months, many Catholics and non-Catholics alike will be refusing vaccines on prophetic moral grounds. Is there a better way of expressing horrified disapproval of the immorality of human vivisection and using aborted remains for medical research and development?

For those who reply that it is pro-life to take the vaccine, this fearful ratio may help with perspective: So far, nearly 600,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. This number compares with approximately 850,000 unborn babies deliberately killed in the U.S. over the same period—and those deaths will continue unabated. The events over the past year prove that we live in desperate fear for our lives, and to ease that fear we will do almost anything the government commands. Unborn babies also suffer terrible pain in loneliness even when aborted in the early stages of development. Unable to speak for themselves, they need our voices.

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Medical professionals require that we sign many documents to protect their practices. Perhaps we should return the favor and devise an affidavit for our medical providers attesting: “To the best of my knowledge, these medications and treatments are not derived from embryos or fetal tissue obtained after an abortion.” We may find ourselves in the weeds of distinguishing between fetal cell lines and testing. We will probably only succeed in further annoying the abortion medical-industrial complex, bringing retribution upon us. But we must explore ways to act as agent provocateurs for the unborn. Our job is to change hearts with God’s grace, beginning with our own. Any success is up to God.

We have a right to bodily integrity, and so do the unborn. Authorities and experts have no right to inject us with vaccines or other drugs that violate its sacred purpose. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20) It’s not just my body. In Christ, it is our body.

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Blogs

Blood clots: Nurse talks about her dad’s death after COVID injection

Casandra Yoder tells me that her father was feared and pressured to taking the jab 'by the propaganda around COVID.'
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 4:36 pm EST
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June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — In this episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, I speak with Casandra Yoder, a nurse whose father experienced adverse reactions and later died after taking the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. She describes how after staying at the hospital for several days in April he eventually passed away, and she links his death directly to the jab.

Yoder says that even though in November 2020 her dad had been diagnosed with minimal symptoms of the virus and recovered, he took the Johnson & Johnson injection after “he had received permission by his primary care provider.” His daughter tells me that he was pressured to take it “by the propaganda around COVID.”

Many doctors and scientific experts, including the former vice president of Pfizer, Dr. Michael Yeadon, have warned that taking the so-called vaccine after also having underwent the virus is even more dangerous and deadly than if you hadn’t had COVID before.

In fact, Yoder, who is a nurse, says that she believes this to be true after reading scientific research that says “there’s an increased risk” of adverse events from the shot for those who have already had coronavirus.

Yoder’s father experienced similar side effects that have been reported by some news media and the VAERS database. She says that two weeks after getting the shot, her dad was taken to the hospital with breathing problems, and was eventually put into a medically induced coma.

The doctors then discovered that he had a severe left side stroke, possibly caused by blood clots. Yoder tells me that the entire family was “expecting him to wake up,” but he sadly never did.

Casandra Yoder is telling this story so that her father “won’t just be another number.” She wishes to show that vaccine injuries and adverse reaction are real, and that this testimony “can save somebody else’s life from going through what we’ve had to go through.”

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‘Vera fraternitas’: June, the month of brothers

June is what I like to call “the month of brothers,” where we find a quartet of blood brothers who won through to heaven together.
Tue Jun 8, 2021 - 6:00 am EST
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June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — One of the most beautiful aspects of the traditional Roman liturgy is the rich calendar of saints that it places before our view year after year. The calendar of Paul VI’s modern papal rite of 1969 removed over 300 saints; at the same time, it refocused the celebration of the first part of Mass on a more regimented march through Scripture and optionalized the use of “propers” that referred to the saints. The result is a liturgy that feels much more distant and detached from the cultus of the saints and their distinctive traits, without any compensation of feeling more close and attached to the adoration of Christ their King. In a wonderful paradox, the intense veneration of the saints in the Latin Mass — especially of Our Lady who is mentioned ten or eleven times, as compared with only one to four mentions in Paul VI’s rite — has a way of enhancing the sublime dignity of the Son of God, of whom all the saints are images and to whom they face, like heliotropes following the course of the sun. The cultus of saints, far from detracting from the Lordship of Christ, rather manifests its power and extent. He is all the greater when we see the greatness of His court.

Then there are, from time to time, special “groupings” within the great company of saints that we find arranged for us on the traditional calendar by the hidden workings of Divine Providence. An example is what I like to call “the month of brothers,” June, where we find a quartet of blood brothers who won through to heaven together.

On June 9, we celebrate the feast of Saints Primus and Felician, described thus in the Roman Martyrology:

At La Mentana in the Sabine Hills, the birthday of the holy martyrs Primus and Felician, brothers in the reign of the Emperors Diodetian and Maximian. These glorious martyrs passed a long life in the service of the Lord, and having borne severe torments, sometimes alike for them both, at others different, at length completed the course of their happy warfare, for they were beheaded by Promotus, Governor of Nomen tum. The bodies of these martyrs were afterwards translated to Rome and honourably buried in the church of St Stephen the Protomartyr on the Coelian Hill.

On June 18 comes, in addition to St. Ephrem the Syrian, the commemoration of Saints Mark and Marcellian, about whom the Martyrology says:

At Rome, on the Via Ardeatina, the birthday of the holy martyrs Mark and Marcellian, brothers, who were apprehended in Diocletian’s persecution by the judge Fabian, and bound to a stake, sharp nails being driven into their feet: and since they would not cease to praise Christ, their sides were transpierced with spears, and they passed to the heavenly realms with the glory of martyrdom.

If the Mass for the brothers be said (it is more usual to say the Mass of Saint Ephrem, which was added to the calendar later, but to add the mandatory orations for Mark and Marcellian), this very special Alleluia text would be recited or chanted: “Alleluia, alleluia. This is the true brotherhood, which never can be broken in battle: through the shedding of their blood, they have followed the Lord. Alleluia.”

On June 19, the feast of St. Juliana Falconieri, are commemorated Saints Gervase and Protase:

At Milan, the holy martyrs Gervase and Protase, brothers; the former Astasius the judge ordered to be beaten until he gave up the ghost, the other after scourging to be beheaded. Blessed Ambrose, guided by divine revelation, found their bodies, sprinkled with blood, and as incorrupt as if they had been slain that very day. At their translation a blind man received sight at the touch of the bier, and many who had been harassed by demons were set free.

Lastly, on June 26 falls the memory of Saints John and Paul, to whom devotion in Rome was so strong that their names are found in the Roman Canon. The Martyrology gives us this brief account:

At Rome, on the Coelian Hill, the holy martyrs John and Paul, brothers. The former was the governor of the household, and the second the chamberlain of the virgin Constantia, daughter of the Emperor Constantine; both of them afterwards, under Julian the Apostate, obtained the palm of martyrdom, dying by the sword.

Strikingly, the Collect of the last feast defines a new form of “blood brotherhood” that is achieved by faith in Christ who shed His blood for us, and by the shedding of one’s own blood for Him:

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we may derive a doubled joy on this day’s festival, which proceeds from the glorification of blessed John and Paul, whom the same faith and suffering truly made to be brothers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

The Gradual of the Mass takes up Psalm 132: “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity,” and the Alleluia repeats that of June 9, continuing and completing the thought of the Collect: “Alleluia, alleluia. This is the true brotherhood which overcame the wickedness of the world: it followed Christ, attaining the noble kingdom of heaven. Alleluia.”

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One final irony might be mentioned: Many of the saints removed by Paul VI are saints that Roman Catholics venerate in common with the Eastern Orthodox. That is true for three of these pairs of brothers in June: Mark and Marcellian (whose feast on the Eastern calendar is December 18), Gervase and Protase (celebrated by the East on October 14), and John and Paul (observed on the same day). One of the most harmful legacies of the liturgical reform was the simultaneous grafting of alien quasi-Byzantine elements into the Roman rite and the purging of genuinely common elements that had always been there — a blow against fidelity to type as well as ecclesiastical brotherhood.

Haec est vera fraternitas: This is the true brotherhood that unites the martyrs, that unites all Christians in the bonds of faith and suffering, wherever we may be, whatever our state or status. In a reversal of the logic of the world, which says blood is thicker than water, Christianity shows us that water is thicker than blood: The spiritual fellowship inaugurated by baptism joins us more profoundly and more eternally than the bonds of biological generation and family culture. Indeed, it is precisely the Christian baptism of both spouses that allows their natural human love and the act of generation to be elevated to the level of supernatural charity and fruitfulness in in the sacrament of matrimony, and it is the same baptism lived out that makes the family an image of the social life of the blessed in heaven.


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