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Trump applauds Nigeria for banning Twitter after its president’s post was deleted

'More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech,' the former U.S. president said.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 9:13 pm EST
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MAR-A-LAGO, Florida, June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Former U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Nigeria for banning Twitter after it deleted a tweet posted by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President,” Trump said in a press release on Tuesday.  

“More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech — all voices should be heard. In the meantime, competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil?” 

Trump hinted at a possible run for a second presidential term by adding: “Perhaps I should have done it (banned the social media platforms) while I was President. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was. 2024?” 

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Trump’s statement comes after Facebook’s VP of Global Affairs Nick Clegg, a former deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Liberal Democrats Party in the UK from 2007 to 2015, announced Friday that Trump would be suspended from the platform “for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.” 

“Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols,” Clegg said. 

Hard on the heels of Facebook’s move to extend its censorship of a U.S. president, fellow big tech giant Twitter deleted Buhari’s tweet. In the his June 1 message, Buhari warned, "Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand." 

According to Nigeria Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as of June 4 “The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.”  

The now-deleted tweet from Buhari was aimed at regional secessionists who have carried out a series of attacks on government offices and law enforcement in Nigeria in recent months. Violence linked to regional secessionists has included killing police officers and a jailbreak in which more than 1,800 criminals were freed. 


  donald trump, facebook, muhammadu buhari, nick clegg, nigeria, twitter

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Christian pastor who spent time in jail for defying COVID rules has his church doors shut by health authorities

Fairview Baptist Church in Calgary declared after the Alberta government changed its locks: 'They can take the building but they cannot take the church.'
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 8:07 pm EST
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CALGARY, Alberta, June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Health authorities in the Canadian province of Alberta forcibly closed the doors to a Christian church that remained open contrary to local COVID-19 health rules.  

On June 5, Fairview Baptist Church, located in Calgary, said in a Facebook post, “Early this morning, AHS (Alberta Health Services) seized our church building by changing the locks to prevent us from entering the premises.”

The post continued, “They can take the building but they cannot take the church. 

“In the same week where our most senior government officials were photographed flouting health orders, AHS continues to try and force us to comply to orders that violate the commands of our Lord and undermine the fundamental freedoms afforded to all Canadians.  

“Fines, injunctions, imprisonments, and seizure of property will only demonstrate the folly of their actions and bring glory to Christ. Please pray that this would only serve the advance of the gospel, the salvation of souls, and the strengthening of disciples of Christ.”  

The church’s pastor, Tim Stephens, who is a father of eight, was the third Canadian Christian pastor to be jailed for defying COVID-19 health rules. He was released after a judge agreed to let him out as long as he abides by a now-amended May 6 injunction order issued by AHS. 

Stephens was arrested in front of his family and then jailed on Sunday, May 16, after holding an indoor church service that went against the provincial government’s rules. 

Stephens and his church have for months been under surveillance by AHS, the Calgary Police Service, and city bylaw officers because they have not bowed to government rules limiting worship congregation size and mandate masks. Additionally, Fairview Baptist was visited on multiple occasions by AHS and police. 

In a statement posted June 5, AHS said Fairview Baptist’s closure was “necessary” because Stephens “has continued to disregard public health measures required by law under Order of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) for the protection of the public. 

“This Closure Order will remain in place until the Pastor can demonstrate the ability to comply with these restrictions.” 

Stephens wrote on Twitter that it was “incredible” his church doors were locked at the same time news broke that Alberta’s politicians were allegedly caught breaking their own COVID-19 rules.  

“AHS seized our building! Fines, injunctions, imprisonment, and seizure of property will only demonstrate the folly of their actions and bring glory to Christ. Incredible that this happened in the same week our most senior officials were photoed flouting health orders,” tweeted Stephens with a photo of the AHS closure order.  

Last Wednesday, photos emerged showing Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and eight other people, including Health Minister Tyler Shandro, House Leader and Environment Minister Jason Nixon, and Finance Minister Travis Toews appear to be violating COVID-19 guidelines while engaging in a patio dinner on the rooftop of a government building.  

The rooftop dinner was met with outrage from the public as well as from within Kenney’s United Conservative Party caucus.   

The closure order of Fairview Baptist came before Alberta’s stage 2 COVID-19 reopening plan that just went into effect. 

Starting today, under stage 2, churches are allowed to operate at one-third capacity. However, masks and physical distancing rules remain in place. Churches were previously limited to 15 percent capacity after earlier being capped at only 15 people for a time.  

According to the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), the legal group representing Stephens, AHS wanted to keep him in jail until he agreed to “consent to the violation of his Charter rights and freedoms by Alberta’s public health orders.” 

Under Kenney, three Christian pastors have been jailed — the only ones in Canada — because they defied COVID-19 health rules regarding church services that limit congregation size.  

Yesterday, the JCCF released a powerful video titled “The Government War on Worship” that blasts Kenney for allowing Christian pastors to be jailed.  

Contact information for respectful communication: 

Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney 
Office of the Premier 
307 Legislature Building 
10800 - 97 Avenue 
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6 

Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 780-427-2251 

To contact your local MLA, visit the link below: 
https://www.assembly.ab.ca/members/members-of-the-legislative-assembly


  alberta health services, calgary police service, covid-19, fairview baptist church, jason kenney, jason nixon, justice centre for constitutional freedoms, tim stephens, travis toews, tyler shandro, united conservative party

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Canadian government extends ‘pride’ month to a whole season because one month ‘isn’t enough’

‘Pride Season’ will last from June to September.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 7:28 pm EST
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OTTAWA, Ontario, June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Canadian government declared the months from June to September as “Pride Season,” claiming that one month of celebrating homosexuality and transgenderism “isn’t enough.” 

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In the past decade or so, homosexual activists and now governments around the world have declared June to be “pride” month, dedicated to the LGBT movement, complete with parades and celebrations. According to Free to be me, a Canadian government account in charge of “sexual orientation and gender identity and expression issues,” June now marks the beginning of “Pride Season,” which lasts until September.  

The Canadian Department of National Defense announced that they will be raising the “pride” flag mid-June to begin “Pride Season.” They also encouraged Canadians to send in videos wishing the country a “Happy Pride Season.” 

According to Mister B&B, an LGBTQ social networking website, Canadian cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary are planning to hold events.   

June began with an increase in LGBT-themed content aimed at young children. A popular children’s network, Nickelodeon, published a show featuring a drag queen explaining the meaning behind the “pride” flag. Nickelodeon also featured an episode of the children’s show Blue’s Clues wherein a drag queen hosted a parade for gay, transgender, and non-binary animal creatures. 

In response, Derek Utley, a conservative political commentator, tweeted and called for parents to “cancel Nickelodeon now!” He continued, “This is what they are pushing on your kids folks.” 

After tweeting to announce the launching of “Pride Season,” Free to be me published a follow-up tweet threatening to “remove or delete comments and contributions that are homophobic, defamatory and hateful, and to block users who do not respect our terms of use.” 

Recently in Canada, the LGBT movement has been growing and expanding their propaganda. For example, in Ontario, a Catholic school decided to fly the homosexualist rainbow flag, causing two trustees to resign. 

Meanwhile, on June 6, the anniversary of D-Day, the official account for Canada’s government failed to mention the courageous Canadian soldiers who fought on the beaches of Normandy. 

A few days later, the government tweeted “to celebrate and support #LGBTQ2 communities in Canada and around the world.” 


  canadian department of national defense, canadian government, free to be me, homosexuality, lgbt, pride month, pride season

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Argentine judge suspends abortion law throughout country

The country's recent abortion law is likely unconstitutional and cannot be applied until a ruling by the Supreme Court, a federal judge declared.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 6:17 pm EST
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MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina, June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A judge ruled that application of a recent law legalizing elective abortion in Argentina must be suspended throughout the country.  

Judge Alfredo López of Mar del Plata ordered the suspension earlier this week, ACI Prensa reported, as the law is likely unconstitutional and violates international agreements that Argentina joined in defense of life, he said.  

The Argentinian government had enacted a bill in December allowing abortion beyond the majority-Catholic nation’s previous exemptions for rape or health of the mother. A provincial judge already deemed the abortion law, ley 27610, unconstitutional in a March ruling that applied to Argentina’s San Luis province.  

A report by ACI Prensa on Tuesday noted that a private citizen presented an appeal against the constitutionality of the law, arguing that it “would go against the international obligations assumed by the Argentine State by virtue of the comprehensive protection of the right to life from conception.”  

The amparo appeal sought “a precautionary measure be issued to order the suspension of resolution 1/2019,” for “the right to life of unborn children is at stake.”  

Judge López granted the request on Monday, writing that the Supreme Court “reaffirmed in subsequent pronouncements the right to the preservation of health – included in the right to life – and has highlighted the urgent obligation of the public authority to guarantee that right with positive actions.” 

He added that the high court “has considered that the right to life is the first right of the human person that is recognized and guaranteed by the National Constitution,” according to local news. The federal government is thereby required to halt application of the abortion law until the Supreme Court rules on it and “the substantive issue is resolved at the time of the final judgment.” 

Pro-life advocates, including former presidential candidate Alejandro Biondini, celebrated the ruling against what Biondini slammed as a “genocidal law.”  

“The judicial declaration of the #UnconstitutionalAbortion by Mar del Plata federal judge Alfredo López is a great triumph in favor of our unborn children, but we must work and vote well in legislatures to permanently repeal that genocidal law from Congress,” Bionidini wrote on Twitter.  

“Federal judge Alfredo López ordered abortion to be suspended in Argentina! This is great news!” pro-life, pro-family group CitizenGO Argentina said. “We congratulate the brave judge @JudgeLopezMDP and we will remain firm so that the ruling that defends the LIVES of thousands of Argentines is enforced and the (National Constitution) is respected.” 

Members of the ruling party, which pushed ley 27610 through despite strong opposition from Catholics and evangelicals, have said they will appeal, with the minister of “gender policies” alleging that the bill was “deeply debated” on its constitutionality.  

“What the official does not seem to understand is that, despite all the debate that was generated both times the law was discussed, her supporters were never able to explain how the abortion law fits with a Constitution that protects life from conception,” PanAm Post said.  


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New York mom tears apart school board over left-wing, LGBT propaganda

'Stop teaching our children to hate the police, stop teaching our children that if they don’t agree with the LGBT community that they’re homophobic.'
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 5:12 pm EST
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June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A New York parent has gone viral for her eleven-minute excoriation of the school board for Carmel Central School District, accusing the group of “treason against our children” over classroom indoctrination.

Tatiana Ibrahim began her remarks by explaining that she was voting against a recent budget plan because she considers the school board “thieves” and “liars” who need to “stop indoctrinating our children. Stop teaching our children to hate the police, stop teaching our children that if they don’t agree with the LGBT community that they’re homophobic.”

She referenced a teacher who had allegedly called her daughter “pasty white,” at which point board member Michelle Yorio interrupted to tell her that using the names of specific teachers was not allowed. 

“Why are we not allowed to discuss names?” Ibrahim replied. “Why am I not allowed when they purposely expose themselves on social media, calling for the death of a former president, or saying that any child that doesn’t believe in Black Lives Matter should be canceled out? Is this what my tax dollars are paying for? You’re teaching my children and other children that if they believe in God Almighty they’re part of a cult. These educators put their own names out there. We have Mr. Barrie who took it upon himself with Ms. Cyrus to create a curriculum. Do you want the proof? I have the proof. You created a curriculum of Black Panther indoctrination.”

“Is that what scares you, the proof?” she went on. “A parent actually standing up against all of you? Is that what scares you, to call out the names of these people? You work for me. I don’t work for you. You have a duty, we are entrusting our children to you. We teach our children morals, values, when they grow up to commit crimes and end up in prison and kill a police officer, it’s our fault? No. It’s your fault. You’re emotionally abusing our children and mentally abusing them. You’re demoralizing them by teaching them communist values.”

As Ibrahim went on, several board members interrupted, with Yorio complaining that “this is not a peaceful discussion” and saying she would not discuss her grievances in public but would instead join her in a private meeting with the school superintendent.

“I don’t want to; the assistant superintendent already sent an email and stated that they had no idea that these books were being put into students’ hands,” Ibrahim answered. “The superintendent already stated that they had no idea that the funds of taxpayers were supporting this.”

Throughout her remarks, she also referenced school officials purchasing a middle-school curriculum without approval from the board of education, teachers passing out fliers encouraging students to attend Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, and a school librarian passing out BLM pins yet replying “why would I have that?” when asked if she had pro-police pins. “What policy do you have that teachers are not allowed to go on social media and not indoctrinate?” she asked.

Ibrahim made clear she has no intention of slowing down or going quiet. “I’m retired. I have nothing else better to do,” she said. “We can do it peacefully, or we can take it to the highest court. Because you know and I know I’m not the only parent fighting this all across America right now. Schools are trying to poison our children’s minds, teaching them about things that have no right to be taught in school.”

77WABC reports that the confrontation comes as the school board is trying to get the community to approve a proposed $133.6 million budget for the next school year. The latest budget proposal was narrowly defeated in May; a revised version will come up for a vote on June 15.

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In the meantime, Tatiana Ibrahim has become a viral sensation; at the time of this report, her address has been viewed more than 840,000 times on YouTube and 30,000 times on Rumble. 

Left-wing indoctrination in public schools has long been an issue of concern, but has intensified in recent months with the rise of “critical race theory,” a doctrine that asserts race is a “socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of colour,” and that “law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.”

Conservatives argue that CRT stokes racial divisions rather than healing them; former President Donald Trump worked to remove it from federal training programs and publicly advocated its removal from public education. One of President Joe Biden’s first acts was to dismantle Trump’s 1776 Commission, an antidote to the race-minded, error-riddled 1619 Project that called for educational curricula focused on teaching students to understand and embrace the founding principles of the United States.

“The only thing disturbing about this video is the passivity of the other parents in the room,” Andrea Wildburg writes at American Thinker. “They should be applauding her wildly. Instead, they sit there, and you know that each of those parents is desperately hoping that the ‘educators’ before whom they grovel is not putting that parent’s name — or worse, the name of that parent's child — on a list for future harassment … Ms. Ibrahim needs to throw her hat into the political ring and run for that school board.”


  black lives matter, carmel central school district, education, indoctrination, lgbt, new york, public schools, tatiana ibrahim

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Biden DOJ retracts promise to ‘vigorously’ defend religious schools’ exemption from LGBT activism

The Biden administration fully intends to follow through on its promise to make the so-called Equality Act the law of the land, essentially crushing religious liberty in the US.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 5:00 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, June 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — After at first promising to “vigorously” defend a religious exemption for federally funded religious schools in a case brought about by LGBT students and alumni, the Biden administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) rushed to soften the language in its filing after being criticized by LGBT activists.  

While the initial statement from the Biden DOJ was welcomed by conservatives and denounced by progressive and LGBT political forces, the quick evolution of the DOJ’s wording is indicative of the true trajectory of Democrat policymaking in Washington: The Biden Administration fully intends to follow through on its promise to make the so-called Equality Act the law of the land, essentially crushing religious liberty in the United States of America. 

At stake in the case is Title IX’s prohibition against sex discrimination — now interpreted to include sexual orientation and gender identity — but which allows exemptions for religious organizations for whom such an interpretation is antithetical to their beliefs.

And while it is incumbent upon the DOJ to defend current law, laws which serve to protect religious liberty and conscience rights for Christians are clearly in the cross hairs of the Biden Administration. 

The DOJ’s amended filing ominously notes, “The Department of Education is conducting a comprehensive review of its regulations implementing [the law], which sets forth the current administration’s policy on guaranteeing an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex.”

In 2011 the DOJ under the Obama-Biden administration refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because President Obama and then-Attorney General Eric Holder had decided it was unconstitutional. 

In a statement dated March 8, 2021, Biden issued an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Education to “consider suspending, revising, or rescinding those agency actions that are inconsistent” with his aim to enforce Title IX’s new interpretation to include sexual orientation and gender identity “for students attending schools and other educational institutions that receive Federal financial assistance.” 

Case demands that Christian schools act contrary to their beliefs

At the heart of the lawsuit at hand, known as “Hunter v. U.S. Department of Education,” a few dozen current and past LGBT students are asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon to dismantle the long-established protections in Title IX preventing discrimination against religious schools in the disbursement of financial aid. 

In April, attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) — representing Corban University, William Jessup University, and Phoenix Seminary — had sought to intervene in the case “that seeks to strip all students at private religious colleges of federal financial aid unless their schools renounce core religious beliefs.” 

The suit “intends to prevent any students from using tuition grants, student loans, and any other federal financial assistance at schools that operate according to Christian beliefs on sexuality,” according to an ADF statement issued at the time. 

“This lawsuit wants the federal government to tell Christian schools, ‘To continue accepting students who have federal financial aid, all you have to do is to start acting contrary to your own beliefs.’ That’s neither reasonable nor constitutional,” said ADF Senior Counsel and Vice President of U.S. Litigation David Cortman at the time. “No court should grant a radical request to rewrite federal law and strong-arm religious colleges by stripping their students of much-needed financial aid. For that reason, we are asking the court to let our clients intervene in this lawsuit so that they and their students can defend their freedoms under federal law and the Constitution.”

“Targeting religious schools hurts the students and families who desire to pursue their education in places that share their faith and values. These schools should be allowed to defend their and their students’ long-recognized freedoms under federal law and the First Amendment,” noted ADF Senior Counsel Ryan Tucker.

The ADF-represented schools sought to intervene in the case because they believed that the Biden Administration “may be openly hostile” and should not be trusted to defend the religious exemption.

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The move was rebuffed by the Biden DOJ, resulting in its amended filing rejecting the school’s concerns, claiming that its objective “is to defend the constitutionality of the statutory exemption.”  

At bottom, the DOJ’s filing is an attempt to “prevent a Christian organization from taking over the defense,” according to Slate courts reporter Mark Joseph Stern

LGBTQ Nation echoed the far-left’s hand wringing over the influence of Christian beliefs in the United States, noting: “The plaintiffs in Hunter v. Department of Education are from 18 different states and attended 25 different colleges and universities, all associated with Christianity” (second set of italics added for emphasis). 

“100,000 LGBTQ students are attending schools that discriminate against them, receive federal funds, but are exempt by the Department of Education from enforcing Title IX,” continued LGBTQ Nation’s coverage, implying that all Chrisitan schools are de facto bigoted institutions, undeserving of federal funding. 


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Judge reinstates teacher suspended by ‘vindictive’ school for refusing trans pronouns

Byron 'Tanner' Cross's First Amendment free speech rights were 'adversely affected,' Loudoun County Circuit Judge James Plowman ruled.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 4:59 pm EST
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LEESBURG, Virginia, June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A judge reversed the suspension of a Virginia teacher who refused to indulge the “preferred pronouns” of gender-confused students, concluding that Loudoun County Public Schools treated Byron “Tanner” Cross in an “extreme” and “vindictive” manner.

Cross, a physical education instructor, was placed on administrative leave last week after testifying before a school board meeting that he has only “love for those who suffer with gender dysphoria,” but “will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. I’m a teacher, but I serve God first, and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion. It’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God.”

After that session, Cross was notified of his suspension “pending an investigation of allegation that (he) engaged in conduct that had a disruptive impact on the operations of Leesburg Elementary School.” As part of the suspension, he was restricted from school district grounds and banned from attending school-sponsored activities and extracurricular activities.

His case was quickly taken by the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), whose senior counsel Tyson Langhofer sent the district a letter notifying them that they were in violation of Cross’s First Amendment rights, and now Loudoun County Circuit Judge James Plowman has agreed, WTOP reported

Plowman concluded that Cross’s “interest in expressing his First Amendment speech outweighs the (school district’s) interest in restricting the same,” and that the district’s actions “adversely affected his constitutionally protected speech.” The judge further noted that the district currently has no pronoun policy in effect that Cross could have violated, and, while the district claims it has received six emails from parents objecting to Cross, school officials simply failed to show evidence that his speaking at the board meeting constituted a disruption.

“Defendants shall immediately reinstate the Plaintiff to his position as it was prior to the issuance of his suspension and remove the ban that was placed upon him from all buildings and grounds of Loudoun County Public Schools,” Plowman ordered.

Leesburg Elementary has the highest population of single mothers and single parents of any other school in the entire district,” Beverly McCauley, area mother of three and a foster mom to an additional 32 children over the years, told the Daily Signal. “I’ve been there before and I’ve seen children call (Cross) ‘Dad’ when they leave. He is an admired and respected teacher, and I think it was disgusting what they did to him.” 

A range of scientific literature indicates that youth gender confusion usually resolves on its own by adulthood, and indulging it often fails to prevent significant emotional harm up to and including attempted suicide (with or without surgery), because fixating on “gender affirmation” tends to distract from exploring other issues that may be the actual root of a patient’s mental or emotional unrest.


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Man reverted to Catholicism under Pope Benedict, now says ‘Rome is lost’ and praises Islam

Br. Seraphim Mary said the man’s ‘struggle seems rooted in needing an authority in matters of faith and morality in a time of mundane confusion.’
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 3:50 pm EST
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June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — An Anglo-Catholic religious revealed that a man who turned to Islam and then reverted back to Catholicism because of Pope Benedict XVI has once again embraced Islam because of his grievances with “Rome.”

“I gave pastoral care today to a Roman Catholic who had embraced Islam and returned to Catholicism due to the Papacy. He said, ‘that under Benedict XVI he saw genuine rules of play in a rudderless world’. Today he said that Rome is lost, and that the Qur’an is the road to truth,” tweeted Brother Seraphim Mary, OSF, who is an Oblate with the Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion.

One Twitter user commented, “Fortunately, we don’t pick our Popes, we obey them”

Br. Seraphim Mary responded, “His point was more about providing clear doctrine, not blind obedience. The struggle seems rooted in needing an authority in matters of faith and morality in a time of mundane confusion.”

Many Catholics have observed that there has been an almost unceasing flurry of confusion over the meaning of Pope Francis’ public, and, at times, reported private statements and writings, which often elicit unorthodox interpretations of Catholic morals, and subsequent attempts at damage control.

This pattern led Carl Olson, editor of Catholic World Report, to concur with the opinion of First Things editor Matthew Schmitz that Pope Francis is “trying to soften Church teaching.”

“Personally, I see no way around that conclusion,” wrote Olson. “After all, if Francis never meant to change or soften Church teaching, why the constant reliance on Cardinal Kasper and other Germans, the two Synods, the regular confusion, the jostling and posturing, the endless ‘gestures,’ the angry address at the conclusion of the 2015 Synod, the often tortured and purposeful ambiguity of chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, and so forth?”

Among the most momentous examples of Pope Francis’s apparent break with the Church’s moral teaching are his endorsement of Holy Communion for the divorced and “remarried” in some cases, and his support of civil unions for homosexual couples.

Numerous Catholic clergy and laymen have called for clarification of Church teaching as a response to his persistent ambiguity or misleading statements on certain moral teachings.

Some Catholic commentators have co-opted the term “Francis effect” — originally used to describe the Pope’s ostensibly positive “reform” of the Church — and turned it on its head, claiming that the practice of Catholicism has weakened under Pope Francis.

Father Linus Clovis of Family Life International takes the “Francis Effect” to mean an undermining of traditional Catholic teaching, asserting that “traditional minded” clergy, and even laity, “[i]n holding to the traditional Catholic moral teaching and order,” “would soon be accused of being more Catholic than the pope.”

“This disarming of the clergy and hierarchy constitutes the Francis Effect,” he added.

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First Things editor Matthew Schmitz noted in a 2016 New York Times op-ed that both Sunday Mass attendance numbers and various Catholic practices, such as Ash Wednesday observances, have dropped since Francis became Pope, especially among young Catholics.

Gallup reported in 2018, “From 2014 to 2017, an average of 39% of Catholics reported attending church in the past seven days. This is down from an average of 45% from 2005 to 2008.”

Schmitz lamented that despite Francis’ popularity, the Church has not been “reinvigorated” because he has not given the “disaffected any reason to return.”

Pope Benedict XVI, by contrast, frequently made clear statements on faith and morals, and has expressed firm opposition to communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, despite previously holding a contrary position in a 1972 essay.

Andrea Tornielli, Editorial Director for the Vatican Dicastery for Communication, explained Pope Benedict’s teaching on the issue of access to Holy Communion for the divorced and “remarried”: “The only appropriate [option] — in line with statements made ​​during his pontificate — is to proceed with the findings of invalidity,” that is, with the normal canonical procedure for declarations of nullity of the previous marriage.

This view is affirmed by a letter on the subject signed by him in 1994, when he served as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In that document, which was intended at the time as a corrective to the suggestions of the German episcopate, he said, “In fidelity to the words of Jesus Christ, the Church affirms that a new union cannot be recognised as valid if the preceding marriage was valid. If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God’s law. Consequently, they cannot receive Holy Communion as long as this situation persists.”

The letter adds, “This norm is not at all a punishment or a discrimination against the divorced and remarried, but rather expresses an objective situation that of itself renders impossible the reception of Holy Communion.”

While the Gospel proclaims “unchanging moral truths,” as Pope Benedict XVI stated, through the Catholic Church, Pope Francis’ own apparent denial of unchanging moral truths regarding marriage, for example, provides a contrast to what some see as the “stable system” of moral norms of Islam.

Br. Seraphim Mary further explained to LifeSiteNews what troubled the man he spoke to: “Within Christendom we live in a time of significant dialogue and deliberation with groups who have historically been considered antithetical to the Christian worldview and message. This dialogue was confusing to him because much of it is contrary to what the Bible and Catechism teach.”

“In his mind, Islam provides a ‘field of play’ with clear rules of conduct related to duty to God and duty to man. Under the weight of modernity much secular discourse within Christianity has lost the same duty-based clarity and doctrine,” he continued.

A study of Swedish converts to Islam found “two spheres of attraction” in the Islamic religion. “One is the conception of an essential womanhood and manhood as well as of the patriarchal nuclear family. The other is the idea of a stable system of norms (above all on private morality) and the idea of Islam as the objective truth,” wrote Madeleine Sultán.

While they share Islam’s clear prohibitions against premarital sex, homosexual acts, and imitation of the opposite sex, Popes and saints throughout the centuries have denounced the religion for its rejection of Christ’s divinity, denial of the Blessed Trinity, promotion of violence, and acceptance of practices such as polygamy. Saint Thomas Aquinas noted that Muhammad “forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms,” and Pope Callixtus and St. John of Damascus rebuked Islam as “diabolical.”

Prelates such as Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and Bishop Athanasius Schneider maintain that the defection of certain members of the clergy from orthodox Church teaching should drive Catholics not to abandon the practice of the faith, but to uphold it and fight the error.

Schneider has directly called on Catholics to “fight against the errors inside the Church, i.e. the fight against heresy and ambiguity in doctrine.”

Viganò insists that Catholics who embrace “heterodox doctrines” have broken with the “preceding Magisterium,” and that “[i]n this case it is licit to doubt their real adherence to the Catholic Church, in which however they hold official roles that confer authority on them.”

According to Viganò, “The cure for heresy is faithfulness to the teaching of Tradition.”

Br. Seraphim Mary’s advice to the man he counseled was “to pray to the Holy Spirit for discernment and for patience in times of spiritual trial.”


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400 Britons a day contract coronavirus, even after two jabs, expert says

Though Sir David King recognized the breakthrough of the virus among vaccinated individuals, he maintained that ‘anyone vaccinated twice is relatively safe against the virus.’
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 3:20 pm EST
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June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — “400 new [COVID] cases a day are people who had the vaccine twice,” former chief scientific adviser to the government Sir David King told Sky News on Monday. King himself is pro-lockdowns and pro-vaccination.

King, who now chairs a group of unofficial government advisers known as the Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Independent SAGE), issued a warning that, when it comes to the recent rise in Britain of observed infections with COVID-19, “one in 25 new cases are people who have been vaccinated.”

Reports of viral spread have seen an upsurge in the U.K. of late, with around 2,000 positive “cases” of COVID-19 being recorded for the week ending June 6, up 70 percent from the week prior. All this despite vaccine uptake in Britain being the highest in Europe, with around 102 jabs given per 100 people (bearing in mind that three out of the four available vaccines in the U.K. require two-shots).

“Cases,” as reported in the British media, refers simply to positive tests results for COVID-19 through the discredited PCR testing method and also through Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing, a method designed for rapid results which detects antigens produced by the coronavirus. The term “cases,” therefore, does not necessarily refer to a symptomatic patient and may even mistakenly include perfectly healthy individuals.

Though King recognized the breakthrough of the virus among vaccinated individuals, he maintained that “anyone vaccinated twice is relatively safe against the virus.” Instead, he said he was seeing the growing infection records as “evidence of another wave appearing.”

Breakthrough cases have been recorded widely. In Clark County, Nevada, the local health district published in May 186 new cases of breakthrough infections of COVID, leading to 29 hospitalizations and 2 deaths. Overall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported almost 10,000 such breakthrough cases by the end of April. 835 people required hospitalization and 132 died, prompting a change in how the organization will record future post-vaccine infections. The change raises the threshold for detecting COVID-19 in vaccinated individuals, while maintaining a lower level for viral discovery in unvaccinated individuals.

Whether or not any protection is offered by the vaccines against COVID-19, the experimental serums bring their own dangers. According to the U.K.’s Yellow Card reporting system, the British equivalent to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), some 255,508 people have experienced an adverse reaction to one of the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines. Of those reports, the Yellow Card scheme shows 1,231 deaths.

AstraZeneca’s jab, manufactured in Britain, accounted for the highest proportion of all adverse reactions, making up around 74 percent of overall reports, and 67 percent of deaths.

King’s Independent SAGE has taken an even more cautious approach to COVID avoidance than the U.K.’s official scientific advisory group, SAGE, which could hardly be called cavalier when it comes to COVID-related guidelines itself.

SAGE’s professor Neil Fergusson, of Imperial College London, famously predicted catastrophe from the coronavirus outbreak back in March 2020. Fergusson’s modelling suggested that the U.S. would see some 2.2 million deaths from the virus and 510,000 deaths in the U.K., triggering national lockdowns around the world.

Fergusson went so far as to claim in an interview at the time that China’s strategy of mass repression “to flatten the curve” was ideal, but admitted his hesitancy that such measures could be implemented in non-communist countries. “We couldn’t get away with it in Europe, we thought,” Ferguson said. “And then Italy did it. And we realised we could.”

Independent SAGE claims that lockdowns did not happen early enough and advised against ending school closures in the U.K. in May 2020. The recent uptick in “cases” prompted King to warn of another wave of COVID-19 against which the currently available vaccines are “compromised.” Accordingly, he suggested that the government does not continue with the planned relaxation of most restrictions come June 21.

“I’m very reluctant to say that we should not go out of lockdown on June 21, but I think the figures are in now, and it will be wise for the Government to announce right away a delay in opening, just so that we can all plan for the post June 21 period,” King said.

King’s hesitancy might be allayed by figures published by Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), which announced on Tuesday that England and Wales had a combined overall death toll of 9,628 in the week ending May 28, down 232 on the week prior and, significantly, 3.1 percent fewer deaths than the five-year average.

In fact, 11 of the last 12 weeks in England and Wales have seen a trend of fewer deaths than the five-year average, regardless of climbing “cases” of COVID-19. Since mid-March, the U.K. has recorded 8,212 fewer deaths than might be expected, given the five-year average figure.

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Furthermore, new studies have confirmed that antibodies gained from previous infection with COVID-19 produce immunity from illness with the coronavirus, prompting Johns Hopkins professor of medicine Dr. Marty Makary to declare that, in America, “62 percent of all adults have been vaccinated and half of the unvaccinated have natural immunity. That means 80 to 85 percent of adults in America today have immunity.”

Likewise, in the U.K., the ONS reported that around 80 percent of adults have antibodies, either from the vaccine or from prior infection, meaning that herd immunity has likely been reached.


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High school students arrested for protesting COVID-19 vaccination coercion of kids

‘I believe a 12-year-old is not capable of making the decision to get a vaccine,’ one of the two 18-year-old high school students said.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 2:45 pm EST
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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A teenage boy was arrested twice as a consequence of his public stance against coercive promotion of COVID-19 vaccines to children.

The 18-year-old, whose full name is known to LifeSiteNews, prefers to be known as “Evan Freedom” in print.

Evan, a Grade 12 student at Nutana Collegiate, told LifeSite that a school official took him out of his classroom on the morning of May 20 and led him to an office where he was arrested and handcuffed by two officers from the Saskatoon Police Service. He was discretely spirited away through a back door, taken to a police station, fingerprinted, photographed, kept in a cell for more than six hours, and charged with one count of causing a disturbance (“by shouting”) and three counts of mischief over $5,000.

“I was absolutely stunned,” Evan said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

His youthful career as a freedom activist began last summer when he began looking into claims about the coronavirus. “It just seemed sketchy to me,” he said.

But Evan began going to anti-lockdown rallies and speaking out publicly against masks, lockdown restrictions, and the experimental COVID-19 vaccines only two months ago. In late April, he went to a freedom rally in Regina, Saskatchewan — his first. A few days later, he met another teenage freedom activist, 18-year-old Cody Kuntz, at a freedom rally specifically for children. They were two of the four kid speakers. Evan continued to go to freedom rallies in different Saskatchewan towns in early May. Then, on May 11, Evan, Cody, and a third boy took part in two protest actions that got them into trouble with police.

Spurred on by students at Saskatoon’s Tommy Douglas Collegiate, to whom Evan and Cody were talking about COVID-19 management, the boys took an experimental trip inside to see how teachers would react to them not wearing masks. Both Evan and Cody told LifeSiteNews that they were there for less than 4 minutes.

“All we did on that day [at Tommy Douglas] was to go speak to some kids outside and walk through the school,” Cody Kuntz told LifeSiteNews via email. “We were going to talk to some kids inside as well, which we never did because there were little to no kids inside. We were in there for about three minutes and 15 seconds. The principal, I believe it was, came running after my car taking pictures of my license plate.”

The boys next went across town to Pope John Paul II elementary school, where they stood across the street with signs encouraging drivers to “Honk for Freedom” and children — who under Saskatchewan’s “mature minor” COVID-19 vaccination provisions can choose to be inoculated without their parents’ consent — to “Just Say No.” A third sign asked, “Unmask the kids.”

“The police came and spoke to us and issued us a verbal warning telling us to not do it again, otherwise we could be charged and ticketed,” Cody told LifeSiteNews.

Evan identified one of the officers as Constable Amy; she was to be one of the officers who would arrest him.

“We then went back-and-forth with the police asking questions and having a conversation with them,” Cody continued. “The police then left and one officer sat a few hundred feet down in a patrol car and watched us. We were never asked to leave because we were not breaking the law.”

Cody confirmed that in less than a week and a half, Evan got arrested and that there was a warrant out for his own arrest. He turned himself in and was arrested on May 21.

“I have the same charges as him: three counts of mischief over $5,000 and one count of disturbing the peace by shouting,” he wrote.

Evan says that he was told later that three elementary schools were put into lockdown because of their protests; LifeSiteNews has not been able to establish that any schools were locked down.

One of the conditions for Evan’s release was that he not communicate with his friend Cody, “directly or indirectly”, a point Evan is quick to underscore, because attending the same rallies as Cody afterwards — they had stood back-to-back without speaking to each other, Evan said — led to his second arrest on May 28.

“That also happened at school,” he recalled. “I went outside for my afternoon break. I saw a Resource [police assigned to schools] car and a Resource officer at the side of it. They were laughing, and I was laughing back because I was [joking] that they were probably there for me. Then I saw Constable Amy’s car, and there were two cops in it.”

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Evan told LifeSiteNews that Constable Amy approached and told him that he was under arrest again. This was for allegedly violating his conditions. Evan is highly indignant about this, saying that he did not violate his conditions, and that if he had, he was supposed to pay a fine of $500, not be arrested. And this time, his arrest was rather more public, as he was led in front of the school to the waiting car and, Evan said, thrown against it.

“They treated me like an animal,” he said. “It was disgusting.”

Evan was taken to the police station where, he says, the officer in charge of the School Resource Unit told him that his arrest had taken priority over the complaint of four kids who alleged that they had been sexually assaulted in a high school.

“They were prioritizing someone who was at school trying to get their education, just to harass — I think — just because they had a little bit of evidence of Cody and me being around each other,” Evan said.

“Which I guess is what they arrested me for. Which is false,” he continued. “It’s an illegal arrest.”

Evan was kept in a cell overnight and appeared the next morning before a judge who waived the $500 fine, seemed surprised Evan was even there before him, and sent him away.

Both Evan and Cody are passionately opposed to Saskatchewan’s mask mandates and to the peddling of the COVID-19 vaccines to 12-year-olds. Schools are inoculating children as young as 13 without parental consent, thanks to the province’s “mature minor consent” provisions.

But both boys believe that 12-year-olds are being inoculated at school without their parents’ consent. “I believe a 12-year-old is not capable of making the decision to get a vaccine,” Cody said via email. “You have to be 16 to drive a car, 18 to get a tattoo, 18 to vote, and 19 to drink in Saskatchewan.”

“A 12-year-old’s brain is not capable of making a decision of this nature. Our brains develop till we are upwards of 25. A 12-year-old does not know the risks and dangers that come with a vaccine. A 12-year-old is misinformed, and rarely do they know all the information. They hear one side of the story, and that is [what] the school pushes on them.”

Right before his first arrest, Evan told LifeSiteNews, his English teacher was showing his high school class a film about the necessity of taking a COVID-19 vaccine.

“They were showing this long video, which ended up taking an hour of my English class,” he said. “[It was about] how the vaccine’s going to save you and your family. My teacher said if you don’t get it, your family’s going to die a slow and painful death.”

Evan says that his father isn’t “supportive” of his activism, but that his mother has been “more than supportive.”

“She’s amazing,” he enthused. “She has been with me from time to time, helping me, guiding me. She’s one of the best people ever right now in my life.”

Meanwhile, Evan wants to underscore that he is “not an anti-vaxxer,” that he had his ordinary childhood inoculations, and that he would never “shame” anyone for taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

His ire is saved for the government. “I am disgusted with how the government is rolling [the vaccine] out,” he said. “More so with schools. That makes me want to throw up, that they’re letting poor little kids decide if they can [take] an experimental ‘vaccine.’ I don’t even like to call it that. I call it a gene therapy. It’s genocide, if you ask me.”

Cody Kuntz told LifeSiteNews that he does not at all regret talking to kids about vaccines and masks.

“I’m glad for what I did and would not go back,” he said. “I know that what I did was right and I know the kids needed more information. I’ve seen kids taking off their masks because they knew what was going on was not okay. They just needed a second approval.”

Kelsie Fraser, a spokeswoman for the Saskatoon Police Services, confirmed at least one of the arrests.

“We can tell you that an 18-year-old male was charged with Mischief and Causing a Disturbance on May 11, 2021,” Fraser said via email. “On May 28, the individual was found to have breached his court-ordered conditions and was subsequently arrested on June 1 at approximately 6:45pm.”

“He was released from Police custody the following morning after appearing before a Justice of the Peace. He is expected to make his next court appearance on June 23.”

A spokeswoman for the Saskatoon Public Schools told LifeSiteNews that their school was not locked down. She would not comment on Evan’s arrest because, she said, “it is a police matter.”

LifeSiteNews has reached out to Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and is expecting a response.


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‘Sacred Betrayals’ translator explains corruption of Francis, ‘vice-pope’ Maradiaga

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman has translated into English a tell-all book written by the widow of the former dean of the Vatican diplomatic corps.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 2:29 pm EST
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June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – An increasing number of Catholic media outlets are bringing attention to a new book released by LifeSiteNews that reveals involvement of Pope Francis in a cover-up of his top cardinal, Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga.

Sacred Betrayals: A Widow Raises Her Voice Against the Corruption of the Francis Papacy has been translated into English for the first time from its original Spanish by author and writer Matthew Cullinan Hoffman. 

The book was initially released in 2019 by Martha Alegría Reichmann, the widow of Alejandro Valladares, former Ambassador of Honduras to the Holy See and dean of the Vatican diplomatic corps.

Hoffman has appeared on multiple Catholic podcasts and radio shows in recent weeks detailing Reichmann’s tell-all story about how Mardiaga covered up sexual abuse and misconduct of his auxiliary bishop, Juan José Pineda Fasquelle, and also diverted millions of dollars of Church money to fraudulent investment schemes that have since disappeared.

Brian McCall of Catholic Family News conducted a wide-ranging, 45-minute interview with Hoffman about not only the book but also about why Reichmann, a devout Catholic, decided to go public in the first place.

During an appearance on Guadalupe Radio’s “Catholic Drive Time” with Joe Mclane, Hoffman explained how Maradiaga’s relationship with Pope Francis has allowed him to go unpunished for his misdeeds. Guadalupe Radio is a terrestrial radio station based in Texas and has over 20 local affiliates across the United States.

Hoffman also appeared on The David L. Gray Show, which is also hosted on Guadalupe Radio. 

Sacred Betrayals: A Widow Raises Her Voice Against the Corruption of the Francis Papacy is now available from Faithful Insight Books, a publishing imprint of LifeSiteNews. Click here to purchase.


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Leading cardinal in Rome: Pope fears ‘traditionalist positions’ in priestly formation

Leading cardinal in Rome: Pope fears ‘traditionalist positions’ in priestly formation
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 1:56 pm EST
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June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The head of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life recently said Pope Francis is concerned about “traditionalist” ideas creeping into “priestly formation.”

Pope Francis has expressed fear of “a certain tendency to go a little far from Vatican Council II, taking up traditionalist positions” in “priestly formation,” according to Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, as reported by Vida Nueva Spain.

The cardinal related the Pope’s concerns during a virtual discussion focusing on the theme “Sentire cum Christo et cum Ecclesia” on the occasion of the 50th National Week for Institutes of Consecrated Life. Other participants were the president of the International Union of Superiors General, M. Jolanta Kafka, and the Superior General of the Jesuits, Father Arturo Sosa, who is also president of the Union of Superiors General.

The May 17 discussion was part of a conference organized by the Theological Institute of Religious Life, which published notes explaining that the cardinal began by “commenting on the general principles of renewal of religious life expressed in the conciliar decree ‘Perfectae Caritatis’, signed by Paul VI in 1965.”

Deacon Nick Donnelly, author and former news editor for EWTN Great Britain, sent to LifeSiteNews a comment on the alleged statement by Pope Francis:

Dei Verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, one of the key documents of Vatican II, exhorts the faithful to receive the ‘teaching, life and worship the Church perpetuates and hands on to all generations.’ (DV 8). It is therefore ironic that Pope Francis should take a hostile position towards traditionalist seminarians when such ‘rigidity’ is advocated as essential by Dei Verbum. In failing to emphasize the importance of the faithful ‘holding fast to the traditions’ and fighting in ‘defence of the Faith handed on once and for all,’ it is Pope Francis who is displaying a ‘certain tendency to go a little far from Vatican Council II’, not the seminarians and priests who uphold Tradition.

The expressed concerns of Pope Francis with traditional priestly formation appear to echo comments he allegedly made to Italian Bishops at the opening of their General Assembly on May 24, according to an unsigned article published by “Messa in Latina.” In this case, he is said to have zeroed in specifically on the Traditional Latin Mass.

“After once again warning against accepting ‘rigid’ (that is, faithful to doctrine) young men into the seminary, Francis told the bishops that he had reached the third draft of a text that contains measures restricting the celebration by Catholic priest of Mass in the Extraordinary Form made accessible by Benedict XVI,” Messa in Latina reported.

During the May 17 discussion, Braz de Aviz emphasized the importance of the fidelity of consecrated religious to the thought of Pope Francis, saying, “following Christ also entails having a vision of faith regarding Peter and his successors. How to live a consecrated life today without listening deeply to the guidelines of Pope Francis? Only in this way does it make sense to follow the founder.”

The cardinal continued, saying that we must “update our following of Jesus” using the “indispensable criteria” of “synodality and fraternity.”

Among the “fields that need this renewal, this new formation” is that of “the man-woman relationship,” according to Braz de Aviz. He then alluded to ideas common to Catholic theology and culture before the Second Vatican Council that he considers undesirable.

“Our models of life as consecrated, our organizational and governmental structures created in the past a mentality in which the differences between man and woman were accentuated, in such a way that the awareness of this equal dignity and complementarity was lost.”

“Consecrated women were also placed on the margins of the life of the Church, pastoral care and her mission. Things began to change with Vatican Council II.” Even so, according to Braz de Aviz, “the process of maturation in man-woman reciprocity still needs to grow.”

During his discussion with Kafka and Sosa, he also insisted that “it’s time to reform our way of thinking, above all, on our path of formation,” adding, “There is no longer room for a static formation, which is done once and for all.”

Braz de Aviz shares Pope Francis’s antipathy to traditional Catholic positions, to the point of having described traditionalists as “killing themselves.” During a 2015 speech at a “first-of-its-kind congress of many of the world’s religious formation directors” in Rome, Braz de Aviz warned them, “Do not distance yourself from the great lines of the Second Vatican Council.”

“In fact, those that are distancing themselves from the council to make another path are killing themselves — sooner or later, they will die,” Braz de Aviz said. “They will not have sense. They will be outside the church. We need to build, using the Gospel and the council as a departure point.”

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The National Catholic Reporter related that he “told the formation directors that they must know that the needs of people considering religious life in today’s age “are not the same” as when the founders of their orders first received their charism: “These contexts have changed.”

The very idea that holding “traditionalist” Catholic positions puts one at odds with Vatican II is consistent with the notion that Vatican II marked a rupture from the Catholic faith as it was taught and practiced by the saints and faithful of the ages.

Church prelates such as Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and Bishop Athanasius Schneider argue that this “hermeneutic of rupture” results not because Vatican II elucidated Church teachings that previously weren’t understand, nor merely because Vatican II has been misinterpreted, but because of problems inherent to the council that render it incompatible with Church magisterial teaching.

Archbishop Viganò, who is one of the most outspoken living critics of Vatican II, has traced today’s scandalous offenses against the faith committed by high-ranking clergy to Vatican II, saying that “the present crisis is the metastasis of the conciliar cancer.”

“If the pachamama could be adored in a church, we owe it to Dignitatis Humanae. If we have a liturgy that is Protestantized and at times even paganized, we owe it to the revolutionary action of Msgr. Annibale Bugnini and to the post-conciliar reforms. If the Abu Dhabi Declaration was signed, we owe it to Nostra Aetate,” said Viganò.

Even among the clergy who accept or embrace the Second Vatican Council, there are a great number who insist that the council does not and cannot mean a repudiation of traditional Church teaching and practice.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, who sees Vatican II as an important milestone in the Church, maintains that changes in the Church cannot undo the past. “The Holy Spirit of today doesn’t contradict the Holy Spirit of yesterday,” he wrote in a blog post last year.

He addressed what he calls an “anti-Tridentine Complex,” writing, “The Tridentine theology mainly in Latin saved the faith of the Church of the [laity], and the Tridentine liturgy in Latin with the Gregorian chant (including the ‘dies irae’) nourished the piety of generations and sustained the courage of innumerable martyrs.”

“It sounds blasphemous to say that Vatican II had to clean the Church of the Tridentine ‘dirt,’” he added.

The words and actions of prelates like Braz de Aviz, and the new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Archbishop Arthur Roche, indicate that cleansing the Church of traditional doctrine and liturgy is indeed part of their agenda. For example, Roche penned a letter last year to the bishops of the world attacking the traditional Mass and praising the Second Vatican Council’s paradigm shift in its view of the Church.

Some argue that it is Braz de Aviz’s aversion to tradition that led to his “ruthless” dismantling of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI), a community celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass, albeit not exclusively, as well as of the Little Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Redeemer. In 2018, he sent the sisters an ultimatum requiring them to accept Sr. Geneviève Médevielle as their authority “without reserve” or face dismissal from the Institute. Médevielle does not wear a habit and defended the controversial postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The great majority of the sisters were relieved of their vows as a result.

In both cases, the communities were not given any specific reason for the imposition of commissioners that preceded their disbanding, except vague hints that they were too “traditional” for the tastes of the Vatican authorities, including, presumably, Pope Francis, who in the case of the FFI, had refused to accept appeals from the orders’ members.


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‘Homosexuality doesn’t have to last a lifetime’: Watch ex-LGBTs warn Congress against dangers of so-called Equality Act

'By choosing to leave the gay life, by choosing to stop those anonymous sexual encounters, I was able to determine my own course of treatment, which others would not be able to do if the Equality Act is passed.'
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 1:27 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Formerly gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals came to the nation’s capital this week to warn members of the United States Senate against the dangers of the so-called Equality Act, which threatens to diminish religious liberty and severely hinder those seeking to deal with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria.

About 50 members of the “Changed” movement gathered at the foot of the U.S. Capitol to make their stories of personal transformation known – finding their way out of homosexuality and transgenderism – and to urge Congress not to cut off access to the religious and personal counseling that often plays a role in healing childhood sexual and emotional abuse and trauma which led to embracing those lifestyles. 

‘We left LGBTQ because we wanted to’

“Changed has come to D.C. to appeal to our president and to Congress to focus on human dignity apart from identity politics,” said Elizabeth Woning of California, co-founder of the Changed movement and a former lesbian, now married to her husband for 15 years. “America deserves to know there’s more to the story when it comes to LGBTQ experience.”

“LGBTQ is also becoming an ideological worldview that Americans must have the right to embrace or reject on the same terms as religion,” continued Woning. “Many, like us, have changed. We left LGBTQ because we wanted to, and others join us every day.”

Greg Quinlan: The Equality Act is not about equality

“Homosexuality doesn’t have to last a lifetime,” declared Greg Quinlan of New Jersey. “All of us here prove that change is possible.” 

“The Equality Act is not about equality,” said Quinlan. “The Equality Act has nothing to do with equality. It has to do with utter, absolute, dominance, and what we are doing with that is that we are erasing the truth from our children.” 

“We have the right to determine what happens to our children and to protect them from something we know to be harmful,” he continued. “So I urge Congress not to take up this bill. I urge Congress to table this bill.”

Daniel Mingo: If the Equality Act is passed into law, ‘it will give unequal rights to a minority’

If the Equality Act is passed into law, “It will give unequal rights to a minority, taking away the rights of many, many more,” asserted Daniel Mingo of Kentucky.  

“I was sexually molested at 13, which led to anonymous sexal encounters with other males for approximately the next 30 years,” recounted Mingo. “I chose to leave that life, going into recovery for sexual addiction. I also became a born-again believer, and I have been following Jesus now for 51 years.”  

“By choosing to leave the gay life, by choosing to stop those anonymous sexual encounters, I was able to determine my own course of treatment, which others would not be able to do if the Equality Act is passed,” said Mingo. 

Jason Maxwell: ‘Today I stand before you a fully changed man’

Jason Maxell traveled from Arkansas to say “I am a survivor and overcomer of LGBT indoctrination that many in our country and churches have falsely partnered with, that says, ‘I was born that way.’”

“Other LGBTQ don’t have to choose to find healing from sexual and emotional childhood  trauma,” he explained, “but I want to make sure that they have the freedom to make that choice if they want to,” and have the option to seek “pastoral care, lay counseling, and professional counseling.” 

“Today I stand before you a fully changed man, a husband of almost 10 years, and a father of 3 beautiful girls,” said Maxwell. “I’m standing here for the future of this country, a future in which my daughters, their future spouses, their children, and their grandchildren will have the right to go to public schools without worrying about being sexually indoctrinated to believe that their daddy, their grandfather, was a hateful bigot for simply choosing to heal from his childhood trauma.”  

“Those who have experienced childhood sexual and emotional trauma and abuse deserve the right to heal,” he added.   

Tamika Sanders: This legislation will leave people trappeed

Tamika Sanders, founder and executive director of Coming Out, Inc., said “legislation that says that change is not possible says that we don’t exist,” and it “forces individuals to remain trapped.”  

Sander’s organization offers support services and resources to men and women of all ages dealing with emotional, sexual, spiritual, and relational brokenness that may have contributed to alternative lifestyle choices regarding their identity and sexuality.   

Legislation that bans “any attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression will force individuals to remain silent, with no voice, with no one to talk to about their internal conflict and struggles, and absolutely nowhere to find healing and wholeness,” asserted Sanders. 

Government should ‘undermine the parental role by subverting and indoctrinating children at a young age’

“Let me be clear: Government should not mandate what sort of sex-ed should be received by students in public schools, and they should especially not tell children how they should form understanding of sexuality and sexual identity,” said David Reece. “The government should not mandate how a child’s parents should interact with their sexuality. The government’s job should be to empower families to raise children well, not undermine the parental role by subverting and indoctrinating children at a young age.”

“The Equality Act threatens my freedom to offer the same pastoral counseling that I received, that delivered me out of sexual addiction, that healed the effects of abuse and neglect, that helped me live the life that I dreamed of living,” said Drew Berryessa, a pastor from Oregon.

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“Equality is never achieved by silencing another community. It’s never achieved by persecuting another viewpoint, and specifically people of faith and conviction. The Equality Act does that.” 

“The Equality Act would take away protections from women with stories like mine to access counseling that would help us heal from LGBTQ-related trauma,” said Bree Stevens of California. 

The Equality Act, “HR5, eliminates the freedom that I found when I gave my life over to Jesus willingly,” said Gabriel Pagan, from Georgia, now a happily married man with a young son and twins on the way. “HR5 eliminates truth, and the ability to choose counseling where people can explore for themselves, and not get their identity or their freedom from peoples’ opinions around them, or subcultures.”    

Ken Williams, co-founder of the Changed movement: ‘I should have the right to have this life if I want to’

“America may soon make a dramatic turn,” announced Ken Williams, co-founder of the Changed movement, “based upon whether we choose to hang on to personal freedom, rights of conscience, rights of freedom of speech, freedom of religion; or whether we go with a now dominating mainstream ideology.”

“What we’re asking is: Please don’t take away our rights. Please let us determine what our sexuality is,” said Williams.    

“Washington: Take your hands off of our sexual identities,” demanded Williams. “Please don’t oppress us. We have followed our convictions. We left LGBTQ because we wanted to.”

Williams pulled out a large poster with pictures of him with his wife and 4 children.  “It’s the joy of my life that I had the freedom to experience this,” he said, pointing to his family.  

“Should everyone be forced to have this same thing?” he asked. “No. But I should have the right to have this life if I want to.”


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Why is my second grader wearing a mask during PE?

This Florida mom is fighting against continuing school mask requirements on children.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 1:20 pm EST
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June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In the latest episode of The Ladies of LifeSite, Hannah Petersen joins Rebekah, Maddie, and Lisa to share her story of fighting masks in Polk County, Florida schools. She is a mother of school-age children and started the campaign StopMaskingKids.com after an incident with her second grade son.

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During the entire school year, with the schools closed to parents and volunteers, Petersen was not fully aware how far the restrictions went. She describes how after dropping something off for her son, she noticed kids running around during physical education with masks on. “I see all these kids outside second graders during P.E. with masks on, and it was so hot that day and so humid.”

After talking with her child about this, Petersen’s son told her how his coach yelled at him for removing his mask to breathe while running laps in the 90-degree heat. She states that if a child takes the face covering off, “then they're yelled at across the courts by the coach through a megaphone.”

Petersen began to speak with other parents in the school, and they explained that their children were experiencing the same problems with the same teacher. Today, these parents are fighting the mask requirement, which is still in place in some Florida schools and cities, despite mask mandates being ended by Governor Ron DeSantis.

You can help Petersen’s mission to save children from the effects of mask mandates through this LifeFunder campaign. LifeFunder is LifeSite’s Christian, pro-life, and pro-family crowdfunding alternative to GoFundMe.

Petersen believes that the policy of mandating masks for children is hurting the physical and mental health of these youth, who are in little to no danger of getting the coronavirus or being hospitalized with it, according to data from the CDC. She notes that these regulations have created a “normalization” of masks for kids.

To learn more or support the work Hannah Petersen and Stop Masking Kids are doing visit this link. For information about the partnering organization County Citizens Defending Freedom, click here.

Donate to Hannah Petersen’s mission to end mask mandates for kids at LifeFunder.com.

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How to report adverse events or injury following vaccination in Canada

It is critical that you report any adverse events or injuries so that the manufacturers and public may be aware of the risk of vaccine injuries.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 1:06 pm EST
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June 10, 2021 (Vaccine Choice Canada) – COVID-19 vaccines available for emergency use in Canada are still in the experimental stage. If you elect to participate in the human trials, it is critical that you report any adverse events or injuries so that the manufacturers and public may be aware of the risk of vaccine injuries.

Adverse events following vaccination include unwanted or unexpected health effects that happen after a vaccine is received. These health effects may or may not be caused by the vaccine and may or may not be permanent.

Health Canada’s Definitions of adverse events.

Health Canada’s Reported side effects following COVID-19 vaccination in Canada – updated every Friday.

If you are unsure whether to report an adverse event or injury after receiving a COVID-19 shot, be proactive and report the event.

General Public – Report COVID-19 shot injuries

Complete the following four reports:

If you experience an adverse event or injury following a COVID-19 shot, instruct your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to complete the Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) form. Confirm that you will be provided a copy of their submitted report.

Vaccine recipients or their caregivers may also voluntarily report adverse events and vaccine injuries to public health. We suggest you send by registered mail.

Report the adverse event and injury to the Canadian National Vaccine Safety Network (CANVAS).

Report COVID-19 shot adverse events and injuries to VaxxTrackerVaxxTracker is independent from all government, pharmaceutical, or lobbying groups. Data summaries with monthly counts, top 10 reaction types, outcomes, and descriptions of symptoms are provided by VaxxTracker.

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Health care professionals – Report COVID-19 Shot Injuries

Health care providers are required by law to report adverse events and vaccine injury to monitor vaccine safety.

If a patient experiences an adverse event and injury following vaccination, please complete the appropriate form (Adverse Events Following Immunization), and send it to your local Health Unit in your province/territory.

If you have any questions or have difficulties contacting your local health unit, please contact Vaccine Safety Section at Public Health Agency of Canada (Tel: 1-866-844-0018; Fax 1-866-844-5931).

Further Information

COVID-19 Shots in Canada – Health Canada Infobase

COVID -19 Vaccines: Safety Surveillance Manual

Canadian Adverse Events Following Immunization Surveillance System (CAEFISS)

Watch these informative videos featuring lawyer Rocco Galati from the Constitutional Rights Centre (CRC) to learn more about your rights to decline COVID shots, and information about protecting your Charter rights and freedoms.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes and is not intended as legal or medical advice.

Update June 1, 2021 – Canada launches its first national vaccine injury compensation program – CTV News – “Canada’s program will be administered by RCGT Consulting on behalf of PHAC and is already accepting claims.”

Click here for the Vaccine Injury Support Program.

Published with permission from Vaccine Choice Canada.

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Indian Bar Association serves legal notice to chief WHO scientist for misinformation on ivermectin

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan is accused of ‘[r]unning a disinformation campaign against Ivermectin by deliberate suppression of effectiveness of drug Ivermectin as prophylaxis and for treatment of COVID-19.’
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 11:56 am EST
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June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — On May 25, the Indian Bar Association served a legal notice to Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, a Chief Scientist for the World Health Organization (WHO), relating to the harm she allegedly caused the people of India by campaigning against the use of ivermectin.

A legal notice is a formal document informing a person of the grievances laid against him or her, outlining the potentially forthcoming legal action, and giving the person an opportunity to rectify the conflict before it goes to court.

The Indian Bar Association, a non-profit, non-governmental association constituted by many legal professionals in India, accused Swaminathan of “[r]unning a disinformation campaign against Ivermectin by deliberate suppression of effectiveness of drug Ivermectin as prophylaxis and for treatment of COVID-19, despite the existence of large amounts of clinical data compiled and presented by esteemed, highly qualified, experienced medical doctors and scientists.”

Additionally, Swaminathan was accused of “[i]ssuing statements in social media and mainstream media, thereby influencing the public against the use of Ivermectin and attacking the credibility of acclaimed bodies/institutes like ICMR and AIIMS, Delhi, which have included ‘Ivermectin’ in the ‘National Guidelines for COVID-19 management.’”

The notice listed eight elements in particular, including not just Swaminathan’s statements against the use of ivermectin, but also the “extensive studies and trials that prove effectiveness of Ivermectin in treatment of COVID-19,” and the cases in the U.S. where infected and critically ill seniors successfully recovered after the use of this medicine. The notice quoted several recovered patients witnessing to their successful use of ivermectin.

See below an astonishing video program from TrialSite News in which moderator Shabnam Palesa Mohamed engages a panel consisting of Advocate Dipali Ohja of the Indian Bar Association (IAB), Dr Pierre Kory (FLCCC), and Dr Tess Lawrie (EBMC) about the IAB's decision to issue legal notice on WHO chief scientist, Dr Soumya Swaminathan. The speakers reveal the criminal actions and severely wrong Covid-related directions by the WHO and its opposition to Ivermectin that have led to the otherwise preventable loss of  hundreds of thousands and perhaps a million or more lives internationally. 

In Buffalo, New York, the courts had ordered the hospitals to administer Ivermectin to an elderly woman, the legal notice pointed out. Her family’s response was:

“While she was on the ventilator, we prayed for Mom. We prayed to God, and the answer that came back to us was Ivermectin,” the daughter said. “My brother was doing some research on his own and came up with the information about Ivermectin. Nothing else was helping our mother. We read that Ivermectin was helping other people and had no dangerous side effects. We decided we had to try it.” The daughter said her mother made “a complete turnaround” within days of her first doses of Ivermectin.

Ivermectin, as explained by the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance, “is a well-known, FDA-approved anti-parasite drug that has been used successfully for more than four decades” to treat parasitic diseases. “It is on the WHO’s list of essential medicines … and has won the Nobel prize for its global and historic impacts in eradicating endemic parasitic infections in many parts of the world.”

The 51-page legal notice goes into detail regarding Swaminathan’s position on Ivermectin in the face of strong evidence to the contrary, the “falling standards of the World Health Organization,” and the “commendable work by select courageous medical doctors who have lived up to their Hippocratic Oath.”

Dr. Swaminathan has spoken out publicly against the use of Ivermectin in the fight against the coronavirus. In one Twitter post (which has since been removed), for example, Swaminathan commented: “Safety and efficacy are important when using any drug for a new indication. [The WHO] recommends against the use of ivermectin for [COVID-19] except within clinical trials.”

Just before her tweet, the government of the Indian state of Goa decided to administer Ivermectin to all citizens over 18 years of age, whether or not they tested positive for COVID-19.

Defending this decision, Goa Joint Secretary (Health) Vikas Gaunekar stated, “Various studies conducted in different countries have shown that the medicine [Ivermectin] has a positive effect on prevention and treatment/cure of patients.”

He continued, calling out the WHO, “There are some reports which have found that the analysis by WHO on this medicine is flawed and that the mortality rate is actually much lower if the said medicine is used for early treatment as well as prophylaxis.”

Gaunekar also referred to the website www.ivmmeta.com which tracks in real-time the effects of Ivermectin as an early treatment for the coronavirus. The site reports high success rates with the use of this drug.

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The use of ivermectin is being promoted by a number of organizations and governments because of its success rate in treating COVID.

The Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) is also promoting the use of ivermectin to fight the virus. In a statement released on May 12, 2021, the alliance wrote, “Awareness of ivermectin’s efficacy and its adoption by physicians worldwide to successfully treat COVID-19 have grown exponentially over the past several months.”

“Oddly, however, even as the clinical trials data and successful ivermectin treatment experiences continue to mount, so too have the criticisms and outright recommendations against the use of ivermectin by the vast majority, though not all, of public health agencies (PHA), concentrated largely in North America and Europe.”

The FLCCC strongly criticized the WHO’s position against ivermectin as both inaccurate and limited: “We must emphasize this critical fact: If the WHO had more accurately assessed the quality of evidence as ‘moderate certainty,’ consistent with the multiple independent research teams above, ivermectin would instead become the standard of care worldwide, similar to what occurred after the dexamethasone evidence finding decreased mortality was graded as moderate quality, which then led to its immediate global adoption in the treatment of moderate to severe COVID-19 in July of 2020.”

In the summer of 2020, Mexico City embarked on a similar journey as Goa insofar as they also administered ivermectin against the WHO’s recommendations and witnessed a drastic decrease in both hospitalizations and deaths.


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Biden has violated fundamental Catholic teaching at least 32 times, report to bishops says

The Biden administration has violated core Church teaching on at least 32 occasions in less than five months, the Catholic League found in a new report sent to all American bishops.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 8:27 am EST
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June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A new report by the Catholic League has identified at least 32 times that Joe Biden has violated fundamental Catholic moral teaching since being inaugurated.

The report, which was sent to the U.S. bishops, “outlines many instances where [Biden’s] decision-making on important moral issues is at variance with established Catholic teachings,” Catholic League president Bill Donohue said on Monday. “It has been sent to all the bishops in the United States,” Donohue said.  

Rejection of Church teaching on matters of prudential judgement is not considered in the report, but rather “non-negotiable principles of Catholic belief on vital issues such as human life, religious liberty, and the complementarity of men and women,” Thomas D. Williams, PhD, noted.

The Biden administration’s decisions flagged by the Catholic League constitute some of the grossest attacks on life, family, and religious freedoms in American history. Around one third of them were enacted within ten days of Biden taking office.

Those initial actions include executive orders reopening the military to transgender individuals, institutionalizing transgenderism in children’s schools and sports, and requiring federal agencies to treat sexual orientation and “gender identity” as “protected classes.” A statement by the White House two days after the inauguration celebrated Roe v. Wade as a “foundational precedent” and described support for the ruling as a litmus test for judicial nominees.

Four violations of core Catholic teaching highlighted in the Catholic League report took place on the same day, January 28, on which Biden revoked a ban on taxpayer funds for overseas abortions, moved to reinstate funding to Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion U.N. Population Fund, and doubled down on foreign aid spending to promote “abortion rights.” 

The following month, the White House released a “Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Persons Around the World.”

The memo “will limit the ability of faith-based organizations to assist in foreign aid,” the Catholic League said.

Also in February, Biden nominated Richard Levine – a gender-confused man who goes by the name of “Rachel” and who supports “sex-changes” for minors – for Assistant Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Levine has since been confirmed by the Senate, as has Biden’s HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, a defender of the illegal practice of partial-birth abortion.

Joe Biden, America’s self-styled “second Catholic president,” also stepped up radical attacks on religious liberty and longstanding abortion regulations through March and April.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that Biden signed into law in March lacks key Hyde Amendment protections, unlike all previous COVID-19 relief packages, and allows

nearly $500 billion of taxpayer funding for abortion. The multi-trillion dollar federal budget proposed by the White House last month contains no Hyde Amendment language either – a first in nearly 30 years.

Two weeks after the White House approved ARPA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), led by Biden appointee Janet Woodcock, announced that it would lift restrictions on abortion pills sent by mail. That same week, the HHS moved to mandate abortion referrals for groups participating in Title X, the federal family planning program, and rescinded restrictions on experimentation on aborted babies’ bodies. 

The Catholic League report also noted multiple times that Biden’s HHS has sued to force doctors to perform transgender surgeries.

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Along with ARPA, other federal legislation endorsed by the Biden administration that the Catholic League said break with Catholic teaching include: The Equality Act, The For the People Act (H.R. 1), and The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), in addition to a House resolution supporting The Equal Rights Amendment

The group’s report to the U.S. bishops comes days before they are scheduled to meet virtually and vote on whether to draft a document on the reception of the Eucharist by so-called “Catholics” who promote abortion. The motion has moved forward with the backing of more than one dozen bishops, though notable liberal prelates, like Cardinals Wilton Gregory, Joseph Tobin, and Blase Cupich, have attempted to derail it


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Jason Kenney misrepresents the Constitution & Bible in speech claiming pastors violated ‘biblical mandate’ by breaking lockdown rules

Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney has claimed that assembling for worship contrary to his lockdowns is a 'reckless disregard' of a 'biblical mandate.'
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 12:34 pm EST
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June 10, 2021 (JCCF) – During a live-streamed question-and-answer session on May 19, Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney spent nearly ten minutes vilifying Christian pastors who disobey his orders. He claimed that the pastors were spreaders of disease, and were jeopardizing their neighbour’s health. Without citing any specific scripture, Mr. Kenney claimed that assembling for worship contrary to his lockdowns is a “reckless disregard” of a “biblical mandate.”

Pastors James Coates, Art Pawlowski and Tim Stephens have all spent time in jail.

In his diatribe against these and other pastors (beginning around the 4 minute mark in the video above), Mr. Kenney invoked the rule of law as the principle by which all citizens are governed. The premier explained the rule of law this way: laws apply to everyone and the health orders are laws, so everyone must obey health orders.

Unfortunately, the premier’s description of the rule of law is incomplete and misleading.

In a constitutional monarchy such as Canada, the rule of law rests first and foremost on the premise that there is an ultimate law which governs society and which protects citizens by constraining government power: the Constitution. Laws that are inconsistent with the Constitution are of no force or effect. The rule of law requires politicians and governments to obey the Constitution.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is part of our Constitution, protects freedom of conscience and religion, freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, and freedom of association and peaceful assembly. In contrast, lockdowns and other restrictions prohibit peaceful assembly and communal worship. Lockdowns destroy large swaths of civil society by making it illegal for Canadians to associate freely with others in social, business, athletic, religious, recreational and entertainment pursuits and activities.

The Constitution is what stands between politicians and total control of society. Indefinite lockdowns. Peaceful protestors and pastors in jail. Government control over the internet through Bill C-10. No more travel, internationally or between provinces. No more special family gatherings at important occasions like Christmas, birthday parties, weddings and funerals. Permanent poverty. Massive debt left to our children and grandchildren.

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By waging constant war on civil liberties and by refusing to justify demonstrably, with evidence put before a court, the ongoing violations of Charter rights and freedoms, it is Mr. Kenney who disobeys the rule of law, not the peaceful pastors.

The Charter places no onus on pastors to justify their actions. Rather, the Charter places the onus on politicians to justify their violation of religious and other freedoms. In court actions in Alberta, BC and Ontario, governments have not placed any persuasive medical or scientific evidence before judges to support the governments’ theory that church services are deadly. While barricading GraceLife Church, the government has no evidence that this church caused or contributed to any COVID-19 deaths.

The Charter demands that governments provide evidence, not mere assertions and speculation. Citizens have a right to this evidence, if it exists. Thus far, the preponderance of evidence demonstrates that lockdowns are the worst and most destructive public policy decision in Canadian history.

Premier Kenney also claimed on May 19 that churches that continue with communal worship breach their “biblical mandates.” But nowhere in the Bible is there a single instance of a closure of the sanctuary or temple service because of the presence of a disease. You can search from Genesis to Revelation, and you won’t find it.

Mankind has always suffered from numerous diseases for which there was (or is) no cure. Leprosy, for example, was prevalent in biblical times. It was always horrific, and caused massive disfigurement. It resulted in the isolation of a person, not for 14 days, but being cast out of society for the rest of their lives.

Contrast that with COVID-19, which has a 99.7% survival rate and poses no threat whatsoever to roughly 90% of the population. Most who get it, have no symptoms or only mild ones, and recover without any medical intervention whatsoever. Government data and statistics tell us that Canadians under 70 years of age should fear getting into a car more than they should fear COVID-19. There is no rational basis for the disproportionate and extreme fear that Mr. Kenney and other politicians continue to promote.

The Bible is, however, replete with examples of civil disobedience. The Hebrew midwives disobeyed a direct order from Pharaoh in Exodus 1. Jonathan and the soldiers openly defied Saul, then king of Israel in I Samuel 20-22. Three Hebrew worthies refused to bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s statue of gold in Daniel 3, even though they were threatened with being burned alive. Daniel himself refused to honour the law of Darius the Mede and was consequently thrown into the lion’s den in Daniel 6. In Acts 5, the disciples were prohibited from preaching publicly, but they were specifically instructed by the angel who delivered them from prison to go back and continue preaching, in open disobedience to human authorities.

Taking their instructions from the Bible, principled people for millennia have – at great personal risk – stood up to tyrants. The American Quakers in free states disobeyed the laws which made it illegal to assist run-away slaves. Corrie ten Boom and her family hid Jews in their home in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, contrary to the laws in force.

Some will argue that public health orders are good laws, worthy of obedience. If that were true, Mr. Kenney’s government would have submitted medical and scientific evidence in court a long time ago, relishing the opportunity to humiliate the “unhinged conspiracy theorists”, as Jason Kenney has publicly described lockdown opponents. If public health orders actually produce more good than harm, governments would actively gather comprehensive data on lockdown benefits as well as lockdown harms. Instead, Canada’s federal and provincial governments have demonstrably failed to conduct any meaningful cost-benefit analysis of their Charter-violating measures.

Publicly vilifying peaceful pastors is easier than responding to the growing number of MLAs who have openly challenged Premier Kenney’s lockdown measures. Making certain pastors the scapegoat of society’s problems and failed public policy is easier than presenting medical and scientific evidence in court to justify lockdown measures which violate basic Charter freedoms.

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Abp. Viganò’s considerations on the feared modification of Summorum Pontificum

'Let us pray that the Divine Majesty ... will deign to enlighten the Sacred Pastors so that they desist from their purpose and indeed promote the Tridentine Mass for the good of Holy Church and for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.'
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 11:25 am EST
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June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — On the occasion of the Philosophy Symposium dedicated to the memory of Msgr. Antonio Livi which was held in Venice on May 30 (here), I tried to identify the elements that constantly recur throughout history in the work of deception of the Evil One. In my examination (here), I focused on the fraud of the pandemic, showing how the reasons given to justify illegitimate coercive measures and no less illegitimate limitations of natural freedoms were in reality prophasis, that is, pretexts: ostensible reasons that are actually intended to conceal a malicious intent and a criminal design. The publication of Anthony Fauci’s emails (here) and the impossibility of censoring the ever more numerous voices of dissent with respect to the mainstream narrative have confirmed my analysis and allow us to hope for a blatant defeat of the supporters of the Great Reset.

In that address, you may recall, I dwelt on the fact that the Second Vatican Council was also in a certain way a Great Reset for the ecclesial body, like other historical events planned and designed in order to revolutionize the social body. Also in this case, the excuses given to legitimize liturgical reform, ecumenism, and the parliamentarization of the authority of the Sacred Pastors were not founded on good faith but on deceit and lies, in such a way so as to make us believe that we were renouncing things that were unquestionably good — the Apostolic Mass, the uniqueness of the Church as the means of salvation, the immutability of the Magisterium and the Authority of the Hierarchy — for the sake of a higher good. But as we know, not only did this higher good not come about (nor could it have), but in fact the true intent of the Council manifested itself in all its disruptive subversive value: churches were emptied, seminaries deserted, convents abandoned, authority discredited and perverted into tyranny for the sake of the wicked Pastors or rendered ineffective for the good ones. And we also know that the purpose of this reset, this devastating revolution, was from the very beginning iniquitous and malicious, despite being clothed in noble intentions in order to convince the faithful and the clergy to obey.

In 2007 Benedict XVI restored full citizenship to the venerable Tridentine liturgy, giving back to it the legitimacy that had been abusively denied it for fifty years. In his Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum he declared:

It is therefore permitted to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal, which was promulgated by Blessed John XXIII in 1962 and never abrogated, as an extraordinary form of the Church’s Liturgy. [...] For such a celebration with either Missal, the priest needs no permission from the Apostolic See or from his own Ordinary. (here)

In reality, the letter of the Motu Proprio and the implementing documents associated with it was never completely applied, and the cœtus fidelium who today celebrate in the Apostolic Rite continue to have to go to their Bishop to ask permission, essentially still abiding by the dictate of the Indult of the preceding Motu Proprio of John Paul II, Ecclesia Dei. The just honor in which the traditional liturgy ought to be held was tempered by its being placed on an equal level with the liturgy of the post-conciliar reform, with the former being defined as the “extraordinary form” and the latter as the “ordinary form,” as if the Bride of the Lamb could have two voices — one fully Catholic and another equivocally ecumenical — with which to speak at one moment to the Divine Majesty and at the next to the assembly of the faithful. But there is also no doubt that the liberalization of the Tridentine Mass has done much good, nourishing the spirituality of millions of people and bringing many souls closer to the Faith who, in the sterility of the reformed rite, have not found any incentive either for conversion or even less for spiritual growth.

Last year, displaying the typical behavior of the Innovators, the Holy See sent a questionnaire to the dioceses of the world in which they were asked to provide information about the implementation of Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio (here). The way in which the questions were written betrayed, once again, a second purpose, and the responses that were sent to Rome were supposed to create a basis of apparent legitimacy for imposing limitations on the Motu Proprio, if not its total abrogation. Certainly, if the author of Summorum Pontificum were still seated on the Throne, this questionnaire would have allowed the Pontiff to remind the Bishops that no priest needs to ask for permission to celebrate Mass in the ancient rite, nor may a priest be removed from ministry for doing so. But the real intention of those who wanted to consult the Ordinaries does not seem to reside in the salus animarum so much as in theological hatred against a rite that expresses with adamantine clarity the immutable Faith of the Holy Church, and which for this reason is alien to the conciliar ecclesiology, to its liturgy, and to the doctrine it presupposes and conveys. There is nothing more opposed to the so-called magisterium of Vatican II than the Tridentine liturgy: every prayer, every pericope — as liturgists would say — constitutes an affront to the delicate ears of the Innovators, every ceremony is an offense to their eyes.

Simply tolerating that there are Catholics who want to drink from the sacred sources of that rite sounds like a defeat for them, one that is bearable only if it is limited to little groups of nostalgic elderly people or eccentric aesthetes. But if the “extraordinary form” — which is such in the ordinary sense of the word — becomes the norm for thousands of families, young people, and ordinary people who consciously choose it, then it becomes a stone of scandal and must be relentlessly opposed, limited, and abolished, since there must be no counter to the reformed liturgy, no alternative to the squalor of the conciliar rites — just as there can be no voice of dissent or argued refutation against the mainstream narrative, and just as effective treatments cannot be adopted in the face of the side effects of an experimental vaccine because they would demonstrate the latter’s uselessness.

Nor can we be surprised: Those who do not come from God are intolerant of everything that even remotely recalls an era in which the Catholic Church was governed by Catholic pastors and not by unfaithful pastors who abuse their authority; an era in which the Faith was preached in its integrity to the nations and not adulterated in order to please the world; an era in which those who hungered and thirsted for Truth were nourished and refreshed by a liturgy that was earthly in form but divine in substance. And if all that until yesterday was holy and good is now condemned and made an object of scorn, then allowing any trace of it to remain is inadmissible and constitutes an intolerable affront. Because the Tridentine Mass touches chords of the soul that the Montinian rite does not even begin to approach.

Obviously, those who maneuver behind the scenes in the Vatican to eliminate the Catholic Mass see decades of work compromised in the Motu Proprio, they see a threat against the possession of so many souls whom today they keep subjugated and their tyrannical hold over the ecclesial body weakened. The same priests and bishops who, like me, have rediscovered that inestimable treasure of faith and spirituality — or which by the grace of God they have never abandoned, despite the ferocious persecution of the post-council — are not disposed to renounce it, having found in it the soul of their Priesthood and the nourishment of their supernatural life. And it is disturbing, as well as scandalous, that in the face of the good that the Tridentine Mass brings to the Church, there are those who want to ban it or limit its celebration on the basis of specious reasons.

Yet, if we place ourselves in the shoes of the Innovators, we understand how perfectly consistent this is with their distorted vision of the Church, which for them is not a perfect society instituted by God for the salvation of souls but a human society in which an authority that is corrupt and subservient to the elite it favors steers the needs of the masses for vague spirituality, denying the purpose for which Our Lord willed it, and in which the good Pastors are constrained to inaction by bureaucratic shackles which they alone obey. This impasse, this juridical dead end, means that the abuse of authority can be imposed on subjects precisely in virtue of the fact that they recognize the voice of Christ in it, even in the face of evidence of the intrinsic wickedness of the orders that are given, the motivations that determine them, and the individuals who exercise it. On the other hand, even in the civil sphere, during the pandemic, many people obeyed absurd and harmful rules because they were imposed on them by doctors, virologists, and politicians who should have had the health and well-being of citizens at heart; and many did not want to believe, not even in the face of evidence of the criminal design, that they could directly intend the death or illness of millions of people. It is what social psychologists call cognitive dissonance, which induces individuals to take refuge in a comfortable niche of irrationality rather than recognize that they are victims of a colossal fraud and therefore having to react manfully.

So let us not ask ourselves why — in the face of the multiplication of communities tied to the ancient liturgy, the flowering of vocations almost exclusively in the context of the Motu Proprio, and the increase in the frequent reception of the Sacraments and consistency of Christian life among those who follow it — there is a desire to wickedly trample an inalienable right and hinder the Apostolic Mass: The question is wrong, and the answer would be misleading.

Let us ask ourselves, rather, why notorious heretics and fornicators without morals would tolerate their errors and their deplorable way of life being placed into question by a minority of the faithful and clergy without protectors when they have the power to prevent it. At this point we understand well that this aversion cannot fail to be made explicit precisely by putting an end to the Motu Proprio, abusing a usurped and perverted authority. Even at the time of the Protestant pseudo-Reformation, tolerance towards certain liturgical customs rooted in the people was short-lived, because those devotions to the Virgin Mary, those hymns in Latin, those bells rung at the Elevation — which no longer existed — necessarily had to disappear, since they expressed a Faith that Luther’s followers had denied. And it would be absurd to hope that there could be a peaceful coexistence between the Novus and Vetus Ordo, as well as between the Catholic Mass and the Lutheran Lord’s Supper, given the ontological incompatibility between them. On closer inspection, at least the defeat of the Vetus hoped for by the supporters of the Novus is consistent with their principles, just as the defeat of the Novus by the Vetus should likewise be hoped for. They are mistaken, therefore, who believe that it is possible to hold together two opposing forms of Catholic worship in the name of a plurality of liturgical expression that is the daughter of the conciliar mentality no more and no less than it is the daughter of the hermeneutic of continuity.

The modus operandi of the Innovators emerges once again in this operation against the Motu Proprio: First some of the most fanatical opponents of the traditional liturgy call for the abrogation of Summorum Pontificum as a provocation, calling the ancient Mass “divisive.” Then the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith asks the Ordinaries to respond to a questionnaire (here), the answers to which are practically pre-packaged (the Bishop’s career depends on the way he goes along with what he reports to the Holy See, because the content of his responses to the questionnaire will also be made known to the Congregation of Bishops). Then, with a nonchalant air, during a closed-door meeting with the members of the Italian Episcopate, Bergoglio says that he is concerned about seminarians “who seem good, but are rigid” (here) and the spread of the traditional liturgy, always reiterating that the conciliar liturgical reform is irreversible. Furthermore, he appoints a bitter enemy of the Vetus Ordo as Prefect of Divine Worship who will be an ally in the application of any future restrictions. Finally, we learn that Cardinals Parolin and Ouellet are among the first to desire this downsizing of the Motu Proprio (here). This obviously leads “conservative” Prelates to come scurrying in defense of the present system of the co-existence of the two forms, ordinary and extraordinary, giving Francis the opportunity to show that he is the prudent moderator of two opposing currents by moving towards “only” a limitation of Summorum Pontificum rather than its total abrogation: which — as we know — was exactly what he was aiming for from the start of his operation.

Regardless of the final outcome, the deus ex machina of this predictable play is, as always, Bergoglio, who is even ready to take credit for a gesture of clement indulgence towards conservatives as well as unloading the responsibilities for a restrictive application onto the new Prefect, Archbishop Arthur Roche, and his followers. Thus, in the event of a choral protest of the faithful and an unhinged reaction by the Prefect or other Prelates, once again Bergoglio will enjoy the clash between progressives and traditionalists, since he will then have excellent arguments to affirm that the coexistence of the two forms of the Roman Rite causes divisions in the Church and that it is thus more prudent to return to the pax montiniana, that is, the total proscription of the Mass of all time.

I exhort my Brothers in the Episcopate, Priests, and laity to strenuously defend their right to the Catholic liturgy solemnly sanctioned by the Bull Quo Primum of Saint Pius V, and by means of it to defend the Holy Church and the Papacy, which have both been exposed to discredit and ridicule by the Pastors themselves. The question of the Motu Proprio is not in the least negotiable, because it reaffirms the legitimacy of a rite that has never been abrogated nor is able to be abrogated. Furthermore, in addition to the certain damage that airing these novelties will cause to souls and to the certain advantage that will come from them to the Devil and his servants, there is also added the indecorous rudeness displayed to Benedict XVI, who is still living, by Bergoglio, who ought to know that the authority the Roman Pontiff exercises over the Church is vicarious and that the power which he holds comes to him from Our Lord Jesus Christ, the One Head of the Mystical Body. Abusing the Apostolic authority and the power of the Holy Keys for a purpose opposed to that for which they were instituted by the Lord represents an unheard-of offense against the Majesty of God, a dishonor for the Church, and a sin for which he will have to answer to the One whose Vicar he is. And whoever refuses the title of Vicar of Christ knows that by doing so the legitimacy of his authority also fails.

It is not acceptable for the supreme authority of the Church to allow itself to cancel, in a disturbing operation of cancel culture in a religious key, the inheritance it has received from its Fathers; nor is it permissible to consider as being outside of the Church those who are not prepared to accept the privation of the Mass and the Sacraments celebrated in the form that has molded almost two thousand years of Saints. The Church is not an agency in which the marketing office decides to cancel old products from the catalog and propose new ones in their stead according to customer requests. Imposing the liturgical revolution with force on priests and the faithful in the name of obedience to the Council, stripping away from them the very soul of the Christian life and replacing it with a rite that the Freemason Bugnini copied from Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer, was already painful. That abuse, partially healed by Benedict XVI with the Motu Proprio, cannot be repeated in any way now in the presence of elements that are all largely in favor of the liberalization of the ancient liturgy. If one really wanted to help the people of God in this crisis, the reformed liturgy should have been abolished, which in fifty years has caused more damage than Calvinism has done.

We do not know if the feared restrictions that the Holy See intends to make to the Motu Proprio will affect diocesan priests, or if they will also affect the Institutes whose members celebrate the ancient rite exclusively. I fear, however, as I have already had the occasion to say in the past, that it will be precisely on the latter that the demolishing action of the Innovators will be unleashed, who can perhaps tolerate the ceremonial aspects of the Tridentine liturgy but absolutely do not accept adherence to the doctrinal and ecclesiological structure that they imply, which contrasts sharply with the conciliar deviations that the Innovators want to impose without exception. This is why it is to be feared that these Institutes will be asked to make some form of submission to the conciliar liturgy, for example by making the celebration of the Novus Ordo mandatory at least occasionally, as diocesan priests must already do. In this way, whoever makes use of the Motu Proprio will be constrained not only to an implicit acceptance of the reformed liturgy but also to a public acceptance of the new rite and its doctrinal mens. And whoever celebrates the two forms of the rite will find himself ipso facto discredited above all in his consistency, passing off his liturgical choices as a merely aesthetic — I would say almost choreographic — in fact, depriving him of any sort of critical judgment towards the Montinian Mass and the mens that gives it form: because he will find himself forced to celebrate that Mass. This is a malicious and cunning operation, in which an authority that abuses its power delegitimizes those who oppose it, on the one hand by granting the ancient rite, but on the other hand making it a merely aesthetic question and obligating an insidious bi-ritualism and an even more insidious adherence to two opposing and contrasting doctrinal approaches. But how can a priest be asked to celebrate a venerable and holy rite in which he finds perfect coherence between doctrine, ceremony, and life at one moment, and at the next a falsified rite that winks at heretics and contemptibly keeps silent about what the other proudly proclaims?

Let us pray, therefore: Let us pray that the Divine Majesty, to which we render perfect worship celebrating the venerable ancient rite, will deign to enlighten the Sacred Pastors so that they desist from their purpose and indeed promote the Tridentine Mass for the good of Holy Church and for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity. Let us invoke the Holy Patrons of the Mass — Saint Gregory the Great, Saint Pius V, and Saint Pius X in primis, and all the Saints who over the course of the centuries have celebrated the Holy Sacrifice in the form that has been handed down to us, so that we may faithfully preserve it. May their intercession before the throne of God beg for the preservation of the Mass of all time, thanks to which we are sanctified, strengthened in virtue, and able to resist the attacks of the Evil One. And if ever the sins of the men of the Church should merit for us a punishment so severe as that prophesied by Daniel, let us prepare to descend into the catacombs, offering this trial for the conversion of the Shepherds.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

9 June 2021

Feria IV infra Hebdomadam II post Octavam Pentecostes


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Pope Francis tells Cardinal Marx to remain in his post as archbishop of Munich

It is clear that we are dealing with a well-planned event that has its purposes. So what are the purposes of this public stunt?
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - 4:11 pm EST
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June 10, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis published today a letter addressed to Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, telling him that he does not accept Marx’s recent offer to resign. The Pope’s letter asks Marx to remain in his position. This move makes many observers wonder why Marx's offer to resign was publicized in the first place.

Vatican News published today German, Spanish, and Italian versions of the entire letter written by Pope Francis.

The Pope speaks to Marx about “confirming your mission and not accepting your resignation” and thanks him for his “Christian courage which is not afraid of the cross and which does not shy away from humbling itself in the face of the reality of sin.” In this, Pope Francis sees a “grace that the Lord has given you and I see that you wish to accept it and to preserve it in order to make it fruitful.”

Furthermore, the Pope speaks of the crisis in the Church in Germany which exists because of the “abuse.” He adds that one has to “accept” the crisis in order to make it fruitful.

In a surprising comment, Pope Francis explains that “the ‘mea culpa’ in the face of so many mistakes in the past has been pronounced by us more than once, in many situations, even if we personally were not involved in this historic phase.”

This seems to be surprising given the fact that both Pope Francis and Cardinal Marx have been accused of misconduct with regard to sex abuse cases. And both have already admitted in public of having committed mistakes in this regard.

In any event, Pope Francis stresses in his letter to the German cardinal that now, in light of the abuse crisis, it is time for “reform.” Here, we take especially note of his words “wherever that will lead us”:

And it is precisely this behavior that is being asked of us today. We are asked to reform, which – in this case – does not consist in words, but in behaviors that have the courage to face this crisis, to accept the reality, wherever that will lead us.

Cardinal Marx, only a few days ago, offered Pope Francis his resignation. On June 4, he published a letter (also in English) that he had written on May 21 to Pope Francis and which he had already discussed with the Pope in person.

Speaking about the crisis in the Church due to the many cases of clerical sex abuse and its cover-up, Marx admits his own guilt, saying that “this crisis has also been caused by our own failure, by our own guilt.” This prelate thus wants to “share the responsibility for the catastrophe of the sexual abuse by Church officials over the past decades.” And he thinks that the Church is “at a dead end,” but hopes that this will become a “turning point.” For Cardinal Marx, of course, the solution for this crisis is the much-debated and controversial German “Synodal Path” that so far has been questioning priestly celibacy, the hierarchical structure of the Church, the all-male priesthood, and the ban on blessings for homosexual couples.

That Cardinal Marx did not intend with this letter to go into real retirement becomes clear at its end, where he stresses that he “continues” to “enjoy being a priest and a bishop of this Church.”

“In the next years of my service,” he adds, “I would like to increasingly dedicate myself to pastoral care and support an ecclesiastical renewal of the Church which you also call for incessantly.”

Since Cardinal Marx had previously spoken with Pope Francis about this letter, and since Pope Francis gave him his approval for publishing this private letter, it is clear that we are dealing with a well-planned event that has its purposes.

So what are the purposes of this public stunt?

First of all, Cardinal Marx presents himself in a “humility maneuver,” as the German journalist Lucas Wiegelmann of Die Welt called it. He wonders whether this offer of resignation was a way for Cardinal Marx to avoid having to face many questions concerning his own behavior in the abuse crisis. Cardinal Marx has already publicly admitted to having mishandled an abuse case as bishop of the Diocese of Trier. New studies that are being undertaken now might unearth more unresolved cases of mishandling. And in fact, by the Pope's decision to keep Cardinal Marx in Munich, he seems to be giving him a free pass on his own involvement in the sex abuse crisis.

Another aspect of this entire maneuver could also be that the Pope and Marx wished to exert some influence on Cardinal Reinhard Woelki, an opponent of the radical proposals of the Synodal Path, to take a similar step of resignation in light of the sex abuse crisis that has been rocking his own Archdiocese of Cologne for quite some time now.

There were also other sources who thought that Pope Francis means to prepare Marx for a post in Rome, either as the head of the Congregation for the Clergy or for some position in the government of the Vatican. After all, Marx already holds important positions in Rome, being a member of the Pope's personal Council of Cardinals – counseling the pope with regard to his curial reform – and as  secretary of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy.

But perhaps this entire public event was merely aimed at indirectly supporting the German Synodal Path. After all, both actors – the Pope and Marx – support “reform” in the Church, and more specifically the “synodal” way of steering the Church into revolutionary changes. It was Pope Francis who had pushed the Italian bishops' conference into recently opening up their own synodal path, and he also announced a three-year-long synodal path on synodality for the whole Church, which is to begin next year.

Could it be that the Pope is giving here Marx his stamp of approval for his radical reform? Rudolf Gehrig, a German journalist working for CNA Deutsch and EWTN Deutsch, writes today on Twitter: “‘This again encourages us to continue the ‘Synodal Path’ in this form.’  – this reaction will surely come soon. Wait and see. #Marx”

Only a few hours later, the same journalist quotes Thomas Sternberg, the lay head of the German Synodal Path, with the words: “this shows me that it is wrong to assume in the Vatican a closed bloc of rejecters of the 'Synodal Path' and the need for reform. (...) But the Pope's letter to #Marx shows the opposite.”

An interesting angle to this story is also a new intervention by Cardinal Walter Kasper, a close confidant of the Pope, certainly in matters of Germany. He shows himself now “very worried” about the Synodal Path and hopes that it will enter “Catholic” paths. He argues against a general intercommunion for all, sees still some “open questions,” but then admits that he himself has “never” refused a Protestant at the Communion rail. He reports that he has seen many “annoyed” reactions from Catholics in other countries who are weary of being told by Germans what to do. He proposes to rediscover the “radicality of the Gospels.”

It will have to be seen whether this Kasper intervention is part of this public maneuver, whether his role is to assure people in the world that the German path is too radical and that Rome will not let them get away with it. His role then could be to appease concerned Catholics in the world, while the Pope keeps pursuing his radical path of reform either by way of the Italian bishops or by way of his planned three-year-long synodal process.

Might it be that at the end of this process, the Church will stand deserted, similar to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, where individual Masses are rarely to be found anymore? Pope Francis cancelled them during Lent, with reference to Lent, but afterwards they were never resumed with the normal schedule. St. Peter's, too, has been emptied of Our Lord's presence.

One source in the Vatican suggested that this maneuver was more a political maneuver aimed at increasing the public image of the two men involved. But power politics, too, finally leads to the emptying of the Church. One has to pray for deliverance of this evil.


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