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DeSantis won’t force COVID-19 vaccinations, but Florida law says ‘health officers’ can

Language in a long-standing public health statute pertaining to mandatory vaccination has caused concern, but Florida is not unique in having such a provision to do anything necessary to address a supposed public health ‘emergency.’
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 9:07 pm EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Earlier this year, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill banning vaccine passports and empowering the state to override local emergency orders that infringe on personal liberty.  

But a provision in Florida law allowing public health officers to “use any means necessary to vaccinate” anyone who “poses a danger to the public health” has raised eyebrows, and draws attention to countless laws on the books throughout the United States that grant sweeping authority to health officials during an emergency. 

SB 2006, which was signed by Republican Gov. DeSantis in May and took effect July 1, places an explicit ban on requiring “vaccine passports,” e.g. a print or digital certificate used to show proof of vaccination in order to engage in business or participate in public activities.  

The measure also prioritizes keeping businesses and schools open and forces emergency orders to be renewed at seven-day intervals with a mandatory expiration after 42 days.  

While SB 2006 came as good news for those opposed to forcing citizens to show proof of vaccination to participate in normal life, some of the language in the law it amended has elicited alarm about the potential for mandatory vaccination in the state. 

DeSantis’ ban on vaccine passports and clamp-down on health agency powers were effectuated via new language added to an existing Florida statute governing public health emergencies.  

The “second engrossed” version of SB 2006 is the latest iteration of Florida statute Title XXIX, Public Health, Chapter 381, and contains a bevy of underlined additions and crossed-out deletions. 

One of the provisions that was not eliminated from the existing Florida law states that “individuals who are unable or unwilling to be examined, tested, vaccinated, or treated for reasons of health, religion, or conscience may be subjected to quarantine … If there is no practical method to quarantine the individual, the State Health Officer may use any means necessary to vaccinate or treat the individual.” 

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The language has been a part of Florida law since 2002 during Jeb Bush’s governorship and thereby predates Gov. DeSantis, whose tough approach to lockdowns, mask mandates, and vaccine passports have generated wide-scale support among conservatives.  

DeSantis has been consistent in his opposition to many of the measures that were undertaken by other state leaders to “slow the spread” of the coronavirus. 

In a press conference in March, DeSantis said, “There was never under discussion any mandates to take vaccines. We will not have COVID vaccines mandated in Florida … we are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life normally.” 

On May 3 after DeSantis signed SB 2006, he said in a press release, “[O]ver the last year we’ve avoided protracted lockdowns and school closures in Florida because I have refused to take the same approach as other lockdown governors.”  

DeSantis added that his amendments “[ensure] that legal safeguards are in place so that local governments cannot arbitrarily close our schools or businesses.“ 

“In Florida,” he continued, “your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision.” 

The updated law now sharply curbs existing powers held by health officials, explicitly banning businesses or government entities from requiring Floridians to provide proof of vaccination and giving the governor greater leverage to limit, cancel, and reverse emergency declarations.  

According to the press release, the newly revised law “allows the governor of Florida to invalidate a local emergency order if it unnecessarily restricts individual rights or liberties.” 

Under this new language, although a State Health Officer retains authority to declare a health emergency and, under the law, to use “any means necessary” to quarantine, vaccinate, or otherwise treat citizens considered to be at risk, the governor would be empowered to shut down the emergency order if it infringed on the personal rights or liberties of state residents. 

Though the broad powers afforded to health officials in Florida’s long-standing public health statute have caused concern, Florida is not unique in having such a provision. 

After a 1905 Supreme Court ruling that decided that mandatory vaccination does not violate the 14th amendment, all 50 states have adopted mandatory vaccination programs for schoolchildren – and usually college students, too – although most states allow for exemptions.  

With the passage of SB 277 in 2015, California became one of three U.S. states at the time to eliminate the conscience exemption, requiring vaccination with virtually no allowable exemptions. 

American state statutes are replete with public health provisions that permit officials to use broad powers to contain or suppress contagious diseases and other health emergencies, often with vague or nonexistent limits.  

Public health statutes in Kansas, Idaho, and Massachusetts, for example, declare that officials may effectively take whatever action they deem necessary to manage a health emergency. 

However, DeSantis has not been alone in pushing back against the restrictive measures imposed last year to combat the novel coronavirus.  

According to a May report from the Network for Public Health Law (NPHL) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), legislatures in at least 15 American states have passed or are currently considering measures to constrain public health agencies’ authority in the wake of the agencies’ unprecedented use of power during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In Michigan, Republican state senators this week approved the repeal of the Michigan law used by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to lock down her state last year. Since the repeal resulted from a petition drive, Whitmer will not be allowed to veto it.  

Legislatures that have failed to enact any checks on their legislation leave public health agencies with extensive authority to impose the kind of restrictive measures that crippled personal liberties over the past year. 

LifeSiteNews reached out to Gov. DeSantis’s office for comment multiple times but has yet to hear back.


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Campaign supports Jeffrey Younger’s valiant efforts to save his son from ‘gender transitioning’

Donate to the Texas father's LifeFunder to help him retain parental rights and prevent 9-year-old James from being subjected to chemical castration.
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 8:01 pm EST
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July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Texas father Jeffrey Younger has been locked in a bitter court battle with his ex-wife, Dr. Anne Georgulas, over the right to protect their son from being forced into “gender transition” therapy by Georgulas, the boy’s mother, and a new LifeFunder campaign has been established to aid his legal efforts. 

James Younger is the nine-year-old Texas boy caught in the middle of the raging legal battle over the permission of his mother, who is a pediatrician, to impose “gender transitioning” on him, even though James presents himself as a boy when staying with his father and introduces himself by the name James. 

Georgulas, on the other hand, treats her son James as though he was a girl, dressing him in female attire and addressing him by the fabricated appellation “Luna,” with the accompanying female pronouns. Georgulas admitted in 2019 that she is not the biological mother of James and his twin brother Jude, but that the boys were conceived through in vitro fertilization using a donor egg. 

James’ father Jeffrey has been fighting heroically to protect his son from the “transgender” designs of his ex-wife since at least 2018, when she petitioned the court to have full custody over James and his twin Jude, including full rights over decisions regarding “gender-affirming” surgical procedures for James when he was just six years old. 

A number of years ago, Georgulas enrolled James in school as a girl, beginning in kindergarten, where she dressed him as a girl with makeup. James is referred to as “Luna” by his teachers and classmates, and he uses the girls’ bathroom. Younger was unable to stop Georgulas from enrolling James as a girl, though he had a court order at the time allowing him a 50/50 share in such decisions. 

As part of ongoing court proceedings, Georgulas petitioned to have Younger banned from “coming within 500 feet of the child’s school … talking to or having any contact with any third party related to the school (parents, students, teachers, administrators, etc.) … taking any action to notify any third party related to the school (parents, students, teachers, administrators, etc) that the gender of Luna is different than a girl named Luna.” The full extent of Georgulas’ request was pared back in a 2019 ruling, when both parents had gag orders placed on them, preventing them from speaking out on the ordeal and from confirming whether their son is a boy or a girl, even to James himself. 

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Although restricted in what he can say about his son’s biological identity, Younger was granted joint conservatorship over James by a judge in October 2019, giving him some authority over medical decisions made on James’ behalf. Georgulas recently sued to have this right stripped from Younger, seeking a complete transfer of “medical and psychological decision making” to her alone. 

Earlier this month, that request was altered to be less restrictive on Younger and his influence over James. A decision from the court is expected at a later date. 

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Pushing back against Georgulas’ relentless LGBT-driven impositions, Younger has been fighting not only to stop James’ mother from forcing chemical castration on him but also to have laws passed in the state of Texas that protect all children from the barbaric practice. 

Younger explained in an interview with LifeSiteNews co-founder and editor-in-chief John-Henry Westen that the puberty blockers that could be given to his son if Georgulas acquires full custody would “block the normal growth of the skeleton, that’s one of the first major problems.” He added that in Scandinavia, where puberty blockers have been in use for decades, adults who had used the drugs as children are now experiencing “life-threatening osteoporosis.” 

Defining puberty as “a set of physical, psychological, and social changes that occur in a specific order, at a specific time in a child’s development,” Younger described how halting this process, even if one was to start it up again after a long period of time, means that normal development “is not recoverable.” 

In addition to the irreparable damage caused by interfering with the natural course of puberty, Younger explained that cross-sex hormones, often prescribed to children on puberty blockers, “permanently sterilize the child.” 

“Rights are concomitant with duties,” Younger asserted. Consequently, with his right to free speech, Younger said he has a fatherly duty to “inform citizens of what the government is doing to children, what the courts are doing to children, and to press the government to change these laws” which allow life-altering “gender transition surgeries.” 

“There’s no way I’m ever going to stop doing that and there is no legitimate government that can stop me from doing that,” he added.  

“In order to exercise my parental rights prudently ... it’s not possible for me to set an example of a moral father without me following the moral law, which is higher than the statutory law or any illegal order from a judge,” Younger declared, breaking his gag-ordered silence in the process. 

Younger is a proud proponent of leading by example, upholding that “it is the only way you can lead children.” 

“They will do what you do, not what you say. If I don’t stand up and do the right thing now, my sons will learn to be cowards from me. That is not going to happen,” he said. “There is no possible way in which I can follow this gag order and let other children across this country suffer.” 

“I’m going to use all of my power to make [child gender transitioning] not only illegal but socially unacceptable, morally reprehensible, and to cast this out of our culture altogether.” 

“I am not going to rest until it happens,” Younger concluded. 

LifeFunder is LifeSite’s Christian, pro-life, and pro-family crowdfunding alternative to GoFundMe. Please prayerfully consider supporting Jeffrey Younger in his ongoing court case to maintain his parental rights over his son and to be able to stop his ex-wife from mutilating their son’s body through “gender transition therapy.” Donations can be made to Younger’s LifeFunder campaign here.


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FLASHBACK: New Zealand PM told public ‘we are your single source of truth’

As video re-emerges of Jacinda Ardern speaking before the COVID lockdowns in March 2020, her remarks have drawn considerable backlash and prompted comparisons to a 'full-blown psychotic dictator.'
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 7:31 pm EST
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‘Remember that unless you hear it from us, it is not the truth’ 

July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – While Big Tech and even governments are ramping up censorship on issues relating to COVID-19, particularly the experimental injections, resurfaced footage from 2020 hints at the manner in which some governments seek to exercise control over the population and be the “single source of truth.” 

The words were uttered by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in what appears to be resurfaced footage from March 19, 2020, when she was commenting on the “conspiracy theories” found on social media with regard to COVID-19 lockdowns. 

 

She began by noting how she had “been watching for some days” on social media channels but was not able to personally “dismiss every single rumor I see on social media, tempted as I might be.” 

“We will share with you the most up-to-date information daily. You can trust us as a source of that information,” Ardern declared. 

“You can also trust the Director-General of Health and the Ministry of Health. For that information, do feel free to visit at any time to clarify any rumour you may hear covid19.govt.nz, otherwise dismiss anything else.” 

Ardern next revealed that the government and its various appointed ministers would be the harbinger of truth and that New Zealanders were to trust no one else apart from the government.  

“We will continue to be your single source of truth,” she said. “We will provide information frequently. We will share everything we can.” 

As for that which was not proposed as trustworthy knowledge by the government, Ardern stated that it should be deemed untrustworthy: “Everything else you see – a grain of salt.”  

Reporters queried Ardern on what such an example of a conspiracy theory might be, referencing rumors on social media that a COVID-19 related lockdown was imminent, in March 2020. In response, Ardern avoided the specific point but stated that such online messages “add to the anxiety people feel.” 

The 40-year-old, far-left Labour Prime Minister was speaking in Rotorua, in New Zealand’s North Island, where she was meeting tourism officials to lay out an economic rescue package.  

She urged people to “prepare but do not panic” for potential restrictions.  

Referring to online theories, Arden stated, “When you see those messages, remember that unless you hear it from us, it is not the truth,” as she urged people to visit the government’s COVID website. 

“We will continue to provide everything you need to know,” she ended. 

While ruling out the social media rumors of a lockdown in her comments, which were made on March 20, 2020, Ardern announced a national four-level COVID alert system just one day later. As a result, the country entered a national lockdown on March 25. 

“I say to all New Zealanders: the government will do all it can to protect you,” Ardern announced when breaking news of the lockdown. “Now I’m asking you to do everything you can to protect all of us. Kiwis – go home.” 

Then on May 13, 2020, the government hastily passed the “Covid-19 Public Health Response Bill” that would allow police to conduct searches of private property without a warrant if it was believed that people were breaching COVID restrictions.  

While Ardern slated people for spreading rumors of a lockdown in early 2020, her COVID-19 Response Minister recently suggested that the government would actually have to “go out and find” any New Zealanders who were unvaccinated.  

“Early next year we’ll be in the phase of chasing up people who haven’t come forward to get their vaccination or who have missed their bookings and so on,” the Hon. Chris Hipkins, MP, declared.  

As footage of Ardern’s comments has re-emerged in recent days, she has received considerable backlash. One person described her as a “full-blown psychotic dictator,” and another quipped that the message was “right out of 1984.” 

Indeed, Ardern’s words seemed to echo comments made earlier this year in an op-ed in The New York Times that called for Joe Biden to appoint a “reality czar” in order to “tackle disinformation and domestic extremism” with particular reference to election fraud and information about COVID-19. The article declared that America was undergoing a “reality crisis” in which “disinformation and domestic extremism” were spreading rapidly.  

Raheem Kassim, the editor-in-chief of the National Pulse, responded to the news with a simple tweet, comparing the reality czar to the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.” 

“Ah, the Ministry of Truth,” he tweeted. “I’ve been waiting for this one.”

LifeSiteNews has produced an extensive COVID-19 vaccines resources page. View it here. 


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Doctor suspended for warnings about dangers of coronavirus vaccines for children needs help raising court funds

Dr. Francis Christian is losing his job at the University of Saskatchewan and is under investigation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan for speaking out about the need for 'informed consent.'
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 6:38 pm EST
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July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A Canadian surgeon who stood up for ensuring informed consent when COVID-19 injections are administered to children is challenging the suspension he received for doing so. 

He now needs help raising the necessary funds to fight his legal battle. Please consider helping him raise funds through this LifeFunder page

  

Dr. Francis Christian is a clinical professor of general surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and a practicing surgeon in Saskatoon, having been a surgeon for more than 20 years. He was also made director of the surgical humanities program and director of quality and patient safety in 2018, and co-founded the surgical humanities program. He is also the editor of the Journal of The Surgical Humanities

However, on June 23, Dr. Christian was summoned to a meeting with Dr. Preston Smith, dean of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, along with Dr. Susan Shaw, the Chief Medical Officer of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and Dr. Brian Ulmer, head of the department of surgery at the Saskatchewan College of Medicine. 

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Christian was immediately suspended from teaching and fired from the university as of September 2021. A complaint was also made against him, and he is currently under investigation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. 

The reason is that Dr. Christian spoke out against the administration of COVID-19 injections to children, addressing the aspect of “informed consent” being necessary.  

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“In medicine, there is a sacrosanct principle before any kind of drug or treatment or intervention is administered to the public – it is the principle of informed consent,” he said.  

Christian’s statement was sent to 200 of his medical colleagues, and in his text he declares his support for vaccinations, but warned that the current experimental injections were being rolled out without knowledge of any long-term effects. 

Among his points, he stated: 

- The m-RNA vaccine is a new, experimental vaccine never used by humans before. 

- The m-RNA vaccines have not been fully authorized by Health Canada or the US CDC, and are in fact under “interim authorization” in Canada and “emergency use authorization” in the United States. He noted that “full vaccine approval takes several years and multiple safety considerations – this has not happened.” 

- That in order to qualify for “emergency use authorization” there must be an emergency. While he said there is a strong case for vaccinating the elderly, the vulnerable and health care workers, he said, “Covid does not pose a threat to our kids. The risk of them dying of Covid is less than 0.003% – this is even less than the risk of them dying of the flu. There is no emergency in children.” 

- Children do not readily transmit the Covid virus to adults. 

- M-RNA vaccines have been “associated with several thousand deaths” in the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System in the United States. “These appear to be unusual, compared to the total number of vaccines administered.” He called it a “strong signal that should not be ignored.” 

- He noted that vaccines have already caused “serious medical problems for kids” worldwide, including “a real and significantly increased risk” of myocarditis, inflammation of the heart. Dr. Christian notes the German national vaccine agency and the UK vaccine agency are not recommending the vaccine for healthy children and teenagers. 

Dr. Christian was accused by the Saskatchewan Health Authority/College of Medicine of engaging in “activities designed to discourage and prevent children and adolescents from receiving Covid-19 vaccination contrary to the recommendations and pandemic-response efforts of Saskatchewan and Canadian public health authorities.” 

He is now being supported by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, who will represent him in his legal battle. Prayerfully consider assisting him in his legal fight by clicking this link: https://www.lifefunder.com/drchristian  

LifeFunder is LifeSite’s secure, pro-life, pro-family crowdfunding platform.

LifeSiteNews has produced an extensive COVID-19 vaccines resources page. View it here. 


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Arizona Republican calls for new election after audit flags tens of thousands of ballots

'Arizona’s electors must not be awarded fraudulently & we need to get this right,' state Sen. Wendy Rogers said. 
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 5:50 pm EST
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PHOENIX, July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Auditors conducting a forensic election investigation in Arizona unveiled findings on Thursday that prompted calls from at least one Republican lawmaker for a new presidential election.  

At a hearing with state senators, Doug Logan, CEO of Florida-based IT firm Cyber Ninjas, outlined evidence of ballot irregularities in Arizona’s Maricopa County that he said implicates tens of thousands of votes.  

Logan, whose company was hired by the Arizona senate in March to lead the Maricopa County audit, pointed to more than 74,000 mail-in ballots that lack “clear indication” of having been sent out.  

“We have 74,243 mail-in ballots where there is no clear record of them ever being sent,” Logan said. He added that the issue “could be something where documentation wasn’t done right, there was a clerical issue, there’s not proper things there. But I think when we’ve got 74,000, it merits knocking on the door and validating some of this information.”  

He also revealed that around 18,000 people voted in the 2020 election in the county but were taken off of voter rolls “soon after the election.” “There could be a good, logical explanation for that,” said Logan. “But it seems like a large number to me to, after the election, be removed.” 

Another 11,326 Maricopa County voters were not registered to vote as of November 7 but appeared to have been added to voter rolls by December, and 3,981 people voted after failing to register by the October 15 deadline, the Cyber Ninjas CEO continued. Arizona certified Joe Biden as the winner of the state last year by around 10,000 votes out of 3.3 million.  

Logan told senators that auditors are seeking additional information from Maricopa County, including router images, ballot envelope images, and hard drives with 2020 election data.  

The preliminary audit findings presented at Thursday’s hearing led Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers to call for Arizona’s “electors to be recalled.” “I have heard enough,” Rogers tweeted

With the tens of thousands of ballots mailed without being requested, the over 10,000 people who voted after registering after November 3rd, the failure of Maricopa to turn over the 40% machines, the passwords that Dominion still refuses to turn over, & tens of thousands of unauthorized queries demonstrating how insecure the election was, I call for the Biden electors to be recalled to Arizona & a new election must be conducted. 

“Arizona’s electors must not be awarded fraudulently & we need to get this right.” 

President Donald Trump weighed in as well, calling the Senate hearing “devastating news to the Radical Left Democrats and the Biden Administration.” “There was no victory here, or in any other of the Swing States either,” he said in a statement.  

Arizona Senate president Karen Fann had previously revealed on Tuesday that the number of ballots tallied by auditors does not match the official count from Maricopa County.  

“They haven’t released a number yet,” Fann told KTAR News radio host Mike Broomhead. “However, we do know that those numbers do not match with Maricopa County at this point.” The county’s canvass report from the 2020 election cites 2,089,563 ballots cast, with a margin of victory of roughly 45,000 votes for Joe Biden.  

The state Senate has ordered another count of the Maricopa ballots with “independent machines, not Dominion’s” to compare with the official results and the audit tally, according to Fann. 

The recount will focus on the number of ballots rather than on votes.  

“This is the first time in the history of our nation that anybody has done an audit of this magnitude,” she said. “And so, quite honestly, we are doing a lot of things, triple-checking, just to make sure that this is all correct.” 

An official report from the Arizona audit is expected later this summer. 

The revelations about the audit findings on Thursday come as Democrats in Congress take aim at Cyber Ninjas. The House Oversight and Reform Committee launched a probe into the firm this week, seeking documents detailing Cyber Ninjas’ “officers, board members, and shareholders,” as well as communications related to the election investigation. 

Committee chairs Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, and Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, further demanded any communications between the company and President Trump, Trump administration officials, or Trump allies like Rudy Giuliani, Mike Lindell, and Sidney Powell.  

Democrats and local officials have aggressively pushed back against the Arizona audit for months, repeatedly suing to halt the initiative and to block senators’ subpoenas.  

The Arizona Senate hearing also follows updates earlier this week from a voter integrity group leading an election lawsuit in Georgia. The group, VoterGA, reported discovering a 60 percent error rate for a recount of the 2020 election in Fulton County and “seven falsified audit tally sheets containing fabricated vote totals for their respective batches.”  

“The VoterGA data team also found over 200 Fulton County mail-in ballot images containing votes not included in the hand count audit results for the November election,” the organization said in a press release on Tuesday. “All these anomalies are now included in the Fulton County ballot inspection lawsuit as additional counts of how the Equal Protection and Due Process Constitutional rights of Georgia voters were violated.”


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Father of 3 refused kidney transplant unless he takes experimental coronavirus vaccine

The UMass Memorial Health Center transplant team told Bernard LaPierre he’s required get the experimental injections if he wants surgery.
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 3:59 pm EST
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Worcester, Massachusetts, July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A father of three young children has been denied a kidney transplant by UMass Memorial Health Center unless he agrees to take experimental COVID-19 shots before the surgery.

Bernard LaPierre, 37, who has been a Type 1 diabetic since his childhood, was told in 2019 that his kidneys were failing and he needed to be put on the waiting list for a transplant when he was hospitalized for a major reaction to one of his prescription drugs.

LaPierre’s wife Meagan told LifeSiteNews that she has recently completed most of the tests required for donating one of her own kidneys to her husband and “so far, everything looks good” to allow her to be his living organ donor.

The parents of three young boys ages 12, 10, and eight, said all was going well with their preparations for the major dual surgery and they had inquired about vaccination – which they were reluctant to undergo – and were re-assured on “at least three occasions” by UMass personnel that the decision to take any vaccine was their own medical choice.

UMass administration suddenly pivoted its policy, however, said Meagan. According to electronic patient notes she provided LifeSiteNews, a nurse identified as “Linda S.” wrote on June 25 that Bernard had become “understandably… upset” that morning when she told him that a Patient Selection Committee met on June 23 “and while we believe he is a good candidate for transplant, we want him to have the vaccinations recommended (Hep A, Hep B, Prevnar, pneumovax).”

On July 7, another “progress note” written by infectious diseases specialist Mary Dawn T. Co said that Bernard would also be required to take coronavirus shots.

STD vaccines

Hepatitis A is a liver infection spread primarily by fecal-oral transmission and affects mostly international travelers, homosexual men, drug users, and homeless people.

Hepatitis B affects one in 100,000 Americans, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – most of whom are homosexual men or prostitutes with a high number of sexual partners or injection drug users or babies born to infected women.

Both hepatitis vaccines are a series of two doses. Prevnar and Pneumovax are vaccines against different kinds of pneumonia.

LaPierre had pointed out that he was very unlikely for him to acquire sexually transmitted disease from his own wife’s organ.

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“I explained that vaccines were recommended to get infections in general rather than those transmitted from his donor,” Dr. Co wrote in Bernard’s progress notes on July 7.

“We talked about the increased risk of infections post-transplant and the possible compromise of his transplant should he develop an overwhelming infection.”

“The patient said he was willing to assume the risks of going without vaccination, but I said that our program is not,” Co wrote.

“I told him that we respected his wishes and concerns but that we, as a program, believe that the benefits of vaccination outweighed the risks and that having these vaccines was important to ensure that he had the best outcome after transplant.”

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Meagan LaPierre said she began questioning vaccine protocols that require multiple injections years ago after one of her sons became ill for months with diarrhea and ear infections following an appointment in which he received multiple vaccine shots in the same leg. She and her husband had become especially wary of the fast-tracked, experimental COVID-19 vaccines that are still undergoing clinical trials and have already been unexpectedly linked to serious disorders including blood clotting disorders, inflammatory heart conditions and a paralyzing neurological condition, Guillain Barré Syndrome, and shingles.

No consent to experiment

Bernard, a corrections officer, had said he would agree to the other vaccines but not the experimental coronavirus injections. All current COVID-19 vaccines are still undergoing clinical trials for at least another year and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration but granted Emergency Use Authorization Only.

The Nuremberg Code, enshrined after the atrocities against the Jews in World War II, recognizes the individual’s right to exercise the free power of choice to give informed consent or to refuse to any experimental or other medical intervention, free of any constraint or coercion.

UMass has refused the LaPierre’s wishes, however. 

“Our policy is that we need to have them vaccinated,” said UMass public relations officer Debora Spano. “Immunosuppressive patients are at higher risk for infections and have poorer outcome. We’re responsible for his outcomes.”

Spano said that the decision came from Adel Bozorgzadeh, chief of division of organ transplantation.

Asked about risks of the vaccine itself, for which the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System has received more than 438,000 reports of adverse events. These include 9,048 deaths and more than 14,000 reports of life-threatening and permanently disabling events.

Spano said, “Our physicians are saying that the chances of a major side effect are still better, and the Pfizer vaccine is 93% effective at preventing COVID and you’re better to be alive.”

“Now, if you’re the person that dies or ends up with myocarditis [from the vaccine] that’s a problem,” Spano said. Asked if the hospital could be liable in that case, if it forced a patient to take an experimental COVID vaccine, she said, “I couldn’t answer that for you.”

Vaccine failure

In a study published in May in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers showed that in people who have received solid organ transplants, two shots against SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, does not confer immunity and they are still advised to keep social distancing and masking afterwards.

A clinical trial of a third Pfizer booster shot against COVID to see if it raises immunity in kidney transplant recipients has not yet begun recruiting.

“The bottom line is he did agree to get the vaccinations,” said Spano, who added that he is scheduled for surgery two weeks after his final injections.

Meagan LaPierre told LifeSiteNews her husband has not consented to the COVID-19 vaccines at all, however, and has instead found two other hospitals willing to do the surgery without requiring him to take shots.

The ordeal of trying to evade vaccination and what the couple see as the unreasonableness of being forced to undertake an experimental injection has led the LaPierres to consider alternatives to transplantation altogether.

In the time that doctors said LaPierre’s kidney damage was irreversible and that transplantation was inevitable, his kidney function has increased from 17% in 2019 to 23% today.

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LaPierre underwent a fistula surgery this spring to insert apparatus for dialysis which his doctors thought would be necessary. But so far he hasn’t experienced symptoms of kidney failure, despite his poor lab measurements, and he does not qualify for dialysis at this point. Now the couple is looking at healing by alternative measures before undergoing the transplant, which is risky for them both.

“We’ve hit pause,” said Meagan. They are seeing a doctor about other tests for vitamin deficiencies and ways to strengthen Bernard’s immune system and at the same time, leaving their transplant options at other facilities open.

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‘Scandal,’ ‘bomb,’ ‘cruelty’: Tradition-loving Catholics react to Pope’s Latin Mass restrictions

‘The old Catholic liturgy threatens the diabolical New World Order to which Francis has signed on,’ said Michael Matt of The Remnant newspaper. ‘The Latin Mass united Catholics from every country in the world for a couple of thousand years like no government ever could. And it was in the process of doing so again.’
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July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Roman-rite Catholics who love the traditional liturgical practices of the Catholic Church are grieving today.

This morning Pope Francis issued a motu proprio called Traditionis custodes, which sets strict limits on the use of the Traditional Latin Mass, a rite Pope Benedict called “the Extraordinary Form of the Mass” in his own July 2007 motu proprio Summorum pontificum. A critic of the liturgical “reforms” that followed, and contradicted, Vatican II, Benedict XVI gave Catholic priests the green light to celebrate the 1962 “Mass of John XXIII” without asking their bishops’ permission. In a letter that accompanied his official motu proprio, Pope Francis indicated that he believes that Catholics have abused Benedict’s provisions and that those who love the Traditional Mass reject Vatican II.

“Pope Francis appears to be punishing all priests who celebrate the Traditional Mass and all the laity who attend it for the alleged sins of a few: who ‘reject Vatican II’, whatever exactly that means,” Dr. Joseph Shaw, the president of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, told LifeSiteNews today via social media.

“The practical effect of this document, however, insofar as it is implemented, will be to marginalise and therefore to radicalise Catholics attached to the older Missal," he continued.  

“It is extraordinary that thousands of faithful Catholics who responded to the favourable attitude of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to the ancient Mass, to celebrate or attend it in complete unity with their bishops and with the Holy Father have suddenly been made outcasts. If bishops are indeed to be expected to govern and guide the use of the 1962 Missal in their dioceses, banning its celebration in parish churches will severely hamper their efforts to do so, and seems completely unworkable.”

In a longer interview with LifeSiteNews, liturgical scholar Dr. Peter Kwasniewski said that Pope Francis’s overturning of Summorum pontificum was “unprecedented.”

“The motu proprio itself is the exact antithesis of Summorum pontificum and the accompanying letter is the exact antithesis of the letter that accompanied Summorum pontificum,” Kwasniewski stated.

“In the whole history of the Church, there has never been so dramatic a rejection of a Pope’s predecessor. Never. This is unprecedented, and I can say that quite confidently.”

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Gregory Di Pippo, the editor of the online New Liturgical Movement, told LifeSiteNews that Pope Francis’s accusation that Catholics who love the Latin Mass have rejected Vatican II is untrue.

“It’s a falsehood, and you can quote me saying that,” Di Pippo said.

The Remnant’s Michael Matt accused Pope Francis of being ‘a globalist tool’ who is ‘obsessed with crushing the tiny remnant of believers left in a world of universal apostasy.’ Matt wrote that the pontiff ‘has locked down Summorum Pontificum because like a crucifix to a vampire, the old Catholic liturgy threatens the diabolical New World Order to which Francis has signed on.’

“First of all, the celebration of the traditional liturgy, in the terms defined by Summorum pontificum, brings with it an implicit acceptance of the Second Vatican Council and an implicit acceptance of the validity of the liturgical reform that was enacted after the Council – not in fulfilment of the Council, for it was not the fulfilment of the Council,” he continued.

“However, nobody in the Church today, least of all the papacy, accepts the validity of Vatican II in the sense that a great majority of the reforms enacted in the wake of Vatican II were done in defiance of the letter of Vatican II. [Thus,] the papacy has no standing to say to anybody, ‘You don’t accept Vatican II’.”

Dr. Ilya Kotlyar, a 35-year-old Russian who converted to Catholicism when he was 26, told LifeSiteNews that he found the new document “extremely disappointing.”

“I believe it deprives millions of Catholics not only of the beauty of the traditional liturgy, but also of the proper understanding of both liturgy and the theology,” Kotlyar said over social media.

This ‘distorted ecclesiology’ is ‘deeply concerning,’ said priest-blogger Father Raymond Blake.

“I believe it does not do justice to the numerous devout clergy and laity, who have been trying to combine the authentic liturgical tradition and Catholic theology with being united to the See of Rome and being part of the Universal Body of Christ.”

A historian of law, Kotlyar criticized the new motu proprio in Thomistic terms.

“The document also does not seem to be written particularly well from the legal standpoint, a scandal to the Holy See and two millennia of Canon law,” he said.

“I am pretty confident this document will only...[further] the division inside the Church,” he predicted.

“I am also confident that the final goal of the document – conversion of Catholics from the traditional rite to the new rite – is impossible to achieve, especially by such means. I believe the new document is what St Thomas Aquinas referred to as ‘unjust and unreasonable law,’ which is ‘a violence rather than law’ (Summa Theologiae., Ia IIae, q 96, art 4). I don’t think it binds the conscience of any faithful Catholic.”

A tradition-loving teenager, 19-year-old Sophia Tait, told LifeSitenews via social media, that it feels like an “axe” has been “taken to the roots” of her life.

“I’m frightened and saddened for the Church as a whole, but on a personal level it feels like having an axe taken to the roots of my life- so much of what I’ve been working for, hoping for, or giving time to this past year has been bound up with the traditional Mass,” Tait stated. 

“My family discovered the traditional liturgy only recently, and we’ve all been strengthened and supported by it through what’s been a crazy year in so many ways,” she added.

“It’s there that I’ve found both a certain, stable base, and a constant challenge to deeper practice of the faith. Now hearing the Church authorities condemn the Mass we’ve all grown to love, I’m lost and confused. I want to do God’s will, in obedience to His Church, and it’s so hard to see how we’re supposed to do that now.”

One American bishop, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, promised the faithful they would still be able to access the Old Mass in his jurisdiction. “The Mass is a miracle in any form: Christ comes to us in the flesh under the appearance of Bread and Wine,” he told CNA today. “Unity under Christ is what matters. Therefore the Traditional Latin Mass will continue to be available here in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and provided in response to the legitimate needs and desires of the faithful.”

Pope is ‘obsessed with crushing the tiny remnant of believers left in a world of universal apostasy’

Michael Matt, editor of The Remnant newspaper, wrote today that Catholics should not be discouraged.

“God is in charge of everything, and this would not be happening if He did not allow it,” he stated.

“This has all happened before. I know, I remember, I lived through it,” he continued.

“This is a chastisement, yes, but it does not alter what we are called to do: We must know, love, and serve God, and resist those who do not. Francis has no power to change that.”

Matt had sharp words for Pope Francis, accusing the pontiff of being “a globalist tool” who is “obsessed with crushing the tiny remnant of believers left in a world of universal apostasy.”

“He has locked down Summorum Pontificum because like a crucifix to a vampire, the old Catholic liturgy threatens the diabolical New World Order to which Francis has signed on,” he wrote. 

“The Latin Mass united Catholics from every country in the world for a couple of thousand years like no government ever could. And it was in the process of doing so again.”

On Twitter, British Catholic journalist, and former editor of the Catholic Herald, Damian Thompson warned tradition-loving Catholics not to trust in soft-hearted bishops.

“Traditionalists: don’t entertain the idea that sympathetic bishops can turn a blind eye to Francis’s edict –not with the loathsome Arthur Roche running the CDW [Congregation for Divine Worship],” Thompson wrote.  

“He’ll hunt you down.”

‘Distorted ecclesiology,’ ‘deeply concerning’

The Society of St. Pius X indicated that it would develop their response to the new motu proprio very carefully.

“We will have a statement about today’s news from Rome presently,” they tweeted. 

“Those who follow us know that our statements are not quick or reactionary. In the meantime, pray for your priests. Pray especially for your bishops.”

Steve Skojec, editor of the OnePeterFive blog, damned Pope Francis with faint praise.

Taylor Marshall: ‘This is the most radical thing that Pope Francis has done in his eight years in Rome.’

“It occurs to me that today’s Motu Proprio and accompanying letter are the first things Francis has ever written that I could read through in their entirety,” Skojec tweeted.

“They weren't 60,000+ words of psychobabble, so I'll give him that. He was direct and to the point.”

British Catholic humorist Eccles tweeted, “What can one do when a highly revered religious leader becomes a mad psychopath in his old age? Asking for a friend.”

The English priest-blogger Father Raymond Blake said the theology of the motu proprio is “deeply concerning.”

“Pope’s new doc reinforces a distorted ecclesiology, which has exalted the Papal Office over the Church, Tradition, Scripture,” Blake tweeted.

“It reduces individual conscience to slavish obedience. It is a deeply concerning theology.”

‘The vulgarity of this document is matched only by its cruelty’

Catholic pundit Dr. Taylor Marshall did not mince words on his podcast today.

“Pope Francis has dropped the Bomb on traditional Catholics, on the Traditional Latin Mass, and this is the most radical thing that Pope Francis has done in his eight years in Rome,” Marshall stated. 

American priest-blogger Father John Zuhlsdorf noted that today is World Snake Day, but did not elaborate. In a separate post on his well-known blog, “Father Z” wrote that the motu proprio was an insult.

Traditionis custodes...effectively insults the entire pontificate of Benedict XVI and the pastoral provisions of John Paul II and all the people they have affected,” he wrote.

Noting that the orders come into immediate force, Fr. Z said that the first fruit of the “cruel” document was “chaos.”

“Now people are writing to me to ask what they are supposed to do on Sunday. Priests are asking if they fulfil the obligation to say the Office with the Breviarium Romanum. The questions multiply even as I write. The first fruit of Traditionis is chaos,” he wrote.

“Hence, I am forced to remark that the vulgarity of this document is matched only by its cruelty,” he concluded.

“Even those who have been inveterate critics of Benedict’s provisions, who may even go so far as to hate not just the traditional forms of worship, but the people who want them, ought to be horrified by the brutality of his document.”

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Liturgy expert: Pope’s new restriction of Old Rite Mass ‘kind of like telling millions of Catholics just to jump off a bridge or hang themselves’

‘It’s hard to describe the magnitude of this, but it’s kind of like telling millions of Catholics just to jump off a bridge or hang themselves...[But] this Pope is delusional if he thinks that with the stroke of a pen he can just wipe out the love that people have for the traditional Catholic liturgy.’
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July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — As news that Pope Francis’s motu proprio  Traditionis custodes overturns Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum rocks the Catholic Church, LifeSiteNews reached out today by telephone to one of the best-known American authorities on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (also called the “Latin Mass,” the “Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite,” the “Old Mass”), prolific author Dr. Peter Kwasniewski.

LifeSiteNews: For readers who go just to the Ordinary Form of the Mass and not the Extraordinary Form, why is this motu proprio so important?

Peter Kwasniewski: This motu proprio is important because Francis is undoing 50 years’ worth of Vatican interventions on behalf of Catholics who love the liturgical tradition of the Church and who want to remain connected with that tradition. Pope Paul VI already started granting what he thought were necessary permissions, and then John Paul II even more so in the 1980s. And then, of course, Pope Benedict said that the traditional rite had never been abrogated, had never been abolished. [But] Francis, even in the midst of a situation where so many people are leaving the Church, [but] so many vocations and families are going to the Traditional Mass, he steps in and essentially says he wants to abolish the whole thing – in just a matter of years, it sounds like. He wants to phase it out completely.

It’s hard to describe the magnitude of this, but it’s kind of like telling millions of Catholics just to jump off a bridge or hang themselves. The tone of the documents is very much treating tradition-loving Catholics as if they were lepers who need to be quarantined or isolated.

LifeSiteNews: But this doesn’t sound like the Francis who loves diversity. He’s embraced transgender people: “he that was her but is he,” for example. Why is Pope Francis so harsh with a youthful and growing section of the Church?

Kwasniewski: There’s a one-word answer to that question, and it’s “ideology.” For the true progressive or liberal, which there’s no doubt Francis is – it can be seen in so many ways, “diversity” means “diversity on our own liberal, progressive terms.” There’s a little portion of the spectrum where diversity is allowed, and it’s kind of insignificant diversity at that. If there’s a deep diversity, that’s much more troubling to these people.

And it’s because he has a certain vision of the Church of Vatican II and the complete renovation of theology and liturgy. That’s what he thinks. He thinks – he said it explicitly – that’s what the Holy Spirit wants. From his point of view, if he’s really sincere, he could just be seeing himself as the guardian of what the Holy Spirit willed at and after Vatican II.

LifeSiteNews: In the motu proprio, Francis basically says that the Holy Spirit spoke through Vatican II and to go against Vatican II is to go against the Holy Spirit, but what Vatican II asked for in the liturgy has not been done.

Kwasniewski: It’s true. There are two problems there. One is that no competent theologian has ever simply equated what a Pope or a Council has said or done with the Holy Spirit. Yes, these things are done in the name of the Holy Spirit, but not all have been successful. Many things have been revised or changed over the centuries, and the Holy Spirit Himself does not change.

But more to the point, the liturgical reform was something independent of the Council, and it conflicted with the expressed words of the Council. It’s always been a controversial subject. The Pope doesn’t seem to acknowledge the fact that there have been many high-level critics of the liturgical reform, including his predecessor, Benedict XVI. If Pope Francis were correct, then his own predecessor would be guilty of some of the faults that he attributes to people in these documents.

LifeSiteNews: Is Traditionis custodes an anti-Benedict move?

Kwasniewski: It is for sure. The motu proprio itself is the exact antithesis of Summorum pontificum and the accompanying letter is the exact antithesis of the letter that accompanied Summorum pontificum. In the whole history of the Church, there has never been so dramatic a rejection of a Pope’s predecessor. Never. This is unprecedented, and I can say that quite confidently.

LifeSiteNews: It might be too early to say, but what will the fallout from this be?

Kwasniewski: Confusion. Heart-ache. Headaches, bureaucratic nightmares. Bishops don’t need all the extra work and all the extra trouble that the Pope has just dumped on them. It will increase division everywhere, and I mean by that not just division between, say, Catholics who go to the Fraternity of St. Peter [FSSP] parish and Catholics who go to the Society of St. Pius X [SSPX] parish. I mean division between bishops, dioceses, seminaries, and religious communities; I mean, just across the board. This Pope is delusional if he thinks that with the stroke of a pen he can just wipe out the love that people have for the traditional Catholic liturgy.

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LifeSiteNews: It was once reported that Pope Francis said “I might enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church.” Presumably that mean a schism. Is that going to happen?

Kwasniewski: It depends on how you define schism. I agree with those who say there already is a de facto schism within the Church between those who hold the Catholic faith and those who don’t. The critics of the Traditional Latin Mass are very often aligned with heresies and dissent from moral teachings, so there’s a virtual schism already in the Church, and Pope Francis, unfortunately, is leading that.

LifeSiteNews: Then who is leading the traditional side?

Kwasniewski: There I would say the Holy Spirit! Because the Holy Spirit is, in fact, the One who guides the Church over all the centuries of her worship, her theology, her doctrine and her morals. We can say confidently, looking over two thousand years of Church history, that it is the Holy Spirit guiding the Church as Christ promised.

Traditional Catholics base themselves on precedent. We’re not papolators who need to have the Pope to tell us that we’re allowed to tie our shoes and we’re allowed to tuck in our shirts. The Pope is there to settle real problems when they arise, and otherwise we don’t really need to worry about him too much. That’s the normal attitude of Catholics throughout history.

LifeSiteNews: A last question then: should the SSPX be buying or building larger churches?

Kwasniewski: I’m not going to say that they should, but I’m sure that they will be. There’s no question that that’s what’s going to happen.

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National Catholic Reporter says Catholic churches, schools should mandate COVID-19 shots

‘Getting vaccinated is not only a way to protect oneself but to protect us all,’ the editors said. ‘If ever there was a moral obligation, this is it.’
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July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – An editorial published in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) has suggested that experimental COVID-19 jabs should be made mandatory at Catholic colleges, churches, and parochial schools, describing the abortion-tainted injections as a “moral obligation.” 

In an op-ed entitled “US Catholic colleges and churches should require vaccination” published July 15, the NCR said “COVID-19 remains a public health menace.” 

The NCR – which has called the pro-life movement a “tool for right-wing authoritarianism” and said that the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have fought in federal court for relief from an Obamacare mandate to provide contraceptives as health care, were merely “portraying themselves as victims of government bullying” – argued that everyone must take the experimental shot.

“Everyone has a moral obligation to get vaccinated unless they have a legitimate medical condition prohibiting them from doing so,” the editors said, adding it’s “not even a close call.”

The call for mass vaccination echoes Pope Francis’s January 9 statement that “ethically, everyone should take the vaccine… it must be done.”  

The article suggested that there is a “race” underway in the United States between the rate at which Americans get vaccinated and the rate at which the virus mutates into variants which “may diminish the effectiveness of the vaccines.” 

Michael Yeadon, former Vice President and Chief Scientist for Allergy & Respiratory research for now-coronavirus vaccine maker Pfizer, remarked in comments sent to LifeSiteNews this week that the variants are “irrelevant and being used as propaganda.” 

“It’s true that when this virus, SARS-CoV-2, replicates inside our cells, it occasionally makes a ‘molecular typo’ error. Instead of a letter A, for example, we might see a letter U,” said Yeadon, who worked in the vaccine industry for over thirty years and retired from a senior research position.  

Yeadon said the “typos” are insignificant given the human immune system’s ability to combat the variants, and said that none of the coronavirus variants is more than 0.3 percent altered from the “original Wuhan sequence,” meaning each variant is at least 99.7 percent identical to the original strain. 

Nevertheless, NCR cited Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who recently appeared on CNN calling unvaccinated people "potential variant factories," explaining that "the more unvaccinated people there are, the more opportunities for the virus to multiply." 

“Against such weighty moral and medical concerns, it is shocking that so many millions of Americans still resist getting vaccinated,” the op-ed said. “Shocking, but not surprising.” 

The editorial team referred to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, “Trumpian wannabees” and some Catholic clergy who they argued “somehow think not getting vaccinated is a sign of toughness.”  

“How did a fight against a virus become a battle in the culture wars?” the article asked. 

But the conclusions drawn by the editorial team are not shared by many American Catholics, who have noticed that the coronavirus is not dangerous for the majority of people and tend to distrust the necessity of experimental drugs that were rushed through production, were tested or produced using the cell lines of aborted infants, and lack full approval from the FDA. 

The vaccines have now been linked to at least 9,048 deaths and 26,818 hospitalizations across all age groups, according to passive reporting submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a jump of over 2,000 reported deaths from last week.  

Reports submitted to VAERS, which is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the United States, require further investigation before causal relationships may be determined.  

However, a Harvard study noted that adverse reactions are commonly underreported to VAERS, suggesting that the numbers may be even higher. 

Recorded instances have already led to significant actions by federal public health departments. 

Adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) shots led to a temporary pause of the company’s shots by the FDA and CDC in April for causing blood clots in women. In June the FDA added a label to fact sheets for the mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, warning of heart inflammation after 1,200 cases of post-vaccination heart inflammation were reported to U.S. authorities.  

This month, the FDA added a new warning to the J&J shot cautioning about a neurological disorder linked to the jab which can cause paralysis. 

As previously noted by LifeSiteNews, the rate of death from COVID-19 shots as reported to VAERS presently exceeds the recorded death rate of more than 70 vaccines combined over the past 30 years. Based on VAERS reporting, the experimental injections are linked to roughly 500 times more deaths than the seasonal flu shot which has historically been the most dangerous. 

In addition to concerning reports of vaccine-related deaths and injuries, the injections have raised serious moral objections among Catholics for their close ties with abortion

Moderna and Pfizer used cell lines derived from aborted babies for testing, while J&J’s shot was directly produced in the human fetal cell line PER.C6, which was derived from retinal tissue taken from an 18-week-old baby boy who was aborted in the Netherlands in 1985 and converted into a fetal cell line in 1995. 

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The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said that if “ethically irreproachable Covid-19 vaccines are not available… it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process” if there is a grave reason.

However Bishop Joseph Strickland has argued that “there is no medical necessity for using aborted children in order to develop the much-needed vaccine to protect us from this particular strain of Coronavirus.”

“[I]f a vaccine for this virus is only attainable if we use body parts of aborted children then I will refuse the vaccine,” Strickland said. “I will not kill children to live”

Nonetheless the editorial team at NCR invoked the “pro-life witness of the Catholic Church” which they say ought to extend to “the necessity of getting vaccinated.” 

According to the editorial, Catholic colleges and universities ought to impose vaccine mandates, but the requirements shouldn’t be isolated to higher education.  

“Parochial schools should consider requiring vaccination, too,” the writers argue, despite the fact that nearly 80 percent of all deaths attributed to COVID-19 occurred in patients 75 years old and older, while less than 0.06 percent of all reported deaths occurred in children 17 and under. 

The NCR editorial went on to recommend that “the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops should ask all pastors to preach, and preach repeatedly, on the moral necessity of getting vaccinated.” 

“Getting vaccinated is not only a way to protect oneself but to protect us all,” the editors concluded. “If ever there was a moral obligation, this is it.”  

LifeSiteNews has produced an extensive COVID-19 vaccines resources page. View it here. 

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Spain’s high court rules coronavirus lockdown was unconstitutional, violated citizens’ ‘fundamental rights’

Vox leader Santiago Abascal called the coronavirus lockdown the ‘worst violation of Spanish citizen’s rights and liberties throughout our history.’
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 1:00 pm EST
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SPAIN, July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Following a recourse by Vox, a popular conservative movement, Spain’s Constitutional Tribunal has judged that the first COVID-19 confinement in the country was illegal and unconstitutional and that the “fundamental rights” of Spanish citizens were violated by government measures against the sanitary crisis, even though they had been approved by successive votes in Parliament.

Vox and the Partido Popular both called on the government to step down after the decision.

The decision was made public by the court on Wednesday after a 6 to 5 vote by the Tribunal’s supreme judges, who have theoretically opened the way for all those who were fined for not complying with the severe confinement rules to ask for a refund of their money.

All fines that have not been paid are annulled by the decision, as well as penal procedures against those who did not comply with lockdown measures, but the Tribunal decided to protect the authorities from massive refund claims for fines by ruling that “citizens have the juridical duty to endure the material damages they have undergone,” which is curious, to say the least. Other sanctions can be revised, though.

Vox, not content with being the only political group in Parliament that consistently fought for citizens’ rights throughout the COVID crisis, is also responsible for this major victory, since it was Vox that took the matter to court, forcing the constitutional judges to disavow the socialist-communist government’s actions against the Spanish population last year.

A press statement released Wednesday by the Constitutional Tribunal revealed that the major grievances presented by Vox had been taken into account. The Royal Decree of March 14 setting up a “state of alarm” because of the “sanitary crisis” was declared null and void in several of its dispositions.

“The first of these points is the one that regulated the confinement, and therefore restricted the ability of citizens to move in terms that the Constitutional Court has considered contrary to the Magna Carta itself. This section stipulated that citizens could only circulate ‘on public roads or spaces’ for essential activities, such as the purchase of food and basic necessities, travel to health centers or to places of work that were still operational due to their nature and importance,” noted El País.

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Three fundamental rights were involved: the right to free movement within the territory, the right to choose one’s place of residence – by preventing travel – and the right of assembly among individuals, by prohibiting all social gatherings, even with relatives.

Pending the publication of the full decision, which is expected to be online “within the coming days” according to the statement, the Spanish press has widely commented on the spectacular victory. But the victory came “too late,” according to Vox leader Santiago Abascal. At a press conference following news of the Constitutional Tribunal’s decision, he said the political movement he leads “cannot celebrate the ruling because it demonstrates that the Government is prepared to disregard the law and to trample the Constitution.”

Speaking of the “worst violation of Spanish citizen’s rights and liberties throughout our history,” he recalled that Vox was the only movement in Parliament to vote against the particularly severe confinement rules set up by a government that was able to rely on the “complicity” of all the other parties who approved them six times running, leading to more than seven weeks of suspension of fundamental freedoms. Abascal also recalled that the government always professed to be acting within the limits of the Spanish constitution, which has now been revealed to be untrue.

Vox’s arguments against the measures were ridiculed at the time both by the mainstream media and the established political parties. It claimed that the degree of suspension of freedoms imposed by the authorities was not compatible with a “state of alarm” or emergency decreed by the government and merely approved every two weeks by Parliament, but could only have been set up under a “state of exception” in which the Congress of Parliament would have been competent to take the decision and circumscribe both measures and sanctions, in particular the maximum rate of fines for those who would not comply. Only a limited list of fundamental constitutional rights could be restricted for a maximum of 30 days in such a “state of exception.”

In other words, the government could not unilaterally impose restrictions by the equivalent of “executive orders” and later have them approved by Parliament without clearly setting up a “state of exception,” but should have presented its plan to the Lower Chamber and allow it to be debated. The ruling made evident that the government acted autocratically, without regard for the people’s representatives.

Abascal also remarked that the ruling came at the wrong time, and “grudgingly.” If another party than Vox had challenged the government’s decision, he said, the Tribunal would probably have unanimously condemned the government; the fact that it did not, he said, showed that it had acted as a political formation.

According to the conservative daily ABC, the eleven members of the Tribunal (the twelfth being at present suspended because of his implication in a case of “gender violence”) indeed voted according to their personal political affinities. The daily also noted that the Tribunal considered that “freedom of circulation” was not only “limited” during the confinement, but “suspended” indiscriminately.

The ruling also made clear that the government could not legally allow the Health Ministry to extend or reduce restrictive measures as listed in the original Royal Decree; this was also declared illegal and unconstitutional.

The Spanish government, led by socialist Prime minister Pedro Sanchez, has expressed “surprise” at the Tribunal’s ruling; Sanchez stated that “all countries in the world” had used similar measures to fight the coronavirus. But this works both ways, since Spain’s ruling could on the contrary underscore the fact that personal freedoms and fundamental rights have probably been illegally suspended in many other countries.

In comments sent to LifeSite by e-mail, Francisco José Contreras, member of Congress for Vox and a professor of constitutional law, stated: “Vox opposed the state of alarm from the first time it was extended: it warned from the start that it was a covert state of exception. We consider that the ruling of the Constitutional Court is a tremendous moral slap in the face of this government, which should resign and call elections.”


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US Olympic swimmer defends decision not to take a COVID jab

'The fact that the effectiveness of the vaccine is lower than the risk of me getting COVID, I just realized it wasn’t quite necessary in terms of preparation going into the Games,' Michael Andrew told Fox News.
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 11:47 am EST
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July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Decorated American swimmer Michael Andrew publicly defended his decision to forgo a COVID-19 “vaccine” before entering the Olympic Games in Tokyo, saying “I didn’t want to put anything in my body [to which] I didn’t know how I would potentially react.”

In an interview with Stuart Varney on his FOX Business show “Varney & Co.,” Andrew, who is seen as a contender for a gold medal at the upcoming games in Tokyo, explained that his decision to skip the “vaccines” on offer was primarily based on “the fact that the effectiveness of the vaccine is lower than the risk of me getting COVID.”

As elite athletes, Andrew explained, “everything we take and put in our body (sic) is very calculated.” As part of his rigorous training regime prior to Olympic trials, the swimmer said he “didn’t want to risk any time out of the pool,” as had been the case with those who had taken the vaccine, owing to side effects. On the back of this, he confirmed that he has “not taken the vaccine,” and that he has no plans to receive one in the future.

“The fact that the effectiveness of the vaccine is lower than the risk of me getting COVID, I just realized it wasn’t quite necessary in terms of preparation going into the Games.”

Indeed, the virus has an estimated survival rate of 99.85 percent taken across all ages, according to distinguished Professor John P. A. Ioannidis of Stanford University, a number that increases to 99.95 percent for the age range in which Andrew falls. This is contrasted with a staggering 10,991 deaths following use of an experimental COVID jab, found on the Vaccine Adverse Event Recording System (VAERS) by July 9, 2021. VAERS is an FDA and CDC-run database for vaccine injuries in the United States.

The total number of injuries reported exceeds 460,000, with around ten percent of those considered serious. Reports indicate that VAERS data only account for somewhere between one and ten percent of all vaccine related injuries.

Varney challenged Andrew on the apparent risk he takes of contracting COVID-19 by rejecting the “vaccines” currently on offer against the virus, positing a chance that Andrew might throw away his gold medal hopes as a result. “It’s a risk I’m willing to take,” the Olympian responded. “It’s something I don’t take lightly, but I am grateful for the freedoms I have as an American.”

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Appearing at the Games “not only unvaccinated but as an American, I’m representing my country in multiple ways and the freedoms we have to make a decision like that,” Andrew proudly stated before describing his surprise that the “hype” around his Olympic appearance has been focused more on his decision to decline vaccination than any skill in the pool. Though an unexpected champion of the freedom to choose for or against the experimental jabs, he admitted that “it’s something [he is] willing to stand for.”

“My entire career I’ve been used to doing things differently … going against the stream,” but his decision not to vaccinate has resulted in hate mail and social media tirades against him, explained Andrew. After qualifying that he is far from “anti-vaccine,” the swimmer said that refusing to receive a COVID jab was “an educated decision” and that some support has been found among his family and friends “and those that are on the same side.” 

LifeSiteNews has produced an extensive COVID-19 vaccines resources page. View it here. 


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Head of Canadian legal org steps down after hiring private detective to see if gov’t officials were following COVID regulations

In Canada hiring a private detective is legal so long as certain rules are followed and the investigator is licensed to practice in the province where the investigation takes place.
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 11:23 am EST
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CALGARY, Alberta, July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The head of the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is taking an “indefinite” leave of absence after admitting he had a Canadian judge and other government officials followed by a private investigator to see if they were breaking local COVID rules. 

“On Monday July 12, 2021, the members of the Board of Directors of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (Justice Centre) were informed that a private investigator had been retained by Justice Centre President John Carpay to conduct surveillance on senior government officials, including Chief Justice Joyal of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, in regard to their compliance with Covid regulations,” reads a press release from the JCCF sent out Tuesday. 

“For years, Mr. Carpay has been a tireless advocate for Canadians’ constitutional rights and freedoms. With the integrity that we know him for, he has owned this mistake, openly, directly, and without reservation. Mr. Carpay has advised the Board that, effective today, he is taking an indefinite period of leave from his responsibilities at the Justice Centre.” 

Carpay founded the JCCF in 2010, saying at the time there was a “desperate need for Canadian university students facing censorship to have reliable and competent legal representation, free of charge, from a team of experienced lawyers.”

The JCCF has appointed one its current lawyers, Lisa Bildy, as interim president effective immediately. 

In Canada, according to Investigation Hotline, hiring a private detective is legal so long as certain rules are followed and the investigator is licensed to practice in the province where the investigation takes place. 

Licensed private investigators are not allowed to enter someone’s property. They are also not allowed to wiretap one’s phones, access bank records or credit information. 

According to Manitoba government justice department, one can hire a private investigator only “after the business has been issued and receives a license from Manitoba Justice.” 

The JCCF said none of its board members were aware of, or had prior knowledge, that Carpay had planned to have officials surveilled. 

“Had the Board been advised of the plan, it would have immediately brought it to an end. Mr. Carpay has acknowledged that he made the decision unilaterally. Apart from the Justice Centre’s Litigation Director, none of the Justice Centre’s lawyers or Board members were aware that this was occurring until July 12,” noted the JCCF.

In a statement by Carpay, he noted that he personally apologized to Joyal for having him observed “to hold government officials accountable.”

“In an error of judgement, Chief Justice Joyal was included with the observation of government officials,” wrote Carpay. 

“No other judges were included. Over the last 16 months, Canadians have faced unprecedented restrictions on their Charter-guaranteed freedoms to travel, assemble, associate with others, and worship. The Justice Centre’s mandate is to defend Canadians’ constitutional freedoms through litigation and education.” 

Carpay added that the surveillance was in “no way” intended to “influence or impact the Justice Centre’s litigation efforts, or any of our court cases.”  

“This decision was my own initiative, and was not discussed with Justice Centre clients, staff lawyers or Board members,” wrote Carpay.

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News broke Monday that Carpay had Joyal followed, after the judge announced his being surveilled during a hearing on Monday for a JCCF case involving churches fighting COVID-19 restrictions. 

According to a CBC report, Joyal said he noticed a car following him on July 8 after leaving a court hearing in downtown Winnipeg. He also claimed that the private investigator followed him to his home and had someone ring his bell to ascertain if he lived there. 

Joyal said that he has accepted an apology from Carpay saying that despite his “grave, grave concerns about what's happened and the administration of justice, it does go a ways, a significant ways, to at least hear counsel accept responsibility for what's happened.”


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Russia blasts top European court for pushing it to recognize homosexual ‘marriage’

‘The ruling, which tries to make Russia register same-sex marriages, contradicts the foundations of Russian rule of law and morality,’ Duma deputy Vasily Piskarev said.
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 10:49 am EST
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MOSCOW, July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Russia rebuked a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) this week that pushed the country to recognize same-sex “marriage.”  

The ECHR’s order, handed down on Tuesday, held that Russia’s refusal to register homosexuals as “married” violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which includes a “right to family life,” and Article 14, which prohibits discrimination. The Strasbourg-based court has interpreted the articles in recent years to apply to same-sex unions, despite previous rulings to the contrary and no language about homosexuality in the text of the European Convention.  

The case, Fedotova and Others v. Russia, was brought by several Russian homosexuals whose requests to register a notice of marriage were rejected, according to the ECHR. 

“The Court found that Russia had an obligation to ensure respect for the applicants’ private and family life by providing a legal framework allowing them to have their relationships acknowledged and protected under domestic law,” the ECHR said. 

The court claimed that measures that would effectively equate same-sex unions with heterosexual marriages “would not be in conflict with the ‘traditional understanding of marriage’ prevailing in Russia.” The ECHR added that “the most appropriate form of registration of same-sex unions remained at the discretion of the respondent State.”

Russia slammed the ECHR ruling, reaffirming on Tuesday that marriage in the country remains strictly between men and women. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov emphasized that same-sex “marriages” are “not allowed” under Russia’s constitution, which was amended this year to state that the “institution of marriage is a union between a man and a woman.” 

“The wording in the constitution is absolutely unambiguous and there is an unambiguous number of Russian citizens who support this unambiguous position,” Peskov said, according to Reuters. “No compromise on the form of registration needs to be looked for,” he added. 

Russian politicians have also denounced Tuesday’s ECHR decision, State Duma deputy Vasily Piskarev calling it “clear systemic meddling.” 

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“The ruling, which tries to make Russia register same-sex marriages, contradicts the foundations of Russian rule of law and morality,” Vasily Piskarev, who leads a parliamentary commission on foreign interference, said. “This is clear systemic meddling in Russia’s internal affairs.”

The ECHR, the international court of the Council of Europe, does not have enforcement powers, and the Russian government enacted a law in 2015 allowing the country to overturn ECHR verdicts. Russia, which joined the Council of Europe in the 1990s, has not implemented nearly 90% of leading judgements from the court in the past ten years, according to the European Implementation Network. 

Last Tuesday, the ECHR issued another ruling against Russia for letting a woman prohibit her gender-confused former husband from visiting their children. A Russian court had declared that being around the father, who had undergone surgery to impersonate the opposite sex, would have a “negative impact on the mental health” of the children.

The ECHR’s attempts to impose LGBT ideology on Russia resemble ongoing efforts by the European Union to force Hungary to rescind a new children protection law that bans pro-LGBT materials in schools. European Council president Ursula von der Leyen said last week that “the Commission will use the powers invested in it as the guardian on the treaties” against the legislation.

“Brussels bureaucrats have no business at all, no matter what they do we will not let LGBTQ activists among our children,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán responded.


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ANALYSIS: Pope restricts ‘divisive’ Traditional Latin Mass, says 52-yr-old Novus Ordo is ‘unique expression’ of Church’s liturgy

Pope Francis has made several sweeping changes to the permissions granted to the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass.
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 10:37 am EST
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VATICAN CITY, July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has today issued a new motu proprio restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, declaring that the liturgy of Paul VI, or the Novus Ordo, is the “unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite.”

The document, entitled “Traditionis Custodes,” is written “in light of the experience” of the survey carried out by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith last year, about the Traditional Mass (Also called the “Latin Mass,” the “Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite,” the “Old Mass”).

Article 1 – The Novus Ordo is the ‘unique expression’ of the Roman Rite

In the document, the Pope made several sweeping changes to the permissions granted to the celebration of the Latin Mass. But first, and one of the most striking points, is his declaration that “The liturgical books promulgated by Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, in conformity with the decrees of Vatican Council II, are the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite.”

While Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 2007 document Summorum Pontificum (SP) described the Novus Ordo as the “ordinary expression” of the lex orandi, with the rite of 1962 (Latin Mass) being “never abrogated,” and “an extraordinary form,” Francis does away with such language, describing the Novus Ordo as the “unique” and only expression.

Article 2 – Bishops hold control

Pope Francis stipulated that diocesan bishops have the role and right to “regulate the liturgical celebrations of his diocese,” as is properly contained within canon law (c.375 & c.392). However, the Pontiff then proceeded to state that each bishop has the “exclusive competence” to “authorize the use of the 1962 Roman Missal in his diocese, according to the guidelines of the Apostolic See.”

While originally appealing to canon law, the second part of the statement is an infraction on the permissions highlighted in SP, in which Benedict XVI stated that Masses without a congregation, offered by “any Catholic priest of the Latin rite, whether secular or regular,” may be either the Novus Ordo or the Traditional Latin Mass, and could be thus offered without seeking permission from the Holy See or the local bishop.

Each priest was thus afforded the right to offer Mass according to his preference of liturgical books in such circumstances, without needing to request his bishop’s permission. However, this has now been done away with.

Article 3 – Dioceses already celebrating the Latin Mass

Pope Francis continued by dealing with dioceses where there are already celebrations of the Traditional Liturgy. In such places, the local bishop is to ascertain that any groups celebrating the Traditional Liturgy “do not deny the validity and the legitimacy of the liturgical reform” of Vatican II (Novus Ordo).

The bishop is to set aside “one or more locations” where the faithful can attend the Latin Mass, but without this “location” being a “parochial church” and without establishing any new personal parishes. It would appear that there is to be no general permission for the Latin Mass to be daily offered in such places, for the local bishop is now permitted by Francis to set “the days on which eucharistic celebrations are permitted.”

The new order is ‘effective immediately’

Furthermore, the Pope is ordering alterations to the manner in which the Traditional Liturgy is offered in these places, stipulating that the “readings are proclaimed in the vernacular language” instead of in Latin, despite the fact that this is considered a liturgical abuse in the Old Rite.

In these churches, or “locations,” the bishop is ordered to appoint a priest who is able to offer the necessary “pastoral care” to what the Pontiff describes regularly as “these groups of the faithful.” Such a priest should have a good knowledge of Latin and of the traditional rite, while being motivated by “pastoral charity and by a sense of ecclesial communion.”

The bishop is to further decide whether “parishes canonically erected for the benefit of these faithful” are in fact “effective for their spiritual growth.” Depending on that decision, the bishop is to thus determine “whether or not to retain them.”

In addition to this, the bishop is “to take care not to authorize the establishment of new groups,” seemingly proposing a mere toleration, but not a promotion of “these groups of the faithful” who attend the Latin Mass.

Article 4 and 5 – Priests must reapply for permission to say Old Mass

While priests across the world had the security of the permission to offer the Traditional Liturgy as succinctly presented in Summorum Pontificum, Pope Francis does away with this and throws the power once more to the diocesan bishop. Thus, under Traditionis Custodes, any priest ordained after the publication of the text today, July 16, must “submit a formal request to the diocesan Bishop who shall consult the Apostolic See before granting this authorization.” Hence, even if the local bishop were to approve the new ordinand’s request, it could still be refused by the Holy See.

The bishop is to decide whether ‘parishes canonically erected for the benefit of these faithful’ are in fact ‘effective for their spiritual growth.’ Depending on that decision, the bishop is to thus determine ‘whether or not to retain them.’

Such a stipulation is mirrored for those priests who are already offering the Traditional Liturgy, although they only have to ask permission from the local ordinary to continue, instead of also having to request permission from the Holy See: “Priests who already celebrate according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 should request from the diocesan Bishop the authorization to continue to enjoy this faculty.”

Article 6 and 7 – Traditional orders

The Pope’s directives with regard to traditional orders, such as the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), Institute of Christ the King Soverign Priest (CKSP), Institute of the Good Shepherd (IBP), are not as clear cut as his prior restrictions. Article 6 reads: “Institutes of consecrated life and Societies of apostolic life, erected by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, fall under the competence of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies for Apostolic Life.”

The future of these orders will very much lie in the hands of the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW) and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies for Apostolic Life, as Francis writes that it will be up to these curial bodies to “exercise the authority of the Holy See with respect to the observance of these provisions.”

However, some idea may be gleaned about the difficulties such orders will have to face, as the Pope recently appointed Archbishop Arthur Roche as the new Prefect of the CDW, who is known as a firm opponent of the Latin Mass.

Article 8 – All else is abrogated

The Pontiff’s intentions are made more fully clear in his final directive, in which he abrogates any previous “norms, instructions, permissions, and customs that do not conform” to Traditionis Custodes, thus doing away with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 2007 Summorum Pontificum in one sweep. “Previous norms, instructions, permissions, and customs that do not conform to the provisions of the present Motu Proprio are abrogated.”

The new text comes 14 years after SP, and is ordered to be put into effect “immediately,” and subsequently entered into the Holy See’s official body of texts, the Acta Apostolicae Sedis.

Pope Francis’s accompanying letter – restrictions necessitated by ‘unity’

The Pope also issued an accompanying letter to his new motu proprio, described by some online as being “worse than the MP [Traditionis Custodes] itself.” In the letter, Francis declared that his new orders were out of “solicitude for the whole Church, that contributes supremely to the good of the Universal Church.”

He wrote that Pope John Paul II’s 1988 motu proprio promulgating the Latin Mass, Ecclesia Dei, was done to “foster the healing of the schism with the movement of Mons. Lefebvre,” yet that it had become an “opportunity to adopt freely the Roman Missal promulgated by St. Pius V and use it in a manner parallel to the Roman Missal promulgated by St. Paul VI.” This “situation” was solved by the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum, wrote Francis.

However, Francis employed Benedict’s words from 2007, when he wrote that “if truly serious difficulties come to light [with Summorum Pontificum], ways to remedy them can be sought.” In light of a global survey of bishops conducted last year, Francis stated he had found “a situation that preoccupies and saddens me,” and which persuaded him of “the need to intervene.”

He claimed that the “pastoral objective” of his predecessors had been “seriously disregarded,” in a way which fostered “disagreements,” ruptures in the Church, and the “peril of division.”

Francis decried “the instrumental use of Missale Romanum of 1962” which he said “is often characterized by a rejection not only of the liturgical reform, but of the Vatican Council II itself, claiming, with unfounded and unsustainable assertions, that it betrayed the Tradition and the ‘true Church.’”

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There was a growing rift fuelled by use of the Traditional Liturgy, wrote Francis, which provided the “final reason” for his decision. Such words have been styled as promoting “Submission to Bergoglianism.”

This ‘is an unjust law and therefore no law at all,’ commented Catholic Family News editor-in-chief Brian McCall. ‘It is an act of violence.’

Echoing his words in the motu proprio, the Pope claimed that the Novus Ordo was a necessary reformation of the liturgy, which contained the proper expression of the Church’s liturgical rites, and that it contains all the elements of the pre-Vatican II liturgy: “Whoever wishes to celebrate with devotion according to earlier forms of the liturgy can find in the reformed Roman Missal according to Vatican Council II all the elements of the Roman Rite, in particular the Roman Canon which constitutes one of its more distinctive elements.”

This claim comes despite analysis showing that “of the 1,269 unique orations in the usus antiquior [old use],” only “613 (48.3%) of them are used in some way in the post-Vatican II Missal.”

Indeed, earlier in his text, the Pope had made the bold claim that to doubt Vatican II was to doubt the Holy Spirit Himself: “To doubt the Council is to doubt the intentions of those very Fathers who exercised their collegial power in a solemn manner cum Petro et sub Petro in an ecumenical council, and, in the final analysis, to doubt the Holy Spirit himself who guides the Church.”

The Pope stated that his attack on the Traditional Liturgy was motivated only by concern for the Church’s unity: “In defense of the unity of the Body of Christ, I am constrained to revoke the faculty granted by my Predecessors.” He claimed that there was a “distorted use” of the Traditional Liturgy, which is “contrary to the intentions” behind the “freedom” to offer the Latin Mass.

An attack requested by the bishops

In a revealing line in the accompanying letter, the Pope wrote that his decision had been made in light of “requests” from bishops across the world: “Responding to your requests, I take the firm decision to abrogate all the norms, instructions, permissions and customs that precede the present Motu proprio, and declare that the liturgical books promulgated by the saintly Pontiffs Paul VI and John Paul II, in conformity with the decrees of Vatican Council II, constitute the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite.”

In doing so, he even appealed to the memory of Pope St. Pius V, who issued the bull Quo Primum in 1570 codifying, promulgating, defending the Traditional Liturgy. Pope Francis claimed that in restricting the Latin Mass, he is actually imitating the actions of Pius V, who “also abrogated all the rites that could not claim a proven antiquity, establishing for the whole Latin Church a single Missale Romanum.” Yet in his next sentence, the Pope notes that the same Missale Romanum which he is restricting, and is supposedly without “proven antiquity,” has been used for centuries and “functioned to maintain the unity of the Church.”

Commenting on this, LifeSite’s Dr. Maike Hickson wrote: “The Novus Ordo is also a rite ‘that could not claim proven antiquity.’ It is a novelty, created artificially so as to please Protestants, a dilution of faith and prayer. It is noisy, distracting, less reverent. Gives more impression of a supper, not a sacrifice.”

The Argentine Pope continued by saying he wished to continue the work of Pope Paul VI, in promoting a reformed style of Ecclesial unity.

Furthermore, while it is Pope Francis who has moved to restrict the Latin Mass, he appeared to offer an ultimatum to Catholic bishops around the world, that in order to be in union with him they also take part in promoting the restrictions as a source of unity for the Church: “share with me this burden as a form of participation in the solicitude for the whole Church proper to the Bishops.”

With these words, Pope Francis issued his personal directive to the bishops, regarding the future of the Latin Mass. After having at length decried the Traditional Liturgy for causing “division,” the Pope asked the bishops to “proceed in such a way as to return to a unitary form of celebration, and to determine case by case the reality of the groups which celebrate with this Missale Romanum.”

Pope Francis is trying to ‘create conditions to make the TLM wither and die,’ Deacon Nick Donnelly told LifeSiteNews. ‘What he fails to take into account is that the Mass of the Ages is the quintessential expression of Tradition, formed under the action of the Holy Spirit for the salvation of souls (Dei verbum, 10). No one can put a stop to it.’

Referring once more to the devotees of the Traditional Liturgy of the Church, Francis wrote that the bishops should guide these members of the faithful back to the Novus Ordo, as if the Church's ancient liturgy at which almost all saints worshipped were an error to be guided away from.

“Indications about how to proceed in your dioceses are chiefly dictated by two principles: on the one hand, to provide for the good of those who are rooted in the previous form of celebration and need to return in due time to the Roman Rite promulgated by Saints Paul VI and John Paul II, and, on the other hand, to discontinue the erection of new personal parishes tied more to the desire and wishes of individual priests than to the real need of the ‘holy People of God’.”

Instant consternation amongst the faithful

Perhaps unsurprisingly, today’s news has caused anger and anguish amongst may faithful Catholics, both lay and clerical.

Priests took to Twitter to describe the move as “absolutely heartbreaking,” a “sad day,” and cause for singing the requiem chant “Dies Irae.”

Alexander Tschugguel, the young man who threw the Pachamama statuettes into the Tiber during the Amazonian Synod in 2019, wrote: “I will rather go underground than betraying our sacred faith and tradition! Let’s stand united!#staycatholic #catacombspirit.”

Matthew Hazell, a contributor to New Liturgical Movement, pointed to the “contempt” of Pope Francis: “The contempt is barely disguised...@Pontifex, why are you being so rigid? Where is your mercy, generosity & accompaniment for those of us who, though we accept the validity of the liturgical reforms (& Vatican II), are attached to the usus antiquior? Why have you abandoned us?”

“They can’t even wait until after Benedict XVI has died to nuke the Mass of Ages. Evil, evil men,” commented U.K. Catholic blogger Laurence England.

In a warning before the new text was published, former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò wrote: “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.”

Indeed, Kazhakstan’s Bishop Athanasius Schneider also just warned of the “abuse of power” should Summorum Pontificum be suppressed. Earlier this month he encouraged priests and the faithful to “continue to celebrate this Mass because it is the Mass of the entire Church and the faithful have a right [to] what’s holy.”

As for traditional priests themselves, such as those in the Fraternity of St. Peter, if they were to be forced to concelebrate the Novus Ordo, Bishop Schneider predicted that many would join the Society of St. Pius X, where they would have “more independence to keep the tradition of the Church.”

Brian McCall, editor-in-chief of Catholic Family News, commented, “The Motu Proprio is an unjust law and therefore no law at all. It is an act of violence. (See St. Thomas Summa Theologiae I-II Q. 96 Ar. 4). It exceeds the authority of the lawgiver (as even Benedict XVI admitted in 2007) and is contrary to the common good. It utterly fails as a law.”

“Only those who have fallen prey to the error of Legal Positivism and its roots in nominalism and voluntarism will recognize this document as a valid law,” he continued. “Now will be the times that try men’s (and especially priests’) souls. Will they capitulate to the act of tyranny or stand strong in the Faith? Will they obey God rather than men?”

In comments to LifeSite, popular Catholic commentator Deacon Nick Donnelly warned that the document, though “full of warm words,” would “eventually force traditional Catholics to accept the missals of Paul VI and John Paul II.”

“Rather than promote ecclesial unity, Pope Francis’ motu proprio is more likely to cause disunity within local Churches, with Latin Mass groups moved out of parochial parishes into ‘designated locations,’” warned Donnelly.

“Though the motu proprio pays lip service to pastoral care of the faithful’s spiritual needs, it gives bishops unfavourable to the Mass of the Ages an excuse to suppress Traditional communities, such as that which we’ve recently witnessed in Dijon, France, with the expulsion of the FSSP after 23 years.”

“By ordering the bishops to discover if TLM groups ‘deny’ the liturgical innovations of Vatican II, an inquisitional style is encouraged rather than one of accompaniment and dialogue which Pope Francis normally speaks about,” Donnelly explained. “Further, Pope Francis undermines the jurisdiction of bishops by ordering them to send requests to the Holy See for permission for newly ordained priests to say the TLM. He also orders them not to establish new TLM parishes or accept any new TLM groups into the diocese.”

Deacon Donnelly further wrote that the Pope was looking to “create conditions to make the TLM wither and die. What he fails to take into account is that the Mass of the Ages is the quintessential expression of Tradition, formed under the action of the Holy Spirit for the salvation of souls (Dei verbum, 10). No one can put a stop to it.”

LifeSite will continue to update the faithful on the new motu proprio and its implications for the Church.

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Former Pfizer VP answers Reuters ‘fact checker,’ calling it ‘a pack of lies’

Dr. Michael Yeadon described Reuters' fact checking of his statements as 'stupidity.'
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 10:00 am EST
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July 16, 2021 (AFLD) – Former Pfizer Vice President and Chief Science Officer Michael Yeadon recently told America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) that a Reuters “fact checker” article calling his statements “misinformation” is “a mixture of straw men and sheer invention,” saying the Reuters article was “well worth rebutting.”

This is not the first time Reuters has tried to discredit Yeadon by “fact checker” obfuscation, although past attempts have been less half-hearted. This time, Reuters called Yeadon an “anti-vax proponent” who “has made unfounded claims”.

Relying on an entity that calls itself “Meedan’s Health Desk, a group of public health scientists working to tackle medical misinformation online,” the Reuters “fact check” addresses Yeadon’s statements on asymptomatic spread, variants, the COVID-19 vaccine, and its use in pregnancy.

The article’s concluding “verdict” tries to claim that “infected but symptom-free people can spread the coronavirus; vaccinated people are better protected but not 100% immune; research shows COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for adults and pregnant women.”

Relating to the article, Yeadon said: “The narrative statements that have repeatedly been claimed by the authorities, which are a pack of lies, are:

“1. Asymptomatic transmission. It’s definitely a lie. Have you seen that video where Fauci states that ‘it’s always a symptomatic person who drives an epidemic and never people without symptoms’?

“A WHO doctor said exactly the same thing.

“There’s also a terrific peer-reviewed journal article showing that domestic transmission in asymptomatic cases was effectively zero.

“All marries up with the statements I’ve made, and with biological logic.

“2. Variants. They’re just being idiotic. I can show several good quality papers demonstrating that T-cells from a convalescent person or an immunized person each recognize all the then-available variants, again, as anticipated by fundamentals of immunology. The weak twaddle in their piece about antibodies is risible.

“3. Vaccines. The ba*****s are actually claiming they’re safe. Got them. We have VAERS, Yellow Card, and EMA monitoring. We have mechanism of toxicity. We have multiple open letters to EMA (warning of blood clots) which were immediately followed by vaccine withdrawals (for blood clots).

“4. Pregnancy/fertility. No one in their right mind thinks giving experimental treatments to pregnant women is other than reckless. Especially when reproductive toxicity testing is incomplete.”

Yeadon continued: “But on top of this stupidity, are two recent public disclosures: (I) the distribution of vaccine to tissues in mice shows a very disturbing concentration into ovaries. No one has followed it up, so the assumption has to be this is happening in humans too, and (II) our concern expressed in the December 2020 petition to EMA about immune cross-reactivity between spike protein and human syncytin-1 has been confirmed. A paper was very recently published showing young women making antibodies to syncytin-1 within days of vaccination.”

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Summarizing, Yeadon concluded: “Of course this is wholly fraud. Imagine that the number of people in U.K. who’d actually been killed by the virus, instead of dying with it, was just a couple of thousand; you’d been on the streets with torches and pitchforks.”

You should be. Governments everywhere have lied and lied and lied about every one of the central narrative points about this virus.

The effect of compliance with their ludicrous policy responses has been to hollow out and arguably to have destroyed economically several G20 counties, and actually increased the number of avoidable deaths, not least by deprivation of healthcare.

These people all need locking up in that new high-security facility being built at speed at Wellingborough, Northants. The prima facie case against a dozen or so people in U.K. warrants their arrest pending criminal prosecutions.

“If these figures are of the same order of magnitude for other countries as well, and there is no reason to assume otherwise, then the plague is a deception of unprecedented proportions, and crimes committed against humanity on a huge scale have been committed here,” stated Yeadon.

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BREAKING: Pope Francis abrogates Pope Benedict’s universal permission for Old Mass

The document, entitled 'Traditionis Custodes,' issues several restrictions on the celebration of the Latin Mass, with the opening point containing a direct contradiction of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 2007 document 'Summorum Pontificum.'
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 7:27 am EST
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VATICAN CITY, July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has today issued a new Motu Proprio restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, and declaring that the liturgy of Paul VI, or the Novus Ordo, is the “unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite.”

The document, entitled “Traditionis Custodes,” issues several restrictions on the celebration of the Latin Mass, with the opening point containing a direct contradiction of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 2007 document Summorum Pontificum. Francis now declares that while Benedict had described an “ordinary” and an “extraordinary” form of the Roman Rite, now there is only one - the Novus Ordo.

“The liturgical books promulgated by Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, in conformity with the decrees of Vatican Council II, are the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite.”

Amongst the new restrictions, the Pope affords new power to diocesan bishops, effectively giving them the ability to stamp out centers where the Traditional Mass is being offered. 

Describing Latin Mass attendees with the peculiar phrase, “these groups of the faithful,” Francis orders bishops to ensure that no further groups are allowed to grow in dioceses. The local bishops are to additionally decide “whether or not to retain” the parishes which are currently offering the Traditional Mass.

The sting is in the final directive in the Pope’s text, in which he appears to abrogate Summorum Pontificum, with the words: “Previous norms, instructions, permissions, and customs that do not conform to the provisions of the present Motu Proprio are abrogated.”

The text has prompted widespread comment among Catholics worldwide. Popular Catholic commentator Deacon Nick Donnelly has described it as “The Wither and Die Motu proprio.”

This story is developing. LifeSiteNews will have a full story and analysis of the Motu Proprio shortly.

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Canadian surgeon canceled for supporting informed consent for COVID-19 shots

Dr. Francis Christian was fired for voicing medical concerns to giving the COVID jab to children.
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 5:03 pm EST
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July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In this episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, I speak with Dr. Francis Christian, a former surgeon and clinical professor at the University of Saskatchewan. We discuss what led the university to fire him from positions he himself started, as well as the growing “dystopian tyranny” by world governments, the media and tech companies, and Big Pharma.

Dr. Christian was fired by the Saskatchewan Health Authority after he expressed medical concerns over vaccinating children and in favor of informed consent for parents. In our conversation, he points out how he’s anything but “an anti-vaccine physician,” but was “canceled” regardless.

He explains further that informed consent should not be a controversial principle, as it simply allows the patient – or the parents of a child patient – to be fully aware of the risks and benefits of a medical intervention and if any alternatives to it exist. Dr. Christian also points out that the push for coronavirus vaccines, even for kids, goes against the call of physicians to “first, do no harm.”

Christian describes how not only he but hundreds of doctors around the world have been cancelled and censored for countering the mainstream coronavirus narrative. He also says crucial treatments that could prevent and cure the virus have been banned by world governments and the media.

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“Hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved if Ivermectin was allowed for use,” he states. He also mentions that Ivermectin and other treatments – for example, those promoted by the Frontline Doctors – have been proven to be extremely effective and safe, which cannot be said for the experimental COVID-19 shots. Christian explains that the blocking of treatments to cure the virus “could be considered a crime against humanity.”

He also details similarities and parallels between the current troubles the world is going through with tyranny under Nazi Germany and the Communist rule of the Soviet Union. “If you don't speak out now, will you still be able to live with your conscience?” he asks.

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American Booksellers Association apologizes to LGBT groups for ‘violent incident’ of promoting book exposing the ‘transgender craze’

Sane voices need to point out that debate over transgender issues is not violence, and that disagreeing with people does not cause 'genuine harm.' Refusing to play along with someone’s ideology is not 'erasing' them, it is differing with them.
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 3:10 pm EST
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July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – As I’ve noted in this space before, Abigail Shrier’s Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters is one of the most important books of our time. It is one of the first in-depth, carefully researched pieces of journalism exposing a large-scale social experiment involving minors, which is why The Economist called it “one of our best books of the year” — and also why trans activists have been doing everything they can to get it banned.

Activists have been petitioning libraries to have it removed from shelves and are particularly incensed by the fact that there appears to be long waiting lists for it. Target was pressured into pulling it from their shelves, and then reversed the decision after a backlash. Amazon blocked ads for the book, but ultimately refused to remove it, infuriating woke employees. Two employees resigned in recent weeks to protest the decision, presumably hoping this move would ramp up the pressure.

But it is indicative of how threatening trans activists believe Shrier’s book to be to their cause, that the controversy surrounding it simply refuses to die. After the American Booksellers Association (ABA) included Irreversible Damage in promo material to their members this month, trans activists responded with fierce denunciations. In response they received a grovelling — and sinister — apology, which the ABA released to Twitter:

An anti-trans book was included in our July mailing to members. This is a serious, violent incident that goes against ABA’s ends policies, values, and everything we believe and support. It is inexcusable.

We apologize to our trans members and to the trans community for this terrible incident and the pain we caused them. We also apologize to the LGBTQIA+ community at large, and to our bookselling community.

Apologies are not enough. We’ve begun addressing this today and are committed to engaging in the critical dialogue needed to inform concrete steps to address the harm we caused. Those steps will be shared in the next three weeks.

Pay attention to the language that is being used here, as this is the rhetoric that leads to book-banning (if not book-burning.) Promotion of a book on a current issue favorably reviewed by many prominent publications was referred to as a “violent incident.”

The reason this is being referred to as “violence” is that it ups the ante with regard to what can be considered a proportionate response. Violence can be met with force — censorship, banning, re-education. If words are violence and silence is violence, then our only choice is to parrot the “LGBTQIA+” agenda.

That is not an accident.

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The apologies to the entire “community at large” for this “terrible incident” replete with genuine reparations — I’m sure we’ll see commitments to better censorship in the future — for the “genuine harm,” is indicative of a radicalism that brooks absolutely no dissent. As far as trans activists are concerned, there is no debate about whether or not children can get sex changes — and to suggest that there is constitutes real violence constituting “genuine harm.”

“Shut up,” they explained. “Your words kill trans people, and you need to be dealt with.”

This morbid blackmail is incredibly effective, as the ABA’s apologies indicates. Fortunately, plenty of liberals are concerned by this. Very few activists did more to normalize the redefinition of marriage than Andrew Sullivan, but who took to Twitter to condemn ABA’s statement: “A *booksellers* association calls mailing a flier of a book critical of some parts of critical gender theory a ‘serious, violent incident.’ *Violent.* This is how deep the illiberalism now runs.” He then urged his followers (over 224,000 of them) to buy Shrier’s book.

This sort of pushback is essential. Sane voices need to point out that debate is not violence, and that disagreeing with people does not cause “genuine harm.” Refusing to play along with someone’s ideology is not “erasing” them, it is differing with them. If we don’t get that right, our free society is in imminent danger of suicide.


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Reconnecting with nature is a great way to reconnect with God

God made creation for man to enjoy, not ignore, during his short stay on earth.
Fri Jul 16, 2021 - 1:53 pm EST
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July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews– For the last two months, I’ve been traveling to what us Michiganians call “up north” almost every other weekend. 

Up north” is code for “going to the lake and taking it easy.” 

Sometimes I’ve been going for work. Other times for pleasure. Either way, it isn’t new to me. I spent much of my youth at Michigan’s most well-known vacation spots — Silver Lake, Ludington, Grand Haven, to name a few. But over the last five years, I haven’t visited these places as much as I used to. 

Maybe it was the draconian coronavirus lockdowns Michigan had under Gretchen Whitmer. Maybe it’s just me doing things that I haven’t in a while. But something about this summer’s trips northward have made me appreciate them more than ever before. 

What’s clear to me now is that when we connect with nature, we connect with God. The tranquility of flowing water, the peaceful sound of chirping birds, and the general slowness of cottage life heal the soul from the scourges of modern living. Cities today are filled with angry cab drivers, frenetic crowds of people, and constant noise pollution. These things grate on our spiritual well-being. 

What’s more, contemporary architecture is downright repugnant. Glass buildings and angled rooftops don’t inspire anyone. Places like Mackinac Island (where cars are not allowed) have charming hotels and quaint vacation houses that put people in an especially relaxed state of mind. 

Up north” also means watching a perfect sunset while sitting on a pier with your significant other or group of friends. It means gazing at the stars, taking a casual stroll on a beach, dipping your toes in the water, and listening for hours on end kids laughing and waves crash into the shoreline. This is all a foretaste of heaven, as far as I can tell, given the universally uplifting effect they have on us, regardless of our religious or political persuasions. 

wish more people could experience Michigan summers. I know not everybody can, so I hope they can find their own “up north” wherever it may be. God made creation for man to enjoy, not ignore, during his short stay on earth. I look forward to doing more of that in the months and years ahead. 


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