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Sister of Polish man being starved to death in an English hospital pleads for his repatriation

The man's family and the Polish government have been fighting for him to be allowed home where he will receive the care he needs, but the efforts have so far been unsuccessful and his sister has warned that his condition is worsening
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 2:30 pm EST
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WARSAW, Poland, January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — As a brain-damaged Polish Catholic lies dying of starvation and dehydration in an English hospital, one of his sisters has made another plea to the Polish government. 

“When will the Polish state take away its diplomat?” she asked Polish authorities over Twitter just over two hours ago. 

She added that the family will, if it has to, return to the European Court of Human Rights. 

“If you don’t want to do that, we ask you [to invoke] Article 33 in Strasbourg. You cannot wait any longer!” she stated.

The names of, and other identifying information about, the Polish patient, his wife, children, birth family, doctors and hospital are under a publication ban. 

Article 33 in the European Convention on Human Rights stipulates that one state can sue another in the European Court of Human Rights to make sure the second is not violating the rights of a citizen of the first. 

It reads: “Inter-State Cases: Any High Contracting Party may refer to the Court any alleged breach of the provisions of the Convention and the Protocols thereto by another High Contracting Party.”

Although the United Kingdom has left the European Union, the country is still a High Contracting Party in the Council of Europe, as is Poland, and both are signatories of the ECHR.  Article 2 of the ECHR protects the right to life, and Article 3 prohibits torture and “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

The Polish patient, known to the English-speaking world only as “P” or “RS” thanks to a court order protecting his identity, has been without nourishment and without more hydration than is needed to administer the analgesics and sedatives used in his “palliative care.” 

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Shortly after her plea to the Polish Government, RS’s sister reported on Twitter that his health is deteriorating. 

“Unfortunately, my brother’s condition is getting worse,” she wrote.

“Here’s the information we got from the hospital: RS was assessed today by a palliative care team. His condition has worsened since yesterday’s examination. He has increasingly frequent breaks in breathing. He seems to be comfortable and shows no increase in myoclonic seizures. He is still receiving subcutaneous infusions of fluid (saline) and midazolam as before. We have begun to administer drugs to help control mild discharge from his air passages.”

Yesterday LifeSiteNews learned that the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MSZ) had stalled in its efforts to repatriate RS, to whom it said it had given diplomatic status so as to remove him from the jurisdiction of the British courts. RS’s birth family, who have been fighting, with some temporary success, to have nutrition and hydration returned to him, have mixed reviews of the different ministries of the Polish Government who have taken an interest in the case. Although publicly grateful to Poland’s Ministry of Justice, the family does not understand why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not given them evidence of RS’s diplomatic status. 

“The Ministry of Justice has acted and wants to act in this matter, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is being obstructive,” one of RS’s two sisters told Poland’s Polonia Christiana magazine.

“We don’t understand why the MSZ is waiting in this matter,” she continued.  

“Our English lawyers say that [the British Government’s] accreditation is not necessary. It is enough to tell them that my brother is a diplomat.”

On November 6, RS suffered a heart attack at his home in the south-west of England and fell into a coma. On December 15, 2020, Mr Justice Cohen of the Court of Protection decided that it was in RS’s “best interests” to cease receiving life-sustaining care. RS’s hospital doctors believe that he is now in a vegetative state. Justice Cohen left the final decision to the hospital treating RS and to RS’s wife “to decide between themselves whether hydration is to be withdrawn.” 

By December 23, RS was able to breathe without clinical assistance.

RS’s wife has supported the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust in its application to remove RS’s hydration and nutrition and opposed her in-laws' attempts to challenge Justice Cohen’s decision.  Members of RS’s birth family who surreptitiously filmed RS during a Christmas Day farewell visit believe that he is in a minimally conscious state and that he reacted to their presence. 

The video footage, whose creation and publication has been deplored by Justice Cohen, has been published widely in Poland, where many people believe that RS recognized his relations and that the hospital authorities in the U.K. want to harvest his organs. The case has become a cause celebre and a matter of bitter dispute among politicians in RS’s native country.  

LifeSiteNews has contacted the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to establish whether or not Poland has informed them of RS’s diplomatic status, but the FCDO would not comment on the matter. LifeSiteNews then wrote to Deputy Minister Paweł Jablonski  of the MSZ, but has not yet received an answer.  

For more coverage of the RS case, please click here.

Britain’s Christian Legal Centre, which has been supporting RS’s birth family in their fight for his life, has incurred over £70,000 in expenses while fighting the case. To donate to the cause, please click here.


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Twitter suspends two LifeSite accounts for calling ‘transgender woman’ a man

'Rachel' Levine is indeed a man. Here's how you can keep receiving our news as censorship worsens.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 2:09 pm EST
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January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) ­– Twitter has again locked LifeSiteNews out of two of our accounts on the platform for displaying a message noting that President Joe Biden’s newly named Assistant Secretary of Health “Rachel” Levine is a man.

Both accounts displayed a simple message which read: “Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health. ‘Rachel’ Levine is a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.” The tweets also included a link to LifeSite’s article Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Healthand contained part of the opening sentence of that article, “Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man” as Assistant Secretary of Health.

The ban has been imposed on both LifeSite’s main account, @LifeSite, and our “We Can Defend Marriage” account.

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The article we tweeted makes mention of the troubling paradox of having a person who denies the basic science of the human anatomy be in an authoritative position in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but does not cast aspersions or any other such “hate speech” against Levine, according to Twitter’s “rules.”

This is not the first time that LifeSiteNews has been censored by Twitter. In December 2019, Twitter indefinitely suspended our account for a tweet that linked to an article on transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv.

At the time, Twitter gave LifeSite the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account right away. LifeSite remained steadfast that the tweet did not violate any of the company’s “rules and policies,” and sought several appeals with Twitter, while looking into legal action against the company.

The ban was only lifted, and the account restored, after LifeSite agreed to remove the original tweet, although this was not an admission of fault. LifeSite determined that, in order to reach more people across more platforms for the 2020 presidential election and the Supreme Court hearings, we would temporarily remove the tweet to gain access to our account. The account had been locked the entirety of the 10 months that elapsed between the ban and LifeSiteNews agreeing to remove the tweet; an appeal was in action the whole time.

Not only is Levine mistaken about the biology of gender, but as Pennsylvania health secretary he was also responsible for sending COVID-19-infected patients to nursing homes, enabling the virus to spread amongst some of the most vulnerable individuals. Levine removed his own mother from one of those homes as deaths skyrocketed.

LifeSiteNews columnist and syndicated writer Dr. Michael L. Brown was also locked out of his Twitter account yesterday for publishing a tweet on January 20 that called into question Levine’s purported status as a woman. Brown was informed by Twitter that his account would be locked for 12 hours for violating their “rules.”

The now-removed tweet read: “Will I get punished by Twitter for saying that, in God's sight, ‘Rachel’ Levine (nominated by Biden to be his assistant secretary for HHS) is a man?”

Confronted with the ban, Brown said that “[w]hen biological truth conflicts with transgender activism, biological truth is banned. When biblical truth conflicts with transgender activism, biblical truth is banned.”

Meanwhile, since taking office on Wednesday last week, Joe Biden has already signed an executive order which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to be open to men. He has also turned back the Trump administration’s policy protecting women’s sports programs in schools.

Last week, LifeSite was banned for two weeks from our YouTube channel, after the site determined that one of our videos about vaccines violated YouTube’s “community guidelines.”

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New VA bill would allow agencies to be shut down for denying adoption to gay couples

HB 1932, if passed, would remove conscience protections that allow child welfare agencies to refuse placement of children with homosexual couples.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 1:33 pm EST
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RICHMOND, Virginia, January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The state of Virginia has introduced a bill that would repeal the right of adoption and foster care agencies to deny child placements with homosexual couples on the basis of the agencies’ moral opposition to same-sex parenting.

If passed, HB 1932 would undo protections that prevented adoption agencies from being sued or even being denied their license for objecting to recommending, consenting to, or participating in child placements that violate their “religious or moral convictions or policies.”

Virginia is currently one of eleven states that explicitly allow child welfare agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples because of religious beliefs, according to the pro-homosexual Movement Advancement Project.

Lack of such conscience protections have allowed religious agencies to be shut down in places like Illinois, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Catholic Charities USA was forced to halt adoption operations in Boston, and the state of Michigan was sued by the ACLU for allowing agencies to deny adoption to homosexual couples.

“This is a matter of activist groups who don’t like certain religious beliefs and they want to use the power of the government to crush people that operate according to those religious beliefs,” Kansas Catholic Conference director Michael Schuttloffel has said.

The Virginia Catholic Conference has pointed out that conscience protections for adoption agencies do not prevent same-sex couples from adopting. Quinn Law Centers notes that same-sex couples can legally adopt in Virginia, because “same-sex marriage” is permitted in Virginia.

Research shows that kids do much better under both a mother and a father, supporting the CDF’s statement that “[a]llowing children to be adopted by persons living in [same-sex] unions would actually mean doing violence to these children,” by placing them “in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development.”

A study published in the February 2015 issue of the British Journal of Education, Society, and Behavioural Science revealed that, on eight out of twelve psychometric measures, the risk of clinical emotional problems, developmental problems, or use of mental health treatment services is nearly double among those with same-sex parents when contrasted with children of opposite-sex parents.

The state of Virginia is also currently pushing policies that embrace gender ideology, which secular psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson has called “completely insane,” in its public schools.

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The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has drafted a policy that would force school staff to use gender pronouns corresponding to a student’s “gender identity,” as well as allow students to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender. These staff are, moreover, not allowed to question such students regarding this choice, since it “can be emotionally harmful.”

Meanwhile, Virginia’s Senate Education and Health Committee has shot down two bills that would allow religious exemptions for vaccinations, further eroding religious rights in the state.

In order to protest HB 1932, readers may contact their Virginia legislators HERE.

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Former Sec. of State Pompeo, 27 other Trump officials banned from entering China

The move comes after Pompeo’s declaration that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) oppression of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region is 'genocide' and a crime against humanity.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 12:50 pm EST
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January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Twenty-eight officials of the Trump administration including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been sanctioned from entering or doing business with China.

The move comes after Pompeo’s declaration that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) oppression of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region is “genocide” and a crime against humanity.

Other names on the list include former Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, former national security advisor Robert O’Brien, and former White House trade advisor Peter Navarro. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft is also banned from China.

The Foreign Ministry in Beijing said in a statement it had “decided to sanction 28 persons who have seriously violated China’s sovereignty and who have been mainly responsible for such U.S. moves on China-related issues.”

The ministry described the 28 individuals as “anti-China politicians” who “out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people, have planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs, undermined China’s interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U.S. relations.”

Foreignpolicy.com’s China Brief suggested a further reason for the sanction might include the status of Taiwan, but that the CCP may also be trying to gauge the Biden regime’s position towards China.

“Azar and [former undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy, and the environment Keith] Krach last year visited Taiwan, becoming the highest-level U.S. officials to visit since the United States switched formal relations to China in 1979 from Taiwan,” the Epoch Times reported. “Craft had been scheduled to visit the island last week but ended up speaking to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen via teleconference instead, when it was canceled due to transition efforts. The high-level visits, as well as the Trump administration’s increased engagement and arms sales to the democratic island, angered Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory.”

President Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has previously agreed with Pompeo’s statement about the CCP’s abuse of Uyghurs. Blinken said this while addressing a U.S. Senate hearing on January 19.


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Freshman congresswoman files articles of impeachment against Biden

The impeachment attempt is unlikely to go anywhere in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 12:41 pm EST
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January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden, she announced Thursday on Twitter.

“I just filed articles of impeachment of President Joe Biden. We’ll see how it goes,” the first-term, pro-life congresswoman said.

Greene had vowed earlier in January to move to impeach Biden on his first full day in office. An impeachment is unlikely to go far in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives.

“President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the Presidency. His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama’s Vice President is lengthy and disturbing,” Greene said in a press release announcing the articles of impeachment. 

“President Biden has demonstrated that he will do whatever it takes to bail out his son, Hunter, and line his family’s pockets with cash from corrupt foreign energy companies,” she added.

Green cited then-Vice President Biden’s public admission that he pressured the government of Ukraine into firing Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin by threatening to withhold $1 billion of U.S. foreign aid.

Shokin, who faced charges of corruption, had been investigating Burisma, an energy company that Biden’s son Hunter recently had joined as a board member. Burisma paid Hunter Biden tens of thousands of dollars per month, despite his having had no prior experience in the energy industry. 

The younger Biden’s dealings in Ukraine were the subject of a years-long probe by the U.S. Senate and the Department of Justice, the latter of which wasn’t revealed until after the election. 

New revelations about Hunter Biden’s ties to both Chinese and Ukrainian companies also came to light late last year, as the New York Post first reported. Emails verified by forensic analysis and a former business contact personally implicate Joe Biden in his son’s foreign business dealings.

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“Thank you for inviting me to DC and giving me an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together,” one Burisma official wrote in an email to Hunter Biden. 

Another email from Hunter Biden to a Chinese businessman about a “provisional agreement” demands a 10 percent cut “for the big guy.” Tony Bobulinski, one of Hunter Biden’s partners, attested that the moniker referred to Joe Biden. 

“During his father’s vice presidency, Hunter Biden built many business relationships with foreign nationals and received millions of dollars from foreign sources, seemingly in exchange for access to his father,” Greene said. 

“The financial transactions which Hunter engaged in illustrates serious counterintelligence and extortion concerns to Hunter Biden and his family,” she added.


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Cardinal joins 7 US Catholic bishops in affirming youths who identify as LGBT: ‘God is on your side’

The bishops teamed up with a pro-homosexual advocacy group to release their statement.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 11:42 am EST
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UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Eight U.S. Catholic bishops, one of them a cardinal, have signed a statement in partnership with a pro-homosexual advocacy group, in support of young people who identify as LGBT, telling them that “God is on your side.”

“As Catholic Bishops in the United States, we join with the Tyler Clementi Foundation in standing up for at-risk LGBT youth in our country,” state the bishops (read full statement below).

“All people of goodwill should help, support, and defend LGBT youth; who attempt suicide at much higher rates than their straight counterparts; who are often homeless because of families who reject them; who are rejected, bullied and harassed; and who are the target of violent acts at alarming rates.”

“The Catholic Church values the God-given dignity of all human life and we take this opportunity to say to our LGBT friends, especially young people, that we stand with you and oppose any form of violence, bullying or harassment directed at you,” they statement continues.

“Most of all, know that God created you, God loves you and God is on your side,” the statement concludes.

The statement was signed by the following prelates:

  • Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archdiocese of Newark, NJ

  • Archbishop John C. Water, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM

  • Bishop Robert McElroy, Diocese of San Diego, CA

  • Bishop Edward Weisenburger, Diocese of Tucson, Arizona

  • Bishop John Stowe, Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky

  • Bishop Steven Biegler, Archdiocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming

  • Bishop Thomas Gumbleton (retired), Diocese of Detroit, MI

  • Bishop Denis Madden (retired), Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland

The Tyler Clementi Foundation bears the name of an 18-year-old man who committed suicide in 2010 after his roommate at university filmed him engaging in homosexual acts with another student and then released the footage to the public.

“Without Tyler’s knowledge, his roommate secretly pointed his computer’s camera at Tyler’s bed, left the room, and invited other students online to watch Tyler in a most private, intimate act with another man,” states the foundation’s website about the event.

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are one of the four sins that cry to heaven for justice. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered’. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved” (CCC 2357).

The Catholic Church furthermore teaches that the homosexual inclination is also “objectively disordered” since God created sexual attraction for the purpose of drawing a man and a woman together to become husband and wife in marriage. In other words, the Catholic Churches teaches that God does not make anyone gay.

In a 2019 Declaration of Catholic Truths, Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, together with several other bishops, made clear the Catholic position when it comes to people who are inclined to members of the same-sex.

“Hence, the opinion is contrary to natural law and Divine Revelation that says that, as God the Creator has given to some humans a natural disposition to feel sexual desire for persons of the opposite sex, so also He has given to others a natural disposition to feel sexual desire for persons of the same sex, and that God intends that the latter disposition be acted on in some circumstances.”

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Archbishop Wester defended signing the statement in an interview with the Jesuit-run America Magazine.

“We have our teachings, which we prize and cherish, but those teachings need to be understood in the proper context of love and mercy,” he said. “Sometimes people can make equivocations, ‘Well if it’s a sin to engage in a homosexual act, then I must be terrible person.’ The church doesn’t teach that and it’s important [young people] don’t get that erroneous impression,” he added.

The Church teaches that those who engage in grievously sinful acts with full knowledge and consent damage their relationship with God and risk being separated from God for eternity. The Church calls all sinners to repentance and to experience the mercy of God.

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God Is On Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops on Protecting LGBT Youth

As Catholic Bishops in the United States, we join with the Tyler Clementi Foundation in standing up for at-risk LGBT youth in our country.

As we see in the Gospels, Jesus Christ taught love, mercy and welcome for all people, especially for those who felt persecuted or marginalized in any way; and the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that LGBT people are to be treated with “respect, compassion and sensitivity.”

All people of goodwill should help, support, and defend LGBT youth; who attempt suicide at much higher rates than their straight counterparts; who are often homeless because of families who reject them; who are rejected, bullied and harassed; and who are the target of violent acts at alarming rates.

The Catholic Church values the God-given dignity of all human life and we take this opportunity to say to our LGBT friends, especially young people, that we stand with you and oppose any form of violence, bullying or harassment directed at you.   

Most of all, know that God created you, God loves you and God is on your side.


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Supreme Court tosses ‘moot’ rulings letting states suspend abortions for COVID-19

It’s not immediately clear what the ramifications of the decision will be, as it did not rule on the merits of the case and elective procedures are no longer suspended in most parts of the country.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 11:38 am EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated a pair of lower court decisions affirming states’ right to suspend abortions during a pandemic, agreeing with Planned Parenthood that the question has since been rendered moot.

Early last year, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advised healthcare facilities to reschedule non-urgent appointments and elective procedures, both to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to free up time and resources to focus on infected patients.

Compliance with this guidance was mixed, leading numerous states to mandate that facilities temporarily halt “non-essential” medical procedures. Among them, Texas declared that elective abortions would be held to the same standards as all other procedures during this time, leading to a lawsuit demanding exemptions for Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers.

Siding with Texas, Judges Kyle Duncan and Jennifer Walker Elrod of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that “[w]hen faced with a society-threatening epidemic, a state may implement emergency measures that curtail constitutional rights so long as the measures have at least some ‘real or substantial relation’ to the public health crisis and are not ‘beyond all question, a plain, palpable invasion of rights secured by the fundamental law.’”

Abbott later revoked the suspension of elective surgical procedures, saying that whether the follow-up order applied to abortions “will be a decision for courts to make.” Planned Parenthood cited this development in its appeal to the Supreme Court, which the nation’s highest court has agreed renders the Fifth Circuit ruling moot, Bloomberg Law reports.

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It’s not immediately clear what the ramifications of the decision will be, as it did not rule on the merits of the case and elective procedures are no longer suspended in most parts of the country. But Abbott had argued that the Fifth Circuit’s decision should stand on the grounds that it has been “cited hundreds of times in dozens of courts across the country in a fast-developing area of law.”

Throughout this debate, pro-lifers have argued that the abortion lobby, for all its rhetoric about abortion being healthcare, was actually seeking a special exemption for abortion from the limits being imposed on most actual forms of healthcare.

“Elective abortion, both surgical and drug induced, also generates more patients to be seen in already overburdened emergency rooms,” the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) argued. “Most abortion providers instruct women to go to an emergency room if they have any concerning symptoms after the abortion. Approximately five percent of women who undergo medication abortions will require evaluation in an emergency room, most commonly for hemorrhage. Surgical abortions can also result in hemorrhage. Emergency room personnel — who are already struggling to meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic — will be further strained to provide care to these women.”


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Troops deployed to DC for inauguration forced to sleep outside, vetted for political beliefs

‘Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service,’ one National Guardsman said.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 11:24 am EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Thousands of National Guardsmen deployed to the nation’s capital for the inauguration last Wednesday were forced to sleep outside after being ordered to leave the U.S. Capitol, with some subsequently contracting COVID-19.

The many thousands of troops brought in to protect President Joe Biden from any threats were also subjected to enhanced vetting from the FBI, to determine if they themselves posed a potential security threat by having espoused extremist views. However, shortly before the inauguration, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told the Associated Press that “he and other leaders say they have seen no evidence of any threats, and officials said the vetting hadn’t flagged any issues that they were aware of.”

Troops resting in the Capitol were “abruptly told to vacate the facility on Thursday” and “forced to rest in a nearby parking garage without internet reception, with just one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls for 5,000 troops,” Politico reported. Temperatures in D.C. ranged in the low 40s on Thursday night.

“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service,” a Guardsman told the outlet. “Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed,” he added.

“I’ve never in my entire career felt like I’ve been booted onto the curb and told, ‘Figure it out on your own,’” one soldier and veteran told the Washington Post. The conditions nearly led to a Guardsman being hit by car, another said.

Relocating to the garage also forced the Guardsmen to break the Biden administration’s new COVID-19 guidelines. At least one hundred troops have tested positive for the virus since arriving in D.C., while others who were exposed reputedly were told to break quarantine to support the military buildup for the inauguration.

By “late Thursday night” a source for the National Guard told Politico that the Guard had been ordered to return inside the Capitol building. In fact, one Guardsman told the Military Times that due to the “MASSIVE backlash over this, we are now being allowed back into the Senate building. We’re going to make a big show of marching back into the building.”

The expulsion of the Guard was disputed by the Acting Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Yogananda Pittman, who released a statement attesting that the USCP “did not instruct the National Guard to vacate the Capitol Building facilities.”

In an email to LifeSiteNews, the Department of Defense echoed Pittman, saying that the USCP and the National Guard had “coordinated their efforts to ensure that National Guardsmen and women are stationed throughout the Capitol Complex are in appropriate spaces within Congressional buildings, including the U.S. Capitol, where they may take on-duty breaks. Off-duty troops are being housed in hotel rooms or other comfortable accommodations.”

The abandoning of the troops, just one day after the inauguration, drew bi-partisan condemnation and has left the National Guard embittered. One spoke anonymously to Politico: “Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed.”

Another spoke to the Military Times: “So the politicians are definitely not grateful for us at all. The day after the inauguration we are no longer allowed inside the Senate building but we are still guarding them. So when we are ‘on break’ we will ... have to either sit outside or in the bus.”

“I just want people to know how the senators have been treating us,” another soldier said. “They keep increasing the Guard force and decreasing the space we are allowed to rest in.”

One guard, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, mentioned that “I’ve never in my entire career felt like I’ve been booted onto the curb and told, ‘Figure it out on your own.’”

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A number of state governors took swift action in calling the Guard home. Texas governor Greg Abbott, along with Montana governor Greg Gianforte and New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu, all ordered the Guard back, away from what Sununu called “substandard conditions.”

Florida governor Ron de Santis did likewise, saying that “[t]hey’re soldiers, they’re not Nancy Pelosi’s servants, and this comes on the back end of them trying to investigate the backgrounds of our Guardmen … This is a half-cocked mission at this point, and I think the appropriate thing is to bring them home.”

Biden was shamed into calling the National Guard to apologize for the way they had been treated following his inauguration. His wife Jill Biden then visited some of the guard, bringing a small basket of “chocolate chip cookies” as a “small thank you,” reminding them that “the Biden’s are a National Guard family.”

No violent protests were reported in D.C. or at any state capitols on inauguration day, despite FBI warnings of “armed protests” in all 50 states. One armed Antifa activist was arrested on January 17 in Florida for promoting violence against Trump supporters.

 


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Join our daily worldwide rosary HERE

LifeSite's rosary for January 25, 2021.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 9:59 am EST
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January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In response to the crisis unfolding in our world and in the Church, LifeSite is offering Catholics throughout the world a chance to be united daily in prayer, in the Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Crusade.

Catholics from all over the world—from Israel, Uganda, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Pakistan, Singapore, the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and other countries—are gathering daily to pray the rosary, led by Father Anthony Pillari, J.C.L., an American priest currently studying in Italy.

Our goal is, by means of this daily rosary and by embracing and living out the message given by the Virgin Mary at Fatima, the triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

To help obtain that goal, Bishop Athanasius Schneider graciously composed the following prayer for this worldwide rosary crusade:

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, you are the holy Mother of God and our tender Mother. Look upon the distress in which the Church and the whole of humanity are living because of the spread of materialism and the persecution of the Church. In Fatima you warned against these errors, as you spoke about the errors of Russia. You are the Mediatrix of all graces. Implore your Divine Son to grant this special grace for the Pope: that he might consecrate Russia to your Immaculate Heart, so that Russia will be converted, a period of peace will be granted to the world, and your Immaculate Heart will triumph, through an authentic renewal of the Church in the splendor of the purity of the Catholic Faith, of the sacredness of Divine worship and of the holiness of the Christian life. O Queen of the holy Rosary and our sweet Mother, turn your merciful eyes to us and graciously hear this our trusting prayer. Amen.

+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana


To learn more about the urgency of responding to Our Lady’s message at Fatima, and about what you can do, please read Cardinal Burke’s 2017 address at the Rome Life Forum (https://voiceofthefamily.com/full-text-cardinal-burkes-historic-call-for-consecration-of-russia/).

As St. Padre Pio once said, “The rosary is the weapon for these times.” Through prayer, God can shape history, change the world, and bring about a great time of renewal and peace for the Church and for the world, through the triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. Join us today!

If you would like to follow along with the prayers said during this rosary, you can access them via this PDF. This document also includes a brief F.A.Q. pertaining to the daily rosary on LifeSite led by Fr. Pillari.

One of the prayers Fr. Pillari will also be saying for special protection is the following:

"O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee; crush the plans of the enemy under your heel, and obtain from your Divine Son an election according to His Holy Will.” 

For the last 27 days of the 54-day novena, add: “we thank you for obtaining this grace.”

 

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Vaccine injury reporting systems ‘utterly inadequate,’ independent researchers say

New peer-reviewed study of adverse events following MMRV vaccines highlights the urgent need for independent research on vaccine safety and the importance of informed consent and vaccine choice.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 9:37 am EST
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January 25, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — As health officials strive to brush off as “coincidences” the mounting number of deaths and other serious adverse reactions occurring worldwide in connection with Pfizer’s and Moderna’s experimental mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, the need for independent scrutiny of vaccine safety data has never been more apparent.

A new peer-reviewed study about adverse events following immunization (AEFI) and the measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccine brings home the urgent need for independent research.

The study, published by two northern Italian researchers on an open access platform suggests that most existing safety monitoring systems, whether in Italy or the U.S., are “utterly inadequate to document the real incidence of serious AEFIs and that current methods of assessing [vaccine-related] causality may be questioned.”

The study also reveals how an unbiased reanalysis of adverse event data puts the lie to the “reassuring conclusions” officials like to disseminate about vaccine safety.

Scrutinizing the existing data

Italy made MMRV vaccination compulsory for young children in 2017. In their 2021 open access study, Italian researchers Paolo Bellavite and Alberto Donzelli indirectly assess the impact of this policy by examining the incidence of MMRV-related AEFI as reported to or studied by Italy’s pharmacovigilance system.

Bellavite and Donzelli note that while Italy’s vaccine surveillance “is mainly of the ‘passive’ type” (characterized, as in the U.S., by vast underreporting), it also includes occasional “active vigilance” studies.

Bellavite and Donzelli summarize the findings of one such study, conducted in the region of Apulia in 2017 and 2018. The Apulia study’s university- and health-department-based researchers asked the parents of more than 2,500 children to keep diaries for three weeks post-MMRV-vaccination. The researchers then followed up with phone calls and review of relevant hospitalization records.

The Apulia researchers detected 992 post-MMRV adverse events among the 2,149 children for whom they were able to complete the three-week telephone follow-up — an AEFI reporting rate of 462 events per 1000 enrolled children. One hundred nine of the 992 adverse events (11%) met World Health Organization (WHO) criteria classifying them as “serious,” meaning fatal or life-threatening; requiring intervention or hospitalization; or causing persistent disability or incapacity.

The most common serious adverse events experienced by young MMRV recipients in Apulia were hyperpyrexia (very high fever in excess of 106°F — a medical emergency), neurological symptoms (including balance disorders and agitation), gastrointestinal problems and thrombocytopenia (abnormally low platelet levels). All of the adverse events are listed as side effects in the package insert for the Merck-manufactured MMRV vaccine (brand name ProQuad) as well as in the inserts for a number of other childhood and adult vaccines. (Notably, the healthy 56-year-old Florida doctor who recently died after getting Pfizer’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine developed an ultimately fatal form of thrombocytopenia three days after vaccination.)

The MMRV insert also lists dozens of other post-vaccination reactions, including anaphylaxis, febrile seizures, muscle and joint pain, arthritis, bleeding disorders, autoimmune problems and serious infections, including both measles and varicella (chickenpox)!

The next step for the Apulia investigators was to apply the WHO’s causality assessment algorithm to their findings. According to the inflexible and somewhat paradoxical WHO criteria, “Only reactions that have previously been acknowledged in epidemiological studies to be caused by the vaccine are classified as a vaccine-product-related-reaction. New serious adverse reactions that emerge post-licensure “are labelled as ‘coincidental deaths/events’ or ‘unclassifiable.’”

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Even so, the Apulia study showed that 82 of 109 serious adverse reactions displayed a causal association “consistent with MMRV immunization.” This translates to 38 serious adverse events per 1,000 children enrolled — or one in 26.

In the U.S., which relies almost exclusively on passive surveillance, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has received 13,382 reports of MMRV-related adverse events since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ProQuad in 2005 — an average of 836 reported incidents annually over the 16 years.

VAERS classifies roughly one in 20 of these (4.7%) as “serious,” including 19 deaths. Over the same time frame (that is, since 2005), VAERS accumulated another 40,070 reports of adverse events following MMR vaccination (2,500 annually on average), with one in 10 categorized as serious.

A 2016 FDA study that looked at 204 VAERS reports (through 2014) for infants who, largely due to “vaccination errors,” received the MMR or MMRV vaccines before nine months of age (rather than at the recommended 12 to 15 months of age) found that nearly one in six of the reported adverse events (17%) were serious.

Critiquing the spin

Knowledgeable experts have roundly criticized the WHO algorithm for being biased toward rejecting vaccine-related causality (describing the algorithm as being “not fit for purpose”).

Thus, the fact that there was one serious WHO-confirmed adverse event for every 26 enrolled children should have been extremely noteworthy.

Apparently, the Apulia researchers did not think so. As Bellavite and Donzelli note, though the Apulia study was unique in applying WHO causality assessment methods to comprehensive active surveillance data, the investigators vastly downplayed their own results, describing serious AEFIs as “absolutely rare” and reporting that “the active surveillance program confirmed and reinforced the safety profile of the [MMRV] vaccine.”

Bellavite and Donzelli dispute this tame characterization of the Apulia findings, explaining the following:

  • An AEFI rate of 38 per 1000 — one in 26 — should appropriately be classified as “common” rather than “absolutely rare.”
  • Apulia’s active surveillance data, when compared with Italian health authorities’ passive surveillance data, show a MMRV-related rate of serious AEFIs “hundreds of times higher than expected.”
  • Comparing the serious AEFIs that showed a consistent MMRV-related causal association (as per the WHO algorithm) to the Italian Medicines Agency’s passive surveillance data reveals an even greater “977 times difference.”
  • The frequency of serious, MMRV-related neurological and gastrointestinal symptoms identified through active surveillance — which stands out in comparison to the incidence documented in the literature and passive surveillance systems — should be interpreted as a safety signal.
  • Projecting the AEFI rate of 38 per 1000 onto an Italian birth cohort would yield “tens of thousands of serious AEFIs.”

In the U.S., the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers maintain that neither the MMR nor MMRV vaccines display “any major safety concerns,” despite the thousands of adverse events reported each year and the vast iceberg of additional adverse reactions that go unreported.

U.S. regulators’ nonchalance is further contradicted by a U.S. government study estimating that one of every 39 vaccines administered results in vaccine injury.

Bellavite and Donzelli also call attention to other considerations typically ignored or overlooked by researchers for whom a “confirmed” vaccine safety profile is the a priori conclusion — considerations that are as pertinent in the U.S. as they are in Italy. For example:

  • Studies focusing on vaccine-related adverse events should take into account each and all rounds of vaccination. The Apulia research was limited to reactions following the first MMRV injection only.
  • Vaccine safety surveillance rarely (if ever) accounts for administration of multiple vaccines at one time, yet the same-day injection of the MMRV and hepatitis A vaccines in Italy — and multiple combination vaccines in one healthcare visit in the U.S. — could be a factor contributing to elevated AEFI rates.
  • In persons with underlying genetic susceptibilities or a concomitant infectious or inflammatory disease, vaccination “can act as a synergistic or triggering factor” and should not be discounted when considering causality.

Drawing appropriate conclusions

Overall, Bellavite and Donzelli are unsparing in their critique of the systems usually relied on to monitor vaccine safety. Discussing “the inadequacy of passive surveillance to represent the real incidence of even short-term AEFIs, both of mild and serious kind,” they recommend directing more resources toward active surveillance of representative samples of the population, while also continuing to collect spontaneous reports through passive surveillance to capture “rare events that active surveillance would have little chance to intercept.”

These and other recommendations, articulated by Children’s Health Defense and many others, have fallen on deaf ears in the U.S.

More broadly, the Italian authors emphasize the fundamental principles of vaccine choice and informed consent, stating that “the choice of whether to vaccinate or not [is] a choice that must be made by the patient or by parents of underage children, properly advised by their doctors.”

They also noted how vaccine mandates alter doctors’ roles and turn them into “public officer[s] enforcing the government’s decisions.” Americans who are leery of experimental COVID-19 vaccines — and the improbable fairy tales being spun about the vaccines’ risk-benefit calculus — would likely agree with the Italians’ conclusions. The principle of informed consent cannot be satisfied “by a generic statement of a ‘safe profile’ or ‘lack of worrying signals,’” particularly when researchers ignore evidence of serious adverse effects in a significant percentage of vaccine recipients.

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‘Important victory’: Massachusetts rescinds flu vaccine mandate

Facing lawsuits, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health withdrew the mandate that would have required all students under age 30 attending Massachusetts schools to get a flu vaccine by Feb. 28.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 9:31 am EST
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January 25, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Friday rescinded a flu vaccine mandate that would have required all children over the age of 6 months attending Massachusetts childcare, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12 or college to get the flu vaccine by Feb. 28.

The reversal came on the same date — Jan. 15 — the DPH was due to respond in court to a request for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the mandate from being enacted. 

The injunction was filed in conjunction with a lawsuit alleging the mandate was unlawful and therefore unenforceable. The lawsuit, filed in December 2020, in Massachusetts Superior Court by a Massachusetts mother on behalf of her graduate student daughter was funded by Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN). 

The DPH did not issue a press release on the mandate change. However the department issued a statement, obtained by ICAN, to Massachusetts school nurses that reads in part:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.

“This rescission of the Massachusetts flu vaccine mandate is extremely welcome,” said Mary Holland, Children’s Health Defense’s (CHD) general counsel. “Kudos to the plaintiffs, ICAN and their lawyers for this important victory that preserves health freedom for thousands of Massachusetts residents.”

Massachusetts public health officials announced the flu vaccine mandate on Aug. 19, 2020, triggering protests and two lawsuits. The initial deadline for complying with the mandate, Dec. 31, 2020 was subsequently extended to Feb. 28.

ICAN was not the only organization that opposed the mandate. According to Boston25 News:

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“Some families across the state fought against the mandate and Health Choice 4 Action Massachusetts has been fighting bills at the state level that are trying to eliminate or restrict religious and medical exemptions for vaccinations.”

In November, one parent who objected to the mandate told Boston25 News that parents “deserve to have the final say” about medical decisions for their children:

“Parents are the first responders for every child,” Allison Chapman said. “We are there for every seizure, every sniffle, every sneeze, every triumph, and we know what they suffer through… the parents really know what’s going on and their instincts have to be paid attention to.”

In that same article, Dr. Paul Sax, clinical director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told Boston25 News the flu shot is not always effective:

“In a good year the flu shot is 60% effective, while in a bad year it’s 10% to 30% effective. The flu vaccine is not our best vaccine. You know it has some warts. For one, it has to be given every year.”

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CHD has long pointed out safety concerns about flu vaccines. According to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, roughly two thirds of the vaccine injury claims compensated (5,297 claims) have been for influenza vaccine injuries.

But flu vaccine injuries and deaths could be as high as 320,000, according to CHD. That’s because the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a voluntary surveillance system, is acknowledged by the government to capture as little as 1% of actual adverse events. The total compensation for flu vaccine injuries to date (paid for by consumers) is almost $4.5 billion.

For more on flu vaccine safety, download this brochure.

CHD recently published a new e-book to help those concerned about vaccine safety and mandates understand the health risks associated with vaccines, the need to respect individual autonomy and the responsibility of those who administer vaccines to provide consumers with complete information.The e-book, “Vaccine Mandates: An Erosion of Civil Rights?” is designed to be used with other CHD resources, including the Mandates Toolbox.

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Priest suspended for attending Jan. 6 DC rally is target of LGBT attacks

Even though Fr. Mark Hodges never entered the Capitol building, an LGBT activist and former priest denounced him to his bishop.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 9:18 am EST
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LIMA, Ohio, January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The priest who was suspended after attending the controversial “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C., earlier this month believes that news outlets covering his story are overlooking the crucial role that LGBT activists played in triggering his ordeal.

Fr. Mark Hodges, an Orthodox priest living in Ohio (who is also a former LifeSiteNews writer) said that when he has communicated with media outlets reporting on his story, he has been careful to point out that “LGBT targeting” is “the origin of this controversy.”

None of the more than three dozen local, national, and international reports mention that significant detail. “They sidestep it completely,” noted Hodges.

The Orthodox priest said that he attended the January 6 event not as a Donald Trump fan but as a supporter of election integrity.

“The rally was advertised as an entirely peaceful protest for election transparency,” said Hodges. “To me and to nearly everyone I talked to at the rally, it wasn’t about Trump versus Biden, or Left versus Right, but about free and fair elections.”

While he did walk with thousands of others to the U.S. Capitol after the event at the Ellipse had ended, Hodges was not among those who entered the building and in fact attempted to ward off those who were behaving antagonistically toward police officers.

“The ‘Stop the Steal’ rally was joyful, positive, and orderly,” explained Hodges. But when he reached the area outside the Capitol building, he encountered a group of men expressing hostility toward police.

“I went up to the police who were in riot gear, shushed one of the yellers and he shut up,” said Hodges. “I thanked the police for protecting the people of Washington, D.C., and for showing restraint.”

“I also apologized for the handful of screaming young men not showing restraint or self-control,” he added.

Hodges soon left the Capitol grounds as the bellicosity of troublemakers in the crowd escalated and mayhem ensued.

As a result of an anonymous complaint about his attendance at the event, Hodges has been suspended from his priestly duties for a period of three months. Although his superior, Archbishop Paul Gassios, has made no claim that Hodges participated in the unseemly behavior by a few at the U.S Capitol on January 6, he suggested in a letter to the priest that he was “guilty by association.”

Unholy vendetta’: Unfounded accusations emerge from pro-homosexual forces

An open letter to Hodges’ Archbishop Gassios was published on a blog site on January 10, accusing the priest of premeditation and participation in “the siege attempt of the U.S. Capitol.”

While the accusations are demonstrably unfounded, Hodges points to the significance of the source of the published accusations, “Orthodoxy in Dialogue,” run by Giacomo Sanfilippo, a former Orthodox priest who is an outspoken force for normalizing homosexual relationships within the Orthodox Church.

“It is concerning to many lay people that a clergy in his position would have been present at an event that ultimately led to five people dying for no reason,” continued the anonymous letter, attempting to establish an ominous link between Hodge’s presence outside the capitol building to the deaths which occurred inside.

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After receiving a BA in Sexuality Studies, Sanfilippo tendered a masters thesis titled, “A Bed Undefiled: Foundations for an Orthodox Theology and Spirituality of Same-Sex Love,” and has proposed “Conjugal Friendship and the Sacrament of Love: Father Pavel Florensky’s Orthodox Theology of Same-Sex Love” as the topic for his doctoral thesis.

Sanfilippo has a long history of “relentlessly defaming and attacking” Orthodox Christian priests, bishops, and seminary professors, according to Fr. Ioannes Apiarius in a February 2020 Orthodoxy Today commentary.

“Sanfilippo has used his inappropriately named “Orthodoxy in Dialogue” website, his Facebook pages, and his Twitter accounts to maliciously condemn ... good men and smear their reputations,” asserted Fr. Apiarius, because they “dare to publicly and fearlessly defend the Orthodox Church teaching on homosexual sin.”

“[Sanfilippo] has launched an unholy personal vendetta against these priests and teachers and is fomenting rebellion inside the Holy Orthodox Church,” said Apiarius, who recounts in detail the stories of many bishops, priests, and teachers attacked by Sanfilippo.

Fr. Mark Hodges can be added to that list of esteemed men, after now having been targeted for character assasination simply for preaching the truth about the sin of homosexuality.

A second blog site, Pappaspost.com — authored Gregory Pappas, a homosexual man who claims in his online biography that he has a “husband” — has more recently asserted incendiary inaccuracies attempting to paint Hodges as a rabid Trump fanatic.

Hodges explained to LifeSiteNews that he is a-political, but strongly civic-minded.

“The author characterizes my posts as ‘pro-Trump’ and ‘anti-Biden,’ but they are in fact pro-life/anti-abortion, and pro-marriage/anti-LGBTQIA+ behaviors, and pro-gender sanity/anti-transgenderism, especially for minors,” Hodges told LifeSiteNews.

“Though my posts point out facts” such as “Trump has done the most for the pro-life cause than any president in history, whereas Biden — who led the anti-Bork campaign in part because of Bork’s suspected pro-life views — has been an ardent pro-death politician since the 70s, I do not endorse any candidate,” stressed Hodges.

“I’ve always made the strongest pro-life, pro-family, and pro-marriage statements I could in [social media] posts,” said Hodges. “This has raised the ire of liberal ‘Orthodox,’ including the excommunicated man in charge of the ‘Orthodox Forum,’ which published the original letter against me.”

“My beloved Archbishop and I are in good communication in order to resolve this suspension,” Fr. Hodges told LifeSiteNews.


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Opinion

An embryo’s lament

Meditation of an embryo.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 12:40 pm EST
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January 25, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — I can’t see the daylight yet. I am nestled inside my mother, who is carrying me. I am tiny: but the man who is to be exists within me already. I am an embryo. The man and the woman who gave me life, my father and mother, were embryos before me. An embryo exists to grow, and to become a man or woman. Once I am fully grown, I shall be able in my turn to give life to new embryos. I am a link in the chain of being.

My life hangs by a thread — the bond which binds me to my mother. All I receive comes through this thread. Like a fish in an aquarium, I live in a liquid which surrounds and protects me. I am safe, curled up in my mother’s womb.

I am all hunched, my eyes and fists tight shut. Yet slowly, and minute by minute, I unfold. Gradually, I perceive things; I hear something of the world outside my mother. I grow, mysteriously, in this silent, secret room where none but muffled noises reach me, as if I were wrapped in cotton wool. Already I know the difference between high-pitched sounds and deep ones. There is a world outside; I am getting ready to conquer it! When I have grown, this is the world I shall discover.

Yet the thread by which I hang is too thin. My being is too secret, my presence too unknown. How can I defend myself, with my eyes shut and my little hands still closed? I cannot even cry out. I am too small; I am tiny. I am only an embryo.

I am here, but no one sees me. I am here, but no one wants me. I hurt no one, but they seek my life. I do nothing, and already I am dangerous. I am innocent, but already condemned.

The world outside has decided that I was not expected and that I am unwelcome. I am in here, but no one out there can be bothered with me. No one wants anything to do with me. Tiny though I am, I upset their plans. I don’t shout, I make no noise, and I hardly move, but even so, I trouble them.

My life will end while I am still inside. The outside is forbidden me. They will do away with me, kill me. I don’t know why; I didn’t ask to come into being. And now that I exist, they want to send me back into nothingness. They want to break the chain. I don’t understand — I am just an embryo whom the world does not want. I shall stay in the dark. I shall never see daylight.

Help me!

The above meditation of an embryo was published by Fr. Augustin-Marie of the Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer at Le Salon Beige and has been translated with permission from the author.


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Opinion

The last five years have revealed a lot of disturbing information

I sure wish I had not learned so much over the last five years.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 10:11 am EST
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January 25, 2021 (NewsBusters) — I sure wish I had not learned so much over the last five years. In retrospect, five short years ago seems almost like Mayberry. Here are some important things that I didn't know five years ago or now.

  • There actually is a Deep State, and those who constitute it really do not honor the election results or the will of the people.
  • There really appear to be lawless elements within the upper echelons of the FBI, CIA, and NSA who are not accountable for their crimes and are thus above the law.
  • The fourth branch of government, the bureaucracy, really is unaccountable to the "unwashed masses."
  • Many of our top military command, along with many in the military-industrial complex, don't always hate wars. There's a lot of money and many promotions to be made during a time of war. The last four years saw no new wars and even troops coming home. For some, that is bad for business.
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm are no longer works of fiction, but prophecies.
  • George Orwell was righter than Nostradamus.
  • The news media centers of New York City and Washington, D.C. are not neutral arbitrators of the truth; rather, they uncomfortably resemble TASS and Pravda from the Soviet Union days.
  • The old robber barons like Rockefeller, Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan are starting to look a whole lot better compared to the new robber barons like Dorsey, Zuckerberg, and Bezos.
  • The United States Supreme Court would actually refuse to hear a legitimate case because it was frightened of violence.
  • The left insists on conflating and equating evangelical Christians with White supremacists. This should terrify the Christian community.
  • Words such as mom, dad, aunt, uncle, brother, and sister are now not words of love and respect, but considered politically incorrect verbiage in Congress.
  • Censorship, the cancel culture, and becoming a nonperson come from the left, not the right.
  • The left, not the right, actually is going to try to deny citizens' rights afforded to all in the Bill of Rights.
  • Violence from the left is regarded as free speech and noble, while violence from the right is classified as sedition and felonious by powerful institutions.
  • It really is not Republicans vs. Democrats, but globalists vs. nationalists.
  • The new McCarthyism, blacklists, history re-writers, and re-education camps are coming from the left, not the right.
  • Fences and barriers are a good thing for our nation's capital but somehow a bad thing for our nation's borders.
  • Our Founding Fathers of yesteryear would be called "domestic terrorists" by some today.
  • Presidential elections really can be stolen by corrupting just a handful of precincts in just a handful of states.
  • Calling into question the validity of the 2016 presidential election is patriotic, while calling into question the validity of the 2020 presidential election is treasonous.

The good old days of just five short years ago sure do make us nostalgic for Mayberry. Trouble is, we now must decide, how are we to respond with what we now know? Sigh.

Published with permission from NewsBusters.


  2020 election, american thinker, donald trump, joe biden

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CNN hosts call for ‘diabolical’ conservatives to be ‘deprogrammed’

'You know, Chris, the right doesn't like it when you say people need to be deprogrammed. You know that, right?'
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 10:03 am EST
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January 25, 2021 (NewsBusters) — On Thursday night's handoff between Cuomo Primetime and CNN Tonight, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon collaborated for yet another hateful attack on the right. Lemon proclaimed that those on "the right" need "to be deprogrammed" and stated that "conservative media" and House and Senate Republicans are empowering extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and QAnon.

Lemon began the vile exchange by gloating that people are angry about Cuomo suggesting that people on "the right" should be deprogrammed: "You know, Chris, the right doesn't like it when you say people need to be deprogrammed. You know that, right?

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What a hateful duo these two are. Just last week, the terrible twosome were smearing all Trump voters into a coalition with the "Klan" and "Nazis." The communists can vote Democrat, and there's no guilt by association. 

Cuomo called out the Proud Boys as more dangerous and violent than QAnon, but only insisted that rightwing groups have "domestic terror capability":

Because I know what QAnon is and I — I know what their reach is online. I am not as worried about the duped as I am about the diabolical. The Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, these other true extremist groups that have membership that have, you know, these mantras and mottos and these mechanisms for change that is violent. I'm worried about them. There is true domestic terror capability.

Liberal Democrats can't imagine radical leftist groups such as Antifa and the militant portion of Black Lives Matter also have "domestic terror capability" by their definition. Currently, Antifa is ravaging Portland and this summer's Black Lives Matter riots caused billions of dollars in property damage. Of course, Cuomo and Lemon do not care about how leftwing extremists affect people's lives as recently they declared that the summer riots were "justified."

Lemon disgustingly blamed Republicans in Congress and all of "conservative media" for rightwing extremism:

Also it doesn't just go away because a lot of the people who enabled them are still in power, they're still in Congress, they're still in the Senate. There's still people, a power who even beyond politics are people in the media who still enable them, who still capitalize on the conspiracy theories to get them going, to continue to get them to watch their programs. I mean, look at what's happening with conservative media. There's a whole shift, right, the tectonic shift that's happening there because people need to go and get, you know, pure conspiracy theories. This channel isn't giving me enough pure conspiracy theories. I need to go to the next one and they're going to continue to go to the next one. And so, I think it's just a vicious cycle. 

Unlike CNN, which has recently pushed conspiracy theories that claim that Donald Trump will establish a shadow government in Florida with Rush Limbaugh and that the Capitol Hill Police and the military took part in the Capitol Hill Riot. Maybe as a next part of the "vicious cycle," right-wingers who are into conspiracy theories could start watching CNN!

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Cuomo declared that he and Lemon should let conservatives "eat their own" and then ironically stated "Anger has an insatiable appetite."

Cuomo would understand that "Anger has an insatiable appetite" because he has notorious anger issues. In 2019, he threatened Trump supporters in an expletive-filled rant and three months ago he stated that he wanted to deal with employees at Fox News with a "naked choke" and "a punch to the sternum."

The solution for right-wingers to get truthful and reliable news? To Cuomo and Lemon the solution is to watch CNN:

LEMON: But only — you can only help people who want to help themselves. Remember that. Can't help them if they don't want to help themselves. There's nothing that you or I can do about it.

CUOMO: There are plenty of outlets putting out information, pushing for transparency. If they want it, they can find it.

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CHRIS CUOMO: That it is for us tonight. CNN Tonight, the big show with the big star, D. Lemon right now.

DON LEMON: You know, Chris, the right doesn't like it when you say people need to be deprogrammed. You know that, right?

CUOMO: Deprogrammed?

LEMON: Yeah. I'm talking about the QAnon people and the conspiracy theorist people.

CUOMO: Yeah, you know, I feel like I'm missing something here. Because I know what QAnon is and I — I know what their reach is online. I am not as worried about the duped as I am about the diabolical. The Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, these other true extremist groups that have membership that have, you know, these mantras and mottos and these mechanisms for change that is violent. I'm worried about them. There is true domestic terror capability and Trump unleashed the kraken. And it doesn't just go away because he did.

LEMON: Yeah. And well, but also it doesn't just go away because a lot of the people who enabled them are still in power, they're still in Congress, they're still in the Senate. There's still people, a power who even beyond politics are people in the media who still enable them, who still capitalize on the conspiracy theories to get them going, to continue to get them to watch their programs. I mean, look at what's happening with conservative media. There's a whole shift, right, the — the tectonic shift that's happening there because people need to go and get, you know, pure conspiracy theories. This channel isn't giving me enough conspiracy — pure conspiracy theories. I need to go to the next one and they're going to continue to go to the next one. And so, I think it's just a — it's a vicious cycle. It just keeps going.

CUOMO: Let them eat their own.

LEMON: Yeah and that's — that's what will happen.

CUOMO: Anger has an insatiable appetite.

LEMON: But only — you can only help people who want to help themselves. Remember that. Can't help them if they don't want to help themselves. There's nothing that you or I can do about it.

CUOMO: There are plenty of outlets putting out information, pushing for transparency. If they want it, they can find it.

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  big brother, censorship, chris cuomo, cnn, mainstream media, media bias, newsbusters, proud boys, qanon

Opinion

Leftists celebrate January 22, when mass killing of babies was legalized

On this date, January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, and mass infanticide became the law of the land.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 9:50 am EST
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January 25, 2021 (NewsBusters) — January 22 is a high holy day for lefties. On this date, January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade and mass infanticide became the law of the land.

Abortion clinic volunteer Lauren Rankin marked the occasion by complaining that “We Still Have a Long Way to Go.” Forty-eight years and 63 million lives later, the left still isn’t satisfied. What’s new?

Rankin wants laws updated so women can have access to dangerous abortion drugs via mail without a doctor's visit. Ostensibly, she’s worried about women being too nervous about COVID to go to an abortion clinic. But social distancing is a pretext so women can abort even more conveniently — another leftist attempt to overstep and gain control.

Rankin’s piece ran in Teen Vogue, which isn’t surprising, considering its content runs middle school Marxism and anal sex tutorials for teen girls. But it could just as easily have appeared in any mainstream outlet. Shilling for abortion is an industry-wide obsession and has been for years. 

Hollywood tries to "normalizeabortion and celebrities use it as a “dedicated to my craft” badge of honor. Having an abortion constitutes popularity.

• Artists Amanda Shires, Cyndi Lauper, and Sheryl Crow collaborated on a pro-abortion song released today to celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

• In 2019, People.com shared actress Keke Palmer’s tweet: “I was worried about my career responsibilities and afraid that I could not exist as both a career woman and mother.” Having a career and being a mother is too great a feat for these frail celebrities. Their role models Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who have done both, are not convincing enough, apparently. 

• Rapper Nicki Minaj once said said her abortion “haunted me all my life.” Why does she feel so guilty?

• Comedian Chelsea Handler wrote in Playboy about her first abortion, saying, “I was relieved in every possible way.” Convenience does have relieving properties.

Tinseltown dances around the reality of abortion. They think a celebration on January 22 should be as globally accepted as National Coffee Day or National Cat Day. Shows how little they think about the extremity of this issue. 

January 22 shouldn’t be a celebratory event. That would be like people celebrating days of mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and pandemics wiping people out. Or maybe the left would have a beer on those days, too, because supposedly death and destruction deserve congratulations.

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Ministers for health are front and center in the ongoing COVID tyranny

As an Englishman, I and many other lockdown sceptics have often posed the question: is the UK Health Secretary out of control?
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 1:58 pm EST
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January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Throughout these ‘Corona-times’, health secretaries, or their various international equivalents, have fast become some of the most prominent figures in our lives, more closely resembling ancient dictators than government members.

New astonishing powers wielded by health ministers in countries across the globe have gone hand-in-hand with massive restrictions on civil liberties, supposedly in the name of safeguarding public health. 

Lockdowns, mask mandates, mandatory quarantining, and repeated testing are performed due to the, seemingly ever-changing, science dictated by health secretaries.

As an Englishman, I and many other lockdown sceptics have often posed the question: is the U.K. Health Secretary out of control? 

Since the very beginning of the first lockdown in the spring of 2020, Matthew Hancock the U.K. Health Secretary has emerged very clearly as “the man in charge.” 

More and more evidence has emerged about the fruitlessness and ineffectiveness of lockdowns, yet Hancock is reliably the first person to raise the chorus of “more lockdowns!”

Despite this, many in the country cling to his words, giving in to fear for their lives, following his every mandate, and helplessly trusting that the health secretary is truly looking after their health.

How is it possible, that a man with such a single-minded response to a problem can keep applying the same faulty logic, and yet get away with it? As the much loved and repeated phrase goes - “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

In an interview given last week, Hancock appeared to offer some explanation for the way in which the country has been repeatedly plunged in lockdowns, without anyone questioning him as to why his failed strategy was being used yet again.

Responding to a question on when the (third) ongoing national lockdown would end, Hancock answered: “Well it’s impossible to know, and we’ll keep the restrictions in place not a moment longer than they’re necessary, but we will keep them in place as long as they’re necessary.”

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His interviewer raised the date of March 8, as a potential independence day from some of the restrictions, to which Hancock answered abruptly: “Well, I haven’t put a timescale on it.” 

“But some of your colleagues have,” interjected the presenter, as the awkwardness of the moment began to sink in.

“Well great, but er I’m the health secretary.”

Could it be that Hancock is drunk on power? Has his own friendship with billionaire, vaccine and population control advocate Bill Gates, gone to his head and made him feel invincible? Has he no need to heed his own advice, regarding the use of masks or ‘anti-social’ distancing?

Or is the case actually that Hancock’s words and actions are just one example of the manner in which a radical political and societal revolution - The Great Reset- is being ushered in by health secretaries around the world? Is he one of the chief puppets, whose authority is being used as cover, in order to bring about unimaginable societal upheaval, all in the name of health? Hancock has, after all, been a prominent supporter of the Great Reset for many years.

Indeed, in almost every country around the world where more restrictive non pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as lockdowns, (which studies have shown have no significant impact on reducing the spread of COVID), one will find a health minister, adviser, or advisory body, advocating policies and procedures which have nothing to do with the preservation of health, and everything to do with the rapid implementation of the totalitarian social order, envisaged under the Great Reset

Take for example, Hancock’s counterpart in New South Wales, Brad Hazzard, who made an interesting slip up in one of his recent press conferences: “that’s just the way it is. We’ve got to accept that this is the New World Order.” 

So, is it actually the New World Order which Hancock and Hazzard are focused on?

Take also, America’s own Dr. Anthony Fauci, who despite his comments earlier last year, is now saying that masks could well be required into 2022, despite the arrival of the much anticipated, abortion-tainted vaccines. His own dark predictions suggested that “If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to COVID, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021.”

In fact, the American Institute for Economic Research has argued that Fauci will be a key ally for Joe Biden “to continue lockdowns as long as possible,” and in establishing the Great Reset. Biden has just made Fauci his Chief Medical Adviser, as the politician promises to enforce masks and lockdown the country.

How else is it that a man like Hancock, whose background is in computing, banking and finance, is now overseeing the most drastic measures, supposedly in the name of fighting a health crisis? Like a metropolitan Moses, Hancock appears to lead his people through the desert of COVID-19, except that instead of tablets of stone, Hancock wields promises of vaccines, and leads his followers in worship of the National Health Service (NHS) instead of God.

How else is it that this man, and those like him, have come to wield so much power, so quickly and so easily, charged with promoting the health of the nation, whilst effecting the exact opposite? 

It seems that the days of a health minister actually being primarily concerned with health, are now a distant memory. In the face of ever growing and increasingly convincing evidence that the various, draconian measures don’t work, Hancock and co. will almost certainly find a way to ignore it. 

In the increasingly dystopian reality which is rapidly being established before our eyes, there seems to be a perverse, twisted form of logic, whereby it is through the order of health secretaries, medical officers, chief medical advisers and the like, that health is actually undermined. 

And so allow me to present a brief run through of Hancock’s finest moments whilst defending the nation’s health thus far:

Churches – closed, for health reasons.

Visiting family and friends – forbidden, for health reasons.

Businesses – forced shut, for health reasons.

Unemployment rates – rising, due to health precautions.

Suicides and depression rates rising, due to isolation – accepted, for health reasons. 

Exercising – only narrowly permitted, but gyms, swimming pools etc are closed, for health reasons.

Hospital and doctor appointments – cancelled, for health reasons. In fact, so persuasive was the government propaganda of “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives,” that already in April, the NHS had to urge people to have health issues attended to, as Accident & Emergency admissions nearly halved, and 40% of people polled were “too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to seek help from their GP.”

People refused admission into hospital by the health service – for health reasons. Hancock’s sense of irony, it seems, knows no limits. 

Before working for LifeSiteNews, I spent my days working in a nursing home during the ‘first wave’ of COVID-19, and more than once witnessed patients turned away by the hospital for – health reasons. 

They later died for lack of hospital treatment, but in the world of Matthew Hancock and co, keeping the needy out of hospital was a necessary precaution, because of – health reasons.

I witnessed neighbors, friends and complete strangers flock to their front doors every Thursday evening, in a national ‘clap for the NHS’, whilst the same NHS staff stood across the street, shouting across to my colleagues that they wouldn’t take our residents to hospital, because they either weren’t sick enough, or were too sick to be worth saving. 

“We need the beds” and “She’s fine here” came the shouts from the ambulance crew, because of course – health reasons. ‘She’ died shortly after. 

Residents in the home were isolated from their families for over half a year, for – health reasons. 

I held the hand of an elderly lady moments before she died, praying for her, as her room was otherwise completely empty. Her family had not been any closer than the window, having been forced to stay outside for the last months of her life, despite her already diagnosed terminal condition, because – of course, for health reasons.

In fact, many of those whom I helped to care for, died, having spent their final months forcibly separated from their families – for health reasons.

And if one so much as dares to question Hancock and co. by raising these heart wrenching points, the answer will no doubt be in two parts. First, “Well great, but er I’m the health secretary,” and second: “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.”

Let us not be naïve and expect true care or concern for our health, from those appointed to look after it. In a world where ripping up newborn babies for science, denying health care to the elderly, and isolating society is all part of ‘saving lives’, is it any surprise that Hancock and co. are effecting a tragic loss of life through their policies? 

So let the mantra ring instead “Stay Home, Save the NHS, Die alone.”

Health is a commodity which looks set to be ignored in the promotion of the Great Reset. 


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The Catholic-run ‘Mother and Baby Homes’ in Ireland have become the focus of irrational rage

But the horror story narrative being pushed by the mainstream media is not, in fact, supported by the facts.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 10:46 am EST
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January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) —  On October 30th the Irish government released a major report into the much-criticized ‘Mother and Baby Homes’ run by Catholic religious sisters. These looked after women who had children out of wedlock who, in the first half of the 20thcentury, faced severe social sanctions in Irish society. When their families did not want to support them, these religious sisters did: and worked to find homes for the children, if the mothers wished to have them adopted, and set the women back on their feet in terms of employment.

Except that isn’t the narrative the mainstream media, including in Ireland itself, have been setting out. According to them, these institutions were little short of torture chambers for abuse and oppression. The Irish Government and the Archbishop of Dublin have offered public apologies. So, what is the truth?

The horror story narrative is not, in fact, supported by the facts. The material deprivation of the homes was real, but hardly the fault of the sisters or the Catholic Church. Ireland at the time was a poor country, and these were not the most fashionable objects of private charity or state support. The report declared: “there is no evidence of the sort of gross abuse that occurred in industrial schools. There are a small number of complaints of physical abuse.”

The report found no complaints made of sexual abuse of children. The claim that mothers were forced by the sisters or “the Church” to give up their children is simply a lie: “The Commission found very little evidence that children were forcibly taken from their mothers; it accepts that the mothers did not have much choice but that is not the same as ‘forced’ adoption. Mothers did have time after initial placement for adoption to reassess situation.”

The children sometimes had a rough time, but, according to the report, their troubles came “as much if not more, from local residents and other school going children as from the institution itself. The major abuse suffered by former Tuam [children’s home] child residents came when boarded out.”

In the context of the lack of resources and negative social attitudes, how did the sisters do compared with secular institutions? The report found that: “mother and baby homes were greatly superior to the county homes, [which were] successors to the pre-independence workhouses, owned and controlled by local authorities.”

I have no wish to whitewash a complex situation, and to pre-judge thousands of incidents over a long period of time. I have no doubt that the mother and baby homes and the sisters staffing them were far from perfect. But it is clear, nonetheless, that the hysteria which has enveloped the issue of these homes over recent decades is not based on the character of the sisters. It is based on two other things.

One is an understandable revulsion at clerical abuse. It is inevitable that the innocent should end up being treated with suspicion as well as the guilty, but it is important to keep the focus on the guilty, and on the precise historical context which facilitated their crimes. The abuse of adolescent boys by priests in the 1970s, say, does not imply the abuse of unmarried mothers by sisters in the 1940s.

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Another factor is even more powerful, however. This is the rejection, by those writing the media reports about how wicked the sisters were, of the teaching of the Church. Since the Church taught and continues to teach that sex should be reserved for marriage, it is intolerable for many to admit that she was at the same time the only refuge for many of those who had fallen into this sin with such serious practical consequences: pregnancy. Hatred of the Church for opposing the permissive lifestyle demands that the Church be portrayed as hateful. That the Church holds up a higher moral standard, must, for them, imply that the Church is filled with hostility towards those who fall below it. 

It is difficult to avoid the impression, in some of these reports, and also the many films and books which have taken up the issue, that progressives in Ireland and elsewhere desperately need the Church of the past to be wicked in order to reassure themselves that the Church is wrong. A more self-confidently hedonistic society would surely accept that the religious sisters of the past who voluntarily accepted a life of poverty and service for the unfortunate might actually have been sincere in doing so. 

The mainstream media also seem to need it to be true that the Church is uniquely wicked, and that problems can be avoided by putting today’s equivalent institutions into the hands of paid, professionally qualified, and state-employed social workers.

Now that we hear that those supposedly hygienic and progressive modern institutions are cesspits of abuse and sexual exploitation, it would be nice to think that they will reconsider. 


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I just got locked out of Twitter for stating the biological reality about one of Biden’s new team

When biological truth conflicts with transgender activism, biological truth is banned.
Mon Jan 25, 2021 - 9:51 am EST
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January 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — After preaching at my home congregation Sunday morning, I got into my car in the church parking lot to check my voicemails and messages. One of my colleagues had sent me the link to his new article, which I decided to share with my Twitter followers. To my surprise, I discovered I was locked out of my account for 12 hours for violating Twitter Rules. 

But what I had done? What was the violation? There was no further information, no link to file an appeal, and no reference to an offending tweet.

Several years ago, something similar happened to me, but Twitter subsequently apologized, explaining that they had misunderstood my tweet.

This time, I was left in the dark, forcing me to search online for a way to appeal the suspension.

Obviously, this was not a serious crisis, and like many other conservatives, I knew my time on Twitter might be limited. Still, I was wondering what offense I had committed.

Minutes later, I had my answer.

I was informed that I had been locked out my account for 12 hours because of this tweet, which had been posted on January 20: “Will I get punished by Twitter for saying that, in God's sight, ‘Rachel’ Levine (nominated by Biden to be his assistant secretary for HHS) is a man?”

Yes, that was the offending tweet. It looks like Twitter answered my question!

When biological truth conflicts with transgender activism, biological truth is banned.

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When biblical truth conflicts with transgender activism, biblical truth is banned.

There was nothing hateful in the tweet.

There was nothing that would incite violence.

I didn’t even “deadname” Levine, referring to him as “Richard.”

I simply stated the truth. In the sight of God, President Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary for Health and Human Services is a man.

Someone might challenge the statement, asking what gives me the right to speak for God. 

Someone else might claim to have a different perspective on God’s point of view.

And, of course, an atheist would dispute the whole notion of God.

Fair enough. We can have those debates.

But to block me for this tweet? Really?

I read the Twitter Rules carefully.

Under the category of Safety are listed these sub-categories: Violence; Terrorism/violent extremism; Child sexual exploitation; Abuse/harassment; Hateful conduct; Suicide or self-harm; Sensitive media, including graphic violence and adult content; and Illegal or certain regulated goods or services.

Then I read the categories of Privacy and then Authenticity.

What rule had I violated? Where had I sinned? What was my transgression? (For John Zmirak’s brilliant, satirical self-confession, see here.)

Then I re-read the verbiage under “Hateful conduct,” which stated, “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

So was that it? Was that my crime? 

I dug down deeper into the rules, clicking the link for more information, which included this note (which, for some reason, used British English spelling): “We recognise that if people experience abuse on Twitter, it can jeopardize their ability to express themselves. Research has shown that some groups of people are disproportionately targeted with abuse online. This includes; women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual individuals, marginalized and historically underrepresented communities.”

So that must be it. By simply stating biological and biblical truth, I had “harassed” a transgender person. What else could it possibly be?

This led then to the next question. Why did it take Twitter four days to decide I was guilty?

My only guess is that on Saturday, former governor Mike Huckabee retweeted my article about Biden’s radical, trans-activist executive order, including my twitter handle in his tweet. And given the size of his Twitter following, the tweet got lots of attention. Did this, in turn, draw attention to my account, and then my tweet?

Either way, the end result was yet another example of Twitter’s leftist censorship.

Ironically, the Twitter Rules page states: “Twitter's purpose is to serve the public conversation. Violence, harassment and other similar types of behavior discourage people from expressing themselves, and ultimately diminish the value of global public conversation. Our rules are to ensure all people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely.”

In reality, Twitter is stifling public conversation and harassing people who believe things as basic as this: in God’s sight, a biological male remains a male, even when identifying as a female.

Not only so, but once again, we see how affirmation of radical transgender ideology trumps science, Scripture, and even common sense.

Perhaps I’ll get blocked the next time for saying that someone who identifies as a cat (or dog or dragon or the like) is actually a human? After all, wouldn’t therians (who believe in some way that they have an animal identity) fit in the class of “marginalized and historically underrepresented communities”?

And what about Twitter’s extraordinary double standards, as Bible-believing conservatives like me get bashed and mocked and cursed by the minute on these platforms, specifically for being who we are and believing what we believe, and that is somehow fine and dandy.

Over 15 years ago, when I began to warn that those who came out of the closet wanted to put us in the closet, I was roundly mocked. “That’s ridiculous,” I was told.

Who would have believed me if I said back then, “Social media platforms will block us for saying that a male who identifies as a female is actually a man in God’s sight”? Who would have believed that?

Levine may be a decent human being and a serious professional. But he is not a woman in God’s sight whether Twitter likes it or not.

In the end, Twitter may suspend me or block me (and countless others). But they cannot change the truth.


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