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February 24, 2017


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Story of ‘House of Horrors’ serial killer Gosnell ‘brought me back to prayer,’ says filmmaker

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OXON HILL, National Harbor, Maryland, February 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The story of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia doctor who murdered babies born alive after failed abortions, "brought me back to prayer," the creator of a film about it told CPAC this afternoon.

Ann McElhinney, who with her husband Phelim McAleer created the Gosnell movie, said she was raised Catholic but "was well off the wagon for a really long time...this story brought me back to prayer."

"The people who worked in Harrisburg in pristine offices…people who had medical backgrounds…they are despicable," said McElhinney. "They are really bad people...two women died! The bureaucrats in Harrisburg never got into their car. They never left Harrisburg" to inspect Gosnell's abortion facility, a filthy site where women died and babies born alive had their spinal cords "snipped" with scissors.

"Lots and lots of people knew this was going on" because Gosnell patients were ending up in hospitals after botched abortions, she said.

"He’s a serial killer who loved playing God," said McAleer. A "collector," Gosnell "took pictures of his patients’ private parts" and kept the feet of babies he aborted in jars.

The duo said Gosnell repeatedly touched McElhinney's leg when they met him.

He's "like a Hannibal Lecter character…straight up central casting for a creep," said McElhinney.

McElhinney and McAleer considered themselves "neutral" on abortion, they said, which basically meant they supported it. But creating this film – and writing a book about the Gosnell story – opened their eyes to the truth about abortion.

"I’ve seen the photographs" of babies' bodies that were evidence in the trial, said McElhinney. They are "unimpeachable."

A photo that particularly moved McElhinney was a photo of Baby Boy A, one of the large infants killed after birth by Gosnell. He was at least 32 weeks old.

“This baby is consequential," she said. "Baby Boy A matters. He has changed people’s lives. I’ve met them."

The Gosnell movie will be released this fall. More information about it is available here.

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Homosexual sex scandal leads to Italian anti-discrimination chief’s resignation

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February 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The director of Italy’s National Office for Racial Discrimination resigned this week after an investigation uncovered that public tax funds were allegedly used to finance scandalous gay orgies.

Francesco Spano stepped down February 20 after he was confronted by Maria Elena Boschi, secretary of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Boschi accused Spano of using government funds to pay homosexual associations that support male prostitution. Evidence revealed a conflict of interest since Spano is a member of one of those groups.

A public notice explained that Spano’s “demission wants to be a sign of respect to the role and the work that the UNAR has done and continues to do […] against every form of discrimination.”

An investigation by journalists from the Italian show Le Iene uncovered that Spano approved budgets up to 55,000 Euros of UNAR’s tax revenue to support associations that run gay sex clubs under the guise of “social services.”

“In reality, these circles are nothing else but shops with paid entrance where gay people meet to have sex, sometimes also for payment,” a person who wished to remain anonymous told Le Iene in an interview on February 17. “They are associations of entrepreneurs of the gay sex market who hide themselves behind the label of associations of social promotion, as if having the mission to help people.”

The source explained that these groups are registered with the state as associations “to save taxes.” Italy offers a tax exemptions on a broad scale for associations of a certain type, as the source explained further, “exactly because their scope should be of a non-profit nature.”

The Centrodestra (center-right) and the Five Star Party of Italy expressed concern that Spadano’s demission was not sufficient. Instead, they want the UNAR to be closed in order to put a period to the story.

“Italy has no need for an ‘office’ that with one hand finances gay associations and in which circles are supported where sexual relations are paid for, and with another hand writes letters to parliamentarians to censor their thought,” said Giorgia Meloni, president of the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy).

“Not one more Euro of Italian taxes should be thrown out of the window to pay the salary of persons like the director of the UNAR, Spano, who are in a conflict of interest, assigning thousands of public funds to associations that they are themselves members of,” Meloni went on.

Gianni Alemanno, a former mayor of Rome who leads the National Movement for Sovereignty, said, “This organization [UNAR] has always demonstrated itself to be useless and dangerous [and] which finds its role only as instrument of the extremist gender ideology.”

Centrists for Europe member Gianpiero D’Alia also found the situation troubling.

“It is intolerable that a government agency which occupies itself with opposition to discrimination ends up financing those who occupy themselves with prostitution. […] It is in any case a fraud and damage of the state that also damages the credibility of the institution: there is no use in justifying it, but to extoll clear acts and consequences,” she said.

Le Iene tried to interview Spano, who walked away from the camera into a secured government area when confronted. At a later point, reporters approached again, but he avoided answering questions directly and signaled his refusal to answer by saying “The cases will be studied. Do not worry about it.”

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Liberal pastors try to block Franklin Graham rally, but he’s not backing down

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, February 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham is not letting name-calling from a handful of ministers and left-wing politicians stop him from participating in Vancouver’s Festival of Hope early next month.

A group of 14 ministers have written a letter requesting the event drop his keynote address at the last minute. They accuse of him being "anti-gay," among other charges.

But Graham is himself the organizer, as CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The association is conducting the event with the support of 327 mostly evangelical churches in the Vancouver area.

“To even entertain any kind of thought of changing any event,” association spokesman Frank King said, “we simply would not do that.”

The group of 14 ministers is led by Tom Cooper, president of City in Focus, an interdenominational social justice group.

“We have no problem with someone coming to preach the gospel. But it can’t be such a divisive figure that’s so anti-Muslim, anti-gay, anti-black,” he said. 

The same group tried to disinvite Graham a year ago when the event was first announced, with the identical result. That much-publicized open letter was supported or signed by Vancouver left-wing mayor Gregor Robertson; city councillor Tim Stephenson, a United Church minister, homosexual activist and onetime New Democratic Party cabinet minister; Cooper; several other Protestant ministers, and staffer Marjeta Bobnar of the Catholic archdiocese.

At the same time, archdiocese spokesman Paul Schratz announced the archdiocese would not participate in the event, citing criticism of Graham by other American evangelical leaders for divisive statements.

In the first letter a year ago, the group complained of Graham’s frequent “incendiary and intolerant” and “ungracious and bigoted” comments, and warned they could “generate serious negative impact on the Christian impact in Vancouver.”

This time, the critics cited the recent murders of several worshippers at a Montreal mosque. Stephenson, called in his biography Canada’s “first openly gay cabinet minister,” said the killings showed there was good reason to fear a repetition because of Graham’s comments about Muslims.

“The city has an issue of safety here and we're really concerned about it,” Stephenson said.

The news media played a supportive role, reporting several past remarks by Graham out of context. For instance, the Sun reported Graham has said homosexuals are “the enemy” and will “spend eternity in hell” if they don’t repent but left out that he included “adulterers” in the same warning and at other times has warned that all who don’t repent will go to hell.

The CBC contributed other fragments of comments by Graham. One was his recommendation that the U.S. use “weapons of mass destruction if need be” and the second calling Islam “a religion of hate.” What the CBC did not reveal was that he made these statements a few days after Muslim terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center in 2001.

Cooper added “anti-black” to the indictment without offering any evidence. An Internet search turned up only this innocuous comment from Graham: “Listen up — Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and everybody else. Most police shootings can be avoided. It comes down to respect for authority and obedience.”

Jeff Adams of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada explained to LifeSiteNews that Graham was in Vancouver because a sufficient number of local church communities supported his visit.

“We only go where invited by a broad spectrum of the faith community,” Adams said.

Asked which denominations were involved, Adams said, “I can’t think of a denomination that doesn’t have at least one church” among those supporting the event.

Graham himself responded with a statement asking his critics to ignore their political objections and welcome his “simple Gospel message of God’s hope, love and redemption for all people regardless of ethnicity, age or gender identity.” For anyone “searching for answers” or “wondering if their life has meaning,” Graham promised, “I will have good news to share.”

“Politics, policies, economics, and commerce are significant matters,” he added. “But for these three days we will … focus on the most important thing of all: God’s love for each and every one of us.”

Rev. George Wong of the Evangelical Chinese Bible Church in Burnaby disputed the picture presented by the group of critics. He told the news media that Graham “is not coming to Vancouver to preach against homosexuality but to preach the gospel ... The last thing we want to do is promote hate.”

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‘Catholic’ senator introduces bill to force Christian hospitals to do abortions

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, February 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A self-described "faithful" Catholic has introduced legislation forcing Christian healthcare workers to refer for abortions and Christian hospitals to perform them.

State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino introduced Senate Bill 282, which would repeal religious exemptions for participating in abortions.  

SB-282 states, "A hospital shall not refuse to provide a reproductive health service if withholding the reproductive health service would result in or prolong a serious risk to the patient's life or health; and, where a failure to provide the reproductive health service would violate the medical standard of care owed the patient."

The legislation defines "reproductive health service" as including "termination of pregnancy."

Ortiz y Pino labeled his bill a "Patient Protection Act." He did not explain how abortion “protects” women, and the title of the legislation does not consider the baby in the womb to be a "patient."

New Mexico law allows exemptions for both individuals and hospitals with moral or religious objections to abortion. While SB-282 does not directly refer to those legal exemptions, the bill would eliminate those religious freedoms.

Ortiz y Pino voted to keep abortion legal up to the day of birth for any reason in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He justified his vote against a late-term abortion ban by claiming that the Bible doesn't say abortion is wrong.

New Mexico Alliance for Life (NMAFL) executive director Elisa Martinez called the bill a "double attack."

"SB-282 forces pro-life medical professionals to participate in abortion and its definitions of ‘standard of care’ and ‘health’ are so broad as to have no meaningful limitations," she said.

State Senator Bill Sharer, also a Catholic, explained, "SB-282 will require Catholic healthcare providers to commit mortal sins, which should horrify anyone of good conscience."

Ortiz y Pino said that as a faithful Catholic he cannot support any abortion restrictions.  In one pro-abortion vote, he added that he went to Church that morning at St. Francis Basilica.

"It was bad enough when Senator Ortiz y Pino used his Catholic faith to justify abortion until the day of birth," Martinez said. "Now he wants to force healthcare providers, including those of his own Catholic faith, to violate their consciences by participating in abortion."

Sen. Sharer summarized the pro-abortion politics in his state: "The only reason we still have abortion today in New Mexico is because 'Catholic' Democrat legislators support it and because Catholic leaders are silent," he said.

Both Martinez and Sen. Sharer say SB 282 violates federal law. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 contained an amendment specifically protecting healthcare providers from being forced to participate in abortions.

The "Weldon Amendment" states, “A physician or other healthcare professional, a hospital, a provider-sponsored organization, a health maintenance organization, a health insurance plan, or any other kind of healthcare facility may refuse abortions, counseling (for abortion), or referrals (for abortion).”

Martinez further accused Ortiz y Pino of misleading the legislature because SB 282 does not mention the statute it seeks to eliminate.  

SB 282 "does not refer to the (religious) exemption statute at all, meaning that even pro-life legislators could vote for this life-ending bill without knowing they are repealing the basic constitutional right to religious liberty," Martinez said.

On the national front, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and the chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty have written a joint letter to both Houses of Congress supporting the proposed Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (CPA).

On February 8, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori called the CPA “essential legislation protecting the fundamental rights of healthcare providers.”

The two Catholic leaders wrote that the CPA “ensure(s) that those providing much-needed healthcare and health coverage can continue to do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children.”

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Trump to CPAC: If we ‘trust in God, there is no goal beyond our reach’

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OXON HILL, National Harbor, Maryland, February 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – “As long as we have faith in each other and trust in God, then there is no goal at all beyond our reach,” President Trump told CPAC this morning after thanking Christians for voting for him.

"I wanna thank, by the way, the evangelical community, the Christian community, communities of faith,” Trump said.

He called the support he received from evangelicals “amazing.”

Shortly before praising evangelicals, Trump said, “We all are equal – totally equal – in the eyes of Almighty God.” He had been commenting on how Americans are “all citizens of this blessed land.”

Despite mentioning God and thanking evangelicals at the end of his speech, Trump didn’t mention life, marriage, or religious liberty once.

His speech focused heavily on national security, immigration, and regulations and the economy. The CPAC ballroom in which he spoke was filled to capacity. Throughout Trump’s speech, the crowd erupted in chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A!”

Trump also promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, which threatens the “medical system with absolute and total catastrophe.” He praised Dr. Tom Price, his new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

At the beginning of his speech, and to the delight of the crowd, Trump blasted the mainstream liberal media as “fake news.”

“They make up sources,” he said. “They’re very dishonest people. In fact, in covering my comments, the dishonest media” didn’t note that he called them “fake news” – just that he insulted the media.

“That’s the way they are,” he continued. “I’m not against the media; I’m not against the press. I don’t mind bad stories if I deserve ’em…but I am only against the fake news media or press. Fake! Fake…I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources. They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.”

“There are some great reporters around…but there are some terrible dishonest people” who do a “tremendous disservice” to the country with their reporting, he said. “You will see stories dry up like you’ve never seen before” if they stop using fake anonymous sources.

He called CNN the “Clinton News Network” and blasted major networks for creating a “false narrative.”

They always bring up the First Amendment, he said, but “Nobody loves it better than me. Who uses it more than I do? But the First Amendment gives all of us…the right to speak our minds freely. It gives you the right and me the right to criticize fake news and criticize it strongly.”

Trump also lambasted the push for a One World Order: “Global cooperation…is good…but there is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency, or a global flag. This is the United States of America that we represent. I’m not representing the globe. I’m representing your country.”

“God bless you and God bless the United States of America!” he finished.

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BREAKING: Guatemalan gov’t seizes boat providing illegal abortions offshore

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QUETZAL, Guatemala, February 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Guatemalan government has detained a vessel sent by a Dutch abortion group, Women on Waves, only a day after it arrived in the country’s largest port.

“We are fine but our project is not fine,” Women on Waves spokeswoman Leticia  Denedich told LifeSiteNews. “Our boat has been detained.” The plan was for the Adelaida to leave port three days from now and return to international waters. There it would provide medical or pharmaceutical abortions on unborn babies of up to 10 weeks gestation.

Guatemalan women were to ferry out to the ship, take the pill or pills, and return to shore in just four hours.

However, Denedich said the Quetzal Port Authority has ordered the Adelaida to stay at her berth and posted a patrol boat a few meters away. “They have not cited any legal authority,” she said. “But it is clear now we will have to go to court.”

According to news reports, the 10 abortion activists from Europe and Brazil are confined to the vessel.

“Women are calling us like crazy,” Denedich claimed.

However, the activists have also attracted pro-life demonstrators who disrupted their press conference. One of them, a seminary student from Cuba, Gil Hernandez, told AFP News, “They say they are fighting for life and human rights, but it looks like murder has become a human right.”

However, the Guatemalan government and its president Jimmy Morales clearly intend to protect the life of its unborn children. Guatemala's Constitution protects the life of the unborn from conception, and abortions are illegal. When the life of the mother is in danger, doctors are permitted to intervene under the principle of double effect to save her life.

The armed forces issued a news release Wednesday stating, in part, “The Armed Forces of Guatemala, responsible for the territorial seas of Guatemala, and with instructions from the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, in accord with the Political Constitution of the Republic’s protections for the preservation of human life and other… laws in our country will not allow this NGO to carry out these activities.”

The release added that the armed forces were monitoring the “operation of this vessel to ensure it does not commit any crimes and violations of international maritime laws and human rights.”

Rebecca Gomberts, who founded Women on Waves in 1999, said Wednesday from Guatemala that the group had acquired all the necessary approvals to enter Guatemalan waters and the Port of Quetzal.

The Guatemalan Congress voted down a motion Thursday to take action against the boat. It could vote on another motion against Women on Waves today.

Denedich said one of the goals of the expedition was “to raise awareness of Guatemala’s laws against abortion.”

“We have more than done that,” she said.

Marlene Gillette-Ibern of Human Life International told LifeSiteNews, “The authorities in Guatemala can and must stop Women on Waves. … The clear purpose of Women on Waves is to destroy innocent human life in Guatemala.”

Gillette-Ibern added, “The Guatemalan government must act to protect [them].” The Guatemalan Constitution “expressly recognizes that the right to life is a human right.”

The international Society for the Protection of Unborn Children denied Women on Waves’ claim that the medical abortions it planned to provide were safe. SPUC’s website explains the possible side effects of medical or pharmaceutical abortion on the woman.

“[It] may cause any of the following: haemorrhage requiring blood transfusion, severe pain requiring strong pain killers, incomplete abortion, rupture of the uterus, vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, muscle weakness, dizziness, flushing, chills, backache, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, palpitations, rise in temperature and fall in blood pressure.”

SPUC also listed who should not take the drug. These include “Women who smoke. those over 35 years of age, women under 18 years of age, those who have asthma, obesity, high blood pressure, fibroids, glaucoma, ulcers, colitis, arthritis, epilepsy, kidney disease, pulmonary and cardio-vascular disorders, and suspected ectopic pregnancy.”

Abortion drugs first “break down the lining of the womb,” then kill the baby and, finally, “expel the baby.”

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‘Teen Vogue’ has already pushed abortion to teens 63 times in 2017

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February 24, 2017 (NewsBusters) -- Teen magazines targeting young women are no longer about make-up application, fashion tips or crushes. No, now they’ve found a more lucrative topic: abortion.

Earlier this month, Teen Vogue rightfully came under fire after publishing “What to Get a Friend Post-Abortion.” Conservative media and teenagers alike challenged the story that recommended teens give presents to their friends after having an abortion – from signing up as an abortion clinic escort to gifting an “angry uterus” heating pad. But the story is just one of many. In 2017 alone, Teen Vogue has already promoted abortion to teens more than 60 times.

This year, Teen Vogue has already published at least 63 articles promoting abortion (including showing abortion positively or restrictions on abortion negatively). Ironically, most of them appeared under the obsessed outlet’s “Wellness” section.

Several stories were connected to President Donald Trump and his new administration, including “Where Trump’s Potential Supreme Court Picks Stand on Reproductive Rights” on Jan. 27 and “Why Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s Pick for Attorney General, Is So Dangerous For Women” on Jan. 10.

And many centered on America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, like “Here’s Proof Planned Parenthood Is NOT Backing Down” on Jan. 13 and “Cecile Richards Addresses GOP Defunding Planned Parenthood” on Jan. 5. Other pieces pushed abortion as a side note, like “Over-the-Counter Birth Control May Finally Be Happening,” on Jan. 4.

At least six stories have been published this year by Teen Vogue of women talking about their own abortions, including NARAL President Ilyse Hogue:

In contrast, Teen Vogue hasn’t published one single story this year of someone writing a personal story on adoption. MRCC also found four stories on abstinence (none in a positive light):

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Here are the 63 Teen Vogue stories promoting abortion in 2017:

Methodology: MRC Culture search for the term “abortion” on TeenVogue.com and on Teen Vogue’s Twitterfeed. MRC Culture also searched through articles listed under Teen Vogue’s “Wellness” section. 

Reprinted with permission from NewsBusters

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World’s first ‘transgender’ doll coming to America this summer

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February 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — We knew it was coming. Now it's almost here. The world's first "transgender doll" will go on sale this summer, based on the life of 16-year-old male-to-female "transgender" activist and cable TV star Jazz Jennings.

The doll is being produced by the New York-based Tonner Doll Company, whose founder and CEO Robert Tonner said in a celebratory press release, “Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view — she’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative.” A prototype of the “transgender doll” debuted last week at the New York Toy Fair.

Jennings, the media-celebrated star of The Learning Channel (TLC) show “I Am Jazz,” started his “transition” to living as a “female” as a five-year-old boy, with his family’s enthusiastic (and troubling) support. He is taking hormone therapy to block his puberty and natural development into a man.

In an Instagram post about the transgender doll last week, Jennings said:

 

Responded “I.ee.O” on Instagram: “Since when is ignoring genetics and basic biology now something we should force on young children?”

Regular Girl?

First of all, if Jazz (born Jared) Jennings is a “regular girl,” then I’m a 6-foot-6 NBA basketball player. Thinking and claiming you are something doesn’t make it so, as this 2016 pro-family video of brainwashed college students cleverly illustrates.

But here’s the curious thing about the Jazz Jennings doll: as a biological male and “DNA Denier” who wants to be a girl, Jennings and his recklessly enabling parents are still “crafting” his body to match their collective, politically correct fantasy of his “gender identity.”

There's something beyond surreal about artisans crafting a doll body for a boy-to-“girl” doll based on the life of a gender-confused kid who is still reconstructing his own body to match the fictional female he wants to become.

As I understand it, Jennings is considering getting breast implants to make him “happier” and “more secure” in his fake-feminine body. He has a natural penis, but may get “male-to-female” bottom surgery when he turns 18. (Hopefully, he will never go through with it: many M-to-F transsexuals delay or never get the horrific operation, even as they continue to live as “women”; see http://www.sexchangeregret.com/)

“Girl Erections”?

In one bizarre episode of “I Am Jazz” last year, Jennings got an erection during an operation to get his “testosterone-blocker” switched out. I suppose in Trans-Speak, a “girl” with an erection is right up there with the much ballyhooed (fake) news of the “pregnant man.” Of course, the LGBTQ-cheerleading media report every gender-bending development so seriously.

I have only watched a portion of one episode of “I Am Jazz,” but recall Jennings being ambivalent about getting “bottom surgery.” Who can blame the boy for not wanting to castrate himself? In the too-gross-to-fully-describe MTF “sex reassignment surgery,” the male phallus is destroyed and the skin turned inside-out to create a makeshift “vagina.”

But what about the poor children who will be receiving these gender-confused dolls? They are like the toddlers who had “Heather Has Two Mommies” (now sold by Walmart!) read to them by liberal parents and teachers two decades ago when “gay” was the new, big liberal thing.

Today’s youngsters — like Jazz Jennings himself — are only the latest guinea pigs for liberal ideologues who are reclassifying their rejection of God’s wonderful design for males and females as a “civil right.”

And we, of course, as defenders of nature and nature’s God, are the “transphobic bigots.”

Take Action: Pray for Jazz Jennings, that he would return to accepting his God-given sex. And resist the DNA- and reality-denying “transgender” agenda, which is putting youth at risk.

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New Cardinal of Brussels continues to mutilate his diocese

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February 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The recently appointed Archbishop of Brussels has taken another drastic step toward undoing the restorative reforms of his predecessor: another monastic brotherhood kicked out along with its fruitful apostolate. A further “self-mutilation” of the diocese.

For the “reform of pastoral units,” Cardinal Jozef De Kesel is getting rid of yet another group aimed at restoring the faith in the pagan city. He recently kicked out the quickly growing Fraternity of the Holy Apostles, founded by his predecessor, Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard.

Archbishop Léonard invested all his energy into reviving the faith in the rapidly secularizing Brussels. He founded the Fraternity of the Holy Apostles, a public association of the clerical faithful, and entrusted them with the education of priests to the Fraternity and gave them two parishes in Brussels. It proved to be a huge success until suppressed by de Kesel.

The new cardinal archbishop – protégé of leading progressive and former Brussels archbishop, Cardinal Godfried Daneels – has now kicked out the Monastic Fraternity of Jerusalem without giving sufficient reason and despite massive protests by the faithful.

The Monastic Fraternity began its work in Brussels in 2001. Their traditional lifestyle focuses on living monastic solidarity in the midst of great cities, as well as prayer, Bible circles, and Eucharistic adoration. The group has a presence in Rome in the Church of St. Trinita dei Monti on top of the Spanish Steps as well as in St. Sebastiano al Palatino.

Cardinal De Kesel announced that the dissolution of parishes and the centralization of many churches into the Parish of Saint Gilles, where the monks have hitherto worked, effected their dismissal.

The Fraternity was asked some time ago to search for a new place of worship, and they faithfully did. After Sister Violaine and Brother Jean-Christoph, responsible for the Brussels community, found a place, the Archdiocese was not willing to prolong their collaboration with the Brotherhood for more than two years – too little time for the monastic group to seek stability.

After a talk with De Kesel, the two responsible from the Jerusalem brotherhood in Brussels decided to retreat from the archdiocese. “There was no more room for dialogue,” they told La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana.

“These are episodes which bring to mind that the Church in Brussels – or at least some of their high-ranking officials – have a tendency toward self-mutilation and an urge to centralize power,” commented the Italian newspaper.

“Why does the Church choose to inflict self-harm?”

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Catholic bishop’s blistering rebuke of Trump: ‘Now we must all become disruptors’

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MODESTO, California, February 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Catholic bishops denounced key policies of President Trump at a Vatican-sponsored conference in California last weekend. One prominent bishop went as far as calling “immigration,” not the right to life for the preborn, the “key [issue] we have to face now in our local church.”

“President Trump was the candidate of disruption,” San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy told about 650 participants at the World Meeting of Popular Movements that took place in Modesto. “He was ‘the disruptor,’ he said. Well now we must all become disruptors."

“We must disrupt those who would seek to send troops into our streets to deport the undocumented, to rip mothers and fathers from their families. We must disrupt those who portray refugees as enemies rather than our brothers and sisters in terrible need. We must disrupt those who train us to see Muslim men, women and children as forces of fear rather than as children of God. We must disrupt those who seek to rob our medical care, especially from the poor. We must disrupt those who would take even food stamps and nutrition assistance from the mouths of children,” Bishop McElroy said.

Christianity, following the ancient Jewish faith, places great emphasis on welcoming the “stranger and sojourner” from foreign lands into one’s country and home. But faithful Christians also recognize, at the same time, a priority of those who should be welcomed first and given sanctuary first. Topping the list is the unborn child who seeks safe passage from womb to world.

Cardinal Raymond Burke told LifeSiteNews last September that if securing a person’s right to life shifts to something else, then those fighting against poverty and for the rights of immigrants are liable to have the wrong “orientation” in their laudable efforts.

“It doesn't make any sense at all to be concerned about immigration or poverty if human life itself is not protected in society. It's an absolute contradiction,” the Cardinal said.

“The first justice accorded to any human being is to respect the gift of life itself, which is received from God. And so, the unborn should be protected,” he added.

But in his opening remarks, McElroy — in a likely nod to Pope Francis’ call for Catholics to stop being “obsessed” with opposing abortion — called immigration the “key [issue] we have to face in our local church at this moment.”

While Trump’s travel ban could affect roughly 60,000 immigrants/refugees seeking entrance into the U.S. annually, the number of U.S. babies aborted annually remains constant at about 1,000,000.

While McElroy listed the “protection of human life, from conception to natural death” among a host of “intrinsic human rights,” he did not say that every human has the right to life, but only the right to “protection.”

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez also slammed Trump’s policies on immigration.

“I do not like the harsh tone, the sense of indifference and cruelty that seems to be coming out of this new administration in Washington. They are playing with our emotions, with people’s emotions, toying with their lives and futures, and that’s not right,” he said.

Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, told conference participants via live-stream video that “dark clouds” are gathering throughout America with the “rise of populism and nationalism” on account of the Trump administration.

“Channeling the anger of anxious people toward ‘the other’ rather than toward the architects of the economy of exclusion … is a classic tactic of a populist leader,” he said. “And the rise of populism and nationalism in the United States has laid bare a second ‘invisible thread’ that, sadly, has promoted the exclusion and marginalization of people in our American experience, intensifying in times of fear and anxiety the sins of racism and xenophobia.”  

But not all U.S. prelates are on the same page regarding Trump’s immigration policies. Last week Bishop Bawai Soro, who is with St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon, California, said he supported Trump's executive order on refugees. Soro is an Iraqi-American who came to the U.S. as a refugee.

“The United States of America is a sovereign country and the world’s superpower. The events of Sept. 11, 2001, illustrated how radical Islamic terrorism is the clear and present danger facing America. Mr. Trump has no one to apologize to for his immigration doctrine for the simple reason that coming to America is not a right but a privilege, a privilege that is earned by waiting in line for however long it may take to reach America. Americans are therefore consoled by his position that the fundamental duty of the government is protecting Americans from all enemies foreign or domestic by maximally securing the homeland’s borders and, if necessary, also by extremely vetting certain individuals,” he wrote.

While U.S. prelates are busy criticizing Trump’s immigration policies, few have noticed his actions to protect babies targeted for abortion. Trump has unabashedly stated on numerous occasions prior to becoming elected that he is “pro-life.”

Within his first weeks of office, Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy that defunded abortion overseas, supported the Washington March for Life, and nominated a pro-life justice to fill a vacancy in the Supreme Court. Last month pro-life leader Father Frank Pavone praised Trump for beginning what he called a “new era of pro-life leadership in our country.”

The World Meeting of Popular Movements is an initiative of Pope Francis. The event brings Church leaders and grassroots organizations together to address what the pope calls the “economy of exclusion and inequality” by working for “structural changes that promote social, economic and racial justice.”

Pope Francis addressed the California conference in a letter, telling participants to “defend our Sister Mother Earth,” to “stand alongside migrants,” to accept climate change as “real,” and to accept that “Muslim terrorism does not exist.”

In his letter, Francis praised the work of “People Improving Communities through Organizing” (PICO), an organization funded by billionaire globalist George Soros and listed as a partner of the event on the Popular Movements website.

“I would also like to highlight the work done by the PICO National Network … promoting this meeting. I learned that PICO stands for 'People Improving Communities through Organizing.' What a great synthesis of the mission of popular movements: to work locally, side by side with your neighbors, organizing among yourselves, to make your communities thrive,” he said.

DiscoverTheNetworks.org, a watchdog of leftist organizations, describes PICO as a group that “uses Alinsky-style organizing tactics to advance the doctrines of the religious left.”

“Using people of faith as its foot soldiers, PICO seeks to maximize the potential for transformation of people, institutions, and of our larger culture, particularly as regards health care, public education, low-income housing, and immigration,” DiscoverTheNetworks states. “PICO's proposed solutions nearly always entail expanding the power and control of government, while displacing the private sector. As PICO puts it, ‘government can play a vital role in improving society.’”

LifeSiteNews reported last August how emails leaked through WikiLeaks revealed that Soros funded PICO in a long-term project of shifting “the priorities of the U.S. Catholic Church.” The grant specifically targeted the ‘pro-family’ agenda, redirecting it from defending marriage to being concerned with income equality.

The event’s keynote speaker was Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development. Also speaking at the event were Bishops Stephen Blaire of the Diocese of Stockton, Shelton Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, and Oscar Cantú of the Diocese of Las Cruces.

Under Francis’ pontificate, priests and bishops within the Catholic Church have been encouraged to shift away from emphasizing perennial Catholic teaching on marriage, sexuality, and life to emphasizing pastoral concern for those in “irregular” situations, those suffering from various forms of discrimination, and immigrants.

Last November, Italian historian Professor Roberto de Mattei suggested that with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s loss in the U.S. election, Francis suddenly emerged as the “leader of the Global Left."

“For his part, after Clinton’s defeat, Francis now remains the only point of reference for the international left, now lacking a leader,” he wrote at that time.

In the same article, De Mattei critiqued Francis’ “Popular Movements” initiative as a melting pot for “revolutionary agitators.”

Commenting on the November 5 conclusion of the Third World Meeting of the “Popular Movements” in the Vatican attended by Francis, he said: “Pope Francis turned to them saying: ‘I make your cry mine.’ But the cry of protest that is raised by the movements gathered in Paul VI’s audience hall is, unfortunately, characterized by ideological fanaticism and incitement to violence.”

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Man ‘cracked’ and murdered his wife with Alzheimer’s. Liberals are blaming euthanasia restrictions

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February 24, 2017 (Alex Schadenberg) -- The alleged murder in Montréal of a woman with dementia has led to renewed pressure by the euthanasia lobby to extend "MAID" (medical assistance in dying) to incompetent people.

Allegedly, Michel Cadotte killed his wife, Jocelyne Lizette, because they had been refused death by euthanasia. Cadotte has been charged with second degree murder.

In response to this death, the euthanasia lobby is pressuring the government to extend euthanasia to people who are incompetent, such as those with Alzheimers or dementia, if they had previously indicated a wish to die by euthanasia. The media is also using this tragic story to promote the extension of euthanasia.

If euthanasia (death by lethal injection) is extended to incompetent people, how would it be possible to determine whether or not someone has changed their mind?

Recently a woman in the Netherlands who stated, while competent, that she wanted euthanasia died by euthanasia without consent. According to the article in the Daily Mail:

The doctor secretly placed a soporific in her coffee to calm her, and then had started to give her a lethal injection. 

Yet while injecting the woman she woke up, and fought the doctor. The paperwork showed that the only way the doctor could complete the injection was by getting family members to help restrain her. 

It (the paperwork) also revealed that the patient said several times 'I don't want to die' in the days before she was put to death, and that the doctor had not spoken to her about what was planned because she did not want to cause unnecessary extra distress. She also did not tell her about what was in her coffee as it was also likely to cause further disruptions to the planned euthanasia process.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada disagrees with extending euthanasia to incompetent people. According to the CBC news report the Alzheimer Society of Canada stated that they do not support euthanasia for incompetent people. According to the Statement:

people can live with dementia for longer than ten years, and in that time, they may change their mind on doctor-assisted death. 

The statement says it's difficult or impossible for caregivers "to know what the person with dementia comes to value over time, especially if those values are at odds with previously expressed desires." 

Instead of calling for a broadening of the laws, the organization is calling for better palliative care in Canada.

Legalizing euthanasia gives the power to kill to physicians. No one should have the legal power to kill.

Reprinted with permission from Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

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