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(LifeSiteNews) – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has retracted a story about the Freedom Convoy that was found to be false.

On March 7, the national broadcaster wrote:

On Feb. 10, 2022, in a report about the protest convoy, CBC Radio’s The World This Hour incorrectly said GoFundMe ended a fundraiser for the protesters over questionable donations to the group. In fact, GoFundMe ruled the fundraiser was in violation of their terms of service, which prohibits the promotion of violence and harassment.

This is the second time the state-funded CBC has been caught peddling misinformation about the convoy.

As the convoy was ramping up in late January, one of the hosts of CBC’s flagship political show – Power and Politics – suggested that there could be “Russian actors” who were influencing the convoy.

The assertion that the made-up Russian actors “could be continuing to fuel things… perhaps even instigating it from the outside,” was proven false.

In addition to the false claim about Russian interference in the convoy, it was stated by various mainstream media outlets that “foreign influence” had played a role in funding the convoy to a degree that threatened Canadian sovereignty.

On February 10, the CBC said that after a supposedly thorough investigation of where the funding came from, that there were “thousands of suspicious” foreign donations that might have only been a “fraction” of the total foreign influence.

The notion that the convoy was heavily funded by foreign entities was one of the justifications for the invocation of the Emergencies Act, which was quickly rescinded and its usage is under investigation by a non-partisan group in Parliament.

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By all accounts, Bishop Daniel Fernández Torres' diocese of Arecibo in Puerto Rico is flourishing because of his adherence to the perennial teachings of the Church.

But, without any formal proceedings, Bishop Fernández Torres has been summarily 'relieved' of his episcopal duties allegedly because he championed conscience rights in the face of a Church vaccine mandate in Puerto Rico.

Please SIGN this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to reinstate Bishop Fernández Torres now.

To be clear, COVID-19 is a serious disease, oftentimes with debilitating consequences, or worse, for those who contract it.

However, all coronavirus vaccines currently authorized for use in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have been tested on or produced with cell lines of aborted babies. And, the vaccines have been linked to serious side effects, while none has yet completed long-term testing.

Given the complexity of this issue, the Church has determined that getting vaccinated is a matter of personal discernment which each individual must make after informing his or her conscience.

As such, the Church teaches that there is no moral obligation to be vaccinated. Indeed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Church's teaching authority where faith and moral are concerned, issued a statement to that effect in December, 2020.

Specifically, the CDF's, “Note on the Morality of Using Some Anti-COVID-19 Vaccines,” of December 17, 2020, n. 5 states: “At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”

Therefore, it would appear that for simply restating the current teaching of the CDF and for opposing his brother bishops in Puerto Rico on this seminal matter of conscientious objection, Rome is now attempting to "cancel" Bishop Fernández Torres.

This is wrong, unfair and discriminatory!

And, Bishop Fernández Torres is hardly the first bishop to defend Church teaching on conscientious objection on the issue of mandatory vaccination. Both the Colorado and South Dakota bishops' conferences released similar statements, and like Bishop Fernández Torres, they also offered to validate religious exemptions for member of their flock who asked to be exempted from vaccination.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to reinstate Bishop Fernández Torres.

For his part, Bishop Fernández Torres, 57, a staunch defender of life and family, protested his removal as "totally unjust" in a statement released Wednesday (3/9/2022).

The bishop, who led his diocese for nearly 12 years, noted that Pope Francis’ apostolic delegate to Puerto Rico verbally requested that he resign, but said that he refused to do so, as he "did not want to become an accomplice of a totally unjust action."

"No process has been made against me," Bishop Fernández Torres wrote, "nor have I been formally accused of anything, and simply one day the apostolic delegate verbally communicated to me that Rome was asking me to resign."

“A successor of the apostles is now being replaced without even undertaking what would be a due canonical process to remove a parish priest,” the bishop added.

“I was informed that I had committed no crime but that I supposedly ‘had not been obedient to the pope nor had I been in sufficient communion with my brother bishops of Puerto Rico,’” he said. “It was suggested to me that if I resigned from the diocese I would remain at the service of the Church in case at some time I was needed in some other position; an offer that in fact proves my innocence.”

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to reinstate Bishop Fernández Torres. Thank you!


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The allegations of foreign influence have been roundly debunked by both GoFundMe and GiveSendGo – the crowdfunding platforms that handled fundraising for the convoy.

GoFundMe’s CEO Juan Benitez testified before the Canadian government and said that almost 90 per cent of the funding was from Canada, and that the majority of the donations from all donors were small and personal – proving the grassroots nature of the movement.

GiveSendGo testified to similar findings after auditing their platform.

The deputy director of Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC), testified to the same thing in front of the House of Commons finance committee. There was no evidence of shady funding to be found.

Jordan Peterson reacted to the news that another mainstream media lie about the convoy had been exposed by tweeting: “Wasn’t it CBC coverage that inspired the Emergency Act itself…? Too bad about those people with their life destroyed. Oh: and the international reputation of Canadian banks. Too bad about that too.”

“This means that the entire story [Justin Trudeau] told to justify the “emergency” was an utter lie… [CBC News] this is far beyond your normal hapless incompetence and borders on both the traitorous and criminal. Canadians should demand your defunding now,” he added.