Top LifeSite newsmakers of 2018: Alfie Evans, Pope Francis, violent abortion activists
December 27, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Below is a list of the 10 most viewed stories published by LifeSite over the past year. Thank you for supporting our pro-life, pro-family mission. We look forward to continuing the fight for life, family, and culture in 2019.
Cardinal Willem Eijk, the Archbishop of Utrecht in the Netherlands, published an article in May noting that when it comes to inter-communion at Catholic masses, Pope Francis has failed to “maintain and transmit faithfully” the “deposit of faith contained in Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture.” The issue has been intensely debated this past year, with many liberal German bishops in favor of Protestants receiving Communion. In his article, Eijk also said the pope’s behavior reminds him of Article 675 of the Church’s Catechism, which speaks of a trial that will “shake the faith of many believers.”
9) Gay Olympians are accidentally proving why same-sex ‘marriage’ is wrong - February 16, 2018
LifeSite reporter Doug Mainwaring excoriated the mainstream media’s pro-gay narrative of the 2018 Winter Olympics when, in a persuasively written op-ed, he pointed out the three openly gay male figure skaters at the Olympics are partnered with women, not men. Mainwaring said this is because “their sport is wholly reliant on complementarity” and “without the complementarity of the male and female skaters, the event ceases to exist. Yet much of the world has been blinded to the fact that this very natural truth applies even more to marriage than it does to skating.”
8) New cardinal: Abuse victims should be ‘ashamed’ to speak due to their own failings - August 21, 2018
Mexican Cardinal Sergio Obeso Rivera attacked victims of clerical sexual abuse this year when he told journalists that those who accuse priests of abuse should be “ashamed” because they too have skeletons in their own closets. “I’m here happy to talk about nice things, not about problematic things,” said the tone-deaf, Francis-appointed Cardinal. His Eminence’s remarks were made shortly after the bombshell Pennsylvania Grand Jury report revealed more than 300 priests sexually abused more than 1,000 mostly teenage boys.
Leah Torres, an abortionist with more than 17,000 followers on Twitter, showed just how evil the pro-abortion movement really is with a tweet that read, “You know fetuses can’t scream, right? I transect the cord 1st so there’s really no opportunity.” Torres also tweeted, “I won’t apologize for performing medicine.” The shockingly candid admission laid bare for all to see the truly diabolical way many abortionists view their so-called profession. Eventually, Torres deleted the tweet because she said her friend asked her to. She said, however, that she was “not sorry” for her original comment.
Pope Francis created controversy when he sat down with Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari just days before Holy Thursday. Scalfari is a 93-year-old atheist and founder of the left-wing newspaper La Repubblica. Scalfari claimed on March 28 that Pope Francis told him “souls are not punished” and that “those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. There is no hell — there is the disappearance of sinful souls.” The remarks were never corrected by the Holy See Press Office.
5) California school district says parents can’t pull kids from new LGBT sex ed - April 19, 2018
Liberal fascists at the Orange County Board of Education astonishingly claimed that the 2015 California Healthy Youth Act does not give parents the option of taking their children out of state-enforced pro-LGBT initiatives. In a memo dated March 29, a lawyer from Orange County’s Department of Education said parents who disagree with the LGBT curriculum “may not excuse their children from this instruction.” He then had the gall to say parents still have the right to “advise their children that they disagree with” such lessons.
4) Pope Francis covered up McCarrick abuse, former US nuncio testifies (OFFICIAL TEXT) - August 25, 2018
LifeSite was one of the very few media outlets in the English-speaking world to break news of the landmark 11-page testimony of Archbishop Carlo Vigano. Vigano went public this year with allegations that there is massive sex abuse and homosexuality in the Catholic Church, and that, in particular, Pope Francis knew about now-ex Cardinal McCarrick's abusive past but covered it up and rehabilitated him. Archbishop Vigano’s bombshell testimony has sent shockwaves throughout the Church, and LifeSite has been the premier news outlet in North America for the latest updates of his situation and the effect he has had.
3) Male rapist who identifies as ‘female’ transfers to women’s jail, assaults females - September 10, 2018
The incoherence of gender ideology has resulted in downright bizarre public policies. In England, a 52-year-old convicted sex offender and pedophile was sent to an all-female jail because he “identifies” as a woman. While incarcerated, the man sexually assaulted four female inmates. Following the incidents, he was transferred to a male facility. A spokesperson apologized for “the mistakes which were made in this case,” adding that “while we work to manage all prisoners, including those who are transgender, sensitively and in line with the law, we are clear that the safety of all prisoners must be our absolute priority.”
2) Man who roundhouse-kicked pro-life woman identified, gets fired - October 3, 2018
27-year-old Marie-Claire Bissonnette, youth coordinator with Campaign Life Coalition, became the unwitting face of the pro-life movement this year when, at a peaceful protest outside an abortion clinic in Toronto, she was kicked by a male pro-abortion activist. The altercation, recorded on Bissonnette’s phone, went viral, amassing more than 6 million views. The incident resulted in the man getting arrested and fired from the hair salon he worked at. Fortunately, the attack was reported on by many mainstream news outlets and helped put a face to the increasingly radical pro-abortion movement.
1) World watches as Alfie Evans’ life hangs in the balance - April 23, 2018
The heartbreaking story of 23-month-old Alfie Evans captured the attention of pro-lifers around the world for more than four months as he battled for his life against Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. People from around the world rallied for little Alfie and his parents as a judge refused to let them find suitable treatment for Alfie’s mysterious disease. Hundreds of supporters known as “Alfie’s Army” held vigils outside the hospital while countless more signed petitions online. Alfie was eventually taken off life support and succumbed to his illness 5 days later, but not before showing the world he wasn’t going down without a fight. God called Alfie home at 2:30am on April 28, 2018.