For 2021: 13
2015: 21, 2014: 60, 2013: 61, 2012: 74, 2011: 119, 2010: 74, 2009: 99, 2008: 85, 2007: 90, 2006: 80, 2005: 64, 2004: 65, 2003: 60
COVID Vaccine . . .
We the undersigned, men and women in solidarity with the weakest among us, wish to respond publicly to what appears to be a growing consensus among Catholic ethicists that vaccines derived from aborted fetal tissue are not only morally permissible (licit), but also (nearly) morally obligatory for the sake of the common good. ...These statements are troubling to us, and seem to run afoul of our rights of conscience to refuse such vaccines, clearly defended by the Church, in Dignitas Personae (CDF 2008) and Note on the morality of using some Covid-19 vaccines (CDF 2020). We now fear the circling of the wagons around abortion-tainted vaccines, advanced by powerful voices which seem ready to silence our moral intuitions.
In 2006, He predicted that a Hillary Clinton presidency (or any presidency that holds her radical left ideology), would label any political opponent as a Domestic terrorist. Welcome to the Biden Regime in 2021!
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Dr. Robert Malone reveals that he has been called to testify as an expert witness in a court in Boston in a case in which the state has removed a 14 year old child from the parents’ custody.
Said Dr. Malone: “The legal system is insisting on vaccinating this 14-year-old. The mother is objecting, and she is a very senior biotech executive, she is highly informed. She has made a decision not to vaccinate her child based on the data, and the courts have removed custody and trying to force the child to accept vaccination.”
As with abortion, the ethic is children belong to the State. Ultimately, the State recognizes no parental rights!
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Is euthanasia the “solution” to the Demographic Winter of the West? An essay from the Gates of Vienna blog.
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Archbishop Viganò: Deep State and Church will bring new world religion and new world order
ABOVE: Father O’Shea at Galway University Hospital in Ireland.
Father Morty was active in Operation Rescue Boston for a few years around 1990. He was an electrical engineer, but discerning a vocation to the priesthood, he entered the seminary and is now a parish priest in his native Ireland. But he has cancer!
From Father Morty’s blog: “Following my Multiple Myeloma relapse and its immunity to available chemotherapy, I will be receiving stopgap treatment in Galway which will take a few weeks. This will buy time to travel afterwards to the Sloan Kettering clinic in NYC to see if their more advanced treatments will benefit my situation.
“In the picture there are behind me some 4 intravenous pumps that supplied 23 hours of different chemotherapies along with some other oral ones. I just had an hour’s break for a wash-up and walk around the corridor. I’ll shortly be connected up again for another 23 hours. Thankfully there has been no sickness yet, unlike the two earlier stem cell [bone marrow] transplants of 2013 and 2016.”
The unthinkable is happening. America is not just threatened by Marxism, America is quickly becoming Marxist, and Americans have been astonished by what Levin calls “the unremitting, harmonized and ferocious blitz” of this revolution. The political hurricane has hit so hard and so rapidly that we have time to focus only on the flooded streets and damaged levies while we await the next storm surge.
American Marxism is a devastating new book and arguably Levin’s most important work, whose most powerful statement comes not in the conclusion but as the header for its very first chapter: “It’s Here.” — Brent Bozell review on Breitbart
Video (12 min) of Levin discussing American Marxism on his TV show, Life, Liberty, and Levin.
Some related matters:
After announcing that the Biden Administration is to begin a door to door vaccination push, the White House Press Secretary used disturbing wording during a briefing, promising to get children vaccinated by sending in “strike forces.”
Bishop suspends Fr. Altman’s faculties, removes him as pastor
Abp. Viganò rebukes pro-LGBT Cardinals Cupich, Gregory, Tobin: They’re ‘unworthy to celebrate’ Mass
U.S. Capitol, January 6, 2021
JUNE 9, 2021 — A group of Republicans are thankfully starting to pay attention to the people who were arrested in the wake of the events at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. As RAIR Foundation USA observed on January 9, 2021: “If citizens do not push back against these political arrests, they will only continue and get worse.”
In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland dated June 7, 2021, U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) addressed the clear disparity in treatment of Capitol protesters versus Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters.
They write in part that the “potential unequal administration of justice with respect to certain protestors is particularly concerning.” There have been reports of “Stop the Steal” Rally protestors being held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day.
The Justice Department and federal judges also continue to lie in court about the number of fatalities from January 6 in order to make the event seem far worse than it actually was. A Senate report issued this week also repeated the falsehood that “seven individuals, including three law enforcement officers, lost their lives.”
But federal prosecutors and Beltway judges—many of whom were involved in the nonstop criminal hunt against President Trump and his associates for four years—are wasting no time doling out severe punishment for those who dared to challenge the incoming Biden regime.
On Thursday morning (May 27) a couple left Women’s Health Services in Brookline and the man told Sean, a sidewalk counselor that there would be no abortion! That’s number 11.
Mask mandates and other Wuhan Virus restrictions are coming down in most of the USA. But as talk show host and former CIA analyst Buck Sexton said, it’s not over! Until the COVID tyranny is utterly repudiated, it is merely on Pause, awaiting the whim of a bureaucrat who thinks that “Science” trumps Liberty.
No one who has been paying attention could doubt the reality of this threat to our country. As frequent Crisis contributor Paul Kengor demonstrates in his excellent book The Devil and Karl Marx, Communists have been slowly taking over the institutions of this nation for the last hundred years. Now, they appear ready to make a push for complete control of the country. They do not always call themselves Marxists, or Communists, or Socialists, but their goal is the same—to create a Soviet America.
Dr. Peter McCullough, a prominent cardiologist, internist and professor of medicine who has been successfully treating COVID patients, recently said, “Based on the safety data now, I can no longer recommend the vaccine.” He believes there is an ulterior motive to the fanatical push for COVID vaccination.
From Renew MA Coalition: The Sex-Ed bills, HD 3454 and SD 2178, will require all public schools that offer comprehensive health education to use sex education curricula approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
One such approved curriculum is “Get Real,” which is produced by Planned Parenthood! This curriculum, and others in the category of Comprehensive Sexuality Education, is a how-to in terms of engaging in sexual activity.
It would teach young children about abortion and graphic sex acts. Sections of the curriculum even recommend using plastic wrap as a prophylactic to 13 year-olds!
How is that “medically accurate” or “age appropriate”? Parents should be deciding what’s age appropriate, not government.
This curriculum is pornographic and should not be codified in our laws, let alone taught to our children!
This debate about the health-curriculum frameworks is really about local control and autonomy for parents and families. There should be choices for parents and school districts regarding what their children are taught, rather than a one-size-fits-all, top-down, mandated approach sought by the radical left and Planned Parenthood.
There is a “virtual” (online) hearing at the State House today, May 20 on these bills. (Announced yesterday afternoon!)
From New Boston Post:
The Worcester School Committee approved a so-called comprehensive sex education curriculum on the night of Thursday, May 6.
The committee voted 5-2 to approve Rights, Respect, Responsibility, a sex education program produced by Advocates for Youth.
Fifty-two people addressed the school committee during public comment over the course of a little more than two hours before the vote. Thirty supported the sex curriculum. Twenty-one opposed. One said she was neither for nor against.
WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE. Here is what is in the Worcester curriculum.
Carmel (above), a sidewalk counselor, was instrumental in the escapes of two of the three babies from Abortion, Inc. in the aforementioned ten days.
The three sidewalk counselors who spoke with the woman who chose LIFE last Saturday.
Sidewalk counselors (ABOVE) were there Saturday, March 13 when a woman came out of Planned Parenthood and told them she was definitely not going through with her scheduled abortion! Phone numbers were exchanged, so we’ll follow up.
Lee Crowley of the Worcester campaign reported: “We recently learned that someone who used to work at Planned Parenthood left after one of our campaigns. This worker had a complete change of heart and has since been trying to help build a culture of life.”
More from Lee Crowley: I met a woman this morning (March 17) when I was praying in front of PP in Worcester. She stopped to thank me for being there and told me she had considered abortion a few years ago. She went to Planned Parenthood in Boston, where there were people praying outside, but she went past them and went in. While inside she had a change of heart and she came back out; but the people were gone. Thus, she didn’t get to tell them she had changed her mind. She continued with her pregnancy and had twins! She is very grateful that she didn’t go through with the abortion. She credits God and the people who were praying outside Planned Parenthood.
I thanked the woman for taking the time to stop this morning and told her she’d made my day. I like to think St. Patrick gave us the gift of hearing this today to encourage us.
To sign up for sidewalk time: 40daysforlife.com/Boston
ORLANDO, FLORIDA, February 27, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A spirited discussion during a breakout session at CPAC today brought out into the open what many religious Americans have been saying the past several years, namely, that the conservative movement is compromising on social issues in order to win over gay and pro-LGBT voters.
Pro-life activist Abby Johnson lit the fuse Saturday with remarks she gave during a panel conversation on Christianity that also featured former Trump legal advisor Jenna Ellis. Johnson’s comments resulted in a twenty minute, sometimes combative, back and forth between herself, other panelists, and audience members.
“They haven’t had one keynote speaker stand up there and talk about the attack on traditional marriage,” Johnson thundered. “And they can’t. Because some of their sponsors are gay conservatives.”
Johnson, who has previously spoken on CPAC’s main stage, said she was referring to the influence of groups like Log Cabin Republicans and Atheists for Liberty, which had booths at the conference.
“Transgenderism is running rampant through CPAC and we’re not talking about traditional families, we’re not talking about traditional marriage ... because we have compromised to this false sense of diversity.”
Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, CFR being carried out by police at an abortion clinic in Washington, DC (May 2020). Photo supplied by Monica Migliorino Miller.
The idea had its model in the valiant witness given by Canadian pro-lifer Mary Wagner, who for the last ten years has, by herself, entered abortion clinics in her native land to talk to the mothers. As a symbol of the sanctity of human life, and the sanctity of their own lives, Mary offers roses to each of the women. We decided to do the same. Thus, Red Rose Rescue was born.
The foundation of Red Rose Rescue is built on a number of philosophical and spiritual principles. The unborn are a victim class. Indeed, the argument could be made that they are the most oppressed people-group in the world. The unborn scheduled for abortion are the outcasts of humanity. The Red Rose Rescue is based on a basic Christian principle—namely: “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” Unborn children about to be murdered deserve someone to come to their aid and they deserve that someone should witness to the sacredness of their lives. Red Rose Rescuers place themselves in the shoes of the unwanted unborn—if our lives were threatened, certainly we would want someone to defend us against such threats—to at least stand in the way of the impending assault. So the rescuer does for the outcast unborn what they would want done for them.
For more information: Red Rose Rescue.
By Newt Gingrich — December 21, 2020
A smart friend of mine who is a moderate liberal asked why I was not recognizing Joe Biden’s victory.
The friend made the case that Mr. Biden had gotten more votes, and historically we recognize the person with the most votes. Normally, we accept the outcome of elections just as we accept the outcomes of sporting events.
So, my friend asked, why was 2020 different?
Having spent more than four years watching the left #Resist President Donald Trump and focus entirely on undoing and undermining the 2016 election, it took me several days to understand the depth of my own feelings.
As I thought about it, I realized my anger and fear were not narrowly focused on votes. My unwillingness to relax and accept that the election [was legitimate] grew out of a level of outrage and alienation unlike anything I had experienced in more than 60 years involvement in public affairs.
The challenge is that I — and other conservatives — are not disagreeing with the left within a commonly understood world. We live in alternative worlds.
The left’s world is mostly the established world of the forces who have been dominant for most of my life.
My world is the populist rebellion which believes we are being destroyed, our liberties are being cancelled and our religions are under assault. (Note the new Human Rights Campaign to decertify any religious school which does not accept secular sexual values — and that many Democrat governors have kept casinos open while closing churches through the COVID-19 pandemic.) We also believe other Democrat-led COVID-19 policies have enriched the wealthy while crushing middle class small business owners (some 160,000 restaurants may close).
In this context, let’s talk first about the recent past and the presidency.
In 2016, I supported an outsider candidate, who was rough around the edges and in the Andrew Jackson school of controversial assaults on the old order. When my candidate won, it was blamed on the Russians. We now know (four years later) Hillary Clinton’s own team financed the total lie that fueled this attack.
Members of the FBI twice engaged in criminal acts to help it along — once in avoiding prosecution of someone who had deleted 33,000 emails and had a subordinate use a hammer to physically destroy hard drives, and a second time by lying to FISA judges to destroy Gen. Michael Flynn and spy on then-candidate Donald Trump and his team. The national liberal media aided and abetted every step of the way. All this was purely an attempt to cripple the new president and lead to the appointment of a special counsel — who ultimately produced nothing.
Now, people in my world are told it is time to stop resisting and cooperate with the new president. But we remember that the Democrats wanted to cooperate with Mr. Trump so much that they began talking about his impeachment before he even took office. The Washington Post ran a story on Democrat impeachment plots the day of the inauguration.
In fact, nearly 70 Democratic lawmakers boycotted his inauguration. A massive left-wing demonstration was staged in Washington the day after, where Madonna announced she dreamed of blowing up the White House to widespread applause. These same forces want me to cooperate with their new president. I find myself adopting the Nancy Pelosi model of constant resistance. Nothing I have seen from Mr. Biden since the election offers me any hope that he will reach out to the more than 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump.
So, I am not reacting to the votes so much as to the whole election environment.
When Twitter and Facebook censored the oldest and fourth largest newspaper (founded by Alexander Hamilton) because it accurately reported news that could hurt Mr. Biden’s chances — where were The New York Times and The Washington Post?
The truth of the Hunter Biden story is now becoming impossible to avoid or conceal. The family of the Democrat nominee for president received at least $5 million from an entity controlled by our greatest adversary. It was a blatant payoff, and most Americans who voted for Mr. Biden never heard of it — or were told before the election it was Russian disinformation. Once they did hear of it, 17% said they would have switched their votes, according to a poll by the Media Research Center. That’s the entire election. The censorship worked exactly as intended.
Typically, newspapers and media outlets band together when press freedom is threatened by censorship. Where was the sanctimonious “democracy dies in darkness?” Tragically, The Washington Post is now part of the darkness.
But this is just a start. When Twitter censors four of five Rush Limbaugh tweets in one day, I fear for the country.
When these monolithic Internet giants censor the president of the United States, I fear for the country.
When I see elite billionaires like Mark Zuckerburg are able to spend $400 million to hire city governments to maximize turnout in specifically Democratic districts — without any regard to election spending laws or good governance standards — I fear for the country.
When I read that Apple has a firm rule of never irritating China — and I watch the NBA kowtow to Beijing, I fear for our country.
When I watch story after story about election fraud being spiked — without even the appearance of journalistic due diligence or curiosity — I know something is sick.
The election process itself was the final straw in creating the crisis of confidence which is accelerating and deepening for many millions of Americans.
Aside from a constant stream of allegations of outright fraud, there are some specific outrages — any one of which was likely enough to swing the entire election.
Officials in virtually every swing state broke their states’ own laws to send out millions of ballots or ballot applications to every registered voter. It was all clearly documented in the Texas lawsuit, which was declined by the U.S. Supreme Court based on Texas’ procedural standing — not the merits of the case. That’s the election.
In addition, it’s clear that virtually every swing state essentially suspended normal requirements for verifying absentee ballots. Rejection rates were an order of magnitude lower than in a normal year. In Georgia, rejection rates dropped from 6.5% in 2016 to 0.2% in 2020. In Pennsylvania, it went from 1% in 2016 to .003% in 2020. Nevada fell from 1.6% to .75%. There is no plausible explanation other than that they were counting a huge number of ballots — disproportionately for Mr. Biden — that normally would not have passed muster. That’s the election.
The entire elite liberal media lied about the timeline of the COVID-19 vaccine. They blamed President Trump for the global pandemic even as he did literally everything top scientists instructed. In multiple debates, the moderators outright stated that he was lying about the U.S. having a vaccine before the end of the year (note Vice President Mike Pence received it this week). If Americans had known the pandemic was almost over, that too was likely the difference in the election.
The unanimously never-Trump debate commission spiked the second debate at a critical time in order to hurt President Trump. If there had been one more debate like the final one, it likely would have been pivotal.
This is just the beginning. But any one of those things alone is enough for Trump supporters to think we have been robbed by a ruthless establishment — which is likely to only get more corrupt and aggressive if it gets away with these blatant acts.
For more than four years, the entire establishment mobilized against the elected president of the United States as though they were an immune system trying to kill a virus. Now, they are telling us we are undermining democracy.
You have more than 74 million voters who supported President Trump despite everything — and given the election mess, the number could easily be significantly higher. The truth is tens of millions of Americans are deeply alienated and angry.
If Mr. Biden governs from the left — and he will almost certainly be forced to — that number will grow rapidly, and we will win a massive election in 2022.
Given this environment, I have no interest in legitimizing the father of a son who Chinese Communist Party members boast about buying. Nor do I have any interest in pretending that the current result is legitimate or honorable. It is simply the final stroke of a four-year establishment-media power grab. It has been perpetrated by people who have broken the law, cheated the country of information, and smeared those of us who believe in America over China, history over revisionism, and the liberal ideal of free expression over cancel culture.
I write this in genuine sorrow, because I think we are headed toward a serious, bitter struggle in America. This extraordinary, coordinated four-year power grab threatens the fabric of our country and the freedom of every American.
Patriots rallied, Antifa and its Handlers created an incident, and Mike Pence betrayed us
Steven W. Mosher, President, Population Research Institute
An earlier version of this article originally appeared in LifeSiteNews on January 7th, 2021
PRI is deeply saddened at the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol, and mourn the deaths of US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick and Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed inside the Capitol. The actions of a few, provoked by Antifa/BLM and other radical instigators, must not be used to defame the hundreds of thousands of pro-life, pro-family Americans who attended a peaceful rally to protest election fraud.
Wednesday began with a peaceful MAGA rally.
President Trump spoke at length detailing how the election was stolen in key swing states—and it was stolen. Then he encouraged the crowd to walk to the Capitol in a peaceful demonstration of their displeasure with what was arguably the most corrupt election in American history.
It goes without saying that the President did not call for violence. You can watch the speech for yourself. The president has never, in all of the hundreds of rallies that he has held, incited his rallygoers in that way. The atmosphere at the rallies is more along the lines of a kind of family reunion for forgotten Americans. Those of us who support him are happy warriors for truth, bearing zero resemblance to those on the Left.
That fact did not, of course, stop the media talking heads and the politicians from falsely blaming Trump and his supporters for what happened then.
Mingled in the crowd were members of the terrorist group, Antifa, who were there precisely to commit violent acts as part of a “false flag” operation. We have copies of the notices that Antifa organizers had sent out to their followers to infiltrate the crowd wearing MAGA gear and evidence that they were waiting for an opportunity to strike. One retired FBI agent reported seeing a bus disgorge an entire busload of Antifa.
These instigators had already broken into the Capitol by the time Trump supporters reached the area. Flimsy metal barricades surrounding the Capitol building had been set up by the Capitol Police but the Antifa plants began pushing these aside and encouraging others to do so. In some cases, the Capitol Police simply stood aside and let the crowd in. Some of the scenes look like opening day at Disney World, with the crowd walking—not running—calmly towards the building as the police seemed to lead the way.
At this point, President Trump sent out a video message to his supporters asking them to end the rally and leave. He reminded them that “we are the Party of law and order” and that they should “respect the law and our great men and women in blue.”
This was not a message that Twitter wanted the world or Trump’s supporters to hear. They quickly took this video and another tweet down. (All who are concerned about social media censorship should note that Twitter has now censored the sitting President of the United States for the first, but undoubtedly not the last, time.)
Over the years, I’ve been in the Capitol building a hundred times. It’s one of the most secure buildings in the world. It’s definitely not a building that you can “storm” or “breach”—as Trump supporters are accused of doing. All the Capitol Police would have had to do to keep the unarmed protesters out and secure the building is to lock the heavy steel doors. Instead, they let them in.
One video, obviously staged and filmed for publicity purposes, shows the Capitol Police opening an exit door, encouraging the crowd to come in, and then running away. The Capitol Police, I should note, work for Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell.
Pictures from inside the Capitol do not show those inside rioting or engaging in destructive acts, although several interior windows were reportedly broken by Antifa activists. Facial recognition technology has linked some of the Capitol rioters to Antifa/BLM activists in Philadelphia and Arizona. Congressman Matt Gaetz courageously pointed this out during his floor speech.
Finally, although this is being widely reported as a “violent” assault on the Capitol building, there have been to date no injuries reported among the Capitol Police force, members of which were seen taking selfies with some of Trump’s supporters inside the Capitol.
On the other hand, one unarmed demonstrator, a 14-year Air Force veteran by the name of Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by plainclothes police. They inexplicably fired through a window on a closed door. May she rest in peace.
Do not expect any George Floyd-style eulogies for this poor woman, however. The media can barely bring itself to mention her name. They are too busy attacking Trump supporters for causing “chaos” by walking around inside the Capitol and engaging in seditious acts like praying in the House chambers for their country.
The media prefer to celebrate things like Leftist agitators rioting in front of the White House and pulling down statues, like they did last summer. These are the kinds of acts that make Obama “proud”, as he said at the time, and get you included in Nike commercials.
Was the entire episode staged? It certainly seems that way to an increasing number of people.
In any event, the incident proved enormously useful to those who wanted to quickly certify the fraudulent election. Following the supposed “riot”, a number of Republicans backed off of their commitments to challenge the election results in key states. The Democrats—and some Republicans—came back to the House chambers with (pre)prepared speeches about how Trump and his supporters were engaging in an “insurrection” and threatening to overturn the “will of the people.”
As for Mike Pence, who was presiding over the counting of the electoral votes, he used the “violence” to justify handing over power to those who stole the presidential election—and continue to steal elections.
The plan—which I understand Pence had earlier agreed to—was to send the dueling slates of electors back to the contested states for the state legislatures to decide which one to certify. His action in doing so would have been justified by a longstanding rule laying out the Vice President’s role in counting electoral votes.
For decades, this rule has read that the Vice President would, before any votes are counted, “ascertain that [the] certificates are regular in form and authentic.” This rule would clearly have given Pence the authority to introduce competing slates of electors and send these back to the states.
Instead, without telling the President and his team, Pence changed the rules concerning how the electoral votes would be counted to avoid having to introduce or address the rival slates of Trump electors.
The “Pence rule” cedes the authority to determine which “certificates are regular in form and authentic” to the House Parliamentarian, who provides the House with guidance on parliamentary rules and procedures. The only votes that will be “announced,” the new rule reads, are those that the “Parliamentarian’s advised me is the only certificate of vote … from an authority of that state purporting to appoint or ascertain electors.”
The House Parliamentarian, of course, is appointed by the Speaker of the House, who is none other than Nancy Pelosi. What this means is that, for whatever reason, Pence let a member of Pelosi’s staff adjudicate the slates of electors. The outcome was a foregone conclusion.
It is hard to put into words the depth of the betrayal that I feel. Pence has always portrayed himself as utterly committed to the pro-life, pro-family, pro-American cause. And yet it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that, for whatever reason, he conspired with Nancy Pelosi and, of course, Mitch McConnell, to betray the very voters who put him in office in the first place. Not to mention the 75 million voters who voted in November, the pro-life cause, religious freedom, the Second Amendment—indeed, every principle he has long claimed to support.
Does he intend to run for president in 2024? Good luck with that.
As far as I’m concerned, he belongs right up there with Benedict Arnold and Aaron Burr.
Due to the massive, naked fraud and illegality by Democrats in the 2020 election, Wednesday’s joint session of Congress, convened for its constitutional function of receiving and counting the certified electoral votes from the states, will be a far cry from a mere formality.
As a result of machine generated “votes” and a vast breakdown of the rule of law, Biden leads Trump in the electoral count 306-232. But thanks to, finally, congressional Republicans who have stepped forward in defense of the president and the constitution, there will be numerous challenges to the the acceptance of electoral votes from states with the most obvious fraud. It is likely that this will be a highly contentious, lengthy proceeding.
Mike Pence, as President of the Senate presides over the session, per the constitution. One hot issue is, does he have unilateral authority to accept or reject slates of electors?
Will the presentation of evidence, e.g., of election fraud, be allowed?
Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short issued the following statement: “Vice President Pence shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election… The Vice President welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on January 6th.”
Upon a challenge to a state’s electoral vote, will the mandatory debates be resolved by by counting a plurality of votes from the respective congressional bodies, or by a plurality of one-vote-per-state delegates within the bodies?
In the end, Biden or Trump may be certified as having the decisive number of electoral votes. Or neither may be, after which the House decides and Trump should be the winner. Or a deadlock could require a delay of days or weeks to resolve conflicts. Some lawmakers are now asking for a 10-day delay so that forensic audits may be done in the states.
The Epoch Times: The House of Representatives and the Senate on Sunday adopted rules that outline how the counting of Electoral College votes will take place on Jan. 6.
The Epoch Times Investigative Documentary on the 2020 election: Who’s stealing America? (1 hour 33 min YouTube)
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts reports: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who is a supporter of legal abortion and a proponent of tax subsidies for Planned Parenthood, has vetoed the ROE Amendment to the state budget.
The measure would reduce the age of parental or judicial consent for minors seeking abortions, remove born alive protections for infants who survived abortion, lower the medical criteria for late term abortions, and make abortions more dangerous for women by allowing midwifes and nurse practitioners to perform them.
The Catholic Action League called Baker’s veto “compelling evidence of just how extreme this legislation is.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Governor Baker was correct to veto this amendment. The entire rationale for it was bogus.”
“Nothing President Donald Trump’s appointees to the U. S. Supreme Court may do regarding Roe v. Wade will have any impact on the 1981 decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Moe v. Hanley, which established a right to abortion under the Massachusetts Constitution.”
“All seven current members of the SJC support that decision. There are overwhelming majorities in both branches of the Legislature in favor of legal abortion. No proponent of the right to life has been elected Governor of the Commonwealth since Edward King in 1978, 42 years ago.”
“This measure was always about agitprop, fundraising and muscle flexing by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, who have successfully exploited and monetized liberal paranoia about Donald Trump and the Supreme Court.”
Top intelligence officials are warning that China is stepping up its influence operations inside the U.S. while also moving aggressively to challenge U.S. interests overseas.
William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said yesterday that the Chinese have initiated influence campaigns aimed at the incoming Biden Administration.
The targets are not just the people likely to serve in key positions but also “those who are around those folks in the new administration,” Evanina said. He added, “We are going to be very keen on making sure the new administration understands that influence, what it looks like, what it tastes like, what it feels like.”
I suspect that Joe and Hunter Biden could teach Evanina a thing or two when it comes to what Chinese influence looks, tastes and feels like since Hunter got rich with money from Beijing!
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that more than 1,000 Chinese “researchers” recently fled the U.S. after six fellow “researchers” were arrested this summer on charges of spying for the communist Chinese military.
The Post notes that Justice Department officials were “surprised” by the “breadth and depth of the exodus.” Really?
For the past 30 years, “cultural exchange” programs with China have flourished in the United States, all the while facilitating Beijing’s aggressive espionage efforts. Previous administrations of both parties generally ignored it, too afraid of upsetting the status quo.
Thankfully, President Trump stood up to the communist Chinese and their corporate apologists on Wall Street and put America first.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2: A young couple, Paul and Julia, joined us in prayer; it was their first time with us. Paul informed us that his sister is Lila Rose!
Two women decided against abortion on Wednesday at the very busy Women’s Health Services in Brookline. Both of them spoke to a sidewalk counselor and took pro-life material. Please pray for both of these women and their families.
It was a busy morning at Planned Parenthood Tuesday, December 1; not surprising since they were closed Thursday-Saturday of last week. There were definitely abortion appointments among the various women who went in.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1: Carmel(left) counseled the two women and offered them help, but they entered Planned Parenthood anyway.
Eleanor received a call on Friday, November 20 from a young woman who had been to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, which she did not get—she was beyond their 18-week limit. Outside of Planned Parenthood she had received a rosary and Eleanor’s business card—“Hope, Help, and Love”—from a sidewalk counselor. Number 16!
Rita texted this picture today and said that, again, there was no business at Women’s Health Services in Brookline. It is now typical for WHS to be closed one or more days per week. But they are still open and average about 25 abortions per week.
The news is coming fast and furious, and the distortion, omissions, and lies are epic: indicative of what is at stake and the malice and / or cowardice of the opposition. There is too much to give a complete or current summary, but here are some good links that you may have missed:
Diana West: There is a link to the Trump Team’s entire news conference yesterday, and some rebutting of media responses, including some who should know better, such as Tucker Carlson.
Molly Hemingway in The Federalist: If it takes a few weeks for these 74 million voters and their elected representatives to see if they can learn anything about election integrity and whether this election had it, the people who put them through four years of claims about “illegitimacy” can go ahead and sit down and wait.
Populist Press: The New Drudge
The Gateway Pundit: better than Breitbart; updated through the day.
This man heckled pro-lifers through most of the 40 Days for Life. On this particular day, he and another heckler passing by nearly came to blows. Boston Police intervened and the second man was charged with something, but no arrest was made.
“I’m praying for you!” exclaimed Judy, a sidewalk counselor, to a young woman entering a nearby car on Saturday, October 10. Surprisingly, the woman motioned Judy over. Judy approached the car and the woman said, “I didn’t do it!” She then showed Judy a printed copy of the ultrasound image of her baby! That’s number 15.
The Forty Days for Life national count of babies saved from abortion during the Fall Campaign is 212!
Learn Your Options pregnancy center reported that they have had 111 women choose life for their babies this year—so far! A big catalyst for most of the 111 was a result of seeing the ultrasound image of their babies.
Forty Days for Life had strong participation on Saturday and Sunday; hecklers were present, however.
As expected, President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. The Democrat outrage and smear campaign are givens. But there are other hazards on the road to confirmation:
1. Does the Republican Senate really want to confirm Judge Barrett? “We have the votes,” it has been said repeatedly. We’ll see. It was considered a sure thing that Planned Parenthood would be defunded when Trump got elected along with a Republican House and Senate. But, somehow the Republican Senate could not quite come up with the votes.
Trump has numerous enemies in the Republican ranks, some overt, some not. And most Republicans are not known for their courageous stands on principle, which makes them vulnerable to intimidation by the Democrat media.
Over the weekend Senator Lindsey Graham announced that Judiciary Committee hearings will not begin until October 12(!), with the expectation of a committee vote in favor of Judge Barrett on October 22. After that should be the confirmation vote in the full senate.
This confirmation date strikes me as dangerously close to Election Day. Democrats will seize any pretext to delay; how determined will the Republicans be in resisting them? On Meet the Press Senator Roy Blunt (R–Mo.) said that the confirmation “could be done before Election Day. If for some reason it’s not done, we’ll do it after Election Day.” Is he a canary in the coal mine?
2. Will Amy Barrett be the Justice we are looking for?
As recent history shows, placing justices on the Supreme Court is something akin to stud poker. Several cards are face up, perhaps suggesting victory, but there are the “hole”—face down—cards. When turned over, your imminent victory can abruptly become a shocking loss.
The information we have about Amy Barrett is limited, but still encouraging. She was (is?) a member of the Notre Dame Faculty for Life. In 2017, Planned Parenthood “condemned” her appointment to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals because “Coney Barrett has a very active and vocal opposition to reproductive rights.”
It is a gamble, but Judge Barrett ought to be confirmed. She is probably the best available, and despite her deference to precedent (see below), the Supreme Court can reverse precedent. Since we are pro-lifers and non-Democrats, we have no choice but to take our chances.
3. More about the gamble
The confirmation process for the Supreme Court is one of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Certain questions, especially on abortion must not be asked , nor answered. (Unless the nominee is a Democrat, pledging allegiance to Roe v. Wade .) Trump was asked on Fox and Friends if he discussed particular court cases, such as Roe v. Wade, with Amy Barrett:
“So I didn’t think it was for me to discuss that with her. Because it’s something she’s going to be ruling on and this is what I was told — although I would have had the right to do that,” the president responded.
“But if you look at her, her past actions, rulings, I guess she maybe would be in the category that you mentioned, I don’t know, I can say this that she is certainly conservative in her views and her rulings. And we’ll have to see how that all works out,” he said.
Yes, we’ll see. And why would we care what she thinks about Roe v. Wade anyway?
4. And how about stare decisis?
Justices of the Supreme Court and lower federal courts solemnly swear “to support and defend the Constitution.” During the confirmation process in 2017 for the Seventh Circuit, Amy Barrett was asked:
Under what circumstances would you decide to defer to your “best understanding” of the Constitution rather than to precedent?
She answered: If I am confirmed, there are no circumstances under which I would defer to my best understanding of the Constitution rather than to Supreme Court precedent. As for potential conflicts between my best understanding of the Constitution and Seventh Circuit precedent, I would apply the law of stare decisis .
Stare decisis is Latin for “to stand by things decided.” So, if a disordered judge or court has issued an unconstitutional ruling, that takes priority over the constitution in the rulings of a lower court, according to the “doctrine” of stare decisis . So much for the oath!
And how about an abortion case?
She answered: In Planned Parenthood v. Casey , the plurality opinion declined to overrule Roe because, among other things, “people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.” 505 U.S. 833, 856 (1992). That decision, like all Supreme Court precedents, would be binding upon me as a Circuit Judge if I am confirmed.
These positions, which may surprise you, are not unique to Amy Barrett. They are held by nearly all judges; they all receive the same indoctrination. According to the Congressional Research Service, “In 1765, the English jurist William Blackstone described the doctrine of English common law precedent as establishing a strong presumption that judges would ‘abide by former precedents, where the same points come again in litigation’ unless such precedents were ‘flatly absurd or unjust’ in order to promote stability in the law.”
Apparently it has not occurred to the ruling class that Roe v. Wade is flatly absurd and unjust.
5. Doing their best?
Not long ago, Chief Justice Roberts, in a retort to President Trump’s complaint about an “Obama judge,” said, “There are no ‘Obama judges’”; just conscientious jurists doing their best(!).
Would it surprise you to learn that Amy Barrett apparently agrees with John Roberts? And is that a reason to be alarmed?
In a 2016 speech at Jacksonville University, starting at about the 14:00 minute mark, Amy Barrett opined on the perception versus reality of prominent court decisions. Citizens, she said, see the headlines, e.g., “Court strikes down Texas abortion restrictions,” but not the reasoning and hard analysis that goes into such decisions. This, she continued, leaves citizens “with the impression that justices and judges are just casting votes based on policy results that they would prefer. ...[B]ut that is not how judges see their role.”
Really?? Does Amy Barrett, a brilliant jurist, really think that the judiciary is all on the level? “Casting votes based on policy results that they would prefer” is exactly how liberal judges operate. There are Obama judges!
Ed Whelan in National Review: Nothing in Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s record provides any support for the charge that she would indulge her Catholic faith and her reputed pro-life convictions in deciding cases, and one of her votes cuts directly against such a charge.
During her three years on the Seventh Circuit, Judge Barrett has taken part in two proceedings involving state regulation of abortion. Both were decisions by the en banc Seventh Circuit whether to rehear panel rulings.
Of the 163 nominations in U.S. history to the U.S. Supreme Court, more than half were formally nominated and confirmed within 45 days.
The Trafalgar Group, a Georgia-based polling firm known for its ability to correctly sample hard-to-reach, conservative Trump voters, shows President Trump with leads in the key battleground states of North Carolina, Florida and Michigan.
During the 2016 presidential race — widely predicted wrong by the mainstream polling establishment — the Trafalgar Group was the only pollster within the RealClearPolitics polling aggregator to show candidate Donald Trump defeating rival Hillary Clinton in Michigan. Their polls in 2016 also showed Donald Trump winning Pennsylvania — again, they were nearly alone in projecting Trump’s narrow victory there — and thus taking the White House.
Carrie Gress, PhD, interviewed on the Bookmark show on EWTN, discusses her book The Anti-Mary Exposed. Her book covers various manifestations of the “enmmity between you and the woman” (Gen 3:15), e.g., feminism, promiscuity, abortion, the occult, etc. and remedial measures. The female sign vandal (below) is a textbook example of an anti-Mary. Video runs 27 minutes.
“I love my abortions! They saved my life!” exclaimed the young woman (above; she was a pedestrian, not a P.P. customer) as she passed by us in front of Planned Parenthood the morning of August 19. A few minutes later she returned and confronted Frank (above) and another pro-lifer with a diatribe of rage and obscenities. Though expressing love for her two abortions, the love affair has not made her happy. As she continued toward the crosswalk, she lunged at Frank’s two signs (below), damaging the framework. She was deterred by a Planned Parenthood security guard who came out and yelled at her, after which she walked away.
On Saturday, August 15, this man smashed two of Frank’s signs with his cane (note the metallic looking object on the end of it) as he walked past Planned Parenthood. Fortunately, Joe followed him and flagged down the police officer at the end of the block. This man is a regular pedestrian who has never vandalized any of our signs before. He may be a Satanist: he nearly always wears all black, and recently wore a tee shirt with a pentagram on the front. We don’t know of any connection between them, but we did notice the common color of the tall man’s garb and that of the raging blonde, plus the proximity in time (only four days apart).
We speculated that the tall man in black may have been triggered by Frank’s new sign (above, after the attack): the image of Jesus holding the Eucharistic host. Not compatible with Satanic devotion.
August 1 was fifth annual National Pro-Life Generation Sidewalk Day, sponsored by Students for Life of America. Abigail Young, SFLA New England Regional Coordinator is on the left.
Carmel received a phone call — out of the blue — from a young woman she met on the sidewalk last year. She was pregnant, had an abortion scheduled, but was leaning against the abortion. So, the next day, Carmel and Stephanie drove out to meet the young woman. Bottom line: abortion appointment cancelled and the young woman has gratefully received assistance from the pro-lifers, with more to come.
Bishop Timothy Doherty of the Diocese of Lafayette, IN.
“I support those who choose to demonstrate peacefully in favor of social equality, equity and justice. However, The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and Antifa promote beliefs and stances that directly contradict Catholic Church teachings. I have always opposed these contradictions to Church teaching and have never advocated for any organization that promotes these contradictions. I have never supported those who bring violence to otherwise peaceful demonstrations.”
No word on whether Father Rothrock will be restored to public ministry. To sign a petition asking Bishop Doherty to restore Father Rothrock, go to the Complicit Clergy web site and scroll down for the link.
Acclaimed author and philosopher Dr. Carrie Gress joins Christendom College president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell to discuss a solution to this cultural decay in her provocative work The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis.
By William Kilpatrick | July 20, 2020
Why? Once again, the answer is fear. Leftism and Islam share many ideological similarities. For example, both incorporate terror into their modus operandi. Each understands that the other means business. Consequently, leftists and Islamists show each other a certain respect, and they often work together toward the same goals. Although many churches and synagogues were vandalized during the riots, mosques were left alone.
Leftists and Islamists aren’t immune from fear, but they are better at keeping their fear in check because both have a cause to believe in. It’s a different story with many in the establishment. They don’t believe in anything beyond status and personal comfort. The idea of risking one’s life in a cause is quite alien to them. They don’t see any point in fighting for intangibles such as freedom of religion and freedom of speech. As long as the mob leaves then in peace, they are willing to appease it.
In short, they are cowards. But no one wants to admit to being one. As Albert Camus observed, “Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”
What has happened in America is that fear of the mob has been transformed into a virtue. “Whoever said anything about fear,” says the television anchor, the CEO, the archbishop, and the football player, “We just want to sig... er, show our commitment to diversity, our concern for black lives, and our dedication to social justice.”
Nevertheless, at the bottom of all the virtue signaling is the fear of being on the wrong side of the mob—not just the mob in the streets, but the media mob, the academic mob, and the corporate mob.
It’s not the insurrection itself, but the cowardice in the face of it that may spell the end of America. Our situation is, in some respects, reminiscent of the one that Spaniards faced in 2004. A national election was coming up, the popular party led in the polls, then, suddenly, terrorists cast fear into the hearts of the people and to appease the terrorists, the people voted in the left-leaning Socialist Workers Party.
Substitute “left-wing mob” for “terrorists” and “Democratic Party” for “Socialist Workers Party” and you have an eerily similar set up. Just as the train bombings in Madrid were intended to affect the outcome of an election, so too are today’s violent protests in America.
Women’s Health Services, Brookline
Women’s Health Services has really slowed down—even since the governor’s lockdown. Are their deficits growing? Will they close soon? We do not know, but we persevere in Hopeful prayer!
Here is a sidewalk counselor’s report from Thursday, July 16: Only two women went into WHS today; a third couple spent 30 minutes in their car. The guard even went over to their car to check on their situation. Eventually they pulled out of the driveway. When I signaled to them, the passenger window went down and I asked if they changed their mind. Without making eye contact, the woman tersely said, “No!” The father took the literature I offered but did not want to talk further. They left and did not return. Judging from their clothes, they looked like they were well educated professionals.
Baby saved? God knows now; someday, we may also.
JULY 9, WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICES: Our sidewalk counselor reported that a baby was saved from abortion.
“All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” (Acts 1:14)
Father Rothrock was suspended by Bishop Doherty for condemning the violence of “wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits,” i.e., Black Lives Matter, Antifa, et al.
July 6, 2020 (Breitbart) — The bishop of Lafayette, Indiana, has suspended a priest from public ministry for penning an essay saying that Black Lives Matter had betrayed the civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglass.
Last week, Lafayette Bishop Timothy Doherty suspended Father Theodore Rothrock, the pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic parish “in the wake of Father Rothrock’s June 28 bulletin article” noting that even if he is eventually allowed to continue in priestly ministry “he will no longer be assigned as Pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel” for his next mission.
Father Rothrock’s bulletin article:
Today in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 June 2020
This dialogue from Hamlet is taken from Act 3, scene 2 and is a response to Hamlet’s query: “how like you this play?” The line suggests a hidden agenda that is revealed in the objections, where the accuser is actually the perpetrator. History is replete with examples of misdirection. In 2001 the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, the 6th century monumental statues of Gautama Buddha in central Afghanistan, claiming them to be pagan idols. The world was horrified, but did nothing about it.
Despots and tyrants have always employed accusation and distortion to achieve all manner of mischief in an effort to shape and mold public opinion. Anyone currently doing business with Amazon could not help but notice the prominent banner headline from the internet giant touting their proud support for “Black Lives Matter.” But do those black lives really matter to the community organizers promoting their agenda? Is “Antifa” concerned with the defeat of fascist right-wing nationalism or more interested in the establishment of left-wing global socialism?
The brutal murder of a black man in police custody has sparked a landslide of reaction to the alleged systemic racism in America. We are being told that the scars of race relations in this country are really unhealed wounds that continue to fester and putrefy; amputation is required! Reforms must be sweeping and immediate to crush the rising wave of racism that pervades the nation and perverts the body politic.
On the heels of the Covid sequestration, the bottled-up tension of an isolated population has exploded into riots and demonstrations that we have not seen the like in fifty years. What would the great visionary leaders of the past be contributing to the discussion at this point in time? Would men like Fredrick Douglass and the Reverend King, both men of deep faith, be throwing bombs or even marching in the streets? Would they be pleased with the murder rates in our cities or the destruction of our families by the welfare system? Would they see a value in the obliteration of our history to re-write a future without the experience and struggles of the past? Would we tear down their monuments?
Who are the real racists and the purveyors of hate? You shall know them by their works. The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own. They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.
The message of peace that comes to us in Christ is the gospel we carry in common with the Orthodox Churches and other Christians. We must stand in solidarity with our brethren across the world to oppose this malevolent force. Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe. They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God. Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured. The father of lies has not just been seen in our streets, we have invited him into our home. Now he is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith.
To contact Bishop Doherty and insist that he restore Father Rothrock, go to the Complicit Clergy web site. Or contact him directly:
Bishop Timothy L. Doherty
Bishop of Lafayette
P.O. Box 260
Lafayette IN 47902-0260
Watch Glenn Beck’s impassioned video on the dismissal of Father Rothrock.
July 5, 2020 (Washington Times) — A letter signed by more than 350 “current and former staffers” of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, as well as about 800 donors, supporters and volunteers, declared that founder Margaret Sanger was “a racist, white woman” and that the organization suffers from “institutional racism.”
“We know that Planned Parenthood has a history and a present steeped in white supremacy and we, the staff, are motivated to do the difficult work needed to improve,” said the June 18 open letter from Save PPGNY.
The missive accomplished its primary goal: the ouster of Laura McQuade, who stepped down June 23 as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. But critics are watching to see whether Planned Parenthood, after decades of deflecting criticism from the pro-life movement, can withstand the scrutiny of the “cancel culture” and Black Lives Matter.
“Planned Parenthood staffers criticizing Margaret Sanger as racist is certainly unprecedented and completely justified,” said Hayden Ludwig, an investigative researcher at the conservative Capital Research Center who has written extensively on Sanger.
A young woman, scheduled for an abortion at Planned Parenthood in the middle of last week, changed her mind and decided not to have the abortion (#12). She received Eleanor’s card from one of the pro-lifers present and called Eleanor Friday. Thanks be to God!
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The United States Supreme Court decided 5-4 to strike down a Louisiana law requiring basic medical precautions in the event of abortion complications, with Chief Justice John Roberts reversing his own past decision to uphold a similar Texas law.
June Medical Services LLC v. Russo concerned Louisiana’s requirement that abortion centers make arrangements for admitting women to nearby hospitals in cases of life-threatening complications.
The abortion industry’s attorneys argued the law is no different from the Texas law the Supreme Court struck down in 2016’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Pro-lifers argued that not only was Hellerstedt wrongly decided but that Louisiana’s situation is different from that of Texas anyway, including that most Louisiana hospitals don’t have the Texas requirement that doctors must see a minimum number of patients per year to qualify for admitting privileges.
Clarence Thomas: Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction. As is often the case with legal challenges to abortion regulations, this suit was brought by abortionists and abortion clinics. Their sole claim before this Court is that Louisiana’s law violates the purported substantive due process right of a woman to abort her unborn child. But they concede that this right does not belong to them, and they seek to vindicate no private rights of their own. Under a proper understanding of Article III, these plaintiffs lack standing to invoke our jurisdiction.
In case you have not noticed, the mayhem in our streets is a revolutionary movement. Racism is a pretext; the over-riding goal is the destruction of western civilization and Christendom. Atheistic materialism is the essence of the resultant communist “workers’ paradise,” which is the antithesis of a pro-life society.
On the one hand, the demand to end racist killings at the hands of the police seems straightforward, and was being made loudly on the protest.
But on the other hand, we must emphasise that this cannot be achieved within the capitalist system. This police violence and racism is a symptom of the violence and racism inherent within capitalism: a system based on exploitation and oppression.
Revolutionary demands are therefore necessary for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The murder of George Floyd is a spark that has ignited all the accumulated combustible material of anger and discontent in society — in the USA and in Britain. The task now is to organise radicalised workers and youth — black and white — against the real culprit: capitalism.
“Trained marxist” Black Lives Matter leader: “Our goal is to get Trump out!”
In August 2018, shortly after the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced the formation of a special committee to deal with the national “crisis” of racism. In November 2018 the bishops approved the release of Open Wide Our Hearts, a pastoral letter against racism.
The letter confirms that racism is sinful and claims that the United States remains guilty of “systemic racism.”
Given the timing of the letter and the actual non-crisis status of racism, it is difficult avoid the inference that it was written to lend the bishops’ support—give their blessing, so to speak—to the Democrats’ Trump-is-a-racist slander.
That individual bishops have now aligned themselves with Black Lives Matter, et al., reinforces the perception that they are more politic than prophetic.
On June 5, 2020 Cardinal O’Malley took up the systemic racism theme in a letter to the people of the Boston archdiocese: “George Floyd’s death makes clear that racist premises and attitudes, often implicit, are woven through basic structures — political, legal, economic, cultural and religious — in the United States.”
But this is a logical error: inferring nationwide corruption from the behavior of four policemen. The cardinal’s statement may seem correct because, like all circular reasoning, it rests on an assumption which in turn is mistaken for a conclusion.
But is the assumption correct? Are racist attitudes “woven through the basic structures” of the nation? I don’t think so. We have a hideous history and we will probably always have racist individuals, but the days of lynchings, the Klan, Jim Crow, and segregated public facilities are over. [Recommended: 22 minute video of attorney and talk show host Larry Elder rebutting interviewer David Rubin on systemic racism.]
The convenient thing about denouncing racism in America today is that there is near universal agreement that racism is evil. Thus, denouncing it has almost no cost today; in contrast to, say, seventy years ago; and also it is much less costly than taking a prophetic stand against popular sins that really have reached crisis levels.
It is disappointing that Cardinal O’Malley’s letter does not take the revolutionary aspect of Black Lives Matter and the protests into account. But he does seem to be conscious of it in at least one respect: he forced the resignation of MIT chaplain Father Moloney.
This is a Stalinist tactic used against a priest who had the integrity to dissent from the credo of the mob. In an email to MIT Catholics, Father Moloney had the temerity to raise questions that must not be asked; to make observations such as:
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, most people in the country have framed this as an act of racism. I don’t think we know that. Many people have claimed that racism is major problem in police forces. I don’t think we know that. Police officers deal with dangerous and bad people all the time, and that often hardens them. They do this so that the rest of us can live in peace, but sometimes at a cost to their souls.
MIT’s Bias Response Team (PC police) demanded that Father Moloney resign. Cardinal O’Malley complied and compelled him to do so.
In a time of mob rule, reason is out, demands are in.
It is a time for choosing for all of us: will we emulate Pilate or Jesus?
— Bill Cotter
El Paso Texas Bishop Mark Seitz, center, kneels with other demonstrators at Memorial Park holding a Black Lives Matter sign in El Paso, Texas on June 1, 2020. (Fernie Ceniceros/Catholic Diocese of El Paso via AP)
Appeasement of groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter by police, politicians, and clergy is only going to accelerate the demise of our country.
“Black Lives Matter” is a violent Marxist-Leninist group; its agenda is anti-family, pro-LGBT, and pro-open borders. Its goals are ultimately destructive to blacks.
Candace Owens, host of the PragerU Candace Owens Show
From Gateway Pundit: Since his death, Antifa and other Leftists have looted and burned hundreds of stores, businesses and government buildings in the name of “justice.”
Candace loves her country and she is against the violence we have seen recently promoted and excused by the left and Democrat leaders. Since Candace posted this viral video, it has over a million views.
By Matt McDonald | June 5, 2020
The United States is infected with racism at its core, Cardinal Sean O’Malley says in a letter to be read to Catholic parishioners in the Archdiocese of Boston this weekend (June 6-7).
“George Floyd’s death makes clear that racist premises and attitudes, often implicit, are woven through basic structures — political, legal, economic, cultural and religious — in the United States,” O’Malley writes.
He acknowledges changes in legislation starting in the 1960s and the eight-year presidency of Barack Obama, noting “that there have been important and meaningful advances of civil rights and the election of an African American President.”
“But to know that fifty years later four police officers would see themselves entitled to murder a black man with impunity makes clear how far we must yet go to achieve racial equality,” O’Malley says in the letter.
Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Larry Elder (libertarian radio host) about the Black Lives Matter movement, systemic racism, and more. (22 minute video)
How much of our New England Catholic Church will survive the CCP virus trial? I don’t know, but the indications are there will be heavy casualties. For years before the virus, the Church had already been suffering declining attendance and revenue due to scandals, the birth dearth, and the overall secular trends in society.
Now has come the re-opening. But with a litany of intrusive sanitizing and safety measures.
I am among those who believe that the measures taken in this pandemic — lockdowns, masks, social distancing, etc. — have been way overdone, with little regard for the costs of these measures, which are human — life and health — as well as monetary; that the Fauci / Baker regimen is toxic to the health of the Church; and that it is fostering fear instead of faith.
This is not to deny the reality or danger of the virus. But our response to this virus is unprecedented and highlights a striking contrast: the quantity and frequency of messages and procedures within the Church designed to avoid the corona virus, versus the relative rarity of warnings about mortal (a seldom invoked term) sins that threaten our eternal life; but which surveys indicate are widely practiced by Catholics.
In many, if not most, parishes communicants are now required to receive in the hand; often preceded by a mandatory application of hand sanitizer.
But if a notorious abortion advocate decides to receive Communion, which should be denied to him, according to Canon 915; no problem! Despite the fact that it’s sacrilegious and detrimental to the recipient, according to scripture.
Are we perhaps drifting backwards? Consider this passage from the Gospel of Mark:
Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders; and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions which they observe, the washing of cups and pots and vessels of bronze.) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”
— Mark 7:1-7
Are health gurus and government leaders trustworthy?
Has the Church become too compliant toward and entangled with the state? Is the church in the USA moving toward the German model, where clergy are salaried employees of the government?
Fear and isolation can render the Church more vulnerable to being enlisted in ungodly agendas of the state. Such as . . . ?
One prospect on the near horizon is “contact tracing” — an expansion of the surveillance state, under the guise of accumulating a data base of people who have come in contact with others infected with the COVID virus; not to mention a convenient pretext for bureaucrats to shut down a parish.
An article on how contact tracing will work with phone apps is here; an excellent column by Michelle Malkin delves into this proposed revolutionary step. Of course, there is big money involved.
Finally, this email from an out of state woman:
Attempted to go to Confession just now at a local church. I was greeted at the door by two masked folks with clipboards. Was informed I had to give my full name for “contact tracing” purposes. I said, “I just want to go to Confession.”
“Yes, we need your full name.”
“I only want to go to Confession.”
“We need your full name.”
I turned around and left.
This is RIDICULOUS. It’s way too Big Brother-ish and creepy as hell. If this is the “new normal” then we have forfeited everything.
— Bill Cotter
The Church must change. She must stop being afraid of causing shock and of going against the tide. She must give up thinking of herself as a worldly institution. She must return to her only “raison d’être:” faith. The Church is there to announce that Jesus conquered death through His resurrection. This is at the heart of her message: “And if Christ has not been raised, then empty, too, is our preaching; empty, too, your faith ... and we are the most wretched of all men” (1 Corinthians 15:14-19). All the rest is only a consequence of this.
Our societies will come out of this crisis weakened. They will need psychologists to overcome the trauma of not being able to accompany the elderly and the dying to their tombs, but even more, they will need priests to teach them to pray and to hope. The crisis reveals that our societies, without knowing it, are suffering deeply from a spiritual evil: they do not know how to give meaning to suffering, finitude and death.
FRIDAY, MAY 15: Jane and Theresa (above) were at Planned Parenthood this morning when, for the second time this week a woman came out and told pro-lifers that she had made the decision for Life. Pat, another counselor, said, “I just had a save outside Planned Parenthood just now. ______ came to both Theresa and I. I told her I would contact her as to where to get pro life services.”
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13: A woman came out of Planned Parenthood and told John (red) and Pat (green) that she had canceled her abortion appointment! She had been inside for about an hour, but finally realized she did not want the abortion. She was all smiles when, unsolicited, she approached John and Pat and told them the good news.
Many of you are frustrated and angry about the loss of the Mass and the sacraments due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. Churches are closed while many stores, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Job Lot, Target, liquor and marijuana stores, and worst of all, abortion facilities, are open.
There is talk of the “new normal” (read that to mean changes to prevent things from going back to normal in the near and distant future!).
Word from the Archdiocese has very much parroted the secular recommendations. We have heard nothing of our “Constitutional right to freedom of religion.”
As our Shepherd, it is Cardinal O’Malley’s job to lead the fight for our rights to our sacraments. To date, he has not done so. It is time for the laity to make our wishes known to him, in a peaceful and prayerful rally of Catholics.
Please join us on Sunday, May 17th at 3:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street, Boston, MA. We'll be reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Holy Rosary.
Numbers are important. Please extend this invitation to everyone you can. The time for silent compliance is over.
Outside of Adams Square Baptist Church, May 10. Note this woman’s hat!
NEW BOSTON POST, May 10: On Sunday, Pastor Kris Casey did exactly what he has done the past two Sundays and this past Wednesday: hold a church service for more than 10 people.
This one drew the biggest crowd.
Several dozen attendees gathered at Adams Square Baptist Church in Worcester, and followed all the same precautions in place as last week: non-relatives had to sit at least six feet apart, masks and gloves were mandatory, temperature checks took place at the door, and the church underwent a professional cleaning before the service. Additionally, there was no collection this Sunday or last Sunday.
Pastor Casey has been punished for holding the church services, which go against Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s executive order of March 23 that limits most gatherings to 10 people or less.
Casey got a citation from the Worcester Police with a $300 civil penalty for his service last Sunday. For the service this past Wednesday, Worcester’s city manager has said that Worcester Police have applied for a criminal complaint and a fine of $500 against the church — although Casey clarified on Sunday that he has not yet received official notice of the fine.
Monday’s Liberty Rally at the State House drew at least 2000 citizens opposed to Governor Baker’s lockdown, according to Boston Police.
The event, called Liberty Rally, was organized by conservatives, but also drew some with bread-and-butter complaints against the emergency orders.
WRKO radio talk show host Jeffrey Kuhner was the main speaker.
He was joined by Massachusetts Constitution Party chairman David Kopacz; and John Hugo, who was the 2018 Republican nominee in the Fifth Congressional District race.
Kuhner told the crowd that the shutdown has gone on long enough and that Baker’s decisions are killing small businesses.
“I’m not going to sugarcoat this, America is committing national suicide,’ Kuhner said. “I see churches closed, I see an economic collapse, thousands of businesses bankrupt and shuttered — all of this for a lousy virus? For a contagious flu at the absolute worst? This Is not a pandemic.”
Pastor Kris Casey holds an American flag on the steps of Adams Square Baptist Church on Sunday, May 3. Photo by Tom Joyce for New Boston Post.
NEW BOSTON POST: For the second straight Sunday, the pastor of a church in Worcester held an indoor church service for more than the limit of 10 people allowed by the governor’s order.
Worcester’s city manager says Pastor Kris Casey will be fined $300.
And Pastor Casey says he plans to do it again.
Much of the service was carried live on the YouTube channel of Adams Square Baptist Church, but not all of it. New Boston Post was the only news outlet to have a reporter inside the church.
The service violated Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s executive order of March 23 limiting most gatherings to 10 people — including what the order calls “faith-based” events. The order is currently in effect until Monday, May 18.
WORCESTER TELEGRAM: Last week, Casey reportedly had 56 individuals attend a Sunday service at the Lincoln Street Church.
On Sunday, May 3, forty-six attendees were counted leaving through the front door after the service.
Police Chief Steven M. Sargent was across the street around 10 a.m. counting people walking into the church. Sargent said if there is any applicable fine for breaking the ban, they would come down from the City Manager’s office.
“Listen, it’s because of the men and women, our forefathers, who fought and died, that we have the liberty and Constitution that protects us to worship God in spirit and truth,” Casey said. “My whole argument has been the 1st and 14th amendments, along with Massachusetts law that says that no law shall be made that infringes on my rights to freely worship my God and my savior. And, so, just because it’s not written into law, it may be an order. It may be something else. No law means no law.”
RIGA, Latvia, May 1, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A Latvian archbishop said the country’s faithful have been publicly receiving all sacraments throughout the coronavirus pandemic after spiritual leaders convinced authorities that “spiritual food is no less important than physical food” and that “man does not live of bread alone.”
Latvia is a small state in Eastern Europe, slightly larger than West Virginia, bordering both the Baltic Sea and Russia. The country’s population is under two million people, and Lutheranism is the predominant religion. About 20 percent of the population identifies as Catholic.
Archbishop Zbignevs Stankevics of Riga sent a statement to Zenit, a Catholic news agency, in which he explained the importance of continuous dialog with government authorities.
The archbishop, and other Catholics, made their case by pointing out how the public celebration of the sacraments, even amid a pandemic, would be beneficial to the state by reducing social tensions.
“Lately, psychiatrists have pointed out the worsening of mental problems because of the restrictions,” Stankevics said. “In this regard, the church helps the society to maintain its psychological and mental health in times of crisis.”
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, May 1, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — On Thursday two pro-lifers were arrested for offering women roses at the Delta Clinic abortion facility, an action that led two mothers to turn away from abortion and another eight to at least leave the abortuary.
Pro-life demonstrators, including well-known Baton Rouge activist Richard Mahoney, arrived at the facility at 7:30 am. Mahoney was accompanied by Red Rose Rescuers Lauren Handy and Patrice Woodword. Their intention was to speak to all of the women arriving for their abortions who lined up in the parking lot waiting their turn to enter the abortion facility. Seventy pro-lifers soon assembled outside of the clinic, some quietly praying while others held signs.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14: Women’s Health Services in Brookline, which BOASTS of being the only standalone facility in New England to offer “abortion care” up to 24 weeks!
Richard and John were the two sidewalk counselors posted at WHS this morning. A young woman arrived with her father for a scheduled abortion. She was 24 weeks pregnant! Richard made his appeal but the woman entered the facility anyway. A while later she came out and got into the car with her father. As they exited the parking lot, the window in the car was rolled down. “She didn’t have the abortion!” A ray of Easter Light during this somber time!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8: Prayer and counseling at Planned Parenthood. The ghost town quality that Boston has taken on is actually a very fitting setting for the death industry that is Planned Parenthood.
It was another slow business day at Planned Parenthood. Thankfully, we had several people bearing witness via prayer and counseling. Among the few pedestrians on the sidewalk were some hecklers:
“The insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me” — Psalm 69:10.
Meanwhile, in Brookline, outside of Women’s Health Services today, our sidewalk counselor, Jean, helped a young woman overcome her reluctance and choose Life (#5). She is still facing substantial hardships, but she is in touch with pro-life counselors. Pray for all concerned, that this decision for Life becomes fully ratified!
Gregory Smith, 86, a veteran rescuer, passed away on April 3rd. He is pictured above with his signature crucifix on a pole, which he brought to Planned Parenthood every Saturday for his weekly rosary vigil. The crucifix also accompanied Greg on his many vigils in Stoughton, across the street from a strip club.
The obituary stated that due to the current Covid 19 directives, a private Graveside Service will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Greg's memory to Operation Rescue: Boston, PO Box 870037, Milton Village, MA 02187-0037. For complete obituary and guestbook, see Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home (781) 828-0811
For Christianity, the world, which includes our sufferings and death, is quite real. Thus, St. John Henry Newman:
if there be a God, since there is a God, the human race is implicated in some terrible aboriginal calamity. It is out of joint with the purposes of its Creator. This is a fact, a fact as true as the fact of its existence; and thus the doctrine of what is theologically called original sin becomes to me almost as certain as that the world exists, and as the existence of God. (Apologia, Ch.5)
Read complete article in The Catholic Thing.
ABOVE: Brother Francis and Evelyn encouraging a couple who just chose Life.
It was late Saturday morning, August 3, when a couple emerged from Planned Parenthood and spoke with sidewalk counselors Brother Francis and Evelyn. They were only inside a few minutes when they decided that abortion was not for them. They left smiling — with good reason!
— Bill Cotter
Planned Parenthood removed Dr. Leana Wen as president Tuesday, July 16 citing the need for a more aggressive leader, less than a year after appointing her, in a move that came as something of a surprise to Wen herself.
Planned Parenthood has not settled on a long-term successor, but the board unanimously chose longtime member Alexis McGill Johnson as interim president of both the organization’s abortion business and its political arm, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Wen said on Twitter that while her departure had been in the works for an unspecified amount of time, Tuesday’s vote happened during a “secret meeting,” about which she only learned after the fact. She also issued a statement citing “philosophical differences” between herself and the current board chairs.
ABOVE: Sidewalk counselor Eleanor outside of Planned Parenthood (file photo).
Before 8:00 am on the morning of Wednesday, May 15, an 18-year old woman was dropped off in front of Planned Parenthood. Eleanor greeted her and learned that she had an appointment for an abortion, but did not really want the abortion — but her mother did! And the mother did not like the fact the the daughter was talking to Eleanor! As she approached — she had been parking the car — she had a very hostile expression, plus angry words as she ushered the daughter into Planned Parenthood.
“Let’s pray!” said Eleanor to Mary. “We’ll ask the Holy Spirit to put the thought into the mother’s head: ‘What are we doing here?’”
Around 10:30 am: Eleanor was standing near her car (about 50 feet from Planned Parenthood) when she saw mother and daughter coming toward her from the abortion facility. They spoke, all smiles (even the mother!), and no abortion. Mother said to Eleanor, “I was sitting there and thinking, ‘What are we doing here?’”
ABOVE: Judy (blue with white stripes), being treated for a head injury just before entering the ambulance. Judy talked to a couple as they walked out of Planned Parenthood the morning of April 20, Holy Saturday. The man, Hartman Deetz, stopped and turned toward Judy as she spoke. Without saying anything he suddenly lunged at and pushed her. Judy was knocked backward, fell on the sidewalk, and hit her head HARD, leaving a big lump and probably a concussion. She was taken to the ER at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital; no skull fracture and no bleeding. She was released early Saturday afternoon.
ABOVE: Assailant Hartman Deetz about to enter the Boston Police prisoner transport van. He was charged with felony assault on a person over 60. We must also note with appreciation that two security guards came out of Planned Parenthood very promptly following the assault and apprehended Deetz before he could get away.
We are saddened and shocked following the sudden, unexpected death of Paul Pedro, one of the stalwarts of our pro-life apostolate. Saint Paul of the Cross we sometimes called him, because of his signature crucifix that accompanied his prayer at Planned Parenthood. Paul was steadfast, generous, and longsuffering. May he rest in peace.
OBITUARY: Pedro, Paul — Age 67, entered into eternal life on April 20, 2019. Paul grew up in East Boston and Revere and has lived in Weymouth since 1987. Mr. Pedro was a sprinkler design engineer at Carlysle Engineering in Boston. Paul was a Eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart Church in Weymouth.
Beloved husband of Patricia C. (Connolly) Pedro. Devoted father of Christian Pedro of Somerville, Conor Pedro and his wife Jaclyn Zeoli of Plymouth, Sasha Pedro of Weymouth, and Rachel Pedro of Weymouth. Beloved brother of Mary Pedro of Peabody, John Pedro and his wife Francine of Brookline, NH, Patricia Alicandro and her husband Joseph of Arlington, the late Joanne Furia, and the late Joseph Pedro. Brother-in-law of Elaine Pedro of Peabody. Paul was also greatly loved by his many nieces and nephews.
APRIL 16 — By Dennis Prager: The symbolism of the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, the most renowned building in Western civilization, the iconic symbol of Western Christendom, is hard to miss.
In our haste to denounce New York and Virginia’s advocacy for 40-week abortions and infanticide, we have adopted rhetoric that betrays our case. When we call late-term abortion “extreme,” we imply that there is a more moderate abortion position, something more palatable for a just society.
We must realize a fundamental truth: late-term abortion is not “extremism.” Abortion is extremism.
by William Kilpatrick
FEBRUARY 21, 2019 — The long-awaited summit on clerical sex abuse is to be held at the Vatican from February 21-24. The fact that the meeting will only last four days suggests that it is only meant to reassure the public that something is being done. It’s highly unlikely that the kind of reforms that are now needed in the Church can be discussed and formulated in a few days.
There are other reasons to be suspicious. For one thing, the summit is being billed as “The Protection of Minors in the Church.” Yet the present crisis is not mainly about the abuse of minors. It’s about the abuse of seminarians by priest and bishops, consensual sex among priests, and the coverup of such sexual misconduct by bishops and cardinals. The February meeting has been engineered to avoid the root problems—one of which is the existence of a homosexual subculture within the Church.
Another reason to doubt that the summit is meant to seriously address any of the above problems is that the man Pope Francis has appointed to organize it has a major conflict of interest. Cardinal Blase Cupich, let’s recall, is one of the prelates named in Archbishop Vigano’s indictment of corruption in the hierarchy. Cupich is mentioned in the Vigano statement as being “blinded by his pro-gay ideology.”
This year marks the bicentennial of Karl Marx’s birth, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the new political star in New York, is making Marxism glamorous again. When she first hit the media circuit, her choice of lipstick was the crucial issue.
Yet for Ocasio-Cortez personally, “democratic socialism” is her real agenda and she credits her Catholic background for her devotion to it. But historically, the Catholic Church has denounced socialism, from Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum to the latest Catechism of the Catholic Church to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Instruction on Certain Aspects of the Liberation Theology in October 1984. So how have several generations of Catholics, in this country and elsewhere, decided that socialism is harmonious with Catholicism?
Professor Benjamin Wiker: those priests, bishops and cardinals complicit in sex abuse and active homosexuality are not merely one cause among many of the “devangelization, de-Christianization, repaganization” of culture, they are the “chief agents” of the aforesaid. For, as he rightly notes, “there is nothing, nothing, that undermines the moral and theological authority of the magisterium more quickly and thoroughly than the devilish marriage of scandal and hypocrisy. It destroys the ability to evangelize.”
The Preamble to the Constitution of Ireland
In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred, We, the people of Éire, humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial, gratefully remembering their heroic and unremitting struggle to regain the full independence of our Nation, and seeking to promote the common good with due observance of Prudence, Justice, and Charity, so that the dignity and freedom of the individual may be assured, true social order attained, the unity of our country restored, and concord established with other nations, do hereby adopt, enact, and give ourselves this Constitution.
Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
27 May 2018
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
On this feast of the Most Holy Trinity, two days after Ireland’s national apostasy from the Holy Catholic Faith (on May 25), how can we hear the Gospel that was sung just moments ago, and not recall the Constitution that the Irish people gave themselves 80 years ago in 1938? Friday’s vote was not about abortion only; it was about killing Ireland’s soul, about snuffing out all that made Ireland a beacon among the nations, about publicly renouncing all that, from the time that Saint Patrick kindled his blazing fire on the Hill of Slane, made this island home of ours a great welcoming Catholic hearth in a world grown cold and dark. Ireland was, among all the nations on earth, the one that unsparingly sent forth sons and daughters, intrepid in confessing the Holy Trinity, to bring the light of faith to the most far–flung corners of the globe.
And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:18)
How did we come to this? Among those who voted “Yes” on Friday, the vast number were baptized, and sealed with the sign of the Gift of the Holy Ghost in Confirmation. Some of these would have been confirmed but a few years ago. Among them were people who once knelt at the altar to receive the adorable Body of Christ, formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mary, immolated on the Cross, risen from the tomb, ascended into heaven, and returning in glory. Among them are people who, (and I say this with fear and trembling), will dare even to present themselves for Holy Communion today. To these, I can only repeat what the Apostle says:
Whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:27)
One cannot say that we were not warned. God did send his prophets to Ireland. I think of Frank Duff. I think of Saint John Paul II who, in October 1979, was given a rapturous welcome. Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, written only eight years ago, was prophetic. What became of it? Why was it filed away and not heeded?
There are reports of victory celebrations in Dublin and elsewhere: a satanic crowing, jeers hurled at Our Lord, against His Virgin Mother, and against the Church. The whole climate is eerily reminiscent of France in 1789, of Mexico in 1910, of Russia in 1917, of Germany in 1933, and of Spain in 1936. Even worse than the crowds hell–bent on celebrating the choice of death over life are the complacent lies of those government ministers who, with a smug satisfaction, speak of A New Modern Ireland At Last, an Ireland of compassion, justice, and respect for women. The accent in all such discourses is that of the ancient serpent:
Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise? And the woman answered him, saying: Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die. And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death. For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil. (Genesis 3:1–5)
You will forgive me if I repeat today the words of the prophet Ezechiel:
Thou hast played the harlot with the nations among which thou wast defiled with their idols. Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister, and I will give her cup into thy hand. Thus saith the Lord God: Thou shalt drink thy sister’s cup, deep and wide: thou shalt be had in derision and scorn, which containeth very much. Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness, and sorrow: with the cup of grief, and sadness, with the cup of thy sister Samaria. And thou shalt drink it, and shalt drink it up even to the dregs, and thou shalt devour the fragments thereof, thou shalt rend thy breasts: because I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. (Ezechiel 23:30–34)
What is remains for us? I will tell you what remains:
And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Draw near to the altar of the Holy Sacrifice, even as our forefathers drew in around the Mass Rocks. The altar is Ireland’s Divine Hearth. Not for nothing was the altar of the Lamb shown at Knock in 1879. Fall down in adoration and in reparation. Cry out to the Immaculate Mother of God, still Ireland’s Queen and Sorrowful Mother. My own dear father, with all the wisdom of his 91 years, said to me yesterday, “God has a plan. God will have the last word.” And what says Our Lord in today’s Gospel? He says this: “Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world” (Matthew 28:20). In this promise of His, let us rest all our hope.
Why Doesn’t Liberation Theology Apply to the People of Iran?
by WILLIAM KILPATRICK
Liberation theology, which was out of favor under John Paul II and Benedict XVI, seems to have made a comeback under Pope Francis. Francis has rehabilitated several liberation theologians and even appointed some to advisory positions.
One would be mistaken, however, to think that this concern applies to all oppressed peoples. How many Church leaders are calling for Muslims to be liberated from the oppressive rule of Islam in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Pakistan, Somalia, and elsewhere?
With a few exceptions, the bishops have adopted a shockingly naïve view of Islam. Take this excerpt from the 2016 Joint Declaration between the USCCB and the Qom Seminary Scholars of Iran.
“Christianity and Islam share a commitment to love and respect for the life, dignity, and welfare of all members of the human community. Both traditions reject transgressions and injustices as reprehensible, and oppose any actions that endanger the life, health, dignity, or welfare of others. We hold a common commitment to peaceful coexistence and mutual respect.”
That’s typical of numerous Pollyannaish statements about Islam issued by Catholic bishops over the last five decades. It’s the kind of boilerplate generated by people who are vastly more interested in issuing declarations and arriving at agreements than in getting at the truth of things.
ABOVE: Margery Eagan and Father James Martin, S.J. at Saint Ignatius parish, November 20. Photo: Catherine Walsh.
NOVEMBER 25, 2017 — Globe columnist Margery Eagan rejoiced over Father James Martin, S.J., who attributes the tolerance of his pro-LGBTQ campaign to the “Pope Francis effect.”
At his November 12 speech in Newton, a near-capacity crowd gave him a standing ovation!
Anthony Esolen offers a scathing perspective, asking Father Martin to open his eyes.
Scranton, PA Bishop Joseph C. Bambera is defending Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s speaking engagement at Misericordia University’s winter commencement on December 17, saying that the priest’s latest book condoning homosexuality was “written with the full consent of his religious superiors and in conformity with Catholic Church publishing guidelines.”
One of the big mysteries of our day is how so many supposedly enlightened Catholics have managed to get it so wrong about Islam for so long. It’s understandable that in the 1960s, when the Islamic world was relatively quiescent, Catholics might entertain the high hopes for Islamic-Catholic relations expressed in Nostra Aetate. But this is 2017 and in the intervening half century a lot of water has passed under the bridge.
It’s not just that many clergy and lay Catholic leaders fail to appreciate the deep differences in theology between Islam and Christianity, they fail to grasp the deep cultural and human differences that flow from the theological differences. To put the matter bluntly, Christianity is a humanizing religion and Islam is not.
Contraception is a threat to national security!
Demographic bankruptcy leads to financial bankruptcy, and financial bankruptcy heightens the risk of political collapse. And a bankrupt nation is at the mercy of its creditors and of opportunistic neighbors. So European society today is in grave danger. Click for the full column by Phil Lawler
Axis of Evil IV by Ray Neary (Renew America) — Planned Parenthood is the perfect example of a living lie. The organization derives millions of dollars annually, not from planning parenthood, but by assisting a mother to de-parent and doing the same to the father of a new member of our human family.
One must be careful not to over-generalize, but there is a lot of insight in Professor James Hitchcock’s article, “Conservative Bishops, Liberal Results.”
From the May 1995 edition of Catholic World Report and posted online by EWTN
Last Right line
So, here’s a representative sample for the honest inquirer, who doesn’t have countless hours to research the subject. (We’ll update this piece periodically, so you might want to bookmark it — especially since it will likely get buried or labeled on social media.)
Tucker Carlson observes how similar to China our country has become in just seven months. “It’s a big change. But like all seismic shifts, it happened incrementally before it happened overnight.”
Tucker: U.S. becoming more like China. Video duration: 11min:19sec.
Our Massachusetts legislature has approved a slightly modified ROE Act, via a budget amendment. On December 28 the House overrode Governor Baker’s veto. The vote in the House was 107–46. The Senate vote was 32–8.
This legislation lowers the age at which a young woman could procure an abortion without parental or judicial consent from 18 to 16; eliminates the legal requirement that the abortionist preserve the life of a child born alive; lowers the medical standard for allowing dangerous, late term abortions; and eliminates, for abortions prior to 24 weeks, the requirement that physicians perform the procedure, permitting physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners and midwives to do abortions!
Sign our petition to Cardinal O’Malley:
To publicly adhere to and immediately enforce the principle stated in Catholics in Political Life, which says:
“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”
The Coalition to Save Catholic Health Care — a summary of their efforts by Chairman Ray Neary, assisted by John O’Gorman.
Number of abortions — This a page of real-time “abortion counters.” This site is unique in having many different abortion counters on one page.
BLOODMONEY, The Business of Abortion, is a documentary film that examines the history of abortion in America, from the inception of Planned Parenthood and the profitability of abortion clinics. Click to view Bloodmoney trailer.
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