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"What I see around me would drive me insane, if I did not know that no matter what happens, GOD will have the LAST WORD."
---Elder Paisios of The Holy Mountain
POWERFUL PRAYERS- Two Prayers Dictated from Heaven that Our Lady Says We Should Pray Every day…Medjugorje Locutionist reveals -
"Borrowing by the federal government is set to top $1 trillion for the second year in a row as higher spending outpaces revenue growth and concern about budget deficits wanes in Washington and on Wall Street."
SOUND ADVICE -Pope Francis Says Jesus Was A 'Failure On The Cross' -
"Pope Francis "preached" a message in NYC where he declared that Jesus Christ was a 'failure on the cross'. The reaction from his all-Catholic audience? They burst into excited applause..." -
COMMENTARY: He means on a human level Christ was a failure. But not on a spiritual level because He was a great success in accomplishing the Will of His Father and becoming our Savior. Therefore Jesus dying on the Cross was a victory for mankind and definitely not a failure as those who view His death from purely a human level even now declare. Francis used a play on words to get his point across. vtb
CAUGHT! - ICE's most wanted alleged human-trafficker nabbed in Michigan -
"Federal agents apprehended a member of Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Most Wanted List Wednesday who has been on the run for more than two years for his alleged role in operating a large-scale human trafficking and drug operation out of a Detroit motel. Darrick Bell, 50, was arrested at the Econo Lodge, a motel in Monroe, Mich., an ICE spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press."
"The “calculated stages” the Nazis carried out that ultimately resulted in the Holocaust began with bigoted language against minorities that the majority soon came to accept as credible, said the cardinal, adding that these lessons from history must be recalled today when many in society target immigrants, refugees and various groups of people as “the other.”
"Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson blasted a Baltimore church for making him move to a new venue Wednesday for his press conference defending President Trump. Carson wanted to promote Trump’s initiatives when he was suddenly kicked off a vacant lot owned by the Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ."
"Boris Johnson is facing fresh legal action for allegedly “lying and misleading the British public” during the EU referendum campaign. A man who crowdfunded a private prosecution against the now prime minister is attempting to take the legal battle to the Supreme Court after losing the latest stage. A judge initially summonsed Mr Johnson to appear in court over accusations of misconduct in public office in May, but the Divisional Court overturned the ruling last month."
"Search giant’s culture wars flame anew; a senior executive contacts law enforcement over leaks."
"The Church of the Apostles, which is said to have been built over the house of Jesus’ disciples Peter and Andrew, has been discovered near Israel’s Sea of Galilee, according to a team of American and Israeli archaeologists. Experts from the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at Kinneret College, Israel and Nyack College in New York, have been excavating the site of el-Araj on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The archaeologists believe that el-Araj is the site of the ancient Jewish fishing village of Bethsaida, which later became the Roman city of Julias."
RUNNING TO FREEDOM - North Korean soldier defects to South Korea, makes late-night dash across DMZ -
A North Korean soldier crossed the Demilitarized Zone into South Korea on Wednesday hoping to defect to the South, officials said. The man crossed the border that bisects the Koreas late Wednesday and was seen near the Imjin River around 11:38 p.m., South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday."
"You probably already know that sugary and fried foods aren’t great for the gut while fermented foods work wonders at boosting the good bacteria in there. But when it comes to the top foods gastroenterologists recommend, you might be surprised at what makes the list: it’s not all kimchi and kombucha. Here, three top gastroenterologists share the top foods they recommend for better gut health."
PRO-LIFE SUPER SPOKESMAN - Ben Shapiro on abortion victim pictures: ‘If it’s that ugly, you should do something about it’ -
"Ben Shapiro is arguably conservatism’s fastest rising star, with his wildly popular podcast, his campus speeches, and a New York Times bestseller keeping him at the top of the pundit pack. He’s also a consistently powerful voice for the pro-life position, debating students on abortion during his campus appearances, frequently visiting the topic on his podcast, and even doing a live-cast from the stage at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. As a result, Shapiro has accrued many fans within the pro-life movement."
"A Cambridge University student broke open the door of a plane and leaped to her death while on a trip to Madagascar. Alana Cutland, 19, fell over 3,500 feet from the Cessna light aircraft during a flight back from a remote lodge where she was studying a rare species of crabs. Investigators said the student suffered five "paranoia attacks" while on the "failed" research trip which she funded herself. Alana is understood to have fought off fellow passenger, British tourist Ruth Johnson, who had battled to try and keep her in the aircraft for several minutes."
"ROME - A large mural depicting Australian Cardinal George Pell shadowed by a demonic figure while handcuffed and wearing a prison tracksuit appeared on Tuesday about 50 yards away from the Vatican. The mural is the work of Australian artist Scott Marsh, well known in his country for his oversized and over-the-top murals of public figures. Marsh posted a video on Instagram showing the Pell mural with the hashtag #locationlocationlocation."
MONEY TALK - $15 per hour is way too low for this nursing home operator -
"When last we checked on the eager turnaround specialists, they had only nine facilities and were intent on solving long-term care’s employee turnover problem. The $17 wage, which went into effect last fall, has made a distinct mark, though initial commotion from taking over so many distressed buildings initially inflated the churn."
"ROME - Vatican City State will have its own reporting system in place before the end of the year for flagging suspected cases of the abuse of minors and vulnerable people and instances of cover-up or negligence in handling such cases, the Vatican said."
AHEAD OF THE GAME - Sean Hannity: William Barr '15 steps further than anybody knew' in Russia investigation review -
"Sean Hannity said his sources are telling him Attorney General William Barr has been far more active in his so-called "investigation of the investigators" than publicly known. In the spring, Barr initiated a review of the origins of the Russia investigation and conduct of the Justice Department, FBI, and intelligence community, and he tasked U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead that effort."
EATING HIS OWN WORDS - JULY 31, 2019 - Resurfaced video shows Elijah Cummings calling Baltimore 'drug infested,' likening residents to 'zombies' -
"House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., previously referred to his community of Baltimore as a "drug-infested" area, using a term that President Trump included in a tweet widely panned as a racist attack on the city. The video, tweeted by the president on Wednesday, showed Cummings lamenting the city's scourge of drugs while speaking during what appeared to be a congressional hearing. "This morning, I left my community of Baltimore -- a drug-infested area where a lot of the drugs we are talking about today have already taken the lives of so many children," he said. "The same children that I watched 14 or 15 years ago as they grew up, now walking around like zombies."
SKIPS TOUR - JULY 31, 2019 - Cummings Skips Tour Of HUD Facility In Baltimore -
"The Daily Caller reported exclusively on Tuesday that Carson would visit Baltimore in the wake of President Donald Trump’s tweets calling the city a “rodent infested mess” in which no human being would want to live. Critics accused the president of employing racist attacks against the Maryland city and against Rep. Cummings."
AFRAID TO TELL THE TRUTH - Critics slam CNN Democratic debate for ignoring Mueller, mock network’s ‘over-the-top’ coverage -
"The first installment of CNN’s two-night Democratic primary debate was slammed by critics before it even began. Then it concluded without a single mention of CNN’s longstanding narrative that blew up during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony. Mueller's testimony before two House committees last week was largely considered a “disaster” for Democrats and opponents of President Trump who hoped he would provide a path to impeachment. However, Mueller was oddly never mentioned throughout CNN’s debate and Russia was essentially an afterthought at the first gathering of 2020 hopefuls since the testimony."
CRIME INFESTED - Growing up in a Baltimore where criminals reign supreme -
"It was a dark night two years ago, and I had to head out to a prayer service just a mile away from my home outside northwest Baltimore City. The carjackings and break-ins had spread to the suburbs, and the security situation was worse than at any time in my entire life, including during the Freddie Gray riots in 2015 and during the crime wave of the early 1990s. My neighbors were scared to even take their trash to the curb at night, although there were plenty of muggings and carjackings occurring during broad daylight too. To carry my gun or not to carry – that was the question on my mind this particular night."
A TRUE CATHOLIC - Meet the Catholic conservative leading Britain’s House of Commons -
"Rees-Mogg is just as unashamedly Catholic and conservative. He has six children, prays the rosary frequently and attends the Tridentine Mass (which his father had also favored, signing a petition to Pope Paul VI for its continued use alongside the reformed liturgy). When leaders of the Conservative Party were attempting to get its members of parliament to support David Cameron’s introduction of “gay marriage” Rees-Mogg stated that where moral issues are concerned he takes his lead from the Holy See."
A GRAVE WARNING - Medjugorje: “A time of trials is openly announced”…In the last message, Our Lady announces a difficult time.. Comments by Father Livio Fanzaga -
"Dear friends, the last message of the Queen of Peace through the visionary Marjia is particularly important because a time of trials is openly announced before which we are weak, so sin will overwhelm us. Our Lady knows what will happen and at the same time she knows our spiritual situation, so she exhorts us to pray “day and night”, so that, through prayer, our love for her and for Jesus is lit. Love above all things for the Sacred Hearts will allow us to resist the seductions and persecutions of the devil and the world that is under his power."
"Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended President Trump Monday after critics blasted the president's tweets directed at Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as racist. "The president's a fighter and an equal opportunity offender. He goes after you if you come after him," Spicer said on "The Story with Martha MacCallum." "If anyone else had been in charge of that committee and had a district the way that they had, the similar problems, he'd go after them. But he's attacked his primary opponents when they've come after him and his own party." Trump Saturday branded Cummings a “brutal bully” for his treatment of border patrol officials at committee hearings -- and described Cumming’s district as “far worse and more dangerous” than the southern border."
"The bulk of the exposed data involves information submitted by customers and small businesses that applied for Capital One credit cards between 2005 and early 2019, the bank said, including addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income."
DANGEROUS BUG - Drug-resistant superbug spreading in Europe's hospitals -
"Drugs called carbapenems are used when an infection cannot be treated with anything else. The spread of resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae was "extremely concerning", researchers from the Sanger Institute said. And they warned other bugs could become resistant too - because of the unique way bacteria have sex."
"Author Joshua Harris, after announcing the end of his marriage, is now kissing his faith goodbye. Harris, the author of the best-seller "I Kissed Dating Goodbye," a book he authored in 1997 that he later renounced after shaping purity culture for many millennial believers, revealed that he is stepping back from his faith. In an Instagram post, he also apologized for his previously held views, including "bigotry" to the LGBTQ community."
DARK METHOD - Britain tells Iran: release ship to 'come out of the dark' -
"Britain told Iran on Monday that if it wants to “come out of the dark” it must follow international rules and release a British-flagged oil tanker seized by its forces in the Gulf."
HEAT WAVE - Europe heat wave by the numbers: Record-breaking temperatures blasted France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Britain -
"Europe's second heat wave of the summer spread record high temperatures across the continent, making Paris surpass its hottest temperature ever recorded. The city has never been hotter than it was on Thursday, as the heat wave pushed temperatures to soar near 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius). "The past week of heat in France was record-shattering as many cities across the country experienced temperatures never reached in the meteorological observing history," AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Max Vido said."
Action Taken Against Rachel Maddow -
"Attorneys representing One America News Network have sent a cease-and-desist letter to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. They are demanding she and The Daily Beast's Kevin Poulsen issue a retraction for suggesting there's a link between the right-wing network and the Kremlin. The Daily Caller's Shelby Talcott has more: Poulsen wrote an article stating OANN's Kristian Rouz is a "Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin's official propaganda outlet, Sputnik." That same day, Maddow said on "The Rachel Maddow Show" that OANN "really, literally is Russian propaganda."
"Pope Francis' globalist project has the support of the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and every serving bishop in the Church of England and the House of Lords. The high priests of progressivism in the Western Church are extolling the gospel of globalism and damning to Hell nationalism and populism as the elemental evils of our age. If we define nationalism as a polity of independent nations and a political order based on the nation-state seeking self-determination and self-rule, what could be so un-Christian about it?"
"Borrowing by the federal government is set to top $1 trillion for the second year in a row as higher spending outpaces revenue growth and concern about budget deficits wanes in Washington and on Wall Street."
GOOD FOR YOU - Blueberries linked to major blood pressure, memory and aging benefits -
"Several recently published studies highlight various health benefits associated with blueberries, the small blue and purple berries readily available in most grocery stores. Compared to other popular fruits, blueberries have the highest quantities of antioxidants, as well as other phytochemicals that may lower blood pressure, improve memory, and make aging a healthier process."
LETS MAKE A DEAL- Brexit 'no matter what', PM Johnson promises as sterling falls -
"Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised on Tuesday to lead Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 “no matter what” as sterling tumbled and Ireland warned that the bloc would not be renegotiating the thrice defeated divorce deal. The British pound fell on Tuesday as investors bet Johnson’s Brexit brinkmanship could trigger a messy divorce that would sow chaos through the world economy and financial markets."
THE "SQUAD" - Trump video on 'the Squad' reveals Democratic Party's seedy underbelly -
"One need only look at the policies that the entire field of Democratic presidential candidates promote to understand just how bloated that underbelly really is. The recent debates show that the “old school” Democrats are every bit as radical as the four newcomers. The candidates are really no more than socialists dressed up in suits and skirts."
"Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new."
"Lawyers representing New Jersey bishop Arthur Serratelli have threatened LifeSiteNews over our July 24 reportthat highlighted the bishop’s alleged refusal to discipline an active priest in the diocese despite multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against him. Based on the evidence we have seen, which includes almost a dozen documents and various testimonies from those close to the matter, we stand by our report. Serratelli’s lawyer insists that the bishop “does not engage in, promote, condone or support homosexual activity within the Diocese of Paterson.”
NOT RACIST - African American faith leaders defend Trump after White House meeting: 'He's not a racist' -
"President Trump met with 20 African American faith leaders on Monday as he was coming under fire for his criticism of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Baltimore and Al Sharpton. Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was among the faith leaders from the African American community that met with the president at the White House, called the meeting sincere and productive. "The president spent a long time with us and the meeting was not a photo-op," King told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning. "He's not a racist. Absolutely is not, and the programs he has moved forward, the higher job market is helping African Americans, the criminal justice reform is helping African Americans."
"Medjugorje: Video Drama: Pilgrim says “Mary appeared to me” during Mirjana’s apparition. At 2:16 minutes woman is overwhelmed. “I experienced so much joy and love towards her and from her…I cried "
"God bless, President Trump. On this lazy, hazy, crazy summer Friday afternoon he somehow continues to make politics highly entertaining while also getting things done like signing historic immigration deals. Yet, he does so in a way that sounds just like if the average man off the street stepped into the White House."
THE WHOLE TRUTH - Baltimore Resident ‘Trump is Not Racist … Cummings Has Done Nothing For Us’ -
"On Saturday President Trump correctly blamed Cummings for the state of his district which is in disarray and crime ridden. “Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. “His district is considered the Worst in the USA. As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. “Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place,” he said.
GOOD TEST - US, Israel successfully test missile defense system in Alaska, officials say -
"The United States and Israel successfully carried out “a high altitude hit-to-kill engagement” with a co-developed anti-ballistic missile interceptor system in Alaska, officials announced Sunday. The Arrow-3 Interceptor missile achieved a “major milestone” in its development during a successful flight test where the system effectively intercepted a missile target outside the atmosphere, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said in a statement."
"Under the Trump administration’s proposed rule change, people in any state would need to be authorized to receive at least $50 a month in TANF benefits for a minimum of six months to qualify automatically for SNAP. Subsidies for childcare, employment and work-related transportation would still count but the proposal would stop states from linking eligibility to the receipt of an informational brochure."
"Iran considers Britain's seizure of an Iranian oil tanker a breach of the 2015 nuclear deal, a senior official said on Sunday, as remaining signatories to the ailing accord met in the Austrian capital for emergency talks. Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran have been trying to salvage the landmark pact since the United States withdrew from it in May 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran, crippling an already weak economy."
"Mr Khan has a satisfaction rating of -3, with 30 percent of Londoners saying they are satisfied with his leadership and 33 percent dissatisfied, according to YouGov polling. With less than 10 months until Mr Khan is up for re-election, this is the lowest he has ever been scored by Londoners, down from +31 when he came into office."
REMARKABLE - Man invents surgery, cures himself of mysterious ailment that left him bedridden for 11 years -
"Doug Lindsay was 21 and starting his senior year at Rockhurst University, a Jesuit college in Kansas City, Missouri, when his world imploded. After his first day of classes, the biology major collapsed at home on the dining room table, the room spinning around him. It was 1999. The symptoms soon became intense and untreatable. His heart would race, he felt weak and he frequently got dizzy. Lindsay could walk only about 50 feet at a time and couldn’t stand for more than a few minutes."
IRAN, BEWARE! - Royal Navy warship sent to protect Gulf shipping -
"A Royal Navy warship has arrived in the Persian Gulf to accompany British-flagged ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, amid tensions after Iran seized a British tanker this month. Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Sunday that the HMS Duncan will join the Frigate HMS Montrose in the Gulf to defend freedom of navigation."
LEADING THE WAY - Johnson tells EU: ditch backstop or face no-deal Brexit -
"British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned the European Union on Saturday that the “anti-democratic” Irish backstop must be ditched if they were to strike a Brexit divorce deal."
"So far this year, Arctic sea ice extent has hovered at record lows during the melt season. Weather patterns favorable for increased melt have predominated in this region, and an unusually mild summer has also increased melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Unlike with sea ice melt, runoff from the Greenland Ice Sheet increases sea levels, since it adds new water to the oceans. If the entire ice sheet were to melt, it would raise global average sea levels by 23 feet."
"Not all people who worry about a replacement of civilizations are necessarily violent or even incorrect. They appear to be frightened folk, sent over the edge by matters they may feel beyond control. In Europe and the United States, they have witnessed wave upon wave of attacks by individuals and groups openly espousing violence in the name of religion. They seem to fear that their own governments are doing too little to protect them and their families from future attacks. "What unites these groups ideologically is a belief that Europe is facing a 'great replacement' by Muslim and African immigrants. And they want something done about it." — Marion MacGregor, "The push from Europe's young new right..."
BIGOTRY - Sharia YouTube: “Muslim” keyword allowed, “Christian” keyword banned -
"Google/YouTube labeled Ben Shapiro and Dennis Prager “Nazis,” and buries content that portrays Islam in a negative light, even if it’s accurate, but jihad terror preaching is OK with them. And this new incident makes YouTube’s bias crystal clear."
(Some) "Members of the Catholic Church are undermining America’s need for a wall on the southern border."
COMMENTARY: Led by our liberal pope and bishops who talk more about not having a border wall than they do about the Democrat Party approving of First Degree murder through abortions right up to, and even after the birth of an innocent baby. vtb
ANOTHER LIBERAL LIAR? - CNN's Acosta says Trump’s allies ‘abused’ reporters at WH; Then the video comes out -
"Another day, another outrageous lie claim from the liberal mainstream media that is proven to be a total lie. During the White House’s Social Media Summit in the Rose Garden on Thursday, CNN’s Jim Acosta got busted sharing an edited clip aimed at making it look like conservative media figures were harassing and “abusing” members of the mainstream media. But soon after the full video was released, it’s more than clear Acosta lied about the entire thing."
BEWARE! - Both blood pressure numbers may predict heart disease -
"According to new research, both high systolic and high diastolic blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke.
nurse taking patient's blood pressure. New research suggests that both blood pressure readings are equally important. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death worldwide. In the United States, more than 600,000 people die of heart disease every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one-quarter of deaths due to cardiovascular disease are preventable."
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"If Democrats believed that Robert Mueller would provide them with additional ammunition for an impeachment inquiry, they made an extraordinary miscalculation. Not only was Mueller often flustered and unprepared to talk about his own report—we now have wonder to what extent he was even involved in the day-to-day work of the investigation—but he was needlessly evasive. In the end, he seriously undermined the central for impeachment of President Donald Trump."
DIVINE CHILD - This statue of the “Divino Nino” continues to be a source of miracles -
"Providentially found in Bogota, Colombia, the statue helped revive devotion to the Divine Child Jesus. One of the most popular depictions of the Divine Child Jesus is found in Bogota, Colombia. Known as the “Divino Nino,” it was providentially discovered after a local priest experienced a heavenly vision of the Divine Child."
ANSWERING QUESTIONS - Cardinal Francis Arinze discusses mass migration, priestly celibacy and confusion over Church teaching -
"Arinze’s exceptional gifts were obvious: when he returned to Nigeria he was made a bishop – at age 32, the youngest in the world. It was, he tells me, a formative time. He was “near the common man: the richer people in the big cities, the poorer people in the villages”. He had to speak clearly to those of every educational level – “and not engage in learned elucubrations above the heads of the people, just to show off that I have read many books, and people don’t know what you’re talking about.” He warms to his theme. “After Mass, you ask them, what did the priest say? ‘He spoke very well.’ What did he say? ‘I have forgotten.’ Because they didn’t follow it in the first place.”
THE TRUTH COMES OUT - Police witnesses, video show lawmaker as aggressor, say SHE’s the one who told Cuban man ‘go back where you came from!’ -
"Two employees who witnessed the heated argument between Georgia Democratic lawmaker Erica Thomas and Cuban-American Democrat Eric Sparkes at a Publix supermarket dispute her claims that Sparkes had yelled “Go back where you came from!” A Public service manager told police that it was Thomas who “continuously [told] Eric Sparkes to ‘Go back where you came from!’” The manager says she never heard Sparkes say that to Thomas. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the employee told police that Sparkes repeatedly tried to leave, but Thomas kept getting in his face and yelling at him."
GO TRUMP! - Crowd Explodes with ‘1 Squad Under God’ Chant After Trump Says ‘In America We Don’t Worship Gov’t, We Worship God’ -
"President Donald Trump needed just one sentence to bring down the Tuesday during his address to a summit of young conservatives in Washington, D.C. Trump was speaking at the Teen Student Action Summit, a four-day conference for high school conservatives organized by Turning Point USA."
"Rev. Thomas Brown, who is married to a fellow priest, was ordained as a bishop of the diocese of Maine in the Episcopal Church June 22. Immediately following his ordination, Brown referred to God as a “she” twice in the Nicene Creed."
"In Sinaloa, a state in northern Mexico, legislators rejected a bill that sought to redefine marriage. By a narrow vote of 20 to 18, Sinaloa state legislators voted against amendments of the state’s family code. This means that Article 40 of the Sinaloa Family Code will continue to define marriage as consisting of “one man and one woman, with equal rights, duties and obligations, with the possibility to generate human reproduction in a free, responsible and informed way.” The bill offered by leftists in the legislature would have replaced “a man and a woman” with “persons.”
THE FRANCIS EFFECT - US Bishop calls out brother bishops: ‘Deposit of faith has been fragmented and corrupted’ -
"Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, spoke out on Twitter over the weekend about how the Catholic Church’s moral teaching on sexuality and the family has been broken and tainted of late, and he called for a return to the truth of that teaching by Catholic laity and bishops."
"Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, grilled former special counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill Wednesday, accusing him of selective prosecution methods and promising Attorney General Bill Barr would get to the truth. "The [was] falsely accused of conspiracy. The FBI does a 10-month investigation and James Comey – when we deposed him a year ago, told us at that point they had nothing. You do a 22-month investigation. At the end of that 22 months, you find no conspiracy and what [do] the Democrats want to do -- they want to keep investigating. They want to keep going," Jordan said.
"Ancient Catholic Missals show that the Latin Mass has been basically the same ever since Pope Gregory the Great (560-604). Pope Pius V (1504-1572), only slightly modified this ancient Gregorian Missal, along with some of the rubrics. He did not modify the Roman itself. He then promulgated this ancient Roman Latin Mass in all places (except where there was still in use another Rite that was 200 years or older)."
MISGUIDED - Muslims reveal their plan for the United States -
"Muslims in Belle Glade, Florida say they’re planning on acquiring a public school in to “educate” children as young as six weeks old in the Quran. “From six weeks old we will have them,” the men said. “From six weeks old, nap time, listening to the Quran. Sisters’ uniform, hijab… with the babies and then all the way up to high school. This is the intention for this here.” “Bring your kids to Islamic schools,” they went on to say. “...the entire family will to Islam… We can demonstrate it here, and then scale it up to the rest of the country.”
SURPRISE! - Snopes Admits Obama Built Cages for Immigrant Children -
"The left-wing bias of popular “fact-checking” sites like Snopes or Politfact has been well documented for years. So when Snopes took on the task of fact-checking the claim “The Obama administration, not the Trump administration, built the cages that hold many immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border,” I expected them to, at the very least, rate it as “Half-True” or “False” and come up with some long winded explanation with some absurd standard for why the Obama administration was in the clear. Last year, FactCheck.org couldn't bring itself to admit that family separations happened under Obama, even though their research proved it did. But alas, Snopes couldn’t find a way to clear the Obama administration on this one, and had no choice but to rate the claim as true."
"In a March 10, 2017 article, I quoted Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood abortion facility director, writing about how she and other abortion workers had nightmares after leaving the abortion industry. Many former workers have horrible memories of piecing together aborted babies. This had to be done so workers could verify that no parts of the baby (arms, legs, pieces of the skull, etc.) were left behind in the mother’s body. Any pieces left behind could cause a life-threatening infection."
MORE HORROR - U.S. hospital refuses to help premature twins born alive, leaves them to die -
COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 23, 2018 – Twin premature newborn boys died at an Ohio hospital last year while staff stood by refusing to give them medical assistance, a pro-life group is reporting, and the hospital classified the boys’ deaths as stillbirth. Both boys were born alive at 22 weeks and 5 days gestational age at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, according to the report. The first born, Emery, survived for 45 minutes. His younger brother, Elliot, lived for two and a half hours, even crying, and his mother, Amanda, begged for help to no avail. "
NOT PLANNED - Identical Twin Sisters Give Birth on Same Day at Exact Same Time -
"In a rare, but happy coincidence, identical twin sisters Leah Rodgers and Sarah Mariuz have given birth on the same day at the exact same time. "Crazy, but then again, kind of expected because this twin thing kind of just happens," Rodgers said live on "GMA" this morning. "So, I wasn't necessarily surprised. Ironically, I woke up to my water breaking at 5:30 in the morning and later, I put it together that she had sent me a text saying she was up since 4:30 in the morning, which would've been the exact same time in Colorado as it was in California. I think we had some similar things happening at the same times in our bodies, which is just wild."
GOOD POLICIES - Hungary sees abortion numbers plunge with rise of pro-family policies -
"Hungary's ever increasing support for families by the government is creating an environment where marriages and families are flourishing and abortion numbers are dropping, one of the country’s ministers advised a recent international conference on life and family. The support has caused abortion numbers to plunge by more than a third of what they were in 2010 (40,449 to 28,500). It has also caused a plunge in the number of divorces (23,873 in 2010 to 18,600 in 2017) and a surge in the number of marriages (35,520 in 2010 to 50,600 in 2017)."
A REMINDER - Catholic bishop: Never vote ‘for any candidate, of any party, who supports abortion’ -
"PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, April 25, 201 —Bishop Thomas J. Tobin encouraged faithful Catholics to vote pro-life in Rhode Island’s primary election on Tuesday and “never to vote for any candidate, of any party, who supports abortion.” In a post on his Facebook page last week, Tobin warned Catholics not to “be fooled by those who say they ‘aren’t pro-abortion, but are just pro-choice.’”
"Located on 435 acres of glorious scenery on the highest elevation in Southeastern Wisconsin... -
Holy Hill is a destination for those looking to celebrate their faith in a sacred place of peace, beauty and prayer. Under the care of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of Holy Hill, The Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians is open to the public and draws hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and sightseers annually. Visitors can attend daily Catholic Masses of worship, enjoy the scenic views and walk the life size Stations of the Cross in a serene setting. Guest , a café/coffee house and large gift store are open year round."
A CHANGE TO WHAT? - German relief agencies financing Amazon Synod, predict ‘unmistakable’ change in Church -
"The chief executives of two German Church aid agencies, which have been funding the Amazon Synod preparations, have said the meeting will be “an unmistakable signal of departure” for the Church and a means of decentralizing Church governance away from Rome. Much of the agency funding for the synod has passed through a Church network called REPAM set up specifically to prepare for the Synod, whose Brazilian director is Austrian Bishop Erwin Kräutler of the Territorial Prelature of Xingu in Brazil. Bishop Kräutler is advocating ordination of married men and women deacons at the synod, and has expressed support for women priests in the past."
"As the Army, Navy and other services contend with a thriving economy and a directive to expand their ranks, there is a growing debate over whether the military should consider lowering the minimum enlistment age from 17 to 16. More than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, already have adopted the policy."
NEW OPPORTUNITIES - With I-SNPs, Nursing Homes Can Thrive Under ‘the Godfather’ of Value-Based Care -
"As continues to gobble up an increasing share of skilled nursing reimbursements, more providers are exploring the idea of launching their own plans — and while the numbers are small, the opportunity can be great. Specifically, SNF providers can launch Institutional Special Needs Plans, or I-SNPs, a specific type of specifically geared at caring for nursing home residents."
"Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tore into Democrats during a Thursday House Oversight Committee hearing, reminding the selective-outrage brigade that "Not One Single So-Called Cage Has Been Constructed By The Trump Administration... not one."
SAD REMINDERS - Remains of more than 20 American service members killed in bloody WWII battle return home -
"More than 20 American service members who were killed in a bloody World War II battle are finally back on U.S. soil – and are one step closer to getting the burials they rightfully deserve. An Air Force plane carrying the remains of 22 who died during the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 – which took place on and around the remote island of Betio in the Pacific – landed Wednesday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The caskets containing the remains, which were draped in American flags, were then carried off the aircraft by Marines as part of a ceremony."
"Bransfield resigned last September. An investigation by the diocese highlighted Bransfield’s lavish spending habits and called into question his conduct. The diocese announced in March that Bransfield could not practice ministry services within the state.-
OBAMA CAUGHT "RED" HANDED - Emails Show Dossier-Connected Top Obama State Department Officials Set ‘Face-to-Face’ Meeting on ‘Russian Matter’ in NY in September 2016 -
(In June 2016 Nuland permitted a meeting between Steele and the FBI’s legal attaché in Rome. Nuland told CBS News that the State Department knew about the Steele dossier by July 2016.) According to an op-ed Winer wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, also in September 2016, “Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known as the “dossier… I prepared a two-page summary and shared it with Nuland, who indicated that, like me, she felt that the secretary of state needed to be made aware of this material.” The documents obtained by Judicial Watch also show that State Department officials continued to use unsecure BlackBerry devices for the transmission of classified material more than a year after Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecure, non-government system was revealed."
COSTLY MISTAKE - Mom misdiagnosed with cancer underwent chemotherapy, mastectomy, lawyers claim -
"A mother of two and her lawyers claim that she had already undergone chemotherapy, a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery when she was told that she never even had cancer in the first place. Sarah Boyle, 28, told SWNS that her lawyers obtained an admission of liability from the hospital trust, but she wants more parameters put in place so that it can’t happen to any other patients."
"In recent years Cardinal Sarah has shifted towards a more prophetic mode, warning us in a series of books and speeches that an apostasy is underway in many parts of the world, and in some parts of the Church. There is something of Elijah – speaking for the faith in a time of infidelity – in that too. He shocked many with his address at the 2015 synod on the family, when he spoke of “Beasts of the Apocalypse” in regard to Western decadence and jihadist extremism. Cardinal Sarah never went to the finishing school where many bishops learn how to speak without ever giving offence."
GREAT LOVE - Fulton Sheen’s brilliant guide to Jesus’s last hours -
"The book is arranged in seven chapters and addresses each of the seven last words of Jesus from the Cross. It is clear from reading them that Sheen passionately pondered Jesus’s last hours as a lover, not just as a scholar. His meditation on the words of the Good Thief is particularly affecting: “In a single moment, a soul with a genuine fear of God can come to a greater understanding of the purpose of life than in a lifetime spent in the study of the ephemeral philosophies of men.”
IMPORTANT VITAMIN - Vitamin D deficiency warning: This feeling should NOT be ignored and could be a symptom -
"VITAMIN D is known as the sunshine vitamin and with the glorious summer days well and truly upon us deficiency of the vitamin might not be on many people’s minds. However, many are unaware that they are deficient and if you notice this feeling it could be a sign of deficiency. Do you have it?"
GOOD ADVICE - Medjugorje: Advice from Heaven …Mirjana: “To keep the devil away, houses should be blessed regularly and you should keep at least one sacred object in the home.” -
"The devil is not in them, but they’re under the influence of the devil, although he enters into some of them. To prevent this, at least to some extent, the Madonna said we need communal prayer, family prayer. She stressed the need for family prayer most of all. Also, every family should have at least one sacred object in the house, and houses should be blessed regularly."
"Following President Donald Trump’s plans to deport “millions” of undocumented migrants, the United States Conference of Catholic bishops (USCCB) released a statement acknowledging that nations have a right to protect their borders, while urging attention toward the root causes of migration."
.“Enforcement actions like those anticipated this week by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency separate families, cause the unacceptable suffering of thousands of children and their parents, and create widespread panic in our communities,” the cardinal said in a statement released on July 16. “I condemn such an approach, which has created a climate of fear in our parishes and communities across the country.”
COMMENTARY: Every country has the right to enforce their laws. As sad and as difficult it is for illegal immigrants to be deported and separated from their families, it is unfair to the immigrants who came here legally. They had to go through a learning process in order to become citizens, and it is very unfair to them when others can break the law and come here without going through any type of legal processing. It is also a great scandal for Pope Francis and the U.S. bishops to be encouraging people to break our laws by making statements that are political and filled with false compassion. vtb
"All these things were undermined, some subtly, some quite violently, following the Council: Friday abstinence was abolished, many devotional images in churches were smashed, and the Mass was made to look and sound so much more like a Protestant service that it became possible to use some identical liturgical texts."
"Vocations come out of families, outside encouragement, traditional devotions, prayer, and discernment. Large and expensive national programs and conferences, while flashy and impressive, do not appear to have a significant impact on vocations."
"Another respected theologian is sounding the alarm on the upcoming Amazon Synod, saying it is an attempt to “create another church” by “demolishing” the true Church from within. Monsignor Nicola Bux, a theologian and former consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during Benedict XVI’s pontificate, said in a recent interview that “what we are facing is an the attempt to genetically modify the Church.”
"Adherence to meatless Fridays continues throughout the calendar year, despite widespread confusion on the subject by many Catholics. An expert answer found on the EWTN website clarifies. “Traditional doctrine of Christian spirituality” concludes that an integral “part of repentance, of turning away from sin and back to God, includes some form of penance…” Our ability to “remain on the narrow path and be saved” depends on this practice. Both Jesus and His disciples implemented this from the earliest times. Luke 5:35 tells us that the disciples practiced this discipline once He departed."
FROM "FATHER Z" - URGENT ACTION ITEM: Note from long-time reader who is dying -
"Pray please for me to make a holy death. I have been too attached to this wonderful beautiful world including all you my wonderful friends. I have been blessed in my friends. I need your prayers. Please remember me. I love you all more than i can say."
CATHOLIC IN NAME ONLY - Joe Biden’s healthcare plan would make abortions more frequent and more dangerous - "Biden, who once described himself as a Catholic “personally opposed” to abortion, wants to push abortion on the American people from almost every front, starting with codifying it into law. According to Biden’s official campaign site, the Democratic candidate for president intends to push for the codification of “the constitutional right to abortion” into federal law, removing it from the purview of the Supreme Court. Abortion activists have been pushing for federal abortion legislation as a way to keep abortion legal in the event that a pro-life Supreme Court reverses course." BAND OF BUTCHERS - Every Democrat Running for President Supports Abortions Up to Birth and Infanticide -
"I know that every time the usual suspects bash President Trump for “false” or “distorted” comments about Democrats and their ever-more-extreme posture on abortion, I will now think of a new video ad put out by the Republican National Committee."
"A reminder that Planned Parenthood targets African-Americans by placing its abortion centers in historically black neighborhoods to prey on black women."
"He warned that “if the West is not blocked, if no one hits the breaks, humanity will collapse. The religion of Islam and the Muslim world will do this service of blocking and hitting the breaks. In one way or another.” He further said that “the imperialist Zionists want to take the world under the domination of Israel by starting a civil war between Muslims and Christians in Europe. If this war does not happen as they want it to, they may be erased from history.”
“With the thousands of others who have voiced their concern in recent days, we wish to express our alarm at the unprecedented way in which the Westminster Parliament has used the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill to rush through legislation which will have a devastating impact on the right to life of unborn children,” read a July 17 statement from the four bishops whose dioceses include territory in Northern Ireland.
"Because of her still robust Catholicism, Poland’s “pride” parades remain freak shows fueled largely by foreign money, know-how, propaganda, experts, and other forms of support. This is also the case elsewhere in the Intermarium—i.e., between the Black, Baltic, and Adriatic Seas—or the old post-Soviet zone."
"The Vatican-China agreement reached in September 2018 has intensified the PRC's animosity toward the underground Catholic Church in China and left a wake of confusion for faithful Catholics in China and abroad."
NO SURPRISE - Ayatollah Khamenei declares Iran will “certainly continue to violate nuclear commitments” -
"Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has vowed “that Iran will continue violating the nuclear deal until European powers meet Tehran’s demands.” Khamenei directed his rage toward the UK for “seizing an oil tanker that was violating European sanctions against shipping oil to Syria,” and threatened retaliation."
“Due To A Poor Harvest Season, We Are Experiencing Shortages On Many Of Our Canned Vegetable Items” -
"Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) all voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on Monday evening. Their votes put them at odds with not just the general public, but Democratic voters. A vast majority of voters, including those who identify as pro-choice, support providing care to newborns who survive abortion; 70 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of independents, and 86 percent of Republicans back the policy, according to the McLaughlin & Associates poll commissioned by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List."
"President Donald Trump spoke at the White House about new protections for conscience rights for pro-life healthcare workers who refuse to participate in abortions."
A LONG LIFE - This Georgia woman is celebrating her 108th birthday! -
"According to her family, Howard was born on Feb. 24, 1911 in Wilkes County, Ga. She was the oldest of 10 children and remembers riding the family horse many places. Family members said she was so petite that the store owner would help her off horse and into the store, and then helped her back on the horse after she'd gotten her groceries."
"Harlow asked the Sheriff, who has been on several news shows on Fox and others, about a tweet he sent out implying that if Black lives mattered the protesters would be outside abortion clinics because of the high numbers of black babies killed by abortion."
HEROIC ACT OF DEVOTION - Cardinal Sarah: St. John Paul II ‘forced his broken body to kneel’ before Eucharist -
"MILAN, Italy, June 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics should follow Pope St. John Paul II's example of kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament, Cardinal Robert Sarah said, noting that the late pope knelt even until his last days. The cardinal also highlighted St. Teresa of Calcutta's reverence for the Eucharist, noting that she once said nothing brought her more sadness than Communion on the hand. Sarah spoke Tuesday at the 2017 Sacra Liturgica conference in Milan about "the beauty, appropriateness, and pastoral value" of receiving Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue. Sarah is the Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship, essentially making him the Vatican's liturgy chief."
"Democratic members of Congress want taxpayers to subsidize their housing, signing onto legislation that would allow them to deduct living expenses for members of the House of Representatives."
BRAVE SOLDIER - “Totally Fearless” Vietnam Hero Finally Awarded the Medal of Honor -
"A battalion of Marines who served in the Vietnam War was determined to see their leader, Sergeant John Canley (a gunnery sergeant at the time), receive the Medal of Honor for service, for his leadership during the war’s week-long, bloody Battle of Hue in 1968. After their commander was seriously injured, Canley, of 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, immediately took control to help and protect his men. Although wounded by shrapnel himself, he did not allow his injuries to deter him. He led an operation that vanquished the enemy, saved dozens of lives, and helped get his wounded men to safety when the battle was over."
The U.S. Department of Education will partner with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to help streamline the process for disabled veterans to have their student loan debt cancelled. “Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed much for our country," U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. "It is important that, in return, we do all we can to give them the support and care they deserve. Simplifying the loan forgiveness process and proactively identifying veterans with federal student loans who may be eligible for a discharge is a small but critical way we can show our gratitude for veterans’ service.”
SHOULD BE A FELONY - Omar Has Agreed to Repay Thousands After Investigation Into Marriages -
"Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) will repay thousands after the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board found she filed tax returns claiming she was married to one man when she was married to another. Omar has agreed to repay $3,500 and a $500 fine amid the investigation into allegations she misused campaign funds..."
"Flags at the Pennsylvania Capitol and other state buildings will fly at half-staff to honor three U.S. Marines who have ties to the state and were killed in the line of duty. Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday ordered the flags lowered through sunset Sunday. Two of the Marines were killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan on Monday. The parents of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman live in the York area, and 31-year-old Sgt. Benjamin Hines was from the York area."
"The Episcopal church in the Diocese of Washington, D.C., passed a resolution last week to stop using masculine pronouns for God in future updates to its Book of Common Prayer. The resolution to stop using "gendered language for God" was passed quickly by delegates to the Diocese's 123rd Convention. “If revision of the Book of Common Prayer is authorized, to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God,” the resolution stated."
VOTER FRAUD - Kentucky Set to Remove Up to 250,000 Inactive Voters as Part of Court Consent Judgment with Judicial Watch -
"Judicial Watch announced today that in June Kentucky mailed address confirmation notices to 250,000 voters who are believed to have moved, thanks to a consent judgment agreed to by the Commonwealth. These registrations are probably outdated and will be cancelled if the voters fail to vote in future elections or to confirm their current addresses. The Judicial Watch victory in Kentucky is in addition to the Judicial Watch victory in California, where up to 1.6 million inactive names are set to be removed from voter registration rolls in Los Angeles County. In the consent judgment, Kentucky acknowledges that the state is not in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act..."
A GREAT SPOKESWOMAN - VIDEO - Kellyanne Conway says White House is sick and tired of people who don't respect America -
"...“69% think Congress ought to investigate the origins of the Justice Department's inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including 76% of Democrats, 69% of independents and 62% of Republicans.” In other words, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the Obama Justice Department’s actions in 2016 should be investigated. The American people want answers about the Steele dossier, the FISA court approval of the wiretap, everything. What did Obama know, and when did he know it? Why did the Obama administration not do more to prevent or stop Russian cyber attacks?"
PARENTS NEEDED - Trump encourages adoption: It ‘signals every child – born or unborn – is wanted and loved’ -
“Adoption is a blessing for all involved. It provides needed relief to birth parents, who may not, for whatever reason, be in a position to raise a child,” the president said Wednesday. “It fosters loving homes for children. It enables individuals to grow their families and share their love. And it fosters strong families, which are integral to ensuring strong communities and a resilient country.”
"Doctors urged the 35-year-old from Portsmouth, England to abort her unborn babies so surgeons could remove the cancer, according to The Sun. But Anderson refused. Today, her twins Buddy and Preslee are 6 months old and doing well. Anderson said she is so glad she chose life for her twins, and refused to take her doctors’ advice."
“We are deeply concerned about the President’s action to fund the construction of a wall along the U.S./Mexico border, which circumvents the clear intent of Congress to limit funding of a wall,” the joint statement read. “The wall first and foremost is a symbol of division and animosity between two friendly countries. We remain steadfast and resolute in the vision articulated by Pope Francis that at this time we need to be building bridges and not walls.”
"The deadly-but-forgotten government gun-running scandal known as “Fast and Furious” has lain dormant for years, thanks to White House stonewalling and media compliance. But newly uncovered emails have reopened the case, exposing the anatomy of a cover up by an administration that promised to be the most transparent in history."
"Eucharistic Adoration is a deeply personal method of prayer that many saints have recommended over the past few centuries. It consists of visiting a church or small chapel to adore Jesus Christ, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. As Catholics we believe that “The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist."
"Richard Gallagher, a board-certified psychiatrist and professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College, says he has personally encountered demonic possession, and is convinced that possession is much more widespread than anybody is willing to admit."
"Vicky Harper, age 24, was struggling financially when she found out she was pregnant with her third child. Worried and afraid, she decided that she should abort her baby, rather than raise a third child under the age of five. Her boyfriend Kennan McIvor, age 19, assured her that he would take care of her and the baby, but Harper was set on aborting."
"A Michigan school district has stopped the practice of allowing members of one biological sex to use the restrooms of the opposite sex after parents pulled their two sons out of elementary school over the issue."
"Extremely intense and relentless spiritual warfare. That’s how we really need to see the work of praying and interceding for the president of our nation. We need to pray for him and all other leaders as well. We need to see the critical importance of the church in prayer doing kingdom work for God."
GOOD COMPETITION - Republican Immigrant From Jamaica To Challenge Ocasio-Cortez In 2020 -
"A Republican immigrant businesswoman active in politics launched a campaign Wednesday to run against current Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2020. Scherie Murray, an immigrant from Jamaica, is the fifth Republican to file for Ocasio-Cortez’s seat. The other Republicans are former police officer John Cummings, construction contractor Miguel Hernandez, medical journalist Ruth Papzian and entrepreneur Antoine Tucker, Fox reported.
"This series represents a continuation of NCR's look at the effect of money, largely making its way through the expanding and uniquely American non-profit system, on the Catholic narrative both inside the church and beyond. EWTN is one of the major vehicles for that narrative."
COMMENTARY: The National "Catholic" Reporter has for years distorted the Voice of the Church. They did not fair well under Saint John Paul II or Benedict XV, but now under the liberal Pope Francis they have become more bold, and unashamed to show their true Left Wing colors. vtb
"Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro wants to strike the words “alien” and “illegal alien” from the government’s legal code, arguing that the terms are hurtful to the immigrant community."
3 September, 2017 - (Book) Pope says marriage can only be between a man and a woman and ‘we cannot change it’ -
"By virtue of its very definition, marriage can only be between a man and a woman, Pope Francis has said in a new book-length interview. “We cannot change it. This is the nature of things,” not just in the Church, but in human history," he said in a series of interviews with Dominique Wolton, a 70-year-old French sociologist and expert in media and political communication. Published in French, the 417-page book, Politique et Société (“Politics and Society”) will be released on September 6, 2017."
COMMENTARY: Francis covers many subjects, but on the grave moral issue of homosexuality, he is silent except for the teaching on same sex marriages - He conveniently avoids giving the Word of Almighty God on the evil of homosexual relations. That is not the mark of a good shepherd. The Church needs firm, clear teachings. And why would you "bury" your teachings in a book written by another individual? In addition, Francis is rather vague as to his explanations on the following issues:
"Church leaders are used to “frozen norms” and “fixed standards”, but when they ask, ‘Can we give Communion to divorcees?’ I reply, ‘Speak with the divorced man and woman, welcome, accompany, integrate and discern”, which opens a path and a way of communication to lead people to Christ."
So is giving Holy Communion to divorced people who have not received an annulment according to God's Law and the teachings & tradition of the Church? Unlike Saint Pope John Paul II (who did not agree with him), Francis skirts around this question and does not give a clear answer. If there are no "norms" to follow, then every moral issue is open to interpretation and may be applied on an individual basis, and not a uniform basis.
That can only result in confusion which is now happening in the Church due to this type of "cloudy" thinking. The consequences being that every doctrine and traditional teaching can now be questioned with (following the example of Pope Francis), liberal ideas being preferred over previously clear and organized teachings.
When asked about the Church’s “just war” theory, the Pope said the issue should be looked into because “no war is just. The only just thing is peace.”
This is not a Church teaching, its an opinion. Of course there are "just" wars. All nations have the right to defend themselves and help conquer evil men who would enslave or destroy their country.
The Pope praised those psychoanalysts who are able to be “open to humanism and to dialogue with other sciences," particularly medicine and homeopathy. “Those whom I have known have helped me a lot at one point in my life when I needed consultation,” he said, describing how met with a Jewish psychoanalyst once a week for six months when he was 42 “to clear up certain things."
Without question, psychoanalysts are able to help people. but why would a priest who is confused about his life need the advice of a psychoanalyst? Is not the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy Rosary, the Holy Bible, and the sanctifying grace received from a good Confession and the reception of Holy Communion enough to bring an individual the wisdom needed to overcome his doubts about his life and the Mission God has given him? And if these are not enough, why not seek the advice of a holy priest? Unless a "psychoanalyst" is a truly holy individual, deeply familiar with your Catholic Faith, your not going to receive spiritual wisdom, but the wisdom the world teaches. vtb
"Their dour, unsmiling archbishop was turned overnight into the smiling, jolly Pope Francis, the idol of the people with whom he so fully identifies. If you speak to anyone working in the Vatican, they will tell you about the miracle in reverse. When the publicity cameras are off him, Pope Francis turns into a different figure: arrogant, dismissive of people, prodigal of bad language and notorious for furious outbursts of temper which are known to everyone from the cardinals to the chauffeurs."
COMMENTARY: It may not all be true, but there is a significant amount of information and testimonies that provide ample evidence of the true character of Pope Francis. vtb
"But it is not only the world which lives in the frenzy and in the vapid and demagogic discourse. The Church herself, in her doctrinal and moral teaching, lives today in a cacophony, in the confusion of theses, in the duplicity, in the double or triple truth, in an avalanche of interpretations and a pastoral demagogy which one could consider to be a great ecclesiastical disorder."
"In the present moment there is confusion and error about the most fundamental teachings of the Church, for example with regard to marriage and the family. For instance, the idea that people who are living in an irregular union could receive the sacraments is a violation of the truth with regard both to the indissolubility of marriage and to the sanctity of the Eucharist."
COMMENTARY: Yes Francis, that is true. The Left is always looking for "new ways" to slander people, change history and traditions, weaken or destroy the family, kill and murder the unborn, and tell lies to the general public. This is the Francis we are up against. Therefore, we must pray for his soul everyday, whether it be at Holy Mass, through the Holy Rosary, or the Divine Mercy Prayers. vtb
COMMENTARY: Dear Francis, when you excuse, tolerate, or sympathize with evil, you become a part of it. vtb
"This video is from a press conference of Larry Sinclair about his interactions with president Obama."
“When President Obama was running for president, I had some friends in the gay community who informed me that he was going to say that he was for marriage between a man and a woman in his first term to get elected but he would take the issue up in his second term, and that’s what he did. So first of all, he deceived America,” Owens said.
"1. It Is Not Marriage - Calling something marriage does not make it marriage. Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and well being of the spouses."
DIFFICULT, SAD CASE - The (then) teenager convicted in a controversial suicide texting case has appealed to the US Supreme Court -
"In 2014, when Michelle Carter was 17 years old, she encouraged her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy III to kill himself via text message, both in the days leading up to his death and as he was attempting suicide. She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 in a Massachusetts juvenile court. The ruling set an unusual precedent. Her words, written at a distance, were considered criminal acts. That decision was upheld by Massachusetts appeals courts. Now she’s challenging the conviction again."
"A decorated Green Beret on his seventh combat tour was identified Sunday as the U.S. service member killed in action in Afghanistan. Sgt. Maj. James “Ryan” Sartor, 40, of Teague, Texas, died Saturday in Faryab Province “as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations,” the Pentagon said. "We’re incredibly saddened," said Sartor’s commander Col. Brian Rauen, KKTV reported. "Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professionals. He led his soldiers from the front, and his presence will be terribly missed."
POOR FIGHTERS - Dems, opponents of the Census citizenship question have won the battle – and lost the war -
"Democrats thought they had scored a historic victory with their cynical ploy to run out the clock so that the Trump administration wouldn’t have time to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census. They were wrong. The opponents of the census question perverted the American legal system in order to get what they thought they wanted – and President Trump just turned their efforts into a giant “own goal.”
"In 1998, St. John Paul II wrote an entire apostolic letter on “The Lord’s Day,” in which he expounded on the Catholic observance of the Sabbath and what that looks like in the modern world. It is a remarkable letter that reflects on the recent cultural shift away from a more deliberate observance of Sunday as a special day of prayer and rest."
"Popularly endorsed one-liners and striking gestures have been the hallmark of his pontificate right from Day 1, March 13, 2013, when Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected Pope in succession to Benedict XVI. According to a Chilean sexual abuse victim, Juan Carlos Cruz, Pope Francis told him during a private meeting at the Vatican that his being homosexual was OK."
COMMENTARY: Pope Francis has caused great scandal that has spread throughout the Christian and secular world. His approval of homosexual lifestyles is a grave, grave sin, as well as his refusal to condemn the U.S. Democratic Party for their approval of First Degree Murder right up to, and even after the birth of a child! He will face a severe Judgement from the Lord if he does not repent and change his ways. He needs many, many prayers for his conversion because of the hardness of his heart. vtb
AN ACCURATE OPINION? - Google VP Karan Bhatia: Google isn't politically biased and doesn't censor conservative speech -
"I believe that the Internet and products like Search and YouTube have created opportunities for the expression of diverse political views and a more dynamic political discourse in America – for the benefit of everyone."
COMMENTARY: Misleading statements? To test her honesty, run a search on Google on a conservative topic and see how many liberal opinions pop up. vtb
BUY AMERICAN- President Trump continues to deliver on his promise to 'Buy American, Hire American' -
"Candidate Donald J. Trump promised his administration would follow two simple rules: “Buy American and Hire American.” Monday, during the third annual Made in America Showcase at the White House, President Trump will sign the latest in a series of executive orders keeping that promise. The Buy American Act requires federal agencies to procure domestic iron, steel, and other materials and products for federal projects like airports, roads, and bridges. That’s good policy for at least three reasons. Buy American federal procurement rules provide good manufacturing jobs at good wages, propelling more workers into middle-class prosperity."
HISTORY LESSON - Remarkable 95-year-old film discovered in junk shop shows 1920s Kansas in stunning detail -
"The 5-minute silent video was posted to YouTube by the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Crowds of onlookers are seen watching the “Boys Loyalty Parade,” that took place on May 1, 1924. A celebration of youth, the parade features marching bands, floats and even bicyclists. At various points, streetcars and early 20th-century cars and trucks can be seen passing by."
PROTECTING OUR FUTURE RIGHTS - Trump has nominated over 125 judges, solidifying his judicial legacy -
"Trump is far ahead of recent presidents for appeals court confirmations, which an analyst calls the "big leagues" of the judiciary system. "There’s no question that President Trump has been incredibly effective at putting people on the appellate courts — in fact, he’s gotten more than twice as many appeals court judges than most of the other presidents,” Mark Carl Rom, a Georgetown University government and public policy professor, told Roll Call."
"In an era where terrorists often target Christians and radical Islam is tainting peace-loving Muslims, one brave Christian evangelist is building bridges in places so dangerous, most travelers have written them off."
VERY TRUE! - Jon Voight: Trump The "Greatest President Since Abraham Lincoln" -
"Actor Jon Voight delivered a two-part video message on Twitter where he declared Trump the "greatest president since Abraham Lincoln." JON VOIGHT: People of the Republican party, I know you will agree with me when I say that our president has our utmost respect and our love."
"Pope Francis is an equal opportunity offender. No matter where you place yourself along the Catholic Church's broad spectrum – right, left or center; conservative or liberal; traditional or progressive – if you are not challenged and even disturbed by some of the things this pope says and does, then you are not paying attention.And that includes any of you who may consider yourselves "Pope Francis groupies" or "my-pope-right-or-wrong" Catholics. If he is not getting just a little bit under your skin then you are not listening, either."
COMMENTARY: The pope is not the "Church." Lay people who truly love the Church want a pope who values tradition and doctrine, and not someone acting like a politician who wants to change the Church to suit his own often misguided set of values. Unfortunately, the above article waters down the truth about the papacy of Francis and centers on the harm air conditioners cause to the environment. See: MISGUIDED LIBERAL POPE
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"Milwaukee (Wisconsin) police confirmed a 3-year-old girl died following a road rage shooting Saturday, July 13 on Milwaukee's north side -- and one man was taken into custody. Police said around 8:35 a.m., two vehicles almost collided near 42nd and Concordia. The driver of the vehicle with the victim inside drove away from the scene, and someone inside the other vehicle began shooting into the rear of the vehicle with the victim inside. One of those shots struck 3-year-old Brooklyn Harris."
"So, we have the Pope (Francis) and the General Superior of the Jesuits exerting strong public pressure over the judicial branch of the Brazilian government to free a criminal politician condemned for receiving bribes and still facing several other charges of corruption."
"U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said Friday that the Vatican’s agreement with China on the appointment of bishops ought to be made public so that it can be evaluated."
"We are a Christian nation founded upon the rock of biblical principles. This is why, unlike any other form of government, our constitution has survived over 243 years. It is up to each of us to pray, asking God to reveal our personal role in restoring America back to His original intention for our exceptional great nation."
"A short video showing scenes of the spiritual revival in Russia along with some footage from the Communist era."
"SHEUNG SHUI, Hong Kong — A protest movement that began in the heart of Hong Kong edged closer to the mainland Saturday as activists opposed to China's influence over the territory took their fight to the border."
TRUMP WINS! - Another Immigration Coup for Trump: Guatemala Agrees to Harbor Thousands of Asylum Seekers -
"Good news for the U.S. and for thousands of asylum seekers who show up at the U.S. border. An immigration official has told the New Yorker that as the result of a deal between the U.S. and Guatemala, "asylum seekers from any country who either show up at U.S. ports of entry or are apprehended while crossing between ports of entry could be sent to seek asylum in Guatemala instead."
"The protesters, who were mainly from West Africa, surged into the building at around midday... Tourists were evacuated from the mausoleum, where many of France's most famous figures are buried. The group called themselves the "black vests" - a reference to the yellow vest protest movement that spread through much of France earlier this year. They waved papers in the air, chanted, and demanded to hold talks with Prime Minister Édouard Philippe over their immigration status."
THE DEVIL AT WORK AGAIN- French Police Reported Nearly 900 Acts Of Anti-Catholic Vandalism In 2018. What Is Going On? -
"French police reported 129 thefts and 877 acts of vandalism in Catholic spaces in 2018, but neither the Church nor French media are calling attention to the widespread incidents..."
"Amidst a border crisis that has morphed into a national security and a humanitarian crisis, leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination have all but endorsed open borders. During the first of the candidate debates, the Democrats expressed broad support for decriminalizing illegal immigration. The candidates also expressed unanimous opposition to removing any illegal immigrant who is not also a violent felon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the same position."
PELOSI BREAKS THE LAW - Lt. Col. Allen West: ‘Pelosi just committed a high crime and misdemeanor’ over her ‘advice’ to illegals about how to avoid ICE agents -
"None of this has stopped the president from pressing ahead with the people’s demand for border security and immigration enforcement, as evidenced by the administration’s announcement this week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement internal operations to locate and deport aliens who have been ordered out of the country by a court would proceed sometime this weekend."
ZERO EVIDENCE - Mueller Report Shows No Evidence of ‘Systematic Efforts to Interfere in Our Election’ by Russia -
"Journalist Aaron Maté exposed Mueller’s deceptive and misleading claims with the veteran FBI spook’s own words for a recent article published by Real Clear Investigations. Maté draws attention to Mueller’s use of purposely vague descriptors indicating that he never really knew if Russians hacked Democratic Party emails and handed them over to WikiLeaks. Mueller writes that the Russian intelligence agency, the GRU, only appeared to steal “thousands of emails and attachments” from DNC servers in page 41 of his report."
"The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the Trump administration Friday in a case concerning the withholding of federal funds for local policing from so-called sanctuary cities. A three-judge panel of the court ruled 2–1 that the Justice Department could deny Community Oriented Policing Services grants to cities and states that have “sanctuary” policies prohibiting law-enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities."
THE TRUTH COMES OUT - Climate change hoax COLLAPSES as new science finds human activity has virtually zero impact on global temperatures -
"The climate change hoax has collapsed. A devastating series of research papers has just been published, revealing that human activity can account for no more than a .01°C rise in global temperatures, meaning that all the human activity targeted by radical climate change alarmists — combustion engines, airplane flights, diesel tractors — has virtually no measurable impact on the temperature of the planet."
“Mankind is being led by Satan to the deepest of the abysses, to the total condemnation of the soul…At the present time, all mankind is pending by a thread. If that thread is broken, many will be those that do not have salvation, for that reason I call you to the reflection, hurry up that we are running out of time, there will be no place for late comers.” Our Lady of the Rosary of San Nicolás (Catholic approved apparition)."
"It is a sad fact: today the Church seems to be engulfed in flames on all sides. We see her ravaged by a conflagration much more destructive than the one that razed the cathedral of Notre-Dame. What is this fire? We must have the courage to name it, because “to name things wrongly is to add to the misfortune of the world.” This blaze, this conflagration raging in particular through the Church in Europe, is a case of intellectual, doctrinal, and moral confusion. It is our cowardly refusal to proclaim the truth about God and man and to defend and transmit the moral and ethical values of the Christian tradition. It is our loss of faith and the spirit of faith, a losing sight of the objectivity of faith and thus a loss of the knowledge of God."
"A cart is a vehicle which is ordinarily pulled by a horse, so to put the cart before the horse is an analogy for doing things in the wrong order. The figure of speech means doing things the wrong way round or with the wrong emphasis. The idiom is about confusing cause and effect."
"Amazon Synod, a pretext to change the Church" -
"Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, rejects the Instrumentum Laboris without appeal.of the Synod for the Amazon:
"It comes from an ideological vision that has nothing to do with Catholicism". «They treat our Creed as if it were our European opinion, but the Creed is the Revelation of God in Jesus Christ, who lives in the Church. There are no other beliefs." " We must absolutely reject expressions such as "ecological conversion". There is only conversion to the Lord, and as a consequence there is also the good of nature ». "The sacraments are not rituals that we like and the priesthood is not a sociological category". "The Revelation of God in Christ becomes present in the sacraments, and the Church has no authority to change the substance of the sacraments."
NO RECONCILIATION- Cardinal Müller throws Monkey Wrench into SSPX-Rome Reconciliation -
“Cardinal Müller throws Monkey Wrench into SSPX-Rome Reconciliation: Vatican now demands Full Acceptance of Vatican II and Novus Ordo 'Mass.'"
HELPFUL ADVICE(PICTURE: Lightening strikes the Vatican Feb. 11, 2013, hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation) - These two books can help frustrated Catholics through a confusing papacy -
"The first book is Love for the Papacy and Filial Resistance to the Pope in the History of the Church by the esteemed and prolific professor Roberto de Mattei, one of the best Catholic historians writing today. He has the special merit of being unafraid to look at the dark side of Church history so as to shed light on our present situation."
"The second book is Subversive Catholicism: Papacy, Liturgy, Church by Martin Mosebach, author of the acclaimed book The Heresy of Formlessness. I cannot rival the publisher’s description: In this stirring and often surprising collection of essays, award-winning German novelist Martin Mosebach confronts the reader with Catholicism’s correctives to regionalism and the tyranny of fashion. He shows us how the great wonder and beauty of the traditional form of the Mass leads us to appreciate and recover our childlike faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. He explains why popular devotion to Our Lady, in spite of the kitsch that often surrounds it, is more vital, permanent, and world-changing than mountains of learned discourse or political messianism."
Address to a General Audience, November 26, 1969 -
COMMENTARY - In analyzing the statements made by Pope Paul VI, they do not come across as deeply spiritual, but rather ignorant of Church history in regard to the Latin Mass. The reasons he gives for changing the Mass are weak and not based upon anything notable in the Sacred Scriptures. Nor does he explain why (with his approval) those instituting the New Rite ignored the infallible pronouncement by Saint Pope Pious V that stated the Mass, as approved by him, must not be changed.
The changes were also not necessary since the Church was prospering. They appear to have been made according to the spirit of the times. These changes also appear to have been made to appease Protestants in some sort of weak attempt to draw them into the Catholic Faith, which as we know now, was a huge failure. Rather than continuing to set an example for Protestants to imitate the manner of holiness offered at the Traditional Mass, the New Rite was to a degree, written to imitate the conduct and the proceedings at Protestant services.
Therefore, the priest now faces the people and often prays directly to them, rather than interceding for the people and praying to Almighty God. Although among the prayers said at Mass the priest says we are united through the Holy Spirit, the New Rite now also includes shaking hands with those around us as a "sign of peace." Ignored is the fact that germs are transferred through the hands and passed on among the people present. Although Communion Distributors must wash their hands before giving out the Host or the Cup, we can now receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ with unclean hands and we need not kneel before the King of Glory.
In addition, although the priest is not allowed to leave the altar, he often comes down among the people to shake some hands as a sort of social greeting. In fact, much of the atmosphere before and after Mass duplicates that of a social gathering. Little or no respect is paid to the Presence of the Lord in Church in the way of modest or proper dress. Talking out loud is permitted before and after Mass on a routine basis. And often the priest participates in these "social" discussions.
The Holy Spirit, through St. Paul, warns us, (especially priests) to be aware of pleasing the Lord, rather than man, but this too is ignored by many priests:
"For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
The above are some of the reasons why the New Rite, although valid, is vastly inferior to the Traditional Mass. However, the poetic richness of the prayers and the timeless beauty of the music are the most important reasons for the vast majority of those who love the Traditional Mass. How sad that our pope and our bishops fail to recognize this fact and give little thought to bringing it back, not to just one parish in their diocese, but to many parishes.
Vincent T. Bemowski
COMMENTARY: The above link is a long read, but provides all the information needed to confirm that the Latin Mass was not to be changed. Some important excerpts are also shown below:
Pope Pious V:
"Now therefore, in order that all everywhere may adopt and observe what has been delivered to them by the Holy Roman Church, Mother and Mistress of the other churches, it shall be unlawful henceforth and forever throughout the Christian world to sing or to read Masses according to any formula other than that of this Missal published by Us; this ordinance to apply to all churches and chapels... All other churches aforesaid are hereby denied the use of other missals, which are to be wholly and entirely rejected; and by this present Constitution, which shall have the force of law in perpetuity, We order and enjoin under pain of Our displeasure that nothing be added to Our newly published Missal, nothing omitted therefrom, and nothing whatsoever altered therein."
Given at St. Peter's, Rome, in the year of Our Lord's Incarnation one thousand five hundred and seventy, on the fourteenth day of July in the fifth year of Our Pontificate
"MÜLLER: I think it’s very idealistic. There’s no biblical foundation for it. We speak of collegiality of the bishops, but we now see in the so-called reform of the Curia that the Curia is in danger of turning into any other secular institution. All power is concentrated in the Secretariat of State. They don’t speak about the participation of the Roman Church or the Petrine authority of the Pope. They’re suppressing the word “congregation” [used for Vatican departments with executive authority], which is a translation of synodus in Greek."
WHOM DO WE BELIEVE? - Pope Francis ignored ‘terrifying dossier’ on top Vatican official’s sex abuse: Abp. Viganò -
"Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former papal ambassador who has accused Pope Francis of covering up sex abuse, has stated that the Vatican’s third most powerful prelate, Archbishop Peña Parra, was never given an “open and thorough investigation” for troubling accusations of sex abuse that date back decades. Archbishop Viganò said the high-ranking prelate was not investigated despite the existence of what he calls a “terrifying dossier” sent to Pope Francis that gives names and dates regarding his alleged misbehavior."
"In May, Life News distributed the phone number for French president Emmanuel Macron’s office, should citizens wish to appeal his death sentence. That number is +33142928100. Callers were instructed to say “Je téléphone pour sauver la vie de Vincent Lambert.”
Readers may wish to appeal to President Macron again at this time. 7/2/19: France’s highest appeals court has ordered Vincent Lambert’s food to be removed following a six-year-long legal battle for his life.
The 42-year-old nurse, now in a hospital in Reims, suffered an accident in 2008 which left him quadriplegic and with extensive brain damage. He is described by some as “semi-conscious,” and by others as being “in a vegetative state.”
Vincent can sleep and wake up, respond to some voices, can swallow, and breathe on his own. He is not dependent on machines to live, but he is dependent on nutrition and hydration being delivered in a special manner, like many people.
The Court of Cassation’s final ruling means that Lambert, who is not otherwise ill or at the end of his life, would be removed from food and water and left to die slowly, which can take 14 days or more. The decision cannot be appealed in France, but his parents are fighting the order and have threatened to press charges for murder if his food is removed. However, Vincent’s wife and six of his eight siblings believe he should be forced to die."
'After my trip last week to the southern border, my conviction is stronger than ever that President Trump is right: we have to build the wall. We have to turn off the magnets that attract that promote, encourage and allow migrants to enter our country under false pretenses."
"Gold Star Mom Amanda Jacobs spoke at the pro-freedom, anti-socialist "Rally for Freedom" in the nation's capital Independence Day morning and honored her heroic son, who lost his life fighting for liberty and reminded everyone that her son – along with other fallen heroes – have given more than any athlete has ever given."
COMMENTARY: Morally sick sports figures and their unpatriotic fans should be ashamed of their childish behavior. Those who gave their lives for our country and their families deserve our respect for the sacrifices they have made. Crybabies who refuse to honor our flag are disgusting human beings who act like spoiled brats. vtb
"I am proud to be an American. Yes, I know that our system of government is not perfect, but I firmly believe that it is the best in the world. We are an exceptional country -- not because our people are exceptional but because we have a different and exceptional structure of government. I am grateful that I was born an American."
"President Trump delivered remarks at the 2019 Fourth of July celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C."
LEADERSHIP IS LACKING - Cardinal Gerhard Muller: ‘True Reform of the Church Is About Her Renewal in Christ’ -
"In a wide-ranging interview that discusses the Pan-Amazon synod and the Church in his home country of Germany, the cardinal says Western Christianity is experiencing a crisis of faith and spiritual leadership."
MIRACLE - APPARITION OF SAINT ANTHONY AND A SPECIAL PRAYER AGAINST EVIL -
"In the 13th century, a Portuguese woman who'd been demonically oppressed resolved to do the unthinkable by taking her own life by drowning herself in the Tagus River. On her way to the river, she passed a shrine erected in honor of the great orator and miracle-worker, St. Anthony of Padua. She stopped to pray, one last time. As she prayed, she saw St. Anthony standing before her, saying, "'Arise woman, and take this paper, which will free you from the molestations of the Evil One." Then he gave her a parchment inscribed with what is now known as the "Brief (i.e., "Letter") of St. Anthony," 1 and she was now free from demonic oppression and the desire to do away with herself."
"Pride is one of the seven deadly sins, and some say the deadliest. It is deeply horrible that this summer great crowds gathered in London and other cities to celebrate it."
A HOLY ROAD- Israel unveils ancient road ‘where Jesus walked’ to temple -
"Israel officially opened a stairway, known as "Pilgrim's Road," that JESUS is believed to have walked on in ancient Jerusalem as another place with the significance of "biblical proportions" to billions, especially for Judeo-Christian visitors to the Holy Land. The City of David Foundation unveiled the 2,000-year-old main thoroughfare from Roman-era Jerusalem that it says served pilgrims ascending to the ancient Jewish Temple from the Pool of Siloam built by King Hezekiah. Until recently, it was hidden under a potato field and discovered by accident in 2004 after a pipe burst."
"Trump - The Unlikely Messenger - It’s quite a piquant irony that, of all people in America, this task fell to … Donald Trump. It was one thing when Patrick J. Buchanan delivered one of the great speeches in American political history. At the 1992 GOP Convention, he gave establishment GOP types heart failure. He announced what we can clearly see now in retrospect was true in every detail. That the U.S. was entering into a “religious war.”
That the left wanted to obliterate orthodox Christianity and American traditions, along with economic freedom and private property. Tame “conservatives” like William Bennett duly denounced Buchanan for being “divisive”...
Don’t Blame Trump - Donald Trump had no idea what he was letting loose. But we should be grateful to him for stepping up and winning in 2016, when any other Republican would have lost. That was all it took, to unseal this whole Pandora’s Box of Crazy. I don’t think everyone is actually grateful, though. Some conservatives and Christians irrationally resent the president. As if he had personally transformed a once-reasonable and patriotic Democratic Party into the huge, rich, crazy fringe party it is today."
"Adams said he believed the occasion would be "celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival." He described how he believed Americans should mark the day: It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
"No matter how many times I read 1984, the feeling of total helplessness and despair that weaves itself throughout Orwell’s masterpiece never fails to take me by surprise. Although usually referred to as a ‘dystopian futuristic novel’, it is actually a horror story on a scale far greater than anything that has emerged from the minds of prolific writers like Stephen King or Dean Koontz. The reason is simple. The nightmare world that the protagonist Winston Smith inhabits, a place called Oceania, is all too easily imaginable. Man, as opposed to some imaginary clown or demon, is the evil monster."
"From the Editor’s Desk, Michael Matt examines the Holy Week symbolism of the French rooster. which the whole world saw plunge into the flames of Notre Dame. Was that an evil omen, or a good one? "
STIFF NECKED - There is a group of hard-core ideologues grouped around Francis -
"As always, these ideologues demand that you deny the evidence of your senses, including common sense, and ignore the principle of non-contradiction. It’s the alternate universe of 2+2=5. Their positions are irrational. With nearly sycophantic dedication they take everything Francis does as oracular, even the things that he gets wrong. And, if you decline to accept their zeal as your own, then their attitude and actions become like to the Red Guards of the Cultural Revolution, a New catholic Red Guard."
"Sister Diana Munoz Alba, a human rights lawyer and member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, poses for a photo outside Casa Betania Santa Martha June 29, 2019, in Salto de Agua, Mexico."
"An allergic reaction usually occurs soon after you or your child consumes milk. Signs and symptoms of milk allergy range from mild to severe and can include wheezing, vomiting, hives and digestive problems. Milk allergy can also cause anaphylaxis — a severe, life-threatening reaction. Avoiding milk and milk products is the primary treatment for milk allergy."
BLASPHEMOUS! - RHODE ISLAND PARISH ASSOCIATES PENTECOST WITH PRIDE MONTH -
"Angie," the author of the reflection, begins: "It is no coincidence to me that this year, the Feast of Pentecost coincides with Pride month, a time for the LGBTQ community to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village. Our weekend celebration is all about the radical work of the Spirit as we pray: 'Come, Holy Spirit, Come!'"
"Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication (engaging in sex without being married), avarice, wickedness: full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity: whisperers. Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents. Foolish, dissolute: without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death (the punishment of Hell) - and not only they that do them, but they also that CONSENT to them that do them" (APPROVE of their actions).
“The five stones helps heal and protect our five senses…and the five wounds are also the five aspects of the life of the following:
“Like in the image of the Divine Mercy, the white waters confession, the white waters of cleansing, the white waters of baptism. So you wash yourself clean by baptism, confession, by acts of contrition.
“You fill yourself up with the red rays, which are the Eucharist—the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, really, truly, substantially present in the most Holy Eucharist.
3) The Scriptures
“The very word of God, the Holy Bible. The very parables and teachings of Jesus Christ, coming to us by the Bible. This helps cleanse our memory and imagination.
“It helps us think about his teachings. We should read a little bit of the bible every day. Pray and study the bible. Catholic apologetics. Being able to explain and defend the faith to others who many not understand it or are against it.
4) Praying with the Heart
“Praying with Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary, and praying her rosary, especially, which is a summary of the life of Jesus through Mary. Talking to God-heart-to heart.
“Bodily prayer. Denying yourself food, maybe on Wednesdays and Fridays, which are the traditional fast days. Experiencing hunger, (of course taking care of your health), but also, we should be hungry for the Eucharist.
“So when you deny yourself food you could have, you are uniting yourself with the Holy Eucharist, because it reminds you that you are hungry for the bread of life.
“’Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have within life within you.’ Jesus says in John 6, ‘For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.'”
“Fasting is bodily prayer that makes us hungry for the Eucharist. When we experience hunger, it should make us more compassionate to our neighbors. It should make us more mindful of those who are going hungry. In fact two-thirds of the world goes hungry each night.
“Fasting also…makes us stronger…we read in the gospels that “only certain demons are cast out through prayer fasting.” The demons of impurity and lust are especially cast out with bodily fasting.”
German cardinal says Amazon synod is ‘heretical’, must be ‘rejected’ -
"ROME - German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, widely seen as a key opponent of Pope Francis, has penned a rare essay openly criticizing the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, saying the official preparatory document breaks with Catholic teaching. According to Brandmüller’s essay, published June 27 on the Settimo Cielo blog of Italian journalist Sandro Magister, the synod’s recently-published preparatory document “burdens the Synod of Bishops, and finally the Pope, with a grave breach with the depositum fidei, which in its consequence means the self-destruction of the Church or the change of the Corpus Christi mysticum into a secular NGO with an ecological-social-psychological mandate.”
"One particular devotion in the Catholic Church connected to the Passion of Jesus Christ is the honoring of his Precious Blood. It is a recognition of Jesus’ sacrifice and how he spilled his blood for the salvation of humanity. Furthermore, this blood is made present through the gift of the Eucharist and is something we can consume at Mass, along with the body of Christ, under the appearance of bread and wine."
"Pride Month has ended. Big corporations have shed their rainbow skins; the media’s daily celebration of drag queen shenanigans and sexualized children has trickled down to its ordinary amount. But The New York Times managed one last gay huzzah, and it was a shot at the Catholic Church to boot. On July 1, the Times published a piece by contributing opinion writer Margaret Renkl vilifying the Church as bigoted hypocrites. It was titled “How to Defy the Catholic Church.”
"New York legislature quickly pushed a bill (A2371) to repeal the religious exemption to vaccination through both the Assembly and Senate in one day with no public hearings. The unprecedented legislative coup, which cut the citizens of New York out of participating in the law-making process, culminated in the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, immediately signing the bill into law."
"Insects, which comprise two thirds of all terrestrial species, have been dying off at alarming rates, with disastrous impacts on food chains and habitats, researchers say. The home of the Amateur Entomology Society of Krefeld on the Dutch border is a former school building where thick curtains block out the sunlight. Inside in glass cabinets are stored thousands of butterflies, their wings bleached by time, along with exotic fist-sized beetles and dragonflies, brought back from around the world by amateur collectors."
"His twisted logic that if I really loved homosexuals, I would show it by accepting their wickedness and treat them “as other children of God” is Erebusic and morally opprobrious, but those are obviously character traits for him. Where in the Word of God is it written that to show love we must accept and ignore wickedness? Did/does God overlook sin and wickedness because He loved us enough to send His only begotten Son to die for our sins? Did Christ, the prophets, the Apostles or any godly person in scripture or history ever ignore wickedness as a sign of showing love? Of course, the answer is NO."
"Despite fallacious statistics promoted as fact, the percentage of homosexuals and lesbians have not exploded in number. It’s the number of people ACCEPTING perversion as natural and normal that has exploded, which is a massive indictment of the church."
"The Environmental Working Group (EWG) commissioned another round of glyphosate testing on 21 oat-based cereal and snack products. EWG purchased the products online, then packed and shipped about 300 grams of each to Anresco Laboratories in San Francisco. There, liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry was used to analyze glyphosate levels. The chemical was found in all 21 products, with all but four of them coming in higher than EWG’s benchmark for lifetime cancer risk in children, which is 160 parts per billion (ppb). Cheerios and other breakfast cereals, granola bars and oatmeal squares are among the products commonly containing glyphosate residues."
"The unity of the Church has always been in danger, for centuries," he said. "It has been for all its history. Wars, internal conflicts, centrifugal forces, threats of schisms." "In the end the awareness that the Church is and must remain united has always prevailed," he added. "Its unity has always been stronger than internal struggles and wars." During the interview, Benedict clarified that he has always rejected efforts to treat him as an alternative to Francis. He reaffirmed that, though they have distinct personalities and different approaches to doctrine and liturgy, his relationship with Francis is a loyal and affectionate one."
COMMENTARY: While I have a great deal of respect for Pope Benedict XVI, the times we live in are not comparable to those "dangerous" times in the past history of the Church. What he is speaking of is not coming from the Holy Spirit, but from his own personal desire for "unity." Thus, what he says is a great disappointment to those who clearly see the signs of the times in which we live.
Unfortunately, many will see through Benedict's naive appraisal of the state of today's Church and lose some respect for him because his statements will only worsen things in the Church. The left-wing supporters of Francis will rejoice, but those who truly love the Church and desire Her to be renewed will be even more saddened by the liberal direction Benedict is approving of for the Church.
Regretfully, Benedict is not helping to clear out the "Smoke of Satan" in the Church (as Pope Paul VI described it), he is adding to it. vtb
" I am no prophet, but it does not take a prophet to know that we ought to be preparing ourselves for the most dramatic events in both the Church and the world in the days to come, in which it seems the Adversary is mounting a final assault that threatens to breach and overrun the citadel. God will never allow that attack to succeed, for it would destroy the Church. But by what terrifying prodigies will He have to repel it, given that — as this preposterous synod demonstrates — Rome in the human sense has unconditionally surrendered to the spirit of the age? Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us."
"The set of values developed by the early Romans called mos maiorum, Peter Turchin explains in War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires, was gradually replaced by one of personal greed and pursuit of self-interest."
“We are at the end of Christendom.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen said during a talk in 1947. Making clear he didn’t mean Christianity or the Church, he said, “Christendom is economic, political, social life as inspired by Christian principles. That is ending — we’ve seen it die. Look at the symptoms: the breakup of the family, divorce, abortion, immorality, general dishonesty.”
"The Greek philosopher Plato (428-347 BC) stated:
“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”
(Ben) Franklin explained further:
“There will always be a party for giving more to the rulers, that the rulers may be able, in return, to give more to them. All history informs us, there has been … a kind of warfare between the governing and the governed; the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. …
Generally, indeed, the ruling power carries … and we see the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure.”
NOT A GOOD TREND- 10 Terrible Things Pinterest Still Allows While Choking Bible Verses And Pro-Life Info -
"As The Federalist’s primary, and only, male Pinterest authority, I felt obligated to weigh in on the latest controversy regarding Pinterest’s censoring of Live Action. Live Action is a pro-life advocacy group, one of our nation’s largest. A Pinterest employee discovered they had been flagged as pornography as an attempt to hide anything related, in what seems like an attempt to censor pro-life posts on Pinterest."
("Pinterest is the newest member of today's most popular social media websites, but instead of using written content as substance, it uses images and video.")
"It was not clear if Kim accepted the offer. Trump is the first U.S. president to set foot in North Korea after he briefly crossed the inter-Korean border. "Stepping across that line is a great honor," Trump said after enjoying a short walk on the North Korean side. "A lot of friendships have been made. And this is in particular a great friendship."
GETTING TOUGHER - Germany toughens citizenship laws for terrorists and polygamists -
"The German parliament has revised the Nationality Act to make it tougher on those joining foreign terrorist groups, polygamists and naturalized citizens who committed fraud to gain citizenship."
FAR FROM NEUTRAL? - LEAK: New Google RESIST Doc Shows “Internal Beginner’s Guide To Protesting,” “Resist@Google” -
Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe: “This document leak is the fourth in a series of leaks from inside Google and their subsidiary, YouTube. This new document appears to show internal coordination of political protests which contradicts Google’s public statements that they are politically neutral. More tech insiders are coming forward and we will continue to work with them to expose the secrets of Silicon Valley.”
"I just have a wish: that the rift created between administration and students by unequivocal policy decisions about homosexuality would be taken seriously, as seriously as the moral, financial and Biblical issues. I’ve personally witnessed students develop disdain for professors and university officials over the topic of homosexuality, and vice versa. There are wounds and biases that run deep. Since Christian education values spiritual as well as educational growth, conversation between students and faculty is crucial."
"It is scary to see how radical the Democratic Party has become. They have taken the word "compassion" and used it for their political gain. Their ultimate goal seems to be the following: get as many illegals as possible, keep them here, get power, give them amnesty, and ultimately become a one-party country. In 2018 congressional races, 69 percent of Hispanics voted for Democrats. That is a dominating number and further explains why the Democratic Party sacrifices the safety of Americans for the sake of election outcomes."
PELOSI LOSES - ‘A betrayal’: Inside the bitter rift between Pelosi and Schumer over border bill -
"Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, she was blindsided. Nearly all Senate Democrats voted for a Republican-backed bill that kneecapped the House and marked the most embarrassing defeat for Pelosi in the six months since Democrats took over the chamber."
“We must be vigilant in protecting a WOMAN'S right to choose...”
HISTORIC TRIP - (FROM THE WHITE HOUSE) - President Trump is headed back to Washington after an historic trip. But before boarding AF1, he had one last event, too important to miss: a visit with our incredible troops at Osan Air Base -
"This man never stops. His energy is super human."
THE BEST CHOICE - Food for Thought: What Makes Oats So Much Healthier Than Other Whole Grains? -
"Oats are the only whole grain to be singled out as a true super food in my list of Everyday Super Foods. So what makes oats such a shining nutritional star? If you eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning, are you doing a good thing for your health? The research says yes…read on!"
"Research shows “vitamin H” may help prevent hair loss, regulate blood sugar and metabolize fats and protein."
"Liberal values embraced by many in Western nations have been destabilizing and clash with the best interests of most citizens, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published Thursday. In a discussion with Britain’s Financial Times, Putin said liberal policies are “obsolete,” and he pointed to Western immigration policies as a prime example, according to Reuters."
“The liberal idea presupposes that nothing needs to be done. The migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants must be protected,” Putin told the FT, according to the report.
“What rights are these?” he asked. “Every crime must have its punishment.” Putin added that he didn’t agree with the West’s embrace of homosexuality and gender issues. “Traditional values are more stable and more important for millions of people than this liberal idea, which, in my opinion, is really ceasing to exist,” the Russian leader said, according to Reuters."
"When I first sat down to write this, I was adamant about my purpose: I wanted to rant that men are oppressed by forces that are no fault of their own. That man’s oppression is the fault of women. Or maybe culture. I wanted to project my feelings of frustration with the current state of manhood onto something else or someone else. I wanted to project my feelings because I felt like so many voices from the media, from the culture, and from modern feminism were pointing at me with the finger of blame for all of society’s problems. And these voices hurt me. They made me angry. The message I heard resonating from these voices was “You’re a man, so everything is your fault. You’re a man, so you don’t get a say about things. In fact, you shouldn’t even try to act like a man.”
"Amidst all the chaos, scandals, ambiguous interpretations, and assaults on Catholic teaching within the Church today — it is difficult not to be discouraged as a Catholic. The continuing barrage of scandal and apostasy emanating from the highest positions in the Church occurs on a weekly basis. The forces of evil and the tide of our culture at times can seem overwhelming. One could easily conclude by reflecting on many of today’s headlines that there appears to be little hope for a stronger and revitalized Church in the days ahead. But by taking a closer look beyond the typical news from the Vatican or the USCCB, we can see some pockets of light where true Catholic leadership is showing its face. It will be leadership like the following that will ultimately be required for the Church to rise above the miserable state in which she currently resides."
"One of my favorite saints is Catherine of Siena, who lived in 14th century Italy. The youngest of 25 children, she refused to marry, as her parents wished, and instead entered the Dominican Order. Catherine became known for her great holiness and spiritual insight, and had many followers; she also became known for her surprising influence with kings and popes, writing them stern letters of advice or correction when necessary. "
"The image of the sacred heart of Jesus is ancient. As St. John himself testified, “one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.” (John 19.15) St. John highlighted the sacred heart of Jesus “so that you may believe,” and so that you may see that God so loved the world. Our redemption flows from the heart of God Incarnate to unite our hearts to his sacred heart. So it is something extraordinary that on this Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the bishops would also make this the central image on which we should gaze as we speak about religious freedom and the common good."
"Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia rebuked Joe Biden, a Catholic who is running for the presidency, for caving into the Democratic Party’s pro-abortion doctrine when he declared that he now opposes the Hyde Amendment banning federal funds for abortion. “The unborn child means exactly zero in the calculus of power for Democratic Party leaders, and the right to an abortion, once described as a tragic necessity, is now a perverse kind of ‘sacrament most holy,’” stated Archbishop Chaput in a June 10 column that appeared on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia website where he called Biden out by name."
COMMENTARY: Biden, along with the vast majority of Democrats believes you have the "right" to murder a human being up to, and even after birth. That not only makes him a "Catholic" in name only, but a hypocrite and
therefore not fit to be President of the United States. vtb
"The depressing context is the reaction of the Bishops of England and Wales to the order by the misnamed Court of Protection that a mentally disabled woman submit to a forced abortion. The order was made last Friday by Mrs Justice Lieven, an “activist judge” who in the past has been employed as a lawyer by the abortion industry. Now she has the power to don the metaphorical black cap – and uses it."
"If we’re to resolve the vocations crisis in the United States, it might be helpful to determine who’s seeking ordination already. A new study from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University provides a trove of information that could explain precisely that. The most interesting statistic may be the age at which 2019’s American ordinands first considered a vocation to the priesthood. Just 36 per cent of men responded that they were 18 or older. Meanwhile, 40 per cent were between the ages of 5 and 13. That suggests it would be in the Church’s interest to pique boys’ own interest at a young age. Recruitment to the holy priesthood can’t begin too young."
"A lay Catholic website is calling for a boycott of an annual collection to be held this weekend in most U.S. parishes benefitting the pope’s designated charities. Complicit Clergy is urging the boycott of the Peter’s Pence collection, which is set for June 29-30 weekend Masses, stemming from Pope Francis’ controversial use earlier this year of half a million dollars from the collection to benefit Central American migrants in Mexico who are trying to enter the U.S. illegally."
"And Jesus answering, said to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, (laws of nations) and to God the things that are God's. And they marveled at him."
"Cdl. Timothy Dolan had insisted on disinterring Sheen's body at 5 a.m. in order to avoid crowds and media publicity, and had in fact placed strict rules against any media being present during the event...Although Church law disallows public celebration in this instance, it does not forbid media; the prohibition of media was imposed by Cdl. Dolan, who is reportedly embarrassed after having lost multiple appeals in the protracted litigation and wanted the transfer done as quickly and as secretly as possible, away from cameras."
"Pro-life advocates also have expressed serious concerns about the safety of women, as well as the promotion of unborn babies’ abortion deaths on campuses across the state. Abortion activists said they hope the bill, the first of its kind in the nation, will prompt other states to do the same."
"He adds, "They're baptized, then we lose them until they make their first communion. Then we lose them until confirmation, and then we lose them for good." But he's not discouraged. "For vocations here in Fresno, I'm trying to plant seeds already. And how do you change it? You live a joyful life and you embrace this priesthood like never before and you remember why you became a priest in the first place," he says.
THERE ARE LIMITS - Disagreeing About Homosexuality Is Fine. Personally Attacking People Over It Isn’t -
"What is the line between commentary and cruelty, between disagreement and bigotry, between intolerance and hatred? As conservatives we are constantly challenged to define, explain, justify, and apologize for the social confusion over these questions. To the left, the answer is simple: if you do not fervently advocate a single, agreed-upon position, you are guilty of the most shameful of the options on this scale of social morality. But to the right the question is more fluid. We value critical disagreement, passionate advocacy, and respectful discord. We know that not everyone will agree with us, and we are not particularly injured by this knowledge."
"Legislators in California have discovered yet another way to make it clear that mainstream religions holding to the sexual teachings of their sacred texts have no business doing so in the Golden State. Why? Because these faiths, which billions of good people worldwide happily hold, do not embrace homosexuality. This includes the three largest: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. In a resolution that recently passed the state assembly, “the Legislature calls upon all Californians to embrace the individual and social benefits of family and community acceptance” of LGBT people. It singles out especially faith-motivated individuals and organizations."
"Trump invited a grateful survivor of bone cancer to the stage who gave the president credit for a 2017 health care law that she said saved her life. Natalie Harp, a millennial entrepreneur from California, fired up the crowd nearly as much as the president when talking about the “Right to Try” law that Trump signed in 2017 that enables terminally ill patients to gain access to experimental drugs before the medicines are approved by the Food and Drug Administration."
"Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Francesco Cavina from the Diocese of Carpi, Italy. Bishop Cavina, who is only 64 years old, explained that he was stepping down because of an investigation into municipal corruption. Although he denied wrongdoing, he said that the investigation, accompanied by intense media coverage, had stymied his pastoral leadership. Bishop Cavina had earned headlines in 2015 when he criticized public statements by Pope Francis, and again in 2018 when he led an effort to bring Alfie Evans, the terminally ill British child, to Rome for treatment.
SICK SOCIETY - Huge child porn ring bust in Toronto shows sickness in our society -
"A child pornography ring operating in Toronto was busted this week by Toronto police. The computer servers were housed in a building in North York. It's frightening to think that families live in a neighbourhood while this evil and demonic activity was routinely taking place. The worldwide Internet service made hardcore child pornography available to customers for a fee. The police referred to the activities as a "big box store" and described the computer files as "really, really horrific."
THE FULL TRUTH- It was only a few months ago that Democrats were dismissing the crisis at the border as manufactured by Trump -
"Now they’re comparing migrant detention centers to concentration camps and blaming Trump for “putting kids in cages.” But for those still trying to blame President Trump, Barack Obama’s former ICE chief, Thomas Homan, has a reality check for them. Speaking at a conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies, Homan explained that the “cages” Democrats are blaming on Trump were the product of the Obama administration:"
"Although Pope Francis has ordered a change in the Our Father prayer -- a prayer given to the world by Jesus Christ -- the Catholic Church in Scotland said it has no plans to accept the Pope's version of the prayer, and the Catholic Church in England and Wales also said it has no plans at this time to change the Our Father, although the issue will be studied...The change in the prayer was made official in late May and is now included in a new edition of the Italian Missal, the prayer book Catholics use at Mass. "The Lord's prayer has been changed in the Italian language -- there are no plans at present for it to change in English," said a spokesman for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, reported Christian Today."
NO TOLERANCE - 7 Christian families forced from home as Hindu mob demands they renounce Christ -
"When the families refused the demands to convert, the villagers became violent. The villagers reportedly threatened the Christian families with excommunication, a ban from using the village road, a ban from accessing community water as well as exclusion from all government rations. Additionally, about 12 kids were said to have been banned from going to the local school."
"During Wednesday night’s Democrat presidential debate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) boasted that she has forsaken the values instilled in her by her parents. Gabbard said that, in her youth, she embraced the values she learned growing up in “a socially conservative home” – but, today, she renounces them, especially when it comes to support of traditional marriage:"
"In a Thursday letter, Pelosi said that while the House is "gravely disappointed" in the Senate for passing their own immigration legislation, "the children come first." "Therefore, we will not engage in the same disrespectful behavior that the Senate did in ignoring our priorities. In order to get resources to the children fastest, we will reluctantly pass the Senate bill," the letter continues..."The turnaround came after moderate Democrats flexed their power within the caucus by joining with House Republicans to urge Pelosi to simply vote on the bipartisan Senate bill before lawmakers leave Washington for next week’s recess."
"The following is not a story coming out of the rumor mill. The priest whose testimony is given below [was] the pastor of a Catholic Church in Florida. The testimony was on the website of the parish. Fr. Jose Maniyangat is currently in independent ministry in Jacksonville. He was the pastor of St. Mary’s Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Macclenny, Florida. Here is his personal testimony:"
TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE - Pope Francis 'profoundly saddened' at image of drowned migrant father and daughter -
"Martinez and his daughter died while attempting to swim across the Rio Grande along the U.S.-Mexico border after they were unable to make an official request to U.S. authorities for asylum from El Salvador, the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, reported."
COMMENTARY: As terrible as this tragedy is, the loss of the life of a human being through an abortion up to the time of birth, or to let a baby die after birth, is even more horrible. Yet, Pope Francis remains silent about the approval of these first degree murders by the Democrat Party, and continues to focus on immigration due to his vengeful attitude towards Trump and any other government leader who does not approve of mass or unlawful immigration. vtb
"Stunning new information just released by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) shows that the Obama administration stepped up efforts – just days before President Trump took office – to undermine Trump and his administration. The ACLJ, where I serve as chief counsel, has obtained records that show the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, under Director James Clapper, eagerly pushed to get new procedures as part of an anti-Trump effort. The procedures increased access to raw signals intelligence before the conclusion of the Obama administration, just days before President Trump was inaugurated."
"You should have never put yourself in that position," then-Msgr. Trautman, vicar general in the diocese of Buffalo, New York in the 1980s, reportedly told an unnamed teen victim of Fr. Michael Freeman. In another case, Freeman also allegedly molested James Bottlinger, who turned down a $650,000 offer from the diocese — the largest single payout through its victims compensation fund — choosing to sue the diocese instead for keeping in ministry a priest it knew to be a sexual predator.
"I don't want the Church to determine here's some money, go away," said Bottlinger at a press conference Tuesday. "I'd like the trial to happen to see how much of the story we can get out. To get the church to come to the table and admit the wrongdoings."
“Modesty is more than just the length of a hemline. It’s about our conversations, how we treat people, and how we love others. Modesty protects our purity and the mystery of a person. In our society, it gets a bad rap. It’s actually quite attractive.” Referencing the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2522-2523), she continued, “Modesty is decency. It inspires one’s choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet.”
"Jesus revealed to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, “My Divine Heart is so passionately in love with humanity that it can no longer contain within itself the flames of its ardent charity. It must pour them out.” Jesus loves us infinitely more than we can possibly imagine and he wants to pour out that love upon us. He can no longer contain the love that he has for us!"
COMMENTARY: Or keep this Scripture posted on your refrigerator:
"Behold I command thee, take courage, and be strong. Fear not and be not dismayed: because the Lord thy God is with thee in all things whatsoever thou shalt go."
"The moral doctrine of Holy Scripture has its uniqueness ultimately predicated in its cleaving to the image of God, in faith in the one God who showed himself in Jesus Christ and who lived as a human being. The Decalogue is an application of the biblical faith in God to human life. The image of God and morality belong together and thus result in the particular change of the Christian attitude towards the world and human life."
-----Pope Benedict XVI
GOING STRONG- How Poland’s 'golden age' of economic growth is going unreported -
"During the current global economic slow-down, Poland stands out as a European growth champion. With an uninterrupted pace of high growth averaging 4.2% per annum between 1992-2019, Poland is steadily catching up with Western Europe and has become the seventh largest economy in the EU with a total GDP of €524 billion. Considering its population of 38 million, scarred by a turbulent history and post-EU entry emigration bleed, we think that Poland’s remarkable growth engine is not receiving the attention it deserves."
"He broke his wife’s neck and ribs, and choked her to death as their three children slept. Like all honor killing victims, A summary a long history of verbal, emotional and physical abuse.. Shamji repeatedly sexually assaulted her, she said, and once choked her to the point she passed out. He only got 14 years for subjecting this woman to a life of abuse and terror, taking her life and leaving her children without their mother."
“It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,” Eric Trump told Breitbart News when reached by phone late Tuesday evening.
“For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility. When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we’re winning.”
"Khalil al-Hayya, a senior member of the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, on Tuesday said Israel bore full responsibility for the deterioration of the situation due to what he called “Israeli procrastination in the implementation of the understandings regarding the lull.” "The game of the occupation regarding the fishing area and the cessation of fuel supply to the power plant bring the understandings to a very dangerous situation with grave consequences," al-Hayya warned.
NO EQUAL RIGHTS- Female pilots in Ireland forced to abort their babies or lose their job -
"Female pilots, he said, are being told “you have a choice, you terminate your employment or you terminate your pregnancy. You can’t have both. So that is absolutely what goes on.” In a hearing before the Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection in Ireland’s Dáil — the lower house in Ireland’s Oireachtas national legislature — Cullen said self-employed pilots are afraid to speak out about pensions and wages, sick pay, collective bargaining, maternity leave, and other issues. These pilots do not have the same rights as regularly employed pilots."
SNOW, SNOW, SNOW! - Colorado's snowpack is 40 times normal after rare summer solstice dump -
"On summer's opening day, up to 20 inches of snow buried the high terrain of the Colorado Rockies, boosting the state's snowpack to extraordinary levels for the time of year. The solstice flakes marked a continuation of a snowy stretch that began in January and February and lingered through spring. Even before the solstice snow, The Denver Post wrote, the state's snowpack was "in virtually every numerical sense . . . off the charts." At the time, the snowpack was 751 percent above normal."
"Each year I concelebrate with hundreds of other priests in the ordination Mass of new priests. I find such Masses deeply spiritual. I have no role other than to quietly concelebrate, so the readings and the rites move me deeply. As I sit quietly, I ponder the mystery of my own priesthood."
"Notes a correspondent in Chicago with what seems to be a charism with the camera: “I prayed and asked Lord Jesus what he would want to show me today. I was quite taken aback after the picture I took from the sky. I took the photo at 9:15 a.m. [Sunday] when the sky was quite cloudy. The picture depicts the feast day of the Holy Eucharist today—the body and blood of Lord Jesus. "
"We live in a world where radical feminism has clearly unleashed a malicious “anti-Marian spirit”. How do we confront this skewed view prevalent in society today? Carrie Gress lays out the evidence of and a plan to combat this in her latest book The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity. Join as as we discuss the pitfalls of the Anti-Mary way of thought and how imitation of Mary can rescue our culture."
"We have never seen global weather patterns go as crazy as they have so far in 2019. Record high temperatures are being shattered all over the planet, but meanwhile some parts of the U.S. were just buried by massive amounts of snow. The sixth largest city in India is literally running out of water due to extremely dry conditions, but in middle America it just won’t stop raining."
"Apple cider vinegar (ACV) belongs not only in your pantry but in your medicine chest. Its healing powers have been praised for thousands of years, but now modern science backs up the claims."
CLARIFYING THE ISSUE - Cardinal Burke corrects LifeSiteNews: 'I have never worked with Steve Bannon' -
"Cardinal Raymond Burke issued a correction to a now-removed LifeSiteNews article, which claimed that Burke was collaborating with former President Donald Trump advisor Steven Bannon on a film exposing homosexuality in the Vatican. The film in question will be based off a book on the same subject by Frédéric Martel, entitled “In the Closet of the Vatican.”
“LifeSiteNews made no contact with me to verify my possible involvement,” Burke said in his June 25, 2019 statement. “Given the overall content of the article and given several statements made by Mr. Bannon in the article, I must make the following clear: I do not, in any way, agree with Mr. Bannon’s assessment of the book in question.”
"The policy is a shift from previous practice. The Mexican security forces have long detained undocumented migrants as they travel in the country, but had not typically stopped them from crossing the US border in the past."
"It was in my more orthodox parish where my liberal Catholic family finally felt the transcendent nature of the Mass, something they had rarely, if ever, truly felt before. What they mistook for the “rare gift” of the priest was actually just the phenomenal power of a beautifully celebrated, by-the-books Mass, said reverently, intentionally, and infused with traditional elements in a humbly beautiful church. It was powerful, and it was profound, and I will never forget it. Neither will they."
A SHOCKING FIND- Chemical found in soap and toothpaste linked to osteoporosis in women -
"Women exposed to a chemical used in some toothpastes, soaps and antibacterial products are at higher risk of osteoporosis, a study suggests. Researchers found that women with higher levels of triclosan, which has been previously linked to bowel cancer and antibiotic resistance, were more likely to have the bone disease."
POOR VATICAN AGREEMENT - Suffocating the Chinese Church with "independence", while applauding the China-Vatican agreement -
"A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates the Vatican Museums Exhibition and some lectures on "Pope Francis" and "friendship" between China and the Vatican. For Beijing, agreements with the Holy See go hand in hand with the suffocation of the Church."
"Recently, the far-left media and tech companies have ramped up their censorship of conservatives and centrist liberals. Many are deeply concerned, and rightfully so. Never in the land of the free has free speech been under such massive assault. However, the vicious attacks are also a positive sign because they indicate that progressives do not have confidence in their arguments. They fear the free market of ideas and want to enforce a monopoly on truth."
"Melania: Trump's chief of communications Stephanie Grisham picked as next White House press secretary replacing Sarah Sanders."
HIDDEN FILTH - Material from Library’s Youth Pride Celebration Encourages Them to Become ‘the Lord of Unzipping Flies’ -
"The culture war is real.- There is a battle, both physical and spiritual, for the heart and soul of America. And like any war, those most vulnerable are children. That’s why it matters when a public library in Renton, Washington permits an event that targets children with messages that encourage sexual behavior, hands out sex paraphernalia and then bans adults who show up to the event with questions."
GAY PERVERTS PARADE?- Doctor Sends BREATHTAKING Letter to Houston Mayor About ‘Gay Rights Parade’, & It’s Must Read -
"With this correspondence I want to share with you my concern and my opposition to the so-called “Gay Rights Parade,” which is more correctly the Perverts’ Parade, to which the City of Houston has granted a parade permit...
By granting a parade permit the City of Houston is endorsing and encouraging this debauched, perverted lifestyle. If sodomy isn’t perverse, then perverse has lost its meaning.
The LGBTQ is a political movement. The goal of the homosexual political movement is to pass laws that force businesses, schools, governments, churches, and every person, against their will, to accept, affirm and celebrate those who promote and participate in homosexual behavior.
They want homosexuals and other sexual immoral individuals to be granted minority status based upon the fact that they have chosen to commit immoral sexual actions. No one should be granted minority status based upon their chosen behavior, whether its moral or immoral.
The homosexual political movement wants the LGBTQ curriculum to be taught to children, starting in kindergarten. The purpose of this is to desensitize children to their aberrant, perverse and evil actions, so that they can more easily recruit them into their lifestyle.
They promote Drag Queen Story Time for children 10 and under in public libraries. These drag queens who read to children are despicable pedophiles. They are trying to create moral anarchy in society. Their sexual perversions should be condemned. They hate God and God has given them over to a depraved mind. Romans 1:18-32 clearly explains God’s position on homosexuality and abortion."
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"The plan consists of a 95-page document and $50 billion offer of detailed economic proposals in private-sector and infrastructure development, development of human capital, including education and the workforce, and professionalization of government economic standards to a level that can attract private international investment and World Bank lending. But that’s not what’s shocking. It is the reaction of Israelis, Palestinians, and Arab states that stands to fundamentally change the world."
"Pope St. Paul VI wrote an encyclical entitled Sacerdotalis Caelibatus, in which he addresses the question forthrightly. “It is said,” he wrote:
“That in the world of our time the observance of celibacy has come to be difficult or even impossible.” He then recounts many persuasive arguments for relinquishing celibacy. And yet, he insists, “Priestly celibacy has been guarded by the Church for centuries as a brilliant jewel, and retains its value undiminished even in our time when the outlook of men and the state of the world have undergone such profound changes.”
"One of the oldest devotions in the Church. Our Blessed Mother adored the Most Precious Blood of her infant Son on the day of His circumcision as the first drops of His Precious Blood were shed amongst many tears for the salvation of our sinful humanity."
GOOGLE CENSORING- Google buries Dr. Mercola in their latest search engine update, Part 1 of 2 -
"This year, we’ve seen an unprecedented push to implement censorship across all online platforms, making obtaining and sharing crucial information about health in general, and vaccines in particular, increasingly difficult.
Google’s June 2019 update, which took effect June 3, has effectively removed Mercola.com from Google search results
When entering a health-related search word into Google, you will no longer find Mercola.com articles in the search results. The only way to locate Mercola articles is by adding “Mercola.com” to the search word(s) in question
Mercola’s fully referenced content has been at the top of health search results for over 15 years.
If undesirable pages don’t vanish automatically in the new algorithm, Google’s quality raters will manually manipulate crowd sourced relevance to bury the page or pages."
COMMENTARY: It is difficult to know with any certainty the exact reasons Google did what it did, but we know big drug companies do not want alternative, natural herbs on the market that interfere with their desire for large profits.
They invest huge sums of money in the testing of their drugs and do not want competition from smaller companies whose products may provide equal or even greater medical help at a far lesser price to consumers. Big drug companies also have a great amount of influence, and are not shy about using it.
Therefore, it is entirely logical that they influenced Google to change it search results to knock out some competitors.
Of course, Google, could also have changed their search results and chose to penalize certain medical websites based on the excuse that their products are not approved by the FDA, even if they offer a money back guarantee. Unfortunately, this puts many consumers at a disadvantage when addressing their own, or their loved ones health issues, as well as the added cost factor. vtb
GOOFY GOOGLE - Google buries Mercola in their latest search engine update, Part 2 of 2 -
"Considering Wikipedia's history of bias and its incredibly effective blocking of opposing views, no matter how factual, it's not surprising that Wikipedia is Google's chosen arbiter of expertise and credibility. It also means the whole "quality rating" system Google has set up is rotten from the ground up, as its quality raters are instructed to base their quality decisions on an already biased source. As reported by Tech Crunch,21 in January 2019, Google donated $2 million to Wikimedia Endowment, Wikipedia's parent organization, and another $1.1 million to the Wikimedia Foundation."
"SEOUL, Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an "excellent" letter, the North's state-run news agency reported Sunday, quoting Kim as saying he would "seriously contemplate" the content. The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said Trump sent a letter and "correspondence between the two leaders has been ongoing."
"Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the supreme leader and the supreme leader's office and those closely affiliated with him and the office access to key financial resources and support," Trump said at a signing for the executive order. "The assets of Ayatollah Khamenei and his office will not be spared from the sanctions."
COMMON SENSE - Mentally ill woman should not have abortion, court rules after Catholic mother brings challenge -
"Three senior judges overturned a ruling made on Friday that the woman, who is in her 20s and 22 weeks pregnant, should have a termination against her wishes because it was in her best interests. The woman’s mother, who is Catholic and a midwife, brought the challenge after arguing that she would look after the baby."
INSIDE CORRUPTION- Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Catholic Church from Within with Dr. Taylor Marshall -
"While Church teaching can’t change, many within the Church seemed all too willing to ignore this fact in an attempt to make peace with secular humanism. Moral teachings were soft-pedaled, the liturgy was modified to accommodate the needs of modern man, and key Catholic doctrines were ignored or denied. The results were disastrous. Seminaries emptied, religious orders collapsed, baptisms, confirmations, and marriages plummeted, and moral filth invaded elements of the priesthood."
"The 2019 World Watch List report is based on comprehensive and investigative research of 150 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. Each year, our research reveals telling numbers and statistics that give us a glimpse at the depth, prevalence and widespread reach of the persecution believers endure."
"World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder told the large Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem on Monday night that the persecution of Christians must be stopped.
“Our enemy has shown its true face with rapes, and with the slaughter of Christian women and children and with beheadings,” Lauder said. “There is no safer place in the Middle East for Christians than here in Israel. In Israel, Christians can pray in the open. In Israel, Christian holy sites are protected. In Israel, Christians do not fear for their lives.”
"In the United States, the two groups that most ardently support Israel are Jews and evangelical and fundamentalist Christians. Jewish support is easy to explain, but why should certain Christians, most of them politically quite conservative, be so devoted to Israel? There is a second puzzle: despite their support for a Jewish state, evangelical and fundamentalist Christians are disliked by many Jews. And a third: a large fraction of African-Americans are hostile to Israel and critical of Jews, yet Jewish voters regard blacks as their natural allies."
HATE BREEDS HATE- California golf course argument leads to shooting, fire; 5 dead, police say -
"A long-standing feud between three men seemingly boiled over at the mobile home park's golf course, residents said. Authorities identified Kurt Bracke, 70, and Richard Hanen, 78, as victims who were fatally shot, according to the Santa Maria Times. "These three guys were threatening each other for a long time," resident Keith Castro told the news outlet."
"A dead giveaway that people have been away from Church for a very long time is a reason that they sometimes provide for their absence, "Oh, I don't go to church because of all that fire and brimstone stuff — all the harping on hell and the devil." In fact, for a long time in most mainline Protestant churches and in the Catholic Church as well, very little has been said about hell and the devil. The topic seems to be out of fashion, nothing to be taken seriously except perhaps for entertainment purposes in Hollywood. So, when I shared with friends and colleagues that I was writing a book about the devil, I immediately saw their puzzled faces that seemed to say, "Why would you ever take up such a project?" I also caught a number of specific questions from them."
"Because actual possession is quite rare, most of us should be looking out for the more common ways that the devil attacks us. His usual tactics are more subtle and pervasive, and we ought not let the exotic distract us from the more commonplace. One of the key elements in any contest is to understand the tactics of your opponent and to recognize the subtleties of his strategy. In the spiritual battle of life we need to develop some sophistication in recognizing, naming, and understanding the subtleties of the Devil’s common tactics."
EYE OPENERS - Fr John Corrigan: Lessons learned from an exorcism course -
"There are two equal and opposite errors people make about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight. It was refreshing, to be surrounded by people who take the devil seriously but not sensationally. Discussion was sober and matter-of-fact. We were well equipped to avoid the errors of the materialist and the magician, and think with the mind of the Church."
"Every day it becomes more evident that the liberal news media are no longer simply a megaphone for liberals in Washington, New York, and Hollywood. The media are now leading the radical Left and using their platform to push a socialist agenda."
NOT ENOUGH TIME? - Who Was Captain of the Ship in the Liturgical Reform? The 50th Anniversary of an Embarrassing Letter -
"In the very limited time allowed me, I have not been able to get a complete and detailed grasp of this new and extensive Ordo lectionum Missae.
But because of the confidence I have in the skilled and devout individuals who spent a long time compiling it, and because of the trust I owe to the Congregation for Divine Worship, which has examined and corrected it with such expert care, I gladly approve it in the name of the Lord."
The feast of St. John the Baptist, June 24, 1969
Paul VI, Pope
COMMENTARY: I have always had a lot of respect for Pope (Saint) Paul VI, but for him to say he did not have enough time to thoroughly review the "new" Mass does not make sense. That was an historic change and he should have taken all the time he needed to properly review all the documents and the structure of the revised Mass. However, I was not there, and most likely there is more to this story than what has been revealed in the above article. vtb
“That drives me nuts,” Fr. Rich Pagano says of those who ask him to bless statues that they intend to bury. “They actually make these statues of St. Joseph to sell your house, and on the back, they’re like ‘bury him upside down and in the ground.” “I respond, ‘I will bless this statue, but I will not bless it if you plan on putting it in the ground.’ “They say, ‘What do you mean, that’s what you have to do?’ “I say, ‘No, I’ll bless it, and you put St. Joseph in a place of honor in your home. And then when he sells your house, you take that statue and you put him in your new house in a place of honor, and you keep him there.”
NOT WISE TO BE THERE- Presence of disgraced cardinals at ordination of new bishop causes uproar in Chile - "ROME - After Pope Francis accepted the resignation of one of the two newly appointed auxiliary bishops of Santiago, Chile before his episcopal ordination, the second auxiliary’s ordination, in Rome, was tainted by the presence of two disgraced former archbishops of the Chilean capital. Cardinals Ricardo Ezzati and Francisco Errázuriz, both emeritus archbishops of Santiago who have been subpoenaed by local prosecutors for covering up cases of clerical sexual abuse, attended the episcopal ordination of Alberto Lorenzelli." WEIRD HAPPENINGS - Michael Brown’s New Book About the Strangest Wonders on Earth -
"The true-but-incredible book is a journey through some of the strangest, most inexplicable — and in some cases most threatening occurrences on the planet."
"There is a great deal of bad news about the state of the Catholic Church of late. We shouldn’t deny it or dismiss it; to do so would be foolish. We should have our eyes wide open about the reality of our situation. But amidst the destruction wrought by sin and the failings of men, there are real signs of hope."
"From the first moment I saw him, I knew that he was going to be a Modernist wrecking ball..." - George Neumayr...
"Political liberals said of Barack Obama that he was, "the one they have been waiting for." In the realm of religion, the same could be said of Church liberals and Pope Francis, for Neumayr is convinced the Catholic world is witnessing nothing less than a revolution, with results that have wrought havoc among the Faithful."
“For too long we have collectively failed to listen to the fruits of scientific analysis,” Francis said on Friday. "Faced with a climate emergency, we must take action accordingly, in order to avoid perpetrating a brutal act of injustice towards the poor and future generations.” Unfortunately, the Holy Father disregards the fruits of scientific analysis that demonstrate how the use of more renewable energy and policies like carbon taxes actually raise energy prices and run counter to his goal of reducing poverty in the developing world."
“Who is going to save our Church? Do not look to the priests. Do not look to the bishops. It’s up to you, the laity, to remind our priests to be priests and our bishops to be bishops.”
--- Archbishop Fulton Sheen
"In hard-hitting but unreported comments given in Paris last month, the Vatican prefect for divine worship also denounced those pushing “rupture and revolution” as “mercenaries smuggled into the sheepfold.”
GOOD BISHOP, GOOD MAN - THE HOPELESSNESS OF THE CITY OF MAN WITHOUT GOD by H.E. Bishop Athanasius Schneider -
In this address I would like to speak about the two cities or communities which exist in the history of creation, that is the City of God and the city of man without or even against God. A city or community without God is by this very fact a city of hopelessness. The first attempt to establish a life and a community or a city without God and against God was that of Satan, the fallen angel, who with the other fallen angels tried to build up a reign opposing God.
However, there was no more place for them in heaven and he and his angels were cast down to the earth, as Holy Scripture says (cf. Rev. 12: 8-9). Since then Satan has worked tirelessly in building up upon the earth his city against God."
"Mohammedanism was a heresy: that is the essential point to grasp before going any further. It began as a heresy, not as a new religion. It was not a pagan contrast with the Church; it was not an alien enemy. It was a perversion of Christian doctrine. It vitality and endurance soon gave it the appearance of a new religion, but those who were contemporary with its rise saw it for what it was not a denial, but an adaptation and a misuse, of the Christian thing. It differed from most (not from all) heresies in this, that it did not arise within the bounds of the Christian Church.
The chief heresiarch, Mohammed himself, was not, like most heresiarchs, a man of Catholic birth and doctrine to begin with. He sprang from pagans. But that which he taught was in the main Catholic doctrine, oversimplified. It was the great Catholic world on the frontiers of which he lived, whose influence was all around him and whose territories he had known by travel which inspired his convictions. He came of, and mixed with, the degrded idolaters of the Arabian wilderness, the conquest of which had never seemed worth the Romans’ while."
"A well-respected poet and award-winning peace activist, lived a life that was brief in length but powerfully blessed with depth. Born on July 17, 1990, Mattie began creating and sharing Heartsongs at the young age of 3. He explained that Heartsongs are “gifts that reflect each person’s unique reason for being.” Mattie ultimately published six collections of his Heartsongs poetry books and one collection of Just Peace essays and e-mail correspondence with Former President Jimmy Carter. All seven of Mattie’s books became New York Times Bestsellers and touched millions of lives around the world."
"In his speech, Caviezel described how, feeling a strong conviction that he must do so, brought a family heirloom rosary with him to an interview with Hollywood director Terence Mallick. Inspired to give the rosary to the woman who greeted him at the door, Caviezel discovered that the now-weeping woman had prayed that day for a new rosary and that she was Mallick’s wife. Caviezel believes the encounter was due to Mary’s intercession and led to his role in Mallick’s Academy Award-winning The Thin Red Line."
COVERING UP HIS LIES - American Media Blackout: Obama Destroyed Tens of Thousands of National Archive Records -
"He had plenty of experience. His birth certificate, student loan application, college records, passport to Pakistan etc. Criminals always try to cover up their crimes, especially experienced ones. Why isn’t the American press covering this? This must read article is in a Canadian publication."
COMMENTARY: While it is still uncertain that Obama or a member of his administration tampered with his birth certificate, there is little doubt some of his other deeds were not the done in a spirit of honesty. vtb
"Striking similarities exist between claims of Cardinal George Pell’s accuser and those in a discredited case hyped by Sabrina Rubin Erdely in Rolling Stone magazine."
“If it’s God’s desire for Chick-fil-A to survive this, we will acknowledge Him. If it fails, we will still acknowledge Him to give direction to our futures.”
"A new technological competition has begun, one in which America’s rivals, particularly Russia and China, may be ahead. This is the race to build and put in the field super-fast or hypersonic weapons and vehicles. The military defines a hypersonic weapon as one that travels at least Mach 5 or five times the speed of sound. In comparison, commercial aircraft fly at around Mach 1 while some military jets can push themselves to around Mach 3, but only for a short time."
Retired NFL veteran Burgess Owens told a congressional hearing on reparations for slavery that he used to be a Democrat, until he learned about “the misery that that party brought to my race.”
YES & NO - Consumer Reports: Food is better than supplements -
"If you're one of the many Americans who takes vitamin supplements, chances are you think they will improve your health and help you live longer. But that's not necessarily true, according to a recent study from Tufts University. It found that the best way to improve longevity is by getting nutrients in the food you eat—and that supplements might even be bad for you."
"According to Complicit Clergy: A total of 3,162 people responded to the survey with responses for 180 bishops. Overall, the bishops scored a 1.8 in terms of trust and a 2.6 in terms of orthodoxy. 50% of bishops received a trust rating of "tend to distrust" or worst. 50% of bishops also received 3 stars or less in terms of their orthodoxy."
Some of the officials who voted for the law are Catholics, and Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield has argued that they should not receive communion. Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago agrees with Paprocki that the law is gravely unjust: “It says that human life is cheap,” he told the Catholic News Agency. But he disagrees about communion. “I think it would be counterproductive to impose sanctions, simply because they don’t change anybody’s minds, but it also takes away from the fact that an elected official has to deal with the judgment seat of God, not just the judgment seat of a bishop. I think that’s much more powerful,” Cupich told CNA.
JESUS: "And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican."
"The elimination of a controversial extradition bill which, opponents argue, could open Hong Kong residents and visitors to the city to being transported across the border to Mainland China and its opaque, politically motivated justice system, is still a main issue for protesters. But Friday's crowd largely turned its anger on the police, who have been accused of using undue force in clashes with protesters just over a week ago."
A DARK PAST FOR SOME - Hundreds of migrant caravan members found to have US criminal histories: DHS files -
"Hundreds of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the southern border as part of massive migrant caravans were found to have criminal histories in the U.S., according to newly obtained Department of Homeland Security documents. The DHS files were provided to House Oversight Committee Republicans in May and included internal data showing more than 1,000 migrants traveling as part of caravans to the border within the past nine months had “U.S. criminal histories” and hundreds had “U.S. criminal convictions.”
"Cardinal Francis Arinze celebrated Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form for the feast of Corpus Christi in London on Thursday. The cardinal celebrated the Mass at the church of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, in Covent Garden at the opening of the church’s 40 hours devotion to the Blessed Sacrament."
A SOUND TEACHING - Hey Alyssa Milano, Here's What Marco Rubio's Catholic Faith Actually Teaches On Immigration -
"In Church teaching 2241, the Church offers a very reasonable and fairly balanced approach to immigration. The nation is called to accept immigrants to “the extent they are able” and protect their inalienable rights. The immigrant, however, is "expected to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens."
"Between 2005 and 2010, average nursing home costs in California increased by a cumulative 30.18 percent, the most of any state included in the study. During that same period, the general Consumer Price Index increased by just 11.65 percent and the medical CPI increased by 20.17 percent."
"A Bible that once belonged to President Abraham Lincoln resurfaced 150 years after his death, pointing to the faith he clung to at a pivotal moment in American history and when he was growing more overtly religious. Lincoln's faith has long been debated over the years. He was known as the "village atheist" as a young man but he gave one of the most explicitly religious speeches ever by a president during his second inaugural address. Scholars say the new discovery helps solidify his faith in his later years."
A NO BRAINER - A scientific study just proved that ‘brain supplements’ are completely useless -
"I think that dissatisfaction or worry about the ability of modern medicine to address brain health in a meaningful way had led people to look for other ways to protect their brains. There is no scientifically proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, however. Also, a number of clinical trials for medications to slow down or prevent Alzheimer’s disease have failed."
TERRIBLE ACCIDENT - New Hampshire highway collision leaves 7 motorcyclists dead, 3 injured -
"State police said a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck collided with the motorcyclists on U.S. 2 in Randolph. Additional details will be released as authorities investigate the tragedy."
"Some upstate New York county clerks are taking a stand against the state’s controversial new law granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Clerks in Erie, Rensselaer, Niagara and Allegany counties have said they won’t be handing out the licenses, despite the legislation signed Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Erie County Clerk Michael Kerns said he believes the Green Light Bill, which passed the state Senate 33-29, conflicts with federal policy — and is ready to go to court with his concerns.
“In the memo of the bill, they talk about the reason why they’re passing this bill is to make sure that people who are here illegally can get to and from work,” Kerns said. “It is illegal to hire people in the state of New York or anywhere that are here illegally."
"The supposedly clear and cogent clarification that (Cardinal) Dolan has in mind must be Pope Francis’ 2018 modification of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that the death penalty is “inadmissible”. But, while it is likely that Francis meant what Dolan said, the pope did not quite claim what the cardinal clearly did. Francis (or his handlers) left just enough wiggle room (by using “inadmissible”, an ambiguous term in magisterial-moral discourse) to avoid flatly declaring the DP “immoral” and setting off thereby a magisterial firestorm such as has not been seen for some centuries."
DANGEROUS PILL - Fourth Carcinogen Discovered in Heart Pills Used by Millions -
"An online pharmacy told U.S. regulators it found another cancer-causing chemical in widely prescribed blood-pressure pills, raising new questions about a complex global web of companies that produces medicine for millions of people. A solvent called dimethylformamide was discovered in the drug valsartan made by several companies, including Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG, according to a filing last week to the Food and Drug Administration by New Haven, Connecticut-based Valisure."
" A British judge has authorized doctors to perform an abortion on a pregnant Catholic woman with developmental disabilities and a mood disorder, despite the objections of the woman’s mother and the woman herself. The woman is 22 weeks pregnant."
THE TRUTH - New Scientific Study Proves Human Life Begins at Conception -
"Human life begins at conception. To quote just one authoritative human embryology textbook:
“Human development begins at fertilization when a sperm unites with an oocyte [ovum] to form a single cell zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.”
ANOTHER WIN- Big Trump Win In Court Could Cost Planned Parenthood Tens Of Millions Of Dollars -
"The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave a huge pro-life victory to President Trump’s administration, permitting them to enforce a rule stripping federal Title X funding from any clinic that provides abortions or abortion referrals, which means Planned Parenthood could be out as much as $60 million."
"Suicide rates among teens and young adults have reached their highest point in nearly two decades, a new study reports. Suicides among teens have especially spiked, with an annual percentage change of 10% between 2014 and 2017 for 15- to 19-year-olds, researchers said."
Prayer to the Queen of Peace:
Mother of God and our Mother Mary, Queen of Peace! You have come among us to guide us to God. By him, impose grace on us so that, on your example, we can not only say: “Let it be of me according to your Word”, but also put it into practice. In your hands, we put our hands, so that, through our miseries and difficulties, he can accompany us to him. For Christ our Lord. Amen
"The USCCB is obviously in cover-up mode; in this case, covering for Jorge the Duplicitous of whom Archbishop Viganò said with respect to his claim that he knew nothing of McCarrick’s homo-predatorial crimes: 'The Supreme Pontiff is now blatantly lying to the whole world to cover up his wicked deeds!'"
COMMENTARY: Archbishop Vigano is a highly respected man who is not known for lying or exaggerations. We would also like to assume Pope Francis did not actually remember the details of their meeting or if they actually met at all, but many will have their doubts, since Francis has shown that in many other situations he has a very acute memory. vtb
"As House Democrats continue to oppose every border protection measure President Trump offers, they are getting a little of their own. Sanctuary cities across America are swelling – and creating a new reality. They are becoming magnets for illegal aliens, driving up homelessness, creating unprecedented housing shortages, producing tent cities in parks, and measurably increasing public health and safety costs."
THE DARK SIDE OF OBAMA- VIDEO: HISTORIAN EXPLAINS HIS TELL-ALL BOOK ON OBAMA & GIVES EXAMPLES OF HOW HE CHANGED - POPE OF CONFUSION - Pope's lack of clarity is a sign of end times: chat with Cdl. Eijk | John-Henry Westen Show Ep. 11 -
"Today, on Episode 11 of The John-Henry Westen Show, I’m discussing Cardinal Eijk's request for clarity from the Holy Father, akin to St. Paul's public request for clarity from St. Peter. Join us as we discuss the harm being done by Pope Francis' ambiguity and the Church's teaching "
GREAT SAINT- VIDEO - The last days of Pope John Paul II - The untold stories - ALSO A GREAT SAINT- FILM - The Final Mass of Saint Padre Pio Caught on Camera (RARE FOOTAGE) -
"The final Mass of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, affectionately known as Padre Pio, was caught on video. It captures some of the last hours of his life, as he passed away early in the morning the next day."
"A short clip I put together for a talk I gave on the saints. This includes some very rare clips of Padre Pio celebrating Mass when he was young (not his last Mass, but when he was still healthy). The original source video of this rare Mass can be found here.."
"This was filmed at Our Lady of Grace Capuchin Friary which is located in the Gargano Mountains at San Giovanni Rotondo. At times there is an atmosphere of playfulness redolent of the Fioretti of St Francis. At the end, they are obviously teasing him about the camera and he hits the cameraman with his cincture. We see him in the refectory and in the Church, and there are scenes of his brothers dealing with the massive postbag which he generated. Starting at 4'23" there is some footage of Padre Pio as celebrant at Tridentine Latin Mass."
Hilliard spent decades teaching children. She was a teacher by trade and mentor by heart. Hilliard has one son, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She credits her longevity to faith in God. Hilliard’s vision is not as good as it once was, but she still recites Christian scripture on a regular basis. In honor of her time on this earth, the North Carolina House of Representatives sent her a certificate of special recognition."
HORRIBLE KILLINGS - (VIDEO OF TESTIMONY OF FATHER) - A baby boy has died weeks after being cut from his mother's womb -
"He suffered irrevocable brain damage," Contreras (THE FATHER) added, according to the station. "There's no medicine, there's no pill that can fix that. Only a miracle." Yovanny's mother, Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was lured to a woman's home by an offer of free baby clothes, police say. She was then strangled and her unborn baby cut from her. Her body was found weeks later in a garbage can,"
"Jesus' heart provides the safest place from all the difficulties you may experience in this world."
"Laboratory analyses confirm that the structure of the cardiac muscle fibers and the structure of the bread are intertwined in a way impossible to reproduce by human means."...During the Holy Mass celebrated at the parish church of St. Anthony in Sokolka, at 8:30 a.m., a consecrated host fell from the hands of one of the priests during the distribution of Communion, next to the altar. The priest interrupted the distribution of Communion and picked up the host, and, in accordance with liturgical norms, placed it in a small container of water—in this case, one found in some churches beside the tabernacle, where the priest may wash his fingers after distributing Communion. The host was expected to dissolve in the water, which would later be disposed of properly."
MORE PROOF - When an anti-Christian man stabbed the Blessed Sacrament in Paris, he was shocked at what happened -
"The man hated the Catholic Church and tried to desecrate the Eucharist through every means possible."
GREAT TESTIMONY - VIDEO - Caviezel Speaks Of Dedicating Life After Medjugorje -
"Jim Caviezel's Tribute to the Virgin Mary."
ANOTHER TESTIMONY - Pope Francis: “There’s grace in Medjugorje. There’s no denying it; people are having conversions.” -
"Priest who published conversation with pope five years ago reflects on Francis' love for Mary today."
"Pilgrimages aren’t so much of a conventional Christian activity as it is for Islam but one thing is common among all these forms of pilgrimages – the numbers are unavoidably huge. In Senegal, on an annual basis, tens of thousands of faith-believing people, mostly Catholics, embark on this unassuming journey to a village in the Cap Vert-Thies region of the country called Popenguine."
"It’s the great untold story of The Exorcist: how the most dramatic scenes in the actual case behind the movie never made it onto the screen. Years ago, we interviewed Father Walter H. Halloran, one of the two main priests involved in delivering the boy (yes, it was really a boy, from Maryland, not a girl) during which he revealed three fascinating things. One was that the exorcism succeeded only after they placed a statue of the Archangel Michael next to the boy’s bed in an old rectory behind St. Francis Xavier College Church on Lindell Boulevard in downtown St. Louis."
NO FREE RIDE - Immigrants’ sponsors to be on hook for ‘every dollar’ if new arrivals end up on dole, new Trump appointee warns -
"Sponsors of legal immigrants to the United States received word Friday that they’ll be on the hook “for every dollar” if those immigrants end up receiving welfare funds or other public support instead of earning a living and paying taxes. The message came Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia state attorney general who last week became acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) following his appointment by President Trump."
"Carrie Severino, chief counsel to the Judicial Crisis Network, defended President Trump's decision to add a citizenship question to the Census and suggested that debate over the issue indicated a deeper problem. "This is something that should be totally unremarkable," Severino said on Saturday while appearing on "America's News HQ." "The fact it's even being challenged shows a disturbing trend towards attempts to push back on the very concept of citizenship and its frightening to think there could be several justices in the [Supreme] Court who would suggest that's not even an appropriate question."
ABORTION IS NOT SAFE - 7th woman in 16 weeks taken by ambulance from NYC flagship Planned Parenthood -
"As pro-life activists prayed and offered practical assistance to abortion-bound women, two ambulances pulled up to the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood on Friday, June 7, 2019, and removed a woman on a gurney completely covered with a sheet. According to video and photographs taken at the scene, an ambulance from Mount Sinai Hospital arrived first and entered the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood with a gurney. Soon, an ambulance from New York Presbyterian Hospital arrived. EMS from both ambulances assisted in caring for the woman and loading her into the Mount Sinai ambulance, which then transported her to the hospital."
OUR HEAVENLY MOTHER- St. Louis de Montfort describes how prayers to Mary are transferred to God -
"When Catholics pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is not due to an act of worship, because worship is given to God only. An 18th-century priest, known as Louis de Montfort, a good devotee to the Virgin Mary, explains what happens when prayers are addressed to Our Lady."
"So according the (Genesis 2:21-22), Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. And as he slept, God took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh, and the Lord God turned the rib from which he had gotten from the Man and brought her to the man. Eve was the first woman and her actions deeply influenced the rest of Salvation History."
COMMENTARY: Left out of the article is this passage, among many others, from the Sacred Scriptures:
"But I fear lest, as the serpent seduced Eve by his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted, and fall from the simplicity that is in Christ."
[2 Corinthians 11:3]
A SILENT HERO - A WWII Marine died with no living relatives. Hundreds honored him at his funeral -
"Men in blue jackets — VFW Post 2285 Eastchester, American Legion Post 1009 Yorktown and others — their hair gone gray or white, lined pews inside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in New York Friday morning. Men in Rolling Thunder black biker vests sat in others. Younger veterans came, town officials and civilians too. Soon it was standing room only."
"Long before Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders delivered her to Congress from a casting call of 10,000 applicants, liberals of the day were already making claims that our governments are holding out on us with a store of secret alien technologies obtained in alleged UFO crashes that could be put to good use in stemming global warming."
"To borrow a phrase: love works in mysterious ways. We are born to love and, as it turns out, love and affection are necessary for both optimal positive emotional and physical development. And to be honest, nothing feels better than giving your loved one a warm embrace –or being on the receiving end."
THE DEVIL IS REAL- Pope Speaks Out on Suicide of Dutch Girl — Demonic Tweets Follow -
"(Rome) Pope Francis found clear words against suicide and euthanasia. He spoke of a "defeat for all". The papal statement was made in response to the death of 17-year-old Dutch girl, Noa Pothoven. A message that is shocking indeed. Pothoven was euthanized last Sunday because of "depression.” So it was reported yesterday by numerous media. The killing was done in a so-called "Lebensendeklinik" [End of Life Clinic]. By this euphemism is meant no medical device, as the name implies, but a killing device. Noa Pothoven was sexually molested at the age of 11 and 12, and was raped by two Muslims at the age of 14. The rape caused post-traumatic stress, anorexia and depression. Last Sunday, on the basis of the Dutch euthanasia law and with the permission of the parents, the killing of the girl took place."
"While the gale force of the post-conciliar tempest continues to uproot the Faith, dislodge morals, blow apart revered traditions, topple the Church's edifice, and spread doctrinal debris throughout the Church, there are those who insist that the problem today isn’t due to Vatican II but to a “misinterpretation” of the Council. Unfortunately, misinterpretation had nothing to do with this, for this revolution was the result of years of careful planning. We might see the conciliar documents as the blueprint for this plan. The ambiguities, omissions, and outright errors in the documents were deliberately calculated by progressivist theologians and bishops who intended to exploit these errors in the text after the Council closed."
"St. Pradre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968) also commented on this field of tension in a letter:
'Once, when our last hour has passed and our hearts have stopped beating, then everything will come to an end for us, the time to gain graces, as well as the time to forfeit graces. Just as death will find us, so will our judgement before Christ. Our pleading cries, our tears, our sorrow for repentance, which on earth had won us the heart of God and could have made us, with the help of the sacraments, from sinners into saints, they then avail nothing more. The time of mercy is over, and the time of justice begins.'
"Nathan Larson, a 37-year-old accountant from Chancellorsville, Virginia, is running for Congress as an independent candidate in his native state. He is also a pedophile, as he admitted to HuffPost on Thursday, who has bragged in website posts about raping his late ex-wife."
"Francis writes: I would also like to highlight the work done by the PICO National Network and the organizations promoting this meeting. I learned that PICO stands for “People Improving Communities through Organizing”. What a great synthesis of the mission of popular movements: to work locally, side by side with your neighbors, organizing among yourselves, to make your communities thrive. [my emphasis]. What Pope Francis does not mention here is that PICO is heavily funded by George Soros."
"I think it would be counterproductive to impose sanctions, simply because they don’t change anybody’s minds, but it also takes away from the fact that an elected official has to deal with the judgment seat of God, not just the judgment seat of a bishop. I think that’s much more powerful,” Cupich told CNA. "I have always approached the issue saying that the bishop’s primary responsibility is to teach, and I will continue to do that."
COMMENTARY: Yes, it is a duty of a bishop to teach, but to also "teach" by example. When you, as a bishop, do not follow the teachings of JESUS, you are just as guilty as the sinner you are allowing to disobey the teachings of CHRIST. vtb
JESUS: "And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican." (He should no longer be a member of the Church or excommunicated, & therefore forbidden to receive Holy Communion).
"And they shed INNOCENT BLOOD; the blood of their SONS and of their DAUGHTERS... And the land was POLLUTED WITH BLOOD...And the Lord was EXCEEDINGLY ANGRY with his people." (Psalms 105: 38-40)
"The FIUV believes that this concept of “unity” is “narrow” and does not justify neglect of the more ancient form of the Roman Rite. “The Federation would like to emphasize that the Extraordinary Form is a part of the liturgical patrimony of the Church which represents ‘riches’ for the Church, which should not be neglected or excluded, and certainly not on the basis of a narrow conception of unity which excludes the variety of liturgical expressions permitted in the Church,” the organization wrote.
TOUGH CZAR - New border czar: All illegal immigrants 'should be worried, no population off the table' -
"President Trump’s pick to be the nation’s first-ever “border czar” is a longtime former cop and immigration official who takes a hard line on illegal crossings. Former acting ICE Director Thomas Homan told Secrets early in the Trump administration, for example, that he views every unauthorized border crossing as a crime that can and should be punished."
"Archbishop Viganò alleges, is why the Pope’s actions against McCarrick (removal from the sacred college and laicization) are all administrative and therefore without appeal. In other words, if a judicial process concluded that McCarrick was guilty of the accusations made against him, any appeal by McCarrick (who continues to protest his innocence) would inevitably expose the guilt of other senior prelates. By moving straight to the penalty without the trial, Pope Francis is able to avoid this potentially devastating development. "
"President Trump endorsed a senator’s introduction of a constitutional amendment that bans burning the American flag. Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana introduced the amendment on Flag Day, which was Friday. Trump took to Twitter early Saturday morning to throw his support behind the move."
"Carrie Lam has lost all credibility among Hong Kong people. She must step down," said Claudia Mo, a legislator and member of the pan-democratic camp, which has opposed the bill. A spokesman said the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong welcomed Lam's decision and urged "great care and taking into account the views of the local and international community should the Hong Kong government pursue any amendments to its extradition laws, particularly as they relate to mainland China."
MUST OBEY THE LAW- Florida's DeSantis signs controversial sanctuary cities ban into law -
"Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a controversial measure on Friday that blocks localities from becoming sanctuary cities and mandates they cooperate with federal immigration enforcement."
A GOOD REASON - The 630 Year-Old Reason Eastern Europeans Dislike Islam -
"Why Eastern Europeans are much more reluctant to accept Muslim migrants than their Western counterparts can be traced back to circumstances surrounding a pivotal battle, that of Kosovo, which took place today, June 15, exactly 630 years ago today in 1389. It pitted Muslim invaders against Eastern European defenders, or the ancestors of those many Eastern Europeans today who are resistant to Islam."
CHANGE FOR THE WORSE- Trump Hits Biden For Switching Longheld Views: ‘He Has Recalibrated on Everything’ -
"Biden, the front runner for the 2020 Democratic ticket, said recently that he now supports using taxpayer money to fund abortions, reversing a position he had held since 1976 when he voted for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits using the money for most abortions. On June 6, Biden told a crowd at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Atlanta that he had changed his mind and would no longer support the Hyde Amendment because of laws passed against some forms of abortions in states such as Alabama and Georgia."
A PRIVATE MATTER - Hans von Spakovsky: Congress has no right to Trump tax returns – Justice Department makes right decision -
"President Trump won a victory Friday when the Justice Department said Congress does not have the right to see his tax returns. More importantly, all American taxpayers won a victory, because the Justice Department memo regarding Trump’s returns has the effect of upholding the privacy and confidentially of all our tax returns as well."
"It is conceivable that he says these things like a body digests food—without any extra requirement of thought. Either way, it doesn’t matter. It’s the result that counts. What he says drives his enemies nuts, and he does it with reckless abandon. Personally, I like Donald Trump because he makes the right people crazy."
“That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense,” said Tobin, also acknowledging that he had received “widespread support” for his tweet. While noting that he was not motivated by hatred, Tobin said that as a bishop, “my obligation before God is to lead the faithful entrusted to my care and to teach the faith, clearly and compassionately, even on very difficult and sensitive issues. That is what I have always tried to do - on a variety of issues - and I will continue doing so as contemporary issues arise.”
COMMENTARY: Explaining the truths of the Catholic Faith can bring out the evil in some groups and individuals. vtb
IMPORTANT SPIRITUAL NEWS- 20 States set to prosecute Church “Racketeering”.. Is persecution of Church a sign the secrets are near? -
"Medjugorje Visionary Says She Knows Exact Date When First Secret Must Be Released…Pleads for us to pray for priests."
COMMENTARY: There was no real merit to liberal members of the press praising Trump. They knew that if they criticized Trump, many past & current members of the U.S. Armed Forces would criticize them. vtb
ONE OF THE COMMENTS ON TRUMP'S SPEECH:
"I LOVE THIS MAN-OUR PRESIDENT.❤️ It's because HE TRULY LOVES AMERICA & HONORS OUR MILITARY-PAST & PRESENT!!!! And HE HAS A LOVING & SINCERE HEART. ❤️❤️ See you in 2020 for another 4 MORE YEARS."❤️
WATCH: President Trump's full speech honoring D-Day veterans at 75th anniversary ceremony THE FACTS DON'T LIE- Face facts, America, Donald Trump is a success. Let's count the ways - A LIST OF HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS
"According to the Media Research Center, coverage of Trump on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts in September, October and November was more than 90% negative. Granted, the president is partially at fault for the lack of positive coverage. At times, he has stepped all over his message. Plus, attacking news reports as "fake news" is not the way to win friends and influence the press. Trump supporters cry foul, but just like a coach who throws a chair or blasts the media in a news conference, the outburst tends to get more attention than it does wins."
"In a recent speech in front of representatives of the German legal system and of Catholic and Protestant dignitaries, Archbishop Georg Gänswein – the personal secretary of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI – reminded the state representatives of the Christian roots of the German Constitution. At the same time, he stated that the German state is now in the midst of a “departure” from the “original Christian-humanistic worldview and from the natural law,” as can be seen in “same-sex marriages” and in the state's current insistence that the Church should hire “remarried” divorcees. The archbishop pointed out that those who are living in homosexual relationships or are themselves “remarried” divorcees – and who now feel supported by the state – will finally also have to “turn old one day” and “stand before the last step” and “face God and the final judgment.”
Gänswein argued that the Church's task – and thus the task of all Christians – is to stand up “stronger and more courageously” for the truth of the Faith which once had helped build the German Federal Republic's legal system that has provided an “unprecedented peace under the law.”
"We both feel that way very passionately, but when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies and capitals around the world, having the one American flag fly, I think it is the right decision." The Trump administration started a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality but has been criticized for its record on LGBT rights. The administration's ban on some recruits with gender dysphoria took effect in mid-April, and Trump had said he wanted to ban all transgender recruits from the military."
"The rainbow flag stands as a sacrilege of unfathomable proportions. This is nothing short of spitting and laughing in God’s face”
“Didn’t we tell you this would happen, that the media would refuse to hold any of their ‘fake news’ fanatics accountable?” Hannity mused. He said NBC is rewarding Maddow’s “fake news” by giving her more air time and wondered how “real” reporters feel about being passed over by “Tinfoil hat-Maddow, the single biggest liar, conspiracy theorist in the country, the person that pushed the Russiagate lies night after night.”
"The president seemed entirely at home as a world leader dining with the royals. The following day, the president had an interview with Piers Morgan, which was the most controlled and nuanced interview I have seen him give. He was truly presidential...Pelosi’s shrinking stature is more than matched by the decay of the Democratic presidential field. The only Democratic candidate with real national stature is former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden’s 36 years in the Senate and eight years as vice president serving with President Obama give him both name identity and acceptability. Unfortunately for Biden, three things are undermining his candidacy."
"In a joint statement dated June 2019, a group calling itself Fair and Just Prosecution claimed to represent prosecutors who differed with one another on abortion from both moral and legal perspectives, but were nonetheless united in “our view that as prosecutors we should not and will not criminalize healthcare decisions such as these” (in fact, identifying abortion as “healthcare” is itself a pro-abortion ideological claim, not a statement of fact)."
"The Congregation for Catholic Education has published the most brilliant and authoritative document on the sexes that is currently available. It literally tears to pieces the fatuous claims of gender ideology. Fortunately, it does not water down its account by trying to appease its critics. “Male and Female: He Created Them” is not only the title of this work, it accurately conveys reality. God did not create mere human beings. No, he created two very different, yet complementary, sexes."
ILLEGAL SPYING ON TRUMP- Sean Hannity: Sources say Trump surveillance scandal appears 'even worse than we originally thought' -
"The single biggest abuse of power scandal in American history is about to be laid bare for all to see," Hannity said Tuesday. "Sources tonight are confirming to me that things are most likely even worse than we originally thought."
"ROME - Although it doesn’t usually make headlines, the Catholic Church in Latin America is using its voice in opposing corruption, calling out drug traffickers and “building bridges” during political crises. Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes of Mexico City, applauded an initiative called Unidad Nacional [National Unity], in the defense of Mexico and in favor of the friendship with the United States. The event was promoted by the national government."
IGNORANT STUDENTS- Students siding with communist China is what happens when they're taught to oppose Trump 'no matter what' (VIDEO) -
"Confucius Institutes, as Phillips explains are centers on college campuses that are billed as Chinese cultural centers but that, according to U.S. intelligence, pose a national security risk. In light of this, and during the same week as the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Phillips asked students if they trust the communist Chinese regime, which says the centers are not used for propaganda or spying, over U.S. intelligence agencies. The majority of students said that they trust communist China more than Trump and U.S. intelligence."
"If I’m convinced that homosexual practice is contrary to God’s design, why should I celebrate it? If I personally know people whose same-sex attractions were the result of childhood sexual abuse and rape, why should I celebrate those attractions? If I’m convinced that, ideally, a child should have a mommy and a daddy (rather than two mommies or two daddies), why should I celebrate a family setting that willfully deprives that child of either their mother or father? Do we celebrate single parent pride? No, we say to those single parents, “It must be hard to raise your child on your own, but we’re standing with you to help.” There’s quite a difference."
"Far from being some benign celebration of homosexuality, they are, frankly, demonic. All you need to see is a few snippets from a typical pride parade, which often include simulated sex acts and a mocking of clergy and nuns. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said "love of nudity" is a sign of the devil's presence."
"The former Vatican ambassador to the United States told the Washington Post a gay mafia among Church leadership is blocking attempts to seriously address clerical sexual abuse."
"The one overarching thing I want all of us to remember is, of course, the necessity of the laity in helping us get out of this mess," said McKnight. "I think we all believe that. We all talk about it. But unfortunately, in concrete structures, we don't actually do it."
"Though the eight-page document released by the National Catholic Register does not mention Pope Francis by name, it undoubtedly addresses several statements he has made (either recently or throughout his pontificate) that have carried with them an aura of ambiguity that permits disobedience to Catholic moral teachings — such as when he said, while visiting the Middle East, that God wills other religions. Everything that Pope Francis has either downplayed or ignored — from homosexual acts to divorce to priestly celibacy to abortion to the death penalty — the document addresses."
"The Vatican released an official document criticizing liberal "gender theory" and affirming the Church's position on LGBT topics. Many mainstream media and liberal Catholic outlets, including New Ways Ministry and America magazine, have criticized the document for being "harmful" and "ignoring new scientific understandings of gender identity." The document, titled "Male and Female He Created Them," was signed by Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi and Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani, the prefect and secretary (respectively) of the Congregation for Catholic Education."
"For those who despair that the rule of law in America is being crushed by liberal fake news, we have encouraging news out of Ohio. A jury has ruled that Oberlin College, one of the nation’s most left-wing institutions of higher learning, must pay the proprietors of Gibson’s Bakery in Oberlin, Ohio, $11.2 million in damages for libel, slander and other disruptions that the college caused in the business by encouraging false charges of racism.
"Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats continue to refuse a request to allow a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions."
"The U.S. is expected to add at least 1,000 troops to the 4,000 already stationed in Poland, a sign of strengthening ties between President Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda at a time when many other nations in the E.U. are drifting away."
"Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) will repay thousands after the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board found she filed tax returns claiming she was married to one man when she was married to another."
DOUBLE BLESSINGS - 26-year-old twins ordained to the priesthood side by side on the same day -
Twin brothers Giacomo and Davide Crespi have always been together, and May 25, 2019, was no different: side by side, along with three other seminary classmates, they received the sacrament of holy orders from their bishop, Gianfranco Agostino Gardin, in the diocese of Treviso, northern Italy."
"A statement from Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore gave no reason for the resignations. But the three monsignors — Frederick Annie, Anthony Cincinnati and Kevin Quirk — are central figures in a scandal over alleged sexual and financial misconduct by Bransfield, according to a confidential report described in a Washington Post story last week.
The report by five lay Catholics was completed and submitted to the Vatican in February. Lori’s statement said Annie resigned in September, around the time the Vatican launched its investigation. Quirk and Cincinnati resigned on Monday, Lori said. The confidential report had recommended their removal."
THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM - GUATEMALAN OFFICIAL EXPLAINS WHY HIS PEOPLE ARE FLEEING, SAYS MEXICO IS A BIG PART OF THE PROBLEM -
"Mexico is incentivizing Guatemalans and others from Central American countries to leave their homes by offering different kinds of benefits to them like work permits and visas while they migrate north toward the United States."
FINDING OUR WEAKNESSES - Border Patrol's Worst Nightmare: ISIS Planned To Attack America Utilizing Our Weak Immigration Laws -
"Border Patrol agents are extremely overwhelmed along our southern border. They are spending the majority of their time processing people instead of actually protecting our border. Up until now, we haven't really seen terrorists utilize our southern border to carry out an attack. Homeland Security Today says that's because very few Americans have successfully made it to Syria and Iraq for recruiting purposes. The FBI tends to stop them dead in their tracks. "
"He recently spoke about holiness. I’ve heard other priests speak about that too, but never so starkly against the trend to present faith in the context of public policy: migration, pollution, poverty. I’m sure he’s committed to an orthodox understanding of social justice, but, again, his homily was against an emphasis on social and economic issues that ignores Christ’s call to holiness. What struck me most was his insistence that, when the call to holiness is replaced by a call for social and economic justice, the Church risks presenting itself as a non-governmental organization (NGO), at which point it makes sense that folks stop coming to Mass."
"Disregard for life isn’t just an Illinois problem, Musgrave said. Americans in general are having a “huge issue taking responsibility for their actions.” Abortion is a 'spiritual issue' because 'fundamentally, God is the creator of life,' he said. “And God takes seriously the killing of innocent life.”
"Earlier this year, the former vice president told a supporter that he would now oppose the Hyde Amendment. Then on Wednesday, his campaign announced that he still supported it. And then a day later, after stinging criticism from pro-abortion groups, he folded like an accordion and reversed course again, not-so-cleverly trying to explain away his flip-flop on a principle he had claimed to hold dear by commingling the issue with health care..."
"The document, whose signatories include Cardinal Raymond Burke, upholds key doctrines in areas ranging from the Eucharist and marriage to capital punishment and clerical celibacy."
“Our Holy Mother often appeared to Mary Ann Van Hoof with the plea of ‘Wake Up America,'” notes a website dedicated to Necedah. “Holy Mother begs mankind to fight the evils that have crept into our country; and, to stand for the truth and love of God. Any change for the good of our Country can only come through prayer; a Constant Vigil of Prayer as she requested. So many evils and sins are being accepted in our laws, that this is no longer America the Beautiful. Can we truly ask of God to Bless America, if we don’t take a stand and fight?...
As the Washington Post reported: “The Virgin Mary was said to urge prayer, particularly for the conversion of Russia. ‘At Necedah, (WISCONSIN) and in her subsequent apparitions in the United States, Mary took on the role of a Cold Warrior, responding to the frightening course of events that had occurred in the aftermath of World War II,’ writes Thomas Kselman, professor emeritus at Notre Dame."
"The post stands in violation of the Royal Family's stated protocol, which expressly forbids members from endorsing political opinions or groups of any kind since they are accountable to no voting bloc whatsoever. Typically, the Royals can only engage in "humanitarian issues." Commentators on Instagram were quick to highlight the break with tradition."
COMMON SENSE - Catholic Church Rules People 'Cannot Change or Choose Their Gender' -
"The Report, titled: "Male And Female - He Created Them" says it's mpossible for a person to choose or change their genders and insists on the sexual "complementarity" of women and men to have children...the new "guidance" is intended to help Catholic teachers, parents, students and clergy address what the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education called an "educational crisis" in the field of sex education."
"Penn — a Democratic activist for decades — worked on Bill and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns for president but has been an outspoken opponent of his fellow Democrats’ obsession with impeaching President Trump. Penn noted how, in many respects, the current fight over impeaching President Trump is even worse than the incredibly divisive impeachment proceeding against Clinton."
"It was a royal visit at its finest. During their recent three-day U.K. state visit, President Trump and his wife Melania were the perfect symbol of America and our nation’s values, especially during their time at the Buckingham Palace. Trump remained true to his personality and genuine in his interactions with Queen Elizabeth, who was seemingly impressed with our president..."
"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. VOTERS approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove."
COMMENTARY: Not bad considering in America we have a biased news media. vtb
"President Donald Trump came out swinging on Sunday morning and delivered an epic take down of two liberal outlets for pushing fake news. The president took to Twitter and blasted The New York Times and CNN as being “the enemy of the people” in response to reports from the two outlets, which speculated that his historic migration agreement with Mexico was nothing but talk. Trump also fired another warning shot at Mexico, saying that if America’s neighbor does not honor the agreement, he will reimpose his proposed 5 percent tariffs on Mexico."
"People who make comparisons between modern day politicians and Hitler have one thing in common: They usually have very little understanding of the complex period of history about which they make their sweeping generalizations. In the darkest irony, they use a period marked by the mobilization of incredible hatred to launch hatred at those with whom they disagree. "These attacks work because public knowledge of the era and its lessons is waning.
As discovered in a study conducted in February 2018 at the behest of The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, 45% of U.S. adults and 49% of millennials are unable to name any of the 40,000 camps and ghettos used during the Holocaust. About 31% of adults and 41% of millennials believed that Hitler killed fewer than 2 million Jews, less than one third of the actual death toll."
"On the plane ride back from his trip to Romania, Pope Francis told reporters that since “there is already Christian unity,” there is no need for the faithful to “wait for the theologians to come to agreement on the Eucharist.”
"As CO2 has increased, the frequency of hot days has plummeted in the Midwest. The exact opposite of what the UCSUSA models are based on."
"That deal, however, did not call for new policies — and the press were quick to point this out. That may be why Trump is now mentioning a new deal in the works."
A GOOD DECISION- Supreme Court rejects atheists' attempt to scrub 'In God We Trust' off US currency -
"Remember why our money says 'In God We Trust' - Kelly Wright on why he feels we as a nation are in need of some encouragement -
HONORING A HERO - Iraq War veteran and former GOP candidate David Bellavia to receive Medal of Honor -
"Staff Sgt. David Bellavia, 43, is slated to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the 2004 Battle of Fallujah, during which he cleared a house of insurgents almost by himself on his 29th birthday."
"Vigano said it is “immensely sad” that Francis was “blatantly lying to the whole world to cover up his wicked deeds” in allegedly protecting McCarrick."
"Personally, I have no axe to grind. My faith in God and my love for my Church is stronger than ever. And, while there is something very appealing about the thought of disappearing from the public eye, this probably isn’t what God is asking of me long-term. ..While I loved and thrived in so many aspects of my ministry, deep in my interior I struggled for years with my vocation and with the commitments the Catholic priesthood demands, especially not being able to MARRY and have a family."
"FOX dominated the cable news viewership numbers with 2,388,000 viewers, followed by MSNBC with 1,654,000 and CNN. Fox also held the top two cable news programs, with "Tucker Carlson Tonight" garnering 2.8 million viewers and "Hannity" bringing in 3.1 million viewers."
"I'm a traditionalist and I informed the Pope of this in a letter I sent to him through the Nunciature," Latvian Cardinal Janis Pujats told Polonia Christiana on 4 June. Pujats added that the discipline of the sacraments should be observed in the Church, especially regarding the Sacrament of Matrimony. He pointed out that the Church must not imitate the sins of the world and, for example, bless homosexual couples. Pujats also explained that sexual atheism is more dangerous than Communist atheism."
NO PROOF- Atheism's Burden of Proof Problem -
"So where is the burden of proof in atheism vs. theism? I, as I theist, am not trying to get out of the burden of proof altogether. It’s not a blanket one-way-or-another problem. Few if any arguments are. The burden of proof is simply on whoever’s making what claim."
"The two-day process unfolded very favorably for the imprisoned Australian cardinal, who is appealing his conviction of sexual abuse."
RARE VICTORY- True The Vote Wins Historic $2 Million Settlement Against IRS -
"Catherine Engelbrecht announced a historic legal victory in her decade long battle against the IRS for targeting her group, True The Vote, as part of the Obama administration’s weaponization program against political opposition. U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton issued a stunning ruling (full pdf below) in favor of True the Vote, and penalized the IRS. Judge Walton forced the IRS to pay maximum attorney’s fees due to discrimination against the conservative organization that stemmed from the Lois Lerner scandal. The financial award is likely to exceed $2 million."
"In schools, they used to teach that journalism was defined as telling the public what happened today, along with who did it, where it happened, how and why. But too often in political coverage, what’s already happened is downplayed and even ignored while “news” channels prattle endlessly about what’s going to happen next. That’s exactly how the media covered the Russia probe, constantly yammering about the heinous crimes Mueller would find, or how Trump might fire Mueller, or the man who appointed him, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. Collusion was a fantasy all along and underscores a terrible reality. For journalists, the facts just do not come first. These self-righteous leftists who marched under the banner of “objective journalism” while advancing the overthrow of a duly elected president did more than just lose their credibility. They committed professional suicide."
"The media are lying when they say Trump is unpopular. Much like this column, my show is a nightly celebration of all things Trump. I am a Paul Revere for him: I loudly and proudly tell my listeners about all the great things Trump has accomplished for America, 90% of which you won't hear from the biased mainstream media. Americans are hungry to hear the truth."
"Illinois lawmakers are currently considering the so-called Reproductive Health Act (RHA), which like similar bills in other states would codify a “fundamental right” to abortion, establish “that a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the law,” and repeal numerous restrictions and regulations on abortion including protections for infants born after failed abortions. It passed the state House last week, and awaits action by the Democrat-controlled state Senate. "
TRUMP: "The U.S. has reached an agreement with Mexico that heads off the start of tariffs on Monday. The deal, announced by President Trump via tweet on Friday night, is said to include plans to return migrants seeking asylum to Mexico, where they will remain until their claims can be processed. "I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended," he said. "Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to....stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!"
"Fox News has learned that Durham has been getting briefed on the “four corners” of the investigations into the FBI's use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants, among other issues. Barr appointed Durham, 68, last month."
EMPTY THREATS - Putin stands by China, criticizes U.S., in trade, Huawei disputes -
"Aggressive U.S. tactics such as a campaign against Chinese telecoms firm Huawei will lead to trade wars - and possibly real wars - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, in a show of solidarity with China alongside its leader Xi Jinping. In some of his strongest words on the subject, Putin accused Washington of “unbridled economic egoism”. He singled out U.S. efforts to thwart a Russian gas pipeline to Europe and a U.S. campaign to persuade countries to bar Huawei, the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker, from supplying network gear."
"The flag flap erupted after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers ordered the raising of the flag to recognize June as “Pride Month.” The move drew a fast rebuke from state Rep. Scott Allen, who tweeted, “Is this any more appropriate than erecting the Christian flag over the Capitol?” Allen, who describes himself on Twitter as “Child of God/Family Man,” said in a follow-up message to the Associated Press that the rainbow flag “advocates a behavior or lifestyle that some Wisconsin residents may not condone. Therefore, it is divisive.”
"Nervous Nancy Pelosi & the Democrat House are getting nothing done,” he (TRUMP) tweeted. “Perhaps they could lead the way with the USMCA, the spectacular & very popular new Trade Deal that replaces NAFTA, the worst Trade Deal in the history of the U.S.A. Great for our Farmers, Manufacturers & Unions!”
Cardinal Tobin said in a nationally televised program in April that Catholic teachings on same-sex attraction are “disordered” and “unfortunate” and use “hurtful” language. On NBC’s Today show, Tobin suggested that the Church is about to change its teachings: “The Church, I think, is having its own conversation about what our faith has us do and say with people in relationships that are same-sex. What should be without debate is that we are called to welcome them.”
"The archbishop appointed to investigate the former leader of the Roman Catholic Church in West Virginia says he should not have redacted from his report to the Vatican the names of clergy, including himself, who received a portion of $350,000 in cash gifts from Bishop Michael Bransfield. Archbishop William Lori oversaw a probe of alleged sexual and financial misconduct by Bransfield, who has denied wrongdoing. His team's confidential findings in February prompted Bransfield's ouster from ministry. What Lori didn't say in his final report to the Vatican in March is that he himself is among the high-ranking clergy who accepted these cash gifts."
Zhou says he welcomes the criticism, including from those who say he should lose his job, according to the report. “I am against political correctness,” Zhou, a legal immigrant from China, told the newspaper. “I speak truth to power in class and my students learn about the financial drain of illegal immigration on the economy and the high crime rates of illegal immigrants. “My students are ‘woke’ and are overwhelmingly against illegal immigration after taking my class,” he added.
"Fear of change is a “temptation of the devil,” Pope Francis told thousands of members of the Charismatic Renewal on Saturday. He also noted that in the Church, “governance also means service,” and that the best evangelization programs are set to fail if done without love."
"All but five of the 39 Little Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, a conservative French religious order, have been relieved of their vows by the Vatican after refusing to submit to a group of Vatican-appointed commissioners led by a habitless liberal nun who wanted to impose “modern orientations” on the group, in the sister’s words. The 34 nuns, who dress in traditional habits and care for the disabled and elderly in four different nursing homes, have been asked to relinquish their facilities and their religious dress now that they are no longer considered members of their institute. The fate of the nursing homes and their residents is now in question."
OUR DEAR HEAVENLY MOTHER- Pope Benedict’s secretary praises Mary as ‘Mediatrix of all graces,’ Christians must ‘turn’ to her -
"On May 26, there took place in Rome an unmistakably beautiful and solemn procession with a statue of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles, presided over by Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the Prefect of the Papal Household and personal secretary of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. After processing on her Patronal Feast with a large statue of Our Lady to the sanctuary Santa Maria Regina degli Apostoli in Montagnola – the Queen of Apostles – Archbishop Gänswein encouraged the faithful to venerate Mary as the “Mediatrix of all graces.”
PHONY CHARGES- Will Trump Be Impeached? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Process -
COMMENTARY: Democrats in the House should be censored for their hateful, scandalous remarks about President Trump and their desire to impeach him without any real proof of any wrongdoing on his part. Their shallow, phony dislike of his conservative manner of leading our nation back to a God fearing nation is their only real "proof." vtb
"But there are still underlying tensions, including in relation to past communist confiscation of Catholic properties."
COMMENTARY: Contrary to what some believe in the Church, there is NO UNITY IN DIVERSITY OF RELIGIONS OR UNITY IN DIVERSITY WITHIN THE CHURCH. vtb
"And now I am not in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name whom thou has given me; that they may be ONE, as we also are."
"Only let your conversation be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that, whether I come and see you, or, being absent, may hear of you, that you stand fast in ONE SPIRIT, with ONE MIND laboring together for the faith of the GOSPEL."
"Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of ONE MIND, having the same charity, being of ONE ACCORD, agreeing in sentiment."
"Pope Francis has clarified that God does not positively WILL a “diversity of religions” but only PERMITS it, Bishop Athanasius Schneider has said."
COMMENTARY: A good pope is always very clear when making statements and is very careful when signing agreements. A good pope also does not need an interpreter to clarify what he means. As an old adage reminds us: "Mean what you say, and say what you mean."
Since the document Pope Francis signed has not been changed, the damage cannot be undone. He gave his word to something that was not true in relation to the teachings of the Church, and that is a very grave offense. Sadly, a clarification to the entire Church and major news outlets will not be forthcoming from Francis. For him, a simple interview that will reach only a small portion of the members of the Church and news media suffices, and that is not the mark of a good shepherd. vtb
SERIOUS ACCUSATIONS - HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT CARDINAL MCCARRICK, POPE FRANCIS AND THE FIGUEIREDO REPORT -
"Archbishop Vigano said Pope Francis was outright lying. He said he personally informed the pope about the punishments intended for McCarrick’s alleged sexual misconduct. “What the pope said about not knowing anything is a lie. […] He pretends not to remember what I told him about McCarrick, and he pretends that it wasn’t him who asked me about McCarrick in the first place..."
"In his latest interview Pope Francis says that he does not remember whether or not Archbishop Vigano told him about Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct. He also insists that he knew “nothing, obviously, nothing, nothing” about McCarrick’s misconduct. Those two claims do not sit comfortably side by side."
"Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle."
[2 Thessalonians 2:14]
· Jun 3, 2019
.@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me......
....Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job - only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!"
HUMAN ISSUE? - Pope Francis likens abortion to hiring 'hitman', says it's never acceptable -
"Francis made the comments during a pro-life conference sponsored by the Vatican. He stressed that abortion isn’t a religious issue but a HUMAN one."
COMMENTARY: Sounds good on the surface, but to say abortion is not a "religious issue" is very wrong. Murder is against the Commandment: "Thou shalt not kill." The Church has always considered abortion murder and if you turn it into a "human" or social issue, you will lose much of the argument against the pro-death people because it then goes back to the issue of "women's rights" and the murdered unborn human being is cast aside. Pope Francis is apparently attempting to appease both sides of the issue, but is analysis is very weak. vtb
A GREAT SAINT - President Trump Honors St. John Paul II’s First Mass in Poland: “Millions Live in Freedom Because of St. John Paul II” -
"One day, when Saint Mechtilde was praying and trying to think of some way in which she could express her love of the Blessed Mother better than she had done before, she fell into ecstasy.
Our Lady appeared to her with the Angelic Salutation in flaming letters of gold upon her bosom and said to the saint, “My daughter, I want you to know that no one can please me more than by saying the salutation, which the Most Adorable Trinity sent to me and by which He raised me to the dignity of Mother of God.
By the word Ave, which is the name for Eve, I learned that in His infinite power God had preserved me from all sin and its attendant misery that Eve had been subject to.
The name Mary, which means ‘lady of light,’ shows that God has filled me with wisdom and light, like a shining star, to light up heaven and Earth.
The words full of grace remind me that the Holy Spirit has showered so many graces upon me that I am able to give these graces in abundance to those who ask for them through me as Mediatrix.
When people say The Lord is with thee, they renew the indescribable joy that was mine when the Eternal Word became incarnate in my womb.
When you say to me blessed art thou among women, I praise Almighty God’s divine mercy, which lifted me to this exalted plane of happiness.
And at the words blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, the whole of heaven rejoices with me to see my Son Jesus Christ adored and glorified for having saved mankind.”
"Most people don't remember that Cardinal George Pell took "the unusual step of criticizing Pope Francis’ groundbreaking environmental encyclical, arguing the Catholic Church has 'no particular expertise in science.'"
"A supporter of “multiple sexualities” and promoter of pro-gay Father Frank Brennan, Foley shouted that these faithful were “clearly” acting against Church teaching, adding that it was “very disturbing" when Church teaching is not followed. Foley went on contradicting Church teaching by claiming that his cathedral “belongs to everybody, and that’s what cathedrals always have been.”
"The Chinese state has become a dangerous actor. It has, among other things, been dismembering neighbors, closing off the global commons, systematically violating international rules, supporting rogue regimes, proliferating weapons technologies, attacking democracy. Any attempt to stop such conduct is met with Beijing angrily claiming a violation of its sovereignty."
THE TRUTH - Dr. Ben Carson speaks of fetal pain, describes abortion as ‘barbaric’ and ‘murder’ - AT LAST! - Louisiana abortion facility that killed 7,482 babies closes for good -
"Several recent polls have shown a great preponderance of Americans are in favor of heavily restricting abortion, including those who label themselves “pro-choice.”
"The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today condemned the violent assault on peaceful, law abiding pro-life citizens perpetrated, Sunday, by left wing extremists on Boston Common. The League also denounced the attempt by the Boston news media to impute moral equivalence between innocent victims and criminal assailants, and criticized the Boston Police Department for failing to defend the free speech rights of those engaged in a legal demonstration."
"On abortion, Douthat wrote, “the press’s prejudices are often absolute, its biases blatant and its blinders impenetrable. In many newsrooms and television studios across the country, Planned Parenthood is regarded as the equivalent of, well, the Komen foundation: an apolitical, high-minded and humanitarian institution whose work no rational person — and certainly no self-respecting woman — could possibly question or oppose.”
"Bishop Thomas Tobin had tweeted before dawn in June, 'A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ "Pride Month" events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.'
COMMENTARY: Sadly, Bishop Tobin later gave into pressure from homosexuals and apologized. vtb
"During Second World War, Vaccarini was a soldier in Russia, then he worked as a surveyor, was married, had seven children and was active in his parish. He was 51 years old, when his wife Anna Maria died. After her death he became a deacon. A big devotee of Padre Pio, he had a call to the priesthood during a Mass in San Giovanni Rotondo. He was ordained a priest in 1988."
"Given his critical state, Łos professed his final vows on May 23 in front of Father Oreste Ferrari, the Vicar General of his order."
REMARKABLE WOMAN- The bi-locating nun who may have evangelized America -
THE TRUTH- U.S. Cardinal Burke: To Oppose ‘Large-Scale Muslim Immigration’ is Patriotic - DOING GOD'S WORK- Cardinal Burke calls for Consecration of Russia to Immaculate Heart of Mary - EXPENSIVE DANGER- May 25th, 2019 - Around St. Louis, near-historic flood levels expected over the weekend and into next week - EXCELLENT SUMMARY - Theologian responds to criticisms of letter to bishops concerning heresies of Pope Francis - SHARING HIS GRIEF- California dad shares meningitis B warning after infection kills teen daughter 'within 36 hours' - NO MORE FREEBIES - Trump signs memorandum requiring immigrant sponsors to pay for social services - FOOLISH DEMOCRATS- Congress is not above the law when it comes to impeachment – Don’t weaponize the Constitution -
"The time has come to stop weaponizing the Constitution and our legal system for partisan advantage. Impeachment would be a lawless response to undertake, as is the use of partisan committees to obtain an electoral advantage."
GREAT PATRIOT- Gary Sinise flies 1,000 children of fallen U.S. soldiers to Disney World – let’s pay him tribute - COURAGEOUS WOMAN - Mom With Cancer Refused Abortion to Save Her Unborn Baby Girl’s Life, 10 Years Later They’re Doing Great - GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE - Miracle Baby Rescued Alive After Being Dumped in Storm Drain and Left to Die - COWARDLY SILENCE - World remains silent as Muslim terrorists kill hundreds of Christians in Nigeria - MORE ANSWERS- 3 Powerful Lessons To Learn From The Sacred Heart Of Jesus - REPRODUCING - Nearly Extinct Pink Dolphin Gives Birth To Pink Calf - POWER OF PRAYER- “Brain Dead” Teenager Awakens From Coma After a Family Friend Prays for Her - RIDICULOUS CLAIM- Church Members Walk Out As Gay Pastor Says His Husband Is Pregnant - GETTING RID OF DIRT- Pro-Life Doctor Purchased an Abortion Clinic and Kicked Out the Abortion Doctor - NOT GIVEN A CHOICE- Oregon Senate Passes Bill to Allow Starving Mentally Ill Patients to Death -
DEMON DEMOCRATS - AG Barr: Yeah, I Agree That The Trump-Russia Collusion Investigation Looked Like A Witch Hunt -
"Barr is going to investigate the investigators concerning the Trump-Russia collusion nonsense because we need to know that the government was doing in 2016. Barr aptly noted that if we’re worried about foreign influence in elections, we should be equally concerned about government officials abusing their power and possibly tipping the scales during the 2016 election."
COMMENTARY: To say Russia had any major influence on the 2016 Presidential election is ridiculous. The main influence was the news media that is made up of 90% vengeful Democrats who attempted to brainwash the American public with negative stories about Trump. This continues today as recent studies have shown that 90% of the stories about Trump are negative. Unfortunately, cowardly members of the press cry "freedom of the press" when accused of biased reporting involving slander & lies about Trump and his administration. These biased reporters are also responsible for brainwashing the public on the moral issues of abortion and homosexuality, which they overwhelmingly approve of. vtb
"The White House knew all along, for a long period of time, that that Hillary was was using an illegal email server,” stated Judicial Watch’s senior investigator. “Of course they knew because Hillary, we know, was communicating with with Barack Obama via her illegal email account.”
"One assumes that a large number of Americans are fed up with constantly being told to “embrace” transgender and gender nonconforming people, to “empathize” with their collective struggle. This does not mean that the exasperated are transphobic. The vast majority wish no harm on people who are uncomfortable with their identities. They just happen to have more personal, more pressing issues that need addressing, like trying to pay their bills, keep their jobs, or send their children to a decent college."
"Over the last 24 hours pro-abortion people have threatened to kill me, kill my family, rape my wife, rape my daughter, and assault me,” he said. “They’ve wished death on me, on my children, on all pro lifers. They’ve wished rape on my wife and my daughter. I remember when the Left told us that criticism of Ilhan Omar was ‘putting her life at risk.’ Will leftists have the same concern for the lives of my wife, my children, and myself?”
"Under the Insurrection Act of 1807, the president has the authority to use the National Guard and military in order to combat “unlawful obstruction or rebellion” within U.S. borders. The act was last invoked in 1992 by George H.W. Bush to quell the Los Angeles riots, and was also used by Eisenhower in 1957 to enforce school desegregation in the south."
Senate confirms Trump judge who called Obama 'un-American imposter' -
AS EXPECTED - DOJ report: 43% of all criminal offenders last year were non-citizens -
COMMENTARY: This should be an eye-opener for members of the Democrat Party and others like Pope Francis and the U.S. Bishops who are constantly pushing for increased immigration and inviting people to break our border laws and enter our country illegally. vtb
"Lost in the turmoil of “news”: the excessive rains in many parts of North America last week came just as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released data showing the last twelve months have been the wettest in recorded history for the Lower 48 states. No small record. A few other headlines this week: “Floods Hit the Balkans,” “Whales Washing Up Dead in California,“ “El Nino Becoming Stronger and Stranger..."
"The leader of Poland’s governing party called LGBT and gender ideologies a foreign attack on the family and stated everyone has to accept that Polish culture is inextricably Christian."
A DEBATABLE OPINION- (Some) Catholic Scholars: 'Pope Francis is Guilty of the Crime of Heresy' - RARE DECISION- Emperor Akihito: Japanese monarch declares historic abdication -
CORRUPT COUNCIL- Canadian city councillors enraged over ‘Pregnant? Need Help?’ bus ad -
BRAINWASHING- Glazov Video: After The Jihadist Psychopath Seduces You - A GOOD "SIGN"- Precious Life Launch New 'Vote Pro-Life' Billboard Campaign in Northern Ireland - TERRIBLE TOLL- 10 civilians and 6 suspected terrorists killed in police raid in Sri Lanka -
"Ten civilians — including six children — are dead, along with six suspected terrorists, after a shootout between police and alleged militants in eastern Sri Lanka late Friday, authorities said."
STILL DANGEROUS- ISIS Turns to Insurgent Tactics as Iraq Struggles with Transitional Justice -
"Another noteworthy intricacy in the video is that it included scenes of Baghdadi managing the international network of ISIS fighters. In this scene, the camera clearly shows a folder that references Turkey as a Wilayat (Province). This is the first time that ISIS has mentioned Turkey in this manner, although a number of previous reports have indicated that Turkey may have been secretly working in some capacity with ISIS in Syria."
"Vincent Lambert, known as France’s Terri Schiavo, has lost his last possible legal recourse in his home country against a medical decision ordering slow euthanasia. The efforts to save the live of the minimally conscious, tetraplegic 42-year-old man by his parents and two siblings will go no further in French jurisdictions after the Conseil d’Etat (Council of State) decided Tuesday that Lambert must in his own “interests” be deprived of food and fluids and placed under deep sedation until he dies."
GOOD INTENTIONS- Running the London Marathon while praying the rosary – an apology - A GREAT SAINT- Poles Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of Canonization of St. John Paul II - HOW FAR IS "FAR"?- ‘We’re just proud to be Spanish’: why the far right is finding fertile ground - POOR SCIENCE - Skepticism grows over whether the first known exomoon exists - A NEW LOOK- A look at the College of Cardinals after Polish cardinal’s 80 birthday - RENEWAL NEEDED- Schumer says Trump agreed to $2T infrastructure package at White House meeting - GOOD VERSUS EVIL- State Department preparing for clash of civilizations with China - UGLY DISEASE- As syphilis invades rural America, a fraying health safety net is failing to stop it - NOT A GOOD TREND- Public schools in America are imploding…and it’s getting worse - BETTER FOR YOU- Put down the protein shake: Variety of protein better for health -
"Amidst the decline of the Christian faith among Americans and Europeans – along with church fires, terror, and a worldwide increase in Christian persecution – the world’s largest religion based on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior – is flourishing in Africa. Furthermore, and amazingly, China is on course to be the world’s most Christian nation within 15 years despite government crackdowns."
A LOT AT RISK - What Putin could lose in Ukraine - For the Kremlin, having Russian-speaking president in Kiev cuts both ways -
“Brexit has forced the IRA to refocus and has underlined how Ireland remains partitioned," a representative told The Sunday Times. "It would be remiss of us not to capitalise on the opportunity. It’s put the border on the agenda again."
"President Donald Trump invited White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to join him on the stage at his Wisconsin rally on Saturday, joking as she left the stage, 'You’re fired!'”
"As Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister once said, “If you tell any lie long enough, often enough, and loud enough, people will come to believe it.” That has certainly been the case with abortion lobbyists and their incessant advocacy for killing unborn children.
They repeat certain lies over and over again, and in doing so think they have made their case. But they have not. All they have done is peddled falsehoods ad nauseum, ad infinitum. The ‘right to choose’ catch cry is one such lie. This has been marketed so intensely by abortion advocates that almost everyone is aware of the phrase. However, we must look below the surface of the slogan to appreciate the full impact of this so-called ‘choice.'"
"The law is intended to make it easier for state prosecutors and sex-trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that kept exploitative material on their platforms, although victims would be required to show websites knowingly facilitated sex trafficking."
STILL GOING STRONG- US economy proves it is robust and thriving, liberal 'sugar high' predictions are wrong again - TRAGIC TAKEOVER- THE NOTRE DAME OF CYPRUS, ST. NICHOLAS CATHEDRAL, IS A MOSQUE UNDER TURKISH OCCUPATION NOW -
"A devastating fire ravaged France’s Notre Dame Cathedral earlier this month, prompting worldwide heartbreak, commitments of rebuilding funds, and a vow to restore the structure from the French president. Meanwhile, the Notre Dame of Cyprus, St. Nicholas Cathedral, is used as a mosque in the northern part of the country, which has been illegally occupied by Turkey for nearly 50 years."
THE FULL TRUTH- Full text of Benedict XVI essay: 'The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse' -
DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR AMERICAN WORKERS - Ford cancels Mexico plant, expands U.S. factory and adds 700 jobs -
DANGEROUS BIRD- Florida officials investigating after large exotic bird kills 75-year-old owner - A CRITICAL VITAMIN - Healthy Vitamin D Foods: 4 Vegetarian Sources Of Vitamin D You Can Try -
"At the end of March, a few pieces emerged in the Italian press reporting the difficulties Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini has been facing in order to get a meeting with Pope Francis, allegedly because of his immigration policies.
Salvini, whose party, League, has been in power in a coalition with the populist-left Five Star Movement since last June, is the most prominent figure in the current government, mostly because of his tough measures to tackle the current immigration crisis.
Official data show that the number of migrants disembarking on the shores of Sicily decreased by 91, 79% compared to the same period just a year ago. The number of deaths in the Mediterranean Sea, caused mostly by the poor conditions of the vessels roughly arranged by people smugglers, also diminished by 28%, and the estimate for 2019 is just as optimistic."
"According to the handbook, Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products, fluoride is more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic. It is a cumulative poison that accumulates in bone over the years.
According to the Physicians Desk Reference, 'in hypersensitive individuals, fluorides occasionally cause skin eruptions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, or urticaria. Gastric distress, headache, and weakness have also been reported. These hypersensitive reactions usually disappear promptly after discontinuation of the fluoride.'"
WARNINGS- 9 Shocking Dangers of Fluoride Exposure -
"Exposure to fluoride is a contentious topic, mostly because exposure is everywhere. Not only is fluoride a common ingredient in toothpaste, many municipalities have a fluoridated water supply. Why? Well, the reason we're given is that it encourages oral health... even though it's not known to prevent harmful oral bacteria."
POWER OF PRAYER- When you are tired of fighting your Worldly battles, Invoke the Holy Spirit with this beautiful Prayer -
"When people are twisting words to support bigotry and minimize hateful violence, calling them out for it isn’t “hatred,” but something we should hope to see from any responsible leader."
SMITHSONIAN STUPIDY - How about we tear down the statue of Planned Parenthood’s racist founder? -
"A statue remains in Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution commemorating the one person responsible for the deaths of more African Americans that any other in history: Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood."
MISPLACED PRIORITIES - Celebrities Call for Ban on Boiling Lobsters Because They Feel Pain, But Aborting Babies is Fine - WISDOM - Cardinal Sarah Sounds The Alarm, What Will Happen to the Planet at the End of the World, and More... - OPINIONS - Best of the web: The response to the Notre-Dame fire -
"Two cardinals have cast doubt on a recent exposé. Cardinals Gerhard Müller and Walter Kasper criticised the methods of Frédéric Martel’s In The Closet of the Vatican, which described a world of sexual secrets and hypocrisy. Martel claimed to have interviewed 41 cardinals, including Cardinals Müller and Kasper."
IF YOU SAY SO- We Analyzed 40 Years Of Primary Polls. Even Early On, They’re Fairly Predictive - A WARNING TO MEXICO- Trump warns Mexico over guns drawn on US troops: ‘Better not happen again!’ - SLIPPERY CONCLUSIONS - Loch Ness monster mystery solved? Study claims ancient dinosaur discovery influenced delusion - COMMON SENSE- Supreme Court justices signal SUPPORT for Trump’s citizenship question - SICK SOUL- Cleric 'mastermind' behind Sri Lanka attacks known for hate-filled online sermons, possible ISIS ties - WORTH A LOOK - The Common Supplement That Can Soothe Your Sore, Stiff Muscles OUR SAVIOR- How Jesus of Nazareth Transformed the World: Science, Capitalism, and Slavery - MUST SEE- 'He is Risen': Watch Garden Tomb Easter Sunrise Service - KILLERS OF CHRISTIANS- Sri Lanka Horror: Islamist Extremists Kill 290 In Series Of Easter Bombings — After Gov’t Warned “Weeks Before” - HIDDEN TRUTHS- THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SRI LANKA ATTACKS - Sympathy for Christian victims is almost non-existent - "105 churches and/or Christian buildings are burned or attacked every month. 345 Christians killed for faith-related reasons every single month." - WRONG PEOPLE TO BLAME- Journalist Blames “Western Christian Missionaries” After Islamic Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka - MIS-USING THE NAME OF GOD - Sri Lanka: One jihad mass murderer was well-known Muslim preacher who said “Allah created this land for Muslims” - WORLD THREAT - Islamic Terrorism Remains The World’s Greatest Threat To Peace - LOSING FAITH- Church membership in America hits historic low, new Gallup report finds - INSANE GOAL- SAN DIEGO - Congregation tackles woman who burst onto church stage with baby, gun - NEWS MEDIA COVER UPS - leftist media won’t say it: Radical Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds of Christians -
DYING TO GET TO HELL- ALLEGED SRI LANKA SUICIDE BOMBER: “ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH MUSLIMS SHOULD BE KILLED” -
"A week after making the call for more foster parents, Philadelphia stopped referring children to Catholic Social Services and then threatened to terminate its contract with the organization if it did not give up its religious beliefs about marriage. Becket notes that no family had ever filed a complaint with Catholic Social Services on account of its Catholic mission, and no child had ever been unable to find a home because of the organization's beliefs."
LAX "ALLIES"- TRUMP TWEETS! — Trump gets tough, issues ultimatum for three ALLIES who import Iranian oil! - LEADERS REACT- Trump Joins World’s Leaders Condemning Sri Lanka Terror AttacK -
"Britain’s Prime Minister can’t name the victims — Christians — for fear of offending the Muslim communities in the UK whose votes she desperately needs. For the same reason, she most certainly cannot mention the fact that many of the victims were celebrating Easter, or name the attackers, or explain the basis upon which they chose their targets. Theresa May epitomizes the cowardice and pusillanimity of modern Western leaders. And that is why her country, and other nations of the West, are in such a precarious state."
A POSSIBILITY?- These Small Dietary Changes Could Reduce Your Alzheimer's Risk - BEAUTIFUL VEIL- A Historical Look at the Deep Spiritual Significance of Veronica's Veil in Christendom by Mary-Catharine Carroll - NEEDED PRAYERS- Here Is How To Pray the Miraculous 54 Day Rosary Novena - CORRUPT CITY- The real reasons why New Yorkers are fleeing the city - ALLOWED THEIR FREEDOM- WASHINGTON, DC, OK'S PERMIT TO PUBLICLY SHOW FILM "UNPLANNED" IN FRONT OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD ABORTION CLINIC -
HOLY HISTORY - Why Notre Dame Cathedral is so important to Catholics worldwide - SPIRITUAL INSIGHT - Woman claims she could see ‘silhouette of Jesus’ in Notre Dame fire - SOME GOOD NEWS- Notre Dame Cathedral architecture can be salvaged: Historic Building Architects founder - RACE QUESTIONS- Kate Smith’s 'God Bless America' out at Yankee Stadium over racist songs - EVIL INTENTIONS- Sean Hannity: The Russia hoax was the biggest con job in U.S. history - but equal justice is coming - GREAT LADY - South Dakota governor signs multiple pro-life laws including ultrasound requirement, end-of-life parental involvement - BLIND HATE - Swedish child beaten by muslim immigrant for having blue eyes - CLEARING THE AIR- TWO YEARS LATER AND WITH ACCESS TO CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, ‘OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE’ EVIDENCE IS LARGELY EVENTS ALREADY KNOWN - COMMON SENSE- Stunning: 67% of Republican Voters Think Arrival of Massive Numbers of Immigrants and Refugees is Harmful — Only 16% of GOP Leaders Agree - A WISE CARDINAL- Cardinal: “If Europe disappears, Islam will invade the world,” “false to use the Word of God to promote migration” - SILENT HEROES- Remains of 3 Marines killed in Afghanistan returned to US - PATRIOTIC MOVE- Ford cancels Mexico plant, expands U.S. factory and adds 700 jobs - CARELESS COUNSELORS- Doctors review movie, ‘Unplanned’: ‘accurate’, ‘important work’, ’eye-opening’ - BRITISH BIAS - Ex-BBC employee reports anti-Catholicism, crushing ignorance of Christianity at BBC - DIRTY HAIR- Study: Beards are dirtier than dog fur -
YES OR NO?- Is that Crown of Thorns rescued from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris the real thing? Yes. Maybe. Of course. Actually, it is better described as just the wreath or “Crown,” for the thorns — sent through the centuries to various other reliquaries — are missing. It’s thornless.
COMMENTARY: Wrong conclusion - inadequately researched. Some of the thorns were given away and some are lying flat inside the crown. vtb
VERY HOLY RELIC- Notre Dame: how Christ’s Crown of Thorns has survived crusades, political upheaval and a fire - FINDING PROOF- Doctor Reveals Shocking Medical Details About Crucifixion That Helped Him Fully Appreciate Christ’s Suffering - IT'S ABOUT "TIME"- Permanent daylight saving time passes state Senate 46-2; here’s what’s next - A GOOD TURN- Muslim Syrians Who Suffered ISIS Occupation Now Turning to Christianity - GOOD KIDS - Middle School Kids Talk Woman Away From Jumping Off 100 ft Bridge - HEALING POWER - The Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The holiest and most power-filled spot on earth - POWER OF PRAYER - Prayer wins: Federal appeals court rules House of Rep chaplain can reject secular invocation -
"A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia on Friday upheld the House of Representatives’ requirement that it start each day it is in session with a religious prayer."
GREATER ENERGY - Trump's North American trade agreement will promote US energy leadership - FUTURE PLANS- What will U.S. Army combat vehicles look like in the future? - MORE JOBS COMING?- Trump USMCA would add $68B to GDP and 176,000 jobs, independent report says - EXCELLENT VIDEO- Gingrich has a message for Dems on what Mueller report means - SPYING LIAR - Lara Trump: White House 'not worried' about Mueller Report, but Obama should be over spying charges - SAD ENDING- 3 Top Climbers Presumed Dead After Avalanche In Canada -
Relic Stolen from Vatican in 17th Century -
SUFFERING JESUS "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.
WAY OF THE CROSS THE WAY OF THE CROSS
My Lord Jesus Christ, you have made this journey to die for me with love. I have so many times abandoned you but how I love you with my whole heart.
And because love you, I repent sincerely for having offended you.
Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany you in this journey.
You died for me.
Grant me your grace to love you forever by following your will. Amen.
HOLY CLOTH - The Sudarium of Oviedo: The “Other Shroud” of Jesus -
"In an earlier column about portrayals of Jesus in the movies, I mentioned that Jesus never laughs on screen. Father Schall told me it’s also true in Scripture. But he referred me to Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, which speaks about Christ’s openness ('He never concealed His tears. . .') although Jesus did keep something hidden: 'one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth.'”
HOLY DEVOTION - The Three Hail Mary devotion and the Secret behind it - HELPFUL PRAYER - Padre Pio’s prayer for when you’re in a tough situation -
JUST A GUESSING GAME- Hurricanes and Flooding Expected to Cause $54 Billion in Damage Annually, According to CBO Report - GO TRUMP!- White House to screen controversial anti-abortion film: “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” - INSPIRED - After watching ‘Unplanned’, grandfather writes powerful pro-life letter to adult children - ITS THE FOOD - Nutrients from food, not vitamin supplements, reduces risk of early death: study - SPLIT DECISION - Brexit Hard-Liners Reassess: Maybe We Overplayed Our Hand - SHAKING UP THE DECEIVERS- Trump doubles down on plan to ship migrants to sanctuary cities, says ‘Radical Left’ should be happy - FINALLY WAKING UP- From 'no crisis' to 'breaking point': Mainstream media outlets change their tune on border crisis amid illegal immigration surge - A WISE POPE - Pope Emeritus Benedict breaks silence on abuse crisis: full text - A GOOD BISHOP- It’s not ‘my truth’ but Jesus’: Bp. Strickland explains his outspoken defense of orthodoxy - SUPPRESSING THE TRUTH- Google manually manipulates search results to blacklist conservatives, documents reveal - SILENT POWER- ‘Unplanned’ movie inspires nationwide candlelight vigils outside Planned Parenthood facilities - THE BEST WAY- Pope Paul VI’s most countercultural act of Christian fidelity - OUR FUTURE POPE? - Cardinal Sarah’s bluntness stands out in an age of episcopal double-speak -
“Today,” states Robert Cardinal Sarah, “I can say without fear that some priests, some bishops and even some cardinals are afraid to proclaim what God teaches and to hand on the doctrine of the Church.”
VERY EVIL- The Top Ten Evilest People of All-Time - TELLING THE TRUTH - AOC ripped by Obama-era Border Patrol chief for 'reckless' rhetoric - A WINNER!- Trump And Capitalism Is A Winning Combination -
A MAN OF MANY FACES - The Most Disturbing Thing about Joe Biden -
A TRAP FOR FOOLS- Trump's threat to close the border was just a trap for Democrats - NOT RETREATING- YELLOW VESTS WEEK 21 IN FRANCE WITH RESTRICTED ZONES, MAJOR RALLY IN ROUEN - NOT A SOLUTION- The “Equality Act” Racing Through Congress Is Really A Loophole For Pedophiles To Game The System - KILLING RAMPAGE- 2019 Homicide Count Climbs To 35 In Charlotte As Residents Gather To Honor Victims - SICK SWEDISH CHURCH- The Swedish Church Creates LGBTQ View of the Bible for Children, Identifies Jesus as 'Queer' -
NOT THE BEST CHOICE - Pro-LGBT, African American Abp. Wilton Gregory may be new archbishop of Washington, Vatican hints -
"Last year, Gregory personally invited pro-gay Vatican adviser Fr. James Martin to give a speech titled “Showing Welcome and Respect in Our Parishes to LGBT Catholics” at both St. Thomas More Parish and at Atlanta’s Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
During a 2017 visit to Washington, Archbishop Wilton Gregory, the reported next Archbishop of Washington, mentioned his support for James Martin, SJ’s Building a Bridge,” noted one Twitter user. “He called Fr. Martin a wonderful Jesuit and called the book a wonderful book...
Gregory has permitted the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to act as a center for LGBT events, including LGBT potluck socials and participating in the city’s Pride Parade. Since 2014, he has also allowed the pro-homosexual and pro-transgenderism “Catholic” group, Fortunate and Faithful Families, to hold retreats in his Atlanta Chancery, while personally saying Mass for the group."
COMMENTARY: When are our leaders in the Church going to learn that when someone who has a sincere, true faith is dealing with homosexual or lesbian tendencies or temptations, he or she will NOT want to make it public. They will seek counseling from a specialist or a priest in a private way only.
However, those that desire to remain in, and PRACTICE such a lifestyle, will want to make it acceptable to the general public. They will NOT consider it SINFUL or SCANDALOUS, and will display anger or even commit a violent act against anyone who challenges their immoral lifestyle.
They will also seek to gain the favor of politicians and especially members of the CLERGY, knowing that it will further the acceptance of their lifestyle with many more people. Only those of a solid faith will be able to discern their true goals. For almost all others in society, this SCANDAL will be accepted and even defended as a "right."
The ones who will be held most accountable by our Lord will be the members of the CATHOLIC CLERGY who should know the WILL of Almighty God, and the true teachings of the Church. Among those are POPE FRANCIS and bishops like BISHOP GREGORY. They will suffer the greatest punishment, either in Purgatory, or in Hell. vtb
"And that servant who knew the will of his lord, and prepared not himself, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. "But he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required: and to whom they have committed much, of him they will demand the more."
"Wherefore, God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness; to dishonor their own bodies among themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshiped and served the CREATURE rather than the CREATOR, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause, God delivered them up (withdrew His Grace) to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts, one towards another: men with men, working that which is filthy and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.
And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up (withdrew His grace) to a reprobate sense, to do those things (that are evil & sinful) which are not convenient (not suitable or not morally correct for a child of God).
Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication (engaging in sex without being married), avarice, wickedness: full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity: whisperers. Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents. Foolish, dissolute: without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death (the punishment of Hell) - and not only they that do them, but they also that consent (participate in their evil deeds, or approve of their actions) to them that do them" (Romans 1:24-32)
(VIDEO)Pope Francis Met With Gay Couple Yayo Grassi and Iwan Bagus During His Time in U.S -
COMMENTARY: No admonishment, only kisses! vtb
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