If you are looking for something uplifting to watch, check out “Noble.” It’s free on Amazon Prime. A true story about a Catholic woman from Ireland who felt called by God to go to Vietnam — but for what reason she didn’t know. It’s beautiful!
Bostock comes to Russia!
The American Empire is “the main source of chaos in the world right now.”
I urge everyone to read the Appeal for the Church and the World and sign it if you are in general agreement and help to spread it far and wide.
This Appeal represents the strong and courageous Church coming forward once again as opposed to the weak and spineless Church which we are all so familiar with. It is important because the issue is no longer just about whether we shall ever gather to celebrate the Mass in public again. It is about the Church coming forward now to do what it is obligated to do in addition to providing us with worship and the Sacraments. We need the Church and strong American Catholics to stand up and defend the weak and innocent against the impositions on their natural rights by powerful, arrogant tyrants.
From the Appeal:
“Those with governmental responsibility must stop these forms of social engineering, by taking measures to protect their citizens whom they represent, and in whose interests they have a serious obligation to act. Likewise, let them help the family, the cell of society, by not unreasonably penalizing the weak and elderly, forcing them into a painful separation from their loved ones. The criminalization of personal and social relationships must likewise be judged as an unacceptable part of the plan of those who advocate isolating individuals in order to better manipulate and control them.”
Here in Boston, my grandchildren, and all kids, cannot go to school or play soccer on a team, or meet with their friends, or have a birthday party, or play in the playground which is across the street. Will they be able to go to camp this summer or go to swim at the pool or beach? Who knows? These are decisions that should be made exclusively by their parents and not by so-called experts or the apostate Catholic Mayor of Boston, whose judgment regarding any matters involving the protection of human life is highly suspect. How can our Church leaders leave us at the mercy of these enemies?
I don’t need any experts to tell me that kids are being greatly damaged. Perfectly healthy, they cannot go outside for a walk without wearing the ubiquitous death mask. Enough is enough.
Even if you cannot sign the appeal at this time I urge you to participate in the discussion. Help us to open the Churches again and let’s also open the Church halls and basements for gatherings to facilitate open, honest conversations about what is happening to us and what people of Faith can do about it.
From the Appeal:
“A democratic and honest debate is the best antidote to the risk of imposing subtle forms of dictatorship, presumably worse than those our society has seen rise and fall in the recent past.”
Breaking news: Cardinal Muller, a brave man, and probably the most prominent person to sign the appeal, is being attacked. Please sign the appeal in order to protect him. There is safety in numbers. Every added signature is important, especially if you are a famous or semi-famous Catholic clergyman or lay person whose name is recognizable to others on the internet.
In Catholic Solidarity,
On this day (May 1) 55 years ago, LIFE published Lennart Nilsson’s groundbreaking photo essay “The Drama of Life Before Birth.” It was the first-ever photographic fetal development timeline, featuring children of varying ages after they were miscarried or aborted.
To capture the images, Nilsson worked closely with the head of a women’s clinic at a hospital in Stockholm, who would call him within hours of an unborn child’s death so he could come in and photograph them. Only one of the images (the third photo here, on the spread that says “The Drama of Life Before Birth”) features a living child, 15 weeks old; it was taken with a wide-angle endoscopic camera. This image was the first published photograph of a fetal human being taken inside the womb.
In an article in The Guardian, Charlotte Jansen describes the now-iconic magazine cover: “In full colour and crystal clear detail, the picture showed a foetus in its amniotic sac, with its umbilical cord winding off to the placenta. The unborn child, floating in a seemingly cosmic backdrop, appears vulnerable yet serene. Its eyes are closed and its tiny, perfectly formed fists are clutched to its chest.”
Nilsson considered himself apolitical. He took these photos without any abortion-related agenda in mind. However, these photos revolutionized the way people see life before birth, and whether Nilsson intended them to or not, they rehumanized the tiniest members of our human family. #prolife #onthisdayinhistory
You probably have heard of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Well there is another syndrome out there. It’s called China Derangement Syndrome and it is infecting many good faithful Catholics in a big way. It has reached new extremes since the pandemic began.
This syndrome is easy to find among the more conservative, traditionalist Catholic writers on the internet.
Here are some examples:
“If we can verify that China protected its own citizens from this virus, while sending those likely infected all around the world like human bioweapons … that’s an act of war.
And a much more infamous one than Pearl Harbor, in fact. At least that sneak attack targeted soldiers, not old people in nursing homes.”
Michael Brendan Dougherty at National Review Online:
“Incorporating China into the global order was supposed to bring about an internal reform of the Chinese Communist Party and the liberalization of the Chinese state and society. Instead, China has used its access to international institutions to whitewash its behavior, spread propaganda about the competence of its state, corrupt business, and make something as simple as cellphone towers a national-security threat. The Chinese Communist Party has infected global institutions and markets with its amorality and lawlessness. The cure will be tough and costly, but the disease is worse.”
At Church Militant, where they always refer to the virus as the “Wuhan virus:”
“In either case, this nightmare scenario was brought to you by the Chinese Communist Party — emphasis on communists — either engineering a killer virus to control populations, or creating an environment where people are so deprived that eating raw, sometimes live animals, is a necessity.”
At Lifesite News, from a report on a Chinese dissident:
“During last week’s interview Chen issued a stark warning to leaders throughout the world, saying: ‘If free nations do not face the difficult task of deciding how to eradicate communist authoritarianism – a cancer on humanity – they will become its victims.’”
Patrick Coffin interviews retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Spalding:
“A war against the United States and the West has been raging under our noses for decades. This war is by definition covert and has many fronts: military, technological, political, and social.
The problem is so few people know it is being waged. Until now. Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Spalding, a China expert and former Defense Attache to China in Bejing, China, has written a jaw-dropping book that every American should read. It’s called Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elites Slept.”
Steve Bannon, the brilliant Catholic political strategist, and Steve Mosher, a prominent pro-life Catholic activist, have teamed up with a rogues gallery of anti-China militants to throw down the gauntlet against the CCP at the Committee on the Present Danger: CHINA
The Committee states in its “guiding principles” that:
“The United States is likely to face in the foreseeable future a determined and aggressive superpower adversary, prepared and willing to use force, as well as non-military forms of warfare, to defeat this country decisively. The PRC’s aggressive actions are increasingly putting at risk its own people and environment and that of the rest of the world.”
Bannon himself has said (in March 2016) that
“We’re going to war [with China] in the South China Sea in five to 10 years.”
With all due respect, before these American Catholics devote themselves to “liberating” the Chinese people, they should consider devoting themselves to liberating America and Americans from slavish devotion to violence and militarism, not to mention abortion, divorce, contraception, pornography, same sex “marriage,” man-hating feminism, and now the insane gender ideology. And in doing so perhaps they can stop America from exporting these evils to the rest of the world.
For Catholics, of course, forced abortions in China are a monstrous evil. The China “one child policy” was demonic and the Chinese leaders who imposed it on an unwilling populace will have to answer to God for that. But, God help us, here in America abortion is a “civil right” and people clamor for it and celebrate it. Many Americans, including Catholics, voluntarily collaborate with the abortion regime in numerous ways. What is desperately required here is conversion and repentance. How do the anti-China militants propose to convert Americans from their self-imposed slavery by getting into a war with a nuclear power on the other side of the world?
These folks are doing a great disservice to unborn babies and the pro-life movement in general by associating it with American militarist paranoia and agitating for a potential WWIII with a country which does not threaten us militarily. Communist authoritarianism, although it sure ain’t what it used to be, may be a “cancer on humanity,” but so is a violent, declining and decadent American Empire and it is our cancer and we are responsible for preventing its spread and eliminating it.
Thank you for the good and important work that you do. I hope you will today help your readers to recall that March 20 is the 17th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
One man, Mark Scibilia-Carver, has created a website and a Scroll of Remembrance, listing all Catholics (or at least those who have had Catholic funerals) who have died in these pre-emptive, unjust, immoral, ill-advised and unnecessary post 9-11 wars.
I did an interview with Mark here: https://youtu.be/T1Ek86sMh_g
I understand the desire not to water down the meaning of “pro life” by trying to make it encompass every issue under the sun — I agree with that. But when it comes to people killing other people — especially in unjust, unnecessary, immoral, and pre-emptive wars — I think we can honestly call it a valid pro-life issue.
It is my opinion that the abortion pro-life cause is only hurt when Catholics turn a blind eye to other forms of unjust, systemic, white collar, corporate killing, refusing to speak about it in “conservative” circles, literally pretending that these wars do not exist. It’s a massive blindspot that undermines the pro-life cause.
This war is the longest in our country’s history, with no end in sight. Just like the atomic bombs — dropped by Christians — were more effective in wiping out Japanese Christianity than hundreds of years of Christian persecution in that country, these wars have done more to wipe out Middle Eastern Christianity than persecution ever could.
Let’s call to mind those men and women who died in these wars. Will you help?
John McGuirk is a leading Pro-Life advocate in Ireland. When the referendum results became known, abortion supporters went on a frenzy of hate against him. He recently wrote the following in a series of Tweets:
“Rarely in my life have I seen people angrier about winning than the repealers. Cheer up folks, it’s not that bad. There’ll be something along shortly for you all to focus your never-ending anger on, I’m sure.
Today I went to Stonehall Wildlife Park in county Limerick (which is brilliant – take your kids) and petted a parrot, and several rabbits and goats. I come home to another 2,000 tweets from the angriest, craziest people in Ireland. Your unhappiness will never be fixed by a vote, folks.
The problem is the 8th amendment was never what was making you angry in the first place. It’s not the schools or the hospitals, or the ban on euthanasia either. No social reform is going to make you people happy. You’re all looking in the wrong place.
The deep injustice many people feel, and the power to change the country that they now wield, is missing something – there’s no vision in it for how to make people feel happy. Once all the “oppression” is gone, they’ll have to confront the fact that their misery is their own.
It was never the journey that was lonely. It was never the country that was cruel. It was never the church that was oppressing you. The movement you are in won’t leave you fulfilled and happy. It will just leave you all angry in company.
In terms of the calls to silence me, or others – hah. You guys own the country now. You own the media, the political class, the culture. You can keep pretending that a minority voice is holding you back, or you can realise that it’s actually an oppression of your own making.
One thing I kept hearing yesterday was that this was a “symbolic” victory. There are many more symbolic victories to be had – blasphemy laws, the role of women, the pre-amble honoring The Trinity. Lots more totems of the past to tear down. None of them will fix the problem.
The problem is that all of those victories are empty of meaning. Even this one. Having an abortion in county Louth will not be more fun than having one in London. It remains an abortion. You’re not “free”. You’re just miserable, probably in greater numbers, closer to home.
The Irish liberal left has nothing to offer you whatsoever, beyond days like yesterday. A momentary feeling of togetherness. It can’t provide you with a good job, or a loving spouse, or security. All it does is provide you with an enemy to hate.”
by Mike Pakaluk
“But it might do us good to amplify the crèche scene, to include the whole Christmas reality – not (foolishly) buff naked men with washboard abs – but, in the background and among the shadows, a tall, wraith-like, and sinister figure, brandishing a sword. More than the greed of a Scrooge threatens the spirit of Christmas. He stands for the jealous State, and he threatens anyone who would dare honor this newborn child as ‘my liege and sovereign Lord.’”
Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!