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Mid-May Coincidence . . . Biden Parishioners Ask His Reform; Possible Virus Start Causes Red Faces

June 13, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Mid-May Coincidence . . . Biden Parishioners Ask His Reform; Possible Virus Start Causes Red Faces

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Some pro-life parishioners at a Delaware church often attended by Joe Biden published a prominent half-page open letter to the president in their area’s largest daily paper in mid-May, calling on him to reform his life to honor the fundamental Catholic teaching he rejects as he promotes grave violations against human dignity.
Meanwhile, at about the same time in 2021 but as an entirely separate development, speculation about the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic took on a new aspect when the possibility the virus may have emerged from a Communist Chinese laboratory began to be seriously considered by powerbrokers.
A coincidental link between the two developments was Donald Trump. Some people had argued that his presidency had to be rejected in 2020 even if that meant putting pro-abortion Biden in the White House. Others said that whatever Trump stood for had to be dismissed, including his belief that the Wuhan lab might have been the source of the disease.
Concerned Parishioners for Life of St. Joseph on the Brandywine took out the Biden newspaper advertisement, which was published from May 14 to 16 in Wilmington’s News Journal and is reproduced at the pro-lifers’ web page, sjobparishioners4life.com.
It respectfully asks Biden to change his position and, in the upper right of the broadsheet-size half-page open letter, includes a prayer for him that begins: “Gracious and loving God, we come to you in humble prayer. Bless our President.”
A Delaware reader mailed the actual page of that newspaper to this writer, in Arizona. The advertisement doesn’t seem to have broken into national news.
The pro-lifers’ web page says, “We believe in the sanctity of life from conception through natural death. We are opposed to abortion and the death penalty.”
The ad is headlined, “Pray for the President to Advocate for Life” and begins by noting that while Biden “is someone only seen and heard on TV” by many Americans, to these concerned parishioners, “he is a member of our community of faith. It is this familiarity that compels us to share our concerns.
“We write this letter with the utmost concern for the direction this president is leading our country in regard to the unborn,” they write. “The president’s policies on abortion wholly contradict the Catholic Church’s core belief and scientific consensus that life begins at conception.
“President Biden explicitly endorses the tragic Roe v. Wade decision, which has resulted in the deaths of over 62 million babies,” the letter continues. “Shortly after the inauguration, and evidently a priority, President Biden quickly penned an executive order to rescind the Mexico City policy, which prevented U.S. taxpayer funding of abortions performed overseas. . . .
“The prevalence of abortion is a fatal symptom of a larger moral malaise and lack of respect for life,” the parishioners write. “As someone who publicly professes his Catholic faith, Mr. Biden should surely confront this malady.”
Pointing to ways Biden could change, they invite him to “open a dialogue with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. As Americans and Catholics, we are duty-bound to defend all lives, especially the most vulnerable, from conception to natural death.”
The open letter is signed by 11 people, including one female doctor and two male doctors, and one Ph.D.
Meanwhile, the implications were monstrous that the Communist Chinese state covered up a dangerous leak in one of its labs when a timely disclosure of origins and facts might have saved hundreds of thousands if not millions of human lives from the coronavirus.
Liberal writer Thomas Frank, posting at the left-wing Guardian on June 1, noted that the lab-leak hypothesis wasn’t yet proved, but “there is a moral earthquake on the way” if that’s verified.
Because, Frank explained, once again the smug assurances of elite experts would have been shown to be wrong, and their dismissal and censoring of unfashionable opinion would have awful ramifications.
“Should it turn out that scientists and experts and NGOs, etc. are villains rather than heroes of this story, we may very well see the expert-worshiping values of modern liberalism go up in a fireball of public anger,” Frank wrote.
He noted that scientists were allowed the authority to ban wide social, economic and other activity.
The most prominent figure for Americans, indeed for much of the world, was Anthony Fauci, MD, who was cast at the U.S.’s angel while Trump was the devil.
But Fauci had political and other interests in helping cover for China — indeed, U.S. tax money was going to the Wuhan lab — while the force of “polite opinion,” or whatever it was, even persuaded professional publications held to be leaders in supposed scientific objectivity to distort their approach.
In seeking to guide and inform one’s life, a person would hope that the resources he called upon were more than just the results of other fallible people being afraid to offend the “right” people or theories, or taking glee in offending the “wrong” ones.
At certain past, best-forgotten times, false notions about phrenology, phlogiston, and Jewish people being a dysgenic race all were accorded scientific respect.
Citing Frank’s article, commentator Sumantra Maitra at The Federalist site on June 8 wrote, in part: “It’s a searing mea culpa, but it only tells half the story, as almost daily new reports are coming out showing how much our current saints are culpable for our current predicament. Public American funding (via grants from the National Institutes of Health) was spent on research carried out by the Chinese military.”
Those who couldn’t conceive that a global power like Beijing would countenance such a scale of death — regardless of whether the lab leak was accidental or even an intentional piece of biowarfare — needed to be reminded of its Communist cruelty.
Veteran U.S. commentator Kenneth Grubbs posted at Facebook on June 7: “Why would the Chinese regime deliberately unleash a virus that would kill its own people, it is sometimes asked. Dr. Fauci has himself asked that question. Well, to know the current Communist government is (to) know it still follows Chairman Mao, whose obscene portrait still glares down on Tiananmen Square.
“Mao killed tens of millions of his countrymen who stood in the way of his rise to power,” Grubbs said. “Beijing’s thugocracy, with its one-child policy, brutally forced millions of abortions. To the Maoists, human life is secondary (not even that) to political power and realizing the fantasy of becoming the world’s Middle Kingdom.
“Whether COVID was a deliberately unleashed bioweapon or an accidental lab leak, I do not know. But that question alone betrays the profound naiveté or willing ignorance of the questioner. History answers it easily,” he said.

No Early Warning

National conservative commentator Quin Hillyer told The Wanderer on June 7: “We have no way of knowing what Chinese officials were thinking, but we know what they did and we know how deadly it was.
“What they did was to make massive efforts to cover up the true situation with the virus, so that it spread widely before most of the world knew what was happening,” Hillyer said. “Because of that lack of early warning, hundreds of thousands or even millions of people died who probably could have been saved.
“Worse, China repeatedly has blocked investigations into how the virus developed and spread, which not only made it harder to handle this outbreak but also harder to guard against new pandemics involving other viruses or even variants of this one,” he said. “Through all of this, the Chinese Communist government has shown itself to be downright evil.”
Conservative Republican political consultant Constantin Querard told The Wanderer on June 7: “We are still waiting for the facts and may never know, but it continues to appear that China covered up and kept the world in the dark instead of opening up from the get-go, and it cost millions of lives around the world.
“This isn’t a surprise if you have watched authoritarian governments function because they work hard to project images of infallibility to their own people as part of staying in power,” Querard said. “If you can’t trust your government to keep you alive, you will be less inclined to want your government to have complete control over your life.
“Fauci was turned into a celebrity and then a political prop in the usual manner that people in the United States often do when they suddenly develop a high profile,” he said. “But he has always been one doctor/scientist with an informed opinion, and not much more. The moment grew too large for him and he seemed to forget that there was…much that no one knew, including himself, so he proceeded as an ‘expert’ would so he could keep his profile.
“Sadly, that meant setting aside that for most of the last 18 months, there were no experts on this virus, and his educated guesses were still just guesses,” Querard said.

Will History Repeat Itself?

June 12, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Will History Repeat Itself?

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

The political scene in Washington today bears a curious resemblance to that of twenty years ago. Back then, as a result of the 2000 elections, a single political party controlled the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.
That time around, it was Republicans who had prevailed, but their control of the Senate was, to quote the Duke of Wellington, “a close-run thing.” With fifty Republicans and fifty Democrats, the Senate majority was determined with the tie-breaking vote of the newly elected vice president, Dick Cheney. As a result, for the first time in 48 years, a Republican president could count on Republican majorities on both sides of Capitol Hill.
All that changed on June 6, 2001, when Sen. James Jeffords, a Vermont Republican, declared himself an “Independent,” and agreed to caucus with the Democrats. With Jeffords’ move, Sen. Tom Daschle (D., S.D.) replaced Sen. Trent Lott (R., Miss.) as Senate Majority Leader.
As a result, President George W. Bush was left to deal with a divided Congress on Capitol Hill.
Of course, the similarity ends there. Bush had been as a conservative born-again Christian promising a humble foreign policy inspired by “compassionate conservatism.” All that changed with the terrorist attacks on 9/11. On September 14, 2001, at a memorial service at Washington’s National Cathedral, the president boldly announced that “our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the world of evil.”
Humble no longer, America was now devoted to fighting terrorism, exporting democracy (by force, if necessary) around the globe, and pursuing “big government conservatism” here at home.
We call to mind these events not only to observe how quickly things can change, but also to shed some historical light on a current Capitol Hill standoff that recalls that of 2001.
Today the Senate comprises fifty Democrats and fifty Republicans, with the tie-breaking vote resting in the hands of a Democrat vice-president. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sent a number of radical measures to her fellow Democrats in the Senate for their approval, but her plans have now run into a problem that might turn into a roadblock.

Enter Joe Manchin

Sen. Joe Manchin, a member of the Democrat majority, describes himself as a “moderate conservative.” He is pro-life, he’s Catholic, and he’s from the increasingly Republican state of West Virginia.
Recently, Manchin has emerged as a bete noire roundly condemned by the Left. His sin? Hs alleged sabotage of the Democrats’ agenda — an agenda that could change the country even more profoundly than the attacks of 9/11 did twenty years ago.
This past Sunday, in an op-ed written for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Manchin confirmed that he would not support the Democrats’ “For the People” Act. “This more than 800-page bill has garnered zero Republican support,” he wrote. “Why?…The truth, I would argue, is that voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen.”
“With that in mind,” he continued, “some Democrats have again proposed eliminating the Senate filibuster rule in order to pass the For the People Act with only Democratic support. They’ve attempted to demonize the filibuster and conveniently ignore how it has been critical to protecting the rights of Democrats in the past….I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act. Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster.”
The same day, Manchin invoked the Founding Fathers when he explained his position on Meet the Press. The Senate is “supposed to be a deliberate body to cool things off that come from the House,” he told a clearly disappointed interviewer. “That’s what we’re doing. We’re looking every way we can to bring this country together and unite the country….And I’ve always been about bipartisanship.”
Outrage abounded. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York summed up the Left’s response: “Manchin’s op-ed might as well be titled, ‘Why I’ll vote to preserve Jim Crow,’ tweeted New York Democratic Representative Mondaire Jones. The Atlantic’s Jemele Hill tweeted that Manchin is a ‘cowardly, power-hungry white dude’ who is upholding ‘white supremacy’. . . . The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson wrote a column headlined ‘Joe Manchin retreats to fantasyland and sticks America with the consequences,’ saying that Manchin’s ‘party and his nation will pay a terrible price for his hallucinations’ about being able to work with recalcitrant Republicans.”
Manchin’s position had been the subject of conjecture for months. His choice of his hometown newspaper to announce his decision serves as a reminder to his Senate colleagues that ultimately, they work for the folks back home. As Sam Rayburn once quipped, “You gotta dance with them what brung ya.”
Of course, Manchin’s announcement also means that the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer revolution has hit a brick wall. How long will it last? Stay tuned.

Detritus

Kamala Harris has had another bad week. She traveled to Guatemala last Sunday to discover the “root causes” of illegal immigration, but in a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, she emphasized the difficulties migrants would encounter on the trip north.
“I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come,” she said. “The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border. So let’s discourage our friends or neighbors or family members from embarking on what is otherwise an extremely dangerous journey…where in large part, the only people who benefit are coyotes.”
Kamala hasn’t yet been to the border, even though Joe Biden put her in charge of the crisis there. So it fell to Giammattei to tell the truth: Kamala didn’t have a clue. Joe Biden’s policies were causing the worst influx of illegal immigrants in recent history.
“We asked the United States government to send more of a clear message to prevent more people from leaving,” Giammattei told CBS News. But instead, Biden reversed Trump’s successful efforts to control the border and “the message changed too,” Giammattei complained. “‘We’re going to reunite families, we’re going to reunite children.’ The very next day, the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States.”
And the coyotes are cashing in, big time. Veteran border reporter Todd Bensman says the situation is the worst he’s ever seen. Some coyotes are bragging to the media that they’ve raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars since Biden came into office.
Curiously, Harris hasn’t bothered to visit the border. When NBC’s Lester Holt confronted her on the issue, she replied, “…and I haven’t been to Europe. I don’t understand the point you’re making.”
On reflection, we might realize how clever Joe Biden was to appoint Harris to so many public roles. All sides now admit that she’s been a walking disaster. That realization might well protect Biden from efforts by some on the Left who want to send him back to his Delaware basement and install Harris into the Oval Office.
There is precedent for this. In Virginia two years ago, Gov. Ralph Northam was in big trouble. In the same week he was revealed to be both a supporter of infanticide and a blackface joker in medical school.
But Northam had an insurance policy. He was protected by the fact that his lieutenant governor, Democrat Justin Fairfax, had been credibly accused of sexual assault.
In 2019, Virginia Democrats had achieved one-party rule in the Commonwealth for the first time in twenty years. Sure, the legacy media ignored the Fairfax accusations. Didn’t matter. Democrats knew that, should Northam be removed from office, their one-party rule would suffer a direct hit with the Governor’s Mansion occupied by a target ripe for Republican attacks.
Last Tuesday, Fairfax was defeated in the Democrat primary to succeed Northam by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe. So Virginia Democrats can wave him goodbye.
And Kamala?
We learned twenty years ago that the unpredictable can happen. “9/11 changed everything” — including George W. Bush.
Will the unexpected “change everything” this time around?
“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen,” wrote Vladimir Lenin. We’ll see.

The Battle Of Lepanto

June 11, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on The Battle Of Lepanto

By JOE SIXPACK

It was the end of Christendom, or so many people thought. The Muslims of the Ottoman Empire were ravaging Europe, taking country after country as they moved further to the West toward their ultimate goal of sacking Rome and destroying the Catholic Church.
It seemed that Christian forces had one desperate final play, which was to defeat the Ottoman Empire at Lepanto, immediately off the coast of Greece. If the Muslims won the Battle of Lepanto, there would be nothing stopping them from marching on Rome, capturing the Vatican, and destroying the Holy See — in effect, destroying the Catholic Church.
As forces of the Holy League and the Ottomans gathered for this great naval battle, the Spaniard commander Don Juan could see he was easily outnumbered and out-armed. Understanding defeat would mean the end of Christendom and slavery to the Muslims, Don Juan issued the order that came from the Holy Father, Pope St. Pius V, for every Christian warrior on every ship to pray the rosary, calling upon the Queen of Heaven to save Christianity. Then, on October 7, 1571, as the battle was launched, unimaginable events began. . . .
As the battle proceeded, Pope St. Pius V suddenly paused at what he was doing at the Vatican. With a joyful countenance on his face, he rose and rushed to the balcony window and proclaimed to all the people, “We have won! Our forces have defeated the Turks at Lepanto!”
St. Pius V had been granted a vision of what was taking place by the power of our Lady even as it happened. As the battle began, Ottoman ships began to sink inexplicably. The fleet of the Holy League handily defeated the enemy and saved Christendom. As great a commander as Don Juan was, he was humble enough to know that it was our Lady and the power of the rosary that saved his fleet and the Catholic Church. St. Pius V declared October 7 the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, which we still celebrate today.
The Battle of Lepanto is perhaps the greatest rosary miracle in the history of the Church, but by no means the only one. There are literally thousands of recorded miracles attributed to the Mother of God through her most holy rosary. This is why there is such an emphasis on the rosary in the Church. While not requiring daily recitation of the rosary, the Catholic Church tells the lay faithful that it is extremely imprudent not to pray it daily, and she requires a daily recitation of the rosary for her priests.
Many non-Catholics, though, accuse Catholics of adding something tantamount to paganism by promoting the rosary. They say we deify the Blessed Virgin Mary by praying to her, that the rosary is vain repetition of prayer, and that there is nothing scriptural about the rosary. Contrary to their claims, the rosary is not only scriptural, but its most basic prayers actually come right out of the Bible.
There are three main prayers of the rosary: the Our Father (called the Pater Noster by us and the Lord’s Prayer by Protestants), the Hail Mary (the Ave Maria), and the Glory Be (the Gloria). While the Glory Be isn’t found in the Bible, the concept for it most certainly is. So true is this that not even our detractors among Protestants condemn our use of it. And of course, the Our Father comes right from the mouth of Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount in Matt. 6:9-13.
But what of the Hail Mary? This, too, is a prayer directly from Sacred Scripture. Let’s print the prayer here so it is easier to examine phrase by phrase:
“Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”
At the event the Church calls the Incarnation — that is, when God became man — the angel Gabriel greeted Mary with the words, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” (Luke 1:28). We’ll get back to the meaning of the greeting another time, but for now we can see that the beginning of the Hail Mary is Gabriel’s greeting to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The next phrase comes from Mary’s cousin Elizabeth when the Virgin Mother of God went to visit her: “. . .and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this that the mother of my Lord should come to me?’” (Luke 1:40-43). So the last part of the first half of the Hail Mary is also directly from the Bible.
The second half of the Hail Mary is what really sets off our detractors, because we are first calling her the Mother of God and second asking her to pray for us. Even when I was a Protestant I couldn’t understand the complaint about Mary being called the Mother of God, because that is also scriptural. Notice again what Elizabeth asked in verse 43: “And why is this that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” How much clearer could anyone want it?
Detractors complain that we can’t pray to the dead, and they suppose Mary to be dead. Of course, we know that Mary was assumed body and soul into Heaven, but let’s discount that for a moment. Jesus said, “He is not God of the dead, but of the living” (Matt. 22:32). Is it reasonable to suppose that the Christian who prayed for his brethren while on Earth would lose all interest in them once he reaches Heaven? If He is the God of the living, and those souls in Heaven are certainly alive, then praying to those who live with God in Heaven is certainly justified — especially when we pray to Mary!
And what are we asking Mary to do when we ask her to pray for us? We’re asking to pray to her Son for us and our needs right now, and for the moment when we die so we can have the graces of final perseverance. Again, I fail to understand why our detractors have a problem with this. As a Protestant Fundamentalist, I never attended a worship service that didn’t include a time for praying for the needs of congregants and their families and friends. If we who are imperfect and laden with sin can pray for one another, why should anyone balk at the idea of asking those who are perfected and closer to Jesus in Heaven to pray for us as well?
Mary was our Lord’s best and most obedient evangelist and disciple on Earth, and she continues to be so now from Heaven. She intercedes for us today just as she did at the Battle of Lepanto, and just as she did for the newlyweds at the wedding feast at Cana in the second chapter of John. And that is what the rosary is all about.
It’s occurred to me recently that I haven’t spent nearly enough time talking to you about the Blessed Virgin Mary, so I’m going to devote the next several weeks to write about the Mother of God and the Mother of us all. Hopefully I’ll do her justice so you can understand what we believe and why we believe it.
If you have a question or comment you can reach out to me through the “Ask Joe” page of JoeSixpackAnswers.com, or you can email me at Joe@CantankerousCatholic.com.
Hey, how would you like to see things like this article every week in your parish bulletin as an insert? You or your pastor can learn more about how to do that by emailing me at Joe@CantankerousCatholic.com.

Big Media Say “Facts” Come And “Facts” Go… And You Can Think What You Want Until You Can’t

June 10, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Big Media Say “Facts” Come And “Facts” Go… And You Can Think What You Want Until You Can’t

By DEXTER DUGGAN

When an expert tells you he follows the science but you see his astrology books on the shelf and Tarot cards and Ouija board on the table, you’re justified in being as skeptical of him as he claims to be of unscientific methods.
People tend to be correct to distrust left-wing politicians who say they must follow the science but are as scared of seeing scientific ultrasound images of preborn babies as a vampire is of a crucifix.
For secularists who claim to reject miracles, they attribute wondrous powers to the “magical birth canal,” which in a few inches transforms an inert glob of useless tissue into a fully human baby upon delivery — or maybe a day or two after delivery, should Governors Andrew Cuomo or Ralph Northam want to tinker around a bit first at the cribs in the so-called newborn nursery.
The sly politician wants scientific “evidence,” even though his grasp of what the climate is to be a century into the future is as shaky as what his fellows 50 years ago claimed would be happening now. Icebergs melting? No, no they shrieked in the 1970s; the world will be locked in a new ice age.
Facts to them are whatever these wizards conjure in their cauldrons for the left-wing mandate of the moment.
So, a bit over a year ago, when some folks including conservative U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and archvillain President Donald Trump considered evidence and expressed curiosity about whether the coronavirus that had exploded on the world may have come from a Communist Chinese lab, the stern media monitors of science howled condemnations.
Not condemnation that such an evil deed might have originated in the blessed land of Beijing. But condemnation that someone like Cotton or Trump even dared to believe such a bogus, phony, disproved, debunked, fraudulent, fake, bigoted, cockamamie, wacky, sappy, absurd piece of claptrap.
For Trump even to suggest such an idea was proof of his xenophobia, malice, ignorance, prejudice and hatred. Strange, but the terms Spanish flu and German measles long had entered the language before Trump could spread his own disease of chauvinism. But no matter, he still stood convicted.
How do we know these conservatives were so wrong? Because all of the big media backscratchers agreed among themselves then made sure to tell off everyone else.
Facebook didn’t want to hear that COVID-19 might be manmade or manufactured. Nor did biased “fact-checkers.” Until they suddenly reconsidered. “In other words, Facebook now believes that its censorship of millions of posts in the preceding months had been in error,” said an article at the UnHerd site on May 31.
The World so-called Health Organization, firmly in China’s hip pocket, proclaimed whatever President Xi Jinping wanted.
Last September the Associated Press explained how, according to scientists, COVID-19 couldn’t have originated in a lab.
“Despite top medical officials and researchers debunking the conspiracy theory that the virus originated in a lab, it continues to thrive,” said the AP. “Scientists have repeatedly said that the genetic sequence of the virus and its similarities to SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, prove that the virus was not made in a lab or engineered.
“In a paper titled ‘The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2’ published in Nature in March, scientists with Scripps Research who studied the genome sequence of the virus concluded that it originated through natural processes,” the news service proclaimed.
Medical journals agreed. Until they couldn’t.
As for the Fourth Estate, national conservative commentator Quin Hillyer told The Wanderer on May 31, “This was another example of media ‘groupthink’ with a liberal bias, to the detriment of fair and factual reporting. It is inexcusable.”
(Sen. Cotton, by the way, if you’ll recall, got himself into bad trouble a few months later, as the 2020 summer of domestic violence erupted, when The New York Times published his opinion column citing the precedent for using the National Guard to put down such uprisings. Times staffers went wild at the very idea that their rioting left-wing buddies in the streets should be constrained.)
But, lo and behold, with Trump out of the White House now, the same media harridans who’d countenance none of his impieties against them began to admit there may be credibility to the virology lab as the source of the scourge after all. Hmm — turning on a dime — this may be a serious possibility.
The media faucet. Turn it on. Turn it off. It gushes. It goes dry. Better not try to plan your hydration or dish washing around the supply from this pipe.
Month after month, year after year, dominant media whip up whatever their preferred narratives are and try to ram them down everyone else’s throat. That journos have become ever more aggressive while their tales are increasingly disconnected from reality has brought them into their current disrepute.
If a grocer had worms crawling out of all his apples, he’d dump that bad stuff and restock his shelves with healthy fruit if he intended to make sales. But if he’s a journalist selling filth, he insists you buy it or he’ll call you the same bad names he calls the Cottons and Trumps. Deplorables, haters, Nazis, whatever.
But, take note, he probably won’t call you a Marxist or a Communist. Those, after all, are folks more to his liking. Like Black Lives Matter.
These journos insist they provide the information you need to live by in every which way. But their guidance is as dangerous as the blind driver’s who keeps running into ravines.
As far as these group-thinkers are concerned, it’s not even an issue if Joe Biden plans to use everyone’s tax dollars to pay for countless permissive abortions. It’s more important for them to ask bleary Biden about what ice cream he likes.
Hillyer, the national conservative commentator, posted at the Washington Examiner on May 29: “There is something ghoulish about the Left’s obsession with forcing people to pay for the abortions of others. Now, President Joe Biden is going full-ghoul while trying to jettison what for 45 years has been both his own position and U.S. policy.”
Biden is trying to dump the longtime Hyde Amendment, Hillyer said, which denies federal taxpayer funding for most abortions. He added this is a commonsensical arrangement which honors widespread opposition to, or qualms about, permissive abortion.
Nor is this the only example of the Left’s love of compelling others’ consciences in such serious moral matters. Hillyer added: “The worst example, but far from the only one, has been the repeated harassment of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic nuns who take vows of poverty while providing late-life care to the indigent.
“The Little Sisters consider any participation in the provision of abortion to be a serious and intrinsic evil, such that they cannot in good conscience continue their ministry if it requires support for health insurance that covers it,” Hillyer said, pointing out that both the Obama administration and some states, as well as Biden, put the sisters in the crosshairs, despite courts ruling in the nuns’ favor.

Many Big Thoughts

It’s still early June, but thanks to Biden’s ineptitude, the Mideast is precariously perched, the Southwest border overrun while criminal cartels call the tune, the economy looking into an abyss of inflation and debt. However, scribblers say what a cute little dummy he is, so charming! Biden must have so many big thoughts in his mind all at once, that’s why he has trouble sputtering them out.
Back when Trump was in office, on the other hand, he was the slime of the Earth, an execrable liar who had to be stomped into oblivion every day. If ice cream was the topic, it’s that Trump hogged the dessert for himself, along with all other kinds of detestable ways of eating.
If only he’d let the media spoon-feed him his thoughts, they probably would have allowed Trump to remain in office for a second term, while a laugh like Biden would be in the comfy retirement home he deserves. With lots of ice cream.

A Declaration Of War

June 9, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on A Declaration Of War

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

On February 22, 2020, Big Tech declared war on Steven Mosher.
Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, is a longtime China scholar, and pro-life leader. His crime? He had written a scathing op-ed with a blunt headline: “Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab.” Mosher had monitored reports in China’s domestic media and intelligence sources for weeks; he determined that yes, the virus now threatening the world might well be “Made in China.”
Mosher’s op-ed appeared in the New York Post, one of America’s major newspapers. His salvo was the first shot fired in a historic saga that continues today. The most likely source of the virus, he wrote, was China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology. The Wuhan Institute is home to the National Biosafety Laboratory, Communist China’s only Level 4 microbiology lab that is equipped to handle deadly coronaviruses.
But that wasn’t all. China was worried too. The People’s Liberation Army’s top expert in biological warfare, a Major General Chen Wei, was dispatched to Wuhan at the end of January to help with the effort to contain the outbreak.
“Does that suggest to you that the novel coronavirus, now known as SARS-CoV-2, may have escaped from that very lab, and that Chen’s job is to try to put the genie back in the bottle, as it were? It does to me,” Mosher wrote.
Mosher’s conclusion was harsh: “China has unleashed a plague on its own people. It’s too early to say how many in China and other countries will ultimately die for the failures of their country’s state-run microbiology labs, but the human cost will be high.”
It was too early to say then, but not anymore. Little did we know in February 2020 the historic impact of that plague, worldwide.
When Mosher’s op-ed appeared, Big Tech, so dependent on Communist China for everything from raw materials to market share, wasted no time. Mosher must be silenced. Facebook immediately shut Mosher’s op-ed down. How? Two months later, after their own investigation, the Post’s editors summed it up. “If you tried to share Mosher’s column on Facebook,” they wrote, “the social network stuck a ‘False Information’ alert on top, saying that finding was ‘checked by independent fact-checkers’ and preventing your friends from clicking to connect to the original article to see for themselves.” The fact that Facebook’s “independent fact-checker” was in fact a colleague of many staff members at the Wuhan lab emerged only later.
Big Tech was unanimous: Mosher’s revelations must go down the Memory Hole, and Big Media followed suit.
As the lockdowns, shutdowns, and layoffs exploded here at home, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was all politics, all the time. Forget China, her target was Donald Trump. She had already failed with two attempts to impeach the president and remove him from office. But now she faced the pandemic. Mosher had labeled it “The China Virus,” and his view was widely held in spite of the media blackout. That wasn’t good for Nancy. Sure, in the months that followed, China’s Communist Party leadership countered with a campaign of its own, conjuring up one story after another blaming the virus on everything from the U.S. Army to bat soup. But it didn’t work.
So on July 21, Pelosi covered for China and launched a new front in her war on the President. The virus wasn’t from China at all, she declared — it was the “Trump Virus.”

Finally, The Truth

But that was then. Now — just last week, in fact — the media stonewall collapsed. Reuters — a “major media” player that often calls the shots on what the “news” really is — told the story.
“Facebook will no longer remove posts on its platform asserting COVID-19 was man-made.” The company credited the move to Joe Biden’s May 26 announcement that he had “ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to investigate if the virus came from a Chinese lab.”
“In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made from our apps,” a Facebook spokesperson told Politico.
The report did not include the fact that President Trump had ordered that investigation last year — no Big Tech media covered that either. Once he assumed office, Joe Biden had quietly shut it down.
But the evidence was mounting, and so was the outrage. The media had long refused to report on “China Joe’s” family connections to the Chinese Communist Party, but they are now widely acknowledged. The spectacular capitulation to China by Biden Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in March was disastrous. China’s takeover of Hong Kong and its threat to Taiwan represent a new defiance of U.S. policy in the region. China’s Communist Party (CCP) was riding high, and party leader Xi Jinping saw Biden’s announcement as a devastating blow.
So he struck back.
“Washington is too arrogant to realize that its vicious accusations against China have become a political gamble for itself,” wrote the CCP’s Global Times. “It has staked too many bargaining chips on credit from international morality. It actually has no way to back down from this dangerous status . The U.S. could meet its Waterloo in this battle: It might lose its credibility by abusing its soft power.”
Mosher’s warning of fifteen months ago close to being proven true. And if China is blamed by the international community — and the people of China! — for the virus, the pandemic, and the consequences, it’s China’s Communist Party, not the United States, that might meet its Waterloo.

China Frantic To
Increase Population

And China’s got other problems — big problems.
Forty years ago, Communist China inaugurated its infamous “one-child” forced-abortion policy. Curiously, it was the same Steven Mosher cited above who broke the story on that campaign, and his refusal to cover it up led to his being expelled from China and from Stanford University.
“The one-child policy, which led to hundreds of millions of forced abortions and sterilizations, driving the birthrate in the world’s most populous country down to today’s historically low levels,” Mosher writes today. “The now defunct population control program, which started in 1980, set China’s population on an aging trajectory unmatched in human history.”
This week we learned that The Chinese Communist Party has decided to allow Chinese couples to have three children. “To actively respond to the aging of the population, a couple is permitted to have three children,” state media Xinhua reported on May 31.
China is in deep trouble, Mosher writes. “China’s official fertility rate stands at 1.3 children per woman — well below the 2.1 needed to maintain the current population — but it is probably even lower in reality. China’s National Bureau of Statistics reports that only 12 million babies were born in 2020. Not only is this 2.65 million fewer than were born in 2019, it is the lowest number of babies born in China since the great famine of 1961, when 42.5 million people starved to death.”
“China is literally dying, filling more coffins than cradles each year. Chinese Communist leaders, who see population as an element of national power, are desperate for more workers and soldiers,” Mosher writes.
China took too long to confront a problem of its own making. When it comes to U.S. policy toward China, let us pray that we don’t make the same mistake.

A Beacon Of Light… Catholic Education Began With Christ

June 8, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on A Beacon Of Light… Catholic Education Began With Christ

By FR. RICHARD D. BRETON JR.

(Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.)

  • + + Last week we began our series dedicated to Catholic Education. This week we will briefly look at the history of the establishment of Catholic Education.
    It is a very usual trait of the human being to remember the last words, the last wish, the last glance, the last will of someone who has passed from this world to the next. Christ has given us that opportunity in relation to Himself.
    In the last chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, He gives us His last will: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19-20).
    In other words, He entrusted them to explain what He had taught them. His last command was a command to teach. Jesus was and is a teacher. He said, “You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am” (John 13:13). Mark recounts the story of the request of James and John to sit at the right hand of Jesus in His glory. They said to Him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you” (Mark 10:35). In the post Resurrection walk to Emmaus, He taught His companions, explaining the Scriptures to them (Luke 24:27). Over 60 times in the New Testament, Jesus is called teacher.
    Pope St. John Paul II in his apostolic exhortation Catechesi Tradendae (October 16, 1979) writes of Christ as Teacher. He defines what Christ asks of us when He asks us to teach:
    “I am not forgetful that the majesty of Christ the Teacher and the unique consistency and persuasiveness of His teaching can only be explained by the fact that His words, His parables, and His arguments are never separable from His life and His very being.
    “Accordingly, the whole of Christ’s life was a continual teaching: His silences, His miracles, His gestures, His prayer, His love for people, His special affection for the little and the poor, His acceptance of the total sacrifice on the cross for the redemption of the world, and His Resurrection are the actualization of His word and the fulfillment of Revelation. Hence for Christians the crucifix is one of the most sublime and popular images of Christ the Teacher.”
    Jesus was and is a teacher. Other words come more quickly to mind — Lord, Savior, Master, and Redeemer. But teacher was the word the multitudes used. This was how the disciples referred to Him. Jesus Himself used the term when He said, “You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am” (John 13:13). When Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, he said, “We know that you are a teacher who has come from God” (John 3:2).
    In following the example of the Lord, the Church has a responsibility to teach the faith, in season and out of season. This is accomplished, more fully, through Catholic Education.
    Throughout the history of an organized religion, there have to be guidelines to follow regarding the certain aspect of the beliefs. Within the realm of the Catholic Church there are many rules and doctrines that help to form an understanding of our beliefs. When discussing the responsibility of teaching the faith, there are certain moments in the history of the Church when it was necessary to instruct the clergy in their responsibility.
    At the First Provincial Council of Baltimore in 1829 asserted: “We judge it absolutely necessary that schools be established in which the young may be taught the principles of faith and morality, while being instructed in letters.”
    The bishops of the nation made their judgment a matter of law in 1884 at the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore: “We decide and decree that near each church, where it does not exist, a parish school is to be erected within two years of the promulgation of this Council.”
    In order to fulfill this newly established canonical law, there needed to be someone who would enact this decree. This responsibility fell to Archbishop John J. Hughes.
    A native of Ireland, an immigrant gardener, Archbishop Hughes fought for the Catholic Education of adults and children, especially for his fellow countrymen at the time of the Irish potato famine. Fleeing poverty and persecution his family, came to the United States when John was 20. His childhood dream of becoming a priest was realized beginning with a letter to the rector of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., drafted and signed by the great American educator, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
    Though he was known to be unsystematic, disorganized, unable to keep his checkbook balanced, he was very accomplished and was driven to educate the Irish immigrant. He is known for saying, “We shall have to build the schoolhouse first and the church afterward. In our age the question of education is the question of the church.”
    Hughes’ schools emphasized not just the three R’s but also a faith-based code of personal conduct that demanded respect for teachers and fellow students. Parents had to attend meetings with teachers and do repair work and cleaning in the schools. By the end of his tenure, the original boundaries of Hughes’ diocese contained over 100 schools. Not content to build just primary and secondary schools, he founded or helped to found Fordham University and Manhattan, Manhattanville, and Mount St. Vincent Colleges.

Zealous For Souls

Another pioneer of Catholic Education was St. John Neumann. St. John Neumann was born in Prachatitz, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), on March 28, 1811. He studied theology in the seminary of Budweis. Zealous for the missionary life and to lead souls to Christ, he decided to leave his homeland to dedicate himself to the European immigrants in America, who were deprived of spiritual support.
St. John Neumann was ordained a priest by the bishop of New York in June 1836 and gave himself to the pastoral care of people in the vast area around Niagara Falls.
Wanting to live in a religious community that corresponded more to his missionary vocation, in January 1842 he entered the Redemptorists.
A tireless missionary, Neumann busied himself in particular with the German immigrants, first in Baltimore, then in Pittsburgh.
Having filled the role of vice-provincial superior of the Redemptorists from 1846-1849, he became the parish priest of St. Alphonsus Church in Baltimore. In 1852, at the age of 41, he was named bishop of Philadelphia.
Neumann had a strong effect on the religious life of the United States by founding Catholic schools and promoting devotion to the Eucharist.
He founded a new religious institute — the Third Order of St. Francis of Glen Riddle. The School Sisters of Notre Dame likewise regard Neumann as their secondary founder, their “Father in America.”
In just seven years, he built 89 churches, as well as several hospitals and orphanages. As a bishop, Neumann was untiring in visiting his vast diocese.
On January 5, 1860, at the age of 49, he died suddenly of a heart attack on a Philadelphia street. Neumann was beatified during the Second Vatican Council on October 13, 1963, and was canonized on June 19, 1977. In the homily on the occasion of Neumann’s canonization, Pope Paul VI summarized the activity of the new saint: “He was close to the sick, he loved to be with the poor, he was a friend of sinners, and now he is the glory of all immigrants.”
Through the centuries, the Church has taught through magisterial documents the great importance for educating our children, not only in reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also to show how to live the Catholic faith.
In next week’s column, we will look at some of the Church’s documents on education and see how they have established for us the roadmap we must follow in educating our children.

Time To Take A Stand And Defend The Faith

June 7, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Time To Take A Stand And Defend The Faith

By DEACON MIKE MANNO

I am, what one would call, a cradle Catholic. I was born, baptized, and sent to Catholic schools by parents who not only took their faith seriously, they endeavored to instill that faith in me. For the most part, I guess, it worked. I graduated from a Catholic high school and went to a Jesuit college.
I was Catholic. And later, at the suggestion of my family and several parishioners, I began studying for the diaconate and was ordained. Over the years I have developed a great love for the Church, its history, and its teachings; and from early on I developed a great devotion to Our Blessed Mother and spent much time researching her apparitions and the messages that accompanied them.
I don’t know if it would be correct to call me a Catholic nerd, but I am anything but an apostate.
Thus it saddens me to read daily stories of how the Church and many of its leaders have undermined the faith of the laity; and how many of that same laity are now in a not-so quiet rebellion against some of the most fundamental teachings of the Church. Bishops are contradicting other bishops, priests are being censored for speaking truth, and the faithful accepts lay leadership that hasn’t the vaguest idea of what the Church is and what makes it different from all other Christian dominations, and have no grasp of the rich tradition and history that is the Catholic Church.
And, of course, I wonder why.
If you are a regular reader of this column, you’ve seen some hints over the five or so years I’ve been writing this. So I’m going to try to put it together in thumbnail fashion, starting with the answer: The Prince of this World, also known as Satan. He’s known by many other names, but Satan, or the devil, will do for our purposes.
He is successful today because he has found many helpmates who have, by design or ignorance, behind the scenes wreaked havoc with the Church we love. We know the devil has been busy trying to defeat the Church since the time of the apostles, but lately it seems that he has turned up the heat.
After the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, with its near-fatal blow to the Church in Europe, the movement began to splinter into various cults. There was then an increasing voice for a “new world order” based on natural — not spiritual — values. This new “religion” was to replace Catholicism and was fostered through secret societies throughout the Continent. The chief opponent of the Church was the Freemasons.
(See https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03330c.htm for more on the Freemasons and also the Alta Vendita.)
Then, one morning in 1884, during the papacy of Leo XIII, the Pope appeared discombobulated and seemed to lose consciousness after saying morning Mass. His aides came to his assistance and after the episode passed he told them what had happened.
He said he had witnessed a conversation between God and Satan during which Satan boasted that he would be able to destroy the Church if only God would give him the time. God granted his request and gave him one hundred years. The Pope then had a vision of Hell and saw the Archangel Michael respond to prayers of the faithful. He penned the Prayer to St. Michael which he directed should be recited after each Low Mass worldwide. That prayer was recited until it was removed from its place during the reforms of Vatican II in 1964. Recently, there have been moves to restore it to its place, however.
Let’s move a bit further ahead in time. In 1904 Maria Asunta Isabella Visono — later known as Bella Dodd — was born in Italy and was soon taken to the United States. With a bright mind Bella graduated from college, attended graduate school at Columbia, and finally received a law degree from New York University. It was during her schooling that she left her native Catholicism and ultimately became an adviser for the local teachers union and finally a member of the Communist Party where she ultimately rose to membership in the party’s national committee.
Dodd, who later reconverted to Catholicism and renounced Communism, claimed that in the late 1920s and 1930s, in response to directives that were sent from Moscow, the party was to place party members in seminaries and Church organizations in order to destroy the Church from within. She also claimed that she, herself, placed numerous fellow-travelers into U.S. seminaries.
That’s all interesting to hear, a little scary, but interesting. So, how does all this fit into what is going on now? Consider:
In Akita, Japan, Mary told Sr. Agnes Sasagawa in 1973, “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”
(The Most Rev. John Shojiro Ito, bishop of Niigata, recognized “the supernatural character of a series of mysterious events concerning the statue of the Holy Mother Mary” and authorized “the veneration of the Holy Mother of Akita” within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Niigata in a 1984 pastoral letter.)
Pope St. Pius X, seeing the Church under siege from modernism, wrote in Pascendi Dominici Gregis (Feeding the Lord’s Flock) in 1907:
“[T]hey put into operation their designs for [the Church’s] undoing, not from without but from within. Hence, the danger is present almost in the very veins and heart of the Church, whose injury is the more certain from the very fact that their knowledge of Her is more intimate. Moreover, they lay the ax not to the branches and shoots, but to the very root, that is, to the faith and its deepest fibers.”
Pius XII warned, “I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a Divine warning against the suicide of altering the faith.”
And of course there is Pope Paul VI’s comment in 1972 when the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae was being rejected by priests, bishops, and the culture: “The smoke of Satan has entered the Church.”
Of course I could go on but I think you get my point. Satan is using every weapon available to him to infiltrate the Church to destroy it. And we wonder now why there is so much confusion going on, why many bishops won’t take firm stands on major doctrinal issues facing the Church, and instead wish to “dialogue” with dissenters instead of insisting on orthodoxy.
And just what would we “dialogue” about? Questioning the humanity of a baby in the womb? Discussing why a person can pick his gender and change it at will? Or why your teen daughter is forced to shower with the boy down the block after gym class? Is that what some call “relativism”?
Anyway, it’s time to take a stand and shoe the infiltrators out. Bishops, clergy, and laity must hold fast to the universal truth of the Catholic faith. It might not make us popular, but as Jesus said, if they hate us it’s because they hated Him first. Kinda puts you in good company, doesn’t it?
(You can reach Mike at: DeaconMike@q.com and hear his radio program, Faith On Trial, every Thursday at 10 a.m. Central, on IowaCatholicRadio.com.)

Some Things Painful To Remember . . . Still, Biden Wants To Give You Too Much Suffering To Forget

June 6, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Some Things Painful To Remember . . . Still, Biden Wants To Give You Too Much Suffering To Forget

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — As June began, conservative radio talk host James T. Harris (Phoenix-based KFYI, 550 AM) was asked why he thought the Tulsa, Okla., race riot of exactly 100 years earlier had been widely ignored until recently.
Harris, a black man who previously was a high-school history teacher, said that the instructional materials he himself had used lacked this information, so he had to come up with it for his own students.
But why had it been lacking? Harris said there were facts that the establishment preferred to ignore, such as the role played by the Ku Klux Klan because it was allied with the Democratic Party.
(Indeed, the intellectual “progressive” Democrat Woodrow Wilson, an open racist, had ended his eight years as president of the U.S. only three months before the Tulsa riot.)
The riot also attacked the prosperity of “Black Wall Street,” Harris said, the local black entrepreneurs and successful middle class who, he pointed out, had attained their status without the government programs that today are declared to be absolutely necessary for black advancement.
Furthering this narrative, news reports said that in a speech in Tulsa to observe the centenary of the riot, Joe Biden claimed black entrepreneurs lack attorneys and accountants.
However, of course, big-bureaucracy Joe was going to get them the government help he thinks they need.
In the same speech Biden also managed to throw in an allegation that he’s a Catholic — so everyone could feel sorry about the hate the poor Catholics had to endure — even though scandalously bad Catholic Biden is the one guilty of bringing opprobrium on the Church for the way he gets away with his sacrilege and howling hypocrisy — repetitious conduct that, objectively considered, is mortally sinful.
This pitiful impaired man unloaded as much nonsense as he could within the time limits of one speech, also throwing in the accusation that “terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today, not ISIS, not al-Qaeda, white supremacists.” Why, that’s what “the intelligence community” tells him, said the pretender president.
Joke Biden expects us to forget that for much of 2020, and continuing today, radicals from Marxist and other far-left groups like Antifa and BLM have caused literally billions of dollars in damage to U.S. cities, and elsewhere, too, not “white supremacists.”
Don’t believe the facts, says Joe; believe whatever lies he tells. (Including the lie that he’s a practicing Catholic?)
But as for Tulsa — Another, less sinister reason a century-old riot might have faded from memory is that some people prefer not to keep shame alive.
A person might recall Mexican-born actor Eduardo Verastegui saying that until he came to the U.S., he had never heard of the important Cristero War for religious liberty against the viciously anti-Catholic Mexican government of nearly a century ago.
This struggle ended up being depicted in a movie released in the U.S. in 2012, titled For Greater Glory, in which he played a role.
In a 2012 interview posted at Beliefnet, Verastegui said of this historical amnesia, “It was sort of like a big wound that Mexico had. It was an embarrassment for the government. They realized that they went too far and they wanted to bury that wound in a hole and so it was prohibited to teach that in public schools — and I went to public school.”
Biden wants to talk about ill-treatment of blacks, but only in the distorted way that serves his politics. However, when we examine U.S. left-wingers’ paternalism and condescension toward blacks, we see that the plantation-owner mentality elicits the same sort of resentment from their bondsmen that the original slave owners caused.
Republican Mark Robinson, the lieutenant governor of North Carolina, is one of the growing numbers of blacks who reject Democrats’ attempts to keep them in the kind of slavery that Joe Biden likes to see — fear, helplessness, depression, anger, and poverty that supposedly only can be assuaged by voting for more of Dems’ unassailable power.
Since he leapt to public attention as a private citizen defending the Second Amendment in 2018, Robinson made no secret of his Christian, pro-life, conservative beliefs, and was rewarded by voters in 2020 with the prominent state political post he holds.
In recent testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Robinson said one hears warnings of current Jim Crow attempts to deny blacks the vote. Is this by bullets or bombs, Robinson asked. No, the threat allegedly comes from a requirement that all voters in Georgia have a free ID. He declared that this supposed threat is “absolutely preposterous!”
This comes amid national Democrats’ attempts to bring all voting under federal control so they can connive perpetual power for themselves. To this end, any attempt by Republicans to protect ballot security is blasted by Dems as suppression.
Robinson asked the committee, “Am I to believe that black Americans, who have overcome the atrocities of slavery, who were victorious in the civil rights movement and now sit in the highest levels of this government, cannot figure out how to get a free ID to secure their votes?
“That they need to be coddled by politicians because they don’t think we can figure out how to make our voices heard,” he said. “Are you kidding me? The notion that black people must be protected from a free ID to secure their vote is not just insane, it is insulting.
“This doesn’t have anything to do with justice. This has everything to do with power,” Robinson said.
The goal of some individuals in government isn’t to hear black voices at all, he said, but only “to hear the voices that fit their narrative.”
Part of the Democrats’ power strategy is to give the vote to illegal immigrants, Robinson said.
Which leads us to the next topic, Biden’s conscious plot to flood this nation with unending waves of unauthorized entrants who, in addition to looking to the burgeoning U.S. government to supply their needs at U.S. taxpayers’ expense, will vote for their Democrat enablers who threw open the border for them.
As long as illegal entrants can count on Biden to set them up with a new lifestyle, they’ll never have to fight to reform their own nations. There’s no justice in that. Nor in the video taken by Agence France-Presse showing a frightened five-year-old with his teddy bear in the desert, abandoned by smugglers, screaming, “Don’t leave me. . . . No, no, no.”
In recent months the federal government simply has been providing Southwestern hotels for free to the waves of illegal immigrants as they’re processed to come into the interior of the U.S. Fox News’ Jesse Watters said Biden “is taking out his anger on the red states” by making them into welcome centers for potential blue voters.
Earlier this year KFYI’s Harris went to have a look at a hotel in the Ahwatukee region of southeastern Phoenix that had been taken over for unauthorized migrant housing. It was certainly better than the homeless camp for U.S. citizens that he looked at in downtown Phoenix, Harris said.
Then, the morning of June 2, Harris told his KFYI audience that Immigration and Customs Enforcement had opened a new, secretive “migrant detention facility” at an attractive hotel in upscale Scottsdale, just to the east of Phoenix. He again contrasted this with the conditions of the downtown Phoenix homeless camp.
Later that day, Phoenix radio host Seth Leibsohn (KKNT, 960 AM) said agents for ICE and the Department of Homeland Security must be feeling demoralized to work as “processing clerks” to bring the illegal aliens into the U.S., instead of serving in their proper role as guardians of the nation’s front door.
Leibsohn said Scottsdale is one of the nicest places to be, not only in Arizona but also the entire nation, but now it’s confronted by this.
A person might wonder how much more such ill-treatment the nation’s law enforcers will endure at the hands of Biden’s Marxist-racist administration before they join in the majority national sentiment to reject this arrogance forcefully.
A Scottsdale caller identified as “Dave” told Leibsohn he wondered what was going on at the hotel, next to Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School, a public school. Because of the unexplained security, Dave said he had wondered if some celebrity was there.
It was more than that, as buses kept arriving, to fill more than 1,200 beds.
A woman caller said the office of Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey told her there was nothing he could do; this is a federal matter.
A statement posted by the City of Scottsdale said there was nothing the city could do, either; it’s powerless against the federal government.
Even the federal government tried the same ploy: There was nothing it could do but accept the illegal aliens — who broke the law just in order to be here.
A June 2 report by Phoenix-based NBC Channel 12 said a contact that was awarded said: “Without the additional EFRS (Emergency Family Reception Sites) facilities and services, the government will be seriously injured as it is currently not prepared to address the large influx of asylum seekers, which requires housing and processing of the claims for the vulnerable populations.”
Southwestern states often are only a resting point for the border crossers before Biden’s malignant administration deposits them around the nation — presumably for maximum Marxist political effect.
British politician and commentator Nigel Farage posted at the Newsweek site on May 27 that when he visited Arizona’s Pinal County, he saw discarded combat fatigues scattered around 60 miles north of the border, after young men managed to get that far then changed into civilian clothes so they could blend in in U.S. cities.
Farage said Sheriff Mark Lamb told him the men go to prearranged spots along highways and “are picked up in the dead of night and taken off to join drug gangs all over the U.S.A. Very few will ever be discovered.
“Not only does this make a mockery of official statistics,” Farage said, “but the direct importation of dangerous criminals into America places law-abiding citizens in far greater danger than they would otherwise be. It is a scandal, yet it is one which the Biden administration seems happy to preside over. There is no getting away from the fact that this is a criminal enterprise from start to finish, and all American voters need to be told this truth.”

Feet To The Fire

Breitbart reported on June 2: “A report detailing the Biden administration’s ‘lottery’ migration policy, resulting in the mass release of border crossers into the U.S. interior, reveals that DHS is flying single male adult border crossers into the country in addition to Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) and adult border crossers arriving with children.”
Back on May 8, Breitbart had reported: “Border crossers are flying on commercial flights for free into the United States, with the help of Catholic Charities, after first sheltering at paid-for hotel rooms along the U.S.-Mexico border, a new report details.”
This Breitbart story continued: “A report by the Daily Mail reveals the extent to which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) — such as Catholic Charities of San Diego, Calif.; the Shapiro Foundation, and the Tripadvisor Foundation — are facilitating the release of border crossers into the U.S. interior, thanks to President Joe Biden’s administration and often funded by American taxpayers.”
A June 1 statement by the City of Scottsdale said that DHS and ICE formally notified it on May 28 that a federal contractor would begin operating the hotel the following day, May 29, with “the vast majority” of the illegal entrants to be sent outside Arizona after processing.
“Scottsdale has no current authority to prevent the hotel from being rented for these immigrant families,” the statement said. “… Immigration is a federal matter, over which the City of Scottsdale has no responsibility or oversight.” If people had further concerns, it said, they should contact their congressman, Arizona’s two U.S. senators, or Joe Biden.
Holding Biden’s trembling feet to the fire. That would be a good idea the next time he flies into your city, wherever you live, with some speech denouncing you all as backward Republican domestic terrorists.
And oh, by the way, maybe he has some illegal aliens down in his plane’s luggage compartment that he will force you to welcome as soon as he can get them registered to vote — without ID, of course.

Joe Biden Continues His War On The Unborn

June 5, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Joe Biden Continues His War On The Unborn

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Donoso Cortes once observed that, when Satan has got you sinning, he doesn’t let you coast; he keeps pushing you downhill. That image comes to mind as The Washington Post’s “very Catholic” Joe Biden continues to lash out against the unborn.
Biden’s radical Obama-era advisers, while touting Joe’s image as “moderate” who’s “bringing us together,” are bent on proving that “Donoso’s Law” is no joke.
Last week “Biden the Infanticide Radical” emerged once more, as his administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget. It includes a provision that reverses the Hyde Amendment, and that is a very big deal. The Hyde Amendment was first passed 45 years ago, and has been included in every U.S. budget since 1976. It prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion through Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Joe Biden supported the Hyde Amendment for years — until the Harris-Sanders radical wing of the Democrats spooked him and he suddenly changed his position — literally, overnight — two years ago. As Jonathan Abbamonte writes, “Biden infamously made headlines in the summer of 2019 when he flip-flopped on the Hyde Amendment during his campaign for president, saying that he would endorse a repeal of the Hyde Amendment after having publicly supported the law for 43 years as a Senator and as former Vice President.”
Biden’s flabby excuse: “I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to . . . exercise their constitutionally protected right.”
“Yes, for 43 years I violated your constitutional rights, ladies, but enough is enough!”
Or something along those lines.
Intrepid pro-life leader Marjorie Dannenfelser’s response to Biden’s betrayal was blunt: “For more than four decades, the Hyde family of pro-life policies has kept American taxpayers out of the abortion business, with the Hyde Amendment itself saving nearly 2.5 million lives,” she said. “The Biden budget throws that longstanding, bipartisan consensus out the window to fulfill a campaign promise to the radical abortion lobby.”
Biden’s pro-abortion White House team has targeted an entire array of pro-life laws and policies, many of them decades old. Since 1973, the Helms Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act (the foreign aid bill) stipulated that “No foreign assistance funds may be used to pay for the performance of abortion as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.” That amendment is still law — for the moment.
Ronald Reagan’s “Mexico City Policy,” begun in 1984, prohibited taxpayer funding of organizations that provided abortions abroad. President Trump’s “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy” expanded the Mexico City Policy even more to distance American taxpayers from funding abortions or abortion providers, worldwide.
A week after his inauguration, Biden reversed the Mexico City Policy, like Obama and Clinton had before him, as well as Trump’s wider version. With the budget announcement, only the Helms Amendment remains on the books, but given Biden’s abortion radicalism, its future is hardly guaranteed.
For years, leftist groups have been demanding the permanent removal of both the Helms Amendment and the Hyde Amendment from the statute books. Next, they want to “codify” Roe v. Wade into law — and “Catholic Joe” Biden is the horse they’re going to ride.

Democrats Threaten
Abortion Tyranny

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in its coming term on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case addresses a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks except in the cases of a medical emergency or severe fetal abnormality.
The prospect that the court might use Dobbs to revisit earlier decisions like Planned Parenthood v. Casey and Roe v. Wade has Democrats on the warpath. The usual targets of their vexation is usually “Trump!!” — or, now and then, Republicans and a random Deplorable here and there.
But this time is different: Their target is the Constitution.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) is one of the most radical Democrats on Capitol Hill, so it’s no surprise that he’s all-abortion, all the time. When asked by The Hill about the Court’s decision to hear the Dobbs case, he said: “It will inevitably fuel and drive an effort to expand the Supreme Court if this activist majority betrays fundamental constitutional principles. It’s already driving that movement. Chipping away at Roe v. Wade,” he continued, “will precipitate a seismic movement to reform the Supreme Court. It may not be expanding the Supreme Court, it may be making changes to its jurisdiction, or requiring a certain numbers [sic] of votes to strike down certain past precedents.”
Well, for the “activist majority” of today’s Democrats, abortion — universal, worldwide, and taxpayer-funded — is the Constitution’s only “fundamental principle.” Of course, that view constitutes a blatant denial of the Natural Law’s Prime Mandate, “first, do good and avoid evil,” but a power principle is involved as well.
Professor Charles Rice recounts how Hans Kelsen, the founder of legal positivism a century ago, rejected what he called “philosophical absolutism,” espousing instead “philosophical relativism. . . . What is right today may be wrong tomorrow,” Kelsen wrote. “This is the true meaning of the political system which we call democracy, in which we may oppose to political absolutism only because it is political relativism.”
Put bluntly, whoever attains power has no limits on what he might declare is “legal.” Call it the Blumenthal Rule.
Of course, Kelsen followed his own logic to the end. After surviving both world wars, he could not condemn either the Nazi or the Soviet regime. “The legal order of totalitarian states authorizes their governments to confine in concentration camps persons whose opinions, religion, or race they do not like, to force them to perform any kind of labor, even to kill them. So its measures may be morally or violently condemned; but they cannot be considered as taking place outside the legal order of those states….We may regret it, but we cannot deny that it was the law.”
What Blumenthal & Co. advocate is a new absolutism: “It must be legal to kill the most innocent.” As an advocate of sheer power, he — like Kelsen — is logical. Because, if you can kill the most innocent, you can kill anybody. And no one has the right to call it immoral — because morality is relative.

Detritus

On Tuesday, June 1, President Biden issued the first formal proclamation of his administration to recognize “Pride Month.” He told “LGBTQ people” both at home and abroad that they should “accept nothing less than full equality” — watch for him to make us accept it too.
“Big Oil Has Learnt It Needs to Listen on Climate Change,” crows the Financial Times. But the “lesson” appears far down the page: environmentalist regulators are destroying Trump’s dependable, cheap energy template that made the U.S. energy-independent.
What the Times really means: Americans have “learned “that the Left raises prices, lowers production, harasses consumers, and hurts the poor most.”
And here’s some “full equality” from south of the border. CNA News reports what happened after Mexico changed its constitution in 2019 to require that all slates of candidates consist of 50 percent women and 50 percent men.
“No problem,” said 18 hombres from the Force for Mexico party in Tlaxcala state. They simply filed for the June 6 election as trans women.
Critics of the move were told they were violating the candidates’ right to privacy.
OK, that’s funny but this isn’t. “The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See announced on Tuesday, June 1, that it was displaying the rainbow LGBT ‘Pride’ flag for the month of June, which is celebrated as LGBT ‘Pride’ month.”
Joe Biden isn’t just thumbing his nose at American bishops. He’s a walking insult to the world.

King Henry VIII

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By JOE SIXPACK

Henry VIII was a loyal Catholic from his birth (1491) until the 1530s — so much so, in fact, that as the Protestant Revolt (Reformation) heated up in Europe, he was declared Defender of the Faith by Pope Leo X for the publication of his Defense of the Seven Sacraments as a treatise against the heresies of continental Protestants.
But this changed when Henry took a fancy to Lady Anne Boleyn and tried to set aside his marriage to Catherine of Aragon by asking the Church to grant him an annulment. Every one of Henry’s requests was met with a sound “no,” but he wouldn’t give up. He finally took his demand for a decree of nullity directly to the Pope, but the Holy Father stood his ground and upheld the ancient teachings of the Church on marriage between one man and one woman. The Pope feared that Henry would separate England from the Catholic Church, and that’s exactly what finally happened.
On December 17, 1538, Pope Paul III excommunicated Henry VIII for attempting marriage outside the Church and declaring himself head of the Church in England, which is why the world has the Anglican Church today. In defiance of God’s law that marriage is between one man and one woman for life, Henry divorced himself from Catherine of Aragon and attempted marriage to Anne Boleyn.
One evening Anne and Henry were standing at a window, looking out at the beautiful brilliance of the stars. The young queen’s heart softened, perhaps recalling the innocence of her childhood. Deeply moved by God’s creation, she said, “How beautiful the starry sky is. But how much more beautiful it must be beyond the stars, in Heaven, with God.”
When Henry heard these words, he took Anne by the hand and led her from the window. With his head bowed, he said, “Anne, that is not for us.”
Henry VIII defied the laws of God and the Catholic Church. God forbids divorce and remarriage. For anyone to be married — that is, to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony — the marriage must take place before an authorized priest or deacon and two witnesses. When Henry declared himself divorced from Catherine and went through the motions of a marriage to Anne, he placed himself outside the Catholic Church.
Henry knew, as is evidenced by his words to Anne Boleyn, that he was living in a state of mortal sin and excommunication, which means he knew he had chosen the damnation of lust over eternity with God.
Marriage had always been intended as a natural bond between one man and one woman, but Jesus raised marriage to the level of a sacrament and made it indissoluble when He said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one. So they are no longer two but one. What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Matt. 19:5-6). And Jesus placed His divine stamp of approval on Matrimony when He performed His first public miracle at the wedding feast at Cana by turning the water into wine (John 2:1-11).
The modern counterculture has become the mainstream culture, and it is a throwaway culture. Everything today is disposable. So imbued are we with disposability that we even dispose of our preborn children through abortion and contraception, and our marriages when the going gets a little tough.
Although civil divorce allows for the division of property and establishes for the care of children produced in a broken home, it isn’t possible for divorce to break the marriage bond that exists between husband and wife — a court’s declaration that a marriage is broken in no way alters God’s law that says it isn’t. That bond lasts until the death of one of the spouses.
Jesus said that in Matrimony the man and woman become one person, so it isn’t possible for the bond to be broken until death. Catholic couples who divorce and attempt to remarry do the same thing Henry VIII did, and they need to realize, like Henry, that they subject themselves to the same condemnation.
Many modern Catholics think that when they divorce they can automatically get an annulment from the Church and be freed to remarry. This is not the case. When the Church issues a decree of nullity, it’s because it has been judged that a bond never existed in the first place due to some serious impediment that existed before the sacrament was attempted.
Because modern Catholics think they have a right to a decree of nullity, many of them divorce and remarry without that “formality.” This means they have attempted marriage outside the Church, live in an adulterous relationship, live in a chronic state of mortal sin, and commit the additional mortal sin of sacrilege each time they receive Holy Communion.
When Catholic couples find themselves in divorce court, the cause, regardless of the reasons given at the time, can almost always be traced back to one of two things: They either engaged in premarital sex, or they used contraception in their marriage. Premarital sex establishes an immediate aura of distrust, even if it only becomes consciously evident years later. Contraception removes one of the twofold purposes of marriage as intended by God and turns the spouses into objects of sexual pleasure. It is usually the woman who becomes the object of sexual pleasure (rather than a person), and she is degraded because of it. This is the worst sort of feminine abuse.
When a Catholic couple obey the ordinary marriage law of the Church and are wed in the sight of God, they embrace a sacrament that is much more than a mere rite or ceremony. If they will but avail themselves of its great power, the Sacrament of Matrimony can save even the most contentious marriages.
If Catholics will simply live within marriage as God demands — that is, to be faithful and avoid the use of contraception — they will discover a whole other dimension to Christian marriage. As a natural extension of the giving of love, God gives the spouses all the graces necessary to help one another grow in holiness. Just as children produced in the marital bond are a manifestation of marital love, so too is a positive response to God’s graces by the parents to help their children become a holy manifestation of that love.
In other words, if Catholic couples will but obey God’s laws within their marriage, there would never be a need for families to become broken. This isn’t to say every day will be one of marital bliss, as there are always pressures from both within and outside the marriage, but it is possible for your marriage to be happy for your entire life.
If you have a question or comment you can reach out to me through the “Ask Joe” page of JoeSixpackAnswers.com, or you can email me at Joe@CantankerousCatholic.com.
Hey, how would you like to see things like this article every week in your parish bulletin as an insert? You or your pastor can learn more about how to do that by emailing me at Joe@CantankerousCatholic.com.

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