The following announcement came from Bp. Daniel Dolan on Twitter today:
“Fr. Cekada died peacefully this morning, surrounded by prayer, and well fortified by the Sacraments of the Church. Please remember this good and generous priestly soul in your prayers. The funeral is scheduled for Thursday morning, with the wake Wednesday evening.”
We at The Remnant would like to request prayers for the repose of his soul. Although Fr. Cekada disagreed with The Remnant on some very important issues, we always found him to be a fair-minded truth seeker and someone with whom it was a pleasure to have principled debates, for example, the Great Debate of '98 between Fr. Cekada and Michael Davies, and later debates in The Remnant with Fr. Brian Harrison.
Requiescat in pace.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has had enough of the COVID nonsense. At a news conference yesterday, Gov. Ricketts stated he will end nearly all of his state’s social-distancing restrictions on Monday, September 14.
Small businesses such as bars, restaurants, churches, gyms and hair salons will be allowed to operate with no formal restrictions, while large gathering venues are raised to 75% capacity, up from 50%.
None of the remaining COVID guidelines will be enforceable.
Mainstream news outlets immediately began attacking Nebraska and surrounding states for “spiking numbers of COVID cases!” To which those with functioning brains in their heads should respond, “Testing shows that Nebraska and surrounding states have achieved herd immunity!”
May Gov. Ricketts inspire a few more governors to ease up on the nonsensical COVID restrictions.
And, God help us, may America never suffer another case-demic again.
This is Claudia Wert, Executive Director of the Christus Vincit Foundation. We are a new Catholic organization, endorsed by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, devoted to the growth of traditionally-minded parishes, organizations, and communities. The mission of Christus Vincit is to provide matching grants to fund projects and events that focus on the Latin Mass. Additionally, we will be performing extensive survey work to understand the size and state of traditional Catholicism across the globe.
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Our first survey is focused on the spread of the traditional Latin Mass in the United States. Results will be used to help the TLM community assess its greatest strengths and weaknesses, obstacles to growth, and best practices among thriving parishes. 4,000 persons who attend the TLM have already answered the survey. We are hoping to receive 8,000 responses by October. If you have the time, please consider passing this survey along to your readers.
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It was evident that when Kamala Harris emerged on the national scene that her political ambition would not cease with shinning a Senate seat from California.
Harris quickly made headlines when she claimed that Brian Buescher, who was nominated as a federal district judge, should be disqualified due to his membership in the Knights of Columbus.
The economy is another way of saying, our lives. No matter what the popular ethos preaches, there is no such thing as a non-essential business. All businesses are essential for those who work them.
When government says it is safe to go to Walmart, but unsafe to attend church, and when dentists’ offices must close and Planned Parenthood is open for abortions, the mantra of “your health” is a expedient excuse.
All 50 states have made a disaster declaration for the first time in U.S. history. Twenty-two million have applied for unemployment in a number that grows weekly. We are a $22 trillion economy subdued by a virus with a mortality rate below 0.30 percent. Those initial models forecasting more than 2 million deaths were bunk.
The politicization of American life continues. Under the guise of player safety (for a virus with a 99.4 percent survival rate and a mortality rate of .0001 percent for young adults),the PIAA, pressured by Gov. Wolf, has delayed the high school fall sports’ season for two weeks.
Rumors persisted daily over canceling the season and still do.
Collegiately, the autumn anchor for the big five college athletic conferences is football as its revenue stream floats many boats within their athletic departments. Football raises plenty of money, and is an economic vessel for surrounding communities.
Two of the five, the Big Ten and Pac-12, will not play fall football, but are considering spring games. The other three conferences – the Atlantic Coast, Big-12, and Southeastern will play, for now.
For perspective, the U.S. Department of Education reported the Pac-12 made $1.3 billion in 2018-19, while The Big Ten earned nearly $1.9 billion.
By forgoing football, Nebraska will lose up to $120 million, while Oregon will forfeit $50 million. Yet some question how coaches can command millions in salary with 42 of the 50 states having an athletic coach as their highest paid public employee.
Stanford was on board with cutting 11 sports’ teams before they opted out of a football season. According to the Wall Street Journal, Stanford is anticipating a $25 million athletic budget deficit.
The financial hole sunk deeper when the NCAA announced it had reduced its disbursements to schools by nearly two-thirds after their annual March men’s basketball tournament was canceled.
Running football aground even for one season will certainly affect Title IX, and other collegiate sports. In this era of the aggrieved snowflake do universities dare reduce available women’s sports’ programs?
Forgoing football is nothing short of a lockout by management, as not playing hurts a player’s potential value to professional teams. The likelihood of players not recovering from COVID is equivalent to being struck by lightning.
Despite the risks of incurring traumatic brain injuries and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), colleges still play football. Ironically, a “student’s health”, albeit physical or mental, was always a nonstarter – until COVID.
Moreover, given the risks of CTE, how is football an integral part of the taxpayer-funded mission of public education?
Granted, athletics provide valuable life lessons, but such instruction does not have to be necessarily realized within a scholarship program. Likewise, intermural athletic and extracurricular participation is often higher at Division III schools.
Plenty throughout academia, especially among the smaller FBS schools whose athletic budgets are bled dry through football, would be more than happy to see their school’s program regulated to the haunts of gridiron past like Boston University did a generation ago. Their reasoning has plenty of firepower from exorbitant costs, player injuries, and a dearth of student body allegiance.
At places like Bucknell, the athletic administration attempts to induce student turnout through giveaways and promos. It doesn’t work. Their football program is a major sieve on the overall athletic budget. It has been nearly a quarter of a century since their last league title. A dual combination of a title drought and a budget drain could mean a football flush.
But don’t count on it.
Bucknell is much too obstinate to consent to common sense.
After all, they won the first Orange Bowl – in 1935.
The same budget woes concern neighboring universities: Susquehanna and Bloomsburg.
Why does a conventional college football team need 14 coaches and a basketball team five coaches for 15 players?
Sports has a place - it should be the tail, not the dog.
COVID-19 can be juxtaposed to a stock market correction, the result of which has the potential for rebalancing priorities.
Universities need to question what their true mission is. Evaluate who they serve against those to whom they are subservient. Gauge tuition costs relative to affordability, and the ongoing impact of protracted student debt. Appraise their departments, their administrators, and the role of tenure.
Provided Uncle Sam got out of the student loan business, such prudence would be taken seriously.
With undergrads carrying vast student loans and most of them having unexceptional job prospects, why should colleges continue to fund an array of varsity athletics?
Don’t expect these college presidents that have ignored sending waves of students into a generation of debt to be any more responsible in overseeing and reforming collegiate athletics. Their indifference to student and family financial burdens is irresponsible, not to mention bewildering.
What did you expect from tenure?
When provided job protection, a guaranteed salary and benefits, you become indifferent to reality.
All savings should be applied to educational outcomes that will ensure the nation outpaces its geo-political rivals in artificial intelligence, robotics, engineering, biotechnology – studies necessary for a country’s innovation and economic growth.
If there are consolations of the 2020 non-season, it is not seeing Oregon in their hideous green uniforms, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh making excuses for losing to Ohio State, and listening to Penn State’s Steve Jones trying to explain the overtime rules and the notorious transfer portal.
November’s election countdown is underway. The political signage has sprouted up among the inescapable roofing, paving, and real estate placards. On my daily jaunt, there was even one “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) sign among them, nearly equaling the support for Joe Biden (two signs total) in a neighborhood as ethnically diverse as the Augusta National Golf Club.
Unlike the two Biden signs, the BLM one is sequestered away from the road and practically hidden from view. The sign, situated just off their manicured lawn and in the shadow of their well-upholstered Wayne Manor façade, appears to be a first-degree case of virtue signaling serving as free publicity for the Pied Pipers of Marxism.
Sweden has been maligned by the media for its COVID approach. Instead of government-mandated lockdowns, Swedish officials encouraged citizens to use common sense, work from home if possible, and keep their gatherings below 50. Primary schools are open, as are bars and restaurants. For the most part, Swedes have been spending their spring and summer enjoying life as normal.
Their aim, officials have said, is to slow the pace of the virus, so as not to overwhelm the health care system. This they achieved, without tanking their economy or terrorizing their citizen population into massive depression and substance abuse.
The headlines regarding Sweden read as follows:
Five Problems With the Swedish Approach to COVID-19
Sweden Has Become the World's Cautionary Tale
Sweden Sticks With Controversial COVID-19 Approach
And then there’s the head of Tel Aviv Uni’s Clinical Microbiology and Immunology Department, Prof. Udi Qimron, with a very different perspective. In an interview for IsraelNationalNews, he argued that Sweden is a massive success story:
"There is a very great interest for anyone who has supported the draconian measures taken around the world to say that Sweden's policy has failed,” said Qimron, “Because if it succeeded, and trillions went down the drain for no reason, someone will have to answer for it.”
“That is why all over the world they prefer to claim that [Sweden] was wrong. But in the end, the truth came to the surface. In a world where decision makers, their advisers and the media were able to admit their mistake and the initial panic that gripped them, we would have long since returned to routine. The ongoing destruction due to the inability to admit this mistake, despite the epidemic’s small mortality numbers, is outrageous. History will judge the hysteria."
“If we had not been told that there was an epidemic in the country, you would not have known there was such an epidemic and you would not have done anything about it. The fact that this issue runs all day in the media inflates it beyond its natural dimensions. If black death had raged here, as in the 14th century, you would not have had to follow the situation in the news, the bodies would have piled up in the streets. We were not and we are not in this situation today."
Prof. Qimron noted that the total number of coronavirus deaths does not exceed 0.1% of the total population in any country, and the death rate from coronavirus is less than 0.01% of the total world population, meaning that 99.99% of the world's population so far has survived the epidemic and the virus is negligibly lethal.
COMMENT: Given the fact that, statistically speaking, there is no pandemic since the number of deaths is so low, one wonders how long this charade is going to continue.
Finding traces of the COVID virus does not mean the person is sick, symptomatic, or even has the COVID disease. A spike in the number of cases only means a post-pandemic spike in the number of tests. And this is why so very few people are dying from it, and the vast majority of us don't even know anyone who's suffering from it anymore.
Take the masks off, ladies and gentlemen, and tell everyone why: the pandemic is over.
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With the recent death of Carl Reiner, some perspective is in order. The longtime actor, writer, director, and straight man for Mel Brooks believed humor fostered his longevity and his curtain call proved it by enduring two years short of a century.
For decades, Reiner’s witticisms and wisecracks were a perennial favorite that crossed generations. He was the last regular of “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” that had no hidden agenda other than obtaining laughs. The comedians, writers and producers of Reiner’s era possessed intelligence, imagination and talent.