Always up for some boat-rocking, Pope Francis has appointed a woman as under-secretary to the Synod of Bishops.
This will be the first time a woman will have voting rights within the Synod body.
Is there a single issue on which Francis comes down on the Catholic side anymore? If you want to be a conservative, a patriot, a traditionalist, a regular guy—just do the exact opposite of what this little, diminutive man does. (Yes, despite what you may have seen from the Vatican glamor shot photographer, Francis is actually just over 5’7”, which explains a lot.)
So, when it came to handling COVID, what did the great big man do? Closed down the churches and immediately started talking about the desperate need for a new worldwide post-COVID economy (read “GREAT RESET”).
While the US heads toward civil war and the rest of the world decides whether to keep up the COVID charade or let it fizzle, the Head of the Catholic Church makes one more Extremely Important and Highly Relevant Contribution:
(AmericaMagazine.org): Pope Francis told a group of parents of L.G.B.T. children yesterday that “God loves your children as they are” and “the church loves your children as they are because they are children of God.” He did so in a brief encounter with some 40 Italian parents (both mothers and fathers) of L.G.B.T. children after the public audience in the Renaissance courtyard of San Damaso in the Vatican.
The parents are members of an Italian association, Tenda di Gionata (“Jonathan’s Tent”), which welcomes and provides information and formation to L.G.B.T. Christians, their families and pastoral workers.
As he bade them farewell, the association gave the pope a rainbow-colored T-shirt with the words “In love there is no fear” emblazoned on it.
That was His Holiness, friends, solving just one more of the world’s most critical issues.
One might think that in the current climate, a pope would want to address the violent riots in our cities, or the fact that—on month 7 of the 15 days to slow the spread—many chapels and parishes remain closed and their faithful without sacraments. Maybe a pope would even consider reminding the 76 million Catholics in the United States of the necessity of voting for a pro-life candidate.
You might think that, but that’d be silly. Pope Francis realizes a time like this is a time to make sure the world knows the Church’s moral compass is so far off base there’s no point in referencing it anymore.
The Church loves LGBT children just the way they are…
Fine words, Your Holiness. Would you like to resign yet?
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.
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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Dr. Birx adds her expertise and sensitive touch to Commander Fauci’s suggestion that we include GOGGLES to our COVID arsenal.
So, quick! Grab your shopping list and write the following: masks, gloves, goggles, face shields, macaroni, glitter, craft glue - and underline goggles a bunch of times.
Birx makes a great case for the goggles, and she does so with finesse, telling us that we can even decorate our face shields because the American people are so innovative in times of crisis.
What a sweet idea! A chance to prove, innovative as we are, that we have quirky little personalities hidden behind all the soul-cancelling PPE!
Don’t believe me? First we have Fauci on goggles and mucus membranes:
Dr. Anthony Fauci to @DrJAshton : "If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it. It's not universally recommended, but if you really want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can." https://t.co/G8GrQyoJal pic.twitter.com/OpOf9tC6q4— ABC News (@ABC) July 29, 2020
Followed by Birx’s feminine interpretation:
It's craft hour with Dr. Birx over here in America, Land of the PPE and home of the Kindergartners.
BREITBART: Poland has announced it will withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, a treaty which requires that governments actively promote gender theory through the media and education system.
Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said problems with the treaty eroded parents’ rights by necessitating far-left social policies be promoted to children.
According to Article 12 of the treaty, governments who sign the document must “take the necessary measures to promote changes in the social and cultural patterns of behaviour of women and men with a view to eradicating prejudices, customs, traditions and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority of women or on stereotyped roles for women and men”.
Asking whether ordinary citizens in countries like Britain, where the government has signed the Istanbul Convention, “realise that their leaders have signed them up to support a mini-Cultural Revolution”, University of Swansea law professor, Andrew Tettenborn, notes that there is “more than a whiff of totalitarianism” about the treaty’s requirements, and he has commented that the Istanbul Convention does nothing to protect females from domestic violence. He writes:
This provision for the compulsory instilling of a thoroughly ideological position ought to worry anyone concerned with parental rights to educate children according to their own beliefs, not to mention the ability of communities to set up schools so as educate children within reason according to their norms.
Poland’s conservative president, Andrzej Duda, was re-elected earlier this month after promising to “defend children from LGBT ideology” in schools and to protect the interests of the family and the institution of marriage if given a second term. After his re-election, he visited Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa to participate in the evening prayer and to entrust Poland and himself to Our Lady's care:
Hungary passed a similar declaration against signing the Istanbul Convention, distrusting the treaty’s claim that gender is a “social construct” and its provisions to allow “gender-based asylum claims”.
REMNANT COMMENT: Maybe that's why the New York Times came out swinging this morning against, guess who? Poland and Hungary. The respective leaders of each country were labeled the EU's "major problem":
NYTimes: Europe has a major problem.
It has a rising autocratic movement that the continent’s leaders have no clear strategy for confronting. If anything, the pandemic has strengthened the most autocratic E.U. governments, in Hungary and Poland. Other countries have put a higher priority on fighting the virus and helping the economy than trying to stop the erosion of democracy.
In a telltale escalation in Big Tech censorship, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all removed a video on COVID-19 that President Trump had promoted Monday evening.
The video garnered over 17 million views during the eight hours it was hosted on Facebook, until it was taken down from Facebook and banned from YouTube. The video was of a press conference in D.C., held by the group America’s Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots.
It was the top-performing Facebook post in the world Monday afternoon.
The press conference featured Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and frontline doctors sharing their views and opinions on coronavirus and the medical response to the pandemic.
Yesterday’s press conference still appears in full on some platforms, such as BitChute.
(FOX News: July 8, 2020) The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration acted within its authority when it expanded exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement for employers to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception -- in a victory for Little Sisters of the Poor, the Catholic group that has been at the center of the national debate over the mandate.
The court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Trump administration and the Catholic charity that cares for the elderly in two related disputes against Pennsylvania, which sued over the validity of a rule from the Trump administration that allowed religiously-affiliated groups and some for-profit companies to opt-out of providing contraception coverage to employees.
TODAY'S CATHOLIC CURRENT radio broadcast featured Remnant Editor, Michael J. Matt.
The show’s host, Fr. Robert McTeigue, invited Mr. Matt to the show to answer the question:
After being beaten down by current events, how do we become warriors again?