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    Since the Council, an idea has been spreading that Judaism is not superseded by the New Covenant of Jesus Christ; that Jews still have available to them the Covenant of the old Law, by which they can be saved. It is therefore unnecessary for them to turn to Christ; unnecessary for anybody to convert them to faith in Christ. Indeed, attempting to do so is an act of aggression not dissimilar to theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com11
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    S Paul loved his fellow Jews, his 'kinsmen' and believed "the gifts and call of God are irrevocable". He believed that at the End, those among them who had rejected Christ would be brought in to the chosen people. He believed that they were like olive branches which had been cut off so that the Gentiles, wild olive branches, could be grafted in. But, when the fulness of the Gentiles had entered Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com3
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    Lex orandi lex credendi. I have been examining the Two Covenant Dogma: the fashionable error that God's First Covenant, with the Jews, is still fully and salvifically valid, so that the call to saving faith in Christ Jesus is not made to them. The 'New' Covenant, it is claimed, is now only for Gentiles. I want to draw attention at this point to the witness of the post-Conciliar Magisterium of theFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com13
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    We have seen that the Two Covenant Theory, the idea that Jewry alone is guaranteed Salvation without any need to convert to Christ, is repugnant to Scripture, to the Fathers, even to the post-Conciliar liturgy of the Catholic Church. It is also subversive of the basic grammar of the relationship between the Old and the New Testaments. Throughout  two millennia, in Scripture, in Liturgy, in her Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com7
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    The sort of people who would violently reject the points I am making are the sort of people who would not be impressed by the the Council of Florence. So I am going to confine myself to the Magisterium from the time of Pius XII ... since it is increasingly coming to be realised that the continuum of processes which we associate with the Conciliar and post-Conciliar period was already in operationFr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com0
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    In 1980, addressing a Jewish gathering in Germany, B John Paul II said (I extract this from a long sentence): " ... dialogue; that is, the meeting between the people of the Old Covenant (never revoked by God, cf Romans 11:29) and that of the New Covenant, is at the same time ..." In 2013, Pope Francis, in the course of his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, also referred to the Old Fr John Hunwickehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17766211573399409633noreply@blogger.com10
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    We're delighted to present another live-performance edition of our Song of the Week. Mark invites Paul Sorvino to reveal the connection between a great American actor and one of the most beloved songs on the planet:
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    Abp. Viganò names DC National Shrine rector Msgr. Rossi as homosexual predator
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò revealed in a new interview that he received complaints, as papal nuncio, that Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., had engaged in homosexual harassment and predation.In an interview with Italian journalist Marco Tosatti, Viganò, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States, said, “Monsignor Rossi is, without a doubt, a member of the ‘gay mafia.’” Viganò, who accused Pope Francis of covering up sexual misdeeds of high-ranking prelates, went on to say, “I can say that, while I was a nuncio in the United States, I received the documentation that states that Msgr. Rossi had sexually molested male students at the Catholic University of America.” According to Viganò, “the Vatican, in particular Cardinal [Pietro] Parolin, is well aware of the situation of Msgr. Rossi, as is Cardinal [Donald] Wuerl.”Viganò added, “I can finally testify that Rossi’s name was proposed for promotion to my predecessor, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who blocked his progress.” Viganò said, “These facts clearly show how the ‘gay mafia’ operates.”
    George Neumayr of The American Spectator has reported that Catholic University of America alumni said Msgr. Rossi had “groomed” male students and even suggested having group sex. Neumayr cited an unidentified “archdiocesan source” who said Rossi rewarded men for submitting to him while persecuting those who did not. That source claimed that Rossi is a “gay sexual harasser” of students at CUA. Rossi is a member of the CUA board, as are Cardinals Timothy Dolan, Blase Cupich, and Daniel DiNardo, as well as several bishops.Viganò noted that Msgr. Rossi has connections to Bishop Michael Bransfield, Rossi’s immediate predecessor at the basilicawho was suspended after evidence emerged of his sexual assaults on seminarians and misappropriation of millions of dollars for personal expenses — and then-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who chose Rossi to replace Bransfield. Bransfield was noted for giving sizeable monetary gifts to bishops and priests. Once revelations of his behavior were made public, many of those gifts were returned. Viganò told LifeSiteNews that a monetary gift he received from Bransfield was immediately turned over to a Church charity for African seminarians.Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore is conducting an investigation into Bransfield. McCarrick is the disgraced former archbishop of Washington, D.C. whom Pope Francis laicized because of allegations of serial sexual abuse, including pedophilia.“In fact, his successor as rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Walter Rossi, he was appointed there by McCarrick the same year that Bransfield was appointed bishop,” Viganò said.A spokesperson responded to Church Militant to accusations against Rossi:The National Shrine has never received any credible allegations of improper conduct by Monsignor Rossi. To the contrary, in 2018 Monsignor Rossi publicly condemned the issues of abuse that have plagued the Catholic Church (statement attached). The recent claims by Archbishop Viganò are baseless and without merit or substantiation.In the face of push-back by some sectors of the Catholic Church, Viganò recently told the Washington Post:Not only have my testimonies not been denied, but some of the facts they contain have been independently confirmed. To cite just two examples, the letter of [then-Archbishop Leonardo] Sandri to Father [Boniface] Ramsey [of New York] confirmed my assertion that Vatican officials knew of the McCarrick allegations as early as 2000, and Cardinal [Marc] Ouellet, in his open letter to me, confirmed that he told me in person and then put in writing the restrictions imposed by Pope Benedict on McCarrick.Viganò, who is now in hiding, also told the Washington Post that homosexuality within the priesthood and bishops who engage in cover-ups continue to afflict the Church. He wrote, “[T]he ‘gay mafia’ among bishops is bound together not by shared sexual intimacy but by a shared interest in protecting and advancing one another professionally and sabotaging all efforts at reform.” Viganò also wrote, “It is not pedophiles but gay priests preying on post-pubertal boys who have bankrupted the U.S. dioceses.” He cited Fr. Paul Sullins of the Ruth Institute, who reported in “Is Catholic clergy sex abuse related to homosexual priests?” that the share of homosexual men admitted to the priesthood rose from “twice that of the general population in the 1950s to eight times the general population in the 1980s. This trend was strongly correlated with increasing child sex abuse.” Sullins also reported, “Estimates from these findings predict that, had the proportion of homosexual priests remained at the 1950s level, at least 12,000 fewer children, mostly boys, would have suffered abuse."Given this “overwhelming evidence,” Viganò said it is “mindboggling” that homosexuality has not been addressed in recent Church documents, including the unprecedented February 2019 Vatican conference on sexual abuse. Vigano wrote, “Given the overwhelming evidence, it is mind-boggling that the word ‘homosexuality’ has not appeared once, in any of the recent official documents of the Holy See, including the two Synods on the Family, the one on Youth, and the recent Summit last February.”

    Archbishop Viganò Confirms Allegations About Monsignor Rossi 

    The Rite of Sodomy

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    The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is quickly approaching! Do you know how to pray the novena? If not, here’s

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  10. Site: Public Discourse
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    Author: Glenn Moots

    When Ellis Sandoz published the definitive collection of early American political sermons with Liberty Fund in 1991, the timing of its appearance—just prior to the militia movement of the 1990s—was fortuitous. Sandoz soon joked that his sermon anthology was a bestseller at gun shows.

    Sandoz appreciated that Americans were what President Obama later called “bitter clingers” who held tightly to God with one hand and to a gun with the other. The earliest historians of the American Revolution, David Ramsay and Joseph Galloway, noted something similar when giving reasons for the conflict. The religious roots of the Revolution were emphasized a century later during the Civil War by John Wingate Thornton, Frank Moore, and J.T. Headley, and the idea is reaffirmed today by scholars like James Byrd and Thomas Kidd. A current textbook on the Second Amendment assigned in law schools includes Rev. Jonathan Mayhew’s powerful 1750 sermon on revolution: A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers.

    Four new books consider the complicated relationship of religion and politics in Revolutionary America. Each invites us to reexamine the precise role of religion in the conflict. What we must also consider, however, is how well contemporary scholars really understand eighteenth-century Americans.

    Christian Nationalism or Christian Unity?

    In Unity in Christ and Country: American Presbyterians in the Revolutionary Era, 1758–1801, William Harrison Taylor, associate professor of history at Alabama State University, demonstrates how sectionalism and nationalism in the new republic challenged an entire denomination’s desire to wed patriotism and piety. Presbyterians sought a Christian nation, and they wrestled with what it meant to be a chosen nation and to advance Christian nationalism.

    Taylor’s story begins in 1758, when Presbyterians attempted both to heal a twenty-year schism (caused by the Great Awakening) in its own ranks and to build alliances with other denominations. Unity required overlooking some doctrinal differences and respecting the “liberty of conscience” that would be endorsed in the American version of the Westminster Confession (1788). Presbyterians and their Congregationalist partners opposed appointment of an Anglican bishop in America as well as the imposition of taxes during the imperial crisis, but the Revolution that their complaints helped to inspire spurred national soul-searching for repentance and virtue. Sent to quell the rebellion, British commanders cared much less for soul-searching. They recalled the English Civil War and used the occasion to target not only Congregationalists but also Presbyterians, both of whom they considered no different from Puritan opponents of Charles I.

    After independence, Presbyterian unification in the South faltered. While pro-slavery Presbyterians forced some compromise from their opponents, Taylor argues that the synod’s 1787 slave policy was not based on fear or racism as such. The tipping point in the South actually came from controversies within the denominational tradition—exclusive psalmody, for example. When post-Revolution revivals sparked controversies over liturgical and theological modifications, many southern Presbyterians, rejecting the national leadership of the General Assembly, formed autonomous local organizations.

    Taylor’s account is an important contribution to denominational and American history, but he ignores the Covenanter Presbyterians who insisted on both the abolition of slavery and including Christ in the Constitution. Taylor also carelessly refers to a Presbyterian desire for “Christendom,” but gives no attention to what “Christendom” meant or whether such a thing was even remotely possible in America in the eighteenth century.

    Religious Political Rhetoric: Pious or Cynical?

    In Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America, Spencer McBride, editor of the papers of Joseph Smith, suggests a more cynical view of religion’s relationship to politics. McBride argues that political leaders encouraged clergy to “politicize” religious language and symbols in the service of the new nation. But McBride erroneously presupposes that clergy did not engage with large-scale political questions before the Stamp Act Crisis. Even a cursory survey of political sermons (especially colonial wartime sermons) shows that ministers were very much concerned with political matters decades before the imperial crisis and far beyond their parishes. To presume that clergy had no legal or philosophical opinions until given some by revolutionary firebrands is to confuse the clergy of the magisterial Protestant traditions with Anabaptists, Moravians, or Quakers.

    McBride presumes that his eighteenth-century subjects shared his own, questionable presumptions about religion and politics. For example, he insists that words and symbols must be either “religious” or “pragmatic.” Religion must “purify” politics or else be “tainted” by it. He casts Benjamin Franklin’s proposal that an image of Israelites crossing the Red Sea become the national seal as a “canny” move by a “deistical Pennsylvanian.” Would McBride cast the same cynical light on Martin Luther King’s use of the symbol? Likewise, he considers Washington’s rule prohibiting profanity among soldiers as insincere, if it was not intended to “honor religion for its own sake.” McBride asserts that “neither the king’s fast day proclamations nor those made by Congress can be viewed simply as religious expressions.” Why must they be either simply religious expressions or simply political expressions? At worst, McBride’s understanding of Christianity is gnostic and otherworldly. At best, it is ahistorical.

    Despite some impressive research, McBride reveals a troubling lack of background knowledge: Revolutionary army chaplains (apart from a very few Catholic exceptions) did not administer “last rites” as part of their regular duties, and Presbyterian minister John Joachim Zubly was neither a Lutheran nor an “ordained priest,” as McBride claims. McBride also misunderstands why New England delegates objected to a minister serving as a congressional delegate. He deploys terms like “Enlightenment” or “deist” in a way inappropriate at least since Henry May’s The Enlightenment in America (1976), and he appears unaware of the vast body of Protestant political arguments made in the two centuries before the Revolution.

    The Roots of Rights: Reason or Revelation?

    Similar shortcomings mar Father of Liberty: Jonathan Mayhew and the Principles of the American Revolution by J. Patrick Mullins, assistant professor of history at Marquette University and protégé of the late Lance Banning.

    Mullins’s subject, Jonathan Mayhew, has long been a focal point for scholars of the American Revolution and American political thought. Mullins asserts that Mayhew’s love of liberty depended on “the religious and political ideas of the British Enlightenment” and “natural religion.” What Mullins calls the “sacralization of reason” supposedly enabled “such radical moral abstractions as natural human rights, popular sovereignty, consensual government, and the right of resistance.” Mullins therefore hopes to link a particularly radical approach to reason and revelation with a particularly radical approach to politics.

    However, this argument presumes that the Reformed Protestant tradition was exclusively biblicist and eschewed reason. One does not have to look far for evidence to the contrary: consider Calvin’s praise of reason in Book 2 of his Institutes (“reason is competent to govern man in temporal things, including political matters”), the Canons of Dort, or Heinrich Bullinger’s Second Helvetic Confession. Puritans and Reformed scholastics commonly appealed to reason, natural religion, and civic virtue—as Wallace Marshall and Stephen Wolfe have recently shown. Given this larger context, Mullins’s central thesis is unconvincing.

    This alleged zero-sum game between reason and revelation is not only inconsistent with the Reformed tradition that birthed Mayhew’s Congregationalism, it ignores how the American Enlightenment accommodated diverse views that we might think inconsistent but that eighteenth-century intellectuals did not. Consider, for example, Cotton Mather’s regular and fearless use of John Locke in his Biblia Americana. When presented in the larger context of Anglo-American Protestant political thought, it is not evident that theological liberalism was sufficient or even necessary for a particular kind of political thinking. Furthermore, Mayhew’s concern for “secular” rights and liberties (especially in the French and Indian War) was hardly unique to himself. Ministers had expressed such concerns at least since the colonial wars of the 1740s.

    Theological liberalism like Mayhew’s was not prerequisite for resistance: revolution was already dialed up to eleven in the regicide of Charles I, celebrated by Mayhew in 1750. Mayhew’s rhetoric, like that of other ministers, is indeed Lockean, but he did not need what Bernard Bailyn called “the Lockeanism of St. Paul” to argue for resistance or disobedience. Justification for both had already been synthesized from secular and sacred sources by Marian exiles, French Huguenots, Scottish Presbyterians, and New England Puritans in the previous century.

    Two centuries of argument demonstrate not a sacred-secular dichotomy but a cooperative defense of law, liberty, and virtue. Mullins seems to recognize as much when he says that “New England Congregational Clergy took the right of resistance for granted.” Unfortunately, he then asserts Mayhew to be at the center of a “cultural change.” Mayhew was certainly a firebrand, but he should not be confused with Prometheus.

    Evangelicalism or Enlightenment?

    John Oakes, former fellow at both Yale and Harvard, exemplifies a more persuasive and precise approach to the interplay of religion and politics in Conservative Revolutionaries: Transformation and Tradition in the Religious and Political Thought of Charles Chauncy and Jonathan Mayhew. In a close study of both Mayhew and Rev. Charles Chauncy, Oakes situates their work amid their contemporaries and demonstrates that Mayhew and Chauncy were moderates, not radicals. Both men justified their opinions from scripture and occasionally even from Church Fathers; they held a Christocentric theology and emphasized personal righteousness; they opposed episcopacy and Roman Catholicism. Furthermore, both retained many traditional political opinions even during the imperial crisis: appreciation for social hierarchy (“natural order”), monarchy, and British constitutionalism. Their eventual arguments for resistance deployed traditional constitutional and theological reasoning, and neither was eager to reject imperial authority as such. They maintained a providentialist (rather than a deistic) understanding of warfare and political affairs generally.

    Insofar as Chauncy and Mayhew were heterodox (for example, Mayhew came to embrace subordinationist Christology, and Chauncy became a universalist), Oakes argues that radical theological positions were in no way catalysts for particular political positions. Contra Mullins, Oakes argues, “Mayhew’s understanding of spiritual liberty had little to do with later notions of personal freedom ‘as an individual right.’ It had more to do with the traditional Puritan one which . . . John Winthrop described.”

    Contra McBride, Oakes also rejects any suggestion of a secular vs. sacred or religious vs. political dichotomy in either minister. Oakes’s most important case study for this concerns Mayhew’s and Chauncy’s ambivalent and ambiguous use of the term “liberty.” Though both cast natural liberty in Lockean terms, their understanding of civil liberty and its relationship to spiritual liberty was both nuanced and complex. Chauncy and Mayhew therefore serve as proof not of a split between evangelicalism and the Enlightenment, but as evidence of their compatibility in late eighteenth-century America.

    False Choices

    Ramsay and Galloway and subsequent generations of historians got it right: religion played an essential role in the politics of the American Revolution. However, eighteenth-century ministers and statesmen were not obliged to choose between pragmatism or piety, orthodoxy or heterodoxy, reason or revelation. We should not force our subjects to choose sides simply because we are too attached to the artificial and inappropriate categories of modern scholarship. Instead, we should do our best to understand the worldview of eighteenth-century Americans.

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  12. Site: Community in Mission
    2 hours 29 min ago
    Author: Msgr. Charles Pope

    When I was a good bit younger – in college, actually – I took a few courses in economics and marketing. I remember thinking to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” because it seemed to me that things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God wants us to pray, but everyone I ever asked admitted that prayer was difficult even if the specific reasons were different in each case. I wondered why God didn’t just make prayer delightful. “Yes,” I thought, “God has a bad marketing plan.”

    God isn’t selling products, of course—He’s raising children. He’s healing hearts, and heart surgery is a lengthy procedure that often involves pain for the patient. Many purifications, mortifications, and changes are going to be necessary if we want to attain holiness and get to Heaven.

    Let’s look at three reasons our soul needs purification. Note that purifications of the soul are akin to, but distinct from, the mortifications necessary for our body to control the passions related to it (e.g., gluttony, lust, and greed). Our soul, too, can be weighed down with excesses and defects.

    Drawing from the spiritual masters and St. Thomas Aquinas, Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange details three reasons that our soul needs purification, especially as we begin to make progress. They are spiritual pride, spiritual gluttony, and spiritual sloth. Each of these brings conditions and temptations to a soul that is beginning to make some progress in prayer and fervency. The very gifts of progress and fervency are also possible dangers to the ongoing growth that is needed. God purifies us in different ways in order to avoid having these traps capture us entirely.

    Let’s look at each in turn. The writing is my own, but the insights and inspiration came from Fr. Garrigou-LaGrange’s Three Ages of the Interior Life, Volume two, pp. 44ff, Tan Publications.

    I. Spiritual pride – This comes when a person, having made some progress and experienced consolations as well as the deeper prayer of a proficient, begins to consider himself a spiritual master. He may also start to pass judgement on others who seem to have made less progress.

    A person afflicted with spiritual pride often “shops around” for a spiritual director, looking for someone who affirms rather than challenges his insights. Further, he tends to minimize his sins out of a desire to appear better than he really is.

    Soon enough he becomes a Pharisee of sorts, regarding himself too favorably and others too harshly. He also tends towards hypocrisy, playing the role of a spiritual master and proficient, when he is not.

    God, therefore, must often humble the soul that has begun to make progress. In a certain sense He slows the growth, lest the greatest enemy—pride—claim all the growth.

    II. Spiritual sensuality – This is a kind of spiritual gluttony, which consists in being immoderately attached to spiritual consolations. God does sometimes grant these to the soul, but the danger is that the consolations can come to be sought for their own sake. One starts to love the consolations of God more than the God of all consolations. Growth in the love of God for His own sake can easily be lost or become confused and entangled. Even worse, it may become contingent upon consolations, visions, and the like.

    Hence, God must often withhold consolations so that the soul can master the discipline of prayer with or without consolations and learn to love God for His own sake. Uncorrected, spiritual gluttony can lead to spiritual sloth.

    III. Spiritual sloth – This emerges when spiritual gluttony or other expectations of prayer are not met. There sets up a kind of impatience or even disgust for prayer and for the narrow way of the spiritual life. Flowing from this is discouragement, a sluggishness that cancels zeal, and the dissipation of prayer and other spiritual practices. One begins to fall prey to distraction, to make excuses to avoid prayer, and to shorten prayer and other spiritual exercises or do them in a perfunctory manner.

    Here, too, God must seek to purify the soul of attachment to consolations, lest such sloth lead to a complete disgust and a refusal to walk the narrow way of the spiritual life. The Lord can effect this sort of purification through a spiritual director who insists on prayer no matter how difficult. God sometimes uses certain seasons such as Lent and Advent or other ember days to bring greater zeal to the soul weighed down by spiritual sloth.

    Clearly, God must correct spiritual sloth and help us to accept Him and prayer on His terms, not ours. The insistence on delight and consolations on our own terms is a great enemy to the docility and humility necessary for true growth.

    Yes, we need many purifications, whether we like to admit it or not. We might like to think that our spiritual life would be free from excess or defect or at least would be a sign of great progress, but often even the most beautiful prayer experiences and spiritual stages are replete with the need for purification and further growth. Perhaps this is what Isaiah meant when he wrote,

    In our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?  We have all become like one who is unclean, and even our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment (Is 64:5-6).

    This song says, “Fix me, Jesus; Fix me.”

    Cross-posted with the Catholic Standard: Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

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    Author: Julia Meloni

    It’s 2029, and, by necessity, you’re attending a “group-conducted” Mass celebrated by Jerry the bus driver, Charles the bank manager, and Josh the carpenter.

    You’re in the Church dreamed up by the Amazon synod’s radical muse, Bishop Fritz Lobinger. After Pope Francis hailed Lobinger’s work, you saw that 2019 synod clinch the ordination of married “elders” — a practice that then spread, predictably, to Germany, the U.S., and elsewhere.

    You’d think — to borrow a phrase from Lobinger — that everyone would find it “deeply shocking to suddenly see Mass celebrated by the bank manager, the bus driver, the carpenter.”

    But you had been readied for the innovation.

    Before they were ordained, Jerry, Charles, and Josh would join Fr. Bob at the altar, dressed in liturgical garb, and conduct as many parts of the liturgy as possible. Now Jerry, Charles, and Josh are celebrating their own group-led Mass because Lobinger says Jesus didn’t “sit isolated” at the Last Supper.

    Under Lobinger’s bifurcation of the priesthood, Jerry the bus driver is a distinct kind of priest who was trained through “weekend courses.” He dresses in his usual garb, is addressed by his normal name, and is called an “elder” to distinguish him from the other type of priest. Fr. Bob, meanwhile, has metamorphosed into an “animator” priest, forming all the architects and sandwich artists who now say Mass and hear confessions in his place.

    Jerry was ordained in a group because one-person ordinations perpetuate a “providing Church” with a “deplorable passive consumer attitude.” Jerry is there not just to “provide” the sacraments until a “real priest” comes. He and the other part-time priests are there to implement Vatican II–inspired “participation.”

    Now a new synod called by the pope will examine whether Fr. Bob can marry and whether Jerry’s wife Susan can be ordained, too. They said the Amazon synod was about “solving the priestly shortage”? It was about permanently revolutionizing the priesthood and Mass.

    “If the shortage of priests were the actual reason for ordaining community leaders, then we should discontinue the practice as soon as we have sufficient priests,” Lobinger admits in his seminal book Like His Brothers and Sisters.[i]

    According to his later book The Empty Altar, “our motive” is really that “we ourselves should say, ‘Do this in memory of me.’” He explains that it’s “more appropriate” for married elders — not outside priests — to say those words, which call us to “remember” that Jesus came to “heal the sick,” “uplift the weak,” and promote “unity.” He presents a picture of three elders uttering those words at the altar, encircled by a standing community.

    Like Pope Francis — who has enthusiastically read three of Lobinger’s books — Lobinger is locked in a war against “clericalism.” Lobinger wants to abandon a “clergy-led Church” and the “idea of the provider-priest” who supplies almost “magical” sacraments. He laments areas where laypeople have “little active share” in a liturgy that is “otherworldly with no intent to influence social change.”

    He reads the “signs of the times” and perceives the people’s desire for “participation” in “a community of equals.”

    Jerry the bus driver and his friends are thus at the altar to symbolize that it’s the “community” that’s celebrating the liturgy — further blurring the lines between the people and the traditional priest. They’re there to signify that the Eucharist is a “family meal” at a “family table” headed by family “elders” — further obfuscating and occluding the Mass’s nature as a sacrifice.

    Lobinger foresaw that “a general permission [for ordaining married elders] would cause severe shock throughout the Church” — and spark “fierce opposition from the conservatives.” He predicted that “militant conservatives” would resist his initiative the more they realized that the practice “is not just a temporary emergency solution but a new image of the local community.”

    So he cleverly planned to introduce the ordination of married elders as an exception to a “rule which is officially retained.” He reasoned that conservative threats would stall if certain areas just “ask for an exceptional permission which does not question the existing law of universal celibacy.”

    Ultimately, the “whole Church will need” married elders, Lobinger recently confirmed.

    The Amazon synod thus set into motion a sly long game. Lobinger admits that after the start of the “post-transition” stage, certain existing priests will be granted exceptions to marry. He admits the “danger” that “what started as exceptions will become widespread praxis.”

    He admits that vocations to the full-time priesthood of the “animators” will decrease. In The Empty Altar, he sanguinely remarks that a higher ratio of elders to priests (such as 20:1) will prevent the people from seeking out priests for liturgies and sacraments. Ultimately, the people must “overcome the stage where they prefer to be served by a priest” instead of married elders.

    As Lobinger has repeatedly suggested, ordaining married elders will pave the way for ordaining women. As he puts it in Like His Brothers and Sisters:

    [Ordaining married elders] will change the image of priesthood. It will gradually replace a clerical kind of priests with a community-based model. This would make the ordination of women much more attractive to many women and more acceptable to men[.] … The first hurdle to be taken must … be the inclusion of women in the diaconate, a question which is open to debate in the Church.

    Ultimately, Lobinger ominously says the priesthood of the elders “will and must evolve.” We’ll then have a perpetually evolving priesthood to match a perpetually evolving Mass.

    For now, it’s 2029, and you’re at the “group-conducted” Mass, closing your eyes. You’re trying to picture Fr. Stephen celebrating a Tridentine liturgy, trying to see Christ the high priest and His sacrifice at Calvary, trying to erase every image of a quotidian, man-centered, “unity”-building “family meal” led by “family elders.”

    “Do this in memory of me,” say Jerry, Josh, and Charles, smiling.

    Image: Bishop Fritz Lobinger (right). Photo credit: YouTube screen shot from Spotlight Africa.

    [i] Unless otherwise indicated, all subsequent quotations of Lobinger come from this book.

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    Author: Micaiah Bilger

    Democrats in Congress passed a bill Wednesday to restore the taxpayer funding that President Donald Trump cut from Planned Parenthood and other international abortion groups.

    The $1 trillion spending bill passed the U.S. House in a 226-203 vote, with seven Democrats joining all Republicans to vote against the measure, The Hill reports. The bill provides funds for the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, as well as foreign aid.

    It also would eliminate the Mexico City policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding to groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. Trump reinstated and expanded the pro-life policy in one of his first acts as president. Historically, Republican presidents have enacted the policy since Ronald Reagan, while Democratic presidents have repealed it.

    Under the Trump administration, the policy defunded Planned Parenthood’s international arm of about $100 million in U.S. tax dollars. It took tax dollars away from the British-based abortion chain Marie Stopes International as well.

    The International Planned Parenthood Federation performed more than 1 million abortions in 2016 and received more than $27 million in U.S. government grants in 2015-2016 under pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

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    Now, Democratic leaders want to see that funding restored. Though the spending bill passed the House, it is not likely to pass the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate.

    Party leaders are pushing for taxpayer-funded abortions through the repeal of the Hyde Amendment as well. The Hyde Amendment is a four-decades-old measure that historically has had strong bipartisan support. However, the new Democratic Party platform calls for the amendment to be repealed, and the leading Democrats running for president support the platform.

    Polls indicate that most Americans do not want their tax dollars to fund the killing of unborn babies. In 2016, when Hillary Clinton campaigned on the same issue, a Harvard University poll found that 36 percent of likely voters support overturning the Hyde Amendment.

    Interestingly, the poll also found that voters who make more than $75,000 were more supportive of forcing taxpayers to fund abortions (45 percent in favor), while those who make $25,000 or less were strongly against it (24 percent in favor). In other words, the people most likely to qualify for a Medicaid-covered, taxpayer-funded abortion are the ones most likely to oppose it.

    A January poll by Marist University found similarly strong opposition, with 75 percent saying they oppose taxpayer-funded abortions and 19 percent support them.

    Last week, former Vice President Joe Biden said he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment. If elected president, he would try to force taxpayers to pay for the killing of unborn babies.

  19. Site: Catholic Collar And Tie
    4 hours 36 min ago
       (Our E.F. Betrothal (engagement) ceremony; June 9th 2018)

    I am writing to share some happy news with you. This past year and a half has been very eventful for me, encompassing both sadness and joy. I have become engaged to Stephanie Hogan (that's us in the picture above) which is a joy; embarked upon a new career, which is a challenge, and recently relocated to the South of England, 300+ miles away from family and friends, which has brought some sadness.  Still, it has reminded me of how much love an affection I have enjoyed during my life -and am still privileged to have. It is sad that many of my friends and family are unable to join us for the wedding due to the distance, but I know they hold us in their hearts and prayers, and I look forward to celebrating the Holy Sacrifice with them all in Durham a fortnight after the wedding (post honeymoon!)
    On the topic of 'joining us'...I extend an invitation to both Masses: our Nuptial Mass and the Mass in Durham for our intentions. While every Mass is a public event, Stephanie and I warmly invite you to join us. For those who are unable to attend the wedding, the parish live-streams all its Masses so here is where you can join us on-line:  https://www.bournemouthoratory.org.uk/live-feed/
    The details of our wedding are below. We humbly ask your prayers for our needs and intentions, and for our loved ones both near and far. We shall be praying for you too, that the Lord will sanctify us all and lead us all to the eternal enjoyment of the Beatific Vision.

    Nuptial Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary FormSaturday 22nd June 2019 at 2:30pmat the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart,Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, BH1 1BZ

    Sung Mass in the Extraordinary FormFollowed by a small buffetSaturday 6th July 2019 at 12 noonat Sacred Heart and English Martyrs Catholic Church,Dunelm Road, Thornley, County Durham, DH6 2UG

  20. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    4 hours 46 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    From a reader…


    Someone told me that I am bound to attend mass at my territorial parish, even though it is a rule that is not followed by many people. I was told this as reason for why I should not be attending the TLM at a church about 30 minutes away from my house. Is this true? Am I required to attend mass only at my territorial parish church?

    In the 1983 Code of Canon Law we find that on Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass (can. 1247).  We also find that, “a person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass.(can. 1248 §1).

    Hence, you can go to Mass anywhere, so long as it is a Catholic Mass.

    In the older Code, now superseded by the 1983 Code, there was a stronger obligation to attend one’s local parish.

    Keep in mind also that there are different kinds of parishes.  Some are territorial and some are personal.   An example of a personal parish is my home parish in St. Paul, St. Agnes, which founded within the boundaries of a territorial parish but for immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and German speakers.  Some parishes today are for certain ethnic or immigrant groups or even TLM parishes for those who want tradition.

    But it you don’t belong to one of these personal parishes, then you are probably under the jurisdiction of the pastor of the local territorial parish.  You are not obliged to attend Mass there, but the local pastor can still have a say in your life, when it comes to sacraments.  Say, for example, you live in one territorial parish, but you are attend Mass in a different territorial parish.  You get involved, find a gal, and want to get married.  Your true, local territorial pastor must give permission to the other territorial pastor.

    Many people find a parish across town which they prefer.  They “register” in the parish.  That doesn’t make you a member (unless, for example, there are “personal parish” issues).  Registration helps for when you need some service, but you are not thereby a member.

    Keep in mind that, out of justice, if you are receiving services from a parish, you should be supporting the parish financially (or an equivalent) as well.

    Ironically, were pastors of parishes to follow the prescripts of law that outlines what their duties are, fewer people would want to escape to another place.   If pastors insist on their prerogatives outlined by law, then lay people should do the same.

  21. Site: LifeNews
    5 hours 14 sec ago
    Author: Cheryl Sullenger

    The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, which is locked in a licensing battle with Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, has filed a motion to unseal a May 28, 2019, Statement of Deficiencies and cover letter that was quickly sealed by order of Judge Michael Stelzer at RHS Planned Parenthood’s request before the DHSS had the opportunity to respond.

    The state’s motion asks the court to unseal the documents because it was not allowed the opportunity to reply. It also provides information to debunk what the DHSS says are “meritless” arguments made by RHS Planned Parenthood in their motion to seal the record.

    It is easy to see why RHS Planned Parenthood was desperate to have the Statement of Deficiencies sealed.

    “It’s clear that RHS Planned Parenthood was attempting to hide the incriminating information contained in the report because it completely destroys their arguments that they provide safe abortions and are being somehow wrongly persecuted by the DHSS,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which obtained a copy of the documents and published them prior to them being sealed by the Court.

    The 62-page Statement of Deficiencies contained horrifying information about deficient patient care practices that resulted in the hospitalization of four women who had suffered botched abortion procedures at RHS Planned Parenthood. In some cases, women were forced to endure multiple abortion attempts for the same pregnancy.

    How this fits into the bigger case

    At issue in the case is RHS Planned Parenthood’s facility license, which expired on May 31, 2019.  At that time, the DHSS was conducting an investigation into seriously deficient patient care practices at the abortion facility and had not yet had the opportunity to conclude that investigation due to Planned Parenthood’s obstructive behavior before the license expired.

    The DHSS sought to interview seven licensed physicians involved in the adverse patient outcomes.  Two cooperated with the investigations, but the other five hired attorneys and have refused to be interviewed. Subpoenas issued to the seven physicians and two staffers of RHS Planned Parenthood were quashed by Judge Stelzer.

    Planned Parenthood then filed suit and obtained a temporary restraining order and later a preliminary injunction that prevented its license from expiring until “further order of the court.”  Judge Stelzer, an appointee of former Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, ordered the DHSS to make a decision on whether to relicense RHS Planned Parenthood by June 21, 2019.

    “Judge Stelzer is a city judge that is used to dealing with municipal issues, not matters related to state agencies or abortion laws,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It’s a bit of a wonder how he even has jurisdiction over the Department of Health and Senior Services.”

    In turn, the DHSS issued the Statement of Deficiencies to RHS Planned Parenthood and ordered them to submit a detailed and acceptable plan of correction by June 18, 2019.  It is currently unknown if the plan of correction was submitted by the deadline.

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    Why unseal the report?

    Planned Parenthood indicated that releasing the Statement of Deficiencies was a violation of Missouri law, when in fact, Missouri Law specifies that Statements of Deficiencies “shall be made available to the public.”

    Planned Parenthood also alleged that the release of the Statement of Deficiencies was a violation of HIPAA privacy laws and risked identifying patients involved in their botched abortions. The DHSS is emphatic that no patient or staff identifying information is contained in the Statement of Deficiencies – a fact that is supported by the report itself.

    The DHSS argues that it has released similar reports even in the current case and never has a single patient ever been identified.  In fact, Planned Parenthood referenced no part of the report that it believes might compromise patient privacy – because there isn’t any.

    RHS Planned Parenthood pretended to be unaware that the Department’s Division of Regulation and Licensure is not a “covered entity” under HIPAA, so there can be no HIPAA violation.  However, the DHSS motion stated that RHS Planned Parenthood “has been on notice of this determination for many years.”

    But even the Department was a covered entity, it released no information that would violate HIPAA privacy laws.  RHS Planned Parenthood’s dubious “concern rests entirely on unsupported speculation,” the motion stated.

    Planned Parenthood’s Playbook

    It is clear that the public’s right to know outweighs RHS Planned Parenthood’s baseless conjecture, which is often enough to intimidate agencies into keeping records from the public.

    “This is a page from Planned Parenthood’s standard playbook,” said Newman.  “They threaten agencies with raw speculation about HIPAA violations in order to intimidate the agency to keep their secrets about botched abortions and other abuses.  We see it all the time in our efforts to obtain public information, such as 911 records.  In many jurisdictions that we were able to easily and quickly get those public records, once we publish the documents related to medical emergencies at Planned Parenthood clinics, our other requests are then denied using the HIPAA excuse.  That’s not a coincidence.  It’s cause and effect.”

    In fact, Operation Rescue was forced to sue for public 911 records related to RHS Planned Parenthood after the St. Louis Fire Department, which once simply redacted identifying information then freely released such records, suddenly denied all requests.

    Over the past ten years, Operation Rescue, with the help of local activists, has documented 74 medical emergencies at RHS Planned Parenthood. Although Planned Parenthood alleges that not all 74 were related to medical emergencies, documentation obtained from the St. Louis Fire Department suit indicates otherwise, with hemorrhaging being the most common complication noted.

    “We are so glad that Missouri officials are standing up to this intimidation tactic and misuse of HIPAA. The public has a right to know if this abortion facility is in compliance with the laws and regulations. Right now, it looks like RHS Planned Parenthood is not,” said Newman.

    As of this writing, Judge Stelzer has yet to rule on the state’s motion to unseal the Statement of Deficiencies and cover letter, which are posted in full below. (Obtained before they were placed under seal.) A status hearing is set for Friday, June 21, at 10:00 a.m.


    Note: The Court just posted an update (as of 3:06 p.m. 6/19/2019) on the time of the June 21, 2019, hearing. The article now reflects that new time.

    1922-CC02395 – 6-13-2019 – … by on Scribd

    LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue.
  22. Site: LifeNews
    5 hours 20 min ago
    Author: Micaiah Bilger

    The Trump administration was thwarted again this week in its efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups of federal taxpayer dollars.

    The Baltimore Sun reports U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett blocked a new Trump administration rule that prohibits abortion providers from receiving Title X funds unless they completely separate their abortion businesses from their health care services.

    Baltimore city leaders sued to block the rule earlier this spring, and Bennett granted a temporary injunction this week, according to the report. City leaders argued that they could lose about $1.4 million if the rule goes into effect.

    “This week’s ruling is a win for public health and for Baltimore City residents,” said city health commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa. “We know that those most affected by the proposed rule are families with the least access to resources, especially those who are uninsured. We simply cannot politicize health care services, and this preliminary injunction is the right decision for equitably delivered, high quality healthcare.”

    Dzirasa took over the job from Leana Wen when she became the new president of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America.

    Wen blasted the rule as “unethical, illegal, and dangerous” in March because it does not treat the killing of unborn babies as health care.

    Title X funds help low-income women and men receive birth control, cancer screenings and other health care services. While the tax money cannot be used to pay for abortions, it indirectly funds Planned Parenthood’s vast abortion business.

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    In March, the Trump administration finalized a new Title X rule that requires health care entities to completely separate abortion from their taxpayer-funded services. Planned Parenthood, which receives about $60 million annually through the program, said it will not comply.

    Abortion providers and Democratic leaders in 22 states quickly filed lawsuits challenging the rule.

    The first lawsuit, filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, asked the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to block the new Title X rule before it goes into effect. The second lawsuit includes Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

    Several judges nominated by pro-abortion President Barack Obama already have blocked the rule in a number of states.

    The abortion chain Planned Parenthood sees about 1.5 million a year through Title X, and its services through the program, including cancer screenings and birth control, have been dropping steadily for years, according to its own annual reports. Meanwhile, its abortion numbers have been growing – a clear indication of its true focus.

    It is Planned Parenthood that is choosing not to comply with the rule by making abortion its “core mission,” rather than real health care. The abortion chain could continue to receive Title X funds if it stops aborting unborn babies or if it completely separates its abortion business from the real health care services it provides. But Planned Parenthood made it clear that it will not.

    Meanwhile, community health centers vastly outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities and provide far more comprehensive medical services to low-income and minority women across the country. They still have access to those funds, assuring that low-income individuals still will have a options for their medical needs.

    What success the lawsuits ultimately will have remains uncertain. In 1991, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar rule from President Ronald Reagan’s administration in Rust v. Sullivan. However, because of the lengthy legal challenge, the rule never went into effect. President Bill Clinton eliminated the rule when he took office soon after the Supreme Court decision.

  23. Site: RT - News
    5 hours 37 min ago
    Author: RT
    Filipino-American model Geena Rocero will make history as the first Asian Pacific Islander to pose for a Playboy centerfold. She also happens to be transgender.
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  24. Site: Novus Motus Liturgicus
    5 hours 47 min ago
    Our next major photopost will be for Corpus Christi, which is celebrated either tomorrow, June 20, or this coming Sunday, June 23. Please send your photos (whether of the Ordinary or Extraordinary Form) to photopost@newliturgicalmovement.org for inclusion. Of course, we are especially glad to include pictures of Eucharistic Processions, one of the major features of this feast, but also those of celebrations in other rites, as well as Vespers and other parts of the Office. Please be sure to include the name and location of the church, and always feel free to add any other information you think important.

    After several years in which we received enough submissions to make three separate posts, last year we got up to four, plus two special posts – let’s keep this tradition going, as we continue the important work of evangelizing through beauty!

    From our first Corpus Christi photopost of last year: the Eucharistic Procession at Bl. Charles de Foucault Monastery in La Marsa, Tunisia.
    From the second post: expert young thurifers at the church of St Catherine of Siena in Columbus, Ohio.From the third post: the canopy carried over the Blessed Sacrament at the Collegiate Church of St Just, home of the FSSP’s apostolate in Lyon, France.From the fourth post: frequent contributor Arrys Ortañez outdoes himself with this beautiful photo of the Eucharistic Procession at Holy Innocents in New York City.From a post on the Ambrosian Rite celebration of Corpus Christi: Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass at Santa Maria della Consolazione, with the classic Ambrosian cylindrical monstrance, and red vestments, which are used from Pentecost to the feast of the cathedral’s dedication on the third Sunday of October.From a post on the Eucharistic Procession at Trinità dei Pellegrini, the FSSP church in Rome: the sacristan of the nearby church of Santa Maria della Quercia, following an old Italian custom, waves a thurible at the door of his church as the Blessed Sacrament passes by.  
  25. Site: LifeNews
    5 hours 57 min ago
    Author: Right to Life of Michigan

    Today the Michigan Board of State Canvassers approved the summary and form of the Michigan Values Life petition to ban dismemberment abortions (D&E) in Michigan.

    Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “Our affiliates and volunteers around the state are excited we’re able to begin collecting signatures to end this barbaric procedure in Michigan.”

    Michigan Values Life is the name of the committee Right to Life of Michigan organized to collect signatures to initiate the legislation into the Michigan Legislature. The legislation can be passed into law by majority votes in the Legislature with no input from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who has promised to veto the legislation.

    he dismemberment ban itself is the same as the bills passed by the Michigan House and Senate in May. A section has been added allowing the Michigan Legislature to intervene in lawsuits in case Attorney General Dana Nessel refuses to defend the law in court.

    It will take a few weeks for the petitions to be printed and distributed to volunteers who have already expressed interest. State law requires signatures to be collected within 180 days. A petition order form, circulating instructions, and other materials are available on the Michigan Values Life website: michiganvalueslife.org.

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy used the term “dismemberment” to describe dilation and evacuation abortions (D&E).

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    In his opinion in Stenberg v. Carhart, Justice Kennedy wrote, “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb. The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.”

    The dismemberment abortion procedure is the most frequently used late-term abortion procedure. In 2018, there were 1,908 dismemberment abortions in Michigan reported to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

    The dismemberment ban bills include an exception if the mother’s life is in danger. However, in published research on reasons women have abortions, the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute has stated that most late-term abortions are done for elective reasons.

    Background Information:



  26. Site: LifeSite News
    6 hours 5 min ago
    Active homosexuals are among the 'highest risk groups' for blood-borne disease.
  27. Site: Zero Hedge
    6 hours 12 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden

    With the latest TIC data showing China following Russia's lead and reducing its US Treasury exposure (to two-year lows), as it increases its gold reserves (for six straight months), the unipolar US hegemon faces an ugly trend among the 'rest of the world' attempting to de-dollarize, as Sergey Naryshkin,  director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, calls the US dollar is an anachronism of the modern world economy.

    Countries across the globe, including Russia, China, India, and others, have been working to diversify their foreign reserves away from the greenback.

    And, as RT reports, the head of the Russian intelligence service has now voiced those concerns clearly - that the use of the dollar presents risks and more nations are looking into finding alternative tools for doing business.

    "It seems abnormal that the United States, behaving so aggressively and unpredictably, continues to be the holder of the main reserve currency.”

    “Due to the objective strengthening of multipolarity, the monopoly position of the dollar in international economic relations becomes anachronistic. Gradually, the dollar is becoming toxic.

    And it's not just talk, as RT notes, Russia has taken concrete steps towards de-dollarizing the economy. So far, Moscow has managed to partially phase out the dollar from its exports, signing currency-swap agreements with a number of countries, including China, India, and Iran. Russia has recently proposed using the euro instead of the US dollar in trade with the European Union.

    This comes on the heels of Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad proposing a gold-backed currency as a unit of account for trade between East Asian nations.

    “For the past 40+ years we’ve tried to remove ourselves from a gold standard, we pretended it doesn’t exist... and that failed because gold is always telling the truth... and you don’t have to trust to somebody printing up a whole bunch of money,”

    Today's currency trading is manipulative, he added.

  28. Site: LifeNews
    6 hours 24 min ago
    Author: Eileen Haupt

    This past weekend, golfer Gary Woodland captured the prestigious U.S. Open Championship. The spotlight was shining bright on this 35-year-old golfer who won his first Major.

    But Woodland brought someone else with him to share the spotlight– a young lady with Down syndrome whom he met a few months ago at a tournament in Phoenix.

    The young woman, Amy Bockerstette, and Woodland forged a friendship after they played a practice round in Phoenix. The PGA Tour YouTube video of Bockerstette making challenging shots on the 16th hole, went viral, amassing over 20 million views.

    And there was every reason to believe that nerves aside, Amy would do well. Twice she has appeared in the Arizona state high school championship and she has an athletic scholarship to Paradise Valley Community College.

    So what did the world find so intriguing about this young lady? Yes, her performance was impressive; her shot off the tee showed perfect form and she parred the 16th hole. But I think what captured the world was the special nature that is inherent in a person with Down syndrome.

    Woodland was clearly impressed by Bockerstette’s performance on the challenging 16th hole. But what appears to have made more of an impression to the golf pro was Bockerstette’s “love of life,” as he put it.

    In the video, as Bockerstette walked around with Woodland, her confident joy was apparent. She appears to have no nervousness as she makes her shots. “I’ve got this,” she tells herself before each shot.

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    “I hear you’re a good golfer,” Woodland remarks to her. An unconceded and honest, “Yes” is her reply. Bockerstette reacts with pure joy as she realizes people in the stands are waving at her. She joyously waves back, remarking to her father matter-of-factly and sweetly, “They love me!”

    “I’ve had a lot of good memories in my life, but that’s one I’ll never forget,” Woodland said, according to Golf Digest. “I’ve been blessed to do lot of cool things on the golf course but that is by far the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced. She was phenomenal. And then to step up in front of all the people and the crowd and everything and to hit the shots that she hit and made par, I never rooted so hard for somebody on a golf course and it was an emotional, emotional really cool experience.”

    My daughter Sadie is the same age as Bockerstette, born just one month later. I recognize similar qualities in Bockerstette that I see in my daughter and others with Down syndrome. Even after 20 years, I still cannot quite find the words to adequately describe what makes individuals with Down syndrome so special.

    It is the “tender languor” as Dr. Jerome Lejeune (who discovered the cause of Down syndrome) put it. There is the softness of their features, the sweetness, which he said, “extends to their character.” It is the sense of humor, the genuine affection in their hugs, the honesty of saying how things are.

    Gary Woodland seemed to have picked up on these special qualities. The two have remained in touch since they met. Bockerstette tweeted to Woodland before his tournament, “You’ve got this.” Woodland called Bockerstette after his victory to thank her for her “positive vibes.”

    The Today Show invited Bockerstette to appear on the show the Tuesday after Woodland’s win. They surprised her by also inviting her new friend, Woodland. On the show, Woodland stated, “…the world needs a lot more of Amy. Her attitude, her energy is contagious.”

    Truer words were never spoken. The world does needs lot more of these sweet, special individuals with Down syndrome. Sadly, the word is not seeing more, but fewer, babies with Down syndrome being born. Because of prenatal testing, approximately 75 percent of mothers in the U.S. whose babies are prenatally diagnosed with down syndrome, will choose abortion.

    This statistic grieves me, especially knowing firsthand the special gifts that individuals with Down syndrome possess. It gives me great hope knowing that a short video of a beautiful, joyful, confident, and talented golfer with Down syndrome, can move the world to joyful tears. I pray that these stories translate into more mothers choosing Life for their babies with Down syndrome.

    To the pregnant mom who has just received the diagnosis of Down syndrome for her unborn child, trust Woodland’s wise words, “The world needs a lot more of Amy.” Choose life for your child; you will have no regrets!

    You’ve got this!

    LifeNews Note: Eileen Haupt is the parent of a daughter with Down syndrome.

  29. Site: Zero Hedge
    6 hours 27 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden

    Submitted by Nicholas Colas of DataTrek

    What will the S&P 500 do over the next 20 years? Unknowable, of course, but still analyzable through the lens of market history. The last 20 years have been the worst for compounded market returns since the Great Depression. The next 20 years can be better, as long as inflation remains low and (more importantly) technology improves workforce productivity. Every big cycle (the 1950s/1960s and 1980s/1990s) has its “thing” – technology has to be that driver now.

    * * *

    Last night we outlined how the S&P 500 and the Technology sector writ large are essentially tied at the hip. Tech plus Google, Facebook and Amazon are 29% of the S&P. That’s a function of Tech’s dramatic outperformance over the last 5 years, but we posited that it leaves the next 5 years of US stock performance equally beholden to Tech’s fortunes.

    That got us thinking about a topic we last discussed in late 2018: future long run returns on the S&P 500. Our definition of “long run” is 20 years, both because that is indisputably a good multi-cycle time frame and the historical S&P 500 return data shows very distinct patterns using 20-year compounded annual returns.

    Looking at trailing 20-year periods back to 1928, there are five distinct periods for US stocks:

    #1: The Great Depression into World War II. Starting points matter to long run returns, and 1928 was a really bad one. A dollar invested on December 31st of that year didn’t get back to breakeven until 1936. And if you didn’t sell then, you were sitting on a loss again until 1944. All that made for very poor long run compounded returns:

    • From 1948 – 1951 trailing 20-year compounded returns on the S&P ranged from 2.4% to 6.6%.
    • Inflation-adjusted returns were just 0.6% - 4.3%.

    #2: World War II and into the 1960s. The S&P 500 doubled during the war. The all-time best year for US stocks was 1954, with a 52.5% total return. And with no serious drawdowns over this time span, compounded returns were very good:

    • 20-year trailing compounded returns rose consistently from 1952 (meaning a starting point of 1933) to 1962 (starting in 1943).
    • The high water mark for trailing returns was in 1962, at a 16.7% compounding rate over the prior 20 years. In layman’s terms means an investment in the S&P doubled every 4.3 years across that two-decade span.
    • Inflation adjusted returns were also strong, at 13.3% from 1943 – 1962, but pick any end point from 1960 to 1970 and the prior 20 years all posted compounded growth rates of +10% after inflation.

    #3: High inflation/high interest rate 1970s. The 1973 oil shock along with higher interest rates required to tame inflation put an end to double-digit compounding rates for the S&P 500. Long run returns, especially after considering inflation, suffered badly:

    • US stocks dropped by 38% in 1973/1974, and even after 2 better years in 1975 and 1976, they were unchanged from 1972 when 1977 came to a close.
    • That was enough to push 20-year compounded returns down to 6.5% for the 2 decades ending in 1979, and inflation-adjusted compounded returns were just 1.0% for the 20 years from 1961 – 1980.
    • Compare these returns to the prior period. Twenty year trailing nominal returns went from 16.7% (1962 end point) to 6.5% (1979 end point). Inflation adjusted returns went from 13.3% to basically zero (1.0%).

    #4: Lower inflation, lower rates, dot com boom. From 1980 to 1999 the S&P was only lower in 2 years: 1981 (-4.7%) and 1990 (-3.1%). No surprise therefore that this was the best period for US stocks since, well, ever:

    • From 1980 to 1999 the S&P 500 compounded at 17.6%, doubling every 48 months on average. Inflation adjusted compounded returns were 13.1%.
    • Again, consider how different this cycle was from the one in point #3: long run returns of 17.6% here are more than double the 6.5% returns then. And inflation-adjusted returns went from 1.0% to 13.1%.

    #5: The current volatility – prone market. You know what’s happened since 2000 in terms of returns: the S&P 500 has lost a third of its value twice (2000-2002, 2008) in the last 20 years. That has crushed long-term returns:

    • For the 20 years ending 2018 the S&P 500 has compounded at a nominal 5.5% and an inflation-adjusted 3.0%.
    • That is the lowest 20-year CAGR since the data from the post-Great Depression data in point #1.

    As far as what this history says about the next 20 years for the S&P 500, three closing thoughts:

    • Financial stability matters. Nothing kills long-term returns quicker than a large drawdown from an equity market bubble (1929 - 1931, 2000-2002) or systemic excess (2008). Will we have a financial crisis/market bubble burst over the next 20 years? Recent history says “of course”, with the counterbalance being a larger monetary/fiscal policy playbook to offset its effects.
    • Low inflation really helps. The 1970s lost decade came from 2 oil shocks that revealed the fragility of US monetary policy. Now, we have low goods-and-services inflation around the world, and with an aging global population inflation should remain at bay.
    • Big returns need an equally big catalyst. Peak long run returns in the 1960s and 1990s came from large macro themes: US growth post WWII and declining interest rates/Internet adoption.

    That’s a good place to end because it’s where we started this note: America’s development and use of technology will be the key determinant of long run future S&P 500 returns. With population growth less than 1%, economic growth will have to come from productivity. And it’s not just Technology companies that will have to benefit from this trend. Whatever they develop will have to make every other industry more efficient and scale to the rest of the world.

    Source for return data: NYU Professor Aswath Damodaran:

  30. Site: LifeNews
    6 hours 32 min ago
    Author: Carol Tobias

    I recently came across a column, written in January 2016 by then-presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump, explaining his position on abortion. He wrote, “America, when it is at its best, follows a set of rules that have worked since our Founding. One of those rules is that we, as Americans, revere life and have done so since our Founders made it the first, and most important, of our ‘unalienable’ rights.”

    He continued, “Over time, our culture of life in this country has started sliding toward a culture of death. Perhaps the most significant piece of evidence to support this assertion is that since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Count 43 years ago over 50 million Americans never had the chance to enjoy the opportunities offered by this country. They never had the chance to become doctors, musicians, farmers, teachers, husbands, fathers, sons or daughters. They never had the chance to enrich the culture of this nation or to bring their skills, lives, loves or passions into the fabric of country. They are missing, and they are missed.”

    Seven immensely significant words: “They are missing, and they are missed.”

    Since his upset victory, Donald J. Trump has remained true to his campaign commitment to the pro-life community to protect unborn children.

    Within days of taking office, President Trump took executive action to restore the Mexico City Policy, initially issued by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. The policy requires any non-governmental organization (NGO) receiving US foreign aid to sign a contract promising not to perform abortions (except to save the mother’s life or in cases of rape or incest), not to lobby to change the abortion laws of host countries, or otherwise “actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.”

    In May of 2017, the Trump administration expanded the policy, now called “Promoting Life in Global Health Assistance.” Only a handful, including International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International, have refused to sign the contract.

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    In March of this year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo closed what had become a loophole, now requiring NGOs to confirm that they are not passing US funds along to other organizations that still promote abortion.

    President Trump kept another promise by protecting the conscience rights of providers, individuals, and other health care entities. The HHS office for Civil Rights will enforce federal laws to protect “providers, individuals, and other health care entities from having to provide, participate in, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for, services such as abortion, sterilization, or assisted suicide.”

    HHS has taken strong action in other areas as well. When Obamacare was enacted in 2010, the law required qualified health plan issuers to segregate collected premiums to pay for abortion coverage and that enrollees be informed if abortions are covered by a qualified health plan.

    In October of 2017, HHS declared that it will fully enforce these requirements as a step toward ensuring that federal tax dollars are not used to subsidize coverage for elective abortion. And in January 2018, HHS issued a preliminary rule requiring insurance companies that offer Obamacare plans that cover abortions to also offer an identical plan that does not cover abortions.

    Obamacare prohibits a health program from discriminating on the basis of sex. The Obama administration had defined this discrimination to include abortion. In May, HHS issued a proposed rule to make clear that it is not “discrimination on the basis of sex” for an individual doctor or a facility to refuse to abort an unborn child.

    And just last month, continuing the Administration’s efforts to keep the federal government out of the abortion business, HHS announced it will no longer fund new research that uses fetal tissue from aborted babies.

    At the congressional level as well, President Trump has stood firm, issuing a “Statement of Administration Policy” on various pieces of legislation, informing members of Congress of the likelihood of the president signing or vetoing such legislation.

    Statements have been issued, saying the President’s advisors would recommend that he sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the No-Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2019, and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

    These Statements have also been issued that a veto would be recommended for legislation that promotes abortion being considered by the Democratic-led House of Representatives. These include the repeal of the President’s orders on the use of foreign funds to promote abortion and to block implementation of the new conscience protection rules, as well as the administration’s requirement that Title X family planning funds not be awarded to entities which also perform abortions at the same location.

    One of President Trump’s strongest campaign promises addressed the appointment of federal judges “who will uphold the Constitution.” Working closely with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he has been faithfully accomplishing that pledge. With two new justices on the Supreme Court and more than 100 new judges on the appellate and federal courts, we can hope and expect that the coming years will see our Constitution not scorned and rejected for someone’s personal opinion.

    There are more actions from the President and his administration than are listed here, but I think we can strongly agree. When it comes to protecting unborn children, President Trump is a man of his word.

    LifeNews Note: Carol Tobias is the president of the National Right to Life Committee.

  31. Site: Zero Hedge
    6 hours 42 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden

    A surprising headline from the Daily Beast suggests President Trump could be bucking his own administration hawks on Iran with help from an outside source: "Tucker Carlson Is Privately Advising Trump On Iran" — the headline reads. 

    Over and against uber-hawks John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, the report says "there’s been another, far different voice in the president’s ear: that of Fox News host Tucker Carlson."

    For at least the past year Tucker Carlson has been a rare, outspoken non-interventionist voice on prime time network news, aggressively questioning US military presence and past regime change actions in places like Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, as well as Washington's long-time weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. He's come under fire from Republican neocons and Democratic hawks alike for frequently hosting foreign policy skeptics like Tulsi Gabbard, Glenn Greenwald, Rand Paul, and others.

    Carlson recently even questioned mainstream media claims that Syria's Assad is gassing his own people, presenting leaked evidence that suggests the rebels could be staging such atrocities to draw the US military into action against Damascus. 

    And now, apparently the president is relying on Carlson as a dissenting voice against the foreign policy establishment at a moment of soaring tensions with Iran, according to the Daily Beast

    A source familiar with the conversations told The Daily Beast that, in recent weeks, the Fox News host has privately advised Trump against taking military action against Iran. And a senior administration official said that during the president’s recent conversations with the Fox primetime host, Carlson has bashed the more “hawkish members” of his administration.

    The popular Fox host has publicly pushed back against the march to war against Iran in recent weeks, saying an escalation and war scenario would likely not be “in anyone’s interest,” while also being a persistent critic of Bolton for his well-known hawkish rhetoric on Iran.  

    The Daily Beast report further points out that Carlson has lately question the administration's "evidence" that Iran was behind last week's tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman:

    The Fox News host compared Pompeo’s “misplaced certainty” that Iran attacked the tankers to former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s now-discredited claim that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.

    “We’re still paying a price for that,” Carlson said.

    As the report also notes, Trump has personally tweeted out content from Carlson's Fox show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, on at least 20 separate occasions over the past year. 

    Last year Carlson predicted that another disastrous regime change war in the Middle East would destroy the Trump presidency...

    "Washington loves... pointless wars half a world away. Contractors get rich, neocon intellectuals feel powerful." 

    The report further cites what "one knowledgeable source" told The Daily Beast in August, that, “Trump thinks Tucker is one of the sharpest minds on television — [Trump has said], ‘So smart, a thinking man’s show.’”

    Could Tucker Carlson be in the process of convincing Trump to return to his non-interventionist instincts voiced on the campaign trail in 2016?

    Has Tucker been brought in as Trump's private counsel to push back against the pervasive influence of the military-industrial deep state? 

  32. Site: Edward Feser
    6 hours 52 min ago

    David Oderberg’s article “Death, Unity, and the Brain” appears in Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.
    Nicholas Maxwell at Aeon calls for a revival natural philosophy.  Gee, maybe someone ought to write a book on the subject.
    Philosopher Kathleen Stock on gender dysphoria and the reality of sex differences, at Quillette.  At Medium, philosopher Sophie Allen asks: If transwomen are women, what is a woman?
    The Onion on liberal self-satisfaction.
    At National Review, Tucker Carlson on America’s cultural decline.  At First Things, Chris Arnade on back row America.  Arnade’s book Dignityis reviewed at The Week, The University Bookman, Counterpunch, and The Federalist.
    At 3:16, Richard Marshall interviews philosopher and Aristotle scholar Christopher ShieldsWhat Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? interviews historian of philosophy Peter Adamson.
    At Areo, Darel Paul on the anti-intellectual religious fanaticism of the “Great Awokening” now plaguing some college campuses.
    At Aeon, Adam Frank, Marcelo Gleiser, and Evan Thompson on science’s blind spot.
    John Skalko’s Disordered Actions: A Moral Analysis of Lying and Homosexual Activity is now out from Editiones Scholasticae.  Walter Farrell’s The Natural Law According to Aquinas and Suárez has just been reprinted by Cluny Media.
    At the Washington Examiner, Suzanne Venker argues that feminism has harmed millennials.  At Metro, political scientist Eric Kaufmann predicts a return to sex as procreation rather than recreation.
    At Quillette, neuroscientist Larry Cahill on the differences between male and female brains.  Cahill is interviewed at Medium
    Kenneth Francis on the vicissitudes of grammar, at New English Review.
    At Scientific American, physicist Marcelo Gleiser says that atheism is inconsistent with scientific method.
    Confused by the messy continuity of the X-Menseries of movies?  The Wrap sorts it all out for you.  Kyle Smith at National Review defends the underrated Iron Man 2.
    The Chronicle Review interviews economist Glenn Loury about affirmative, politics, and academia.
    Kathrin Koslicki’s Form, Matter, Substance is reviewed at Notre Dame Philosophical ReviewsAlso reviewed is Rani Lill Anjum and Stephen Mumford’s What Tends to Be: The Philosophy of Dispositional Modality.
    Political scientist Kristian Niemietz on the endless self-delusion of socialists, at QuilletteNational Review reports on Sotheby’s auction of F. A. Hayek’s personal effects.
    Speaking of Quillette: The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the thought police are not fans.
    At Claremont Review of Books, Robert Royal asks: Is the pope Catholic?  Diane Montagna at LifeSite reports on the pope’s latest remarks about capital punishment.
    Dissent on “Jewish conservative and Yiddish radical” Daniel BellThe New Republic on Nathan Glazer.
    At SyFy, an oral history of Marvel’s Secret Wars.  At Voyage, Julian Sicam on Aquinas and the popularity of superheroes.
    John Schwenkler at Commonweal looks back at G. E. M. Anscombe.  Anil Gomes at The Philosophers’ Magazine looks back at P. F. Strawson.
    Catholic theologian Matthew Levering is interviewed at Crux.
    The Spectator on how Einstein was baffled by his own popularityAeon on Henri Bergson’s one-time popularity and the backlash against it.
    At The Daily Mirror, Larry Harnisch laments that there are no good books about the Black Dahlia murder.  Harnisch has long been the go-to guy for debunking nonsense written on the subject.
  33. Site: RT - News
    6 hours 58 min ago
    Author: RT
    A court in Utah has sentenced Oleg Tishchenko to a year and a day in prison for buying F-16 and F-35 fighter jet manuals, which he says he was using to design a flight simulator.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  34. Site: Zero Hedge
    7 hours 2 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden

    Authored by Jesse Colombo via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

    I recently wrote a piece that was widely read called “Why You Should Not Underestimate The Severity Of The Coming Recession.” In that piece, I argued that the odds of a recession in the not-too-distant future were increasing rapidly and that mainstream economists are incorrect for assuming that it will be a mere ebb of the business cycle rather than a more powerful economic crisis like we experienced in 2008 or even worse. The reason why I am worried about a much more powerful than usual recession is because of the tremendous risks – namely bubbles and debt – that have built up globally in the past decade due to ultra-stimulative central bank policies. In the current piece, I will argue that the probability of a recession in the next year may be even higher than indicated by the popular New York Fed recession probability model that many economists follow.

    According to the New York Fed’s recession probability model, there is a 30% probability of a U.S. recession in the next 12 months. The last time that recession odds were the same as they are now was in July 2007, which was just five months before the Great Recession officially started in December 2007.July 2007 was also notable because that is when Bear Stearns’ two subprime hedge funds lost nearly allof their value, which ultimately contributed to the investment bank’s demise and the sharp escalation of the U.S. financial crisis.

    Many bullishly-biased commentators are trying to downplay the warning currently being given by the New York Fed’s recession probability model, essentially saying “So? There is only a 30% chance of a recession in the next year, which means that there is a 70% chance that there won’t be a recession in the next year!” The reality is that, as valuable as this model is, it has greatly underestimated the probability of recessions since the mid-1980s. For example, this model only gave a 33% probability of a recession in July 1990, which is when the early 1990s recession started. It only gave a 21% probability of a recession in March 2001, which is when the early-2000s recession started. It also only gave a 39% probability of a recession in December 2007, which is when the Great Recession started.

    The New York Fed’s recession probability model has understated the probability of recessions in the past three decades because it is skewed by the anomalous recessions of the early-1980s. The New York Fed’s model is based on the Treasury yield curve, which is based on U.S. interest rates. The early-1980s recessions were anomalous because they occurred as a result of Fed Chair Paul Volcker’s unusually aggressive interest rate hikes that were meant to “break the back of inflation.” I have found that only considering New York Fed recession probability model data after 1985, and normalizing that data so that the highest reading during that time period is set to 100%, gives more accurate estimates of recession probabilities in the past three decades. For example, this methodology warned that there was an 85% chance of a recession in December 2007, when the Great Recession officially started (the standard model only gave a 39% probability). This methodology is warning that there is a 64% chance of a recession in the next 12 months, which is quite alarming.

    The reason why a two-thirds chance of a recession in the next year is so alarming is because the next recession is not likely to be a garden-variety recession or a mere ebb of the business cycle, as I explainedtwo weeks ago. Not only has global debt increased by $70 trillion since 2008, but scores of dangerous new bubbles have inflated in the past decade thanks to ultra-low interest rates and quantitative easing programs. These bubbles are forming in global debtChinaHong KongSingaporeemerging marketsCanadaAustraliaNew ZealandEuropean real estatethe art marketU.S. stocksU.S. household wealthcorporate debtleveraged loansU.S. student loansU.S. auto loanstech startupsshale energyglobal skyscraper constructionU.S. commercial real estatethe U.S. restaurant industryU.S. healthcare, and U.S. housing once again. I believe that the coming recession is likely to be caused by (and will contribute to) the bursting of those bubbles.

    For example, one of the most obvious bubbles is forming in the U.S. stock market. The U.S. stock market (as measured by the S&P 500) surged 300% higher in the past decade:

    The Fed’s aggressive inflation of the U.S. stock market caused stocks to rise at a faster rate than their underlying earnings, which means that the market is extremely overvalued right now. Whenever the market becomes extremely overvalued, it’s just a matter of time before the market falls to a more reasonable valuation again. As the chart below shows, the U.S. stock market is nearly as overvalued as it was in 1929, right before the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression.

    The Fed’s aggressive inflation of U.S. stocks, bonds, and housing prices has created a massive bubble in household wealth. U.S. household wealth is extremely inflated relative to the GDP: since 1952, household wealth has averaged 384% of the GDP, so the current bubble’s 535% figure is in rarefied territory. The dot-com bubble peaked with household wealth hitting 450% of GDP, while household wealth reached 486% of GDP during the housing bubble. Unfortunately, the coming household wealth crash will be proportional to the run-up, which is why everyone should be terrified of the coming recession. 

    In addition, Goldman Sachs’ Bear Market Risk Indicator has been at its highest level since the early-1970s:

    Another indicator that supports the “higher volatility ahead” thesis is the 10-year/2-year Treasury spread. When this spread is inverted (in this case, flipped on the chart), it leads the Volatility Index by approximately three years. If this historic relationship is still valid, we should prepare for much higher volatility over the next few years. A volatility surge of the magnitude suggested by the 10-year/2-year Treasury spread would likely be the result of a recession and a bursting of the massive asset bubble created by the Fed in the past decade.

    The moral of the story is that nobody should be complacent in these times when recession risk is so high, especially because the coming recession is likely to set off a global cluster bomb of dangerous bubbles and debt. The current probability of a recession is the same as it was during the Big Short heyday of 2007 when subprime was blowing up – just let that sink in for a minute. Do you think “this time will be different“? How can it be different when we didn’t learn from our mistakes and have continued binging on debt and inflating new bubbles?! Anyone who believes that “this time will be different” is seriously delusional and will be taught a very tough lesson in the not-too-distant future.

  35. Site: LifeNews
    7 hours 3 min ago
    Author: Micaiah Bilger

    Doctors in Ohio celebrated this week after their first fetal surgery to fix the spine of an unborn baby with spina bifida proved to be a success.

    According to the Cleveland Clinic, the baby girl was born nearly full term on June 3, and she and her mother both are doing well. Doctors at the hospital performed the complex surgery in February, the first of its kind in northern Ohio, the hospital stated.

    Though the surgery does not cure spina bifida, it can significantly reduce the effects of the disorder by preventing additional damage to the spinal cord and brain.

    “By successfully repairing the defect before birth, we’re allowing this child to have the best possible outcome and significantly improve her quality of life,” said Dr. Darrell Cass, a fetal medicine specialist who led the surgery.

    Cass has performed more than 160 surgeries on unborn babies since 2002, and his team spent a year preparing to begin doing surgeries on unborn babies with spina bifida, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Several hospitals in other parts of the country have been providing the life-changing surgery for years.

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    The hospital explained how the surgery works:

    During the fetal repair surgery, a caesarean section-like incision is made and the mother’s uterus is exposed. An ultrasound is then used to locate the placenta and fetus. The uterus is opened 4.5 cm and the back of the fetus is exposed, showing the spina bifida lesion. The surgeons then carefully suture several individual layers of tissue (myofascia, dura and skin) in order to cover the defect. After the uterus is closed back up, the fetus remains in the womb for the remainder of the pregnancy and is ultimately born by caesarean section.

    Cass said their tests on the baby girl after birth came back with good results.

    “Moving forward, the baby will require ongoing supportive care provided by a multidisciplinary team of caregivers in our Spina Bifida Clinic, which will involve neurology, urology, orthopedics, developmental pediatrics and neurosurgery, among other specialists,” he said.

    Cleveland Clinic successfully performed its first in utero fetal surgery to repair a spina bifida birth defect.https://t.co/ReH9nz32HQ pic.twitter.com/6YwT4mKHIF

    — ClevelandClinicNews (@CleClinicNews) June 19, 2019

    About 1,600 babies are born with spina bifida every year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. It is not clear how many more are aborted, but unborn babies with special needs frequently are targeted for abortions. LifeNews has reported on numerous stories of parents being pressured to abort their unborn babies after a disability diagnosis.

    The new surgical procedure is providing hope for unborn babies and their families across the globe. In April, doctors in Egypt announced that the first fetal surgery for spina bifida in their country was a success.

    Last year, the New York Times highlighted a similar new surgery for unborn babies with spina bifida. Rather than remove the uterus to operate, doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital made small incisions into a mother’s uterus and used a camera and surgical tools to repair a gap in her unborn baby boy’s spine. The baby boy was born in 2018 with a “feisty spirit,” kicking and screaming, according to the report.

    In 2014, LifeNews reported British doctors performed the first in utero surgery on an unborn baby girl with spina bifida. The surgery was a success, and by December 2016, 14-month-old Frankie was overcoming her disability and learning to walk, The Express reported at the time.

    On Wednesday, Princeton University Professor Robert P. George contrasted the amazing new surgery with abortion activists’ demands that the killing of unborn babies be called “health care.”

    “What the Cleveland Clinic has done in surgically repairing a spina bifida defect on a child in the womb is healthcare. To have deliberately killed the child (say, because she had spina bifida and was therefore ‘unwanted’) would NOT have been healthcare,” George wrote on Twitter.

    As awareness about the surgery grows and availability expands, there is hope that more mothers will choose life for their unborn babies, and more babies will be spared from the deadly “health care” of abortion.

  36. Site: RT - News
    7 hours 16 min ago
    Author: RT
    Justin Trudeau’s faux concern for the environment was always hypocritical and duplicitous — but there’s something especially slimy about declaring a climate emergency on Monday and approving an oil pipeline expansion on Tuesday.
    Read Full Article at RT.com
  37. Site: Zero Hedge
    7 hours 22 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden

    Having managed to leave stocks down 9 of the last 10 of his FOMC meetings, Fed Chair Powell has his work cut out explaining why - aside from some transitory inflation prints - he has set The Fed on its latest rate-cut cycle...

    Just keep jawboning...

    Watch live here (starts at 1430ET)...

  38. Site: 4Christum
    7 hours 26 min ago
    Daniel 8:12 And strength was given him against the continual sacrifice, because of sins: and truth shall be cast down on the ground, and he shall do and shall prosper. 13 And I heard one of the saints speaking, and one saint said to another, I know not to whom that was speaking: How long shall be the vision, concerning the continual sacrifice, and the sin of the desolation that is made: and the sanctuary, and the strength be trodden under foot?All Signs Are Pointing To Reckless Abolition of Celibacyen.newsClerical Celibacy is a "discipline", not a "doctrine" [as if the Vatican would take "doctrine" more seriously than "discipline"], radical Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the general secretary of the Bishops' Synod said at a June 17 press conference about the Amazonian Synod.

    In order to play "conservative", Baldisseri cited a "decision" of the conservative Benedict XVI to allow married Anglican clergy who become Catholic to be ordained Catholic priests. In reality, this provision goes back to the controversial Pope Paul VI.

    Asked why the term "viri probati" was dropped from the Instrumentum Laboris of the Synod, Baldisseri said that “the term has been a bit abused”.

    "Viri probati" - proven [married] men - has been a slogan for decades in order to promote candidates for a married clergy.

    Father Herman B. Kramer (1884-1976)Author of the renowned "The Book of Destiny" (1956) 
    New Sacraments: "The False Prophet may institute secret rites, through which the followers of Antichrist will be advanced by degrees into the deeper mysticism of his cult. A sort of diabolical sacramental system would thus be instituted conferring the graces of Satan and consecrating people to the service of the Beast." page 325

    The 'pontificate' of Bergoglio promotes the recognition of shamanism and witchcraft. The devil controls his 'pontificate'.

    “. . .Antichrist and his prophet will introduce ceremonies to imitate the Sacraments of the Church. In fact there will be a complete organization - a church of Satan set up in opposition to the Church of Christ. Satan will assume the part of God the Father; Antichrist will be honored as Savior, and his prophet will usurp the role of Pope. Their ceremonies will counterfeit the Sacraments . . .” Published in 1921 (37 years before the pivotal 1958) by Father E. Sylvester Berry in his book, The Apocalypse of St. John.

    Bergoglio and his accomplices mock the Sacraments and replace them with sacrilegious imitations to install the abomination of desolation. 

  39. Site: Zero Hedge
    7 hours 27 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden

    Not priced in...

    The Fed shifted its dot plot notably lower - though 2019 median remains unch - and that has sent bond yields and the dollar careening lower....

    Dollar dumped to one-week lows...

    10Y Yields plunged to yesterday's intraday spike lows...

    The major stock indices are higher but not holding kneejerk gains...

    And bank stocks have turned red...

    As rate-cut expectations for 2019 accelerated...

    And July rate-cut expectations are now at 100%!!

  40. Site: LifeSite News
    7 hours 34 min ago
    There was initially confusion over whether the bill would prohibit government workers from wearing wedding rings.
  41. Site: Zero Hedge
    7 hours 41 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden

    With stocks 1% away from record highs and bond yields (and the curve) tumbling as market expectations for multiple rate-cuts surge, Fed Chair Powell is going to have to thread a very fine needle today - shifting Fed indications towards the market's view without panicking markets over "what he knows that we don't." And of course, Trump will be watching closely...

    Offering Powell some room for maneuver is the fact that June rate-cut expectations are around 23%, but July expectations are over 80%, so the dots better adjust soon.

    And the market is pricing in two cuts in 2019 and 3 by the end of 2020, though we note that the last two days have seen a significantly hawkish shift in the 2019 rate expectations...

    And considering that financial conditions are back near record easiness, what will The Fed cutting rates actually achieve other than to maintain equity prices that have levitated on this hype?

    Survey-based inflation expectations are at record lows and market-based inflation expectations are crashing.

    So, what will Powell do?

    Bloomberg Chief U.S. Economist Carl Riccadonna:

    "The markets are leaning hard in favor of monetary-policy easing. Fed officials are no doubt disconcerted by recent signs of dimming global- and domestic-growth prospects, cooler inflation and mounting evidence of trade-war casualties. Still, we believe they will avoid fully pivoting from `patient' to proactive until there is more data at hand.''

    And here is what he did...

    • Fed keeps rates unchanged but removes reference to being "patient" on rates while adding that "uncertainties" around its outlook have increased, even if did not warn of "material downside risks" to outlook.

    • The FOMC says it will "act as appropriate to sustain the expansion" and "closely monitor" incoming information, language that echoes Powell's recent speech but is new to the statement.

    The key sentence was the following:

    ... uncertainties about this outlook have increased. In light of these uncertainties and muted inflation pressures, the Committee will closely monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook and will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion, with a strong labor market and inflation near its symmetric 2 percent objective

    And yet it wasn't as dovish as some had expected, with the Fed avoiding to mention "material downside risk to the outlook."

    The Dot Plot adjusted dramatically lower...

    • For 2019, 8 Fed officials see lower rates with 7 of them seeing 2 cuts this year (and 1 seeing one cut). At the same time 8 see unchanged rates and 1 sees a rate hike.

    • The breakdown from the above dot plot is as follows:
      • 2019 2.375% (range 1.875% to 2.625%); prior 2.375%
      • 2020 2.125% (range 1.875% to 3.125%); prior 2.625%
      • 2021 2.375% (range 1.875% to 3.125%); prior 2.625%
      • Longer Run 2.5% (range 2.375% to 3.250%); prior 2.75%
    • For 2020, one additional official joins the cut camp, shifting the median down... but in 2020, the median moves back to 2.4%. The long-run neutral rate comes down to 2.5% from 2.8%, a major move.

    Notably - as the chart above shows - the Median dot for 2019 did not drop to a cut, which is interesting because as Renaissance Macro's Neil Dutta notes, "If the Fed disappointed today with the median dot unchanged, why is it that the dollar’s down and the market’s are up? Market is rallying on the news in the way you’d expect."

    Bloomberg's Matthew Boesler notes that:

    "Interesting to see Fed officials downgrade their inflation projections even as they upgrade GDP growth and unemployment expectations and project a shallower rate path, which suggests even more skepticism about the Phillips curve relationship than before."

    Looking at the projections, a similar blurry picture emerges:

    Longer-run median unemployment rate 4.2% compares to previous forecast of 4.3% at March 20, 2019 meeting

    • 2019 median jobless rate at 3.6% vs 3.7%
    • 2020 median jobless rate at 3.7% vs 3.8%
    • 2021 median jobless rate at 3.8% vs 3.9%

    Longer-run real GDP median projection of 1.9% compares to previous forecast of 1.9%

    • 2019 median GDP growth 2.1% vs 2.1%
    • 2020 median GDP growth 2.0% vs 1.9%
    • 2021 median GDP growth 1.8% vs 1.8%

    Longer run PCE inflation median at 2.0% compares to previous forecast of 2.0%

    • 2019 median core PCE inflation 1.8% vs 2.0%
    • 2020 median core PCE inflation 1.9% vs 2.0%
    • 2021 median core PCE inflation 2.0% vs 2.0%

    Longer run Fed funds median at 2.5% compares to previous forecast of 2.8%

    • 2019 median Fed funds 2.4% vs 2.4%
    • 2020 median Fed funds 2.1% vs 2.6%
    • 2021 median Fed funds 2.4% vs 2.6%

    Full Redline below:

    *  *  *

    Finally,what happens next?

    As Deutsche strategist Alan Ruskin pointed out, since Powell took over the leadership at the Fed in February 2018, risky assets have tended to trade down on FOMC decision days. The S&P 500 declined on the day of nine of the past 10 meetings presided by Powell, with a median drop of 0.29%.

    The only exception was in January when the Fed, in a dramatic flip-flop, announced that it's done with rate hikes.

    And as Powell hints at rate-cuts, we note two things...

    Fun historic fact:
    Every single time the Fed cut rates when unemployment was below 4% a recession immediately ensued & unemployment shot to 6%-7%.
    Again: Every. single. time. pic.twitter.com/OyV8lNkRwz

    — Sven Henrich (@NorthmanTrader) June 19, 2019

    With the exception of 1967 and 1996, every initial Fed rate cut has been associated with an oncoming or ongoing recession. Be careful what you wish for. pic.twitter.com/SaWvQjrNOq

    — John P. Hussman (@hussmanjp) June 18, 2019

    So just when he thinks he will preempt the recession, the lagged impact of the lowest starting point for a rate-cut cycle will be unable to avoid a recession slapping into the US economy (and being ignored by US stocks).

    7 hours 41 min ago
    Author: abyssum
    Archbishop Viganò on Bransfield, Rossi, and the “Gay Mafia”

    Marco TosattiJune 17, 2019One Comment

    • OnePeterFive

    Editor’s note: The interview excerpts in the following piece were given by Archbishop Viganò to Italian journalist and author Marco Tosatti as a follow-up to his Washington Post interview and were published over the weekend in Italian at Tosatti’s website. With our thanks to Giuseppe Pellegrino for the translation and Marco Tosatti for allowing us to share them, we now present the full article and in English for our audience. 

    VIGANÒ: I Speak Only About What I Have Seen Personally. This Is How the Gay Mafia In The Church Operates.

    The interview given by Archbishop Viganò to the Washington Post, in which he reiterates his testimony about McCarrick and declares that the Pope is lying in order to cover up evildoing, has understandably aroused great interest. This is also due to the fact that his declarations have always been confirmed, for nearly a year at this point, by the documents and other testimonies which have come to light, most recently the “Figuereido Report” written by McCarrick’s former secretary. And even the anti-Viganò tirade of Cardinal Marc Ouellet contained confirmations. Even if the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops ought to now explain why he never made mention of the letter which his predecessor Cardinal Re had written to McCarrick and which both the Nuncio and the Archbishop of Washington were aware of. And naturally, Ouellet himself [also ought to explain]; however he has not mentioned it, as in his attack on Viganò. Perhaps in the hope – since he is at the end of his term as Prefect – of obtaining a prolonged tenure in his assignment, which according to several sources is going to be given to the Secretary of the Congregation, Jesus de Ilson Montanari, a very close friend of the Pope’s private secretary, Fabian Pedacchio.

    In the meantime the Bransfield case exploded, the bishop who had lavished monetary gifts on many people, among whom was also the Nuncio [Archbishop Viganò]. Speaking of the homosexual mafia, Archbishop Viganò now explains that:

    My comment was not abstract, but based on what I know personally, for example about McCarrick. I never received any accusation, verbal or written, against Bishop Bransfield, during my term as Nuncio in the United States. What I know about him comes from what I have read in the newspapers. Given this fact, it seems to me that what has emerged shows that Bishop Bransfield is a perfect example of what I was referring to. It is important to note that, before being named a bishop, Bransfield was rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, and was president of the Board of Directors of the Papal Foundation, both of which are linked to McCarrick and Cardinal Wuerl. In effect, his successor as the rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Walter Rossi, was named to that position by McCarrick in the same year that Bransfield was named a bishop. Msgr. Rossi is, without a doubt, a member of the ‘gay mafia.’ You can read about him online on The American Spectator website. I can say that while I was Nuncio in the United States I received documentation which affirms that Msgr. Rossi had sexually molested male students at The Catholic University of America. The Vatican, and in particular Cardinal Parolin, is well aware of the situation with Msgr. Rossi, as is Cardinal Wuerl. Finally I can testify that Rossi’s name was proposed to my predecessor Archbishop Pietro Sambi for promotion to bishop; Sambi blocked his advancement. These facts demonstrate clearly how the ‘gay mafia’ operates.

    Archbishop Viganò recalls that it was the custom of the American bishops to send a gift to the new Nuncio when he began his service:

    In truth I do not recall all of the names of those who were sending me these gifts, because I was not paying attention to the name of the donor on the check, because this was irrelevant for me, because I had no intention of doing favors for anyone. As I said before, my staff explained to me that this was the custom in the United States, and not accepting these gifts would have been an affront to the donors. Thus, after I had received these gifts, I immediately spent this money in my charity account. I can attach several examples of proofs of how I used my personal money together with the money from these various donations.

    Some of the names I recall are Cardinal Dolan, Bishop DiMarzio, former Cardinal McCarrick, Cardinal Wuerl, but I am certain that there were also others.

    I would also like to add that I recall with certainty one of these gifts made immediately after it was announced that I would be sent as Nuncio to the United States, but before I arrived in the United States. It was a gift from ex-cardinal McCarrick in the amount of $1000.

    A question has arisen from the fact that several members of the faithful from West Virginia maintain that they sent a letter to the Nuncio complaining about the extravagant lifestyle of Bishop Bransfield in 2013:

    Unfortunately, I do not recall having received any letter of this nature, which I would certainly remember and which I would have followed up on. That being said, the Nunciature receives many complaints every single day about all sorts of things, and it is probable enough that unfortunately this letter was not considered to be serious enough to be brought to my attention. However, the letter, if it was received, is probably filed in the archives of Nunciature, thus it may be verified.

    For more on the Msgr. Rossi story, see this report today from Church Militant.

    Originally published at Marcotosatti.com. Translated by Giuseppe Pellegrino and reprinted with permission. This post has been edited to fit with our formatting.

    Marco Tosatti

    Marco Tosatti is a renowned Italian journalist and Vatican expert. He has been covering the Holy See since 1981. His written work appears in La Stampa and La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana. He is the author of several books, including The Prophecy of Fatima and Investigation of the Holy Shroud. He blogs at Marcotosatti.com.http://www.marcotosatti.com

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  43. Site: RT - News
    7 hours 46 min ago
    Author: RT
    Budapest Airport has re-opened after a damaged runway caused panic and chaos on Wednesday evening, prompting all flights to be delayed and the airport to be temporarily closed.
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  44. Site: Fr. Z's Blog
    7 hours 49 min ago
    Author: frz@wdtprs.com (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf)

    Folks, when you shop using Amazon, please consider entering Amazon through the links on this blog.  That way I get a small percentage of each sale.  The percentage depends on the product.  It’s very helpful.

    Amazon didn’t like that I had a link to search box with their logo and the made me remove it: why, I can’t grasp.   However, I have a couple things on the right side bar which you can click to go into Amazon.  Use any of those links and, for that session, my code will be associated with anything you get.

    It might take an extra 5 seconds to come back here and to go into Amazon through my link.  I can assure you that it is significant for me when you do.

    One reader here does ordering for his business through my link.  That’s really helpful.


    Meanwhile, here’s a link right away.  I’ll even make it easy for you Brits!

    I’m reading, after many many years, Stendahl’s The Red and The Black.  I’m reading a hardback copy I picked up second hand for a couple bucks.  YOU on the other hand, can get it through Amazon in a couple clicks, even for your Kindle with nearly immediate effect!


    Every seminarian and every young priest should read this book.  As a matter of fact, I think I will include it among books for seminarians which we’ve been doing for several years now.   For example, in 2017 and 2014.



    I am told by John at Leaflet Missal that, so far, we’ve managed to send out about 200 birettas to seminarians.

    Biretta by biretta.

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  45. Site: Bonfire of the Vanities - Fr. Martin Fox
    7 hours 52 min ago
    Last Friday I had some friends over. With three couples, the seminarian and me, that was a total of eight. I had been looking forward to this party, and I had definite plans for it.

    Do you know what a "critical path" is? When I worked in Washington, my boss at the time taught me this technique: in short, it means figuring out what part of a project will take the longest and is least time-elastic. By looking at that information, as well as all the other things that need to be complete -- and in what order -- it becomes possible to work backward and figure out both the time needed, as well as the best order in which to proceed. In other words, if you want to have a party begin at 5 pm, it's pretty important to know when to start getting things ready. Moreover, certain things can be done further out, while some things really need to be done right before. This helps you sort it all out.

    I thought you might be amused to see the critical path I worked up last Friday for this party. Here it is verbatim:

    Critical Path

    2:00 pm Prepare other snacks – 10 mins
    2:10 pm Set up table – 20 mins
    2:30 pm Glasses, silverware, plates on porch – 20 mins
    2:50 pm Prepare bar – 10 mins
    3:00 pm Prepare antipasto – 30 mins
                    Slice cheese
                    Open olives
                    Open artichoke hearts
    3:30 pm Prepare potatoes – 10 mins
                    Drizzle with oil
                    Season w/rosemary, salt, pepper, red pepper
    3:40 pm Fill cooler with ice & drinks – 20 mins
    4:00 pm Prepare vegetable kabobs – 10 mins
                    See recipe
    4:30 pm Prepare bleu cheese olives – 10 mins
    4:45 pm Prepare meat – 10 mins
                    Dry off, let stand at room temp

    As it happens, there were a few things I didn't include, but that's OK; this got me all the main things.
    I might explain, the table was set up outside, under a tree; and that meant I had to watch the weather; if it was either too hot, or too windy, or if rain threatened, I'd go with Plan B, which was the dining room. The temperature was perfect and no rain fell, but it was gusty while I was setting things up, so I held off on the glassware; which, as planned, I kept on the table on the porch. That's where we ended up having drinks and the antipasto, but we moved to the table for the main course, dessert, coffee and digestivos.

    So what was for dinner? It went as follows:

    1. Apperitivos: cocktails & drinks; chips, nuts.
    2. Antipasto of ham and sopressata, assorted cheeses, olives and marinated artichokes
    3. The Main Course was brined pork chops, with vegetable kabobs, rosemary potatoes and buttermilk cornbread. (My recipes for the chops and potatoes are below.)
    4. Dolce: Graeters ice cream with cookies and pretzels.
    5. Coffee & digestivos followed.

    The pork chops were sliced thick: 1-1/2"; I brined them overnight in water, kosher salt, garlic powder, dried rosemary, and black pepper. I usually use red pepper, but I didn't have any this time. In the morning I poured out the water, but a good amount of the seasoning remained on the chops. I layered them between paper towels to reduce the moisture; the one downside to brining the chops is that you don't get as good a sear on them. After bringing them to room temperature, I grilled them on each side for a few minutes, and let them sit at a lower temperature for a few minutes more.

    For the potatoes, I found a mix of smallish red, yellow and blue potatoes (otherwise red would have been fine); I cut the larger ones in half but left the smaller ones whole. I drizzled a generous amount of olive oil over all of them, then seasoned with rosemary, salt, pepper and red pepper and tossed them to be sure they where well covered. I placed this in the oven, along with the cornbread.

    How did it all turn out? During the preprandials, I was able to introduce a couple of my friends to my own particular version of a martini. They said they liked it, but alas, I suspect they did not love it! It is an acquired taste. We had several wines to choose from, and one friend chose a Pinot Noir, which worked well. For digestivos, we had Amaro, Limoncello, Cognac and Strega. The Strega was much scorned.

    As for the food, aside from not being seared as nicely as I like, the pork chops were excellent. I cooked a dozen chops, so my grill was pretty crowded. I was being cautious with the veggies, and they could have used a little more time. Also, the butter sauce for this I found later in the microwave, but they were still pretty good. The cornpone was good; the potatoes would have been better with more roasting.

    Part of my rationale for this menu was I didn't want to have anything taking a lot of time, and that worked out pretty well. I'd do this menu again.

    Everyone stayed till dark, so pretty obviously we all had a good time. I'm planning two more parties in August; it may be too hot to sit outside then. We'll see!
  46. Site: LifeNews
    7 hours 53 min ago
    Author: Texas Right to Life

    Houston Women’s Reproductive Services, the 21st abortion mill in Texas and the sixth in Houston, opened this past May, greatly endangering preborn children and pregnant women.

    This mill specializes in administering RU 486, more commonly known as “the abortion pill.”

    Boasting of having “created something that’s different from clinics in the area,” the abortion mill claims, “Our office is calm with a relaxed and comfortable environment.”  But the pristine office, located in a six-story building in the Houston Heights, belies the truly evil acts committed in this so called “safe environment.”

    The opening of Houston Women’s Reproductive Services follows closely the 86th Texas Legislature fumbling the so-called “Super Bowl Session.”  The recent failure of politicians to stop abortions signals that Texas is an easy and open target for the anti-Life agenda.  Abortionists from New York and California are already targeting Texas, trying to infect our Pro-Life state with their anti-Life lies.

    Texans everywhere must pick a side: death or Life.

    Thankfully, Houston Coalition for Life’s first organized prayer vigil outside the new abortion mill last Friday demonstrated that Pro-Lifers will not leave our community unguarded.

    HELP LIFENEWS SAVE BABIES FROM ABORTION! Please help LifeNews.com with a donation!

    Seventy-one women and 19 men prayed that morning, standing in the gap between Life and death.

    The coalition will expand their Stand and Pray program with Pro-Life advocates in front of Houston Women’s Reproductive Services praying, distributing factual materials, and offering a truly safe space for the mothers and their preborn children.

    Houston neither needs nor wants another abattoir that preys on women and children for profit.

    LifeNews Note: This originally appeared at Texas Right to Life.

    7 hours 54 min ago
    Author: abyssum

    JUNE 18, 2019

    Infiltration: Real or Imagined?

    Infiltration: Real or Imagined?


    Has the Catholic Church been infiltrated by anti-Catholic forces intent on its destruction?  This is the thesis of Taylor Marshall’s new bookInfiltration:  The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within.

    The book has already generated a lot of controversy, with one critic accusing the author of “McCarthyism” and “wild assertions.” Marshall’s main assertion is that the Church has been infiltrated by Masons, Modernists, and communists who aim to change the Church’s mission “from something supernatural to something secular.”

    Marshall uses the word “infiltration” in two senses: an infiltration of personnel and an infiltration of ideas, and it’s not always clear what sense he’s using. However, in the main, he’s writing about the infiltration of ideas.

    Indeed, the primary document he refers to—The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita—is less about the placement of agents than about the gradual introduction of a new climate of thought. The author of The Permanent Instruction admitted that it might take more than a century before the process produced “a pope according to our own heart.”

    Was there an actual penetration of the Church by agents of communism and/or Freemasonry? Marshall does name some names, and he does offer evidence, but although his evidence is not always conclusive, it is suggestive. Earlier popes were certainly worried about the influence of Masons and Modernists. Pope Leo XIII published four encyclicals against Freemasonry, and Pope Pius X was convinced that Modernists had infiltrated the clergy and the seminaries.

    Communist Infiltration
    Marshall also cites the testimony of Bella Dodd, a former communist agent, who told a House Committee that “in the 1930s we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within.” Similar testimony was offered to the committee by Manning Johnson, another former agent; however, no other corroborating evidence of their testimony has been produced.

    Still, the possibility of physical infiltration should not be dismissed out of hand. It’s the kind of thing that Soviet communists were capable of doing and have actually done. There is abundant evidence, for example, that communists did successfully infiltrate the Russian Orthodox Church. And, according to ex- communists such as Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley, as well as later researchers such as Stanton Evans and Diana West, the Roosevelt administration had been thoroughly penetrated by communist agents.

    We also know that Soviet communists waged a highly successful campaign to smear Pope Pius XII as “Hitler’s Pope.” In addition, smear campaigns were launched to discredit several other high-ranking anti-communist prelates such as Archbishop Wojtyla. Moreover, as historian Paul Kengor asserts, the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II was ordered by the GRU (Soviet military intelligence).

    During the Cold War, Soviet communists viewed the Catholic Church as one of their greatest enemies, implying that the motive to undermine the Church existed; and, as exemplified by the infiltration of the Russian Orthodox Church, so did the capability.

    Not every conspiracy is a theory. Real conspiracies—some with devastating results—are a part of history. Sometimes, comrade X really does instruct agent Y to infiltrate organization Z. On the other hand, it’s important to understand that not every disaster is the result of a conspiracy.

    Some ideas are very seductive and they can spread widely without the help of organized conspirators. The conspiratorial movements that Marshall identifies—Freemasonry, Modernism, liberalism, and communism—all share many ideas in common. In essence, they are all forms of humanism—the idea that mankind can effect some kind of secular salvation by the proper manipulation of the social environment.

    These ideas are often couched in terms that are very appealing to Christians—“peace,” “love,” “brotherhood,” “compassion,” “the dignity of man,” and the like. In many respects, these movements are counterfeits of Christianity; they have an emotional appeal for many precisely because they echo parts of the Christian message.

    The Human Potential Movement
    In the 1960s and ’70s, the “gospel” of humanistic psychology swept through the Church with amazing speed. Almost overnight, the tenets of pop psychology were substituted for Catholic doctrine. Religious studies texts for high school students frequently cited popular psychologists such as Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow, and the cultivation of self-esteem in students became a top priority for Catholic teachers. Instead of moral precepts, students were introduced to faddish strategies such as “values clarification” and “moral reasoning.” Meanwhile, goals such as self-acceptance and self-esteem came to be seen as more important than the achievement of sanctity. And, since Human Potential Psychology had no room for the concept of sin, countless Catholics suddenly discovered that they were “OK” as they were, with the result that the practice of Confession nearly disappeared.

    Many of these striking transformations in the Church are still with us today, but there is little evidence that they were the result of any deliberate conspiracy. Carl Rogers was certainly the most important figure in the Human Potential Movement. It was he who made the case that “growth psychology” could be applied to every area of life. Yet, there is no evidence that I’m aware of which would link Rogers to Masons or communists or any other conspiratorial group. Because Rogers did his graduate work at Columbia University he was almost certainly exposed to the ideas of John Dewey, the author of the “Humanist Manifesto,” but, then, so was my mother and so were about half of the teachers in America. The fact is, Rogers was rather apolitical, and was quite uncomfortable with the idea that he was looked upon as the founder of a movement. It’s difficult to imagine him as part of any conspiracy, yet the infiltration of the Church by the theories of Human Potential Psychology arguably did more harm to Catholicism than Freemasons or communists ever did.

    Many who are currently in charge in the Church were formed in the milieu which Rogers helped to create. This includes Pope Francis, who once taught psychology and who seems exceedingly fond of the therapeutic psychobabble that was born in that era. Moreover, much of the Church’s current sensitivity to sexual minorities seems to be an outgrowth of the sensitivity movement spawned by Rogers and other humanistic psychologists. The concern with “acceptance,” “accompaniment,” and respect for “lived experience” seems to come straight out of the Rogerian playbook of non-directive therapy.

    I have some firsthand experience of the attraction of humanistic psychology. I became interested in Rogers’ work while in graduate school, and I can attest that it had something akin to a religious appeal. Although the tenets of Humanistic Psychology contradicted key elements of Christian doctrine, it didn’t seem so to me at the time. Instead, self-esteem psychology seemed to me to be simply a more enlightened, more compassionate form of Christianity. At the same time, I was reading the work of the nouvelle theologians mentioned by Marshall—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Henri de Lubac, Karl Rahner, Hans Kung, and the like—and what they said seemed to dovetail with what Rogers, Maslow, Fromm, and other psychologists were saying about human development and human potential.

    Alas, even Rogers finally admitted that his experiments in human potential had probably done more harm than good. The prime example was the collapse of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Order of Sisters after being exposed to a two-year program of intensive encounter groups led by Rogers and his team. Within a few years of Rogers’s intervention, all 600 of the Immaculate Heart nuns had left the order.

    Nevertheless, despite the damage that resulted, there appears to have been no conspiracy on the part of Rogers or any of his colleagues to infiltrate the Church. Rogers’s theories certainly have a close resemblance to Modernism and other humanistic schools of thought, but he claims that his ideas simply grew out of his own experience as a therapist. As Donald Trump might say, “No Collusion, no conspiracy.” Still, it bears repeating that one would be mistaken to jump to the opposite pole and conclude that all conspiracy theories are wild fantasies.

    The Saint Gallen “Mafia”
    Ideas are generated by people and they are transmitted by people through articles and pamphlets, over the media, in classrooms and meetings, and in informal conversations.  Marshall devotes a chapter of his book to the Saint Gallen “Mafia”—a small group of high-ranking bishops and cardinals who assembled regularly in Saint Gallen, Switzerland, to discuss reforming the Church, and also, says Marshall, to find a candidate for pope who could defeat Cardinal Ratzinger, and, after that failed, to find someone to replace him.  That someone turned out to be Jorge Bergoglio.

    Given that his suspicions are confirmed by other sources such as Austen Ivereigh, Marshall seems on solid ground here. But some of his musings regarding Saint Gallen rest on more shaky ground. Marshall points out that Saint Gallen was once a hotbed of communism and that it was located close to the Swiss headquarters of the Order of Templars of the Orient, a mystical religion associated with the infamous occultist, Aleister Crowley, and that Father Theodore McCarrick travelled there annually for a period of at least ten years. Marshall suggests that there might have been a link between these coincidences and the activities of the Saint Gallen “Mafia.” But contiguity does not prove conspiracy, and in the end he is only able to make rather strained symbolic connections.

    However, what he says about the Saint Gallen group itself is less speculative. He names thirteen members of the “mafia,” including Cardinal Carlo Martini, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Cardinal Walter Kasper, and Cardinal Cormac Murpy-O’Connor. And his thesis is backed up by Danneel’s official biographer who explained that “the election of Bergoglio was prepared in St. Gallen” because the “election of Bergoglio corresponded with the aims of St. Gallen, on that there is no doubt.” It’s also telling that Danneels himself referred to the group as a “mafia,” and that he stood next to Bergoglio on the balcony of Saint Peter’s immediately after his election as pope.

    Did the activities of the Saint Gallen group amount to a conspiracy? A plot? Or were their meetings, in the words of one critical reviewer of Marshall’s book, “the normal manner in which all human groups pursue their own interest”?

    Well, that would depend on what sort of interests they were pursuing. One might suppose that when professional bank robbers get together to plan a heist, their meetings are similar in form to those of other “human groups”—first, some informal chit chat, then a call to order, then a proposal, then some feedback from group members, etc. The difference between a meeting of bank robbers and a meeting of the bank’s board of directors has to do not with form but with intent.

    Marshall maintains that some bishops have crooked intentions—that they have been acting more like bank robbers than bishops. Indeed, Infiltration contains two chapters on scandals in the Vatican Bank—complete with charges of money laundering, disappearing assets, Mafia involvement (the real Mafia, not the Saint Gallen one), and mysterious murders.

    Marshall concentrates on bank scandals that occurred during the papacies of Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI (who called in Archbishop Viganò to straighten out the mess.) But Pope Francis has his own peculiar problem with banks. He seems to view them not as places where money can be safely deposited, but as safe places to deposit wayward priests and bishops. In 2013, he appointed Msgr. Battista Ricca as Prelate of the Vatican Bank despite Ricca’s involvement in a series of homosexual scandals. Ricca doesn’t seem to have had any particular qualification for the position, and, in view of the scandals, he seemed an unlikely candidate for such a sensitive job.

    A few years later, after the Vatican received evidence of sexual abuse of seminarians by Argentine bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, Francis carved out a position for him in another Vatican financial institution—The Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. Like Ricca, Zanchetta had no qualifications for the job.  On the contrary, he had been accused of mishandling diocesan funds. In June of 2019, he was formally charged with sexual abuse and could face 3 to 10 years in prison.

    I bring this up because, except for a brief mention of Ricca, Marshall does not. He has very little to say about the many scandals surrounding the Francis papacy. Marshall assumes that most Catholics already realize that something is dreadfully wrong within the Church, and his book is an attempt to explain some of the historical and intellectual currents that have led to our contemporary crisis. Many Catholics know next to nothing about this historical context, and an acquaintance with the controversies over Freemasonry and Modernism would provide a much needed perspective.

    “Ideas have consequences,” wrote political philosopher Richard Weaver. And it seems beyond doubt that the Church has been infiltrated and influenced over the years by ideas with damaging consequences. To what extent this infiltration of ideas was and is the result of deliberate plots is difficult to say. However, it’s important to try and find out. Harmful ideas can be more easily combatted if we know something about the motives of the people who promote them.

    As some of Marshall’s critics point out, his book is not a comprehensive or definitive history of the time period that he covers; some of the plots he discusses are not proven. Nevertheless, ideas don’t simply float in over the transom. They are carried by people, and sometimes, we must assume, by people with malevolent intent. It’s not enough to say that these ideas merely reflect the culture surrounding the Church; that’s simply a way of saying that no one is responsible. Moreover, it’s not enough to dismiss people who raise the possibility of plots as mere conspiracy theorists. Until the release of the Venona Project papers in 1995, communist infiltration of government agencies during the administration of FDR was wrongly regarded by many as no more than a rightwing fantasy.

    It would be nice to wait until all the facts are in regarding, say, the Saint Gallen group before speculating about their intentions, but time may be running out. As Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, a leading member of the group once said, “Four years of Bergoglio would be enough to change this”—“this” meaning the Church founded by Christ.

    Editor’s note: Above is Pope Francis appearing at the window of St Peter’s Basilica after being elected pope on March 13, 2013. Retired and scandal-ridden Cardinal Danneels of the St. Gallen mafia is second from the pope’s left. (Photo credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Tagged as conspiracy theoryhumanistic psychologyInfiltration (2019)secular humanismSt. Gallen MafiaTaylor Marshall228

    By William Kilpatrick

    William Kilpatrick taught for many years at Boston College. He is the author of several books about cultural and religious issues, including Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong; and Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Catholic World Report, National Catholic Register, Aleteia, Saint Austin Review, Investor’s Business Daily,and First Things. His work is supported in part by the Shillman Foundation. For more on his work and writings, visit his website, turningpointproject.com

  48. Site: LifeSite News
    7 hours 58 min ago
    'I’m simply saying there are two genders: Male and female,' the student insisted in a video he filmed of the event.
  49. Site: Zero Hedge
    8 hours 3 min ago
    Author: Tyler Durden

    With extensive, and increasingly complicated, analyses on how to trade the Fed today already floating around and making traders' lives even more miserable, here are two last minute simple cheat sheets on what to expect from the Fed's statement today.

    The first one is a proposed redline of what the FOMC statement will look like today from Goldman, which as a reminder, is a hard contrarian to the prevailing Wall Street view that the Fed will turn dovish (no rate cut in July or any other month in 2019) yet even Goldman's Jan Hatzius expects the Fed to drop the "patient" designation, instead saying that "the committee is closely monitoring global economic and financial developments and is prepared to act as needed to achieve its objectives as informed by incoming data", with Jim Bullard will voting against keeping rates unchanged, opting for a 25bps rate cut instead.

    Below is a similar take from Morgan Stanley, which however has a slightly more dovish take, one which adds the trigger words "material downside risk to the outlook" which will inform the algorithmic investing public that a July rate cut is all but in the bag.

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