Politics

Planned Parenthood President: Protecting Babies From Abortions is “Heartless”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Planned Parenthood acting president Alexis McGill Johnson slammed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as “heartless” Tuesday for allowing Texas to temporarily halt elective abortions… The ruling overturned a judge’s temporary restraining order authorizing Texas abortion clinics to keep killing unborn babies instead of obeying a state-wide halt on non-essential medical procedures. Gov. Greg Abbott’s order helps support hospitals that need additional medical gear and supplies to treat patients with the coronavirus.

U.S. Funds World Health Organization That Boot-Licks China, With Deadly Results, by Tim Andrews

By Tim Andrews, The Federalist – The coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread throughout the world, having infected more than 100,000 people and causing the deaths of more than 4,000. Officials in charge of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have rightly received plenty of criticism about how they’ve managed the outbreak, with nearly half a million people calling on WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to resign.

Dr. Fauci: We Can Relax Social Distancing When We Have No New Cases, New Deaths, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday that once there are no new coronavirus cases or new deaths from COVID-19, social distancing can be relaxed… During the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, a reporter asked whether social distancing guidelines will be in effect until there is a treatment or vaccine… “I think if we get to the part of the curve that Dr. Birx showed yesterday when it goes down to essentially no new cases, no new deaths at a period of time. I think it makes sense that you will have to relax social distancing,” Fauci said.

Trump is Working to ‘Flatten the Curve’ of Economic Slowdown, by Ken Blackwell

By Ken Blackwell, The Stream – Governor Mike DeWine’s early and aggressive response to the coronavirus pandemic helped Ohio minimize the damage from a public health perspective. Similarly, President Trump is preparing the entire country for a rapid post-COVID economic resurgence, even while he works to provide state and local leaders the resources they need to fight the virus.

Managing a Disaster, by Walter E. Williams

But what about hoarding? Often hoarding creates the shortage. In uncertain times, people may purchase three dozen eggs instead of one dozen. They may want to maintain stockpiles of canned goods and buy up large quantities of cleaners, paper towels and toilet paper. This kind of behavior has left some with overflowing freezers, shelves of sanitizers and garages full of toilet paper while their neighbors are left either wanting for the same items or paying what some call “excessive and unjustified” prices.

5th Circuit Allows Texas to Ban Abortions, Saving Babies and Helping Coronavirus Patients, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted a lower court ruling that stopped Texas officials from banning abortions to help conserve medical resources to combat the coronavirus… The federal appellate court ruling overturns a judge’s temporary restraining order authorizing Texas abortion clinics to keep killing babies in abortions instead of obeying the governor’s order to halt non-essential medical procedures. Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s order helps support hospitals and medical clinics that need additional medical gear and supplies to treat patients with the coronavirus.

The Other Pathogen: Power-Seeking Politicians, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – Americans are rightfully engaging in prudential measures to protect themselves, their families and their communities from COVID-19… But as this virus — and the reaction to it — has advanced, Americans have seen another more ancient threat reemerge in our society: excessive government… While COVID-19 is a threat to human health, excessive government is a threat to human liberty… Americans should act with thoughtfulness and diligence to preserve both health and liberty. We want not only to live but also to live free… Some politicians have a different view. They have used the threat this virus poses to public health to threaten a fundamental liberty.

CARES Act Massively Expands Government, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, The Patriot Post – As the dust settles following Congress’s hurried passage of the China Virus1 pandemic emergency relief package2 known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, spending details of the 880-page $2.2 trillion behemoth are now becoming known, and it’s not a pretty sight. While billions of dollars go for needed virus relief, roughly $600 billion goes into government coffers. It’s the biggest one-day expansion of government power ever, with the vast majority going to increase the welfare state… It’s clear that Big Government proponents, especially the Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, followed Rahm Emanuel’s advice and didn’t let this crisis go to waste. What may be an even greater danger than government expansion is the precedent this crisis action has produced.

Rev. Graham: Wasn’t Pelosi ‘Fiddling,’ Wasting Days, By Loading Pork Into $2 Trillion Relief Bill?

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stating that because President Donald Trump supposedly fiddled in his early handling of the coronavirus, which allegedly cost American lives, Rev. Franklin Graham wondered what Pelosi was doing by wasting days to force federal pork barrel spending into the $2 trillion relief bill… Some of the questionable “relief” spending the $2 trillion bill, as reported by Fox News, includes the following,
• $10,804,687,000 for international development
• $350,000,000 for refugee resettlement
• $93,000,000 Congress ($25 million of which is for “salaries and expenses”)
• $75,000,000 for PBS stations
• $75,000,000 for the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities
• $75,000,000 National Endowment for the Humanities
• $50,000,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services
• $25,000,000 for the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
• $7,500,000 for the Smithsonian Institution

Death by Identity Politics, by Jane Clark Scharl

By Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine – There’s nothing like a catastrophe to show us what it is that we worship… The past few weeks have further proven that many Americans believe they can buy safety—witness the shocking stripping of basic goods from grocery stores at a level far beyond what people actually need. And in just the past few days, as Congress has wrangled out a stimulus package ostensibly designed to support struggling businesses and individuals, it has become abundantly clear what the real gods of our nation are: on the Left, identity politics, and on the Right, unbridled economic growth.

Trump Orders Former Troops Back to Active Duty to Fight Virus, by Mario Parker

By Mario Parker, Newsmax – President Trump issued an order Friday night that permits the Pentagon to bring former U.S. troops and members of the National Guard and Reserve back to active duty to augment forces already involved in the military’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reported, quoting senior U.S. officials said… The president signed the order for Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to order units and individual members “and certain Individual Ready Reserve” members, Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement released just after midnight on Saturday morning, the Post reported.

Leading Coronavirus Vaccine Development Using Cells of Aborted Babies

By Children of God for Life, LifeSiteNews – In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, pharmaceutical companies are racing to provide a vaccine to prevent further spread of the disease. Unfortunately, Moderna, the company that has been recently touted in news headlines for its developing mRNA-1273 vaccine to fight the virus, uses aborted fetal cell lines… Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, a prolife organization whose mission is to end the use of aborted fetal material in vaccines and medicines, said her suspicions were raised after checking Moderna’s patents and in particular, the use of the Spike (S) protein.

Gallup: News Media Ranked Worst in Response to Coronavirus, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – From among nine different leaders and institutions in the United States that are responding to the coronavirus, hospitals were ranked at the top with 88% approval by Americans, according to Gallup, and the news media were ranked last, the worst, with only 44% approval… President Donald Trump received a 60% approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus and Vice President Mike Pence earned a 61% approval rating.

Opinion: Can This Pandemic Usher in a New Era? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – To fight the coronavirus at home, France is removing all military forces from Iraq… When NATO scaled back its war games in Europe because of the pandemic, Russia reciprocated. Moscow announced it would cancel its war games along NATO’s border… Nations seem to be recognizing and responding to the grim new geostrategic reality of March 2020: The pandemic is the real enemy of us all, and while we fight it, each in hs own national corner, we are in this together… Never allow a serious crisis to go to waste, said Barack Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel during the financial crisis…

Man Who Almost Died From Coronavirus Tells Fox News How Drug Backed by Trump Saved His Life, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – A 52-year-old man who thought he was going to die as a result of the coronavirus told Laura Ingraham of Fox News that he believes the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine saved his life… Rio Giardinieri says he had been suffering with a fever for nine days, that his breathing became worse, speaking became difficult, and that he expected to die as a result of the coronavirus… But Gardinieri decided to request hydroxychloroquine from medics after a friend of his from a prayer line told him about the drug. That friend had seen the drug covered recently on Ingraham’s show.

Trump’s Strategic Foresight Is Being Put to the Test, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, Townhall – Even in the first bleak days of the war, FDR kept reminding the nation why and how America would win. That confidence was not based on fantasies but on rational calculation and justified optimism… In the present crisis of the coronavirus, what will determine the effectiveness of President Trump’s leadership is not what the media screams today or the polls say tomorrow. The praise of his supporters or the predictable damnation of his enemies won’t matter.

American Spirit Shines Amid Coronavirus Crisis, by Louis DeBroux

By Louis DeBroux, The Patriot Post – The American people are, in the words of President Donald Trump, “one big beautiful American family.” How true that is. Like family we get along with some more than others… no family in the world sets aside differences and strengthens each other in times of crisis more than the American people. Whether it be the aftermath of the radical Islamist terrorist attacks of 9/11, the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a massive outbreak of tornadoes in the Midwest, or flooding following Hurricane Katrina, we come together to rescue our neighbor, comfort them, and help them put their lives back together.

Coronavirus: Interrupting Abortions, by Joseph Enders

By Joseph Enders, Church Militant – Faithful Catholics are prayerfully pleading for a cure to the Chinese virus, but a happy side-effect is also occurring: Louisiana, Texas and Ohio each have issued orders suspending all non-essential surgeries, and that includes abortions… The three remaining Louisiana abortion mills will be closing, and the facilities appear to be complying for now… However, an official at one of the three, Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, said they are intending to fight the directive amid their closure.

Inaccurate Virus Models Are Panicking Officials Into Ill-Advised Lockdowns, by Madeline Osburn

By Madeline Osburn, The Federalist – As U.S. state and local officials halt the economy and quarantine their communities over the Wuhan virus crisis, one would hope our leaders were making such major decisions based on well-sourced data and statistical analysis. That is not the case… A scan of statements made by media, state governors, local leaders, county judges, and more show many relying on the same source, an online mapping tool called COVID Act Now… An interactive map provides users a catastrophic forecast for each state, should they wait to implement COVID Act Now’s suggested strict measures to “flatten the curve.”

‘Catholic Democrat’ Is an Oxymoron, by Peter Maurice

By Peter Maurice, Crisis Magazine – Like all communist states, the Chinese hate and persecute Christianity. The “disease” is godless ideology, not ethnicity… Just so with the Democratic Party disease: it has its own godless ideology. Just as Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo pretends that China is the nation that best fulfills the Church’s social doctrine, our diocesan newspaper lauds the Democratic Party’s social programs. When it comes to a Catholic’s duty to reject pro-abortion candidates, the tone is measured, nuanced, and pastoral…

CNA: Virginia Governor Makes Attending Church a Criminal Offense

CNA – Virginia governor Ralph Northam has made it a criminal offense to attend church services of more than 10 people. An executive order went into effect in the commonwealth on Tuesday, March 24, making any non-essential gatherings a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail or a fine of $2,500… “All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned statewide… This does not include gatherings that involve the provision of health care or medical services, access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; operations of the media; law enforcement agencies; or operations of government.”

CNSNews Staff: $6 Trillion: Kudlow Says Coronavirus Bill Will Be ‘Largest … Assistance Program in History of United States’

By CNSNews.com Staff – Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Counsel in President Donald Trump’s White House, said today that the coronavirus bill they are preparing now will be “the single largest Main Street assistance program in the history of the United States.”… “So, the total package here comes to roughly $6 trillion: $2 trillion direct assistance, roughly $4 trillion in Federal Reserve lending power,” said Kudlow at a White House briefing.

Pro-Life Groups Call for National Ban on Abortions During Coronavirus Crisis, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Today the leaders of national and state-based pro-life groups sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar calling for an end to abortions during the coronavirus crisis. They are calling on all public health officials to oppose the promotion of abortion amidst our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic… The letter was signed more than 50 pro-life leaders, including LifeNews.com.

WND: Reagan’s Economist: ‘Stimulus’ Will Make Things Worse

By WND Staff, March 23, 2020 – Angry Republicans are blaming Democrats for holding up a $1 trillion stimulus package meant to provide relief to Americans and businesses amid the coronavirus crisis, but the man whose economic theory became a cornerstone of Ronald Reagan’s revolution hopes the plan will die… Art Laffer, in an interview Monday with Fox News, called the bill a “helicopter money proposal” of handouts that has a bad track record historically… “It never works, it just causes the problem to get worse and worse,” said Laffer, known for his… “Laffer curve.”… “You don’t tax people who work and pay people who don’t work and expect more work,” he said.

Report: Democrats Push Pork for Planned Parenthood in Coronavirus Package, by Dr. Susan Berry

Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – The Hill reported Sunday that one of the reasons bipartisan support for a massive coronavirus stimulus package has fallen apart is, once again, because Democrats want the bill to prop up Planned Parenthood… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Sunday she will be moving ahead with her own emergency relief package and ended hopes for an immediate vote in the Senate to further assistance for the nation in the midst of the crisis caused by the virus that originated in China.

COVID-19 Will Change Healthcare, by Brian Mark Weber

By Brian Mark Weber, Patriot Post – On Tuesday, President Donald Trump took the bold step of ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to waive potential HIPAA penalties, thereby clearing the way for telemedicine. Now, a patient with coronavirus symptoms can consult with a real doctor from home…

The Economic Disaster Media And Washington Haven’t Begun To Notice, by Christopher Bedford

By Christopher Bedford, The Federalist – The U.S. economy is in trouble, and if you can believe it, that trouble isn’t simply the closure of Main Street, the massive number of nationwide layoffs, and the danger of financial crisis we’ve all heard about. As companies run out of cash, pushing them toward insolvency, our country’s business-to-business trust is at risk of coming apart, tearing and ultimately collapsing the delicate system that keeps industries as diverse as farming, chemicals, and aluminum profitable and solvent.

Democrats Block Senate Coronavirus Package, by Sean Moran

By Sean Moran, Breitbart – Democrats blocked a coronavirus package on Sunday that would provide economic relief to businesses and Americans suffering from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak… The Senate GOP package failed, with 47 votes in favor and 47 against, which fell 13 votes short of what was necessary to advance the legislation… An angry Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) slammed Democrats for voting against the bill and blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for nixing bipartisan negotiations over a coronavirus package.

Trump: The Cure Can’t Be Worse Than The Problem, by Leah Barkoukis

By Leah Barkoukis, Townhall – President Trump teased the idea of being less restrictive in the U.S.’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus after the 15-day period to flatten the curve has ended… “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” Trump tweeted in all caps. “At the end of the 15 day period, we will make a decision as to which way we want to go!”… The message comes as 10 states have more than 500 cases of the virus, with New York becoming the epicenter in the U.S. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday the state has 16,887 confirmed cases, which is approximately 5 percent of the cases of COVID-19 worldwide.

Rev. Graham: ‘Thank God’ We Have a President Who ‘Knows How to Take Charge’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapmanm, CNS News – In a Friday post on Facebook, Rev. Franklin Graham said, “CNN is now accusing President Trump of peddling false hope. The truth is, America does need hope now.”… “The President has put our country on war-time footing,” said Graham. “He has cut through red tape. He has directed suppliers to produce the medical equipment and supplies we need. He has taken measures with travel and more to protect our citizens.”

Today’s Heresy: Questioning the Response to the Coronavirus, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Economies are being destroyed around the world, including in the United States. This is happening not because of the devastation of the Coronavirus but because of the governmental fear that the virus might be devastating if extreme anti-plague measures are not adopted. As the prevention measures become more and more stringent, most of the public assumes they are more and more necessary—that COVID-19 must really be a very serious threat. After all, even if it isn’t so bad right now, it might mutate into something worse.

Who Defines Fundamental Human Rights? by David Carlin

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing – We find rights to freedom of speech and freedom of press and freedom of religion; we find a right to bear arms; we find a right to trial by jury; we find a right to vote; we find a right not to be a slave; we find a right to purchase alcoholic beverages; and so on. But we find no right to abortion… Unless the Court changes its ways (which it might if it has a stable conservative or “originalist” majority), we expect that in the not-too-distant future it will “find” in the Constitution a “right” to polygamy, a right to be euthanized, and a right to be transgender.

Seamless Garment or Political Comforter? by Michael M. Uhlmann

By Michael M. Uhlmann, Crisis Magazine – In a recent editorial promoting the seamless-garment thesis, the National Catholic Reporter provided its list of “other” issues, which included “war and peace, immigration, tax cuts, housing, the death penalty, economic justice, welfare reform, the federal deficit, civil liberties, education, health care, crime, and on and on.” How fox hunting failed to make the list, I do not know, but the idea seems to be that a good Catholic is a liberal Democrat. That was surely not the bishops’ intention in the 1970s, but many have drawn just that inference.

The Coronavirus Response Shows That Federalism Is Working, by Michael B. Dougherty

By Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review – nd so people are asking questions such as, “Why didn’t the U.S. federal government shut down restaurants and bars the way France and Spain did?” Or they are kvetching about the president. Writer Molly Jong-Fast complains, “So the states are basically governing themselves because our president doesn’t know how to president at all?”… Well, no. It’s simple: Our president doesn’t have dictatorial powers, even in a national emergency. The president doesn’t have authority to shut down your local gin joint. Your state governor does have this power, in extraordinary circumstances. 

Catholic Pro-Life Leaders Endorse President Trump: He’s Been Excellent on the “Sanctity of Life”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – A new group of Catholic pro-life leaders has come together to support President Donald Trump and they are encouraging Catholics nationwide to support the president, saying he has crafted an excellent record on pro-life and religious liberty issues… The leaders are not only endorsing Trump but putting together a new campaign coalition, Catholics for Trump, meant to encourage Catholics nationwide to support re-electing the president this November. The new coalition was set to begin operations next week with a kickoff rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but that event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Hypocritical Democrats Block Born Alive Protection, by Daniel John Sobieski

By Daniel John Sobieski, American Thinker – Democrats whine about children being separated from their families and allegedly kept in cages at the border, and they worry about them catching the coronavirus, but they believe in abortion from conception until birth and even after, beholden as they are to an intolerant left that says “reproductive care” includes leaving a newborn baby on a table until it dies, as Dem. Gov. Ralph Northam, states.

Joe Biden Betrays His Fellow Catholics, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – This means, dear papist, that the odds are on a Catholic nominee—that is, a “pro-choice Catholic” nominee. It’s sad.. that once again, as in 2004, the Church that has long been so solidly, so consistently, so eloquently, and so stridently pro-life will be embarrassed by another lifelong, professing Catholic who rejects those teachings at the highest national stage… In 2004, that Catholic was John Kerry, another man of the northeast who was raised Catholic, went to the U.S. Senate, sought the nomination of a once-great political party that has lost its mind on cultural issues, and proceeded to sell his soul to Planned Parenthood, bowing to the party’s golden calf of Roe v. Wade. It’s a tragedy, really.

Why Prayer is Wise During a Pandemic, by Michael R. Egnor, MD

By Michael R. Egnor, MD, The Stream – Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne ’s undies are in a knot because the coronavirus task force, led by U.S. vice president Mike Pence, prays together. Oh my… There’s even a picture of the virus task force praying together! We don’t need prayer; we need science! Here’s the photo, which distresses me but doesn’t surprise me… [a]fter all, one godly intervention is just as delusional as another! (Jerry Coyne, “JESUS ‘N’ MO ‘N’ PENCE” at Why Evolution is True)

Trump Stops Pelosi From Putting Abortion Funding in Anti-Coronavirus Bill, House to Pass Clean Measure, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – In a victory for the Trump administration and pro-life Americans, pro-abortion Speaker Nancy Pelosi has relented and agreed to a deal with the Trump administration to pass a clean version of the economic stimulus bill dealing with the coronoavirus. A clean bill with the Hyde Amendment attached to it will receive approval from the House of Representatives tonight and will be signed into law on Monday after the Senate approves it.

English Catholics Implore Vatican: ‘Tear Up’ Deal With Communist China, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – “We the undersigned are writing to express our burning anxiety at the Vatican’s treaty with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the light of the China Tribunal’s findings into forced organ harvesting,” the letter published in the Catholic Herald begins… The London-based human rights group, China Tribunal, told the U.N. Human Rights Council in September last year that China takes skin, kidneys, lungs, and hearts from members of the persecuted religious groups, especially members of the proscribed Falun Gong religious group and Uighur Muslims.

Trump: ‘Large Scale’ Coronavirus Testing Coming Soon

By Thomson, Reuters, Newsmax – President Donald Trump says coronavirus testing in the United States will soon happen on a large scale, citing cuts in red tape… “The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!” he wrote in a tweet Friday morning… Trump also criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the U.S. organizations leading the fight against the deadly infection, for having a testing system that he said would “always be inadequate and slow for a large scale pandemic.”

Will the Coronavirus Kill the New World Order? by Patrick J. Buchanan 

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician of Congress, told a closed meeting of Senate staffers this week that 70 million to 150 million Americans — a third of the nation — could contract the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci testified that the mortality rate for COVID-19 will likely run near 1%… Translation: Between 750,000 and 1.1 million Americans may die of this disease before it runs its course. The latter figure is equal to all the U.S. dead in World War II and on both sides in the Civil War.

President Trump Suspends Travel From the European Union to Protect Americans From the Wuhan Virus, by Beth Baumann

By Beth Baumann, Townhall – President Donald Trump announced new travel restrictions from the European Union. Beginning Friday at midnight, all travel from Europe to the United States will be suspended for the next 30 days as a means of protecting the American people from the Wuhan Virus… “After consulting with our top government officials, I have decided to take several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and well-being of all Americans. To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days”….

Sanctuary Cities Now Shielding Criminal Illegal Immigrants From ICE, Resulting in Horrific Crimes, by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – They say they want to protect “undocumented” aliens. The sanctuary cities won’t let ICE take them. But most say they’ll give up illegal immigrants who have been charged or convicted of serious crimes. Sanctuaries send ICE the fingerprints of those incarcerated… Illegal immigrants are called “illegal” because they commit a crime by being in this country without permission. But still, most aren’t criminals in any other way. They’re not threats… And at least the sanctuary cities help ICE protect America from the criminals. Or do they?

Bernie: Real Socialism Has Never Been Tried, by David Harsanyi

By David Harsanyi, National Review – But leftists like Bernie like to act as if socialist ideology is incompatible with totalitarianism, when the opposite is true. The nationalization of industry and dispensing with property rights — necessary for any genuine socialism to occur — can’t be instituted without coercion and a centralized authoritarian effort. And even if the effort to redistribute property is first supported by the majority, as soon the state comes for your stuff — and it always does — the “democratic” part of the equation starts to dissipate.

Trish Regan: Dems and Media See Coronavirus as ‘Impeachment All Over Again’ – And, They Don’t Care Who They Hurt, by

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Democrats and liberal media are using the coronavirus in another effort to impeach Donald Trump, and they don’t care how many Americans need to suffer in the process, Fox Business Channel’s Trish Regan said at the opening of her Monday show… “Don’t kid yourself: they told us how much they crave a recession as a way to get rid of Donald Trump,”… “We’ve reached a tipping point. The chorus of hate being leveled at the president is nearing a crescendo as Democrats blame him – and only him – for a virus that originated halfway around the world! This is yet another attempt to impeach the president.

Tucker Carlson Blasts Democrats: “They’re Not Pro-Choice In Any Sense, They’re Pro-Abortion”, by Mary M. Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused Democrats of hypocrisy related to a Supreme Court abortion case, saying that Democrats are “not pro-choice in any sense, they’re pro-abortion.”… Carlson spoke Friday night with Live Action founder and president Lila Rose regarding June Medical Services v. Russo, a Supreme Court case in which an abortion provider is challenging a 2014 Louisiana state law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility…. “It’s not a ban on abortion, it’s a safety requirement,” Carlson said Friday. “In the 1990s, Democrats said they wanted abortion to be ‘safe, legal and rare.’ So you would think they’d welcome a law like that, to make it safer.”

The Violence of the Left, by R. R. Reno

By R. R. Reno, Editor, First Things – As Ed Whelan notes, abortion is an issue that inflames passions, and no doubt Schumer meant to exploit those passions. But the rhetoric of direct threat is noteworthy. “You will pay the price.” “You won’t know what hit you.” Is Schumer implying physical assault? Assassination? Or does he merely mean to wave the threat of impeachment, should Democrats attain sufficient power on Capitol Hill?… I am struck by the double standard. The media constantly warns us about the supposed threat of right-wing violence, carefully monitoring conservatives and condemning them whenever their rhetoric seems to encourage “extremism.”

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: ‘Civilization as We Know It Is at Stake’ in 2020 Election, by Joshua Caplan

By Joshua Caplan, Breitbart -Pelosi made similar comments claiming that President Trump’s possible re-election threatens the world as House Democrats readied two articles of impeachment against the president… “The damage that this administration has done to America — America is a great country, we can sustain — two terms, I don’t know,” Pelosi said at a CNN town hall event in December. “Civilization, as we know it today, is at stake in this election.”.. Pelosi is no stranger to assigning over-the-top descriptions about President Trump or his agenda…

How Do You Know Trump’s Doing a Great Job Responding to Wuhan Virus? When Gavin Newsom Says So, by Leah Barkoukis

By Leah Barkoukis, Townhall – While there are plenty of critics of President Trump’s handling of the Wuhan virus, one person who is not complaining is progressive California Gov. Gavin Newsom—and that should be telling… Speaking to reporters about the administration’s cruise ship response, Newsom said Trump delivered on all of his promises to him during a private phone call to help California, which is in a state of emergency over the virus… “We had a private conversation, but he said, ‘We’re gonna do the right thing’ and ‘You have my support, all of our support, logistically and otherwise,'” Newsom said at a news conference.

Is This How Europe Ends? by Patrick J. Buchanan 

By Patrick J. Buchanan – George W. Bush was goaded into invading Iraq. Barack Obama was persuaded to overthrow Colonel Moammar Gadhafi in Libya and the Assad regime in Damascus. Obama ordered U.S. forces to assist Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his war to crush Houthi rebels who had ousted Riyadh’s resident puppet in Yemen… And what has the West reaped from our Mideast wars?… In Syria and Yemen, we have helped to create two of the world’s greatest human rights disasters. In Libya, we have a new civil war. In Iraq, we now battle Iran for influence inside a nation we “liberated” in 2003

Bernie Unveils ‘Reproductive Justice’ Plan: Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Till Birth, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Democrat presidential contender and avowed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has formally unveiled the abortion agenda he’s running on in 2020, collecting in a single location the various absolutist promises he has made to the abortion lobby… The Vermont senator’s so-called “Reproductive Health Care and Justice for All” plan pledges to repeal the Hyde Amendment, thereby allowing direct funding of elective abortions with tax dollars; make contraception “free” and available over-the-counter; and “significantly” expand “funding for Planned Parenthood, Title X, and other initiatives” that offer and promote abortions.

Detroit Abp. Vigneron Cozy With Pro-Terrorist Imam, by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – Detroit archbishop Allen Vigneron works closely with Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi, a Detroit-area Islamic cleric who recently praised a terrorist mastermind and often publicly denounces President Trump with inflammatory rhetoric… Vigneron has a history of interfaith activity with Muslim leaders, earning the prelate the “Interfaith Partner Award” presented by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan in 2011.

If You Think American Democrats Rejected Socialism, Think Again, by Scott Morefield

By Scott Morefield, Townhall – Nope, come hell or high water, the Democratic establishment wasn’t about to nominate an avowed socialist to lead their party. But it would be a mistake to start thinking these people are even halfway sane, much less that they have anything in common with conservatives. Interestingly, to some on the right, Biden’s win signaled that the Democratic Party establishment, and indeed the Democratic voters who chose him over Sanders, aren’t as crazy as some of us might have thought they were. For example, conservative radio host Ben Shapiro called the election results “excellent news for the country.”

Blacks Fed Up, Leaving Dems in ‘Blexit’ to GOP, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – “[A] majority [of black voters] (54%) believe that the Democratic Party has not done enough for the African American community,” the latest Politico poll revealed… “Black Americans are waking up,” Candace Owens asserted on the Mike Huckabee Show. “They’re realizing they’ve been sleeping at the wheel, and really, what I’m saying is just to embrace your future – you can be in the driver seat of your future.”

Should We Just Write America Off as a Botched, Godless Experiment? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Why does the U.S. have such a distinctive history? What is exceptional about us? How are we different from “normal countries” (Barack Obama’s term), like those in Western Europe, which are mostly content to dissolve their sovereignty in the secretive, autocratic European Union?… If you ask most American liberals, and the historians they read, the answers are clear. We aren’t distinctive. We’re not exceptional, except that we embraced “diversity” through mass immigration before Europeans got the memo. We are a normal country, like France or The Netherlands.

Will the Church Put Islam on Life Support? by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Suppose the Muslim world were to lose faith in Islam. Suppose that Muslims ignored the Koran, stopped going to mosque and dismissed Muhammad as a blood thirsty warlord and slave trader. How would the Catholic Church respond? Would Church leaders greet the news enthusiastically, and declare their solidarity with the newly emancipated Iranians, Saudis, and Egyptians? Would they declare their esteem for the millions who had finally thrown off the yoke imposed by a false prophet 1400 years ago?

Pope Prays Chinese Catholics Will Be ‘Good Citizens’—By Beijing’s Standards? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – “The Church wants Chinese Christians to be truly Christians, and to be good citizens,” the Pope said in his video message, adding that “they need to achieve the unity of the divided Catholic community.”… Of course Christians should be good citizens, and of course Catholics should work for unity within the Church. But in the context of the current situation in China, the Pope’s message is truly stunning, because his prayer intention expresses exactly the message that Beijing authorities want to convey.

Lawmakers Arguing Both Ends of Abortion Spectrum, by Chris Woodward, Charlie Butts

By Chris Woodward, Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-Georgia) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) introduced the Woman’s Right to Know Act… “[Under this legislation] when a woman goes into an abortion clinic and is seeking an abortion, the abortionist will be required to give her information about medical risks regarding the abortion, as well as the gestational age of her child,” she tells OneNewsNow. “And also [she must be informed] where that child is in its development so that she is making a fully informed decision.”

Rev. Graham: Schumer’s Threats ‘Can Feed Hate and Can Lead to Violence’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) publicly threatening harm to two Supreme Court justices — “you will pay the price” — can “feed hate” and “lead to violence,” said Rev. Franklin Graham in denouncing the senator’s recent statements… In a March 5 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, “It’s really sad and concerning that Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer would threaten these conservative Supreme Court justices. He went too far.”…”Now he has tried to reel his comments back in, but statements like his can feed hate and can lead to violence,” said Graham… “His words were extremely toxic and dangerous,” said the reverend. “Our nation needs healing. Join me in praying for our leaders.”

The Danger of the Attacks on the Electoral College, by Trent England (2019)

By Trent England, Imprimis – Once upon a time, the Electoral College was not controversial. During the debates over ratifying the Constitution, Anti-Federalist opponents of ratification barely mentioned it. But by the mid-twentieth century, opponents of the Electoral College nearly convinced Congress to propose an amendment to scrap it. And today, more than a dozen states have joined in an attempt to hijack the Electoral College as a way to force a national popular vote for president.

Why We’ve Got to Get the Coronavirus Response Right, by Peter Brookes, Brayden Helwig

By Peter Brookes, Brayden Helwig, Daily Signal – The Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak thus far has been robust as the disease that originated in Wuhan, China, spreads across the world… Through a combination of travel restrictions, quarantines, and keeping the public informed on the best public hygiene practices, the administration has focused on slowing the entry of the disease into the United States and then containing it… Thus far, the disease has infected more than 96,000 people worldwide, across some 80 countries—and at least 163 Americans in 18 U.S. states.

EWTN Voter Polling Spotlights Views of Younger Catholics, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – As the 2020 general election nears, the second of four polls from EWTN News and RealClear Opinion Research highlights a generational divide when it comes to Catholic teachings on abortion and marriage — one that exists even among more devout Catholics… It also reveals how younger Catholics, ages 18-34, view the current political landscape and the 2020 candidates… In terms of presidential voting preferences, the youngest age group were those most likely to favor Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and the least likely to approve of President Donald Trump.

Not the Party of JFK? Today’s Dems Aren’t Even the Party of Bill Clinton, by Daniel Venturino

By Daniel Venturino, The Stream – My grandma will not vote for any of them, and, I’m guessing, neither will millions of retirement-age Democrats. Election Day will come, they will get up, get dressed, make a cup of coffee and spend the rest of the day feeling somewhat ashamed that they would not be going to the polls for the first time in decades and wishing they had someone to vote for… When was the last time you heard a nationally prominent Democrat say they loved America?

With Louisiana Abortion Case, the Supreme Court Can Re-Establish the Rule of Law, by Andrea Picciotti-Bayer,

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, EWTN News – The Supreme Court has been the accomplice of the nation’s abortion advocates for almost half a century. In 2020, however, the high court has the opportunity to end this unholy alliance… On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case — June Medical Services v. Russo — that will allow the court to right many of the wrongs of its abortion jurisprudence… The June case involves a challenge by abortionists and abortion businesses to a Louisiana “hospital admitting privileges” law. The Louisiana legislators supporting the law responded to a long string of abortion industry abuses that put the lives of Louisiana women at risk.

Socialism ‘Kills’ and is ‘Incompatible’ With Christianity, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – “[Socialism is] an economy that actually kills,” explained Catholic Answers Press in a news release issued Tuesday. “[There is] total incompatibility between socialist dogma and Christian truth.”… “Instead of abandoning private property and handing over the market to a collectivist state, Catholic Social Teaching calls for an economy that truly improves the lives of the poor through markets ‘enriched with virtue.’ while also properly subordinating wealth and material progress to the higher goods of faith, community and family,” the press release impresses.

Joe Biden Supports Abortion Up to Birth, Would Force Americans to Fund Killing Babies in Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Biden has a strong pro-abortion voting record that goes back for many years, and he supported President Barack Obama’s leadership as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. What’s more, pro-abortion movement leaders say they “trust” Biden to protect abortion on demand. As the vice president, he supported the administration’s pro-abortion policies, including Obamacare, which forced religious employers to pay for drugs that may cause abortions.

Chuck Schumer Tells Supreme Court They’ll ‘Pay the Price’ if They Rule Against Abortion, by Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, told Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh “you’ll pay the price” and “won’t know what hit you” if they uphold a pro-life law the Supreme Court is currently considering, leading Chief Justice John Roberts to release a rare public statement of rebuke… Schumer made those remarks today outside the Court at a pro-abortion rally… “I wanna tell you, Gorsuch, I wanna tell you, Kavanaugh: you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price!” he exclaimed. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

This Pro-Life, Female Democrat’s Law Is At The Heart Of Upcoming Supreme Court Abortion Case, by Mary M. Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller – Louisiana state Sen. Katrina Jackson introduced the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, or Act 620, in 2014, which requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility… “Just as Louisiana cares for the life of the child, it’s somehow a big secret that we also care for the life of the mother,” Jackson said at a Tuesday press conference in Washington, D.C. … “Louisiana stands together with women everywhere because we just don’t fight for us, we fight for our daughters, our nieces, and our aunts and everyone who’s yet to come, who has a decision to make,” the state senator said… “Well, as long as that decision is legal, we’re going to hold the physicians to the same standards in the area of women healthcare, that we hold them to in the area of man’s healthcare,” she added.

We Go From Hysteria to Hysteria, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – There are things about which people should be panicked. For example, the contempt for America and capitalism taught to a generation of young Americans from elementary school through college is worthy of panic. The extreme levels of economy-collapsing debt we are irresponsibly piling onto the backs of future generations to maintain “entitlements” is worthy of panic. So is the premature sexualization of children — encouraging them to choose their own gender and taking 5-year-olds to public libraries for “drag queen story hour.” But such things hardly register with most Americans.

Francis the Luddite, by Michael Warren Davis

By Michael Warren Davis, Crisis Magazine – When the late William F. Buckley set out to find a religion editor for National Review, he was careful to choose a Protestant. Though a Catholic himself, Buckley feared that his magazine—by then, already the flaghship of American conservatism—was becoming “too Catholic.” Eventually, he settled on a bombastic Lutheran minister named Richard John Neuhaus.

Devout Catholics in Three Battleground States Key to Trump’s Re-Election, by Martin Barillas

By Martin Barillas, Church Militant – In a new survey… presidential contenders are tied with or slightly leading Trump in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Socialist Sanders has a sizable lead in Michigan and Wisconsin. All three are up for grabs in November… All three states are notable for their high percentages of Catholics and because they are part of the 18 so-called Blue Wall states that had voted for Democrat presidential candidates in six consecutive elections and represented the 242 Electoral College votes that Democrats mistakenly expected would elect Hillary Clinton in 2016. By winning those three states, Trump broke through the Blue Wall to win in the Electoral College even though he lost the popular vote.

Supreme Court Will Hold Hearing Wednesday on Louisiana Law That Saves Babies From Abortion, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – It is difficult to take abortion activists seriously when they claim to protect women’s health and then fight against laws that require abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards… (Tomorrow), the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments about those safety requirements and whether they violate a women’s access to abortion… The 2014 Louisiana law at the center of the case requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges to treat patients with emergency complications. If allowed to take effect, it could close shoddy abortion facilities that are not prepared to help patients suffering from emergency complications.

Dispelling The Myths Around Upcoming Supreme Court Case, by Attorney General Jeff Landry

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Louisiana’s pro-woman admitting privileges law this Wednesday, March 4, 2020. In light of misinformation being published and false comparisons being made about the case, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office issued the following information for clarification purposes: Louisiana is not Texas. Louisiana Act 620 is not Texas H.B. 2. June Medical Services vs. Russo is not Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt; our facts, our evidence, and our generally applicable medical regulations are all different….

Pope’s Lenten Message Includes Environment Damage as ‘Wounds of Christ’, by Jeanne Smits

By Jeanne Smits, Paris Correspondent, LifeSiteNews – Pope Francis has published his Lenten message for 2020, encouraging all Catholics continually to return to the “mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus,” “the cornerstone of our personal and communal Christian life.”… In particular, Francis spoke of the “wounds of the crucified Christ” as being “present in environmental disasters, the unequal distribution of the earth’s goods, human trafficking in all its forms, and the unbridled thirst for profit, which is a form of idolatry.”

Conservatives Push Back, by Bradley Eli

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – Michael Voris is warning Catholics to fight this socialist takeover with every ounce of moral fiber. On Monday’s Download, Voris put Catholics on notice: As a battle-hardened veteran reporter, I have never seen the stakes as high as they are this election cycle. It is no exaggeration to say — the life of a civilization is in the balance. Faithful Catholics must be on board and have no doubt about the commitment that will be needed. None of us wants to be trapped in a socialist America and look back and say, “I should have done more.”

Globalization Bleeding, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, National Review – The recurring dream — or nightmare — of being a ‘citizen of the world’ By the early 21st century, cosmopolitans were gushing that high-tech, instant communications, transnational agencies and agreements, free-flowing capital, international corporations, and a new eerily uniform global elite had, finally, made nationalism, borders, and even the nation-state itself all irrelevant. Nationalism was apparently relegated to dustbin of history, as we hit peak Socratic citizen-of-the-worldism… There were always two flaws to these adolescent giddy reports from world-bestriding New York Times op-ed journalists about win-win globalization…

Levin: From China to Cuba to California, “How Many More Examples of ‘Democratic Socialism’ Do We Need?”, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – “What is this ‘Democratic Socialism?’” Constitutional scholar and conservative pundit Mark Levin asked his audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, commenting on the political philosophy promoted by liberals such a Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a frontrunner to become the Democrat presidential nominee.

Against Reality: Why Our Culture Wars Against the Light, and Why it Will Never Win, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff MirusM, Catholic Culture – You may find a bit of black humor in one of our editorial notes on the news, which explains that: (a) Pope Francis had to cancel a Lenten meeting with priests because he was not feeling well; but (b) He was able to resume his rounds later the same day to meet with the Global Catholic Climate Movement (see Pope’s ‘slight indisposition’). But what is not funny at all is that the Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has manufactured two new rights, not only the right to end your life at any time but the right to have help doing it.

Our First Catholic President? by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – On Ash Wednesday, the White House released a statement from President Trump. “For Catholics and many other Christians,” it reads, “Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season that concludes with the joyful celebration of Easter Sunday…”… These are remarkable words to come from a sitting president. But then, much of this presidency is remarkable. Donald Trump has ignited a movement that is unparalleled in modern times…

The Left Mocks Pence For Praying With Coronavirus Task Force, by Leah Barkoukis

By Leah Barkoukis, Townhall – When President Trump chose Vice President Mike Pence to lead the government’s response to coronavirus, liberals shrieked over his medical inexperience, or as AOC put it, because he “literally does not believe in science.” In the next breath, however, came the attacks on religion… On Friday, The New Yorker published this cartoon of Pence….

There Is No ‘Catholic Vote’, by Declan Leary

By Declan Leary, Crisis Magazine – Yet Triumph saw in the Catholic body politic only untapped potential, as Catholic voters refused or failed to unite behind the moral vision of the Church… Forty-five years later, the situation—or, rather, the non-situation—of the Catholic vote is just about the same, as a recent RealClear/EWTN poll of Catholic voters plainly shows. The poll, administered exclusively to Americans who identify as Catholic and are registered to vote, attempts to get a glimpse of the leanings of Catholic voters going into the 2020 election by asking both about hot topic issues and about particular candidates.

Cardinal Burke: No Catholic Can Justify Policies That Promote Abortion and Biden Consistently Does, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Cardinal Burke replied, “Well, no devout Catholic, no practicing Catholic can be in favor of abortion, can justify voting for legislation policies that promote abortion, and he has a consistent record of being pro-abortion.”… “And it’s not that he — this isn’t a question of a confessional belief,” said Burke. “This has to do with the natural law. The first precept of natural law is the defense of human life.”

This Week: Should Clerics Vote? Is Bankruptcy a Disgrace? And More. by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – But I was taken aback, I admit, by Archbishop Bernard Hebda’s directive that priests and deacons in his St. Paul archdiocese should not vote in Minnesota’s presidential primary… I wonder whether Archbishop Hebda knows that a solid majority of his priests would choose to vote in the Democratic primary. If so, it’s theoretically possible that some energetic researcher could search the voter rolls and determine which percentage of the local clergy chose to participate in the primary of a party whose leadership is firmly committed to legal abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, and gender ideology. We still wouldn’t know how those priests voted. But the data would be interesting, wouldn’t they?

Making the Public Square Beautiful Again, by Francis Lee

By Francis Lee, Crisis Magazine, Crisis Magazine – The White House recently released a draft of a proposed executive order, titled Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again. This unexpected proposal sounded a clarion call to restore “classical and traditional architecture styles” in the future construction of Federal Government buildings in the capital and throughout the nation’s heartland, and discourage the post-1950s Corbusian trends of brutalism and deconstructivism.

CPAC Daily Report: Gutting the Culture

By Michael Voris, S.T.B., Church Militant – Sen. Josh Hawley: “What the liberals want to do is they want to get Big Tech when we are in power, when Donald Trump is in the White House. They want to bully Big Tech into censoring us. When they’re in power, the liberals are in power, they know that Big Tech will on their own suppress our voices.” Missouri’s junior U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley has had enough with the Left’s war path against conservatism…

Pope Francis to Global Catholic Climate Movement: Be Greener!

Rome Reports – Pope Francis met with members of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, which aims to bring the environmental values of the pope’s encyclical, “Laudato si’,” to life around the world… Cardinal Tagle introduced the movement to the pope, then opened the floor for members to speak directly to Pope Francis… This representative, in turn, gave Pope Francis a special rosary made by nuns and Laudato si’ animators from the Ecuadorian Amazon… Finally, the pope thanked the group and said goodbye to each person. He made them chuckle with this final request… “Be greener!”

Saving the Democrats—From Themselves, by Benjamin D. Wiker

By Benjamin D. Wiker, Crisis Magazine – The self-destruction of the Democratic Party is being accomplished so quickly and thoroughly that even Democrats are noticing it. Certainly, the increasing internecine bitterness of Democratic debates is evidence that something is deeply wrong… The problem isn’t just that socialism is growing like mold on the planks of the party platform. There’s an even deeper, longer-term rotting underneath that needs exposure to the air. We need to step back and take a larger historical view to get a clearer diagnosis of the problem.

Archbishop Hebda Warns Priests Against Voting in Super Tuesday Primary, by Kevin Jones

By Kevin Jones, CNA – Catholic priests in Minnesota have been advised not to vote in the state’s March 3 Super Tuesday presidential primary, because there is no guarantee their partisan ballot choice will be kept private, and because primary voting in the state requires voters to express support for a party’s principles… Minnesota Catholic Conference staff have told the state’s bishops that clerical participation in the primary election is “imprudent.”

Why Do So Many Catholics Vote Wrong? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Catholics are a huge swing vote in crucial Midwestern “battleground” states. That is, the places which President Trump shocked Democrats by winning in 2016. But he won by narrow margins, small enough that the states could go either way in 2020. So the voting choices of large subgroups such as Catholics, and the intensity of their turnout, could spell the difference between a second term for Trump, and a socialist in the White House.

VP Pence: Trump Admin is Defunding Planned Parenthood and 2020 a Fight Between Freedom and Socialism

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – The Trump administration is defunding Planned Parenthood ahead of a 2020 presidential election that shapes up as a fight between freedom and socialism, Vice President Mike Pence told the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives today… Pence told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that he was proud to serve under “a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life.”

Coronavirus Crisis Is Trump’s Time to Lead, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Democrats are piling on Trump for cutting funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and failing to reflect the seriousness of the threat. And the issue does present a challenge to Trump’s presidency. His handling of it may determine his stature as chief executive… Yet the issue is also tailor-made for Trump… First, the disease comes out of Xi Jinping’s China, not Trump’s USA… Second, the president occupies what Theodore Roosevelt called the “bully pulpit,” the White House. He can use that pulpit daily to command the airwaves and inform, lead, unite and direct the nation during what could be a months-long crisis. And Trump alone has the power to declare a national emergency, should that be needed.

Transgender Reading Day a Good Day for Students to Miss, by Bob Kellogg

By Bob Kellogg, OneNewsNow – Parents are urged to keep kids home on Thursday if their children’s school is participating in the annual reading of “I am Jazz.”… On February 27, the Human Rights Campaign is holding its annual readings of I Am Jazz in schools across the country. It’s the story of Jazz Jennings – a boy who transitioned to a girl at a very young age… Mission America Founder Linda Harvey contends the controversial book is nothing more than LGBTQ propaganda… “It’s another effort by the Human Rights Campaign and the National Education Association – the mighty teachers’ union – to push the LGBTQ agenda down the throats of little kids.”

My Family Came From Cuba. Sanders Should Educate Himself on Cuban Suffering, by Mike Gonzalez

By Mike Gonzalez, Daily Signal – In a “60 Minutes” segment that aired Feb. 23, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., once again praised the supposed achievements of the Castro family’s communist rule over Cuba since 1959. His remarks were ill-informed, as I can attest… “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program,” Sanders told “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper… Such comments demonstrate at the very least a lack of sympathy for the victims of the Castro regime.

Communism is a Religion Made for Atheists, by Angelo Stagnaro

By Angelo Stagnaro, EWTN News – But if pseudo-proto-communism is as deadly as it’s proven to be, I’d truly hate to see what “real communism” could muster. Thus far, communist atheists have killed 152.5 million people in a vain, constant hope of producing an atheistic utopia. Good intentions might pave the Road to Perdition but dead bodies line the Path to Atheist “Utopia.”… Why is communism atheistic? Where shall I begin? At the beginning or perhaps merely this year?

President Trump Wishes Christians a Blessed Ash Wednesday: Celebrates “Christ’s Saving Love”, by Mary M. Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – “For Catholics and many other Christians, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season that concludes with the joyful celebration of Easter Sunday,” the president said in a statement… “Today, millions of Christians will be marked on their foreheads with the sign of the cross,” the president said. “The imposition of ashes is an invitation to spend time during Lent fasting, praying, and engaging in acts of charity.”.. “This powerful and sacred tradition reminds us of our shared mortality, Christ’s saving love, and the need to repent and accept the Gospel more fully,” he said.

EWTN News/RealClear Opinion Research Poll No. 2: Finding the Catholic Vote, by Matthew Bunson

By Matthew Bunson, EWTN News – The poll, taken Jan. 28-Feb. 4 of a sample of 1,521 self-identified Catholics, affirms once again — and even more convincingly — that any survey of Catholics must be careful in addressing the massive gulf among those Catholics who accept all of the Church’s teachings and those who accept only some, or those who reject key teachings, or say the Church has only a small influence on their lives… Overall, the poll found that 18% of Catholics indicate that they accept all of the Church’s teachings and those are reflected in how they live their lives.

Vatican Abp Organizing Global Education Pact Touts Pope’s ‘New Humanism’ Where God ‘Withdraws’ by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews – The Vatican prelate tasked with organizing the Global Education Pact to be signed at the Vatican on May 14 has explained the theological vision at the heart of Pope Francis’s “new humanism,” in which God withdraws in order to allow for the possibility of human freedom… Speaking to LifeSite at a Global Education Pact workshop, hosted at the Vatican by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on February 6–7 (see full text below), Archbishop Vincenzo Zani, secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, said: “[T]he pope, in the message with which he launched the initiative … makes reference to the need to launch a ‘new humanism.’”

Here Are The Two Republicans Who Voted Against Banning Late-Term Abortions, by Mary M. Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted with Democrats Tuesday against protecting unborn babies after 20 weeks… Both Collins and Murkowski voted with Democrats against the Republican-backed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, while Democratic Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Doug Jones of Alabama voted with Republicans on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

9th Circuit Court Upholds Trump Abortion Rules, by Gene Johnson

By Gene Johnson, Associated Press – In a victory for the Trump administration, a U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld rules that bar taxpayer-funded family-planning clinics from referring women for abortions… The 7-4 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned decisions issued by judges in Washington, Oregon and California. The court had already allowed the administration’s changes to start taking effect while the government appealed those rulings… The changes ban taxpayer-funded clinics in the Title X program for low-income women from making abortion referrals, a restriction opponents characterize as a “gag rule.”

Humanae Vitae, The Coronavirus, And The Law Of Cause And Effect, by Christopher Manion

By Christopher Manion, The Wanderer – Since 1979, Communist China has killed hundreds of millions of unborn children in its forced abortion program. Their excuse? The “fear” that Pope Paul had identified eleven years before. Why, progress requires population control! Keep in mind that President Xi’s “Marxism with Chinese characteristics” is supposed to liberate Marx’s “oppressed” bourgeois woman. Instead, in one of the ideology’s classic contradictions, Marxism has oppressed her again.

U.N. Chief: ‘National Sovereignty Cannot Be a Pretext for Violating Human Rights’, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, PH.D., Breitbart – In its 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations declared that everyone “has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state,” adding that everyone “has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”… The U.N. Declaration did not, however, propose a corresponding right to immigrate into any nation or an obligation to receive anyone wishing to enter, which depends on individual nations to determine.

Bernie Sanders Will Force Americans to Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz: “We Will Expand Funding”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Politicians make promises all the time in political campaigns, but Bernie Sanders made a promise over the weekend that Americans can take to the bank. If Sanders becomes president, he told attendees at a campaign stop in Texas that he will force Americans to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business… “And we will expand funding for Planned Parenthood,” Sanders promised… That’s a promise that will certainly come true, as Sanders, while a member of the Senate, has voted for taxpayer funding of abortions and taxpayer funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business every single time.

Will JFK’s Party Become Sanders’ Party? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Sen. Bernie Sanders may be on the cusp of both capturing the Democratic nomination and transforming his party as dramatically as President Donald Trump captured and remade the Republican Party… After his sweep of the Nevada caucuses, following popular vote victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders has the enthusiasm and the momentum, as the crucial battles loom in South Carolina on Saturday and Super Tuesday on March 3… The next eight days could decide it all.

Bernie Sanders Thinks Killing Babies in Abortions Up to Birth is a Constitutional Right, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Bernie Sanders has maintained throughout his presidential campaign that the killing of unborn babies in abortions is a “constitutional right.”.. Newsweek reports Sanders is the front-runner in the new polls, ahead of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, as the Nevada and California primary elections approach… But his abortion views are radical and extremely out of touch with most voters. During one of the first Democratic presidential debates, Sanders firmly supported abortion on demand by calling it a “constitutional right.”

Vatican Priest Recruiting Freemasons in Curia, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – A clerical staff member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is using his position to recruit Freemasons in the Roman Curia, well-placed sources have revealed… Outraged Catholics called for Fr. Michael Weninger to be excommunicated, after Church Militant reported that the Vatican cleric, a Freemason, published a 500-page book defiantly claiming that Catholics could join a masonic lodge and “certainly not” be excommunicated.

EWTN: Democratic Party’s Pro-Abortion Orthodoxy Is Discriminatory

By The Editors, EWTN News – And while it’s far too early to predict the Democratic winner, one lamentable fact is already beyond dispute: The party, which for many decades commanded the political loyalties of the majority of Catholic voters, remains poles apart from the Church’s teaching about the sanctity of human life, with respect to abortion… In fact, the primary campaign has seen the party venture even further into pro-abortion absolutism than in previous presidential election cycles.

Soviet Union Rewind: Why Are We Praising Communism Again? by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, National Catholic Register – As evidence of the political system’s history of human-rights violations, conservative estimates of the death toll under communist/socialist regimes in the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, Cuba and elsewhere number in the tens of millions… And yet, all along, I’ve watched in dismay as an entire generation of young people raised in our public schools and universities not only haven’t learned the crucial lessons about communism and socialism but, quite the contrary, have been taught that these ideologies really weren’t all that bad. Socialism and communism, they’re told, merely had not been done properly.

China Claims Pope Francis Instigated High-Level Sino-Vatican Meeting, by Thomas D. Williams

By Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart, PH.D – Pope Francis instigated a recent high-level meeting between Vatican and Chinese officials, according to reports… As Breitbart News reported, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a historic meeting last Friday with his Vatican counterpart, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, to celebrate their bilateral accord on the naming of Catholic bishops in China… A Vatican press release made no mention of how the meeting came about, but said that the two leaders had evoked the positive developments of the ongoing relations between the Peoples Republic of China and the Holy See and especially “the importance of the Provisional Agreement on the appointment of Bishops, signed on 22 September 2018.”

Trump Brings Battered, Belittled American Farmers to the Front of the Stage, by Monica Showalter

By Monica Showalter, American Thinker – President Trump brings razor-sharp instincts to the political picture, and nowhere was it more obvious than in his appearance in Bakersfield, California, signing a bill to clean up the junk-science federal “research” on water for the parched Central Valley and, better still, ordering the feds to give California’s Central Valley farmers the water for their farms that they already paid for.

Fort Worth Bishop Spearheaded Attacks on TX Right to Life, by Christine Niles

By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D., Church Militant – Texas Bishop Michael Olson led the charge not only in attacking a prominent pro-life group but also supporting measures that would allow a “death panel” to determine if patients live or die… “Michael Olson is really the person who drives their political agenda, the (Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, TCCB),” says Jim Graham, president of Texas Right to Life… “It has become solely a political organization.”…

Pope’s Ghostwriter, Advisor Claims Francis Blazed Path to Married Priests in Amazon Exhortation, by Dr. Maike Hickson

By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – An Argentinian archbishop close to Pope Francis, who is widely regarded as the principal ghostwriter of the Pope’s controversial 2016 exhortation Amoris Laetitia, is claiming that the Pope blazed a path to married priests in his new Amazon exhortation. The Pope did this by means of suggesting the development of a new “Amazonian rite” that would, in the words of the exhortation, “inculturate the liturgy among indigenous peoples,” the archbishop claimed.

Pete Buttigieg’s Brother: He’s “Intellectually Dishonest” to Say He’s a Christian and Support Abortion, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Rhyan Glezman, a pastor and the brother-in-law of the pro-abortion presidential candidate (Pete Buttigieg), recently spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson about Buttigieg’s so-called Christian faith… “The height of intellectual dishonesty for Pete to make claims that there’s no compatibility with being a Christian and voting for Trump, which Pete, in fact, is the one who is pushing agendas and rhetoric that is clearly against Scripture,” Glezman said… it troubles him deeply that his brother-in-law is running for the highest office in the land, but he can’t even “make a moral decision on whether to keep a child after it’s already been born or to have it killed.”

Two Kinds of Pro-Choice Advocates, by Mike Adams

By Mike Adams, Townhall – As complicated as the issue may seem, there are only two types of people in the pro-choice category: science deniers, and opponents of human equality… The reason we can break pro-choice advocates into this simple dichotomy is because the pro-life position is really predicated on the veracity to two premises contained in a simple syllogism. This syllogism forces the pro-choice advocate into one of two categories by forcing him to attack either the first or the second premise.

The Equal Rights Amendment is a Scam, by Jane Clark Scharl

By Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine – On February 13, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the dull-sounding H.J. Res 79. Despite its name, this resolution indicates a dangerous attempt to disregard constitutional order and states’ rights for the purpose of codifying a progressive dogma: the alleged “right” to abortion… For progressives, the inconvenient truth is that abortion rights in America stand on shaky ground. A single Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade, alleged that such a “right” lurked in the “penumbras of emanations” of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.

Democrats Slam Mike Bloomberg Over His Treatment of Women, He Told Pregnant Employee “Kill It”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – During the Democrat presidential debate last night, Democrats slammed former mayor Mike Bloomberg over his treatment of women. The billionaire has come under fire for telling his pregnant employee to “kill it” after she disclosed her pregnancy, according to a lawsuit she filed… The allegations emerged following a 1997 lawsuit which accused Bloomberg of numerous inappropriate behaviors in the workplace. His comments have now re-surfaced for further public scrutiny following his candidature for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Mike Bloomberg Donated $14 Million Planned Parenthood, Would Fund Killing 23,154 Babies in Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The abortion industry has a friend in billionaire Michael Bloomberg… And if the former New York City mayor is elected to the White House, that relationship certainly will continue… Bloomberg, a pro-abortion Democrat, has a long record of both public and private support of abortion on demand, including almost $14 million in donations to the abortion giant Planned Parenthood within the past several years, CBN News reports.

Sen. Tom Cotton Stands by Startling Theory on Coronavirus Origins: ‘We Need to Be Open to All Possibilities’, by Yael Halon

By Yael Halon, Fox News – Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton responds to accusation of pushing a conspiracy theory linking Chinese government to coronavirus outbreak… Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. stood by his earlier suggestion that the deadly coronavirus may have originated in a high-security biochemical lab in Wuhan, China, telling “The Story” Tuesday that we “need to be open to all possibilities” in exploring the origins of the outbreak that has sickened more than 75,000 people around the world.

The Pro-Choice Fallacy, by R.M. Fields

By R.M. Fields, Crisis Magazine – According to Mr. Buttigieg, “I know that the difference of opinion that you and I have is one that we have come by honestly, and the best I can offer… is that if we can’t agree on where to draw the line, the next best thing we can do is agree on who should draw the line, and in my view it’s the woman who’s faced with that decision.”… This position is a false compromise. Like most pro-choice language, it plays on an equivocation between morality and preference. Because we can’t agree on the underlying moral principles.. we should let individuals choose the option they think best suits their particular life situation.

Judge Blocks President Trump’s Pro-Life Rule Defunding Planned Parenthood Abortion Business, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – A federal judge has blocked a pro-life rule instituted by President Donald Trump protecting Americans from having to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The rule shut down one of the many avenues for federal taxpayer funds that Planned Parenthood has accessed over the years… Title X grants fund family planning services for low-income individuals and, to direct tax dollars to legitimate organizations and away from the Planned Parenthood abortion company, the Trump administration finalized a new rule that prohibits recipients from providing or promoting abortions.

Obsession for Contraception and Abortion at The United Nations Population Fund, by Edwin Benson

By Edwin Benson, Return to Order – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is mounting a worldwide campaign to promote abortion and contraception, and they want you to pay for it. Their 2019 Report asks for $264 billion. The United States pays twenty-two percent of the expenses of the U.N. Combine those two numbers, and the U.S. share is a shade over $58 billion. That money ultimately comes from your federal taxes… A quick look at the UNFPA web site quickly reveals the feminist orientation of the organization. The first line on the page is “Ensuring rights and choices for all.”

Bloomberg’s Bloopers. Liberal Berates Women, Blacks, Latinos, the Sick, Basically Everyone, by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – Thanks to his billions, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting some traction in the Democratic presidential race. But as he becomes more visible, so does his past. He’s given his opponents good reason to dig up dirt on him… And boy is there a lot of dirt… Not even farmers are safe from Bloomberg’s contempt. He belittled them four years ago on a panel at Oxford University. “I could teach anybody, even people in this room, no offense intended, to be a farmer…It’s a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that.”

President Trump Has Established More Pro-Life Policies Than Any Previous President, by Karen Cross

By Karen Cross, LifeNews – One of the President’s first acts in office was to restore the Mexico City Policy, which prevents tax funds from being given to organizations that perform abortions or lobby to change abortion laws of host countries. Later, the president expanded this policy to prevent $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the global abortion industry… The Trump Administration also cut off funding to the United Nations Population Fund because of that agency’s involvement with China’s forced abortion program… On this day we celebrate fewer tax dollars going toward pro-abortion policies because of President Trump’s policies.

The Insanity of the Elites, by Charles Coulombe

By Charles Coulombe, Crisis Magazine – But the further removed the elite are from either or both, the more grotesque the situation becomes… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tearing up of her copy of the State of the Union address to show her disapproval of its contents. This infantile display of pique is highly unlikely to win her votes in the upcoming election—although it is at least consistent behavior for her. One can only wonder what would have been the reaction had President Obama received the same treatment from Speakers Boehner or Ryan.

Politics Will Not Save Us, by Amy K. Hall

By Amy K. Hall, The Stream – The full craziness of election season will soon be upon us. As a Christian, how will you view it? How will you respond to it? How will you interact with others when its topics and controversies fill your social media feeds? The answer may depend on how you view politics itself… In “Millennials and the False Gospel of Politics,” John Stonestreet and Shane Morris reflect on how our view of politics is evolving…

Flashback-Bloomberg to Poor: ‘Taxes or Life? Which Do You Want?’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Democrat presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg has advocated raising taxes on poor people in order to more effectively control their behavior to ensure they live longer… “People say, ‘Oh, we don’t want to tax the poor,’” but raising taxes on them “should have a bigger impact on their behavior” – for their own good – former New York City Mayor Bloomberg told a Spring 2018 meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Americans’ Record Household Debt Is a National Problem, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – “Total household debt now stands at a massive $14.15 trillion, which is $1.5 trillion above the prior record from 2008 as the financial crisis was hitting,” the Washington Examiner’s Quin Hillyer reports. “Credit card debt, at $930 billion, is likewise at an all-time high… For people aged 18-29, that rate of serious delinquency stood at a 10-year high of 9.36%. Of those with credit card debt in this age cohort, a whopping 67% of them report feeling serious stress about it.”… Is it any wonder Millennials in particular have responded positively to Bernie Sanders’s socialist siren song of “free college” and Medicare for All?

Will the Chinese Communist Party Survive the Coronavirus Fallout? by Madeleine Kearns

By Madeleine Kearns, National Review – In 2019, China “celebrated” 70 years of Communist Party rule. China’s economic growth was at the lowest it’s been in three decades. And it faced the added political challenge of the Hong Kong protests, as well as the economic strain of an escalating trade war with the United States. Nevertheless, 2020 brought a more urgent challenge… The Chinese government’s recent quarantine of 60 million people — roughly the size of Italy — is unprecedented… Since no cure has yet been found, the most effective means of preventing further spread is isolation.

ARCHIVES: Immigration Imports the Culture of Corruption, by Christopher Manion

By Christopher Manion, The Stream – “Immigration turns red states blue,” writes the Stream’s John Zmirak. How? Well, Hispanics constitute by far the largest group of immigrants in recent years, and they are likely to vote for Democrats… Immigrants Bring Their Broken Cultures with Them – Economist Thomas Sowell has studied immigration for years. He emphasizes one fact we can’t ignore. “When immigrants cross a border, they bring their culture with them,” he writes. Politicians can turn a blind eye, but Sowell insists, “Some immigrant groups seek to bring to America the very cultures whose failures led them to flee to this country.”

Asking a Bishop: How is Climate Change Deadlier Than Abortion? by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, Return to Order – While the Catholic left prefers other issues like climate change, social revolution, and illegal immigration, it is hard to argue against the missing 60 million Americans. These issues pale in comparison to the magnitude of death caused by the sin of abortion. Thus, abortion has long occupied the preeminent place on the American Catholic political scene… a key Catholic figure is directly disputing abortion’s preeminent place as a non-negotiable issue for faithful Catholic voters… Speaking at the University of San Diego on February 6, Most Rev. Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego, cast doubt on abortion’s preeminent position, especially in light of the upcoming elections. …

Archbishop Takes on Catholic State Senator Over Church Teaching, by Tom Hoopes

By Tom Hoopes, The Gregorian Institute – Archbishop Joseph Naumann… cited words from Pat Pettey, a Catholic senator from his archdiocese, who defended her vote to quash the amendment by saying, “These measures are a violation of the core principles my Catholic faith teaches — namely, the priority of conscience, the importance of social justice, and the respect for religious freedom.”… “Sadly, Sen. Pettey’s statement is fraught with multiple errors in logic and Catholic teaching,” wrote Archbishop Naumann. “By invoking her Catholic faith for her reason for voting against the amendment, the senator actually created an even more serious moral problem for herself. ….”

President’s Day: 4 Virtues of a Leader, by Rita Dunaway

By Rita Dunaway, The Stream – Today’s American president is unlikely to be in the woods where soldiers need help with literal “heavy lifting.” But we should seek one who is neither too lofty to be concerned with the needs and problems of regular people, nor so prideful as to think of others as helpless dependents… There is another aspect of humility, too, that is essential to good leadership. It’s the willingness to learn from others; the teachable spirit. In other words, it takes a measure of humility to become wise.

Betsy DeVos Budget Proposal Slashes Education Department in Half

By Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner – DeVos proposes in the budget that the department cease overseeing nearly $20 billion in federal money that goes to various K-12 public school programs such as “Indian Education” and “21st Century Community Learning Centers.” Instead, that money would roll into one block, and states would receive their share to spend on the local level… For teachers unions, the utterance of the word “local” is akin to throwing holy water on the possessed. “Local” means cutting out high-level bureaucrats and shrinking the power of lobbyists…

What Is Socialism? by John C. Goodman

By John C. Goodman, Townhall – Under socialism, the government does much more than set prices. It determines what will be produced, how it will be produced, where it will be produced and under what circumstances people will be able to consume what is produced. Since prices are not allowed to clear markets, inevitably there is rationing by waiting for food, clothing, housing, medical care and other necessities. People spend enormous amounts of time and effort trying to circumvent the rationing bureaucracies.

China’s Iron Fist Is Turning The Coronavirus Into An Economic Disaster, by Christopher Whalen

By Christopher Whalen, The American Conservative – China’s had a difficult year in 2019, balancing political unrest in Hong Kong and among oppressed Muslims with its trade dispute with the United States. All this has already caused the Chinese economy to slow considerably, with a spillover into the global economy that has still not been fully appreciated by investors and policymakers… This year began with the explosion of the coronavirus crisis in Wuhan, a health disaster caused by China’s indifference to the basics of civil sanitation and hygiene. In both cases, what should have been a manageable challenge became a global crisis because of the inefficiency of authoritarian rule by the Chinese Communist Party (“CCP”).

Rush Limbaugh: A Loving Brother and ‘a Friend to Countless Americans’, by David Limbaugh

By David Limbaugh, The Stream – I am uniquely blessed to be Rush Limbaugh’s brother, in ways too numerous to count, and I am blessed to be in the special position of witnessing firsthand the outpouring of love and prayers from his family, friends and fans. His wife, Kathryn, has been amazing and a rock throughout his illness… When Rush began his nationally syndicated radio show, the liberal media monopolized television news. His show became an oasis and a lifeline for millions who felt their voices had been ignored. He gave them a sense of community, as they came to realize that the principles they believed in, their love for America and its founding ideas, were still commonly held.

Democrats Pass ERA That Creates Unlimited Right to Kill Babies in Abortions Up to Birth, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – U.S. House Democrats jammed through a resolution Thursday to revive a constitutional amendment that could end all abortion restrictions and allow unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth… The Democrat-controlled House passed House Joint Resolution 79 in a 232-183 vote in an attempt to nullify the seven-year deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that expired in 1979. Five Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the resolution.

Addressing the Migrant Phenomenon, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – “There is tremendous poverty in Brazil, as there is throughout Latin America; there is rampant crime, but those are not grounds for political asylum in the United States,” Mehlman asserts. “Political asylum is reserved for people who are being singled out for persecution by their governments based on a series of considerations such as race, religion, [or] political beliefs. What we’re seeing in Brazil is the same phenomenon that we have seen from other countries, where people recognize that the asylum system in the United States is easily taken advantage of.”

Senate Democrats Insist Babies Born Alive After Abortions Should Be Left To Die, by Krystina Skurk

By Krystina Skurk, The Federalist – The Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act is not about restricting abortions but about giving newborns a chance to survive no matter where they are born, said Sen. Ben Sasse, the bill’s lead co-sponsor, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday… During the hearing, called “The Infant Patient: Ensuring Appropriate Medical Care for Children Born Alive,” Republican senators questioned why a baby born in a hospital should be treated differently than a baby born in an abortion facility. Democrats, lacking an answer, changed the subject.

Rural Americans Would Be Serfs If We Abolished the Electoral College (May 29, 2019), by Trent England

By Trent England, Opinion contributor, USA Today – Should rural and small-town Americans be reduced to serfdom? The American Founders didn’t think so… Credit the American Founders with setting up a system of limited government with lots of checks and balances. The U.S. Senate makes sure all states are represented equally, even low-population rural states like Wyoming and Vermont. Limits on federal power, along with the Bill of Rights, are supposed to protect Americans from overreaching federal regulations. And the Electoral College makes it impossible for one population-dense region of the country to control the presidency.

Mike Huckabee: Pete Buttigieg is No Moderate, He’s “Aggressively Pro-Abortion”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Today’s Democrat “moderates” are no moderates at all… When placed next to a socialist like Bernie Sanders, fellow Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg may seem less extreme. But he is no moderate, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee pointed out this week in a column for Fox News… Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is now a front-runner in the Democratic primary. Though he has been touted as one of the more moderate candidates, his actual political positions are quite extreme.

An Establishment in Panic, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Biden, Buttigieg and Klobuchar are all now headed for the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 22, where Sanders is favored… Sanders, however, is not without his own problems… From the day he entered the race, Joe Biden was the great hope of the Democratic establishment to spare them from the horrifying prospect of a 2020 race between The Donald and Bernie Sanders… Today, that same establishment wants Joe out of the race… Why has Biden suddenly become an albatross?

Pastor Opens Legislative Session With Prayer Against Abortion, So Democrats Walked Out, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Virginia Mercury reports the Rev. Dr. Robert M. Grant Jr.’s opening prayer for the state legislature condemned abortion and warned about God’s “wrath” if abortion activists do not repent… The local news did not provide direct quotes from Grant’s prayer, but he apparently was cut short after Democrats began to walk out… Grant defended his prayer against pro-abortion Democrats’ accusations afterward… “I think that the statehouse belongs to all the citizens. And all the citizens have a voice,” Grant said. “If it’s my turn to have a voice, and I am a pastor, what do you expect from me? If you don’t want to hear what a pastor has to say, then don’t invite one.”

This Vatican and Its American Allies Loathe Trump, His Voters & Their Values: A Series, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Imagine if during this 2020 election season, Pope Francis had hosted Steven Bannon and his European allies as speakers. If they’d given him a platform, flush with bishops and cardinals nodding and applauding. Prelates clapping and smiling at his message. Namely, that the Democrats and their platform were a threat to the human species itself. Well, that just happened, except it was abortion promoting globalist Jeffrey Sachs, warning against Donald Trump. 

Cardinal Zen to Congressmen: China Wants Vatican ‘Surrender’, by Matt Hadro

By Matt Hadro, CNA – Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has said that the situation of the Church in China is dire. The cardinal also predicted the end of the underground Church… “The situation is very bad. And the source is not the pope. The pope doesn’t know much about China,”… “The Holy Father Francis shows special affection to me,” Zen said, but added that he is in confrontation with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State… “I’m fighting Parolin. Because the bad things come from him,” Zen added… But, the cardinal told CNA, “you cannot compromise” with the Chinese Communist Party, whom he called “persecutors” of the faith… “They want complete surrender. That’s communism.”

Virginia Passes Bill to Give Electoral Votes to Popular Vote Winner, by Nate Church

By Nate Church, Breitbart – House Bill 177 passed with a 51-46 vote in the Democrat-majority House after being handed off by the Privileges and Elections Committee last week. Should the Senate also approve, Virginia will officially become part of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact… “Under the compact, Virginia agrees to award its electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” a bill summary states… So far, 15 states, along with Washington D.C., have joined. The idea gained momentum as an answer to President Donald Trump’s electoral college victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, despite her approximately three million popular vote lead.

‘Strings Attached’ Documentary Exposes How Western Abortion Culture is Hurting Africa, by Anne Marie Williams

By Anne Marie Williams, Live Action – The 50-minute documentary “Strings Attached,” produced by Culture of Life Africa founder and president Obianuju Ekeocha exposes the funding pipeline from Western countries to African nations, specifically for abortion and contraceptive “services,” and shares first-hand accounts of the harm countless women have experienced at the hands of global abortion giant Marie Stopes International… In the fall 2019 issue of American Life League’s Celebrate Life magazine, Ekeocha said that the documentary’s title “Strings Attached” is meant to “capture[] the nature of the ‘gifts’ of some of Africa’s wealthiest donors.”

Rev. Graham: Register to Vote, ‘Otherwise We Will Lose Our Country’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Expressing shock and disappointment that some presidential contenders, such as socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), support abortion on demand, no restrictions, and Marxist ideas such as nationalization of industry and Cuban-style health care, Rev. Franklin Graham urged Christians “to pray for our nation” and the “upcoming elections.” He added that Americans need to register to vote, “otherwise we will lose our country.”… In a Feb. 12 post on Facebook, the evangelical leader said, “The Democratic Party has changed so much that it’s hard to believe. Just a few days ago Bernie Sanders declared that ‘being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat.’ ….

The Federalist: Don’t Forget: New Hampshire Winner And Dem Frontrunner Bernie Sanders Has A Lot Of Crazy Plans

By Emily Jashinsky and Madeline Osburn, The Federalist – #8. Approaching Abortion as Population Control – “Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders answered ‘yes’ and spoke about abortion when asked at a CNN town hall event Wednesday night if population control would play a part in his administration’s policy for dealing with climate change,” RealClearPolitics reported in September.

How Socialism Ruined My Country, by Felipe Moura Brasil

By Felipe Moura Brasil for Prager University – American millennials, take note… Many American millennials seem to be drawn to socialism. They came out in big numbers for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primaries. They rail against capitalism on their college campuses. They wear Che Guevara t-shirts to signal their socialist virtue… I know a lot about socialism. I live in Rio de Janeiro, and I work throughout Brazil as a journalist for a popular magazine… In the early 2000s, Brazil’s economy was growing rapidly. …

Victims of Socialism in Venezuela Warn U.S.: ‘Don’t Fall for It,’ ‘People are Eating from Trash Bags’, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Victims of Venezuelan socialism who have come to America recently attended a Venezuela Freedom Rally in Washington, D.C., where Campus Reform asked them for their message to Americans who support socialism… “Bernie Sanders is your enemy. Do not ever, ever get involved with this individual or any of the other socialists,” one man who escaped Venezuelan socialism warned. “People are eating from trash bags in the streets,” one woman said. “In Venezuela, there is no food, no medicine, education. No, nothing, nothing,” another woman added.

AG William Barr: ‘Sanctuary’ Policies Are Unconstitutional, Discriminatory, by Neil Munro

By Neil Munro, Breitbart – “Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible,” AG William Barr told the National Sheriffs’ Assoc. meeting in D.C. on February 10: When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape. These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society. Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes. This is neither lawful nor sensible… It is not lawful because the Constitution vests the federal government with the sole authority to make and enforce immigration law.

A Pastor’s Urgent Plea — How Trump Could Lose in 2020, by Shane Idleman

By Shane Idleman, The Stream – The 2016 election caught Democrats off guard, but they won’t let that happen again. My concern is that the 2020 election will catch Republicans off guard this time. Complacency may lead to apathy when the economy is good and the president’s approval rating is high. We can’t become comfortable thinking that Trump will easily take it again… If God wants Trump re-elected, as I’m convinced is the case, He wants us to trust in Him, not in opinion polls and the economy. Be clear on this: amid voter fraud, ballot harvesting, and media giants railing against Trump, only a sovereign act of God can bring about a re-election.

Democrats Oppose Bill to Stop Infanticide and Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortions, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – Lawmakers gathered Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, Republican-led legislation that would require doctors to provide care to babies who survive abortions… Republican lawmakers.. emphasized the need for this legislation in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing; however, Democratic lawmakers focused on infant mortality rates and racial biases in health care while suggesting that Republican lawmakers were pushing the bill out of anti-abortion bias… “It’s pretty straightforward. Babies ought to get the care they deserve,” Sasse told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Repleace the Elite, by Patrick J. Deneen

By Patrick J. Deneen, First Things – Michael Lind’s The New Class War is sure to be one of the most important political books of the new decade. Like many recent publications, The New Class War explains the rise of populism and the decline of liberalism across the West. But it succeeds where others fail. The managerial elite has sought to blame anyone but themselves for the rise of populism… The elite’s high ideals combined with their base self-interest have precipitated a widening gap between winners and losers in the developed world.

SEAMLESS GARMENT PREVAILS! US Bishops’ 2020 Voting Guide Videos Omit ‘Pre-Eminence’ of Abortion, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – The USCCB has released a series of five short videos aimed to “inspire prayer and action in political life and to help Catholics apply the Church’s teaching as handed down by Pope Francis,” as the U.S. moves deeper into the 2020 election year… the videos fail to acknowledge the pre-eminence of abortion as the most significant life issue continuing to face the Catholic Church in the U.S… they redirect the attention of U.S. Catholics to other issues — such as immigration and “climate change” — which are more dear to liberal prelates and the pontiff… The seamless garment has prevailed…

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Trump’s Leadership in the International Fight for Life (And a Blueprint for How to Push Back)

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – Secretary Azar did not couch his words in the sterile and ambiguous diplomatic language that infects international politics, but rather laid out a crystal-clear agenda. “I stated this fact at the United Nations this past September, and I’ll repeat it here: there is no international human right to abortion,” he said. “On the other hand, there is an international human right to life”. He added: “President Trump has been clear, at the U.N. and on the world stage: Health care exists to improve health and preserve human life—the universal goal we all share.”

Long Before Trump, We Were a Divided People, by Pat Buchanan

By Pat Buchanan, Townhall – In a way, Donald Trump might be called The Great Uniter… Bear with me. No Republican president in the lifetime of this writer, not even Ronald Reagan, united the party as did Trump in the week of his acquittal in the Senate and State of the Union address… According to the Gallup Poll, 94% of Republicans approve of his handling of his presidency, in his fourth year, despite the worst press any president has ever received and the sustained hostility of our cultural elites… Only Bush I in the first months of the 1991 Gulf War and Bush II in the first months of the 2003 Iraq War registered support like this.

Moral Truth and Constitutional Conservatism, by Gerard V. Bradley

By Gerard V. Bradley, Public Discourse – “The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.” When Abraham Lincoln uttered these words on April 18, 1864 to a Baltimore audience, he contrasted those who meant by “liberty” each person’s proper moral self-government, “with others, [for whom] the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor.” Lincoln declared, “Here are two not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name—liberty.”

Opinion: ‘Love Your Enemies’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Bless Your Heart!’ Or Even ‘Thank You Sir, May I Have Another!’, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Some thoughtful pieces at The Stream recently have talked about the Christian duty to “love your enemy.” This in the context of President Trump’s press conference after the failed impeachment vote, and various remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast… I’m no theologian, and we’re dealing with deep Christian mysteries here. So instead of trying to answer my colleagues, I’d like to raise some simple questions. In resolving those questions, I think we can find some helpful insights on a command that has challenged every Christian since the beginning… From them, I think we’ll see that President Trump’s anger in the wake of his impeachment wasn’t actually so pagan, after all….

West Warwick Priest Denies Communion for Lawmakers Who Supported Abortion Bill, Danielle Kennedy

By Danielle Kennedy, NBC 10 News – Just days after the 47th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, the Rev. Richard Bucci of Sacred Heart Church in West Warwick said Rhode Island lawmakers who supported the state’s abortion bill should be barred from receiving Communion… Bucci told NBC 10 News on Monday that he placed a letter in the weekend bulletin at the end of January listing lawmakers by name, saying they should not be allowed to receive Communion, serve as godparents, witness marriages, or serve in other church functions… He said the news is not a surprise, since the church has been taking a pro-life stance for more than 2,000 years… “This is pro-choice, this is not pro-abortion,” said Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee, D-Narragansett.

Police Sergeants Union Tells Mayor de Blasio: ‘We Are Declaring War on You’, by Solange Reyner

By  Solange Reyner, NewsMax – “Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you! We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals,” the SBA tweeted in response to de Blasio’s statement condemning the attacks. “You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you. NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn’t over, Game on!”… “Police are being targeted. The anti cop tone infecting our city & state is causing bloodshed….

Trump Admin Announces Global Alliance to Defend Religious Liberty, End Religious Persecution, by Martin M. Barillas

By Martin M. Barillas, LifeSiteNews – The Trump administration has announced a new International Religious Freedom Alliance that joins more than two dozen countries to push for religious tolerance and an end to religious persecution… At an event on Wednesday, secretary of state Mike Pompeo stated while country representatives listened, “Together, we say that freedom of religion or belief is not a Western ideal, but truly the bedrock of societies,” adding that it is outlined in the alliance’s Declaration of Principles and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Together, we have pledged to uphold the Declaration of Principles,” a joint statement read, “solidifying our collective commitment to object and oppose, publicly and privately, all abuses or violations of religious freedom.”

Conservative Scholar: America Must Have Religious Awakening If It Is to Survive, by Stephen Kokx

By Stephen Kokx, LifeSiteNews – Conservative scholar Charles Murray is not optimistic about the future of the United States… In an interview.. (he) said the American experiment in constitutional government is “dead as a doornail” and that without a religious awakening, the United States may last only a few more decades… “I think America is showing what post-America looks like,” Murray said. “People who call themselves conservatives … believe things that would horrify the Founders.”… “The American way of life” is now “meaningless.” America today is “just another rich, powerful country.”

Sanders: ‘Being Pro-Choice is an Absolutely Essential Part of Being a Democrat’, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – “Being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Saturday, in the clearest repudiation yet by a major 2020 presidential candidate of voters who support the Democratic Party and hold pro-life views… “Is there such a thing as a pro-life Democrat, in your vision of the party?” MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle asked Sanders at a presidential forum in Concord, N.H. on Saturday focused on the federal judiciary.

The Democratic Party is Telling Millions of Pro-Lifers to Get OUT, by Charles Camosy

By Charles Camosy, New York Post – When we showed them that pro-life Democrats would beat Republicans in certain districts, it didn’t matter. Even when we called for more reproductive choices for women with difficult pregnancies through services like perinatal hospice care, party leaders ignored us… Anything even hinting that abortion is less than good now violates party orthodoxy… Normally, Democrats are the party of energetic government protecting the vulnerable from violence. But when it comes to abortion, elite Democrats turn into hard-core libertarians, believing the state has no business getting involved in the private choices of individuals….

The Rainbow Shakedown, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – The annual Rainbow Shakedown of America’s corporations continues. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released its Corporate Equality Index for 2020. They announced it at Davos, no less. The Corporate Equality Index is the annual threat to corporate America that they better step into line with the gay elite because hell hath no fury as a rainbow scorned. It is reminiscent of what Jesse Jackson used to pull back in the day when his Rainbow Coalition had a slightly different meaning.

Why Trump Keeps Winning, by David Catron

By David Catron, American Spectator – President Trump’s continued success in the face of unprecedented opposition from the Washington ruling class is obviously a source of considerable mystification for the Democrats, but the puzzle isn’t difficult to solve for any politician brave enough to look beyond the Beltway and observe what is happening in the day-to-day lives of ordinary Americans. The vast majority of the public can see that they are far better off now than they have been in a very long time. They are actually experiencing the genuine progress reported Tuesday by President Trump in the State of the Union address…

How Democrats’ Get-Trump Crusade Has Irreparably Damaged The Nation, by Margot Cleveland

By Margot Cleveland, The Federalist – For more than three years, Democrats, Never Trump Republicans, and the left-leaning media proved themselves willing to destroy the country to destroy one man: Donald J. Trump. From foreign affairs to counterintelligence to law enforcement, from domestic governance to congressional oversight to separation of powers, Trump’s enemies manipulated and misused our government powers because Americans dared to elect the wrong leader.

Coronavirus Creates New Problems for China’s Persecuted Religious Minorities, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register – Independent of the coronavirus outbreak, China’s Catholics are facing increased government restrictions on religious services, including on religious funerals, because of the government’s revised “Regulations on Religious Affairs,” which officially came into force Feb. 1. The rules state that “clerical personnel are not allowed to participate in funerals” at homes, and “no more than 10 family members of the deceased are allowed to read Scriptures or sing hymns in a low voice,” according to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News).

Marxism Sugarcoated And Forcefed To Schoolchildren As ‘Equity’, by Marina Medvin

By Marina Medvin, Townhall – “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” -Karl Marx, 1875… This Marxist socialist principle refers to forced redistribution of goods, capital and services to those the governing body in charge deems in need. Marxism is the philosophy that has led to the darkest levels of poverty for the Soviets, East Germans, Venezuelans, and all others who tried it. But the neoliberals of the United States have decided to ignore things such as historical examples of utter failure, and instead chose to take a Utopian, pollyanna approach to the fairytale they crafted of socialism.

Catholic Bishop Slams Democrat Presidential Candidates: “All of Them are Pro-Abortion”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – On Wednesday, Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin joined a crowd of voices in questioning the party’s allegiance to the abortion industry, rather than its own voters, Breitbart reports… “As the presidential primary shifts to New England, it’s sad to note that all of the major Democratic candidates are pro-abortion, supporting even partial-birth abortion,” Tobin wrote Wednesday on Twitter… “Where are pro-life Democrats supposed to turn? Or are pro-life voters not welcome in the Democratic party?” Tobin asked Wednesday.

(Must Watch Video) Population Control Advocate Jeffrey Sachs Attacks Trump Administration at Vatican Gathering, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – The American economist Jeffrey Sachs has used the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences to launch a scathing attack on the Trump administration, accusing it of threatening multilateralism by bullying other nations and saying President Trump’s possible re-election in November would be “absolutely dangerous.”… Sachs, a regular participant at the academy and a papal adviser on sustainable development despite his support for population control, told delegates at the Vatican conference on fostering new economic forms of solidarity that the Trump administration is operating with “complete lawlessness,” blocking “every multilateral initiative” since 2017.

President Trump Celebrates Life of Premature Baby: “Every Child is a Miracle of Life”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – “As we pray for all who are sick, we know America is constantly achieving new medical breakthroughs. In 2017, doctors at St. Luke’s hospital in Kansas City delivered one of the earliest premature babies to ever survive. Born at 21 weeks and six days and weighing less than a pound, Ellie Schneider was a born fighter. Little Ellie kept on winning the battle of life. Today, Ellie is a strong and healthy 2-year-old girl sitting with her amazing mother, Robin, in the gallery. We are glad to have you with us tonight,” he said… And he reminded everyone watching that every single human being has inherent worth, dignity and value… “Every child is a miracle of life,” President Trump said.

Behind the European Bishops’ Reluctance to Acknowledge Brexit, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – In case you missed the announcement, despite Brexit the Catholic bishops of the United Kingdom will continue to participate in COMECE. COMECE, in case you’ve forgotten (or never knew) is the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union. So the bishops of the UK—which is not a member of the EU—will remain active in an umbrella organization for bishops of countries in the EU.

Pro-Life Catholic Charges Labor Union With Forcing Her To Fund Abortion, Interrogating Her On Religious Beliefs, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, The Stream, (Daily Caller) – A pro-life Catholic filed a complaint against her labor union bosses for forcing her to fund the union despite her religious beliefs and interrogating her over these beliefs… J&J Worldwide Service employee Dorothy Frame filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) saying that officials with the Laborers Local Union 576 (LIUNA) discriminated against her by forcing her to continue to pay union dues that support abortion against her religious beliefs, according to a Tuesday press release from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

McConnell: Dems’ Impeachment Effort ‘Has Been a Colossal Political Mistake’ (Video), by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – “I’m pretty sure she did not want to do this, but the fact that she was pulled into this direction against what appeared to be her political instincts a year ago underscores that this was a purely political exercise. Now having been dragged into something she instinctively felt was a mistake, then the second impulse was, let’s get this over with as quickly as possible. Get it out of here, get it over to the other body, and let them deal with it,” McConnell said after Trump’s acquittal on both articles of impeachment.

The Democrats ‘Transition’ to Radical Gender Ideology, by Kevin Burke

By Kevin Burke, Crisis Magazine – If you support Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, or Bernie Sanders, you’d better pay close attention to what they are saying about the transgender movement. If elected in November, their administration will have a direct impact on your son’s or daughter’s long-term emotional and physical health, especially if they are on the autism spectrum… Wrapped in the manipulative mantle of civil rights, politicians are advancing this radical ideology that is literally mutilating and poisoning our youth… Joe Biden tweeted: “Let’s be clear: Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time. There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights.”

The Question That Explains Almost Everything, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager,  The Stream – If you want to understand a human being or the human condition, what is the single most important question you should ask?… Most religious people would probably ask, “Do you believe in God?”… The most important question most secular people, especially progressives, could imagine asking is probably a policy question. Today it would be “Do you support Donald Trump?” Otherwise it might be “Do you support abortion rights?” or “Do you support gay marriage?”…

President Trump Calls on Congress to Ban Late-Term Abortions: “Every Child is a Gift From God”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – During his State of the Union address this evening, President Donald Trump called on Congress to ban late-term abortions ending the lives of thousands of unborn babies every single year… “I am also calling upon numbers of Congress tonight to pass legislation finally banning the late-term abortion of babies,” the president said. “Whether we are Republican, Democrat, or independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God.”

President Trump’s Norman Rockwell Address, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Imagine, a president speaking to his countrymen about the welfare of their nation. Pointing to the fact that their fellow Americans are thriving. That the jobless are finding work. That those who’d despaired of work are once more seeking it. That deaths from despair and addiction are finally falling. And their foreign fanatical enemies’ cynical schemes for raping and killing the innocent are failing. Because he has carefully targeted the masters of terror, without killing thousands of innocent civilians ….

On February 4, 2020, President Donald J. Trump Delivered His Third State of the Union Address.

The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda. It’s the agenda of the American people… Many of us have campaigned on the same core promises: to defend American jobs and demand fair trade for American workers; to rebuild and revitalize our nation’s infrastructure; to reduce the price of healthcare and prescription drugs; to create an immigration system that is safe, lawful, modern, and secure; and to pursue a foreign policy that puts America’s interests first… There is a new opportunity in American politics, if only we have the courage, together, to seize it. Victory is not winning for our party. Victory is winning for our country.

Trump Highlights Baby Born At 21 Weeks, Calls On Congress To Ban Late-Term Abortion

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller – Pres. Donald Trump highlighted a premature baby born at 21 weeks and called on lawmakers to ban late-term abortion Tuesday night at the SOTU… Trump delivered the SOTU address to Congress Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., where he discussed the birth of Ellie Schneider, a baby born at 21 weeks and six days… “In 2017, doctors at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City [Missouri] delivered one of the earliest premature babies ever to survive, 21 weeks and 6 days and weighing less than a pound,” the president said. “Ellie was a born fighter. Through the skill of her doctors and the prayers of her parents, she won the battle of life.”

Parent Guide: How To Undo Liberal Revisionist History Lessons At Home, Marina Medvin

By Marina Medvin, Townhall – A well-educated, keen child is less likely to fall victim to the revisionist movement that has claimed the Millennial generation. Millennials have been brainwashed into adoring socialism, with 70 percent saying they would vote for a socialist. They have not been taught about the Holocaust. Millennials have been conditioned to sympathize with terrorists. They oppose free speech for those who disagree with them. Generation Z, the Millennial successor, is likely to unwittingly fall deeper and deeper into the propaganda movement that followed Obama’s election. Don’t let the next generation, our elementary school children, get trampled by leftist ideologues.

Trump’s SOTU Guests Include Man Whose Brother Was Slain by Illegal Immigrant, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – Among the guests of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump for the State of the Union address Tuesday night will be Jody Jones, a California man whose brother was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant… Rocky Jones was murdered by 36-year-old Gustavo Garcia, an illegal alien, on Dec. 17, 2018 in Tulare County, Calif… “The criminal alien who committed this brutal murder had previously been arrested for violent crimes and had been deported twice. The criminal alien was arrested in December 2018 for the sixth time, but because of California’s sanctuary state policy, he was released from jail,”…

Invoking the Tradition: Catholic Social Teaching in Policy Debates, by Ben Peterson

By Ben Peterson, Public Discourse – Rubio is not the first American politician to reference CST in support of a reorientation of economic and social policy. In a speech in Detroit in 1932, then-Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt quoted from Pius XI’s Quadragesimo anno (1931), calling it “one of the greatest documents of modern times,” and saying that it was “just as radical as I am.” Roosevelt quoted passages criticizing the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, which the pope described as creating a form of “dictatorship” and “domination.”

Why the Iowa Voting Fiasco Matters, by Charles Lipson

By Charles Lipson, Spectator – The Monday night caucuses were the biggest moment in four years for Iowa Democratic Party. They screwed it up beyond belief. They had one task: to produce timely, accurate, and reliable vote totals, and they failed completely. TV anchors sat around filling time, waiting for Godot to show up with election returns. None appeared. The candidates themselves began flying off to New Hampshire for next week’s primary… It was a fiasco, a huge embarrassment not only for state officials but for the national party. It denied the winners their big moment before the TV cameras on election night—and the fundraising bonus that goes with it.

Failed Coup of a Failing Establishment, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Reality: The impeachment of Trump was an attempted — and failed — coup that not a single Republican supported, only Democrats in the House and their Senate caucus. The impeachment of Trump was an exercise in pure partisanship and itself an abuse of power… What was the heart of the Democrats’ case to remove Trump?… Trump failed to invite Ukrainian Pres. Zelenskiy to the White House, and held up military aid to Kyiv for several months, to get Zelenskiy to hold a press conference to announce that Kyiv was looking into how Hunter Biden got on the board of a corrupt energy company at a retainer of $83,000 a month while his father . . . .

Are the Holy See and the United Nations Too Close for Comfort?

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – On Feb. 5, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences will be hosting a conference on “fraternal inclusion” whose keynote speaker will be Jeffrey Sachs, the SDGs’ chief architect and population-control advocate who advised Pope Francis on his 2015 environment encyclical, Laudato Si (Care for Our Common Home). A very regular fixture at the Vatican for the past six years, Sachs is praised there for his vision of a sustainable future while his views on contraception and

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of God, by Donald DeMarco

By Donald DeMarco, Crisis Magazine – Reason connects us with reality. Liberty is one of its offspring. We are not free if we cannot see where we are going. In fact, we are lost, and lost without a compass or a map. For G. K. Chesterton, “modern man has lost his address.” We are lost because we disregarded reason (i.e., what science says regarding the nature of the unborn human and what it observes concerning the adverse effects of abortion, especially for women) and expected liberty to bloom in a vacuum.

Sen. Graham: ‘Day of Reckoning Is Coming for…Joe Biden and FISA Warrant Process’, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – Graham chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he says that’s the place to look into issues that arose at President Trump’s impeachment trial… As they talk to Bolton, I’m going to bring in State Department officials and ask them, why didn’t you do something about the obvious conflicts of interest Joe Biden had?… Joe Biden’s effort to combat corruption in the Ukraine became a joke… What about your son, Vice President Biden, sitting on the most corrupt board in Ukraine, Burisma, receiving $3 million?

Inside Coronavirus Epicenter Wuhan, Chinese Fight For Life, by Helen Raleigh

By Helen Raleigh, The Federalist – It is heartbreaking to see the millions of Wuhanese who are being cut off from the outside world as the result of the Chinese government’s unprecedented lockdown procedure. My weekend has been consumed by nonstop updates about the coronavirus outbreak in China. Based on journalist reports and eyewitness accounts, it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that the Chinese government, both central and local, utterly failed the people of Wuhan.

President, for Life, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – It is always painful to criticize someone you admire and consider a friend. But Jonathan Last—now the executive editor of The Bulwark, one of these new NeverTrump websites—has allowed his Trump skepticism to color his attitude, not just toward the March for Life but the pro-life movement in general. He gets a lot wrong along the way.

Never Trumpers Who Collaborate With Removing Trump Are Vichy Conservatives, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – I’m watching the same duration of the Trump impeachment as I did of the O.J. trial: zero minutes, zero seconds. I find out more than enough from snippets on Twitter. Since impeachment isn’t my beat, I’m not obliged to slog through this farce. But I’m grateful to The Stream’s Al Perrotta, and Will Chamberlain of Human Events, for their patient analyses. We need honest, patriotic journalists parsing the details, so the rest of us don’t have to.

Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: Witnesses Help Trump, by Greg Richter

By Greg Richter, NewsMax – The White House need not worry if Republicans are not able to muster enough votes to prevent witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Alan Dershowitz, Harvard law professor emeritus and member of the Trump defense team, told Newsmax TV… “Look, I like Joe Biden – he’s a terrific guy, I have known him for years… “But Hunter Biden’s conduct and whether or not there was an attempt to suppress an investigation is extremely relevant to the state of mind to the president when he made his call to the president of Ukraine… “So, I can’t imagine, under the Constitution, a ruling that says Bolton gets called and Hunter Biden does not.”

AP: Trump Team Rejects Bolton Testimony As It Ends Arguments

AP – President Donald Trump’s legal team argued forcefully against the relevance of testimony from Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday as the lawyers wrapped their defense and the Senate braced for debate on whether to summon Bolton and other witnesses into the impeachment trial… Attorney Jay Sekulow took a dismissive swipe at an unpublished book by Bolton that is said to contradict a key defense argument about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

The Fourth Reich, by Wesley J. Smith

By Wesley J. Smith, American Spectator – China is the world champion at “cancel culture.” Only when the communist tyranny cancels you, you aren’t just hounded off social media or pushed out of a job in the media or academia. You are literally canceled; executed, organ harvested, imprisoned, forced into a concentration camp, or excluded from all social participation in society… Nina Shea, Director for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, says that the Chinese regime is moving against religion to consolidate its power. “The ultimate goal is to eradicate religion by either squeezing or crushing it out,” Shea says.

Paid Family Leave: Catholic Principles, Bipartisan Concensus, by Jane Clark Scharl

By Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine – In the midst of some of the most divided, rancorous politics America has ever seen, there is one area of intriguing bipartisan agreement: paid family leave. What in the past has been decried by the Right as socialism and by the Left as unnecessary has, in the past few years, become an unexpected rallying point for lawmakers and culture leaders from opposite ends of the political spectrum.

Impeachment: The Left’s Ultimate Weapon, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – So, too, the impeachment of Donald Trump is not really about his 10-week delay in shipping arms to Ukraine or his postponing of a visit by Ukraine’s president until he announced an investigation of Burisma Holdings and Joe and Hunter Biden… Even before the 2016 election, Democrats, collaborating with a like-minded media, were using the instruments of power they possess, to first prevent and then to overturn the election results of 2016… Russiagate, the James Comey FBI investigation, the Mueller probe — aborting a Trump presidency has always been the goal.

Left Can’t Tolerate Free Speech, Truth, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – According to The Christian Post, 43 faculty members of a Catholic college in Ontario are up in arms after the pro-life film Unplanned was screened on campus January 9th. The professors of King’s University College at Western University in Ontario are demanding an apology for the free showing… Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College and of the Institute for Canadian Values, says the school is really Catholic in name only… “This school was taken over by the government back in the ’60s and is owned and operated by the government,” he tells OneNewsNow…

Cardinal Burke: No Catholic Can Justify Policies That Promote Abortion and Biden Consistently Does. by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Cardinal Burke replied, “Well, no devout Catholic, no practicing Catholic can be in favor of abortion, can justify voting for legislation policies that promote abortion, and he has a consistent record of being pro-abortion.”… “And it’s not that he — this isn’t a question of a confessional belief,” said Burke. “This has to do with the natural law. The first precept of natural law is the defense of human life.”… Burke continued, “And so, you can’t say why privately I think it’s wrong — imagining he means by that as a Catholic he thinks it’s wrong — but then in his public life that he can act as if it’s not morally evil… It’s one of the greatest moral evils,” said the cardinal.

Abortion is the Top Priority at the Ballot Box, U.S. Bishop Tells March for Life, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence. LifeSiteNews – Archbishop Joseph Naumann, archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas, and chairman of the USCCB’s committee on pro-life activities.. said the bishops approved a document in November that provides “guidance to Catholics as they exercise their responsibility as voters.”… And while Catholics must consider “many important societal issues with great moral significance,” such as immigration reform, care for refugees and the poor, health care, religious liberty, and the “care for creation,” the bishops “affirmed that the protection of the unborn remains the preeminent priority,” Naumann said, to a burst of applause.

An Unholy Alliance: the UN, Soros, and the Francis Papacy, by Elizabeth Yore (Video)

By Elizabeth Yore, The Fatima Center – Connecting the dots… An Unholy Alliance: the UN, Soros, and the Francis Papacy

Refuting the Lies of the ‘Abortion Truck’ During the March for Life, by Dr. Brent Bole

By Dr. Brent Bole, The Stream – It is easy to see through pro-abort lies if only you think about it for just a moment. This message board truck was parked outside of the hotel that was the headquarters for March for Life 2020 in Washington, D.C… The messages are downright Orwellian. And completely nonsensical… “Abortion is Health Care”.. Uhm, no… The Prime Directive of Healthcare is ‘Primum non nocere.’ First, do no harm. It is the opposite of ‘No Harm’ to starve or poison with chemicals or crush and dismember with instruments a living, innocent, helpless member of the human race.

Commentary: Trump and the Catholic Vote, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, The American Spectator – If Trump doesn’t appear with Catholic leaders as frequently as he appears with Evangelical ones, that’s because his Catholic support comes not from the top of the Church but from its grass-roots. The U.S. bishops are too politically and theologically liberal to appreciate Trump. They would rather pal around with Joe Biden. But rank-and-file, Mass-going Catholics don’t care. They long ago stopped taking their political cues from the bishops.

As Promised, Trump’s Defense Team Takes Aggressive Approach, by J.M. Phelps

By J.M. Phelps, OneNewsNow – The president’s team of lawyers had promised a vigorous effort to be made in their opening statements of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. On Saturday morning, they delivered… White House counsel Pat Cipollone (pictured) argued the Democrats did not meet the burden of proof and failed to provide sufficient evidence for impeachment. Day 5 of the Senate impeachment trial would center around the facts of the case. And the facts, Cipollone assessed, “will find that the president did absolutely nothing wrong.”

FULL TEXT: President Trump’s Historic 2020 March for Life Speech

By LifeSiteNews staff – For 47 years, Americans of all backgrounds have traveled from across the country to stand for life… And today as President of the United States, I am truly proud to stand with you… I want to welcome tens of thousands – this is a tremendous turnout – tens of thousands of high school and college students who took long bus rides to be here in our nation’s capital. And to make you feel even better, there are tens of thousands of people outside that we passed on the way in. If anybody would like to give up their spot, we can work it out…

Trump to Pro-Lifers: “Together, We Are the Voice of the Voiceless”

By Kathy Schiffer, National Catholic Register – “We cannot know what our citizens yet unborn will achieve, the dreams they will imagine, the masterpieces they will create, the discoveries they will make,” said President Trump on Friday. “But we know this: Every life brings love into this world.”… Whatever one might think about President Trump and his policies, it would be difficult to argue that any president, either Democratic or Republican, has done more than Trump to protect the life of the unborn.

Trump Becomes First President to Attend March for Life

Patriot Post, Political Editors – President Donald Trump today became the first sitting president to attend and speak at the annual March for Life rally. Over its 47-year history, no Republican president (and obviously no Democrat) has made an appearance at the nation’s largest pro-life rally. Though George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan did offer brief supportive remarks via phone and satellite to the marchers, they always maintained a degree of separation.

Barack Obama Attended a Planned Parenthood Rally, But President Trump Will Attend the March for Life, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Pres. Donald Trump will address the March for Life on Friday in live remarks to hundreds of thousands of pro-life people attending the event from across the country. He will be the first president ever to attend the March for Life in person, having addressed the March via video previously… That will be a marked contrast from our last president, Barack Obama. In 2013, he attended a Planned Parenthood rally. Obama became the first sitting president to address the Planned Parenthood abortion business… (Obama promoted) abortion on demand and rally hundreds of abortion activists, Obama made a comment that achieved disgusting notoriety. He called on God to bless the abortion giant.

President Trump Launches Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders to Support His Re-Election Bid, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, Lifenews – President Donald Trump is launching a coalition of pro-life leaders that will bring together pro-life voters from across the nation who support President Trump’s re-election. The coalition will be announced tomorrow and the “Pro-Life Voices for Trump” coalition will be led by Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser… Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America and others will join the list of pro-life advocates leading the campaign… “From appointing pro-life judges to defunding Planned Parenthood, President Trump’s track record demonstrates he’s the most pro-life President in history,” Dannenfelser said in a statement provided to Fox News.

Rep. Jim Jordan: ‘7 Important Things’ Schiff ‘Had Exactly Wrong’ – and ‘We’re Supposed to Believe Him?’ by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – After all his claims that turned out to be “exactly wrong,” how can senators be expected to believe Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) claims during the Senate impeachment trials, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked Wednesday… Rep. Jordan tweeted video of his comments to reporters following Impeachment Manager Schiff’s two-plus hours of allegations against President Donald Trump at the trial… In his press briefing, Rep. Jordan explained why each of Schiff’s seven claims proved to be “exactly wrong” – and asked them how “We’re supposed to believe Adam Schiff today – everything he’s saying?”

Trump Makes Mexico ‘Play Ball’, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – Illegal crossings across the border have plummeted following the Trump administration’s requirement that asylum seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. court. More than 55,000 asylum seekers were returned to Mexico to wait for hearings through November — ten months after the policy was introduced in San Diego… “We’ve seen an almost 80 percent decline in the number of Central American apprehensions at the U.S. border, and that’s because they’re all bottled up down in south Mexico, or they’ve gone home, or they’re not even trying anymore,” Bensman explains.

BREAKING: Trump to Be First President to Attend March for Life, by Pete Baklinski

By Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews – For the first time in history, a U.S. president will attend in person and speak at the annual March for Life that is happening in Washington D.C. on Friday… President Trump announced today that he will be speaking at the 2020 March for Life on January 24, an annual event attended by hundreds of thousands to protest legal abortion… “We are deeply honored to welcome President Trump to the 47th annual March for Life,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life… “He will be the first president in history to attend and we are so excited for him to experience in person how passionate our marchers are about life and protecting the unborn,” she continued.

Trump Grants Texas Request to Defund Planned Parenthood, Fund Real Women’s Health Care Instead, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Trump administration gave another victory to mothers and babies this week when it granted a Texas waiver to defund Planned Parenthood and use tax dollars to support real women’s health care instead… On Wednesday, however, the HHS reversed an Obama-era decision and restored $350 million in federal funding to the Healthy Texas Women program, The Statesman reports. The program provides medical care for low-income women, including cancer screenings, family planning, pregnancy tests, counseling and more.

White House: President Trump’s Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2020

Issued on: January 21, 2020, by Donald J. Trump – Every person — the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly — has inherent value.  Although each journey is different, no life is without worth or is inconsequential; the rights of all people must be defended.  On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our Nation proudly and strongly reaffirms our commitment to protect the precious gift of life at every stage, from conception to natural death.

How Nicholas Sandmann Made the March for Life Safer, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – What was the lesson to be drawn from this incident? At the time, in the early aftermath of last year’s March for Life, it seemed that the leftist agitators had won a sweeping victory. They could disrupt a pro-life rally, shifting the focus of public attention to the alleged misbehavior of the pro-lifers rather than the slaughter of unborn children. It seemed inevitable that pro-abortion activists would flood the streets of Washington this year, ready to provoke new confrontations and generate stories similar to the Covington Catholic narrative…. But then Nicholas Sandmann sued.

The Billionaires Behind the LGBT Movement, by Jennifer Bilek

By Jennifer Bilek, First Things – Gays and lesbians were underdogs, vastly outnumbered and loosely organized, sometimes subject to discrimination and abuse… Today’s movement, however, looks nothing like that band of persecuted outcasts. The LGBT rights agenda—note the addition of “T”—has become a powerful, aggressive force in American society. Its advocates stand at the top of media, academia, the professions, and, most important, Big Business and Big Philanthropy. Consider the following case.

Pope Francis Hopes to Anoint a New Economic Model, by Henry Tricks

By Henry Tricks, The Economist – It is here, in March 2020, that Pope Francis will host a gathering of students, academics and socially conscious entrepreneurs. They will draw up what the dark-robed friars of Assisi’s Sacred Convent hope will be a magna carta for a new type of economy: one that reproduces the small-scale market economy and social harmony of Assisi. “The economy of Francesco” will be named in homage to the nature-loving saint… The explicit aim is to find more sustainable ways of living that ease the burden on the poor, via the development of a “circular economy” in which all benefit, including the planet. The implicit one is to explore alternatives to the free-market capitalist system—even if that model has helped lift swathes of humanity out of poverty.

Cipollone: Nadler Should Be ‘Embarrassed’ for ‘the Way You’ve Addressed This Body’, by Susan Jones 

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – Cipollone said he and others on the president’s team “came here today to address the false case brought to you by the House managers.”.. We’ve been respectful of the Senate. We’ve made our arguments to you. And you don’t deserve and we don’t deserve what just happened. Mr. Nadler came up here and made false allegations against our team. He made false allegations against all of you. He accused you of a cover-up. He’s been making false allegations against the president…. The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler is you, for the way you’ve addressed this body. This is the United States Senate. You’re not in charge here.

Pro-Life Democrat Katrina Jackson Marches for Life, Writes Louisiana Legislation, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register – Louisiana state Sen.-elect Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, has long defied the abortion lobby’s stereotypes as a pro-life Democrat who has spoken many times at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. As she prepares to speak at the 47th-annual March for Life Jan. 24, Jackson is also eagerly anticipating oral arguments in June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, a case that began with a law she authored during her time as a state representative, which required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius.

Is Mass Civil Disobedience Our Future? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Americans have a long history of breaching laws in the name of a higher law or God-given rights… The patriots of Boston gathered an arsenal at Concord in defiance of the British. To protest a tea tax imposed by parliament, they dressed as American Indians and threw shiploads of imported tea into Boston Harbor… Shays’ Rebellion in Massachusetts, to protest debt collections in 1786-87, and the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania, to protest a tax, both had to be crushed with force… Abolitionists supported the violation of fugitive slave laws, the enforcement of which Lincoln endorsed in his first inaugural as a national necessity to restore and preserve the Union.

The Senate Impeachment Trial: 8 Things You Need to Know, by Thomas Jipping, Elizabeth Slattery

By Thomas Jipping, Elizabeth Slattery, HeritageFoundaiton – The House of Representatives has chosen members to participate in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and they have presented the articles of impeachment to the Senate… This is only the third impeachment trial of a president in our nation’s history, with the others occurring in 1868 for Andrew Johnson and 1999 for Bill Clinton… Here are eight things you need to know as the Senate prepares to begin Trump’s impeachment trial… 1. When Will the Trial Begin, and How Long Will It Last? ….

The Day The People Brought Peace, With Arms, To Virginia, by Michael Vlahos

By Michael Vlahos, The American Conservative – Today, the Commonwealth of Virginia, home to four of our very first presidents—framers and founders who shaped the nation we are today—triumphantly reaffirmed its place as a leader-state… Delegate William Wampler’s office confirmed to me that at least 25-30,000 Second Amendment supporters surrounded the state capitol on Monday. This had to be the largest gun rights rally ever, entirely surpassing the 10,000 people that the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) was anticipating in front of the Capitol, while VCDL lobbied legislators inside the building… This was “lobby day”—a longstanding tradition—after all.

Tucker Carlson: ‘Democrats Aren’t Promising Change — They Want Revolution’ by Jeff Poor

By Jeff Poor, Breitbart – Carlson acknowledged economic metrics, and a lackluster Democratic presidential field favored Republicans. However, he also said the days of landslide elections were over given the polarization in American politics… The Fox News host also offered one reason as to why many Americans reject Democratic Party policy positions, which he argued rejected norms that have existed in the United States since its founding. That, according to Carlson, reflected the “revolution” Democrats want.

Opinion: The Prisoner of the Vatican, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – In one of his last speeches before abdicating in 2013, Pope Benedict XVI decried the liberalism that had seeped into the Church after Vatican II. To this liberalism, he traced “so many problems, so much misery, in reality: seminaries closed, convents closed, the liturgy was trivialized.” But he then proceeded to hand the Church to the very liberals responsible for these problems and to a successor set upon liberalizing the Church even more.

Yes, Virginia, There Are Second Amendment Defenders, by Michael Swartz

By Michael Swartz, Patriot Post – With their legislative majority firmly established, a governor limited to one term, and the 2018 Charlottesville strife still fresh in their minds, Virginia Democrats decided to begin this year with a virulently anti-Second Amendment gun-control agenda. Perhaps having seen this writing on the wall, a vast majority of Virginia’s counties and independent cities have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, vowing not to enforce draconian gun-confiscation laws if passed.

The Covington Kids’ Revenge, One Year Later, by Peter Van Buren

By Peter Van Buren, American Conservative – Most agenda journalism victims are expected to disappear in shame. But this time it was different. Sandmann sued a range of journalists, including Maggie Haberman, Ana Navarro, and Shaun King, for slurs they threw at him on Twitter. Included in the swath of additional lawsuits by Sandmann were CNN, MSNBC’s parent company, the AP, Gannett, HuffPo, Slate, and The Washington Post. In the words of the suit, they “brought down the full force of corporate power, influence, and wealth on Nicholas by falsely attacking, vilifying, and bullying him despite the fact that he was a minor child.”

Supreme Court Will Take Case to Protect Little Sisters of the Poor From Funding Abortions Under Obamacare, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Little Sisters of the Poor are headed back to the Supreme Court to protect themselves from being forced to fund abortions under Obamacare… In May 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a lower court ruling against the Little Sisters of the Poor and granted them an exemption from the Obama HHS contraceptive mandate, which required the nuns to fund abortion-causing drugs in their health care plans or pay millions of dollars in fines.

Chinese Bishop Sleeping on Street After Refusing to Join Communist Schismatic Group, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – A Chinese Catholic bishop is homeless and sleeping on the doorstep of his former residence after he and the priests who work with him were evicted by communist authorities earlier this week, Asia News reported Thursday… Chinese authorities evicted Msgr. Vincenzo Guo Xijin, 61, and an undisclosed number of priests from their curial house in Luojiang on the grounds that the building violated fire regulations.

Meet the Two Venezuelan Exiles Warning College Students Against Socialism, by Jennifer Kabbany

By Jennifer Kabbany, The College Fix Editor – When Jorge Galicia and Andrés Guilarte tell college students socialism is no utopia, they speak from experience… The two young intellectuals were born and raised in Venezuela and over the last decade saw their country transformed into a place they barely recognize… As exiles seeking asylum in America today, they’re telling any young person who will listen: the virus is socialism… “No one else can know what happened in Venezuela but a Venezuelan, and we are experts on that,” said Guilarte, 25… Galicia, 24, adds “I definitely see America committing a lot of the same mistakes Venezuela committed.”

Pro-Life Group Launches $52 Million Campaign to Support President Trump, Activate Pro-Life Voters, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Today Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and its partner super PAC, Women Speak Out PAC, announced plans for the 2020 Campaign that include boots on the ground, voter contact mail, phone calls, and digital ads, and is part of the organizations’ overall $52 million budget for the 2020 cycle… The massive campaign is designed to turn out as many pro-life voters as possible to support candidates, especially for President Donald Trump — who will face opposition from a radical Democrat nominee who wants to force abortions up to birth at taxpayer expense on the entire nation.

Trump Administration Proposes Rules to Ensure Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Groups, by Dr. Susan Berry

By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) proposed rules Thursday that would implement President Donald Trump’s executive order that protects the religious freedom of faith-based organizations… The proposed rules, announced on Religious Freedom Day, would ensure religious and secular groups are treated equally and rescind Obama-era rules currently in force that place regulatory burdens on faith-based organizations.

‘No International Right to Abortion’: Trump Admin Health Secretary Warns Foreign Health Leaders, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar reiterated in a private meeting with foreign health leaders Thursday that there is an “international right to life” but “no international right to abortion.”… However, that won’t stop relentless international lobbying to secure this illusory right, Azar warned representatives of 35 “like-minded” countries who met at Washington’s historic Blair House to discuss their continuing efforts as a “pro-life, pro-family, pro-sovereignty coalition” on the global stage.

Levin: ‘I’m Disgusted with Republicans in the Senate’ – ‘There Should Be No Trial!…It’s a Set-Up!’

By Mark Levin, CNS News – “I’m disgusted with the Republicans in the Senate. You got five of ‘em who want witnesses – so, that means they want to give their imprimatur, their seal of approval, their rubber stamp to the process that went on in the House… “I know, they’re going to say, ‘Oh, it was terrible, but, we’re going to have’ – and I keep hearing the Republicans say this – ‘we’re going to have a fair trial and a just trial.’.. “There should be no trial!”… “Fair and just trial? When you get corrupt articles of impeachment from a corrupt Democrat party in the House?… “It’s a set-up!”

Trump Administration Takes 3 Steps to Boost Religious Freedom, by Rob Bluey

By Rob Bluey, Daily Signal – “There’s a lot of hostility to religious beliefs,” says Joe Grogan, director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House… “These views are protected by the First Amendment and people who are offended by public expressions of faith need to get over it,” he adds… In this exclusive interview at the White House, Grogan outlines what the Trump administration is doing to ensure Americans remain free to live in accordance with their beliefs. Read the lightly edited transcript, pasted below, or listen to the interview…

The Case of Trump v. Rainbow Mafia, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – The court points out that Varner’s request cites no legal authority. The hilarious and meaty part of Varner’s motion simply states, “I am a woman,” and that when others don’t refer to him as a woman, it “leads me to feel that I am being discriminated against based on my gender identity.” He goes on to say that “referring to me simply as a male and with male pronouns based solely on my biological body makes me very uneasy and disrespected.”

A Malicious Indictment Mitch Should Toss Out, by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – But the articles of impeachment on which the Judiciary Committee and the House voted do not contain a single crime required by the Constitution for impeachment and removal. There is no charge of treason, no charge of bribery or “other high crimes and misdemeanors.”… So weak is the case for impeachment that the elite in this city is demanding that the Senate do the work the House failed to do… Mitch McConnell should let the House managers make their case, and then call for a vote to dismiss, and treat this indictment with the contempt it so richly deserves.

A Cure for Trauma, by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – (climate change) is one of innumerable “crisis” factoids. It is constantly repeated. Notwithstanding, it is laughably untrue. But it was manufactured to promote the crisis… By now, only schoolteachers believe it, and not always those. That the world will end in several years, unless a communist dictatorship is promptly declared, and encouraged to impose a high-tech reign of terror, has become an article of faith for many of the young.

Planned Parenthood Will Spend $45 Million to Elect Radical Abortion Activists Nationwide, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The abortion giant Planned Parenthood will pour at least $45 million into the 2020 election to push pro-abortion Democrats to power… “[The Trump Administration] has managed to undo so much over the last three years,” Planned Parenthood Votes executive director Jenny Lawson told CBS. “The fact that this summer the Supreme Court might gut Roe v. Wade is an indicator of their intention and they’ve never been so bold.”… Planned Parenthood, a $1.6 billion dollar “nonprofit” that did more than 345,000 abortions last year, wants the unrestricted, unregulated abortion landscape of Roe to stay.

What the Church Brings to Politics, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – The “Catholic vote” is a myth. The notion that Catholics vote as an identifiable bloc of the national electorate hasn’t been true for decades. Still, there are enough Catholic voters – one out of every four or five, nationally – that even a marginal shift in one slice of the Catholic electorate can tip a national election. This being a presidential election year, and with the real possibility of a Catholic on the top of the Democratic ticket, many Americans will be paying close attention to see what the bishops in the United States say (or don’t say) about public policy in the coming months.

Opinion: Trump Looks to Reward Conservative Catholics for Their Loyalty, by Gabby Orr

By Gabby Orr, Politico – Three years ago, Catholic voters helped carry Donald Trump into the White House. Then they hardly heard from him… Until Trump carried 52 percent of their votes in 2016, American Catholics supported the Democratic nominee in all but four presidential cycles since 1952. But after betting it all on the thrice-married Manhattan businessman — Trump won white Catholics by a 23-point margin, compared with Mitt Romney’s 19-point victory in 2012 — they never received so much as a “thank you” from the 45th president.

Obama Judge Nixes ID Law, Erases Will of Voters, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – A constitutional amendment mandating voter ID in the Tar Heel State was struck down on the last day of 2019. Even though North Carolina voters approved the measure by a ten-point margin in 2018, Federal District Judge Loretta Copeland Biggs unilaterally struck it down, ruling that it constitutes voter suppression and reflects the state’s “sordid history of racial discrimination.”

Rev. Graham: Pelosi and Liberal Media ‘Have Lied and Continue to Lie’ About Trump, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Commenting on the left’s hatred of President Trump, Rev. Franklin Graham said the impeachment of the president is a “never-ending charade” like the “Russia hoax,” and that the “liberal media” and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “have lied and continue to lie” about Trump… The evangelical leader also called on Americans to pray for the president and vice president and ask God to “watch over their families and protect them from the lies and false accusations of the left.”

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds: There is No Constitutional Right to Kill Babies in Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Protections for unborn babies are among Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ top priorities for the legislative year, she said Tuesday in her 2020 Condition of the State address… The pro-life Republican said she wants every Iowan to have the opportunity to succeed, including babies in the womb, CBC Online reports. She urged lawmakers to pass a state constitutional amendment that makes it clear there is no “right to abortion” in Iowa… “We must protect life by making it clear through an amendment that our constitution does not grant a right to abortion,” Reynolds said…

There’s Nothing ‘Compassionate’ About Open Borders, by Chilton Williamson, Jr.

By Chilton Williamson, Jr., Crisis Magazine – The United States has relatively higher rates of physical assault and homicide than a number of other Western countries, but nothing that faintly approaches those in the Latin American nations. In Mexico, Central America, and many South American nations, violence—both the personal and organized sort—is endemic, and in Mexico it is still rising. Figures released at the beginning of August 2019 reported more than 17,000 people killed in the first six months of the year, or 94 every day. Last November, six women and three children, members of a Mormon community of American heritage, were murdered by cartelistas for trying to keep the thugs out of their town.

Should Priests Speak About Party Politics? by John Clark

By John Clark, EWTN News – First, we Americans may not be sick of politics, but whether we realize it or not, we are sick with politics—and we need the help of priests to heal… Referencing the Church in the 1980s, Peggy Noonan wrote, “The Catholic Church could not decide if its job was public policy or the redemption of souls, so it failed at both, offering pilgrims hungry for sustenance tepid homilies on defense spending.”… Forty years later, things are far worse. Politics and policy (of which seemingly everyone now considers himself a noted expert) is the consuming subject at children’s birthday parties, wedding receptions and New Year’s Eve countdowns.

Texas Governor: Texas Won’t Accept Any More Refugees, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott notified Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week that his state will no longer accept any more refugees – a decision that has roiled some Catholic bishops… Abbott told Pompeo that “the state and nonprofit organizations have a responsibility to dedicate available resources to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants and the homeless – indeed, all Texans.”… The Associated Press reports that Texas has taken in an estimated 88,300 refugees since FY 2002, according to the Pew Research Center, second only to California.

Bernie Sanders Staffer Says Trump Supporters Should be Put in Gulags Because They’re Nazis, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The new video from Project Veritas reveals that a paid Iowa Field Organizer for the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign, Kyle Jurek, says cities will burn if President Trump wins re-election, and calls for the mass murder of anyone who opposes a socialist revolution… “In Nazi Germany, after the fall of the Nazi Party, there was a s—-ton of the populace that was f—— Nazified,” says Jurek. “Germany had to spend billions of dollars re-educating their f—— people to not be Nazis,” he continues. “We’re probably going to have to do the same f—— thing here. That’s kind of what all Bernie’s whole f—— like, ‘hey, free education for everybody’ because we’re going to have to teach you to not be a f—— Nazi.”

Trump Campaign Ramps Up Attention To Catholic Voters Ahead Of 2020 Elections, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller – The president has focused significant attention on Evangelical voters but now recognizes that he must devote similar attention to Catholic voters if he wishes to secure the 2020 presidential election, Politico reports. Many members of Trump’s staff are Catholics, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Attorney General William Barr, and White House counsel Pat Cipollone… “Catholics were of secondary importance to the Trump campaign in 2016, behind evangelicals…” ….

Don’t Be Fooled by Liberal Dark Money Influence, by Ken Blackwell

By Ken Blackwell, The Stream – Democrats have no good response to the President’s popularity and his accomplished record, so they turn to dark money-funded smear campaigns to try to discredit him and his supporters. Politico reports one such dark money group — Future Majority — is prepared to invest $60 million in swing states like Wisconsin and Michigan in 2020 to try to defeat the President.

2020: Year of the Woman? by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – This year marks the 100th anniversary of women in the United States obtaining the right to vote — one of several reasons why commentators are calling 2020 “the year of the woman.”.. Another reason is the prominent role that women will have on election day this year — both as candidates and as voters… The 2016 election saw a sharp divide between the sexes. Exit polls showed men voted for Donald Trump at a significantly higher rate than women.

Opinion: The GOP Establishment is Dead, Thanks to the Trump Revolution. And That’s Fantastic News, by Steve Hilton

By Steve Hilton, FOX News – But his strategy has been consistent from day one. He is anti-war, but he is also anti-weak. No, he doesn’t want to invade deserts of sand like the neocons, but he doesn’t want to put his head in the sand, like the isolation nuts, either… It was the same over Syria — withdrawing troops from a conflict that is someone else’s business, but a missile strike if you use chemical weapons… You saw it with North Korea — fire and fury and then historic negotiations… This is the Trump Revolution: Pragmatic, non-ideological. He approaches issues as a problem-solving businessman… … The establishment Republican Party is not coming back. It is dead, killed by their policy failure and Donald Trump’s policy success.

Utah Lt. Governor: “Abortion Will Go Down as One of the Greatest Travesties in the History of Humankind”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Abortion will be condemned someday as “one of the greatest travesties in the history of humankind,” Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said Saturday… “I truly believe that at some point in the future, future generations will look back on us today, and they will…look at abortion the way we look at slavery. It will go down in history as one of the greatest travesties in the history of humankind,” Cox said, Newsweek reports.

LifeNews: Liberal Media Bias: 93% of ABC, CBS and NBC Coverage of President Trump is Negative

By Rich Noyes, Bill D’Agostino, LifeNews – In the first 100 days since House Democrats began their impeachment push on September 24, ABC, CBS and NBC have aggressively aided the effort. A Media Research Center analysis finds the Big Three evening newscasts have battered the President with 93% negative coverage and promoted impeachment at the expense of nearly all other Trump news… At the same time, the broadcast networks donated at least 124 hours of wall-to-wall live coverage as they pre-empted regular programming in favor of House Democrat-led impeachment activities…

Socialism Is a False Religion. That’s Why It Kills the True One. Every Time.

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Socialism Replaces God and Kills the Church… But as I’ve argued for some time, the worst effects of socialism have nothing to do with economics. The cancer it spreads is spiritual. Back in 2017, I considered why the U.S. is at once more violent, more competitive, and more religious than other Western lands… Religion, violence, fertility, and the free market all go together. Socialism doesn’t just suppress one of those things, but all of them inextricably and at the same time. That’s why most of the nations in the European Union simultaneously….

The Vatican’s Alliance with China: More Evil Than We Thought, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – “Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” Sorondo told the Vatican Insider, applauding China’s efforts to follow the green initiatives spelled out in Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si. Sorondo also accused President Donald Trump of allowing himself to be manipulated by global oil firms and praised China for defending Paris Climate Accord… The “Sorondo” above is Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo. He’s the highest authority at the Vatican in charge of Catholic social teaching. Pope Francis never corrected him. So as of now, that’s the official Vatican position. Good luck getting people to take “Catholic social teaching” seriously after this.

Iranian Protesters Refuse to Walk on US, Israeli Flags, by Leah Barkoukis

By Leah Barkoukis, Townhall – Despite the Iranian government’s brutal crackdown on protesters in recent months, throngs of Iranians showed up this weekend to march against the regime after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps admitted it shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 on board. The remarkably brave protesters chanted about how they have been lied to concerning who the true enemy is and students at Beheshti University in Tehran refused to walk on American and Israeli flags.

Trump ‘Couldn’t Care Less’ If Iran Wants to Negotiate, by Solange Reyner

By Solange Reyner, NewsMax – President Donald Trump says he “couldn’t care less” if Iran wants to negotiate… His comments follow White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien’s statement that despite recent aggression from Iran, a combination of sanctions and protests from its citizens will force officials back to the table for a nuclear deal… “I think the maximum pressure campaign is working,” O’Brien told “Fox News Sunday.”… “Iran is being choked off, and Iran is going to have no other choice but to come to the table.”

Virginia Democrats Seeking to Add Pro-Abortion Amendment to State Constitution, Void Pro-Life Laws, by Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – A Virginia Democrat has introduced a resolution to enshrine “the individual right to personal reproductive autonomy” in the commonwealth’s Constitution, as well as a bill to repeal several moderately pro-life laws… The Democrat-controlled legislature is also pushing forward the so-called Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would enshrine abortion and the elimination of sex distinctions into the U.S. Constitution. …

Texas Governor Greg Abbott First in U.S. to Halt Refugee Flow into His State

By John Binder, Breitbart – Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is the first governor in the United States to halt refugee resettlement in his state, a move that comes as the state has been inundated over the last three decades with mass immigration… For Fiscal Year 2020, President Donald Trump will continue cutting refugee admissions by reducing former President Barack Obama’s refugee inflow by at least 80 percent. This reduction would mean a maximum of 18,000 refugees can be resettled in the U.S. between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020. This is merely a numerical limit and not a goal federal officials are supposed to reach.

Here’s Why Authors, Theologians Think Pope Francis Cooperates With The Chinese Government Despite Persecution Of Christians, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller – Pope Francis caused widespread confusion among Catholics when he agreed to recognize bishops appointed by the authoritarian Chinese government in 2018. Over a year later, the pope has kept silent as China continues religious persecution, imprisons priests, and destroys Muslim graveyards… “Francis continually denounces Western countries for any efforts at border control, but stays silent on China’s genocide against the Uighur Muslims; on its persecution of Christians; on its escalating crackdown on Hong Kong,” Catholic author and commentator John Zmirak told the Daily Caller…

BREAKING: Democrats Vote Against Motion Calling Unborn Babies Members ‘of the Species Homo Sapiens’

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – This morning, the House voted on a motion to recommit HR 535 offered by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). It was shot down by a 187-219 vote… “Most importantly, it protects the unborn child, something I hope everyone in this room can agree should be one of our greatest priorities: to protect people before they are born, and at every stage of their lives,” she said on the House floor. “I urge my colleagues to support science by supporting my motion to recommit.”

Was Jesus a Pacifist? Understanding Just-War Theory in a Nuclear Age, by Vladimir Mauricio-Perez

By Vladimir Mauricio-Perez, Denver Catholic – “Since the states have a responsibility to defend their citizens, they have a right to use force [when necessary]. War can then be justified if it is an act of justice – if it is trying to make sure that each gets its due and peace is restored,” Dr. Wright explained… The just-war theory consists of two parts: jus ad bellum and jus in bello. The first one refers to legitimate reasons a state may engage in war and the second to how it must be carried out to remain just.

Ilhan Omar Slams Pro-Life Christians: They’re “Trying to Impose Their Beliefs on Society”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar slammed pro-life Christians for “trying to impose their beliefs on society” while she herself advocates for aborting unborn babies and forcing taxpayers to fund abortions… Omar spoke out against pro-life legislation on the House floor last year… “Religious fundamentalists are currently trying to manipulate the State laws in order to impose their beliefs on an entire society, all with complete disregard for voices and the rights of American women,” she said May 22… A pro-abortion Democrat, she described pro-life Christians as hypocrites who just want to control women.

Operation Rescue: New Survey: Since 2013, 367 Abortion Facilities Closed!

By Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue – A total of 36 abortion facilities closed nationwide in 2019, according to a survey of every abortion facility in the U.S. conducted by Operation Rescue… While the number of closures shows that in certain areas, abortion suppliers have outstripped the demand, as abortion numbers and rates continue to drop nationwide, according to the Center for Disease Control… Other noteworthy facts were revealed by Operation Rescue’s survey… Since 2013, 367 surgical abortion facilities have permanently closed.

Delta Force’s Boykin: Trump Was Justified — Not Killing Suleimani Would Have Been ‘Irresponsible’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – During the show, (Tony) Perkins asked (Boykin), “Now, the president, in taking this action, was he justified?”… Boykin said, “Tony, this is the most insane thing that I think I’ve heard in a long, long time is this questioning whether he should have taken this guy out.”… “If he had not taken this guy out, I would consider it to be an act of malfeasance,” said the retired lieutenant general.

Trump: Iran Missiles Fired at US Were Paid for With Money Released by Obama Administration, by Adam Shaw

By Adam Shaw, Fox News – President Trump addresses the nation after Iran’s retaliatory missile strikes against U.S. forces in Iraq… President Trump took direct aim at former President Barack Obama on Wednesday, blaming the last administration for giving Iran money that he claimed was then used by Tehran to pay for missiles that were aimed at U.S. troops in Iraq… “The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration,” Trump said from the White House, referring to settlement money the U.S. paid to Iran in 2016… “Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013, and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash,” he said. “Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they chanted ‘Death to America.’”

Planned Parenthood Should Lose Its Non-Profit Status, It Uses Our Tax Dollars to Elect Pro-Abortion Democrats, by Kristan Hawkins

By Kristan Hawkins, LifeNews – Unlike most public policy, unfettered abortion was brought to life following a Supreme Court judgment call made by seven men in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Without the input of the executive or legislative branches of government, all of the nation’s abortion-related laws were wiped out with the judicial stroke of pen. But with the future of Roe in doubt, according to legal experts, reconsidering the assumptions that have been made about a billion-dollar abortion industry is timely.

Iran’s Options in Showdown With America Are All Bad, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, Patriot Post – Iran’s goal might be something like re-creating the melodrama of the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, Saddam Hussein’s rope-a-dope strategy, or Bill Clinton’s three-month bombing campaign in Yugoslavia. Tehran hopes for American strategic ossification that could prove politically toxic… But that scenario, too, is unlikely. As long as Trump replies with air power disproportionate to any Iranian attacks, he, not Tehran, governs the tempo of the confrontation… Iran created the current crisis. It has choices, but for now they are all bad.

Fundamental Transformation of a Nation, Culture: The Decade in Review, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, EWTN News – The shift has been unprecedented — and far beyond anyone’s imagination in 2008. It was signaled most conspicuously mid-decade, in June 2015, when the Obama White House — the nation’s first house — was illuminated in the colors of the “LGBTQ” rainbow on the day of the Obergefell decision, when the Supreme Court by a one-vote margin rendered unto itself the ability to redefine marriage… and imposed this previously nonexistent “constitutional right” on all 50 states.

CNN Settles Lawsuit Brought by Covington Catholic Student Nicholas Sandmann, by Jack Crowe

By Jack Crowe, National Review – CNN agreed on Tuesday to settle a lawsuit brought by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann… Sandmann sought $275 million from CNN over its coverage of the confrontation he and his classmates had with an elderly Native American man while visiting Washington, D.C., on a school trip in January of last year… “CNN brought down the full force of its corporate power, influence, and wealth on Nicholas by falsely attacking, vilifying, and bullying him despite the fact that he was a minor child,” reads the suit, which was filed in March 2019.

July 27, 2018: Sorry If You’re Offended, but Socialism Leads to Misery and Destitution, by David Harsanyi

By David Harsanyi, Daily Signal – After all, socialism is the leading man-made cause of death and misery in human existence. Whether implemented by a mob or a single strongman, collectivism is a poverty generator, an attack on human dignity, and a destroyer of individual rights… It’s true that not all socialism ends in the tyranny of Leninism or Stalinism or Maoism or Castroism or Ba’athism or Chavezism or the Khmer Rouge—only most of it does.

Trump’s 9th Circuit Appeals Court Nominee Introduces His Same-Sex Husband and Twin Baby Daughters

By CNSNews.com Staff – “I finally want to introduce my husband, Alex. He’s an outstanding father and a trained phlebotomist. Being married to a prosecutor is not always easy, but I want to thank him for all the support he has given me over the years… This year, we received the greatest blessings of our lives. In April, our twin daughters, Ellie and Irena, were born… As you can imagine, they are a handful, but we are still thankful for them. They have changed our lives for the better in infinite ways. Once again, thank you for this opportunity, Mr. Chairman, and I look forward to answering your questions.”

Aborting a Presidency, by Kevin Burke

By Kevin Burke, Crisis Magazine – Author and political scientist Darrell West is deeply concerned about the current climate in the United States. “Societal tensions have metastasized into a dangerous tribalism that seriously threatens U.S. democracy,” he warns. “Unless people can bridge these divisions and forge a new path forward, it will be impossible to work together, maintain a functioning democracy, and solve the country’s pressing policy problems.”

Planned Parenthood Aborted 345,672 Babies Last Year, Received $616 Million From Gov’t, by By Claire Chretien

By Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews – Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report reveals it aborted 345,672 babies and received just over $616 million from taxpayers during its 2018 to 2019 fiscal year… Planned Parenthood also distributed over 2 million contraceptives during that time, many of which have the potential to act as abortifacients… PP’s main sources of taxpayer money come from Medicaid, Title X, state family planning slush funds, and sex ed grants. According to a Live Action analysis, Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding has increased by nearly 70 percent since 2008. Its total revenue was over $1.6 billion and its net assets were almost $2 billion.

Court Order Stops Texas Hospital From Removing Baby’s Life Support Against Family’s Wishes, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller – A court order Friday prevented a Texas hospital from removing baby Tinslee Lewis from life support until the court makes a final ruling in the case… The Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas, granted the baby emergency relief and ordered Cook Children’s Medical Center not to remove Tinslee from life support until the court makes a final ruling in the case. The court delayed a Thursday ruling by Tarrant County Judge Sandee Marion that the medical center can take the baby off life support against her family’s wishes.

Islam, Realism, and the Church, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, The Catholic Thing – In an earlier 2017 interview with Il Mattino, Pera was even more outspoken. In answer to a question about “indiscriminate” welcoming of migrants to Europe, he replied: “Frankly, I do not get this pope, whatever he says is beyond any rational understanding. It’s evident to all that an indiscriminate welcoming is not possible: there is a critical point that can’t be reached.”… He continued: “If the pope. . . insists in a massive and total welcoming, I ask myself: why does he say it?. . .Why does he lack a minimum of realism, that very little that is requested of anyone? The answer I can give myself is only one: The Pope does it because he hates the West, he aspires to destroy it. . . .As he aspires to destroy the Christian tradition.”

Politics: Iran, Again (For 40 Years, Tehran’s Philosophy Has Been.. ‘Death to America!’) by Jim Geraghty

By Jim Geraghty, National Review – Watching in horror as thugs grabbed our blindfolded embassy staff and paraded them before the cameras, Americans instantly learned that this was a regime that had no regard for any international law, traditional diplomacy, or morality. A revived relationship and summit meetings were unthinkable; anyone who met with Iranians on their soil was a potential hostage. The crowd of angry revolutionaries chanted “Death to America,” and the Iranian parliament and other official government meetings and rallies routinely began with the chant.

Surprise, Surprise, Climate Alarmists’ Dire 2003 Predictions for 2020 Have Not Come True, by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – The media breathlessly foretold a global catastrophe. The global rise in temperature would lead to food shortages. Less and worse fresh water. More frequent floods and droughts. Mega-droughts would start in Northern Europe and Southern China in 2010 and continue throughout the decade. By the end of the decade, Europe’s climate would be as bad as Siberia’s. Europe would suffer food shortages. People would abandon the continent for warmer countries.

Politics: Trump: If Americans Are Targeted US Will Send ‘Beautiful’ New Military Equipment Iran’s Way, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – (Update:  On Sunday afternoon, President Trump tweeted again: “These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!”)

Are Targeted Drone Strikes Allowed Under Just-War Theory? by Matt Hadro

By Matt Hadro, CNA – Dr. Kevin Miller, a moral theologian at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, spoke with CNA about the application of Catholic just-war theory to the strike… Catholic teaching on the use of lethal force “doesn’t rule this sort of thing out,” he said of “targeted killing of military leaders.” If Soleimani was behind attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, as alleged, then “you’re talking about an attempted attack on American civilian lives,” Dr. Miller said.

Catholics Join Calls to End Police Brutality in Hong Kong

UCANews reporter, Hong Kong – Leading Catholics have joined a call from politicians and other top civic figures from 18 countries in urging the Hong Kong government to halt police brutality against anti-government protesters… In an open letter to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, they urged her to establish an independent inquiry into police use of force against the protesters, warning they would seek the setting up of an independent international probe if she did not.

Donald Trump Rallies Evangelicals in Florida–‘We Have God on Our Side’, by Charlie Spiering

By Charlie Spiering, Breitbart – “I really do believe we have God on our side, I believe that … or there would have been no way we could have won, right?” Trump said… Trump reminded Americans that they needed to renew the importance of faith and family if they were to thrive in the next century… “Our faith is needed now more than ever,” he said. “While certain fads come and go, it is an eternal truth that faith and family lead to the stability, happiness, and prosperity of nations.”

Could This Be a Game-Changer? SCOTUS 2020: Should Abortion Businesses Speak for Women?

By Nikolas Nikas & Dorinda Bordlee, Bioethics Defense Fund, Press Release – January 2, 2020. For Immediate Release. Louisiana is set to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 4, 2020 that abortion businesses should no longer be presumed to have “third-party standing” — a legal concept by which abortion providers seek to assert the purported constitutional rights of women in order to strike down reasonable health and safety regulations that protect the very women they claim to represent.

A Major Opportunity for the Pro-Life Movement, by C C Pecknold

By C C Pecknold, Catholic Herald – It is a significant Amicus brief for being signed by 207 elected members of Congress including two courageous Democrats. But more than anything, the brief signals that congressional Republicans think that the balance of the Supreme Court has tipped, and the Louisiana case represents a major opportunity. It is the first abortion case the Supreme Court will take up with Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on the bench… The president of Planned Parenthood inveighed with defiance against the well-reasoned amicus brief as a “trick,” an “attack” on a “basic right.” But the truth is that an amicus brief is not a trick, and abortion is not a basic human right at all. It denies living, existing human beings in the womb the right to exist.

Chuck Todd Attacks Trump Supporters Who Believe Bible, by Michael Patrick Leahy

By Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart – NBC’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd used a Letter to the Editor published 11 months ago in the Lexington Herald Leader to attack supporters of President Trump who believe the Bible… “Show me a person who believes in Noah’s ark and I will show you a Trump voter,” Todd read from the letter, written by David Bowles of Lexington, Kentucky, and published on January 15, 2019 to set up his questioning of New York Times editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post editor Martin Baron.

Iran’s Ayatollah Responds to Trump: ‘Like Hell You Will’, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – Khamenei noted that Trump has blamed Iran for the recent incidents in Baghdad and has pledged to respond… “First of all, like hell you will,” the Mehr news agency quoted Khamenei as saying… “Second, be reasonable – which you are not. People of this region hate the United States,” the ayatollah continued. “Iraqis, Syrians, and Afghans all hate the U.S. and this hatred will eventually come out in some way.”.. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted in response to the incidents at the embassy, “Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!”

The Catholic Case Against Impeachment, by Charles Coulombe

By Charles Coulombe, Crisis Magazine – In any case, the impeachment is quite as likely to result in a Republican house majority next year. Having consecrated themselves to infanticide and perversion, the Democratic leadership have constituted themselves as much the enemies of reality as of the Faith. Should their political incompetence return control of the legislature to their opponents, it will be up to America’s Catholics to hold those opponents to the pro-life promises they shall no doubt make.

Democrats Peddle Doom, But the Middle Class Never Had it So Good

By Stephen Moore, Washington Times – Go to any neighborhood Walmart or Target and you will see average and even low-income Americans — blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, teenagers, mothers with three kids, and seniors — filing out of the store with sometimes two or three shopping carts overflowing with toasters, and winter coats, and flowers, and games, and dog food, and stuffed animals, and potato chips, and video games, and every conceivable piece of merchandise — and all stuffed in the back of the minivan.

Former Planned Parenthood Instructor: We Pushed Sex Ed on Kids to Create a Market for Abortion, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – The director showed Cline several Planned Parenthood case studies that showed girls as young as 10 years old coming to Planned Parenthood for help with injuries, the removal of foreign objects and abortions. The studies convinced Cline that something must be done to help these young women… “Wow, you’ve convinced me,” she said she told the educator. “How do I teach these girls NOT to have sex?”… Planned Parenthood’s sex education grooms students for promiscuity, Cline believes, and this promiscuity leads them to abortion.

LifeSite’s Top 10 Catholic Stories From 2019: Pope Francis, Bishop Schneider, Pachamama

By LifeSiteNews staff – Below is a list of the 10 most viewed Catholic stories published by LifeSite over the past year. 2019 was our biggest year ever, with traffic growth of over 50 percent. Thank you for supporting our pro-life, pro-family mission… (10) In June, Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, together with several other bishops, issued a public declaration of 40 truths that implicitly reference statements made by Pope Francis, while others relate to points of confusion that have arisen or intensified during the current pontificate.

Louisiana Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Pro-Life Law That Saves Babies, Protects Women, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The U.S. Supreme Court set a date to hear a high-profile abortion case out of Louisiana and the case of June Medical Services v. Gee is scheduled for oral arguments on March 4 in front of the high court. And when the court makes a decision, Lousiana hopes the justices will side with the pro-life law that will save babies and protect women… The Louisiana law in question requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges for patient emergencies. Soon after it became law in 2014, the abortion facility Hope Medical Group for Women and the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights challenged it in court.

Liberal Lawyer: SCOTUS Just ‘Ripped the Rug’ From Under the Democrats’ Trump Impeachment Push

By Matt Vespa, Townhall – Elections have consequences and the GOP kept the Senate. For all their talk about abuse of power and a constitutional crisis, Pelosi decided to create one of her own because…‘orange man, bad.’ They’re taking the ‘we had to destroy the village to save it’ approach. The only way for Democrats to save the Constitution is for them to plunge Congress into a crisis. Also, if Trump is such a threat, as they’ve said, why hold onto the articles. Deep down, to take a quote from the father of fake news Dan Rather, they know this case is shakier than cafeteria Jell-O.

While House Dems Impeach Trump, His Numbers Go Up, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – House Democrats voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, but his approval rating continues to improve while a recent poll shows the majority of Americans oppose his impeachment… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) rejoiced at (Dec. 18th) announcement of the historic partisan vote (230 Democrats vs. 197 Republicans) to impeach the 45th president on the first charge of “abuse of power” of his office. That charge alleged that Trump requested Ukraine’s president to investigate 2020 presidential election rival Joe Biden for leveraging foreign aid to protect the alleged corrupt business dealings of his son, Hunter Biden.

The Trojan Horse Of Gender Ideology, by Rod Dreher

By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative – Earlier today, I wrote about how the issue of gender ideology might be one on which the Democratic Party is Corbynizing itself — that is, staying pure to the radicalism of its leadership, but getting way too far ahead of the public. I want to write something specifically about transgenderism, and why critical Attention Must Be Paid. None of this is being talked about outside relatively narrow circles. It is never in the mainstream media, which, as we know, will not waver from its agenda to advocate for and normalize transgenderism. Many priests and pastors won’t touch it, nor will Republican politicians, because they are all terrified of being labeled as bigots.

Pro-Life Democrat Votes Against Impeaching President Trump: “‘History Will Show This to Be a Mistake”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – There aren’t very many pro-life Democrats left in Congress or any major elected office. Most pro-life Democrats have either become Republicans as the Democrat Party has become monolithicly pro-abortion or they have been defeated by pro-abortion candidates with the backing of activist groups like Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List… But Congressman Collin Peterson of Minnesota of one of the few pro-life Democrats remaining in the nation’s capitol. And on Wednesday, he joined every Republican in the House of Representatives in voting agonist impeaching President Donald trump, who enjoys the support of pro-life groups and has built a pro-life record as president.

Is Impeachment Backfiring on Democrats? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan, CNSNews – Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor both Wednesday night and Thursday morning. To have the Senate, which is judge and jury of the impeachment charges, start calling witnesses whom House prosecutors failed to pursue “could set a nightmarish precedent.”… Said McConnell, Schumer “would apparently like our chamber to do House Democrats’ homework for them.”… Schumer’s plea for new witnesses is an admission that the House’s case for impeaching Trump is inadequate and deficient and could prove wholly noncredible to the American people. After all, if you need more witnesses, you probably do not have the smoking gun.

Ames, Iowa Man Gets 16 Years in Prison for Stealing, Burning LGBT ‘Pride’ Flag, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – A man who was arrested this summer for stealing and then lighting a church’s LGBT rainbow “pride” flag on fire has been sentenced to prison for 16 years… Adolfo Martinez, 30, of Ames, Iowa was found guilty last month of having committed a “hate crime” – arson – plus reckless use of explosives or fire… According to the Des Moines Register, Martinez stole the flag, which had been hanging at Ames United Church of Christ. Then, using lighter fluid, he burned it early on June 11, 2019 outside a strip club called Dangerous Curves Gentleman’s Club.

Louisiana Democrat Explains Why She’s Defending A Pro-Life Law Before The Supreme Court, by Josh Shepherd

By Josh Shepherd, The Federalist – Act 620 was authored by state Rep. Katrina Jackson, who is now state senator-elect, after she ran unchallenged for a seat representing District 34 in northeast Louisiana. In early 2020, Jackson will be speaking out not only in the state house but perhaps also at the highest court in the nation… “Oral arguments have been set for March 4,” said Jackson in a phone interview. “I am now in the process of getting barred to go before the Supreme Court and argue this case with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.”… A longtime Democratic elected official who nevertheless shuns her party’s pro-abortion stance, Jackson will be a featured speaker at the 47th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January…

The Impeachment Theater of the Absurd

By Mark Alexander, Patriot Post – After Trump’s election, Nadler posted on his official website a manifesto for the resistance detailing a plan for how to dispose of Trump: “We cannot wait four years to vote Mr. Trump out of office, as members of the GOP Senate and House Majorities have already stated that they will facilitate the Trump agenda. … So we must do everything we can to stop Trump and his extreme agenda now.”

Trump Asks Nation to Pray Over His Impeachment, Says He’s Done Nothing Wrong, by Dave Boyer

By Dave Boyer, The Washington Times – House Democrats probably won’t answer President Trump’s prayers on impeachment, but Father Frank Pavone did… Father Pavone, a Roman Catholic who is national director of Priests for Life, responded Wednesday to the president’s call for prayers over his impeachment… “President Trump just asked for prayers!” he said on his Twitter account. “Let’s storm heaven against the evil that surrounds him. I pray he will have the courage to continue to fight for the Lives of the unborn!”

Democrats Allow Vote to Impeach President Trump, Blocked Vote to Stop Infanticide 80 Times, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Speaker Nancy Pelosi and pro-abortion Democrats voted today to allow something they refused 80 times before when it comes to protecting babies from infanticide: allow a vote… Democrats overwhelmingly approved the rules for the debate on impeaching President Donald Trump, essentially voting to allow a vote on impeachment late today. But Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats continue to refuse a request to allow a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.

Politicizing the Eucharist? by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – On April 16, 1962, the Monday before Easter, the Catholic Archbishop of New Orleans, Joseph Francis Rummel, excommunicated three local Catholics for defying the authority of the Church and organizing protests against the archbishop’s order that the Catholic schools in the archdiocese be desegregated. The first of the three was Judge Leander Perez, 70, who called on Catholics to withhold donations to the Archdiocese and to boycott Sunday church collections. The second was Jackson G. Ricau, 44, political commentator, segregationist writer…

White House Hosts Catholic Leaders for Religious Freedom Briefing, by Matt Hadro

By Matt Hadro, CNA – The White House hosted dozens of Catholic leaders on Monday afternoon for an internal briefing on life and religious freedom issues… The off the record briefing, held in the Indian Treaty room of the Executive Office Building, focused on “life, religious freedom, and other issues pertinent to the Catholic faith community,” according to an invite provided to participants. Attendees also had the opportunity to share their observations or concerns with the administration.

‘Birth Tourism’ and the 14th Amendment, by Lewis Morris

By Lewis Morris, Patriot Post – The Center for Immigration Studies has released a new report that tracks the number of children born to foreign nationals in the United States, as well as the extent of what could be called “birth tourism.” The numbers are worrisome… Using federal statistics for the second half of 2016 and the first half of 2017, the latest reliable data available, CIS estimates that 39,000 babies were born to foreign students, guest workers, and others on long-term temporary visas. There were an additional 33,000 births to tourists. This is in addition to the estimated 300,000 children born in the U.S. each year to illegal immigrants.

Hey Nancy Pelosi, Where is Your “As a Catholic” When 61 Million Babies are Killed in Abortion? by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – “As a Catholic” are empty words when they come from the lips of Nancy Pelosi… The Democrat House Speaker from California often touts her Catholic faith when it is beneficial to her political career, but she does not practice it. Under her leadership, Congress has pushed pro-abortion legislation and weakened religious freedom for Catholics and others… Writing at Israel National News, Rabbi Dov Fischer.. sympathized with devout Catholics who are frustrated by Pelosi…

Almost 6M Off Food Stamps After All-Time High Under Obama, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – A new report reveals that more than 5.9 million people have dropped off food stamps with new work requirements and the burgeoning economy of President Donald Trump – just six years after food stamp levels hit an all-time high under former President Barack Obama in 2013… With the unemployment rate hitting a 50-year low at 3.5 percent this fall and reaching all-time record low rates for blacks, Hispanics and women, the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveal that 5,975,739 Americans have discontinued using food stamps…

‘American Citizenship Is Eroding’, by Victor Davis Hanson, Wayne and Marcia Buske

By Victor Davis Hanson, Wayne and Marcia Buske, Imprimis – First, we are blurring the line between mere residents and citizens. We have between 45-50 million non-native-born residents in the U.S. today — the largest absolute number we’ve ever had. There’s no legal problem with the 30 million of them who have green cards or have acquired citizenship — although even 30 million is a challenge for the American melting pot to assimilate and integrate… But we also have, according to a recent Yale and MIT study, about 20 million people who are here illegally. In regard to them, the classical ingredients of American citizenship — the right to leave or enter the country as one pleases, for example, or to vote in elections, or to reside here as long as one pleases — are being blurred.

The U.K. Elections Were a Second Dunkirk: Not Victory, But Catastrophe Barely Averted, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – That’s what almost happened to Britain this week. The nation narrowly avoided lopping off its vital members and becoming a Frankenstein monster. It’s hard to convey to Americans quite how insane the British left has gone. Except, of course, to those who live in enclaves like Portland, San Francisco, New York City, or those who work in universities. The anti-Trump “resistance” has not quite dared in most places to plumb the depths of the faction that dominates the British Labour Party, and most of that nation’s media. Not quite.

Cardinal: Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg ‘Great Witness’ to Church Teaching

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – An influential Catholic prelate has praised teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg… Cardinal Peter Turkson, 71, told reporters yesterday that Thunberg is “a great witness to what the Church teaches on the care of the environment and the care of the person.”… “What is her objective? Skipping school for a future, a future that can’t be guaranteed because there is no care for the environment,” he continued.

Voters Pulverize Pro-Abortion Parties in UK Election, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – Britain’s tectonic plates shifted Thursday as political parties pushing for the full decriminalization of abortion were pulverized in the biggest defeat ever in recent election history… No prominent pro-life Member of Parliament (MP) in mainland Britain lost their seat, while leading pro-abortion political candidates were defeated by significant majorities, the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) said in a statement Friday morning… The leftwing Liberal Democrats who ousted Catholic MP Rob Flello for his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage suffered the worst defeat, with pro-abortion leader Jo Swinson losing her seat in Scotland.

Pius XII, Francis, and the Media, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, The Catholic Thing – Jump ahead to the present, and what do we find? Why, it’s a photo of Pope Francis kissing a well-known anti-Semite. No need to go digging to find it. In fact, there are several photos taken on several occasions of the pope embracing the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyeb. Yet, the Grand Imam’s anti-Semitic views are no secret, and the pope must surely have been aware of them… During the Second Intifada, al-Tayyeb said that “The solution to Israeli terror lies in the proliferation of suicide attacks that spread terror into the hearts of Allah’s enemies.” He added, “the Palestinians have the right to blow up everything they want.”

Where Are the ‘High Crimes’? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan – Nowhere in the articles of impeachment is “treason” mentioned. Nor is “bribery” or “extortion,” the other crimes alleged. Where are the “high crimes” in this impeachment resolution? There are none… “Quid pro quo” was the accusatory Latin phrase most often used to describe President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call asking for a “favor” from the president of Ukraine… New Year’s prediction: The Roman poet Horace’s Latin depiction: “Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus” — “The mountains went into labor, and brought forth a mouse” — will be used to describe the articles of impeachment drawn up by Nancy Pelosi’s House.

Trump Administration Slams WHO for Promoting Killing Babies in Do-It-Yourself Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The World Health Association is promoting dangerous, self-induced abortions in countries where aborting unborn babies is illegal or heavily restricted… Last week, the Trump administration called out the disturbing agenda during the Second International Conference on Family Policy hosted by the Hungarian Embassy, according to the Christian Post…

Planned Parenthood to Open 50 Los Angeles School Centers Offering ‘Pregnancy Options Counseling’

By Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart – Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said Planned Parenthood’s new in-school venture is another opportunity for the organization to target young people for a profit: Planned Parenthood has been targeting younger and younger girls, through their version of sex education, beginning as early as elementary school, which encourages people to make bad choices. That’s how they make money as they profit from creating crisis through bad choices and then selling abortions to those same students. It’s no surprise that Planned Parenthood is now branching out into a misuse of health centers in schools.

Cardoza-Moore: Maybe Stop Teaching Saudis to Fly, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – An outspoken critic of radical Islam is asking why Saudi nationals, including the air force pilot who shot and wounded American citizens last week, were allowed to undergo flight training in the United States… The Dec. 6 attack at the Pensacola Naval Air Station was carried out by Mohammed Alshamrani, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, who killed two people and wounded eight others before he was shot and killed… According to USA Today, Alshamarani posted anti-U.S. messages on Twitter hours before the shooting, and Dealine.com reported that other Saudis on the base allegedly filmed the shooting and went missing.

Trump Ends Liberal Domination of 9th Circuit Appeals Court as Senate Confirms Lawrence VanDyke, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump has ushered in the end of an era — no more will liberals dominate the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and use the federal appellate court as a rubber stamp for defeating pro-life legislation and pushing abortion on demand… Today the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Deputy Assistant Attorney General Lawrence VanDyke to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. President Trump nominated VanDyke in September.

Sen. Hawley: The ‘Collusion Was Between the DNC and the FBI’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – While questioning Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Wednesday about the FBI’s malfeasance in its spying on the 2016 Trump campaign, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said there was “collusion” in that presidential election, not with Russia but between the FBI and the Democratic National Committee (DNC)… The report by Horowitz confirmed that the DNC paid for the salacious “dossier,” compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, that supposedly showed Trump had been compromised by the Russians. The dossier was not factual and had been dismissed by the CIA as “internet rumor.”

The Pivotal Black Vote, by Star Parker

By Star Parker, Patriot Post – Some polls in recent weeks have provided an encouraging picture for President Donald Trump of strengthening support among black voters… I like these kinds of reports. But I wonder how much of reality they are really capturing… The Wall Street Journal, for instance, reports on new polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation showing outsize support from blacks for “Medicare for All.”.. According to this report, 74% percent of blacks compared with 69% of Hispanics and 44% of whites support a single-payer health care plan.

Déjà Vu in Pensacola, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Do you get the feeling that you’ve seen this movie before?… On Friday, December 6, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a member of the Saudi military, killed three and wounded seven others at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. The New York Times immediately reported that his motive was unclear. If standard procedure is followed, it won’t be clear for a long time to come—at least not until the authorities can dream up a motive that has nothing to do with Islam, Allah, and virgins in paradise.

Pastor Jeffress: Pelosi Catholic? She ‘Celebrates Her Belief in the Murder of the Unborn’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Commenting on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) rebuke of a reporter for asking whether she “hates” President Donald Trump, evangelical Pastor Robert Jeffress said Pelosi was out of step with her Catholic faith because she supports abortion and “celebrates her belief in the murder of the unborn.”… Pastor Jeffress said, “I find it interesting that she is so indignant about being accused of hatred, saying it goes against her Catholic faith. Well, what about her belief in unrestricted abortion? That certainly goes against her faith, and she doesn’t apologize for that.”

Porn Is Not a Blessing of Liberty, by Josh Hammer

By Josh Hammer, First Things – Last week, four Republican congressmen sent a missive to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. This one-page letter beseeched Barr to actually enforce extant obscenity law as it applies to legally relevant hardcore. It would be prudent for Barr to “declare the prosecution of obscene pornography a criminal justice priority,” the congressmen argued. Accordingly, Barr ought to urge federal prosecutors to “bring prosecutions against the major producers and distributors of such material.”

Abortion Activists Hate Ultrasounds Because If Mothers See Their Baby, They’ll Reject Abortion (SPUC)

By The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children – Mrs Nash said: “For women to be truly free, we must be intellectually free, and that means challenging and breaking loose from decades of indoctrinating propaganda. If abortion promoters regard women as too infantile to be given the uncensored truth, it is difficult to see on what basis they can speak of giving women an informed choice—and a choice that is not informed is no choice at all.”

BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds Kentucky Ultrasound Law, by Cassy Fiano-Chesser

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser, LiveAction – The Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Kentucky’s informed consent requirements, therefore upholding the law and signifying another win for the pro-life movement. Previously, a federal appeals court upheld the law, only to have that decision appealed by the ACLU… The Ultrasound Informed Consent Act was passed in 2017, and was originally overturned by a lower court after the ACLU challenged it. However, after a challenge from the state, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling, rejecting the idea that the law challenged doctors’ free speech rights…

Saving Human Rights from the Human Rights Movement, by Andrew R. DeLoach

By Andrew R. DeLoach, Public Discourse – The UN—and regional organizations like it—have promulgated a multitude of human rights treaties and policies, and an array of councils, committees, and courts to monitor, debate, and adjudicate all manner of human rights issues. Individual nations have incorporated human rights into their domestic legislation. Nongovernmental organizations and activists regularly advocate on behalf of human rights issues… But now human rights are in trouble.

Trump Was Right From the Beginning, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – In other words, Trump was right from the beginning: a politicized CIA and FBI imagined the worst about him and were gunning for him from the start. They used foul means to obtain spying warrants against his aides that gave agents the power to intercept his communications. At the very moment Comey was denying that the Obama administration spied on Trump Tower, he had sitting on his desk FISA warrants, based on nothing more than Hillary-financed opposition research, that gave him the power to reach into the campaign’s communications, past, present, and future. Horowitz details a host of improprieties that led to those sweeping warrants.

‘Fairness for All’ Is Well Intentioned but Inadequate and Misguided

By Ryan T. Anderson, The Daily Signal – Working to find legislative compromise can be a good thing. But not every bill that calls itself a compromise is a good compromise… And that, sadly, is the case with the so-called “Fairness for All” legislation introduced Friday… Despite the undoubted good will of those who drafted and introduced the legislation, and despite some meaningful though insufficient protections for religious liberty, the bill is not in fact fair for all. Its protections for religious liberty come at the high cost of enshrining a misguided sexual and gender ideology into federal law.

Pope Francis Petitions UN for New Annual Secular Celebration of ‘Human Fraternity’, by Diane Montagna

By Diane Montagna. LifeSiteNews – In the latest sign of the importance Pope Francis attributes to his contentious Abu Dhabi interreligious initiative, he has now united with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque in Egypt, Ahmed el-Tayeb, in petitioning the United Nations to declare February 4 the annual World Day of Human Fraternity, the Vatican has announced… February 4 is the anniversary of Pope Francis’s controversial joint declaration with the Sunni Grand Imam, seen by its critics as promoting religious indifferentism… the Pope also invited the UN to organize, together with the Holy See and Al-Azhar University in Cairo, a World Summit on Fraternity, to be held in the near future.

Will the Supreme Court Stand Up for Reality? by Ryan T. Anderson

By Ryan T. Anderson, Patriot Post – Does a 50-year-old law banning discrimination based on sex mean employers must treat biological men who identify as women as if they are women? That’s the question the Supreme Court will consider Tuesday when it hears arguments in Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission… The Supremes’ answer could have enormous implications for women’s rights… the directors at this family-owned business follow a basic dress code: Men wear dark business suits; women wear skirt suits. The dress code complies with federal law.

If Trump Wants to Win Again, He Should Pardon David Daleiden. And Lock Up Planned Parenthood, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Imagine if one of the major funders of the GOP was founded on an elitist racist conspiracy. Its goal? To regulate the child-bearing choices of every American. So as to improve our genetic “germ plasm.” To diminish the number of “human weeds” who were born each year. This group called for the government to decide who could have children. And how many. The feds would force would-be parents to apply for a license before each pregnancy.

Rev. Graham Slams Impeachment: ‘It’s About Lying and Spinning the Lies’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Commenting on the Democrats’ drive to impeach President Donald Trump, Rev. Franklin Graham said the operation is not about uncovering the truth but is about “lying” and “spinning the lies.” The proceedings are “unbelievable,” he added, and stressed that “the only hope for our country is God.”

Exclusive: U.S. Representatives Call On Barr to Prosecute Obscene Pornography, by Alexandra Desanctis

By Alexandra Desanctis, National Review – Four Republican representatives have sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr this morning, calling on the Department of Justice to enforce obscenity laws as a means of reducing hardcore pornography that meets the legal tests for obscenity, especially pornography involving children… The letter — signed by Jim Banks of Indiana, Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, and Brian Babin of Texas — was provided exclusively to National Review and reminds the Justice Department of Donald Trump’s promise as a presidential candidate to enforce obscenity laws against the porn industry.

Are Evangelicals Who Support Trump Fools? by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – My response to Thurman’s article is that he is just as guilty as the evangelicals he accuses. Except from the opposite perspective. Some evangelicals seem blind to Trump’s failings and his potential to hurt America deeply. Thurman, however, seems blind to Trump’s strengths and his potential to help America greatly… To be clear, I have frequently urged my fellow-evangelicals not to defend Trump when his words or actions are indefensible and not to sell our souls to him.

Good News/Bad News! Judge Drop Six Charges Against David Daleiden for Exposing PP Baby Part Sales, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – A biased California judge dropped six of the 15 bogus charges filed against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt related to their undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood, which resulted in shocking videos that alarmed Americans nationwide. The videos revealed how Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry actively sell the body parts of aborted babies for dubious research… The bad news for the pro-life undercover journalists is that their case will proceed to criminal trial in San Francisco Superior Court.

CNA: Congress Advances Bill Condemning China ‘Re-Education’ Camps

By Catholic News Agency, EWTN News – The House of Representatives this week passed legislation recognizing the mass detention of Uyghurs and other abuses committed by the Chinese government in the province of Xinjiang… Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who sponsored the House version of the legislation, said on the House floor on Tuesday that “millions of stories” are “waiting to be told about the crimes against humanity being committed by the Chinese government against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Turkic Muslims.”… “We cannot be silent…

Senate Confirms Pro-Life Trump Nominee Sarah Pitlyk as Federal Judge, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Nominated by President Donald Trump in August, Pitlyk will replace U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry in the Eastern District of Missouri. The U.S. Senate voted 49-44 to confirm her Wednesday afternoon. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was the only Republican to oppose her nomination, and no Senate Democrats broke ranks to support her… Pitlyk is a strong human rights advocate and defender of religious freedom. Her work at the Thomas More Society, a leading pro-life legal group, prompted strong opposition from abortion advocacy groups and pro-abortion Democrats.

The Vatican’s China Syndrome, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – How long can the Vatican remain silent about the Chinese repression in Hong Kong and about reports of persecution and re-education camps for religious believers in the rest of China? Clearly, the figures in the Roman Curia (primarily Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin) who crafted the still unpublished accord with the Communist government have put themselves in a moral bind. If they speak out, they may jeopardize the agreement… If they don’t speak out, they run the still greater risk of being accomplices, conspicuous accomplices, in the repression and potential liquidation of a heroic Catholic people of confessors and martyrs.

A Pope With the “Myth” of the People, by Sandro Magister

By Sandro Magister, L’Espresso – On many questions, some of them crucial, Francis systematically says and does not say, retracts, contradicts himself. Often within a single statement… Francis justifies this wordiness of his with the intention of setting in motion “processes” of exploration and evolution of doctrine, in which he judges it as wrong to fix the outcome beforehand… “Amoris Laetitia,” with its absence of clarity in authorizing or not authorizing communion for the divorced and remarried, is an emblem of this magisterium of “process.”… When some cardinals presented to him the “dubia” thereby generated, he did not respond… But that’s just the point, he couldn’t respond. Those cardinals had fully grasped the essence of his magisterium.

Impeachment Backfiring? Things Not Looking Good for Democrats, by Rachel Alexander

By Rachel Alexander, The Stream – After 30 hours of televised impeachment hearings, voters aren’t changing their minds. A poll conducted in Wisconsin, a swing state, during the first week of the hearings revealed that more expressed opposition than support for impeachment and removal, 53% to 40%. Those figures were largely unchanged from October. Another poll found that opposition nearly doubled during that period, from a seven-point margin to a 13-point margin. Less than half of all voters support impeachment.

COMMENTARY: The Real Hunger Games, by Allen West

By Allen West, CNSNews – It is as Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of Independence and third president, stated. America is becoming divided between the major population centers, “The Capitol”, and the rural areas, “The Districts.” And it is in these population centers where the elitists reside, and as Jefferson asserted, the corruption exists. We must be honest, the greatest failures of governance in America is found in these urban population centers…controlled by the progressive socialist left.

Republicans Will Live to Regret Joining Climate Alarmists, by Gamaliel Isaac

By Gamaliel Isaac, American Thinker – “Climate crisis” and “climate emergency” are replacing the neutral-sounding “climate change.” Then there’s the threatening “extreme weather,” which has become a major focus as warming has stalled over the last two decades. Climate alarmists blame rising, man-made CO2 emissions for supposedly ever more frequent and intense hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic activity, drought, flooding, and snowstorms.

Louisiana Abortion Mill Accused of Hiding Evidence, by Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – What the Louisiana DOJ will find if the documents are unsealed remains unclear. But the state attorney general’s office said Louisiana’s abortion mills have a disturbing pattern of failing to report rape. Based on a survey it conducted, at least 66 abortions were performed on girls 11, 12 and 13 years old between 2013 and 2018. The ages strongly suggest the girls could be survivors of rape.The absence of rape reports is of grave concern to the attorney general’s office and sends up a red flag.

Pro-Abortion Bias? Lessons From the Daleiden Trial, by Michael Warsaw

By Michael Warsaw, EWTN News – Pro-life undercover investigator David Daleiden and his associates were dealt a serious blow last month when California Judge William Orrick III instructed a jury to hold them liable for trespass and breach of contract for the creation of the investigative videos released in 2015 that reveal Planned Parenthood’s selling of fetal parts… Their lawyers portrayed them as citizen journalists who employed investigative-style undercover methods to obtain accurate evidence of potential wrongdoing by a major institution receiving public funds.

Black Leaders Tell Democrats: Stop Killing Black Babies in Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – African American voters urged Democratic presidential candidates to stop pushing abortions on black women and their unborn babies… Speaking with Fox News host Martha MacCallum on Sunday, two African American leaders expressed frustration with the candidates’ abortion advocacy, Townhall reports… “My biggest issue with the current Democratic candidates as it comes to the black community is that all of them are pushing for poor women of color to have access to abortion. That’s all that you hear,” panelist Angela Stanton King said.

Venezuela: China, Russia, Oil and the Threat to U.S. National Security, by Ken Blackwell/Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin

By Ken Blackwell and Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, The Stream – The thought of the world’s largest supply of recoverable oil falling into the hands of Russia and China is not a far flung idea. And with that, a fleet of warships docked on the coast of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, positioned to threaten the American national security. If America eventually surrenders its influence in Venezuela, this scenario could become reality… As of now, Nicolas Maduro is the ruthless socialist dictator of a crumbling Venezuela. Desperate to maintain his grip on power, it is very likely he will cede control of Venezuela’s oil industry to the Russians and Chinese in exchange for ….

Rev. Graham: ‘I’ve Never Witnessed Such Intense Hatred and Vitroil Toward a Sitting President’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Commenting on the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, evangelical leader Franklin Graham said the “drive to impeach” Trump is “tearing our country apart,” and that he has “never witnessed such intense hatred … toward a sitting president.”… Rev. Graham added that there are “spiritual forces of wickedness and darkness at work in our nation.”

Texas Attorney General Joins Fight to Stop Hospital Taking Baby Off Life Support

By Anthony Murdoch, LifeSiteNews – Texas AG Ken Paxton has come out in support of a family trying to save their nine-month old girl from being pulled from life support by medical staff at Cook Children’s Medical Center, in Fort Worth, Texas… Paxton announced a friend-of-the-court brief in aid of Tinslee Lewis, the infant, last week, in direct opposition to the Texas Advance Directives Act, a law that in effect gives families only 10 days to find a new hospital if the hospital that is treating their child decides to stop the treatment…

Who Are the Racists? by Walter E. Williams 

By Walter E. Williams, Patriot Post – There are other stark figures not talked about often. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting for 2018, of the homicide victims for whom race was known, 53.3% were black, 43.8% were white and 2.8% were of other races. In cases where the race of the offender was known, 54.9% were black, 42.4% were white, and 2.7% were of other races… White and black liberals, who claim that blacks face a “mortal threat” from the “white supremacist in the White House” are perpetuating a cruel hoax. The primary victims of that hoax are black people. We face the difficult, and sometimes embarrassing, task of confronting reality.

Louisiana AG: Abortion Center Broke the Law, Then Tried to Cover It Up, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – The Louisiana Department of Justice announced today that it has found evidence that a Baton Rouge abortion center repeatedly committed “criminal and professional misconduct” and then attempted to hide evidence of it from authorities… Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry tweeted, “We have a legal obligation to report potentially criminal activity to law enforcement & licensing authorities. Shockingly, Hope Medical is refusing to unseal this evidence & permit us to carry out our legal duties.”

Abortion Clinic at Center of Supreme Court Battle May Have Covered Up Rape of Young Girls, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – While declining to address specifics of the Hope case, the Louisiana attorney general’s office said the state’s abortion clinics have a disturbing pattern of failing to report rapes, and that a survey it conducted showed that between 2013 and 2018 at least 66 abortions were performed on girls 11, 12 or 13 years old. The ages indicate that the girls were survivors of rape.More comprehensive data has been withheld from regulators and the public, state officials contend, because at least two abortion clinics that closed recently shredded all their documents when they shut down.

Why US Bishops Place ‘Preeminent Priority’ on Stopping Abortion, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – A debate arose during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall general assembly about whether or not the bishops should name the abortion issue as a “preeminent priority” in their short letter on faithful citizenship… Archbishop Charles Chaput… “I am certainly not against quoting the Holy Father’s full statement. I think it’s a beautiful statement. I believe it. But I am against anyone stating that our stating it [abortion] is ‘preeminent’ is contrary to the teaching of the Pope,” he said. “That isn’t true.”

Opinion: Big Business and Climate Cronyism, by Lewis Morris

By Lewis Morris, Patriot Post – The Climate Leadership Council (CLC) is made up a who’s who of Republican and Democrat lawmakers, consultants, and policy wonks who have supposedly come up with a plan to develop a “revenue neutral” carbon tax that would provide dividends to low- and middle-income Americans to offset the inevitable higher energy costs that would be produced by said tax… The CLC plan has the support of several energy producers, including ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and other oil and natural-gas companies. It might sound intriguing at first glance, but as with all things revolving around climate policy, it’s necessary to drill deeper.

“Canada’s Largest Newspaper: Catholic Schools Must Back LGBT ‘Rights’ or Risk Losing Public Funding”, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – Canada’s largest newspaper threatened Catholic schools in an editorial that unless they get in line with homosexuality and transgender “rights,” support will only grow for an end to their public funding… Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) trustee Mike Del Grande… along with Teresa Lubinski, Garry Tanuan and Nancy Crawford — voted November 7 after months of bitter debate not to add “gender identity, gender expression, family status and marital status” to the TCDSB’s code of conduct as prohibited grounds for discrimination.

Democrats Want to Overturn Trump’s Order Defunding International Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, and other pro-life leaders wrote a letter to Trump this week, urging him to reject the pro-abortion amendment… “We have the most pro-life President in history, and he has promised to veto any bill that would weaken the pro-life advances he has made, and Republican leaders in Congress have made it clear that they have the votes to sustain such a veto” Pavone said.

Is China a Model of the Common Good? by Matthew Schmitz

By Matthew Schmitz, First Things – “All the unofficial churches have been closed and at least 6 million Catholics have no meeting places,” Cervellera said. “The threat of the regime that ‘best implements the Churches’ social doctrine’ is arrest, stratospheric fines and expropriation of the buildings where the faithful gather.”… How could a high-ranking Catholic, the leader of a pontifical academy (Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences), praise such a regime? It is not mere naivete. Sanchez Sorondo’s statement exemplifies the way in which defenses of the “common good” sometimes slip into apologias for authoritarianism. It is important to challenge these statements, for they misunderstand the common good utterly.

New Sins For Old, by Christopher Manion

By Christopher Manion, The Wanderer – “So Humanae Vitae was put in the bottom drawer. But we still need sin. So Pope Francis wants to invent some new ones. His latest is “the ecological sin.”… “Francis’… approach reflects his Peronist worldview, infused with the tenets of Liberation Theology. Both of these tendencies borrow from the Marxist tradition the dialectic, which revels in contradiction and thrives on ambiguity.”

‘Demonic Power’: Franklin Graham Claims Supernatural Element Behind Attacks on Trump, by Jon Brown

By Jon Brown, Washington Examiner – Evangelist Franklin Graham claimed the political turmoil fracturing the country in the wake of impeachment proceedings into President Trump likely has a supernatural origin… Graham spoke Thursday with author and host Eric Metaxas… “It’s a very bizarre situation to be living in a country where some people seem to exist to undermine the president of the United States,” Metaxas said. “It’s just a bizarre time for most Americans.”… Graham responded, “Well, I believe it’s almost a demonic power that is trying — “

Trump: FBI Was ‘Spying on My Campaign…And Now We’re Going to Find Out’, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release his long-awaited report on FBI FISA abuse on Dec. 9, and bits of it are starting to leak out… CNN first reported Thursday night that “A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser (Carter Page).”.. “The possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document is likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI committed wrongdoing….”

Pro-Abortion Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Will Run for President: Wants to “Defeat Trump”

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Pro-abortion billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced today that he will run for president after previously indicating he would not compete. Forbes currently lists Bloomberg, 76, as the 8th richest person in the world. He, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, George Soros and other billionaires are some of the biggest donors to the abortion industry… One thing he will make good on is promoting abortion after making New York City one of the most pro-abortion places in the nation.

59% of Voters Fear Trump’s Opponents Will Resort to Violence, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Fifty-nine percent of U.S. likely voters are concerned that people who oppose President Donald Trump’s policies will resort to violence, a new Rasmussen Reports survey shows… One in three (34%) are “very concerned” that Trump’s opponents will resort to violence to get their way, with another one in four (25%) reporting that they’re “somewhat concerned” that anti-Trumpers will become violent.

Impeachment Witness Labeled ‘Operative With an Agenda’, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – Marine veteran Mark Geist – who defended the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, when it was attacked by Islamic militants – did not view the U.S.S.R.-born witness in high regard… “Vindman is a disgrace to all who have served,” Geist posted on Twitter Tuesday, using hashtags calling him a traitor and labeling him an expletive. “Transcript of his previous closed-door testimony he clearly admits to undermining the @POTUS foreign policy, and now he has chairman Schiff advising him on how to answer questions.”

Texas Town Becomes to 7th to Declare Itself a “Sanctuary for the Unborn” and Ban Abortions

By Micaiah Bilter, LifeNews – The town of Westbrook in West Texas voted unanimously on the pro-life ordinance, banning abortions and abortion facilities in their city and declaring it to be a place where unborn babies are protected and valued… Earlier this year, Waskom, Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha and Gilmer also approved sanctuary city ordinances to protect unborn babies. Omaha was the sixth city, but it recently retracted the ordinance and passed a non-enforceable resolution instead, The Texan reports… Leading the sanctuary city effort is Mark Lee Dickson, director of Right to Life of East Texas.

Basic Decency’s Last Stand in the Democratic Party, by Jason Jones

By Jason Jones, The Stream – Elizabeth Warren distanced herself from another aspect of Gabbard’s campaign. Namely, Gabbard’s opposition to late-term abortions, and her openness to pro-life Americans having a place in both major parties… In fact Gabbard differed with every other presidential candidate in the Democratic field (and agreed with a majority of American women) when she recently said she would support restrictions on third-trimester abortions… But at this week’s debate, Warren didn’t budge. Asked twice if there is room in the Democratic Party for pro-life Democrats like Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, she refused to answer plainly.

Europe Is Falling to Islam. Will America? by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – “Within five years,” said former French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, “the situation could become irreversible.”… He was referring to the rising tide of violence resulting from Muslim immigration. His comment was from an interview that took place almost two years ago. If Collomb’s calculations are correct, France only has a few years “to avoid the worst.”… Significant social change usually takes place over the course of many decades, but sometimes gradual trends enter into an acceleration phase… A few years ago, who would have imagined that the demands of the transgender “community” would become the determining factor in the decisions of school boards, corporate boards, and athletic associations?

Note to Senator Rubio: We Can’t Agree on the Common Good Without Common Ground

By John Zmirak, The Stream – I offered some pushback to Rubio because he seems to think that the federal government, via economic policy, can offer meaningful help to promote the Common Good. In theory, in some situations, it could. For instance, in societies that shared a solid common ground. Whose courts acknowledged some version of natural law — with the details and applications argued out in state legislatures and Congress. (Not imposed by five black-robed nihilists.)… Today, here in America? Zero chance. Zero. In fact, handing still more power to the government is likely to do more harm than good.

Principles vs. Profits — Chick-fil-A Caves to Rainbow Mafia, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – In a recent interview with Bisnow, Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos appeared to declare that America’s favorite chicken restaurant would no longer be donating to charitable organizations deemed “anti-LGBT.” Tassopoulos stated, “There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are. There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”

Anger Brewing as School Board Vote Forces Girls to Share Locker Rooms With Boys Who Say They’re ‘Girls’ by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Provoking concern among both parents and students, an Illinois school district voted last week to allow gender-confused students to choose which restrooms and locker rooms reflect their “gender identity.”… The board of District 211 voted 5-2 last Thursday evening to adopt a new policy for Palatine High School, the Daily Herald reported. It declares that “students shall be treated and supported in a manner consistent with their gender identity, which shall include students having access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.”

Climate ‘Science’ Riddled With Dishonesty, Incompetence, by Walter E. Williams

By Walter E. Williams, Daily Signal – Once in a while environmentalists reveal their true agenda. Ottmar Edenhofer, lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fourth summary report released in 2007, speaking in 2010 advised: “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. Instead, climate change policy is about how we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth.”… U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres said that the true aim of the U.N.’s 2014 Paris climate conference was “to change the (capitalist) economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”

The Case for Just War on Narcoterrorism, by Stephen M. Krason

By Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine – The constant infiltration of illicit drugs from south of the border and the devastation it has wrought on American cities and sizable portions of the population do not seem to have been enough for the U.S. to move against the drug cartels. However, the shocking, brutal massacre by cartel thugs some days ago of the group of American Mormons—all of whom were women and children—living in their ancestral home in northern Mexico should drive home the urgent need to take decisive action.

The Pachamama Rohrs, by Dr. Douglas Farrow

Dr. Douglas Farrow, Catholic World Report – Now, dividing Jesus from the Christ is the oldest gnostic trick in the book. It belongs to a whole bag of tricks, including the division of the New Testament from the Old, the God of Jesus from the God of Moses, redemption from creation, resurrection of soul from resurrection of body – setting the former, in each case, against the latter. That sort of thing was exposed and overthrown long ago by St. Irenaeus in his foundational work of theology, Against the Heresies.

UN’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ and Pachamama (Pope Francis, Catholics “Must Obey the United Nations”) by Liz Yore

By Liz Yore, Church Militant – The globalists schemed for decades to cloak the tyrannical eco-hoax in a religious cloud cover but were thwarted by the two previous popes, who recognized the pernicious U.N. population control advocates were driving the environmental agenda — first under the U.N. 2015 Millennium Development Goals and now with the upgraded 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The global elites have snagged their “Green Pope” in the person of Jorge Bergoglio, who, like the tyrannical globalist that he is, recently chided Catholics that they “must obey the United Nations.”

Planned Parenthood Celebrates Unjust Conviction of David Daleiden, “We’re Thrilled”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Planned Parenthood celebrated the unjust conviction of journalist David Daleiden on Friday after he exposed its alleged illegal sales of aborted baby body parts… “We’re thrilled with today’s verdict,” the abortion chain wrote on Twitter after the jury awarded it approximately $2 million in alleged damages caused by the undercover expose… Attorneys for Daleiden, Sandra Merritt and board members of Center for Medical Progress, which oversaw the undercover investigation, are expected to appeal.

Why Abortion Isn’t Just Another ‘Life Issue’, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The recent controversy at the meeting of U.S. Catholic bishops mirrors tensions across the Christian world. They even reach into evangelical churches. At The American Spectator, George Neumayr notes that Catholic bishops divided over the centrality of defending unborn life. That’s the topic Pope Francis’s lobby within the USCCB worked hard to try and deemphasize in Baltimore. Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, whom Francis is likely to promote, argued that abortion is not the “preeminent” issue facing the world.

Francis Church Strains at the Gnat and Swallows the Camel, by George Neumayr

By George Neumayr, American Spectator – Earlier this year, James Grein, the primary victim of Theodore McCarrick, reported that he had also been abused by Joseph Bernardin, the late cardinal of Chicago. Grein said the abuse took place in Wisconsin at Lake Geneva. As Grein was swimming, McCarrick pulled down his swimsuit and Bernardin groped him. The accusation received zero coverage in the mainstream media, which continues to treat the politically liberal Bernardin as a canonized figure…. In light of all of this, one might have thought that the USCCB would rename its “Cardinal Bernardin Leadership Award,” which honors outstanding youth. But it didn’t. It gave the award out again this year — to a young “immigrant mother” who advocates for amnesty.

RICO Penalties Boost Damages to $2.2 Million in Daleiden Case, by Joan Desmond

By Joan Desmond, EWTN News – David Daleiden, the Center for Medical Progress and four co-defendants were found guilty in a civil trial and face actual and punitive damages totaling $2.2 million, his lawyers at the Thomas More Society confirmed this afternoon… “This lawsuit is payback for David Daleiden exposing Planned Parenthood’s dirty business of buying and selling fetal parts and organs,” said lead Thomas More Society defense attorney Peter Breen in a statement after the verdict was announced at the San Francisco courthouse… “We intend to seek vindication for David on appeal….

10 Countries Join US to Slam ‘Illegitimate’ Pro-Abortion UN Conference, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – The United States and 10 nations issued a stinging rebuke Thursday to the Nairobi Summit on population by declaring that any document the conference issued is illegitimate… The joint statement presented on the last day of the summit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Global Affairs on behalf of Brazil, Belarus, Egypt, Haiti, Hungary, Libya, Poland, Senegal, St. Lucia, and Uganda also reaffirmed that “there is no international right to abortion.”… International law clearly states that “‘[e]veryone has the right to life’ (e.g. Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights),” the 11 signatory nations asserted.

BREAKING: Jury Rules Against Daleiden, Pro-Lifers Who Exposed Planned Parenthood’s Sale of Baby Body Parts, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress undercover investigators have been found guilty of multiple crimes and must pay millions in damages to Planned Parenthood for the work they did in exposing organ harvesting on aborted babies… The jury of nine men and one woman released its verdict Friday afternoon after deliberating less than two days, even though the landmark civil trial took six weeks… “This lawsuit is payback for David Daleiden exposing Planned Parenthood’s dirty business of buying and selling fetal parts and organs,” declared lead Thomas More Society defense attorney Peter Breen. “We intend to seek vindication for David on appeal. His investigation into criminal activity by America’s largest abortion provider utilized standard investigative journalism techniques, those applied regularly by news outlets across the country.”

Pelosi Signs Bill Making ANIMAL Cruelty a Federal Crime, by Marty Johnson

By Marty Johnson, The Hill – Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) signed a bill on Friday that would make animal cruelty a federal crime… In a tweet, Pelosi said “Today, I was honored to sign @RepTedDeutch’s #PACTAct to make animal cruelty a federal offense.”… The bill, dubbed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, was introduced by Deutch… It is a follow-up to the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act in 2010, and would ban animal crushing, or an act in which an animal “is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury.”

Evangelist to Liberal Journalist: Stop With the ‘Progressive’ Lies, by Michael F. Haverluck

By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow – Graham – who serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse – took to Facebook and addressed Moyer’s narrative blasting Republicans and promoting Democrats’ impeachment proceedings… “The lies of the progressive left and the hyper-liberal media are what is a serious threat to the future of our nation,” Graham remarked in a Facebook post. “The Bible tells us, ‘The Lord detests lying lips.'”… In regards to Moyers’ diatribe against the president and Republicans, Graham contended that the left-leaning journalist made one good point… “Graham said Moyers is right about one thing … that lies are harmful”

Pope Francis Proposes Adding ‘Ecological Sin’ Against ‘Common Home’ to Catechism, by Dorothy Cummings McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Pope Francis said today that he is thinking about adding the “‘ecological sin’ against our common home” to the Catechism of the Catholic Church… “We have to introduce―we are thinking about it―to the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, the ‘ecological sin’ against our common home, because a duty is at stake,” Pope Francis told his hearers. The Argentinian pontiff made the remark in a speech he gave today to the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law in Rome… Top Catholic thinkers, however, told LifeSiteNews that it’s impossible for man to sin against inanimate objects such as the earth or the environment, but only against God and those created in His image… “There is no possible sin against planet Earth,” Dr. Peter Kwasniewski said.

Trump Admin Tells UN: US Will Not Support Abortion, Unborn Babies Have “Inherent Value” by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Trump administration reaffirmed its commitment to protecting the rights of women in and outside of the womb this week at an international population summit… The Nairobi Summit on International Conference on Population and Development 2025, which is happening in Kenya this week, largely is a meeting of abortion activists and pro-abortion political leaders, according to the Heritage Foundation… Pushing back against the pro-abortion agenda, Valerie Huber, the United States special representative for global women’s health, told the summit that America will not support abortion.

When Did Ukraine Become a ‘Critical Ally’? by Patrick J. Buchanan

By Patrick J. Buchanan, CNSNews – On hearing the State Department’s George Kent and William Taylor describe President Donald Trump’s withholding of military aid to Ukraine, The New York Times summarized and solemnly endorsed their testimony: “What clearly concerned both witnesses wasn’t simply the abuse of power by the President, but the harm it inflicted on Ukraine, a critical ally, under constant assault by Russian forces.”