POPE FRANCIS IN IRAQ: Pope Francis concluded a historic trip to Iraq during which he travelled to Najaf and met with the Grand Ayatollah Sistani. Sistani, effectively the religious leader of the world's Shia Muslims, lives modestly in Najaf, home to the mosque-tomb of Ali. For more on all this, we highly recommend this talk from Ahlulbayt TV, a Shia-run YouTube channel.
TIM GORDON ON VATICAN II: We have long suspected that the ultra-traditionalism of Timothy Gordon pushed Taylor Marshall in the ultra-traditionalist direction through their "TnT" programs. The two, however, had a falling out and Mr. Gordon appears to be coming around to support Vatican II while Marshall rejects even the liturgical reforms of Pope Pius XII before the council.
CANDADIAN PASTOR JAILED: Pastor James Coates is behind bars as he awaits an early May trial over his decision to hold religious worship services that violated pandemic restrictions in Canada.
CHRISTIAN STUDENT WINS: The US Supreme Court sided with a Christian student in a case involving his religious liberty on a college campus. In a 8-1 ruling, only Chief Justice John Roberts dissented. That might shock many, but sadly comes as little surprise to AoA.
DEFUNDING RINOS: President Trump is calling on his supporters to defund organizations that support RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and instead fund his PAC. This comes after his recent demand that organizations like the RNC cease using his name and likeness to raise money. As Trump plans to remain in the Republican Party we will watch and see how effective his campaigns against the GOP establishment are ahead of the 2022 elections. So far we've seen more establishment Senate candidates drop out, the most recent of which is Missouri's Roy Blunt. Meanwhile Kentucky is pressing forward with plans to ensure McConnell's successor - if or when McConnell resigns - will be selected from a list of three establishment Republicans.
DIRECTOR ON CANCEL CULTURE: James Gunn, who was nearly "cancelled" for inappropriate photos and jokes, is now defending cancel culture. "Stop calling everything 'cancel culture'... People can be offended by something, or think something sucks, and that's not 'cancel culture' - it's free speech." Sadly he fails to understand that "cancelling" citizens over their political views is exactly the opposite of free speech. Such acts are the social equivalents of the "disappearings" that were done to dissidents in Argentina. Not only are they opposed to free speech, but they have a chilling effect on the free speech of others.
PRIESTS SUPPORT HOMOSEXUALITY: A group of priests from the Diocese of Lexington (Kentucky) have put their names to a letter of support for homosexual youth. The letter contained blanket support with no call to chastity. The diocese says the signature list is "living" and will be updated as more priests sign on. The group of signatories includes James Sichko, who travels nationwide leading parish missions. We would suggest parishes reconsider his retreats.
VACCINES AND ABORTION: We recently posted a link to a YouTube interview with Pamela Acker on the gruesome connection between fetal cell lines harvested via abortion (or infanticide) and the coronavirus vaccines. That interview was subsequently banned on YouTube but you can find it here on LifeSite's webpage. Although the discussed fetal cell lines were not used in the Pfizer or Modern vaccines, they are present enough in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to fall under grave moral criticism from Catholic bishops.