by A. Joseph Lynch
I. POPE FRANCIS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
SCHONBORN FOR GAY BLESSINGS: The recent statements from Cardinal Schonborn in regards to the ban on gay blessings is another reminder that many "orthodox" leaders in the Catholic Church are not so orthodox after all. Despite his reputation for creating the modern Catechism, Catholics the world over have noticed how Schonborn's own archdiocese is a hotbed for liberalism. Schonborn's statement that, "The question of whether same-sex couples can be blessed belongs to the same category as the question of whether this is possible for remarried persons or unions contracted without a marriage license," stands in stark contradiction to the Vatican statement, which quotes Pope Francis as saying: "...there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family." It turns out once again that the real orthodox leader in the Church is not Schonborn but rather the supposedly "liberal" Pope Francis.
NO FIFTH MARIAN DOGMA: Conservative Catholics were once again up in arms over Pope Francis' rejection of Mary as Co-Redemptrix - often called the fifth Marian dogma. But rather than attack the pope over his position, it is helpful for us to see that in the battle between religion and militant atheism pronouncing a fifth Marian dogma will not draw more allies to our cause. As the cultural battle intensifies, not is not the time to alienate our Protestant allies.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION DECLINE: According to Gallup, while American faith in God remains high on only 48% of Americans identify as belonging to a particular religion or denomination. Though the Left attempts to blame the religious Right for the decline, we all know who is leaving religion: liberal Americans. Recently a deleted tweet from (liberal Democrat) Senator Warnock of Georgia - supposedly a Christian pastor - help us see why: “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ... Whether you are a Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.” No bodily resurrection of Christ and no salvation from God. As the religious left embraces heresy and immorality, liberal Christians have long been one foot out the door anyway.
HANS KUNG DEAD: And speaking of heretical Christians, the poster boy of liberal theology - Hans Kung - has died at age 93. Kung, who played a role in the liberalization of the liturgy in the post-Vatican II era, eventually found himself in open opposition to the Church and was censured by the CDF in 1979. In its declaration, the CDF said that Kung had "departed from the integral truth of Catholic faith, and therefore he can no longer be considered a Catholic theologian nor function as such in a teaching role." Despite his disregard of the authentic Catholic faith, the head of the German bishops - Kung was a German priest - spoke in exceedingly high terms of Kung. Given the corruption and promotion of theological liberalism in Germany, this comes as no surprise.
II. US POLITICS
NO DISLIKES ALLOWED: Joe Biden is getting no love on the internet, but Big Tech is always near to help. It is now being reported that YouTube is keeping Biden's videos from being underwater amid a sea of dislikes by deleting around 2.5 million down votes from his videos. It's hard to fail when virtually every form of communication - be it mainstream media or social media - work to ensure you appear successful.
WHO KILLED FLOYD? The defense has yet to call a single witness, but the Chauvin defense attorney has thus far done a number on the prosecution's witnesses. As Floyd's girlfriend revealed, it appears as though Floyd's "friend" who was with him the day of his death had supplied him with drugs - and it's possible he was responsible for Floyd's overdose last May. Now the "friend" plans to plead the fifth. Is this the beginning of the end of the Chauvin trial?
MANCHIN PUTS ON THE BRAKES: Joe Manchin, who rumor has it plans to run for governor in conservative West Virginia, has put the brakes on Democrat attempts to end the Senate filibuster or even push bills through by reconciliation. Apparently he is one of the few Democrats to lean the real lesson from the Capitol Riots - the country needs bipartisan agreement, not radical policies shoved down its throat. We pray Manchin has the resolve to keep his word. He might be the one man keeping the country from falling off the precipice.
III. THE NATIONS
MAKE EUROPE GREAT AGAIN: Nationalist leaders from Italy, Hungary, and Poland seek to "make Europe great again" by creating a new alliance that could dominate the European Parliament in the years ahead. More from Dr. Steve Turley.
UKRAINE BUILD UP: A hapless Joe Biden leaves America effectively leaderless, Russia is putting new pressure on Ukraine. And as Russia is transferring amphibious vehicles from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea, the US plans to send its own warships to the region. What might come of this? More from Pat Buchanan.
SUEZ CANAL BLOCKED: The Suez Canal was temporarily shut down due to a shipment vessel getting jammed. The cost of the shutdown was estimated to be $400 million per hour and many delivery dates around the world have been pushed back as boats lined up for miles to access the canal. The Suez Canal is one of several major geopolitical chokepoints we often forget - a great deal of the global economy relies on these chokepoints to remain open and it's worth learning about them.
III. CULTURE OF LIFE, CULTURE OF PROTECTION
FOUCAULT THE PEDOPHILE? Michel Foucault was a founder of postmodernism (watch Jordan Peterson blast his philosophy), but few know of the homosexual philosopher's advocacy of pederasty. Foucault, who died of AIDS, is now accused of pedophilia, allegedly raping Arab boys in Tunisia. We are sickened by such monstrous acts but sadly not surprised that a man who held such a monstrous philosophy might have committed them.
GEORGIA ELECTION LAW FALL OUT: The rank hypocrisy of the past year continues unabated as corporations like the MLB, Delta, and Coca-Cola blasted Georgia for enacting an election reform law that includes the use of voter ID. The MLB, which removed the All Star game from Atlanta, requires ID for ticket pick up. Delta Airlines, based out of Atlanta, requires ID to board their planes, and Coca-Cola required ID to participate in a share holders meeting.
WHO COMMITS MASS SHOOTINGS? The media would have us believe that most mass shootings are conducted by white men - but Austin Ruse would have us think otherwise.