Saturday, September 4, 2021

Religion, Nations, and Geopolitical Review: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

by A. Joseph Lynch


RESSOURCEMENT INTERVIEW: We haven't been the biggest fans of Bishop Barron of late, but we enjoyed his recent interview with retired theology professor, Larry Chapp, on the resourcement theologians of the 20th century. Barron and Chapp discuss how they are supremely orthodox, not modernist, and how they synthesized the rich Catholic theological traditions from the patristic and medieval periods. While we at AoA are still not sold on von Balthazar, the interview is well worth the watch.  We also invite you to read Chapp's blog, Gaudium et Spes 22 (named after what is perhaps the best article of all Vatican II's documents).

TX PRIEST OPPOSES ABORTION LAW: Texas' fetal heartbeat won a massive - if perhaps only temporary - victory at the Supreme Court this week. Naturally abortion supporters have lost their cool. Even the "conservative" pundit Dick Morris has begun screaming that the law will doom Republicans in 2022 and 2024. The law is also revealing cracks within the Church, as one Texas priest is speaking out against the law. Sadly in today's ecclesial climate, we doubt he'll face censure from his ordinary.

MASKS, VACCINES, AND SACRAMENTS: Bishops and priests are taking a hard line on vaccines and masks. It appears as though one Kentucky bishop is sidelining priests from their sacramental duties if they have not been vaccinated. Meanwhile a priest in Chicago plans to violate canon law by denying Communion to any parishioner not wearing a mask. And of course, canon law was disregarded in Chicago as the non-Catholic lesbian Chicago mayor, Lori Lightfoot, received Communion only feet from Cardinal Cupich.


WHO SHOULD RESIGN? According to Rasmussen, 52% of Americans think Biden should. The total disaster in Afghanistan reveals many more should resign with him. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin and General Milley were apparently too busy studying "white rage" to operate a strategic withdrawal from Afghanistan. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken was totally unable to negotiate with the Taliban or other regional leaders to negotiate a speedy withdrawal for our civilians. Jake Sullivan, Biden's National Security Advisor, is to blame for the bad information Biden was given during the disaster. The whole team needs to be scrapped. And after Harris' disastrous visit to Vietnam (see below), she should go, too.

BIDEN EXPOSES THE SAUDIS? In a surprise move sure to further upset the neocon and neolib warmongers in Washington, it appears as though Biden has signed an executive order to release sealed FBI documents concerning Saudi government involvement in 9/11. It's take twenty years, but we hope what is revealed will make it well worth the wait.

WHO'S COMING? Over 100,000 Afghanis are on their way to America at this hour. Sadly very few of them are our allied co-workers in the war whose lives are in danger from Taliban reprisal. Troubling more is just how few of them were vetted before being placed on planes. We've now learned that American citizens, Afghan allies, and US service dogs were left behind while Afghan men with their "child brides" were brought home. Is American now in the business of child sex trafficking? 

US FOREIGN POLICY SHOT: Who would trust America enough to be her ally now? Answers from Pat Buchanan


ABE SUCCESSOR RESIGNS: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has resigned. Could Abe be preparing a return to power?

AFGHANISTAN'S SILK ROAD: The Taliban have not only announced a partnership with China, but it plans to integrate Afghanistan into China's "Belt and Road" initiative which seeks to create a modern day silk road across Eurasia. It will undoubtedly bring new resources to Afghanistan and help China further divert its supply lines from from the sea lanes dominated by the US Navy.

DISASTER IN VIETNAM: On the run from any Afghan fallout, Kamala Harris led a US delegation to Vietnam, a vital potential ally against China in our struggle over the South China Sea. Sadly Harris undid years of diplomatic efforts with the Vietnamese government by 1) openly meeting with NGOs seeking to overthrow the Vietnamese government; 2) making such bombastic statements about China that the Vietnamese government effectively denounced the US for them; and 3) treating a monument dedicated to shooting down American fighter pilots in Vietnam as thought it was a monument dedicated to John McCain. Harris might have avoided the press coverage of Afghanistan, but she left the Vietnamese - and the world - laughing at us. 


"TRANS" SEX OFFENDER: The advocates of "trans rights" appear to be a fa├žade for an attack on women as sex offending men can claim "trans" status to prey on women in women's bathrooms and locker rooms. This is precisely what took place when a sex offending male - who now identifies as a woman - exposed himself to at least one underage girl and her mother at a California spa.

FASCIST AUSTRALIA: Fascists are taking power in Australia as COVID is being weaponized for government control over each and every Australian. According to Zero Hedge, the "government of South Australia is running a trial for a system that could eventually force citizens to take a photo of themselves via a government app to report their location on demand within 15 minutes of authorities requesting it, or face a police investigation." COVID rules of course didn't keep a police department from violating social distancing rules to hold an LGBT office party. Ideology trumps all.

TEXAS SIX-WEEK ABORTION BAN: While we've already mentioned the successful roll-out of the Texas fetal heartbeat law (see above), Dr. Steve Turley reviews the law and explains why the pro-life movement is taking ground in America. 

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