Coronavirus – Political? Really? OR…Conspiracy Theorists Out in Force? 

Christopher Ferrara, Fatima Center, writes…

It should have been no surprise to learn that, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, “Democrats are about twice as likely as Republicans to say the coronavirus poses an imminent threat to the United States… And more Democrats than Republicans say they are taking steps to be prepared, including washing their hands more often or limiting their travel plans.”

The political divide over the media-fanned hysteria surrounding COVID-19, shorthand for “coronavirus disease – 2019” (the year in which this particular strain of coronavirus first appeared), reflects prudent skepticism on the part of Republicans. They understand, if only intuitively, that the outbreak of this particular coronavirus — which is only part of the family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold — is being weaponized by the mass media and their partners in the Democrat Party in yet another attempt to bring down the Trump presidency. By provoking mass panic, economic slowdown, and a collapse in the stock market during an election year, the Democrat-Media alliance aims to assist the presidential campaign of Joe Biden, a clearly befuddled, 77-year-old washed-up political hack, who can barely utter two coherent sentences in a row.

Playing on the ignorance and gullibility of the masses, the media trumpet the “rising death toll” from “the coronavirus” — as if there were only one such virus in the world — which now stands at 26 people in the United States, 19 of whom resided in the same elderly living center in the State of Washington. Never mentioned are the 17,000 people who have already died from the common flu during the current flu season, or the annual death toll from the flu, ranging from 12,000 to 60,000 since 2010.

The following information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) should suffice to show that the effort to depict this virus as a world-threatening plague is but the latest hoax perpetrated by an utterly reckless mainstream media establishment whose one and only story line these days seems to be “Surely, this will be the end of Trump!” Quoth the CDC: “influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.” Moreover, for the 2019-2020 flu season the CDC has predicted “34,000,000 – 49,000,000 flu illnesses, 16,000,000 – 23,000,000 flu medical visits, 350,000 – 620,000 flu hospitalizations and 20,000 – 52,000 flu deaths.”

That’s in the United States alone. Worldwide, the death toll from influenza averages 646,000 deaths per year.

We have heard quite enough about the 26 U.S. deaths from COVID-19. Let Dr. Drew Pinsky lay this nonsense to rest in the video seen here. The press, he says, “must be held accountable” for the panic it has caused over what is essentially a small addition to an already bad flu season.
Seizing on the panic, Democrat Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) has declared that Trump must cancel his rallies on account of COVID-19. She made no such demand, however, as to rallies for Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. And there we have it: the first political virus in world history. It affects only Republican activity!

Now, given the patently leftist orientation of the current pontificate, it likewise should come as no surprise that the Italian bishops and the Vatican have decreed — believe it or not — a total suspension of Masses throughout all of Italy until at least April 3. This aligns with the diktat of Italy’s President Conte that the entire Italian nation is under quarantine and travel restrictions, including the absurd requirement that all cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants close at dusk to avoid “night life” that would supposedly spread a virus no worse than the flu that is being treated as if it were the bubonic plague.

Yet, while the Vatican and the Italian bishops suspend all Masses — which could be offered for an end to the outbreak — even under Conte’s draconian restrictions “‘the markets, shopping centers, and sports centers remain open,’ under certain conditions,” observes the website of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). So, in Italy the wheels of commerce grind on while the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is prohibited. “This fact,” says the SSPX, “sadly underlines the quasi-religious place of the body in our modern society, which supplants spirit and religion. Whereas it would be necessary ‘to implore the Divine Mercy to shorten the tribulation and to bring the Christian people and their authorities back to the true goal for which each man was created, Heavenly Bliss.’ Triumphant secularism has plunged our societies into a forgetfulness of God and Italy is no exception.”

But it is not “triumphant secularism” that has placed a ban on Masses in Italy; it is the triumphant modernism of liberalized Catholic churchmen, the Pope included. Tellingly, however, the bishops of Poland have not only rejected the panic fomented by the media and civil authorities but have called for more Sunday Masses during the outbreak. Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki of Poznań, President of the Polish bishops’ conference, has declared as follows: “In connection with the recommendations of the Chief Sanitary Inspector that there should be no large gatherings of people, I ask to increase – as far as possible – the number of Sunday Masses in churches so that a number of believers can attend the liturgy … according to the guidelines of the sanitary services… [I]t is unthinkable that we do not pray in our churches.”

Here we can see that the political divide over COVID-19 is reflected also in a spiritual divide within the Church: On the one hand, worldly, left-leaning hierarchs more concerned with CO2 emissions than with the salvation of souls and, on the other, bishops who reject leftist politics and still give primacy to the spiritual, including (to quote the SSPX again) “the Divine Mercy to shorten the tribulation and to bring the Christian people and their authorities back to the true goal for which each man was created, Heavenly Bliss.”

Consider the divide over the first political virus in world history yet another sign of the current unparalleled crisis in the Church. And in the world.

Comment: 

Does Christopher Ferrara have a point?  IS this virus nicely timed to bring down Donald Trump – after all, the gaffe-ridden Joe Biden has about as much chance of beating him in the next election as the rest of us have of, well, making it to the  White House ourselves 😀

Or is this just one more conspiracy theory? Fun while it lasts, but no real basis in fact?   If so, we need to redouble our prayers for an end to what is now officially a “pandemic” – a worldwide disease.  (The First Political Virus in World History, by Chris Ferrara source)

Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick,
pray for us!


Scottish Government’s Proposed Sex Change Law Dangerous: Young At Risk 

From The Scotsman Newspaper…

Changing gender could become easier and quicker before the next election, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has said.

Transgender law reform proposed by the Scottish Government would lower the age limit for applications from 18 to 16, remove the need for medical evidence and reduce the required time spent living in the new gender from two years to six months.

Transgender law reform proposed by the Scottish Government would lower the age limit for applications from 18 to 16, remove the need for medical evidence and reduce the required time spent living in the new gender from two years to six months.

It aims to make it simpler for trans people to get a Gender Recognition Certificate to legally change their gender.

Shirley-Anne Somerville told STV’s Scotland Tonight programme the Scottish Government is “determined” to change the law before the 2021 Holyrood election, adding she wants to build “maximum consensus” for the plans.

Arguing trans and women’s rights are not “mutually exclusive”, Ms Somerville said there has been “a lot of misunderstandings” alongside legitimate concerns about the proposed legislation.

The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill would continue to require applicants to make a declaration they have lived in their intended gender for at least three months and intend it to be a permanent transition, as well as having a three-month period of reflection after applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate.

Concerns have been raised about potential abuses of the easier process – for example, men using it to access women’s spaces – although making a false declaration to change gender would remain a criminal offence. In the interview, which will be broadcast by STV on Thursday evening, Ms Somerville said: “I absolutely appreciate that women’s rights are exceptionally important.

“They have been long-fought for and long-campaigned on and there is absolutely nothing I would do as a member of this government to jeopardise any of that.

“So that’s why I really do make sure that I listen to the concerns that are out there on the issue because we not only want to protect what we have as women but we want to make sure our rights are extended.”

Ms Somerville said she was confident the legislation could be passed before the Scottish Parliament elections next year.
The Scottish Government is currently running a consultation encouraging people and organisations to submit their views on the proposed changes by March 17.
She said: “We have women’s rights and we have trans rights – I don’t see those aspects as mutually exclusive.

“What we’re talking about here isn’t something that’s new. These people are in our community, they’re part of our community.

“But they talk to us very specifically about how the current system deeply impacts on them, about the state of their mental health and particularly the high suicide rates within the trans community because they can’t be recognised for who they are.”   Source – The Scotsman

Comment: 

Click here to read the Scottish Government’s Consultation on the proposed Gender Recognition (Scotland) Reform Bill

Then click here to read the help offered by the Christian Institute in participating in the Consultation. Note responses must be submitted by 17 March 2020 – so there is not much time.

Catholic Truth strongly urges all our readers and bloggers to take the time necessary to complete the Consultation.  This latest diversion from the Scottish Government’s record  (as reports on its management of schools and hospitals leave quite a bit to be desired) has been described as the “Named Person Mark Two” – in other words, just as the Named Person Scheme turned out to be a humiliation for the Scottish Government, so, too, will the Gender Recognition (Scotland) Reform Bill, if the population, in sufficient numbers, makes its opposition felt.  

 

USA: Pro-Abortion Politician Inspired By Pope Francis – God Help America! 

From the Remnant Newspaper (writing about the Democrat opposition candidate to Donald Trump in the forthcoming election in the USA,  Mr Bernie Sanders…)

Every now and again, Sanders the cold-blooded dictator peeks out from behind the philanthropic old socialist veneer, and in those moments he sounds like this:

“The idea that women in this country should not be able to control their own bodies is beyond belief. They have that constitutional right. So if you’re asking me, would I ever appoint a Supreme Court justice who does not believe in defending Roe versus Wade, who does not believe that a woman has the right to control her own body, I will never do that.” (Source: Meet the Press 2019 interview of 2020 presidential hopefuls)

It’s also hitting the news that Sanders is considering a list of potential executive orders to unilaterally enact on Day 1, should he win the election. Chief among these is to reverse Trump’s Mexico City policy while forcing Americans to fund providers of “abortion counseling” such as, obviously, Planned Parenthood.

The list of executive orders also includes gems like directing the Justice Department to legalize marijuana and declaring climate change a national emergency.

Feeling the Bern yet, America? He’s the Dems’ lead on the way to the primaries, and guess who inspires him?

You see how these two men just really care about poor people? Such humility and humanity, heading right out to those peripheries to help the marginalized! That must be why this rabid pro-abort is a big fan of Pope Francis… They’ve got a lot in common!

And I guess the “sick and corrupt society” Sanders mentions is you and me, right? With our obnoxious love of unborn babies and God-fearing methods of policing ourselves through Christian values and such.

Maybe there’s only one response for now: TRUMP 2020!   Source – The Remnant Newspaper

Comment:

No Catholic could, in good conscience, vote for Bernie Sanders – could they? 

President Trump Makes History… First In Office To Address March For Life! 

Comment: 

President Trump is going down in history for many things – but more than anything else, he will be blessed for defending unborn babies in nations which have descended into what Pope John Paul II called “the culture of death”.  Not only is he proclaiming the right to life loudly, clearly and very publicly, but he lists, too, the steps he is taking to restore a pro-life culture.  His very positive talk at the 2020 March for Life is truly inspiring.  Let’s pray for Mr Trump…

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for him…
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for him…
St Joseph, pray for him…  

Politics More Important Than Faith: Should “Catholic” Rebecca Long-Bailey Win Labour Leadership Race? Really? 

Image result for Re becca long baileyRebecca Long-Bailey has appeared to suggest her politics are more important than her Catholic faith, as she attempted to extinguish a major row over her stance on abortion.

Amid a mounting backlash over her objection to later terminations on the grounds of disability, the Labour leadership frontrunner said that although she prayed to God every day she disagreed with “many” of the Church’s teachings.

Ms Long-Bailey’s attempts to distance herself from the Church carries echoes of the dilemma faced by Tony Blair, who was told by his advisers not to discuss his faith publicly because “We don’t do God”  Source – The Telegraph: Labour leadership: Rebecca Long-Bailey says politics comes before her Catholic faith as she tries to extinguish abortion row 

Comment: 

Before we give Rebecca Long-Bailey a hard time, reflect on two key issues: firstly, she is very young and has grown up at a time when the Church has been – and continues to be – in major crisis.  Thus, she clearly does not understand the nature and purpose of the Church, specifically, the role of the Church to protect and proclaim the natural moral law.  She doesn’t get it.  She doesn’t understand that “The Church” hasn’t made up the moral law. God did that, and authorised His Church to teach, preach, protect and proclaim the moral law.  

Secondly, this attitude – that politics is more important than our Catholic Faith – is embedded in many Catholic souls.  I’ve had many discussions, some bordering on attempted murder, trying to convince Catholic friends that they cannot go out canvassing for local politicians standing for election for a Party which condones the killing of unborn babies.  They think nothing of working to get such MPs elected and then present for Holy Communion at Mass.  Incredible.  No conflict of conscience whatsoever. 

It might be worth contacting Ms Long-Bailey to suggest that she re-consider her priorities because, Christ warned us to be ready for death at any moment – “you do not know the day nor the hour…” and it will not go well for her at her judgment, if she has put her political beliefs and aspirations before the Catholic Faith, given to us by God, so that we may be saved.   Click here for contact details..

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St Thomas More, pray for her…

 

World Leaders Mock Trump: Is There a Line Between Fun & Nasty Hypocrisy?

Comment: 

At a time when both politicians and royalty could use some good public relations activity, this – decidedly – is not it.  

The trouble with  politicians, royalty and the media is that they are out of step with ordinary public opinion.  In one TV discussion show/phone-in, for example, only one member of the panel expressed disgust at the above childish unkindness (which she described as bullying) whereas, just about every member of the public who phoned in, sided with her, not with the other panellists. 

Of course, Trump has brought it on himself.  He has openly criticised other nations for not paying their fair share into Nato, thus incurring the displeasure of the professional politicians. Why, then, be surprised that they gather round to gossip about him, like a cross between a bunch of teenagers and a branch of the Women’s Guild? 

If they really wanted a good topic for gossip, they should have done what real teens and real women would have done –  taken a long hard look at Princess Anne’s hairdo.  She’s “styled” (I use the term loosely) her hair like that for years, and – in my very humble, unprofessional opinion –  it looks more hideous with every passing year.   I’m sure she can be a very nice person (just not at that moment, at that reception, when she was obviously putting in her anti-Trump tuppence-worth of mockery) but her hair style just doesn’t cut it.  If you get my drift…  😀  

It strikes me as a very nasty conversation. Not funny.  Unkind.  As Christians, we need to reflect upon where that line is drawn: were they engaging in innocent banter, a bit of fun, or were they being a bunch of  two-faced hypocrites?  Oh, and before you accuse me of double standards,  my commentary on Princess Anne’s hair-style is intended to be helpful; it should be characterised as free advice from an amateur beautician/hairdresser (and you just need to look at me to see there is nothing in that description which offends against the Trades Description Act 😀 )   

Elaine Smith, MSP on Contribution of Catholic Schools in Scotland… Priceless! 

Comment: 

Present in the public gallery watching this recent discussion in the Scottish Parliament, we see Leo Cushley, the Archbishop of St Andrew’s & Edinburgh, Barbara Coupar, the Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES), and a group of students. 

Not one  item on Elaine Smith’s list singles out Catholic schools as being any different from any other school in Scotland or anywhere else in the UK.

Yet, (or which explains why) one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) after another, praised Catholic schools to the skies. 

The buzzwords are all there – inclusive, diversity blah blah, how Catholic schools are teaching about all religions, nothing to worry about here. Hiding in plain sight as ever, of course, the fact that the one religion not being taught in Catholic schools is Catholicism.  Nobody asked why Catholic pupils are leaving Catholic schools able to name the five pillars of Islam but unable to name the precepts of the Church.  I mean who teaches that Sunday Mass attendance is obligatory, any more? Or that sex outside of marriage (between one man and one woman) is sinful?  Who teaches that any more?  Nothing to see here, move along…

One useful comment in the video comes from Baptist, John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston – scroll to 39.50, to hear him argue that there should be room in “the  public square” for the expression of faith-based values, just as humanists are allowed free rein to express their views.  

John Swinney, MSP, SNP Minister for Education, the one and same John Swinney whom we saw squirming in another video as he defended the disgraceful sex teaching materials in use in Scottish schools, also sang the praises of Catholic schools. Pause for thought, right there, folks…  He makes a point of telling us that his own son attends a Catholic (shared campus) school, no problem.  And why would there be a problem?  His son, like every other pupil in any Catholic school in Scotland, is never going to be taught that “outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation” – and other key dogmas. Not in a million years. Which is about as long as it is likely to take to end the current crisis in the Church and get back to teaching the Faith, entire and true, without any watering down to accommodate “society”. 

If you  haven’t yet booked your ticket for the Catholic Truth Education Seminar scheduled to take place next May, we strongly recommend that you do so as soon as possible – there is, after all, plenty to discuss…

As a matter of courtesy, I’ve emailed the link to this conversation to the three MSPs named in the above commentary – Elaine Smith, MSP, John Mason, MSP and John Swinney, MSP / Minister for Education in the Scottish Government. So, remember the House Rules – no personal remarks, no politics – stick to the issue(s).