COVID shot mandates are ‘tyranny’ and should be resisted: US bishop

(LifeSiteNews) — In the latest episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, Bishop Joseph Strickland once more called out forced COVID-19 vaccinations, describing how governments, Christian leaders, and others that are pushing the mandates are promoting a tyrannical agenda. He also detailed what the Catholic Church’s official teaching is on the vaccine or other mandates of any kind.

Bishop Strickland discussed with Terry Barber in his weekly show on Virgin Most Powerful Radio the current issue of businesses, employers, colleges and universities, schools, and many others forcing and coercing people to take the COVID jabs. He mentioned that the mandates violate and trample on fundamental ideas of human rights, free will, and freedom of conscience.

The American bishop directly called the government mandates being pushed by “Catholic” Joe Biden’s administration as “tyranny” and “not a legitimate act of the state.” Strickland challenged viewers to question whether to obey these mandates or not. He said that “there have been too many instances in history where people have … rolled over” in the face of totalitarianism.

Bishop Strickland further pointed out that “in the midst of this tragic pandemic … laws that have guided humanity for centuries and have guided this nation for 200 plus years,” were torn away, because of a virus that’s “all very mysterious.” He encouraged people to turn back to the principles of freedom and conscience, and to exercise their God-given free will in accordance with the truth.

Lastly, Strickland made a plea specifically to Catholics: “Do we as Catholics need to just roll over and say, well, the state has mandated this so we’ve got to do it? If it’s unjust? Yes, we owe a certain level of respect and obedience to the state for the common good. But when it violates our own personal conscience and when it violates our ability to be master of our own acts, then we have to say no.”

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Swiss bishop: Pope, bishops ‘have become health experts instead of witnesses to the faith’

(LifeSiteNews) — The following remarks on COVID-19 vaccines and conscience have been sent to LifeSiteNews by Bishop Marian Eleganti, the former auxiliary in the Diocese of Chur, Switzerland.

These vaccines do not deliver what they promise, on the contrary: They are harmful to health, for many even deadly. They have been produced in an unethical way by people who obviously have no conscience. They are also propagated and imposed by such in many places. The truth is suppressed everywhere. That is why there is no more freedom. But the truth will prevail.

The decision whether or not to accept this vaccination is a judgment of prudence on the one hand (there are strong medical reasons against it) and an ethical question on the other hand: The vaccines are connected to cell lines from aborted children who had to be alive in order to yield valuable cells. The vaccines have been produced or tested with such. How can you force such an industry to develop its products in an ethical way? Answer: By not buying and using them!

Answers given by church leaders in interviews are not part of the infallible magisterium of the Church.

The personal conscience must form itself according to the teaching of the Church, but it cannot be bypassed and it will have to decide, in the end, alone before God. That is why Cardinal Newman has subordinated the papacy to the conscience.

Church documents have their strengths and weaknesses. They are very helpful to arrive at one’s own judgment of conscience. But one must also see their weaknesses — especially in recent times — and judge accordingly.

The narrative of this pandemic is not in the truth. Therefore, it should not be believed. There was never any excess mortality and overloading of the intensive care units. Intensive care beds were even significantly reduced in the same period. The lockdown measures have done more harm than good and have hardly influenced the viral events. But they have destroyed many livelihoods, burned billions of taxpayers’ money in an irresponsible way, and led to a fatal division of society right down to the families. Who can take the responsibility for this? The vaccination of the larger population (especially young people and children) which defeats this disease with normal flu symptoms with their own natural immune system is irresponsible.

There are medically proven treatments for SARS-CoV-2, including Ivermectin. They are harmless and effective.

The Pope and bishops have also allowed themselves to be deceived, in my opinion. They have become health experts instead of witnesses to the faith. They have accepted that the faithful are deprived of the sacraments or can receive them only with great difficulty. This is a historical failure and will also turn out to be one.

The state has massively violated the rights of citizens, and the Church has not stood up against it. It was fixated more on the health of the faithful than on their salvation, an unprecedented event in the history of the Church. The empty St. Peter’s Square with the lonely Pope demonstrated it.

Let us pray that the plans of the powerful will be put to shame and that Christ, the Lord, our only hope, will triumph!

Translation by LifeSite’s Dr. Maike Hickson



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New Jersey bishop: Clergy without COVID jab could be removed from ‘active ministry’

CLIFTON, New Jersey (LifeSiteNews) — The bishop of the Diocese of Paterson warned that priests who do not accept the abortion-tainted COVID-19 injections could face removal from “active ministry,” though he shied away from actually mandating the injections.

The letter from Bishop Kevin Sweeney, dated September 14 and seen by LifeSiteNews, referred to that day’s feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, and appeared to equate the COVID-19 injections with the “life giving power of the holy cross.”

“The emergence of the vaccines … is God sent,” wrote Bishop Sweeney, appointed to the diocese only last year by Pope Francis.

Copying many of his brother bishops in the U.S. in referencing Pope Francis’ description of receiving the abortion-tainted injection as an “act of love,” Sweeney stated that “our clergy should be vaccinated voluntarily as a good example to others and in solidarity” with “teachers and religious educators” who were subject to state mandates.

“If you have not been vaccinated, I strongly encourage you to be vaccinated,” wrote Sweeney. “This encouragement is one step short of a mandate.”

“This is an essential time when you must be vaccinated to protect yourself and the health of others,” he continued. “If you feel that you are unable to be vaccinated, please be in touch with one of [sic] diocesan Vicars General in order to discuss your reasoning with them so that they may consult with me for further discussion on particular individual exemptions and whether a priest who is not vaccinated can remain in active ministry.”

“Exemptions from vaccination for clergy, other than those for legitimate medical reasons, will be minimal,” warned the bishop. He did not mention any possibility of religious or conscience-based exemptions.

LifeSiteNews reached out to Sweeney, who reiterated that his letter “was NOT a mandate.”

The controversial December 2020 note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had stipulated that any vaccination should be voluntary: “practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”

The CDF’s note had deemed the COVID-19 injections to be “morally acceptable,” despite their connection to abortion, since “[t]he moral duty to avoid such passive material cooperation [with abortion] is not obligatory if there is a grave danger, such as the otherwise uncontainable spread of a serious pathological agent — in this case, the pandemic spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19.”

However, guidance from the U.S. National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) affirmed that the “sure judgement” of one’s own conscience regarding the moral liceity of taking any medical intervention “must be obeyed.” The NCBC concluded that “if a Catholic comes to an informed and sure judgment in conscience that he or she should not receive a vaccine, then the Catholic Church requires that the person follow this certain judgment of conscience and refuse the vaccine.”

Just days ago, Lexington’s Bishop John Stowe similarly moved against his unvaccinated clergy, forbidding priests who haven’t taken the vaccines from ministering to the sick and housebound, and ordering at least two priests to reveal their unvaccinated status to their parish.

At the time, LifeSiteNews spoke with Dr. Joseph Meaney, President of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, who questioned why clergy had managed to “safely bring the sacraments to patients suffering from COVID in hospitals using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety protocols for administering the sacraments without needing to be vaccinated. This leads one to wonder how it would not be possible to do so for the sick in general?”

While vaccine mandates are characterized as a way to prevent COVID infections and deaths, many are warning that such a result will not occur.

Strongly warning against the injections, New York physician Dr. Nina Pierpont recently published a paper declaring that COVID-19 vaccine mandates are a “potentially harmful, damaging act.” The paper, which examined a number of studies published as recently as August this year, was subtitled: “Covid-19 vaccines do not keep people from catching the prevailing Delta variant and passing it to others.”

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now lists a total of 701,561 adverse events following COVID vaccines between December 14, 2020, and September 10, including 14,925 reports of deaths.

Data also record 19,827 total adverse events, including 1,169 rated as serious and 19 reported deaths, among 12–17-year-olds in the U.S in the same time period.



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Richmond bishop tries to laicize priest for blogging about clergy sex abuse

Richmond bishop tries to laicize priest for blogging about clergy sex abuse

In this exclusive interview, Father Mark White explains how a simple blog discussing clerical sex abuse and the Theodore McCarrick scandal has led to an effort by Bishop Barry Knestout of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond to laicize him.

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Bishop Gorman Blows 17-Point Lead With 70 Seconds Remaining, Loses One Of The Craziest Games In Football History

Bishop Gorman lost to Hamilton High School in shocking fashion Friday night.

During the game broadcast on ESPNU, Bishop Gorman was up 17 points with 70 seconds remaining. Somehow, they gave up a field goal, two onside kicks and two touchdowns to lose the game 25-24. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Folks, as a football fanatic, I can promise you that this one of the most insane endings I’ve ever seen.

How do you let that happen? How do you give up a total of 18 points over the course of less than 70 seconds?

Bishop Gorman is one of the best high school programs in America. They should have better coaching than what the entire country saw Friday night.

As easy as it is to trash Bishop Gorman, you really just have to tip your cap to Hamilton. It was a nationally broadcast game, it looked like they were going to get blown out and then they scored 18 unanswered.

That’s why we play the game, gentlemen. That’s why we play until the clock hits zero.

Props to Hamilton for giving football fans one hell of a great ending.





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ANALYSIS: Pope Francis concelebrates Mass with bishop Pope Benedict deposed

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (LifeSiteNews) — During his recent visit to Slovakia, Pope Francis met with a controversial bishop who had been removed from his See by the pontiff’s predecessor.   

On Monday Pope Francis met with the former archbishop of Trnva, Bishop Robert Bezák, 61, and his family at the nunciature in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava. Then, on Wednesday morning, the Pope invited Bezák to co-preside with him during his final Mass on Slovakian soil in the town of Šaštín.  

According to the New Daily Compass, the Slovak hierarchy retains a negative opinion of the former archbishop of Trnava, and his presence at the papal Mass was a surprise.  

“Although today the Slovakian Bishops’ Conference is united in its negative judgement on Monsignor Bezák, Pope Francis has in fact imposed his public rehabilitation; the bishops were only informed of his presence among the concelebrants at the closing Mass of the pastoral visit,” wrote the Italian Catholic newspaper’s Ricardo Cascioli.  

“In the last few days, there had also been speculation about the possibility of a diocese being reassigned, but Bezák himself denied this in a television interview on Tuesday 14th September with the main Slovakian network, although he said he was open to being appointed in the future.”

Bezák was appointed Archbishop of Trnava in April 2009 when he was only 49, but he was asked to resign by Pope Benedict in 2012 following “serious allegations” made against him. When Bezák refused, Pope Benedict relieved him of his pastoral duties. The reason for this were not revealed at the time, but according to insiders consulted by LifeSiteNews’ clerical source, they involved statements contrary to church doctrine as well as suspicions of homosexual misconduct and financial mismanagement.  

Following his dismissal, Bezák wrote a book called  Vyznanie, “Confessions” in Slovak, in which he described his removal as unfair. Over the years, he has received strong and lasting support from some of the Slovakian faithful, and a  Facebook page  called “We support Bishop Bezák” was created in his defense.

The bishop has not held a pastoral position in the Church since his dismissal and in recent years taught religion at a Protestant  school.  

This latest development in the Bezák case may be the result of Bezák’s own repeated efforts in recent years to appeal to Pope Francis. This July, the bishop lunched with the pontiff in Rome and, in April 2015, Bezák met with the Pope during a private audience organized by Czech cardinal Miloslav Vlk.   

Last week, after receiving a tip from a credible anonymous source, LifeSiteNews published an article discussing the likelihood of a meeting between Pope Francis and Bezák during the Pope’s official visit to Slovakia, as well as the rehabilitation of the former archbishop as a possible outcome of that visit.  

By publicly concelebrating Mass with Bezák, Pope Francis has re-opened an almost decade-old can of worms. Bezák’s deposition as archbishop of Trnava in 2012 and his efforts to contest the decision created strong divisions amongst Slovakia’s faithful and clergy at the time. Bezák has always maintained that he did not know the reasons for his removal, but LifeSiteNews’ anonymous source alleged it involved sexual misconduct unrevealed “in accordance with the Vatican’s policy of hiding the real motive of a removal whenever homosexual misconduct  is  involved.”   

Bezák’s active participation at the Pope’s closing Mass as well as their meeting at the nunciature in Bratislava will no doubt have strengthened the public’s perception of the deposed archbishop as a genuine shepherd despite his being a strong supporter of Slovakia’s pro-abortion president Zuzana Čaputová. 



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Swiss Opus Dei bishop: ‘I have nothing against’ one woman ‘marrying’ another

SWITZERLAND (LifeSiteNews) — On September 26, the Swiss people will vote in a referendum on the question of whether or not there should be “marriage for all.” Swiss Bishop Joseph Maria Bonnemain, the new Catholic bishop of Chur, has now repeatedly entered the debate, claiming that he has no objections to same-sex unions and “marriages,” but asking that the marriage between man and woman then will be re-named in order to “differentiate.” At no point does he present the Church’s teaching on the sinfulness of homosexual acts.

Bonnemain is following here the pontiff’s own lead, since Pope Francis seemed to have a similar position when he publicly endorsed same-sex civil unions – while not calling them “marriage” – and when he at the same time remained silent on the Church’s teaching on the sinfulness of homosexual acts.

On October, 21, 2020, a documentary called Francesco premiered in Rome. In that film, the Pope said the following words about homosexual civil unions: “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”

With his own comments, Bishop Bonnemain seems to be in alignment here with Pope Francis’ position. As LifeSiteNews reported in February, Bonnemain had been appointed against the will of the local ecclesiastical authorities, which, according to local rules, have a say in the appointment of a new bishop. After they had rejected Bonnemain, Pope Francis himself was free to choose a new bishop, and he did so. One of the first public steps of Bonnemain then was to announce that he would not have his own episcopal coat of arms – a very unusual decision. Additionally, in one of his first interviews after his installment as the bishop of Chur, Bonnemain showed himself in a work-out room lifting weights.

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Hungary recently took a major step to protect children from having their innocence destroyed and being sexualized by LGBT propaganda in schools and by pornography in the mass media.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which expresses agreement and respect for the wishes of the sovereign nation of Hungary to protect its children against the onslaught of LGBT indoctrination propaganda and pornography.

Since passage of the bill the fake news outlets from Europe to America have predictably begun to fabricate outrage and, or, simply lie about the contents of the bill. And, the corrupt European Union has also now started to attack Hungary’s efforts to protect children.

For doing the hard and good thing, Hungary now needs our support.

The bill, which was passed last week, specifically prohibits showing pornographic material or content portraying homosexuality or transgenderism to minors under the age of 18. Other measures include a registry of sex offenders, regulations on sexual education, and stronger policies against child pornography.

This policy is to be welcomed as a pro-active measure against the liberal and LGBT propaganda machine which is steadily encroaching on Hungary’s borders, and which threatens to tear down Christian civilization altogether.

Indeed, the same week that this law was passed in Hungary, Vienna’s (Austria) deputy mayor distributed “Rainbow Family” information boxes to 350 kindergartens in the Austrian capital. And, Vienna is only about 50 miles from the Hungarian border! 

But, never satisfied with corrupting the children of their own countries, LGBT activists and their accomplices in the EU have been quick to castigate Hungary, claiming that the Budapest government has “discriminated” against homosexuals with their law to protect children, and in doing so, has violated EU law.

However, Hungary’s Justice Minister, Judit Varga, set the record straight in an interview with Hungarian journalists, stating:

“This is one of a number of declarations declaring certain Hungarian measures to be contrary to EU law without a thorough examination. The fake news that has taken wing in these statements is completely unfounded.

In Hungary’s view, the legislation has nothing to do with EU law. The issue of subsidiarity and constitutional, national identity is a matter for the Member States. Furthermore, the European Charter of Human Rights also says that a parent has the right to determine the direction of their children’s development in a culturally traditional background.”

And, more broadly, Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s Prime Minister, had this to say about Hungary’s new law:

“The current left-wing campaign against Hungary is further proof that today, the left is the enemy of freedom, because instead of freedom of speech, they want political correctness as defined by them, and hegemony of opinion instead of a pluralism of ideas.

The new Hungarian law does not conflict with any lofty ideals or European laws. The new Hungarian law simply states clearly that only parents can decide on the sexual education of their children. Education in schools must not be in conflict with the will of parents; it must at most be supplementary, its form and content must be clearly defined and it must be subject to parental consent.

Parents also rightly expect that on platforms used by our children, pornography, sexuality for its own sake, homosexuality and gender reassignment programs should not be available. These restrictions must also be defined with surgical precision. In Hungary, no one has a say in how adults live their lives. In our view, a free adult should not have to give an account of his life in front of any secular authority — only before God when the time comes.”

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which supports the government of Hungary in their passage of this pro-active child protection measure banning LGBT propaganda and pornography for under-18s.

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‘EU to take legal action against Hungary’s anti-pedophilia bill’ – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/eu-to-take-legal-action-against-hungarys-anti-pedophilia-bill

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The 73-year-old Bishop Bonnemain is a member of Opus Dei, and his public acceptance of same-sex unions does not seem to trouble Opus Dei. However, at the same time, Opus Dei has recently suspended an African priest, Father Jesusmary, for rebuking Pope Francis’s public support of same-sex civil unions. As Father Jesusmary told LifeSiteNews  in August: “On March 4, 2021, I received a letter from the Vicar of Opus Dei in Côte d’Ivoire informing me that I was banned from public Masses, confessions, and preaching due to my activity on Facebook and Twitter, which was perceived as directly attacking the Pope.” He sees now, since the pope’s public endorsement of same-sex civil unions, “an apparent victory of situation ethics over traditional Catholic morality.”

This new development in Africa raises the question as to where Opus Dei stands: are they still loyal to the perennial teachings of the Catholic Church – as also defended by their protector and promoter, Pope John Paul II – or have they too now adapted to the new Bergoglian magisterium of approving same-sex relationships?

Let us consider first Bonnemain’s own statements made in  recent weeks in light of the upcoming Septemer 26 referendum in Switzerland. On August 17, Bonnemain participated in a discussion hosted by the Swiss public broadcast channel SRF. In this discussion, he was asked if he would oppose a certain woman (Miss S.) who wishes to marry her female partner. He answered: “I have nothing against it.”

“I am only of the opinion that any form of discrimination should be removed and that, at the same time, there takes place a reasonable differentiation,” he continued, adding that for him it is merely about “whether different things are being called the same name.”

That is to say: Bishop Bonnemain is approving of homosexual “marriage” and pleads only to make a semantic differentiation.

Later on, on August 26, the Swiss prelate published an article in which he further explained his thoughts: “I think it is good and right that, in the realm of the state, different forms of stable relationships are given rights and duties and, at the voting booth, everybody (male and female) should decide freely and based on one’s own conviction what is best to protect and promote these partnerships.”

Bishop Bonnemain, once again, positively approves of same-sex civil unions.

“It is for me self-evident that other forms of partnership can be oriented toward an enduring love, as well,” he expounded.

“My only concern is – and here I am neither judging nor dismissing: I plead for maintaining this difference when naming [these different “marriages”].”

Moreover, Bishop Bonnemain pleads in his above-quoted article that readers not forget original marriage, which he now tries to call “bio-marriage,” even though he admits that this term is a bit awkward. But the fact is that his adaptation to the spirit of the age goes so far as not even to call for a re-naming of these new forms of “marriage,” but instead to propose giving a new name to traditional marriage. Accordingly, one participant of the August 17 Swiss television discussion asked Bishop Bonnemain if his proposals were not merely “semantic refinements.”

When asked if he would approve equal rights for different forms of marriage as long as traditional marriage is renamed, Bishop Bonenmain responded with the words: “Yes, I have nothing against our country giving them [new forms of “marriage”] equal rights.” He simply wishes that traditional marriage, with husband and wife, with children and grandparents, does not “get forgotten” because such a traditional marriage is an “enrichment” for society.

While ignoring the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, Bishop Bonnemain also expounded that “God loves us all and He will always love us all, independently of how we conduct ourselves, how we feel; that is the foundation of our Christian faith.” He then pleaded for a “specialized pastoral care” for homosexual couples, but only in the beginning  because, in the end, after an “integration of a diversity” and “independent of the sexual orientation,” each person can be integrated into one’s own parish.” That is to say, such a “specialized pastoral care” is to be “merely an intermittent solution.”

Later in the televised discussion – and returning to his own concept of calling traditional marriage a “bio-marriage” – Bonnemain admitted that this formulation was not so good, but insisted that this form of marriage is the “original, Christian-Jewish, Biblical partnership.” Here, the aspect of “procreation” also gets a mention. “I as a physician know,” the Swiss prelate stated, “that reproductive medicine is not a trifle. The consequences, sometimes psychological ones, the burden for the couples is [sic] not to be neglected.”

When in May of this year, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a statement against the blessing of homosexual couples, Bishop Bonnemain distanced himself from it by calling the ban “a provocation.” He also called a provocation the subsequent public blessing of homosexual couples that took place in his diocese under the leadership of a homosexual Catholic priest;  he thereby placed both the Church’s magisterium and a revolt against it on the same level. He was now, however, asking for more “dialogue.”

To conclude: the fact that a member of Opus Dei is now making public statements in favor of same-sex civil unions might very well be a first in Opus Dei’s history. It is to be hoped that Opus Dei will soon show what moral principles it is ready and willing to defend.

Dr. Maike Hickson was born and raised in Germany. She holds a PhD from the University of Hannover, Germany, after having written in Switzerland her doctoral dissertation on the history of Swiss intellectuals before and during World War II. She now lives in the U.S. and is married to Dr. Robert Hickson, and they have been blessed with two beautiful children. She is a happy housewife who likes to write articles when time permits.

Dr. Hickson published in 2014 a Festschrift, a collection of some thirty essays written by thoughtful authors in honor of her husband upon his 70th birthday, which is entitled A Catholic Witness in Our Time.

Hickson has closely followed the papacy of Pope Francis and the developments in the Catholic Church in Germany, and she has been writing articles on religion and politics for U.S. and European publications and websites such as LifeSiteNews, OnePeterFive, The Wanderer, Rorate Caeli, Catholicism.org, Catholic Family News, Christian Order, Notizie Pro-Vita, Corrispondenza Romana, Katholisches.info, Der Dreizehnte,  Zeit-Fragen, and Westfalen-Blatt.



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PETITION UPDATE (9/3/21) – 

Following the US Supreme Court’s decision to allow Texas’ Heartbeat Law to go into effect, Joe Biden made the announcement that he would initiate a “whole-of-government” response against the new pro-life statute which could ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

This is yet another, outright confirmation of Biden’s openly pro-abortion policies, policies which have the main objective of ensuring that women will continue to be able to kill their own children without impediment.

This anti-life, anti-Catholic stance needs to be urgently addressed and condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For the good of the Church, for the good of pre-born babies, for the good of the faithful, and, indeed, for his own good, Joe Biden needs to be publicly rebuked by the bishops and excommunicated until such time as he repents from his pro-abortion policies.

Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion – the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church’s teaching.

The USCCB’s Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

Thank you!

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“No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” – Matthew 6:24

In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.

We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.

Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion

Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden’s obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.

In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden’s eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our ‘Catholic’ politicians.

The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.

Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.

But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden’s candidacy.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.

Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.

  • In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.
  • Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
  • Biden said that he wouldn’t defend Hyde, and he hasn’t.

And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.

Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a “Catholic” in Biden’s position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.

American rank-and-file Catholics don’t want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this “pre-eminent” life-and-death issue.

We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and “dialoguing.”

50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!

So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and “dialoguing.” [**Please see “Notes” below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]

And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.

We call on them to choose God and choose Life!

And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden’s promotion of abortion!

SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion – the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church’s teaching.

The USCCB’s Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance

Biden administration has opened the way for ‘abortion by mail on a massive scale’ – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-administration-unleashed-by

‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-biden-marks-roe-v-wade-anniversary-with-pledge-to-make-abortion-available-for-everyone

BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-dc-archbishop-affirms-he-will-give-holy-communion-to-pro-abortion-joe-biden

Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-puts-brakes-on-us-bishops-confronting-problem-of-pro-abortion-biden-receiving-holy-communion

Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion

Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-floats-excommunication-for-biden-over-his-aggressive-promotion-of-abortion

Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion – https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bidens-hhs-is-lying-about-title-x-to-push-abortion

List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/list-of-us-bishops-for-and-against-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-like-biden-pelosi

Notes about USCCB’s June Meeting:

For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.

Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.

And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.

Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.

Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).

It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.

And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.

These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.

But, it will not.

Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.

With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by “dialoguing” with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.

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FLASHBACK: Bishop Schneider explains why Christians must never take abortion-tainted COVID ‘vaccine’

September 14, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In December of 2020, I interviewed Bishop Athanasius Schneider. We talked about the COVID shot as well as the duties of pro-lifers in these times. I wanted to revisit his remarks today on my blog in order to clarify how Christians should act in response to Joe Biden’s recent decision to force all businesses with 100 or more employees to require the “vaccine.” As usual, Bishop Schneider’s comments were not only prophetic but illuminating. May all followers of Christ heed his words!

“God knows these souls by name,” Bishop Athanasius Schneider said to me today on The John Henry Westen Show. He was referring to unborn children who were aborted and then had their murdered bodies used in the manufacture of cell lines used for the COVID and other vaccines.

Bishop Schneider explains that in calling on pro-lifers to resist abortion-tainted vaccines, he prayed for inspiration asking the intercession of the very babies who were killedWatch my interview with him below or visit LifeSite’s new account on Rumble by clicking here. If you’d like to watch it on YouTube, click here.

Bishop Schneider’s position was articulated in a paper released last week that was signed by himself and Cardinal Janis Pujats, Bishop Joseph Strickland, and Archbishops Tomash Peta and Jan Pawel Lenga. The statement was spurred by the push of bishops across the world to support a COVID vaccine despite it being tainted with cells from aborted babies.

Bishop Schneider explained that he and his brother bishops who signed the statement understand the gravity of what they have suggested in that refusing the COVID vaccine may lead to harsh penalties. His Excellency explained, like fellow signee Bishop Strickland already has as well, that he would go to prison before taking an abortion-tainted vaccine. Moreover, should it even be demanded at the price of his life, he said he believed God would grant him the strength to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Bishop Schneider said it was “a pain in my heart” in seeing so many people he esteems backing the permissibility of taking an abortion-tainted COVID vaccine. He believes they are “simply blinded,” but that God will show them the consequences and their eyes will be opened.

Simple people, he said, reject this automatically, instinctively, which is for the bishop a sign of the Sensus Fidelium. But even were he alone in this, the bishop said he must “follow the truth, even if I will lose all of my good friends.” 

“Even if I will be alone, I will follow my conscience, as Thomas More and John Fisher,” he said.

Bishop Schneider believes it is also a sign of the last times where even the good ones are confused. (Mt. 24:24)

In the interview Bishop Schneider responds to the following questions:

Why now, when abortion-tainted vaccines have been around for decades?
What about the Vatican documents which say these are okay to use?
What is the difference between this and paying taxes some of which are used for abortion?
Are we guilty for having already taken abortion-tainted vaccines?

Below is the transcript for the show:

JHW: Welcome to this special episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, where we are very pleased and blessed to bring to you Bishop Athanasius Schnieder. Most of you know him as a very outspoken defender of the Catholic faith in these most troubled times. He is the auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan. Welcome, Bishop Schneider, to The John-Henry Westen Show.

Bishop Schneider: Thank you. God bless you.

JHW: And we’re going to be discussing something very, very important for these times, the issue of vaccines – COVID vaccines developed with abortion-tainted COVID vaccines, both in terms of their development, some with aborted fetal cell lines used in their manufacture, some used with its testing of these vaccines. And so we’re going to get into all of that. You’re going to want to stay tuned. Excellency, if you wouldn’t mind leading us.

Bishop Schneider: In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

JHW: Amen. Amen. So, Bishop Schneider, that recent document that you put out on vaccines is very timely, but also, I must say, very controversial. I have never seen such controversy among very good people. So if you could tell us a little about it first, about what it is and how it came to be and maybe your consultation process that that got it, brought it to fruition.

Bishop Schneider: This document came because in the last month and weeks, several bishops from around the world made public statements justifying the use of vaccines produced by cell lines of aborted babies. I only say in a simple manner, and they were justifying this because apparently, allegedly, [there] would not be other means and several explanations, even of theologians and church communities were based on the moral theory of moral cooperation, distant or remote, and of two documents of the Holy See from 2005 and the Pontifical Academy for Life in 2008. The Doctrine of Faith, where this issue was discussed and substantially both documents allow to use such vaccines in an exceptional way. We have to stress this as these documents say that not only you can just use this on the base of the so-called principle of moral, material, remote cooperation, but it should be in an exceptional way. And at the same time, those who use it should ask, demand an alternative of vaccine which [does] not use in any way such cells.

So this caused to me and to other countries, bishops, some bishops and faithful concern because this is confusion and it is undermining ultimately. If you want or not, it’s undermining the First Commandment of God and the absolute maximum determination of the Church to oppose the evil of abortion. And therefore, we considered this as not responsible to be silent. It is not responsible to enter the great quarrels group, even of good theologians and good-minded people. And we did not consider this responsible just to go together with it all because in our conscience – we have to follow the conscience and our conscience says it is not possible. It is a damage and we explained then after we can see the reasons. But as I already mentioned for this – and this is not a matter of quantity, of numbers, but of truth – of that which we are convinced of as presbyters and I discussed this [with] all the signatories very carefully and we were really all convinced we have to speak.

JHW: Now, just so that everyone gets the gravity of what…I know you understand this, but the gravity of what is at stake here is quite something. The vaccine is being approved. They have already approved the first one in some countries. They’ve already started administering it in the U.K. and in the U.S. as well. One of the bishops in the U.S. has just become one of the first people to receive the vaccine. We have the U.K. bishops’ conference saying that there is a, you know, Catholics are compelled to take the vaccine even if it’s abortion tainted. And they’re basing themselves, yes, on these documents from 2005 and 2008. But they don’t even seem to be as concerned with the stipulations, even those documents put into place that Catholics have to demand vaccines that aren’t abortion-tainted and so on. But your position goes beyond that of the 2005 [and] 2008 documents in that it suggests that Catholics cannot morally take such vaccines at all, the abortion-tainted vaccines. And we’ll get into some of the specifics later. But I wanted to draw, first of all, the severity of what this is and that, you know, with Catholics being now asked as as is the whole world to take this vaccine, very likely in a way that is mandated while they’re saying it’s going to be forced, they’re saying it’s going to be. Well, yes, if you want to travel or if you want to go to the theater or if you want to perhaps even enter stores to purchase your food, you’re going to need to have the vaccine. So can you speak for a moment to the severity of what we’re facing and also your consideration of that severity when you made the statement?

Bishop Schneider: Yes, we could see this and we all will see this that with this vaccine whoch used these cell lines of [aborted] children. The world powers, anti-Christian and those who promote the culture of death will impose [on] the entire population of the world, an implicit, even if it is remote, passive collaboration with abortion – this is also the evil and to the perversion of the world powers and we have to recognize this, we have to resist. This is an effort to resist and not to collaborate in any way with these vaccines. Exactly. Because in this case, into some kind to receive in our body the fruits – so-called fruits in the way of the greatest evil, one of the greatest evils of mankind, the cruel genocide of unborn. We will be marked. We will receive a sign in our body which will in any way and some way demonstrate that we are connected to this greatest, one of the greatest evils. Not in a direct way, of course, I repeat, but anyway we are because if there would not had been murdered cruelly and not even one innocent child. Then, we would not have these vaccines. You have to recognize the logic of this and also that the circumstances of the deliberate promotion, because there are of course…we have to not be so ingenuous and naive not to see that behind these vaccines is not only to protect our health, but to promote also together ever, ever more abortion. Of course not! For example, there are arguments if people do not take these vaccines, the abortion will continue. Of course, we will not reduce the abortion in numbers [if] we will not take the vaccine. But this is not a question. It is the moral weakness, the moral in some way support. And then the abortionists will say, you see the entire Catholic Church, the hierarchy in some way accepts, even reluctantly, but accepts this. And so this is very dangerous. And we have to really to awaken to see the real dangers, the consequences and the circumstances.

JHW: Could they not have said that already for a long time, since even 2005 or 2008? Because vaccines and indeed abortion-tainted vaccines have been around for decades now and have been taken by Catholics at the advice of Church hierarchy, the Vatican itself, there seems to have been very little, if any, opposition. I know there were some, but very little opposition. And so we sort of had this situation for decades already. Is there something new now that that led you to make the statement at this time and consider this?

Bishop Schneider: Because 15 years ago, 12 years ago, it was not only not yet spread and maybe it was limited and not so much, but today in our days, with the spread of the COVID vaccine, it is becoming very timely and almost globally spreading. And, with the growing statements of bishops in favor of accepting these vaccines, it changed the situation, of course. And therefore, we have to speak about this in a more deeper way and not to remain in the superficial some way juridical positivism with a theory  of cooperation. This…for me is superficial. We have to go deeper, to the roots and is, I repeat, to consider the proportionality and this is a very horrible and incompatible issue of the proportionality of these crimes of abortion.

JHW: Okay, so in 2005, this issue was looked at by the Pontifical Academy for Life, full of very good scientists, medical doctors, of theologians, of moralists, of philosophers headed up by Bishop Sgreccia at the time, a very good and faithful Catholic bishop. It was approved of. I know that there was some dissent, but nonetheless, it was approved of. Then in 2008, the Vatican’s document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith seemed to give that approval, that initial approval from 2005, these sort of imprimatur or basically the approval of the Vatican. And so what kind of consultation and work have you done and where have you found fault in those documents? And perhaps you can also address the issue of remote material cooperation, which is what they base their determinations on.

Bishop Schneider: First, we have to say that these two documents are not infallible decisions of the Magisterium. That they can be wrong and there had been some expressions of affirmations of the recent Magisterium which had to be corrected after. So, it is the first statement and then. As I already said…that the basic error is that it’s not the theory of material or passive and distant or remote cooperation. This is a valid theological principle in moral theology.

But the problem is that you cannot apply this principle to these exceptional, horrible crime[s] of abortion. And therefore, because of the gravity of the abortion, of the exceptional character of the abortion, of the incomparable evil, and the current situation of an ever daily growing industry of killing unborn children. So you cannot compare this principle, for example, with paying taxes or with using some products of slave labor. Slavery is not comparable to killing an innocent, to killing cruelly innocent child. It’s also an evil, but we have to have the proportionality. And therefore, this is already the basic error of these two documents, the application of the principle of material cooperation to this concrete case of abortion or of the vaccine, which uses the cells of aborted children. So material cooperation is when you are linked to an evil against your will. As, for example, you pay taxes to the government and from the taxes the government takes without asking you the money for doing an evil action and different evil actions. So in this way, they could be a distant corporation, but they’re against your will. I mean, even I, I would even not apply directly this principle to these paying taxes, because in this case, the money belongs to all the system, to the state, as our Lord Jesus Christ said, to whom belongs this coin. “Unto Caesar.” So give to Caesar what is his. And so and if the government would ask me, could we take your money from your taxes to do this or that action? I would say, no, I will not consent. And then they will do nevertheless so in some way, it would be they will steal from me my money and do this as a theft. It is stealing my money and then with my money is doing an evil action. In some way, we can compare this and so on. So I repeat. This is the proportionality is extremely extraordinary and grave with this [abortion-tainted vaccines] and they cannot apply this [principle of moral cooperation]. This is the basic error and this is already this small hole, which was made on the dam of the Catholic Church against abortion.

How we can with this entire determination be and proclaim being against abortion, then, when we accept these vaccines? When at the beginning it is the murder of a child. So I repeat, logic and common sense demands; if there would not not have been murdered, even one child they would not have made these aborted-tainted vaccines. It is clear, it has to be logic and common sense. So people with common sense, more people with common sense, they see this. And oftentimes, God, in difficult times when there is confusion. When, all are going in the same direction, even the good ones today, unfortunately. And no one is saying, “STOP. This is not good. This is a danger.” Therefore, we five Bishop had the conviction, we had to say “Stop.” To say, I am not, as if somebody else said it, I am not guilty of the blood of this child. I will not be.

In any case, we have to be very correct and to give also a sign to the entire world in not accepting these vaccines, given as a sign of witness. A strong witness, a material. We will not accept this. Of course, we consulted also scientists, we consulted doctors from different countries. And they also instinctively with almost all these arguments, which I proposed, rejected this. And then also the common sense of people, Sensus Fidelium and it’s interesting that most, the majority of those consulted were women, so female souls. And the female souls, they are feeling more deeply the horror of killing an unborn child. The maternal instinct. It’s different in a female person than in a male person. And this to me [is] also interesting that those who wrote these documents and now are defending the use of these vaccines are mostly male persons. They didn’t know the child. And then I would ask to them seriously and and and honestly. If you would be, let us say, a time machine, if you would be present and see a cruel murdering of an unborn child, the dismembering of his body, you will see this and then you will see how they take the cells. From his body, you will see this, you will see this how then these cells will be put on the vitro and so on, all these processes. And even if there would be hundred or thousands of chemical processes, once you were present, in one abortion and from this child, exactly from this child which cells were used. I cannot imagine that you will accept the vaccine in your body, that before your eyes you will have this horrible scenario. Of dismembering a child and from this same child in some way, you are ultimately benefiting for your health. We have to be very honest.

JHW: There’s a distinction in the vaccines that are currently available. There are some that are developed with the use of aborted fetal cell lines and therefore also have the aborted fetal cells in the vaccine. And then there are those that are developed without aborted fetal cells, without the use of aborted fuel cell lines. However, in their testing, they make use of aborted fetal cell lines. That’s a distinction in the vaccines that are currently being proposed for acceptance. Does that distinction play a part in its acceptability or not?

Bishop Schneider: Of course, this is already a distinction, and it is, of course, objectively less than grave, grevious the direct…Cells which are directly used. It’s much more grave than only in testing, but also in testing, we cannot in not in the slightest and most remote, cooperate with these horrible crimes, even to use cells of aborted children for testing, it’s already immoral. It’s a horrible crime. So there are an accumulation of horrible crimes. The first horrible crime that killed a child and then to have developed his cells is also a crime, and then to make testing of these cells, it’s another crime. So this accumulation of crimes, we cannot collaborate with this in no way.

JHW: What would you say? (crosstalk w/ Bp. Schneider)

Bishop Schneider: You have to hear your conscience. And you know that. And Pope Paul VI made, of course, I don’t want to to compare this from the content, but only from the phenomenon. When Paul VI had the committee on the discussion of the contraception pill on Humanae Vitae. Before Humanae Vita, the vast majority of the commission, which were philosophers, scientists, all the doctors, moral theologians, they were in favor of the moral use of contraception in the committee of politics and only the minority were against. And then they were accused, the minority there, you had not on your side so famous philosophers or famous scientists, as we have today, which were in favor of contraception. And therefore, I repeat, it’s not the question of numbers. Even if we made only a few bishops, the truth will win. And after this, the history of the church will say that even the good ones yielded. They did not see clearly. They were in some way blinded by these simple theories of material cooperation. It’s a theory, I repeat, it’s valid, except that the blindness is to apply it to these vaccines, which are an accumulation of horrible crimes. You are not, of course, directly guilty of these crimes. This I would not say this, but even as most remote and slight connection is already unacceptable for a Catholic, because of the extraordinary crime and the consequences and the historical context.

JHW: What would you say to Catholics, to millions and millions of Catholics who totally unwittingly, first of all, had never heard this kind of thing before, had never even thought of this because it was given they were given the green light, as it were, by the Vatican, by their priests, by bishops. No one ever thought of this. And for a long time, the whole notion of abortion-tainted vaccines seemed to be kind of a conspiracy theory. Now we know that it’s actually true. I think the truth of it only really comes to play in the last decade or so, because for a long, long time, although it was known in the scientific community, most people really didn’t believe it was true. So what would you say now to the countless Catholics who, through no fault of their own, have taken vaccines, who have given it to their children, who have, you know, friends even who for a while resisted vaccines, and then, you know, one of their kids caught something and it was devastating. Some even died and therefore gave it to their other children or what not. What do you say to people like that?

Bishop Schneider: Well, I mean, they they did not have guilt because they followed the instructions of the Vatican. And so those who gave the instructions they have the ultimate responsibility. In this case, the Catholics believed this. But on the moment that they will recognize this, everyone, it depends on the conscience of everyone, on the extent how he or she recognizes the immorality of even the slightest, most remotest connection to abortion. Well, at the moment, when a person is recognizing this, then he has to follow his conscience and his conscience will say to him, “No, you cannot do this in future.” And he will be grateful to Divine Providence that he could recognize this, personally. It’s his personal conviction and he will not do this, because health is not the absolute value we have to remind this. And in our world’s mentality, the materialism has [become] a god, an idol to which we have to give sacrifices as we wrote, and this is true, we have to recognize this and to trust in Divine Providence. And then also it’s so anti-pastoral and so counterproductive to justify these vaccines of these cells of aborted babies. Because, in this way, we will cooperate in another evil in some way. We will cooperate to propagate the myth that there is no alternative. There is an alternative. The world powers will say, “There is no alternative. Please take this abortion-tainted of vaccines.” They will say to us, but it’s impossible. There is, there should be, and there are alternatives. God in His Providence will illuminate man to find this as God always did. Men need to trust in God, and then He will give to scientists the illumination to find alternative without using the cells of aborted babies.

Imagine only theoretically, hypothetically, if we would live in a society, as it was until maybe 50 years ago, where abortion was, in almost all countries except for the Soviet Union, a crime. So it was forbidden. Let us say the entire, it would be an ideal time, when the entire humanity will strictly forbid abortion in any case. And so and then there would be no possibility to develop and to take these fetal cells and to develop such a vaccine. And then they have to have another means and God will give us when we observe the law of God, the Fifth Commandment, more faithfully and more consequently, God will give us His help, then we will now use these vaccines. I’m convinced I’m not a prophet. God WILL punish us! We cannot do this in any way, therefore. I cannot understand how good Catholics can justify this dissolution of material remote cooperation, the use of this vaccine. It’s so irresponsible. It is so not prudent. They don’t see the consequences of all of this. We have to be more supernatural and consequent in our decision. And I’m repeating, we have to resist the myth that there is no alternative.

JHW: I think that that is very true already because both in the vaccine world and in many of the medical fields where they also test the medical treatments with aborted fetal cell lines, there are alternatives. There are clean alternatives in terms of vaccines. One of the organizations called Children of God for Life have spent decades already pointing out non-abortion-tainted vaccines. There are all sorts of abortion, non-abortion-tainted medicines out there because the problem of abortion, fetal cell lines being used is not only in vaccines, it’s used also in medical products, even, believe it or not, in makeup and other products, all sorts of products. The difficulty is we very often don’t know anything about it. How many people, even a decade, couple of decades ago, realize at all that was abortion, tainted vaccines, that there was such a thing? People thought that was a myth. Well, they’re actually used in many other products as well, but we just don’t know it. Which leads to a question about how incumbent is it upon Catholics to research into all the products that they use because there’s so many of them. But there definitely are alternatives. And we need to definitely even the 2005 and 2008 documents from the Vatican stressed that we do need to call for ethical vaccines, ones that aren’t abortion tainted.

Bishop Schneider: Yes, this is true and this is evident, and therefore, I repeat, it is the most anti-pastoral and counterproductive, that in this time, exactly in this historical hour, as Catholics will justify their use of abortion-tainted vaccines with the theory of material remote cooperation. It is so illogical, we have to recognize this in this historical hour in which we are living.

I was, when we were preparing the document, I was very much praying…to the souls of these babies who were murdered in the womb of their mothers. Because they are in God because from the first moment of the conception there is a human soul, a person. And these souls of children, because they died innocently, they are in the reign of God. I will not enter the theological questions of limbo and so on, but they are in the reign, in the kingdom of God. Of course, they are not in the kingdom of the devil to control it because they are in some way martyrs, also. Martyred souls. And so, I ask specifically those souls of children who were killed and whose cell lines were used for the vaccine. Because God knows the line which came from this child to the vaccine. And so I pray to this child or children, we don’t know how many were taken from different children, because probably they were taken from all sorts of different children. And we know that now in China, they continue to murder and take the cells from these children for other purposes, also in China, you know. Well, I was praying for all this because God knows these souls by name. Of course. And I asked them for illumination, to pray and to assist us. And I ask them to pray also our prayers of reparation, expiation for all these crimes of fetal technology and all these processes of using cell lines. It’s already not only the killing, the abortion moment, but also the process of using even for tests or other experiments and so on, and manufacturing is already horrible as a crime. And for this, we have to expiate, to make expiation. And I cannot understand how good people and clergy and pious people are now justifying the use of these abortion-tainted vaccines with this theory of material remote cooperation. This is not understandable because they have to make expiation, reparation for every one of these crimes in this long train. Even if it was even in terms of processes, we have to make reparation. So this is what I wanted to share in some way, my very personal feelings.

JHW: Right. There is a there’s a follow up question in this respect, because when it comes to the example of paying of taxes and the vaccines, the issue could be the same. Because, for instance, in Canada, the UK, in America and in many countries, perhaps most countries of the world right now, the issue of abortion remains the same. So, the issue of the severity of the killing of unborn children, a crime which, as you said in your letter, cries to heaven for vengeance and so therefore is the most serious crime. So, the issue then becomes the same in terms of we pay taxes, the taxes part of them go to supporting abortion, the vaccine. We’re asked to take it. So what’s the difference then there? Because now the issue has become the same of the abortion. What’s the distinction between legitimacy in paying our taxes and illegitimacy of taking the vaccine?

Bishop Schneider: Yes, there is a difference because the proportions are different. Because they are not asking me if I am consenting. They simply impose general taxes or a general compulsory insurance for health without asking us. And so in some ways, this is different. But when I am standing before the vaccine, so I’m personally confronted directly with this evil. I can see the tube of this vaccine. And so I’m confronted directly and I have the freedom, I say no. If they will force me, then I will go to prison. But to pay taxes there is a general, a collection of money, which even when I know that they can order to use my money for abortion, or for other evil actions besides abortion, but concretely for abortion, for example. I say they are stealing my money in this case because I’m against. I will ask my money back. They give me at least this portion of money back to me, which we use for the abortion, but they will not do this. And so they will in some way steal my money.

JHW: Right. Right.

Bishop Schneider: And so this is a difference, even a logical difference. And I repeat, here you are standing directly before the tube of the vaccine. In paying taxes, you are not standing before. They are not asking now. We are not making their budget. And they are using our money, This is different.

JHW: I guess you could make it…you could make it relate if they said, OK, now you have to pay your taxes, that will go to support abortion. And if you refuse that, you’ll have your house taken from you. You’ll have everything taken from you, but you’d still have to refuse because that is then directly about abortion. And that would be asked of you to participate in a very real way.

Bishop Schneider: Exactly. This is a good, good comparison. Cooperation and so. But in any case, when they will ask me, “I will take your money for abortion,” I have to refuse this even when they will take my my house and so on, also in the same way. But they do not ask me completely. And as I repeat, the tax systems are imposed in a way where the government is depriving us from our just money. So there they are doing against our will. But in the vaccine, I can express my will completely here.

JHW: Excellent.

Bishop Schneider: But I repeat that Catholics have in any case also to seek other insurance, health insurance. To pay other health insurances that will not pay the abortion. But unfortunately, in some countries, there is no other possibilities. Right. Right. As it was, for example, in the Soviet Union, where I lived. All the people had to pay health insurance and then they did also abortions. And they were forcing us, stealing our money.

As I repeat, they have to be witnesses without any shadow of even the slightest collaboration with abortion in the case of the vaccines. Because there is a concrete murdering of children, and so we have to proclaim this with our gestures, with our acts. Not to collaborate with this  concrete act, and therefore to be witnesses, witnesses in this terrible anti-life culture that it is a culture of death. We have to resist, otherwise our witness will not be really convincing.

JHW: You mentioned in your document that this has some play in with the Mark of the Beast. Now, Mark of the Beast, is that very, you know, stark statement in the Scriptures that the Mark of the Beast comes and that anyone who accepts it basically goes to Hell. So that’s a very stark comparison. What do you see in this that’s similar to the Mark of the Beast? I presume you don’t think this is the ultimate mark of the beast, but what are your thoughts around that that point?

Bishop Schneider: I think it was not directly formulated such. I think it was formulated, [that] it could be an indication. So, it was formulated in a possibility, so it could be. Because to accept in some way the fruits of the abortion and all of these horrible testing and production of cell lines, it is really horrible, and then when all the people of the earth will have this sign in their body, which is a sign of death, ultimately. Because without the first act of death, of murdering of this child, they would not have been this mark on your body with this vaccine. So this is a connection to death. And the Beast is death. It could be, we did not state it straight away, but we formulated this in order to reflect about this. To think on this.

JHW: It’s a very interesting reflection because the an act of the will is necessary because the scriptures describe the mark of the beast as something that you take that if you take it, you are guilty. And I presume under the normal circumstances where you know, under all the normal circumstances of mortal sin, you have to recognize that it is grave moral evil and it has to be grave and you have to recognize it as such and you have to consent to it freely. And so under those circumstances, I can see it being that way. But also it might in this case, forbid us buying and selling. The Scriptures talk about how all those who refuse the Mark of the Beast won’t be able to buy and sell. And in this case with a vaccine, it’s the first time I’ve seen anything like other than perhaps, you know, making a chip in your hand where you had to basically have it in order to transact business at all. This possibility has that as well, and that you won’t even be allowed into stores to buy or sell.

Bishop Schneider: Yes, it could be, but therefore, the Apocalypse and the Revelation of St. John was written for us also. There will come a time where what is written in the Apocalypses will be realized. And we don’t know when the Lord is coming. Maybe the second coming of the Lord is already close. We don’t know. And maybe there are already signs f apocalyptic signs, it is, of course, difficult directly to state this. Therefore, we set a possibility of an indication, not a direct or some apocalyptic atmosphere. It’s already we are seeing this before our eyes, these apocalyptic signs that can last still another time until the Lord is coming. We don’t know how long. But in the other case, on the other side, we have to hope that God is stronger than all these apocalyptic powers even of our time. And that Our Lady promised in Fatima that her Immaculate Heart will triumph, will win. And we can believe that also God will grant the triumph of the Immaculate Heart also in our time before the coming of Christ. We can believe that he will grant His Church a time of extraordinary flourishing holiness, The Entire Church, so they can have this hope and trust.

JHW: Definitely because this has been the most confusing time. People whom I love and I respect and I believe are truly saints of this day and age are divided on this question and it tears my heart to see. It’s so confusing and I guess we have to cry to heaven for help, because this is the most…unbelievable time, and I don’t even mean, you know, larger out there that the church, as it were, there’s lots of confusion over things and that really there is no confusion. The truths of the faith, the concept of marriage and all this. That’s not what I’m referring to. I’m referring to the best of the best people who have worked their whole lives for life and family, who have recognized in all of the liturgical wars, the wars on life and family and contraception, all these minute issues. But even among them, this is this is causing such…it’s division. It’s not animosity, but it is a divided heart and it’s been quite something.

Bishop Schneider: Yes, I can understand you, and it’s also for me also a pain in my heart to see people whom I esteem. As you said it, they are to my opinion, they are in this in this case, simply blinded. They do not see the depths. And this is, for me, mysterious how this is against reason, against common sense, that the simple people, they reject this automatically, instinctively. Make an inquiry of simple people, they will reject this. This is the Sensus Fidelium. And this is for me, a demonstration and a consolation also. We have to follow the truth, even if I will lose all my good friends, I will follow my conscience. Even if I will be alone, I will follow my conscience, as Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher. They followed their conscience. And I am not alone, thanks be to God. There are even other bishops who did not sign it, who are also in the same position and priests and, I repeat, more simple people. This is for me, a demonstration. And then, as you mentioned, dear Mr. Westen. I think that this is also a sign of the last times where the good ones are confused in one point, and as Our Lord said to the elect once, we will be also seduced. And they see not more clearly in this concrete grievous fact. It is a mission of God to purify our soul, to be more convinced, to go the way of our conscience for truth, we have to follow our conscience, in this case, a conscience which we have prayed, studied, consulted before God. And I assume that this cardinal and these bishops there have a cultivated conscience, also. The simple people. I am believing that after a time these people…who are defending the morality of the use of the abortion-tainted vaccines, I think that God will show them some consequences. Well, where their eyes will be open, I’m convinced will come the time, because the truth is so powerful. And the truth, when we are seeking the truth, is pure heart. God will reveal this and show us. And so we have to live for the truth and for eternity.

JHW: You say this recognizing the severity of the consequences as we started talking about. Because the Vatican position voiced in 2005 and 2008, promoted by many, many prelates all over the world, leads to an opposite conclusion in its fruition. In its full fruition, the acceptance of this as remote material cooperation, combined with a belief that, you know, coronavirus is so serious that it needs to be treated with a vaccine makes for exactly what the UK bishops have done. A moral compulsion on Catholics to accept the vaccine. And yet your position…That is I think that Abby Johnson just voiced as well. I mean, because actually she said very much like you just said. If the bishops were to oppose this resolutely, there would have been another ethical solution a long time ago. But, you know, it’s interesting because your position and the position of Cardinal Pujats and Bishop Strickland and the other bishops that and archbishops that signed onto that document with you leads to the opposite conclusion. So on one hand, the position voiced by the PAV and the CDF in 2005 and 2008 leads in its most extreme to Catholics are compelled to use the vaccine abortion tainted vaccine. Whereas on the other hand, your position would lead, also an extreme, to Catholics must resist this to the point of any kind of restriction on their freedom and perhaps even their deaths. And if you can talk about that last possibility of if if this is forced to such an extent that the only way to resist it is with your own death, what what would you say to that?

Bishop Schneider: It would be a decision of every one and his conscience. So when my conscience says I cannot accept an abortion tainted vaccine, even not in a most remote way, because I repeat, I am entering even a most remote concatenation, which is different from paying taxes, of course, cannot compare this. Then my conscience says I cannot accept this. And then I have to follow the decision of Thomas More and Cardinal John Fisher, who remained the only one[s] to not accept the Oath of Succession of Henry the Eighth, which he demanded them. He did not demand them to deny Christ, and Henry the Eighth asked John Fisher and Thomas More to take the Oath of Succession which would be an implicit recognition of divorce, because Henry the Eigth ask them to recognize the descendants of Anne Boleyn as legitimate and sovereign, and they will recognize that their descendants are legitimate children. Then they would say this is a legitimate marriage and this was not a legitimate marriage and they would be implicitly recognizing divorce. And so they prefer to die than to do this. So I think even as Bishop Strickland spoke some weeks ago on video, he said he will prefer to go to prison rather than to take an abortion-tainted vaccine. I am the same. My archbishop also said to me the same, He would prefer to go to prison and if even if we would be alone, but they will not be alone. I am convinced that there will be a great, maybe not so great, but there will be a considerable number of simple people. Not so much clergy and not so much intellectuals, but simple people. Mothers, simple grandmothers, and good young people, they will go to prison. I think they will not accept this vaccine. And if they don’t kill them, make them a death penalty, I don’t know. God will illuminate us, who will confess His truth and give us the strength. What is this short life in comparison with eternity, with the truth? With this witness of the prophets! Uncompromising witness. With the spirit of the prophets of the Old Testament, of St. John the Baptist, with the prophets, with the saints, martyrs, with all these. We have to follow them even when we will lose our short temporal life.

JHW: Amen. Wow. It’s a very powerful statement and conviction that that you bring and I would like to conclude there and if you wouldn’t mind, Your Excellency, giving us all your your blessing.

Bishop Schneider: Dominus vobiscum.

JHW: Et cum spiritu tuo.

Bishop Schneider: Et benedictio Dei omnipotentis Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti descendat super vos et maneat semper. Amen.

JHW: Amen. Thank you so very much, Bishop Schneider, for being with us on this episode of the John Henry Westen Show, may God bless you.

Bishop Schneider: [God bless] you also.

JHW: And God bless all of you. We’ll see you next time.

 

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Ousted ‘conservative’ bishop who moved in with erotic novelist is no martyr for tradition

SOLSONA, Spain (LifeSiteNews) —The sudden resignation of Xavier Novell Gomà, the promising young Bishop of Solsona in Spain, has set off a shockwave of commentary the world over.  

Conservative Catholics remarked on the fact that Pope Francis immediately accepted Bishop Novell’s “spontaneous” offer to step down, underscoring that he was known for his anti “LGBT” statements and for his support of reparative therapy for homosexuals. Novell had indeed been under pressure from gay activist groups and progressive circles within the Spanish clergy.  

But it has now emerged that Bishop Novell, 52, decided to step down as bishop on August 23 in order to move in with Silvia Caballol, 38, a psychologist who has written books about satanism and erotic novels. 

Caballol’s editor describes her as “a dynamic and transgressive author who was won her place in the literary world by turning all our moral and ethical considerations upside down.” 

According to reports in local media in the autonomous region of Catalonia, where Novell was known for his support for political separatist groups seeking to break away from Spain, he is currently looking for a job as an agricultural engineer in locations close to his family home in Urgell. 

While local clergy as well as the Bishops’ Conference of Spain has refused to comment on the precise reasons for Novell’s resignation, it soon transpired that he no longer wanted to continue in his priestly functions. 

“I’ve fallen in love, and I want to do things properly,” Novell is alleged to have said privately as an explanation for his unexpected resignation, according to journalist Jesús Bastante of the progressivist Catholic news site ReligionDigital. Bastante quoted several sources from the diocese of Solsona. 

The media proceeded to investigate the allegations and came up with information about Silvia Caballol. Unconfirmed reports state that Caballol was approached to give either lectures about satanism or leadership courses in the diocese of Solsona, where Novell was the exorcist. Whether this is true or not, Novell did have the opportunity to meet the divorced mother-of-two, whose husband was Moroccan, and who specializes in clinical psychology, sexology, anti-stress techniques, and yoga, as well as in courses on Catholicism and Islam.  

The former bishop is alleged to have told a friend: “For the first time, I have fallen in love with a woman.” 

The story was brought to the public eye by an Argentinian nun now living in Spain who writes for ReligionDigital, Sor Lucia. She is a friend of Pope Francis, whom she knew as Cardinal Bergoglio, and visited him this summer in Rome. 

A firm supporter of  the pontiff, Sor Lucia quoted reports saying that Novell actually underwent reparative therapy himself, and added that he had formerly actively campaigned together with LGBT activists before his own “conversion.” Many Spanish media have criticized Novell for having organized “conversion therapy” with a conservative Catholic group, “Verdad y Libertad” (“Truth and Freedom”) which some allege has the support of other conservative bishops, also. 

Jesús Bastante doubled down on Sor Lucia’s allegations on September 7 in ReligionDigital under the headline: “Bishop Novell underwent sexual conversion therapies.” Bastante cited another man who told ReligionDigital that he had witnessed this when he himself was participating in sessions.  

According to “Jordi” (a fictitious name), “Novell embarked on the course at the end of 2018, and completed it by the beginning of 2020.”  

Was Novell struggling with homosexual attraction? Was he in fact liberated from that attraction through his “conversion therapy,” leading to struggles with chastity regarding the opposite sex?  

Jordi said Novell was very “committed” to the group led by Miguel Angel Sánchez Cordón, a pediatrician close to the Focolare Movement, who founded “Verdad y Libertad” in 2013. According to Spanish sources, two seminarians for whom Novell was responsible also followed reparative therapies in the group, roughly during the same period, which raises questions about his leadership: one would have thought this need would have led him to reject these candidates to the priesthood from the seminary. 

“Verdad y Libertad” was condemned as a “cult” and disowned in July by the Congregation for the Clergy, which has been active lately in censuring reparative therapies. 

Novell, who became Spain’s youngest bishop in 2010, was outspoken about the sinfulness of homosexual acts. However, he is also known for having posted pictures of girls in miniskirts on the internet after complaining that they had come to their Confirmation wearing inappropriate clothes. He called legal abortion and euthanasia forms of “genocide” and defined himself as “orthodox, papist, and conservative,” saying “we are the sons of tradition.” At the same time, he added that “if wanting to innovate, to account for the faith of today in a new way, is to be a progressive, I am that too.” 

This raises another question: exactly how conservative and orthodox was Xavier Novell? It seems quite clear that his resignation was not eagerly accepted or even triggered by Rome because of his “rigidity.”  

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The bill, which was passed last week, specifically prohibits showing pornographic material or content portraying homosexuality or transgenderism to minors under the age of 18. Other measures include a registry of sex offenders, regulations on sexual education, and stronger policies against child pornography.

This policy is to be welcomed as a pro-active measure against the liberal and LGBT propaganda machine which is steadily encroaching on Hungary’s borders, and which threatens to tear down Christian civilization altogether.

Indeed, the same week that this law was passed in Hungary, Vienna’s (Austria) deputy mayor distributed “Rainbow Family” information boxes to 350 kindergartens in the Austrian capital. And, Vienna is only about 50 miles from the Hungarian border! 

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However, according to the Spanish press, the bishop who was expected to make fast progress in the Catholic hierarchy because of his “charm” and early rise to the episcopate was in fact never promoted away from the small diocese of Solsona and was not much of a favorite in his region, and the situation got even worse with the election of liberal Pope Francis. 

But all local reports stress how fundamentally unstable Novell appears to be. 

During his seminary years, the future bishop joined the “Concilio de la Tarraconense”, which was formed in the summer of 1995 at the request of the Conference of the Catalan Bishops to delve deeper into the propositions of the Second Vatican Council. Seminarian Novell vocally campaigned for making priestly celibacy “optional.” He was also in favor of women priests and for the systematic replacement of personal confession by collective absolution. Novell added that religious celebrations in Rome seemed to him to be “lengthy, heavy, and too elaborate.” 

Nevertheless, Novell was ordained two years later and sent to Rome by his bishop to pursue his training. His thesis supervisor was a Jesuit, Luis Ladaria, the future cardinal who is now Prefect of the Congregation for the Faith. It was at this time that Xavier Novell “converted,” proclaiming the traditional teachings of the Church in the moral field, and holding that homosexuality was linked to the absence of a father figure. 

His fickleness was further demonstrated in the political field where he shifted away from being a staunch opponent of clerical involvement in Catalan separatist movements, teaching in 2013 that the Church should be neither “españolista” – in line with proponents of a united Spain – nor “independentist,” campaigning for the independence of Catalonia.  

Thus, Novell barred the priests of the diocese of Solsona from ringing church-bells to support “Catalunya” during the “Day for Independence” in 2014. But by 2017, he was encouraging his flock to vote for separatist candidates in the locally organized referendum that would later be declared unconstitutional by Spain’s Constitutional Tribunal. He also used the image of the “Virgin of the Cloister” in Solsona in order to call the Catalan region “occupied and oppressed.” Recently the Papal Nuncio formally ordered Novell no longer to take part in the political debate. 

In 2013, during traditional festivities in the Catalan town of Berga, the popular “Patum” which originated in medieval theatricals centuries ago, Novell surprised onlookers not only by joining the procession, but by choosing to disguise himself as a devil instead of heading it as bishop.  

At the time Novell said it was a “pending assignment” he had accepted fifteen years previously when accompanying the then-vicar of Berga to the same popular feast (perhaps as a bet or a joke). He explained that he loves such festivities and, recognizing that no bishop had ever joined them in such a way, added that he was “a bishop who breaks molds in too many things.” 

“Surely in certain times it would have been unthinkable,” he said.  

Thus, Novell showed himself to be a conservative, but only up to a point and only in certain periods of his life. 

Now the press is full of conjectures about Novell’s stepping down, suggesting that he has fallen victim to a “mid-life crisis.” Some even say that local clergy have called him “possessed.” 

But the defining trait of his personality appears to be a profound instability rather than a convinced attachment to traditional teachings. 

Catholic liberals in Spain are celebrating Novell’s choice, with one columnist for ReligionDigital suggesting that the woman in his life is his “mid-life God”; a possible “way of conversion to the Gospel.”  

“Perhaps a mature and married Xavier could in the end be a good bishop,” Xabier Pikaza wrote.  

Another slammed the “possession” theory, writing a lengthy reflection about how everything related to “demons,” “Satan” and the casting out of evil spirits in the Bible were in no way related to the revelation of God to Israel but picked up during the exile in Babylon. He also said the idea of hell is incompatible with the existence of God. 

Far from being wiped off the board as a conservative, Novell is already being used to promote the most progressive theories in the Church.



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