U.N. Bears the Blunt of Trump

Candidate Donald Trump said he wanted to “Make America Great Again.” Twenty-one months into his first term, it’s obvious that President Trump wants to make every nation great. And while some members of the U.N. General Assembly may find that funny, I assure you that people in the darkest corners of the world do not.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished almost more than any other administration in the history of our country,” the president said to unexpected laughter in the room. He paused for a minute and then went on. “I didn’t expect that reaction,” he told them, “but that’s okay… We are standing up for America and the American people, and we are also standing up for the world. This is great news for our citizens and for peace-loving people everywhere.” For the millions of Christians trapped in hopeless situations around the globe, the Trump administration has been the answer to their desperate prayers. Trapped in torture factories in Iran or tied up with ropes and beaten in India, believers don’t have to worry about being forgotten anymore. After eight years of Barack Obama, they finally have an American leader who cares.

That’s good news for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who’s two weeks away from another trial in Turkey that could decide his fate. No one has been a bigger advocate of his release than Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who told reporters in New York yesterday that the drumbeat for his freedom goes on. “He could be released this month,” he explained. “He should have been released last month. And he should be released today, in fact. We have talked to the Turks. They know the expectations.”

Pastor Brunson’s daughter, Jacqueline Furnari, can only hope the nation holding her father captive is finally listening. At this weekend’s Values Voter Summit, she talked about what a strain the ordeal has been on her dad — and the entire family.

“It’s a sham trial and my dad is being used as a bargaining chip and suffering for Jesus Christ… Throughout this entire time, my dad has been unable to be with his family,” she said. “It’s what has hurt him the most, is having that time stolen from him — watching his children grow up, helping my brothers make their decisions as they go on in life. It’s been a painful time and we’re just ready for it all to be over.”

Through it all, though, she couldn’t be more inspired by his courage. “It is an incredible testimony and I cannot be more grateful for his example,” she said to overwhelming applause. “And at this point, all that we can do is just continue praying. I ask that all of you pray for my dad’s release and pray for others who are persecuted for their faith.”

Minutes before, Pompeo had waited through deafening applause when he said the greatest highlight of his job so far was “bringing home three Americans from captivity in North Korea.” “On the day Pastor Brunson returns, just like the men I spoke of…” he promised, “they also will be able to say that the Lord has done great things for us, and again, our hearts will be filled with joy.”

But it isn’t just what the administration is saying that’s giving people hope. It’s what they’re doing. When you see men and women like President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, Ambassador Sam Brownback, and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley taking these stories so seriously, it gives Christians everywhere the boldness to speak up. That’s why pastors in China are taking such an unprecedented stand against the communist party. They know that when it comes to religious liberty, America has their back. Even ChinaAid’s Bob Fu is astounded at the number of Chinese pastors — 344 — who’ve signed a public statement defying the government’s order on faith. In all of his years fighting the Chinese regime, he’s never seen anything like it. It seems the tougher the crackdown gets, the more resolved Christians are to risk everything. “For the sake of the gospel,” they vow, “we are prepared to bear all losses — even the loss of our freedom and our lives.”

This is just another example of how the administration’s support for religious liberty gives hope and help to believers around the globe. It’s also another reminder of what’s at stake this November — not just for America, but the world.

Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.


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Who is Sarasota County Commission District 2 Candidate Ruta Maria Jouniari?

It is important to understand who one is voting for, especially when it comes to local government offices. Let’s take a look at Ruta Maria Jouniari the Democratic Party candidate for Sarasota County Commission in District 2.


Ruta converted to Islam and in 1999 was married to Moroccan Noureddine Jouniari. Both Ruta and Noureddine are active members of the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton. Ruta’s campaign Facebook page has links to her being endorsed by Florida LGBT Democratic Caucus, an article about Canada’s legalizing recreational marijuana (a campaign promise of Andrew Gillum), believes in global warming, is anti-Charter Schools and has links to various negative articles about Florida Governor Rick Scott and Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis. The words racist and white supremacist appear in articles Ruta links to. Links to the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton and anything about her being a Muslim convert are missing from her Facebook biography.

In contrast, Ruta is prominently named in an article on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) website dated October 8, 2007 “FL: Muslim Women Aim To Dispel Stereotypes.” The CAIR news article reported:

Sarah Zaouzal of Sarasota is one of the leaders of the new Women’s Committee at the Islamic Society of Sarasota & Bradenton, whose stated goal is, among others, to dispel myths about women in Islam.

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Ruta Jouniari, a member of the new group, said television is partially to blame for the misunderstandings.

“The only view many Westerners have is that of a black-clad, covered woman who seemingly has no rights,” Jouniari said. “Our group is needed to procure the truth about women Muslims. They are educated, not submissive to anyone, except God, and that they are as human as anyone else.”

Read more.


Discover the Networks profiles CAIR. Discover the networks describes CAIR as a “Civil rights group partially funded by the Saudi Wahhabi establishment. Has numerous ties to extremist Islamic organizations.” Discover the Networks goes on to state:

CAIR was co-founded in 1994 by Nihad AwadOmar Ahmad, and Rafeeq Jaber, all of whom had close ties to the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was established by senior Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook and functioned as Hamas’ public relations and recruitment arm in the United States. Awad and Ahmad previously had served, respectively, as IAP’s Public Relations Director and President. Thus it can be said that CAIR was an outgrowth of IAP.

CAIR opened its first office in Washington, DC, with the help of a $5,000 donation from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a self-described charity founded by Mousa Abu Marzook. In May 1996, CAIR coordinated a press conference to protest the decision of the U.S. government to extradite Marzook for his connection to terrorist acts performed by Hamas. CAIR characterized the extradition as “anti-Islamic” and “anti-American.” When President Bush closed HLF in December 2001 for collecting money “to support the Hamas terror organization,” CAIR decried his action as “unjust” and “disturbing.”


In a FrontPage Magazine article Joe Kaufman noted this about the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton:

Another of the mosques receiving the [weapons] training, the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB), has also had a terror-related history and its own imam with involvement in a terrorist organization. And like CAIR, it has been Palestinian terrorism and worse.

According to the ISSB newsletter The Faith, in May 2001, the mosque’s children’s school, Dar al-Iman, was visited by then-professor at the University of South Florida (USF), Sami al-Arian, to discuss with the school’s parents “the opportunity for [their] children to attend a fulltime Islamic school in Tampa.” The school is presumably the Islamic Academy of Florida (IAF), an institution founded by al-Arian in 1992 and which is still in existence under a new name.

At the time of his visit, Al-Arian was also the North American leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). In April 2006, al-Arian pled guilty to conspiracy to provide services to PIJ. Between 1986 and 1992, al-Arian helped found a charity, a think tank, and the IAF school, all of which, according to the indictment against him, were actively used “to raise funds and provide support for the PIJ and their operatives in the Middle East, in order to assist its engagement in, and promotion of, violent attacks…”

As well, according to The Faith, from the beginning of 2000 through the end of 2001, Friday prayers at ISSB were led by al-Arian colleagues Mazen al-Najjar and Hussam Jubara on at least eight separate occasions each.

According to the US Justice Department, Al-Najjar, the brother-in-law of al-Arian, “had established ties to terrorist organizations and held leadership positions” within groups that raised funds for PIJ and Hamas. Those groups included al-Arian’s founded charity, Islamic Concern Project (ICP), and al-Arian’s founded think tank, World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE). Following his imprisonment, in August 2002, al-Najjar was deported from the US.

Jubara, then-professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF), co-founded the Islamic Concern Project (originally Islamic Committee for Palestine) with al-Arian. Jubara was arrested in March 2003 and charged and convicted of felony immigration fraud. Later, he too would be deported.

In January 2001, under the banner of ‘Aqsa Victims,’ The Faith announced that the mosque’s “community members” had raised $4000 to be sent to the family of Palestinian “martyrs.” The newsletter read, “The second payment of donations for Aqsa victims were sent the martyrs families and needy in the West Bank in Palestine.” With regard to Palestinians, the term ‘martyrs’ denotes either terrorists (general) or suicide bombers (specific).

What is interesting is that ISSB is hosting an “interfaith” meeting on September 28, 2018. One of the guest attendees is Nadir Ahmed. Watch Robert Spencer debate Nadir Ahmed on “Does Islam Teach Violence?”


Joe Kaufman reported:

In January 2002, a decision was made by ISSB to hire as its full-time imam Muneer Arafat and have Arafat relocate from New York, where he had a residence at the time. In 2001, Arafat had already been leading mosque prayers and teaching Islamic classes to the mosque congregation.

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While residing in Saint Louis, Arafat also came into contact with al-Qaeda and Hamas operative Ziyad Khaleel. The two became roommates.

In May 1998, at the behest of a senior al-Qaeda lieutenant, Khaleel delivered a satellite phone and battery pack he had purchased to Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, which was later used to plan the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. As well, Khaleel was a webmaster for the official website of Hamas and lectured at the University of Missouri on behalf of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a now-defunct Hamas propaganda group co-founded by al-Arian and Hamas global leader Mousa Abu Marzook.

Florida investigator Bill Warner reported in August of 2011:

[T]he Sarasota Fl area was the base of operations for 9/11 Al-Qaeda Hijack Pilots Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah, they had a support network entrenched in the area when Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat shows up at the Sarasota-Bradenton Islamic Center (Mosque) in March 2000 just 3 months before the Hijackers show up in the Sarasota area in June of 2000.

See Jan 20, 2003 article about Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, below, just after he was arrested on Immigration charges by ICE agents in November 2002. Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat had been the roommate of Al-Qaeda procurement terrorist Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel.


Fast forward to today and we find sheikh Monzer Taleb, someone with links to the terrorist group HAMAS, sitting with Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton mosque leaders for a fundraiser in support of the organization Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD). The Islamic Society of Sarasota published the attendees list for the event. The list included: Speaker Ali Syed, Speaker Monzer Talilb, Speaker Suleiman Salem, Speaker Tariq AbuKhdeir and Poetry by Remi Kanazi.

Watch the video, below, and you will see Taleb sitting to the left of the imam giving the Eid prayer at the HHRD orphan aide event in Sarasota:

According to the Counter Jihad Report:

Monzer Taleb was an unindicted Co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Trial, identified by Federal prosecutors as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a covert U.S. MB organization with a responsibility for supporting and financing Hamas. Taleb was identified in a captured Palestine Committee document as a member of organization.As a member of the Al Sakhra Band, Taleb helped to raise funds for Hamas at fundraisers thrown by the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) and the Islamic Association for Palestine. (IAP), two organizations created by the Palestine Committee to support Hamas, according to evidence provided by the federal government.

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Monzer Taleb appears to remain active in the fundraising business, raising funds for Helping Hands for Relief and Development (HHRD), a charity accused of having close ties to a Pakistani organization known to have financed Hamas. Taleb is additionally listed as a member of HHRD-Jordan. Taleb also fundraises for the Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT), which runs Dallas Central Mosque, which was closely associated with the Holy Land Foundation, and has long been identified as having ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. [Emphasis added]

Read the full article.

Ruta would have voters believe that she is an all American girl and that Islam does not impede her in any way. The New Muslim Guide has a section titled “The Conditions Islam Stipulates Regarding the Wife” which states:

  1. The wife must be Muslim, Jewish or Christian, believing in her religion. However, Islam encourages Muslim men to choose devout Muslim women for this purpose because a practising Muslim will be a good mother who will give her children the best possible upbringing and help her husband adhere to the teachings of Islam. As the Prophet ﷺ said, “Marry a devout Muslim woman and you will prosper.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree: 4802; Saheeh Muslim: 1466)
  2. She must be a chaste woman, as it is forbidden to marry a woman known for her lewdness and immorality. As the Qur’an states, “It is lawful for you to marry the chaste believing women and the chaste women of the people who were given the Book before you.” (Soorat Al-Maa’idah, 5:5)
  3. She must not be one of those women whom he is never permitted to marry at any time in his life whatsoever (mahram) (See page 206), nor must he marry two sisters at the same time or a woman and her aunt at the same time.

Ruta was a Catholic before converting to Islam.

EDITORS NOTE: The photo of Ruta Maria Jouniari is from Twitter.

Light Shining on Hidden Things

Carlos Caso-Rosendi on accusations of sex-abuse coverups made against Pope Francis while Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The Enemy is in the Church.

In the last month or so, various Catholic news outlets have asked me to research the veracity of various accusations made against Pope Francis while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Did he cover up wrongdoing? Was he involved in financial scandals? What was his level of collaboration, if any, with the corrupt Kirchner administration?

The German magazine Der Spiegel, one of Europe’s most prestigious publications and generally supportive of liberal positions, found reasons to believe that scores of abuse victims may have been kept from speaking with Cardinal Bergoglio. In addition, he seems to have taken a central role in defending at least one abuser, and perhaps others.

Der Spiegel made this claim – and several sharp complaints about ways that Pope Francis had divided the Church – in this week’s cover story, under the titleDu sollst nicht lügen, Der Papst und die Kirche in ihrer größten Krise (“Thou shalt not lie: The pope and the Church in their greatest crisis”).

If true, these charges could provoke a greater explosion than the 11-page Testimony by the former nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

Many uncertainties, of course, surround such charges. Given the present state of affairs in Argentina, it is hard to find unbiased answers to questions. But one thing is certain: “there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” (Luke 8:17)

In fact, light is now shining on many once-hidden things.

The lack of official response and the vicious attacks on the reputation of Viganò have had a clarifying effect. (Just this week Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, a figure very close to the pope and his sometimes ghostwriter, described Viganò as suffering from a delusional mental illness “marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur.”) He did not seem to care whether Viganò’s allegations, even if the ravings of a madman, are true.

I have the impression that we are living days like those described by St Paul in 2Timothy. The Church – infiltrated by her enemies – is now being shaken in her very structure.

Pope Paul VI said in 1972: “the smoke of Satan has entered the Temple of God through some crack in the wall.” Through years of surreptitious action, seducers “made their way into the household” of God and began to hold sway over the weak. Homosexuality among the clergy has now “become plain to everyone,” as honest prelates, the media, and government investigators uncover the ugly truth.

As undeniable evidence piles up, it should not surprise us if evil is exposed even in the highest echelons of the hierarchy. We should not be confounded if “wicked people and impostors . . . go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived.” We’re at a point of no return.

Last Judgment by Giotto (di Bondone), c. 1305 [Scrovegni Chapel, Padua]

Not content with having introduced false pastors among the clergy, the enemy is now trying to introduce a false religion. He wants to destroy the Church by destroying the faith. He needs to replace the Catholic religion with a counterfeit version.

The false spirit of that “counterfeit faith” produces many pseudo-commandments, interfaith gestures, ceremonies, and liturgical shows of unity. There’s plenty of praise for the disobedient and the heretic “holding to the outward form of godliness” but rejecting the doctrinal truth and the sacramental integrity of the true faith.

Holy Tradition, Holy Scripture, the Catechism, and even Natural Law are attacked:

You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them! (2 Timothy 3:1-9)

This is a very dangerous time because many souls may be lost. Many may walk away, disgusted by all that filth. That is why we have to reflect on the causes of the crisis, so we can counter that evil effectively. All the lies and half-truths taught to the faithful in this age of darkness are the result of bad Catholic formation.

The first part of the devil’s attack consisted in eliminating good catechesis. For the near future, the teaching of the true faith may have to rest with a handful of people remaining loyal to God. That is why we must be busy creating ways to develop a rapid, deep, and precise knowledge of the faith.

False pastors will not deceive well-formed Catholics. In fact, the folly of those false pastors will become evident as the light of the true faith shines on their wicked ways. It is true that “they will not make much progress” because they are the “wicked servants” of Jesus’ prophetic parable.

It is up to us to keep the faith by being “good servants” minding the counsel of Christ:

Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. . . .But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, “My master is staying away a long time,” and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:45-51)

Are the accusations against Pope Francis while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires true? All I can say is that no one can stop God from revealing the truth. Wise men will work with God, lest they end up working for the father of lies.

Carlos Caso-Rosendi

Carlos Caso-Rosendi

Carlos Caso-Rosendi is an Argentine-American writer. A convert, he was received in the Catholic Church in 2001. He is the founder of the Spanish website Primera Luz and his own blog in English, Carlos Caso-Rosendi. His books include Guadalupe: A River of LightArk of Grace – Our Blessed Mother in Holy Scripture, and A Vademecum of Catholic Apologetics. He lives in Buenos Aires.

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Disgraced Cardinal Praised ISNA and ‘True Islam’ by Andrew Harrod

“We know what Islam is and we know what lessons Islam is going to teach all of us,” former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick declared reassuringly  on May 31, 2015, at Crystal City, Virginia’s Hyatt Regency Hotel. McCarrick’s comments before an Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) interfaith conference recall how this now disgraced Catholic clergyman led for many years the Catholic Church’s often horribly misguided dealings with Islam.

McCarrick offered dubious adulation for his ISNA hosts. “I have been privileged to know ISNA for 20 years and to see the growth and development of this extraordinary instrument of understanding, instrument of cooperation, and instrument of beauty.” Yet federal courts judged this Muslim Brotherhood (MB)-derived organization as an unindicted co-conspirator in 2007 in American history’s largest terrorism financing trial, given ISNA’s links to the MB terrorist organization Hamas.

McCarrick specifically praised ISNA leaders such as Mohamed Magid, Sayyid Syeed, Muzammil Siddiqi, and Azhar Azeez as “so much a part of America and the ummah is growing.” Their radical backgrounds notwithstanding, McCarrick stated that “here it is thoroughly American, here it is thoroughly patriotic,” and that ISNA fulfilled a national need for an “important, clear patriotic American voice from the Muslim community.” “ISNA is very important to me, because it is very important to my country, your country, our country,” he stated, yet ISNA’s latest 2018 conference featured a rogue’s gallery of anti-Western, anti-Israel speakers.

At the 2015 conference McCarrick expressed a questionable certainty that atrocities by jihadist groups like the Islamic State distorted Islamic doctrine. ISNA must be a “strong, and a clear, and a courageous voice” and declare for Muslims that “that’s not really us, that’s not what the Quran says, that’s not what the Prophet, peace be upon him, is teaching,” he stated. As is ubiquitous for Islam apologists, he distorted Quran 5:32 to claim that “these are the quotations that we need to underline, because these are the quotations which define ISNA today. Not the misquotations, not the bad translations.”

By contrast, McCarrick noted how he has talked around the world about a 2005 fatwa from ISNA’s Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) against terrorism, notwithstanding FCNA’s radical ties. This fatwa “was one of the high moments in the life of American Muslims” and was “such a courageous thing” that showed the “ummah in America standing firmly, standing together and saying, this is what we believe and it is true Islam.” Meanwhile, the

other things are fake. When you go to kill innocent people, that’s not true Islam; when you go to destroy things that are beautiful, that’s not true Islam. The true Islam for me…is what you are living and you are preaching and you are giving to the American society.

McCarrick worried that this fatwa “has really never received the publicity it deserves.” Yet analysts such as Judea Pearl have noted the loopholes in this weak document that could allow for jihadist killings, including the murder of his son Daniel Pearl in Pakistan. As Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer has noted, phrases such as “civilians” and “innocent lives” in the fatwa “are in fact hotly debated terms in the Islamic world.”

Nonetheless, McCarrick before ISNA remained unshaken that “who you are and what you believe are very beautiful things.” He lauded past “great Muslim leaders who fearlessly and graciously and wisely defended their people, defended ISNA” against “Islamophobia.” He hoped that young American Muslims would “take their definition of Islam from ISNA, and not from ISIS,” as ISNA had the “true vision of your community, the true vision of your religion.”

McCarrick’s 2015 ISNA appearance was merely one manifestation of this fixture at Islam-pandering activities in Washington, DC, and beyond. He was a prominent ally of Georgetown University’s Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU). There he associated with ACMCU Islam-apologists including Professor John Esposito and Jordan Denari DuffnerAlong with the ACMCU, he promoted the Islamophile propaganda films of Unity Productions Foundation, including The Sultan and the Saint.

McCarrick was also involved in the 2016 Marrakesh Declaration. He described this as a “truly a great document” for its religious freedom appeal on the basis of the seventh-century Medina Charter from Islam’s founding period. Yet more critical observers such as the Iraqi-American analyst Nibraz Kazimi have dissected the multiple problems with McCarrick’s reliance upon this historically questionable charter as a source of Islamic tolerance.

Beyond the Marrakesh Declaration, McCarrick has affiliated with multiple initiatives led by the Mauritanian-born Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, such as the 2018 Alliance of Virtue. Bin Bayyah’s multiple radical pronouncements in favor of jihadists fighting Israel or American troops in Iraq belie recurring efforts to present him as a Muslim “moderate.” Yet McCarrick in 2016 praised Bin Bayyah as the “prophet of light and the prophet of reason” with the “correct understanding of Islam,” while others in America want to “canonize an Islamophobia.”

McCarrick accordingly epitomized the benign outlook on Islam embraced by Pope Francis’ papacy to the concern of so many. McCarrick himself praised Pope Francis during a panel at the 2015 Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference in Toronto, Canada, an annual event that has a long history of radicalism. As a counter to “stupid Islamophobia,” McCarrick recommended that Muslims “listen to Pope Francis and feel better about yourselves.” With the scandals of McCarrick and others embroiling Pope Francis, it is questionable just who is listening to the Catholic Church now.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch. The featured image of former Cardinal McCarrick is from Church Militant.

Rome Failed on McCarrick – and Needs to Change

Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek: If the Vatican previously investigated abuse, those results must be shared; if Rome didn’t investigate, we need to know why not.

Representatives of the American bishops have now met with Pope Francis to discuss the much-needed investigation of the McCarrick Affair. This is understandable since any process involving the ex-cardinal and other prelates requires papal permission. It’s one thing to ask the pope’s support for an investigation, however, and quite another to trust Vatican officials to run it, given what we now know.

Because we now know – from former Metuchen Bishop P.G. Bootkoski and from Cardinal Leonardo Sandri – that the Vatican Secretariat of State received credible allegations against McCarrick over a decade ago. Yet the Vatican did not deprive him of access to seminarians and priests. Therefore, an investigation focused on McCarrick and the American bishops risks ignoring the pivotal role of higher-ranking officials in Rome.

Bootkoski recently acknowledged that in December 2005 he informed then U.S. nuncio, Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, of three complaints against McCarrick. The accusations involved inappropriate physical contact with a priest as well as sexually touching seminarians. Two of these allegations resulted in financial settlements.

An October 2006 letter has come to light in which Sandri, who worked directly under the Cardinal Secretary of State, referred to “serious matters” involving seminarians at Seton Hall, which had been reported to Montalvo by Fr. Boniface Ramsey in 2000. Ramsey has repeatedly claimed he informed the nuncio of allegations that McCarrick harassed seminarians and shared a bed with them at his beach house.

The Secretariat of State, therefore, received credible allegations in 2000 and 2005 that McCarrick harassed and “groomed” priests and seminarians, sexually exploiting the latter. If Rome investigated, they should now share the results and save us the trouble of repeating their work. If they didn’t investigate, they need to account for their failure to protect seminarians and priests.

Even if Rome did investigate, another crucial question arises: were dioceses notified of the allegations and the possibility their seminarians and priests had been exploited? That would include any diocese that used seminaries frequented by McCarrick, especially the seminaries where he resided after 2005. Minors might have been at risk since incoming college seminarians can be under 18.

The Penitent Saint Jerome by Lorenzo Lotto, c. 1514 [National Museum of Art, Bucharest]

Cardinal Wuerl insists that neither he nor the Archdiocese of Washington knew of the allegations. This would mean Rome said nothing. To confirm Rome’s silence, Catholics and journalists should ask Cardinal Dolan whether he or the Archdiocese of New York were notified.

Note that Bootkoski’s statement and Sandri’s letter were not written to support the recent testimony of Archbishop Viganò. In fact, he accused both of cover-ups. Unlike Viganò, their testimonies to Rome’s knowledge of the allegations were not meant to suggest Vatican complicity in the McCarrick Affair.

Whatever the original intention, however, Sandri’s letter now constitutes documentary evidence that Ramsey spoke to Montalvo in 2000. The letter also implies that the Secretariat of State deemed those concerns credible no later than 2006.

Furthermore, Bootkoski’s statement proves that allegations were judged credible since payments were made based on them. Unfortunately, his statement provides only a summary of the memo he sent to the nuncio in 2005, which was presumably forwarded to the Secretariat of State.

The reason offered for presenting a summary is that “the claimants have not given the diocese permission” to publish the detailed allegations. Perhaps the diocese or journalists could ask the claimants to allow the memo to be published, redacting any portions the claimants wished to keep confidential. That way, the public could see documentary evidence of Bootkoski’s report to the Vatican.

Unless Sandri had been protecting McCarrick, he would have promptly notified the Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, of the allegations forwarded by the nuncio from Ramsey and Bootkoski. By the time Sandri wrote the 2006 letter, he would have informed the new Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

We don’t have evidence that the allegations in 2000 or 2005 reached St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI, or – prior to recent revelations – Francis. Yet if the popes were not informed, Vatican officials obviously cannot be now relied on to oversee the upcoming investigation.

The Secretariat’s failure to investigate the matter or to report the allegations to affected dioceses as part of an investigation would demonstrate a reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of priests and seminarians, including minors.

A bishop exploiting seminarians and priests for his own gratification is an outrage that cries to heaven. How could the Secretariat of State have turned away? And did no other Vatican offices receive reports? Were there legitimate reasons an investigation was not initiated or proved inconclusive?  After decades of abuse scandals, how could officials not have recognized the gravity of the accusations? Or were some officials willing to tolerate these monstrous evils?

Answers and accountability are vital for Catholics everywhere, not only in America. In Chile, cries of Catholics were repeatedly ignored or denounced by Rome. Eventually, Chile’s bishops offered to resign, but no Vatican officials followed their example. That scenario must not be repeated.

These circumstances make it impossible for the Vatican to act as a credible guarantor of the forthcoming review of the McCarrick Affair. The pope’s approval and cooperation are necessary, but since American bishops and Vatican officials are under scrutiny now, the investigative process must be independent of both. For the investigation to be effective the pope will need to cooperate by freeing Church officials from the Pontifical Secret and directing them to answer legitimate questions from investigators.

The review should be transparent and overseen by a board comprised of laity, religious, deacons, priests, and bishops. That way the entire Church would be represented in assessing and remedying the problemsThat should involve exonerating the innocent, punishing the guilty, repairing the harm, and changing administrative structures and policies. A board like this could become a model for dealing with other failures by bishops and the Vatican.

Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek

Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek

Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek, STD has been a priest of the Diocese of Austin since 1985 and is currently the administrator of St. Mary’s in the city of West. His studies were in Dogmatics with a focus on Ecclesiology, Apostolic Ministry, Newman, and Ecumenism.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Murder in the Diocese of Buffalo?


Church Militant has been working on an in-depth investigation for the past few weeks on some nefarious goings on in the diocese of Buffalo, New York, including perhaps what appears to be a homicide aimed at covering up information about to be released by a whistleblower priest regarding the well-established clerical homosexual network in the diocese.

Before we begin, there are some disturbing crime scene photos in this report so some of you may wish to turn away at that point.

Now, some background.

The diocese has a sordid history going back to at least the mid-1990s under the reign of Bp. Henry Mansell and even further — to a homosexual assault by a priest on 6-year-old Anthony Ravarini whom Church Militant interviewed last month.

Anthony Ravarini: While me and Tommy were running around just being kids, and then this gentleman came out from the building, which is known as Fr. Dennis Riter, and he walked up to me and Tommy and asked us if we wanted ice cream — chocolate, I’ll never forget it. Tommy said, “No” so he went back in the car and me, I said, “Yes.” So we approached the building, we went inside and he took me in his office and he nonchalantly came around and he was standing right in front of me and he dropped his trousers and he made me perform oral sex on him until he **** in my mouth and all over my face — it was in my hair. It was really disgusting. 

The priest who is accused of committing the foul deed — Fr. Dennis Riter — is still in circulation in the diocese, currently serving as pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Dunkirk after having been reinstated just this past July following two new additional charges of sexual assault — these against two altar boys.

For a second and third time, the diocese claims there was no credible evidence to substantiate any of the accusations — just like they dismissed the accusation of 6-year-old Anthony, where Riter made the fantastic assertion that the genetic matter on Anthony’s face, hair and shirt was his own — at 6 years old — suggesting that Anthony had wandered into a rectory bathroom and had done this to himself.

That homosexual assault happened in 1992, and the diocese went to great lengths to deny it happened despite the presence of two witnesses who saw the immediate aftermath just moments later.

One of those witnesses was a Polish seminarian stationed at the parish who Church Militant also interviewed last month, Wes Walawender.

Wes eventually went to a local priest, Fr. Joseph Moreno, who was Wes’ spiritual director and, together, the two composed a letter to the bishop, Edward Head, and Auxiliary B. Edward Grosz detailing the disgusting facts of what he had seen — along with Anthony’s father.

The letter, which was hand-delivered to the two bishops, was written on Fr. Moreno’s computer — again that was in 1992.

Wes never heard anything from either bishop about the letter he had submitted and was eventually railroaded out of the Buffalo seminary. Father Joe, as a result, became increasingly cognizant of a clerical homosexual network in the diocese and began keeping informal records at first which also detailed financial corruption — but nearly all of it connecting back to the homosexual clique.

All of this has been confirmed by Church Militant with both family members as well as confidantes of Fr. Joe’s.

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In 1995, Bp. Henry Mansell was made ordinary of Buffalo and during his eight years as ordinary, a gay seminarian pipeline from mostly Colombia was established following the pattern of Cdl. Joseph Bernardin in Chicago and then-Abp. Theodore McCarrick in Newark, New Jersey.

Church Militant interviewed some of the Colombian seminarians — not all who were homosexual — and they confirmed for us that it was indeed a major recruiting effort by Msgr. Joseph Gatto, vice-rector of Buffalo’s Christ the King Seminary under Henry Mansell.

All of this was becoming well known among local clergy — including Fr. Joe Moreno — who confidantes tell Church Militant now stepped up his efforts to document these issues and keep records.

Things reached a head in 2012 when, after years of documenting and detailing the homosexual clerical network in his diocese, Fr. Moreno was found dead in the rectory of his parish, St. Lawrence in Buffalo, on a Saturday afternoon — Oct. 13, 2012.

Immediately, questions arose when his death was almost immediately ruled a suicide.

Close associates, as well as family, simply do not believe it was a suicide, especially given a series of facts that would seem to rule that out.

For example, first, Church Militant has learned that Fr. Moreno was ready to blow the whistle and go public, both to the local media and Church officials, on everything he had learned over the years. He told his sister, Susan, that very thing on the Tuesday before he was discovered dead.

He repeated that to a close associate on Friday before he was found dead on Saturday. Church Militant has confirmed that Fr. Moreno faxed a multi-page document to the local newspaper, The Buffalo News, on Friday night.

The document itself has not turned up, but the record of the electronic transmission has.

Additionally, Father had made an appointment to travel to Washington, D.C. the following Wednesday, and according to associates, to the papal nunciature and meet with officials there and hand over a copy of his dossier exposing the homosexual network in Buffalo.

He had also spoken with his sister, who routinely made dinner for him, that dinner on Sunday night would have to be wrapped up at a specific time because he had a very important meeting.

Church Militant has spoken directly with the person he was scheduled to meet, and that person has confirmed that Fr. Moreno had told them he was going to hand over a very important file to them — again scheduled for Sunday — a meeting he obviously never made.

As events progressed, Fr. Moreno made what may prove to have been a fatal mistake, he got into a heated argument with senior chancery personnel and threatened — out loud — to expose everything he was meeting with them about.

That was Friday morning before he was found dead on Saturday afternoon. Father Joseph Moreno was found dead in his chair in the living room of his rectory with a gunshot wound to the left side of the back of his head.

There are immediately problems with this account. First, Fr. Moreno had bad nerve damage to his left hand and it was difficult for him to hold things. Secondly, he was right-handed. Third, his personal handgun went missing two weeks earlier, according to parish staff, so a big question arises: Where did the supposed suicide or homicide gun come from?

A very damaging fact against the suicide determination is that a second autopsy — arranged by his sister — discovered not just one bullet hole, but a second hole that had been sutured — reminiscent of mafia assassinations.

Another issue is the manner in which the supposed suicide would have actually occurred. According to officials, Fr. Moreno picked up the gun with his left hand and then reached around with his right hand and pulled the trigger.

So what remains unexplained is how Fr. Moreno could have shot himself without getting any blood spatter on his hands or in the room. Also, how was Fr. Moreno positioned so comfortably in his chair with both arms by his sides with no blood splatter of gunpowder residue on his hands.

His sister spoke with the local ABC affiliate about the irregularities.

Susan Moreno: “There’s no picture of the gun in his hands — his hands are closed. There’s no blood splatter, blood misting on his arms, on the gun, on the wall where supposedly he did this at.”

At the crime scene, the fax machine with the phone number of the local newspaper stored in its memory was not there — the fax machine he had used less than 24 hours earlier.

Susan Moreno: His desk drawer was broken into. His file cabinet is missing, his current files are missing, his fax machine is missing. He did fax something to The Buffalo News the day of his death and I think it’s relevant to get that four-page fax because Joey was going to expose something. What it was, I’m not quite sure, but he was going to spill the beans on something and someone wanted him to be shut up and they did. 

Unsatisfied with the original autopsy and its finding, Susan spent a small fortune having his body exhumed and a second autopsy performed in 2015.

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The medical examiner who performed the second autopsy, Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, said this: “After examining the evidence, I am not able to tell you definitively that this was a homicide, but I do believe serious questions have been raised.”

When news broke in October 2012 that Moreno had been found dead, the Buffalo diocese pushed the suicide narrative, offering no explanation as to why. No suicide note had ever been brought forward and Fr. Joe had made definitive plans for the following few days.

Bishop Malone, who was new to the diocese a few months earlier said he had met with Moreno the week before and the priest was reportedly upset that he was being transferred out of his parish. An article appeared shortly after that with anonymous priests claiming Moreno was a troubled individual with a checkered past, further trying to shore up the theory that he killed himself.

Malone is the same bishop who lied about the number of priests accused of abuse in his diocese, initially claiming there were only 42, when the actual number is 106.

Charlie Specht at WBKW in Buffalo has been doing a series of investigative reports exposing Malone’s cover-up of multiple predator priests — his latest showing that Malone deliberately underreported the true number of homosexual abusers in his diocese by less than half.

Stay tuned to Church Militant as we dig more deeply into this disturbing report of what appears to be cover-up of a hit job against a whistleblower priest, a priest who was set to expose the homosexual network in the Buffalo diocese and was silenced before he ever had the chance.

Breaking News from Harvard: Faith is Good for You

The Bible tells us that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc. 1:9). So often what passes for “news” is really nothing more than a refresher. A case in point is a new study from published this month in the American Journal of Epidemiology about the link between religious upbringing and subsequent health and well-being.

One not-so-surprising finding of the study, which was done by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is that, “Compared with no attendance, at least weekly attendance of religious services was associated with greater life satisfaction and positive affect, a number of character strengths, lower probabilities of marijuana use and early sexual initiation, and fewer lifetime sexual partners.” Additionally, among the studies’ participants:

“Compared with never praying or meditating, at least daily practice was associated with greater positive affect, emotional processing, and emotional expression; greater volunteering, greater sense of mission, and more forgiveness; lower likelihoods of drug use, early sexual initiation, STIs, and abnormal Pap test results; and fewer lifetime sexual partners.”

These findings aren’t a surprise to us here at FRC. For years, we’ve seen this in practice, and in data like those published by our friend Pat Fagan at the Marriage and Religion Research Institute. It is a demonstrable fact that when faith is allowed to flourish, good outcomes are in store for society at large.

The study’s author observes,

“These findings are important for both our understanding of health and our understanding of parenting practices. Many children are raised religiously, and our study shows that this can powerfully affect their health behaviors, mental health, and overall happiness and well-being.”

Of course, we know that “faith” in a generic sense doesn’t always guarantee a comfortable outcome, but an abiding faith in Jesus Christ can anchor a person’s soul for whatever he or she may face in life. A study like this won’t necessarily cause people to embrace faith, but it does show that a society in which religious liberty thrives will be a healthier society. And any government that wants to promote the well-being of its people should give ample space for people to have the freedom to believe and to live out those beliefs.

Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


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Everyone Should Pray as Much as Mark Wahlberg by Tess Farrand

According to Answers.com variations of the word prayer appear 540 times in the King James version of the Holy Bible:

  • the word – pray – appears 313 times
  • the word – prayed – appears 65 times
  • the word – prayer – appears 109 times
  • the word – prayers – appears 24 times
  • the word – prayest – appears twice
  • the word – prayeth – appears 7 times
  • the word – praying – appears 20 times

In a Movie Guide article titled “Everyone Should Pray as Much as Mark Wahlberg” Tess Farrand reports:

Mark Wahlberg is an actor, producer, director, father, husband, co-owner of a family restaurant chain…. This guy is busy, busy, busy. Regardless of all his commitments and responsibilities, according to a daily schedule of Wahlberg’s that was made public, the star, who’s a committed catholic, spends 30 to 45 minutes in prayer every morning. If this media mogul can find the time, we should be encouraged to do the same!

The star whose recent movies include DADDY’S HOME, DEEPWATER HORIZON and the upcoming family comedy INSTANT FAMILY shared on Tuesday the answer to some frequently asked question about his daily routine. He detailed his movements starting at 2:30 am when he wakes up until 7:30 pm when he goes to bed. A good portion of his day includes working out, workout recovery and meals, but if one looks closely, you can’t help but notice a good chunk of time dedicated towards prayer and family time. Thirty minutes to be exact from 2:45 am to 3:15 am Wahlberg likes to spend praying.

Despite the chaotic life of this actor/entrepreneur, it seems that Wahlberg’s successes in life come in part to his dedication, but more importantly, by starting every day with God.

Read more.

Here are some Bible passages on the power of prayer:

Psalm 107:28-30 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven

Matthew 7:7 ”Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Mark 9:29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it

Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.

Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 5:14-16 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another,that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

In what call many these “dark days” it is fitting and proper for Christians to pray for the church and the people of the world to deliver them from evil.

Mark Wahlberg, and his fellow Christians, understand that though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is courtesy of Movie Guide.

“Unbroken: Path to Redemption” is a Story Worthy of America’s Best Traditions

Honor. Courage. Fidelity. God. Forgiveness.

All of these and more are at the center of “Unbroken: Path to Redemption“. Based upon the true story of World War II veteran and former Japanese prisoner of war Louis Zamperini, “Unbroken” follows Zamperini as he struggles with scarring from his war experience. In the first “Unbroken” film, viewers saw Zamperini prior to and during the war. The tortures and torments he dealt with included surviving a plane crash, 47 days on a life raft, and two years of torture.

Yet his real struggle was to come after the war, thanks to desires for revenge, alcohlism, and PTSD. The woman of his dreams, Cynthia, nearly divorces him. She eventually pushes him to come to a Billy Graham revival event with her in 1949. It was there where Cynthia found faith, and where Louie began his path to recovery.

2ndVote board chair Dr. David Black found this movie so compelling that he became one of its financial backers. We couldn’t be more proud to support this decision. The best of America’s values, and those of the Greatest Generation, are embodied in “Path to Redemption”. No politics, just a traditional American hero, his amazingly Christian wife, and the redemption we all seek from sin and sorrow.

“Unbroken: Path to Redemption” comes out in theaters this week. Find out where to see it near you!

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Vatican Gay Lobby Exposed

Italian Media have unearthed details of the much sought-after secret dossier compiled during the last months of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, which names various names, uncovering the homosexual network operating within the Vatican and around the globe.

These revelations now threaten to shake the Francis papacy to its very foundations.

At a time when Francis and his inner circle have already been rocked by a non-stop flow of charges that senior Church officials — including Francis himself — have covered up sexual abuse of minors and young adults abuse mostly homosexual in nature, this latest revelation drops on Rome like a nuclear explosion.

Church Militant, along with multiple media outlets, reported back in late 2012 that a 300-page dossier revealing the existence of the gay lobby had been delivered to Pope Benedict in response to what had been called the Vatileaks affair.

Three cardinals had been appointed by Benedict to get to the bottom of the leaks and during that investigation, the three cardinals came across credible information about the homosexual lobby in the Vatican and changed the direction of their report accordingly. They presented their final dossier to Pope Benedict in two red leather-bound volumes, and a few months later he resigned.

Now, almost six years later, the Italian media outfit Il Fatto Quotidiano, a respected media outlet has published a story saying they have seen the dossier and it is extensively damaging to the Pope and especially Cdl. Kevin Farrell.

Here are three quotes — translated from the original Italian by Church Militant — from the article detailing very important information about the dossier:

[A case] on the auxiliary bishop of Washington, Kevin Joseph Farrell is said to have been filed at the Congregation for the Doctrine for the Faith in the Vatican, at the dicastery that is responsible for investigating sexual and other crimes against good morals, which, if not rebutted, would fall squarely on the Pope like a boulder. Farrell [was] appointed directly by Bergoglio to head the Dicastery of the Family.

That, of course, would directly implicate Pope Francis in promoting yet another man into a position of power when even though he had advance knowledge of moral crimes — the first being Theodore McCarrick, who was the housemate of Cdl. Farrell when they were together in Washington, D.C.

A second quote from the Italian article:

The report contains a detailed and disturbing picture of the moral and material corruption of the clergy, with names, surnames and circumstances. We were exceptionally able to examine a document on papal letterhead contained in the investigative report, whence we here publish an excerpt: it is a list of prelates and laymen who belong to the so-called gay lobby, which, by means of blackmail and secrets, could condition, or have conditioned, positions and careers.

The article explicitly states for the first time it has been revealed on papal letterhead that the Vatican itself admits of a powerful gay lobby within its own walls.

And a third quote from the article:

If the public were to become cognizant of the content of the final report, it would be a disaster for the image of the Church, already devastated by sexual scandals throughout the whole world.  … [And now] Francis cannot even count on some of his most powerful friends and supporters, overwhelmed by sex scandals themselves or for having covered up such behavior: from McCarrick to Farrell, from Cardinal Roger Mahony to Cardinal Godfried Danneels.

When the newspaper questioned the Vatican for comment, they were told in yet another stonewalling effort from churchmen, “There will be no communication.”

To show the great fear that has gripped the Vatican as a result, consider the title of the article: “Shock in the Vatican: All the Names on the List of the Gay Lobby.”

“Pope Francis and his homosexualist cabal in Rome may begin to feel like the walls of the Vatican are starting to close in on them.” Tweet

Consider that in the space of less than three weeks, the Pope has had his former U.S. ambassador Abp. Viganò publicly testify that the Pope knew about McCarrick’s evil and lifted sanctions against him anyway; has worked quietly behind the scenes to formulate as graceful an exit plan as possible for the now disgraced Cdl. Donald Wuerl; had to, just today, announce the retirement of an American bishop credibly accused of sexual immorality; had to meet with a delegation of American cardinals and bishops today who are wanting a full-blown investigation into Viganò’s claims about the Pope and other senior churchmen.

And then, of course, this, Pope Francis and his homosexualist cabal in Rome may begin to feel like the walls of the Vatican are starting to close in on them.

It’s just after midnight in Rome right now as of this Church Militant live report, and Church Militant will have much more for you tomorrow and in the coming days on this news, which can only be classified as devastating for the Francis pontificate.

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The Anti-Israel Effort Increases in Politics and on Campus

Antisemitism is being aggressively promoted in Britain and on American Campuses. Jewish students in American colleges face ostracism or worse.

Quote—“The growing advocacy of BDS and anti-Zionist activists has contributed to a continued deterioration of conditions for Jewish students. A report from John Jay College noted that BDS leaders actively orchestrated the ostracizing of Jewish students, blacklisting other groups who might co-host events with Jewish organizations and harassing individual Jewish students. Some Jewish students feel pressured to denounce Israel and Jewish organizations in order to participate in campus social life”.

“A new report from the AMCHA Initiative discusses these patterns. Among other conclusions, it shows that “nearly all of the Israel-related incidents in 2017 involved behavior intended to suppress pro-Israel expression and/or that specifically targeted pro-Israel individuals or groups for ostracizing or discriminatory behavior intended to exclude them from fully participating in campus life.” While the number of anti-Israel events remained fairly constant, behavior aimed at ostracizing pro-Israel individuals and groups expanded in 2018”.

The Anti-Israel Effort Intensifies in Politics and On Campus

By Dr. Alex Joffe

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Anti-Semitism continues to be aggressively promoted in the guise of anti-Israelism in two highly influential arenas: politics, particularly in Britain; and on campus. In the US, the BDS movement is doing all it can to ostracize Jewish students.

August’s major BDS issue was the continuation of the British Labour Party’s anti-Semitism crisis, which began more than two years ago. It was revealed that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had formally endorsed BDS in 2015, had laid a wreath at the graves of the Black September terrorists who orchestrated the 1972 Munich massacre, had met Hamas leaders in the West Bank during an undeclared trip in 2010, and had participated in a 2012 conference in Qatar with Hamas members responsible for numerous terrorist murders.

Corbyn’s preposterous excuse that “I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it” was excoriated by the British press, British Jews, and many Labour Party members. His later comment that “Zionists” do not understand “English irony” compounded the problem.

But these and other outrages were followed by an explosion of anti-Semitic abuse directed at Corbyn’s critics, including accusations that false claims of anti-Semitism are being used to smear Corbyn and wreck the party. Corbyn’s divisive leadership and the anti-Semitism crisis are among the issues leading some observers to predict a permanent split in the party.

The sources of Labour’s crisis — which originated on college campuses — should be emphasized. Campus politics in Britain have long been incubators for national politics, mirroring such national trends as “intersectionality” and identity politics in progressive circles.

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Pride of the Jihadi Mother

Latifa Abu Hmeid is a Palestinian mother of six sons who have brought her much acclaim and wealth. Four are serving life sentences for multiple murders, a fifth was martyred while dodging arrest for the murder of an Israeli, and a sixth is on trial for the confessed murder of Israeli staff sergeant Ronen Lubarsky. Their mother has earned the title of “role model,” by the Palestinian Authority, and an increase to the reward that already exceeds $1 million.

While mothers in western civilization take pride in having their children succeed in their career choice, marry and give them grandchildren to tend and lovingly spoil, Palestinian parents are the result of an honor-shame culture that has perpetuated itself through the centuries to produce these human “weapons of mass destruction.”  Any potential for humanity remains undeveloped.  In such a culture, the children are raised and controlled through submission, often covert and unintentional, but they are “objectified,” disconnected from all human emotion and relate to others as objects.  This is a multi-faceted term defined by some or all of the following:

  1. Instrumentality, treated as a tool for another’s purpose;
  2. Denied autonomy, under constant rule and surveillance;
  3. Fungibility, treating person as interchangeable with objects, such as weapons;
  4. Violability, treating person as violable, to be broken, desecrated;
  5. Ownership, treating person as property;
  6. Denial of subjectivity, child is trivialized for purpose without concern for experiences and feelings.

The majority of young girls are severely devalued, as evidenced by the macabre act of female genital mutilation – yes, mutilation, not merely a “cut,” as jihada Linda Sarsour would have us believe.  Usually deprived of an education and, hence, the ability to develop independence, the daughter is shamed by soon having to be completely covered, becoming as invisible and immaterial as her mother, and often married as one of four youngsters to an older man, not of her choosing – legalized rape by an adult.  Polygamy (polygyny) is integral to a warrior culture that anticipates a male population reduced by perpetual battle.   It also allows for no emotional investment in one stable relationship.  It is also reasonable to assume that the subconscious animosity for his mother and all maternal figures (to be explained) is why the male cannot express normal tenderness and protectiveness but, instead, develops a dominating sexual interest toward underage children, either gender, a psychiatric disorder.

For the devout Muslim, western dating, courtship, romance and love are not options, and marriage often becomes a series of rapes alternating with childbirth.  In his childhood, the Muslim male has often been affected by what his mother endured at the hands of a tyrannical father who was also dealing with the rage of his own childhood.  The result of his being subjected to shame, ridicule, ostracism, and bullying is that the son develops his own rage at his parents’ terrors and, like the daughter, is compelled to repress his feelings.  What is happening to these children, as so well defined by counterterrorist expert Dr. Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin, in The Maternal Drama of the Chechen Jihadi, is a personality best described as a “volcanic iceberg.”  This dangerously fractured psychology is outwardly cold, unresponsive and devoid of empathy, but inwardly boiling with resentment and rage.

The Muslim child must also contend with other traumas, those that take place beyond his immediate family, such as learning to handle weapons and behead dolls and small animals in classes, and losing friends and acquaintances to violence and death for their political cause.  As he grows older, he is taken to witness the torture and killing of large animals en route to their slaughter for the holiday of Eid Al-Adha, to hear the sounds of bleating and death, to be splattered with blood and see the streets run red through the village.  Children, who generally love animals, are traumatized as they inure to sights of cruelty and carnage, and develop an obsession with weaponry, destruction and horror at every turn.

His personality quiets and self-protects with a lack of empathy (the iceberg), but it may suddenly erupt at the slightest provocation (the volcano), not unlike the psychopathic nice-neighbor-turned-serial killer.

The male child who was objectified, in turn, now treats others as objects. The Islamic culture offers no other outlet – sports, parties, music or art – for his energy and self-expression.  There is no dating and courtship stage with the devalued opposite sex in the severely structured Islamic world; no development of tenderness, care and respect.  Their high degree of illiteracy, which excludes the rest of the world, and the five-times-daily prayers, which keep them focused, offer the only outlet – envy and hate – of females, Jews, Christians, and the West.  The elders encourage, teach, and demand revenge and bloodshed to “cleanse” their honor and relieve their shame; the flawed familial relationships and antisocial behaviors are the springboard for jihadi violence (revenge killing) not only against non-Muslims but frequently against their own women, children and infants.  He unconsciously rages against his fusion with his mother, a self-hatred because he cannot extricate himself from that bond.  The Islamic Chechen children’s pledge makes it clear: “We shall write our words in our blood when we are martyred.”

Jihad, the political movement, appears 42 times in the Koran and advocates the spread of Islam. It may be accomplished by hijra (migration and increasing the Muslim population); by the sword and terrorist attacks until the enemy submits; and by forced conversion and surrender.  Kobrin notes that 95 percent of the world’s terrorist attacks have been perpetrated by Islamic terrorists since 1970.

Our role-model mother has been abused psychologically, physically and sexually; under constant threat, she is used to maintain obedience.  The male is charged with guarding the sexuality of the female, the family honor, and the father relinquishes his role to the first-born son.  Should the sister dishonor the family, it is the son who is tasked with taking her life.  This is culturally sanctioned domestic violence, revenge or reactive killing, not unlike terrorists who counterattack in reaction to a sociopolitical ideological insult.  This is what contributes to the shahid/martyrdom syndrome in Islam.  Kobrin says that every ninety minutes an honor killing occurs throughout the world, predominately in Arab Muslim countries – and more than a thousand per year in Pakistan.  The jihad attacks with rockets and human bombs, the fires, stabbings, kidnappings and rapes, continue unabated throughout the millennia.

In their reverse world, where good is evil and evil is good, death is celebrated.

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of Palestinian Latifa Abu Hmeid holding a letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in front of the UN headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Sept 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

VIDEO: Corrupt, Top to Bottom

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What’s coming to light in view of all this non-stop scandal is just how corrupt the institutional Church has become. From top to bottom, a culture of secrecy, non-transparency, non-accountability, vengeance, careerism, egoism, have all contributed to a massive massive crisis of faith in the Church.

Too many leaders simply do not care about the Faith as they do about non-faith matters.

As we have highlighted for years in The Vortex, much of that corruption has been placed at the service of advancing the notion that sodomy is a good thing. A cone of silence simply drops over practically everything going on that is evil, and almost no leaders feel the slightest sense of accountability for their actions.

For good faithful Catholics, this is frustrating and even maddening. But faithful Catholics are about as numerous as snowflakes in Hell. Most Catholics are not faithful. Most Catholics don’t know the first thing about the Faith.

Likewise most people looking at the Church from the outside and considering converting would do so why? Sure, you will encounter every now and then the man of good will who can look past the horrors of the headlines and still see the Bride of Christ. But many people, because of where they are in their lives, cannot. These horrors are truly stumbling blocks for them.

So fighting this evil — out in the open — is a matter of charity.

But it is also a matter of justice. So many have been abused — physically, spiritually or emotionally — that justice must be satisfied to whatever degree possible in this life. The entire world operates like this. Why should corrupt churchmen think the rules of charity and justice should apply differently when applied to them?

They should apply more stringently in fact when it comes to successors of the Apostles.

In fact, most of these men should be behind bars, but they get to hide behind privacy and secrecy because the culture of corruption is so institutionalized that there is no way to breach the wall.

Look for example at Bp. Cistone in Saginaw hiding and promoting predatory priests like Robert DeLand, who by way of an update, will be sentenced next month for going after young males — did you hear that Cupich? — young males who were not minors — homosexual stuff.

Or Bp. Richard Malone, who admits he “fell short” — his words — but refuses to resign in the face of reassigning predator priests like Dennis Riter, another homosexual predator — again, Cupich, are you listening — you who claim this isn’t a gay thing?

Whether these men should be gone should in no way be left to them. The Pope should sack them immediately. But see, all credibility is destroyed when the Pope himself refuses to answer charges against him and just steps beneath that cone of silence.

All the bad bishops — and they are legion — simply take their cues from him in this regard.

Robert McElroy in San Diego has offered zero comment on the charge that he was told about McCarrick raping seminarians years in advance. Donald Wuerl has still offered zero comment on his role in moving around and protecting predator priests while he was in Pittsburgh — that in addition to lying about not knowing anything about McCarrick.

Bishop after bishop is simply shredding the Church to pieces and it is only when they are shamed or criminally accused that they say anything, and then it’s written by lawyers.

Look at Cdl. Sean O’Malley and his lawyer-crafted statement that he “never personally received” the letter about McCarrick’s homosexual predation, carefully avoiding whether he knew the content.

Even now, after having been sent a complete dossier on the South American gay pipeline into U.S. seminaries, not a peep. Same with the current nuncio, Christophe Pierre, who received the same dossier — nothing, no admittance whatsoever.

What about Bp. Henry Mansell who, as bishop of Hartford, actually went on to knowingly ordain a number of men kicked out of Holy Apostles Seminary for homosexual activity — zero accountability.

These men and dozens and dozens of others of them do whatever the Hell they want with complete disregard for the faithful, and they live under that cone of silence promoting their gay agenda — yes gay agenda, Cupich — not clericalism.

Even the attitude so many of them adopt that they are princes entitled to use the money of the faithful for their own personal gain.

Atlanta Abp. Wilton Gregory was having a multi-million dollar palace built for himself until the press exposed it, and then he admits he wasn’t plugged in enough to the appearance this would create. Well, if you’re that out of touch, then you shouldn’t be a bishop.

Or the bishop of San Jose, Patrick McGrath, who just this week had to cancel plans for his $2.3 million retirement house when again the press exposed it.

Or the palatial penthouse Donald Wuerl lives in in the swankiest neighborhood in Washington, D.C. And for the record, who’s paying the $50–75 thousand bill each month for his PR legal team at Jones Day, or his first class seats back and forth to Rome at the drop of a hat?

Too many of these men think they are something special and are entitled to do whatever they want — and you pay for it.

The laity is sick of paying for your negligence and corruption and evil. You all accept responsibility in statement after statement — again, only as the final, last, absolute resort after being exposed and having no more options, but then the natural results of accepting responsibility — which should be the end of your careers — never happens.

Anyone can accept responsibility for anything if there are no consequences for being responsible. This elevates the era of corruption in the Church to a whole new plane because after having been exposed, still nothing happens, starting with the Pope and all the way down.

Meanwhile, the advancement of the gay revolution in the Church, which is what this is all about — regardless of what lying Cupich says — moves along unabated.

And for the record, Cupich, those two priests having sex with each other down in Miami in the car who got arrested — those were your priests. Good thing it is not a gay thing?

If you are a Catholic and not boiling over with justified anger, then something’s wrong.

People — souls — have been ruined, destroyed by these men and are still being destroyed. No Catholic gets to sit on the sidelines for this one.

Say a prayer for the Church right now, before you do another thing, that these men be cast down from their offices so that the work of restoring the Church can begin.

A Banner Day for Texas Cheerleaders!

At Friday’s football game, the people of Kountze, Texas will really have something to cheer about. Late last week, after a six-year struggle, the Texas Supreme Court finally put an end to the debate over Bible verses on high school rally banners. It had been a long haul for the families of Kountze, but the seven cheerleaders of 2012 who fought the suit were right: they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them.When the superintendent caved to the bullying tactics of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the cheerleaders and their parents took a stand. Soon, this little town was at the center of a big debate over religious liberty. So big, it turns out, that even former Governor Rick Perry and then-Attorney General Greg Abbott weighed in. In an odd twist, the district fought to keep the challenge alive — even after local courts gave the cheerleaders the green light. That was probably the most infuriating part of the case, at least for local families — that the district is consciously funneling money away from education to fuel this gratuitous attack on faith.

First Liberty Institute represented the seven cheerleaders who made the signs, and the group’s Hiram Sasser celebrated that the journey had finally come to a successful end. “As the football season kicks off across Texas,” he told Fox News’s Todd Starnes, “it’s good to be reminded that these cheerleaders have a right to religious speech on their run-through banners — banners on which the cheerleaders painted messages they chose, with paint they paid for, on paper they purchased.”

The cheerleaders who fought back, including Rebekah Richardson who I profiled in my book No Fear, have long since left Kountze High. But the legacy of courage they left behind is something the whole town can be proud of. Because of them, generations of cheerleaders and students will be able to exercise their faith. Sometimes standing up for what you believe in takes time before it pays off. But the lesson here is as clear as it was when I talked to Rebekah in the beginning. If your conviction is rooted in your love for Jesus and obedience to His Word, then you’ve already won — no matter what the earthly outcome.

Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


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This turmoil over the homosexual predator clergy cover-up, stretching all the way to Pope Francis, is now being talked about in terms of a civil war in the Church.

Last week, Australian Abp. Mark Coleridge referenced it on his Twitter page, saying he is discouraged by all this tone: “I thought I was beyond being shocked but talk of ‘civil war’ in the Church I find truly shocking, especially in the US where such typology is fraught with fratricidal violence.”

Interesting that Coleridge, a leading homoheretic bishop, would describe himself as being “shocked” because he himself made multiple shocking statements at the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome, actually hair-splitting over different types of adultery, saying the Catechism needed to be reworded on homosexuality and that the use of contraception was pretty much a personal choice. Here he is at the 2015 Synod complaining about judgmental language.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge: “But at the same time, not every case is the same. And that’s where a pastoral approach needs to take account of the differences in situations. For instance, just to say that every second marriage or second union, whatever you want to call it, is adulterous, is perhaps too sweeping.”

Coleridge’s comments followed a New York Times op-ed penned by First Things Magazine editor Matthew Schmitz titled “Catholic Civil War,” where Schmitz openly discusses the full-on split which is finally coming into focus in the Church.

The flashpoint for all this is the explosive testimony of Pope Francis’ former Ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, where he calls for Pope Francis and others to resign since they knew about and covered up the depravities of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Viganò accuses the Pope of reversing sanctions imposed by Benedict and even elevating McCarrick to the status of trusted advisor.

So battle lines are being drawn now over the testimony itself and whether it is credible enough to warrant a full-blown investigation.

Various prelates and their allies are choosing up sides, with some trying to discount it and discredit Viganò while others are going on the record vouching for him and voicing their full-throated support for such an investigation.

In response to all this, Church Militant conducted its own online poll last week and asked two questions related to all this. Here are our admittedly unscientific, yet decidedly lopsided, findings in the first 24 hours:

First Question: Do you believe the charges in Viganò’s testimony are credible?

Six thousand people answered with 99 percent saying yes and just one percent saying no.

Question two: Do you favor a Church-wide investigation based on Viganò’s allegations?

Again 6,000 responded; a whopping 98 percent answering yes, only two percent saying no.

The findings are echoed by Springfield Illinois Bp. Thomas Paprocki who told NBC Chicago a week ago that the allegations can’t be just dismissed — not even by the Vatican.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki: “Even at the level of the Pope, if there are issues of sexual abuse, he can’t say, and others defending him can’t say, ‘He’s got more important things to do.'”

Paprocki insists that, given Viganò’s deep knowledge and experience, his charges need a full airing.

This turmoil over the homosexual predator clergy cover-up, stretching all the way to Pope Francis, is now being talked about in terms of a civil war in the Church. Tweet

Bishop Thomas Paprocki: “I don’t know why he’d be saying these things unless he believed they were true. He was in a position, certainly, to know a lot of the things he was talking about.”

All of this, recall, revolves around earth-shattering revelations from this past June that former Prince of the Church, Cdl. Theodore McCarrick, had been a serial rapist of seminarians for decades and in at least one case — even minors — and multiple Church leaders knew all about it.

Bishop Steve Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, a community for former Anglican clergy and laypeople within the Catholic Church had this revealing recent comment about who knew what.

Bishop Steve Lopes: “I’ll tell you what response I think is not good enough. It’s the parade of cardinals and bishops who have rushed to the television cameras, clutching their pectoral crosses saying, ‘I knew nothing.’ I don’t believe it, and I am one of them. I don’t believe it. Because, as one of the youngest bishops in the conference, you do get an interesting perspective, like for the fact that I was a seminarian when Archbishop McCarrick was named archbishop of Newark, and he would visit the seminary often — and we all knew.”

So what is now developing very quickly are two distinct camps around Viganò’s statement.

Those who want to bury it and Viganò along with it. And those calling for a full investigation of the explosive charges. Those publicly announcing their support in favor of a full-blown investigation include:

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, speaking as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, officially asking the Pope to begin the investigation.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, former chief canonist for the Church.

Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone.

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois — as stated earlier.

Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison Wisconsin who issued a blistering statement on all this evil.

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, who was among the first to respond.

Phoenix, Arizona Bishop Thomas Olmsted who said Viganò is trustworthy.

And Tulsa Oklahoma Bishop David Konderla.

And more bishops and archbishops are adding their voices to the call for a full investigation.

Additionally, as battle lines in the Church’s civil war are drawn much more clearly and various groups are choosing up sides, many faithful Catholic media outlets and non-media apostolates are also on board calling for full transparency and accountability.

Obviously, Church Militant is in this group, along with the Lepanto Institute, Regina Magazine, LifeSiteNews and so forth.

On the opposite side are those who want to kill any investigation before it even gets started, fearful that further exposure would completely derail their heterodox agenda of bringing revolution to the Church.

And just as on the faithful Catholic side. There are on the non-faithful side — clergy and non-clergy, media and non-media groups.

Among the clergy wanting this to scandal to be covered up and forgotten is almost the entire senior leadership of the Church in America, who, perhaps given their high rank, have the most to lose or cover up; men like:

Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich, implicated in Viganò’s testimony, was among the first to dismiss the charges against the Pope, doubling down in an NBC News interview saying the Pope had more important things to do than worry about predatory clergy raping seminarians and children and covering up for one another.

After being roundly mocked for his comments, with some even calling for his immediate resignation for placing talking environmentalism above investigating sex abuse, Cupich has since complained that his interview was dishonestly edited.

Church Militant reached out to NBC Chicago who issued an official statement in response, saying, “We believe our story to be accurate in that Cardinal Cupich was referring to the memo about sexual abuse allegations in question.”

Newark, New Jersey Cardinal Joseph Tobin, implicated in Viganò’s testimony as a member of the homosexual network, is another American cardinal not wanting any investigation to commence, owing largely to him being outed personally by Viganò.

Tobin appears to have an on-going serious problem with transparency — especially regarding him — coming under fire recently for telling his priests not to talk to the media.

His orders came after six of his priests went to Catholic media complaining of a rampant homosexual subculture in the seminary and archdiocese, unsurprising since it was the former archdiocese of Theodore McCarrick.

Tobin said he knew nothing about any such homosexual clerical culture, which is surprising, again, because it was previously Theodore McCarrick’s archdiocese.

Yet to voice support for an investigation, keeping quiet and staying out of the range of fire for now, are Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley — close papal confidante — who is currently dealing with the headache of an investigation into predatory homosexuality inside his own archdiocese’s seminary.

And Cdl. Timothy Dolan of New York — also missing in action for most of this, strange for one of the most outspoken senior churchmen in America.

The New York archdiocese was the center of the storm initially when it was that archdiocesan review board which made the announcement of credible charges against McCarrick.

Dolan’s chancery is crawling with homosexual and homosexualist clergy, many put in place by another American Cardinal, Edwin O’Brien, whom Viganò also exposed in his statement as being part of the homosexual network in Rome and the United State.

O’Brien groomed and promoted current known homosexual leaders in New York while he was rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary in the 1980s and protected them every step of the way, including disgraced priest Fr. Peter Miqueli, who has disappeared after being outed with a gay for pay prostitute who was also O’Brien’s chauffeur when O’Brien visited Maqueli in New York.

But the cone of silence and ongoing resistance to transparency doesn’t stop with cardinals.

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy has perhaps the harshest words about Viganò’s testimony, saying, “In its hatred for Pope Francis and all that he has taught, Archbishop Viganò consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion.”

McElroy has been at the forefront of pushing the gay agenda in the Church, writing off faithful Catholics as a cancer in the Church and holding a diocesan synod in 2016 where he said sometimes our conscience leads us to do the opposite of what the Church teaches.

San Diego Catholics are planning a protest of their bishop, who knew about McCarrick’s sexual crimes since at least 2016, when renowned sex abuse expert Richard Sipe sent him a letter graphically detailing his misconduct, which McElroy chose to ignore.

In the diocese of Metuchen, another diocese where McCarrick was in charge and secret payouts were made to cover his homosexual assaults, Bp. Paul Bootkoski, who signed the checks covering up for McCarrick, is also rejecting Viganò’s testimony, claiming he did nothing wrong and followed all the right protocols when making the secret settlement with seminarian victims of McCarrick’s depravity.

Viganò said Bootkoski “covered up the abuses committed by McCarrick in their respective dioceses and compensated two of his victims. They cannot deny it and they must be interrogated in order to reveal every circumstance and all responsibility regarding this matter.”

And of course, the on-going case of Cdl. Donald Wuerl.

The anti-investigation, anti-transparency crowd has circled the wagons around Wuerl, realizing if he falls, it will be a mighty splash.

Wuerl is deeply associated with McCarrick in many different projects and agendas, even assuming his Washington, D.C. archdiocese when the perverted cardinal stepped down in 2006.

Intrepid bulldog reporter George Neumayr, a regular Church Militant associate, tracked down the D.C. house where McCarrick is hiding out and had an on-camera confrontation with D.C. archdiocese Communication Director Ed McFadden:

George Neumayr: “Can we, can we, can we interview Theodore McCarrick? … He’s at the center of this story. We demand — we need answers from Theodore McCarrick. We want to know from Theodore McCarrick if Cdl. Wuerl knew about his misconduct. We deserve answers, the abuse victims deserve answers, Ed. The abuse victims deserve answers. Ed, you need to be honest, OK? Be honest. Don’t give me corporate speak, be honest, be honest, OK? Is Teddy McCarrick in that house? … You’re lying.”

Many of these high-profile American chuchmen are staunch allies of Pope Francis’ theological agenda — Cupich even calling it a revolution.

Yet the resistance to transparency and full accountability doesn’t end with the Pope’s American cardinals and bishops.

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, nicknamed the Vice Pope for his level of influence over Pope Francis, just recently slammed multiple calls for the Pope’s resignation as a sin against the Holy Spirit — an unforgivable sin.

This is the same cardinal who protected right-hand man and longtime friend, Bp. Juan Pineda, for decades, who was forced to step down just two months ago after many seminarians accused him of sexually assaulting them — something Pope Francis has still not done anything about.

In the battle to win the PR campaign in the civil war, the anti-transparency team has multiple weapons.

In addition to their high offices, they also have various communications organs to keep spreading their disinformation and attacks against Viganò.

They were the very first to come out and provide a platform to Donald Wuerl to defend his cover-ups in the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report.

In addition to the actual propaganda outlets we just highlighted, there are the people behind those outlets as well as other groups who are now losing whatever credibility they once possessed.

Father James Martin is painting this scandal as just another witch hunt for gay priests, blaming Viganò’s testimony as being rife with homophobic language. Tweet

Father Martin was, of course, called out by Viganò as the poster boy for the deviant wing of the Jesuits, the priest propped up by pro-gay prelates like Cupich, Tobin, Farrell and McElroy.

Left-wing Catholic Austen Ivereigh is busy defending the Pope’s non-response, writing an article today titled “A Time to Keep Silence,” saying there are deeper spiritual reasons for the Pope’s refusal to answer Viganò’s charges, while dismissing critics’ reactions as “verging on hysteria.”

Ivereigh, former deputy editor of the liberal “Catholic” rag,

The Tablet, the British version of the United States-based National Catholic Reporter would have to extend his claim of hysteria to various Cardinals and bishops calling for an investigation.

And then there is John Allen, former writer for the condemned National Catholic Reporter, who attempts to hold himself forth as above the fray, showed his cards when he fired the opening salvo against Viganò, saying in an article the day after Viganò’s testimony was published that it should be taken with a large grain of salt.

In a recent analysis, Allen buries in the last paragraph the most significant piece of news, that Cdl. Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Bishops, has asked the Pope to launch an investigation into sex abuse cover-up in America.

Although he sent the request going on 10 days ago, as of today, the Pope has yet to respond.

Leftwing Villanova professor Massimo Faggioli is continuing his attacks on Viganò’s supporters, dismissing them as alt-right, saying, “I am afraid alt-right figures are using this Viganò and not only as an opportunity to destroy the institution in order to gain control of it. Turn bishops against one another. Get the laity to mistrust the leaders and work for their demise.”

Cindy Wooden, who conducted the softball interview with Cdl. Kevin Farrell, where he said he was shocked by the allegations against his former housemate McCarrick, tried to discredit Viganò by releasing a 2012 video where Viganò is seen praising McCarrick, six months after Benedict had allegedly imposed sanctions.

Father Thomas Rosica, a homosexualist cleric who threatened to sue a lowly Canadian blogger for criticizing him, is another on the list of cover-up clerics.

From his leadership of the much-hyped, no substance Salt and Light TV in Canada, he as been such a cheerleader for Pope Francis that he actually came out and said Pope Francis is not bound by either Scripture or tradition and doesn’t need to be.

Rosica has, unsurprisingly, not called for any investigation into the charges of a homosexual network in Viganò’s statement.

And then there is the case of Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University in Florida, who is painting the scandal as nothing more than a rift between Pope Francis and his conservative critics, dismissing the pain and suffering of multiple victims of homosexual predation in seminaries and parishes.

In a statement last week, Towey said, “The release of the Archbishop’s manifesto seemed timed to inflict the maximum damage possible to the Pope’s credibility, and the choreographed chorus of support by others in league with them, was just as troubling.”

Towey has an important connection to disgraced Cdl. Donald Wuerl. In a 2011 article talking about taking his job at Ave Maria, Towey wrote, “My local bishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, twisted my arm a little bit when I was discerning to take the job. That, to me, is a good sign that so much of America’s Church leadership is excited about Ave Maria.”

After receiving extreme blowback for his critique, Towey walked them back a bit.

Critics of Wuerl have noted that part of his machinations is to place stooges in relatively visible positions in the Church so he will have conservative-sounding voices to defend him if and when the need were ever to arise.

One of those is, of course, Bill Donohue at the Catholic League, who Wuerl engineered to be in control of the do-little organization who he could control — with a $500,000 a year paycheck.

Donohue is busy defending his friend Wuerl, dismissing the furor over the sex abuse scandals as overwrought, saying angry Catholics are being played, insisting we must all just calm down and recognize that all of this is in the past and the Church is doing marvelously now.

Like Donohue, Towey also gets paid handsomely as president of Ave Maria University, all of these institutional types pulling down hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay.

All of this being played against the backdrop of multiple discussions going on in D.C. about possible RICO violations, as well as various states’ attorneys general announcing their own Pennsylvania-style investigations.

If something like that unfolds, and indications are right now the wheels are already in motion, then the Catholic civil war stalemate just might be broken by states or even the federal government stepping in demanding answers and serving warrants to gain access to the secret file of various dioceses.

Right now, faithful Catholics are of the mind to say, do whatever needs to be done to break this stranglehold the homoheresy has on the Church.

Whatever is left after the state is done, will be a stronger more pure Church, one free of civil war after all these decades.