Irish Quandary: Who to Blame When Everyone’s Vaxxed?

A cyclist passes by a bus stop with a public health warning on Covid-19 in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

No one seems curious about the prevalence of the disease in an almost fully vaccinated population.

By Jack Cashill from The American Spectator:

During his Thursday town hall meeting with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, President Joe Biden blithely dismissed the most basic assertion of those who have chosen to resist a COVID-19 vaccination. “Freedom? I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID,” scoffed Biden. “No, I mean come on — freedom.”

In his literally mindless way, Biden said out loud what health officials everywhere have been implying since the vaccines became widely available. Those who are not vaccinated are killing their more responsible peers.

In the Republic of Ireland, however, health officials are running out of people to blame. This has becoming embarrassingly obvious in County Waterford. As reported in the Irish Times, the nation’s establishment newspaper, two of the three most COVID-infected electoral areas in Ireland are located in the county “with the highest rate of vaccination in the country.” In Waterford, a remarkable 99.7 percent of adults over the age of 18 is fully vaccinated.

The Waterford news caught my attention because the first American “Cashills” hail from County Waterford. My great-great-grandfather came to America in 1847, “Black 47” as they called it, the mid-point of a potato famine that saw more than one million Irish die from starvation or disease and another million flee the country. For all their travails, the Irish were a hardy, freedom-loving people then. With some notable exceptions, they are neither anymore.

I have visited Ireland often over the years, lived there on two occasions, and watched the imperial Left slowly squeeze the heart out of Irish culture. The Ireland of today is not the Ireland of the Easter Rising. It is an Ireland whose almost total submission to the COVID authorities was as predictable as its giddy acceptance in 2018 of abortion on demand.

Embarrassed by Ireland’s traditional Catholicism, the nation’s media and government elites have been busily importing the whole enchilada of woke values concocted in the U.S. and codified in the EU — unrestricted sexual freedom, radical feminism, gay rights, divorce, alternative family structure, gay marriage, thoughtless immigration, anti-Americanism, and now COVID mania.

With their near lock on what the Irish hear and read, the elites have largely shamed their fellow citizens into acceptance or silence. Unlike America, Ireland has no effective alternative media.As a result, the range of acceptable opinion on controversial issues is as narrow as a country lane. In its most orthodox moment, the Irish Catholic Church could not have been more oppressive or vengeful than the monolithic Irish cultural establishment of the early 21st century. With the arrival of COVID, that establishment showed the common people its teeth.

As late as April 2021, Irish citizens were not allowed to travel more than three miles from their homes. All schools and churches were shut down, as were all bars, restaurants, and construction sites. Even after Ireland “eased out” of these restrictions in April, travel was limited to 12 miles and people were still not allowed to have visitors inside their homes.

Despite the recent surge in cases among the fully vaccinated, Ireland is just now easing the restrictions on wedding and church attendance and outdoor gatherings. Indoor service in bars and restaurants has also resumed but for only for those who are fully vaccinated or can prove they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months.

The arbitrary evolution of Irish COVID policy over the past 18 months has made it clear that public health officials and government policy makers have no idea what they are doing. If proof were needed, County Waterford provides it. According to data published on October 21, Waterford City South has the nation’s highest 14-day incidence rate at 1,486 cases per 100,000 and Tramore-Waterford City West has the third highest at 1,122 cases per 100,000. This is despite internal travel bans and the county’s more than 90 percent vaccination rate.

Although Waterford is running three times the rate of the nation writ large, Ireland as a whole is not faring particularly well, especially given its draconian restrictions. In the seven days preceding October 21, Ireland reported 2,026 new cases. To put that number in perspective, wide-open Florida had 2,262 cases during that same period with a population more than four times greater than the Irish Republic’s.

Most major newspapers have reported on the Waterford quandary, but they do so without any serious reflection. No one seems particularly curious as to how an almost fully vaccinated people can be spreading the disease among its members.

Indeed, to dissent on just about any COVID-related issue comes at a price. The case of former University College–Dublin professor and Irish Freedom Party chair, Dolores Cahill, is instructive. Prior to her emergence in the anti-vaccination movement, Cahill had been considered “superstar” of Irish scientific research.

Cahill’s standing in polite society began to unravel in March 2021 when she was induced to resign her Freedom Party chairmanship after “making unsubstantiated claims at an anti-lockdown rally.”

In August 2021, readers of the Irish Times learned that a bench warrant had been issued in London for the arrest of the “prominent Covid sceptic and anti-vaccination campaigner.” Among other offenses Cahill was charged with holding “a gathering of more than six people in any place.”

By October 2021, the same month that the Waterford numbers were making a hash out of all official vaccination claims, the Irish Times was trashing the now “former” UCD professor as a “conspiracy theorist” and “one of the main purveyors of anti-vaccination misinformation.”

As the County Waterford numbers make clear, Irish health officials and policymakers do not know what “misinformation” is. They do, however, know what power is, and they will do what they must to hang on to it, freedom be damned.

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John Paul II’s mother chose life after her doctor advised an abortion

Young Karol Wojtyla as a toddler with his parents Carolus and Emilia Wojtyla

Over one hundred years ago on May 18, Emilia Wojtyla gave birth to her second son, Karol, after a difficult and life-threatening pregnancy. The child would grow up to be St. John Paul II.

In a new book published in Poland, Milena Kindziuk describes how St. John Paul II’s mother was advised to get an abortion.

“She had to choose between her own life and that of the baby she was carrying, but her deep faith did not allow Emilia to choose abortion,” Kindziuk said in an interview with ACI Stampa.

“Deep in her heart she had to be ready to make this sacrifice for the baby she was carrying,” she said.

In her book, “Emilia and Karol Wojtyla. Parents of St. John Paul II,” Kindziuk cites the testimony of a midwife, Tatarowa, and the reports of her two friends, Helena Szczepańska and Maria Kaczorowa, as well as the memories of other Wadowice residents. She said that these showed that Emilia Wojtyla was depressed by the insistence of her first doctor, Dr. Jan Moskała, that she have an abortion.

She said that Emilia and Karol Wojtyla “made a bold decision that, regardless of everything, their conceived baby was to be born. And so they started looking for another doctor.”

They ultimately chose Dr. Samuel Taub, a Jewish doctor from Krakow, who had moved to Wadowice after the First World War.

“Emilia’s friends have kept memories of that visit. The doctor confirmed that there was a risk of complications during childbirth, including Emilia’s death. However, he did not suggest an abortion,” Kindziuk said.

“Emilia had a bad pregnancy: she spent most of her time lying down and still had less strength than usual,” she said. “In this situation, Dr. Taub recommended the woman to lie down, rest often and feed herself very well.”

On the day of the birth, May 18, 1920, “Emilia lay in her apartment in Kościelna street, in the living room … in the presence of a midwife,” Kindziuk explained.

At the same time Karol Sr. and their 13-year-old son Edmund had gone out around 5 p.m. to participate in the prayer of the Divine Office in the parish church across the street where they sang the Litany of Loreto, she added.

“We know from the messages that Emilia asked the midwife to open the window: she wanted the first sound her son could hear to be a song in honor of Mary. In short, Emilia Wojtyla gave birth to her son, listening to the song of the Litany of Loreto,” she said.

St. John Paul II also told his personal secretary Stanislaw Dziwisz that he was born to the litany in honor of the Mother of God, she said, adding that he was elected pope at the same time of day that he was born.

The sainthood causes of St. John Paul II’s parents were formally opened in Poland in May. Karol, a Polish Army lieutenant, and Emilia, a school teacher, were married in Krakow Feb. 10, 1906. The Catholic couple gave birth to three children: Edmund in 1906; Olga, who died shortly after her birth; and Karol in 1920.

Before she died of a heart attack and liver failure in 1929, Emilia was a staple of faith for the household. At the time of her death, the young Karol Wojtyla was a month away from his ninth birthday.

This article was originally published on CNA on May 18, 2020.

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Sunday Readings and Reflections

Sunday, October 24 
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Roman Ordinary calendar

St. Anthony Mary Claret

Book of Jeremiah 31,7-9.

Thus says the LORD: Shout with joy for Jacob, exult at the head of the nations; proclaim your praise and say: The LORD has delivered his people, the remnant of Israel. 
Behold, I will bring them back from the land of the north; I will gather them from the ends of the world, with the blind and the lame in their midst, The mothers and those with child; they shall return as an immense throng. 
They departed in tears, but I will console them and guide them; I will lead them to brooks of water, on a level road, so that none shall stumble. For I am a father to Israel, Ephraim is my first-born. 

Psalms 126(125),1-2ab.2cd-3.4-5.6.

When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion, 
we were like men dreaming. 
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, 
and our tongue with rejoicing. 

Then they said among the nations, 
“the LORD has done great things for them.” 
The LORD has done great things for us; 
we are glad indeed. 

Restore our fortunes, O LORD, 
like the torrents in the southern desert. 
Those that sow in tears 
shall reap rejoicing. 

Although they go forth weeping, 
carrying the seed to be sown, 
they shall come back rejoicing, 
carrying their sheaves. 

Letter to the Hebrews 5,1-6.

Brothers and sisters: Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 
He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness 
and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. 
No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. 
In the same way, it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest, but rather the one who said to him: “You are my son; this day I have begotten you”; 
just as he says in another place: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 10,46-52.

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. 
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” 
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” 
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” 
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. 
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” 
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. 

Saint Gregory of Nyssa (c.335-395) 
monk and Bishop 
The Life of Moses, II, 231-233, 251-253 (copyright Classics of Western Spirituality)

“Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way”

      [The Lord said to Moses on Mount Sinai: “Let me see your glory!” He answered: “I will make all my beauty pass before you (…) but my face you cannot see” (Ex 33:18 f).] Such an experience seems to me to belong to the soul which loves what is beautiful. Hope always draws the soul from the beauty which is seen to what is beyond (…) And the bold request which goes up the mountains of desire asks this: to enjoy the Beauty not in mirrors and reflections, but face to face. The divine voice granted what was requested in what was denied (…): the munificence of God assented to the fulfilment of the desire but did not promise any cessation or satiety of the desire (…) The true sight of God consists in this, that the one who looks up to God never ceases in that desire. For he says: “You cannot see my face and live” (…).

       But when the Lord who spoke to Moses came to fulfil his own law, he likewise gave a clear explanation to his disciples, laying bare the meaning of what had previously been said in a figure when he said: “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine “ (Lk 9:23) and not “If any man will go before me.” And to the one asking about eternal life he proposes the same thing, for he says: “Come, follow me” (Lk 18:22). Now, he who follows sees the back. So Moses, who eagerly seeks to behold God, is now taught how he can behold Him: to follow God wherever he might lead is to behold God (…).

Someone who does not know the way cannot complete his journey safely in any other way than by following behind his guide. He who leads, then, by his guidance shows the way to the one following. He who follows will not turn aside from the right way if he always keeps the back of his leader in view. For he who moves to one side or brings himself to face his guide assumes another direction for himself than the one his guide shows him. Therefore God says to the one who is led: “My face is not to be seen”, that is, “Do not face your guide”. If he does so, his course will certainly be in the opposite direction (…). You see how it is so great a thing to learn how to follow God (…). No longer does any offense which comes about through evil withstand the one who thus follows him.

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Pope Francis demands global tyranny and offers his services as chaplain to our oligarchy

Pilgrims at the Vatican display the pagan fertility goddess, Pachamama, which Pope Francis venerated during church services in Rome.

By John Zmirak at The Stream:

In case anyone was still fooling himself on the subject, Pope Francis is not “apolitical,” not a figure who “transcends left and right.” In fact, I’m driven to ask if he is really a Christian leader of any kind. Having helped to edit one of his books and followed his statements for years, I don’t know what religious faith Francis has, if any.

I strongly suspect he’s a Pantheist, who sees in “Gaia” a world-spirit that’s co-extensive with Nature, but nothing more. Note how he leaned on a pantheist population control fanatic to help write his key encyclical on the environment. And presided over pagan worship of the Amazonian mother goddess Pachamama at the Vatican. And publicly embraced abortion advocates, even the infamous Italian abortionist Emma Bonino

But Francis has faith, of a kind. It’s the kind that drove angry Flagellants to avenge the Black Plague on wealthy merchants and Jewish bankers, in the form of riots and pillaging. The same faith goaded the Jacobins to fill the streets of Paris with blood, and the Bolsheviks to massacre 20,000 Orthodox priests and nuns in a single year.

Political philosopher Eric Voegelin identified such faith as “Gnostic,” a creed which looks at the world as it is and sees it as almost irredeemably evil. It can only be transformed through massive, violent change imposed by elites who know the “secret” of what is wrong with it, who recruit and control the masses via resentment, fear, and fraud.

Pope Francis Cheerleads George Soros’ Sock Puppets

Pope Francis laid his cards on the table a few days ago, and all of them are red. He addressed a meeting of “Popular Movements,” which are simply radical leftist organizations scattered worldwide, funded by massive foundations such as George Soros’. One of those groups, PICO, used $400,000 of Soros’ money in 2016 to spin Pope Francis’ U.S. visit to help Hillary Clinton and other Democrats in that year’s election. Francis rewarded PICO with a fulsome message of support at its subsequent meeting in Modesto, CA, with 24 U.S. bishops and Vatican Cardinal Peter Turkson. At it, the bishops signed on to a radical agenda, promising to “disrupt Trump” and his policies — for instance, by hiding illegal immigrants at Catholic church facilities.

But this year Francis was speaking to a gathering of many groups like PICO. Collectively, they’re the recipients of countless millions from globalist groups seeking to override popular, elected governments. And Francis got bolder than ever. He wrapped himself in the garb of a prophet, and called “in the name of God” for a long list of specific political and economic proposals that seem wise to him.

Keep in mind that Pope Francis is a former high school chemistry teacher, without advanced learning even in theology. He has no business running a hen’s roost, and has run the Vatican’s finances into the ground. This despite a rumored $2 billion in annual subsidies from the Chinese Communist Party, with which he allied against the U.S.

Later on in the same address, Pope Francis referred to the George Floyd rioters who killed 12 Americans and destroyed more than $1 billion of property in underprivileged neighborhoods as “Good Samaritans.”

A List of Demands Scrawled in Red Crayon

Read the list of demands below. Its tone of escalating crisis and impending doom recalls that of the apocalyptic Medieval preachers who led mobs of Flagellants on pogroms. These are not reasoned proposals emerging from any tradition of “Catholic social teaching.” They are elements of a rant, which some bearded radical would rattle off to his comrades while pounding on the table of a fly-ridden coffee shop. For a pope to claim divine authority to unleash such a crusade amounts to the most blatantly political power-grab of any pope in history. The ostentatiously “humble” Pope Francis has left Renaissance land pirates like warrior Pope Julius II looking like little boys playing soldiers.

After each of these hostage demands, I will comment briefly, on behalf of historic Christianity and observable reality.

Pope Francis to Santa Claus (or Some Other Man in a Red Uniform)

I ask all the great pharmaceutical laboratories to release the patents. Make a gesture of humanity and allow every country, every people, every human being, to have access to the vaccines. There are countries where only three or four per cent of the inhabitants have been vaccinated.

This is an empty gesture, of course. Francis has worked closely with those same companies to earn countless billions, by helping governments impose vaccine mandates on citizens. Such mandates violate the Nuremberg Principles by forcing experimental medicines on patients. Francis makes no mention whatsoever of the abuse of unborn children, whose pirated organs were cloned to produce or test every one of these vaccines.

In the name of God, I ask financial groups and international credit institutions to allow poor countries to assure “the basic needs of their people” and to cancel those debts that so often are contracted against the interests of those same peoples.

Canceling such debts would simply render such countries unable to ever borrow again. Nor is it governments that meet “the basic needs of their people.” Commanded by God to “earn their bread” in “the sweat of their brow,” that is for people to do themselves.

End Modern Life. Go Back to Your Ancestors’ Villages

In the name of God, I ask the great extractive industries — mining, oil, forestry, real estate, agribusiness — to stop destroying forests, wetlands and mountains, to stop polluting rivers and seas, to stop poisoning food and people.

The only way to stop such use of nature’s resources would be to return to a Medieval-style subsistence economy. Such an economy could not support four-fifths of the population added in the intervening centuries. The rest would have to die off of starvation or disease.

In the name of God, I ask the great food corporations to stop imposing monopolistic systems of production and distribution that inflate prices and end up withholding bread from the hungry.

In which countries do people spend a higher percentage of their income on food than their ancestors? We now feed a population five or six times larger than even existed in 1600, without 80% of the population engaged in subsistence farming.

Turn in Your Guns to the Government

In the name of God, I ask arms manufacturers and dealers to completely stop their activity, because it foments violence and war, it contributes to those awful geopolitical games which cost millions of lives displaced and millions dead.

Of course, a halt in all military expenditures won’t happen. If it did, it would still leave in place massive military infrastructures in the hands of great powers like Russia and China, and tyrannies like North Korea. Here, Francis is simply trying to stop the production of private firearms for citizens in free countries like the U.S.

Let the Elites Censor the Internet

In the name of God, I ask the technology giants to stop exploiting human weakness, people’s vulnerability, for the sake of profits without caring about the spread of hate speech, grooming, fake news, conspiracy theories, and political manipulation.

Pope Francis’ idea of “conspiracy theories,” “fake news,” and “political manipulation” amounts to dissent from his own far-left, globalist agenda. He has repeatedly endorsed government censorship of free political speech on the Internet.

In the name of God, I ask the telecommunications giants to ease access to educational material and connectivity for teachers via the internet so that poor children can be educated even under quarantine.

Global Internet connectivity is expanding rapidly just fine, because companies make money providing it. Notice that Francis here endorses the useless and destructive lockdowns and “quarantine” of healthy young people.

In the name of God, I ask the media to stop the logic of post-truth, disinformation, defamation, slander and the unhealthy attraction to dirt and scandal, and to contribute to human fraternity and empathy with those who are most deeply damaged.

Francis really wants media companies and states to stifle his critics, and critics of his allies at the World Economic Forum — which seek a state-backed takeover of private industry and property.

Leave ISIS Alone

In the name of God, I call on powerful countries to stop aggression, blockades and unilateral sanctions against any country anywhere on earth. No to neo-colonialism. Conflicts must be resolved in multilateral fora such as the United Nations. We have already seen how unilateral interventions, invasions and occupations end up; even if they are justified by noble motives and fine words.

The elites at the United Nations, which can’t even run refugee operations without causing rape epidemics, must be granted total power. Even light-touch interventions such as U.S. aid to Syrian Christians and Kurds fighting against ISIS must be forbidden, for some reason the pope doesn’t specify.

This system, with its relentless logic of profit, is escaping all human control. It is time to slow the locomotive down, an out-of-control locomotive hurtling towards the abyss. There is still time.

This is just the kind of desperate, bug-eyed, end-times fulminating that his fellow socialist the Rev. Jim Jones engaged in at his compound in Guyana, before he forced his followers to swallow the poison Kool-Aid. Like Jones, Pope Francis rejects the most fundamental principle of economics, the profit motive, which makes human cooperation and survival even possible.

Want to read a sane, faithful Catholic’s reflections? Go read what Abp. Carlo Maria Vigano is saying in support of the workers in Italy getting tear-gassed and beaten by their own governments, for refusing an abortion-tainted experimental vaccine.

John Zmirak is a senior editor at The Stream and author or co-author of ten books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. He is co-author with Jason Jones of “God, Guns, & the Government.”

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Convert Bishop counters Protestant critics

By Jules Gomes at

An internationally renowned Anglican bishop is fending off a barrage of fierce criticism leveled against him by global Protestant evangelical leaders after he was received into full communion in the Catholic Church.  

Michael Nazir-Ali with his wife Valerie

Anyone who holds to Scripture as “the supreme rule of faith” and the need for “apostolic Tradition to understand and interpret it … can count me as friend,” former bishop of Rochester Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali told Church Militant in an exclusive interview Tuesday.  

“The pope cannot change the apostolic teaching of the Church,” the former bishop said in response to evangelicals who accused him of joining a Church headed by a liberal pontiff.

The former member of Britain’s House of Lords, who will be ordained a priest Oct. 30 by archbishop of Westminster Cdl. Vincent Nichols, is being attacked by his former evangelical allies for “betraying the Reformation” and Luther’s doctrine of justification by faith alone. 

Noting that “no one is as respected and revered in the whole of the Anglican Communion” as Dr. Nazir-Ali, Canon Chuck Collins, director for the Center for Reformation AnglicanismaccusedCatholics of believing in “salvation by increments — salvation by sanctification.” 

Anglican bishop Felix Orji called it “disappointing that a bishop of his [Nazir-Ali’s] stature has left a bad example for struggling souls because the Roman Catholic Church has serious theological flaws especially in the areas of soteriology and Mariology.”

Orji, who leads a breakaway Nigerian diocese from his cathedral in El Paso, Texas, conceded that “conservative Anglicanism is so compromised theologically that good men like Bp. Nazir-Ali feel compelled to leave Anglicanism altogether.” 

“For years,” Nazir-Ali, “had been considered a steady, measured and capable hand in providing intellectual defense” to Protestant distinctives, the English Churchman noted. “Now, he pivots and walks away to teach the opposite. We should hope and pray that he comes to a better mind and recants,” the journal’s editorial maintained. 

Observing his Protestant detractors were “uninformed” as to Catholic teaching, Nazir-Ali said: “In the joint Lutheran-Catholic Declaration on Justification, the Catholic Church commits itself to the following: ‘Justification takes place by grace alone through faith alone, the person is justified apart from works (Romans 3:28).'”

The joint declaration was signed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), Lutheran World Federation, World Methodist Council, Anglican Communion and World Communion of Reformed Churches in March 2019. 

The Council of Trent (1547) solemly declared: “If any one saith, that man may be justified before God by his own works, whether done through the teaching of human nature, or that of the law, without the grace of God through Jesus Christ; let him be anathema.”

In comments to Church Militant, former Queen’s chaplain Dr. Gavin Ashenden noted “the great joy of reconciliation with the Catholic Church has been regrettably matched by a lamentation from evangelical Protestants who until now professed such admiration for Nazir-Ali’s clarity of theological thought and spiritual authenticity.” 

“It is sad that they have suddenly turned on Michael with a welter of instantaneous disrespect,” said Ashenden, a former bishop who came home to Rome in January 2020.

Ashenden, who has led over 24 Protestants to the Catholic Church in the 12 months following his conversion, added: 

Given the Lutheran-Catholic agreement on justification, it is tragic that Michael’s critics have descended to personal abuse. It is a poor reflection of a commitment to purported biblical integrity and shows a regretful unwillingness to adapt their behavior to the demands of Scripture.

Meanwhile, in a Daily Mail column explaining why he left the Church of England, Nazir-Ali slammed Anglicanism as “splintered, a loose collection of churches, many of whom have conflicting interpretations of Christianity.” 

“Even when the Church manages to agree on things, these decisions don’t seem to carry much weight — people go off and do it their own way,” Nazir-Ali wrote, alluding to his own project of Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), which despite its own moratorium has refused to discipline member churches ordaining women bishops.

Church Militant asked Dr. Nazir-Ali if he repudiated his former stance on ordaining women as priests. “I accept that the practice of Jesus, of the Apostles and of the Church has been to restrict Holy Orders to men,” he replied. 

Pakistani-born Nazir-Ali, a champion of persecuted Christians in Islamic countries, has joined the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, created by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011 to allow Anglicans to join the Catholic Church while retaining much of their patrimony.

Anglican bishop Felix Orji attacks Nazir-Ali

Mary Ann Mueller, reporter for Anglican media Virtue Online, has listed over 22 Anglican bishops from the United States, England and Australia who have converted to Catholicism since 2000. Last month, Jonathan Goodall, bishop of Ebbsfleet, England, swam the Tiber, Church Militant reported.  

Church Militant’s full interview with Dr. Nazir-Ali follows.

Church Militant: High-profile evangelicals like theologian Os Guinness are accusing you of betraying the Reformation. “If only you had understood the truth of ‘justification by faith’ you would not have left for Rome,” they say. How would you respond?

Michael Nazir-Ali: In the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, the Catholic Church commits itself to the following: “Justification takes place by grace alone through faith alone, the person is justified apart from works (Romans 3:28).” 

In our Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) work, we were told again and again by the highest authorities that the Catholic Church now regards this doctrine as a “measure or touchstone for the Christian faith. No teaching may contradict this criterion.” The declaration says it “is an indispensable criterion that constantly serves to orient all the teaching and practice of our churches to Christ.” 

Pope Benedict XVI, in his book Paul of Tarsus, tells us that Luther’s translation of Romans 3:28: “We hold that a man is justified by faith alone and not by works of the law” was correct and goes on to translate Galatians 5:6 as ‘faith working through love’ in a way that would have satisfied even Tyndale! I have discussed the whole issue in my Peter Toon Memorial lecture published by Latimer.

CM: Your critics also say your “conversion” (a term you are reluctant to use) is motivated more by the failure of Anglicanism to hold fast to sound doctrine and practice, rather than it is by a realization of the great truths of the Catholic Church — like transubstantiation, Mary, etc. They say you have not been particularly forthcoming about the great truths of the Catholic Church which you have now embraced fully. Are they right?

MNA: The great truths of the Catholic Church are set out in the Catechism, which is framed in the context of the Nicene Creed, the sacraments, the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer. On the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, this is what we in ARCIC affirmed together: “Before the Eucharistic Prayer, to the question ‘What is this?,’ the believer answers ‘it is bread.’ After the Eucharistic Prayer to the same question he answers: ‘It is truly the Body of Christ, the Bread of Life.'”

In the light of affirmation, the Holy See declared that no further discussion was required on that point. I discuss my understanding of the Eucharist in a succession of my books: Citizens and Exiles(1998), Shapes of the Church to Come (2001) and The Unique and Universal Christ (2008).

CM: You were responsible for the Rochester Report on the ordination of women bishops. Did you favor this position at that time as chair of the commission producing the report? You also ordained women to the priesthood. In the light of the civil war within Catholicism and the German bishops’ synod, among others campaigning for women deacons and priests, would they find you an ally or an opponent? In other words, do you now categorically repudiate the ordination of women to the priesthood?

Nazir-Ali preaching at GAFCON, Jerusalem, 2008

MNA: The Rochester Report is widely regarded as producing all the serious arguments for and against ordaining women to the episcopate. It was never meaningfully discussed because the activists did not want to discuss theology and ecclesiology. They had already made up their minds. 

What struck me was the Vatican and the Catholic bishops of England and Wales saying we could not claim to share the apostolic ministry with them and the Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Assyrian churches and yet plan to make this change unilaterally. 

I accept that the practice of Jesus, of the Apostles and of the Church has been to restrict Holy Orders to men.

As Orthodox women have noted, however, there have always been honored ministries open to women such as evangelists, confessors, teachers, religious, spiritual directors, medical and spiritual healers and “deaconessses” — to which we could add lectors, cantors, pastoral workers, chaplains, etc.

I believe the question we should be asking is “To what ministries is God calling men and women?” and then make provision for them, whilst respecting the universal Tradition and the teaching of the Magisterium.

CM: Your ordination is being processed at top speed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) while many other Anglican priests must wait a long time to be ordained as Catholic priests. Is this jumping the line? 

MNA: I am not, of course, responsible for my ordination processes. But I can say it has been in the pipeline for about six months, during which I have been given time by the CDF itself and senior bishops and priests. I have made a retreat and been given a substantial reading list.  

My age and previous experience on ARCIC and International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) and work with various dicasteries such as the CDF, PCPCU and Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue may also have been a factor. No one is as respected and revered in the whole of the Anglican Communion as Dr. Nazir-Ali.GabTweet

CM: Please tell us about your personal meeting with Pope Benedict XVI. And when did you last meet Pope Francis in person? 

MNA: I have known both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI quite well. As I told you, Pope Benedict recognized me as someone who ‘knew some Catholic theology!’ I had a private audience with Pope Francis around five or six years ago and met him many times at meetings and conferences. I was also in Rome in June.  

Anglican archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby with Pope Francis

CM: With the state the Catholic Church is in and with Pope Francis said to be adopting a liberal left-wing agenda, are you jumping out of the frying pan into the fire? 

MNA: The Pope cannot change the apostolic teaching of the Church. He can only define it, as we said in ARCIC’s report on authority in the Church, in accordance with Scripture and apostolic Tradition. 

The body of the Church’s teaching is in the ecumenical councils, the Fathers and Sacred Doctors, in the Catechism and in the encyclicals. It is this clear body of teaching and framework of authority that is so different from the Anglican Communion. The archbishop of Canterbury’s recent comment illustrates this well.

CM: Knowing how synods were often a Trojan Horse to introduce heterodoxy in the Church of England, what advice would you give us on Pope Francis’ Synod on Synodality and an approach that seems to imitate the worst of Anglicanism? 

MNA: Synods have also been bodies where orthodoxy has been defined! Consultative gatherings are one thing, but matters of faith, worship and morals should be firmly in the hands of the authentic and apostolic teachers gathered in council with their head or acting together in some other way.

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British funeral director speaks out about Covid deaths, jabs and more

Make of this interview what you will but it is telling that this funeral director, his wife and embalmer continued to wash, dress and embalm the bodies of the deceased when for fear of Covid most were simply put into bodybags or straight into coffins. God bless him!

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21 Oct – St Gaspar del Bufalo – “Il martello dei Carbonari… Hammer of Freemasons”

From Fr. Z ‘s Blog:

Today is not only the anniversary of the time travel scene in Back To The Future via the souped up Delorean, it is also, and more importantly the Feast of St. Gaspar del Bufalo (+1837), “Hammer of Freemasons”.

I have interest in St. Gaspar as one of my Roman patrons because I exercised ministry as a seminarian and then deacon at the basilica in Rome where he helped to found devotion to and the Confraternity of the Most Precious Blood at San Nicola in Carcere.   He had a tense relationship with the state (Napolean’s police were after him) and Masons tried mulitple times to assassinate him.

His answer to the French commissar asking him to sign his submission to the emperor should be the motto of every pope and bishop requested to yield to the world:

“I can’t, I musn’t, I don’t want to.”

That’s how a Roman priest says ‘No’ when he wants to be talkative.”

It’s better in Italian.

‘Non posso, non debbo, non voglio!’

I wonder if Pius VII’s “Non debemus, non possumus, non volumus” didn’t come from St. Gaspar.

These days it’s more like, “Volumus! Possumus! Debetote etiam vos!

His tomb is in the little S. Maria in Trivio, tucked away behind where the more flashy Trevi Fountain is collocated.  His bronzen tomb is not set off by glass and the hand of the image of the saint is extended outward so that you can graps it.  It is quite moving.

It seems that St. Gaspar had ways that really could irritate, as many saints.  For example, he could sense satanic objects and would charge into peoples homes to seize and destroy them no matter how well hidden.

When he was young, he grew up across the mighty Church of the Gesù where his father was a cook for the Jesuit college there.  When Gaspar was very young he had a malady of the eyes that threatened blindness.  He was cured through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier, whose tomb is in the Gesù.  As a priest of Rome he was critical of the Papal States which got him into hot water.

St. Gaspar, Hammer of Freemasons, pray for us.

My 1st class relic of St. Gaspar.

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Planned Parenthood whistleblower turned Hispanic pro-life leader details clinic corruption, intimidation

Hispanic pro-life advocate Mayra Rodriguez speaks to a crowd of over 300,000 during Mexico’s “March for Women and Life,” on Oct. 3 2021./ David Ramos/CNA

By ACI Prensa

Denver Newsroom, Oct 19, 2021 / 00:00 am

Mayra Rodríguez worked for Planned Parenthood for 17 years and was in charge of three clinics. 

In 2016, the abortion provider recognized her as employee of the year. 

Shortly thereafter she would become one of the most outspoken pro-life advocates in the Hispanic community.

During her tenure with Planned Parenthood, Rodríguez said she witnessed falsified abortion records, serious complications from abortions, and experienced intimidation based upon false accusations threatening her immigration status after Rodríguez indicated she would report a doctor at the clinic she directed who botched an abortion on a 19-year-old girl and then falsified the report. 

In an exclusive interview with CNA’s sister news agency, ACI Prensa, Rodríguez recalled that the doctor “was referring to the head of a 14-week-old baby as if it was garbage, as if it were gauze or any instrument he was using.” 

The doctor had left the baby’s head inside the womb after performing the abortion and then placed an intrauterine contraceptive device inside the girl before he discovered his mistake. 

In the end, the Planned Parenthood worker “did not want to document it, and falsified the record,” causing the now pro-life leader to challenge the doctor’s actions with her supervisor. 

“[N]o more, I’m not going with this anymore,” she recalled saying, warning the supervisor that she would report the doctor. 

Planned Parenthood responded by instead accusing Rodríguez of having narcotics in her office and pressured authorities to deport her from the United States.

“What followed was that they fired me,” she recalled.

After years of legal battles, Mayra Rodríguez prevailed in 2019 in her wrongful termination lawsuit against Planned Parenthood and was awarded $3 million.

With her experience working in the shadow of the largest abortion company in the world, Rodríguez warns that while those who profit from these practices say that “it is easy, it is the best solution, when in reality it brings many [harmful] consequences” to women.

“Actually, abortion does not guarantee absolutely anything. No, it leaves (women) destroyed for life, and with scars on the uterus. And perhaps they do not lose their lives, but they do lose many more things, such as peace, emotional and mental health. Psychologically they are undone,” she said.

“That is not something that the pro-life movement invented or that some psychologists invent, it is the reality of women who have aborted and who today are sorry,” she said.

Originally, Rodríguez was hired in a clinic that did not perform abortions, a fact she used to justify her line of work. And Planned Parenthood did not care that she was in the United States on a tourist visa rather than a work visa.

Faced with the possibility of refusing to work in a place that directly performed abortions “they told me, ‘If you don’t accept the abortion clinic, very soon we will close the clinic that you have in north Phoenix and we do not guarantee that there will be work for you.’”

Eventually, however, when she was pushed to a clinic that did perform abortions, she said, she began to see that complications were not reported correctly, if at all.

“I began to see abortionists falsifying the records of what was happening in the room,” she added.

“I began to see that it was a business,” she said, and that “abortion was what mattered to them and abortion was their priority.”

This realization, when combined with the pressures she experienced as a whistleblower, lead her to rethink the abortion industry and what abortion does to women. 

“[W]e see all these women who said, ‘My life was going to be better, I did want it [the baby] but my life was going to be better.’ And at the end of the day they realize that their life is not better, and they regret having done it.”

Rodríguez, a Mexican national, said she is hopeful that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, can be overturned by the upcoming Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case pertaining to Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy because legal abortion “has never been good for Hispanic women.”

The former Planned Parenthood Employee of the Year noted, “once you give women a true option, they will choose not to have an abortion.”

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Italian police attacked dock workers with water cannons, tear gas and batons as the workers prayed the Rosary and protested draconian vaccine mandates in the port city of Trieste Monday. 

Police gang up on peaceful protestors in Trieste

Italians at the protest slammed the indifference of bishops to the suppression of workers’ rights while Vatican whistleblower Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò provided a lone voice demonstrating solidarity with dockers in a rousing address to peaceful protestors.

Abp. Viganò Calls for Prayer

Viganò’s address condemning the government’s attempt to “enslave citizens under the pretext of a psycho-pandemic” by “coercion and blackmail” was read to hundreds of dockers who gathered in Piazza Unità d’Italia after police violently evacuated them from the port. 

“Thank God, there are people like you and like many other citizens who have understood that vaccination is a pretext to put you on a permanent leash, forcing you to do what you don’t want just because otherwise you can’t work, travel, eat,” Viganò thundered.

Begging the crowd to refrain from violence, Viganò exhorted: “Your weapon, a terrible and very powerful weapon, must be the Holy Rosary. Invoke the Blessed Virgin, pray to her together with your loved ones, your children, and your brothers … and she will inexorably defeat our adversary.”

Catholic Hierarchy: ‘Boot Lickers’

“Pope Francis and the Italian bishops not only are silent; they are accomplices of the medical tyranny,” Roberto Dal Bosco, editor of Renovatio21 told Church Militant. 

The founder of the Renovatio21 group continued: 

The Roman hierarchy is now the boot licker of the New World Order: Every Italian concerned with what is going on is realizing it. The Church is supporting — even, enforcing — tyranny. You live with the cognitive dissonance that the parish priest — who is telling us to get the abortion-tainted jab and obey totalitarian rules — could be your enemy. 

Dockers’ Resistance

Meanwhile, footage of dockers weeping; a pregnant woman beaten by police; tear gas rounds fired at women and children, a lower secondary school and into a baby’s carriage; and demonstrators holding hands in the air to signify nonviolence, went viral across Italy. 

Footage from Trieste shows dockers singing and dancing before police water cannons

“I am here for my three children. Sabrina, Antonio, Sofia — daddy is here for you! I am fighting for you and all the children of this planet. I will fight for you and only for you until the end. Fight, never give up,” said a docker bursting into tears. 

Dockers sang and danced in closed circles with locked arms facing water cannons later in the cold night. A moving scene showed a docker facing the cannon and begging the police not to fire on workers as “we are all brothers” and “we are in this together.”

Speaking to Church Militant, a fire brigade source said police drove water cannon trucks into the fire stations and, on government orders, commandeered the stations’ water reserved for fighting fires to fire on peaceful demonstrators. 

Cop hugs protestor (top) as a docker prays (below)

Faithful Catholic and mother of four Fabiana Serra, who joined dockers in solidarity and handed out Rosaries for them to pray, told Church Militant several police in riot gear downed their helmets to de-escalate the situation and show solidarity with dockers. 

“A particularly moving moment was when a policeman hugged a female protestor outside Gate 4 showing the humanity of some of the cops who comforted the demonstrators. Many firefighters and police have also joined the protests,” Serra said.

“A lone Polish priest was seen leading protestors in praying the Rosary,” she noted. A source from Rome said the cleric was later reprimanded by his superiors. 

Archbishop’s Weak Words

Mainstream media and politicians attempted to smear the protestors as “fascist” and “violent.” A senior civil servant told Church Militant the Draghi government was planning to send in the army to quash the dockers’ revolt.  

In a press statement, archbishop of Trieste Giampaolo Crepaldi expressed “growing concern” over the “evolving situation” late Monday, calling for “dialogue,” “mutual listening” and a “noble and disinterested discernment.” 

But Roberto Dal Bosco told Church Militant “the only Catholic voice that is heard now by faithful Catholics and people of goodwill is that of Abp. Viganò.” 

Italians compare Jesuit-educated premier Draghi to Hitler

“When the protest leader who read Viganò’s message mentioned Viganò’s name, the whole crowd cheered: Everyone knows Viganò, and that he speaks the truth. He alone dares to tell it all, and he isn’t afraid to say that it is a spiritual, Catholic fight,” Dal Bosco added.

Archbishop Viganò reminded the demonstrators: “We are all guinea pigs, the subject of mass experimentation imposed by pharmaceutical companies on their servants in institutions.”

Viganò, who lives in hiding for fear of his life, preached: 

They want to destroy our world, our culture, our religion, our way of living, of working, of relating to each other. We must become automatons without critical judgment, customers of their multinational corporations, underpaid slaves of their companies without rights, without protection, without social security and without freedom.

Resistance to an authority that abuses its power against the purpose for which it was established is not only legitimate, but obligatory; how necessary was the struggle against totalitarianism and against all forms of dictatorship!

The crowd cheered, shouting “Bravo!” and applauded the archbishop both at the beginning and end of his address. 

Green Pass Lights the Fuse

Nearly 95% of the 950 dockers went on strike after the Italian government enforced its Green Pass— proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test — on workers across the country Friday.

As truck drivers drove slowly to block traffic, dockers in the ports of Ancona, Genoa and Trieste went on strike, and thousands of protestors in dozens of cities and towns marched against the mandate. The demonstrators include those who have been fully vaccinated but are against coercion.

The government attempted to subvert the strike by offering free COVID-19 tests to dockers. But the dockers rejected the offer because it was being made available only to them and not to teachers, hospital workers and other employees, who were also affected by the mandate.

Sources told Church Militant that undercover police were identified as stirring up sporadic acts of violence to bring the demonstrations into disrepute, including by staging an attack at the left-wing Italian General Confederation of Labor (CGIL) headquarters in Rome. 

Fencesitter: Abp. Giampaolo Crepaldi of Trieste

A source at Trieste port told Church Militant it was the police who had infringed international law by entering from the side of the port that is regarded as international soil to attack workers protesting on the Italian side of the gates. 

Meanwhile, protestors in Ancona are blocking traffic by taking turns traversing the city’s crosswalks — a legal activity that prevents their arrest.

Demonstrators are calling for the resignation of Trieste’s chief of police, Leonardo Boido, for ordering the attack on peaceful protestors. 

Abp. Viganò earlier addressed demonstrations against medical tyranny in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo on Oct. 9 and in Turin on Oct. 15.

Massive crowds gathered in Trieste City Centre as protests continue unabated on Tuesday despite heavy police presence in full riot gear. 

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Refusing the Covid jab is a stand for freedom, resisting a totalitarian state

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As time has passed with this pandemic and more data accumulates about the virus and the vaccine, the unvaccinated are looking smarter with each passing week.

From The American Thinker:

There is a massive propaganda push against those choosing not to vaccinate against COVID-19 with the experimental mRNA vaccines. Mainstream media, the big tech corporations, and our government have combined efforts to reward compliance and to shame and marginalize non-compliance. Their mantra says that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Persons who choose not to vaccinate are characterized as unintelligent, selfish, paranoid people who don’t read much and live in a trailer park in Florida (or Alabama, or Texas, or name your state). Never has there been such an effort to cajole, manipulate through fear, and penalize people to take an experimental medical treatment.

However, as time has passed with this pandemic and more data accumulates about the virus and the vaccine, the unvaccinated are looking smarter and smarter with each passing week. It has been shown now that the vaccinated equally catch and spread the virus. Vaccine side effect data continues to accumulate that make the risk of taking the vaccine prohibitive as the pandemic wanes. Oral and IV medications ( that work early in the treatment of COVID-19 are much more attractive to take now as the vaccine risks are becoming known, especially because the vaccinated will need endless boosters every six months.

First, let’s address the intelligence of the unvaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy is multi-factorial and has little to do with level of education or intelligence. Carnegie Mellon University did a study assessing vaccine hesitancy across educational levels. According to the study, what’s the educational level with the most vaccine hesitancy? Ph.D. level! Those can’t all have been awarded to liberal arts majors. Clearly, scientists who can read the data and assess risk are among the least likely to take the mRNA vaccines.

The claim that there’s a pandemic of the unvaccinated is, therefore, patently untrue. As a retired nurse from California recently asked, “Why do the protected need to be protected from the unprotected by forcing the unprotected to use the protection that did not protect the protected in the first place?” If the vaccine works to prevent infection, then the vaccinated have nothing to worry about. If the vaccine does not prevent infection, then the vaccinated remain at some risk, and the unvaccinated would be less likely to choose a vaccine that does not work well.

The mRNA vaccine efficacy is very narrow and focused on the original alpha strain of COVID-19. By targeting one antigen group on the spike protein, it does help for the original alpha strain, but it is clear now it does not protect against Delta strain and is likely not protective against any future strains that might circulate. It also appears that the efficacy wanes in 4-6 months, leading to discussions about boosters.

Several authors have pointed out that vaccinating with a “leaky” vaccine during a pandemic is driving the virus to escape by creating variants. If the booster is just another iteration of the same vaccine, it likely won’t help against the new strain but will, instead, produce evolutionary pressure on the virus to produce even more variants and expose us to more side effects. Why, then, is this booster strategy for everyone being pursued?

This vast Phase 3 clinical trial of mRNA vaccines in which Americans are participating mostly out of fear is not going well. It is abundantly clear for anyone advocating for public health that the vaccination program should be stopped. Iceland has just stopped giving the Moderna vaccine to anyone which is a good step in the right direction. Sweden, Denmark, and Finland have banned the Moderna vaccine for anyone under the age of 30.

VAERS, our vaccine adverse effect reporting system, showed at the beginning of this week 16,000 deaths, 23,000 disabilities, 10,000 MI/myocarditis, 87,000 urgent care visits, 75,000 hospital stays, and 775,000 total adverse events. The VAERS system is widely known to under-report events, with an estimated 90 to 99% of events going unreported there.

Eudravigilance, the European reporting system, now associates 26,000 deaths in close proximity to administration of the vaccine. Whistleblower data from the CMS system (Medicare charts) showed close to 50,000 deaths in the Medicare group shortly after the vaccine.

An AI-powered tracking program called Project Salus also follows the Medicare population and shows vaccinated Medicare recipients are having worse outcomes week by week of the type consistent with Antibody Dependent Enhancement. This occurs when the vaccine antibodies actually accelerate the infection leading to worsening COVID-19 infection outcomes. Antibody Dependent Enhancement has occurred previously with trials of other coronavirus vaccines in animals. The CDC and the FDA are suppressing this data and no one who receives the vaccine has true informed consent.

The Rome declaration has 12,000+ as of Oct. 14 medical signatories attesting that the handling of the pandemic amounts to crimes against humanity for denying the best medical treatment and continuing to advocate for harmful vaccines. The evidence is right in front of Americans to end the propaganda and mass mask psychosis.

The media narrative of perpetual fear is falling apart. Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have ended all COVID restrictions and are doing much better than the US, UK, and Israel, three countries that continue to vaccinate into the pandemic. Mexico, Guatemala, Indonesia, almost all of Africa, and parts of India have low vaccination rates and are doing much better than the US, something attributed to their managing the pandemic by using Ivermectin.

Over 500,000 people attended the Sturgis motorcycle rally in August, and there was no super spread of COVID-19. Football season started in August, and stadiums around the country are packed with 80,000 fans yelling and screaming with no masks. There have been no superspreader events, yet the students are forced to go back to masking in class. This makes no sense.

If the vaccine is so important, why do our government leaders and illegal aliens not have to take it? Currently, 13 states that are Democratic with high vaccination rates have the highest “case” rates (using a faulty PCR test), while Republican states are all doing better. How does this happen?

It should be clear that the government has manipulated COVID to create perpetual fear, so we’ll hand it our liberty. In this giant battle between our government and the unvaccinated, I hope enough people will refuse to comply so that we can unite to stop this madness.

I know this decision is very difficult for many people when it comes to losing their job. To the vaccinated, please don’t take any boosters for you’ll just be perpetuating the risk of side effects and new variants.

If we allow the government to decide this medical decision for us, it is a short step for the government to say it can decide other medical decisions for you, e.g., all persons over 75 never be resuscitated; people may have only three children (or two or one) with mandatory sterilization for women; or refusing the government’s demands will see you denied health care.

Is this the totalitarian state you want to live in? If you are proudly vaccinated now and on the government side, what about the next government mandate, when you’re on the other side, coerced into a decision you don’t want, how will you feel then?

It is obvious that the government (with the Fauci subset), the media, and big tech, are trying to divide us and take away the freedoms we have enjoyed as Americans. I am praying that all who call themselves Americans can unite to end this medical tyranny and regain a free America before it is too late. Peacefully resist and do not comply.

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Archbishop Viganò warns of coming ecological dictatorship

TURIN, Italy, LifeSiteNews:

This is a translated transcription of Archbishop Viganò’s video message for the October 15, 2021 “No Fear Day” in Turin (Torino), Italy. 

You have gathered, in such great numbers, in this piazza in Turin, as hundreds of thousands of people all around the world show their opposition to the establishment of a global tyranny. For months now, despite the deafening silence of the media, millions of citizens from every nation have cried out their “NO!” No to the pandemic folly, No to the lockdowns, to the curfews, to the imposition of vaccines, to the health passports, to the blackmails of the totalitarian power enslaved to the elite. It is a power that reveals itself as intrinsically evil, animated by an infernal ideology and driven by criminal purposes. A power that now declares that it has broken the social contract and considers us not as citizens but as slaves of a dictatorship that today is a health dictatorship and tomorrow will be an ecological dictatorship.

This power is so convinced of having now succeeded in its silent coup d’état that it shamelessly slaps us in the face not only with the ideology that motivates it but also with the religion that inspires it. This very day on the Quirinal Hill – the Palace that was once the residence of the Supreme Pontiffs in the City of Rome – an exhibition is opening that is emblematically entitled “Inferno,” whose centerpiece is Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The Gates of Hell, completed between 1880 and 1890. This work was intended to serve as the entrance of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, and its model was also presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition to seal the Masonic and anti-Catholic nature of that event. What’s more, for years now the idol of Moloch from the set for the film Cabiria has stood at the Colosseum. So we have the demon who devours children, the “Gate of Hell” inspired by Charles Beaudelaire’s poems Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil), and also the “Festival of Blasphemy” a few days ago in Naples. In the city of San Gennaro (Saint Januarius), with the permission of the municipal government, posters were displayed showing horrible blasphemies against God, to celebrate freedom of thought and speech by insulting the Lord.

They tell us clearly: they are servants of the devil, and as such they claim the right to assert themselves, to be respected, and to spread their ideas. And not only this: in the name of a usurped power – a power that according to the Constitution ought to belong to the people – they demand our obedience to the point of self-harm, the deprivation of the most elementary rights, and the cancellation of our identity.

These courtesans of power, whom no one has elected and who owe their appointment to the globalist elite that uses them as cynical executors of their orders, have since 2017 declared in no uncertain terms the society that they want to achieve. In the documents about the Agenda 2030 that are found on the website of the World Economic Forum we read: “I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better.” Private property, in the plan of the globalists promoted by Klaus Schwab Rothschild, will have to be abolished and replaced by a universal income that allows people to rent a house, survive, and buy what the elite have decided to sell them, perhaps even sunlight and the air they breathe.

This is not a dystopian nightmare: this is exactly what they are preparing to do, and it is no coincidence that in these weeks we are hearing talk about the revision of land registry estimates and incentives for the restructuring of real estate. First they make us go into debt with the mirage of restoring our house, then the banks foreclose and rent it to us. The same thing happens with work: today they tell us that we can work if we have the “green pass,” a juridical aberration that uses the psycho-pandemic to control us, trace our every movement, and decide if, where, and when we can go out and come home. The Agenda 2030 also includes electronic money, obviously, with the obligation to buy and sell with a card that is linked to the “green pass” and to social credit. Because the health emergency and the now-imminent ecological emergency effectively legitimizes those who hold power to create a system for evaluating our behavior, such as is already in force in China and Australia. Each of us will have a certain score, and if someone is not vaccinated, if he eats too much meat, if he does not use electric cars, he will have his points reduced, and he will not be able to use certain services, travel by plane or high-speed rail, or he will have to pay for his own medical care or resign himself to eating cockroaches and earthworms in order to regain the points that will allow him to live. I repeat: this is not a hypothesis of some “conspiracy theorist,” but facts that are already happening, while the regime media extol the usefulness of a subcutaneous chip that simplifies everything, combining the green pass, the identity card, the credit card, and the tax record.

But if today it is possible to prevent us from working simply because we do not submit to an illegitimate, discriminatory, and oppressive rule, what do you think will stop these tyrants from deciding that one day we cannot go out to restaurants or go to work if we have participated in an unauthorized demonstration, or if we have written a post on social media supporting home remedies, against the dictatorship, or in favor of those who protests against the violation of their rights? What will stop them from pressing a button and preventing us from using our money, only because we are not registered in a certain political party or because we have not worshipped Mother Earth, the new “green” idol venerated even by Bergoglio.

They want to deprive us of our very means of subsistence, forcing us to be what we do not want to be, to live as we do not wish to live, and to believe in things we consider to be a blasphemous heresy.

You have to be inclusive,” they tell us; but they hurl themselves against us, discriminating against us because we want to remain sane, because we consider it normal that the family is composed of a man and a woman, because we want to preserve the innocence of our children, because we do not want to kill children in the womb or the elderly and sick in their hospital beds.

 “Our model for society is based on brotherhood,” they reassure us; but in this society people can be brothers only by denying and blaspheming our common Father. For this reason we see so much hatred towards Our Lord, the Blessed Mother, and the Saints. For this reason, under the pretext of celebrating the Supreme Poet, they have not made an exhibition about Heaven, but rather about Hell, which has become the place to be desired and achieved here on earth.

We respect all cultures and religious traditions,” they specify; and it is indeed true that all of the idols and superstitions find a place in the ecumenical Pantheon of the new Universal Religion desired by Freemasonry and the Bergoglian church. But there is only one religion that is banned: the true Religion that Our Lord taught to the Apostles, the Religion that the Church proposes to us for belief. It is indeed true that in the globalist melting pot all cultures find acceptance, with the exception of ours. The barbarism of polygamy, rudeness, incivility, opprobrium, everything that is ugly and obscene and offensive has the right to manifest itself and impose itself; and at the same time, with the utmost coherence, civilization – true culture, the treasures of art and literature, the testimonies of our Faith expressed in churches, monuments, paintings, and music – all of these must be banned so there can be no confrontation between them. There is no term of comparison that shows how horrible the world that they long for is, and how preferable is the world that they have made us deny and despise.

The lie reigns, and there is no citizenship for the truth. You have experienced this in recent months, seeing with what brazenness the mainstream has delivered propaganda on behalf of the pandemic narrative, censuring every discordant voice; and today those who are not in agreement with the System are not only derided and discredited but are even criminalized, pointed out as public enemies, and passed off as madmen on whom compulsory health treatment should be imposed. These are the means that every totalitarian regime has used to deal with political and religious adversaries. Everything is repeating itself, right before our eyes, in a much more subtle and slimy way. Conversely, those who bow down to the tyranny and offer it their fidelity are publicly praised, seen on all the television programs, and pointed out as an authoritative reference.

Our protest against the green pass must not stop at considering this specific event, however illegitimate and discriminatory, but must expand to the overall picture, knowing how to identify the aims of the globalist ideology, those who are responsible for this crime against humanity and God, and those who are accomplices and who are our possible allies. If we do not understand the threat that looms over us all, limiting ourselves to protesting only one detail – albeit a glaring one – of the entire project, we will not be able to mount a strong and courageous resistance. A resistance that ought to be based not on the simple request for freedom – however legitimate and shareable – but rather on the proud claim of respect for our identity, culture, civilization, and Faith that made Italy great and that animated every expression of the life of our fathers, from the most humble to the most exalted.

The green pass is only a further step towards the Gate of Hell that is displayed today on the Quirinal Hill,  a brazen outrage carried out by those who believe they are immovable and that they enjoy powerful protection.

We do not have the billions [of dollars] of George Soros and Bill Gates; we do not have philanthropic foundations, and we do not bribe politicians to make them allies; we do not have television stations or social media with which to share our ideas; we are not organized like the proponents of the Great Reset, and we have not hypothesized pandemic or economic scenarios. 

But, you see, even in our apparent weakness, despite not even succeeding in having visibility on television or social media; despite being disorganized and little inclined to demonstrate and protest – since this has always been the prerogative of professional revolutionaries and the anarchists of the Left – nevertheless we have something they do not have. We have the Faith, the certainty of Our Lord’s promise: “The gates of hell will not prevail.” And we are likewise animated by an interior strength that is not our own, and that recalls that serene courage with which the persecuted Christians faced persecutions and martyrdom – a force that frightens those who do not have a heart, that terrifies those who serve an ideology of death and lies, who know that they are on the side of the eternally defeated.

They forget, these wretched servants of the New Order, that their order is a dystopia, indeed an infernal dystopia, that is repugnant to all of us precisely because it does not consider that we are not made of electromagnetic circuits but rather of flesh and blood, passions, affections, and acts of generosity and heroism. Because we are human, made in the image and likeness of God. But the demons are not able to comprehend this: and for this reason they will fail miserably.

We respond to Rodin’s Gate of Hell with the Ianua Coeli, the Gate of Heaven: the title with which we invoke the Most Holy Virgin. May she who in the Book of the Apocalypse strikes the head of the ancient Serpent be our Queen and our Leader in battle, in view of the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart.

And so that this day on which you publicly and courageously demonstrate your opposition to the impending tyranny does not remain sterile and deprived of supernatural light, I invite you all to join me in reciting the words the Lord taught us. Let us do so with fervor, with an impulse of charity, invoking the protection of Our Lord and His Most Holy Mother over all of us, our families, our Homeland, and the entire world: Our Father, who art in heaven 

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

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Sunday Readings and Reflections


Sunday, October 17 
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Roman Ordinary calendar

St. Ignatius of Antioch

Book of Isaiah 53,10-11.

The LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity. If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him. 
Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days; Through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear. 

Psalms 33(32),4-5.18-19.20.22.

Upright is the word of the LORD, 
and all his works are trustworthy. 
He loves justice and right; 
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full. 

See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him, 
upon those who hope for his kindness, 
To deliver them from death 
and preserve them in spite of famine. 

Our soul waits for the LORD, 
who is our help and our shield, 
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us 
who have put our hope in you. 

Letter to the Hebrews 4,14-16.

Brothers and sisters: Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. 
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 10,35-45.

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 
He replied, “What do you wish (me) to do for you?” 
They answered him, “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” 
Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 
They said to him, “We can.” Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 
but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. 
Jesus summoned them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. 
But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; 
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. 
For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) 
Dominican theologian, Doctor of the Church 
On the Apostles’ Creed (Collationes In Symbolum apostolorum, art. 4 § 64.70.72-76; (trans. Joseph Collins)

“Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant”

What need was there that the Son of God should suffer for us? There was great need: and indeed it can be assigned to two reasons. The first is that it was a remedy against sin, and the second is for an example of what we should do. (…) For the Passion of Christ can bring about a complete reformation of our lives. (…) If you seek an example of charity, then “no one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13). (…) If you seek an example of patience, you will find it in its highest degree on the cross. (…) Christ suffered greatly upon the cross and with all patience, because “when he was insulted, he returned no insult” (1 Pt 2:23), “like a lamb led to the slaughter, he opened not his mouth” (Is 53:7). (…) “Let us persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame” (Heb 12:1-2). 

If you seek an example of humility, look upon him who is crucified; although he was God, he chose to be judged by Pontius Pilate and put to death. (…) If you seek an example of obedience, imitate him who was obedient to the Father “even to death” (Phil 2:8). “For just as through the disobedience of one person, Adam, the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one the many will be made righteous” (Rom 5:19). (…) If you seek an example of contempt for earthly things, imitate him who is “King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Tm 6:15), “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:3). On the cross he was stripped naked, ridiculed, spat upon, bruised, crowned with thorns, given to drink of vinegar and gall.

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Pfizer whistleblower says ‘the Lord’ helped her expose COVID vaccine cover-up

From LifeSiteNews:

Now-fired Pfizer employee Melissa Strickler told LifeSiteNews that “the Lord” helped her discover the email chains between Pfizer executives discussing how best to hide from the public the link that their COVID-19 vaccine has to abortion. 

In an interview with LifeSiteNews, Pfizer whistleblower Melissa Strickler, a devout Christian, credited “the Lord” with helping her discover the damning emails between company executives regarding how they were going to cover up the COVID-19 vaccine’s link to abortion. 

“I stumbled across the information by accident,” Strickler told LifeSite. “But I would rather say a miracle.” 

“When I found the information [that the vaccine was developed with aborted fetal cells] I thought the Lord wanted me to show it to my family, to convince them not to get [the shot],” she added. 

After Stickler came across the emails between executives talking about how they did not want the public to know that the vaccine was made at the expense of an aborted child, she wondered what her next steps were going to be. 

“I told a couple of friends who had previously worked at Pfizer what I’d found, and they referred me to Project Veritas,” Strickler explained to LifeSite. 

“I prayed about it … quite a bit, to decide what to do, and it’s like God just kept giving me the right [Bible] verses,” she added. “Pointing me down the path of what to do, and Project Veritas reached out to me almost instantly after getting a hold of them, which I took as a sign.” 

Project Veritas, an investigative journalism outlet with a history of exposing Pfizer corruption, first broke the story regarding Strickler in an interview she did with them on October 6. 

Shortly after Project Veritas released the interview in which Strickler exposed the emails, she received a call from Pfizer telling her she was terminated from her position as a quality auditor.

Speaking about how she managed to garner the courage to blow the whistle on the pharmaceutical giant, Strickler explained that it was the witness of another whistleblower that made her realize that she had a duty before God to come forward.  

“[Project Veritas] also had a whistleblower shortly before me named Jodi,” Strickler stated. 

“She ‘whistleblew’ against her hospital and she said she ‘fears God and not man,’” she continued. “Well, if I feel that way why am I not doing anything about it?” 

Answering about the revelation that her employer of almost a decade was actively trying to suppress important information regarding the origin of the vaccine, Strickler stated that it was “deceitful” and likely done with the intention of making it harder for people to obtain “religious exemptions.” 

“It’s wrong, in my opinion, to benefit from an abortion,” expressed Strickler. 

“I don’t think God would want us doing those things,” she added. “But it goes so [much] deeper than that … they’re trying to get it to children.” 

In the concluding aspects of Stickler’s bombshell interview with LifeSiteNews, she informed the world that the vaccines do indeed alter a person’s DNA, and she expressed her concerns about similarities between the mass vaccination program and the Book of Revelation. 

Citing that each one of us is “made in the image of God,” Strickler said, “I don’t want to mess with any of my DNA if I have a say in it,” especially considering, “Revelation 18 says ‘the whole world was deceived by sorcery, witchcraft, and magic spells’ and the root of that word [sorcery], the word in the Greek is ‘pharmakeia.’” 

The vaccine ‘glows,’ contains toxic luciferase, graphene oxide compounds

“The vaccine glows, at least Pfizer’s does,” Melissa Strickler, who worked as a quality inspector for the pharmaceutical giant for nearly 10 years, said. “It looks like someone took a blue glowstick, cracked it open and put it in the vial, but only if there is light and it is around a dark background.”

Strickler, who worked at Pfizer’s large McPherson, Kansas plant, said she has inspected “hundreds of thousands of units” of vaccines in her career at the company “and never once seen anything do that, not even close.” Usually, the fluid in vials are clear like water, she said, but she photographed vials when she noticed the blue fluorescent tinge to the fluid and inquired about the ingredient to superiors.

Luciferase not on the label

Strickler said she heard a doctor describe codes for ingredients in the vaccines, including the codes SM102 for luciferase, a glow-in-the dark enzyme produced in fireflies, plants and fish that is used in bioluminescence research. Depending on different chemicals that it is mixed with, luciferase will glow different colors.

A bright blue luciferase was identified in a report in the journal Nature Scientific Reports in 2020, for example, and is only visible under UV lights of certain wavelengths.

Strickler told LifeSite that she emailed the company and asked if luciferase was in the Covid vaccine and was told that it was “only used in the testing of the vaccine,” but would not be included in the final product. “But the way I see this is the whole thing is experimental,” Strickler said.

“We haven’t even seen the Comirnaty labels being put on the vials in that plant yet,” Strickler said, referring to the tradename for the vaccine that the Food and Drug Administration approved in August. “As far as I know, everyone is still receiving that Emergency Use Authorization” original product.

Aborted fetal cells in development

In an explosive interview with Project Veritas made public last week, Strickler revealed insider Pfizer emails from high-level employees directing lower-level workers to not discuss the role of aborted fetal cells in the development of its Covid shots with the public. 

Vanessa Gelman, Pfizer senior director of worldwide research, sent an email to an employee asking how to respond to a question about the use of aborted cells in its Covid vaccine.

“From the prospective of corporate affairs we want to avoid having the information on fetal cells floating out there. The risk of communicating this right now outweighs any potential benefit we could see, particularly with general members of the public who could take this information and use it in ways we may not want out there,” the email stated.

Other emails from Pfizer vice president and chief scientific officer Philip Dormitzer discussed the role of human embryonic kidney cells (HEK 293 cells) harvested from an aborted baby girl in 1973 and reproduced in a continuous line of cells used in the production of Pfizer’s Covid shot.

Strickler said the cells were chosen because of their ability to grow and are basically “cancerous cells” from an aborted baby.

‘What else?’

“It made me sick to my stomach because, if they’re going to lie about something like this, what else?” Strickler remarked. “It’s actually one of the things that if the public knew, they definitely would care.”

Thousands of people have sought exemptions from workplace Covid vaccine mandates on grounds of religious or conscience exemptions citing the use of fetal cells in the development of Covid vaccines and have been denied their requests. Social media platforms have routinely deleted posts about fetal tissue in Covid vaccine development and mainstream media have “fact-checked” reports as “misinformation.” Strickler said that Pfizer knows this.

‘They’re just deceitful’

“They’re just simply being deceitful. I mean, they could end the conspiracy theories, they could correct the fact-checkers on social media and they remain silent because they know if they do say, ‘yeah, we did use fetal cell lines in the development of this,’ they know that they’re not able to deny the religious exemptions. I think that’s what it’s about.

“It’s wrong in my opinion to benefit from an abortion. I don’t think God would want us doing those things. But it goes deeper than that as to public deceit and they’re trying to give it to children.”

Gene editing

“I thought all this stuff was conspiracy things,” Strickler told LifeSite reporter Jim Hale. She described the deceit from Pfizer as “endless,” however. “I don’t think they’ve been honest about a single thing about this vaccine other than it’s experimental. And that it’s mRNA technology.”

She added that the mRNA technology of the vaccines could be used with CRISPR technology for gene editing and that fact is also being obscured to the public in messages from Pfizer, the mainstream media and government. 

Pfizer employees ready to quit

Strickler said that before Covid she had enjoyed her job as a product inspector but that since the pandemic began many employees have “vaccine regret” after getting the shots and “a lot of people refused to get it. In fact, over half of the employees are willing to walk out over this and Pfizer knows that.”

Strickler compared the drug giant with an “abusive, rich husband.” She said the company offers excellent benefits and pay, “but they don’t exactly treat you the best in the sense that they don’t seem to value all their employees equally.”

She described frequent “virtue signaling” emails sent to employees, including one proclaiming Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla “Father of the Year.”

Strickler said she had often wanted to quit after Covid vaccine manufacturing began at the McPherson plant and had prayed about it, but felt compelled to hang on, until she discovered a database of explosive and deceitful company emails that she eventually exposed to Project Veritas.

After the exposé aired, Strickler received a phone call from an employee at Pfizer telling her not to come to work again and a letter from the company confirmed that she was fired.

LifeSite is joining Veritas in raising funds for Strickler in recognition of her bravery in speaking out in defense of truth.

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Saint Teresa of Avila, the Big Flower

Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada
Born at Avila, Old Castile, 28 March, 1515
Died at Alba de Tormes, 4 October, 1582 

Feast 15th October

The third child of Don Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda by his second wife, Doña Beatriz Davila y Ahumada, who died when the saint was in her fourteenth year, Teresa was brought up by her saintly father, a lover of serious books, and a tender and pious mother.

After her death and the marriage of her eldest sister, Teresa was sent for her education to the Augustinian nuns at Avila, but owing to illness she left at the end of eighteen months, and for some years remained with her father and occasionally with other relatives, notably an uncle who made her acquainted with the Letters of St. Jerome, which determined her to adopt the religious life, not so much through any attraction towards it, as through a desire of choosing the safest course.

Entering the Carmelite Convent

Unable to obtain her father’s consent she left his house unknown to him in November 1535, to enter the Carmelite Convent of the Incarnation at Avila, which then counted 140 nuns. 

The wrench from her family caused her a pain which she ever afterwards compared to that of death. However, her father at once yielded and Teresa took the habit.

Portrait of St Teresa of Avila
This is the only portrait of St. Teresa, which day after day, she obediently sat for as a penance. It was painted when St. Teresa was 61, by Friar Juan de la Miseria in 1576. When the picture was finished, with a faint smile, she said: “God forgive you Fray Juan! To think that after all I have suffered at your hands, you should paint me so bleary eyed and ugly!”

After her profession in the following year she became very seriously ill, and underwent a prolonged cure and such unskillful medical treatment that she was reduced to a most pitiful state, and even after partial recovery through the intercession of St. Joseph, her health remained permanently impaired.

During these years of suffering she began the practice of mental prayer, but fearing that her conversations with some world-minded relatives, frequent visitors at the convent, rendered her unworthy of the graces God bestowed on her in prayer, discontinued it until she came under the influence, first of the Dominicans, and afterwards of the Jesuits.

Visions and Locutions

Meanwhile God had begun to visit her with “intellectual visions and locutions”, that is, manifestations in which the exterior senses were in no way affected, the things seen and the words heard being directly impressed upon her mind, and giving her wonderful strength in trials, reprimanding her for unfaithfulness, and consoling her in trouble.

The stone that St. Teresa sat on
This is the stone that St. Teresa sat on, waiting for King Philip II. This stone generally goes unnoticed, it is on the front left corner of El Escorial.

Unable to reconcile such graces with her shortcomings, which her delicate conscience represented as grievous faults, she had recourse not only to the most spiritual confessors she could find, but also to some saintly laymen, who, never suspecting that the account she gave them of her sins was greatly exaggerated, believed these manifestations to be the work of the evil spirit.

The more she endeavored to resist them the more powerfully did God work in her soul. The whole city of Avila was troubled by the reports of the visions of this nun. It was reserved to St. Francis Borgia and St. Peter of Alcantara, and afterwards to a number of Dominicans (particularly Pedro Ibañez and Domingo Bañez), Jesuits, and other religious and secular priests, to discern the work of God and to guide her on a safe road.

Spiritual Life

The account of her spiritual life contained in the “Life written by herself” (completed in 1565, an earlier version being lost), in the “Relations”, and in the “Interior Castle”, forms one of the most remarkable spiritual biographies with which only the “Confessions of St. Augustine” can bear comparison.

The main altar, in Alba de Tormes
Her incorrupt body, which is above the main altar, in Alba de Tormes. Despite all her illness, which she endured her entire life, the body of St. Teresa, remained as white and smooth as alabaster, like that of a child of three. All the wrinkles that had gathered since her illness had vanished. A sweet smell which nobody could describe or identify came from the body and everything that had touched it – towels, garments, even St. Teresa’s finger prints on a plate. It became so overpowering in the cell where she died that the windows had to be opened to prevent headaches and fainting.

To this period belong also such extraordinary manifestations as the piercing or transverberation of her heart, the spiritual espousals, and the mystical marriage.

A vision of the place destined for her in hell in case she should have been unfaithful to grace, determined her to seek a more perfect life.

After many troubles and much opposition St. Teresa founded the convent of Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Primitive Rule of St. Joseph at Avila (24 August 1562), and after six months obtained permission to take up her residence there.

Four years later she received the visit of the General of the Carmelites, John-Baptist Rubeo (Rossi), who not only approved of what she had done but granted leave for the foundation of other convents of friars as well as nuns.

In rapid succession she established her nuns at Medina del Campo (1567), Malagon and Valladolid (1568), Toledo and Pastrana (1569), Salamanca (1570), Alba de Tormes (1571), Segovia (1574), Veas and Seville (1575), and Caravaca (1576).

In the “Book of Foundations” she tells the story of these convents, nearly all of which were established in spite of violent opposition but with manifest assistance from above.

Personal things of St Teresa
The hourglass, spoon, and various dishes that were used by St. Teresa. St Teresa was especially fond of a gospel story of the Samaritan woman at the well seeking the water of life and she would say to Him over and over again, “Lord, give me that water!” To her water always seemed something delightful and marvelous, something at once so natural and so inexplicable, so clearly and evidence of the power of goodness of God, that she was constantly admiring it and trying to think of ways to describe its properties. From her childhood till her death, she never lost this wonder and delight at the sight and feeling of water.

Everywhere she found souls generous enough to embrace the austerities of the primitive rule of Carmel. Having made the acquaintance of Antonio de Heredia, prior of Medina, and St. John of the Cross (q.v.), she established her reform among the friars (28 November 1568), the first convents being those of Duruelo (1568), Pastrana (1569), Mancera, and Alcalá de Henares (1570). 

A new epoch began with the entrance into religion of Jerome Gratian, inasmuch as this remarkable man was almost immediately entrusted by the nuncio with the authority of visitor Apostolic of the Carmelite friars and nuns of the old observance in Andalusia, and as such considered himself entitled to overrule the various restrictions insisted upon by the general and the general chapter.

On the death of the nuncio and the arrival of his successor a fearful storm burst over St. Teresa and her work, lasting four years and threatening to annihilate the nascent reform. The incidents of this persecution are best described in her letters.

The storm at length passed, and the province of Discalced Carmelites, with the support of Philip II, was approved and canonically established on 22 June, 1580.

St. Teresa, old and broken in health, made further foundations at Villnuava de la Jara and Palencia (1580), Soria (1581), Granada (through her assistant the Venerable Anne of Jesus), and at Burgos (1582).

Death of Saint Teresa

She left this latter place at the end of July, and, stopping at Palencia, Valldolid, and Medina del Campo, reached Alba de Torres in September, suffering intensely. Soon she took to her bed and passed away on 4 October, 1582, the following day, owing to the reform of the calendar, being reckoned as 15 October.

St Teresa of Avila's incorrupt heart
Her incorrupt heart, which was pierced with an arrow. Her body was exhumed so many several times after her death, and each time of the body was found incorrupt, firm and sweet smelling.

After some years her body was transferred to Avila, but later on reconveyed to Alba, where it is still preserved incorrupt. Her heart, too, showing the marks of the Transverberation, is exposed there to the veneration of the faithful. She was beatified in 1614, and canonized in 1622 by Gregory XV, the feast being fixed on 15 October. St. Teresa’s position among writers on mystical theology is unique.

In all her writings on this subject she deals with her personal experiences, which a deep insight and analytical gifts enabled her to explain clearly.

The Thomistic substratum may be traced to the influence of her confessors and directors, many of whom belonged to the Dominican Order.

She herself had no pretension to found a school in the accepted sense of the term, and there is no vestige in her writings of any influence of the Aeropagite, the Patristic, or the Scholastic Mystical schools, as represented among others, by the German Dominican Mystics.

She is intensely personal, her system going exactly as far as her experiences, but not a step further.

Saint Terese of Avila's bed
The room where St Teresa died

This is the room where St. Teresa of Avila died. Shortly, before St. Teresa’s died, Ana de San Bartolome saw our Lord at the foot of St. Teresa’s bed in majesty and splendor, attended by myriad angels, and at the head, The Ten Thousand Martyrs who had promised St. Teresa in a rapture just before to come for her in the moment of death. When she sighted her last, one of the sisters saw something like a white dove pass from her mouth.

And while Sister Catalina de la Concepcion, who was very holy and had a less than a year to live was sitting by the low window opening on the cloister by La Madre’s cell, she heard a great noise as of a throng of joyful and hilarious people making merry; and then saw innumerable resplendent people, all dressed in white, pass the cloister and into the room of dying Saint, where the nuns gathered about her seemed but a handful in comparison; and then all advanced toward the bed.

And this was the moment St. Teresa died.

Images of Avila, Spain today

Avila, Spain today
Avila, Spain today
Avila, Spain today
Avila, Spain today

(Source: America Needs Fatima Blog)

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