Vienna Cardinal Schönborn to host ‘blasphemous’ pro-LGBT benefit concert in Cathedral again……………………………‘Good news for pro-lifers’: US abortion rate continues downward trend, CDC report claims………………………… Texas Attorney General joins fight to stop hospital taking baby off life support…………………………David Daleiden sues abortionist for calling videos of baby body parts trade ‘fake’………………………….Swiss Bishop explains why he dares to raise concerns about Pope Francis…………………………Petition demands Fr. James Martin not be considered for Philadelphia archbishop………………………………Dead silence from Church hierarchy on Fr. James Martin’s depiction of Jesus as a gay man……………………………….

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World AIDS Day charity concert taking place in St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, Vienna, Nov. 30, 2018.
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Vienna Cardinal Schönborn to host ‘blasphemous’ pro-LGBT benefit concert in Cathedral again

VIENNA, Austria, November 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn is yet again allowing a pro-LGBT benefit concert to take place in Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral.

This is the third time Vienna’s Archbishop has allowed the “LIFE+” association to use the cathedral as a venue for the World AIDS Day charity concert that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The event last year, which the Cardinal attended, featured a shirtless actor known for playing homosexual roles standing on the altar rail, loud rock and electronic music, and actors dressed as demons.

This year, Austria’s infamous drag queen “Conchita Wurst,” who won worldwide fame when he represented his nation at the 2014 Eurovision contest, is one of a number of performers scheduled to appear at the “Believe Together” fundraiser in Vienna’s 14th-century mother church. The cathedral show, titled “The Yearning for the Angels…,” will be the main event among 15 being held across Vienna on November 30 to raise money for AIDS relief projects.

The organizer of the event, homosexual activist Gery Keszler, thanked the cardinal when he announced the show.

“We are very grateful for the trust placed in us by Cardinal Schönborn,” he said.

Keszler is particularly eager for this year’s concert to be a success, for his annual fundraising  “Life Ball” has been discontinued, resulting in the loss of up to 500,000 Euros to Viennese AIDs and HIV charities, he said.

The show is being co-sponsored by the Knights of Malta of Austria.

A source in Vienna told LifeSiteNews that “Cardinal Christoph Schönborn intends to desecrate St. Stephen’s Cathedral with homosexualist abominations again.”

“A certain Mr. Gery Keszler is organizer of the blasphemous ‘life-ball’, a homosexualist fund-raising event – and orgy. Presently, he has run out of money. He is a close friend of Cardinal Schönborn,” the source said.

Alexander Tschugguelwho removed Pachamama pagan idols from a church in Rome during the Amazon Synod, told LifeSiteNews that Austrian Catholics “really don’t like the cathedral being used to promote the LGBT cause.”

Tschugguel, who lives in Austria, underscored that the LIFE+ events ultimately give Austria’s most prominent LGBT activists a pulpit in the Catholic cathedral.

“Keszler is one of the main LGBT activists in Austria,” Tschugguel said. “He is one of the big faces because of his Life Ball.”

The Life Ball, which Keszler founded in 1992, was believed to be Europe’s largest annual fundraiser for AIDS/HIV research and charities. The star-studded event ended its 27-year run with a final party in Vienna’s town hall this June.

The Life Ball was canceled, Tschugguel said, because Keszler lost the support of corporate sponsors through both his unbridled hedonism and allegations he misused charitable donations to fund his lavish lifestyle.

“[Keszler] is known to be very gross,” Tshugguel stated. “And many times he has used the Cathedral to promote LGBT.”

Tshugguel said he is less concerned about “Conchita Wurst’s” performances than he is about Cardinal Schönborn allowing the “gay icon” and other major LGBT activists to speak their minds “in our beautiful cathedral.”

“Conchita Wurst,” whose real name is Thomas Neuwirth, gave a speech in the “Stephansdom” in 2017 when Cardinal Schönborn permitted at LGBT-themed prayer service. Keszler was the co-organizer of this event, too.

Keszler embroiled Schönborn in another controversy when he claimed in 2018 that the cardinal had blessed him and his homosexual partner at a private dinner party. After the blessing, said Keszler, “his confidant had brought a bottle of champagne, and he loosened the cork, and after this blessing, this cork bursts into the air, comes thundering down, and breaks his plate – my most expensive Meissen plate!”

“This was no little bit of a forced outing for the cardinal,” Keszler said, “but since he has done it, he probably will also be fine with me saying it.”

Last year Cardinal Schönborn received criticism for allowing and attending the event at the cathedral. Austrian Father Johannes Maria Schwarz published an article afterwards on the website Kath.net critiquing the use of the iconic cathedral for the secular event. While the money went to a good cause – an HIV hospice in South Africa – Father Schwarz remarked that this house of God, “the heart of Catholic Vienna,” has been turned into a “multipurpose hall.” The event might well show “the death of a feeble Church,” he added.

Part of last year’s event was the performance in the cathedral of adaption of a 1911 Austrian play called “Jedermann.”  The revamped “Jederman” starred Philipp Hochmair – a celebrated Austrian actor known for his homosexual roles in different pro-LGBT movies  –  and featured his rock band God’s Electrohand (Elektrohand Gottes).

In pictures, he is shirtless, standing on the altar rail. The concert was loud, with flickering lights, and many actors were dressed as demons. The Jedermann (Everyman) play depicts a wealthy man who realizes in his last hours of life that neither his friends nor his money will follow him into the grave. He then converts to Christianity. The organizers stated afterwards that they had received 68,000 euros in donations.

Contact information for respectful communications:

Cardinal Schönborn’s secretary Dr. Hubert Philipp Weber
Email: ebs@edw.or.at

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‘Good news for pro-lifers’: US abortion rate continues downward trend, CDC report claims

ATLANTA, Georgia, November 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The number of abortions in the United States along with the abortion rate has continued its downward trend, the U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated in a report released this week.

Overall, it’s “good news for pro-lifers,” who are seeing their efforts to stop abortion reflected in these numbers, said Dr. Michael New, one of the foremost researchers on abortion statistics in the United States. New is currently a visiting professor of political science and social research at Catholic University of America as well as an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute and a fellow at the Witherspoon Institute.

“Both the number of abortions and the abortion rate fell by approximately two percent since 2015,” New told LifeSiteNews.

“The decline was widespread as 33 of the 46 states that reported abortion data by state of occurrence saw their abortion numbers fall. The U.S. abortion rate has fallen by 25 percent since 2007. The U.S. abortion rate has fallen by approximately 50 percent since 1980,” he continued.

“This shows that efforts by pro-lifers to change hearts and minds, enact protective laws, and assist women through pregnancy help centers have all been effective,” he added.

Yesterday, the CDC published an “Abortion Surveillance” detailing the number, rates, and ratio of legal abortions to live births for 2016, based on 48 reporting areas within the United States. These included New York City and all of the American states excluding California, Maryland, and New Hampshire. The District of Columbia was not one of the 48 reporting areas. The numbers include both surgical and chemical abortions.

According to the CDC, a total of 623,471 abortions in 2016 were reported to them by the 48 areas. This is a drop from the 636,902 reported by the same areas in 2015. It is a dramatic drop from the 825,240 abortions reported in 2007.

The abortion rate for 2016 was 11.6 per 1,000 women age 15-44. This, the CDC reported, was a decrease from the abortion rate of 11.8 per 1,000 women age 15-44 reported in 2015. Again, this was a dramatic drop from the rate of 15.6 abortions per 1,000 women age 15-44 reported in 2007.

The abortion to live births ratio for 2016 was 186 abortions per 1,000 live births. This was a slight decrease from the ratio for 2015, which was 188 abortions per 1,000 live births. However, it was again a dramatic decrease from the ratio for 2007, which was 226 abortions per 1,000 live births.

“In 2016, all three measures reached their lowest level for the entire period of analysis (2007-2016),” the CDC stated.

This continues a downward trend only interrupted once since the historic high of the 1980s.

“After nationwide legalization of abortion in 1973, the total number, rate … and ratio … of reported abortions increased rapidly, reaching the highest levels in the 1980s before decreasing at a slow yet steady pace,” the CDC explained.

“During 2006-2008, a break occurred in the previously sustained pattern of decrease although this break has been followed in subsequent years by even greater decreases.”

Dr. New told LifeSiteNews in a September 2019 interview that abortion advocates are “spinning” the abortion numbers “very aggressively to try to make the case that pro-life policies have had little to do with the recent decline in the U.S. abortion rate.” He said that when one looks at the long-term data, a key factor in the massive decline in the U.S. abortion rate since 1980 is because a “higher percentage of unintended pregnancies are being carried to term.”

“If a higher percentage of unintended pregnancies are being carried to term, that means that pro-life efforts to (A) change hearts and minds, (B) assist pregnant women, and (C) enact protective pro-life laws have all been successful,” he said.

The “Abortion Surveillance” also collected data on the women who underwent abortion in 2016, including age, race/ethnicity, and marital status, among other categories.

Age of women who underwent abortion in 2016

In the data complied by the CDC from 46 areas, women age 20-24 accounted for 30 percent of all abortions done in 2016, and women age 25-29 accounted for 28.5 percent. This means that 58.5 percent of abortions were performed on women in their 20s in 2016. Women in their 20s also had the highest abortion rates in 2016 ― 19.1 per 1,000 women age 20-24 and 17.8 per 1,000 age 25-29. The majority of adolescents who had abortions in 2016 (67.8 percent of all adolescents who underwent the procedures) were 18 and 19 years old.

No reason for the particular susceptibility of 18- and 19-year-olds to abortion was mentioned in the report. However, the good news is that “from 2007 to 2016, abortion rates decreased among all age groups, although the decreases for adolescents (67 percent and 56 percent for adolescents age <15 and 15-19 years, respectively) were greater than the decreases for women in all older age groups.” In short, there has been a dramatic decrease in teenagers having abortions since 2007.

Girls under 15 accounted for the smallest percentage of abortions in 2016 (0.3 percent, which was 653) and women over 40 were involved in the next smallest percentage in 2016 (3.5 percent, which was 8,107). They also had the lowest abortion rates (“0.4 and 2.5 abortions per 1,000 women age <15 and ≥40 years, respectively”).

Race/ethnicity

Abortion continues to affect disproportionately the African-American community. According to the 32 areas that reported for race/ethnicity, in 2016 non-Hispanic black women accounted for 38 percent of all abortions, non-Hispanic white women accounted for 35 percent, Hispanic women accounted for 18.8 percent, and women of other race/ethnic groups accounted for 8.2 percent.

Non-Hispanic black women had the highest abortion rate of 26.2 abortions per 1,000 women and the highest abortion ratio of 401 abortions per 1,000 live births in 2016. Non-Hispanic white women had the lowest abortion rate of 6.3 abortions per 1,000 women and the lowest abortion ratio of 109 abortions per 1,000 live births in 2016. Hispanic women had a rate of 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women in 2016.

However, there were substantial decreases in the abortion rate for the three largest groups of women since 2007 — a 29 percent decrease for non-Hispanic black women (from 36.7 to 26.2), a 33 percent decrease for non-Hispanic white women (from 9.4 to 6.3), and a most encouraging 44 percent decrease for Hispanic women (from 21.2 to 11.8).

Marital status

Among the 42 areas that reported marital status, the vast majority of women who underwent abortion in 2016 (85.9 percent) were unmarried. According to the CDC, the abortion ratio was 41 abortions per 1,000 live births for married women and 380 abortions for 1,000 live births for unmarried women. The percentage of married women having abortions seems to have gone down since 2008. However, the ratio of unmarried women having abortions compared with unmarried women giving birth to babies allowed to live has gone down too.

“Among the 29 reporting areas that provided these data for the relevant years of comparison (2007 versus 2016, 2007 versus 2011, 2012 versus 2016, and 2015 versus 2016), the percentage of abortions among unmarried women increased three percent from 2007 to 2016 (from 83.5 percent to 86.0 percent), with a larger increase from 2007 to 2011 (three percent) than from 2012 to 2016 (<1 percent),” the CDC explained.

“Among unmarried women, the abortion ratio decreased 16 percent from 2007 to 2016 (from 390 to 326 abortions per 1,000 live births), with a larger decrease also occurring from 2012 to 2016 (10 percent) than from 2007 to 2011 (three percent). Among married women, the abortion ratio decreased 31 percent from 2007 to 2016 (from 49 to 34 abortions per 1,000 live births), with similar decreases occurring from 2012 to 2016 (13 percent) and from 2007 to 2011 (14 percent).

One interesting piece of data about married women who have abortions is that the percentage was highest among non-Hispanic women in the “Other” group (31.9 percent) than for non-Hispanic white women (16.8 percent), Hispanic women (15.3 percent), and non-Hispanic black women (7.9 percent).

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Texas Attorney General joins fight to stop hospital taking baby off life support

TEXAS, November 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has come out in support of a family trying to save their nine-month old girl from being pulled from life support by medical staff at Cook Children’s Medical Center, in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Paxton announced a friend-of-the-court brief in aid of Tinslee Lewis, the infant, last week, in direct opposition to the Texas Advance Directives Act, a law that in effect gives families only 10 days to find a new hospital if the hospital that is treating their child decides to stop the treatment.

“One of the core principles provided by the U.S. Constitution is that no person should be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law,” said Paxton in a statement he gave on November 22.

“This unconstitutional statute infringes on patients’ right to life and does not allow patients and their families sufficient notice and the opportunity to be heard before physicians override the rights of their patients,” he added.

The controversial Texas Advance Directives Act, signed into law in 1999 by then-Governor of Texas George W. Bush, was designed to allow patients the ability to state their medical wishes into the future. The controversial part of the Act is Section 166.046, in which it states that, (even against the wishes of any existing patients directive), if a doctor gives notification of their refusal to further treat a patient, gets approval from a committee, and no other doctor agrees to take in or help the patient; the hospital is only obligated to provide up to ten days of care before any life-sustaining treatment (which includes dialysis), is removed from patients suffering from a terminal illness.

The law does allow for parents and family members to attend the committee hearing, and they must be provided advance notice of at least 48 hours before the committee (sans the attending physician) meets.

Baby Tinslee has not left Cook Children’s Medical Center since her birth. She was born prematurely and has undergone intensive surgeries that were needed to treat a serious heart defect and severe chronic pulmonary hypertension, along with lung disease.

The Texas Advance Directives Act has caused baby Tinslee and her family distress. It has been an uphill yet courageous fight for baby Tinslee’s family since October 31, when doctors at Cook Children’s said they would remove her from life-support on November 10. Hospital physicians claim her condition is too severe to reverse, and that they have done all they can for her.

After receiving the news of the committee’s findings, Tinslee’s mother, with the help of Texas Right to Life, was able to obtain a temporary restraining order against the hospital until November 22.

“I thought they was going to pull the plug on my baby. I didn’t think that she was going to still be here today. And that’s what I’m grateful for,” said Tinslee’s mother, Trinity Lewis at a press conference on November 9, according to CNN. “It was a big relief because I’ve been running around all week trying to get help until Sunday, and then I finally got what I’ve been praying for.”

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On November 19, 323rd District Judge Alex Kim renewed the temporary restraining order, as reported by Texas Right to Life, which prevents the hospital from taking baby Tinslee off her feeding tube and ventilator. It also gives the Tinslee family until December 10 to find a hospital willing to take the baby in.

On November 15, Cook Children’s filed a motion that requested that Judge Kim be ordered to recuse himself from involvement in the case.

The hospital claimed that he is “personally biased in the case based on his affiliation with groups that have campaigned against the law under which the hospital tried to end Tinslee’s treatment,” as reported in the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram.

The contentious Texas Advance Directives Act, according to The Houston Law Review journal, was passed as a compromise to appease both the pro-life camp and those in the medical community.

“The consensus at the time of passage did not last long because pro-life and disability rights groups grew concerned with how doctors and hospitals implemented the statute’s procedures. It became clear that the statute provided doctors with absolute immunity yet provided only ‘very weak procedural protections for patients’,” as stated in the journal.

In the past, the Texas Advance Directives Act has caused confusion and ambiguity for other patients caught up in the controversial parts of the law. There are many examples as cited in a 2016 Houston Press article.

The case of David Chris Dunn is one such example. His mother, Evelyn Kelly, fought hard in opposition from having his life support removed after a doctor-led panel decided that there was nothing more they could do for him. For David, he died naturally on life support, before any machines were removed. This was due to help from Texas Right To Life as well as to the determination of his mother to keep her child alive.

The fight for baby Tinslee continues. A court hearing is scheduled December 4-5 to decide whether to give a temporary injunction granting baby Tinslee more time beyond the impending December 10 deadline.

“She deserves the chance to fight for her life, and she’s got a troop that will help her 100 per cent and above,” Tinslee’s great aunt, Beverly Winston, was quoted as saying in a November 23 ABC news article.

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David Daleiden sues abortionist for calling videos of baby body parts trade ‘fake’

November 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life investigator David Daleiden and the Centre for Medical Progress (CMP) are suing a former Planned Parenthood abortionist for claiming that undercover footage that shows her negotiating the harvesting and selling of body parts from aborted babies is “fake.”

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Dr. Savita Ginde, the former Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain, accused Daleiden and his organization of fabricating evidence in a book she wrote as well as in a TEDx talk.

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released undercover videos in 2015 that showed top Planned Parenthood leaders negotiating the harvesting and sale of aborted fetal body parts. Part of the video series released in July 2015 include undercover footage of CMP’s meeting with Dr. Ginde, then the Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, where CMP undercover investigators posed as representatives of a biotech company seeking to purchase and re-sell human fetal organs and tissues, modeling themselves after real-life fetal tissue wholesaler companies.

The footage shows Dr. Ginde responding to Daleiden’s comparison of a flat fee per fetus versus per-organ pricing for aborted fetal remains, stating, “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

Dr. Ginde is also seen describing how frequently a fetus may be delivered intact for organ harvesting, saying: “if someone delivers before we are able to see them for a procedure, then we are intact,” and that, “intact is probably less than 10 percent.”

Dr. Ginde, who has since left Planned Parenthood, has published a memoir and made a TEDx presentation, in which she claims that the undercover footage is “dubbed”, “spliced and diced”, and even “fabricated” and “fake”. But earlier this month in federal court, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Planned Parenthood Federation of America stipulated that “the words used by [Planned Parenthood’s] personnel and the [CMP investigators] in the video recorded by the [investigators] were spoken by those persons.”

In her book, The Real Cost of Fake News: The Hidden Truth Behind the Planned Parenthood Video Scandal, Dr. Ginde claims the undercover footage is “manipulated” in order to “make it look like I did something that I have actually never done and said things I actually never said” and claims that “[t]he words and actions are completely false.” Yet Dr. Ginde also writes that she never fully watched the undercover footage and “had no intention of ever doing so.”

Daleiden said that the abortionist must be held accountable for her “false statements” about his undercover investigation.

“I welcome Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, current and former, speaking honestly and publicly about their work, especially as it regards fetal experimentation and organ harvesting. This is the reason CMP’s undercover footage continues to have such a profound impact on the public conscience. But anyone who tries to attack our undercover reporting by making false statements about our work should expect to make a public correction or be held accountable in a court of law,” he said.

First Amendment lawyer Harmeet Dhillon of the Dhillon Law Group, who filed the complaint on behalf of Daleiden and CMP, commented that Dr. Ginde’s “demonstrably false statements” must be corrected.

“The First Amendment protects the rights of every American, including Dr. Ginde, to disagree with my clients and express their own views publicly–but when someone makes demonstrably false statements and refuses to correct them, as Dr. Ginde repeatedly did in multiple forums, our clients have the right to set the record straight in court, and we look forward to our day in court against Dr. Ginde.”

Earlier this month Daleiden and the CMP undercover investigators were found guilty of multiple crimes by a San Francisco civil court and ordered to pay millions in damages for the work they did exposing Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting of aborted babies. The case was heard by San Francisco’s U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick III, who has ties to Planned Parenthood, but refused to disqualify himself when defense requested him to do so. Daleiden and the CMP are appealing the case.

The case is 2019CV031764 David Daleiden and The Center for Medical Progress, Inc. v. Dr. Savita Ginde, in Jefferson County, CO. The complaint can be read here.

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Swiss Bishop explains why he dares to raise concerns about Pope Francis

November 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Bishop Marian Eleganti, the auxiliary bishop of Chur, Switzerland, has not shied away from defending Church teaching the past several years. In this episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, His Excellency continues his outspoken approach and explains why he raises concerns about Pope Francis.

Before the Synod began, Bishop Eleganti expressed strong support for Cardinal Brandmüller’s critique of the synod’s working document. He said many bishops don’t speak up because they are diplomatic and political.

However, he said he always speaks his conscience even though “it never happens without pain and prayer.”

“I don’t like to criticize the pope,” he admits. But “I am not at peace in conscience when I don’t pronounce myself…I feel an obligation in my heart.”

Bishop Eleganti expressed worry that the College of Cardinals don’t really know each other very well because they are from such disparate parts of the world. He said it’s “not good” that they don’t come together and dialogue with the Pope in order to help him and give their advice.

In today’s episode, His Excellency stated that the Church can’t “abolish such a long tradition as celibacy” because Christ himself lived in a celibate way. Bishop Eleganti said that married clergy will undermine celibacy and that “in the long term we will not gain anything but we will lose a lot.”

Furthermore, Bishop Eleganti told me the Pachamama ceremony was “idolatry” and a “syncretistic veneration.”

“For me, it’s a no-go.” “Pachamama is a deity…it’ not the Holy Spirit…we need Jesus Christ.”

He also said that we already have a Mother, the Blessed Virgin, and that our “common house” is the Catholic Church, not the earth itself.

Synod proposals of having women play more prominent roles are “little steps” aimed at the promotion of women priests, he said. But, the Holy Spirit has already spoken on this topic, and the Church cannot change its teachings.

Bishop Eleganti closed our discussion by saying he is “very trustful” in “the supernatural nature of the Church” because Christ is “always” alive in the Church. He said he is impressed by lay Catholics who can see things and say things that even Bishops and Cardinals don’t. He advised that Catholics always speak their mind with love and charity and not in an angry way with “hard words.”

“The love has to come through,” he said.

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Petition demands Fr. James Martin not be considered for Philadelphia archbishop

November 27, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A national discussion was triggered after a petition addressed to the U.S. papal nuncio was launched last week asking him to stop the appointment of Fr. James Martin, S.J. as archbishop of Philadelphia.

The petition was begun by Donna Bethell, a Catholic attorney and former U.S. Department of Energy undersecretary who recently stepped down as chairman of Christendom College’s board of directors.

The petition, which has gathered over 4,000 signatures in less than a week, states:

There is a credible report that Fr. James Martin, S.J., is being considered for appointment as Archbishop of Philadelphia. He would replace retiring Archbishop Charles Chaput, who recently found it necessary to warn that Fr. Martin should not be relied upon to accurately present Catholic doctrine on sexuality. Archbishop Chaput issued a statement detailing five points on which Fr. Martin clashes with Church teaching. For example, he says that Fr. Martin “inspires hope that the Church’s teachings on human sexuality can be changed.”

After Archbishop Chaput’s warning, other bishops also weighed in: Fr. Martin responded that he never contradicts Church teaching. That might be literally true, but Archbishop Chaput points out that that is not enough: “[T]he point is not to ‘not challenge’ what the Church believes about human sexuality, but to preach and teach it with confidence, joy, and zeal. Biblical truth liberates; it is never a cause for embarrassment.”

We need bishops who are clear and strong teachers of the whole of the Catholic Faith. There is a trend to appoint to major sees in the U.S. men who are supporters of the homosexual agenda, such as Cardinal Cupich in Chicago and Cardinal Tobin in Newark. Can anyone doubt that an Archbishop Martin in Philadelphia would follow their lead and very soon be given the red hat that was denied to Archbishop Chaput?

When pressed by LifeSiteNews to disclose the identity of the person who told her Martin was being vetted by the Vatican for the position of Philadelphia prelate, Bethell explained that he must remain anonymous because of his position.

“His source is Jesuits and what he heard is that Archbishop Pierre is seeking references for Fr. Martin for Archbishop of Philadelphia,” Bethell told LifeSiteNews. “As you know, this is a normal step in the development of candidates.”

“But the history of this pontificate is that normal processes are often short-circuited, so this appointment could occur at any time,” she added. “That is why I chose to go public now with what little I know. Once an appointment is made it is too late to stop it.”

“A year ago our group Catholic Laity and others, especially journalist George Neumayr, objected loudly to the appointment of Cardinal Tobin to Washington. We acted on no more than what we have here, an unconfirmed private report, yet within weeks Cardinal  Tobin told Mr. Neumayr he was staying in Newark,” recounted Bethell.

“Did we have an effect?” she wondered. “They will never admit it. But my job is not to worry about that. It is to do what I can when I can to defend the Church.”

“People are telling me that this couldn’t happen, he isn’t even a bishop, he has no pastoral experience, he can’t go from just a priest to archbishop,” continued Bethell. “Really? The Pope just made a simple priest, Fr. Czerny, S.J., a Cardinal,” she pointed out. “Apparently it helps if you are a Jesuit. Oh, yeah, it’s Fr. Martin, S.J. These people just enshrined an idol in St. Peter’s Basilica. We better wake up to the new rules.”

John Zmirak, Catholic author and senior editor of The Stream, has a different take on the matter.

“Someone probably leaked Martin’s name so we’d be a little RELIEVED when the Bolshevik McElroy got it instead,” tweeted Zmirak.

Here’s something else to think about: if McElroy or someone else succeeds Archbishop Chaput in Philadelphia, the Atlanta see is still open after Wilton Gregory’s departure to Washington, D.C. If Martin is destined to soon become a bishop, Atlanta is another plum place for him to land.

Ponder that: it’s possible that one morning, we could wake up to the news that we suddenly have Archbishop Robert McElroy in Philadelphia and a newly minted Archbishop James Martin, S.J. in Atlanta. Or vice versa.

Does the Vatican aim to stack the deck with pro-LGBT prelates in the U.S.?

We already have two liberal, pro-LGBT cardinals in the U.S.: Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich and Newark’s Cardinal Joseph Tobin.

All three — Cupich, Tobin, and McElroy — have endorsed Fr. Martin’s work.

Adding Martin as archbishop of Philadelphia or Atlanta would establish a powerful cabal to force the normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism within the Catholic Church in the United States.

Last year, after former U.S. papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò published his explosive testimony exposing the complicity of high-ranking church officials in the Theodore McCarrick sex abuse scandal, Cupich, Tobin, and McElroy sought to undermine Viganò’s credibility.

Viganò said in his testimony:

Father James Martin, S.J. … appointed Consultor of the Secretariat for Communications, well-known activist who promotes the LGBT agenda, chosen to corrupt the young people who will soon gather in Dublin for the World Meeting of Families, is nothing but a sad recent example of that deviated wing of the Society of Jesus.

No wonder that Viganò’s testimony incited such vindictiveness from the three prelates: He spoke the truth about the pro-gay Fr. James Martin.

Perhaps the most significant tie that binds this trio — Cupich, Tobin, and McElroy — is that each owes his rise to dizzying heights in the Roman Catholic hierarchy to disgraced former cardinal McCarrick.

“The appointments of Blase Cupich to Chicago and Joseph W. Tobin to Newark were orchestrated by McCarrick,” noted Archbishop Viganò in his testimony.

“The appointment of McElroy in San Diego was also orchestrated from above,” said Viganò, “with an encrypted peremptory order to me as Nuncio, by Cardinal Parolin: ‘Reserve the See of San Diego for McElroy.’

“McElroy was also well aware of McCarrick’s abuses,” added Viganò.

The petition concludes:

Sign this petition and tell the papal nuncio, Archbishop Pierre, who is reported to be collecting references on Fr. Martin, that his appointment would be intolerable. Tell him we want worthy shepherds who will be leaders in teaching and practicing the fullness of Catholicism, not more men who will obfuscate and obscure and avoid the inconvenient truths.

Martin M. Barillas contributed to this post.

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Dead silence from Church hierarchy on Fr. James Martin’s depiction of Jesus as a gay man

November 27, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — After Fr. James Martin, SJ posted a tweet featuring a painting drawn from a series of blasphemous homoerotic works depicting the life of Jesus as if he were a gay man, the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States and Fr. Martin’s superiors have chosen not to publicly rebuke him.

Through their silence, over 400 U.S. bishops once again have given the impression that Fr. Martin speaks with authority on behalf of the Church. They have lent tacit approval to the anti-Biblical notions that Jesus can be viewed as a gay man, that the homoeroticizing of the passion of the Christ is acceptable, and that the resurrection is all about Jesus rising “to enjoy homoerotic moments with God.”

Blasphemy, if it involves homosexuality, is evidently no big deal. This is an odd stance for our bishops, whose credibility is still reeling as revelations of priest and prelate homosexual abuse continue to rock the Church, undermining the trust of the laity and many priests.

The painting Martin included in his tweet is one of a set of 24 by homosexual artist Douglas Blanchard, used to illustrate a book titled, “The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision.”

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Amazon describes the book by author Kittredge Cherry and illustrated by Blanchard:

Meet Jesus as a gay man of today in a contemporary city with The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision. In stunning new images, the modern Christ figure is jeered by fundamentalists, tortured by Marine look-alikes, and rises again to enjoy homoerotic moments with God.

Fr. Martin knew exactly what he was doing by incorporating the painting of an effeminate Jesus turning over the money changers’ tables, because in a subsequent tweet he credited the artist: “Image, Douglas Blanchard.”

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Gospel: Today Jesus drives the money-changers from the Temple (Lk 19). NT scholars say this was one of the main events that precipitated his execution. Yet Jesus is not cowed by opponents. Another Gospel says “zeal” for his Father’s house “consumes him.” Also notice that Jesus…

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LifeSiteNews reached out to dozens of bishops offering them the opportunity to publicly rebuke Martin’s troubling tweet.

Not one chose to comment. Not one.

LifeSiteNews also reached out to Fr. Martin’s Jesuit Provincial; New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who heads the archdiocese where Martin lives and works; the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, where Martin was appointed as a consultant by Pope Francis; and the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB).

We asked each one: “Do you or do you not endorse Martin’s public approval of depictions of Jesus as a gay man?”

Their response: Dead silence.

History quickly repeats itself

This fall, through their silence, the U.S. bishops and the Vatican have been handing Fr. Martin one victory after another.

Martin is the greatest force for the normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism in the Catholic Church today, and he continues mostly unchecked.

In September, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap, issued an important public correction challenging Fr. Martin’s pro-LGBT work.

In his polite but firmly worded statement, Chaput warned his diocese — and by extension the entire Catholic Church — “regarding the ambiguity about same-sex related issues found throughout the statements and activities of Father James Martin.”

Archbishop Chaput created a golden opportunity for the bishops of the United States to stand shoulder to shoulder against Martin’s relentless promotion of gay liberation theology. It was a chance for our American bishops who have been pummeled by the priest and prelate homosexual abuse scandal and cover-up for over a year now to show a united front to stop Martin in his tracks.

In the end, just four of Chaput’s brother bishops — Bishop Richard Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee; Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois; Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco; and Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska — backed him up with public statements of their own condemning the grave moral error of Martin’s pro-LGBT program.

The vast majority of U.S. bishops gave Fr. James Martin a huge victory with their deafening silence on his LGBT advocacy.

A ‘middle finger’ to faithful Catholics?

Just 11 days later, Fr. Martin joined Pope Francis at the Vatican for a highly publicized meeting, bolstering the credibility of Martin’s pro-LGBT advocacy.

The private audience took place for over 30 minutes in the papal library of the Apostolic Palace, and America magazine interpreted the meeting as a “highly significant public statement of support and encouragement” for the American Jesuit. Martin himself saw it as “a sign of the Holy Father’s care for L.G.B.T. people.”

One Catholic official who insisted on anonymity told LifeSiteNews that following so quickly on the heels of Archbishop Chaput’s public correction of Martin on which most other bishops were silent, the Jesuit priest’s well-publicized meeting with the Pope was not only a “victory lap,” it was Martin giving his “middle finger” to his critics who seek to defend the teaching of the Cahtolic Church.

Again, at a pivotal moment — as the future direction of the Church regarding the aggressive infiltration of LGBT ideology hangs in the balance — the bishops of the United States have squandered an enormous opportunity to shut down pro-gay Fr. James Martin, SJ.

Their silence gives the greenlight to Martin to continue to speak out with impunity — with no fear of rebuke — as he seeks normalize sodomy and transgenderism within the Catholic Church.

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