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Statist Responses to COVID-19: An Interview with Michael Fumento
Jon Hersey April 3, 2020
Michael Fumento is a lawyer, journalist, and author who has investigated epidemics and controversial scientific issues for the past thirty-five years. His books include The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS: How a Tragedy Has Been Distorted by the Media and Partisan Politics, described by former CDC chief epidemiologist Dr. Alexander D. Langmuir as “a major contribution, allaying public hysteria and focusing efforts for control and care to the high-risk groups most in need”; and Science Under Siege: Balancing Technology and the Environment, of which former National Academy of Sciences president Frederick Seitz said, “Fumento’s clear exposition of the way in which knowledge gained through good scientific research can be distorted and used to spread misconceptions and needless public fear should receive widespread attention.”1
On March 27, 2020, we discussed the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve edited our conversation for clarity and added citations where I think they may be helpful.
Hersey: Why listen to a lawyer on the subject of viral outbreaks?
Fumento: Lawyers are trained much better than journalists to do research. If a journalist makes a mistake, nobody will even say anything, because they make so many mistakes that there’s no point. The New York Times runs a headline, “World to End Tomorrow,” and the next day, on page eighteen, it has a single-sentence correction: “World to End Yesterday.” That’s journalism.
On the other hand, lawyers deal with life and death and with billion-dollar lawsuits. We have thoughtful, well-trained opponents; journalists don’t. We have to assume that another guy or a team of people is against us who are as smart as we are. So we have to deeply research everything.
As for viral outbreaks, I did my first AIDS article back in 1986, which made international news. Many responded to the AIDS outbreak saying, “Everybody’s going to get it now.” I called BS and was right. And over the years, with one disease after another, I just got better and better at understanding outbreaks: AIDS, SARS, Ebola I, Ebola II, Creutzfeldt-Jakob (aka “mad cow”) disease, avian flu, Zika virus. Every single time, I called it right, and by some great coincidence, the public-health people always called it wrong.
Hersey: And you think that there’s a basic mechanism that operates more or less the same with all of these outbreaks?
Fumento: Yes, it’s quite simple. It’s called Farr’s Law, and it was first promulgated in 1840, which is, importantly, eight years before the first public health organization anywhere in the world.2 It says that all epidemics—meaning all epidemics—follow a more or less bell-shaped curve. They start out with a very steep incline. And then over time they slope and they slope, and then they eventually flatten and go down. That may seem obvious even to those who don’t know about the law. Yet we hear with each new epidemic, “If the virus continues to spread at the current rate . . . ,” and the answer is always the same: Viruses never continue to spread at the current rate—never, ever, ever.
It’s the way all diseases work. They get the low-hanging fruit first. And then, as time goes on, they exhaust the low-hanging fruit, and it’s harder and harder for them to claim victims. And the numbers go way down, sometimes to zero: SARS disappeared in July 2003, eight months after it appeared.3
Hersey: But what if all or most of us prove to be low-hanging fruit for COVID-19?
Fumento: What we’re seeing with COVID-19 indicates that the vast majority of people infected may never even know it. They’ll get no symptoms at all, or will sneeze a little bit, cough a little bit; they’ll have a bit of a sore throat.4 But that’s as bad as it’ll get for them. Now we don’t know the percentages yet, because we haven’t had really widespread testing. But that will come. And when it does come, we will have to make up a new word to express the vastness of the majority of those infected who show no symptoms.
So, I think the ultimate death rate from COVID-19 will be much, much lower than is projected right now. You can’t project it without Farr’s Law. You have to plot it on a curve.
Hersey: And, of course, many are, and bureaucrats are acting on the view that flattening the curve requires extreme social distancing and government-enforced lockdowns. Do these help to flatten the curve, and is it possible that opening cities back up could cause a new high in the bell?
Fumento: Well, we know, at the extreme end, that hermits don’t get contagious diseases. But we have to make some very hard decisions. And right now, these decisions are being made by those saying, as John F. Kennedy put it, “We will pay any price. We will bear any burden.” This to prevent each and every COVID-19 case, never mind COVID-19 death. But the people saying that, they all have secure jobs.
I mean, think about that: If you work for the World Health Organization or the Center for Disease Control, COVID is not going to put you out of a job; it probably will get you more money. If you’re a tenured professor at Imperial College, or anywhere, you’re not going to lose your job to COVID-19. If anything, you have a lot more free time on your hands because the universities are closed or have moved classes online. By and large, the people making the projections that have led to these measures have nothing to lose.
But I am watching people around me in the Philippines. What’s happening is that the mall closes down, and everybody in that mall is suddenly out of work—and almost none of them have any savings. You work in a hardware store? Closed: no work, no savings. You work at a pastry shop? Closed: no work, no savings. You work at a McDonald’s? Closed: no work, no savings. These people are suffering tremendously. So I think we need to look at the suffering caused by lockdowns. People suffer when they get COVID, and they suffer when they’re thrown out of work and can’t eat. They suffer both ways.We need to look at the suffering caused by lockdowns. People suffer when they get COVID-19, and they suffer when they’re thrown out of work and can’t eat. They suffer both ways. CLICK TO TWEET
Further, we don’t know how effective lockdowns are. Look at the differences between the South Korean response and the Chinese response. It’s clear that South Koreans have handled this outbreak much better than the Chinese.5 Their crude fatality rate at this point is something like 1.5 percent. China’s is about 4 percent. So they’ve kept fatalities very low in South Korea, and they’ve done it without imposing lockdowns like China. But, the United States isn’t following the South Korean model. It’s following the Chinese model.6 Why? When did the Chinese government begin to set an example for the free world?
And maybe you’ve heard that Imperial College—which did more than any other institution to drive these lockdowns—has just abandoned their model.7 It predicted that if we did nothing, up to 2.2 million people would die in the United States from COVID-19, and at best—with a lockdown—1.1 million people would die.8 That was best case scenario: 1.1 million people. Really? But they also said that 510,000 Brits would die without a lockdown. Then yesterday [March 26, 2020], Neil Ferguson, the chief researcher of that model dropped 510,000 to 20,000. He just abandoned his model—threw it in the trash can. Yet that model has driven, California, New York, and all these other states to institute lockdowns. It’s probably what drove the Philippines to do so too.
Lockdowns completely ignore the power of human ingenuity. Early on here in the Philippines, we ran out of face masks. So people started making their own.9 And now, on every street corner, you see hundreds and hundreds of face masks, of every different color. And they’re really pretty. They look like designer styles, like Pierre Cardin and Polo face masks. That’s how people react; they act in their own interest. That’s how capitalism works, and that’s how we should be treating this. But we’re not. We’re following the example of a screwed-up communist government.
Hersey: I definitely agree that lockdowns are a “cure” worse than the disease. I want to ask about this study, though. I’m no expert, but I read Ferguson’s paper and came to a different conclusion. If I’m understanding it correctly, Ferguson predicted up to 550,000 deaths in the unlikely event that the government did nothing and far fewer depending on the policies adopted and the speed with which they were adopted. His lowest estimate was 5,600 deaths over a two-year period if the country implemented case isolation, home quarantine, social distancing, and school closures and did so as soon as the country reached 60 ICU cases within a week. In another scenario, he predicted 21,000 deaths if the country took all of these measures as soon as it reached 300 ICU cases within a week. Based on the timing and the measures that the UK has adopted, he’s now saying 20,000 deaths are likely, which is well within his initial range, right?
Fumento: This is a game he plays. During the mad cow scare he “modeled” 50 to 50,000 cases.10 What kind of a model is that? Of what value is it? It serves the same purpose as all of these models: to scare people and get in the news. He knows how this plays out in the news: “Imperial College Model predicts as many as 50,000 deaths from mad cow disease!” Final total number: 176. Hey, it was within the range!
Such people should be held accountable. Instead they’re given a pass to repeat it all over again—and cause the next hysteria.
Hersey: You mentioned the success of South Korea. It was ready for this with an incredible capacity to test for COVID-19. To what extent is testing important for managing the pandemic? And do you think that the natural pivot for those who don’t have access to testing is the statist answer of massive mandatory lockdowns?
Fumento: Well, testing does have a downside, called the nocebo effect.11 It’s the opposite of a placebo effect. You test positive, and you’re told that you ought to be sick, and suddenly you get sick. You really do. I mean, some people who are told they’re sick, they suddenly vomit. Well, that’s real vomit. They get headaches; they’re real headaches.
When we test people, and they find out they have COVID—even if they were experiencing no symptoms before—they freak. They think of all of the horrible things they’re hearing on the news. And they go to the hospital with real symptoms. Their joints ache. Their breathing is labored, which is a very common nocebo symptom. They will get a bed. And they will displace somebody else who might have gotten that bed. So widespread testing can have a dark side.
Hersey: The reason that testing seems like a huge positive to me is that if I know that I’m sick, then I know that I should self-isolate. I’m not going to go out and spread this thing, even if I don’t have any symptoms.
Fumento: It may be helpful in that respect, but we don’t know. Relevant here is the concept of “viral load.”12 We really learned a lot about viral load during the AIDS epidemic. What we found was that people with low amounts of the virus in their blood and semen didn’t develop AIDS as quickly, nor were they as infectious.
The point is that if you test positive for COVID but you’re showing no symptoms—you’re not sneezing, you’re not coughing—you’re probably not that big a problem, because, apparently, it’s being spread primarily by sneezes and coughs.
Hersey: So you doubt that people are spreading the virus before experiencing these symptoms?
Fumento: Not entirely. Maybe someone is a nose picker. I’m giving you an extreme example, but maybe he picks his nose and then shakes somebody’s hand. Or less extreme: Otherwise asymptomatic people sneeze all the time. You don’t need COVID to sneeze. If they sneeze into their hands and then they shake somebody’s hand, or touch a banister or an escalator or a handrail, then even an asymptomatic person has a chance of transmitting the virus. It’s just a whole lot lower than somebody who’s sneezing and coughing like a madman.
Hersey: As you said, the Imperial College likely has been the most influential driver for instituting lockdowns. Were its projections premised on there being no real drop in the spread of the virus until a vaccine is available?
Fumento: No, they did admit that there would be a drop-off in the summer. They admitted what a lot of people don’t admit: that heat, humidity, and sunlight are bad for a coronavirus. And by the way, how do we know that about coronaviruses? We know about four coronaviruses that cause colds; we know about SARS, which was a coronavirus; and we know about MERS, another coronavirus. So we’re familiar with at least six coronaviruses, and all six are affected adversely by heat, humidity, and sunlight.13
Early research in China, Iran, and the United States also supports the theory that heat, humidity, and sunlight will be bad for COVID-19.14 So, they couldn’t ignore that. They said cases will drop severely during the summer, but they’ll come back in the winter. And so we will have to live with social distancing, lockdowns, and closed schools, perhaps with intermittent periods of relaxed restrictions, until there’s a vaccine: eighteen months to two years. That would definitely cause a worldwide depression. Absolutely.
Hersey: Now, obviously when it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, it’s summer in the southern. What’s to keep this from simply switching poles?
Fumento: That wasn’t the case for SARS, which died out worldwide in July 2003. It didn’t just flip. One reason is that a whole lot more people live in the northern hemisphere than live in the southern hemisphere.15
It’s likely that we will see a resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall in the northern hemisphere. But by then, a lot of people already will have been exposed and will have partial immunity or even full immunity.16 Moreover, scientists are testing a whole lot of different medicines.17 The most promising are the antivirals: antivirals that were developed for Ebola, such as remdesivir; antivirals that were developed for malaria, such as chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine; and many others. And my guess is that some of those will prove effective against COVID, but they need to be tested.
It’s very unfortunate that President Trump announced that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are effective against COVID.18 It may prove to be true, but we just don’t have evidence of that yet. But I think that between now and the fall, we will find some good treatments.
Hersey: What is the evidence for people developing immunity to COVID-19? Is this based on our knowledge of other coronaviruses?
Fumento: It is based on our knowledge of most viruses.19 Now, there are some viruses that you don’t develop immunity to: HIV, for example, because it actually attacks the immune system. So it’s an outlier.
But what we know from most other viruses is that people develop at least partial immunity. For example, you may have noticed that as you get older, you get fewer colds, whereas kids get colds like crazy.20 Why is that? Because there are a finite number of cold viruses out there. The older you get, the more cold viruses you’ve been exposed to, so the less likely you are to get a cold.
That said, viruses do tend to mutate, and if COVID-19 mutates enough by the fall, then a person who got infected with it in February could get it again in the fall or winter, but it wouldn’t be nearly as strong because they’d have partial immunity.
Hersey: Several car companies have announced plans to manufacture respirators, and now Trump is using the Defense Production Act to force some to do so on his terms. Do you think we will have a glut of these things?
Fumento: By fall, we’ll probably have a 100 percent excess of respirators. People will be buying them from Sharper Image. That’s another reason I think we will be so much more ready for this by fall. We weren’t ready this time around. We will be by then.
I’m not saying we’ll have a cure. But we’ll know enough to dampen the spread of the virus and to give the elderly a fighting chance.
Hersey: COVID-19 has been devastating for the elderly in China and Italy. But I’ve heard that in the United States, a large percentage of people in ICUs are under sixty, and a significant number of them are in their forties.21 Is the virus acting differently, or is something else going on?
Fumento: I haven’t seen that, but the virus is no different. No one is claiming that it has mutated. I think it may be a teeter-totter effect. That is to say, if our older people are doing better, then younger people will comprise a larger percentage of those hospitalized. It has to add up to 100 percent. It’s not like the virus is targeting younger people more than older people. So, just in terms of the total percentage, younger people will appear worse off.
Hersey: OK, so, if this statistic is true—and it may not be—then those interested may want to investigate things like how early and effectively the elderly began distancing in the United States versus China, along with the response of nursing homes and the like. And then there’s the response of younger people in both countries to consider.
What measures are you personally taking in response to COVID-19?
Fumento: Early on, I made a point of not wearing a mask, because when you have no symptoms, then part of what you’re doing is spreading panic. For a lot of people, when they see somebody else wearing a mask, they get a little panicky. So, I’ve gone against the grain a bit to try to reassure people. But I’ve started wearing one when I go out because now they can arrest you for not doing so!
Mind you, surgical masks don’t protect you.22 Who wears surgical masks, the patient or the doctor? The doctor does, the caregiver. It’s primarily to protect the patient. Take a look at a surgical mask. They’re open on the sides. A surgical mask may stop a sneeze or a cough from getting out, but it won’t necessarily stop one from getting in. So surgical masks aren’t necessarily a bad idea, so long as you know that it’s primarily protecting other people in case you’re sick.
You can get a mask like the one I have that is made for pollution or for working with fiberglass and fine powders, which is called an N95.23 These have holes small enough to keep out many (though not all) viral particles, and they seal around the sides of your face. So, if you’re going to buy a mask, get what’s called an N95, or if you can, an N99. But an N95 is enough for most people.
Photo by visuals on Unsplash
I’ve also always washed my hands well. The general level of hygiene isn’t great here in the Philippines, although it’s better than in China. Here, when you enter a store now, they spray your hands with hand sanitizer, which is very unobtrusive. It’s cheap. It’s quick. It’s nonrestrictive. I get in the store, what, a few seconds later than I otherwise would have? It’s a smart move. Using hand sanitizer regularly when in public is a smart move.24 By the way, when at home, don’t use hand sanitizer; use hot water and soap for ten to twenty seconds. It’s far more effective.
Locking people in their houses, telling them they can’t go to work anymore for an indefinite period of time—that’s intrusive and violates people’s rights. That’s taking away people’s livelihoods, which has a destructive cascading effect. I know people here who are out of work because of lockdowns in the United States. There’s one in my home right now. She works for a company based in California. California is under lockdown, so she’s out of a job. People in the Philippines are being screwed by the governor of California. This situation is happening all over the world.
One thing that is largely being ignored is the demand side of this crisis: Some people love this lockdown stuff. It’s like being in The Walking Dead, except they’re not actually going to get bit—or so they think. But when they see their paychecks, when a depression sets in, it won’t be so fun anymore.
I think that people are going to start pushing back. I’m sure there’s some pushback in the United States already: people violating the lockdowns and this and that.25 And over time, that will grow as the reality of the situation sinks in. It’s already happening in some countries. This grand social experiment in locking up healthy people is a test run for imposing authoritarian government, and it won’t end well. People will push back—because they have to.
Hersey: Michael, thanks so much for your thoughts on this vital topic. Stay healthy.
Fumento: Thanks. You, too.This grand social experiment in locking up healthy people is a test run for imposing authoritarian government, and it won’t end well. People will push back—because they have to. CLICK TO TWEET
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About Jon Hersey
Jon Hersey is the associate editor of The Objective Standard. His work focuses on intellectual history, specifically, the ideas on which freedom and flourishing depend. He has published in-depth articles on John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Stark, William Wilberforce, Rosa Parks, and more. View all posts by Jon Hersey → Atlas Shrugged Is Available Free from Audible
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Dear Bishop Gracida , thank you for your message and very many thanks for having published my text . My great alarm is this . Bergoglio’s action in declaring himself Bishop of Rome only, as we both recognize , is absolutely self authenticated . It has no warrant in Sacred Scripture or in Tradition . It is indeed hostile to both . Our recognition of his perfidy , however , appears to place us in a very small minority . In so far as the Internet shows a response to his action it is uncomprehending . What he has done seems to be regarded as par for the papal course . This is exactly what he wants , a world view of his role that supposes him to be the despotic ruler of the Catholic Church , turning it this way and moulding it in that rather as those sultans who once ruled the Ottoman Empire once conducted them selves . It was said , for example of Murad 1V [ early s. XV11 ] that he liked to amuse himself by using his arquebus on unfortunate passers by to his palace . Bergoglio will not do that but he is in my view likely to behave in a similar fashion with whatever displeases him in Church teaching and discipline .I am most grateful that you published my text for this reason above all . I hope it will cause alarm among those of faith and goodwill who read it . They should be alarmed and praying the God will raise up another Athanasius among his Bishops , or better still , several of the kind .
I mention that at the beginning of his pseudo- pontificate Bergoglio began presenting himself as Bishop of Rome rather than as Peter’s successor . I watched a Vatican film made soon after his election simply because I had not heard of him as Cardinal Bergoglio and I wished to learn something of him . He presided at a First Holy Communion in one of the suburban Roman Churches . He made it very plain that he was present as Bishop of Rome . Alarm bells began a faint ringing – deafening with the passage of time –as I was well aware that he was obliged by his office to be Peter for 24 hours a day . I could not then understand what he and his hoped to gain from this manoeuvre since papal power is in Petrinity , not the Bishopric of Rome . This posturing lasted for some months and then was dropped . I supposed that the Petrine lessons had been learnt , but now I believe I misjudged matters . The Petrine Office does not suit Bergoglio at all . It ties him to Christ’s Word and with or without Signor Scalfari I hold that Bergoglio does not believe in Christ’s divinity , or holds the totally absurd view that Christ was not divine during his earthly sojourn . In fact I suppose that his whole grasp of the concept of divinity is less well founded than that of a well instructed child preparing for First Holy Communion . I fear that what he truly intends is not a Catholic Church created in Christ’s image and likeness , but in his own . You published recently material from Anne Barnhardt’s column which included Bergolio’s nonsense to this effect , I cannot remember verbatim . Something like: I do not believe that you exist but I trust in you i.e. He is addressing God . [ One asks how it is possible to trust a non existent being .]That is to say God is for him not a sublime reality but a transient hope , rather like mood music and this transient hope will find its substance , not in God himself but in a variety of humanistic activities concerning eco systems , climate change , material poverty , persecuted minorities [ not Christians , however ] etc ., etc.with Bergoglio’s heart warmed by the adoring multitude .
YOU HAVE TO CHOSE ONE OF THESE THREE…
by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
If you have the faith which can see and the honesty and sincerity to admit, that Bergoglio is a heretic, blasphemer, idolater, apostate and schismatic, then you are forced to chose one of three possibilities.
Because it is written in Scripture, that Christ said of Peter and His successors:
Simon, Simon, Satan has desired to sift you all as wheat, but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith may never fail. (Luke 22:31)
So, there is only 3 possibilities:
- Christ Jesus is impotent: that is His prayer is not all powerful.
- Christ Jesus is a liar: that is, He did not remain faithful to His promise to pray.
- Bergoglio never was the Successor of Saint Peter, because of some canonical error or fact.
Which do you choose?
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Dear Bishop Gracida , I read with spinning head yesterday your citations from Life Site News , the spinning being occasioned not only by a degree of arrogance from Bergoglio , unexpected even by his usual self promotion , but also by the ignorance of Cardinal Mueller . He who is truly pope , as we know , is pope because his office as Summus Pontifex , Peter’s Successor and Vicar Of Christ was created by and is conferred on each Petrine Successor by Christ himself ; and he on whom that office is conferred MUST be the Rock on which Christ , the unshakeable Rock of the Church himself , will build her , until the last day .[ Popes help to build , Christ is the Master Builder .] Bergoglio’s ‘’ barbarism’’ [ sc .blasphemy ] resides in this. He has laid claim to knowledge and authority superior to the divine knowledge and authority of Christ himself . Cardinal Mueller , however , attributes the authority for the papal petrine position to Lumen gentium and the Second Vatican Council . Popes and Councils state and enforce the divine truth that has been revealed through Christ to the Church , and taught by the Holy Spirit . They are not self authenticating entities , although , alas , the notion that they are has poisoned certain areas of Church teaching through and since Vat . 11 . Now Bergoglio himself claims to outknow God . I find grim satisfaction in this . The real authority of the Bishop of Rome terminates with the boundaries of his diocese .His universal authority resides solely in the Petrine Commission. Peter happened to minister as Bishop of Rome , doubtless by divine intention , on account of Rome’s heritage of law and government , and there he received the martyr’s crown,but without Christ’s three commissions to him , his authority would have been no more than that of other bishops . I ask myself what now will the world’s hierarchy do ? How many will understand what has transpired ? How many will concern themselves with the appalling affront to Christ’s divinity and boldly identify it ? [ May it please God that some , at least , will , no matter what the cost .]
How many will take refuge in the papolatry manufactured by Bergoglio , forgetting that the glory of the Catholic Church is her endowment of divine truth , and of the freedom accompanying it ; only divine truth liberates from sin original or actual [ John 8: 32 ] As is well known , when delivering these words of the link between divine truth and freedom , Christ was addressing Jews who had come to believe in him . So much are his comments an enucleation of the evils that have beset his Church during the past seven years that their interpolation verbatim here is merited :-
‘’ Si vos manseritis in sermone meo , vere discipuli mei eritis ‘’. [ ibid. 31]
Discipleship necessarily entails obedience . It is automatically impugned by any spurious plea of mercy , such as is found in Amoris laetitia concerning the administering of Holy Communion to re-married divorced persons who most certainly are not in communion with Christ , having disobeyed his commands concerning marriage and his general command as to the fixed link between the new life of his Gospel and obedience to the Commandments .[ Matth. 19: 17 ]Divine commands , moreover cannot be in any measure divisible , there is no ‘’up to a point , Lord Copper’’ escape route . Divine commands must be observed simpliciter or the impossible pertains . God is a deceiver . Divine commands are , moreover , in themselves true mercy whereby God’s obedient children , justified in Christ , enjoy the blessing of knowing what is pleasing to him , of a certainty , and the assurance , in faith , of Christ’s grace to fulfil what is commanded since , as the Fathers of Trent noted , God does not command what is impossible .[ V1 De Justificatione , X1.] As they add , moreover , those who are children of God love Christ ; for those who love him , as he himself bears witness , keep his words [ John 14: 23 ] The Fathers of Trent continue with this indeed great assurance [ ibid ] namely that with the Divine Assistance those who are children of God will be able to fulfil Christ’s words . Christ himself , in the passage just cited , has even more splendid hope to give : the Father will love him who obeys the Son , and together they will come to him and will make their dwelling with him. There can be no mercy at all in turning from Christ’s teaching of justification gained by faith in him made fruitful in good works . It is the foundation doctrine of man’s part in the New Covenant , and its very essence , mercy . Glad obedience is its highest expression or we are ignorant of the Goodness and Majesty of God ; and unheeding of Christ’s Cross . If we do not labour to remain in his word we become at least akin to the unregenerate ; if not worse . We return to Christ speaking to Jewish hearers on the road to conversion :-
‘’ —et cognoscetis veritatem , et veritas liberavit vos ‘’. [ John 8 : 32 ] God alone can tell us the truth because only his knowledge is unlimited and he alone is good . [ By ‘’God ‘’ one intends the Blessed Trinity in unity, or , if specified , one of the Three Persons .] Some among the Jews were offended by these words , being , as they supposed sons of Abraham .Christ responded :-
‘’ Amen , amen dico vobis : quia omnis qui facit peccatum servus est peccati ‘’. [ ibid. 34 ]
Amoris Laetitia leaves those fallen into sin , deprived of the freedom Christ brings with his gifts of repentance , forgiveness ; and amendment of life. As he explains, the slave of sin does not remain in the house [ the Father’s House] eternally but the Son remains granting to the penitent immeasurable blessing for he concludes :-
‘’ Si ergo vos Filius liberavit , vere liberi eritis ‘’. [ ibid 36]
And that Truth is Christ , without whom we can do nothing [ John 15 : 5 ] unless , it would seem , our name be Bergoglio , . Will he now govern Christ’s Church with his apparently superhuman powers , as Bishop of Rome ] the ‘’How’’ eludes us , even for ‘’apparently superhuman powers’; or will Christ’s Faithful at last admit that there can be no talk of the evil of schism when they are presented with lies ? Will they now admit that it is Bergoglio’s lies that have already confected a schism that at this very moment rends the fabric of Christ’s Church ? [ And we add that there are a schism and a pseudo- pontificate that would not have come into being had the abrenunciatio of Benedict XV1 not been on more than one count uncanonical .] Where there are lies Christ is never found . [ John 18 ; 37 ] being himself the Way , the Truth and the Life . [ ibid. 14 : 6 ] The option before Christ’s Faithful is quite simply this : Christ , his truth and holiness , himself as God incarnate , the only path to the Blessed Trinity , the one true and only God ; or the man , Bergoglio , his Vatican Coterie with its long claws daily attempting the destruction of Christ’s Church , the man who tosses occasional placebos in the direction of Catholicism while giving his approbation to the Document on Human Fraternity . He now presents himself as Bishop of Rome only , and as at this juncture we cannot interweave too much of what is rankly scandalous , we shall assume he had not noticed the uncanonical nature of the abrenunciatio of Benedict XV1 . After his election as Bishop the Papal Camerlengo put this question to him :-
‘’ Acceptasne officium Summi Pontificis .?’’
Bergoglio gave his assent . Peter’s Successor , Christ’s Vicar is Summus Pontifex , an office conferred on the Roman episcopal elect by Christ Himself , as John Paul 11 chose to express it , per immissionem divinam . [ Universi dominici gregis 1996 ] In almost two thousand years of papal history there have been popes whose personal lives spoke of little devotion to Christ. Has there been one hitherto whose official scorn and contempt for Christ , and his gracious dispositions for the governance of his Church [ his , be it noted , not the pope’s ] and dispositions , it must be said of a marvellous kind , the plenitudo potestatis applies only to the implementation of the three Petrine Commissions , and these never assail the divinity on which they stand ,has there indeed been even one who so scorned his Master that he presumed to cast those dispositions to the winds ? No one , in fact , can claim to seek to serve Christ and at the same time give obedience to him who has chosen to identify himself and his office as that of merely Bishop of Rome .
Yesterday I had intended to send you some comments on why I found Dr . Kwasniewski’s article on liturgy encouraging , and on my liking for the Yeate’s poem you published . These things must wait .
I hope that you continue at least in your ‘’reasonable wellness .’’ I make slow progress , thankfully , I hope . I am amazed at the fluency with which I have written to-day as for a time my outrage at B’s presumption prevented lucidity .
I suspect that you are going to be very busy . When it is convenient could you please send word of the name of the priest in Yeate’s poem . I regret that I have already forgotten it . Please accept my prayers and kind regards , Maire .
IN AN ACT OF BRAVERY, THOUGH SOME WILL CALL IT RECKLESS, CARDINAL BO OF MYANMAR HAS DENOUNCED THE COMMUNIST REGIME OF CHINA
Not Only Zen. Cardinal Bo Is Also Openly Attacking China
Myanmar borders China and is economically dependent on it. But that has not kept the archbishop of the capital of Yangon, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, from openly criticizing the powerful neighbor.
He has done so with a statement made public with great emphasis on April 2 on the website of his archdiocese.
The statement is reproduced in full below. It is very severe and detailed in denouncing the Chinese regime’s guilt in the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, with the effect that “lies and propaganda have put millions of lives around the world in danger.”
But it does not hold back in its tough criticisms of the Beijing regime and its “all powerful” despot Xi Jinping for the growing repression of religious freedom, with the “destruction of thousands of churches and crosses and the incarceration of at least one million Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps.”
Pope Francis made Bo a cardinal in 2015, and in the autumn of 2017 he went to Myanmar. At the press conference on the flight back to Rome he expressed himself in words very friendly toward China, just as – he pointed out – a meeting was underway in Beijing of the mixed commission that would lead one year later to the signing of the secret accord with the Holy See.
The problem to be overcome – the pope said on that occasion – was “that history of the patriotic Church and of the clandestine Church.”
That is, precisely that portion of the Chinese Church which is suffering most dramatically from the repression now denounced in strong words by Cardinal Bo.
THE CHINESE REGIME AND ITS MORAL CULPABILITY TO THE GLOBAL CONTAGION – COVID
Statement By Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar
Last Friday Pope Francis stood facing an empty St. Peter’s Square, speaking to millions around the world watching through broadcasts and online. The square was empty but everywhere hearts are full not only of fear and grief, but also of love. In his beautiful Urbi et Orbi homily, he reminded us that the coronavirus pandemic has united our common humanity. “We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together,” he said.
No corner of the world is untouched by this pandemic, no life unaffected. According to the World Health Organisation, nearly a million people have been infected so far, and over 40,000 have died. By the time this is over the global death toll is expected to be millions.
International voices are raising against the the negligent attitude showed by China, especially its despotic Chinese Communist Party (CCP) led by its strong man XI [Jinping]. The London Telegraph (29 March 2020) said the local Health Minister accused China of hiding true scale of coronavirus. With shock it reported the reopening of the ‘wet’ markets which were identified as the cause of the spread of virus. James Kraska, an esteemed Law professor, writing in the latest issue of War on the Rocks says, China is legally responsible for COVID 19 and claims could be made in trillions. (War on the Rocks, 23 March 2020).
An epidemiological model at the University of Southampton found that had China acted responsibly just one, two or three weeks more quickly, the number affected by virus would have been cut by 66 percent, 86 percent and 95 percent respectively. Its failure has unleashed a global contagion killing thousands.
In my own country, Myanmar, we are extremely vulnerable. Bordering China, where COVID-19 first began, we are a poor nation, without the health and social care resources that more developed nations have. Hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar are displaced by conflict, living in camps in the country or on our borders without adequate sanitation, medicines or care. In such over-crowded camps the “social distancing” measures implemented by many countries are impossible to apply. The healthcare systems in the most advanced countries in the world are overwhelmed, so imagine the dangers in a poor and conflict-ridden country like Myanmar.
As we survey the damage done to lives around the world, we must ask: who is responsible? Of course criticisms can be made of authorities everywhere. Many governments are accused of failing to prepare when they first saw the coronavirus emerge in Wuhan.
But there is one government that has primary responsibility, as a result of what it has done and what it has failed to do, and that is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime in Beijing. Let me be clear – it is the CCP that has been responsible, not the people of China, and no one should respond to this crisis with racial hatred towards the Chinese. Indeed, the Chinese people were the first victims of this virus and have long been the primary victims of their repressive regime. They deserve our sympathy, our solidarity and our support. But it is the repression, the lies and the corruption of the CCP that are responsible.
When the virus first emerged, the authorities in China suppressed the news. Instead of protecting the public and supporting doctors, the CCP silenced the whistleblowers. Worse than that, doctors who tried to raise the alarm – like Dr. Li Wenliang in Wuhan Central Hospital who issued a warning to fellow medics on 30 December – were ordered by the police to “stop making false comments”. Dr. Li, a 34 year-old ophthalmologist, was told he would be investigated for “spreading rumors” and was forced by the police to sign a confession. He later died after contracting coronavirus.
Young citizen journalists who tried to report on the virus then disappeared. Li Zehua, Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin are among those believed to have been arrested simply for telling the truth. Legal scholar Xu Zhiyong has also been detained after publishing an open letter criticizing the Chinese regime’s response.
Once the truth became known, the CCP rejected initial offers of help. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention was ignored by Beijing for over a month, and even the World Health Organisation, although it collaborates closely with the Chinese regime, was initially sidelined.
On top of all this, there is deep concern that the Chinese regime’s official statistics significantly downplay the scale of infection within China. At the same time, the CCP has now accused the United States army of causing the pandemic. Lies and propaganda have put millions of lives around the world in danger.
The CCP’s conduct is symptomatic of its increasingly repressive nature. In recent years we have seen an intense crackdown on freedom of expression in China. Lawyers, bloggers, dissidents and civil society activists have been rounded up and have disappeared. In particular, the regime has launched a campaign against religion, resulting in the destruction of thousands of churches and crosses and the incarceration of at least one million Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps. An independent tribunal in London, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who prosecuted Slobodan Milosevic, accuses the CCP of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience. And Hong Kong – once one of Asia’s most open cities – has seen its freedoms, human rights and the rule of law dramatically eroded.
Through its inhumane and irresponsible handling of the coronavirus the CCP has proven what many previously thought: that it is a threat to the world. China as a country is a great and ancient civilization that has contributed so much to the world throughout history, but this regime is responsible, through its criminal negligence and repression, for the pandemic sweeping through our streets today.
The Chinese regime led by the all powerful XI and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – not its people – owes us all an apology, and compensation for the destruction it has caused. At a minimum it should write off the debts of other countries, to cover the cost of Covid-19. For the sake of our common humanity, we must not be afraid to hold this regime to account. Christians believe, in the words of the Apostle [John], that “the truth will set you free.” Truth and freedom are the twin pillars on which all of our nations must build surer and stronger foundations.
THE ENEMIES OF CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE PANDEMIC TO PERSECUTE THE CHURCH. USQUEQO DOMINE USQUEQO?
IN ITALY, CORONA CONTROL RESULTS IN PERSECUTION OF THE CATHOLIC RELIGION
by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
With the flick of the switch, Italy has moved from one of the countries where the Catholic Faith enjoyed the greatest civil liberty to a nation with more persecution than Marxist China. To merely list the stories of the outrageous things happening is sufficient to show how the so-called stay-at-home decrees implemented by an illegal Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers (the Italian Prime Minister) at request of the World Health Organization, are not about preventing the spread of the virus which apparently kills no one but those already sick, but about suppressing the Catholic religion completely.
Don Domenic Cirigliano, pastor of Rocca Imperiale, decided to do what he could to give his parishioners some comfort, seeing that the Decrees forbade him to distribute the Sacraments. So he carried a large Crucifix — in which in 1691 human blood miraculously gushed forth from the wounds of the image of Christ — through the streets of the town and blessed the homes of the faithful as he passed. The Police fined him 400 Euros and the Mayor put him under house arrest for 2 weeks! He was officially charged with inciting a procession, because some faithful followed at a distance behind him, during his walk through the town with the Cross!
Don Cirigliano is a great priest. As an example to all of Italy, he has publicly stated that he will not pay the fine! When asked why he thinks he was fined, he said, “They want to fine the Church!”
On March 25, the pastors of four parishes and the Mayor of Giulianova held Mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Splendor, and afterwards the Mayor consecrated his city to the Blessed Virgin. All the rules for social distancing were observed and the event was televised to 4000 residents. There were less than 10 persons present. The next day, those participating in the Mass were informed that they had been denounced to the local Prosecutor who was opening a misdemeanor case against each of them, including the Mayor!
But by far the worse outrage so far, was the sacrilege of the Mass at the Parish of Saint Francis of Assisi in Civitavecchia: a large church build in the round, below the town in a residential quarter for upper scale housing. The Mass was broadcast on live streaming and the faithful gathered in small numbers on their own initiative outside the Church looking through the open doors. The Mayor, as soon as he knew of it, ordered the police to break it up. So two officers of the city police entered the Church in violation of the Lateran Pact and arrested the priest as he sat in the Sanctuary, even though he had violated no aspect of the Decrees for Coronavirus. — However, later it came to the fore, that the Mayor is a radical pro LGBT advocate and had battled with the priest for years over the issue. He apparently saw his opportunity to take vendetta and he did.
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THANKS BE TO GOD! THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE FBI HAVE JUST BEEN FOUND BY THE FISA COURT TO HAVE SUBMITTED INVALID CLAIMS FOR FISA WARRANTS. PART OF THE SWAMP IS ABOUT TO BE DRAINED
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Oh My, Interesting Ramifications – FISA Court Requires DOJ/FBI To Provide Names of Targets Within Corrupt Surveillance Applications…
Things are getting interesting, potential ramifications are growing, as the FISA Court responds to the latest information from the DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG).
After a review of 29 FISA applications, from eight FBI field offices, the OIG informed the FBI and DOJ that none of the surveillance applications were compliant with the Woods procedures. Meaning zero applications had FBI evidence to support the validity of the claims within the FISA warrants. That’s a very big problem if those FISA warrants were used to gather evidence used to prosecute the 29 targets of the applications.
In a FISC order released today [pdf here] presiding Judge James Boasberg is ordering the FBI to identify who those targets were; and asking the DOJ to explain what they did with the evidence gathered as a result of the fraudulently obtained FISA warrants. Big.
If evidence obtained by execution of a fraudulently obtained warrant was used in the prosecution of any of those targets; there’s a possibility those cases will be reopened.
Considering the twenty nine applications from the OIG go back to 2015, there’s a lot of potential for some downstream consequences not only for those 29 applications, but also for all FBI FISA applications with a similar level of neglect.
In the issue of the Carter Page application the DOJ and FBI were already looking into how far the ripple effects carried. The FBI was already undertaking a ‘sequestration effort’ to identify the fruit of the poisonous tree; and the results are still unknown.
This order from Judge Boasberg essentially expands that type of review upon another 29 applications and demands the DOJ identify to the court who were the targets. The court can then, on their own, look and see if any of those U.S. persons were prosecuted in court.
This is a hot mess…. And it is far from over.
You can read Boasberg’s order HERE.
BACKSTORY – The OIG began reviewing FISA applications from eight field offices (the proverbial “rank and file”). The OIG selected 29 FISA applications from those field offices over the period of October 2014 to September 2019. Additionally, every field office and the DOJ-NSD generate internal “Accuracy Reviews”, or self-checks on FISA applications; so the OIG inspected 42 of the accuracy review FISA files to determine if they were compliant.
The results were so bad the IG produced an interim memorandum to the DOJ and FBI [pdf link here]. Within the 17-page-memo the IG notifies Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray that all of the claimed FISA processes, in every field office, are grossly deficient, and in most cases there is zero compliance with FISA standards. The IG memorandum is presented before the IG even looks at the specifics of the non-compliance.
Below is the report/memorandum. Additionally I am summarizing the stunning top-lines identified by the IG memo:
- The IG reviewed 29 FISA applications, surveillance warrants, used against U.S. persons.
- The 29 FISA applications were from eight different field offices.
- The FISA applications were from Oct/2014 through Sept/2019.
- All of the FISA applications reviewed were approved by the FISA court.
The ‘Woods File’ is the mandatory FBI evidence file that contains the documentary proof to verify all statements against U.S. persons that are contained in the FISA application. Remember, this is a secret court, the FISA applications result in secret surveillance and wiretaps against U.S. persons outside the fourth amendment.
♦ Within the 29 FISA applications reviewed, four were completely missing the Woods File. Meaning there was zero supportive evidence for any of the FBI claims against U.S. persons underpinning the FISA application. [ie. The FBI just made stuff up]
♦ Of the remaining 25 FISA applications, 100% of them, all of them, were materially deficient on the woods file requirement; and the average number of deficiencies per file was 20. Meaning an average of twenty direct statements against the target, supporting the purpose of the FISA application, sworn by the FBI affiant, were unsubstantiated. [The low was 5, the high was 63, the average per file was 20]
♦ Half of the FISA applications reviewed used Confidential Human Sources (CHS’s). The memo outlines that “many” of applications containing CHS claims had no supportive documentation attesting to the dependability of the CHS.
♦ Two of the 25 FISA applications reviewed had renewals; meaning the FISA applications were renewed to extended surveillance, wiretaps, etc. beyond the initial 90-days. None of the renewals had any re-verification. Both FISAs that used renewals were not compliant.
But wait… it gets worse.
The DOJ and FBI have an internal self-check mechanism. The DOJ National Security Division (DOJ-NSD) chief counsel, and the chief counsel for every FBI field office are required to conduct an “Accuracy Review” of selected FISA applications. One per field office (25 to 30 field offices),which are also sent to DOJ-NSD (main justice) for general counsel inspection.
Keep in mind, these “accuracy reviews” are known in advance, so the FBI has all the time in the world to select the best FISA file for review. Additionally, I surmise the OIG wanted to inspect the “accuracy review” FISA’s because they would show the best light on the overall system itself. The OIG was looking for the best, most compliant, product to report on.
However, when the OIG inspected 42 of these Accuracy Reviews, the IG identified that only three of them had accurately assembled documents (Woods File) supporting the application. The error rate within the files self-checked was over 93%.
So the best FBI files are selected to undergo the FBI and DOJ-NSD accuracy review. The accuracy review takes place by FBI legal counsel and DOJ-NSD legal counsel. However, the IG finds that only three FBI applications in the accuracy reviews were compliant.
The error rate in the files undertaken by the internal accuracy review was over 93% (3 compliant out of 42 reviewed). These were the FISA files with the greatest possibility of being accurate. Let that sink in…
Here’s the OIG Report/Memorandum:
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AUNT THOMMIE’S CABIN: OR LIFE AMONG THE LOWEST by Guy McClung. Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press, June 2019. 154 pp + vi. ISBN: 9781973666837. Prices: $13.95 softcover, $30.95 hardcover, $3.95 E-book. Phone: 1 866 928 120 (U.S.). Or visit www.westbowpress.com
Since WestBow is an offshoot of Zondervan, an Evangelical Protestant Press, I was puzzled that a plainly Catholic novel would be published in this venue, but, as I will show, the ‘Epilogue’ explains all this.
The Foreword informs us that 60 million babies have been killed since Roe v Wade, 18 million of them African-American babies.
The Afterword consists of excerpts from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life among the Lowly (1852), revealing that abortion is the mirror image of slavery.
Stowe writes that the law considers slaves ‘as so many things’ and gives their owners such ‘absolute control’ over them that ‘he who does the worst’ merely uses ‘the power that the law gives him’. Slavery is basically the ‘appropriating of one set of human beings to the use and improvement of another without any regard to their own’.
Like those defending abortion today, defenders of slavery said it was not a question of ‘private feelings’ but of ‘great public interests’.
Dr. McClung’s novel is about Harriet, a recently orphaned girl who was raped by her pastor and is now pregnant. The high-school counsellor drives her to the local ‘Preferred Personhood’ to be examined. They walk past the pro-life ‘protesters’ and among them is John Carter, an elderly man who drives regularly from nearby Canada to recite the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet on his knees in front of the abortuary.
Harriet goes in, duly signs the papers making the abortionists the owners of her offspring, and is then falsely registered as ‘Gwen’, a woman of 19 who is 13 weeks pregnant, when Harriet is actually a girl of 15 who is 27 weeks pregnant. Such lies are routine.
The tests reveal that in her womb there are identical twins who have Down Syndrome, a finding that drives the director of the abortuary wild with anticipation, since she knows there is currently a great demand for ‘trisomy tissues’ in research laboratories.
She knows that many millions will be earned from the bodies of these twins, especially if they can be brought to term and shipped out alive: ‘live means big bucks’. After all, ‘We own the tissue and the organs’.
So when the day for the delayed abortion arrives, the operating room has two cribs waiting for the twins. Upon seeing this, the high-school counsellor has a change of heart and tells Harriet to run for it. Chaos erupts and the abortionists, convinced that the pro-life ‘protesters’ have kidnapped Harriet, call in the police and the FBI.
The rest of the novel is a page-turner about how John Carter helps Harriet escape to her Aunt Thommie’s cabin on the border of Canada and how the desperate abortionists come in hot pursuit after their valuable ‘property’.
Throughout the novel Dr. McClung emphasises how much the abortion industry is about profits: it thrives from selling ‘live brains’, ‘$4,500 kidneys’ and ‘$6,000 eyes’. Abortionists drive expensive cars and millions of dollars go to politicians who make it ‘all legal’ while pretending to be champions of freedom and rights.
In the brief 2-page Epilogue, the author is seething with indignation over the recent crisis in the ‘American Catholic Church’.
He informs us that the one who raped Harriet was Monsignor Pravus, a sodomite of the bisexual kind, and that twelve boys and a few girls have alleged that they were assaulted by him when they attended the ‘Maria Goretti teen youth group at the parish’.
When law officers come to question Pravus, he is discovered to have committed suicide. His bishop then claims that ‘there have been no credible allegations against this priest’, and the chancellor of the diocese (who is named Styx, after the river in Hades) will ‘neither confirm nor deny that over 26 million dollars has been paid out’ in the past two decades to settle such claims.
The Epilogue ends with a reference to ‘pending federal RICO lawsuits against the American Catholic Church’. The anger here is palpable and may explain the recourse to a Zondervan venue.
|A GROSS BLASPHEMER|
Dear Bishop Gracida ,
I read with spinning head to-day your citations from Life Site News , the spinning being occasioned not only by a degree of arrogance from Bergoglio , unexpected even by his usual self promotion , but also by the ignorance of Cardinal Mueller.
He who is truly pope , as we know , is pope because his office as Summus Pontifex , Peter’s Successor and Vicar Of Christ was created by and is conferred on each Petrine Successor by Christ himself ; and he on whom that office is conferred MUST be the Rock on which Christ , the unshakeable Rock of the Church himself , will build her, until the last day .[ Popes help to build , Christ is the Master Builder.]
Bergoglio’s ‘’ barbarism’’ [ sc .blasphemy ] resides in this. He has laid claim to superior knowledge and authority to the divine knowledge and authority of Christ himself . Cardinal Mueller , however , attributes the authority for the papal petrine position to Lumen gentium and the Second Vatican Council . Popes and Councils state and enforce the divine truth that has been revealed through Christ to the Church , and taught by the Holy Spirit .
They are not self authenticating entities , although , alas , the notion that they are has poisoned certain areas of Church teaching through and since Vat . 11 . Now Bergoglio himself claims to outknow God . I find grim satisfaction in this . The real authority of the Bishop of Rome terminates with the boundaries of his diocese .His universal authority resides solely in the Petrine Commission.
Peter happened to minister as Bishop of Rome , doubtless by divine intention , on account of Rome’s heritage of law and government , and there he received the martyr’s crown,but without Christ’s three commissions to him, his authority would have been no more than that of other bishops . I ask myself what now will the world’s hierarchy do ? How many will understand what has transpired ? How many will concern themselves with the appalling affront to Christ’s divinity and boldly identify it ? [ May it please God that some , at least will , no matter what the cost .]
How many will take refuge in the papolatry manufactured by Bergoglio , forgetting that the glory of the Catholic Church is her endowment of divine truth , and of the freedom accompanying it ; only divine truth liberates from sin original or actual [ John 8: 32 ].
As is well known , when delivering these words of the link between divine truth and freedom , Christ was addressing Jews who had come to believe in him . So much are his comments an enucleation of the evils that have beset his Church during the past seven years that their interpolation in extenso is merited : ‘’ Si vos manseritis in sermone meo, vere discipuli mei eritis ‘’. [ ibid. 31]
Discipleship necessarily entails obedience . It is automatically impugned by any spurious plea of mercy , such as is found in Amoris laetitia concerning the administering of Holy Communion to re-married divorced persons who most certainly are not in communion with Christ, having disobeyed his commands concerning marriage and his general command as to the fixed link between the new life of his Gospel and obedience to the Commandments [ Matth. 19: 17 ].
Divine commands, moreover cannot be in any measure divisible, there is no ‘’up to a point, Lord Copper’’ escape route . Divine commands must be observed simpliciter or the impossible pertains . God is a deceiver . Divine commands are , moreover , in themselves true mercy whereby God’s obedient children enjoy the blessing of knowing what is pleasing to him, of a certainty, and the assurance, in faith, of Christ’s grace to fulfill what is commanded .
“Cognoscetis veritatem , et veritas liberavit vos.” [ ibid . 32 ]God alone can tell us the truth because only his knowledge is unlimited and he alone is good . [ By ‘’God ‘’ one intends the Blessed Trinity in unity, or , if specified , one of the Three Persons .] Some among the Jews were offended by these words , being , as they supposed sons of Abraham .Christ responded : “Amen , amen dico vobis : quia omnis qui facit peccatum servus est peccati.” [ ibid. 34 ] Amoris Laetitia leaves those fallen into sin , deprived of the freedom Christ brings with his gifts of repentance forgiveness and amendment of life. As he explains, the slave of sin does not remain in the house [ the Father’s House] eternally but the Son remains granting to the penitent immeasurable blessing for he concludes : ” Si ergo vos Filius liberavit , vere liberi eritis.” [ ibid 36 And that Truth is Christ , without whom we can do nothing [John] unless , it would seem , our name be Bergoglio.
Will he now govern Christ’s Church with his apparently superhuman powers or will Christ’s Faithful at last admit that there can be no talk of the evil of schism when they are presented with lies? Will they now admit that it is Bergoglio’s lies that have already confected a schism that at this very moment rends the fabric of Christ’s Church ? [ And we add that there are a schism and a pseudo- pontificate that would not have come into being had the abrenunciatio of Benedict XV1 not been on more than one count uncanonical .]
Where there are lies Christ is never found . [ John 18 ; 37 ] being himself the Way , the Truth and the Life . [ ibid ] The option before Christ’s Faithful is quite simply this : Christ , his truth and holiness , himself as God incarnate , the only path to the Blessed Trinity ; or the man , Bergoglio , and his Vatican Coterie with its long claws throughout God’s Church ?
Yesterday I had intended to send you some comments on why I found Dr . Kwasniewski’s article on liturgy encouraging , and on my liking for the Yeate’s poem you published . These things must wait . I hope that you continue at least in your ‘’reasonable wellness .’’ I make slow progress , thankfully , I hope . I am amazed at the fluency with which I have written to-day as for a time my outrage at B’s presumption prevented lucidity . I suspect that you are going to be very busy .