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Extra, extra! News and tidings, March 30, 2022

Here are some articles that caught our attention this past week or so.*

Detail from "Reading the Newspaper. War News" (1905) by Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky (

The trans agenda – “The triumph of male swimmer Lia Thomas (formerly Will Thomas) is national news because it shows there are no limits to the charade of trans ideology.” The Trans Lobby Doesn’t Just Want To Erase Women’s Sports. It Wants To Erase Women (The Federalist)

Putin and the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine  –“By far the largest of the 23 Eastern churches in full communion with Rome, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has around 6 million members…” Does Greek Catholic Church help explain Putin’s obsession with Ukraine? (Crux)

No “Open Society” – “the composition of professoriate and students at elite universities skews massively to the political left.” Against Academic Freedom (Post Liberal Order)

“This is a punishment!” – “so many people in both Europe and the United States have recently convinced themselves that the End is nigh. ” Apocalyptic Daze: Secular elites prophesy a doomsday without redemption.(City Journal)

Adolescent confusion – “As the number of transgender teenagers has exploded across the country, with it comes a wealth of readily available medical procedures unthinkable a decade ago.” Top Pediatrician: Teenage transgender medicine a deadly path (Washington Examiner)

An end to globalization – The “values-based” international order has long since ceased to exist, yet Western leaders remain reluctant to readjust. After the end of Globalization (Post Liberal Order)

Incompatible religions – “Transhumanism perceives immortality as something that can be achieved by men. Christianity identifies eternal salvation as the mercy of a loving God.” The impossibility of Christian transhumanism (First Things)

Viganò ‘s error – “Viganò is being swept away by trends in modern politics. His (legitimate!) anger at the West is blinding him to the evils of the Russian government.” Is Archbishop Viganò Looking East? (Crisis Magazine)

Army fitness reduced standards – The Army has scrapped plans to use the same physical fitness test for all soldiers, choosing instead to have some reduced standards to allow women and older soldiers to pass. Army approves reduced physical fitness standards for women and older soldiers (The Hill)

God’s mysterious providence – “When Pope Francis and the world’s bishops entrust entire countries to Mary’s intercession, the greatest fruits will be unseen by most people.” Russian consecration will ice ecumenism (Pillar Catholic)

Episcopal confusion – Bishops of the Episcopal Church on Friday adopted a pastoral statement critical of U.S. states that have enacted policies opposed by transgender activists. Episcopal Church Bishops Pledge Transgender and Non-Binary Support (Juicy Ecumenism)

Continental shifts – While ordinations to the diocesan priesthood are on the rise in some parts of the world, they’re also falling fast in some traditionally Catholic countries. Is there a global vocations crisis? (Pillar Catholic)

Our Lady of Aparecida – São Paulo State’s Court of Appeals has reversed a 2019 decision that stopped the building of a giant steel statue of the Virgin Mary in Aparecida, the city where Brazil’s major Catholic shrine is located. Court allows giant statue of Virgin Mary to be built in Brazil (Crux Now)

Disney’s Queer Agenda “Disney has been trying to queer children for a long time. A senior Disney executive brags about that to her colleagues!” Disney Queers Children, Says Disney Exec (The American Conservative)

(*The posting of any particular news item or essay is not an endorsement of said news item or essay.)

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  1. “So the planet has become the new proletariat that must be saved from exploitation” (Pascal Bruckner Apocalyptic Daze in CJ). A great line from Philosopher Bruckner that accurately describes per coincidence the primary concerns of the offscript Church in the Modern World.
    It was never the intention of the Council fathers, nor the flaming progressives who hijacked its implementation. Faithful prelates hoped and expected a new springtime. Progressives secular accommodation. Neither got exactly what they hoped for, rather fear and trepidation. RadTrads the Apocalypse of the Apostle John, Radlibs the global warming, overpopulation apocalypse of the secularist elite billionaires Bill Gates, George Soros.
    But wait! Does Bill and Melinda French Gates [she is a Catholic who apparently has with Bill connection with His Holiness] and behinds the scenes, G Soros represent the Church? Well, as a matter of concern Soros once exclaimed with a smile, I’m like God! I tell the Pope what to do.
    Whatever transpires it’s make or break time for traditional believers simply because the lure to be complacent, [witness is exhausting] is a sure challenge. Although, it’s better we die with our boots on than on our recliners listening to Mozart.

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