Sunday, May 15, 2022
Saturday, May 14, 2022
The priester22 campaign triggered a sigh of relief among the faithful. Cardinal Schönborn's (left) suffocating course of making the Church a mouthpiece for the government and its backers are contradicted.
By Wolfram Schrems*
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who repeatedly gives the impression of being an obedient servant of Austrian politics and its backers, once again sorely missed representing the Church and the faithful in the ORF television press hour this Palm Sunday. In all the important issues we are currently dealing with, from the Russia-Ukraine issue to the "refugees" ("No one leaves their homeland voluntarily" [!?]) and the "conspiracy theories" to his well-known propaganda for homosexuality, he is demonstrating complete conformity with this agenda. He even said "praise to the ORF".
And, of course, the cardinal once again spoke out in favor of COVID tyranny and the “science” that justifies it. This passage was particularly irritating to many Catholics and others of the time. He expressly considers compulsory vaccination to be “legitimate” (!). In connection with critical spirits, the cardinal formulated in an insulting way and actually misused the name of God: "Dear God, let brains reign".
Men of God against Corona Terror
The cardinal was dismissive about chaplains trying to save people from the irreversible effects of the COVID gene vaccine:
“We have a whole series of priests who are very opposed to vaccination and who represent that among the people. That's tedious."
In view of the fact that priests in the territory of the Archdiocese of Vienna have also suffered severe damage from the vaccination, of which at least one has died (because the "vaccination" suppresses cancer defense and the cancer has therefore flared up again), such a statement is a sign of a galloping loss of reality.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, addresses what the government is talking about and reflects the government's opinion.
The cardinal also did not correct the cheeky and slanderous insinuation of the ORF interviewer that the police chaplain who was then relieved of his office by the cardinal (whose name was not mentioned in the press hour, namely Deacon and psychotherapist Uwe Eglau) was at a rally (on 15 . January at Vienna's Heldenplatz) "appeared with people from the far right".1
Deacon Eglau, who had signed a letter from about six hundred police officers to Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (ÖVP) as spokesman, spoke at this rally and expressed himself very reasonably and balanced, a real pastor and man of God. And such a person will be thrown out at short notice. A shame.2
The prehistory of the priest22 action
In the press hour, the cardinal probably meant those priests (and then also deacons) who had started the important Priests22 campaign
It an organization of about 121 priests and deacons who first addressed the bishops discreetly with an extensive memorandum dated February 11 and warned of freedom of conscience regarding vaccination (according to Vatican II, Gaudium et spes 16). They also pointed to the many cases of serious vaccine damage and deaths. Episcopal responses to the memorandum were tenuous. Therefore, the initiators went with a heavily abbreviated version of the memorandum as an open letter, entitled "Confirma! - Strength! (Luke 22:32)” and dated March 25, 2022, to the public.
Unfortunately, times are so bad that only a few of these clergymen are able to expose themselves by name. The signatures are deposited with an Upper Austrian notary.
Representing all the signatories, Kalasantiner Father Andreas Schöffberger (Vienna), Dean and Pastor Erich Neidhart (Orth/Donau-Engelhartstetten Parish Association, Archdiocese of Vienna) and the already mentioned deacon Uwe Eglau (Vienna) have given an interview to the public. Since Youtube deleted the video, which was posted there on April 19 and stayed for about a week, it can be found on Odysee.com on the St. Boniface Institute channel.
In English translation, the open letter went around the world via eighty channels. Feedback even came from South Africa and New Zealand.
As you can hear from the ranks of the organizers, almost all Austrian dioceses and some religious orders are represented. However, some of the religious concerned have already been reprimanded by their superiors and are no longer allowed to comment on the subject.
The Priester22 campaign contradicts the Corona tyranny and frees the Church from the chains of government servitude
According to the organizers, the bishops were "living in a bubble".
Pastoral experience shows that even highly educated and scientifically savvy Catholics do not have a critical view of what is happening, of “measures” and “vaccination”.
In the clergy and in the religious orders there are also increasing numbers of serious illnesses and deaths, with which, however, any connection with the vaccination is reflexively denied. Or silence is simply ordered.
As you can see, “transparency” and “dialogue” are not very far when it comes to the interests of political powers.
Incidentally, the organizers of Priester22 are well informed scientifically and medically and, based on the specialist literature and the experience of the doctors, are of course aware of the devastating mode of action of the mRNA vaccination: This leads to the suppression of the immune system, to the resurgence of cancer that has already been successfully suppressed, and to its recurrence, of tuberculosis, massive occurrence of shingles (herpes zoster) and other disorders (personality changes, symptoms similar to drunkenness such as articulation disorders, loss of taste, etc.).
From the open letter
The following is a brief overview of the statement by Priester22.
“In Austria there are an estimated two million citizens who refuse vaccination for well-considered reasons. It is a matter of course that the Church also has to stand up for these people, according to the words of Paul: I became everything to everyone (1 Cor 9:22b). The divisions within society that are evident will not be resolved by throwing disparaging slogans at those who oppose vaccination.”
The initiators are very critical of the calculated damage caused by the "measures":
“Thousands of livelihoods have already been destroyed by the government’s disproportionate measures. People (families, small, medium-sized as well as some large companies, employees, students, etc.) are facing existential ruin. There is also psychological pressure and bullying. (...) Not to forget the precarious situation of older people in nursing and retirement homes, who are exposed to unreasonable restrictions on visits, the increased suicide rate and the increase in psychiatric illnesses confirmed by doctors, especially among children and adolescents. Not to mention the rifts that cut across families and friendships. The Church cannot remain silent on this. And more: You have to be unequivocally on the side of the oppressed and needy. The word of the Lord is clear: What you did for one of the least of my brothers... (Mt 25:40).”
An important ethical question is the abortion contamination of the vaccines:
“As can be seen from the serious analysis by the Lozier Institute, all vaccines that are currently (or were) used in Austria are related to abortion – be it that they contain fetal cell lines, be it that laboratory tests with fetal cell lines were performed. The Second Vatican Council in Gaudium et Spes 51 calls abortion a 'detestable crime'. To counter the argument that the person using the vaccine can soothe his conscience that he is only participating in a remote involvement, as Pro-Lifers and St. John Paul II, have repeatedly emphasized, that when one 'benefits from, he at least implicitly supports, a structure of evil in the use of such vaccines.' The continued development of such cell lines and the other and increasing use of human fetal tissue to this day proves him right.”
The initiators also emphasize that truthful investigations into the danger of COVID, hospital occupancy and the effectiveness of vaccinations have hardly been made. They also criticize the incomprehensible pressure of opinion:
"Isn't it conceivable that since the beginning of the Covid crisis, critical voices from experts have been systematically suppressed, disqualified, ridiculed, censored or immediately branded with the defamatory label "Covidiot" and that alternative treatment methods tried out by doctors are concealed in the media or all too often been discredited? And aren't the available data on the catastrophic side effects of vaccination a clear call for reflection and correction?"
At the end it says:
“One last thing: let us not allow Austrian society to remain divided or continue to be divided. We know who divides. As pastors we have to fight for unity in truth. We take to heart the word of the Lord, which He said admonishing Peter: And you, when you have converted, then strengthen your brothers! (Lk 22:32) Convert and strengthen: Where we have been silent for too long, we ask for forgiveness. We want to fulfill the task of strengthening with this statement. Please send press inquiries in writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The initiators published around 200 letters from Catholics who thanked them for the open letter. One of these reactions is then commented on as follows:
"'FINALLY! Finally a word is coming from the Church!' This quote from one of the numerous responses to our public letter expresses a motif that is often heard.
Why everything took so long and how everything developed is to be briefly explained here.
We priests and deacons of the 'Priester22' network have been confronted with the developments of the past two years just like everyone else. We couldn't help but be amazed at how suddenly only one topic began to dominate daily events: Corona! The measures! Vaccination! Just like the other people and groups, we also had to deal with the topic and take a stand. Thank God there were also alternative news channels where other perspectives and warning voices could be heard.”
The Church in Austria seems to be deeply connected to political powers, which must also be understood as a legacy of the unfortunate heresy of Josephinism. In the Corona campaign, high-ranking and prominent clerics, starting with Cardinal Schönborn, allowed themselves to be carried away into incomprehensible statements. As is well known, Caritas President Michael Landau spoke more or less cryptically in favor of the coercive measures. The Viennese [Freemason] cathedral Priest Toni Faber stated that he had "no sympathy for the unvaccinated".
Against this background, the Priester22 campaign is a pleasant surprise.
May it bear rich fruit!
*Wolfram Schrems, Vienna, Mag. theol., Mag. phil., church catechist, Pro-Lifer
Image: Youtube/AUF1 (screenshots)
Trans: Tancred email@example.com
1 I was present at this rally and noticed what I've noticed for a good year and a half, namely that the demonstrations and rallies critical of the measures bring together speakers and participants from very different, often contrary, ideological camps. For the ORF, of course, something is quickly "far right" if it does not correspond to the political agenda.
2 Reference should be made to the impressive interview conducted by Marie-Christine Giuliani from FPÖ-TV with Deacon Eglau on January 25, shortly after the release. A current interview with Deacon Eglau and Father Schöffberger can be found on the online news platform AUF 1
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
HONG KONG — The Hong Kong national security police arrested 90-year-old Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most outspoken senior Catholic cleric in Hong Kong and the city’s bishop emeritus, along with at least three others on Wednesday for their involvement in a humanitarian relief fund, according to lawyers involved in the case.
The arrests signal a new wave of detentions under the national security law since John Lee was elected as the new chief executive of Hong Kong. He has emphasized that maintaining stability and safeguarding national security would be one of his main goals once in office. Zen, along with renowned barrister Margaret Ng and academic Hui Po-keung, were arrested under the law for collusion with foreign forces by helping out as trustees for the now-disbanded 612 humanitarian relief fund, according to local media reports.
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Edit: from the demoniac.
[Anerica] But the cause of my embarrassment has changed. You know what I mean. It is one thing to know that people think pro-lifers are dorky and uncool and to decide that you can live with that. It is quite another to know that people think pro-lifers are anti-woman and anti-immigrant and anti-poor people—and the reason they think so is because the most public faces of the pro-life party cannot seem to stop saying so.
Like many of my friends, I have backed away from identifying myself as pro-life in the last few years. I just don’t want to be associated with any of that. I stopped writing about it, stopped talking about it.
But the recent leak of the Supreme Court draft has made certain conversations unavoidable. It is a historic moment, and one that I welcome intellectually, if not emotionally, because I know it’s crucial if we’re to begin the work of building a world where abortion doesn’t seem necessary. I had to talk about it with my kids, and I have had to admit to myself that the reluctance I am feeling is not really anything more profound than embarrassment. It is nothing more complex than that same crawling sensation I felt as a child when I knew that the cool kids didn’t like me. I want to be motivated by something nobler than that, but I am not. I am just embarrassed. And I need to get over it because too much is at stake.
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
ROME — Pope Francis said that NATO “barking” at Russia’s door may have led to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine — and said he has offered to meet the Russian president in Moscow.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Francis reflected on Russia’s lethal aggression toward its neighbor and said while he might not go as far as saying NATO’s presence in nearby countries “provoked” Moscow, it “perhaps facilitated” the invasion.
Francis also condemned the “brutality” of the war and compared it to Rwanda’s civil war in the 1990s, which resulted in a genocide of the Tutsi minority.
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Monday, May 2, 2022
Saturday, April 30, 2022
The war in Ukraine and the geopolitical interests of Russia, the USA and the EU.
The war in Ukraine is viewed from different angles, including cultural and theological. Stefano Fontana, Director of the International Observatory Cardinal Van Thuan for the Social Doctrine of the Church and Editor-in-Chief of the Church Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Trieste, spoke with Gianfranco Battisti, Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Trieste, focusing on the financial geography and geopolitics, on geopolitical aspects of Ukraine- conflict.
Stefano Fontana: The countries that are opposed to Russia - I don't call them Western, because Russia is historically and culturally part of the West, that is, European - because they seem to consider it unworthy to take into account Russia's geopolitical motives. I ask myself: how can you start peace negotiations if you don't even consider the reasons and interests of the country you want to negotiate with – whatever those may be?
Gianfranco Battisti: Since it is a fact that geopolitics is neither a branch of ethics nor a journalistic exercise, but a thorough and unvarnished analysis of reality, I would say that the question already implies the answer.
Across the West, the authorities - and 95 percent of the media - assume a priori that Russia is wrong. That can't be true, because good and bad cannot be separated by a political boundary. It follows that beyond lip service there is no intention to negotiate. It must also be said that this is a conflict that has caught almost all governments on the wrong foot, leaving them unable to respond rationally. In reality, it is not so much about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine: we are approaching the final phase of the East-West conflict, which we thought ended in 1990.
The only difference from before is that Russia now seems alone against the offensive of the entire Western coalition, with all the risks involved in plunging a nuclear power into crisis. It also seems clear that this is indeed a US-Russia showdown. As for the others, Ukraine "offers itself" as a battlefield, while the rest of NATO members turn out to be satellite states, mostly involved without much conviction. Their leaders try to give the appearance of political initiative, both domestic and continental, but in reality fall into masochistic behavior.
Stefano Fontana: Any war that is not only local - and the one in Ukraine cannot be considered only local - leads to major changes in societies, in culture and in the global order of economic and political systems. Let's think about what the two world wars did in this sense. In your opinion, will this war also have far-reaching effects? Will it be an opportunity for a Great Reset, which by the way is already underway?
Professor Gianfranco Battisti
Gianfranco Battisti: It is undoubtedly a systemic war: it will mark the transition from the world as we have known it to a very different and probably worse world. The forces that knowingly pushed Russia into an adventure that is proving to be a trap are the same ones that want to implement the Great Reset, at least across the OECD area. Behind it, however, is the redefinition of global hegemony. A project that represents the last resort to guarantee minimal survival for the United States, a military superpower that no longer has any economy behind it and, it seems, not even a society that can be called civilized.
At the local level, in the logic of other times, it could be the “founding war” of a finally independent state community for Ukraine. Unfortunately, times are no longer such that this would be possible. The mechanism that has been set in motion cannot be stopped – and one does not want it to be stopped. What is so tragically moving about the whole thing is the Ukrainian people, who have been maliciously promised a bright future, when in reality they are getting a field of rubble, which is why they will have an emigration fate, as is the case with the Syrians.
From a military point of view, it is a preventive war that essentially pursues two goals:
1. To permanently prevent the establishment of normal relations between the EU countries and the Russian Federation, thereby reaffirming the Anglo-American logic codified in 1904 by Sir Halford Mackinder, the 'father' of British geopolitics.
2. To deal a mortal blow to Russia and weaken her in view of the crucial confrontation with China. It is clearly in the interests of the two Atlantic powers - and here we can understand the real reasons behind Britain's otherwise incomprehensible exit from the EU - because an EU without raw materials and without the Russian market will inevitably turn into a huge colony that is fully subject to the "care" of the Atlantic multinationals. Those who believe that this could mark the birth of a 'real' European state would do well not to drink too much wine.
In any case, the seismic movement that was triggered will take many years to stabilize.
Stefano Fontana: Italy took a rather “reckless” stance in the war in Ukraine. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi's speech to Parliament on March 1, 2022 was quite "belligerent" and in stark contrast to Italy's traditional foreign policy. Does that mean that at the moment there is no Italian foreign policy and that Italy adopts a position that is determined by others?
Gianfranco Battisti: Like Monti, Draghi is not a prime minister elected by the Italians, but primarily a banker linked to international financial interests. He is a man of the apparatus, a skilful manager whose scope of action is severely restricted by the instructions given to him from above and which he then drops like boulders on a disordered, i.e. not really capable of acting, parliament. To think that he could pursue an "Italian" foreign policy, even if he wanted to, would be to be guilty of naivety. Worse still, no Italian politician currently seems to have the sine qua non to lead the country. The only hope is that, in the best Italian tradition, Draghi's words are just words. But it seems to me that words must be followed by deeds, especially since increasing military spending to 2% of GDP is a mantra that the US has been teasing Europeans for years.
Stefano Fontana: As a "European" response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there is constant talk of EU countries increasing military spending and creating an EU military force. What do you think of this disturbing prospect?
Gianfranco Battisti: In the face of an economic crisis that is proving to be frightening in terms of its gravity and its extent in space and time, the mere thought of increasing military spending carries a very negative connotation. One thing is certain: when something goes wrong, the political class responsible for the economic and social collapse of their countries jumps enthusiastically into the arms race. They delude themselves that they are doing something to restart the economy while they look forward to the bribes that will come with it. In reality, it's a road that leads straight to Hell, since weapons, once at hand, are inevitably used. The state of war is also attractive to failed politicians so that they can silence any form of protest. In any case, buying guns when budgets are deep in the red means preventing any serious discussion about sanitation.
As for the ambition of an EU military power, this is yet another scam that the politicians in Brussels are dishing out to our peoples. Everyone knows, and they are the first to know, that the US will never allow the emergence of a European military apparatus independent of its control.
Finally, why should we arm ourselves? The Ukrainian tragedy proves ad abundantiam that Russia poses no threat to Europe. Not only because its main interest is in continuing to sell us its raw materials, which it does despite everything, but simply because it has no military apparatus to worry us. That's why it doesn't even think about attacking us. We are experiencing a colossal mystification that we inherited from the “Cold War” and of which the “ruling class” in Kyiv today is one of the architects. On the contrary, has one of the many philistines in circulation ever noticed that the EU is nibbling away at a piece of Russia every day? And isn't that always peaceful?
In the logic across the Atlantic, the short-term goal is to make money selling obsolete weapons, while the long-term goal is to fight WWIII in Europe and Asia, not the US. We're talking nuclear war because that's what the F‑35s -1 we're all so interested in are for. The fact that no one is able to convey these elemental truths says a lot about the leaden cloak that has settled over our media - and partly to blame is a pandemic that was announced in advance...
Stefano Fontana: What do you think of the plan to equate the European Union with Europe?
Gianfranco Battisti: It's a short-sighted vision that comes from the minds of politicians who don't generally belong to the category of great thinkers. It's also geographically, historically, and culturally incorrect. If we then look at Russia, at least at the so-called European part of Russia (which is no small matter), we have to realize with no small concern that, despite everything, today it represents something of the idea of Europe that we have nurtured so hopefully up to now, is left. In this vast country, Europe is still a myth, while we have a cupio dissolvi, a desire for dissolution that we imported, who knows how spontaneously, from America.
An all too quickly forgotten warning resurfaces: "Europe will be Christian or it will not be". Weapons will certainly not unite us, but rather destroy us. From this point of view, the persistent effort to erect a wall of hatred that helps separate Christians in the East from those in the West is a crime that cries out for vengeance to God. And on this point, the Christians in Europe unfortunately do not always have a clear conscience. The reaction in Ukraine to the message of peace proclaimed during the Via Crucis in Rome is emblematic.
Translation: Giuseppe Nardi
1 US stealth multirole fighter aircraft of the fifth generation from the company Lockheed Martin.
Trans: Tancred firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
"Italy sends queer duet" to the Eurovision Song Contest, and the German gay scene is also pleased. This refers to Blanco & Mahmood. On Easter Monday, Blanco was even allowed to perform in St. Peter's Square, as a "prelude" for Pope Francis.
Which variant does Pope Francis prefer: on the left Cardinal Marx with a gay flag in a church, on the right the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the traditional rite?