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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Orban's Lockdown and The EU-Crisis


Viktor Orbán's exchange of blows with George Soros, whom he calls "one of the most corrupt people in the world".

By Roberto de Mattei *

This agreement provided for the free movement of people, goods, services and capital within a “Europe without borders” and the creation of a “euro zone” with a central bank and a new common currency. In order to be part of this euro zone, a Stability and Growth Pact was adopted in 1997, which imposed two strict parameters on the member states of the European Union: a budget deficit of less than 3% of GDP and a national debt of less than 60% of gross domestic product. The Lisbon Treaty of December 13, 2007 defined the political powers and goals of the European Union.  As we approach its thirtieth birthday, but perhaps also the dissolution of the European Union, it emerged from the Treaty of Maastricht on 7 February 1992.

In almost thirty years, neither the political nor the economic goals of the Union have ever been achieved, and the artificially created supranational institution in the Dutch city has embarked on an inexorable process of decay that found sensational expression in the UK's Brexit on January 31, 2020. In more or less the same days, a storm struck the European Union and nullified its principles. The penetration of the coronavirus into the global geopolitical scene has forced European states to severely restrict the free movement of their citizens. Boundaries, which until recently were seen as an obstacle and an element to be overcome to divide,have proven to be irreplaceable factors in the defense and protection of citizens. Europe has torn down bridges internally and externally and rebuilt walls.

In addition, in March 2020, the European Commission suspended the Stability Pact in an unprecedented decision to allow countries like Italy to borrow and add liquidity to their economies. European economic and monetary policy has burst, and now EU Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni is calling for the possibility of the stability pact remaining suspended until 2022 ( La Stampa, November 11, 2020). In addition, the European Union has provided a debt plan for the states to cope with the new situation caused by the pandemic, which is based on a seven-year budget of 1.15 billion euros and a recovery fund of 750 billion euros. However, this proposal requires unanimity for approval, and two states, Hungary and Poland, which Slovenia later joined, vetoed and blocked the project. The reason for the Hungarian and Polish veto lies in the fact that the grant plan introduces a mechanism that allows the Commission to block the disbursement of funds to countries who do not respect the rule of law or who “violate fundamental values such as freedom, democracy, equality and respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities.” That means activating infringement procedures and convictions for those who do not follow the policy of opening up to new rights, from abortion to unrestricted immigration that the European Union wishes to impose on its member states. The European Court of Justice has already condemned Hungary for its laws on the non-governmental organizations providing prison for assisting migrants arriving illegally in Hungary and for the so-called "anti-Soros legislation," which introduced a number of restrictions on foreign private universities in Hungary, such as the Open Society of Hungarian-American pseudo-philanthropists. In a guest article published by the business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore on November 20, Soros defined the Hungarian and Polish veto against the EU proposal for a reconstruction fund as "the desperate step of two serial perpetrators". The two criminals were according to Soros, the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the Polish Deputy Prime Minister de facto but actual Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

 Orbán responded promptly 1 ,  to George Soros threatening Hungary and Poland:

“A long line of politicians, journalists, judges, bureaucrats, political agitators disguised as civilians is on George Soros' payroll. And although the billionaire himself accuses each of his enemies of corruption, he is himself the most corrupt person in the world. Whom he can, he bribes and buys. If this does not succeed, he compromises, humiliates, intimidates and ruins them with the help of the terrible weapon of the network, the left media background. "

Soros has countless politicians "in his pockets" who now want to blackmail Hungary and Poland for access to EU funds.

And Orbán continues:

“ The Soros network, which is thoroughly interwoven with the European bureaucracy and political elite, has been working for years to make Europe a continent of immigration. For the states of the European Union the greatest danger today is the Soros network, which proclaims the global open society and wants to liquidate the national framework. The goals of the network are obvious: to create open societies with mixed ethnicities and multiculturalism with the help of the acceleration of migration to dismantle national decision-making and hand it over to the global elite."

Numerous high-ranking EU bureaucrats are working with the network of George Soros to create a unified empire. They want to develop a system of institutions that, under the aegis of an Open Society, wants to impose a unified way of thinking, a unified culture and a unified social model on the free and independent nations of Europe. In doing so, they deprive every people of their right to decide their own fate for themselves. Its proposal, called the rule of law, also serves this goal, which in reality does not recognize the rule of law, but the law of the mightiest."

The aggression of the so-called “strong powers” against Orbán began in 2012 when the new Hungarian constitution came into force, which defines the family as “the basis for the survival of the nation”. “Hungary is understood to protect the institution of marriage as protecting the conjugal union of a man and a woman” and proclaims that “the life of the fetus is protected from the moment of conception” (Roberto de Mattei, Radici Cristiane, No. 72 - February / March 2012). Orbán is not Catholic, but, as Giulio Meotti writes, there is “a lone defender of persecuted Christians in Europe: the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, whom the mainstream media likes to tease and attack. No other European government has imvested so much money, public diplomacy and time into this topic" (Giulio Meotti, Gate Stone Institute , December 15, 2019).

Of all European heads of state and government, Orbán is the one who fights the dictatorship of relativism most fiercely and is therefore a thorn in the side of the globalists' lobbies, who today accuse him of defying their plans by taking advantage of the Corona emergency. In fact, he imposed a lockdown last March, which gave him full powers in Hungary. In November, he announced a new state of emergency that should last until February 8th. The LGBT complex accuses him of passing a law ths year preventing transsexuals from legally “changing” their gender and trying to take advantage of the Coronavirus, to pass new laws in defense of the religious and national identity of his people. At a time when everyone is trying to take advantage of the pandemic, Orbán has used the "health dictatorship" as an effective tool to contain EU plans. In Hungary, therefore, the lockdown turned out not to be an instrument of globalism, but a means to oppose the globalist revolution that seeks to impose planetary chaos, to oppose the globalist revolution that planetary chaos seeks to impose.

The effects of the coronavirus also include the collapse of the European Union, the return of nation states and the opportunity for European politicians who want to defend natural and Christian values to have their voices heard more clearly.

Perhaps it is necessary to look in the events, besides the plans of the people, also for the plans of God, which always intervene in history in a mysterious but effective way ...

Roberto de Mattei , historian, father of five children, professor of modern history and the history of Christianity at the European University of Rome, President of the Lepanto Foundation, author of numerous books, most recently in English translation: Defense of Tradition: The Insurmountable Truth of Christ, with a foreword by Martin Mosebach, Altötting 2017  (Not available in English yet) and The Second Vatican Council. A Previously Unwritten Story, 2nd exp. Edition, Bobingen 2011.

Translation: Giuseppe Nardi 
Image: Corrispondenza Romana1 The exchange of blows between Georges Soros and Viktor Orbán, a private person and a head of government, has a European dimension, as Soros mobilized his networks for it. Il Sole 24 Ore is part of the Project Syndicate, a media network of Soros. Selected members of this syndicate published the text of "their Lord" in various countries. Orbàn sent his answer to the Hungarian ambassador. The German newspaper Tagesspiegel, who as Project Syndicate-Member printed the Soros tirade on November 19, but refuses to publish Orbán's response. That is the understanding of equality and information of the "quality press". The German version of the reply of Tichy's insight was therefore published on 30 November. The quotations are taken from this version. An English summary is available on the website of the Hungarian Prime Minister. It is likely that Orbán also submitted his reply to the Sole 24 Ore, but like the Tagesspiegel as this Project Syndicate -member, it refuses to publish. In any case, neither of Orban's answers to Sole 24 Ore  was published in another Italian medium. It's an attitude that confirms Orbán's criticism and the dubious one-sidedness of important media, if not their dependence on Soros (note Giuseppe Nardi).

Trans: Tancred


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Coronavirus Pretext: Does Spain's Left Dream of Dictatorship and Persecution of the Church?

Cardinal Canizares in the sights of a radical left that many Spaniards suspect are dreaming of dictatorship and persecution of the church – as in 1936.
(Madrid) In Spain, parts of the left yearn for the anti-church Popular Front climate of 1936. The pretext and instrument of Church persecution today is the Corona crisis. The left-wing government effectively repealed parts of the constitution, including the right to freedom of religion, thereby massively incorporating the public, social and private lives of citizens. It took a few weeks, but more and more people are realizing that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (PSOE) and other members of the socialist PSOE and radical left-wing Podemos government have justified the radical measures with absurd claims. Statements that were claimed to have been made by government representatives of other countries. The suspicion of central authorities and hidden puppet masters make the rounds. The result is increasingly vociferous protests throughout Spain, which the media in Central Europe do not report. This selective reporting, too, is increasingly aroused suspicion and mistrust. The lasnt barrel to overflow was brought on by the attack against Antonio Cardinal Canizares Llovera.


The political left has targeted Cardinal Canizares who is being accused of violating the Corona requirements. In 2014, shortly before the first Family Synod, Pope Francis promoted him to archbishop of Valencia and thus away from the Roman Curia. Previously, he was Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacraments by Pope Benedict XVI. Before Benedict appointed him to the Roman Curia, he was Bishop of Avila from 1992 to 1996, then Archbishop of Granada until 2002, and finally Archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain until 2008. As such, he was called the "Blade of Toledo" because of his clear language.

The political left is crying out for an investigation into the Archbishop of Valencia, whose "crime" is to open the gates of a church on 10 May and to have blessed his episcopal See with a merciful image of Our Lady at the threshold.

Hue and cry was made that the Cardinal, called "the little Ratzinger" in his Roman time, had violated the Corona emergency measures imposed by the Socialist government.

The Archbishop's office replied that there had been no injury. Nevertheless, the Archbishop was reported and an investigation was launched by the city government.

Every second Sunday in May, it is a tradition in Valencia to celebrate the feast of the Mare de Déu dels Desamparats, according to the Catalan title under which Our Lady is invoked. In Spanish, the Virgen de los desamparados is  Our Lady of the Abandoned in English. She is the Patroness of the city.
The Cardinal with the festively dressed image of Our Lady on May 10, 2020

The year 1409

This devotion and feast date back to 24 February 1409, when the priest Joan Gilabert Jofré, a Mercedarian, saw children on their way to the cathedral mocking and tormenting a homeless mentally ill man. Father Jofré, who had been ordained a priest in 1375, had spent his life following the charism of his order, with efforts to buy Christians out of Islamic slavery. When he returned to Valencia, he saw another need. He recognized the double need for protection of the man who was harassed by the children. In his homily in the cathedral, he denounced the gratuitous, irrational and cruel persecution of vulnerable, innocent mentally ill people and decided to form a brotherhood to serve people like the man whom the children had mocked as "El loco" before his eyes.
In 2010, the Brotherhood celebrated its 600th anniversary
With his Society, founded in 1410, the Lloable Confraria de la Verge Maria dels Innocents, the "Blessed Society of the Virgin Mary of the Innocents", he established the world's first institution for people with mental illnesses and placed it under the special protection of Our Lady in 1414.

Father Jofré and members of the Society, which consisted equally of women and men, along with some priests, erected a chapel in the hospice in honour of Our Lady of the Abandoned. When the chapel was completed, according to tradition, three young men in pilgrim clothes came and offered to create a picture of Our Lady within three days, if they were given a room for it that no one was allowed to enter. This happened, but there was no noise from the room. When nothing happened on the fourth day, the brothers opened the door and found in it the honored image of Our Lady, at whose feet two innocent children can be seen. But the young pilgrims had disappeared. Then the blind and paralyzed wife of the fraternity member who lived in the hospital and had taken her in, was healed. The image of Our Lady with which Cardinal Canizares blessed the city, is therefore said to be el feren el àngels, it was "made by the angels".

Soon the Society also took care of street children, then also homeless sailors and prostitutes. The Fraternity institution became a model for similar foundations, the first of which was established in the Iberian Peninsula in 1438 in Barcelona and in Spanish America, in Mexico City in 1567. In Valencia, Father Jofré's hospital became the city's general hospital.

In 1489, the image of Our Lady was transferred to the city's cathedral. In 1652, the construction of his own basilica in his honour, which was consecrated in 1667, was established directly adjacent to it. The Basilica of mare de Déu dels Desemparats, a collegiate monastery, is connected to the Cathedral of Valencia by a bridge. In 1923, the image of grace was crowned in the presence of King Alfonso XIII and the Apostolic Nuncio on behalf of Pope Pius XI. In the unofficial anthem of the city, the Mother of God of the Abandoned is sung.
The Basilica of the Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, built for the image of Our Lady

The Rage of the Socialists

On the second Sunday in May, on her feast, a procession from the basilica to the cathedral, a distance of 200 meters, traditionally takes place with the great participation of the people. Because of the coronavirus, it had to be cancelled this year. Cardinal Canizares therefore celebrated the Mass behind closed doors, but at the end of the celebration he stood with the image of Our Lady at the threshold of the basilica and blessed the city, while a canon sang the national anthem of the Autonomous Community of Valencia.

That was enough to turn the left-wing city government against him. It launched an investigation to determine whether the cardinal had violated the Corona regulations. Video footage of the event shows that the cardinal did not leave the basilica with the image of Our Lady. Meanwhile, rumors were spread in the city, which could be refuted by the archdiocese thanks to the direct video transmission. But it was of no use. The Socialist City Councillor Aamen Cano (PSOE), responsible for civil protection [Public Safety?], accused the Cardinal of "fraud" because he had blessed the city, even though he had no "permission" to do so. The Cardinal had acted "irresponsibly" by opening the basilica. This was particularly serious because he acted "with intent and treason."

On the instructions of the city government, the basilica was closed by the city police.

The Cardinal's Opinion

Cardinal Canizares responded with clear words. In a statement, he asked the city council:

"Why are you lying and complaining?"

What law or provision prohibits opening the door of a church?

"In all clarity, truth and firmness, and with the freedom that you seem to want to restrict and suppress, I am sorry to tell you that you are lying without mitigating reasons, while at the same time informing you that legality has been faithfully respected and strictly kept by the Church."

The Cardinal informed the city council and its comrades:

"If you had been in the basilica [what Cano would have been able to do as a city councillor] or if you had watched the broadcast of the Mass on television, you would know what happened and what I said."

And further:

"For my part, you are forgiven, and I am sure that the Virgin will forgive you too, because you did not know what you had done on this occasion, and I ask the Valencians, most of whom are not with you, to forgive you and to ignore your words and gestures. The damage you wanted to do has been done against you, even if in some media the damage and slander persists and the lie is spread: this does not contribute to the common good, which has to be the basis for every policy and everyone in politics. This creates damage and hatred."

And even more clearly:

"I note that Marxist ideology is still at large: lies are a political weapon based on the motto: the worse, the better."

And a serious reminder:

"Do not forget that in the countries of our region and in almost all the countries of the world, an inalienable fundamental right is recognised, which is also guaranteed by our Spanish Constitution: the right to religious freedom, which you seem to disregard because you want to dictate what you can and cannot do in a church. Think about it and learn to respect this inalienable and inviolable right."

Das Year 1936

For those who do not know what happened in Spain in 1936, a brief review: on September 14 of that year, Pope Pius XI received 500 Spanish refugees who had to leave their homeland because of the persecution of the Church by the Popular Front. The Pope expressed his sorrow at the persecution and his admiration for the persecuted and the mistreated, especially for those Catholics who had suffered martyrdom.
Manuel de Irujo, Christian Democrat, Basque nationalist, 1937 Minister of Justice of the People's Front
In order not to let the opposite side of General Franco, who is still hated by the political left today, be quoted as Manuel de Irujo (1891–1981), a Catholic from Navarre, representative of the Basque National Party, who was Minister of Justice of the Republican People's Front government in 1937. On 7 January 1937, in Valencia, because of the struggles at that time in the capital of Republican Spain, he presented a memoir:

"The de facto situation of the Church throughout the pro-government area, with the exception of the Basque Country, is as follows:
– All altars, paintings and cult objects were destroyed with a few exceptions, most in a vile way.
– All churches have been closed for the cult, which is totally and absolutely reviled.
The majority of the churches of Catalonia were set on fire, as if it were a normal thing.
– The institutions and the official organs of the state have confiscated bells, chalices, ciboria, candelabra and other cult objects, and material has been extracted from their melting for war or industrial purposes. 
All monasteries were evacuated and the religious life in them was eliminated. The buildings, the cult objects and goods were looted, burned, occupied or demolished.
The priests and religious were arrested, imprisoned and executed, thousands of them without trial. These are facts that continue to happen today, not only in rural areas where they were hunted and brutally killed, but also in cities. Hundreds of arrests have been made in Madrid, Barcelona and the other major cities for no reason other than being priests or religious.
– An absolute ban was imposed on the private expression of religious representations and cult objects. The police carry out house searches, turn apartments upside down and dig into intimate, personal and family life, destroy statues, pictures, religious writings and everything associated with or reminiscent of the cult with ridicule and violence."
Call against Pedro Sanchez's left-wing government: "No to oppression. No to dictatorship"

Meanwhile, "freedom, freedom" calls are making protests against the government's radical measures, the restriction of fundamental rights, the persecution of the people, and the impression of remote control by the vaccination cartel around Bill Gates. The media in Central Europe do not report on this. In Spain, there is concern that parts of the political left are once again dreaming of dictatorship and the persecution of the Church.

A video of the protests against the government's radical measures:

Text: Giuseppe
Nardi Picture: MiL/Wikicommons/Youtube/Twitter (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred


Friday, May 15, 2020

Jesuit Spadaro at Civiltà- Cattolica Says Catholics Aren't Being Persecuted

Edit: pay no mind to the man behind the curtain.

(Rome) Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ, one of Pope Francis' closest confidants and the head of the Roman Jesuit magazine La Civiltà Cattolica, provides an official reading of the radical measures taken because of the Coronavirus, which has strangled the sacramental life of the faithful on an unprecedented scale. In the editorial "Pandemic and Freedom of Worship" of the new issue of the magazine (issue 4078), which will be published on Saturday, Spadaro emphasizes that the months-long suspension of the Mass is "not a religious persecution" because the Church was "never closed".

It is the intention of the article, which appears shortly before the re-admission of public services in Italy, which will apply from 18 May, to defend the alliance between the state and the Church, which was almost self-imposed at the end of the day in the Corona crisis, with the Church having the unsuitable role of a state servant.

The ban on religious celebrations is "usually" understood as "discrimination or even persecution," Spadaro says. In the current case, however, this is not the case, Spadaro said. The Roman Jesuit magazine always appears with explicit permission from the Vatican Secretariat of State, with Pope Francis personally taking over the role of censor in contrast to his predecessors on articles that are important to him.

The printing permit confirms that Spadaros's reading is that of the Holy See. Spadaro becomes even clearer: "This does not seem to be the time to invoke a misunderstood 'civil disobedience'."

The Pope's confidant wants to say:

"The current restrictions are legal and acceptable from a human rights point of view. We believe that the protection of the weak and vulnerable is also very important from a religious point of view and must therefore be reconciled with the need for community and assembly. The measures are aimed at protecting human life for both believers and other members of society. it is therefore important to recognize that the prohibition of meetings, including religious celebrations, should not normally be understood as religious discrimination or even persecution."

The official, if only official, reading of the Holy See on the radical measures of secular and ecclesiastical authorities differs in essential points from the sensational appeal of Veritas liberabit vos of a group of well-known cardinals, bishops and intellectuals, including the former Prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Gerhard Cardinal Müller. In it, they expressed concern about the radical restrictions, rebuked the uncritical, even propagandistic behavior of many mass media, and expressed fears that the Coronavirus could be used as a pretext for certain forces to reach for world domination through the establishment of a world government.

Spadaro does not mention the appeal. The positions are too far apart, and the Vatican does not want to be associated with such criticism. In recent years, a great deal of time and energy has been spent to get closer to these very forces that are meant in the call. Therefore, official Rome does not even want to promote this by mentioning the concerns and concerns mentioned in Veritas liberabit vos. Their effect on the people is feared. Spadaro therefore prefers silence.
However, he also mentions criteria for the restrictions imposed because of the Coronavirus:

'However, all restrictions on fundamental rights must have a legal basis, necessary, proportionate and generally proportionate to the purpose they serve and the law they restrict. The threat of Covid-19, however serious it may be, does not free governments and parliaments from these requirements."

However, a closer examination of whether these criteria have been and will be met, the secretary of the Civiltà Cattolica only applies the state measures to a limited extent, and where he does so, this is done in agreement. Given the large number of steps taken by individual governments, it would also be difficult to discuss the situation in broad terms. However, a number of measures are similar, just as the slogans issued are largely identical, even identical. Which suggests a common handwriting. A summary assessment would therefore be quite conceivable. If Spadaro does not attempt to do so, it confirms the basic intention of the editorial.

The head of the Roman Jesuit editorial board instead refers to the measures to restrict religious freedom, which recently caused considerable unrest in Italy. Initially, in the course of the so-called "Phase 2" from 4 May, the government had also promised to re-open public services, but then categorically ruled them out. Pope Francis had to intervene to soothe the displeasure of the bishops. The government then announced that it would be re-approved by the end of May, and then it agreed on 18 May.

Spadaro also responds to this:

Voices of the "various religious communities" had wondered "whether all measures of the lockdown were proportionate. On the other hand, because of the urgency and danger, governments had to make very serious and far-reaching decisions in the short term, which put a huge burden on them in terms of responsibility." An allusion to the fact that, for example, in Italy, the Corona measures were adopted by the government by mere decree of the Prime Minister, but without law. From a formal point of view, an entire country was paralysed by a mere administrative act and a 60 million people were taken hostage by state. Spadaro does not say that, but the reference to the "administrative act" at least makes it sound ominous.

Defence of government measures

In his editorial, however, he defends the radical measures taken:

Society must be "aware that the present restrictions are mainly for the moral imperative of protecting human life and are not used for other political purposes." They are to be understood in this way and exceptions are exceptions:'except in some regrettable cases'.

The fundamental approval and moral legitimacy of the state coercive measures is the common thread of the editorial:

"While in democratic states it is always necessary to scrutinise and monitor government measures, especially when they restrict fundamental rights, this does not seem to be the right time to invoke what would be a misunderstood 'civil disobedience'."

Finally, the ecclesiastical clean bill of health follows:

"Underestimating the health authority's claims would be irresponsible," he said.

This does not include a critical questioning of the significance, risk and extent of the Corona threat. Spadaro also expresses no concern about misleading scaremongering by government officials, experts and the media, for example, by repeatedly calling corona-positive people "sick," although all previous surveys show that no more than 10 percent of those infected fall ill with Covid-19. The virus is one thing, the disease (Covid-19) is something else.

It is only after his defence of the state restrictions that Spadaro says that it is "important":

"(...) governments provide ad hoc measures to enable believers to participate in the culture, in compliance with safety conditions based on the course of the epidemiological curve. The spiritual needs of religious communities, which contribute with their values to ensuring social stability and cohesion, must not be neglected."

The creation of a precedent

Implicitly, with the editorial of Pope Francis's close confidant, the Civiltà Cattolica calls the government's drastic interventions a precedent, which means that governments will in future be allowed to ban public services in the event of "health necessity." Since fewer people have died with and from the coronavirus in many countries, including the entire German-speaking area, than in a seasonal flu wave, this could also justify a permanent lockdown in the winter half-year, which paralyzes the world in every flu season. Moreover, no severe-mortality has been detected so far, not even in Italy, which plays a central role in general perception and media coverage, although in Belgium far more people are counted as "Corona deaths", as well as in Spain, and the United Kingdom is in the process of equating with Italy.

Spadaro does not ask questions about what is so different about the that it justifies such a radically different approach. Above all, it does not ask whether the assumptions used have been true. Nor about selective information policy, including the retention of important figures by the governments of different countries, the omission of important verifications, for example through antibody testing, and the conspicuously aggressive attitude towards critics.

The editorial, which is used to support the radical state and Church measures, ends with a statement that seems to be fundamentally correct, but in the overall context free in the air:

"The Church, if it really is the same, is never 'closed'"

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: La Civiltà Cattolica/Twitter/Antonio Spadaro (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred