Politics/United States

by Dave Durand September 1, 2020  Published in Legatus Magazine

“What does it mean when a CEO says, “we support Black Lives Matter?” On the surface, it appears the company affirms the dignity and equality of Black people. If it were that simple, all Catholics would be obligated to support such a movement.

75492C47-8B72-49C9-BD1D-D6375E37EF5CHowever, the motives and beliefs of BLM are not that simple. In fact, BLM is an overtly anti-American, pro Marxist, anti-family, pro-LGBTQ anarchist movement, aimed at deconstructing the United States. Therefore, when a company expresses formal support of the Black Lives Matter movement, they are, at a minimum, passively endorsing all those motives.

If the motives on BLM sound too hard to believe, a simple perusal of blacklivesmatter.com plus interviews from their founders will clear up any confusion.

On Marxism: BLM co-founder Patrice Cullors boldly promotes their plan stating, “We spent the year reading, anything from Marx, to Lenin, to Mao, learning all types of global critical theory and about different campaigns across the world, as a way to learn how to bring people in, how to keep them in an organization… There’s an entire skillset to this.”

25DD1910-E629-44A6-8DCB-74A70478F64FOn traditional family and LGBTQ issues: Blacklivesmatter. org’s “What we believe” section states, “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure”…“We foster a queer-affirming network…“We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege.”

Every major news outlet has parroted BLM’s battle cry to encourage anarchy and to defund the police. Where police have been defunded, crime is rapidly growing. Creating anarchy in the streets is a Marxist approach to gain control. It is backed by the attack on American history, witnessed in the tearing down of statues.

One can see the correlation between the racially motivated frustrations and tearing down Confederate statues, but the anarchists have gone way beyond that, making their motives confusing.

They have torn down the likes of Ulysses S. Grant and other abolitionists; saints such as Junipero Serra; and desecrated statues of Jesus and the Blessed Mother. Simply put, this has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with reinventing the United States.

The cunning strategies implemented by BLM include stonewalling, gas-lighting, and intimidation. They have redefined racism by declaring it not a personal decision or action but a systemic, collective action.

To be a racist has meant individually believing that a given race is superior to another and acting out on that belief. The new definition of systemic racism leaves no white person free of the label of “racist.” BLM leaders nationwide flatly demand all white people admit they are racist.

So, why would any CEO support the movement? There are two reasons. First, CEOs don’t want to be labeled racist – so they cave in. Second, BLM supporters threaten boycotts of business. That’s why organizations like Racialfairness.org have risen up.

The Racial Fairness banner allows for organizations to support the fight against racism, while also loving their country, supporting the police, and building great families.”

Dave Durand is CEO of Best Version Media and of Decided Excellence Catholic Media. He is a weekly contributor to Relevant Radio, and a three-time award winner of Glassdoor’s Top CEO Award.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died

by Steve Ray on September 18, 2020

6E8AC75E-9262-420D-9D9D-499F458DD5CAIf the presidential elections were not already volatile enough, the death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg today will throw gasoline on the fire. Wow, this is a whole new dynamic. The next president will profoundly shape history based her replacement. Electing Trump is more crucial than ever! Expect a war!

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You may want to send a copy of Cardinal Sarah’s official Vatican pronouncement to your bishop! It is time we stop this craziness and get back to Mass and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ and fellowshipping with one another. We have been silent long enough. Now Rome speaks out in support of the churches opening and sacraments being open and available again.

Article by Thomas Williams, Sept. 13, 2020 from Rome.

ROME — The Vatican has issued a letter to the world’s bishops urging the resumption of public Sunday Masses, stressing that “it is necessary and urgent to return to the normality of Christian life.”

The letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to the presidents of the Episcopal Conferences, titled “Let us return to the Eucharist with joy!”, was released on Saturday morning and published in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, is pictured at the Vatican in this Oct. 9, 2012, file photo. Cardinal Sarah, the Vatican's liturgy chief, has asked priests to begin celebrating the Eucharist facing east, the same direction the congregation faces. Although not commonplace, the practice is already permitted by church law. Cardinal Sarah made his request during a speech at the Sacra Liturgia conference in London July 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See LITURGY-SARAH-ORIENTUM July 7, 2106.

The “community dimension” of Christian worship is essential, the cardinal writes, and constitutes “a fundamental trait of Christian life,” according to Jesus’s teaching that “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

During coronavirus lockdowns, many countries made a distinction between “essential” and “non-essential” activities, often judging public worship as belonging to the latter category, something the cardinal suggests was a mistake.

The Bishops should act firmly to ensure “that the participation of the faithful in the celebration of the Eucharist is not downgraded by the public authorities to a ‘gathering,’ and is not considered as comparable or even subordinate to forms of recreational assemblies,” he writes.

Cardinal Sarah’s words echo those of Cardinal Raymond Burke, a canon lawyer and the former head of the Vatican’s supreme court, who wrote in March that Church leaders must avoid treating places of worship more like cinemas and stadiums than pharmacies and supermarkets, because it sends a message that the sacraments and public prayer are not essential to the lives of Christians.

“In our totally secularized culture, there is a tendency to view prayer, devotions and worship like any other activity, for example, going to the cinema or to a football game, which is not essential and therefore can be cancelled for the sake of taking every precaution to curb the spread of a deadly contagion,” Cardinal Burke wrote at the time.

download“Therefore, we cannot simply accept the determinations of secular governments, which would treat the worship of God in the same manner as going to a restaurant or to an athletic contest,” Burke added.

In his recent letter, Cardinal Sarah also stresses that online streaming is no substitute for public worship as a community since “no transmission is equivalent to personal participation or can replace it.”

“Indeed, these transmissions, by themselves, risk distancing us from a personal and intimate encounter with the incarnate God who gave himself to us not in a virtual way, but really, saying: ‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him,’” the cardinal wrote. “This physical contact with the Lord is vital, indispensable, irreplaceable.”

As soon as possible, the cardinal urges, “it is necessary to return to the Eucharist with a purified heart, with a renewed amazement, with an increased desire to meet the Lord, to be with him, to receive him in order to bring him to the brothers with the witness of a life full of faith, of love and hope.”

“We cannot live as Christians without the banquet of the Eucharist, the Lord’s table to which we are invited as children and brothers to receive the Risen Christ himself, present in body, blood, soul and divinity in that Bread of heaven that sustains us in joys and labors of the earthly pilgrimage,” he asserts.

The cardinal also notes that “proper attention to hygiene and safety rules must not lead to the sterilization of gestures and rites, or to spreading, even unconsciously, fear and insecurity in the faithful.”

In this regard, “liturgical norms are not matters on which civil authorities can legislate, but only the competent ecclesiastical authorities,” he insists.

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