NASA destroyed evidence of life on Mars - says former employee of 46 years
Former NASA Scientist Richard Hoover shares revelations with journalist Lee Speigel from the Huffington Post. Hoover talks about the fact that someone at NASA may have destroyed evidence of life on Mars. This took place at the Open Minds 2014 International UFO Congress and Film Festival in Fountain Hills Arizona
On July 10, 2016 DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered in Washington D.C. Was Rich the source who provided Wikileaks with DNC internal emails? Some have speculated this is the reason for his murder. If true, what becomes of the mantra “Russia did it?” Sources within the FBI confirm that Seth Rich was in contact with wikileaks... News outlets have confirmed the reports as well as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz complicity in the DNC cover-up.
US Congress Woman - Tulsi Gabbard defends Julian Assange
US invaded Afghanistan to restore heroin industry – now pretending to fight it
The announcement by the US military (Nov 2017) that their new strategy (in Afghanistan) involves bombing drug labs is quite humorous given that the US went into Afghanistan in reality largely to protect the heroin industry. Dr. Kevin Barrett told Press TV. “Just as the Vietnam war was heavily driven by the fact that at that time most of the world’s heroin was coming from the Golden Triangle, today the heroin epicenter has moved with the CIA’s areas of interest to Afghanistan,” he stated. “The Taliban had shut down opium production in Afghanistan, and it was not tolerable to the Deep State which profits to the tune of $1.5 trillion per year from the heroin industry, which is then moved in a shell-game to various banks and corporations and leveraged into vastly more money than that,” he noted.
"UFOs Are REAL, We're NOT Kidding!!" Tucker Interviews UFO Expert Leslie Kean
The murder of Pope John Paul 1st - Stuff They Don't Want You To Know
Pope Francis Calls For A One World Government / Supranational Body To Enforce U.N. Policy"And authority was given to him over every tribe, tongue, and nation." Revelation 13:7
The Most Inspiring Speech I ever heard: The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Will Change Your Life | Rick Rigsby
Mark Steyn vs Michael Mann, Climate Change: The Facts, Keynote 4, ICCC10
SAINT Pope Paul VI? (When Pigs Fly!)
Down in the catacombs, Michael Matt looks as the life and legacy of one of the worst popes in history—the man Pope Francis now intends to canonize in October. Does papal infallibility seriously come into this farce? Please! At this point, claiming the Holy Ghost has anything even to do with such an obvious political stunt—aimed at canonizing the revolution of Vatican II—borders on the blasphemous. Plus, Francis is reportedly set to stab Chinese Catholics in the back in favor of Communist puppet bishops. Everybody okay with that? Has the Vatican lost its mind completely?
History Repeats Itself As Obama and CIA Train and Arm ISIS through the Free Syrian Army: CIA Trained & Armed Bin Laden and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan against USSR
Brexit news: Mr Rees-Mogg insisted the Government has "a duty" towards fishermen (Image: GETTY•EXPRESS.CO.UK)
‘They were SACRIFICED to EU!’ Rees-Mogg issues BREXIT BATTLE CRY for Britain’s fishermen
JACOB Rees-Mogg reminded the British Government of their "duty" to ensure British fishermen recover their independence from European Union fisheries regulations after Brexit.
By AURORA BOSOTTI | Express.co.uk
Jacob Rees-Mogg says government has a duty to help fishermen
The staunch Brexiteer claimed the UK "sacrificed" British fisheries and fish stocks when the country joined the European Union. Jacob Rees-Mogg insisted the Government should ensure those fishermen suffering because of the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) are returned their rights to British waters after Brexit. The stern warning comes as it was revealed Brussels has demanded continued access to fishing waters in exchange for an agreement to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "I think it’s very important we get back our fishing waters and I don’t think we should sacrifice them during the interim period up until 2021.
"The coastal communities have really badly affected by our membership of the European Union. They were sacrificed in 1973 when we joined the European Union."
Mrs May’s plan would keep the whole of the UK in the EU’s customs union to avoid a hard border in Ireland if the two sides cannot strike a trade deal by the end of the transition period in December 2020.
But Brussels wants to keep access to UK waters as the price for agreeing Mrs May’s proposal.
‘Brexit will be 'GREAT' for fishing industry says British fisherman. I think it’s very important we get back our fishing waters and I don’t think we should sacrifice them’
The North Somerset MP continued: "I think we have a duty to them to help them get back some of their prosperity and to secure our own fishing waters for British fishermen.
"Actually, it would be particularly beneficial in Scotland, where a lot of the fish stocks are in Scottish waters."
The CFP, which allows European Union vessels access to UK fishing grounds and imposes strict quotas, is despised by many British fishermen who blame it for decimating what was once a national industry.
Despite voicing opposition to the CFP and it granting permission to EU vessels to catch fish in British waters, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has remained an outspoken critic of Brexit – going as far as suggesting Scotland be allowed to stay in the single market in 2017.
Fishermen across the country have torn into the Prime Minister for selling out the industry, and have warned: “Our freedom is in peril”.
Fishing for Leave spokesman Alan Hastings said: “The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, quotas and mass discarding has been an environmental disaster as well as an economic and social one.
UK fish rotting on docks if EU decides to hammer Brit fishermen
“She is away to sell-out British fishing and coastal communities out again. It is disgraceful, disgusting…It looks like the time to go up the Thames again.”
Mr Hastings added: “As Fishing For Leave warned a transition means re-obeying all EU law with disastrous consequences.
“We warned that Chequers and a 'common rulebook on agri-goods' was the same dodgy wording as the Treaty of Rome which founded the Common Fisheries Policy and would be used to demand fisheries.
“Norway, Iceland, Faroe & Greenland export vast amounts of seafood to the EU. Does the EU demand and do they cave to surrendering their natural resource for market access? No.
“No other nation on earth gives up fisheries access and resources for markets...looks like the Conservatives are about to make Britain the first.”
Mr Hastings claimed the British Government had been “weak” before demanding MP’s “vote this disgrace of a deal down”.
He said: “To the public, our countrymen we say - our country and our freedom is in peril - Defend it with all your might!.”
U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare
The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man's stewardship of the environment. But we know that's not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this. At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.
"This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution," she said.
Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history."
The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism. The evidence is prima facie: From a feudal order that lasted a thousand years, produced zero growth and kept workdays long and lifespans short, the countries that have embraced free-market capitalism have enjoyed a system in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved and lifespans doubled.
Figueres is perhaps the perfect person for the job of transforming "the economic development model" because she's really never seen it work. "If you look at Ms. Figueres' Wikipedia page," notes Cato economist Dan Mitchell: Making the world look at their right hand while they choke developed economies with their left. (original article)
The Gay Mafia and America’s aggressive homosexual
by Dr Eowyn | Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM)
One of FOTM’s faithful readers recently sent me an email of palpable frustration, a sentiment I share and no doubt by you as well. She wrote:
"Is it just me or is something really in the perverted wind of this country? I turn on the TV and suddenly on a soap I have watched decades, a character who has been on there for a few years is suddenly a transgender. I watch a Sunday show on PBS, “Calling the Midwife,” and suddenly a supposedly happily married man sexually approaches a stranger in a man’s restroom. Some of my favorite shows, like “CSI” have gay characters, and the list goes on. ABC-Disney is making a sitcom about the life of a gay man, Dan Savage, who is one of the nastiest-mouthed human beings out there.' How can 4% of the population control 80% of the viewing? I saw a couple of years ago that Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett went to Hollywood and demanded changes. A few months ago, Ulsterman wrote that Jarrett was overheard in OUR White House bragging they have so much more to do to us…. Our viewing choices are shrinking daily. Not to mention the sad world we are leaving the children."
Indeed, how can such a small percentage of the population — the percentage of self-identified LGBTs in the U.S. population actually is less than 2% — control so much of entertainment, the media, and pop culture? Here’s how (full article)
Horrific (CIA) Torture Report Shows Why Much Of The World Considers America To Be The Nazis Of The 21st Century
by Michael Snyder| The American Dream
Good guys do not sadistically torture people. Good guys do not threaten to sexually abuse the family members of their prisoners, and they certainly do not forcibly ram things up the rear ends of those in their custody. One of the greatest dangers that our country is facing is the fact that we are not passing on what it means to be “American” to future generations. Once upon a time, Americans were the good guys. But now, instead of fighting the Nazis we are behaving just like them. (full story)
How The Royal Family Is Destroying Britain -
by Harry Paterson
I don’t understand the Brits. I never have. Although I’m from Scotland and, technically, I suppose, that makes me a Brit, I just don’t get the national psyche. They’ll rage furiously at the thought of a hard-working Polish plumber grafting his arse off because he’s “stealing our jobs” yet fawn, grovel, bow and scrape at a collection of German-Greek immigrant benefit-scroungers bleeding the country dry. As long, of course, as they’re wearing crowns while they do so. (full article)
Climate Report to UN: Trump right, UN wrong – Skeptics Deliver Consensus Busting ‘State of the Climate Report’ to UN Summit
by Marc Morano | Climate Depot
Renowned Princeton Physicist Freeman Dyson: ‘I’m 100% Democrat and I like Obama. But he took the wrong side on climate issue, and the Republicans took the right side’ – An Obama supporter who describes himself as “100 per cent Democrat,” Dyson is disappointed that the President “chose the wrong side.” Increasing CO2 in the atmosphere does more good than harm, he argues, and humanity doesn’t face an existential crisis. ‘What has happened in the past 10 years is that the discrepancies between what’s observed and what’s predicted have become much stronger.’
Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Dr. Ivar Giaever, Who Endorsed Obama Now Says Prez. is ‘Ridiculous’ & ‘Dead Wrong’ on ‘Global Warming’ – Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever: ‘Global warming is a non-problem’ – ‘I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong.’ ‘Global warming really has become a new religion.’ – “I am worried very much about the [UN] conference in Paris in 2015…I think that the people who are alarmist are in a very strong position.’
[These are just two of the many prominent Scientists who are jumping ship from the hoax and global money ripoff known as 'Climate Change'.]
CO2 is not the tail that wags the dog. CO2 is a trace essential gas, but without it life on earth would be impossible. Carbon dioxide fertilizes algae, trees, and crops to provide food for humans and animals. We inhale oxygen and exhale CO2. Slightly higher atmospheric CO2 levels cannot possibly supplant the numerous complex and inter-connected forces that have always determined Earth’s climate. As University of London professor emeritus Philip Stott has noted: “The fundamental point has always been this. Climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate change predictably by understanding and manipulating at the margins one politically selected factor (CO2), is as misguided as it gets.” “It’s scientific nonsense,” Stott added. Even the global warming activists at RealClimate.org acknowledged this in a September 20, 2008 article, stating, “The actual temperature rise is an emergent property resulting from interactions among hundreds of factors.”
The UN Paris climate change agreement claims to able to essentially save the planet from ‘global warming’. But even if you accept the UN’s and Al Gore’s version of climate change claims, the UN Paris agreement would not ‘save’ the planet. (full article)
Does Homosexual Marriage Signal America's Final Undoing? It sure does - (itaiics -emphasis by WCM)
Chuck Baldwin | Prison Planet
The assault against traditional marriage is now in full swing. Across the country, judges, mayors, legislators, and governors are calling for the legalization and moral acceptance of homosexual marriage. Many people wonder if such an event signals the beginning of America's ultimate demise. (It does. )
Social and cultural acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle certainly contributed to the collapse of many empires of antiquity, including the Canaanite, Persian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman empires. In fact, Senator Zell Miller of Georgia recently quoted noted historian Arnold Toynbee on the floor of the U.S. Senate as saying, "Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared in history, 19 of them collapsed when they reached the moral state America is in today." That statement is even more startling when one realizes that the statement was made some 30 years ago! If history is any teacher, one must conclude that the acceptance of homosexuality by any mainstream culture (will) doom that society!
That the United States has chosen to embrace the homosexual lifestyle by granting it legal protection, even political correctness, reveals just how depraved our once great nation has become. Should we now be shocked that homosexual marriage is on the verge of becoming a reality? It was inevitable. (full story)
George W. Bush: “My Dad Was Meeting with the Brother of Osama on September 11, 2001. Does That Make Him a Terror Suspect?”
by Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research
Anti-Terrorism Double Standards:
Ironically, the anti-terrorist legislation does not apply to politicians in high office, namely to the “State sponsors of terrorism”; nor does it apply to U.S. or Canadian diplomats, intelligence officials, who are routinely in liaison with terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Individuals can be arrested but presidents and prime ministers are allowed to mingle and socialize with family members of the World’s most renowned terrorist and alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks:Osama bin Laden. Lest we forget, one day before the 9/11 attacks, the dad of the sitting President of the United States of America, George Herbert Walker Bush was meeting none other than Shafig bin Laden, the brother of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden. It was a routine business meeting on September 10-11, no conflict of interest, no relationship to the 9/11 attacks which allegedly were carried out on the orders of Shafiq’s brother Osama. (continue)
US Military Waste: Pentagon Announced the day before 9/11 $2.3 Trillion Gone Missing
On September 10th 2001, Donald Rumsfield announced the Pentagon had misplaced $2.3 trillion dollars. Although he vowed to resolve this accounting hiccup immediately, the whole incident was buried the very next day along with 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 attacks. An Amazing coincidence? We think not. (full story)
Final Score: Brexit 1 - 0 Bilderbergs
[Although Stephen Lendman's critical review (below) of the Bilderberg Group was written in 2009, it still rings very true to this day. So it's no wonder those who oppose the Bilderbergs and all their diabolical plans are so ecstatic about today's triumph of the UK's Brexit vote to leave the EU - one of the puppet-masters of the Bilderbergs.]
“The True Story of the Bilderberg Group” and What They May Be Planning Now
by Stephen Lendman | Global Research
. . . . . Whatever its early mission, the Bilderberg Group is now “a shadow world government….threatening to take away our right to direct our own destinies by creating a disturbing reality” very much harming the public’s welfare. In short, Bilderbergers want to supplant individual nation-state sovereignty with an all-powerful global government, corporate controlled, and check-mated by militarized enforcement. “Imagine a private club where presidents, prime ministers, international bankers and generals rub shoulders, where gracious royal chaperones ensure everyone gets along, and where the people running the wars, markets, and Europe (and America) say what they never dare say in public.”
Early in its history, Bilderbergers decided “to create an ‘Aristocracy of purpose’ between Europe and the United States (to reach consensus to rule the world on matters of) policy, economics, and (overall) strategy.” NATO was essential for their plans – to ensure “perpetual war (and) nuclear blackmail” to be used as necessary. Then proceed to loot the planet, achieve fabulous wealth and power, and crush all challengers to keep it. Along with military dominance, controlling the world’s money is crucial for with it comes absolute control as the powerful 19th century Rothschild family understood. As the patriarch Amschel Rothschild once said: “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.” (full Story)
Military Drill Identifying “Hostile” U.S. States Sparks Alarm
by Alex Newman | New American
[Is the Federal Govt preparing for Martial Law?]
A massive U.S. military drill in 2016 dubbed “Jade Helm 15” listed Texas, Utah, and part of California as “hostile” or “insurgent pocket” territory. The unclassified information about this drill caused widespread alarm nationwide, with more than a few analysts suggesting it may have been some sort of exercise practicing to impose martial law on Americans fed up with an out-of-control federal government (full story)
Christian leaders slam US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, warn Christians of looming persecution
[WCM Postscript: In what promises to be the final demise of the American dream and all that is sacred to religious across the country, the not so supreme court's heathen decision to legalize same sex marriage - an 'obama-nation' in G-d's eyes - has resulted in a thunderbolt effect amongst G-d fearing people and organizations throughout America. Will this be the straw that broke the camel's back? It better be if America has any hope of surviving the inevitable onslaught of Divine retribution which will no doubt befall those who have no eyes to see nor ears to hear.]
By Jay Gotera | Christiantoday.com
. . . . By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court recognised same-sex "marriages" throughout the United States under the 14th Amendment. However, the ruling drew the rebuke of Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who said that the Supreme Court has knowingly chosen to reject biblical truths and endorsed sin instead, a Gospel Herald report said. "I'm disappointed because the government is recognizing sin," Graham told conservative columnist Todd Starnes. "This court is endorsing sin. That's what homosexuality is—a sin against God...I believe God could bring judgment upon America." Graham said Christians should prepare themselves for possible persecution following the Supreme Court's decision. "You better be ready and you better be prepared because it's coming. There will be persecution of Christians for our stand," he said. Regardless of the ruling, Graham said he will refuse to marry any same-sex couple. "I will never recognise it in my heart because God gave marriage between a man and a woman and that's what marriage is," he said. "And I don't think the court—since it never defined marriage—doesn't have the right to redefine it. God gave us marriage. Period. And God doesn't change his mind." Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, likewise denounced the Supreme Court ruling, saying it was "improper" for the court to redefine an institution that has existed long before man thought of establishing a government. "I believe this action of finding some illusory Fourteenth Amendment right to same-sex marriage will have wide-ranging and perilous consequences for the stability of families and for freedom of religion," Moore warned. (Full story)
BBC Claim of US Battling Opium Production in Afghanistan - a Farce!
It never ceases to amaze how corporate press trumpets the government party line - many times in the face of obvious contradiction to the truth of the situation. A press release by the BBC concerning the US military battling record level opium production in Afghanistan was no exception. In doing our own research we were shocked to find that not only has the USA done little to stop the opium production in Afghanistan, in fact historically, they have gone to great lengths to protect the country's opium production! Read more
The Untold History of US War Crimes
by By Peter Kuzinick and Edu Montesanti
In this exclusive interview, Prof Peter Kuznick speaks of: the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagazaki; US crimes and lies behind the Vietnam war, and what was really behind that inhumane invasion; why the US engaged a Cold War with the Soviet Union, and how that war and the mainstream media influences the world today; the interests behind the assassinations of President Kennedy; US imperialism towards Latin America, during the Cold War and today, under the false premise of War on Terror and War on Drugs. (full story)
'You'll turn your back on British voters': Farage SNAPS at UK involvement with EU army
NIGEL Farage has warned the Government would be "turning its back" on British voters if it signs the UK up to what he says is the next step to creating an EU army.
By ALISON LITTLE | The Express
The former Ukip leader challenged UK ministers to keep out of a new defence cooperation agreement set to be discussed in Brussels on Monday by ministers from the European Union's 28 states.
Opponents of the EU's military ambitions fear the UK is poised to sign up to be part of the Permanent Structured Cooperation process - known as Pesco - even though we will leave the EU in 2019.
Supporters of Pesco - who included the UK - say the aim is to deepen defence cooperation among member states "who are capable and willing" to do so.
Participants will make "binding commitments" jointly to develop defence capabilities and make them available for EU military operations.
They're already establishing their own command centre in Brussels
Opponents say it is a gateway to the development of a separate EU military organisation - which Brussels denies - that would challenge and undermine the role of the Nato transatlantic alliance.
Pesco will have its own HQ and plans for EU military missions abroad, and comes alongside plans for a centralised European Defence Fund designed to develop an EU-wide defence industry and reduce reliance on foreign powers like America for equipment.
The EU's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has said Pesco could be ready to take effect in January.
David Banks, of the group Veterans for Britain, told Mr Farage's LBC radio show that Britain should not be part of the agreement but he feared the Government’s past record of going along with EU defence initiatives suggested it would end up joining, as it has yet to rule out doing so.
Mr Farage said it showed he was right over many years to warn about the EU's much-vaunted "European Defence Union" ambitions, despite pro-Europeans (Nick Clegg in particular) accusing him of peddling "fantasy".GETTY
"It means a European Army, navy and airforce," stormed the MEP.
"They're already establishing their own command centre in Brussels. They've got the money, the structures for all it, and they're divying up which country will do the helicopter work, which will be the major naval provider.
"All of that is happening right now.
"They're pushing full-steam ahead with the European army. What's alarming me is that it looks like the UK is signing up to this on Monday.
"I'm furious about this. It should be a massive public row.
"We should not become part of a European army in any way at all.
"It's a very very bad idea. We are leaving the EU. I don't believe we should be part of their defence policy."
He added: "Even if you think a European Army is a good idea, we voted Brexit.
"Surely a government considering signing up to this would be turning its back on the electorate. I'm hoping that by kicking off this debate, we can stop them from signing on Monday."
A Government spokesperson confirmed Pesco is on the agenda for Monday's Foreign Affairs Council meeting, where UK delegates will include Defence Minister Earl Howe. But they could not confirm if attendees would be asked to sign a document.
The spokesperson said: "We welcome the progress towards the launch of Pesco and are engaging with its development where appropriate.
"This will be a useful tool to support European security, provided it remains complementary to Nato and encourages Nato-EU cooperation."
No final decisions have yet been made about whether the UK will participate in Pesco.
But Britain supported the agreement being open to some involvement of non-EU countries "where there is a clear benefit to do so".
The Climate Change Scam
by James Corbett | The Corbett Report
Fast forward the above video to 16:00 minutes and listen to James Corbett discuss the latest scandals on the Climate Change deception where ample proof shows key scientists deliverately and fraudlaently withheld data from the public to fuel the climate change scam. Corbett then blows the lid off the misconceotion that big oil is trying to derail climate change when if fact big oil are pouring millions of dollars into organizations promoting climate change - but why? Listen and you will see.
Marriage” as a Sign of the End Times
By Scott Lively | Scott Lively Ministries
Harold Camping was wrong about Judgment Day, but he was right that the rise of the homosexual movement is a sign of the end times.
We are probably all familiar with the oft-cited fact that the collapse of numerous civilizations prior to our own were heralded by a rise in sexual immorality, especially homosexuality. That alone should alert us to the grave situation we find ourselves in today. But there is a deeper spiritual significance beneath that statistic. God has chosen rampant homosexuality to be a key warning sign for judgment of the world as a whole, and not just of individual nations.
Genesis is the book of beginnings which sets the tone and lays the foundation for all of our theology. It is there in the first chapter that God establishes the “one flesh” standard for human sexuality which is lifetime, monogamous heterosexual marriage. This isn’t just a guide for individual conduct, it is the essential bedrock of civilization.
Thus, the corruption of marriage was instrumental in bringing about the wickedness and violence that caused God to bring the flood upon the world. Jesus warned that “as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. ‘For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark‘” (Matt. 24:37-38, referencing Gen 6-7). Not only had marriage been corrupted, the people were so apathetic of that fact that they gave no credence to Noah’s warning that their sin would soon end in judgement.
Pope Francis in Ireland, Live Updates: Call for Resignation Further Clouds Visit
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
(note - image above not from NY Times)
On the second day of a difficult mission to win back the confidence of Irish Roman Catholics, Pope Francis awoke on Sunday to a bombshell accusation from within his own citadel.
A former top-ranking Vatican official released a 7,000-word letter asserting that the pontiff had known about the abuses of a now-disgraced American prelate, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, years before they became public.
The official, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a conservative critic of Francis and a former apostolic nuncio to the United States, claimed that the pope had failed to punish Cardinal McCarrick, who was suspended in June after allegations that he had coerced seminarians into sexual relationships. He was also found to have abused a teenage altar boy 47 years ago, when he was a priest in New York.
In the letter, published on Saturday in Italian by The National Catholic Register and in English by LifeSiteNews, both critical of Francis, the archbishop called on the pope to resign.
“In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church,” the archbishop wrote, “he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set an example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign with all of them.”
The Vatican did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.
The archbishop’s startling accusation will not come as a complete surprise to Vatican watchers, since he is part of a conservative camp that blames liberals, like the pope, for allowing homosexuality in the church. But it further complicates Francis’ efforts to convince Irish Catholics that the church is ready to confront its legacy of concealing sexual abuse.
• Francis prayed at the revered shrine in the village of Knock on Sunday and then returned to Dublin to celebrate Mass, after his meeting with survivors of abuse on Saturday.
• In Knock, he addressed the issue of child sexual and institutional abuse by members of the Catholic Church, begging “for the Lord’s forgiveness” for “the scandal and betrayal.”
• Vigils were held across the country, including in Tuam, where the remains of hundreds of children were found buried in an abandoned septic system of a Catholic-run home for unmarried mothers.
• The New York Times has live coverage of the pope’s visit to Ireland. Here are highlights from Saturday’s (full story)
Kindergarten dresses children as jihadis for parade in Indonesia
Manager apologises for independence day march costumes and denies trying to ‘instil violence’ into children
Kate Lamb in Jakarta | The Guardian
A kindergarten in Indonesia has been criticised for dressing girls up in black, Isis-style costumes and replica rifles for an independence day parade, with organisers forced to apologise for the embarrassing gaffe. Photos of the “cultural” parade held in the city of Probolinggo, east Java, on Saturday showed lines of young girls marching on the street wearing niqab-style black veils, carrying cardboard cutouts of guns.
The head of the TK Kartika kindergarten apologised “deeply” for the costumes, expressing regret over the decision and saying they were not trying to “instil violence” in the kindergarten children.
“We raised the theme of the struggle of the Prophet to increase faith and devotion to Allah,” said kindergarten head Hartatik, when asked to explain the controversial attire.
The kindergarten is on the site of an Indonesian military complex, and Saturday’s parade took place a day after independence day, which falls on 17 August, in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
Asked to explain why the kindergarten had chosen the costumes, Hartatik admitted they had pooled props from previous years to save money.
“We used it to save funds,” Hartatik told BBC Indonesia. “[We] never thought about the impact. The important thing is to take part in the parade, that the children were happy, using the existing property.”
The kindergarten head did not offer any explanation as to why the jihadist-style costumes had been used in previous years.
Speaking at a media conference following uproar over the event, Probolinggo military commander, Lieutenant Colonel Kav Depri Rio Saransi said the parade was purely to educate the students about the “struggle of Islam” but was not intended to promote religious radicalism.
“There is not the slightest bit of radicalism. I emphasise that purely there is no such thing as an element of intentionally showing the existence of radical activities,” he said, before offering a further apology.
Images and videos of the parade went viral on social media in the country and hit the same day that Indonesia opened the 18th Asian Games in a spectacular ceremony in Jakarta, which celebrated the country’s rich cultural diversity.
The Probolinggo parade is an embarrassing gaffe for Indonesia as it works to show its best face to the world through the huge sporting event involving 45 countries, the largest of its kind after the Olympics.
News of the parade has also reached the Indonesian parliament, with House speaker Bambang Soesatyo describing it as an “inappropriate spectacle”.
“Ordering children to wear black veiled costumes and carry replica weapons gives a poor perception,” he said, “Treatment like that could damage children’s ideas.” (full article)