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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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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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Teacher Fails Entire Class Over Socialism

by Steve Ray on September 3, 2020

An economics professor made a statement that she had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on this plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A….

(Substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the third test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

From Sumpter County Reporter

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The Catholic Church: the First Abolitionist, Church Never Endorsed Slavery

July 28, 2020

Crisis Magazine has come out with a good and insightful article debunking the idea that the Catholic Church endorsed and promoted slavery. The modern anti-Christian, anti-history narrative takes it for granted that the Church was either a promoter of slavery, or at best complicit or it turned a blind eye. This article by Paul Kengor […]

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Terrifying Power of Black Lives Matter

June 27, 2020
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Isn’t this homily a breath of fresh air?

June 24, 2020

Fearless, politically-incorrect and calling out those who need to be called out including the USCCB, the coronavirus hysteria, the Cardinal of Washington DC, and more. He actually discusses politics – how dare he? He also challenges the media, LGBTQ, the attack against masculinity, the genuine role of men and fathers and reactions to sin in the world. I wonder […]

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Catholic Statues Now Toppled by Lunatic Mobs

June 21, 2020

A violent horde toppled a CA statue of a great missionary and Catholic saint, Father Junipero Serra. Patriots, the Left plays for keeps while so many “conservative” leaders just seek to placate the mob. The madness must stop. Are you angry yet??? pic.twitter.com/o2lvDgX13i — Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) June 20, 2020

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Who Speaks for God on Morals? Many Choose their Church Like they Choose a Restaurant

June 15, 2020

We have a “church” near our house that is making it comfortable for anyone to join no matter who they are, what they believe or what they practice. They say it is our job to accept and love, to be nice, not to judge. “Celebrate Diversity!” Celebrate Diversity is a slogan of acceptance, multiculturalism, non-judgmental […]

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Watching the Rioting?

June 1, 2020

Watching the rioting and looting? This is what happens when you take God out of society and the fathers out to families. Yes, there are some injustices in our country, but this mayhem is the result of a lack of God and strong fathers.

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Four cardinals join global appeal decrying crackdown on basic freedoms over coronavirus

May 7, 2020

Update: Cardinal Sarah denied having been a signatory. May 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic clergy led by former papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and Cardinals Robert Sarah, Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, Joseph Zen, and Janis Pujats have joined an appeal “for the Church and the world” that warns that the COVID-19 pandemic is being used […]

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Death of Courageous, Fearless Catholic Bishop – God give a hundred more!

April 21, 2020

Missionary Catholic bishop who toiled in the heart of Islam dies on Easter Sunday Aid to the Church in Need. John Pontifex-ACN | Apr 20, 2020 Bishop Camillo Ballin wore his cassock and cross even in parts of the Persian Gulf where symbols of Christian faith are not welcome or banned. Abishop who died on Easter Sunday […]

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The Virus that Stole Easter

April 11, 2020

If you have someone who reads well in the family, have them read this poem aloud. You will all love it and it fits right in with Easter and our current isolation. The Virus that Stole Easter By Kristi Bothur With a nod to Dr. Seuss Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began Bringing […]

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Coronavirus, Mass, and Catholic Life

March 19, 2020

Coronavirus, Mass, and Catholic Life  by Jimmy Akin First, here is my 15-minute show with John Harper on Relevant Radio discussing how the shutdown is affecting families and what we can do. My segment begins at the 30:00 minute mark. Now to Jimmy Akin’s excellent article: The coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic has produced many questions and controversies, including […]

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Coronavirus Shutdown: Thoughts and Resources to Understand and Prepare during Wuhan Coronavirus Crisis

March 16, 2020

I just did a show on Relevant Radio about the effects of the coronavirus on travel and our daily lives with John Harper. My segment starts at the 30:00 minute mark. Below are some helpful articles to understand the whole situation. To go to Mass or not go to Mass; how should we prepare, how does the […]

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My Doctor Son-in-Law Explains Coronavirus Closures

March 12, 2020

Though I have always thought this coronavirus issue is media hype and far over exaggerated, I thought I would share the opinion of my son-in-law Wes who is a doctor (and who I am extremely proud of). I thought his explanation was perfectly rational and reasonable and explained the crisis in a simple manner. So […]

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Why it is Best NOT to Keep our Kids Safe all the Time: Excellent Article & Video Lecture

February 26, 2020

I would suggest everyone raising kids should read this article and watch this video speech. It is essential listening for families raising kids and for any young people going to university or college. Great stuff! It is the way we instinctively raised our kids and it worked!! By mollycoddling our children, we’re fuelling mental illness […]

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