As Bishop of Pittsburgh, Donald Wuerl allowed pedophile priests to continue in active ministry, according to an explosive grand jury report released by the Pennsylvania Attorney General. One-third of the priests named as accused of sex abuse in the report came from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. As Archbishop of Washington, though, now-Cardinal Wuerl did not afford the same mercy to a priest who upheld the Catholic faith and suffered a media firestorm for it. In a much-publicized 2012 case, Father Marcel Guarnizo discreetly refused to give Holy Communion to an active lesbian at her mother’s funeral. Fr. Guarnizo was promptly raked over the coals and the Archdiocese of Washington censured him, revoking his permission to operate as a priest in Wuerl’s ecclesial territory.
“It is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord,” writes Madison Bishop Robert C. Morlino in a sharply worded letter to the faithful. “For too long we have diminished the reality of sin — we have refused to call a sin a sin — and we have excused sin in the name of a mistaken notion of mercy.” To be clear, “we are talking about deviant sexual — almost exclusively homosexual — acts by clerics,” he states, referring to a recent report from a Pennsylvania grand jury as well as scandals involving a Honduran seminary, Chilean clergy and bishops, and a prominent U.S. cardinal. “We’re also talking about homosexual propositions and abuses against seminarians and young priests by powerful priests, bishops, and cardinals,” Bishop Morlino writes. “We are talking about acts and actions which are not only in violation of the sacred promises made by some, in short, sacrilege, but also are in violation of the natural moral law for all.”
Provocative footage has emerged of the moment a Muslim woman challenges a cleric who ordered her to fix her hijab on a public street in Iran. The man can be seen telling the woman to ‘fix your hijab or I’ll get you arrested’ when the woman bravely rips the veil off her head in anger and walks away. The Facebook group My Stealthy Freedom, which uploaded the video on Friday, described the cleric’s behavior as ‘humiliating and arrogant’. ‘This is the wrong culture that has been telling women for forty years now. Those who want to conquer women always betray the concept of struggle and freedom,’ the caption reads. Iranian law for the last four decades has dictated that women must cover their heads in public, with failure to do so a jailable offence.
Minnesota Democrats are standing behind U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and his bid for state attorney general, with the state party giving him an endorsement Saturday amid an allegation of domestic abuse from an ex-girlfriend. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin said in a statement that Ellison “will be a champion for families and fight to hold powerful interests accountable.” The endorsement comes after Ellison won the Democratic primary just days after Karen Monahan said Ellison had once dragged her off a bed by her feet while screaming obscenities. Ellison has denied the allegation. Monahan has said she has video footage of the 2016 encounter, but has declined to release it. Ellison says the video does not exist.
Things got violent in Seattle yesterday as a demonstration in support of Second Amendment gun-rights brought out left-wing counter-protesters, forcing dozens of police to keep the two sides separated. There was plenty of blood and mayhem. Just the way communists like it. The Washington 3 Percenters, Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer, who are all conservative patriot groups, held their ‘Liberty or Death’ rally to oppose a city gun-control initiative. Nearby a group of left-wing organizations rallied and prepared to face-off with the conservatives. You’ll be shocked that the leftists included members of the communist Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Radical Women, and the Freedom Socialist Party. They yelled and used cowbells and sirens in an attempt to drown out speeches from the other side. When that didn’t work, they got their violence on.
Twitter this week suspended InfoWars host Alex Jones for seven days for what it said were violations of its policies, following Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify’s simultaneous banning last week. It is not clear what prompted those platforms to suddenly take collective action, but it came about one week after Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, led a charge threatening new regulation of social media companies who cannot stop bad actors from using their platforms. Two weeks ago, on July 30, a white paper authored by Warner’s staff was leaked to Axios, which blamed major social media firms for allowing Russians to interfere with the 2016 elections and outlined 20 proposals for regulating social media firms.
The majority of young millennial women reject unrestricted abortion, refuse a “feminist” identity, and indicate trust issues with the media – according to a poll by the media. In anticipation of the upcoming midterm elections, CBS and Refinery29 teamed up for a poll concerning young American women’s voting trends and views on certain issues. They began publicizing it August 13. While some media reports of the findings focused more on the political aspects, such as the Trump Administration, the poll revealed much more. Namely, that many young women don’t fit the mold that the media and politicians often assume. More than half of the millennial women surveyed refused to identify as feminists. While 46% considered themselves feminists, 54% did not.