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The dubia surrounding Pope Francis’ election

With all the controversy that surrounded the election of Pope Francis upon the resignation of Pope Benedict in 2013, it seems that Catholics may have lost sight of a very key element of this episode, namely, that Benedict XVI never resigned his papal office, but only the active exercise thereof.

On the eve of his resignation, he said: “Anyone who accepts the Petrine ministry no longer has any privacy. He belongs always and completely to everyone, to the whole Church… “The ‘always’ is also a “forever”—there can no longer be a return to the private sphere. My decision to resign the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this.” (General Audience, February 27, 2013)

According to these words, Benedict XVI remains pope, with no revocation of his office having occurred. According to Church law, a pope must give up “his office” for his resignation to be valid. (Canon 332) Pope Benedict clearly chose to retain his office “forever,” which means he is still pope, which means that Francis cannot be pope, since there cannot be two popes. The late Fatima expert Fr. Nicholas Gruner points this out in a rare video on Benedict XVI’s resignation. If Francis is the pope, then Benedict’s office is revoked, but Benedict insists it was not revoked.

Fr. Gruner on the resignation of Benedict XVI from Louie Verrecchio on Vimeo.

By David Martin - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Full Story

Look Who Will Be Joining the U.N. Human Rights Council

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Weekly Standard

The U.N. Human Rights Council has an election coming up in October, which can mean only one thing: A new slate of human rights abusers are poised to be elected to the U.N.‘s top human rights body.

The council already currently includes such human rights luminaries as: China, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. They will be joined—at minimum—by the notorious Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Angola.

The election of these new states—both ranked by Freedom House in the lowest possible category of human rights protection (“not free”)—is a done deal because of a deliberate U.N. process. Each of the five U.N.

By Anne Bayefsky - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Full Story

Running out of Options to Stop North Korea

After conducting a succession of ballistic missile tests, including two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July and its most recent ballistic missile test over Japan, North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test this past weekend. It reportedly was at least four times more powerful than the previous nuclear test North Korea conducted last year. North Korea acted despite strident warnings from President Trump, enhanced demonstrations of U.S. and its allies’ joint military prowess in the region, and increased sanctions imposed collectively by the United Nations Security Council and unilaterally by the United States. The rogue regime is reportedly planning to launch another ICBM shortly.

By Joseph A. Klein - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Full Story

Lynch Mob: How Globalism Lost Its Purpose and Its Credibility Without Any Globalists Noticing

The pundits sound surprised by Brexit and Trump. None of the experts saw it coming. It’s shocking. It can’t be explained. Yet it was majority rule. How can majority rule be a secret in today’s information age?  Maybe our information is poor because our discussion is lacking.

Globalism is not becoming unpopular. It was never agreed to. It was never even discussed. If we had discussed “globalism”, the belief that life is better with long distance trade across international borders, then we would have used the term “localism”, the opposite belief that life is better with trade limited to the local community. You can not discuss brightness without the concept of darkness. You can not discuss globalism without the concept of localism, as a philosophy. But the word “localism” is not used to mean a philosophy but a mannerism such as playing hockey in Canada, baseball in the US or red telephone booths in Britain.

By David Billings - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Full Story

Kim Jong Un’s Thermonuclear Joyride

PJMedia: The Rosett Report

Following North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, advertised by Pyongyang as an ICBM-ready hydrogen bomb, it was good to hear Defense Secretary James Mattis talking tough. But that won’t stop North Korea from building nuclear missiles. It won’t stop North Korea’s threats against the U.S. and our allies. I’d wager it won’t even interfere with Kim Jong Un’s enjoyment of his apparently ample meals.

Mattis stressed Kim’s peril in his remarks on Sunday, when he said: “Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response.” Mattis added the backhanded threat that “we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely, North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.”

By Claudia Rosett - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Full Story

Norks: We are preparing more ‘gift packages’ for the United States

Yeah, you don’t want to open this package, not that you’d have a choice. If they fire it in your direction, your options are to shoot it down if you can, or take cover.

No wonder so many people are sick of Christmas. This would be even worse that one of those stupid fruitcakes:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Full Story

The only ‘Iranian nuclear deal’ that matters is the one it has with North Korea

The Iran nuclear “deal” is an abject joke. It always was. Iran demanded the deal be written in such a way that the UN could pretend it was effective, while it simultaneously allowed the terrorist nation to stall, delay, and obfuscate the barely-existent inspection process at every turn. Barack Obama and John Kerry were so desperate that the particulars were irrelevant. The accord was complete garbage, but they happily lapped it up so they could claim a political win.  No matter how terrible the agreement was, they were determined to sign it.

As Dan told you two weeks ago, Iran is still Iran...

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Full Story


On 09/03/2017, North Korea said it conducted its largest nuclear test so far. In a televised statement, North Korea described the underground explosion a “perfect success in the test of a hydrogen bomb for an ICBM.” Pyongyang said “the creditability of the operation of the nuclear warhead is fully guaranteed.”

Kim Young-woo, a South Korean lawmaker who is chairman of the legislature’s defense committee, and who was briefed by his military, said that the latest nuclear test was estimated to have a yield of as high as 100 kilotons—about 10 times the power of the North’s previous test.

After a 90-minute emergency meeting of the National Security Council, South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said that Seoul would consider the possible deployment of what he described as the “most powerful strategic assets that the U.S. possesses”. The term “strategic assets” means the use of stealth bombers, aircraft carriers or possibly nuclear weapons.

By Robert Steven Ingebo - Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Full Story

Rights Activists Urge Democracies to Expel Maduro from UNHRC

GENEVA - A cross-regional coalition of 12 human rights activists from Latin America, the U.S. and Europe, today called on the U.N Human Rights Council to convene an urgent meeting to finally suspend the membership of Venezuela, which was re-elected in 2015.

UN Watch expressed “shock” that the U.N. Human Rights Council is allowing Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro to open its session on Monday, September 11, 2017.

By UN Watch - Monday, September 4, 2017 - Full Story

United Nations and Trump should heed 1989 Balfour Declaration

A lot of bloodshed, pain and suffering sustained by both Jews and Arabs over the last 28 years could have been avoided had the United Nations heeded the 1989 Balfour Declaration presented by the 4th Lord Balfour at the 4th international conference of the Jordan is Palestine Committee held in Jerusalem in November 1989.

The 1989 Declaration stated:

“The world should be fully aware of what was British Palestine; the misleading propaganda issued from oil-wealthy Arab states must be countered; Palestine has already been divided into two countries – Jewish Israel and Arab Jordan; the present governments of Israel and Jordan should be fully supported and upheld; and a third state as suggested by the PLO would upset the political and economic situation in the whole area”

By David Singer - Monday, September 4, 2017 - Full Story

European dream is my nightmare

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for having me here today. I applaud the fact that you invite someone who does not share your enthusiasm for the European Union. Or your European dream as Euro commissioner Frans Timmermans just called it. To be honest: his dream is my nightmare.

I realize that my views are different from those of the many members of the European establishment in our midst, but I am an optimist.

By Geert Wilders - Monday, September 4, 2017 - Full Story

VIDEO: This is what happens when you drink and drive . . . OK, not exactly drive

The story is that the guy had just nabbed a big business deal. I’m not sure exactly what business deals consist of in communist China, but maybe that’s why he thought it called for such an audacious celebration.

Either way, good on him for the score. I just hope the terms of the deal don’t require him to, shall we say, exhibit any intelligence whatsoever. Because he has none:

By Dan Calabrese - Monday, September 4, 2017 - Full Story


Maspeth, NY…. To observe the 78th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland that started World War ll on   September l, 1939, New York’s Polish American community (Polonia) will be participating in a solemn memorial mass on Sunday, September 3.

The mass is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 61-21 56th Road in Maspeth.

A section of 56th Road bordering the church had its name changed to “St. Pope John Paul II Way” in 2014 largely through the efforts of the Polish American-Jewish American Dialog Committee of Queens, N.Y.  The Downstate N.Y. Division of the Polish American Congress was the organization representing the Polish side of the dialog.

By Frank Milewski - Sunday, September 3, 2017 - Full Story

Russia in Syria: Between Iran and Israel

The central issue discussed in the August 23, 2017 meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Putin was the growing Iranian involvement in Syria and the role that Russia is assigning to Iran in shaping the future political arrangement in the war-torn state. Israel’s struggle against Iran’s growing influence in Syria will be determined by the ability of both Iran and Israel to exercise effective levers of influence on Russia. Russia for its part will try to maneuver between Israeli demands and the need for cooperation with Iran, partly by making conflicting promises to each side. Therefore, Israel should treat Russia’s promises in this context with caution, and improve its readiness to use force wisely and with a low signature, against Iran’s objectives for establishing itself in Syria.

There are conflicting reports, mostly speculative, regarding the August 23, 2017 meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The central issue discussed was growing Iranian involvement in Syria and the role that Russia is assigning to Iran in shaping the future political arrangement in the war-torn state. Already before the meeting, Israel sent strong messages relaying that the continued Iranian presence in Syria constituted a concrete threat to it. At the same time, there was an Israeli effort to persuade the United States to refrain from completely abandoning the Syrian arena to Russia, and indirectly to Iran. Indeed, most areas controlled by the Islamic State that were freed by the United States have been seized by Iran and its proxies.

By INSS -- Zvi Magen, Udi Dekel, Sima Shine- Sunday, September 3, 2017 - Full Story

The strategic case for Kurdistan

If the leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan aren’t intimidated into standing down, on September 25, the people of Iraqi Kurdistan will go to the polls to vote on a referendum for independence.

The Kurds have been hoping to hold the referendum since 2013.

By Caroline Glick - Friday, September 1, 2017 - Full Story

Egypt: “War on terror” shuts down churches and prayer

Imagine walking through your village to church to pray during the final days of fasting for the Feast of The Assumption. You find police barricades blocking all roads to the sanctuary. At a check point you see your priest petitioning the heavens. State police forbid your entrance and give the same reasons they always do – excuses well known to Christian Copts. You have no permit to pray and you must stop irritating Muslims with whom you share your village. 

You are accustomed to it. You’ve always been told on the slightest whim that you need a government permit to pray in the church and even inside your home in the village of Al-Furn, and that goes for all other towns across Egypt. Yet no actual law or code exists requiring anyone anywhere in Egypt to have a permit for prayer. Meanwhile, Christians in this little town of four hundred Coptic families live with the familiar weekly scene of neighboring Muslims praying in the street—blocking public transportation and ceasing passage. Complaints are never lodged against them demanding the nebulous “permit.” They are free to do so.

By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Full Story

Iran: We don’t think we’ll let any UN inspectors visit our military sites

No one who’s paid attention to this from the beginning can be surprised. We told you two years ago that the verification measures in the Iran nuclear deal were a joke, and that it would be easy for Iran to defy inspectors on virtually any pretext, no matter how flimsy. Not only that, but Obama and Kerry fought to structure the deal in that way because Iran wouldn’t sign if they didn’t. That’s how badly they wanted signatures on a piece of paper, even if the deal they were signing was a complete disaster.

Now we’re seeing that’s exactly what it is:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - Full Story

Abbas set to defy Trump and Netanyahu at United Nations

PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas seems set to once again embark on another futile journey to the United Nations (UN) seeking recognition of a second Arab state—in addition to Jordan—within the territory comprised in the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.

A senior unidentified Palestinian source threatened such action on 21 August:

By David Singer - Monday, August 28, 2017 - Full Story

Seven Memorable “Guterres Moments” for Israel during the UN Secretary-General’s First Seven Mo

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is scheduled to visit Israel for the first time in late August 2017, seven full months after assuming the prestigious post in January 2017. Upon his election, the Israeli establishment expressed hope that Guterres’ leadership would lead to a change in the UN’s bias against Israel. In considering seven milestones during the past seven months, Guterres’ actions, rhetoric, and statements on Israel-related issues create the impression that he is indeed committed to bettering the situation.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is scheduled to visit Israel for the first time in late August 2017, seven full months after assuming the prestigious post in January 2017. In ascending to the position of the world’s top diplomat, Guterres prevailed in an election process that was unprecedented in its accessibility to the world’s citizenry through social media and, consequently, in the public interest that the process generated.

By INSS -- Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky- Sunday, August 27, 2017 - Full Story

US anti-Semitism superseded by civic foundations

Contrary to European anti-Semitism, the recent episodes of anti-Semitism in the US—such as hundreds of white supremacists, bearing torches and giving the Nazi salute - represent a negligible American minority, religiously, socially, ethnically and politically. These episodes defy the civic, moral and religious foundations of the US, as well as the US political, media and civic discourse, which have demonstrated high esteem for Judaism from the era of the early Pilgrims, through the Founding Fathers until today.

The Colonial Origin of the American Constitution, by University of Houston Prof. Donald Lutz, highlights “the continuity from the [November 11, 1620] Mayflower Compact to the American state and national constitutions of the late eighteenth century, [which] clearly evolves from basic symbols in the Judeo-Christian tradition…. Protestants writing [constitutional] documents viewed their work as equivalent to the Jewish biblical covenants… between God and his chosen people…. The political compact eventually evolved into what we now recognize as the American form of constitutionalism….”

By Yoram Ettinger - Sunday, August 27, 2017 - Full Story