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      Perhaps like me you’ve been long aware of (and troubled by) the rise of authoritarian leaders and governments around the world.The most recent example of this is in Italy where, in the wake of recent elections, the country’s first far-right leader since Benito Mussolini, Giorgia Meloni, has declared victory, as the right-wing alliance led by her Brothers of […]
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       A Bilgrimage BiographyRuth Elizabeth Krall, MSN, PhDNote: Since 2015 my friend William D. Lindsey (Bill) has published my work on his blog Bilgrimage. At this time, the blog is inactive, so I have decided to pull together my various posts so that future researchers and academics can find them in one place.  I have arranged this bibliography so that more rec […]
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Election 2022: Catholic Money and Power Support the GOP

“To say the movement to ban abortions in Kansas has been fueled by the Catholic Church is no overstatement,” kansascity.com noted. The Archdiocese of Kansas City gave approximately $2.5 million. The Catholic Diocese of Wichita contributed $550,000. The Kansas Catholic Conference [lobbyists for the bishops] added another $275,000. The Catholic Diocese of Salina and St. Michael the Archangel Parish each contributed $100,000, the Sunflower State Journal reported

The Value Them Both coalition, the primary advocate for an amendment to ensure there is no right to an abortion in the state constitution, raised about $4.7 million this year according to their website. So the donation of more than $3.5 million from the Church was the major contributor to this effort.

This information was available only because the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission requires all who promote or oppose a constitutional ballot question to file a statement of their financial activity in this regard.

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Catholic Bishops are Ready for a Post-Roe v. Wade Election

“The Catholic Church must be prepared to act if Roe v. Wade is overturned,” Archbishop William E. Lori, chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, declared on Nov. 17, 2021.

That was two weeks before the Supreme Court even heard the case of Dobbs v. Jackson on Dec. 1, 2021.

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Republicans Target Our Children to Maintain Power into the Future

Critical Race Theory, Don’t Say Gay, Grooming, Sexualizing Children, Woke Content of Textbooks, etc. are code words meant to stoke fear and provoke grievances, especially among parents, to get-out-the-vote for the Republican Party this November.

They also plan to elect Republicans far into the future by increasing attendance in private schools controlled by ideologues, and providing more tax-payer funding of these schools, to maintain a steady supply of obedient voters. Forewarned is forearmed.

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Vatican Big Brother

“Everyone was spied on in the Vatican,” Ignazio Ingrao, Panorama magazine’s Vatican expert, declared in a telegraph.co.uk report dated March 1, 2013. He said the efforts “seemed eerily like a Vatican Big Brother,” a reference to the motto “Big Brother is watching you” in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.  

Recent testimonies in a Vatican financial crimes investigation and trial indicate the spying is ongoing.  

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Why Pope Francis is Silent on Putin

“Pope Deplores the War in Ukraine but Not the Aggressor” was the headline in the March 18 edition of The New York Times. “Francis has studiously avoided naming President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, or even Russia itself, as the aggressor… Some analysts say that he risks complicating his legacy.”

Pope Francis “risks complicating” only the legacy constructed by the U.S. media, not the reality that he has cooperated with brutal dictators for almost half a century.

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Catholic Dark Money: The Federalist Society

The Republican National Committee held a meeting February 2-4. They made clear that Donald Trump will be their presidential candidate in 2024. The Federalist Society held their meeting February 4-5. The featured speakers were Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis. “There’s a buzz about both” as presidential candidates in 2024. “It was a chance for the two men to talk to potential supporters, voters and donors,” Fox News reported

The Federalist Society has “controlled judicial selections” made by both Bush and Trump said Amanda Hollis-Brusky, author of “Ideas With Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution.” Bush appointed 325 federal judges. Trump appointed 245. There are 870 federal judgeships. So the Federalist Society not only controlled the selection of Supreme Court justices, but also most of an entire branch of our government. 

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The Duplicitous Pope Francis

On Jan. 14, “clergy abuse victims asked the European Court of Human Rights to make a definitive ruling on whether the Vatican can continue to avoid being held liable for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests by claiming state immunity … immunities afforded to a nation state while escaping the responsibilities that come with being a real nation, they argued,” the Associated Press reported.

“The 24 victims had stated the Vatican was indeed liable for their abuse because of the ‘structurally deficient’ way the Catholic hierarchy had handled cases of priests who raped and molested children for decades, covering up the crimes rather than reporting them,” explained the AP.

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Catholic Dark Money: The Bishops

 “Biden has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender” the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Archbishop José Gomez, stated on Biden’s inauguration.

 “Catholic bishops are not partisan players in our nation’s politics,” Gomez further declared.

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Catholic Dark Money: The Pandora Papers

The October 5, 2021, revelations show that senior operatives of the Legion of Christ Order set up a trio of trusts in New Zealand to hide the group’s money. At the time “victims of sexual abuse of its priests were seeking financial compensation from the Order through lawsuits,” noted theworldnews.net.

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Letter to Biden Re: New Ambassador to the Vatican

“The Vatican has used its international reach and diplomatic ties to obstruct justice by protecting child rapists and war criminals from secular authorities …. The U.S. government, in recognizing the diplomatic status of the Vatican, is aiding this criminality.”

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