Pope Francis shocked advocates for abused children when he illustrated smacking a child.
Pope Francis is under fire for comments he made Wednesday in support of corporal punishment. After speaking about the importance of fatherhood and proclaiming “every family needs a father,”Â the 78-year old pontiff on Wednesday shared a story about a father who punishes his children by smacking them. During that same address the Pope also announced support for bans against same-sex marriage to “defend the family.”
“At times I have to smack my children a bit, but never in the face so as not to humiliate them,” the man said, according to the Pope, who described the act as beautiful and just.
â€œHow beautiful,â€ Francis told his audience of 7000 people. â€œHe had a sense of dignity. He has to punish them but does it justly and then moves on.â€
Children’s rights advocates are angered.
“I think that is a very misguided thing to have said and Iâ€™m surprised he said it,”Â Peter Saunders, the founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, told The Telegraph. Saunders himself was abused by Catholic priests as a child.
The Vatican was quick to try to minimize the damage.
â€œThis Pope is always astounding us because he uses the same language we use. Naturally there will be psychologists who protest, but they make me laugh,â€Â Father Antonio Mazzi said.Â
Rev. Thomas Rosica denied the Pope was advocating violence against children, insisting he merely was speaking aboutÂ “helping someone to grow and mature.”
Perhaps @Pontifex should teach parents how to love their children unconditionally –not hit them. Spanking only teaches that hitting is ok
â€” Rev. Debra Haffner (@RevDebra) February 6, 2015
â€” Jason Evan Mihalko (@jaypsyd) February 6, 2015
@Pontifex I have 2 children w/spec needs. All spanking taught them was that someone who loves them, hit them. Where’s the dignity in that?
â€” Sally Paulsen (@salpaulsen) February 5, 2015
â€” Ben Jackson (@DadoftheDecade) February 6, 2015
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1/6 Committee Issues Subpoena With Damning Revelation About Trump’s Focus to Former White House Spokesperson
A top Trump White House spokesperson who pushed the “Big Lie” and reportedly has “firsthand knowledge” of then-President Donald Trump’s behavior on the day before and day of the insurrection has been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who earlier Friday issued subpoenas to 14 Republicans believed to have submitted false and forged Electoral College claims, has sent a subpoena to former Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere, CNN reports.
The Committee indicated to Deere it wants to focus on the day before the attempted coup, and “specifically said it wanted to speak with him about the January 5 staff meeting in the Oval Office with the President.”
In a damning revelation, Chairman Thompson’s letter “said it had obtained information that Trump repeatedly asked in the meeting: ‘What are your ideas for getting the RINOs to do the right thing tomorrow? How do we convince Congress?'”
U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), who sits on the January 6 Committee, Friday evening told CNN, the Committee thinks Deere “had a hand in formulating the strategy and some of the media discussions on the day of Jan. 6 and the president’s response.”
Jan. 6 select committee member Rep. Pete Aguilar on the committee subpoenaing former Trump White House spokesman Judd Deere: “We … think he had a hand in formulating the strategy and some of the media discussions on the day of Jan. 6 and the president’s response.” pic.twitter.com/yUviNrecXy
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 28, 2022
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Recently, she has begun to claim that COVID-19 vaccines are designed to create “quantum entanglement” between those who take them and the internet in an effort to turn humanity into “transhumanist cyborgs.”
“The stated goal is to depopulate the planet and the ones that are left, either make them chronically sick or turn them into transhumanist cyborgs that can be manipulated externally by 5G, by magnets, by all sorts of things,” Tenpenny said during an appearance on “The Stew Peters Show” Thursday night. “I got dragged through the mud by the mainstream media when I said that in May of last year in front of the House committee in Columbus, [Ohio]. Well, guess what? It’s all true.”
“The whole issue of quantum entanglement and what the shots do in terms of the frequencies and the electronic frequencies that come inside of your body and hook you up to the ‘Internet of Things,’ the quantum entanglement that happens immediately after you’re injected,” she continued. “You get hooked up to what they’re trying to develop. It’s called the hive mind, and they want all of us there as a node and as an electronic avatar that is an exact replica of us except it’s an electronic replica, it’s not our God given body that we were born with. And all of that will be running through the metaverse that they’re talking about. All of these things are real, Stew. All of them. And it’s happening right now. It’s not some science fiction thing happening out in the future; it’s happening right now in real time.”
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
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The Chairman appeared to suggest the existence of a conspiracy as well, noting the “the planning and coordination of efforts,” saying “these so-called alternate electors met,” and may know “who was behind that scheme.”
He adds that “groups of individuals met on December 14th, 2020 in seven states carried by President Biden.”
“The so-called alternate electors from those states then transmitted the purported Electoral-College certificates to Congress, which multiple people advising former President Trump or his campaign used to justify delaying or blocking the certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6th, 2021.”
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