Tess Mullins | Staff Writer
This week, the NY Times is priding itself on an "open-minded" look at the origins of COVID.
I'm not sure what else they thought they should have been doing back in 2020, but here's some of their statements of the obvious in an attempt to lead from behind... way behind:
Julian E. Barnes | In the early days of the pandemic, I was speaking to a variety of U.S. intelligence officials who believed that China was hiding the truth of what happened with Covid. They were right: China was.
In the name of safety, Chinese officials ordered that coronavirus samples be destroyed. At best, this hampered the later investigation into Covid’s origins, and at worst it was a sign of a cover-up.
In this context, some of those intelligence officials believed that people were not paying enough attention to the lab-leak theory. They spoke about a history of accidents and safety problems in Chinese labs. Some, including the lab in Wuhan, also had a history of “gain of function” research, which tries to create dangerous viruses so scientists can learn how to combat them before they emerge in the wild.
The problem is that viruses can leak from labs with destructive effects. The 2001 anthrax attacks leaked (purposely) from Fort Detrick, one of the most secure labs in America, and a deadly 1977 flu outbreak likely came from a Soviet lab. (Josh Clark’s “The End of the World” podcast did an episode on near-miss lab leaks.)
These patterns probably helped explain the conclusion that F.B.I. intelligence officials made, with medium confidence, that a lab leak was the most plausible origin of Covid. The Department of Energy also considers the lab-leak theory to be the more likely explanation, at least in part because of the safety protocols in the Chinese labs.
At the end of the Trump administration, the State Department released a piece of intelligence that seemed to bolster the lab-leak hypothesis: In late 2019, a few researchers at the Wuhan lab, known as the Wuhan Institute of Virology, became ill with flulike symptoms.
*Yawn* Golf clap for Julian.
Remnant readers aren't learning anything new, especially since The Remnant was the first to publish the real story as told by a whistleblower employee of the Wuhan lab itself.
But at least, if even the NY Times is admitting it, we can bask in a little "told ya so" and a lot of "never forget!" And maybe a few of the fully-vaccinated consumers of the NY Times will be roused enough out of their CBD-induced stupor to connect some dots. Or not.
Latest from RTV — VATICAN II, 60 YEARS LATER: Can You Handle the Truth? (includes never-before-seen vintage video)
The LA Dodgers will host LGBTQ+ Pride Night on Friday, June 16—a day on which Catholics celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus—and in a twisted mockery, the Dodgers have invited the "queer and trans nuns" group, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Remember where you were when you learned that Notre-Dame was in flames?
Since then, a massive reconstruction project has been underway and is apparently on schedule. The head of the construction site, ex-general Jean-Louis Georgelin, sees great progress in construction:
"Thanks to strict planning, we are confident and determined to make the Paris cathedral open to worship and the public again in December 2024."
Examinations of the building's infrastructure have shown that the cathedral's walls have remained stable despite the major fire, as have most of the vaults. The stained glass windows and the large organ, which were spared by the fire, have been thoroughly cleaned, according to Georgelin, and the restoration of the interior is now set to begin. The famous bells of Notre-Dame were also spared by the fire and remain in the bells towers. They were rung on the one-year anniversary of the fire.
Notre-Dame de Paris is the traditional starting point for the annual 3-day, 72-mile pilgrimage to Notre-Dame de Chartres, organized by the group Notre-Dame de Chrétienté. Since the fire, pilgrims have begun their journey from Saint-Sulpice, the second-largest church in Paris. Saint-Sulpice, however, can barely accommodate a fraction of the pilgrims during the Traditional Latin Mass which kicks off the march, and this year's Chartres Pilgrimage will be the largest ever, with some 44,000 feet registered to walk the road to Chartres.
While in Paris for the 2022 Chartres Pilgrimage, Michael Matt, who for 30 years has been the U.S. Coordinator for Notre-Dame de Chrétienté, discovered a brand new monument in Notre-Dame Square: a statue of Our Lady of Victory. (See Michael's real-time reaction to this discovery here)
The new statue, erected in 2021, of Our Lady of Victory (right) in Notre-Dame square
Michael asked a nearby police officer why it had been placed there, and the officer responded:
"She was placed here to ensure that prayers will continue for the total and complete restoration of the cathedral."
True to her role as protectoress of the cathedral, Our Lady of Victory now watches over the reconstruction.
Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, pray for us!
Since the beginning of his 30-year association with the French pilgrimage, Michael Matt has maintained this message: The event is not a place to promote individual apostolates, but rather acts as a promotion of the worldwide Catholic Restoration movement as a whole. It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of clans from all over the world unite every year on the road to Chartres for this very purpose; Catholic restoration, Catholic counterrevolution in action.
Apart from the fact that some of the best bishops, abbots, and priests in France are Chartres pilgrim veterans–many having walked it every year since they were children–evidence of the Traditional Catholic revival in France–politically as well as spiritually–is not hard to find. Most recently, for example, there is a movement across France to rebuild wayside shrines (so-called "calvaries", oratories, and chapels):
The missionary spirit of young people in France is being rekindled by the surprising success of an association that is restoring wayside crucifixes across the country — and attracting considerable media attention in the process.
SOS Calvaires was founded in 1987 in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France. It sought to bring together people dedicated to preserving the calvaries, oratories, and chapels that dot the French landscape.
The association gained momentum in 2015 when a group of young Catholics, who openly declared themselves “proud of their religion and heritage,” took up the mission under the leadership of Paul Ramé, who runs a carpentry business. The team — whose members are all under 35 years of age — was recently challenged to restore one calvary a month in their region, instead of one or two per year.
But the association’s grand designs do not stop there. It is also moving into education, offering instruction in schools. It sees this as a way to prepare new generations to keep alive the flame of faith and Catholic tradition in France.
In other words, the Catholic restoration of France is moving full steam ahead, with even political figures having been inspired to fight for Catholic France as they walk the road to Chartres.
Whether you can travel to France or not, if you are a traditional Catholic today anywhere in the world, this should resonate with you as a sign of great hope. Join the Catholic clans in spirit this Pentecost weekend, where the theme will be: I will be with you always, even unto the consummation of the world. Along the road to Chartres, this becomes, not just a verse from the Bible, but a statement of the obvious.
Related from RTV — Guardian of Tradition
Giorgia Meloni, leading the conservative Brothers of Italy party, won the Italian national election on Sunday and is expected to form a coalition government with the right-leaning Forza Italia party led by Silvio Berlusconi and the League party led by Matteo Salvini.
She is Italy's first female Prime Minister. Ecstatic Romans tore down the European Union flag at the EU's headquarters in Rome and replaced it with the Italian standard. Conservatism has won BIG in Italy.
This Friday morning, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (to Whom the month of June is dedicated—NOT to LGBT Pride) SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, ending recognition of a constitutional "right to abortion" and giving individual states the power to allow, limit, or ban the practice altogether.
This Christmas, let's showcase the real faces of the minority group that Pope Francis discriminates against.
Francis wants to stop THIS… why?
Apparently these kids are fostering “disunity”…
Does Francis hate this woman so much he has to take away her Mass?
It seems that only the devil could hate this, right?
These are the ones so loathed by the Vatican. The little people, simply Catholic. They are young, old, frail, healthy. They come from all walks of life. They are cops, dentists, accountants, teachers, techs, nurses, doctors, mothers, fathers, students, children. They worship Our Lord in the most pristine, simple, yet elevated way. This is their Mass. In God’s name, why are they hated for it?
These Catholics deserve their Mass. They deserve traditional sacraments, too, because there is nothing wrong with any of it. Here’s hoping God will raise up the heroes we need, and sustain the ones we already have, to save His Church.
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has pushed back against much of the mainstream COVID agenda. Most recently he blasted the vaccine passport system being proposed in his country, saying it will eventually lead to population control.
Always up for some boat-rocking, Pope Francis has appointed a woman as under-secretary to the Synod of Bishops.
This will be the first time a woman will have voting rights within the Synod body.
Is there a single issue on which Francis comes down on the Catholic side anymore? If you want to be a conservative, a patriot, a traditionalist, a regular guy—just do the exact opposite of what this little, diminutive man does. (Yes, despite what you may have seen from the Vatican glamor shot photographer, Francis is actually just over 5’7”, which explains a lot.)
So, when it came to handling COVID, what did the great big man do? Closed down the churches and immediately started talking about the desperate need for a new worldwide post-COVID economy (read “GREAT RESET”).