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What brought down Chris Cuomo? The same thing that brought down his brother.

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor of Andrew M. Cuomo via AP, left, and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

The character flaw that ended Chris Cuomo’s time at CNN is the same one that took down Andrew Cuomo as governor of New York.

That attribute? Arrogance, the entitled belief that the rules don’t necessarily apply to them, the misguided assumption that just because they do good in some parts of their jobs means they can be excused for ill-behavior in other parts.

Quite often, Chris Cuomo was very good at anchoring his prime-time cable news show. He certainly allowed his liberal views to ooze through in his commentary and coverage, but those who regularly watched his show likely shared those views and didn’t mind. Cuomo could be well-informed, engaging, charismatic, passionate and quick on his feet — all of the qualities that make a watchable TV host. That’s why his show had solid ratings.

But when multiple women accused Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, Chris believed he could abandon his journalistic ethics to defend his brother. The problem was Chris used his position as a powerful journalist to dig up information on what other journalists were working on when it came to reports about his brother. In addition, he misled viewers and his employers about how involved he was in helping his brother’s defense. And he offered media relations strategies against ugly allegations. All while continuing to hold one of the most important positions at one of the country’s leading media outlets.

If Chris wanted to help his brother, he should’ve taken a leave from the network and been totally transparent about why. But he could not serve both his employer and his brother. When you’re a journalist, you have an obligation to the viewer.

Instead, Chris allowed his arrogance to believe he could straddle the line of being a good journalist and good brother. Because of that arrogance, he believed there was nothing wrong with that. When called out for it, he was defiant and seemed irritated with anyone who criticized him, as if they didn’t understand words like “family” and “loyalty.” How dare you question me, seemed to be his stance. It’s the same arrogance that Andrew had in convincing himself that he did nothing wrong around women. He remained defiant about that even as he resigned.

It was arrogance that derailed both of their careers.

But, in the case of Chris, was there something else in addition to advising his brother?

The New York Times’ Michael M. Grynbaum, John Koblin and Jodi Kantor are reporting that “Debra S. Katz, a prominent employment lawyer, informed CNN of a client with an allegation of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo.” That client is believed to have worked with Cuomo at ABC.

As the Times reported, it’s not known if that allegation had anything to do with CNN’s dismissal of Cuomo over the weekend. Katz also represents one of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s accusers. The Times reported, “Ms. Katz said that her client ‘came forward because she was disgusted by Chris Cuomo’s on-air statements in response to the allegations made against his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.’”

It should be noted that part of CNN’s statement about Cuomo’s firing included this line: “When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action.”

Dr. Fauci, A Pathological Liar?

New Fauci Agency COVID Records Reveal Information about NIH Research into the Coronavirus

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it received 221 pages of records from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which include a grant application for research involving the coronavirus that was submitted in 2018. The grant application appears to describe “gain of function” research involving RNA extractions from bats, experiments on viruses, attempts to develop a chimeric virus and efforts to genetically manipulate the full-length bat SARSr-CoV WIV1 strain molecular clone. 

The documents were obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for records of communications, contracts and agreements with the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The lawsuit specifically requests records about National Institute of Health (NIH) grants that benefitted the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 

On January 27, 2020, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) official David Morens emailed Chief of Staff Greg Folkers in a heavily redacted thread, writing:

[S]ome background on our support of the Ecohealth group (Peter Daszak et al), which has for years been among the biggest players in coronavirus work, also in collaboration with Ralph Baric, Ian Lipkin and others. [Redacted].

NIAID has been funding Peter’s group for coronavirus work in China for the past 5 years through [grant] R011R01A|110964: “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.” That’s now been renewed, with a specific focus to identify cohorts of people highly exposed to bats in China, and work out if they’re getting sick from CoVs.… Collaborators include Wuhan Institute of Virology (currently working on the nCoV) and Ralph Baric. The results of the work to date

include:

    • [Redacted]
    • Discovered Swine Acute Diarrheal Syndrome Virus (SADS-CoV) killing >25,000 pigs in Guangdong Province (Published in Nature)
    • Found SARS-related CoVs that can bind to human cells (Published in Nature), and that cause SARS-like disease in humanized mouse models.
    • [Redacted]

Also, prior to the above R01, Peter’s folks worked under an R01 with Eun-Park as Program Officer on viral discovery in bats, and originally identified SARS-CoV as having a likely origin in bats (published in Science).

Folkers forwards the message to Anthony Fauci and others.

In a “Notice of Award” dated July 13, 2020, the NIH increased the amount of NIH money going to Peter Daszak’s firm, EcoHealth Alliance, by $369,819 with a project period that runs from June 1, 2014, through June 30, 2025, for Daszak’s project “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.”

EcoHealth was to receive $637,980 in each of the years 2019 through 2024 under the grant.

The award’s writers specifically direct funds “for activity with Wuhan Institute of Virology in the amount of $76,301” and “for activity with Institute of Pathogen Biology [located in China] in the amount of $75,301.” Funds also went to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The award’s writers also indicate that research associated with the award was also being conducted at East China Normal University in China and to Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore. The specialists overseeing the award note that, “This award may include collaborations with and/or between foreign organizations.” The specialists also note that award grantees using “Highly Pathogenic Agents” “may warrant a biocontainment safety facility of BSL3 or higher.” The grantee is also required to report “Any changes in the use of the Agent(s) or Toxin(s) including its restricted experiments that have resulted in a change in the required biocontainment level, and any resultant change in location.” The NIH Grants Management Specialist overseeing the award was Shaun W. Gratton and the NIH Program Official was Erik J. Stemmy. Of the 17 “Senior/Key Personnel” assigned as researchers on the project, seven worked at Chinese institutions.

The site locations in an EcoHealth grant application submitted November 5, 2018, for coronavirus research included EcoHealth Alliance in New York City, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and the Institute of Pathogen Biology in Beijing, China. Among the “aims” listed, the applicants write, “We will sequence receptor binding domains (spike proteins) to identify viruses with the highest potential for spillover which we will include in our experimental investigations.” In the third “aim”, they continue “We will use S protein sequence data, infectious clone technology, in vitro and in vivo infection experiments and analysis of receptor binding to test the hypothesis that % divergence thresholds in S protein sequences predict spillover potential.”

In a description of the Wuhan lab, the writers of the application note that, “The Wuhan Institute of Virology is a World Health Organization collaborating center” and had a “long-time (>15 years) partnership with EcoHealth Alliance.”

In his “personal statement” in the grant application, Dr. Peter Daszak writes about his “20+ years of NIH-funded research.” Among his awards, Daszak notes he was a 1999 recipient of the CDC’s “Meritoriouos service award,” had a species of centipedes named after him (“Crytops daszaki”), as well as having a “new parasite species” named after himself (“Isospora daszaki”), and is an elected member of the Kosmos Club in Washington, DC. He also says he’s a member of the U.S. “National Institute of Medicine” which he abbreviates as “NAM.” In his “Contributions to Science,” Daszak notes, “Collaborating with virologists in China, we have isolated and characterized SARS-like CoVs from bats that use the same host cell receptor (AACE-2) as SARS-CoV.”

In a personal biography section of the above grant application, Dr. Shi Zhengli, head of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, notes that one of her ongoing research projects, with a duration of January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2021, and sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, involves, “Evolution mechanism of the adation [sic] of bat SARS-related coronaviruses to host receptor molecules and the risk of interspecies infection.”

Prof. Ralph Baric of UNC-Chapel Hill also has his biographical information listed in the grant application, and this includes his participation in a 2015 workshop relating to “Trends in Synthetic Biology and Gain of Function and Regulatory Implications”, a 2015 China-US workshop involving “Challenges of Emerging Infections, Laboratory Safety, and Global Health Security,” and participation in a 2014 working group on “Risks and Benefits of Gain of Function Research.” Among Baric’s “major accomplishments” cited was a study involving “reconstruction of civet and bat CoV from in silico sequence, the first reported recovery of recombinant bat viruses, and characterization of host range phenotypes in vitro and in vivo.” Baric writes that “Several CoV infectious cDNA clones are available in the lab, including SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, conventional human and model CoVs, and several bat CoVs with pandemic potential.”

Families, Regenerate Yourselves

A communique issued at the end of the Diocesan Pastoral Congress of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria held at St. Bakhita Catholic Secretariat,  7–8th December 2021.

  • Preamble

We the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto at the end of our first Pastoral Congress having prayerfully reflected on issues affecting the Church and the family, observe the following:

  • The Collapse of Family Values

It is clear that “the family more than any institution has been besieged by the many profound and rapid changes that have affected society and culture. Many families are living this situation in fidelity to those values that constitute the foundation of the institution of the family.  Others have become uncertain and bewildered over their role or even doubtful and almost unaware of the ultimate meaning and truth of conjugal and family life.”

3.0 The state of the family in recent times

Today, the family and the Church are under attack, ranging from single parenthood, test-tube babies, pornography, open homosexuality, indoctrination of youth, redefinition of marriage, divorces, contraception, legalized abortion, etc., are reshaping the traditional understanding of what the family ought to be.

  • The Divine Mandate

“Male and female, he created them” (Gen. 2:18). Given the Divine mandate, the Church cannot be silent in the face of these distorting realities. The Mission of the Church is rooted in the divine mandate (Mt.  28:19-20). Therefore, the Church in her response to these invites all the baptized (the mystical body of Christ) to participate in witnessing to the family values. Moral authority is crucial for good governance and the proper ordering of family values.

5.0 The Roles of Pastoral Agents

Pastoral agents have the responsibility to restore family values. They should not be scared of checking on and supporting families when the need arises to enable them to rise above the challenges confronting them, such as the role of mentoring, assisting those you are preparing for marriage, single parents, marriages in difficulties, children of delinquent parents, children of those discriminated, assisting young couples who find themselves in the context of these challenges. Therefore, the Church should come up with programmes that would assist families, reinforce the marriage preparation programme and lay apostolate associations in the Church should conscientize their members on the need to be closer to their children and be interested in what they do while growing up. The family institution should regenerate itself with a proper commitment by spouses reorienting their children.

  • Resolutions

We, therefore, resolve as follows:

  1. Pastoral Agents must be involved in marriage preparations and engage the intending couples in active parish life, as a key to set in place remedial actions to get the faithful on track and prepare them for marriage life, as opposed to mere wedding preparations.
  2. All parishes must have a mentoring programme for young couples and follow them up in the early years of their marriage.
  • Parishes must develop parish-based ministries to deal with all the key elements of marriage preparations.
  1. The clergy must foster discussions concerning difficulties that may arise in marriage preparations or later in married life, such as alcoholism, molestation, cultural differences, divorce, etc.
  2. Young couples should learn to accept willingly and make good use of generous offers from other more experienced couples in marriage and family life.
  3. The family as an institution should be able to regenerate itself if they are open and willing to accept corrections and learn from the experiences of more experienced couples.
  • As a domestic Church, families should ensure that they teach children from the cradle, making sure that they learn and keep Church values and principles in their various stages of development.
  • Catholic families are encouraged to ensure that they send their children to Catholic educational institutions where Catholic Christian moral values are thought.
  1. Couples should not seed their parental responsibilities to house helps.
  2. Pious societies in the Church must live up to their obligations as places where Christian values are inculcated, as against mere social gatherings.
  • Conclusion: Be Prayerful and Remain Focused

As we conclude the year of St. Joseph, on this day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we resolve to emulate the Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph. We give thanks to God for keeping us together as a Church. As Christians, we must be prayerful and remain focused. We must continue to pray to God to help us remain faithful to our Christian values.

 

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Rev. Msgr. Dr. J. C. Atado                                                               Very Fr. Cornelius Tagwai

Vicar General, Pastoral                                                                                 Chancellor

 

 

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Most Rev. Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah

Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto

Restoring Family Values: The Role of Institutions

(Serializing a presentation at Diocesan Pastoral Congress)

By Matthews Otalike, Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria

Family values are the fundamental principles and beliefs that guide and determine how members of a home function and interact with the larger society. They are the principles upon which a family is founded, and they are often passed down from generation to generation. Family values, in most cases, are not static; they change and evolve with time and with every new development in the home.

Family values, especially of the traditional kind, are the fundamental principles and beliefs that are held to promote the sound functioning of the home and to strengthen the fabric of society. Family values involve all the ideas of how a family exists and functions, and they are often passed down from previous generations. They include social, moral, religious, economic, and political principles that a family holds as important and believes in. These principles are also used as a compass for guiding the home’s stance or decision on certain matters in society.

Family beliefs define what you think is essential and what is good. They help teach kids the difference between right and wrong. They are beliefs, ideas, and principles that are specific to your home and how it functions.

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The family is the first school of virtue.  The Christian family is the domestic Church, the first school of evangelization, the first school of faith, and an indispensable pastoral collaborator. The family has a responsibility to society so, the health of a nation depends largely on the positive health of families. The family is the first port of entry by everyone who comes into the world. And the reason the emphasis is placed on the family is that it is really one of the main institutions that transmit values. Wittingly or unwittingly, you assume the values of your family.

We have to look to what is happening in the family to find out why people are so impatient, why they are so disrespectful, why they don’t understand the role of authority; all of these things we learn as part of the family.

I thought I should liken family values to a compass: They should serve to guide a family toward the kind of people they want to be and, ultimately, the kind of life they want to live. Establishing a well-defined culture can help each member grow in character and make decisions, ultimately creating a happier family and preparing kids for a successful transition into adulthood.

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I need to mention a few of such values:

  • Kindness – being nice to others; it can help to build relationships
  • Self-Compassion – to know that one can make mistakes and resolve to put it behind and move on
  • Integrity – doing what you say you will do; walking the talk
  • Responsibility – own up mistakes and make effort to repair them
  • Mutual respect – everyone respecting everyone; respect is reciprocal
  • Honesty – the value of being truthful
  • Flexibility – adapting to changing circumstances through creative ideas to over challenges
  • Fairness – giving way to others when the need arises as it always does.