The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 29th, 2023 night edition

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Pope Francis has blasted the “backwardness” of some conservatives in the U.S. Catholic Church, saying that they have replaced faith with ideology and that a correct understanding of Roman Catholic doctrine allows for change over time.

Many conservatives have blasted Francis’ emphasis on social justice issues such as the environment and the poor, while also branding as heretical his opening to letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive the sacraments.

Francis, who hails from Argentina, acknowledged his point, saying there was “a very strong, organized, reactionary attitude” in the U.S. church, which he called “backward.”

“Doing this, you lose the true tradition and you turn to ideologies to have support.

“The vision of the doctrine of the church as a monolith is wrong,” he added.

“When you go backward, you make something closed off, disconnected from the roots of the church,” which then has devastating effects on morality.

Francis has previously acknowledged the criticism directed at him from some U.S. conservatives, once quipping that it was an “honor” to be attacked by Americans. »

Newly declassified US intel claims Russia is laundering propaganda through unwitting Westerners

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Russian intelligence is operating a systematic program to launder pro-Kremlin propaganda through private relationships between Russian operatives and unwitting US and western targets, according to newly declassified US intelligence.

The campaigns have sometimes been effective at planting Russian narratives in the Western press, according to the intelligence.

“At the end of the day, this unwitting target is disseminating Russian influence operation, Russian propaganda to their target public,” the US official said. »

Armored Core 6 Gets Off to Flying Start on Steam 'Thanks to Elden Ring'

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FromSoftware's Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon is off to a flying start on Steam, with publisher Bandai Namco saying it's "thanks to Elden Ring".

Fires of Rubicon arrives as the first Armored Core game in 11 years but more crucially as the first after FromSoftware released the likes of Elden Ring, Dark Souls 3, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

While giant mechs don't exactly align with the stoic fantasy world of Elden Ring, the two do share one similarity on the technical side. »

Judge sets Trump DC federal election subversion trial for March 4, 2024 — one day before Super Tuesday

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Defense attorneys for the Oath Keepers used these polls to unsuccessfully argue to move the trial to Virginia or Florida where residents were less impacted by the attack.

John Lauro, who represents the former president, said he would likely be ordering such polling “sooner rather than later” when asked by District Judge Tanya Chutkan.

Chutkan told Lauro she was “watching carefully for anything that might affect” or poison the jury pool. »