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When a church becomes a mosque September 3, 2015

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A former parish in Venice, dating from the mid-17th century, has been converted into a mosque.  Via JP Sonnen, he adds that they are busy making converts.

I do wonder why a mosque in Venice would have so much material in English?  Is that becoming the lingua franca of islam’s rapid expansion into Europe?

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For just one small example why this is happening – one of potentially thousands – a Belgian priest not only fails to oppose the mass euthanasia gripping the Low Countries (as a cost saving method to delay the implosion of their  sacrosanct socialist health care schemes ), he thinks it an appropriate occasion for a “celebration.”  Because, apparently, suicide is no longer self-murder and an act from which so many Saints have warned it is almost impossible to be forgiven, but something to be celebrated and promoted.  Mind, this is no ordinary parish priest.  This guy is the poster boy for the pathetic demise of the Church since the successful pro-modernist revolution of the late 50s-60s:

A Belgian priest, Fr. Gabriel Ringlet, has suggested that a “celebration” should mark the moment of death for Roman catholics who choose euthanasia.

He also promotes the “spiritual accompaniment” of such Catholics in such glowing terms that they read like support for euthanasia itself. While Fr Ringlet says he does not aim to justify “mercy killing,” his approach is a boon to euthanasia proponents.

His book, written in French, Vous me coucherez nu sur la terre nue (“Put me out naked on the naked ground”), is coming out on Thursday. Its publication by a major French publisher, Albin Michel, rather than a Belgian one, is likely a sign that it will be used in the French “end of life” debate……

…….He went on to make Catholic-sounding arguments before giving what some consider to be a blessing of euthanasia.

“But what should one do when one is confronted with the spiritual and moral suffering of an ill person who wants to put an end to it all?” he asked. “I would like it to be natural to dare to give spiritual accompaniment in the context of such demands.”

“Accompanying a person does not mean to adhere to his or her choices. It just means being there,” he said.

Fr. Ringlet then says he considers euthanasia a form of “self-defense…[a]gainst aggressive therapy, horrible suffering.”

“Putting end to someone’s life is wrong. You’ll never hear me saying it is something good. But to let a person suffer, when medicine has become powerless is also wrong,” he said. [So, it was wrong when our Blessed Lord suffered worse pain than anyone who has ever lived for our salvation?  What of all the great good that has come from people who have joyfully accepted the suffering God gives them.  Earthly suffering can actually be a tremendous blessing, not an evil.  It is a great gift from God, if properly accepted, which can greatly ameliorate the temporal suffering due to our sins which will face us at our particular judgment, should we even be saved.  It has enormous spiritual value.]

“When you’re stuck between two evils, you have to risk making a questionable decision. [And thus we see the dread hand of moral relativism.  This man is a total relativist.  The matter is not a question of the lesser of two evils, it is a question of one glaring, mortally sinful evil – self-murder – and choosing instead to offer the full cup of suffering God may choose to give us.  And yes it’s incredibly easy for me to say that, though I’ve known a fair amount of suffering in my life.  It is this kind of mentality that is now sending souls falling into hell like snowflakes, with this pathetic priest as their cheerleader.] In the end it is up to the doctor’s conscience to decide,” he stated. [NO!] “We sometimes find it difficult to admit that there are dead-ends in some cases.”If not an absolute justification of euthanasia, Ringlet’s arguments do sound as a manner of vindicating “mercy killing”, as if there were no possible alternative.

Fr. Ringlet, who has worked as a hospital chaplain, is of the opinion that palliative care and euthanasia should not be “separated,” so that all avenues can be explored……..

………Fr. Ringlet would like to see a “ritualization” of the act. [Of course he would, because such would give the ultimate legitimacy to his complicity in murder.  Notice how leftists always want to sacralize their evil, in competition with the true spiritual goods of the Church]

“This moment of passing deserves to be personalized, and solemnized by means of a celebration, in order to appease the one who is leaving, and also those who will be left behind,” he said. “Euthanasia should not be a merely technical gesture. Why not ask the patient’s loved ones to bring a text, photos, prayers or even perfume? Why not have some essential oils for a last gesture of tenderness and benediction?” [You cannot say this is not positive encouragement of moral evil, and an attempt to make what is sinful “good.”  This guy is utterly deranged from the Faith and even natural decency, he is the perfect product of the Catholic academy.  It’s also a resurrection of pagan practices associated with celebrating “noble suicide.”]

He rejects the idea that a blessing with herbal oils would look too much like the anointment of the sick, which is a Catholic sacrament.

“The two gestures cannot be mixed up,” he said. “Nowadays, the sacrament of the sick is no longer administered at the last minute. It should be given long before, to encourage the crossing through illness.” [Many would say it has been trivialized and made bereft of meaning by its overuse.  I hated going to Masses where a mass “anointing of the sick” would happen, seeing literally EVERYONE line up to be blessed, even people in the prime of life.  I wouldn’t.  I’m not a —-ing ewe.]

When saint Francis of Assisi asked to be “put naked on the naked ground” (the words Ringlet borrowed to give a title to his book) in order to die there in total destitution, he was not asking for his death to be hastened. He wanted more suffering, not less. It was considered an heroic identification with Christ.

Dang right.  And yet this truly demented priest, in a practice common to all modernists, is twisting the sacred memory of a great Saint in order to advance their moral perversion.  I have a hard time coming up with anything that is more demonic than that.  When folks wonder whether we have modernists in the Church today……please.  Guys like this are a dime a dozen in the priesthood now.

When will Christians wake up? Iraqi priest: “There is no such thing as moderate islam” August 27, 2015

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Well, that’s what many Saints and great Christians of the past would advise those lost in the ecumania of interreligious dialogue and the policy of appeasement the West has adopted towards islam over the past 30 years.  Islam always strikes when it senses Christendom is weak, and Christendom is as weak as it has been in many, many centuries.  While there are still nation states that appear, on the surface, very powerful, the moral innervation flowing from the steady abandonment of Christianity has left the West mortally weakened.  Islam senses this, and thus its increasing militancy.

I’m sorry, but living in an area with a high number of muslims and never seeing, even once, even the slightest indication of embarrassment or opposition on their part towards ISIS and the most militant sectors of islam, I have been forced to conclude on the preponderance of the evidence that the vast majority of muslims at least tacitly support the extremists, and would very happily see the United States, Germany, England, and other adopted homelands become extremist sharia states.  Why the leaders in the West are so hell-bent on importing millions of these muslims every year into the heartland of Christendom can only be explained, I believe, by a self-loathing death wish.

Great commentary below from persecuted Iraqi Christian Father Douglas al Bazi on the true nature of islam, via Rorate:

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MODERATE ISLAM” [That’s the core of a problem, in a nutshell.  Certainly some muslims will be happy to feign tolerance when it suits them, perhaps out of the practice of taqqiyah or lying to advance the interests of the ummah, or islamic world, but in the end, you’ll never see a muslim advising Christians to stay Christian or that conversion to their diabolical religion is not desirable or required.  I think an interesting study could be made of the comparison between the rise of islam and the collapse in the moral fiber of the Christian religions, and especially the Church.  Specifically, how has interreligious dialogue and massive indifference aided the rise of militant islam?]

Please, if there’s anyone who still thinks ISIS doesn’t represent Islam, know that they are wrong. ISIS represents Islam one hundred percent.” Father Douglas al Bazi, an Iraqi Catholic parish priest in Erbil, raised his voice during an intervention at the Meeting in Rimini – in a provocative way and in hard tones that very few were brave enough to support.

He carries on his own body the scars of the torture he underwent nine years ago, when a band of Jihadists kidnapped him for nine days, keeping him in chains and blindfolds along with a broken nose from being kneed: “For the first four days they didn’t even give me anything to drink. They would walk past me saying ‘Father, do you want some water?’ All day long they would listen to the reading of the Koran to let the neighbours hear what good believers they were.”…..

……..Father Douglas’s intervention is not very much in line with some western social and cultural debaters and ‘preachers’ but more along the lines of the local Bishops, such as the Patriarch of Baghdad, mar Louis Raphaël I Sako, who, in his book “Stronger than Terror” (Emi) accused the Ayatollah al Sistani, the highest authority of the Iraqi Shiites, of having remained silent regarding the Jihadists’ persecutions against minorities because “they won’t listen to me anyway”.

Father Douglas Al Bazi is in charge of two refugee shelters for Christians who survived the advance of the black horde – not far from Ankawa. After the marking of houses with the “n” of the Nazarene plus the Christians displaced on the Nineveh plain, a year ago, “from morning to night we receive thousands of refugees” and the exodus continues. “I’m proud to be an Iraqi, I love my country. But my country is not proud that I’m part of it.  [This.  This is what inevitably happens when islam gains dominance in a given area. Large regions of France, England, and Sweden are basically no-go areas for non-muslims.  It will happen here, too.]  What is happening to my people is nothing other than genocide. I beg you: do not call it a conflict. It’s genocide”, said the priest, who doesn’t want to hear anything about “moderate Islam”: “When Islam lives amidst you, the situation might appear acceptable. But when one lives amidst Muslims, everything becomes impossible. I’m not here to instigate you to hate Islam. I was born amid Muslims and I have more friends among them than I have with Christians. But people change and if we go to my country, no-one will be able to distinguish the light from the darkness. There are those who say: “but I have lots of Muslim friends who are very nice”. Yes, certainly! They are nice over here! Over there the situation is very different!” [So what tends to happen is that as an area becomes increasingly islamist, dominated by the more devout and militant, former moderates tend to get drug into extremism and soon they are murdering anyone who is not of their islamist sect.  It is a process of radicalization and it has occurred at regular intervals throughout islam’s history.  Islam has never been able to separate itself from its marriage with the sword]

…….“In the world, Christians are being persecuted, hunted down, deprived of work, imprisoned, tortured and murdered. All means are being used to force them to deny their faith, including the ritual of collective rape, considered in some states a form of penal sanction. Owning a Bible has become a crime, religious worship is prohibited and there has been a return to the times of Masses in the caves and the first martyrs”. And the fault, Drouiche had added in a discourse which had not been highlighted very much by the European media”, is contemporary Islam”…….

……..“I believe in the end they will destroy us” [They will unless we wake the hell up and stop being such sexular pagan indifferentist pansies]

………“We need to have patience and carry the cross each day, but we also must react”, said Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, parish priest in Aleppo, echoing him, and reported how the city is now “divided in tens of parts, each one of them in the hands of a different group of Jihadists. Our Church of St. Francis is sixty metres from the firing line. They have already hit many churches, we don’t know when it will be our turn”. Here is why Father Douglas, at the end of his intervention, launched a warning to the feeble West: 

“Wake up! The cancer is at your door. They will destroy you. We, the Christians of the Middle East are the only group that has seen the face of evil: Islam”.

 

 

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Rome names square after Luther; Vatican says great! August 26, 2015

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Ecumania!

The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, a church reformer excommunicated by the pope nearly 500 years ago……..

……..Luther was excommunicated in 1521 and was never allowed to return to the Catholic Church, but now the Vatican’s views have changed. [As much as I’d like to, I really don’t think I can rebut this statement]

Next month a hilltop square in Rome is due to be named Piazza Martin Lutero, in memory of Luther’s achievements. The site chosen is the Oppian Hill, a park area that overlooks the Colosseum.

The move has been six years in a making, following a request made by the Seventh-day Adventists, a Protestant denomination, Italian daily La Repubblica said. The original plan was to inaugurate the square in time for the 500th anniversary of Luther’s historic trip to Rome in 2010. City officials were not able to discuss the process behind naming the square or the reason for the holdup.

Despite Luther being thrown out of the Catholic Church during his lifetime, the Vatican reacted positively to news of the square’s upcoming inauguration. “It’s a decision taken by Rome city hall which is favorable to Catholics in that it’s in line with the path of dialogue started with the ecumenical council,” said the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, deputy director of the Vatican press office, referring to a gathering of churchmen to rule on faith matters.

The move contrasts sharply from views held by Luther around the time of his visit to Rome, when it was said he repeated the saying“If there is a hell, Rome is built over it.”…… [also: “Rome is a satanic city,” “Rome is the seat of the antichrist,” and “The Pope is the devil’s servant.”]

…….within Italy there are very few Protestants; just 435,000 Italian citizens identify as Protestant, according to research published in 2012 by the Center for Studies on New Religions. Catholicism continues to be the dominant religion, with 97.9 percent of Italy’s 60 million residents having been baptized Catholic as of 2009.

Which makes one wonder if this was really an innocent decision made by Roman city authorities, of if there might even have been Vatican pressure applied to induce them to rule favorably.  Given that the officials sat on the request for 6 years, and then, a couple of years into Francis’ reign, there is suddenly a change, I have to wonder if there is not a connection.

But with only a handful of Italian protestants, it seems incredible than a major Roman piazza would be renamed in Luther’s honor.  What an affront to the millions of Catholics killed at protestant hands, and the great sufferings of so many Saints to win souls back to the Faith!

This different religion thing is getting out of hand, is it not?

Ecumenical failure: Waldensians rebuke Pope Francis’ outreach, refuse to apologize August 25, 2015

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How many times has this occurred in the past?  How many times has a major Church leader, even a Pope, appeared on bended knee before some sect or group of schismatics, beating his breast over the ostensible past sins of the Church, only to have the other side refuse to acknowledge their own sins?  This is one of the aspects of post-conciliar “ecumenism” that most frustrates pious souls, the fact that it always seems to be the Church apologizing, even groveling, with very little reciprocity from the other side, whoever that may be.

Readers will likely recall that Pope Francis issued a fulsome apology to the tiny Waldensian sect in Turin earlier this year.  After carefully considering the matter for months, and even convoking a synod to deliberate the matter, the Waldensians have their response, and it looks a lot to me like an upturned middle phalanx (my emphasis and comments):

Pope Francis had reached out his hand to Turin’s Waldensians during his visit last June. He made controversial gestures to emphasize his intention and asked the Waldensians’ forgiveness  from injustice done by Catholics.  Now the Waldensians have given the pope a response. A specially convened Waldensian Synod, which meets until Friday in Turin, rejected the outstretched hand of the Pope and declared themselves unable to grant forgiveness.Vatican Insider talks about an amazing “coldness” toward the Pope…….………The relationship between Waldensians and Catholics is one of deep conflict. On both sides there were atrocities mainly during  the Middle Ages and the early modern period. Even in the mid-19th century the  Waldensians sought the life of  St. John Bosco.

Pope Francis made the unilateral first step towards reconciliation and asked the Waldensian forgiveness for the injustice committed by Catholics. The Pope had said: “On behalf of the Catholic Church, I ask you for forgiveness for the unchristian and even inhuman attitudes and actions, which we have done to you  throughout history.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us! ” [My point of view is a bit different: if the Church is the Church, and truly necessary for salvation, sects and other religions who lure souls away to a much greater likelihood of eternal damnation must be opposed vigorously.  If the secular power sees in these sects grave threats to souls and to the social order, it is within their remit to act as prudence and justice dictate.  IOW, what is PF apologizing for, but the zeal of former generations for the good of souls?]

The Moderator of the Waldensian Table, Pastor Eugenio Bernardini, responded: “The Pope has overcome a wall that was built eight centuries ago when our church was accused of heresy and excommunicated by the Roman church.” The pope did not argue. [And for good reason, since this sect holds numerous heretical beliefs and has placed itself outside Communion with the Church. Would that we had such clarity today!]

To underline his readiness, the Pope kissed a Waldensian Bible which was presented to him by Waldensian pastors. It was a gesture that caused some criticism on the Catholic side………

……..The outstretched hand of the Pope sparked heated discussions within the Waldensian community. Finally, a  Waldensian synod was specially convened to respond to the Pope on his request for forgiveness. The Synod will meet until Friday in Torre Pellice for Turin. The answer is now clear and is negative. “We’re moving, but we can not forgive.”  The decision of the Waldensian Synod can be summarized with these words.

In an official letter to the Pope the Synod declared: “Dear Brother in Christ Jesus, the Synod of the Evangelical Waldensian Church accepts with deep respect and not without emotion, your apology expressed on behalf of your church asking for forgiveness for what you have indeed even described as ‘unchristian, even inhuman attitudes and actions’ that have been taken in the past against our mothers and fathers,” But then this is  followed by a big “but” of the  Waldensians. This new situation does not allow us, to step in the place of those who testified with their blood or the other Protestants suffering for their  faith, and to forgive you. ” [So who has the greater zeal?  Who is willing to offend men for the sake of their beliefs in this sordid exchange?  It garners the applause of the world (and, I would think, its master) when popes apologize for alleged past sins of the Church.  But does it work any good for souls?]

This message, rejecting the outstretched hand of the Pope, was decided on Monday by the 180 people gathered at the Waldensian Synod.

……this formalist position can not hide the fact that the Waldensians in reality do not want to approach the Catholic Church. Because this could have been expressed differently, despite the question of direct forgiveness. [and Kenneth Copeland and other shyster TV evangelists don’t want to convert, either, but they will accept the outstretched hand of the Pope most eagerly, since they know the Pope’s outreach will lead to many Catholics falling into their sects and filling their already rich coffers.

The Waldensian Synod for their  part couldn’t find a word of apology for the wrongs committed by Waldensians against the Catholic Church and the Catholics [of course note. And the Orthodox and Lutherans and others have generally made any apology they’ve offered far more contingent and less self-effacing than have their Catholic counterparts, who obviously, wholeheartedly disavow the behavior of their forefathers – many of them spiritual giants – who proceeded them.]

As a convert to the Faith, the truths of which I have become utterly convinced as an adult after much study, it is heart-rending for me to see these kinds of apologies.  Having been outside the Church for most of my life, I can understand well the effect such words have on those sects receiving the apologia. They tell the sect: you were right all along, look at even their leader coming to you now admitting their folly, you’re in exactly the right place.  How many souls have been prevented from finding the Truth of Jesus Christ in its wholeness and entirety by the misguided actions of ecumaniacs over the past several decades?  Is this factor even considered when pontiffs and others make these kinds of statements?  Do they not know they will be judged not just for the souls they lost, but also for the souls they prevented from responding to the call of Grace to enter the Church by their actions?

Ecumenism is the apotheosis of the progressive obsession with “equality” applied to ecclesiastical matters.  It is “unfair” and “cruel” for some men to have the Truth and others not, for some to be saved and for others not, therefore, we should drive the Church down to the lowest common denominator in the interest of worldly “fairness.”  And if a few billion souls have to fry in hell forever in the process, well, an omelette doesn’t get made without breaking a few billion eggs, does it?  Whenever you hear someone denigrating traditional/Catholic “elitism,” keep this in mind.

 

ISIS obliterates, desecrates 1600 year old Syrian monastery……. August 25, 2015

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……..and just for good measure, they dug up the ancient relics of Saint Elian and brutalized them, as well.  They also slaughtered the monks.

Is there a force on this planet more visibly satanic than militant islam and especially “ISIS?”

ISLAMIC STATE (ISIS) fighters have bulldozed a 1,600-year-old Christian monastery after abducting and reportedly slaughtering its inhabitants.

The twisted terror group today released a video showing its barbaric militants razing the ancient Mar Elian monastery to the ground, even digging up and desecrating the bones of a Christian saint.

There were reports that fighters had also kidnapped the monastery’s abbot, Father Jacques Mouraud and a church volunteer, Botros Hanna, who are both now feared dead.

Earlier this month ISIS abducted up to 250 Christians from the monastery and its surrounding villages, many of whom were women and children.

In the sick video the terrorists can be seen gleefully removing the remains of Saint Elian, after whom the monastery was named, from their ancient stone sarcophagus.

The church is said to have been built on the spot where Saint Elian died after he was killed by his father, a Roman officer, for refusing to denounce his faith.

It was a popular pilgrim site with Christians throughout the Middle East and housed Roman frescos which were amongst the oldest paintings in the region.

The monastery, near the Syrian city of Homs, had been renovated several times in recent years, including by Italian priest Paolo Dall’Oglio who was executed in Raqqa by ISIS forces in July 2013.

ISIS said that it bulldozed the church because it was dedicated to a God other than Allah. [So much, then, for “dhimmi” status and islam being tolerant of Christians and Jews?  In truth, this is what has happened everywhere particularly militant islam has gained suzerainty, dating back to the 600s]

The group has routinely kidnapped and executed Christians living in the Middle East as part of its ideological drive to create an Islamist caliphate…….

………ISIS has routinely destroyed and desecrated ancient monuments in lands it has captured in the Middle East.

The Islamist fanatics see many historical sites as blasphemous to their cause.

Earlier this year the extremists blew up the ancient city of Nimrud, in Iraq, whilst they also released a video of fighters smashing ancient statues in Mosul museum.

They are in truth opposed to all civilization, which is why islam, in spite of starting from a relatively high level of development, today features many of the most backwards, deliberately ignorant countries in the world.  In order to conduct their sick jihad, they have to import weapons from other less benighted places.  Islam has given very, very little to the world and has taken a very great deal.  It’s thoroughly un-Christian of me, I guess, but a part of me thinks the only way to deal with these people is like this:

Redwing Tewa 5 MT shot July 20, 1956, designed to be as dirty as possible. Almost all weapons effects from fission, ground burst for maximum fallout.  This was probably the dirtiest nuclear test the United States every conducted.  “Dirty” means maximum radiological effects.

With islam, it’s always war to the knife and knife to the hilt.  It always has been.  Either you must destroy them, or they will destroy you.  And now our first muslim president and a compliant Senate have seen fit to allow one of the most deranged islamist regimes to be armed with nuclear weapons.  I am increasingly convinced there will be another use of nuclear weapons in my lifetime, and that this time, it won’t be in ones or twos.  It’s going to be horrific.

Below, what the monastery used to look like, and images of its destruction:

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Bishop-Martyr who refused to submit to islam to be beatified Aug 29 August 18, 2015

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Syriac-Catholic Bishop Flavien-Michel Malké is to be beatified by Pope Francis Aug 29.  A convert from Orthodoxy, Bishop Flavien-Michel-MalkéMalke was martyred after refusing to convert to the false religion of islam in 1915, during the Armenian Genocide which was really a more general genocide by Ottoman muslims against all Christians in present-day Turkey.  From the 1870s to the early 1920s, the muslim Turks managed to kill or drive into exile nearly 10 million Christians, eliminating almost ALL Christian presence from one of our most ancient homelands.  May God have mercy on them for the evil they continue to commit, even to this day, and may all who belong to this false religion experience the grace of conversion to the Faith they so diabolically persecute (initial commentary by Robert Spencer):

Nowadays Bishop Flavien-Michel Malké’s feckless successors among the U.S. Catholic bishops bow and scrape before the children and heirs of those who killed him, silencing those who speak out about the Muslim persecution of Christians and consigning today’s new martyrs to their fate, sacrificing them on the altar of their fruitless, delusional and self-defeating quest for “dialogue” with Muslims.[It’s more than just US bishops.  This is a widespread delusion among the Church’s hierarchy today, especially in Western nations]How many Christians has that “dialogue” prevented from being persecuted or martyred? Why, absolutely none, of course. But the comfortable suburban Church continues on its comfortable suburban way, secure in its illusions and delusions. [That’s a damning indictment, but a highly accurate one] One day, however, the truth it has so assiduously endeavored to ignore, deny and suppress will dawn upon it with undeniable and terrifying reality, and maybe some of those bishops will realize how ill they served their people by enforcing and reinforcing their ignorance and complacency. [On this as well as many other matters]

“Syriac Bishop Will Be Beatified on the 100th Anniversary of His Martyrdom (832),” National Catholic Register, August 11, 2015:

…….On Saturday, Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Flavien-Michel Malké, a Syriac Catholic bishop who was killed in 1915, amid the Ottoman Empire’s genocide against its Christian minorities……..

………Bishop Malké will be beatified Aug. 29, the 100th anniversary of his martyrdom, during a liturgy celebrated by Ignatius Youssef III Younan, the Syriac patriarch of Antioch, at the convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Lebanon. It is expected that thousands of Syrians and Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State will attend the beatification.

“In these painful times experienced by Christians, especially the Syriac communities in Iraq and Syria, the news of the beatification of one of their martyrs, will surely bring encouragement and consolation to face today’s trials of appalling dimension,” read an Aug. 9 statement of the Syriac Patriarchate of Antioch.

“Blessed Martyr Michael, intercede for us, and protect especially the Christians in the Orient and all the world in these hard and painful days.” [Can we say a bit more about the evil of so many followers of islam, or is that imprudent when souls already have the knife at their throat?]

Malké was born in 1858 in the village of Kalaat Mara, a village of the Ottoman Empire in what is now Turkey, to a Syriac Orthodox family. He joined a monastery of that Church and was ordained a deacon, but then converted to the Syriac Catholic Church. (Both the Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholics use the West-Syrian rite.)

After his conversion, he was ordained a priest in Aleppo in 1883. He was a member of the Fraternity of St. Ephrem and served parishes in southeastern Turkey, near his home.

Ottoman persecution of Christians began in earnest with the Hamidian massacres of 1894-1897. Malké’s church and home were sacked and burned in 1895, and many of his parishioners were murdered, including his mother. In total, the massacres killed between 80,000 and 300,000 Christians……..

……He was selected to become a bishop in the 1890s, serving as a chorbishop and helping in the rebuilding of Christian villages. In 1913, he was consecrated bishop and appointed head of the Syriac Diocese of Gazireh (modern-day Cizre, 150 miles southeast of Diyarbakir).

A second round of persecution of Christians in the Ottoman Empire began in April 1915. Known as the Armenian Genocide, it targeted the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christian minorities in the empire. The Assyrian genocide (the portion of the mass killings directed against Syriac and Chaldean Christians) is also known as the Seyfo Massacre, from the Syriac word for sword.

Some 1.5 million Christians were killed, and millions more were displaced during the genocide. 

During the summer when the genocide broke out, Bishop Malké was in the Idil district, near Gazireh. In June 1915, hearing the Ottoman forces were preparing to massacre Gazireh’s people, he returned.

According to the Syriac Patriarchate, when his friends and acquaintances urged him to withdraw from Gazireh to a safer location, he replied, “Even my blood I will shed for my sheep.”

Together with four of his priests and the Chaldean bishop of Gazireh, Philippe-Jacques Abraham, he was arrested and imprisoned for two months.

Bishop Malké refused to convert to Islam, and on Aug. 29, 1915, he was martyred.

He was the last Syriac bishop of Gazireh; after his death, the diocese was suppressed, and, today, the Syriac Catholic Church has no presence in Turkey. [Because they were all killed or driven into exile]

“Even my blood I will shed for my sheep.”  It’s such an easy thing for me to say, but how many bishops have this kind of devotion to the souls in their charge today?  We hear so much about pastoral care, even to the point of changing irreformable revealed Dogma ostensibly for pastoral reasons, but this is true pastoral concern – defending the Truth and refusing to submit to a false religion even to the point of death.

Blessed Flavien-Michel Malké, pray for us, especially our bishops!

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Religion of pure evil: ISIS believes child rape “prayer to God” August 15, 2015

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What can you say about a religion that tolerates this?  And mind, these ISIS guys, crazed though they are, are not radically misinterpreting islam.  They can find sura and hadith to support, at least somewhat, their depraved, murderous behavior.  ISIS is attracting scum from all around the world.  Being able to commit crimes like this with a “clear conscience” is not a small part of their attraction.  All part and parcel of a religion founded by a fallen man who worked no miracles but himself raped plenty of children.

“He told me that according to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God. … He said that raping me is his prayer to God.”

These extraordinary statements come from girls who were kept as sex slaves by jihadis of the Islamic State, as reported in a lengthy and revealing New York Times piece that was published Thursday.

Not only does the piece illustrate the horrifying ordeal that Yazidi and other non-Muslim [NO!  Christian, CATHOLIC Christian women, too!] women endure at the hands of the Islamic State when they are forced into sexual slavery, but — most surprisingly — the article explains in detail how these monsters believe they are pleasing their bloodthirsty god by destroying these girls.

Reported the Times’ Rukmini Callimachi:

In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.

Both before and after he raped her, he prostrated himself in Islamic prayer:

“He told me,” the girl recounted, “that according to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God.”

This was no isolated incident. A fifteen-year-old girl who had been forced into sex slavery recalled:

“He kept telling me this is ibadah” – that is, worship of Allah. “He said that raping me is his prayer to God. I said to him, ‘What you’re doing to me is wrong, and it will not bring you closer to God.’ And he said, ‘No, it’s allowed. It’s halal.’” [Islam is alone among the major religions in positively enshrining vice and cruel treatment of  others as acceptable, even “good” behavior.  Buddhism and Hinduism also have some highly problematic beliefs and tend to look the other way at certain sins (such as sodomy among Buddhist monks), but islam is alone in encouraging raping and pillaging with abandon as a moral “good.”  To islam, anyone not of their false “ummah” is basically not human.  What a despicable religion]

All this is reminiscent of Hamas’ statement:

Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to God.”

What kind of god is this? [It’s not god.  It’s a satanic man-made religion, one that is very nearly the perfect inverse of Christianity.  Where Christianity counsels peace, islam counsels death and destruction.  Where Christianity points to reason, islam destroys it. There are some redeeming qualities in islam, but not nearly enough to counteract the diabolical ones].

What kind of moral blindness has overtaken non-Muslim leaders? They sit and drink tea and “dialogue” with Muslim clerics while being careful to avoid mention of anything like this — if they’re even aware of it at all — much less ask them what they’re doing to combat within Muslim communities the theological basis for sex slavery. [I’ll go one more.  What kind of reprobate sense has infected the vast majority of Church leaders who are only too eager to bow down to islam and pretend along with everyone else that islam is the “religion of peace.  The Catholic Church, after 1400 years of horrible, murderous persecution at the hands of islam, ought to know better.  False tolerance for the false religion of islam is one of the leading indicators to me that cause me to think most of these men belong to a radically different religion.]

It must be faced: in Islamic texts and teachings, such a theological basis manifestly exists.

The Times quotes Kecia Ali, an academic Islamic apologist at Boston University:

In the milieu in which the Quran arose, there was a widespread practice of men having sexual relationships with unfree women. [Maybe in backwards Arabia, but not in Christendom, at least certainly not as a policy of religion/government.  This is a dodging response from a muslim]

…..However — and surprisingly, considering the track record — the Times had the integrity to cite Cole Bunzel of Princeton University. The article noted that Bunzel points out:

[There are] numerous references to the phrase “Those your right hand possesses” in the Quran, which for centuries has been interpreted to mean female slaves. He also points to the corpus of Islamic jurisprudence, which continues into the modern era and which he says includes detailed rules for the treatment of slaves. [Absolutely it does.  Thus the “hadiths” I mentioned above]

If this behavior is so outside accepted Islamic practice, at least among the hardcore, where is the reaction?  Where are the mass protests? Where is the scandal? When the Church was rocked by the priest boy-rape scandal, it scandalized millions and generated massive outrage.  But with this there is nary a peep.  The absence of response from ostensibly “moderate” muslims is a huge sign, is it not?  This is a religion that cannot even begin to reform itself, because virtually no one in this satanic faith believe they need to, in spite of the mammoth evidence of the abject failure of this religon to bring good to souls in almost every measurable respect.

PS: An American aid worker held hostage by ISIS was repeatedly raped before dying, by the very founder of ISIS.  Then the SOBs had the gall to send pictures of her dead body to her family.

All the gods of the gentiles are devils said King David and St. Paul.  And yet the reigning pontiff has said muslims do not need to convert!  What else do we need to know?  Who could be so blind as to make a statement like that?  What kind of leader of any religion that truly cares for that religion and the good of souls would make such a statement?

Sorry, I’ll get carried away in a hurry.  There, I made up for earlier.

New York promotes satan worship on Empire State Building August 12, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, asshatery, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
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The landmark Empire State Building in New York City, routinely sends political and cultural messages through various lighting schemes on the building.  Over time, those schemes have become more and more elaborate. Many will be aware that the top of the building was covered in rainbow lights to celebrate the disastrous Obergefell decision by the US Supreme Court, foisting pseudo-sodo-marriage into law in the 50 states.

Even more viciously, however, the great building was recently lit up to display the Hindi “god” Kali, the same pretended god whose worship powered the murderous cult of Thugee that the British spent decades extirpating out of India:

New York City, the most pro-abortion city of America, just placed a giant image of Satan on the Empire State Building, in order to convince people to worship and revere “Mother Nature,” which is really just a deceptive way of getting people to worship the devil. The image is specifically that of the Hindu goddess Kali, who is no different than Satan, for “the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God” (1 Corinthians 10:20). Here is the image:

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Artist Android Jones [Nice to meet you.  I’m Robotech Roach] designed the fierce portrait of Kali, who is the Goddess of Time, Change, Power and Destruction, to make the point that Mother Nature now more than ever needs a fierce avatar to fight the dangers of pollution and extinction.

Kali is a demonic demon, who compels her followers to commit mass murder. Just to demonstrate this to you (especially for those who think that Hinduism is a religion of peace), in 19th century India there was a cult dedicated to the worship of Kali, called the Thugees……..

….The reality is that there was indeed a Thugee cult in India and they did commit mass human sacrifice by the millions, but not by putting people in lava, rather they would strangle their victims to death. According to the Guinness Book of Records the Thuggee cult was responsible for approximately 2,000,000 deaths. Two million people! This is a major holocaust and it was done by Hindus for the cause of Kali, the very satanic demon whose face is on the Empire State Building. America is making itself as an offering to the devil, and do not think for a second that God is not angry.

“I set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse…….Choose life, then…” (Dt xxx:15,19).  This nation has for decades chosen the curse.  We chose the curse with contraception, abortion, divorce on demand, fornication, mass creation and distribution of pornography, serial philandery, pseudo-sodo-marriage, greed, usury, and the overt rejection of God and His Law in just about every imaginable way.  There is some question over just who decides how the Empire State Building will be lit up to mark certain events…..the link claims it is the City of New York. If true, what a lie that makes of the supposedly hallowed liberal shibboleth of “separation of Church and state,” giving open support to a false religion while openly persecuting the true one.  Quite a contrast to how buildings were lit in a very different America, 60 years ago:

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Does it matter when the Canon of Sacred Scripture was settled? August 4, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, catachesis, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, history, Society, Tradition.
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A commenter with an evangelical orientation left a comment on a recent post on the massive changes made to the traditional Breviary to produce the new Liturgy of the Hours (let alone the changes to the lectionary).  He gets a 15 yard penalty and loss of down for a non sequitur comment on a post that had nothing to do with the Canon of Scripture, but he opines that because the New Testament was written mere decades after the Resurrection and Ascension of our Savior Jesus Christ, that means protestants are right to rely on Sola Scriptura as the basis of all their belief.  Now, I could attack this claim from many directions – private interpretation leading to tens of thousands of competing sects each disagreeing with the other, routine failure to keep various bits of Scripture in context, the novelty of Sola Scriptura, unheard of prior to the 15th century, its complete rejection by all the ancient Churches (over and above the tendency of evangelicals to fixate on Catholic belief, the Orthodox, Copts, Chaldeans, all base belief on both Scripture and Tradition), etc.,  but I won’t.  The main claim was that because books that eventually wound up being included in the Canon of Scripture (settled by whom………oh that’s right, the Catholic Church) were available from a very early date, that means the faithful had all the truth they needed to properly observe the Faith absent Sacred Tradition.

But is this correct?  Is it sensical?  To start, while yes, I believe that the Gospels were written very early, even earlier than our protestant commentator claims (and St. Matthew was, of course, first*), there were also scads of apocrypha about, sometimes containing novel beliefs that contradicted the ultimate Canon of Scripture and causing great confusion among the faithful.  There was huge debate even among many books that wound up being included in the Canon itself, as to whether or not they were truly inspired.  It took many decades of very careful study and prayerful guidance before it was discerned that books like The Apocalypse of St. John, the 2nd and 3rd Letters of St. John, the 2nd Letter of St. Peter, etc were indeed inerrant and inspired works.  Meanwhile, dozens of books that many found to be very spiritually edifying – the Shephard of Hermas, the Epistle of Barnabas, among others – were discerned after equally close study and review to be not inspired.

The point being, even with what eventually was discerned to be authentic, inspired Scripture floating around, it had to be discerned from that which was either inauthentic or, at least, judged to be uninspired (and judged by spiritual giants: Saint Jerome, Saint Augustine, Saint John Chrysostom, etc).  Over and above spiritually valid but uninspired works, there was also a whole panoply of strongly heretical, Gnostic-inspired works (totally 52 separate texts!) like the “Gospel of Thomas” and the “Gospel of Mary.”

All of these works, ranging from the very helpful but uninspired Shepherd of Hermas, to the blatantly heretical Gospel of Thomas, were available from very early on, as well, contemporaneously with the authentic, inspired Scripture.

This leaves aside just how common even the eventually accepted Books of the New Testament were, and how many could actually read them.  That’s an entirely different problem, and one that frequently escapes those ensconced in modernity, where virtually everyone can read and where there are literally hundreds of millions of bibles floating around.  In the early 1st century, all books had to be laboriously copied by hand onto fragile papyrus scrolls.  At best, each community of believers might have a partial set of the authentic books of the New Testament, and early on, in the timeframe referenced by the commenter, it is most likely that most had only very partial sets, or none at all.

Thus, in the early Church, inspired and inerrant Scripture was available, but so was a whole bunch of other stuff, some of it relatively benign, others horribly destructive and full of errors. Which was which was hotly debated even among many great Saints and Fathers of the early Church, with some very notable early Church leaders doubting whether works eventually included in the Canon of Scripture were actually inspired. If such division existed among very holy and learned souls, how were the faithful to discern, prior to the formal declaration of the Canon, that which was divinely inspired, and that which was not?  How was it determined that even those elements which came to make up the Canon of Scripture were inspired and thus, inerrant?

TRADITION.  St. Paul said in his Catholic Epistle to the Galatians that anyone who preached a Gospel other than that which he had conveyed to them – orally, that is, by oral TRADITION – even if he be an “angel,” let him be anathema.  St. Peter warns  that there is much in the then extant written Scripture that is confusing and that men would twist it to their own destruction, and counsels the faithful to judge these twisters of Scripture according to the Gospel which had already been revealed to them.  Which, mind, is exactly what the Church did when the protestant revolutionaries first proclaimed their novelties to the world – they judged them according to 1500 years of practice and belief, and found them wanting.

Tradition is the glue that held the early Church together, and which has been the binding force ever since.  Even after two thousand years of  having the works of the Bible available to us, it is ultimately Tradition, the continuing of belief and practice handed down from the Apostles to the very first believers by word of mouth, typically, then later reinforced in writing, that informs the right understanding and interpretation of that Scripture and ties the Church together, past, present, and future.

The Church maintains that Scripture and Tradition are each fully equal pillars upon which all belief and practice stands. This belief is shared by ALL the ancient Churches that date to the Roman times. We see that when a group rejects Tradition, it rapidly develops beliefs that are counter to those of the earliest Church and novel interpretations of Scripture almost invariably follow.  Personally – and it’s nothing but that, my personal belief – I believe that Tradition is slightly more important than Scripture, since even the earliest dates for the creation of Scripture mean there was a 10-15 year window when no Scripture existed, and all knowledge about belief and practice was based on Tradition, but even more, because it was Tradition itself that was much relied on to help settle the Canon of Scripture.  Those works being the most consistently in accord with the practice of the Faith handed on from one person, from one generation to the next, were held to be the most likely to be inspired and inerrant.  There were certainly other factors, as well, as I said, much debate, prayer, and reflection went into that vital process of determining the Canon, but Tradition informed and undergirded them all.

There is more that I could include but this post is already getting fairly long so I’ll leave it at that, for now.  I guess one more telling point I could make is that all the protestant revolutionaries, and their revolutionary antecedents (like Wycliffe and Jan of Hus) arrived at their novel conclusion that Scripture should be the sole rule of Faith not because they had some hard evidence or divine revelation to that effect, but because they found in Tradition things they did not like, or more significantly, did not want to live in accord with.  Thus, Luther threw out much Tradition (and Catholic interpretation of Scripture!) because he could not control his sensual appetites, so works inspired by but also efficacious of Grace had to go out the window.  The harsh, cold, and calculating Calvin envisioned a harsh, cold, and calculating God.  That later “reformers” like Melancthon had to come along and further “reform” (really, re-Catholicize) much of the radical belief of their various sect’s founders because of the horrors they inspired only confirms that these were men twisting Scripture to their own ends, just as St. Peter warned.  But fallen man loves to hear that salvation is easy, that a one-time altar call is sufficient to insure eternal salvation, that morality is fungible and God doesn’t really expect much from us, and so these errors have proven very persistent and difficult to eradicate.

*- the belief that St. Matthew’s Gospel was first was practically universal until the mid-19th century, when Bismarck, Chancellor of Germany, commissioned liberal protestant scholars, some of the first modernists, to investigate Scripture from a “modern scientific” viewpoint. This effort was marked with strong political overtones and an anti-Catholic bias (Bismarck being then engaged in his Kulturkampf with the Church). This was the birth of the historical-critical method, which has been attacking and undermining Scripture ever since.  It was these German advocates of the “higher criticism” which really began the advocacy that St. Mark’s Gospel was first.  However, more and more evidence is now telling against the “historical-critical” method, and many of its claims from 50-60 years ago, then touted as the final word in biblical scholarship, have now been overturned.  Much of that overturning has pointed back to the more traditional understanding of Scripture as being correct, including the traditional belief that St. Matthew’s Gospel was written first, and within a decade or so of Our Lord’s Ascension.

Well here’s a novel argument against “married” priests…… July 31, 2015

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……they might eventually leave their wives and shack up with a much younger man.  Mind you, this happened to an already very liberal episcopalian minister, nevertheless, given the state of the culture, can you imagine the complications that would flow from a widespread married priesthood in the Western, Roman Rite?

I need to create a new category for blog posts – ick:

An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man.

The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, announced over Facebook last week that he got married in a Los Angeles church.

The Cuban-born prelate was pictured on a beach with the caption: “I’m in Miami Beach with my new husband. God is good.”

One churchgoer said many parishioners severed ties to the church after Quevedo-Bosch came out as gay at the pulpit a month ago.

“Most of the people aren’t coming anymore,” the elderly woman said. “Because he’s homosexual, people have stopped coming.”……

…….Quevedo-Bosch has not been seen at the church for the last month, she said. [Such a concerned, self-denying shepherd, no?]

Attendance has dwindled, she said, with many parishioners instead going to Mass at a satellite church a few blocks away. [It’s not “mass.”  I was an episcopal, and we never, ever called it “mass.”]

Saturday services have been canceled, and only seven worshippers showed up at Wednesday’s Mass. [Wrong again. The numbers are not terribly atypical for episcopal worship houses, whose median congregation size now stands at less than 100, the vast majority of which are over 70 years of age]

……….“Priests who wish to enter into same-gender marriage are approved to do so in the Episcopal Church and in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island,” said Bishop Larry Provenzano, head of the Long Island diocese, which includes Queens.…… [Which tells you everything you need to know about why the episcopal sect is dying in a spectacular self-imolation]

………Before becoming a priest, Quevedo-Bosch worked as an economic planner for the city of Havana in the early 1980s, his LinkedIn page says. He studied to be a priest in his native country. [I think we can start to see the picture come together.]

More and more I hate this world.

A thought on the background – this guy’s wife is 73.  He emigrated from Cuba to the US 20 years ago.  One of the best ways to get a green card/visa is to get married.  You do the math.

It is revealing to me the degree to which incidence of sodomy is directly proportional to dwelling in large urban areas/disconnectedness from nature and hard, physical labor.  It is also no coincidence that the four largest sodomite communities in the country – NY, SF, LA, and Miami – all grew up around large sea ports back when ships were staffed with large crews.

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