Explosive claim: liberation theology not only created by KGB, but by Patriarch Kirill himself April 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
WOW! So……on a certain level, this makes a great deal of sense. First, the fact that Kirill was an agent of the KGB – this is almost certain. The KGB and internal security service (GRU) penetrated and dominated the Russian Orthodox Church from the early 20s until the collapse of the Soviet Union. One could not be a rising star priest or prelate in the Russian Church without being very tight with the KGB. Further, reflect how Putin has both a KGB background and has aligned himself, in a sort of obviously superficial way, with not just the Russian Orthodox Church, but Patriarch Kirill in particular. Those two have a very close working relationship which many Westerners (including trads) find very attractive and hopeful, but which could have an entirely different side – and makeup.
I am quite certain the KGB was behind the creation of liberation theology. They probably paid and/or coerced various Christians, especially Catholics, to support communism. They also directed the activities of home grown commies within the Church like Gustavo Gutierrez. How deep and how complete that direction was is the only question. And isn’t it interesting that when the FSU collapsed, support for liberation theology collapsed with it, until, about 7-8 years ago, communists began re-emerging in positions of great power and influence all over the world, and all of a sudden liberation theology came roaring back a few years later. Isn’t that interesting?
Make of the below what you will, I would not be surprised if someone is not directing this resurgence of both leftism and liberation theology in the West, and it is certainly possible there is some Russian connection. See what you think:
Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news. But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, secretly worked for the KGB under the code name “Mikhailov” and spent four decades promoting liberation theology, which we at the top of the Eastern European intelligence community nicknamed Christianized Marxism.
Liberation theology has been generally understood to be a marriage of Marxism and Christianity. What has not been understood is that it was not the product of Christians who pursued Communism, but of Communists who pursued Christians. I described the birth of liberation theology in my book Disinformation, co-authored with Professor Ronald Rychlak. Its genesis was part of a highly classified Party/State Disinformation Program, formally approved in 1960 by KGB chairman Aleksandr Shelepin and Politburo member Aleksei Kirichenko, then the second in the party hierarchy after Nikita Khrushchev.
In 1971, the KGB sent Kirill — who had just been elevated to the rank of archimandrite — to Geneva as emissary of the Russian Orthodox Church to the World Council of Churches. [Did Kirill have a background role at VII?] The WCC was, and still is, the largest international religious organization after the Vatican, representing some 550 million Christians of various denominations in 120 countries. Kirill/Mikhailov’s main task was to involve the WCC in spreading the new liberation theology throughout Latin America. In 1975, the KGB was able to infiltrate Kirill into the Central Committee of the WCC — a position he held until he was “elected” patriarch of Russia, in 2009. Not long after he joined the Central Committee, Kirill reported to the KGB: “Now the agenda of the WCC is also our agenda.” [If these claims are true, it would mean the Russian Orthodox Church is still dominated by the security services of Russia. But there is more!]
…...Pope John Paul II, who knew the Communist playbook well, was not taken in by the Soviets’ liberation theology. In 1983, his friend and trusted colleague Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI), who at that time was head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, discarded as Marxist the liberation-theology idea that class struggle is fundamental to history. The cardinal called liberation theology a “singular heresy” and blasted it as a “fundamental threat” to the Church. Of course, it was and remains a threat — one deliberately designed to undermine the Church and destabilize the West by subordinating religion to an atheist political ideology for its geopolitical gain.
Now names — like Oscar Romero and Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann – not heard since the 1980s, when the Soviet Union was still en vogue, are again making international news. And here we are. The promoters of a KGB-inspired religious ideology, which once embraced violent Marxist revolution, are now denying its link to Marxism and to the KGB.
Each society reflects its own past. Down through the ages, everyone who has sat on the Kremlin throne — autocratic tsar, Communist leader, or democratically elected president — has been preoccupied with controlling all expressions of religion that might impinge on his political ambitions. When Ivan IV — the Terrible — had himself crowned in 1547 as Russia’s first tsar, he also made himself head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Tsarism and Communism may have been swallowed up by the sands of time, but the Kremlin continues this tradition.
This brings us back to Kirill/Mikhailov. In 2006 Archbishop Kirill’s personal wealth was estimated at $4 billion by the Moscow News. No wonder. In the mid-1990s, the Russian Orthodox Church’s Department for External Church Relations, managed by Kirill, was granted the privilege of duty-free importation of cigarettes as reward for his loyalty to the KGB. It did not take long for him to become the largest supplier of foreign cigarettes in Russia. [This is no small prize. Russians have some of the highest smoking rates in the world, and native Russian cigarettes have been known for decades for their atrocious quality. Thus, foreign cigarettes are wildly popular with those who can afford them. This likely translates into billions of dollars in profits.]
A few years ago, while Kirill was visiting Ukraine as the new Patriarch of Russia, a newspaper published a photo in which the prelate could be seen wearing a Breguet wristwatch, the price of which was estimated at 30,000 euros. The Russian newspaper Kommersant accused Kirill of abusing the privilege of duty-free importation of cigarettes, and dubbed him the “tobacco metropolitan.” Kirill denied having such a watch. He said the photograph must have been altered by his enemies, and he posted the “real” photograph on his official website. A careful study of this “real” photograph, however, shows that the Breguet watch had been airbrushed off his wrist, but its reflection is still clearly visible on a table surface beneath his arm.
Mikhailov and his KGB, rechristened FSB, are now doing their best to airbrush out the apron strings connecting them to liberation theology. Let’s not allow them to succeed.
Well, at the very least, this certainly casts a new light on a hoped for reconciliation with the Eastern Orthodox Churches, and especially the Russian Orthodox Churches. It also shows how much these bodies have been corrupted by nationalism and the domination of secular political leadership – just exactly the problem that generated so many early Church heresies out of Constantinople and led to the eventual Great Schism. The more things change, the more they stay the same, no?
IF – and it’s a big if, even though the author was the highest level Soviet defector ever to the West – these claims are true, then it both explains a lot and is yet another condemnation of the ecumenical effort and the leftist spawn that is the World Council of Churches, a veritable font of modernism. This would make ecumenism with the Russians, at least, a total sham and simply a political exercise. But with the Church in Constantinople constantly shrinking to the point they may no longer have sufficient souls to produce a priest and thus a Primate, Russia’s suzerainty over the Eastern Churches is only likely to grow. If this report is anything like accurate, however, ecumenism with the Russian Orthodox Church is like signing a pact with the KGB.
I’ve always been quite immune to conspiracy theories, but my goodness, is not the extreme corruption and leftism of prelates in Churches throughout the world, including our own, quite terrifying? I don’t tend to believe in things like New World Orders and one world religions and all that, but this is pretty damning evidence that many of the ecumenical efforts and bodies of the world are hopelessly corrupted. That only increases my disdain for these efforts.
Skeinster sent me the link to the article excerpted below, and I am very grateful that she did. Via Voice of the Family, a woman abandoned in her marriage, to which she has remained faithful, shares with us the great Grace that faithfulness has brought to her own life, and how vital it is that the Vatican honor and support these people who truly conform to the ideal of the Sacrament (faithful to the end), as opposed to those who seek to find happiness or an end to loneliness in non-sacramental replacement “marriages.” There is much good to quote below, this was actually a letter the woman in question sent to Cardinal Muller some time back. I add emphasis and comments:
I married at the age of 21. I had until that time been raised in a large Catholic family. My parents had a deep commitment to their marriage, to us and to the Church. My assumption was that once sacramentally married my husband would have that same commitment. [Incredibly, far too many people today do not.]
After three years of marriage, my husband left for the first time for about 3 months returning shortly before the birth of our second child. Shortly after the birth of our third child who is profoundly disabled, my husband left for a few years. This son now in his thirties still lives with me. Following his return we enjoyed a long period of stability until my husband again left when our youngest child was 2 years old. He has been gone since. [In my semi-public role, I learn of a great many troubled marriages. A number of people have sought me out for counsel, which I generally refer to others (mostly priests). People have such deranged ideas of marriage now. The culture has utterly perverted that understanding, convincing people that marriage should be about thrills, excitement, passion, and the like. But this is utterly unrealistic. It is very difficult to keep the fire of passion over decades. In the past, people knew this – they knew that long marriages had a beautiful habit of transitioning from the passion and excitement of youth to the deepest of friendship and companionship in old age. Of course, separating the marital act from its primary end, procreation, has played a huge role in helping reshape the understanding of marriage as a lifelong thrill ride. And here we have to say that too many in the Church have had a hand in this, in their attempts to elevate the unitive aspect of marriage up to, and even over, the procreative in importance. This has had profound consequences.]
Though at each desertion there were those who would see an end to the marriage and a new man in my life as the obvious solution, I trusted the Church’s teaching on marriage and knew that my vow was for life and doggedly insisted that a new relationship was not possible because “I was married”. [God bless this pious woman]
Looking back, I am amazed at the strength of this conviction which must have been a grace because at the time of those early separations I was frightened, ill, impoverished, heartbroken and lonely. I am particularly thankful for my “Penny Catechism” training which had provided me with simple formulas about matrimony, sin, sacrament and “avoiding the near occasion of sin” as these were lifelines in these times of crisis when deep reflection was impossible.
What became clear to me as each emotional storm passed is that I was not alone. I began to appreciate that the Holy Spirit was there, ever present, ever faithful to the marriage. That He, as well as my husband and I, had entered a covenant on the day of our sacramental marriage. That God will remain in the sacrament until my death or my husband’s death and that even if one spouse deserts, even if both desert, the marriage, Jesus would remain, waiting, watching for our return like He does in the tabernacle of a locked church. As this became clear to me, fidelity to the marriage became easy. What man, what security could ever be worth walking away from God? [This woman truly understands marriage, and understands spousal love. She still loves her spouse because God joined them together forever. I have seen some folks who have remained faithful in the face of abandonment who have become very bitter and angry, especially when the Church tells them the marriage they remained faithful to never existed in the first place. That is surely incredibly painful, and this woman probably lives in a country where diocesan annulment mills are not a reality, but the anger and bitterness are not helpful or healthful to the poor abandoned soul. And yes it is incredibly easy for me to say that and I pray I am never in that position.]
What have I discovered since?
God is not to be outdone. He provides abundantly. How I don’t know but there is always enough….things always work out……..
………I am so grateful for the decision to be faithful (which could so easily have been different) because God has graced my life and that of my family out of all proportion to my feeble “yes”. In all of this, I have come to an appreciation of the beauty and strength of the Sacrament of Matrimony. It has increasingly dawned on me that I might never have known this had my marriage been stable. It has been a privilege I do not deserve to experience the Fidelity of God to the sacramental bond even when that bond has been broken. So wonderful is the Divine Fidelity that this is a truth I would love to see communicated to all sacramentally married people regardless of their situation.
I am surrounded by friends who have made the other decision, the decision to try to heal their broken hearts through replacement relationships. I am not in their hearts nor can I see their souls but observing from the outside, listening to them and watching as the years pass, it seems that the problems they sought to solve became compounded and the future they sought to secure has fallen short and in many cases has led to more heart ache. [This may sound harsh, but in at least some cases, especially those involving folks who have been divorced two or three or more times, the problems remain because they reside within themselves, because they haven’t accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts.]
The sad thing about the push to allow people who are divorced and remarried to receive Holy Communion is that Jesus, waiting within their sacramental marriage, is forgotten. If they would return to Jesus, He would welcome them and they could truly receive Him. In effect people want to receive Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist but not in the Sacrament of Matrimony and so an impossible contradiction arises. In fairness to most of these unfortunate people they do not know, such has been the inadequacy of catechesis especially in marriage preparation. Communicating the “real presence” of God in Marriage seems to me to be the heart of the question that the bishops must address in the synods on the Family 2014 and 2015 in relation to your Instruction. [This woman has a profound understanding of marriage and the reasons for the broken state in which this most sacred institution stands. And she is entirely correct in diagnosing the problem, a near total lack of meaningful catechesis on the subject, as on so many others. Friend and reader SB has lamented to me many times that the bishops, some relatively rare exceptions aside, have continually over the past several decades abrogated their responsibility to catechize the faithful, and in response to the manifest problems this failure engenders, then turn around and seek quick fix solutions to it, solutions often at apparent odds with the Doctrine of the Faith, such as this latest push to admit the divorced and remarried to Communion. As this woman so clearly demonstrates, with a proper understanding and openness to Grace, it is possible to remain happy, healthy, and fulfilled, even in the face of such a cruel abandonment. And yet the Synod threatens to abandon these brave and faithful spouses yet again. How heartbreaking that must be for those who have struggled to remain faithful]
When people in a non sacramental remarriage feel the call of Christ to come to Him they do not understand that His call is coming from His dwelling in their sacramental marriage where He keeps faithful watch no matter how long ago the marriage has been abandoned. I would hope and pray that the bishops would help the people of our time to understand this beautiful truth.
Again, God bless this good woman. She should be an inspiration and model to so many, especially our Church leaders, for her faithfulness in the face of enormous challenges. In fact, it is souls like this that should be held up as the exemplars at the Synod of how to live in a culture more and more hostile to, and deranged from, the Faith. As Dietrich von Hildebrand says in The Trojan Horse in the City of God, souls such as this should be the bishop’s pride and joy, instead of being uncomfortable reminders of a faithfulness they themselves no longer xtol, and quite likely, no longer share.
This post is already long enough, so I’ll shut up, but I thank skeinster for sharing this again, this is probably the best single work on this subject I’ve seen.
I did not excerpt all of it – probably about half. Do go read the whole thing.
HB 3074 end of life care bill substantially improved, major pro-life orgs now support April 23, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, Four Last Things, General Catholic, horror, secularism, Society, Victory.
Kassi Marks informed me a few minutes ago that significant improvements have been made to HB 3074 I blogged about a few days ago, yet another attempt to make desperately needed reforms to Texas’ present immoral end of life care statutes. She has a long and detailed post on the improvements to the bill and you can go there to read the exact language proposed for the bill, but Texas Right to Life has a press release that is probably easier to digest for those not deeply involved in the issue, so I’ll excerpt from that:
- The ten-day transfer period cannot begin until the patient or his family is given a copy of the relevant medical records for the current hospital admission.
- The terms “medically contraindicated” and “life-threatening” were added to clarify that AANH can only be withdrawn if AANH would seriously exacerbate a life-threatening medical problem.
- The troubling term “suffering” was deleted from the bill so that the hospital committee could not impose a quality of life value judgment on the patient as the basis for withdrawing AANH.
- Another exception was positively amended to read “medically ineffective in prolonging the patient’s life.”
- The bill now clarifies that neither the hospital committee nor the doctor is obligated to provide AANH if doing so is contrary to the patient’s clearly documented desire to refuse such treatment.
As TRL notes, this is only a small step forward in reversing the disastrous status quo regarding end of life care in Texas. Current law could very nearly be described as a death machine, allowing doctors and hospitals virtually total power to make decisions regarding sustaining or terminating a person’s life, irrespective of any advance directives or the patients or families wishes.
And really, it must be known (and any good priest will tell you), patients are murdered in hospitals with grim regularity. All it takes is one nurse or one doctor to decide you’ve “lived long enough,” or that you won’t have what they deem to be “acceptable quality of life,” or that you are “suffering to much,” and they’ll either give you a fatal overdose, or keep you so doped up on pain meds and powerful tranquilizers that you will quickly die. It’s a constant fight for some faithful Catholic families to keep their loved ones alive and alert enough to make their final Confession and receive Last Rites and Viaticum, so doped are “terminally ill” patients routinely kept.
And it’s not only in hospitals. My maternal aunt was pretty much killed by her in-home nurse, who got her addicted to hydrocodone and then kept her essentially sedated the last 2 months of her life. Amazingly, she died the very day her money ran out. Incredible timing! We watched this all from afar, mortified, yet could not get her children to get involved and stop her slow death. After all, 88 years is long enough for anyone, right?
Thank God that Texas Right to Life, Kassi Marks, Bishop Gracida, and many others stuck to their guns under enormous pressure, including from the Texas Catholic Conference, to substantially improve this bill. Had they not, end-of-life care in Texas would have remained essentially unchanged from the unacceptable status quo.
If you have a lot of time to kill and are interested, you can see Texas Catholic Conference’s stand on all bills pending in the legislature. Many stances are fine, but some are not, like their support for the creation of a task force to deal with the non-existent epidemic of rape on college campuses, and relentlessly supporting every bill that purports to “save the environment,” in spite of the economic impact. They are also asserting themselves into surface water rights legislation, in my view quite wrongly. On a good number of matters, the Church should not have an opinion – it is a mistake to give approval or disapproval to every piece of legislation, as it waters down the Church’s influence on the really key moral items and causes unnecessary friction with both legislators and laity. But that’s a bureaucracy in action, it must justify its existence.
Fr. Carota in Mexico April 22, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, manhood, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
Fr. Peter Carota has been in Mexico for some time, serving as many souls as he can. I take a bit from each of a number of posts below. He is experiencing quite a bit of resistance to the traditional practice of the Faith there, especially from wayward priests and religious, some of whom he describes as drunk and materialistic. These are some of the people most opposed to the traditional practice of the Faith, because, it must be said, it stands as a rebuke to so much of their own apostolates, such as they are. Unfortunately, they also influence many lay people there, who are also resistant to the TLM and the traditional Faith. Is it different in the Mexico City area than it is in Guadalajara? I ask because Fr. Romanowski said many Guadalajarans are still attached to more traditional piety, even if not the TLM, like kneeling to receive Communion.
Some snapshots of Fr. Carota’s experiences:
I had to go pay the electricity bill in another city, Tenancingo. All the micro buses where full. So I hitch hiked. The woman who stop was going to the same city. She ended up being great friends with Herman Gabriela. We prayed the Holy Rosary all the way. As I was leaving her, I told her (with kindness) that the tight pants she was wearing offend God greatly. She accepted my correction and said she wears them because it is easier to work in them. [My wife has kind of objected to this kind of admonishment, especially by men, before. What do you think? I don’t have a problem with it. We’re certainly not going to change adhering to the blase’ status quo]
I have compadres here who work on Sunday and sell tight pants to woman. I keep on lovingly telling these people it is wrong.
Last night people arrived for the Latin Mass and for spiritual direction. Also a 17 year old man who wants to become a priest with the Augustinians. But I told him how liberal they are and that many of the ones I have known are into money and get drunk. I hated to talk bad about priests to a young man who wants to become a priest. But he could lose his vocation and possibly his faith if he does not know the situation of the priesthood. [Boy ain’t that the truth. I know a young man who for years was just certain he wanted to be a priest, then he went on retreat to a group that has a pretty good reputation and they absolutely destroyed his interest in the priesthood. It was amazing – a two week retreat, and he came back a radically different person, and has shown no sign of changing since. We still have no idea what happened, other than that they encouraged him to date and, maybe more, IYKWIM]
Another woman came to talk to me about her son who has some spirit that sleeps with him in his bed. She also told me that her TV gets pornography. I am begging everyone to get rid of the TV, dress modest, not work on Sunday and go to Holy Mass.
[Doesn’t it seem there is an inordinate amount of very marked demonic activity in Mexico? I know a lot of Hispanics are mixed up in the occult, and many more are still very superstitious – there are shocking items for sale in Mexican markets near our house, all kinds of potions and spells, supposedly. What’s up with that?]
WE are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know what will get us to hell and what we can do to avoid them.
We waited to have the Latin Mass so that the family of Leonardo could experience it. He loves it and wanted his family to experience it. The man who drove the small bus had never experience it before and he said it gave him a peace that he had never felt before.
Before we started offering the Holy Mass, I showed this picture below to help the people understand that the Mass is a sacrifice, not a feel good prayer……
…….Then we began to talk about the holy Mass and true Catholic morals. We talk about it being a contemplative prayer directed to God and not to man. I explain to the people how the masons, (who were behind Presidente Elias Plutarco Calles killing of the Cristeros), are also to blame for getting rid of the Latin Mass because it united the Catholics in One Holy Catholic Church with One Holy Latin Mass. (Yes there is an insignificant number who are Catholics and have the Divine Liturgy in Greek, Russian and Aramaic. But in comparison to the Billion who used the Roman Missal in Latin the number is small.)
One of the young men said he did not understand Latin and I give the same answer; I am not speaking to you, I am speaking to God and He understands His sacred language.
I told her to listen to the good that is deep in her soul and not to the 3 enemies, the devil, the flesh and the world. I said that God probably has a special mission for her, but the devil doesn’t want her to accomplish it.
Her parents do not go to mass every Sunday, even though they try to live good lives. But I explained to the mother that her daughter was not protected because her father is not being the spiritual protector of the family by missing Sunday mass.
The grandma was a good Catholic and understood what I said. She probably is 80 years old. I told the mother and daughter that they would miss the holiness of the grandmother after she died. These holy old women are not appreciated until they die. Then the whole family usually separates and there is no one to pray for them.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to have the whole truth and God’s protection from the devil by all of the sacramentals we correctly believe in, (The crucifix, Holy Water, St, Benedict’s medal and the scapular. [Yes, we are so blessed]
[The saddest of all……] It can be absolutely overwhelming entering into any Catholic Church for the new mass. My friend invited me to his son’s baptism here in the parish of Malinalco. During the mass, women all dressed alike in tight pants and in white tops were the ‘liturgy helpers’. They did the reading and at the time of the consecration stand with candles near the altar. Almost all of the women in the church were also in tight pants. Those, who after mass had their children baptized, were even dressed worse. The priest had everyone clap after the baptism. [While a lot of caucasian Americans dress horribly for weddings and sometimes on Sundays, I would have to say my that in my experience Hispanic women in this country are somewhat worse at dressing immodestly at Mass. It almost seems to be a contest to see who can wear the most revealing clothing. Even more, I have been to a number of Spanish Masses and find more of a problem with disinterested or distracted (phones, video games, etc) behavior. Is that typical? There are some wonderfully devout Catholics in Latin America, but Father notes some not so good ones here, and I have seen quite a few here north of the border. I have seen “anglos” do the same, but not in the same numbers. Is this criticism fair? Is my experience too narrow or biased? But then it seems there are some really very holy regions like Guadalajara.]
After mass and baptism I went to talked to two of the priests. One I have known for 30 years. The other one is new. As I approached, I ran into my neighbor. She said: ‘I have really bad news. The pastor will not allow you to offer the Latin Mass in the neighborhood chapel. She was so depressed and could not understand. I was not surprised at all. She is helping the pastor with the youth and thought he would say yes. [Note it was no imposition on the pastor at all. He just doesn’t like the TLM, or Fr. Carota, or both]
After the baptism we went to the Fiesta. There were a lot of people drinking too much and women terribly immodest. I was asked to bless the food and I just tried to be kind to everyone who was there. How do you fit in? What do you say? I just stayed enough time to eat and then told everyone good by. I tried to be the presence of Christ in this party environment.
People, from all over the pueblo, continue to keep coming to go to confession or for the Latin Mass. But I am afraid the priests will get angry. I am not inviting them, they just hear that I am in town and keep coming.
What is so so frustrating is that you want to help people, but because you are traditional, most of the bishops and priests are against you. And then you see the horrible condition that the Catholics are in and you wonder, ‘What can I do?’ ‘Don’t they see?’
I redundantly ask myself, ‘What is so horrible about traditional Catholicism, traditional modesty and traditional morals? Isn’t there something worse that the bishops and priests can be worried about? [As Dismas would say……it’s a different religion, and it will brook no competition, especially from the former religion of the same name]
Meanwhile, I just keep on hearing confessions, praying for the sick, giving counsel to the lost and offering my private Holy Latin Mass. All I can say, over and over again, is thanks be to God we are traditional Catholics and are trying to live lives pleasing to God. [I really admire Father’s charity.
Please pray for Fr. Carota. He is really wearing himself trying to reach as many souls as he possibly can with the traditional practice of the Faith. He is a very good man. We need so many more like him.
The real story of Bishop Finn’s tenure in Kansas City April 22, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, martyrdom, persecution, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, Tradition, true leadership.
Since Bishop Robert Finn resigned – or was forced to resign – from his episcopal see in Kansas City, MO on Monday, he has once again been exposed to all manner of vicious attacks and outright calumnies. Certainly there is some room for disappointment in Bishop Finn’s handling of matters related to one perverse priest in Kansas City during his tenure, but whatever failures of leadership Finn may have had pale in comparison to many of his much more left-wing confreres guilty of far worse failures including abject personal immorality, which in a number of cases is still ongoing.
I found the article via Bishop Gracida to give the most accurate accounting of Bishop Finn’s tenure, which included turning around one of the most disastrously heterodox and immoral dioceses in the country. There are some nice quotes from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles below. In a nutshell, and as I said yesterday, Bishop Finn was hated not for any particular alleged failings, but for who he was. He was hated and vilified for his orthodoxy and the threat he posed to the status quo of the dominant left-wing elite in that small metropolitan area, which only sought excuses to attack him. Sadly, the less than perfect handling of the Fr. Ratigan affair gave Bishop Finn’s enemies all the ammo they needed to bring him down.
As Bishop Gracida said, you can chalk this “victory” for the anti-Catholic left at the feet of the Kansas City Star and the National Heretic Reporter (I add emphasis and comments):
After years as the American media’s object of blame in the Church’s sexual abuse scandal, and criticism from the left for his efforts to promote Church doctrine and traditions, the head of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has been removed by the Vatican from his position…..
…….“It has been an honor and joy for me to serve here among so many good people of faith,” Bishop Finn said in a statement on his diocese’s website. “Please begin already to pray for whomever God may call to be the next Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph.”
Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Joseph Naumann, head of the archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, as apostolic administrator temporarily until Bishop Finn’s successor is named…….
……A grand jury found Bishop Finn guilty of a misdemeanor in 2012 for failing to report a priest, Fr. Shawn Ratigan, to the police after the diocese discovered that he had sexual images of minors on his computer. [Given how dozens of other prelates around the country got off absolutely scot-free for far worse crimes – if Finn’s even was a crime, see below – this was a gross miscarriage of justice. Finn did very little, if anything, wrong. I cannot stress how much certain very influential Kansas City and Johnson County residents despised him, and wanted him gone. It was those very same elites who helped drive this criminal investigation. Many lawyers have attested that the statute under which Finn was charged doesn’t even apply in his case, and that he almost certainly would have won a reversal on appeal, but Bishop Finn did not want to drag his own name, and, especially, that of his Diocese and the Church through the media again]
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, has defended Finn throughout the ordeal. In a press release today, Donohue offered the following point-by-point of the facts surrounding the case: [You know I’m not real high on Donahue, but he’s righter here than usual]
- In 2010, a computer technician found disturbing crotch-shot photos of girls fully clothed on Ratigan’s computer; there was one naked photo of a non-sexual nature.
- Even though there was no complainant, a police officer and an attorney were contacted by diocesan officials. They both agreed that the single naked photo did not constitute pornography.
- After Ratigan attempted suicide, he was evaluated by a psychiatrist—at the request of Finn. Ratigan was diagnosed as depressed, but was not a pedophile.
- Finn put restrictions on Ratigan, which he broke. The diocese then contacted the authorities, though it had no legal mandate to do so.
- Finn ordered an independent investigation, even though there was no complainant.
- When it was found that Ratigan was again using a computer, an examination revealed hundreds of offensive photos.
- The Vicar General, Msgr. Robert Murphy, then called the cop
- A week later Ratigan was arrested.
“Though no child was ever touched or abused by Ratigan, it is clear that he never belonged in the priesthood,” said Donohue. “But Bishop Finn did not take a cavalier attitude toward his misconduct. If he had, Ratigan’s problem would have been ignored altogether, counting on the fact that no one ever called his office saying Ratigan had abused his child.” [Indeed, in many dioceses, this would have been completely buried. The authorities would have never even known about this had Bishop Finn and his administration not involved them]
Since assuming leadership of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese in 2005 the bishop has been the subject of vitriol for undertaking efforts to refocus the diocese’s direction in union with the Church. Changes in staff and programs, along with steps to ensure the diocesan newspaper functions faithfully, drew liberal ire and public attack from the beginning.
Shortly after his arrival, a local newspaper [the distorter] circulated a derisive eight-page issue focused entirely on biasing the faithful against the bishop, placing it in numerous churches throughout the diocese.
[To me, the best defense of all……] Bishop Finn, an ardent defender of life throughout his episcopate, has been completely misrepresented in the media campaign against him, say the nuns in a contemplative women’s religious community in the diocese.
“Our Bishop is a man who inspires faith, holiness, and a great zeal for the things of God,” Mother Cecilia, prioress for the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, told LifeSiteNews in November. “It breaks my heart that so many people only know about him what they hear from the blaring voices of the media and news outlets which have carried a prejudice against him from the beginning.” [Indeed. Some of the biggest points in Finn’s favor to my mind are the immense respect with which he is held by these wonderful nuns, his close attachment to the TLM and the great respect so many good traditional priests have for him, and Finn’s own great devotion to the Benedictines of Mary, who are practically his home away from home. These are all testimonies to his character and devotion]
She also defended the bishop’s work to faithfully shepherd the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese, pointing out that it resulted in making him a target.
“Ten years ago, Bishop Finn was thrown into the midst of a diocese known far and wide for being a hotbed of heterodoxy and dissent,” Mother Cecilia said. “He made necessary and important changes right from the start, and those who were displeased have never forgotten nor forgiven.”
During Finn’s tenure, the diocese has experienced explosive growth in vocations to the priesthood and diaconate, he has opened the cause for canonization of a religious sister, and has overseen the building of two new churches.
The Vatican’s decision to investigate Finn surprised many given that several high-ranking Church officials have faced strong allegations of shielding sexual predators, yet have been left in place. [It’s a clear sign of the sea change that has occurred in the thinking or correlation of forces, if you will, at the top levels of the Church]
Mother Cecilia told LifeSiteNews last fall that despite the campaign against him, Bishop Finn has persisted in humility and fidelity to the Church throughout.
“Our bishop has edured and suffered so much throughout these years,” Mother Cecilia said. “I continue to be amazed and inspired by his humility, charity, and patient resignation amidst so many relentless attacks.”
More comments from Mother Cecilia here, including a few I quote below:
Mother Cecilia has heard many stories from the pre-Finn days, the most poignant being one in which a Kansas City woman described her horror when during his homily, a priest smashed the high altar with a hammer.
“Amidst energies, money and agendas that are directed toward secular and even sinful ‘progress,’ there is a striking lack of sympathy for the spiritual suffering that countless Catholics had been enduring for the previous two generations, where everything they held sacred was torn to pieces before their eyes,” she said.
“These spiritually disenfranchised souls had no voice, no media outlets, no financial resources, no advocate. But they prayed. And Bishop Finn was the answer to their prayers.”….
“I continue to be amazed and inspired by his humility, charity, and patient resignation amidst so many relentless attacks,” said Mother Cecilia.
Bishop Finn clearly understands the Church’s primary role is to sanctify her individual members, she said, likely the reason he’s drawn the ire of Church foes………
……She credits his caring and committed regard for her sisters as integral to the blooming of the Benedictines.
“He has been a tremendous source of inspiration to each of the sisters,” Mother Cecilia said. “His heroic witness to the faith of the Church, and his quiet determination to reform the diocese despite tremendous opposition is like having one of the saints you read about in history right before your eyes.”
Wow. That is high praise. I don’t know him well enough to go that far, but if these good nuns who know him so well call him a saint, perhaps some of those casually casting aspersions at the bishop should reconsider.
Now this is an interesting report below, from EWTN, on Nigerian Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme and his report of a vision he had of Our Blessed Lord, and the revelation he took from that vision. I find the report pretty convincing, or, at least, nothing obviously odd or astray with it. I certainly agree that the Rosary is the key to recovering the Faith and opposing all the internal and external threats we are saddled with at present. Whether the bishop had some motivation to try to improve the vibrancy of his diocese (see below) matters not. The advice is golden:
A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram.
Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the rosary until the extremist group disappears.
“Towards the end of last year I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament… praying the rosary, and then suddenly the Lord appeared,” Bishop Dashe told EWTN News April 18.
In the vision, the prelate said, Jesus didn’t say anything at first, but extended a sword toward him, and he in turn reached out for it.
“As soon as I received the sword, it turned into a rosary,” the bishop said, adding that Jesus then told him three times: “Boko Haram is gone.”
“I didn’t need any prophet to give me the explanation,” he said. “It was clear that with the rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram.” [Makes sense to me. Commitment to the Rosary leads to a stronger faith. A stronger faith will be more vibrant and more resistant to all manner of threats. It could even lead to more muscular Catholic action in the public sphere. It will lead to conversions. It’s the best spiritual advice I could give for those being persecuted – but I would also say, don’t stop there. Take your faith out to the world.]
The bishop said he didn’t want to tell anyone, but “felt that the Holy Spirit was pushing him to do so.”
He started with the priests of his diocese, and then told participants in the April 17-19 #WeAreN2015 congress in Madrid, Spain. The event is being sponsored by the Spanish Catholic sister groups hazteoir.org [I know this group, and they are a pretty solidly orthodox Spanish Catholic political action group. They may be very orthodox, but my Spanish isn’t up to confirming that fact] and CitizenGo to gather ideas on how to preserve the Christian presence in nations where they are most persecuted.
Bishop Dashe leads the Diocese of Maiduguri, in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State. In 2009, there were around 125,000 Catholics under his guidance. After a surge in violence from the Islamist extremist group called Boko Haram, today “there are only 50 to 60 thousand left,” he said.[Wow. That is a catastrophe.]
Most of those who fled sought safer areas in other parts of Nigeria, he said. Some of the same families are now returning home as armed forces from Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon liberate their homes…….
…….Bishop Dashe said he has a strong devotion to Christ’s mother, and that “I never joke with ‘Mamma Mary.’ I know she is here with us.”
And he is not the only Nigerian bishop putting the future of the country in the hands of Mary. The nation’s bishops’ conference has consecrated the country to her twice in recent years.[What a thought! Would that we could see more of that around the world! This puts Cardinal Kasper’s disparaging comments towards the Church in Africa in an even more negative light.]
Bishop Dashe believes that one day his diocese will completely recover and grow thanks to her intercession.
“These terrorists… think that by burning our churches, burning our structures, they will destroy Christanity. Never,” Bishop Dashe told several hundred people from the dais of the #WeAreN2015 congress. [May God make it so]
“It may take a few months or a few years … but ‘Boko Haram is gone.’”
He later told EWTN News that “prayer, particularly the prayer of the rosary, is (what) will deliver us from the claws of this demon, the demon of terrorism. And of course, it is working.”
Terrorism is just an act, a means to an end. It is what is driving the terrorism that is the real demon. I’ll say it, if the bishop won’t – the demon, from this Catholic’s perspective, is islam. There were many a Medieval bishop, priest, or Crusader, who thought similarly. But even more, we know from Sacred Scripture that “all the gods of the gentiles are demons.” (Ps XCV:5, I Cor X:20).
The Church that exists anywhere in proximity to large muslim populations needs many prayers. The cruel persecution they face now may be our own soon enough.
Poor Bishop Robert Finn finally hounded from office April 21, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, self-serving, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church.
The surprising number of extreme liberals in the Diocese of Kansas City have finally managed to get their man. They have been gunning for Bishop Finn’s head since he was installed as bishop in 2005. He was opposed not for what he did, nor for any real failing in handling cases of grave priestly immorality, but because of who he was: an orthodox bishop of traditional bent, who loved and supported the Traditional Latin Mass and especially gave refuge to a very holy group of nuns. Speaking of, we must redouble our prayers of the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles, they are also a major target in this episcopal coup. All will depend on who replaces Bishop Finn, and the stance he takes towards the traditional practice of the Faith generally, and the nuns of Ephesus particularly.
As for now, I grieve the successful railroading of one of the most devout, orthodox bishops in this country, who certainly was not perfect and did make a mistake that is costing him his job (I would say quite unfairly, especially in light of how small his sin was in comparison to the massive, continued string of felonies and misdemeanors committed by the likes of Mahony, Bernadin, Grahman, and others) but who was really deserving of far better treatment than he has received:
Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph has resigned, nearly two and a half years after being the first U.S. bishop convicted of a misdemeanor in failing to report suspected child abuse by a priest in his diocese.
The Vatican confirmed Pope Francis’ acceptance of Bishop Finn’s resignation according to Canon 104 Article 2 in the Code of Canon Law in an April 21 statement, released at noon local time.
Article 2 of Canon 104, according to the Vatican’s website, refers to a situation when “a diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from office.”
Finn’s resignation will take effect immediately, and although he will still be a bishop, he will no longer lead a diocese. It is up to Pope Francis to choose his successor.
The brief Vatican statement gave no word as to what Bishop Finn will do following his resignation.
Last September, two years after Bishop Finn’s trial and guilty verdict, an archbishop held a visitation on behalf of the Vatican and met with Bishop Finn. [And this now makes the 4th or 5th bishop with traditional leanings to be removed from office over supposed failures of leadership associated with (in comparison to the big picture) rather mild episodes of priestly misconduct? Even while progressive prelates accused of far more substantial cover ups and failures of leadership are allowed to keep their episcopal see?]
The reasons for the visitation were not revealed, however some reports indicate that the visitation was intended to evaluate the bishop’s leadership of his diocese.
There were efforts almost exactly akin to those we see against Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco today directed against Bishop Finn for years. He was hated by much of the entrenched diocesan bureaucracy and especially the Heretic Reporter crowd. I am certain they are crowing their great victory today, but that “victory” will one day have the taste of ashes. I am very gratified Bishop Finn gave every canonical right and protection to the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles he could, but those rights could be undone by his successor with the stroke of a pen.
I have been awaiting this sad day for a year and a half or more. The handwriting was on the wall quite some time back. And so I have some opinions that may be controversial, but since this is my last good chance to express them, I may as well. For one, Bishop Finn would not have been removed from office had Pope Benedict not abdicated, at least, not without some further major scandal (which I certainly would not expect). I mean that as a period, end of sentence kind of statement. It simply would not have happened. But under Francis, frankly, it was inevitable. We’ll see who Francis names as replacement, and maybe I’ll be quite surprised (I’m not alone in seeing a bit of a change in direction over the past few months), but the inevitability of Finn’s dismissal is not, in my mind, directly due to Pope Francis himself, but due to the forces that have obviously been unleashed since his election. It is apparent that the progressive element in the Church feels empowered and is settling some old scores while they can. Under Pope Benedict, they would not have been able to act so freely, but by hook or crook, under Francis, they feel they can.
The other thing is this: it certainly seems there is a new paradigm emerging where prelates of a more progressive bent can get away with a heckuva lot and not face even minor intra-Church scrutiny over their failings, while more explicitly traditional types run a grave risk of losing their office for one mistake of much smaller magnitude.
Beyond that, I haven’t much to say, other than that I am disappointed and a bit disheartened at this turn of events, and anxiously await the naming of Bishop Finn’s replacement, which will probably happen pretty quickly. I am most concerned for the nuns of Ephesus…….I pray they may be allowed to continue to grow and flourish. When we wonder why there are not more traditional women’s religious orders around, this is a major reason why – episcopal hostility to having them.
Via CMR, boy this made my blood run cold. You can see exactly how innocent little souls are propagandized by advocates for this perverted lifestyle embedded in the school systems and, in a very real sense, mind raped. They have their innocence taken and will not get it back. In a very real sense, these children are irreparably damaged as a result of this psychological manipulation, and will never be the same again. How many parents explicitly signed onto this teacher’s agenda to remake their children in her perverse image?
A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships.
“And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference, attended by LifeSiteNews……… [Remember to pray for her conversion]
.…….Strong related that as she was reading “King and King” in the junior kindergarten class as a springboard to discuss her sexuality with the kids, she got to the part where the two princes become ‘married’ when one of the boys suddenly shouted out: “They can’t do that! They can’t get married. They’re two boys.” [So either someone formed this boy right, or he simply knew this innately, which many kids do. Now his parents will either have to deprogram their poor child, something easier said than done, or they may never know why their child suddenly and disastrously changed. Does the teacher cum perverse Svengali ever go back to see how her indoctrination affects her young charges?]
Recounted Strong: “And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, they can. It’s right here on page 12.
To which the boy replied, according to Strong: “Oh, yeah, I know Mrs. Strong, but that’s just a story. That’s not real life.”
“And I said: ‘It happens in real life too. I am married to a woman. I am gay. And I am in love with my wife.”
Strong said the young children “just all kind of went silent.” [I bet they did. Thus we see public edukayshion as vehicle of radical propaganda] She then told them: “That may seem different to you, how many of you have heard of that before?”
“Not one hand went up,” she related. “And so I said: ‘That may seem different to you, but we’re not that different. Would you like to know about what I do with my family?” [Not really. But, look…..it’s plain these children were completely ignorant of something many parents would consider grossly inappropriate for this age group, and there is this vanguard of the revolution type inflicting confusion and how knows what kind of misery on these poor kids. And the goal, whether admitted or not, is to make converts to the new sexular pagan religion. See below]
“Yeah, tell us,” she recounted the children enthusiastically saying.
“I said, you know, we take our kids to the park. I swing them on swings,” she related, telling conference attendees that she could share things she did with her own children that “mostly likely all of their families did with them.”…….
……Strong said that at that point, the boy who had used the word ‘gay’ looked and her and said: “Well, you’re a family.” [Only when presented in the most glowing light, and with a complete detachment from fundamental truths, like the fact that the couple in itself is inherently sterile and always will be, the fact that someone had to lose or give up a child in order for them to have theirs (perhaps there is a grieving natural parent somewhere, coolly left out of the picture), the fact that rates of sex abuse in these mixed families are vastly higher than in natural families, etc]
“And I said, yeah, we are,” she related. “And off I go to the next classroom.”
[In between quotes above or below, there was a hideous story about how she broke down one recalcitrant student and turned him into an apostle of perversion. But kids are nothing if not malleable, which is why getting their propaganda before children is one of the sodomites highest priorities]
Strong said that she went from “class to class to class and continued with these conversations, and they were very powerful.”….
…..Strong called it “key” to develop a “positive classroom culture” — and she mentioned it often takes months — before getting into what she called “difficult conversations” with students about convincing students of the normality of her sexual preference for women. [What she is actually doing is months of careful groundwork to make sure the young minds she has been given the awesome responsibility of forming are going to be receptive to her message of perversion. Goodness, I have to ask what besides the propaganda of perversion this teacher has time to teach?!?]
She mentioned how she spends time “building a common vocabulary” in her classroom of words like “stereotype, prejudice, discrimination” so her students will be able to more readily conform to her pro-LGBTQ message.
“Sometimes with these big ideas there are also very big words that are very hard to understand. I find that whether it’s kindergarten, right up to grade six, visuals help a lot,” she said…….
[And now to the point of it all……..]
……“I am here to tell you: All that time I said I wasn’t indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie,” wrote Canadian gay activist Sason Bear Bergman, a woman who identifies as a transgender man, in a March 2015 piece titled “I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I’m Not a Bit Sorry).” Bergman holds nothing back, stating she wants to make children “like us” even if that “goes against the way you have interpreted the teachings of your religion.” [Don’t you just love how they act like some of us just “made up” some interpretation of highly questionable quotes from Scripture of a sudden out of thin air, rather than representing complete and total continuity with what thousands of years of belief and practice have constantly maintained? It is for arguments like this that the left has spent literally centuries assaulting the past, assailing tradition, besmirching honored memory, and always pointing to a bright new future (which will be paved with blood and reek of death) – so that we would feel like we were on some strange island of belief, isolated and alone, while it is in reality the queers, as they call themselves, who are the distant outliers from moral human behavior, the literal deviants, if you will]
In 2011 U.S. gay activist Daniel Villarreal penned a column for Queerty.com stating that the time had come for the homosexual lobby to admit to “indoctrinating” schoolchildren to accept homosexuality.
“We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it. Recruiting children? You bet we are,” he added…….
Homosexual activist Michael Swift wrote in 1987 in the Gay Community News that school children would become explicit targets for homosexual indoctrination. “We shall seduce them in your schools…They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us,” he wrote at the time.
Almost incredible to believe, but mission accomplished. My God, how far we have sunk. When I was a kid, not that long ago, someone trying to indoctrinate
school kids kindergartners! in this filth would have in all likelihood been brought up on charges. No, we haven’t suddenly gained an extra special moral compass that now causes us to divine that sodomy and its ilk are just fine and dandy in spite of thousands of years of contrary evidence. What we have done is experienced one of the greatest, swiftest moral collapses in history!, into the most total corruption of public morality imaginable, all the while being told by our “betters” that we are wrong to hold on to what literally everyone knew to be rock-solid incontrovertible TRUTH just a second ago, in comparison to the grand sweep of time.
Almost funnily, there have been voices warning us that what we see above now as reality was coming for us for many years, and many of us, myself included until a few years ago, laughed to scorn those who said that things like divorce on demand, fornication, self-abuse, pornography, and especially gradual acceptance of sodomy (by repealing laws against its practice, by affording special rights and protections, by allowing “gays” in the military, etc), would lead, inexorably, to exactly this point where now people turn their children over to be indoctrinated into this lifestyle built around sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance. Oh, that would never happen, they said! Slippery slope arguments are false! Well…….look where we are at now, when before very long even writing what I’m writing now will get me fired, or worse. And don’t think they don’t want to force the Church to “marry” them……that’s the ultimate affirmation, the greatest forcegasm ever! (forcegasm – that thrill some people get by exercising power over others). It is coming as surely as the dawn.
I’ve often wondered what it must have been like to be alive in central Europe in the mid 30s, watching the darkness descend, trying to resist, but knowing such efforts were doomed to failure. I don’t have to wonder anymore. We have brought this on ourselves. God will not be mocked. And this nation, this society, this former Christian culture -and yes, this Church – is going to pay a dear price, a price beyond contemplation, for what it is doing. Romans 12:19.
A week in the “Religion of Peace” April 20, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, martyrdom, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, unadulterated evil.
Just a small sampling below of some of the more egregious evils committed by the trademarked Religion of Peace against Christians:
In Uganda, five Muslims gang-raped the daughter of a Christian minister who refused their demands that he close his church:
….“The five Muslims took hold of me, and they raped me there,” the church source quoted the daughter as saying. “I tried to scream, but they threatened to kill me. One of them said, ‘Your father should stop this prayer meeting of trying to change Muslims to become Christians and close the church building — we have warned him several times.’”
In Libya, ISIS has released a video of Ethiopian Christians being beheaded next to the ocean:
The video starts with what it called a history of Christian-Muslim relations, followed by scenes of militants destroying churches, graves and icons. A masked fighter brandishing a pistol delivers a long statement, saying Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran…… [Islam requires much more than just that. Christians are not allowed any even remotely public practice or demonstration of their faith. Christians must put up with very aggressive, in your face muslim proselytizing but can not respond in any way. Muslims are even allowed to tack on the door of churches statements against Christianity and its “falsity,” while extolling Christians to convert. Christians are gravely limited in their economic, political, and social options. Yes, implementation varies, but under strict sharia, Christians are only allowed a groveling, “at thy bidding” type of existence, and can be subject to attack with little or no recourse to the law at any time. So, it’s more than just a 2.5% tax on all income, it is a very repressive existence]
……… The video then switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. [And our government is heavily responsible for Libya’s collapse into crazed islamist anarchy, ousting the admittedly despicable Qaddafi without having a clue what might emerge in his stead]
In Australia, five Muslim teenagers have been arrested for plotting a terrorist attack to take place on ANZAC Day.
And most chilling of all, muslims attacked and killed 12 Christians fleeing the insanity in Libya on a boat with 105 other souls. The poor Christians were thrown in the sea and left to drown, all because they had the temerity to invoke the Sacred Name in prayer for their safe arrival:
Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.
Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said…. [It will be interesting to see what develops of these arrests.]
The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the 12 overboard, police said……. [Mali, Ivory Coast, and Senegal are far from Libya and not enduring total civil chaos. So I have to ask what percentage of this mass emigration is really poor afflicted souls fleeing Libya, and opportunists seeing the collapse of Libyan authority as their chance to emigrate to the European welfare state, where they can live in relative comfort and ease all the while trying to turn Europe into another part of the “ummah” of islam?]
…….The confrontation happened in the middle of the night, when the rubber boat, with 105 persons aboard, began to deflate. Two groups were formed. On one side the Muslim immigrants, making a majority on the boat which left April 12 from the Libyan coast; the other side, the Christians accused of praying to another god. “After making threats, a dozen Muslims moved to make good on their threats and began to throw some of us into the water,” said to the Italian police Yeboah, one of the survivors of this latest tragedy in the sea-route of immigration.
Other people on the voyage told police that they themselves were spared “because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain,” Palermo police said.
So did the large number of muslims not involved in the murders do anything to stop their
fellow death cultists co-religionists?
Yes, there have been a huge number of tragedies in this mass exodus of souls attempting to emigrate from Africa to Italy since the collapse of the Libyan regime of Qaddafi, and his subsequent murder. Just recently 400 souls perished when their makeshift craft sank. And there have been a number of other reports of robberies and murders occurring in other attempts to cross the Mediterranean, but not one that was so directly religiously inspired, nor one that was a case of mass murder.
On the broader point of muslim persecution (is there a word stronger than that?) of Christians, yes, certainly, there have been times and places when the roles have been reversed. But over the past several decades, and the past 10-15 years in particular, we have seen a steady rise in what certainly appears to be a deliberate, systematic effort on the part of at least a very large subset of muslims to exterminate the few remaining Christians in their ancient ancestral home. Not only that, but more and more evidence seems to indicate that islam is attempting to export this effort to Europe as their numbers steadily increase there (due to amoral leftist policies).
I know this is largely preaching to the converted, but my goodness how willfully blind does the left have to be (including our forlorn President) to continue to pretend that islam is not a radical threat to peace loving souls, either Christian or secular pagans? All the above attacks occurred in the past few days, and that doesn’t include ongoing atrocities in places like Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria. More Christians are being martyred right now than at any time in the history of the Church! And yet still we hear “just a radical fringe,” “religion of peace,” “Crusades – don’t get on your high horse,” and all the rest of the apologias. How long will we have to continue to ignore the massively mounting evidence around us?!?
I know……we’ve been over all this before. Most of the committed sexular pagans will happily submit to islam before they will convert to Christianity, because their religion is built on opposition to Jesus Christ and His Church before anything else. And yet it is only a strong, vibrant Christianity that has ever been able to stand, anywhere, against the depredations of islam. There is none so blind, as he who will not see.
There is a really good sermon that touches on this subject I just heard, but it’s not online, yet. I hope to post it as soon as it is (romans10seventeen.org seriously needs updating! It’s been almost 4 months!)
Good scoop by Church Militant TV and Michael Hitchborn. As if the dozens of scandals surrounding CRS and its willingness to accommodate itself to the demands of the amoral, contraception-spewing, abortion-promoting US government were not enough, as well as its alliances with numerous pro-contracept and pro-abort organizations, now we find they have an out n’ proud “married” executive VP:
Church Militant has learned that an open homosexual is one of the TOP employees at Catholic Relief Services—and he’s married to his longtime male partner.
Rick Estridge is Vice President of Overseas Finance at Catholic Relief Services, the United States Bishops’ beleaguered anti-poverty program. And according to official marriage records, he is also civilly married to his long-time gay partner William Daniel Goretsas, Jr.
Their wedding license is dated April 4, 2013, issued by the city of Baltimore over two years ago and during the same year Maryland legalized sodomite marriage.
Church Militant was contacted by anonymous sources and combined forces with Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute to track down details of the story. According to our Church Militant sources, Estridge’s homosexuality is well known at CRS headquarters. [Of course it is]
That’s not hard to believe when you concede that Estridge’s social media profile is about as out and proud as it could be.
In this screen capture of his Facebook page, you can see he supports numerous gay advocacy groups like the Matthew Shepherd Foundation, Gay Rights, the No Hate Campaign, the Human Rights Campaign, and Freedom to Marry. He’s also left public comments on social media in support of so-called gay marriage……..
…….According to Estridge’s profile description, he leads the development and implementation of all overseas financial management. He also acts as the lead finance representative of CRS to all donors, partners, and stakeholders related to overseas finances. He’s been working for CRS for at least fourteen years, and was promoted to his position as Vice President in 2013—in the same month he contracted his same-sex “marriage.” [Bear in mind – CRS is the US bishops overseas/international charity. So this man has a huge responsibility in overseeing all this, ahem, charitable activity, which mostly involves disbursing funds received by the federal gov’t to various other charities and CRS own projects]
Our sources also confirm for us other employees at CRS headquarters are fully aware of his marriage to his gay partner, and obviously his public support of all things homosexual is also well known…… [So we have a key player at CRS publicly at odds with the Doctrine of the Faith. And he is just one of many, folks. CRS, Catholic Charities, et. al., are just eat up with this kind of staff]
…….Various US government grants and funding in Third World nations are tied to those countries’ acceptance of the homosexual agenda. So the connection between a VP who is in a same-sex “marriage” and who oversees all overseas financial management is beyond questionable—questions that the US bishops are finally going to have to stand up and answer, instead of simply sidestepping while siding with their own staffers.
I’m glad CMTV made that point, because it is enormous. Here we have an individual committed to fighting against sacred, timeless Church belief, and he’s placed in the position of overseeing the funding of CRS’ financial activities in its international work – the very work CRS was created to serve?!? This is more than insane, it’s like naming a Nazi to handle Jewish “outreach,” or electing a committed Peronist to the papacy. Ummm……..
Not only that, but from the outside it certainly looks like this appointment was made to signal to the increasingly amoral US government that CRS is fully on board with their pressuring foreign governments, especially those in Africa, to sign on to the acceptance of sodomy as natural and normal, and making future aid contingent on that support. Short of raising the diabolical rainbow flag over their headquarters, they could hardly make a stronger statement of where their real loyalties lie – with the Church and the Sacred Truth she alone represents, or the federal agencies that provide the lion’s share of CRS’ funding. Scandal……..thy name is CRS.
And odds are CMTV is right, we will shortly hear a vociferous response from the USCCB attacking those who have made this revelation and once again dismissing its significance and its bearing on CRS activities. All the while, more and more faithful Catholics will come to the conclusion that CRS is a charity they cannot, in conscience, support. Those faithful souls might consider pressuring their pastors and bishops not to take the CRS collections anymore. The scandals surrounding CRS are reaching CCHD proportions, and there are pastors and bishops who have refused to take that latter group.