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The reality of abortion: killing your baby to play volleyball September 1, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, family, horror, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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And she acknowledges the volleyball was just a passing fancy, not even a “career.”  But never fear, she got to kill a baby later for her “real career!”  This is pretty old but new to me so I’m going to afflict you with it.

A woman of whom I have never heard but who is apparently quite convinced of her own greatness, proudly touting as she does her role in “changing the world, leading a revolution, breaking new barriers” (being involved in internet start ups is apparently world-changing), has had at least two abortions for reasons far more self-serving and prurient than those usually promoted by the pro-abort lobby.  As such, her self-revelation provides a useful example of the real motivations for the vast majority of abortions that occur, which very frequently (I would even say most often) have very little to do with being mired in grinding poverty, being literally unable to raise another child, rape, incest, or any of the other rare causes that pro-aborts like to trot out to try to make this moral atrocity seem less atrocious.  But it never is.

Note that Mz. Trunk never contemplates adoption – the baby’s life matters precious little throughout, what does matter is her reaction to the abortions and how they have made her feel.  Having said that, it is fairly apparent she’s bothered by what she’s done on some level, but again I sense that is more relevant to how her life has turned out (not well, from a relationship standpoint) and wondering if she had married her first impregnator how things may have turned out:

I have had two abortions.

The first one was when I was twenty-seven. I was playing professional beach volleyball……

…….I was [pregnant]. Fourteen weeks….

I didn’t do anything. I was in shock. My boyfriend was in shock. Neither of us had ever had a pregnancy. I couldn’t believe the whole process actually worked, to be honest. [Reason #1 not to fornicate: you never know what might result, and you never know what evil you might talk yourself into as a result]

I told my mom I was pregnant. She said, “Get an abortion.” [I’ll go ahead and spill the beans now that the author is a self-described big city Jew.  Rates of abortion among Jews are the highest among all Caucasians.  American Jews are, by and large, sexular pagan progressives.  Their Judaism is completely incidental. But I still feel my stomach turn at the thought of a grandmother telling her daughter to have her grandchild killed.  The callousness, worldliness, and hard-heartendness is just sickening]

I didn’t say anything. I wasn’t really thinking I had any choices. I didn’t have a job that could support a child. [Get one.] And I wasn’t sure if I was planning to marry my boyfriend, although we were living together. [Gee, how on earth did this happen?!?  If you fornicate for years, even if you use all the contraception in the world, YOU WILL GET PREGNANT!  All contraception has a failure rate, and over years or even months you will, with near certainty, become pregnant]

My mom got militant. “You’ll destroy your career possibilities.” [No mention of the grandchild]

She riffed on this theme for a week, calling me every night. Her passion is understandable. My mom took a job when I was young because she hated being home with kids…… She was one of the first women to become an executive at her Fortune 500 company. She blazed trails so I could have career goals that required an abortion to preserve. [Nothing, at all, ever “requires” an abortion.  Women (often under pressure from men, but not always, as here) choose to have their babies ripped limb from limb in the greatest holocaust the world has ever known, 1 billion+ and counting]

Here’s what else happened: Other women called. It turned out that many, many women I knew had had an abortion. This is not something women talk about. I mean, I had no idea how ubiquitous the procedure was, at least in my big-city, liberal, Jewish world. [I’m about to bite my tongue off.]

Each of those women told me that I should get an abortion so that I could keep my options open. “You’re a smart girl. You can do anything with your life right now. Don’t ruin it….” [Ugly liberal assumption about untimely babies “ruining life.”  How about counseling each other not to fornicate so that the temptation to murder babies won’t exist?]

 

..When I went back, I had a panic attack. I was on the table, in a hospital gown, screaming.

The nurse asked me if I was a religious Christian.

The boyfriend asked me if I was aware that my abortion would be basically illegal in seven more days.

I couldn’t stop screaming. I was too scared. I felt absolutely sick that I was going to kill a baby. And, now that I know more about being a mother, I understand that hormones had already kicked in to make me want to keep the baby. We left. No abortion. [This is the saddest part.  Sure, hormones, but much more than that. Everyone has the Law of God written on their hearts.  This woman got a great touch of Grace to try to shake her from her evil stupor.  She did not cooperate with it.  I wonder if there were any sidewalk counselors outside the mill?  This could have been a save.]

My boyfriend started panicking by suddenly staying really late at work and going out with friends a lot…..

People kept calling me: They said, “Think about how you’ll support the child. Think about what you’ll do if your boyfriend leaves you. You’re all alone in LA with no family. How will you take care of yourself?” [She has said most female friends already had abortion Can you see how they are trying to justify themselves by talking her into the same decision?  That’s some diabolical friends you’ve got there, darlin’.  Did they also help talk you into your later divorce?]

People gave me advice: Get a job. Once you have established yourself in a career, you’ll feel much better about having kids. Figure out where you fit in the world. Get a job, then get married, and then have kids. [She’s very fortunate to have still be able to have children after multiple abortions]

I scheduled another abortion. But it was past the time when Planned Parenthood will do an abortion. Now it was a very expensive one at a clinic that seemed to cater to women coming from Christian countries in South America. I knew that if I did not go through with it this time, no one would do the abortion. I was too far along.

So I did it.

I went to sleep with a baby and woke up without one. Groggy. Unsure about everything. Everything in the whole world. [Well, you just took part in murder. Tends to leave people shaken up]

People think abortion is such an easy choice–they say, “Don’t use abortion as birth control.” Any woman who has had one will tell you how that is such crazy talk. Because an abortion is terrible. You never stop thinking about the baby you killed. You never stop thinking about the guy you were with when you killed the baby you made with him. You never stop wondering.

So the second time I got pregnant, I thought of killing myself. My career was soaring. I was 30 [a scant three years later] and I felt like I had everything going for me — great job, great boyfriend, and finally, for the first time ever, I had enough money to support myself. I hated that I put myself in the position of either losing all that or killing a baby.

I didn’t tell anyone I was pregnant. I knew what they’d say…

 

 

….I got two abortions to preserve my career. To keep my options open. To keep my aspirations within reach.

I bought into the idea that kids undermine your ability to build an amazing career.

And here I am, with the amazing career.

But also, here I am with two kids. So I know a bit about having kids and a career. [I sure hope your kids don’t read your blog. What do you think knowledge that you deliberately and with great forethought murdered two of their siblings will have on them?] And I want to tell you something: You don’t need to get an abortion to have a big career. Women who want big careers want them because something deep inside you drives you to change the world, lead a revolution, break new barriers. [But she hasn’t invented faster than light travel, or even a longer lasting light bulb. Her job is quite prosaic.  There is very little anyone can do that is more significant than bringing a child into the world, nurturing and raising it up to be a saint. But worldly people don’t see procreation in that light, too often, it’s just another item for them to check off their list of accomplishments]

It doesn’t matter whether you have kids now or later, because they will always make your career more difficult. There is no time in your life when you are so stable in your work that kids won’t create an earthquake underneath that confidence.

I think about the men I was with when I had the abortions. They were not bad men. One is my ex-husband. So much of life is a gamble, and I think I might have had as good a chance of staying together with the first guy as I did with my ex-husband.

Sorry, I have a problem with the ending.  It seems she’s much more upset about how her life might have turned out better (had a happier marriage, ideal mate, dream come true, etc) if she had kept the first kid and married donor #1 than she is about killing her children.  I can’t think of a more concrete example of how pre-marital fornication gravely affects women’s ability to be satisfied for life with just one man, thus creating tensions that precipitate women’s 80% initiation of divorce proceedings.  There is something in the female psyche, in particular, that seems to long for past loves – which also creates a craving for new ones.

Overall -liberal, New York (I assume), worldly, no Jesus Christ, aggressively careerist mom, at least somewhat rejected by same – the poor woman hardly had a chance.

 

The Canadian bishops have systematically undermined the pro-life movement for decades September 1, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD.
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While we in the United States may find much to be desired in the leadership we see from our bishops individually and collectively in the USCCB, in reality, we’re actually relatively well off.  In most Western countries, episcopal leadership is far more problematic than even our own.  Canada is certainly a glaring example of this broad failure of leadership.  Even worse than failing, Canada’s bishops, as indicated by a scathing letter sent to blogger Vox Cantoris last week from a Steve Jalsevac of Life Site News, have taken very destructive steps behind the scenes to block progress of even the most basic pro-life legislation.  Thus, in Canada, there has been very little successful incremental action against abortion as their has been in the United States, and Jalsevac points out concrete examples of how the bishops themselves have helped block such action.

The letter is long and painful to read.  It encapsulates more than just the broad episcopal failures to protect life and advance a moral culture, but also the refusal by Canadia’s political leadership to do so, as well.  A few highlights, or lowlights, below (my emphasis):

As you well know, there has been no religious leadership anywhere in Canada comparable to that in some quarters in the United States. In fact, terribly damaging, behind the scenes and also deliberate undermining of our efforts by Canadian bishops and the CCCB are one of the great scandals in the Church in Canada. The Catholic Church has far more influence in Canada than in the United States because Catholicism is the dominant Christian religion here. [I don’t know how much influence the Church has up there, but I’ve a fair idea of how little it has down here, so I accept this claim more or less at face value]

As the result of a massive (that is no exaggeration), united effort by all the major pro-life organizations in Canada, we were extremely close to winning  protection for the unborn in the Charter of rights. However, this was suddenly lost at the last minute because of Cardinal[Gerald Emmett]Carter’s[of Toronto, 78-90]betrayal via a secret agreement with Pierre Trudeau that ensured public funding for Ontario Catholic Schools. We were devastated by Carter’s betrayal. Grown leaders were in tears.

The omnibus bill that legalized abortion, divorce and more in Canada was quietly given approval to John Turner in a private meeting with the CCCB  executive before the vote while the pro-life movement across the nation was vigorously opposing the bill. It was years before we learned of this betrayal. 

The CCCB seriously undermined the huge, united effort of the entire Canadian pro-life movement to pass the motion proposed by MP Gus Mitges to amend the Charter to include the unborn, which had a good chance of succeeding.

The CCCB also actively undermined the efforts of the pro-life movement to defeat the Reproductive Issues Bill C-13 because of serious flaws in the bill.

It took several years for more than one retired bishop to come to the March for Life in Ottawa. Distributing flyers simply noting the positions of the various local candidates on the life and family issues is almost universally forbidden by bishops in Canada, whereas such distribution is very common and encouraged in many dioceses in the United States. [Remember Bishop Farrell’s joint statement with Bishop Vann, then of Ft. Worth, on the inadmissibility of drawing false equivalency between support for abortion and things like favored decreased federal spending or favor for the death penalty?  Haven’t heard much on that in years] So a crippling handicap that the Canadian pro-life movement has had all along has been roadblocks put in our way to prevent the most natural pro-life voting base from becoming well informed at election or even nomination times. Worse, most of the bishops have been strong Liberal Party or NDP supporters, no matter what the position of the candidate on the life issues. [And we’ve heard legions of anecdotal reports about Obama stickers on the backs of priest’s and bishop’s cars around this country]

It was Catholics who supported and elected lesbian Kathleen Wynne as an MPP. Friar Rick of St. Bonaventure’s parish took her around door to door to homes in his riding promoting her election……

….Opposition to aborted baby photos is stronger in Canada. The United States has nothing like the enormous, negative influence of Quebec on religion and politics on the entire nation. The majority of PMs since the 60s have been Quebecers – a province of mostly faithless, rebellious, former Catholics who despise Christian morality.   Thankfully, there were a good number of wonderful bishop appointments in the province under Benedict. But change will take a long time.

And a serious miracle, to boot.

It’s interesting to see another perspective. Frankly, the episcopate in Canada is probably more orthodox and less undermining of things like the pro-life cause than many of those in Western Europe, so that gives a fair understanding of the level of decay in the Church today.  And the above doesn’t even mention the great scandals associated with the Canadian bishop’s “social justice” advocacy wing, Development and Peace.  They are legion.

So while we may lament the great failings we see in the leadership in our own country, understanding that even the very best would have been considered average, at best, 100 years ago, I always try to keep this cynical thought in mind: there are always worse alternatives.  Aside from eternity in hell, things can always fall apart just a bit more.  So have a certain amount of thanks for whatever good we have, because we’re not guaranteed even that.

I’m starting to love this lady! KY county clerk still refuses fake sodo-marriage license even after Supreme Court order September 1, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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We must obey the laws of God, not the laws of men, when the two are in conflict.  Good for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who, the day after the US Supreme Court refused to reverse a lower-court decision which attempts to force Kim Davis to grant marriage licenses for pseudo-sodo-marriage, she turned around and refused to do so in front of a media circus.  This woman may be a protestant, but she has a faith that puts almost all Catholics in this country to shame:

A county clerk in Kentucky who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds denied licenses to gay couples on Tuesday, saying she was acting “under the authority of God,” just hours after theSupreme Court refused to support her position.

In a raucous scene in this little town, two same-sex couples walked into the Rowan County Courthouse, trailed by television cameras and chanting protesters on both sides of the issue, only to be told by the county clerk, Kim Davis, that she was denying them marriage licenses.

Ms. Davis at first remained in her office with the blinds drawn, while a deputy clerk told two couples, April Miller and Karen Roberts, and David Ermold and David Moore, that no licenses would be issued Tuesday…..

…….Lawyers for the plaintiffs filed a motion in District Court asking a judge to hold Ms. Davis in contempt of court, and to assess fines for refusing to issue marriage licenses. A hearing was set for Thursday.

In an interview, Ms. Miller said, “We were hopeful that we would get a license this morning, but we also understood that she has taken a pretty strong stand, so it was not a surprise.” She and Ms. Roberts were the first through the door when the clerk’s office opened at 8 a.m. — their third attempt to get a license in Rowan County.

They might be able to get a license in another county. “But it would set a dangerous precedent to let it go,[Understand fully what they are saying by this.  Christianity will not be permitted in the public square.  You will be hounded and hunted if you do not comply with your perverse overlords] Ms. Miller said. “We had no idea that this would blow up into national news.”  [Which is why your attorneys and PR people contacted the press, no doubt?]

…….After the state’s governor [Steven Beshear, democrat, go figure] told county clerks to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples, Ms. Davis filed suit in federal court, arguing that she should be excused from the obligation, given her religious beliefs. A District Court judge ruled against her, as did the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and she appealed to the Supreme Court.

On Monday, a stay granted by the District Court expired, and the Supreme Court rejected without comment Ms. Davis’s emergency application for a new stay, pending the outcome of her appeal. That left her no legal grounds to refuse to grant licenses to same-sex couples……….

…….Ms. Davis told the Supreme Court that her Apostolic Christian faith forbade her to affix her name to a document endorsing the view that the marriages of gay men and lesbians were authentic. “This searing act of validation would forever echo in her conscience,” her lawyers told the court.

A fellow Kentucky clerk, Casey Davis, who has protested alongside Ms. Davis, insisted Tuesday that “we’ve not tried to prevent,” same-sex marriages, “we’ve only tried to exercise our First Amendment rights.”

Ann Barnhardt is surely controversial but I do like one thing she has often said: nobody can make you do anything.  Nobody can make you violate your conscience.  They can fire you, lock you up, threaten your family, even kill you, but they cannot make you cooperate in evil.  One chooses to cooperate with evil in order to avoid these other things.  It’s incredibly easy for me to sit here at a keyboard and type that, but it’s nonetheless true.

I thank God there are at least a few souls willing to give witness to their faith, and willing to suffer for it, against the increasingly militant sexular pagan culture.  I notice Mrs. Davis always dresses modestly and I doubt that’s just an accident.  The virtue she is showing now in this moment of extremis has probably been honed through much smaller acts of virtue over a period of many years.  A lesson to us all.

There have been a few reports of Catholics resigning from office rather than take part in this moral outrage but I do have to wonder if the bishops of Kentucky or elsewhere have offered any support to Davis and the few others actively obeying the dictates of Christianity and their conscience?  We hear a great deal about solidarity with the poor, the downtrodden, and the outcast – well, this brave woman is being reviled coast to coast, I doubt there are many more outcast than she right now.

I pray for this woman.  I don’t know what cost obeying her conscience will pose for her, and I don’t know if resignation is an option, but I pray she stands fast in her faith.  She’s certainly edified me by her example, protestant or no.

Our planet doesn’t face an ecological crisis, but a spiritual one August 31, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, different religion, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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That’s the thought that jumped to mind when I read Dallas Bishop Farrell’s latest blog post, wherein he repeats without criticism or caveat the sacred shibboleths of the “green” movement, that humankind is destroying the world, that “global warming” is significant and caused mostly by man, and much else besides.  He also attributes to skepticism on the part of some well-informed individuals, and recalcitrance on the part of governments, to being owned by the “polluters,” I guess through nefarious financial incentives (and where else have we heard that recently?).

But as one looks around most of the world, except for those locales where utterly unaccountable socialist governments hold sway or have recently, environmental standards have substantially improved in many areas.  In fact, standards keep getting made more and more stringent in many categories of pollutants in order to justify continued, massively expensive intervention.  Western countries have led the way in implementing these increasingly stringent standards, so that while some unfortunate exceptions remain, the air, water, and soil are generally much cleaner than they were 40-50 years ago.

Bishop Farrell acknowledges none of this.  From this blog post, one would have to conclude there has never been much of anything done to improve the environment and that the world stands at a most dangerous precipice (my emphasis and comments – if you want to skip the fisking, maybe just jump down to the conclusion.  I do go a bit long in my comments below):

As politicians and other wannabes pussyfoot around the two-ton gorilla that is the ecology crisis for fear of losing the financial support of the polluters, religious leaders of many faiths are playing a prophetic role in naming the gorilla and calling out those who created it. [I’m sorry, I think this is a cheap and gratuitous insult to millions of concerned souls and, yes, scientific experts, to claim that all that don’t share Pope Francis’ (or whoever’s) fears and policy prescriptions (whatever they are) are beholden to the fossil fuel industry.]

In earlier blogs I have written of the partnership between Pope Francis and Bartholomew, the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch that has resulted in the Pope endorsing and adopting the Orthodox observance of a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be celebrated for the first time on September 1, 2015. Other religious leaders, less impeded by political correctness, are also raising their voices[I’m sorry, Bishop Farrell, but what color is the sky in your world?  In my world, where the sky is blue, those who most prosecute souls with politically correct tyranny are the very same who hold the most extreme, doomsaying environmental views]

Indeed, a world-wide chorus of concern that our planet is on the threshold of a catastrophic climate change has arisen among leaders of world religious bodies, Christian and non-Christian.  On Tuesday Muslim leaders issued an Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, which observed that, “Our species, though selected to be a caretaker or steward of the earth, has been the cause of such corruption and devastation on it that we are in danger of ending life as we know it on our planet.”…… [This is an utterly unsubstantiated viewpoint.  There is absolutely ZERO basis for this claim in science, and yet Bishop Farrell saw fit to include it in his post, which ought to tell us a thing or two.  I think islam ought to spend all its energy curbing the murderous extremists in its midst rather than thundering on prudential issues of science they plainly do not comprehend]

……..Earlier this year, in anticipation of the publication of the Holy Father’s encyclical Laudato Si’, a group of 403 rabbis signed a Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis which noted, “Although we accept scientific accounts of earth’s history, we continue to see it as God’s creation, and we celebrate the presence of the divine hand in every earthly creature. Yet in our generation, this wonder and this beauty have been desecrated — not in one land alone but ‘round all the Earth.” [First of all, the “Shalom Center” is an extreme left wing org. Secondly, they have been roundly criticized by more orthodox Jews for many of their stands.  Third, 400 rabbis is a tiny fraction of the number in the US today. Fourth, if you read the statement at the link you will find it is riddled with factual errors, utterly unsubstantiated claims and extremist rhetoric.  Finally, appeals to authority and numbers are logical fallacies, without which Farrell’s blog post falls to pieces]

The rabbis point out that, “The worsening inequality of wealth, income, and political power has two direct impacts on the climate crisis. On the one hand, great Carbon Corporations not only make their enormous profits from wounding the Earth, but then use these profits to purchase elections and to fund fake science to prevent the public from acting to heal the wounds. On the other hand, the poor in America and around the globe are the first and the worst to suffer from the typhoons, floods, droughts, and diseases brought on by climate chaos.” [The linked declaration contained dozens of paragraphs, but this one, full of little but leftist fever dreams and utter calumny, this is the one Bishop Farrell pulls out to select.  Yes, Bishop Farrell is telling us some very important things, but not the ones he thinks.  I think we can very easily discern which way the wind is blowing in the Church.]

In May, A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change was published stating that, “Today we live in a time of great crisis, confronted by the gravest challenge that humanity has ever faced: the ecological consequences of our own collective karma. The scientific consensus is overwhelming: human activity is triggering environmental breakdown on a planetary scale.” [Is Bishop Farrell encouraging Catholics to accept the heretical concept of karma, which is the diametric opposite of Grace?  Isn’t at least some kind of caveat needed here?]

Calling for significant changes in the structure of economic systems, the Buddhist declaration points out that, “Global warming is intimately related to the gargantuan quantities of energy that our industries devour to provide the levels of consumption that many of us have learned to expect. From a Buddhist perspective, a sane and sustainable economy would be governed by the principle of sufficiency: the key to happiness is contentment rather than an ever-increasing abundance of goods.” [Look, that last bit in particular is reasonable and fine – it’s about the most reasonable thing in the entire piece, which ought to send us screaming in terror. The point is, Bishop Farrell, and the rest of these groups, are not telling the full story and they are engaging in the worst kind of scare-mongering and propagandizing.  They do not say: “Oh by the way slashing fossil fuel consumption would cause prices of basically all items to skyrocket, even on the order of 400 percent or more current levels, would likely precipitate mass starvation and greatly decreased life expectancy worldwide – all of which suffering the poor would bear disproportionately (which is suffering that can be accurately forecast, not fake projections of nebulous bad effects from gerbal worming.  They pretend the choice is between evil oil profiteers and saintly enviros, without mentioning the COST of their favored policy prescriptions, nor the very close relationship between the environmental movement’s leadership and dedicated communists (they are one and the same).]

Prophets are never popular because they dare to speak the truth. [No really, HE REALLY SAID THAT!  Worldly statements for worldly political ends from false religions are now “prophetic!”  And the Baby Jesus cries every time a well is fracked. Even more, once again, reality is inverted.  Radical enviro-advocacy is one of the current shibboleths of the dominant left-wing elite around the world, it has the backing of powerful governments, the UN, many huge NGOs, wealthy individuals, and more.  In fact, calling for reason and true science (science by consensus has always been a complete fallacy, virtually all scientists once believed in the efficacy of leeches, that there was no such thing as germs, and that heat was transmitted by a mysterious substance known as “ether”) is the non-conformist, counter-cultural position.  Global warming claims, in point of fact, have never been less supported and under more attack within the scientific community than they are now. For instance, Michael Mann, inventor of the totally discredited “hockey stick” graph upon which so much global warming alarmism depends, has been all but totally discredited. Any experience with non-propagandist/warmist literature would make the flimsiness of warming claims abundantly clear]

Such dire warnings from across the religious spectrum echo the words of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, the earth “now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will [I would simply add that neither Francis, nor any of those quoted above, have any knowledge of science or charism to comment with authority on these matters.  I’m waiting for Pope Francis to dogmatically declare that ]

 

All the above is really beside the point, however.  Environmental studies, environmental controls, remediation, research, “offsets,’ and the like are already a multi-trillion dollar a year industry worldwide.  These topics get constant attention in the press.  But what does not get constant attention, what more and more souls (including, it seems, even within the hierarchy of the Church) almost entirely forget, is the moral pollution that afflicts the vast majority of people and the enormous spiritual crisis that is rapidly leading mankind to a most cruel reckoning.  There are very few voices in Church officialdom who will bring these topics to the fore with the kind of energy and fervor that Bishop Farrel displays above, and yet there is no more grave crisis facing the world today than that of the mass apostasy of peoples and nation’s and God’s growing wrath.

I must really ask, both in respect to Bishop Farrell’s missive and Laudato Si, where is the faith?  Where is the idea that God will always provide for us if we are faithful to Him in the context of what the Church has always prescribed for sanctity?

If we spent more time encouraging souls to be truly virtuous and, by some great miracle, could work a great conversion on the culture, all these purported worldly crises would disappear into the ether. Environmentalism doesn’t make souls holy, but being holy by default would produce souls who have all the necessary characteristics to insure proper care for the environment.

Instead of conversion and trust in God, what we are confronted with, generally speaking, in the above is a vision of an enraged Gaia preparing to smite mankind for our offenses against her.  It is amazing that the same men who can hardly find a breath to criticize fornication, pornography, contraception, etc. – that is, real sin – can get so exercised over imaginary ones like this.  But really, I shouldn’t be amazed at all, because it’s entirely the point.

I’ll just repeat, Bishop Farrell’s words above are most revealing, but not for the reasons he may think.  Those with eyes to see, let them see.

Late Flightline Friday: Dangerous lapse in OPSEC allows ISIS to track coalition flights August 31, 2015

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Just for Woody, who I never knew has such an attachment to Flightline Friday, a brief post looking at another serious failing of the politically-limited and highly ineffectual US/Western intervention against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  It appears many combat aircraft are flying missions without turning off their transponders, which means they can be tracked by flight tracking software.  Thus, all ISIS would have to do to put, say, a battery of SAMs or AAA directly under the flight path of an Air Force tanker or intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft is to pull up the internet and see who’s flying where:

In October 2014 we highlighted the risk of Internet-based flight tracking of aircraft flying war missions after we discovered that a U.S. plane possibly supporting ground troops in Afghanistan acting as an advanced communication relay can be regularly tracked as it circles over the Ghazni Province.

The only presence of the aircraft over a sensitive target could expose an imminent air strike, jeopardizing an entire operations.

Although such risk was already exposed during opening stages of the Libya Air War, when some of the aircraft involved in the air campaign forgot/failed to switch off their mode-S or ADS-B transponder, and were clearlytrackable on FR.24 or PF.net and despite pilots all around the world know the above mentioned websites very well, transponders remain turned on during real operations making the aircraft clearly visible to anyone with a browser and an Internet connection.

During the last few months many readers have sent us screenshots they took on FR24.com or PF.net (that only collect ADS-B broadcast by aircraft in the clear) showing military planes belonging to different air forces over Iraq or Afghanistan: mainly tankers and some special operations planes.

We have informed the U.S. Air Force and other air forces that their planes could be tracked online, live, several times, but our Tweets (and those of our Tweeps who retweeted us) or emails have not had any effect as little has changed. Maybe they don’t consider their tankers’ racetrack position or the area of operations of an MC-12 ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) aircraft a sensitive information…

Pics of military flights being tracked in combat zones below.

There are potential operational explanations for this, but I don’t think many of them would redound to the credit of the military effort against ISIS.  For one thing, non-tactical aircraft (cargo aircraft, recce, tankers, etc) may be squawking Mode C because there is no AWACS coverage over much of the battlefield and it is felt necessary to run with transponders on to reduce chances of midairs.  A second allied explanation would be to held civilian air traffic control de-conflict airspace containing both military and commercial flights.  But that again is a function AWACS can perform.  There certainly are AWACS deployed in the theater, there have been for 25 years continuously now, but there may not be enough of them to cover the large region from the Med to Iran, Turkey to Jordan/Saudi.

Or, it could simply be sloppy practice and further indication of the half-heartedness fo this “air campaign,” which is more a series of pinprick attacks than a real, concerted effort to destroy ISIS.  It was reported over the weekend that US/Allied aircraft are not attacking ISIS’ dozens of training camps, which are turning out 1000 crazed islamist fighters a month, because of inordinate concern of collateral damage.  This, when we already know that ISIS itself has slaughtered tens if not hundreds of thousands of innocents itself, far, far more than would be threatened by striking the training facilities.

My personal belief is that Obama doesn’t want ISIS destroyed and is only conducting this very limited campaign (the US is attacking only about 15 targets a day, many of them empty desert.  Contrast that with Desert Storm, when a thousand or more targets were struck in the first 24 hours.

Obama cares not whether ISIS grows or dies, he only cares about his already tattered legacy.  And, quite possibly, doing all he can to aid the ummah.

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MC-12 over Iraq

Special Operations aircraft in region

Special Operations aircraft in region

Canadian tanker over Iraq

Canadian tanker over Iraq

Another shocking Pope Francis scandal, or that dirty Secretariat of State at it again? You decide! August 28, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, different religion, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Papa, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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It is being reported – all, it seems, from the same original article – that Pope Francis sent a letter of thanks to the author of a book designed to indoctrinate children into acceptance of perverse family arrangements.  This is a book found so offensive that it was banned by the mayor of Venice, hardly a rad-trad himself.

So, is this a further revelation of just what kind of literally unimaginable, and irreconcilable, this pontiff holds, or is that dirty Cardinal Sodano forging letters in his name again (if he ever did)?  I copy from St. Corbinian’s Bear, you decide (seriously, I ripped pretty much all this off, but since you never expect Friday PM content, count yourself lucky.  Hopefully I won’t suffer a bear-mauling in retribution for my naked theft.  Click on this link at least four times!):

The Holy Father has sent a letter praising Francesca Pardi for a children’s book in which an egg encounters all sorts of different families, including those headed by gay penguins and lesbian rabbits. The controversial book, which was banned in Venice, touched hearts at the Vatican. According to an article in The Guardian, the letter said:

“His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,” wrote Peter B Wells, a senior official at the Vatican secretariat of state. 

[This was also claimed:  “The Vatican said the closing blessing of the private letter was addressed to Pardi and not in support of teachings which went against church doctrine on ‘gender theory’.” However, that is dang near silence giving consent, since the matter of sodomite indoctrination books targeting children has been a huge issue in Italy (hence the action of the Mayor of Venice), and saying things like “fruitful activity in the service of young generations/spread of human values” gives the appearance of support.  Sure it’s boilerplate and sure it’s a bit nebulous, but it’s a dang far cry from what it ought to be: a full-throated denial of the legitimacy of this kind of propaganda and its contradiction of Sacred Catholic belief]

The Bear will say this, after taking a deep breath. Obviously, this was not the doings of Pope Francis. The Vatican Secretariat of State has its own agenda. People are always taking advantage of poor Holy Father, by shoving anti-fracking T-shirts or commiefixes into his hands, or misquoting him, or making up stories about phone calls they supposedly received from him. This is a boilerplate letter, and the Pope certainly never even saw the book.

How does the Bear know this?

Because not even Pope Francis would approve of a book for young, impressionable children promoting homosexuality. Only a flat-out homosexual activist would abuse his position for such a purpose. This would constitute517fLZALn5L._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_ material assistance — through his endorsement — for a book even secular authorities found repulsive…….

Also, if he had, Michael Voris would have done a Vortex about it. Because if there’s one thing Michael Voris hates, it’s bishops who approve of homosexuality. 

The Bear predicts that within 48 hours, we will see a retraction from the Vatican. And thus shall we know that the problem we have at Santa Marta is not a horror beyond all imagining or toleration.

Oh, I needed that, Bear.  Thanks for relieving the tension.

Figure it out, people.  It’s called irony.

“American Catholicism has a long history of cowardice and complicity” in the face of the liberal culture August 27, 2015

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Brother Andre Marie from Catholicism.org sent out a letter the other day, portions of which  I thought merited sharing with readers.  It’s a very good summation of the abrogation of duty that has marked the Church in this country since its inception.  Happy for years just to be relatively free to practice our Faith with relatively little government interference (until recently), the Church in these United States has long failed in its primary duties to proclaim the Truth revealed by Jesus Christ through His Church and especially the notion of the Church as the unique institution created by Our Blessed Lord for the salvation of souls.  America has been permeated with endarkenment ideals since its founding, and perhaps the key ideal absorbed from the 18th century philosphes is that of religious indifference.  Regarding all religions as basically equal is a particularly American quality, and it is one that, through Dignitatis Humanae and other portions of Vatican II came to become dominant within the entire Church.

I’m getting ahead of myself, however, below find some insightful analysis on the historical failure in duty of the Church in this country:

By and large, American Catholicism has a long history of cowardice and complicity in the face of the dominant, non-Catholic culture around us.  It is a tradition going all the way back to our first Bishop John Carroll (Yes, there are notable and edifying exceptions).  As long as public morals in our democratic republic were more generally on the side of the natural law and vague “Judeo-Christian values,” this cowardice and complicity did not look as obviously terrible as it in fact was.  Now that the never-ending protestant revolution and its related cultural revolutions have brought us Bruce “Call me Caitlyn” Jenner, gender-neutral “marriage,” and the constant discovery of previously unheard of “fundamental human rights,” this cowardice and complicity looks really bad.

While the name of this sickly Catholicism is legion, one of its faces is seen in the obsequious way Catholic prelates deal with evil politicians, and in the sickly reaction of some of them to the Obergefell decision.  But it goes back to a sort of Norman Rockwell approach to religion that makes up part of the national air we breathe: the indifferentist Catholicism of the “good old days” before Vatican II…….

…….American freedom is not enough.  Democratic tolerance of our religion is insufficient.  The faith, hope, and charity of the Catholic Church in America will be put to the test.  Only then will they become what they ought to be.  We may not content ourselves with practicing our faith because it is permitted by society.  We must no longer rely on the love of this world, or the protection of laws, or the civility of our countrymen.  We need to do what is right, because it is God’s Will – period; a point we seem to have missed of late.

When the nanny state turns on us, it will be payback time for the sloth of American Catholics.  WE have failed to convert the nation, and failed (on the whole) even to challenge our countrymen with the Faith.  From the beginning, we have sucked from the breast of American prosperity (now quickly vanishing), and basked in the liberties of our nation – but for what?  Has it been to achieve our fundamental purpose in life; sanctity, God’s glory, and the salvation of souls?  Or have we been merely content to have “equal rights” for truth and error?  We will be hoist on that petard; for, when we oppose “equal rights” for all manner of unnatural perversion, blasphemy, and sacrilege, the formerly tolerant system will turn on us because we are now against equality. [I think this is the paragraph that is really the key.  Catholics today and going forward are going to have to pay the price for the historic failings of American Catholics to take advantage of their past comfortable position to declare ALL the Truth Christ has revealed – including the vital truth regarding the need to be visibly, actively Catholic to insure salvation – to the dominant protestant libertine culture.  There have been very few major voices in the Catholic Church in this country, going back decades, who have forcefully preached the necessity of being Catholic for salvation. Yes, yes, I understand there are narrow exceptions, but those exceptions have in practice been presented as the rule, a sort of prototype “fundamental option” that has declared for centuries that pretty much everyone of even remotely good will is saved, and certainly that conversion to the Church Jesus Christ established was not even normally necessary for salvation. The Church in this country (and, with its mighty influence, other countries as well) has by and large embraced the false doctrine of “tolerance” and, as Brother Andre points out, is going to be most painfully hoisted on this petard of its own making.  It will not be fun, but it will be cleansing, if we accept the nascent persecution as God’s will and preach the Gospel in season and out.]

Some will accuse me of being too negative.  They will say I am dwelling on evil and not on God’s goodness and mercy.  True, the Religion is fundamentally an affirmation, not a denial.  Denial comes in the face of sin and error, and it can only be proper if ti is based on what we affirm – namely, truth and virtue.  But, if we do not oppose sin and evil, then we are weak or defective in our affirmations – i.e., in the actual content and practice of our divinely revealed Religion; then, too, our love of God is lackluster at best.

To those who would sissify us in our resistance, we say, with holy Job, “The life of man upon earth is a warfare” (Job vii:1); with Saint Jude: “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude i:3); and with the gentle Good Shepherd, “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth; I came not to send peace, but the sword” (Matt x:34).

And to those in whom bitter zeal (Jas iii:14) might be inclined to turn Catholic militancy into something rancorous, proud, or self-serving, we need to recall that sanctity is evinced by the living of seemingly contrary virtues…….The saint is zealous and meek, prudent and bold, fearless in the defense of God’s glory and humble concerning his own glory, and so on.  ‘Tis not easy.  But it is God’s will.

Sursum corda!  Obergefell, my brothers and sisters, calls us to become saints!

———-End Quote———-

I’m out of time!  I hope you found this edifying, sorry if some of my points were not fully developed, I’m already very late for Mass!

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

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, martyrdom, persecution, sadness, scandals, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
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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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Is it remotely possible for a Catholic to support Donald Trump? August 27, 2015

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I know I’m not the only one who thinks Trump a complete fraud and charlatan.  I don’t know what the heck he’s doing, he isn’t building a normal campaign organization or wooing delegates to win a nomination, he’s on a massive self-promotion tour.

He is all over the map on policy, and he has already come out with many policies that are decidedly not conservative.  He has in fact been an exceedingly liberal New Yorker all his life.

And yet he’s polling 40% support among self-identified Republicans.  Judging from much of the commentary I’ve seen from his supporters, they apparently believe him when he says he’s an outsider and anti-establishmentarian.  Please.  He’s a multi-billionaire.  He has bragged many times in the past at how he has bribed local, state, and national level politicians.  Some of that may be hubris from his titanic ego, but I doubt he’s gotten those many sweet deals without greasing a lot of wheels.  Atlantic City, for one.

And yet his supporters are just manic that he is going to “teach the establishment Republicans a lesson,” that he’ll build a wall along the southern border, etc.  It all feels very scripted to me.  I think he’s a stalking horse for the very establishment he is being crafted to oppose, a way to get Republican voters to support a hyper-liberal candidate who lauds the Canadian health care system and has been a fervent supporter of abortion on demand without limitation, pseudo-sodo-marriage, and many other moral atrocities.

From the Catholic standpoint, I have to conclude the man is a joke.  He is the epitome of the areligious self-serving “if it feels good do it” sexular pagan crowd.  Several times now he has been questioned regarding his self-declared Christian beliefs and he has revealed himself to be utterly ignorant of even the most basic aspects of anything even remotely related to Christianity.  As a for instance, see the below:

You have be pretty ignorant of Christianity to be unable to name an Apostle or even a book of the Bible.  Throwing out “Ringo” isn’t cute, it’s profoundly disrespectful, bordering on blasphemy.  Dismissing the Apostles as “they’re all great guys, really super guys, great people”……..why speak in the present tense when the last Apostle died over 1900 years ago?

Judging by the comments from Trump supporters, they apparently either feel he is trying to declare himself above this kind of “gotcha” question (is it a gotcha if he makes being a Christian a significant part of his campaign, and when so many Republicans are Christian?) by giving flippant responses, or they just explain it away as unimportant along with all the other liberal, incoherent responses he’s given.

But none of this seems to matter.  His campaign is like a replay of ’08, where Obama said all these ridiculous things, real portents of doom for his administration, and yet people just loved him the more for it, constantly projecting their own vision on the false, blank canvas of the man the media and his campaign team created.

There’s something else, though.  A lot of his support seems to be built around the desire among a good number of conservatives for revenge upon the culture they feel has turned on them.  Witness this comment (language warning):

I cannot believe I’m typing this, but Trump is turning me. He has been nothing but a lib in the past, but honestly, I don’t see how he’ll be any worse than than the other R’s and will in fact be better because he is not beholden to the donors or the donor’s butt boys in Congress and will in fact kick them and the media in the nuts. So yeah, if we are going off the cliff, I want to ride in the Trump jet.

So it’s a gotterdammerung campaign, that’s the attraction?  Elect the most destructive candidate possible to speed the collapse of the United States, and if you can work in a lot of schadenfreude on your perceived enemies in the process, so much the better?

The question is, can actively conspiring to help destroy a nation be even remotely acceptable for a Catholic?  All my study, limited though it is, says no, as does my basis sensus fidei.

Pretty sad that we’re at a place in this nation’s decline where a good 40 or 50 million people see their best alternative as bringing about a national moral, economic, and political collapse, or who are just so twisted off at being ignored, belittled and put upon by the Republican establishment that they’ll go with a far left con artist just to stick it to ’em.  But this kind of death wish assumes that whatever comes in the wake of the collapse has to be better.  History shows that is a losing bet.  Collapse is almost always followed not by enlightened, benevolent government, but by ever increasing levels of despotism, as people will sacrifice almost anything to restore order.

So, vote for Trump, America’s Kerensky?

I tend to doubt many readers are feeling drawn towards supporting Trump, but if there are any, I’d be interested in hearing the reasons for that support.  I do agree that the Republican party has undergone an institutional crisis and transformation into something almost totally indistinguishable from the demonrat party, but how does Trump address that crisis?

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

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, Society, silliness, Ecumenism, disaster, Papa, episcopate, error, secularism, self-serving, the return, pr stunts, different religion.
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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?

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